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Welcome! I'm Amber, and this is a blog filled with love, happiness, and craziness. I'm a 20-something mama, full-time traffic manager for CCME, and full-time college student. My daughter, Elodie, who you will see a lot of, is the light of my life. In August 2013, my very best friend, David, popped the Big Question - of course I said "Yes!!!" I'm insanely passionate for the ocean. And giraffes. El is currently obsessed with Disney Jr.

Cuddles and The Aristocats. Lucky lady over here.


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Post surgery noms. Taking it slow though! (Why is there still no avocado emoji?!)

My last indulgence. Gotta finish this up in the next 15 minutes and then I’m done with food and drink until the surgery is done. Oh and it doesn’t start until 4:45 tomorrow. Ugh kill me now.

Guilty.  I started watching Weeds on Saturday and am already at the end of season four.

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"To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub; For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come."

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Eff this day. And yesterday and most of Saturday. Hope they can figure out the source of the pain. Even the dilaudid didn’t work.


'Guardians of the Galaxy' Facts and Trivia [callmeforge]

Previously: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' vs. 'The LEGO Movie'

Auuugh. Love this movie!!!

Happy day 💛🌊☀️

"I’m making chocolate soup cake, mama. And it’s so yummy."

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Okay. So most of us gals probably had that period in high school and maybe a little after where she thought “ugh I’m so fat!” and truly believed it.

And then that girl grows up, maybe put on a few pounds in college or while in a happy relationship, maybe had a kid or two, and one morning, wakes up and she looks in the mirror and realizes that she’s not as fit and in shape as she used to be.

And then maybe that girl looks through some of her old photos from high school and maybe a little after and thinks “ugh why didn’t anyone tell me I was THAT thin!”

Yeah. This is my story. I was flipping through iPhoto to organize my photos and creep myself, and holy shit.

The pictures in question are dated summer of 2006 (the year I graduated high school). I was on the thinner side in high school, but that summer met me with lots of drugs and college parties and my weight obviously took a hit. Well, it wasn’t obvious then, but god is it ever obvious now. And then I went to the behavioral health hospital for a couple weeks in spring of 2007 and got better. Well, I was treating myself a little better at least. I even put on about 10 lbs and kept it on.

And then I met Joe at the end of the year. And that was a roller coaster ride and half. And for roughly three years I wasn’t treating myself so great. And the breakup took its toll on me. The next set of pictures are dated late winter to late spring 2010. And these are even scarier than the earlier ones.

I don’t even know what my weight in pounds at this time was. But it couldn’t have been much over 100. My jaw actually dropped when a particular photo appeared as I scrolled. It just made me sad. Sad and disgusted.

I’ve been working on losing weight recently, and I remember when I first started my journey, that I said I wanted to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight. But now that I’ve looked at photos of myself from that time, I definitely do NOT want that. I just need to focus on getting stronger and leaner.

And focus on loving myself in whatever stage I may be in at the time.








Guaranteed basic income to every citizen, whether or not they are employed to ensure their survival and that they live in a dignified, humane way, preventing poverty, illness, homelessness, reducing crime, encouraging higher education and learning vocations as well as helping society become more prosperous as a whole. 

Wow. Forget raising the minimum wage. This is much much better idea.

The minimum wage could actually drop if we had basic income.

But Americans would never go for it. Miserably slogging through 12 hour days and having businesses open 24/7 is too engrained in our culture.

"BUT WHERE WILL THE GOVERNMENT GET THE MONEY?" screamed Joe Schmoe, slamming a meaty fist onto the table and getting mouth-froth all over the front of his greying tank top. "You libt*rds all think money grows on TREES!! HAHA!"

"But where will people get the incentive to work?!" Mindy Bindy cried, flapping her hands in front of her face. She’d had a fear of the unemployed lollygagging about ever since she was a child and her mother told her to be afraid of the unemployed lollygagging about. "You think people should get paid for nothing? I work hard for my money!”

"But who will serve me?" grumbled Marty McMoneybags. "Who will make me feel important? Who will do my laundry and cook my food and stand in front of me wearing a plastic smile while I take out all my stress—because I do have a lot of stress, you know, being this rich is stressful—on them?” He paused and straightened out the piles of hundred dollar bills on the desk in front of him, then raised his two watery, outraged eyes up to the Heavens. “Lord, if there are no poor people, how will I know that I’m rich??”

I laughed. This is perfect! Well said!

The thing is, while I’m sure you could scrape up a few people who’d be willing to just float by on a guaranteed minimum income? For most people the choice to work would be a no-brainer. “Hmmm. I can get by on 33k a year, or I can take that part time job and make 48k… enough to move to a better apartment, maybe take the family on vacation. Sold.” Hell, most people would want to work simply because it gives one a sense of dignity and something to do with one’s time. (Speaking as someone who’s been unemployed, on extended sick leave, etc. in her time, the boredom and sense of isolation that comes with not having a job is almost as bad as the humiliation of having to depend on other people for one’s survival.)

And with this system, part-time jobs and “non-skilled” jobs would be much more readily available because nobody would need to work two or three jobs just to stay afloat!

Which would ALSO mean that employers and customers couldn’t shamelessly exploit employees the way they can today, because if losing a job weren’t necessarily a financial disaster, more people would be willing to walk out on jobs where they weren’t being treated with dignity.

And if this also applies to students (and it should) then student loans would become much less of a problem, and fewer people would flunk out of school because of having to juggle studies and work.

Far fewer people would be forced to stay with abusive partners, parents or roommates because they couldn’t afford to move out.

And the thing is, all those people who suddenly had money? They’d be spending it. They’d be getting all the stuff they can’t afford now - new clothes, books, toys, locally-produced food, car repairs - and with each purchase money would flow BACK to the government, because VAT, also income tax.

The unemployed and/or disabled wouldn’t need special support any more - which would also mean the government could fire however many admins who are currently engaged in humiliating - *cough* making sure those people aren’t getting money they don’t deserve. Same for medical benefits and pensions. And I’m no legal scholar, but I somehow imagine less financial desperation would lead to less petty crime, and hence less need for police and security everywhere?

TL;DR Doomie thinks this is a good idea, laughs at those who protest.

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They tried something like this out in Canada as a sort of social experiment, called Mincome. What they found was that, on the whole, people continued to work about as much as they did before. Only new mothers and teenagers worked substantially less hours. 

But wait, there’s more. Because parents were spending just a little more time at home and involved with their families, test scores increased. Because teens didn’t have to work to support their families, drop-out rates decreased. Crime rates, hospital visits, psychiatric hospitalizations and domestic abuse rates all dropped, as well. More adults pursued higher education. Those who continued to work reported more job flexibility and more opportunity to choose employment they preferred.

Basically, now you can go prove to your asshole family members that society won’t collapse without poor people for you to feel better than.

Only reblogging this in (vain I’m sure) hopes that those who are continually reblogging this will take more initiative to actually read the news and stay atop current events.

For starters, this isn’t AT ALL what the Swiss government was proposing.  What was proposed, however, was to employ a minimum wage of 22 francs (roughly $26 USD) an hour.  Switzerland does not currently have a minimum wage at all, but rather has an average median hourly wage of 33 franc (roughly $37 USD.)

Now that that is cleared up, this is OLD NEWS.  Swiss voters rejected this proposal back in May.

Come on people.  Stop with the continual misinformation.  All it takes is a bit of google searching, and maybe watching world news every now and then.

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