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Awesome Designs

Looking at all the different websites that are out there, I think it’s pretty great that there are so many different designs.  Let me tell you what I mean.  Alright, so there More »

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Leaving The City

I think that if I ever move out of the city I am going to get a house with a big yard.  Having lived downtown for so long it’s almost as if More »

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Another Post About The Internet

I enjoy blogging.  And for people who want to get started, there are a lot of good options.  You can try WordPress.  You can use Weebly.  You can use webs.com.  There are More »

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Forum Popularity

The internet can be a silly place.  It’s kind of like people will talk to each other even though they might not know each other online, and they’ll still try to compete More »

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A New Couch

My living room really needs some new furniture.  I don’t really know that much about furniture styles though and the way I decide what to get is by going to the store More »

Awesome Designs

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Looking at all the different websites that are out there, I think it’s pretty great that there are so many different designs.  Let me tell you what I mean.  Alright, so there is a lot of different kind of variety between different sites.  I’ve seen some that are like really simple, I mean they are basically just some text and it’s not formatted really, and those sites are just for information but they aren’t supposed to be really fancy or glitzy.  Then at the opposite side, you’ve got sites that are really nicely designed but don’t necessarily have that much info on them, but are almost like works of art.  And then there’s all that animated stuff that looks cool but really doesn’t add any functionality to the site.

Then you’ve got the sites that are designed to help you buy things.  If you look at something like Amazon, it’s got this huge list of books that are available, and you can choose the items you want and it will remember them and you can order them.  That’s pretty awesome.  And then if you’ve ever gone on a trip and booked your hotel online, you probably used a website to do that, too, and it was probably pretty awesome that you could see all the available places online.  Some of the hotel website design I have seen is pretty good, and I bet the hotel reservation systems they have to utilize in addition to the front end that the user sees are pretty involved.  And then of course there are the sites that let you post messages to your friends and all of those types of things.  I don’t use too many of those, but I know there are a lot and a lot of people are really into them, so I guess there’s probably some use for them.

But really, I just like the fact that I can go on the internet and see just about whatever I want, and get new recommendations for books and movies and that kind of thing.  I know a lot of people like to use the internet for other things, too, but I mostly just use it to figure out what I want to do, or what is worth doing, and I will also post things that I like on forums although forums are another topic altogether because they can quickly turn into venues for big arguments.

Leaving The City

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I think that if I ever move out of the city I am going to get a house with a big yard.  Having lived downtown for so long it’s almost as if I don’t even know what a yard is like anymore.  When I come home I go up to my unit and open the door and I have a nice apartment but if I want to do anything I have to go somewhere public.  We have an open field nearby if I want to walk outside, but it is a public thing, it’s not like it’s my own little area.  It’s quite different to actually have an outside area that you can call your own.  I’d like to have a deck, too, so I can get some benches or whatever up there and invite people over and have a place to sit.  As of now when I invite people over we just chill in my living room because there’s nowhere else to go.

When I get a yard, I’m also going to have a garden.  I want to grow some herbs and many vegetables just to see if I can.  There will be a few other things that I do, too, assuming I get a big enough area.  I also like to grill, so there would definitely be a grill there.  And so people could lay back and relax I would get some metal garden furniture.  Basically, I want to be able to have my little get togethers outside.

But seeing as how I live downtown and work downtown, I  don’t think I’ll be moving to a house with a yard anytime around the present.  Unless, of course, my boss decided that I could work from home and would let me do it that way.  I certainly wouldn’t want to make the trip every day from the burbs into the city.  No way, and most of my friends live here, too, so I’d have to find a way to get them out to where I live which they wouldn’t want to do.  City people like living in the city, and there’s a much different feel out in the suburbs.  While you get stuff like a yard, and grass, and a garage, there is less activity and that sort of thing and you’ve got other issues as well.  The city is my preferred place to live, but there’s lots of things I would like to do if I had a house, too.  But there are a lot of things I love about the city and I have most of my friends here, too, so my garden will heap up in my idea list until then.

Another Post About The Internet

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I enjoy blogging.  And for people who want to get started, there are a lot of good options.  You can try WordPress.  You can use Weebly.  You can use webs.com.  There are plenty of good opportunities to blog, and most of them are quite easy to set up.

The reason to blog is because you enjoy writing and you want to share what you write with other people.  You may have seen groups of sites that are all about the same topic, like maybe there are people who blog about video games or whatever and they all share tips and codes and stuff for each other.  Or maybe they post screenshots or videos of how to beat a certain level or whatever.  That’s what it’s all about is getting involved in the community that has the same interests as you.

There are a few other blogging options that aren’t free, however.  I probably wouldn’t start with them because they cost money and if you’re just starting why would you want to pay money to blog, but they might have something you are looking for so you can check them out if you want.  I prefer to stay with blogs that don’t cost me money to use.

Once yous tart blogging you may find that you will have a lot of stuff to write about.  I know that I have had topics pop into my head and I wanted to type them out.  And then there will be people’s sites that you find and read and you like them and you want to read more, and that’s who you know you’ve found a good site.  I don’t know if that happens often, but there are a few sites that I really like and I read them pretty regularly because the people who post there have some good things to say.  And then there are some other sties that are just ok, and then there are other sites that are hilarious and I read them because they make me laugh.  And lets’ not forget you can also share your site with other people who can share it with other people and you can make new friends and get more potential viewers that way.  I know that some of my friends are into writing online and I will read what they have to say and they read what I have to say and that’s basically how the whole thing works although you might find that you don’t always like all of your friend’s writing, it’s still something that you should read just so you can be aware of what is going on with them.

Forum Popularity

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The internet can be a silly place.  It’s kind of like people will talk to each other even though they might not know each other online, and they’ll still try to compete to see who can be the coolest person online.  If you’re a person who goes on forums you’ve probably seen this before.  I know I have.  People will post things and try to get the most reputation as if that actually matters.  I mean, I get in real life that people want to have other people like them because you’re around them and there’s a natural desire to want to be seen as a leader, but online you don’t even know the other people.  It’s so silly.

And while I’m making fun of this pretty silly thing, I find myself doing the same stuff when I am online.  For some reason I want my answers on forums to be the best.  I want other people to recognize my name and know who I am so they know what I say is legit because I’m saying it.  It’s hilarious because I don’t even know who these people are but for some reason I still want to be cool on the internet.

It would seem that I’m not the only one.  In addition to all the stuff you can do online to try and get popular, you can even do things to inflate your accounts on different sites.  To illustrate, it’s possible to find the best place to buy Facebook likes to make it seem like more people like your company than actually do.  I think that’s so bizarre.  When I’m looking at a company I almost never pay attention to their number of likes because it’s not important to me, but you can get that number up higher if you want.  I guess that kind of thing might be important if you want it to seem like you’ve got a lot of fans or whatever, but I don’t really know what else you would do with it.

I do like to post on different forums though and I have actually met some people from there that were kind of interesting.  I know there are a few people on there who probably wouldn’t ever want to meet someone online, but in situations where it may actually work out it can be kind of interesting.  For example, there was one time when a bunch of people from this one forum I’m on all decided to meet up at this restaurant and hang out.  It was pretty fun and I had no idea what would happen but most of them were pretty funny guys and we all had a good experience there.

A New Couch

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My living room really needs some new furniture.  I don’t really know that much about furniture styles though and the way I decide what to get is by going to the store and just seeing what looks like my type of furniture and also what is comfortable.  I always sit in everything to make sure it’s comfortable before I buy it.  There are a few kinds of furniture that I don’t really like and I don’t want to have one of those living rooms where I don’t want to sit down because I bought some stuff that isn’t soft.  Having a nice place to relax is pretty important to me and I don’t really care if other people like it or not.  So one of the things I’ve been thinking of is getting something a bit more angular than what I have now.  I have a lot of stuff in my living room right now that is kind of round and I’m not sure I really like that look.

Some of the futons I’ve seen I thought looked pretty nice and I think that those might work well, too, because they can turn into beds and that way I can lay down on them, too.  That’s one kind of couch that I’ve never had before because I usually just get the normal kind although I did have one of those where the seats recline and that was kind of cool  So I think that I’m going to see if I can find a futon that will work and I’ll make sure it’s a good type that goes well with the rest of the things that I Have.  Although it may end up being so comfortable that it becomes the  main place where I sit when I’m in the living room.  I doubt that, though.

My other idea is that I might want to get5 a new chair to go next to the couch.  My living room has a lot of space in it and I want to make sure that if people come over I have enough room for everyone, especially considering that I like to throw little get togethers.  I don’t like it when people have to stand if they want to have a seat and if there isn’t enough room then it’s going to be kind of strange if some people have to stand.  But for now I’m going to see if I can find something that will work and of course make sure it’s something I like sitting in.

Running And Stuff

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There is a place nearby where you can go and run if you want.  Going to the gym is something that I Have been thinking about doing and I think I might go here and see if I like running and if so then I might have to join the gym and do some full workout routines.  Lifting weights is something else that I would like to learn how to do and I think it would probably be something that I enjoy as well.  I have seen some people around here who go to the gym and it just seems like the kind of thing I would like.  Of course, I would need to learn how to do all the exercises because the only thing I really know how to do right now are pushups and I don’t think that is the only thing I am going to be doing if I go to the gym.  I will probably see if I can find a place that will give me a place to learn and then I will be able to get in there and pump some mad iron.  lol.

I also want to learn about the things I will need to use to maximize my workouts.  I have heard people talking about different supplements and I know there are things like caffeine that people will take to get some workout energy and then there are also things like those prohormones that were all the rage a while ago but I think most of them are off the market and that’s not something I would want to use anyway.  I think that I also heard about something like garcinia cambogia that is supposed to be a new supplement designed to help people lose weight but I don’t know anything about that besides what I read.  I will probably just try to do some workouts for a while and then if I decide that I would be helped by some of those kinds of things then I might look more into them.  The only other concern that I had about working out was whether or not I would be able to do it with my headphones that I have.  I know that they play music in the gym but I am kind of a nerd when it comes to music so I would probably want to listen to my own when I work out at wherever I do.

Cool Styles

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There are a lot of cool martial arts movies, and I was looking at a martial arts equipment website called www.karatemart.com which made me think that I would like to take karate or kung fu or something.  There are a few schools around me that offer that so I might have to look into it.  I have never done anything like that before so I would probably have to stretch a lot and not be very flexible.  I’ve seen some guys who can kick as high as their own head but there’s no way I could do that!  A lot of the forms and stuff that people do are really cool looking, too, especially when they are doing the jump kicks and spinning around and stuff.  Breaking boards is another cool one although I know it’s just done as a test and demonstration of power.  Breaking a board probably requires some mental toughness as well as physical strength, and I’m sure it requires the right kind of training so you don’t hurt yourself.

It would be cool, though, to be able to do that stuff.  I don’t even mean you have to go to tournaments and compete and stuff, but just learning the style and stuff would be fun I bet.  Another thing is you probably learn some culture along with it, too.  I have heard that some of the stuff that happens in a class is based on the traditions of the country where the art is from.  For example, I’ve heard that people bow to their instructors as a show of respect, and I think that’s pretty prominent throughout many Asian countries.  We don’t really bow here in America as part of our normal routine.  So that could be kind of an awesome experience, too, to learn about another culture.

Anyway, that’s something I’m going to have to look more into because I know there are differences between the styles but I’m not really too positive I know what they are and I would want to be in a style that is a good fit for me.  Even watching demonstrations and stuff you can see that there is sometimes a big difference between styles.  I think some might have changed a bit and become a bit more for show and the only reason I say that because I don’t really have that much familiarity with them but it just seems like jumping around a lot and doing some fantastic looking techniques might be a bit more for demonstration purposes than for actually defending yourself from an opponent.

Exploring Your Psychic Side

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Shakespeare once said that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in philosophy, and it’s true that the spiritual side of life holds a fascination for many people. If you’re seeking a deeper meaning to life and are looking for some spiritual fulfillment then you are most certainly not alone.

Getting in touch with your spiritual side can be a fulfilling and even life-changing experience and can take many different forms for many different people. Perhaps you’ve been feeling unfulfilled and dissatisfied in your job and have dreamt of jacking it all in and going backpacking to discover the world and yourself? Or maybe you have become aware of some psychic tendencies and capabilities you believe you possess, and want to pursue them further? Becoming a more spiritual person can take on a variety of guises.

Perhaps you have been aware of possessing more than the usual five senses for some time, but have never really explored your abilities, or perhaps you’ve never known quite how to. Maybe you often correctly predict events that are going to happen, or you sense when someone you love is in danger or upset. Perhaps your dreams often become reality, or you have a feeling that you’ve been to certain places before, even if you’re sure you never have, at least not in this life, or perhaps you can find objects that others have lost just by sensing where they are.

Whatever your psychic tendencies and feelings, doing your research into how to make the most of them will help you to feel more fulfilled and less like you’re denying an important part of who you are. You might feel nervous or embarrassed about revealing your psychic abilities as you feel you might be laughed at or doubted, but by honing and exploring your abilities you will begin to feel more comfortable with who you are, and it certainly doesn’t mean you have to become a professional psychic overnight, if at all. For some, using your psychic gifts to help friends and family is enough, and for others still, it might simply be about understanding yourself better. But if you did decide to use your psychic skills in a more professional capacity to help a greater number of people, it is probably one of the most rewarding and special things you can do, so it’s worth researching and finding out more about.

Headaches, Honey, And Reality TV

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I am glad today is Saturday so I don’t have to go to work.  I woke up this morning with a sinus headache and I don’t really want to do anything except relax around the house today.  One of my friends said I should try a neti pot to clear my sinuses and sent me a video of someone demonstrating how to use it.  It’s basically a little cup that you pour into your nose as you tilt your head and the water comes out the other nostril.  The video actually made me laugh a little because it seemed so crazy.

I usually will take some medicine and take it easy when I have a headache.  Today I’m going to just relax for most of the day and play catch up with the TV shows I’ve recorded.  I really don’t watch that many TV shows, and sadly I seem to be liking reality shows more and more.  I don’t want to like them but I think I’m getting sucked in, and I’d say over 50% of the shows I record are reality shows.  I especially like the home renovation ones, and I’m a huge fan of Faceoff (the makeup special effects one) and the fashion shows.  I’m such a girl.

Every summer my allergies act up a bit.  It’s so random, though, like one day I’ll feel fine and the next day I’ll be sneezing all the time.  I think that’s what causes my sinus headaches, too.  Actually, speaking of allergies, I recently read that local honey, meaning honey produced locally as opposed to imported from somewhere else, is supposed to be helpful for allergies.  I guess it has to do with the pollen or something.  I should see if I can find some around here because usually I just buy my honey at the grocery store and I’m sure that’s imported from somewhere else.  In fact, I also recently read that much of the “honey” that’s sold isn’t even actually honey at all, but is some fake sugary thing instead.

Well I need to finish up and go make some tea and start my marathon of recorded reality TV shows.  If I feel better later I need to do some shopping; I’ve been long overdue to buy some new bedsheets for months now.  I want to get some lighter sheets since it’s summer now because the ones I have now are the ones I got last winter.

Living In A Small Flat

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As you know, I love living in the city.  I love it.  But as you know from either experience or from watching “House Hunters” on HGTV, flats are much smaller in the city.  I remember when I first moved here and all the places I looked at were like 55 meters square.  That was like the size of the bedroom in the place I lived in previously.  Ok, so I’m exaggerating a little bit, but still.  To give you some comparison, when I was living outside of the city I was paying around 640 pounds for a one bedroom that was about 84 meters square.  It was a pretty nice place, I had room for all my furniture, it had a nice kitchen, a good-sized bedroom, and a big bathroom.  Oh, and parking was included in that price.  There was a lot outside where everyone who lived there could park.  So then I start looking downtown and I see that prices go up and sizes go down.  The place I’m living in now is about 55 meters square and I’m paying 960 quid per month, and that doesn’t even include parking!  That’s what it’s like in the city, though.  I have a pretty decent view from my living room, and I even have a little balcony I can go out on and and get some fresh air.  It’s actually a really nice location.  For the most part all the stuff I need is only a few blocks away.  I don’t really have to drive that much.  Compare that to living in the suburbs and you have to drive everywhere.

Living in a smaller place has forced me to make some changes.  I’ve had to become much more organized.  My closets are stuffed to the brim.  I keep some stuff under my desk.  I had to get some plastic bins to store a lot of my stuff in and I have them arranged in my closet so I can find what I need when I need it.  My place only has two closets; there’s a big one in my bedroom and then there’s one in the hallway when you first walk in.  It’s pretty tight but I make it work.

It’s worth it to me, though.  Most of my friends are here.  There’s always stuff to do.  It’s not boring and depressing like living in the suburbs (no offense to my friends who live in the suburbs!).  And there are some amazing restaurants, but that’s another topic for another post.