Because I’m barely doing it anymore. And it’s upsetting me that I haven’t been able to. I’m thinking I’ll have more time for it in April. Maybe. I’m way behind and will never catch up. But it’s okay. In time, I will once again become accustomed to blogging. Wish me luck.
Me: Why do I keep failing?
Friend: Because that’s what you excel at most in life.
His name is Television and we spend every night together.
When I came home last night, I walked past my brother’s bedroom and we had this conversation:
Brother: Come here.
Brother: I need something from you.
Brother: Words of encouragement.
Me: For what?
Brother: Cross country. The race is tomorrow.
Usually when someone needs something from me it’s money or help with homework or something. That may have been the first time someone’s asked me for “words of encouragement”. So I wished him good luck. That sucks that they had to run in the rain. But good for him. The only time I run willingly in the rain is to catch a bus. And I remember struggling through the 100 metre race at our mandatory track meets. No way in hell would I join cross country. And there’s my brother, willingly running long distances. Apparently they had to do laps around Garry Point Park. I wonder how he did.
The smart thing to do would be to try and review something before the exam. But for some reason, I thought it would be a better idea to log onto WordPress and write a blog post about how I don’t want to study. Priorities.
Guy: What do you blog about?
Me: My life.
Guy: Oh, is your life really interesting?
After having dinner at Pajo’s, I needed to make a stop at 7-Eleven to buy a bus pass for the month of August. It’s kind of depressing having to spend $110 on your birthday, but that’s what happens when it’s on the very last day of the month.
I went in and asked the clerk for a two zone monthly bus pass for August. He then informed me that they had sold out for the day. I was confused. How do they sell out of August bus passes before August even arrives? Then he said they had some in a locked box that only the manager could open and that the manager wasn’t there. He told me they would be available if I came back the following morning. Except the following morning, it would be August, hence I would require the use of the bus pass to get there. Fail.
Before I left, I told him that I’d read online that you get a free slurpee on the day of your birthday. He thought I was talking about the free slurpee day on July 11th and said that it had already happened. So I clarified and he said “Oh, it’s your birthday?” I’m not sure if he completely understood me, but he said I could go get a slurpee. Which I did. I asked if he wanted to see ID but he said it was fine. So I got a free white out monutain dew slurpee.
I’m not sure if I was supposed to get it or not, or if he just let me take it because of the lack of bus passes along with the lack of understanding me. But I have read online that free birthday slurpees really are a thing. I guess it just helps if they disappoint you in some way by not having the thing you originally came in for. I didn’t really even want it that much, so I just had a bit and gave the rest to my brother. Because I’m a nice person.
As for the bus pass, I went to a different 7-Eleven a couple blocks away, where they still had them in stock. I probably could have tried to get another free slurpee from this location as well, but I didn’t want to be greedy. One free birthday slurpee is plenty enough.
Most people know that you can get a free drink on your birthday from Starbucks if you register your card online. But did you know that you can also get a free drink on your birthday from Blenz? It’s not as good as the Starbucks deal, but it’s still something. And there’s no card registration required. All you need to show for this deal is your ID.
I went to the Blenz in the village at UBC on my lunch break on my birthday. And I told the barista that I’d read about the deal and asked what exactly I could get. They only let you choose between a coffee or an Americano, but I managed to get a mango rooibos tea instead. They don’t do cold drinks for this deal, which is unfortunate if your birthday is in the middle of the summer. But the tea was still refreshing. I wonder if other locations allow you to get a cold drink instead or something fancier than just coffee. I might look into this next year.
You might want to check in advance with your local Blenz as to whether they honour this deal or not, because apparently not every location will. And it’s only valid on the day of your birthday. But free is free. So why not get yourself a drink?
Apparently, one year ago today, I started this blog. And surprisingly, I’ve stuck with it. I guess that’s worth some sort of recognition? Usually I have trouble committing to things for that long. But the blog and I are very happy together. Well, maybe not happy. I mean some of my latest posts have been rather angry and irritable. But we’re comfortable and alright with the way things are going. Perhaps in a bit of a slump at the moment, but come on, it’s been a whole year already, what do you expect?
I actually thought I’d missed my blogoversary. Is that a word? Is that what people call it? I wouldn’t know, having never had one before. Until now. I’m not very good with dates. For some reason, I thought I’d written my first blog post in August of last year. But I checked today, and lo and behold, it was September 5th. I just remember it being right before the back to school period, because my second and third blog posts were about the back to school period.
The first blog post I ever wrote was about doing the Grouse Grind. Part of the reason I finally motivated myself to begin the blog was because I wanted to write about my experience. Sadly, I have not done the grind again since then. Yet. I was supposed to do it this summer. But there’s still time. Summer’s not over yet. I’m wearing shorts right now, so it must still be summer. Although I’m aware that some girls wear shorts during the winter. And to make matters worse, they wear them with ugg boots. I’m sorry but I refuse to accept that fashion combination.
Since that date a year ago, I’ve written 151 blog posts. That’s pretty good, right? There were a few gaps here and there when I didn’t blog much, but for the most part I’ve kept it going. And people are still reading it, or so my stats page tells me. Also people tell me as well. I think the majority of my readers might be people I’ve never met, but sometimes I’ll run into people I do know and they’ll actually mention my blog. And I’ll be like “Oh, you read it?” Because I know it gets views, I just don’t know who is actually doing the viewing. Unless you like a post or leave a comment. For all I know, it could be one person viewing it hundreds of times. I hope that’s not the case. For my sake and theirs.
When I first started blogging, I didn’t really know about tags and categories and links and pictures. And then I learned. And then I got lazy and didn’t really use many pictures or links anymore. I feel like I’ve really been lacking in pictures lately. And so in the spirit of celebrating my blogoversary, I will now leave you with a few pictures. And in keeping with the random part of my blog title, “Random and unnewsworthy“, they will be random pictures. Although perhaps not so random. Because each of them sort of embodies to some degree, what this blog is all about.
Thanks for reading and sticking with me for this long! The blog and I appreciate it!