Saturday, September 16, 2017

Clean Up Your Dog Poop!

Someone (I'm pretttttttty sure it's a fellow building tenant, but I don't have definitive proof) is letting their dog poop all over the building's front lawn. Today I just saw two piles on the dead grass.

I had respectfully approached this neighbor before in the summer, and he said  that "oh my dog just made that" when I knew it was bullshit, since it was there for a few days. It's a group of guys (not sure how many live there/who lives there), so I don't know whose dog it is.

If it is this neighbor, it makes it worse because he LIVES RIGHT HERE and can walk 30 feet to the GOD DAMN trash bins (which by the way are now way fuller and more disgusting).

People who let their dogs crap everywhere and not clean up after them suck.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Easy Ways to Be a Decent Person

Here are some easy ways to be a decent person:

  • if you have a dog, clean up your dog's poop when you let it poop outside
  • when shopping, return your cart to the cart corral; don't leave it in between parking spots, or leave it willy-nilly in the parking lot
  • when walking in a crowded place, such as a mall, don't walk incredibly slow (acceptable if you have a medical condition, are a little kid, or are elderly)
  • if at a coffee shop or a fast food restaurant, don't leave your garbage on the table/don't make a mess...throw your trash away/wipe up spills
  • if watching a movie or sporting event, don't leave your trash behind just because "someone is paid to clean it up"
  • do not piss all over a public toilet seat and not clean it up
  • if you're shopping and you have 50 items, and the person behind you has only one or two, you can let the person behind you go ahead of you
  • when street parking, don't park 5 feet behind the driveway or painted red curb...that's valuable parking real estate that could go towards another car's street space

Sunday, May 7, 2017

I Need to KonMari My Life

If you don't know who Marie Kondo is, she is the creator of the KonMari decluttering method discussed in her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I haven't yet read the book (I did check out her follow-up book Spark Joy, but I didn't finish it in time and there was a 200+ waitlist at the library, so I could not renew it), but I get the gist of it.

The idea is to really only keep things that "spark joy" in your life (whether it's something that makes you feel good, or serves a purpose that helps you in some way). This makes total sense to me...why hold on to stuff that doesn't make you happy/is useful to you?

I've always had an issue with "stuff" - my room clean-up after graduating college comes to mind (my sisters helped me pack and I think were aghast at all the crap I still had)! It's very strange, since I don't even like clutter, but I tend to have a lot of shiet.

The majority is paper, but there are other things that I have, like old clothes and other miscellaneous stuff. I want to get rid of a lot of things, but I think it feels overwhelming having to go through each and every thing. Some road blocks that come to mind include:
1) wanting to make sure I dispose of things properly - so if it can be recycled, I want to be sure I am
2) feeling that I could re-sell some stuff (but that actually requires listing it!)
3) needing to first budget for replacements that I'll actually like, and
4) worrying that I might get rid of stuff I might need down the line

Right now I'm really into the minimalistic+mid century modern home aesthetic (you know, lots of white/bright/natural/tan and plants), and I'd really like to reflect that in my apartment.

via New Darlings

But the first part is to just get rid of stuff. I look around my apartment, and there's quite a bit of stuff I could definitely get rid of.

I need to start ASAP; I think it will be good to get rid of unwanted stuff that is just taking up valuable space (both physically and mentally).

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hello, 2017

I'm like 3 months late, but that's ok...a lot has changed since last June (well, not personally, but in terms of life in general for the world).

I'll keep this post light though.

My winter jam for this year so far is Sylvan Esso's "Die Young:"

I heard this song on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic with Jason Bentley.

I really dig the melody and the 80s synth sounds....enjoy!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Long and Short of It

You know what's tougher than being a short female? A short male.

Aside from the physical hardships (it's hard being small in a tall/average-sized world), there is plenty of emotional/psychological hardships (studies show that taller people are perceived as stronger/smarter/better/etc.).

Why am I talking about height? At this very moment, I am watching Ride Along 2 (#dontjudge). As I'm watching it, I've lost track of the number of short jokes that have been used to refer to Kevin Hart's height.

It also reminded me of this ad that is out for his new movie that I've been seeing around:

It's supposed to be "funny," but if I were Kevin Hart, I'd be laughing...through gritted teeth. He seems like a good sport, and I'm sure he's just brushing all the jokes off his shoulders (and laughing all the way to the bank), but I know that I'd be tired of everyone making references to my height (in fact, I already do this).

I know people don't mean anything rudely when referring to my height, but it makes me feel little (literally and figuratively); like they don't see me as an actual person. When you're constantly barraged with comments referring to a physical attribute (especially anything that you don't actively call out), it gets tiresome.  Especially when the attribute is seen as a negative one.

People always tell me "oh just ignore it!" which I do. It's usually other people (typically strangers or people I don't know well) who are the first to make comments. The best thing I've found to do is to downplay the comments by either ignoring it/not addressing it, or smiling and quickly moving on.

I can't change my height, and I can't change that people won't make comments/jokes. The only thing I can do is just not let them get to me.

Friday, May 13, 2016

How to Get Over Embarrassment?

This is actually not a post about how to get over embarrassment; rather I am asking that question to get an answer for myself!

Without going into too much detail, today I put myself in an embarrassing situation that made me look stupid. Not just foolish, but lacking any intelligence - I couldn't answer an easy question. The other party was very nice about it, but I was so mortified by my lack of response, it is still bothering me 8 hours later.

I guess I need to figure out why I am bothered by this situation: it makes me look stupid, when I do not feel like I am a stupid person.

I do have to say I think that we are our own harshest critics, so I am probably blowing this out of proportion. But while I am probably just an insignificant moment in that person's life, there is a small part of me that is worried that I may be one of those memories that stays with that person. Think about an embarrassing story you remember about another person - what if I am that story for that person? Like, "wow,  people are so stupid these days. This one girl couldn't even answer an easy question!"

Even if that is the case, I guess I shouldn't let it get to me - it already happened, I can't change it, and I just have to use common sense (and take a moment to actually think!) and not let it happen again. Because I am a person with a brain!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

White Elephant

[Aside: Wow, I can't believe I haven't posted in a few months! I usually have things I am interested in writing about, but then life happens and I forget to jot down my thoughts.]

It's December, and that means most of you people have already, or are going to, participate(d) in white elephant gift exchanges. As someone who is fairly practical, I prefer to go for useful gifts, rather than gag gifts. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy injecting humor in the presents (which I do), I just prefer useful (but funny) presents rather than useless gag gifts.

The whole reason I bring up white elephant gifts is that Carlos was needing a white elephant gift for work and was asking for suggestions. Thus began my trip down memory lane to my own white elephant gift exchange days. When I was working, I thought I played a pretty good white-elephant-gift game:

Year 1: I brought a Snuggie...along with three other people. That was the year Snuggies were all the rage as novelty gifts, and I thought I was soooo original picking it.

When the first Snuggie was opened, everyone laughed. The second snuggie brought even more laughter. The third Snuggie, everyone thought it was a prank. By the fourth Snuggie, everyone was over it. I sneakily got my own Snuggie back, which I ended up returning.

Year 2: I brought a literal white elephant gift - a white elephant tea pot. I thought it was cool and cute.

If interested, I think Cost Plus World Market sells them (I had purchased mine from Modcloth at the time).

Year 3: I bought an organizer with the word "crap" on it and toilet paper (get it???). I wrote a note saying something like "here are some things to help you with your crap." I put the items in a J. Crew box, and thought I was being cheeky when I wrote "I hope you don't mind the color Cerulean and that you're a size medium!" - because I was pretending that I had picked a clothing item, and J. Crew usually uses fancy color names...ok, it was a lot funnier in my head. Unfortunately the person who first picked out the present didn't even read my witty J. Crew joke-note or my crap note....I so badly wanted to yell, "READ THE NOTES!" Needless to say, the original present opener was not impressed. And I was not impressed with their lack of impress.

Year 4:  I put fifteen $1 bills in one of those cards where you can record a message.


The message I recorded was the chorus to Little Scrappy's "Money in the Bank" rap song, which goes:

I got money in the bank (yea)
I got money in the bank (yea)
I got money in the bank (yea)
I got money in the bank (yea)
Shawty what you drank

Unfortunately the volume is not very loud on those cards, and everyone was so loud in the conference room, I think the initial present opener didn't hear the song. At least I thought it was hilarious. 

Hopefully whoever has that card actually kept it, because that ish was NOT cheap.

Year 5: I got lazy and went the gift card route (to Target, because everyone loves Target). However, I cleverly put the gift card in an empty Macbook box (I got a spare empty box from IT), and inside I left a printed image of a Macbook top (to look like a Macbook was in there), and I wrote a note saying something like "I'm sorry I can't get you a real Macbook, so here's the next best thing!"

For Carlos' gift, I suggested that he buy a bottle of Poo Pourri spray and a pack of toilet paper. I also suggested burning a cd with euphemistic song titles (that allude to pooping), like  Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" and Snoop's "Drop It Like It's Hot" and Frou Frou's "Let Go."

I don't think he was too into that idea since he ended up getting a boot shaped mug ("Das Boot").