SOC Sunday: Charlie Sheen Edition

And the 5 minute timer starts… NOW!

Charlie Sheen. What a freaking train wreck. He actually makes Lindsey Lohan look like an amateur.

Here’s the thing. He does have bazillions of dollars. If he wants to hang out with porn stars and strippers and the like, I’m good with that. If he wants to pay $30,000 to have one come over and “have a quickie,” well, I really don’t care.

He orders a briefcase of cocaine? THAT I have a problem with. First of all, who thinks about a “briefcase” as a unit of measurement? Second of all, THAT is illegal. Why was he not arrested for possession? Why are they not talking about who provided that to him? That bothers me.

The other thing that bothers me is that CBS keeps enabling him. They continue to pay him without demanding that he get help to clean himself up. They just put the show on hiatus. I don’t care how “with it” he is while taping, he’s a train wreck. He is on his last lives and clearly has more than a cat.

I don’t know what the answer for him is, but he needs to get help. REAL help. Not just “oh he screwed up again let’s get him in rehab for a week or so” help.

REAL HELP. Unless he doesn’t want it. Then maybe he can get one of his hookers to bring over a bodybag with that suitcase of death.

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Want to participate in Stream of Consciousness Sunday?

1. Go to All.Things.Fadra and grab her button

2. Set a timer for 5 minutes and WRITE

3. Don’t edit. Add an intro if you wish.

4. Publish.

5. Then go back to Fadra’s site and link up with her!

Don’t Forget!

Make sure you get entries in for my Giveaway from Leah at WalMart Gourmet!

My First Giveaway: Initials, Inc.

My First Giveaway: Initials, Inc.

My #SisterBitch, Leah at WalMart Gourmet, asked me if I would be interested in having a giveaway on my site. She is a Creative Partner with Initials, Inc. and is trying to get her business going again (she was on a little hiatus for a bit). She held a giveaway on her site last week and I’m VERY excited to offer this to y’all!

There is some absolutely adorable stuff in this line and if you know me at all, you know I have about 1.5 million bags. I NEED a few of these! Especially the one I chose to give one of you.

The Story Time Tote is the cutest thing ever. See?

It’s 13″ x 13″ and the perfect size for a library book bag, toting around coloring books (like we have with us at all times), transporting those “important papers” with you when you go away for the weekend. Anything. It’s a great size. And it comes in a few different patterns. Check the site for the options. They’re ALL precious.

Hurry up, Jana, get to the point… how do I enter??

How to Enter:

1. Send an email to Leah at leahslunchbox@gmail.com with your full name and email address to be added to her mailing list. Come back here and leave a comment saying you did that. She won’t spam you, I promise! (1 entry)

2. For an extra entry, Tweet or post to Facebook the following: It’s giveaway time at Jana’s Thinking Place. Have you entered? http://wp.me/p15q4j-qp (@jana0926). Come back and leave a separate comment saying you did that. If you tweet AND post to Facebook, leave TWO separate comments. (1 entry each)

*** The winner will be drawn using Random.org on Thursday night at 9pm Eastern.***

Easy enough? I think it is!

Since you’re here, make sure you hook up with me on Google Friend Connect over there on  the side >>>>>.

And maybe even go “Like” me on Facebook! You can “Like” Leah’s page, too, if you want.

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Update: According to Random.org, #16 was our winner… Tinfoil Magnolia!
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I’ll Never Forget…

I’ll Never Forget…

I have writer’s block. I’ve been sitting here pondering what to write about and can’t come up with a THING. So I headed over to Mama Kat’s and grabbed a prompt. This is the first time I’ve used it and I’ve gotta say, she’s got some great ideas!

Mama's Losin' It

The prompt that stood out to me today was writing about five times in my life that “I’ll Never Forget.”  So here goes!

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1. I’ll Never Forget… the day the Challenger launched. And exploded. It was 25 years ago today (January 28, 1986). I was sitting with MMB in 4th grade (Mrs. Brett’s class) and watching it live. It was monumental because of the teacher onboard — Christa McAuliffe. Several days after the disaster, Ronald Reagan spoke at a memorial for the astronauts and I remember very vividly watching replays of it and hearing him say, “Sometimes, when we reach for the stars, we fall short. But we must pick ourselves up again and press on despite the pain.”  Every year, whether it’s in the news or not, something on this day reminds me that it was a tragic day in US history.

2. I’ll Never Forget… The smell of New York City 3 months after 9/11. Jason and I went to NYC just a few months after 9/11 and even though time had passed, the city still smelled of dusty death and despair. Lower Manhattan was still covered in ashes of buildings, industries, entire companies, innocent victims and fear. The silence was deafening around Ground Zero and is a memory I wish I could rid my brain of. (Sidenote: As I’m typing this, it is 9:11am — strange)

3. I’ll Never Forget… The minute I said “yes” to Jason’s proposal. And then my first question was, “It DID come from Herbert Jewelers, right?” Real romantic, huh? (and yes, it DID come from Herbert Jewelers — my family’s store, for those of you who don’t know that)

4. I’ll Never Forget… The buzz in my head and the muffled voice I was hearing when Dr. Clark told us that our Charlie had no brain function and wouldn’t live off of the life support machines and that we needed to make the decision of when to discontinue care. The buzz was so loud and it sounded like he was talking in slow motion and I was being attacked and stung by 20 million buzzing bees. But I knew what he was saying. It just couldn’t be real.

5. I’ll Never Forget… The day that joy was brought back into my life. November 2, 2004 at 2am, after far too many hours of labor and an emergency c-section, Henry Love (yes, his middle name is Love) came into the world full of spirit and hasn’t slowed down since. There were tears of fear and sadness thinking about what had been, and tears of joy and happiness thinking about what was to be. What was to be would never replace what we had lost when Charlie died, but it did refill our hearts with joy and hope and the ability to look to the future. I will forever be grateful for the quote I found in a book that said “You know you’re ready to try again when your faith in the future is greater than your fear of the future.” I’m so glad we didn’t fear the future.

A Double Kiss

A Double Kiss

You may have gathered from other posts that my Charlie sends me kisses every day. Sometimes twice a day, sometimes only once.

Charlie was born at 9:19pm on May 21, 2003. At least once a day I see a 919. Whether it’s the time or an area code or a sign, I see it.

Here’s what I was greeted with this morning while trying to come up with something brilliant to say to y’all:

Screen shots kinda suck. They save so small.

But anyway, at the top right is the time: 9:19AM.

The circle in the middle is how many comments I’ve had on my blog (since moving to WordPress): 919.

So today, already, has been a double kiss day.

I miss you, sweet boy. Thanks for the kisses! I wish I could give you one in person.

Tuesday Rants

I don’t normally talk about current events but this morning I’ve had the news on (won’t mention the channel) and am horrified at several stories. Give me a minute to talk them out. I’d love to hear what YOU have to say about them!

1. Apparently BATH SALTS are now being used by teens to get high. They are snorting, smoking and injecting these bath salts that are clearly made for us moms to use to ESCAPE unruly kids/teens. The effects are about the same as meth and kids who are using this form of drug are cutting themselves, going on psychotic rampages and even taking their own lives. These are BATH SALTS, people.

Louisiana has outlawed, by an emergency order, the bath salts after receiving over 125 calls about this chemical to Poison Control in three months.

I have two problems with this. First is WHO first decided to open a packet of smelly bath salts and snort them? Surely they were on some other drug already, right? Second, at what point do we have to lock away everything except water from our children and teens? And does it stop at teenagers? No. It’s adults, too.

As parents, how do we know what “safe products” aren’t “safe”? Is soap next? Juice? The packet of cheese in the Kraft Mac & Cheese box? Shampoo? Am I going to have to keep the shampoo locked up and then dispense it to Henry in the shower only “as needed” so he doesn’t drink it to get high off the eucalyptus scent?

**End Bath Salt Rant**

2. Outlawing Walking While Distracted. Arkansas and New York are considering outlawing Distractions to Pedestrians. I guess after that dumbass on YouTube that was texting and fell into the fountain at a mall, the lawmakers decided we needed to be protected from our own dumbassness (read: ability to text and walk).

I’m going to go on record as saying I fall into the “Stay the Hell Out of My Business” party with fiscally conservative and socially liberal leanings. That’s all I have to say about that. I don’t talk politics as a general rule.

Back to the matter at hand. So they want to outlaw pedestrians being on the phone, listening to their iPod, texting or doing anything else that might be distracting, up to and including daydreaming probably. By that token, shouldn’t they also outlaw not only texting and driving, but also car radios, GPS’s, DVD players for the kids and hell, THE KIDS from being in the car? Those are all distracting (especially the kids).

As I said on Twitter this morning, the idiot on YouTube that fell into the fountain didn’t need the law to protect her. She simply needed to NOT be an idiot. Stupid isn’t a crime and honestly, as much as it SHOULD be, will never be illegal.

Last time I checked, the states of Arkansas and New York had much bigger problems than protecting idiots from themselves. Like budget shortfalls, homelessness, jobless rates, education… but this is what’s important? I’m sure the victims of domestic abuse, assault, identity theft, robbery, arson, etc would much rather the police force and legal system help protect them from real criminals instead of wasting their time protecting us from our own stupidity.

People need to simply (while walking or jogging) be aware of their surroundings. Be adults. Be responsible. Don’t make those of us who DO act like responsible adults pay for your idiotic behavior.

**End Texting and Walking Rant**

What’s the moral of this story?

If you snort bath salts and try to text while walking, you could injure someone or yourself and thus create drama which creates laws that the smart segment of the population is going to hate you for.

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