Wednesday, February 29, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Day 27.

Day 27 - Original Photo of the city you live in.
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
 
 
 
1918.  [x]
 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hey, your ignorance is showing!

Taken from my personal facebook. I'm Alma, of course.


The screen cap above is from my Facebook tonight.

I shared a post from The Trevor Project showing a gay couple embracing and kissing without fear of being discharged from the military thanks to the removal of "don't ask, don't tell."

The reply I got from the woman just surprised me.  Go have a read if you haven't seen it already.

How dare someone say that a man (or woman) who is fighting to protect the rights of Americans hide the fact that he or she is gay while in uniform!  I though we were past this already, people!

I very much support gay, lesbian, transgender, and bi rights. Anytime someone shows their ignorance or distaste for people in the LGBT community, it hurts my heart.  It kills me to know that we are so advanced in this world technology wise, but so behind in morals and education.
It kills me to know that my friends and family members who are part of the LGBT community have to live with this day in and day out.

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Open letter to the commenter on my FB post, and anyone who thinks this way,

This man in the photo - and every person in uniform - is protecting your rights to love whomever you want to love, to live however you want to live, to live openly and freely...and you repay them by saying "respect the uniform" and don't kiss other boys in public because it's icky.

I'm am sick and tired of the treatment gay and lesbian women get, especially in the military.

If you don't want to see gay men and lesbian women kissing when they come home from training or deployment, then you might as well ask the straight couples to stop kissing, too.  Fair is fair, right?

These people fight for your rights, and the least you can possibly do is allow them to practice their rights. Especially the right to love their partner openly and without shame.

"Respect the uniform...and his brothers in arms past, present, and future" she said.  Yes, cause of course none of the men or women in military history were gay.  Of course not. 
Are you that dense?
In the past, they had to hide in shame for fear of being discharged, beat up, shunned, or killed...it kept them quiet about their sexuality.  And now, they can be free and open about their sexuality. It's a beautiful thing to receive these rights after so long.

And then people like you come along saying it's wrong and shameful to show their love.

It makes me sick.  It makes me feel sorry for you.  

Monday, February 27, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Day 26.

Day 26 - Your dream wedding.
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
 
 
Just me and him finally getting the chance to tie the knot.
I'm over the fairytale wedding idea.
 
We have a theme in mind, but it's nothing I want to share right now until we have all the specifics ironed out.  :)   

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.



Winner for Best Animated Short Film at last night's Oscars.

So beautiful!  I was crying at the end.  Wow! Well deserved win!

The Oscars.

Me holding an Oscar :)
I am a huge awards show fan.


This will be a short post because I am sleepy!

The show tonight did not dissapoint. All the expected winners won.  I still would like to see The Artist, but I guess I need to wait until Netflix has it.  :(

Only disappointment of the night? Meryl Streep getting the Best Actress award.
Don't get me wrong, I love me some Meryl Streep any day...but Viola Davis kicked ass on The Help.  Viola was robbed!

I can't wait to see what 2012 movies have in store :)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Day 25.

Day 25 - Put your mp3 player on shuffle. First 10 songs.
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
Fun! Let's make it 20 songs!

  1.   .38 Special - 100 Monkeys
  2.   How I Could Just Kill A Man - Charlotte Sometimes
  3.   All I Can Do is Write it in a Song - Lynyrd Skynard 
  4.   Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
  5.   If 6 was 9 - Jimi Hendrix
  6.   The Guilty Ones - Spring Awakening Soundtrack
  7.   L.A. Freeway - Roger Creager
  8.   The Weakends - Motion City Soundtrack 
  9.   Ain't Nobody Home - B.B. King
  10.   Last Friday Night - Glee Cast (Darren Criss!)
  11.   Agoraphobia - Incubus
  12.   Wordplay - Jason Mraz
  13.   Be the Lake - Brad Paisley
  14.   A Comet Appears - The SHins
  15.   Painter Song - Norah Jones
  16.   Go Slowly - Radiohead
  17.   Breathe Again - Sara Barellis
  18.   A Lack of Color - Death Cab for Cutie 
  19.   Forever and Always - Taylor Swift
  20.   Burnout - Green Day
:)
What is your shuffle list? 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Day 24.

Day 24 - Something you've learned.
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
I've learned that it is hard to keep up with a blog!  Seriously, I need to post more often.
Sometimes I find myself at a loss when it comes to wording what I feel. Sometimes I have a lot to say, but don't feel like sitting at the keyboard.


I need inspiration!

Friday, February 24, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Day 23.

Day 23 - Favorite movie.
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
 
 
It's been asked before and answered.  :)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Day 22.

Day 22 - What's in your purse?
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
 I had fun organizing my purse contents just for this photo. 


Bad lighting though, but I numbered for your convenience! 

  1. The purse. I actually got this one today at Maurices for $4 after my coupons and Take $10 card I earned!  It's lovely.
  2. Black journal. For random thoughts taht don't need to be on Twitter or Facebook.
  3. Assorted pens.
  4. First aid kit. Simple purse pack.
  5. Tissues. 2 packs. I have no idea why I have 2.
  6. St. Ives lotion.  I will go insane if I feel like I have dry skin during the day.
  7. Hand sanitizer.  Peace of mind sometimes.
  8. Moisturized hand sanitizer.  I hate germs and like creamy hands. lol.  I obviously need to carry both lotion and sanitizer separately just in case I don't want this one.
  9. Small bag with my assorted lip products that include 2 Carmex chapsticks, one Salley Hansen lip gloss, 2 Rimmel lip glosses and on Revlon lip gloss.  I am not a makeup type of girl, so lip gloss is as far as I go.
  10. Business card folio for my photography business. Holds about 15 cards at a time.
  11. Camera bag for my small Canon point-and-shoot camera, which I used for this photo. I take this camera everywhere, because carrying my big camera would be a headache everyday.
  12. Girl stuff. A pad, anti-baby pills, etc.
  13. My mini-pharmacy. Motion sickness pills (for the plan ride the other day), cough drops, and benadryl allergy pills.
  14. Inhaler.  Sometimes I need this baby.
  15. Altoids.
  16. Square Card Reader, for business related transactions.
  17. Revlon compact. I don't wear the makeup. I use it for the mirror.  A friend of mine gave it to me because it wasn't the right shade for her, which is why it looks used!
  18. Assorted Orbit gum. 
  19. I neglected to number my fancy striped wallet located top, center.  :)
And there you have it.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Day 21.

Day 21 - Favorite picture of your self of all time. Why?
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
 
 
I don't know if this is my favorite, but it's recent (less than a a year ago) and I had just colored my hair a shade of red I liked and straightened it for this photo.   I have curly hair, so having straight hair for a photo is a big deal.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Up in the air.

Yesterday was my first time on a plane.

As most of you know, the Boyfriend and I are photographers by profession.  One of our photography clients flew us out to Houston to join in the celebration of their daughter's 2nd birthday and photograph the event.  First off, it was surreal to have a client fly us out. That means they must really like us, and that makes me so happy!

The birthday party was a ton of fun. It was a bit rainy, but when did rain ever hamper the fun a child has?

My first time on a plane was interesting. The flight from Harlingen to Houston is only an hour flight, so that's a plus.
There was a lot of turbulence heading into Houston since it was rain storming. WOW that was scary.  It was like an old wooden roller coaster, but without the safety of knowing the floor in 20 feet below me.

The good thing is that I was able to pull my small camera out of my bag (big camera was stored overhead and I couldn't get up) and snap a couple of photos of what could be the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.



 Seeing the clouds, the sky, and the sun at that level was beautiful.

The flight back was great. Clear skies, no turbulence. I was able to see the entire coast of Texas from Houston to South Padre at night with big bright lights. It was beautiful.  Didn't get photos of that though..i was too busy dozing in and out of sleep after a busy day!

30 Day Challenge - Day 20.

Day 20 : Nicknames.
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
 
Yea, let's not get into those on here.
Not everything needs to public, right?
 
 and OMG this challenge is almost over. Thank God.

Friday, February 17, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Day 19.

Day 19: Something you miss.
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
 
This is a sad one.
 
Kissing. Right now, I miss kissing.
 
The boyfriend got sick 2 weeks ago, and in efforts to keep me from getting sick, he held back on the kisses.
I got sick anyway...and now to not get him sick again, I am not kissing him.
 
This is torture.
Pure. Simple. Torture. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Day 18.

Day 18: Favorite place to eat.
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
You mean other than my mom's awesome home cooking?
I guess I would pick Whataburger
it's one of the best things about Texas, no doubt.  The boyfriend and I go at least once a month...we are trying not to do so much fast food. But this place is yummy!
:) 

I feel pretty.

I bought a dress today.
Those of you who know me personally know I am a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl and own exactly 2 dresses: a black sundress and pink sundress.  Now I have added a navy dress to my mediocre dress collection!

That is obviously not me.  Dress is navy with beige stripes.  Source.
I'm not agile in heels, so I'm pairing this with a fabulous pair of red flats.
*SQUEEEEE*

I love it.  It makes me feel pretty and girly. 

That is all.  :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Day 17.

Day 17: Something you look forward to.
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
 
Going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and feeling like I finally went to Hogwarts.  <3
 
source.
 

To the love of my life...

The boyfriend and I circa 2010 (i think!)


Thank you for...
     ...being everything I have ever wanted and more.
     ...being my sunshine on those dark days.
     ...smiling (because I love your smile!).
     ...5 years of awesomeness.
     ...showing me television shows that are not on cable tv.
     ...supporting my dreams, even if those dreams are hard to come by.
     ...still letting me enjoy onion rings, even though you hate them.
     ...holding my hand every day.
     ...holding my heart every day.
     ...being an awesome daddy to Lola.
     ...always making me feel beautiful.
     ...all the jokes, laughs, and fun times.
     ...listening to me.
     ...loving me.

I love you, Paul. 
Not just on Valentine's day, but every day.

<3

Now go get me some candy.    hehe :)

The Smile Project. Go follow!

Posted this once before, but I want to make sure everyone sees it so everyone can follow!  

I finally started a project that I've been wanting to do for a while.

I have always wanted to sit and listen to people tell me their stories.  Sad stories, funny stories, defining stories, scary stories, you name it, then follow it up with a portrait.

Kind of like my take on the popular 100 Strangers project where you take photos of strangers, but with the ability to get to know the person a little.

I made a blog for it: The Smile Project.
Will all my lovely readers go follow?  I would appreciate it to much!

Monday, February 13, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Day 16.

Day 16: Dream house.
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
 
I would be happy in any home, I'm sure, as long as it's not haunted or in the middle of the seedy part of town.
 
All I would really want in my home to make is my dream home would be an awesome bookshelf and reading nook. 
 
 
That is the room dreams are made of.  It's beautiful. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Day 15.

Day 15: Bible verse.
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
 
 1 Corinthians 13:4–8a
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Day 14.

Day 14: A picture of you last year. How have you changed?
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
 
le boyfriend and yours truly
  
That photo is from Jan 1, 2011 at a 100 Monkeys concert that the boyfriend and 2 of our awesome friends attended.

I don't think I've changed much in the past year. I'm pretty much the same, but a little more confident and 5 lbs lighter. 
 
THAT'S RIGHT.  I lost 5 pounds since I started counting calories (more on that here).  Can I get a "hell yea?!"   It's not much, but it's a good start.

I have a 5 year old!

A five year old dog that is.  :)

My Lola (whom you can read about here!) turned five on Feb. 10.


My beautiful little girl is getting bigger.  :)

We took her to Petsmart to get her usual 2 new toys that she gets every year, and took her annual birthday photo.  :)

We actually let her pick her toys by pre-selecting a few, putting them on the floor and taking the one she puts in her mouth first. :)
We put the reject toys back in their proper places, don't worry. We are good customers.  Heh.

I know she has no idea that today is her birthday, but she sure as hell was happy and had fun.  That is all that matters to me!

:)

Picture time!

Lola with the Boyfriend (her daddy) at Petsmart.
with the toys she picked out!
My shoes and Lola's face! 
Posing with her birthday presents.  :)
"Mommy, are we done yet? Can I please play now?"
Happy girl!!

Do you guys celebrate birthdays for your pets, too?  Tell me about it!

30 Day Challenge - Day 13.

Day 13: Goals.
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
 
 
My short term goal at the moment is to get a studio for my photography business. 
Working out of my house and out of Starbucks can only be tolerable for so long.
 
This will be a short post.
 
:) 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Let's talk about sex, baby.

On Monday, I was given the task of substituting for a High School Junior Spanish 3 class for the day. There is a general mix of age levels here with some sophomores, and the greater majority being juniors. 
In one of the classes, there are only 6 students, all of which are girls.  I overheard them talking about how one of their male classmates (who had been in that classroom with me earlier that day) and his girlfriend are now expecting a child. From what i learned, he is a Junior, she is too (i think) and she is 2 months along.

The general response from the other girls who didn't know the girl was pregnant was this:
"They hope it's a girl..."
"Oh, how sad. But they can't do anything about it now, so how cute!"
"When is the baby shower?"
"Do her parents know?"
"Aww, I guess that's cool"
my expression the entire time: O_O
First off, how is this cool or cute? The girl is 16 or 17 at most...and she is more than likely going to kicked out of this school because of this.
(School is a charter school, so they frown upon this. She will be sent out to a public school).

These girls have no idea what this couple got themselves into.  All they see is a couple who "loves" each other who will now have a cute bouncing baby girl or boy.
The way they were oooooo-ing and aaaahhhhhh-ing makes it seem like it's almost glorified.

Say goodbye to those size 0 jeans, girls.


Now, I love Texas - but this state is so full of conservative ninnies who are afraid of change that want school health teachers to teach that the only safe sex is no sex.  In other words: abstinence only.  This does not help matters at all.

I don't endorse Rick Perry; in fact I think he is an absolute imbecile. Watch this video about what he wants Texas schools to teach regarding sex-ed.  He is an idiot.  I'm so glad he's not running for president anymore.  But that's another story entirely.

I'm glad that some school districts in the state of Texas are starting to teach sex-ed properly again by talking about contraception. But the area I live in is backwards. The people who run schools are traditionalists and religious leaders who are afraid to teach proper sex-ed because it's seen as shameful, wrong, and nothing kids should worry about until marriage.

Most health teachers do not teach sex-ed properly anymore.
They tell you "Part A goes into Part B and together they make babies."  Then they teach you that abstinence is the only thing we can do. Don't have sex, no one gets hurt.

True, abstinence is the only sure-fire way to prevent pregnancy and Sexually transmitted diseases. But this is not a realistic take on sexual education, nor realistic on what kids are doing behind closed doors.  It's hasn't stopped kids from getting pregnant or getting STIs.  
Just look at the staggering numbers of teen pregnancy rates!


So my whole point is talking about this school I work at and these kids in questions.  These are Mexican-American kids from traditional Mexican households.  
I also am a Mexican-American from a traditional Mexican household...so I know what I'm saying when I say this:  these kids aren't learning about safe sex at school, and they sure as hell aren't learning it from home.

I love my parents, but my parents are as traditional as they come.  
My parents never talked to me about sex when I was a teen, because they had the belief that I would never be exposed to it.  I learned the gritty facts about sex and safe sex by the internet, experiences, and my friends.  
To this day, my mom refuses to acknowledge that I know anything about sex, that I know how it works, or that I have had experience...and she won't talk about it - and I'm 25.

With that said, I am more than certain that these kids come from households like this - where their parents are as traditional as they come, knee deep in a religion that teaches you that sex is for procreation, not recreation.  

They don't get the talk about sex at home or at school. So what happens? They go too far one night and BAM! There's a bun in the oven.

At one of my visits to the clinic for my annual exam, i remember the Nurse getting me prepped telling me that she just finished counseling a 16 year old girl over her pregnancy.  She told me that her boyfriend came with her, and when she showed them condoms, neither of them knew how condoms worked. They had seen them, but didn't know how to use them. This is sad.  
I have friends who are teachers at middle schools telling that there are pregnant girls in the 7th and 8th grade. WTF?   According to another friend, the local high school at almost 30 girls expecting. 
Is this what our tax dollars are going to? Telling kids to say NO, but not showing them what to do in the event that both of them say YES?
It's depressing.  It makes me upset.

All of the above is the reason that the Boyfriend and I have decided that when we are blessed to have children some day, we will be teaching them both sides.
My children will be told to wait until they are ready.  They will be told that sex can wait, but if they find themselves in a situation where they will be having sex, there are safe manners to practice it.
I will teach them about condoms, birth control pills, respecting their partner, being smart about it. 
I will make sure to tell them that they have every right to come to me with questions. That I would rather answer questions truthfully than end up with a grandchild early in their years.

I think more parents should be open wit their children, and that the educational system would not be so afraid to teach the children what they don't hear at home.

There is nothing shameful about sex.  The only shameful thing is nothing giving the children the background to protect themselves.


I blame twilight for all of this.

30 Day Challenge - Day 12.

Day 12: Something you don't leave the house without.
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
 
 
Aside from the obvious keys, cell phone, wallet, and clothes answers...mine would be a bottle of water.
 
 
I always get randomly thirsty. During allergy season (which for me is 3 out of the 4 seasons) I get random coughing fits.  A bottle of water is my best friend.
 
It also helps me save money at the movies since I carry a big purse all the time, and fitting one of these guys in the purse (along with some candy snacks) is no big deal.
..
What, don't act like you don't sneak snacks into the movies every now and then.  We've all done it. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Day 11.

Day 11: Favorite TV shows.
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
This list can probably go on for days...
But I will list my current on-air favorites in no particular order:
Face Off

Ghost Adventures


Modern Family

Parks and Recreation

Glee

Smash


Being Human
Pretty Little Liars
I would say that it's a pretty good mix of things :D 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Day 10.

Day 10: Something you're afraid of.
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
 
 
Just made this on memegenerator.com real quick.
Being alone. 
Not in the "woe is me, no one loves me" type of alone.  More of the "OMG NO ONE IS HERE AND I HEARD A NOISE I MA NOT USED TO AND NOW I'M GOING TO DIE" alone.

We've all been there.  Some of us live in fear of it.
 
There. I said it.

Monday, February 6, 2012

30 Day Challenge - Day 9.

Day 9: A favorite picture of your best friend.
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
 I have 2 best friends: the boyfriend and my good friend, Jaime, that I've been BFFs with since middle school.

This is the boyfriend and I in 2006 or 2007 during out first trip to the beach together. I look wretched, but I love his smile!  
It's one of the first photos we took together that wasn't taken by a cell phone. haha!

We look adorable!


 And that photo is my friend Jaime and I after our Senior year band Christmas concert in 2003. I look like a toddler!  
Jaime is way awesome.  :)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The unpopular opnion in my circle of friends....or simply put: Why I Dislike Twilight.

I'm sure the following has been addressed in many blogs/articles in the past, but that won't stop me from posting about it here in my own blog.

I would like to rest in the comfort in knowing my future children can look back on this blog someday and say, "Oh! That's why Mommy didn't let us read those book or see those movies! I would like to thank her now by buying her a new car!"

A girl can dream.

Anyway, the reason for the post:
The Boyfriend and I noticed that Breaking Dawn, Part 1 was now showing at our local discount theater. What a treat! 
This sparked his interest.  Why?  Because upon the request of a friend, I ended up reading the books, and I shared the story line of the 4th book with him.  He didn't believe me.  This is how unbelievable the entire story line is...he thought I was lying to make him laugh

So we went.  Spending $2.50 on the movie wasn't going to hurt as much as $10 would, so we didn't mind.

He and I laughed a lot during the movie. Silent laughing, of course.  I'm not rude; I won't ruin the movie-going experience for others just because I don't like the movie.  I'm classy like that.

The entire movie (and book) is anti-climactic.  It's very flat lined.  The most exciting things are glossed over (like the story line of Edward killing men who were bad people... more on that please?).

And the acting? Ugh. I won't get into that.  But just about every one of those actors, including Stewart, Pattinson, Rathbone, and Reed have been in other roles that show what potential they have.  This franchise (and I will call it that, not a series) just does not let them show it. Why? Because the character development is poor and too vanilla.

Also, they made Robert Pattinson, who in my opinion is a dreamboat, look like My Little Pony with glitter.  Why would you do that to such a pretty boy?

He's questioning why people like him looking like a disco ball. RPattz judges you.
So on to why i dislike Twilight aside form what is already stated up there.
  1. I dislike weak female protagonists.
    Nothing irks me more than a weak female in a leading role.  Call it the feminist in me, but I will stick to this as my number one reason.
    Little girls actually look up to Bella and it bothers me to no end to know that they look up to someone so spineless.

    Bella cannot live without Edward.  She would rather sit and brood for months on end instead of putting on her big girl pants and getting back out there in the world.  Why can't she be like a normal girl and have a good cry watching The Notebook while eating some Ben and Jerry's, then get over it the next day?

    No. She sits there and broods. For what is apparently months. She basically thinks her life is over. 
    How annoying and self-centered.

    This is why I love Harry Potter females.  What did Hermione do when Ron left in the Deathly Hallows? She still tried saving the world. What did Ginny do when Harry left her to protect her? She continued fighting at Hogwarts.  That's what strong females do. They do what is right for the greater good and end up loving themselves even more for it.

    Bella is a little cry baby. This is one of the lessons little girls pick up on reading Twilight: that a boyfriend should be your life, and when he's gone, your life is over.

    Girls, a boy should never be your life.  When a boy becomes your life, you have lost all grasp on your own.  Be strong, be powerful.  Never let a boy or a man define who you are.


  2. Edward is controlling and a creeper.
    No boyfriend should take batteries out of your car to "protect you."  If they respect you, they should trust you. 

    No boyfriend should watch you sleep. Especially without your consent.  It's creepy and not sweet at all.

    Also, he's 109 years scamming on 17 year old.  This is WRONG.  This is never right.  Don't try to justify it by saying "but he looks 17!"  Yea.  He looks it, but inside, he's like that old guy from Family Guy obsessed with Chris.

                                  

  3. Bella has no personality.
    Bella is never described properly.  For all we know, she looks like a marshmallow with a personality to match.

    Protagonists, in history, are flawed.  Bella is deemed as perfect.  Sure, she's clumsy, but everyone thinks it's cute.  And her clumsiness is taken away the moment she becomes a vamp...STOP WITH THE PERFECT CHARACTERS! 


  4. The damsel is distress act can only take you so far.
    Bella, grow a spine.  No one likes a pansy.


  5. The stories that actually seem interesting are not elaborated on.
    The stories I'm referring to are the ones we hear about briefly: Rosalie's life before being a vamp, Jasper's job as a "newborn" trainer, Edward's deal with killing bad guys. Now those stories would be a hell of a lot more interesting than the other crap.


  6. Jacob is probably the better choice.
    Like the boyfriend says every time: "she should've picked Jacob because Jacob is a registered Native American. That means no tax, free or reduced college education for her children, and saving every year on the heating bill."
    My boyfriend is a logical one. And all this makes sense.


  7. Showing the world that marrying at 18 to have sex and to turn into a vampire is OKAY in this book.
    When Edward pushed Bella into going to college, I CHEERED.  I thought, "yes! He wants her to go to school and not be a teenage bride!"
    When Bella won and got married, my palm hit my head.

    Teenage girls should NOT be shown that life is all about graduating High School, marrying, getting pregnant and living happily ever after.

    It is not that simple.

    Coach Carr, Mean Girls (2004).
  8. Lastly, the writing is mediocre at best. I have read better fanfic.
    I do not pretend that I am a fantastic writer, but I'm sure I could write circles around Stephenie Meyer. 
    I think Stephen King can sum this up better: “Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people. … The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.”  [x]

So usually after someone in my circle of friends (or acquaintances, or strangers) hear about all my reason for not liking Twilight, they immediately snap back with the popular question of "Why do you like Harry Potter so much?  What's so special about that, huh?"


Because it is a story about love.  Yes, so is Twilight.  But this isn't about a teenager's quest to lose her virginity.  This is a story of a mother who loves her son. A son that loves his friends, and whose friends love him.  Love that protects an entire group of people from a man who has never known love and does not understand it.  A story of heroism, of strength and valor. 


That usually shuts them up.

30 Day Challenge - Day 8.

Day 8: A place you have traveled.
See the original 30 Day Challenge post here.
 
It is a sad, sad fact that I have not traveled anywhere in a while.  It's been a long time since I've had a vacation, and when I did have one, I was too young to even care about taking my camera.
 
Last weekend, we took a quick drive up to San Antonio (a day trip), so I guess that counts.  Right?
 
The only photo I have that is not of myself, the Boyfriend, or family is a photo of the road from here to San Antonio.  The Boyfriend took this one.  :)
 
Hello Texas roads!
 Oh, and this picture from a small town called Bishop that is not afraid to show all of the stereotypical things Texas is "known" for:
 
Guns, boots, and hunting sporting goods. Way to keep up the stereotypes! 
 
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