Almost finished!

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Tomorrow is my last day of classes for this semester. Couldn’t be happier to have a month to relax! I loved my classes this semester, but I need a breather. My anthropology class was really interesting. We learned about all the different ways to learn about cultures: religion, food, medicine, gender roles, etc. Every one of those is different for each culture, and it was fascinating to learn about. I really like anthropology; it’s a ton of work, but it’s fun 🙂

I liked statistics, though it wasn’t always easy. Some parts of it were pretty challenging, but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it’d be. Humanities was interesting as always. We read various plays and books, such as I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsA Doll’s HouseHamletOn Liberty, and Communist Manifesto. I wrote 6 papers for that class, and it was fun since I love writing 🙂

My sociology final is tomorrow, so I’ll be studying for that today and tomorrow. It was a good class. I liked it, but sociology isn’t my strongpoint. So yes, a break is much needed. I’m looking forward to it…just 2 more days.

I also finished decorating my place 🙂 Here’s my Christmas tree (well, mini-tree compared to my parents’ tree):
My tree

And I have a little Christmas house as a decoration on my coffee table:
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And let’s not forget Frosty! 🙂
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I love Frosty. You can’t look at him and be sad. You just can’t. I mean seriously, look at that face.
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Of course, there are many more decorations than that. But…my beloved camera stopped working this week, so I couldn’t take any more pictures 😦 And the ones I did take weren’t that great because the camera was messing up. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get that fixed soon. So yes, my place is all decorated now. Wish I could have more pictures for y’all!

Anyway, I have a sociology final to study for, so I’m gonna get to that now. Have a great day, all! 🙂

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R.I.P. Paul Walker…

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‘Fast & Furious’ star Paul Walker tragically died yesterday in a car accident at only 40 years old. Reportedly, he was with his friend in his new porsche, taking it for a fun test spin, when the driver (I’m not sure which one was the driver) lost control of the car and crashed. The car exploded into flames and both were killed.

I found out last night when my boyfriend texted me about it, and I was in utter shock and disbelief. Here’s the sick part: A hoax had been spread about his death the day before – and then he actually died the next day. That’s just sick. That makes this even more heartbreaking.

Paul was one of my favorite actors, and ‘Fast & Furious’ has always been one of my favorite movies. He will be missed, never forgotten, and always loved. My heart goes out to his family, his friends, his co-stars, anyone who knew him, and all who love him.

R.I.P. Paul.

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And the decorations are up!

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A few weeks ago, my mom and I started putting up the Christmas decorations, and we finished earlier this week. So I took pictures of it, as I said I would 🙂 I haven’t finished my apartment upstairs yet (if y’all don’t know, I live in our garage apartment). But when I do, I’ll take pictures of that too 🙂

So of course, we started with the Christmas tree:
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Which we seem to decorate faster and faster every year. It’s one of my favorite parts of decorating for Christmas, yet it gets done so quickly!

Next, I set up the mini-city on our ledge, which is my other favorite part! We have the gas station and people around a fire outside (though the fire part fell out haha).

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The bicycle shop next to them and a girl sending off Christmas cards (could be anything, but we’ll say Christmas cards!).

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Then we have the dock and seagulls next to the lighthouse.

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And the grand lighthouse itself!

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We have the wood mill where all the firewood is made and another girl sending off Christmas mail (maybe more Christmas cards!).

Mill Sending mail

More people next to a fire (and this one still actually has the fire – so they’re probably warmer :P) next to my favorite place, the café!

More people around fire Cafe

We have passengers being directed towards the docking area, and more passengers waiting for the boat by the docking bridge.

Waiting for boat More passengers

They see the boat arriving. All aboard!
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And the final piece of the city, what they’ve been waiting for: the River Belle!River Belle boat

So yes, that is my other favorite part of decorating for Christmas. I love our little mini-city. Winter wonderland 🙂 More pictures to come!

MyYogaPro!

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MYP-social-network Some of you may remember me doing the 30 Day Yoga Challenge over the summer with Erin Motz from DoYouYoga.com. I still do yoga regularly, and I’m so thankful for it. I’ve never done a yoga class, and I honestly don’t plan to. Doing it at home on my own timing and in private is how I prefer to do my yoga. So I was super excited when I found out about MyYogaPro.

So, if you’re looking for a way to form your own at-home yoga practice, join MyYogaPro! It launches in April and I’m super excited!! It’ll have over 200 yoga classes and videos, and 16 yoga courses. Their goal was to raise $20,000 between October 28th and December 7th – and get this, they met that goal within only SEVEN hours. They’ve already raised over $100,000! Guess a ton of people were excited and eager to join! And they still have 12 days left, so who knows how much more they’ll have risen by then.

I’ll give y’all some background on the project. It was started on Kickstarter.com by Andreas Zoltan and Erin Motz a few months ago, and fundraising launched, like I said above, on October 28th. What they wanted was an online yoga platform that is completely different from what we usually see – and I have no doubt that this will be different. I’ve tried doing yoga using YouTube videos and websites in the past, but nothing ever stuck because there was no real direction and no clear instruction. Erin Motz is absolutely amazing and helped me fall completely in love with yoga – and it’s changed my life over the past half year.

On MyYogaPro’s Kickstarter page, Andreas and Erin say that it will “change the way you practice yoga at home by your yoga experience personal, social, and rewarding.” So I’m really excited about it and I hope more people decide to get on board and join the project! Just click on the picture above and it’ll take you to the website! 🙂

Countdown to Christmas!

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Well I didn’t end up finishing the October Challenge. School made it difficult to find the time. But it’s okay. I won’t be in school anymore this time next year, so maybe next year I’ll be able to finish it 🙂 I can’t believe Halloween is already over! This year, Halloween was really fun for me. It felt like my first real Halloween. I’d never been trick ‘r treating before, so my boyfriend and I went with his family. His little sister was a vampire and his little brother was a ninja (I think). Some of their little friends went with us. It was so much fun! I was joking around with my boyfriend that it’s kinda sad that it was my first time trick ‘r treating and I’m in my 20s, but we had a laugh 🙂

I’m sad Halloween is over – it’s one of my favorite times of the year, besides Christmas. Speaking of which, CHRISTMAS IS NEXT MONTH!! I’m so excited! The Hallmark Countdown to Christmas has officially started, which I’ve been looking forward to all year. I was so sad when it ended in January, so I’m happy it’s on again 🙂 My mom and I are actually getting ready to put up the Christmas decorations. I know it’s probably a bit early, but we don’t like waiting 😛 So I’m gonna go get to that after we eat breakfast, and I’ll post pictures once we’re all done! (May take a few days to do it all.)

Talk to y’all later!

October Challenge: Week 2

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This past week was Week 2 of the October Challenge. Today marked the start of AMC’s FearFest. So exciting! I’ve been waiting for it all year and it’s finally here. And it helps with the movie challenge too. So, to start off week 2, I watched movie #6: Dark House (2009). It was terrible. I wouldn’t recommend it, ever. The idea wasn’t bad, but it was so poorly filmed and acted. I give it a 3/10 at most. Would’ve been a 2, but the idea was pretty good.

The next day, I watched #7: 100 Million BC (2008). It’s another one of those Syfy “horror” movies, so it wasn’t amazing; but it was tolerable. I also liked the idea of it, so I give it a 6/10.

Next, movie #8: The Moth Diaries (2009). Honestly, I’m not sure how it qualified as a horror movie; but everywhere I looked it up and read about it, it was listed as a horror film. To me, it seemed more like a drama, maybe suspense, and definitely dark. Some call it one of those gothic horror movies, whatever that is. I’m guess it’s a dark suspenseful movie that’s considered a light horror? That’d be my guess. Anyway, it was still really good, so I give it a 7/10. Would’ve been an 8, but it’s not horror to me.

On to #9: Beneath (2013). Absolutely bad. A Chiller channel original film that premiered last week, it was really boring and the idea wasn’t original at all. I had a hard time focusing and paying attention to it; they’re literally in a rowboat the entire time, while a big, ugly, and creepy fish tries to eat them. So overall, I give it a 2/10 at the most.

The other night, I watched #10: The Expelled (2010). I watched it on Netflix, and it was okay. I say 6/10 because the idea was cool, and it takes place in a school the entire time; so it’s a little different. Plus, it’s an English film, and I love the way people from the UK talk. Just a couple scenes were nauseating, with the gore; but it was okay. I’d probably watch it again.

Finally, for #11, I watched Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995). That’s the only one in the franchise that I’d never seen. I liked it. I say 6 or 7/10. The 1st, 4th, and the 7th (H20) are my favorites, so they’ll always rank the highest 🙂

It’s October 14th, and I’ve only watched 11 so far, so I’m behind! I would be up to 14 movies by now if (1) I wasn’t so swamped with homework and reading all the time and (2) if I hadn’t gotten caught up re-watching the Paranormal Activity movies this weekend. They’re some of my favorites. I don’t think they’re necessarily amazing, but I still love them, and I just had to watch them again 😛 So yes, I’m behind, but I’ll catch up. The month’s only halfway over 🙂

Anyway, thought I’d update y’all on my movie challenge and rate the films as I go in case y’all are participating and want to know which ones to watch (and which to avoid!). Talk to y’all later!

Mental Health Awareness Week

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Mental Health Awareness WeekI wanted to make another post today because today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week here in the U.S. Not many people pay attention to things like this, and I want to change that: I want to draw attention to it. When it comes to mental health and mental illness, most people don’t give it a second thought. They discard it, like it’s not real or important. When they do pay attention to it, they look down on it. Mental health issues carry stuch a stigma, and that needs to change.

The way I see it, mental health is just as important as physical health, if not more. It’s just as real. Depression and schizophrenia, among countless others, are just as real as diabetes or cancer. Some mental or emotional disorders can even be fatal if they go untreated. People just don’t understand. Some may not really be able to, but I think the majority just don’t want to. And that’s the problem. Those with mental health issues so often get bullied, teased, picked on, abused, taken advantage of, etc., because people don’t even attempt to understand. They look down on those with mental health issues, and treat them as if they’re inferior, because people fear and are intimidated by what they don’t understand.

So this week, try to be and stay aware of those with mental health issues. Try to understand. Be supportive. Reach out to them if you can. Mental and emotional disorders are hard enough to deal with, and not having anyone to talk to or being treated unfairly because of them doesn’t help – it makes it worse. Be aware. Learn about it. If you know someone who’s struggling, offer a helping hand, figuratively speaking. We need to break this stigma that mental health issues have. And the first step is being aware.

October Challenge: Week 1

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In my last post, I talked briefly about the October Horror Movie Challenge that I decided to participate in. I started a day late, but that’s okay; it doesn’t matter when you start, as long as you watch at least 31 by Halloween night – and they have to be ones you haven’t seen before. I’ve watched 5 so far. I plan to keep you all updated on it as well as provide reviews for the films, in case any of you want to participate and don’t know which movies to watch (and which ones to maybe avoid…’cause they may be terrible).

The first one I watched was called True Bloodthirst (2013). It has one of my favorite actors (Primeval’s Andrew Lee Potts), so I thought I’d give it a try. I liked it, but it’s not one of my favorite horror films. I’ve probably give it a 5.5 out of 10…can’t choose between a 5 or a 6 (and it only would’ve gotten a 6 because Andrew Lee Potts is in it).

The second one was The Pact (2012), which was really good. It’s extremely rare for a horror movie to scare me – only a few out of the hundreds I’ve seen have legitly scared me. This was one of them. I had to cover my eyes a lot of the time, I was terrified! (And watching it alone at night didn’t help either.) It came with a twist too, which made it even scarier. I’d give it a 7/10.

A couple days ago, I watched horror movie #3: The Awakening (2012). That movie was amazing. It also had a huge twist that made it even better than it already was. I’d highly recommend it. I give it an 8/10, or higher.

Then last night, I watched Scarecrow (2013). Now, it’s a Syfy original movie, so it obviously wasn’t great. But it starred Lacey Chabert, one of my favorite actresses. And I’m a sucker for Syfy movies, no matter how bad they may be (Ghost Shark? Sharknado? Really bad, but I still liked them). From the title alone, I could tell it’d be stupid and possibly a desperate attempt at coming up with an idea for a horror movie, but it wasn’t totally unwatchable. I’d say 5/10.

Finally, for today: the remake of Children of the Corn (2009). I never really liked the original anyway, and I wasn’t fond of the remake. I don’t know, there’s just something about murderous children in movies that freaks me out. They’re supposed to be innocent! But in these Children of the Corn films, nope. I don’t like the idea of the film, which made it difficult to even get through it. Plus, the guy’s wife in the movie was hysterical and annoying, which also made it difficult to watch because she irritated me. So overall, I’d say 5/10 at the most.

So yes, those were my films this week. For a horror film that’s really enjoyable, out of those 5, I’d recommend The Awakening. If you want a scare or to get really creeped out, then I’d recommend The Pact.

More to come! 🙂

Favorite time of year is coming!

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Wow, it’s been 3 weeks since my last post! Five classes has been hectic and stressful, leaving little time to myself, but I’m doing well in them and I like them a lot. Yet, I’m still ready for a break! We still have 7 or 8 weeks until Thanksgiving break, so there’s a ways to go yet. But it’ll get here fast. Each semester seems to fly by even faster than the previous one. I mean I’m already in my last year of college and the first semester of it is a third of the way done, and it feels like it started yesterday! Crazy how time flies when you’re having fun 😛

So yes, time is flying by and lightning speed…light speed? I don’t know, they’re both fast 🙂 I’m so excited that it’s FINALLY October. October through December is my favorite time of year. Halloween and Christmas are my favorite holidays, and I can’t wait for them to get here.

I was talking with my boyfriend last night about what we’re going to do for Halloween this year. Last year, we went to his mom’s for a Halloween party for his little sister and little brother. Hmm…maybe we’ll go trick ‘r treating with them this time. I’ve never been trick ‘r treating before. I was never allowed to celebrate Halloween, but I never had anything against myself; so this year, I get to celebrate. I’m still trying to decide what I wanna be, in terms of a costume. It’ll be fun! 🙂

There’s also this fun activity of sorts called the October Challenge – or the October Horror Movie Challenge. The goal is to watch as many horror movies (that you’ve never seen before) as possible by Halloween, starting the first day of October. The minimum is 31. No maximum. I’m behind, but I’ll catch up. It’s fun! 🙂 If anyone is up to participating, let me know how it goes! I’ll probably be updating on my progress in the challenge myself 🙂

Also, I’ve been thinking about doing a meditation challenge, or starting a my own meditation practice. With a load of classes and working on top of that, I need a way to de-stress everyday. Admittedly, and ashamedly, I haven’t been keeping up with my yoga. But that changes this week! There’s always time to work it into the day somehow, even if we don’t feel like there is.  I’ve felt really tired and sluggish lately, and now I know why. So I will get back on that and hopefully see my stress levels decrease.

Anyway, I just wanted to update y’all and let y’all know why it’s been 3 weeks since my last post. I try not to let that happen, but sometimes my schedule leaves little time for anything else. But I will work on that. Time management 🙂 Talk to y’all later!

Psychopathy: All Serial Killers?

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As I said in my last post, Antisocial Personality Disorder is my preferred disorder to study. (I was going to say that it’s my favorite disorder to study, but that probably would’ve sounded weird.) It’s just fascinating to me that someone can feel absolutely no remorse whatsoever for any bad thing he or she does – for murdering someone or torturing someone, for stealing, for abusing, for hurting someone who may love him or her unconditionally, for anything. Some people think that psychopaths (the criminally insane ones) are just pure evil, that they’re born evil or become evil. Some of them may be – some may like hurting others and get off on it (in more ways than one). But I don’t think they’re all evil, even though they come off that way…strongly.

The thing about people with APD and psychopaths is this: they don’t know right from wrong. They can’t. They just don’t understand. I don’t know why this is, and I will definitely be researching it more to see if I can find some sort of answer or even theory, as it’s never been discussed in my classes or textbooks. But I know there’s a reason. Something causes this. Is it before birth? Is it after? Is it something during childhood that tips it off? Are they just born this way?

Usually, those with APD start exhibiting symptoms during childhood or their teen years, although it’s a different disorder if they’re children or teens. A person has to be at least 18 years old to be diagnosed with APD; otherwise, it’s a different disorder. But I won’t get into that right now.

Often, when we hear about serial killers in the news or in history (such as Manson, Bundy, Dahmer, Gein, and so on), we automatically think “psychopath.” And sometimes, we may be right; but sometimes, we may not be.

There were theories that Jeffrey Dahmer was a psychopath, someone with APD. But I don’t think so. Yes, he lured in guys and molested them, tortured them, murdered them, and did weird stuff with their bodies afterward; but I don’t think he’s necessarily a psychopath. Now, you may be thinking, “WHAT?! Of course he’s a psychopath!!” But hear me out. I watched an interview that he did in the ‘90s before his death, after he’d spent quite some time in prison, during which he got saved and became a Christian, and he did express remorse for what he did, explaining that he wish he hadn’t.

Now I know that, of course, he could’ve been faking it; but he looked saner than before. He looked nothing like he did when he was on trial and convicted. His eyes even looked different. He looked like a different man. I hope that he was. I hope that he wasn’t faking it. I hope that what he said was genuine. But he knew that he was going to spend the rest of his life in prison with no possibility of parole, so why would he lie? It’s not like it would’ve gotten him out. He did state, though, that he’ll probably have to live with the urge to kill for the rest of his life; he acknowledged that he has a problem, one that he has to live with. A psychopath wouldn’t acknowledge that, because he or she wouldn’t know or believe that it’s wrong.

So no, I don’t think he was a true psychopath. Some of you, or even many or all of you, may disagree with me and think that I’m looking at this all wrong; and that may be true, but it may not be. That’s my own view, based on what I learned about him and what I’ve learned so far about APD.

Anyway, there are plenty others I could talk about, and I will later when I take another break from my studies.