Today is apparently one of those days where my brain is running in circles. There’s no reason for it; I’m not dwelling on anything. I just can’t seem to think in a straight line, which is… unfortunate. I’m not even sure how to write about it because I’ll think about writing for two seconds, and then dash off to stare in the fridge, or make a random proclamation to the husband. A bank statement will catch my eye, and I’ll remember to put in a few jots of data. Then I’ll spot a tab open and think, ‘Well I’ve not looked at that in 20 seconds maybe it’s changed if I look at it now oh it hasn’t well shoot I’ll look again in… bank statement!’
It gets old, yo.
At least it’s not the toddler’s fault today, for which I’m grateful. I’m kind of frankly amazed that I’m not a total blithering wreck after the last couple days, but really, today has been pretty decent, ESPECIALLY considering none of us slept that well last night. She’s a good sleeper, mind; we’ve not had to get up to check on her in the night… ever, really. But the husband reported he could hear her moving around and making some levels of noise whenever he awoke last night, but not enough to need to check it out. I’m grateful for his ears – I’m usually out cold until morning; even if I do stir, I’m back out as soon as I’m done complaining mentally that I’ve woken.
*tops up the co-codamol and drums fingers on the desk*
In spite of this, I have managed to spot a few interesting bits in the news, such as:
New elements added to chemistry’s periodic table
Now, I’m not sure how I feel about all these crazy made-up don’t-really-exist-naturally elements that make up the tag-end of the table, but I still like me some frakenscience. Plus, I really hope they keep the name ununhexium, ’cause that’s ridiculously awesome (and Uuh <_____<). Ununquadium (or Uuq) doesn’t have the same ring, yanno?
The other thing on my mind right now is fresh out of Florida:
Florida to charge welfare applicants to take drug test
My first thought was ‘Yeah, that’ll stop leeches!’; this didn’t last very long. Living in the UK and seeing what a wonderful safety net most people have here (with paying less taxes all in, I believe) has made me lose a bit of the personal survivalist attitude that is rather endemic in America. Oh sure, the UK gets it terribly wrong in some ways – I definitely don’t think being a teen mother should be a nearly-guaranteed free council house bigger and better than the one myself and my husband pay for. But really America – way to crap on the huddled masses yet again. Not everyone receiving Welfare are drug-addled mothers of twenty, and nobody should be forced to pay to prove that they’re innocent. They surely will because they are desperate; desperation will make people go out of their way to abase themselves for a bit of crust to survive.
‘But you have to get drug-tested to earn money to pay taxes, so they should to!’ – this is a sentiment I’ve seen going ’round and ’round. And I have to say – bollocks. I’ve been working since I was 16, and I’ve only had one job where I had to be drug tested; this was the United States Air Force. Because I was under contract to the government, I bowed my head to it; as a job that is supposed to be filled by America’s finest paradigms, I didn’t feel it was an unreasonable request. But other jobs that don’t say… require operating guns or heavy machinery? Well, I compare it to the CRB background checks here – you are being forced to prove you’re not guilty (and in the case of the CRB check, paying annually to prove this). You are being called guilty of being a druggie right out of the gate (or a pedophile here), and obviously you must be hiding something if you don’t willingly want to give up your money and debase yourself to prove that you’re guilty.
Which obviously… bollocks. But that’s just my take on it. 🙂 I can hope that common sense will prevail, but with how radicalized politics are in the US of A right now, that’s a loooot of hoping.
Oh yes, if you like what you see, why don’t you go vote for me? You can do it daily too – what fun!
[[radio edit]] There’s a great opinion piece on the Florida matter from Darlena over at Tales of an Unlikely Mother – check it out!