is there such a thing? There should be because I certainly have it. Yes it's 2:00am and I'm awake. Granted there are many factors but the main one is that my brain will not shut off. It's common for me. Another quirk. Why must I have so many?? :) So I'll tell ya why my brain won't shut off....this time. Right before bed I listened to a voice message from a call I had missed. It was from a gal with American Prairie Foundation. I had cleaned for them once...before I knew what they stood for and what they were doing here in NE Montana. I have nothing against her as I think she's really nice...but I don't agree with what APF is doing. So I laid in bed for an hour trying to figure out what I would say and hoping that I would get her message machine so I could spout out my well rehearsed script. :) There are a couple conservatories in Malta...they have come in and offered ranchers enough money that they couldn't refuse to sell their land...land that has been in their family for generations. And we aren't talking a little bit of land...we are talking 40,000 acres. Can you blame them? Many ranchers love what they do but it does have a price...it's not the glamorous job that some think it is...it's hard work...with many struggles but it's our way of life. They want to take up land from here all the way to North Dakota...making it a huge wildlife preserve with free range buffalo. So then what? These small towns that are barely surviving will turn into ghost towns as there will be no livelihood left. The people who fund this organization and those like it...are from the city...most from the east coast...they aren't fellow Montanans. I don't understand what people think they are going to eat once they drive out all the farmers and ranchers. Maybe import our beef from China?? *snort* Anyway...so here was my scripted response:
Hi ___, thanks so much for your call. I am currently booked until mid June however I don't think I will be able to clean for American Prairie Foundation. Please know that this has nothing to do with you personally as I think you are really nice! I just don't agree with the goals and ideals of American Prairie Foundation. I don't think I could, in good conscience, make things all tidy for people who don't see the flip side of the pretty picture they have painted for themselves. I have always wanted to visit New York City. To see what it has to offer, the sights and sounds as well as the people who love their city. But I can't imagine ever wanting to take that away from them.
What I will probably end up saying:
Hi ___, thanks so much for your call. I am currently booked until mid June. Sorry about that..have a stellar day!
I'm such a chicken shit. :) I guess that is the best analogy that I could come up with. Can you imagine taking a chunk of the city and preserving it like it was 200 years ago?? And stripping the people in that little chunk of their entire lifestyle. It's really sad and it's something that gets me riled up. WAIT...I have another thing to say. Buffalo were NOMADIC!! That's why in the song it says the buffalo roamed. AND they tore up everything in their path. But these people think they can just fence them in...how is that natural like it was when Lewis and Clark came through? *sigh* AND....the GOOD ranchers PRESERVE the prairie lands!! My dad is awesome with that...he rests his pastures and doesn't run more cows than the land can support. Why would he overgraze them?? Then he won't have them to feed his cattle the next year or the year after that. See...I get riled. Here is a good article to read if you are interested. Oh and before anyone flames me...remember that this is MY BLOG.
Okay...off that subject now. :) So yesterday I woke up with a stuffy nose. I feel like crap. Wouldn't it figure since Friday morning we leave for Colorado! Of course it would make sense tat I would get sick before I leave so I can spend the next 5 days not enjoying myself. Although I am SO excited! I can't wait to see my sisters and my stepmama. :) And I'm really hoping that I can get in a couple photo shoots! My sisters are very outgoing and I have a feeling they would totally play for me so I could capture some neat shots. In fact...I pictured Kristin in my head doing a fun pose...so we'll see if I can pull it off!! I'm excited to take the boys to the zoo and the aquarium...they don't know yet and will be so surprised. Well I hope so anyway!!
AND..have I told ya'll that we are moving again?? :) But it's a good move!! We found a house!! So I'm really excited....to paint and just be able to stay put. Won't that be nice?! It's a split level...4 bedroom and the one bedroom will become my photo studio/scrap space. Woot woot!! They boys will have their rooms in the basement and it has a big rec room and a nice sized laundry room!! I'm SO excited to have my washer and dryer back. It's the little things. :)
Sooo...you probably won't see me for about a week...hope you all have a great one!! :)