Friday Free-For-All: How To Survive Social Media (by someone who fkn hates social media)

To preface this: This is not “how to use social media.” This isn’t some SEO BS post about how you can get a billion followers with “this one simple trick!”

This post is about navigating the sea of garbage that exists on websites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. It’s about how to have a presence on those sites and still be able to go to sleep at night not feeling like maybe global nuclear destruction isn’t such a bad option, after all.

It is not easy. That’s why I post once in a blue moon; because social media makes me sick.

For my own convenience, I’m going to break this down by website and start with the worst of the worst. Read More

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Thankful Thursday – My Parents’ Support

Admittedly, I’m not very close with my family. I’m not in contact with my extended family and my relationship with my older brother is still strained from our mutual hatred of each other growing up (not to mention that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to really forgive him for the physical abuse I suffered at his hands for most of my childhood and adolescence).

But, I am pretty close with my parents. I know that the fact I can even say that is something to be thankful for. There are many people who aren’t close to their parents, or even who have to actively avoid their parents for one reason or another. Not everyone can say their parents are kind, or supportive, or even love them.

My parents love me and that’s a blessing. Read More

Watch-This Wednesday: Live-Action TV

I will admit, I don’t watch a lot of “live-action” (ie: not animated) TV, anymore. Typically, if I’m watching TV, it’s just so I have background noise while I clean or something. But, there are a few shows that catch my full attention when they come on and I’ll even go out of my way to watch (or at least DVR).

Here’s what I’m watching (and you should be, too)! Read More

Tasty Tuesday: An Attempt was Made

Okay, so, like I said at the beginning of this year’s Blogtober, some of my Tasty Tuesday treats would be things I’ve never attempted before. Maybe they’d come out bomb (like the ice cream filled cake pops) or maybe they’d be a total disaster.

Today’s attempt at making Fudge-Stuffed Cookies was a total disaster. But, they’re still delicious, so I’m still calling it a win. An ugly, messy win. Read More

Music Monday – Motivate Me

When I talk about motivational music, I usually mean the music that makes me want to get up and do something with my life. The songs that make me feel stronger and invincible. They’re few and far between, but they’re there.

And you can bet your ass they will give me a surge of motivation to get shit done… usually at 2am when I can’t actually get anything done.

But, hey, it’s a step. Read More

Sunday Spirit: My Experiences with Church

“Church?!?!?!”

That was the reply I received to a status update I posted on Facebook in February this year, regarding my going to church, meeting people, and making friends. I can’t say I was terribly surprised to receive such a reaction; up until a year or two ago, I identified as a polytheistic Pagan (about a year and a half ago I began to identify as an agnostic witch). Adie and Church were just two things which didn’t go together. Read More

Saturday Share: On an Upswing

Still not entirely sure what to do to replace those fashion posts I decided to scrap at the last minute. So, in the mean time, here’s another life update. Read More

Friday Free-For-All: Crate Shelf Craft Project

So, my ex and dear, dear friend, Pup, got me hooked on using wooden crates as shelving. When he first suggested it, I was pretty hesitant–how… rustic. I have much more of a sleek-gothic-meets-angry-punk style. But, I agreed because we didn’t really have many other options at the time. Those crates are super cheap at craft stores like Michael’s and Joann’s and prefabricated box shelving is not cheap.

(I tend to avoid free-floating shelves because they’re bad Feng Shui–yea, I’m one of those people.)

It didn’t take me long to get hooked. Now, with a few exceptions, I use crates for all my shelving. Like I said, Michael’s sells these unfinished crates for cheap (the “half crate” one I used for this project was only about $7 and they almost always have coupons to get the price down even more). They come in a few different sizes and styles to fit your needs (these small ones are my faves because they’re great for holding DVD/BluRay boxes and I have a ton of movies). Because they’re unfinished, it’s incredibly easy to customize them to fit your décor. I’m currently in the process of refinishing mine to match my black-and-white-striped bedroom theme.

So, let’s get to it! Read More

Coming Out: A Blogtober Interlude

This isn’t part of my normal Blogtober line-up, but as today is National Coming Out Day, I wanted to say a little something for the occasion. Read More

Thankful Thursday: Old Friends

Last week, I talked about all the incredible new friends I’ve met over the last year or so. Like I said, making friends has never been easy for me. I was never the person who had a big group of friends–I always had a few select close friends I could count on.

And I can still count on them. Read More

Watch-This Wednesday: YouTube

Sorry this is a little late. Things happen. But, it’s here! Yay!

This week, I want to share some of my favorite YouTube channels. Expect gaming. That’s pretty much all I watch on YouTube anymore, so if you’re not a gamer, this post probably isn’t for you. Read More

Tasty Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan

This is one of my favorite dishes. I could eat Chicken Parm for pretty much any meal of the day (and, in fact, I have).

The most important thing to keep in mind when making any kind of chicken dish is seasoning. Chicken needs seasoning. I’m very passionate about this. That chicken didn’t give up it’s life for you to eat it bland and dry.

Alright, let’s get to it! Read More