“That’s Not Nearly Enough Wonder Woman”

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Yesterday my son was talking to me about Scribblenauts Unmasked.  Scribblenauts is an amazing PC game that allows the player to engage in the story.  The player writes words to aid the hero in accomplishing his goals.  It’s awesome… like animate Mad Libs.

He was describing the different things he had unlocked when he paused thoughtfully.  “There’s only one Wonder Woman level…. That’s not nearly enough Wonder Woman.”

I couldn’t believe my ears.  He proceeded to tell me the story was too short and was far too easy, which left him feeling disappointed.

SEEEEEEEE?!?!?!?!?!  Even a 7 year old gets it.  He actually understands the importance of women in literature and media.

I think it’s pretty spectacular that my son has a desire for strong female character story lines.  In a world and educational community where boys aren’t encouraged to like “girly” things, my son stands confident.

Here’s the thing…we don’t really “talk” about or complain openly about these kinds of issues.  We live by example.  We live a life that reflects the love and respect of God.

Let me address this from a Creationist perspective.  There is quite a bit of propaganda out in the world, but we don’t force that down our kids throat.  We use the Bible to guide our lives, which shows our kids what is good.  God created woman.  She didn’t happen by accident.  She was created.  Remember that God said it was NOT good for man to be alone.  That didn’t mean that woman was created because He didn’t want man to be lonely.  Adam walked with God in the garden.  How can you be lonely when God is with you?!  It wasn’t “good” because Adam only reflected part of God’s character.  God had to create another person that engendered the other aspects of God.  That’s how we are created in his image.  Creation wouldn’t have been complete without Eve!

Women are relevant.  Women characters and GOOD story lines are not only relevant but necessary and I’m proud that my 7 year old son understands that.   ❤

The Serendipitious Nap

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My dad is standing on the far left. Whoever took this picture was obviously partaking in the festivities. LOL

Naps are not known for their chance to provide a person with big life moments, so I’m surprised by a fairly fortuitous one. During my nap yesterday, I had a dream about my deceased father that was so real and was SO TOTALLY 1989.  My father and his bowling buddies had won a huge national bowling tournament.  Their embroidered bowling jackets smelled of smoke and cheap beer and my dad’s comb-over was typically askew.  The whole league listened as they announced that they were going to follow their dreams and go PRO.  I could even smell the oil on the lanes!  When I started to wake up I thought “I forgot that my dad is alive, why do I always think he’s dead?”  Then reality settled in “Oh, wait, its the other way around.”  I have this confusion nearly every time I have a dream about him.  Normally, I’m not saddened by this.  It is what it is.  But this time, I felt it.  It was unpleasant and a bit disturbing.

INSERT IMPORTANT EXPOSITION:  On, Father’s Day, I had a huge revelation about mourning my father and wrote a blog entry entitled “You’re Not Really Gone”.  (You can read my blog entry HERE.)

My 4yo came in and his cute little voice cheered me up.  I reached for my phone and the first thing I saw was a TWEET from James Hance, a very well known artist of Geek Culture, and it totally made my day.  He said “@ZeroFrizzThirty “You’re Not Really Gone” was a beautiful read <3″  Talk about serendipity!  He had tweeted that to me while I was having that dream.  I kid you not!  I was in the middle of that dream when he tweeted it and I saw it as soon as I awoke.  I was instantly reminded of that Father’s Day revelation and was moved that a person I respect and admire would give me such a lovely piece of encouragement.  He really made my day.

I believe in God and that He cares about the little things.  He cares deeply and I am grateful.

James Hance can be found on Facebook at Relentlessly Cheerful Art by James Hance and on Twitter @JimJeroo  He is, in my opinion, one of the best artists of all time (not an exaggeration) and he is genuinely a great person.  His art will lift your spirits!

He sells original artwork on Etsy too. ❤

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You’re Not Really Gone

  
Daddy,
This Is the First Fathers Day since you’ve been gone that I’ve really felt your absence. I’ve often wondered why I don’t miss you as much as other people miss their parents that have gone. Why don’t I cry when I think of you? Why don’t I fall apart? How is it that I keep on going without tripping over my sunken heart?

Then it occurred to me. Just now. Sitting at the breakfast table, looking at the wide and beautiful Wyoming view in front of me, it occurred to me….. You’re not really gone. You’ve never really left me. All of the teaching, the fun, the discipline, the laughter and the love are inside of me. I carry you with me every day and listen to your words moment to moment.  
It was this day, Dad, that I realized that I can’t mourn a man who is still alive. Happy Father’s Day, Daddy. I love you!
With Love,

Your Punkin

P.S. I’m in good hands.

OPTIMUS EEYORE

 

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So I happened upon this information awhile back while on imdb.com  and my childhood memories and feelings clashed together with such glee and horror that there really isn’t a word in the english language to describe it.

The voice actor who portrays Optimus Prime has been voicing this character since the original cartoon aired in 1984.  Peter Cullen has been in voice acting for ages, it seems, and most of us grew up hearing his voice again and again.  We heard him in Votron, My Little Ponies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, The Real Ghostbusters, Duck Tales, Rainbow Brite, and many more.  

It was a regular day of watching shows with my sons when I heard this voice again… only this time is was coming out of EEYORE!  Apparently Peter Cullen has been portraying Eeyore almost as long as Optimus Prime but I had never noticed.  I admittedly didn’t watch much Transformers but the voice of Optimus Prime stays with you.  I also admit that I DID watch a lot of Winnie the Pooh growing up, but I never made the connection.  

My world was officially blown.  Here are two characters that couldn’t be more opposed to each other.  Eeyore is like Optimus’ ANTITHESIS! 

Well, it just goes to show that Peter Cullen is amazing.  He is able to instill the greatest amount of hope and strength in his characters and the greatest amount of sympathy.  Here’s to you Mr. Cullen.  Thank you for giving me a very rich childhood!

Love! ❤ 

Check out Peter Cullen’s imdb page! Here

How Facebook Made and Broke My Year!

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Hi Everyone! Well, I have been all over social media in 2013 trying to figure what this whole mess is about.  Twitter was my vice, Tumblr was my biggest confusion, Pinterest was my greatest joy, WordPress was my biggest failure and Facebook was my biggest time leech and regret!

Let’s talk about Facebook for a minute.  I have had a love/hate relationship with it for some time now.  On the bright side, I met some of the best people in the world on Twitter and Facebook in the year 2012 and 2013, but I also experienced some of my greatest hurt as well.  I came to realize that for all the good that is out there, there is going to be those few people that make it miserable for everybody else.  There’s that one Sociopath that just can’t let you be happy.

Facebook is a breeding ground for immaturity and is run by Childish Politics.  You better line up with that bully or this will happen,  “I’m going to unfriend YOU because you wouldn’t let me abuse your family! Then I’ll  harass your family and post passive aggressive memes to gain sympathy for myself!”  The Passive Aggressive Bullying is Unchallenged and so pervasive that it makes a healthy heart sick.  You can’t even stand up for yourself against these people because they group together in clans and will lie, twist your words, slander your character and make it impossible for reason to have its victory. They are sneaky, manipulative and I’ve had enough.  ON TOP OF IT ALL, FB was also an administrative NIGHTMARE!  It was taking me forever to scroll through my newsfeed just to find that one post, from that one great friend.  Aggravating. 😦

I JUST WANT TO FIND MY FRIEND’S POST ON 15 WAYS TO COOK KALE!!!! IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?!?!?!   LOL!

So I’m taking the excellent advice I received from my best friend, ease off of any seriousness on FB.  I’ve decided to make this social media stuff work for me for a change.  I am sick of being Facebook’s *itch! I will be spending much more time here on WordPress sharing makeup, manicures, Geek Stuff, and now more family stuff.  I will also be using Twitter which will help save time because I can post my updates once!  I’m going to use Facebook in a more professional sense to protect my family from the Busybodies and Bullies, and also, so I can enjoy it for all the inspiration and love that it has the potential to offer.

Welcome back to my blog and I hope you have a great 2014!  Let’s make this year work for us, Friends!  Circumstance can kiss our lily white ones ❤

Special Thanks to the following people who have been an inspiration to me and who have kicked me when I needed it!

-My besties, Machie, Decca, and Gelanie for their unfailing love and mercy! LOL (not their real names)

-Cher-Ron  for understanding me and helping me despite understanding me! ;P (again not real name)

-@Keeba13, @MrsDarthKramer, @spacekicker, @SizzlerKistler for your undying ability to care for others! (real Tweeps and you should follow them on Twitter)

-Rhoda Joy and Jordan Kimble Charters for being an unstoppable positive force in this world! (also follow them @RhodaJoyOFFICIAL and @JKCharters)

-And of course, my Mom, for your loving devotion! ❤

Much Love! ❤

 

In Loving Memory

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For Jade Rusche, a very dearly loved brother in Christ. Our hearts our sick with grief for his family and friends.

I looked up the meaning of Jadrian and I found that it is a form of Adrian, stemming from the Roman Hadrius. Hadria was a town and gateway to the Adriatic Sea. The Adriatic Sea is mentioned many times in the Bible. I know that Jade enjoyed time with friends by the ocean and I wanted to remember him this way.

Note: Name Meaning Source is the website Behind The Name

Nail Design Inspired By Sweet Sugar

Father’s… We love You!

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We hope you Daddy’s are all having a wonderful Day today! Love and Blessings ❤

Here’s Hopin’ For Hope!

Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

This verse touched my heart today from Proverbs 31 Ministries.

Wherever you are and whatever you believe, hope is real. I don’t fully understand it and I’ve rarely experienced it, but it is real nonetheless. AND if you’re like me, you really need it. So here’s “hoping” that we get some soon! 😉

LOVE YOU ALL! Seriously, even you, Random Castleville and Gardens of Time friends! Especially you, Never Met You Geeks In Cyber Space Friends! I’ve got enough for all of you, Facebookies, Tweeps and Blogites!

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Stop Passive-Aggressive Bullying

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I am driven to talk about BULLYING because it is something that has followed me my whole life and it seems most people don’t even know that someone they care about is being bullied. So, I’m pulling together information that will help any of you that feel trapped in bullying situations or relationships.   

Most childhood bullies choose a more subtle bullying lifestyle when they grow up, but they still have the emotional immaturity of a child.  They are driven by Pride and Selfish Ambition.  The world revolves around their happiness or lack there of.  The type of bullying I want to talk about is The Passive Aggressive Bully.  This bully would never risk an outright approach for fear of exposing themselves and ruining their carefully constructed image of perfection.  They are brilliant manipulators and they are experts at orchestrating circumstances and people in their favor. When exposed they lash out and deny their mistakes and they will even lie to preserve themselves.  The most difficult kind of bully is The Passive Aggressive bully.

Hidden traits:

  1. Charming
  2. Obsessed with image
  3. Distorts truth and reality
  4. Evasive
  5. Plays the victim
  6. Self-righteous
  7. Pompous
  8. Hypocritical
  9. Two-faced
  10. Rumor-monger
  11. Passive-aggressive
  12. Pretends to care

-via www.kickbully.com

This doesn’t mean that anyone who displays these behaviors or characteristics is a bully.  It doesn’t mean that, because someone has treated you poorly, you are being bullied.  This is just a list of traits that are not visible. They are subtle and are much more devastating if unavoided.  I plan on having a series of posts dedicated to this.  I will be pulling together from many different resources to bring you a full understanding of the bully, and his or her psychological state.  I plan on sharing parts of my lifestory to give you a full understanding of how this type of bullying can affect a person and arrest their life from knowing success.

Bullies are the worst kind of sociopaths and they will fight you to social death.  Usually, yours, because most targeted victims are too weak too fight back, are victims of past abuse, the costs of fighting back are too high, or they have a strong moral obligation that prevents them from doing so.

I hope to go through these characteristics one by one and give you examples of the behaviors that manifest because of them.

I highly recommend checking out the following websites if you are a victim of this kind of bullying.

Kick Bully- Where Your Fight Begins

Bullying In The Family

Bullying: The Family Connection

This Emotional Life: Adult Bullying

Life After Adult Bullying

The Verbal Abuse Site

Books Recommended by Leading Anti-Bullying Sites:

Mean Girls Grow Up: Adult Women Who Are Still Queen Bees, Middle Bees, and Afraid To Bees by Cheryl Dellasega PhD

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons

Victory Over Verbal Abuse: A Healing Guide to Renewing Your Spirit and Reclaiming Your Life by Patricia Evans

To Be An Anchor in the Storm: A Guide for Families and Friends of Abuse Women by Susan Brewster

Beyond The Tears: A True Survivor’s Story by Lynn C. Tolson

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher PhD

When Friendship Hurts: How to Deal with Friends Who Betray, Abandon, or Wound You by Jan Yager

Toxic In-Laws: Loving Strategies for Protecting Your Marriage by Susan Forward

Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life by Susan Forward

Boundaries: Where You End and I Begin by Anne Katherine

Self Esteem: A Proven Program of Cognitive Techniques for Assessing, Improving and Maintaining Your Self-Esteem by Matthew McKay

The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem: The Definitive Work on Self-Esteem by the Leading Pioneer in the Field Nathaniel Branden

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin Seligman

Living with the Passive-Aggressive Man: Coping with Hidden Aggression by Scott Wetzler

The Emotionally Abused Woman: Overcoming Destructive Patterns and Reclaiming Yourself by Beverly Engel

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Workplace or other, it’s wrong.

http://www.kickbully.com/hidden.html

This site humorously refers to the workplace as The Mental Hospital where the patients run the show. However, it illuminates an area of BULLYING that is just as destructive as other forms.

The Passive Aggressive Bully

Please support all of us who have been brutalized by this form of bullying, by reading this article and standing up for those affected by it. It’s okay to walk away from a Passive Aggressive BULLY. Don’t encourage them by listening to them. Dont “Like” their FB posts that are Passive Aggressive. Dont “Favorite” their Passive Aggressive Tweets. Learn the difference between the genuine and ingenuine! This website helps sort out the subtleties of the Passive Aggressive Bully.

Help protect the victims, not the BULLY. If you recognize someone doing this, please step up and do what’s right. Confrontation will only cause problems and backlash, so just remove them from your life.  Help victims by supporting their defenses and boundaries.  The BULLY won’t stop their torment as long as they have people willing to tolerate them.

As far as Christians are concerned, Jesus would have never sat idly by or even encouraged this kind of BULLYING. He wouldnt and didn’t buddy-up with BULLIES. We can’t hide behind His name, call ourselves Peacemakers, and let an innocent be devastated to the point of suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, or fatal suicide because of Passive Aggressive Bullying.

If you are this type of BULLY…you can stop. There’s help for people who want to stop bullying. Don’t let another minute go by where you are responsible for someone else’s pain.

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