The first innovative bicycle path in the Netherlands will be paved with light stones that will charge during the day and emit light during the evening. The path will run by the home that Vincent van Gogh lived in from 1883-5
THESE NEED TO BE EVERYWHERE
1. my only wish (this year) - britney spears // 2. white christmas - michael bublé & shania twain // 3. do they know it’s christmas - glee cast // 4. carol of the bells - trans-siberian orchestra // 5. wish list - neon trees // 6. christmas (baby please come home) - leighton meester // 7. the christmas song - she & him // 8. all i want for christmas is you - mariah carey // 9. little saint nick - beach boys // 10. have yourself a merry little christmas - billy joel // 11. greatest time of year - aly & aj // 12. christmases when you were mine - taylor swift // 13. 8 days of christmas - destiny’s child // 14. santa claus lane - hilary duff // 15. merry christmas, happy holidays - nsync // 16. rockin’ around the christmas tree - brenda lee // 17. sleigh ride - the ronettes // 18. christmas wrapping - the waitresses // 19. baby it’s cold outside - kelly clarkson & ronnie dunn // 20. o holy night - lea michele // 21. winter song - sarah bareilles & ingrid michaelson // 22. winter wonderland - emili sandé // 23. santa baby - eartha kitt // 24. christmas lights - coldplay // 25. river - joni mitchell // 26. rudolph the red-noised raindeer - jack johnson // 27. santa claus is coming to town - frank sinatra & cyndi lauper // 28. last christmas - glee cast // 29. feliz navidad - celine dion // 30. i saw mommy kissing santa claus - jessica simpson
To me, this post might be just as important as the bible.
One of my classes. My elderly teacher taught us this because he really cared about books.
Why does no one teach us these things anymore?
I get so uppity when someone breaks the binding on my books.
You crack that spine and I am forever ashamed of you
As I think we’re all aware, Tumblr skews very young. Like teenaged young. There are lots of us around who aren’t so very young, but we’re outnumbered. It is not a secret that I am not super young (I’m 38…soon to be 39…gah) and occasionally I’ve gotten Askbox messages about what it’s like being a grownup, how do you know when you are one, and if it’s fun or if it sucks, that kind of thing.
I don’t know if anybody ever feels like a grown-up, but I’ve certainly been living the grown-up life since I was 22, so I have some experience. To that end, I will share with you some of the…
Things I’ve Learned About Being a Grownup
1. You will get super excited about Christmas and birthday gifts of things like…socks, or new towels. I got a stand mixer one year and it was the Best Christmas Ever.
2. It won’t take long to figure out that keeping a tight rein on your finances is A GOOD THING. Or it shouldn’t take long, anyway. HEED MY WARNING.
3. There is no such thing as summer vacation. Not even for teachers.
4. The first time you ask to speak to someone’s manager, or send something back to the kitchen, it will feel weird. It takes awhile to internalize the Grownup Idea that you do have the right to expect and demand good service and/or respect.
5. Interest rates are obviously an invention of the devil.
6. Your boss will not give you a gold star for showing up. There are no ribbons for participation in the real world.
7. Those things you were always excited to do when you were a grownup? Like sleep all day and eat candy for breakfast and stay out drinking and make unwise purchases? Fun at first. Not so fun later, and not good for you. If you’re smart you will reach this conclusion on your own and cut it the fuck out. Mostly.
8. You have no idea of about 80% of the things your parents do for you. What, I have to PAY for trash pick-up/oil changes/Netflix?
9. Sure, it’s nice being a grownup and buying things I want for myself, like Sherlock DVDs and trips to London. But 90% of your income will go to pay for things that are no fun. Like…mattress pads. Renter’s insurance. Co-pays on my thyroid pills. Motherfucking STUDENT LOANS.
10. You’re never too old to be a flaily fangirl.
11. As long as you can support yourself, ALWAYS take a job you like that has a pleasant working environment over a job that pays more. No amount of money is worth the stress of hating your job for forty hours a week (or more).
12. You’re not stuck with the people school makes you be friends with. Now you can choose. Choose people who add something to your life. And to have a good friend, you have to BE one.
13. Some things are worth the investment. Good shoes. Regular car maintenance. Quality cheese. Travel. Activities that enrich and inspire you. Some things are not. Designer clothes (unless your career demands them, and those careers are rare). Fancy cars. Frequent nights on the town (those evenings are surprisingly pricey).
14. It’s okay to go through the drive-thru in your pajamas.
15. You will spend a lot of time getting stains out of stuff. Accept it.
16. Stocking a medicine cabinet is expensive. (It should contain at minimum: band-aids, painkillers, cold medicine, allergy medicine, throat lozenges, Pepto, antacids, Neosporin, and hydrocortisone cream)
17. You can never have too many fleeces or conveniently-sized bowls. Anything else, there are limits.
18. You will never be a grownup if you run back to your parents every time you have a problem. Some things do merit family help, but unless it’s a significant illness, devastating personal loss, situation in which you find yourself in danger, or imminent financial ruin, handle it yourself.
19. Your first apartment, you’ll care if it’s cool looking, if it’s close to fun things, if there’s a pool. All subsequent apartments, you will mostly care if there is on-site laundry.
20. The most important things from your childhood are the ones you’ll never outgrow. I still re-read “The Westing Game.”
I pretty much have nothing to add. The bolding is mine. As an Official Adult, you can see where MY priorities live.
Oh, and for the love of Mike, DO NOT WAIT until your mid-to-late 30s to start therapy and medication if you suspect your brain wiring is somewhat… off. And don’t skip those dentist visits if you can afford to go.
Okay, yes to all of that except 1. If I was given socks or towels as a birthday present, I’d probably use them to dry my tears at the sadness of it all.
MCU timeline, from The Art of The Avengers. Which I did terrible horrible things to to get decent scans.
Full, legible size is here, because it was too big for Tumblr!
I’m reblogging the timeline from the ORIGINAL POST. I found this timeline through twitter where people posted it sourcing it to the Marvel Website and it’s SO UNFAIR to EatingCroutons who did all the work, I had no idea it had been done by a fan and that irritates the shit ouf of me. Sorry, I would have reblogged it from Tumblr if I had known. *hugs*
If you have reblogged it from me, and if it’s not a hassle, please delete mine and reblog EatingCroutons who deserves all the awards for the amazing work on this timeline!
Basically I have been blessed to be close to people who work in hiring and were very, very willing to pass along their knowledge and tips and since a lot of people I know on here seem mystified by these things, I will share my vast wealth of knowledge with you*
*Some of this knowledge might be contradicted by specifics from your own field. If you’re a chemical engineer some of these things might not apply and that’s fine. This is just ~*widely applicable*~ stuff.
Cover letters are the stupidest part of a job application. The cover letter is really only there to show two things: 1) That you have a command of language that is both accurate and appropriate; 2) you read the job listing.
- Your cover letter should be short. The hirer has likely read hundreds that day, and by read, I mean “skimmed over lightly.” You don’t need to fill up an entire page.
- It should only contain pertinent information. Do not try to be cutesy or “creative” unless the job listing SPECIFICALLY asks for that. Trust me, I’ve had to hire people. Those people’s letters got passed around for mocking. DO NOT BE THAT PERSON.
- It should speak to the job listing, but only enough that it shows that you read it. If the job listing emphasizes that they’re looking for somebody who is willing to work odd hours, throw in a line that in your past experience you have been noted for being flexible with time. It doesn’t need a Faulkner-length explanation.
- If you know the name of the person to whom the letter is addressed, address it to them. If you it is a blind application, you don’t need to put “To Whom It May Concern” or “Dear Sir/Madam;” just don’t say anything.
- Stop freaking out about it. Seriously, your CL is not nearly as scary as you think it is. If you want to see a screenshot if an example cover letter that is a “catch all,” click here. I just pulled this out of my ass for a fictional job/person.
Your resume is not an “employment record.” Unless you have no experience, it should only list the things that are the most impressive or demonstrate your abilities the clearest.
- If you have an “Objective” on your resume, take it off. All of the employers I know said, “We KNOW your objective—you want the job! It just takes up space.”
- Always make sure that your resume is formatted cleanly and with maximum readability in mind. I strongly, strongly suggest visiting this link to see how to format your resume best. Visual cleanliness matters.
- Your resume should be ONE page. Just one. Not two or more.
- You can’t lie on your resume; you can learn how to make things sound more impressive. If you worked at a hair salon cleaning up, don’t say “Swept floors.” Instead write, “Contributed to the efficiency and cleanliness of the salon by sweeping floors.” It sounds like bullshit to you, but to a prospective employer, it sounds like you’re happy being part of a team. Try to describe what you did in at least 7 words.
- You can divide your resume if you want to highlight certain experiences over others. Making two sections such as “Relevant Experience” and “Other Experience” breaks it up, allows the reader to skip around, and let’s you highlight what you want to highlight.
- Learn to weed things out. Unless you can make it look like it taught you something huge, don’t waste the space. At the same time, if a job sucked but you can make it appear like it really impacted you, use it. This is not the truth about how you felt about that last job. This is you advertising yourself. You’re trying to get a job, not a Nobel Prize for emotional honesty.Now, what about the Skills section? You should have one, but as one friend said, “Nobody gives a shit if you went to France and had a great time. What we care about is if you’re proficient in French.” That should be your metric for things:
- Only list experiences that would aid you in this job or a similar one—not things that were “cool.” This is the place for things that you’ve learned but perhaps can’t tie to a job. Examples: foreign language skills, clerical training, courses/certifications, etc.
- List all of the software that you know. Even if it doesn’t seem relevant to that job, weird things happen. List any MS Office/equivalent software, if you are familiar with both Mac and PC, any graphics editing software you know…
- SOCIAL MEDIA IS A THING THAT YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY MAKE KNOWN. To people ~30 and under, social media seems like a given. But to many employers, it’s a mystical world filled with equal amounts of marketing opportunities and terror. Make it clear what social networking sites you know how to use—obviously Facebook and Twitter, but also LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc.
Applying to Jobs/Interviewing
Unfortunately, I can give you less specific advice here because we are not likely working in the same field—but here are just some general things to file away:
- If there’s a job listing that you feel qualified for but the listing says it wants more years of experience than you have, apply anyway. Those employers are unlikely to find that unicorn that has 4+ years of experience and is willing to work basically minimum wage. While more experience is a plus, they really just want somebody who can do the job. When it comes to applying to jobs, you really have nothing to lose by applying to anything that tickles your fancy.
- Interviewing is an entire post unto itself, but I’ll give you the tips that I’ve been given by my people: be calm, be on time, and ask good questions. Always have some questions lined up, even if you already know the answer. “What are you looking for in the right candidate?” is a good example, or “Are there opportunities for growth within the company?” etc.
Accepting a Job
So you got a job offer; exciting! Before you immediately accept, really vet the place to make sure it’s somewhere you’d like to work. Months of unemployment make you desperate, but sometimes jumping at the first opportunity it isn’t worth it. THIS HAPPENED TO ME, LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES.
Things you should think about:
- Do I know ALL things about the job, including: what I will be paid/how often, if there are benefits and when I get them, what hours I am working, how overtime is handled, how sick time is handled, etc. These are all incredibly important to know and if your employer is legitimate they will welcome you asking them.
- Is the distance commutable, or is it too far from home? (Think about how transit/gasoline will cut into your paycheck.)
- Does the job give me the time necessary to do other important things?
- Does the office environment seem like one I can spend at least six months in? (Every month at a bad job feels like an eternity—if you have bad feelings, trust them.)
- Does the job offer me anything besides a paycheck? Will I be learning any skills at this job or making important connections that can help me down the road?IMPORTANT: If an employer tries to give you a W-9 tax form upon your hiring and you are NOT a freelancer (independent contractor), RUN. This is tax fraud and is very messy and is entirely there to screw you. Become familiar with the legal definition of a freelancer so you know if you’re walking into a shady place. It happens more than you’d think, and it sucks, and is weird.If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message or whatever, I’ll gladly answer to the best of my ability! GO GET ‘EM.
Ten Things To Do When You Feel Like Crap:
1. Have a really hot, long shower. Cry if you need to. Sit on the ground. Feel sorry for yourself. Let the steam soak into your skin. Let the hot water wash your face clean. But the moment you turn off that water, you are done feeling sorry for yourself. Make a decision to move on from that sadness.
2. Clean. I know, cleaning is boring and annoying - but how about that feeling you get when you are finished? The smell of the vacuum. That feeling of accomplishment? Who knows, you might even find money along the way. Totally worth it. It’s like starting with a clean slate.
3. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while. If your first choice doesn’t pick up, choose someone else. Ask them all about how their lives are going and tell them about yours. Not only will it take your mind off whatever crappy thing you have been plagued by, but you will laugh with them! Laughing triggers endorphins and endorphins make you happy!
4. Go for a run or a walk. This get’s your endorphins and dopamine going crazy. You will get more energy and more happiness just because the chemicals in your body are running around!
5. Stop and take it all in. Walking in the night? Stop and look at the stars. Breathe in the cold air. Feel alive.
6. Stop whining. Ever heard the saying “love life and life will love you back”? Or, the idea of the power of attraction? It’s true! If you sit around saying “why me, waaaaa waaaa” then bad things will happen to you. You’re already defeated. If you start saying, “I will be happy, I will accomplish my ambitions, I will find love, I do look amazing, I am a great friend” etc., then not only will you start to believe them but you will be amazed at what amazing things start to happen.
7. Drink tea. This always works. Not a tea fan? Try hot water with a slice of lemon and some agave syrup.
8. Make a conscious decision to stop holding certain grudges. We all have people we have held grudges on in the past. Let them go. If you feel like you owe this person an apology, don’t be too proud. Send them a sincere facebook apology. Sincerity is in the intent, so even if it’s a 2 sentence apology - as long as you mean it it’s worth it.
9. Cook some really nice, warm food. Stimulate your taste buds with anything as simple as two minute noodles or as lavish as a three course garlic bread, pasta bake, chocolate mousse triple combo.
10. Write down a list of goals to achieve for the week. As simple as “buy insect repellent” or as large as “jog for 25 minutes non stop” and tick them off when they’re done. You will feel very accomplished and that alone will help pep up your mood!
Can’t believe this post is still circulating at such speed.
“There should be no conceit in victory and no despair in defeat.”
- Sir Matt Busby.