Monday, March 19, 2012

Adventures at the Dermatologist

I get an allergic reaction to Eucerin Cream...weird, I know.  I told this to my dermatologist and her young assistant today who was frantically writing down notes. 

As I left, the assistant handed me a bag of samples that she said may be good options for me and my dry skin.  I opened the bag and guess what I found?

Eucerin Cream.

I either really pissed her off somehow or she is a bit confused...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Why I Use Birth Control

Ok Rush Limbaugh and Patricia Heaton...if Sandra Fluke is a "slut" then so I am I.  If by slut and prostitute you mean "woman who cares about her health."  Something tells me however that's not quite what you meant. Sandra Fluke's whole point of going in front of Congress was to raise awareness of the many different reasons women need and use birth control.  She even mentioned a friend of hers who needed the pills to combat ovarian cysts.

When I was 15, I had an ovarian cyst grow to the size of a softball, rupture, and kill one of my ovaries.  I have had to take birth control ever since to protect my one remaining ovary since there was a lot of concern that my body couldn't regulate itself. If I hadn't started taking birth control right away, there was a major threat I could have lost my other ovary to cysts and I would have been sterile at 15. I haven't had any problems since, thank God.  I need birth control so I CAN have children one day..what a concept.

In high school I was super shy, got straight A's, was in the honors society, marching band and theater club.  If my nose wasn't stuck in a book, I was practicing my flute.  Yeah...I was a regular dirty hussy.  Obviously. 

Millions of girls take birth control for medical purposes other than for preventing pregnancy---some girls get so ill each month they miss work and school; some lose so much blood they become anemic--heck, plenty of girls take it to get rid of acne!! And God forbid there should be any healthy family planning when the time comes! Because the Bible says we should have as many children as we can!! Because the world is empty!! Oh wait...that was thousands of years ago when the Bible was written...

Using terms like "slut" and "prostitute" are just terms scared men like Rush use to try and silence women who can think for themselves.  Men are frightened of equality because they are afraid that would give women the freedom to treat men the way they treat women.  THE HORROR!!! Not to mention---Rush was married 4 times and has no children.....and you want to tell me contraception didn't play a role????

MY QUESTION: People are so concerned that taxpayer's dollars are going to birth control (which they're not, number 1) and therefore "they are paying women to have sex!!"---when birth control is used for so many other reasons...however, where were they when it was decided for Viagra to be covered by healthcare??....and that can only be used for ONE thing.....riddle me that Batman.  But no, those darn slutty women trying to screw up our moral world....

I heard this the other day and I think it is totally accurate: If men could have children, birth control pills would be in gumball machines.

As women, we have been conditioned to be embarassed of what happens with our bodies.  When boys go through puberty it is celebrated--when women go through puberty we are handed a box of tampons that we can hide in our purse.  We are tought not to talk about what happens to us each month because it is "gross" and taboo.'s a fact of life.  We all go through it!! There is no secret! Yet I am also guilty of the "taking my purse to the bathroom" routine.  We need to stop being ashamed of who we are! I once saw a girl drop her purse in a classroom and a tampon flew out onto the floor in front of everyone...she burst into tears.  Yet I can almost guarantee every other girl in that room also had a tampon in their purse! We have been taught to be ashamed because then we will keep quiet. Then they can keep us second class citizens. 

I read a post the other day from a mother whose 16 year old daughter is being bullied at school by a bunch of kids calling her a tramp and scum because they found out she takes birth control pills--the poor thing is anemic without them---and they "know it's true because Rush said so!" Really?? REALLY?? Now they are worried she will be a target not just for more bullying, but for potential rape by the boys who think "she is asking for it because she is a slut."  There are so many things wrong with this concept I cannot even begin to break it all down in words...plenty of girls at her school have to also take birth control because it is a common medication..but they are probably too scared to speak up now.

WOMEN: Time to stand up for ourselves and for our fellow women!! Stop taking this crap!!! What does it say about a woman who is against women's health rights? How sad is it that she doesn't believe she has a right to be healthy and to protect herself? What kind of man will she end up with? Probably one that doesn't have a whole lot of respect for her or her body...and she will go along with it because she doesn't know any better....scary and very sad. 

And MEN WHO RESPECT WOMEN....WHERE ARE YOU?? Fight for the women you care about--your mothers, wives, girlfriends, sisters, aunts, cousins, daughters....SPEAK UP.  What's so wrong with us being equal anyway?? What do you have to lose besides a bruised ego?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Is she SIRIUS??

J.K. Rowling has stated she is working on a new novel for adults.  I'm excited.

No, the title is not original.  Sorry.  Just hilarious.

Time for CHANGE!

I start my first day as a waitress tomorrow...6am....woot. As an actress, I figured it was time to get the skill training I will need for the rest of my life.

So I was cleaning out my purse trying to make it more work-friendly when my mother started getting on my case about how much change I have at the bottom of my purse.  Yes, I have an obscene amount.  My mother says this is due to my being lazy and not taking the time to just pay with it instead of immediately throwing it into my purse after making a purchase and having it sit there until my bag is even too heavy for the Incredible Hulk to carry.  Um, false statement.  I WANT tons of change in my purse for several very important reasons:

1. If a thief tries to steal my purse, I can hit him with it and he will feel as though a ton of bricks just nailed him in the face;

2. And if the thief somehow did get ahold of my purse....well he's certainly not going to get very far running with something the same density as a cannon ball, now is he?

I have thought this through. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Santorum...Your WHAT hurts?

Let's take a moment and recap all of the bizarre and twisted things Santorum has said:

1. In regards to women in the military and the toll that would have on male soldiers: “My concern is that being in combat in that situation, instead of being focused on the mission, they might be more concerned about protecting a woman in a vulnerable position.”

2. His take on gay marriage: "Is anyone saying same-sex couples can't love each other? I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-in-law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too?"

3. His thoughts on diversity (one of the things I thought America was supposed to celebrate): “Diversity creates conflict. If we celebrate diversity, we create conflict.”

4. His take on black people...I mean...minorities: "I don't want to make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money."

It seems like each GOP candidate this go round has had their 15 minutes of crazy.  Cain quoted Pokemon and tried to cover up vast numbers of women who somehow didn't find his sliminess flattering; Bachmann with her wild eyes thought maybe telling a flat out lie (which she had no way of backing up) about the HPV vaccine would somehow go unnoticed; Romney's numerous whiny moments (saying over the weekend that Obama and Santorum have played dirty tricks...oh grow up) and flip-floppings and not understanding his own views on a bill enough to answer a simple question from the audience regarding birth control; and who can forget Perry's "whoops" after failing to name the three branches he wanted to change during the debate? Not to mention his other drunken sounding yammerings...

DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON GINGRICH---people with mental disabilities and out-of-control personality disorders should not be President....

The list goes on an on.

But now I have heard it all.  A presidential candidate who is actually saying COLLEGE IS BAD???? How is this possible??

Santorum: "President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob." 
Yeah...wanting what is best for them the tools for a better future...PUH!

Santorum: "There are good decent men and women; who go out and work hard every day; and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them."

....sometimes there really are just no words.  It's almost like he realized everyone else was hogging all of the crazy and he needed to make up for it...big time.  The scene from the Hamlet parody episode of The Simpsons comes to mind where Lisa plays Ophelia and shouts out to the dining hall, "Nobody out-crazies Ophelia!" and jumps out of the window into the river below.

Santorum: "Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image. I want to create jobs so people can remake their children into their image, not his."

His image? Meaning what exactly? Am I mistaken or hasn't Santorum gotten upset with liberals in the past for dissing the wealthy? You know, not the people who have actually worked for their money...but the ones who have simply just been given wealth without working a day in their life and getting all of the breaks? Weren't there things being said along the lines of "why shouldn't we look up to people who have found success?" Well Santorum...Obama went to college and now he is President of the United States...something you will probably never (I pray) achieve...I'd say he is very successful.

Santorum also mentioned how some people are just good with their hands...isn't it MORE snobish to say that some people are just not cut out for higher education??

And, pardon me...but didn't SANTORUM go to college?

All I have to say is Obama better win re-election because the GOP is full of Looney-Toons, Santorum being no exception. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Interview Frustrations

1. It is super frustrating how many of these job search engines are linked to so many online college sites that will try to make you go back to school.  I mean, if you want to back to school, then I suppose it is a good thing--but I JUST GRADUATED!! PLEASE NO MORE!!! Haha.  I HATE when I get woken up early by a call from some random online college program because I forgot to click off every single one of the 30 "please don't send me more information" buttons on these job search sites.  I am sorry to say I am not super polite in the morning...

CALLER: Hello, Ms.  I understand you would like to go back to school...

ME: NO!! I just graduated! I am NOT going back right now!

CALLER: Oh, ok....well in that case we will just send you our information packet with---

ME: NO! DO NOT SEND ME ANYTHING!! If I get anything in the mail, I will rip it up and I WILL EAT IT!!


2. I feel like it is the right thing to be honest with interviewers.  If I am applying for a retail position, and they see on my resume that I studied Film and Theatre...when they ask me what my dream job is....I am probably not going to say "to be the manager" of their retail store. 

3.  Why do I need to take a psychological exam while applying to work at a coffee shop?? Is that really necessary?

4.  When did the interview process become so complicated? I am currently in the middle of a very prolonged 4-part interview for a job as a desk greeter. Each time I come in I either shadow someone for 15 minutes, watch someone use the phone, or show that I can memorize the company policy--and there is probably a good week or two in between interviews because they are so busy.  Um...excuse me? I would actually like to start working now.  I'm sure they know enough about me by now to know if they want to hire me.  As my mother always says "It's not rocket science."  Come on, they either want me or they don't.  I'm either qualified, or I'm not.  Done. 

Really, the interview process has just gotten overly complicated and silly. 

Wow...this is my life

Sooo...ok, bummer that Bridesmaids didn't win anything tonight (and I might add Woody Allen didn't even SHOW UP to accept his Oscar...because he feels he is above that....rude), but super pumped for Octavia and Meryl!!

Anyway, while watching this movie the other night for the gazillionth time, I life is a lot like Kristen's character Annie in the movie.  Well, ok so I don't live with a couple of strange British wackos who go through my room and wear my clothes, but I do find myself feeling a lot like she does at times.  I guess it's just what happens during a rough transition period.  I recently moved back in with my parents, which is something I was not planning on.  I graduated in May and I was supposed to move in with my boyfriend of four years to a whole different state.  Sadly, he had a bizarre nervous breakdown of sorts dealing with the stress of everything that comes with graduation and he never really recovered.  In the blink of an eye, the guy I knew and loved was nowhere to be found---and I was left without a plan.  I've always been certain of my dreams and goals, but it's funny---when you care about someone so much and you have built up a future with them in your head and takes a long time for you to remember who you are when they are gone. 

So I have been living with the parentals back in my hometown trying to figure it all out.  I have a small savings built up, but not yet to a place where I feel comfortable moving somewhere on my own.  I'm in love with the big city, so that makes it even more pertinent that I actually have enough saved before making that big of a move.  So for now it's my hometown, my childhood room...surrounded with stuffed animals, a canopy bed, old music boxes, and whole lot of hazy memories of a girl I used to know. 

Now my parents aren't nearly as crazy as Annie's mom in the movie, but I do think I will forever be like Peter Pan to them and never age past 15.  I am not ungrateful to them--I'm willing to guess not a whole lot of parents would actually WANT their kids to move back in with them for a long period of time (my dear ol' dad keeps dropping hints he would be just fine with me staying a few years and then moving somewhere close to home) but I became a very different person while I was away.  And I grew up.  And waking up in my childhood bedroom sometimes brings the illusion that I just dreamed up the past four years...that I am really still the shy, awkward teenager desperately trying to feel comfortable in her own skin.  I will not go back there.  I have made too much progress to take any steps back.  And this is why this situation can only be temporary---I have to have a light at the end of the tunnel--a place where I feel I am continuing to move forward.  So I have decided to get a new job (my old temp job recently ended) and save up enough to maybe move in the next few months.  We'll see.  Keep your fingers crossed.

It's also a really strange thing....but being at the young age of 22...being single feels like I have failed at times.  HOW WRONG IS THAT?? It may just be the ghost of the life I thought I was going to have still trying to haunt me, but sometimes it really feels like we have moved back 50 years, and age 22 is an old maid who might as well go out and buy a bunch of cats.  In the past month I have signed on to be a bridesmaid in two weddings (for two friends who are also 22---I had serious Annie moments with both where I was thinking "What is happening??!!" when they asked me), and I have watched a close friend buy a nice new apartment with her boyfriend who she suspects is about to propose--a friend who graduated a year early from college so she could be sure to move in with him right away.  Excuse me...but what is the rush? Did I miss something? Is the world really ending this year and everyone is suddenly getting nervous? Even if I was still with my ex, marriage was not something I wanted right away.  I'm sorry, but I think at this age we should still have some room for being a bit selfish.  I want to figure out who I am first, start a career--have something that is just mine. It's also a lot easier to take risks knowing you would only fail on your own--not with the added worry of also failing someone who was depending on you.  I mean, I went to college so I could do something with my life---not so I could get married the second the graduation cap is thrown in the air and have to make every decision based on another person for the rest of my life.  I would hate never knowing what it is like to make a decision on my own. Plus I can barely take care of myself right now, let alone another person...not even really a PLANT....

Plus, I think people still change a lot after their 20s.  We hear people say don't rush through being young all of the time, so there has to be some truth to it.  And people always warn about how there are so many things that will happen that you aren't prepared for.  I recently heard from another friend that she is already getting a divorce after two years of marriage--she is 24.  The first thing she said to me was "Well, I shouldn't be surprised...I guess it goes along with the normal predictions when someone gets married so young..." So I will ask again...what is the rush??  Does anyone else find this familiar??

How did you deal with the transition period after college? Was it what you expected?