Born in the Tundra of Minnesota, I have since become a bit of a Gypsy. Currently calling home base the hot sands of Arizona, I do still travel often. Whether the journey is a physical one, or one taken by reading a fantastic book it doesn't matter, the fun is always in the adventure. As always I am an eclectic person that likes a wide array of things and has many passions. Creating, advocating for animals and Mothering just to name a few.

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Alright, I was not going to comment to much on this because well frankly I don’t really give a flying hoot about Duck Dynasty as a show. I do not watch it, I do not understand why the merchandise is everywhere. I do not understand the whole phenomenon as a whole. Then again I don’t understand all the reality TV things anyways. I digress.

So southern man who is known as a very conservative Christian spouted off at the mouth and showed that he is really a bigot, and everyone is really surprised? I mean seriously? Now I do not agree with what he said one bit, in fact I think what he said is about as foul as you can get. EVEN if his supporters are claiming but he wouldn’t treat them rude, or whatever it was he said after the bigot part. I am sure I am lumped into his bad people list because I am a Pagan and guess what, I am just fine with that. Plenty of people closer to me then some random millionaire with a beard have lumped me into that box and I am okay with it.

So everyone else is spouting that he shouldn’t have been fired and that it violated his right to free speech.  Sorry folks WRONG. He has the right to say whatever he wants and he did say it and no one said he couldn’t say it. However it is also the companies right to want to distance themselves from someone with those kind of views. Does no one remember the whole Dixie Chicks fiasco years ago? Kind of the same thing, only back then people were all for the Dixie Chicks getting what they got.

Not to mention I would also point out to the supporters that A&E did not actually fire him, they suspended him. There is a difference. Same as would be for a person in a real job place. You have a right to go in and tell your employer they suck or something else and they have a right to suspend or fire you.

So yes..Phil Robertson has a right to spout off at the mouth and sound like a bigot.

And A&E has a right to want to distance themselves from those kinds of views.

And I have a right to think it is all just getting way to much news play..and once again say, People are REALLY surprised?

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Okay so between Time Warner having a fight with Showtime, and just plain old being busy doing work stuff. I was way behind on Dexter the final Season. I caught up now..and all I can say is WTF?! I have been a loyal fan of Dexter since Season 1, I love the books as well and Michael C Hall brought a dangerous charm to Americas favorite serial killer. So why couldn’t the producers and screen writers etc find their way back to that for the final season? I mean really. I kept watching hoping it would get better and it just didn’t. So here come the spoilers










Ya know in case you have not seen it.

Beside the fact that Dexter flopped around all season and just seemed not very clever and overall a bit of an emotional mess. I simply can not forgive them for the finale. First off, how did Dexter manage to unplug Deb’s life support without the nurses station being alerted? Yes they would have been lots of alarms go off when someone codes folks. Then of course he goes past all of them with her body and no one sees?! REALLY? Right fine whatever.

The Hurricane. I mean really? Right into a Hurricane..and then oh and then he does not die…no no he washes ashore and becomes a LUMBERJACK?? Seriously Dexter the LumberJack? REALLY? Personally I feel the whole lot of it betrayed the characters and the fans and was just a really bad way to say goodbye to someone we have grown to love.


Bah Humbug.




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So I know I have been a bad blogger the last few months. I shall be making that better in the new year. I promise folks I do. It has not just been the lack of blogging that has escaped me. I missed the announcement that once again we will be having postal rate hikes. I understand that (like just about everything) the USPS is suffering. I love USPS I send a lot of mail after all and most of it gets to where it is going. However I have a problem with the rate hike and it is not the one you might think.

I have no real issue with the money side of it. The US is still one of (if not thee) cheapest places for letter mailing. Moreover can you really do anything so satisfying anywhere else in for less than a dollar? My problem is that I wish they would knock it off with the yearly hikes and just sit down and decide what amount is actually going to HELP the problems and then hike it to that. Would that really be so hard really?

My other beef is this, while I LOVE new stamp designs and I do trust me I do. I wish they would not release as many as they do. Of course keeping the rates a steady amount would help (international and postcard stamps). It can not be cheap to get the designs done, test them , put them into production ect. Oh well what can you do? I will still use the USPS and I will still encourage people to send mail.

So at the end of this little rant of a post. I shall post what the new hikes (and services) shall be.

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing, effective Jan. 27, 2013 include:

  • Letters (1oz.) — 1-cent increase to 46 cents
  • Letters additional ounces — unchanged at 20 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1oz.) — $1.10
  • Postcards — 1-cent increase to 33 cents

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) will review the prices before they become effective Jan. 27, 2013. Today’s Shipping and Mailing price filings will be available on the PRC website at and the new Mailing Service prices will also be available at

Shipping Services
Several new Shipping Services products will be available in January. Free tracking will be offered to all competitive packages, including retail Priority Mail and Parcel Post (recently renamed Standard Post).

Also new, customers shipping Critical Mail letters and flats will now have the option of receiving a signature upon delivery as part of the service offering.

A large variety of flat-rate boxes and envelopes for Express Mail and Priority Mail, including the padded and legal-sized flat rate envelopes will continue to be offered by the Postal Service.

New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products include:  (From the USPS site)

  • Small box — $5.80
  • Medium box — $12.35
  • Large box — $16.85
  • Large APO/FPO box — $14.85
  • Regular envelope — $5.60
  • Legal envelope — $5.75
  • Padded envelope — $5.95

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I try not to post to much negative stuff on my blog. I try not to be a negative person in general I think postivity is much better. But I fear I have reached the end of my tether with an issue right now. I understand being sick. I am sick so I get it really I do. But if you give your word on something keep it. If you tell someone your going to do something do it. I feel it really is that simple. If one day you tell someone you’re going to be around the next day to talk and what have you, be there. If you’re so sick you can’t be there well I think in the scope of 8-12 hours you would have known. I also can’t help but feel fully and horribly irritated when someone begins a yahoo conversation with me, and than suddenly goes silent. No goodbye, no BRB no nothing just utter silence. Maybe I am being petty but I have well earned my right to be with this person right now.

Yet another conversation that was started, and has now been silent for oh about an hour. I am tired of it. I really am. I try, I do. But I don’t get a call when something’s up or heck even a txt message. Yet I make sure I always send a message or something from my end when I am not feeling well.

I am sure this post will confuse some of you, and for that I do apologize. I just had to vent and get some of my annoyance out, and writing helps with that. I Just get annoyed when those who are best friend and “sister as they say and well frankly it doesn’t seem too fantastic lately. But it will improve, I hope.

Time to watch BBQ Pit masters I love BBQ. I swear I want to be a judge at one of these.

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So apparently today they are having a say yes to the dress marathon on TLC. And I find myself watching shows like this because as a sewer and costume designer I enjoy watching all the different dresses. But even as someone who knows how much goes into sewing, how much fabrics cost I can not believe what some brides will pay for a gown. There was one bride who paid 20, 000 dollars for a custom made designer gown. And than when she came in she decided she didn’t like it. Than she got another dress by the same designer that was 27,000 dollars. Came back and decided she wanted the lace taken off the skirt. Which IMO and in her dad opinion too ruined the gown. I mean really?! Oh and mind you she didn’t like the first one because she wanted lots of heavy beading and the top to be see through. This is impossible. With the heavy beading the see through material would have fallen away from her body.

So than we go from the amazingly shockingly priced bride to the bride whose mother hated everything she put on. Just hated it. I mean wasn’t just like “I don’t like it” she was Brutal. And there was one gown with a Victorian lace overlay (BEAUTIFUL) that the bride just LOVED she was near in tears when she came out in it. And her mother was cruel to it. But the bride ended up picking that dress anyone. And mom ended up dealing with it. I just don’t think she was the kind of mom who was going to be happy with anything her daughter picked. Because her daughter had very different taste. She had taste kind of like me. Out there.

So I am enjoying this show but the way some people act just startles me. It makes me go seriously? Why? It is also making me remember that in two years I will be renewing my vows with my husband out at the MN Renaissance festival. Which is where I wanted to get married but they were booked the year I wanted to get married. So we decided for 5 years we would renew out there. Nice huh? But now I am left with the thought of what I should do for my renewal gown. I want to be comfortable, and yet I want to be a Queen for the day. Not that I didn’t look fantastic on my original wedding day (I think I did) but I really want to be a Queen. So I am thinking full renaissance regalia, with Purples and creams. Because well I don’t get to wear purple out there much unless I am being sneaky. (Which I am known to do). So who knows what I will do its two years away, but I am thinking about it now for obvious reasons. Gowns take a while to make. Especially major gowns. It is time to start sketching.

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I admit I was pretty bad about my Meme’s this week here at Birth of a Notion. So my apologies to those who like when I do them. But I have been rather busy brooding. I was angry with this woman who here in my home state of Minnesota, in-fact in a place that I used to live very close to.

Colleen Hauser of Sleep Eye ran away with her son Daniel on Monday. You see Daniel Hauser has Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer, and his parents say that due to their religious values they do not wish to treat him with chemo therapy. But what I don’t understand myself about this claim is that they gave Daniel one round of chemo before they decided it was against their religious views. One round of chemo that according to the scans that have been done was working.

Now I can understand not wanting to use the poison that is chemo being a cancer patient myself. But it is a necessary evil in so many cases I think. The boy had one treatment and it was showing to work. Now what I do not truly understand is that if it was against their religious beliefs why did they allow the one treatment before going to alternative treatments? I do not under stand that at all.

When it was found out that the Hauser’s were using an herbal therapy a judge in New Ulm ordered an X-ray to see how the cancer was doing. As it turned out the cancer was spreading again. Proof that the herbal treatments were not working. But the Mother and Son were not in court as they should have been. They ran away, assuming the court would order the chemo. And if you ask me the court should. If you ask me Colleen Hauser is knowingly killing her son. She is not giving him a fighting chance. Doctors are fairly sure that if Daniel got the chemo he would recover.

The Father says he had no idea about it, and he has no idea where they are. I am not so sure about that. I don’t know any Moms who would leave like that with the Son and not tell Dad where they are going. But than again I don’t know many Mom’s who would knowingly deny their child treatment that could save their life.

Its confirmed they flew via Sun Country and went to L.A, and its assumed they will go on to Mexico to seek treatments there. There is a federal warrant out for Colleen, and I hope they catch up with her. I really do. It makes me angry that she would not only deny her son treatment, but make him a fugitive like her when he is so sick. Shame on her for being this kind of Mother. I really hope that the authorities catch up with her.

I am all for freedom of religion and the freedom of choice, but this cross a line. When a child’s health is involved, when it’s a child who has to be subject to this it gets my gaul going. Parents are supposed to make the right choices for their kids. How is letting him die when he could likely be cured the best way to go? Colleen Hauser goes right up there with the lady in WI who prayed for her daughter to get better rather than take her to the Doctor. And I hope they both get what’s coming.

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I do not usually let this issue bother me much but today it’s getting on my very last nerve. Let me first say to anyone reading this cyber stalking is not fun. And be wary of anyone you decide to call a friend, even if you have met them in person. Beware.

I of course won’t go into detail, but this woman truly is something else. Your classic case of making up a front upon their person and making themselves the victim. And this is not the first time she has done it. What is laughable, is that just before the holidays she looked me up on Facebook and offered friendship, along with a, “Well we were like sisters once” excuse as to why. I denied it. After what she did, and the vile lies she spread I didn’t care to have her see my Facebook.

Not a week after I did that, she comes around to a website I frequent and without “naming names” runs out her spiel. Getting a lot of sympathy. Until I contacted the board owners with my paper evidence. They shut the thread down and contacted anyone who had personally imed her. But they did allow her to stay on the site. Annoying. They imed myself, and her and basically said, no naming names and no posting on the same threads. Fine by me. Although she posts random idiot stuff on most threads. It does not usually bother me. I stick to my threads, my watched threads and I leave it at that.

But what does get on my nerves is she calls herself Caesar, and I Brutus. The only reason she does this is my love of Roman History particularly Caesar. She is playing the Martyr and boy is it getting old. Because she has done it at least 3 other times that I know of. She changes her forum signature all the time to say “Brutus this” or “Brutus that” her latest one is something about Karma. Rich really.

So really I am letting it slide, but I felt the need to blog about it to get it off my chest. It’s stupid and silly, but what can yaw do? I won’t be chased off the site as I was there first, and her “Renewed” interest came after a year of being off it and having only looked at it mildly. No doubt she will eventually get bored. As she isn’t drawing me into any of her silly threads or “Brutus” reply’s. I know that’s what she is up to. But it won’t work. I won’t play a flame war so she can look the victim again.

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There are something’s that get under my skin. People who show an obvious disrespect for someone else’s life are one of them. And so today, right now I am hopping mad. I just called to check on my friend, since I haven’t seen her all day, which is not usual. Her idiot roommate and I do mean IDIOT, informs me she’s been sleeping all day. I do a quick mental tabulation as to when she told me she was going to bed last night, and it rounds out to right round 18 hours. THIS is NOT NORMAL. He continues to blither about the medication she’s on, I curtly inform him I am well aware of the medication, and slam down the phone.

You may wonder why I am so mad. This was the exact same medication she was on 2 years ago almost when she came up to my house and almost died. The biggest sign? She insisted she just wanted to sleep. She wouldn’t get up to eat, drink or do anything. And on top of her other medical issues, she is diabetic. So not eating is NOT a good thing. This is not the first time this idiot has just let things slide. You will note the previous statement she traveled to my house to almost die.

Now, I know your thinking he’s her room mate not her care taker. Well that’s wrong. His whole purpose of being her room mate is to take care of her. He claims her as a dependent on his taxes and everything. But not only that its just human to make sure someone is okay when you know they have medical issues. I am so mad I am having issues even really putting my anger into words without cussing a blue streak. Hence also why I hung up the phone when I did. I am about a thousand miles away so there’s not much I can do. But oh it makes me SO angry. SO SO SO ANGRY. He knows her medical issues; he knows she almost died when she was at my house. If I hadn’t of insisted on waking her up all the time when I did. She would have. If I hadn’t of insisted on calling 911 she would have. Am I the only one who has an Iota of brain power?

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As I sat and watched the news again today I wondered why I bothered anymore. It is the same thing day in and day out. The Unemployment rate gets higher and higher. More companies going under. What a sad state of things this country is in. I know we aren’t the only ones in trouble, but it’s so horrible. Of course the other countries are blaming us too according to what the news is saying. Goodie Goodie. But why not? Why shouldn’t they?

Our previous president didn’t bother to announce a rescission until just before he left office. I don’t know what planet he grew up on us, but the rest of us knew it was here LONG before he decided to tell us. I hate it. I really do. Due to being sick I can’t work right now, but if I could I would be terrified of the job market. Terrified. There doesn’t seem to even be any minimum wage jobs available. Not that anyone could afford to live off of that, but any money is better than no money.

We aren’t well off in our household but we scrape by very carefully. It was nice to have some relief at the pumps, but who knows how long that will last. It’s just dismal. I know Obama is trying, and I like him as our President (nobody better flame me for that either) but good gravy will we ever hit bottom? I am scared. I am scared for this country and I am scared for my family. But in the end I guess all any of us can do is hope.

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I want 160million dollars in bonus’s to do a horrible job. I bet everyone reading this would. I can say as I have been watching the news the last several days I have felt rage at the fact that these banking execs have that kind of nerve. Now I know they claim these contracts were signed before the bailout money. Alright, fair enough but let me ask you if you company needs BILLIONS in taxpayer bailout money, do you deserve BONUSES?! Now, its been about a year since I have been in an office setting but when I was, I learned you get a bonus its for doing a good job. If your company needs Billons of dollars from the government I don’t think you did a good job. In-fact I would say you did a very poor job of mismanaging money, and investments. I mean seriously? The tax payers own 80% of Aig, 80% I think we should have some say when we own that much of a company. And this taxpayer says NO BONUSES! And take a pay cut fat cats. I would love a small percentage of what some of these people make.

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