As a website owner, I feel it's important to audit my site every now and then. After all, just about everything in life needs some sort of upgrade/change, right? So this evening, I decided to update the site. I didn't look at everything because there's so much material...and because I need a decent night's sleep for a change. LOL.
Text improvements have been made to the Welcome page, and the Contact Me page received some necessary design updates. I removed the open links to Twitter as that particular account is receiving some necessary changes, as well. No worries, if you already follow me, you will still have access.
If you have any suggestions or comments, please contact me!
May the 4th be with you!
YouTube Cred: The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
YouTube Cred: Britain's Got Talent
I love Pinterest. I can sit and look at interesting pictures for hours if given the time, which, on a bad Lyme day, I tend to do.
Recently, Fairy Tale fan art caught my eye, in particular an hourglass by rchella. I wanted to put my own spin on the work...changing the hourglass and giving it a unique background. After a long night of vigorous drawing and a second night spent working on the details while at Starbucks, I completed the piece. By the way, I've said it before and I'll say it again, I do love Starbucks. Except when the noise of the giggly teenagers can't be drowned out by the smooth base pouring from my headphones and when couples at neighboring tables need to totally get a room instead of swooning and driving this single lady up the wall.
Anywho, the name of my most recent creation is "Melt Into Me". It captures the essence of a boy trapped in a cold, depressing world melting into the warm, tropical paradise of a cheerful mermaid (and she's not the kind of mermaid that sends sailors to their death, mind you). It's sort of a love story in the making, providing a sense of hope and anticipation. Not everything in the world is cold and gray.
Love Starbucks? Then this applies to you. Keep reading!
Some Starbucks customers, i.e., coffee/espresso/tea addicts, are aware of the Starbucks Secret Menu. It’s not affiliated with Starbucks Corporation, rather, it's more like a coffee/espresso/tea underground. LOL. If you ask for a secret menu drink, there's a very small chance that it will be recognized in store unless your Barista is aware of the secret item, so eliminate possible confusion and just ask for specific drink ingredients to make whatever treat you want. I was introduced to the menu when I tried the Chess mocha, an equal blend of white and regular mocha. It’s as good as the regular mocha and is a bit milder.
Healthy drink tips:
Here's a sweet recipe that you're sure to love...
Note: This drink is available for a limited time, i.e., when pumpkin spice is in season.
Very sweet, very good!
Secret Menu drinks can be found on the Starbucks Secret Menu website and visitors with new ideas are encouraged to email new, fresh suggestions for inclusion on the site.
What do you think of when you hear the term "brain yoga"? Perhaps something similar to the image at left? :-)
Well, that's not what the Brain Yoga Brain Training Game app is. Sarah Pierce Games in collaboration with Megafauna Software created this app to "train your brain the relaxing way...get smarter and calmer." Who couldn't benefit by that? And for the record, actual yoga is an awesome step towards a healthier life path, too.
How did I find out about it? Just sort of stumbled upon it and am very glad I did.
Here's how it went down... It was a dark and stormy night. I was at Starbucks scribbling ideas for my first novel. With a crack of thunder and flash of lightning, the brain fog rolled in as quickly as the summer storm, transferring ideas to an untouchable corner of my headspace thereby ending any kind of creative writing productivity that evening.
Now against my better (IT security) judgment, I plugged into Starbucks' open WiFi. NOTE: ANY open WiFi (i.e., churches, coffee and tea shops, air and room accommodations, bars, medical professionals' offices, some businesses, etc.) is a potential security risk to connected users as some people are online for malicious purposes. My tablet isn't registered with any current provider, so I didn't have a choice. Anyway, I got into the Play Store. Sure, there were some interesting apps there. Your typical brain apps like Luminosity and NeuroNation. Something seemed to set the Brain Yoga Brain Training Game app apart from them. While I don't always make my decisions based on popularity and ratings, it was cool to see that this FREE app has a million+ downloads and a 4.1 rating...more than 16K reviews!
There are 11 "brain games" to play...shapes, patterns, spatial, memory, words, numbers, logic, words, planning, memory and sets. It's free. There are advertisements, but those can be easily ignored. My personal favorite is "Patterns". It's basically like Sudoku, but instead of numbers, one uses colors and shapes. I work with that and "Shapes" the most, but the other games, er, brain exercises, are fun, too. I've found that while challenging at times, the games are enjoyable and when my brain is happy, my heart is, too. So it's a win-win.
Quick note to new users...the app and advertisements (Oh and NEVER click on advertisements, even on the safest apps, websites, etc., for your protection) have more volume than is realized. The app itself is rather soothing, but the advertisements can be a bit jarring. For whatever reason, I was oblivious to both and didn't make sound adjustments (can I blame Brain Fog pretty pleeeeease?). I simply put my headphones and rocked on, completely oblivious of all the noise my little tablet was making.
Oops. Sorry Starbucks guy who had to get up and leave because of it.
Here's a quick video from the app's developers:
Do you have a favorite app recommendation and want to guest blog about it? Contact me!
Hi everyone! I'm very pleased to announce the new additions to www.EverythingUnscripted.net. My Art! My art will always be a work in progress...a true artist's work is never complete, right? That's just part of the skills strengthening process while having fun. And that's key: having fun.
There are a lot of people with chronic conditions, chronic illness, a massive amount of stress, are sleep deprived, and/or so on. We all need an outlet, a place where we can simply be free. Free of the stress. Free of the pressure. Free of the stuff that weighs us down. And that's why I decided to share my art. Perhaps to inspire others to find their outlet, their happy space amidst stress and whatnot.
Here's a brief sample of what you'll find in the new section, as well as a list of what is featured there:
My dad asked me what I enjoy most. That's a tough question and really I can't play favorites, especially knowing some of these things are new for me while others I have more experience with.
What do you do to relax and unwind? Does art appeal to you as a stress-reliever and fun activity? Do you have any reasonable special requests you'd like me to tackle? If so, please contact me. I'd be happy to hear from you.
So...this is what happens when you mix the "young" and the "old"! Love it! Whomever said young people are immature and old people aren't any fun...well...they really had it wrong. It doesn't matter what generation one is born into. It's about the condition of one's heart and soul. I love this video. And yes, I realize this video has been featured on my website before...I love it that much.
PS: Perhaps take a few minutes Monday afternoon (when your caffeine buzz has worn off and you're in need of a pick me up) to watch this video...you won't regret it.
I have no idea who to give copyright cred to...it was posted by Nerd Fest UK on YouTube, however, there are so many resources utilized for this video, so please don't sue me for failing to mention all appropriate copyright cred in this truly amazing mashup. :-)
I've always wanted to provide visitors with fresh new designs and a diverse range of content...that's why I felt the total makeover was so important. For those who are regulars, you'll notice that literally every page is either new or changed in some way. Of all the improvements that were made, my favorite is the Everything Lyme page. If you have Lyme, are a caregiver, love and support someone with Lyme or are just curious, I encourage you to check out that page. It's in blog format and already has several entries.
Interested in being a guest contributor? Questions, comments, suggestions, critiques? General thoughts on the new website? Contact me. I'd be more than happy to connect with you.
Interested in being a guest blogger?