#AmReading: Why Not Me?

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Honestly, it took me several months to finish this book. It wasn’t because of Kaling’s writing. I was just so exhausted that I fell asleep every time I read more than a page. “Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling is one of the funniest books that I’ve read in awhile.

 

Kaling talks about some of her experiences as a person who is not what society tells us is beautiful. Let’s just agree that American society lies about what is beautiful. I say this because I believe that Mindy Kaling is totally gorgeous.

She didn’t feel beautiful as a young woman. However, Kaling was funny and intelligent. She worked on making herself a better person. The confidence that she has now came in time.

When I was able to stay awake, I began to really enjoy the book. Kaling has a way of writing about her experiences that most people can relate to in some way. She writes about her experience with joining a sorority at Dartmouth College.

My favorite part was when she wrote a series of pretend emails that were part of her life if she had made different choices and become a teacher. (Is it weird that this it the part that I related to the most? Whatever. It’s fine.)

So the point is that I loved the book.  Now I love Mindy Kaling more than ever.

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Protect Yourself: Flooding Your Representatives with Letters

16935780_10154146351972714_1105720762_oIf you want to write a million letters to your senator, there are no laws prohibiting you from doing so.

I would recommend addressing one topic per letter. Keep it simple. Apparently, congressmen don’t have a lot of time.

Some websites have said not to write postcards but I say do it. Write postcards. Send faxes. Emails are alright but they might get lost in the shuffle.

Keep the language clean. Do not threaten anyone or make insane demands. They might answer questions but no one can promise anything. Cursing doesn’t help your cause.

Maybe don’t send glitterbomb letters. ( I know. It would be hilarious! However, you may not get your concerns heard afterward the representative opens your letter.  Plus, they might not accept mail from you anymore.) So no glitterbombs!

Carry on! Write as many letters and postcards as you want! I found my fancy notecards so I did write one letter today. It’s not a million but it’s a start.

 

  • Keep it simple. Stick to one topic.
  • No cursing or wild demands.
  • No glitterbombs.
  • Write as often as possible.

The address for senators and representatives are, respectively:

The Honorable (insert senator’s name)
U.S. Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable (insert representative’s name)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

 

You can also find addresses here while there is a recess.

Find your Representative

 

 

P.S. Here is a website for starting a letter writing campaign.

The Action Network

P.P.S. This is a link to an article on turning old calendars into envelopes. Just in case you run out of envelopes

How to Recycle Your Old Calendar into Vibrant Stationery

Protect Yourself : Protesting

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I can’t find the original photographer. Apologies. 

 

I’m way behind on protesting. There have been no protest signs made at my house yet. However, I have been watching a ton of “Parks and Recreation.” So the spirit of protesting is here. The episode where Leslie chains herself to a mechanized gate is classic Leslie Knope. It’s one of my favorite episodes.

Unfortunately, small towns don’t have many protests. The only thing that I have ever protested was working in groups during English grammar. I wouldn’t even know where to begin. Oh wait, a trip to the store to buy sign making supplies.

Then be aware of the rights of protesters and follow the rules. Seriously, I don’t want to get arrested in a world where mystery meat sandwiches are a real thing.

If you’re going to go out into the world and protest, here’s a short list of stuff you should do first.

  1. Know what your rights are while protesting. There are things you can do and things that you definitely cannot do. It all depends on how cool you are with getting arrested or not. I added a link to the ACLU’s guide to protesting.
  2. Make an amazing sign that will get noticed.
  3. Buy some comfortable shoes. Protesting involves walking and standing.
  4. Pack your purse or fanny pack with granola bars or small snacks.

Keep your strength up! Also, protect yourself

 

 

ACLU: Know Your Rights Guide

Weekend Coffee Share: I Can’t Even . . .

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you . . .

  • In about two days, I will be fired. It is going to be the most glorious thing that has happened in the last year. No regrets. Not one.
  • While switching to days was a good thing, I also received a new supervisor who is a psychotic bitch. She makes fun of her workers and the powers that be keep her. So I’m not staying one more minute.
  • My knee is the size of a pumpkin again. It’s inflammation (aka arthritis).
  • This week, I will be spending time looking for a job.
  • I’m hoping that I don’t have to grow my hair back in order to get a job. It would be disappointing. I’m so close to having circa 1990s Prince hair.
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  • One of my other goals is to work on one or both of my books. There’s a third book in the mix somewhere.
  • I’ll get to see my kids and drive them every damn place. It will be pretty awesome.

 

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  • I foresee a lot of coffee in the near future. There’s so much to do: Get a job. Finish writing 3 books. Keep Prince on heavy music rotation per the usual. Drive kids everywhere. Stay positive. The end.

Weekend Coffee Share: This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things Edition

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This is Why We Can’t Have nice things

It’s been so long since I’ve done a coffee share post. I don’t even know where to start.

  • We have a cat. She’s a bad kitty but we love her anyway.
  • The amount of potted plants in our house has decreased. See above statement.
  • Also, I found gum on the piano this morning. I don’t think it was the kitty.
  • After a year, I have finally moved to day shift.
  • I don’t have that many friends on day shift.
  • Someone on day shift said that I should wear spiked shoulder pads. It goes with my mohawk and my grumpy, yet somehow charming personality.
  •  It would look like this:
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BTW: My mohawk is way better. However, I don’t have a belt buckle that big and shiny. I’m thinking that the boyfriend and I could be the Road Warriors for Halloween next year.

  • The change to day shift has been good. I have more time to spend with family. More time to blog. More time to do things that I have been putting off so I can sleep during the day. I can drink coffee during the day now, instead of at 9 p.m. Or 2:30 a.m.

I hope that all of you are doing well. I have really missed you guys!

 

P.S. You can find more Coffee posts here.

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