OK, time to get political!!
I have been following a debate that’s been raging for quite some time now and it gets brought home to me occasionally through various vloggers that I follow on Youtube and Twitter, most noteably, Melanie Murphy.
On Friday 25th May, people of Ireland will be voting to repeal the 8th amendment which makes abortion illegal. The only exception being where the mother’s life is at risk.
This means that even women who have fallen pregnant after being raped face going to prison if they have an abortion in Ireland.
Young girls who fall pregnant for whatever reason, rape, poor education, poor access to birth control or a plain old mistake, face imprisonment for seeking an abortion.
They are forced to travel out of the country, usually on their own, to seek medical intervention at the cost of thousands of pounds and at risk to their health and wellbeing.
They are being told they do not have the right to decide what happens to their own body.
I wish I was eligible to vote in Ireland. Two of my daughters are old enough to vote and they would be doing so if they could, as would my husband and my younger daughter if she was old enough.
So if you are eligible to vote, male or female, whatever age, get off your backsides on Friday and actually vote. Most importantly…. VOTE YES!!!
I’ll just leave this video here.
Hozier, not just eloquent in his music but eloquent in life.
Over this past week, I have come to realise exactly what procrastination means.
Today in particular.
It’s been a beautiful day outside and I’ve spent it sat at this computer, trawling through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr. Eating and drinking.
I’ve had every intention to carry on with some Uni work, but not a single word has been written.
It is now 8 in the evening and I am thinking about Uni tomorrow and my new placement on Tuesday.
This is how every day has been lately and it has to stop.
I’m not exercising and my weight is creeping up.
I think about Uni work but nothing ever materialises.
Not that I haven’t had a reason over the last week after my computer died on me.
I’ve literally been getting this new one back up to running everything the way I want it to and then I’ve just been enjoying it a little too much.
Adam at Cannes at been a HUGE distraction!!
Anyway, it’s time to get my shit together.
Stop sitting at this computer and actually get something done.
Start getting out in the sun and actually doing some exercise and get some Uni work done.
This year is going to fly by and I need to keep on top of the Uni work if I’m going to pass the course at the end of the year.
Tomorrow… new me!!
I am finishing this evening with a quick blog about Adam Driver and Cannes.
Like I’ve mentioned before, Adam has two films screening this year.
The first is the satirical comedy ‘Black Klansman’, a Spike Lee film based on a true story. It received rave reviews and it will be good to see if it wins a Palme D’or.
The second one is the much anticipated ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’.
This film is not in competition and will be closing the festival tomorrow.
It has taken Terry Gilliam almost 30 years to complete as it has been plagued with various production troubles and is currently fighting a legal battle as to who owns the rights.
That said, it’s actually looking quite likely that the ruling will go in Terry Gilliam’s direction.
And I couldn’t finish this without mentioning just how stunning Adam looked this year.
It’s interesting to note just how short his hair is at the moment considering he’s due to start filming Star Wars Episode 9 in July.
Could Supreme Leader Kylo Ren be getting a more clean cut makeover?
Only another 19 months until we find out!!!! (Quietly sobbing as I wrap things up and go to bed)
I will regret this little rant later so please forgive me in advance.
What will it take for the American Government to come up with the balls to make an amendment to the constitution and ‘seriously’ reduce or get rid of guns in the hands of the general public?
I can’t believe there has been yet another mass shooting today in Santa Fe.
10 more teens dead.
The gun violence archive is a sickening read.
So far this year there have been 21,779 gun involved incidents, an average of 157 per day!
There have been 5,406 gun related deaths, an average of 39 per day!
Think about that.
273 people are dying because of guns in America every week!!
The number of children aged 0-11 who have been injured or killed by a gun is 233, almost 2 per day.
The number of teens aged 12 – 17 who have been injured or killed by a gun is 962, almost 7 per day.
At this rate we can expect another 36,581 incidents and 9,087 deaths before the end of the year.
1,631 more teenagers and 466 children will be injured or killed before the end of the year.
And I can guarantee that the colossal idiot running the government at the moment will now reiterate what he said after the last school shooting and that is that ‘we need to put guns in the hands of the teachers’….
Yeah right, because what America really needs is MORE fucking guns!!
I am back up and running with a brand new PC.
There were a few hiccups, like the useless delivery service ‘YODEL’ who were supposed to deliver yesterday, which is what we paid for, and they eventually delivered at 5pm today.
Then re-setting all my passwords for things like Twitter and Facebook and Flikr. It all went well until I tried to log into Tumblr… one of the apps I use the most. After a small meltdown I am now back up and running on that too.
Everything seems to be running OK.
All of my files seem to have copied over perfectly.
The only downside to all this is that I am now 2 days behind my plan to start my Uni work.
At least I managed to take my frustration out on my garden today as I waited for the PC to arrive.
A little bit of housework tomorrow and I can get stuck into that Uni work…. finally.
So, it’s been a pretty awful couple of weeks.
I’ve been feeling completely overwhelmed with everything that’s been going on and the last minute annual leave I’ve taken has helped immensely.
Ian is back at work…..sort of.
He’s now on a ton of Morphine and anti-sickness medications, which seem to be helping.
He is managing to get to work with the help of a colleague who is collecting him and bringing him home so he doesn’t have to drive. He works a couple of days from home and then takes a day of annual leave to recover and start again.
Marjorie is handling her Coeliac diagnosis really well. We are now just experimenting with what she can eat and it’s been a steep learning curve. The biggest thing we’ve learned is not to just jump to all the stuff that is branded as gluten free. Read labels!!! Quite often you can stick to what you like without paying over the odds. You just have to be careful and read the labels.
Stupid little things like plain crisps. Marjorie will only eat plain crisps. We have found out that she can no longer eat ‘Walkers’ plain crisps but she CAN eat ‘Tescos’ plain crisps!!
Why pay £3 for a TINY bottle of gluten free mayonaise when mayonaise is gluten free anyway and you can buy a huge bottle of your favourite brand for the same price!!
With the house inspection out of the way and Ian’s car through it’s MOT we now only have to worry about getting my car through it’s MOT next month. I know it needs at least one new tyre but I’m hoping that will be it.
I’m now facing my final hurdle.
I had intended to actually start my Uni work over the next five days but my PC decided to die an ‘actual’ death a couple of days ago.
Thankfully, all of my Uni work and photos and everything important to keeping me sane at the moment is still in tact on the hard drive that my husband has saved, but now I am awaiting the arrival of a new base unit.
I’m actually quite excited about it.
My old PC was over 6 years old and in PC terms… that is ancient!
This new one is going to be so much faster and slicker but it’s going to take some time to get up and running and get all of my important files onto and organised and then I have to sink things up again and get to know it before I can start to do my Uni work.
The only thing I’m sure of now is that I WILL get started on Uni work at some point over the next five days!!
I’ve not been completely without computer access as you can tell by this blog, but my little tablet style laptop is no match for a real PC and I HATE this keyboard!!
Watch this space!!
Just as I was thinking things couldn’t get much worse.
My PC, my lifeline to sanity, the holder of knowledge and my entire first year of University work, has just decided to die on me.
Hopefully it just means a new base unit and my work is safe on individual drives…. or so the hubby says.
Me?…. I’m freaking out. In tears. Don’t know where the money is coming from for a new PC and I desperately need it right now to complete my Uni course.
What do I do?