Dancing September 5, 2009Posted by texasheartland in Dancing, Feelings, learning, life, random, thoughts.
Tags: Dancing, Feelings, learning, life, thoughts
Earlier as I was watching “Meet Me In St. Louis” and it was at the part of the Winter Ball and everyone dancing. It got me to thinking that I don’t know how to dance! All I pretty much know how to do is head bang (that’s a metal head for ya) and sway. That’s all. Pretty sad, once ya think about it. At 24, I should at least know how to slow dance but I’ve never had the opportunity so I don’t even know how to do that. Well, I do know how to do the Electric Side but doesn’t everyone?
I would love to learn how to dance. I don’t mean the kind of stuff you see in the clubs because I would die if I ever had to grind on someone just to get them to notice me. I got a personality for that. But I would love to learn how to slow dance, like you see in movies because I think it’s so graceful how they move like their on air. I really don’t want to learn the ChaCha or Tango because while I have rhythm, it’s mostly sitting down and there is little chance of my feet getting tied up and falling. Line dancing probably wouldn’t be a good idea either because even sober, I look crazy dancing. I know it’s not hard to learn how to slow dance, but I’ve never had someone ask me. I sometimes have dreams that I’m slow dancing with someone and I’m so good at it, but I realize that I stink at it.
Maybe one of these years I will eventually learn the simple task of even just learning to dance without looking like an idiot because I know that’s what I must look like while dancing. I can’t head bang the rest of my life!
Late Night Thoughts September 2, 2009Posted by texasheartland in dating, Feelings, learning, life, love, relationships, thoughts.
Tags: dating, feeling, learning, life, relationships, thoughts
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Once I get in a mindset that I’m gonna do something, unless nothing else major is going on, its usually the last thing I think of as I drift off to sleep.
As I was laying in bed to fall asleep last night, my thoughts once again turned to relationships. More specifically, where my past ones went wrong. I know its not good to dwell on the past, but this wasn’t reminiscing- it was taking notes. As I thought through every past relationship, I realized it wasn’t my fault they ended. It was their’s.
Why do I say that? Because even with my first relationship at 21, I was more mature. He was a tall blond 30-something that played video games constantly. We never talked seriously. The next relationship came a year later and only lasted 5 months because he thought he was better than my family and I. Same thing with the next one. This past relationship ended because we were just too different. He was a thug that used to steal while I had my head on straight.
I’ve realized that I have to be picky about beaus. While I’d love to still consider “Cyber Guy” (the one I had the HUGE crush on), he just lives too far. I’d never see him and phone cards cost too much to talk on the phone every day. Not to mention we hardly talk. But I still think he’s sexy. Hehe
I’m usually not picky about looks because I would hate someone to judge me because of the way I look. As far as personalities, as long as they were nice to me and my family, I didn’t mind. Maybe that’s where I went wrong. Sure, they were good-looking (as far as I thought) and they had nice personalities, but a nice personality can get you so far. As I get older, I’m starting to realize that maybe I can start being a little pickier on who I choose. I want someone with an amazing personality and a smile that makes my heart skip a beat. And maybe a goatee.
TB Articles: A Feline’s Body Language August 31, 2009Posted by texasheartland in Animals, cats, family, learning, Pets.
Tags: Animals, articles, body language, cats, family, learning, Pets
Its through nature that every living thing is able to communicate through body language. If a bear is angry, it will stand on it’s hind legs. If a human is happy, they will show it through their facial expression. Or if they’re anything like me, jumping up and down.
Cats aren’t that much different, though sometimes it is hard to decipher what is is your kitty is exactly saying sometimes.
If your kitty is standing in front of you, staring and meowing, they are demanding your attention. He/she most likely isn’t purring at the moment but will after a few moments of petting. But don’t feel bad if you’re in the middle of something and can’t give them your undivided attention. Cats don’t hold grudges for more than an hour. Once they realized that they aren’t gonna get petted at that exact moment, they will go find a nice quiet spot to go nap before they try it again. There are times you want to hold your kitty and they don’t want the attention. It’s only natural to have moods that don’t quite fit each other’s at that exact time.
Some breeds of cats, like the Siamese, tend to be very vocal. So if your furry companion is meowing and rubbing against your legs while you make dinner, it is common sense to know they’re hungry and want to eat. But if they’ve already eaten, then they want what you’re cooking for dinner. Rubbing against your leg when you’re not cooking is a sign that they are in a loving mood and want attention and your earliest convenience.
85% of cats don’t enjoy their stomachs being rubbed. Once they gain your trust, many should not have a problem. If they roll onto their back or even let you rub their tummy, they are saying, “I trust you. Love.”. Princess, Manders’ cat, generally doesn’t enjoy her stomach being rubbed. If she isn’t purring and you rub her tummy, she will kick and swat at your hand. If she’s in a really bad mood, she’ll even try to bite. But if she is purring, she has no problem with you petting her stomach.
Cats are genuinely happy animals. You can tell a cat is happy if they are wagging their tail, purring, or even sleeping with their stomach exposed. But if they get upset or angry, look for a puffed-up body/tail (they thing it makes them look intimidating), and they generally have their ears back. That means, “Step away and quickly!”. Never try to calm a cat that might look like it will attack. Within the hour, it will calm down. If it doesn’t calm down within a few hours, check with your vet for any signs of illness or injury.
Once you get to know your cat (or your cats breed if you have a particular one), it’s not so hard to figure out what they want!
I think I’m Ready August 29, 2009Posted by texasheartland in dating, Feelings, learning, life, love, random, relationships, thoughts.
Tags: dating, Feelings, learning, life, love, relationships, thoughts
You know what is so weird? That after everything my family has been through this year, I think I am ready to fall in love once again. I have matured ever since my last relationship considerably and have set my priorities straight.
My last relationship started off great- had a lot in common, enjoyed each others company, and just fell head over hills in love. I thought he was the one but as our relationship went on, I started to realize that maybe he wasn’t the one. I should have known that when we broke up, I didn’t cry much. I maybe cried one day and one night, but it wasn’t like many relationships before where I was an emotional wreck.
So why would I want a relationship after everything my family has been through? I’m much stronger than I’ve ever been, and can hold my own side of the relationship instead of doing what they want to do. Sure there will be times when I wouldn’t mind going bowling (as long as no one is behind me) or the movies. But if I just wanna hang around the house with the family, he can come, but he has to realize that most of it will be spent WITH the family and not in another room. Plus the living room has a bigger TV. With football season in season (well atleast pre-season), that’s the spot to watch the games!
I know my time will come when I find a boyfriend but as most of you have probably come to realize, I’m not a very patient person. But I don’t want to rush love- bad idea. Been there, done that, and got the t-shirt. Maybe if I stop looking or expecting something to happen, I’ll let it happen naturally. Kinda like waiting for Fall- you wait, they will come. Or something like that.
TB Articles: The Summer Heat August 24, 2009Posted by texasheartland in fun, Ideas, learning, life, Seasons, summer, thoughts.
Tags: articles, cool, fun, heat, life, Season, summer, temperatures, water
NOTE: I have decided that I am going to start writing “articles” so that my readers don’t get bored with the same posts over and over again. Not only that, it will help me develop better writing skills for when I go to college. If you need more information about the articles, refer to “TB Articles“. If you are interested in becoming a guest writer for Texas Banter, refer to this page.
The temperature is rising over 100*, the sun is burning down from the clouds, and you’re hot- very hot. You’re so hot, you DREAM of the day that cooler weather arrives. Having lived in Texas my whole life, I have become somewhat of an expert on trying to stay cool. While they might not work for everyone, it doesn’t hurt to give it a try, right?
If you’re inside and it seems like your house isn’t cooling as it should, think water. Gather up several plastic water bottles, fill them with water, and put them in the freezer. After 4 hours in the icebox, move them to the fridge and grab one for yourself. You now have cold water available for “on-the-go” and it’s a lot easier than trying to lug a gallon of cold water out of the fridge just to fill up a glass. It becomes so helpful, especially if you’re doing chores and you find yourself getting sweaty. You don’t want to become dehydrated even if you don’t feel hot because the symptoms can be fatigue, and many think that they are tired because of the chores. In most cases, it’s that they are dehydrated. Aside from keeping you hydrated, the cold water will cool your core temperature down a few degrees, and it help you from feeling physically hot.
Since our house doesn’t have insulation, it tends to get burning hot in the Summer and near-dead freezing in the Winter. In the Summer, when the temperature in the room is 83*, I like to use the shower. I don’t mean taking a shower. I mean getting my hair wet by bending over the edge of the tub with my head under the shower. I don’t panic if my clothes get wet because I know that eventually I will end up sitting in front of a fan or air conditioner, making me feel a lot cooler. I suggest that you don’t do it every hour or too frequently because you can end up with a heat rash. While they can be treated by topical baby rash cream, they are kinda painful. Also with that, you can actually get too chilled if your core temperature drops drastically low in such a short amount of time.
I’m sure that I don’t need to remind you what to do if you’re outside- it’s on the news all the time! You know the drill: drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks, if you get too hot, move to an air conditioned building, etc. It’s been ingrained in us since we were little. But another thing they don’t tell you is not to soak your whole body, including your clothes. This will bring on one mean heat rash that is extremely painful. Those are worse than the ones you received from “wetting your hair” too much. Also, the reflection of the sun can intensify the sun’s burning rays, making you sunburn a lot quicker and a lot worse than without the soaked clothes and skin.
Let’s face it- Summer is here for a few more weeks. If none of the suggestions haven’t worked, then maybe we should look to Summer’s best friend- ice cream! Now there’s an activity I can enjoy!
Back To School: Extraordinary Teens August 19, 2009Posted by texasheartland in Book Reviews, Books, Feelings, learning, life, School, School Supplies, thoughts.
Tags: back to school, Book Review, Books, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Extraordinary Teens, Feelings, learning, life, Teenagers, thoughts
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With everyone going back to school, it’s so much easier to remember the clothes, school supplies, and even money set out for lunch. But one thing that parents tend to forget: motivation. Since teens are often boggled down with school and extra-curricular activities, it’s quite normal to think “What am I doing this for?”. Believe me- I’ve been there.
But thanks to Chicken Soup for the Soul, your teens can have the motivation they need to go out into the world and do something- if even not everyone agrees with it. If your teen wants to start a business helping people decorate for the Holidays, then this book is for this. Chicken Soup for the Extraordinary Teen is chock full of stories from teens that had no idea what they were doing but succeeded in doing it anyways. There are even stories from some of the most famous teen celebs- Ryan Cabrera, Julie Marie Carrier, and even Mythbuster Kari Byron. All of the stories are heartfelt (which Chicken Soup for the Soul is known for) and so inspirational that no teen will close the book untouched by the stories from these amazing teenagers.
What I loved is that I could remember what it was like at that stage- awkward, uninspired, and just tired of school and nothing to go along with that. I wish I was as creative as the teens in this book. Each story is unique and each story has several sentences bold- true words of wisdom. This guarantees that each and every person that reads it will leave with a little something in their heart that says “I may not be a teen. But I still have plenty of time to do what I want- even if that means starting a business to help people decorate for the Holidays!”. I will warn you about something though. These kids achievements by themselves are staggering so if there are any teens or Moms who are sensitive about their academics, this may not be the book for you. While it it amazing some of the achievements mentioned, sometimes it can get a little overbearing. But also with that, you can just skip over that box if you wish to read it.
Did I learn anything from it? I may be turning 25 this Winter, but I still learned a lot. I’m not too old to do this or accomplish that. If I can dream it, it can happen. Same goes for everyone who reads this- You’re not too old to do this or accomplish that. If you can dream it, it can happen.
Book Review: Jansten’s Gift July 20, 2009Posted by texasheartland in Book Reviews, Books, Charities, family, Feelings, learning, life, thoughts.
Tags: Book Review, Books, Charity, Jansten's Gift, Pam Cope, reading, Touch A Life Foundation
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Author: Pam Cope
Published: April 2009
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Nine years ago, Pam Cope owned a cozy hair salon in the tiny town of Neosho, Missouri, and her life revolved around her son’s baseball games, her daughter’s dance lessons, and family trips to places like Disney World. She had never been out of the country, nor had she any desire to travel far from home.
Then, on June 16th, 1999, her life changed forever with the death of her 15-year-old son from an undiagnosed heart ailment.
Needing to get as far away as possible from everything that reminded her of her loss, she accepted a friend’s invitation to travel to Vietnam, and, from the moment she stepped off the plane, everything she had been feeling since her son’s death began to shift. By the time she returned home, she had a new mission: to use her pain to change the world, one small step at a time, one child at a time. Today, she is the mother of two children adopted from Vietnam. More than that, she and her husband have created a foundation called “Touch A Life,” dedicated to helping desperate children in countries as far-flung as Vietnam, Cambodia and Ghana.
Now MY take it on:
I really don’t know where to start. Some would tell me to start from the beginning, but it’s so much more than that. When I started reading it, I didn’t expect my emotions to run away with every page. You wanted to be there to comfort her. You wanted to be there so you can help. You wanted to experience everything she was experiencing while in Vietnam or Ghana. As I read, I could feel sympathy and compassion rising inside of me. It is so heartfelt, heartwarming, and in some places, heartbreaking. I never imagined that all of this was really happening and it opened my eyes up to countries I thought were beautiful. They never show this on TV or even slightly mention it. So without books or the Internet, we would have never know all of this was going on. You can’t imagine what it must feel like. But thanks to Touch A Life Foundation, many children will never know what it feels like to be a child slave. They’ll be able to have friends, play, go to school, and even sing.
For more information on Touch A Life Foundation, visit www.touchalifekids.org.
Crating Cujo… May 20, 2009Posted by texasheartland in Animals, dogs, family, Feelings, learning, life, Pets, random, thoughts.
Tags: animal behavior, Animals, behavior, crates, dogs, family, learning, life, Pets, puppy, training
Zeus has a nickname- “Cujo”. He has his moments (which stems from his accident) where he gets snippy or frustrated because of his arthritis and he will get a little “bitey” where he will playfully bite your hand. That’s why we named him “Cujo”. Not to mention he has the energy of a 3-year-old full of sugar and will run around like he’s terrorizing a city.
But we recently bought a crate for Zeus. It’s not a place for his “time outs” or for punishment. It’s mostly a place for him to calm down when he has one of his moments, when he needs a more quiet place to sleep, or when we need to leave the house for an hour or two. He has separation anxiety, which he’s always had since he was little, and ends up tearing everything apart when we leave. So to make sure he doesn’t get into something he’s not supposed to, we will crate him. If we plan on being gone for more than an hour or two, we probably won’t crate him because that’s just mean.
But he isn’t exactly taking to it very well. Because there was a lot of noise while we were putting it up, he got scared. He’s never heard noise like that in the house so he didn’t know how to react. So when it was time to introduce him to it, he was very wary. Dad had to try to coax him in there otherwise we bought it for nothing. He eventually went in there, and to get him used to the door being closed, we closed it. He started panicking and after a few minutes, he started calming down. Not extremely calm, but enough to where he didn’t try to move his bed anymore. We opened the door and he immediately came out.
He’s still kind of scared of it and hasn’t gone back in but today, since my Dad isn’t exactly the calmed person, we’re going to try again but not as aggressively. First we’ll work on getting him to where he isn’t so scared of it. Maybe I’ll crawl in and show him there’s nothing to be afraid of. Almost crawled in yesterday but even I wasn’t so sure I could have crawled out.
Stepping Outside The Box May 17, 2009Posted by texasheartland in Beauty, family, Feelings, fun, Hair, learning, life, random, Siblings, sisters, thoughts, twins.
Tags: Beauty, family, Feelings, fun, Hair, hair color, life, looks, Siblings, sisters, twins
If you have been reading since February, you will know that my sister dyed her hair purple. Yes, purple. She doesn’t conform to what society thinks we should look like. So if she enjoys having purple hair (which I personally think looks awesome on her), she will dye her hair purple. Hell, she’s dyed it blue and red before.
A week ago while I was out with Twin and Mom, I started thinking. Why can’t I be like that? I cannot step outside my comfort zone enough to dye my hair an unnatural color and admire Twin that she can do it. So, I thought again. Was there a way I could actually stay within my comfort area while breaking free of the chains society has on me? Yes, there is.
I declared it to Manders and Mom my plan. It will take a couple of months of finish but if everything works out and sissy helps me in every possible way, it should look awesome and reflect my personality to a “T. What is my plan? I plan on putting a little of unnatural color in my hair. I have jet black hair but after a while, it gets so blah looking. I have a vibrant personality so why not let my hair show that part of me? I plan on dying my hair jet black to cover up any dark brown roots showing. Then this summer, I plan on putting red streaks in my hair. Yes, you read that right. Red streaks. If my sister can show she is not afraid to be different, then I shouldn’t either. After all, we are twins. And while we may seem like your next-door twins, people come to find out that in person, we are totally crazy and random. We like to have fun, even if it’s just the 2 of us in the bedroom, throwing balled up paper at each other.
I can’t say how long I will keep the streaks. I guess it’s something I will have to see before I commit to keep the streaks after 6 months. I guess it’s time to finally start stepping outside the box. Can’t stay scared to try new things the rest of my life.
Colds and Movies April 27, 2009Posted by texasheartland in dating, Feelings, health, Internet, learning, life, Movies, random, relationships, thoughts.
Tags: colds, crush, dating, fun, funny, health, Internet, learning, life, love, meg ryan, Movies, online, rain, relationships, Tom Hanks, Weather, yahoo, you've got mail
It has been raining since this morning.
Well, actually it isn’t raining anymore but it had pretty much been raining all day. Why I didn’t think to put on pants instead of wearing shorts, I don’t know. But I have been pretty much in and out of the rain all day in a t-shirt and shorts. And I know you can’t get sick from just being wet, but I think I may have contracted a cold. Naturally, with the swine flu cases, my sister is freaking out that I may have swine flu. Even if I did, the only thing that would have to be done is keep me home-bound. But even with this cold, I probably won’t be getting out much because I don’t want to get other people catch the cold and send them into a frenzy thinking they have swine flu. I don’t want to cause a Central Texas panic just because I have a simple cold (or is it a sinus infection? Huh.). That would make my life a living hell. That would pretty much suck.
I have fallen in love. Not with some other guy (besides Cyber Guy but he already knows. LOL). But with a movie. A movie I have watched over and over agian until I pretty much know what they are going to say or what they are going to do. My new love is “You’ve Got Mail”. Now, I’m not one for Romantic Comedies because of the whole “romantic” part. But because I met Cyber Guy online, it makes a lot of sense. We don’t have meaningful conversations like Kathleen Kelley and Joe Fox do on “You’ve Got Mail” but I do relish the times we have together, for however long they may be. I already know what happens in the movie but my heart beats wildly at the fact that this happens everyday. People sign on, go into some chatroom, have interesting conversations, and eventually end up together. Or perhaps they use no specifics and don’t tell each other their names until they are absolutely sure they can handle everything that will be said. It’s a thought, right?
Maybe the next time I sign into a Yahoo! chatroom, I’ll met some guy and we can exchange e-mails without being at all specific and eventually end up as a couple. Or maybe I’ll just finish watching the movie and move onto the next one borrowed from the local library: Sweeney Todd.
Reuniting… April 25, 2009Posted by texasheartland in family, Feelings, learning, life, MySpace, random, Siblings, sisters, thoughts, twins.
Tags: blog posts, cousins, family, Feelings, Friends, memories, MySpace, relatives, reunions, sisters, thoughts, twins
As I was reading past posts (like posts written in 2008) for the hell of it, I was reminded of something someone told me today.
On October 18th, I made a post about “C”, someone I have clamed as my cousin my whole life, moving away. Of course, me and Twin were sad. I mean, we had played with each other since we were born and our fathers had known each other since they were litter. We were family. We haven’t seen each other since they moved though we have talked online NUMEROUS times.
Yesterday, she sent me a message over MySpace saying that she could possibly be coming down for a few days. Of course, that made me ecstatic. Twin and I consider her part of our family so since we haven’t seen her and her little boy since October, I was happy. But this morning, after post a dorky MySpace video, she said it was like she had a little piece of us with her. Then she proceeded to tell me that on May 8th or 9th, she MIGHT be coming down. That was awesome to hear!
Me, her, and Manders were extremely close. All 3 of us had been there for each other through everything. So when she left, it was like me and Manders had lost part of our little “family” circle. It was weird not going over to her house every day but we eventually got used to it and considered it part of “growing up” in a way. Not exactly “growing up” in that sense, but it was a part of life we couldn’t change. Does that make sense? If not, bear with me. My stomach is hurting (who the hell knows why) and I am getting tired.
So if she does come down on May 8th or 9th, it will be like a small reunion for the 3 (4 if you count her 1-year-old) for the us. Some tears, some pictures, and a lot of hugs. Hopefully a lot of laughs.
I’m at a loss… April 23, 2009Posted by texasheartland in blog, Blogging, blogs, Fantasy, Feelings, learning, life, rant, reading, thoughts, vent.
Tags: blog stats, Blogging, Chris Cagle, family, Feelings, readers, sisters, thoughts, twins, upset
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Words seem to escape me now. I am usually witty but alas, I have nothing. My posts must have become boring because I haven’t even received 1 comment unless I remind my sister to read my blog (as I regularly check hers). How sad that I am reduced to even asking Manders to read my blog. I get readers but not commenters.
I usually have no problem with words, if you haven’t noticed. In fact, I’ve been told I talk a lot so I know that isn’t the problem. Maybe I am starting to talk about things that have no real value as far as information or resources. Hell, Manders could talk about being a meteorologist and get retweeted. Why can’t I talk about stuff that excites people? Who cares if I’m reading some book that has everyone gaga? It’s nothing new. Who cares if I dream of vampires and magic?
True, I am only 24 and can’t post about studying or Smokie all the time. I may not have a super exciting life but damnit, I tend to have super exciting moments. And when I had those super exciting moments, I would write about them. True, Chris Cagle dreams hardly count as super exciting but hey, I couldn’t resist.
Maybe I’ll post my dreams of being a storm chaser or ghost hunter one of these days. Think that will rake in a few true comments? I just had a great idea. Yea, I’ll do that.
Fads and Movies April 22, 2009Posted by texasheartland in Books, family, fun, funny, learning, life, music, Musicals, random, reading, thoughts, TV, twitter.
Tags: actors, actresses, Books, funny, hot, humour, Movies, music, Musicals, reading, sisters, twilight, twin, twins, twitter, Weather
Thanks to Manders, I am now following a fad. Oh you means, beside Twitter? I’m the one that started the fad within my family.
But I am currently reading the first book of the “Twilight” series. Manders wanted to read it to see what all the fuss was about. Now she knows. She eventually asked me to read it. I thought “Oh great, I am following a fad. I hate fads.” but to much of my surprise, the first book is so far good! Granted, I am only on Chapter 6. I would fall in love with Edward too! Something about being a Vampire and stealth is sexy to me. I checked out the 2nd book from the library as well so I can read it when I’m done with the first.
I also check out “Chicago” and “Now and Then” from the library. Both of them happen to be one of my favorite movies! I tend to lean towards musicals every once in a while (don’t act so shocked!) so I knew I would automatically love “Chicago”. And Renee Zellwegger is one of my favorite actresses. Not to mention the soundtrack and music is just awesome! I even have some of the songs on the old iPod. Love iPods. I like “Now and Then” because I used to watch it when I was a teenager because Mom would watch it. It’s just a funny little movie where you can escape to another time and place.
Oh yea, and obviously, even though computer screens, people can tell we’re twins. Conley Isom, a meteorologist from KXXV (the place I went before. Remember from “My awesome memory!”?) is following both me and Manders on Twitter. I don’t know what my sister said, but Conley asked who her sister was. She said me. He replied with “I thought ya’ll were sisters!”. So me and the twin are either so memorable, we resemble each other. Or people can just tell no matter what. That was very cool!
I wish it wasn’t 90*. It’s too early to be too hot. I’m going to take a cold shower.