Roses

I think roses are beautiful. I just think the idea of giving them to someone is quite ironic. You usually give roses to someone to show them you love them, or how much you care. Yet a few days later, the roses die. So someone picks roses out of the ground, you buy them for a lot of money, and give them to someone to display on their kitchen table for a few days. The whole idea seems kind of selfish. Not environmentally  but symbolically. How are roses a symbol of love when they are used for display and they die? Love doesn't die, so this doesn't quite make sense to me.

Although I have these opinions, that doesn't change the fact that roses are beautiful and I still receive them on occasions. They were used as the center piece at my grad party. But after, I have a whole bouquet of roses...that were eventually dying. I didn't want to throw it out. They were thirty bucks, after all. They're so beautiful too!

If you ever come across such a situation, don't fret. There are so many things you can do with rose petals. Let me give you some ideas.

1. Sugar Rose Scrub: I guarantee you have the ingredients to this in your house. Sugar, oil, and rose petals. And if you want to, add any other oils you'd like. I added vanilla extract for the scent. However, it's up to you! Basically, it's simple. Put rose petals, oil and sugar in your blender. I didn't measure because I was just waiting until it felt right. This can be used on any part of your body.

2. Rose water toner: I used to have a product like this similar from lush. Toner is not a necessary product for me, but I don't mind spraying rose water on my face every morning.

3. Rose ice cubes: This is probably my favorite. Putting rose petals in your ice cubes not only looks super cute, but is a great addition to water, lemonade, or iced tea. It doesn't add too much flavor - yet it adds a nice undertone of floral goodness. I highly recommend it.

4. Decorate: People pay tons of money just for rose petals. For weddings, parties, and other special events. Maybe you're having a romantic dinner, having a few friends over, or throwing a huge summer party. Regardless, put these on the tables to set the mood for the night!

There are a lot more things you can make with rose petals from tea to phone cases. These are just some of the things I recommend that are easy for everyone to do. I hope you never throw away roses again!

Old Runescape vs. New Runescape

I've been playing runescape since the 4th grade. I overheard a few guys in my class talking about it, quite a few times actually. I thought, "Sheesh. A lot of my friends are playing this game...Maybe it's worth a shot." So there I was, playing runescape in fourth grade. Now all of those guys haven't played runescape in years and are onto other things. However, I still consider myself an active user.

That's the thing about runescape. It had its peak. Not that there aren't still a lot of active and new users. But there was a time where people you knew in real life went on it. There was a time you would hear the word "runescape" in real conversations. Now, that's quite a rarity. It's somewhat better this way though, because when things are at its peak, everyone has to hop on the bandwagon whether they truly like it or not. And inevitably, a few months later, those posers totally forget about it. It could be quite aggravating when you're serious about something.

Maybe you liked it when you were walking through Varrock and there would be the cool level 72's in the corner, wearing their rune armor, dancing and talking about how they are superior to everyone. All while there's the level 3 girl with pigtails asking for money, the group of guys saying "Press 777 if you want a bf" and the people "SELLING LOGS. 2K." And we can't forget the people who would overuse the colored/moving fonts.

Perhaps you feel the opposite. Maybe you like going to the grand exchange and getting what you want fast. Maybe you like to be able to sell stuff you know you would never be able to sell without the GE quickly. You can chop a bunch of logs in 5 minutes, cook shrimp in 2 minutes, whatever. You can sell it. It's convenient that everything has a set price - you know you are never getting scammed. Leveling up is a lot easier too. You don't have to make your own armor, cook your own food, cut your own trees, etc. Literally everything you need is at the GE.

Jagex has added a lot to runescape. There are a lot of new things to do, especially for members. Is less more? Or is more, more? That's up for you to decide. Personally, I was never into all the quests and obsessing over every skill. I still remain a simple RS user. I focus on firemaking, cooking, woodcutting, prayer, strength, etc. I don't care about all the cool capes. I don't care about new characters or graphics getting better; because when it comes down to it...runescape is always awesome! There is never anything to truly complain about. Some people think so much has changed, so they play RS 2007. But that's truly such a stretch. I get the same feeling when I go on runescape. It's still the same, just a few new added things.

No matter how hard I try, I always remain an active user. Once I went a few years without going on. But I always come back!

I Don't Need Your Stereotypes

This isn't a post about social justice. There are enough of those on the internet; we have more than enough tumblr users who complain about issues that aren't even issues and do nothing about it but complain in front of their computer screens. This isn't one of those things. I promise.

This is a post about individuality. This is a post about being a unique being, free of labels and stereotypes.

Do not expect this to be written in a solid format, because I'm just going to be throwing out a bunch of things all at once.

People don't even realize it sometimes - but they throw stereotypes on people. They assume things. You must be _____ because you're _____. I find this almost dehumanizing. It truly bothers me.

I like to cook and wear dresses. Not because I am a woman. Not because I was "raised that way." Not because I'm trying to please anyone or be anything. I like to cook and wear dresses because that's just apart of who I am and it doesn't need an explanation!

Oh, a black person eating fried chicken? HA! So funny. They like fried chicken because they're black. But all the white people who eat fried chicken? Oh. Yeah, it's because they like fried chicken! Logic at it's finest.

I do realize some people follow stereotypes to fit in. The whole "white girl" stereotypes are new. Some girls do things to fit in or to feel accepted, but hey! GUESS WHAT? Some white girls drink starbucks and wear victorias secret because they like it. (Apparently they like to spend money, too. hehe.)
But if I drink a soy mocha frap, I don't deserve to be punished for being a "basic white girl." The fact that I like soy mocha fraps has nothing to do with me being white or me being female.

And whats up with all the stereotypes that go with wearing glasses? Some glasses make you an ironic hipster, some glasses make you an ugly nerd and some glasses make you a sexy girl pretending to be a nerd. In my opinion, I just need to fricking see. Don't assume anything about me because I need glasses to drive and see the chalkboard from far away.

Another stereotype that usually goes unnoticed are age stereotypes. These are the ones that bother me the most. Age doesn't define who you are AT ALL. So quite frankly, it bothers me when people say, "Oh, well you're young. Oh, well you're a teenager. You don't understand. You're a kid. This is how teenagers are." Apparently, teenager in the world is the same. People talk of age like everyone of the same age is the same way and I highly disagree with that. I also hate old age stereotypes as well. Old people aren't cute little puppies that you get to aw at. They aren't dumb or useless. Alzheimers and dementia isn't always what you think it is. Don't assume you know anything. My grandma who passed away had dementia. So when people give me the whole dementia stereotype thing, I get very angry. I still consider her one of my best friends and her sickness, old age or disease NEVER defined her.

Putting someone under a label because of their race, gender, age, sexual orientation, ET FRICKING C: is EXTREMELY offensive. It's funny SOMETIMES. RARELY. IF YOU'RE WITH THE RIGHT PERSON. IN THE RIGHT PLACE. AND IF YOU'RE LIKE TINA FEY OR SOMETHING. But 99% of the stereotyping I see isn't amusing at all.

Realize that every person on this planet is infinitely unique. Not one soul is the same. So when you put someone under a label or stereotype...you really are limiting them, don't you think? I guess it's just important to embrace the unique individual you are instead of trying to fit under a label. Hm.