- I’m positive in negative situations
- I like to learn the raps of songs I like
- I take selfies on other people’s phones
- When I was at high school I taught my friends to do skids in their cars
- I occasionally forget to wear sunblock and get burnt badly (like really badly)
- My favourite fruit of all time is a feijoa
- I gave my pets weird names - Trevor and Gurtie
- I have a deep appreciation live music
- I’m good with money
- I have my steak on the rare side of medium-rare
- I always bring egg toasties to Uni for lunch
- I’m obsessed with hydrangeas and sunflowers
- I’m not scared of spiders, but I am scared of snakes- even though I have never seen one in real life
- I enjoy a Speights or Corona on a hot summer day
- My default dance move is the ‘Point n Point’
- I try to bring out the black girl inside of me
- I dislike conflict
- When I was 7 I cut all the hair off my sister’s Barbie doll and somehow convinced her and Mum that she had done it
- I have a freckle on the palm side of my right hand in-between my thumb and index finger
- I enjoy speed and adrenaline
- I have a secret love for Pinterest
- I appreciate music and lyrics created by talented musicians
- I really love the ugliness of those googly-eyed fish
- I get cravings for olives
- My favourite movie is Blood Diamond
- I have learnt how to move my little toe on my left foot without moving the rest of my toes (But I can’t do it on my right foot)
- I enjoy writing lists
- I love swimming in the sea at 5pm just before tea
- I enjoy crayfish, mussels, paua and seafood in general
- Sometimes I pretend my name is Ainslee when I buy pizza from Domino's or when asked for my name when ordering coffees
I thought I’d write 30 things about myself that you may or may not have known, just so that you can be that one step (or 30steps) closer to knowing the true Sask!
Today my blog post is all about some of the computer games, programs and websites of my youth. There are so many more I could've mentioned, but here are the first 11 that popped into my head! Enjoy!
- This was probably the worst program I ever downloaded onto our computer. Not only did it give us heaps of viruses, but it also deleted ALL my photos… I wasn’t happy. Apart from the viruses and deleted photos, it was all the rage illegally downloading free music. As of October 2010 LimeWire went out of business, due to a court order that ordered the LimeWire software to stop being distributed. I wonder why… haha
- MSN Messenger was the program that first introduced me to the world of instant messaging. Not only could I go from school straight home to my computer to continue chatting to my friends, but I could also use our crappy Logitech USB Camera to video chat with my friends too! Honestly, I thought that camera thingy was awesome… I have no idea why, it was probably like 1.2 megapixels.
- Habbo Hotel was basically a chat room, where you actually are a virtual person and walk round Habbo Hotel talking to random people. I remember my sister and I playing Habbo Hotel and talking to heaps of random people from like Sydney and Melbourne, good times!!
- Pinball was my jam!! I owned Pinball in my family. I was the Pinball master. However, I think Pinball was probably the peak in my online computer game career, my brothers soon well and truly outdid me in other games.
The Stress Game
- This was the best game ever! I don’t even know if I’d actually even call it a game, it was pretty much a program for procrastination. You could place ants on your desktop screen and shoot them, light them on fire, and blast paint at them. I probably spent a good 15minutes a day or so on this program during it’s popularity peak.
- I remember as a year 9 spending a decent amount of time playing this game on Dad’s computer at his work in Wanganui. I would go round to the motorbike shop every Monday after school and clean up the staff room, offices, and showroom, then when I was finished I just sat on Dad’s computer playing
- Bebo really had it all, not only could you choose your top 16 friends (that was the hardest decision ever), but you could also share 'love' and private message your friends (not that anyone really private messaged that much). Bebo was the Facebook of the 2000’s for most of us, and the 2000’s it will stay. Many of us will probably remember Bebo for its customisation of profile design, including skins and movable modules, features that Facebook converts missed upon deleting their Bebo accounts.
Windows Media Player
- Back in the day, before I was an Apple convert, I used Windows…shocking, I know. Windows Media Player really was the music program of my youth. You could choose from many different visual screen savers when playing your music, and you could play movies too! The worst part with this program was that sometimes, when I illegally downloaded music on LimeWire, it wouldn’t play in Windows Media Player, that was super annoying when that happened. Apart from that, it was pretty cool.
Space Invaders: Maths Edition
- I don’t know why I liked this game so much, but for some reason, I got really into it at one point. It was probably a good move on Mum’s behalf buying an educational game for us kids to play, cos we actually did play it! Nice one Mum!
Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?
- I remember when Mum borrowed this game off a friend for me to use. It was the best day ever!! I got to explore different parts of the world, track criminals and solve investigations ! I loved it! I’m pretty sure I liked the game so much that I ended up ‘borrowing’ it for over a year…too bad if Mum’s friend’s kids wanted it back!
1. Getting Hair Stuck in Your Mouth
3. Giving Birth
4. The Relief of a Quick Concealer Cover Up
5. Pash Rash
6. A Bad Sports Bra
7. The Feeling Most Girls on the Planet Get When They See Any of the Following Guys:
8. The Feeling You Get When You Have an Accidental Double Chin in a Photo
9. The High-Heel Dilemma
10. Conversation Over-Analysis
11. The Chilly Pre-Party Walks
12. Leakage Freakage
Is there even a difference between dating and dating? Well I vote that there is! The difference here is that one is a noun and one is a verb. I remember my friend telling me she was ‘dating’ this guy she was interested in. I was a bit confused at first, so I asked if she was dating-noun him or dating-verb him, which ended up confusing her and me even more! In the end I gathered that no, she was not in a relationship with him, she wasn’t dating-noun him, she was dating-verb him, she was going on dates with this guy. So I’ve come to the conclusion that we need to define the different meanings of the word ‘dating’ in order to decrease confusion!
Dating-noun is when you are actually in a relationship with a person; he/she is your boyfriend/girlfriend. I’d also like to add here that a relationship is not: friends with benefits, a flirtationship, or a fling. Neither is it (as Urban Dictionary states) “the most un-sturdy and uncertain vessel to navigate through any ocean of the heart, while the warm winds of prevailing love and romance blow favourably through its sails”. No, a relationship is a commitment, a connection.
Now that we’ve cleared what a relationship is, back to dating-noun! I guess you could say that dating-noun is like saying you are relationshipping a person, yes I just made that word up. For example, “I’m dating-noun John Smith” is the same as saying “I’m relationshipping John Smith”. I think I would also chuck courting in this category too. Courting pretty much means to be involved with someone romantically, with the intention of marriage. So if you are in a serious relationship with someone you are courting, also known as dating-noun him or her.
Now let’s look at dating-verb! Dating-verb is when you are going on dates with someone; you are actively getting to know them to see if a relationship is worth pursuing, to see if they are worth dating-noun. According to Urban dictionary dating-verb is “defined by massive usage of cologne and/or perfume, awkward sweaty hand-holding, and feelings of puppy love”. An additional definition stated dating-verb as “when you have been going on romantic encounters with a certain person for some time and he has yet to ask you to be his girlfriend because he is a wuss; an unofficial couple”. I feel like James Morrison’s song “You Give Me Something” nails the whole dating-verb situation, especially the part where he says:
You give me something
That makes me scared alright
This could be nothing
But I’m willing to give it a try
Ol’ James is pretty much the real life version of the ‘wussy guy’ in Urban Dictionary‘s definition of dating-verb. He is obviously dating-verb her and is too scared to take it to the next level and progress into dating-noun her. But he is ‘willing to give it a try’; so maybe if they end up getting together his next song will be called You Gave Me Something…
You gave me something
That made me scared alright
I thought it was nothing
But I’m glad I gave it a try
So now that have you been enlightened of the dating world, it’s time to use this new knowledge accordingly! I made my mistake of thinking my friend was in a relationship with a guy, when in fact she was dating-verb him. But now with these definitions of dating-noun and dating-verb I can ensure that that mistake will not be made again.
I am a daughter of the King, a passionate expresser of positivity and a lover of lists, food and creative expression.