Testing, Testing!

Hello wonderful people.

I missed you all the last two days of not posting. The reason I have been so silent, assuming you have not checked my twitter feed, is because I decided to move my site over to where you all host. I don’t know if you know, but there is a wordpress.com and a wordpress.org. When you sign up for wordpress.com, your site is hosted through wordpress.com. I did it differently last year. I signed up with Bluehost to host and wordpress.org is the application outside (third party) host servers use.

This year I wanted to be different. I decided to migrate my blog over to .com to make it easier for you all to comment if you want to. Before it was a two click process to view and read my posts from the Reader. I know it was difficult for a few of my friends to do it unless they were on their computers. Now this way, you should be able to view whole posts right in the reader and comment if you’d like without taking extra click steps.

Now if you were to visit some previous posts, you might see some broken images. When I did a general sweep, I only saw it mostly with older Facebook Friday posts. However, if you go browsing and see something messed up, let me know so I can try and fix it depending on how old it is. Other than that, it should work smoothly. If you have some problems though, don’t hesitate to let me know so I can let the Happiness Engineers over here know!

Tomorrow I will be doing Endangered Thursdays but I just wanted to make a test post to get a feel for this side of things. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Facebook Friday 1/12/18

Hey, hey, it’s Facebook Friday!

Facebook Fridays is a weekly segment of RT where I share some fun stuff I observed on Facebook this past week. I share a fun meme or screenshot, a video that resonated in some capacity and a photo of my own.

I went back through my Facebook and Twitter feed and it was all about videos. No pictures and no memes. Actually, there was one picture of me sharing a picture of my cup of chili from Wendy’s because a friend happened to be eating Wendy’s chili for dinner the same night I was! Tragically, the same night I got my chili, my Wendy’s location burned down to the ground. I was exceptionally sad about that because now I have to drive further to get my beloved chicken nuggets. (I know, that’s a terrible thing to say but no one was hurt!)

So today all I have for you is two videos. The first video was posted by Disney and it’s called “Food Art”. Give it a watch! People are so talented:


The next video is a short interview on the Ellen show. I just love Ellen Degeneres. She just seems like such a fun and cool person. Anyway, she had Margot Robbie on her show discussing the first time the two of them had ever met. If you don’t know who Margot Robbie is, she’s been the star in some movies like Suicide Squad where she played Harley Quinn or Focus where she was like Will Smith’s thieving sidekick. The story of their meeting is hysterical. Its so hysterical that you can hardly believe it happened! It involved Ellen, Portia (her wife) and Barrack Obama! Trust me! Just watch it especially if you need a laugh:

That’s it for Facebook Friday. Did you see anything interesting or fun in your social medias this week?? Let me know in the comments below. Have a good weekend everyone and if you live in an area that’s about to get an ice storm, like me, stay warm and stay safe!

TBD… Next Thursday

This is me apologizing for not getting an Endangered post out today and to say that at this point in time, I am most likely skipping it altogether. My brain is essentially in a vegetative state. I had a doctor’s appointment this morning so I came into work 2 hours after my start time and was bombarded with all kinds of orders needing entered, shipments needing to go out, bills needing to be paid and SO many phone calls; and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I am currently drowning my exhausted brain with chocolate covered almonds and counting the minutes til I go home (45 minutes if you were were curious).

I have this idea to mix Endangered Thursdays up by talking about certain processes that animals and even plants experience to survive that humans don’t. For example, hibernation and what happens when an animal hibernates except not hibernation because mostly everyone knows what that is. I saw a really cool video that got my brain synapses thinking in this direction to mix up the blog a little. I’ll still feature animals of course, and sometimes plants, maybe 3 times a month and then processes once a month. I haven’t quite decided quantity yet but I wanted to get your opinions.

So if this is something you would be interested in reading, please let me know in the comments below. And again, I’m sorry! I’m a slacker. I’ll do better next week. But! I will, however, catch up on all your lovely posts from today so look out for comments coming soon to your blog near you.

Secrets

Have you ever been asked to keep a secret?

Or maybe someone told you a secret and told asked you not to tell anyone?

This is going to be a pretty brief post but the reason I bring this is up is because I have this secret. It’s not a damaging secret it’s just something I’ve let my inner circle in on and just haven’t told the world yet. Yesterday, my best friend’s mom kind of blurted the secret on Facebook without really meaning to and luckily I caught it before anyone saw it and deleted her comment. I never told my best friend she couldn’t tell her mother but it was just so unexpected and I freaked, haha. She took it well cause she wasn’t aware (plus there’s a bit of an age gap as well as cultural gap; she’s Chinese) and we proceeded to have a conversation where I ended up asking my friend if I could steal her mom, lol.

Anyway, it got me thinking about secrets. I mean when someone tells you a secret, are you supposed to keep it forever or is it implied that it’s only temporary? Have you ever received a secret and promised not to tell anyone but it was such a big secret that you had to talk to someone about it so you chose someone that has no relation whatsoever to the person who told you the secret just because you needed to feel as if a weight was lifted off your chest? I have to say I’m guilty at that. I’ve never actually kept a secret to myself. I appreciate that the person trusts me and with me going in a round about way to talk about it with someone, I feel as if I’m not voiding the trust there. Secrets weigh heavy on the mind you know? I feel like I have to release it to someone just so I can get a different opinion from my own. I feel like if I only keep it to myself, it may drive me insane. Most of the time the person I end up talking to is my husband. Sometimes he’s excluded because how can you keep a secret from you partner even if it’s not your own you know? Sometimes it’s so exciting that you need someone to release that burst of joy with even for just a moment. I also feel that the choosing of who you tell another person’s secret to shows a measure of trust you have for that individual. They won’t have a need to go off and tell the whole world because they can always swing back around and talk with you about it if they get any additional ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc you know?

Then you have those secrets that you know would change someone’s life. For example, a spouse cheating on their significant other. I touched on this a bit before when I was talking about my husband’s brother and his shenanigans. We knew a secret but we didn’t tell the party it was affecting negatively. Why? Because we felt it wasn’t our business to get involved. Once you’re involved, its forever to get away again. Did I tell a few of my friends this secret however? Yes. I even posted about it to this very blog. Did I break his trust? I don’t think I did. He doesn’t know any of you. He doesn’t even know I have a blog, so in a way did I trust you all with a secret that doesn’t even matter to you or did I need that weight lifted off of me to find some relief from the situation? Tricky things secrets.

What are your thoughts on secrets? Are you able to keep a secret and not tell anyone at all period? Or are you more like me? Let me know in the comments below!

Movies I Watched in 2017

I’ve seen a couple of these posts, most notably from my monkey friend orangutanlibrarian and I thought, why not participate! Because I’ve seen so many, I won’t go into super detail about why I liked them all but I’ll drop a couple sentences here and there. 2017 was probably the biggest movie and TV watching year I’ve had in a really long time. I mean, over Christmas break, I binged watched all 7 seasons of Son of Anarchy! So let’s get started. I had to use Google to remember them all but here we go:

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From left to right:

Split – psychological mind thriller. It’s sort of part of trilogy by M. Night Shyamalan. The first movie was Unbreakable and so they’re tied together with a 3rd one on the horizon.

Fifty Shades Darker – Based on the second 50 Shades book. My coworker turned good friend (cause we both quit that job) begged me to read the books and then decided we’d have valentines dates every year in the form of seeing the 50 Shades movies. We’ll be seeing this last one together next month.

Get Out – Of course we had to go see this movie considering all the hype it got. 100% on the Rotten Tomatoes meter which is pretty rare for them. It’s another psychological/horror type of film that examines a twisted interpretation of how white people treat black people in America basically.

Logan – Farewell film to our buddy Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. I cried like a baby by the end but overall thought it was a good send off.

Beauty and the Beast – Saw this twice. First with my boss and then with a friend. Great reboot and was really happy they inserted original songs! (Dan Stevens is so hot!)

Power Rangers – Reboot of a classic. It was fantastic honestly and they even had cameos from the original cast! Nostalgia ❤

Ghost in the Shell – Phenomenal anime. One of my favorites. I thought I wouldn’t be a huge fan of Scarjo playing an Asian woman but the way it was portrayed actually made a lot of sense. I hope they make a sequel despite all the bad hype the film got.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – I am Groot. Baby Groot in this installment! Great sequel and set us up for Infinity War nicely.

King Arthur – A modern, freaking awesome adaptation of the original King Arthur story. Huge fan of this film and so was my husband is not normally into that kind of stuff. It was great. Hilarious and fun and just worth watching.

Spiderman: Homecoming – Tom Holland plays the best Spiderman yet. I liked the Amazing Spiderman but this one just feels like how a Spiderman film should finally be. We actually got it it for free on Google Play with our new TV we bought over the holidays so now we can rewatch it 50 million times.

Girl’s Trip – Alright so I was skeptical cause usually black comedy films are a let down for me but oh my freaking goodness. Girl’s trip had me crying from laughing so hard. I swear I needed an extra lung just to keep up with all the laughing I was doing. I saw this once with my girlfriend from 50 shades and then I forced my husband to go see it with me again. Seriously, if you need a huge dose of laughter and don’t mind a lot of cursing or raunchy (hilarious as hell) moments, you have to watch this movie. Seriously.

Wonder Woman – I mean that was a given since the year before, haha. Gal Gadot is so beautiful! Oh and Chris Pine is good to look at to 😉 Definitely the best DC film since the Dark Knight Trilogy.

Thor Ragnarok – Huge Marvel fans. We see them all. Thor Ragnarok was soooo fun! Another hilarious film with badass music choices and you get to see Hulk booty (cause these are the things I have to point out to you all, hahaha)

Justice League – Even though DC films are usually bad, we usually go see them anyway. I think the film would have been a tiny bit better if it weren’t for so many plot holes that didn’t make any sense and also Ben Affleck is a terrible Batman. I do look forward to the Aquaman movie though in any case and we’ll probably still see any future DC films.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Another decent installment. I have to admit, I ended up with lots of questions by the end but it’s Star Wars. Can’t not go see them in our household!

Honorable Mention: Okja – This was not released in theaters. It’s a Netflix Original movie but it was so good! You have these superpigs that are introduced into the culture to be like a lab grown meat replacement and they send a specific amount of pigs out into the world to be raised by prize farmers. Then in 10 years or so, they come collect all these pigs for slaughter. But this little girl gets attached to her big and the whole movie is her trying to get her pig back. It’s such a deep movie. I quite enjoyed it.

Movie 2017 in a nutshell! I don’t even want to examine how much money that amounted to be not including all the popcorn we ate at these showings. Think I can top this in 2018?? Have you seen any of these movies or hope to see any of them in the future? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Speech

I literally  had a whole post written up for today. Truly, I did. And then I took a minute (more like ten) to watch a speech because my coworker insisted that I do. I don’t watch award shows very much. Really the only one I make a point to watch every year are the Grammys cause I love music and I love watching people come together over music. Last night, the Golden Globes aired on TV and it got a huge amount of hype. I mean it does every year when you have a ton of actors, actresses and directors coming together to celebrate each other and their accomplishments. This year, all the glamorous people wore black. The color black was to symbolize that time is up in regards to people getting away with sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood and recognizing those who have been strong to come out and tell their “MeToo” stories. The highlight of the night however, besides historical award wins was Oprah Winfrey’s speech when she accepted the Cecil D. Demille Award. I just watched it and let me tell you, I was as moved as everyone in the audience. I mean not only is she eloquent with her words but the conviction in her tone, you can just tell she made a giant impact on everyone in that audience and everyone who watched it secondary like I just did. So, instead of the long post I initially wrote up for today, I’m sharing her speech instead and highly encourage you to watch all 9 minutes and 40 seconds of it because I promise you, it will surely be one you remember:

Facebook Friday 1/5/18

Hey, hey, it’s Facebook Friday and the first Facebook Friday post of the new year! Woot woot!

Facebook Fridays is a weekly segment of RT where I share some fun stuff I observed on Facebook this past week. I share a fun meme or screenshot, a video that resonated in some capacity and a photo of my own.

So, I’m cheating a little bit. This Facebook Friday is going to be a combination of Christmas week and this past week. I was actually more active this week than the previous one but since I already shared my breakfast pictures, I had to reach back a bit to find another one. Although I did share a picture of my spaghetti dinner last night because it was National Spaghetti Day but you all know what spaghetti looks like. 😉

I actually shared a meme in the past two weeks! It was on Twitter but it was a good one:

As for the video, I found this one on Facebook this week and was absolutely mesmerized. How are people so talented?? You have to give this a watch and hopefully it doesn’t want to make you want to buy her art like it made me want to:


Lastly, besides the spaghetti and breakfast chili pictures, I shared a picture of me and my grandma taking a selfie on Christmas Day. I also took a picture of the temperature in my car today to share with the screenshot of what my weather app told me the weather was this morning so I knew how to dress:

That’s it for Facebook Friday! Did you see anything interesting in your social media this week or last? How do you feel about watching artsy type videos? Is it as cold where you are as it is where I am? Let me know in the comments below! Have a good weekend everyone!

Asiatic Lion

I was thinking of what endangered animal I could talk about today and since I have quite a few friends here from India, the animal I’m going to discuss today comes from western India’s Gir National Park. The Asiatic lion at one time roamed the entire continent of Asia and the Middle East. Today, the entire species lives in the Gir National Park where it’s protected.

When you think of where a lion comes from, your first thought is probably the zoo. Well, there are lions in the zoo but that’s not their natural habitat though it looks like it is. Your next thought is probably to think of the Lion King which means Africa. Well, you would be right except that what most people don’t realize is that there is another species of lion besides the common African lion. The scientific name for the Asiatic lion is Panthera leo persica. African lions are Panthera leo. These lions are also known as Asia Lion or Indian Lion. Asiatic lions look similar to their African cousins however they are smaller in physical size and appearance. Appearance wise, they have a very distinctive flap of skin that runs from their chest and across their stomach covering their underside. It ranges in color from a ruddy shade to a silver shade. Another striking difference is the males of the species have smaller, less fluffy manes than their African cousins so you can always see the ears of an Asiatic lion. Height wise, the male Asian lion is about the same height as a female African lioness — 3.6 feet high (110 cm).

Asian lions have prides just like African lions. Their prides are smaller though; only consisting of 2 or 3 females versus a dozen or more. They hunt in packs but they go for smaller prey such as deer, antelope, boar and chital. Sometimes the whole pride is not necessary to hunt and a female lion can take down prey alone. Mating season takes place all year round for the most part. A female lioness can bear up to 6 cubs in a litter. Baby Asian lion cubs open their eyes at 11 days old, walk at 15 days old and are running by a month old. Females become sexually mature at 4 years old and can live to be about 18 in the wild.

Like I said earlier, the entire population of Asiatic lions can only be found in the teak and deciduous forests ans savannas of the Gir National Park where they are federally protected. To date there are a little over 400 individuals and the population seems to be on the incline but the species is still listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red list. Major threats to this species include habitat fragmentation, poison, illegal poaching, inbreeding, drowning and possible bad weather. Habitat fragmentation is a little different than habitat destruction. There are 3 big temples, major roads and a railway that runs through one of the protected areas of the National Park. They attract a lot of pilgrims which could potentially increase human-animal interaction. Farmers in surrounding areas also put up electric fences or poisoned prey to capture the lions as they are a threat to livestock. Poaching still occurs unfortunately even though it’s illegal and since the population is so small, the gene pool is not very diverse. There are wells throughout the area that are not barricade properly so if a lion falls into one, they will drown. Lastly, conservationists are constantly monitoring the weather because one catastrophic wildfire or flood could wipe out the entire species to extinction.

Besides federally protecting the area, there are conservation programs in effect to bring up the population. There’s an initiative to get the 100+ wells barricaded to decrease the chance of lions falling in. There are also breeding programs across parts of India to help boost the population and diversify the genetic pool. Locals in the community are working with the government to patrol the area for poachers. They consider the lion not only the king of the jungle but a symbol of strength and power especially since it’s a religious icon in Hinduism; the goddess Durga rides a lion and the god Narasimha is half lion.

If you’re interested in donating to the cause of protecting this species as well as other endangered Indian animals, check out WWF India here.

Sources: (OurEndangeredWorld, WWFIndia, NatGeo, AnimalSpot)

Image Sources: (BBC, DiscoverWildlife, ChesterZoo)

New Breakfast Staple

I have to start by saying, I absolutely adore the internet.

So I’m sitting on Facebook yesterday just browsing about when an author friend of mine asked if it was okay to eat chili for breakfast because it was -27 degrees Fahrenheit where she was and a hot bowl of chili would warm her right up. Obviously there are no “exclusive” breakfast foods. You can eat whatever you want for breakfast. However the words that stood out to me the most was breakfast and chiliI don’t know about you guys but I’m terrible at eating breakfast. Its hard to get hungry at 6am and it’s also hard to find energy to get up to make anything when you want those extra precious minutes to sleep cause you’re a light sleeper and every little sound plus your bladder wakes you multiple times in the night……. (I’m projecting). So, I decided to search ye ole Google to see if Breakfast chili was actually a thing.

Turns out it is! Most of the recipes only use sausage and tomato but that wasn’t filling enough in my opinion. With a bit more searching, I found a paleo recipe. Now I’m not diet savvy so you know I had to look up what the heck paleo means when it comes to food because when I think of paleo, my mind automatically turns to fossils and then Jurassic Park. Eating paleo means you are eating meats, veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds while cutting out dairy, grains, certain oils and refined sugars from  your diet. Basically stuff you could catch or grow without processing it.

I decided to try the recipe out and let me tell you, what a freaking hit it was in my house last night! So without further ado, here’s the recipe:

1 lb ground breakfast sausage
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 medium sweet potatoes
1 small yellow onion or half of a big one
1 can of crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
1 can of beef broth
1 avocado
1 egg
Crumbled bacon (optional)
3 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
A pinch of salt

Now that’s my modified version because the one online called for garlic, lime juice, hot sauce and onion powder but blah. Trust me, you don’t need it.

  1. Peel and dice your onion. Also, peel and dice the sweet potatoes. I like larger sweet potato chunks, about 1 inch but you can cut them smaller if you like.
  2. In a medium saucepan (I used a cast iron pot I got from TJ Maxx for $16 bucks!), brown your ground sausage and onion with a little olive oil until the sausage is brown and the onion is translucent.
  3. Add your can of tomatoes, half the can of beef broth (about 8 oz), the sweet potato and the spices. turn the heat up til it starts bowling then turn the heat back down to low, cover with a lid and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or until your sweet potatoes are soft but not mushy. While the chili is cooking, you can cut up your avocado; slices or diced, whatever you fancy.
  4. While the chili is cooling down, fry up and egg over easy style. Spoon some chili into a bowl and top with the egg, avocado and whatever else you like to put in your chili.

Believe me when I say, you HAVE to try this recipe. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you can substitute the sausage with whatever meatless substitute you like or maybe just some beans and omit the egg. I was pretty skeptical about sweet potatoes being mixed with chili powder but MAN, was it really, really good. My husband hates sweet potatoes and he LOVED it all! He didn’t add avocado to his though. Gotta draw a line somewhere. 😉 Since I made so much, this will last me all week long which is great cause all I have to do in the morning is fry and egg real quick and voila, hearty breakfast!

Have you ever had anything like this before?? Do you think this is a recipe you might try? Let me know in the comments below!

Caption This

First day back to work and I thought it would fun to post this picture I took while I was on my break. I walked out of the house and you know, you don’t normally look at your feet right away. I didn’t notice the sight until I came back from wherever I went that day and it made me pause and wonder at the story behind it. Maybe a squirrel dropped his cache in the way home because a cat was chasing him on his heels?? Maybe it wasn’t a squirrel at all but a tiny chipmunk who just didn’t have enough space for these last two nuts? Maybe it wasn’t a rodent at all but a cryptic message left to inform me of something important??

What do you think? Is my imagination a little too wild? Let me know in the comments below!