Social Media

I love social media a little too much sometimes. There are so many different platforms, and so many posts to see. I don’t know if you knew this, but many phones have a feature that will tell you just how long you use social media on a daily basis. It’s hidden somewhere deep in the settings.

I’m glad I don’t have that setting on my phone, because I think I would be pretty disappointed in myself. I find myself wasting my time on social media for hours on end. I shouldn’t say wasting though, because some aspects of social media are fantastic. Especially when people use it for local businesses’. It’s a great way to stay connected and to market to a local public without having to put it in a newspaper, since that’s kind of gone out of style.

I think it’s the rest of social media that upsets me. I find myself getting lost on accounts that just showcase other accounts. Style, makeup, etc. It’s gets kind of old. Some accounts just overload their profiles with multiple posts a day and I just soak it all in. I could scroll for an hour and never reach a post that I’ve already seen.

It’s even worse nowadays, since they’ve changed the formula in which the posts show up on your feed. It’s no longer in chronological order, but rather in order of popularity. You can change that by going to each profile you love the most and changing the settings or something, but that sounds like a lot of work.

I just like to scroll. Scroll, and scroll, and scroll. It’s addicting.

I think it’s time that I go through the profiles that I follow and start unsubscribing to those that don’t really do much for my everyday life. I don’t need to know about those new clothes that that one brand started making. I just want to keep up with my friends, local businesses, and a few other accounts that I just really enjoy their content.

I ask you to join me too! Ever find yourself scrolling through endlessly and not really feeling fulfilled by what you just saw? Maybe it’s time to filter through the accounts and get rid of those that you lost your love of. Just because you like a brand, or famous person, or whatever! It doesn’t mean you have to subscribe to them. Obviously there are exceptions, but if you don’t care about their posts anymore, then why bother following them? They’re just flooding your page with things that you really didn’t need to see.

Besides, if you are one of those people that have that setting on their phone that showcases how much time you spend on each app, you might surprise yourself. If you’re going to spend that much time on it, might as well be looking at something you enjoy.

I’m not criticizing myself, or you. Social media is great! I’m just trying to make it a little more relevant to myself. Wouldn’t that just go hand in hand with your overall happiness? I think we could all use a little more happiness in our lives. There’s no such thing as too much happy.

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A Big Responsibility

When you grow up, you get thrust different types of responsibilities. And these responsibilities, in my opinion, have different levels of difficulty.

You’ve got a responsibility to be a decent human being, which somehow some people find this difficult. Trust me, it isn’t.

You’ve also got the responsibility of going to work and doing a good job, like finishing your tasks in an acceptable manner. Depending on said job, the difficulty here can vary.

Yet, later in life there are bigger responsibilities that you need to be able to accomplish every day to the best of your ability. These responsibilities are running a household, or having children. Those, I classify a little higher on the difficulty scale. It doesn’t come easy, you usually have a huge learning curve to be able to manage those types of responsibilities.

Now you might be thinking, where is she going with this? Is… Is she going to have a child?!? No, no goodness no. Not yet at least, I’d like to believe I have a few more years before that happens. No, what I’m trying to get at is that my significant other and I have recently brought on a new responsibility in our lives that surprised us, in a good way.

At first, I knew it would be a difficult responsibility and I was right, it was actually really hard to get used to it the first few days, but we’ve gotten pretty good at our schedule change. Our priorities have shifted immensely.

We got a dog. We adopted a rescue dog from Louisiana, who had a rough start at life. But he’s the sweetest thing so we decided now was the time to bring this family of 2, to a family of 3.

His name was Huey, but he never listened to that name so we’ve renamed him to Winston! He’s 2 years old, and he’s the sweetest thing. Full of energy, needs to learn a bit of discipline, but all around good dog that is fitting in really well with us. We’ve had him for 1 month as of today. I mean just look at him!

He’s a heeler mix. Basically the perfect herding or hunting dog and we’ve already fallen in love with the guy. We knew it would be a lot of work, but we were ready for the challenge and I think its safe to say we’ve succeeded so far as dog parents.

Since he’s a rescue dog, he has a few health problems. The first being heartworms, very common thing found in dogs rescued from the states, especially southern ones. He also had a nasty cough when we first had him, but that’s cleared up now.

You see, a dog is a big responsibility because this is a living breathing creature that lives for your attention and love. It can’t care for itself. It can’t let itself out to go do its business, it also can’t tell you when its feeling ill or wanting something.

I’m not saying having a dog is the same as having a child, but mildly. Also, having a dog isn’t cheap. You can’t just neglect visits to the vet, and those visits are extremely pricey. So don’t go into it thinking your dog will be the healthiest thing ever and he doesn’t need to go to the vet, because you’re wrong. Things happen, dogs get sick and you need to be prepared to deal with those situations as they come to you. (cats too!)

But a dog was a great idea, he brightens up the mood when we’re home alone and makes us laugh because he is just so goofy. If you feel like your life could use a pick me up, and you feel you could handle all the responsibilities that come with having a dog, then you should do it! It’s very rewarding.

 

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

rosie projectWhen I heard Indigo was teaming up with this author to make a World’s Biggest Book Club out of this book, I thought, heck, why not. I had been wanting to read it for a while but just never took the time to pick it up. They were doing the book club because his second book was being released within the next few weeks. I read his book in 4 hours. I loved it so much, I just couldn’t put it down!

Don Tillman is a genetics professor who lives his life very strictly. Everything he does during the day is timed to the minute and he always uses his time in order to obtain maximum efficiency.

After doing some calculations and really pondering on the thought of happiness. He decides that he should be married. But in doing so, he has to find a wife. The thing is, Don never seems to get passed the first date. He decides to start the Wife Project.

He creates this questionnaire that he will give out to any woman that seems interested or who might be a good match. They have to fill out a lot of questions and the answers will decide if they are a perfect match or not. He has the idea in his head of who his perfect match would be and decides that he won’t settle for anything less.

That’s when he meets Rosie and she was basically the exact opposite of what he was looking for.

Both of them end up working together in order to figure out who Rosie’s father is, seeing as Don takes great interest in genetics, he seems to be the only one that can help her. They call it the Rosie Project. As all love stories go… you get the point.

This story was beautifully written and I just kept wanting to know how both projects would end. Would Don find the ideal woman? Would Rosie ever figure out who her father was? And as much as Don might have been a little different and very stubborn, you easily fall in love with the guy and you root for him throughout the story.

The story is light and a real feel-good read. I recommend it to people who regularly read adult fiction but want a different more comical love story with very individual characters.

I give this story a 10 out of 10.

You really need to read it! I also own the second book now and can’t wait to read it either!!! I need to know more!!!

Good news everybody!

I’m writing you this post from my… drum roll…..

LAPTOP! Yay!

I went to get it yesterday at the computer shop. All of the info was wiped, obviously. That’s fine, I can take more pictures and I can download more music right?

Since yesterday, I have been downloading some missing programs and games and I have been slowly personalizing my computer with colors and pictures.

I am so happy to have it back, from now on I will take better care of it in hopes that it might last longer before the next shut down.

Oh and buy an external hard drive.

Natalie’s words of wisdom for the day:

Back up your files and take care of your computer because those things make a difference and sometimes, technology breaks down whether you want it to or not.

The snowflakes are back!

YAAYY! The snowflakes are back guys, you all know what that means…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It has been crazy busy at work. There’s snow on the ground. I’m wearing my winter hat. I am almost done my christmas shopping! (It’s crazy right?)

 

Here is a picture I took the other day
1454862_10151988481454361_270906015_nThere is a lot of snow on the ground and I couldn’t be happier!

Can’t wait for the holidays!