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Geek-Out Fridays: gishwhes

Geek-Out Fridays

Should I do it?

I am totally geeking out about gishwhes (it’s in the rules not to capitalize it… there are a lot of other things in the rules, too, which made for fun reading).

Misha Collins – who I geeked out about a couple of weeks ago to my Mom – is a totally amazing guy from what I’ve seen. He has this YouTube series where he cooks with his son in this beautifully simple home – that he built himself (he put himself through college by using his carpentry skills!). He cooks whatever his young son picks out from the grocery store. It’s totally adorable, and so heart-warming.

He also, despite playing Castiel in Supernatural, seems like he’s a wacky super-sweet guy in real life.

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And his life story? AH-mazing.

He is totally an inspirational guy.

He made this International Treasure Hunt and he hopes that someday it will be even more worldwide and an event that people all over the world can use as a reason to need to take off work. Or as the first sentence on the website so well-summarizes “Gishwhes is part silliness, part art, part kindness and 100% fun.”

The more I read…. the MORE ENTHUSIASTIC I became about the prospect.

And you all know how I like challenges. (Speaking of – do you think I should get this shirt?)

But when I started to look at the challenges, I started to wonder…. Can I do this?

While I was deliberating, I did decide that I should think on something. And that thing I thought on… and I realized “Accept your limitations” was never something (that I immediately recall) that Jesus said… so therefore, it’s not a rule I should-for-sure live by.

For instance, I’ve got this eczema that refuses to cease spreading. And a bunch of other socia-el stunts that seem to say “YOUWON’TGETANYWHERE! You FAILURE!” And when I don’t get down about the latter – a little thing like the former, that seems like I can’t kick, gets me down and thinking small. Silly, eh?

But, I tend to be the one who goes “Anything and EVERYTHING is possible! Go!!” And get hurt, instead. Or realize that it was societally-alienating… or actually really, really stupid! Hahaha, so I put this extra layer of thinking that seems to stifle my normal ways of thinking. Which is wise? Right? However, you know… it makes me tend toward the, “You should just stop now honey, you’re not going to get anywhere.”

So, I think about my family, and I think about all the little things that can permanently cripple a person, and I decide to play it small so that I won’t hurt myself and others.

So, when I heard one of the challenges was to meet somebody in Russia, my mind went immediately into a semi-victim mode of incredulousness. “That’s impossible.” I have no money. Then I started thinking about how he wanted the challenges approached.

And I thought of how nobody except for humans say “Accept your limitations” and that (saying that) is so that I will stay safe. And what if I could accept the fact that I really can do incredibly anything and stay safe? And I thought of how it would be possible to do things my mind would reject. To stop thinking right in front of me.. and make sure my brain is still able to open up to the possibility of creatively pushing the limits safely and smartly and most importantly kindly.

Which is how I approach things when my brain is the generator… but I think it’s a good thing to do when you hear it from a third party, too.

Don’t expect everything to get fed to me information-wise. Be willing to dig. And just because something can not be done immediately doesn’t mean it isn’t possible.

Things like that.

And I stood out in the sun. And I thought I realized a bit about what Misha was saying and about how God looks at us humans.

Stuff like that.

Sorry about the wordiness and weirdness.

But the fact remains. I REALLY want to try this gishwhes. My head is exploding from all the craziness and possibilities.

But is it possible for me?

I have 0 extra dollars. Which means I also don’t have money to go far places. I’ve read that money isn’t a problem – that people were able to ask for stuff and out of human-kindness complete the challenges… Like sky-diving and billboard-use. But sometimes if all of the team pulls together you can make it happen in normal pay-ways. What if my team asks for money and I have to say “no.”? How sucky would I be?

And what if I can’t get somewhere to do something? Because I don’t have money to travel much farther than my immediate area… and I do have some day-to-day obligations. :)

And yeah… you know?

Q&A:

Have you done the International Scavenger Hunt? What would you say to my questions about it? ARE YOU INSANELY HYPED ABOUT IT, too?????? It’s so something like I like doing!!!!!


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Burrito-dilla!

Ever have those times where you are running out of money. And with that money, all your food ideas are running out, too?

Well, last week I did.

I’m doing this thing where I’m trying to eat…. (the hidden word is enough. I always eat. I rarely eat enough in this recovery mode.) And it can be very frightening to use my money on that sort of stuff, and then not know if I am going to make it to the end of the month.

No fear, the internet is here!!

So, I went searching for some great snack ideas. And not petite snacks – I pretty much only eat snacks – these snack’s caloric value are key to unlocking the greatness that is recovery. And please no extravagant baby-shower coq-a-graine – ain’t got time to make it, or the money to buy beets, and dried cherries and feta cheese, sorry.

Something like banana’s and peanut butter that I may not have thought of.

And voila.

Beans and rice. Beans and tortillas.

I hadn’t thought of that.

So, I bought some beans, rice and tortillas, (and other stuff.)

I came in with $1 left. Booya!

Today, it was lunch time.

And I was split. Do I have a quesadilla (there is very few things more delightful on earth than a floppy, hot microwaved tortilla with cheese inside, lol!!).

I saw this thing on Pinterest, and my brain remembered it.

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Split I was, no more. (And… helllo, Yoda!)

I HAD A BURRITO DILLA!! And I didn’t even have to go to Chipotle for it.

 

Downside – this may not fit into many diets – it’s got gluten (I can have one meal of gluten a day and still not bloat – even feel really great! – recovery tip), and beans, and dairy.

It uses the microwave, and stuff from cans. But it’s good stuff. All ingredient-checked and everything.

But it IS vegetarian, and cheap.

*weighs air with hands*

*mentally thanks friend for giving her phrasing-idea for previous phrase*

Tortillas – $2.50 for 20

Beans – $1.87 for a can

Cheese – $2.50

Servings — Like, a lot!! :D

Recipe:

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  • 2 fajita-size tortillas
  • 3 slim slices across an 8oz block of cheese (of choice)
  • 1 spoonful of refried beans of choice (check for MSG – like yeast extract – and avoid if possible)
  1. Take the slim slices of cheese and stack them. Then cut them into slivers. Scatter the slivers over one of the tortillas.
  2. Place the other tortilla on top.
  3. Carefully-ish transport both tortillas to the microwave.
  4. Microwave for 25 seconds or so. Until cheese is melted just right.
  5. Grab from the microwave and throw down (preferably onto a clean, dry surface) before it burns ye!
  6. Be silly like me, and sprinkle salt on now and see half of it cascade down onto the floor. Or wait until step 7.
  7. Take a spoonful of beans and put it in the middle of the quesadilla surface. Spread it out, and sprinkle on salt (if you haven’t already), and pepper.
  8. Roll up (careful for heat), and..
  9. Enjoy, I hope!

It’s hot today, so I didn’t reheat with the beans, because it was already warm enough after being spread against the hot quesadilla surface. There were not, gladly, any cold spots as I was concerned there’d be.

Q&A:

What’s the most brilliant recipe you’ve created recently? Spontaneous genius or back-of-the-head percolation?

Nails:

I have a new nail design! I like this one, even though it didn’t come out the way BT had designed it. I think it’s great for work, and stuff.

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What’s with the book?

It was lying around, and I thought, “hey, backdrop!” :) The black cover and gold lettering are reminiscent of both my lunch and my nails, but of course that can’t have anything with my decision to use it (it did) because no one would see the gold lettering on the spine…. :)

 


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My Resolution

(This isn’t written very well, I’m sorry. I just wanted to publish it today, in case others are where I’m at. And erm… I don’t know. I have unpopular opinions. And I’m okay with that. I want to be friends with you, no matter if we have the same stance on things, okay? :D )

In the end of a lot of tears, sobbing and swift-thinking.

It came down to one sentence.

“Help me to be the person you want me to be.”

In the end, that is all I can be responsible for.

I cannot be responsible for the direction of my country. The injustice that it subjects all to. The mistakes and the blindness. Or even the eventual, inevitable downfall of civilization.

I WANT to be responsible for this. I want to know that I can change it. That I can make all things better.

But the simple truth is that I can not. No one on earth has this power.

But I can be the best person I can be, helping people where I’m at. Even with lava falling from over head, and courts that refuse to listen to the simplest of arguements, and a world in which there is no justice, and only a lot of hunger, disease, and emotional tears. I can be the person that God wants me to be. And in that I can help the people I’m with. I can’t stop the lava, but I can give them an umbrella.

I can’t stop the court’s blatant injustice (I love law procedurals because this doesn’t happen, but I realize that this is all too easy to happen and it just tears my heart out into a million tiny pieces! How hard can it be to see the truth of a situation???) but I can be there when they need to cry.

I can’t do much. Really. But at least I can treat people the way they ought to be treated when a lot of other people and things aren’t treating them that way.

Q&A:

I have no idea. I’m just really distraught. Anything you’d like to say, is great. :)


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Allergic to the ‘E’ Challenge

The Storyteller’s Abode nominated me for this challenge and it looked so fun, and besides – it’s a challenge! I LOVE challenges!

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It had to be done within 24 hours, so I wanted to get started on it right away. None of my usual month-long deliberations here. :)

Okay, so:

Here are the Rules:

1) Write a whole paragraph ( a paragraph sounds easy right?) without any word containing the letter “e” (still easy?)
2) By reading this you are already signed up.
3) Challenge at least five bloggers to do the challenge. They must do it within 24 hours or it is considered as failure.
4) If you fail or pass, suffer in the Page of Lame.
5) If you win, wallow in the Page of Fame.

And 6) The originator of the challenge has asked that challengers link to his challenge page (https://redefiningrandom.wordpress.com). They keep a list of all completers, so this helps him know who does it. :)

No e’s!! I was writing a comment on The Storyteller’s Abode’s post, and I kept noticing all the e’s I used, and realized how much of a challenge this was bound to be!

I have this story I’m writing (shh… don’t tell anyone! :) I haven’t really done much); it gives me something to do when I can’t calm my thoughts down, and so I’ll draft portions in my head.

It’s about this earth where there are these giant creatures that are possessed by evil, and there is a small band of hunters smart enough, or reckless enough to go after them and protect the rest of the ignorant world.

I was writing about it last night, so, I figured I’d try to make this paragraph continue on that theme, because it’s the one thing in my head to write about. :)

Okay. Here goes (Three ‘e’s’ right there!! Agh!)


Mia’s fourth child was crying.

“What’s wrong?” Mia said to him.

“It’s Anna!” Abry said, bawling, “Anna ran off to follow Johnson who ran off, and Johnson is back, but Anna is still out. Anna’s missing!”

Johnson. Just four and a half. And Abry, just six. Johnson should know not to run off.

“Okay, okay, Abry. Calm down.” Mia said, “I’m back now… Shh… How long ago?”

Johnson, joining Mia and Abry said, “Two hours.”

“Two hours? Johnson what did you go and run off, for, huh?”

Johnson was full of guilt. “I’m sorry. I got so…. It’s tiring staying on this farm all day long!! With you away so much!”

Still mad, but that was not what to focus on right now.

“Show Mia. Show Mia, Johnson, at what point you and Anna split. Abry – you must stay, stick with Chanz, okay.”

Turning to look at Johnson, Mia thrust out a hand. Johnson took it. Child and mom, out to find a missing Anna.


That wasn’t easy! I used my dashboard thesaurus quite a bit. :) But I could not find anything without an ‘e’ to say “Set off”… [[Update: I still had e’s in the story! I fixed it now, so sorry. :) ]]

I know I’m not a great writer, so I hope it wasn’t too painful to read. :P

All right! I nominate:

The Paper Butterfly

Of Everything and Nothing

Random Necessities of My So Called Life

Post Curfew Bewonderments

Cupid or Cats

Kattie Kate

Hannah’s Scribblings

Cass’s Useless Opinions

And any one else who would like it to give it a go!

If you’re feeling left out, I’m so sorry – I was trying to nominate those who seemed most interested in writing, and stuff, and it wouldn’t feel like a burden to be slapped with a doozy of “Write a paragraph with no ‘e’s’, you know? I so didn’t want to mis-nominate those who don’t like this sort of thing. But feel free!

After all, the challenge did say “If you are reading this you are already signed up” – so it’s open to everyone! :)

Q&A:

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it: Leave a comment without e’s! Whether you pick ‘e’-less words, or just delete all the e’s… anything goes. :D Just for fun!


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Words – Happy – and Such: Redux

Okay – so I tried to not publish this post – and then I got an email. It said “(So & so) liked your post _____”.

And I started freaking out, exclaiming to BT and stuff – I wasn’t supposed to publish it! They liked it!?

As I looked more at it, I found more weirdness – “It’s only this!” – Only the first 3 sentences had been published. I was trying to figure out the triple mystery when… he read it and looked at me – THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT! He said. You’re being honest, and happy — and like you are right now. That’s okay.

And I’m just like still freaking out.

But his words grabbed my attention. Honest. Wait, it’s good for me to be honest? That sounds bad, but really – I’m used to telling the whole truth, but in polite, tact-ful manners, which is not my usual manner of communication.

Well – just in case, here is the full post.

Wackiness ahoy! :D

Hope you are having a great day. :)


I am just so insanely happy right now!

I have no clue why.

Okay I have some clues.

  1. So sometimes, I am just happy. And I don’t have reasons, I just think that I’m okay and secure.
  2. A friend I haven’t seen in forever is writing me and it’s just like I was never gone.
  3. I have FRIENDS! Guys, do you realize how insane this is? Me, I, have more than one friend! And they aren’t like.. yeah… we have to break up. They’re all like I’m in for a while, no matter what wackiness you throw at us.
  4. Good songs.
  5. Good food.

Oh yeah, and sometimes when I eat enough, I get this insane burst of energy and all day I’m like zooming around, and I dont’ like it because it’s one of those wordless things but inside I’m singing!

  1. People are nice! Okay, so there are a ton of people who aren’t but today, they have been an exception.
  2. I’m so psyched!
  3. I got emailed by a place I volunteer for asking for input on how I volunteer!!
  4. I made cookie dough – and it turned out.
  5. I found a comment I was looking for for the longest time, and got a screencap of it!
  6. It’s been a coincidental day. I read a blog of Shannon A. Thompson’s. I’d commented on a previous post, and said I was starting a new book (Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore) and wished it had one of those guides so I’d know if I could just relax and enjoy it. In the blog I read today, she said she bought Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore – what are the odds? -, and people were slamming her because she posted a picture not working. I mean, come on, seriously. :( And I saw this pin on Pinterest and thought – I should send this to her… But then I thought, totally not. Like it will probably be the wrong move… but yeah… It just fits so perfectly.b086694b8316a85aa8d74731cf400892
  7. And I was bummed at trying to do a couple of jobs – I mean work went well, but other offers and things I’m trying to do.. just like, seriously… why??? Why won’t you call? Why are you so mean? Why can’t I just do the hours? Stuff like that. But then I encouraged myself back up – Imagine what it will be like using the skills you have and seeing the stuff you’ve studied in real life! Imagine actually being able to help people! And it actually worked. I shall live another day to try again. If they hadn’t been so snooty the first time man, though, I wouldn’t be so nervous to go back. :(
  8. I didn’t get stung by wasps – that is always a plus.

People being nice just gets to my game man. Like, I can’t even believe how nice they can be? And why? And what is my job now? And How? :)

It’s funny; it really probably shouldn’t be so weird to me, but it TOTALLY is. Like I lose the ability to — hahaha – to be able to – when someone shows their nice side.

Anywayyyyys.

The. Oddest. Blog. Post. Ever. (I’m sorry!)

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