So, for those who don't know, I have started a second blog called Rie's Views. It's a music blog. Basically, I listen to music, then tell you what I think. You may thing that it doesn't sound very interesting, but if you follow along, I can guarantee you'll find something new!
When I finally get things organized, Monday's will be a review of an album, and Thursday's will be a 10-track playlist. I will also be continuing my posts on Instagram.
You can follow along on the blog here: riesviews.blogspot.com
Instagram here : ries_views
Facebook here: Rie's Views
I'm sure there are other platforms I could use, but that's it for now.
I'm always open to suggestions on music, and you are completely welcome to disagree. Music is subjective- everyone has their likes and dislikes. My main goal is to get you to discover something you might not have found otherwise.
Go forth and explore! And if you like something, the biggest compliment you could give is hitting that share button!
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Not one bit.
Ok, so you know how a memory will pop into your head at the least convenient time? And then it makes it so you can’t think of anything else for the next three hours? Well that’s me tonight.
My whole life, I’ve had to apologise to people because they can’t handle who I am. I walk on eggshells around everyone because something about me “offends” them. The way I talk, the things I say, and how I say them tend to be on the top of the list. Best part is the things people get their knickers in a twist over are typically the things they do to me without me pointing it out. You don’t like the way I told you something? Suck it up, Buttercup. We’re adults. You can be a horrible person, but I basically have to treat you like a spoiled two-year-old who hasn’t ever heard the word “no”? Not the way things work.
Then there’s the whole thing about how I’m not “allowed” to be proud of my accomplishments. When I was in high school (let’s not talk about how long ago that was), I was talking to a friend about my dance. I simply mentioned that my team wins and I have a few trophies. Oh, the horror! He lectured me for the next twenty solid minutes on pride and how I shouldn’t “boast”. Dan Smith, you are SO one to talk! Your ego couldn’t make it through an industrial-size door.
My favorite, however, is how offended people get when I give them the opinion that they asked for. If I ask for yours and don’t like it, I say “thanks” and move on with my life.
In a country so “tolerant”, there are an awful lot of intolerant people. Funny that it’s usually the ones claiming to be so tolerant.
So how about we all work on not being so fragile? Not everything someone does “wrong” needs to be announced. Things they do “right”, however, need to be said. Even if it’s just between the two of you.
Side note: As I know some will take it this way... I am in NO WAY saying I don’t fall into the “fragile” category. We all get upset at things people do and say. It’s just super annoying when people feel the need to point out and needle at everything, instead of just accepting the person as-is and moving on.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
How stupid can you get?
So, thanks to Medicare and my lack of choice in my own healthcare, my prescription plan changed companies. I’ve been cursed with Cigna, and oh my holy crap they’re stupid.
I was sent a list of the meds I take that told me which ones were and weren’t covered. One is an acne cream that is covered so long as I have a “taper plan”. So, you just expect my face to clear up after a couple months use and be fine after that? Makes perfect sense 🥴
My favorite, however, is quetiapine (generic Seroquel). It’s not covered because they seem to think that there’s something else that “works the same”. So, let me get this straight... You think that one psych med is the same as another? Why, then, are there so many? If one drug worked for everyone, that would be fine, but psych meds, which are extremely delicate in their balances, are not the same in the slightest. When you’ve found the magic mix, you can’t go playing with it because you don’t want to pay thirty cents more.
Shameless political plug: Medicare for all is not going to work unless you’re willing to pay $2,000 per month (or more) for medications that aren’t covered. Good luck with that.
In closing... Cigna, may you and your employees burn in the hell you’ve created for those who have had you thrown in their laps. I did not want you, I do not like you, please remove your head from the dark place it was obviously shoved up.
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Nope. Nuh-uh. Not gonna happen.
First off... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Now, every year, people all over the world make New Year’s resolutions. “I’m going to lose 100 pounds!” “I’m going to read 1,000 books!” “I’m going to meet Mr/Ms Right and get married!”
In reality, 99% will fail to complete these extreme and unrealistic goals. This results in negative thoughts and depression. Even if we set a reasonable goal, like keeping a certain area clean, we ultimately have our habits, and changing those is stupid hard.
Yes, habits can be changed, but I’ve noticed in my own life, and the lives of friends and family, that many of our habits are for self-preservation. Personally, I find cleaning cathartic. You probably wouldn’t know that if you walked into my house, but there’s a reason behind that. I intentionally allow my space to collect garbage and such so that I have something to clean when I need it. Sound ridiculous? Yeah... it does to me, too.
Back on point: If you make resolutions, I pray you are able to complete them to your liking, and that you have the support you need to achieve your goals. If you choose to not make them, that doesn’t mean you can’t decide on July 27th (or any other day) to start making a change. Do you, your way. Don’t let any person, thing, or tradition tell you how to improve you.
Improvements are on your schedule.