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50 Facts About Me

Published November 20, 2013 by ABadKitten

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(Photo credit: Myself)

Sometimes writer’s block is hard to get over. Since finding 50 facts about myself is so incredibly difficult, this is always a sure-fire way for me to knock down that wall. Aaaand…GO!

  1. My nickname “Kat” comes from my middle name, Katherine.
  2. I’m a store manager at a GameStop.
  3. Here’s the main things that terrify me: Clowns, cows, any bug missing a leg or some other part of their body, the ocean, anything that lives in the deep of the ocean.
  4. My irrational fear of cows comes from back in my childhood, when I was feeding a horse sugar cubes. I looked away and looked back to see a cow taking it from my hand which then promptly bit my finger and moo’d loudly in my face. The horse had bolted, which had me thinking this was a cow from hell…where they all probably come from.
  5. I’m a vegetarian (not because I’m afraid of Satan’s cows) and have been for 10 years this Thanksgiving.
  6. My reasons for being Vegetarian aren’t necessarily related to Thanksgiving. That’s just when I decided, at age 15, that eating a dead bird that’s stuffed with herbs and soggy bread isn’t for me. Nor is eating any other dead animal, for that matter.
  7. I’m also a passive-aggressive vegetarian, meaning I don’t care what you choose to eat– this is my choice, not yours. The only time I get out-spoken about my choice to go without meat is when people try to “trick me” into eating meat or get nasty to me about my personal choice, unprovoked.
  8. I haven’t believed in God since the third grade when my grandmother died from breast cancer.
  9. I’m completely, 100% obsessed with scented candles.
  10. Come 11/22, I’ll have a total of 5 game consoles. WiiU, 3DSXL, Xbox360, Xbox One, and PS4. I DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM. (Yes I do.)
  11. Like a typical American, I drink way too much coffee.
  12. I’m most happy in an over-sized sweatshirt and underwear, hair flying wild and free.
  13. Anything with lace is something I need in my wardrobe. I’m obsessed with and fascinated by lace.
  14. If I could find a wizard who could cast a spell transporting me to Middle Earth as an elf of Mirkwood…I would sacrifice Lambchop to do so.
  15. Fantasy is a genre I’ve been in love with since as far back as I can remember.
  16. Oh, yeah I’m a huge nerdy dork–and I love that about myself.
  17. Fall and Spring are my favorite seasons. (Real original.)
  18. I have constant conversations with myself. In a non-psychotic way.
  19. If I could lay on a hill all day every day and get paid to look at the sky, night and day, I could die happy. I love the sky.
  20. Alice and Wonderland is my favorite Disney movie…
  21. …but Belle from Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney princess.
  22. I’m 96% Italian…
  23. …but you wouldn’t be able to tell that from looking at my pale skin. Being vegetarian took away my year-round tan. A small price to pay for my choices. :]
  24. As of right now, my favorite song is My Demons by Starset.
  25. I used to be a huge fan of WWE, but since getting promoted I haven’t had the time to watch as much so I’ve fallen out of the loop. I’m sad.
  26. I still love CM Punk, Randy Orton, the Undertaker, Kane, everyone in the Shield, and the Big Show. That won’t change.
  27. I’ve also pretty much been in love with AJ since she entered WWE.
  28. I’ve only had two serious relationships in my 24 years. One that wasted 7 years of my life, but brought me to my current (recently) 2 year relationship.
  29. For the past two Halloweens I’ve dressed as a pirate captain.
  30. Christmas is my favorite holiday. Halloween comes in at a close second.
  31. I’m a charity/donation fiend. Anything I can do for charity I will gladly do.
  32. On that note, I’ve been told repeatedly that I’m too kind for my own good. That’s wrung true more often than not, unfortunately.
  33. I’m so soft-hearted that I can’t even kill a nat without feeling heartbroken. It’s a problem.
  34. I used to write three times a day on Xanga.com , a blog on which I had a giant plethora of readers…and then stopped for almost a year. When I finally went back, it almost got shut down and turned into an expensive pay-to-write-here website. Hello WordPress.com!
  35. In high school, every outfit I wore was mainly black.
  36. I’m in love with nature and the outdoors.
  37. Too bad I’m so sensitive to the cold. Otherwise I would be outside every chance I get during the cold months.
  38. During Hurricane Sandy, my entire area was without power for 2 1/2 weeks. Since we had no heat, water,Β  or electricity and it was winter, I stayed with my boyfriend for the duration of it.
  39. I’ve always wanted to work with animals. I would love to be a vet, a vet tech, a trainer…what ever.
  40. I give amazing advice that I, myself, never seem to follow.
  41. I’m horrified by the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz.
  42. When I was younger I used to: dance (ballet, tap and jazz), play soccer, play tennis, run track, play piano, sing, and kickbox. I do none of that now and I miss it all terribly.
  43. My apartment does not allow pets which is, basically, a death sentence for me. (I didn’t really have any other choice but to move here at the time…)
  44. Even now I can’t have a bed that has any type of open space under it. You never know what could be under there…
  45. I used to draw a lot in middle school and high school but have since stopped and lost all of my skill.
  46. Writing also used to be a part of my daily routine and I wrote some amazing things. I’ve lost that, yet again, but I’m trying to mend that part.
  47. I love interior design. If I had the money to do all that I’ve imagined in my head, I could have an awesome career.
  48. My collection of LOtR things used to include a life-sized standee of Legolas, all of the magazines from the fan club, book marks, trading cards, notebooks, folders, pencils, empty candy boxes, books of quotes and fanfiction, and drawings (though I’m probably leaving some out!). Now, it’s down to the collector’s edition movie sets, my writing (because I will never get rid of that) and one bookmark of Legolas because I still think it’s to sexy to toss.
  49. I’ve had a total of 5 cars. A dynasty, a ’99 mercury cougar, a ’96 mercury cougar, a nissan sentra and my current hyundai accent which is my first brand new car that I bought and pay for all on my own. Yes, I’m quite proud.
  50. My favorite color is purple. What a lame note to end on.

So there. That wasn’t as painfully hard as it usually is. Doing silly things like this is always a good way for me to break down the walls of writer’s block. Plus, I love having to dig deep inside myself and pull out random things that I normally wouldn’t think twice about.

Maybe I’ll actually be able to write something legit now.

Damn you, Fear.

Published November 14, 2013 by ABadKitten

I don’t remember where I heard the phrase “Fear is a myth that we make alive with our belief” but I always wanted to believe that. I never did, but I wanted to. At least it would make certain aspects of life just a little bit easier if I did.

As defined on Wikipedia, “Fear is an emotion induced by a perceived threat which causes entities to quickly pull far away from it and usually hide. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. In short, fear is the ability to recognize danger leading to an urge to confront it or flee from it (also known as the fight or flight response) but in extreme cases of fear (horror and terror) a freeze or paralysis response is possible.” Too bad there is not always a specific reason for a person to feel fear. Sometimes, there doesn’t seem to be any reason at all.

Two nights ago, I got barely any sleep. I kept waking up every half hour or so absolutely and utterly terrified. Of what? I have no idea. After being jolted awake, I just laid there for a little thinking about what was terrifying me and why. When I could come up with no answer, I relaxed and went back to sleep. This went on for the remainder of the night.

Last night, I kept dosing off on the couch before I actually went to bed. I was jolted awake by the sounds of knocking and scratching– both which weren’t really happening. It kept happening each time I dozed off until I had had enough, turned off my tv and went to bed where I slept soundly all night.

Now, waking up this morning I’m nervous…but this time I actually have a reason. The PS4 is launching today and I, being the store manager, have all of the stress of “Will it go smoothly?” and “What if, god forbid, the police doesn’t show up as they say and we get robbed?” and all those thoughts of worst-case-scenarios. I’m going to have the same fears next week when the Xbox One releases. It’s normal. It’s holiday season and this is my first year as a store manager so it’s a tad stressful.

The point to my ramblings is that my fear this morning has a basis and something real to fear. My fears the past few days have been based on feelings that have no reason to exist and sounds I’m only hearing in my subconscious that don’t really exist either. Fear makes life complicated. It kept me from sleeping the other night and kept me from relaxing last night. It’s keeping me from walking into work with my head held high today because I’m absolutely terrified something might happen.

The positive side is at least I’m aware of worst-case-scenarios and acknowledge they exist beyond the bounds of my imagination. They could happen, though it doesn’t mean they actually will. Being jolted awake by terror that you can’t explain doesn’t really have a positive side. The only thing I can think to relate it to is stress and anxiety.

Damn, fear. It makes life so difficult.

The Simple Things

Published November 10, 2013 by ABadKitten

While driving home tonight, I decided to take the back roads home. The entire 2 minute drive down the leaf-strewn road was completely dark aside from my headlights and the few spots of light coming from the back of random businesses here and there. Being so dark, I had the clearest view of the sky…

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Today was a little rough. Normally, after a hard days work, seeing my boyfriend is all the relief I need to relax and unwind. It’s been harder the past few weeks as I see him a lot less because of conflicting work schedules and the fact that I practically live at my store. Tonight was the same story, as I left him a little early tonight so he could rest up for an early start tomorrow…which sucks for me because the comfort was really needed.

Looking up at the beautiful sky on my ride home, though, was so calming. From the little light that was left in it, I could see the stars just as clearly as the swirled smokey wisps of clouds surrounding them. It was super windy tonight so they moved slightly which, for some reason, reminded me of calming waves on the beach.

No amount of star-gazing could ever replace the warm arms of someone I love, but sometimes the little bit of “simple” is all that’s needed to push you over the edge to relaxation.

How do you deal with stress?

Published November 8, 2013 by ABadKitten

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What I also wonder, though, is how other people deal with it. How does the man who is going through a divorce which threatens to suck him dry go through his day to day life without losing it? What about the parent whose child is a known drug-abuser? There are so many crappy things that so many different people are going through but how are they all surviving it?

I used to run, walk, write, draw. Now, I barely have time to even cook myself dinner because of how often I’m working. The crappy part is that work is what has me so stressed out! I don’t have time to exercise to clear my mind and I very rarely even get the chance to write as I’ve done today. Finding something to help me get through these next few months without completely snapping seems like an endless search.

How do you deal with stress when you’re in the middle of it 98% of the week?

Well, hello random “I guess I’ve grown” post.

Published November 7, 2013 by ABadKitten

When I woke up this morning, I went about a few things that I didn’t think twice about. They just happened automatically as I yawned, rolled out of bed, pulled my fuzzy sweatshirt on over my head and stretched the biggest stretch as I walked through my bedroom door.

Immediately, I walked over to the Kurig and turned it on and then waddled sleepily over to the TV to do the same (I like background noise in the morning, and it was closer than my computer!) before walking right back over to the stove to make a cheddar, pepper, and onion omelet with a side of toast and strawberries. This is all normal stuff, right? It’s my day off so I figured, Hey, make yourself a nice rounded breakfast instead of heating up frozen waffles. Makes sense.

After that, though, I put my dishes in the sink and cleaned all that was sitting in there from the previous day. After that I proceeded to disinfect my counter, bleach my sink, sweep and mop my kitchen floor. That’s not enough, says my brain at (clock-check) 9:25 AM, Time to move on to the living room and bathroom! And then I dusted, polished, disinfected, bleached, scrubbed, vacuumed, and organized. After that, I took a long hot shower and lit a candle.

Sitting on the couch after all that, I checked the clock. It was now 11:10 AM. What’s going through my mind? Well, I could have cleaned my room up too but oh well. Man, I can’t wait for a dishwasher and a stainless steal sink… followed immediately by, Who the hell have I become?!

When did I become this? I rolled out of bed on my day off, cleaned my apartment and then wished for nicer kitchen appliances. I did NOT lounge on the couch, munch on cereal and watch movies until noon while browsing Facebook and playing Pokemon X on my 3ds. I’ve only been moved out for a month now and my habits have already completely changed.

I supposed I shouldn’t be surprised, though. Everyone changes and everyone grows up. I just figured it would take a little longer than four weeks.

Now…if only I could apply my anal cleaning habits to my store, life would be so much easier.

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6 Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Published December 20, 2012 by ABadKitten

Holiday shopping is never, will never, and has never been an easy thing for me (is it for anyone, really?) so every year I struggle with what to buy for my friends and family. This year the struggle was intensified as I’ve been tight on cash lately which put me a little behind on the gift-buying. It happens, right?
So, being tight on cash and short on time, I got a little more creative this year with my gifts. These are some great fun and inexpensive ideas I came across for this year AND they’re also a nice last minute addition for just about anyone.

(Note: Most of the pictures have the links to the websites for further instructions!)

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#1: Sugar and Coffee Scrub

I’m a coffee-fiend…as are most people I know, so this was an easy choice for me. Caffeine is actually pretty amazing for you skin and the scrub smells absolutely amazing. It’s a super easy recipe which calls for 5 ingredients (all of which are probably already sitting in your kitchen).

 

#2: Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

This particular scrub screams Christmas so I jumped at this one as well. Again, the aroma is intoxicating and the mint leaves your skin feeling absolutely amazing. The website on which the recipe is located lists a few other types of scrubs that are just as simple (and amazing) but I chose this one, as it’s them most festive.

 

#3: Lovely Tea Light Lamps

       

This was my favorite holiday craft by far. It’s super simple and an absolutely brilliant idea. All you need to do is find some candle holders (I got mine super cheap at the Dollar Tree, but choose to your liking!), Vellum paper to print the picture out on, and either Mosh Posh or double-sided tape to secure the picture onto the votive…and voila!

Down below is another candle holder idea. Click on the picture for step-by-step directions.


 

#4: Candy Cane Marshmallows and other delicious homemade foodie gifts!

Both websites are packed full of different yummy things to make. Any tasty treats can be bundled together to make an awesome holiday basket. You also get the best job: Taste Tester

#5: Photo Star

This is another one of my favorites and it’s pretty self-explanatory. My step-mother loves these stars. It made for the perfect idea.

 

#6: Chalkboard Mugs

Since we’ve acquired a Kurig…my co-workers and I drink a lot of coffee…A LOT. I thought this was a cute idea since we always go through so many disposable coffee cups. Plus, there are lids available to cover mugs to turn them into a to-go beverage.

 

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Personally, I think receiving a home-made gift is much sweeter than something bought at a store. Any one can run to the mall and pick up a gift…but to personalize it and make it your own shows more thought. These are only a few of my favorites here. There are tons more all over the place; you just have to look!

 

What types of gifts did you get for you loved ones? Were any of them DIY like mine?

 

Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assassin’s Creed 3 Launch

Published October 29, 2012 by ABadKitten

Today is the 29th of October, which means Assassin’s Creed 3 comes out tomorrow. From 9pm tonight until 2am tomorrow morning, GameStops across the country are having a midnight launch event in celebration.

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy…every store in my district (as well as the surrounding districts) are not. I’ve been super excited for this game to come out since it was announced and, as disappointed as I am that we’re not going to be open for the midnight, I’m incredibly relieved. I can only imagine how many pissed off customers I’m going to be dealing with tomorrow (assuming we’re open) because we were closed for the super launch. I can’t even begin to count the number of phone calls I got yesterday to verify if we were still going to be open…because there really are some people that crazy who would be willing to drive out in a hurricane just to get their game.

I’m sorry, but I’m not risking my life for your luxury. It’s not like you can play when the power goes out anyway.

Would you venture out into a hurricane during a State of Emergency in order to pick up a video game you’ve been anticipating?

 

I understand the want of the entertainment…but I value life over fantasy. End of story.

 

 In all seriousness though…

I can’t wait to pick this game up. winky