Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sometimes, I Really am a Glutton for Punishment

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As I have mentioned before, I have been actively working to make my blog more attractive, more pulled-together, more accessible, and pretty much more AWESOME all around. In reflection of that desire, I have added a new background, new social networks in this blog's name, new pages in the tabs at the top of the blog, and so on and so forth.  I have also been planning a super special blog post in a few days from now.  Seriously, it will blow your mind.

On top of all that, I am still a college student, and on in her LAST semester!  I have just made it through my first round of tests, and am busy running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to keep up with homework, blogging, social networking, laundry, chores, and taking care of my dog.  I am a very busy person, apparently! 


And now, on top of all those things, I am changing my blog's url.  I know what you're thinking.  You're thinking, "Catherine, that's just one small thing compared to everything else.  You change it, and you're done.  What's the problem?"

Well, let me tell you what the problem is.

FIRST - ALL of the links to my blog and its individual entries that I have posted on various social networking sits are now all INVALID.  I will have to repair all of those broken links.  It does not seem like a big deal, but let me remind you all that I post all of the "art" on my blog on a deviantArt account.  There are 129 links on individual submissions to go in, one at a time, and change.

SECOND - OTHER people who have linked to my blog will now have invalid links on their sites.  I can't just go in and change the url FOR them.  These links will probably remain invalid, and this is very sad news. =(
THIRD - People who read my blog, but don't "follow" me, or don't check very often will find that my blog has disappeared, without a trace.  How will they find me again if they do not follow me on any of my social networking sites? Hmmm????

So...If I have all these problems, then why am I still changing my URL?  Because "c10brook" is not relevant at all to my blog, excepting that it is derived from my name, but I don't expect any of you to see or understand that!

Seen-and-Said is a lot easier to remember than c10brook, and will make things tie together nicely in a strongly cohesive way. Think of it as a marketing scheme!

And so, here I am, writing a long post about this to avoid starting on the project ahead of me....correcting now-invalid links.  This will easily take hours.

Clearly, I am a glutton for punishment.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

26.2 Reasons NOT to Run a Marathon

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Sister is an active marathon runner....probably because she is crazy.  She has all kinds of horror stories about it.

Never mind many many many reasons NOT to be a runner.  She has provided a list of 26.2 reasons to run a marathon.  It's madness, I tell you.  I can say this for certain because I once accompanied her on a long training run.  I did not run, of course.  I rode alongside her on a bike.  4 hours and one very sore rear end later, I was ready to pass out for the remainder of the weekend.

And yet, Sister still persists.  So I am going to do my very best to convince you all that Sister is WRONG.  Running is horrible!  NOBODY should devote those kinds of energies and resources to running 26.2 miles.

26.2 Reasons NOT to Run a Marathon
  1. The not-so glamorous side of running is all the reason I need, but this is not enough for Sister.
  2. The horrible stitches and cramps you get in your side
  3. Those "Sexy leg muscles" sister was talking about are ANYTHING but sexy.  Ever seen a gymnast's MONSTER legs under their tiny little torso?  Do you want to be that unbalanced?  Icky.
  4. No more sleeping in.  You have 5 a.m. runs to get started on!
  5. Runners have no boobs, and if they do, they sure as hell wish they didn't.  This is unpleasant no matter HOW you slice it, folks.
  6. Contrary to Sister's claims, it is NOT cheaper than therapy.  Especially if you have insurance covering it!  You have to by clothes, shoes, tape for your knees and stuff, treatments for the many blisters you will develop, never mind paying for the actual marathons!  This can get over $100 for EACH race.  Pricey.
  7. Less time for blogging
  8. You burn over a day's worth of calories in a few short hours when you run a marathon.  This may seem like a good thing, but I assure you, it is not!  You will be low energy for DAYS after such an expenditure of energy!
  9. Soda becomes your worst enemy!  It makes you dehydrated and more thirsty!  That means no delicious brown bubbly for you!
  10. Before the run, you have to watch what you eat...for DAYS.  Who wants to exercise that kind of self-control?  Not me! That's for sure!
  11. The Porta-Potties.  Seriously nasty, folks.  Think about it.   Hundreds of runners, all trying to get a good time, blazing past those porta potties without taking the time to watch where they're peeing, much less wipe up properly.
  12. Terrible blisters.  You think your feet hurt after standing around at work?  Try running 26.2 miles, THEN tell me how they feel!
  13. You have to turn off your cell phone when you run....for HOURS.
  14.  All those annoying numbers to crunch! Math math math.  Please, people. Let's leave the numbers for the math teachers.
  15.  You can't just DO it.  You have to train for months before you can run your first marathon.  This is not a one-shot thing.  It takes TONS of work.  Work that is clearly not worth it.  All that time, money, sweat, and blood, and for what?  A pretty piece of metal on a tacky ribbon? Lame
  16.  No matter how hard you train, you will never outrun a dinosaur.
  17.  It just proves how insane you are to your friends and family.  You are just ASKING to be commited!
  18.  It tempts you to eat all sorts of bad things afterward!  The largest cheeseburger in the world might be tasty, but you let yourself eat it because you think it was justified.  For shame.  Not all calories are good calories, folks!
  19.  Running injuries.  They happen.
  20.  You might run through a pile of dog poo...or worse, HORSE poop.  Ew!  Enjoy the last 20 miles or so with that smell lingering in your nose. Gross!
  21. People are going to start thinking of you as an athlete, and stop hanging out with you.  Nobody likes athletes.  It would be like hanging near all the hot jocks in high school.  Except YOU'RE the jock this time, and everyone avoids you because you make them look bad!
  22.  You'll start feeling compelled to organize everything into tidy little groups that fit into numbers associated with running.  Like 26.2 for instance.
  23.  All the old men in tiny short shorts.  You know who I'm talking about.  You have to see them when you do your running.  Gross.
  24.  If you're running a lot (and you're a girl), you have to shave your legs like EVERY week. That just sucks.
  25. You can kiss Saturday morning cartoons goodbye!  You'll be busy running!
  26. Tons of traveling, but not to cool places, like China, or France, or Spain.  To lame places.... like Houston.  Or San Antonio.  And you spend the whole time signing up, picking up papers, and RUNNING.  Lame. 
26.2.   You have to put up with people like me making fun of you for being crazy....because you are.

And there you go folks.  Sorry for no pictures, but I used up all my creativity coming up with all those reasons.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Story of My Life!

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I used to write a lot.  And I do mean, A LOT.  By the time I was 14, my close friend and I had written a 200+ page novel together, and weren't finished with it.  Never did, actually finish it, now that I think about it...

Anyways, the point is, I have an interest in things like character and plot line development.  WELL, I was browsing around on deviantart, and I found a chart to help balance a character's personality.  I was intrigued.  You can see what it looks like here, if you should so choose.  This got me to thinking, because in my many writing escapades in the past, I have often based characters off of myself, and other people in my life.  Was that a valid approach, I wondered.  Am I a balanced character?

.....Needless to say, I felt compelled to fill one out, reflecting my current life.

You can click on it to see the fullsize view.  =)

 As you can see, the only "Character" in my life right now that is perfectly balanced is my dog.  Sophie is apparently the main character in my life.  I guess that makes her the Hero.

The other three secondary main characters are myself, Little Brother, and Roomie.   I would guess that Little Brother must be the villain.  Here's why:

This, unfortunately, means that I must be the damsel in distress.  But I guess that's the story of my life!  I'm just the helpless bystander, while my dinosaur/dog and Little Brother battle it out for my attentions.  Or something like that.  At least the Damsel in Distress always gets a pretty dress. =)  Plus they have long silky hair!

As the last secondary main character, Roomie must be the Hero's sidekick.  I'm not really sure how this works....Maybe he provides toys for Sophie.  She does love it when he kicks her tennis balls around the house.... I dunno.

And then the last two, Sister and Fiance (Tyler), are NOT main characters.  I guess this means that they have to be the evil henchmen.... Yeah, that must be it.  Tyler lured me in with his charming, good looks, and Sister ambushed me with some sort of net or something.  Then together they dragged me off into the sunset, to deliver me to Evil Little Brother.  Yeah.  They're definitely the evil henchmen.

Yeah..... It's kind of depressing now that I think about it.....  I think I'm going to pretend that I never followed this train of thought this far.  I can totally be the main character in my life....  I mean....just look at Princess Peach!  She's moved out of the Damsel in Distress role, and into the Heroine role.  At least...she has in one or two games..... =/

That's not so bad, right?

What about all of you?  Where do you think you fall in the scheme of your lives?  Are you the hero?  The sidekick? The villain?

But be careful...this is a train of thought that could be potentially damaging to your self-esteem! lol!

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Monday, September 27, 2010

I Am Famous Also!

My sister has recently reached followers in the double digits!  She has proclaimed that she is now famous.  I am also famous now, too!  This is very exciting!  So here is a very special shout out to my very close, very old, friend that is my 10th Follower!  Yay for you!

Her name is Faith.  And she is an awesome singer!  Here is a video of her!  She rocks face.  In honor of her awesomeness, I am going to lead a little cheer!


I love ya babe!  You readers keep on coming! 

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Today, I'm Developing my Web HQ

Every blogger, or celebrity, or smart person, or internet savvy genius needs an HQ.  Today, I began developing mine!

It's official people, I have a blog email, JUST for you!  Seriously.  Email me.  LOTS.  You can send me your questions, comments, concerns, hate mail, and/or declarations of love to my brand new e-mail address!!  And here it is....

 In case you have trouble loading the pictures, I'm gonna go ahead and spell it out for you too!

So you have no excuses for not emailing me!  Seriously, use it!  Send me questions!  Send me stories! Send me blog ideas!  Send me hate mail, if you must!  Just send me something!  I will respond to every email! =) long as it isn't junk, of course!

Also, I have started a Twitter!  For those of you who know me personally, you might be aware that I already HAVE a twitter....and that's true....but THIS twitter is my new one.  And it's the one I'm going to use.....and also, it's my BLOG twitter.  So it is appropriately designed and named!  Plus, I've linked it to my phone, so maybe I'll actually use it this time!  Woot!   Yay for redundant social networking!

And as you all can see, I also have made a new background and put it up on my blog!  A slightly shorter version is my background on my twitter.  Lucky you!  Isn't it nice to have an obvious correlation between things? I think so too.  Again, in case you can't load my pictures, or are lazy and would like to ctrl + c copy the URL, here is my TWITTER!!!! =)

Also, if anybody wants help with their blogger backgrounds, I made mine all by myself!  I even used some pre-existing images, and with a few modifications, and a little bit of awesome, put together a background suitable for my blog!  I can help you too!  I might even do all the work for you, if you're nice about it.  Sister, you can have a custom made awesome background if you like too! =)

Also, I will be changing my blog url in the near future.  But I don't know what to call it yet....since is already taken!  Which is totally lame, since HER blog isn't actually titled "Seen and Said" ...... I feel so betrayed.  How dare you come up with a name like mine first, internet????  How dare you!!!!

Anyways, I will need everyone's help thinking of variations of "Seen and Said' for a potential new URL.  Because "c10brook" is not fun, and also has little to do with my blog.  Not least of all because in the distant future, I will be changing my last name (you know, when I get married and all that jazz).

.....and that is all for now, dear readers!  Send me your emails!  Leave me your comments!  And give me your souls....ahem, I mean.... ideas!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

You Never Know When Something Bad is Gonna Happen

....which is why people should have a Bucket List.  I don't have one yet, myself.  But it really is true.  You never know when something is gonna happen.  One day, you're just minding your own business, taking your dog on a walk, and BAM.  You get hit by a truck.  Or something....

....Anyways, the point is that bad things do happen.  And that's why we should all have a bucket list, and be working on it at all times.  Writing it.  Completing it.  Working on acting on it.  A list of things to do before we kick the bucket, so to speak.

And that's what I'm going to do....So....Here's my on-the-spot made-it-up-off-the-top-of-my-head Bucket List... or at least the top 6 items on it or so.

1. Collect a personal library of books large enough to fill an entire wall of shelving

The scene in Disney's Beauty and the Beast where the Beast shows Belle the castle's library is my favorite scene out of every Disney movie I've seen yet.  I have always wanted a library like that in my own home.  I know such a thing will never happen, of course.  But...I am still a bookworm.  I can devour large books in one sitting.  While I read many genre's, my favorite is still fantasy/science fiction.  One day, I hope to have a wall or two covered in shelving in my home and laden down with books.  Books that I have read, and love.  One day, I think it will happen.... I hope. lol.

2. Have kids

Preferably twins.  I know it's not exactly ambitious, but that's what I want to do.  Plus, I've always thought it would be nice if I had a set of twins.  They're be super good friends their whole life.  I'm betting it would be worth all the work of raising two infants simultaneously....I hope.... =/

3. Become Super Famous

I work really hard on my blog.  I don't want the kind of famous that comes with acting or singing or anything like that.  I want what I call limited fame.  I want to be famous with just a specific demographic.  The demographic of people who read blogs.  =).  Currently my readership looks something like this:

But I REALLY want my readership to look more like this:

I know it's sort of a long shot, but...anyways, fingers crossed!

4. Own at least three highly trained, small, fuzzy dogs at the same time, and teach them to perform tricks in tandem.

I envision something like...a flea circus....except real.  Maybe like the lion tamer in a circus that trains them to run in circles and hop through hoops of fire, and stuff.  Like that....except with dogs.  Maybe Papillons.... or Toy Fox Terriers...Scottish know, the cute fuzzy kind.  But no chihuahuas.  I'm sorry, but they're just rat dogs.

5. Go Bungee Jumping

Which is definitely a better option than sky diving.  I'll take a bungee cord before I'd go for a parachute.  Plus the heights are a little more manageable for me with bungee jumping than they are with sky diving.

I imagine that my reaction will be something like that. I'm hoping to make it through the ordeal without any unintentional crying, whimpering, or urination.

6. Write an ACTUAL bucket list

Because this last-minute stuff has turned out this pathetic excuse of a list.  Apparently, I'm not very good at coming up with anything too fantastic off the top of my head.

...but...well, at least three of these six things are not only possible, legitimately likely to happen.

What about you guys?  What are some of the things you want to do before you die?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Time For Another Dose of State Nicknames

I know that it has been a long while since I've done a REAL post. But to be honest, I am just too distracted to be creative. So today you guys are getting another does of State Nicknames....because after all, I don't have to make up the nicknames. I just pick the funniest one, and make fun of it from there. you go. Enjoy.

Georgia, you need some help. First of all, if you insist on naming yourself after something edible, could you pick something less ambiguous? Peach is a fruit and a color. Which one is it? Hmmm, Georgia? Are you that obnoxious fruit that I can't stand that has a ginormous pit in the middle, or are you that hideous color that was an oh-so-popular paint color in the 80's? Either way you need to get back up to date with the rest of the world. Being in the down south is not an excuse to be out of touch, Georgia!

Hawaii, I don't know why you picked pineapples of all things to be your namesake.  Think about all the other wonderful, awesome, cool, tropically things that you have going for you?  How about "The Island State," or "The Surfing State," or "The Scuba State," or "The Volcano State"...or better yet!  How about you pick something informative?  Like...."The I Want To Be Original So I Name Everything With As Many Vowels As I Can Manage"....yeah... THAT, at least would be useful!

Idaho, you confuse me.  Weren't Potatoes originally an Irish thing?  Seriously, Idaho, pick something that hasn't already been taken!  Also, if you don't care about stealing other people's ideas, then why not pick something awesome? ...Like...."The Kick-Ass State"....not that you are...but you get the idea. 

I'm starting to notice a theme here.  There are a lot of states out there that apparently think that their produce make them significant and special.  Seriously, people, get a grip!  Illinois, surely you can do better than this.  If you want to talk about food, talk about your awesome Chicago pizza!  Also, this picture makes it look like the corn is wearing a big, green, loose diaper.  All I have to say to that, Illinois, is "ewww."  Also, what's with the whole silent "s" thing?  You aren't French.  We pronounce the ends of words here in the U.S.

I was thinking about doing more states today because I haven't done too many real posts this week..... but my states posts ALWAYS have four states.....I like the number four.  It's my favorite number....Anyways, it wasn't intentional that they all had the same number of states, but now that I've noticed, I can't just go changing things! =p

See you all tomorrow, folks!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sorry for Another Lame Post, but.....

I really am very concerned about her.  Medicine from the vet wasn't working, so now I'm not feeding her anything for a day or so, in the hopes that she can clear her system entirely of food.  Maybe a fresh restart will make things works with computers.....

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Attention World

My dog is sick.  And I am very distracted by this fact.  I will attempt to put up a real post later today......

.....but I make no promises

 Get well soon, Sophie!!!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

I'm Still Sick

There are so many other things I'd rather be doing that sitting at home, sniffling, coughing, and sneezing away my day while Tyler plays the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 yet again.  I am very tired of watching this game.  It is always the SAME DAMN THING.  I am sorry, Fiance, but could you please do something different?  I am tired of hearing explosions and gunfire, and I am REALLY tired of hearing flash grenades.  They give me headaches.

There are so many other wonderful things out there to do, and I wish that I was well enough to do them.  Hell, I wish I was doing them even if I had to be sick while I'm doing them.  But I just do not have the energy for most of them, and the things I do have energy for, I don't have concentration to do.  Woe is me, people.




I wish I was working on some artwork right now.

But....I can't really afford any canvases right now....much less an easel to set them on, or the paint to use.

This would be extremely frustrating.  So art projects are out.

I would like to be working on a sewing project

But....I don't have fabric...or thread....or fabric scissors....or a seam know....a sewing machine.  This proves to be a bit of a problem when I want to do some sewing.  And I don't particularly feel like crawling back to Sister (who is actually a 9 hour drive away) and begging to use her things.

I wish I was on a rollercoaster.  Roller coasters are fun.

.....On second thought, maybe not....

I'd rather be eating cookies and waiting for presents from Santa.

But most importantly, dear readers, I'd rather be making you happy with hilarious jokes, stupid stories, terrible drawings, and exaggerated emotion.

But instead....instead I am doing nothing.....sitting on a couch....hungry....with nothing to eat....watching Fiancee play a game I hate.  I'd take school over this!

I hate you Modern Warfare.  Especially when I am sick....


Sunday, September 19, 2010

I'm Sick

And I don't feel well.  Also, does anybody know how to edit the current html of my blog template to make the entry column bigger?  I want my pictures to be not squished so much. =/

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pies are Really Tasty!

My favorite kind is Chocolate Cream Pie....Then probably Apple.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Technically, I Did Do A Drawing For This Post...

Today, I don't have a lot to say.  I'm busy getting things ready for Little Brother's 21st Birthday Party tomorrow night.  So for today, I'm leaving you with a simple explanation of what my life was like growing up.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Things I Can't Stand About Women

I have always seemed to get along well with men better than with women. To this day, most of my casual friends are men. I'll admit that my closest friends are female, but MOST of my friends are male. And there is a good reason for this. A very good reason.

...LOTS of very good reasons, actually.

But basically, it is because women piss me off. Don't pretend like they don't piss you off too. I know what you're going to say. "But, Catherine, YOU are a woman. How can you say that they all piss you off?" It's true. I am a woman. But that doesn't mean I have to LIKE other women! And honestly, part of the reason that I choose to REMAIN a female (because let's be honest, nowadays you can choose to be whatever gender you want) is because frankly, it's better than the alternative. I like men more than women, that does not mean I want to BE a man.

But I digress. The fact remains that I can't stand other girls. Here are just SOME of the things that most women do that I hate.

1) Women can't decide what to wear. They often try on 10 or more outfits that they have worn before (and know how they look) before settling on the first thing they put on. Make up your mind already! I don't have time for your indecision, woman! Stop wasting an hour of MY day so that YOU can feel pretty enough to go out in public! Also, putting on an outfit for 5 seconds before dropping it in the pile of clothes you bought that aren't good enough does not qualify them as dirty. Hang them back up. Don't just let them sit there for a few days and then throw them in the washer, even if they don't really need it!

2) Girls wear make-up. While the make-up itself isn't really a big deal, I can't stand the behavior patterns that result from this. Like how girls will crowd around the only mirror in the entire building, pretending like they aren't elbowing each other out of the way, just to get another glimpse at themselves and enough face time to reapply make-up that, as far as I can tell, doesn't need to be reapplied. It's like they're brainless, drooling, zombies that can't help but be transfixed by their own appearance. It's like moths to a flame. Except worse.

3) The unusual desire to carry over-sized rats in their purses. Seriously, get a real dog. And stop carrying them with you everywhere. There are better ways to work out than lugging around 8 pounds of furry, scrawny, shaking, yippy, rat-dog in "cute" clothes. You scare me.

4) Every single little bad thing that happens is the end of the world. Girls are drama queens, and they KNOW it! Even if they won't admit it! Don't be fooled, people. Every little thing ruins our day!

Bad hair day?

Broke a nail?

Paper cut?

Lost a job?

Boyfriend cheated?

Family member died?

Hurricane destroys home and life prospects?

Diagnosed with a fatal disease?

Zombie Apocalypse?

Get a grip already! Seriously! The world is not going to explode just because you feel like you're going to explode! Slap a band-aid on it, and move on!

....And that is all for now. Talk to you all tomorrow =)