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List of Other Things To Do on Black Friday

by hwilliams773

black-friday-shoppingI would be what many would call a shopaholic, although not to the point that I feel the need to buy something wherever I go or need an intervention and fund any sort of rehab. I’m a firm believer that if it’s love and meant to be, it’ll be there in my size and the price I feel like paying when I come back for it. 65% of the time it’s there in my size and still in good condition when I come back for it. Now, if only that worked in the relationship department (OFF TOPIC).

Here’s the deal, I’ve gotten up early for shopping on Black Friday only twice in my short life and both times I was a teenager and had the stamina to keep up with my bargain seeking MidWestern aunts. When I worked retail, there was the dreaded shifts I was somehow lucky enough to end up with and had to be to the store before most people probably got to bed. That being said, I no long have any bit of desire to get my bum out of bed the day after I’ve carbo loaded enough to run an ultra-marathon just to fight off a crazed sociopathic soccer mom in her pajama jeans for the last $5 mp3 player that will ultimately shatter to pieces or get lost weeks after Christmas. I’d rather, well I’d rather do any of the following instead of shopping, fighting in traffic and getting cut by a desperate parent trying to get to the last Inappropriate Funtimes Elmo.

I’d rather be…

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List of Things I’m Thankful For In 2014

by hwilliams773

I've got my eye on you, Punk

I’ve got my eye on you, Punk

Thanksgiving is always a time of year to reflect on all of the things we’re thankful for, just before we become slightly more selfish than usual and demand special gifts from others in return for giving them something special in return. Of course we take the time to try and give back to the less fortunate, but it’s more about what we get in return for many. This year I thought I’d jot down what I’m thankful for, big or small, in written media.

I’m Thankful for…

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Way to be Treated

by hwilliams773

Adele_quoteRecently there has been an uptick in posts, video content and articles about street harassment. I’m glad that there is more attention being drawn to it. I for one cannot stand being approached, ogled or catcalled as I walk down the street. Being told I look delicious, or accosted with a “Can I ask you a question? Why are you so beautiful?” is not my idea of a man with good intentions giving a lady a compliment. Now, growing up in a Latino household, I am fully aware of the cultural customs of addressing a woman with a compliment to express the fact that she is seen and you acknowledge her. However, it seems as if the majority of men have not received the memo and resort to barking at a woman from a car as she walks by or undressing her with your eyes and yelling “You have a nice ASS!” when she’s far enough away as appropriate measures. Both of these cases have happened to me. There’s a large range from being respectful and friendly to being crude and defensive when she does not acknowledge your advances or attempts to garner her attention. Street harassment is ridiculous and unsafe. If you’re making a woman feel uncomfortable in public then you should probably rethink your communication strategy. Women should feel safe leaving their homes, dressed as they wish and not have to receive the repercussions of wardrobe selection for the day. That being said, with the focus being on street harassment specifically, I’d like to turn our attention to other forms of harassment that happen all of the time off the streets.

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List of Things I Wanted to be When I Grew Up

by hwilliams773

"Whatcha thinkin' 'bout being when you grow up, Baby Heather?"

“Whatcha thinkin’ ’bout being when you grow up, Baby Heather?”

The other day I was walking along, enjoying the beautiful, crisp autumn day and thought, “Wait! I wonder how many things each adult has ever wanted to be when they grow up and if they are that AND if they are happy doing it!”I’m sure we’ve all changed our minds as to what we wanted to focus our careers on. It’s a pressing question weighed on each of us from an early age, from the fanciful, “I want to be a princess!”, to the more practical, “I want to be a firefighter!” So, I thought about jotting down all of the various professions little me wanted to pursue upon becoming an adult.  Read the rest of this entry »

List of Movies to Watch While Sick

by hwilliams773

Dumb Cat licking my sickness away.

Dumb Cat licking my sickness away.

It never fails, I run myself rampant, lose sleep, work crazy hours, hang out with an adorable spawn of a friend and catch Ebola (too soon?) a cold. A cold JUST potent enough to knock me on my bountiful bum and lay me out on my bed/sofa/favorite chair, sounding like across between a miserable little kid and the old lady from Poltergeist, jamming a tissue up at least on nostril. On these days of being an invalid, I like to pass the time away, sleeping, drinking lots of tea and watching movies. Not just any movies. These movies are the best kind of movies; the kind that if you fall asleep at any moment and wake up 20 minutes later, you remember everything. Movies that, if you turned to any of them even midway through on the TV, you would have to stop what you’re doing and finish watching. Read the rest of this entry »

Female Friendship

by hwilliams773

*This is NOT a Feminist Rant*

Frenemies

Do you ever find yourself saying something along the lines of, “I thought I left high school drama behind X years ago!”? It doesn’t change once you’re out or as you age. My 51 year-old mother still has to deal with sophomoric issues with other women. Female friendships have been a topic that has been on my mind for a while now and is somewhat of a sore subject for me at random times in my life. I love my female friends as much as I love my male friends, but please trust me as I explain my sentiments of this post. I promise to do my best not to write a “War and Peace” size novel.

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Challenge for Charity

by hwilliams773

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Pete Frates, the inspiration behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

I’m not one to do silly things in place of donating to a worthy cause, but I’m happy do the ALS ice bucket challenge and make a donation. I also ran a marathon for a worthy cause back in 2009, which I guess would be doing something silly for charity, but remember tax deductible or not, trending on Facebook and Twitter or not, I encourage you to make you donations to those organizations close to your heart and make a difference in the world we live in! You may not realize how much you matter and make a difference in others! Make it count!

 

Surreal Race Recovery and Shocking Tragedy

by hwilliams773

My friend and running coach, Uriel

My friend and running coach, Uriel

On Monday evening I ran the Universal Sole Burgers and Beers 5k. As anyone who read my post this time last year know, it was the race I attained my goal time and PR’d like a MoFo. This year, I had no such goals in place, which I can only blame myself for not setting. However, every year is different – I am not in the same shape as I was last summer. The point is that I felt off. I got a stitch in my side and breathing sucked and had to walk THREE times. Needless to say, I did not have a great time, but it’s fine, because it was a new course and I had great company. There still just was something not quite right. I spoke with my coach the Thursday before about my race and he said he was going to come out and pace me for it. “Great!”, I thought, having him there often times makes me run faster so I was all for it! He never showed and didn’t call, but being so pre-race preoccupied, I thought nothing of it. Uriel is a very reliable person; if he says he’ll be somewhere he’ll be there. There’s just a 5% chance something comes up and he can’t make it. I just figured he couldn’t make it out and that I’d speak with him the next day to do our track workout and to tell him how I did. Read the rest of this entry »

List of summer essentials

by hwilliams773

https://i1.wp.com/media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/c2/b5/fe/c2b5fe43de5c4a9f6df68a6e6bea8fc6.jpgEvery season, there are several items I come across, whether new or old (still new to me) that I find myself “unable to live without”. I know there are plenty of magazines and celebrities who post items of what they absolutely cannot live without and they tend to be over-the-top expensive products that you and I would have to harvest and sell our eggs to purchase, so I figured, why not put my own together that isn’t going to break the ovary bank!

Here is my list of reasonably priced products that I could live without, but why should I:

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Childhood Nostalgic Music List

by hwilliams773

IMG_20121001_160108We’ve all grown up in a era of pretty great music, especially if your parents grew up in the 60’s and 70’s. As a kid I was exposed to some of the best rock and pop music. My parents being from different sides of the pond and being 10 years apart provided a great gap of musical tastes. Dad only allowed British classic rock, while MoGlo loved a lot of American classic rock and early pop music like. Meanwhile, having a close relationship with my Puerto Rican grandparents allowed me to be exposed to bop, swing, big band and crooner classics, as well was Latin music. One of my favorite memories growing up was when I’d help my abuelita do weekend cleaning and she would play her records. When the Latin record began, my grandfather would come out from wherever in the house he was to the foyer or living room to slow dance cheek-to-cheek with her. Another memory is watching my dad dance around the living room singing along to “D’yer Mak’er” to me. He still does it anytime that song comes on the radio. Might I just mention, he DOES have the moves like Jagger (it ain’t pretty) Sweet memories. Read the rest of this entry »

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