Sunday, August 27, 2017

POP!!!


My first comic was Mad Magazine May 1995 Issue 33. My dad bought it for me, but I don't remember what the occasion was or why he chose that particular thing to introduce me to.  I think he probably liked them as a kid.  In hindsight, Mad Magazine was probably not something that should have been given to a 9 year old. I wasn't even old enough to have see some of the movies 'dissed' in that particular issue.   


As kids, we read the comics from the Sunday paper every week.  I don't remember when I quit.  Maybe when I hit high school and took off to college.  I didn't come back to comics until recently. 

It started with a trip to the comic book store to buy something for a game. While waiting for the associate to check the stock I perused the shelves, reading the titles and looking at all the different styles and genres.  I'd never really been to a comic book store and no one had ever really introduced me to comic books.  Archie Comics was a childhood staple for many of my generation, but I honestly can't tell you anything about it.  I don't even know the basic storyline... I mean, what's the deal with Betty and Veronica?  Are they friends? Frenemies?  Lovers?  Interestingly enough, I did have a conversation with Nancy Silberkleit, Co-CEO of Archie Comics once.  I thoroughly enjoying speaking with her, but I felt like a real asshat telling her that I'd never really read an Archie comic.

Comics overwhelmed me. The fact that so many have years of back issues was daunting and intimidating. Reading the old issues felt imperative to really understanded the story.  Somehow, I felt like I would never be able to read the old issues and catch up.  I also wasn't sure there was anything that would really appeal to me as so many of the comics I'd seen up to that point always had a busty, tiny waisted, sexy heroine or damsel.  There always seemed to be a Madonna to be saved, a glowing Heroine with a huge slice of misogyny, or a Whorey protagonist - none of which appealed to me. 

Amidst the traditional comic book characters we all recognize like Spiderman and Wolverine, I saw a headline that read "Snotgirl". 

Snotgirl (Issues) (6 Book Series) by  Bryan O'Malley

That didn't sound traditional. That didn't sound sexy either. I went home that night and purchased a digital copy.  Snotgirl was new and only three issues had been released, so I decided to give it a go.

I didn't realize I was falling down a rabbit hole.  

Since then, I've read at least a dozen other series just trying to discover what I like.  I'm no longer intimidated by a few years of backstory because I've learned I can purchase volumes and read them in a few days. There are so many stories out there and I'm hooked.

It took me 30 years, but I finally fell in love with comics. 


Did you read comics as a kid?  What was your favorite? Do you read comics or graphic novels now?


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Can Life Be Too Sweet?


Mercury Retrograde, a New Moon and a Solar Eclipse has things a little crazy this month and everyone seems to be feeling it.  Things have just been kind of wonky for the last month and it seems like everyone is struggling with it a little bit.  Everything has just kind of been... well, bullshitty.

At times like this when there seems to be a lot of small bad things happening in large numbers, sometimes it helps me to think about bigger problems, worse days and larger obstacles that I've overcome. The truth is, with all of the nitty gritty everyday problems that are happening in large numbers my general state of being is actually pretty good.

My house is a mess.  I'm having car problems.  Relationship status: Strained is an understatement.  Money is tight and I'm late paying rent.  I'm overweight and could be healthier.  I've been struggling with my mental health lately.  All of these things aren't great, but they're not the worst case scenario.  I have a house with enough stuff to be messy.  My car problems can be fixed and I don't have to worry about a car payment and money for repairs.  Relationship status: once you've been in an abusive relationship and escaped, normal relationship problems feel like small potatoes.  Money is tight, but I'm learning how to supplement my income, identify excess and I have money to pay the rent I just need to write the check.  I might be overweight and generally unhealthy, but I'm not having any major health problems that require medical attention.  I'm depressed, but I'm getting up every day and I'm not in a place where I have to deal with therapy bills.

I can't help but think about people I've met who don't know what it's like to be handed lemons though.

I once had a co-worker who seemed to have the most charmed life.  Bad things happened, but it was always small things.  She seemed blissfully unaware of the dangers that some people face regularly.  Things like drug addiction, sexual assault, serious mental illness and the way people sometimes just use/hurt/abuse other people were all really kind of beyond her.  While she was fortunate that those things didn't happen to her or people around her, it also left her incredibly kind of ignorant.  Maybe what they say is true and ignorance is bliss.

Sometimes, I feel like perhaps I'm too aware of the ugly things in life.  Some of the ugly things have just happened to me or people I've known.  Sometimes, I've gone looking for knowledge in dark places.  Sometimes I'm envious of the people who are blissfully unaware.

But then there are times like these when life seems to be handing people lemons and I know that I'm doing ok because I've been handed lemons before.  There are times when I wonder what it might be like to only know the taste of the sweetest lemonade, but then I remember that while I've always been a fan of candy and sweets, I've always liked my lemonade with a little bit of punch.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Comfort Food for the Soul


Remember when Chicken Soup For The Soul first came out?  It started with one book, then there were more books for the soul.  Then there were books for the Teenage soul and the Preteen soul.  Eventually, there was even a Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul.  It then turned into self help books.

It seems it is almost impossible to find the true source of a quote on the Internet anymore, but I once saw a meme that said something along the lines of:

You are the books you read, the movies you watch, the music you listen to, the people you spend time with, and the conversations you engage in.  Choose wisely what you feed your mind. 

Sometimes, I forget how important it is to make sure I am feeding myself the right things.  Denial is a powerful thing.   Sometimes, I think I can't be sidelined by consuming a few things that are bad for me.  A naughty treat here and there can't be so bad, right?  Until it is.  Sometimes, I don't always realize that I'm unwell and that I've been feeding myself the wrong things until I'm sick.

I think more of us are sick than we realize.  There's been speculation and studies about food and chemicals, but we don't just consume food. Every single day we consume news, media, and conversation that is poisonous to our bodies or our psyche.  There's so much in our everyday lives that isn't beautiful, serves no purpose and doesn't bring us joy.  What, then, do those things do for us?

More importantly, how do those things impact those of us who are already struggling with illness?

I try to talk openly about struggling with chronic pain and my struggles with mental illness.  I do it because I think it's important not only for me, but for other people.  Whether it's about removing some of the stigma by just having the conversations or by openly discussing my struggles so that maybe someone else will read it and see that they're not alone.

Right now, I need some chicken soup for my soul.  I need conversational comfort food. I need mood lifting music.  I need to be with the people who remind me not only who I am but inspire me to be the best version of myself.  Sometimes, you have to shut out the word and selectively filter what comes it.

What good things do you feed yourself when you're feeling sick?



Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Feats & Fails


Happy Friday!!! 

Welcome to Friday Feats and Fails!  You can find "The Rules" of how to participate down below! 


FAILS:  

- I'm broke.  It's a fail every week when I pay my bills that I need to pay (rent, phone, etc), but then have literally nothing to live on for the next two weeks.  Juggling bills is exhausting and while some of the problems I'm having a due to failing to budget better earlier in the year, at the same time... it's hard to budget at all when you're living paycheck to paycheck. I work a full-time job. I have a part-time/on-call/as needed job, but they haven't needed me in awhile. I try to help my sister with her kids when she works on weekends - I don't get paid for this, but it's important to note because it's a part of my very tight schedule.  I literally do not have the time or energy to get a second job.  I am doing little things to earn a little extra when I can - online worker tasks, paid surveys, etc. I am using rebate apps and coupons.  I'm trying to embrace minimalism. I'm doing everything I can and just not feeling like I get any relief from financial stress.

- Two weeks ago when I said I thought I had Plantar Faciitis. It still hurts. I'm starting to think it's something more.

- I'm having relationship problems. Serious relationships problems. I know that some people wouldn't share that and maybe I shouldn't either, but I'm not going to hide it. Sometimes, shitty things happen. Shitty things are happening in my life right now.  I'd love to have the love and support of my significant other, but it seems that we're not good at loving and supporting each other right now. I saw we're not good at it because I'm sure he'd say the exact same thing about me right now.

- I haven't been eating low carb, high fat, moderate protein all week.

- My car is acting up again. 

- My job was a nightmare this week.  A complete and utter nightmare.

-  My house is a mess.  My regular chronic pain coupled with whatever is going on in my foot has made standing and moving really difficult. 

- I made it three days before abandoning The Minimalist Challenge I was trying to do.

- I haven't managed to finish a blog in a long time and I'm upset about it.




FEATS:

+ I survived the week.

+ Other people might think I'm fucked up and awful, but my family still loves me.

+ I got a little time to pamper myself and was able to soak my feet and do a Baby Foot Peel last week.  This week, it's peeling and it's much better than last time.

+ The upside to the fact that I'm broke, with a messy house I don't have the energy or motivation to clean, a nightmare week, and personal conflicts causing emotional distress is that I am creatively on fire.  Everything going on in my life this week is like, The Tortured Artist Emotional and Mental Disturbance Starter Pack and I have so many ideas right now.




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Fails: something you said or did that wasn't so awesome, something that happened that wasn't so great, a low point in the week, or just something you wish had gone better...share, commiserate, and then LET IT GO because it is Friday for goodness' sake!

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

News





When I was in High School, we did a unit learning the difference between Subjective versus Objective specifically relating to headlines and new reports, sex in advertising, and bias in media.

I struggle to watch any kind of news report now.

The first thing I stopped watching was Good Morning America.  Even know, listening to the things they say to try and keep viewers watching after commercials grates on my nerves.  Then things like 20/20.  While I'm all for reporting on things that impact our world, it seemed that every hour of these shows included a story about a hidden danger lurking in our everyday lives.  What bothers me is the fact that these dangers lurked before, but no one reads the warning labels and somehow it is a revelation when some reporter adds dramatic music and a photo of the fine print with a shadowy vignette.  Or worse, when the report is on a "danger" that people would have realized had they applied even the tiniest amount of thought to it.  Say, for example, Nutella isn't actually healthy for you.  Anyone who has ever tasted it should have been able to tell you that without reading the label.


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Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Feats & Fails


Happy Friday!!! 

Welcome to Friday Feats and Fails!  You can find "The Rules" of how to participate down below! 


FAILS:  

- I haven't driven my car in a week. I was having problems starting it and then one day it just wouldn't. I then proceeded to not do anything at all because I'm broke. There's no sense calling someone to come take a look at your car if you can't pay them. Long story short, my boyfriend showed up, bought things to check out my car, opened the hood to find.... the negative terminal was loose. How loose?  Refer to image below. It's also really dirty.  That being said, there could be other things going on but I'm hoping it's really just this.


- I'm still broke.

- Remember last week when I said I thought I had Plantar Faciitis. It still hurts. 

- I am constantly on the lookout for new things to try to make life easier for myself as someone with chronic pain and a household to manage, not to mention I'm always looking at new forms of pain relief.  That being said, I really, really hate it when I purchase things and they don't work out. 

- I haven't done laundry all week.

- I haven't been eating low carb, high fat, moderate protein all week. 

- I ordered some plants for my aquarium.  They arrived looking half dead and the fish don't like them. 




FEATS:

+ My car has been running since my boyfriend fixed the negative terminal connection so... yay for that!

+ I managed to finish a book and start another one this week, which is great because that's two weeks in a row. Check out my "What I'm Reading" page.

+ I survived a family dinner and I wasn't drunk. 

+ I got to eat at my favorite places this week. 

+ I got a little time to pamper myself and was able to soak my feet and do a Baby Foot Peel.  Last time, it took about four days to start peeling.  I am documenting it this week and hopefully will follow up with a blog post soon. 

+ I recently watched a documentary about The Minimalists.  I started following them on Facebook last week and they're doing a 30 Day Challenge.  You get rid of one thing the first day, two the second day, three the third day and so on. Anything can go. Donate, sell or trash but it has to be out of your house by midnight.  I'm doing great. So far. I'm taking photos and sharing on Instagram @MoreCheeseBeer

+ I managed to finished the month strong with Ibotta earning back $25 in rebates.  I've been a member since March 2016 and I've finally earned back over $100.  I'm super excited about it.  I'm trying to do better when it comes to little things I can do not only to save money, but to earn a little extra.  If you're not already an Ibotta member, you can join my team here: https://ibotta.com/r/smaclgp    Using my code will get you an extra $10 when you start redeeming codes.  It also gets me a $5 bonus, which you can also get when you invite YOUR friends. 






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Write a blog post with the Feats and the Fails from your week, or comment them below

Feats: something you did, accomplished, conquered or triumphed over or something that made you want to brag or celebrate.  It can be as simple or complex as you want.

Fails: something you said or did that wasn't so awesome, something that happened that wasn't so great, a low point in the week, or just something you wish had gone better...share, commiserate, and then LET IT GO because it is Friday for goodness' sake!

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