Ten on Tuesday: Random

C’est Mardi! Temps pour Dix Mardi!  Ten on Tuesday is hosted by the fantastic Chelsea at Roots and Rings and this week’s questions are provided by her.

1. What did you do this weekend?
I ran errands, got coffee, mailed a love letter, had a #winetoreach on Saturday night, strained my knee on Sunday and spent the day icing and stretching it, raided and nursed the headache from #winetoreach.

2. Do you prefer short fingernails or long fingernails?
I prefer medium length finger nails on me, as in a bit of a white tip.  I find longer finger nails are a hazard; they get caught and break on piano keys, get in the way of putting contacts in, break or get caught on sweaters.

3. What is your favorite use for Pinterest?
Nothing yet.  I’m very new to Pinterest and don’t quite get the hype yet.

4. Do you sleep with your mouth open?
I don’t think so?

5. Where did you have the best pizza you’ve ever eaten?
Capriccio Italiano.  Best pizza ever.  My fiance (at the time) and I would go there for a very late dinner on Fridays (around midnight) and sit out on the patio and watch the excitement of Northbridge.   It had the strangest art on the walls and the oddest owner who would just wander over and sit down with you.   The food was fantastic and their pizza was amazing; great sauce and fresh veggies.  Perth has some amazing restaurants.

6. What do you eat for breakfast on weekdays?
Cottage cheese and fruit or yogurt and granola.

7. Do you watch awards shows? Why or why not?
I kinda have a huge hate for awards shows.  They tend to irritate and bore me.  But I do, on occasion, still watch them.

8. Can you whistle? Snap? Curl your tongue? Bend down and touch your palms to the ground?
Whistle: Yup.
Snap: Yes, though sometimes the sound of it gives me the gweebs.
Curl my tongue: Yes.
Bend down and touch my palms to the ground: I think I can?…Yup.  May or may not have just tried it to be sure.

9. What email service do you use?
Gmail.  I like it.  But I’m not sure about this whole new privacy policy thing with the google products.

10. What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Walking my dog and playing fetch with her.  Or lounging in my adirondack chair in the sun with a book and a G&T. DON’T JUDGE.

Bad romance

Do you know how they say that absence makes the heart grow fonder?  They’re so not lying.

As some of you may know, I lived in a long distance relationship for years…with snow.

In my mind, snow was this glorious, amazing thing.  It blanketed everything in sparkles.  It seemed to make everything just a bit quieter, just a bit cleaner, just a bit more magical.

Snow was fun.  It was playful.  Flirty. Romantic.

I’d missed it so much that when I came home for Christmas holidays to discover there wasn’t any snow on the ground… I was a little heartbroken.  Felt a bit stood up.

So I returned to Oz and continued to pine for snow.  By that time it had become pretty clear to me that I’d fallen truly, madly, deeply in love with snow.  At least I thought I’d fallen truly, madly, deeply in love with snow.

Then I moved back to Canada.  I was excited to experience the colour changes of fall, experience drastic changes of the seasons and finally, finally be reunited with snow.

When I caught the first glimpse of snow on Halloween that year, I was pretty damn excited.

But then the snow just kept coming.  It brought with it freezing weather, dry skin, wet boots, slippery sidewalks, treacherous driving conditions, and long, dark, dreary days.

Snow was kind of a disappointment.  Snow was a bit of a douche who didn’t know when it was time to go home and never cleaned up after himself.

It didn’t take long for me to realise I wasn’t at all in love with snow.  I was in love with the idea of snow.  Living with the reality of snow never, ever compared to the fantasy I’d built up about it in my head.  What a bummer.

My love for snow was all but gone by the end of that first winter home.  These days, I try to avoid it at all costs…

 

…That’s my long winded way of saying I’m kinda glad Snowmegeddon didn’t happen today.  And I’m not at all sorry for feeling that way.

 

 
photo credit: rachel_titiriga via photopin cc

Ten on Tuesday: Maths

While it may feel like a Monday, it is definitely Tuesday… which means time for Ten on Tuesday, hosted by the lovely Chelsea.  This week’s questions were provided by a maths-teaching friend of hers.

0.01×10^2. What was your best/worst day in math class?

There was never a best day when it came to me and maths.  Every maths class was worse than the last.  I truly, truly hated it and the second I could stop taking maths, I did. (Yes, my last maths class was in grade 10).

20×10^-1. Who was your favorite/least favorite math teacher? Why?
My favourite maths teacher was Mr. N, because he took the time with those of us that hated and didn’t get math to make sure we learned.

My least favourite math teacher would be every other math teacher I ever had.  haha

3×10^0. Is it okay to be bad at math if English is more your thing?
I think so.  I mean, my brain just does not lend itself to maths and sciences.  I find it kinda funny that I hate maths so much, but love music.  But yes, everyone’s brains work in different ways.  I think it’s important to learn maths, but I think it’s okay to be bad at it.

0.4×10^1. How does this video make you feel?
It didn’t really make me feel…anything? If it were for real, I might be a little concerned about humanity. 😉

500×10^-2. What do you like/not like about math?
My brain just doesn’t work that way, so when you get down to the really complicated stuff, I kinda zone out.  Luckily, I don’t think that’s the kind of math that people use in their day-to-day, so I think we’re okay.

0.006×10^3. What makes someone a nerd?
Oh, man.  There isn’t one thing exactly.  And then I have to explore the geek versus nerd thing again.  I think this is such a subjective thing.

7×10^0. Who is the nerdiest person you know?
Me? I dunno.  I know heaps of nerdy people, cuz I’m one myself.

80×10^-1. What is the nerdiest thing you’ve ever done?
Okay, fuck.  I’ll admit it.  I dressed up as Deanna Troi from ST:TNG. When I was ten.

0.9×10^1. Do you think GraphJam is funny?
Occasionally.

10×10^1. Have you ever used math outside of school?
Yes, but basic stuff.

A new (blog) home

So, I’ve tossed around the idea of  finally registering a domain and using my some of my skills to set up a blog that I could customize and play around with.

I wanted something that felt more me (read: customizable) and was looking forward to dropping the ‘blogspot’ bit from my blog’s url.  No offence to blogger, we’ve had a good three years together.  I just felt that it was time to move on.

In true GFM style, I thought about it for a long time, trying to decide if I would stick to this particular handle, if I really wanted to actually register a domain, if I was going to take the time to set it up and whether or not I would actually use it, because, let’s be honest, I’m a sporadic blogger at best.

But as someone pointed out to me when I was voicing this out loud, they’ve always known me to be the girl from Mars, it fits.  I do have the ability to register, set up and customize a new blog.  And maybe that would encourage me to be less sporadic and more purposeful about posting.

Once I’d finally come to all those decisions, again, in true GFM fashion, I had registered my domain, set up my host, installed WordPress on it, browsed for a theme, installed that and began adding my badgets, widgets and list of favourites to my blogroll.

It may take me forever to finally come to a decision, but once I do… I move fast on it.

That would be my long-winded way of saying, welcome to the new home of GFM’s blog, folks.  I reckon I’m going to like it here.

The world needs more love letters.

So those of you that follow me on Twitter or read my blog may know that I’m on the love letter writing team for the World Needs More Love Letters.

This is an amazing project that started out so simply, but has grown into something huge. Hannah was leaving love letters she wrote to strangers across New York City. She truly believed in the strength of reaching out, even to a stranger, to say “Someone cares about you, you’re enough, you’re loved, people are thinking about you.” Through the connectedness of social media, soon Hannah was receiving requests for her love letters from people all over that needed some support or knew someone that was having a rough go. And so, in September 2011, The World Needs More Love Letters was born.
This is a project that is really close to my heart. And I think that’s a pretty big deal coming from me. I’m kinda known for my cynicism and jaded-ness. My cynicism was born from the fact that we humans seem to forget that we’ve all got stories, we’ve all come from somewhere and we’re all in this together. I believe in More Love Letters, because it reminds people that we’re all in this together and if we were all able to show a little more love, the world could truly be a better place.
Love Letters is looking for some support right now and with Valentine’s Day coming up, I was thinking what better way to show your loved ones you care about them than by sharing the love and supporting Love Letters. We could really use some help paying for all those stamps. Please visit the IndieGoGo campaign for More Love Letters or think about adopting a Love Letters Bundle or writing some love letters of your own to leave behind in your neighbourhood.

Threat Level: Crazy

Ever walk into work, or a party or a family function and get that ‘Ruh roh, there be some crazy vibes up in here’ feeling?

Sometimes, it’s a bit easier to spot. Your friend has the crazy eyes going on. Or your brother greets you at the door of a family function with a glass of wine in one hand for you, the whole bottle in his other hand — for him.
Those clear, visual warning signs that there is some crazy going on. Or that the potential for crazy is high.
But sometimes, you’re left to fend for yourself. Sometimes, the crazy sneaks up without warning.
Wouldn’t a warning sign be nice?
So, I was thinking about the threat level scale and how useful and helpful it would be to have a crazy threat level scale, ranging from sane and rational to batshizz crazy. I figure it could be helpful for many occasions; judging the crazy threat level for everything from the workplace environment, to social gatherings, to family functions, to blind dates.
So here you go, internetters. The GFM approved, crazy threat level scale:
Indigo: Normal. All situations calm, peaceful, rational. This is ideally the default level. Hopefully.
Green: Twilight Zone. All situations odd, strange, a little bizzare. But for the most part, harmless.
Orange: WTAF (What the Actual F**k). All situations feeling some crazy. To the point where you’re looking around for the hidden camera, or pinching yourself to make sure you’re not having that crazy dream again.
Red: Batshizz. All situations are BSC. Everything and everyone is so crazy that you’re starting to question that maybe you’re the one that’s nuts. Time to strap yourself in, cuz you’re in for one craaaaazy ride. If batshizz level were a hashtag it would be #whatisthisidonteven.
So, there you do, internets. You’re welcome.
…Wanna take a stab at where my day is falling on the crazy threat level scale?