Procrastination

To all my readers who are up at 2 in the morning with me,

So… procrastinating. We all do it. Some more than others, but everyone does it. In fact, I am doing it right now. I spent my whole night procrastinating. I was suppose to be writing my International Relations (IR) paper tonight and instead I decided to harass my suite mate and make a new friend. Now, don’t get me wrong. I had a great time getting to know her and I will definitely be bothering her again, but it is now 2 AM and I still have a lot of work to do. I dragged her all over our dorm building meeting different people and just talking. I had a great night, but I will seriously regret not getting any sleep in the morning. I guess that is my dilemma. We know that we shouldn’t procrastinate and that we will regret it, but we do it anyway. WHY?

I have been studying some philosophy while I have been at college and I found one answer to this question, but I not sure it completely satisfies me. This week in my Humanities class we have been studying Nietzsche. His philosophy is “human nature is to desire pleasure and avoid pain.” I have to wonder if by procrastinating we are trying to extend the time of avoiding a perceived pain. The reason I am not sure I am completely happy with this explanation is because we know that by procrastinating we are only prolonging the pain and it will only intensify the longer we wait. Does this not make us masochistic instead? We know that the longer we put something off, the worse the consequences and pain will be when we finally do it. I always have this in my mind whenever I procrastinate on something, yet I can’t bring myself to stop. It is like a vicious cycle. I procrastinate on an assignment, so I stay up late the night before to do it, then after I hand it in I use the time I could doing another assignment early to make up for my lost sleep instead, and then the cycles repeats.

I know this has been kind of short and i still have yet to come to an actual conclusion, but I will not lie to you guys. My brain has essentially short- circuited and any brain cells I have left that are functioning I need to read my very long and very dry IR textbook. I will definitely be writing a follow-up on this, but right now I am having issues thinking, forget about writing down coherent thoughts. So I do apologize to my readers who wanted to see where I was going with this. I started this as a way to procrastinate on reading my textbook, but discovered that I actually stumbled on quite the ingenious idea. I just don’t know where I want to go with it yet. I will think more on this dilemma and would love to hear your thoughts on it. So, as alway good night and much love from a very tired

Miss J 

Be who you are …

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

I try to always keep this quote in mind so that I remember to never change who I am, just because someone else doesn’t like me. There has been and always will be people out there who want to change who I am, but I happen to like ME and know better than to sell myself short like that. Take pride in who you are because everyone has at least one redeeming quality. =)

Back for real this time..?

To anyone left who actually reads my blog after my extremely long hiatus,

I really would like to apologize for my long absence. I’ve just been super swamped and got caught up in life. I’ve been attempting to “find myself” with some traveling and soul searching. Okay, so no, I haven’t been actually trying to find myself. I believe I am pretty truthful with myself and know myself pretty well. Sure, it has taken me a long time to get to the point I am now in terms of “knowing and accepting” myself, but I don’t think I need to hit the road to do it. Though the traveling and getting caught up in life is true, except I did it because I love experiencing life.

So, let me share some of what has been going on in my hectic life lately. School has recently started up again and I’ve taken up residence in my favorite cafe. A shout out to Boston Commons Coffee Co. I love their chocolate chip cookies. They’re HUGE! I’ll admit, being back from London has me a little sad. I definitely miss the life I had there, but I can’t say I’m not happy to be back in the States with my friends. It’s different though. Everything feels so familiar, yet different at the same time. I mean, I’m still jamming out to the same songs I was last time I was here. My order is still the same and all the scenery and things like that are the same, but I guess I am different. I hope it’s a good different and I would like to say I’ve grown a little, but who knows, only time will tell. I’ve also finally settled on a my majors and will get to declare at the end of my semester. You guys are officially looking at (reading about? o.O) an International and Public Relations major! Yay!

Settling on majors has taken a great weight off my shoulders. I’ve been really worried about that since I really want to graduate on time. I’m really happy about how I decided my majors though. Like I said in the beginning, I think I know myself pretty well, so that being said, I know I want to travel and see the world. Therefore I chose majors that I could do that with. IR would definitely allow me to travel and PR would as well. I’ve decided on a being a Business and Economics International Relations major and a fashion Public Relations major. I think they complement each other pretty well and I really like fashion, so this is pretty perfect for me. Now I just need to get past the next two hellish years of having a full schedule and still maintain having a semi- social life. Hopefully it all works out in the end.

Okay, so I think I have been rambling enough in this post. Most of you probably won’t even care. Haha. I’m okay with that though since it was nice to get that off my chest. It was nothing especially important, but it was nice writing it. The main point was that I absolutely PROMISE to be a better blogger and try to update semi- regularly. You may also notice a marked improvement in my writing since I’m taking a COM writing course this semester and my Professor is really strict on grammar. Pray for me that I won’t fail the class guys! D= Any one who has read some of my posts knows grammar is not my strong suit. Alright, I actually need to end this now because I need to get back to reading about the ethics of foreign policy. >< Just so everyone gets a little better understanding of what I am going to be reading about I’ll leave you with this question: how ethical is war and is it ever justified? If you like the question and have an opinion, as always feel free to post a response and I would definitely love to discuss this more in-depth. 

With Promises of more Posts

Your Favorite,

Miss J

Football vs. Football

One of my assignments for my British Cultures class is to write a weekly journal about something I’ve done or noticed that I thought was interesting. I wrote about football and American football. I hope you guys enjoy my analysis.

During my half semester break, I had the good fortune of being able to go to my very first soccer, or more commonly known as football, game while in London. I went to go watch the England v. Montenegro game and it was absolutely brilliant. Even though I am not a sports fan by any stretch of imagination, I found the game to be thrilling to watch. The energy in the stadium during the game was great. Almost everyone in the stadium was rooting for England, except for a small corner that cheered for Montenegro. Groups around the stadium would randomly start to cheer for England, even when nothing interesting was happening. They would sing and cheer, while trying to entice others into joining. Which mainly worked too, whenever one part of the stadium started, other parts would soon follow. I’d never experienced a sporting event with so much national pride though it was mainly for England. In the states, the only sport that even comes close to that is American football, but even that is not national.

In the states, we are so regionalized that our sports reflect it. Every state has their own team and it becomes very competitive. For instance, the rivalry between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots is legendary. We have other regional separations as well, such as between East coast and West coast or North and South. Besides the Olympics, the United States has never been truly united in rooting for any of our sports teams.

This is interesting because when Great Britain was the world power, they were able to export their sports to other countries. An excellent example of this is the FIFA World Cup. The World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world. According to FIFA officials during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa over 3.2 billion people tuned in on their televisions at home to watch the competition. That is 46.6% of the global population. The United States on the other hand, were not as successful in exporting their own sports.

American’s favorite sport, football, does not receive quite the same coverage as the World Cup. According to International Business Times, only about 111.3 million people watched the 2013 Super Bowl finals. However, the game itself, which was between the Patriots and Giants, was not even the most popular part of the Super Bowl. Viewership reached its peak of 114 million during the halftime show. In comparison, in the final match between Spain and the Netherlands in the World Cup, 619.7 million people spent at least twenty minutes watching the game. The World Cup received almost six times more viewers than the Super Bowl did. This shows that not only is the World Cup more popular in general, but also more globally popular.

I think that one of the main reasons the United States was never able to successfully export their sports was because while they were the world power, they never had huge amounts of influence in a lot of countries unlike Great Britain with her colonies. Great Britain was able to exert huge amounts of influence on underdeveloped places such as Africa and Brazil at the time she was the world power. As for places such as France and the rest of Europe, they are closer and their histories more closely entwined. This was not the case with the U.S. By the time the U.S. became the world power and started to try and exert their influence through sport, soccer was already well established and much loved. Another reason is probably because of a feeling of rebelliousness from the other countries. Compared to the U.S. countries such as France and Germany had been around much longer, but the U.S. was the most powerful nation at the time. There were probably feelings of resentfulness.

I doubt that American sports will ever be popular anywhere, but in America. I believe that the global sport will most likely always be soccer. Soccer is even gaining more popularity among Americans, though American football will probably always be the more popular.

This is only what I think. Tell me what you guys think. =)

Miss J

A Russian Psychic claimed he could stop a train with his psychic powers. He got killed by a freight train!

A Russian Psychic claimed he could stop a train with his psychic powers. He got killed by a freight train!

I don’t know why I thought this was interesting, but I really did. I am one of those people who doesn’t believe in psychics, ghost, ghouls, or supernatural in the least so this shouldn’t surprise me when I read something like this. However, I still am. I think I am more surprised at the fact that someone would jump in front of a freight train, not trying to suicide. Either way, the sight also has 18 other astonishing facts which may prove to be more interesting. 

Enjoy,

Miss J

The Proper Way to Eat a Cupcake

The Proper Way to Eat a Cupcake

I’ve just gotten home from class for the day and decide that I should check my facebook before embarking on anything productive. Well.. no that’s not true, facebook is pretty productive. I learn so many things from reading my newsfeed. Take this for example. It’s on the very top of my newsfeed and I was astonished after reading the title. There is a proper way to eat a cupcake!?! That sounds absolutely preposterous. Frankly, I was a little insulted at being told I’ve been eating my cupcakes wrong for the last 19 years or so, especially since I am an absolute cupcake fanatic. I make it my goal to try all the cupcake places in any city I am in. However, after watching the video and reading the article attached I grudgingly have to admit that their technique is pretty ingenious. I was also kicking myself for never thinking of it. Now usually I am not a messy eater, but for some reason with cupcakes I never fail to make a mess. As you can imagine, when I hit high school this became especially embarrassing because I would always end up with frosting all over my face and crumbs in the area surrounding me. My friends were merciless in teasing me about this. Even now in university this still happens to me. Therefore, this video is pretty much a godsend for me. I can’t wait to go home and show my friends how unmessy my cupcake habit is now. So for all those messy cupcake eaters out there… this is for you. =)

Enjoy!

Miss J