I Am A Night Owl.

I am most certainly a night owl. As far as I can remember I have always been one. I believe that my brain starts functioning better after the fall of dusk. When I was little I would fake not being able to sleep just so I could stay up “late” with my dad and watch T.V. At that time in my life late was ten p.m. As I got older I would stay up late with a flashlight reading until two a.m. or I would procrastinate my homework in high school until after ten.

This usually made my mom mad because she had a hard time making sure I was up in time in the morning. We had a lot of angry exchanges in the mornings throughout my adolescent years because I refused to wake up until the last minute. These arguments would lead to groundings and then more arguments. But I still did it.

Throughout college I preferred my late afternoon classes to the dreaded eight a.m. classes. Those eight a.m. classes were often missed or I was barely there mentally to even focus. I did most of my studying of the evening. I also did most of my writing for class of the nights as well. I was excelling because I was finally able to choose a schedule that complimented my inner night owl.

I still stay up late when I can but I can’t always. I now work two jobs that both have early morning hours as well as late night hours. Now it all depends on when I am scheduled. But none the less I am a night owl.

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Warming Up.

It is finally getting cold here in the Ozarks. We don’t have cold days we have chilly days right now. But out mornings and nights are cold. It is the kind of cold where your toes and nose stay cold despite the fact that you are inside your warm home.

On nights like this I tend to wear my leggings and a large t-shirt:

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I make a warm cup of tea:

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I put a movie on:

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Then I curl up on my couch in my biggest, softest, warmest blanket:

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(This is seriously the best blanket ever! I know it is the best blanket because if I try to sleep with it I won’t get up in the morning because I am TOO cozy.)

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This is what I do to warm up when I am cold on those frigid Ozark nights.

What do you do in your neck of the woods?

NaBloPoMo: Day 4

Who is your favorite character of all time?

This is an extremely difficult decision for me to make. I first started thinking about this question in the context of book character but then I realized that the question also included television and movie questions. There are just so many characters that I love Hermione Granger, Anne Shirley, Ron Swanson, Leslie Knope, Shawn Spence, and so many more! How does one choose their all time favorite character?

Do I choose based on if I could spend the rest of my life with them? Do I do the deserted island test? Or do I base it off of complexity? There are many ways for me to go about choosing my favorite character but I went with whom I learned the most about life from. For that reason I choose Winnie the Pooh. Here are some of the life lessons I learned from Winnie:

1)    Cherish your friends

“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus one day, so I never have to live without you.”

2)    Live in the moment.

“‘What is today?’

‘It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.

‘My favorite day,’ said Pooh.”

3)    If you want something, go and get it.

“You can’t always sit in your corner of the forest and wait for people…you have to go to them sometimes.”

4)    Using long words is overrated.

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long difficult words but rather short, easy words like, ‘What about lunch?’”

5)    We don’t have to be in a hurry.

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.”

6)    You can’t explain love.

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

Pooh may be story intended for children but we can all learn from him and his friends. These are just a few things that I have learned from the beloved Winnie the Pooh.

Today Is A Wonderful Day.

Today is the first day of my three-day weekend. Woo-hoo!! I spent the night at my parents’ house last night because we had family night. We made pizza and watched The Internship. I really enjoyed this movie a lot. I believe my parents enjoyed it too. Last night was wonderful but today was pretty good too.

I found out yesterday that I got a part-time job at Starbucks. So, I spent most of my day looking for khaki and/or black pants to wear at work. This was harder than you may think. I am a small woman, I am only 4’11’’, and so I have a hard time finding pants that fit me in the waist and in length. It sucks. But I had no problem finding them today. It was so wonderful.

I also got to have dinner with my good friend Laura and my best friend is coming over to hang out tonight. I hardly ever get to see her because she is still going to school in Kansas. She is supper bust because it is her last year and she does not have time to come home all the time. My cousin also stopped by. I have a three-day weekend, I found pants that fit, I ate with a good friend at a delicious restaurant, I get to see m best friend, and today is a wonderful day!

NaBloPoMo

Well, I am not quite up for the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge this year so I decided to take part in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) through Blogher.com. This is where you post something to your blog at least once every day. I am doing this to work on my writing skills because as we all know one needs to practice in order to get better. I also look forward to becoming a part of a bigger blogging community. I look forward to reading other partakers’ posts and being inspired by them.

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Some others take part in this challenge are:

1) http://adventureismydelight.wordpress.com/

2) http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com/

3) http://acreativelife.ca/

Some People Not Taking Part in NaBloPoMo but are worth checking out:

1) http://lifepostgradstuff.wordpress.com/

2) http://rvogt491.wordpress.com/

Learning to Work With Hateful People

In every work place you have to deal with a hateful person. I have a hateful person that I have been learning to deal with. Being a Christian I turn to the Bible to seek the answers to the questions I ask. Do I argue with them? Do I talk back? How do I go about working with someone who is difficult and hateful?

So here we go:

Speak With Respect

The Bible says that we should speak with love even if it is a tense situation. Love and respect should be out guide. You can be kind and firm when it is necessary.

Ephesians 4:15 “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.”

Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”

Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”

Follow the Pattern in Matthew 18:15-17

I know this pattern is mainly talking about conflict among believers but it can be done when dealing with conflict among you and nonbelievers. First you go privately to the one with whom the problem is. Secondly, you take a few people as witness with you so that you can establish the facts and you can get away from all that “he said she said” nonsense. If you cannot resolve this issue you need to take the issue to the proper authority (boss, supervisor, whatever).

Sometimes You Need To Walk Away

Sometimes it may be better for you to walk away both mentally and physically from an argument. You need to stop dwelling on it. There are things that are worth fighting for and others that are not worth your time.

Their Argument May Not Be With You

As humans we may take our frustrations out on the wrong people. This may not make them being hateful toward better but it will make your burden lighter knowing that you are not the problem. They may be having a hectic, stressful day and take it out on you.

Ultimately: Treat People With Love

Love and respect is the best way to deal with people. Treat them with respect and love and they may feel conviction to see why you act in such a way.

Remember God will fight for you and with you.