Underrated Awesomeness

Sometimes you need to take the time to appreciate the little things that make you smile. These are mine.

  1. Sharpened Pencil Crayons. I have just realized that the terminology “pencil crayon” is a Canadianism. In the States, they are called “coloured pencils” and in the UK they are called “colouring pencils”. Interesting. Anyway, I love the sharp ones. They are good for colouring, drawing, shading, blending and writing. You can’t do all of that with the dull ones. I write my research notes using sharp coloured pencils. It makes them more interesting to read and they are so much cheaper than those fancy gel pens.
  2. Mini Cupcakes. They are just so happy and cute. Why are they better than the real thing? Because you get to eat the whole thing without feeling guilty! Calories don’t count if it’s one bite right? With a mini cupcake, that’s it, one, it’s gone.
  3. Unicorns. Unicorns are lame…said nobody EVER! Am I right or am I right?unicorn
  4. The Cold Side of the Pillow. Sometimes when you can’t sleep or you are uncomfortable, turning the plow over to the cool side is all it takes. I wish it were always that easy to get back to sleep.
  5. Jeans that FIT. Ever put on a pair of jeans and they fit like they were made for you? This happens so rarely for me, that I feel like a total rock star when it does happen. I have a small waist and a rather large behind, this makes finding jeans that fit difficult. If I get the ones that fit my waist, I can’t get them over my hips. If I get them to fit my hips they are gaping at the waist.
  6. Geeks. I view a geek as someone who has excessive enthusiasm for and knowledge about a certain subject. I admire people who can get that excited about something. It’s something I have never been able to do. I can show interest, but the level of enthusiasm seems to elude me. My husband is a total geek about Batman, Tigers and Aerosmith. I love it!
  7. Haircuts. Usually when an artist draws a caricature of you, they exaggerate a certain feature that makes the cartoon identifiable as you. My unique feature is my hair. It’s long and is not blond or brown, but not a full blown red either. It’s hard to describe. Because of this, I feel great after a haircut. Plus, I’m not talented with hair, I can never get it to look as good by myself as the hair dresser does.
  8. Libraries. They have books with personality.
  9. Jabberwocky. Jabberwocky is a a creature from Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass. There is a poem about the creature. I have it memorized, as do most of the women in my family. Don’t ask why, I don’t know. The poem is a lot of nonsense. The first line is”T’was brillig”. Sometimes I say this for some reason or another and a perfect stranger will reply “and the slithy toves…” the next line of the poem. This has happened several times and I can’t help but smile when I think of it.
  10. Wild Socks. They break the mold. I have a colleague who always dresses well, usually a shirt and tie. When he sits down and crosses his legs, you can see a bit of crazy-patterned sock sticking out of his pant leg.
  11. Daylight savings – Fall Back. Having that extra hour makes such a difference. I feel like I get so much more done…or at
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    So much fluff!

    least more sleep!

  12. Kitty fluff. Or more specifically, Ewok’s fluff. She’s a persian so she shed in cotton balls rather than individual hairs. Yes, cat hair is annoying, it gets everywhere! But sometimes, I’m away on a conference or have has a really long day and I’ll find a little bit of fluff on my clothes and it’ll make me think of her. I can’t help but smile as I dispose of the fluff ball.
  13. The Spice Girls. Who cares if they were so 90s! Platforms, catchy tunes and girl power?! How is that not awesome?! Azigazigah!!
  14. Left over Birthday Cake Straight out of the Fridge. Just because.
  15. Flannel Sheets. These are especially awesome in the winter. They are cozy and warm, almost fuzzy.
  16. Cereal. It’s quick and easy, comes in all sorts of flavours and it works at any time of day. What’s not to appreciate about that?
  17. Finding your Birthday is on a Saturday this year. Who wants to go to work on their birthday anyway?
  18. A Real Fire. Except for that super loud “pop” sound that happens every once in a while, the crackling sound of a fire is soothing. Depending on what type of wood you are burning, it smells really nice too!
  19. Bean bag Chairs. For once you’re not the one that has to adapt. They mold to fit you.
  20. Laura Secord Ice Cream Cones. They smell fantastic! It took me a while to figure out where the yummy smell in the mall was coming from, but I figured it out eventually. It was odd to have a baked-goods type smell in the mall. Who would have thought a cone would smell so good. They must make them there.
  21. Pearls. How something so beautiful and so perfect can be made from something as weird looking as an oyster still amazes me.

The First week of A-Z

Phew! I’m glad it’s the weekend. Last week was a busy one! I spent a lot of time running around trying to fix mistakes. At first, I thought they were my mistakes, but it turns out they weren’t. I did everything I was supposed to, I just doubted myself too much to call other people out on their mistakes. I should have more confidence in myself, it would save me a lot of extra work. I worked from home some this week too. I’ve had a lot of writing to do. I’m working on a grant proposal and an article on sleep. Grant writing is agony, but the article is kind of fun. Not as much fun as the A to Z Blogging Challenge has been so far though!

It was kind of a last minute decision to join, but I’m glad I did. I have met some fantastic new people! I’ve got a bunch of new follows. *Waves Hello* Some of them have commented everyday! I really appreciate getting to know you through your comments. I share interests with some followers too. I’ve met artists, writers, cat owners, fellow grad students, mental health sufferers and advocates and people who appreciate the same things I do. I’ve got some silent followers as well…..I appreciate you guys too!

Through comments on my blog and the A to Z participant list I have found all sorts of new blogs to follow too. The list is huge! There are over 2000 blogs on there! It’s kind of overwhelming when you start scrolling through it. I started by searching with the command F function on my Mac. I searched using words of things I like. For example “cup”, that led me to find all the blogs that had cupcakes, cup of coffee or teacups in their titles. I also searched using mental health terms, drawing terms and cats.

I have been having a lot of fun coming up with something for each letter and researching the topic a bit. I’ve learned a lot. So far, A to E has been easy, I’ve had multiple ideas for each letter, it has even been hard to decide on just one! I’m a little worried about the end of the alphabet though, it just gets harder the further you go. J and K are next week, eek! I know a lot of the medications start with weird letters, so I could always use those. I haven’t had any experience with a lot of them though. I could research them for you, but you could also just look on Wikipedia. I don’t know, what do you think? Is it more interesting when there is an opinion or some personal experience in with a post?




I know, what does this have to do with anything? Nothing, but I mentioned cats once in this post, so here’s a doodle! 🙂

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