Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles...Oh My!

This post only has to do with the last thing mentioned in the title. But that is besides the point.

Anyhow, I decided to rant a little, because I need to do it right now.

Since the beginning of the summer I have been having a bit of trouble with my car. The first round of problems were on the minor side and easy to fix.

The second time my car had to get taken in to get fixed it was because it started shaking. We had taken it in to get it fixed, but the problem hadn't been addressed then. Before it got taken in to get fixed the second time, it stopped working on me while I was driving it. After that it got taken in and the problem actually got fixed.

Now, for the past week or so, the car has been making grinding related noises. Since I am off today and tomorrow we took it in once I was out of class to get the problem fixed. Hopefully this fixes all of the problems for good.

For the past few weeks the bottom of my computer has been heating up rather fast. Since it started doing that it has made it hard, at least I think it does, to do homework for a long period of time. Because I don't want to accidentally overheat my computer I have been going to the library at school or one of the nearby public libraries and borrow the computers there. My mom suggested that I save up for a new computer.

Once I get my car back from the shop I am really hoping and praying that the car problems stop for good. In the mean time I am going to start saving as much as possible for a new laptop. Right now I have a Windows 7 Acer, and it has been working well for the last three years since I got it. So if anyone has any suggestions on good laptops feel free to leave them in the comments.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Random Balls of Yarn

Well it's actually only one ball of yarn and I just took a couple pictures to share here. I originally wasn't going to post at all this week, but then I changed my mind. 

The idea behind my ball of yarn came off of Pinterest, like the majority of the things that I mention on here. A while ago, as I was scrolling through Pinterest, I came across a pin that showed you how to turn the scraps of yarn into one big ball without having to tie knots. So I saved it and decided to give it a try not to long ago.

Well I couldn't figure out how to do it like how it was being shown in the picture, so I gave up and started tying a bunch of knots in the yarn. As I kept going and finding more yarn to add on, the ball ended up turning into what is seen in the pictures. Now that I am pretty much finished with adding yarn I have no idea on what I am going to do with it. I had thought of using it for a blanket, but I don't know if there is enough yarn for that. Not to mention I am still sort of working on a blanket that I started knitting two years ago. 

Right before I started writing this post I thought of using the yarn to make another pillow or two with. I just know that what ever I end up using the yarn for it is going end up looking interesting with all of the different colors.

When I started writing this post in my head I thought of making some stuff with the yarn and then selling it. But then I changed my mind because depending on what I use the yarn for and if I sold it, I would have to find boxes that were big enough to fit the finished project in, depending on what I made. 

For only having a lamp to use for lighting and the camera on my phone, I think the pictures turned out pretty good. The colors that are showing make it look cool as well. 

Whatever I end up doing with the yarn will have to wait until I am finished making the second pillow, which is almost done, and a hat that my brother wants me to make him. While I am doing those it will give me more time to figure out what to do with it all. I can also start to figure out a knitting project for the yarn that I got back in June since I haven't even touched it since I got it. 

I will do my best to post a picture or two of the pillow and hat once they are both completed. There will also be a blog post coming up in the next few months with the story behind why I made the two pillows. But until then hang around and enjoy the random post that are to follow. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Have Courage and Be Kind

If I am already kind to others and show courage, why do I still need to remember to that?

It is one thing to say that we are kind, or that we have courage. But it is another thing to actually live those words out. There are many different ways to show that you have courage or are kind and to actually live them out. When you say that you do those words often do you really know what they mean?

Here are the definitions of Kindness and Courage that are found in the American Heritage Dictionary:

kind·ness  n.1. The quality or state of being kind.2. An instance of kind behavior: Your kindnesses won't be forgotten.
cour·age  n.The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery.

 By reading over the definitions for these words you know have a better understanding of what they actually mean. But how would they be put into practice? And how would you know when to have kindness or courage?

Knowing when to have courage or show kindness will depend on your surroundings and who you are with. While it may seem daunting to do at first, showing courage and kindness doesn't take much effort. And it is one of those things that just gets easier to do once you get started.

Being kind to others is one of the easiest things to do. All it really takes is for you to start offering to help others or to encourage someone if they need it. Just by saying a few words of offering to help you are making a positive impact on someone. Simply by being polite or carrying on a pleasant conversation you can brighten someone's day if they are feeling down. Even if works of kindness aren't being publicized in the news when they happen, there are still people out in the world who help others with works of kindness.

 Having courage is just as important as being kind to others. Courage can be shown in many different ways, just like it says in the definition. A common way of showing courage is by standing up for yourself or for others when being bullied. By doing that you are showing that you are no longer afraid. Courage can also be shown by moving to a new city or country on your own. You can even show courage by standing up for something that you believe in.

Just by showing courage and kindness you can make a difference in your own life and in someone else's life. So no matter what you do or where you are always remember to have courage for what you believe in and to be kind to others.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Hardly Ever Perfect

Last week I had written a blog post that I was going to share, but then I changed my mind. I changed my mind on posting it because I didn't think that it was good enough to share. I had started writing another post to share. But I didn't get very far with it because I couldn't think of the right words to say.

Why as humans do we have this constant need for perfection?

The way that I see it is that has humans we will always have a hard time being completely perfect. Below is the definition of the word perfection from the American Heritage Dictionary (the definition for perfect can be found here).

Perfection: n.1. The quality or condition of being perfect.2. The act or process of perfecting: Perfection of the invention took years.3. A person or thing considered to be perfect.4. An instance of excellence.
After reading the definitions for the words perfect and perfection you can see why people are always saying that things and people are perfect. But is perfect all that we should really think about? No it isn't. While it is fine to try and find something that is perfect in our lives, perfection shouldn't been the main focus every single day and minute, because hardly anything is going to be truly perfect.

The ultimate perfection that we are seeking can only be found in God and in heaven. Even though there are people out in the world that don't believe in God, the highest form of perfection is found in him. Whether we realize it or not we are hardly ever perfect and that the only way that we can try to find any sort of perfection in our lives is through God. Once we find perfection in God can we start looking for it in our own lives with his help.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Family Adventures and Bonding Time

taken by me
Since my mom's birthday and Labor day were the same day, she wanted to celebrate this past weekend.

On Saturday we started the day off, since the kids didn't have soccer, by going to look at a house that is for sale in our area. It was a pretty decent house and on a nice quiet street. After walking around the house for an hour we went out to a nearby restaurant for lunch. I have been to the place where we went for lunch a few times before and they have good food.

For church on Sunday my mom wanted to go to the Byzantine Liturgy, so we went. If you haven't ever been to the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, I highly recommend that you go to one.

Taken by my mom
After that the plan was to eat lunch in the car as we drove to a beach that a lot of our friends had gone too before and go swimming for a couple hours and then have dinner later. But by the time we left church and got there it was full. So we drove another twenty minutes to a different beach, but that was just as full as the first beach. At the second beach there was a couple spots where we could have parked the car, but by the time we had parked and changed into swimsuits everyone would have been hot and kind of crabby. Instead of dealing with that we just decided to head home.

 On our way back we ended up booking two rooms at the hotel where Amanda works so that we could still swim. Before we went up to the hotel we ran home and packed overnight bags for everyone and then went up there. We went swimming for a while and then hung out in one of the two rooms that we had for a while. After a while we went down to the bar that is in the hotel and got drinks. I had a "Caribbean" and it was pretty good, though I didn't end up drinking it all.

Monday morning we went and had breakfast at "The Great American Bagel" and then went to nine o'clock mass at a near by church. After that we went back to the hotel and swam for an hour and a half. When we finished swimming we changed and came home and chilled for a little while. For dinner we went to The Cheesecake Factory.

Even though part of what my mom wanted to do for her birthday didn't go as originally planned, we still had fun together.