Whoops


So...yesterday was Sunday and I was supposed to do Sunday Confessions.

And I hadn't slept Saturday night (just one of those random no-reason rough nights) and I finally got to sleep around 8AM.
And then I woke up at 4PM and had a bowl of cereal and took an antihistamine and fell back asleep until 10:30PM.
And then I did the dishes and some laundry and read some and visited with my sister and around 4AM (now Monday morning) I thought: I will check and see if my email has stopped being a jerk so I can send off the thing I'm trying to send.
And then I was all "Holy monkeys! Sunday was over. I slept through Sunday!"

Sorry. :(
Fail.
Still looking forward to reading what you guys have though.

Coffee & Me



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I'm not a coffee snob. I drink Folgers. I used to be interested in the idea of getting a Keurig or something along those lines, but they were always too expensive and then I learned about the ridiculous amount of waste they create and I was like "Nope. Not worth it."

I admit, I don't grind my own beans or have any kind of fancy press or anything. It's a good thing, too, because I can barely stand up before I've had coffee, so it's no good for me to have a machine that requires thought or effort.
On any given day, I'll be drinking Folgers from my Mr. Coffee coffeemaker. I like most of Folgers' blends. More often than not, I drink it black. In the summer, I pour it over ice or keep it in the fridge.

I do enjoy specialty coffee shops, but they are more of a treat than anything.
My city only has two Starbucks locations - one in the Target that is decent but the line is always 2000 people long, and one in Meijer - a local supermarket chain - which also always has a line 2000 people long. Unfortunately, these two are not up to par with Starbucks you would find in the city.

Coffee shops in supermarkets are kinda like nail salons and hair salons being in supermarkets. They probably do an okay job, but it still doesn't feel right. (I've never had my nails or hair done in a supermarket salon, so I can't honestly say.) But the Starbucks in the supermarket feels out of place - possibly because the people who run it aren't really like, trained baristas and they still wear the blue shirt and black pants and plastic name tag of a supermarket employee. I feel like maybe they are using store brand coffee grounds and calling it Starbucks. And they just don't do it right. They are half-assing the drinks there. Even though I'm not a coffee snob, I call shenanigans when I pay $5 for a cup of "coffee shop coffee" that isn't quite up to expectation.

So I drink my Folgers drip coffee and if it's a special treat, I go to one of the other coffee shops in town, because at least they know what I'm talking about when I put in my order, and I feel like my $5 is well spent.



Sunday Confessions 7-19-15

The
United States of Becky


1.) I confess: I forgot it was Sunday until about 20 minutes ago.

2.) I confess: I trimmed my bangs earlier this week and may have went about 2cm too short. Ooops. At least hair grows.

3.) I confess: I signed up for a HuluPlus free trial to see if I'd like it and I'm really not sure if it's worth it. Having only the last five episodes of a current season of something seems annoying, especially since you have to put up with commercials. I guess deep down I'm just a netflix girl.

4.) I confess: I am kinda already looking forward to Halloween. Just need to cool my jets a bit.

5.) I confess: I have been watching reruns of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Don't care that I'm 35 and it's a kid's show. I grew up on it and Salem is my favorite.





10 Books


Okay, so Meg over at Miles From Ordinary did this post and I thought it was interesting, so I decided to do one myself.
All you have to do is list 10 books you've read that have influenced you, moved you, or otherwise stayed with you in some big way.

1.) Kiss My Tiara by Susan Jane Gilman
A book on feminism that has loads of humor.

2.) A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Required reading for a high school AP Lit class, the 3rd chapter of this book is what specifically stuck with me, as I found it quite brilliant. (Not for the faint of heart, however.) Additionally, this was the first book I read that I found myself completely and utterly beyond my depth of understanding while reading, and even after in-depth study, I still only managed a D on my term paper for it.

3.) The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
Technically a short story, I first read this in junior high and it introduced me to the concept of the unreliable first person narrative, which I find fascinating to this day.

4.) At Home in the World by Joyce Maynard
I once read an interview with Joyce Maynard; many people were basically calling her a philistine because she had put the letters J.D. Salinger had written her up for auction. These people were all "how could you!" And her response was pretty much: "I have kids to feed." I found that to be one of the marks of a true feminist and a truly strong person. It was her choice and she let go of sentimentality in order to provide. There is no shame in that.
Additionally, she took a ton of flak when this book came out because she wrote honestly and openly about her relationship with Salinger and well, it doesn't paint him in the best light, and people were pissed that she could dare to
1.) Say or imply anything negative about "the great JD Salinger" and (people revere him like he's a war hero).
2.) People were pissed that she wrote about their relationship saying she should have respected his privacy to which she basically said: yeah, but it was MY relationship, too...and what about the times he didn't treat me with respect? Do I not have the right to tell my story?
So I read the book and fell in love with it. Read it.

5.) World War Z by Max Brooks
This book is just amazing and haunting and probably the closest I've ever seen to how an actual zombie apocalypse would really play out. Gives me nightmares every time I read and I love it for that. (Shame on you, Plan B Pictures.) 

6.) Power of a Woman by Barbara Taylor Bradford
This was one of those books that just appears on the table in the breakroom and no one knows where it came from. I read it during downtime when I worked at a bookstore in my teens. It stuck with me for its sheer awfulness. It is the first book I read that made me think: "I write better than this."

7.) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Because seriously. Poetic, heartbreaking, beautiful....I can't say enough good things about this book. It won the Man Booker Prize, but I kinda feel like maybe it should've won the Nobel in literature. That is how highly I rate this book.

8.) The Season of Passage by Christopher Pike
Amazing horror/sci-fi novel about space travel, Mars, ancient alien races, etc. I first read it when I was 13 or 14 and it scared the living shit out of me. I had nightmares every night and could not put this book down. To date, it is the book that gave me more chills and terror on my first read-through than any other. I have read it multiple times since then and it never gets old.

9.) The Sweet Valley Twins/High Series (created by Francine Pascal)
Welp. From the time I was old enough to read chapter books, Sweet Valley was the place to be. I read and re-read these and any pocket money I got usually went to picking up a new one. My friends and I traded them and loaned them to each other and they have a very special nostalgic place in my heart. To this day, I remember all the names of the characters and their personalities and the book titles and who was friends with who and all of it.

10.) Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster
I was going through a really rough patch in life when I picked this up with some gift money. I laughed until I cried and it helped me see humor in shitty situations. Weirdly inspiring, too.

Honorable Mention:
11.) Harry Potter
Because I don't have to put this on the list. Because it goes without saying.












Sunday Confessions 7-12-15


The United States of
Becky



~ I can't quite seem to figure out how to copy audio files from my computer to my phone.
I've done it before and yet, now I'm drawing a blank and I'm all frustrated. Part of me kind of just wants to reset my phone to factory settings and start fresh.
But. That is a BIG step and I'm just frustrated with my lack of remembering how to do things.

~ I am finding it impossible to concentrate on anything right now and it's annoying the hell out of me. Ugh. I feel stuck in a funk.

~ I'm kinda over summer already.
Okay, Not entirely. I just don't do well in the heat and since I'm still struggling with a summer cold, I'm just crabby being hot and cotton-headed all day. Summer is beautiful and all the things. I think it ties in with the "being in a funk" thing.

~ All the things I really want to confess I cannot do so here.

~ I'm enjoying you guys' blogs more than my own because I'm so cantankerous right now.








11 Questions


So Steff at Deep Greens & Blues nominated me for the Liebster Award. I'm going to admit, I'm quite honored, because she said very nice things about me and she has an awesome blog herself and her writing style is really good. (If you haven't checked it out, you should, because.)


So, I think most people know the basics of Liebster.
11 things about yourself,
Answer the 11 questions the person who tagged you asked,
and nominate 11 others with 11 questions of your own.

Here we go:

11 Things About Me:
1.) I have a genuine fear of creepy haunted or possessed dolls.
2.) Sometimes I like to pretend I'm being interviewed on Conan O'Brien.
3.) I buy my socks from the boys section - they fit much better than women's socks.
4.) When I was little and cleaned house, I used to pretend I was exploring an ancient castle.
5.) I recently gave all my stuffed monkeys surnames:
     Bingo Flargen
     Duncan McMonkey
     Elmer Jones
     and
     Bongos Bongos

6.) I never make the bed. I mean, I put sheets and blankets on it, but once it's slept in, it doesn't get made again until next week when it's sheet washing time again.
7.) One time I tried to make grape juice in the blender with red grapes & water. Epic fail.
8.) I hope to be a really snappy dresser when I get old, matching plaid pants with polka dot shirts and such.
9.) I used to want to have twins.
10.) I really love horror movies.
11.) I plan to get a Dobby tattoo someday.

Now for Steff's 11 Questions for me:

1.Who is your favourite musician?
Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers. I've been listening to a lot of The Fratellis and Franz Ferdinand lately.
2. Do you believe in love at first sight? 
Not even a little bit. I believe in having "a feeling" at first sight, but genuine love cannot truly exist at first sight. 
3.What's your happiest childhood memory (um or any happy memory!)?
Wow...this is a good question. Really hard one! Um...off the top of my head, my happiest memory would be with Shawn, sitting at the beach on Lake Michigan, watching the sun set and the few families that were there playing in the sand and roasting marshmallows.
4. What is something you have done that you are proud of?
Tough one again. Um...I honestly can't think of anything off the top of my head. Getting this far in life?
5. What is your favourite ice cream flavour? (And if you don't like ice cream...um no, I can't deal with that! ;-)
Butter Pecan is my most favorite, but I also like vanilla with chocolate and peanuts. I pretty much enjoy all ice cream. But yeah, definitely Butter Pecan.
6. If you could live anywhere in the world other than where you are, where would it be?
England. 
7.  If you could only take one book to a desert island what would it be?
Bloody hell. These are tough questions. Um...I have this book called How to Survive Anything, Anywhere. I think I'd take that. It has instructions (with pictures) of fire-building & starting techniques, water collecting, building animal traps, etc.
8. Do you believe in God or some other life force/spiritual belief system?
Yes, I believe in God. I don't think angels exist in the "guardian angel" capacity.
9. What's your star sign and do you buy into astrology?
I'm on the Taurus-Gemini cusp. I don't really buy into it, so to speak, but I have known a lot of people who have the supposed traits of their star sign. I find because I'm on the cusp I don't often fit into the mold of the "typical gemini." It's all good fun, though.
10. Why did you start blogging? (Going to include this one again because I like it!)
Initially I needed a place to vent about stupid customers at my job. It evolved into a place for me to just randomly put things out there, like lists of villains that I love, or movies that suck, or whatever is on my mind. I don't really have any ambition other than to blog for me and hopefully others can be entertained.
11. Is there a hobby or something else that you enjoy that you think is unique/not popular among anyone else you know?
I don't think so. I guess my thing is that I get a little more obsessive about my hobbies in that I do them for ridiculously long stretches at a time, but nothing particularly unique.


I'm not going to nominate any specific blogs, but all those who read this, these are my questions for you:
1.) If you had to move to a non-English speaking country, which one, and why?
2.) What is your favorite holiday food? (Any holiday.)
3.) What is your favorite horror movie franchise?
4.) What is the wallpaper on your phone?
5.) What is the wallpaper on your computer?
6.) What is your most favorite comfort food?
7.) If you were an animagi, what would you turn into?
8.) What do you think of soda? Diet soda? (People seem to have very strong feelings on this subject.)
9.) What is the last book you read (or are reading)?
10.) What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
11.) Are there any foods you avoid for any reason? Allergies, vegan, chemicals, sugar, whatever, anything you avoid.

I'd be quite interested to see your answers, if you guys would like to share. You don't have to do an entire Liebster post if you don't want, just share the Q & A. :) 

Sunday Confessions 7-5-15


The United States of
Becky



Biggest Confession: I don't really have anything this week to confess. I probably could come up with something, but I got a head cold & sore throat and my brain is all fuzzy. Better next week. 




Headache Log App



Headache Log

I love this app. I'm not sure if it's available for iPhone (I have an Android) but it probably is, because let's be honest - iPhone has everything. This particular app is user-friendly and allows me to put in my own additions in each category. For instance, locations: I added "Behind Eye - Right," and "Top of Head" and "Side of Neck - Right". In types of pains, I added "Stabby." And in triggers, I added a whole lot of things, from "Blood Sugar" to "Menstrual" to "Weather" to "Unknown." You can also add your own medications/treatments. There is a place for notes about each headache and you rate the pain level. It's actually quite interesting. You can also edit a headache later on, like if you take more meds or a nap or whatever. It's great. (Obviously I get frequent headaches.)



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