Tuesday, March 25, 2014

User Problems

Ok, a bit of a user problem there but I got it all fixed.  I'm trying to get started on that google plus thingamajig but as per usual, I'm experiencing some user problems along the way.  I accidently set my blog photos to private so NATUALLY they'd all disappear from the blog.  duh!  Sure it's funny NOW but it wasn't a few hours ago.

angry eyes

user problems.... google plus effed me up .... trying to get my pictures to display again before I send hate mail to google. 

angry eyes!!!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Dollarstore Hair Dye

You'd think that buying a hair dye in the dollar store would cause all your hair to fall out right?  I mean, how good could a $2 box of hair dye really be?

I spotted this box of colouring at the Dollarama and had the idea of putting some highlights in my hair, not sure why I had that idea but anyway, I made the purchase.  Two big Canadian dollars were shelled out for this box of auburn permanent hair colour. 

Ok, so I did have my doubts but I squashed them by telling myself it's still winter so I can cover any mishap with my winter hat.  I used the dye the first time only on my hair closer to the ends like an ombre so if it fell off I'd still have about an inch of hair left.  But my hair never broke off or fell out or anything.  It was nice and soft too! 


I re-dyed my hair the other day, not all of it because I cut the back pretty much every second week to keep the pixie short but the front/crown is longer so that's where most of the colouring went, and on that greying hairline too.  Looks pretty good.  I'm going to snatch up a couple more boxes of this stuff before it disappears! 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Social Media Rebirth

I'll step up to the mic and announce that I am a social media addict.  Ok, maybe addict is too strong a word but its somewhere along those lines. 

I've been on the Internet since 1995 believe it or not.  My first computer was a Pentium Pro with 250mb of Ram and a 500mb HD.  The modem was a 33.3kbps internal.  And yes, I used dial up!

One of the first social media outlets I connected to was Yahoo Groups.  I joined a handful of craft groups and participated in craft exchanges.  Back then there wasn't so much hate online.  Back then it was a real joy to be online conversing with people, especially if they were people you knew in real life.  It just opened a new way of communicating on a group level rather than one on one.  Many various points of view on one topic.  I liked that. 

Fast forward to the present and I'm still active in Yahoo Groups but minimal activity though its nice to read the conversations and keep in touch with cyber friends.  Aside from blogging here, I'm on Tumblr sharing crafts I made and ones I've stumbled on while surfing the net that are worth sharing.  Again, nice to interact with fellow crafters even if I've never met them in real life.  Flickr is where I post all of my crafts and supplies and through that media I've connected with even more crafters.  Chatted about the crafting ups and downs and what's going on in our hometowns respectively.  I don't use Instagram much but I intend to put a bit more effort into taking pictures of the everyday ordinary.  Some users are their own "group" where we discuss the posted photo or participate in a photo challenge and link together with an appropriate hash tag.  That's great for photographers and I'm starting to dabble in photography a bit so it's hard but fun at the same time.

The best invention was YouTube.  I enjoy taking brief videos and uploading them like mini home movies and sharing them in blogs from time to time or emailing the video link to family members to watch.  I've watched music videos, full length movies, crafting tutorials, I even learned how to cut my own hair from watching YouTube videos!  That's pretty much my go-to site when I'm looking for a personal review on a place or item, or even in some cases, a book review!

Whomever invented Pinterest....thank you!  That's one place where I can collect all the things I like from crafts to baking to reading to photography, travel and more!  I've interacted with a few folks who were in search of a pattern to a craft I posted.  Nice place to find folks with the sane interests as you.  

Then there's Facebook.  Sigh,  I never did like that site too much from the get go.  I do enjoy the groups section of Facebook but that's pretty much where it ends.   I've friended folks I know in real life as well as a few I've never met in person but were cyber friends long before Facebook was launched.  I find great humor in the fact that on Facebook, my relationships with the people I don't know personally but I've blogged with for years has lasted longer than relationships with people I know personally in real life.  That's just craziness!  It's sad how one person can be so envious that they become sharp tongued thus destroying a real relationship that took a lifetime to build.  It's sad how one person can subsequently proceed to destroy any relationship I've had with others simply because of envy.  Envy?  Is it really envy?  Or is it just cold hearted hate?  I just don't get it.  I'm ordinary Joe.  What's there to envy?  What's there to hate?  Seriously, it's sad if others believe the half truths but its rather amusing that one person sees the need to go to such great lengths to make themselves popular.  Personally I want nothing to do with any of it.  

I don't do popularity contests.  I'm ordinary Joe, this is me, take it or leave it.  

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Next Issue Issue

You know I love reading.  I'll read books, magazines, news papers, internet articles, blogs, grocery store flyers, back of the cereal box while eating breakfast.

I heard about Next Issue launching in Canada.  Unlimited magazines for a mere $9.99 a month ($14.99 for a subscription that extends to specialty magazines & news papers).  Sounds like a pretty good deal.  If you're lucky, $9.99 can get you a one year subscription to one digital magazine on Zinio... if you're lucky that is. 

I took the leap and signed up, using a desk top computer, and after entering my credit card information for payment (they don't accept paypal monthly payments like Netflix)...anyway, as soon as I entered my payment information and clicked the big red sign up button...

I got an error!

What!?  I put on my angry eyes at this point.

I sent an email to the "contact us" page of Next Issue and like clockwork, I got the general automated email response saying my inquiry was received and will be responded to in 24-48 hours. 

Not a problem. 

24 hours or so later, I got an email from a client service representative at Next Issue and it went like this: "sorry u had difficult in the sign up. enter u informations again and u wont have no error this time again"

*blank stare*

Outsourcing?  MagicJack employee??  Just wondering...hmm...


Hey I can't make this stuff up!  Seriously, when I read that my jaw hung open and I almost laughed out loud for real.  Aside from not starting the sentence with a capital letter, the rep continued to use "u" instead of "you", like he was composing a text message to his buddy down the street. 

I sent another inquiry and included the initial response into the new message to Next Issue asking the same question I asked the first time about the error, then went on to suggest they properly train their client service reps to use the pre-written text in responses to inquiries or to completely type out the words and not send "text like messages" as replies to already disgruntled would-be customers. 

The next reply I received was better written, they used my first name at the beginning of pretty much every sentence which really came across as condescending.  And...they didn't explain what happened to cause this error so I still felt duped.  I've decided NOT to use Next Issue for the time being and stick with Zinio.  At least they know how to respond to customer inquiries.

Scoreboard:  Zinio = 1,  Next Issue = 0

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Winter Is Holding Us Hostage!

The caption for this photo read "9 days till spring?" and I totally agree.  I captured this photo from The Weather Network, it's courtesy of Naturegal in London Ontario, taken on March 12, 2014. 

Currently here in Montreal, Quebec, the weather looks pretty much the same.  After having so many sub zero days we finally had a light break in the temperatures where you could ditch the long-johns beneath your jeans but that was so short lived.  After two days of finally seeing temperatures above the freezing mark, if even just by only two or three degrees, we've been thrown back into winter bigtime! 

Winter is holding us hostage!!!

I don't mind the cold, I don't mind the snow too much, mainly if I don't have to go outside in it!  It doesn't bother me that I have to wear a coat and hat because my hair is usually a hot mess anyway.  But I do dislike wearing boots.  Every time I pull them off, my socks get pulled off with them!  That's so annoying.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

2-Day Fasting (Book)

A friend gave me this book (epub) to read and I'll confess, I'm not much into reading diet books.  Reading an article or blog post on the internet is one thing but a whole book is another.

But it's interesting.  Seriously!!

It reads like it was written by a chubby lazy woman much like myself who made a great discovery of what really helped get the weight off.  

Ok, you've got my attention!

The book isn't written in that boring diet fashion where it gives you a ton of things to do.  See, it's perfect for me!  This book simply says on two non-consecutive days eat a reduced calorie diet preferable of foods that will still supply you with the necessary vitamins, protein blah blah blah that your body needs.  Basically it's intermittent fasting without the stress of fasting for consecutive days.

I skimmed the book and found it also contained recipes and grocery lists to make things easy if you do intend to follow some recipe suggestions though it does make things clear that following the recipes in the book aren't necessary as long as your calories are reduced for two consecutive days.  It also goes further into suggesting which days of the week would be more convenient for the fasting depending on what type of lifestyle you lead.  I thought that was pretty neat!  What I did like most about what I read thus far is .... this book reads like a personal weightloss blog!!!  I love that!!  It makes me feel like the writer is just like me and not some doctor trying to cure the world of obesity. Anyway, I haven't finished reading the whole book or even half of it but it was interesting enough for me to want to share that bit of info!


Monday, March 10, 2014

Two For One

Ordinarily this type of intense trilogy with no substance would have been tossed to the side, however, since it was given to me free, I opted to listen to the audio books.

Still not a good idea.

Anyway, the first book in the trilogy gets straight to the point pretty quick.  The Submissive is book one of The Submissive Trilogy written by Tara Sue Me, most likely written quick on the heals of Fifty Shades Of Grey, The Crossfire Trilogy and all those other copy cats that I curiously read.  I'm on chapter 7 so far because I'm chose to make the book more interesting....

I'm also listening to the second book in this series, The Dominant. 

You see, the first book is written in the female's point of view, while the second book is written in the male's point of view.  Other than that, they're basically the exact same story!  I started listening to The Submissive but was quickly uninterested in the book so I intended to switch to something else, and accidentally started The Dominant.  It started off alright and then I realized not only was it narrated by a man, but it was also told from the male characters view. 

That's when I had my "ah-ha!" moment!

I listened to The Dominant until I reached about the same point I was in The Submissive.... and then the story seemed ten times better because just from one view it really was kind of crappy.

So I'm currently listening to a whole slew of books that should hold me over until the book I really want is available.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

From One Series To The Next

Lately I've been spending quite a bit of time trying to find a book series to read... or more like listen to on audio book.  Over the course of the last two years (yes, two years because I also read other books), I was listening to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward.  The series as a whole is pretty awesome though one or two books were kind of slow moving.  When I finished the series I felt dazed and confused, like my world ended and now I have to face reality once again until the next book in the series, "The King", is published and released.  

In the interim, I'd like to get started on a new series.  Problem is I can't find a series that grabs me at the first book!

Then I was directed to the Lords Of The Underworld series by Gena Showalter. 

I read the "Prequel" book first (Darkest Fire), it was a novella form, only about a 2hr audio book, short story so it got to the stupidity real quick.   Then I got maybe an hour into the audio book of the next book in the series I noticed how it made reference to the prequel ...

...basically to the last 30 seconds of the prequel! 

So I wasted $2.50 on the audio book from Audible...

click the link for Audible to get a 30 day free membership with free credit for an audio book.  OR click this link to get the Audible Special offer price of $7.49 for 3 months...

LOL, ya that was some free advertising for Audible because I love the app that much!

Ok back to nonsense business! 

I was a bit peeved that the whole prequel was about one thing but then, like an after thought, the author shoved this long sentence paragraph in the end to try to link it to the book one (I believe book one was written before the prequel).

I'm only just over an hour into book one, "Darkest Night", so I don't really have an opinion on that book yet but I'm going to continue with the series if only for the simple reason that it's a Harlequin.  Ya, that was an advertisement plug for Harlequin books!  Ha!

Friday, March 7, 2014

A Minute In Susan's Mind

Why is it the moment that I decide to give up sweets, or the moment I vow to be committed to a diet, I get this unbelieveable urge to BAKE!

I know, real stupid eh!

I feel like making coffee cake... but I won't.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

That "V8" Moment

While surfing the internets I stumbled onto a blog post that was pretty interesting.  It kind of was like that V8 commercial where you smack your head and realize....

So anyway, the blog post in particular was called "Create Your Own Weight Loss Program"  by Sweetpeas and Soybeans... click the link, it'll take you right to her post, I really suggest you read it through too because it makes a whole lot of sense.  I'm not even going to try to sum up her blog post, so you'll just have to  go read it and perhaps give it a try for at least one full week to see how it goes!  I know I am!!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Ask For Help

I had a pretty good chit chat with a friend this past weekend.  She gave me some good advice on my weightloss-healthy me blah blah blah... After telling her I've been doing the thirty day shred while I wait for the weather to warm up so I can go jogging, and I've not made too many changes to my eating habit except drinking lots more water than I used to.  Believe it or not I even let her look at my calorie count app and the weight tracker app!  

I know, I can't believe it either!

Her suggestion, so that I can have a more realistic goal was first to take into account my age.  Yes she certainly made me sound old!  Then she said set my calorie count level higher to a more realistic standard for someone my age, weight and height. Then she said I should log all my food for one week without making many changes to my eating habits just to get an idea of where I really stand.  After one week she'll take another look and provide feedback.

Her suggestion for exercise is to continue with the shred until I can get out there to jog!  Just as long as I don't stop exercising for at least twenty minutes a day...even if its low impact exercise.

Her final suggestion was to give up coffee and sweets for Lent.   

*blank stare*

Say that again!  Give up what? 

Give up coffee and sweets.

For forty days?  Can I really do that?  If I do, I just don't want to be weak and give up two days later.  Forty days is a long time.  Lent begins on Wednesday.  She tried to tie my need for healthy habits to my faith.  I have more faith in God than I do in myself.  But I am willing to let my faith in God help me through.  

I'm not afraid to ask for help!!!  

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Level 3

I can't believe I'm on level 3 of the 30 day shred.  Ouch is all I have to say.

I'm really too old for this type of workout... slow bones, aching muscles and unrealistic expectations.  I need to re-evaluate....