The Election: Fallout, Reactions, and Hopes For The Future

This year’s election was particularly rough on me. I’ve been Bernie or Bust since he came on the scene like a wrecking ball, and when he was screwed by the DNC I got angry. In fact, I was so angry that I did not know who I was going to vote for until that day. I knew I had three choices. I could write in Bernie’s name as a protest vote, find a third party that somewhat matched my views, or I could vote against Donald Trump. Now, I live in Texas, so my vote doesn’t matter to a certain extent. However, if you don’t vote, you can’t complain so there I was at the polls the first day of early voting. I cast my vote for Hillary even though I felt an awful taste in my mouth. I can only imagine others felt the same no matter how they voted. In fact, I feel like there were more people voting against another candidate than they were for their own.

I was out of town when the election happened, visiting friends and family back home in Tennessee. I didn’t do much that evening, in fact I sort of sat in my hotel room watching with disbelief as numbers nobody could have anticipated started to roll in. I was confused, a little upset, and a lot sad. I didn’t even stay up until the end because it was very apparent what the outcome was going to be, and I needed to rest since we started our drive home the next day. I went to bed feeling down about Trump, but I’m not going to lie. Deep down inside it felt a little good to see the DNC get exactly what it deserved after it screwed Bernie Sanders. He would’ve crushed Donald Trump in every scenario possible. This is not 3rd party voters fault, even though 15 thousand idiots voted for Harambe. It’s the DNC’s fault. They killed themselves here.

I then woke up and we headed out. For the last two days I’ve been in a car for most of the day, which gives you a chance to think (and scour facebook and news sites thoroughly). I was not amused anymore. While yes the DNC did this to themselves, it didn’t really matter anymore. Trump’s New America was becoming a reality. I was seeing people harrassed for being gay, trans, muslim, latino, black, female even. People saying this was their America and people that were different than them weren’t welcome. People committing violent and heinous acts against people just because since Trump was their president now, that gave them permission. Swastikas. Making America white again. Strange men walking up to females they don’t even know and grabbing them by the crotch. The more I read, the sadder I got. What in the actual hell?

Many Trump supporters are telling people that they need to get over it and just accept it. Well, are we supposed to accept all of that? Are we supposed to accept that just because someone is a female they can be sexually assaulted because Trump said it was ok? Should people of color accept that they’re being told to get to the back of the bus, being called n****r or worse? Should a trans person accept that someone set their truck on fire, but it now won’t be ruled as a hate crime? what is wrong with you people?

We are not afraid of President Trump. We are afraid of what the general public thinks is ok now that he’s President. I can’t remember when I was gripped with the crippling fear that one of my friends would be on the news, a subject of a hate crime, hurt or worse even dead. I fear the day I’m out with my child and see it happening. I won’t turn away, but what will happen to me? And I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes right now thinking we’re just being dramatic but no.. I have friends this has already happened to. Someone telling one that they “won’t be paying for healthcare” for her “monkey kids” anymore. This is why people are scared and worried. Mike Pence has tried to pass the most stringent laws against the LGBTQ community, ones that had they passed would have driven up suicide rates so much. Conversion therapy is disgusting. It doesn’t work. But then again that’s someone who thinks condoms are “too modern” and “too liberal” and offer a poor defense against STI’s. (source)

I know some of the people that I personally know who voted Trump did so for a few reasons. Some of you voted one issue only, and while I don’t agree, I respect your priorities. Some people voted against Hillary. I understand that, because that’s the only reason Hillary got my vote – it was a vote against Trump. I know in my heart of hearts that a lot of the conservative folks I know and love aren’t racist. They don’t hate women and don’t hate people in general. But the general public, these backwoods racists, the KKK who endorsed Trump, now they are all coming out of the woodwork and Donald used them for his campaign. It was a smart move on his part, but he’s started something that he’s not going to be able to shut down before a lot of people get hurt. So while you are telling people to get over it, please understand people are fearing for their lives. And it’s not in a fake omg they’re coming for our guns paranoia. Eight years of Obama, and you still have your guns. Nothing happened. It’s real here, though. People are already getting hurt and worse. So just please.. Please, if you are a Trump supporter, if you voted for him or whatever … just don’t tell other people to get over it. Instead tell them you understand their fear, you love them, and you will do what you can to make sure they feel safe. If you see harassment going on, don’t be silent. Please help.

Recipe: Hot Corn Dip

So, being a WAHM (work at home mom) I get the chance to watch a lot of tv, especially since I discovered I can watch it on one of my computer monitors while I work!

1 red onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
2 cups shredded pepper jack
4 Cups Corn (if you use canned, drain) (for a fun variation, use fiesta or mexican corn!)
1 brick cream cheese, softened
8 oz sour cream
6 slices bacon, chopped into small pieces
1 tablespoon cajun seasoning

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Over medium-high heat, cook the bacon pieces until they are nice and crispy. Remove them from the skillet with a slotted spoon, leaving as much rendered bacon fat as possible. This is important because you’re cooking veggies with it! If it’s not left much fat at all, you can add a tablespoon of olive oil or butter to help the next step along.

corn dip recipe

The rest of the veggies will be cooked now. Add the onions, garlic and peppers into the fat and cook for about 5 minutes, or until onions get translucent. If you use fresh corn you will need to add it as well, and amp the cooking time up to about 8 minutes. If you use canned or cooked corn, then all it needs to do is warm after the 5 minutes. I’ve done it both ways. Last time I made this I actually added some left over homemade creamed corn.

corn dip recipe

In a bowl combine the sour cream, cream cheese and cajun seasoning. Mix it well, as it needs to be smooth and creamy to blend with the vegs!

corn dip recipe

Now it’s time to combine everything! Leave about 1/2 cup cheese to go on the top, and mix everything else together. Bacon, veggies, cheese and cream mixture. Once it’s all incorporated spread it into a casserole dish. After that, top with the remaining cheese.

corn dip recipe

Bake this gem for about a half hour, until the cheese is bubbly and ooey gooey. Serve with either corn chips or wavy potato chips, something that can handle some weight on it. I served this at a birthday party the other day and everyone raved. I did a variation that time though, and used ground beef instead of bacon. I look forward to seeing how you make it yours!

corn dip recipe

In Memoriam

This past weekend was Memorial Day weekend and I feel that it is more than appropriate for me to remember all of our fallen heroes. Without these heroes I would not be in the United States and have been given the opportunity I have been afforded.

You always hear about the Memorial Day sales and the folks at Walmart wishing you a happy Memorial Day. You don’t ever hear the taps being played at the cemetaries or see the tears of those who have lost someone while defending our great country. I’m not barbeque bashing by any means. I do think that it is a holiday to be celebrated with good food and company, but I also feel like it should be a day of remembrance for those who are no longer with us.

There are quite a few veterans in my immediate family and I am extremely grateful for their service. Without my dad having served overseas, I would never have been adopted from Romania. Next to my birth mother, I literally owe my life to this man and our country’s military.

Thanks to these fallen soldiers defending the United States of America and allowing us our freedoms I can now proudly say that tiny Satan is my first blood relative I have ever met, held, kissed, hugged, anything you can think of, honestly. These men and women have given everything for us and I am saying thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a selfless act. I hope all of you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend and hopefully next year you will remember that it isn’t just a free day off work.

The Road So Far

I am enjoying the chaos, confusion and the mess that is motherhood. I have learned it’s more than cuddles, feeding and pooping. I have also learned to embrace my messy hair, stretch marks and spit up stained shirts.

Ryan will be 6 months in a few weeks, and has entered this exploration phase full force. It seems like the day he started rolling over, he turned into this independent, loud, eating machine. He only tolerates being held for long enough to eat and take off my glasses, and it’s bittersweet to watch him gain independence.

Teething seems to come in waves, we are managing with teething rings, teething beads, washcloths, and his fingers(and sometimes toes). His gums aren’t red or swollen yet, so I imagine we’ve got a long road ahead of us.

-Until next time, hugs & mother love❤️

 

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend. For some of my friends, this will be their very first Mother’s Day with their own little squishy to hold and love. For me, this is my first Mother’s Day without my mother. In fact, last Mother’s Day was the last time we saw my mom before she went into the hospital for the last time. Her birthday was May 7th, so we always celebrated her birthday and Mother’s Day together. Last year, we all went to my niece’s softball game, then back to my sister’s house for dinner and cake.

Mom had been sick for a long time. In 1998, she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow. She’d had two successful bone marrow transplants, as well as countless rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. She was no stranger to hospital stays. Throughout it all, she kept a fighting, upbeat attitude. Mom was known for her offbeat sense of humor and wit. She was a smartass; always ready with a one-liner. She was also the queen of self-deprecation and deflecting attention away from herself.

With that in mind, I’ll do my best this Mother’s Day to honor her in quiet, subtle ways. I plan on donating some kitty food to our local shelter (Mom was THE crazy cat lady). I would like to have a meal out with my family and leave some lucky waitress an exorbitant tip (Mom was a waitress). Lastly, I want to find some Lily of the Valley or Baby’s Breath to plant in my yard (her two favorite flowers). Other than that, I plan on enjoying the weekend with my family. Our grandson’s birthday party is this weekend, so we’ll be hanging out with him and our granddaughter. I’ll be loving every minute of my time with my girls and baby boy, content to have them all by my side, happy and healthy. That’s what Mom would have wanted.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of my lovely weasels, and our beautiful readers. <3

Introducing Mamacat

Hello. I’m Mamacat. I grew up in the middle of nowhere in west Texas. As a teen I was a little party kitty who loved to do makeup and cut hair(my background is working for ulta/benefit and having my cosme license). I also skated, had many adventures with my cousins, and went to our local diy music venue at least once a week. One day while out for lunch at school I met my future husband. Then a couple of months later through someone else I ended up at his apartment and it started our best friendship (he doesn’t even remember *sigh*). our best friendship grew for 4 and a half years before we made it official. 8 months later on April 1st, 2015 we found out we were expecting! While I was pregnant I joined a mom-to-be forum and met my fellow weasels that became my forever friends who kept me from spending days being lonely at home. Our little shrimp was born on December 3rd, 2015 and so began my journey as a stay at home mom.

Introducing MotherofSatan

My name is Gabi, pronounced Gah-bee not Gabby, short for Gabriela. I currently live in Kentucky. I was adopted from Romania as a wee babe and grew up in Alabama. No one would ever guess I can’t run for president because I sound like a hillbilly, but I assure you, I cannot read my own birth certificate. I met my husband, Chris, of five years at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide) and last year we decided on a whim to try for a baby. Were we ready financially? No, because realistically, who is? Was my biological clock ticking? Yes.

So it happened and I joined a popular baby forum where I met my weasel friends who have helped me do this momming thing every step of the way. My son was born in December 2015 and we call him Tiny Satan. It really is a term of endearment, and a joke because of his middle name meaning Devil. My mother was firmly against his Romanian middle name, so in jest, he is my Tiny Satan.

In my free time of not changing diapers and soothing a teething baby, I play and write music, binge watch tv and enjoy the occasional long, hot shower (Let’s be real here, those are a luxury as a new mom). I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mom and my weasels keep my sanity. So much baby talk with no adult interaction can drive a person insane.

I look forward to this adventure with my fellow weasels and the hopes of doing more adult oriented things!

Introducing Nate

Hey, I’m Nate. Not really but we will pretend that is my name.

I’m a 23 year old mother of 4 beautiful children. I was born, raised, and currently reside within the land of the corn and soy beans. (Some might call it southern Indiana)

I am a nerdy mama with a nerdy husband and nerdy kids. I live within many nerd fandoms but my favorite by far is Kingdom Hearts. Many Anime Fandoms follow behind.

My husband and I met in highschool through mutual gamer friends. He was an Xbox gamer and I was a Playstation gamer. Against all odds I decided to not kill the man during our console debates and instead fell in love. (Oh, yes, ultra romantic) We have been together 7 or 8 years but have only been married a year and a half due to postponing our wedding for eons.

Although my love for Kingdom Hearts runs deep I’d not call myself a gamer anymore. I honestly don’t have the time. When I do sit down to vegetate I watch anime instead of gaming. That way I’m not required to use any brain power what’s so ever. (Also I’m less likely to yell at the television screen)

In March 2015 I discovered I was pregnant again with my 4th child. I decided to join a popular baby/pregnancy site because why not? While cruising through the site I met some of the most amazing expectant mothers. A small group of us got extremely close. I am beyond proud to say that they have become some of my best friends despite not meeting yet. We all have various talents and abilities. I’ve learned much from the Weasel Mamas. So we all thought maybe others would and so benefit from our experiences as well. Thus Weasel Tube was born.

I don’t really know if anything I do in my day to day life would count as fun or interesting to others. However if I magically do something cool I’ll make a video to show you guys.

I’ll likely blog about extreme grocery budgeting, easy/practical dinner recipes, allergy friendly foods, surviving 3 kids under 3, how to live despite being “poor”, and whatever else I desire.

I look foward to the possibility of being able to help anyone who follows the blog. (Or who ever found this via Google search, haha)

— ❤❤ Nate

Introducing analogwatch!

Hi everyone! My name is Erin. I’m originally from Phoenix, Arizona: a place which sucks in many respects but I still rather unfortunately miss dearly — particularly in the wintertime. In late 2007 I reactivated my World of Warcraft account, which is a hobby that I can never quit for too long at a time, and joined a guild. (This is relevant, I promise.) The rogue class leader of that guild was a guy who started flirting with me first as a joke, then more seriously once we got to know each other. We hit it off, he came out to Arizona to meet me, we drove to California in a car for a week, then a month later I came to Michigan and I’ve been here ever since! We got married in February of 2009 then had our first child, a daughter, in August of 2009 and our second, a son, in December 2015.

When I’m not running around trying to accomplish everything ever all at once, up to and including parenting two children simultaneously, I enjoy video games and writing. For video games, I adore just about anything BioWare has ever made (Jade Empire was woefully underappreciated). For writing, I have mostly stuck to short stories of the LGBT romance variety though I have recently begun an endeavor to branch out into novels. I also adore musicals, and have very recently fallen down the hole that is Hamilton.

I also have an avid interest in both the medical fields and parenting,with a special focus on parenting children with special needs (most notably ADHD and sensory issues, with a more minor focus in autism). I particularly have an interest in the attachment parenting school of thought, and I suppose you could probably call me “crunchy,” if that’s a term you’d apply to someone’s parenting ideas.

I am looking forward to working on this project with all of my weasel-tastic Mama friends! I can’t wait to see what it’ll bring!

Introducing Babiicakes

Hello everyone, I was born in Brooklyn NY and raised in the south. My husband is a cross country truck driver and I am a nurse. We currently live in eastern NC, with hopes of buying a house in the next few years. I have an awesome and adorable step-son, and I became a first time mom in December of 2015.

I spend a lot of time attempting to balance motherhood, marriage, school, and work. (When I a schedule that gives me more than 4 hours of sleep I will let you guys know.) I enjoy video games, baking and documentaries. I “fangirl” over too much to mention.

I’m excited to be a part of our diverse group of weasels and share the things I have learned.