Sunday, April 21, 2013

'Vera'ciously too much for me

I cannot hold back any longer. It seems that everyone around me is infatuated with Vera Bradley. And they do not just have one or two pieces. By heavens, no. They have to have the totes, satchels, backpacks, wallets, and phone covers. They gloat over the past season's designs or color palates and wait anxiously of the newest releases! When someone comments on their purse they always proclaim proudly that "It's a Vera Bradley". Big deal.

Frankly, I do not understand the appeal of this brand. All I see is an extremely bright, busy, over priced, quilted bag. These bags do not have any special construction. Anyone with basic sewing skills could easy make something similar. The fabric reminds me of the clearance section at my local Joann craft store. And the colors on these bags are so bright that they clash with everything. I am well aware that they make plain black bags as well, but they are completely unenthralling.

On multiple occasion, I have been assured that I would like these bags if I found one in blue. I have been shown bags in every hue of blue and even the least boisterous bag could not sway my opinion. I simply do not like these bags. I have already warned most family and friends to not even think of buying one of these for me.

I do not understand why Vera Bradley owners attribute an air of entitlement to these bags. They are just atrociously bright, quilted fabric sewn in the shape of a bag. I am sorry, but Paisley print is not rare. And the designs were always the type that my mother would avoid when she was making a quilt or her scrub tops. (My mother was a nurse.) Besides that the bags are not even that rare. There are at least 3 stores that sell this brand within a 6 mile radius from my house.

I have to clarify that I do not have an issue with the quilted look of this brand. I love quilt texture items. Two years ago I wanted a quilt pattern white Hello Kitty planner. And more recently I have been yearning for a Liz Lisa quilted wallet. They are so dainty and feminine looking.

I know I will receive grief from some of my friends, but I needed to express myself fully. And I was glad to see that there is a facebook group of people that feel the same way.

image from: Vera Bradley
Raegan Huston
Web Nuggetz

Monday, April 15, 2013

Hang up and drive

Going to the metro station for Sakura Matsuri this weekend, I kept witnessing the one activity that makes me fearful of driving. People using on their cellphone while driving. It was the same during the previous 2 months when Oppa and I were driving between Maryland and Delaware.

In Maryland and Delaware, it is illegal to use a cellphone while driving without a hands free device. But during my many road trips, I witnessed plenty of drivers texting and chatting with the phone to their face. I do not have a need to enforce the law or a real care for what most people do while in their cars. It is just that these people are slowing traffic, swerving into other lanes, or tailgating more then the average driver. There was one instance when one of these law breakers almost grazed the side of Oppa and my car. I would have been severely cross if that woman would have hit us.

According to the CDC in 2011, 3,331 people were killed and 387,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. They calculated that that is more than 9 people killed and 1,060 injured each day in the United States alone!

Honestly, what is so important that someone cannot put their phone away for 10-20 minutes so they can drive from point A to point B? Or if one is so addicted to the internet, social media, or texting that they must be permanently looking at a cell phone why not have someone else drive? Why are people so desensitized to the fact they they are in control of 1+ ton metal object moving at rapid speed?

I wish there was a way to report these nuisances. Maybe an app that a passenger could take a picture of a driver using a cellphone and their license plate. The app could be linked to the police or motor vehicle departments. Then after 3 reports your license will be suspended for 6 months. I definitely think that suspensions would be more of a deterrent than the current $40-$500 fines. If any more offenses are reported the suspension could be extended for a year or permanently. But unfortunately taking a picture of someone in Maryland without their permission is also illegal.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

April Challenge

"To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are."
--Tim Menchen

In March, I finally sat down and decided that I needed to stop viewing my life as inferior to others. I needed to stop obsessing over what other people have or are going to do and focus on my life. I also needed to give thanks for what I have and appreciate what opportunities I have been given.

So this month, I have decided that I need to do more than just give thanks. I need to act on those skills and opportunities. I have already made lists of what my future plans are and now I just need to take action. I have decided that there is no time for procrastination. I no longer want to waste my life on 'what if...', 'if only...', or 'one day...'

My life is not prefect, nor am I where I would like to be. But waiting until life works in my favor is not getting me anywhere. So this month is about taking action. I am no longer going to dream of the life I want or am planning to have. I need to work everyday toward that life now. I look forward to not waiting until tomorrow. I look forward once again achieving my goals. And I look forward to becoming a better person with each day.

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