September Goals

I was reading JeepGirl’s goals for September (and her August recap) and I thought – that is a damn good idea. I did do the 101 in 1,001 at the beginning of the year – but that is WAAAY too many goals for me. I’m really a 3-5 goals at a time kinda girl. And short periods of time, otherwise I forget.

I decided that I needed 5 September goals

1) Track food for 30 days

2) Initiate passport renewal process

3) Do 15 minutes of cardio a day, following physical therapist’s plan to the letter!

4) Get garden prepped

5) Attend pirate festival

***awkward segue to political rant***

Also, if I hear one more statement about how keeping a baby with Down Syndrome or not getting an abortion when you find out you’re pregnant at 17 means you’re pro-life, I might stab someone (obviously I am not pro-life).  If I got pregnant right now, it would definitely NOT be planned.  I would keep the baby.  If I got pregnant right now, and found out that the baby had Down syndrome, I would keep the damn baby.  I would name it Neville and start a therapy fund, and refer to it as “that damn baby” (ha ha – just kidding!), but I would keep it.  And I am definitely not anti-choice.  Pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion.  Asshats.  Seriously!  When people equate having babies to being pro-life (or anti-choice, as I prefer to call it), then they just sound stupid.  Many, many people who are pro-choice have babies.  If I’d gotten pregnant at 17, I don’t know what I would have done, but whatever I hypothetically would have chosen had the occasion arisen, would not have changed my stance, as firm then as it is now, that I am 100% decidedly pro-choice.

I am NOT, however, pro-abstinence-only education.  And I think maybe the argument there is that perhaps a 17 year old girl, who has been thrust unfairly into the national spotlight by the prominence of her anti-choice, pro-abstinence-only mother is pregnant at 17, and I was not.  You know what keeps teens from getting pregnant?  Birth control.

End rant.

12 responses to “September Goals

  1. Totally agree…birth control! Kids are going to have sex might as well educate them on how to protect themselves…not only from pregnancy but STDs. It is crazy conservative states like AK, TX and Montana that preach the abstinence only plan—and look which states have the highest rates of teen pregancy per population! The po-dunk towns where kids have nothing to do but drink, experiment with drugs and have sex while their bible thumping parents are off at their church groups. (Not that there is anyting wrong with church groups per se, but you know what I mean.)

    —-end political rant here—-

    I like your goals. I need to get a new passport too (damn name change…I’m a bit behind).

    • I grew up in a po-dunk town with nothing to do but drink & have sex. I didn’t do much of the former. 🙂 My dad is a minister, but not a bible-thumper, at least, and I was definitely educated about how abstinence is preferable, but birth control is better than none!

      I have the passport form all ready to go, just need a new damn photo and I’m set. I just need to get my ass to the Central post office next Monday – in the midst of all my other errands – and get it over with.

  2. omg I cannot wait to see what you have to say about my Palin blog today. But you said what needs to be shouted from the rooftops:
    Pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion.
    It means you believe women can be trusted to make their own decision about their bodies.

    • I really liked your post today. She must be something special if she’s getting so many non-political bloggers to make political statements!

  3. Totally like your idea of goal setting for the month, I might have to borrow that for an upcoming post this week.
    I agree completely with the rest of your post too, I spent a fair amount of time this weekend explaining that “pro-choice does NOT mean pro-abortion or anti-life” and that the only thing that keeps people from getting pregnant is birth control, and abstinence doesn’t count for birth control just like abortions don’t count as a form of birth control!

    • So much more manageable than New Year’s resolutions.

      I don’t know why some people equate pro-choice with pro-abortion. Drives me batty. It’s not like all the pro-choice women out there are having abortions all willy nilly.

  4. PS- the Priate Festival….I totally want to go!!!

  5. You know i run with a pediatrician and she told me she has seen a girls as young as 12 years old, pregnant!!! WTF??? Come on now? That shit is serious!! Birth control baby!!! Yes, even at 12 if your having sex!!!

    Goals are great!!! I must decide on some for sept even though we are almost 3 days in!!!

    M

    • Another thing that makes me angry is people who insist that HPV vaccines encourage promiscuity, and care more about that than the possibility of preventing CERVICAL CANCER!!!! It makes me so angry, I can’t control my use of the Caps lock.

  6. loved the rant almost as much as I loved your segue 🙂

    that poor girl.
    talk about simply wanting to HIDE—–I hate that her pic is all over everywhere now.

    and yes.
    if people need extra encouragement to talk to their kids about birthcontrol have a 17 year old babysit my toddler for an afternoon 🙂

    • I did a LOT of baby-sitting as a young teen & pre-teen, and although I’m not sure that affected my view of birth control, it did pretty much solidify my anti-child stance.