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Is a Compliment Really a Compliment if it Irks You?

“What’s the best (or rather, worst) backhanded compliment you’ve ever received? If you can’t think of any — when’s the last time someone paid you a compliment you didn’t actually deserve?”

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-The Daily Post

 

I was at my hair salon a week ago from today getting a trim before I left for college. The salon I go to is extremely small- 3 hair dresser stations and 2 sinks squished together in a short row as soon as you walk through the beige, chipped double doors.  As I was getting my hair washed by the assistant- a 5’2 blonde woman, a little on the heavier side, and perky as can be- began talking about how she was offended from what a customer had said to her earlier. She explained that a regular customer of the salon’s came in and said to her, “Wow, you look so good!” At first, I was confused as to why she was offended. She began justifying herself, saying things such as, “What, did I not look good before?” I could understand where she was coming from, especially because she had been trying to lose weight. However, she was letting her insecurities get in the way of her judgement.

I never put too much thought into when people compliment me, maybe because it doesn’t happen all that often. Maybe it’s just because I’m not the type of person to allow other people’s opinions bother me. We as a society put too much thought into the meaning behind things. Not everyone is like Gretchen Weiners from Mean Girls, “Oh my God. I love that skirt. Where did you get it?” People usually mean what they say, and say what they mean. I realize these are some large generalizations; I’m just trying have hope for our society.

I hope everyone is enjoying back to school season. It’s day 2 of my sophomore year at college and I’m so ecstatic to be back.

Stay fetch,

J

 

Right Back at it Again

The past week I have been buried with back-to-school chores, shopping, and mental preparation. Although I didn’t need to do much in the way of purchasing, I did have a plethora of packing on my to-do list, hence the reason for the no-posts. With this 4 hour break I have Monday and Wednesdays between classes, I figured it would be a great time to catch up.

The move yesterday in went easy. I realize this year, as a sophomore, I don’t need to bring nearly as much as I did last year. My general packing list included bedding, clothes, TV,  and food…mostly food. I don’t recommend bringing a lot to college. Although you need enough to make it feel like home, you don’t want a cluttered room. I know I’m not alone when I say that trying to do work in a cluttered room makes things so much more laborious. College is hard enough without the stress brought onto yourself by yourself. You have to do the little things in order to make it easier.

I had my first Creative Writing class today. I was a bit worrisome prior to the class after doing a search on ratemyprofessor.com. All of my CW teacher’s reviews were terrible. For example, one review said, “He is boring, arrogant, and condescending…I do not recommend taking his class. Not worth taking.” However, after the class was over I didn’t want to leave. It was like my brain was begging for more. My teacher uses such descriptive words and examples; it was almost like I was watching a movie written by my teacher, but directed by myself. It was an experience unlike any other. “It’s syllabus day, it’s bound to get worse.” That’s what I was told whenever I was trying to explain it to my dad. He didn’t understand. Maybe it takes a special type of person, a certain brain type like ours to understand. English is a difficult language, but when it’s all put together with just the right formula, it’s beautiful.

What I learned from this is that you should try and take at least one class in something that you love. Last semester, I took mostly History classes and I was miserable. Take a class that makes you want to get up in the morning; a class that leaves you thirsting for more. I’m excited to see where this class takes me and what I learn from it. Hopefully the evidence will be dripping from the pages of this blog as time goes on.

Best of luck to all of my fellow students this semester, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

-J

“The future is no place to place your better days…”

Today at work I had a creative combustion. This happens from time to time, where my mind thinks for itself. I’m completely terrified of my own subconscious, but that’s for a later post. I thought of a quote…where it came from? No idea, but it caused me to think.

The quote is: “If you can’t find me, I’m probably lost.”

After I got home, I googled it to see if I had just remembered it from somewhere. The only result I got was a Yahoo! Answers about bowel cancer. So, I’m going to take that as a no and that quote. I’m the original! Does that make me an author? Cool.

I couldn’t, and still can’t figure out exactly what that means, though. Is it emotional? Physical? I can’t decide.

SO, I’m going to leave this to all of my 15 followers and anyone else who gets the chance to read this. What do you think it means? Pingback or comment, I am interested!

“Humans see what they want to see.” ― Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

-J

Better Late Than Never

I’ve decided to take part in the Daily Prompt a day late. (Does that make it the Yesterday Prompt?) When I read the original prompt, “Remember the seven cardinal sins? You’re given the serious task of adding a new one to the list — another trait or behavior you find particularly unacceptable, for whatever reason. What’s sin #8 for you? Why?,” I began thinking. And thinking. And thinking. And then it hit me. Our society has way more than just 7 “deadly” sins, as the Catholic Church calls them. We go day to day completely blind to what is actually going on around us. This is frustrating to me because I grew up in a religious school and home setting. Prayer every morning and every night, like clock work. It wasn’t until I graduated high school and got put into a world where not everyone had the same beliefs as me that allowed me to expand my thoughts and vision in a way I had never been able to experience before. There’s so much out there that is more than we know, more than we’re supposed to know.

My 8th Cardinal Sin: Being blind to what isn’t right in front of us

Because if we open our eyes, it’s amazing what we can see.

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-J

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First Off, I’d Like to Thank…

I’ve been nominated! I picture my acceptance speech would go a little something like Jennifer Lawrence’s. That is, if it required me to look elegant in front of a large crowd. Lucky for me I can sit here in my bed, wearing nothing but an oversized t-shirt, hair in what I like to call a bun (some people may choose to call it a rat’s nest…), and no make up. Oh, the beauty of the internet.

A thank you to http://chaosandclementines.wordpress.com for the nomination. I greatly appreciate being one of the lucky randos you selected. Who knows, maybe this will be the start of a great internet duo. The Bonnie and Clyde of the web.

The Award
The Liebster Award is an award given to new bloggers as a way to recognize them and to discover other new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere.

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The Rules
1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. Display the award on your blog
3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.
6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
7. List these rules in your post
8. Inform the blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

My Q&A

1. If you could live anywhere in the world for the rest of your life, where would it be?

  • New Zealand, without question. It contains some of the most gorgeous scenery I have ever seen.

2. In your own opinion, what is your best quality and what is your worst?

  • Best: My patience and willingness to understand.
  • Worst: I’m way too sarcastic, it gets annoying after a while.

3. Who did you last say I love you to? Did you mean it?

  • My dad. Absolutely.

4. What made you decide to start a blog?

  • I went to visit my physical therapist the other day to catch up, and I was telling them how I was an english major but wasn’t completely sure what direction to go in. They recommended starting a blog. Let’s be honest, if you’re in liberal arts, you have to be dedicated and passionate or you won’t get very far.

5. Would you rather spend a night alone or out with your best friends? Why?

  • Considering I’m extremely introverted, I’d probably pick staying at home. It’s not that I’m antisocial, but I’m not a big fan of crowds, or parties, or any place I have to socialize with people I don’t know. Not my strong suit. I’m pretty socially awkward. What’s better than spending the night watching netflix with my cat?

6. What fictional movie character would you marry in real life? Why?

  • Wow, this is a tough one. I’m going to have to go with Landon Carter from A Walk to Remember. Weird choice, I realize. But I fell in love with him ever since I watched the tear jerking movie, so much that I decided I’m naming my first child Landon. He’s hard headed- bad ass, yet a flawless romantic; how much better can it get?

7. Is it better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all?

  • Yes. It’s better to say “remember when?” than “I wonder what would have happened?” Memories create happiness, over-thinking kills us.

8. What would you rather be doing at this very moment?

  • I’d trade anything in the world to spend one more day with my mom. The past 3 years without her have been torture. Right now, I’d rather be anywhere with her.

9. If you had the choice to be born in another time period, which would it be and why?

  • Considering I was raised old fashioned, I’m going to take this one way back. I wanna go back to the old western era. I’m talking Little House on the Prairie, Cowboys Vs. Indians time period. I’ve always been intrigued by the Indian and Cowboy culture. What’s more fun than heating your house by fire and eating home grown crops?

10. What song reminds you most of your childhood?

  • Space Cowboy-NSYNC There was just something about Justin Timberlake that stole my heart as a child…

11. What is your biggest pet peeve?

  • I have self diagnosed misophonia, I HATE when people chew/drink loud. It literally makes me angry. To the point I have to leave the room or I’ll lose it. It’s bad, just ask my old roommate…

My 11 Rando Facts:

  1. I have 2 large tattoos
  2. I love cats
  3. I play collegiate softball
  4. My favorite color is green
  5. I’ve been to over half of the states in the USA
  6. I’ve never traveled out of the country
  7. I used to own chickens
  8. I’m a waitress and sales associate
  9. I love alternative music
  10. I have a weird obsession with space
  11. I believe in the paranormal

Okay, now for my nominations:

1. simplykatarina

2. S’more happiness

3. Life as Christine

4. BelleoftheBurgh

5. Going Against The Stereotype

Okay Nominees! Time to get down and dirty. Here’s your Q&A

1. What’s your go-to snack food?

2. Country or City? Why?

3. Who is your idol? Why?

4. Dogs or Cats?

5. Favorite childhood memory?

6. Do you put your ketchup on your fries or do you dip them on the side?

7. If you could go back to high school, would you?

8. Favorite social media site?

9. Do you watch/read/listen to the news? Why? Why not?

10. Why did you start a blog?

I’m looking forward to hearing your answers!