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My First Award: Liebster Award

My First Award: Liebster Award

FUCK IT! I am fucking done. I have rewrote this fucking damn post a thousand times, and tried to publish it the same amount of times. If you don’t like it, kiss my fucking ass and stay off my fucking website.

I’m so excited to announce that I have received my first award since buying my name domain 1, and while I have received it in the past, I somehow find it more exciting, more nerve-racking this time around. I was nominated by Megan, and you can read more about the Liebster Award here. I chose to use the revised rules for 2018 and the image came from searching ‘Liebster Award’ on Google Images.

What to do if Nominated for a Liebster Award

Back in 2011 when the Liebster Award first began, it was relatively simple in that all one was required to do was to acknowledge the person who nominated you for the award, and then nominate five other bloggers for the award. However, it is now seven years later and it has become a bit more involved and it will continue to evolve as blogging becomes more accessible to everyone.

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award, and you choose to accept it by writing a blog post about it, there are a few things that you must do. They are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and put a link to their blog on your blog. Tell your readers what makes this person special, and what makes you honored for receiving this award from them. This person will be grateful for the praise, and those you nominate will reciprocate – creating a circle of appreciation and respect.
  2. Display the award on your blog – either by including it in your post and/or displaying it by using a widget or gadget. The best way to do this is to right-click the image and save it to your own computer. Then you can upload it to your blog post. You can easily find an image by using Google, and searching “Liebster Award 2018.”
  3. Write a brief paragraph about what makes you passionate about blogging. Is it the fact that you have the ability to reach millions of people without leaving your home? Or perhaps the fact that you can get to know people all over the world through their blogs?
  4. Provide eleven random facts about yourself. This is, of course, optional – however, in the interest of blogging, and of getting to know your readers, it’s always helpful to share a bit of yourself and random facts are a quick, relatively painless way to allow others to learn about you.
  5. Nominate five to eleven blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award. Contact them to notify them of their nomination via Twitter, or another method. You must provide them a length back to your post so that they can read about the Liebster Award, and decide for themselves if they choose to accept it.
  6. List these rules in your post. (You can copy and paste from here, provide a link back to this post, or even write them in your own words provided that you have the basics of each rule.)

While you may feel that the Liebster Award is quite similar to a chain email/letter, and it does share some similar traits in that it is passed from person to person. The main idea is to help promote one another’s blogs and to spread goodwill among bloggers. Don’t worry – if you choose to not accept the award, you won’t be cursed or anything like that.

Why I Blog

I began blogging in earnest, well not earnest as I’m not very consistent, in the spring of 2001 as a way to become better at writing and to waste time between my college classes. I was horrible at setting up my schedule, and so had blocks of time where I had absolutely nothing to do – and commuting home for an hour was pointless. I currently blog for basically the same reasons – to become a better writer which is a never-ending process and to do something during the hours when I’m not asleep.

Eleven Five Random Facts About Me and An Excuse for the Rest

  1. I learned how to read at the age of three, and my favorite books during elementary school were The Boxcar Children, a series of books originally created by Gertrude Chandler Warner. I was obsessed with them – and wanted to live in a boxcar.
  2. My favorite color has been any shade of blue for as longest as I can remember – in fact, both my Junior year Prom dress and my Senior year Prom dress were both navy blue, with somewhat different styles.
  3. I have a heart-shaped mole on my inner left knee, a scar on the ball of my left foot from stepping on a glass Coke bottle when I was three, and a scar or two near my mouth from childhood accidents…mainly playing on swivel chairs.
  4. I have recently come to the realization that over half of my childhood celebrity crushes were/are Canadian. First was Fred Savage from the TV show, The Wonder Years – it was also the point that I came across my first ever #WomanCrushWednesday in Danica McKellar. We then came across Jonathan Brandis, Devon Sawa, and a few others that I cannot think of at the current time.
  5. I am suicidal – and I have been since I was a Sophomore in high school. People ask how I have gotten over it, and in all honesty, I am always struggling to come up with reasons to not pop some pills, to not watch the blood pool on the floor as my life slowly drips away.
  6. I cannot come up with eleven total facts at the current time, and so I’ll do a post at a later date with 100 Random Facts.

Asked by Megan, Answered by Me

Do you ever worry? I think the more accurate question would be when do I not worry? I am constantly stressed over the smallest things from whether I should dye my hair to did I lock the keys in the car? Worrying might be my most practiced skill…in fact, I’m currently worrying about whether or not my Uncle got a passing score for the class he was attending to be licensed, so that I can work for him and make some money and go back to school.
What are you most grateful for? So many things are worth being grateful for – but I’m only going to list a few things. I am grateful for the roof over my head – I’ve been homeless twice before. I’m grateful that my Mom, who is my best friend, is alive and relatively healthy – she went through cervical cancer during my Sophomore year of High School and she currently has diabetes. I’m grateful for all the friends and family who have been assisting Mom and I these past couple of months.
Do you have a favorite manga/anime? Considering the fact that I’ve only read one manga, I guess you could say it’s my favorite. Now, you are probably wondering which one that is – Fruits Basket. I watched the whole series (sadly, only one season on Hulu) back in 2012. I’m interested in watching more, of course. So please leave recommendations below – similar to Fruits Basket.
How about a favorite game? I would say that I have more than one favorite game – the first game I was obsessed with would be Pac-Man. I started playing it when I was around two or three years old on one of those classic arcade systems. The next game I came obsessed over would be Sonic Spinball – a pinball video game designed by Sega featuring everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog. I so wish this game had the ability to spit out money – my life would be so much easier. It was also the cause of some problems during my early teens, thanks to a stepfather who didn’t like being beat in a game by his step-daughter. I lost interest in video games until around my second semester of college when The Sims came out, and I have been obsessed with it ever since. I’ve only played the first installment and I’m currently playing The Sims 3, and desiring The Sims 4.
Cartoon? What’s your favorite cartoon? Of all time? I honestly don’t believe that I have one…so instead I’m going to pick a year range for cartoons which is between 1984 to 1988. These are the only years that I can recall getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons, or waking up early for school to watch them.
What are you looking forward to the most right now? In all honesty, I cannot think of a single thing that I am looking forward to the most right now. I don’t have anything planned for tomorrow, or the coming week, or anything of the sort. I suppose that I could say that I am looking forward to the day that my Aunt Flo leaves from her monthly visit…but honestly, I think all women while sometimes glad for her visits, kind of are secretly looking forward to her leaving for another month.
What kind of kid were you? To be completely honest, I have no clue. I’ve been told I was a sweet kid, a pleasure to have in class. Of course, my Mom says I was a spoiled brat.
What’s the last thing you read? The last book that I read was The Woman in The Window by AJ Finn…it somewhat reminded me of the 1954 mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock called Rear Window. However, it has its own twist ending…and if you’ve not read it, I definitely recommend it.
Is your room messy or clean? I would most definitely say messy…I have two modes, super organized and complete disarray. Sadly, my anxiety causes me to be in complete disarray the most often. I get frustrated when I cannot get things organized the way that I’d like.
If you could do one thing right now, what would it be? Right at this moment in time? I am hoping that I can finish this blog post, go to sleep, and not get up at eight o’clock in the morning like I have been for the past week. But we shall honestly see what happens…
How many pets do you have? We currently have a Cairnoodle named Colby, who’s ten-and-a-half years old. We also have an approximately three-year old leopard gecko named Picasso.

Nominating:
Not a single soul, if you want to do this post and answer my questions just be sure to let me know in some way.

Questions for the Nominated:
What’s your favorite book/movie of all time and why did it speak to you so much?
Do you have any recent victories that you want to share, and how were they a victory?
If this were your last day on Earth, would you be proud of what you have accomplished? If not, how would you go about changing things so that you were?
If a genie granted you three wishes right now, what would you wish for?
What is your favorite TV show, and what do you like the best about it?
What does your perfect day consist of?
What irritates you the most about the internet and blogging? What do you love the most about the internet and blogging?
Who would you love to have a conversation with, living or dead? What would you discuss, if you care to share?
Dog person or cat person? Why do you suppose that is?
Share one of your unusual talents.
What keeps you awake at night?

  1. Actually, I received it back in August 2017 and been working on this post off and on since then.
Review: The Skinny-Chick Cookbook

Review: The Skinny-Chick Cookbook

Edit: I was removed from this campaign before I could get it finished. However, I did enjoy eating and preparing the recipes that I mentioned, and I figured that some of you might enjoy this cookbook as well. Thus, the reason that this post is being published despite my misgivings about doing so.

It seems as if there are millions of ways to write an introduction to an actual cookbook, but I couldn’t find a way to introduce a review of a cookbook. Believe me, I looked and as a result, I’m just going to begin the review. I’m not going to worry about writing something witty to capture your attention, hopefully, that was done by the food picture even though my photography skills need work. :D There are a few things that you should look for when choosing your next cookbook: clear and easy to understand directions; color photographs of most, if not all, the recipes; and it fits your lifestyle, cooking ability, and budget. I’d love to tell you that this cookbook fits all of these requirements with no exception, however, that would be untrue and I did promise from the moment I started blogging to be as honest as possible. This doesn’t change even though I did receive this cookbook for free in exchange for a review, and I want you, my readers, to know exactly what to expect if you choose to purchase this cookbook.

First of all, is does this cookbook contain clear and easy to understand directions? It both does and doesn’t, but I will explain. All of the recipes are ten ingredients or less, which makes going grocery shopping a lot easier as one can typically remember a list of five items. It also helps that you could possibly have some of the ingredients already in your pantry, refrigerator, etc. This level of ingredients also applies to the clarity of the directions – the least number of directions, the clearer that I found the directions to be. I made both the Baked Spaghetti Squash and the Black Bean Burritos, and I found that the Baked Spaghetti Squash was easier to prepare as the directions were more clear and easy to understand. This may be due to the fact that it only contained a total of five ingredients, while the other called for twelve ingredients (breaking the ten ingredient or less rule, mentioned on the cover). I will admit that the author may consider this as following that particular rule, seeing as you’ll more than likely have a few ingredients on hand. As for the directions, they weren’t the clearest – and it requires a bit more prep than the previous recipe. For example, you have to dice both a tomato and a zucchini, make some rice, and do something with the spinach leaves – it’s not exactly specified…I’d say you could use them whole, or do as I did and shred them. I also may have forgotten to make the rice, but I do have leftovers which means I have lunch for today.

Does the cookbook contain color pictures of most, if not all, of the recipes? This is where this particular cookbook surpasses all expectation – it contains full-color pictures of every single recipe, which means that you will either be inspired to make all of the recipes or depressed when you do make one because it looks nothing like the picture. Personally, I love when cookbooks show me photographs of the completed recipes as it makes me hungrier and I think that all cookbooks should do the same, instead of every few recipes.

Finally, does this particular cookbook fit my lifestyle, cooking ability, and budget? Let’s look at each area separately…does it fit my lifestyle? My current lifestyle consists of minimal sleep, minimal time to prep meals, minimal time to do much of anything…but maximum stress. My mom is a type-2 diabetic, who is very particular about what she eats…and so having meals that both look and smell appealing is a plus. As for cooking ability, well…I’m not a big fan of cooking unless I have clear, concise directions and some of the recipes in this book do not have that as mentioned above. I also prefer to buy food that is pre-prepped, ie. already chopped, etc. as I am extremely impatient. Budget is always a big one…and this cookbook fits most, if you’re prepared to do a little shopping.

I honestly don’t know what else to say…if you’re into healthy, food and you follow a dairy-free, gluten-free, or vegan diet then I definitely recommend you check out this cookbook.

The Care and Keeping of Colby

The Care and Keeping of Colby

I would like to begin this post by introducing the star of the post, that my Mom and I are co-owners of, a soon-to-be eleven-year-old Cairn Terrier-Poodle mix named Colby.1 He asked me to share some of his recent favorite products, and to let you know how much he cannot wait until the snow melts so he can catch that blasted moe living in the front yard. Personally, I’m hoping that he never catches it as then I’ll have to dispose of the poor thing, But anyhow, on to the favorite products – some of these are things that I adore as well.

  1. Furbliss Blue Multi-functional Grooming Brush2: Colby absolutely loves this brush – he moans in pleasure while I use this, and I love how the silicone allows me to use it both in the bath and out of it. The other benefit to it being silicone is that it is perfect for when he is shedding as it cleans quite easily and quickly. I cannot wait to see how much he loves it in warmer weather when his fur is less dense.
  2. Winter Coat: Odd as this may sound, Colby absolutely loves the snow…or at least, rooting around in it. However, he cannot stand the cold and this winter coat helps tremendously. It’s not linked as I don’t recall where we got it originally, as he’s had this one for about two years. The only thing that we need to do is to add a stripe of reflective tape as he is a black dog, and when he wanders away from the porch lights, he’s difficult to see.
  3. Oatmeal Anti-Itch Pet Shampoo: I am pretty sure that I love this and the next product more than Colby, mainly because the cold wintry weather dries his skin up making him miserable. Since we started using both this and the next product in conjunction with the brush mentioned first, he has been a very happy puppy.
  4. Oatmeal Anti-Itch Dog Conditioner: At first I was hesitant about using a shampoo/conditioner combination during Colby’s baths, he’s not a big fan of water. In fact, he won’t even drink out of water puddles…but I digress, this conditioner makes him smell so delicious that I have to give him tons of cuddles – which he does love. It also makes his fur so soft and silky, but of course the next object doesn’t hurt any.
  5. 100% Certified Organic Coconut Oil for Dogs: I have to admit that I was a bit hesitant when I first heard of giving your dog coconut oil to help with skin and coat However, the difference that a teaspoon daily has made is remarkable – Colby used to chew his behind raw and he no longer does.
  6. Dog-Face Squeak Toy: I purchased this for Colby the beginning of December 2017 from Dollar Tree, and he carries it around constantly. Thankfully he broke the squeaker within an hour of receiving it, otherwise, my sanity could be called into question.

I would love to know a bit about some of your pets favorite products, or the products that you feel are essential for your pet. Also, tell me what kind of pet that you have and let me know if you want to learn a bit more about my other pet, Picasso.

  1. Obviously, pictured above.
  2. Received for free in exchange for a review
Conversations with Myself and Thoughts About Death

Conversations with Myself and Thoughts About Death

I am sure that you have probably already realized that I am not going to succeed in posting on here every single day, and what you may not know is that I am still trying to figure out if I am fine with this fact. To be honest, I am 90% of the way there – I know that posting quality content is way more important than quantity. Or at least that’s the important part to me, and I am the one who has to be satisfied with the whole website, and blogging process. I’m also the one who has to be satisfied with how this website, being online in general, affects my life. This means that I need to decide if I want to continue maintaining profiles on every social media platform; if I want to stress over posting every single day on a blogging platform – and if I want to make every single one of those post available to the public; if I want to delve into such topics as politics, religion, ethics, etc. that I have been avoiding thus far; or if I want to continue to stick to subjects and topics that don’t allow you the reader to truly get to know me. I also must admit that by avoiding certain topics that it makes me seem superficial, vain, and maybe just a bit self-absorbed. I would hope that those who know me offline would tell you that none of those things are true…although I can be a bit absent-minded and daydream a bit too much.

The truth of the matter is that all of this thinking is making me wonder about the impact that I’ll leave on the world if I’ll even leave one. I don’t have any children, living ones that is. Then I was searching for a blog post on my writing prompt app and I came across the one below…it seemed to fit the theme/topic that was lurking in the back of my mind. So since this prompt was the catalyst for my writing this post, here it is and here is what I wrote. Like last time, I would love to read yours – so please be sure to let me know via Twitter using the #WritingPrompt2 so I can read and comment on your post. Edit: I would like to point out that this is a complete work of fiction, and that I am using these writing prompts in a way to hopefully help me with my larger writing projects such as my numerous WIP.

Writing Prompt #2:

You find out that you will die in five years or less. How did you find this out? What would you do in those five years?

Tomorrow it will have been four years, six months, and thirteen days since the doctor informed me of my pending death. How do I know this, you may ask? Like many of us, I love to do countdowns – birthdays, holidays, Weddings, etc. and I figured that the day of your death should be celebrated since you are hopefully going to a better place. I am writing this to tell you more about how I received the news of my death, about what I have been doing the past four-plus years, and about how I plan to spend these last few months, days. I am also writing in the hope that my words will inspire you to live a better life, a life that makes you proud of the legacy that you leave.

I always knew that the females in my family had a tendency to die before they turned 40 – it’s the main reason that we all seemed to be teen parents, or if not teen parents, early 20s…none of us want to leave a small child without a mother. I know what you’re thinking, the thought of any child – regardless of age, losing their mother is both a great loss and a tragedy. My family would definitely agree with this – and we would love to figure out a way for this to never happen to one of our children again. When I was born, almost thirty-five years ago, my parents had done everything they could to ensure that I would be the one to break the family curse, to be the one who figured out a solution to what causes all of the females to die at the age of thirty-five.

Before we go any further, you need a bit more information – if you are a female in my family, you die at thirty-five. It doesn’t matter if you are transgender, adopted, etc. – you will die at thirty-five. It’s the main reason that we refuse to marry the fathers of our children – even though we do live with them so that our children have a stable home environment. We also ask that after we die – because they know from the beginning that we will, that they get married and find a mother for our children. Most of us have been very lucky in that we get to meet the woman who’ll be the future mother of our children, that we become friends with them, and that they understand the importance of keeping our memories alive for the children. The only other request that we make is that the new mother is over the age of thirty-five…it seems that is the magic number.

Why thirty-five, you are probably wondering? I wondered the same as I was growing up, and I wasn’t told until I turned eighteen. It seems that a male ancestor in the 1500s killed his wife, who was thirty-five because he wanted to marry a younger woman and have more children. As she died, she told him that no female child that held his name would live past the age of thirty-five. The ironic part is that he managed to live long enough to see that their two young daughters died at thirty-five, which was when he set the guidelines for us, that I am not allowed to share with the public.

Anyhow, I told you that I would tell you about what I have been doing and about how I plan to spend my remaining months. Oddly, they go together – I have always had an interest in the occult and how it can have an effect on the world, on the human body and I felt that the family curse had to do something with dabbling in the occult. Luckily, my parents had the money to indulge my curiosity and to pay for me to go to the best schools – ones that focused on the occult, modern medicine, and alternative medicine. I have spent the past ten years of my life working on a way to break the curse, to ensure that no other female died from this. I was also lucky enough to have plenty of willing test-subjects, and before you say that I shouldn’t have been experimenting on actual human beings – but you also aren’t facing the same situation and when you do, you can tell me if you’d approach it in the same way. Oh, wait…I’m not going to be around. For those of you who haven’t figured it out yet, I am going to spend my remaining months the same way – and if I happen to find a solution, I’ll ask Jessica to tell you what happened.

Like many of you, I am waiting anxiously to hear if the curse was broken and I will be sure to update you on any news. In the future, you will get to read about the current product that my dog Colby is adoring, a cookbook that I am only slightly obsessed with, a wishlist on what I require to write, and if y’all want an update on this particular writing prompt/story. But right now, I am going to go finish downloading CC for The Sims and have a bowl of cereal for lunch while I update The Sims. I hope that y’all have a wonderful, warm day – it snowed here.

Something Tells Me I’m Going to Fail At This

Something Tells Me I’m Going to Fail At This

I am sitting here, trying to come up with a post to write for today and realizing that I may have been a bit hasty in deciding to post every day this year. My last post was less than a hundred words, I believe, and I really didn’t say much of anything. I’m also a bit afraid that this post is going to be more of the same, despite my not wanting it to be. Anyhow, we’re going to discuss why I thought that doing this was going to be a good idea, and what is currently causing my anxiety to skyrocket – and maybe a possible solution…beyond my banging my head on the concrete floors in our apartment.

I decided to try and post every day this year because I want to get in the habit of writing regularly. I am tired of having unfinished written works laying around and knowing that it’s my fault that they’re like that. I want to finish my works – as I cannot share them with anyone until they are completed. Plus every book, article, website, etc. about writing says that in order to become a better writer, you have to write and I hadn’t been doing that. This idea is my hopefully non-foolish attempt at accomplishing both of these things…but we will see how it goes.

Moving on, my anxiety levels are sky-high. My main method of dealing with it is currently not working – well, that’s not technically correct. My TS3 game isn’t loading, so it would work if it did. :( I know the solution – get a new computer, but I won’t have the funds for it until that thing I mentioned in an earlier post happens. So I honestly don’t know what to do – but I am open to suggestions.

A Bunch of Random Nonsense…

A Bunch of Random Nonsense…

That way I don’t totally fuck mess up my plan to blog every day in 2018, even if I don’t actually have anything to write about. Actually, I had a post in mind – but I’m not 100% ready to write it. Also, I don’t really feel like posting today, so tell me some ideas for posts to write and I’ll be glad to do them.

New Year Wishlist

New Year Wishlist

It is currently 8° outside, and I’m not only cold, I have a headache as well. This means that I don’t want to write a post that requires a lot of energy/thought to be put in it. Therefore, the result of this want means that you get to read the first wishlist post of 2018 – I know, it’s very thrilling. Haha, yeah right. ;) Anyhow, I hope that you enjoy viewing some of the things that I am desiring on this glacial, January night…also, I seem to have gotten into the habit of writing the posts the night before. *shrugs* I will also admit that this wishlist is influenced by the weather, as well as my current state of mind…plus possibly some upcoming good events in my life. However, I will discuss them more as they get closer. Without further introduction, beyond the fact that this list is in no particular order, here is my wishlist for the new year!

  1. 2006 BMW X5 3.0i – One of the things that I need to do when it gets warmer is to get my Driver’s License…yes, I am in my mid-thirties and I haven’t got it yet. Why, you may be asking? I could honestly tell you several different things, but the reason is relatively simple. I haven’t wanted my Driver’s License…this hasn’t really changed, but proper motivation will soon arrive.
  2. The following items from Kylie Cosmetics: Lipstick in Passion, Lipstick in Puppy Love, Gloss in Damn Gina, Lip Kit in Koko K, Lip Kit in Candy K, Lip Kit in Posie K, Lip Kit in High Maintenance, Velvet Lip Kit in Harmony, Gloss in Cupid, and Gloss in Koko K. Then again, you could always just get me a gift card. :P
  3. Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. Crossbody in black with rose gold hardware, and if you’ve been to my blog in the past and read any of my old wishlist posts, then you’ll be well aware of my obsession with rose gold.
  4. These faux leather moto leggings would go perfectly with this neutral Reed cashmere pullover sweater and a cute pair of ankle boots. Perhaps, these would work…if only it wasn’t so damn cold or I wouldn’t look like an idiot wearing socks with them.
  5. The cold weather makes me want to stay inside, but I still want to keep up with the world via social media which means that the following items are absolute essentials: Apple iPhone SE 32GB in Rose Gold naturally, and it needs a case – a personalized one is protective in more ways than one. Then to capture all of those moments – y’all know the ones that I mean, I definitely need a selfie stick and selfie light.
  6. Then since my eyes hurt from browsing social media on my phone, it’s time to unwind by playing The Sims 4 with all expansion and stuff packs installed on my iMac Pro.

Okay, so this turned into a perfect day post, kind of…and I’m kind of fine with it, but then again…that knocks out a post for another day?! This basically means that I’m ending it here so that I can do that post another day.

Underdog: Or My Attempt at Making the Super Bowl Relatable

Underdog: Or My Attempt at Making the Super Bowl Relatable

We’ve all heard the word, underdog but have you ever really thought about what it means? According to Dictionary.com an underdog is either someone who is expected to lose in a conflict or contest, or a victim of social or political injustice. Most of us know the first definition, as it is the one that we use when talking about sporting events such as the Super Bowl or the World Series. However, and I’m going to play the devil’s advocate for a minute here, but one could argue that the definition doesn’t fit in either case. All teams that are eligible for these events have an equal chance of winning; the problem is with how well they manage their players, their facilities, and the funds. So, as a result of this, I am not going to discuss the first definition of being an underdog…instead, let’s skip to the second part that says “a victim of social or political injustice”. Once again, I am sure that you can probably think of an example of this, however, I have chosen a few that stand out for some reason or another – I’d love to know if you think that they actually fit the definition, or if this word has become trite and overused.1

First, we have The Lord of the Rings and the character of Frodo Baggins…a character that when we first meet him in the story we wonder how in the world he’s going to succeed at his quest. We know that he’ll succeed, or that the quest will be a successful one, as he is the protagonist in a fantasy epic..it may take 700+ pages. Therefore, what makes Frodo an underdog? His fellow characters had no confidence in his ability to complete the quest, he at times had no confidence in his ability to complete the quest, and as a result, we readers lost our confidence in his ability to complete the quest. Yet, he completed the quest and became a hero – he did this by carrying an unbearable burden where nobody else could have taken it, and he suffered the loss of his own self in carrying the ring. The fact that he managed to resist the lure of the Ring is perhaps the most heroic act that any character in literature ever faced, and he helps us to realize that we cannot face certain tasks on our own. We need the support of multiple people – both powerful and not so powerful. He teaches us that just because we receive help – this doesn’t make us any less of a hero…or any less of an underdog. Frodo, in essence, put everything that he had into reaching his goal – even knowing that he would quite possibly fail.

What do you get when you get a child whose parents were killed by an evil wizard, who was sent to live with relatives that absolutely despised him, and who every year for seven years of his schooling was almost killed multiple times? You get, Harry Potter – referred to as “the boy who lived.” He was an underdog from the beginning…he was expected to have died when Voldemort killed his parents, yet he didn’t. He was a scrawny, geeky kid who lived under the stairs of his relatives home…yet he managed to defeat “the world’s most powerful wizard.” Also, I agree with Harry – Dumbledore is the world’s most powerful wizard and I’ll do a post on that at a later date.

On the film front, there are so many underdogs that are based on sports – in fact, the majority of sports movies are about the underdog. Therefore, we’ll discuss the one that popped into my head that is not related to sports. We have Billy Elliot – a tale of an English boy who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. Billy is both the youngest son of a coal miner and the younger brother of a coal miner. However, the coal miners are on strike – and there is a stigma to being a male ballet dancer. Billy soon learns that his best friend is, in fact, gay – however, Billy is not and is supportive of his friend. He continued to practice ballet, and he is seen by his father who realizes that Billy is in fact truly gifted and vows to help him achieve his dreams, no matter what. Billy’s father plans to cross the picket line, so he can go back to work to raise the money – but he is stopped by his fellow miners who help him and Billy’s older brother raise the funds for Billy to go to London and audition. I’m not going to tell you any more, as I don’t want to spoil the ending – but it is definitely worth a watch.

I’d love to hear about some of your favorite underdogs from literature and film, and do you agree that the ones I mentioned fit one of the definitions of an underdog? If so, which one? Finally, for those who are unaware, the featured image is from a TV series created in the late 1950s by General Mills to sell cereal…yes, even back then they used cartoon characters to sell things to children. I definitely recommend checking out the show – reading a bit more about it here.

  1. Note: Most of these are from literature and film, as I am operating was operating on less than 4 hours of sleep.
In Which I Attempt to Begin to Daily Blog

In Which I Attempt to Begin to Daily Blog

Today is the beginning of yet another new year, and to some cultures, it’s also the beginning of a new week – personally, I go by what day the calendar says the week begins, and so that was Sunday. However, this isn’t the purpose of this blog and it’s not to tell you my New Year Resolutions as I haven’t technically made any this year as of yet. More than likely, I will probably get around to thinking about making some around St. Valentine’s Day or if we’re really lucky, on the 25th of January1. No, the purpose of this post is far more nefariosu…at least to someone like me who doesn’t care to be tied down, to make plans in advance. I know what you’re thinking…why do I have a website when you have to pay for them at least a year at a time? Honestly? Sometimes I don’t know…sometimes I consider contacting my lovely host, Lysianthus, and telling her that I’m throwing in the towel…that I no longer want to own a website or blog anymore. Then another part of me screams that “You have never ” anything in your life, and you’re going to start now?!” I try to quiet it by saying that I technically quit University, and it reminds me that if I’m trying to go back…then I’ve not actually quit, that I’m just on an extended sabbatical. Anyhow, as you can probably tell from the title, I am going to attempt to blog every single day this year – I have a total of four different post types currently that you’ll be able to read, and hopefully, I’ll remember to put them under the right tag every time.2 I am also going to try and do the post on the actual day – however, I will admit that I may queue up some posts if I get lucky enough to go on vacation, if I am able to find employment, or if I am able to go back to University.

Writing Prompt #3:3
You receive an unmarked envelope with a check for $5,000,000 inside. It’s a legitimate check, what do you do with it? Do you ever find out who it is from? How does it change your life?

Let’s begin with do, I ever find out who it is from…I would imagine that a check for that amount of money would have some sort of identification on it, as the bank would have to verify that the funds are available before depositing it into the combination checking/savings account that I would open. After opening this combination checking/savings account, I would then proceed to purchase my mom a new vehicle – perhaps a 2018 Chevrolet Trax, midnight edition. We would then drive to this particular Kroger, as they sell both sushi – which we both adore and Starbucks, which is one of my obsessions that I hardly ever get to have. After grabbing these items, we’d drive around our hometown looking at land – Mom would love to have a home of her own with a space to have a garden, and of course, I’d love to have a pool. Then the process of choosing a home plan – this one from Menards would be absolutely perfect. The bedrooms are separate, which Mom would love as my being on the computer working on this website or any other one I would end up getting, or my playing The Sims would not disturb her. It’s all on a single level, great for both Mom and our dog Colby who in his almost ten-years of life…beyond the one to get into our apartment. This, of course, brings us to a temporary standstill – as we’d have to decorate the house4, and I’d go back to University – but neither can happen until the house is completed.

As for rather or not, I’d ever find out who it is from – as much as my curiosity would kill for me to find out, I would figure that I’d received it anonymously for a reason. I’d naturally want to find out, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to search for my mysterious, yet wealthy benefactor. I would start a new series here on the blog, telling them about what I have done with the funds and how much I appreciate their generous gift.

Finally, would my life change? I don’t know…why don’t you tell me? I currently live in public housing, I am on welfare, and I don’t have a university/college-education. So would my life change? I’d say, it would most definitely change.

I would love to read all of your posts for this particualr prompt, so if you decide to do it – send me the link via Twitter with the #2018WritingPrompts.

  1. Only an odd date if you don’t know the significance.
  2. No promises.
  3. All of the writing prompts are from this app and that’s where the numbering system comes into play.
  4. Let me know if you’d like me to do posts on this topic
First Impressions: Fact or Fiction

First Impressions: Fact or Fiction

I originally posted something like this on my very first domain, Nouveau Prep, back on the 26th of February 2009…however, I highly doubt that anyone who read that post will read this one and remembers anything about it. So I’m going to admit that parts of this are from the original, also written by myself, post.

To begin, I want you to take a glance at the picture I chose for my sidebar…and think about what you originally thought of the person in the picture. Because let’s be honest, you probably immediately formed some sort of impression. First impressions are based on several things – your mood when you first saw the picture, your experiences with people named Jessica – one can’t take that out in this scenario considering it’s right above the picture, even how well you recognize Snapchat filters to how you feel about social media and those who use it. A few of you may have thought that she looks like a nice, sweet girl; while others might have thought that this girl is a total, stuck-up bitch. The truth of the matter is that neither group is 100% correct nor 100% wrong. That, there, is the problem with using your first impression to decide how you truly feel about a person.

First impressions don’t consider what a person may be going through in their current life. Perhaps when you meet a girl who’s being a bitch – she might have just broken up with her boyfriend or any other number of things. Then again, the girl might just really be a bitch. Personally, I believe that no single person can be in a bad mood 100% of the time. So I would be likely to ask how everything is going – and really mean it when I do so – and consider what they tell me before I judge how I feel about them personally.

Another thing that could affect how a person comes across both in life and on social media, is the way that they have been treated. This treatment can occur in several different ways – from when a male celebrity starts dating a new girl/guy and his fans reaction to it to past relationships with friends, family, etc. We have a tendency to judge people based on what we know, what we have personally experienced…and sometimes people need a second, or even multiple, chances to prove that they are a person worthy of being loved and cared for. Because to be honest, even a sociopathic serial killer needs to fill this way…even if they will never be able to reciprocate these feelings.

However, I have not always felt this way. Things happen, and people change. In my case, it has happened over a period of time…but what brought it to the forefront was when I attended the Southern Illinois Women’s Teen Conference on the 21st of February, back in 2009 – shortly before the original of this post went up. While attending this conference, I listened to this guy say that nothing that happens to you in your life – not being poor, rich, single parent, sexually abused, etc. – has an effect on your life. Absolutely nothing…not your thoughts, not your emotions.

The truth of the matter is that, like it or not, every single thing has an effect on the person that you are, the person that you become, and on how those around you view you – the impression that people judge you by. Every single thought, action, word spoken…every single thing forms a cohesive whole. Yet we are judged, and we judge, based on fleeting moments of time, on impressions that may be real or imaginary.

So I ask you this, do you feel that the things that have happened in your life had an influence on the person that you are today? Do you feel that you have been unfairly judged by someone because of a fleeting moment in time?

Finally, I’m ending with this: The next time you meet someone new, take the time to really get to know him/her before you decide if they are someone that you wish to hang out with. Who knows you might make some new friends? I also suggest that if you made a snap judgement on another person, give them another chance…they might end up surprising you.