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

Do you grasp your memories?

Published October 28, 2012 by ABadKitten

It’s four o’clock in the evening and you’ve just sat down with a cup of tea. Grabbing a small, empty notebook and your favorite pen, you begin making a list. You jot down memories, both good and bad, labeling them with either “G” for good or “B” for bad. After an hour, your poor cramped hand has had enough. What do you do? You go back to each memory and number them, accounting for how many “G”s there are and how many “B”s there are. Which list is longer?

Most commonly, it’s the list of bad. Bad memories filled with unhappy emotions and a dreadful veil of sorrow each time one is dug up tend to stick with us longer than those that elevate our moods and lift us up. It’s pretty unfortunate, I think, regardless of if they affect your life in a positive manner later on or not.

If you sat down with a notebook and did exactly that, which list would be the longest do you think? I would personally like to think that I’ve had enough happiest in my life so far that it could out-weigh the bad that has happened. I think most people would hope for that, no? When it comes down to it, though, you really wouldn’t know.

 

“Only in religion can you find a good person”

Published October 27, 2012 by ABadKitten

“If religion didn’t exist, neither would good people.”

Come again? I don’t understand how anyone could possibly believe this.

  • In general, I’m a sweet person.
  • I donate to who ever needs it when I can.
  • I say “please” and “thank you”.
  • I hold the door open for strangers and allow them to pass in front of me on line if they seem to be in a hurry.
  • I never steal or “borrow without asking”.
  • I respect people from the moment I meet them, unless they give me a reason not to.
  • I’m courteous, I’m non-judgmental.
  • I put the needs of others, strangers included, before my own on a constant and daily basis.
  • I have never and will never refuse someone in need.

I don’t, personally, believe in a religion. Therefore, I couldn’t possibly be a good person. Right?

My mind is blown. There are so many jumbled up thoughts and pieces of thoughts buzzing around in my head right now, it’s probably impossible to put them into a logical state.

I understand why religion exists. For a lot of people, it is the reason to be a good person and to do good. What happens if you don’t follow a religion, then? You’re a danger to society? You’re a child molester? You rape and murder people for shits and giggles?

Where? What? Why? I had little to no response to this because I didn’t believe it merited one.

Sometimes it’s better to just walk away.

(Le Source)

 

 

 

Nike+

Published August 15, 2012 by ABadKitten

Anyone use it?

I use the sensor with my iPhone, but it seems super basic to me…which is pretty odd for an iDevice.

Something I’m missing here?

Good Parenting vs. Video Games

Published August 15, 2012 by ABadKitten

(Le Source)

 

Everyone has their own parenting styles and their own opinions on how children should be raised. Fine, I get that and, of course, I’m absolutely all for people having their own opinions and feeling that they need to express them. Voicing them to strangers though?

I’m not a parent and, hopefully, I won’t be for quite some time. However, I got extremely offended in this particular situation.

A mother and her two younger children (boy and a girl, I want to say between 8-11?) where in my store this morning. I was talking to the mother about the new Skylander’s Giants that’s coming out in the fall while her kids were talking to each other about the 3DS games they were looking at.

Meanwhile, an older woman (late 40s?) is circling my gift card rack oddly slowly, shaking her head. I approached her to see if she needed assistance and, instead of saying “No”, she simply looked at me for a good 3 seconds, then looked back down to the gift cards, stared for another 3 seconds and picked one. Saying nothing, she passed me and walked up to the counter. wtf Ok…

I love rude, condescending customers.


While ringing her up, she decides it’s time to voice her opinion, which went something like this:

“You know, I’m only buying this giftcard for my nephew because his mother specifically asked me to get it. I don’t support these…video games. Honestly, I can’t understand how parents can stoop to reducing the intelligence of their children with these stupid things. If it were up to me, the industry would be in the ground, and parents who supported it would be in jail.”

 

Really?

Anyone who knows me can tell you how much of an extremest I am when it comes to freedom of speech, individualism, and having such a lovely freedom as to have your own opinion. You don’t support video games? That’s fine, you don’t have to. Don’t play them. You don’t think children should play video games? That’s fine, don’t buy them for your children. But can we try not to directly insult the girl doing her job to help you out and the poor mother who just got absolutely burned in front of her children?

(Le Source)

I was raised not to let people treat me that way. But…I’m an assistant store manager in a customer service job. Well played universe…so, my response was as controlled as I could make it:

“Well, considering it’s none of my business how other people choose to raise their children, I’m going to sell you this giftcard and hope your nephew has a wonderful time picking out a game for himself the next time he comes to a GameStop. I have to say though, touche to his mother for having you purchase this for him. *smile* I wrote a thesis on the impacts of familial, communal, and school environments on internalizing and/or externalizing problems among child and adolescent. He’ll be just fine. Have a great day.”

Then, I walked over to help the now-smiling mother of two, taking note to the woman staring where I had just been standing…blankly.

Honestly. If you want to play, I’m down, but you’re going to actually have to have some game.

(Le Source)


In all seriousness, though. I love video games in all aspects. More often than not, I feel guilty selling certain games to kids even with parental approval, and disapprove myself on such a sale (i.e. Grand Theft Auto/Saints Row/etc to any child below the age of at LEAST 16). The ESRB rating system is in place for things like that, though. I can also appreciate the parents who limit the amount of games/time they allow their children to play, especially if the child is young. However, every parent is different; every child is different; every aspect of our lives as human beings differ from one second to the next when compared to the lives of those around us. I think people with the view that this particular woman had are ignorant and cruelly misinformed.

Generalized, playing video games do not lower the intelligence of the consumer. Perhaps if you never step away from your gaming system, read a book, eat some fruits and veggies, drink some milk, go for a jog, socialize, or sleep…well, I’m not even getting into that. That’s a whole different post.

That mother should have walked up to her and punched her in her mouth.

But that’s just my opinion.