Thursday, October 29, 2009

Chocolate Spiders

Don't you just love them?

Get over to Katies Corner to find out how to make these little treats.

I'm thinking Halloween... and we really should have a small child in our family.. but to be honest I think my sister and I will do just fine.


Exactly how stupid do these look?

They're called (you guessed it) - OnePiece!
Their slogan? "Jump in".

I have a feeling this is going to be something people look back at and go "what the hell were we thinking?!?", much like 80s hair.

Despite my initial reaction, I have found some upsides to this rather odd item of... lounging;
  • They're probably very comfy.
  • Easy gig for the models.
  • They make it easy to disguise yourself if you're having a bad hair day or, say, want to rob a bank.
  • They prolong the effect of beer goggles, according to the ad; "If you buy the biggest size you might also be able to fit in the wonderful person you dragged with you home from the city last night..."

So what are you waiting for?
Go get one before it's too late!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dreaming of the 28th

Something in me seems to have a hard time giving up on being a student.

When I wake up in the mornings I get a tiny little bit panicky because I've postponed an assignment for so long, for months, and now it has to be handed in on the 28th!

It takes me about a minute to realize that "I've finished school. There are no more papers!" I think I'm getting flashbacks to the last paper I wrote at uni, but I can't figure out why the date 28 keeps popping up. I guess it just takes a while to get used to not stressing over exams anymore.

Today is the 28th.. I guess we'll just have to see what the day brings.

Friday, October 23, 2009

To Flu or Not to Flu

After seeming to disappear for a while, the swine flu has claimed its first victims around the country. In town, half the kids in school have been home sick this week; if they get symptoms they have to stay home for seven days, so how many actually has the flu is uncertain. The vaccines have arrived though, and those in the most vulnerable groups have started getting it, while it is recommended everyone get it as soon as possible.

I'm a little torn. On the one hand I hate being sick. I hate it so much I only do it once every couple of years. I'd do a lot to avoid getting sick. And if, in spite of my hatred, the virus picked me, I wouldn't want to make my whole family sick.

On the other hand, I feel everyone is overreacting. Keeping kids home for a week if they as much as cough, slaughtering pigs by the thousands, the media reporting every single death (9 so far) even though fewer die than from regular flu any other year.

People running around worried they'll get get it, quarantining everyone, arguing over vaccines. Add to that the fact that most people in other countries can't afford to buy it, and that they, the poorest in the world, are much more likely to die if they do get sick (whether it's this flu or not). Mix in a copious amount of solidarity, and you've got a pretty reluctant me.

I'm not sure what I'll decide to do if I have to make up my mind.

Which, incidentally, I might not have to. My sister is sick and coming home from school. The parents are driving a couple hours to pick her up and if she does have the flu, she'll be home for a week. Plenty of time to give it to the rest of us!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Poll: Threesomes

I was discussing these on a site and started wondering... Are they that common? Do most people have threesomes these days? By the sound of it, many 20 year olds seem to have done it, and if you don't want to you're insecure and cold. Hopefully that view is only held by the horny teenagers on that particular site.

But then I wondered some more. The common fantasy for men is to be with two women. Do women fantasize about threesomes just as much? Would they prefer two men, or one man and one woman? Are there guys willing to admit they fantasize about being with a man and a woman? Or even two men?

Two polls on the right, please vote!

     [click here for the results!]

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Growing older, one year at a time.

Today applestories is five years old. Me, I'm just old.

The blog, as my life, seems to be in some sort of hibernation these days. What I do write isn't very entertaining, and I hate that I've started censoring myself.. that there are certain things I feel I can't write about anymore.

But those concerns will have to wait. Right now I'm gonna go eat chocolate cake and prove that I'll always be a kid.. and that I'll probably grow old before I ever grow up!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

That boring?

Do you get people telling you you're boring to talk to? Just not interesting? They had hopes for you and hung in there, but you've let them down - you just don't have anything fun to say. You're not entertaining. "You're more interesting on your blog."

Yeah I didn't think so. I guess that's because when people think of you that way, you don't really want to talk to them again. And (hopefully) they won't want to talk to you either.

Honesty comes in all shapes and sizes. Some believe it's ok to hide things. Others believe that if you don't tell a person everything that's on their mind they're not being truthful (I knew one of those and got enough negative remarks in a week to last me a couple years).

Honesty can break you down or build you up (if both, hopefully in that order). Learning things about yourself can help you break bad habits and grow as a person. You can see your faults and be able to determine whether this person has a point or not.

I've got these comments and more like them twice, in the past couple weeks. Both cases were random people on my MSN who I've never met.

On the one hand I think "why the hell do you think it's my job to entertain you?!". On the other they do have a point.. My life is so boring at the moment, I have absolutely nothing to talk about.

I've been standing still long enough, it's time to do something about it.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Bye Bye Bergen

I just paid the final electricity bill for the apartment in Bergen.

I'm really going to miss that place..
..and I feel just a little bit lost right now.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Sexuality : A Question Unanswered

I've been asked to write something about homosexuality and bisexuality. I never thought about the fact that I write my blog from a heterosexual point of view, but I guess that's to be expected since I don't have any experience with anything else. If anyone here have different views or experiences, please do share.

I'm not sure why this was so difficult to write. Why I couldn't find the words, never seemed to be able to express what I was thinking. Why everything sounded so negative and I had to delete everything and start over. Maybe I've just never put it into words before. Maybe I didn't know how to.

A couple years ago a friend added me on Facebook. I looked at his profile and there was something unexpected. It said "Interested in: Men". I was surprised. For about two seconds. Then I went "Ohhhh.... how did I not thing of that? That makes so much sense!". And that was it.

I think a lot of people experience a sense of disappointment when they find out a person isn't who they thought they were. They feel they've missed out, that something's been hidden. That the picture they had of you and the future they imagined isn't real. And never will be.

FRIENDS I think a lot of people say a lot of stupid things, mostly because they don't know what they really feel and how to express those feelings. It becomes easier to ridicule, to harass, to embarrass those who are different, rather than telling them it doesn't matter and that they'll always be your friend.

I think meeting someone who's gay or bisexual isn't the issue. That's just who they are. I think it's harder when an old friend tells you something like that. You start looking back at the past and feel you should have known. You might start questioning your experiences and your friendship. Then you realize this has probably been hard for them, and you respect them for who they are and the choices they never got to make.

FAMILY If it's a sibling it gets harder. The future, having kids, little cousins playing together. Bringing all your families home to your parents during Christmas. It changes. The picture is different. The same if it's a child, only then you've imagined their lives from the day they were born. You've seen them get married, you've seen them have kids. Now you have to erase all that and start over. And you realize it never really started until now. This is it.. your child has grown up and it's time to let go. They'll find love.. you hope. And all that matters is your baby's happy.

If it's a parent it's the hardest. It means your family splitting up. Children moving here or there. Separate houses, separate lives. It means all the memories of a happy childhood enveloped in a dark fog. For a while. It means Christmas will never be the same. Resentment towards the one who ruined it all. Then you accept the fact that even parents should be happy, and that you have to make the best of it. It will never be the same but.. it doesn't have to be that bad.

Who you sleep with, who you fall in love with, is not the issue. It's the distance between an imagined future and the one you'll start creating. It's the dreams people have of for you which will have to change. It's the image of you and the love of your life that has to be retouched, because it will no longer fit. Imagining nothing, we won't be disappointed. But imagination is a gift and a pleasure. Using it, we sometimes get disappointed when our dreams don't come true. Even dreams for others. But they were just that. Dreams.

Dreams change. And the best dreams are those that come true. Those you don't have to imagine. And even though they're not quite as you expected them.. they can still be everything you ever wished for. Even if you don't know it yet.

Smelling laundry

You know what's not good?

When you're trying a new laundry detergent and realize it's the same one an ex used. And that all your clothes now smell like him.

There's nothing that takes me back to a time and place like a smell. Close your eyes and drift off, imagining you're somewhere else. Back in the happy place the memories created. Smells and voices, my two big weaknesses.

But this time I'd rather not go.
This time I want the smell to be just a smell. Not a memory.

It's time to try an entirely new brand, I think.