Monday, May 30, 2011

Vacation Time!

So, tomorrow starts the first vacation I've had in over a year and a half (probably two years, really).  I am so super excited. It is definitely time for some relaxation, rejuvenation, and reevaluation.  I've got high hopes for this time. I've told pretty much no one where I'm going because I want to separate myself and just have some time to be on my own and think and relax.

In other news, the fundraisers for Mia are well under way. We're doing our best to get the word out and get people involved in helping this sweet little girl and her family out.  If you can print off and put up some flyers in your area, let me know and I'll be happy to email you the documents so we can increase the impact. Also, if anyone in the Cleveland area has connections to newspapers, TV stations, or other media outlets, we are trying to get their attention to get some more coverage for Mia.

So, most of you probably read about my Facebook Fast.  It was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made. I kept myself from updating my status for two months. The first two weeks were the hardest, but after stepping back and realizing how disconnected I had become because of Facebook, it was really an eye-opener and it helped me to reevaluate. I'm not off of Facebook entirely, but I've definitely cut down on my posts and (most importantly) the amount of inane statuses I was posting.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Mia Nalani

Hi Blogosphere Friends,

I'm writing now to bring your attention to a very special little girl. Mia Nalani is the daughter of my friend, Lilly. Mia was born with Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder.  You can find her story here or at the Facebook link below. Lilly's brother and sister-in-law have started a fund in Mia's name. Whatever isn't used for Mia will be donated to benefit other kids with Trisomy 18 and their families. My dream is that we raise $10,000 for Mia and the other children with Trisomy 18.

Ways you can become involved:

Donate! If you are in the Cleveland area, you can go to any local Fifth-Third Bank and ask to make a donation to the Memorial/Fundraiser account for Mia Nalany. If you're outside of the Cleveland area, email us to find out how you can donate!

Participate! The fundraiser dinner will be on June 25th in Cleveland. You can find it on Facebook here OR email for more information on how you can buy tickets.

Spread the word!
Join us on Crowdrise!  Crowdrise is a great resource that utilizes Facebook, Twitter and your other social  network accounts to get the word out about causes important to you --in my case, this is Mia.

Follow us on Twitter! You can find us here or search for MiaNalaniFund

Check us out on Facebook! As previously mentioned, we have a page for the actual fundraiser dinner and we also have a Facebook page set up to keep people up-to-date on how the fundraising is going.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Generational Differences

I’ve been thinking lately about immigration and assimilation

I remember the first (and only?) time someone differentiated between myself and their self by referring to themselves as ‘white’. It was the first time that it ever occurred to me that I might not be the generic, cookie cutter that I thought I was. I kind of thrilled at the thought of ‘not being white’. Don’t get me wrong, I’m about as caucasian as they come. My mother’s side of the family emigrated from the UK and my dad’s family came over from Italy. That settles us pretty firmly in the broad range of ‘caucasian’. It does not, however, make me ‘white enough’ for some people to actually consider me ‘white’ --which I don’t really want anyway. I’m proud of my heritage and wouldn’t exchange it for anything else.

While I embraced this difference, my grandparents weren’t so keen on the story when I told them. In my mind, it was an example of how proud I was of being Italian and how great it was to be part of a diverse history. To them, it was a slight of the worst kind. Their families went through a lot to be accepted. In their eyes, to not be considered white was to be called a second-class citizen.  While they are definitely still proud of their heritage, not being considered 'white' was a reversion to the exclusionary tactics they faced and what they had finally 'overcome'.

What's with the difference of opinion between generations? And, given what their families went through, why aren't they more compassionate toward the current wave of immigrants coming to the US?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

I'm lovin' it!

...and I don't mean McDonald's!

Things that made me smile today:
Grocery shopping, steamed salmon for dinner, and gingersnaps!

Should I be concerned that those are all food-related? Meh, oh well. Today was my day off but thanks to rising gas prices I tried to stay home and use my car as little as possible. Granted, I did still have to make a trip for grocery shopping but what can you do? I always intend to do something awesome with my day off and then I look up, realize that it's 9:30pm and the whole day has gone by without me doing anything even remotely exciting. Grocery shopping, as fun as it can be, does not count. Oh and my apartment is still a mess. Apparently, lack of exciting somethings to do does not translate into cleaning time.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Expiration Date

Waiting for nothing to start
It's getting late
Why don't we call it a day
I could easily go for a drink
Watching you shrink
This isn't easy to say
But I'd like to get over
I'd like get over you

Never knew love was a fad
You fooled me bad
Wish you were easy to hate
But I'm stuck in the middle for now
Wondering how
I entertain this debate
And I'd like to get over
I'd like to get over you

Why did you stop
Doing the things you did
To make me fall
When did you start
Framing my dreams
To hang on your white walls

Dinner for two lost its taste
When I embraced
All of your leftover bait
And I wish we had never gone stale
But who could tell
Your expiration date
Oh I'd like to get over
I'd like to get over you

Why did you stop
Building our little house
The picket fence
When did you start
Complimenting in past
And future tense

Stop wandering through my mind
As you once were
Start hoping that I'll come back
When you're the last man on earth

I guess that I should have known
Throw the first stone
If you feel perfect today
Oh I'd like to get over
I'd like to get over you

Osama is dead?

So, got the news (late) last night that Osama bin Laden is dead. I know there has been a lot of rejoicing in the streets and on social media. I just heard a live report from Ground Zero about the people celebrating there.

I realize the symbolic weight of such a 'victory', but does this actually make the world a safer place? No doubt, The #2 Al-Qaeda guy is probably already in place as the new organization head and it's not like this is going to bring our troops out of the Middle East all of a sudden or stop us from meddling in the sovereignty of other nations.

While I want to celebrate, I'm just reminded that really, it doesn't look like this will make that much of a difference.