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I have tried…

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…And tried and tried a million times to write a blog post conveying what is going on inside my head.

For example: I’m paranoid that people are talking about me behind my back. Like EVERYONE AT WORK. They are all in on it. But some of them think they need to laugh harder at my jokes. Or some of them just don’t talk to me anymore. Maybe some of them are trying to ruin me.

Maybe they think I’m a thief.

I’m not I hate thieves.

Or also, I feel like I don’t have any friends anymore. Like, I’m someone’s friend when it’s convenient or the people who really want to be my friends are far away and just have closer friends.

Anyway I almost had a mental breakdown the other day

Maybe it was a mild one? I couldn’t not cry at the songs I was scream-singing to in the truck on the way home. Anyway it was happening. And now I’m starting to get depressed. It’s creeping up on me, like a leopard stalking it’s prey. If I sit and think too long about what’s happening around me I either panic/get anxious, get depressed, or get angry.

No matter what happens I know I would never kill myself

There is no question. I refuse to leave my child without a mother and my husband without a spouse (honestly this child wouldn’t sleep with him if I were desperate for sleep, I don’t know how he’d parent without me lol).

Plus I utterly fear death. And don’t say it’s because I haven’t gotten right with God, leave him outta this he knows what he did/didn’t do (I’m kidding). But the question of the unknown scares the ever loving

Poop

Out of me. So, I refuse to shuffle off this mortal coil until my child is grown and thriving on her own (or at least until she’s sleeping in her own bed).

I never imagined I would ever consider myself to be depressed or have anxiety until I was an adult.

Because when you’re an adult you see/read/encounter more adult things than you do as a kid or teen. And the bulk of humanity has been trying to normalize mental health issues over the last several years. For positive reasons. And I realized that I’ve had problems with anxiety and depression my whole life. I never recognized it because my family did not have the luxury of being able to afford to see a professional.

Not that my mom wouldn’t have made it work if she thought myself or my siblings needed it. And I can guarantee ALL of us need some kind of help, especially now.

My theory is that no one I know actually reads my posts.

Unless they involve free fiction. Or something that could benefit them. I’ve limited my Facebook of late, and I highly doubt a single person on my friends list, or even in my Facebook page, has even glanced at the titles of my blog posts (which post automatically to my page).

I could probably say whatever I wanted about anything here and no one I really know would even know. Something like

I killed a man.

Fictionally. Several actually.

Sorry. I didn’t have the nerve.

How about: I secretly believe no one actually likes me they just humor me for the hell of it and I think I’d rather someone look me in the eyes and say “I don’t like you all that well”. And walk away. I would cry a little but eventually I’d get over it. I’m an adult after all. Semi-functional, but an adult none-the-less.


Thanks for reading!

-c


Someone once said they think I’m bipolar. I didn’t have doubts.

And now for something completely different

  • Minecraft stone sword: implies the possibility of other Minecraft items
  • Xanax: how long will it last me
  • Children’s scissors: will cut aomwthing
  • English to Australian dictionary: don’t they speak English?
  • Pepsi: YES
  • Avril Lavigne CD: access to a CD player or weapon
  • Mario Costume: probably not in my size
  • Mustard: I prefer honey mustard.
  • Heelies: I can’t find normal shoes in my size, probably not gonna find these.

Product Review: Oats Overnight

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OatsOvernight.com

The Product

Oats Overnight is a company serving overnight oats mailed straight to your door (or PO Box in my case). You can choose from multiple options, and there’s even a subscription (which I chose). The Oats are all high in protein, and gluten free. You can use milk or milk alternative (never water), and you get a free Blender Bottle!

The flavors I received were:

  • Peach Upside Down Cake
  • Strawberries & Cream
  • PeanutButter Cookie Dough Cacao Crunch
  • Maple Pancakes
  • Green Apple Cinnamon
  • Blueberry Cobbler
  • Mocha Dream
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana
  • Dark Chocolate Cherry (flavor in development)

The Review

Convenient: the only times I did not have these for breakfast were my days off and days I was too lazy to poor 8 ounces of vanilla almond milk in the shaker bottle. There were two of those lazy days.

All you do is pour in your milk or milk alternative, pour in your chosen flavor, shame vigorously for a few seconds to mix. Throw that puppy in the fridge and grab it in the morning for a quick breakfast! I had mine while driving to work.

Flavor: I enjoyed every flavor. The only one I did not like as much was the Mocha Dream. I’m not a coffee drinker and I’m (supposed to be) avoiding caffeine. This was the only one that had caffeine. I think my favorite is between the Peach Upside Down Cake and Blueberry Cobbler! But ask me tomorrow I might change my mind.

The consistency is a thin oatmeal, obviously, with bits that need chewing though if you really wanted to drink it, it wouldn’t be hard. Heck, get ya a boba straw abs slurp it right up.

All the flavors seemed to be perfectly sweet for me, and I’m assuming the sweetened vanilla almond milk contributes to that. But at this point I couldn’t imagine having it with anything else!

Benefits: I did not stay full until my break two hours after I’d finished my oats. But I didn’t have that shlumpy feeling I get after a greasy fast foot breakfast, and I wasn’t hungry as soon as when I had my “I’m late I’m late for a work day” pop tart.

Cost: I ordered the Party Pack (shown above) and I made it a subscription. That gave me 10% off. Subscription came with added benefits.

Oats Overnight

I ordered 16 meals, and my subscription came with a free blender bottle and bottles for life.

Comparison

Other Breakfast

Cost: If I (get myself up early enough to) stop by a fast food place for breakfast every morning I pay an average of $7.50 per breakfast. For 16 breakfasts that’s $120!

Calories: Hardee’s Frisco Breakfast sandwich (my fav) 430 (Jebus Crist!) hash rounds 230-excluding the drink because I’m embarrassed.

Oats Overnight

Cost: Oats Overnight (excluding the almond milk as my husband buys it for the family and the oats are MINE) at $3.09 per meal, $49.50 for 16.

Calories: Oats Overnight: the highest calorie breakfast Mocha Dream: 300 Lowest: Blueberry Cobbler: 280

Problems

I’m being 100% honest here: the only problem I had was getting the last gulp or two out of the bottom of the bottle while driving a full size truck on a two late road through a town. The thicker bits tend to settle in the bottom so your left wanting.

You could be smarter than me and (a) not Oats and Drive or (b) wait until you’re parked and down the last bit.

Conclusion: Will I Buy Again?

If you can’t already tell, yes. In fact the only reason I remembered to write this review is because they sent me an email saying my subscription is about due, do I want to edit my order? I asked to switch out the Mocha Dream for either Orange Creamsicle (which is a last chance flavor) or Mint Chocolate Chip. Not sure I should be having dessert for breakfast but honey, I’m 37. Ain’t no one telling me what to do!


Check OatsOvernight on their website, or their Facebook page!


Thanks for reading!

-c

Stupid news of the day

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Link if you care

On today’s episode of “I read it so you don’t have too”

Austin Wallace an apparent “aspiring social-media star” , supposedly quit his $100,000 a year welding job in Ohio to travel to LA to ask Logan Paul for a job.

Right off the bat the article refers to him as “an aspiring social-media star”.

“When asked by Paul what he was “good at” Wallace said he could do TikTok dances.”

He also told him he didn’t have what it takes. Whatever that is.

Jake Paul basically told the dude nope, I got all I need on my team and told him to start making content on YouTube.

Long story short the dude knew he’d get rejected. He went for the Big Bang, knew he’d “fail”, but would reap the benefits of over 12.5 million views.

My guy already has a YouTube channel with blogs (did not verify). But he supposedly begged for his job back?

My guess is he never actually quit.

But I’m also writing this absolutely exhausted and ready for bed. Just thought this deserved a “stupid ‘news’” distinction!

Goodnight folks! Thanks for reading!

-c

Stupid news of the day

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Link if you care

On today’s episode of “I read it so you don’t have too”

Austin Wallace an apparent “aspiring social-media star” , supposedly quit his $100,000 a year welding job in Ohio to travel to LA to ask Logan Paul for a job.

Right off the bat the article refers to him as “an aspiring social-media star”.

“When asked by Paul what he was “good at” Wallace said he could do TikTok dances.”

He also told him he didn’t have what it takes. Whatever that is.

Jake Paul basically told the dude nope, I got all I need on my team and told him to start making content on YouTube.

Long story short the dude knew he’d get rejected. He went for the Big Bang, knew he’d “fail”, but would reap the benefits of over 12.5 million views.

My guy already has a YouTube channel with blogs (did not verify). But he supposedly begged for his job back?

My guess is he never actually quit.

But I’m also writing this absolutely exhausted and ready for bed. Just thought this deserved a “stupid ‘news’” distinction!

Goodnight folks! Thanks for reading!

-c

Coming Soon!

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Intro for “I’m crafty! And you can too!” Video series.

Beginning (hopefully) in the month of September I will be posting, via YouTube, videos about crafting.

I’ve had so many people tell me, “I wish I were crafty.” That I’ve been inspired. I’m going to rip myself violently out of my comfort zone and on video and share with the world my knowledge about various crafting/making skills.

The first series of videos will be about Jewelry Making, which I must say I’m getting rather okay at (ha). And will introduce viewers to the skill/craft of handmade jewelry making.

The goal is once monthly videos, as most of my filming will be during school hours on my two weekdays from Day Job. They’ll be no longer that 15-20 minutes, hopefully!

I’ll keep you all posted here and on Facebook for updates!


Thanks for reading!

-c

Why do people get married anyway?

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I woke up at 4:30am thinking about this for some reason.

NOTE: I am happily married and wouldn’t change it.

But brain be weird sometimes.

So as I was falling asleep, I thought about it, and thought about it every time I woke back up.

Why DO people get married?

You can be together and share your life with someone without the license. So why make it government legal.

Here’s an example.

Fred and Wilma are high school sweethearts. Together since they were teenagers. They love each other dearly and are moved in together by their mid-twenties. Eventually they buy a house together, except Fred’s credit is better so it’s his name on the home loan. They never marry.

But, eventually Wilma is making more so she’s paying the home loan and they split the remainder of the household bills. They pick out furniture together, they grocery shop together, they share everything.

They’re perfectly happy, and decided many years before they didn’t want children. By their thirties they’re doing quite well.

The only issue they have is that Fred’s parents, Don and Karen, don’t like Wilma. Karen especially. She thinks Wilma stole her only baby away before he was even grown and now she won’t have grandchildren because Wilma doesn’t want children.

So, they don’t talk to Fred’s parents much. But other than that, life is great.

But one day, while Wilma is at work, Fred is in a horrible car accident. Wilma rushes to the hospital Fred needs surgery so Wilma, the o my person there to consent, allows it without question.

But while surgery keeps him alive, he suffered a severe brain injury and was put in a ventilator during surgery.

Don and Karen show up (who called those two). And the doctor comes in. He tells them all that Fred’s brain injury was severe. He’s on ventilator but may never come off. And if he does he might be functional and require constant care.

Wilma, who has know Fred for decades, loved him for decades, knows that Fred would not be a burden. And that he wouldn’t want to be on life support indefinitely. She tells them this.

But Karen disagrees. She won’t let Wilma take her baby away forever. She wants to keep Fred on life support, in case there’s a chance he could come off. Even the tiniest chance.

So Karen makes it known that Wilma and Fred were not legally married. Which means that what is his is not hers and vise versa. Because Karen and Don are Fred’s only living legal relatives it is decided to keep him on life support.

Eventually the time comes when Fred’s body no longer can hold in on life support. So despite Karen’s desire to hold on to a son that was no longer there, Fred dies.

Fred had no will.

A will would have been a legally binding document that would have made Wilma Fred’s heir if he so chose.

So all those years together, all that time spent together, sharing a life, because Karen hated Wilma, Wilma could get nothing from Fred’s estate.

Of course

Proof of a relationship, proof Wilma paid for the house, despite it being in Fred’s name, all the shared possessions. Might save Wilma in this situation.

Also I don’t know much about the laws. I don’t know about “common law marriages”, if there still a thing.

But I do know that wills are legally binding, if properly done.

If you’re gonna be in a long term relationship without marriage, be sure you have something legally binding, because the wrong angry person could fight it.

Again

NO IDEA why all this came up in my head at 4:30 in the morning.


Thanks for reading!

-c