Friday, September 27, 2013

Fluffy Thing Fridays - Feathered Babies

Birds are pretty awesome. 

I mean....Owls. Penguins. Less common birds.  Here at Fluffy Thing Fridays, we appreciate them all.

Especially when they are awkward looking babies.

Let the cuteness commence.

Aww little stripey dude!


I don't even know what this is but it's adorable.
 


Look at that itty bitty Ostrich baby!
 

There, there grumpy Owl.  I think you're awesome. 


This is what my hair looks like if I go to bed with wet hair.  

I'm kidding.

Ok not really.

Remember when your mom used to tell you to not stick things in the wall outlets?

This is why.
 

 Did you know that baby Swans are called Cygnets?

Now you do.
 

Cheers,

Ash

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Nightmares: A follow-up regarding my freaky dream

So I had that freaky dream on Sunday right?  People have agreed that yes, it's freaky.  So out of curiosity I looked up some dream interpretations of some of the key factors to see what exactly my brain was trying to tell me.

Here's the recap of what I remember:


 -We were running from a guy who was trying to kill us.  He wore Crocodile Cowboy boots.


- We kept killing him, we'd check to see if he was really dead and he was but he'd show back up later on.  Zombie Serial Killer?


- There was a Hispanic woman who's baby died.  She was carrying around the dead baby like she didn't realize it was actually dead.


- Me and the dude from the bank hid in a School Bus


- The school bus was filled with bloody towels and sheets.


- I tried to wash the bloody towels and sheets in a bathtub


- Serial Killer dude with the boots took the dead baby away from the Hispanic woman.


- I think the baby was stillborn, not killed because it looked pre-mature (WTF brain?!?!)


- He gave the baby to a dude who looked like a Janitor who was trying to mop up all the blood in the bathroom where I was trying to wash the bloody sheets and towels.


I used www.dreammoods.com to do some basic interpreting. 


BanksTo see a bank in your dream denotes your desires for financial security. The dream may be trying to offer reassurance and that your fears of financial instability are unfounded.


Running - To dream that you are running away from someone indicates an issue that you are trying to avoid. You are not taking or accepting responsibility for your actions. In particular, if you are running from an attacker or any danger, then it suggests that you are not facing and confronting your fears.


Crocodile Boots - To dream that you are chased or bitten by a crocodile denotes disappointments in love and in business.


Serial Killer - To see a serial killer in your dream represents fear and insecurity.


Zombies - To dream that you are attacked by zombies indicate that you are feeling overwhelmed by forces beyond your control. You are under tremendous stress in your waking life. Alternatively, the dream represents your fears of being helpless and overpowered.


Dead Baby - To see a dead baby in your dream symbolizes the ending of something that was once a part of you.


Stillborn Baby - To dream of a stillborn denotes your loss of trust in someone or something. It may also refer to lost innocence. Alternatively, a stillborn indicates a sudden or unexpected end to something.


Blood - If you dream of blood on the walls, then it is a warning of sorts. There is a situation that you need to confront. You can not avoid it any longer. More specifically, if blood is on the bathroom walls, then it indicates that the situation that you need to confront is an extremely emotional one.


Washing -  Washing something in a dream, specifically dishes could represent the cleansing away of unhappy experiences or neglected emotions in your life. You are ready to make a fresh new start.


Janitor - To see or dream that you are a janitor suggests that you need to work on cleaning up an aspect of your life.


Towels (for some reason they only listed Paper Towels) - To see or use a paper towel in your dream suggests that you are experiencing some temporary setbacks. You need to quickly clean up your past issues before you can move forward with your life.


I don't know guys.  I see some distinct trends but it's a lot to process.

Thoughts?

Cheers,

Ash







Monday, September 23, 2013

Insomnia: Dream a Little Dream

I've talked about it before, but if you don't know....I'm an insomniac.

One thing that this whole fire/living with my parents/commute from hell has done, is make me sleep better because I'm EXHAUSTED.

But generally I'm not a great sleeper.

What that means is that typically I don't remember my dreams.  Not to say I don't dream, I just rarely recall them.

Here's some of the technicals of REM sleep and dreaming.....

Your body goes in cycles while you sleep.  They look something like this.


Dreaming typically occurs during your REM cycles (the red parts).  Evey REM cycle you have gets progressively longer and longer, the longest being the one right before you wake up in the morning.  Although you dream during the earlier REM cycles, you typically don't recall them because they're so short.  What you remember, is the longest dream you have which usually happens before your alarm goes off.  You know that feeling where you're having an awesome dream and then suddenly your alarm is blaring?  Yeah.  That's the REM cycle I'm talking about.

This whole system gets disrupted when you wake up in the middle of the night.  Your body basically has to start from scratch every time so it means rather than building up to a longer dream that you can recall, if you wake up often enough you tend to only have the shorter dreams that slip from your memory much easier.  This is why typically I don't recall any of my dreaming.  For me, this process tends to get disrupted 3-4 times a night.

You with me? Make sense? Ok then.

Sunday night was a bit of an exception.  Not only did I dream, but I had a vivid dream that I could easily recall.  In fact what started out as a normal, if somewhat bizarre dream, turned into a nightmare.


A dream analyst would have a heyday with this one.  Fair warning, some of it is incredibly fucked up.

I don't remember all of the details but here's some of the key highlights: 

- I was with a guy who I wasn't necessarily friends with but I knew from years ago because he used to work at the Bank near my parent's house.  This was the only person in the dream based on an actual person I know personally

- We were running from a guy who was trying to kill us.  He wore Crocodile Cowboy boots.

- We kept killing him, we'd check to see if he was really dead and he was but he'd show back up later on.  Zombie Serial Killer?

- There was a Hispanic woman who's baby died.  She was carrying around the dead baby like she didn't realize it was actually dead.

- Me and the dude from the bank hid in a School Bus

- The school bus was filled with bloody towels and sheets.

- I tried to wash the bloody towels and sheets in a bathtub

- Serial Killer dude with the boots took the dead baby away from the Hispanic woman.

- I think the baby was stillborn, not killed because it looked pre-mature (WTF brain?!?!)

- He gave the baby to a dude who looked like a Janitor who was trying to mop up all the blood in the bathroom where I was trying to wash the bloody sheets and towels.

That's all I remember and then I woke up.

I think I'm officially losing my mind.

Cheers,

Ash

Am I nuts?  Do you try to figure out your dreams?

Followup:  I did a basic dream interpretation.  Check it out:

http://www.thatashgirl.com/2013/09/nightmares-follow-up-regarding-my.html


Friday, September 20, 2013

Fluffy Thing Fridays - Real Life Teddy Bears!

When I was a kid I was a total stuffed animal junkie.

But I was never a fan of teddy bears.

I had stuffed bunnies, elephants, cows, a stuffed sheep, my trusty stuffed Eeyore and I loved them.

But the classic teddy bear not so much.

But trust me, I my teddy bears had looked like THIS.  It would have been a totally different story.


Look at that little face. 




Ok, not a classic teddy bear but who cares. 



One day, I'm gonna cuddle a panda.  It will happen.



This is the sweetest thing ever.  Just the idea of a teddy defeating monsters with a little sword to protect their person makes me all squishy in my heart.


Cheers,

Ash


Monday, September 16, 2013

Dear American's spazzing about Miss America

Dear Americans freaking out that an "Arab" woman was crowned Miss America.

Newsflash, she was born in New York.  That makes her American.

End of discussion.

If you haven't noticed, she's gorgeous and really frickin' smart.

Just because she's not 9-generations of hick doesn't make her any LESS american than any other contestant.

The crap spewed about her on Twitter is disgusting and you people should be ashamed.

Things like this, make me really bloody glad I'm Canadian.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/a-lot-of-people-are-very-upset-that-an-indian-american-woman?bffb




Friday, September 13, 2013

Fluffy Thing Fridays - Baaa!!!!

Once again a funny YouTube video has inspired a post.  That and picking a friends brain.

This is one of the cutest things I've ever seen.  Someone got a video of a Sheep trying to teach a young Bull how to head butt.

Seriously.

He keeps backing up, running forward and gently leaning forward to boop heads.

No shit it's one of the cutest things I've ever seen.

Animals are amazing.

Check it out.


Is that not adorable?

Now for more adorable sheep and lambs.



People, this is why I can't eat Lamb chops!


So cute and woolly.


This is so true.  Every family has one! Sadly in my family it MAY be me.


Cheers,

Ash


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September Heatwave aka. Is it wrong that I miss the snow?

We are having a bit of a heatwave here in Toronto.

Last week when school started everything was cool (about 12-15C, just shy of 60F for you Americans).

People were wearing jackets and pants and I was pretty sure that Fall was officially on it's way.

The weekend was full of Thunderstorms and in comes a HEATWAVE.

Yesterday it was 41C with the humidity.  That's 105F people!  And today it was already 32C (90F) by 8am.  FUN.

I hate heatwaves in September.  I get that some people are all glad that they can still wear shorts for a few more days but honestly after 4 months of this I am DONE.

Stick a fork in me, I'm DONE.

I actually want winter to arrive.  Snow?  No problem.  I am Canadian after all.  I've always said that in the winter if I'm cold I can put on a sweater, wear some warm socks, hide under a blanked, drink some warm tea and eventually I'll warm up.  In the heat?  Naked in front of a fan is pretty much the only way to deal with it.

Anyone else wishing for winter?

Cheers,

Ash


Friday, September 6, 2013

Fluffy Thing Fridays - Turtles!!!

Turtles!!!

Not these Turtles....


Or these...


But THESE!!!!


Aren't they cute?!?!

When I'm bored I tend to watch bizarre documentaries on Netflix.  About a year ago I watched one called Turtle: The Incredible Journey about the migration of turtles.  OMG if you ever watch this, be prepared to cry.  Not only do like half the babies die on the beach when they're born because thousands of them are born on the same night and predators basically sit back and watch while a little army of dudes flee for the waters but once they're in the water they have to deal with so much.  It's heartbreaking.  Gave me a totally new respect for them.

And then the other day a friend of mine told me her dad's Turtles had babies in the pond in his backyard. Cuteness overload.

So now we have......TURTLES!!!

This little dude is just ASKING for a belly rub.


Release the Kracken!!!


OMG.


Awwwwwww.


Remember the little stoner/surfer Turtles in Finding Nemo?

Duuuuude.


Are we loving Turtles yet?


If I ever have a pet Turtle, you can bet your ass I'm gonna do this....



Mario fans?  How awesome is this?


Cheers, 

Ash

Awwwww.  He just wants to cuddle and sleep on the puppy pile!!!



Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Girl Gamers

Hi, I'm a girl and I play video games.

Oooooooooooooooo.

For the longest time, I fully admit that I was one of those girls that only played Guitar Hero and Mario Kart.

Then I got a PS3.

Now, I totally understand how some hardcore gamers can go like 48 hours with no sleep living off of Cheetos and Red Bull.  Ok not REALLY, but you get what I mean.  You can totally lose time to this shit.  It's addictive, and fun, and did I mention addictive?

Now I've dated a few gamers in my time.  Back in the day, one of my boyfriends got pissed off at me because I beat him at a video game.  He wouldn't play with me after that.

Portal hurts my head. 
Another guy I dated was OBSESSED with Final Fantasy and played online.  It was a disaster because he played with people in different time zones and he essentially scheduled our entire relationship around when he had to be online.  It was sad.  And frustrating.  I was still in school at the time so I pretty much kept myself occupied studying while he played.  Despite that, the relationship didn't last long.

So for the longest time I had a negative reaction to video games.  I mean, I totally rocked Mario Brothers 3 on my NES when I was a kid.  Don't get me wrong.  And don't even get me going on when someone I knew introduced me to the crack that is Scribblenaughts.  But all of those weren't REALLY Video Games in my mind.  They definitely weren't in the same league as Assassins Creed (which I LOVE) and Call of Duty (which I don't necessarily love but still enjoy).

What got me hooked was Prince of Persia, Half Life 2 and Portal.  Then it was Assassins Creed,  inFamous, Modern Warfare 3, God of War and Uncharted (Nathan Drake is my Video Game Boyfriend).  I'm not even joking.

I've realized that not only are these games entertaining and challenging, but that they are works of art in terms of graphics and music.  I'm never going to be one of those people that lines up overnight for new release because honestly, I'm not the fastest gamer ever and I'm also not willing to spend $70 a pop on some of these games.  I'm perfectly content to wait a while and pick a used copy up for $20.

I'm also not big into the whole online gaming.  I'm not a great gamer.  I mean I'm never going to be able to pass an entire game in a few days.  A few weeks maybe.  But I enjoy it and I hold my own.  But I'm not willing to subject myself to the ass kicking I'm sure a 13 year old boy over the internet could deliver.   Also, guys are idiots and the second they realize a female gamer is online they lose their minds.


So I'm content to stay offline and play by myself.  Can you tell I was an only child?

But seriously.  Gaming has come a long way and although some people take it way too seriously, it can be fun and engaging.  I mean, what's better than being able to vent your frustrations by kicking the crap out of a troll?  Just do me a favor.  Come up for air once in a while?  Especially if you have a girlfriend.

Cheers,

Ash