This weekend was rather quiet and lovely. Old Navy was having a big sale, so I picked up a few basics, and I had a lovely brunch on Saturday at the Corner Bakery. I saw A.C.O.D. on Saturday night, and it was really fun! I enjoyed it! It was nice to see Adam Scott and Amy Poehler in roles antagonistic to each other (since their characters on Parks and Recreation are married).
Sunday was a very lazy day, but I went to Marmalade Cafe at the Grove for brunch. Their blueberry pancakes were scrumptious! I listened to old This American Life podcasts during brunch. Afterwards, I did some window shopping at Anthropologie and Barnes & Noble, but nothing caught my eye. I stopped by World Market and got mulled spices for cider and some lemon curd (which is oh-my-goodness amazing!).
I always seem to do my grocery shopping when I least expect it, and so I rarely bring my reusable bags to Trader Joe’s. I stopped by the one at the Grove last night, and picked up a few essentials, and some not-so-essentials, like Gouda cheese and Hansen’s Diet Creamy Root Beer.
And now onto the other things to resolve.
Most people know I haven’t been going to church over the past few months. I can count on one hand how many times I have been since Christmas. It hasn’t been easy to step inside a church, and usually it results in a panic attack. (Most of this has to do with things Matt’s parents did, which happened pretty recently, and I’m not at liberty to discuss it, or else they will sue me.) Right now, I don’t really identify as a Christian, more as agnostic. One of my friends has told me that’s not a bad thing. I haven’t rejected Christianity, I’m just questioning it, and there’s nothing wrong with questioning.
Also, I think I need to set the record straight. I don’t have anger issues with my parents. I love my parents very much, and they know this. This doesn’t mean I can’t speak honestly about my childhood experience. I’m pretty sure my parents never meant for me to be emotionally harmed by their actions, but I don’t have to whitewash what happened in order to make my parents look good. For the record, they are doing an awesome job with Kim.
Things relevant to me that I speak out against are:
- Modesty Culture
- Abusive Spiritual Practices
- Non-Positive Parenting Techniques
Things that are not relevant to me that I speak out against are:
- Abusive Parenting Techniques – I advocate for positive parenting
- Poor Homeschooling Practices – I advocate for more regulations for homeschooling
Another thing. Just because I may post a blog on Facebook regarding horrible homeschooling experiences doesn’t mean that it happened to me. It just means I like what the author says. Also, look for quotes when I post something. If I write a little blurb, but it’s in quotes, I’m quoting from the blog post. They are not my words.
In conclusion, I hope this clears some stuff up. But something people should keep in mind is that Facebook is not real life. Most of my real life does NOT get put on Facebook.
If you don’t know me off of Facebook, and if you’ve never talked to me in real life, if you’ve never even given me a hug and asked me how I’m doing, you don’t know me. You don’t get to criticize me and make blanket statements about my life. You don’t get to tell me what I have to do in order to “move on to a better place in my life.”
And something I don’t tell my family and friends enough. I love you. Thank you for caring about me (and probably praying for me too). You guys have been awesome, and I really appreciate you all.