I may have mentioned I have ditched Facebook and Instagram. Because.
There is a thing on Tumblr about how real food is actually cheaper than fast food, with examples. They show the cost of a serving of milk, for example, as opposed to how much you actually have to pay for a carton of milk in order to get that serving. The cost of a chicken, but not the time, effort, physical ability, stove, utensils, pots and pans and gas or electricity required to cook that chicken. I have included the illustration. Where can you buy ONLY three slices of bacon that is not a fancy butcher shop, which we all know there are just loads of those in poor neighborhoods, right? Where can you buy four slices of bread, or a couple of tablespoons of oil or whatever is in that little bowl? It reminds me of magazine diets, where you have 1 slice of cantaloupe for breakfast, but the rest of the cantaloupe never shows up in the menu. Can you buy one thin slice of cantaloupe, and if so, would it not be at a premium? If you’ve never been poor, or ill, or homeless, you have absolutely no idea of what life is like for those who are. Real food by serving may be cheaper by money cost, but nowhere does it take into consideration every cost involved, not only monetary, in getting that one serving. Some people literally have no idea what real life is like. It also seems that people seem to have the attitude of ‘You’re poor, you should be spending your money on “whatever the richer person approves of here”, because, obviously, poor people do not deserve to have fun or treats or any of the things that make life more than just struggle, struggle, struggle.
I just saw a headline saying Michelle Obama was suffering from low-grade depression caused by all that is going on right now, especially the incompetence of the government. I ask myself, how can anyone who is paying attention NOT be depressed and angry and frustrated and downright scared? Sometimes, I just want to delete and unsubscribe and completely avoid any and everything that talks about what is going on. But I can’t. As much as I’d just like to hunker down in my bunker with my books and my cat and forget the world altogether, I think it matters that I keep myself informed. But then there does not seem to be anything I can do about anything, nothing I can fix, nothing I can change, so what’s the point? People just seem to be allowing themselves to be brainwashed and so many seem to be just reveling in the hating everyone, and loving being racist, and I don’t know how to cope with this. People are horrible. Nasty, evil, cruel, and how do I live in a world like that without completely being crushed by it? Does anyone know if there have been consequences for any of the police in the videos we were horrified by earlier this year? I have not read anything about consequences. Have they all just gotten away with murder and assault and whatever else? Where is the justice? Where is the outrage? Where is any semblance of decency in this country? How can you not be depressed? How can you not be disgusted and appalled and devastated? I just want to lie on the couch and read and forget the real world exists. All of the progress we seem to have made in the past decades is just being wiped out, erased, and gladly by most people, it seems. Maybe not most, but way too many. Way too many. We beat the Nazis. And now, here we have fascism being openly welcomed by American citizens. Look at Germany. They seem to be doing pretty well at being responsible citizens of the world now. Look at Japan. Hello Kitty. They learned and grew and moved forward and we are running backwards as fast as we can. Why? What has gone wrong with us? How did we get to be so deliberately ignorant and selfish and self-centered. How did we get to think that caring about the well-being of those around you was a political issue and not a decent human being issue? My personal ‘right’ not to wear a mask trumps your right not to be killed by a devastating virus. How did we get to be that kind of people? Anybody knows how to turn things around, now is the time to speak up. Please.
The Spruce has an article about small kitchens. Here’s one of the accompanying pictures. This cracked me up, because the floor space in my kitchen is about the size of the top of that blue counter. Their idea of small is seriously skewed, me thinks.
There’s an article about someone who predicted the last election correctly and his predictions for this one. This seems irresponsible to me, because once people read this and see that he did not predict their candidate, whichever one that is, to win, they will possibly not even bother to vote. You know how people are. Self-fulfilling prophecy, anyone? If you don’t bother to vote, of course your candidate is that much less likely to win. It’s like science, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Why don’t people get this? And another thing, even if you hate Biden with the burning passion of a thousand suns, he is still a better choice than the orange man, who is faster and faster destroying democracy in this country while you all stand around reveling in the permission to hate everyone else that he has given you. Remember, you could be next. I remember reading about people who lost their health coverage due to his actions, who then said, “I didn’t think he meant me.” It’s okay if it’s someone else, but when it’s you, hmmmm. Good ‘Christians’ all.
So far, liking new homemaker. We went over the list to make sure she understood everything and could actually read my writing, which seems to be going haywire lately, and she already called me from the store to check on a possible change of item. So yay. Like everything in life, there are good and not really so good homemakers. I have had some actually horrible ones in the past, and some that I still miss because they were just so great. But it is a sucky job, for extremely low pay, and anyone who can move on to something better, does move on to something better. I don’t blame them in the least. Even if the pay was spectacular, it is still a sucky job, cleaning someone else’s toilet and doing their laundry and shopping and whatever. I am only having the shopping and trash done right now, because nobody ain’t coming in here no way unless it is a dire emergency, like finding my cat if there’a fire and I couldn’t get her out. Like that. 🙂
New homemaker back and is spectacular. Hope I get to keep her and that this wasn’t a one time deal. Will find out tomorrow. Yay.
The New York Times Tech newsletter has an article about your favorite tech. Mine is my original keyboard Kindle that I’ve had nine? years. It still works, and it has been used probably thousands (hundreds?) of hours over that time. They don’t make them anymore, I’m sure I’ve talked about this already, but in my mind, it is the best Kindle they have made and I absolutely hate them for taking away my ability to purchase a replacement for when it finally gives up. I used to love Amazon in general, but things have changed and also the whole Bezos is an evil shit thing has come up in the meantime, too.
I think subscribing to The New York Times has been one of my better decisions. There was a deal that was too good to pass up, or I would not have done it, but I think now I will resub when this one is up. Lots of info, and I do love me some info. I like to learn things. My teeshirt says, ‘It’s what I do. I read books and I know things.’ Yep. Knowing things is good. The better informed you are, the better choices you can make.
I need to go lie down, but once I’m on here, I tend to just stay on until I practically fall off the chair. LOL
Still kind of reeling from the Beirut thing. Today an article mentioned that half the city was damaged. Half the city was damaged. By negligence on the part of officials who, just like ours, think they are too good to do their jobs. God, people suck. They suck so bad in general, that the really good ones kind of get lost in the shuffle. Watched Mary Poppins on Disney yesterday, and one thing I loved was when Mrs. Banks sings this: She is referring to men, but it applies here as well. 🙂
I wish I wasn’t so angry, but there is just so darn much to be angry about in today’s world. Where’s that magic wand when you need it?
My homemaker, the one I sent home two weeks ago and did not come last week, is not coming anymore, since it turns out she also works in a nursing home which also now has a case of covid-19. It can take up to two weeks for symptoms to appear, if they appear at all and you’re not just a walking contagion. Glad I sent her away two weeks ago. A different person is coming today to shop and take out trash.
Feeling really awful. Back, of course, and cannot take meds for it because of stomach problems cause by them, am hoping to get a roll-on lidocaine thing if the grocery store has it, otherwise I will have to order it from No-Longer-Amazing. Off balance, and have almost fallen over three times in the last couple of days. No idea why. Allergies effecting my equilibrium? Allergy season is no longer a season, but an all day, every day thing. Yay. Need to get twelve hour allergy pills. Also, the usual all-over fibro pain which has been playing up recently.
House is getting messier and messier, but I am just not capable of doing anything about it. Am struggling to keep up with dishes, and have reverted to ‘open box, eat contents’ meals, because cooking is not happening. God, I hate this. Especially since I was doing so well. Mother Nature hates when I do well, so it seems. Trying to think of ‘open box, eat contents’ things I can get in the shopping today. Fruit cups, yogurt, thinking is not going well at all. LOL
It’s weird about the alnost falling over, because I completely forget about it til it happens again, and then I remember oh yeah this happened yesterday, too. I try to be very aware of movement anyway, because right now I am pretty rickety thanks to the back thing, so watch where and how I step. Gertrude of course makes walking an obstacle course cause she just lies down right where I need to step.
I just wish this pandemic thing was over and I was a ‘normal’ person again, and I could get done what needs doing and why is life so hard sometimes? Yes, whiny Jean is in some pain and very whiny today. Sorry about that.
Flylady again. I signed up late on the first. Between the first and the second, I received eight emails. Seven emails on the third, and so far today I have received nine. So 24 emails. Four of those were things to do. The rest were selling things or ‘motivational’. I think I am now going to unsubscribe from Flylady. She has a good idea, but check out her website instead of emails, is my advice.
Did you see the videos of the explosion in Beirut? We hear about things, maybe see a bit on the news, but seeing these videos and those done by people on the streets in the aftermath, were just horrific. I cannot imagine how devastating it was for anyone in the radius of the explosion, and it was a pretty big radius. It looks like an accident brought upon by storing volatile items in too close proximity, and not an act of terrorism. I don’t know if realizing it came from neglect and really piss poor safety measures is better than if it was deliberate, but either way, once you’ve seen the various videos of the actual explosion, you will not soon forget it. How sad for all of those affected, and the loss of life is just horrible. I imagine there will be a lot more deaths, because it was massively destructive. What a horrible thing to happen. They were finally having some semblance of normal life in Beirut after so much war. Horrible, horrific, I don’t even have the words to describe this.
So I used to do Flylady, back when I could still do most things for myself. Came across it again yesterday and signed up for the emails. Today I had one email with something to do, and six emails trying to get me to buy things from her. She has a pretty good system, I think, but once she started selling things, it’s all about that, obviously. Flylady dot com if you’re interested.
Trying to muster up energy and pain-tolerance to go downstairs for my packages. Dreading this, I can barely walk right now, thank you bad back, so lifting things into the cart is not going to be fun, but at least I can hang off it as I go downstairs in the elevator and back up in the elevator. With mask and gloves. I wash my keys, after, as well as my hands and whatever else. Caution is the way to go. Right now, I just need to go lie down. Fun times. This is not me lying down, btw. 🙂
‘The Poser’ at Freedom Plaza, Washington DC by Bryan Buckley
Don’t think I can just put a readable article on here, but here’s the headline and the link, in case I’m wrong. Just click the headline:
Closeup from a picture in an article about how Texas is full-out open for business, because Texas. Maybe we should not have fought at the Alamo. Let Mexico keep it. Just saying.
Here’s some things that I came across in my email:
1. I found this one quite interesting, as I’ve wanted to ditch the tech giants as well, but have found how hard it is. I managed to dump Facebook and Instagram, but that’s it.
2. Interesting as well, but not something I’m going to do.
3. This goes with the above.
4. Also disturbing, also about tech giants.
5. This is just disturbing, because it does seem that little or nothing is actually being done. No consequences? Seriously?
Yes, I am too bored to even go to bed. 🙂
One of the most important things I have learned is probably the hardest, because social media is everywhere. The lesson is: Never Compare Yourself or Your Life to Anyone Else. Only compare yourself to yourself. Am I a better person than I was last year. Have I taken better care of myself than I used to? Have I worked at maintaining a good attitude in spite of setbacks. You know. That sort of thing. NOT: am I being as productive during the pandemic as all those people I see on social media? Am I as thin, smart, beautiful, popular as anybody else anywhere, because seriously, who gives a flying fuck? All we need to know is if we did better today than we did yesterday, and if not, how can we do better tomorrow? Better at being a good person, better at taking care of ourselves and those around us, better at being a good citizen. Those are the things that matter. That’s what I think, anyway. This comes down to little things, like ‘did I tip well the person who brought me my order?’. Did I treat the waitperson with respect and courtesy? Did I offer to help someone who needed it that moment, like someone having difficulty on the stairs or crossing the street or whatever? Was I just kind and courteous and generous and polite to all those I met today? These things are important, not only to the other person, but to our own sense of self, and who we are in the world. Selfish, self-centered, self-righteous. All those ‘self’ words are the ones to work at NOT being.
Back is better. Was more better (betterer?) yesterday,and I actually got a few things done. Unloaded the dishwasher, reloaded the dishwasher, ran the dishwasher, did some laundry in my new tub that sits in the bathtub for doing laundry in, I think that’s it. Didn’t need the cane to walk, and don’t need it today, either. Had franks and beans for dinner, and leftovers for lunch. Van Camp’s Pork and Beans, which are cowboy food as you can just eat them cold out of the can. We always had these growing up. I have not had franks and beans in decades, and they were pretty good. A bit salty, but not unbearably so. There is a law that you must have white bread and butter with them, and possibly a glass of milk. I did skip the milk in favor of Polar seltzer with added orange juice.
Much nicer today. Lower dew point, which makes a huge difference. Still warm, but less humidity makes it much more comfortably warm. Yesterday was pretty bad. The muggiest, most uncomfortable day this summer, up here in the highlands anyway. Which is what my friend Tess calls the second floor on which I live. Had to stay in front of the fan or else ‘whew!’ ick, ick, ick. Laundry was NOT fun.
News from online is still not good. Cutting assistance for people, including the no-eviction policies. Other countries treat their citizens like they matter. We here obviously do not matter to our government. They fake it here and there, but their underlying motives for every single thing they do is how rich can they get off it. “Serve your country”. Ha, serve yourself and your cronies more like it. I am soooo disappointed in my country and especially in those unbelievably non-thinking orange man worshipers. Cannot fix anything, though, so I just read on my Kindle and pretend the world does not exist. Except for Gertrude, cause she’s cute. 🙂
My friend who was very, very ill has recovered and tested negative for the virus twice. Relief. Was really worried about him. I have been friends with him and his wife for most of my adult life.
Tv is boring, even things I usually enjoy. I am just doing The West Wing, Small Animal Hospital (with Captain Jack, John Barrowman. He always makes me smile.), and QI, because who doesn’t need a good laugh these days? So mostly I am reading and reading and reading. Was going to catch up on Lucifer before the new season, but just cannot get into it. The first season was so great and then it just went on a slow slide downhill. I am a fan of Tom Ellis since Miranda, but it’s not enough. The pathologist they introduced just irritates the hell out of me and makes it not fun to watch. Also, whiny Lucifer, and the female star seems to get worse at acting every season. Just a wee little critique there, people. I do love the intro music, though. And DB Woodside. Because who does not love DB Woodside? Seriously.
Did not get to have even a glimpse at the comet, due to clouds and trees and light pollution. I cannot see stars, ever, where I am. Or the moon, cause my windows are in the wrong place. Except in October, for some reason if I sat in exactly the right place, I could see it at an angle. Weird. But cool. Yes, the round white light is the moon, rising. Surprise! First year I ever noticed it, but maybe earth orbit changed just enough to make it possible.
‘I failed my fellow Americans’: the white women defecting from Trump https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/29/women-who-voted-trump-who-regret-decision
Did you ever, ladies, and we will be paying for it for a very long time. How anyone could actually believe that a reality TV personality and multi- bankruptcies narcissist knew anything about running a country is beyond me. Makes you wonder what kind of education colleges are serving up these days.
Click on the picture to see the video:
“Republicans are seeking to lower the payments for tens of millions of jobless Americans to $200 a week in a $1 trillion recovery package. Democrats support a $3 trillion package that includes extending the $600-per-week federal payments, which expire on Friday, through the end of the year.”
Because they obviously need that money for themselves and Suckerberg and Jeffy baby. The rest of us are completely irrelevant. Look up what other countries are doing, and be outraged by your government. The one so many of you think is the best thing ever. Because clearly, your brains have given up working altogether.