Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down.

This month for NaBloPoMo the theme was “Gifts”. Yes, I know that’s such. old. news. The thing is, obviously, I haven’t been following the prompts, in fact, I haven’t even gone once to see what the prompt of the day was. I can’t decide whether that’s good, or bad.
Last month, during November’s NaBloPoMo I thought it was good because it made me feel all “super creative” and what-not. But then this month, I started looking around at awesome blogs (such as Periphery) that not only write super duper well, but manage to stick to the “Gift” topic, and make each post interesting and different! A
nd then I scrunched up my nose and began to turn green. With envy.  I can’t exactly turn around and begin December again and stick to one topic, so instead I’ve decide to close December (on the 31st) with a gift post. I’m excited.
But for today, here’s another installment of Thumbs Up! or Thumbs Down!

  • The obvious. The flu! I don’t exactly enjoy being ill, but this weekend? Ah! Not very nice Mr. Flu, very dirty trick. I missed going to the gym, but I had schoolwork to catch up with and I was afraid if I did make it to the gym, I’d get dizzy and, well, it wouldn’t be pretty. It’d be pretty lame to be doing planks and crunches then get into a coughing fit and have to hang on to the wall for dear life because the world was spinning. Awkward much.
  • Photoscape not being Mac compatible. I’m really really sad about this. I’ve always used Photoscape to edit my photos, and I haven’t been able to edit photos since I switched to Mac because..well I’m just a bit too lazy to learn how to use GIMP. Therefore I’m suffering from editing withdraws. It’s killing me. (When the pain gets too big I’ll stop being lazy and learn how to mess around with GIMP.) 
  • Having to fight the really strong urge to embark on January’s NaBloPoMo. I want to do it again. I can’t though. Really I mustn’t. Must. Resist. (Am I the only one who’s become…addicted? *gasp* I just admitted it.)
  • Math. I’ve begun studying for my SAT’s (any helpful tips/hints out there?) and the math part has me scared silly. 

  • Books. I’m just finishing up Daniel and the Revelation by Uriah Smith. Oh my word this book is awesome! (If you’re into history check. this. book. out!)
  • Starting another course! I’m really excited. In a couple of months, I’ll be a certified swim instructor. (: Should improve my own strokes as well. (I should probably work on getting back to the pool, haven’t been in about three months.) (Wow has it really been that long?)
  • Blogger. Did you know, that blogger has this awesome little feature now, that sends all spam comments into a separate folder?! Because blogger. is. awesome like that. This means that the whole word verification thing? Is useless. It only makes people too lazy to post comments. Hooray! Word verification? Unnecessary. I’m happy.
  • MacBook Pro. Ok, so it isn’t Photoscape compatible *cries* but it’s been so so so truly amazing and worth it. You’re fast. You can keep up with my crazy hundred tabs a minute. With my GIMP photo edits, and blog code changes. Thank. You.
  • Awesome friends who send me SAT prep material through the mail. I feel so special and supported. *smiles* Thanks Renata!!
There you have it folks, the good, outweighing the bad as is customary. I could sit here all day listing things, but I won’t do that to you. I hope all have a lovely Monday afternoon!
P.S. I read this verse this morning, thought it was so beautiful I’d share:
Know ye not that the unrighteous 
shall not inherit the kingdom of God?
Be not deceived: neither fornicators,
nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate,
nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards,
nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the
kingdom of God.
And such were some of you:
but ye are washed,
but ye are sanctified,
but ye are justified
in the name of the Lord Jesus,
and by the Spirit of our God.”
-1 Corinthians 6:9-11
What a promise!


9 thoughts on “Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down.

  1. Larissa Tenorio December 29, 2011 / 8:09 pm

    Judy – The temptation is torturous. I hope I can resist.
    Thank you (: And the math is horrible, thank heavens however, my flu is disappearing.

    Angelia – It's a struggle! I know I should be dedicating more time to other things (school), but I will harness this crazy desire to write! (Hopefully)

    Carolina – Thank you, I'm much better today! 😀 The incentive to blog everyday is so helpful! And finding other blogs/bloggers is so much fun as well!

    S.Stauss – It's such a beautiful verse, I hadn't ever payed any attention to it before yesterday morning, So when I actually read it, I found it so so lovely! We still think it was a great idea, and you write beautifully, despite what you say! Thank you!

    Kassie – It gets easier (and more addictive) the more you write. Posts begin to come easier. Some days I sat down with a complete panic and blank. Then as soon as I started (usually something really lame), another topic and post would formulate in my head. *blushes* really, I just have too much to blabber about. But thanks (:

    Ann – Yay! Another addict 😀 Will you blog about your project? How exciting!! Thank you, I feel better, and really, you all are too kind.

    Jewels – Hahaha! That's what I said as soon as I finished November. In fact my first December post was announcing I wouldn't be blogging much in December. (Pfft well that didn't work out!) Yes, she's simply too good. I'm glad you liked the verse! Thanks for the thumbs up, and yes, math gets a big BOO from me.

    cdnkaro – I sorta kinda doubt you'll ever run out of interesting things to say. Every day brings with it something blog worthy! But the prompts can be a great way to challenge ourselves to write about a topic we hadn't thought of before. I've been doing Algebra, and took the easy way out last year by doing Consumer Math (biggest mistake ever should have taken geometry or calculus) I'm petrified, but it's got to be done. Unfortunately

    Thank you all for commenting, you make my day!


  2. cdnkaro December 29, 2011 / 5:16 pm

    Haha I was feeling the same way-about the great feeling I've gotten from posting every day along with the trepidation that comes with continuing that commitment when there are so many other things that need to be done. I was also feeling similarly about Periphery's theme this month…I'm considering at least consulting the prompts for January. To be honest, I'm a bit worried that I might run out of interesting things to say. Has to happen sometime, right?

    Good luck on the SATs- math scares me too! The only math I followed all the way through OAC (grade 13) was Algebra…calculus and finite terrify me!


  3. Jewels December 29, 2011 / 5:10 pm

    I'm definitely NOT doing NaBloPoMo next month. Definitely. Maybe.
    Don't worry about being envious of TangledLou, I think most of us who read her blog feel that way.
    A big thumbs-down on math. That was always my worst subject. Thumbs up on all your great writing. (And that scripture-wonderful!)


  4. Ann December 29, 2011 / 1:54 pm

    Nice post! I'm become addicted too!!! I am going to join for Jan but I am starting a big project mid month so my posts and my visiting will get smaller and fewer… Feel better – you are AWESOME!!!


  5. Kassie December 29, 2011 / 7:11 am

    Larissa, I have only followed the December NaBloPoMo prompts a few times. Most of the time I haven't been able to think of enough to write in a blog about that specific topic, that's why I came up with my own.

    And I admire all those that participate in NaBloPoMo for multiple months. This is my first and…wow. Sometimes I sit and rack my brain on what to write about. I can't imagine doing it for sixty or even ninety days. You all are amazing.


  6. S. Stauss December 29, 2011 / 12:55 am

    “Ye are washed, ye are sanctified, ye are justified..” that is one of my favorite verses, too!
    Thank you for the shout-out. You are so sweet, but I must tell you…
    I cheated a bit with the Gift thing. I just wrote about whatever I was going to write about anyway and then just titled it “The Gift of…”
    I probably also should admit that I feel a little sheepish about following a theme. I am having the opposite kind of “why didn't I do that?” looking back over the month.
    Hope you are feeling better soon and that your new courses in the new year are fulfilling!


  7. Carolina December 28, 2011 / 10:39 pm

    Feel better soon! I'm also trying to decide wehter to do the January NaPoBloMo. Joining has certainly 'made' me or should I say, helped me post everyday! (I took a break this past week with Christmas) I looked at some of the prompts, but didn't follow them. I have found other blogs, which has been fun!


  8. Angelia Sims Hardy December 28, 2011 / 9:17 pm

    I'm doing the same thing…..wanting to keep going….but telling myself I shouldn't. It's WAR on this writing every day thing. I'm afraid if I stop I'll take a month break or something.

    I didn't follow the prompts either. I feel kinda cool that I had so much other crap to post about I couldn't include them. Gee!

    Hope the flu is done and you are well…that would be a big thumbs up!


  9. Judy December 28, 2011 / 8:36 pm

    Larissa, I am also trying to resist the temptation to do January NaBloPoMo. I've done November and December, and it really is becoming addicting! We'll see if my resolve lasts.

    Love your Thumbs Up Thumbs Down . . . I'm with you on the flu and the math 🙂 Lots to have thumbs up about, though 🙂


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