Archive for ‘Random Rambling Thoughts’

May 23, 2011

Sister Wives.

Do you watch it? It’s a show on TLC that follows the Brown family. The Browns consist of Kody (the husband), Meri (the first & only legal wife), Janelle (the second wife), Christine (the third wife), Robin (the fourth wife), & their collective children (which I think total 17). The children go to public school, & Kody, Meri, & Janelle (& maybe now Robin, too) work outside the home. Meri actually lost her job not long after the premier & had to search for a new one. Christine stays home with the younger children. They used to live in Utah, but had to move after their show aired its first season. Why? Because Utah officials were investigating their family. Not because of abuse or neglect allegations, but because they are polygamists.

Now, let me just clear something up. I am not a polygamist. I would never be a polygamist. It’s not the lifestyle for me. But I respect the decision. & it is their decision. I believe it is their decision.

Let’s look at this at a few different angles for a moment.

A man, (we’ll call him Larry) has a rather, ahem, promiscuous sex life. He fathers several children with several different women. He makes no commitment to his children or their mothers. If the kids are lucky, he has a job & pays child support. If they are super-lucky, he spends every other weekend with them (presumably not also with their mothers). Unless someone suspects abuse or neglect, they live their lives without any interference.

Another angle. I’m sure you’ve heard of Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar & their 19 children. They own rental properties & car dealerships (& who knows what other businesses). They support their children, homeschool, go to church, & believe that the only birth control they need is faith in God. They buy used clothing, toys, books, cars. They built their own house from the ground up – it was a family affair, with all the kids pitching in to help.

So how do these compare to the Browns?  Well, in all situations there are multiple children with a single father. The Browns & Larry have multiple mothers in common. The Browns & the Duggars both support their children, share a commitment to each other, & have religious ties.

Personally, I think the Browns & the Duggars are miles above Larry & his baby mamas. They support their children, parent them, & are committed to each other in holy matrimony (the definition of which is dependent on their chosen religion).

So why are the Browns persecuted while the Duggars aren’t? Sure, the Duggars have their own share of nay-sayers, but as far as I am aware, none of them have resulted in legal issues. Both call on their religion to guide their family structures – the Browns follow a religion that embraces polygamy (though they have never publicly specified which religion), while the Duggars are Christians who believe that God will bless them with as many children as He wants them to raise. So why the disparity? Why should the number of women make a difference if Larry can have all the baby mamas he wants? At least Kody is present for his children.

There are blended families everywhere you look. We are one. McDreamy gets custody of Zola every other weekend. We rarely get to see her in between. Which means we go two weeks between visits. Based on what we see through the show (which I know is somewhat scripted, but seems to be pretty “real”), Kody sees most of his children on a daily basis. Sure, he may miss a few of the older kids a couple of days here & there, since they are off with friends or involved in sports, but by-&-large, they all get to see him at least once daily. We would love to have that opportunity. Does that make their family structure superior to ours? If it does, should we hire a lawyer?

& doesn’t Utah have anything better to use their resources on? Why spend so much time, money, & manpower to investigate a family that, for all intents & purposes, seems healthy, taken care of, & well-adjusted? It really makes no sense to me, except as a political move. Once the series premiered, media & the public’s attention was placed squarely on the Browns (& thereby Utah). Because of the controversial family structure & Utah’s anti-polygamy laws (which define polygamy as co-habitation vs. other states who prohibit multiple marriages), I can only surmise that the political bigwigs of Utah felt that something needed to be done. So, they initiated the investigation & waste of resources.

But wait! Didn’t the Browns bring this on themselves? NO. Yes, they decided to broadcast their polygamist lifestyle on a national level. But the ridiculous notion that polygamy should be illegal, is “wrong”, et cetera is to blame here. If this antiquated notion was put to rest, this family could go on living, as they have for decades. In peace. As a family. Happy. Healthy. Whole.

What’s so wrong with that?

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April 10, 2011

Scattered.

I’ve had so many post ideas in the past 2 weeks, & now, I can’t think of one. Good grief.

Things have been mostly good around here. I’m pretty sure I’m 7 DPO (days past ovulation) & we had excellent timing this month. Of course, we’ve had excellent timing before & it didn’t mean squat. But, I’m my usual optimistic self, counting down the days until I start testing (T -4 days). I even went so far as to calculate my estimated due date – Christmas.

This also means that on our one-year TTC anniversary, I’ll either be 6 weeks knocked up, or I’ll be seeing my midwife for my yearly check-up & to discuss a referral to a RE (reproductive endocrinologist). I’d prefer the former, obviously.

In the meantime, I’ve been thinking more & more about home birth. We live a good 30 minutes from the nearest (competent) hospital, which means that I’ve always discounted home birth as not an option for us. I just wasn’t comfortable being that far away. But a couple of weeks ago, I dragged Christina with me to a doula meet-n-greet at a local baby store. I met a doula who lives in the town near me (which is farther from the hospital). She teaches Bradley classes, which I plan on taking once we are officially expecting, but she also said she had birthed at home with a midwife. This intrigues me, & I plan on sending her an email to find out which midwife she used. I’m also comforted by the fact that McDreamy could conjure up a police escort if need be 🙂 Maybe a home birth isn’t out-of-reach. Now if only I can convince McDreamy!

I’m definitely going to have to start writing my post ideas down. I know I want to do a “Home Tour” post sometime soon, with pictures of the things that make our house a home. Maybe I’ll go get the camera & start taking pictures.

February 15, 2011

The worst thing about morning sex?

The leakage that occurs afterward.

You know what I’m talking about. You’ve just gotten out of the car, you are walking into work, when BAM! The wet spot is all up in your ladybits. So you oh-so-gracefully shuffle your way in, set down your purse, & high-tail it to the bathroom.

Clean up on the lingerie aisle, please.

But oh, it’s not over. You’re trucking along with your day, with nary a thought to this morning’s events (well, okay, maybe a thought… or two… or, who’s counting?). You stand up to hand a client something, & wait? What’s that?! Oh, damn it.

Sometimes I feel like I should carry a spare pair of undies in my purse. & then I think about how I could make so much money if I invented a machine like the tampon/pad machines in bathrooms that dispensed individually wrapped pairs of undies & they could be in bathrooms around the world & surely 20-something college girls & hookers & probably hot doctors having hot sex in the on-call rooms would put $1 worth of quarters into a machine to get a fresh (albeit cheap) pair of undies. ::deep breath:: Sorry, I kind of got carried away there.

So, back to my original point. Morning sex means that I have to carry the wet spot around with me half the day.

NOT fair.