Friday, November 07, 2008

Laugh and Vent

A lot of people are sad this week. Some are elated, some are positive, some are sad, and some are writhing in despair. So, in order to lighten the mood around here, and give you something before I sign off for a busy weekend (my brother and his wife are coming, I'm going to hang out with Mother of the Wild Boys (woo-hoo!), BYU is playing their last home game, etc.), here are some funny funnies.
And yes, I know I'm totally ripping of Bythelbs weekly Friday Funnies post, but it's okay! She likes me. (Yesssssssss.)
Here you go (if you can't read them, try clicking on them):







Okay, so maybe the last one is more depressing than funny, although it's both. I'm kind of feeling the same way, you know. Happy about some things and yet somber and sad--about the exact same things. Figures. I kind of feel like m&m does, and I don't think we're the only ones...

So, dear reader, what about you? How are you feeling these days? I know some of you have already let me know in a few previous posts, but I want to give you some free reign here. Go ahead and tell me how you feel about the election, winter, the upcoming Holidays, your hang-nail --whatever you want. Just please, please, please don't talk about how you hate somebody. You can express anger, but I don't want any hate speech or slander. Keep it respectful and about yourself, capische?
Oh, and have a great weekend, everyone!

23 comments:

Cristy said...

I think we all feel the same. I feel especially bad for all the strong Saints in California who are now receiving such horrible backlash. I don't think it makes those feelings any easier.

It was nice talking to you yesterday! Enjoy your weekend!

Cardalls said...

i also did not feel jubilation about prop 8 passing, but like m&m it wasn't because i think it's a mistake, but just because it is a hard thing and so misunderstood by so many. i also feel similarly about the results of the election, i am grateful our country has come so far with civil rights, but am worried about the future!

bythelbs said...

Pearls Before Swine, Cheryl? Sigh. It's a free country, I guess. ;)

Last night I was feeling pretty bad after reading a certain post, then a certain other post gave me some hope. I'm feeling good this morning.

Have a fun weekend! Give Mother a big hug from me!

Annette Lyon said...

I feel like I haven't spent enough time with my youngest lately, so this morning we're going to go out just the two of us before she heads off to kindegarten. "Me and you time," as she puts it.

(Yay for no pressing deadlines!)

Lizzie said...

Cheryl, it's like you read my thoughts and made this post just for me! Last night as I lay in bed fuming, I couldn't sleep and thought of a whole anti-anti-Obama post I was going to put on my blog, and boy was it going to be big and ranting and really put it all out there. But then this morning I woke up and remembered my paralyzing fear of confrontation, so I dared not do it. But then you go and open up a "vent forum", just like I needed! YAY! Now I can get some stuff off my chest and move on with my life! Cheryl deserves a Woot Woot!

Ok, so I'll actually start with my Prop 8 thoughts. I hate that everyone hates us! It's not just us! "The Mormons" did not pass that dang thing, there's like 2 of us in California (ok, a lot more than that, but you get my drift). The People passed it, so stop hating us. I want people to like us. Like I said, I don't like confrontation. We're nice people. We make Jello. Be our friends again! I was wondering why Heavenly Father would want to have us support something that He knew would bring such negative attention towards the church. My mom pointed out that Heavenly Father does not care what people think about Him, only about what is right. To which I repied "Yes, but He knows I care about what people think about me, and that should pull some weight, right?". Yeah, I was shot down on that one, but it still gives me the heebie jeebies knowing all these people don't like me. In theory.

And on to my Anti-Anti-Obama rant. I'm totally cool with many people still not liking the guy, that's America and we all have different opinions and the right to feel those and express them. But some people are just plain old crossing the line. I am so SICK of hearing people compare Obama to such horrible people such as Hitler and Stalin, because he's an eloquent speaker who inspires people and is calling for us to unify as a nation. Such shots are cheap, low, dirty, and beyond disrespectful. What about when President Bush called for our country to unify after the 9/11 attacks? Was that Hilter-esque? In theory that's actually a better comparison since President Bush was trying to unite us against a common enemy. But I seriously doubt those Obama haters were making Bush-Hitler comparisons back then, because, you know, it's WRONG!!! Our President-Elect is calling for us to come together as a Nation, to put aside our hate and distain for those to see things differently, and instead use those differences to work collaberatively to fix this country. I dare say that anyone who would denounce such sentiments is unAmerican. Again, do you need to agree with the man's politics? No! That's your God-given right. That's what makes this country great, the right to speak our minds and question our leaders. But to spit on the basic notion of "love thy neighbor", that's not following Christ's example, now is it? There's a reason Christ used the Samaritan in his teachings, because it showed love beyond political differences.

I've also been reading SEVERAL accounts where parents proudly declare that their children woke up Nov 5th and CRIED when they heard that Obama had won. Ok, proud parents, these children are not crying because they are extremely socially aware 8-year olds who strongly oppose the political views of their new president. They're crying because you scared the crap out of them!!! Ok, parents, if you want to waste your time and energy worrying about what may or may not happen in the future, that's your decision, you're an adult. But your young children are not old enough to fully understand or emotionally handle it. This is why they are crying. To burden them with worries that they cannot comprehend is cruel. Do you sit down with your children and tell them how tight the budget is and how you worry about making mortgage payments? When you have a fight with your spouse, do you run to your child and tell them that sometimes you can't stand Daddy and he's not fulfilling your emotional needs? Making them worry about politics is just as irresponsible. It's like you've just told them "Guess what, Cindy Lou Who, the Boogey Man is real, he's alive, and now he's running the country and he's going to EAT YOU!". That's how your children are processing the information. Do you really want to burden them with that? When I was going to write this as a blog post, I was going to link to Cheryl's "Snow and Obama" post as an example of the way you should handle the situation with your children. Instead, I can just say, Bravo Cheryl for keeping your children innocent and happy, as they should be, and at the same time teaching them about what's happening in our country, on a level they can understand. I also love how you made it an excellent "no sore losers" lesson, and a "faith in Heavenly Father and the Prophet" lesson as well. Snaps for Cheryl! I would strongly urge the parents of the crying children to sit down with them, apologize for scaring them, and explain that although Mommy and Daddy wanted things to turn out differently, they didn't, and that happens in life. But the important thing is that no matter what happens in the future, Mommy and Daddy love them, and Heavenly Father loves them, and as long as they have faith in Him, everything will be alright in the end. That's what children can understand: love.

Ok, I will now put away my soapbox permenantly before someone looks at me cross. I just had to get that off my chest.

Oh, but to end on a little note, I'll vent about snow. It's cold! I don't like cold! I don't like Hot either, but now it's winter so I'll complain about cold. I hate having to wear socks, and at the moment I'm sitting on my feet trying to fight off the frostbite that seems to be setting in. Sigh, I guess I'll have to go inprison my poor toes in a cotton nightmare...

Lizzie said...

Ok, so I was just rereading your post, and I don't think I really had "hate" speech, but it certainly wasn't about myself, so... I'm a rule-breaker!!! Feel free to delete if you'd like, Cheryl. Either way, at least it's off my chest.

Rachel said...

YAY for Cheryl!!! And yay for Lizzie! Those are my sentiments exactly! I voted for Obama, and I'm proud of it. Unfortunately, hatred is rampant during election season. But now it seems to be even more rampant AFTERWARDS. I am looking forward to a new president, and am not scared. Who knows what's going to happen? Let's not criticize or hail Obama until he is in office and starts making decisions. Unfortunately, there are those who use fear as a motivator. Again, who knows what he'll do? Apparently, Republicans (ok, not ALL Republicans, but I'm talking about those who are throwing a temper tantrum) have ESP and can see the future! Wow, if that's the case, I'll happily stay Republican (yes, I am a registered Republican who voted for Obama. Oh no! I'm DEFINITELY going to burn now).
I'm sorry, I'm being sarcastic, but I am tired of all the hate and slander that has been happening. The election's over. We have a new leader. Why is it that when the majority has spoken, those who did not win throw a fit? I understand there are those who are unhappy. That is a right, but to frighten your children? What does that teach them about respecting our leaders? I don't agree with everything Obama stands for, and I DEFINITELY do not agree with everything that Bush has done. I don't agree with everything McCain stood for. Yet, I respect all of them. They are all good men who are trying to do what they think is best for our country. But that's just it, they're MEN. That means they're HUMAN! They will make mistakes. No one's perfect. Our country's not going to disintegrate. The only way our country will disintegrate is by losing our morals and people not following the teachings of Christ (no matter what religion you are).
Ok, I'm done, and it feels so good to be able to get that off my chest. There have been so many hateful blogs and discussion forums, but I feel safe with expressing my opinion here. I hope I did not offend anyone, as that is not my intent. My intent was to express how I feel, and how tired I am of people complaining, or saying that my family is full of bad Mormons because we voted for Obama. Don't even get me started on that one.
Love you Cheryl, and I'll be around during Thanksgiving if you want to play! (OK, I'm still single, so I still use the word "play" if I want to get together with my friends ;-) )

Cheryl said...

What? No laughing at the guy who did his thesis on cooties?
You people have no sense of humor. :)

No, Lizzie, your venting was okay. And not just because I agreed with you! You didn't target a specific person; you were speaking generally. It's probably better to react like that on my post here than to a person's face, right? Or blog hopping and telling people awful things?

So, you guys are doing great. From Obama venting to Prop 8 sadness to Annette spending time with her daughter --it's all good! Keep it coming. Even if you don't agree with me and my stance on things, feel free to vent. Just don't insult me or my friends and we'll be good. :)

P.S. Rachel? I'm going to email you because we should get together before Thanksgiving!

Kaylynn said...

I am so happy that Obama won! He is an amazing man, with an ability to unite rather than divide. I think it is absoulutely amazing that the evening he won, it was like 65 degrees in Chicago. People could celebrate, and join in. It was amazing to see African American leaders recognize that finally a man was looked at for who he was and not the color of his skin. No other place could a minority represent an entire country. Now, the scary part is that he has a hard road: economic turmoil, world turmoil, and of course regular politics. Can he live up to his symbol of hope, change and unity--that is what is scary!

Mother of the Wild Boys said...

I have no complaints today because I have entered my zen mode of "I will be in the presence of Cheryl within 24 hours". :)

Mother of the Wild Boys said...

PS-That grandpa in the first comment has a totally good idea, why don't we do that?

PPS-History Nerd info *in European (and other places) olden days, the poor people were allowed to glean the leftovers after a harvest...and there were public gardens/crop fields. I like that idea too.

Emily & Co. said...

I always check in w/your blog, but rarely leave a comment...I thought this article was sweet in response to the anti-Mormon stuff going on about Prop 8. You may have already seen this. It was definitely anti-climatic to pass Prop 8, but it feels good to know we were heard and had plenty of opportunities to share our views on traditional marriage.

http://www.christiannewswire.com:80/news/842518567.html

Have a great day and say hello to your family for me!

brenbot. said...

You said even people that disagree with you could comment so here it goes.

I am very sad about the passing of Prop 8. Very very sad. I went to a service of prayer, reflection and song at my church last night.

To listen to 5 of my recently married lesbian friends talk about their heartache over Prop 8 passing was so so difficult. To know that there are an estimated 36,000 others (18,000 gay and lesbian couples married in CA since May) in their same position is overwhelming.

My pastor and her partner were planning to get married on Nov 23 and had already sent out invitations. They decided at the last minute to get married on Thursday of last week and save the celebration for the 23rd, just in case. It was difficult and sad to hear them last night talk about their struggle trying to decide whether to cancel the celebration or not.

To hear one of the sweetest, happiest 10 year old girls I have met say that she felt like Prop 8 was breaking up her family (her Mom recently married her partner) was beyond hard and sad.

On Wednesday morning when it was apparent that Prop 8 was going to pass, I couldn't even talk about it because I knew I would just start crying. I held myself together most of the day until I read an experience my friend had on Monday before Election Day with her 4 year old son. If you want to read it you can go here.

Although I am terribly sad over Prop 8 passing, I do have hope comparing the numbers with Prop 22 in the year 2000. I also have hope watching Obama being elected President. To see the progress of a severely discriminated minority gives me a lot of strength. I know that one day my GLBT friends will have marriage equality.

Leslie said...

How have I been feeling...I guess I'm tired. I know I haven't done a lot of commenting lately...it's just been a busy week. I didn't feel a lot like blogging leading up to the election. Now...I feel like our country is more divided then ever. It's hard for most of us to understand another point of view and it's also hard to accept it when something doesn't go the way we wanted. I feel badly that people are so mad right now...

Alison Wonderland said...

I feel tired. I was beyond sick of election stuff before the election. I don't see how anyone can stand to rehash it now.

Oh and there's been a severe cooties outbreak at Primary Children's so watch out for that.

Cardalls said...

i just read some very sad news stories about how the gay community is calling for a boycott on all things Utah (skiing, Sundance Film Festival) and thousands have protested outside temples and outside church headquarters. it makes me cry and so sad for all of us, satan has done quite the job on destroying the family and it isn't going to stop anytime soon. my poor children who have to grow up in this confused and immoral society.

HAdams said...

I feel happy, sad, nervous all rolled into one. I voted for McCain but secretly wanted Obama to win. I was impressed by his speech and felt that he is a good man that wants the best for our country. I love that he has stirred the hearts of the people and that there is some hope and optimism out there (which was much needed). It can't hurt!

Prop 8 was bittersweet. Nice to see hard work pay off. Sad to see so many people upset, sad to see our precious church misunderstood, sad to receive hate mail on my blog.... I keep having to remind myself of the reasons we were asked to obey our prophet and having faith and hope in the gospel.

So excited for chillier weather, fall leaves, Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping! Life is good.

Brandon said...

So, Mother is here right now... and she just told Cheryl that she always thought "Happy Meets Crazy" meant Brandon (Happy) Meets Cheryl (Crazy).... LOL!!!!!

Hilarious!

My name is Brandon and I approve this message.

bythelbs said...

Wait, it doesn't?

Cheryl said...

Nope.

What's funny, is when I started this blog, I was just putting two parts of my personality together: Cheryl is Happy AND Crazy. And they kind of meet in the middle.

I honestly had no idea people were taking it as a "When Harry Met Sally" kind of way. No idea!

Thank you, Mother of the Wild Boys, for pointing it out! I'm gonna have to find out how many other people thought the same thing...

cornnut32 said...

i like funnies.

they're a great way to get yourself out of a depressive funk, even if it's only for a few minutes. :)

bythelbs said...

I was actually just kidding, Cheryl. That thought had never occurred to me.

And if anything, it would be your Happy meets his Crazy. ;)

Mother of the Wild Boys said...

I love Happy Cheryl and Crazy Cheryl. :)