Have a Very Merry Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I know by this time of the month, it’s easy to be Christmas-ed out. The radio stations have been playing Christmas music since November and holiday decorations were slowly creeping into the aisles before Halloween was even over. Fortunately for me, I was able to avoid both these things by not driving and rarely going shopping. So it can be a little challenging to get into the Christmas spirit, but I made up for it this year with some good ol’ nostalgia.

Out of the blue earlier this month, I remembered a singing Disney Christmas decoration that I loved as a kid called Mickey’s Clock Shop. Some of you may remember it – it was pretty popular, from what I can recall. According to my mom (hi, Mom!), my parents bought it when we moved to the States for my first Christmas here. Maybe that’s why I’m so attached to it? Psychology aside, after many years, Mickey’s singing clock shop broke and my parents threw it out. I don’t think I ever really got over it. Actually, I’m pretty sure I never got over it, considering I went on eBay and bought my own set.

Does anyone else remember Mickey’s singing clock shop? Or have another Christmas decoration, even an ornament, that they hold near and dear to their hearts? Sometimes a little nostalgia is what we need to get into the Christmas spirit. After all, there was nothing like being a kid who still believed in Santa and the magic of Christmas.

I’ll now let these popular Disney characters serenade you with a little Christmas carol. I apologize for the amateur iPhone quality.

This weekend, I also traveled to Hershey, Pa. and visited Hershey Park’s Christmas CandyLane. Most of the rides were closed; Can you imagine the wind chill as you speed 60 mph on a roller coaster? No thanks. Everything in the park is transformed to be something holiday related, but my absolute favorite was the light show at the “Kissmas” Tree. I’ve uploaded video below so everyone can ‘ohhhh’ and ‘ahhhh.’

I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday with family and friends you love.

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Spot the Typos

Like any good, stereotypical millennial, I consume my news online. I don’t have cable at home to watch news broadcasts nor do I subscribe to a newspaper. So I rely on sites like USA Today, CNN, BBC News and my Twitter feed to keep me up to date with what’s happening in the world.

So you can imagine how disheartening it is, especially as a journalism major, to see reputable news sources with glaring and obvious typos in their articles. If I ever made just the tiniest typo in one of my articles for class, it would be an automatic D, maybe even an F. Case in point: I misspelled Jon Stewart’s name once by including an “h” in John. The rest of the article was solid, but because of that, I got a D. Never again will I forget how to spell Jon Stewart’s name.

A few days ago, I was browsing through E! Online (hey – I need my entertainment news, also!) and came across a small typo in this article: Everything We Know About the ’50 Shades of Grey’ Movie Based on Behind-the-Scenes Pictures. Please try to hold judgment that I was reading this article.

 …and Dakota Johnson, the girl you’re not aure is right for the part but you’re willing to give her a chance, as Anastasia Steele.

It’s just one misspelled word, which the average reader might glance over, but what really got to me was the fact that the word is still misspelled on their website as I write this. No one has bothered to correct it.

I bring up this E! Online article because this is something I see frequently all over the web, and it also reminded me of my favorite typo ever that I saw on CNN. Except it wasn’t really a typo. It was more like an editor left their desk for a minute and a one year old came along and began pounding on the keyboard. It was so epic, I had to screencap it:

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This typo was left online for at least 30 minutes. I kept refreshing the page thinking clearly someone over there must have noticed, but it took a while. How does that even happen in the first place?! It’s one thing to have typos on a blog, but for a reputable news source, such as CNN, to have an error like that is awkward. And imagine, these are only the errors that I’ve stumbled upon. Who knows what else is out there.

Does it bother you when news sources make such simple mistakes like that? Or am I just being too picky? I was always taught that typos can make you less credible, which in my eyes is very true. If you can’t spell a word right, or have an editor pick up on a typo, how can I be sure that the facts being reported are true? I can’t.

What’s in a Name?

As it turns out, a lot.

I spent most of the past two weeks trying to think of a title for this blog. I knew I needed something personal, to reflect the content that I hope to write about, but nothing too personal. I tossed around a few names like, “Steph Says” and “Joie de Stephanie,” but nothing really stuck out.

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Not the actual perpetrator.

Then one fateful night – as the story always goes – a bright blue pen exploded on my perfectly beige couch. I couldn’t get too mad. It was my own fault for leaving a pen on the couch, as I always do. In fact, looking around my quaint studio, there are ink stains everywhere: on a decorative pillow, on my shirts and even my bed sheets. I guess I’m still learning how to hold a pen properly.

As much as I love typing (80 wpm, what’s up!), there’s still something about putting pen to paper that I can’t seem to shake. I write in my journal (that’s where all my ‘woe is me’ writing goes), take meticulous notes in a notebook for freelance assignments and spent weeks looking for the perfect magnetic notepad to stick on the fridge for grocery lists. Hey, we all have our quirks.

And so here I am, with my first serious foray into blogging called “Ink Stains.” I’m quite fond of the name, and I hope it grows on you, too. So shall we get started?