Pull Up a Chair

I have no idea where that is.  I just thought it looked so nice… a good place to sit and dangle your feet in the water while you sipped a cool drink and talked with your friends.

So here we are, on another Monday…

While you’re here, make yourself comfy.  Unburden, tell a joke, vent.  We’re friends here, and as long as you keep your language toward each other kind, you can say what you want.  You can even swear, if you need to, but not at someone else.

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25 Responses to Pull Up a Chair

  1. Joy says:

    I have a lot on my mind tonight so I need to figure out how to write about it in short form so I need to sleep on it.


  2. SKL says:

    This has been a fairly uneventful several days. Just working and taking the girls to th usual places. On Friday I was informed that my kids are moving to the “fours” classroom effective tomorrow. The girls don’t seem all that excited. They have caught a bit of a bug, so I hope it doesn’t screw up their “first day.” We’ve had kind of a testy weekend so I should have guessed they were coming down with something.

    I got caught up on a few things like Rush’s weekly transcripts and some work projects and some housework. This included getting some junk up out of the basement, which included a bag of candy that was down there. Well, I went through the bag and separated out all the non-chocolate stuff and darned if I didn’t eat ALL of it within one morning. In between eating a Dulce de Leche cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. And today my sister cooked Chied Fricken with mashed potatoes. I am in serious need of some fasting and exercise. My daughters asked me today if I had a “big belly” and I said I have a “medium sized belly.” Ahem.

    Been wasting time at a blog frequented by a lot of airheaded women and a few who seem to have brains (they must be procrastinating from work like me). Why do I feel compelled to do these things? I will say that I now spend very little time over at “that other site” where several of us met. I go days without checking that site. But I seem to be spending more time than ever on the internet. Ugh. I am starting to sound like broken record, I know. I just hope that someday I’ll get so fed up that I’ll lose all desire to ever go back.

    Why are so many women liberals? (No offense to anyone here who is one – I don’t mean to call names.) I mean, why is it that if I don’t subscribe to the key beliefs of certain people who call themselves “feminists,” it means that I hate women and don’t want them to be happy or successful? Why is a pro-life position equated to being a rapist? How does “taxed enough already” get translated into “I wish all you dark-skinned and promiscuous scum (and your babies) would starve and die”? If I think a huge mosque at Ground Zero equals anti-US elements thumbing their nose at our loss, does that mean I fear, hate, and want to trample on peaceful Muslims? Oh, and since when am I the only mother who ever utilized corporal punishment? But most of all, why do I keep going back when I know that is what I’m going to keep seeing? Actually the site is mostly about celebrity gossip, TV shows, junk food, sex, “fashions,” and fear-mongering about all the things that are going to kill your baby between 9am and noon today. None of which I care to spend one second thinking about. Obviously I have an Internet problem! He-e-e-e-elp!

    • Joy says:

      I can’t even tell you the last time I checked out that “other”site. It doesn’t interest me in the least anymore. It used to be a lot of fun and we used to have such lively debates but nobody is the same anymore. All the old writers are gone as well as all of us. Nobody comments or says anything so now I just don’t go there at all. It was very hard at first but that’s why I started this blog. I still wonder where some of those people are. But I do know why you keep going. It’s so addictive so I do know how you feel about being compelled to keep “checking” certain sites. Also, sometimes a good fight is just what you need.

      I think this whole mosque at Ground Zero thing might be too much for the Pull Up Monday and I was thinking about doing a post on that but I was going to wait until school started. We seem to get more comments then. But, since you brought it up, this is what I feel.

      My mom has told me many times over how bad she feels about how she felt about the Japanese when she was growing up. She is the least prejudiced person I know in the world but when she was growing up, they just bombed Pearl Harbor and back then, all the Japanese were rounded up and put in camps. She said to this day she feels bad for those Japanese people who were born here but had to do that because we were scared of them. They had help from somewhere in this country or they wouldn’t have known where all those ships were located.

      Do you think the world hated the Germans after Hitler?

      I feel the Muslims have the perfect right to worship to the God of their choice. A lot of our ancestors came here for religious freedom. Given that said, America is afraid right now. 911 was the single worse thing that’s every happened to this country. Do they really need that “there?” Isn’t there a way to respect all of us? If this is bothering so many people, can’t it be moved a mile one way or the other? Isn’t there any way to make everyone happy? This is about American’s respect to me. It’s not got one thing to do with politics in my heart.

      • SKL says:

        Well, I just wrote a whole response to you and deleted it. I hope you do decide to do a post on this. But I won’t weigh down the “pull up a chair” with it any more.

        • Joy says:

          It doesn’t look like a lot of people are around today. You think we should do a post on this? I hate when I delete stuff by mistake.

          • SKL says:

            I deleted it on purpose, because I didn’t want this post to get all political. You know how I can have that effect on posts sometimes . . . .

            • Laura says:

              I’ve been thinking of doing a post on the Mosque/CommunityCenter/controversy magnet, too… maybe we race! Who can get one done first?

      • Laura says:

        I visit “that site” once every blue moon. Lately, I tend toward more individual blogs, like Pioneer Woman or PetitElephant that I mentioned the other day, because they’re so much more personal – but I rarely, if ever, comment, except to enter one of them many contests that PW has (one of these days, I’m winning a new stand mixer!!). I will definitely go to the “other” site when I’m spoiling for a fight… some of them are so incredibly Liberal that it’s like shooting fish in a barrel, because even though I’m a very emotional person, I can write from a logical standpoint. It’s fun.

        I do miss some of the old guard over there, though – back when we used to really have honest-to-goodness discussions, rather than the name-calling-fest that it’s deteriorated into. The whole site really went downhill when AOL took it over. The only posts that really garner comments anymore are the ones that I’m guessing are cross-referenced in another article or advertised on their homepage, because there are very few regulars anymore.

        I totally get the whole “liberal/feminist” thing, SKL… it seems to me that a group that pushes “tolerance” so very hard is decidedly UNtolerant when it comes to having an opinion that differs even the slightest from their own talking points… I was recently called a “racist” by a member of my own family (extended) when I said that I stood with AZ and their law… and she hadn’t even read it!! She simply used that one word, trying to shut me down, because she really didn’t know the entire issue – only what she’d heard. She ridiculed me, calling me a “patriot” (with a decidedly derogatory tone), not realizing that using that particular word was probably the biggest compliment that she could have paid. She even warned her sister away from me – saying that I would poison her thoughts with my “radical” views. Amazing.

    • SKL says:

      I should clarify that the site I was complaining about in my last paragraph above was NOT “that other site” but another mom site that I recently discovered. It is actually better in some ways, but worse in other ways. Either way, I need to stop wasting time there. It’s one thing to check in to see what people are talking about; maybe put in my two cents worth where it might actually matter. But what I’ve been doing is way more than that.

      Plus, when am I going to internalize the reality that most people will never be open to another point of view, especially in a forum where that point of view is in the minority?

      On the positive side, today I have made an effort to discipline myself, and done a halfway decent job of it.

      In other news, I met with my girls’ new teacher today and told her about Miss A’s vision issues and mentioned that it would be good if she wasn’t encouraged to do a “lot” of close work. To which the teacher said, she has a different style and doesn’t do nearly as many worksheets as their previous teacher, but more hands-on stuff. This is good news for Miss A, I think. She really functions well (if not exceptionally) when it comes to anything other than reading and writing. And she’s old enough to notice that she’s not keeping up with her class in those areas. I hate to think of her seeing herself as “unable” or “slow” at such a young age. So, I am feeling optimistic about this new teacher.

      • Laura says:

        That’s really good news… It’s cool that the teacher has a style that seems to mesh with A’s. I hope she does well this year.

  3. Tasneem R says:

    Oh how cool is that ! Yes that place is wonderful! Wish I go there someday .
    Here’s a fun test for all my friends !
    Am I a Good Friend? – How good is your friendship?

  4. starlaschat says:

    Good Morning Sunshines. Too early for me yet. I may need a tad more coffee to really get reved up. I’ll be back later.

  5. Laura says:

    I just realized that, ok, it’s not so great for dangling your feet in the water, unless your legs are ridiculously long. We can take turns pushing each other in.

    Josh starts school this morning. He got up a little early, and is appropriately bleary-eyed, but excited to go. It’s a really small school, so he already knows his teacher and all his classmates, and we went on Friday to put all of his supplies into his locker and his desk.

    We have the First Day of School Celebration this morning, and I’ll bring my camera – maybe I’ll have them to show you later this week.

  6. Nikki says:

    Our weekend was good. Spent Friday evening fishing with Jason and a good friend of mine. Bailey was at a sleepover. Saturday I spent all day at the beach with a friend. I never EVER do that, and I am reminded why as I sit here burned! After that came the most awkward 10 minutes I have been through in a long time. I had to meet my husbands ex, from like 15 years ago. No big deal? It was, he loved her, his first love as far as I know. And we were in suck tight quarters, we were like a foot away from each other. She is just an overwhelming person, and I felt 100% uncomfortable. Never again!

    Then we went to an old friends house, the one I told you about her husband contacting us. It was fun, good to see them, and spend some quality time with her and her kids.
    Yesterday was baseball practice and the boys need MORE practice! LOL We’re having a scrimmage game against the Buffalo recreational team Sunday I believe. Then we’ll know what we are dealing with.

    Jason’s birthday is Wednesday. Not sure what we’re doing….he hates making a big deal about it. I’d like to do something though. Bailey and I are going to our local sports store and picking him out a coaching outfit, pants and a nice shirt.

    I gotta go for now…kids are especially antsy today! Have a good day all!

    • Joy says:

      Charity?? Where in the world did you run into her??

      • Nikki says:

        UGH..yes Charity. I have nothing against her, that’s not it. It was just very awkward and I don’t care to do that again. She was at a wedding reception at the Buffalo Legion, and Jason dragged me up there. I only lasted about 10 minutes. lol

  7. Joy says:

    Who got married?

    • Nikki says:

      The groom was her cousin, I think. She is quite overwhelming!

      • Joy says:

        Trust me, I know. I know how weird that must have been. I wouldn’t race to do it again anytime soon either.

        • Nikki says:

          Oh I’m never doing that again. I did it, because he wanted me to. But I told him, I have no interest in meeting up for dinner or drinks or anything. She just isn’t someone I would be friends with anyway, so add in their history and NO THANKS! LOL She did tell him later that I looked young…that felt great! lmao

  8. starlaschat says:

    I missed out some how on Monday. Too tired from getting up too early yesterday. I still feel tired my back still hurts so it’s hard to sit too long. Keeps my comments shorter. Maybe not much is floating around in my head, that is possiable I did enjoy reading about the mosque contraversary I thought you had some good points. I’m still gather information on that one. Lots of emotions swirling around on that one.

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