Trade Up

I’ve never been big into online trading, because I really feel it’s very much like online gambling, only the name Online Trading leaves a sweeter taste in people’s mouths. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but I’m even too afraid to gamble – because I’m poor, lol. But, I do see the need to move trading onto the internet, and I’m sure you’re like me and you’ve been aware – and possibly afraid of – the big names that have been around since the dawn on online trading, but I don’t think I’ve ever come across a trading platform like the one you get when you check out the features over at eToro.

Apparently, over at eToro, you get specialized trading arenas for both the more experienced trader, and the upstart, and they have a lot of great features to boot!

Currently I’m browsing info on their Forex Trading. The Forex Trend arena lets you compare the three major world currencies which are US Dollars, Euro and GBP, and choose the rising or falling trend against other currencies as you see fit. It’s a bit complicated for me, and I’m sure they’ve already completely, utterly lost me, lol. But it looks like a fun way to get into the whole world of online trading, and it’s definately a bright idea. If you’re into the trading scene, or want to be, I really suggest checking it out!

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’m having a whiney moment of mid-life-ness, even though I’m at quarterlife. I’m always having mid-life-ness, though, I think it comes from being isolated in my current life. I’m still the best of friends with almost everyone I was close with in my teens, but they were lucky enough to get out of this town, so even though we run up our phone bills, send letters and presents, and talk every single day it’s hard not to feel seperate from them and my youth.

See, my parents were more than strict. My sister and I lived in a really abusive environment, and we weren’t allowed out of the house most of the time, let alone to run around and do teenage stuff, so I think that for that reason I’ve never been able to mature past the late 90s. That, and I can’t stand the 00s, so far they’ve been a bust, don’t you think?

But due to my parents stealing Laota and my youth, I tend to feel displaced and very much like I’ve missed my entire life. Because of this I live in a perpetual state of 18 years old, where I know what year it is, who’s President ( though I wish I didn’t ), and I’m quite able to function at my job and in my everyday life, but I’m never able to move past the time that I missed. I’m very much like a little child who doesn’t want to go to bed early in fear that, when the fun happens, he’ll miss it.

That’s exactly it. The reason I move from mania to mania, I think, is my need to be there for the fun. It’s so easy for me to get wrapped up in something, like making and carrying bento, horror films, websites, etc., and it’s the reason I can still listen to Champagne Supernova as if it were a brand new song, no matter how many times I’ve heard it – it’s because I’m looking for something to fill a life I feel is gone already. I want to have something, anything, to hold onto now that my youth is slipping away from me, but I’ve felt my youth leaving since my mid teens. I want something of my youth, I want to relive that space in time again and forsake any instruction from or fear of my abusive, horrible parents – I want to live, even if it’s only for a little while

Concert Wah

Ugh, now I wish I lived closer to, well, anywhere that I could catch a concert. I never have the money, and honestly I don’t have the transportation anyway. But there are so many great acts touring in the U.S. right now, and I’ve been hearing about Debbie Harry, Madonna and Bonnie Hayes making the rounds, plus my one true love, which would be Gogol Bordello.

Gogol came through KC, I think it was, last year and Laota and I kicked ourselves for not being able to attend. We couldn’t get tickets, anyway, and then I found out that a friend had to give her tickets away due to a time situation. It’s too bad she didn’t know about Free Ticket Exchange, it’s pretty radical. It’s a free service, you can either sell your tickets that you don’t want, or find some to buy and FTE doesn’t charge you a fee to do so. Absolutely no fees, how cool! The site’s so cool looking, and it loads fast so that alone would make me encourage people to try it out, oh yeah and the no fees thing, lol.

As you can likely tell, I’m all about freebies. I’m a freebie nut, and my favorite freebies ( with the exception of free samples ) are free services, 100% free services. Tell you’re not going to go visit FTE. I know you are. Just go, you know you want to.

TriScents Semi-Finalist Time!

I’ve been browsing the Renuzit TriScents “Transform Your Home with Tanya Memme” Promotion semi-finalist gallery, and I’m amazed by how many people made it to the semi-finals! Very cool stuff, everyone did a great job and really went above and beyond for their videos, but one video stood out to me, and definately not just because of the absolutely sweet, scary and yet adorable flower costume featured in it, lol.

I loved how much of their home they walked us through during their video, and how they fully explained what they wanted to do and why they need the home makeover badly. I sympathize, my home could use it, too, lol. Actually, if you get out there and vote (click on the screencap to do so!) you can help your favorite semi-finalist out! See, whoever gets the most votes gets the grand prize, which is a $20,000 home makeover with Tayna Memme, and I know we all want that ( well, honestly I’d settle for some free TriScents! I love freebies, dude! ). I definately think, though, that every single semi-finalist deserves the $20,000 home makeover, don’t you? Everyone was great, I really enjoyed their videos, it’s too bad they don’t have a home makeover for everyone!

Damn WordPress

I’m not quite sure how it’s happening but I’ve upgraded wordpress three times to 2.5.1 and three times I’ve been bumped back to the older version, and I don’t know if it’s a cache thing, or if it’s the server or what but it’s starting to drive me insane!

I am no fan of the new version, it’s not nearly as userfriendly as the old, plus they took my beloved file manger away, lol. Not that 2.3.x was a peach, but it was the blue-eyed child compared to this clunker.

At least it mostly works – mostly. It’s been drafting half of my posts and randomly logging me out in the middle of posting something, so I lose the post and I lose time and patience, and I’m at the end of my rope with this thing.

Freezie McGee

How is it freezing in here and sunny outside? It’s always freezing in here to some degree or another and it has the effect of making me rant on my blog instead of recoup which is what I’m trying to do, lol. I’m also trying to get non-support work done from this freezing little room and drink a whole Dr. Pepper by myself that I had to have because Harrison Ford is on it, and at 65 he’s still frigging gorgemous but I’m getting off my point, lol.

My hands are freezing, though, it’s driving me crazypants and I can’t turn on the heater because it’ll be way too hot in here. I need cut-off gloves or something, because *freezing*, and it’s making it hard to even type.

Lap of Luxury

If you’ve read my blog for awhile, then you likely know that in addition to my bento collection, I collect various luxury items. I love beautiful things. I can’t always afford them, though, so when I do make a purchase it’s well thought out and something I save up for, sometimes for months. I’ve got beautiful glass and wrought iron Chinese candle lanterns, zen gardens and fountains, bonsai-style ornamental sakura from Japan, beautiful hand-painted tea sets from all over Asia and Hawaii, antique books, etc., but you could hardly say that I live a luxurious or upscale life – I’m just not afraid to do without some things in order to make my dream purchases later on.

I really don’t have the space for anything big, though, but when I saw the beautiful Koi zen garden wood sculptures over at the Upside Living website, I just fell in love! They’re absolutely beautiful, and well worth the money for the quality of the pieces they sell. I’d add a photo but the images on their website are copywritten and can’t be downloaded or used on other websites, so you’re just going to have to go check it out on the website – as if you weren’t going to already! :)

Johnny Blu Interview

Ahhh, giddified! Natalie’s gotten us an interview and possibly some donated merch from Johnny Blu, as seen on Princess Diaries 2, for our Anne Hathaway fansite! I don’t know how she managed it, but whatever she did it was worth it because how many other sites can claim interviews like that?

We’re working on trying to get it made into Anne’s official fansite or official website, I suppose is the title, and we’ve been building it for almost two years. We’ve worked our butt off on it, and hopefully this is a sign that we’re closer to official status. :D

So Damn Tired

You know, some people just hate change. And honestly, I’m tired of it because those people bitch 24/7 about things not changing instead of just sucking it up and doing something about it, but then when change comes along they freak out and want everything to stay the same. I realize I’m making no sense, but MEH.

I’m so tired of talking to people who want to be extraordinary so long as they don’t have to stop being mediocre to do it. I’m so tired of dealing with people who go along to get along and yet want special treatment, as if they’re a star or something. And more than that, I’m tired of typing this because my arthritis is killing me!

Sugar from Brazil

I’ve been lurking around on big coffee and tea vendor sites like bocajava and yogitea, and I’ve been thinking about weird random things like trying to make green tea candles and looking into kinds of sugar, and I’ve been to this site that had some interesting things to say.

I didn’t realize, for instance, that 20% of the world’s sugar crop comes from Brazil, or that they even grew suger cane. I think it’s just because sugar’s something I take for granted, like most people, so I don’t really think about where it comes from or how much it costs, and honestly I really should be thinking about it – we all should. Because ethanol can be made from sugar ( didn’t know that, either! ), and with the world’s fuel crisis we’re going to need a fix, and we’re going to need it soon.

Actually, if Brazil is such a major player in the sugar world ( so much so that it basically controls world sugar prices ), then here soon it’s going to control fuel, too, because once you get into the sway Brazilian sugar priceshave over the sugar market you can start to see what kind of sway they’ll have over the fuel market, too.