Saturday, November 19, 2011

Spring 2012 class schedule



So this is my class schedule for 2012, but it requires a bit of explanation. First thing you should notice is that this schedule contains 21 credit hours, which is a death sentence. I'm not taking 21 credit hours. The next thing you should notice is that I'm waitlisted for a class, HPER-C 366,Community health. So I'm actually in 18 credit hours, and waitlisted for 3. I'm going to drop down to 15 for spring semester though. I'm not sure which classes will be the final cut though.

HPER-H 150 is children's health up to age 5.
HPER-F 317 class is a topical seminar over divorce and it's effect on children(I think.)
HPER-H 235 is obesity and health.
HPER-H 305 is womens health.
HPER-H 306 is mens health.
HPER-H 317 is a topical seminar over gender, communication, sexuality and health.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Harry Potter Marriage Proposal.


This is a really awesome idea. I think it's adorable- as long as it isn't my copy of Half-Blood Prince. If it's my personal copy of the Half-Blood Prince, I'm really shitty. My paperback copies of Harry Potter are littered with notes.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

It's a love hate sort of game.

I find myself wishing I could blog things I can't or shouldn't. Other bloggers know what I mean, things that aren't ok for public consumption, or aren't the publics' business, or involved parties wouldn't like it if I published posts about it, or maybe it's something I just can't bring myself to tell the whole wide world about. It's usually a combination of the three though. Either way- these are things that I really wish I could blog about.

I think about these things and wonder how my little blog would be different if I didn't care and posted it anyway. I wonder if it'd make me a better blogger- or perhaps if it wouldn't help at all.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Rascism and Homophobia


I was reading this article today and feel free and read it for yourself- but I'll summarize it real fast for those of you who don't want to. This local church does a production every year of what they call "a glimpse into hell." It featured scenes about homosexuality, abortion, racism, and alcohol. I think it's really interesting that they did scenes about homosexuality and racism in the same production.

“We told him he was born gay,” the demon said. “Who in their right mind would actually believe that? Now he’s gone forever, into eternal fire, with all the other perverted, twisted, sin-infested souls. We’ve got your alternative lifestyle — in hell.”

“These simpletons actually believe that they are the supreme race,” the demon said. “All these fools have done is bought into one of my biggest lies: racial hatred and
prejudice."

Racism is as bad as homophobia. If you take a stand against one, you should take a stand against the other. Racism is denying a subset of society privileges or rights based on race and what homophobes do is deny a subset of society privileges based who they sleep with. Is there a difference?

There are people that say there is a difference is that homosexuality is a choice and because it's a choice they don't deserve the same rights- but they are wrong. Believing and practicing whatever religion you choose to practice is also a choice and yet you can't be fired from your job based on who or what you pray to. In the majority of states GLBT people can be fired just because of who they find attractive. So even if homosexuality is a choice- it doesn't matter. It should be protected and it's a damn shame it isn't.

Etsy!

I have an Etsy shop. Go buy my shit!

Friday, October 14, 2011

10 reasons the birth control pill doesn't suck.

Read me.

I'm going to pick apart this article point by point because it's pissed me off so much.

1) Birth control raises your risk of breast cancer. Yes it does. But it doesn't double it. It raises by very little. It does significantly lower your risk for ovarian, uterine, and cervical cancer though. So I suppose it's a trade off.


2) The Pill is sexist. You're right. Margaret Sanger did believe in the power of eugenics- but that isn't why the pill was created. A woman named Katherine McKormic was married to a schizophrenic and wanted to prevent pregnancy because she didn't want to pass on the disease to their potential children. She partnered up with Margaret Sanger to create the pill, and by the way, lots of things were tested without informed consent back in the day. It wasn't unsual for the times.

3) The Pill makes it harder for women to find a good partner. This is sort of true, but not for the reasons they say so. Ok. I don't know of any studies on the matter, but I've heard from more than one person that after they or their partner got off the pill they changed. They liked a different kind of guy, they liked different things in bed after they got off the pill, or they liked a different kind of food better.

4)Divorce. Uh, what? Excuse me? The study it linked to was funded and written by "Physicians for Life." I bet it's not bias at all.

5)Bad sex. This happens. Sometimes when a woman goes on the pill her sex life goes down the drain, but fortunately there is a really easy solution to this problem. Go on a different pill. This is one of those side effects you should change your birth control pill for.

6) Attacks men. Alrighty then..."Increase in confusion, violence, masturbation and homosexual behavior?" What the flying fuck does that have to do with an increase in family planning options for women? Why do gay men care about the pill?

7) Ends life. The pill does not end life. Most birth control pills will not terminate an early pregnancy. There are, I believe, some that will maybe. Progesterone only pills maybe? Not sure on that. But that is beside the point.
Let us have a refresher course on how the pill works. The pill prevents ovulation while keeping the uterine walls thin and NOT blood rich. Keeping the uterine walls thin and not rich in blood makes it really really hard for the hypothetically fertilized egg to implant- that's assuming you've missed a pill/your birth control malfunctions and you ovulate.

While I'm on the topic of this I'd suggest you google what it takes for a pregnancy to actually happen because it's kind of a miracle when it does.

8) Turns boy fish into intersex fish. Ok. so, by this I'm going to assume that they mean that artificial hormones are bad for the environment. No shit sherlock. But here is when you really need to think about how diluted excess estrogen and progesterone will be by the time it hits the toilet bowl.

9) Putting pressure on women to provide the birth control. The fact that modern american society puts more pressure on women to be protected from accidental pregnancy isn't the pills fault. It's ours. Wanna change it? Have your boyfriend pay for half your birth control(provided you're in a monogamous relationship.) If you aren't in a monogamous relationship and many people are benefiting from your birth control pill, then it's much harder to work out who pays for what- but if that's you then you're creative. You can work it out.

10)The widespread use of contraception has lead to widespread increase in abortions. Bullshit. Bullshit. Every single reputable study says that access to contraception lowers abortion rates. Every single reputable study says that access to contraception lowers unplanned pregnancy rates. Every. Single. One.

Editors Note:

I know I've defended the pill quite a lot in this blog post- and I think the pill is great for some women. However ,IMO, the best form of birth control for women is the Paraguard IUC. It's hormone free and impossible to screw up for the most part, unless your clinician fucks up putting it in.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Bank of America

So unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that Bank of America is going to start charging for debit card purchases. Yeah, it's shitty. But what's really annoying me is customers acting like they have no power in this equation. Change your bank, change your payment method. There are other banks out there and there is more than one payment method.

Do that or pay the five dollar a month fee.


Side note: Lots of banks charge for individual debit purchases. I'm pretty sure mine does, I know it did when I opened my account. I just run my card as credit. So from my understanding it's just that debit purchase fee we're all used to reformatted.

I can't wait to see how this shake out though- because it will set a precedent for all the other banks, especially nation wide ones.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Rat Cage 2.0

So I've done a ton of work on my rat cage in the past month or so. I'll just upload the photos and let them speak for themselves.



You'll notice that their levels have been covered over with peel and stick vinyl flooring and I no longer use traditional small animal bedding. I use fabric with velcro sewn to one side. Their ball is held to the side of the cage with zipties and yes that is a stick across the top of the cage.

This is their box maze. It's grown from what was once this. The US Postal Service and I are indeed really good friends.

Nothing too interesting to note here except that zipties hold everything to the top of their cage and they really love chewing the zipties off.


This is the entire cage set up like it normally is.

Womanliness and toughness.

"There's a rumor going around that boys are tougher than girls! Oh please! Can you carry a 8 pound baby in your stomach for 9 months and survive hours of labor? Can you cook, clean, and talk on the phone all the at the same time? Can you bleed for a week and not die? Can you walk in 5inch heels? Can you cry all night then wake the next day like everything is ok? Remember guys, WOMEN ARE ONLY HELPLESS UNTIL THEIR NAIL POLISH DRIES! Put this on your wall if your proud to be a women ♥"**

This particular repost thingy is insulting to men,and that's the goal but it's also insulting to women in a much more subtle manner. What if you're one of the women who can't carry a baby to full term- how insensitive is that. And no I can't cook clean and talk on the phone at the same time- though I can cook and talk on the phone at the same time. I suppose I do bleed for a week and not die- but that's more of a biological accident rather than perceived toughness. As for walking in 5 Inch heels...Do you really think I can walk in heels period? Like for reals. I'm not really convinced that anyone can have a horrid night and wake up like everything is ok, man or woman.

Sidenote: Just exactly how vain does the line "Women are only helpless until their nail polish dries." sound?

So does the fact that I can't do 3 out of the 5 of these things make me less tough, or less womanly or both?

**I have left any and all grammar mistakes in this as is-despite how much they make me cringe

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I Stand With Planned Parenthood.

I do stand with planned parenthood. I am pro-choice and I do think anti-choicers have their heads screwed on backwards. I have a facebook friend who is always linking to "news" stories from www.lifenews.com. Now you'll excuse me if I don't believe that any article that comes out of lifenews.com to be unbiased. But that's beside the point.

I stand with Planned Parenthood because they are the only abortion provider in much of the United States and they perform both a valuable and needed service in our communities.

I stand with Planned Parenthood because no cost or low cost birth control is more cost effective than unplanned baby.

I stand with Planned Parenthood because abstinence only sex ed does not work.

On a side note this article was on the front page of the New York Times today. I also happen to think this elected clergy person has her head on backwards. But this has a bigger implication that I think is very cool. This article on the front page of the New York Times sends a very strong signal that we as American people are no longer willing to let slights like this sit on the back burner. I'm sure it's happened more than this one reported case- but I feel like the message has been sent that says it isn't ok to perpetuate bigotry in the work place and that is a message I can get behind.

Dear Ms. Belforti,
It actually is your job to leave your personal business at the door when you walk into work. You can't reformat how your county issues marriage licenses because you don't want to sign the marriage license for Sue and Jane. You've been elected by your county, and part of your duties include signing marriage licenses, so either sign marriage licenses or resign. Those are really your two choices.

Love,
Me

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Happy Birthday!

One of my favorite persons birthday is today!

sooo happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS: call me.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Aloe Vera as Shaving Cream

I love aloe vera. I always keep at least one bottle in my fridge and today I was shaving my legs in my comfy chair because I have a hot date with the treadmill tomorrow. But anyway, I had The Roommate bring up the aloe with a water bottle to ward off any razor burn and used it as shaving cream and it's seriously the best and closest shave I've ever had.

My mind has officially been blown.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11

Can you believe it's been ten years since 9/11? I've thought about this for a couple days now and I just don't know how to blog about this. So I guess I'll just post a question. Where were you? Where were you when it happened? Where were you when you fully understood it, if you were like me and didn't know the full weight of what had just happened?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

On 9/11

A thought struck me today as I was riding in the car with my roommate. A whole generation of kids don't know what 9/11 feels like and don't know what it feels like for America to not be fighting this war on terror.

It's so weird to me. I remember exactly where I was and how it broke down. I remember my Orchestra teachers' husband coming in and telling his wife they couldn't get ahold of their son. I remember being told that the pentagon and the world trade center had been hit at lunch. I remember that no one explained anything to us until my social studies teacher did, but most of all I remember how he did it. First, he drew a picture on the board to help demonstrate what happened and explained the magnitude of these buildings being targeted. Then he devoted the rest of class explaining that Islamic extremists did this, not all Muslims and that no matter what we were going to hear as it unfolded that it was really important to remember that all Middle Easterners aren't the enemy.

I think that's still important to remember. That all Muslims aren't terrorists. I think it's easy to forget.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

How to Survive College 101(serious version)

The school year has officially started once again(Go IU!) and as such I have been inspired to make such a post.

1. Actually go to class. I know you came to college expecting freedom, and most of your professors probably don't have an attendance policy but go to class. Don't skip class because you're tired, or because it's raining or snowing or cloudy. The day you skip will be the day the professor offers extra credit.
1. A) While you should go to class, it is also important to figure out the classes it's actually worth taking notes in, because you will have that professor who reads the textbook verbatim and as such taking notes won't actually help you pass said class.
1. B) Never get behind. It's an uphill battle to get caught back up.

2. Join a club. I know it sounds lame, but it's a really good way to meet people.

3. Dress appropriately for class and meetings with your advisor. This isn't so important for freshman and sophomores as it is for juniors and seniors. I'm not suggesting you wear suits and skirts to class, however your professors and advisors will make excellant references both before and graduation. Don't let their only image of you be in micro-minis and stretch tops or conversely in pants that sag to your knees.

4. At every single college you pay a fee called the "campus activity fee." That fee pays for entertainment on campus and for the campus gym. If you're paying for them you might as well use it.

5. Don't buy your books either a) new or b) from the bookstore on campus. Save your money and buy online or at another bookstore. Don't sell your books back to your on campus bookstore either- you'll get better money elsewhere. (Pro tip: Save all your notes/class powerpoints from a given class and sell them with your textbook to a person who has the same professor and section for a higher buyback value provided you did well in the class.)

6. Avoid 8AMs like the plague. nuff said.

7. If you're still dating your boyfriend/girlfriend from back home, do yourself a favor and break up with them now rather than waiting until thanksgiving, or maybe even new years.

8. Whatever lanyard/backpack/ keychain you received at orientation...don't carry it on campus. Save it, it's a great momento, but don't carry it around campus. You might as well walk around campus with a flashing neon sign that says " freshman" over your head.

9. Roommates suck for most people. If your RA doesn't make you sign a roommate contract, then do it anyway with your roommate.

10. Never walk alone if it can be helped. This is especially true for vagina owners.

I'm going to end with the best and worst bits of advice I got when I went to college.

The worst: "You only need ten pairs of panties."- My mother.
The Best:"Remember, no matter where you go to school murder is still illegal."-Brandon