Day 18: Cablevision and Verizon

This post was meant for yesterday  but I was really tired and wanted to get some reading done. But don’t worry I will post Day 19 tonight so I’ll definitely be on track. Day 18’s topic is a problem you have. My problem deals with my neighborhood, Cablevision, and Verizon, but in order to elaborate on this, I have to give you a little back-story.

I live in Co-op City, the largest cooperative housing development in the world, located in the Bronx, NY. We have everything at our fingertips, our public safety, a huge mall steps away, and three community centers. Until 2007, we even had our cable company, Community Home Entertainment. This was a great company and they provided great cable and customer service. Then Cablevision decided to worm themselves in.
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Day 15: Horoscopes & Astrology

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Since I was born on January 17, I am Capricorn.

It always fun to read my horoscopes but I never really took it as the truth. I mean, it is someone who doesn’t really know you, takes a stab and predicts something that has completely no connection to your life whatsoever. But then there is always that tiny hope that a particular daily horoscope, whether it is about love or money, will definitely come true for you today. Even if doesn’t come true, it doesn’t stop you from reading them.

So I don’t really hold horoscopes up on a pedestal. Zodiac signs are different story. Don’t get me wrong, I think your personality traits have a lot to do more with your upbringing than what is “written in the stars” but it is fascinating type of science that is used to predict events and describe people’s personalities, not all necessarily to be true. For instance, these are a few  characteristics of a Capricorn:

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I am all these things. But there are some traits that I feel that are completely wrong:

  • “With the sign of a goat, it’s no wonder that Capricorns tend to be bossy and somewhat unimaginative.” (Your Literary Horoscope: Turn a Page, Change Your Mood, Jennifer Warfel Juszkiewicz)
  • “They are pragmatic and reserved, and while they tend to be responsible and fair, they can also be miserly, fatalistic pessimists.” (B&N Reads Blog)

See how conflicting astrology can be? One minute it is describing you to a T and the next it describes you completely wrong.

But I guess with any “cultural phenomenon” there’s always a margin of error.

BONUS: B&N Reads Blog, run by Barnes and Noble, list famous literary characters who may have been Capricorn, of course based only on their characteristics. As a fellow Capricorn, why would I want to associate myself with these characters:

  1. Ebeneezer Scrooge (A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens)
  2. St. John Rivers (Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë)
  3. Dick Hunter (Ragged Dick, by Horatio Alger)
  4. Winston Smith (1984, by George Orwell)
  5. George F. Babbitt (Babbitt, by Sinclair Lewis)

If you believe in astrological signs, check out the blog to see which literary characters match up with yours!

This is Day 15 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge.

 

 

Day 8: My Day of Food

I’ve never been a person who liked taking pictures of my food (it’s meant to be eaten not to be looked at). But I’m really doing well with this challenge, so I want to keep up with it. So here it goes:

Breakfast:

  • Fried egg (white only)
  • Pieces of Ham
  • Strawberries
  • Banana
  • English Muffin with Strawberry Jam
  • Of course, a cup of tea.

Lunch:

  • Fresh Mozzarella Sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and pesto (I’m really proud of this one because I made the pesto sauce myself!)
  • Cherry flavor Greek yogurt
  • Ginger Ale

Dinner:

  • Corn Souffle
    • It’s very good! Here is the recipe:
      • 2 lightly beaten eggs
      • 1 cup of sour cream
      • 1 package of Jiffy cornbread mix
      • 2 cans of cream style corn (Some recipes will say I can of cream style corn and 1 whole kernel corn but you cream style to give it a more creamier, sweeter taste)
      • 1/2 cup of melted butter (you don’t have to use that much. I use very little and it tastes fine)
  • Chicken Breast
  • Cauliflower
  • Half a glass of homemade fruit punch

Of course, I ended the night with a cup of tea.

This is Day 7 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge

Day 3: A book universally acknowledged…

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It was 1996. The channel A&E was airing Pride and Prejudice, a new adaptation that aired in the UK on the BBC. We only had two television sets and as a nine-year old, you had to watch what your parents were watching. So both my mother and I awaited for it to start. Some of the language may have went over my young mind, but at first viewing I was enchanted. I can’t pinpoint one element, but all of it just pulled me into the story. I didn’t even know that it was based on a book. So what would any good mother do?

She read it to me.

And from that day, I was besotted with the novel. Out of all the books I’ve read, Pride and  Prejudice is the only I novel that holds a special place in my heart. It is the only novel that, even in my unhappiest days, can somehow uplift me in my darkest hour. No other book speaks to personally like this one. The language, the writing…the story sucks you in, makes you feel that you are really there. Austen’s wit can make any story so satisfying.

Don’t get me wrong I love all of Jane Austen’s novels. But Pride and Prejudice connects me both intellectually and emotionally. It is hard to believe that I reread it at least 12 times?

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(My love for the novel is deep. I like to collection different editions or anything related to the novel)

This Day 2 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge.

#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge

#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge

To keep up with the theme of libraries today, I am signing up for the #ReadingMyLibary Challenge! This was started by fellow book bloggers, Stefani @Caught Read Handed and Amy @Read What I Like

Challenge: Instead of buying books (for a month only), borrowed them from your library! The rules are pretty simple and it only takes reading one library book to participate. You can also fin the schedule for the challenge here. So why don’t join up and support our libraries!

Day 2: Libraries

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Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”

–Walter Cronkite

My first memory of entering a library was enchantment. This was a dream come true for me. Endless, endless miles long of books, all for me to read. And all it takes is just one simple card to make all those dreams come true.

When I was young, I consider libraries my safe haven. Not only was it a place of learning, it was a place where I could be myself without any judgement. It was and still is my favorite place to be. Libraries has all the information and resources you could ever need under one roof. So it concerns me the dire need libraries are in.

Budget cuts. Reduce hours. Lack of resources. These are the common terms that are associated with libraries these days. We have funding to fight wars, build buildings that are completely unnecessary, but for some reason governments can never find the money to fund our libraries.

In this digital age, we need libraries more than ever. It may feel that everyone has the internet or a smartphone, but the reality is technology is still a luxury that everyone does not have access. Libraries can change that. They can bridge that digital divide by all the resources that they currently provide. So the importance of libraries is something I feel very passionate about. And I’m not saying this because I have a library science degree and work in a library. I’m saying this for the next generation of little girls or boys who will feel fulfillment by looking at those same miles and miles of books. That is something Google can never give.

This Day 2 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge.

Day 1: Five Ways to Win My Heart

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  1. Have a sense of humor

I find having a sense of humor very attractive. I want someone who can make me laugh, even on my darkest day. I want someone who can appreciate my laugh (I tend to have loud laugh) and at the same time not make fun of it.

 2.  Read a lot

My life is books. My passion for books knows no boundaries.So I would hope that the man that I am with has the same love for reading like I do. We can have different tastes in books (our conversations would be more interesting if they were)  but has to go beyond statements like “I’ll watch the movie instead.” That is a deal breaker for me.

 3.  Understand I’m emotional

There will be times I’ll be moody. I may lash out at you. There will definitely be times I withdraw from the world and need a little space. That does not mean I don’t care but that doesn’t give you the right to disregard my feelings and label me as a “woman just being emotional” (I HATE it when guys say things like that). Take my feelings into consideration and give me time. These feelings will ride themselves out.

 4.  Close to family

Although, my family is crazy, they’re my crazy family and love them more than anything else in the world. My family is a part of me, so if you love you have to love my family. My family always holds a special place in my heart and nothing else will change that.

 5.  Overall, a nice and honest person

Simpler terms: don’t be a jackass. Be kind and sweet to not only me, but everyone around you. Also, don’t lie to me. I find dishonesty cowardly and disrespecful. If you can’t tell me the truth, you don’t respect not only me, but have little resepct for yourself.