My favorite websites then and now.

Today I was thinking about the first time I remember using websites that I use all the time now.

IMDb. The first time I ever used it was to find out if Johnny Depp was really in the Terri Clark music video for “Girls Lie Too” which was released in 2006. Thanks to my brother, I found out what the website is for and now I visit the site almost everyday to see what people are working on, watch trailers, and settle bets with people in the office that don’t know who the main character in  ”Dazed and Confused” is.

Google. In fifth grade (way back in 2000), my dad came home and told me about a website that if you type your name in, articles about you will show up. I thought it was the coolest thing. I even went to school the next day to show my friends and they were amazed. I had no idea that Google was capable of more than that until later. Until that point, we were all loyal users of Yahooligans (a kid version of Yahoo), but look at us now!

YouTube. 10th grade. 2005. Mr. Wright’s class. Someone used YouTube for their presentation at the end of the semester. I had no idea what it was (and Mr. Wright didn’t either). It’s hard to believe that by the same time the next year when I took his next level class, everyone was using YouTube for everything.

Twitter. I joined in 2009 (after I briefly shared an account with my sister) because I saw people talking about it on Facebook and wanted to see what the big deal was. I also liked the idea of being able to track my favorite celebrities. Twitter and I did have a falling out for about 3 months while I was unemployed in 2012 (for those 3 months I basically got rid of all of my social media besides my blog) I came back and now I use it more than ever.

Tumblr. We can Thank John Mayer for that one. After he decided to delete his Twitter account in 2010 (I think, not sure) I followed him over to Tumblr where he started to blog quite frequently. This was before Tumblr became a place for pictures and quotes – I used to use it for my blog, but once the premise shifted, I moved on to my own site ( I still visit Tumblr to see what other people are doing but post very rarely).

I wonder what the newest thing will be.

April 27th. I love it.

Let’s get right to it.

First up this week, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.” I love it. I’m a big fan of these movies and although I haven’t read the books (yet – I need to take a break from reading books that are part of series). I think it wasn’t as good as the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. In fact, Rey seemed quite taken by it and even looked at me when it was over like, “What happens next?”

I love it

Next up, starting a softball team. I love it. I decided this week that I’d like to actually have something to do this summer that doesn’t involve work so I started a softball team in a league that starts in June. I’ve rallied up people from work because I think we all need to so something other than work, right? If you’re in NOLA and interested in playing, let me know! We need all of the people we can get.

I love it.

Finally, my blog turning 4. I love it. Yes. I have been writing in blog form for 4 years. It feels good. Again, it’s one of those things that I didn’t know until I got an email from Tumblr (my “Shoes” blog turned 3 recently as well). My goal for future blogging is to relate my funny stories and experiences because let’s face it – my life is pretty weird.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

Goodbye, Gordon.

So the story about why I got a new car:

For the last several weeks, the brake light on my dashboard has been flickering on and off. I ignored it for a while because I figured the car was still stopping, why should I worry about it?

Last Tuesday, the light wouldn’t go off. That’s when I decided to take it in to get the brake fluid topped off; that’s usually all they need to do anyway.

45 minutes after leaving my car at the Shell service station across the street from my office, I got the call.

The call saying that it was time for me to purchase a new car.

Apparently spending 10 years in the snow of the Midwest did a number on the frame of Gordon (that’s what I named my car after he successfully transported me across the country to Arizona in December of 2011).  It was so bad that the frame had disappeared; disintegrated into nothing but crumbs of rust that would ultimately not save me if I were ever in a crash. The only thing between my feet and the road was the carpet which was wearing away as well (this also explains why the carpet in my car would be wet when it was raining but I wasn’t in the car).

After hearing all of this, and seeing everything for myself (even though they were afraid to put it on a lift because they thought Gordon would break in half), I called my dad and broke the news. With him being so far away, I was really nervous about how to handle this. Luckily, we have connections at work and through my negotiator (Scott), I was able to get a great price on Corolla.

Now I feel better, my parents feel better, and Gordon has been put out of his misery.

April 20th. I love it.

Love.

First up this week, getting new books. I love it. This week between the mail and Barnes and Noble, I have added to my ever-growing collection. I got “Eleanor and Park”, “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”, “Paper Towns”, a Hans Christian Anderson book of fairy tales and Grimm’s book of fairy tales. I am so pumped! Unfortunately, I have a long queue of books to read before I get to those.

I love it.

Next up, James Franco. I love it. I’ve been on quite a James kick lately and I got a bunch of movies with him in them from the library; Annapolis, This is the End, Spring Breakers, and Broken Tower. I even got his book, “Palo Alto” which is one of the reasons I can’t start reading my new books yet.

I love it.

Finally, having my mom visit. I love it. We’ve been rather busy this weekend. We saw a great white shark movie at the aquarium, went book shopping, watched a baseball game, ate a lot of breakfast food, and went to the movies and saw “Heaven is for Real.” We even spent some time at the park getting some sun and cruised in my new car (yep – I had to get a new car but that is a story for later). I’m so happy she came to visit me!

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

April 13th. I love it.

Love. Woo.

First up this week, sitting poolside. I love it. It’s April and it’s been 80 degrees all weekend. When I got home from work today, I went and stuck my feet in the pool (even though we’re not technically supposed to use it until the 15th, but hey, I’m a rebel). It felt great, especially after being at work all morning in the heat and sun (I even have a very impressive tan line going on, too).

I love it.

Next up, my new wireless keyboard. I love it. Yes, I’m using it right now. I’ve been having issues with the keyboard to my laptop (meaning that the “C” button doesn’t work so great) so I decided to get a new keyboard. Then I realized that if I got a wireless keyboard, I could use it when my laptop is hooked up to my TV. I was sold. I can now write on my 39″ TV while listening to music from my laptop. It’s the greatest thing ever. And now I won’t get all claustrophobic when I’m hunched around my laptop.

I love it.

Finally, finishing my 100 Happy Days. I love it. I did it! I found 100 reasons to be happy in consecutive days. I’ll admit that some days were harder to find the happy than others, and I even snuck 1 or 2 sarcastic happy days in there (remember the CBI?) but I did it. 100 pictures in 100 days. You can check out my instagram to see them all at http://www.instagram.com/carolyndeas

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great. 

I love it.