Introspective Walk

Today I went on a very long accidental walk.

I don’t know what got into me because even though I knew I was meeting up with someone at 6:30, I was rushing out the door at 4:50 to catch the bus that would get me there in half an hour.

Needless to say, I had some time to kill.

So, instead of transferring onto the last leg of my trip and getting there in 7 minutes, I decided to walk alongside the route on a convenient bike path located there. If the walk wasn’t so gorgeous I might have just camped out at the location we were meeting but it was so I walked.

The weather was gorgeous, I had music I liked playing in my earphones and then weather was phenom so basically I was having the time of my life!

To an introvert, having 40 minutes of time that are completely mine to think and wonder about the things around me and in my life is spectacular! I planned some life things in my head, I people watched and I was just content and it was literally amazing.

Just wanted to share this moment with the internet, A+ activity for introverts.

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Reasons to Smile #7

Genuine smiles

Being able to quote a movie while watching it

Eating ice

Starting a new notebook

Beating a personal best in something fitness related

Knowing exactly where you left something (and it actually being there)

When the wind doesn’t blow your hair in your face

Being as comfortable in your friend’s house as your own

Seeing a deer in the wild

Shredding paper

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Road Trip Essentials

The most summer thing to do.

It may be quite late into the summer but it’s not too late to get in one last hurrah and plan a road trip for the fun of it! I’ll be going on one this coming weekend and thought it would be a great idea to outline all the essentials to keep this bon voyage from becoming a chorus of heavenly “are we there yet???”

roadtrip - destination

The first thing you’re going to want to decide on is where you’re going. The road trip could just be driving aimlessly but then there’s no real purpose. Some ideas are:

  • A place where a lot of your family lives
  • A city where a friend you haven’t seen in a while lives
  • Somewhere you’ve never been before and know no one and are just going for the adventure
  • A place from your childhood

Anywhere you’ve been itching to go in order to see the sights or catch up on life stories is doable as long as there are roads between it and you.

roadtrip - transportation

I may be blowing my cover as Captain Obvious here but it needs to be said. Not only does there need to be a human that can drive a car in the party of people going, there also needs to be a car that
a) will survive a trip of your desired length and
b) can comfortably seat everyone.
It will be no fun sitting on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck for a couple hours and neither will a blast be had if you have to be in the middle seat scrunched between two other people. Think of these things beforehand and you’ll be thanking yourself by the end.

roadtrip - company

In the previous paragraphs, I’ve been directing this post towards one person – you. But it doesn’t have to be like that at all. Even though solitude is nice sometimes, to just drive without anyone around you either in the car or on the roads, the friends are what make a road trip memorable. Make sure you get along with anyone in the car because if there’s something between you guys, it’ll most likely be amplified in the tiny space of a moving vehicle. Best friends are great candidates because willingly spending this much time with them isn’t a chore, unlike family road trips sometimes end up being.

You’ll have plenty of time to talk, invent silly car games and just be around each other so if you don’t know your travel-mates’ life stories at the beginning of this journey, you just might by the end.

roadtrip - music

This deserves capital letters because most people have strong opinions on the music they want to listen to. And since there’ll be a lot of time to fill during any road trip, the songs are going to need to happen! It’s best to know what common ground everyone coming along has in terms of music taste, including everyone’s vetos. Of course, everyone should be willing to be flexible in order for everyone to be happy and I really don’t think you can go wrong with Disney!

Some people like creating playlists that have the theme of summer or vacation or road trips to set the mood so if anyone in the car has a knack for that, get them to go right ahead and you’ll feel 10x more legit.

roadtrip - snacks

Humans need to eat in order to live. [citation needed] Whatever your food situation may be, be it quick runs to the Timmies* every time you stop from gas, an entire picnic meal/dinner or easy access snack items, it’s important to have some on hand so that everyone stays comfortable and happy. Water is also an important thing to pack, although in this scenario you have to think of when you’ll be able to let it out.

*non-Canadians can calm their confusion, I’m just talking about Tim Horton’s, our equivalent of your coffee and donut shops.

roadtrip - entertainment

We’ve talked about music which is a large portion of car ride entertainment but there’s plenty of other things to do. As I child, I was the queen of making up something to keep my sister and I occupied in the back seat. I’m not sure how many I got from other places and how many I got from my brain but I will share them all willingly here.

The Alphabet Game – Very straightforward, you’re competing against or working together with everyone in the car in order to find all the letters of the alphabet in order on anything you see outside of the car. (stores, licence plates, road signs, etc) One of my rules is that you may only take one letter from a common location before you move on

The Rainbow Car Game – Same deal, look outside your window and find a car that is each colour of the rainbow in order (red, orange, yellow, green blue, purple). Orange and yellow and quite rare and you may find yourself stuck on those for a while

Car Count – This is a straight up competition. You each pick a colour of car and count every time you see one of that colour. Whoever gets the most wins! Heads up, silver and red are quite common.

Animal Name Game – this game definitely was invented by me. It involves looking for animals outside and then giving them a name. That is all. Good for going through the countryside and seeing cow after horse after llama. I’ve given a flock of birds names, they get quite silly at this point.

Bingo/Scavenger Hunt – If someone wants to put in the necessary effort of thinking up things you could potentially see on a road trip, they should definitely do so because that could be a lot of fun!

roadtrip - plan

Overall, you just really need to plan this kind of thing out. I know in the movies and books, they just jump in the car with their sunglasses and romantic tension and off they go but really it’s important to have a very good idea of certain things like

  • what route you’ll take
  • where you’ll stop and how often
  • where you’re going to sleep
  • who brings what
  • how long it’ll take

Everyone should also be aware of the plan so that it’s not up to one person to stress all about it. If you’ve got locations in mind in advance, there’s much less of a chance of something going wrong and therefore a higher chance of everyone having a great time!

A Few Final Things…

You should keep in mind the distance as well because sometimes a road trip can be too long and cars can start feeling like a sardine can – smell and all. The longer the trip, the higher the cost with food and gas and places to sleep so although it feels very freeing to just go, it won’t do to use up all your funds on this expedition.

And that is all of my knowledge about road trips, please put it to good use and tell me about any road trips you’ll go on in the future or have gone on and loved. It’s good to enjoy the summer while you can because school is just around the corner (small gasp)

Holding My Cat’s Paw: A Saga

I love my cats.

I love them so much and it’s common knowledge that cats are very selective with when they’re going to show you some affection back which, for some people, is off-putting, but it just makes me even more excited when it happens.

One thing I know my cats aren’t into is letting you touch/hold/pet their paws but of course I like to see what I can get away with.

Today, my cat Oreo was in a super cuddly and purring mood (she’s chilling beside me completely relaxed and blissful) and we got the hand-holding going on. Of course, I had to record it for posterity so here you go:

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she’s pretending she doesn’t notice while I’m in the corner elated
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she’s happy too, I promise
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the cutest lil eye contact that ever could be
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can she get any more adorable

An Ode To THOSE Toilet Paper Dispensers

FYI, if you came here expecting poetry and prose, you will be sad, but I bring you sarcasm and run on sentences, which may or may not be better.

On to the story.

So you’re in a public place and you need to pee so naturally you find a washroom. We’re not going to go into every detail

the real MVP
the real MVP

but at some point you gotta get your pants out of the way. The thing is, I keep my phone in my back pocket and that’s not a good location for it when it’s so near to water, right?

The logical thing to do in this instance is take it out and put it on the nearest available surface: the toilet paper dispenser. They come in all shapes and sizes, there’s the big round ones, there’s the smaller slanted ones and then, there’s those ones. The ones with a flat top.

Do you know how annoying it is to have to balance a phone on something circular or to have to keep an eye on it while it slowly slides closer to the edge? A lot of you probably do so you also know how wonderful it is to get a flat-topped lid.

You can pee in confidence and without worry about your phone!

It’s the little things in life, isn’t it.

Man Buns

You know what makes me irrationally happy? Man buns. manbun

They’re not even that attractive to me, like yes I can find dudes with the buns nice to look at but it isn’t really a factor that increases the appeal. I was actually kind of weirded out by it at first like the trend came out of nowhere and now there’s whole buzzfeed articles about them!

//Actually, my guess is that the undercut hairstyle turned into a man bun when they were too busy to keep it under control.

What gets me excited about this new fashion trend is that it’s actually become cool for men to do something that’s considered girly. Girls have long hair therefore girls wear buns is what is ingrained into our heads. But girls with short hair look fantastic so why can’t boys rock their hair a little longer? It would have been embarrassing some time ago for this to happen but we’ve embraced it and I just think that’s really nifty and wonderful!

And the best part of all is imagining them buying their own hair elastics and figuring out buns in the first place.

Cat Love

Anyone with a cat will completely relate to this:

Whenever your cat shows interest in you or gives you any attention or actually is affectionate towards you, it is the biggest deal.

Cats do their own thing, y’know. You can’t really force them to like you and, unless you have trimethylaminuria (a disorder that makes you smell like fish), it may take a while for them to warm up to you.

So you’re both doing your own thing, both living in the same space, sometimes in the same room sometimes don’t see each other for hours; basically just coexisting. And it’s relaxing, don’t get me wrong. To be around another warm body but not have to give them any of your attention is quite awesome BUT if your cat willingly comes up to you and starts purring and/or rubbing against you and/or wants to sit right by you, you just get this feeling inside of you that feels really good.

(yes I just said “feeling that feels really good”. The only English I took in uni was technical report writing so deal with it.)

I guess it’s special because it doesn’t happen very often and you seem to have gained your cat’s respect in some way, shape or form so anyway, yeah, it’s phenom.

Oddly Specific Book Recs (OSBR #1)

In case you didn’t know, I read a lot.

I love to read and I love discussing books with people that also love to read. It’s one of the few conversation topics I can actually go on about for a really long time.

Another thing I like is connecting said other person with a book that I think they’d really enjoy. I might have just read something and just want every single person on the planet to also read it (aka that time I read Blood Red Road by Moira Young. If you haven’t GO! Go NOW!) but other times, if I know the person well enough, then it’s really fun for me to rack my brain for the actual perfect book for them. The one that just matches up with so many of their interests. Like a book soul mate.

Thus this series on my blog is born. It won’t be a regular thing like my Reasons to Smile, Masterposts or Beautiful Boys but whenever I stumble onto a perfect pairing of human and page, then I won’t hesitate to talk about it.

cinder - marissa meyerThe book is Cinder by Marissa Meyer and the person is my friend in Biomed Mechanical Engineering.

The number one similarity is that she’s really interested in prosthetics for different parts of the human body like heart valves or hip replacements and anything of that sort and Cinder, the main character, is a cyborg. That is the literal same thing, just a lot more advanced. Of course, the science behind Cinder’s superhuman body is fictional but it is backed by research done by the author on potential things that humans could someday achieve.

Then there’s that tiny connection that she’s in a type of mechanical engineering and Cinder is a mechanic.

And finally, my friend is a really rational, cuts straight to the chase, no nonsense person so if the romance in a book was the central theme with all the pining and overthinking she’d probably have a fit. In Cinder, of course there’s some romance, it is after all in the YA genre and a retelling of Cinderella, but it’s definitely not the most important aspect. There’s the whole equality issue and stopping someone evil from taking over the world business to take care of as well.

The verdict is actually in: she loved it! I lent her my copy yesterday and she was asking for the second book in the series today. I am a miracle worker. Just kidding, loved the fact that she loved it, dreading to tell her the news that the series isn’t finished yet so she’ll have to wait a while after finishing Cress to read the last book.