But as trite as it sounds, MLK has remained one of my life-long heroes. Not necessarily because of all the amazing work he did (which he did and it's amazing), but mostly because the man was so damn smart! I dare you to find someone so wise.
My fave quote:
"Will we be extremists for hate or will we be extremists for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice - or will we be extremists for the cause of justice?"
-Letter from Birmingham JailAnd that's how I've tried to live my life. Truly. Why is extremist such a dirty word? Why is subversive such a dirty word? If you're doing it for the right cause, these can be noble pursuits.
Okay, I'll step off my soapbox now.
There is this very sweet and effusive guy who is a regular at karaoke. I believe he said he's from Ghana and he once sand this song in Swahili. It was very cool. He is very cool. There's not one person he meets, I guarantee, who doesn't feel his genuine kindness. He greets you warmly, looks you in the eye, says, "Hello, Sista," and holds your forearm as you talk. It's impossible to not feel special after meeting him.
So this past Friday, I ran into him at karaoke and he told me it was his birthday. He told me I was incredible. He told me to follow my dreams and I will move mountains. Then he called his friend over and told him it was my birthday. I was like, no no it's not! Then he told me it was his friend's birthday. Then he kissed me on the cheek and went on his way.
It wasn't until yesterday that I realized what he meant. He meant Martin Luther King day. He meant that this day is a birthday for all of us. That we shouldn't just remember it, but celebrate it like a birthday and realize our own potential greatness and follow our dreams.
I don't know that I've been so moved in such a long time. One man spreading wisdom and joy where ever he goes. And I can promise you, he is truly joyous. Would that all people would spread such positive contagions.
I know everyone wants to know how Jeté is doing. She's doing well right now. I have to monitor her respiration so we know when to get her on anti-inflammatories.
I'm also supposed to be making her end of life plans. Which, fuck if I want to do. I know I need to decide if she'll die at home or in a vet's office. I need to decide what to do with her little body (but how am I supposed to part with her soft fur?).
I need a grownup to make these decisions for me.
I'm also battling an evil cold of epic proportions once again. To that I say: what the fuck, universe? What. The. Fuck?
Honestly, I was feeling sick last week, but I fought it off and got better! And now? I feel like my sinuses may explode. I keep waking up in the middle of the night with so much sinus pressure I honestly cannot breathe and I have to battle it with epic nose blows just to get some relief. It's oh so lame.
|Not really me. I stole this photo of the Internets & I don't care.|
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So, even though Jeté is no longer receiving treatment, I'm still raising mucho dinero for the bills from her chemo and CT scan. Thanks so much to everyone who has so generously donated and purchased items from my shop! You guys blow me away with your generosity. I can't thank you enough.
I need y'all to do me a solid and watch this next video made by my lovely friend Poppy of Funny or Snot. She's one of my fave people, a fellow Oregonian, hilarity incarnate, and WAY cooler than me as she does things like run marathons.
SO Poppy is trying to get TRX to sponsor her training for the Vancouver (in Washington, not Canada) marathon. All she has to do is get the most views on You Tube of the 30 second video. I know you can spare 30 seconds to help my awesome friend. I know I've watched it at least six times.
Aaaaaand then there's this. Just the fact that this exists makes me question my sanity.