Entertainment

Squid Game Review: That Was Unexpected

I saw the Netflix trailer for Squid Game a month ago and figured I’d check it out. Initially thought it was a movie, but discovered it was a nine-episode season. First thought, “Ah man, I don’t feel like getting into a series. Pass!” Nine hours later… didn’t regret a thing, but I have so many questions.

Little backstory if you haven’t watched and please note, this post will contain major spoilers.

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Blogtober: Mission Accomplished!

I DID IT!

This is my 31st article for the month of October officially completing Blogtober!

I took on the challenge on October 2 with no idea what to write. My website sat dormant for quite some time and I wanted to get back into the groove of writing. As a result of Blogtober, I purchased a domain and chose a theme. Something I’ve procrastinated doing for years.

I’ve never been this active on my site and I don’t plan on stopping. It feels good to get back into writing mode. I feel beyond accomplished right now. As basic as this goal was, I feel like I’ve done so much more.

Due to not planning my content in advance did add some stress because I didn’t want to fail. Two or three pieces of content were fillers and I feel a little bad about it, but my goal was to stay active. I mentioned in my progress article that I may do something similar again because it’s a great challenge.

I fell a little behind and posted three pieces of content today. Go ahead and judge me. Ha! I didn’t have to work yesterday or today, so why not make things more intense for myself during the final day.

If anyone reading this participated in Blogtober, how did you do? If you didn’t participate this time, give it a try! You don’t have to wait until October 2020 to do it.

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Why is Blogging So Intimidating?

I’ve had this blog for quite some time. I’ve blogged for about a month, abandoned the site for a year, blogged again for about a week, then forgot about it again. Why? I honestly have no idea. This site was originally something else, but I exported my food content here. I don’t remember what I was doing with this site, but here we are.

I decided to challenge myself by participating in Blogtober. This would force me to write at least 31 posts during the month. This challenge has resulted in me being the most active blogger I’ve ever been. I think I’m one or two posts behind because life happens, but I’m still writing.

My ideas for blogs have changed so much because I felt I needed to write about one particular topic, but my mind is always thinking about a variety of things at any given moment. Why limit myself to one topic? This particular site is about anything and everything that comes to mind and I’m satisfied with this choice.

I understand why blogging is intimidating. I still feel intimidated. Sometimes I don’t know what to write. I automatically think my content has to be life-changing, have educational value or meaning. In reality, that’s far from the truth. Most people like to read blogs as if they’re reading about a friend. It’s all about a personal touch or connection. Be yourself. Write about your day, thoughts on what’s happening in the world, favorite TV shows, etc. Don’t write about heavy topics if that’s not what you enjoy.

Writing is similar to being an artist. You may have a great idea, but the white space on a canvas makes you instantly forget what the idea was or how to begin. You don’t have to be organized. Just start jotting things down. Don’t worry about the order in which to write. You can figure that out later. There have been several times where I switched the placement of paragraphs after writing because it flowed better.

Blogs don’t have to be lengthy. Start off writing 300 words. Over time, your fingers will glide across your keyboard with little effort.

All you have to do is start! I don’t have an editorial calendar, but if you like to be organized, think about what you want to write about in advance. You don’t have to post every day. Start with twice a week. Don’t make blogging a chore. When you look back at your blog, you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come in consistency and writing style.
Don’t be intimidate. Just start writing. With consistency, you’ll develop the habit in no time.

 

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Blogtober: My Progress So Far

Blogtober has been interesting. I’m a day or two behind with posts but will make that up before the month is over.

I stated in a previous post that I wouldn’t create an editorial calendar to plan my month and will blog about whatever comes to mind. It’s interesting how many interesting ideas pop into my head, but those topics are deeper and would require some time to create. They’re currently in my drafts and will appear eventually.

There are times when I still don’t know what to write about, so I toss in funny quotes as fillers. Not the best form of content, but it keeps me active on the blog. I think this is the most consistency I’ve had in quite some time. I’m even looking into purchasing a domain to make my blog look more “official.” That has been in the plan for quite some time, but I want to make sure I remain active to get my money worth.

I will do another month’s challenge. Maybe do it in January and call it “Bloguary.” I will create an editorial calendar for that challenge and schedule a post in advance. My life isn’t hectic, but there are challenges within myself that I will discuss in a later post.
To wrap this up, so far so good with posts. They can be better, but “quality” content will be released soon. More deep thought pieces.

If you’re participating in Blogtober, how has it been going for you?

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Appreciating the Little Things

It’s 7 am. The sunlight enters the bedroom window naturally waking a woman from her slumber. After a quick yawn and stretch, she heads to her bathroom to empty her bladder. Still physically and mentally waking up, she turns on the hot and cold water to create a comfortable temperature to wash her hands, face, and brush her teeth. 

Squinting from the abundance of sunshine beaming through her opened blinds, she walks into her living room towards her computer to boot it up. The desktop starts up immediately allowing her to hop on the internet and play the latest news vids. While catching up on what’s happening in the world, she opens her fridge to grab filtered water to prepare coffee. She scouts her selection of food deciding what will compliment her coffee. She chooses a bagel and cream cheese. 

As she awaits her bagel to toast, she sips on freshly brewed coffee while stepping onto her balcony to get some fresh air. The street is quiet with an occasional car or passerby. Her neighbors have unique schedules. Some have already left for work while others are still preparing for the day.

She hears the toaster oven beep notifying her the bagel is ready. Honey walnut cream cheese is slathered on the toasted bagel causing a sweet aroma to fill the kitchen. She grabs her hot breakfast and walks over to her computer desk. The day isn’t planned. There’s nothing on the schedule. She has the entire day to do whatever she chooses. Online shopping, laundry, write, head out with someone, exercise, or do absolutely nothing. The choice is hers. All she knows is it’s her day off, she doesn’t have to get out of her pajamas, and the coffee is truly hitting the spot. 

If you made it this far, this is what I do the first hour of waking up on my day off. You may be wondering what does my morning routine has to do with appreciating the little things. It has everything to do with the title. 

  1. I appreciate waking up in my bed with a roof over my head.
  2. I appreciate having a bathroom with clean running water.
  3. I appreciate seeing the sunlight beaming through my windows.
  4. I appreciate being able to afford the internet and a computer.
  5. I appreciate having food in my fridge and the option to choose what to eat.
  6. I appreciate preparing breakfast.
  7. I appreciate having a job that includes having a day off. 😀

You get the point. 

I didn’t want to do a simple list of things you should appreciate. I decided to go a different route. I guess I’m trying to be unique.

We’re so busy with our lives that we forget to appreciate the little things that are part of our daily routine, but ignored because of bigger things on our mind. The next time you wake up in the morning, have a day to yourself, or when you have a peaceful moment, pay attention to what you do and your surrounds. Appreciate the basics.

What are some small things you appreciate?

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Bogus Viral Food Videos

As you scroll through your social media feed, you land on a Tasty or So Yummy video. Odds are they’re making something that looks ridiculously delicious with ingredients you never thought you could use or a unique method you’d wish you thought of. Melted ice cream and powdered sugar combined to make cake icing? Sounds easy! There’s a catch. The recipe doesn’t work. It was only made in hopes of it going viral.

I consider myself to be a beyond average cook. There have been some videos on Tasty and So Yummy that made me question the competency of their “chefs” or “food creators.” You’ll notice their measurements are incorrect, the cooking times are too short (because everyone wants a quick meal), and the comment section is filled with people who tried the recipe and had disastrous results.

With my spidey senses already tingling, I discovered How to Cook That on Youtube.  She primarily creates baking videos, but she also debunks some of the most viral food videos by popular brands by testing the recipes, sharing her results, and explaining why they didn’t work.

Is So Yummy the WORST baking channel on YouTube? is a perfect example of their deception. Before you attempt any of these viral food videos, pay close attention and do your research. If it seems to easy to be true, it probably is. You’re better off googling an actual recipe.

An additional video I found interesting: Blossom’s Fake Video Exposed by Food Scientist

 

 

 

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The Difficulty, Yet Necessity, of Positive Thinking

Why is it so difficult to think positive yet extremely easy to be negative? Is it because we live in a negative world? One that constantly tells us we’re not good enough regardless of how hard we try. A society that constantly compares us to the next person and is quick to point out our flaws. What about our own internal struggles? We put ourselves down on a regular basis regardless of if the people who love us say the opposite.

I’ve noticed, in this supercharged political time, something as basic as a video of a cat playing with a ball of yarn can turn political in the comments. How can something so innocent and non-threatening make people think about politics? It’s as if some people look for the negative in everything or receive pleasure in triggering others to join their negative space.

How about we try to be more positive?

Take some time out of your day and think about the positive things in your life. If you have a hard time, start with the basics.

  1. You woke up.
  2. You have clean running water to wash your body and brush your teeth with.
  3. When you look in the mirror, compliment yourself as if you’re Johnny Bravo.

If you need some more ways to start thinking positive, here are 11 Ways to Boost Positive Thinking.

Let’s start the new week on a positive note!

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I Think I Just Avoided a Job Scam

I checked my email yesterday morning and discovered an email from a company called Apitope Technology.

Three seconds into the email, I think, “This looks like an agency email telling me how I’m a perfect fit for a role yada yada.”

As I continued to read, I noticed the pay scale, remote option, and job description, but noticed the company was using an @gmail.com address.

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“Hmmm.” Side-eyeing commences as my lips clench together and shift to the right side of my face.

I immediately thought, “This has to be a scam.”

As I continued to read, I noticed they wanted me to contact the interviewer through Google Hangouts. I had to send the interviewer an invite and include a “Ziprecruiter ID Tag.” This email also gave me a date and a specific time for the interview without asking for my availability. Most interviewers will give you time slots or ask when you’re free to chat.

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“9 am your time.” Do you know what time zone I’m in?

The email didn’t provide a link to the company page or a phone number.

“Did I apply to this job? Let me check my profile,” as I doubt the authenticity of the email harder.

I couldn’t find the company in my “applied to jobs” section.

I thought, “My profile is public for recruiters. Maybe they found my profile and wanted to contact me.”

As I do with all companies that contact me for an interview, I conduct research via Linkedin to find the names listed in the email. I also visit the company website to validate its existence along with other Google searches.

The company has a Linkedin, but I couldn’t find the job title of the interviewer mentioned in the email. Since I’m out of their network, I couldn’t locate names due to only “Linkedin Member” being displayed.

“OK, people don’t always link their profile to their job. Some people don’t update their Linkedin.”

I visit the company website. I discovered it ONLY has two locations, Belgium and the UK. I’m in California. Based on the job description, why interview someone who’s eight hours behind?

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“Why would a job all the way over there contact me? Maybe they’re expanding?” I quickly thought as I tried to justify my discovery.

I then noticed the company uses @optimumcomms.com email address for media inquiries.

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“Hmm. You mean to tell me it has a professional email address for media inquiries, but not for its own HR?”

Side-eyeing at maximum.

Checked out Optimum Strategic Communications. An office in New York is listed. Viewed its Linkedin and all of the employees are overseas.

With my suspicion alarms ringing and my new found information, I replied to the interview request asking for the Linkedin profiles of the two people mentioned in the email, a contact number, and more information about the interview process. A company would be pleased you did research happy to answer any of your questions.

Here we are a day later and no response. Big surprise!

My first thought after reading the email was it’s too good to be true. I’ve worked remotely through another company, the difference, I found their business address, the employees, their names and job titles matched up, I saw faces, active business social media accounts, and current employee reviews. I did my interview via Google Hangouts, but they at least had an @name_of_business.com email address.

I’m going to email the actual company so they’ll know a scammer is using their name. If they get back to me stating the email was legit, doubt it, I’ll suggest they hire me to write their emails properly, get a business email address for HR, provide proper contact information, and communicate better so they don’t appear to be a scam.

Have you ever received fishy remote work emails? This is a first for me.

 

 

 

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Blogtober 2019: No Idea What to Write, But I’m Doing It

I just found out October is Blogtober. I’m already a day late, but challenge accepted!

If you aren’t familiar with Blogtober, the challenge is to post a blog each day of October. The topic can be about whatever you choose. Some bloggers may be more strategic based on their audience/niche, they may want to gain more traffic, incorporate more SEO, etc. My goal is to simply write more.

What am I going to write about? I have no idea!

My life has been busy and stressful, but I’ve been itching to write more. I feel like I’m letting my imagination go to waste due to my job taking over my life and my over-appreciation for taking naps on my days off.

I will get out of my mechanical rut of repeating mundane life expectancies that don’t provide intellectual stimulation or pleasure in my life.

I could write about the BS that’s going on at my job, but there is enough negativity in the world as soon as you turn on your TV or step out of your door. Let’s keep things positive for once.

I’ll post another blog later today or I’ll do it tomorrow. See, I’m already procrastinating—side-eyeing myself right now (¬_¬).

Are you participating in Blogtober?

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