Why Wearing Glasses Is Sometimes The Worst

Ever since 7th grade I’ve been wearing glasses. It’s been eight years and have I’ve always had people ask why I don’t just get contacts. I don’t use contacts for a few reasons. I’m uncomfortable with sticking something in my eye, and I also like the simplicity of glasses. When I’m ready for bed I easily take them off my face and if I accidentally sleep in them, my eyeballs aren’t in pain in the morning.

Glasses are easy and I like the look of them as well, I believe they add a little character. They can also drive me crazy though. Anyone with glasses can relate to the reasons.

1.Not being able to find them.

Sometimes I find myself crawling on the floor, impersonating Velma from Scooby Doo saying “My glasses! I can’t find my glasses!” BUT IT’S NOT A JOKE. I’ve been late to work before from looking for them! I’ve had to drive without them when I couldn’t find them quick enough. It can be so infuriating when you can’t find your glasses. Especially when you also can’t find the spare pair…

 

2. They make wearing sunglasses complicated.

Sometimes I’m Four-Eyes, but when it’s too sunny I become SIX-EYES. That’s right, I double up the glasses. The worst thing is when you can’t line them up properly so you look like a goon with your glasses sticking out from your sunglasses. But hey, I’ve gotta see!

 

3. Sometimes they get stuck to things

Have you ever had that problem when you are taking off a scarf and a string of it gets caught on your glasses? So annoying! Or they just get tangled in your hair. Then you have to pull your hair trying to get them out. NO FUN.

 

4. When they are smudged

Often I don’t even realize how dirty my lenses are. I live life seeing everything through smudged glass. I feel like I constantly have to wipe my glasses off. It get’s old.

 

5. When you can’t see because of the rain

Unlike cars, glasses don’t come with windshield wipers (Maybe they should.) Whenever I’m walking in the rain my vision gets impaired because my glasses get covered in rain.  Or I could just use an umbrella….

 

6. Having trouble undressing

When wearing glasses, you can’t always get shirts off without smooshing them against your face painfully. This happens when the collar isn’t wide enough. Then I get all stuck and have to take them off to finish removing the article of clothing. Frustrating indeed.

 

7. When you drop them and the lens pops out

No explanation needed.

 

8.When they break

I’m the kind of person that will duct tape my glasses when they break, and yes I do look like a total nerd. I just don’t ever feel like having an appointment, spending the money, and trying to find a new pair that I like. So I tape them until the tape becomes ineffective, then I re-tape them. It’s ridiculous looking and inefficient. Once when this was the case, they wouldn’t stay in place and I kept having to push them back up, they would also fall off my face very easily. Eventually I got fed up and made the effort to have them replaced.

 

Comment if you have had these problems, and let me know if there are any to add!

How To Get Out Of Bed

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The temperatures have lowered, making it increasingly difficult to get myself out of my warm and cozy bed each morning.

Not only do I want to remain snuggled up and comfy, but getting up is even more of a challenge because I’m usually not getting up for something fun and exciting. Nope. Just another day of work. Hi ho hi ho, it’s off to work I go….

I know I’m not the only one with this problem. So I’ve compiled a list of helpful tips for getting up in the morning.

1.Start with a good nights sleep

Oftentimes we feel groggy in the morning, which makes us not want to get up. Having a restful night of sleep can prevent this. You should get eight hours of sleep every night. If you have trouble sleeping, try taking melatonin. Something you should not do before bed is look at screens, so put down the phone, or tablet, and turn off that TV. Lights can lower melatonin levels, making for a less restful sleep. Another thing to avoid before bedtime is drinking alcohol. It may aid you in falling asleep, but studies show it does nothing for the quality of your sleep, and only makes you feel worse in the morning.

2. Keep your alarm clock as far from you as possible

It can be tempting to just hit snooze and go back to sleep. I often do this, giving myself ten more minutes or so. Unfortunately many times I end up falling into a deep sleep and waking up late. This is why it’s good to set many alarms, and to make it harder to dismiss each one. If your alarm clock is out of reach, when it starts blaring, driving you crazy, you’ll have no choice but to get out of bed to put an end to it. Once you’re out of bed it’s easier to get up.

3. Do some stretches in bed

It makes it easier to get up if you’ve set your body into motion. You can stay in bed while still waking yourself up by sitting up and stretching. Or remain laying down in bed and lift your legs up and touch your toes. There are many stretches you can do and they help wake up your muscles.

4. Plan out an exciting and healthy breakfast

It’s very important to eat breakfast in the morning. They don’t call it the most important meal of the day for no reason. It gives you energy, which can help to jumpstart your day. If you plan out a tasty, nutritional breakfast, then you have something to look forward to in the morning. You can even prepare it the night before. It motivates you to get out of bed when you know there is something tasty waiting for you. A sugary breakfast will lead to a crash later on, so go for something full of vitamins and nutrients. Omega-3’s and protein are a good thing to include in your breakfast. Eggs and avocado are a great source of this. If you like oatmeal or yogurt, try adding nuts, or chia seeds. Or both! Another amazing thing to have in the morning is a smoothie. Gather all your favorite fruits and have yourself a healthy and delicious smoothie, packed with vitamins, to help energize you.

5. Get yourself in a good mood.

Talk yourself into getting up. Recite some daily affirmations. Tell yourself reassuring things about how it’s gonna be a great day. This helps to create the right attitude, which can set the tone of your day. Sometimes it helps to practice gratitude in the morning. Just get yourself into a good mood so waking up and facing the day isn’t a total drag. I like to watch funny YouTube videos, or read uplifting blog posts before I get up.

6. Establish a morning routine that makes you feel good

Begin each morning with activities that you like. Maybe do some yoga, meditation, journaling, listening to your favorite songs, sitting down to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while watching the news (although the news usually doesn’t make us feel good..) Doing something productive, or just something that makes you happy is a great way to start the day.

7. Prepare your outfit for that day

Every night I pick out an outfit to wear the next day. This saves me time in the morning, and the frustration of trying to pick what I want to wear when I just woke up and don’t feel like doing anything. Sometimes I struggle to find an outfit that I like, so it’s best to do this before bed, rather than in the morning when you are sluggish.

8. Have a glass of lemon water by your bed

First thing you should do when you wake up is drink water, but you can enhance it by adding lemon. The vitamin C in lemon gives your immune system a boost, helping you to feel well throughout the day. Lemons also have antibacterial and antifungal properties, and are helpful in digestion. Your brain function may even be improved due to the potassium and magnesium in lemons.

 

Happy waking everyone!!!

Why They Kneel

While my Facebook feed is a melange of cute animal videos, hilarious memes, and cooking videos, it’s also a place vitriolic political activity. I see memes making fun of liberals, and supporting Trump, and I see posts about human rights and problems involving racism.

The Problem of Racism

People don’t want to admit it. They don’t want it to be true. They claim people are making it up because they want attention, or have a victim complex. They think America is the greatest country ever and there’s no way racism still exists.

Guess what. IT DOES.

As a white person, I’ve never experienced racism firsthand. I’ve never been looked at differently. I’ve never had someone fear me because of my skin. I’ve never had someone use a slur against me. I’ve never been forced out of a Starbucks for just being there.

Likewise, I don’t have a lot of experiences where I myself have witnessed racism against a black person. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. I have certainly met a handful of racists in my lifetime.

I’m sure people use their lack of anecdotal evidence to deny the existence of racism. Anecdotal evidence isn’t substantive evidence. Similarly, lack of it isn’t good proof either. Saying “I’ve never seen ——-” isn’t effective in disproving something.

If you don’t believe it just look at the rise of white supremacy. The KKK has become more active recently and there have been rally’s, such as the one in Charlottesville, where they proudly brandish confederate flags, and swastikas, symbols of racism and antisemitism.

Bottom line is that racism still exists and it is incredibly harmful. Black Lives Matter is a movement that formed in response to police brutality against unarmed black men and other racial injustices such as mass incarceration of blacks for minuscule offenses.

And obviously all lives matter. BLM is not saying only black lives matter. If you respond with “ALL LIVES MATTER!!!” you are entirely missing the point of the movement.

Stephen Clark, Terence Crutcher, Philando Castile, Anton Sterling, Walter Scott, Tony Robinson, and Tamir Rice (And many more) are all black men who were fatally shot by police officers, despite no demonstration of violence on the victims part.

Most of the officers who committed those crimes got away with minimal or no charge. This sends a message to black people.  They heard “You don’t matter.” So they started a movement with the message “Yes we do.”

Kaepernick Takes a Knee

Colin Kaepernick is a former NFL quarterback who stirred the pot when he decided to peacefully protest inequality by kneeling during the National Anthem.  This was met by a range of responses. Many people criticized him, claiming that he is disrespecting troops by kneeling. People even began to boycott NFL.

Kaepernick is a BLM supporter and has explained his reasoning for kneeling as a protest against police brutality. Simple.

What do people do? They twist it around. They make it about something else. Once again, they silence blacks.

Kaepernick has promised to kneel until “[the American flag] represents what it’s supposed to represent.”

I think people who criticize football players for taking a knee, they demonstrate a clear misunderstanding.

Just what does the flag represent? Does it represent troops as people seem to think it does? Not to my understanding, based upon research.

What the Flag Represents

The American flag was established on June 6th, 1777, becoming the official flag of the new independent nation. We declared we were separate from Britain, and would no longer submit to the King.

The flag is designed to represent the thirteen original colonies (thirteen stripes), and the 50 states (50 stars).

The colors of the flag (red, white, and blue) also have important meaning.

Red represents hardiness and valor.

White represents purity and innocence.

Blue represents vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

The National Anthem

“Star-spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key on September 14th, 1814. It was a poem inspired by the traumatic witnessing of the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British.

The Star-Spangled Banner was the name given to the flag that hung above Fort McHenry. This flag was different than the one we use today, having fifteen stars and fifteen stripes.


My point in explaining the origins of the national anthem and the flag is that they aren’t entirely relevant to the struggles of today. Troops are no longer fighting for our independence from Great Britain. That battle has been waged and won, and we are now on good terms with the Brits, finally waving a flag of our own.

So when people condemn others for not respecting the flag on the basis of disrespecting the troops, it logically follows that the disrespect falls on people who fought in the Revolutionary war. It’s not that we shouldn’t respect those brave people, but they have been dead for hundreds of years and therefore cannot be harmed by lack of flag worship.

I have respect for people who fight and have fought for our country, I really do, and I don’t mean to seem flippant. It just seems to me that people in the military are seen as having the moral high ground. But people enlist for myriad reasons, not always noble ones. Sometimes it’s just for the money and benefits, and that’s fine by me.

I know many people in the military whose jobs don’t actually require any heroism, so technically speaking they aren’t fighting for our country. They have my utmost respect of course, but should we really discredit a movement on their behalf? Many veterans do not even take offense to Kaepernick’s protest, some applauding it. It took courage to do what he did, knowing there would be backlash.

He’s become the face of a movement based on protesting the corruption in this country. You can’t deny that there is corruption. The flag represents America, and therefore represents that corruption as well.

It is supposed to represent freedom, and justice, but those are not qualities that can be entirely attributed to America. Capitalism serves the rich, while leaving the poor to starve. Low and middle class people are in prison for things like possessing marijuana, while the wealthy ones easily escape prosecution for serious offences, like rape, and can even end up in high government positions.

I understand the sentiment regarding the flag, and even why it is associated with modern day troops. I just don’t think it should be treated as something sacred. Criticism of your country is inherently American. We criticize it because we care about this country and want to improve it, to expunge it of corruption. The founding fathers firmly believed that.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

-The Declaration of Independence

I highly doubt the Founding Fathers would approve of the idolization of the flag and I believe they would be proud to see that people are using their freedoms, and voicing their concerns.

Furthermore I would like to express vexation at the words that are being thrown around lately.

The other day I saw a post calling those who kneel “babies” and not “real men.” People who post things like that miss the whole point of  kneeling, and they idolize the flag. I’d like to see them call neo-nazis and white supremacists babies for screaming and shouting about the existence of blacks, Jews, gays and other minorities. But they usually don’t.

I’d like to see the same disdain people have towards these NFL players directed at more heinous acts than simply kneeling silently. Be outraged about the mail-bomber sending bombs to popular democrats (even if you’re a republican.) Be furious about the recent synagogue massacre. Be enraged by the death of Heather Heyer, a counter protester who was rammed by the car of a white supremacist.

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The above picture refers to Trumps words regarding both NFL players kneeling, and neo-nazis, and KKK members. He couldn’t outright condemn the participants of the racist rally in Charlottesville, but had no problem cursing out the football players.

In America white men can carry tiki torches and march around screaming hatred towards minorities, but when those minorities protest peacefully, they get ripped apart and demonized by the right.

We need to be worrying about real problems in this country. Poverty, abuse, discrimination, animal cruelty, climate change, sex trafficking….. The list goes on and on. Unfortunately people focus on problems that don’t actually harm anyone.

The same people who cry about liberals always being offended are ironically incredibly offended by a non-violent act performed to call out injustices. No one’s kneeling because they hate veterans. Veterans are irrelevant in this who situation, contrary to popular belief. Whether you agree or not, the refusal to kneel for the flag literally does nothing to hurt anyone.

No one can be forced to stand for the national anthem, or recite the pledge of allegiance. Being forced to do so would be tyrannical, which this country has always been in opposition of.

Don’t get me wrong here. I love this country. I’m so grateful to have been born here instead of in a third-world country, or a fascist country.

That doesn’t mean I will not criticize it. This country needs accountability. If something isn’t right, it’s our duty to call it out and to correct it. That’s why they kneel.

Demystifying The Superstitions About Black Cats

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Halloween is only two days away, so be prepared for ghosts, goblins, witches and black cats roaming the streets like zombies who want candy instead of flesh.

I once dressed as a black cat for Halloween, but I never thought to ask why? How did black cats become so closely associated with Halloween? I’ve recently begun to wonder this, and what better a day to blog about it than on National Cat day!

Black Cat Superstition

Cats have always been shrouded in superstition, black cats in particular.  Different cultures had different folklore around the animal. Egyptians worshiped black cats, Scots thought they signified prosperity, but the Puritans thought black cats were evil, a bad omen. They believed if a black cat crossed your path it meant misfortune and death were to come to you.

This belief stems back to the Spanish Inquisition in the fifteenth century, when Pope Innocent VIII declared cats were of the devil, and ordered them to be burned. This caused an outbreak of rats, which only exacerbated the black plague.

The Puritans also practiced the killing of black cats, seeing them as familiars of witches, meaning they were demons in the form of black cats, who assisted witches.

In Netflix’s new series The Chilling Adventure of Sabrina, they show Sabrina meeting her familiar, Salem, for the first time. You see his original form just prior to his transformation into a cat. Throughout the series he helps and protects her.

Image result for chilling adventures of sabrina salem goblinJust where did this idea come from? Some say it’s because stray black cats were often taken in by lonely old ladies who were thought to be witches (funny how far back the idea of “crazy cat lady” goes.)

There’s also an old British story linking cats and witches. It goes like this:

A boy and his father were walking together in the night when they were startled by a black cat running across their path. The father kicked the cat, and it fled to the house of an old lady, who was seen limping the next day. This made them suspect that the old woman had transformed into the cat, making her a witch.

Black Cats and Halloween

Many do not know much about Halloweens Celtic roots. The Celts held a festival every year called Samhain, which began on the 31st of October. It marked the end of the harvest season, and the beginning of winter.

Samhain was also seen as a time when spirits, or fairies, could easily cross the boundary between this world, and the Otherworld.

In Celtic mythology, there was a fairy creature called the Cat Sith. It took the form of large black cat with white spots on its stomach. It was believed that this creature could steal your soul.

However, on Samhain they believed it would bless anyone who left milk for it outside their house. If someone did not do this, their cows would be cursed.

Black Cat Adoption Around Halloween

Negative superstitions still persist around black cats unfortunately. Legend has it that black cats are victims of satanic sacrifices around this time of the year. Many pet shelters take precautions around black cat adoptions, some shelters even banning it. There is inconclusive evidence that black cats are the targets to Satanic cults, according to Scopes.

Whether this is true or not, there are certainly concerns pertaining to all pet cats or dogs around Halloween. Many animals have anxiety which can be triggered by the commotion trick-or-treaters coming and going, banging on the door and yelling. There is also greater chance for them to escape, with the door being opened so frequently.

Cats are notorious for climbing on things, and knocking things over, so be sure to take caution when decorating. If you have a cat it’s for the best to avoid breakable decorations, and candles.

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Hope every has a spooky Halloween!!!

Violence at the University

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I sat in class just the other day pondering the strange events that had taken place on campus recently.

Other than the riotous protest that occasionally takes place at my school, it is a relatively peaceful place. I have always felt safe there. However, I recently received notice that a threat had been made against the school.

The message was vague, but it said classes were canceled while police investigated. They caught the girl who made the threat, luckily.

About a month later, or so, I received notice that there was an odd disturbance at school. Two fires had been set in the girls locker room. They were put out right away by security, thank goodness.

Needless to say, I’ve been a bit concerned. All this got me thinking about school shootings, but I realized I never really hear about them taking place at colleges.

Stories of school shootings seem to have dominated the news, with a new one seeming to occur at least every month.

It’s an epidemic that I didn’t worry about when I was in high school. They happened, but not as frequently. Once or twice school was canceled due to a threat, but us students always wrote it off as someone who wanted attention, or who just wanted the day off. We never took it too seriously. We still had drills occasionally for if there ever was an attack.

Schools today have to take even more precautions in case of a bombing or shooting. All the events have triggered acerbic debate among politicians, parents, pundits, and young people.

The people are very divided. Whereas these tragedies once brought people together, it seems that the more they happen the angrier people become, and the more heated the arguments on gun control become.

These are troubling times. Shootings have always taken place, but not with todays frequency. 100 years ago, schootings at schools were usually either a dispute between a few people, resulting in a gun fight, or due to accidents. There were still cases of the angry mass-shooter, but this was not the case the majority of the time.

These attacks happen so regularly that we seem to almost be desensitized. The news tells of a shooting and it’s not even shocking any more. This is very sad.

While I often hear about another attack on a highschool, I don’t ever seem to see news about shootings at colleges. So I began to wonder how common this was. To what extent do colleges have the same problem? Am I in any danger at Bucks?

I looked into this and found there were at least nine university shootings just this year.

  • Georgia State University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of South Alabama
  • Jackson State University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • Norfolk State University
  • Savannah State University
  • Wake Forest University in North Carolina

Since April 17, 2007, 320 people have been shot on college and university campuses in the U.S., according to a Collegiate Times analysis.

“After Virginia Tech shooting, gun violence still claims victims on college campuses” by Matt Jones

 

That answers my question. It seems that most of the shootings have taken place in the South, where they are mostly gun advocates. There’s a correlation, which makes me think that since I live in a more liberal area, my school might be safer, But I tend to ride on the air of caution from day-to-day, so I’ll probably just stay alert in case there ever is an incident.

Stay safe everyone!

What Doesn’t Kill You

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At this point, I could almost swear that I am cursed. Maybe it’s because I didn’t bless my great-grandmother’s ashes when they arrived at my doorstep.

Or maybe the odds just aren’t ever in my favor. Either way I’ve been having some rather unfortunate circumstances as of late. It seems that every week something new and unpleasant takes place, but maybe that’s just life…

Anyway, this week I’ve been suffering from torticollis. If you’ve never heard of it, torticollis is a condition in which the neck is tilted, and it causes pain and discomfort and immobility of the neck.

My neck has been killing me for days. It started out as just a little soreness, but it’s so severe now that I can’t move my head without experiencing great pain.

I laugh as I think “Why can’t I seem to catch a break?” It makes me wonder if the law of attraction is real and I’ve just been perpetuating my own problems with negative thinking.

At a time like this, what else would I have stuck in my head but “Stronger (what doesn’t kill you)” by Kelly Clarkson.

I have to find the silver lining in every situation. In this instance, I’ve learned about a condition and how to handle it. It’s also a blessing in disguise in that I had to miss work because of it, causing me to be stuck in bed, allowing me to have the time to write.

Though this pain sucks, at least I got to sleep in this morning.

If I didn’t dwell on the good in every bad situation, I might become despondent. So I will keep reminding myself that what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger, and wiser.