Blue Hats, Nose Pickers, and Name Tags

It’s been awhile since my last post. I haven’t deserted this blog though. Lately I’ve been keeping busy with day-to-day life and school and sports. I’ve been actively writing, attending Muay Thai classes, and I’m in the thick of a psychology course online, all of which have been engaging and refreshing. Learning new things is fascinating.
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In fact, I have decided today’s post will be about learning. I recently read (in the psychology course) that there was a psychologist who stated that to learn was to observe. And I’ve found that to be true. Just observing small details around us can enrich everyday experiences and tune your perception to a level that even you may have never thought possible. Supermarkets, sidewalks, and streets are perfect to use to exercise your mind. As a test, look around for a moment, then close your eyes and try to remember how many blue hats, nose pickers, or name tags you saw. Call up random questions to keep your mind on its toes. If that were possible.
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The act of being aware of your surroundings, however pointlessly dull or exceedingly paranoid it may seem to you, may actually serve to save your life or another’s one day. It’s worth the ongoing practice. After all, we learn from the second we are born to the second we die, so why not make it a better overall experience?
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One never knows their own limits until they are surpassed and a new point is set forth, this time a goal.

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Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! Here are some nice quotes for today…:

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A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.  ~Tenneva Jordan

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Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.  ~Author Unknown

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The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.  The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new.  ~Rajneesh

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All mothers are working mothers.  ~Author Unknown

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When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts.  A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.  ~Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty

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Without moms, where would we be? Nowhere!!

 

School Today and a Quote

I would like to start today’s post with a quote:

“Perfection is boring! Perfection is empty!   Perfection is nothingness!

–David Almond’s My Name Is Mina

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I agree with this quote, although you can’t neglect perfection completely. What I mean is, it is a good thing to aim for, but it’s not all that attainable. Anyway, today in school, I did VERY well in math, and have found out about a writing contest (information here) in which I could get $5000 for my school and $5000 for my family/me. Since I’m home schooled, that’s $10,000 for MY FAMILY AND I!! Yay! I have to complete the essay and send it in 2 weeks. Yesterday, I got a Hubert’s Lemonade (strawberry) at the grocery store. Surprisingly, the entire 16 oz. bottle had only 14g of sugar! This is because of stevia. A can of Hansen’s soda that has less drink in it has almost exactly triple the amount of sugar. Some people say “Well, lemonade and soda are different things. You can’t compare them.”  But you can.  Upon further research, I found that Hubert’s Lemonade is made by Hansen’s. Interesting. A can of Coca Cola has 36g of sugar but partially hydrogenated corn syrup. OVERALL, I would rather drink Hubert’s Lemonade. Which is really good. And the bottles look really cool.

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Photo credit: Tumblr

Here’s a lemonade recipe so you can make your own. This evening we are going to archery practice. More later.