Friday, October 26, 2007

So, I started a group on facebook for the Standard of Liberty Foundation. I have about 40 members now, but have also gotten a few complaints. Here is one from a friend in high school who is now living the lifestyle:

I appreciate the invite in the manner in which it was given, but I cannot, in good concience, join a group like this; a group that goes against several principles I hold very dear: choice, individuality, and most importantly free will. I feel very strongly that societies such as these only hurt the world, and are sending us towards a totalitarian state where freedom comes as a lousy second to the will of those who think they know best. When did complacent submission and herd mentality become values to be proud of? When did sacrificing the rights of others ever help society? Have we learned NOTHING after the Women's Suffrage or the Civil Rights movement? And when has it ever been society's job to determine a person's identity? Shouldn't that be left up to the individual themselves? Who are we to say what it means to be a man or a woman when each person is so very different? And as for sexual confusion, I feel that I am more in touch with who I am than most people who feel the need to change me. I wouldn't submit to the will of others at the expense of losing myself in the process or losing someone I love, even if he is a man. The only comfort I have is knowing that my generation has more progressive thinkers, and hopefully by the time we are running the country, marriage will be legal for ANYONE, women will have the right to make their own choices, and the Religious Right will become a thing of the past.

So there ya go. This is what I said in response:

Thanks for your input.
-Elise

Sigh. When is Jesus coming?

OH! I got another one today! From another friend from high school:

I am sorry that you and your family feel like you have to be on some sort of crusade to bring an end to homosexuality. You are taking a sample size of one (your brother) and trying to generalize to the whole population. Some of your beliefs are just as radical as the beliefs you are trying to bring down. I think that there need to be religious groups devoted to this issue, but change is only going to come through understanding, respect, love, and compassion. Right now you are pushing people away, and though I do not agree with you, I believe that you could do a lot of good if you changed your approach. I do not have your brother's entire story but from what I do know, mine is nothing like it. I am glad that your brother found peace, but do not assume that his way of reconciliation is the right way for everyone. I am just a little hurt that you are spreading misconceptions around to people I care about. You do not have to agree with homosexuality as a practice (my family doesn't, many of my friends don't, but they treat me no differently either way). Just be careful not alienate a group of people who as much in need of acceptance, love, and respect as you are.

I had to respond this time:


did you ever stop to think for ONE minute that it isn't just my brother but THOUSANDS of people calling out for help in a society that is trying to force them to be something that they are not? My parents are not trying to end anything, but to try and show that there are other options that what the world is saying. I usually don't respond to letter like this because, like you said in your post, you aren't trying to change anyone's opinion, and neither am I, because most people as grounded in our beliefs aren't going to change, but I can assure you my friend, that there are VERY strong reason I feel the way I do about this. I am not close minded. I am not over radical. I have justified reasons. Not just because of my brother. My brother started something, and since then, my parents and I have don't nothing but research and continually keep up on these issues. Which is why we believe what we believe. Because we have seen every angle of this issue, and picked the side we felt was right. According to God. Of course we love everyone. We love people no matter what their choices in life are. That is why we do what we do. Thanks for your comments.
-Elise

Good Grief. And these people grew up in Utah county? Went to Lone Peak? This is insanity.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The power of Prayer... or just a cheap line of cars.

So, I always know I was sort of a ditz, but never thought I could reach THIS level... Basically as I was getting in to my car, already 10 minutes late for work, I threw my backpack, cellphone, and keys in my car, then for some INSANE reason, locked the car and closed the door........ I don't know if this was out of habit of getting out of my car, maybe I thought I needed to run back into my apartment for something, so I would lock my car, or SOMETHING!!! I don't KNOW!!!!! So I ran over to Jeff's place, used his cellphone to call Nathan and ask if I could run to my house before work. He told me that he was in a hurry to get out of there, and if I could find another way to get to work. Sigh.

Going to work with out my laptop and cellphone and ipod is basically suicide... So I told Nathan I would be there in 20 minutes, and I would try to pick the lock.

Jeff and I had wire hangers, bobby pins, etc. We tried for about 15 minutes. Finally Jeff jokingly said, "Well, let's try my ford key!" and he put it in the hold and... it TURNED. But didn't unlock. He tried a few more times. Didn't work. I was FURIOUS! How could the key turn but not UNLOCK!!! So I grabbed his key, and wiggled it for a few seconds and POP! The door unlocked. Just like that. I couldn't believe it. thank you jeff, for owning a Ford vehicle.

Moral of the story: Fords are cheap. All ford keys unlock other ford cars. Never keep your valuables in your ford.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Respect Lost...

I first discovered Harry Potter when I was 10. After the first chapter, I was hooked. The rest is history. So... that is about... 9 years of my life centered around Harry Potter. It represented everything innocent and magical about life. It centered around good vs evil, it showed why we need to fight for the right things in life. And now I am considering never letting my children read these books.

Why the sudden change of heart, you may ask?

After I finished book seven, I can only say I was relieved. It was like, the end of my childhood. I don't talk about Harry Potter much anymore. I say what I liked about the books, things like that, but anything now just seems so... insignificant. Why does it matter who Neville married, or what became of Rita Skeeter. She ended the series, and everyone should be satisfied, right.

Psycho super fans find is fun to ask stupid questions like the ones mentioned above, and I think what is the point?? Seems like after the books were over, people would be satisfied with what they had. I myself took a breath of fresh air at the lack of... politically correctness... in the books, if you know what I mean. So then, I read mugglenet today...

"The most notable news of the night was the revelation of Dumbledore's sexuality. Jo says Dumbledore was gay and in love with Gellert Grindelwald. JK, in response to the audience's reaction, said "If I had known this would have made you so happy, I would have told you years ago."

........wow. This was one thing that no one needed to know. A little part of me died today. I mourn at the loss of innocence. Drew is going to die. I can't ever read Harry Potter the same way again. I feel dirty reading it now. I hate JK Rowling for ruining her whole series for me and so many people... I will pretend like I have never even heard it and this was all a horrible dream.

Friday, October 19, 2007

This is Jeff:
He posted a new blog today after SEVERAL months of not posting a legit post. I think you should all head over there an encourage him to post more. This is his blog:
http://jeffribeira.blogspot.com/
That is all.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Happy 8 month Coughiversary

So, Jeff and I have been going strong for a solid 8 months now. It is amazing to see how far we have come, starting out as the awkward BYU ward gossip to a very in depth, fun, honest couple! Jeff is such a good boy and is always trying to make me happy. After all I have been through in the field of boys, I can honestly say Jeff is by far the best guy I have ever had the pleasure to be with. No comparison. At all. Well, I don't want to get into it too much on a silly little blog, because that would be ridiculous, but I just wanted everyone to know that Jeff is awesome. Hooray!

By the way, the coughiversary bit is referring to an episode of teen girl squad, where this guy is trying to be all... quiet about finding a present for he and cough...his wife's..coughcough...coughiversary.... coughcough. And So-and-replies by saying, "A Coughiversary!!! HOW ROMANTIC!!!" Heh heh heh... See it here: http://www.homestarrunner.com/tgs11.html

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Ive got a blue and red adidas bag and a humongous binder,

So since Cami and ma did it as well, I thought I would take a whack at it.

I guess you just describe it in a few words??

Braces.......- At least I didn't look like a chipmunk anymore. I openly accepted my years of braces.
Student Council Geek- Finally, after running for 6 years, I was voted into a position. And student body artist as well! This is where I met my future boyfriend, Matt Heiner.
A Popular?-For a brief 2 months Quinn and I were totally crushing. He was a popular kind of guy.
Just a plain geek- I wore goggles on my head, to socks with my capris and flipflops, and carried a palm pilot.
Dancing Queen- I went to every school dance (I actually DJ'd one once) and was deemed the dancing queen by my friends at the Ninth Grade night dance, and wore a crown fashioned from duct tape.
SOCIAL- Man, I had parties EVERY weekend. EVERY WEEKEND. I had more friends than I ever had (or ever will have) in my life. It didn't start out that way. At the beginning of the year, Devin and Justin were my only friends, but I had to make sacrifices in order for my social life to continue to blossom.
Movie Maker- I spent all day making movies with Rachael and Cortnie.
Lazy- So begins my hatred for ANY and ALL school work. I did enough to get A's but never enough that I would have to work hard.

So there you are. If you must know, 10th grade was really my highest point in life. I was as confident as ever, lots of boys had crushes on me, and I was in high school finally, and all the popular seniors were previously friends with the twins, which meant they were now friends with me. It was utter bliss.