Friday, January 29, 2010

Cold Feet makes Buffalo Momma

See the stick? I'm getting ready to beat someone.

I am getting more and more frustrated as time goes on with the fact that my feet are cold.
We live in an old farmhouse. It leaks. There are cracks and crannies that let in the wind and the cold and the breeze and the freeze. I don't like it. Not one little bit. This is a picture of me in the morning, in my kitchen:

I've asked and asked (and asked again) my sons and my husband to figure out where the cold air is getting in, and SEAL the leaks.

They haven't done it. I am getting ANGRY. You don't want to make me angry.

There are two ways to accumulate wealth. One is to earn money; the other is to not spend it. It's stupid to pay literally thousands of dollars on fuel oil to heat this house, and let the heat escape through the bathroom roof and the other cracks and crannies.

Can you tell this BUGS ME???

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Seatbelt Laws and Fines - And My Right to Be Stupid

I've been thinking about this one for a while, and I hope to hash it out in a way that is understandable.

Seat belt laws bug me. Let me explain.

In Ontario, as of December 1, 2006, there was a new law:

Now, in and of itself this law would be fine, I guess. According to statistics, wearing a seat belt increases your chances of surviving a car accident. Another website states that 63% of people killed in car accidents were not wearing seat belts. So, it just seems logical to put your seat belt on when you're on the road - if you've noticed all of our posts under the "road rage" tag, you'll notice that we believe people on the highways are generally idiots. I don't have a website for the statistical average of idiots on the road, but I'm pretty sure it would be above 50%. Just saying. Knowing the high percentage of idiocy on the highways leads me to be more careful.

So, I agree that it's smart to wear a seatbelt.

But here's the part that bugs me. The MTO website goes on to state:

"The penalty for seat belt infractions is a fine between $60 and $500. Convicted offenders will receive two demerit points."

I don't believe it's right for the government to be able to fine me and give me demerit points for my own decision to put my life at risk. If I want to be an idiot and go without wearing my seat belt, who are they to fine me for it?

Warn me? Sure. Frown upon me? Okay! But fine me?

Let's just look at this for a second. I'm going to use another example of personal choices.

I could go buy 200 Twinkies and gorge myself on them. I could do this daily, and there would be no fine. Why? Because it would be my choice - although the world will tell you that obesity is a risk all on its own.

Just pause for a second and look at that number. 400,000 deaths were caused by obesity and physical inactivity. Now look at these statistics, from the same year (2000):

So that's just a little over a tenth, and don't forget that only 63% of those deaths relating to car accidents were because the people were not wearing seat belts. Someone else can do the math for that.

What this boils down to is an infringement on my rights. If I have a right to be obese if I want to, and to be physically inactive if I want to, I should have a right to go without a seat belt if I want to.
The government has every right to fine me if I'm speeding, or driving erratically. This sort of thing puts other people in danger. But to fine me for a personal choice, a choice which leaves only me and me alone in any sort of danger, is ridiculous.

Now, don't forget to buckle up. ;p


Yes, you read that right. I was innocently checking my email, ignoring (as is my custom) the ads that appear across the top bar of gmail, when what to my wondering eyes did appear, but the strangest ad ever. For Feminine-Husband-Bra. It went on to say something about Perfume with 40% off.

What, what?

It boggles the mind.

And bugs me.

Leave me alone, Google... and take your Feminine-Husband-Bra ad elsewhere.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

No touchie!

I just finished watching The Emperor's New Groove, a hilarious movie that I've been in love with for years.... for those of you who haven't seen it, selfish & spoiled Emperor Kuzco doesn't allow anyone to touch him. Any who try get a "Woah, NO TOUCHIE! No touch!"

Which is exactly what I'm going to start saying to people -strangers- who come up to me in towns & cities, and put their greasy dirty fingers on my baby!

I don't mind when people smile at him, or talk to him, or talk to me about him (as long as they don't use feminine terms when describing him, like "she" or "her", but that is for another post), I just don't want them putting their germ-laden, scabies-infested, eczema-encrusted digits on my baby! Is that REALLY too much to ask?? I don't walk up to other people in the grocery store and touch their babies!!

I guess I just don't have a stand-offish enough demeanor. I'll have to practice that, and definitely will have to employ the "No Touchie!!!!" with a little bit of "Shh shha shhaa shaaaaaaaaaa!" thrown in there, too.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I'm Too Lazy... sign out of Mom's account and into my own.

Anyway, this is a complain-y post.

I mean, I have a good excuse why I'm not writing any new posts. What about YOU?
This blog is so neglected. :(

Bring it back to liiiiife!