Archive | November, 2010

Super quick and short thoughts (which replaced my original “Thoughts on a Monday”)

30 Nov

I haven’t written in a week thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday. The rush, rush, rush of everything makes me a little crazy. Go here, get there, don’t be late-it really doesn’t make sense. This is a time for family, friends, and relationships. Really appreciating what you have and being truly grateful is what this time of year is all about. Hopefully I won’t get too carried away with the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

I have so much to say in regards to last week and the exciting (or lack there of) events that my brain is just scattered. I am still having a hard time forming coherent sentences. Thanks to that, I decided that last week will just  be laid to rest and pretend like it never happened. It’s too overwhelming for me to go into a great sequence of detail, so I will leave it here. Short and sweet and refreshed for the rest of the week!

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Kids these days….

22 Nov

There are days when I hear about things kids are doing now and I can’t help but wonder what they are thinking most of the time. Then, there are days when I am pleasantly surprised. The boy in the video, who is 14 years old, spoke so beautifully at a school board meeting defending a teacher who was suspended because he removed a child from his class that was using gay slurs. It was by far one of the most moving speeches I have ever heard.

This is just one of many children who have decided to speak up against gay bullying-but not just gay bullying, but bullying in general. Bullying is such a problem these days. It breaks my heart. I know what its like to be bullied. Not only for being gay, but just because kids are mean. To see such a young person stand up the way he did makes me feel like things could change. People are people.

We all need to make the effort to change the world. Isn’t that what we all want. If we all started to look at the glass half full, I think we could accomplish amazing things. Like Ellen always says at the end of her show, “Be kind to one another”.

Attack of the Grandmother

22 Nov

My damn internet has been down all day! Unfortunately, my blackberry is my only option. I have a lot to talk about today and my thumbs might fall off! Alright let’s get to it!

My sweet, darling, loving grandmother is going to be in town in less that 24 hours. For. 15. Days. Why my mother thought this was gonna be a good idea is beyond me! Don’t get me wrong, I love my grandmother, she’s my grandma, but by god she drives me crazy. Its always “When are you going back to school”, “Why would you quit your job?”, “You should really lose some weight” (or gain weight if she is talking to Layla-the baby sister). However, being the good daughter I am, I plan on picking her up from the airport with my mom, staying the night at Mom’s and going shopping for Thanksgiving the next day. Better to get all the stuff that annoys me out of the way in the beginning. She can be fun-sometimes-but most of her attempts end up to be disasters!

Let me start off by saying this, when I was younger I loved being at grandma’s house! It was so much fun and we always did fun stuff, but when I was young that’s all I focused on. As I got older, I realized she was a few screws loose in the noggin. Once we drove around for 2 hours looking for a put-put course in Ft. Wayne, IN (where grandma lives). Then there was the time when we took a Greyhound Bus from Ft. Wayne to Tampa (where I live). Quick back story-Layla has a har time flying because of her ear. Its extremely painful for her, so parents decided to have grandma ride the bus with us, Layla and I were only 13 and 8 at the time. The trip was only supposed to take 36 hours tops. It took us 4 days. We lost our luggage, got on the wrong bus, and during all of this Grandma didn’t think it was a good idea to pick up a phone and call my parents. Mom and Dad filed a missing persons report and hired a private investigator to find us. Crazy right? So, now you know why I’m not exactly super excited about her visit. Not to mention I saw her in April for about 5 days, and the whole 5 days I cleaned and organized her apartment. You don’t even want to know what that’s like. I had pictures, if I can find them I will post them.

I’m sure I will have new stories to share. She will be here for 15 days. I just hope a melt down doesn’t occur. She has a tendency to make me crazy.

Blogging Topic: Blogging

20 Nov

There are so many blogs dedicated to blogging. From tips for beginners to topics to blog about. I’m not so much interested in any of those things. I’m more interested in how easy it is to start a blog and maintain readers. Most of the information I came across says that you have to -have a topic-one specific thing that you are supposed to write about. I think that’s boring. Everyday, writing about the same thing over and over. It’s not wonder people abandon their blogs. My intention is to make this more of a personal journal of sorts. However, because I started this and wanted to do some research first, I will explore my findings. I was curious as to the statistics and demographics of the blogging community.  I looked at how many people are blogging, where they are blogging from, who is blogging and the different types of blogs.

I have yet to find and accurate number of how many people are actually blogging-I guess I will have to dig a little more. However, according to Technorati.com’s State of the Blogosphere (which is where I’m getting all my stats from), of those that are blogging 49% are from the US and 29% are from Europe. I think that is a huge gap.  Is it because people in the US are so vain and consumed when it comes to their own lives…me, me, me. I feel like that’s how most US citizens act. I know I’m guilty of it at times. California has the highest number of bloggers in the us at 15% and New York is 2nd with 8%. My wonderful state of Florida has 4% of bloggers, I’m going to assume that’s because most people retire here so we have a lot of old people.

Technorati.com says that there are 4 different types of bloggers: The Hobbyist (65%) who make up the majority of bloggers. They blog for personal reasons; whether its something instructional, opinionated, struggling artists, etc. The Part-Timer (13%) blogs for supplemental income or as part of their full-time job. The Corporates (1%) while the smallest amount of bloggers are the ones who blog full-time for a company or organizations. And last but not least, The Self Employeds (21%) who blog for their own company or organization. Which raises the question, who are the bloggers?

Two-thirds of bloggers are male.  I was a little surprised by this statement.  I figured more women would be bloggers, but most men think they know everything 😉 65% of bloggers are between the ages of 18 and 44.  That is definitely not surprising. 79% of bloggers have college degrees and 43% have graduate degrees. I for one, do not belong to that demographic.  Although, I am a little surprised by this number as well.  I would have figured that those people with degrees and graduate degrees would be too busy with their work lives to blog. But to each his own!

Technorati.com asked people what they blog about, and frankly there were a lot of different topics but the most commonly blogged topics are as follows: 18% blog about personal musings, 10% blog about technology, 8% blog about politics, 5% blog about business and a whopping 30% blog about “other”, whatever other may be.  The other topics they had listed were computers, music, religion/spirituality, travel, family updates, health, news, science, economics, environment, film, finance, gaming, parenting, real estate, sports, celebrity and television.

My research is now complete for stats and demographics.  At least, its good enough for me! I posted a link to Technorati.com’s State of the Blogosphere.  It is very interesting and is packed with information. Now I must learn about blogging etiquette, because I am sure I am doing this all wrong.  But it is a learning process, so bear with me.

No Bakes and Blogging

20 Nov

While I was standing in my way to small kitchen, making my favorite No Bake Cookies (I will post a pic and the recipe later), I realized that I no absolutely no clue about blogging. Is there a certain etiquette that bloggers go by. Do have to have a specific topic, i.e. Julie and Julia, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, and $@!# My Dad Says? Or, can I just ramble on and on and on about my pretty average life? So I figure I better do some homework before some one actually reads this and thinks I’m crazy!

On to the No Bakes!  These cookies are so yummy!  My mother used to make them when my sister and I were kids, and they are by far one of my favorites. They are so quick and easy. The recipe is as follows:

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup milk,

1 stick butter (or margarine)

3 tablespoons of coca

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1/2 cup peanut butter

3 cups of dry oatmeal

Bring the sugar, milk , butter and cocoa to a boil for 1 minute. Add salt and vanilla. Take of stove then fold in peanut butter and oatmeal. Spoon or spread on to a cookie sheet covered with wax paper and place in the fridge. Keep stored in the fridge.

You will be very pleased! I promise! As we speak my wonderful girlfriend is cutting them in to bars for us! We decided to spread them on the cookie sheet.  Paige (the wonderful girlfriend) though it would be good to make  peanut butter sandwiches with them…she is so strange sometimes 😉

There’s a first time for everything.

19 Nov

I never in a million years thought I would be sitting here, creating a blog. I can’t lie, I feel like a great big nerd. Really, though?? Who really reads blogs? Who has time for it? Even more so, who has the time to remember to write on their blog when they have facebook and twitter status to focus on?

So, I guess you could say “curiosity killed the cat”-but I’m going for it anyways. I’m curious as to how many people and how long it takes for them to find me! And then become interested in my rants and raves and nonsense about life in general-mostly my life 🙂

Alright here are my main goals for this: a) I want to see how long I can keep up with blogging. It might be easier now because its the holiday season and things are always interesting, but after that it could get really boring. b) I really am interested in how long it takes for people who don’t really know me and actually read this on a regular basis. c) I hope this helps me in some way on the journey of this thing we call life.

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