Saturday, February 18, 2012

Downton Abbey & televised funerals

So happy it's the weekend. We have been indoors all day as it has not stopped raining, not even for a minute! Lots of thunder and lightning, too. I'm sure our driveway is flooded. Who knows!? 

It's been such a nice lazy day, though. And I love my husband so much. We have so much fun together. We laugh & goof off & act silly & it's just FUN. I love life with him! 

We've had a great day. At some point, I talked him into watching some more Downton Abbey with me. Have you seen this show? I'm normally not a fan of historical pieces, but this show is just too good. The writing, the acting, the costumes, the plot... all of it... is just fantastic. Very well done. I love it! 

I started watching it awhile back without Brad, but on Valentine's night i got him to watch it with me, so we started over from the beginning. He watched the first two episodes with me. They're available on Netflix. So now he is hooked, too! On Valentine's we watched two episodes & then last night we watched two episodes! Today we watched the last three of season one (which i hadn't seen) & now are on season two. Yeah, we've pretty much been watching for hours. Just now taking a break. But it's so good, y'all! 

Everything else is fine. Hey, did anyone watch the funeral for Whitney Houston? I did not, personally. I think it is really strange that we televise funerals. Obviously her family was okay with it, or it wouldn't have been filmed, but still. To me, funerals are private. For the family & friends of the person who passed away. Those who actually really knew her! We don't know her. I love Whitney, I grew up on her music, too, but I didn't know her personally. I am sad she is gone,  but again... i didn't REALLY know her. I may like to think I knew her, but I didn't. And neither did any of her fans. I'm not trying to be cruel, and if you found comfort in watching her funeral, then great. It just weirds me out a bit to see someone's funeral on TV.

People were talking about this on Facebook & then some jumped in & said things like this, "I couldn't care less about Whitney Houston." and "A celebrity died? Who cares?! There are [insert a more important issue here] going on!" and the almighty, "She did it to herself. Let it be a lesson to all." These kind of comments always blow me away. It's like the other end of the spectrum. How can we judge her? She lived through some horrific things. Who cares if it was her own fault or not? 

Whitney wasn't my best friend, and though I was very sad to hear of her death, I didn't cry. I did cry, though, when i heard her daughter went to the hospital for anxiety (either the day or the day after Whitney's death, I can't remember). I mean that's her mother! It's sad to lose your mom, it doesn't matter WHY or HOW & it certainly doesn't matter if she's a celebrity or not! Y'all. Celebrity or not, they're REAL people with REAL emotions going through REAL things. Many of them are going through these things without Jesus. I guess all I'm trying to say is, have a little respect. And kindness. And a little less judgement & hypocrisy! Seriously!

Obviously this isn't to my readers! I can't imagine y'all saying these kinds of things! It just bugs me that people say such cruel things. I am quite sure that Whitney's pain & suffering were important to God. I'm quite sure that her depression & addiction issues were also important to Him.

So, that's my soapbox of the day. :)

Hope you're all having a good weekend! :)


  1. Ooooh! I hate those comments too! I saw one pic that on one side said something like "1 person dies and 1 million cry" then on the other side a pic of a starving kid and it says "1 million die and no one cries." To every person that posted that it made me want to say "and when you die I'm going to stand outside of your funeral with my poster saying "1 person dies and 200 cry but 200 children die and no one cries." Because if it counts for Whitney it counts for you! The number doesn't matter!

    And those that are posting about the "more important issue" they are doing NOTHING by simply posting a stupid comment. Instead they should be telling us WHY and HOW we can do more about the other situations. Just comparing it to someone's death isn't going to make a difference. It's all just stupid.

    Sorry... I jumped on your soapbox with you hahaha.

  2. I completely agree that Whitney Houston's death is a very sad situation, especially for her family. No one is in a position to judge and people should remember that she was a real person who was loved by her family and friends. I also felt terrible hearing about her daughter's grief.

    However, I do want to say something about the comment posted above. Laura had mentioned the picture that has been posted on Facebook about the starving children. I personally was glad that the picture was posted! I think it might have brought some perspective to all of the news coverage and attention that has been given to one woman when MILLIONS of children are hungry and living without families. This topic is very near and dear to my heart as my husband and I are adopting from Ethiopia. It is very sad to me personally that there are approx. 147 MILLION CHILDREN in the world - with many of them dying from hunger, neglect, and preventable diseases - with almost no news coverage mentioning their deaths each and every day.

    When I first saw that picture on Facebook, I didn't think, "Oh we shouldn't care about Whitney!" But I did think, "You know what? I'm glad someone is reminding us that we should ALSO be grieving for these children who have endured more than we can ever imagine." So to call this Facebook post "stupid" is a bit offensive to me.

    A verse to consider:
    Psalm 82:3-4

    3 Defend the weak and the fatherless;
    uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
    4 Rescue the weak and the needy;
    deliver them from the hand of the wicked.


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