Friday, February 24, 2012

My strong opinion on animals.....

I am an animal lover. I grew up with fish, dogs, cats and birds. We now actually have 3 dogs and a snake, although that last pet was not by choice, it came with the awesome man I eventually married. I don't believe everyone that is on this planet should own a pet, just as I don't believe everyone is meant to be a parent. Pets take time, need to be nurtured and cared for. I don't believe they are an accessory. I don't believe they should be beaten, chained or locked in a kennel. I also believe they should not be purchased at pet stores. Many may not agree with that last statement, but I keep reading more and more stories about pets being purchased at these stores, and finding out they themselves are bought from puppy mills. Having a pet ourselves that is a puppy mill rescue, I can't begin to tell you how heartbreaking it is to see, or read about the conditions these animals are kept in. What I find even more horrifying is how few people are really aware of it when they buy from pet stores. Or, they are, but really don't care, since it's "just an animal". Funny how people will rally around a child, that has no voice, that has been kept in horrible conditions, but yet, when it comes to a dog, there's no second thought. Those are the kind of people I don't think deserve to be blessed with an animal in their lives. And yes, I say blessed, because for as much of a pain in the ass our little rescue can be, we still love her to death, and wouldn't trade her for the world.....So please, think twice before buying from a pet store, look to rescue organizations, animal shelters, anywhere but your local store, you might be surprised at the number of animals that need a loving home......

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Disappointment in Powerlifting....

Well...had my second powerlifting meet, and needless to say, was a bit disappointed in my performance. I had some pretty ambitious goals, and failed to hit any of them, although I did beat my numbers from my last meet, so that's saying something. I have to say that while I am a bit down about my owm performance, I am a bit riled up over some of the judging that was happening. Not very consistent across the board, a lot of lifts that should never have gotten 1 white light, never mind 3 of them! One of the reasons I started powerlifting was because it's black and white: you either make the lift, with the right technique, following the rules, or you don't. At my first meet, this wasn't a problem, but unfortunately, I can't say the same about this one. Guys lifting their heads off the bench, not having their feet flat on the floor, BOUNCING THE BAR OFF THEIR FUCKING CHESTS!! Come on already!! If the people in the audience can see the problem, how the fuck can the judge not?! Am I a bit bitter, perhaps, seeing as how my last deadlift got three red lights, for apparently "bouncing" the bar up to get the lift, which I find funny because I watched the video tape of it, and was told by many it was a clean lift. Then I got to sit their and watch countless others do the same thing I did, some very obviously using their legs to get the bar up, and get all white lights...WTF?! Also, the event is "drug free" meaning, no juicing, or performance enhancers, such as 1,3 dimethylpentylamine HCI, which is commonly found in ACG or C4 (at least the old formula) and random testing would be happening for the event. So, it's a bit discouraging when my husband, who is also in the event, is in the locker room, watching a bunch of the other lifters slamming just those products I previously mentioned! But yet, do they get pulled for testing? What do you think....For a sport that is trying so hard to gain respect, I have to say I am glad I will be stepping away from it for a while to focus on a figure show, because honestly, not only do you have to gain my respect, you have to keep it, and after this meet, I have to say, it's going to take a while to earn that back from me.....

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Just drive your fucking car already!!!

Okay, I have had it. I am tired of feeling like I am in the middle of a live action video game every time I get in my car and on the road. I am tired of always having to be on uber high alert due to the ineptitude that surrounds me in the form of other clueless drivers, that are doing everything BUT driving their cars. Moms, stop turning around to yell at your kid in the back seat. Stop trying to hand them their happy meals while changing lanes, and for gods sake, check your fucking mirrors and blind spots before you do so!! People in your $80,000 cars, get a head set!! Stop being cheap, or stupid and hook up your blue tooth system that I KNOW was either standard or an option in your fancy car. You look like a fucking idiot talking on a hand held, while using your other arm to gesture to a caller that can't see it...Hands on the wheel...do it....Teenagers, you are NOT invincible. That steel thing on four wheels isn't going to guard you against everything, especially when YOU are the one that's not paying attention. It is not that important to be texting while you are driving, I am pretty sure Suzie already knows how stupid Lisa looked in that lame skirt. Don't put my life or the others around you in jeopardy because you think you can multi task. Here's some truth..you can't. Half the time you have a hard enough time walking and chewing gum, so honestly, what makes you think you can handle texting while driving?! Adults, you aren't off the hook here on this one..You can't multi task either, so don't pretend to be able to in the car. Stop putting make up on, stop eating full meals and pay attention, in other words, DRIVE YOUR FUCKING CAR ALREADY, it's not that hard.......