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Monday, October 27, 2014

Stuff to Try, Stuff to Do...

Well, it's that time again... another Vox Box has arrived in the mail. As usual, I'm totally excited to try out all of the products. Unboxing, reviews and anything else about the products will be all over at Showered in Beauty.



Along with the Vox Box, This week is all about NaNoWriMo prep. I had a long, almost incomprehensible paragraph outline written a month ago. This week I'm turning it into more of a solid outline so that I won't get lost in the plot by Day 15.

And I'm trying to think of something special to do to keep me motivated this year. I can't decide what it will be. Should I deny myself cookies until meet my daily word count goal? Should I produce some vlogs to record my progress? I still haven't decided but I'll do something fun.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Reconnected... and It Feels So Good

Well, as of 7PM last night, I have Internet access again. It wasn't easy, and I didn't think it would happen. A call was finally placed, and the cable experts on the phone were adamant this this equipment would no longer work because of the speeds being paid for. Yet four hours after that call was placed, the Internet was running again, and might I add, faster than ever. Huh. But this equipment is inferior? Okay...

Anyway, I've been trying to catch up on all my emails and getting back to work. The three-day hit I'm taking in the wallet doesn't help, but luckily there is work to be had now that I'm back online. Will I still have to go out and find seasonal retail work? Looks like it. And New York is getting put off indefinitely. Money is the main issue since we are now officially in lets-hike-up-the-prices-for-the-holidays season, but the hatchet attacks on the streets and deadly diseases infiltrating the city are making me feel not so bad about not getting there right now.

So I'm going to focus on what is good around here. NaNoWriMo starting next week? Check. Tons of samples/campaigns/VoxBoxes/free stuff coming in the mail? Check. Still having a three-year backlog of books to read? Check. So it's not so bad.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Perils of Being Disconnected

I'm writing this post from my phone, and it's not really my choice to do so. The home internet has been out for more than 24 hours now. The whole situation is relatively avoidable, but toally out of my hands. The cable company is forcing the account holder (not me) to get new eqipment they do not want. They believe prices will go up (most likely they will). They will not have their arm twisted to do what they don't want to do. Since that letter about new equipment arrived, there have been a few short outages. Nothing like this though.
I'm writing this post from my phone, and it's not really my choice to do so. The home internet has been out for more than 24 hours now. The whole situation is relatively avoidable, but toally out of my hands. The cable company is forcing the account holder (not me) to get new eqipment they do not want. They believe prices will go up (most likely they will). They will not have their arm twisted to do what they don't want to do. Since that letter about new equipment arrived, there have been a few short outages. Nothing like this though.
And before anyone tells me that i'm just addicted to being connected, understand that's not it. Those addicted to being online constantly check email, social media and other unimportant activities. I can do all this no problem with the 4g on my phone. Without a connection for my laptop, I can't work. Yes, I can write offline. But no, I can't turn in work or grab new work without a solid connection.
Public Wi-Fi. That's the solution. Maybe for checking email and other minor things, but would you really take the risk of logging into accounts thar have your personal financial information over a public, unsecured connection? I don't like my odds, so the risk is too great for me. Remember when it comes to computers, i'm a jinx. I have a long history of crashing computers and getting viruses. So no thanks
With all of this, I would  still find it a minor inconvenience except for the fact that those who won't deal with this issue are the same people who shame me for not having a good enough job. I say "you can't even apply for work without internet these days" which only stokes the argument that I should stop dreaming and start earning part time minimum wage. 
Pretty sure i'm done ranting now. It's just frustrating that the people who surround me are the ones who never want to listen. 



And before anyone tells me that i'm just addicted to being connected, understand that's not it. Those addicted to being online constantly check email, social media and other unimportant activities. I can do all this no problem with the 4g on my phone. Without a connection for my laptop, I can't work. Yes, I can write offline. But no, I can't turn in work or grab new work without a solid connection.


Public Wi-Fi. That's the solution. Maybe for checking email and other minor things, but would you really take the risk of logging into accounts thar have your personal financial information over a public, unsecured connection? I don't like my odds, so the risk is too great for me. Remember when it comes to computers, i'm a jinx. I have a long history of crashing computers and getting viruses. So no thanks


With all of this, I would  still find it a minor inconvenience except for the fact that those who won't deal with this issue are the same people who shame me for not having a good enough job. I say "you can't even apply for work without internet these days" which only stokes the argument that I should stop dreaming and start earning part time minimum wage. 


Pretty sure i'm done ranting now. It's just frustrating tohave this on top of wverything else that isn't going quite right.






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Monday, October 13, 2014

The First Listen: Mary Lambert - Heart on My Sleeve #HeartOnMySleeve #o2o


Music can serve many purposes for both the singer and the listener. One artist that provides a great balance of truth and entertainment in her music is Mary Lambert. This lady has certainly impressed me with her musical ability since she appeared on my radar through a friend on Facebook. I was extremely happy that the One2One Network provided me with a copy of the album Heart on My Sleeve (dropping tomorrow!) to review. 

While Mary Lambert may not be a well-known name in music at the moment, you may recognize her from the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis song “Same Love.” She’s out with her own album now, and it starts off with the fun, poppy “Secrets.” This song has everything a catchy tune needs to get into your head, have you learn the lyrics in just a few listens and also provides you with a great message. It is about hiding who we truly are until we no longer see ourselves in our daily lives. It is a celebration of our differences and does it in a light, upbeat way.


Much of the album has a variety of love songs. The key difference to Lambert’s songs is that she adds her own spin, making the raw emotion of the lyrics shine through what can sometimes look like just standard lyrics. Much of the music on the album is relatable and has a lot of strength within heartache. Vocally, Lambert is also a woman who has range. She can go from the fun pop song to the emotional journey and right into a low, haunting tune. 

The album also includes a cover of “Jessie’s Girl.” I have to say up front that I don’t like covers 99% of the time, no matter how well they are done. This one is no exception. I prefer the original version, though I will give Lambert much credit for making it her own, yet still retaining completely the sadness and jealousy that the original song embodies. 

Overall, this is a great album and something that I already love jamming to while in the car. If you want to learn more, check out these videos.You can also check her out on iTunes and Amazon.


**I participated in the Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.