I Hate Hiatuses

As a longtime reader of blogs, I always hate it when a favourite blogger goes on hiatus. Selfishly, you want them to write all the time so you can read it. When you start blogging yourself, you realise that sometimes life gets in the way. Between school and other real life things, there’s been no time for me to do it. However, I’m starting to blog again for two reasons: 1. I need something to do with my free time, and 2. I’m starting to work out again, and I need someone to whom I am accountable. Even if it’s just the four people, who read this regularly. Since leaving a very physical full-time job to go to school, two years ago, I’ve slacked off considerably. I hate shopping, so the prospect of having to buy more (and bigger) clothes is extremely unappealing. So, starting Monday, I’ll start writing about getting back in shape. Make no mistake, this won’t be a fitness/lifestyle blog. I love when my friends choose healthy and active lifestyles, but as encouraging as it is, it’s boring to read about food and exercise all the time. (Even if you love them, which, I don’t) As a disclaimer, I’ll say that there’s going to be some complaining. I am not the raging fitness nut that I used to be, and it shows. I barely like exercising, and I love junk, so this will be a struggle all the way. In the end, it will be worth it. At least, I hope it will. I don’t want to carry on the family legacy of having high blood pressure and diabetes, so to counteract that, I need to stay fit, which means, no more lounging. I started with a light workout yesterday, and I actually felt better after I did it. I still hated it, but my body didn’t.

Since leaving a very physical full-time job to go to school, two years ago, I’ve slacked off considerably. I hate shopping, so the prospect of having to buy more (and bigger) clothes is extremely unappealing. So, starting Monday, I’ll start writing about getting back in shape. Make no mistake, this won’t be a fitness/lifestyle blog. I love when my friends choose healthy and active lifestyles, but as encouraging as it is, it’s boring to read about food and exercise all the time. (Even if you love them, which, I don’t)

As a disclaimer, I’ll say that there’s going to be some complaining. I am not the raging fitness nut that I used to be, and it shows. I barely like exercising, and I love junk, so this will be a struggle all the way. In the end, it will be worth it. At least, I hope it will. I don’t want to carry on the family legacy of having high blood pressure and diabetes, so to counteract that, I need to stay fit, which means, no more lounging. I started with a light workout yesterday, and I actually felt better after I did it. I still hated it, but my body didn’t. Sometimes, you have to do something you do not want to do to attain what you want.

Sometimes, you have to do something you do not want to do to attain what you want.

Story of my life.

Warm regards,

Eri 🙂

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10 of the Best Ways To Procrastinate Online

I am a hard worker, but I am also a whiz when it comes to procrastinating. Working with added pressure has always benefited me because my default is relaxing. However, if something is really important to me, the sooner I get it done, the better. Anyway, since I’m already 13 blog posts behind in my blog challenge, I am going to give you my most useful time-wasters.

1. Facebook The grand master of them all. I don’t even play games anymore, yet I’m on Facebook at least once a day, scrolling, liking things, and looking at people’s albums.

2. Lumosity : Money well spent. For those who would like to try it without paid membership, that is an option as well. Fair warning: it’s addictive. I once spent an hour racing a purple penguin through a maze because I wanted a higher score.

3.YouTube: Ugh. The worst. The absolute worst. One innocent view of a toddler biting his older brother’s finger can easily turn into 4 hours of watching cute cat videos, cute dog videos,  Scandal fanvids, or a marathon viewing of online sermons. Avoid it like the plague.

4. Tumblr. Four words: Scrolling in the deep.

5. Vine Thankfully, Vine is more conducive to smartphones and tablets than it is to PCs, but it still has the potential to steal hours away from you, six seconds at a time.

6. Twitter. Quiet as it’s kept, the only time I’m on twitter is when my shows are on. That’s a good 3 hours a week.

7. BuzzFeed Informative, random, and quirky. I can spend hours scrolling through and searching everything, from the latest news on the situation in Kiev, to the best Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode.

8. eBay I’m saving money at the moment so I avoid it like the plague, but when I had lots of disposable income, I spent time and money looking for random things to bid on.

9. Stuff Christians Like It’s funny because a lot of these are based on fact.

10. Staples I am a huge fan of office supplies, and can spend hours window shopping for them.

And now you know why I’ve failed my blog challenge for this month.

Until tomorrow,

Erie

It’s December, and I’ve Already Failed My Blog Challenge

I know I’ve been absent for the past couple of months, but rather than give a long, boring explanation as to why I’ve been absent, I’m going to write about how I intended to blog every single day for the month of December, and how I failed already by watching old episodes of The Amazing Race, and Big Brother. 

First off, I’d like to congratulate everyone who participated in NaNoWriMo and its blog equivalent. That’s an amazing achievement, and I admire you for going for it.

Mazel ‘tov.

Since I failed in November, I thought, “December is in a few days. I can make up for lost time by blogging every day of the month!” Then I didn’t write anything all week, so to make up I’ll have to post twice in one day for several days. Yay.

In other news, it is almost time for me to go back to school, which my niece and nephews find hilarious. My eldest nephew said to me the other day, “It’s so funny that you’re talking about going to school, and you’re a grown-up”, and my niece told me I should stay home so my mommy could make my lunch for me as hers does. (I don’t think so.)

This challenge is all about forcing me to write when I don’t ‘feel’ like it because, in a few months, I won’t have a choice. Not that I mind. I don’t work well when I’m complacent, which is why I had to leave my last job. My best work always comes when I’m under pressure. (One of my former bosses picked up on this and gave me deadlines for getting my work done. I love deadlines.)

I have a hunch that going back to university will be one of the most challenging experiences of my life. I know I’ll enjoy every minute of it–even the tough stuff. A few years ago, an acquaintance told me that my work experience was an assignment to toughen me up. It served its purpose, and when I felt the nudge to move on, I did.

That is what life is about. Taking the good with the bad, using the past as a reference point rather than a guide, learning from one’s mistakes, and moving forward when it’s time.

Anyway, I’ve rambled on long enough. I’ll have more to say tomorrow, but until then, I wish you peace and blessings.

Erie

Sharing Sunday: Lazy!

It's funny 'cause it's true.

It’s funny ’cause it’s true.

It’s been awhile since I have published a full post. Rather than apologize for my prolonged absence I am going to offer a simple explanation: I didn’t feel like it.

I had many ideas for topics. Some of them were good, so I’ll revisit them at a later date. Some of them were ridiculous/shamelessly self-indulgent. I like you, readers, so I will not waste your time. This is just a check-in post to let you know that I’m still around, and I still intend to blog regularly.

As a rule, I am not a lazy person. I work hard at most things because I have a commitment to doing a great job. I don’t slack in any way because it is a bad reflection on me. However, the past few weeks, I have made a commitment to taking it easy. I’ve been catching up on my cheesy reality shows (current favourite is Big Brother Australia), reading, purging my massive collection of everything, and getting back into exercise.

When I started blogging, it was just a fun way to practice my writing with no pressure. Now that I have followers who read what I write, I feel more pressure to do a good job. I realize that not everything I post will be awesome, but I do want it to be exciting, amusing, and helpful. That said, the most helpful/amusing/exciting thing that I noticed in the past week is the fact that the American version of Big Brother is a social experiment that tests the resolve of the viewing public (it was awful, y’all!), and the Big Brother in places like Canada (where I live) and Australia focus on testing the resolve of the house mates.

Watching the Australian version of the show with their “halfway house” vs. “luxury house” twist made me think a lot about how those at the top of the economic pyramid have so much control over those who are at the bottom of the pyramid. (I.e. On the launch show, one of the luxury housemates said something like, “We shouldn’t feed them. We have the power to break them.”)  That immediately reminded me of slavery, and how slave masters went to great lengths to break the will of the slaves so they wouldn’t be able to fight back.

The only thing I learned from the American Big Brother is that the housemates can be racist, sexist, abusive, and have an obvious eating disorder while on the show, and instead of remedying the problem, the producers will do everything to hide it. (Hello? We’re not stupid.)

Anyway, I’ll be able to post something deep later in the week. Until then, I will continue to donate/toss/pack my belongings, exercise, read, and relax because I’ve earned the right to do it.

Live well, everyone.

Erie

What Happens In Vagueness Stays In Vagueness

I haven’t written a post in a while. No, scratch that. I have written many posts. I just don’t like any of them enough to click “publish”. I will most likely re-read them in a month and decide that they are all amazing. (Not likely, but I’m hopeful) Until then, I am going to write about myself because it’s easy for me to do so.

1. I “borrowed” the title of this post from an unknown writer who is more clever than I am. It has nothing to do with what I’m writing about, but I thought it sounded cool.

2. I like puns.

3. Satire is my favourite type of humour because I like to use sarcasm and ridicule to draw attention to things that are not necessarily funny.

4. It is easy for me to be kind to people that I do not like because I have a genuine interest in people, as well as an eagerness to connect with them, regardless of how repugnant they may seem. (I don’t need a hidden agenda to treat people with kindness, thanks to my lovely parents) On the flip side, it is also easy for me to ignore a person I don’t like. If I am kind to someone, it is real. If I am not kind to someone, it is also real.

5. I am a born optimist. (My blood type is B positive.)

6. People told me that I “sounded white” for most of my life, and I still don’t know what that means. For the record, my parents both went to college. My Grampy did not finish elementary school, but he was an eloquent speaker. I sound like the people who taught me how to speak, none of whom are white.

7. I was initially reluctant to teach Sunday school, but now talking to my class about God is one of my favourite things to do.

8. I am more productive when I’m angry than I am when I am calm. When I am angry, I just throw myself into my work to keep myself from thinking about what upset me. When I’m calm, I slow down.

9. When I get writer’s block, I usually write through it…and then hate everything I write.

10. I am only on Facebook to connect with friends and family who live far away, and the majority of the people on my ‘Friends’ list are relatives.

11. I did not like children until my eldest nephew was born.

12. I love being an introvert because whatever is going on in my head is always amusing.

I may delete this soon.

Peace,

Erie

100 Followers?! Thanks!

When I started this blog last year, I didn’t have a set goal. I had a Tumblr page that I occasionally added text posts to, but I wanted a place where I could write all text without feeling as though I was spamming people’s dashboards with my wordiness. I definitely did not expect to have followers (which was okay to me, since this was just a vanity project anyway). However, today I found out that 101 people follow this blog.

I was surprised, but also humbled. I write mostly because it is the only way I can communicate without being interrupted. (In conversations I take so long to think about what I’m going to say next, that people cut me off, and change the subject entirely before I’ve had a chance to finish my thought. Or my sentence.) Fortunately for me–and millions of other introverted bloggers out there, no one can interrupt a blog post to add their own opinion.

The opinions you have read are mine; good, bad, ugly, and contradictory. Even if you don’t read every post, I thank you all for following, commenting on, and “liking” my long-winded, “unapproved-by-English-teachers-everywhere” personal essays/ramblings.

I appreciate all of you.

Blessings,

Erie

 

Allow Me To Introduce Myself (Again)

Whenever I get new followers, I feel obligated to give a short (ha!) introduction about the person I am I am and why I blog. It all started just over three years ago. My anxiety and depression were at an all-time high, and I needed something to take my mind off of my troubles. At the time, I had no interest in Jesus, in spite of the fact that I went to church every Sunday. (I’ve since amended that stance and a lot of my writings are reflective of that)

So I started blogging. I chose Tumblr because it was the least intimidating to me. If I didn’t have anything of my own to post, I could just reblog something posted by someone else. It was fun, and eventually I felt comfortable enough to add some of my own writing. When it was well-received, no one was more surprised than me.

I’d always assumed that my blog would be some type of vanity project. I posted things I liked because I liked them. I didn’t even consider that anyone would want to “follow” me. I’m still surprised by how many people are still interested in my random quotes, reblogged photos of books, and my Community “fan-girling”.

In June of last year, I started this blog. I needed a forum where I could practice my writing, and I intended to make it private. But I didn’t, and I’ve been publishing my long-winded rambling  publicly ever since. I don’t know how I would categorize this site. It’s equal parts pop-culture, Christianity, hobbies, reading, nail polish, and whatever else I’m interested in.

Whatever I decide to post, I’m thankful to you all for reading–especially the stuff you don’t agree with. (Fair warning: I’ll be posting a lot of things people don’t agree with!)

Anyway, I hope you like what you read here. If you don’t, I’ll be posting it anyway because it’s my blog. 😛

Peace,

Erie

(Hey, what do you know, it was short.Yay! Progress!)

Sharing Saturday:A New Challenge and Other Randomness

Last month, my posts were sporadic at best. I thought that giving each day a theme (i.e. ‘Talking About God Tuesday’, and ‘Off The Cuff Thursday’) would give me an incentive to blog every day. I was wrong. So, on top of finishing my 100 book reading challenge, (8 books left!) I will be posting something every day this month. Oh Yay 🙂

I work two Saturdays a month now, and I’ve got to say, I like working them. Saturday is typically my one day to relax (and do my laundry. There’s no way I’m doing that mess during the week!) But, since I’m up early anyway, (I wake up at 5 am during the week. On weekends, I sleep in until 6:15) I may as well be doing something–and getting paid. Monday used to be my favourite work day because it’s the most busy, (I love having something to do–workaholic : P) but right now Saturday is giving it some serious competition.

I don’t always speak to people when they say hello to me. Most of the time it’s because I am really not paying attention  because I’m thinking about something (or I can’t hear them–thanks to my iPod). I also think it’s weird for people to say ‘hello’ every time they see you. I think one “hello” is enough, but some don’t agree. I conscientiously object to the multiple “hello” rule. You’ve been notified.

My mother is an exceedingly wise woman. One of the best pieces of advice she has ever offered me is, “Don’t let people who don’t love you to have an effect on how you live your life.” Thanks to her awesome leadership, as well as her emphasis on having a relationship with God, I can be who I was born to because I know that I am loved. No matter what.

I’m currently reading The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (My second Dostoyesky this year, and my third overall). I’m nearly halfway through, and personally I think the Prince is adorable. 🙂

Have a great day!

Peace 😎

Erie

Beautiful Blogger Award

My first award since being on WordPress! This is exciting 🙂 I was nominated by tfaswift from Swift Expressions, and I am both honoured and humbled by my inclusion.

The rules are as follows:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you: That’s an easy one. Thank you tfaswift! Hugs 😀

2.Attach the award to my site. I couldn’t figure out how to do that, so I’m including it in this post instead 🙂

3.Share seven random facts about yourself.

Here goes:

  • I hate bananas.
  • I can always tell when someone is lying.
  • I didn’t like children until I became an aunt.
  • I listen to music every day.
  • I was born during a huge snowstorm.
  • When I was 3, I used to “write” books and give them to people as gifts.
  • I like to give people compliments.

Here’s the difficult part; I now have to choose 15 bloggers to award this to. I haven’t been on WordPress long, so I don’t really know a lot of people. I think I’m going to take the easy way out and nominate anyone who follows me and the blogger who nominated me. (Bonus fact: This post has been sitting in my Drafts folder for three days because I couldn’t think of anyone to tag :P)

Peace,

Erie