Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday Thoughts

1. B&BW candles burn fine for me about halfway down...then they burn like this. It makes me rage. Anyone else? What makes them start to burn like assholes? This is why I don't buy them. I've also had the glass of two explode  when they got to the bottom so they make me a little nervous.

2. This week I got in a FB back and forth with someone I don't even know who was basically saying that of course Cam Newton's behavior after the Super Bowl got more media air time than the Flint water situation because that has happened before and will happen again and Super Bowl 50 only happens once and the NFL is popular. I felt like screaming. The NFL is more popular and hence more important than access to clean water? Is this what most people think? We do realize that football is a game and that clean water is a basic fundamental thing we take for granted here in America, right? And that we have a realistic expectation that the water our government is watching over for us is not going to poison us and cause developmental problems in our children, right? But we care more about a quarterback not answering questions about a game he lost? One million comments on an immature 26 year old millionaire (if you have never met an immature 26 year old, let's talk) seen in my newsfeed on FB, but very few things about what's going on in Flint. We can say "I come to FB to laugh" all we want, but that's not really true. We are only tired of outrage when we are the ones that are not outraged. We share what is important to us, and since this is not happening to us, I don't think it's really hitting us the way it should. This is pretty fucking important. Do we not pay government officials to work for us? Being all yeah this is our government it is what it is is not going to do jack shit for any of us. It's time to hold these employees accountable in this instance and in many other instances in which they are looking out for the interests of big business or their own pockets and not acting on behalf of their constituents. We've let it get to this point. It's up to us to bring it back. Thank god for the Virginia Tech research team and some other crusaders who fought for what was right for the people of Flint and for not giving a shit that they were dismissed and ridiculed by government officials.
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3. At this point, should this just be a rant post? I'm in my normal February slog and I feel snarky. I'm annoyed because the soup I made Sunday? I haven't felt like eating it once. Dinners have looked like this instead...and honestly Monday night dinner was cake. No fucks given.

4. Yesterday I started the 40/40, the challenge I've been doing for the past few lenten seasons. I don't participate in lent by giving anything up, but I do pick this up: 40 minutes of activity a day for 40 of days of lent (taking off on Sundays is permissible). Any type of activity will do. This really kickstarted me last year to a pretty solid walking and weights routine I kept going for many months until I said fuck it in the summer. I'm hoping I enjoy a similar kickstart this year. My pants are tight and I need it. 

5. This is what I'm doing most nights: laying with the dogs and getting in bed by 9 to read.
6. Tuesdays with Lola. My niece is the best. I look forward to all the adventures we'll have.

7. Being a landlord at the shore has been really interesting and a huge learning experience, and no one has even slept there yet. It has also taught us that it will take a while to settle into being business partners. LOL. July and August are fully rented as well as a week in June and some weekends in March and May. In March work begins again to get it ready for the spring.
8. I walked to the library yesterday. It's been a while.
9. I jacked this from a friend's FB page and keep looking at it because it makes me laugh like a hyena.

10. E-card of the week...I hate passive aggressive shit so this made me LOL

Does that answer your question?
Sincerely yours,
The Breakfast Club. 
I mean

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39 comments:

  1. The situation in Flint I find really, awfully scary. Why is this not more talked about? As for Facebook, there are too many idiots on there and that's why I quit.

    I'd be interested in hearing about your landlord experiences. I don't even own my own house so I'd like to hear what it's like from the other side of the fence!

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  2. Aww little Lola's hand is so sweet!! I can't stand people who are passive aggressive either. That Valentine's note made me LOL.

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  3. I can't even talk about the Flint thing without getting ragey. I don't understand where the outrage is (or isn't?). IDGAF about Cam Newton and his shenanigans... and truthfully, I have big problems with a sport (and organization) that is covering up MASSIVE health problems (CTE) that affect their players... but hey, give the people what they want because they DGAF either? \rant

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  4. That's terrifying about the BBW candles. I've never had a problem. And maybe they do burn a little oddly toward the end, but the smell is still the same so I've never really noticed.
    I've given zero effs when it comes to nutrition this week. I had boxed mac and cheese for dinner last night and pretzels for lunch yesterday. And Girl Scout cookies. I shouldn't have bought them.

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  5. So its not just being 26 weeks pregnant that makes me snarky? I forgot how much February blows luckily it's a short month and then we start our BIRTHDAY month!!

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  6. I never had that problem with B&BW. I can't because the one you go me fireside marshmallow is a favorite.

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  7. So much yes on this post.
    1. I saw a meme of Cam Newton and Gov. Snyder side-by-side and it was basically saying that both of these men gave similar one-word or non answers to press conferences. One lost a game and the other poisoned thousands of people willingly...which one have you seen more about in the last few days?

    2. That pic of you and the dogs. I LOVE IT SO MUCH!

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  8. #9 is hilarious! YES. I'm sad for your candles, mine don't do that!

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  9. Loving the last two--passive aggressives and the throne made of bones of enemies lol YES!
    I agree that this country's priorities are all kinds of messed up. People get up in arms about silly things, and then don't about the important things. It's infuriating sometimes. Which is probably the reason why Trump is somehow still the front runner of the Repubs (not trying to start a political dialogue here, but those are my thoughts).
    I like how you're doing Lent--I think it's smart!

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  10. I like your 40 day idea!
    My sister in law had her glass blow out one time with those candles & it caught her counter top ON FIRE!!!!!! I've not used one since.

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  11. I have never had a candle explode but they do burn like assholes at times.

    The fact that more people are debating Cam Newton than even paying attention to what's happening in Flint is a huge, disgusting testament to the state of our country's morals.

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  12. I can't believe the Flint water poisoning happened. Horrible. Awesome on the shore house rentals!!!!! I am glad we are almost halfway through February ! I don't trust the weather until the end of April. Ice and snow can go away forever ! Happy Friday Eve!
    Love. Your. Momma.

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  13. woah, you've had a candle explode? scary. the other night, mine was towards the end and the house started to smell REALLY bad, like burning plastic. the only thing it could have been was the candle and it freaked me out. they do burn like assholes at the end. i haven't found any others that make my house smell as pretty during and after burning though (not including the burning plastic, that's not so pretty) which is why i keep buying them (on sale).

    the flint thing is enraging. i can't believe someone said that on FB. i had no idea, nor do i care about whatever is going on with cam newton. i know i'm in the minority about my lack of caring about football, but still. common sense should make people care less about that and more about something as serious as flint. you are right though. can you imagine if the entire US had those issues or did not have access to clean water? then they would be outraged, then they would care more than football. how can they not see that they need to care before it gets to that stage?

    good luck with your 40 day!

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  14. I have never had that issue with BBW candles until recently. I don't know if they changed something in their candles or what, but it's really annoying!

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  15. I had my first ever BBW candle bust and I was devastated! I'm hoping it was a one-time thing for me because I really do love theirs best! Also, you might have said eff it to that dinner, but it actually looks right up my alley haha ;)

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  16. Most nights I want to curl up with Seamus and just read so I totally understand! Go you on the 40 for 40 goal. It is so sad that the Flint issues is not more in the news and on FB but most of FB is stupid things. Outrage! Love the Valentine note!

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  17. I've never had a BBW candle explode, that's weird. I was sad to see that the shore house was booked in July. I was trying to get a group together for Blue's bday. That's great for you guys though! Good luck on your 40!

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  18. Get on with your Erin Brockovich argument! You are right. I don't argue with people on FB mainly because it pulls everything you type into the main feed and then people I actuall yknow start chiming in, lol, so I prefer to be a little brat on Twitter. But you are def right, football is a game and equating that to the water situation is insane. Poor Flint, seriously- they seem like a town who has one disadvantage after another. Ugh. Your dinner looks good! Freeze the soup you made for another time. And snuggling with the pups on the couch sounds beyond awesome to me. That Valentine's Thing is really funny. And eff candles that do that! I HATE those.

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  19. That Valentine's note is perfect. I have friends that live in Flint, it is absolutely unforgivable what has happened there. Ugh... the mentality of people who argue such ridiculous things drives me nuts. Every once in awhile I engage and immediately regret my decision! Agreed, not a big fan of the B&BW candles either but I am addicted to the little room sprays, those are the bomb.

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  20. YES my candles burn like that too. it's soooo annoying. cannot stand it. #2. WHAT. people sometimes like to start stuff (especially on social media) because they are just insane.

    That dinner looks perfectly awesome to me!

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  21. That's the first time I'm hearing about the BBW glasses exploding. Scary!! The shore house is looking so cute and for a great price! Has no one slept there yet because it's too cold for the shore?

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  22. I love the smells of B&BW candles but the quality isn't great.
    Lola's sweet little chubby hand melts me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Flint isn't too far from where I live... I'm so thankful this isn't something I have to worry about and I think it's terrible that ANYONE in this country (or anywhere, really) has to worry about it. I kid you not, ever since this all came out, every sip of water I've had I've been grateful for. :/

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  23. Cake for dinner on a Monday needs to be a thing every week! And ugh my B&BW candles burn like that too, I always wondered why :-P

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  24. Avocado toast and strawberries looks like THE BEST DINNER EVER!!!!!!!!!!! Easy, delicious, no clean up... what's to bemoan about that?

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  25. 1. Candle - if you poured the wet wax out, does it help? Glass shattering does not sound like fun.
    2. Good job on kickstarting your activity with 40/40 challenge! I'm just trying to workout once a week to start.
    3. Can't wait to hear all of your horror stories as a landlord. Though, honestly, I hope you have great tenants that treat your house with respect.

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  26. My B&BW candles do the same thing! But I have never had one explode on me. Yikes! Now I'm scared -- I use them all the time!

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  27. I love the picture of you and your dogs snuggling. I feel your pain about the February slog and feeling snarky. I've been in my funk for about 6 weeks now and am starting to feel as if it is subsiding a little bit. Hang in there, spring will come.

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  28. I wish I could attach a picture because I am sitting here with a B&BW candle about 80% burned and it's burning that wonky way now. So annoying. And now that I read about exploding glass I kind of want to blow it out and trash it!

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  29. Sounds like the perfect Vday!!! And yes to that ecard! LOL! So ummm I agree with you on the Flint thing. I have to question where people on FB come from? Are there trolls just sitting on there waiting to say stupid shit to enrage people or what?? And a few of my B&BW candles burned like assholes and others are perfectly normal. It makes no sense!

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  30. I hate when the candle burns so fast - definitely not letting mine burn as far after hearing your story!!

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  31. It always blows my mind the world "crisis" subjects (i.e. celebrities, sports, gossip, unimportant bs) people focus on and the real ones that they ignore. I will never understand it, seriously.

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  32. Rage . . . all of it. I feel you. Wasting a candle, stupid people, cold and dreary weather . . . you get the point. I'm basically justifying it all for you . . . an apparently myself while I'm at it! But hey, it's Friday so cheers to the freaking weekend my friend!

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  33. There is an air of passive aggressive here in the PNW, which makes me seem aggressive aggressive. :D My husband complains about it all the time because he has to deal with passive aggressive people at work, but he gets a nice dose of me when he gets home, I figure balance it out. It totally looks like you & I were in the funk this week.
    The water in Flint pisses me off! I've tweeted Snyder a few times, no tweets back.
    Wishing you a beautiful weekend with working candles and pug hugs!
    XOXO

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  34. You're the second person I've heard of that had candles explode on them when they got down to the end! My husband always get so mad at me when I leave them burning over night, so I might need to actually listen to him and remember to blow them out!

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  35. I never burn candles. I'm honestly terrified of fire (specifically my apartment going up in flames), so I can't imagine willingly lighting a fire inside. Is that weird? It might be. I think if a candle exploded, I would just lose my shit because that's too much for me.

    I completely agree with you about #2. I understand that people who like football want to discuss football (and there's nothing wrong with that, obviously), but to say that the NFL is popular and therefore more worthy of media airtime than something as serious as the water situation in Flint is fucking insane and fucking stupid.

    Good luck keeping up with the 40/40 thing this year! You can do it!

    I love the picture of you with the dogs. Adorable! :-)

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  36. That pic of you & the dogs <3 Adorbs. Also, I can't deal with the ignorance on FB lately. I got into a Twitter war with someone I know over Beyonce's Super Bowl performance being "racist" and he's the kind of person who posts every Trump-supporting, All Lives Matter-loving, ignorant nonsense that I do NOT stand for. It's so hard for me to keep my mouth shut sometimes; how do people do that?

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  37. Everything I read about Flint is so horrible, but the worst part about it is I've had to seek it out. Why isn't it on the front page of everything?! As for the Cam Newton crap, he has always been that way. Why are people surprised? I don't even hate him because the NFL is more entertainment than athleticism these days and he's doing exactly what people want him to do. But why are people paying so much attention to him? America is backwards!

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  38. Flint makes me ragey. If not for my BFF/imaginary girlfriend Rachel Maddow, it probably would have gone on even longer without national attention. (Notice it wasn't mentioned at all in the gop debate?)

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