Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Random Thoughts 12-30-15

I may do this random thought thing every now and then. So. Sit back and enjoy this first edition!

* While I love Adele's newest hit, Hello. I think if you really look at the words to the song, it's an incredibly bad idea. Getting in touch with an old love to talk about things and get closure? Sure. It sounds amazing in theory. But when you get honest with yourself ... that self that called someone a thousand times and got no answer ... you know this isn't a good idea. Enjoy the song. Don't take it to heart.

* Fitbit's sleep analysis option is of the devil. I've had my Fitbit for about a year now. I absolutely love it. The little device on wrist has helped me tremendously to stay motivated to get fit. I get a little crazy sometimes to meet a step goal, or whatever goal I happen to set for the day. It's how I work. And, it's helped. Recently, though, the fine developers at Fitbit pushed an update that improved the sleep analysis feature. I got curious. I kept it on while I slept just to see what happened.

Not a great idea! I think the best I got in the week I tested this was 4 hours. I guess I move around or something. But I do think I sleep better than this though. One little issue with the week long test? I am an extremely anxious person. I began getting anxious that I wasn't getting enough sleep.

Not cool! 

Basically? I'll keep using the Fitbit to keep me motivated to move it, move it. 

* I'm trying to decide if I enjoy El Nino or Polar Vortex - like winters. Honestly, I only like small doses of snow, not a fan of being cold and enjoy warmer temperatures that allow for being comfortablel outside. So, El Nino winters obviously win. I just don't enjoy rain that dumps devastating floods. 

So. Happy medium weather Gods! Work on that.

* Speaking of weather. I'm not sure if it's the weather getting a little colder, and so much rain lately, or even a Christmas Hangover, but wow, I've felt a funk lately. The weather is improving a bit and a new year with new possibilities is upon us, so let's hope this week improves ... and I get some sleep! We don't need me all anxious heading into the new year! 

Got any random thoughts or comments for me? Comment or send me a message! Take care! 

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy Festivus: An Airing of Grievances

Seinfeld is one of my favorite television shows. Ever.

That said, the Seinfeld-based holiday - Festivus - has always brought a smile to my face.

 According to Wikipedia, Sorry-not-sorry about that, here's what you should know about Festivus

Festivus entered popular culture after it was made the focus of the 1997 episode "The Strike". The holiday's celebration, as it was shown on Seinfeld, includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, practices such as the "Airing of Grievances" and "Feats of Strength", and the labeling of easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles".The episode refers to it as "a Festivus for the rest of us", referencing its non-commercial aspect. It has also been described both as a "parody holiday festival" and as a form of playful consumer resistance. 

The airing of grievances has always been one of my favorite Festivus traditions.

So. Since I have you here, here are a few of my grievances for 2015.

Cancer. Pardon my French, but the disease has been a real asshole this year. My father is living with prostate cancer. I say he's survived it but he's still receiving some treatments and what not.

My mom is a 13-year breast cancer survivor. My uncle has been dealing with brain cancer for two years - he's a fighter.

I've got friends whose loved ones are living with the disease.

And then, there are the not good stories. One of my dearest friends, Ann, lost her beloved grandfather to the horrible disease. Cancer can fuck right off.

Violence. From disturbances to mass shootings to acts of terrorism, violence has been down right prevelent this year. The world needs to do better.

 Politics. The United States won't vote for their next president until November 2016. We have another year to get through. Oh my goodness. So. I used to love politics. The game. The discussions. This year has really changed that for me. Politicians just say whatever they please to attract the most attention. See Donald Trump. And they aren't getting down to the issues that are really important. Yet, we can have debate about a candidate's use of the bathroom during a 3-hour debate. Seriously?

Media. The political media has been atrocious this year in how the political debate in this country is steered. It's absolutely abhorrent.

Twitter. I love this form of social media. Seriously. I've met some wonderful people through it. But, I've also received some of the bad side to the communication tool.

I am pretty vocal about my sports teams. I have opinions. I use Twitter to express them. That does not give anyone the right to attack me for it. But, attacked I and many others have been.

Another thing I find disgusting about Twitter? Why does my answering a question about sports or politics or whatever, give someone the right to dive into my direct message or timeline and ask personal questions. Like personal. Like there are people I love dearly that don't or would never ask some of things I've been asked.

Look. I am a real person. With real emotions, feels and a life. I'm not here for your pleasure or amusement. No one on Twitter is. NO ONE! Back off! I'll block and report you with a fierceness.

 So. That's just a few of my grievances. Got any you would like to share?
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Traditions And BlogHer Writing Lab

Yesterday, I noted that I failed miserably at NaBloPoMo and just my luck, they have switched things up a bit for their monthly project with the BlogHer Writing Lab. Check out that link and see if it is something you want to try out maybe!

End of Year Traditions was today's topic. Since Christmas is at the end of the year, I'm going with that holiday. I have many Christmas traditions.

Specifically, I have certain movies I watch each year. I watch It's A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve. And yes, I catch the second showing ... and maybe a couple of more... of A Christmas Story marathon on TBS. It wouldn't be right to not hear about Ralphie shooting his eye out if he receives the Red Rider BB Gun he desperately wants.

Love Actually is a fairly new addition to the must watch movie list. I watched it Christmas night and .... yeah, I caught it any other time I could. I need to watch it. Soon. This weekend probably.

Others include Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, Christmas Vacation, Christmas in Connecticut and The Shop Around the Corner. Yeah, I have a lot of much watch movies. I've probably even left off a view!

How about you. Traditions? What are your must watch Holiday movies? Anything glaring I left off my list ... other than Die Hard?
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Monday, November 30, 2015

Ok, Let's Try This #MicroBlogMonday Instead

So. The NaBloPoMo thing really didn't work out for me this month.

It was a combination of life, work and... life! I would have liked to have stuck to the commitment and followed through. I really do. And I'll probably try this again. And do it to the best of my abilities and hope it works out a little bit better!

So, I did see this from BlogHer's Mel. Her Micro-blogging Monday topic hit me. So. Let's discuss!

Here's the topic:

If you live in the US, what did you say that you were thankful for(at Thanksgiving)? And if you don’t live in the US, it’s a nice practice to pause from time to time and reflect on what makes you grateful so join along. What is on your list?

I am thankful that I was able to spend the day with my incredibly amazing parents. They have had a year. I'm glad to have them here. I will forever appreciate their love, support, guidance ... friendship. They are wonderful people. And those words don't seem enough.

I am thankful for my job.

I am thankful to be fairly healthy.

I am thankful for my extended family.

And, I am thankful for friends who have become like family to me.
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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Did I Want My Parents Job? Oh, No

My apologies, folks! I wasn't able to get my writing done in a timely manner to do the posts on the correct date. But. I promise. I'm going to catch up now. ... This is my blog and that's how we're going to do this. Dammit!

 So, the question on Wednesday was, "When you were a kid, did you want to have the same job or a different job than your parents when you grew up?"

 Absolutely not, you guys. Absolutely not! My Dad was a cytotechnologist. I know you're all like, huh! The answer I came accustomed to telling friends who asked what that was: "He studies cells in a microscope to see if they have disease or cancer."

 It was way more than that. But, I thought that was the cool answer. Because I thought that portion of the job was awesome.

 What I didn't like was the smell of the laboratory where he worked. It's been a few years since I walked into that place, but I still know the smell. *shivers* Very chemically. Not pleasant. At all!

I also didn't like the extreme amount of stress he had. It was very important ... life or death ... stuff he was dealing with. That's a little more than I want to handle.

There are a lot of qualities my father has passed on to me. A strong work ethic. A determined spirit. A desire to go big or go home. Basically, do you job and do it to the best of your ability.

I like to think I have his loyalty too. He stayed at the same place for over 40 years before retiring. I don't think that's possible in today's world. But goodness, I want that. I want that comfort and loyalty from a place.

 But yeah, I think the below image describes how I would be in a laboratory situation.

Ain't nobody got time for that!

  NaBloPoMo November 2015
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Nov. 3: Cool Job?

Ok, I'm here for another post. This is a good sign.

So what is today's question?

What did you think was the coolest job in the world when you were younger? Do you still feel that way now?

I thought being a reporter was the coolest job in the world when I was a kid.

I enjoyed the storytelling and covering important events. It was important work and I wanted to do it. When I was 16 years old, I took my first journalism class and fell in love. This was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

I went to college and majored in journalism. I took a job with the local newspaper during that time and fell in love even more.

I remember feeling lucky. I knew what I wanted and I was doing the damn thing.

After college, I was able to get a job at another local paper. I was getting to do what I loved, but I was also noticing something ... It wasn't about telling the story or covering the important events. It was about selling advertising, not pissing off those advertisers and the bottom line.

It was incredibly frustrating. And then you're dealing with co-workers and management who are just as frustrated. And you deal with the public who has no qualms about letting you know they have no respect for you or that paper you work for. 

I often felt that I could have easily done this:

So. After several attempts at trying to make it work, and in the end getting canned - which is a story all it's own - I decided to stay away from the journalism industry and go to graduate school to get a master's degree in public administration so I could research and learn grant writing. It ended up being a great deal of writing. Even had a social media internship for a successful statewide political candidate. I learned a lot and have a fancy degree.

But. As you know, the economy hasn't been great and I've had to settle for what I could get to pay the bill.

So, my dream job became a nightmare that's allowed me to reset and reset priorities. I still am not sure what I want to be when I grow up now, but I know without a doubt what I don't want! And for that, I am grateful.

NaBloPoMo November 2015
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Monday, November 2, 2015

NaBloPoMo Day 1: Let's Do This!

I've decided to take on the NaBloPoMo challenge in November just to see if I can do it. I've always enjoyed writing. I was a journalism major and spent a number of years as a reporter. I've also done my share of sports and entertainment blogging. I've not touched on personal stuff. So. We may do that and get all up in my feels here. Maybe! :)

So what's today's prompt?

What was the one toy that a friend had that you wished you had when you were little?

As a kid, I definitely liked being on the go, running or just moving around. I had a ton of energy to burn off and I did.

I remember one of the neighborhood kids had a really sweet go-kart. He was a good bit older than me. His little brother was my best friend, though. So when he would crank up the go-kart, I got to take a spin in the passenger seat. I was 4 or 5 and it felt like we were going a gazillion miles an hour. I loved it!

While I never wanted a go-kart of my own, I definitely wanted something that was cool and had car-like movement.

I wanted a Power Wheels jeep!

For really good reasons, I'm sure, my parents never got one for me. I'm certain it's because they know this would have been me....

Seriously? Who wouldn't have wanted this for their accident-prone daughter?

I can't imagine!

NaBloPoMo November 2015
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