Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud #1

Hey! What’s this? A post on a Thursday? I know, I know. I’m a constant bundle of surprise.

I decided to break my normal posting schedule to support Amanda and her new weekly link-up for Thinking Out Loud! I’m not sure if I will do this every week because I don’t want all of my posts to become solely for link-ups, but I couldn’t miss out on this inaugural event. This is history in the making.

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In true Thursday Thoughts fashion I am taking a cue from Ms. Spoon’s book and going with some numbers….

1. I’m just not feeling super festive yet. Anyone else? Maybe it’s because I still have school in my constant thoughts. If that’s the case, it probably won’t be until next Saturday that I actually start feeling like it’s Christmas time.

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2. Despite not feeling all Christmas-y, the constant influx of snow is not letting me forget that we are indeed drawing nearer to Winter. While not a “warm” welcome, it does make me a little giddy and nostalgic to awake to a fresh bed of whiteness on our school lawns. Those happy memories are quickly forgotten though when my feet get soaked as I trudge through the wet snow. I need a new pair of boots that aren’t as thin as paper in the heels.

So basically, I feel like this whenever I go outside.

3. Speaking of boots, lets talk about Uggs for a moment. I own a few pair of knockoffs and they are so warm and comfortable. But are they cute? The consensus among my roommates is no. However, one roommate insists that they are adorable. I think that by definition they are ugly, and that is almost part of their appeal. They aren’t super high fashion so they are accessible to everyone and I feel like I can wear them everyday without much concern. Again, they are the epitome of warm. Nothing more.

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 4. I have realized recently that I do best with small changes. Occasionally I do well with just jumping feet first into something (like with this blog, one day it was non-existent and the next I was blabbing away to you all!) But with most things in life it’s better if I get adapted slowly. Like with exercise. I don’t know how many times I have tried to go all out and exercise a lot everyday when I’m first starting. Then within no time I lose that initial excitement and it quickly falls to the way side.

Since Elf For Health‘s challenge on Monday though, I’ve begun slowly adding in just a “bit” here and there. I almost forgot to do the circuit challenge for the day so before going to bed I quickly busted out 5 minutes worth of toning exercises. Is it an overnight transformation? Heck no. However, I’m not doing this to lose weight, and really, I’m not even doing it for the health benefits like potentially reducing the risk of disease, illness, spontaneous combustion, etc. Recently I’ve been intrigued by the idea that incorporating exercise into your daily schedule can help reduce stress and possibly even better digestion. I’m all for that.

Three nights in a row and going strong! 😉 Lol. I have no naive thoughts that what I’m doing is nearly enough, however this time around I want to try the slow approach, adding in a little each day. If you don’t already do wall sits, you really should. Feel the burn.

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5. Up next I’m going to make an easy 5 minute arm workout for myself. I love circuits for their short and choppy nature. With reading my favorite books I have no problem doing the same thing for hours on end, but when it comes to working out if I’m repetitive my interest fades fast. What I need is quick and effective stuff where I won’t lose my mind in boredom.

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6. Tomorrow (Thursday) is the Hobbit 2 premiere and I am super excited. While I liked the original Lord of the Rings film trilogy I actually think the Hobbit is better thus far. My Loki-loving friend managed to snag seats to a special early showing tomorrow afternoon, so we are driving about an hour north to the city to watch in style. The only thing that could make this sequel better than the first is with the addition of some stellar new cast members. Oh wait, there is! Orlando Bloom as Legolas and Benedict Cumberbatch (as the dragon!). Aren’t you pumped? 😉

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8. There are still open spots for the 12 Days of Christmas Recipes link-up! There are 3 or 4 themes left and for those of you worried about being too busy with work and such, all of the days remaining are towards the end so you can work on it in your spare time over Christmas vacation 🙂 A few of the other participants have already been e-mailing me with rough draft versions of theirs (not that you have to do that), which just goes to show how super easy it is join in!

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9. I was just going to end with 8… then I suddenly felt a cold blast of air. For some reason unbeknownst to me (and the rest of humanity) someone keeps on turning the air conditioning on in our room. 😯 Hmm… That 6 degree temperature prediction for tonight is not in Celsius, is it? No. No it’s not. However, I’m keeping my lips zipped and pulling on my house slippers in silence. “Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men…”

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Questions for you:

What are you thinking about on this bright, cheery (cold) Thursday?

Does ending on an odd number bother any of you?

Have you considered joining in our Christmas recipe fun?

How do you keep warm during the winter? (Electric blankets is not an acceptable solution per University policy. No matter how much I would love to convince them otherwise…)

What I Really Think When Reading Inspirational Quotes

I was just in the process of reading those fun blog surveys that you know I love so much when I came across one of the questions about “What is your favorite quote?” Usually I just soak up the inspiration and move on. This time though I paused to really consider what the quote was saying.

And then I laughed.

That’s probably not what you were expecting to hear from me, right? From my title you were most likely anticipating something a lot more serious?

Today’s post is far from serious though. We all need to laugh once in awhile (hopefully every day) and I hope that at least one of these inspirational quotes causes at least a little giggle to escape that Friday, bleary-eyed face that I’m confident 99.99% of you are currently are wearing.

Disclaimer: In no way am I trying to negate the positive effects that inspirational quotes can have on a person or make fun of those who post them frequently. I have used them often to cheer me up on a dreary day, probably even some of these quotes specifically. These are just random ones that I found on the internet and I jotted down the first thought that I had in my mind. As you can tell from the comments, my brain has quite the sarcastic tendencies. 

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My momma told me to never lie.

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Unless your bike chain falls off. If you try to keep on moving then you would probably end up with a few scraped body limbs.

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I think this one should say “If opportunity knocks, build a building, build a door frame…” Then you can insert the door.

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False. The nearest star is over 4 light years away. If you miss the moon you would probably hit another planet/asteroid before reaching the stars. Oh, and you’d run out of oxygen first…

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Really? Tell that to my hands that think they can carry plastic grocery bags for over a mile. I’m pretty sure I’m NOT as strong as I think.

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Actually, at any given point it’s always raining somewhere on Earth. Unless we are talking about the Moon where it never rains, but I don’t think that’s where the writer was going with this one.

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I guarantee that there’s another question that I’ll ask myself at the end of the day… “What did I have for breakfast this morning?”

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Questions for FRIDAY:

What do you think of inspirational quotes?

Do you ever laugh when you read them?

Have you smiled yet today? 🙂

Curious

Do you ever read something, whether it be a blog post, a newspaper article, a book or even just a sign, and begin to wonder… and wonder… and wonder… and wonder… And then you end up on an entirely different, albeit inspired, plane of thinking?

Some may call this an attention problem. I call it an imaginative, developed, and interactive mind.

Let’s go with a shorter description though, coined famous by Olivander from Harry Potter. “Curious.”

Here are a few completely unrelated, but definitely thought-provoking ideas that I’ve come across in the past week or so.

First and foremost, the concept that there are books out there that when paired together, rival the likes of peanut butter and jelly. The Barnes and Noble blog gave a list that I’ll admit I haven’t much of. The post did cause me to think about what books that I have read that I feel would pair well together though.

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I think that The Omnivore’s Dilemma and The Hunger Games would be interesting when read simultaneously. They both bring up the contrast between the more primal/natural method of surviving by hunting  compared to the world that we live in today where we take advantage of/have even distorted how we perceive food.

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Two other books that come to mind with this metaphor are The BFG and The Little Prince. Both are books that I read when I was much younger, but they both are great in the fact that they explore out-of-the-box thinking and go farther than what’s perceived as possible.

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From that group of thoughts came another. I’ve already shared my love of reading several times. I’ve loved reading ever since Elementary school when I read my first chapter book, Amelia Bedelia. Last Friday in the comments of my post a lot of us chatted about how we really enjoy rereading books. What I personally didn’t differentiate between though was what kind of books I tend to reread.

I guess what I’m getting at is that I mainly only reread books that I’ve acquired in the last 6 or so years. I haven’t reread any books that I read in my “younger days.” I probably would actually enjoy those books immensely. But I’m also scared that I won’t. What if I don’t like them and by rereading them I taint the memory of all of the books that I perceived as being wonderful during my childhood?

Specific books that comes to mind are The Magic Treehouse, Nancy Drew, The Mandie Series, and The Boxcar Children. I highly doubt that I will dislike them if I am actually to read any again. Still, there’s that lingering worry.

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Which brings me to my final loose end of brain activity for tonight- Do you judge people based on reading? Not just what kinds of books they read, but also just on whether they do or don’t read?

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I want to say that I don’t, but I’m pretty sure that I do judge people based on that factor of whether or not a person likes books. If I meet someone for the first time and I find out they don’t like to read, I kind of see that as a negative aspect or “weakness.” Sure, they can make it up by being a fan of any of a number of my other favorite obsessions; however I will always feel a special connection to fellow readers.

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This post is not at all where I was expecting to go. Mostly I just rambled on about books. Which is just fine by me really.

RIght now I’m going to read another chapter or two of my current reading pleasure and then am off to sleep… Hopefully a dreamless sleep and not one full of faeries, goblins and shapeshifters (does anyone else dream of characters from their current book?).

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Oh man, I’m so sorry you had to read all of that. It was so boring that as I was adding pictures last night I fell asleep.

Okay, so it’s not THAT boring, as long as you like books.

One last thought to leave you with today. Please tell me you agree.

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Fun Facts Friday: I’m McQuirky

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Fun Facts Friday post so I decided to bring it back for today! In this edition I’ve gathered together seven odd (but fun) facts about me. The title is also referencing Grey’s Anatomy, which if any of you have watched it then you’d know that two of the main characters were nicknamed McDreamy and McSteamy in season one. This post has nothing to do with television or hot guys… But adding “mc” to quirky just seemed like more fun 🙂

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Let’s get started!

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1. I have the strange habit in the morning of never buttoning/unbuttoning my pants to put them on. I just pull them right on up. (What a way to start a post, right? Now you will forever think of me as the girl who doesn’t know how to properly dress herself).

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2. Sometimes in my spare time I will go find unhealthy recipes in cookbooks or on the web, copy and paste them into a word document, and then create a brand new version that’s lower in sugar, grain-free, paleo, vegan, etc. Only a small percentage of the time do I actually end up making them, I just enjoy recipes in general. I’ve been known to even take a cookbook to bed with me and read it like a novel.

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3. In high school whenever I have a rough day I would go to my bookshelf and pull out one of my favorite novels to read. Usually a J.K. Rowling, Sarah Dessen, Ally Carter, Rachel Meade or Cassandra Clare. If it was a particularly stressful days sometime’s I’d even settle down to my favorite childhood books like Nancy Drew 🙂

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4. Speaking of some of my favorite authors, the first blogs that I ever read actually weren’t food or healthy living blogs but author blogs. Meg Cabot was probably the first, followed by Sarah Dessen and Ally Carter. I still follow them all and read every single one of their posts.

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5. I know a lot of people dislike watching movies pr tv episodes more than once, or  having to read the same book twice… But I’m the complete opposite. Given the chance to watch a new movie or an old favorite (like Harry Potter, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Sweet Home Alabama, Star Wars, etc.) I would be more likely to choose the old movie. See, when you’ve already read/watched something you whether it’s good or not. If you haven’t read/watched it yet there’s a chance that you’ll end up wasting hours of your life on something awful. Why not stick with the familiar?

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6. The other day Alex actually mentioned something odd that I do too. I can’t stand sleeping the normal way under sheets and a bedspread. No matter where I’m at- home, apartment, hotel (especially at hotels!) I always sleep on top of the bedspread with another blanket on top. I’ve done this for a pretty long time much to the annoyance of my parents.

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7. I love search engines. That may seem really random (which it is) but I genuinely like to just pull up yahoo! or google and look things up. It’s like a challenge to me to see what’s available online to learn about. Imdb and wikipedia are probably the two most visited websites in my internet history (besides bloglovin and wordpress that is!).

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And that wraps up another Friday post. After clicking Publish I’m going to get my food prep done for tomorrow, get ready for bed (minus the pajamas which I already put on when I got home today 😉 ) and read a few chapters of a new book that I got at a thrift store last week.

Tomorrow I’m pretty excited because my family is driving up to stay the weekend with me. My brother and I are going to a baseball game Friday night with free tickets that I got through work, and on Saturday/Sunday we are going to explore the city a bit and try to find something fun to do. Maybe watch a movie.

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Questions for you:

What makes you McQuirky?

Do you sleep on top or under your bed sheets?

Are you someone who likes to reread or rewatch things?