Independence, eh?

Last updated on April 5th, 2021 at 01:25 am

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?

The Art of Sarcasm

Last updated on April 6th, 2021 at 10:59 am

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.

The Art of the Mighty Handshake

Last updated on April 6th, 2021 at 12:39 pm

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:

Spelling, Blogging and Skills, oh my!

Last updated on April 4th, 2021 at 06:59 pm

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 blogosphere, 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 are 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!

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Patience, Waiting, and not Wanting to Just Lose it

Last updated on April 4th, 2021 at 07:55 pm


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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