Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Why I Hate Scary Movies. OR The Time I Peed My Pants While Driving.

Most of my friends know that I do not like to watch very scary movies.  I never used to be that way.  In fact, I remember begging my mom to let me watch The Sixth Sense in theaters even though I wasn't old enough.   I loved suspense up until my friends decided to play a grand prank on me.

My and my Zoe girl circa 2005

It was the summer that I worked as a camp counselor, and kept most of my wardrobe in my car.  We had the weekends off, so I decided to go to my friends house and have a movie night.  All 9 of us piled into my friend's living room and started watching Signs.  This was not the first time I have seen this movie.  I also didn't really consider it to be scary.

When the movie was finally over it was late and dark out side.  I took my usual hour and a half to say good bye to everyone and didn't even notice that Bob (not his real name) was missing.  I should have been suspicious since Bob has a deer antler that looks very similar to the creepy alien hand from the movie. But, of course I thought nothing of it.

The antler looked a little something like this

I finally made it out to may car, blasted the radio and took off.  I was at least 4 miles away (passing a corn field) when all of the sudden I noticed a creepy alien hand touching my arm.  I screamed bloody murder, slammed on the breaks, pulled over, and peed myself before I jumped out of the car and screamed.  When I looked behind me I saw Bob doubled over in laughter.  He had hidden in my giant pile of clothes and waited until we were passing the corn field to pull the best prank in history. I didn't notice him because I had my music up so loud.  I was so mad at him I made him walk home alone in the dark.

And that is why I no longer watch scary movies.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I am WAY late to the party on this one.

So, it is almost February and I am just now getting around to the whole "Happy New Year" thing.  See, here is the issue - I haven't had a computer at home since November.  The power adapter on my lap top was knocked lose and I wasn't able to charge my battery.  I've been mostly using my iPhone and reading blogs at work.  But, lesbehonest, the blogger app is almost useless, and I didn't want to take the time at work to blog.  Hence, my month long absence.

I know practically everyone in  Blogland has done a post like this about 3 weeks ago, so I will do my best to keep this short winded. Rather than go through and recap all my "highlights" of 2013, I will share this little gem from Facebook.

2013 was a very monumental year in my life, but also one I am glad I can say is done and over with.  It started off rather rough, but ended with me being a stronger, wiser individual.  I know that is incredibly cliche, but it is really true.  

When I was 7, my New Year's resolution was to be able to jump off the swings without being scared.  I guess that was a hard enough challenge for 20 years, because I haven't had one since.  I decided to change that this year. There is no reason to not want to better myself.   After careful consideration, I have come up with 4 things that I would like to work on in 2014.

ONE - Be more productive.
This dose not mean that I can't watch Netflix or be lazy once in a while.  I can however, use my time more wisely.  All those things I pinned on Pinterest?  Why not try that on a Saturday afternoon instead of sitting on my but and watching half a season of Call the Midwife?

TWO - Become a better photographer.  
I know every other person in Blogland is a "photographer".  I am not trying to just be trendy.  This has been a legitimate interest of mine for at least 10 years.  I FINALLY got my fancy DSLR last year.  I have no more excuses to let it sit there.

THREE -  Become a better blogger.
One of the biggest lessons I think I learned in 2013 was that my thoughts and opinions really do matter and it is okay for me to express them.  I may not post something 5 days a week, but I can post at least twice a week.  I am not blogging to become "internet famous", or to make money, or to gain hundreds of followers.  I blog because it makes me happy, and frankly, that's all that matters.

FOUR - Become more active.
I tried this once before last year, and realized that I bit off more than I could chew.  However, I can honestly say that after I admitted my defeat in October, I just gave up completely.  The truth is that I need to be active.  I can no longer blame it on my health.  I am as healed as I'll ever be.  I am not going to go out a join a gym or hire a personal trainer.  Mostly because that crap is expensive, but also because I would be way to overwhelmed.  What I can do (and have started doing) is yoga in the living room, or walking Faust around a few extra blocks (he could really burn off the extra energy, really).

Goals 2-4 are all a part of goal #1.  Truthfully, goal #1 will probably always be a goal of mine. Breaking it down into 3 more specific goals makes it a lot less overwhelming and actually achievable.  So there you have it.  Please forgive me for handing in my homework a month late.