Appreciate The Little Things [Part 11]

They always say to appreciate the little things in life, but sometimes, it the little things that drive you absolutely crazy!

Parts 1-10

  • Reese’s stick to the wrapper. You know what I’m talking about. All you want is for your Reese’s cup to come out of the wrapper cleanly. But it doesn’t work. There’s always a chunk of chocolately goodness that gets ripped off and left on the wrapper. Of course, you lick it off. You wouldn’t want that piece of chocolate to go to waste; there are starving children. Honestly, why hasn’t anyone come up with a way to prevent this from happening? The chocolate on the wrapper, I mean, not the starving children. Tons of people are working on that, thankfully. Poor starving children.
  • The lock on the bathroom stall. Now, I know what you’re thinking, this could go to any number of places. It doesn’t quite reach the wall. It’s jammed. It doesn’t line up properly. It turns the wrong way. It doesn’t exist. Honestly, is it too much to ask for a lock that works? I expect this is more annoying for women than for men because there’s usually a line in the women’s room, and a lock that doesn’t work means a stall that’s not being used. JUST FIX THE LOCKS!
  • Fruit cup lids. Who designed those? Why can’t I open the fruit cup without spilling it all over everything. I know, if you peel it slowly and carefully you might not splash as much. But I shouldn’t need to be trained in disarming a bomb to open a fruit cup. I’m trying to be healthy and fruit cup manufacturers aren’t helping.
  • YouTube ads.  Anyone who spends hours on YouTube just groaned. I don’t mind ads, especially if they are helping the creators of the videos, but give me an option to skip the long ones. And don’t show me the same ad on twenty-five consecutive videos. And I should be exempt from having to watch it if it has to buffer. I didn’t want to watch the ad in the first place, I certainly don’t want to wait for it to buffer. I’m fairly certain I’ve talked about YouTube ads before, but this is infuriating.
  • Cancelling TV shows. Now, I understand that every show ends eventually. That’s fine. But give me closure. I get it, you have to end the show because no one is watching it and you could put another show on in that slot and make more money. But chances are there were a bunch of people attached to the characters and interested in the plot. Cancelling a TV show without providing any closure is ending an action movie in the middle of the big car chase. Finish out the initially scheduled season and let the few viewers come to peace with the end of the show.

That’s all for this time!  Part 12 is coming soon!



The Truth About Chewing Gum

Noun Challenge: July 21, 2014

Today’s noun: Gum

Everyone I know chews gum. I don’t. “What? Why?” Because its not really all that good for you! I’m no health freak, but gum really isn’t worth it. Clearly, chewing gum isn’t the worst thing for you, but it is something that I consistently turn down.

Chewing gum is full of artificial ingredients and other chemicals that are bad for you. Yes, I know that literally everything is made of chemicals, but some of them are worse than others.

Okay, let me start with some “facts” about gum. Chewing gum helps clean your teeth. Sure, it might pull some tiny bits of food off of your teeth, but all that sugar? Gum has a pretty good about of sugar in it. Most dentists say that if you want to chew gum to clean your teeth after a meal, you should use sugar-free gum to avoid all those extra sugars. Still, a toothbrush and toothpaste are your best bet for fighting cavities.

It is also said that chewing gum can help you lose weight, or kick an addiction. Chewing gum between meals keeps you from wanting to snack on junk food. It can also be used to replace that giant bowl of ice cream you’ve been craving. Similarly, gum is a much healthier replacement for that cigarette you’re just dying to get. Of course, experts will say that sugar-free gum is a better option because, well, no sugar.

So what’s so terrible about sugar-free gum?

Well, the same thing that is so terrible with anything that says “diet” or “sugar-free” on the label. These products contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame. I’m sure you’ve heard of this. You should have, it’s in nearly every pack of gum that you buy, and every diet soda you drink. It’s terrible for you!

Aspartame is actually worse for you than sugar. It went through 15 years of disapproval by the FDA, not that the FDA always makes good decisions, But scientists mostly agreed that the substance was not safe enough to put in foods. It was eventually approved by political means, rather than scientific.

I’ll try not to get all science-y on you, but aspartame is known to over-stimulate brain cells until they die, cause joint and muscle pain (or worsen it if you already experience it), cause depression (or worsening if you are already depressed for another reason), cause headaches or migraines, insomnia, vision and hearing problems, heart and respiratory difficulties, etc.

You’re probably thinking that this sounds a lot like the warning on medication commercials, and the chances of anything happening are one in a million. Well, let me tell you a story. A few years ago, I was “addicted” to sugar-free red bull. I was drinking 2-3 a day, if not more. I was having join pains (I was 13, by the way), I was depressed, I had head aches almost every day, I couldn’t get to sleep at night, an I just didn’t feel quite right. It was suggested to me that I cut aspartame, and other artificial sweeteners completely out of my diet. So I did. The first day without aspartame, I could already see a difference. A few days without it and I wasn’t as depressed, I was sleeping better, I hadn’t had a headache, and I felt like I had the body of a 13 year old again.

It’s now been about 6 or 7 years without aspartame and I feel great. If I do, by chance, eat something with aspartame, I know within minutes because my mood changes and I feel ‘off’. I know other people who have also cut aspartame from their diet, and they have similar results. I suggest you give it a try and see how you feel.

So anyway, back to gum. If you look at just about any gum package, you’ll probably see aspartame listed as an ingredient. Don’t buy it. Same with diet sodas or anything else labeled as ‘diet’ or ‘sugar-free’. It’s all bad for you.

If you chew gum for weight loss, or as a substitute for brushing your teeth, ask yourself if its really worth it to ingest all of those chemicals. Like I said in the beginning of this post, I’m no health nut, I just feel that aspartame should have never been approved.

Long story short, gum is evil.

As always, I apologize for typos and the like.

Have a delightful day and I’ll see you tomorrow!


Happy Cotton Candy Day!

Everyone loves cotton candy, right? It’s just so magical.

Check this out!

That’s pretty cool! I’m sure you can find more cool cotton candy videos on youtube…

Now, go get some cotton candy!


Happy National Lasagna Day!

It’s National Lasagna Day!

Everyone loves lasagna! Unless you don’t ’cause you’re allergic to something in it… or you’re just weird. But that’s okay! Embrace your inner weird and let your freak flag fly!

But for the rest of us… we’re going to celebrate lasagna… The Garfield way!

If you don’t eat it like Garfield, you’re doing it wrong. So go get that Lasagna!


Happy National Milk Chocolate Day!

Today is National Milk Chocolate Day!

Right now, drop everything and get yourself some chocolate! You deserve it! Even if you’re on a diet. Yes, even you. Go get some chocolate. You know you want to. I’m judging you if you don’t…

*If you are allergic to chocolate, ABORT MISSION.

*I am not responsible for any relapses in Chocolate addictions.

*I am not responsible for chocolate induced stomachaches.


Happy Flitch Day!

Today is Flitch day!

In the 15th century, a “flitch” was an amount of bacon given to a married couple who could prove that they had been faithful and loving to each other for an entire year.

Not many couples could say that they “took home the bacon.”

Now, Flitch day is just a day to celebrate bacon! Who wouldn’t want to celebrate this delicious parcel sent to us form the God of delicious foods.

So, get out there, buy some bacon, get creative if you want, and celebrate the bacon!



Happy Cow Appreciation Day!

Today is Cow Appreciation day!

Without cows we wouldn’t have milk, or burgers. Although, I’m not sure that some burgers are actually made of beef. And why are they called hamburgers? Anyway, we also wouldn’t have tacos without our lovely cows. That would just be awful. Life would be incomplete. It would be a half life, like someone who drinks unicorn blood in Harry Potter.

So let’s take a day to appreciate cows for existing.


Happy Sugar Cookie Day!

Today, even though I’m incredibly late, is Sugar cookie day! Maybe you happened to eat a sugar cookie today? Sorry I didn’t tell you earlier. I  know you all read my blog posts and run out and do exactly as I say!

Although, people living in the Americas technically still have time to celebrate. Go ahead and have a sugar cookie for your snack before bed!

For everyone in Europe, Asia, or wherever else I have readers, Sorry that I’m late with this but I’m sure it won;t be a big deal if you celebrate a few hours late!

I hope everyone had a great day and maybe some of you happened to have a sugar cookie!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime (Mar. 15)


My lunch today. Not exactly an accurate representation of my usual meals. Also, not exactly my ideal lunch, but when you’re super hungry, and the restaurant has a line out the door, fast food sounds like a great idea.



25 Days of Blogging: Christmas Challenge-Day Twenty: Favorite Christmas Meal

I like the whole meal! We usually have ham or turkey. I like the ham more since we just had turkey a month ago during Thanksgiving (and the week after). But I think my Mom likes the Turkey better because it’s less salty. Anywho, I just like the food.