Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mix it up


I want to make this more fun. 

I take a lot of pictures so I want to start documenting life in pictures and posting on here everything I do. Maybe it might be boring but I do feel I will enjoy that. And you can listen to me ramble about everyday happenings. But your life is what you make it. And even if I'm doing something boring but I make it exciting, it is exciting.

Correct? Correct.

Anyway, I am currently watching a segment called "From plane to fabulous" on the Today Show. It's about looking glamorous on a plane. Here are my thoughts. 

I haven't been on a long plane ride in awhile. However, I do recall how uncomfortable those seats can be. Hence the sweatpants or yoga pants I always choose to wear on a plane ride. The point they are making is that you can still glam these up. Wrap a scarf around your neck, wear a tighter, bright colored shirt and nice cover up. 

This I can do. I get it, just because you are wearing the comfy pants doesn't mean you have to look drab. Easy way to brighten your day by dressing up. Or if you are on this particular airline they are showing, Virgin America, you can curl your hair right on the flight. That's right. They apparently have outlets right at the seat to blow dry and style your hair. Get on the plane with one hairstyle and come off with a totally different one. Now that's convenient.

Next time, there will pictures. Hopefully.


-Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.-Mark Twain

Friday, April 23, 2010

My Annoyance today.


The word 'like'

Seems silly, right?

But no, no it is not silly. This word has started to take over words and speech and it is starting to get to me. I am by no means leaving myself out of this because I have caught myself using 'like' too many times in one sentence.

It's as if 'like' is taking over words we used to use frequently but now for some unknown reason replace with 'like'. Or we just throw 'like' in between words for some unknown reason.

For example: (Here's a hypothetical conversation) So like yesterday, I went to the office to get my paper that like needed grading, but the paper wasn't there so I went to the secretary and was like "Do you know where my paper is that was graded?" and she's like, "No, I haven't seen any papers in there today." Well now what I am supposed to do because that paper was like the only thing I had for research and it's like so frustrating that she said it would be there and it's not.

WAY.TOO.MANY.LIKES.
Granted, I just made that up, but I assure you it is the way people talk on a regular basis.
Here is the fixed version:

So yesterday, I went to the office to get my paper that needed grading, but the paper wasn't there so I went to the secretary and said "Do you know where my paper is that was graded?" and she said, "No, I haven't seen any papers in there today." Well now what I am supposed to do because that paper was the only thing I had for research and it's so frustrating that she said it would be there and it's not.

A few changes but it instantly sounds slightly more educated. In that sentence above 'like' replaced the word said and was just added whilly nilly, as they say. I just hate to see smart people talking in this way and sounding so not smart.

Many people do this my age and around my age. But once you realize you are doing it, it is easier to catch. A month ago I noticed I was one of the 'like' users. I caught myself using it 4 or more times in one sentence. ONE SENTENCE!

I knew it was time to remedy the situation. 

Therefore, every time I started to use 'like', I would stop in the conversation and replace it with the appropriate word. It caused and still does cause me to speak slower sometimes. But eventually I know I will wean myself off of 'like.' And I will feel so much better about my speaking because when I realized how many times I was saying 'like' I thought about how people probably heard me when I talked and it made me cringe.

I am begging you to stop using 'like' so darn much. Only when comparing should like be used. I would like for the word 'like' to go back to its normal vocabulary. Please and thank you. 




-Do not be surprised when those who ignore the rules of grammar also ignore the law. After all, the law is just so much grammar. -Robert Brault
Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day!


Well happy Earth Day everyone!

Some people say how weird this day is and don't really acknowledge it. And I say to them, well why the heck not?

We are on Earth. We live here. If it wasn't for Earth, where would we be. Every one of us gets a birthday so why not celebrate the Earth too?



Earth Day is actually 40 years old today. It all started with a US Senator. So thank you US Senator for making a day when we all think about this great place we live and what we can do to help it stay so beautiful and wonderful. 

That's what Earth day is. To think about those environmental issues that go on around us all day, everyday. It is a day when we can say, what can I do to help make the Earth better?

I recycle. You should recycle. There isn't a good reason not to. Just put a bin next to your garbage and its very simple. It saves the planet. 

If you can, walk instead of drive. Unfortunately, I am far away from any type of store or socialization so I am forced to get in the car to get places. But if you are close to the post office, walk there a couple days a week instead of releasing the gas into the air.

Clotheslines are a good investment too. I'm a country girl and grew up with the clothesline during the warmer months. Turns out its good for the electric bill and the carbon footprint.

Something cute I found was "green" dates. Here are a few they suggested.

  • Go to the market
  • Pick up garbage, especially something that can be recycled 
  • Go canoeing
  • Take a romantic stroll under the stars
For more ideas it's all right here!


So please do at least one "green" activity today to help preserve this planet we call home.


-There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet-Brooke Medicine Eagle
Thursday, April 15, 2010

Achoo!


Itchy, watery  eyes, coughing, sneezing, congestion, itchy nose.

Yes, allergies. They are back. And with great force. 

According to recent reports, this is predicted to be the worst allergy season in years. That could explain why many previous non-allergy sufferers seem to be springing up with allergies. And there were already 35 million of us!

We apparently owe it to the cold, long winter we had already been hating on. Because the winter was so long temperatures soared quicker than usual. This caused all spring flowers, trees and weeds to grow very quickly and at a fast rate.

Then add in all the rain and flooding, even more of a rapid rate of growth. That rain also brought plenty of mold spores for the allergen sufferers to enjoy. So it seems that the normal allergy season was supposed to start this week but according to my itchy eyes and sneezing, it started weeks ago and doesn't show signs of letting up anytime soon. 

I don't know about you but everyday I can't wait to pop that pill that at least makes my allergies bearable. This year it doesn't even seem able to eliminate the symptoms completely. But I guess I'm not the only one.

It also makes me wonder if the reason so many people are feeling the brunt of the allergies is because when you get the allergies pills or sprays you are directed to start taking them 2 weeks before allergy season starts. Since that started early many people weren't prepared for the onset of attacks. Hmmm. Something to think about there. 


New allergy sufferers, welcome to the other side. And old allergy sufferers, pills and nose sprays up! And repeat in a few hours.



-If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome-.