#FineChinaFriday and Last Week’s Recap

 

Last week’s #FineChinaFriday was great fun! We had so many fun participants who showed off how they celebrated with their finest dishes.

If you’re still unaware of what this is, check out the original post about #FineChinaFriday.

I promised a post on how to find pieces of china at great prices for those who don’t have any but want to participate. I’m shooting to have that done tomorrow.

But today I just wanted to share some highlights from last week:

Did you see the picture with a TON of pieces of china being dried?

That’s my friend Karen. She had 16 children (ages 4-10) over for a valentine’s day tea party and was inspired to actually break out her grandmother’s china. AND NOT A PIECE WAS BROKEN!!

She wins the awesome award for the week. Which is really just knowing that she’s awesome because I have nothing to offer!

The celebrity award goes to Kim Kardashian who tweeted about her dinner. Thanks to Heather for pointing out that Kim, in fact, participated in #FineChinaFriday. I choose to think she actually knew about it instead of thinking that she eats like that every day. Whatever!

Join us today.

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SOC Sunday: Celebrity Addictions

In light of yesterday’s death of Whitney Houston, iconic singer and the voice of the soundtrack of most of my generation’s teen years, Fadra’s prompt this week for Stream of Consciousness Sunday is…

Celebrities and drugs – do you judge harshly, have mercy, or fit somewhere in between?

#SOCsunday

First let me say that my thoughts and prayers are with Whitney Houston’s family, friends, mentors and mentorees. Most especially, my thoughts are with her daughter who not only lost her mother to death, but very likely feels like she had lost her mother to addiction years ago.

Now, the question is, do I judge celebrity drug use harshly, have mercy or fall somewhere in between.

I think my answer is somewhere in between. Mostly, the emotion it brings up in me is sadness. It makes me sad.

Celebrities at their core are just people like us. They have pressures, they have deadlines, they often have explosive creative minds and they have money. Granted, they have way more money than most everybody I know, but with that money and fame seems to come an amount of peer pressure that we “normal” people can’t understand.

Drug use is a choice at its core. Everyone has two choices: Yes or No.

But addiction is a disease. It’s a disease that impacts every aspect of your life, body, soul and family. It kills. Not only physically, but it kills so much around you.

I think the part of celebrity drug abuse (which is what the prompt asked about, so I’m simply talking about THAT segment of the population) that I don’t understand is why so many of them either never get help or don’t seem to make efforts to stay clean once they’re sober.

I know that in order to decide to get help, you either have to hit rock bottom and be forced into treatment or you have to have enough clarity to know that you are in need of treatment. You have to want to help yourself.

You hear of celebrities going to fancy rehab facilities and coming out ready to take on sober life and then BOOM they’re back in action with their vices again. But you rarely hear of any of them going to wonderful support groups like AA or NA or any of the other 12-step programs. 

I think if I had to say, my sadness stems from the fact that even with their fame, beauty, gobs of money and access to whatever they want whenever they want, their support network is limited. Everyone surrounding them is after money, fame and fortune, too.

Spending a million dollars to “get clean” is only going to work if there is a network of supportive people behind the scenes after the fact. And there seemingly never is.

And THAT makes me sad.

No matter what the actual cause of death is, and we don’t know that as of this minute, her battle with addiction did damage to her life and body that likely fueled her early death.

No matter how you slice it, 48 is far too young to die.

Rest well, Whitney, and all (celebrity and non-celebrity) who have battled addiction and have gone before you.

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This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Add the Stream of Consciousness Sunday badge to your post. (on Fadra’s sidebar)
  • Link up your post on her post.
  • Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.

Live From My Couch… It’s the Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding was more than just a wedding. It was a fashion show, a fairy tale and a Twitter Fest! Facebook and Twitter were blowing up from the sheer quantity of chatter about the festivities. At one point, it was reported that over 100,000 tweets PER MINUTE were being generated using the #RoyalWedding hashtag. That’s insane, people!

I helped with that number and thought y’all would love (HA!) my wonderful commentary about the occasion.

The night before:

Off to bed… See y’all before the sun comes up, with my scones and a spot of tea.

Up at 4:30 and the Tweeting commenced:

Woohoo #royalwedding

When did Elton John get so old? #RoyalWedding

Watching TLC and NBC coverage. Flipping back and forth…#RoyalWedding

That lady got a purple cast for the occasion. #royalwedding

I wonder if the Prime Minister’s wife has on spanx under that dress.#RoyalWedding

Oh look! They’re so CUTE :) It seems like just yesterday those handsome boys were born! #iamold#royalwedding

I’m all weepy. How magical! It’s a Prince and an almost-Princess!#royalwedding

It’s so relaxed in there it seems. I love it! #royalwedding

Me, too!! RT @the818: Real live princes, motherf**kers. That shit is blowing my tiny American mind. #wakslumberparty

I wish those buses were like the Fur Bus!! #royalwedding

We’re going over next June for the Diamond Jubilee… who wants to invite us to an official party? #RoyalWedding

RIGHT? I want to go buy a commuter bus now! RT @mamaspohr: That’s some SWEET product placement, VW. #royalwedding

I’m totally getting one. Uh, when I marry a Prince or something. RT @the818: I want a Bentley. #wakslumberparty

And the queen is in YELLOW!!! BOOM! #RoyalWedding

Where do I get a tiny uniform like those little boys have? Henry needs one!

I hope the Queen remembered to turn her iPhone off so it doesn’t go off during the service. #RoyalWedding

OOH it’s a PRINCESS!!!!!!!!! #ROYALWEDDING

Oh my gosh. I wonder if she’s as giddy as I am? #RoyalWedding

::SQUEE:: RT @beantownkate: OMG!! Flower girls and miniprinces!

Oh my gosh.. I’m going to cry. She’s GLOWING! #RoyalWedding

He just said “You look beautiful” OH MY GOSH I”M CRYING!!!!#royalwedding

No, I’m not singing along and reading along in my printed out programme. Nope. Not me. #RoyalWedding#YESIAM

Vows are so much more beautiful with a British accent.#RoyalWedding

I KNOW! RT @the818: He can’t stop smirking. I’m all a twitter, twitter. #wakslumberparty

The love between William and Kate seems to have killed Twitter.#RoyalWedding

RT @alexcampbell11: If we’ve learned anything from Royal Wedding it is this. Listen to your mother. It just might land you a prince & title.

RT @BritishMonarchy: Prince William and Catherine Middleton will become The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on marriage

RT @unexpexpectbaby: “Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire.” #royalwedding

Haha! Henry just said, “Bring out the kissin” #RoyalWedding

Where are they honeymooning? Gatlinburg, TN? The Poconos? Panama City Beach? #RoyalWedding

RT @guiltysquid: Say what you want but Kate just married herself a prince. She pretty much wins.

@CountessMo Well, it’s a shame they won’t go to the Poconos. They have those champagne jacuzzi thingies, yaknow :)

Anybody notice there’s no other yellow in the church except the Queen? Did they send out notice for guests not to wear yellow?#RoyalWedding

@mamaspohr Probably awkward to sing God Save The Queen when you ARE the Queen. Maybe?

I wish they were walking out to “Someday my Prince Will Come” THAT would be epic! #RoyalWedding

This is giving me chills. So beautiful!

Me, too. RT @That_Biz: Bash it all you want but this is history and I’m all kinds of choked up. #RoyalWedding

It’s too bad they couldn’t get a unicorn to pull their carriage.#RoyalWedding

I KNOW :) So sweet! RT @meredithblumoff: He held her flowers! SWOON!

((re: Pippa and Harry needing to hook up)) @AmazingGreis Is Pippa single? If so, you’re totally right. Just think they could be double in-laws or whatever :)

RT @MommasGoneCity: If you weren’t totally lovestruck at this wedding, I fear your heart is made of stone. So totally perfect, it was!

In spite of my love & obsession for the #RoyalWedding, my heart is still with all of those who lost their homes and loved ones in the South.

Kate and William sitting in a balcony. K-I-S-S-I-N-G. (Thought Harry & Pippa may make out) #RoyalWedding

The mom in me is nervous about those kids standing so close to the edge of the balcony!

I figured it out. Beatrice and Eugenia looked like Kelly Osborne and Lady Gaga coming in.

I love the getaway car! #RoyalWedding

Gorgeous! RT @ClarenceHouse: Want to see what the wedding cake looks like? http://bit.ly/mSAU5Y#rw2011

And then this morning:

This was my favorite image from the #RoyalWedding. She turned and took just “one last look” at the people. *sigh*http://twitpic.com/4rel2t

Watching Princess Margaret’s wedding. Kate’s dress looked a LOT like hers.

I love knowing now that Harry told William, upon sneaking a peek down the aisle at Kate, “Wait til you see her.” ::swoon::

You know? It was a magical morning. We had scones and tea. We watched until we couldn’t watch anymore. We made sure Henry got to see parts of it. We talked about our trip we’re planning for next summer to London.

I don’t understand not being intrigued by the thousands-of-years-old traditions that were celebrated, even as Americans who renounced our allegiance to Britain. So what? We don’t do anything on such a grand scale in our country, certainly not with such grace, dignity, calm and order.

And now? Now that we’ve taken a slight break from reality and indulged in a fairy tale of grand proportions, we can go back to bickering about budgets, politics and birth certificates. We can continue to pray for and send aid to the storm-ravaged areas of the country. We can worry about deciding between buying fresh produce or buying gas to drive to and from work.

And as parents, we can try to figure out how to manage to eek our sons/daughters into the right places so we, too, can one day see them have a fairy tale marriage to their prince or princess.

After all, we all deserve to live happily ever after, right?

 

Tiaras and Tea: A Royal Affair to Remember

I held off publishing this until this afternoon in light of yesterday’s storms that roared through the Southeast. At this time there are 250+ fatalities, thousands of injuries and entire towns wiped off the map. For more information on how to help, see my earlier post, GIVE BLOOD and pray for those who lost their homes, loved ones and lives.

The Spencer Gold Tulip Tiara, c. 1830

Aah… the Royal Wedding.

I’m not going to lie. I’ve got Royal Wedding Fever. This is not to be confused with typhoid or scarlet fever, though.

This fever started when I was 5. It’s one of my first vivid memories.

My mom made sure we experienced the Royal Wedding of Diana and Charles (in 1981) like princesses. My sister and I were up at the crack of dawn, settled in on sleeping bags, blankets and pillows in the middle of our living room, donning tiaras (real ones from our jewelry store) and having a tea party.

We watched and imitated the wedding for weeks. And we honestly believed that we lived in a world where anyone COULD be a princess, if only they could meet a prince.

We followed as Charles and Diana charmed the world. We watched as they drifted apart. We watched as they helped people. There was drama. There was unrest. There was a divorce. Then there was Diana’s death.

It didn’t seem possible that such a beautiful princess could be gone. Watching her boys walk behind her casket was heartbreaking, but knowing that one day William, the prince who would be King, would have a princess of his own was reassuring.

The pomp and circumstance in everything that the British Monarchy does is so intriguing to me. We know nothing of the sort in the US. It’s such a foreign concept to us, such an old practice dating back to Kings and Queens hundreds of years ago.

And now. Now it’s the eve of the Royal Wedding for the “child who would be King” and his fiance Kate (which, her name is Catherine so why isn’t it Cate?).

So many people are wondering why people are all atwitter over the Royal festivities. I only have a few novice theories on that.

  • Most of them are too young to remember the wedding of Charles and Diana. The Royal Weddings that have taken place since then haven’t been as high-profile as this one.
  • The 24 hour news sources and social media has inundated us with information thus making us tired of it before it even gets here. I do agree that maybe we don’t need live coverage from London for 2 weeks in advance of the wedding. Maybe the day before, but not for weeks on end.
  • It’s also hard to separate ourselves and our depressed US economy from the millions of dollars being spent on this event across the pond. My answer to that is simply, “What does it matter?” It’s not our country. It’s not our money. It’s what they do. They’re royal and we’re not. They can do whatever the eff they want to. It’s that simple. The Royal Family has no impact on anything that goes on in our country anymore, you know, since we declared our independence from them. So what’s so wrong about thinking that this “big thing” they do is amazingly cool. It’s not like they do it every day.
  • They’re grumpy and don’t want anybody else to have something that they can’t have OR they have no romantic bones in their bodies.

Well, we’re intrigued. We (Jason and I) are so intrigued by all-things-Royal that we’re planning a trip to London next summer around the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. We’ve talked about a trip there for years and are finally going to do it.

We’re also going to get up at 5am tomorrow and watch the coverage. You can make fun of us. We’re good with that. We’ll DVR it so Henry can watch some of it because even though he’s a boy, he’s into princes and knights and saving the princess so he’ll probably love it.

So today I’ll head to the store and buy some scones and tea and maybe even a tiara to wear in the morning. I’ll watch and probably cry and you’ll more than likely make fun of me.

And I’m ok with that. I’ll be the one who remembers when King William got married!

 

SOC Sunday: iWanna have iCarly’s life

Hooking up with Fadra today for another fabulously riveting installment of Stream of Consciousness Sunday. If you’ve been living under a rock or are new here, it’s a 5 minute, unedited, brain dump. It’s about all I can handle on Sundays, especially when the husband is at work for the 7th day this week. *sigh*

I want iCarly’s life. I mean, who doesn’t?

She lives with her super cool big brother Spencer, has a cute and witty friend named Sam. Her boys that are always with her are cute and fun, I think they’re Gibby and Freddy.

I guess the parents are dead or something, I’m not real sure, but Spencer is the guardian. He makes sure Carly doesn’t get in trouble and sometimes even teaches her lessons. Sam is the trouble-maker and honestly, I think being her would be way more fun. Plus, Jane Lynch is her mom! WIN!

They live in this fabulous loft with all the most hip and cool “Pear” (uh, Apple) products and everything is automated. They have cute and kitschy (sp?) stuff all over and everything is always neat and clean.

Remember that time Spencer burned down Carly’s room and nothing else? By making a lamp out of gummy bears? (uh, AWESOME) He handled the insurance adjusters with ease and immediately had her room redone ala Extreme Home Makeover in a matter of hours while she worked a crappy job for one day. Lucky girl!

Anyway, iReally wanna have iCarly’s life. iMean, who doesn’t? It’s lush, hip, cool and on TV!

**Timer done**

 

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