Time to check your phone

How many of you thought, when you read ‘check your phone’, I meant ‘cell phone’? How long ago was it, when you checked your answering machine, on your landline? 500 BC? Nowadays, we just say the word ‘phone’ and everyone knows we mean cell phone. I don’t think I’ve heard someone say ‘landline’ or ‘home phone’ in a while. In my case, I only have a smart phone, and as a backup phone, Skype (how the world has changed!). I still say ‘cell’ when I refer to my ‘phone’. Honestly, sometimes my friends give me a funny look when I say ‘cell phone”.

Friend: “I know you meant cell phone! Bhahahaha.”

Me: “I know you knew what I meant, but I thought I’d be specific. You know, in case I’ve recently installed a landline”

Friend: “Have you?”

Me: Nope.

Is it that rare now? So many good memories with a landline. You could pick any shape and colour for your corded phone. Remember when you didn’t have caller id, and you knew that by answering, you wouldn’t get a telemarketer? It would actually be a friend! Today, a landline would just be a back up, or an extra accessory (because your cable company gave you a great package deal). If you’re lonely, you can always wait until a telemarketer calls you. It’s like a blind dating service, except they’re the ones who pursue you.

Technology has changed so much, I guess for the better. I mean, smart phones provide you with a lot of flexibility and convenience. But, you do kind of turn into a meerkat, when you have one. You bury yourself with your CELL PHONE, in your bed, or even in a chair while covered in a blanket. It’s almost as though, you build burrows around your house, where you can quietly enjoy the texts you receive. Heaven forbid anyone interrupts while checking your cell phone. I mean, do people actually expect you to leave your burrow? :p

Also, depending where you place your CELL PHONE, you end up doing a bit of a meerkat dance, everytime you hear your notifications. I place mine a bit high, so when I get a text, I just jump out of my chair (I like to spice things up in my life) to check. It’s like a cell phone version of ‘Pop goes the weasel’ (that IS the way the money goes, if you know what I mean).

I might just get a corded phone, and use it as decoration. For old times sake.

Image^^^ That is not a picture of a cell phone, but it might cheer you up. One of my many pictures.

Of course! The world doesn’t rule me today 😀

Haircuts – Freedom

There is something liberating about getting a haircut. I don’t like my hair long, so as soon as I start to tie it, I know it’s time to get a haircut. I always cut it shoulder-length, and straighten it. This time, however, I decided to go with side bangs. I mean, it is hair, right? If I don’t look good in them, I’ll let my hair grow and fix it. But, they turned out to be quite good! I love my hair stylist. She’s awesome!

As I was saying, it feels like regained freedom, like a new chapter you have begun. It’s something that sets you a bit off-track from your daily routine, but quickly pulls you back. I take it as a new adventure.

stanI’m embarking on a new journey. I’m going to embrace this and test the waters…that is until I have to put a hat on, then I’ll end up with hat hair, which looks like the picture below…

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Of course! The world doesn’t rule me today 😀

PS: I took those pictures. Like I said before, I’m going to share a bit of my photography :p

 

 

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Oh honey, honey!

I don’t like bees. Everyone knows that. Am I allergic to bees? Maybe. When I was little (I think 2 years old) I had a reaction to a bee sting, but I haven’t been stung since then (thank goodness!!! I’m in my late 20s now and I hope I never get stung). But, I have my respects to these little (creepy) creatures. They make the best dessert and sweetener in the universe (I say universe, in case aliens don’t have bees), honey!

My palate loves to indulge in its sweet goodness. It has health benefits and you can mix it with foods or eat as is. I LOVE honey with tea. My favourites are chamomile, peppermint, and rooibos tea. I don’t like to put sugar in it, so I put honey. Even if I’m buying it at a coffee shop, I ask for honey. Even when I eat pancakes or waffles, I use honey…and/or maple syrup 😉

Why not treat yourself with such a natural delight? It has wonderful health benefits, and satisfies your sugar cravings! Fine, I still love chocolate, but you know what I mean :D, so don’t ruin this moment!

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^^^ This is not a picture of a bee, but still nature :p, and yes I took this picture. I don’t like bees, so I don’t think I’ll ever take a picture of one. I might for the sake of my art, though. We’ll see.

Of course! The world doesn’t rule me today 😀

Desertion of Reality

There are many ways I choose to escape from reality, as well as many reasons. My constant desire to detach from the norm doesn’t mean I don’t want to be part of this life. It’s just a different route I can take and if I choose, I can merge it with my reality.

Most of the times, my preference in movies and music do not coincide with others’. But, I guess that is kind of the point of escaping reality (unless I want to escape with someone). I can drink peppermint tea and watch an Audrey Hepburn movie, and be happy for the rest of the day. I can simply write while listening to Enya, suffer withdrawal as soon as I stop listening to her songs, and still be happy (I can always turn the music on again :p).

One of my favourite things to do is take photos, and pretend they’re a different world. It’s nice to dream about different places, where you can experience lots of adventures. It makes life more interesting.

I’ll share this photo I took a while ago. I decided to cut most of the house, and take a picture of the trees and the sun. There is something that enlightens my surroundings, when I imagine I’m somewhere else. It’s nice to take a moment to appreciate the good that is left in this world.

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I’m not saying I’m a happy little bunny all the time, not capable of sadness. I just like to make my own happiness sometimes :).

Of course! The world doesn’t rule me today 🙂 

 

 

 

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Unproductive day off

We’ve all had those lazy days, which strike specifically on days off work. It doesn’t always turn out as planned, which I guess is nature’s way of getting back at you, for her own amusement (you know, because Mother Nature has 24/7 PMS).

The Planning: It starts the night before, usually before you go to sleep. You tell yourself, tomorrow will be such a productive day. You have so many things in your mind, that you’d like to do. Carefully, you write down a list in your mind and narrow down your choices. Sleeping in, breakfast, gym, errands, cinema, friends? My goodness! You have a fantastic day ahead.

Decisions: The first you’re going to do for sure is sleep in. You set your alarm so you wake up 2 hours later than usual. After all, you need to have the rest of the day free, for all the fun things you’ve planned. You choose your breakfast. Healthy or unhealthy? It doesn’t matter, you’re just happy you’ll have time to have breakfast. Besides, you’ll be hitting the gym soon after. You check the gym schedule and find out there are a few fun classes you can try! It’s going to be the best day ever! So, after sleeping in, you’ll have breakfast, then gym. There goes half the day already, good planning so far! After the gym, you gotta send some mail, get some groceries, but that shouldn’t take too long. Then, you’ll clean your room, skype with a few friends, and hopefully hit the mall to take advantage of clearance sales. How about ending the day at the movies? Awesome! It’s set!

Day off arrives: 

1) Alarm goes off! Yawn! Hit snooze. It goes off again. Yawn! Forget it, you turn it off. You want to finish this awesome dream. Wait, what? That’s not possible. It can’t be noon!!!!! You missed the gym class!!! Okay, relax. You still have half the day.

2) You’re now too upset to have a full breakfast, so you just eat a boiled egg and drink milk.

3) You calm down. Okay, you’ll exercise at home with your iphone app (because it’s like a fake gym). Ugh! You forgot to charge it, but it’s okay, you can still use it while it recharges. You workout and you’re happy.

4) You get ready to go run your errands, but then look at the weather and you see there’s a wind chill warning! There goes the daily walk. But, you won’t give in, you will still wear layers and get out in this freezing weather, and walk! So, you step out of the house, and as soon as you feel the cold wind, you regret everything you’ve ever done in your life.

5) You managed to run your errands, and there’s still a bit of time left to clean your room. You start organizing and cleaning to your favourite songs, when you somehow, decide to check Netflix. Bad idea! They’ve added a few movies. You take a sit…It’s now evening. Forget the mall, this movie is so good.

Conclusion: By the time you finish the movies, it’ll be time to get ready for bed. You know, for a nap, because you’ve taken most of the night watching movies.

The next day: You’ve only had a few hours of ‘sleep’ (because during your ‘sleep’ you were thinking about, how tired you’re going to be in the morning), and have an early shift at work.

 

Alcove

I decided to submit this post to the DPChallenge: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/writing-challenge-object/

Today, I am simply going to talk about the best alcove I’ve ever been in, full of diversity and warmth. One that triggers feelings and unlocks treasured memories. Where you can go when you feel sad, or feel inspirational…I’m talking about my precious mug. The alcove only my clumsiness can destroy.

Just when I need to find solace, it is always within my reach. It’s never challenging to find different methods to use it. I can use it to drink water, hot chocolate, soup, and if the mug is big enough, I can use it for oatmeal. It is a safe place to go, when you want to find your inner peace. It is your moment to pause and recant your daily failures (at least in your mind). Where no one can tell you that you are wrong. How many times have you replay scenarios over and over, while drinking tea alone, or even drinking tea in the bathtub? I know I’ve done it.

It is when I transport myself into this alcove, where I lock secrets in my mind, like a live diary. I can let myself get lost in despair, but also allow myself to resurface with a brighter outlook. Give yourself the chance to get lost in your own world for a while. It is a time where you can reflect and be vulnerable. But without the fear of judgement.

This is why I have a mug for every moment, small alcoves to remind me of what’s good and bad, and how to become a better person.

Of course! The world does not rule me today 🙂

Writer’s Block – Who can say when I’ll shine. Only Time.

I’ve finally started writing my novel. I’m hoping to finish a draft by the end of this year, unless I let myself hit writer’s block, again.

Writing is rewarding yourself with printing your inner thoughts and feelings on a piece of paper (or MS word document). At the same time, it can also become a dreadful place, in which you’ll find ungrateful memories you never wanted to visit again. How do you overcome such thing?

The answer is clear, I’m not meant to. I’ve dug the deepest any artist does at one point in their life. I can only begin to explore and discover more about myself, and the message I have to send. It is terrifying, when you think about it. Why does my brain take me so deep, where the only way out is to confront the known and unknown? My brain does think it’s a piñata, or the gift that keeps on giving. But, if I ever want to finish this novel, I have to embark in unexpected journeys (like Bilbo Baggins).

Only failures can lead to success, and believe me, I have failed many times. I know I won’t like what I’ll find, once I unblock these demons that are stopping me from writing, but perhaps, I can use my good memories to pull me back up.

This is going to be a new long journey. I want to get rid of my fears, but at the same time I’m intrigued and I want them here, I want to face them and I want to conquer them; however, I don’t want to forget them. All these fears have made me who I am today.

I wonder what the outcome is going to be after I’m done. Only time can tell.

“Book of Days” and “Only Time” by Enya have become my theme songs, right now (yes, the title of this post is in reference to one of those songs). By the way, if they ever turn my novel into a movie, I want her in the soundtrack! She’s my favourite artist :). Well, besides the great Peter Jackson! I hope he does a movie based on my novel :). Hey, I can dream! But, I’m here to share my messages and to search for peace, not fame. Whatever is meant to be :).

 

Of course! The world sort of rules me today!

Pistachios and Cashews

Crunchy, salty, unsalted,

munching filling snacks

with salt from the sea

such delight

my hunger has been beaten twice.

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Savouring each piece,

cracking others with your teeth

perhaps the use of your fingernails are required

salty snacks are my desire.

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They blend together in my paladar

until reaching such a thirst

unsatisfactory amounts of water

to wash down such a feast

 

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Do we run into the same strangers again?

I finally was able to walk to the grocery store today. The sidewalks aren’t icy! I guess Mother Nature is not on PMS anymore. In the middle of my walk, a thought came into my mind. The strangers we walk by or see on a daily basis, do we get to see them again? To be honest, I don’t really notice a lot of people I pass by on a daily basis, so I do wonder if I’ve been passing by them for a long time, or maybe for the first time.

I tend to see a lot of seniors (as in the elderly) if I go to the mall early in the mornings. You see them in groups, in pairs, alone.  How many times have I run into the same seniors? Will I live to be one and look as happy with their friends as they do? I know everyone has a different life, and we all have struggles, but I have yet to see an angry senior while s/he eats breakfast with her/his friends. It’s probably just where I live, or my mind just loves to play tricks. Oh well…

I like to think we will all stop running into unpleasant people, but that will never change. For every person that makes a positive change, there is a person that makes a negative one. Eventually, I do hope one day we can all live in peace. 

Not everyone you come across with is meant to stay in your life. You never know who are you going to meet, and how they’re going to shift your life (whether in a positive or negative direction). Sometimes when you meet someone new, and they tell you they used to take steps where you have already stepped on, you say, “We’ve probably run into each other at some point”. What are the odds you have?

Who knows, maybe the next person you bump into will change your life.

To be honest, I don’t know why such a thought would elaborate in my mind. And to be brutally honest here, I don’t think I’m making a lot of sense. 

 

Of course! The world sort of rules me today!