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Baby on the Way!

After 2.5 years of trying, my husband and I finally have a baby on the way!

I will be 18 weeks tomorrow and realized that I haven’t written a blog post about this yet, so here it is! We’ve announced on social media already, so you may already have known before this post.

This was our social media announcement:

Baby on the way

My pup is so cute and going to make a wonderful big sister!

The pregnancy is going well thus far. Aside from feeling like crap during the first trimester. And now that the sluggishness of the first trimester has passed, I am back to writing! I actually started posting Tree of Eternity on Wattpad, so make sure to check it out 🙂

We will find out the gender in about a week and a half, so stay tuned on my various social media accounts for that update. I am so so so excited!

Yay, baby! <3

RIP Chester Bennington – You Will Always Be Missed

Linkin Park has been my favourite band since I was 13 years old (I’m now 30). Since the moment I saw the music video for One Step Closer and saw Chester Bennington’s flame tattoos going up his forearms and Mike Shinoda’s bright-red, spiked hair, I have loved them.

My “Most-Likely-To” in my high school yearbook was to “strap herself to the Linkin Park tour bus.” For my honeymoon, my husband and I did basically that, following Linkin Park around in our car, eventually running out of money and having to sleep in the car and eat hot dogs cooked on a camp stove in Walmart parking lots.

Every new album, Linkin Park reinvents themselves with a new sub-genre or new genre entirely. And every new album, I am blown away by how amazingly talented and true to themselves the band is, both individually and together. I love each and every one of their songs, each for different reasons. From b-sides like My December to the ever-popular In The End. From before they were even called Linkin Park and went by Hybrid Theory to their newest and most different album One More Light.

This morning I got a notification on my phone. Someone had tagged me in the comments of a TMZ post. I read the headline in a daze. I read the first few sentences. My husband walked into the room to me throwing my phone across the room saying “no, no, no. It can’t be true.” I burst into tears.

In a daze, I went downstairs into the kitchen to make myself some lunch. And as my water boiled for my soup, I went on Twitter to see that Mike Shinoda had confirmed the news. I went numb.

I haven’t brought myself to listen to any of their music yet. I don’t think I can handle hearing Chester’s voice quite yet. But I needed to do something, so I turned to my form of therapy; writing.

RIP Chester Bennington

Rest in peace Chester Bennington. You are amazing. You are loved.

My condolences to those who knew him personally. To his band mates and friends. To his wife. And most especially to his children.

 

Love and sadness,

One of your many Street Soldiers.

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The Decline of Worth

Nothing has worth anymore. Or at least, most things have very little worth.

It used to be that a consumer must choose 2 out of 3 when it comes to services: quality, speed and cost. If one wanted quality and speed then the service or product would be more costly. If one wanted a cheap price tag and they needed it quick, then the quality would suffer. You get the idea. So many people now expect the whole package. They don’t just want a quality product made in little time for cheap — they expect it. And if they don’t get it, they are being “ripped off.”

And it’s bringing our downfall.

If one expects the services or products they get to be cheap, or even free, then when they turn around to offer a service or a product, you can bet that their customers/clients are going to want it for cheap or free as well!

The more we as a society devalue the time, effort, and expertise of other people, the more individuals will not only feel like they are worthless, but they will not have what they need to survive.

And yes, I know very well the argument that people don’t have the money to spend on these services and products. I live there. I can’t afford much beyond the basics. Pay my mortgage. Pay my bills. Buy food on sale. Wear the same clothing until they fall apart. I know. Believe me. But if you truly cannot afford to pay the price, then don’t get it. Or search out a cheaper option. Don’t just complain that you’re being ripped off. You’re not being ripped off. You just can’t afford it.

Continually devaluing someone else’s time and effort and WORK just means that your time and effort and WORK will be devalued. So in the end, who’s truly being ripped off?

All of us.

 

 

Sorry for the rant.

This topic has been causing me a lot of anxiety lately, and I’ve watched people I care for suffer for the same reason. I think it has become an epidemic for large companies to offer everything super cheap because that’s what people want. It just means that all the little guys get screwed over and, as a result, so does everyone. If things are priced lower than the cost to produce, then how will any of us get ahead?

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