Unexpected compliment…

Dear Reader,

Sometimes, we go about our day, maybe we notice the leaves changing or the wind picking up speed. However, if you are like me, you don’t really expect to go noticed as you walk by on your day to day.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those sit in your room and cry types. I am perfectly comfortable with myself and I do realize, that I am not the type of person that gets noticed. I blend into the background of life as it were and I’m okay with that.

Today, as I walked to the laundry room, I took a moment to smell the air, to enjoy the fact that Spring, however windy is here. Since I was early I was not surprised to find the lady that takes care of the laundry room cleaning, and since she did not mind my presence I went on about putting my laundry to dry. She then comented in more length, that I looked smaller. So in her own way she seemed happy with my weight loss. Congratulated me on it, she said, “It shows, you loss weight, keep with your morning walks it’s doing you good”. She noticed I take walks in the morning. So much for blending into the fabric of daily life.

It’s been a while since I gotten a compliment from someone I don’t really know. It was unexpected and surprising. Most people compliment you because it’s the right thing to do,  or because somehow, they have to to, or they do it simply out of pity. I am not one to give many compliments, but when I do compliment someone is heart felt and sincere.

I took the time to tell this lady, how much it meant to me that she took the time to say something nice. My exact words were, “Thank you, you have given me a very good reason to smile today. May your day be filled with as much joy as you brought into mine”.

Maybe, a bit too much, for most, but given the fact that I have been under the weather lately, and not exactly feeling pretty. She did honestly give me something to smile about. It’s the little things that can make a big difference.

So in closing, be grateful for the little things that make you smile. They are they to remind you that as bad as things can get, they will get better.

Lego Lord of the Rings…

Dear Reader,
I will finally write that review I promised. “Lego: Lord of the Rings”. I will confess, I was, at first going to rip the game for a plethora of reasons; not limited to the game being frustrating, tedious, and at time monotonous. I was conviced until recently, that this was in fact the worst game Lego had ever brought to life. Then enter “Lego Movie Game”. Worst game EVER! However, this is not a review on the latter, so back to the subject.

Given that I’ve seen the worst Lego can do so far, I will give credit to “Lego: Lord of the Rings” for at least not being annoying. If anything it was semi educational, (yes, games can educate) in my case it gave me the short version of Tolkien’s massive work. I understand the over used phrases like “…My precious!”.

So that being said, I will say this. “Lego Lord of the Rings” will be a test of patience for sure. I get it, the whole book is about some guy or group of guys walking to a really far, far away place. Point taken, seriously, I see where Lego is going with their games and frankly I like the idea of the open map. I had some experience with it in “Batman 2″ and even a bit on “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Those games did it well, in fact, so far, my favorite on that end is Batman 2. My problem has never been that the map in Lord of the Rings by comparison is huge. That… I actually liked. The part that I hated was the fact that even with the teleporting there was still an unnecessary amount of walking. Slow walking at that. I mean, at least in other Lego games you had, The Flash or Superman among others.

I understand, the games are intended for a young audience, but children are not as infantile as we would like to believe and their attention spans are definitively not what they use to be.

Let me be honest and say, that the subject matter was not exactly my favorite. I was not one of the fans that ran to the movie theater to watch The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Nor did I read the books by Tolkien. So maybe that is another reason to stick to the things we know. I mean there are certain subjects like super heroes that even if you didn’t read every last comic you still get the subject matter.

This game was also one of the first Lego games to use voices. Quite frankly I thought I would hate it. I was pleasantly surprised how well they work not only as comic relief but in my case to understand a game’s subject matter. So over all, this game is worth playing, and if you are a fan of Tolkien it will be as pleasant an experience as it was for Potter fans when Lego Harry Potter came out.


Dear Reader,

Oh yes, about right this second I feel like screaming into my pillow. Frustration much? Oh yes, very much! See, since I moved here, there has been this endless parade of music, loud and annoying. It was off and on, here and there. I could never pin point the source, but it was there. Last night it kept me up way past my now usual bedtime. of 11 PM.  Today it started an hour ago, the same CD with the same ruined tracks that skip.  Last night they let the CD Skip for well over 15 minutes.

The noise came from the flat above me. Grrr! And tripple Grrr!

If things don’t improve tonight or tomorrow that is three strikes, and management will have to be notified. I need my sleep. Sleep equals awesome dreams. Sleep also leads to feeling rested, feeling rested leads to smiles, smiles bring about good Karma, followed by fun emails. Fun emails equals happy me. Happy me leads to good cooking, creativity and such. I so need sleep!



Feeling better for now…

Dear Reader,

Update on my health it’s been up and down for the past month. It’s been hazy at times and others I been so sharp I felt as though it was over. Right now it’s a good day, yesterday was not and the day before was even worse. Thank heavens for video games. I finally finished one I was working on for months. More on that later though. Oh it’s going to get it’s own post.

Today I woke up sick of being sick if that makes sense. It was one of those days where I made myself get out of bed smile and put on some music. I also went out for some fresh air. Oh yes, despite the nation being on zero or bellow temperatures around here it’s been…. Freezing to the bone of course, but survivable. Today the temperature was nice and no wind. So I went out for a walk on the fresh air for about half an hour, and it helped. Cleared my head and when I got back, I cleaned up my place. Yes, when we feel sick we need to stay in bed, nothing against that there just comes a point where being in bed makes me in particular feel worse.

So clean house and fresh air around the place, some Pandora Radio tunes and it feels normal for the first time in a month. This flu season was no joke. It kicked my ass. Let’s see if this ‘feeling better’ moment last longer than a day. I will keep you posted, until next time. Time for some more really horrible tasting medication.

Stay safe kids. Smile, and above all, be the best you you can be.

Anonymous Wishes…

Dear Reader,

First of all Happy New Year.  I’ve had a very eventful last two weeks of the year. As it happens with holidays, it is a time to see family and wish them the best. I visited Mom about three nights in a row, met with her as she welcomed my uncle to the Valley and sadly also saw the ugly face that lack of patience and understanding brings, to put it simply, I witnessed people people acting as I never thought they would. All due to stubbornness and miscommunication, still, you would think adults would be a little more classy.

Mom, she is my hero, she cooked yummy food and brought a smile to my sick face, and I do mean the word sick literally. I been feeling like I’m at death’s door for about 12 days now. The influenza virus is serious and it hit me with the force of 1000 horses. Still feeling run down today, but I have hopes I will feel better soon.

Still, I have high hopes, high chocolate cake in the sky hopes. (Bet you thought I would say Apple Pie. I’m not an apple pie kind of person so Chocolate Cake yum is my thing.

Yesterday two hours before the end of 2013, someone wished me Happy New Year, apparently this person has texted my mobile before. So he or she remembered me and Wished me a Happy New Year.

It was a happy out of left field type thing. It gives me a smile and hope that soon my health will improve.

Until next time though. May all your wishes come true. It’s a new year, may it be filled with joy and happiness and lots of chocolate cake. (yeah, I really, really want a chocolate cake). Still the sentiment is there. Think fondly of people who are or were at one point a part of your life. Send happy thoughts the world around. Focus this new year, in the horizon of your destiny and may it be a fun ride.

The Flu…

Dear Reader,

The last few days are all a haze to me. On the 20th I vomited and since then it all has been but a haze to me. I don’t remember many times where I been as sick as I was the last few days. I’m generally very healthy, so this flu both surprised me and kicked my butt.

I’ve tried to stay active, and joyful, I been waiting for this flu to finally be over and I still have an annoying tickle in my throat. Hopefully it will be gone by next week.

Advice my friends, get your flu shot. Personally I wish I had gotten mine, but you know I’m afraid of needles, so I passed on it. Now that I think of it though,  even if it would have hurt, it would have been over in a few seconds. So next year, it’s a flu shot for me.

I honestly don’t ever want to feel as sick and I have these last few days. It is not something I wish on anyone. I’ve had colds before, but the flu I think I only remember having it twice  ever before. It’s horrible.

To the positive thought of the day. I am happy. The holidays came and went peacefully, can’t wait for normal days to be here again. The final thought of this year, be kind to one another. Be positive. Above all smile!

A year to remember…

Dear Reader,

This will be a year to surely remember. Although is not quite over yet, I have a load of memories that I will cherish for years to come.  This year I have seen people come and go, and in the world of my dreams have had some really messed up ones out of left field, but far more beautiful ones.

All in all I’m very peaceful. I finally got to work on a blanket I started years ago. I had no idea what to do with it, then my mom suggested I keep it around to keep adding to it as time goes on.  I’ve always said, great minds think alike, well not so far back I got a similar suggestion, so having two confirmations I think the blanket will stay, maybe every time I reach a goal, I will add another line or two. As far as how it will look in a few years, I”m sure Nolan’s claws will have something to do with it, but that dude is so adorable I cannot be mad if it looks like a crazy mess.

In the mean time here is hoping the remainder of the year is as wonderful as the past few months have been.

Joy to the world indeed!