I suck at blogging.

  • it’s always awkward when you catch someone staring at you, and vice versa
  • who drives like they were taught in driving school?!
  • doesn’t a low-key cafe/coffee shop that serves liquor sound ideal for studying/getting work done? there aren’t any places in-between the typical coffee shop and the loud bar.
  • warm toilet seats are nice, but it’s a bit creepy knowing why it’s warm
  • was 21 pulled from a hat for the drinking age or how did that come about?
  • Tim McCarver is quite possibly the worst announcer. 
  • between NFL football and the MLB postseason I have zero nails left
  • clearly by the point above I started these a while ago…
  • went to STL for game 7 (absolute chaos!)
  • is it that hard to use your blinker?
  • when do most people stop making a Christmas list? (I still make one)
  • speaking of Christmas, it’s coming up so fast, damn.
  • why does asparagus make your pee stink? (I feel like I’ve asked this question before)
  • the iPhone 4S is quite snappy
  • Siri and I are still in that awkward phase in our relationship
  • Took a roadtrip to Mason City, IA to visit Historic Park Inn (if you get a chance, go. it’s beauitful.)
  • that’s about it…for now…

It has been too long…

…since my last post of random shit so here goes:

  • so stoked the NFL season is about to start. Come on, Dallas!
  • went camping for the first time a few weekends ago (shit, it’s not “roughin’ it” at all with the setups people have)
  • if you go to NYC, don’t worry about sightseeing just go to eat at as many places as possible
  • while you’re at all of those restaurants, plan on paying $10+ per cocktail
  • does everyone have a favorite outfit?
  • does anyone else like smores with only the graham crackers and chocolate? (I hate marshmallows)
  • why do people get freaked out by sandwich thins? (if you don’t know what those are, shame on you)
  • no better place to people watch than the lake/beach
  • tried oysters for the first time – delicious.
  • some people are just not good at texting – yes you can be good or bad at texting
  • get/send someone close a random gift, it’ll make their day
  • can open relationships really work?
  • if you’re too young to make a decision on making yourself sterile doesn’t that mean you’re too young to have kids as well?
  • busted out an old school NES and Super Mario Bros. on the 50″ plasma last night – didn’t quite feel the same.
  • if you’re in Minneapolis go spend a Saturday morning at one of the numerous Farmers’ Markets
  • the best communication in relationships happens in bed with the lights off (get your mind out of the gutter)

Pens & Pencils

Whenever I want to write a letter to someone, or something that I know will last a while, I always grab the same pen. There’s something about how the pen feels in your hand and how the tip feels on the piece of paper. It just seems like your print is always better with that certain pen as well. That probably has something to do with the confidence you feel when using it. Generally, we just grab the pen that’s most convenient and jot something done. When we grab our favorite pen, we want to use it and are excited to use it. When you do something you enjoy you relax and focus a bit more — using your favorite pen is no different.

The same can be said about pencils – mechanical pencils vs. your traditional pencils. Most people have a preference for one or the other. I definitely prefer a mechanical pencil when given the choice. There is always a sharp side of the lead that I can use. I constantly rotate the pencil in my hand to make sure I am writing with that edge. I am not sure what it is, but I feel like my handwriting is dramatically better with a mechanical pencil as opposed to the traditional one.

Memorial Weekend Nonsense

  • Is gas ever not $x.xx and 9/10?
  • I cannot stand drivers who do not get above 40 mph on the on ramp
  • Looking for a new apartment and thinking about moving is never fun
  • Signing a lease and relaxing once you’re all moved in is always fun (or so I thought…)
  • No matter how many times you tell yourself you’re not going to eat chips and salsa from your favorite Mexican restaurant it never happens. You are still full before your meal comes then even more miserable afterwards
  • I’ve been exposed to a ton of good music lately (The Weepies, Tegan & Sara to name some), and it’s definitely one of those things where you don’t know what you’re missing until you know what is out there
  • I always struggle with whether or not to capitalize the first letter in bulleted posts (I obviously decided to capitalize them in this post)
  • Boneless or traditional wings?
  • When thinking of Memorial Day, do you think it has to consist of sun, grilling out, drinking, and outdoor games like I do?
  • My mom won’t read this…but this weekend is her birthday and we got her an iPad
  • Yes, I’m spreading my obsession with Apple products to my Mother
  • A hot dog, brat, or hamburger on the grill – can only have one…what is it?
  • Speaking of Apple products, if anyone out there is considering a new laptop and doesn’t consider the MacBook Air you’re selling yourself short. Just saying.
  • That might be about it…I could probably go on forever, but I need to go eat…enjoy your weekend, folks! (remember sun, grilling out, drinking, and outdoor games and throw some golf in there as well)

Things I Learned/Observed on SB in Panama City Beach

  • it’s old and dirty
  • it was never too early to start drinking (like 8am start drinking)
  • there are a lot of tan women with big boobs/butts that look good from your hotel balcony but very few that actually look good when you’re on the beach
  • food service (and just about any other service) is terrible in Florida (I expected this but it still sucks going through it each and every time)
  • don’t expect a taxi to actually show up if you call one; walk the street and flag one down
  • do not plan on getting any sleep
  • the bigger the group of people you go with the better (even if it is all dudes)
  • you will see every type of person on the beach and lots of them
  • the daytime partying on the beach is what makes spring break what it is; the nightlife is no different than any big city
  • you’ll need way fewer clothes than you think you will (then again, every vacation is like that)
  • determine how much you think you will spend. Then double it. The prices will surprise you everywhere you go. ($8 for a gallon of terrible OJ, for example)
  • every car you see has rims that are worth at least twice as much as the car they’re on and the cars are shit
  • don’t forget to put on sunscreen just because you’re out drinking
  • flip-flops/shoes are always optional
  • shirts are generally optional as well
  • bring the biggest plastic mug/cup/container you have for your drinks on the beach – it limits the number of times you have to go back yo your hotel room and keeps the sand out
  • you have to go to a “typical” spring break destination at least once to see what it is like. it might not be your thing, but the people watching in and of itself definitely makes it worth it

Random III

It’s Friday so why not do another post about my random thoughts/observations/questions? I might as well make this a Friday ritual…

  • why isn’t the number 11 pronounced onety-one?
  • have you filed your taxes yet?
  • just found out i am going to Seattle for work — sweet!
  • is it how often you drink or how much you drink which makes you an alcoholic?
  • or is it just if you do bad things when you’re drunk that makes you an alcoholic?
  • women with long legs and high heels are sexy except if they cannot walk in them (do some girls just not care? or do they really not realize how ridiculous they look trying to walk in them?)
  • speaking of women, they should all own a pair of low top, black, chuck taylor’s (just saying)
  • i cannot decide if lingerie is just a waste and only looks good in magazines or if it’s really practical
  • download ‘Be My Thrill’ and ‘World Spins Madly On’ by The Weepies
  • does anyone want to buy my iPad?
  • blowing your nose too much and having it get raw is awful
  • my morale at work would increase if it was casual day every day
  • i think there was some slight sarcasm ^ then again…
  • logging what you eat definitely makes eating healthier much easier
  • i turn 24 in approximately 16 days — i can’t decide if that’s old?! haha
  • i’ll be in florida on the beach for my birthday so it doesn’t really matter
  • i have no explanation for why or why i didn’t capitalize certain words in this post
  • i’m going to see ‘Hair’ this weekend at The Orpheum
  • do people generally prefer sex with the lights on or off?
  • does pressing the elevator buttons more make the door close faster?
  • if you haven’t made out in an elevator, do it. you’d be surprised how fast you get to your desired floor
  • this is what i’m eating for breakfast tomorrow morning
  • disregard what i said about eating healthy above (saturday is my free day)
  • on that note, have a wonderful friday and weekend, folks

Just Say Something

Have you ever not said or done something because you were scared to get rejected and/or end up with nothing? If so, we all know how it goes: we feel like we should not have said anything and kept going with what we had because we were content – whatever that means. We try to justify that having something is better than having nothing. But we shouldn’t be content with what we have right now if we want something more. Simply going through the motions because we’re afraid that asking for more might result in us having less, or nothing, is the wrong way to look at it. If you want more, it means you’re not happy with the current situation. Holding onto this because it’s “something” is a waste of your time and effort. Waiting around for more to just come may eventually happen, but the possibility of waiting around and that resulting in nothing is just as likely. It isn’t worth the risk.

Ask yourself this: would you rather ask for more knowing you tried and did everything in your power to achieve this and end up with nothing (and be slighty embarrassedal albeit only temporarily) or continue trying to convince yourself that what you have now is ok but more would be much better never knowing if you could have actually had more?

I almost learned the hard way; fortunately, it wasn’t too late and things worked out for the better. Don’t find out the hard way. Say something regardless if it’s easier said than done.

(This might be rather confusing because I purposely left this as vague as possible, but you can apply it to anything this way – your current job situation, a relationship, etc.)