Drafts

Past me was a total gem.

Today I decided that 50 blog post drafts was a little too much so I went through them to delete posts I never got around to finishing which are now extremely outdated, steal ideas from my past self and just tidy things up in general.

A lot of them ended up being real quick jot notes from when I was in a rush and couldn’t whip out an entire blog post when the idea struck me. I felt the need to share this picture of a draft that makes absolutely no sense just for everyone to have a laugh.

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Literally what did me from two years ago mean by that?? We will never know.

Hello, It’s Me

and I’m back to annoy you with (potentially already outdated???) pop culture references and life updates!

If you know me at all, you can probably guess that school is over and my responsibilities have disappeared which is why I have circled back to this poor, abandoned blog. I had my last of 5 difficult finals today and can safely say that I passed them all but the waiting to know my final mark is always killer.

Currently I’m easing into this feeling of not having deadlines every two seconds. My mind still hasn’t accepted that I’m free yet.

Of course, I’m going to try and get back on the Make-A-Post-Every-Day train so expect some Christmas baking, school project recaps, updates on the construction going down in my city and movie reviews coming at you in the near future!

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Smek For President: Review

Oh J.Lo, how I love you.

It’s hard to give this book a real review explaining why I liked it and what I thought about the themes found inside when all I really want to do is quote all the funny parts to you. I’ll end up doing both, most definitely.

As I’ve mentioned on this blog at one point or another, Adam Rex’s The True Meaning of Smekday and anything that is remotely related to it is automatically my favourite thing in the world. I don’t make the rules that’s just how it is.

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Summary from Goodreads:

After Tip and J.Lo banished the Gorg from Earth in a scheme involving the cloning of many, many cats, the pair is notorious-but not for their heroics. Instead, human Dan Landry has taken credit for conquering the Gorg, and the Boov blame J.Lo for ruining their colonization of the planet. Determined to clear his name, J.Lo and Tip pack into Slushious, a Chevy that J.Lo has engineered into a fairly operational spaceship, and head to New Boovworld, the aliens’ new home on one of Saturn’s moons.

But their welcome isn’t quite as warm as Tip and J.Lo would have liked. J.Lo is dubbed Public Enemy Number One, and Captain Smek knows that capturing the alien is the only way he’ll stand a chance in the Boovs’ first-ever presidential election.

With the help of a friendly flying billboard named Bill, a journey through various garbage chutes, a bit of time travel, and a slew of hilarious Boovish accents, Tip and J.Lo must fight to set the record straight-and return home in once piece.

It was a little harder for me to get into Smek for President (you know, like reach that point where it doesn’t feel like you’re reading words anymore and are just experiencing the story) but it was a delightful read. I feel like the plot was less crazy than The True Meaning of Smekday as the setting remained the same the whole time and the reader wasn’t getting introduced to all of the characters this time around although it did have a pretty hilarious, spoilery twist that I found hilarious and perfect. You’ll know it. It’s even illustrated.

The novel made up for any of that by being classically random in the most ingenious ways. Our 7th grade selves that were known to sometimes say “I’m so rANdoM xD TACOS!!” have got nothing on Adam Rex’s genius. It’s example time now:

  • We’ve got the complete rules to Stickyfish which are actually coherent and could be adapted to the real world just like JK Rowling’s creation of Quidditch
  • A friendly billboard named William “Bill” Board
  • A hoverbutt
  • A boov not understanding the concept of “I can’t wait to do this thing” and explaining that you indeed will have to wait
  • Guns that turn everything blue
  • Some poomps, pardon my language
  • An appearance from “Rihanna”
  • The museum of noises

In short, read this book then come back and agree with me! (Or not, you do you)

Reverse Procrastination

While I was shirking my responsibilities, discovering new corners of the internet to get lost in, I had a novel idea.

I’m pretty sure everyone in the universe experiences the phenomenon where when you really need to get something done but there’s still enough of a window that you’re not in last minute panic mode it seems like absolutely everything else is way more interesting. I find that things are more relatable on tumblr, the click bait on facebook is much more enticing and my room is way too messy to continue this way. Every activity, be it learning how to lip read or discovering some new music, is ten times more exciting than the actual thing that you are obligated to do.

I know I myself have tried the method of inducing that last minute panic earlier than it actually would come by giving myself random deadlines but it’s so easy to pretend you didn’t see the clock turn 6pm or something.

So this brainwave that I had incorporates this concept and attempts to transform it into something useful for productivity rather than detracting from it.

If you rig it right, somehow, you need to trick yourself into thinking that the work you have to do is a distraction from your real distractions.

Confused? I would be too.

What I’m trying to get at is turning the tables on yourself. Open twitter and give yourself a deadline to write a fantastic and retweet worth blurb and pretend like you are not allowed to do anything until that happens. Then, in another tab, have the research on solar panels that you’ve been trying to do all afternoon just sitting there and see what happens.

Obviously I haven’t actually tried this and there is the obvious pitfall that you could open an entirely different tab with a quiz on what famous internet cat you are (is that a thing?? you never know… And there is!!) BUT it’s an idea is all I’m saying. And as someone that actually needs to be researching solar panels right now, I have written two blog posts in a row so at least I was slightly productive with this technique…

Try this and tell me your findings, fellow internet scientist/procrastinators, whichever you identify with most!

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New Theme

I wanted a better font, pretty much. My requirements were that I needed a sidebar and the colour blue needed to be around.

Voila, what do you think of the transition? I miss the cuter vibe and the blue everywhere but readability of the font really didn’t work for my mostly-text blog. Apparently I’m into having the title in capslock though…

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Procrasti-peeing

Oh hello friends. Let’s pretend there wasn’t a 5 month hiatus on this blog and get straight to what we like talking about most: procrastinating and peeing.

I am currently trying to finish a paper for my business class that is actually worth 20% of my final grade and seriously I had this assignment from the beginning of the school year yet it is only in the last week that I have actually looked at it. Go me. I’ve already gotten tired of perusing social media in attempts to distract myself so at this point I have resorted to reading my own blog and drinking water.

I’ve literally peed 4 times in the last hour and then read an article on how too much water is actually bad for you so my water bottle is going to remain untouched for the next few hours.

What a great way to ease back into the blogging life. I bet this post will get everyone excited for what’s to come. Who doesn’t want to read about someone’s bathroom habits???

Man I get sarcastic when I’m stressed.

The Opposite Of Writer’s Block

My thoughts go at a million miles per hour.

Seriously, there’s an individual, albeit sometimes subconscious, thought in my head about every shred of information I take in with all 5 of my senses. That’s a lot.

Some of those thoughts turn into ideas and some of those ideas I find worthy of becoming a blog post! Sometimes I even get these thoughts stuck in my head, as if they were the lyrics to a song or something and basically that’s the main reason I even have this blog: to get them out. (Although it pleases me to no end that people actually enjoy reading this!!!)

Usually what I’ll do, since it’s often due to the situation I’m in aka an interesting one that I find inspiration and I can just sit down and start hacking away at a draft, is write down the mains points and tell myself I’ll get to it later.

There are so many of these jot notes. On sticky notes, in the drafts of my dashboard (currently there’s 29), in my organizational computer notes; they’re everywhere. And truth be told, they rarely make it out onto the internet.

It’s not that they’re not good! (I’m not cocky and full of myself….) It’s that I never get around to writing all the words that need to be added in order to make it a worthwhile post. I used to have the excuse of time and not having enough of it to spend on this side-hobby but now it’s really just the fact that I don’t have the willingness to sit myself down and write it all down.

//especially those hard ones that require research and taking corresponding pictures//

So in my head, it feels like backwards writer’s block. I have tons and tons of ideas but I’m not sitting at the computer staring at the screen. Just thought that was cool, not really even complaining or berating myself, it’s just funny.

No Tumblr

That’s what I’m doing right now.

I needed to free up my time for the end of the school year (can you believe there’s a little over three weeks left until exams??) because the projects and midterms were coming quickly. Tumblr obviously took up most of my time since catching up to where you left off is an actual nightmare when you follow even just 50 people.

It’s been about a week and I haven’t suffered from withdrawal too much; just feels a little empty. Like when I open the internet, I automatically check email, facebook, twitter and tumblr but now I have to stop myself on that last one. I’ve taken to checking xkcd even though that only updates 4 times a week. And anytime I feel tempted, I just remind myself about all the free time I’ll have once I’m done with school. (which is a lot.)

At the moment, I’m not even sure it’s helping me stop procrastinating just making me get creative about how I procrastinate but I’m sticking to my guns and doing it anyway!

We’ll see how I am by the end of it.

Life Update

Felt like just typing at y’all about myself.

To be honest, I’m kind of surprised that I’ve stuck with this for as long as I have! I’m the kind of person that likes the beginning of things, like learning something completely brand new at school or knitting projects or blank notebooks because there’s a ton of possibilities and so much could happen. Once I’m actually into it, I realize that it’ll take hard work to continue doing this and slowly extricate myself from the whole deal. Unfinished should be my middle name for the amount of things that I abandon. Except it’s not because my mom is pretty decent and decided not to do that to me. I don’t even have a middle name. Fun fact.

I think the main reason that this blog is still chugging along is because no one expects anything from it. Like, as of now, I have 13 followers and one of them is my sister so it’s not like there are people out there who don’t want to be disappointed. Also, the fact that I must post every single day means that I have some leg room if any of my posts are especially lame since it’s not like I had a whole week or something to create something brilliant and thought provoking as well as witty. To tell the truth, all my posts are pretty much done at midnight and then I change the time stamp to a more normal hour. Yup, your life is a lie.

I considered stopping the whole one post a day deal because school is especially crazy right now and I really should be studying in all my spare time but I really feel like me and the commitment could go a long way! It’ll be cool looking back on this later on and seeing what me from the past thought would be cool to blog about. (More like cringe probably. Present me and past me never really agree)

But yeah, there’s that thought process put into words. Funny how it took me all of 4 seconds in real like but over 300 words…

School-wise, things are going swimmingly! I have quite a few friends and most of them are really hardcore studiers. This in turn makes me feel super guilty about not studying and then pushes me to put in more effort! Like for example, I started studying for my midterm that’s on Wednesday yesterday!! That’s a whole 4 days before instead of the usual 1! My next step should probably be to make study notes as the classes go along, not all at once while frantically studying…

Kind of really excited for this week to be over because I have three midterms on four days and one of those days is a saturday…not cool. I’ve never had tests this back to back (except in high school but I am slowly realizing that high school is nothing compared to university) before meaning I always had a wackload of time to study for the next one in between so I’m feeling really unprepared going into this. Afterwards though, my church is holding a Royal Ball that I’m helping out at for all the little kids. They get to be little princesses and princes! I’ll probably do some craft with them. There’s also the fact that I don’t think I’ll have any more midterms until the second round of them since I haven’t heard anything about Intro to Mech Eng and Physics’ only has one midterm way later on.

Really the only thing keeping me going is the fact that I only must survive this week and the next and then it’s reading week! A million blessings on the person that invented that. A whole week to catch up on sleep and tv shows for the first 5 days and then cram all the studying I should have been doing the whole time into the last two. That and also when people favourite or retweet me on twitter. I seriously put a lot of work into wording otherwise bland life events into witty one-liners over there so validation is always welcome!

So that’s about it, my mom has actually commented on my potato-like status on the couch I’m occupying at the moment which means it’s around time to switch my location back to my desk.

Theme

This is something I’ve been thinking about recently.

I love the theme I have for this blog right now but it’s more aesthetically pleasing than functional. Like there’s not even a sidebar to link you to any other things. I’ve been going through the process of testing out other themes (obviously the free ones) and seeing what I can do with them to make them suit me and this blog.

The thing I’m really going to miss about this theme is the font!! It’s actually adorable. Like neat chicken-scratch if your catch my drift. I like making things look a little hand-made/non-perfect because then I don’t have to live up to any standards. If that makes any sense.

So stay tuned and be prepared for this change to pop up some time in the near future!