Finding Ways to Combat Boredom

The month of July is Anti- Boredom Month, so what exactly is boredom? According to merriam-webster.com it is, “the state of being weary and restless through lack of interest”. We all have different ideas of what boredom mean. For some of us, we find doing the same task repetitively boring, while others enjoy it. Some of us find being alone boring, while others relish the idea of it. And some of us, well, some of us find the sound of a long car ride, painfully boring, while some love the idea of getting to see the world pass by. We are all different which is what makes us so great.

So the question is, what should we do if we get bored, how do we get past it? If you are a reader, a good book that you can lose yourself in will get you there, and here is a list of what is hot now. If you have children, try something new with them, such as a backyard picnic, scavenger hunt, or other ideas from this list. Maybe you need a new activity, hobby, or goal to reach for, this list has some ideas on healthy ways to combat boredom. If you are work perhaps starting on a new task, or getting up to stretch your legs and grab some water. The thing is there is always plenty to do, maybe we don’t want to do it (like exercise, or cleaning) but sometimes once you begin the activity your time flies, and soon you forgot being bored altogether.

I will leave you with an article on some famous quotes on boredom, who knows, one might really speak to you, and inspire.

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FDR- The Only U.S. President to Serve More Than Two Terms

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (commonly referred to as FDR) is the only United States President to be elected for four terms, even though he technically only served three terms, due to his passing. After his passing in 1945, congress passed the 22nd Amendment limiting a president to two terms in office (eight years). This was ratified by the states on February 27th, 1951, making FDR the only sitting President to serve more than two terms. FDR had many accomplishments during his three terms as President, which is why he was elected so many times. Some of these accomplishments, according to politicsreport.com, include, “starting the FDIC, which is still used today, to ensure security of an individuals account. FDR started the NIRA (National Industrial Recovery Act) which did several things to improve working standards. He also created the Fair labor Standards Act, setting child labor laws, eliminating the unfair exploitation of child workers”. He is also the man you have to thank for Social Security.

There were many other things he did during his time in office, which was not an easy one. With war, and The Great Depression, the country was at an all-time low when he was elected. It would seem that all of the improvements that he made are why the people elected him so many times. He seemed like he was truly an inspirational leader during his time.

The Importance of Keeping Our Children Safe

Children’s safety is important as ever in this day and age. Keeping your children safe can be a full-time job, as there are so many additional dangers out there. From the time your baby enters your home, you are child-proofing, adding rugs to hard floors, plastic to sharp corners, safety plugs in the outlets, anchoring furniture, and making sure blind cords are out of reach, among other things. From there you have to worry about toys, not just pieces falling off and children putting them in their mouth, but smart toys (toys that can be connected to the internet) might be hacked. Talking to strangers, going out in the street, not jumping on the bed, the list goes on and on when children are young, in keeping them safe.

As children get older, some of the old dangers still apply, but new ones emerge. Once a child is old enough to have a smart phone or tablet, then you have to worry about new outside predators. And let’s face it, our children tend to be better with technology then adults. There are many internet dangers to be cautious of, including some you might not have heard of, or are thinking of, click this link for an article on some of these dangers. There are also other ones that can pop up, such as when Slenderman became well known, or Blue Whale. We as parents have so many ways that we need to keep our children safe, and we do the best we can, we just need to make sure we are staying informed with the new hidden dangers.

Emoji’s Love Them or Hate Them, They are Here to Stay!

Are you a fan of emoji’s? If you are, then today is your day, being that it is World Emoji Day! Nowadays it would seem everyone has their own line of emoji’s. Steph Curry has his Stephmoji, Ellen DeGeneres has her Exploji, and Charlie Sheen even has his own Sheenoji, among others. Emoji’s can be enjoyable when done correct, but they can also get a little annoying for those that tend to over use them. What do you think, are emoji’s a trend to stay, or on the way out? Do you have a favorite emoji? Do you tend to overuse them? I would love to hear from you!!!

Crazy For Ice Cream

I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream! Not just an expression, but in fact originally a song by Howard Johnson, Billy Moll, and Robert King. July happens to be not just Ice Cream month, but today, July 16th, is also Ice Cream Day! It was President Ronald Regan, on July 15, 1984, who officially declared the third Sunday in July National Ice Cream Day, signing it into public law. So yes, today it’s the law to eat ice cream….well that is clearly a joke, but maybe it is the one day when you don’t have to feel as guilty to indulge. McDonald’s has free soft serve available all day today, if you download their app, and one lucky customer will win soft serves for life. Whether you prefer an ice cream bar, sandwich, cone, or just a bowl of deliciousness, enjoy your day to indulge!

Keeping Family Members That Don’t Speak Safe

If you are like me, then you love your dog, a lot, and want to keep it safe. Unfortunately, that is not always possible, due to natural disasters, specifically fire. In fact, redcross.org states that, “according to the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by fires”. The website gives some helpful suggestions on how to keep them safe if you have a fire in your home.

-Keep them in your family evacuation plan, and include them in the practice sessions.

-If you do need to evacuate, it is most important to evacuate your pets, but never put yourself in danger, to rescue the family pet, something hard to hear, but important to remember.

Along with remembering your pets in the event of a fire that happens while you are home, it is also important to remember that pets can cause fires. Redcross.org continues by stating that, “the National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by homeowners’ pets”. It lists out suggestions on how to keep pets safe while alone such as removing stove knobs (something we do for our children as well). We have to keep our pets safe from harm, so if you realize you have a mischievous, or curious pet on your hands, call the neighbor to pet sit, or leave the animal tied up, to help keep them from danger.

Bastille Day in France

Today is Bastille Day in France. If you are unfamiliar with this, according to independent.co.uk,it is a day, “to celebrate a mob breaking into an 18th century Parisian prison”. I am sure you are wondering why this is significant, the website continues by saying that it is, “akin to the United States 4th of July, the date marks the beginning of the republican democracy and the end of tyrannical rule”. So, this for France would be the celebration of their independence, and when did it happen, July 14, 1789. Ten days and 29 years after the United States gained our independence they found theirs, quite interesting. Today, it is not the storming of the Bastille that is celebrated, but instead, “it is a day to celebrate the three tenants of the republican national motto: ‘liberty, equality, and fraternity’”.

French Fry Yumminess!

French fries, not a French food, but most certainly an American favorite. French fries are actually claimed to be made in Belgium, and as the National Geographic website states, “it’s said that this dish was discovered by American soldiers in Belgium during World War I and, since the dominant language of southern Belgium is French, they dubbed the tasty potatoes ‘French fries’”. So, how do you like your fries, covered in ketchup, cheese, garlic, or maybe you just like a little salt on them? Do you prefer your crunchy, soggy, or something in between? Nowadays, you can really get those fried potatoes in so many ways, including changing out the regular potato for a sweet potato. However you might like to indulge just remember, they are not the best for us, so consume in moderation.

Click here for a recipe baking the fries.

Click here for a recipe baking sweet potato fries.

Garlic fry craving, then click here!

And if you are still looking for something a little more gluttonous, then click here…and enjoy!

 

Go On a Picnic, or Two or Three

Picnics can be a lot of fun, when done right. You can make it just about the food, or food, and fun too. Some picnics have activities such as volleyball, horseshoes, or even disc golf (I know Melky and I enjoy that). Click here for a list of picnic spots here in Modesto, and if you are looking to get out of town, then click here for a list that expands out a little. Be sure to watch out for the ants, and if you go into the forest, watch out for other wildlife. Otherwise have fun with your friends, family, or significant other!

Celebrating World Population Day

Today is World Population Day, the current population being  more than 7 billion people worldwide. The U.S. Census Bureau gives a U.S. and World population clock, which is interesting to check out, and you can see that here, and it also tells the population of different countries. In 2016 the United Nations predicted that by 2050 there will be 9.7 billion people on earth with questions on how much the planet can sustain. However, new evidence shows that less millennials are choosing not to have babies. This could change at anytime as we know, so we really do not know where the population will go. There are of course concerns with the population continuing to rise, such as climate change, poverty, and gender equality, and you can find more information on these concerns here.  Many things to think about, when it comes to World Population Day!