Well there is a story to this thing. I am being tortured in one of my classes. We have to go to a local elementary school and work with 4th through 6th graders to make a club that will have the kids be excited to be in the club and in turn will make them do better academically (if they have bad grades or get in trouble they can not participate in clubs). I don't like kids at all. None whatsoever. But if I have to do it I have to do it. Well this was my idea. Have the kids decorate notebooks with pretty paper and their names. Then we can call them their dream books. In their dream books they can write about their goals in life, what colleges they want to go to, ect. This would just get them thinking about the future and how they will reach their goals. Of course my idea may or may not be met with good vibes. I will have to explain that later. I just calmed down from the whole shock to my system that happened yesterday being at the school.
In case you wanted to goin, but didn't want to go in blind here is the next circle cart. You have until the 17th to join and if you bought the imagine at the launch you get a free cartridge to go along with it. If you want to join comment on here with your email or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must have a referral from a Circle member to get in.
I did it and said I wasn't going to but I did. I bought the Imagine, cricut's new machine. It came with flexpay and they approved me for the HSN credit card with an obnoxious limit. How could I refuse.
"My name is Sole and I am an addict."
You - "Hello Sole`"
"Well admitting is the next step, now on to ebay to see if any of the Imagine carts are listed yet."
Joy originally made this list. You can get hers at Joyslife.com I pasted it into MS word and moved everything around so it is easier to use. If you want my version just comment with your email and I can send it to you.
Ok so I decided that I really wanted to try a shot at a business. I am starting up Pretty Me Cosmetics. At first I will be only offering mineral eye shadows in exclusive hand crafted colors. I hope to have my first line up in the next two weeks. Are there any colors you want to try? Do you like soft colors or bright vibrant eye shadows?
I want to keep everything affordable so I will probably be offering the eye shadows at 6 dollars a jar and will probably offer samples for 1 dollar. Shipping will also be very cheap.
So if you haven't heard Cricut just released the "Circle", an exclusive club for members only with special carts and rewards. The first round of packages went out on the 30th and the rest of us are still waiting for ours to be picked up. Anyway, people are posting on the message board what is in the packages and whatnot.
Now there is one thread that was started saying that her package was open when she received it. She said a neighbor had handed it to her, that the neighbor told her she was walking over when the FedEx man was leaving and picked up the bright green box to hand to her. She said her box was open and the bracelet and cartridge are missing out of it.
The box was sent FedEx. I have had my own issues with FedEx, but they are very easy to work with once you make a claim. There policy however is to make a claim if a package is damaged and if the package is damaged/compromised while in the hands of the delivery man he pays to replace the value of the contents out of his own pocket. I am 99.99% sure FedEx did not open her package.
Maybe I am being cynical, but I smell a rat. She said she trusts her neighbor and knows she didn't open it, but I think she is either mistaken and should look closer at this neighbor or she is straight up lying to get 2 so she can sell one. If that is true shame on her. Situations like this is why PCs price is high. Also if the FedEx man has to pay for the contents of the package when she actually has them then I would be so mad. I hope it gets resolved, but I think she is lying.
If you don't already own an ATG gun you might consider buying one at this very affordable price. I recently bought mine, (an ugly orange) for more than this on Ebay. If I hadn't just bought mine I would get this one, however I will be painting mine. This is the lowest price you will find and it includes 2 rolls of tape.
Has anyone watched the kinda new show "16 and Pregnant?" This is a very rare chance for everyone to see what teens actually go through when pregnant. This has been a controversial issue for a long time, but no one seems to try to fix it. Some say we need more god, others say its what kids watch on tv. What I say is its the parents. Now I'm not trying to lecture you if your a mom or dad reading this. I want to help and it seems that not many people know how to talk to their kids about safe sex or do not want to broach the subject at all. Well since I am 21 and it wasn't that long ago that I went through the terrible teens I would like to help. If I do not address a subject that you would like answered feel free to comment.
Some facts to get started:
750,000 girls between ages 15 and 19 will become pregnant each year in the U.S.
Black teens have the highest pregnancy rate.
The U.S. has the highest teenage pregnancy rate of all industrialized countries.
2/3 of teenage pregnancies happen to teens between the ages of 18 and 19.
You teens either are having sex, are thinking about having sex, or are very close to someone who is having sex.
Our culture today is most of the time centered around a television which showcases sex almost constantly. I don't believe sex is taboo and should be avoided, but I am pointing out that your teen knows about sex even if you do not talk to them. Now imagine that you do not talk to your teen about sex and all they know about sex is from the tv and from friends. See my point?
Teens are greatly influenced by peer pressure. It doesn't matter what the game is, they will always try to one-up one another. When one girl starts to have sex, it usually won't be long until her friends do it.
Teens are young adults with all the urges you have, if not more, with little consideration for what will happen in the future. Like many scientists have pointed out, when a child is developing they develop in stages. When someone hits the teen years their body becomes able to reproduce, but the mind is not developed enough to think through most tough decisions. This is why some states have passed laws restricted driving privledges of teens (only a parent in the car, no cell phone, ect.). The same applies to teens. Your teen will think of instant gratification and not what a child or an STD will do to their future (unless you get them to think of it).
Your teen wants you to talk to them even if they don't act like it.
When I was 16 and dating my first serious boyfriend I wanted nothing more than for my mother to explain the basics to me. How to protect myself, what to expect, ect. Well she wasn't comfortable enough to hold that conversation with me. She came from a fairly conservative background where it just wasn't something you should, could, or ever would talk about.
When you do try to talk to your teen about sex tell them they can talk to you and you won't get mad. Mean it. It is possible to be a parent and a friend at the same time.
Ask them if they have any questions that you could answer, you don't have to get graffic or explain what you and your partner do, I mean bodily changes, what you went through when you were a teen, ect. Although don't make the mistake of thinking teens today are the same as teens from your younger years. Culture and society change with every coming generation. It changes enough to where we can relate to one another without ever fully understanding one another.
If they don't feel comfortable enough to talk to you offer to take them to a doctor so they can explain anything your teen doesn't understand. Also as soon as your daughter starts her menstral cycle she should start seeing a gyno anyway for a yearly exam. Another reason to visit a doctor: although breast cancer is rare in young women, when it does happen it is extremely volatile and deadly. It can't hurt to get examined.
Purity rings, pledges, ect. do not work.
I'm not trying to offend, I'm quoting studied facts. Teens who take a pledge to save themselves for marriage are more likely to have unprotected sex and hense are more likely to become pregnant or be exposed to STDs. The reason is simple, they were not planning on having sex, so they had no protection with them or even bothered to learn how to use them.
Teens who took the plegde tend to grow up with unrealistic expectations in marriage. Yes, I read all about the Duggar's oldest son and young wife who had not kissed until they were married. Without much of my personal dislike of this family's values, I could not help but cringe at this. In order for your teen to have a happy healthy marriage (eventually) they should have some experience in the field. Marriage is something you work at and get good at over time, not something that happens one day and you are a perfect partnership at. They need to experience love somewhat. Please don't guilt your children about sex. This doesn't have a good outcome later.
Even if your child's school does teach Sex Ed, you can't rely on it to teach everything your kid needs to know about sex.
Did you ever see the movie "Mean Girls" with Lindsay Lohan and Racheal McAdams? If so do you remember the sex ed class taught by the gym teacher (who was having sex with several of the girls) about how if you have sex "You will get pregnant and die" and spelled Chlamedia with a K... This is sadly an accurate representation of most American public school sex ed programs (I can not speak for private/religious schools but please inform me if you know). My own school here in SE Louisiana tried to convince us that "abstinence is the only way" and sex doesn't really happen and when it does you catch diseases and die. This is not exactly a good way for your teen to think of sex when they reach the age where they should be enjoying it.
Do some research about the different STDs and the consequenses of them. A little knowledge never hurt anyone. Look at the bottom of this post and I will give you links. Tell your child about the risks of unprotected sex and how important it is to protect themselves when they do have sex.
The hard part, give them condoms.
I know what you are thinking "If I give my teen condoms I am telling them it is ok for them to have sex." Not really. Tell them you would prefer they wait because it can be a life changing experience (in the case of pregnancy or STD) and its not bad to wait. However, if your teen does decide to have sex they won't be at risk. They will be prepared and they will thank you later.
Ok that is enough of Dr. Sole for now. I hope I helped. I might add more to this later if more comes to mind, but right now I need to get ready for bed. Tomorrow is a long day for me, work from 8am to 10pm and back at work for 7am the next morning.
I know I haven't posted in over a month. I have been so busy. I got another job and am now working about 50 hours per week plus school started up again and this being my last semester the classes are intense. Just though I would check in and ask what everyone else has been up to. Oh I also have news...
I got accepted into Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) into the Architecture program!!!
They also gave me a $6,500 scholarship to start out with based on my GPA.
If you don't know much about SCAD it is basically ivy-league for art/design degrees. Here is the website:
Now I just have to figure out what I am going to do for the rest of the $20,000 per year for tuition and also find a way to pay for an apartment and living expenses states away from anyone I know, (and I thought I was going to finish college with on $2k of loans, lol.) I might be shaking a can for change on the corner for the next few months. :-) I have been slaving over the most obnoxious, blinged out, frilly, portfolio you have ever scene to hopefully get an artistic scholarship. I am hoping to finish it tonight and will post pics. Its pretty I promise.
Have you ever heard of Painting with a Twist or Corks and Canvas? If not here the site. Basically you go in with some ratty clothes, some friends, and a bottle of wine and you come out with a complete painting. The artist who teaches the class shows you how to do a painting and walks you through the whole process. It is really fun. It is also pretty affordable, either $35 or $45 per person. Check to see if there is one near you. It is tons of fun.
Svgcuts is giving away another great blog candy. You don't have to purchase anything to enter. All you have to do is spread the word and leave them a comment. This time they are giving away a Cuddlebug Embossing Machine and attachments, along with other items. Good Luck!
Hello and Happy New Year. Mine started out bumpy. I accidentally stabbed myself while cooking on the first (no biggy) and when I finally got some firewood for my fireplace wasps flew out. It ended up only two came down the chimney; I guess the rest of them died from the smoke. I am absolutely terrified of wasps and I am a pyro so of course I was right there when they came flying out. Another non biggy, just scared me.
Anyway back to the post. I was looking for deals on cartridges for my cricut. I have a list of a few that I want and search for them on a semi-regular basis with a budget to buy them if I can get them at a reasonable price. I buy pretty much all my carts on ebay. I have bought maybe 3 in the stores, but that was only when they were having a really good sale. Anyway, I have my default ebay search set up to show the auctions and buy it now priced items that are ending soones with shipping also shown. This way I can see what the cartridges, or whatever item I am looking for, are going for straight out if I was going to enter a bidding war for one. Then I switch my view to show only buy it now with price with shipping low-high. This shows you the lowest price you can buy the cartridge straight out. Sometimes you may be surprised to find a buy-it-now auction that costs less than if you waited for an auction to end and bid for it. I bought the camp-out cart today for $22 with free shipping on buy-it-now. If I had gotten into a bidding war I would have paid up to $30.
Also remember, when buying on ebay always look for feedback ratings on the sellers. Even if a seller has a 99% positive feedback rating look and see what the negative comments said. This is especially important when dealing with a power seller. I once bought a poster from a power-seller who had overall good feedback ratings. He improperly packaged my item and when I asked him to work on a resolution with me he basically cursed me out. He then bought an item I had for sale just so he could leave negative feedback for me (only buyers can leave negative feedback for sellers, sellers are only allowed good feedback for buyers). It was a nightmare. In the end I came out ahead though. The shirt he bought from me cost more and I never shipped it to him. Some people are just assholes. I try to only be a bitch when its called for (although I do slip sometimes).
TLC has this show on about a young 20-something man who in his teenage years weighed 650lbs. According to the show, he met a personal trainer and with a better diet and exercise he is down to 220lbs. He is a pretty tall guy so that is probably his ideal weight.
This show though was all about getting him into the dating world. He went to a bar and his friend had previously spread new about who would be there later. Girls were fawning over him. This poor guy who had no social skills to speak of didn't know what to do. He dropped out of high school at 17 because of all the teasing and he couldn't handle it. After dropping out he basically sat in front of the tv and grew bigger.
After loosing the weight different people voluteered services to him, surgery to remove excess skin, improve facial features, and dental work to fix his decayed teeth. Now he looks pretty good I must say. Its hard to look at a before and after picture and believe it is the same person.
What I don't understand is how parents allow their children to get this way. He was 17 when he really got big and didn't do anything except watch tv. Its one thing if someone works all day and comes home and gorges, but I have never scene a morbidly obese person working though (not stereotyping - just an observation). Why did the parents encourage this behavior. He was totally dependent on them and everything he ate they brought home. If they had brought home only lettuse and other healthy meals he would not have gotten into that situation. TLC loves to put on these morbidly obese people on their channel. Why don't they ask the parents and others supplying the shrink wrapped disease why they keep the supply coming? All of these morbidly obese people on these shows have someone litterally bringing home the bacon (and much more) cooking the nastiness for them. Why?
They just said that he is 32 and still a virgin. Ok, well I guess his social skills haven't improved. If I was going on a date with someone and I found out they used to be morbidly obese I would probably not continue the relationship. It's about the same as dating an ex-crack addict. The addiction will always be there.
Here are some pics of the boy.
Update: he still does not have a love life, but did loose his virginity.
I was cooking our traditional New Year's meal of lobster tails (pretty cheap when you only get the tails). I was using these really sharp scissors to cut the tails open and it slipped. Ouch. Actually it doesn't hurt too bad, but I had to stop what I was doing and bandage it so blood wouldn't get in the food. I hope this is not a forecast for the future year. *Pouty Face*
I bought 4 carts from them off of their ebay site. They sent shipping info for 2 packages on the 26th, but they still have not showed any progress. One of the packages was priority and was supposed to have arrived already and the second package should be almost here. I have contacted them twice and they do not answer emails. I always look at overall ebay feedback before I buy, but when someone has that many sales they tend to have a good feedback rating even if they slip up a lot. I gave them til Monday to have the carts delivered/work with me before I leave negative feedback and open a dispute with paypal. This sucks. If this does not work out I will probably not even buy them. I'm getting so tired of ebay, but when on a budget what else am I supposed to do?
What about me...I am a strong willed young woman who is about to complete a bachelors degree in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Design Drafting and a minor in Sociology. I have a couple wonderful people in my life that keep me going. I really enjoy papercrafting, watching movies, and really anything to destract me from Physics right now.