Monthly Archives: December 2012

Ringing in the New Year

Hey everyone! It’s New Year’s Eve (at least in the U.S. still), and I haven’t written in a while, so I decided to write a new post while watching Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest. After the world was supposed to end, but didn’t, I had a lovely Christmas with my family. I received a lot of awesome presents, all very useful. I also ate a lot of food, but that’s something that I always do. I spent all of last week in Connecticut and shopped. I also went to see Les Miserables, which was STUPENDOUS! EXTRAVAGANT! MAGNIFICENT! EMOTIONALLY CHARGED! REMARKABLE! AWARD WINNING! As you can tell, I liked the film. I definitely suggest seeing it while it’s still in theaters. The cast is amazing. The music is amazing. The movie is amazing. Go see it. Now.

So, now off the subject of Les Miserables. Next week I am going to NYC with my two best friends for the weekend, and I am super excited! I love New York. I am a big city person, and definitely would like to live in NYC and LA at some point in my life. Whilst in NYC, I am going to a play called Golden Boy with one of my favorite actresses, Yvonne Strahovski. We’ll be shopping, walking in Central Park, going to MOMA and the Harry Potter Exhibit, and eating Chinese food. We’re going to have a blast!!

I’m going to keep this short, so I hope everyone has (or had) an amazing New Year’s Eve. I hope you were safe and made good choices, and started 2013 in a good place. My resolutions for 2013 are to eat healthier, excercise more, limit my spending, and SAVE. What are your resolutions? Sound off in the comments! Oh…and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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Last Day of Exams and the Mayan Apocalypse!!

Today’s my last exam day everyone!!! Yayyyy!!!!! I’m in the building where my exam’s taking place, studying, waiting to go in the room (my exam starts in 2 hours). And then it’s freedom for one month!! Woohoo!!

So, I have some bad news. This post might be the last post I will ever post.

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Sorry, Taylor. Didn’t mean to psych you out. But, yeah, fuck that. I know that there are people who believe in the Mayan Apocalypse, and I am definitely not one of them. Yes, it’s a bit intimidating (my friend will be on a plane tomorrow..yikes!), but the world is not going to end people! NASA made a video with factual evidence that no asteroid or planet will be hitting Earth! No, there will not be a zombie apocalypse, for those crazies out there. Only way that would happen is if everyone got high on bath salts and started chewing each other’s faces off.

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Which won’t happen. No aliens will take over Earth, because really? We’re probably the most pathetic planet in the universe. Yeah, there’s a blizzard headed to New England, but I welcome it! Global warming has butchered our winter, and I’m happy to get snow. And it’s not going to be like “The Day After Tomorrow.” As much I love that movie, and love Jake Gyllenhaal, there won’t be a bunch of superstorms that freeze the northern hemisphere and cause a huge tsunami that puts NYC underwater.

Yes, things will happen in the world. Weather will happen, because there’s weather every day. People will die, because people die every day. People are also born each day. Nothing will happen to the Earth. We’ll still be here December 22, 2012. I expect to because I intend on seeing Les Miserables next week!

Now, on a serious note, I want to send my thoughts and prayers to the familes affected in Newtown. It’s a serious tragedy. I’m not going to talk about the gunman, because it’s not him who should be remembered. It should be those 20 kids and 6 adults that are remembered. I have to praise President Obama on his statement he made that day, and on his speech at the interfaith service. He’s going to get shit done after what happened, and hopefully it’s going to be not only about gun laws, but about mental health as well. This article will put mental health in perspective: http://gawker.com/5968818/i-am-adam-lanzas-mother

As someone who is studying to be an elementary school teacher, I know that I would do anything to protect those children. Teachers are there primarily for the children. That is why they decided to take that road in their lives; to make a difference for the children.  That is why I am deciding to take that road. I love children, and I love working with them, teaching them how to succeed and progress in their education.

Again, I want to send my prayers to the families affected. I am crying with you. It is sad that something like this has to happen to initiate change in America. We all love you Newtown.

xoxo Isabel

 

 

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Exam number 1…complete!

Just finished my Astronomy exam about 45 minutes ago. I have to say, I’m confident that I did well on it. As for the rest of exam time…

I have a 3000 word paper due Monday that I submit online for my WRT 201 course. I have a Psychology exam Monday morning, a Calculus exam Tuesday night, and my last exam, Gender & Women’s Studies, Thursday morning. I can’t wait until it’s all done! Thursday, I am going to see The Hobbit after I finish my exam with my best friend who is coming home from Pittsburgh (she goes to Point Park) this weekend!!!! I’m so excited! The Hobbit is my light at the end of the tunnel.

Another thing I am looking forward to: What will happen December 21, 2012? I don’t believe the world’s going to end, but it is going to be interesting to see how society reacts on that day and if anything major (but not major enought to cause the world to end) will occur. All I know, is that December 21 means that there’s FOUR MORE DAYS UNTIL LES MISERABLES! I am EXTREMELY excited for this film. I am trying to persuade my dad to let me go see it Christmas night, but as of now, it has not worked. I am going to try to see it ASAP.

In other big blockbuster movie news, I finally was able to watch The Dark Knight Rises. It. Was. Amazing. Incredible acting, incredible cinematography, incredible set design, incredible everything! And, I have to admit, I sobbed like a baby when I thought Bruce Wayne/Batman died. Then I smiled like a child in a candy store when it turned out that he was actually alive. Great, great movie.

So, anyways, I’m definitely losing sleep from studying for exams and whatnot. When I’m under stress like this I don’t usually express it by becoming a bit “crazy” like some of my friends have. I just feel extremely tired. Oh, how I can’t wait until I can sleep in! Any other college students feeling the stress? Comment about how you deal with it, and how you prepare for your exams in order to do well. Others might like the advise!

Also, I have an announcement! Is anyone interested in going to NYC from Providence from Jan. 9-Jan. 14? I have a reservation number for 3 bus seats on Megabus, roundtrip, that I am selling. Obviously, it will only work for you if you live in Rhode Island. However, if you are interested, or know someone who might be, let me know! Comment on this post with your email, name, and if you’re from RI or not (I will not approve the comment so others can’t see it), and I will send you a message with all the information about the tickets and how much I’m selling them for (which will be a lot less than you will find anywhere online).

Thank you everyone and good luck to those taking exams!

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Breaking news on the issue of same-sex marriage!

The U.S. Supreme Court will be looking at two cases concerning same-sex marriage. 1) Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage passed in 2008, in California and 2) DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act, made law in 1996 by President Clinton), which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman for all federal purposes.

This is a definite improvement on this issue, and the US has a chance to make homosexual couples and heterosexual couples EQUAL. The Supreme Court has never done anything like this before. Let’s hope the Supreme Court makes the right decision!

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NOH8 for RI View Count

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Thank you everyone who took a look at these posts! Remember to share this information with others so people know the reality of how badly same-sex couples are treated as unequal in today’s society.

-Isabel

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NOH8 for RI

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Pictured: Leigh-Anne, Ashley, Andre, Katy

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NOH8 for RI

srimm9d34pugld5n42muja21d49qk2n3ngkmwdzuThis is the first post for my action project for my Gender & Women’s Studies course at URI. My project is on same-sex marriage and a same-sex couple’s rights  to marriage and how they are discriminated against. This project isn’t solely for Rhode Island. It is about the United States of America as a whole. I took photos of students at URI in the same format as the NOH8 Campaign, which has duct tape over a person’s mouth and NOH8 written on his/her cheek. Pictures will be posted soon.

Same-Sex Marriage in Rhode Island

  • Rhode Island allows civil unions and out-of-state same-sex marriages, but only from the state of Massachusetts.
  • July 2, 2011, Governor Chafee signed a bill allowing civil unions in the state of Rhode Island.
  • The bill has controversial exemptions that allow any religiously affiliated organization or institution, such as schools, universities and hospitals, to deny recognition of civil union spouses. Because of this, it is unpopular among marriage equality advocates.
  • In a poll done by Brown University in May 2009, 60% of Rhode Islanders support the legalization of same-sex marriage.
  • As of February 2012, only 46 couples have established civil unions.

Facts on Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S.

  • Iowa, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington, New Hampshire, Maine, Maryland, and Washington D.C. have legalized same-sex marriage.
  • The issue on same-sex marriage was introduced in the 1970s, where people believed that gay and lesbian couples were the reason why so many people were getting AIDs.
  • Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004. The first legal same-sex marriages in U.S. history were performed May 17th in Cambridge.
  • President Barack Obama is the first President to ever publicly state his support for same-sex marriage.

The NOH8 Campaign

  • The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8” painted on one cheek in protest.
  • The NOH8 Campaign began four years ago, and has featured about 30,000 faces, ranging from celebrities to everyday people.

The Trevor Project

  • Was founded by the people who created the documentary “Trevor” in 1998
  • The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

What are the main differences between a civil union and a marriage?

  • Marriage:
  •       Civil marriage brings with it at least 1,138 legal protections and responsibilities from the federal government, including the right to take leave from work to care for a family member and Social Security survivor benefits that can make a difference between old age in poverty and old age in security.
  •       It is respected across the United States, and if you are married, you are married in all fifty states.
  • Civil Union:
  •      Civil unions have no legal protections and responsibilities from the federal government, and do not attain many from the state in which they live (as long as it is legal there).
  •       It is considered as a separate status. Partners in a civil union, when filling out forms, have to fill them out separately as if they are living in a single family unit.
  •        There is no respect for people in civil unions. Civil unions may be legal in some states, but if a couple moved to a state where it is not, their legal protections vanish, and they aren’t considered anything.

For more information specifically on the NOH8 Campaign, you can visit: http://www.noh8campaign.com

For more information retaining to the legalization of same-sex marriage in every state, you can visit: http://www.freedomtomarry.org      www.hrc.org       http://www.glad.org

For information on The Trevor Project: http://www.thetrevorproject.org

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