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I tried doing the makeup with my opposite hand challenge and I’ve never been more thankful for makeup remover

The title of this post is self-explanatory. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the full face with opposite hand challenge is when you use the opposite hand that you normally use for applying makeup.

I saw NikkieTutorials do this on YouTube, and thought it’d be fun to try. Here’s the difference, however. Nikkie looked flawless when she finished the video because she’s a beauty guru who does makeup videos for a living. I am someone who loves wearing burgundy lipstick paired with a brown smoky eye but I am so far from a beauty guru. I didn’t even know the purpose of contouring until fall of this year.

I also thought I’d give it a shot because I like a challenge, and I knew this would be difficult. I have a learning disability that affects my fine motor skills and visual perception. In other words, doing things like applying eye makeup, especially eyeliner, can be challenging enough with my dominant hand, my right hand.

I’ve gotten better at doing my makeup with practice, of course. But it took me awhile before I could make my makeup routine look decent

I knew with a challenge like this, I will either be pleasantly surprised, or I will laugh at how terrible it turned out.

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Some thoughts on NaNoWriMo

Today is December 1st, which means two things. First, Christmas is in 24 days! Hooray! Secondly, it means that National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has finished.

As indicated in my last post about NaNoWriMo, I was trying to write over 63,000 words. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words of a project in a month.

How did I do? I reached 27,679 words, which is not even close to the minimum word count.

Part of it was that I was really slacking in the last week. I had some sort of respiratory bug last week, mainly a sore throat. While having a sore throat doesn’t take away my ability to write, it does take away my motivation to do much else but play Pokemon Moon (Side note: I chose Rowlett).

However, I still had projects to do for the various outlets I write, volunteer, and produce for. Those are time sensitive projects, so I wanted to get those out of the way.

The other reason why I didn’t reach that desired word count was that I found myself just slugging along because I know it’s the end of the book and that I just want to finish it. I mean, it took me five years to get to this point so I would like to publish this before I turn 30 and think my story is awful.

Regardless, I was able to reflect on things I’ve noticed about the NaNoWriMo experience, so I thought I’d share them.

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Some thoughts on microwaved tea


Although all I need to feel human is a daily cup of coffee, I drink a lot of tea. My interest in tea started when I was 14 and my cousin brewed me a cup. My addiction crept back up in university.

For those of you who are not in post-secondary, let me tell you a secret. When you have essays, exams, writing projects, and socializing in student clubs piling up, you need caffeine in either Arizona ice tea, coffee, or hot green tea.

Seriously. Before I got into coffee, I was the crankiest person in the world if I didn’t start my day with green tea in fourth year. Not to mention I was sick all the time in my later years of university, and tea always made me feel better.

I didn’t know microwaved tea existed until I procrastinated took a break from writing on BuzzFeed.

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Happy NaNoWriMo: A novel update

For those of you who don’t know, it’s National Novel Writing Month. Writers will try to write 50,000 words of a story from November 1st to November 30. While people often sign up on the official website and keep track of their word count, I haven’t done that.

Why? I’m an “unofficial” participant, so to speak. I feel like NaNoWriMo is more of something for writers to flesh out a new project. I, on the other hand, am taking advantage of it to finish my novel. After all, I have been wanting to finish it for five years.

I will likely sign up for Camp NaNoWriMo, the July edition of the event, for a new story, that being said.

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If you want to read it, you write it!

I was on Tumblr for three years in university. I don’t use it anymore, but it is a fun site to distract yourself.

Right now, I’m just satisfied with reading posts from pages like “The Best of Tumblr” and finding things on Pinterest and BuzzFeed. I often smirk if I’m scrolling through social media and I find something funny, but some posts on Tumblr have made me chuckle out loud, even if I found it from another site.

I also notice that some people say they want to see a book no one has written (yet) and they will describe their ideas. Most reactions are either praising the idea, or they add ideas.

Like this one.

Via alexandriawulf on Pinterest



And this one.

Via on Pinterest

Along with this one.

Via WeHeartIt

I would totally read all of these, by the way.

I’m not the only one who notices this, of course, because Buzzfeed did an article with a collection of these posts.

As much as I love seeing different writing ideas, these posts drive me bonkers.

The ideas I’ve found through these Tumblr posts, among others, are fantastic and I can say I haven’t read anything like it. If someone already has a good idea for a story, they should just start writing it.

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How I feel about bandwagons, and why it takes me so long to jump on them

I just started the first season of “Gilmore Girls”, because it’s been something I’ve been meaning to do for a while before they announced the special on Netflix. One of my friends and I agreed that I’ll watch “Gilmore Girls” if she watches “Frozen”.

How I feel about the show is how I feel about everything else I check out much later than I should have; I love it, I feel like I’m a combination of both Loreleis, and holy guacamole, why did I wait so long to watch “Gilmore Girls”?

I’m probably going to deal with people who say “Oh, you’re only watching this because everyone’s freaking out about the Netflix special!”, and that’s OK with me, because this isn’t the first time something like this happened. I’m sure there are many who never watched a “Gilmore Girls” episode in their life, but want to just to see the excitement.

Also, I’d rather see why so many people jump on the fan bandwagon than just close myself off from it and join the bandwagon of haters.

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Fictional characters I identify with

Are people still doing this thing? Whatever, I’m doing this thing.

I tend to jump on bandwagons a bit too late anyway. Stay tuned for my blog post on that!

So I saw this trend on Facebook and I wanted to do it, but I didn’t want to pick three characters and call it a day. I wanted to write a blog post about why I picked these characters.

I know most people picked three, but I picked six. Why? Because I’m an overachiever and I thought way too much about this.

Anyway, here are the fictional characters that I identify with.

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The day I decided to stick to writing

Everyone has a dream job. Although I wanted to be a writer above all else while growing up, I’ve had some other plans in mind.

Given the way the way said other plans turned out, I think I’ll stick to making money by freelance writing and doing whatever else I do on top of that.

“What could you possibly want to be other than a writer, Emily?” you may ask. My other career plans have changed from a veterinarian to an esthetician, to an early childhood educator, to a college instructor. While I’m still keeping the last one in mind, there was a backup career that I had that was likely fuelled by my love for performing arts and pop culture.

I wanted to be famous.

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Via on Giphy

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THIS JUST IN: Jennifer and Brad broke up a decade ago


Yes, I am writing this following the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, aka Brangelina split. I thought it was unexpected, and a bit sad, but I got past it quickly. Then, I saw that people were taking screenshots from “FRIENDS” and saying that this is probably how Jennifer Aniston feels about their split.

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Via Buzzfeed on Giphy

I checked it out for mild amusement. Then I read the following article on Huffington Post and agreed that the meme is just silly.

Aniston has been apart from Pitt for more than a decade. She also got married in the past year to Justin Theroux. Asking her how she feels about her ex’s fallen relationship is like asking a university professor about how they felt about failing a project they created in Grade Seven. It’s irrelevant and you’re probably not going to get much information after asking the question.

Unfortunately, the Aniston meme is not the only case of its kind. If someone is in a new relationship, is newly single, or is casually dating somebody, people always wonder how the ex takes it.

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