Friday, February 21, 2014

Hair Donation to Angel Hair and Other Good Deeds

I've donated my hair to Locks of Love many times and Wigs for Kids once, but this time my stylist suggested that I donate to Angel Hair. It's a local company, so I feel good about donating to them. I had 12 inches cut off. She styled it, but I doubt I'll do that... 

It will probably look more like this on a day to day basis:


I also packaged up the cookies nicely and made one recipient cards, envelopes and inspirational tile cards. I have several Yogi Tea quotes on my board and thought she could make her own wall of inspirational quotes. I forgot to take a picture of the cards and envelopes.

I think everyone liked the gifts, but it's the thought that counts, right? I feel really good about it.  :)  Happy Friday!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday Roundup

First and foremost, Happy Birthday, Kamana!! We adopted/rescued Kamana when he was about 6 months old. I am not sure of his exact birthday, but guessed it was sometime in February 2009. I randomly picked the 18th a few years ago. We never get around to actually celebrating it because he's pampered all year around. I was going to get him to wear a birthday hat, but he wouldn't cooperate for a general picture (hence the photoshopped hat). Today he is 5 years old, or 35.

Tomorrow I am going to cut off 10+ inches of my hair and donate it to Angel Hair. Angel Hair is like Locks of Love, but it is a local company. I've donated to Locks of Love several times and have donated to Wigs for Kids. 

I am putting together a gift basket for my mom's co-worker's daughter. Her daughter is very ill and I want to put something together for her to lift her spirits. I am going to make her some cards and already made her some marionberry swirled cookies. I want to do something, even if it's not much. 

Marionberry Swirled Cookies
Anyway, I'll try to remember to take a picture of the cards and post those later. I hope she likes them. I never met her before, but know how hard it is to be sick at such a young age (she's in her early 20s). 

One thing that is really bothering me right now is how focused some people are on work and how that's your only purpose in life. I had an appointment the other day and my doctor was so focused on what I was doing for work and how I was making money. I think the more important questions are what do you want to do in your life or what are you most proud of so far in your life? Or in general, what are you passionate about? Where do you want to go in life? I think we should focus on people and who they are, not what job they have. As I mentioned before, I've been ill for a long time and that does have an effect on what job I hold down. But honestly, I don't think I'd have my dream job right now (had I not been sick) because the majority of my friends are stuck in minimum wage jobs or are unemployed. 

I think this is my year. My penpal from the Netherlands sent me a very nice letter, saying that everything will turn around for me and that I deserve to get better. I truly believe it. 

I've seen other people include questions at the end of their posts and I'm going to follow along.  My questions for you are:

  • Who has gone above and beyond in your life and what did they do? Or vise versa, what have you done for someone to make their day better?
  • What is one of your biggest pet peeves?
Thank you for all of your comments and views. I really appreciate it!!  

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day Mail!

Michelle at Hey Love Designs hosted a Valentine's Day snail mail exchange. I would like to share what I got in the mail! The first one (above) is from Krista

This card is from Jen. 

This is from Savita. She also included a postcard and magnet.

I also exchanged Valentine's cards with Harlynn. Here is what she sent me:

She also included a foam sticker heart, decorated the envelope with foam conversation heart stickers and gave me bracelet!

Thank you so much! I hope everyone enjoys the cards I sent out. If you weren't linked back to your blog and you would like me to fix that, please let  me know in the comments or contact me above. Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Twins Separated at Birth

Samantha and Anaïs were both adopted from Korea and by chance, Anaïs found Samantha online via YouTube (with the help of a friend).  You can find more of their story here, or just look up their names. 

I think this is quite fascinating. I have done one genetic test because of my ongoing medical mystery, but I am also interested in finding anyone who is related to me. I was also adopted from Korea and although I don't think I have a twin, maybe there is a long lost sister or brother that I have yet to meet. I would like to visit Korea, but am still on the fence about locating (or trying to locate) my birth parents. 

I hope genetics do advance in the coming years. Not only will it help medically, but it will also unite many people. I think we should be more open to it. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Socially Backwards

For a long time, I've felt that social media has made us go backwards and become less social. I am rarely alone, but since I'm ignored most of the time, I do feel like I have better luck talking to a wall than actual people. It seems to be acceptable and normal to ignore people or interrupt them (because of course, whatever they have to say is more important...). The "ignoring" isn't ignoring to them, it's multi-tasking. So reading, watching TV or texting has become acceptable to them and justifiable. 

I may be old fashioned, but I believe that you should stop what you are doing when someone is talking to you, or politely tell them you just need a minute to finish up and then you'll give them your undivided attention. I feel like you need to look at the person while they are talking to you and not be on your phone. I put my phone away when I am spending time with people. I have plenty of other opportunities to be on my phone, so I really do not need to be rude and disrespectful when I am around other people. I expect the other person to at least make an effort to not be on their phone while they are spending time with me, but perhaps that is asking too much?

I am not on Facebook and have lost friends because of that. But I felt so disconnected when I was on Facebook. It was so fake to me and most of my "friends" on Facebook weren't close to me. Those people just wanted to collect friends and make it seem like they had 5,000 friends. I miss the days where you went out with friends and just enjoyed the moment. Now we have to be on our phones 24/7 and also document every life moment with selfies. 

Perhaps I am behind the times and unrealistic. But I do hope that there are still some people out there who cherish and enjoy actual human interaction. Ha, while I'm writing this, I am thinking I sound like I'm 80. For the record, I am in my 20s... 

Please just think about putting down your phone or getting off of Facebook for one moment and having a real conversation with someone. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Finally, the Storm is OVER!

I like the snow, but we've been stuck at home since Thursday. I don't know what the total snowfall was, but you can get an idea from the picture above. 

We're finally melting out of it. We had some freezing rain yesterday, but that was the end of the 3 day streak. I heard that it was pretty much a ghost town in most places and if you made it to the store, this is what it looked like:

Again, Kamana had a great time, even though he had trouble running through it.  

Have a good Sunday!

Friday, February 7, 2014


We don't have a lot of snow here, but every once in a while, we get hit with a giant snow storm. This one came in two parts. We had a lot yesterday but today is very messy. They pretty much shut down the whole state and cancelled school. It's supposed to get worse throughout the night and then we'll get freezing rain tomorrow morning. 

We're staying warm and staying indoors. It's too dangerous on the roads. My dad got rear ended (he's okay) but it involved 3 cars total and some people were taken by ambulance. He said that they sent 2 fire trucks, 1 firefighter chief car, 5 police, and 2 ambulance just for this incident. One of the ambulances couldn't get up the hill that the accident was on, so they had to walk the stretcher up to the people who needed it. He said after he had left the scene, he went to grab a cup of tea across the street and watched people fall (cops, firefighters, etc.) where the car accident was. 

Anyway, they've been reporting all day about the weather and you know it's serious when the news brings out the heptabox!

I have a few more pictures to share with you. Kamana has had a great time in the snow. And if you look closely in the photo of my backyard, the bird bath looks like a cake! 

Happy Friday and I hope everyone has a good weekend. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Putting My Detective Hat On...

As most people know, Jimmy Kimmel likes to mess with people. His most recent was the twerking video he made with his stunt person. I believe (as many people do) that the Esurance contest was a prank/scam. 

For those who don't know, there was an ad that ran after the Superbowl. It was with John Krasinski (from The Office) announcing that Esurance saved approximately $1.5 million by buying an ad space after the Superbowl. So they were going to give that money away to one lucky person on Twitter. All you had to do was send a tweet with the hastag #esurancesave30. You can tweet as many times as you want and tweet whatever you wanted. 

Some people pointed out some things early on that didn't add up, like how would they contact the winner if the winner wasn't following them (you can't DM someone that isn't following you). When they announced it on Kimmel, they already knew a lot about this guy and his family. That isn't a stretch because people tend to overshare online, but it was kind of fishy in a way. They had sent Aunt Chippy out to surprise the winner at his house with the pallet of money. When do contest sponsors ever show up with a pallet of money? Where's the giant check? And the guy wasn't overly excited, his "pregnant" wife was forcefully excited at times... I put pregnant in quotes because that has yet to be proven too... Many people have pointed out that he lives near the Esurance headquarters. 

I went digging around on Google and did find an article that does place him near the headquarters. He said he lived near the Kabuki Theater and that is very close to Esurance HQ (Google map here). Another thing @shari_itbom pointed out on her Twitter was that "Okay another strange thing about the #EsuranceSave30winner um what time did it get dark in.CA? Jimmy Kimmel tapes at 4:30 & it was pitch blk."

Anyway, I won't be surprised when it comes out later on that it was a prank. I think it wasn't a good marketing idea anyway. Twitter trends end so quickly and people will forget. What they probably won't forget is that there wasn't a contest. They'll hate Esurance for doing what they did and lying about giving away money.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Waggin Train Review

Purina randomly picked my dog and me to review some new treats. They're not requiring a blog review, but I wanted to share with you what Kamana thought. 

They sent 3 full sized bags of treats; Jerky Duos, Smoky Jerky Snacks and Chicken Jerky Tenders. They will be in stores this month but you can read more about them here. They are 100% real with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. 

The only one Kamana didn't care for was the Jerky Duos. He liked the scent and taste (he did eventually eat it), but he really didn't care for the texture. They are cased in an edible sausage casing, and for some reason, he didn't like the texture and almost refused to eat the treat. You can see his slight skepticism in the following photos. 

He really enjoyed the other two kinds. He's had something similar to the Chicken Jerky before (I think we got it at Costco). I would say that one was his favorite because he had a hard time waiting for it!

I'm sure they'll be carried at most grocery stores. I know they've gotten a lot of bad press in the recent past and I'll be sure to keep an eye on him to make sure he's not lethargic or anything from these. He's had Waggin Train treats in the past and hasn't gotten sick, but I will still be cautious. 

Note: I did ask customer service at Purina and this is what they had to say: 

That's a great reason to chat with us today. The chicken for Jerky Duos and Smoky Jerky Snacks is sourced exclusively in the U.S. from a single, trusted chicken supplier, while the real white meat chicken for our Chicken Jerky Tenders, which are made in China, is sourced exclusively from a single, trusted chicken supplier that is part of a U.S.-based company.

So there's their answer in a nutshell. Just remember what your dog ate (in general) so if they do get sick from a treat or food, you can relay that information to your vet and file a report.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014

This Warms My Heart!

A while back I wrote a post about the website, Postcrossing. After a long hiatus, I sent out a card. I was assigned someone in Germany and saw that he liked nature postcards. He also liked to see the sender's city/state/country. At first, I was going to run out to the store to find a postcard that had nature views of the Pacific NW, but then I decided I could do better. I dug through thousands of photos and found 3 different nature photos that I had taken around the state over a period of time. I made a collage, put it on the card and explained inside the card where the photos were taken. 

He sent me a very nice message today, saying that he received it and said he liked the card a lot. Then he commented on the card (you can upload your received cards onto your "wall") and said that it was one of his favorites. I also noticed he added something about it in his profile, saying it was his "all time favorite card." He has been a member for over 4 years, has received almost 1100 cards from around the world. 

I'm so happy to know that my card made his day.