All posts by dfox1992

I am an undergrad at FIU studying to be an elementary school teacher. I have dabbled in art and love to research whatever my next obsession is. I live in a one bedroom apartment with my significant other in Miami, FL.

OCD or Anal Retentive?

Today’s Daily Post prompt is about what is messier: my room or my desktop or favorite device’s home screen.

To be perfectly honest, not too long ago that probably would have been my room. When I lived in my childhood home, my room was notorious for being a sty. I had no pride in my room and I usually was the only one who would go in there. I would sleep with clothes all over the bed, sometimes sleeping on a bed made of clothes. Shoes were nowhere to be found, art supplies, left everywhere, old plates and cups of food and drink on top of my desk or my headboard. It really was very disgusting.

Since moving out on my own (and it didn’t happen overnight, I can assure you) I have become extra neat. I don’t like to leave things lying around, I get grossed out by old food being out, and clothes on the bathroom floor upset me. I’ve always been a little crazy about my computer desktop and my phone and iPad screen being organized into folders and in a certain order by how much I use certain folders or apps.

I wouldn’t necessarily say I am completely anal retentive although I like to do things a certain way and when they aren’t done that way I sometimes have small freak outs. But I am not completely OCD either. I work like a mess, I just can’t stand to see the mess after I am done.

When I cook, you can be sure there will be dirty dishes everywhere and leftover cuttings from veggies on the counter and open packages littering the countertops. But after I finish eating, I immediately start to clean.

When I am doing homework I have to start with a completely clean space. I can’t even begin to do homework if there is a mess somewhere in the house. But when I start my homework, there are books lying on every open space, snack wrappers in a pile on the floor, pencils getting lost in couch cushions. Total, hot mess. But as soon as I am done it all goes back into its own special nook or cranny. Everything has a place and everything ends up very organized.

So what is messier right now? My room or my technology? I guess my room would be the messiest because I haven’t made the bed today (the only thing I don’t really care too much about unless I am going to be working on schoolwork in the room – which is rare) because my technology is always immaculate.

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My immaculately neat desktop. I originally didn’t want anything on it, but realized that wasn’t user-friendly so now I keep it to the bare minimum.
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Weekend Review: Movie Marathon Weekend

So this weekend, me and the boyfriend decided to stay in and just watch movie after movie. He has this “guy” that gets him bootlegs so we had a ton of new movies to watch.

The Internship

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This was really funny, but I’m glad I waited to see it at home rather than to pay an arm and a leg to see it in theaters. I did not realize how old Owen Wilson was getting. You could really see his age in this movie.

It was a feel good comedy that was about two older guys who are salesmen and are a little bit lost career-wise. They end up without a job or any good prospects for jobs so they lie about their experience and get accepted for an internship at Google based completely on their personalities and their creativity. Even tough they know absolutely nothing about technology or coding or anything “Googley” they are great motivators and are extremely innovative in their ideas. Their goal is to help their team make it to the top of the internship program so they can get a job at Google.

Lucy

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To be honest I fell asleep toward the end of this one. It was very action-packed and of course Morgan Freeman (AKA God) was in it so I liked that, but it was very unrealistic and the quality of this disk was not as good as the others so it was starting to give me a headache.

Lucy is a girl who ends up being forced to smuggle a new drug for a crime boss in China (I think) because they surgically insert the drugs in her body. Then she gets beat up and the bag of drugs opens in her body causing her to be affected by this odd drug that lows you to use more of your brain. Because of the overdose, she ends up being able to use the total capacity of her brain. This starts to make her less than human though and more like a machine. I really wasn’t that into it, but I’d be willing to give it a second chance and watch it again.

Game of Assassins

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I really did not like this one. This group of people who have all committed murder for one reason or another are thrown into this killer castle obstacle course and are played into making choices about keeping other people alive or killing them for their sakes or the sake of someone close to them. There is also a back story with one of the characters and his father, but it really didn’t make sense to me. Very gory for no apparent reason and I wasn’t really fond of the plot…

Edge of Tomorrow

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Tom Cruise. Need I say more. No really though, this movie was interesting. It had the same feel as Dejavu where the main character repeats the same day over and over. It can become a little stressful for those watching it, but all in all it wasn’t a bad movie.

There are aliens attacking the earth. Tom Cruise plays an army guy who is sent with a group of people to kill the aliens in these super cool metal suits that make them almost superhuman and every time he dies, he comes back to the same time not he same day to repeat it and fix his mistakes. There are other people who come back too and they all work together to get rid of the aliens.

Captain America: Winter Soldier

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If you have seen my post Top 10 Movie Marathons then you already know I absolutely love all things Marvel. The comic books, the movies, the characters, and the villains. So watching this movie was a no brainer. I was so upset when we couldn’t see it in theaters. There are not many times where I actually want to leave the house to see a movie ,but Marvel movies are definitely an exception to that rule.

It was excellent as always, regardless of what other people told me. I remain faithful to my Marvel movies. Action-packed, lots of great background stories and charter development. Interesting twists and conflicts, great graphics, costumes, etc. Basically, everything you could expect from a Marvel Movie.

The November Man

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My boyfriend convinced me to watch this one because the guy from 007 was in it. I’m glad I watched it. It’s an action packed, spy/assassin type movie and those are always fun.

It takes place in Russia and there is a corrupt politician that the CIA is trying to take down. Turns out that the corruption goes into the CIA and needless to say the god guys win and the evil Russian politician dies. Exactly the way I like my spy movies to end. I’m easy to please.

Vampire Academy

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This movie was picked out special for me because of my love for all things vampire and young adult. I swear I will be 80 and still reading young adult books and watching the movies that come out because of them. I am not a fan girl of Vampire Diaries (yet) but I already downloaded the first book after watching the movie.

It was definitely a different take on the whole vampire/human relationship than I’ve ever experienced. In this vampire story, there are special humans, Damphirs, that are the guardians for a race of vampires called the Moroi. These are the good, cultured vampires who do not kill. The Damphir protect the Moroi from the Strigoi which are a race of vampire that are evil and ugly and awful in every way.

Lissa and Rose are connected, Damphir and Moroi, and they are both extra special in their world. They attend the “Vampire Academy” where they learn respective skills as well as all the regular subjects such as history and math. Someone is threatening Lissa though and it is up to Rose to find out who and stop them from hurting her.

Life After Beth

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I had ever even heard of this movie and now I know why. It was… strange, to say the least. I can’t even really say I liked it, it was so odd. it has the guy who plays Harry Osborne in the new Spiderman movies starring in it.

It’s a zombie apocalypse movie where this guy’s dead girlfriend, Beth, comes back to life after her funeral and slowly turns into a creepy zombie. He could tell there was something weird going on with her but it isn’t until she tastes human flesh that she really, truly goes bonkers. And it isn’t just Beth whose come back. All over town, dead people are showing up back at their houses. Eventually the zombies start attacking and people have to start re-killing their loved ones again. What was weird was that the zombies were completely cognizant and had most of their old memories so they are like their regular selves until you make them angry or they eat you.

So, that was my weekend in a wrap. Did you watch any good movies over the weekend? Any recommendations for me to watch (preferably at home)?

Top 10 Things I Would Do With an Extra Hour a Day

One of my most frequent statuses on Facebook is that there really is not enough time in the day. With all of the schoolwork and house chores I have to get done on a regular basis, I am most often then not, left with no me time. If they could add just one hour extra to each day, there are so many possibilities for my day.

Here are the top ten things I would do if I had just one hour extra a day (not in any specific order):

  1. For one thing, I would have more time to blog and maybe I wouldn’t have had such a hiatus. I love to write, whether it is in my blog or in my own private journal, but I usually don’t have the time, which really sucks because I think that self reflection is extremely important psychologically.
  2. Another thing I could do with my extra hour is yoga. I actually need to do yoga per doctor’s orders, but with all the schoolwork that needs to get done, my physical fitness and health usually has to take the back burner.
  3. If there was an extra hour in each day, I could read more books for fun. It sucks having to read textbooks all the time. They are boring and make you think you hate reading, but that’s not true. I just hate reading textbooks. With an extra hour a day I could read fun books to get me out of my head (and that would probably keep my stress levels lower too).
  4. I could play with my cat, Athena, and make some pretty great cat videos that would eventually be posted to this blog. She is just a kitten and I feel like she doesn’t get all the attention she deserves since I am so busy with school all the time.
  5. I could start taking pictures again. I would actually have a little extra time for photography. I’m not talking about long photo walks or anything like that, but I’m talking about a nice 15 to 30 minute walk after dinner with just my camera. It’s got a layer of dust about an inch thick, I swear.
  6. I could bake yummy goodies for the house. My boyfriend is always saying he wishes we could have fresh baked brownies and cookies every once in a while and I love to bad, but it really is very time consuming. However, with an extra hour a day, I could actually bake something at least once a week to have some yummy sweet treats in the house for my hubby and me.
  7. I could spend some more time with my family if I had an extra hour a day. I could actually visit my grandmother or mother. My grandmother says she hasn’t seen me since early September. That’s really unforgivable, but with all the homework and chores I have to do on a daily basis, I can’t afford to visit with Grammies even just for an hour.
  8. I could start crafting. I love doing crafts and DIY projects, but I just don’t have the time for stuff like that. I started learning how to crochet and want to crochet an Afghan for our couch, but don’t have the time available to put into it, but I bet if I were to crochet just for an hour each day, I could have that Afghan ready by the time the cold weaner comes (it comes late here in Miami).
  9. I could spend time on my hygiene and appearance. I’m not saying I don’t shower every day (I do), but an extra hour would give me the time to straighten my hair or actually do something with it. Maybe I could start putting on makeup and making myself look pretty. I would have the time to actually take care of my face the way I’m supposed to, not just the quick wash I do in the morning and at night before jumping in bed. I could use exfoliators and moisturizers and astringents, and all that crap they tell me is good for my skin. It would be nice to be pretty every once in a while instead of looking like the crazy, burned out I feel.
  10. Finally, with an extra hour a day, I could actually get a full nights sleep without worrying that I won’t have enough time to get things done. I could actually use the snooze button on my alarm that I only dare to use sometimes and then regret it later.

Breaking the Block: The Reader’s Block

I’m going to start using the Daily Post prompts to help me write every day. Just so I can start getting back to blogging regularly. The Daily Post for today was about Reader’s Block.

I think the longest I ever went without reading a book that was for fun (I’m always reading after all, such is the life of a college student) was three months. Sometimes I get so caught up in school stuff and reading textbooks or children’s picture books for class that I don’t want to read, that I forget reading is for fun too.

Whenever this happens I get antsy. I’m an avid reader after all. I spent a whole summer in elementary school where I only left my room to eat and go to the library to get more books. I must have read over 75 books that summer!

However, I wouldn’t say there’s one particular book that gets me reading again when this happens. I’m always itching to read, but when I find myself stuck reading only things I HAVE to read as opposed to reading for pleasure, I always go back to my favorite series.

See, my theory is that I stop reading because of my excuse that I don’t have time to read with everything going on in life, but that simply isn’t true. I start to read one of my favorite childhood series such as Harry Potter or Anne of Green Gables I don’t have the pressure of having to focus so much on the plot because I already know it and I have that safety blanket that if I can’t finish the book I won’t be upset because I’ve already finished it before. But what starts to happen is I realize there is always some time to read for fun. There is always a need for some me time. And I start to see new books I want to read.

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That’s how I break the block. Easing myself into reading new things by starting with some old favorites.

If one cannot read a book over and over again, there is no use reading it at all. – Oscar Wilde

 

It’s Been a While…

It’s been a while since I last posted and a lot has happened to me in that year. Here’s what I’ve missed out on:

  • I moved again, to a smaller on bedroom with my boyfriend within the same complex and I am totally obsessed with my apartment. It’s beautiful and all my own again.
  • We got a kitten last Sunday. She’s all black with hello-green eyes and about 11 weeks old. She is absolutely precious.
  • I am in my final year of school and have had to stop working all together to keep up with school work and all my assignments.
  • I’ve learned how to crochet. I’m not a pro yet, but I can crochet a blanket or scarf if I wanted to.
  • I started gardening, and then my brother got into a car accident and my garden died, and now I am trying to regrow my garden. Right now I have two strawberry and two tomato plants trying to grow on my balcony.
  • I went vegetarian on the weekdays, then full veg, then vegan, then back to vegetarian eating fish and chicken very occasionally for health reasons.
  • Oh, and I’m doing yoga now too (at home of course).

So basically, I am still a homebody and proud of it. In fact, I am leaving my house less and less every day. I had been caught up with work and school and I had stopped blogging, but I am finding that if I don’t start making some time for me, even if it is just little projects like this blog, I am going to drive myself crazy so I want to start using this blog to motivate myself with little projects that are just for me: gardening, cat photos and videos of the newest addition to our family, reading books, watching movies and TV shows, and cooking new and delicious meals.

Here are some of the pics of the new place! I’m super psyched about it. The wood-looking foods (it’s really linoleum but it looks great either way) makes the place seem homier than the last two apartment we had. The kitchen is all updated with brand new appliances, countertops, and cabinets.

The updated kitchen in my new apartment. I love that the floors look like wood.
The updated kitchen in my new apartment. I love that the floors look like wood.
Smaller living room, but it just feels cozier to me.
Smaller living room, but it just feels cozier to me.
Panorama view of our bedroom with the new furniture inside it.
Panorama view of our bedroom with the new furniture inside it.
Panorama view of the living area and kitchen in the new apartment. I'm totally in love!
Panorama view of the living area and kitchen in the new apartment. I’m totally in love!

Here is our beautiful new kite Athena. We adopted her from PetsMart when she was 10 weeks old last Sunday, so she is now 11 weeks old. She is playful and cuddly and wonderful. She also keeps me company when I’m home alone. She’s kind of like my boyfriend and I’s child since we aren’t planning on having any children of our own.

Here is Athena on adoption day. She was too cute and she was the most loving and playful cat there. My boyfriend chose her because she licked him and looked like a panther. (Can you believe they had named this beauty Maxine?! That had to be changed right away.)
Here is Athena on adoption day. She was too cute and she was the most loving and playful cat there. My boyfriend chose her because she licked him and looked like a panther. (Can you believe they had named this beauty Maxine?! That had to be changed right away.)
Here is Athena in her new home, loving life and obsessed with watching TV like me. Definitely my child.
Here is Athena in her new home, loving life and obsessed with watching TV like me. Definitely my child.

And here is a sneak peek at my garden. It’s not much to look at right now but soon I can transplant those tomatoes and hopefully I will have tomatoes and strawberries in the spring!

Strawberries and tomatoes growing on my balcony.
Strawberries and tomatoes growing on my balcony.

So that is my update for today. I’m going to be posting regularly about the movies and TV shows I’m watching and the books that I’m reading as well as some fun new recipes!

I’ve got a new home

This weekend we moved into a two bedroom with my cousin. I love this place! We have our own little hallways, my bathroom is bigger and my closet is bigger, since we are living with someone else all of our office stuff and books are in our room now.

When we lived in the one bedroom on our own I didn’t spend much time in our room except to maybe watch tv before I slept. Since moving here I feel like my room is my sanctuary.

Not that moving in with my cousin was a bad thing. Actually, so far it’s really great. I have someone to eat dinner with. I’m not home alone when my boyfriend is at work. No having him here is great, but my room feels like a special place now.

Moving has also given me the chance to become more organized. I’m setting up a place for everything and everything in its place (now if only I could get my boyfriend to understand how that works) and I even set up a cleaning schedule so the apartment can stay nice.

Hopefully everything will be organized by the time fall semester starts so that I can be organized with school too and still manage to have a social life.

I can see myself spending lots if time in this apartment. Baking days have already been arranged and I’m looking for a day that we can craft or have a sketch in.