I’m stepping in here and looking around. Wow! This place has really been neglected. So many cobwebs! Lately, I have found myself missing this so I decided to come in here and see if there’s anyone still out there.
It has been more than a year since I last posted and as you can imagine, I’m a little rusty. I used to post mainly about books, hot guys and the occasional rant about something or other.
Writing book reviews was super stressful for me. I’m not sure why. I think the deadlines were starting to take away from my enjoyment of reading. So even though I’m tempted sometimes to get a new ARC, I shy away from having to write a review. I’m still reading just as much but enjoying it so much more.
As for the hot guys, who doesn’t appreciate looking at a sexy man? Either dressed or nearly undressed, it’s always nice to glance upon the hotness. I don’t have any plans right now to go back to my Tantalizing Tuesdays posts but I think it’s safe to say that every now and then I may feel inspired to share a few hot guy pics with you. Are you ok with that?
Which leads me to my rants. I know that the definition of rant is “to speak or shout at length in a wild, impassioned way”. I’m not necessarily shouting or speaking wildly but seeing as I’m a loud Portuguese girl, that’s up for interpretation. I am passionate about a lot of things and I do get irked (I’ve been wanting to use that word for a while) by some things very easily, such as orange-so-called-presidents, what I perceive to be unfairness, and rampant stupidity to name a few. I may go back to what my original idea for my blog was all about: getting stuff off my chest.
Now that I’ve said all that, I really do hope to be coming in here more often to just vent and share. It makes me feel like I’m visiting an old friend.
See you soon.
I love social media. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Tumblr. I love it all but for the first time EVER I feel like I need to step away from it. Who am I kidding? I won’t be able to stay away for long but I definitely need a break. The thing that has given me hours of enjoyment, has allowed me to connect with so many people and even form friendships with people who, sadly, live so far away from me is now the cause of hurt in my heart and soul.
Although I’ve always been opinionated and have never been afraid to voice my opinion (hence the name of this blog), politics has never actually been my thing. I try to pay attention to the “issues” whenever we have an election and I do my duty and exercise my privilege to vote. I have NEVER really paid a hell of a lot of attention to what happens in other countries. UNTIL NOW. In all the lead up to the US election I have continuously been flabbergasted by the things that have come out of the mouth of the now President- Elect (I don’t care to repeat his name) and his supporters.
I understand that his opponent was not loved by a lot of people but for those people to vote for a person who clearly is a racist, a liar and a sexist pig, not to mention his running mate who is homophobic and a misogynist, boggles my mind. I can understand that a lot of people were not happy and were looking for change. I have never seen so many accounts of blatantly hateful and racist occurrences as I have in two days. Is this the change they were looking for?!
Last night I watched the news and was not actually surprised to see protests going on all across America. What I am surprised about is the number of people asking what the protestors hope to accomplish, and the number of people saying that the protests are all about sour grapes and sore losers. Do they not understand that people are afraid? Rightfully so. I don’t agree with violent protest but isn’t the right to peacefully protest one of the things you are always going on about as being one of the great things about being American? If people never protested then black and white people would still be segregated, women would not be allowed to vote and LGBTQ people would not have the right to love and marry who they want. I guess my biggest fear is that all the strides that have been made will all be for nothing.
As I scrolled through my Facebook and Twitter feeds today my heart just kept sinking lower and lower. I suppose what upsets me most is that it has never been ok to say racist and hurtful things to people but I think that the new President-Elect has made some folks feel like it is ok to do so now. My heart and soul are broken thinking of all the ugly possibilities. I will always respect your right to have your own opinion but you will never convince me that this man will make America great again. From what I’ve seen in the last couple of days, quite the opposite seems to be on the horizon. I’m hoping that it is just a case of things getting worse before they get better.
You don’t have to agree with me. This is my blog and I use it to talk and rant about things that are important to me. I don’t claim to know anything about politics and by no means am I an expert on any of this shit. I’m just venting about my feelings. So on that note, I’m stepping back from all the ugliness that I’m seeing on social media and I’m going to go bury my nose in a book or two for a little bit.
Throughout the course of any given day I see
shit stuff on my Facebook feed that either disturbs, angers or saddens me. I sometimes speak up but mostly I don’t. I keep scrolling down my feed because sometimes I feel like my thoughts or feelings aren’t “politically correct” or that some might feel that I’m irresponsible for having those thoughts and feelings.
So, here goes…
Food, drink and the environment
I try to do my part in “saving the environment”. I recycle. I compost (by way of the organics program in my region). Yes it disturbs me to see so many posts about what’s happening with our food and water (I say water because that’s almost exclusively what I drink). [Note: this is where I become politically incorrect] With all this, sometimes I think “why don’t I just freakin die?!”. I can’t eat or drink anything without getting some kind of guilt complex. Sadly, I am one of those people that doesn’t only eat for sustenance and energy. I actually enjoy food. Too much so, or so my scale tells me. I don’t want to stop eating Nutella despite what’s happening to the palm trees.
Animal and child abuse
Like anyone else with a shred of decency and a heart, the thought that some human beings are so vile and despicable as to gravely hurt an animal or child truly disturbs me. On any given day, I will scroll down my Facebook feed and see horrendous proof of this. I don’t want to see it! I’m not burying my head in the sand. I’ll happily sign any petition that is presented to me that I feel is worthwhile but I don’t want to constantly be bombarded with such awful images that tear my heart to shreds.
assholes people hiding behind their computer monitors
I’m astounded by how mean people can be on social media. When did it become ok to say mean and hurtful things to people? When did it become ok to not empathize with people? When did it become ok to treat others as less than human? Why does hiding behind that monitor take away some people’s humanity? Does anyone ever stop and ask themselves if they would say these things to that person’s face? I know, so many questions that sadly will never get answers. I see it directed at celebrities, authors and many others. You don’t have to like everything that anyone says or does but does that mean you have to be a mean and nasty troll about it?
I’m sure there are more things I could find to rant about but my lunch time is almost over and I have to get back to work.
I’m sorry if I’ve offended anyone. I know there are those that will say or feel that I’m being irresponsible or ignorant. Ultimately, it is your right to think or feel that but at the end of the day, this is how I feel.
Also, I feel that I should’ve warned you before that I am PMSing. That is all!
This past weekend, while enjoying time with friends and family up at my cousin’s cottage, I had the unfortunate chance of coming across a tweet from one of the (fitness) models I have featured on one of my Tantalizing Tuesdays posts.
The fact that he referred to some women as “fat ugly trolls” who’s “man wud rather stare at 10/10 then u stuffing ur face wit chocolate [sic]” was totally disappointing. Considering that he is in the public eye and has the ability to be a positive role model, I was shocked to see something so hateful.
I couldn’t help it. I had to tweet back and no I wasn’t very nice in my tweet. Yes, yes I know. Two wrongs don’t make a right but it made me feel better to get it off my chest. Of course, both he and one of his minions had to tweet me back and insult me.
I so wanted to reply to them both but I decided against it. There would be no point in trying to reason with such hateful people. Then I thought of replying with this (courtesy of Stella):
Then I thought of this (again courtesy of Stella):