So this is just going to be one of my random, helter-skelter, all-over-the-place, no-rhyme-or-reason posts in which I discuss everything under the sun. Hmmmm…I just used three different cliches in that last sentence. Never a good sign. I’ve got to think up more creative ways in which to express myself. Anyway, I felt a compulsive urge to share a hodgepodge of different thoughts and updates with you all, so bear with me…
I recently purchased some things from iHerb, including the following items: a box of gluten-free brown rice pasta, some Lundberg Farms Pico de Gallo Rice Chips, and some Mary’s Gone Crackers Black Pepper Crackers. I haven’t yet used the pasta, but I can vouch for the fact that both of the crackers/chips are quite delicious–after all, I did finish them both within a few days.
I went to the library earlier this week and got some new books to read as well–always exciting. I didn’t intend to get so carried away, but that’s what usually happens when I go to the library. I see all these new and interesting books, think Wow, I just must read them all!!, and end up with a pile of literary material that I may not finish anytime soon. Not that they are uninteresting; I just hope I can finish them all before my three-time renewal limit runs out. I am particularly looking forward to reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. I am not trying to criticize extroverts, of course, since I actually envy them on a regular basis, but it should be a book that I can relate to in more than one way. I have already begun reading Cannary Row by John Steinbeck, and while it is not quite as captivating as East of Eden, perhaps it will become more interesting later on in the story.
A couple of nights ago, I was woken up at approximately 12:45 AM by a terribly intense thunderstorm that was raging outside. My brother’s high school graduation ceremony had to be postponed by said storm several hours earlier, though it became far more violent as the night went on. Since I am a light sleeper, I was probably the only person shaken out of my peaceful slumber–which was a bit inconvenient, seeing as I had fallen asleep just an hour before then. To me, storms always seem more threatening and dangerous in the middle of the night, though perhaps I was just feeling a bit disoriented at that particular time due to the strange dream I’d been lost in. Either way, my mind began to race as I imagined all the possible events that could happen: What if a tornado springs up and crushes our house? What if a tree falls on my bedroom? What if a flash flood occurs? Of course, all my doom-and-gloom thoughts were for naught, since the storm passed quickly and I woke up safe and sound. No tree in the living room, no water in the kitchen, no life-threatening injuries. Speaking of storms, I just thought this picture was intense and fascinating–it by no means portrays the storm I just mentioned. Apparently, it is a volcanic thunderstorm in Chile, which sounds quite interesting.
(image source: http://www.ohgizmo.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/chilevolcano.jpg)
I was creating a password for my University of Oregon account yesterday and was suddenly faced with these instructions: “password must be between 8 and 127 characters.” Who uses 127 characters for a password?? I mean, I am all for creating unique and memorable passwords, but I think I’d run out of ideas by around 20 or so characters. Unless you are one of those lucky people who can memorize hundreds of digits, then I think this option is out. However, an 127-character password would certainly be very secure. Also, speaking of passwords, you know how we are told to create a different password for every.single.account we create? Well, I don’t. Not always, anyway. More specifically, I usually use a slightly different variation of two or three stock passwords, since I eventually got tired of creating an entirely unique one each time. And that’s probably the most rebellious and risky thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. Yay. Unless you count eating expired food…I am not sure where that falls on the “I live on the edge” spectrum. Probably near the bottom, right?
(image source: http://www.puravidamultimedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/funny-password-meme-2.jpg)
I have a strange hatred of having the air conditioning turned on during ballet class. Whenever someone suggests turning on the air conditioning, I indigently protest the mere idea. Which is to say I quietly and mildly suggest we NOT turn it on since sweating is a natural body process designed to prevent ourselves from overheating. Hey, I am not exactly the most aggressive person when it comes to stating my opinions. It’s not that I get cold easily or don’t sweat very much–on the contrary, I sweat buckets during ballet class (maybe a slight exaggeration) and get rosy red cheeks very quickly. However, I actually enjoy the feeling of sweat covering my face, neck, and back, and feel as though the icy blast of the air conditioning causes my muscles to tighten up. I don’t mind feeling sweaty and flushed, so long as I am drinking plenty of water. And I definitely DO chug down a great deal of water after ballet class, which possibly explains why I almost always have to get up at least once in the middle of the night to use the bathroom…
It seems my well of random thoughts has run dry for today, so I shall end it here. I hope you all enjoy your Thursday!