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An Ode to Sissybug
Happy Birthday

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I don't do poetry, so don't you dare expect that from me, even if this post is called an ode. Stop nitpicking.

Sissybug,

Today is your birthday, and I wanted to let you know that I love you. We don't say that enough, you know?

You were born on December 19th, 1983, which makes you 31 years old today. That weirds me out. You're 31. When did you get old??

SIDE NOTE: Shhhhh... 3 years in sister age difference  is equivalent to a decade, so I just turned 21 this year.
When we were kids, specifically once your teenage years started, you and I were not friends. I was the annoying little snot of a sister who wanted to be like you, to do everything that you did, to tag along with your and your cooler, older friends instead of my own.
We fought like cats and dogs, said terrible things to each other, and (until I grew to be larger in size than you) got into some pretty wild fisticuffs. 
I remember the very moment that you realized fighting with me was probably ill-advised:

I don'…

Confront to Change

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Peace.
Stef.

#100HappyDays: Day 72
Languages

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I'm a big proponent of language acquisition, even if it's only a little bit. It broadens your horizons, and you can learn so much about so many people if you just take the time to learn a little bit about the language they speak.




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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Dear Sissybug Book Review

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Dear Sissybug,

Thank you.

After attempting to read what should probably be considered the worst book ever written in the history of ever, I was so pleased when you told me your choice for November would be The Ocean at the End of the Lane by the oh-so-whimsical Neil Gaiman. Lord knows we both needed a reminder that publishers will actually print well-written literature nowadays. And Neil Gaiman definitely fills that void quite adeptly.


#100HappyDays: Day 71
Hercule Poirot

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The character would most likely not have been a hit if introduced nowadays, but Hercule Poirot is a shining example of great crime writing by the lovely Agatha Christie. He's kind of like the French Sherlock Holmes without the sociopathy (even though he is quite particular about some things).

Love him and his moustache.



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It Doesn't Matter

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#100HappyDays: Day 70
Great Danes

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I must first preface this image by explaining that I am a large proponent of adoption over buying from breeders.

That being said, if I was a breed-buying person, I would go Great Dane. All the way. They're like slightly smaller horses that you can cuddle with.

I still maintain, however, that Cuppycake the pitbull mix is, by far and large, the best dog in the entire world, and I wouldn't exchange her for anything. She's perfection.






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Playing Catch-Up

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Expect a lot of post over the next couple of days. I have a full week's worth of posts to get posted, and I'm going to pump out as much as I can today, this evening, and tomorrow.

Wish me luck!

Peace.
Stef.

#100HappyDays: Day 69
Lobster Bisque

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Must. Resist. Temptation. To make. 13-year-old boy joke. About. 69...


My #1 favorite food, followed closely by only one other food that I will most likely post later on at some point. I could eat it by the tub-fulls.

Speaking of which, I'm off of work on Friday and shall be buying myself some lobster bisque from the ever-so-scrumptious City Limits. I'm so excited that I can barely contain my happiness.



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#100HappyDays: Day 68
Korean Reality Television

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Seriously.

American reality TV is filled with terrible people behaving badly and does a bang-up job of making me hate the human race.

Korean reality TV, though? It's people getting along and doing fun things with each other. Really. It might sound boring, but it's so different than what I'm used to seeing that I love it. I could sit and watch an episode of Roommate or Running Man (pictured above) and relish in the fact that these people will solve their disagreements through rational, adult ways, going on to remain friends instead of the screaming, fighting, and so on that we see in American TV.

It's so much better. Trust me.



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#100HappyDays: Day 67
Samurai

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It may seem odd, but there's something fascinating about Samurai culture. The calmness and dignity behind it is just mesmerizing. I'm sure part of it is due to the fact that it's so foreign from the American, shoot-first-ask-questions-later mindset, but I have always wanted to study swordsmanship simply based off of research I have done about Samurai. As stated, utterly fascinating.



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Exercise #220: Books, Books, Books

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Schopenhauer said, "Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in."

Use this an your opening line, and start writing.

1,2,3, GO!

#100Happy Days: Day 66
Sunrise

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There isn't a calmer time of day.



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#100HappyDays: Day 65
Atlanta Bread Mini Pumpkin Muffins

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So, so, soooooooooooooooooo good.


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#100HappyDays: Day 64
Firefly / Serenity

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This one will forever and always be one of my favorite shows of all time. The movie ripped my heart out (Wash is / was my fav), and, while I still recognize it as fantastic, I only watch it sparingly. The TV show is my main source of fandom.

Plus, you can never go wrong with Nathan Fillion. The man is brilliant.



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Energy Use

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Peace.
Stef.

#100HappyDays: Day 63
Let's Go Fly a Kite

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There's nothing that takes me back to my childhood quite like flying a kite.

It's a strange activity: tie a piece of string to a diamond-shaped paper affixed to a cross made out of lightweight wood, run when the wind is blowing while pulling on the string, and boom. Fun, high-flying times will be had.

There's something almost freeing and magical about it, running across an open field or park with the hope that the elusive wind will hit the kite just right, lifting it effortlessly into the upper parts of the atmosphere (at least, that's how high I tell myself it goes).

Why don't we fly kites as adults? I miss it.



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Kodaline - All I Want

Love. This.

#100HappyDays: Day 62
National Novel Writing Month

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For those of you who are knee-deep in the online writing community, chances are you've heard of the wondrous annual adventure that is NaNoWriMo. If you're new (or possibly completely uninterested), then allow me to regale you.

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is an annual write-til-you-drop race with the goal of crossing the finish line prior to midnight on November 30th at 50,000 (or more) words written of a manuscript.

That's it. There aren't any confusing rules, and it's simply a way to motivate yourself to write, edit-free for a full month and knock out that novel you've been thinking about for months but haven't made the time to write.

I look forward to it every year and I'm excited to read through what I've written after November comes and goes.

Do you take part in NaNo?



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#100HappyDays: Day 61
A Good Hug

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I've always been a hugger. I'll hug complete strangers if the mood strikes. Over the years, I have limited my hug quota due to the strains of propriety, but there's something about a hug that can make the heart soar.

I'm not talking about the half-hearted hugs that are simply done because the other person leaned in for one. I'm talking about the kind of hugs that leave you not wanting to let go at the end.



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#100HappyDays: Day 60
Singing Like No One's Listening

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Even if I sound like a troll, nothing makes me feel better than belting out some girl power song. I don't need people to listen to it (and honestly, I'd rather that they didn't). It's for me and me alone.



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Exercise #219: The Wrong House

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It was the wrong house.
Use this as your opening line and start writing.

1,2,3, GO!

#100HappyDays: Day 59
Blackout Curtains

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#100HappyDays: Day 58
Curling Up With a Book

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#100HappyDays: Day 57
Studio Ghibli

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I posted about Spirited Away back on Day 10 of the #100HappyDays Challenge, but my love for that movie is compounded upon the fact that I adore pretty much anything that Studio Ghibli puts out (I want to sit Hayao Miyazaki down for a long dinner and just talk to him until I understand his mind. Seriously, everything is so friggin' quality that I can't even contain the feels.




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Taylor Swift ft. Imogen Heap - Clean

It's Taylor Swift and Imogen Heap. I'm ok with it.
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#100HappyDays: Day 56
New Things

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I am a creature of habit. Stick me in one place for too long, and I end up following the same path every day, almost to the minute, flaws included.

That being said, I love new experiences. I love when something throws me for a loop, and I have no choice but to react. All in all, I am a big fan of massive change that sneaks up on you, and then catches you by surprise by yelling 'BOO!'



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