Appreciate the Little Things [Part 10]

Parts 1-9

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. I’ve been thinking… why is it that ranting is so much fun?

  • Revving engines – Why? Why do people do this? Are you looking for attention? Do you just enjoy being irritating? What is the purpose? It doesn’t make you seem cool. When you’re stopped at a light, and you instruct your vehicle to make obnoxious sounds to show off, or whatever, its just annoying. Think of it like this: you’re waiting in line at the bank, grocery store, or where ever it is that you find yourself in a line with strangers, and you just start shouting, and making noises. The people in the line don’t say, “Wow, look at that guy. Isn’t he cool? I wish I could make a fool of myself in public.” No, it’s more like, “Well, I’m not sure if something is wrong with this individual, or maybe they want attention? Should I call the police? This person seems a little strange.” Long story short, you’re not cool, people aren’t envious or jealous of you, they just want you to stop.
  • Nice weather during the work week – Have you ever noticed how it’s always warm and sunny while you’re stuck in the office, or classroom, and then when the weekend, or your day off comes, it rains? Why, nature, why? I feel like I’m always stuck inside for nice weather. I make plans to have a picnic, or do something fun outdoors, and its cold, overcast, and threatening rain. If someone has an in with mother nature, please forward this complaint.
  • Misspelling websites – For those of you who don’t know, if you misspell a commonly used website, you’ll likely be redirected to a porn site, or a survey that won’t allow you to leave the page. Is this really necessary? I remember when I was younger, my friends and I were trying to access nickelodeon online, and being six years old, misspelled the web address. That, ladies and gentlemen, was the first time I ever viewed porn. To be fair, websites like facebook and twitter have bought similarly spelled pages and have them redirect to the actual page now. But honestly, who puts porn on a website that children could accidentally end up on?  What is wrong with people?
  • When your spoon falls into your soup – I know this has happened to you before. You put your spoon in your bowl and it disappears into your soup. Then you have to fish around in your food to find your wet, sticky spoon. Do you go rinse it off? Do you use a napkin? Do you try to play it off like it never happened? I’m sure there’s some awkward contraption you can attach to either the spoon of the bowl to prevent this, but honestly, it’s 2015, where are the hover spoons?
  • Stickers that don’t peel off – you buy some nice new item and try to peel the sticker off but it just rips. Then you think you can out-smart it and pull from another corner, but it just rips again. Then you’re left with the center of the sticker still on the book, looking like a mess. Plus, you have sticky residue left from where the edges peeled off. You know that’s just going to collect dust and turn black and gross. I have this problem with textbooks a lot. If you buy or rent books online they come decked out in “used book” and “rental” stickers from numerous different companies. I always try to peel them off just to make the book look a little nicer. BUT IT NEVER WORKS PROPERLY. Again, it’s 2015, why haven’t these disrespectful stickers been replaced?

As many of you may know, ranting continuously will only create more stress and anger. To keep my blood pressure at a safe level, I’m going to stop for now.

)O(

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On a Kick

Noun Challenge: July 29, 2014

Today’s noun: Kick

What does it mean to be on a kick? To be really focused on an idea, or activity. You most often hear people say they are on a health kick, or a workout kick. It could be referring to trying something new to see how you like it, or just something you’ve been interested in for the last few weeks.

But is it good for you? Is it bad? Does it have any effect at all? I don’t know. I guess it depends on what kind of kick you’re on. I suppose a health kick is good for you, but if you’ve recently been into hard drugs, well, I’d say that’s not as good for you. As for less extreme kicks, such as new hobbies or skills, well, I think those aren’t necessarily good or bad for you. Those are the in-between kicks. It might not be something that you continue with in the long run, but maybe you gained something from it.

I think everything is somewhere between good and bad. Even if you do get into hard drugs, you probably learned something from the experience. I don;t have any examples for you because I’ve never experimented with drugs. But I still feel that if you do go on a heroin kick, its not 100% bad. sure its a pretty “bad” drug, and it’s a pretty hard habit to “kick”, but as long as you can take something away from it, it wasn’t completely bad. Does that make sense? Please don’t start using heroin to “take something away” just because I’m talking about it.

It also works the other way. If you go on a health kick, sure, you’re eating healthy, but that doesn’t mean its 100% good. If you become too obsessed with eating healthy, you’ll miss out on eating sweets. no one wants to have dessert after a meal if someone else is avoiding dessert. First, you feel guilty for possibly tempting this person with your dessert, and you might also feel like maybe you shouldn’t be eating that dessert either.

Those are pretty extreme, and maybe a bit of a stretch, but you get the point. If you are on a kick, don’t focus too much on it. Don’t let it take over your life. I know that most of the time that doesn’t happen, but sometimes it happens without you noticing.

Okay, basically what I’m saying is don’t allow your hobbies to isolate you and ruin everything.

I didn’t know exactly where I was going with this post when I started, so thanks for sticking around while I figured it out.

As always, have a kickin’ day (See what I did there?), and I’ll see you tomorrow!

)O(

Fun Gosling Facts

Noun Challenge: July 28, 2014

Today’s noun: Gosling

This proved to be more challenging that I originally thought. I was going to give you some fun facts about goslings (the animals) and some cute pictures. Everyone like baby animals, right? Well, I can’t find any because, if you didn’t already know, if you try to Google search “gosling facts”, the entire first page of results is “30 facts you didn’t know about Ryan Gosling” or other similar gossip. No offense Ryan, but I’m trying to make a post with cute animals, and your last name isn’t making it very easy.

After having to filter my search to remove celebrity gossip, this is what I found (if you don’t care and just want pictures, scroll down a bit):

  • Geese average about 5 goslings per year.
  • Geese mate for life, but will find a new partner if one dies.
  • They return to the place of their birth to mate.
  • Goslings spend 2-3 months on the ground before they learn to fly.
  • Adult Geese cannot fly during molting season (they lose some feathers). This lasts about six weeks.
  • Geese stay with their young until they can fly.
  • Geese will attack humans who come too close to their young.
  • Geese are one of the few birds that do not leave their families after mating season. Families stay together.

Not many facts, sorry. Like I said, Ryan Gosling insisted on interrupting. As promised, here are some pictures.

I’m sorry for that tired joke, but once again, he insisted.

As always, have a tip-top day and I’ll see you tomorrow!

)O(

Cool Facts About Goose. (n.d.). Interestingfunfactscom. Retrieved July 28, 2014, from http://www.interestingfunfacts.com/cool-facts-about-goose.html

Goose Facts. (n.d.). Goose Facts. Retrieved July 28, 2014, from http://www.takeflightgoosemgt.com/goosefacts.html

Images found from Google Images (search term: Gosling geese).

Letter

Noun Challenge: July 26, 2014

Today’s noun: Letter

Let’s talk about letters. Not the kind that make up words, but the kind that are made up of words. Why does no one write them anymore? I understand that texting and emailing are both faster and easier, but I like snail mail. I don’t know about you guys, but I like getting letters in the mail. Packages are fun too. Currently, the only time I get mail is when I have to order textbooks for school, or when I get the bill for my tuition… That’s no fun.

When I do write letters to friends, and they write back, we often run into the problem of having nothing to write about. It’s pretty clear that this is because we communicate through texting, or facebook, or twitter.

I think it would be fun, and you can do this too, to have a friend that you only communicate with through handwritten letters. You can type if your handwriting is terrible. But don’t call or text them. If you really want to, set facebook and twitter to not show you their posts. You can do this for any amount of time. Say, the summer. Or maybe, since summer will be over for many people my age in a few weeks, do it for the school year, or maybe just a semester. Of course, make this friend someone that you won’t need to contact with any urgency.

If you do this, and truly have no other contact with your friend, it will be a fun surprise in your mail box, and you’ll actually have something to write about.

Just a fun idea to do with a friend!

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

)O(

Owls

Noun Challenge: July 13, 2014

Today’s noun: Owl

Owls are one of my favorite animals. Yes, I have many; owls, patagonian cavies (maras), giraffes, etc. So, today I thought I’d just give you some cute pictures to look at. I’m actually quite busy today so I need to do something quickly. Luckily, the noun of the day has given me a quick post idea! Okay, that’s enough talking, bring on the cute!

Okay, that should hold you over. Just look how cute they are!

Anyway, like I said, I’ve got a lot to do today. Sorry for the short, effortless post. I’ll see you tomorrow!

)O(

 

 

Eye Betcha Didn’t Know This

Noun Challenge: July 8, 2014

Today’s noun: Eye

Everyone has seen that picture of the eye, super close up, right?

If not, here it is:

Found on Google Images. Search term: “eye close up”

So that’s pretty cool, right? Well, you’re eyes don’t just look awesome, they are awesome.

Time for another list of cool facts! Cause it’s easy. Don’t complain. You’ll have tons of fun facts to impress your friends with!

  • The average blink takes about 1/10th of a second.
  • The fastest muscle in your body is in your eye.
  • It is possible for your eyes to get sunburned. Please don’t put sunblock in your eye.
  • Eyes heal very quickly.
  • The human eye can distinguish about ten million different colors. It can also distinguish 500 shades of gray.
  • Babies do not produce tears until the are about 8 weeks old.
  • The camera equivalent to your eye has 576 megapixels.
  • Your eyes have a blind spot, but the two work together to fill in each other’s blind spots.
  • The color of your Iris now is slightly darker than it was when you were born.
  • Human eyes are mad up of 200 million parts that all work together.
  • All blue-eyed people share a common ancestor who lived around the Black sea about 10,000 years ago.
  • Doctors have not found a way to transplant an eyeball because the optic nerve is too sensitive.
  • Oily fish, vitamin A, and vitamin C are good for your eyesight.
  • Reading in dim light does not damage your eyes, but tires them out faster.
  • Scientist do not understand why we cry when we are upset. Tears are used to clean the eye.
  • “It’s all fun and games until someone loses and eye” comes from ancient Rome where the only rule of wrestling competitions was no eye gouging.

That should be enough fun facts to hold you over until tomorrow!

I’m sure some of you knew some of those facts, but I doubt you knew all of them. Unless you study eyes for a living, of course.

Anyway, sorry for typos and such… I’ll see you tomorrow!

)O(

A Good Summer Workout for Kids and Adults!

Now that it’s May, some College students are already done with their spring semester, some will be soon. Younger students will be out in a few weeks. But for many adults, summer doesn’t mean much more than warmer weather on their lunch breaks. Unless of course you have kids… Then summer means finding some way of entertaining the kids all summer, keeping them out of trouble.

Well whatever summer means to you, I’m sure you have some plans. A common thing to hear when spring arrives is, “I’m going to work out this summer!” And then fall arrives and no one has really worked out all that much. We all know how that goes.

But not to be too pessimistic! If you really want to work out, whether you want to lose weight or build/tone muscle, whatever, find a buddy! I know, I know. You find a buddy and then neither one of you work out. Well, make it a competition. You’ll have to find some way that makes it fun for the both of you. For example, a couple of my friends bought Fitbits this past school year and had competitions to see who could get the most steps in a day. It encouraged them to walk more, even when they didn’t really need to walk anywhere. So, if you can make a competition out of it, do it!

But that’s not why I’m here today. I’m not one of those people that encourage everyone to work out because honestly, you get busy, things get in the way, and it is hard to keep up with. I’m guilty of it too. But I do want to talk to you, especially the students out there, about working out your brain.

While your brain is not technically a muscle, it kind of works like one. If you don’t use it, you lose it. You’ve heard that before, but is it true? Yes. Think about it. What did you learn in your history class two years ago? If you haven’t had a history class in the last two years, think back to your last history class. What did you learn about? Maybe you can recall the subject. It was about American history, or World War I. Whatever it was about, do you remember everything that you learned? Unless you use that information every day, or you have a super awesome memory, you probably only remember a few key points.

Anyway, I’m not telling you to go back and read your old history book over the summer, though you can if you want. But you should try to learn something this summer. It could be a new language, or something more simple, like how to knit (possible how to post coming later, maybe). Chances are, whether you want to learn or not, you will learn something this summer.

But, the more you actively engage your brain, the stronger it gets. In other words, if you do brain workouts, you can improve your problem solving skills, mental flexibility, memory, attention to detail, etc. There are tons of ways to do this and it usually doesn’t take very long.

I use Lumosity. You’ve probably seen commercials for it on TV. Basically, you long on (it’s free) and you have a few games that you can play. There are different games every day for variety. All you have to do is play the games. It’s fun, and it works your brain.

But the question is, does it actually help? Well, studies show that it does, but I’m not here to sell their product. You can read all of that scientific stuff on their website if you want. What I will tell you is that I have noticed improvement in myself. It could be the placebo effect, or the games could work. I don’t know, but it’s free, it’s fun, and it only takes a few minutes a day. Of course, you could play for longer if you really like one of the games.

Another good way to really work your brain is to learn a new language. I know, you probably just rolled your eyes and contemplated leaving this excessively long blog post (if anyone is still even reading this) to go back to mindlessly scrolling your Facebook newsfeed. But hear me out. Most schools, I think, now require students to take a language course in order to graduate. And most students probably hate this. I know I did. My high school required two semesters of the same language and I avoided it like the plague. I took sign language as an easy out. My reasoning is that eventually I’m going to run into a deaf person and need to communicate with him or her. It actually turned out to be pretty useful in talking to friends across the room in other classes. But in all honesty, I’m glad I learned a little bit of Sign Language.

Anyway, learning a language is not only helpful in communicating with people who speak that language, but it also helps to work your brain (are you surprised?). I’m not going to get all scientific and explain why learning a language is good for you but I will say this: It doesn’t have to be as painful as your Spanish 1 teacher made it.

I use Duolingo. It’s kind of like Rosetta Stone, but it’s free. Again, not here to sell a product, but you should try it. It’s free, it’s completely online, and only takes a few minutes a day. Unfortunately, there are only a few languages available to learn right now, but hey, it’s free, you can’t really complain.

I’m not saying you have to do either of these things. If you want to spend your summer letting your brain turn to mush, then continue reading Facebook statuses of complaints about work and what your friends are eating for dinner, and watch hours of cats being adorable on YouTube. (I’m not dissing cats or YouTube here, because cats are cute and funny, and YouTube is a fantastic community of amazing content creators. Another potential future post). But seriously consider spending a few minutes on your brain every day, after all, I think it’s proven its loyalty to you.

However you choose to spend your summer, know that I will not judge you (okay, maybe just a little bit), mainly because I won’t know. But anyway, have a fun and safe summer with whatever it is you decide to do!

)O(

Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece (July 26)

Plane Sky

Can’t we all just agree that this planet is a masterpiece? This planet just happens to be perfect for sustaining life. It’s incredible. But not only is it’s nature perfect, but everything the man has built on it was someone’s masterpiece.

I took this while on an airplane. I could look back down at the Earth for pretty much the whole ride. I think it’s cool that you can’t see any people, but you can see their creations. Also, the patterns of neighborhoods look cool. There’s also the clouds. When you’re above them, they look much different.

If you ever fly, just take a look at what an amazing place we live in.

)O(

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!

)O(

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!

)O(