Thursday, May 31, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
"Now is the time to think about Suzie's needs."
"Suzie needs $600."
Not really, but hey, if you are sharing...
"Suzie needs her curtains taken down, washed and put back up, the freezer defrosted and the floors scrubbed."
I whole heartedly support this one!
"Suzie Needs To Shut It"
Heard this in nicer terms in my three year old pre-school class (when I was 3, of course!)
"Suzie needs a flu shot but she hasn’t had one yet"
Kind of random.
"Suzie needs to calm the f*** down"
Well, this isn't the first time I've heard this one
"Suzie needs to find a solution which will allow her to take the rest of the year off work"
"Suzie needs to know if anybody needs to be added or deleted"
"Suzie needs to buy six 33- cent stamps using EXACT change"
OOO - This one has story problem written all over it
This one tops it all - and I'm not making this up (found it here):
"Suzie needs to think about the fact that there's no escape from Tom."
BWA HA HA!!!!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Anyway, Oprah mentioned a few numbers that made me go right in and look the facts up. She mentioned that the Department of Justice estimated that 10 million kids see their moms abused each year. She also said that battered women GO BACK TO THEIR ABUSERS an average of SEVEN times. SEVEN - wow. Again - very startling. So, I clicked around and found the National Domestic Violence Hotline. They are an organization that educates, guides, and even empowers those who are abused. But, they also help out the rest of us to recognize what abuse is, how to help those being abused, and even how to tell is we are abusers. I know that this is just one resource, but I had to start somewhere. I just wanted to share this info with you for now. More might come later, but for now you can peek at this info and see if you feel moved to do more.
Here are the statistics right from the National Domestic Violence Hotline site:
- 4 million American women experience a serious assault by a partner during an average 12-month period. 1
On the average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends every day.2
92% of women say that reducing domestic violence and sexual assault should be at the top of any formal efforts taken on behalf of women today.3
1 out of 3 women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime.4
1 in 5 female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. Abused girls are significantly more likely to get involved in other risky behaviors. They are 4 to 6 times more likely to get pregnant and 8 to 9 times more likely to have tried to commit suicide.4
1 in 3 teens report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, slapped, choked or physically hurt by his/her partner.5
Women of all races are equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate partner.6
37% of all women who sought care in hospital emergency rooms for violence–related injuries were injured by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend.7
Some estimates say almost 1 million incidents of violence occur against a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend per year. 8
For 30% of women who experience abuse, the first incident occurs during pregnancy.9
As many as 324,000 women each year experience intimate partner violence during their pregnancy. 10
Violence against women costs companies $72.8 million annually due to lost productivity.11
74% of employed battered women were harassed by their partner while they were at work.12
Ninety-four percent of the offenders in murder-suicides were male.13
Seventy-four percent of all murder-suicides involved an intimate partner(spouse, common-law spouse, ex-spouse, or boyfriend/girlfriend). Of these, 96 percent were females killed by their intimate partners.13
Most murder-suicides with three or more victims involved a "family annihilator" -- a subcategory of intimate partner murder-suicide.Family annihilators are murderers who kill not only their wives/girlfriends and children, but often other family members as well,before killing themselves.13
Seventy-five percent of murder-suicides occurred in the home.13
2. Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003.
3. Progress & Perils: New Agenda for Women, Center for the Advancement of Women. June 2003.
4. Silverman, Jay G., Raj, Anita, and Clements, Karen. “Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls and Associated Substance Use, Unhealthy Weight Control, Sexual Risk Behavior, Pregnancy, and Suicidality.” Pediatrics, August 2004.
5. Teenage Research Unlimited. Findings from study commissioned by Liz Claiborne Inc. to investigate the level of and attitudes towards dating abuse among American teenagers aged 13 to 18 [online] 2005 Feb [cited 2006 Mar 20]. Available from: URL: www.loveisnotabuse.com/statistics_abuseandteens.htm
6. US. Department of Justice, Violence-Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments, August 1997.
7. US Department of Justice.
8. The Commonwealth Fund, Health Concerns Across a Woman’s Lifespan: 1998 Survey of Women’s Health, May 1999.
9. Helton et al 1987.
10. Gazmararian JA, Petersen R, Spitz AM, Goodwin MM, Saltzman LE, Marks JS. “Violence and reproductive health; current knowledge and future research directions.” Maternal and Child Health Journal 2000; 4(2):79-84.
11. Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States. 2003. Center for disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Atlanta, GA/
12. Family Violence Prevention Fund. 1998. The Workplace Guide for Employer, Unions, and Advocates, San Francisco, CA.
13. Violence Policy Center (VPC), American Roulette: Murder-Suicide in the United States, April 2006.
I'll post mine in a week or so. I have an idea brewing and want to share it, but need to think it through first. So, join me and jot down what life will be like for you in 1 Year, 1 Month, and 1 Day.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Jingle Bells, Batman smells, Joker lays an egg.
The Batmobile lost a wheel and the Joken got away. HAY!
AAACK! They not only sing this around the house, but anywhere the moods strikes them - on the car, the grocery store, the dressing room at Nordstroms, you get the drift. Often I get strange looks from others - that "Why on earth are your kids singing Christmas carols in the Spring" until of course they listen in and then it's the look of "Why on earth do you let you children sing at all????!!!!" Some smile politely and walk away quickly, while others stop and giggle, and then there's the group that can't hide the fact that they are mortified. I've had consoling looks from some women - surely other moms who have been here done that. It's an odd enough site to be walking in the mall, the grocery store, Target, etc. with two little guys about the same age beating on each other, but when they start singing...
I have GOT to find some new material for them...
This is what happens when you ask them to sing Jingle Bells.
And this is what happens after they've seen the first video and realize that it needs more "spice:"
Sorry for hte poor quality - camera phone...
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Regardless, he's a cutie and he can sing for me any time!
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Quickly (in case my computer objects once again to what I'm writing...)
We got new cell phones - I got the Motorola Q which is a cell phone/mobile internet thingy.
We joined Blockbuster online and have seen some good movies and some bad movies (Ewww).
I bought my first real bra today.
I am now allowed to drive.
I feel a bit stronger each day.
O.K. That's the update - more on the Spurs tomorrow! GO SPURS!
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
It's a wild concept to have this radical of a change to my body and for my brain not to be able to get it straight. The doctor even said that it might take a bit for my brain to get a good grasp on what my body looks like. Everyone who has seen me so far has noticed a huge difference, but I'm not quite there yet (even though I can see myself and have looked at myself every day for the past three weeks). So, I had me freak out and thought I'd share. Tom has said several times, Yes dear, that's what I've been telling you! but even that's not quite sinking in. Guess I need to take some more "after" shots and really look at the difference. Maybe tomorrow I'll get into the clothes that I put on for the "before" pics and take a tree weeks after shot. Hopefully I'll get this whole body image thing straightened out, because according to other people I look great now!
Anyway, Tom and I were sitting there at the table and he asked me if I were a Pokemon what would I be. So I replied "Jigglypuff, but I've evolved!" I crack myself up...
Here's a little info about Jigglypuff in case you were wondering:
Jigglypuff is a Normal-type Balloon Pokémon. Its body is globular, pink, fluffy, cuddly, and accented with stubby appendages, a tiny tuft of a single curl of hair, and enormous blue eyes. Jigglypuff's most popular attack is to sing its opponent to sleep. Jigglypuff also has the strange ability to puff its body full of air to make it look larger than it actually is. Jigglypuff evolves from Igglybuff through happiness, and to Wigglytuff with the use of a Moon Stone.
Jigglypuff can easily adjust the wavelength of its voice, without pausing to take a breath. However, if the listener is deaf or never sleeps, the Jigglypuff suffocates, and might even die.
So go to the Pokedex and see what kind of Pokemon you are!