WordPress Upgrade and Xmas Food

I finally upgraded my WordPress and so far I’m loving it. The new dashboard design is very useful as most things are but one click away. I really hate having to go to two other pages to find what it is I want! Aside from this brief examination I have not explored much else, yet.


Christmas is only four days away! How insane is that? This year has gone so fast for me and I keep thinking about how it seems like only six months ago we celebrated Christmas. I have been wishing for that childhood state where time just goes on and on and nothing seems to fly by you.

Anyway, this year is my first Christmas being properly vegan, so I am having to plan a bit better what I will actually be eating. Side dishes are usually fine as there are plenty of salads, vegetables (the joys of a Summer Christmas are easy BBQs and lots of salad), breads, etc. made without animal ingredients. However, main dishes are a little different, obviously, because I wont be stuffing myself with any meat.

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Do I need a laptop lock? How to protect your laptop in college

One of the unfortunate truths about college is that theft can still occur there. Your car can be broken into, and your bike can be stolen.

Easily one of the biggest targets for thieves is laptops. Think about it — you’re holding a one-thousand dollar piece of technology designed to be portable. For thieves, stealing a laptop isn’t too hard, and few people will even notice. During my freshman year, my friend’s car was broken into and his computer was stolen. One student even broke into an on-campus apartment to steal computers.

So how can you protect your valuable laptop from theft?

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What size dorm room should I live in for college?

My hard work paid off, I got my certificate and SAT and I will be leaving for college next year, if you are like me you’ll probably be filling out a housing application soon. In an application, you may have a choice about what size dorm room you’d like to live in, where you specify if you want a single, double, triple, or a quad.
Deciding your ideal room size may be a bit tough, especially if you’ve never really lived on your own before. Both small and large rooms have their advantages and disadvantages.

How to decide what room

Consider what type of person you are — are you introverted and do you like your own space? Then a single will be more for you. If you’re outgoing and want to have a lot of fun, then a triple or a quad will be more of your style.
Doubles typically offer a strong balance between the two — through your roommate, you can expand, but you can usually still find your privacy too.
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What’s your best restaurant experience? and other pointless questions

1. What’s your best restaurant experience?

restaurant-clipart-fancy-restaurant-clipart-contemporaryHard to say. I think my best restaurant experience was the first birthday I celebrated courtesy of Mr. Pink. He took me to Upstairs on the Square, in Harvard Square, and it was so, so perfect. It was a total surprise, and if you go to the website, you’ll see that it was the most perfect choice on his part – and I knew that he really “got me.” What wasn’t so fabulous was how I got trashed on gin and tonics. Whatever.

2. What kind of lotion do you use?
I use allll kinds of lotions. Right now, my rotation includes Gloomaway, a grapefruit-y scented lotion, by Origins, Ginger-with-a-Twist, a ginger-citrus-y lotion by Origins, and, *ahem*, Queen Helene cocoa butter for the pregnant belly. Let’s keep the stretch marks at bay, shall we? Read more…

Spooky Fun For Teens

Oh, how time has flown chasing away one big yellow moon after another… When our boys were much younger it was easy to entertain them on Halloween. Often we would take them to the local church for their hosted Trunk O Treat.

My boys would love to walk by the various decorated parked cars on the church parking lot as they gathered candies from cobweb covered spooky trunks. My husband and I loved that we could keep them in a safe and contained environment.

As our kids grew a little older we would also take them to pockets of our town where neighbors would drape their homes for Halloween. When they grew more independent, us parents would take turns supervising groups of their friends while they trick-o-treated.

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I Hate Wearing Glasses

The other day I went to sleep and all was fine.

Then around 5:30/6 am I woke up.  Not spontaneously.  Rather my eye was really bothering me.  It was painful and runny (sorry for the lovely details!).

So I went to the bathroom and saw that my eye was really red. I washed it and tried going back to sleep. No going.

So naturally I logged onto the internet to see what the possible causes of a red, runny, painful eye could be. First possibility? Pink eye. Now I’ve never had pink eye before, I know it is highly contagious.  So when I took a shower I was super careful and used a separate towel to dry my face.

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How Real is High School Dropout Crisis

President Obama stated that “dropping out of high school is no longer an option. It’s not just quitting on yourself, it’s quitting on your country—and this country needs and values the talents of every American.” Since this time, the government has made a major promise to increasing America’s high school graduation rate. Top researchers have agreed that 25 -30% of students who sign up in not make the grade. Isn’t it sad?

Do I need a cell phone in college?

Sure you do, but somehow, I managed to make it through high school without having a cell phone. Although I begged for one, my parents didn’t want to pay for it, and I didn’t care strongly enough to shell out $40-$50 a month for a phone bill. Once I graduated high school though, my parents acknowledged that I would need a phone for my freshman year in college, and we went to Verizon and bought a cell phone for me.

When I went to college, I quickly learned that having a cell phone was not only useful, but it was a bit of a necessity if I wanted to stay involved with everything that was going on. Read more…

Choosing a good cell phone company for college

If you don’t already have a cell phone, you’re definitely going to want one before college. Cell phones are extremely useful nowadays, and if you don’t have one, you’re going to be surprised at how frequently you’re inconvenienced.

You may already have a plan that you’re going to continue, but if you’re open to the idea of a new phone and/or provider, you should definitely make sure you make the right choice.

Depending on where you go to school, the providers that you believe are best may not necessarily be the best choice. I use Verizon — a network that’s normally considered to be very reliable — yet I get the worst service here. Text messages rarely send and calls won’t always go through. That’s only around my dorm, but that’s still a giant inconvenience.

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My Life is like a roller coaster. It has its ups and downs. I Try to Enjoy The Ride

I have such a roller coaster life. I swear. It is constantly on an up and down. Anyway, so…let’s start with nearly a week ago Friday. It was my first evening shift ever (that was not considered training) at Family & Children Services. It was hell on earth, I kid you not.

I already wrote on my twitter that I was called an “Ugly b**** who sucks my daddy’s d***.” By a 10 year old! I dealt with being hit…first by a flying shoe, then the kid came up behind me on two occasions to beat me with his fists. My dinner was SPIT on. Talk about FUN, kids. FUN. No, it wasn’t. I woke up on Tuesday morning…as I was supposed to go to one of my last trainings….And I quit. I took my bag in with all of my keys, my ID card, etc.

And I turned it into the front desk with a big fat SMILE on my face. It felt so darn good to say “This is for Rich!” and walk away. With an even bigger smile. Then I deal with people who dropped out from high school and took GED classes in the Bronx to get their GED diploma. I help them to manage getting to college. Hard work, believe me.

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