WORLD CUP 2018

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Once every four years all the best soccer teams qualify for an amazing competition!! This World Cup, Russia is doing the honor of hosting the matches. Unfortunately the United States did not make it this time but none the less it has shaped up to be an amazing set up.

From Asia:

Iran
South Korea
Japan
Saudi Arabia
Australia

From Africa:

Nigeria
Egypt
Senegal
Tunisia
Morocco

North America:

Mexico
Costa Rica
Panama

South America:

Brazil
Uruguay
Argentina
Colombia
Peru

Europe:

Russia
France
Portugal
Germany
Serbia
Poland
England
Spain
Belgium
Iceland

Oceania:

None

I am so excited to see the games or as many as I can get to see. I love to watch the games just for the fun of watching them. Yes I have my favorites but it really goes beyond even just rooting for your favorites. The way the players play, the excitement, the emotional high, and even the let down when the teams you were rooting for don’t make it….I love it all!! I wish every team that has made it to the CUP the best and as much as I wish you all could be there….THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!!! BEST OF LUCK TO ALL OF YOU

If you want to watch the games:

The opening ceremonies start at 10am est with the first game with Russia vs. Saudi Arabia for the opening match at 11am est. Should be decent match followed Friday with 3 more matches starting 8am est with Egypt vs Uruguay, 11am est Iran vs Morocco, and 2pm est Potugal vs Spain.

To see more info and the schedules for the all the matches go to http://www.FIFA.com  or http://www.GOAL.com

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Another loss…

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Before I start please if you need help get the help you need. Please even if you think it is unbearable…talk to someone, text someone, call someone…call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.

 

 

I woke up this morning to the news Anthony Bourdain died. The world has lost another soul that made a difference. He brought into our lives cultures, food, and places that most of us will never see. He allowed us to see things and do things we could only dream to do. I remember the first time I saw him on TV…it was on the Travel Channel. I got to see the world that I could never imagine or dare to go see. He made it look so easy and relaxed. No matter where he went he made it look like he fit in…that he belong there. Even in places he obviously stood out being as tall as he was…it was like he had been there forever. I love that about his shows. He seemed so easy, so normal and approachable. I wish I could have met him and just had a drink with him…it didn’t have to be a meal….just to hear his tales of everywhere he had been.

Unfortunately, his inner demons got the better of him. The cool, calm exterior never showed the troubles he was having. It just shows we do not know what people go through. We do not know what goes on when they go home at night and have to deal with no one else but themselves. We do not know what our words do to someone, whether you speak them or hide behind a screen in a post. When I heard about him this morning it broke my heart and made my soul ache because I knew no one was near at his most desperate moment to stop him. There is no blame on anyone but I cannot even come close to imagine how his family feels. I hope the heartbreak will heal sooner then later though it will be a long road.

As much as hate to say this, I hope something good will come out of this. The reason I say hate is because it should not take a person to die to shed light on something that should be able to be helped. I hope no one else has to die for this to become an issue for everyone to be concerned about. I hope when the camera and lights are turned off that it is not forgotten about. Please if you have friends, family, co-workers, or anyone you know, take care of them. If something is different don’t just brush it off thinking that nothing is wrong. Please talk to them. At the least, you will have helped make a bad day better. At the most, you might change the course of their life.

If anyone reading this tonight or whenever has any kind of thoughts leading in this direction…please get help. Nothing is too big that cannot be helped. There is no shame in needing help for anything. There is no shame in mental illness.

Social Media…why?

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Last week I made a post about Rosanne Barr, about what she said, what ABC did…etc. It got me thinking. When I was watching the original Rosanne show, I remember her saying things like she said but it was not such a heart stopping, OMG moment. She did say things very similar but no one really paid attention to them like they did now. I know maybe it is a good thing to draw attention to things like this so it will stop but I wonder why people are so concerned with other people’s existence? Why we have to look for something to be wrong? If we did not have the social media options that we do, would we be better off or worse? I ask these things constantly I think more because I have kids growing up in this “new” world and to be honest I’m worried. I’m worried because most of the new generation does not know how to process things the way when I was growing up. I worry because I see so many people detached from reality and cannot process the real world and when they cannot then other issues develop.

Before anyone says I am old fashioned, behind the times, or I don’t know what I am talking about, I am not against social media. I am not saying if social media was not around nothing bad would happen. I am all for being connected to each other. But at what point do we stop looking at other people and try to change or try to convince ourselves we are them? At what point do we take OUR lives back and stop trying to prove we can do what the other people we follow are? Why do we have to post every moment or even almost every moment of our lives online? WE need to take our lives back.

Social media is not a bad thing. It helps us see things we may never have seen before. I remember when computers became popular and the average person was able to buy one and put it in their homes. It was touted as being a “gateway to the world” It is true, it is an amazing thing. Then came the internet..I fell in love with those dial up modems that made those screechy sounds because I never knew where it could take me. Then as the computers got better the number of websites increased as well as the speed to get from one to the other increased. And when we thought it could get no better Social media started to develop. Now we cannot live with out our computers or social media.

This is not a post to say how bad social media is. This is a post to make those of us who do not remember a time with out computers, internet, or social media try to think past this. To try to see something beyond what is now. To understand what is on this screen is not all real no matter what the person on the picture or video says. We all need a dose of reality. Not virtual reality.

Goals for June

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Ok I am just a fountain of posts today….lol!!! I just got the bug so I guess I am writing 🙂

I figure with the new month I am going to start some new habits. I have been wanting to get back to reading. I used to read a lot but between work and life sometimes it is hard to find time. So I am making time for that and a few other things as well. Here’s my list:

 

JUNE GOALS

  1. read more (2 books at least)
  2. use less electronic devices
  3. try to get out more
  4. cook with my kids more

 

I know they sound simple but the reality is they are not. I am definitely going to read at least 2 books. Not sure which ones yet but I’ll put them on here and give a brief synopsis after reading (yeah I’ll write a short report…lol). The electronic devices thing is going to be a little hard but I will do it. I will get out more…especially with the kids being out of school, the weekends will be great. The cooking thing is probably the easiest. Both of my kids love to cook. So I guess we will just make it a family thing 🙂

Turn the @#$% thing off!!

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Ok maybe I am being a little harsh and this might be a bit of an oxymoron in the sense I am on my laptop at 5:30 in the morning typing this post up…but really can we all just shut everything off for a little bit. Have we really got to a point where all we can do is stare at screens all day and not realize what is going on in the world around us? I know it’s hard. I am very guilty in the sense that I am on my computer a lot of the day because of work and even when I get off in the afternoon I am back on. I am going to start today after I get off work…to set some time aside without anything on. No TV, smart phone (except for calling), no computer, at least for a couple of hours. I think I am getting too involved with being on line and I think it is effecting my take on things. I don’t like the way it has started to influence my thinking. So everyday at least for the month of June, I am going to do that. I am going shut the @#$% thing of 😛

Politics or Opportunity

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Yesterday Rosanne Barr had her show cancelled due to the fact ABC said she went too far with her derogatory comments. I’m glad she was punished for what she did. There is not any pity in my mind for her. She said some very vile and disgusting remarks that should not have seen the light of day. But my question for ABC is why it took so long? I know everyone deserves a chance. But when you see someone who is continuously saying things without remorse why did you have to wait?

But that is not the point of this post. I put that out there for everyone to think for a moment about ABC. We all think they did a fantastic job but in reality they really did not do anything without careful thinking on whether or not it would effect their market share in the positive or negative. So don’t applaud ABC too hard…just think for a moment about it.

Now back to the reason for this post…Rosanne Barr. Now I have never met the woman but I did grow up watching the original Rosanne. I did enjoy it because it did give some insight (or at least what Hollywood wanted us to think) to blue collar families. It was a thought provoking, emotional, sometimes crass look into lives. DO I say it was accurate 100% ? No it was Hollywood for goodness sake. It was not real it was a “rose color” look at life. It put things out there that made people think. It was a good show. Now fast forward to today. The show started off to amazing ratings…I think it was more due to curiosity then actual interest…with a politically charged script but that was ok too. That was the kind of thing to be expected with the show. Everyone liked it. It was even renewed. Then she started and we know everything that she said. I’m not going to repeat them because they were disgusting and there was no reason for them.

I say all this because it seems that we live in an environment where everyone jumps on the political bandwagon whether it be for our current president or for the other side. I think Rosanne thought she could get away with what she said because she was his supporter. She thought why not? Let’s see how far we can push this. And the reality of it is, that is what most people think now. They test the boundaries on how far they can go with out going over the edge. She is not the first nor will she be the last to push it. Go all the way back in time to some of the stand up comedians from the 70’s and 80’s….think about how they pushed the boundaries. Everyone remember Andrew Dice Clay? I remember even though at the time I was a young teenager. Yes he was banned but guess what he made a killing even after he was banned. She will too and she knows it. No publicity is bad publicity.

Despite what everyone says that she was politically motivated in her actions I disagree. I think she was just an opportunist. I think she saw  a way to bank on what was going on in the country. I’m not saying these are not her views because I am pretty sure they are but the reality of it is she thought she had found a way to make money off of what was going on. She probably could have because the climate we are in is perfect for it. But she could not just keep her mouth shut or in this case her fingers off the keyboard. Had she never posted those things on Twitter she would still have a show on ABC and we would not even be having this conversation. We would not care what her political or racial views were. We would still turn it on and watch it.

We as a society unfortunately have created these things and then when they say something that disgusts us we act like oh they were so awful. When in reality, we turn it on, we look it up, we are glued to our screens. We can’t get enough of the controversy that surrounds people like this. We want people like this to be out there so we can say how bad they are and feel better about ourselves. This may sound like a very bleak look on society but just for one moment think about it…if she never tweeted those comments would anyone reading this care what her political or racial views were? Be truthful in your answer.

She was wrong and vile and disgusting in the worse way possible. But she was just an opportunist trying to bank on what is maybe her politics. What she says is just what she says. It could change as the wind blows. But what are we?

insecurity

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Why do we second guess ourselves? I know I am good enough. I know I am beautiful, I know I have everything I need to be me. Then why do I have second guesses about everything that is in my life or I have done in my life. I love my family, my life, and what I do. Then why at this moment am I so insecure?