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#100happydays

Friday, January 30, 2015 -- 5:48 pm

"Can you be happy for a 100 days in a row?"

That's what we're going to find out. I'm taking the #100happydays challenge to post a photo each day of something that made me happy.

The premise is that people these days are too busy and don't "have the time" to be happy. My first thought was that this was a fairly depressing claim, but then it got me thinking and I could sort of see what they were angling at -- because while I don't doubt that I experience moments of happiness each day, sometimes at the end of a crappy, stressful day as you're laying there falling asleep it's hard to remember them.

When you sign up they ask you to rate your current level of happiness out of ten, and I started myself out with an 8/10. Overall I'm pretty happy with my life -- but I have shitty days like everyone else, and I'm hoping that this challenge will force me to focus on the happy parts of each day rather than the bad parts as we're all prone to doing. Admittedly I don't have a great track record of following through with photo challenges, but whether I finish or not hopefully I'll learn something about myself in the process and reflect on what it is that really makes me happy. (Plus, you know, who doesn't love a good excuse to flagrantly abuse Instagram filters?)

With that said. . . Day 1.

Blog dashboard has been fixed! (Thanks again, Andy!)

Blog dashboard has been fixed! (Thanks again, Andy!)

And because there's no rule saying I can't commemorate past Happy Days, I'm throwing in two more small pleasures from earlier these past couple of weeks.  Because that's the way I roll, yo.  #extrahappiness

First time making the 10k milestone since I started using my pedometer!

First time making the 10k milestone since I started using my pedometer!

1,000 followers on my Tumblr blog, Bucket List Lion. Admittedly most of them are probably there less for the lion conservation and more for the lion photos, but at least the information is getting out there.

1,000 followers on my Tumblr blog, Bucket List Lion. Admittedly most of them are probably there less for the lion conservation and more for the lion photos, but at least the information is getting out there.

 

March: In like a lamb, out like… uh, a different lamb.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 -- 7:54 pm

Poor March, no blog post for you.

Sorry for the long absence.  I'm not what really happened to March, it sort of just slipped in and then slipped right back out again like very sneaky, early spring ninja with nothing much of note to show for it other than my SHINY NEW iMAC OMG!  Yes, for anyone who has some how missed my fangirlish squeeing last month, I finally bit the bullet and retired my faithful old 2006 computer and its perpetual spinny beach ball of doom for the newest sleek model, complete with OS X Lion *rawr*.  It's fantastic to once again be able to run more than one program at the same time without my computer sputtering and coughing and wheezing like a 102-year-old man with asthma.

*Pats computer adoringly and spoils it with treats when no one is looking -- which really consists of force feeding Ghirardelli chocolates into its super drive while making disgusting cooing noises at it, and then a month later looking perplexed and distraught when her new computer dies on her without warning and only the curious, smoking smell of burning chocolate trailing from the CD slot.*

So April is here and with it promises a month full of exciting shinies~  Not only does it herald:

  1. the end of my first year of school (huzzuh!  Rejoice!  I get my life back!  ...Or at least I do for a couple of weeks before I start my two online spring classes... =_=;)
  2. my birthday (once again I am at a complete loss with remembering how old I'm turning unless I take the time to actually do the math, so I'm just going to refer to it as my 20-something birthday)

but it also marks...

  1. the start of the second season of Game of Thrones!  *Squee squee squee!*  I MUST FIND A TEAM TYRION SHIRT.
  2. the premiere of the new Avatar series, Legend of Korra!  *Even more fangirly squee-age!*
  3. the official (and long-awaited) Guild Wars 2 pre-order event (which just happens to fall on the same day as my birthday.  You can bet that the avid gamers in my life are far more excited for April 10th to arrive for this reason alone than they are for my birthday.)

And oh, I'm also going on a fabulous road trip this month to the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo!  Oh yeah, and did I mention that James Marsters and Patrick Stewart are going to be there?  And Stan Lee?  And Adam West?  And Wil Wheaton?  And hey, the rest of the entire Star Trek: Generations main cast (which conveniently is also half of the cast from Disney's Gargoyles, which I'm an even bigger fan of than Star Trek.)  This is going to be fabulously NERD-TACULAR.  :B

While we're down there we're going to visit the Calgary Zoo too, which I'm also excited about because I've heard it's awesome and I've never had the chance to go.  It seems like every time anyone I know plans a Calgary Zoo day trip, I'm always left behind.  (This makes Brenna a sad panda. A sad, adorable RED PANDA which I will see AT THE ZOO.)

*Glee!*

Also, for anyone who's the least bit interested, I've added a new Twitter account (in addition to my personal one) that will be mostly centered around library and book/reading-related stuff that I find around the web and think is interesting.  I've set up an adjoining Tumblr account along the same theme.  FOLLOW ME AND LEARN LIBRARY-RELATED THINGS.  Or just laugh at amusing items like this.  That's cool too.

Those magic words.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 -- 7:38 pm

FYI, if you ever get a chance to install web tracking for your blog, or if you already have tracking, take a moment every now and then to check out the various search engine keywords people are being linked to your site with.  In my case, strangers usually come across my blog during searches for Escaflowne related characters or yaoi content due to my obsessive posting on those two subjects when I was a teenager.  Sometimes I get some peculiar hits though (the anonymous individual who found my site once by Googling "vegetables in ass" comes to mind.)

These are a few of the weirdest search terms I've noticed over the recent month:

"scream into the sheep"
I'm actually the first result that comes up when you type this in Google.  It's a bit of a relief since I was a little wary of what sort of obscure and potentially disturbing subject matter this could have been associated with...  *Sweatdrop*

"close up of sexy wine glass"
I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume this person was actually searching for sexy women holding wine glasses and doesn't in fact have some bizarre glassware fetish.  "Oh daaamn, look at the rim on that one, boy would I like to stroke that baby's slick stem all the way down to--" STOPPING NOW.

"friiiiiiiiiday i like friday"
Hey, ME TOO.  I like this one because the individual was so obviously and ridiculously happy about the end of the week that they felt the need to so clearly articulate their joy in the form of a Google search.  I bet you they were actually doing a little happy dance when they typed this.

"lotsalesbians"
Seriously, what blog entry have I made in the past that could have wound up in what I'm sure is a Google page full of lesbian porn sites?  I notice that they neglected to leave out the space between "lotsa" and "lesbians" -- what, is this a licensed brand name now?  Did I miss the Lotsalesbians DVD release party?

"gherkin jokes"
Interesting.  This one I feel compelled to check out for myself.  *Googles*

There was a young lad named Herkin
who was always jerkin his gherkin
His mother said “Herkin,
stop jerkin your gherkin,
your gherkin’s for ferkin, Herkin!

Hm.  I've heard better.

Token blog post for October.

Saturday, October 30, 2010 -- 11:16 pm
Mood: 02 Content

Wow, I haven't posted in a while. This is no doubt a result of a) realizing that despite how many of my projects and hobbies revolve around the internet and computer, I really do sort of hate modern technology most of the time; and b) nothing very interesting has been going on in my life lately to blog about.

On a some what hypocritical note of my opinion regarding computers above, I was very excited recently to receive a new (at least for me) gift in the form of my sister's old G4 iBook. The closest I've ever come to owning my own laptop has been when I "borrowed" my Dad's Macbook for an extended period of time and *cough* neglected *cough* to give it back until he came and tore it back from my fingers -- so actually having one (that I don't ever have to give back to anyone) is pretty exciting for me. Lookit me, world! I'm watching West Wing on my comfy couch while I blog! :D I even updated it from OS X Panther to the slightly less out-of-date Tiger, so I can actually run most of the modern browsers and applications. Sadly, however, just like my Dad's ancient laptop, this one too also doesn't support WAP2 so I can't connect wirelessly to most networks, which is all sorts of sad pandas.

Our house now has Christmas lights up for the first time! Cute little white LED ones. I'm so excited, they look really nice all lit up and it'll make this year feel much more Christmasy~ While I'm too lazy to decorate the entire house up like my Mom loves to do at home, there are a few holiday sparklies like Christmas lights and pretty trees that I insist on having since I moved out that help make the holiday special for me. :3

Mason also helped me install a much-needed extra shelf in our kitchen pantry this morning, in which immediately following I gleefully spent a half hour re-organizing all of our dry food. I'm not sure it's normal to get as excited as I do over a nicely organized pantry, but I think we've all realized by now that I'm strangely quirky like that occasionally. (You see what I mean when I say I haven't had anything interesting going on lately?)

I buckled and pre-ordered a copy of DC Universe Online under the tantalizing prospect of getting a chance to play the beta the same night -- only to discover afterward that I shouldn't expect to receive my beta key until at least mid-November. =_= Frankly, the whole pre-ordering process has left me rather irked on a number of levels. Sony's sort of dropped the ball with their customer service -- aside from the complete lack of details regarding beta keys prior to clicking the BUY NOW button, they send out no confirmation or acknowledgment of any kind when you try to actually submit your pre-order receipt, and from what I've read they're not bothering to take any time to ever reply to customer questions and clarify the lack of information. Shame, Sony. SHAME. While we're on the subject, the whole clunky system of "send us a photo of your pre-order receipt" seems a little... ridiculous... I've never heard of an online website processing a proof-of-sale through the use of screenshots and camera photos. o_O Either way, I look forward to eventually being able to create my own super hero/villain and running amok in Gotham City and Metropolis.

Hark! There be random stuff compiled in blog form!

Monday, March 15, 2010 -- 1:33 pm
Mood: 14 Mondays suck.

I joined in on the fun and signed up for a Formspring account and will probably check it regularly until the novelty wears off. Until then, ask me anything!

A new season of America's Next Top Model has begun, full of high-pitched screaming girls, cat fights, crazy clothes, crazier hair, and of course some makeover tears. Bring it on! For reasons I can't fully explain I just love ANTM. It's my guilty pleasure show, best when combined with tasty chocolate cake. Apart from just loving to see the finished photos, I'm ashamed to say that I think one of the draws is being witness to the insane all-girl drama that erupts in the Top Model house each season from the safety of my living room. You'd have to pay me a helluva lot of money to lock myself in a penthouse with twelve spastic young women under the eyes of nation-wide television cameras for three months.

Three books checked off my to-read list over the last month: Part of the Pride by Kevin Richardson and Born Free by Joy Adamson, both about human-animal bonds with wild lions in particular. The stories and the people in them and how they're able to form relationships with big game predators like this are fascinating to me~ I also finished The Pact by Jodi Picoult, about two families torn apart by the apparent suicide pact of their two children. It was more or less the classic Picoult child angst/parental grievances/courtroom drama plot that I've come to know (and love) her for, which I still end up enjoying no matter how many time she does it. My only complaint with this one is that the ending and outcome of the trial itself was, in my opinion, completely unrealistic. }:P Her newest novel, House Rules, about a boy with Asperger's syndrome accused of murder sounds like another typical Picoult book, but like always I'm eager to read it anyway.

I went out the other day and made (what is for me) a rare venture to purchase some new cosmetics. I bought some new sheer foundation, some mascara, a couple new swatches of eyeshadow (which according to my Google researching should be ginger-flattering), and two new facial moisturizers (the sales associate that helped me was scandalized that I used Vaseline lotion on my face as it is apparently a big no-no and does more harm than good.) This is why I hate shopping for cosmetics -- I have no earthly idea what I'm doing or what I'm looking for, which leads to me inevitably having to ask a makeup associate for help, which in turn almost always ends up making me feel exceptionally stupid and embarrassed. I walk through the beauty section aisles paranoid that every other woman is staring and judging me on my complete lack of innate female prowess with makeup.

On a related note, holy jeeze I had no idea there were so many shades of black mascara. Classic black, very black, emerald black, black brown, soft black, and what I'm sure is the king of all black -- blackest black. o_O How different can one black mascara look from another? I'm glad I opted for the much harder to find (yet with a much less intimating range of selection) brown mascara. Among all of the leagues of various blacks, there is just... brown. Straight, safe, simple brown. Much less work in my opinion.

Okay, now that’s just unnatural.

Saturday, November 7, 2009 -- 10:37 pm
Mood: 02 A pretty neutral day

I went out with my sister and mother this week to see the infamous Puppetry of the Penis, and I have to say that frankly I'm beginning to doubt all your guys' cringing and whining about the pain of getting kicked in the balls when you can twist, stretch, and contort your genitals to the degree that these two men did with ease. D: It was amazing and horrifying at the same time, with emphasis on tricks such as the Snail, the Pelican, and... *shudder* Kentucky Fried Chicken. I'd be interested in knowing how many of the men who allow themselves to be dragged to PotP go home and immediately try out some of the "installations" for themselves. Brings a whole new meaning to the concept of "playing with yourself".

Kudos goes out to my sister this week -- she managed to summarize the whole and entire subject range of my Twittering and compile them into a comprehensive, easy to read pie chart:

It is, sad to say, a fairly accurate representation. -_-; As a result, over the past few days I have become an increasingly self-conscience tweeter.

And oh god, after years of constant willpower I'm starting to read fanfiction again. It's like horribly addictive fandom crack and I'm trying to keep it to small quantities. Save me before I fall off the edge of the world and am never heard from again.