Nintendo Switch – ARMS

My husband bought the Nintendo Switch a few months back, and since that time, he has had me play with him on a couple of games. I’m not a big gamer, but since I love my husband and the console wasn’t cheap, I have been trying to be a good sport with the idea in the back of my mind that once my daughter is older, she will be the one playing these games with him.nintendo-switch-colors

Mario Kart was nostalgic. Back when I was kid and in daycare, we would spend many hours playing Mario Kart on Nintendo 64. It felt like a blast from the past playing the familiar tracks and versus games. However, it is still just as frustrating. I push and hold the button for drifting, and I always end up off the track!

Next was the Snipperclips game. I’m warning all married couples right now not to ever play this game together! My husband and I about threw our controllers out the window attempting to make the darn shapes by snipping each other’s pieces to form. Man, that was aggravating! (And fun, but shhh! Don’t tell him that!)

There are a few small games that were all part of the 1-2-Switch package that we started out with, and those provided hours of fun. My favorite was the treasure chest game where you twist the controller to unwind the chain wrapped around a chest while my husband’s was the quick draw, cowboy-esque game.

Now, he has the ARMS game. I haven’t played it with him yet because we don’t have an extra controller, but I honestly don’t think I want to. I have been writing a bit while lying in bed, and he is in the room with me, screaming at the TV. If he wakes up our daughter, I’ll break the darn thing. It is funny though watching him punch the air while twisting his arms in awkward positions to prompt his avatar to punch his opponent. At least that is entertaining.

Overall, the console seems to be satisfying to him, but we may need to rethink having it in the bedroom.

Taking the night off.

I can’t remember the last time I had a free Saturday night. Usually I am busy with homework, housework or just coming in late from some event, but tonight, I am completely free. Mind you, there is a pile a of laundry that needs done, but tonight, I’m going to ignore it and gaadc79e9e2bd00cc69aa7463845aa1a5ive myself the night off.

We all need that every once in a while, a night to ourselves for our own pleasures/hobbies. Forgetting or not allowing time for yourself will suck the very life out of you if you let it. We have to remember to let ourselves off the hook every once in a while because even though there is never enough time in a day, there is always tomorrow.

Tonight, I’m off. I’m allowing myself a little me time which I’ll be using to write a bit, catch up on some reading, and maybe take a bubble bath! Oh, now we’re talking dirty! If only I had a glass of wine..

Creating a PowerPoint “Movie”

I’m currently taking a class for my bachelor’s degree called Preparing for the Future (IDS 403). When I first signed up for it, I thought it was going to be something along the lines of personal goal setting and career path planning, but the moment I read the syllabus, I knew I had guessed way wrong.

This class has turned out to be all about technology and its influence on society, and vise versa. It is demonstrating the evolution of society and technology as two correlating factors throughout history while attempting to arm students with methods of addressing a societal problem and finding a solution through technology.IDS 403-T5272 – Wastewater Reuse Mod 6

It has been a demanding course with an extensive project broken into many “milestones”, but I am thoroughly enjoying it. Let me just say, though, I am so glad I am at the very least familiar with PowerPoint. Actually, I am a certified Microsoft Office Specialist in PowerPoint, but if I had never used PowerPoint or had very little knowledge before this class, I’m telling you right now, I wouldn’t be enjoying this course at all!

I have basically had to create a “movie” with PowerPoint using slides and voice narration. I am essentially giving a static presentation that I, luckily, don’t have to stand in front of anyone to give. I have also had to record a few video blogs which my husband would laugh and make faces at me while I was creating them, and I would in turn flick him off off-screen, but I digress.

After all this piecing together clips and voice narrating and formatting and optimizing, I have never had such respect for movie editors before in my life! Maybe this is a hidden piece to the Preparing for the Future curriculum; preparing us for lives as film editors!

Ehh. After watching and listening to my little movie, I think I will stick with my current day job..

Marriage is(n’t) the new dating.

I have seen it all too many times. Couples who rush into marriage regardless of how long they have been in a relationship together and ultimately fail. In my group of friends, I already have a handful of them that are divorced, and a smaller few of them already remarried. Each situation is unique, but each seems to have a common theme.

I honestly believe there is a moment in every relationship where the couple comes to a crossroad. Based upon the decision that is made at this fork, to fight or to give up, it will make or break the union. mike-enerio-87677.jpg

I know that may sound like a no brainer, but there is a great depth to this moment. I’m not talking about who will do a house chore, but rather something life changing such as the topic of children or financial decisions.

First, the crossroad is reached based upon a situation or scenario that tests each person as an individual. Their needs, wants, values, and very foundation of their entire lives is called into question.

Once the individual has decided their own thoughts and feelings on the situation, the second step to deciding whether to fight or give up is evaluating their partners conclusions. Sometimes this can lead to arguments and fights, but if I have learned anything in life, listening to the other side’s opinion is key to having a full understanding of any scenario. Patience is the only way through this step.

Once both parties have worked through their own understanding of the situation and now know where their partner stands, and here is the most important part of this entire process, step three is to decide if there can be a compromise.

Compromise is such a small, basic word that is thrown around in everyday conversations, but the meaning behind it packs a whopping punch. By googling the word, a definition pops up as follows:

NOUN
compromises
(plural noun)
  1. an agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions:
VERB
compromises (third person present) · compromised (past tense) · compromised (past participle) · compromising (present participle)
  1. settle a dispute by mutual concession:

A mutual concession. Let that sink in. Both parties, after deciding what the situation means to them and hearing what it then means to their partner, will have to decide if a compromise, or a concession, or a partial/full giving up of something in order to meet in the middle on a decision/way to handle a situation, can be reached.

Both parties have to choose whether a compromise can be reached.

If one can’t, then I can guarantee the relationship will end. It may not happen after the first failed process in attempting to compromise, but the infection of the disagreement, of the stubbornness to meet somewhere in the middle for the sake of the relationship, will only spread until that final crossroad is met, and the couple gives up.

If a couple does not go through this process at least once before marriage, I will guess again that the relationship may fail. Without the foundation of choosing to fight for each other, if it were to arise in the midst of the marriage for the first time, I have seen it before where a couple succumbs to the crossroad.

I’m not sure if the romantic ideology given to many from movies, novels, and even songs has tainted our belief that marriage should be easy, but it seems that when it starts to get rough, couples are surprised or shocked.

alejandra-quiroz-658MARRIAGE IS NOT EASY, but it can be so beautiful. When two people continuously choose to fight for their love, fight to keep their relationship alive by working through their issues and finding common ground, there is beauty. When two people choose each other over their own needs and wants, there is compromise. When a couple decides to walk hand in hand down the same path, love will always lead the way.

Lesson of the day, my friends. Love your spouse. Fight for your marriage. Don’t let the crossroad lead you astray. Find the compromise, and continue on, together.

 

In the moment

Everyday we spent racing toward adulthood are all the days I wish we had back.

All the times we daydreamed of the future are all the moments I would gladly give anything to have again.

This life isn’t what it was supposed to be. No. You were supposed to be in it. 

This life can feel so empty without you filling it. How I long for the life I had with you.

What I would tell young, naive us now that I know what the future holds is to cherish every second together because one day all too soon those dreams won’t come true.

Live in the now, I would say, because one day, I would know what it’s like to not have you.

4th (Wedding) Anniversary

My husband and I have been together for almost 13 years, married for now 4 years. They say the traditional gift for the 4th wedding anniversary is fruit or flowers while the modern gift is a/an applicance(s). 

Flowers die. Well, at least mine do. And I can’t imagine a more backhanded way to tell someone what you think of them than to buy them a Dirt Devil vacuum, so I guess the fruit will just have to do.

And I don’t mean that I will be expecting fruit. No, no, ladies. As with every year, I will be giving the gift.

I have said this to my male friends, and they go into shock. Apparently most women only anticipate receiving gifts on such events rather than gifting one to their man, too.

This is unacceptable as it was a shared day when you and your partner joined in holy matrimony. Why shouldn’t both parties be on the receiving end in celebration of your union?

For my and my husband’s wedding anniversary, chocolate covered strawberries will be given​ to him in celebration of our love. How many will remain in the box before I give it to him as a gift is a different post entirely. One strawberry out of eight would still count, right? Mmm, chocolate covered strawberries.

 

To The Beach!

frank-mckenna-222543.jpgIt has been FIVE years since I have been to the beach. FIVE!

It has been five years since I have felt the warmth of the summer sun competing with the cool wayward sea breeze and salt spray on my skin. Five years since I have felt the coarse embrace of the powdery sand exfoliating the winter months from my body and leaving me feeling polished and new.

FIVE YEARS since I have heard the wonderful roar of the waves crashing against the shore as the seagulls lull me into to sleep in a paradise I have never felt anywhere else than at the beach.

I am dreaming of the moment my feet touch the sand again. I am longing for feel of the sun and the ocean spray on my face. I cannot wait to hear the lazy caw of the seagulls floating on the wind and the commanding sizzle of the waves breaking against the shoreline.

All too soon I will be there, and all too soon will it be gone. A weekend in paradise to refill my daydreams anew until one day I can find my own home by the sea.

Not only will it be my first time in a long time, but it will be my daughter’s first time ever. I cannot wait to see her face when she feels the sand in her toes and hears the ocean’s call. I know she will love the beach just as much as me!

Movie Review: Let’s Be Cops

IMDb: It’s the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they’re not cops. MV5BMjI3MDY2ODQwNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjUzNjE4MTE@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,674,1000_AL_When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.

I’m really late on this one, but I just had to share a few thoughts.

I believe the main theme of the movie was to say that it is never too late to find yourself and take responsibility for your life. Now, that might be a bit heavier than the actual message, but I just need to get this off of my chest.Read More »