Monthly Look Ahead: October 2021

Hello and welcome to the 400th post on this blog! This is just a quick note to say thanks to everyone reading and enjoying my blog, even milder posts like these Monthly Look Aheads. Here’s to the next 400!

Well, there’s already one neighbour with inflatable Halloween decorations up, so it must be October! Aside from transitioning from ankle socks to full-length fuzzy socks, here’s what I’ve got going on this month.

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  • Curling starts back up again! Last year we only managed about a month of play before Covid cases got bad in the area again and we had to shut down, but this year is looking up as everyone has to be double vaxxed and there are still a bunch of safety procedures in place. I’ve really missed playing, so I’m excited to get back out there and see everyone.
  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage is out this month, and I already have tickets to see it with friends. The first movie certainly wasn’t a fantastic film but it was just the right amount of fun and action and chaos and violence to make it enjoyable, so I’m looking forward to the sequel.
    Venom 2 poster.
  • The HBO TV show Succession is back this month, as are two of the Arrowverse shows that I can’t seem to stop watching.
  • Ed Sheeran’s album = is out on the 29th. I’m not a huge fan of the first single from this album, but I loved his last solo album a few years ago, so I’ll definitely check it out.
  • Also releasing an album this month is celebrity love of my life Darren Criss on the 8th, and it’s a Christmas album, which I will definitely have overplayed by the time it’s socially acceptable to have Christmas music playing.
  • On the 16th, DC comics is doing another DC Fandome, which is an online convention of sorts. I thought it was really well done last year on its main day, so I’m definitely excited to see how it goes this year and get a peek at upcoming content.

Aaaand that’s my October so far. I usually don’t think about Halloween and pumpkin designs until like a week before, but maybe you’re better than me and are already planning stuff out. I’d love to know. Who knows, maybe I’ll go to a pumpkin patch this year instead of buying one at the grocery store…

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I Wear Blue Light Glasses Now

I spend basically all my waking hours looking at a screen. Between work, socializing, blogging, and consuming content, it’s a lot, and sometimes it’s more than one screen at the same time. Probably, it’s not the healthiest lifestyle, but it’s one that’s likely going to be my way of life for a good long time. We’re not here to judge me. Or, at least, not for that. What we can maybe judge me for is the fact that I now wear blue light glasses, and let me tell you, they are not cute.

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I’ve never struggled to look at screens at all. No headaches, eye issues, or anything, and I sleep perfectly fine. So it wasn’t like I needed blue light glasses, but I figured just in case they do have some long-term preventative effects, it’s not going to kill me to wear them. I do wonder if, in fifty years or something, there’ll be a bunch of data saying that the excessive screen time (that we’re all doing) has caused my generation to have more health issues than my parents’ generation. I wonder this about a lot of things. Is carrying around a cell phone contributing to health issues? Are our salt lamps quietly omitting harmful chemicals? Who’s to say.

Back to the blue light glasses. Studies show they actually don’t do too much and may be a placebo! But there are people who say they help with focus and reducing straining. Again, I’ve never really had any issues, so after wearing these things for three weeks, it’s not really a surprise that I feel like they’ve done nothing for me.

I think they fell for it.
The makers of blue light glasses

Except annoy me. I don’t have prescription glasses (ya girl’s 20/20) and I don’t wear sunglasses too often on account of Rarely Going Outside, so wearing glasses for eight hours a day has been an adjustment because it’s all new to me. I have to consciously remember to put them on, I have to remember not to touch the lens, I have to remember to lift them when I want to rub my eyes. And they hurt! The part of my skull right above my ears kind of mildly hurts from having the glasses resting there. I sometimes alleviate the pain by tilting my glasses up, but that looks even goofier.

Not that anyone sees. How I look in these is between me and God. They come off as soon as other people get involved. And when they do come off, my dragon lamp has proven to be a perfect holding place.

Apparently these glasses were less than 10 dollars and non-refundable, so I’m stuck with them, but even in these three weeks, I’ve developed a respect for people who wear real glasses all the time. It must suck. I’m sure one day I’ll have to as well for reading or driving or whatever, but hopefully that’s not for a long, long time.

Do you wear blue light glasses? Do you find that they help your eyes or sleeping?

That’s all for now.

 

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Monthly Look Ahead: August 2021

Welcome to August! I don’t feel like July flew by, but it’s wild that we’re already at August. It’s the last full month of summer! Here’s what I’ve got going on this month:

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  • Season two of Amazon’s anthology series Modern Love is out on the 13th, and I’m excited. Not only is it a show from my boi John Carney, but it’s just a pure, sweet show. My mom and I enjoyed season 1 last summer, and I’m looking forward to more stories from the star-studded cast.
  • The new Suicide Squad movie (with a The) is coming out. While I didn’t hate the first one, it was messy, and this second one seems better. Maybe because we all trust James Gunn. Could this be the first movie I see in an actual theater in over a year? Time will tell.
    The Suicide Squad poster.
  • In other DC news, Stargirl‘s 2nd season begins on the 10th, Titans is on the 12th, and Supergirl begins the back half of the final season 6 on the 24th. Honestly, all of these shows are ones I’m not wildly super excited for, but I will keep watching anyway. I don’t hate them, they’re just not sparking joy the way they used to, ya know?
  • The last season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine starts on the 12th. I enjoy this show and I think they’ll close it out well. And I’m interested in a general sense to see how they work in the whole defund the police and BLM stuff that they said they’re going to be addressing. It’s not exactly comedy material.
  • I got summoned for Jury Duty! There’s no guarantee that I’ll be selected to actually be on a jury, but this month I will have to take a day off work to go in and answer a bunch of screener questions. I’m very interested to see how that process goes.
    Justice will be served gif.

What’s in your August? I’d love to know! I hope it’s a good month for you, though!

That’s all for now!

 

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6 Things I Didn’t Miss In This Pandemic

We’ve been in this pandemic for over a year, and it has certainly been an adjustment in nearly all aspects of life. But not all those adjustments have been bad (for me at least)! In fact, there are some that are good. As people get vaccinated and things start opening up again (I went downtown and saw friends for the first time in over a year!), I think we’re all really thinking twice about the last year and deciding what new behaviours to keep. Here are some things that I really did not miss whilst in this pandemic:

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  1. Having to drive my brother places – my brother has a far better social life than I do, and everyone once in a while, he’d ask me for a ride to some restaurant or pub or buddy’s house so he could have a few drinks. It was never a far drive and obviously I’m going to do it so there’s no drinking and driving, but sometimes he’d ask when I was in the middle of a movie, which was annoying.
  2. Eating onions and having to brush my teeth – I love raw onions, and probably munch on them several dinners a week via salads or just whole chunks, and it was very nice to talk to friends over video calls right afterwards and not worry about my breath being gross.
  3. Spending money on drinks – I am not a big drinker at all, but at a party or after curling, I’ll have one or two. In the pandemic, though, those events took a hit, and my wallet benefited. At curling, it’s usually customary to buy your opponent a drink if you beat them, but that tradition was removed during the pandemic in an effort to limit socialization and contact. So just having to buy one drink for myself was great, though I did miss the socializing a lot.
    Drinking Alone GIF.
  4. Seeing friends only once in a while – when the pandemic started, there was a big push to reach out to friends, chat via video calls, and stay in touch. Over a year later, and I still do interact with people a lot online, and it’s been great. As much as it’d be fun to interact in person more, we’re able to still play games, watch movies, and chat at no cost.
  5. Disagreeing about restaurants – to give my mother a break from cooking and to support local businesses during the pandemic, my family and I ordered in every week or two, and that was fun. Ordering in to eat has been wonderful because there’s no need to argue about where we eat. If I don’t want food from the same place my parents want, there’s probably a McDonalds or Burger King on the way that’ll work for me. It’s simple.
  6. Early in-person interviews – in 2020 when I was job hunting, it was really great to have video interviews. I could sit in my room, in my element, and not have to take public transit for two hours just to chat with someone for fifteen minutes. For first-round/preliminary interviews, I think it should stay that way.
    Job Interview GIFs | Tenor

Finding good things in what is otherwise a pretty hellish and complicated year and a half is always great. What do/did you not miss from the pandemic? I’d love to hear.

That’s all for now!

 

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It’s Time To Get Rid Of Introverted And Extroverted Labels

I said what I said.

We as a society love to label everything, but lately I’ve just not been feeling the introverted and extroverted ones. For a while, they were a binary. You were either one or the other, and it was literally on some job applications, so it was something you had to know about yourself and really be. And then, at some point, we went a step further and started saying “oh, I’m an introverted extrovert” or vice versa, which is just kind of dumb in my opinion. I’d rather ambivert, but honestly, just say that you’re a normal human capable of more than one emotion and have different comfort levels in different settings. It’s normal.

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I’ve been to parties or events where people are constantly asking if I’m okay because I’ll be sitting very quiet and out of the main group. I don’t think these people would believe that at home my parents often tell me I’m too loud or that I have other friends who think of me as a talkative leader. I’m just not comfortable or secure in some of those parties, so I’m quieter. Maybe we like to see others as one-dimensional and understandable, so we tend to lean into these binaries when considering others.

Don’t get me wrong, I do it too. There was this one kid in my elementary school who would literally not talk. He’d say maybe 100 quiet words the whole year. He’d just sit quietly and read whenever he could and not really engage with anyone who tried to talk to him. We all just accepted it. But then one time my friend said he saw this kid playing road hockey with a neighbour on a Saturday. He was laughing and talking and participating. I didn’t believe it, but my friend insisted. To us at school, he was very introverted, but I guess classmates were never who he connected with, and he was more comfortable with this neighbour.

Ok Shrug GIF.

The thing about introversion and extroversion is that it’s only slightly about personality and more about mental and physical preferences. A lot of people think that ‘shy’ and ‘outgoing’ are synonyms for introverted and extroverted, respectively (and because of this, introversion was seen as less than), but this is not entirely true. It’s more about if you feed off others in groups and if you need alone time either to reset or as a preference.

And I can respect that some people really value alone time more and that some people need that mental break, but I feel like the need for solo time to oneself is true for basically everyone. We all need moments alone and we all need time to calm down, whether you enjoy wild parties or not. So why bother with these labels then? Why make it so we feel like we have to pick one when we do personality quizzes or, as I mentioned, job applications?

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I feel like even the ideas of being ‘shy’ or ‘outgoing’ aren’t understood to be as encompassing or full-time, but as soon as we slap a psychology term on it, it’s an unwavering life sentence.

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this? Do you feel like the terms introvert or extrovert perfectly capture your essence? Do you value alone time more than others? Do you think we should stop using these terms?

 

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