GISHWHESing Away

So GISHWHES is over.

It was hard this time. First of all, the friend I always do it with was out of the country.

So I had to try and find others to pinch in with me. That meant I wasn’t able to do as much as I would have liked.

I also got sick

And my phone broke: which made it so I couldn’t do the things I needed to, I couldn’t contact anyone, and I had to redo an item.

And then when I tried to upload a video, youtube wouldn’t process it.

Argh!

But now it is over.

I had a lot of fun with it. I put E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Jello. (Which was really hard, heavy, and took ALL DAY! ūüė¶

Sorry E.T, you are going nowhere!

I painted seven rocks with encouraging words on them and left them in areas that are in need of hope. They looked really cool! My favorite, of course, was this one:

I turned a grocery cart into a spaceship and helped an “alien” collect specimens.

I also dressed up as a Ghostbuster and took care of a pesky ghost at my local library.

That’s how I roll

Made a child’s idea of happiness come true.

Broke a rule

Made my own Scavenger Hunt list

Created cars out of boxes and did human nascar. This was fun, I made a Herbie, the Love Bug:

The 1966 Batmobile (Adam West TV show):

The 1967 Impala from Supernatural:

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And much more! It was a lot of fun and I’m glad this one is done with, but sad the whole thing is over. Apparently this was the last GISHWHES ¬†they are ever going to do.

Well, now things can settle down and go back to normal. Or at least I hope so.

 For more on GISHWHES, go to Tired With a Capital T

Don’t Let My Size Fool You

Ever hear don’t judge a book by its cover, it might surprise you? Well, I’m the same thing. Except for me its my size. I’m only 5’3 so people often think that I’m a weakling or need help.

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But I’m a firecracker and a lot tougher than what you see at first glance.

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Looks also don’t help as everyone thinks I’m 17 (or sadly sometimes younger).

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But hey, even though the body looks like a baby, I have experience and intelligence in my brain that makes up for the lack of marks on my face or height.

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So don’t let my size fool you.

For more on being short, go to These Shoes Were Made for Walking

For more on being a baby face, go to Clothes Make the Woman

For more Princess Leia, go to A New Hope

For more on William Shakespeare, go to You’re Just Too Good Too Be True: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Viva Las Vegas

So I know you’ve probably been wondering, what’s going on? Where have I been? Have I just crashed from my Valentine’s Day postings?

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Well not exactly. I’m sure you have seen on the news how crazy the weather in California has been. We actually had to evacuate the area for fear of flooding.

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Headed up more north, where I connected to the internet and was able to finish the Valentine’s Day countdown. Then we returned home, as no water had overflowed, repacked and planned to head down to Southern California to wait out the evacuation.

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I’m outta here

But they were going to get the worse storm in 20 years. We decided to skip it, which was good as everyone I knew house’s got flooded.

Not good

Not good

So we were trying to decide where to head next, when Las Vegas was just randomly chosen. There we headed out in a trailer, with my cat (as I wasn’t leaving her) for Sin City.

I'd never leave you.

I’d never leave you.

Now I’ve never really had a desire to go to Vegas. I like gambling, but just for fun. Anytime money is involved I lose; if we play for fun, chores, candy-I’m golden.

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If money-

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But that is where everyone wants to go, so we went. Well it took a day to get there as California is huge.

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What?!

We got there around five, but were too tired we just stayed there in the trailer resting.

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The next day it poured! Like crazy pouring, like monsoon weather. It was so crazy and we were so tired of the water that we decided to just stay in again.

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The next day was sunny, but cool which was nice, and we decided to head out. But you know me, I’m not normal.

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Now what I wanted to see more than anything was the mob museum.

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It was AMAZING! Tri-level, with information from the early years to present time. It was chock full of information on the 1920s to the 60s. The later years focused more on the police and FBI. It was extremely interactive with video in a replica of the Las Vegas courthouse, depicting the hearings and using actual furnture from the time period.

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They had practice with weapons, a fake tommy gun that you could pretend shoot:

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and the wall from the St. Valentine’s Massacre that was brough over and reassembled brick by brick. You could see the bullet holes.

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There is so much more, I barely even skimmed the surface in this review of all the amazing things this building has to offer. If you are ever there you should check it out as it was AMAZING!

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After that we drove down the strip looking at all the lighted signs and buildings.

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Wow!

The next day we hit the casinos, but not to play.

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Yep, I wanted to look at all the architecture.

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Hey, I told you I was different.

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I loved looking at them, and spent hours walking and checking them all out. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see everything, but I tried my best. My favorite was probably Caesar’s Palace. I loved the extensive¬†details in recreating the roman architecture. It was beautiful. As a former Art History student, I was enthralled.

They even have a life-size replica of Michelangelo’s¬†David, made from the same marble as the original.

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Michaelangelo purposely made this disproportionate as it was supposed to me placed high above on a roof in Florence, so that all could see it.

The sculpture is designed to show David’s warrior soul, not actual physical age, that is why is so muscular and strong. It was also designed to be right before he throws the slingshot, his face in fierce contemplation. It is amazing the way Michelangelo is able to create life out of stone.

The Flamingo is the oldest casino on the strip. It was created by the mobster Bugsy Siegal and his friends and the reason for his death. It was taking too long to build, using too much money, and many believed Bugsy was skimming off the top. Never try to cheat the mob, they will always take you out.

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The Paris Casino was also amazing as it tried hard to replicate the city-from the Arc de Triomphe, to the “cobblestone” floors, to the Rococo style artwork and Salon furniture.

What?!

Wow

And it was cool looking at the Bellagio first hand¬†instead of just a movie, like¬†Ocean’s Eleven.

But there was one big disappointment for me.

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So you all know how much I love Elvis, I am a super fan.

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So I was looking for an Elvis themed souvenir in all the souvenir shops on the strip. But I couldn’t find anything!

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I know, right?! I searched every where and was getting desperate…at this point I would have bought anything.

So cool, I want it to be true.

But there was nothing, nada, zip!

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I know, crazy! No Elvis in Vegas! No nothing! Not even an impersonator! Not a copy of the film Viva Las Vegas!

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Oh well, I could probably find something cheaper online.

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But hey, just because I missed out doesn’t mean you should. So Elvis, take us out:

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For more on Vegas, go to A Fantabulous Post

For more on the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, go to¬†You‚Äôre Sad So I‚Äôm Making This Day Extra Special: The Bikini in the Soup, Bones (2011)

For more on Michelangelo, go to The Death of Christ

For more Elvis, go to Someone is Killing By Copying Old Murders!: Real Murders

Eye Guess I Won’t Be Seeing You

So I hate going to the doctors. You have to wait forever, and then they give you a millisecond after all the paperwork and time spent with dumb old magazines.

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There is only one doctor I don’t mind visiting, the eye doctor/optometrist.

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I only go once a year, I get in fast, spend some time looking through lenses at a sign on the wall; and then I’m out and off with my life.

No problem at all.

No problem at all.

This time however things were a little different.

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So I went in for my yearly visit as I have to buy new glasses. My old ones the bridge is messed up and scratching my nose and irritating my skin.

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While I was there the doctor asked me if she could dilute my eyes.

UHHHHHHHH!!!!

UHHHHHHHH!!!!

I had no idea what that was but since she had never done it and I have to do it every so many years I agreed.

I don't need it.

I don’t need it.

I asked if I needed to call a ride or anything, but she said I should be fine to drive. It was mostly going to affect my vision of things close up, like reading, but far away should be okay.

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She then pulled out this weird creepy headpiece that looked like it was from a horror film or something.

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She put the drops in my eyes and of course wore the headpiece and checked me out.

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I passed, but afterwards things were weird.

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It was so hard to read anything, I felt like a 40 year old woman or something. I could only look at things after they were a foot away from my body.

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I had such a hard time paying my bill.

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The light was also super bright in the store.

The light burns.

The light burns.

I was told that it would be blinding outside and given special lens to wear under my glasses. I walked outside and the light was crazy bright in my face. I had to shut my eyes and pull out the lenses to block out the pain.

It burns

It burns

I felt like a vampire or something.

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I tried to drive, but the power of the sun was just too strong I had to call for a ride.

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Having your eyes diluted is one of the weirdest things ever. Your pupil is so big and black you look possessed or something.

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I had to shun the light and the day, instead becoming a creature of the night.

But something terrible lurks inside.

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For more doctor visits, go to Avengers Assemble

For more on glasses, go to Not a Hipster, But an O.F.

For more stories on my everyday life, go to My Trip to Teavana

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Now in other news, today is a very special day in our world & nation’s history. I would just like to take the time to give a shout out to all the¬†veterans who have served, and all the troops currently serving. ¬†Thank you so much for everything you have done and for all the sacrifices you have made. I am so happy to live in a country that gives honor to those who deserve it for all that they do.¬†Happy Veteran’s¬†Day!

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Revenge of the Nerds

Yes, Nerds and Geeks have come a loooooooooooooooong way since then. We are cool, we are everywhere, we like to discuss our nerdiness at every possible avenue. In fact there are so many types of nerds and geekiness, almost everyone is one.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, there are many more levels of Geekdom

This is just the tip of the iceberg, there are many more levels of Geekdom

And where is the best place for said nerds or geeks to congregate?

Nerdcon

Yes this past weekend I was at Nerd Con.

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My sister was a vendor so I was helping her out, as I am such a great sis!

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We didn’t sell as much as we hoped, but did pretty good.

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And we had a great time seeing the other people dressed up in their costumes and cosplays. I spotted Freakazoid and had my pic with him.

And while I never got past season one of Once Upon a Time, I still find Captain Hook really hot. And seeing someone who looks just like him; really awesome.

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I also scored a sweet¬†Tarzan comic book, (which you probably didn’t know but I am a HUGE fan of¬†Tarzan).

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And I found a Supernatural book, like the ones in the TV show.

I’m totally going to send it to her as a joke.

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But what really made my day was seeing the Southland Ghostbusters.

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They were an amazing group of guys and I had a lot of fun talking to them. They tried to get me to join their chapter, but too bad that I don’t live there. However, I will be checking out the chapter close by to where I live.

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And let me say, while I do not want to watch the new,¬†Ghostbusters,¬†(as I love the old one and didn’t think it needed to be remade, especially¬†as action more than comedy), there is one thing I will say for it, it is nice that it is introducing a new generation to¬†Ghostbusters. And as the only female ghostbuster, I had a lot of kids think I was the greatest or want their picture taken with me.

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It was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to go back! What can I say? Nerds and Geeks rule!

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For more on Supernatural, go to Loving Me Some Dean

For more on Ghostbusters, go to When You Least Expect It

Not a Hipster, But an O.F.

I hate hipsters.

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Guys you suck!

Every hipster I have ever met have been these horrible elitist who think they are better than everyone.

MeanGirls I know right!

Ugh. They drive me crazy. They take all the stuff I have loved for years and jack up the prices. Oh, and don’t get me started on their fake glasses wearing. Wearing glasses can be¬†a hard life and the people who do face all kinds of challenges and it bugs me to no end to see these people wear them for “fashion.” It’s like people walking around with hearing-aids for “fashion”. It’s so rude.

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I just can’t stand them, and to make things even worse everyone thinks I’m one.

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You see I have always loved older things. I love classic literature (and actually have read them, not just pretended).

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I love records, especially the art of the album cover!

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I only like music from the past as that is what I grew up listening and I just cannot connect to modern music.

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I love classic cinema as that is what my mom used to show us when we were growing up.¬†I remember being the only kid who liked “black and white” films.

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Or the only one who knew Alfred Hitchcock, William Powell, Errol Flynn, Laurence Oliver, Gregory Peck, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, etc were.

I can only pick 5?

I also only shopped at thrift stores as it was cheap and my family stressed the idea of using something until it was broken and unfixable. For instance I carried a CD player around with me into high school. Yes about 6 years ago when everyone had an iPod or something, I was still carrying my CD player to school and CDs to change them out.

So people think I’m a hipster, but I was doing far before the “hipster” movement came out.

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Like Ginger said, I was raised old fashioned. And that’s how I like it.

It is the truth.

It is the truth.

That’s how I was raised. Vintage, old, historic, traditional; these¬†were a way of life for us, and especially me.

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That’s right. I don’t follow the current trends, even if they are “new-old” ones. I do what I like and enjoy the things I love. Sometimes the¬†books, clothing, film, or even dating styles I like aren’t popular:

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But¬†I don’t care if it goes against the crowd or isn’t what “everyone else is doing”. I enjoy the things I enjoy and I’m going to keep living my life the way it is.

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For more on being old-fashioned, go to It’s Not Old…It’s Vintage

For more on hipsters, go to We’re in the Future: Good-bye 2015

For more in Italo Calvino, go to Baby Jane Austen

For more Ginger Rogers, go to Food, Food, Food!

Tired With a Capital T

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Yes, GISHWHES is over and I’m back to blogging.

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This year had some fun and crazy items to do. I did seven days of happiness, making a different person happy with a kind act every day. That was a lot of fun.

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Went prospecting in a public fountain. And my friend and I played badminton in the mall food court for 30 mins without anyone even noticing. Everyone was too busy on their phones.

Phew!

Then we had to wear white and get red wine poured on us from a two story building.

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I taped coupons to five items in the store to help someone out, a coupon fairy.

I made postcards for William Shatner wishing he has joined us in GISHWHES.

Screamer: He's in Florida your majesty, he sent this postcard. Dracula: Hmmmm... [reading] 'Dear Drac, am having wonderful time in retirement, glad you're not here, Wolfy.' Bah! How dare he retire just before the Monster Road Rally? Doesn't he know all the monsters of my realm have to be in the race?"

Made a mural all about the wonderful Honeybees and what they do for us.

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Did five chores for a mom who is overworked (in honor of Mr. Rogers). Serenaded a store employee who is overworked with a musical instrument I made myself.

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Dressed up a a Jedi and went to get a root beer float at a ’50s diner.

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I turned 15 people into robots! (their facebook pics).

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I put a compilation of our team pics together, representing where we were from. I even used¬†The Brady Bunch font for our names. (I hope they notice and give extra points!) For the people who didn’t give a photo I had to replace them with Misha Collins.

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And I “buried” a person in popcorn in box (for the coffin, I couldn’t get a real one) in a mausoleum.

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And I did this all between my regular three jobs and donating my Saturday to a children’s free¬†backpack fair. There was a lot more I wanted to do, but just ran out of time.

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And that being said I am now tired. Tired with a capital T, which rhymes with P, which stands for pooped out.

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But it was worth it. It was nice taking a week out and having this big adventure, doing all kinds of things you wouldn’t normally do.

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But now back to regular things like laundry, bills, repairs, cleaning, etc. You know all those things I ignored last week. That is…after a long nap…or reading.

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For more on GISHWHES, go to GISHWHES Girl

For more Misha Collins, go to You Can’t Have Just One!

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For more on joining GISHWHES click on this link.

After These Messages, We’ll Be Right Back

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So I am taking part of GISHWHES (The Greatest International Scavanger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen).

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It is a fun event full of crazy tasks thought up by Misha Collins and fans.

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As I am going to be busy with work, scavenging, and such I am taking a week off from posting. See you next Sunday and wish me luck!

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I’m a VulCAN

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For more on GISHWHES, go to GISHWHES Girl

For more on Spock, go to A Fashion Statement

For more on Star Trek, go to The Wearing of the Green: 17 More Irish Heroes

My Trip to Teavana

So I’m sure you are probably thinking this another pun like in my teaddiction.

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But it is not a pun, but about my actual trip to Teavana.

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So a couple weeks back I took my niece and mother to the big mall in the next city. It has a ton of stores, ones we don’t have in my town.

You should have gone shopping.

So something I do every time is consider buying a teddy bear from Build-a-Bear.

Don't be fooled by its cuteness, evil lurks in that heart.

So let me back up a bit. When Build-a-Bear first came out I really, really, really wanted one. But my parents said it was tooo expensive for a stuffed toy so I never got one.

Aw, man.

Aw, man.

So every time I visit a mall that has one I consider buying one, but then I fight with myself after all I really don’t need it.

Tempting but no

Tempting but no

This time we were at the store and they had a great deal on the animals. You saved ten dollars if you bought two. I was really planning on it until I saw the cutest Ewok bear.

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I was totally going to come back for it before I left. After all it was cute, Star Wars, and I had just gotten paid. And it was soooo cute!

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We were going to come back but then my mother maneuvered us toward Teavana. I was happy as you all know how much I love tea.

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Plus free samples!

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The tea was great and my mother wanted to buy some. So she headed in the back while I was looking for a trash can. I then went to the back when the guy was asking me what tea I wanted to buy.

Majorly

Majorly

I was about to tell him it wasn’t for me but my mom, when I looked around and she had disappeared.

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She had tricked me. She took me there, got the salesman all prepped  and now I was going to have to buy the tea.

And of course I had no tin to put it on so I had to buy one of those. Pretty much I ended up dropping a larger wad than I was planning.

Argh!!!

Argh!!!

And I couldn’t buy that adorable Ewok.

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Oh well, at least I know one thing that will make me feel better:

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And watch out for your mothers, they be tricky.

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For more tea stories, go to One Hot Date

For more trips to the mall, go to A Trip to the Mall Turns into the Twilight Zone

For more on teddy bears, go to The Teddy Bear that Would NOT Die!

For more stories from my every day life, go to I Will Not Bend, I Will Not Break

Working Girl

Now I wrote this post while I was job hunting, over a year ago, and for some reason forgot to post it.

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So I am posting it now. Since then I currently work at three jobs, all ones I am very happy to be at. But prior to that, it was a long, hard, rejection-filled process,

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So most think that after graduation they will get a job right away. They studied hard, worked hard, interned, etc.

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But that’s not how it is. Finding a job is hard out there.

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When I was looking almost everything either wanted me to give my time for free or have ten years experience. I guess I should have started working as a preteen.¬†¬†Oh wait,¬†that’s illegal.

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I mean have you ever seen The Secret of My Success starring Michael J. Fox? That movie speaks to me like no other.

When he starts trying to get a job, no one will hire him for his age. Too short, too young, etc.

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It can be annoying. Real annoying.

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But one day you will find something that uses your particular skill set.

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No I’m not talking about that.

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It might not be what you were expecting. It might not be what you thought you would do. But you keep hunting and you will find someone something.

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Hope you enjoyed that blast from the past Yep it a lot of nos, but then I finally got a yes (3) and I’m very happy at all the places I work at now.

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Good luck all you still searching out there!

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For more on my previous job hunting woes, go to O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

For more on job interviews, go to Just a Moment

For more on Michael J. Fox & his film The Secret of My Success, go to Portrait of a Fangirl

For more¬†Pearls Before Swine,¬†go to¬†It’s That Time of the Year Again