Ad of the Day: If You Don’t Pick It Up, The Animals Will…and it could kill them.

Don’t litter! Pick up plastic that you find before the animals do. They don’t understand the difference – to them everything is organic matter that is safe to consume. They’re not stupid for eating it, we’re stupid for making it and leaving it all over the earth.

if you don't pick it up, they will

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Week 4: Cell Phones

Time Flies!

Hey my lovelies! As it happens, time takes its toll and slips by so fast. I feel like my last post was just yesterday but I know it wasn’t. So I’m here to start again! It’s Sunday, the beginning of the week, and I’m thinking that while my plate is this full I shouldn’t put on some unrealistic expectations for myself to post a ton of material daily – but I will post at least twice a week if I can from now on. Baby steps, right?

Thanks A Lot, Border Patrol..

Anyway, my fiance and I have to be separated for Christmas, as it sometimes happens when the American border patrol decides that cute little Chinese girls are a threat to national security because we can’t remember the exact dates of the time 2 years ago when she left…what?

Divided </3

I don’t know what they were trying to prove but they effectively scared her off of ever trying to come to America with me again, which has kind of literally destroyed my life and every meaningful holiday I could possibly celebrate, because now I have to choose between being with her and being with my biological family. UGH.

Cell Phones Might Help! …Right?

So we were thinking to try and soften the blow of this separation, we should get ourselves some cell phones. It’s a nice idea right, to have the one you love within arms reach? Yeah, I was definitely swayed by the idea. I get serious separation anxiety without her and on top of it all, even when I’m in the same country as she is, I still worry like crazy about her. Yes, cell phones seemed to be the way to go.

But I Don’t Want Her To Get Cancer!

Unfortunately, my excitement was short-lived. I began having anxiety attacks because I knew, vaguely, that cell phones are likely to contribute to the growth of cancer and other horrible things, and if we had cell phones I would be the one causing her to have those bad radio waves right next to her brain (one of her most attractive features in my opinion :P) for hours and hours on end. Because let’s be honest. We’re both quiet in person to everyone we meet, but put us together and we chatter like chipmunks on a walnut high.

True Love Isn’t Reckless

Anyway, I voiced my concerns to her, because I do not want to be responsible for slowing down the sugars in her brain and encouraging cancer cells to grow in such a vulnerable and wonderful area of her body. And she has known more about the dangers of cell phones than I have, but she would have been willing to get one just to ease my pain and anxiety. THAT IS LOVE. But I wouldn’t let her.

We Always Knew Retro Was Better!

So now we’re stuck trying to sell a cell we bought and keeping the other one in the kitchen until I leave for Christmas so that she can still call me and I can get a hold of her when I need to. We’ve agreed to get a landline with a phone that won’t put us at risk of cancer, not a wireless phone either, because those are just as bad. I want me a retro vintage rotary phone, complete with piercing ring and spin dial numbers. (I love those things…)

11779099505_a05bf9589d_zIf you’d like to learn more about the dangers of cell phone use, there are some really informative articles out there that I will be breaking down sometime this week for you all. They are especially dangerous to kids, so I’d like to do a post highlighting this and alternative ways you can deal with that. Thank you so much for reading! Happy holidays!

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60 Second Guide to Learning the Truth About Yourself

I wanted to share this because there is nothing I believe in more than self-improvement and learning how not to delude yourself.

Delusion just gets in the way of progress, and if you aren’t walking your talk then what you think you believe in and what you actually believe in are very different.

http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/the-60-second-guide-to-bullshit-free-life/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fanpage&utm_campaign=new+article&wa_ibsrc=fanpage

What exactly have you been doing to walk your talk? Take about a minute, no less, to figure out for yourself what exactly you represent and the kind of impact you generally have on the world around you. I hope it’s not as depressing as some people’s end up being.

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Children’s Fire Safety Activities

Hey everyone, I thought I’d add to this post while I’m still online and not distracted by work or other life stuffs.

Pasadena (Texas) Volunteer Fire Department - Industrial Firefighter training at Texas A&M

I wanted to share this site with you because it’s got a plethora of awesome activities for kids that will help teach them all about fire safety! I remember pretty well all the important things I learned about fire safety as a kid, but sometimes you really need to reinforce it and brush yourself up on things just to be on the safe side. So please, go ahead and check out these cool activities! They range from coloring pages to songs and crafts!

Click this link to go to an awesome fire safety resource site for kids!

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Fire Safety

I was drafting a post for Thursday’s kids when the adapter to my laptop finally decided it was done being abused and made it impossible to do anything without contorting myself into impossible acrobatic positions to keep my battery charged long enough that I could write. So unfortunately for now the progress I made on that was lost, but since my girlfriend’s laptop is here I decided to use it.

I’m having a difficult time with the fire element because there isn’t as much information floating freely around about fire. I am kind of deterred by this particular element. It is kind of scary to me. So I’m going to post a video about what to do if your home catches on fire. It’s a kid’s video so they will be able to learn from it. And let’s be honest, it’s the first one I found and I watched it all the way through so…you can too. Haha.

This is more for adults and anybody else who is rusty in their fire safety knowledge.

 

In case you don’t want to watch the videos, here are the most important things to remember:

  • If your house is on fire is to make sure you know a safe route out.
  • Check your doorknob for heat before slowly opening it to make sure there is no fire near you keeping you from escaping.
  • If the doorknob’s hot or there is smoke close the door as fast as you can.
  • Put a wet towel over your mouth and nose to help keep you from inhaling dirty air.
  • Keep low to the ground because heat and smoke rise and you are safer there.
  • NEVER use water to put out an oil fire.
  • Leave the pot or pan of oil where it is, do not pick it up or you will get injured or trail burning oil and fire behind you.
  • Smother oil fires with wet towels, a pot lid, or baking soda.
  • If you use a pot lid make sure it is air tight because otherwise it will cause more fire.
  • If you use baking soda, make sure you cover every inch of the flames with it.
  • Never hide because firefighters will be on the lookout for you.
  • Change batteries in smoke alarms every 6 months.

Those are the most important tips if you’re having an issue with fire. If you are trapped in a room, yell out the window for help and keep low to the ground with any type of cloth over your face. Once you’re out of the house, don’t go back in because firefighters will be there to do their job for you. They have protective gear so you don’t have to worry about getting injured.

I hope this post helps! It’s always good to stay sharp on these things! Especially if you are rusty. Stay safe, everybody!

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White Water Rafting and Lightning

Hello beautifuls! These past few weeks have been so busy!

Yesterday (okay, since I’m finishing this post late it’s now technically the day before yesterday) my girlfriend’s company threw a picnic and white water rafting event for their employees. Nature?! Heck yes. So we went of course.

The Early Bird Catches the Bus

We woke up at 3:30 (we kindly waited to wake her sister up until a more reasonable -?!!?- 4:00) in the morning because we were under the impression that none of the public transit buses went to where we needed to be at the time we needed to be there. We met a very nice TTC driver with a cold who told us otherwise…once we were already almost there. She took us further than the normal stop because her shift was over and presumably she felt sorry for us unprepared but bright eyed little people anxious for our field trip.

We proceeded to wait around in an empty parking lot, entertaining ourselves for the next two hours and eating snacks from a Shoppers Drug Mart (a Canadian exclusive! For those not familiar with the ways of the maple leaf, it’s basically a big drug store with a post office in it and lots of candy) that was miraculously open 24/7.

I got a lot of funny looks once people actually started coming around because we had forgotten to bring a towel (an unforgivable mistake according to Douglas Adams) and ended up buying one that looks like a dinosaur poncho, which I promptly decided to wear for the next two hours of waiting. In case you need an explanation for this, dinosaurs are awesome and I don’t care if people on the street think I’m brain damaged.

On the Way

Finally the buses arrived and we were suddenly surrounded by people. I guess now would be a good time to mention my girlfriend and her sister are Chinese Canadian and I am very much white. The only white person there in fact, and definitely the only white person walking around in a neon orange child’s dinosaur poncho demanding hugs from my girlfriend’s embarrassed sister.

The bus ride there was uneventful. We slept most of the 2 hours, which was really easy after waking up at 3:30 in the morning. Finally we arrived. It didn’t take long until we were suited up with life jackets and our very own paddle, then marched to a safety lesson. After I was nearly suffocated by a group of people who apparently equated rafting with man-eating mosquitoes (have you ever inhaled bug spray? I beg you not to try it.) we were led to our rafts.

The Storm

We were on the river for about half an hour or so before, of course, it started to storm. And not just a little light rain shower “storm” either. Like, straight above our heads gigantic bursts of thunder and simultaneous lightning storm. We were made to pull our rafts over and evacuate onto some very untamed land under the trees to wait it out. People had to put garbage bags over their heads and everything, it was that bad.

Finally, it seemed to pass and we were back on the river and happily on our way again. We tried to race the storm but of course a bunch of inexperienced white water rafters aren’t going to be able to go very fast. However, had we waited just a little bit longer, the river would have done all the work for us, because it started rushing really fast.

We had to pull over again because the storm got worse, and we were basically stranded there until our very awesome leader Roxanne decided we should cross the river and get to an exit point. Somewhere along the way I found a baby toad and showed it to my girlfriend, who immediately grew attached and wanted to bring it home with us. She decided against it for its own good, though I’m sure she still imagines what life would be like with a baby toad by our sides.

We crossed the river when the storm was a little less deadly seeming, then hiked uphill through the woods in the mud (did I mention I’m still on crutches?) to find the road where they had a bus waiting for us. There were tiny, confused little kids who were sopping wet and not sure whether or not they found any of this very fun, and definitely a bunch of annoyed and disappointed adults. My girlfriend and I were having the time of our lives, she saw her first baby toad and poison ivy and everything, but everyone else seemed pretty bummed out.

Everything I Ever Wondered About Lightning

The whole time we were paddling through the storm, all I could think about was the lightning. I made my girlfriend take the plastic paddle and considered myself a prime target for lightning with my aluminum crutches. I then made it a point to learn whatever I could about how it works when lightning hits a river. Why don’t the fish get electrocuted and die when lightning strikes? How is it so dangerous for us and not them?

We were obviously exhausted yesterday so I didn’t get a chance to finish this post, which I’m doing now. I wanted to share with you what I learned about lightning and safety on the water. When I was a kid, we would go to my grandma’s house and swim every summer. When it stormed though, she always herded us out of there as quickly as possible, so I was no stranger to the dangers of lightning. But I really never knew the details until now.

Lightning isn’t fire, but it can cause fire. It’s electricity. Water is a conductor, meaning that electricity can go through water very easily, so if any part of a river is struck by lightning, the entire river and anything touching it is prone to that jolt. However, like any other good conductor, the water is affected only near the surface. The rest of the water isn’t affected by it unless it’s just a tiny jolt.

So let’s say the lightning strikes the river as we’re paddling happily downstream. People who didn’t have paddles in the water might be fine because the rafts are rubber and rubber is resistant to lightning. You could say it’s immune. But for people who are touching the metal paddles in the water, that electricity will surge right to you because metal and water are both conductors, and we are basically little bundles of meat ready to be fried.

Fish, if they are swimming near the surface during a lightning strike, can be seriously injured or even killed, but the ones swimming deeply enough beneath the surface manage to go on with their lives as if nothing happened.

In case you weren’t aware, lightning strikes from the ground up, not the other way around. It’s more likely to choose a target that is linked to some kind of metal, the higher up it is the better. That’s why Benjamin Franklin (or whoever) decided to fly a kite with a key attached to it, it made it probably the tastiest looking morsel for any self-respecting lightning to attach to.

Conclusion

Anyway, so there you have our white water rafting experience in a nutshell. My girlfriend laughed because when we were reflecting on the experience, from the perspective of the other people there, the only person who had any fun was the weird white girl in the dinosaur poncho. I really did, I had a blast but I’m glad that blast wasn’t literal. Sometimes we need a little brush with death to feel alive! haha.

By the way, before the storm, they took us to a little waterfall at the side of the river that poured out real freshwater from an underground spring! It tasted great to me and was completely ice cold too. It was so amazing!

Take care of yourselves everyone! I’m going to try to write a For the Kids post today so stay tuned!

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Ad of the Day: Animals are NOT Clowns

animals are not clowns - monkey

Animals who are put in the circus are abused during their “training” and exploited for our entertainment. Stop and try to think how you might feel if your freedom was stolen and you were forced into the life of a circus animal. Not very fun. Try supporting animal free circuses.

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