The Written Word is not Dead

I don’t know about you, but everytime I get a letter in my postbox that isn’t a bill or junk, I get really excited. A lot of people have been saying that posted letter are a thing of the past. That email is taking over and the younger generation isn’t interested in sending letters though snail mail anymore. Well, I can prove to you that the idea is incorrect. I recently  stumbled upon IGGPPC which stand for International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club. This website divides you by age and allows you to be matched up with a penpal somewhere in the world around your age with similar interests as you. Though this says its for girls, they also allow boys to join in the fun as well. I think this is a great idea as it allows the younger generation to connect with others their age who also want to send snail mail to eachother.

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If you’re interested in getting your own pen pal, click the link here to head over to their page. I thought this idea was really awesom and just wanted to share this awesome concept with you all.

Travel Log: Onboard Essentials for Long Flights

I know I’ve made a post about packing onboard luggage before, but this post particularly pertains to long flights (+5 hours). I just got off of a long flight less than 12 hours ago, so I have some tips and tricks to make your longer flights more enjoyable.

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Pack entertainment for your entire flight. Whether it’s an iPad loaded with movies, a kindle, 3DS, or whatever. Bring it. Bring them all. Make sure you have something to keep you entertained for the entire flight. I don’t like to rely on the in-flight entertainment because it can be faulty. The flight I was just on didn’t even have TVs in the cabin because they were upgrading the plane still.

Bring snacks and an empty water bottle. You never know when you’re going to be hungry, and then you don’t have to pay the insane prices for food in the plane. Also, you don’t have to worry about them running out of food (which has happened to me before). The empty water bottle is awesome because you can fill it up once you get through security, then you don’t have to keep asking and waiting for drinks because the air is so dry and you’re extremely thirsty.

Pre-order food in advance if you can. The flight I was on had the option to pre-order our in-flight food a week in advance. This was the best decision ever! Not only are you guaranteed to get the sandwiches and food you want, you don’t have to worry about having enough time in the airport to grab food between layovers. Also, since we pre-ordered we got our food before they even started going down the cabin with the cart. This meant we got to eat about 20 minutes before everyone else.

Make yourself comfortable. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a neck pillow, and walk around. It’s not about being stylish, it’s about surviving this flight with the least amount of discomfort as possible. I wear these really comfortable flats when flying so I also packed fuzzy socks in case my feet got too cold on the plane.

I guess, overall, just have a backup plan. Inflight entertainment can go down, they can run out of food, you can be stuck in your seat the whole time with bad turbulence, but you don’t have to let it greatly affect you. On short flights this can be a minor inconvenience, but on long flights it can be brutal. Don’t let yourself be affected by this. Plan in advance, and even if you don’t use your backup stuff, at least you were prepared.

 

Book Nook: Grace’s Guide

So this is going to be a quick review of the book by Gace Helbig. Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending To be a Grownup is a comedic version of a self-help book. Though this book Grace gives the reader tips on how to survive as a grownup and look like a functioning adult in the process. She uses stories from her own life and her quirky sense of humor to guide the readers through all her mishaps and blunders.

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Though this is a book by a YouTuber, I actually quite enjoyed the book. There were only 3 books from youtubers that I was actually looking forward to reading (two aren’t out in my country yet), and this was one of them. I really liked Grace’s sense of humor throughout the book. It was a lighthearted book that was quick to read and was extremely entertaining. Between the quirky humor I found myself agreeing with a lot of her tips in this book. I definitely suggest this book if you want a lighthearted book with personal blunders that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

The Fault in Our Stars: Movie Review

So this is going to be a quick review of the movie The Fault In Our Stars. To start with, I have read the book this movie is based off of, so I knew what was going to happen in the end. Yet, I still put myself through that torture. The movie was extremely accurate to the book. The author, John Green, even makes a cute and short cameo in the movie. I don’t want to leave any spoilers, though the Internet is riddled with them, but the movie was both wonderful and heartbreaking.

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I saw on a nerdfighter page that some people would stop the movie after Augustus reads the note from Hazel on his bedside table in Amsterdam. That you could stop the story and just go on to believe they lived happily ever after and nothing bad ever happens. I wish I could do that, but I know that’s not how the story ends. The struggle and heartbreak is so realistic, admirable, and moving. I loved this movie, and would highly suggest watching it if you’re in the mood for a sad but truthful movie. However, I warn you all that you will probably spend the rest of the day contemplating the inevitability of oblivion (like I am right now). Not exactly the most uplifting thing, but sometimes we just need a dose of hard reality.

Okay?