The 28 day wrap – up

Well…it’s been 28 days since I gave myself this challenge of writing every day.  I didn’t complete it 100%…there were plenty of days that I missed but I Can say that those days I missed helped me realize something about my writing.  If I force it to come, it will not come well.  The days I wrote because I said I would were nothing much…just fleeting thoughts but I now know when to write.  The feeling that what is in my head needs to get out….so today, I can say that I will keep writing, will keep blogging and hopefully with every post, the writing comes more naturally.

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The color of your life

It is amazing to me what hair color can do…simple dye on your head can change your look, your attitude and your energy.  I just got my hair done last night and went for a drastic change.  I Was either going to cut it or color it and I didn’t want to get rid of my length…so I colored it (Well, I had it professionally colored…I’m not brave enough to do it myself).  Anyhow…it is dark.  I love it, although I am not used to it yet and it seems strange when I look in the mirror.  I feel a little less like me than I did yesterday but I am sure that will come back once I am used to the color.  I’ve basically played with hair color my entire life, with the exception of the past five years.  The past five years I’ve basically gone from light blonde to now very dark.  Check out the progression….ImageImageImageImage

You want me to use baking soda for what?

face wash.

Yep, that’s right…face wash/mask.  I have been suffering from horrible adult acne breakouts lately and so I did some research on natural cleansing agents that could help.  Baking soda seems to be the main option, according to many sources on the web, and I’ve heard about it from a few people.  SO – while I don’t have any before and after pictures of my face (because who wants to see an ugly pimply face, anyway), it is working!  The past two nights and two mornings I have washed my face with baking soda and water and wow…what a difference it is making.  It’s not magic and my face isn’t clear overnight, but the new breakouts have stopped…the old breakouts are drying up and the redness is also going away.  I am going to continue using this for the rest of the week and assuming no irritation pops up, I may have my new, super cheap, face wash for life!  

I tell you what….diet changes and hormonal changes sure do affect the body in crazy ways!  Hopefully the baking soda continues to balance me out!  Image

The world of cyber bullying powerfully comes through my television

Last night’s Glee reminded me of why I am in education.  

The entire episode was packed full of amazingness from meeting Rachel’s dads, seeing Quinn’s turnabout and cliffhanger, Blain’s return, Kurt’s growth and David Karofsky’s heartbreak.  The link below is an interview with Max Adler, who plays Karofsky, and I couldn’t have put his storyline into words any better.  The show used grace and poise in the episode, in dealing with such a sensitive subject.  To see the effect of cyber-bullying is heartwrenching, but when we look deeper at Karofsky, we also realize that his downward spiral is also because of his guilt.  Knowing now the pain he caused Kurt seemed too much to bear and in combination of the social media world being aflutter about him…he saw no hope.  The scene of his attempt to end his life was beautifully acted and captured, with the voice of Blain (Darren Criss) in the background.  I really don’t think there is any way Glee could have done any better last night.  I cried for the entire hour, for so many people, for feeling so many emotions.  

 I hope people truly learn from last night’s episode and use it as a tool.  This episode can be shown to teach the effects of so many actions – bullying (face to face and cyber), texting while driving, young marriage, hard work, love, laughter and friendship.  Kudos, Glee, for attempting to reach society, young and old.  

 

Interview from eonline.com: http://www.eonline.com/news/watch_with_kristin/glees_max_adler_spills_on_one_of_series/295674

Social Media….where do I fit in?

I have Facebook.  I have Twitter (Although have never once sent a tweet).  I have LinkedIn.  I have Pinterest.  Where do I fall on the social media spectrum?  Well, I use Facebook and Pinterest every day…the other two, not often at all.  

I find social media to be helpful and hindering.  I am able to find out information quickly and easily, I am able to find any craft or project I want, I can find recipes immediately and even find out what my best friend in second grade is doing this weekend (I care even though I haven’t spoken with her since she moved in the third grade).  What I can’t do is get a hug, a smile or sometimes an original, creative thought.  I find myself with a co-dependency issue for social media.  The stigma of keeping up with everyone around me, like high school, has now followed me into my adulthood.  Is my job enough?  Is my look enough?  Do I eat well enough?  Do I have great enough ideas?

A year ago, these thoughts rarely crossed my mind.  I never wondered if I could really make an XL shirt into something cute with a sewing machine, which I don’t own.  I never wondered about the pictures from a wedding I don’t care about.  I am stuck in a cycle of social media.  Do I want in or do I want out.  I often want to delete my Facebook page but then I am stuck with the fear of missing out on something.  A friend recently took a 2 week hiatus from Facebook and it seemed like the best idea ever, until my panic attack set in for her.  What will she do?  How will she know what is going on?  How will I talk to her?  REALLY?!?!  I had to tell myself to a. Get a grip and b. come back into the real world once the grip is nice and tight.  She is on the other side of the two weeks and she is just fine.  Happy, healthy, aware and still a friend.  

So now I ask myself…when I find myself being ridiculous, is that cause for stopping the action or cause to continue it until normalcy?  

Dinner Tonight

Dinner Tonight

Yep – Tater Tots sound like a perfect dinner!

Couch Picnic

We’ve never been big into Valentine’s Day, especially not on the exact day – everything is so expensive and limited it gets frustrating! So we normally just go to dinner on a random day the week surrounding Valentine’s. This year we are changing things up a bit. We are having a Couch Picnic this weekend….the invitation I sent to Tim is the attached picture. We will have take-out food with plastic utensils, movies, popcorn, candy, blankets, cuddling, etc. A bit cheesy…absolutely, but why not? We plan to do yard work and go to the zoo prior to the picnic, so we are toughening up the day some…but a day to ourselves. Just us. Sounds perfect, whatever day it is on!

**I adapted this idea from http://eatdrinkchic.com/post.cfm/valentine-popcorn-invitation**

Coconut vanilla muffins…kind of

Here is my attempt at a recipe I found today (http://www.sweetlyraw.com/2012/02/mini-donuts.html). These are gluten and dairy free and pretty darn good!  I need to work with them some to make them.better, but as a first attempt, I’m pleased (and full!)!

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To be Adele

Picture this…I’m on stage at the Grammy Awards, belting out my insane hit of the year (which would later win Record of the Year) while looking amazing…to be read: while not looking as if I am exerting any energy at all.  Yep, this is me dreaming of being Adele.  To have the singing voice would be incredible…but I think better yet is having her British speaking accent and adorable look.  I now officially want to be British.

“I’m just trying to matter”

Whoa.  

How do you answer, “How are you today?”  I usually have the normal response of “fine”, “good”, “great”, “alright”, “not great”, etc.  I wonder how people would react with “I’m just trying to matter”.  June Carter-Cash used this statement to portray her desire to live a good life and do good work…work that matters. 

My first impression of this statement was negative – maybe that says something about my state of mind today, I’m not sure.  But anyways, I immediately went to thinking she was looking for pity or a hug or something )side-note…I am always looking for a hug).  Then I thought about it again and thought to all I know about this woman.  This woman had a tough life, a life that she took very seriously and protected as best she could.  She didn’t mean it in a negative way – of course not!  She meant it to be one hundred percent serious…she wants to matter.  She wants to make a difference.  She wants to do a good job and live a good life.  

Have I mattered today?  Have you mattered today?  Do you want to?  What are you going to do about it?  

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