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Christmas Card Exchange?

Christmas Card Exchange?

I have contacted the company with a question on whether it is safe to place these in a printer, and if they have a tutorial available for doing so. At the time of publication, I have not heard from them. I will update this post once I hear back.

My apologies, but once again, I must subject you, my lovely visitors to a post in which I have received a product for free in exchange for my thoughts and opinions on the said product. This time, the product is a set of 36 Woodland Animal Christmas cards. The blank cards, yes blank?!, arrived at my home via the USPS on a rainy day, and I was glad to see that they had been packaged in a waterproof envelope. Upon opening the package, I was greeted with a shallow rectangular box with the words “Christmas Cards” imprinted on it. The first thing I saw once the box was opened was a message from the company, thanking me for my purchase. I have to admit that my first thought was that was sweet of them, however, I soon grew annoyed when I discovered that they had put ‘pls’ instead of writing out the word ‘please’, and that they felt the need to explain how to seal an envelope.

The next item in the box was a set of 20 round stickers, saying “Merry Christmas!” I was very glad that these were included as the mere thoughts of having to go through the process they described in the note on how to seal the envelopes made me feel just a bit tired. Then I came to the cards themselves, 36 of them with 6 different designs. The first thing I noticed, after gushing to my neighbor’s daughter over the cuteness of the designs is that unlike most Christmas cards that have the logo of the company that printed them, these were completely blank save the front design.

I am sitting here, trying to figure out what else to tell you about these cards and I have to admit that I am at a loss. I’m not the type of person who handwritten messages in cards, mainly because my handwriting is quite mundane. I’ve never been complimented on the attractiveness of my handwriting, at least not the letters themselves. The numbers, however, are an entirely different story, and the compliment was more on the neatness of them, and on how easy my Algebra homework was to grade.1 Personally, I would’ve preferred to have a message that gave directions on using a printer to do the messages if one so chose.

As for the title itself, I’m debating whether I want to do a Christmas card exchange with my online friends. It honestly depends on several different factors, mainly my housing situation and my money situation. If I do decide to have one, I will announce it on my Twitter and then offer a sign-up form here on the site.

  1. I still failed Algebra twice. Arithmetic has never been my best subject.

Cold Weather Essentials

I’m going to admit a truth – as much as I adore fall, and even winter, there are a few things that I could do without such as freezing cold temperatures and having ice on the roads and sidewalks.1 Of course, with things that I could do without, there is the exact opposite – there are certain items that I feel are a necessity for a great cold weather season. I’d like to add that this post contains a link to a product for which I have received for free in exchange for writing about the said product and expressing my true, honest opinions. The remainder of the items are things I feel assist one with nights during the cold weather, as well as those days that never seem to end.

First, we’ll begin with the health items – because keeping healthy during cold weather is difficult as we are indoor and around other people a lot more. Let’s face it, people are walking, talking germ machines – spending more time with people means that the germs travel from place to place. Therefore, since we are more inclined to get sick – I’m beginning with a few items that can help combat an illness or keep you from getting ill in the first place.

The first item we’re going to discuss is a humidifier. There are five types of humidifiers, but for the purpose of this blog post, I’m going to be talking about the Large Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, pictured to the left. Like warm mist humidifiers, cool mist humidifiers relieve dry skin, chapped lips, allergies, flu, and asthma symptoms by releasing moisture into the air. The extra moisture in the air rehydrates your skin, nasal passages, and respiratory system, relieving congestion, nosebleeds, and sore throats. It also has the added benefit of being safe for small children, as hot water or steam from a warm-mist humidifier or steam vaporizer can burn a child if he or she gets too close. Of course, the best way to keep from getting the flu is to get the flu shot – an influenza vaccination can reduce the risk of flu illness by 50 to 60% in the general population and can decrease the severity and side effects if you get sick. Then to stall the spread of germs, if you don’t already use a debit or credit card for every purchase, stock up on both pens and hand sanitizer.

Since I’m getting quite tired of discussing ways to stay healthy during colder weather, we’re going to move on to ways to stay warm if you absolutely have to leave the house. Though since you can order most things from Amazon and as for food, well, delivery is always an option – but staying in is the next section. The first thing you need is a warm coat. The most important thing to remember is that if it is super cute, but leaves you freezing, forget it! A great winter coat can cost a bit more, but you should view it as an investment. Personally, I prefer to get one in a solid, neutral color such as black, grey, or navy 2 Then dress in layers – thermals are a girl’s best friend, not diamonds, and they come in so many cute styles. Another good layer choice is leggings…I personally wear them year-round, but they are perfect under your favorite pair of boyfriend jeans. The only thing is to make sure that you purchase the longest length available for your size, meaning ankle-length or stirrups. Finally, on the bottom, we need a cute pair of warm boots. I tend to go with the basic girl choice of Ugg boots, as these fur-lined boots keep toes cozy, warm, and protected from the elements.

So we’ve braved the cold weather, and decided that we are going to spend the rest of the winter, warm and cozy inside. Congratulations! Oh, but wait…there are a few things that you need. First, the leggings from when you went out will work perfectly – they are warm, lightweight, and easy to move around in. To go with the leggings, you need a cute pair of fuzzy socks or slippers. Then a cozy, oversized shirt or some other cute top…then you need either a video game that you are obsessed with such as The Sims, or a subscription to Netflix or Hulu.

Well, I’m off to go deal with the local utility company, and go to the doctor’s in an hour or so. What are some of your winter essentials?

  1. Snow doesn’t bother me, as shoveling snow is a great workout.
  2. My absolute favorite winter coat ever was a pea coat from AE.

38th Birthday Wishlist

Considering the fact that I’m bored out of my mind, and that my 38th birthday is in less than 26 days, I’ve decided to do a birthday wishlist of various things that I’d love to receive for various reasons. The items are an assortment of fashion, beauty, home decor…basically anything that came to mind while I was writing this post.

[Edit:] Forgive me if this post looks weird, I’m trying out that new Gutenberg editor that WordPress is switching over to, even though I’ve no idea why.

The Wishlist

  1. Lilac Stripe Asymmetric Wrap Shift Dress – This beautiful dress features a simple pattern of stripes, one of my favorite colors, and the best thing? It’s under $40.
  2. Navy Lace Wide Leg Jumpsuit – Another one of my favorite colors, this one in a shade that would be evident to some of my former high school classmates…both my prom dresses from Junior year and Senior years were navy. I tend to view it as my more formal, funeral color so to speak…this is mainly because I don’t care for how I look in black.
  3. Louisella Nude Lace Up Wedges – Nude wedges are the perfect addition to any outfit, and the fact that these have silver accents makes them even more perfect.
  4. Ikea HEMNES 8-drawer dresser in White – What can I say? I have been only slightly obsessed with two pieces of furniture since forever, one is the West Elm Parsons Desk – which I’m getting a dupe of, thanks to this website and my Uncle. The other is this dresser. I think that my obsession with this dresser is the fact that it appeals to the side of me that is super-organized and hates messes…I can see in my head what goes in each drawer, but I’m not going to bore y’all with this.
  5. Ikea FRIHETEN Sleeper Sectional with Storage in Skiftebo Dark Gray – The choice of this is purely a logical one, in that I am going to be transferred to a smaller apartment, either a 2-bedroom or a 1-bedroom. If I get transferred to a 2-bedroom, I could use the extra bedroom for guests…but then it would never get used as I never have company, much less those who would stay overnight. This sleeper sectional is the perfect compromise; by allowing me to be ready for guests while still not having a room that is unusable. I know someone is going to comment just use the extra room as an office/guest room. However, I have a tendency to do my best work at 2-4 in the morning and having my desktop in the same room as a guest wouldn’t make me a very good host.
  6. Urban Outfitters Franklin Desk Riser in Large – If you know anything about the desk that I mentioned in #4, then you’ll know desktop space is at a premium…this is especially true if I don’t get a computer similar to the one in #7. This will allow me to put my monitor up higher, and to store my keyboard, hopefully, wireless beneath it.
  7. Refurbished Grade A 20″ iMac – Okay, I know this takes you to Walmart and that it is refurbished. But it’s an iMac(!) and y’all have no idea how long I’ve wanted an Apple computer, probably since Elle Woods got hers in Legally Blonde. 
  8. Urban Outfitters Mini USB Moon Himalayan Salt Lamp in Peach– Himalayan salt is said to help eliminate allergens, smoke, dander, pollen, and other pollutants by releasing ions. Plus, the moon and images of it have always been relaxing for me- so I figure this is a two-for-one. I’ll be relaxed, and able to breathe easier…at least in whatever room that this is plugged-in.
  9. Urban Outfitters Compact Air Fryer in Turquoise – Honestly, I don’t know what I like more about this…the fact that it is compact, the fact that it comes in such a cute color, or the fact that I could solve my fried food cravings without the use of oils. Of course, this is only if I somehow receive this cute little gadget.
  10. Urban Outfitters 3×5 Lawrence Printed Rug in Sky – The odds are good that I’m going to want to pick up some colors and carry them throughout my somewhat, or rather potentially, small apartment. I’m thinking that shades of blue, seeing as they are often associated with depth and stability. It also symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, and trust. The color blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body, as well as slowing human metabolism and producing a calming effect. This is the reason I believe it would be the perfect color to take throughout my future apartment.
  11. Urban Outfitters Mini Rice Cooker in White – Being able to cook exactly the amount of rice or whatever that I need is my idea of heaven. Because, quite frankly, I cannot stand leftovers – so if I have any, it usually goes to my dog, Colby.
  12. Rifle Paper Co. In Bloom Book Collection Set – As an avid reader, I dream of having bookshelves filled with pretty, hardcover books. These would be the perfect start, as well as adding a pop of color to the living area of my apartment. They’d also look really cute with the copy of Grimm’s Complete Fairytales that I’ve owned forever.
  13. Urban Outfitters Stella Expandable Dining Table in White – This table will go with my Parsons Desk and the Hemnes Dresser, which will provide unity and balance to my future apartment. The fact that it is expandable is an added bonus, as it means I can serve just two or a whole group by using it as more of a serving station.
  14. Dormify White Eyelash Stripe Duvet Cover and Sham Set in Full/Queen – A white duvet cover and shams will allow me to use whatever sheet set, throw, decorative pillows, etc. that I decide to use at any given moment even if I choose to decorate my room for every major holiday. It also provides a nice contrast with my headboard, mentioned in #19, and goes with the Hemnes dresser and Parsons desk mentioned in #4. Plus, it’s also another one of those things I’ve been wanting to get for the longest time.
  15. Dormify Ugh Script Pillow – One of my favorite movies of all time would have to be Clueless, and my favorite line from that movie is “Ugh, as if!” So naturally, I’d love to have this quote somewhere in my apartment…along with a few others, but that is for another post, perhaps. 
  16. Dormify Take More Naps Pillow – Okay, confession time: this would probably be on my bed with the Clueless pillow being on the sectional/couch mentioned in #5. Naps are my salvation – the way that I get through a good 99% of my days. Because let’s face it, in my never-ending battle with insomnia, it is kicking my ass…in fact, I’ve currently been up for a good 19 hours, 28 minutes and counting. The sad part is that I’m not even the least bit tired and I’ve got so much to get done today.
  17. Dormify But First Coffee Wooden Sign – I must admit, that I’m going to figure out some way to set myself up a coffee bar. It’s probably not going to be a big area, but it’ll be an essential part of my day.
  18. Dormify Grey and White Brick Removable Wallpaper – Living in an apartment means that you can’t do certain things, such as smoke in your apartment (not that I smoke period) or paint your walls. I don’t mind certain things – but the idea of having to stare at blank, ecru walls for hours because let’s face it, I’m more of an introvert than extrovert is quite frankly, excruciating. I figure that removable wallpaper is my best option, seeing as it’s recommended for college dorm rooms. The only flaw with my plan is that I have to figure out the math to know how many I need to get. ?
  19. Target Viviana Modern And Contemporary Faux Leather Upholstered Button-Tufted Full Headboard in Black – As mentioned previously in #14, I adore contrast, and the biggest contrast is between black and white. It is also the two colors that make other colors stand out the most…ugh! ☹️ 

What am I even saying? I am heading to bed, I’ve been up since two in the afternoon yesterday and my brain is seriously beginning to shut down. But as a reminder, I honestly don’t expect anyone to get me anything on this list. It’s just for my own personal use, and I thought that some of you might enjoy reading it. Good night! ?

Late Night Thoughts #001

Late Night Thoughts #001

I am currently in the process of cleaning my room so that I can find a notebook/paper on which I wrote down all of the domains that I had ever owned so that I can go check them on the Wayback Machine. I am hoping that I possibly put some of my poems, and other writings on a few of the sites, which will make it so much easier to complete a few pages on here. Otherwise, I’ll probably get depressed and unmotivated…and never finish this website. To be honest, this would be par for the course…it seems that I am very good at starting projects (see the fact that I have five or six books that are still WIPs or the fact that my foray into knitting was a complete disaster) and not finishing them. My dream career would be something where I come up with ideas, and then a team works to bring them to life. Basically, I want to sit in a room with a whiteboard and scribble ideas on it while drinking copious amounts of coffee and listening to music. The major flaw with this dream is that I am pretty sure one has to have some sort of experience to get a job like this, and that I have no idea what this would even be called. There is also the slight problem that this type of job is probably only available in certain states, ie. California and there is not any possible way that I can afford to move to California. I can barely afford to live where I’m currently at…and it’s generally under $200 a month if I am lucky.

Before you comment and tell me to get a job, I have applications in everywhere within walking distance from me and no one has called me in for an interview. Then there are the jobs that I know I would be perfect for, but those are the ones I hear about after the fact…for example, the library in my hometown recently hired two library assistants. The head librarian even admitted I would’ve been perfect for the position…however, I’m the type of person that people think about last, if at all. I have a tendency to blend into the woodwork, so to speak. This would be great if I wanted to say work for the CIA or some other covert agency, and if I actually had a degree in something they’d hire for…in all seriousness, I’m currently feeling anxious, depressed, and more than a bit annoyed…and just slightly amused.

Anxious stems from the fact that I am fast approaching the 2-month anniversary of my Mom’s death and I feel as if there is something fundamentally wrong with me in more ways than one. First is the fact that I seem to be unable to complete any project…unless I have a very strict deadline. In school, I was the student that wrote all of their essays the night before, and still received a good grade. Sometimes I’d be in the computer lab, printing them out, five minutes before they were due. Oddly, I never received a tardy – mainly because all of my teachers, I had either had them previously 1 or they had learned of my quirks from other teachers. Then we have the fact that my grieving process comes and goes…sometimes I cannot stand the fact that my Mom is no longer alive and that I can no longer talk to her about basically everything, and then there are times that life doesn’t feel very different. It’s not like the last few weeks, she was seriously in the mood to listen to me complain about my inability to write a blog post or the fact that my hair was frizzing up, or that none of my clothes fit properly. The truth of the matter is that my clothes not fitting properly, or my hair being frizzy, are not truly important if you truly think about it. I’m sure that you noticed I didn’t say anything about my inability to write a blog post…and this is because my Mom was fully supportive of my desire to be a writer. She’s the one who every year when notebooks would go on sale, would purchase me a dozen or so, or when I saw a new journal buy it for me, despite knowing that I’d write in maybe a half-dozen times then either lose interest in journaling or lose the journal completely. She’s also the one who bought me my very first domain – because I told her it would allow me to keep all of my writings in one location, thus making my room a lot cleaner. Haha, that worked really well…especially considering the fact that I still have papers all over the place of story ideas, started stories, incomplete poems, even blog post ideas.

Depressed comes from the fact that I am going to be 38 years old in a little less than 67 days, and I am single, unemployed, and haven’t accomplished anything. I cannot say that I’ve made a difference in anyone’s life, or that I’ve made an impact on the world around me…heck, I can’t even say that if I were to disappear that someone would immediately notice. My neighbor would probably notice first…mainly because unless my dog Colby was with me, he’d be howling and whining…he has serious separation anxiety. Plus, there is the fact that he’d get hungry or the fact that I go and check on them at least once a day unless I am seriously sick, meaning that I don’t have the energy to go farther than the bathroom which is diagonal across from my bedroom. They would probably be the first to realize that I am missing…my Uncle would be next. He generally calls me every other day to check on me, to see if I need anything…to go to the store, etc. In all honesty, this is making the depressed side of me worse…so let’s move on to what’s annoying and what’s amusing me. Both will be relatively short paragraphs, which is good as this is getting a bit longer than I had planned when I started writing it.

The annoyance mainly comes from the fact that I know I wrote down my old websites, domains and the fact that I cannot find it…I just don’t know what I did with it. Then the amusement comes from the fact that my thumbs are currently green – this is due to the food coloring from the ice cream cake I was eating earlier, and that I’m finishing off as soon as I get this posted…while I finish season five of OITNB.

Well, I’m off to eat ice cream and binge Netflix…because it’s a twenty after four in the morning and I’m not even the slightest bit tired. I also need to stay up as long as possible, so I can go to sleep at a decent time tonight. I hope that you’re having a better night than I am and that you’re getting more sleep than I will. Have a wonderful day!

  1. One teacher I had in 5th or 6th grade, then twice in High School…She was also our class sponsor.
Life Update: Mid-July 2018

Life Update: Mid-July 2018

Would you believe that I’ve tried to write get this post written for over a month? I normally don’t have this much trouble writing a post, but the main point of this one is something that I’m going to be dealing with for the rest of my life. I know that my cousin Angela is still dealing with some of the same things, even after all these years. I must admit that a part of me is glad that I know and am related to someone who understands and knows what I am going through, but then there the part of me that wants to scream at God or whomever you happen to believe in for making us, for making anyone go through all of this. :( I also don’t know if it’s something that I’ll ever be able to think about without feeling the need to curl up in bed and cry. I suppose that I should stop avoiding the first, and main point of this particular life update and just tell all y’all my news that is making me so woebegone. My best friend, the person I shared everything with…my hopes, dreams, and everything under the sun and moon, and who I was lucky enough to call Mom died on June 12th.

I am still adjusting to her no longer being in my day-to-day life while trying to figure out what I going to doing with that same life. The last half of my life was devoted to making sure that my Mom and two younger brothers had a place to live, and then when my brothers cut off all contact with my Mom making sure she took care of herself despite having uncontrolled diabetes and suffering from depression. This meant that I made a few sacrifices from dropping out of college – not a real big deal since I couldn’t decide on a major to not having much of a social life. This one is beginning to have more of an impact…I am beginning to realize that, beyond my friends online whom I absolutely adore, most of the people I speak with are people who knew and were friends with Mom. Some will argue and say that they’re also my friend…but not a single one knows a thing about me. I will admit that this is partly my fault as I am a very private person, despite having this blog. However, I am reasonably certain that no one from my hometown has ever visited this website or any other that I have owned…not to mention, any place where I might have written blog posts.1 To put it simply, I am barely a blip on the radar…completely insignificant to most of the people in the world.

Sometimes this fact makes me happy, because if no one notices you then you don’t have to worry about disappointing anyone but yourself. However, I also realize that I don’t want to be a disappointment to myself or my inner child. I believe that is the biggest thing I need to work on now…figuring out how to make my inner child proud of who I am becoming. Because I have realized that my Mom would want me to be happy, to pursue my childhood dreams. I just need to rediscover them…but how?

Since I already told all y’all the main point…the rest is just details. I am in the process of trying to find a job, which is somewhat harder than it may seem as I have no experience and as I mentioned earlier I did drop out of college. I do have my certificate to be a teacher’s aide – which comes with its own set of problems. The first being that I don’t have my Driver’s license or a vehicle – as I sold my Mom’s car to help with paying bills. There is also the fact that most school districts in which I could work have already done the hiring for the upcoming school year. The next legal option, for someone with no experience, would be to work in the food service industry or fast food such as McDonald’s. The main problem with this is that the smell of oil heating up makes me sick. The only reason I am able to eat at such places is that I’m not in the restaurant any longer than I have to be. Luckily, I might have some good news on this by the next update – which will hopefully be posted before I turn 38 on October 4th.

The next issue is the fact that I need to move out of where I currently live…for my own mental and emotional health. However, I am unable to do this until I am able to pay a back electric bill from 2008. My landlord won’t even begin to process a transfer until it’s taken care of – I now have $100 of what I need, and none of the places that help with such things can help me right now. November seems to be the magical month to get help. I’d have $200 – but State Farm refused to issue a refund check in just my name since my name wasn’t on Mom’s car insurance. Now, answer me this…Why would I be on her car insurance if I don’t have a Driver’s license and therefore, I can’t legally drive? It is more than a bit annoying as I would’ve really used that extra money.

So, I think that I have covered everything that has gone on in my life beyond the fact that I have lost eight or so pounds and the fact that I have an appointment with a psychiatrist the beginning of August. I am a bit apprehensive about the appointment and hoping that I can lose a bit more weight before my birthday.

For the next post, I was debating between doing either a wish list post, an unsent letter, or a late night thoughts AKA what is keeping me awake at night. I am going to admit that a large part of me wants to do a relatively quick, easy post…which means it will most definitely be a wish list as the other two need a bit more reflection and preparation. Neither of which I am seriously in the mood to do – seeing as I’m still dealing with the main point of this post, and naturally my sleep schedule is messed up, which is par for the course. Anyhow, I hope that all y’all are having a wonderful weekend and please remember to tell your loved ones that you both love them and appreciate everything that they do for you, or will ever do.

  1. I don’t count MySpace as that was a momentary aberration…both being on there and the relationship.
An Update of Sorts

An Update of Sorts

To blog or not to blog, that’s the question…you can probably tell what the answer has been lately, due to the lack of updates lately. I have not been in much of the mood for much of anything or anyone for that matter. All I have really been doing is watching Let’s Play The Sims 4Vixella’s Not So Berry or Vixella’s Rags to Riches, being sick, and trying to get a hold of various people to go and view cheap houses, this being defined as under 15K, in my hometown. If I were, to be honest, I don’t even know why I am posting an update as no one actually visits my blog and reads my posts. I honestly cannot be bothered to spend the majority of my time on social media basically begging complete strangers to read my posts, when the majority almost all of the time they only make sense to me.

Nevertheless, I have posted an update – it wasn’t much of one, but that’s mainly because I have the most boring life in the history of ever. I suppose I could write about my various projects such as the fact that I’m looking into buying a fixer-upper because I’m literally insane, the fact that I am desperately needing a vacation, the fact that I am completely stalled on almost all of my writing projects because I need someone to provide both constructive criticism and to tell me to go write – however, this may be a completely moot point with the fact that the fingers on my right hand (my dominant hand) have been going numb. But, honestly, none of this is important – I mean, it’s not like I’ve actually expected to either make a difference in the world or to actually be remembered by anyone.

A part of me knows what you’re thinking – what person doesn’t want to either make a difference or leave some sort of lasting legacy? I’m not saying that I have no desire to do exactly those things, I’m saying that if it comes to pass that I don’t manage to do either one then I’m coming to accept that fact. I also accept the fact that despite being nominated for “Most Unforgettable” my Senior Year of high school – not a single one of my former classmates have remembered me or even given me a passing thought throughout the almost twenty years since we’ve graduated. In fact, I haven’t even seen my Senior yearbook nor do I have fond memories of taking the picture for the above superlative. We took it in the boiler room of the high school, and I distinctly remember being equally uncomfortable and angry. I was uncomfortable because my Mom was so excited about my being chosen for one of these, that I got a new outfit to wear for the picture and I took my time getting ready that morning – which turned out to be all for nothing since the picture was basically taken at the end of the day and in the boiler room. :huh: This also explains my anger over the whole thing – because it was at that point that my being chosen for this was nothing but another opportunity for my classmates to inadvertently bully me and to make me feel self-conscious.

Because of certain events that happened while I was in school, I’ve decided that if I do someday have children I am either going to homeschool them so that they don’t go through what I went through on a daily basis. To clear things up, I wasn’t bullied outright – I was more of a nonentity, someone who wasn’t even a blip on the radar. (Comment below with Yesterday, an eighty-year-old librarian broke my penis. If you know what movie this refers to, or if you’ve seen it.) Don’t get me wrong – I am not saying that I would’ve rather been outright bullied, but we got to take into consideration what it means to have been constantly ignored, passed over, etc. by one’s peers does for one’s self-esteem. It makes you feel as if your wants, your needs, your thoughts and opinions on anything doesn’t matter and that you are left with a complete feeling of loneliness. For example, the majority of the people that I went to school with that I am currently “friends” with on Facebook could not tell you of a single memory from school that involved me, and if asked, they would probably admit that they only added me because in my profile I put down that I attended High School name. I have also never attended a wedding, or even been a bridesmaid – most young women have at least attended one or two by this point. *shrugs* Am I bitter? Only slightly – because I feel as if I am missing out on something that is considered to be a right of passage, blah blah.

Anyhow, enough of being reflective, I honestly don’t even know how we got on this topic – but I’ll try to get another post up in a day or two. It depends on how I feel and how long it actually takes me to write a draft.

Colby’s New Collar

Colby’s New Collar

Let’s discuss the collar that my dog Colby is wearing in the above picture, despite the fact that it is not visible in the above picture as I did not feel like giving him a haircut or a bath, and I’d like to ask that you please ignore the fact that I need to sweep the floor. I’ve not really been in the mood to do much of anything – more about this in the next post. However, I received his collar for free in exchange for a post here on the blog and some pictures on social media. I did not receive any monetary compensation; all thoughts and opinions are my own, and what I feel Colby is thinking about the collar – because Colby cannot talk, otherwise, I’d be a millionaire. But before we get into the details, first a picture of the collar itself.

Do you know how to take pictures of a dog, who doesn’t want to pose, especially when you need a picture of something he is wearing? You bribe him with a dog biscuit…or a half-dozen dog biscuits. #sorrynotsorry

  • Is the collar well-made? As far as I can tell, it is very well-made. It has no loose threads, none sticking out, etc. The collar has some stretch but goes back to original shape and size.
  • Does it have vibrant colors? As of right now, I’d say yet – however, Colby hasn’t wore it in the rain or anything else, and it is still relatively new. I’ll consider posting an update in a month or so to let you know how the color fades.1
  • Is the collar comfortable? Short of me putting the collar on, I honestly could not tell you. Colby will wear any collar that we put on him, as he knows he is supposed to have one on. He doesn’t even like to have it taking off for his baths or haircuts, so what does that tell you? However, the collar is reminiscent, at least to me, of the collars that you would purchase for a kitten albeit wider and sturdier. Therefore, I feel that it would be a very comfortable collar.

Final Thoughts: If I were to get another puppy, especially if it were a larger dog, I’d definitely consider getting a collar from this company again. The collars come in a variety of sizes and collars, as you can see on their website here.

  1. But this probably will not happen as I’m currently irritated with this whole business.
Flashbulb Memories

Flashbulb Memories

I hate to admit this, but this will probably be another semi-short post. It seems that lately I cannot sit down and write anything longer than say 1500 words per day – which means that I usually have to make a choice between writing a blog post or working on one of my various writing projects. However, lately, both have been falling by the wayside due to the fact that I have been dealing with both being ill and having at least one panic attack a day. I know that once the weather settles down – stops going from one extreme to another that my health will improve, and I wish I could narrow down the cause of my panic attacks but I’m pretty sure that they’re due to stress, which means unless I figure out a way to go on a semi-permanent vacation to a deserted island – I’m basically screwed. Oo

Anyhow, I don’t even recall why I decided to write this post – it’s been in the notepad of my phone since October 8, 2017 – but I figured it was in there for a reason. I also figured that I hadn’t deleted it for another reason…but that’s honestly not important.

There are certain events that make such a profound effect on not only the world around them but on society as a whole…these are referred to as flashbulb events. Why are they called this, and how did they get this name? For that matter, how many of these events have occurred in my lifetime and do I remember any of them? In this post, I’m going to attempt to answer these questions – and perhaps take a walk down memory lane. I will add that during this process – some images may be upsetting as you will soon learn the reasons that these are commonly referred to as flashbulb memories – thus the post title.

First of all is that they are called flashbulb memories because they are the flash of a moment of time, usually one when strong emotions take over. The name is inspired by the flashbulb camera (not pictured above), that used a flash of light to assist in capturing a moment of time in image form. Flashbulb memories operate in a similar fashion – the moments that cause them are brighter than everything else that may be currently happening. This basically means they take precedence in everyday life – they are constantly on the news, memorials are held, etc. Now how many of these moments have happened since my birth in October 1980?

The problem is that there are many more moments that aren’t listed here – various school shootings, assassinations of various people, etc. I decided to choose these moments because most, if not all, people have heard of these events. If not, well, I provided links to the articles about them on Wikipedia – so go ahead click to the articles to read more about each event.

The next question is how much do I remember about these events and why. I’ve told you ever since I first started blogging semi-seriously back in 2000 that I was going to do my best to be completely honest. Therefore I don’t mean to offend anyone when I say that not a single one of these events has made a significant memory in my life. By this I mean that for one or two I can vaguely remember how I heard the news, for some I wasn’t directly affected or I don’t know someone who was affected – not counting online friends in this equation, or I wasn’t old enough to realize what was happening.

Does any of this diminish the significance of these events? Not at all, it simply means that the closer you are to a historical event the more likely you are to have a vivid memory of it. This is why we have memorials and monuments to certain events, people, and things to partially help those of us not directly affected and to leave a lasting memory for those who come after.

Remembering helps us to grow as a society, and this growth allows us to both accept the event as it happened and develop the wisdom to hopefully improve upon ourselves. There are certain exceptions for every rule, mainly the difference between how the United States and Australia dealt with having a shooting. But this is honestly a post for another day.

What are some of the moments that have stuck in your mind? Briefly tell me about them in the comments below!

Spring 2018 Wishlist

Spring 2018 Wishlist

For those of you who’ve not yet realized this, but I have a tendency to write wishlists when I’ve either not in the mood to write an actual post, not posted in some time, or not ready to post about whatever I am thinking about. This morning, I find that all three of the above are true and that I desperately need something to keep me from sucking on my right thumb as I’ve somehow managed to bite it down much farther than I normally do. It probably also doesn’t help that I have been consuming Halos Mandarins at the rate of 3 per day…it’s just that they are so delicious and easy to peel, plus they help solve my sweet tooth – those and chocolate chip/s’mores granola bars. However, this post isn’t about the fact that I currently have cramps like crazy and want to eat all of the food in the house – or the fact that I am still drinking vanilla coffee because I accidentally bought it when I got myself coffee two months ago. It’s also not technically about the fact that I’m going to look at a possible house for us to move into Thursday evening…and thus, increase my stress levels going into summer. It’s also not about the fact that I am going to be dying my hair platinum blonde, and no before you ask – I am not going to start wearing red lipstick a la Marilyn Monroe.

So, you are probably wondering…what exactly will you find in this particular wishlist post? Well, let’s see – the big event that I am seriously interested in attending would have to be CMA Music Festival which is being held in June. However, before that, we have the City of Hope Charity Softball Game, which I am also hoping to attend. I am also hoping that my Uncle hears about if he passed his class and that I am able to get a car soon – as well as finally get my driver’s license. But before all of this can happen, I have a blog post to write…or maybe a couple to write. So, without further explanation, here are the things I am wishing for this Spring! I would like to add that the items are in no particular order and that while I would love to receive any, if not all of them, I just enjoy writing these posts.

  1. Premium Diamond Seat Cover with Crystals in Black – Two will be needed, and yes the color is correct, despite the fact that it will burn my poor bum in the summer…however, it will go with any color car that I happen to get. My local Walmart also has sequin car seat covers, which I adore – but with my fine hair, I’d be in pain every single time that I moved my head. :(
  2. Women’s Show Me Your Mumu Willa Maxi Dress in Everlasting Rose – This is quite a different style dress from what I normally wear, as I normally tend to stick to A-line dresses or sheath dresses. I am also not 100% positive on how well it will go with my hair once it’s done – as most people I know who go platinum tend to wear more black. o.O However, I’m not a big fan of the color…so it’s not something I’ll be doing.
  3. Women’s Parade Wedge Sandal in Taupe, 8.5 – I am seriously hoping that these wedges will look good with the dress above, as that is what I had in mind while I was searching for a pair of shoes. However, I suppose if they don’t – I can always wear them with other things since taupe is a neutral color.
  4. F21 Smocked Cutout Romper in Black – It’s said that every woman needs a LBD so I am going to presume that the same applies to other clothes as well. I like this one because the smocking adds a bit of innocence and whimsy…plus it disguises so much.

I apologize for this post being so short, compared to usual – however, I currently have both cramps and a migraine. It’s not helping any that I had to complete some repairs on our portable washer (similar one). I will try to get another post up in the next couple of days…probably Sunday if everything goes according to plan, meaning that I actually sit down and write one :huh: However, right now, I have to start another load of laundry and work on closing some of the 40+ tabs that I have open. Have a wonderful day!

76 Questions, Answered

76 Questions, Answered

For those of you not following me on Tumblr, you wouldn’t know that I get several of my post on there from the site WeHeartIt. If you haven’t visited WHI in some time, you may not know that it has undergone some changes – you can now have a blog…and read articles. This is where I found these questions, it’s only 76 but I figure by answering them it will allow you to get to know me a bit better!

The Questions

  1. What’s your full name? My full name is Jessica Mezo, which I suppose should be pretty obvious – otherwise, why would I have this particular domain and use it for practically all of my social media accounts?
  2. Are you named after anyone? Officially, no I am not named after anyone. Unofficially, my Mom claims that I was named after a character on my now deceased Grandmother’s favorite soap, General Hospital.
  3. What does your name mean? The meaning of the name Jessica is God Beholds. The origin of the name is Hebrew, which is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word, the language. It was more than likely invented by Shakespeare for the daughter of a Jewish merchant in ”The Merchant of Venice”. He probably derived it from Jescha (Yiska), the name of a minor Biblical character. Some famous Jessicas include the actress Jessica Alba, the singer Jessica Simpson, the actress Jessica Biel, the actress Jessica Lange, plus several reality stars, YouTube personalities, and so on. Variations of the spelling include Jessika, Jyssica, and Jesyka.
  4. Where are you from? I am from a small town in the southern part of Illinois, but if you would like for me to get more specific, I have ancestors from various European countries such as Hungary, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, even England. I also have a Native American ancestor.
  5. Where do you live? I currently live in the same small town mentioned in the previous question in government-housing, or a place that is both a safety-hazard and a health-risk for my diabetic mother. It’s due to the fact that our apartment has concrete floors, and being diabetic she sometimes loses feeling in her legs which causes her to be unbalanced, thus resulting in falls that cause broken bones like what happened in July 2017. As a result of these problems, I have started a GoFundMe to hopefully raise the funds to assist.
  6. Where were you born? ROTFLMAO, in the exact same town mentioned in the previous two answers…I was actually born in a house, down the road and around the corner from where I currently live. I was also the first baby delivered by the local fire department, which you’d think mean that I’d actually get a card or a birthday present from them…but nope, not a single thing.
  7. Fandoms? If by this you mean, things that I am obsessed with to the point that I know everything about it, I’d have to say, none. There are a few things that I am relatively knowledgeable about, such as the Property Brothers, The Sims franchise, WordPress, etc. However, I am neither an expert on any of them nor completely obsessed with them.
  8. At what age did you go on your first date? I have never been on what I consider to be a date. This is mainly due to the fact that I wasn’t really interested in dating in High School, and one of the few guys I was interested in dating made me angry before he asked me out. So, I may have cut off my nose to spite my face, when him to go ask out another girl. *shrugs*
  9. What is an ideal first date to you? The ideal first date to me is one where both parties involved feel comfortable, where you get to know a bit more about the other person – rather through conversation or by how they react to a situation or event. It sometimes involves delicious food – but nothing that could be potentially embarrassing to eat…so no sushi, no Italian, etc. It doesn’t involve going to the movies either – because they are such a decisive thing, one completely loves the movie, hates the movie, or worse…they don’t care about it one way or another. This means that the conversation could potentially become an argument. Then the date ends, with politeness and either a brief hug or the promise to call if one fully intends to do so.
  10. What is something you look for in a partner? The two biggest factors for me are a sense of humor and the ability to carry on a conversation. He must also love animals – cats, dogs, etc. and children. Being family-oriented is a plus, as well as respect for not only themselves but others and the world around them.
  11. What is the best compliment you ever received? Actually, this is one I have received from a couple different people. The first time was in my Advanced Biology class in High School, and we were discussing genetics. Our teacher had us study each others eyes and sketch them, my lab partner told me that I had pretty eyes. This resulted in the girl at the next table being upset because her eyes only contained shades of brown, which resulted in the incident mentioned in a previous answer. The next incident of being complimented on my eye color was when I decided to give myself a makeover during my Senior year of High School, and wanted to get contacts. My optometrist told me that I had such pretty eyes that he’d feel guilty if I got colored contacts and covered them up. In hindsight, I imagine that my health insurance wouldn’t have paid for contacts and he didn’t want to upset me. But receiving the compliment both times, brightened my day and my mood considerably.
  12. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? It honestly depends on the time of month – I usually buy Ben and Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk, Ben and Jerry’s The Tonight Dough, or Ben and Jerry’s Truffle Kerfuffle. If none of those are available, then Blue Bunny Bunny Tracks is my go-to flavor.
  13. What is your favorite type of clothing? If given the choice as to what to wear, I will wear a fitted graphic tee with a pair of distressed skinny jeans, and a pair of ballet flats. My hair would be in either a messy bun or a disheveled ponytail. Over this whole look, it depends on the season – winter calls for a navy blue pea coat, fall calls for a camel trench. Actually, my style depends on the season – summer consists of cut-off shorts, gauzy tops, and flip flops or sandals…fall consist of either the outfit previously mentioned or a button-down, sweater, and loafers. Winter is my lazy season – leggings and oversized sweaters or sweatshirts.
  14. Do you prefer kissing or cuddling? Honestly, I’m not a big fan of kissing at all…except for those sweet, quick little kisses. The idea of trading saliva with someone for a significant amount of time disgusts me, so I definitely prefer cuddling. Some people may say that it’s difficult to find a comfortable position in which to cuddle for any amount of time – but honestly, the same problem could also be applied to kissing, and more than likely you are not going to stay in the same position.
  15. What was the first concert you attended? I have yet to attend a concert – there hasn’t been anyone that I wish to go see, and I haven’t been able to afford tickets to any.
  16. What was your first job? Hm, if by this you mean the first job that allowed me to file taxes…it would have to be Administrative Assistant at the local Adult Day Care. It basically consisted of filing, photocopying, and all of those things that one does in an office environment with the lingering smell of urine, vomit, mothballs, despair, and a dash of either Old Spice or Chanel No 5.
  17. Hobbies? If by this, you mean, what do I do in my spare time? Well, I suppose that you could consider blogging one of my hobbies, as well as reading, writing in general, binging shows on Netflix – currently AHS and suggestions are definitely appreciated, and of course, sleeping and eating are always major highlights of my day. I used to be able to add playing The Sims 3 as a hobby but my game has decided to no longer work. Also, I do not recommend having eating and sleeping as two of your major hobbies unless you also have the hobby of some sort of physical activity as well. Unless, of course, you are an actual bear and must prepare for hibernation.
  18. What’s the farthest you’ve been from home? Give me a minute, let me go check Google Maps. I have been to Dallas, TX – which is 669 miles from my hometown, as well as Pine Bluff, Arkansas 389 miles away. So I’m guessing that the grand prize winner would be Dallas, TX. *biggrin*
  19. When was the first time you were on a plane? I am going to assume that the writer of these questions meant a plane going to one of the places I mentioned in the previous answer. However, in both cases, it was more of a combination car ride/bus trip. This isn’t to say that I’ve yet to go on a plane – in fact, when I was eight years old, I got to ride in an agricultural aircraft. This is basically an aircraft that has been built or converted for agricultural use – usually for the aerial application of pesticides or fertilizer1; in these roles they are commonly referred to as “crop dusters” or “top dressers”. The most common agricultural aircrafter are fixed-wing, meaning that the wings generate lift caused by the vehicle’s forward airspeed and the shape of the wings. The main reason that I know all of this is because afterwards, I spent weeks reading every single book I could find about airplanes…I was a weird kid with a short attention span.
  20. Who is your role model? Oddly, I do not have one. However, there are several people whom I admire such as Emma Watson, who is an actress who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series and Belle in Beauty and the Beast. She is also a staunch feminist who started a group on GoodReads called Our Shared Shelf – that she started due to her working with UN Women. It allows the member of the group to discuss and read books about equality – books that are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, often thought-provoking and inspiring, and always empowering! The next person who comes to mind would be Anne Frank – if I have to explain what makes her admirable then your High School education was seriously lacking, but I will tell you that I remain astonished at the fact that despite everything she went through, she remained consistent in her belief that humankind was inherently good. The other person that comes to mind is Marie Curie, and honestly, if you are interested in the science – this woman is goals.
  21. Favorite actress/actor? I wouldn’t say that I have a particular actress/actor, per se. I do have several actresses/actors that I try to watch every single thing that they appear in/have appeared in – it doesn’t matter if it’s a TV movie, straight-to-video, or anything else. These people include Heath Ledger, Audrey Hepburn, etc. Honestly, I am more interested in older movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Gone With the Wind, Rear Window, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, etc. – if it came out prior to the 1980’s, then I absolutely adore it!
  22. Favorite fictional character? This would honestly be a tie between Hermione Granger, Belle, and Holly Golightly…each for different reasons, but mainly because they are the three that I relate to the most.
  23. Describe yourself in one word. Uhm…I have no idea. What one word would y’all use to describe me? I realize that this doesn’t answer the question – but I honestly cannot think of one word that sums up my entire personality, beyond indescribable, which is also a bit of a cop-out.
  24. What app do you use the most? Hm, well, I currently have Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter currently installed on my phone. I randomly browse Instagram, and post a photo on the odd occasion. Snapchat use has gone down since the last update, but I really didn’t use it very much to begin with – I just used it for the filters to get semi-cute selfies to use as profile pictures on others sites. :P As for Twitter, it is probably the app on my phone that I use most often beyond ColorNote. It is probably the best way to contact me – better than even e-mail.2
  25. What are some of your bad habits? Well, I am indecisive, have a tendency to be detached from people and situations, a bit superficial and vain, as well as self-indulgent. I also have an extreme tendency to procrastinate like crazy. But I’m extremely fun!
  26. Which hurts the most, physical or emotional pain? It is definitely emotional pain – the main reason for this is that the pain can hit unexpectedly. It is the smallest things that can trigger the pain, and it can be refreshed at the most random things. For example, I had a miscarriage in the spring of 2007, and my ex-boyfriend (father of the baby) loved the band Evanescence. So now, every single time I hear any song by them but the one that affects me the most is My Immortal. Sadly, this used to be one of my favorite songs – but now I cannot hear it without crawling into bed, and crying.
  27. Do you have trust issues? Sadly, yes – this is mainly due to the ex mentioned in the last question. It turns out that while I was having the miscarriage, he was cheating on me. I guess that it’s true – every dark cloud has a silver lining. Because I cannot imagine having an almost ten-year-old and having to deal with someone who would do that to me, plus it makes me question how involved he would’ve been in our child’s life.
  28. What countries would you love to visit? All of them, but to be more specific – France, Spain, Germany, Italy, England, China, Japan, Australia, Canada, etc.
  29. Have you ever liked someone and not told them? Yes, I have – but somehow they knew and so did practically everyone that I know. It seems that I have a problem with wearing my emotions on my face – so basically if I don’t like you, you can 100% tell, same if I do like you.
  30. Hogwarts house? *runs and checks Pottermore* It turns out that I was sorted into Ravenclaw, the same house as both Luna Lovegood and Gilderoy Lockhart. Those sorted into Ravenclaw are intelligent, wise, sharp, witty, and individual – basically, we have a tendency to be a bit eccentric.
  31. How old would you be in 5 months? Hm, it will be August 22nd – which means the day after my youngest brother turns 34. However, I will still be the same age which is 37.
  32. Name 3 turn-ons. Sleep, food, and video games…oh wait, you mean things that I find attractive in another person? Haha, it honestly varies between person to person – but the major two are a sense of humor and they treat other people with respect and love.
  33. Siblings? Two younger brothers, one who is currently 35 and the other is 33.
  34. Favorite movie? Ten Things I Hate About You
  35. Is there anyone you wanna punch in the face right now? There is honestly not a single person that I want to punch in the face right now – this is mainly due to the fact that in order to do this I’d have to actually care about a person enough to expend the energy, and there are very few people that I care about that much.
  36. Who was the last person you cried in front of? Hm, it was my dog Colby. I have a tendency to go and hide when I have the urge to cry. It’s mainly due to the fact that in school, I was teased unmercilessly for being too sensitive by the other kids.
  37. What was your childhood nickname? It honestly depends on who you ask – my grandfather and mom would say that it is Mouse, while a select group of school friends would say that it was Jesmo.
  38. Do you like Chinese food? Hm, is the Pope Catholic? Sorry, yes I adore Chinese food.
  39. What makes you happy? Right now? Being left alone…this means that I can get done the things that I need to do, and I would be able to get them done without interruptions.
  40. Do you believe in soulmates? Yes, but I do not believe that you are always destined to marry your soul mate. Sometimes you give birth to them, and you are responsible for assuring that he or she has the best life possible. Or your soul mate could be your best friend – the person that you share your deepest darkest secrets, your fears, your hopes, your dreams…if you are fortunate, you are able to marry them and spend the rest of your life with them. Those of us who are unfortunate will never get to meet their soulmate for various reasons – they are significantly older or younger than you, they live on the other side of the world, etc. Therefore, I don’t believe that finding and marrying your soulmate should be a goal in life.
  41. Your best friend of the opposite sex likes you, what do you do? Well, if I’m in high school, I get mad at him for complimenting a feature that another girl has, that I am jealous of and tell him to leave me alone. Now, I’d probably ask him, what’s going on? The reason is that he is married and has at least a set of twin boys…so for him to do this, something has to be bothering him. But this is just rumor, speculation – we haven’t talked since before he got married. His then girlfriend didn’t like how close and affectionate we were with one another, and so I made the conscious decision to not be as involved in his life.
  42. How tall are you? I am 5’7½” tall – and yes, I suppose that I could round it up to 5’8” but that wouldn’t be truthful. I have promised that when writing blog posts I would be as honest as possible and if I cannot tell the truth about my height, how can I expect you to believe me when I eventually write about more serious issues?
  43. Favorite food? It honestly depends on the meal – for lunch, it’s sushi. Breakfast calls for either French toast or a vegetarian omelette. Then supper is either fish or pasta. So basically, I guess you could say that I don’t technically have a favorite food.
  44. Are you afraid of falling in love? I am not sure that the word “afraid” is the right word…I am more apprehensive about falling in love. This is despite the fact that I do it so easily, and I may be more in love with the idea of it…than actually being in love.
  45. What ethnicity do people mistake you for? Martian. None, in all honesty, I am also not mistaken for being from a different country…just a different part of my own country. It seems that my accent is a bit unusual for where I live – this is mainly due to the fact that I was in speech therapy from the time I started school at age 3 to my Junior year of High School. I spoke with a lisp, and too softly and too fast for people to understand what I was saying. My friends thought it was ridiculous as they could understand me, as could my family. One also stated that the fact that I spoke softly meant the other people needed to shut up and listen, and that I only spoke if I actually had to say something – not just to hear myself talk.
  46. What’s your hair color? Various shades of blonde with a reddish tint in certain lights.
  47. Are you allergic to anything? Yes, I’m allergic to codeine – this means that I have to check the labels of all pain medications and I cannot take certain ones such as Tylenol-3. It does make me a bit concerned for when I eventually do get pregnant, and have to give birth, as I do not want to do a natural birth unless I 100% have to, or if it will cause harm to my baby if I do not. :(
  48. Do you have any phobias? Yes, coulrophobia…which makes the fact that I am currently on season four of AHS ironic. Comment below with your favorite TV show if you know why.
  49. Chinese astrological sign? metal Monkey
  50. Can you whistle? Nope, but I can snap. My Uncle told me that in our family you can either snap or whistle, but you can’t do both. My Mom can whistle, but not snap…while he can snap but not whistle. It’s weird.
  51. What’s your favorite candle scent? Uhm, I don’t have one and I don’t understand the obsession that practically all girls have with candles.
  52. Occupations you wanted to be as a kid? The only things I remember telling people that I wanted to be were a Mommy, a lawyer, and in fifth grade, the first woman President of the United States. I went around to all my teachers, fifth and fourth grade to ask them to vote for me. They all said that they would.
  53. Do you believe in ghosts? Yes, I do. I will write a post about this at a later date – so be sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss the post!
  54. Do you believe in aliens? Yes and no…I feel that our universe is so big, that not having life out there would be virtually impossible. However, the only reason that they would be called “aliens” is because they are different from humankind. Does anyone else wonder why we insist on calling things we don’t understand or that don’t look how we expect “alien”? No? Just me, well, let’s move on to the next question.
  55. What inspires you? Lately? Not much…inspiration has been kind of hard to come across lately. It’s the main reason that I’ve not been doing much writing of any kind, and there is also the fact that I somehow managed to lose all of my current WIP from my desktop. I swear that it hates me.
  56. What’s your favorite season? Autumn, duh! This isn’t because I’m an October baby either…there are so many things that make it the best season. Pumpkin Spice Lattes, plaid, picking apples, and wearing boots are just a few of the reasons that it’s the best season ever! It’s also the start of football season which means tailgating and bonfires – did someone say s’mores and chili? Sign me up!
  57. What is the last thing you watched on TV? I don’t technically watch TV – Netflix is more my speed. I need to be able to pause whatever I am watching, so that I can go do other things and come back to where I was. However, my Mom does watch TV and so when I went in to get us each a bowl of chili, I saw a bit of the movie White House Down – starring the equally delicious Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler.
  58. Secret talent? Uhm, if I told you, then it wouldn’t be a secret talent, now would it?
  59. Do you wear perfume? I have trouble finding a scent that is both affordable and that I love. For the longest time, I wore Love’s Baby Soft…but as I’ve gotten older, the baby powder scent became a bit much. I currently adore Calvin Klein Euphoria – but I don’t own any of it. :(
  60. Have you ever been in love? I am constantly in love with some person, some object, some app, some website…but if you mean, have I fallen head over heels with one particular person? If I have fallen totally, completely in love, cannot imagine my life without them…then the answer would be, no.
  61. Who would you like to see in concert? Despite the fact that I have no idea of how to answer this, I’ll just put a couple of random people – Weird Al Yankovic, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and anyone else really as I’ve never been to any concert at all. To be honest, I’d rather go to an awards show of some kind and see multiple acts.
  62. Tea or coffee? Both, it honestly depends on the time of day and my current mood. I usually drink a cup of Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea in Sleepytime Vanilla, and in the morning, I must drink at least one cup of coffee. I plan on doing a Morning Routine and a Bedtime Routine post in the near future. Or would you prefer that I wait until I can film it?
  63. Black or green olives? On pizza, black olives. As a snack, green ones.
  64. Can you knit? Hm, sort of. I am way too anxious to do it correctly – I make my stitches too tight which means I can only do a single row. Therefore, I grasp the concept of knitting…but I cannot make anything at all.
  65. Are you listening to music right now? Nope – I am trying to finish this post so that I can go do dishes, and then I don’t have anything keeping me from doing my most favorite chore in the world, laundry. (Please note the sarcasm! Doing laundry where I live is a PITA as we have a portable washer that gets hooked up to the kitchen sink.)
  66. What would you name your children? Well, since the Facebook quizzes that you do, keep saying that I am either going to have either three girls and a boy, or three boys and a girl – which I prefer. I’m going to tell you three names for each gender. The boys would be named James Tennison (JT), Caulen Joseph, and Brendan James. The girls would be names Madeleine Nicole, Flannery Jayne, and Teagan Elizabeth.
  67. Well, this is the end of the questions and I hope that you enjoyed reading my answers, and that you possibly learned something new about me. If you want to do these questions, you can find the original here, so be sure to give her credit. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend, and I am off to sleep – setting the alarm so I can get dishes and laundry done today. As for the featured image, this is the view that I have had out my back door for the past couple of days – it has been gray, gloomy, and raining…an absolutely perfect start to Spring. But I guess that means the flowers will be blooming soon, I hope.

    1. This was during the summer of 1988 or 1989 – which means that the all natural craze was yet to arrive.
    2. How did I get over 100,000 emails? Can I just delete them all?!