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!

Awesome Blogger Award

RT has been nominated for the Awesome Blogger Award! Woohoo! I’d like to thank Nemo over at Beautiful Mind for this awesome (haha!) nomination! Nemo writes short stories and shares beautiful photos of places he’s visited. His stories are truly amazing. He sets the scene really well in your mind and be prepared to get a tug on your emotions sometimes!

Here are the acknowledgements and the rules:

This award was created by miss Maggie over at dreaming of Guatemala! And she says :

“This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”

RULES OF THIS AWARD:

  • Thank the person who nominated you. Include the reason behind the award. Include the banner in your post.
  • Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  • Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
  • Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated!

And here are Nemo’s questions and my answers:

  • Why do you write?

I write because it’s fun. I’m a reader and a thinker so it’s nice to have an outlet for all of my thoughts. I also like sharing my crazy day stories with you wonderful people. Most of them are funny and laughter is the best medicine.

  • Have you ever experienced a critical comment (justified or unjustified) on your posts or comments? How did you you deal with it?

I have! I wrote a post about how awesome the show Outlander is and how I barely made it through the first 2 books because they were way too long and I got slammed by an Outlander superfan for saying that (I thought it was funny; just sayin!) I told her I’m sorry I upset her but when it comes to books and their television adaptions, there will always be a difference of opinion and I also told her I’m glad she’s a superfan and I’m sure Diana Gabaldon would applaud her if she saw my blog!

  • Do you believe in chance or luck? Or everything is based on logic?

Hmm. I’m a very logical thinker but I do believe in luck. Can you have logic with a side of luck? Is that a thing?

  • Do you believe you have got to read a lot to write?

I’ve been asked a similar question before and I don’t think you have to read a lot to write but I think many of us draw our inspiration from reading, whether it be a book, blog, forum, etc so I do believe that a well rounded read background makes for a good writer.

  • One thing you dislike about my blog ( I know it’s weird, but I need to rectify myself as well 🙂  )

I don’t dislike your blog. I have issues with my own blog because I’m wishy washy but I think your blog is nice!

  • Have you ever tried hypnosis or self-hypnosis?

I have not. It’s never crossed my mind to want to try it but I’m not opposed to trying it if the opportunity arose!

  • If you are given two choices – death for denying to accept a lie as a truth, life for accepting a truth as a lie, what would you choose?

The former. I used to lie a good bit and it’s not healthy. Now I’m brutally truthful and I’m not a fan of liars.

  • Do you prefer working alone in your own way or always prefer to get someone as your partner?

I want to note that this is totally a job interview question in which case the correct answer is I love working with a team but I’m not opposed to working alone 😛

  • How do you define yourself in one sentence?

One sentence?? Geez. Um… I am a down to earth girl who loves her husband, reading, and wants to have as many friends as possible because I love learning about people and going on adventures even if they’re imaginary! (Run on sentence I know)

  • Tag your own favourite post you posted here.

My favorite post… I need to look. I think it’s between Yum! and Keep Calm and Scream. The former because I got a lot of responses back about food combinations from around the world and the latter because it’s hilarious!

Bonus questions because Nemo also nominated RT for the Mystery Blogger Award, which I’ve done, but I like his questions so I’m going to answer 2 of them here:

  • Do you love reading? Name the favourite book and tell the reason.

Reading is life. I breathe to read. I have SO many favorites that this post would get longer than it already is so I guess I’ll say my current favorite author is Lindsay Buroker who writes my favorite series’ Fallen Empire and The Emperor’s Edge. They are both science fiction. The first is a space opera of sorts. It’s set in space and features a badass pilot, Alisa Marchenko and her crew that start out as a simple freighter but ends up getting into some crazy adventures with cyborgs and Starseers. The second one is science fiction steampunk that stars Amaranthe Lokdon, a military official who strives to be commander someday but ends up getting a mission encounter with an assassin, Sicarius, and from there they end up getting a crew together to try and save the future emperor. Look them up on Goodreads and then read them! You won’t be disappointed!

  • If you are given an option to live the rest of the life in Mars – what is the one thing you will essentially take with you? (Of course not water, food etc. like that 🙂  )

My husband so I’m not bored but since he’s not a thing, books; Or a tablet with a thousand books on it.

I nominate:

cwhiteweb

James

Roda

mainepaperpusher

The Robin’s Nest

I’m going to cheat a little time because I like some of Nemo’s questions so I’m copying a couple:

  • What are you currently binge watching or plan to binge watch?
  • Have you ever experienced a critical comment (justified or unjustified) on your posts or comments? How did you you deal with it?
  • Do you believe in chance or luck? Or everything is based on logic?
  • Android or Apple?
  • What’s something on your bucket list that you hope to do in the next 5 years?
  • Hot sub or cold sub?
  • If you are given two choices – death for denying to accept a lie as a truth, life for accepting a truth as a lie, what would you choose?
  • Polar bears or Pandas?
  • If you could travel, all expenses paid, to anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
  • Tag your own favourite post you posted here.

 

 

The Odds

You know what I’m notorious for?

Signing up for giveaways when there’s a one in million chance I’ll actually win. I see a giveaway or a contest for a bundle of books, a car, a vacation in Japan; I enter them instantly. It’s a bad habit. Want to know why? Because there is a one and gazillion chance I might actually win. Gazillion is a lot. But what if you know?

The real problem though is I get upset later when I get spammed with emails not related to the giveaway. Please only email me if I won something. I don’t need to know about every single promotion every hour, every single day. Gmail is awesome because it filters that kind of stuff into Promotions so you only have to look at them if you want to. I ignore them most of the time but then I have this weird OCD sort of wanting all my emails to be marked as read. There’s a one click button that will make everything read of course but once you open the tab itself you start looking anyway and then get stuck in this spiral of promotions, which makes me even more angry. Then I decide I want to unsubscribe from them all. That in itself is a whole process! You click the unsubscribe button and get transferred to a site and then want to know why you want to unsubscribe and all you want are the emails to stop but it takes a week for that to *maybe* happen and in the meantime you’re still getting emails.

This is why I have three emails. One for bills, one for social media and one for junk. The junk one, the one you never look at, is the one you give for random things when you don’t want people to know your other two. But then it’s hard because it comes back around to what if you win something?? You wouldn’t even know if it went to the junk email address because you didn’t check it. Opportunity lost; just like that.

Around Christmas I like to sign up for Ellen Degeneres’ 12 days of Christmas giveaways. Who wouldn’t want the goods Ellen likes to giveaway on a regular right?? I like free as much as the next person. So do I use junk email and make sure to check it or do I use one of the other two and add to my collection of junk I’m still trying to unsubscribe from?

Decisions!

 

Tasmanian Devil

Growing up watching Looney Tunes did not do the Tasmanian Devil the justice it deserves. Being the size of a small dog, they’re actually sort of cute little Austrialian pups. …see for yourself. 😛 

The name for these guys may be a little deceiving, as scientists have found. They mainly live in the state of Tasmania and are extinct in their original homeland of Australia. Hunters were killing dingoes for their pelts and when they ran out of dingoes they turned to the next best thing. The claim was that they were a massive threat to livestock and so they needed to be dealt with accordingly. Some 50 years later researchers are finding that they, along with many humans, are victims of facial and skin tumors and cancers. As a result, many are being sent to zoos in order to help provide better care for them.

While they do rip and shread their prey, they are somewhat communal animals. Once mated they protect and fight for their female at all costs…and we all know how that goes! 😉

All in all, just some food for thought. I’m sure those farmers and hunters didn’t dream that what they were doing to a group of animals in the mid 1940’s would impact them so many years later. Unfortunately, it is still happening today with many other groups of animals for a variety of reasons. You’d like we’d have learned something by now.

If you’re interested in learning more the Parks and wildlife service have got you covered.

Everybody Poops

Does the daily post have a random word generator? Farce is another word I do not use on a regular basis. I googled synonyms because that’s how I find words that I actually do use on a regular basis and came up with absurd, joke, satire, etc. So I decided to talk about this book:

This is a real thing. I assure you. I found the 18th and 19th edition! That just tells you how popular these books must be. Here’s the synopsis on the back of the book, word for word:

Uncle John’s Fast-Acting Long-Lasting Bathroom Reader will cure chronic boredom, calm the hungry mind and relieve your aching funny bone as you absorb these fun and fascinating pages. As always, the contents are divided by length: Quickies, for the reader on the go, Medium for a regular stay, Long if you’re staying a little longer, and an Extended-Sitting Section for those leg-numbing visits

To add to that, the words are curved on the back of the book to simulate the roundness of a toilet! Genius.

Back to what I was saying, everybody poops. If you don’t, you have a problem and should see a doctor immediately. One of the stories I found when flipping through this book (I may or may not have been on the toilet at the time) was toilet paper story number 21. It’s called “They Are What You Eat” with the tagline “You eat these products and drink a few of them too. But how much do you know about the people they are named for?” I was drawn to the story about Earl Grey. Even if you’re not a tea drinker, you have to have heard of Earl Grey or seen it at your favorite coffee shop or in the grocery. Here’s a bit of a history lesson for you.

Earl Grey was actually a title. His real name was Charles Grey and he was the second prime minister, they called them Earl Grey, of Great Britain and he ended slavery throughout the British Empire. The tea got dubbed Earl Grey because a British envoy saved an important Chinese government official who was so grateful he sent this wonderful gift of black tea flavored by bergamot oil. Bergamot is a citrus fruit if you were wondering. I had to google it because it doesn’t sound like a citrus fruit to me at all. Anyway, here’s the kicker. When Grey’s tea supply became low, he’d asked his tea merchant, Twinings, to make more. It became so popular with the people of town that they would go to Twinings and ask for “Earl Grey’s” tea.

What a cool story right?? The more you know.

As an extra laugh, I showed my co-worker this book and she told me she keeps a toilet log in her bathroom so when she has gatherings and people go to poop, they can write things in the toilet log for others to read and add to when they find themselves having an “extended stay”.

That’s one of the best ideas ever! What do you think?

Medici Family

When my husband and I honeymooned in Firenze (Florence) back in 2015, this was one of our stops. In case you don’t know who this is, it’s the statue of David by Michelangelo. We learned all about him and were told that this is usually the main attraction for tourists. Obviously we were no exception but he wasn’t what enthralled us the most.

Everywhere you look in Florence you’ll see signs of the Medici family in some form or fashion. From the buildings, bridges, artwork and even to the actual bones of the family, some buried, some in the Medici Chappelle. They were the richest, influential family of their time!

From the left you have the beautifully painted ceiling, called The Chapel of the Princes. It’s located in the Mausoleum of the Medici Chappelle. It’s shaped like an octagon because at each point there are bronze statues that are supposedly sarcophagi that contain the Grand Dukes. The entire room is made up of different colored marble and semi-precious stones. This is one of many works of architectural art that celebrate the power the Medicis had for several centuries.

Next you have the Ponte Vecchio which has an amazing history! This bridge was built in 1345, commissioned by the Medici family because they wanted easy access from Uffzi to Palazzo Pitti. As we were told, during WWII, instead of blowing up the bridge and blocking access, the Germans were so awed by the bridge that they decided not to destroy it. There was also a huge flood in 1966 that this old bridge withstood. Today you’ll find TONS of jewelry shops on the bridge. But back in the 13th century there were butchers, tanners and fishmongers on the bridge. They would literally throw their animal waste into the river. Even today that river smells and tourists are highly recommended not to go in the water because you may catch some nasty water parasite. In the 1500’s it was decreed that only goldsmiths were allowed on the bridge hence why there’s only jewelry shops now.

The last picture is one of many Medici bones, immortalized forever, in the Medici Chappelle.