No More DOMA

11:28 am.

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Well, I think most of you, my readers, are from outside of the U.S., and therefore not directly affected by this occurrence, but I would just like to announce that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was just struck down earlier this morning by the Supreme Court! It was deemed unconstitutional.

This is a really monumental step on the road of progress and equality for my country, the United States. DOMA is–was–the law that banned the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage legalized by the states. States can still individually make their own laws about the matter on the state level, but thanks to the 5-4 ruling this morning, there is no longer an overarching ban. This was said by Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority opinion:  “By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.”

The Defense of Marriage Act was signed into law in 1996 by President Bill Clinton. DOMA prevented gay couples whose marriages were recognized on the state level from getting the hundreds of benefits enjoyed by straight couples under federal law.

Like I said before, this is really important. I believe that equality is essential to a functioning society. I have friends who are gay, and this must be so important to them, even more than it is to me. Because this repeal of DOMA means that my gay friends are that much closer to equality, and it is that much easier for them to marry who they love.

So, cheers!

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Well, Hello There.

11:06 am.

Hey guys.

So, every night before I go to bed, like actually go to sleep, I’ll turn over (I’m a side sleeper, facing the wall) and look at me alarm clock/radio/CD player’s digital clock to see at what time I’m going to sleep. Because I’m weird like that. Last night, I went to sleep at 11:42 pm. And this morning, when I finally decided to get my butt out of bed (after I’d woken up, I’d laid in bed for a little while), it was 10:54. I spent eleven hours in bed! That’s, like, a new record for me or something. I usually get up at a reasonable time. For at least the first week of Summer Vacation (today marks a fortnight), I would get out of bed around 7:13 am every day, and get showered and dressed. But today, I let myself sleep in a bit.

Okay, I don’t really know why I just blathered about my sleeping habits to you guys for an entire paragraph. Hm. Anyway, last night, my family and I watched the original Poltergeist movie. (I don’t know if there’s a remake of it; I just wanted to make it clear that it was the old one.) I suppose my favourite part was when all the coffins came popping out of the ground. There are quite a bit of things in that movie which have been referenced in popular culture over the years. For example, when little Carol Ann says about the ‘TV People’, “They’re he-re”. Also, “Don’t go into the light!” And, the stretching hallway with the door at the end, making it seem like the door is growing further and further away. Actually, I think that one was in some episode of Spongebob or other. (What can I say? We Millennials know our Spongebob.)

On another subject, my best friend is currently in Germany. She’s going to be there for five weeks. Well, she’s been there a week already, so four more weeks. Her time is six hours ahead of me. So, when I woke up, her day was already mostly over (five pm).

And, you know what’s troubling me? She sent me a letter (that’s our thing- we send each other real, live letters. We’re pretty much single-handedly keeping the postal service from becoming obsolete. (that was a joke.)) She left on the 17th, which was a week ago yesterday, and she sent it from the U.S.A. before leaving. I think her plane took off from Detroit (or in any case, from downstate), and usually it only takes about three to four days for mail to get from downstate to where I am, just under the pinkie (we’re talking Michigan, here). So, I’m worried it go lost in the mail or something.

You know what? This particular instance of blogging makes me feel like last summer. At this point last summer, I had (wait for it) only four posts. Now I have (I think) one hundred and nineteen. Wow.

Hm, Recycling?

9:44 am.

Have you guys seen a trailer for Johnny Depp’s new movie, The Lone Ranger? And if you have, are you thinking the same thing as I am?

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That, minus the bird, it’s pretty close to his Pirates costume?

 

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Maybe it’s just me. But, just thought I’d point that out 🙂

Regardless, I still love ‘im 😀

SNAILS!

1:03 pm.

Today was the last day of school (half day), and my blog’s one-year birthday, so the snails came out this morning ot celebrate with us! Isn’t that sweet?

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Thank you so much, everyone who has been a part of making this blog of mine a lovely thing (to me, anyway).

I had an ice cream cone when I came home from school.

No more school!

Once I have fully recovered from Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus class, I will make a large Pascal’s Triangle. By the way, I passed my trig exam! Yay me! And, I passed all my other classes’ exams with flying colours. I was only really worried about trig, but I passed, so hooray.

These thoughts are becoming increasingly disorganised, so I think I better leave it at the. Love you guys.

First of June

7:50 pm.

Can you guys believe that it is already June?? I mean, I know May always passes at high speed, but it’s June! And all you schoolchildren out there know what that means…the last day of school is just around the corner! Hooray!

Once school’s out, I’ll be able to go to the beach, go to the library, read, write, BLOG, take photos, hang out with friends, all the time. I’ll even probably paint some. Oh, and garage sales! I love ’em, you never know what kind of treasure you could find.

Before school gets out, though, I have to write my research paper for English class (I’ll need to work on that tomorrow…), and take all of my exams.

But, hey, the last day of school is the eleventh…so you know what that means! The eleventh is the one-year anniversary of my blog! In ten days! Wowzers! I can’t believe it’s been almost a year already. It’s so nice to see in my archives list all the months between June 2012 and June 2013. And, I couldn’t do it without all you guys. All your likes, your comments, your follows…thanks so much. They’ve fueled my continuation of blogging. My blog has evolved so much. I’ve made 115 posts (I think that’s the number, anyway), I’ve shared my life, I’ve won some awards along the way, and I’ve met lots of lovely people. I realise I should probably be saying all this in the eleventh, but  just wanted to say it. So, thank you, everyone who has ever looked at my blog. Thanks for being a part of this.