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These Facts Will Make You Turn Green

Earth Day is this month, and that means we have 30 out of 356 days to thank our lovely planet for life, and only 1 single day that we actually think about it (#EarthDay). And then it is on to forgetting once again.So, may I present to you, facts about our not-so-green-living-lives that will make you turn sickly green.

[Also, make sure to check out the last fact for some INSANE information…mind-blowingly unfortunate.]

  1. Each of us creates 4.7lbs of trash A DAY.
    We are rubbish.
  2. 54% of our trash ends up in landfills.
  3. 75% of our waste products are recyclable but we only recycle 30% of it.blog7
  4. If we composted the 21.5 million tons of food waste, then it would be equivalent to taking 2 million cars off the road.
  5. We throw away 28 million bottles and jar every year.
  6. We’re doing better on recycling paper! Recycling has increased over 90% since 1990.
    High-fiving a million angels right now.
  7. In 2011, less than 10% of businesses recycled…. great.
  8.  The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – how disgusting are we?
  • Located 1,000 miles west of San Fransisco in the Pacific Ocean….literally a garbage dump in the ocean
  • 3 MILLION TONS of garbage
  • TWICE the size of Texas
  • Clockwise trade wins along Pacific Rim pushes garbage from ships, beaches, etc. to this central area
  • It’s 80% plastic



You’re welcome. I hope you remember at least one of these facts. If not, well you stink. But that’s for another day! Happy #EarthMonth everyone!





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Leap Year Shenanigans

WOO we get an extra day this year. An entire 24-hours to do anything you would like. A freebie day. A second chance. An actual birthday for some of you.

What are you going to this fine day of February 29th?

Work. Because it is a DANG MONDAY.

Not only will you work (or go to class) but it is a Monday on top of all of this. We get to waste our special extra day on the worst day of the week. Our 366th day is wasted on hating the world.

But if you’re going to sit there on an extra day of the year, you may as well know a few interesting facts about it.

Here’s what you did not know about Leap Year:

1. It takes the earth a little bit less than 365 ¼ days (365.242 days) to orbit the Sun (solar year). For this reason, the full day is only added once every four years. Gross, math. blog1


2. Women are [allowed or] encouraged to propose to men on Leap Year…guess it’s good luck or something? So, in other words, Leap Year is a feminist holiday.



3. There is a 1 in 1,461 chance a child will be born on Leap Year. So if you’re a Leapling, you should probably never gamble. 



4. People with annual or fixed salaries actually don’t get paid for the extra day…work for free? No thank you. Power to the unemployed post-grads!



5.  Two important things happen every year there is a Leap Year: a presidential election and the summer Olympics. We have an extra day to watch the shenanigans of election season; aren’t we lucky?! 




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adOPTtion – The New Pregnancy

Get it? OPT to ADOPT? I’m so clever, right?

1 in 6 Americans are impacted by adoption – I’m one of them.

Did you know there are 106,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted?

Did you know 23,000 children age out of the foster care system each year with no family?


Although National Adoption Month is for raising awareness of those children in foster care, I believe all adoptions, foster care or not, are very important! Foster care children tend to live without a forever family and many only leave when they turn 18 years old. Love is not bound by genes or blood. Love is not strictly between a mother and her biological child. Love is for all the children of this world. Let’s create a movement to leave no child behind.

Here are a few myths and things to think about, regarding adopting:

  1. “I cannot have children so I will never be a mother or father”

Some people are infertile and take the news like a gunshot to the heart. I understand it is sad and a monumental moment in one’s life. However, there are those, who say they can never be a mother or father anymore because of it. Is a child, who is not made up of the same genes as you, not able to be your child? 106,000 children are waiting for parents and a family. These children are afraid no one will ever love them. You can be a mother or father to these children and change their life in more ways than you could ever imagine. You will not only be a parent but also a savior for these boys and girls. You will save them, not create them. You will love those who need love the most. My parents had boys but wanted to be a mother and father to a daughter. Thus, I came into the picture. And obviously made things way better!

  1. “You never know what you’re going to get”

That’s right. You could get an addiction baby, a baby with a disease, a baby with future behavioral issues. Did you know that your own child (made of your blood and genes) could have a disease? Did you know your biological child could have a hereditary disease passed down along family lines? Or maybe your biological child could have an extra chromosome? Or did you know your biological child could have major behavioral issues? Among the evil people of this world, terrorists, serial killers, sexual predators, etc. do you know how many are adopted? Only a few (if any). So no, you don’t know what you’re getting when you adopt a child. However, you have just as little idea when you have a biological child. It’s absurd to use this excuse, and that is all it is: an excuse. My parents got a brilliant, beautiful, angelic bundle, called me. You’re welcome, dad and mom, for being way better than what you thought you were getting.

  1. “The child might never feel like a part of the family”

This is also true…if you treat them like they aren’t part of the family. Love and discipline your adopted child as you would any of you children. It is not that hard of a concept. If you treat them as if they are an outsider, then they will grow up feeling like that. However, showing that parental love, that supportive care, having loads of fun, and making memories will help that child feel a part of you. You will probably even forget you never carried that child yourself! I think I even look like my brothers and my parents, minus the fact that they all wear glasses (go me). Also, you will never be called the child’s “adoptive parents”….my parents are MY PARENTS….no other adjective, except “wonderful” or “loving” or “supportive” and so on. I have never felt like an outsider….I got picked on by my older brothers like true siblings and wrapped my parents right around my cute, pudgy little finger from day 1. What’s more authentic than that?

  1. “You have to love your child”

When you have a biological child, you have to love them, right? They’re your flesh and bones. However, when you adopt a child you chose to WANT to love. How great of a feeling is that? You don’t have to love your child; by opting to adopt, you want to love. You have all this desire to be a parent and help a child grow to their full potential; that’s real love. It is amazing to know my family wanted to love me. And they also have to love me because I’m amazing, and they would be crazy not to.

  1. “All foster kids are labeled as ‘special needs’”

They are only given that label because a lot of children are taken from abusive situations or neglect situations. It does not mean that they need special education needs or have mental disorders or anything of the sorts. A lot of people worry the child may have been a “crack baby” or an “addiction baby” but some women give up their baby because they cannot financially or emotionally care for a child. It is honestly better they do give that child up for adoption than attempt to care for the baby. I’m not a crack baby or an addiction baby or any kind of baby other than a perfect package of loveliness. And there are many more babies like me out there, too. I may be special, but that’s just because I’m too sarcastic and sassy for my own good usually…and I love food too much. #sorrynotsorry

Hands make heart shape

Hands make heart shape


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Cheers to the Lucky Charms

With it being St. Patrick’s Day, I felt it would be fun to give some facts about Ireland. Being Irish, it’s all about bleeding green, orange and white for my family. But there are some fun facts everyone else should know about the mug-clinking, green beer-chugging, slurred-chanting holiday on March 17th.

1.  St. Patrick was actually not born in Ireland.


WHAT? That just ruins the whole premise, I know. But he did do a lot of BA stuff for the Irish, even though he was actually kidnapped from his home in Scotland and taken to Ireland. For example, he drove out all of the snakes. Literally, he would be a hailed hero by me for just that. Mr. Saint Patrick also used the shamrock to teach the people about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thereby making this one of the most famous and publicize weed ever known to the planet. Dandelions on a T-Shirt? Nah. Give me a clover!

 2. Less than 10% of Irishman are redheads.


Photo from: gallery.yopriceville.com

There’s another stereotype down the drain. Thanks a lot, The Google. I mean, are they just evolving and losing the redhead gene or was it always lies? Were the small handful of redheads in Ireland plastered across every Irish-related paper, movie, and reference? This is like waking up and realizing your whole life was full of lies. Do the Irish even eat corned beef and cabbage? Do they even have leprechauns? Did they even invent the Lucky Charm? Lies. If you find a redheaded Irish friend, hold them tight and don’t let go. They are a unique group and need our support!

 3. They eat potatoes with LITERALLY everything.


Be honest, how many of you read the “literally” in all caps and said it with a Chris Traeger’s voice from Parks and Rec? Anyway, the Irish folk literally have potatoes with every single food item. And then they serve potatoes on the side of your dinner plate, which already has potatoes on it. Any and every type of potato you could think of. I had lasagna in Ireland (they’re very cultured with their food options, you know) last summer and it came with potatoes. I had Shepard’s Pie, which comes with mashed potatoes baked inside it, and yet it came with a side of fries, and then there was a side of boiled potatoes for the table to share. It is carb heaven, I’ll tell you that much.

 4. Ireland is actually two countries.


The land mass we call the “Green Isle” is actually two nations. One is Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland, which is the southern and mid-part of the land. The upper part is Northern Ireland and is part of the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland also has English flags everywhere, and the Republic of Ireland is the nation with the green, white, and orange flag. So when you say “Kiss me, I’m Irish,” it doesn’t refer to the English-loving, pound sterling-using Loyalists. Cheers to freedom, ya bloody potato lovers!

 5. Ireland boasts about one pub per 100 people.


That’s about a pub per family! Or one pub per undergraduate class! This one thing the Irish have perfected. Not only are there that many bars, there are that many crowded bars. I think every 100 person assigned to a bar goes every night. They swig down Jameson and Guinness, like it is water, and eat vinegar chips. Jameson, the good spirit of Ireland, however John Jameson is a Scottish family name. I see what you did there; taking a Scottish drink but making it so much better with that smooth Irish twist.


So remember these fun facts and impress your friends tomorrow. And better yet, if you’re Irish now you sound legit!

You’re welcome.

** Sláinte = “Cheers”, toast to this tomorrow **



[Photos taken by me in the beautiful homeland]


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My 3 Cents

Yes, my three cents because it’s worth way more than just two cents. This #thedress debate is quite fascinating. I first saw the photo on Twitter and immediately thought it was absurd for all the confrontation. It was clearly black and blue. Maybe I could understand how the black looks brownish or gold, but it was still black. Then I showed my mother, without giving her my thoughts. She busted out with such confidence, “White and gold!”

You said what now? I’m pretty sure my eyes widened so much it looked like I just got dilated at the optometrist. Then we went back and forth, only getting more set in our own answers, for about 5 minutes. “It’s definitely blue and black; you’re crazy!” “No, it’s definitely white and gold! You’re the crazy one!” We are very persistent folks.

It really is hard to see it as the other person. I couldn’t fathom how the color could be white. I saw blue, and only blue. Yet my mom couldn’t understand how I saw the black in the dress. I tried to squint and change my viewpoint, tried to force my mind to see it the other way, but I came up empty every time.

My mom and I quickly Googled how this could happen. Multiple videos explained the differences in technical, scientific, smart-people terms. “Color Constancy” and how our eyes and brains have evolved to take in light. Basically our brains play tricks on our eyes. And those tricks are different for each of us. It has to do with shadows and shading. It has to do with natural light versus artificial light. It has to do with how we perceive light. It has to do with our mental processing. No matter how it happens, though, it is still mind-blowing. How can our brains be so perceptive without us even knowing? It only goes to show how much our minds are capable of. It’s hard to accept that someone else can be right, too. But in this case, my mom and I were both right. We have moved on from being stubborn about our color choices, to being fascinated by the science and our own minds. I kind of want another photo like this to come out so I can compare how my mom and I see that, too! Although, I don’t know if Twitter can handle the fights it saw last week on this simple dress again.

P.S. -I know this all happened a few days ago. But I like to wait for the fad to get over with, then I pipe up to reignite the fight again.

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