snowed in with Kota and her parents in the Appalachians. and 13 dogs. and star wars. and coffee. and ice cream cake. and strawberry pie. and video games. and cuddles. and hugs. and holy crap this is the best birthday time EVER.
in berea for the day. finding that i don’t miss tumblr as much as i thought i would. guess i just got used to not having it. hmm. (however, that is not to say that i don’t miss my followers and friends!!!!!!!)
[This is Dakota (AKA the girlfriend) logging in briefly to let you guys know where Sarah’s gone via a message from Sarah herself]
hey y’all, my parents have blocked tumblr and changed the password to the internet/wireless security system so i no longer have access to tumblr or well…probably 90% of the internet. dunno how long i’ll be away. sorry :( i hope everyone is doing well!
My father had taught me to be nice first, because you can always be mean later, but once you’ve been mean to someone, they won’t believe the nice anymore. So be nice, be nice, until it’s time to stop being nice, then destroy them.
But remember, there are two ways to dehumanize someone: by dismissing them, and by idolizing them.
Elsa created Olaf. As his builder, part of her personality went to Olaf (likewise, the other characteristics that she ingrained in him). It’s very possible that Olaf stands for the innermost longing of Elsa’s heart. That is why we can all see how much Olaf loves Anna and how much he tries to protect her the same way that Elsa would have. Moreover, Olaf would display the same feelings as Elsa.
Elsa has always wanted to be near Anna. But, because of the curse, she had to stay away from her. For that reason, Olaf can always be seen around Anna.
Elsa and Olaf have the same belief about love. They both know that love means sacrifice. Notice the funny reaction of Olaf when they were on their way to Hans to save Anna? He was very stunned that Anna’s true love is someone he hasn’t heard about. That’s not far from Elsa’s belief that Anna couldn’t marry someone she just met. Later on in the movie, they both have the same surprised reaction when they realized that love is the answer she needed to thaw the ice and to bring back summer.
i never thought i’d write the words “deeply evil carpet” but. seriously. what a deeply evil carpet that is.
And what you should do is to put this over an actual trap, like a hole in the floor so people will be like “Oh ha ha ha that’s soooo funny, it’s a rug!” And then fall through it.
are you satan
i should have been at work 47 minutes ago but they haven’t plowed my street yet and it’s a level 1 snow emergency and there are too many hills in the neighborhood to try driving it when it hasn’t been plowed. EFFFFFFFFFFFF. i’m missing WAY TO MUCH WORK THIS WEEK. SHIT.
Earlier this month, Hawaii State representative Tom Bower (D) began walking the streets of his Waikiki district with a sledgehammer, and smashing shopping carts used by homeless people. “Disgusted” by the city’s chronic homelessness problem, Bower decided to take matters into his own hands — literally. He also took to rousing homeless people if he saw them sleeping at bus stops during the day.
Bower’s tactics were over the top, and so unpopular that he quickly declared “Mission accomplished,” and retired his sledgehammer. But Bower’s frustration with his city’s homelessness problem is just an extreme example of the frustration that has led cities to pass measures that effective deal with the homeless by criminalizing homelessness.
City council members in Columbia, South Carolina, concerned that the city was becoming a “magnet for homeless people,” passed an ordinance giving the homeless the option to either relocate or get arrested. The council later rescinded the ordinance, after backlash from police officers, city workers, and advocates.
Last year, Tampa, Florida — which had the most homeless people for a mid-sized city — passed an ordinance allowing police officers to arrest anyone they saw sleeping in public, or “storing personal property in public.” The city followed up with a ban on panhandling downtown, and other locations around the city.
Philadelphia took a somewhat different approach, with a law banning the feeding of homeless people on city parkland. Religious groups objected to the ban, and announced that they would not obey it.
Raleigh, North Carolina took the step of asking religious groups to stop their longstanding practice of feeding the homeless in a downtown park on weekends. Religious leaders announced that they would risk arrest rather than stop.
This trend makes Utah’s accomplishment even more noteworthy. In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015.
How did Utah accomplish this? Simple. Utah solved homelessness by giving people homes. In 2005, Utah figured out that the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail says for homeless people was about $16,670 per person, compared to $11,000 to provide each homeless person with an apartment and a social worker. So, the state began giving away apartments, with no strings attached. Each participant in Utah’s Housing First program also gets a caseworker to help them become self-sufficient, but the keep the apartment even if they fail. The program has been so successful that other states are hoping to achieve similar results with programs modeled on Utah’s.
End homelessness by giving people homes? Who woulda thunk it?
the only thing i hope with this is that they are able to distinguish between the “career homeless” and those that truly need help. i’ve been to salt lake city several times and each time i would visit Temple Square, there was always the same woman at the same entrance gate. i recognized her from visiting when i was a younger girl to visiting as a teenager and to visiting as an adult. and every time i saw her, she was at the same gate, asking for money with the same lines or none at all (just pleading looks). to me, that says she was not trying to improve her life because i KNOW people give lots of donations to the homeless there (i’ve seen it, i’ve DONE it). utah’s a bit notorious for it, what with all the mormon tourists and all. not only that, but there have been stories of people who made more money in slc at temple square being “homeless” than they did at an hourly wage job if they perfect the art enough. i know this makes me sound cruel, but seeing that woman there year after year after year after YEAR always upset me. i know utah has programs to help people (ones that predate this program, too), and to my mind, she could not have been taking good advantage of them if she was always there. it honestly wouldn’t surprise me to see her there if i visited today.
mostly though…i really hope i’m wrong about her.
My therapist calls it “improving my threshold”
I call it “increasing my tolerance”.
No matter what you call it,
I can tell I’m getting better.
I used to be able to make it through
an 8 hour school day, and get home
and do about 3 hours of homework,
but I would still sleep for 12 hours.
As I got worse,
I began sleeping more,
I believe the most I’ve slept
was 18 hours.
The more I slept,
the less time I had for anything else.
It wasn’t being lazy.
I was so tired.
I wasn’t eating.
How can you stay awake
when you have no energy?
I started off being able to go anywhere,
at any time of the day.
I could still stay up late.
I could afford a messed up sleeping schedule.
After my first hospitalization,
I couldn’t leave the house.
Then, I couldn’t leave the room.
Then, I just couldn’t leave the bed,
except to go to the bathroom.
This is depression.
The only time I could function properly
was between 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
I couldn’t go out in public without feeling
like everybody’s eyes were on me.
Every whisper was about me.
Every laugh was because they
were laughing about me.
I dropped out of public school.
I couldn’t go out in public
without becoming so paranoid.
I began sleeping at 2 in the afternoon,
all the way until morning.
Now, I’m 8 months recovered.
I sleep at 8 p.m. now instead.
Because I’m eating again.
I have enough energy
to stay up that late.
It’s still early,
but it’s better.
The other day,
I went to a spoken word show.
I was so anxious
that I got ready 7 hours before the show.
I showed up 2 hours before it started.
I showed up before the performers,
and I can guarantee you
I was more anxious than they were.
I stayed out until 11 p.m.
I spent the evening with my biggest human trigger.
I spent the evening with no medication or support system.
I spent the evening out in public,
feeling good about myself.
I ate 3 meals that day.
I didn’t black out,
and I wasn’t dizzy at all.
I know what it’s like
to be so dead inside
that you want to
kill your physical body
because you feel
that you’ll never
feel alive again.
My therapist calls this “healing”.
All I know is
I’m 8 months recovered,
and I actually feel like I’ve
come back to life.
Recovery is being born out of darkness.
It is starting a flame inside your chest.
Burning away all the darkness,
and making yourself lighter.