Daily Prompt

Unplugged

Today’s Daily Prompt is about unplugging and taking a break from technology.

Sometimes it’s important to take a break from technology.

I remember senior year, Mrs. D (she was my AP Lit teacher) had us do a project where we gave up technology for…I think 24 hours, or maybe a weekend, something like that. If we had a paper that needed to be typed or whatever, we were allowed to use computers for that, but that was supposed to be the extent of it. I remember freaking out because I don’t own a watch, so I didn’t know the time. But, at some point I realized it was kinda nice to not have to worry about missing things (I’m also pretty sure I had like no texts because no one really texts me, anyway). Everything is sort of different, all of sudden you realize, life still goes on, even without everyone knowing your every thought and what you did every minute of every day. And learning that was probably the best thing she could have taught us.

I still do that sometimes, not for that amount of time, but I do. It’s sometimes good to call it quits with the internet.

Personally, I think the internet leads to a lot of problems simply because people do things without thinking (thank goodness I know when I need to remove myself). Don’t get me wrong, I love the internet as much as the next American teenager. I like keeping in touch with family and seeing old friends and making fun of people (don’t get offended, it happens and you know it). But sometimes, you just have to stop.

Besides, as much as I like typing, and I do, I really do (name that movie reference…Pitch Perfect), sometimes it’s good for me to see things on paper. See, when I blog, I have something specific (or maybe less specific; I know I’m a little scatter-brained) that I want to write about: a prompt, or an idea, or a lesson I learned, or a person I like or don’t, that kind of thing. And because I know other people are probably going read it, it’s different. Don’t get me wrong, I still express myself, it’s just a little different. And I still write, with a pen and paper, when I feel like that’s what I need. And it’s good for me in a different way than blogging.

Even more than that, with the internet, it seems like privacy has gone out the window. If I don’t want to share my life with you, don’t worry about it. Some things are just private and I think with social networking sites, we feel obligated to share with the whole world. And I am not about that life. So, sometimes an internet hiatus is healthy, I think.

Read a book. Write a letter. Draw a picture. And take the pressure off.

Idiot of the Week Blog Hop

Misspelling is Taboo

In addition to my Remember the Time Blog Hop, which I am quite enjoying (if you haven’t read these, they’re pretty good if I do say so myself), I think I want to start posting in the Idiot of the Week Blog Hop. The goal of this one is just to complain and amuse ourselves about some of the ridiculous people around us.

Disclaimer: If I happen to choose you, no offense. If you know anything about me, you know I’m being sarcastic. In addition, if I say something that is truly offensive (and I might, let’s be realistic here, I sometimes forget the power of my words, as many do) please let me know. But, if you do something and you think my blog is about you, maybe consider making a slight improvement. Or not. It’s certainly your decision.

Roseanna and I were playing Taboo the other night (we thought it would be fun, and it was). We got part of the way through the deck and she found herself gazing at this gem of a card:

She gave me a hint and I promptly guessed correctly: Anatomy. And then she followed up with, “Spell it.” Now, Roseanna and I are super goofy and I thought this was her (slightly nerdy) way of making the game more interesting. So I spelled it correctly: A-N-A-T-O-M-Y. And then she asked if there is another spelling of it, because as all English speakers know, some words can be spelled multiple ways and whatnot. So we did what any college student has learned to do when he or she is unsure about spelling (or pretty much anything else): we Googled it. And we were correct.

The maker of this particular card does not know how to spell anatomy. And this would concern me significantly less if I did not know how readily available spell check is. But even so, please, learn to spell properly. Nothing makes you look more ridiculous than not being able to spell.

This card makes the makers of this game look unprofessional and lazy; and besides that, it confuses the players of the game.

Let me just warn all of my readers: if you misspell a word, especially one which sounds exactly as it is spelled, you could very easily end up my Idiot of the Week. With the technology available, with the information available to all of us, there is no reason to misspell common words. Period.

REMEMBER THE TIME BLOG HOP

Roadtrip to Florida!

In an attempt to meet my goal I plan to participate in a thing called a Blog Event. The first one I’m gonna try is called remember the Time Blog Hop. The premise is that once a week, they will post a topic and we will have time to write a post and then share it. This particular event is a memory inspired event, that is to say, we have to share something about the topic they choose from our memories. We’re gonna see how this first one goes and I might get into more as time goes on.

When we were younger, my uncle and my aunt and their three boys lived in Florida. So a few times while they lived there, we took a road trip to visit them. From Texas. Which, for all of you who don’t know, is a very long drive. Not unbearably long, but long. On this particular trip, we were driving, not to Miami, but to Orlando. Because that’s where Disney World is.

For anyone who has not taken a long road trip, and by that I mean 20+ hours, there isn’t much to do. I mean, it’s fun for the first hour or so because you’ve got all your new fancy road trip toys (which in my case were puzzle books and real books mostly). And this was before the time of twelve year olds having phones, so there was no such thing as Facebooking on the trip and Wifi this and Internet that. I had an iPod. That was my electronic device.  Which is fine. I quite enjoyed listening to my iPod (I’m pretty sure my parents thought I was growing a pair of earbuds out of my ears.) Anyway, at about hour six, I decided it was time for a nap with some music because road trip naps are magical; you fall asleep in one place and you wake up in a different state (except if you’re driving through Texas because, let’s be real, Texas lasts forever). . So I laid down across the seat and had my iPod next to me.

I distinctly remember I had just been asleep for maybe ten or twenty minutes  and my little sister, who was maybe 6 or 7 at the time decides she was gonna turn my music up really loud. And Apple did a splendid job with their sound stuff. Those iPods could get pretty loud. So she turned it up all the way. While I was napping. And I screamed. What else was I supposed to do? Thank her for waking me? Uh, no thanks. Well, when I screamed, Mom thought something was wrong (which there was. I was very concerned about being a little old lady at 30 who couldn’t hear). And then she yelled at me. After that, I decided to keep a lock on my iPod, which I’m sure I promptly forgot the code to a few months later and had to hook it up to the computer to undo.

That was the most eventful part of the trip, as much of the rest of the day was passed in a sulky silence. And of course, the following day we arrived in Orlando and we were with family and all was forgiven…but not forgotten. 😉

Other Stuff

The Future of My Blog

As some of you know, I am now a sophomore in college. I am currently working for the school as an RA (and I love it. I told Dad that I’m just going to be an RA forever.). But I am still undecided as far as my major and future go. I am currently taking a few “survey-type” classes that are designed to give students an overview of the subject to see if they are more interested in that particular field.

One of these is a Communication class; it is called Intro to Mass Media. In this class we study the various types of media in use today: books, radio, tv and the like. We started with books (because they are the oldest form of media, and, let’s be honest, the best form of media). At my school, the teachers try relentlessly to bring technology into the classroom and they really do try to help us learn to the best of their abilities. Sometimes, this involves bringing in professionals to speak about their expertise.

Today, we Facetimed with Ronie Kendig. She is a Christian author who, in addition to writing, is married and homeschools her children. When she was asked about Writers’ Block, she said she doesn’t really believe in it. She told us that it may seem like a writer might not have any good ideas, but that’s all part of the process. Her solution was this: keep writing, about anything.

Now, I’m sure anyone who has looked on my blog has seen the lack of posting goin’ on. Mostly because I didn’t really think I had anything worthwhile to say, but also because life happens and time slips away. But I do like writing. I think it’s a good decompressor for me and helps give me something that’s mine. My plan is to try to write something, even if it’s short, every day; this may not always happen, as I am taking 15 hours of school and I’m working, but the goal is going to be at least twice a week.

WordPress has a cool page that gives it’s bloggers suggestions for writing daily. Some days, when I can’t think of anything else, I’ll use these as some inspiration, so some of my posts are gonna seem super random. In addition, if you have suggestions or something you wanna see me write about, please let me know.

Thanks for the support!

-Gabi

Other Stuff

Switched At Birth

Switched at Birth: ASL Episode

I am very lucky to have the opportunity to go to a wonderful school and take American Sign Language as my foreign language. As I’ve mentioned before, I think, in class, we aren’t allowed to talk because our teacher can’t understand us and that’s considered disrespectful.

I also watch Switched at Birth on ABC Family. It’s a great show about two girls who were switched as babies and grew up with the wrong families. Bay grew up in a well-to-do household and went to a private school and had everything handed to her. When she is doing experiments with blood types and things she discovers she can’t possibly be related to her parents. She finds her biological mother (I don’t remember how, that was kinda a long time ago. Sorry.) and the girl who was supposed to have her life, Daphne. Daphne is deaf and goes to a deaf school and her mother has had to work for everything they have ever had. Through a bunch of events, Bay ends up attending Carlton (the deaf school) through a program geared towards teaching hearing kids with deaf family members about ASL and the culture. At the end of the last episode, we found that the school district which Carlton is a part of has decided to close Carlton.

All that to say, I really enjoy the show. And, as I’m sure my mother can tell you, since I’ve started taking ASL, I pick up a lot of the signs they use in the show. I’m always very proud. I really enjoy sign language. It makes sense.

Anyway. Tonight’s episode is all in sign language (don’t worry, there are subtitles, too) and I think you should all watch it. According to the commercial (that’s what the super random link at the top of the post is), it’s supposed to give everyone a glimpse into Deaf Culture. It could inspire you to learn something new or change your mind about something. It’s also the first ever all ASL episode to air on mainstream television. That’s pretty cool.

For everyone who can’t tune in tonight, it should be online @ abcfamily.com after tonight.

Movie Reviews

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Another good one.

The characters are all very strong. Though it is set in high school, I feel like the movie touched on a lot of issues that everyone has all their lives.

The music was unique. Good though.

Though I liked her character, I couldn’t get over Emma Watson’s hair cut. Typical girl issue, I know. She was a strong female role though. She did a good job.

It wasn’t a kids’ movie; I say that knowing it’s rated PG-13 and knowing that plenty of people let their young kids see these movies. It has some very “adult” concepts. It really wasn’t about what I thought it was going to be about. It was kind of depressing. Keep that in mind when/if you let your kids see it.

Movie Reviews

The House at the End of the Street

Last night a group of friends and I went to see The House at the End of the Street with Jennifer Lawrence.

It was pretty good. Not a horror film by any means. It qualifies as a thriller. It was kinda predictable in the actions the characters take. There was a few pretty crazy twists though.

There were a few cheap scares. The music was kinda creepy too.

Jennifer Lawrence clearly likes strong female characters.

My personal opinion: I liked it a lot. 🙂