Thursday, May 24, 2012

One of those memes

I've seen a few people post that article, "25 Things I've Learned in My 20s"...and some of them ring true. I don't know if they're necessarily lessons you learn in your 20s, but they are fitting.

The rumors are true: your metabolism does slow down as you get older! That means if you’re still eating whatever you want, there’s a good chance you’ll start to gain an awkward amount of weight. It won’t be too drastic but your clothes will start to hang differently on your body and you’ll feel an overall feeling of unattractiveness. Start to be conscious of what you eat and strive to live a healthier lifestyle if you want to get your teen body back. (Let’s be real though, that might not ever come back.)

Sitting at a desk for 8+ hours for the past few years has definitely had an effect on me. I've gained 10 lbs since I started working a full time job - I definitely can't eat the way I used to (soda for lunch AND dinner, hamburgers and nachos in college...those were the days!). I never used to work out, but now I have to if I want to get rid of those extra pounds.

You’re going to lose touch with a lot of your friends. With some people, it will be expected but with others it will feel like a punch to the stomach. No friendship is truly safe in your twenties. You’re undergoing so many personal and professional changes that there’s bound to be some casualties along the way. Don’t worry though. You’ll end up with the ones that matter. If someone’s no longer in your life, it’s for a reason.

SO FRIGGIN TRUE. I can literally count on ONE hand the number of people I talk to on a regular's sad, really. People that I used to consider some of my closest friends, I don't really talk to anymore. I've made attempts (but maybe not enough), but when you don't get a response back, it's pretty much a message that the other person is sending - I'm too busy for you. It makes sense, especially if you don't live in the same town - people are busy and have their own shiet to do. And now that you're not in a setting where it's easy to meet new people (i.e. school/classes), it's harder to make new friends.

You’ll be jealous of everyone who’s more successful than you. That’s okay. Just transfer that jealousy into something productive, like working really hard so you can one day eclipse them and make them feel jealous of YOU.

Why couldn't I have invented Facebook and be a billionaire??!?! I know money doesn't buy happiness, but it sure gets you things that can make you happy!

I do compare myself to other people and I constantly wonder if I am "up to standards." Like, should I already be promoted? Am I not good enough? Should I be farther along than I already am?

You’ll question every decision you make and never feel completely certain that you made the right choice. It’s pointless to wonder though. You’re here now so you might as well make it be the right decision.

What am I doing with my life?!?!?

You’ll see your parents get older. You’ll come home during Christmas break and see new lines developing on their faces. One day it’ll just hit you that your parents are old and going to die. There’s nothing you can do about it, besides treat them with kindness and visit as much as your budget permits.

Most depressing of them all. I don't even want to THINK about this. I like going home's a sense of comfort and I love seeing my parents.

Doing “grown-up things” doesn’t make you a grown up. Shopping for housewares, buying a plant, embracing domesticity — these things don’t create maturity. If you’re still a baby who hasn’t figured things out, you’ll remain a baby, no matter how many times you pay your rent on time.

That is me - the adult baby. Even though I'm in my mid-twenties, I don't consider myself an adult. Yes, I have a job and I pay (most) of my own bills, but I still don't feel "grown-up."

Monday, May 21, 2012

Same Same, But Different

I just learned that the "Scary Stories" series is now illustrated by a different person (I'm a little late to that game, since I guess they were re-released a few years ago) and they definitely don't have the same affect. I haven't read the books with the new illustrations, but by looking at the cover alone, it doesn't feel the same (yes, I am judging a book just by its cover).

I remember reading them as a kid, and I was TERRIFIED of the stories...not necessarily because the stories themselves were scary (although there were actually a few scary ones), but because of the illustrations by Stephen Gammell:

 Although these illustrations are definitely grotesque, they added to the story and really set the mood (aka you will probably have nightmares from reading the story about Harold the scarecrow - see above).

The new illustrator is Brett Helquist (I could only find cover images), which are definitely tamer:

If you go on Amazon, you can see that people are definitely upset. I'm not sure why the books were re-printed with new illustrations, but some reviewers said it was due to parents' outrage.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I got 99 problems, and my car is one of them.

Just kidding, I really don't have 99 problems.

So a few days after my parking rant post, look at what I see on my rear bumper. Thanks!!!


A non-car related post shall come soon.