A Matter of Building

…but they CAN walk underwater…just saying…

145 Days left until the Zombie Apocalypse…

I’m on a bit of a boat kick lately.  Not sure why.  I think it’s just that I have a ton of really weird and fun stories that involve boats.  Whatever.  Like the sign says, zombies can’t swim.  We all have to have at least a little bit of respect for boats.  They can take us to islands after all.  While the zombies will still eventually get there, it will take them a LOT longer to do so.  Boats can easily buy us enough time to build up defenses and plant all kinds of booby traps against the undead.  So yeah, I really kind of love them.  One of the best parts is that you can pretty much build them out of just about anything.  So, for today’s edition of the “30 Things I’ve Done Before the Age of 30”, I’ve decided to tell you about a really awesome boat that I helped build… Continue reading

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It’s a Small World After All =)

While not officially a zombie, I think he totally counts after being “killed” over and over again…and he’s definitely an adorable little doll too!! 😉

146 Days left until the Zombie Apocalypse…

While looking at pictures from the Maid of the Mist yesterday, I was reminded of another magical boat ride of a completely different nature.  I couldn’t help it really.  Over the years it has been the source of so many memories.  It’s one of those things that everyone definitely sees differently, and every single time I experience it with someone new, I take away something entirely different too.  The song is definitely a huge part of what people take away from their boat excursion.  However, I think it’s the dolls that really shape the experience for people.  Some people think they’re adorable.  Some people think they’re too childish for adults to enjoy as anything other than a break from the hot California sunshine.  Others think that dolls are creepy in general–even without being reminded of Child’s Play.  Regardless of their opinions though, every single person who rides it does have one thing in common with all of the others: the opinion that they share is a strong one.  People either love it or hate it.  It’s nearly impossible to be ambivalent about it.  For me, I like to think of it as a sort of psychological experience.  It’s incredibly fun to see who will love it and who will need a straight jacket once they disembark.  Thus, the people-watching alone makes it a very, very enjoyable boat trip to ride over and over and over again.  So for today’s edition of the “30 Things I’ve Done Before the Age of 30”, I thought it would be fun to share what I’ve learned from some of my favorite memories from my countless figurative trips “around the world”… Continue reading

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Intelligence is Not Trying

You have GOT to check out this blog! Click the picture!! It’s fantastic =)

147 Days left until the Zombie Apocalypse…

Yesterday, we talked about the importance of sharing our favorite places with other people.  Today, I figured we could continue on in a similar vein.  After all, it is equally important to allow them to share theirs with us.  No one can see everything that the world has to offer.  We are all different and we see the world very differently–I learned it on Sesame Street and everything!  Seriously though, it’s the truth.  Sometimes we have to let other people lead us or show us.  We have to see the world through a different perspective.  This principle admittedly applies to pretty much every aspect of our lives.  However, I think that the easiest way to practice is by letting them share something that they love with you.  It makes you more open and willing to try and see things their way when it’s more imperative that you do so.  Plus, it’s ridiculously fun!!  So for today’s edition of the “30 Things I’ve Done Before the Age of 30”, I thought I’d share a really special family vacation with you… Continue reading

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Filling in the Cracks

Don’t go into the woods!!

148 Days left until the Zombie Apocalypse…

In case my addition yesterday didn’t make it obvious enough for you, let me clarify: I love what Mother Nature has gifted us with.  Whether it’s hiking in the woods or just laying on the grass to watch the clouds rolls by, it never fails to make me happy.  I think it might be an evolutionary thing.  We are wild things and we belong in the wild.  There’s something about the solitude that makes you feel like you genuinely belong to the Earth, like you are as much one of Mother Nature’s children as the flowers and the trees.  (I know it’s corny, but that doesn’t make it any less true!)  As fantastic as it is, there is still something better–letting that solitude be breached by someone worth sharing it with…

That’s always been my favorite part.  Even if it weren’t, let’s face it: If the world is really going to end in less than five months, it is also the right thing to do.  We have a moral obligation to expose as many people as possible to all of the world’s wonders.  Especially since we all have a completely different vision of what those wonders are.  Some people might find it watching the sun come up over the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies.  Some might find it watching the sun set over the shifting sands of the Sahara desert.  From the bluest oceans to the ever-changing prairies, from the deepest ravines to the highest drop zones we all find joy in something that others wouldn’t understand without our help.  Similarly, they have access to the means to broaden our own horizons as well.  It’s definitely a good trade-off.   Who doesn’t like a little game of “If you show me yours, I’ll show you mine?”… It’s always been enough of a motivator for me hehehe…

Anyway, for today’s edition of the “30 Things I’ve Done Before the Age of 30”, I’m going to tell you about three very different times I got to share one of my favorites of nature’s wonders with the people who I love… Continue reading

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Taxed Beyond Their Powers

I know, I know, it’s not a zombie…but it is pretty hilarious nonetheless.  Besides, aliens could totally bring about the end of the world too!  And they’re almost as awesome as zombies…

149 Days left until the Zombie Apocalypse…

After writing about my favorite epic paint war yesterday, it seemed only fitting to continue on in that vein today.  So for today’s entry on the “30 Things I’ve Done Before the Age of 30” list, I figured I’d talk about the greatest painting I’ve ever seen.  Those are important images to keep in your head if the world is going to end.  We have all seen The Day After Tomorrow and that book-burning scene in the library was pretty much gut-wrenching to me.  It’s a completely believable scenario too.  Most people would totally burn every book in the world if it meant that they wouldn’t have to freeze to death.  Never mind that I don’t think I could even burn a copy of Romeo and Juliet or One Hundred Years of Solitude.  I utterly despise both of them, but it still seems blasphemous somehow to so carelessly destroy the painstaking physical manifestations of someone else’s insanity.  Maybe it’s because I am delusional and conceited enough to fancy myself a novelist regardless of the fact that my novel is apparently forever in the editing stage.  I would hate for someone to burn my book for something as simple as warmth.  Maybe if they were driven to it by passionate loathing or something.  I think I could deal with that.  But warmth?  Not hardly…

Sadly, when facing the post-apocalyptic world, most people won’t be quite so rational about everything.  I foresee a bleak world where books are seen as little more than fuel for campfires.  They won’t be the only casualties either.  Do you honestly think that a Da Vinci or a Van Gogh will be spared either?  Pfft!! As if.

Nope, they’ll all be cast upon the pyre before long too.  The point is that we have to enjoy them while we have them.  Before you know it, if you want to see a Starry Night, you’ll have to look up at the stars.  And if you want to see a Mona Lisa, you’ll have to…no, wait.  It’ll probably actually be way easier to see a woman who can’t smile because her teeth are bad in a world where all of the dentists have become undead.  Whatever.  But I’m getting off track here.  So, what’s the greatest painting that you have ever seen?  I’ve never really seen a famous painting up close and personal.  That’s kind of sad and I’ll have to rectify that someday–you know, if the world doesn’t actually end.  For the time being though, I can honestly say that I have seen something better…and it can’t be burned in a little campfire either.  Want to guess what it is?… Continue reading

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Only Clear Through the Search

Call me crazy, but I think this absolutely adorable =)

150 Days left until the Zombie Apocalypse…
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think the little things in life are the ones that are truly important.  I also think that they are the ones we need the biggest reminders to appreciate.  It’s easy to forget about them.  They don’t come in kicking and screaming.  They aren’t really anything all that special in and of themselves.  However, that is also what makes them special if we allow it to happen.  Those simple little everyday occurrences are the ones that can leave the biggest impressions on our lives.  Should the world end, I also think that they are the most important ones for us to focus on.  Don’t get me wrong, the big stunts we pull aren’t something that we can live without either.  Those moments when we are doing something crazy–like jumping out of an airplane or swimming with sharks–are the moments that test us.  They show us how far we can go and what we are capable of.  In a way, they are our way of proving ourselves worthy.  However, the little, random moments in our lives are the ones that actually define who we are.  If the world ends, they’re probably the ones that we would consider the most sacred too.  We would want them to be preserved for everyone to see.  Thus, for today’s entry of the “30 Things I’ve Done Before the Age of 30”, I wanted to share one of those little memories with you… Continue reading
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Get Out of the Vehicle!

It’s amazing what you’ll find when you Google “Zombie Skydiving”…

152 Days left until the Zombie Apocalypse…

With the world ending soon and all, I’ve been preaching over and over that we need to enjoy it while we are still here to enjoy it.  So that’s what I’ve been trying to do.  You know, we all have to cross off those infamous Bucket List items while we still can.  At the very least, it’s an incredible excuse to do the things we have always wanted to do “someday”. More importantly, I think that it is also a very good chance for us to all look back over everything that we have already accomplished and at all of the ways we have already lived.  A while back, I saw a blog on here that was titled the Anti-Bucket List.  In it, Sarah pointed out that we often forget to remember and appreciate all that we have already experienced.  She often hinted that it is more important than the experiences themselves.  She’s right too!  What point is there in experiencing anything if you’re only going to immediately move past it to the next big thing?  Anyway, she made a really interesting list of the 20 things she has done before the age of 20.  Seeing as how my birthday is in 30 days and I’ll be turning 30, it seemed only fitting to bring you “30 Things I’ve Done Before the Age of 30.”  So…..voila!!!  Here is the first one!… Continue reading

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Renewed Evidences

217 Days left until the Zombie Apocalypse…

Yeah, yeah.  I know I’ve been rather neglectful and lazy lately.  I’ve been working second shift now.  At first, it wasn’t all that bad.  Then the sleep deprivation set in and turned me into a zombie.  Who would have guessed that the Apocalypse would be so easy to start?…

In any case, in the scant handful of hours when I’m not either zombified by work or sleeplessness, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about who will survive the coming Apocalypse.  It’s important to be aware of these kinds of things if you want to make the list and at least have a chance of keeping your brain in your head where it belongs.  Common sense would seem to point towards certain types of people, but I think that as a society we have been radically wrong about the suitability of these people to a post-apocalyptic world.  So, to prevent you from trying to conform to one of these moulds that will only get you killed, I figured we should probably start out with a discussion of who will not survive…and why… Continue reading

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Lucky Enough

I wants!!!

264 Days left until the Zombie Apocalypse…

So, February has long since come and gone.  Yet again, I failed to write about the new things I tried to make life worth living.  However, unlike in January, this was not at all because I didn’t know what to write about.  I just didn’t really know how to write about it.  I’ve been kind of obsessing about it actually.  In any case, March always makes me remember how Irish I am and it is definitely appropriately festive so I figured I’d at least give it a try…

So I’ve always wanted to see a performance of Riverdance–# 29 on The Ever-Growing Bucket List!  If you don’t know what it is, you are seriously depriving yourself of all kinds of awesomeness.  Go here immediately to educate yourself!

Anyway, I’ve wanted to see them perform since I was a really little kid and my godparents had us watch it on TV.  It was really compelling to me and I couldn’t figure out why.  I just never thought I would have the opportunity to see it live.  In California, I had never heard of them coming to town–though I’m sure they probably did at some point.  After moving to Mississippi, I was pretty sure it was one of those things that was never going to happen.  The arena here usually gets only country singers.  So it was a delightful surprise to find out that Riverdance was coming here!  I had to go–and it was amazing.

I still don’t really have the right words to describe it.  The musicians were amazing.  The singers were incredible.  The dancers were phenomenal–they moved so quickly that a lot of times you could hardly even see their feet move!  Yeah.  That’s really all I can say about it.  It’s one of those things that you will have to see for yourself in order to understand.  Hurry up though…they are on their farewell tour and the American portion ends in June… Continue reading

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In Bulk

291 days left until the Zombie Apocalypse…

We ventured out to Sam’s Club yesterday…it was a very…interesting…experience.  Actually, Sam’s Club is always an experience out here.  There’s something about the Mississippian mentality which dictates that if you shop at a bulk store, everything has to be in bulk. It isn’t like Costco where you can just go in and buy your toilet paper, rice, and dog food in bulk and then continue on your merry way with your perfectly ordinary life. 

No.  Everything has to be in bulk.  The whole experience is in bulk.  You have to drive there in your bulky pickup truck so that you’ll have room for all of your bulky supplies.  You have to bring your biggest credit cards so that you’ll have enough money to pay for all of your bulky purchases.  But most importantly, you have to bring your attitude too…and plenty of it too.  In fact, I’d go as far as to say that you have to bring your attitude in bulk… Continue reading

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