Bost’s national attention has judge dropping proposal

National attention from Mike Bost’s rant causes speaker Madigan to pull back his suggested changes to the pensions??

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A messy stream of consciousness about my life…and documentaries

I’ve made up my mind. I need to watch a lot more documentaries….as much as I hate how modern-day hipsters have monopolized them. I think I’m going to dub every Sunday “Doc Day,” because I need a little inspiration in my life to prevent lethargy and boredom–and especially resentment–during the week. Because our professions essentially define our lives and who we are as people, it is safe for you to assume I’m talking about my career–freelance writing.

I love writing, but I know myself well enough to understand that I lose my will to go on doing the same thing after a while; living a life that begins to feel routine. I am determined to not let that happen to me, because I don’t want to stop lusting over a job that I really feel I have a talent for. For the inexperienced human being, or one that is in denial about who they are, the grass always looks greener on the other side. Now, I’m not saying that I don’t still catch myself ignorantly feeling jealous about the things people have or are doing–it’s very much the opposite, and it’s something I try to work on every day; however, I know that taking a second look at a situation from an experienced point of view is enough of a smack in the face to understand that  perseverance is actually the key to greatness.

Staying with a job that, deep down, you KNOW is no good for you is not what I’m getting at here…sometimes, it really does take trying out a bunch of different jobs to find out where you’re true talents are at. In my case, however, writing is really my calling. And I had to find that out the hard way–by suffering through a couple of hellish jobs beforehand.

Back to my point–documentaries, and my watching them. The stigma that hipsters have plagued the documentary genre stands with me no more, and I now find them to illustrate the human experience from a thousand different points of view. My craving to understand life and the core of my existence could be fulfilled through documentary-watching, but warily, because I’m well aware of bias and agendas. I IMDB-the heck out of everything and check out message boards after watching a piece to validate what I think it to mean.

How does that tie in with my tangent babble about jobs and grass being greener on the other side? Because some of my favorite documentaries so far have been those of rock stars or historical figures sticking with their passions, and continuing to do what they know in their heart is their life’s calling.

Jim Morrison is someone that still haunts me after watching “When You’re Strange”–a documentary about The Doors and their journey through the ups and downs of rock and roll and life. The fact that Morrison and the rest of The Doors powered through criticism for longer than the documentary’s 20 or so minute portrayal is something that baffles me. Did they have heros that told them to do that? Were they inspired by a particular rock star or some other mensch that told them to push through everyone telling them that they were strange or unimpressive? And that there would be a light at the end of the tunnel if they did just that? It blows my mind that people can have that kind of perseverance when SO MANY naysayers are trying to convince them otherwise. Wouldn’t you start to believe the criticism? How did they know that they should keep going? I feel very lucky to have discovered biographies and documentaries about successful individuals, for they have so far acted as free guidebooks to life for me. Guidebooks that were written from the trials and errors of people that learned the hard way FOR us. History that has been written for all of us to learn from and adapt and become better than those before us.

With that said, I am once again re-inspired to keep doing what I’m doing now. I’m good at writing (and I’m not counting what I’m sure are dozens of grammatical errors in this blog). And while I of course strive to become a jack-of-all trades, I would like to be more of a master at that one.

DIY Blackhead and Acne Crimestopping

As I mentioned in What I’m Cooking Up…blackheads and pimples are a terrible, terrible thing. Blackheads still taunt me more than pimples though, because if you DON’T squeeze them out, my understanding is that they stay in your face forever. I mean, I know that they don’t stay there forever and ever…but do you remember YOUR blackheads deciding to just walk out of your face shortly after showing up? Nuh-uh, NO WAY. I can deal with temporary pimples—mounds, even—because I know that if I fight the urge and don’t squeeze, they’ll eventually leave. I can come to terms with pimples. Blackheads? Not so much.

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DIY: Cut Your OWN Hair

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STOP. Take a deep breath, and know that I’m not pressuring you to do anything.

If you have a simple, one-length cut, or a bit of angling in the front, you MAY want to cut your own hair if you’re a penny pincher like me. Don’t have a simple cut? Then just keep doing what you do, and leave it to the professionals.

Because my hair is so simple and not riddled with layers, I personally think that good cuts are a rip-off. And even though Great Clips is great if you have an easy ‘do or need your split ends trimmed,  why not do it yourself if you can cut your hair as good as they do–if not better?

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5 Timeline Privacy Precautions to Take NOW

You may have sufficiently privatized your pre-Timeline Facebook profile, but you’d be surprised at how much has changed since the overhaul. The level of privacy you choose for your Timeline is up to you, but taking a second look at what people can now see and adjusting your settings accordingly is a smart way to safeguard your information.

Here are five easy safety steps you may find worthwhile:

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5 Tips for Better Photo-Posing

I hate to admit that I was ecstatic about the advice I found for better photo-posing. Some people are very photogenic and LOVE to take photos to post all over Facebook, secretly soliciting a million “like” notifications and “you’re gorgeous, girl!” comments…*coughmysistercough* Either that, or they have extreme confidence–and you know what? I envy that.


But that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop myself from enjoying this guilty pleasure I just found. And if I can reduce the number of de-tags I make in a given month with these steps, lord knows I’m going to do it!

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With Mother’s Day coming up and your pockets empty, you want to find a gift that’s a good deal AND shows your mother that you care about getting her quality. Here are five cool deals from Jill$ Steals and Deals


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Save $$ with DIY Self-Tan Lotion

With summer and skin-baring clothes right around the corner, my Casper-white skin is unacceptable and needs to be dealt with; however, I’d rather not spend money on novelty products like self-tanner or spray tans that streak and look more like frost bite than anything else.

SO, I was very excited when I found out the other day that I could make my own self-tanner with black tea and hot water. Not only is it DIY, it’s FREE if you have black tea–and if you don’t? It’s still cheaper than the store-bought tanning products.

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Easy, Low-Cal Spaghetti Squash

I discovered the magic of spaghetti squash last week from my boyfriend who knows I’m always looking for low-cal ways to fill my bottomless tummy. After scarfing down the entire spaghetti squash he prepared for me to TRY, I realized that I wanted more of this delicious meal to cleanse my palate—–stat!

Spaghetti squash acts as a filling, delicious and lower calorie pasta substitute with a unique texture, so you should definitely give it a try.

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