My First Tweet

On the eve of its eighth anniversary, Twitter unveiled a website that allows users see what their #FirstTweet was. 

Here’s mine! Twitter user for 5 years and counting. 🙂

OF COURSE my first tweet had to do with television. I’m a little disappointed it wasn’t something meta about being a first tweet, though. But it is interesting to see I didn’t use a single hashtag or @ reply – probably because I had no idea what those were. Becoming an active Twitter user is definitely a learning curve. I wish I could remember more about why I joined Twitter; it just seemed to be the next big social media craze, so naturally, I had to try it out and see what all the fuss was about.

Twitter’s #FirstTweet website lets you look up anyone’s first tweet, as long as their account is public. So what was your first tweet?

Just 10 More Minutes…

the simssPlaying The Sims is like going into a black hole. Once the game loads, it’s difficult to press stop.

I used to be obsessed with The Sims around 2001. Every day after school, I would hide out in the basement playing until dinnertime. Some of you may have had legit extra curricular activities after school; mine was The Sims. I like to think I learned some valuable life lessons from it, such as if you don’t keep in touch with a friend, they will stop being your friend. And you will only get better at cooking if you keep practicing. And don’t forget to pay your bills or the repoman will come and take away your stuff!

I was recently given a copy of The Sims 3 to play, and WHOA has the game changed since 2001. The Sims actually age and they have personal mobile phones! Plus there’s a whole town to explore! As if I can afford to procrastinate in my life, here I am transported to being a middle schooler again, playing The Sims for an average of two hours in the evening.

I don’t think there are any valuable life lessons The Sims can teach me now as a young adult, but I do appreciate the fact that it lets me turn my brain off for a few hours every night before going to bed. My biggest worry during those moments is whether or not my Sim is starting to smell like rotten eggs, not how much I need to budget for rent. I’ve never been much of a gamer, but this is one game I will make an exception for. Our brains are constantly on “go” mode, so it’s nice to check out for a little bit.

Does anyone else have fond memories of playing The Sims? Or better yet, still play it? (Ohmahgawd Sims4 coming out this year!)

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.