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Ground Floor

I recently started watching a tv show called Ground FloorIt is about an investment banker who falls for a woman who works on the first floor of the office building. It’s a comedy starring Skylar Astin, who’s the reason I started watching it.

This show is really good and humorous. There’s only two seasons, twenty episodes in total. I just started season two, and I’m going to be sad when I get to the end. Ground Floor is a show that I wish had more seasons.

Have you watched it? What did you think?

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First Day of Spring

The first day of spring was yesterday, March 20. The weather didn’t seem to agree though, and we were treated to a snow storm. A perfect example of Canada living up to its reputation of being a cold, snow covered land.

Despite the unpleasant weather, I enjoyed doing some spring cleaning. Everything feels a lot fresher now. My houseplants are starting to come out of their winter hibernation, growing slightly faster. I feel like even my mood has brightened now that is officially spring.

I’m greatly looking forward to this snow leaving and the warm weather starting.

Did you do anything special to celebrate the start of spring?

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My Experience With Vegetarianism

myAbout five months ago I decide to become a vegetarian. I thought I would share my experience of it so far, as well as explain a little about why I decided to go vegetarian.

I’ve never been a huge fan of meat. There’s very little meat that I actually enjoy, which made going vegetarian fairly easy for me. One of the biggest factors in my decision to cut meat from my diet was learning about the benefits of vegetarianism – both health wise and environmentally. You can read more about the pros and cons here.

For me, a vegetarian diet wasn’t a huge change in lifestyle or diet choices. The biggest changes I’ve experienced in the last five months are that I feel a lot healthier, and I’m being more adventurous with trying new recipes. I’m also a lot more conscious about making sure I consume a healthy amount of protein and other nutrients.

A vegetarian diet isn’t ideal for everyone but I definitely recommend trying it, even if it’s just for one day a week.

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A Note on the New Year

a-note-on-the-new-year 2016 was the year of breaking, and finding out what needs fixing.

2017 is the year of fixing, of growing, and becoming better. This is the year for hard work and personal growth before a year og magical greatness and goodness.

2018 will be the year of great things, of all good things. 2018 is going to be a moon year with 2 blue moons. Moon years are an aspect of numerology, any year where the sum equals 2 (2+0+1+8=11, 1+1=2). Moon year tend to have themes of romance, creativity, harmony, stability, and be deep and intuitive.* Contrary to popular belief a blue moon does not mean the moon will actually appear blue, it is simply the second full moon in one month, a rather rare occurrence. If you believe in the power of the moon like I do, blue moons are when the moon’s power is heightened.*

At least that’s what I think.

 

*Referance: Understanding Astrology by Sally Morningstar, Richard Craze, Staci Mendoza, and David Bourne

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The Girl Behind the Blog

IMG_2709If you ask me about myself chances are the first thing I’ll tell you is that I love to read. But if you ask what I’m interested in and/or like doing beyond books and reading I struggle to come up with an answer.

Being a reader is the main thing that defines me. Who am I without books? If you take the books away from Laura, what do you get?

The answer: you get a girl who drinks too much tea, who doesn’t quite know how to talk to people. You get a girl who likes taking pictures, who likes yoga but doesn’t actually practice it. A girl who wants to be a witch. A girl who desperately needs art in her life despite not thinking she’s very creative or talented. A girl who doesn’t have a clue what she wants to do with her life. You get a girl who is scared.

Scared she’ll fail.

Scared she’ll never fall in love.

Scared she’ll end up alone.

Scared she’ll never be happy.

You get a girl who is scared to live life, to be her true self. Because she constantly feels like she needs to defend and explain herself, her beliefs, why she wore a certain outfit, why she’s awake a couple of hours earlier than usual. Because people seem to constantly be commenting on or criticizing what she’s doing or saying what she should be doing or ‘needs’ to do.

But do they ever ask what she wants, what she believes she needs?

No, they don’t.

So often people just assume they know what I want, what I think, what I need. But they rarely ask.

Maybe I help fuel that by not speaking up.

All my life I’ve been labeled as the ‘smart’ one. But I don’t feel very smart anymore. I have all these little interests, but I hardly know anything about them. So I don’t mention them, because I feel like I’m expected to know a lot about them, about most things.

But in reality, I know very little – about anything.

I don’t even know who I am.

If you don’t ask me about what you want to know, or what you want to talk about, I assume you’re not interested in hearing what I have to say.

Too often when I talk I am either dismissed/glossed over, interrupted and talked over, or no one understands what I’m trying to say.

I guess it just becomes easier to not say anything at all.

 

Bookish, Musings

The Problem With High School English Classes

High School English Classes need improvementIn my experience high school English classes don’t actually teach you about the English language. They teach essay writing. How to format an essay, but only one way of formating. My school taught MLA format. Then in college my program required APA format. High school did not prepare me for formatting college essays, but my college essays were also much more relaxed, with format and grammar never being worth more than 5 or 10 marks – a very small amount.

The next paragraph will be mentioning rape.

My grade 11 class had to read The Kite RunnerIt is a great book that should be continued to be read. However the class I was in failed to have a very important discussion that should have been sparked by this book. In The Kite Runner there is a scene where an 11-year-old boy rapes another 11-year-old boy (I might be slightly off about their ages). This scene should have led to a class discussion about rape and rape culture. In my class it wasn’t really talked about, there was an unspoken understanding that what happened was wrong, but that’s it. Some of the students even found humour in it, they thought Hassan having blood on his pants from being raped was funny, something that could be joked about. These students were the boys, not all of them, but some of them. I don’t think I need to point out how problematic that was.

In grade 12 we read Heart of DarknessTo this day the only thing I’ve gotten out of that book is that they were on a boat and there are cannibals.

The selection of books students read needs improvement. Have more young adult books. Books that focus on teens, with characters that go through things that the students are probably experiencing themselves. Maybe books like Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Thirteen Reasons Why, or Speak coupled with good discussions.

Now I’ve never understood why Shakespeare is studied in English class, and it’s always taken so seriously. Shakespeare largely wrote about teenagers doing stupid things, over-reacting, and making a lot of inappropriate jokes. They’re plays, they’re meant to be seen not read. I think Shakespeare would be much better suited to drama class. Where students can have fun with the plays, put different twist on them, pick them apart, and most importantly, actually act them out.

Every time I look back on high school I realize how much better the education system could be. Should be.

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Thoughts on The 100 Season 3

If you haven’t seen season 3 of The 100 yet this will include spoilers.

I first discovered The 100 last year and instantly fell in love with it. The 100 is such a complex story in its exploration of mortality, the line between good and evil. One of the great things about this show is that there’s no true villain. It’s all about perspective, all of the characters believe they’re doing what is best for their people. The 100 is very diverse in its inclusion of poc characters, lqbtq characters, and women in leadership roles. The show has even had episodes displaying mental illness and addiction.

Everything just mentioned is why I had such big expectations for this season. Unfortunately those expectations were not met. Season 3 was good, but not great. There were a lot of aspects this season that weren’t handled well. There were a lot of storylines that would’ve been great but instead were completely dismissed.

One of the things I was looking forward to most in season 3 was Echo. Echo had so much potential, she could have been a great character. I really wanted to see her develop a relationship/friendship with Bellamy. Those two could have developed such a strong bond. I think Echo’s character and potential was completely wasted.

Another character whose potential was wasted is Luna. Lincoln mentioned Luna a couple of times in past seasons, that really helped build the anticipation for actually meeting Luna. Finally near the end of season 3 we got to meet Luna, and the whole meeting was rather anti-climatic. We have all this hope and anticipation and then it just flat lines. Luna isn’t given the time or attention that matches everything we’ve learned about her up until now.

Lexa is a huge character and with Alycia Debnam-Carey – the actress who plays Lexa – contracted to Fear the Walking Dead there was a need to write off Lexa’s character. However it was handled very poorly. Lexa’s death was an important factor to learning more about the flame and grounder traditions, but the way she died was disgusting. Lexa was a major character she shouldn’t have died from such a fluke accident.

The last major thing I want to talk about is Lincoln. Everything about how Lincoln was handled this season was atrocious. A lot, or really all of that has to do with Ricky Whittle – the actor who plays Lincoln – being bullied by the show’s creator. (You can learn more about that here.) Lincoln almost seemed like a completely different character this season. Lincoln is someone who should’ve had a fantastic storyline. He’s such a strong character and fan-favourite. There’s no excuse for how Lincoln, and Ricky, were handled this season. Lincoln’s death was so out of character, it should have never happened. Lincoln is a warrior, a grounder raised to be a fighter, to fight until death. Giving himself up and being executed is opposite of what Lincoln would do.

Despite all of this season 3 of The 100 was still a good and enjoyable show. I’m hoping season 4 will see the show back to being fantastic. Although with how the season finale ended I find it difficult to picture how the show will move forward.

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The Saying ‘Boys will be boys’ is Dangerous

Boys will beSaying “boys will be boys”, or something similar gives boys an out to being assholes.

You see a group of boys being loud and disruptive, “oh, that’s just boys being boys”. You see a girl being told, “that just means he likes you”, after a boy tugs on her braids.

By making these excuses for boys we’re teaching them that it’s okay to be disrespectful. That hurting someone is how you show attraction.

Hair tuggers grow into men who hit their girlfriends and won’t take no for an answer.

We need to teach our boys that when you like someone, you don’t hurt them. You pick them flowers, or give them a compliment, or share your snack.

We need to teach our boys that it’s not always appropriate to be loud.

We need to teach our boys how to be kind and respectful.

No more flimsy excuses.

No more “boys will be boys”.

Mental Health, Musings

High School and Mental Health

Text hereI spent most of high school dealing with anxiety. Only, it wasn’t until about three years after graduation that I recognized what I was feeling during the duration of high school and ever since as anxiety.

What do mean not everyone feels this way?

I don’t know if this is a common experience, but at my school we didn’t learn about mental health. In four years I can recall two occasions where mental health was mentioned.

The first mention was an assembly where a woman with bipolar disorder came to talk to us about her experience living with bipolar disorder. The second was after a boy in my grade committed suicide. There was an assembly about it, talking a little bit about depression.

The problem with both of these talks is that they happened as assemblies, with maybe 200 students at a time. There was no room for students to have all their questions brought up. There was no on-going conversation. There was no mention of any of the other multitude of mental health issues.

We were never taught how to recognize or deal with mental illness symptoms.

I think that’s a big part of why it took so long for me to realize what I felt wasn’t normal. That maybe I have a mental illness.

We need a better way of dealing with mental health. Not everyone feels comfortable or safe asking for help or even just information. Having a mandatory and comprehensive mental health class could save a lot kids.