Starry Eyed Surprise

“We’re all damaged in our own way. Nobody’s perfect. I think we are all somewhat screwy, every single one of us.” -Johnny Depp

Improvement My Writing Needs

Filed under: Uncategorized — Taylor at 3:02 pm on Thursday, September 13, 2012

One of my weakest points about my writing is that sometimes I go so fast that I don’t stop to check punctuation and spelling. This especially applies to typing, my fingers move to fast for my brain sometimes. I think it’s because I get ideas in my head and I feel like I have a limited amount of time to get them typed before they fly out of my brain. Due to this I don’t really know that I may have missed a coma somewhere or used a coma when I should have used a semicolon. Sometimes I forget to capitalize sentences too, which is a very basic thing.

Another one of my problem areas is trying to get what’s in my head to make sense on paper or getting things organized from my thoughts to what I’m writing. I’ll type up a paragraph and then realize 3 paragraphs later that I forgot something in a paragraph before, when I go back to fix it, it no longer flows. I think all in all I need to just slow down or make notes when I think of things and then sort them out when I get there.

Stove House

Filed under: Uncategorized — Taylor at 4:05 pm on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

If you’re looking for a small, cozy sit down restaurant my hometown Central City, Ia, has exactly what you want. Stove House is a small restaurant run by local people. When you first drive up to the parking lot you will notice that there is a Subway at the other end of the building, but this didn’t stop Stove House from being successful. The building is brick and has large windows. the sign telling everyone where they are (Stove House) is made of black iron, it’s also very large so that people can see it from the highway. When you walk in the first thing you see is the long counter accompanied by small, black stools and the cash register, the smell is overwhelmingly good. If ever a place smelled like home cooking, this is it. It reminds me of my grandma’s house on Thanksgiving. There are salty, sweet and savory smells.

Your first steps in are also where a host or hostess will be standing ready to seat you. The restaurant is split in two, the counter and four booths are on one side of a partial wall and the rest of the booths and tables are on the other side. Due to the large windows the lights don’t all have to be on during a sunny day, giving the room good natural lighting. The decor is a lot of black iron in clocks, picture frames and some craftwork of all iron. The reason for all of the iron is the reason the restaurant is named. the decor goes along with a big, black iron stove that is centered on the far wall of the restaurant. It is the rirst thing to draw your attention when you get on the other side of the wall. When you are finally seated (at a booth because those are my favorite) you notice the smell of everyone else’s food, this makes it impossible to sit still while waiting to order. It is such a small restaurant and the aroma of food is everywhere. You sit close enough to other people for it to be cozy and not crowded. You can hear bits and pieces of conversations going on as people wait for their food such as, “this heat doesn’t seem like it’s going to ever let up,” because weather is always a topic in a farming community and of course there’s that question “are you ready to go back to college?” you dodge the question thanks to the waitress coming to take the order.While waiting for your food you try and distract yourself with more decor on the walls while being tortured with all the smells of food. More iron craftwork is very intriguing to look at; all of the designs are very intricate.

Finally your food is at you table and your no longer are looking around at things in the room, now you’re focused on the food making your mouth water in front of you. The first bite is like a relief to your growling stomach. It’s no wonder this placwe hasn’t gone out of business in such a small town; the food is wonderful. It’s obvious that this homey, little restaurant isn’t going anywhere in the next 10 or so years because the regulars won’t let it.


Man in Joker makeup arrested in Florida theater

Filed under: Uncategorized — Taylor at 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 6, 2012

On Wednesday, police arrested a man wearing Joker makeup in a Florida theater. He had his face painted and his hair was dyed pink. There was extra concern due to the shooting that happened in Colorado at the premier of the Batman movie leaving 12 people dead. After this Joker was arrested police discovered a warrant for his arrest because of failure to appear on a previous misdemeanor charge. The man made no threats and cooperated when being arrested.


The Eating of a Big Star Bar

Filed under: Uncategorized — Taylor at 4:05 pm on Thursday, August 30, 2012

It doesn’t matter if you are 7, 19, 34 or 67 if someone hands you ice cream than you are excited. Tearing into an ice cream wrapper is like opening presents on Christmas morning, it is not a graceful movement. It is more animal than human, your instincts kick in and that wrapper is standing between you and your sweet tooth. Once you get the wrapper off you pause before you take a bite to take in what you are about to devour. A Big Star Bar is vanilla ice cream concealed by a covering of milk chocolate. If it has been out of the freezer for more than a few seconds, you can generally start seeing beads of condensation dripping down the chocolate. Now it is time to take your first pleasurable bite. You sink your teeth into this delicious morsel and your senses are overwhelmed. The first thing that reaches your senses is the crunch of the chocolate, the chocolate is cold and sweet. The next part is my favorite, the vanilla. After you get through the chocolate you start tasting the vanilla; it is silky, smooth on your tongue. Obviously it melts in your mouth, but with it being vanilla ice cream it makes it that much better. Each bite is better than the last. Once you get to the end of your delectable morsel you realize that you have eaten it way faster than you planned. The last bite is savored, like it’s the last bite of ice cream you will ever take. Finally, your Big Star Bar is gone and sorrow overcomes you.

Colorado shooting victims vs. relief charity

Filed under: Uncategorized — Taylor at 3:57 am on Thursday, August 30, 2012

The families of the victims in the shooting that happened in Aurora, Colorado are accusing the relief charity who promised to help them of not listening to what they want and not giving them what they promised. The shooting happened in a midnight premier of Dark Knight Rises and 12 were killed and left 20 injured. The relatives of these people were promised money from charity for them and have apparently not gotten all they thought they should. They are saying now that some of the family members should be on the committee to help them get their voices in.

It seems to me like higher authority is taking advantage of this tragedy for their own gain and that is crossing a line.


Second Graders & Blogging

Filed under: Uncategorized — Taylor at 8:15 pm on Wednesday, February 8, 2012

When I was in second grade I think blogging would have been pointless for where technology was when I was that young. Where technology is and where it is going, it is perfectly relevant for second graders to learn how to blog. Blogging is a good way to be introduced to writing online especially if it is a personal blog. You can write whatever and however you want, of course people are going to criticize you, but that’s only going to make you better at writing online. Second graders now have cell phones, laptops and all sorts of gadgets that I didn’t have when I was that age so I think it is important for them to learn how to use what they have. This doesn’t mean I necessarily agree with children that young having these means for technology, but if they have it they might as well know how to use it. I believe that if we thought it was hard to sensor our children before it is going to be even harder now, so it’s important for not just the second grader to know how to use the technology, but also for the parents to know how too.

Negative Campaigns: Are They Effective?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Taylor at 8:03 pm on Monday, February 6, 2012

I really am not a fan of politics because of the negative campaigning. I feel like that’s not helping me decide anything for my country. How am I going to know if I am choosing the right person when all these people are doing is bashing on other candidates? I don’t care about what you think of that candidate, I wanna know what you think of yourself and what your ideas are. If politicians are always bashing on other candidates how am I going to know who really is the right person for the job? Negative campaigning does not work on me, but the problem is that they all do it! So I have a hard time deciding who I think is effective and who is the right person. That is why I don’t like politics. I think it is important for me to be informed and want to have something to do with this countries future, but how can I do that when I don’t believe in what they candidates are doing?

Obviously negative campaigning works on almost everyone else though. People take one look at someone’s ad about “so and so did this ten years ago, do you want them running your country?” Yeah okay buddy, what the hell were you doing ten years ago? Better look at yourself before you bash other people, make sure your hands are clean. Besides people make mistakes and people change, I want to know what the candidates are like now and what they are going to do to fix our country.

blogging for class

Filed under: Uncategorized — Taylor at 8:11 pm on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Writing for me has always been a way to cope with my emotions, I do really well not starting with a topic and just writing. This makes me a pretty good creative writer, but in turn I’m not so good at writing in a scholarly way. Being someone who likes to write, blogs are a great thing for me. It’s a way for me to put out there what I feel for people who don’t know me in any way to see, that way the people I really care about can’t judge me. Blogs are a great thing.

Blogging for class is a whole other story. To be honest I really don’t mind it when I can make up a topic for myself, but when I am handed a topic that I don’t know so much about or that I don’t really care about it is hard to go on talking about it. My writing style suffers when I’m just not into what I’m writing. The way I am making this sound is that I really don’t like blogging for class, but in certain situations I do. In my Topics in Mass Comm: Social Media class we blog about how we feel about something in the media; it’s kind of like an extension of what we talked about in class. It makes it easier for me to give my opinions in writing than actually speaking them. I know I may seem like one of those people who isn’t afraid to say anything, but I really worry about the way people will judge me on what I have to say. Writing in a blog makes me worry less about what people will think, I have no idea why, but it does.

I like having discussions with people on topics via blogs because I don’t have to come back with an answer right away like I would in a face to face conversation. If I disagree with something that they say then I can take a while and get my facts straight before I comment back. A lot of people talk without thinking, even when their opinion is wrong they just keep going and I do not want to be that person. If you are going to have an opinion that is going to open a disagreement, get your facts straight so you don’t look like an idiot.

I don’t know if our blogs should be public, I guess I really don’t have much of an opinion about that. I have a blog that I just free write on and that is public and it doesn’t bother me so I am neutral about it.

Intro to Religion

Filed under: Uncategorized — Taylor at 5:40 am on Friday, October 21, 2011

I am so incredibly excited to be learning about non-western religions! It’s all new to me and fascinating! All of the differences between our religion and non-western religions, but also there similarities. The similarities I didn’t really expect. Although I am excited about all this newness, it’s still a little bit hard for me to process all of it. A lot of the readings and information goes over my head. I suppose it is probably hard to wrap my head around everything because it’s not what I’m used to. I like learning about all the different religions though because the way that non-western religions do things is so interesting. There are so many parts to all of them. So I can’t wait to keep learning about all of these new things.

Religion Post

Filed under: Uncategorized — Taylor at 4:35 am on Friday, September 16, 2011

So far in this class I have been extremely interested, extremely confused and a mixture of both at the same time. It’s kind of a roller coaster, sometimes I get what we are talking about and sometimes I don’t. This might have something to do with me growing up in a family who didn’t necessarily talk about religion very often, so it’s just a new concept for me. The readings we do are hard and I have to go over them several times to understand them. Some of the readings I don’t completely understand and I have to wait for us to talk about them as a class for it to click in my head. The book we are reading that is linked with Passport I absolutely love. Sometimes I just can’t put it down and read ahead. I’m completely interested in the class and I’m excited to do more, it just might take awhile for me to wrap my head around all of it.

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