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Why I want to learn wordpress

I have had this site for years now. WordPress is installed on it. I learned enough about it to make it work but I have ultimately decided to keep learning more about it.

image of macbook with html and css code on the screen

For a while I thought scrap it all! Start over with a handwritten from scratch site, the whole damn thing! Then reality hit and I realized WordPress might be a better tool for the job. I still think it’s useful to learn how it works so I have decided to keep it and learn from it.

My goal is to become a full time web developer. I signed up for classes at months and months ago but my free trial ran out and my free time ran out. Now I have gotten more free time back and am ready to keep learning.

herbal supplements

I’ve been sick for the past few weeks. No doctor really knows for sure what’s wrong so they prescribed me medications until I could get in to see a specialist. These medications make me tired and unable to function. I really hate taking them and feeling drugged up. I thought that I could try some herbal supplements or some other natural way to deal with this vomiting blood, nausea, madness.


I know ginger has been a known to help with nausea for a long long time. My sister suggested that I try some couscous and ashitaba leaves. I knew that the local grocery store didn’t have such things so I went to the natural food store hoping they would have it. I found the couscous but when I asked about the ashitaba leaves they didn’t have any but pointed me toward some ginger herbal supplement and probiotics. The naturopath also suggested that I get rid of all dairy, wheat, and go gluten free! I tried so hard not to roll my eyes at that point but I might have slipped and actually did it. The gluten free diet is only going to help if you have celiac disease, if you don’t it’s useless! It can do more harm than good. It’s also more expensive. This naturopath sales associate that gets commission off of selling product suggests that I go gluten free. I refuse to buy it. No doctor (all 5 I’ve seen in the past month) has suggested that celiac disease is a possibility, or any diet change is going to help me.


Trying to get out of a store with nosey sales associates is no fun. I eventually got to the checkout and decided to get the ginger extract that was suggested.


I got home and tried it. The bottle said:

suggested use of ginger extract: shake well before using take up to 40 drops in 2oz of water or juice, 2-5 times per day. Best taken between meals.Keep out of reach of children. Store away from heat & light.

I started using the eyedropper to put it into a glass and realized this stuff smells strong so I only put 4 drops in and filled the rest of the 12oz glass with water and drank it. ICK! That was some strong stuff that burnt your throat and tasted like ginger afterward. Then I felt weird but my pain was gone, I thought nothing of it. The medications that were prescribed to me made me feel funny for weeks. I quit taking all of them 6hrs before trying this. I decided not to take any more for the day.


The next day I decided to try it again so I put another 4 eye drops into a glass and put a 12oz can of sprite in it. A few minutes after chugging it I felt weird again. I recognized this feeling, buzzed. I felt like I just took a shot of hard liquor. The last drink I had was in August 2013. I went back to the cupboard and looked at the bottle. I see this:

bottle label with ingredients: certified organic alcohol (70-80%), distilled water & certified organic ginger GLUTEN FREE!


70-80% certified organic alcohol?! My god that’s in between absinthe and everclear! 70-80% alcohol = 140-160 proof! No wonder it burns going down and they say keep it away from heat. That shit is highly flammable!


What really pissed me off is that in this health food store they had a computer that you could look up the exact medication you’re taking to see if any supplements would affect it. I looked up my medications and it didn’t say that the herbal supplements would have any effect. I was about ready to puke all over those sales associates so I had to get out of the store ASAP.

warning labels on my medication: May cause drowsiness alcohol may intensify this effect. use caution while operating machinery. DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES FullSizeRender


These are the warning labels that are on my medications. That I saw when I got home. Now I’m glad I didn’t take any of these before taking that herbal supplement drink because I hated how tired these pills made me and the alcohol would have made it worse. I had bleeding in my stomach that’s why I was medicated in the first place, to stop throwing up and let my body heal! Alcohol of any kind is going to make it worse!


Then I thought, ok, if I got a buzz off of 4 drops of this stuff mixed with 12oz of water or sprite. What does 40 drops look like? Since I only took 1/10th of what the bottle suggested and got a buzz I wanted to see. When I drank heavily and mixed drinks I always used single shot glasses for measurement but all I could find for this is a double shot glass

my tequila rose double shot glass empty


Then I put 4 drops in it. The amount that I took


That’s a pansy amount of alcohol if you’re looking to get drunk! But if you’re on medication that says DON’T DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES! That’s too much! Now let’s see 40 drops.

double shot glass with 40 drops of extract in it. It's really close to the halfway mark so 40 drops is close to 1 shot


Well it’s close to the middle. I think it’s a little under half way but still really close to 1 shot. So if for whatever reason you take the maximum amount suggested on the bottle with the directions, you’re taking 1 shot of 140-160 proof alcohol with 2oz of water/juice. 2 – 5 times per day. That’s a strong cocktail right there.


If you take this amount daily for an extended period of time you’re going to get really sick. This ginger extract is only one example of it. There are tons of other herbal supplements out there that are 35-40% alcohol (70-80 proof). That’s in between vodka and rum. Herbal supplement drinks with extract like this are one alcoholic cocktail per day and will carry the same exact side effects of having one alcoholic cocktail per day. Liver damage has been a big problem with these herbal supplements. The other part of my is just stunned at how this is legal. If this product can be given to children daily, you’re basically handing them a cocktail every day. How much damage is going to happen if you give a kid a wine cooler every day for their health? It can’t be good!


Just because things are sold in a health food store, or labeled as something that is supposed to make you feel better naturally doesn’t mean that it is true. I decided to go get a ginger root and put it in food and tea myself without any extra ingredients. That has helped me a lot, lesson learned!


Buyer beware! Make sure to check the alcohol content in herbal supplements. Do not take them daily!

I’m not very religious but I do agree with 1 Timothy 5:23 that says:

“No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.”

At that rate it might be better just to go out and buy a bottle of red wine to drink once a week or so.


Have you tried any herbal supplements?

What are your stories?

Tell about it in the comments!

Internet marketing

I’ll begin with one of the most annoying things on the internet today, marketing. We’ve all signed onto facebook and have seen the sponsored posts they have of “answers pages” and what not that has a list of 100 great things that you have to click through. Why should one have to click through so much content? To get more page clicks and make profit for whoever put the stupid page together! The atlantic talks about the “slideshows drive traffic”  myth in more detail.


I tried to learn about it and affiliate marketing, but I honestly can’t do it. There’s a part of my soul that just screams “THIS IS WRONG!” Ever since escaping the JW cult I stop and think for a while about what’s really going on and why. I’m also annoyed by the learning websites that teach all about affiliate marketing, getting set up and making cash! Then proceed to teach you how to make a great website with these click through slideshows to get more clicks and make cash by annoying the hell out of your audience!

The more and more I read into the topic of marketing and careers in marketing I want to puke. I’m starting to hate my current job, not exactly the job its self but the environment that I have to work in. I thought HEY if I can work at home in an environment that’s comfortable for me that’d be AWESOME but I can’t bring myself to do that kind of work.

I feel like it’s just a scam. It’s as if cardboard was molded and painted to look like a cupcake and the minute that you bite into it you want to gag. Now you’re pissed because the salesman lied to you, and you have a nasty taste of cardboard and paint in your mouth. Ok that might be a little extreme but that’s how I feel about marketing!

So as of today I am going through this whole site. I am taking all affiliated links off of it. I won’t post any advertisements on it. This will be an ad free website.

What do you guys think about the click through slideshows?

5 misconceptions about pregnant women

rixa 30 weeks pregnant
rixa 30 weeks pregnant

This is one of the big reasons I didn’t do very much with this site recently. I was pregnant with my first baby. During that time I saw just how insane and annoying some humans are toward pregnant women. I also saw just how amazing life on this earth is. It is an experience to carry another life inside your body.

My favorite moments were the ones where I was alone with the bump. I feel like I really got to know her a little bit before she was born by doing that. I could feel how she was laying in there and all the kicks!

Here are some things I observed while out and about with my baby bump that were annoying. I know a lot of people mean well but stop doing this!


5. That pregnant women are always in the third trimester when announcing the news

At first I was super excited I told the whole world after I hit 12 weeks. Right away at work people would step in front of me to lift heavy things and would have me sit down because when they were pregnant they weren’t allowed to lift much of anything. They would just  nod and smile back or say, “Well you don’t look pregnant.” I just smiled and laughed it off and lifted heavy things anyway because my doctor said to keep going about my day as I normally would for now.

But all those smiles slowly fell off my face when I had to walk outside and face the world after week 21. By this point I had weight restrictions which meant I couldn’t do my normal job, that made me sad. I was starting to get big enough for my belly to show, and even though I told everyone at week 12 that I was pregnant. Nobody gave a damn until this point when the belly just started showing. But this is when the next worse thing started..


4. That pregnant women NEED to hear your story about being pregnant and giving birth

After people started seeing the bump I think something clicks in their head and they no longer saw anyone else standing there but themselves. Once they saw my belly and confirmed that I was pregnant it started,”Oh wow! when I was pregnant I…….” and it went on for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. It was always about how fabulous being pregnant was for them. All the food they ate, how they didn’t have to work, how they lounged around the house all day because they didn’t have to work and could eat whatever they wanted. Drug usage during pregnancy (apparently some feel smoking/drinking/taking x amount of cigarettes/ beer/drugs per day is safe) and all of these characters think that you NEED to know this information!

Then the, “When I gave birth to my son/daughter……..” horror stories. Seriously?! Just because There’s a baby bump does not mean I want to hear about your gory c-section and other birth stories.

Sure some of that information can be useful but wait until they ask! Don’t just start talking like they’re your long lost self that will benefit 100% from your personal experience!


3. All small talk with pregnant women must be baby questions

Every day for weeks people would ask the same questions over and over again..

“How is your pregnancy? When are you due? Is it a boy or a girl? What are you going to name it? How far along are you?”

Pregnant women are humans too. It’s preferred if you just talk to them as if they didn’t have the bump. Ask how they are doing, ask about anything else other than the obvious! Or better yet. DON’T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL!


2. unsolicited advice

This goes on after the baby is born too. It starts out in pregnancy as: baby name advice, ” I don’t like the name you picked out! Use this name.” Diet advice, ” Remember you’re eating for 2!” “Don’t have that soda it’s bad for the baby!” Seriously?! One coffee/soda is fine once in a while. Unless your doctor says so. Medical advice, “Oh you’re throwing up? You must have morning sickness.” Thank you captain obvious! You are fired from being my doctor!

Wait until they ask for you to give them advice on something don’t just tell them because they have a bump or a baby.

1. touching the belly


If you’re close with them like close friend or family ask. If you’re not… GO THE FUCK AWAY!


What was the most irritating thing said to you when pregnant?

My Quarter Life Crisis


horribly drawn crossroads
which way do I go now?

I’ve taken a step back from this whole world of blogging for a while to research everything about it. I looked at the technicalities, legalities, and learned a lot about affiliate marketing. The more and more I learn about marketing the more I don’t like it, I’m starting to not like marketing in general.

Here’s my story about life so far and what I’ve learned.

I’m in my mid 20s, at that stage in life where I don’t know where I’m going in the work/career direction. Every day I wake up and ask myself, “Why do I have to go to work today? Do I honestly want to sit on this assembly line assembling product and running machines for the rest of my career? If I could pick a new career direction what would it be?”

The answers are YES! I have to go to work today because being a grown up means going to work to pay bills and acquire more bills to pay. No I don’t want to sit on the assembly line for the rest of my career but for now yes I will. I still have no idea what career direction I should go in.

I remember back in high school (sadly 8 years ago) when the teachers and counselors would constantly remind us that we needed good grades to put on those college applications! They made it feel as if we didn’t go to college right after high school that we wouldn’t be able to go at all. If we didn’t graduate college that we would end up working as a fry cook for our entire career, retiring from the local fast food joint.

What happens if you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up?

What happens if you do figure out what you want to be and graduate college, but get out and realize that there aren’t any jobs for your degree?

Well those topics weren’t discussed much but from what I’ve seen, you have to work an entry level job, or go work at the fast food joint to pay off the student loans.

After high school I went to work, just trying to survive after escaping the borg. I worked in fast food until I got hired into electronic manufacturing. Then one day I got a call from one of those colleges that our teachers and counselors said, “You need good grades to get into that college!” I thought, OK I’ll give it a shot. I set up an appointment to talk to the admissions guy. My mom went with me. I took a few tests and filled out some paperwork, then went home. A few days later I had been ACCEPTED! I just thought WHOA! I spent half of my senior year in “in-school suspension” for skipping classes that I didn’t like or care about. I had an amazing 2.10 GPA at graduation, and I just got accepted into a college 3 years after graduation!

This is when I learned that colleges (private colleges) don’t exactly care if you have straight A’s or even a high school diploma! As long as you (and/or your parents) have good credit you’re going to school! It’s easier if you do have good grades and a high school diploma to get scholarships.

I wanted to go for game design but that’s the only time my GPA came up to haunt me.

They said they had a cap on the game design program and they were only accepting people with 2.5 or higher GPA.

I was accepted into the network administration program. I just thought that working with computers sounds like a good idea. That energy worked for me until I got to the fun courses about subnetting. Uggh, just thinking about subnetting I see the nightmare command line and a lot of IP addresses.

I researched what jobs are available with this degree and to start with it’s mostly help desk. That fun job where you sit in a cube with a computer and a headset and fix angry people’s computers. I tried to picture myself doing that. I know I would be the next employee fired because I told somebody to just box up their computer and send it back because they’re too dumb to use it!

Sadly I had this realization half way through the associate degree.

I couldn’t bring myself to finish it at the time, so I went back to the assembly lines. I’ve been on the lines for 7 years now. I could go get an engineering degree and actually get a job right after graduation because I have more than 5 years experience in the field!

That’s where I’m at right now work/career wise in this quarter life crisis, thank you for checking out my site!