Share Your World – 2015 Week #46

What type of popular candy do you not like to get?

What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $500? 

Where do you eat breakfast?

Would you rather ride one of the worlds longest zip lines or bungee jump one of the highest in the world? This will come with a 5-day all expense vacation.

Just six more weeks in 2015? Wow. It’s been quite a year and there still are more events to be packed into the remaining days.

Here are my answers to the questions:
1. There aren’t too many candies I will never buy since they are all so good, but PayDay is definitely one of them. I hate when the caramel gets stuck in my teeth.

2. The last time I had more than $500 in any account of mine, I used it to buy 2010’s Photoshop CS5, which I still have to this day. So I guess you could say I would buy some piece of new software with it, like PS CS6 or CC, because I seriously need to upgrade. Or a
new smartphone, preferably the iPhone. But the most enjoyable way to spend half of 1K is to browse through the stores and maybe not buy something right away but weigh your options. Having no pressure is the best. Online shopping is good in this case. There isn’t anyone around to bug you.

3. On my futon. Sometimes without a plate.

4. Zip lining and bungee jumping are two things I’ve never come close to attempting. I suppose it’s the lesser of two evils here. With zip lining, I can see where I’m heading; with bungee jumping, I’d be afraid of hitting my head on something or falling to my death if the cord ripped. So the
world’s longest zip line. I love a good rush of danger once in a while.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Well last week, the attacks on Paris happened and I’m grateful that people from multiple countries came together and expressed their thoughts and prayers on the tragedy. It seems as if attacks like these are happening more and more now and the world is becoming an increasingly hostile and dangerous place.

 

Thanksgiving is coming up next week. I am looking forward to making some of my famous pies and celebrating another little holiday with my family that keeps getting smaller as members move away.

That’s just a little slice of my life.

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #42

Every week, Cee Neuner puts out a set of questions for bloggers to answer. These are usually simple, fun, and made to get to know each other and to get the writing juices flowing within us. I don’t always publish a Share Your World post, but here’s my latest one:

Are you usually late, early, or right on time? 

I like to say I’m an early bird, getting to class or work before almost everyone. During my brief internship at an engineering and design firm, I was always into the building and at my station before most people, many of the big wigs, would show up to work. I’d have a lot of time to get my computer booted up and get prepared for the day. During my primary school years, there was no dillydallying or talking in the halls and I always got into the classroom without any distractions. I’m not an early blogger though. My best ideas usually come sometime in the afternoon or in the evening when things are settled down. I try not to worry about the 12:00 midnight “deadline” too much, working at my own pace and putting down my best effort, but I always have a goal to publish at least one post everyday so there is a point where I start hurrying and panicking a bit – which in the end is really silly.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

I don’t know if I can really call myself a writer since I’ve never gotten paid for writing
anything and just do this for my own pleasure, but my forte out of those three options has got to be poetry. I wouldn’t say I’m the best poet but I am pretty darn good at stringing rhymes and thoughtful phrases together and have been developing a style – for a while.

Where did you live at age ten?  Is it the same place or town you live now?

In a lovely modular home in the Parma countryside with a blacktop driveway and huge front and backyard. There were two tan sheds as well. Lots of cats. At age 11, my divorced mom, me, and my sisters moved out of there and into an old farmhouse in a city just outside Ann Arbor. Since then, I have lived in four different houses, all of varying qualities and degrees. I now live in a manufactured home park just off a rural road in the city I was born in.

Would you rather be able to fly or breathe under water?

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I’ve always wanted to breathe underwater – and keep my eyes open. I would be Aquaman in this case, even though Superman is way cooler and more popular in the comic book universe. There is so much to see underwater, especially in the oceans, that I am fascinated about, a world that my eyes haven’t discovered yet, so being able to breathe underwater and explore without hindrance would be awesome. Flying would make me nauseous.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

The lovable Detroit Lions won their first game this week but Michigan lost a heartbreaker to Michigan State on a fumbled punt and touchdown return. I’m still glad the Wolverines played a great game and looked very much improved but feel sorry for the punter Blake O’Neill that got death threats against him. In an ironic twist, the head of alumni at Michigan State wrote an open letter to O’Neil on his blog, saying it was not O’Neill’s fault that Michigan lost the game and that “I would be proud to have you on our team.”.

In the upcoming week, I am looking forward to hopefully getting a Halloween costume together. I don’t know for sure what I want to be or if I’m going to go as anything, but a presidential runner with cream colored (or is it peach or sandy?) hair seems like a nice choice.

Share Your World – 2015 Week #28

What is your favorite comfort snack food?

Got to be peanut butter. Just spooning or kniving it out of the jar and eating it like candy lowers my stress and makes me feel comfortable. But of course I love making peanut butter sandwiches (even if many people hate them). I love the thick crunchy peanut butter more than the smooth variety.

If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single store but could remove nothing, which store would you pick? (except food or beverage)

Great question. The first one I thought of was Walmart and of course the movie often dubbed “The Walmart Baby” where a woman has a baby while accidentally locked in the store overnight. It’s actually one of my favorite stores, where I can find almost anything I want for low prices. I would love to sleep on the display furniture (big comfortable fluffy beds) and play in the electronic section watching shows and playing video games on the big HD screen TVs. Warm me up some chicken tenders in the microwave, don a pair of Beats headphones and try out one of the new iPads. Or how about I just hit the deli and eat whatever delicious stuff they have in storage? Take an exhilarating ride around the store on an Amigo, recording myself. Go behind the dairy section to where they load the milk and eggs on the shelves. What a Weekend at Walmart it would be.

What was the largest city you have been to?  What is the one thing you remember most?

Chicago, obviously. Now I would not remember this because I was still in my mother’s womb, but I was at a baseball game at Wrigley Field in 1990 or 1991, the family and my pregnant mother sitting somewhere in the top tier of seats (she had to climb all the way up there). Cubs vs. the Mets. Cubs won, I believe my mom said. I would not get to see Chicago with my own eyes and awareness until 2013 when we were just traveling through there to get to Kansas to visit the college my sister Emily thought about going to, Kansas University, but decided not to. I remember the part of Chicago we were in looking kind of cruddy and rundown – it was the South side where the Sox play. My sister Liz who was driving the van was urged to drive a little faster through the shady area, because everyone except sensible me was afraid we were going to be mugged or shot! Not the glamorous part of Chicago like I said. When we all walked into a Walgreen’s at night at the same time, the clerk behind the counter looked at us suspiciously.

Finish this sentence:  It has recently come to my attention that ….

… I just can’t get a job. Not in this city, for that matter. I don’t know how many times I’ve been rejected and it seems as if I’ve going to have to get creative and start really looking for things I’m good at or love (like photography or design), return to college, or move away to a city that hires you as soon as you walk in and turn in an application.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m basically grateful for continuing to stick through with writing my blog and continuing to improve and strengthen relationships with other bloggers out there. I also love that the weather is nice, except for the rain showers we’ve been getting. The MLB All-Star game has already come and gone this week, something I like but don’t necessarily look forward to every year except getting to see and know the players from either side. I just finished reading my copy of Roots by Alex Haley, and am looking forward to watching the rest of the miniseries online (I’ve already seen the first episode). I’m also thinking about applying to attend the Culinary Institute of Michigan next year through Baker College.

Share Your World – 2015 Week 9

It’s been a while since I shared my world,
But here I am, ready to unfurl

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

Interesting question. If I didn’t know I was 23 years old, I would have to say I was about 30ish, since I do look and act older than most people in their 20s. Many twenty-somethings are out partying and having a blast hanging out with friends but I’m more of the mature, studious type who would find enjoyment in a board game or writing poetry or reading thought provoking articles. But then again,  I don’t have a job right now and find more enjoyment in playing video games and having fun, so maybe I would be around my actual age. When I was 14 in the eighth grade, some kids thought I looked older than that and belonged in high school, which is true since I was held back a year from attending kindergarten. In my opinion though they were just being nosey and too observant of me, since those were the days when I was an awkward adolescent. I believe age is just a number though. You can be 50 and still look young.

Are you left or right handed? 

Right handed, though I have tried to teach myself to be ambidextrous but have given up the feat numerous times. There is logic that right handed people are the analytical, observant type while left handed people are more free spirited and care free. Is this a question for a secret poll being conducted? Is the opposite hand of all who are not ambidextrous going to be cut off?

If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to?

Oooh, an ultimatum, will I die if I DON’T? Anyway, I have a strong liking for the name Luke, since it is easy on the tongue and obviously has a cool connection to Star Wars. My last name? Stormstone sounds awesome. Luke Stormstone – sounds like a fictional hero in a book or movie.

Where do you hide junk when people come over?

I wouldn’t call anything I have “junk” unless you count the crates of old school papers and awards lying around my room. It depends on who comes over. If it’s just my dad or cousin and her kids, then I tend not to care about stuff lying about, but if it were a teacher or a pretty girl that I had just met and wanted to make an impression on, I would make sure to clean up my room; “junk” would go in my closet and I would be sure to sweep the floor and every corner thoroughly.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week, my dad celebrated his 54th birthday. We went out to eat at Klavon’s, an elegant pizza restaurant that has dozens of HDTVs all around (even little ones you can watch in your booth), and serves the best deep dish pizza I have ever seen – literally one slice can make you full. I am grateful that I get to spend another year with my father, and after seeing all that he has gone through, from having artificial hip surgery to nearly going blind and having to have eye cataracts removed, to struggling to find work after being fired in 2005, I think it’s only fitting to say that I still love him even if we have had our differences. I’m not sure what this first week of March entails for me though I’m looking forward to making more videos for my YouTube channel and exploring more regions of my video production craft. I’m also looking forward to finding a job this week, my first actual job other than an internship.


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“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”
– Leonard Nimoy’s final tweet

Share Your World 2015 – Week 3

We are nearly done with January, thank goodness, which has been a pretty lukewarm month to say the least. The snow is already starting to melt outside in what has been a pretty tame winter so far. An interesting project I started this year was one where I start from an initial position and walk forward a few steps everyday taking a picture. I’m calling it “Straight Ahead 2015”. So far, I am in the beginning of a thin forest of bare trees, having to walk through low hanging branches and avoid snagging my clothes on thorns and pricklers. Where this leads me, and how long I do it, is unknown.

The State of the Union address was on tonight and I watched most of it on YouTube, which featured helpful info-graphics on the side and a Q&A session at the end taking questions from Twitter users, none of which I heard since Jack was watching Breaking Bad on Netflix from the TV.

The four questions this week (I missed last week’s, unfortunately):

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

Tough question and one I never really thought about before. Of course, President Obama comes to mind because, well, he’s the president, and I would have many questions to ask him. He’s quite a nice guy and would be a great source of entertainment with his humor and down to earth style. I think I would ask him what his favorite YouTube star is and what kind of videos he watches from time to time.

When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

I like to sing along to songs on the radio while I’m riding in the passenger seat. The last time was actually about two days ago – I sang along, inconspicuously, to Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, which explains the above picture, a painting bearing the name. I’ve never actually sung, one on one, to anyone personally though I have sung karaoke to multiple people which I and them found hilarious. I am in no way a perfect singer and may sound good to myself but whenever I play back a recording of me singing, I realize how far I’m off!

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

The thought that immediately came to my head was of the show The 4400, which I have been watching on Netflix and am nearly finished with. 4,440 people, from various times, were abducted by people from the future, say 2100 or something, and were brought back to 2004 (the year the show premiered). Some of them had abilities, while others were normal. As I’ve always wanted to travel the world, go anywhere I want, my choice would be the ability to fly. The first place I would visit with my bird like ability would be China. I would like to fly over the numerous crowded streets at day and night.

What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?

No one should ever joke about bombs and other projectiles exploding, given the fact that numerous people have been killed.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

My dad got out of the hospital from surgery last week and is now on his feet using a walker. He still needs help getting to and from places such as his apartment and can’t drive a car right now. As for what I’m looking forward to next week, well, that would dad getting back in the swing of things, driving and going to plasma with us so he can earn money.


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Share Your World – 2015 Week 1

When you have nothing going for you at a quarter past nine at night, desperate times call for desperate measures. And so I proceed to answer these questions for Week 1 of Share Your World 2015 brought to us by Cee Neuner. My quest for a perfect year (posting every single day) continues…it’s crazy to think I’m going to do that.

How do you get rid of pesky phone calls from telemarketers?

Just hang up on them. Simple. They don’t own me. I’m not obligated to buy into their products. But maybe if I saw the face of the one pictured above I might change my mind…

What are you a “natural” at doing?

Staying away from crowds, being the silent, unassuming type. I’ve always been able to go out doing my own thing without being bothered and I find I get more productive work done when I am by myself.

How often do you get a haircut?

Usually about two to three times a year or when I start to look and feel like a shaggy dog. I have started to record every time I get a haircut. The last haircut I got was back on October 15, 2014 so I am due for another one soon, maybe next month.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fun”?

Other than the band that hasn’t been heard of much since winning a Grammy in early 2013, the thing that conjours up in my mind is a picture of a plastic slide and a kid traveling down it.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week I celebrated bringing in the New Year with my family, popping open a bottle of champagne and accidentally getting it all in my dad’s hair, dripping down his face like a melting snowman. It was a hilarious moment that fortunately was caught on camera. Next week, I am looking forward to the AFC and NFC championship games in football which will feature the Patriots vs. the Colts and the Seahawks vs. Cowboys. Thank goodness the Cowboys lost, because that avenges the kick to the shin that was the refs taking a potential playoff win from my Detroit Lions.


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Share Your World – 2014 Week 51

I’m sharing a bit of my world a little late, in the final week of 2014, but it was fun to answer these questions provided by Cee. Read on to see another dimension of My Awesome Life.

Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why? 

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Strategically placed bike in a snow bank

Yes, I would, because they allow me to think differently, to go outside and view the world as something more beautiful. Snowy winters are great because they make me feel like I’m walking in a winter wonderland, not to sound too cliché. That’s not happening so far this year in Michigan though, at least not where I am located in the lower part of the mitten, because there is no snow. We had a brief period of snow in November that had me all excited, seeing everything being covered under a hibernation blanket, but then it all melted. Last year at this time, we were experiencing one of the most brutal winters in a long time, snow getting to at least six inches high, having to be plowed away into huge hills such as the one that inspired the picture I took above for my 365 project this year.

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

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I don’t have an umbrella, but should get one though! It does rain frequently here in Michigan and I usually get caught with my head bared when I am out in the open, drenching my clothes, on the brink of catching pneumonia. If I did have one though, I would probably keep it right near my coat, so I could pick up both at the same time when going out in the rain.

Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together?
Mixing my food together gives it a new, distinct flavor, in my opinion, and I usually enjoy it more because my taste buds are being overwhelmed with the delicious flavors of this fusion. The food being separated just doesn’t feel like a meal. Too bland, too boring. I love when my mashed potatoes, butter, and corn run together, or the cranberry sauce and green bean casserole end up becoming a little more than just friends at Thanksgiving…

What is set as the background on your computer?

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An overhead view of the Amazon rainforest

This hasn’t been changed in a while.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week, me and my family visited the eldest daughter in Wisconsin as well as her soon to be husband and his son. We had a mini Christmas in a Baymont hotel room (me getting everything on video). I am grateful to have had such a fun time, to have these memories to share forever, to have received a hug from my sister before we left her again for Michigan. Next week we will be in January (shouldn’t this be Share Your World Week 52? Unless it was started in the second week of 2014…), and I am looking forward to starting college at Western Michigan University, beginning my Bachelor’s degree program. I’m also looking forward to expanding my photography skills, maybe signing up for 500px. There has also been a bubbling idea of mine to do a project next year of taking a photo of one part of my body every day (I’ll have to calculate how this will exactly work though).


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