What’s Something No One Would Guess About You?

There are these two female bloggers I follow who post lifestyle/girly content, and they’re good at it. Looking at them and their content, you’d never guess that they’re also big fans of race car driving. Maybe it’s because NASCAR and all that isn’t too popular here in Canada (or amongst anyone I know), but it’s so strange to me. Every time I see one of them tweet about Formula 1 or whatever, I’m always so shook. An interest in such a thing just seems so different from the kind of persona they portray through their blogs.

Don’t get me wrong, though; I’m here for rounded people with a variety of interests!

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We know the saying “you can’t judge a book by its cover” is true, and this is an example of it. And it got me thinking: do I do this too? Do people ever read my blog and can’t believe the info I share? Do people who know me in real life occasionally find themselves shook when I say or do something?

I feel like I’m a pretty open book, but a boring one, so the idea that I inflict this similar shock onto others seems unlikely. The best I can offer is (and these are all things I’ve mentioned before on my blog):

  • that I count my sneezes, and even that is a goofy thing that’s not really awe-inspiring as it is slightly concerning
  • that I like 70’s/80’s music
  • that I’ve never broken a bone
  • that I used to play a variety of sports including hockey
  • that there were years where I’d be actively keeping up with around 15 TV shows a week
  • that I’m a very picky eater
  • that I make my own pickles

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None of this is very exciting. None of this makes me seem like someone that’s got a rich history. No one hears that I make my own pickles and thinks “wow I want to get to know her better!” And that’s fine. I am who I am.

But for those of you who do have something a bit more shocking or interesting in your back pocket, what is it? What are the reactions when you mention it? Do you like mentioning it? Do you also think it’s weird/surprising?

I think it’s sometimes just interesting when these things come out because it forces us to remember that people aren’t one-trick ponies, and maybe some preconceived notions you had are false. I know I would do well to remember that sometimes.

That’s all for now!

 

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There’s Something About Spring

Two hours ago, my father came into my room and opened my window. He does this a lot because I never do (I like to be not cold, and fresh air is often cold). So I’ve spent the last two hours hearing birds chip and hearing kids play outside and adjusting my laptop screen to not have a glare from the sunshine coming in.

There’s something really nice about this time. There’s something really nice about spring. I live in Canada, and we experience all four seasons to the max. Winter was pretty strong this year, so everyone is ready to move on like bears coming out of hibernation. Suddenly we can go outside without layering up and we can be excited about fresh air. Though it’s not too warm out yet, you get the illusion of a peaceful, warm spring because it’s sunny and there’s no dirty slush everywhere.

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Me going outside in just a light jacket instead of a heavy winter coat.

It’s really nice to look outside and see birds and flowers and green grass. It’s really nice to not be shivering while I eat breakfast. So many of the changes we experience at this time are pleasant.

I’m not even someone who likes going outside too much but I’m already thinking fondly about going down to the lake with my best friend. I’m planning hiking and camping trips. I’m not dreading the scurry from a car to a building. Even the curling season being over now isn’t too upsetting to me because it means warm weather is coming. That’s the power of spring. And I like it. I can’t wait for summer.

Coincidentally, I think I’m in a good place in my life (and this is NOT an invitation for the universe to change that), and I really like this feeling that goes along with spring. Hope, excitement, peace, freedom, and a readiness for growth.

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It’s weird to think that experiencing seasons is a bit of a rarity in the world. Apparently the Brits are jealous of us Canadians. But we take it for granted (and with good reason; even with all my above blabber about sunshine and chirping birds, the threat of snow is never zero) because it’s so normal for us. To everyone who never gets to feel this serenity of springtime, I’m sorry. I shall enjoy it doubly for you this year.

This post is a bit rambly, but it’s what you get from me this week. Are you in a spring mood too?

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Does Anyone Else Like Watching The Hour Change?

This is one of those weird posts from the weird part of my brain. This is a topic that if I brought it up to regular people, they’d highkey judge me. Even more so if I told them that this post idea came to me when I got up at 6am to go to the bathroom the other day. And I know it was 6am because, well, that’s the point.

I enjoy seeing the numbers of digital clocks change on the hour. Something about all the numbers changing at once just really amuses me. It’s oddly satisfying, I guess.

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As a kid, my parents had us going to bed far too early, and I found myself night after night watching my clocks change from 8:59 to 9:00 to the point where I kind of looked forward to it (in fairness, lying wide awake in the dark left me little else to get excited about). I have two digital clocks in my room as the one on my nightstand also projects the time onto my ceiling, and they’re not in sync, so I got to see both every time.

The other night, though I was very tired and my eyes did not like the bright light of the bathroom, I stood there longer than I had to just to watch the clock change from 5:59 to 6:00.

No matter what I’m doing, if I happen to notice that it’s whatever:59, I’ll almost always make an effort to watch it change. Is it just me who gets a very small kick out of this? Or do others do it too?

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Actually, now that I’m thinking about that 8:59 routine I had as a kid, I’ll take it a step farther and admit something weird and stupid. It’s highkey judging time, folks: I remember thinking that my daily two out of sync clocks meant I probably see more hour changes than the average person, and it’d be interesting to count them and any others I experience to see how many of them I see in a week…or a month…or a year. I guess I’ve always had an affinity for counting weird things. And sneezes are where I landed.

So, yeah. I like watching the clocks change on the hour. If you’ve never really given this simple pleasure in life a second thought, that’s valid, but maybe next time, do it.

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I Want To Rent Video Games

I spent the majority of my free time over the past two weekends playing Paper Mario: The Origami King on my Nintendo Switch. See, I borrowed it from the library, so I had a very limited amount of time with it. I managed to renew it once, which got me the second weekend, but still, I really poured a lot of hours into it in a short amount of time. I don’t normally play my Switch during the week too often, but I found myself reaching for it before dinner and before bed several times too in order to get in a few more hours.

I love the library, I truly do, but a week for video games is crazy. Far too low. You get books for three weeks, and books are something you technically can finish in a day or two, whereas with video games, that usually cannot happen.

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But I know libraries have fewer copies of video games than they do books, and they’re a lot more expensive, so the current limits (that my library has, at least) are there for a reason. However, because there are such a small number of copies, there are always long waiting lists for these games. And having to reimmerse yourself in a game every month or so when you can get your hands on it is not ideal.

Video games, like books and movies, are things you can fully and happily consume without owning them, yet there isn’t really a good method of getting to play without outright buying them. While there are some games I love and want to keep to play again, some I’m content to just play once, so I don’t really want to spend all that money on it. I think Blockbuster used to rent out games (though I don’t know how long the rental period was), but obviously that’s not an option anymore.

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And though there are a few people offering game trades on Facebook Marketplace or Kijiji, it’s not very common. People want to buy and sell, but I think that’s a shame for video games.

Anyway, Paper Mario was very cute and I enjoyed it, but I forced myself to rush through the main story as fast as I could. I got to the credits so I was okay enough to return it on its due date, but if I had more time, I would have played more to complete side quests for fun. Save the Toads and all that.

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Gamers, what are your thoughts on the matter? Are you happy purchasing games? Do you utilize your public library’s collection of video games ever?

Though I guess I should add that even if Blockbuster was still around, I have a feeling the prices to rent a game for three weeks would be so high that I’d be better off just buying it. On principle alone, I’d probably stick with the free library anyway. I know myself enough to say this.

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Why Did I Stop Reading Books?

In 2021, I read a grand total of zero books. Not a single one.

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Growing up, I always teased my father for never reading. My mom reads a lot and I used to read a lot as a kid and teenager, but the only book my father has read in the last two decades was probably mine. Only now, I don’t have a leg to stand on in the teasing. In the last few years, my reading just tanked. I have a friend proudly announcing that she hit 100 books last year. She makes time for it. I do not.

Why have I done this to myself? Instead of getting into bed early and doing some reading like a normal person, I crawl to bed too late all the time, and if I do have some time, I play Mario Kart or scroll social media.

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I’d be lying if I said it’s because I don’t have time. I do have time. I just choose to do other things. I choose to hang out with friends virtually. I choose to watch dumb YouTube videos and scroll Tumblr. I choose to play video games. I choose to do just about anything else than read. I just can’t seem to force myself into it.

It’s like my attention span for reading is gone, and before any boomers come at me, it’s not because I’ve trained myself to only pay attention to six seconds of content. It’s just that I guess the act of jumping into a whole new story that I have to learn and forcing myself to do the work of progressing just doesn’t appeal to me, and the benefits of reading don’t outweigh that hurdle the way it used to for me.

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There are books I want to read, too. I have every intention of reading, and then I just don’t. My best friend’s mom lent me a book over a year ago because she thought I’d like it. I told her I don’t read much, but she insisted I take it. I haven’t even started it. Last month, I knew I had three hours of train rides ahead of me so I brought the book with me and intended to read it. I just didn’t. I sat and looked out the window and listened to music I’ve heard a thousand times and just couldn’t bring myself to pull out the book and start it.

My goal for 2022 is to return the book to her having read it. Is it sad that that’s my goal? Maybe. In fairness, the book is pretty hefty. Think Order Of The Pheonix size.

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I used to read so much. Maybe one day I’ll get back to that lifestyle. I’d like to. This is the point in the blog post where I’d ask for book suggestions or something, but please don’t tell me those because I assure you, I won’t read them.

 

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