I remember when I first started this blog I was hesitant to tell anyone about it. I’ve gained a lot of confidence in the last year and now rarely hesitate to tell people about it. However, every now and then, I do find myself questioning my writing or feeling self-conscious about my grammar or English skills.
In the beginning, my mom would email me with grammatical corrections. Part of me was thankful for her observations. Another part of me was embarrassed that I didn’t know better. And yet another part of me didn’t want to care. I had these ideas and thoughts in my head that I didn’t want to be precious about. I thought it was more important for me to write them out and post them than be concerned about the details.
Now I’m in search of balance. I want to write and not be held back by my worries of what others think, but I also want to learn and improve along the way. Now, I’ve reached a stage in life where it’s up to me to take the initiative to learn. There’s no course syllabus dictating what I read or what I focus on.
In an attempt to remedy this situation I’m looking for recommendations. Do you know of any good grammar or punctuation references? A website? Books? If so, please share, because I want to get more betterer with my words.
I’m not a huge fan of talking on the phone. I’m an awkward conversationalist on the phone. I talk at all the wrong times. I can’t decipher what the other person is saying if there’s any background noise. I jump from topic to topic trying to cover everything I need to say in order to end the awkwardness as soon as possible.
When I make a phone call I’m quite happy to hear it ring and eventually get someone’s voicemail. I can then say what I need and it’s done.
I made an observation while leaving a voicemail the other day. If I might not be able to pick up when the person calls me back, I say “I’ll be in and out for the next little while”. This used to work when I had a land line, but I don’t anymore. I have a cell phone. Whether I answer the phone or not, is not dependent at all on whether I’m home.
Now that I’ve made this observation, I’m equally awkward leaving a voicemail as I am when I talk to an actual human being. The flow of my message is interrupted by me thinking “Oh, I shouldn’t say I’ll be in and out. That doesn’t make any sense. What should I say instead? Quick think of something! You’re pausing. It’s recording. This is getting weird. All they’ll hear is you breathing. Maybe there’s a way to start again. Hmm…maybe not. Ok! Quick! Speak!”
You get the point. And if I leave you a voicemail, you’ll get the awkward too.
One of my favourite iPhone apps is the Hipstamatic camera. It’s a great way to capture images in an arty and usual way, all with the convenience of using my phone. That being said, they’re often blurry, shaky, or off-centre. But they still make me happy. Here are a few of my favourites. Interesting that they’re all in shades of blue…
I’ve been meaning to move over to this new WordPress blog (with my very own domain name!!!) for a while now. First I wanted everything to be just perfect. After a few months, I gave up on perfection and settled for choosing the perfect theme.
I played around with a few themes and finally decided I liked this one best and thought it suited the Youngest Senior. Problem was, that a friend’s blog uses the same theme. I worried about that for a few weeks, but then realized I should just get over that. I’m sure she won’t mind considering that it’s one of the standard WordPress themes. (I did choose different colours though.)
Next I wanted to change around the categories and tags on the posts imported from Blogger. You see, I just wanted it to be organized and perfect.
Well, the thing is, perfection isn’t really an option in my life right now. Quite often, I’m just getting by with good enough.
I could go on and on demonstrating my neurotic tendencies for you, but I won’t. It’s not flattering. And it’s annoying.
So I decided to just take the leap. I figure there will always be excuses for why something isn’t good enough or why something should be changed before moving on.
So here we are, at youngestsenior.com. Welcome. I hope you’ll be back again soon.
I’ve often said that I should not be allowed in London Drugs with my credit card. I can always find something that I need. And by need, I mean I could absolutely live without.
The past few weeks have been beyond busy. I felt like it’s been weeks since I’ve had five minutes to sit down and spend five minutes relaxing. And I was having a hard time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. So one day last week I stop at London Drugs on my home from work. I’m stressed. I’m hungry. And I have a credit card.
Here’s what I left with:
- garbage bags
- coffee filters
- chocolate covered cranberries
- Pear flavoured dark chocolate
- Sea Salt and Lime Crispy Minis
- Caramel Kettle Corn Crispy Minis
- Salt and Vinegar Crispy Minis
- chili and lime almonds
- a steam mop
It should be noted that I don’t even like Crispy Minis, I was not out of either deodorant or garbage bags, and pear flavoured chocolate is disgusting.
Despite not needing a steam mop, It’s actually pretty great. Makes washing the floors pretty easy and keeps the carpet clean too. I bought the cheapest one they had on sale. It came from the “as seen on tv” section, but it still gets the job done. And the miracle of all miracles is that I resisted the urge to buy the Emery Cat while I was there.