It seems lately no one is allowed to have opinions that differ from others. This is rampant on social media, where everyone’s opinion matters more than everyone else’s. It is disheartening indeed that the days of polite discourse are gone with the way of Christmas decorations coming out after Thanksgiving.

It is a sad day indeed when a person states their opinions and are vilified on social media and in the press. Shame on every single person who does this. There are many opinions I don’t agree with, however you will never see me bash the person who said them. Sometimes (ok a lot of times) I wish I could have a robust discussion with people regarding their opinions and why they believe the way they do, or why they see things the way they do. What colored their opinions, what happened to them or what have they seen in their life that has made them see things a certain way.

Unfortunately we do not live in a world that is conduce to that type of discussion and this saddens me. So very much. I was raised in a house where differing opinions were encouraged and educating ones self on the days events were mandatory.

Growing up in my house we used to have robust discussions, my dad insisted that if I wanted to participate I would need to do research and educate myself. I did, even if my opinions were different from his, he never belittled me or tore me down. You see he wanted to make sure I could stand on my own two feet, do my due diligence and make decisions for myself. My children are very good at this as well, I encouraged them to do their research, do not go by what the news tells you. Soundbites do not tell the whole story, find out what someone actually said before forming your opinion. So much of todays culture is centered around soundbites and he said she said.

I don’t want my progeny to grow up in that kind of society, so can we please go back to civilized discourse. Can we go back to a time where we valued differing opinions and respecting each other.

I miss those days, I miss Walter Cronkite and I miss Ronald Reagan. I will say that until the day I die, I miss those days. I am horrified by what I see in todays world, in our country, in the United States of America, guilty until proven innocent and when proven innocent still guilty. Seriously this has to end. Due Diligence. It’s a thing people, google it, you more than likely have a smart phone.

I am of the firm belief that we have way more in common that we have different. We all want a better life for our children and their children than we have had. We want them to grow up healthy, joyous and with a firm belief in right and wrong.

I will tell you this a firm belief in God and Jesus Christ has instilled a great deal of my belief system and how I view the world. My mom, dad, grandpa, grandma and great Aunt Effie rounded that out. What did they all have in common you ask, I am so glad you did, they had strong morals and a great sense of right and wrong. They all had a simple way of doing things, treat people the right way, the way they wanted to be treated and that will come back to you.

I leave you with this thought if you are one of millions who do not read anything or go by soundbites or what social media and the mainstream media tells you, turn off everything. Go out into the world, socialize with people who are not like you, have a conversation. Conversation, not argument, not fight, not with an attitude of you are right and they are wrong. I do believe you might be pleasantly surprised at how much you have in common. As usual any comments, complaints or suggestions can be left here or sent to me at angie@angieworld.com

Our Final Day in Yellowstone

This is the day we went into Yellowstone Park on foot, I have never felt more at home in my entire life. Being surrounded by the trees and the sky, I felt incredibly close to God at that moment. His work is nothing short of amazing, I felt as if I could reach out and touch the sky, the clouds. I cannot say this enough, if you have the opportunity going to Montana and seeing this magnificence for yourself is a must do.

Before went into the park we actually met a park ranger, a woman ranger, who was originally from, are you sitting down, Texas! Yes she was from the same area in Texas that we are from.

We walked into the park and decided to of course take pictures, then we walked. Surrounded by the trees and the wildlife, no bears, and it was amazing.

Then I hear footsteps, I think this is it, this is the part where the bear sneaks up on me and eats my entrails.

I turn to confront said bear and it was just a park ranger, this time a man, a very short skinny man. Shorter than I am, which is saying a lot. I thought there is no way he is going to be able to protect us from a bear.

Perhaps I should back up, getting ready for our hike, I put on full makeup, Shay says why are you putting on makeup to hike in Yellowstone. I reply, in case a bear attacks, in all the movies I’ve ever seen the bears only eat the entrails and leave the face alone. i want to look good for the park rangers, upon seeing the short skinny park ranger I knew I had wasted my time.

We never saw any bears but we did experience incredible beauty and amazing peace.

I cannot reiterate enough how this was my dream trip and I am so happy my friend Shay said she would go with me and followed through. I would have gone alone, but it was so much better having a friend there.

I told her when she decides to get married I get to give the toast, since I now have a lot to say. Like her giving a wooden Indian a kiss, literally a wooden Indian like you see in the old westerns. Her putting me on blast when I rapped to a wooden bear and the many conversations we had on the way up and back from Montana.

I really do want to go back, I want to explore more of the state and stay for a lot longer, maybe a month. I can see me staying for a month in the winter, I am the opposite of a snow bird, those fly south for the winter. I want to fly north for the winter, I want to be snowed in with my books and my Netflix and Hulu and Amazon Prime. Me the dog and the cat, what a great way to spend some snowed in time, perhaps a little Lois and Clark, the New Adventures of Superman thrown in.

We decided to leave a day early as it was going to drop to freezing temperatures and rain, creating ice and closing down highways. I really wanted to stay for that but Shay was the voice of reason and we left.

We obviously made it home in one piece, safe and sound, no bears attacks and no ice on the road. As usual you can leave a comment here or email me at angie@angieworld.com.

Wyoming/Montana Adventure Continues

As we left Colorado and headed to Wyoming we realized how flat Wyoming is, seriously, west Texas is more interesting. But we pressed on, I do believe the landscape began to fray on Shay (see what I did there).

We were leaving a gas station and she grabbed my arm and gasps did you see that. I said see what! She said the writing in the trees! I turned and looked at her and said what did they do to you in that gas station?

It was pretty funny, fortunately nothing had been done, I did ask if she had accepted any candy from strangers in the gas station. She had not. She says she is going to phone a life line and gets one of her friends on the line. When she heard what had just transpired she said she was worried about the both of us. The whole office was waiting to hear that we had gotten arrested for some antic or another. With me they figured it would be a Dean Cain incident, with Shay it would be a keeping me from a Dean Cain incident.

We drove onward, to Montana, we hit the edge of Yellowstone Park at dusk. We had to go through Yellowstone to get to the city of West Yellowstone. The longer we drove the darker it became, it was a more than a little daunting.

It was soon pitch black, trees on one side and a sheer drop off on the other. Shay said you need to talk to me to take my mind off of this drive. So I said what is all of the office gossip that I don’t know. Well, let me tell you, that earned me a look and a half.

She then said well did you hear and I said What, no! Because I really don’t pay attention, I stay in my world at work and no one tells me anything. So now I am all caught up, I have to be honest, I didn’t retain any of the gossip. So I still don’t know anything that is happening. Probably for the best, this way if I am tortured I can’t reveal anything.

As we are driving along the car in front of us stops, just stops, I yell, get the knives! Shay does not, but we are very cautious, because, well, the hills have eyes.

The man got out and we very cautiously went around him, I think he may have hit something because he was looking at the front of his car. During this time we had no cell service, at all, thank God the man wasn’t a member of the hills have eyes gang.

We finally come to the edge of the forest, I now know exactly what Hansel and Gretel felt, found our way to our hotel.

The hotel was an older one, it was really nice and lived up to my expectations of what a rustic hotel in Montana should look like.

We climbed the stairs and started walking to our room, it was at the end of the hall. The light started flickering, we looked around for twins, thankfully there were none.

We decided to walk and forage for food, we had been in a vehicle way too long. The town was the epitome of an older town in the North, at least to me, it was everything I have been dreaming of since I was a kid.

We even managed to find gluten free pizza for Shay, total win.

We made an agreement to sleep until we woke, no alarms, no agenda the next day, except for exploring the town.

The next day was spent walking around the town and seeing all of the shops.

Bears were everywhere, not live ones, wooden ones, maybe plastic, I’m not sure. But they were perfect for the environment we were in. I even sang to one of them and danced with one. I rapped to one, yes, I can rap, it is a little know skill I possess.

The next day was hiking in Yellowstone, you will read about that in the next entry.

The Adventure Begins

I had the adventure I have been waiting to have for so long, one that I have dreamed of since I was a little girl. I actually went to Montana, yes, Montana, one of the prettiest states in the Union.

I cannot exactly explain to you why I have always felt drawn to the state, I can tell you it is where I believe
God to be the closest to us. I was not disappointed, please allow me to begin at the beginning, a year ago.

A year ago I said on Facebook I am going to Montana who wants to go with me, several raised their internet hands, one went.

My friend Shay said I’ll go, and meant it, it wasn’t lip service, it wasn’t said to just hear herself talk, she meant it. So, we began planning, since we eat alike, food was not going to be an issue and since we are both coffee addicts, caffeination was going to be an issue.

We picked a date, one we could both get off work for and began planning in earnest.

We chose the city, the hotel and everything we wanted to see and do. We set out on a Saturday evening after Shay got off of work. We drove, yes, this was an old fashioned road trip, something I haven’t done in forever.

The road trip up was filled with laughter and music and even a few rants, not towards each other but at the lack of Starbucks in certain cities and the lack of hotdogs in others.

We made our first official stop in Colorado Springs, we both wanted to hike in Garden of the gods. It was the most beautiful spot I had seen up until then, filled with incredible rock formations and even some beautiful birds and other life forms.

Shay wanted to slay the bunnies, I equate her with Anya from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you are not familiar with Anya, please do yourself a favor and google Anya along with the word rabbits, you will not be sorry.

I stopped her from slaying any and all wildlife, you are all welcome, we did live videos and took a ton of pictures.

We found a delightful Starbucks in which to fuel our caffeine addiction. After we trekked about in the Garden, we continued on to West Yellowstone, MT.

I want to add here, I love Colorado, I used to go up there every year, once a year, until life interrupted. I love the mountains, the cold, the snow, the air, everything about the state, I love it. Although I will say, this time, Denver was really dirty, trash all over the highways and just a film over it. I don’t know what is happening, but please fix yourself Denver, I love you too much to see this happen to you.

Through Wyoming was a desolate, flat drive, right up until we got to the border of Montana. Then we began to see mountains and trees, so many trees.

This is also about the time we discovered Shay’s allergy to pine, I made her ingest peppermint essential oil. At first she thought I was trying to kill her, then she said it worked and she felt better.

I am going to save the drive through Yellowstone National Park until tomorrow, that is a story in of itself. Fraught with danger and intrigue, you will not want to miss it.

Any questions or comments can be left here or sent to me at angie@angieworld.com.

Day 3 Wizard World Austin, TX

We are on Day Three of the now infamous Wizard World adventure. It was an easy morning, waking whenever I awoke, no alarm clock, which is the absolute best way to wake up.

We head over to the Austin Convention Center, no dressing up, besides geek t-shirts, with the exception of BBFF’s GF who went for a run. I know, I should have joined her, but I wanted to explore and see if anyone new showed up.

They did not, however it was fun seeing all of the things for sale and talking to everyone. BBFF did get the autographs of some anime people he wanted. I don’t know who they were, I am not a huge anime watcher.

We did see Danny Trejo just casually walking around with his wife, looking at all of the vendors. You could tell he was not doing it for the attention, there was another actor there that was wanting attention. I shall not say his name, but he was charming in the role that made him famous. There is your hint for the day.

GF caught up with us, we walked around for a bit more, decided to go for food, then drive home.

The drive home was so much fun, we played Backstreet Boys songs, ok that was me and GF. BBFF had a particularly pained look on his face while we were belting out such classics as Quit Playing Games with My Heart. So. Much. Fun.

The conversation never lagged and there was much laughter.

Next up, leaving today for Montana, so excited for that, I have my hiking boots ready, sweaters and thick socks. So excited for this trip, another thing to mark off of my list, going to a Nerd Fest as it were, was one. I seriously cannot believe I get to mark off two things on my list in the same month. Well, two months, but a week apart. So there you have it, all three days of our Wizard World experience, I fell in love with Austin and had the best time with BBFF and his GF.

BBFF, you can stop reading now…. I’ll wait……

Ok, for the rest of you, his GF is the real deal, I have never met someone so suited to another person. It has been great fun and better yet, amazing to watch my BBFF bedazzled and beguiled (it is almost October) by someone so incredible.

Austin, TX Wizard World Day 2

Moving on to day 2 of an epic adventure in Austin, TX at Wizard World. This is the day of dressing as you aren’t, or maybe as you are, I’ll never tell. BBFF was Han Solo, of course, his GF had two costume changes, first up Rey, from of course Star Wars, just in case you don’t know and I was general Leia. Because I am older and not a princess, we all know how I feel about that.

BBFF’s costume was so well done that he garnered a ton of attention, he especially caught the attention of the 501st Legion. If you do not know who they are, totally worth a google search. To say them noticing his attention to detail was huge, they are extremely picky about detail to Star Wars costumes.

I was going to meet Charisma Carpenter later so I wanted to do a costume change. No way was I meeting her in a Star Wars costume, I wanted to have my picture taken with her while wearing a Joss Whedon shirt. Which is appropriate since she was Cordelia Chase in both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. So back to the hotel, I did a quick change and BBFF’s GF did a costume change. I don’t know if I am really allowed to talk about her costume, so I won’t until she says it’s ok. Just know it was amazing, she looked great and pulled it off with style and grace.

Finally, I get to meet a person who portrayed a character that I loved and who’s influence helped me get through a lot of difficult times.

I have several pieces of Buffy and Angel memorabilia, so I brought my Cordy action figure, the one where she is the Princess of Pylea. Still in its original packaging I might add, I do believe I had the most original thing for her to sign.

I did not lose it, I was very proud of myself, not once did I overly gush, not once did I stammer, stutter or make a complete fool of myself. As for Charisma, she was so nice and sweet and gracious, she signed my action figure and took a selfie with me.

Then we walked around taking in all of the sights and sounds. No Dean Cain, it was incredibly disappointing on that front, but that is the only disappointment.

As we were walking around we stopped at a vendor that sold photos of celebrities that were signed. GF asked if they had one of Dean Cain and he said they had one left. He brought it out, it was Dean in the iconic Superman suit. I think I passed out, because the next thing I know GF is purchasing it as a gift for me. I was completely shocked and blown away by her kindness and generosity. I have told BBFF he can never let go of her, not for buying me Dean Cain, but because she is seriously one of the best people I have met in a long time. To top it off, she is fun, I don’t think I have laughed as much as we did this past weekend.

Also, BBFF met Alex Kingston, if you don’t know who she is, please google her, don’t make me explain.

Day two was topped off with dinner in the hotel and bedtime way later than my usual Saturdays. So worth the staying up! Who knew fun happened that late at night!

I will include photos of my Cordelia action figure and my Dean picture on this post.

I hope you all are having a great week, day three will be coming up soon.

Wizard World Austin, TX Day 1

I have so many thoughts tumbling through my mind, as you know this past weekend was the big one. The one in Austin, TX attending Wizard World, seeing people I honestly never thought I would meet.

Where to begin, this is the question, I do believe I will begin at the begun.

It started Friday morning, I met BBFF at the building I work in, I parked in the garage, this location was very convenient for the both of us.

We drove down to Austin, a place I have said in the past that I would never visit. Before any of you think it has to do with OU, it doesn’t, I will not be saying why, just know it has nothing to do with football rivalry. I believe that to be good old fashioned fun and not filled with vitriol.

When BBFF and his GF presented me with the plans for the trip I admit I was a little apprehensive. But there was no way I was going to miss this trip, the three of us having a geeky, nerdy good time. I put my apprehensions regarding the city aside.

I am so happy I did, I fell in love with the part of the city I saw, I walked from the hotel to CVS, twice and Starbucks once. I thoroughly enjoyed my walks and the people were incredibly nice. I now want to go back and explore more of the city.

Friday evening was meet the Doctors and a companion, then a party in a toy museum.

First up, the Doctors, we chose to meet David Tennant first, for those of you not familiar, he is the 10th Doctor and arguably the best. Of course that opinion is subjective, we all have our favorites, I do believe Tom Baker is mine. He was my first Doctor after all, I’ve been watching Dr. Who for as long as I can remember. I was so happy when they brought it back. Mr. Tennant was engaging and kind and funny, he signed my Sonic Screwdriver/spork with flare and a sense of humor. Next was Peter Capaldi, the twelfth Doctor, I loved his portrayal as well. He also was very kind, warm and engaging. Then we met Pearl Mackie, she was a companion to the Doctor. She also very sweet and fun and funny, I really enjoyed meeting all of them.

The three of us then took photos with the three of them! How cool is that! We have pictures with two Doctor Who’s!!! An absolutely amazing experience, never to be repeated, one never forgets the first Doctor they meet in person and to meet two of them, mind blowing.

After all of that, to top things off, we went to a VIP party in a toy museum. It was so very cool, we all saw toys from our childhood, it was so surreal yet very real. I loved the Super Friends things and the Star Wars, Star Trek, I have never been happier to be a geeky nerd in my entire life.

We went to the karaoke portion, I did not sing, BBFF and his GF did and they were fantastic!

We met the man who drew Super Friends in the 1970’s, I wish I could remember his name, I cannot. BBFF’s GF asked him is he knew Dean Cain. He said yes I do! She said this is his wife, and pointed to me, the look on his face was priceless! He was so confused, I wonder if he will go back to Dean and say I met a crazy woman that says she’s your wife. I feel that restraining order getting closer and closer.

That brings a close to day 1, day 2 will be forthcoming, the search for Dean Cain continues.

My Unpopular Opinions

My favorite radio show, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, has a segment called “What’s your unpopular opinion.” Well I have a few, so buckle up, it’s about to get bumpy.

1. Gravy, it is the singularly most disgusting thing in the world. I am literally gagging just writing the word. I have hated it since childhood and continue to do so. That whole, your taste buds change, it’s a myth, told to us by parents trying to get us to try new things.

B. Oatmeal, it is right up there with gravy for me. Except in cookies, then it rocks. Of course now that I am doing a strict Keto diet I can no longer have said cookies.

III. Pico- once again, just nasty, but I do like salsa.

4. Mayonnaise and ketchup, both are unsettling and unnatural. Just gaggingly disgusting. One of my favorite movies has a scene that has mayonnaise in it. I have to cover my eyes every time. Every. Time. To make matters worse, I can hear the mayonnaise being globed onto a sandwich. So I hum as well as closing my eyes. So incredibly gross.

These are it with food. I’ll stop for now, but those are my unpopular opinions when it comes to food products. I would love to hear your unpopular opinions.

Catervisary and Joy

It’s my cativersary with Fat Catstard, who knew there was such a thing. Well, I did, because I just made it up. So there ya go, Angie making days up just to justify my celebrating with copious amounts of coffee. Fat Catstard will not be having any coffee today, he doesn’t need it.

Our relationship is tumultuous at best, it didn’t start that way, he came to me a fat, happy cat. I put him on a diet and he became surly and vindictive. Waking me in the middle of the night, sitting on my chest, trying to smother me, looking at my face like it is a chicken treat.

But I love him so much that sometimes I just want to Lenny him, he tolerates my existence as his food giver. Possible snack if I die in my sleep, or just pass out, which is why I don’t drink, no one wants to wake up from passing out to half a face left. I kid, there are many reasons I don’t drink much, sometimes I will indulge in an adult beverage treat. Not often, but sometimes a nice margarita is in order, or vodka, as it has no carbs.

Right now I sit here drinking my bullet proof coffee, contemplating life as I know it. It is a good life, I have zero complaints. Ok, you got me, one, I would really like it if Dean Cain just showed up at my doorstep, it would make my quasi-stalking him so much easier. I am incredibly lazy and I just stalk him on twitter, so there you have it, my Achilles heel if you will.

Ok, so, BBFF sent out the itinerary for next weekend, I became at once exhilarated and exhausted reading it. I seriously cannot wait to see what we all came up with for our Star Wars costumes, this will be epic. Why yes, grown adults dressing up and having a great time, I foresee a lot of laughter this weekend. And awe and shock and greatness. I will be Instagramming live a lot, so if you don’t follow me there you will want to, just to see all the fun.

I have been trying a new product, I mentioned it in passing a few days ago, or was it last week, I forget. But it is Cellis coffee and their supplement Fuse, the “coffee” doesn’t taste like my coffee, but it is good and the Fuse gives you an amazing kick. I am telling you I have never taken anything in supplement form that has given me that much energy and focus. Now I will tell you that there are a lot of health claims made by this company, however, I am the wrong person to try those out on. I have no health problems except so much weight that needs to come off, like a gazillion pounds. I have not noticed a huge difference in that area, but in that companies defense I do a lot of things. I follow a Keto diet, I exercise, I fascia blast and do their coffee and supplement. So I am not a good litmus for that particular claim. I will tell you I forgot to take the Fuse on Wednesday and I was lagging all day, I didn’t know I forgot until I got home and saw the pill sitting by the Nespresso. Which is what I use to make my “coffee” in the mornings, so I know it is not a placebo effect. My friend is a distributor, anyone interested in trying it, let me know and I will connect you to her.

On a different topic, I am once again rolling my eyes at all of the Facebook (always Facebook) posts proclaiming just do what makes you happy. Seriously! Stop! Do what makes your soul joyous, don’t get me wrong, happy is a good thing, however, one simply does not do everything that makes one happy. Example, if I did what makes me happy I would quit my job and stalk Dean Cain full time, I mean not stalk, um, read, yes that’s it, read Dean Cain’s twitter feed full time. If I did what makes me happy I would stuff my face full of puffy Cheetos and diet coke and read books 24/7. I would also eat nothing but chocolate and watch old episodes of Lois and Clark. So doing what makes me happy is not necessarily good for me. Find your souls joy, search for that, and some seriously need to find Jesus. That is no joke, He can give you great joy and peace. I have that joy and peace and I wouldn’t give it up for anything, not puffy Cheetos, not diet coke, not for all of the chocolate in the world. The chaos of the world will seem insignificant in comparison. Oh and get some friends as good as the ones I have.

BFF met Johnny Lee this week and he knows Dean Cain, one step closer people.

I feel better having gotten all of that out, everyone have a great day, a good weekend and may you discover great joy in your life. As usual any comments or question can be left here or sent to me at angie@angieworld.com

Differing Opinions Not Wanted Here

Lately, well, not lately, it’s been happening since I have been on facebook, people post things like if you don’t agree with what I post don’t comment. I can understand that, no one wants differing opinions, what kind of crazy world would that be, someone who doesn’t think like me! Madness!

Well, here’s mine, if you have negative things to say about snow and cold weather, please move on. Say it on your page, I promise you I will not say a word on your negative post. As for my positive snow and cold weather post, move on, I don’t want to hear your negativity, unless said in a playful, teasing manner. I have friends who tease me about my love of winter, they do it in good fun and do it well. To those, this is not directed at you.

This is to the ones who feel the need to be incredibly belligerent and ugly about it, and they are people that don’t really know me. Today I had one who just wouldn’t let it go, so, me being me, I just eviscerated her in a nice way. I thought it was nice, it was nice for me, ok. Well she told me to f off, her words, not mine, unfriended me and blocked me. Well that taught me, you know what it taught me, I’m going to tell you. It taught me if I am honest and speak my mind on my own page then the right people will be offended and leave.

I find I am not suffering fools lately, it is probably my job that is making me like this. The phone calls of people that really don’t understand what they have in their own homes is astounding. Tech support is not for the faint of heart. I have incredibly stressful days, I need my dream of snow, and Dean Cain. Those are really the only two things I have left, those dreams, everything else has gone by the wayside.

My dream of remaining skinny while eating nothing but puffy Cheetos and swigging diet coke is a thing of the past. I also found eating nothing but a diet of sugar is a no go as well. I have given up so much, I can‘t give up snow and Dean, I shan’t. I don’t care how inane it makes me, I’m holding out hope for both!

I feel better, thank you for listening to my rant, it is a mini one tonight but one I needed to get out of my system.

As usual any comments or questions can be sent to angie@angieworld, or left here.