I had to ditch my old email address. I’ve had that thing for I don’t know how many years now. So with it came the change to a new home for my blog Bionic Dee. Don’t worry I won’t just pack up and leave without a forwarding address:
My new home—-> http://bionicdee.blogspot.com/
You can find all of my wonderful posts and plenty of future posts to come by clicking on the link above. And for all the wonderful blogs I stalk don’t worry I’ll still be stalking you just from a closer address. So please give me a little time to update the layout and roll out the brand new Bionic Dee xoxoxo
I’m going to keep this short and sweet because I have a bunch of things to cross of the to-do list today. Mainly homework and appointments, okay 5% appointments and 95% homework because I’m trying to work ahead. I may have mentioned once or twice about how I’m a sports fan. Well one of my beloved sports is losing it’s integrity. Football…..dear sweet football. Greed and stubbornness and seriously sloppy calls ruined what should have been a great game of Monday Night Football. Thanks to the poor calls made my replacement NFL referees something that was clearly an interception was ruled a touchdown. So this message is for Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner….
Dear Roger Goodell,
Frankly I don’t understand what the huge hold up is with the owners settling things with the real referees. This isn’t an issue that concerns billions of dollars. And in the end the increase the league would have to make to accommodate the referees really isn’t much. As Peter King said, “the difference between the NFL and the refs’ union is $3.3 million a year. Well, there are 256 regular season games. The NFL could have the real refs if it forked over an extra $12,891 per game.
That is less than 20 cents for every paying customer.”
I can’t completely blame the replacement refs because the league and owners put them in a situation they weren’t prepared to handle. So please do all NFL fans and players a favor and end this now. Bring back our refs so we can restore what’s left of football’s dignity before it’s too late.
A Disheartened NFL Fan
Are you ready for some footbaaallll! I’ve had the theme song for Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football stuck in my head since I was little. Have I mentioned before that I’m a sports addict. Yeah addict is putting it nicely. I have apparel for every team I root for, except rugby because I’m still undecided on that one. I get text alerts sent through ESPN, got the ESPN app high on my go to list on my phone, ESPN and every team’s website is bookmarked on my toolbar. So yeah I like sports a little, LOL.
My favorite has always, and will always be football. That’s the first sport my mom and I bonded over. Being raised in Texas she was a Cowboys fan. As mommy’s little girl I wanted to follow in her footsteps. But since I’m from Philly it wouldn’t be a good idea for me to be a Cowboys fan, people get pretty heated over that rivalry. So I’m a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. WOO! I do have hometown loyalties to the Philadelphia Flyers and Phillies though.
I’ve never been afraid to voice my opinion when guys have a sports debate in my presence. Usually I get a confused look because there are lots of guys who assume that women know nothing about sports and I’m just rooting for my man’s team. Not the case. I have no problem talking smack on sports I follow. So last year one of my friends got me to join his fantasy football league because I said something about being interested in trying it out. I didn’t do too bad for my first year, think I finished 7 out of 10. Not too shabby if I say so myself. Of course when the time came this year I scoured Yahoo, ESPN and NFL.com for leagues to join. Because of all the downtime I have thanks to my back injury I ended up in four different leagues. Mostly because people weren’t active so I kept trying to find leagues where people were active. There’s nothing more irritating than people who auto-draft. I understand if you have to work or something comes up. But with all the options out there you can find a league that fits your schedule. Whatever. Now the first thing I check on Mondays are the current match-ups to see how I’m doing. I don’t do it for monetary prizes, I do it for bragging rights. Right now I’m winning 3 out of 4, hopefully I get a great game and the points I need to make it 4 out of 4 after tonight’s game. We shall see
No this isn’t a shout out to Pitbull, although his songs are great to workout to. Just wanted to say HELLO to the new visitors who stopped to check out my blog. Thank you France, Great Britain, Russia, Germany, China, Norway, Taiwan, New Zealand and Finland! I haven’t forgotten about you USA, Canada, Denmark, Australia, Colombia and the Netherlands. I still love you! It is pretty cool to see people from the countries of my ancestors enjoying my blog.
For the scoop on my genealogy check out this post –> DNA Road Maps
Now all I need is someone from Greece, Libya, Ukraine and Ireland to make my family circle complete! 🙂
One of my favorite bloggers has allowed me to be a guest blogger on her page. This is a great way for bloggers to expose their audience to other blogs and spread the love. So without further ado…..here is the link to the page my first guest post is on. And please check out the rest of her blog it is awesome! Spread the love and meet someone new.
My First Guest Post: Settling for So-So
It’s funny how some people assume that whatever season you were born in is your favorite. I’m a winter baby, and I don’t know many winter babies that are too fond of that season. Me I’m all spring and fall. Spring is just warm enough to wear t-shirts and enjoy the feel of the sunshine on your face. Fall is still a bit warm but just cold enough for hoodies and sweatshirts minus a jacket on top. Now this is one of my favorite sweatshirts.
Besides the fact that it says NAVY, it’s also super comfy. Fall also means I can wear boots. YAYYY!!! I love love love a good pair of boots. My preferred footwear. I have a pair I bought a couple years ago that I need to have fixed, issue with the zipper. Knee high black boots, jeans and a hooded sweater. That’s my kind of outfit right there! What’s your favorite season or go-to outfit?
Today I start another 10 week semester. Technically 9 weeks since the last week is just for professors to catch up on late submissions and get final grades in. 9 weeks of scattered sleep, research sessions, writing sessions, re-writing sessions, reading until my eyes hurt and posting lots and lots of posting on our discussion boards. I love the online college platform because it’s flexible to the random needs of my life. I think if I was going to a traditional school I’d probably lose what’s left of my sanity a lot quicker. Plus I’d feel weird being in a lecture hall surrounded by 17-18 year olds when I’m 30 going on 31. Cause you know it only takes one person to find out I’m over 21 and then all of a sudden “Hey can you buy us beer?” Ummm….no not risking fines so you can get wasted it’s not happening kiddo. It takes a lot of OCD level organization to keep me on track. Sometime during my sophomore year I started going out and getting these giant wall calendars to keep everything organized. This is what my current semester looks like…..
Pretty accurate visual for what goes on in my head….even the black scribbles…think those would be urggghhh in my head
But what about doctor appointments and other things you say….that’s what the calendar on my phone is for. Not going to clog this calendar up with non-school stuff. This semester I only have 7 papers to do, which is less than last semester, they’re all 3-6 pages except my final that’s 6-10 pages. Well every semester I find some way to streamline my life. Last semester I started working ahead on a bunch of papers and I had 5 of my last 10 done weeks in advance. Gives me more time to stress over the bigger projects. Don’t worry I won’t disappear and let cobwebs start forming on this blog. I might not get on here everyday but at least every other day. Time for me to see what I can work on ASAP.
For more like this check out —> Little Miss Productive
Every once in a while we have those moments where it feels like life is just too much to deal with. Woe is me this or that is making life difficult. I know I’ve had my share of “woe is me” times, especially during the past few months with my struggle to adjust to this back injury. I put on my sad face crown, slip into a black dress and have my own little pity party for a while. I’m not alone in this though. You’ve done it too at some point, or maybe you’re doing it right now. There’s nothing wrong with having a “woe is me” moment, it’s natural. When something bad happens you’re going to get bummed out or depressed for a bit until you find a way out of it. So put on your black duds and have your little pity party. But don’t let it become your life. There’s a difference between having a moment of “okay this sucks” and a full on “eff my life I’m always a victim.” Life isn’t perfect, life will never be perfect. A perfect life would be boring anyways. Believe me I’m not a fan of constantly dealing with BS, but that’s life. Random things are going to happen that you can’t control, and they won’t all be positive.
The problem starts when you let those random moments overwhelm you. You’re rushing down the street and someone else who’s rushing down the street bumps into you and spills coffee all over you. It sucks but it was an accident. You put get out of the car and your cellphone that was sitting on your lap falls to the ground and your screen cracks. Okay that blows, but again accident. Unless you could’ve done something to prevent the act from happening there is absolutely no reason to go on and on about having a rough life if random accidents happen. It’s the people that let their life spiral out of control that I have an issue with.
I bet you know exactly what kind of people I mean before I even start describing them. Tim is always publicly posting on Facebook about how he can’t find a good job. Now Tim goes into interviews in dirty or wrinkled clothes, acts unprofessional or shows up a half hour late every time without bothering to let them know he’ll be late. Tim’s been fired from every job because of attitude problems and not getting his work done. So once again Tim starts whining about how “he had that interview locked down” and he can’t understand why they wouldn’t hire him. Tim says “people just don’t want to give him a chance” and “they are idiots for probably giving the job to some foreigner.” You see how Tim makes it sound like he’s a victim and no matter how hard he tries he just can’t catch a break. Never mind the fact that his first impression is a bad one because he shows up late, doesn’t bother to iron his clothes and make sure they’re clean, and he acts like a moron during the interview. Any reference check of previous employers is going to end up badly because they’ll talk about how lazy and unreliable he is. Plus it doesn’t help that he publicly bashes companies on Facebook. People seem to forget about that wonderful thing called Google. Anything and everything your name is attached to will show on if they search your name. So all those posts about how this company is stupid or that boss is a moron, yeah they’ll see that and it won’t help you look too good before you come in for that interview. Mmmhmm you know someone just like that!
There are so many people out there that don’t bother to fix the things in their life that they have control over. Don’t put things on Facebook you don’t feel like having to defend to a boss or possible employer. We’ve all met or known someone who just sits there and lets their life spin out of control. Letting their kids act a fool and not stepping in to be a parent, they just whine about it. Publicly posting negative things about wondering why people think they have a bad attitude. If you don’t take responsibility for the things you can control, don’t bother bitching after the fact. You’re the only one who can fix your life. If you’re waiting for someone else to do it for you…well you’ll be waiting forever. Get off your pitiful behind, put on your big girl/big boy panties and start changing things.
Not everyone believes in war, I believe it’s a necessary evil sometimes when we have to protect our country from outside threats. I’ve been pro-military for a long time because my grandfather made the choice to serve his country as a member of the United States Navy during World War II. My boyfriend also made that same choice and served in the Navy 18 years ago. This book I’m about to show you came into my life as a happy accident. I had to do this project for school and one of the questions asked about a book that inspired me I believe. I didn’t feel like digging through my collection, since I had most of it packed in storage bins. So I started looking through biographies and autobiographies and I came across this book……
One of the best books I’ve ever read!!!
I can’t even remember the last time a book made me sob uncontrollably for someone I’d never met. I mega love Marcus Luttrell for finding the strength and courage to get through this. Hooyah Marcus Luttrell! There are three kinds of people in this country: those who serve in the military, those who are proud of the sacrifices military men and women make for millions of strangers, and well I’m not wasting space on the third kind if you get my drift. It’s unimaginable how people find the strength to live through situations like what Marcus describes in his book. You will laugh, you will smile and if you don’t shed a tear then you sir/ma’am have a cold cold heart. GET.THIS.BOOK!
Follow him on Twitter: @Marcus Luttrell
Want more of my recommendations —> Whatcha Reading?? Lies My Teacher Told Me
I was going back and forth trying to figure out whether I wanted to promote things on here or not. I’ve decided I will. Now when I made this decision I crossed some things off the list immediately. I’m not going to get into discussing movies and TV shows, I’m not a critic. Or music for that matter because I don’t listen to the radio on a regular basis anymore, I have playlists to get me through the day. What I will pimp out on my page, besides blog posts I love, are books. I mentioned before that I’m a HUGE BOOKWORM. So every once in a while I will spread the love for books that really catch my attention. Soooo…..first book to be pimped out….
Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
Now I’m not someone who scours the NY Times Bestseller list looking for new books to buy. I like to wander around the bookstore from section to section looking at titles. Which would explain my completely random collection of books. So when I saw this one I stopped, had that confused head tilt dogs do, and crept over to the book and started flipping through it. My, my how interesting. Needless to say it came home with me. This book is all about challenging the conventional way history textbooks discuss life before we were born. James Loewen makes a great point about how the majority of textbooks whitewash history and make heroes out of people who probably shouldn’t be. I’m only into the second chapter but this book makes you sit there and go “Why in the hell didn’t I ever think that was odd” or “Now that you mention it, what‘s up with that??” Here’s an example: In a lot of history textbooks Woodrow Wilson has always been credited with championing women’s right to vote. <–Now that is pure bullshit. Wilson was NOT a fan of giving women the right to vote and he was a huge, HUGE RACIST. He used to make “darky” jokes during cabinet meetings. Another good point Loewen brings up is the fact that nobody talks about Helen Keller’s life after Anne Sullivan taught her Braille. Well here’s an insight for you, Helen Keller was a socialist and supported Communism. Betcha right now you’re opening Google and searching for that info..go right ahead. Then find this book and get yourself a copy because there is much more learning ahead beyond what I’ve shared.