First World Problems: “I should’ve gotten a better FREE gift”

If aliens have not invaded Earth, it is because of that quote in the title. I am getting worried about how society is slowly ending its principles. Why do people get so greedy and selfish?

First of all, FREE gifts are not FREE if you get it at the store you frequently stop by. Sure, it is FREE when they give it to you, but you have paid and will pay for it when making other purchases. Second, It is a FREE GIFT, F-R-E-E…FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Get over it if it isn’t what you expected. Do you throw the gifts you get for your birthday at your friends’ faces? No. At least, I hope you don’t o_O.

It is FREE for a reason. No refunds (because you didn’t pay for it). No price adjustments (because you didn’t pay for it). Yes, you can probably exchange for another one if you get a faulty one, but if supplies are gone, then don’t throw a tantrum about how your life is over.

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What do you remember?

It sickens me watching people going crazy over buying gifts for the holidays. Why on earth do you give yourself unnecessary headaches? People, you don’t HAVE 10 people to shop, you WANT to shop for them. Do you HAVE to? No, you don’t. Is it good that you want to? Of course it is. What’s wrong is how everyone fights over a stupid gift receipt, or how much you WANT (keyword is WANT, because you don’t HAVE to) to spend, or getting grumpy over a particular toy your kids want, but you can’t find. Breaking News, your kids won’t care. I certainly wanted so many things when I was little, but I didn’t get them all. I’m alive now and happy, so no, it won’t affect your kids life, and best of all, it won’t ruin your life – you save $100 and you get to live, isn’t that wonderful?

Hey, I get it. I didn’t grow up having everything I ever wanted, and when/if I have kids, I will certainly want to buy them what they ask for, but that is not going to be the case every single time. What I remember is spending time with my family over the holidays, and wrapping my stuffed animals and giving them to them as gifts. What I remember is getting a duplicate set for my dolls and donating them to poor children. Their joyous expressions are cemented in my memory forever. Which is why this society – full of consumerism- has forgotten how to live.

I ask everyone around me who ever gets me gifts not to give me a gift receipt with it. I always tell them that I will love what they give me. Seriously, why wouldn’t I love their gifts? I know who they are and I’m surrounded by loveable people. Why would I expect to receive something I won’t like? T-shirt size? Well, if they know me well enough, they should know my size. If it doesn’t mean, then I’ll donate it, or I’ll use it for something else. We have to stop and teach others to be grateful for what we get. Technically, we shouldn’t give each other anything, but we do anyway, so why not do it with a smile and without ranting about money?

We remember emotions, we don’t remember what we got. Honestly, I barely remember every present I have ever gotten. All I remember is who was there and how I was treated. Hey, I made other kids happy when I was a kid, and that would not have been possible had my family not taught me what’s important. And yes, gift receipts are my pet peeves, which is a bit weird to some people, but whatever.

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I’m not listening to the weather network anymore…

“Thunderstorm risk,” they said.

“Chance of showers,” they said.

“Bring an umbrella,” they said.

Yeah, because on a sunny cloudless day, it is safe to assume you’ll be soaked. You totally dropped the ball on that one, Weather Network. Last time, you said no chance of showers, but guess what? It poured like a crying hormonal woman watching The Notebook.

On a positive note, I did enjoy a nice walk :p, and the rain in Ontario is not as frequent as in Vancouver :p.

 

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I almost got struck by lightning.

Mother Nature strikes again – pun intended – and I was almost electrocuted by her. Because Ontario winter wasn’t enough to diminish any hopes of emotional attachment towards this province, Mother Nature decided to set a spark close to me and almost set me on fire. Sure, I’m exaggerating, but I did feel a shock and saw a spark coming out of my umbrella. I wasn’t walking with it, I was just standing outside my workplace ready to walk to my ride. Luckily, nothing worse happened. I like watching thunderstorms when I’m inside, but it’s a whole different experience when I’m in the middle of it.

Ah well, I shall not let this get to me. I’ll tell this story to my grandchildren someday, while we sit near the fireplace roasting marshmallows. Nature can still be beautiful, and this IS a lovely province. It’s just Mother Nature has some grudge against it. What have you done before I moved here, Ontario? Here’s a picture of how great nature can be:

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Will the weather just stop PMS’ng? Thank you.

Please, don’t get me wrong, the weather has definitely improved here in Ontario, but it’s still not quite where it needs to be. Last time I checked, this is Spring, not the Fall. The rain hasn’t been too bad, but the winds, oh my! I appreciate it when it’s warm and windy, because my face doesn’t turn into an icicle, but I want the high speed winds to stop just for a few days.

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My life doesn’t revolve complaining about the weather, but I just want well-behaved weather, is that too much to ask for? Well, apparently it is in this Province :p. It’s funny how when I lived in Vancouver, I had my rants over the rain, but now it’s all about the wind. Ah well, it keeps life interesting I suppose. As I mentioned before, I don’t mind when it’s windy BUT warm; however, it does cause some confusion when I’m hermit-ing in my room. The reason? When it’s windy and cloudy, the clouds will cover the sun every minute or so, and this my friends is when I don’t know whether to turn my lights on or not. If the clouds cover the sun, then it gets dark in my room, but when I’m about to switch on the lights, the clouds pass and reveal the sun again, and it feels like it’s noon when it’s only 4 pm. It becomes annoying, because it feels like someone is flickering the sunlight on and off. If this is how Mother Nature behaves when on PMS, I don’t want to know when she enters menopause…

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What has Mother Nature done to you? 

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Express Lanes – Pathways of HELL

I usually don’t complain, but I have noticed that Express Lanes at certain stores are totally pointless. I’m not entitled nor do I rant to their employees about things like this (they suffer enough), so I will rant here :D. Let me ask something, isn’t the point of a Express Lane to move quickly? 

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“12 or more items,” should be “5 and no more items,” because imagine if one product does not scan, or the buyer rants about a microscopic dot on their product, do you think the line would move fast if the cashier had to still scan 11 more items? Honestly, I have seen the regular lanes move faster than the Express lane a lot more often than I should. When I go to the market, I expect to take a while, so it’s not like I’m always in a rush, but it’d be nice to get out of there in a fair manner.

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An Express lane shouldn’t be the place where you can have meaningful conversations with 10 strangers waiting in line, with whom you sing ‘Kumbaya’ as soon as the line starts moving…an inch! This isn’t about the cashiers, they’re mostly awesome and move efficiently, but this is about decreasing the limit amount for an Express line, so companies pay attention! This is an example of when words mean nothing when the actions do not go with them.

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In all honesty, when I have 12 items I go to the regular lanes, just to be considerate (unless I’m in a rush). But, I can’t really blame customers for this, because the rules do say “12 items or less” or “15 items or less”.  Just to be positive, I have been to supermarkets where the Express Lane really is fast, so props to them! But I do feel like other stores just have all regular lanes, and they just call them ‘Express Lanes’ to sugar coat them.  Which is why I only buy in bulks, and try not to buy in small quantities, so I won’t have to wait 20 minutes in order to buy a pack of gum.

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Mother Nature – A to Z challenge

A to Z challenge letter: M

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Not so dear Mother Nature,

Do you hate me? Did I do something to you? I want to understand why the weather has been ghastly. The Winter blew snow in my face, I slipped and hurt my head on the pavement, and my toughest winter boots barely helped me survive. I had my hopes that once the Spring started, things would change for the better. And it did for a bit, for just a short amount of time. The other day we reached 22C and it felt wonderful! I was super happy, I felt rewarded after longing for warm temperatures while I froze my bum on the way to the supermarket, during Winter. But, it all changed this morning. You just had to do it, you had to send snow during Spring and suddenly drop the temperatures below zero. You know, I agree if you do this when it’s Winter, but not when we’re supposed to enjoy the sunshine and wear our sun hats and sunscreen. Just wait until next Winter to lay all your wrath on us Ontarians.

Having said that all, I do want to end on a positive note –that’s my theme for this challenge after all — and I do have to thank Mother Nature for giving a reason to rant, ideas for writing, and something to talk and laugh about. During the Winter time, I fell on an icy sidewalk, and while my back took most of the fall, I hit my head and it got swollen. I honestly could’ve passed out, broken a bone, or died, but I didn’t. I didn’t lose consciousness, and the paramedics told me my vitals were more than excellent (if that’s possible). I re-evaluated my life that night and that was thanks to eternally-on-PMS Mother Nature.

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Fellow Eastern Canadians, are we in Spring or not?

I’m just confused. Please, clarify this for me. Am I going crazy?

I feel like I’ve been through a time warp and back in winter. I woke up this morning, happy, confident, energetic, ready to wear my runners once again, only to find a fresh coat of snow in the front yard. Please, tell me we won’t be getting more snow! It’s been a very long winter and as much as I love building snowmen and falling on my bum on the slippery sidewalks, I do want to feel the sun shine on my face, I want to wear sunblock, I want to go to the store without wearing 10 layers underneath. I hope we don’t have such a terrible winter next time 😦

Mother Nature, please get the memo. Spring = flowers, sun, a bit of rain, dresses, NOT snow and freezing temperatures.

*singing* Winter, winter, go away, don’t come back another day 

 

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Ellie’s Kingdom of NOPE

Hi everyone! Hope the weekend is treating you well. I’m doing good, just a bit tired :). The weather has been mild, but definitely better than the past 3 months! I’ll enjoy this while it lasts ;).

I may be a positive person, but that doesn’t mean I love everything (although I do try to). Rarely you will see me get upset, but when you do, you know I mean business. So, here are some things that bother me.

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1) The animals I am still not fond of, such as snakes, spiders, chameleons (their eyes creep me out), bees (if they stay far away from me, I’m cool), skunks, and other animals I can’t think of at the moment. It’s not like I wish they didn’t exist, I just don’t want them near me.

 

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2) People who take up all the space in public places. This includes, sidewalks, malls, supermarkets, etc. They think public places are sardine cans, and okay at some of them you don’t have an option, but when you have a lot of space, there is no excuse. Think of others people! Oh, don’t even get me starting on 4 generations of a family who walk SIDE BY SIDE, leaving absolutely no space for anyone to walk by. When you do pass them, they stare at you as if you were the devil himself coming to collect their souls.

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3) Smelly people. Take a shower, please. Basic hygiene doesn’t cost much, and if you can afford a car, you can afford a shower. I can only stand so much pestilence before I loose all sense of smell.

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4) My period. That is all.

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5) Holes. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I have trypophobia, but it’s getting there.

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6) Sudden loud noises. This includes any type of noise; motorcycle, teenagers screaming for no reason, hand dryers, trucks. etc. I still want to understand why teenagers scream like maniacs. I don’t remember being this way. What the heck are they putting in their water?

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7) Entitled people. Seriously, the world is not your throne.

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8) When my in-ear headphones becomes my worst enemy. How do they get tangled without touching it? Are they alive? Oh and the worst part, when you break them after untangling. Yea, definitely the devil’s tool.

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9) When people use gyms as a dating service.

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