Category Archives: First world problems

Pet Peeve

What’s up with people who insult you and then go “I was just teasing you” or “It’s just a joke”? How does that excuse the fact that you’re being a dick? And actually it makes me angrier because not only did you insult me but are now trying to make me seem like I can’t take a “joke”.

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Secret (Not So Secret) Introvert

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Many people don’t believe me when I insist I’m an introvert. Growing up I was painfully shy. As I got older, I learned how to disguise it to the point where I sometimes believe I’m an extrovert. I certainly exhibit some extrovert personality traits. But for me, it take a bit of energy to exert myself and be more outgoing.

Did you know…

… I experience a lot of anxiety when someone invites me to a party where I don’t know anyone else but the hostess. I know she can’t hang out with me the whole night as she has to meet and greet everyone else too, which means I’ll need to meet new people. I’ll need to mingle and make small talk. And for some reason, I just can’t do small talk. I’m no good at it. I can vaguely chat about the weather, the news, etc but I can’t sustain it. And inevitably, the small talk eventually turns into an awkward pause. And what’s when everyone else decides to turn away from the horrible accident scene which is me and talk to each other instead.  And then I get all weird and feel like a loser.

… I even hate meeting up with friends one on one unless I know them really well. I’m always worried we’ll have nothing to say to each other. And then we’ll be stuck at the dinner table, loudly sipping our soups and crunching our salads to fill in the void created by our lack of anything to say to each other. For this reason, I always want another friend there. To act as a buffer: to take the pressure off me to keep the conversation going.

… Thank God cell phones have become so ubiquitous. I’d much rather text someone than people to them on the phone. And I’d much rather talk on the phone than meet in person. God, why can’t the world just function in a way whereby I just “like” stuff on Facebook/Instagram?

… While I love dressing up and I love the idea of going out to a club, bar or party. I get all excited planning out what to wear and dream up different scenarios of what will happen that night. But once I get there, I realize that I hate vapid conversations with strangers and being put into situations which highlight my social ineptitude. (Thank God for liquor.) I’d much rather being at home cuddled up to my favourite pillow with a warm cup of tea and a good book.

Things That Annoy Me: October Edition

1) People who use the word less in place of fewer. It hurts my brain when I hear this. It seems everyone is doing it lately. Or maybe I’ve just been noticing it more. Either way – AUGGHHHH!!! For more information on the correct usage of these two words, check out Oxford.

2) The US presidential election coming up. Specifically anything to do with Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and their policies regarding Planned Parenthood, women’s rights and LGBT rights. I know I’m Canadian and whoever gets voted into the White House technically doesn’t affect me and my livelihood. But man, US politics really riles me up.

3) Honey Boo Boo and the rest of reality TV. I don’t even watch TV anymore and I’m sick of the Real Housewives, Bachelor/Bachelorette contestants, Dancing with the Stars, etc. Apparently anyone can be a celebrity if you’re annoying and stupid enough.

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Review: Da Vinci – The Genius

Something’s strange about the Mona Lisa, but I can’t figure out what…

This weekend, my husband & I went to Science World to check out their newest exhibit: Da Vinci – The Genius. We’ve always been interested in the Renaissance art and especially Da Vinci’s artwork. So we figured it was bound to be interesting, even though the last couple times we’ve been to Science World have been disappointing.

The exhibit focuses mostly on his inventions as well as his artwork. The exhibition does a wonderful job of recreating many of his inventions to full scale model. It’s amazing to see his inventions and resonances of them in many modern day items. For instance, Da Vinci has a drawing for an anemoscope in his notebooks which helps show the direction of the wind. This is exactly the same as weathervanes we see today. I always knew Da Vinci was obsessed with creating flying machines, but I didn’t know how many of his inventions were military ones, machine guns and tanks.

The exhibition’s artwork section focuses on Da Vinci’s most famous work: The Mona Lisa. This part of the exhibit focuses on some new discoveries about the Mona Lisa: the actual colours she was painted in of bright blues and softer pinks rather than the dark greens and browns of the painting we know now. From the close up details, we can see traces of the eyebrows that Da Vinci painted on her face even though now they’d faded/deteriorated away. We can appreciate new details about the background: the bridges and winding roads, the blue mountains in the far off distance.

Overall, it was a very educational and insightful exhibit. My husband & I spent almost two hours going over the exhibit and we both remarked how the time flew by. I thought the exhibit was quite large and very well done: much more impressive than I was anticipating.

Just one gripe I had about the exhibit: I wish it wasn’t held at Science World because of all the little kids running around. The first section of the exhibit had so many kids running around touching all the exhibits  – even those clearly marked with a Do Not Touch sign. And so many kids without a parent in sight, letting Science World be the babysitter. It was distracting have so many children running around and creating chaos. I admit, I was annoyed and probably would have enjoyed the exhibit a lot more otherwise. Luckily, most of the kids seemed to get bored and were nowhere to be seen about a third of the way through the exhibit.

 

Da Vinci – The Genius
Science World (at Telus World of Science)
1455 Quebec St at Terminal Ave, Vancouver
Ph: 604-443-7440
April 29th to September 3rd

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Computer Woes

My computer decided to die on me yesterday like I mentioned previously. I’m finding that I’ve been taking it really personally. Like a boyfriend dumping me or something.

I’m blaming myself for it’s early demise. I keep asking myself what I did wrong. And keep going over and over in my mind what I could have done differently. Should I have not updated it? Did I download something stupid?

“What did I do wrong?” I ask meekly.

“Sometimes computers just die,” Stuart consoles me.

And yet I don’t believe him. I know it must have been me.  Maybe I took it for granted, lamenting its slow speed, criticizing its lack of CD drive. I didn’t appreciate what I had with my computer until it was gone.

Now I have to learn to live without it. No more endless hours of mindless surfing the internet. No more up to the minute updates on the latest celebrity gossip. No more midnight online shopping. What shall I do now?

Stuart tells me there are other computers out there. Better ones. Ones that run faster. Can play videos without a lag. Have more memory.

But right now, I don’t want to hear it. I just want my old computer back.

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My Computer Died

My computer died. Or is dying. And for some reason I’m taking it so personally. Like it’s my fault. Like I did some to offend it.

My husband has offered to take it to the Mac store. But he warns me that there’s a good chance I may need a new computer altogether.

Which means I’ll need to be spending too much money. Ugh. Y’know that rainy day fund we’re all supposed to keep? I guess this is a rainy day.

Then again, first world problems.

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Things I Hate: March Edition

1) Cyclists who, rather than sharing the road, demand the road. They swerve right in front of you, ignoring all other cars, pedestrians and even buses. They glare at you as you carefully drive past them. They take traffic lights as suggestions rather than laws that need to be obeyed.You are not anymore entitled to the road than anyone else. We all pay taxes. We all have as much right to the road as each other.

2) Rain. I know we live in Vancouver so it comes with the territory. I know it’s March so technically still winter. But damn, it’s been raining for like 7 days straight and I’ve really had enough. I hate rain. I hate carrying around a soggy umbrella. I hate when my socks get wet because of a previously unknown hole in my shoe. I hate that I walk in such a way where I end up kicking water up the back of my calves.

3) Daylight Savings. I know that by now everyone else is used to it. But waking up 1 hour earlier is seriously killing me. I feel like the walking dead until at least two hours and copious amounts of coffee. All this week, I’ve been coming to work looking like crap because I’ve been desperately trying to catch a few last z’s before I really really need to wake up.

4) Ingrown hairs in places that are hard to see. Then it’s just blindly poking around hoping for the best. I had an ugly one last week that took a lot of perseverance and determination to get at because it was an *oh so sensitive* spot. I had to angle around with little compact mirrors, directed lighting and zero sense of pride. And that spot was sore for like two days afterwards too.

5) The price of gas is currently 140.8 at my current Esso/PetroCan. Holy crap, I didn’t think we’d be getting to a buck fifty so soon. At this rate, I’ll have to start busing to work which sucks because it rains so much in Vancouver (see rant #2 above). On top of that commuters are smelly and vicious: a deadly combination.

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