Story Inspired By

It was a strange sight, that truck drowned in overgrown grass. At least cover it up with some dirt, man. If you’ve got enough time to dig up a hole for a truck, what’s stopping you from covering it up? This was my thought process every time I walked down the street on my way to work, wondering at how lazy someone must be to half-bury a truck. The morning I shouted “holy moly”, I was thinking the same thing passing by. Was this a millennial who had done this, what with their short attention spans? And then I shouted, “Holy moly!”

via Fantastical Friday: Trucks and Trucklets — The Nash Tray

This is a first and awesome for me! My post inspired a fantastical continuation by the lovely Nashra. 😀 Check out the story and her entire blog while your there because who doesn’t love fantastical Fridays??

I’ve Been Fixed!

Recap:

Starting yesterday afternoon, I noticed whenever I left comments on an individual’s blog, they did not show up. You, dear individual, did not see them and they didn’t seem to be showing up in the spam queue either. After deactivating and reactivating plugins, changing the theme, checking my host sever, and extensive Googling, I came to the conclusion that it was on Akismet’s end.

I was right.

In the previous post I explained how to contact them if you are having similar issues. I also said it would take up to a week or more from what I read in some forums. This is the email they sent to me after I filled out the contact page:

So I followed the link and essentially you pretend to comment on a blog, present your blog URL and the blog URL you are trying to comment on as a test for them to see what’s going on. When I received this email, I was talking to orangutuanlibrarian and was able to comment on her posts just fine but nobody else’s worked. I thought maybe the problem had fixed itself but I submitted the test form anyway. Better for them to look at my site and be sure nothing’s wrong then for me to assume it’ll automatically fix itself. About an hour ago I got this email:

Hooray! Thank you Carolyn you magnificent Happiness Rocketeer! (Is that not the best job title ever?!) My turtle and I thank you!

 

Akismet Thinks I’m Spam

I thought I would share this in case anyone else has a similiar experience in the future.

Akismet is a backend plugin that protects your blog from getting spam comments on the front end. I’m sure you’ve heard or seen people say they “rescued a comment from the spam queue”, that’s Aksimet.

Yesterday morning I had no problem commenting on all your lovely blogs. By evening, I could not say the same. It all started when Nemo pointed out to me that he could not see the comment box when he went to go leave a comment. He wasn’t the first person to tell me that. I figured maybe there’s some bad code in the theme. So I changed it.

I went to go catch up on the afternoon blog posts rolling in, and comment, when noticed that my comments were not showing up on all your lovely blogs.

I’m sort of a tech nerd so when there’s a web or computer issue, I will spend hours figuring it out. I went on a Google search spree to see what others were saying. Most people kept stating that their comment box wouldn’t show up but that didn’t seem to be a widespread issue for RT. The usual steps are to make sure your browser is up to date, clear cache and cookies, etc etc to rule out software problems. I did all of that. The common denominator here is that this problem was happening across devices. It didn’t matter if I commented from my laptop, tablet or cellphone; the issue remained.

Continuing the process of elimination, I logged in as M to see if she had a commenting issue as well. Her comments show up. Shout out to cwhiteweb for going with my random commenting flow on her post last night. It should also be noted that I can leave comments here on RT but not on anyone else’s blog.

I finally found an article that states that Akismet sometimes oopsies and the bot can mark you as spam if you are a heavy comment-er such as myself. The simplest fix is to contact them and make them aware so that they can remedy that situation:

It can take up to a week so for now you all get to miss out on the awesome things I have to say about your posts because I can only like them and not comment. If it does get fixed and you find yourself with a bunch of comments from me, feel free to delete them because I tried to comment from Reader and on your personal posts page during my process of elimination.

Sea Turtle

 

Today’s animal in our weekly In Danger segment is the sea turtle.

This animal is near and dear to my heart as it is my favorite animal and reminds me of my painted turtle that I rescued from living in a fishbowl. Sea turtles are over 100 million years old and today nearly all species of sea turtle, from coast to coast, are endangered. When you observe a sea turtle, it looks like they can come out of their shell. There was an old cartoon called Franklin where each night he would crawl out of his shell like he was shedding clothing. As cute as that cartoon was, that’s not how it works in real life. The shell is the turtle’s lifeline. Along the inner shell curve is the turtle’s spine. If a turtle breaks its shell, it’s dead.

The reasons sea turtles are endangered are entirely because of humans. It’s really sad but very true. Humans poach these little guys for their eggs, meat, skin and shells. Sea turtles are often caught in human fishing nets. Climate change has changed the ocean temperatures as well as the sand temperatures where sea turtles lay their eggs. Humans also seriously pollute the ocean. If you’ve never seen the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, look it up. Sea turtles often get caught in plastic pop or beer can rings or ingest plastic pieces because they look like food which leads to them getting sick and dying. One last thing, on this long list of depressing facts, humans touching sea turtles can make them sick. I found this out when I lived on the island of Maui for a few months. It’s actually illegal to touch a sea turtle but most people don’t know that or don’t care. The oils from human skin affect a sea turtle’s skin and cause these huge white pustules of fungus to grow on them. I’ve seen them first hand and they’re not pretty.

For the sake of this beautiful creature, please spread awareness or even donate to places like World Wildlife Fund to help bring sea turtles off the endangered list. You can even adopt a turtle! Check out WWF’s page for more information on sea turtles and other endangered species they are striving to help survive.

Test of Time

I have to confess. When I saw the word “evanescent” I immediately thought of the band Evanescence. Am I the only one?

This word has a cool meaning and pairs perfectly with my post from this morning. Check it out if you haven’t.

John, from this morning, had a show and tell story for me a couple of weeks ago. I forget how the conversation started but he ended up telling me about the tree that grew through the car. I looked at him like he was crazy. What do you mean a tree that grew through a car??? He was like, “Take a walk with me. Let me show you” So we make our way to the back of the plant and out the door and he wasn’t kidding:

Of course I needed the whole story after that! 20 years ago, the owner decided he wanted this car. I don’t know cars but it says Continental on it so he wanted a Continental. The problem is, it was all the way in Arizona. So he sent someone to drive cross country to pick this car up and drive it back to Ohio. The car gets here, and it needs a new exhaust. He paid for the exhaust to get fixed and it hasn’t left this driveway since! I don’t know if he just lost interest or what.

I asked John how this tree came to be! He said one of the “doodlies” must have planted itself and over twenty years it just grew. Doodlies are what us young people call helicopters. They look like little seed pods with wings basically and when they fall off the tree they float down like helicopter blades whirring. The tree literally came out of nowhere and did not let this car deter it! It just goes to show you how nature was here before us and can easily take the land back if we let it. You can tell this tree figure out how to grow through this car to the point that it’s actually lifting it off the ground:

Now the owners are contemplating donating this old car and John and I are making it known that this tree, this strong, little tree, has to be saved! If anyone wants this car, they’ll be taking it without the bumper cause this tree is staying.

All It Takes

Back in January, I quit a job I absolutely loved. Let me give you a little background.

I am a huge animal lover. My degree is in Wildlife Conservation. I’ve interned at a few wildlife rehabilitation facilities and I got a once in a lifetime internship on Maui to participate in their endangered bird breeding propagation program for 7 months. This was my passion for sure. I was even offered a job after the internship was over. However, I didn’t except it. The cost of living was just too high and I wasn’t ready to uproot my land life for island life. Paradise is overrated.

I came back and started working in pet retail, vet clinics, and doggy day cares. After a while, two jobs took it’s toll though so a friend offered me a chance to have a full time gig at an upcoming pet store that was slated to open. I jumped at the chance! I was working when I got the call to come interview. I had to go all the way home, change clothes and drive over an hour to interview. I went in with a great attitude even though I was late (damn traffic). I remember sitting in my interview and the woman didn’t ask the usual questions. She asked me things like, “Would you rather be a super hero or a role model?” I’ll never forget when she asked me what I wanted. I told her I’ve been struggling to prove to someone, anyone, to give me a chance. I didn’t know exactly what I was striving for but its all about opportunity and if someone could just give me even a small chance to show that I’m worthy, that’s all a girl can ask for.

I ended up getting that job. A month in, they saw that potential I described and I was promoted to assistant manager. Ironically enough, I loved that job but grew to hate that woman but that’s neither here nor there.

I worked this job for about a year and a half. I made a ton of great friends, like M, and gained a whole new knowledge of the world. Series of events and fraying threads of my sanity led me to the decision to leave this job.


My current work atmosphere is completely different than anything I’ve ever done. I work in an office and I’ve never worked in an office. But the real kicker is majority of the workers here are 25-50 years older than me. I’m not going to lie, my first impression of the place was this is not going to work. I’m one of the youngest and these people are experienced. I know nothing about this product so they probably think I’m stupid.

There’s this one guy in the plant, we’ll call him John, he’s just a grumpy man. When I first met him he was just plain grouchy about life. My first week, I didn’t explore much or talk to anyone except my boss because I knew her. You know that awkward stage of the job where no one talks to you and you don’t talk to them because we’re all strangers.

That didn’t last long. I am definitely a talker.

So John was my first project. Every day, a few times a day, I would go out to the plant, walk up to him and ask him how he’s doing. From there, I started asking him what he’s building. Each day, I pretty much had a new question and each day he would laugh at me for not knowing some things because I’m 30 years younger than he is. I found out that John is one big ole softie. We had a resident stray cat living in the business for a while. John named him Yo-Yo and we got to talking about how he’s rescued 3 cats, soon to be 4 from the place. He takes them to the vet, gets them all their shots and groomed  and takes them home. These small stories led to bigger, revealing stories such as his battle with alcoholism among other things. Now, if I don’t make it out to the plant in the morning, John comes in my office each morning to talk about what he did the night before, or show me pictures on his ancient flip phone, or just to talk. This week he’s been feeling sick and each day, since last Thursday, I’ve been begging him to let me make him a cup of tea. This morning, when he came into my office to have our usual morning conversation, he told me to make him a cup of tea. I had the biggest smile on my face!

It’s the littlest things that can bring out a person’s personality. He’s not the only one I’ve impressed upon since I’ve been here. I’ve pretty much become known for my happy personality and office singing, sometimes dancing, skills. Sometimes all anyone wants is someone to listen to them. It could be something or it could be nothing. Sometimes people just want to smile if just for a minute. I think that’s what I ultimately strive to be. I want to be that person you call to cry to knowing that I’ll drop everything to drive over your house to sit and cry with you and then take you to a movie that I guarantee will make you laugh (true story).

I wasn’t always this way. I didn’t experience anything drastic or traumatic to change me but I like to think I hit that potential I’ve always reached for and everything can only get better from here right?

*Queue Whitney Houston: I found the greeeeeaaatesssst love of all insiiiiiide of meeeee”* and I have lots of it to share 🙂

All You Have To Do Is….

What does this look like to you?

 

 

If you guessed catapult, you’d be sort of right. It looks like you can pull a lever back and fling things, big things, big, human things, into the ocean. It’s actually this:

 

Located at Ka Lae which is considered the southernmost tip of the United States as well as the Big Island Hawaii. It is believed that when the Polynesians arrived, this is where they docked first. It became a great fishing spot where they would drill holes into the cliff to moor their boats while they fished. Now, if you’re a swimmer, I’m not, and you’re fearless, which I’m selective about, you can catapult yourself off this point. There’s a little maneuverability involved, skirting around random deep tidal pools and all that but here’s what it looks like; without jumping of course:

 

 

Let me be clear that these are strong currents. So if you do decide to jump, I hope you’re a strong swimmer or that gorgeous blue water will sweep you away or even into the cliff. If you look to your right you’ll see these:

 

 

Those are 14 turbines along that coast harnessing that unrelenting wind! They power 20% of the island!


If you’re still with me, well not with me, you probably jumped because you’re a brave, strong swimmer!  You just jumped 40 feet. It was awesome and amazing and you can cross it off your bucket list! But now you find yourself asking, how do I get back up? Before you break out those rock climbing skills:

 

 

A handy ladder just for you so you can be back on your way to tell the tale of your awesome cliff jumping adventures to the world!

 

If You’re Feeling Adrift

I just heard this song and I think its perfect.

If you’re feeling some kind of way today, tomorrow, next week sometime, give this song a listen. This is how I feel about all my friends. There are some people in the world who can handle your burdens; who won’t make your situation even seem like a burden at all.

Just remember that during those times. We’re here and we aren’t going anywhere so let loose, hit me with what you got, I promise I can handle it and I’ll help you get through it because it’s my job, as your friend, as your confidante as your random stranger that cares.

There’s always someone here. Remember that. Please.

 

Where did all the people go?
They got scared when the lights went low.
I’ll get you through it nice and slow,
When the world’s spinning out of control.

Afraid of what they might lose
Might get scraped or they might get bruised.
You could beg them, what’s the use?
That’s why it’s called a moment of truth

I’ll get it if you need it,
I’ll search if you don’t see it,
You’re thirsty, I’ll be rain,
You get hurt, I’ll take your pain.

I know you don’t believe it,
But I said it and I still mean it,
When you heard what I told you,
When you get worried I’ll be your soldier.

Funny when times get hard,
At the last moment when you’re supposed to charge,
Always on the longest yard,
Oh, they feel their feet getting cold.

Hiding here, hiding there,
Find them underneath the stairs,
People hiding everywhere,
Trying to be still like a stone.

I’ll get it if you need it,
I’ll search if you can’t see it,
You’re thirsty, I’ll be rain,
You get hurt, I’ll take your pain.

I know you don’t believe it,
But I said it and I still mean it,
When you heard what I told you,
When you get worried I’ll be your soldier.

My aim is so true,
I wanna show you,
I’ll try forever,
I’m never gonna say “surrender”.

I’ll get it if you need it,
I’ll search if you can’t see it,
You’re thirsty, I’ll be rain,
You get hurt, I’ll take your pain.

I know you don’t believe it,
But I said it and I still mean it,
When you heard what I told you,
When you get worried I’ll be your soldier.

I’ll be your soldier
Well I’ll be, oh I’ll be your soldier

I’ll be your soldier

The Goodreads Book Tag

Today’s word, adrift, is synonymous with yesterday’s word unmoored. So, see yesterday’s post for today’s word. I’m going to do this Goodreads Book Tag, courtesy of James, which may or may not contain the daily word somehow.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS ‘READ’?
Seduction Game (I-Team, #7)A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)Technically it was two books because sometimes I have moments where I start a book and then another book comes out so I read that one and then come back and finish the one I was reading.

Seduction Game is ninth and final book of the I-Team series which is a contemporary romance involving investigative reporters. The author was an actual investigative reporter so most of her material in the stories regarding senators, US Marshals, land laws, CIA etc were legitimate because she knew people in these fields. I learned a lot even though it is fiction and the romance is quite hot!

A Court of Wings and Ruin is the third book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series. I won’t say too much about this one if you haven’t read the first book yet but its high fantasy with High Lords and elemental magic and different Courts that rival each other.

Stolen Legacy (Sky Full of Stars, #3)WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
Stolen Legacy is the third book in the Sky Full of Stars series which is a spin off from Buroker’s Fallen Empire Series. These are science fiction, space opera type of stories; think Firefly. The spin off series takes place 10 years after the Fallen Empire series and involves Jelena Marchenko getting assigned her own ship from her mother to begin to take over the family freighter business and the shenanigans her crew encounters while doing their job. I guess I should say that I’m on the review team so I’m sort of required to read this book but I love this author so even if I didn’t receive ARCs I’d read her books.

WHAT Borrowed Souls (Soul Charmer #1)WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS TBR?
Chelsea Mueller is a new author. I believe she normally writes for the heroes and heartbreakers blog and then decided to write her own book. She’s been endorsed heavily by one of my favorite authors, Darynda Jones, so I figure I should probably check out her book at some point.

 

 

WHAT Shards of Honour (Vorkosigan Saga, #1)BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?
I’ve been on a science fiction kick lately so I plan to continue reading that genre for a while, assuming I don’t receive any ARCs in between. Shards of Honour is the first book of the Vorkosigan Saga and has been highly rated on Goodreads as well as from Lindsay Buroker and a few others. There was actually an article the other day about fantastic fictional mothers and apparently one in this series is a good one.

 

DO YOU USE THE STAR RATING SYSTEM?

Yes, I do. If you don’t use it you don’t get awesome recommendations that lead you in what I like to call a “Goodreads spiral” because once you start looking, you can’t stop. I’ve only recently began to leave detailed reviews because I guess my opinion matters to some people sometimes :P.

ARE YOU DOING A 2017 READING CHALLENGE?
Yes, I am. My goal is to read 100 books by the end of this year and they cannot be rereads. This is my attempt to discover new authors.

DO YOU HAVE A WISHLIST?
I have a forever long wishlist and not enough money.

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO BUY NEXT?

Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)

Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)

The Bonds of Blood (The Final Formula Series, #4.6)

The Fifth Essence (The Final Formula Series, #5)

 

 

 

 

 

I just bought these four books last Thursday. The first two are the 8th and 9th books of the Kate Daniels series. I let M borrow the books to read and she’s plowing through them faster than I anticipated so I bought the two I was missing so she’ll have them when she gets there. The second two are books 4.6 and 5 of the Final Formula series. My mom bought me the other part of the series on my birthday earlier this  month and the paperback for The Fifth Essence didn’t hit until last week. Soon as they arrive both my series will be complete. I’ll probably buy books from other series that I’m still missing.

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE QUOTES? SHARE A FEW.

“Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he or she really is.”

“A no and a no and a nothing equals something”

“I’m not weird. I’m gifted” -Keychain

I don’t know who quoted the first two. They’ve been on my Facebook page since it’s inception.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Oh lord. I’m going to go based off the books I own because I have a ton of favorites:

Lindsay Buroker
Becca Andre
Phillip Pullman
Alexandre Dumas
Darynda Jones
Ilona Andrews
Nalini Singh
Judith McNaught
Sandra Brown
J.K. Rowling
Richelle Mead

Just to name a few…

HAVE YOU JOINED ANY GROUPS?

I have on Goodreads but I never look at them. However I follow a lot of groups on Twitter, as well as my favorite authors if that counts. I like having direct communication.

 

This is me. Happily “adrift” in a sea of stories. 🙂

Unmoored? Maybe?

These words man..

I looked up synonyms to this one and most of them say loose, adrift, without an anchor and all I can think about is this picture:

I mean it’s technically unmoored in a sea of grass right?!

My husband sent me this picture while he was working. He believes the people who live their intentionally buried their truck. Like they woke up one day, when to start the truck and it was dead. Instead of scraping it, they do what most do with beloved dead things and they buried it in their yard. I imagine it was a nice gardening project; step one dig a hole, step 2, put truck in hole, step three, throw a bunch a grass seed around it so it becomes a decorative lawn ornament.

I’d like to think maybe that whole situation used to be a river and in someone got stranded and left their truck and then over time nature just took over. Or maybe it’s not a full truck at all and it’s just the top of a truck but then who had the patience to cut a truck in half? I mean you just don’t pick these kinds of things up at a yard sale!

Or maybe it’s an alien sign so they know where to land their spaceship…

The things you see driving around these towns, I swear.

What do you think is the real story? Hit me up in the comments!