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Blogging is not easy. It really isn’t.

I just finished my first week at my summer job, starting the second, and I came to several devastating realizations.

1. I have no life.

Seriously. I’ve got work 8:00-4:00, but I have to travel over an hour each way. This means I have to get up at 6 am and go to bed by 11 pm to be able to do it all over again the next day. By the time I get home it’s around 5:30, which gives me enough time to help with dinner, eat dinner, clean up after dinner, and shower before going to bed. If I’m playing badminton, I would head out right after dinner, jump in the shower afterward, and hope that I can get up the next morning. I don’t have energy to think, let alone blog. Any time I have left over is inevitably filled by family obligations and social calls.

I believe a much-deserved shoutout should be given to all you bloggers who work full time jobs and yet are still able to blog each day, or quite regularly at the very least. I have no idea how you do it, but my respect for you all has been elevated to new heights.

2. Not only can I not blog, but I can’t read blogs either. 

I have been deprived of the time and energy to blog, so I thought that I would at least be able to browse your blogs when I have off-time at work. I work fast, and so have more free time than most. I really didn’t think it would be appropriate to blog at work, but I thought I could at least enjoy my daily blog reading. But no. My organization has blocked access to all personalized web content (blogs most definitely included). Which means I can’t even pass the time by catching up on everyone – no WordPress sites work. I am not a happy camper.

3. I am still not unpacked. 

My goal had been to completely clean out my room and unpack everything I’d brought home in the free week I had between exams ending and work beginning. All I have managed thus far is unpacking some of my clothes and reorganizing my dressers so that I have somewhere to put the unpacked clothes. I’d cleared off my desk (by stacking everything into several mountains in a corner), but it’s already beginning to lose visible surface area again. That was a huge fail.

4. My summer night class starts this week. 

I can expect time to be in even shorter supply when classes start. I think this pretty much speaks for itself.

5. I have gained weight since coming home.

Why must food in Toronto be so tasty and inexpensive?!

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FOTD and NOTD: trying out a look for my presentation

Short post today: the makeup I tried out for dinner over the weekend in order to see if it’ll work for my presentation. I’ve never done these types of posts, but I think the pictures will speak for themselves.

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Kreativ Blogger Award

Last week, I was nominated for the Kreativ Blogger Award. I hadn’t had the time to do this properly, but here it is now. Thank you, writeandexplore, for reading my blog and for making my day brighter!

Similar to the Versatile Blogger Award, the Kreativ Blogger Award is a way for bloggers to let other bloggers know that their work is appreciated, and to allow bloggers to connect. It is also a way to find out your favourite bloggers’ favourite bloggers. 🙂

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I have never stopped loving the Berenstain Bears

This is really not my typical blogging material. But…

Dark told me on Monday that Jan Berenstain, co-author of the Berenstain Bears, had died. It didn’t really register until last night, when I started looking it up for myself. Then I realized the Berenstain Bears had been a large piece of my childhood.

I love reading; I always have. I remember the Berenstain Bears from when I first encountered them in the first grade. I remember a corner of the classroom where we had a bookshelf with books we could read when we had free time. I went to the library to try to read as many different Berenstain Bears books as I could. The thing I loved most about the Berenstain Bears was that it was all so “relate-able”: I could see how it was wrong for Brother Bear and Sister Bear to misbehave, I could see Mama and Papa Bear’s struggles. At the end of every story, there was always a lesson to learn.

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Versatile Blogger Award

I opened my email today to find that I had been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you, Saoirse Alainn, for bringing a smile to my face and making my day all the brighter 🙂

But I had no idea what this Award entailed. Even after I read about the VBA on WordPress, it still didn’t really answer my questions. So naturally, I spent a lot of time trying to Google what it is, what it means, and what I’m supposed to do with it.

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