Famous Friday with Russell Brand!!

is-it-friday-yet-funny-quotes-sayings-picturesAs a blogger, you can pretty much make up or say whatever you want to. How do your  readers know if it’s true or not? *arched eyebrow for affect*

So, then I began to think (don’t get scared because of that!!). I thought to myself, I could pretend to interview ANY author and how would you know if I made up the answers myself, or plagiarized another interviewer?

Thus, Famous Friday has emerged, like a babe from the womb. I am going to pick a famous author (or celeb) and I will interview them. I will ask them my own questions, but I will take REAL ANSWERS (to who knows what) that they have said in interviews and I will insert it in as their answer to my questions.

So ***** This is fun. Not real. Yes, real quotes, but not to the original questions, or maybe they are…? *****

Today I would love to introduce you to Russell Brand. He has 10 Published books!! Russell BrandI don’t know if you have heard of this sassy brit, but you are sure to find out more than you ever wanted to know today!!!

He has the claim to fame of being ex-husband to Katy Perry. He’s also known for his comedic performances and breaking out in strange song.

Check out this HILARIOUS video with Jimmy Fallon ( ❤ ) and Russell Brand:

Charity – Hey, Russell!! I have to admit I am a little nervous about this interview! One never knows what you are going to do!!

So, I just got home from the Dr. I might be a little…Out of it. I apologize in adva…

Russell – You deserve a medal, or a holiday, or at least a cuddle from somebody.

Charity – OH! UM, well, thank you! I will certainly let MY HUSBAND know. Are you always this…friendly?

Russell – Like most of the superficially decent things I do in life, my motivation was to impress women more than to aid the suffering.

Charity – Well, that’s certainly…noble?

Russell –

Charity – Well, today is a new day! Let’s change the topic.

Russell – Every Moment is a fresh new beginning…a wonderful inauguration of the great cosmic journey through the Universe. We can do whatever we want. We can change reality at any moment.

Charity – Huh?

Russell – In the same way my cat can never accurately describe the internet, we can never accurately describe the unknowable consciousness of the Universe.

Charity – ha. Yeah, I guess so. Still a little confused, but I think you are saying that the world is vast?

Russell – Yes! Question all information when you receive it! You might not even trust me…Look at me! I’ve got a blanket over my head!!

Charity – Yes, you sure do! So, it is my understanding that you enjoy being a “spiritual leader”?

Russell – I don’t mind having the reputation as a serious and spiritual person. I think that would be a nice reputation to have.

I enjoyed having a reputation as being wild, but these days I try not to worry about what people think in the privacy of their own brain, or what they write in the bizarre publicity of their own newspapers, because all of those things are meaningless.

Charity – I absolutely agree with you. Meaningless. Everything under the sun…

Russell – As a performer, I’m very, very confident in what I do.

Charity – So, how do you like England? I mean, you’ve obviously lived there your whole life, but Americans are obsessed with the British country and culture. What can you tell us about it?

Russell – In England, we have such good manners that if someone says something impolite, the police will get involved.

Charity – I like that! Ok, so I know that you are extremely political.

Russell – When I was poor and I complained about inequality, they said I was bitter. Now I’m rich and complain about inequality, they say I’m a hypocrite. I’m starting to think they just don’t want to talk about inequality.

Charity – Who is “they”?

Russell –

Charity – haha 🙂 It’s been a pleasure, Russell!! Good luck with everything!!

Russell- No, no, no! Don’t think of it as “Bush being bad” or “Obama being bad”, think of it as the whole system being bad and the whole government needing to be scrapped!

Charity – Thanks!! Ok, well, I’ll leave you to figure all that out!!

Russell – Imagining the overthrow of the current political system is the only way I can be enthused about politics.

Charity – Ok, thanks!! Gets up, sets tablet down on the chair and walks out to the sound of Russell talking and not noticing I am leaving.

If you would like to connect with Russell Brand on Goodreads, just head on over HERE.

Couple of things! — (+ New Giveaways)

Hey!! Life sure has been crazy around here. I am just back from a trip up north to see my parents through a couple of big appointments. I’ve had a lot of my posts on timers, so I am sorry if you got a bunch at once, or if you had any problems.

Today is the last day you can enter to win The Darcy Brothers ebook! You don’t want to miss out!!! Just go to my page and look at the giveaways section. There are some new giveaways there too. Enter while you can!!

Thanks to those of you who have been praying for us and all the insanity going on with my family and everyone’s health. It’s been a pretty CRAZY week. As I was driving home today, I was listening to some TAY TAY. I noticed myself starting to worship. At first, I felt totally weird (once I realized what I was doing), but she was singing about this total gentleman that gave her chance after chance and was always there for her. I started laughing because, one, it was a little (lot) weird, but mostly because I thought it was pretty cool that my mind went straight to God when I heard the lyrics. He will be made to worship in all things, I suppose. He was that gentleman to me that changed my life.

So, there you have my most embarrassing secret of the week. Care to share your’s?

Life as it is.

A lot of you know that I suffer from Ehlers-Danlos. For many years, we didn’t know what it was. I was told I had Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,  and a host of other things. “Yoga” they said. “Swimming” I was told. So for 20 years I listened. 

Ehlers-Danlos is easily explained. Your ligaments are what support your skeletal system. They hold your joints in place, your head up, and keep your body straight. When a person exercises, your ligaments stretch (especially in yoga) and your joints get moved around (especially in swimming). This is a good thing. When you are done, they shrink back tighter and stronger. A person that has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome isn’t so lucky. The ligaments stay stretched, thus getting looser and looser. My muscles realize that I have no support, so they try to overcompensate by flexing and tightening to hold my head up, to keep my joints where they belong and to help me stand up straight. My joints want to continually pop out of place (swimming is one of the main causes of this).

Because my muscles are tense all of the time (try flexing your shoulder and neck muscles and see how long it takes before you are sore), it causes all kinds of chronic pain. It causes Fibromyalgia. It causes Chronic Fatigue. It causes many, many things. The dr. told me that my body was that of a 70 year old. There is no cure, only pain management.

Unfortunately, over the last year, it has rapidly accelerated into a force to be reckoned with. I find that I can barely leave the house. Research, vitamins, juicing, and high powered prescription meds have made the pain bearable (sometimes). Unfortunately, it has gotten to the point that I have no energy. I can barely go to the grocery store. I have had to leave the cart and get help out to the car many times because I hit a “dead end”. I cannot support my body to stay upright. I cannot even lift my arms at times.

Why am I sharing this? Because I know so many women that are struggling with chronic pain and feel like they are alone. They can’t get answers and start to feel like they are just crazy and need to suck it up.

The truth is, God created us and gave us this path. It must mean that He can be brought the greatest amount of glory through my suffering. Through your suffering. Start looking at your life through the lens of bringing Him glory and it will be a little less overwhelming.

My husband and sons are the most compassionate people I have ever met. It wouldn’t be that way if I wasn’t sick. They are true servants. My son, that is a junior in high school, will make dinner almost every night. He does so many of the chores around the house and it’s all without me asking. He does it because he loves me and wants to serve me. I can see how that is training him to be such an amazing man.

I used to always feel like people needed to “suck it up” when they felt sick. I had no idea. Don’t ever wish that on someone or God may show you what it feels like.

So, what now? I choose my activities very carefully. What is most important. If I do this today, I won’t be able to do that the next two or three days. My son needs this? It’s that important to him? Ok, well then, we need to do that and I don’t get to do my girls’ night out. (what is that anyway? I haven’t had one of those in a MINUTE).

Here’s the kicker: James 1:2-4

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”

Did that say “don’t try to get out of anything prematurely”? DID THAT SAY, “DON’T TRY TO GET OUT OF ANYTHING PREMATURELY”???? No more internal screaming. That takes a WHOLE LOTTA God. That’s where the “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” come into play.

If you are not one of the many that has to deal with chronic pain, please be the one that is there for those of us that do. People feel like they don’t know what to say, or they get annoyed because we can’t always hang out, or just don’t get it and want us to “suck it up”. Please don’t be that person. Send a card in the mail that you are thinking of them and praying for them. Bring by a dinner and let them know you love them. Send them a text to let them know you care.

I am VERY lucky to have the support I do from my family. But so many people out there don’t and they are seriously going crazy. It’s scary, lonely and absolutely horrible. Be Jesus to them.