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Everyday Fun

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You know what I love? Grocery shopping. I suppose it’s mostly because I like to cook, but grocery shopping is so much fun. Every other kind of shopping/spending money is depressing right now because Mr. W and I live on a fairly tight budget, but buying food never losses it’s appeal.

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Welcome to 2013!

Happy New Year blogworms!

We have arrived at that special time of year. The time when people makes resolutions which most of them will have broken/forgotten about by February 1. (<– I’m guessing. No actually research went into choosing that date.)

This year, I’m not doing it. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against resolutions and goal setting. In fact, I mother f-ing love goals, which is the problem. I have so many goals being juggled right now that I cannot even imagine adding one more.

I suppose in a sense my resolution is just resolving to keep plugging away at my goals and hopefully even get a few crossed off my lists. One of the ones I’ve been totally avoiding is to start blogging more regularly. Right now, that’s at the top of my list, so hopefully there will start being a lot more new post in this little corner of the internet.

 

That’s all from me on the resolution front. Are you making a 2013 resolution? How did you do with your 2012 goals?

 

 

 

Sleepy Time Rebellion

Hi blogworms!

I’m sleeeeeepy. You know how they say you should keep your sleep schedule regular even on the weekends? Yeah… I don’t do that. And I definitely pay for it.  This is how my alarm feels on Monday and Tuesday:

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I know this is what happens, but I keep letting my sleep schedule get screwed up on the weekends anyway. Whhhyyyy!? I’m pretty sure that I feel like it would just be too lame to sleep from 10:30-6 on the weekend, but that’s what makes me feel the best.

To be fair to myself, the 15 pound cat stealing all my space in the middle of the night isn’t helping things either…

How about you? What’s your sleep schedule like? What healthy habits do you struggle to adopt?

Living the High (Anxiety) Life

Hi blogworms!

Sorry to anyone actually reading this that I’ve sucked so hard at posting regularly. There has been a lot going on, but things are (hopefully!) calming down, so I should be posting more often now.

To be honest, part of the problem is that I’ve just been feeling quite sad and anxious lately. I got a new part-time job as a receptionist, and I was hoping that I could work there and at Macy’s, which would have hugely helped with my finances. Unfortunately, the schedules refused to work together, so I had to quit Macy’s. Then, my mom came to visit. Of course, that was the one week they needed me to work full-time. It was a fun visit, but I feel like I hardly saw her. Then, to top it all off, one of the kittehs developed a partial urinary blockage. Thankfully, he got better without an expensive procedure and we have switched his food so it hopefully won’t happen again.

All of this is to say that part of the reason I haven’t been posting is because I don’t want this blog to be me whining about my life. My problems pale in comparison to many people’s despite sometimes feeling overwhelming. Some days, I feel like my life is completely off track. My train has been derailed into quicksand.

Things are getting better though, and I’m trying really hard to be positive. I’ve been repeating a phrase one of my college professors used frequently over and over to myself.

“Everything is trivial in hindsight”

She didn’t mean this to be life advice. It was a math class that focused entirely on proof writing, which, to put it very simply, is writing directions from point A to point B. Often when we got stuck, we would go to the professor for help. I (and many of my classmates) would get really frustrated we she gave us hints and the pieces still wouldn’t click. When we got to the “I’m such an idiot! This should be easy. Why can’t I figure this out?!” point, she would calmly say “Everything is trivial in hindsight.” The point she was trying to make is that she knew the hint was helpful because she already knew the answer. Since the question was new to us there was no reason to expect it to make sense immediately.

Lately, I’ve been trying to apply this advice to the way I view my life. Things aren’t going the way I want, and I have no idea where I’m headed. That doesn’t mean it won’t all work out. Stressing out about not being where I’m supposed to be and not knowing how I’ll get there won’t fix things. Enjoying my life now and working toward the things I want will. The only guaranteed way to fail is to worry so much about how I haven’t succeeded that I stop even trying.

Instant Happiness

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Isn’t it amazing how things from your childhood can make you instantly calm and happy? When I was a kid, my family had a tradition of having hot chocolate and powdered donuts after Friday night football games. I saw some donuts at the grocery store and decided to recreate that snack. Man was it awesome!

 

What childhood moments do you like to recreate?

Cool Cats

Reno weather is weird. Until a couple days ago, it was a little chilly but still summerish during the afternoons. Then all of the sudden it became winter. Boo hiss. Our apartment has vaulted ceilings, so we’ve been keeping the thermostat low to avoid spending tons of money on heat that will mostly end up where we can’t even feel it. Needless to say, everyone is a bit chilly. The kittehs are finding new, warmer places to hang out. As evidenced above, the fireplace is popular. So is getting all up in the people’s personal space.

 

Mr. W and Tig demonstrate:

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Halloween Movies for Reminiscing (and for wimps)

My taste in Halloween movies basically hasn’t changed since I was 8. I have an extremely overactive imagination, so I don’t watch anything scary. This is especially true since I spent a year having dreams about serial killers trying to murder me almost every night. It was a very sleep deprived year, and I still have no idea what caused it. Some mysteries will never be solved I suppose.

Anyway, on a cheerier note, here is a list of completely cheesy and fun movies that Tig and I think you should watch for Halloween:

1) Hocus Pocus

2) Double, Double Toil and Trouble

3) the whole Halloweentown series from Disney

4) The Worst Witch

5) Tower of Terror

What movies do you love at Halloween? Are they frightening or just fun?

 

I still think Sartre was right.

Hell really is other people.

In particular, for a lot of women hell is other people on public transportation. For many years, I’ve wanted to live in a city with good public transportation, but the more I read about it the less appealing it sounds. This blog post from CaptainAwkward.com is one of the best I’ve read so far on the subject. I think what I like about it is that she’s not talking about a situation where she was seriously threatened (although those are also important), because that’s not really the point. Often when someone has been in real danger the conversation turns into “how you as a woman can avoid having strangers bother you” and “what to do if someone one totally freaks out on you or threatens you”. I’m not trying to minimize the point made in any of these conversations, but I do think they sometimes distract from the fact that we shouldn’t be having them at all. Anyone should be able to take public transportation at any time without being bothered. End of story. No matter how innocent your question/desire for conversation is, that probably isn’t the time or place. At the very least, you need to be very, extremely, painfully aware of any body language indicating that you are not welcome.

 

On a slightly lighter note, WhiteMalePrivilege is quite entertaining. It’s already inspired another blog post that I’ll be posting another time.

 

As a final note, here is a comment by atrollappears on this article on Jezebel.com that I think is a fantastic explanation of mansplaining (emphases mine):

“While I agree some of this isn’t gender-specific (aka, anyone can be a condescending ass), mansplaining isn’t just guys explaining stuff. Its guys explaining stuff to women specifically *because* they assume, in the context of a patriarchal culture where the collective and individual voices of men are elevated above the collective and individual voices of women, that they know more by mere virtue of being male. And this manifests itself 1) in the denial or minimization of women’s perceptions and experiences (like the commenter oja points out below) or 2) he presumes knowledge and superior understanding of a subject because he’s male and a lack of knowledge or incomplete understanding of a subject by women–c’mon gals, you know you’ve had this happen! You “misunderstood” something or missed the “real” point, etc. And to pre-empt any trolls: I’m not saying a guy does this maliciously or even consciously, rather what he does, like even so many women do, is internalizes the message that society constantly bombards him with that he’s awesome and better and tough and masculine and cares about “important” things like politics and science and girly stupid stuff like makeup and babies and shit–because he has a penis. That is gender specific, and its not so much a problem with men as it is with patriarchy.”

 

I think this comment hits the major points on the head, including the note that mansplaining isn’t usually intentional. Society fucks up men and women both, and I think this is one of the ways men get the short end of the stick. It seems to me that men often get a strong message that the world revolves around them (as individuals, not as a group). That (often totally unconscious and unintentional) all-about-me mindset makes it really hard to empathize with other people’s experiences, especially if the experience is something that could never happen to them (it’s easier to imagine your house burning down and suddenly having nothing than it is to imagine suddenly having a female body and risking being harassed every single time you walk down the street). If you can’t empathize with someone else’s experiences, it’s really easy to minimize them.

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My TV List

My dear blogworms,

You will probably soon discover that I love lists. So, in celebration of fall tv starting, here is a list.

TV shows I’m anxiously awaiting:

0) Doctor Who: It’s 0 because it actually already started. Not that it means much. I anticipate every episode like it’s the first one.

1) Downton Abbey: I’m-ahem- definitely not going to watch this until it comes back to the US in January.

2) Bones

3) How I Met Your Mother: Mr. W loves this and now I’m attached even though I haven’t seen the first 5 seasons.

4) Modern Family: I have several issues with the show (Why don’t any of the women work?!), but it’s hilarious and I just can’t stop watching.

5) Merlin: After re-watching all of New Who in preparation for the season starting, I realized something. A hilariously large number of actors who play important characters in Merlin have been in an episode of Doctor Who. After I spotted the first few, it kind of became a game. Spot the Merlin actor in this episode. I wasn’t the first person to notice this, of course, but it still amuses me.

6) Ice Loves CoCo: This is my one and only reality tv addiction. They are just so adorable!

7) Doc Martin: Unfortunately, this won’t be back until next fall, but I’m still excited. At least the next season is in the works unlike number 8.

8) Torchwood: Is this ever coming back?! It’s not even that good, but I still want it.

I would also be anxious for Parks and Rec to come back, but I’m only in season 2 so I have a while before I need the new episodes.

What small screen wonders can’t you wait to watch?

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Introduction/The Cast

Hello blogworms!

For the general about me/the blog, you can see the about page for this blog. Instead of repeating myself, I’m going to introduce the rest of the cast. So, here it goes:

 

THE CAST:

1) Mr. W

Mr. W as you may have guessed is my husband. He likes football, bad jokes, silly singing, philosophy, and food. Unless the food is a vegetable. In that case, he only likes it if it’s raw. We’ve been married for a little more than a year Not that it really feels like it since we spent the middle 9 months living 2000 miles apart.

 

2) The Kittehs

 

 

This is Lyla aka Pretty Girl aka Princess Lyla. She likes being left alone, toys that wiggle on the floor, and laying on top of things you are using.

 

 

The tuxedo kitteh is Tig aka Tigga aka Tigga Wigga aka Mr. Wigga aka Crazy Eyes aka Hitler ‘stache Kitty. He likes empty pill wrappers, biting noses, and most snuggles.

The grey tabby Opie aka Ops aka Opie Wan aka Squeaks aka Stripey Boy. He likes tuna, kneading any body part he can reach, and hiding from basically everything.

 

I wish I could pretend that the cats won’t actually be major characters on this blog, but they will be. I am seriously obsessed with them.  That’s probably a side effect from spending most of my time alone with them for 9 months. Whatevs. If you don’t like cats, there are millions of other blogs you can read. Besides, if you’re reading this, you probably already read this blog and just wanted to see how it started anyway.

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