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Monday, October 22, 2007

My House Is A Mess

My house is a mess.

When I was working two jobs, dishes would lay piled on top of each other in the kitchen for days. I'd be so tired when I got home after a 13-hour day that I'd always tell myself, "I'll get to it when I get to it." I wasn't attracting any roaches because I always clean my plate (I mean - there are people dying all over the world from starvation. The least I could do is eat everything on my plate.) But NOW that I have quit my second job (I can't tell you how excited I am that I no longer have to work 2 jobs! WOO-HOO!) I clean my kitchen every night after eating.

Now the mess is JUNK. Old newspapers, magazines, papers that need to be shredded, etc., etc. etc. Everything just piled on top of each other.

Looking at it is so overwhelming. It's too much to tackle.

I've got magazines that are years old. Ask me why I still have them? Because I have a hard time throwing things away. I think I might need them at some point, which causes me to keep adding to the pile of junk I already have.

And when you let stuff pile up instead of cleaning it up when it's small, the pile just keeps getting bigger and bigger. To the point that it will take weeks of searching through to finally get rid of it.

My mess isn't "tackle in one weekend" mess. This is MESS.

One weekend I spent on my room. I dusted, vacuumed my lamp shades, got the cobwebs out of the corners. Now it's so clean it looks like a furniture showroom. I wanted to take pictures and send it to people it was so clean.

That was one weekend.

The next weekend I tackled my office area. Cleaned off my computer desk. Filed papers. Got it organized.

Yesterday I started on the den, where all the magazines are. I'm always looking for new recipes, so I decided to keep the recipes, put them in the book, and recycle the rest of the magazine. But when I picked up one magazine, I realized I hadn't finished it.

("Do you know how long it will take me to go through all these magazines if I haven't finished them?" I ask myself. A long time, but I can't throw it away without knowing what else was in the issue I didn't read. I HAVE to know!)

So I started to read. And the first article I read (in this May 2003 issue) was a survey of the top 5 things women let slack when they have too much work to do.

#1 - housework.

Well, I already knew that. My house is a mess.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

There Are Worse Things In This World

The drama over Michael Vick has really gotten on my nerves. Where were these protesters last time a human being was killed? Below is a sports article I read that pretty much sums up my feelings.

Ignoring domestic abuse is the shame of the sports world

Mike Bianchi


August 5, 2007

If only Michael Vick had been arrested for abusing women instead of dogs.

He'd still be on the football field today.

He'd still have the love and adoration of his fans.

And, yes, he'd still have his Nike deal.

Such is the shame of professional sports.

Dogs are treated with more respect than women.

"It makes me angry that the sports world gets outraged when an athlete tortures a dog, but nobody says a word when an athlete abuses his wife or girlfriend," says Carol Wick, who operates Harbor House, a local shelter for battered women and children. "Not that we shouldn't be outraged by animal abuse, but shouldn't we be just as outraged with spousal abuse?"

Actually, shouldn't we be more outraged?

Don't get me wrong, the accusations against Vick are deplorable, but let's be honest, shall we? Dogfighting is a much less serious societal problem than wife-beating.

Just look at the rosters throughout sports today, and you will see they are littered with players who have been arrested for violence against women. The Tampa Bay Bucs, who are training right here at family-friendly Disney, have two guys on their team -- reserve running backs Michael Pittman and Lionel Gates -- who have been arrested on domestic-violence charges.

Gates was placed in a pre-trial intervention program recently and ordered to take anger-management courses after being arrested for an altercation with a pregnant woman in March. Pittman's case was much more high profile. He spent time in jail three years ago after being indicted on two counts of aggravated assault for intentionally ramming his Hummer into a car carrying his wife, 2-year-old son and the couple's baby sitter. It was the fourth time Pittman had been arrested on domestic-abuse charges, and that doesn't even count the "30 or 40 prior domestic-violence situations" that his wife Melissa told police never were reported.

Michael Vick, who is accused of endangering the lives of dogs, may never play football again.

Michael Pittman, who endangered the lives of his wife and son, got a three-game suspension.

Can you believe it?

"It makes not a lick of sense," says Don Yaeger, co-author of the book Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL. "Why are we less concerned about [former Dolphins player] Lamar Thomas, who kept right on playing even though he shoved his pregnant fiancee's head through a window, than we are about Michael Vick, who we're ready to run out of the game?

"I'm not saying we shouldn't be repulsed by dogfighting. I have two dogs, and I love dogs. But I also love pregnant women."

When Yaeger was doing research for his book a few years ago, he did criminal background checks on every player on opening-day NFL rosters and discovered 21 percent had rap sheets. And far and away, the most prevalent crime among NFL players, he found, was domestic violence and spousal abuse.

Isn't it about time for the NFL and all other professional sports leagues to start taking hard-line stances against athletes who not only abuse dogs but those who abuse women?

It's understandable that PETA has organized successful demonstrations outside the Atlanta Falcons' training camp to protest Vick, but where are the picketers and protesters boycotting teams with players who terrorize women?

The statistics and newspaper accounts about domestic abuse are frightening. Nationally, about one-third of murdered women -- an average of 1,200 a year -- are killed by an intimate partner. And according to Wick, all but one of the women who have been murdered in Orlando this year have been killed by scorned husbands or boyfriends. Like the 22-year-old college student who was shot to death in College Park by an ex-boyfriend who later killed himself. Or the mother of two daughters who was shot twice in the head in a Walgreens parking lot by her estranged husband.

In Orlando alone, there are a thousand hotline calls per night concerning domestic violence. The 88-bed Harbor House is filled beyond capacity and must turn away hundreds of abused women and children per month.

"Domestic violence is a huge problem in our society," Wick says, "and professional sports needs to be at the forefront of helping to stop it. If a football player with the Tampa Bay Bucs can do it and get away with it, a batterer in the shadows is probably thinking, 'Why can't I do it, too?' "

There was a time not so long ago when abused women were treated like dogs by professional sports leagues.

Now, sadly, they are treated worse.