Friday, December 14, 2012

A Serious Post

I know in general my blog is very lighthearted and silly, but this is the post I need to write today, and I'm sorry it has to be a somber one after being an absentee blogger for so long.

Today, a terrible, senseless tragedy occurred in Connecticut. For anyone reading who doesn't know what I'm referring to, a 24-year-old man entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and opened fire, killing 26 people. Innocent people. 20 of those 26 were children. Innocent children.

I'm not writing this post to pass judgements or make any sort of speculation as to why this tragedy occurred. I don't think that's what's needed tonight. I think tonight there are more important things to acknowledge. I was saddened by the news, and of course I was also shocked and confused. All I know is that right now, my heart is heavy.

I've never been to Newtown. I've never been to Connecticut at all, but that doesn't matter. My heart is there. My prayers are focused on that community today, and I am crying out to God to bring peace to the friends and families affected by this tragedy.

I'm not a parent. I have absolutely no idea how it would feel to lose a child, especially in such a terrible, violent way. All I can do tonight is pray for the families of the 20 children whose lives ended much too soon. Tonight, 20 little beds will be empty, and the parents and siblings of 20 children are facing the prospect of waking up tomorrow without a precious member of their family. My heart is with them.

Tonight, I am saddened. But I am also touched by the stories I heard through the day of teachers bravely and fiercely protecting the children in their care. Stories of teachers huddling children into a corner and shielding them in case the gunman entered their room.

As I said earlier, this was a senseless tragedy. No matter what motive is eventually presented by the police, it will never make sense. No one will ever truly understand why any of the lives taken today had to end. Rather than understanding, I pray for peace and comfort. I believe it will come in time.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

That One Time I Watched Movies ALL DAY.

This is going to be a lazy post. Because I've just had about the laziest day EVER. Of my life. My whole LIFE! I'm not even joking. Guys...I'm not even that tired today. I was just so incredibly lazy, that I didn't even feel like changing the channel on the tv. How pathetic is that?

I got up, went to get some coffee, then came home...and sat. And watched movies all day. Literally. The tv has been on ABCFamily all day, so I've been watching whatever movie was on. First, it was Race to Witch Mountain. I'd never seen it before, and I was like "Meh, why not?" So I watched it. I don't know what I expected out of it. I knew it wasn't going to be a cinematic masterpiece. It was entertaining enough I suppose. The REAL test of my laziness for the day came next. Witch Mountain ended, and then...THEN...


*shudder* As a kid, I LOVED Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Loved it. I watched it all the time. But this...this is just...creepy. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will NEVER be Willy Wonka. Never. As much as I love Johnny Depp, this movie is just...scary. Other than his occasional funny line, the movie has no redeeming qualities in my opinion. But, seeing as I was apparently trying to break some laziness record today, I watched it anyway. Who does that? I mean, really. A movie you hate comes on tv, and you think "Well...I guess I'll watch this." What?! That's either insanity or inexcusable laziness. I'll plead laziness.

But THEN! After Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I was rewarded with...THE ORIGINAL! That's right. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was on next. And of course I had to watch it just to remind myself how much better it is than the Tim Burton one. Because who doesn't love this?

Ah, good old Willy Wonka. So anyway, I watched Willy Wonka, and then Lady and the Tramp was on next! And I thought, "Well dang! I haven't seen this in forever! Better watch it!" And I barely remembered any of it. But now the dvd is totally going on my Christmas list, because I love Disney movies. So much. And if one Disney movie wasn't enough, I then watched Aladdin, which came on after Lady and the Tramp. Following Aladdin, my mom and I watched the last hour of Independence Day. Heck yeah alien movie! And...that's how I spent my entire day.

So, as I said, this is a lazy post, but maybe some of you will read it and then be able to say to yourself "Wow, I've been lazy before/today/in my life, but at least I'm not THAT lazy!" I give you permission to feel better about your own laziness because of my absolutely inexcusable, slothlike behavior.

Now if you'll all excuse me, Aladdin is on again, and I need to watch it.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Oh...Hey, Guys...Enjoy Some Random Shenanigans

So...I'm slacking again. And this is weird, I log in, check my stats, and even though I haven't posted in OVER A MONTH!! my stats for September are like...whoah high. What up with that, people? When I DO post a few things in a month, no one reads. When I DON'T post, everyone and their brother decides to look at my blog.

Not that I'm complaining. I like views. I just wish they'd be a little more consistent. But now who's the pot calling the kettle black? Because I'm sure you're reading this thinking "Well jeeze, Joanna. We'd like YOU to be a little more consistent with your posting!" I got it. Enough with the accusing stares. I'll TRY. I promise.

Also, fun fact...That adorable little drawing up there of me looking confused is titled "Huh?" and while adding it to this post, I realized I have another drawing simply called "Huh." Two different emotions, clarified by a simple changing of punctuation. The other fun fact..."Huh." is wayyyyy uglier than "Huh?" It's an oldie. Want proof? Here.

That's "Huh." Scary, innit? I'm pleased to see my Paintbrush drawing skills have improved. Slightly. Also, I clearly do take my actual appearance into consideration when drawing myself. Since these drawings are so lacking in other details, I guess I figure the least I can do is get my hair somewhat realistic looking. So, as you can all see from the difference from "Huh." to "Huh?" I haven't cut my hair in a while. It's getting crazy long, and I don't know what to do with it. It's a serious dilemma. If I cut it, I'll constantly be telling people "Gee...I liked my hair long." But if I don't cut it, I'll just keep saying "I should probably get a haircut." Wow. #firstworldpains, anyone? And no, I will not be regularly hashtagging things in my posts from now on. Hashtags have their place, on Twitter, but not elsewhere, thank you very much.

So...this post is starting to feel like a whole lot of nothing going on, and me just blabbering about whatever the heck pops into my head. Is anyone even still reading...?

Well...for anyone still around...

Jeeze...I'd like to apologize. I feel like this post is nonsense. I don't know what this hyper stuff is. I'm not really sure why I'm even publishing it, but...maybe everyone and their brother will come back and get a giggle out of it or something. Here's hoping my next post is a little more cohesive and a little less crazy. Unless you people like reading my crazy stuff. In which case...maybe my next post will be an experiment in writing a post before I fall asleep but after I've taken a sleeping pill. THAT would certainly make for an interesting post. And terrible drawings. Even more terrible than normal.

We'll see I suppose...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Whoah Awesome!

Alright, so this is going to be a short, short post, but one PACKED full of excitement!

And apparently excitement=confetti.

Anyway, I am SUPER stoked today, because in a totally awesome twist, just one day after writing my post about wanting my own coffee shop someday but having no idea how to run one, my manager told me I'm going to be sent to manager training! AHHH! MORE CONFETTI!!

I am super pumped, because while I'm not going to be taking my manager's job, and I have no plans to go manage a different store, I know this is going to give me all kinds of great skills and information that will absolutely help me in the future, especially if my goal is to one day have a shop of my own.

So like I said, short post, I just wanted to share my excitement with all of you! And I'll be sure to keep you posted on how my training goes once I've started. It's a three day thing at the end of the month, so stayed tuned!

Coffee Shop Dreams

Friends...I want to have a coffee shop. One of my very own. Where I can make delicious, caffeinated beverages, and sell scrumptious pastries. Like...these!

These are some delicious pastries we ate in "France" at Epcot when we were at Disney World over spring break. And they were the bomb diggity. I want to have a coffee shop that sells pastries like those. Everyone loves pastries, right?

I don't want a real person job. I just want a coffee shop.

The problem with this is...I was a psychology major. And I have no business experience. So...I think I might have to go back to school. I don't really want to go back to school, but I think it might be the smart thing to do. I know the statistic that 97% of all small businesses fail. (Or...some number like that. I totally just made up that 97%.) But I still feel like I want to try it. Maybe I'm crazy, but hey, maybe I'll end up being super successful with it! I guess maybe we'll see. Obviously this will be a slow process. So I'll keep you all posted.

On another note, I've been toying with the idea of vlogging. I think it could be interesting. Maybe? Or maybe I'd get all embarrassed talking to myself on camera. And maybe, like this blog, I won't know what the heck I have to say that's worth talking about. And MAYBE...people will think I'm weird if they actually see my face talking. I don't know. What do you people think about that? Would this weird you out?

Maybe I'll make a goal to try it once a month or something. And if I creep people out, or I'm just really awkward...well...then I guess I'll never do it again. 

Sorry this is a short post, but I'm pretty much really tired. And I have to work in the morning. I'm seriously interested in what any of you think about this whole vlogging idea. So...I'm begging for your thoughts in the comments!