things i like tuesday

There is one thing that is sure to brighten up your walk across a college campus. Squirrels! And, I do believe, some of the most entertaining squirrels live on my very campus!

Texas A&M Squirrels

Squirrel

Squirrel

Many a time have I seen people stop in between classes to observe the daily lives of squirrels. When you watch them, if only for a moment, you will be guaranteed entertainment. Because the squirrels here are kind of insane.

This video shows the epitome of the craziness that can be seen daily when watching these mischievous little guys. It’s not allowing me to post the video here in its entirety, so you have to follow this link to view it. Sorry for the inconvenience.

http://tinypic.com/r/ie1q1l/7

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rhyming radiance

Rhyming Radiance

A poem by me.

  1. A look at the sky, orange
  2. ‘Tis brighter than any bulb!
  3. Or anything of silver,
  4. Who’s known for its screens and film
  5. That can’t contain what I glimpsed.
  6. When I looked over the gulf,
  7. I can’t imagine the angst
  8. Of all the tons of plankton
  9. Who can’t see because of depth.
  10. Yet, I greet the yttrium,
  11. Glowing like they are a kiln.
  12. Rises, Sets, deserves  an opus.
  13. Such beauty, it’s on the cusp
  14. Of all days, all weeks, and  months.
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excuses

Excuses… I have them.

I apologize for not posting the past couple of weeks (before my pig clock post). Here are the reasons I was unable to post:

  1. I had 5 tests in the past two weeks
  2. I have been sick for the past week
  3. Other priorities came first
  4. etc…

I have been quite busy. But I don’t have tests for the next couple of weeks and I think I am pretty much over being sick so I think I’ll be back on track soon. And, actually, during this time, I have started a few posts. I just never got around to finishing them. So I will do my best to post those on here shortly.

Be patient with me. Please.

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things i like tuesday

I am about to introduce you to quite possibly the greatest invention ever. If you’re like me, you hate alarms and you frequently sleep through them. What if I told you that you would never have to worry about waking up to a horrible alarm ever again? And that you will actually enjoy being woken up? You would be excited, no? If you’re like me, you’d be very, very excited. Without further ado, I introduce you to…

Wake n’ Bacon

Wake n' Bacon

Wake n' Bacon

Yes! It’s an alarm clock in the shape of a pig! Well, technically it isn’t. It’s just a square that look like a pig (or a pig that looks like a square). But it’s so much more than that!

This clock doesn’t use sound to wake you up! No way! That’s too boring and annoying. It wakes you up” with the smell of cooking bacon instead of a buzzer”. And even better than that… “The aroma wakes you up, then you can open the oven component and eat the bacon itself“!!!!! Yes, you read correctly! With this clock, you can live every man’s dream.

Here’s the link to the creator’s blog  – Wake n’ Bacon!!

All excitement aside, am I the only one that finds this a bit disturbing? Cooking dead pig inside a cute pig clock? No only are you making your pig clock a cannibal by putting pig meat in it, but you are cooking the bacon in your cannibal clock. It just seems a bit sad to me. Then again, maybe this pig enjoys cannibalism and after all, it does give you delicious bacon. You be the judge.

You should buy this for the man in your life because it seriously is the dream. (Maybe that’s what the term “American Dream” means). And if you don’t have a man, you should buy this for me. Please don’t worry about multiple people buying this for me… that will be absolutely fine with me. I will post that and risk receiving multiple pig bacon clocks.

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sorry again

I have a test on Wednesday (later today) and I need to study and not be on my blog. I will post after my test. Thanks for caring.

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things i like tuesdays… on thursday

I know, I know, I know. I’m a complete failure when it comes to telling you about things I like. 1/3 weeks. That’s not great.

I’ve been so busy this week. A test yesterday and a test today, so I didn’t have the time to update this on tuesday. So I’ll alleviate the situation by posting my “Things I like Tuesday” today, Thursday.

Sobe Strawberry Dragon Fruit Lifewater

Strawberry Dragon Fruit

Strawberry Dragon Fruit

Today, I’d like to share with you a drink that I recently discovered. Sobe Strawberry Dragon Fruit Lifewater.

The water is delicious. It has a great flavor that can be described best with the word refreshing. It has a prominent strawberry flavor that is beautifully complimented by a light taste of dragon fruit. And the best part is, wait for it… It’s good for you!

Tasty and healthy!

Tasty and healthy!

Look at that! Zero calories, zero fat, very little sodium and carbs. And a whole lot of vitamins! It’s tasty and healthy! And they sell them pretty much everywhere on campus, so they’re always within reach for me.

So, next time you’re thirsty, grab one of these. You won’t be sorry.

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back to real life

My break is unfortunately coming to a close. I think I better understand vacations, now. And why vacations are one of the most important things in peoples’ lives.

I think it can be assumed that the majority of people dislike their jobs. This makes me think that people look forward to time off, and live for the time they can spend doing whatever they wish. Whether it be spending time with family, getting away, or just spending time in solitude. People see this as time better spent than working or going to school or whatever it is that they’re being forced to do. That’s why overtime payment is so much larger than a regular wage.

Vacations are so vital to the lives of humans. I believe it symbolizes hope. The hope that, one day, we will get to spend our time how we want it. Not like we are now. Not living in a societal prison, where we do what we do just because it’s what we’re supposed to do. And if we don’t, we won’t have any chance at a happy life. We will end up without money, friends, family or any kind of freedom.

When a father must work long hours every day to supply his family with necessities, he is sad. Proud that he is doing his job as a loving father, but not completely happy because he’s not able to see his children or his wife. It’s not selfish. It’s a sad feeling he must feel. Not able to spend as much time with his loved ones as he would like. But when he has time off, whether it be a weekend or a vacation, he seems truly happy. He gets to spend time with his family. Which is the activity that he probably enjoys most in his life.

This is the reason people see retirement as a sort of promised land. It’s seen as an achievement. People think that if they can just put in their work for however-many-years, they can be happy and free. This, to me, is a sad realization that it will be a while, if ever I get to all of my time to myself. I wonder to myself how lifestyles like this came to be. Why is our civilization so fast paced and focused on “success” and not on more important things?

I want to travel. I want to read. I want to learn about people, places, things from experiences. I want to learn history of people from the mouths of those very people. I want to see how others live. I want to have real relationships with people. I want to have a lasting marriage with someone that loves me unconditionally and that I feel the same way about.

But I’m restricted from doing these things as of now. I don’t have the resources to travel. I don’t have time to do these other things. I’m unable to fulfill the others. And these are just a few things. Sure, one day I will be able to do some of these things. Like the marriage one. That one is very realistic. But it certainly can’t happen while I’m in college. Not only is it looked down upon, barring a miracle I would never have the money. And yeah, I’ll get to travel. And right now is the point of my life where I’ll have the most time to do what I like, such as travel. But once again, I don’t have the money now. And later when I have money, I won’t have time. Except for on vacations. Or if I make it to retirement with enough money to supply my travels. Vacations let me see a glimpse of these things, reviving my hope each time. But then I must get back to real life and see that there are other things I must accomplish before I can move onto more enjoyment.

Obviously these things are all possible. But society makes them harder to accomplish than they should be. Why must a career come before other things that should be priorities? Why must life be so fast paced? It’s unnecessary.

I would much rather stay at home and spend time with my family and friends that I miss than head back to university and take classes that I don’t enjoy. And spend money I don’t have on said classes. This is obvious, and I think everyone in similar situations to me feel the same way. Alas, I cannot do this. I must get a job and do my best to be “successful” in life. I put success in quotes because society sees it as such a different thing than I do. Society’s “success” beast that they created is founded on how much money someone can make, how big their house is, how expensive their car was, etc. But I don’t need money. I don’t need that stuff. Why is life focused on that stuff?

I know my points about my life are melodramatic and this may come off as annoying, but it’s something I think every person deals with. It seems like a serious pandemic when thought of on a larger scale of every person’s life. So much time of every person’s life is focused on making money, working, etc. (you get my point about on what most of person’s time is spent, so I shouldn’t have to list more). Every person, it seems, is forced to jump through hoops to attain some free time to take their family on a picnic, go hiking, go to New York to the theatre, go on a cruise with a spouse, coach a child’s sports team, go on a road trip across the country, do urban exploration, or any other choice activity.

I fully understand I have a good life. I’m very blessed. I have all the things needs. But it just feels like I live in a machine sometimes. And I know I’m not the only one who thinks this. There are very few people who, when given the choice, would choose go to work rather than do one of the many activities I listed above. And, of course, I know I’m not the only one who’s thought this.

And I want it to be clear that I do enjoy my life. And I realize all I have. I’m lucky to grow up in the greatest country in the world. The greatness is of course linked with it’s freedom. So many people don’t the freedom that America provides. But maybe we’re missing out in a freedom by being taught that success is the point of life and we must achieve it.

This was a good break. I’m glad I got to experience it. I am sad that I must go back to class tomorrow. But it’s something that I must do. Just like you will go to class. Or go to work. Or do whatever it is you must do to get to your next vacation.

 

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