Friday, August 9, 2013

Shark Week: My Top 5 Sharks

So this year's Shark Week (one of my favorite times of year!) is winding down. In order to commemorate another successful year of watching sharks swim in slow motion, I'm going to count down my Top 5 Favorite Sharks. Because, let's face it, when it comes to a lot of my interests, they're the same as any seven year-old boy: dinosaurs, video games, space, and sharks.

#5. Whale Shark

I love whale sharks. Not only because of their massive size, but because they're so docile. When people think of huge sharks, they always think of Jaws and white sharks, but in reality in the biggest sharks are gentle giants. I love the pattern of their skin, I love that they're filter feeders, and it's one of my life's goals to be able to swim with one someday.

#4. Tiger Shark

You can take your white sharks and your bull sharks. If I had to pick my top deadly shark, it would be the tiger. Not only are they excellent super predators, but the markings on their skin are beautiful. They also predate on birds, turtles, and just about anything else they can eat, which is super interesting. I even love the shape of their teeth.

#3. Oceanic Whitetip Shark

I think this shark has the potential to be the scariest. If you get dumped out in the middle of the ocean, it isn't going to be a white shark that's coming for you - it's gonna be this guy. These are the ones who pick off shipwreck survivors. Beyond that, I think they're really pretty! I love the color on them - which is the same reason I love black tips too, but they just weren't pretty and awesome enough to make the top five.

#2. Blue Shark

Blue sharks are probably, hands down, the most beautiful and adorable sharks ever! Their color is just amazing and I love their big round eyes. For a long time, they were my number one shark just because of how beautiful they were. I love that they're tenacious too. These guys are bottomless pits - they literally gorge themselves on food to the point where they'll throw up. They're the binge-eaters of the ocean and that cracks me up.

#1. Great Hammerhead Shark

This is the most wicked looking shark in the ocean. I love the shape of its dorsal fin - it has that perfect curve to it that just personifies "shark!" to me. I love all hammerheads, really. I like the little bonnet heads and the scalloped hammers. I think they just look so alien and interesting.

I would loooove to one day have the opportunity to swim with each of these. Sharks still have such a bad reputation, despite how much effort has been made to change that. Not only that, but they're targeted for their meat, fins, and just because they happen to eat the same fish we do (surprisingly, considering they live in the ocean...). So hey, Discovery Channel... if you ever feel like you'd like to add an armchair sharkologist blogger with a go-get-'em-attitude to your roster for next year, hit me up! You won't even have to pay me to get in the water with them.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

I'm Back!

This spring and summer have been tumultuous to say the least. I graduated from Dalton State College in May and I also moved from Dalton, GA down to Covington. We left our apartment behind and have taken up residence in a 100+ year-old home that has been in the Future Hubs's home for decades. It took ages to get everything moved in and we've still been renovating and cleaning things up (the house had been vacant for years before we moved in). We went from a one-bedroom fully carpeted teeny apartment to a two-story multi-bedroom hardwood-floored home with a big yard and tons of antiques that have needed sorting through. Not to mention, it had zero functioning bathrooms and as of (hopefully) tonight, we'll finally have two. AND I've been working on planning my upcoming wedding. Not to mention trying to find a teaching job.

Needless to say, this blog regrettably fell by the wayside.

BUT now that most things have been squared away or whipped into functional and manageable states, I can finally sit back down at a computer and find the time for blogging.

I've thought about this blog a lot in the past few months, as I struggled to find the time to make an update. After a lot of consideration, my goal is to shape this into something meaningful. I'm not going to go out in dogged pursuit of brands or ads and adspace. I'm going to try not to obsess over inanity too much. I'm going to talk about the important stuff. I want this blog to be about what's important to me and what I'm experiencing in my life. So what does that mean?

Things I'm Going to Feature on This Blog:
+ My travels
+ My wedding
+ My experiences in this old house we've taken on
+ Food (cooking, growing, etc)
+ Weight loss and healthy living
+ History, culture, and politics
+ Teaching

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Marriage Equality

Today, the Supreme Court heard cases for whether or not to same-sex couples will be allowed to marry. What does that mean? It means today, the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the Unites Stated) will be deciding the constitutionality of California's ban on same-sex marriage (popularly known as "Prop 8"), as well as hearing the case for the legality of the Defense of Marriage Act. This is a huge step for our country, where historic decisions will undoubtedly be made.

There most likely won't be a decision until June and there are a variety of outcomes that could be reached. According to the NYTimes:
The court may say the Constitution requires all states to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. At the other extreme, the court may say the Constitution is silent on the question, leaving states free to allow or reject same-sex marriage. (There is no possibility that the court would ban same-sex marriage in places that choose to permit it.)

There are also intermediate possibilities. The court could adopt a rationale that would apply only to California along the lines of the one endorsed by the Ninth Circuit. It could adopt the "eight-state solution" suggested by the Obama administration. Or it could dismiss the case for want of standing, which would probably effectively allow same-sex marriages in California, the nation's most populous state.
I hope the SCOTUS makes the right decision - which is, by the way, make it clear once and for all that it's unconstitutional to ban same-sex marriage.

Monday, March 25, 2013


Hey everyone! I was lucky enough to be one of the many chosen by Influenster to receive March's Sugar 'n Spice VoxBox. YAY! I was so excited when I received the email and I'd been waiting impatiently for the box to arrive and last week, it finally did! I've been so busy with schoolwork and trying out these great products that I've only just now managed to grab a sec to sit down and post about it. I'm looking forward to continuing to test out these products they've sent and offer my own reviews on them, so keep a look out for my opinions on what they've sent me.

What have they sent me, you might ask? Well, here's a pic of all the goodies that showed up in the bright orange box.

As you can see, lots of good stuff! Here's a quick rundown:
+ Colgate Optic White toothpaste, mouthwash, and toothbrush.
+ belVita Breakfast Biscuits
+ Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer
+ Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel oil-controlling towelettes (and several coupons for more of their products - yay!!)
+ NCETRESSE all-natural sweetner.

I'll admit that I didn't know a lot about VoxBoxes prior to receiving one, I just knew that it seemed like an awesome opportunity. And I was right! What surprised me most was that all of the products I received to sample were full-sized! I was expecting a sample-sized/one-use sort of deal, so I was thrilled when everything came exactly as if I had purchased it at the store. I've busted into everything already and I'm loving it all. I'll be devoting a post per product in order to give them the highlights they deserve.

If you haven't yet joined in with Influenster, you really should! I've had a great time posting reviews and qualifying for various badges. You'll have to request an invite, but let me know if you're interested and I still have my 5 invites that I'd love to send out.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

*Dusts off cobwebs*

It's been AGES since I've posted here. I had every intention of wholeheartedly keeping up this blog, but then the holidays happened and I was swept off my feet for a while. Most notably by this very important fact:

I got engaged!!

The ring is blue topaz in the center, with smoky quartz as the outer stones, with a handful of little diamonds for extra sparkle. This ring is so absolutely perfect. My grandma has been quick to remind everyone that, ever since I was little, I liked to flounce around and refuse the notion of a diamond ring and declare I only wanted my birthstone (blue topaz). And look what I got! When I got older, I became an adamant supporter of not-diamond engagement rings after learning the not-really-a-tradition "tradition" behind them, so I was thrilled! It's so unique and colorful and that's exactly what I've always wanted.

Since then, I've been caught up in a whirlwind of wedding planning, honeymoon deciding, et various. Not to mention, I graduate college this May, so I've been steadily working on my final semester as well. We also move out of our current apartment in May, so home-hunting is also on the menu. Needless to say, with everything starting up all at once, I was a bit overwhelmed and this blog was completely forgotten about. BUT! I'm back and I intend on keeping this place up now that the smoke has cleared and I've found my pace with all these new changes gearing up.

So here's to more blog posts soon!