Rant Time & Update

Salvete Amici,

Rant:

Yesterday I got a facebook friend request.  From my sister’s friends.  From a 12 year old.

Now, I don’t know about you, but this felt morally wrong to me.  Why?

1)  Facebook is a place where stupid mistakes happen.  It’s so easy, when you’re a tween, to put out too much personal information, get into facebook fights, post pictures you’ll regret, etc.,.  The list goes on.  Even my dad posts things that he regrets, and he’s middle-aged.

2)I really don’t think it’s a place that young tweens should be wasting their time on.  I didn’t even get a facebook until last year, and I don’t think it majorly revolutionized my life in any way…  There are so many more meaningful things a kid can be doing that trolling through their friend’s friends’ pages.

3)  Most importantly, my sister is not allowed to have a facebook.  And if I ‘friend’ her friend it would be like saying, I don’t respect a) the facebok regulations (ages 13 and up only) but mostly b) my parent’s beliefs and parenting ideas.

Anyway, maybe I’m just old-fashioned…  : /

Update:

Wow, so many things have happened!  In no particular order-

1)  My Biology teacher wears a different tie every class and I just think that’s so cool.  I decided to get one too.  Holla if you like the girl-wearing-tie fashion!

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2)  My Dad had to leave today.  He’s going to be in another country for three months!  😦  I’m really going to miss him, but it’s for his job so I guess that’s good.  I also wish I could go with him 😀  I want to travel!!  But yeah, I’m a little sad today…

3)  Not to promote myself but––I made a picture the day before yesterday and  I’m really proud of it…!

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4)  I’m going to be singing in a recital at a Nursing Home pretty soon.  I feel like it’s such a wonderful thing to bring young people and music into the lives of these seniors so I’m pretty excited.

5)  I attended an online college fair about studying in Canada, and decided to apply to yet another school.  I know, I know, I said 11 schools is enough but it was a good deal.  Here’s why:

a) The application fee was $24 dollars (as opposed to $75 for American colleges).

b) Studying in Canada is overall WAY cheaper than studying in the US.

c) The application process is quick.  No essays, or teacher recommendations.  It’s a dream come true.

d) I’m worried that I won’t get accepted anywhere!!!!  I just had too!!  Just in case!!!

e) This particular school notifies you if you’ve been accepted 3-4 days after you apply!!

f) I’ve always wanted to go to Canada.  This school is Nova Scotia which is supposed to be a gem.

Phew!

Give yourself a high-five if you survived this post!

As for me, I should go do some homework…

Peace 😉

~Pindari

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Salvete Amici,

Today is a special day for me in so many ways.  I can’t talk about what happened yesterday yet, (because I don’t want to jinx it) but a few days ago I got accepted to one of my colleges!!!  And the very next day, one of my friends did too, so I’m very happy!

Anyway, I must go study before class, but here are some Valentine’s pictures I wanted to share with you:

A beautiful cutting I found on facebook.  Part of an art competition for the Beautiful Creatures movie.

A beautiful cutting I found on facebook. Part of an art competition for the Beautiful Creatures movie.

My Valentine's Day present!!!

My Valentine’s Day present!!

Yum!

Yum!

Check out my other Valentine's Day post if you haven't already!

Check out my other Valentine’s Day post if you haven’t already!

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Peace ❤

Use It Right

Salvete Amici,

Sorry I have been absent for a while.  I don’t have any excuses, so let me jump right in.  Today I want to talk about one of my pet peeves:  the misuse of the word “retarded.”

I’d love to start a campaign called “Use It Right,” because people just aren’t aware that calling something retarded is derogatory to people who actually are mentally retarded.

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It isn’t difficult to use it correctly.  The word “retarded” is a medical term used to describe people with mental retardation.  It can’t apply to anything.  So if you want to describe an idea, place, or thing, that’s probably not the word you are looking for.

But then there will be people who will ask you “Hey, why so uptight, it’s just a saying!  It’s no big deal.”  Well, maybe to you it isn’t.  But to me, comparing something stupid or annoying to a unique individual with hopes and dreams is degrading.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post!  Feel free facebook share or reblog this post to spread awareness!

I hope that this post has helped you understand why using the word “retarded” out of context can be hurtful and mean.  And if it hasn’t, I hope it has at least made you think about it.

Peace,

~Pindari

Sun Salute

Salvete Amici!

You may have heard me reference “Sun Salutation” several times, and wondered what that was.  It is yoga, and one of the only regular exercises I do 😀

Anyway, my mother taught me how to do it, and I have been doing 11 repetitions every morning for almost three months straight now.  It wakes me up, gets my jumpstarts my circulation, and helps my stay relatively flexible.  It’s also really quick; 1 repetition takes maybe twenty seconds.

Sun Salutation is really easy to do, and as few as only 5 repetitions already gets your heart beating faster.  I really recommend it, and I thought I would illustrate the steps for anyone who’s curious.

NOTE:  Do not attempt this in socks, especially on a hard wood floor!  I have no idea why I drew this person wearing socks.  Maybe because it looked cute?!

Start with your palms pressed together and your thumbs wrapped one over the other.  Press the outer thumb knuckle against your sternum.

Stand facing  a window.  Start with your palms pressed together and your thumbs wrapped one over the other. Press the outer thumb knuckle against your sternum.

Reach your linked hands up  and breath in.

Reach your linked hands up and breath in.

Fold over, bending knees a little, and touch the ground.

Fold over, bending knees a little, and touch the ground.

Put one leg back in a lunge position.  This should be the right leg, but aIl always do left first.  Make sure that your front leg in bent no more than 90 degrees.  Keep your back as straight as possible.

Put one leg back in a lunge position. This should be the right leg, but aIl always do left first. Make sure that your front leg in bent no more than 90 degrees. Keep your back as straight as possible.

Bring your front leg to the back as well.

Bring your front leg to the back as well.

Do the plank for a couple breaths.

Do the plank for a couple breaths.

Bend both legs again.

Bend both legs again.

Fold back on your knees and then come back forward.

Fold back on your knees and then come back forward.

Raise your self as much as you can while still keeping your pelvis flat on the ground.

Raise your self as much as you can while still keeping your pelvis flat on the ground.

Push up into a trangular shape (sorry, I don't know the real yoga terms, haha).   Breath out all the air in your lungs before continuing to the next step.

Push up into a trangular shape (sorry, I don’t know the real yoga terms, haha). Breath out all the air in your lungs before continuing to the next step.  This is probably the hardest step.

Swing a leg forward.  (The one you didn't use last time).

Fill your lungs as you swing a leg forward. (The one you didn’t use last time).

Get ready to stand again, pressing palms together, and locking thumbs one over the other as before.

Get ready to stand again, pressing palms together, and locking thumbs one over the other as before.

Reach your linked hands up  and breath in.

Reach your linked hands up and breath in.

Breath out as you lower your linked hands to your sternum again.  Feel your pulse with you thumb knuckle.  After you've done five, you should feel an increased rate of beats.

Breath out as you lower your linked hands to your sternum again. Feel your pulse with you thumb knuckle. After you’ve done five, you should feel an increased rate of beats.

I recommend repeating ten times.  I only do eleven because I like to do an extra for good luck 😉

Some more NOTES:  a) This is going to be extremely frustrating at first.   b) Do this before you eat breakfast.  c) Everyone does this slightly differently, and this is just my version that I learnt from my mother.  Try watching different youtube videos to see how other people do it, and you will find the perfect mixture for you.  d) Each time you start a new repeat, you will lunge with the second foot.  So if you started on your right foot the leaqding feet for each lunge would be R then L,L then RR then LL then R… and so on.

Feel free to ask me any questions… I realize this is complicated!!

Good luck, and peace,

~Pindari

New Day

Today is my new day.  I want to start the new year off well, which means cleaning!  The process of cleaning is such a chore for me, but I love the end product.  I also like the symbolism of washing away the old year, and greeting the new with a shining face.

And what better way to start the cleaning process, then by cleaning and beautifying myself?  That way I can say my 2013 began with a spa treatment!

Cookies in the bath

Cookies in the bath

Peace,

~Pindari

The Internet ≠ Your Life

The internet can be a depressing place.

It’s easy to fall into bad habits, especially when you’re part of a social networking site, or a blog.  These habits include wondering how your friends got so many friends while scrolling through their list, checking your own viewer stats, wondering why famous Youtubers got famous, Googling lots of SUPER talented people on Google, and then feeling untalented.  The internet is just too helpful.  It shows you exactly what you wanted to see.

What it doesn’t show you, however, is that those “talented” people make up only 2% of a world full of others who are staring at their screens, wondering why their lives didn’t turn out so great.  And it doesn’t tell you that the talented people might have nothing more to their lives than their one “5 minutes of fame” trick.  It also doesn’t tell you that the famous people didn’t just become famous instantly.  It took years sometimes, even lifetimes.  And they weren’t born talented.  They had to get up and learn their trick.  Google doesn’t explain that to you.

Ruminating

Second-guessing myself

You have to figure that out yourself.

Unfortunately, even though I know these things, I fall into the trap myself.  I like to think of myself as an active person.  I do not watch things passively, I try to imitate, do, surpass!  But watching my favorite Youtube band, Cimorelli, I often feel hopeless.  It seems like they can just burst into harmonized song, have a great time without even trying, sing amazingly, and dance with feeling!  Then I get inspired, try to make a music video, and realize that it’s a total mess.

How do they make it seem so effortless?

But then I realize, hey, they have real microphones, real equipment, brothers who play background music for them, and years of practice singing together.  And I’m trying to make a soundtrack in five minutes!  No wonder it’s hard!

But even though I realize this, I’m still a little disappointed.  I mean, if I can’t make a video that they’ll see, how will I ever meet them!!?

But that’s a different story all together 😀

Peace,

~Pindari