Save Power for One Hour

Today (March 31, 2012) at 8:30 P.M. is Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is a global action that comments on climate change.
But it’s also more than that. It’s an opportunity for community action. It’s proof that if we all do our part we can make a difference in our world.

Earth Hour 60+

Earth Hour 60+ (Photo credit: Regi Fauzi)

Last year more than 5200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide turned off their lights for Earth Hour.

This year the estimate is that 5251 cities will participate from 147 countries.

Can you imagine what that looks like from space? A gradual darkness that covers the globe – that’s the goal.

So for one hour today, turn off your lights. Ignore your computers, your televisions, your radios. Unplug your phones. Save power for one hour, and be a part of a powerful global action.

I know I’m going to! I’m going to shut off all my lights, turn off my computer, and leave my house.

© Patrick Doyle / WWF-Canada

What are you going to do?

For more information, please visit WWF Canada, or Earthhour.org.

Baby Steps

I came across a quote today that hit me rather hard.

“Whether you believe you can, or whether you believe you can’t,
you’re absolutely right.”
Henry Ford

It really got me thinking. How often do I put things off because I’m not confident in my abilities? How often do I back out because I just don’t think I can do it?

How often have I regretted my self-doubt?

These thoughts brought me to an uncomfortable truth: I am afraid. I’m afraid of the future, and I’m afraid of rejection. I’m afraid that all the plans I’m making will come to naught. I have often regretted not going for something or not trying as hard as I might, as if to prove that unsatisfactory results were due to my lack of effort and not my talent or abilities.

How will I know unless I try my hardest? What is rejection but an opportunity to improve? Yes, rejection hurts, but I will make it my goal to try and try again until I’ve improved enough, until I’ve reached my perfection.

I will take baby steps towards my goals. The first step is realizing I doubt myself, and overcoming that doubt. It is my most crippling quality.

Henry Ford is right – I am everything I believe myself to be. If I believe I can do something – I can.

After all, my dreams are not going to come true without a little help.

The Scribbler’s Ginorma-list of Procrastination Tactics

I’m a procrastinator. Always have been, probably always will be. Sometimes even I wonder how on EARTH I can possibly waste so much time.

Well, here’s how.

The Scribbler’s Ginorma-list of Procrastination Tactics:

*These are in no particular order, other than the order they came to mind

1) Check Facebook. Like, seventeen THOUSAND times a day. Sometimes that many times an hour. As if I got a notification in the 3 seconds since the last time I checked… I swear when I’m procrastinating that little red “1” is the most beautiful image….

2) Check Twitter to see if Josh Groban said anything else that was notoriously hilarious. Seriously, if you’re on Twitter and you’re not following Josh Groban, SHAME on you! Because he’s notorious. And hilarious. And everyone needs to be following him. Pretty much the reason I got Twitter in the first place.

3) Check my Email. Just to see if I have any new spam. Or maybe the rare chance that I got something good, like a notification from WordPress that someone likes my post. Hooray!

4) Write a Blog. That’s right folks, I’m even procrastinating right meow.

5) Watch this video:

6) Check to see if, in the last minute and twenty-three seconds, someone has read my blog.

7) Read a book that just so happens to not be on my class reading list. Funny how that works, eh?

8) Check Facebook again.

9) Eat anything salty. Seriously, when I’m bored, salt is the go-to food. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know. But I’ve eaten many a package of dry ichiban in my day.

10) Watch a movie. Usually it’s Pride and Prejudice (or another Jane Austen adaptation – they’re all brilliant!). Depending on how much time I plan to procrastinate (yes, sometimes I have planned procrastination) it will either be the glorious BBC production that is approximately 300 minutes long (nom Colin Firth), or if I have less time, the also very good two hour Keira Knightly and Matthew MacFadyen version (nom Matthew MacFadyen)

“You have bewitched me, body and soul.”

Gives me shivers every time!

Matthew MacFadyen as Mr. Darcy. *sigh*
(Photo credit goes to fanpop.com)

10) Draw a picture

11) Paint a picture

12) Check my DeviantArt profile, and lurk the first few pages of popular pictures.

13) Clean my room. This usually only happens when I have other things to do. Or if someone is coming over.

14) Stare at my ceiling. It’s not very interesting.

15) Check Facebook

16) Has anyone commented on my blog yet? It’s been at least three minutes now..

17) Listen to music and watch music videos

18) Check to see if my favourite comics have anything new! If you’re interested, they are Gallows Humor, Romantically Apocalyptic, The Oatmeal, Scandinavia and the World (Niels also comes to mind) and Cyanide and Happiness!

Such a cute little farmer!
(photo credit: joystiq.com)

19) Play StarCraft II

20) Play Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (I’m Sith yo – the badassery never ends!)

21) Play Guild Wars (Who’s excited for GW2?!?! I AM!!)

22)Play Harvest Moon. Those cute little farmers just steal my heart.

23) Shop online, even though I have no money to buy online things.. *sad

24) Write a story – or attempt to. I have many novels in the makings.

25) Write poetry

26) Make some tea – I love tea, tea loves me. We have a very comfortable relationship.

27) Have a bath – I use this when the excuse “I can’t concentrate” comes along. Mostly I just want to do nothing.

28) Play with my rats. Because they’re adorable, and I wuv them

29) Stare at my phone. Surely they got that text I send 7.3 seconds ago.

30) Have a mini beauty pageant… in my room… alone. Folks, if I’m bored, you can tell. I’ll have nice, time-consuming makeup on. I probably spent at least 15-30 minutes on it. Sometimes I just want to have my own mini beauty pageant in my room, okay? It also includes changing my clothes a million times, and dancing in front of my mirror.

There you have it folks. Some of the ways in which I waste time.

“SOME?! But Scribbler, there are 30 things there!”

Yes, I know. I just didn’t want to make the post stupid long. Maybe, when I’m feeling the need to procrastinate once again, I’ll write a part two 😉

What are some ways you procrastinate? I’d love to hear it!

Reasons to Adopt from Animal Shelters

So you want to adopt a pet? You’re looking for that perfect dog, that gorgeous cat? Maybe something small and furry: a ferret maybe, or a rabbit? Perhaps you’re looking for a bird or two!

Ferret plays a stuffed animal.

The truth is, you shouldn’t have to look further than your local animal shelters! Here are some great facts as to why:

1) Animal shelters work to prevent pet overpopulation:

Gray kitten

Gray kitten (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The more animals adopted from shelters, the less that are being purchased from pet stores and breeders, thus reducing the pet overpopulation problem.

For more information on pet overpopulation, please click here

2) Where are your animals coming from?

Animal shelters guarantee that the animal you’re getting needs a home.
What you might not know about pet stores is that they often bring in their puppies from puppy mills and their kittens from kitten mills (imagine dogs and cats in cages with the sole purpose of breeding). These dogs and cats are often inbred, or have major health problems. They can be temperamental and difficult to train.

Many shelters also do a temperament test on their animals to assess the animal’s personality and compatibility with children, cats, or other pets. Thus, you end up with a pet that you’re far more educated about.

3) Animal shelters are cheaper:

So you want a purebred? Nothing wrong with that. You can find them at shelters or from rescue organizations. Not to mention these dogs are often at least partially trained, already spayed/neutered, de-wormed and vet-checked (with their shots!). Which means you don’t have to pay for all of that after buying the animal.

Shelter animals are cheaper than pet stores and breeders as well, so you’re getting a lifelong friend without the hole in your pocket.

Dog at animal shelter

Dog at animal shelter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4) Shelter’s have a large selection:

Whether you want a purebred or a mutt (personally, I think mutts are cuter!) you’ll find both at shelters!

Due to overpopulation, shelters and rescues often have a huge selection of animals to choose from. More options makes it more likely that you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.

And you’ll probably fall in love with your new friend right on the spot.

 

 

5) Save a life!

By adopting from animal shelter’s you are guaranteeing that the animal you choose gets to live a full life instead of being put down.

These animals are lonely and just waiting for you to love them. And believe me, they’ll love you all the more in return!

You’re saving lives, folks. How could you turn that down?

If you’re not sure how to go about finding a shelter:

Check online! Many shelters have websites or phone numbers that are easily accessible. Remember, these shelters WANT to be found! Their goal is to save the lives of the neglected or forgotten animals that come to them.

Petfinder is a great way to find animal near you, along with the shelters they’re from!

Happy trails!

Ian Somerhalder: More Than Just a Pretty Face

You may know Ian Somerhalder from popular television shows Lost (Boone) and The Vampire Diaries (Damon). What you may not know about him:

Ian Somerhalder has his own Foundation.

Ian Somerhalder (photo taken from isfoundation.com)

That’s right, folks! Who you thought was just the man behind the (sexy) vampire is actually someone who is working (very hard, I might add) to make the earth a better place.

The Ian Somerhalder Foundation works towards the betterment of the environment and all it’s creatures, animal and human alike. The foundation’s website currently promotes campaigns in four categories: Environment, Creatures, Youth, and Kids.

Under the About section of the website I found a couple things that really stood out:

Mission: “to empower, educate, and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.”

“We are a team, a group of people, who view the environment as an interconnected organism of which we are not separate but a part of. There is no differentiation between all living things: trees, rivers, animals and humans. We are all one interdependent organism.”

“Nature does not behave independently. It works in unison with all its elements. Working independently to transform our planet is like trying to playing a violin without strings.”

What Ian is saying is that we have to work together to save the earth. We need to act. Part of what makes us human is the uncontrollable desire to be amongst other humans. That’s our nature. So naturally it makes sense that we can accomplish so much more by working together.

And now, from Ian himself:

Want to get involved? You’re in luck! The IS Foundation has ample opportunity for a wide variety of involvement. You can volunteer for the foundation by signing up, donate to the foundation, purchase from the online store (funds go to the foundation), or join the IS Foundation on Facebook to find other like-minded people near you and create a project!

One of the product logos in the store

...is yours?

People, every little bit counts. We can change the world. We can help to keep it green, and beautiful, and eternal.

Ian’s got his head in the right place. Without the earth, we are nothing. So let’s do our part to protect and preserve it.

If you feel like you don’t have the time or resources to be involved in the foundation directly, there are other ways that you can help the earth. You can promote the foundation (like I am) to increase awareness about it. Even things like reducing your carbon footprint by recycling, taking the bus, turning off the lights, and not buying bottled water will help. The more people who do it, the more effective it will be. It’s like voting.

Let’s keep it green, folks.

Count me in!

How to Be A Respectful Shopper

Or, how to not make sales people hate you.

I’m in sales. I have been for quite some time. There is one point I’d really like to get across to all you shoppers out there:

Sales people are people too!

(why else would they be called sales people?)

Just because you’re feeling in a craptacular mood doesn’t mean that you get to take it out on whoever is trying to help

D'awwww

you find your perfect scent of candle. Or your brand-spanking new bunny slippers. Or that chair that looks just right. Or

your silky man-thong.

So here is a short list I’ve compiled of things you can do to be the shopper the salespeople want you to be. By following

these easy steps, you’ll be guaranteeing that the wonderful people who work at the stores you love won’t hate you.

1) Manners:

Come on people, were we born in 300 B.C.E.? No! Would it kill you to be polite? Seriously. A please and a thank you every now and again really makes the world a better place to live in.

Yes, they’re probably trying to sell you something. Guess what, that’s there job! Admit it, you’d be upset if you actually were shopping instead of browsing and nobody came to help you find that perfect…whatever it is.

2) Listen:

Salesperson: “Hey there, how are you today?”

You: “I don’t need any help.”

Apparently you do. You need hearing aids. The person asked how you are today, not if you needed help. So do them the courtesy of replying to what they asked instead of assuming that they’re there to badger you. If they then ask you afterwards if you need help with anything, that is your chance to tell them that you don’t.

3) Personal Information:

At the cash register, the sales clerk may ask you for your phone number or email (or in the case of my store, both). If you’re worried they’re going to sell it, or whatever (my store doesn’t, for the record) by all means ask about it. But don’t be rude.

It’s part of the clerk’s job to ask for it. They probably have a certain phone number/email capture goal to make for that day. Which means they have to ask everyone. Don’t get angry, it’s part of their job.

Besides, if you give your credit card that’s got all your personal info attached to it anyways.

Also, don’t lie. We live in 2012. I really don’t believe that 40% of you don’t have emails. So when I ask you for your email, unless you’re 117 years old, I don’t believe you when you say “I don’t have email.” Just say, “no thank you” or I’ll be secretly laughing at you in my head.

4) Don’t Comment on Prices:

If it’s expensive, chances are the salesperson knows it’s expensive. You know, because they work there. So when you come up and say, “man this store is expensive,” what response are you waiting for? We don’t make the prices people, that’s way above us.

The corporation is a whale. The region the store you’re in is a shark. The regional manager is a swordfish. The store you’re in is a salmon. The manager of that store is a gold fish. The sales leader is a sardine. The salesperson you’re talking to is an amoeba.

Get it?

5) Don’t assume:

a) that you’re the only person that sales person has to help. There are probably more people in the store

b) That big items like televisions or couches are going to be kept in the back room waiting just for you. You’re probably going to have to order those in. And it’s probably going to take 2 weeks or so.

So here’s the grand list for your convenience. Please abide by it, and make life for me (and other salespeople) much easier. Or else you may find that suddenly you have a strange pain in your chest where somebody stuck a pin in a voodoo doll made just for you.

I’ll add more when I think of them. Believe me, the list really is endless.

Why I Go To Class

Now, this might seem like a fairly easy question. I go to class because I pay for it, I go to class to get my degree, etc.

Yes, those are obvious reasons.

English: , American law professor and author

This is the person I'm in class for!
(Image via Wikipedia)

But mostly I go to class to learn. And how do I do that? Well by listening to the professor, of course!

Do you know what I’m NOT there for? I’m not there to listen to every student and their dog who feel like the sound of their voice is the most beautiful thing on earth. Because it isn’t. And there are an infinite number of things I’d rather hear than your jibber-jabber when I’m there to learn something.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t talk in class – in fact, I encourage it. If you have something worthwhile to talk about, please, by all means, talk away! If you have something to say that significantly adds to the conversation, or if you have a question you need answered (because no question is stupid) then I have no problem with hearing your voice.

What I don’t encourage is talking so much that the rest of the class has fallen asleep. Because guess what, you’re not the prof. I’m not there to listen to you. If you start off your sentence with, “well PERSONALLY I think,” count me out. I’ve already tuned out and am now browsing the internet on my computer.

People, you would not believe the things I’ve heard in some of my classes. Take my advice. Think before you talk. And please do NOT talk more than Professor. I’m not paying to hear you.