Well, so, here I am. Nothing much has been going on. You know, just working
and reading PotC fanfics
Ouch. My car just failed the inspection. Apparently blahblah muffler manifold blahblah leak blahblah no pressure blahblah fails emmisions inspection. (I know lots about cars; can you tell?) Apparently Midas will fix it on Tuesday, which is good because the end of the month is Wednesday. I am just not a fan of the big REJECTION sticker in the front. BUT THE PLATE LIGHTS WORK! That was a bit of awesome electrical engineering, if I do say so myself. So, yeah. And then maybe Jiffy Lube to round out my making-the-car-better experience. Need to get job at Borders back... Will apparently need the funds....
On the other hand, I really can't buy another car. I mean, I'd basically have to get it used as I don't have a job for long enough to afford car payments, and I really don't see how any used car would be any better than mine. At least I A) have the piece of mine of knowing its entire history and B) only have 76,000 miles on the thing (trans: not a lot for a 14 year old car). Did I wish I didn't have to keep it held together with packing tape and prayer? Yes. But it appears to be my old option, and at least I love and trust it.
So, I was reading this article and a discussion that went along with it
. It's about guidelines auggesting for all women of childbearing age to as if they are pregnant and just don't know it. Obviously the article is abrasive; it's in the Washington Post, that's what they do. But even realizing there's a spin on it, I still find myself strongly offended by this idea. And I don't even know why
. I mean, I'll admit there are certainly a lot of unplanned pregnancies, and even beyond that, doing most of the suggested things (healthy weight, not smoking, etc.) are good for you anyway
. Logically it makes perfect sense, but I still can't help but feeling this horrible thing in the pit of my stomach. And then there are of course cases like this
, where this woman cannot get the proper medication on the off chance she might get pregnant DESPITE her protestations otherwise. And of course, the stories from women who have been sterillized being asked such things. And I can totally see where they're coming from. But it offends me
every time they ask me.
Now, I am not sterile (at least not to my knowledge). I'm not sick, I don't have any "conditions," and I'm 19, which is not a bad age to have a child from a physical standpoint, and certainly not un-heard of as my own mother was only 21 when I was born. It is perfectly understandable for someone like a doctor or someone to say, "hmm, I wonder if she might be pregnant and she doesn't know it." I mean, I'll even admit I am woefully uninformed about pre-natal care (read: I know only a bit more than the average person knows, certainly not enough to sate my must-know-everything tendencies, especially for such an important thing as a new life), mostly because it's never really come up. But on some uncontrollably emotional level I still find myself galled that someone would just assume
I was sexually active, or that I wasn't careful with birth control*, or that I was reckless enough in the first place to be dangerous to an unborn child I did not know about! Now, thankfully, I have never been asked "How about some birth control pills with your cough syrup?" like some of the other women apparently have, so it could be worse. But still... Thoughts, ladies, gentlemen?
*Please note that birth control is not a guarantee, merely a preventative measure, and I know this, and you should know this.
I would like to ask my sentai friends: Why did no one tell me how awesome Jasmine's image song is, how great it would be for DDR, or how well it fits with the opening to Sailor Stars?
I would like to beg my nose to kindly *stop* being stuffy and/or bloody, as I've had this cold now since mid-February, and I feed and water and give sleep to it, and therefore cannot possibly understand why it will not oblige by forcing the removal of the bug from my person.
I saw a car like yours driving on Guinea Rd. It probably wasn't you, but in case it was, the right brake light is out; you may wish to fix it.
Someone who doesn't want you to fail inspection, too.
And now, lastly, I have found a comic online that reminds me of I (harth) Darth
. I plan to make some icons and more animations in the future, but for right now, I give you ( ヒーローなんていない OR Don't Cry Over Spilled Ice Cream )
EDIT: Doug the Jedi