Politics interrupted by pork chops

“I don’t know how you could even look at him. I can’t stand to look at him,” an older woman said forcefully, turning her scowling face toward me.

Huh? I thought.

Here I was, in the tiny waiting room at the allergist’s office, my toddler in my lap, and the TV on with Donald Trump’s first news conference. I didn’t turn it there; it was just on, and I could not believe this woman was questioning me so brazenly.

Now, I did the polite thing which is let out a nervous giggle and look away, hoping she wouldn’t talk to me anymore. I mean, I don’t really discuss politics with anyone (except my hubby), let alone strangers, so she wasn’t going to get a peep out of me.

But I was really thinking, “I don’t know you! I certainly don’t want to discuss politics with you!”

Her husband chimed in with, “Well, I’m not going to watch anything of his because I don’t believe one word that comes out of his mouth.”

They both looked at me, waiting for a response.

I did not give them one. My silence was the response, and thankfully it worked and they went back to their own conversation.

I’m going to continue to not bring up politics, or engage in political conversations, because they can become so divisive.

Yet, I will say it is sad that Trump hasn’t even fully started yet, and there’s so much animosity and aversion. I do not know what the future holds, but I do know he’s a part of it, at least for the next four years. I would like to think he has our best interests in mind, because we are stuck with him regardless of how much distaste and hatred certain individuals harbor toward him.

Aren’t we supposed to be rooting for our new president? Aren’t we essentially all on the same team? He has barely started his new role; can we at least wait for him to actually mess up before we bash him?

People are on Facebook saying “unfriend me” if you don’t like their political views or posts. Ok then.

Is it enough yet?

The comments seem neverending.

And celebrities need to stay out of it, too.

I cannot stand when celebrities are accepting an award or giving an interview and then feel they are entitled to comment about politics. Whether they are right or wrong, or have extreme passion about politics, it is still not their place.

Mark Wahlberg was recently featured in an article (http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2016/12/01/mark-wahlberg-politically-active-celebrities-touch-common-person/) in which he was expressing his distaste for actors and actresses making political comments. Yes, they are in the spotlight, but for their acting or musical talents. They are not politicians, and they should not thrust their opinions onto the public like some of them do.

It’s refreshing that at least one celebrity gets it.

Well, that’s enough politics, so how about an amazing crock pot recipe? Yep…a yummy recipe is so much better than discussing politics. I’d love to get credit to whoever created this, but I have no idea. It is amazing though, and I don’t just throw that word around!

Crock Pot Pork Chops

(approximately 6 servings)

2 lbs. pork chops

¼ cup olive oil

1 cup chicken broth

2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tbsp. paprika

1 tbsp. onion powder

¼ cup teriyaki sauce

1 tbsp. poultry seasoning

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp basil

Salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions:

  1. Place pork chops in slow cooker. You can defrost them, brown them or just toss them in frozen.
  1. Whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour over the pork in the crock pot.
  1. Cover and cook on low for 3-6 hours.
  1. Serve. (We made rice and fresh green beans with it…would also be good with potatoes, broccoli or other vegetables).

Now go run, not walk, to your kitchen and whip up this delicious culinary delight.

And if that doesn’t help the January blues or political strife in your life, know that someone out there is making a pot of coffee for you (tee hee)…unless they already unfriended you.

**Latest mass message going around Facebook:

“My door is ALWAYS open, the coffee is always on and my sofa is always warm and a place of peace and non judgement. Any of my family and friends who need to chat are welcome ANYTIME. It’s no good suffering in silence. I have cold drinks and wine in the fridge… tea & coffee in the cupboard, whiskey in the bar and I will always be here…. You are never not welcome! Please know I am here, always. I will NEVER judge you, only love you.❤ Blue Monday is a name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) reported to be the most depressing day of the year and January the worst month for suicides. It’s always good to talk… but even better to listen. This hits closer to home than we think. I’ll always lend an ear and a shoulder…… and my heart. Always here for anyone … NO MATTER WHAT!!! Please copy and repost (not share). Let’s demonstrate that someone is always there to listen.”

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Author: Andee

Mommy, Indianapolis Moms Blog writer, CrossFit junkie and former English teacher

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