Saturday, July 30, 2011

I HATE TAMPONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, I hate tampons. Every single time I use one I get what I believe is a yeast infection. I had to use a couple this weekend- but I thought I'd share my favorite yeast infection home remedies with you all!

Yogurt. Plain yogurt with live cultures in it. Fill a tampon applicator with the yogurt and freeze it. Once frozen insert it.

Olive oil. Smear it on your vulva. It'll help sooth the itchy burny feeling.

My favorite method- boric acid. This is something you probably don't have in your medicine cabinet. I had to order it online. You fill gel capsules with it and insert them into the vagina. You'll want to put a pad in your panties for this though, it comes out as really watery discharge. This is my go to method.

Anywho! now that I've shared my knowledge I'm going to bed!

Monday, July 25, 2011

How to have a great weekend in Chicago :)

Step 1: Meet a friend on the Post Secret Community. (Bonus points if you have the same name as them!)
Step 2: Talk to her for 3 years.
Step 3: Meet her in Chicago when she is there meeting up with her boyfriend.
Step 4: Get dinner at five guys and see the movie Horrible Bosses(Which is really funny, I laughed the whole time.)
Step 5: Get breakfast, get rained on, watch movies, go to the Lincoln Park Zoo, and get our nails done, eat a really delicious homecooked dinner made by this guy, and go to a burlesque show at a local bar.
Step 6: Go to the beach, get lunch, spend two hours in traffic attempting to go to the planetarium, end up going to the Wicker Park Music Festival then go to dinner.
Step 7: go home :(

I had a really great weekend. :) I hope we can do it again guys.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Anti-Choice Antics.

I was in Chicago this weekend!!!! I’ll blog about the finer points of my trip later. While I was in Chicago we went to the wicker park music festival. And while we were there Allie(My friends name is Allie too!!) and I saw a couple of college age guys wearing matching pro life t-shirts and handing out cards for some ministry in downtown Chicago. Allie and I went up and had a little conversation with them about their shirts and cards. While the pro life shirts and the ministry they were promoting were two separate organizations we had a very interesting conversation about abortion with them.

After explaining that the shirts and the ministry were two different organizations Allie pointed out that it would be more effective for women to wear pro life shirts because she isn’t very likely to discuss abortion with a man because pregnancy is a woman thing rather than a man thing. They kept repeating that pregnancy was a family thing. When pressed about why they were pro life they said and I quote “ Half of all babies aborted are male.”

“Pregnancy is a family thing.” This statement of there’s bothers me because it doesn’t have to be a family thing- in fact to assume that every pregnancy is a family thing is totally faulty. What if you’re raped and get pregnant? Is the resulting pregnancy a family thing? What if neither party is ready for a child? Is that still a family thing if neither party is ready for a child or the responsibility of being pregnant? Pro lifers can’t assume that pregnancy is a family thing. It’s always a woman thing, hopefully a family thing- but never a man thing(which does make me wonder why it’s mostly men who protest it publically), last time I checked men don’t carry babies to term.

“Half of all babies aborted are male.” First, I question the validity of that statement; I’d love to see the study that shows this. Second, this statement is really offensive. One of the tenants of the prolife movement is that every child is worth having- no matter what. Saying that half of all babies aborted are male is your reason for being pro life undermines that whole argument. It elevates one gender over another, which in case you missed it doesn’t sit well with most people today.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I'm going to chicago this weekend!

I've been absent, I know. But I'm going to Chicago this weekend!!! I'll blog when I get back. I promise!

Monday, July 18, 2011

A little house keeping.

I noticed tonight that there was this purple ad that appeared over my content and followed me as I scrolled up or down. If anyone else notices this ad please let me know. If you happen to catch what the ad is advertising, I'd love it if you wrote that down too and let me know. You can email me, or comment or catch me on IM.

I'm going to talk to my ad company if it happens a second time. I'm sorry for any annoyance the ad causes any of my readers. I'm working on it, I promise!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

PostSecret Sundays

"We're both broken but I think together we can help each other be whole."

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lessons from Harry Potter-Music

This post may include spoilers from the Harry Potter series, so if you haven't read it yet and you want to you might want to skip this post. Though if you haven't read the books by now- you probably don't want to.

"Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here! And now, bedtime. Off you trot!" - Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, page 128

It's interesting that in the Harry Potter universe music doesn't really make an appearance very often. It plays only a handful of times in the books that I can think of. In most peoples lives, teenagers especially, music plays a huge role. They do homework, work out, read, blog, clean and hang out with their friends while music plays. It is important to note that the tunes we hear more than once in the Harry Potter books are ones that promote healing and happiness, like the song that Fawkes the phoenix plays. Even in a world full magic, music can still trump spells and their side effects.

I think that for most people music is the closest thing to magic as we will experience on a regular basis. It's calms us, or pumps us up, and it reminds us that it's all going to be okay in the end.

IU Orientation!+ Where I've been recently.

I went to my IU orientation yesterday. It wasn't too bad. I took Dani with me and we played hookie for a couple of sessions.

I did the math placement test and got 9 out of 26 correct(thank God for lucky guesses!), ate lunch, and got scheduled for classes and got my student ID. I'm taking a math class, The Mafia and Other Italian Mysteries, Personal health, International Health and Social Issues, and Human Sexuality. Classes start on the 29th of August. I'm excited.

I have a really excellent excuse for where I've been the past week or so. We changed our internet provider and were without internet for a couple days. But I'm back!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

30 Days of me day 3

Post a picture with your friends.

So I have two photos. The first is Dani and I. I love this girl to bits, enough to drive her to work at 7:30 AM even.

The second is Brandon and I. He is my very best friend on the face of the planet. He'd do anything for me short of committing murder, though he might help me bury a body. He was also the one who gave the best advice I went to college with and I quote: "Murder is illegal no matter where you go to school."

Friday, July 08, 2011

If the Church Were Christian...

Affirming Our Potential Would Be More Important Than Condemning Our Brokenness. This is the title of the second chapter from the book, If The Church Were Christian by Philip Gulley

When I was a senior in high school, I spent most of my second semester busting my butt in an algebra two night class. This was my final credit for graduating with a core 40 diploma(which I didn't quite manage, but alas.) At the same time as this my church was running a confirmation class targeted for the youth group. These confirmation classes happened to fall on a night I was in math class.

By this point in my life, I knew that I wasn't going to attend the church after I left for college. Too much had happened both to and around me. It wasn't a shocker for anyone who knew the details, but apparently my pastor missed the finer points of the previous three years. She pulled me aside after church one Sunday and told me that she started the confirmation classes just for me and told me that if I was a good Christian I'd move my schedule around to make it work, rather than acknowledge that it was regrettable that I was in math class the nights these confirmation classes met.

The real kicker was that I was never expressed an interest to anyone to be confirmed in this church. I had no interest in being baptized in this church, nor becoming a member. My only interest was getting out and not coming back.

But when churches and Christians take seriously our human potential, they begin creating communities that affirm and encourage all people.-If The Church Were Christian, page 43
Too often the Bible is used to degrade the human spirit, often in an effort to save someones soul.-If The Church Were Christian, page 43
" My soul is just fine, thank you. In fact, it's never been better. "-If The Church Were Christian, page 41

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Day 2 of 30 days of me

Day 02- The meaning behind your Blog name

The long name of my blog is "Your daily dose of Vitamin A[llie]" and the short name is Vitamin Allie.

The meaning behind this is pretty straight forward. My name is Allie and I trust you can figure out the rest.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

30 days of me. Day 1

30 days of me. :) "A recent picture of you and 10 interesting facts about yourself"

1. I knit pretty things.
2. I'm good at scrabble, just ask my friend Pete.
3. I have two pet rats, whom I adore.
4. My ex-boyfriend doubles as my roommate.
5. I recently started watching Community. It is the best thing on television(Thanks for the recommendation).
6. I hate my nose pierced for a while a couple years ago. I Really kind of miss it.
7. My dad wanted to name me Ruby because my older brother is named Jack. So we'd be Jack Ruby, as in the guy who killed Lee Harvey Oswald.
8. I do a lot of blogging from the bathtub.
9. I have a minor obsession with Shemar Moore and Matthew Grey Gubler. I'd do dirty dirty things to them. Yummy.
10.I have 9 reusable water bottles all different colors.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Lessons Learned From Harry Potter-Scars

This post may include spoilers from the Harry Potter series, so if you haven't read it yet and you want to you might want to skip this post. Though if you haven't read the books by now- you probably don't want to.

"Is that where-?" whispered Professor McGonagall.
"Yes," said Dumbledore. "He'll have that scar forever."
"Couldn't you do something about it, Dumbledore"
"Even if I could, I wouldn't. Scars can come in handy. I have myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground. Well-give him here, Hagrid-We'd better this over with."

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, Page 15( US Paperback edition)

Dumbledore one of my favorite Harry Potter Characters and the source for lots of lessons in the series. Dumbledore is right. Scars do come in handy. In the Harry Potter universe, this scar hurt when Voldemort is nearby, or feeling strong emotion. It also enabled him to "read" Voldemorts' mind on occasion.

But scars come in handy in the real world too. They remind us of when we busted up our knees as teenagers goofing off in the woods, or that one time you got drunk and woke up with your leg all cut up. They remind us what we've been through and what we've survived. And they are a reminder that we could survive it again if we had to. Other types of scars, emotional ones, tend to send up red flags. Red flags that save us from getting in too deep, or from a relationship we're better off without.

Rat photos pt 2.

If anyone cares to see more photos of my pretty rats. Click here. I'll keep adding photos to it. So bookmark it if you're interested :)

New Hat Take II

I finished this hat today. I followed this pattern. Sort of. I modified it a bit. The ribbed edge can be folded up so it's extra warm, or worn flat. I knit closer to 10 inches before starting decreases. Then I followed the decrease pattern according to the original pattern.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Pretty Rats + New hat!

Ok. So. I know it's a lot of pictures. But They're just so cute. There is also a picture of my new winter hat posted. It's all the rage to make winter hats in the middle of summer.

Dearest Dani

Dearest Dani.

Waking up at 7:30 to drive you to work is an act of love I'd do for very few people. I love you. :)


Sunday, July 03, 2011

PostSecret Sundays

"I am Beautiful" and on the back of that one it says "Even here."

"I feel more beautiful without make up than I do with it." on the back it says "I feel like I have to wear it."

The one about make up is the one from this weeks set. The other one is from some set from forever ago. They're connected enough that I'm blogging them together.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

NaBloPoMo July and rats!

I'm attempting NaBloPoMo this month. We'll see. But todays post is cute rats. OK. I know I posed a bunch. I couldn't resist. They're just so freaking cute. The brown one is Ella and the black one is Margo. Every time the flash went off Ella jumped back a step, but Margo didn't seem to be bothered about it.

Ok. I'm leaving now. Dinner and a movie with Dani!

Friday, July 01, 2011

The Church and Women

Women get used to being relegated to certain roles. We might not like it and hopefully we fight it. But we get used to it. Lots of churches are even worse about this than other facets of life. And it all starts with the bible. The old testament is full of verses that subjugate women. Exodus chapters 20 and 21 are arguably the most misogynistic chapters in the bible. Go read them for yourself if you don't believe me. The new testament doesn't make things much better for women. We're still subservient and our purpose in life is to make babies and take care of the household.

Despite all that, there is one part of the new testament that really gets under my skin because it isn't blatent misogyny. The virgin birth. First of all it makes no sense. It's one of the parts of the bible that has gotten lost in translation so to speak. Unsurprisingly, churches use this to build up this grand image of Jesus, rather than acknowledge that Mary is a co-creator with both a sexual and genetic contributions to Christ. Because this isn't blatent in your face bigotry, it's easy not notice it, or think much of it. That is what makes it so scary.

What really amazes me is that it's 2011 and there aren't more of us standing up and asking why women aren't ordained pastors in some churches- or why there are families that raise their children to be housewives or otherwise have lots of children.