If y’all couldn’t tell, sometimes I get fired up. Reasonably fired up, to be fair, but fired up all the same. Victoria’s Ramblings is meant to be a place where you can always expect a polished, endearing version of myself.
But sometimes the feisty Southern woman inside me, bless her heart, needs a place to romp.
Sometimes, to be honest, I’m not so endearing. Sometimes I do get riled up and, like any self-respecting Amurikan, I want to speak my mind. Also, this past week week I was called “cute” by about 85 different people, so I’m in rare form.
With that preface, I bring you 5 Things that Fired Me Up.
1) Evriholder Slipper Genie found at Wal*Mart. When I saw this product on our local Wal*Mart shelf, I had a minor conniption. (As if shopping at Wal*Mart in the first place wasn’t enough to throw a woman over the edge.) Seriously, people? We’re officially too lazy to sweep our floors? We’d rather walk around with a shag carpet on our feet and hope that gets the job done? Why not make gloves out of Velcro to pick up dust? Body suits with magnets to pick up toys? Smh.
2) Instructions on microwave dinners. Dutifully, I was reading the instructions on my Lean Cuisine microwave dinner. One step, number 5 I think, caused me to laugh out loud. The instruction read, “use food thermometer to ensure product has cooked thoroughly.” Seriously? I only have 5 minutes to throw dinner together and you expect me to use a food thermometer? If I’m eating TV dinners, you can pretty much bet I don’t even own a food thermometer. Just saying.
4) (Most) Christian radio stations. Remember, this is my monthly space to rant! I am a Christian and I love Jesus. I grew up listening to Adventures in Odyssey and cherished every Whit’s End moment. As I’ve grown a bit older, and admittedly more cynical, I can’t quite come to terms with our mainstream understanding of ‘Christian radio’. First, I can’t really reconcile the term ‘Christian radio’. The word Christian is used to describe people who claim Christ (Acts 11:26). Did you catch that? People. Jesus didn’t die for the sins of airwaves, musical notes, or broadcasts. He died for people. And, yes, people can redeem airwaves, musical notes, and broadcasts for the sake of Christ – which leads me to my second beef with Christian radio stations. If you’re going to produce a ‘Christian radio’ program, please give your listeners substance! I can’t believe some of the things mainstream Christian radio broadcasters will say! A ‘Verse of the Day’ that isn’t even a whole Bible verse or, worse, is a whole Bible verse that has been seriously ripped out of context. Feel-good stories about puppies finding their forever families. Contests that don’t really make sense. Music that isn’t really that good. (Sorry, it’s true.) Many Christian radio stations and shows aren’t this despairing, some are quite good, but most make me cringe. Please Christian radio broadcasters, for all our sakes, if you truly want to redeem radio for the cause of Christ seriously think about what you’re saying, feature Jesus-loving artists that produce amazing art, and stop telling me heartwarming stories about puppies. Your sister in Christ, Victoria.
And, on a more serious note:
5) Media coverage of the Boston Marathon explosions. The Boston Marathon explosions were a horrible tragedy. I feel for the victims and their families. I deeply respect the first responders and authorities who have been tirelessly working to manage the crisis. As hard as it can be, I pray for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother. While I completely understand the desire to know why this attack happened, our major news outlets needed to take a chill pill. (An NPR discussion on the topic I heard actually agreed with me on this one, so I feel quite vindicated.) As events unfolded the week of April 15th, I thought the Boston Police Commissioner and FBI Director were extraordinarily patient listening to the same questions, and giving the same answers, in multiple press conferences. While the story was developing, police constantly told the public they didn’t know what happened and they were feverishly working on finding solutions. If the media could just stop their incessant questioning for five minuets, maybe these guys could get back to work and get those answers they were demanding. The problem with 24 hour news stations is that news isn’t always developing how we’d like every 24 hours. Sometimes we need to remember that patience is a virtue.
What about you? Do you get fired up? What would your list be?