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The 2K11 24/7 CXXXI: Independence, eh?

We want to be treated as adults while at the same time, we’re leaving home older and older to save money for our future independent lives.

We don’t cook as often as we used to.
Finding a life partner with a full set of “domestic abilities” can often be seen as a miracle.
The time we used to devote to the family has been gouged, portions of it going to the “9-to-5”, or whatever it is that we do in pursuit of the almighty currency.
Are we really ready for independence?
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The 2K11 24/7 XCVI: The Art of Sarcasm

It is the humour of the sophisticated individual, the jokes that aren’t immediately caught by the untrained ear, but have the potential to be hilarious when the connection is made.

But at the same time, it is a tool that must be used selectively, for its power can easily backfire upon you.
I’ve used sarcasm for as long as I can remember. Actually, it was likely in my teenage years where I decided that sarcasm was going to be an integral part of my life.
Sarcasm can make you the funniest person in the room.
Sarcasm can get you invited to parties since you tell such GREAT stories.
But sarcasm can quickly make you lose friends as well.
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The 2K11 24/7 LXVI: The Art of the Mighty Handshake

As a favour to my friend Li, I’m putting together a blog post on a skill that’s ESSENTIAL when you’re meeting someone for the first time – the handshake. It fits in well with the Life Skills series I’ve been working on, and also with what I think I’ll call Manners Mondays after a suggestion from a friend!It’s no secret that one’s first impression will often leave an indelible mark on the people they meet. I often hear my parents recount tales from their childhoods about the first time they met so-and-so or the time they met whoever and they did such and such. You only get one shot at a first impression, so you may as well do it right!So how to handshake? Let’s start with some examples of basic rules to keep in mind:
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The 2K11 24/7 LXIV: Spelling, Blogging and Skills, oh my!

Spelling is important. I don’t care if you don’t care about how you spell – SPELLING IS IMPORTANT. And grammar? Oh you’d better BELIEVE that grammar is too! If so many people didn’t botch it up, we wouldn’t have people like Grammar Girl or posts dedicated to people being irked by people publishing online while being unable to spell correctly.

I BESEECH you to make an effort to spell correctly. Here’s my comments on a few of the errors I see constantly that make me squirrely:

  • “Definitely” has no “a” in it. Anywhere. At all. Amazing, no?
  • “Sneak peek” are two words that rhyme. Surprisingly, rhyming words do not have to be spelled with similar endings! So “sneak peak” and “sneek peek” ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. 
  • The ever-prevalent confusion of your/you’re and they’re/their/there. You need to stop it. Now. This will straighten you out BUT good. 

It’s impossible to capture all of this madness in one post, but I hope that one day by the year’s end, I can produce something to contribute to making it a little less common!

It’s good to have people who keep you accountable when you’re blogging – to make sure that you’re putting quality content out into the bllogosphere, that your spelling’s correct… I suppose in short that they make sure that your blog continues to improve and thrive. NJ does this for me, sometimes – makes sure that I’m not totally screwing up each and every day. Thanks for that!

Other people have blog alliances, where they agree to support one another through advice, feedback and comments; there’s online forums where those of similar backgrounds can come together to share their thoughts and ideas. Gotta do what you can with what you have!

So there’s a ton of awesomeness coming up, but you’ll see more of that in my other blog. Until then, I have games to play and snacks to eat!

I’m out!

–case p.

64/365

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The 2K11 24/7 LXIII: Patience, Waiting, and not Wanting to Just Lose it

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I hope that after yesterday’s post, I helped you put a bit more common sense in your day-to-day habits. Another issue I see people have all the time is patience. Checking watches. Complaining about how slow the subway is. Everyone’s always in a hurry. Every last move that everyone makes seems to be the most important one they’ll ever make. It’s as if nothing else in the world is important save the path that they must cut through the crowds to get to their destinations. It can get very mind-boggling at times!
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The 2K11 24/7 LXII: Common Sense -or- If the Door’s Open, You Do NOT Need a Code to Get In

Good day one and all — hope March has been good to you so far! I was pretty drained an hour or two ago, worrying that I wouldn’t have any idea of what I wanted to blog about. But after a quick cat nap on the couch and a sudden spark of inspiration, it all came to me! I’d promised to blog about some topics that were a little more practical, and what’s more practical than life skills??? Or, even MORE specifically — what’s more practical than life skills if we start with the basics?
Ah, yes, that’s right. It’s time to go back to school, folks. There’s a lot we all need to keep in mind when it comes to operating in the world around us, and as I go through life daily, I see people getting things wrong over and over and OVER again. So let’s start from the beginning. Let’s get some of those basic life skills figured out so that we can make life a little better, and if everything goes really well, we’ll be able to teach others through our behaviour! Sounds fun, right?
Today’s topic will be COMMON SENSE.