Post-Facebook Detox

A while back I posted that I was taking a break from Facebook. I ended up not logging in for a week shy of three months. I’ve been back on for a short time and have had some thoughts about it- good and bad, although I would say more bad than good. I have a feeling this post will include ranting (but who doesn’t love a good rant now and then…right??!!). Sometimes I think I should have called my blog “Deep Thoughts and Rantness”. I originally thought I’d include some more light-hearted, “sparkly” things, but I realize I don’t feel like the superficial posts I had envisioned are worth the time to put together. Ah well…I like writing about thoughtful topics more.

Well, back to my post-Facebook detox thoughts…

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Leave Paula Alone: Part II

Once again, Paula Deen, who I have written about before, is surrounded in controversy. I previously defended her regarding the diabetes scandal, which you can find here. As I suspected, the latest news has brought quite a bit of traffic to my blog so I thought I would address the recent news.

Paula Deen holds court

Paula Deen is once again mired in controversy (Photo credit: Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway)

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The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease: Smoking Cessation Program

Yesterday, I received a memo about some new work policy changes that would encourage people to stop smoking. First of all, I have to say, I think that overall the ideas are good and I personally think smoking is a nasty habit. Also, I am allergic to smoke, so things like smoking bans in bars and restaurants were welcome changes for me, since now I can go out without feeling like I’m sick afterwards. And I certainly don’t enjoy walking through clouds of smoke, even a little bit, like the wafts of smoke when someone smashes their butt on the ground without disposing of it properly. So, just as a disclaimer, this is my personal opinion based on my experience and I may be a little snarky about it (I can’t help it, I have to make fun of things that annoy me!!). My opinion is also biased based on being a non-smoker and I don’t doubt that it will be offensive to some, but while I support the overall idea, I have some issues with the way the changes are handled.

English: Universal no smoking sign

English: Universal no smoking sign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Lessons I Can Learn From My Dog, Spot

It has been almost 6 years since, Spot (formerly known as “Riggs”) came into my life on 4-20-2007. I have always been a dog person since I was little. I’ve had various dogs throughout my life and all of them were special in their own way, but Spot is insanely unique and special, of course, in my humble opinion. 😉 I was in grad school when I found Spot and between living situations and not really at a great point to get a dog, though I knew I wanted a dog in the near future. But sometimes life has plans of its own or maybe I am just stubborn and have to have the dog I want even if the timing is horrible. Anyways, first I’ll give a little backstory on Spot and then share some things I feel are valuable lessons I can learn from him. (Yes, I am one of THOSE people who think know their dog is the greatest! Because he just is! 🙂

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Facebook Detox

Last night I made the decision to take an indefinite break from Facebook. It’s certainly not the first time and I am sure it won’t be the last time. In the past I have deactivated my Facebook twice, both times for about six months and I can honestly say both times I was glad I did. Part of me always regretted getting back on Facebook. I mostly have a hate-hate relationship with Facebook. Yes, without it sometimes I feel like I may be missing out on something, but the reality is most of the stuff on Facebook adds no value whatsoever to your life and only contributes to the huge amount of information overload we have nowadays. So in the interest of “decluttering” my brain, I am doing a Facebook detox. The longer, the better and I honestly sometimes would love to get rid of it all together. A Facebook detox certainly isn’t an original idea, but I saw it described that way recently and felt like it is just what I need. Your mind, just like your body, at times needs a chance to detox and have a break from all the crap. (Sorry, but the majority of stuff people post is crap, myself included!) Not saying Facebook is entirely useless, but there are a number of reasons I decided to log off. Continue reading

Skinny Bitch

I am going to warn my readers in advance that this blog post is a rant, and yes, I do realize blogging about this is rather passive-aggressive. But whatever, it’s my blog and I feel like ranting about this. I avoid rants or complaining on Facebook, mostly because when I read it, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth, no matter how nice someone is, if they spend all their time whining on Facebook, boohooing about having to do laundry or deal with real life, it gets to the point I want to block that person. So I generally try really hard not to complain on Facebook, because obviously that would make me a big hypocrite when I complain about it. If I do happen to post a rant, I usually regret it and later delete it. But that’s not actually what I want to rant about today (this is just me getting off on a tangent, like I always do >_<‘). Continue reading

Starting Over

As you can see, I’ve pretty much completely abandoned my blog for months. I’m surprised to log in and see I even have views at all, even just today. I’ve been really itching to get back to writing. Honestly, most times I would scrap the old stuff and just start a new blog.  Starting over is hard for me, when I trip and fall, I just want to delete things and start something completely fresh and new. It’s the perfectionist in me. (I have seriously re-written entire notebooks full of notes for a class mid-semester because I didn’t think they were organized or neat enough.) But this time I’m going to leave it as it is, with the big gaping hole of missing posts. Also, things have changed a lot from when I was writing on here before.  Continue reading