Thursday, June 28, 2012

Don't Get Sick

Don't get sick, guys. It's not fun.

There's something going around, and I don't recommend catching it. It knocked me flat on my ass this week.

So here are some pointers to avoid catching this summer's cold:


I know this should go without saying, but I'm serious. If your hands are cracked and dry because you're washing them so much, you're still not washing them enough. Every time you touch a doorknob or a telephone, shake hands with someone. WASH YOUR HANDS.

2. Take Vitamin C regularly.

Whether it's orange juice, Vitamin C pills, Airborne, whatever.

I didn't do this. No one expects to get sick in the middle of the summer. People associate colds with wintertime. And that's why summer colds are the worst.

3. Don't touch anything!

I know this one is pretty irrational, but you're really better off just putting your hands in your pockets and not touching anything, ever.

4. Don't breathe.

Again, irrational and impractical, but if you don't breathe, then you don't get the germs that make you sick, right? Right.

Okay, so not all of this post was useful or even entertaining. I'm really just bent out of shape about being so sick this week and having to take a day off from work, and being sick on my days off.

Moral of the story: Don't be a victim of the summertime flu.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Stuff That's Bad For You

Yes, I missed a post. But I tweaked my work schedule, and I didn't have time. I'm sorry.

But that's besides the point.

The point of this post is Oreos. And Pringles.

If you're like me, then you like your share of junk food. Everyone has their vices. Ice cream. Oreos. Potato chips. You know yours.

Literature can be the same way. I have a phrase I like to use sometimes about books. "Junk Food Fiction."

Avid readers understand it perfectly.

Junk food fiction is that book that you know is bad for you, that book that you're wasting your brain cells on, but you pick it up anyway. It's okay. Everyone needs a little thinking-free fiction sometimes.

But it's like Oreos. One or two is fine. But if you lose control, soon the entire package is gone and your insides feel awful.

Too much junk food fiction, and your insides feel awful.

My vices?

I have two.

1. Twilight


I'm ashamed to say I've read the entire series. But my curiosity got the best of me. I had to find out what everyone was making a big deal over.

But once I started? It was like a compulsion. I had to find out the ending.

And afterward? My insides felt awful.

2. The Sookie Stackhouse Books


Heard of True Blood? It's based off of these books.

If reading Twilight is like eating too many Oreos, then these books are like that enormous burger covered in cheese and bacon and loaded with too many calories that was just too good to want to take back.

I'll confess I love these books for pool reads, because they take next to no brain cells to read.

I try to be ashamed for this one, but like that burger, I just can't.

Confession time, friends! What are some of your favorite junk food fiction reads?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Things My Father Taught Me

Since I wrote a Mother's Day post last month, it seems only right and good that I write a Father's Day post today. So in honor of Father's Day, may I present to you:

Things My Father Taught Me

  • How to make tacos. 
  • How to make pancakes.
  • To love and trust God.
  • The words to the Doxology and the hymn "Christ Be My Leader," even though he can't really sing. :)
  • The words to The Lord's Prayer and the Apostles Creed when I was small, by teaching me just a little each night.
  • How to drive.
  • That a man always comes to the door for you, never just honks and waits for you to come out.
  • That boys will walk in and out of your life, but one day a man will walk into your life, and he's the one you'll marry.
  • What a great father looks like.

I love you, Daddy.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Too Much Work and an Ice Cream Delivery Service

I thought about writing a post about junk food fiction today, but I'm not sure I'm mentally prepared for cleverness like that. I'll save it for a day when I have more of my wits about me. I kind of just woke up and I woke up with a headache, so I feel a little like crap, and I've still got to work later. Not that you care.

I've just been so busy with work lately I barely have time to think and come up with great posts for you all. I haven't quite mastered the art of working two jobs yet. Any tips to offer, internets?

In other news, who wants to start an ice cream delivery business with me? (And I DON'T mean an ice cream truck!) Lately I've been frequently finding myself in desperate want of some Ben & Jerry's, and no desire to venture to hell, I mean Walmart to get some.

I don't understand why no one's thought of this yet. I mean, really. Someone would make a fortune delivering ice cream to single ladies in their pajamas holed up in their apartments on a Friday night. Or, you know, any other night. And add wine to the menu and that fortune would turn into, well, more money than Bill Gates.

Seriously. Someone needs to get on this.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

No post today guys...

...because I'm too busy working and seeing Snow White and the Huntsman, and watching the TONY AWARDS! Try back Thursday.

I love you all, you're all brilliant!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Another List

I bet I know what you're thinking. "Leah. Another list on your blog? Really?"

The answer to that question is yes. Yes, another list. I like lists. I make shopping lists, packing lists, I even make mental lists of my day. For example: work, drive home, get food, watch Doctor Who, write a blog post, etc.

So because I like lists so much, here's a list about lists for your reading pleasure.

5 Reasons Why I Like Blogging in Lists

1. My brain is a mess. 
Seriously. I always manage to make the most random connections to things. Blogging in lists allows me to organize my thoughts a bit. If I allowed you all unfiltered access to the things in my brain, you'd run away and no one would read this.

2. Lists make me appear organized.
I'm not actually organized. Everything about me and my life is disorganized. My bedroom, my car, my life. This is all a disguise.

3. My OCD tendencies demand it.
I can be slightly OCD sometimes. I like lists in the way I like my DVDs to be alphabetized, in the way I can't stand a man with a crooked tie or a wall with a crooked picture.

4.  I don't like paragraphs on my blog.
When I have a huge paragraph I've written on my post, I'm always afraid people are going to check out and stop reading halfway through. I like list form because it breaks up what I have to say into nice, short, easily readable bits of information.

5. Because I can.

Monday, June 4, 2012

This Will Be Nerdy

Oops. I forgot what day it is again. That's the trouble when you work too much. You kind of forget what day it is.

Today's post is brought to you by tonight's EPIC Twitter conversation I had with three other bloggers, Emmy over at Love Woke Me Up This Morning, Alice at The Rabbit Hole, and Kirsti at Melbourne on My Mind. Tonight's topic of conversation? Doctor Who!

So it's safe to say that if you aren't too nerdy or don't like sci-fi much, you can pretty much stop reading.

10 Reasons I Love Doctor Who

 I know what you're thinking. Only 10? But I can't reveal all the reasons in one post! What else will be left to write about?

1. David Tennant's freckles.
If the Tenth Doctor is your Doctor, you know what I mean.
I mean come on, look at them. Source
 2. David Tennant's hair.
This post won't be all about David Tennant, I promise.
Great hair. Source
Honorable mention goes to Matt Smith's hair. I kind of like it, even though it's pretty much just on one side of his head.

3. I love having my heart ripped out and stomped on.
I'm a masochist, it's true. I love watching sad things and I love being emotional. Doctor Who is chock-full of REALLY happy, amazing things and also REALLY sad and depressing things. And I love it.

4. Rose and the Doctor
I can't even talk about this one. It's too traumatic.

5. Donna Noble
Since we're on the subject of The Doctor's companions, Donna Noble is amazing. I think I like her even more than Rose. There. I said it. I mean come on, she slapped The Doctor across the face. Slapped him.

6. The Doctor falls in love. With everyone.
I think The Doctor basically falls in love with everyone he meets. Basically, that's why he always tries so hard to save people, even when it's impossible. And then he breaks your heart when he can't, when someone dies, when life doesn't have a happy ending. That's my Doctor. When he couldn't save everyone, or he's not really alright. That's my favorite, because he just makes you wish you could give him a hug.

7. Matt Smith's adorable bumbling awkwardness.
As Kirsti put it, "He's like a newborn horse that doesn't quite know how its legs work!" He's all young and cute and awkward. And I love the look that he gets when he's worried, and he knows things might not be okay. I tried to find a picture, but there are none. But it's cute, he looks really uneasy, and his eyes kind of get shiny like right before you cry.

8. Captain Jack Harkness
Pretty much speaks for himself. Yep.

"Don't. Just don't." Source

9. Anthony Head as a villain. 
I loved him in "Buffy, The Vampire Slayer" as much as anyone, but I really enjoy seeing actors in unexpected roles. And this one was definitely unexpected. He plays the bad guy in the Season 2 episode, "School Reunion."

Just creepy. Source
10. The Doctor is always telling people how important they are.
He's always taking people who think they're completely ordinary and unimportant and showing them just how fantastic and brilliant and extraordinary they are. And it's not The Doctor who makes them fantastic. I think they had it in them all along. They just needed someone to show it to them.

So, Whovians, what are some of your favorite things about Doctor Who?