July Challenge!

Hello,

I am very well aware that I totally suck at managing this blog this summer. Sorry.

Anyway, as promised, I am doing a blogging challenge in July. I have to be honest with you; I did think about skipping this tradition this year because I have sucked so much thus far. But, I decided that If I really want to get myself back in the habit, this would be a good way to do it. I’m always up for a challenge. Just say the word ‘challenge’ to me and I automatically have more motivation.

So what’s the challenge?

This July, starting tomorrow, I will be doing the Noun Challenge.

What’s that?

Basically, you go online to a Noun Generator and generate a noun, then write a post having to do with that noun.

Noun Generator?

Yea, something like this one! (Click here!)

Oh! Okay! But are you seriously going to keep up with this? I have trust issues.

I’m going to try. I’ve decided that I’m going to post everyday. I considered only posting every other day, but its called a challenge for a reason!

Alright! So that’s that! You can be expecting a post a day throughout July. Also, if anyone wants to, feel free to join in!

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Appreciate the Little Things [Part 8]

I realize that when I started this ‘series’ I posted like three in one month, and after that they became incredibly spread out. I hope to post a few of these this summer to get back on track. I have a long(ish) list of these little nuggets of rant lined up and waiting to go. I’m going to continue to post five at a time as that has given a pretty good amount in the past.

Find previous parts here : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7!

Let’s get started!

 

  • Automated Phone Service/Customer Support. This is terrible. How many times have you called your phone company, or your credit card company, or whoever, and had to sit through their customer service message pushing buttons for an hour. Press 1 for this, press 2 for that, press 3 for this other irrelevant thing. You sit through all of these instructions only to find that your problem wasn’t mentioned. So what do you do now? press the button that corresponds to the closest thing and see if you can get somewhere in the next set of instructions? What a pain.
  • The “0” Option. Some of those customer service messages give you the option to press 0 and talk to a person if you none of the options help with your problem. However, more and more of those annoying recorded messages are getting rid of that option. You will be forced to push thousands of buttons, to no avail. As companies are dropping this option, they are adding the ability to say a keyword having to do with your problem. That seems nice, you can just say what your problem is. That’s all good if you don’t mind repeating yourself fifty times.
  • Noisy Eaters. You all know what I’m talking about. If you don’t, you’re probably the problem. Anyway, nothing bother’s me more about eating with other people, than having to listen to them smack their lips or chew loudly. Seriously, all of that noise can be silenced if you just keep your mouth closed while you chew. It’s not even difficult to do. I don;t really want to listen to you eat. It sounds disgusting and it’s quite annoying if there is conversation going on. Didn’t your parents ever teach you to chew with your mouth closed?
  • Talking Obnoxiously Loud on the Phone. Don’t do it. Just stop. If your phone rings while you’re in the grocery store, stop and think, “Do I really need to answer this right now?” Here’s a hint: The answer isn’t always ‘yes’. If it’s someone you live with, they might be asking you to get something for them. You can answer that. If it’s your boss, you should probably answer that as well. A repair man, a mechanic, someone you are doing business with, that’s all fine, answer it. But your bff who is just calling to talk, yeah, that can wait. So, if you decided you better answer this phone call in the grocery store, you don’t need to shout. You can talk quietly. Remember in grade school when the teacher always said to use your inside voice? Yeah, that still applies. Also, when appropriate, ask if it’s okay if you call them when you get home. But most importantly, BE QUIET.
  • Slow Drivers in the Fast Lane. I understand there is a speed limit and you would like to follow it, but get out of the way. Yes, I am one of those drivers who hates being stuck behind someone. I wouldn’t call myself an aggressive driver, but I do yell at other cars a lot. Anyway, If you want to drive the speed limit, or slower, stay to the right please. Some people like to cruise around 70, or 75 mph. If you are going 50 mph, you don’t understand how frustrating you are. There are multiple lanes on the highway, and one of them is called the slow lane. That’s where you belong. I don’t really mind if you want to go the speed limit in the fast lane, but if you see someone coming up behind you, get out of the way and let them pass you. For all you know, they are in a hurry and you are making them very angry. Also remember that fast drivers are not necessarily dangerous drivers.

 

Okay, that’s enough for now!  Have a great day!

)O(

Quotes: Magic

“The first rule of magic is simple. Don’t waste your time waving your hands and hoping when a rock or a club will do.”

— McCloctnik the Lucid 

While this quote is really about magic, I would classify it as some sort of advice as well. To me, this quote says that most people try to do things one way because it seems easier or faster. But If we really think about what we want done, and consider multiple options, we may see that there is another, more effective way of handling the situation.

What the author of the quote is saying is that magic should not be used just to be used. Why should you use magic to do something that you could have done yourself. Or, don’t waste your time using magic, when it would be much more effective to just use something else.

An example. if you want to get a raise at work, don’t sit around, praying for it, or sacrificing your children to the god of work affairs, just work harder, come up with a good idea for the company, or find a productive way to show your loyalty and dedication to your company.

I guess what I’m really saying here is: consider your options, and choose the one that makes the most sense.

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Happy Don’t Step on a Bee Day!

Today is Don;t Step on a Bee Day!

Any other day of the year, it’s totally fine! But today, let’s have a little respect. I’m not sure if any of my readers usually enjoy stepping on bees, but today is not the day to partake in such activities. If you don’t usually go around stepping on bees, then go on with your day, nothing to celebrate for you! But fo those of you who, for whatever reason, enjoy being stung on the foot, you have some celebrating to do!

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Happy SCUD Day!

Today is SCUD Day! What does SCUD stand for, you ask? It stands for Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama.

Today is a day to really take a step back from the drama that you normally experience at work or online. We all know that one person, maybe more, that always has something to complain about. Well, today you can just ignore them! If its coming up in you Facebook news feed, block them or change your settings so you dont see all of their activity. I did that yesterday. Or, if you don’t want to change any settings, just don’t get online!

If it’s someone that you can’t avoid, just let them complain but don’t listen, or don’t let it bother you!

Today is the day to just ignore the drama and try to relax!

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Happy Tell the Truth Day!

 

Today is Tell the Truth Day! You’ve lied to someone about something… Yes you have! I know you have. Everyone does it! It’s nothing to be ashamed about!

Go ahead and tell someone the truth! What’s it going to hurt?

Keep in mind that today is also Global Forgiveness day! So, when someone tells you the truth about something, you should probably forgive them. Unless of course, they’ve done something tragic that shouldn’t be forgiven. I guess that’s up to you to decide.

You heard him! Be strong! Forgive!

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Happy Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

Happy Sidewalk Egg Frying day!

We all know that July is a pretty hot month, in the northern hemisphere at least. Unless you live way, way up north… But it might still be warm you. Anyway, most of us have probably heard the saying “It’s so hot you could fry an egg on the sidewalk.” Well, today is the day to do it! Although I don’t know about other places, the entire eastern coast of the United States is having their fun ruined by a monstrous rain storm today. Not to mention here in America it’s Independence Day. So It looks like Fireworks might be cancelled today.

I didn’t mention in my last post but, I hope all of my Canadian readers had a nice time on the first!

If you have nice weather today, get out there and fry some eggs!

)O(

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Appreciate the Little Things [Part 7]

It’s been a while! I think that’s how I started the last one of these. Oh well.

Parts 1-6!

Leggo!

  • Collecting Gays. Seeing as it is Pride right now (yesterday was Capitol Pride and I believe today is LA Pride), I feel this is appropriate. Anywho, does it bother anyone else when people want to be friends with a person simply so they can say they have gay friends? Maybe they think it will make them seem more loving or open to different types of people? I don’t really get it. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve heard someone ask how to meet and befriend a gay person. Like, really? They’re people, not collectibles. If you want to get to know a gay person or learn about gay-related things, then join a GSA or similar group to show your support for the community.
  • .GIF argument. It’s most popular on tumblr but has been found other places. Some people pronounce it gif. Some people pronounce it jif. it doesn’t really matter. The creator has said the proper pronunciation is jif, but why does it matter? You know what the person is talking about even if they don’t pronounce it like you do. I know I’m one for proper pronunciation of words but, think about it, the letter G can be pronounced two different ways. Don’t believe me? think about how you say the words “Gift” and “Giraffe.” See how its different? So who really cares which way you say .GIF?
  • “Made you flinch!” Really? Do you expect me to not flinch as your fist is moving at excessive speeds toward my face? I don’t think so. The fact that I did flinch shows that my brain is functioning properly. If I didn’t flinch I might be concerned.
  • Facebook game requests. People play all kinds of different games on facebook. I play some of them myself. However, I don’t play all of the ones that you do. Stop sending me requests for games that I don’t play! But how am I supposed to know what games you don’t play? Well, there are a few ways to know. Let me clue you in. First of all, if I haven’t responded to your last fifty requests, chances are that I don’t want to play the damn game. Second, most games have a nifty little option on the screen that asks you to select friends to send requests to. This particular option allows you to filter your friends list to show you only the friends who play that game. They’re the only ones that are going to send you coins or whatever so how about you stop nagging the rest of us?
  • Coughing without covering your mouth. Seriously? Okay, you’re sick, I’m sorry, that sucks. BUT I DON’T WANT IT. Don’t spread your germs. Do you realize that when you sneeze, tiny balls of snot fly out of your nose and land on everything around you? When you cough, spit flies everywhere. Cover your shit. This is one instance where sharing is not the best option.

 

Okay, rant over! I hope you enjoyed reading my sass. I have a pretty long list at the moment so more will be coming soon!

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Full Moon Challenge: May 25, 2013

 

 

Flower Moon. May 25, 2013, 12:25 am.

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On the last full moon, I set the goal of getting back into the blogging routine. I didn’t exactly do that, but I am caught up on photo challenges and I have some ideas for new posts. hopefully but he next full moon, I will have more than photo challenges to share with you!

Since the last full moon, I’ve done a little more than sleep in. While at the ocean last weekend, I got back together with a childhood friend who had been going through a pretty rough time. She made some decisions that she now realizes were  not the best. However, she told me that she’s ready to turn her life around, get her GED and make her way into cosmetology. Also, In the beginning of May, My great Aunt had a stroke and has been recovering in the hospital ever since. We’ve visited her every couple of days. She seems to be doing better. She has regained feeling in her right side and struggling less and less with communicating. On a happier, blog-related note, in just under a year of blogging, I’ve reached 100 followers. It may not seem like much to many of you who have a lot more followers, but considering my serious lack of blogging during the school year, its a lot to me. And I love and appreciate every single one of my followers.

For the next full moon, I will try, again, to get back into blogging regularly. Hopefully it will happen this time.

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Full Moon Challenge: February 25, 2013

Snow Moon. February 26, 2013. 3:26 pm. (picture taken later at night, obviously.)

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At the last full moon, i said i wanted to learn how to lucid dream, and my goal for the moon cycle was to get closer to being able to do it. I’m getting closer. I think. I’ve been working with reality checks. Meaning, I am constantly questioning my reality. As you know, the dream world is abstract. Things don’t always make sense, but we accept them as reality. By questioning your reality while you’re awake, you can identify if your surroundings make sense. This will help you identify if you are dreaming or not.

I think this happened before the last full moon, but I feel it is appropriate to bring up now. I was dreaming, and, for whatever reason, I questioned my reality. I didn’t think it would work but I asked myself if I was dreaming, and I woke up. That’s progress, right? We’ll see what happens in the next month.

Since the last full moon, I’ve learned how to make a Celtic knot heart, which I might show in a post, if I can effectively take pictures. I’ve also been thinking a lot about reality. (partially from lucid dreaming, and partially from the philosophy class I’m taking). So, maybe I will create a post about my ideas on our existence and such. I have some pretty abstract ideas. Prepare yourselves.

My goal for the next full moon will be to get back into a regular work out schedule. With Valentines day, and midterms last week, my group has fallen off the wagon with working out.

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