I’ve Never Seen Star Wars & That’s Okay

Hi, I’m 21 years old, and I’ve never seen the Star Wars movies. And frankly, I don’t know if I ever want to.

If you haven’t stopped reading after this (or passed out from pure shock), let me explain why.

As a kid, it was never really a topic of discussion among my family and friends. My parents haven’t seen all of the movies, and they were alive when the first movie came out (sorry for aging you Mom & Dad!). My sister was only a baby by the time the prequel trilogy was completed, and my friends weren’t really interested in watching that sort of stuff.

Sure, I liked fantasy and science-fiction. But growing up, the first three movies had already been released, which left me with the prequels. By the time the last movie came out (Episode III: Revenge of the Sith), I was only  10 years old.

As a 10 year old, going to watch a movie about space didn’t quite capture my attention. I had other things to do, like watch television , read, and listen to my CD player. And by the time it came out at Blockbuster, I had moved on to other interests, namely camp and tennis

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a pretty big nerd. I can quote parts of the Harry Potter series, I know the smallest Doctor Who details (classic and current). I’ve attended Comic-Con for the past four years in cosplay.

But Star Wars has never appealed to me.

That, and all of the movies have been spoiled for me in some way.

Not on purpose of course, but still. Even the original movies have been in some way spoiled for me, and there’s really nothing I can do about it.

And before you blame technology and social media, I’ve had friends and well-intentioned strangers ruin plot points for me. In their excitement to explain the importance of watching Star Wars, they have shared key character relationships and events.

So I figured, why watch what has already been spoiled? I am happy to live in complete and utter ignorance.

And for the record, I’ve never seen the Lord of the Rings movies either.

But that’s another story, in a galaxy far far away.

 

 

 

Tips For When You Need To Get Out Of Bed

  • Don’t.
  • If you absolutely have to, make a fort out of the blankets on your bed and hide from reality.
  • If this does not work, ask a friend or family member to help you get up.
  • Warning: Depending on your relationship with those people, they may use devious tactics. I’m talking about loud music, ice-water, screaming and/or singing off-key. All of these have happened to me, so be careful about who you ask.
  • If you shower in the morning, you run the risk of falling asleep while in there. I recommend starting your day with an ice-cold shock. ‘
  • While getting dressed, make sure your clothes aren’t inside out/backwards. This goes for undergarments and socks as well.
  • As you stumble into the kitchen, caffeine in any form is an excellent choice. How much you choose to consume is up to you.
  • Make you sure you put on matching shoes. Not only will you be more comfortable, you won’t run the risk of injuring yourself
  • Finally, as you make it outside, realize that what you can put off for today may be done tomorrow, and go back to bed. Sweet dreams!

 

What To Do When It’s The Holidays

10. Make sure to avoid malls, Times Square, or any major place, unless you like large crowds.

9. If possible, celebrate with friends and family. No matter what holiday you celebrate, being with people you care about is always a nice time.

8. Be prepared for lots of holiday greetings (i.e., “Happy Holidays”, “Merry Christmas”, etc.)

7. Similarly to number eight, expect holiday cards from almost everyone you know. Even your odd second cousin or old family friend that you haven’t talked to in years.

6. Wear comfortable clothes (if possible). I personally have never understood why people dressed up if they are only hanging out in their own home. You’re home, wear pajamas and be comfortable.

5. Do good for others. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen, donate clothes and toys, the options are endless.

However, this should in no way be limited to the holiday season. Try to help others who are less fortunate all year round if you can.

4. Remember, the holidays aren’t really supposed to be about how much money you spent, or how many gifts you received. It’s supposed to be about celebrating your holiday (whatever it may be) with others.

3. If you can’t be with family or friends this holiday season, try to celebrate as best as you can. Even if your home life isn’t the best, know that someone cares for you. I care for you.

2. If you have leftovers, try to donate to your local shelter. They’ll definitely appreciate it. Or donate it to someone you know would benefit from it. OR share them with family and friends!

  1.  Have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!

 

Story Sunday

Attached is another poem that I’ve been working on for class. Please let me know what you think, and please feel free to share stories of your own!

xxoo

Edge Of The Map

I was
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along the edge of a ruined map
Watching the colors of a life blur together
In shades of blacks and whites and grays.
Waiting and
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To the eddying din the ocean makes,
to the crisp waves crash over the rocks
Making them smooth, making them better
Waiting for someone to come along.
It’s awfully lonely here, on this side of the ruined map
looking away, looking inward
And waiting for a way to sail to the other side.
To a new adventure.

What To Do When You Have Free Time

10) Remember this moment. You may not have free time again in the future, so cherish it.

9) Catch up on work/hobbies! The less stressful, the better.

8) Spend time with family and/or friends. 

7) Spend time by yourself! Being able to spend time by yourself is sometimes a great way to spend your free time. 

6) Take a nap, or at least rest a little. It’s good for the mind, and the body. 

5) Catch up on blogging or reading others blog posts. Like you’re doing right now.

4) Go outside! Especially if it’s nice outside. Fall is one of my favorite seasons, and it’s a beautiful one. 

3) Go do something fun! 

2) Clean. I personally find cleaning to be soothing, so I highly recommend it. 

1) Enjoy! Free time is some of the best time there is, so make the most of it. 

What To Do When You Haven’t Slept Well

10) Drink caffeinated beverages. A lot of them. Try drinking one cup for every hour you didn’t sleep. 

9) Blast loud music to wake you up. I find punk, rock or metal work well for this tip. 

8)  If possible, try to nap during the day. Catching up on the sleep that you missed is a great idea. 

7) Try to eat energy-boosting foods! But eating too many sugar-heavy  foods isn’t a great idea. 

6) Try to do relaxing activities. If you’re overtired, and running around, it can make you even more tired. 

5) Go to bed early for a few days if possible. Catching up on sleep is important. 

4) Try taking melatonin supplements if you’re really having trouble sleeping. 

3) Or eat foods that naturally have melatonin (like cherries)

2) Again, I cannot stress the importance of caffeine. But I’m also a college student who’s slightly dependent on coffee, so take this advice with a grain of salt. 

1) Try to get a good nights’ sleep as soon as you can! 

What To Do When You’re Having A Lazy Saturday

10) Catch up on reading/writing blog posts (like this one).

9) Bake/Cook (Example: I just baked 3 dozen cookies)

8) Take a nap. Naps are always essential on lazy days

7)  Drink several mugs of your favorite hot drink. I recommend hot chocolate.

6) Watch some of your favorite movies/shows. I personally enjoy binge-watching Netflix.

5) Contemplate doing work, but ultimately decide against it. It’s your lazy day, take advantage of it. (Special thanks to my friend Corrie for this tip)

4) Do lazy day activities. Puzzles, cards, reading, etc. 

3) Wear comfortable clothes, or no clothes at all! The true meaning of laziness. 

2) If you have access to a pet, cuddle with it. Pets are excellent lazy day companions. 

1) Enjoy! You deserve it. Now go continue your lazy day! 

Happy Anniversary To Me!

Taking a break from my ordinary lists to bring you this special update!

As of today, it has now been three years since I first started blogging on WordPress!

I couldn’t be more grateful for all of the love and support that you all have shown me over the past years, and I can’t wait to keep sharing with all of you! Here’s to many more years (and many more lists!)

All my love.

xxoo

What To Do When It’s A Rainy Day 

10) If at all possible, stay in bed. Staying in bed on a rainy day is one of the best things in the world.  

9) Wear comfortable clothes. Comfortable clothes + rainy day = happiness. 

8) Make yourself some comfort food. (Hot chocolate, soup, cookies, you get the idea) 

7) Catch up on your reading. Always a good way to spend a rainy day.

6) Take some time off and relax a little. Rainy days are meant for this.

5) If you have to leave your house, make sure to wear rain gear. The amount of times I’ve gotten soaked to the bone because I didn’t wear a raincoat. 

4) Take a nap at some point during the day. So wonderful. 

3) Have fun splashing around in puddles, or go mud sliding!

2) Have fun doing indoor activities too! (Puzzles, games, etc)

1) Finally, enjoy your rainy day, and whatever you do during it! 

What To Do When It’s A New Month

10) Try to remember what month it is. You may have forgotten. (It’s October)

9) Enjoy the season in which the new month is is. In this case, you get to enjoy the colorful season that is Fall!

8) If there are holidays that will occur during the new month. October = Halloween. (Yes, there are other holidays in October, but most people will connect October with Halloween. Also I just love Halloween)

7) For students (like me), you may have a fall break, and with that the opportunity go home. Enjoy your time, and make sure to bring home any laundry that you need to do. 

6) Break out your seasonal clothes. Also enjoy the change weather that the new month will bring. 

5) Find out about any promotions or deals that are happening this month. Very important if you are a student who lives off of Easy Mac, or you just like deals. 

4) Make sure to double check yourself whenever you write the new date. This is something I fall victim to often, so have a sharp eye. 

3) If you have a monthly calendar, time to change it! If you have a month-by-month planner, switch over to October. You’re welcome.

2) Go outside and celebrate the new month! There’s nothing better than exploring everything that October has to offer. 

1) Enjoy! And don’t forget to change your calendars, and your dates on paper!