Elf on the Shelf

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Okay so I’m not a parent or anything of the sort but I have heard a lot about this ‘Elf on the Shelf’ and it’s very interesting. Basically the elf “goes to see Santa” to report the behavior of the children every night and is back by the next morning in a new place. I’ve heard that sometimes it brings presents too. To me this is very strange, I never had this growing up, I was threatened with coal and no presents if I kept fighting with my sisters, I never had a creepy elf watching over everything I did.

It’s very odd to me that a toy is watching children and they’re believing it. I guess I believed in Santa for a very long time, but believing in a plastic toy watching you seems different. It’s also kind of creepy to me, like your mom and dad just stick this little guy on a fireplace, or the kitchen cabinets, or in your bedroom and he just watches you. What happened to Santa doing that? “He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake,” if that wasn’t creepy enough already now his helpers are in your home.

I don’t think that as a child this would have changed my behavior, and of course I don’t know because I didn’t have it, but I think the threat of coal was almost enough for me, then the threat of no presents was definitely enough.  I don’t understand why the elf enforces it more so than threats because the way I see it they’re probably just going to end up getting the presents whether the “elf’s report to santa” is good or bad, it’s just another way to have empty threats and if a kid is going to bad they will realize this.

I’ve also heard that some people leave toys or small presents with the elf everyday too, like an advent calendar with toys. I don’t understand that either. I got a piece of chocolate every three days with an advent calendar because my sisters and I shared it. I did not get a toy everyday from Thanksgiving until Christmas, the advent calendars don’t even start until December 1st anyway.  I just don’t get why children can’t just listen to their parents, or maybe that’s just my jealousy of daily presents getting in the way of this toy.

So how does this work exactly? Do you use one or do you refuse or what about in the future when you have kids?

I think that a lot has changed between when I was five and five year olds now, I mean I  had dial up and Aurthur games to entertain me at most, not tablets and iPhones, but there is nothing electronic about this elf, unless I missed something where it actually does record everything a child does, which I do not think it does and if it does parents need to reevaluate how they monitor their children but that would be a whole different post.

Elf on the shelf, I would love to see different opinions and same opinions in the comments. Keep in mind I am a 20-year-old college student with zero children and no plans to have any in the foreseeable future so maybe I just don’t get it. I just think that I’ve gone 20 years without the need for an elf to keep watch over me during the holidays, so what’s so different now that kids do? I’m really curious to hear other opinions so let me know!

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Does anyone find him to look kinda creepy though? Maybe it’s just the fact that he “watches you” but I think he looks a little creepy.

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Kids of the Internet

It’s 11:20 pm and I am just now starting today’s blog post and as I write this sentence I have no idea what direction or topic this blog post will gravitate towards, I’m just hoping my fingers find a topic pretty quickly. Okay got it.

Today we have what I like to call the kids of the internet. This is more than the Shaytard children, the singing duo of Sophia Grace and Rosie, Baby Glitter, or even Chloe the face of meme’s everywhere, but we have everyone’s child. I am not saying this is wrong at all, it’s just very different. Right now for my #tbt or throwback Thursdays for those of you who don’t use Instagram, but they’re from like last year, tops they’re from two years ago. I don’t have baby pictures readily available for me to post every week, however if that’s still a trend when these kids are older all they’ll have to do is log on to their mom’s/dad’s/any family member’s Facebook, Instagram, or twitter and they’ll have a plethora to choose from.

I think it’s interesting that most kids born today and from now on most of their lives will be documented on the internet. From first words, to steps, to first day of school, to last day of school, every second that could possibly be documented will be. I think this is great for memories. I can’t go back and look on my first steps (at least not that I know of), I only know my first words because my mom told me, I think it’s great that all of that information will be readily available for kids to find when they want to know it, however I don’t think we are valuing moments because of this new ability to record everything.

Do you have a memory from your childhood that you just cherish? There’s no photo evidence of it, but it’s just one of those things that you will always remember, kids now will have less of those. I know my parents forgot the camera a lot of the time, but I don’t think negatively impacted my experience doing things. I was always relieved that my parents weren’t the ones flashing the camera all the time obnoxiously obstructing everyone else’s views at elementary school concerts.  Now that’s every parent because there’s such a good camera on a cell phone and that’s always with them.

I’m interested to see how social media impacts today’s children when they’re older mostly just because it’s all right there for anyone to see already, what about when everything you post right now is readily available for them to see?

The Future Tag

I’m feeling lazy today so I decided to do a tag and since I’ve been talking about the future all the time I found a tag about the future.

1.  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself sitting on my computer, blogging and hopefully having some sort of successful career. I would also like to be somewhere really cool with someone I enjoy the company of, maybe a man, maybe just a friend who knows.

2.   Do you want to get married?

I’m not sure. I have yet to meet the right man to marry so I don’t think right now I want to get married but maybe one day I’ll tolerate someone long enough to love and get married to. I would have to really love them though, and it would take me a very long time to want to get married.

3. Do you want to have children?

I think so. I think it would be fun. Even if I don’t get married I think I will adopt and make a little kid have a much better life. Probably from China where orphanages are filled with girls since they are unwanted. I will only have kids if I’m financially stable though.

4. Do you want to move? If yes, where?

For sure, I don’t want to live in Lancaster my whole life. I’m not sure where, I want to be at least a little close to my family but at the same time I love cities like Seattle and Boston so I want to see what else is out there before I decide. I think it really depends on what  I’m doing with my life too.

5.  How does your dream house look like?

I’ve always loved tower houses. I’m not talking about a castle or anything like that, just like a house with a little tower in one of the bedrooms. I also would like it to have a wrap around porch with a swing and steps up to the house. I like yellow ones with green or pink trim. It would also have a library in it and the tower would have a tin roof so I could sit on the little window seat inside and be inspired on rainy days.

6.  What is your dream job?

This? I know that’s not practical but doing this or something like this is really my dream job. Something that I can do and travel with, really just something to pay the bills and support a travelling lifestyle would be fine with me.

7.  What are five things you want to do before you die?

Oh my word there’s so much. I want to see every continent, go to every state, change someone’s life for the better, adopt a child, make sure everyone who has inspired me over the years is well aware that they have done so.

8.  Are you scared of the future?

Very much so. I really like plans and seeing that I don’t have one really scares me. I like to have everything planned and I don’t for the future, heck I don’t really know what my major is and that’s scary. I wish it was five years in the future, I was financially stable and doing something I loved.

9.  What’s your biggest dream you would like to achieve in life?

I would really like to impact the life of someone in a positive way. Whether this is financially or mentally, I just want someone to think of me and be like “she changed my life and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without her.” I just really want to matter to someone.

10.  What would be the ideal age for you to die?

I think 100. I really like odd numbers and 100 is an odd amount of numbers and I like that. Also I would like to live for a century.

 

If you have any more questions for me pop them in the comments and I will obviously answer. Thanks for reading guys!

XOXO,

Mary

99 Questions That No One Asks (With a Q&A)

As it is a Tuesday I found a tag that I’m interested in doing so I’m going to do that. I also did not get very many questions (just two) so I will also be answering those at the end.
99 Questions That No One Asks
  1. Do you sleep with the closet open or closed? Always open, at school and at home, my closet is really never closed. Sorry mom.
  2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel? Oh yeah, especially if they smell good. I’ll take anything for free.
  3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? Tucked out. I can’t do tucked in whatsoever.
  4. Have you ever stolen a street sign before? No, that’s a felony.
  5. Do you like to use post-it notes? They’re okay, I mean I try and use them because I know they’re useful but I always forget.
  6. Do you cut out coupons but then never use them? If I cut them I’m going to use them, it’s just the chances of me cutting them are slim to none.
  7. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees? Attacked by a bear, I hate bees so much.
  8. Do you have freckles? Some on my face, arms, and shoulders, not enough for anyone to notice without being very close or someone else pointing them out.
  9. Do you always smile for pictures?  Hardly, my friends and I don’t really take serious pictures so I only smile for pictures with my family or selfies. But sometimes for selfies I forget to smile and that’s why I don’t have very many.
  10. What is your biggest pet peeve? I have so many, in case you haven’t noticed, but my biggest would have to be people walking or driving slow in front of me and me being in a place where I am unable to pass them. This actually drives me insane.
  11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk? Yes, especially in cities or on walks around my development.
  12. Have you ever peed in the woods? Yes, I don’t want to talk about it.
  13. What about pooped in the woods? Umm no, that’s pretty gross, worse than peeing.
  14. Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?  Of course, you should know this if you watch my videos. Also I just dance around sometimes to make my friends feel uncomfortable at the store.
  15. Do you chew your pens and pencils? I do sometimes if I’m thinking really hard or I’m stressed out.
  16. How many people have you slept with this week? None, obviously.
  17. What size is your bed? At home it’s a full at school it’s a twin long.
  18. What is your song of the week? Counting Stars by One Republic, I fell in love with it over break.
  19. Is it okay for guys to wear pink? Boys can wear whatever they want to wear just like girls can wear whatever they want to wear, so stop determining whether or not it’s “okay” for people to do/wear/be something different LET’S JUST LET PEOPLE BE WHO THERE ARE QUESTIONS LIKE THESE MAKE ME SO ANGRY! IT IS NOT MY PLACE TO DETERMINE IF A BOY CAN WEAR PINK OR NOT IT IS HIS OWN PERSONAL OPINION, GOT IT?! Well now I’m all fired up.
  20. Do you still watch cartoons? No, they scare me. Well unless it’s like Beauty and the Beast.
  21. What’s your least favorite movie? I’m not sure, there are some really weird movies I’ve seen on Netflix that would probably classify as my least favorite.
  22. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some? I’m not going to tell you because then you would find it.
  23. What do you drink with dinner? Water.
  24. What do you dip a chicken nugget in? Buffalo sauce.
  25. What is your favorite food? Fries or chocolate.
  26. What movies could you watch over and over and still love? The Harry Potter series and Abduction.
  27. Last person you kissed/kissed you? My parents on the cheek.
  28. Were you ever a boy/girl scout? Yes, I was a girl scout because I am a girl. 
  29. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine? No I respect myself too much, and I don’t have the body for it. Also if I were going to pose in a magazine I would want to dress as something cool, like a dragon.
  30. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper? I wrote my friends Hannah and Lindsay letters before Thanksgiving.
  31. Can you change the oil on a car? I highly doubt it.
  32. Ever gotten a speeding ticket? No. *knocks on wood*
  33. Ever ran out of gas? No. *knocks on wood again*
  34. Favorite kind of sandwich? Peanut butter and fluff.
  35. Best thing to eat for breakfast? Turkey sausage and an onion bagel, oh my mouth is watering at the very thought.
  36. What is your usual bedtime? Whenever I feel like sleeping so usually around 1 am.
  37. Are you lazy? Of course.
  38. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween? What didn’t I dress up as is the better question.
  39. What is your Chinese astrological sign? A dog. I had to look this up, I didn’t get it. What does that mean?
  40. How many languages can you speak? I speak English and then very little Spanish and Arabic.
  41. Do you have any magazine subscriptions? Yes, to Seventeen.
  42. Which are better legos or lincoln logs? Legos, obviously.
  43. Are you stubborn? Yes, very. Don’t argue with me. Ever.
  44. Who is better…Leno or Letterman? I don’t even know who they are…
  45. Ever watch soap operas? No. Unless you consider Grey’s Anatomy or Degrassi soap operas because some people do.
  46. Are you afraid of heights? Sometimes, it really depends.
  47. Do you sing in the car? Of course, loudly and proudly.
  48. Do you sing in the shower? At home yes, at school no.
  49. Do you dance in the car? Yes, it’s probably dangerous.
  50. Ever used a gun? Do nerf guns count?
  51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer? Sunday with my extended family, not fun at all.
  52. Do you think musicals are cheesy? Yes, but I love them anyway.
  53. Is Christmas stressful?  Kind of, but I love it.
  54. Ever eat a pierogi? No I don’t think so.
  55. Favorite type of fruit pie? I don’t like fruit pies.
  56. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid? Waitress, astronaut, spy, plus many many more.
  57. Do you believe in ghosts?  Not really.
  58. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?  All the time and I hate it.
  59. Take a vitamin daily? No. That’s bad isn’t it?
  60. Wear slippers? Occasionally.
  61. Wear a bathrobe? Yeah at school all the time and at home when I am taking my time to get ready.
  62. What do you wear to bed? Just regular pajamas.
  63. First concert? Hilary Duff.
  64. Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart? Target <3 I love it. Target=life.
  65. Nike or Adidas? Neither? I don’t like sneakers.
  66. Cheetos Or Fritos? Cheetos, yum!
  67. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds? Both, but neither are my first choice in snacks.
  68. Ever hear of the group Tres Bien? No, never.
  69. Ever take dance lessons? Yes, but my dance teacher told me I wasn’t good so I quit. Even though it should’ve been his job to fix it, whatever.
  70. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing? If I have a future spouse I would like to imagine them making a lot of money so I don’t have to do anything. At least I’m honest.
  71. Can you curl your tongue? Yes.
  72. Ever won a spelling bee? I am rubbish at spelling.
  73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?  Yes, many a times.
  74. Own any record albums? No.
  75. Own a record player? No.
  76. Regularly burn incense? No, it gives me a MAJOR headache.
  77. Ever been in love? Nope, love is overrated.
  78. Who would you like to see in concert? One Direction, Marcus Butler (I hope someone gets this), Hilary Duff (again), Taylor Swift (again), a High School Musical reunion tour.
  79. What was the last concert you saw? Taylor Swift
  80. Hot tea or cold tea? GROSS, neither.
  81. Tea or coffee? Coffee. Lots of coffee.
  82. Sugar or snickerdoodles? Both please.
  83. Can you swim well? No, I have to hold my nose.
  84. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose? Nope.
  85. Are you patient? HAHA not at all.
  86. DJ or band, at a wedding? I have no idea.
  87. Ever won a contest? Kind of. Like raffles and I got some awards in high school.
  88. Ever have plastic surgery?  Nooooooo. 
  89. Which are better black or green olives?  No olives please.
  90. Can you knit or crochet? I am a crocheting machine.
  91. Best room for a fireplace? I like outdoor fireplaces.
  92. Do you want to get married?  Probably not.
  93. If married, how long? Not married… So yeah… Awkward.
  94. Who was your HS crush? I’m supposed to pick one? Well you see I just put my blog on my Facebook for the first time and I’m very nervous admitting to this but let me just put one out here, Justin, he was my first boyfriend and he’s a cutie pie. Doubt he read this so there. I gave you one of them.
  95. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way? Occasionally, usually I argue to get my way rather than throw a fit.
  96. Do you have kids? Nope.
  97. Do you want kids? Kinda but not really, like I want to have kids to do funny things and be obnoxious but I wouldn’t want to be with them when they’re annoying or bratty.
  98. Whats your favorite color? None. Don’t even ask me about this please.
  99. Do you miss anyone right now? Not really though.

Questions asked by readers!

  1. Asked by Not Lindsay on yesterday’s blog. “What’s it like having such a cool friend such as Lindsay?” It’s a struggle to be so lame in comparison. 
  2. Asked by Alex on Twitter. “What is your schedule going to be when you get back to school?” Well I actually had to look this up and I guess I’ll just give you guys my class schedule and when I plan on studying and stuff… So Mondays start at 11:30 with Arabic until 12:45 and then I have 2:00 I have Model UN until 3:15, so I’ll probably just get lunch to go in between the two classes and this is the same for Wednesdays, which will probably make these my major study/work days because Tuesdays and Thursdays are extremely busy. They start at 8:30 with Biology of Food and Nutrition Lecture until 9:45, then Environmental Science from 11:30 to 12:35 and then I’ll probably get lunch to go because I have sociology from 2-3:15 and then I might want a nap because it’s just an all over the place kind of schedule. Finally on Fridays I have Arabic from 11:30 to 12:15 but then I have the lab portion of my bio class from 2 to 4:50 which is going to be awful! And somewhere between this madness I will find time to go home to work, do homework, study, and maybe socialize occasionally. 

Anyway here’s some facts about me because of Tag Tuesday and next week might be a tag, it might be a serious post, it might not be anything special at all. If you have any more questions for or about me comment on any post because I typically answer every comment so yeah. I set up a bloglovin profile yesterday so I believe you can follow me on there too now.

XOXO
Mary
Answer
January 13: Binturong or Asian bearcat.
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January 14:  What emergency use was made of coconut water by British and Japanese medics during World War II?
Don’t forget to guess in the comments!

My Future…

So guys something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is the future.

What I really want to do is after college get hired by an NGO and go to places in Africa, the Middle East, and India to teach English and just help improve the quality of life for those less fortunate than myself. After I’m done travelling over seas, because you can really only do that for so long, I want to either work in one of the offices or just make a career out of blogging, which I highly doubt is possible.

Now many of you may be thinking- what about marriage? Children? Well the truth is I don’t know.  To be honest, I can’t see myself tolerating someone long enough to marry them. It takes a lot for me to make friends, let alone a boyfriend. Also with the whole kid thing, I don’t really want anything that big coming out of my… Well you know where I’m going with this. Anyway, if I ever have kids they will probably be adopted just because I don’t think I could do that. Also, I’d rather just watch my friends kids, like I could watch them, buy them cool stuff, and then leave. I wouldn’t actually have to always be responsible for them.  I could also be the cool aunt for my sisters’ kids.  As of now that’s kind of the plan. So yeah. Just thought I’d share this tidbit of information with you guys. What do you want to do with your lives? What are you college/life/career plans? Feel free to comment, I love to hear about that stuff!

Thanks for reading.

XOXO,

Mary

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