Leap Day!

Happy Leap Day everyone! February 29, that fantastic extra day that occurs every 4 years.

Since it’s not an every day (or rather, every year) occurrence, I decided, hey! Why not post some fun facts about Leap Day?Leap Year (2010 film)

1) The Earth does NOT take exactly 365 days (8760 Hours)  to orbit the sun. It actually takes 365 days, 5 hours, 49 minutes and 16 seconds. So to compensate for the extra time, every four years an extra day is added to the year. Leap years have 366 days.

2) On Leap Day, there is an old tradition that stems from Ireland that women can propose to their men! (Remember the movie Leap Year?) Um, hello Matthew Goode, can I marry you?

Similarly, the tradition also stands in Denmark and Germany!

Greece however, considers Leap Year marriages unlucky, and 1 out of 5 Greek couples will purposefully avoid a Leap Year marriage!

3) Supposedly, in 1288 Queen Margaret of Scotland (who was 5 at the time), passed a law that made men who refused Leap Day proposals compensate the proposing women; payment was anything from a kiss to £1 to a silk gown, in order to soften the blow. She knew what was what!

4) People born on Leap Days are invited to join The Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies. For real?

5) February 29th is also St. Oswald’s Day, named after an archbishop of York who died this day in 992.
(However, it is still celebrated on the 28th of regular years)

So there you have it! Just a few fun facts for your entertainment on this “extra” day of the year!

 

 

 

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Saving the Spirit Bear

My good friend and fellow blogger at The Writing Life introduced me to this link, and I thought it was worth sharing:

Save B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest!

It’s a petition, folks. (For those of you who didn’t click the link, SHAME on you!)

But since I know you’re  going to want some info from me (which the link can provide you, by the way), I’m going to give you some.

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The Great Bear Rainforest is the largest temperate rainforest on the planet. That means that has been significantly less damaged than most of the others out there. But Canadian government is planning to have Enbridge run a giant oil line through the forest. An oil line would be extremely damaging to the delicate ecosystem and would result in thousands of kilometers of deforestation.

However, that’s not the worst of it. The Great Bear Rainforest is home to a rare type of bear known as the “Spirit” bear, or white black bear. The extremely rare colouration only occurs through recessive genes, and therefore this bear is rarer than the giant panda, with less than 400 living in the wild.

Why would we let the government destroy something so stunning?

These beautiful creatures need help to survive! The last thing they need is another way to die.

An oil spill would be extremely destructive to the bears habitat and survival. If the oil reached the water, the salmon population that the bears rely on to survive would be severely damaged.

I’m not asking much, folks. Click the link at the top. Sign the petition. It takes 3 seconds. I did it myself.

Stand up. Prove to the world that Canadians have a say in what happens in their country. We can preserve our beautiful land. We can protect Canada’s natural sublimity.

You have to admit, that sounds nice, doesn’t it?

What You Thought You Knew About The Body Shop

I’m not a vegan. I don’t follow PETA on Twitter. But I DO try to avoid buying cosmetics that test on animals. I fully believe animal testing is wrong, and if I can avoid it, why wouldn’t I? The way I see it, if it doesn’t NEED to be tested on animals, it’s probably better for my skin anyway. All natural products are the way I like it, which is why I love using Alma, Lush, and The Body Shop products.

However, I recently found out something about The Body Shop that surprised and disconcerted me: The Body Shop is actually owned by L’Oreal.

Who knew? I sure didn’t. Maybe I’m behind the times here and it’s common knowledge.

The Body Shop

Image via Wikipedia

“Scribbler,” you’re saying, “we knew that FOREVER ago!”
Well, I’m telling you, it came as quite the surprise to me!

Since it was passed on to me by word of  mouth, I decided to research a bit on the subject.

So, Wikipedia it was (because as we all know, Wiki-anything is a reliable source of information). Wikipedia confirmed that L’Oreal does, in fact, own the Body Shop. Unhappy day! Imagine my discomfort upon realizing that all this time I’ve been supporting a known animal-tester while thinking that I was saving the dear creatures.

So I decided, why not check out The Body Shop’s website to find out the truth. Who would have guessed that they did not have a SINGLE thing (that I could find) about L’Oreal on there. So I decided to Sherlock it up and look at the L’Oreal website as well. You know what? I didn’t even have to leave the front page to find what I was looking for. L’Oreal has all it’s sub-companies on a scroll list right there.

Now I know a bunch more companies to avoid. (Biotherm, Diesel (Gasp!), Maybelline (already knew that one), Garnier… the list goes on).

My main question is, if The Body Shop promotes testing free products, but L’Oreal still tests new ingredients on animals, what does that say about the integrity of companies? I feel like I shouldn’t buy from The Body Shop anymore because they work for L’Oreal. It destroys everything I believed about them before.

Granted, The Body Shop is still a non-testing company. But if it’s owners still do test on animals there remains a level of discrepancy. Things just don’t add up, and it’s hard to come to terms with that.

I guess I’ll just have to educate myself further. PETA’s company lists are good for that, at least.

*Disclaimer* – I respect your opinions, and I do not judge them. So please respect mine.

How to Country Bar: 9 Steps for Guys

A.K.A. How to avoid looking like a moron at the bar.

There is one thing about society today that never ceases to amaze me: the absolute lack of manners. In the bar it is the most present (also in retail, but that’s for another time). While this is in part due to alcohol consumption, it is by no means excusable.

Take it from me. I’m a girl, I know what most girls are looking for. So here’s a few things you can do that – in my opinion – will exponentially improve your chances to get a girl to dance with you. Yes, dance with you. This is not a guide to getting girls to go home with you. So if that’s what you were expecting, you’re going to have to find another blog, one probably written by a guy.

So here’s a list of steps you can take that will increase your chances:

1. Be Polite:
I cannot emphasize this enough. Manners are everything. Don’t assume chivalry is dead. One of the well known facts about most girls is that they’re all waiting for “Prince Charming” to show up. Remember those Disney movies? The Prince is always sickeningly polite and chivalrous. And what does he do at the ball? He asks the girl to dance! You would be amazed at the difference it makes to the girl being asked to dance instead of being grabbed. If you want to dance with a girl, ask her! The worst that can happen is that she says no, in which case, move on.

2. Don’t Assume:
If a girl says no to dancing, don’t assume it’s because of you. If you asked her nicely and she says no, consider the options. Maybe she has a boyfriend. Maybe she’s tired. Maybe it’s a girls’ song. Maybe it’s a girls’ night.

3. Respect Girls’ Night:
Sometimes girls go out just to hang out with their girl friends. It’s a well-known fact. Similarly, some songs are just girl songs! Don’t ask her to dance to “Man I Feel Like A Woman” by Shania Twain. Besides, why would you want to dance with her to that anyway? So if she says it’s a girls’ night or song, don’t assume she’s lying to get out of dancing with you. Chances are she’s telling the truth.

4. Don’t Lurk:
I can NOT stress this enough. If you try to insert yourself into their girl circle without a word or a nod and try to dance with them, you’re probably going to make them feel uncomfortable. That is the LAST thing you want to do. A girl is 87% less likely to dance with you if she’s uncomfortable around you. Yes, I made that stat up. But seriously, if you just lurk around, they’re not going to like you. They will probably also think you’re a moron. Period.

5. The Wingman Rule:
This one is extremely important. So, you see these two gorgeous girls dancing on the floor. So you walk up to them and ask one (or either) of them if they’d like to dance. They say no. You walk away, wondering what you did wrong. You know how girls travel in packs to the bathroom? Well that’s because they thrive in groups. Two girls are more comfortable with themselves than one lone girl (in most cases). So if you want to ask those gorgeous girls to dance, bring a friend! Two guys and two girls instead of just you and two girls. It’s a much better equation. And when they see that they’re both guaranteed a dance partner, they’ll be more likely to agree to dancing with you (unless of course it’s a girls’ song).

Never EVER leave one girl alone. If there’s three of them, bring three guys, or go alone. As long as there is more than one girl left once you’ve picked your dance partner, you’ve done well. It’s easy math.

6. Be Open:
…to new experiences. Many girls know how hard it is for you guys to ask them to dance. It takes a lot of guts. Therefore, if a girl asks you to dance, remember what it’s like when someone rejects you, and consider saying yes instead of an immediate “no”. Besides, you don’t know what you’d be missing until you try, right?

Similarly, if you can’t dance, be willing to learn! Some girls are great dancers and are willing to help a guy out. Besides, your country bar “cred” goes way up if you can dance. You don’t need to be a perfect dancer to ask girls. You don’t even have to be good. But you do have to be open to the fact that if you’re a better dancer girls are going to notice.

7. Be CONFIDENT:
But NOT cocky. There’s a difference. I’ve heard that guys like confident girls, well the same goes for girls. Put yourself out there. Like I said before, the worst she can do is say no. So just go out there and be yourself.

You’re more interesting that way anyway.

8. Be Considerate of the People Around You:
If there’s no room to spin a girl on the dance-floor, then DON’T SPIN A GIRL ON THE DANCE-FLOOR! Do you like being barreled into and knocked off your feet because some moron can’t control his moves? Neither do I.

9. No Drinks on the Dance Floor:
Unless you’re dancing in a group or with your buddies. But if you are planning on asking a girl to dance, don’t do it with a drink in your hand. And ESPECIALLY don’t do it with a mini-pitcher in your hand. I’m begging you, avoid it at all costs.

Besides, isn’t it much easier to dance with a girl when you’ve got both your hands? Wouldn’t you rather have your hand on her waist than holding a drink? I can tell you she’d much rather have your hand on her waist than your drink down her back, so just take my advice here.

And if you have a drink and she asks you to put it down before you dance with her, don’t be sassy about it. Just do it, or don’t dance with her.

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So now you’ve got the anti-moron guidelines, and if you put them into practice I guarantee you’ll have a much better time dancing at the bar.

Note: If you’re feeling queasy about your dancing skills and want to improve, YouTube has a ton of instructional videos that are worth checking out. Just search “Country Swing Dancing” or any variation of it!

Another note: I’ve included at the bottom some links to some fun swing dancing videos, simply because I couldn’t resist.

Yet another note: If you’re planning on learning the complicated movements and spins, keep in mind that girls aren’t mind readers, and you have to be an excellent leader in order for them to know where you’re going.

Now, enjoy your dancing!

The Future

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt

There is nothing quite like the power of a dream. (Inception taught us that, right?) However Eleanor knew before that how powerful dreams can be. Dreams are passion, inspiration, and full-fledged creative freedom.

Add in some positive thinking, and where do you end up?

Maybe you end up thinking – just maybe – that what you want isn’t as far away as you thought it was. In order to live your dream, don’t you first have to believe it’s possible? Your dream isn’t just going to come up to you, pinch your cheek and say “I’m what you’ve been waiting for!” Of course not! Most dreams can’t talk anyway. And I say “most” because Orlando Bloom can talk. And it may have been my dream to marry him at one point in my life. And hey, since I’ve moved on from that dream, there’s nothing saying you can’t have it too! However, in order to make that one a success, you’re probably going to have to get into the film industry, find a way to meet him, and become a home-wrecker (he’s married [insert sad face here]). Essentially, it’s going to take a lot of work.

Which brings me to my next point. If it’s worth dreaming about, it’s worth working for. Remember that little comment your dream is never going to say? Well it’s also never going to say it because you have to work to get where you want to be. Unless you’re Taylor Swift, whose parents moved to Nashville for her to become a singer when she was 14. What a lucky ducky she was, eh?

Point is, unless you’re Taylor Swift, you need to work to make your dream a reality

But hey, if you’re passionate about it, it’s not really work at all, is it? If you enjoy it, chances are you’ll enjoy getting there. The sweat will be worth it. Logically, hard work for anything produces results.

Logic is the final point I’m going to make. It’s grand to dream gargantuan dreams, but let’s be honest, we’re not going to marry Orlando Bloom. That’s just not logical. The same goes for every dream: the dream has to be workable. You can dream huge, that’s fine. You can let your mind wander to the impossible. Just don’t let the impossible consume you. Chances are that today, you’re not going to be the first person to touch Jupiter, you’re not going to become the Queen of America, and you’re certainly not going to marry a vampire. I’m sorry if any of those dreams hit home. But let’s be honest, marrying a vampire would be extremely unhealthy even if you could. Get your heads out of the gutters people! They suck your blood! So not sexy.

However, if your dream is reachable (or if it’s not, maybe it can be with some fine-tuning), then work and passion will get you there. The sky is the limit folks. But I think we can do better than that. In fact, we can make outer space the limit. Which leaves us all fairly limitless, don’t you think? Well, limitless within the limit of logic, that is. But any dream is big enough to pursue.

So now I’ll ask:

How big can you dream?

Because people, you are the future.

Introducing: Musings!

….The Category for when I absolutely cannot contain myself and simply must write.

The Category for times like now, when I just got back to the handy little motel room with a dear friend of mine from the spa!

Which spa, you ask?

Sahara Spa in Moose Jaw! The home of heavenly hot stone massage and rejuvenating facial treatments. Plus more! (However I haven’t yet experienced that ‘more’, but if it’s anything like today I’d very much like to!)

Now, it was during the relaxing hot stone massage of heavenliness that I got a strange tingling in my fingers. They twitched. “I want to write!” they said. To which my mind replied, “About WHAT!?” And they had no reply, just an irrepressible itch to write ANYTHING! A compulsion is what it was.

So here I sit, wet-haired, relaxed, freshly massaged and facialled, and writing. And it’s absolutely phenomenal how easily the words are coming. Sure, they’re not saying much, but they’re THERE! I feel revived. It’s as if a part of me that was hiding decided to come out. Hello, lost little writer! Goodbye writing block and silly inhibitions. The more I write, the better my writing will become.

I’m also under the impression that the more I spa, the more I’ll write.

Too bad blogging doesn’t pay $189 a page so I can spa daily.

However, I do recommend spa treatment to any blocked creative! The ultimate relaxation really helps unlock that door to inspiration if you let it. Pure, uninhibited, free flowing thoughts, you’re exactly what my fingers were itching for.

 

 

The Beginnings…

Everything has a beginning.

Therefore, it only seems right that instead of flopping around like a fish out of water, my beginnings should be concrete.

So here they are. The scrawls and scribbles of an avid logophile. (And for those of you who don’t know, a logophile is a “word-lover”). This is encouragement for me to write regularly, and hopefully for you to let me know what you like and what you don’t.

Honestly, I’m not yet sure how to work a blog. Honesty, what a gem, eh? So bear with me while I figure out: a) how to work the darn thing, b) what to write about, and c) how to make it worth reading. Let’s be honest, if it’s not worth reading, chances are no novel of mine will be either.

Also, hopefully the blog won’t look so plain when I’m done with it.

Tata for now!