Archive | April, 2013

#prayforboston

16 Apr

What happened yesterday is just horrific. What happened on 9/11 showed us that anything can happen, and April 15, 2013 was just a reminder. It’s sad knowing we’re not safe anywhere we go and even sadder to know that there are sick people out there that are out to harm innocent people. But together we can make a difference.

I feel that Patton Oswald put it in words better than anyone else:

Boston. Fucking horrible.

I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.”

But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”

In times like this we need to remember to keep our faith. Not question God, but pray for help, peace, and understanding. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. I’m praying for those in Boston, and that one day we may be able to prevent such situations from happening again.

Dunkaroo Dip

13 Apr

Okay, who remembers Dunkaroos?

Simply the best snack EVER when I was growing up. Today my coworker brought in “Dunkaroo Dip” to share and it is the absolute best thing ever. Best of all it’s quick and easy to prepare.

 

What you need:

  • 1 box (18 oz) Funfetti cake mix
  • 1 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 2 cups Cool Whip

Preparation (10 minutes):

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until completely combined and there are no more lumps. Chill in refrigerator for one hour (keeps up to three days or can be frozen). Garnish with extra sprinkles if desired. Serve with animal crackers, teddy grahams/graham crackers, or Nilla Wafers for an easy dessert. You could also substitute fat-free Cool Whip and/or yogurt for lower calories.

 

Dunkaroo Dip-1 box funfetti cake mix, 1/2 container plain yogurt, 1/2 container of whip cream.. Serve with animal crackers, graham crackers, or teddy grahams.  Absolutely AMAZING.

Enjoy!!

 

Depression & Anxiety

10 Apr

I pity the fool who says depression is just an act for attention. It’s far from that. Depression is not a choice. It can be induced by chronic stress or absolutely nothing at all. Maybe people will never understand it until they’re forced to go through it.

After I was diagnosed with a rare heart condition, I went through a long, hard stage of depression and anxiety. Depression alone is hard to deal with so you can imagine what I dealt with having anxiety, too. I never in a million years thought I would make it through the darkness. I couldn’t be around my own family without feeling anxious. And having an episode of heart palpitations in a restaurant didn’t help either; I couldn’t eat out at a restaurant for months. It was that bad. I couldn’t hang out with friends, even the ones I was closest to. I constantly felt out of breath and had trouble breathing. The only thing I felt comfortable doing was laying in my bed. I ended up having to take an anti-depressant.. at age 14. 

I can finally say that I’ve overcome the darkest days of my life. I don’t have to rely on medicine anymore. But looking back, I’m glad I went through it. I’m glad I can relate to those who are suffering so that I can provide the help they need because I’ve been through it. I’ve experienced the pain that they are going through. And I’m here to show them it will be light again soon.

Please do not judge someone because of their condition or lack of motivation to cry for help. Instead, be there for them and allow them to hear the words, “you are not alone, and you will get through this if you allow someone to help you”. You’d be surprised by the difference you could make.