Monday, April 1, 2013
So I've been up to a LOT of stuff lately, from hooping, to performing, to learning belly dance, to teaching Burlesque, to having a blast at Hottie Hoop Camp. But when I found out about a group of fabulous ladies doing great work in Houston, I just knew I had to take one more thing under my belt.
I discovered the Benefit Betties in February when I was approached about performing a hoop dance at a ball. I'm a ham so I agreed immediately, and when I read more about the Benefit Betties, all I could think was "I NEED to be a part of this group". What are the Betties? A non profit charity organization that helps groups involving women, animals, and soldiers. Sort of like a Junior League for hip ladies! Words cannot express how excited I am to be a part of all that they do.
So what can YOU do?? You can come to our First Annual Benefit Betties Masquerade Ball!! Being held at Avant Garden in Houston, there will be pinups, burlesque, hoop dance, belly dance, a fashion show, booze, a photo booth, and SO much more! PLUS the money is going to a great cause, so you get a fun night out while doing some good. And you get a reason to wear that fancy, swanky dress that I just know you've been dying to get back into. I'd love to see you there, click here to save yourself a few bucks and buy your tickets early. AND, go like the Benefit Betties on Facebook to see the countdown of all the lovely ladies. Can't wait to see you at the ball!
Posted by Unlikely Oilfield Wife at 2:21 PM
Thursday, March 14, 2013
So a new pope was elected yesterday. The new guy, Pope Francis is known as a humble guy, lives in a small apartment (gave his fancy residence to a poor mission), cooks his own meals, took the bus to work, cared for AIDS patients, baptised the children of single mothers and called out priests who wouldn't, and abandoned much of the hoity toityness of being the head Catholic dude in charge in Argentina, where he's from. Pretty cool, and pretty unsual, which is a shame because that was Jesus' number 1 thing, humility and giving up things for the poor. What I DON'T understand are the people who seem suprised that he's anti gay marriage and anti abortion, or use those views of his as some kind of point. Of course he's against gay marriage and abortion, he was a Catholic Cardinal! This isn't a presidential election where the candidates are all vastly different. Quite the opposite. We're talking about a church that for the first time EVER picked a dude from outside Europe. Not exactly progressive. But I accept that. That's what they believe, and while I don't agree, I'm not going to waste energy better spent on actually doing things to help people, trying (in vain of course) to change the views of the Catholic church. Contrary to what the church believes, I don't need them to get to God.
I don't like being put in the position of defending the Catholic church, because too much has been done that is indefensible. Not just the sexual abuse, but the defending of those doing the abuse. Until this pope publicly admonishes those who protect the criminals, I'm not going to give the Church any credit on much else. That seems harsh I guess, but unfortunately, my anger over this runs deep. But at the same time, lets give this dude 5 minutes before you all hate him.
In fact, don't hate anybody. It causes wrinkles and makes people not want to hang out with you.
Posted by Unlikely Oilfield Wife at 8:42 AM
Friday, March 8, 2013
Yes, we all know the girl has dated a lot of guys and used that as inspiration for her music. The guys who dated her after she became famous are VERY aware of that. But what's with all the hate? I'm not a huge fan of her music, but she seems nice enough. She's young, and likely figuring herself out. Hannah on the show girls has sex with a LOSER who treats her like crap and everyone is praising her for "putting it all out there" and being the voice of a generation (no thanks), but Taylor Swift gets dumped over and over again for not having sex (according to reports), and "mean girls" like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler make fun of her. It's like the opposite of slut shaming! Both are so wrong.
Everyone keeps saying "oh Tina and Amy were just kidding". We're a society that is all of a sudden outraged with bullying, yet isn't that what they were doing? Is it because they're comedians? That's like saying, "Oh I can say racist jokes, I have a black friend."
This is why women will never rule the world. We can't just accept that not all women are the same. We don't all deal with relationships the same, we don't deal with sadness the same, we don't deal with life the same. And that's ok.
Posted by Unlikely Oilfield Wife at 8:29 AM
Monday, February 11, 2013
FIRST OF ALL: Yes, I believe in God. Some days I believe Jesus is his son, some days I don't. Some days I believe God has a hand in every day life of humans, some days I don't. I don't have all the answers, and I don't trust anyone who thinks they do, religious or not. I believe in science too. And I have NEVER ripped atheism, and don't intend to. So don't rip on me either.
I grew up Catholic. Baptism, first communion, confirmation, married in the Catholic church, the whole bit. Husband did too, and went to Catholic school. As so many other teens in that questioning time of life, I began to wonder if the Catholic church was really for me. There is SO much I don't agree with, and so much reaching to be done to buy into a lot of what they say. But that's every religion. Then the whole child abuse scandal, and that was it for me. I'm not down with having my intelligence insulted, and every time an abusing priest was reassigned to another church instead of FIRED, it was just another bullet point on my explanation of why I don't go to Catholic church anymore.
Yesterday morning husband and I were up early, channel surfing, and landed on a televised Catholic mass. Hearing the prayers that I grew up with, the prayers that I still believe in, made me sad. Nostalgic. As a kid, there was nothing I despised more than coming home from school on a Friday afternoon during lent, only to be dragged to The Stations of The Cross. But now? I would give nearly anything to have just one more of those afternoons back, with my mom and grandma and aunts and cousins. I told my mom recently that if the pope came out and CLEARLY said (but not necessarily verbatim) "I was SO WRONG to reassign that priest, we ignored the abuse of children around the world and we WILL DO BETTER", I'd start going to church again. But he never said that. Instead he's quitting. Church history shows that he'll likely get replaced by someone slightly more forward thinking. Yeah he tweeted less than 24 hours ago, "We must trust in the mighty power of God’s mercy. We are all sinners, but His grace transforms us and makes us new." But that is not enough. Not for me. I can't respect an institution that doesn't respect its members enough to admit their wrongs.
So still I'm stuck. And it makes me sad. I know that I don't need a church to know God, but it would be nice.
Posted by Unlikely Oilfield Wife at 8:27 AM
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Another Christmas season has come and gone. On one hand, I'm totally sad, because Christmas means time in Louisiana with family and friends, looking at Christmas lights, having an excuse to buy and eat lots of treats at World Market, the list goes on. But now it's January, and with a new year comes new attitudes. As you know, I'm a hoop dance instructor in the Spring/The Woodlands/Houston area. What's hoop dance again?
Pretty awesome eh? I got into it a few year ago and teaching it is a dream come true! It's amazing how something that started out as a kid's toy can change a life. So, to my Houston area Oilfield Wives, I've got some news for ya, I'm doing a free class!
At the Whole Foods Market Kirby in Houston, on January 19th, I'll be participating in the Sweat and Snack event! All day long they will have an array of FREE classes for the public to try, from yoga to Zumba to hoop dance! Come and introduce yourself to me, I'd love to meet more oilfield ladies out here. Here's the link for more info, click here, then the sweat and snack tab!
Tell me how your holidays were, and what you're looking forward to most in 2013. For me, other than things regarding my dance instruction career, and hopefully getting preggo, I'm looking forward to my family's annual beach vacation in August. Is it too soon to start marking days off the calendar?? OH, and getting to use my neighborhood's pool lol.
Posted by Unlikely Oilfield Wife at 10:32 AM
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Nothing like the end of the year to make you look back on it. It's been a crazy one. Sometimes good crazy and sometimes bad crazy. Last week one of my parent's very good friends in Germany passed away. We just saw him earlier in the year, which I'm grateful for. And between what happened to Mickey, and the fact that 6 friends lost a parent, and a friend from high school died, it's hard to see the awesome things that happened in the year without seeing all of the sadness. It's strange how when you get older, the years fly by. We bought a house this summer, but it feels like we've been here forever. We went to Germany in February, and it feels like a lifetime ago.
The good news is that it's the holiday season. There is nothing I love more than Christmas cards, holiday music, putting up the tree and lights, riding around seeing decorations. This year husband and I are going to New Orleans for our anniversary (which is later this month), and I'm so stoked!! We haven't been to New Orleans in ages, and after watching many episodes of Treme, I don't think husband can wait another minute.
Have you finished Christmas shopping? I haven't. I thought I was doing awesome then realized there are like 5 more people I need to buy for. And it's getting too late to order online. Yikes!
What's your favorite tradition during the holiday season? I think mine is watching The Muppet Family Christmas and eating German treats. I'll work those off next year :)
Posted by Unlikely Oilfield Wife at 4:19 PM
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The election is over, and this is likely the last thing I'm going to say about it. The guy I voted for won, and yes, I'm happy about that. I've voted democrat int he last 4 presidential elections, since I turned 18. I don't see that changing, unless my party loses its mind. THAT is why Mitt lost. People in his party started losing their minds (i.e, the Tea Party), and instead of being a big dog and saying, "y'all have to quit with the ridic nonsense so that we can actually win this race", he pandered to them. That's what happens when the crazy voices are the loudest, you start to believe that most people are like that, when in reality, they are not at all.
America is not the America it was 30 years ago. Woman are out there, working, being CEO's, starting businesses (cough, cough, ME), voting the way THEY want to, bringing home the bacon and frying it up themselves. Also, Latinos are the fastest growing minority, and despite what you might think, the vast majority are not illegal immigrants. So what does the Republican Party do? Shit on both groups. They talk about what is and what isn't legitimate rape, they talk about "self deportation", as if everyone with brown skin should just get the hell out. You CANNOT treat people like crap and expect to win elections.
Also, stop hating poor people. Google just how much of the national budget goes to welfare before you say things like, "they're getting rich off my tax money!". Mitt, you can't dis 47% of the nation, STAND BY that remark, then 2 weeks later say you didn't mean it, and still expect people to vote for you. You can't complain about how there are no jobs because of Obama, then in the same breath say, "People just need to get a job!!"
Republican party, it's time to get inclusive. Time to "get on the bus, Gus". Time to work with democrats and get stuff done. Time to convey real information to your constituents, instead of the constant insinuation that the president is a mulsim socialist. And republican citizens? It's time for you to turn off the reality TV and start looking up words like "socialism" and "communist". Obama is no more a communist than Romney is a fascist. Stop giving blowhards like Donald Trump the time of day. This is a man in his 60s who seems irrationally obsessed with the relationship status of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Write to your congressmen and encourage them to compromise. Nothing will get done if the democrats in congress are willing to cut programs, AND tax the wealthiest, yet the republicans have said over and over again that they are only willing to cut. Compromise is what grown ass people do.
Posted by Unlikely Oilfield Wife at 9:39 AM