Hello fellow interweb explorers! I am Ada Zuba. I binge the Netflix shows and just recently Disney plus has been my happy place. I am a creative person with a big love for Disney movies. I hope to one day write and publish a fantasy novel.
Stampede: Greatest Show on Earth
Stampede is the biggest event in my hometown. The smell of deep fried foods waft through the air, suddenly cowboy boots and shoes appear in store windows, downtown is covered in comical drawings of the Midwest. The atmosphere of Calgary does a 180 turn from people afraid to talk to one another to excitement. Stampede means summer is actually here. The weather turns undeniably hot and with the combination of buzzing food trucks; the temperature rises. The world looks different. For one thing, I love the excuse to wear my cowboy boots that are stashed away in the back of my closet. Secondly, going to the concerts are worth saving every penny. Thirdly, the food! Weird food ideas such as deep friend pickles or mustard and ketchup ice cream can be only found at the Stampede. The early and free stampede breakfasts at random grocery stores or parking lots fill up with people waiting to get their pancakes and maple syrup with a side of sausage. The carnival rides and games are all excitement and fun. This sounds like a good time doesn’t it?
Shampoos to Avoid
Here is a list of shampoos that you should avoid: 1. Tresemme: I was surprised to discover that Tresemme, a brand frequently used by my old salon, is actually one of the worst choices for your hair. While it may make your hair feel silky and great initially, it contains sulfates and salt, which can have detrimental effects. Salt, in particular, has a drying effect on the hair, while sulfates strip away moisture, leading to increased brittleness over time.
Marriage is Still an Option
Getting Married: A Worthwhile Choice Imagine this scenario: a man in his mid to late twenties is living with his twenty-three-year-old girlfriend. Both of them have great jobs. Each morning, they go to work and come home, spending quality time together. They enjoy outings to their favorite pub, watch movies late into the night, and fall asleep on the couch. The girlfriend eventually heads back to their room while he stays sleeping on the couch. This pattern continues until the sparks start to fade, and a week later, she decides to move out because she wanted a ring and felt that he had become complacent.
Do I Have Anxiety?
I'm uncertain of the precise origin of my struggles. A therapist might attribute them to my childhood experiences, and that hypothesis holds some plausibility. Friends, too, would likely agree with that assessment. Here's what I've been grappling with lately—a realization, or perhaps an epiphany, that has struck me deeply: I've never quite been the 'favorite friend.' Yes, there were fleeting moments in 5th, 6th, and 12th grade when I felt a glimmer of belongingness, but overall, I was simply there, blending into the background. Hugs, for some inexplicable reason, have always made me feel disconcerted, prompting me to substitute them with high fives as a means of conveying my friendliness. And when it came to asking questions in class, I would meticulously rehearse them in my mind, only to realize that the class had moved on to an entirely different topic. It often felt like hitting a dead end.
The Myth. The Man. The Legend
In one of the drawers at my parents' house, there lies a clear box that once held Ferrero Rocher chocolates. This box holds a special meaning to me because of its contents - a collection of photographs from my childhood, among which one of my favorites is a picture of my dad and me. The photo captures us on a beach: my dad wearing a white t-shirt, his hair slicked back, donning round sunglasses as he reads a magazine, while I, as a little child, crouch beside him, peering over his shoulder and reaching for a strawberry from a plastic container nearby. The memory of camping with my family is etched in my mind, as it was a cherished tradition every summer.
"Where words fail, music speaks." This quote holds profound meaning for me, as it resonates deeply within my beliefs. Throughout my life, music has consistently played a significant role. There have been moments when I've experienced certain emotions that are difficult to articulate with mere words. Like many others, I have faced both joys and challenges. I've been taken advantage of numerous times, endured the loss of loved ones, navigated through heartbreak, experienced love, and found solace in the beauty of life and laughter. When I immerse myself in a playlist, it becomes crucial to truly listen to the lyrics of the songs in order to grasp the essence of my life.
There lived a seemingly ordinary couple named Alex and Emily. They were known as The Hunters to their neighbouring apartment dwellers. They were deeply in love and led what appeared to be a lavish and extravagant lifestyle. Their luxurious penthouse apartment in New York, expensive cars such as their stored Mercedes, which was only used on the highway to their cabin in the woods, and extravagant vacations left others in awe. Little did anyone know including Alex that, their opulent existence was built on a dark secret. Emily's Dark secret.
Our lives are filled with fleeting moments. Something small happens and it leads to many events that lead us to where we are now. For me, that moment was boredom. When one is bored we tend to check the fridge every twenty minutes hoping something new has magically appeared. We tend to research a topic that interests us or we find something to keep us busy. I had the pleasure of working in the office, where I picked up the phone once a day and that was it. That was my whole job. I survived by ordering skip the dishes every day, which led me to gain about 10 pounds in a week. I had to buy new pants because they did not fit into the pair of jeans I owned. Suddenly, I became depressed, which led me to eat about four meals a day with little to no exercise, which is a large part of why I felt down in the dumps. I did this job for seven months and I decided to do the unthinkable which was going back to school. I am a person that did not particularly enjoy going to school or classes. Most of the time I would not even listen to the teacher, but here I was sitting at my computer desk with the hairs on the back of my neck standing up and my heart pounding in my chest about applying to school. With each click of my mouse, I could feel something which I have not felt in a long time and that was exciting. I pulled out my credit card and punched in the numbers on the keyboard. I could not believe it, I had applied to go back to school once more. I sat there in my chair dumbfounded. Did I hate my job that much? I wanted to torture myself with studying and tests and group projects and presentations simply because I was bored at work. I simply could not take it anymore, I could sit there contributing nothing to the company I worked for, I needed a purpose to live and to love the job I have. That night I sat down with my parents and decided to tell them that I was going back to school. When I told them that I applied to become a unit clerk neither of them were excited about it, but I decided to pursue it anyway. A week later, sure enough, I got my letter of acceptance. I moved forward with the application and it was official I was going back to school. I was so excited to quit my job, I told my manager seven weeks in advance, which then led her to give me the cold shoulder for a month and a half. I did not care that much though, I came into work with a hop in my step and I had started to learn medical terms. I was still working two jobs and life became easier, it felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I started to go to school and I was excited to see my classmates and to learn new things. I was doing very well in all my courses, I ended up graduating with a near-perfect GPA, which I had never achieved in my lifetime. I graduated and neither of my parents wanted to go, so I did not end up going to my graduation ceremony. My friends missed me, shocked that I did not want to go. I just shrugged and carried on, I applied to nearly 215 jobs within one company. Sadly, I did not get an interview until a year later. But, it finally happened, I got my foot in the door. I started by screening patients and visitors during the pandemic. The job was fun as I worked with a variety of people and it led me to have the job I have today. I made a connection with someone and immediately she said “I will get you a job” She took me to her unit, introduced me to the unit manager and I had an interview. I was trained on six shifts without doing a practicum and like that, I was on my own. Now, I look forward to going to work. Not a lot of people can say that, everyone dreads and complains about going to work. I do too, because it still is work, but the number of days that I look forward to coming to work makes my job worthwhile.
Things to Know Before Saying I Do
Marriage is a serious commitment! It is the most life-changing commitment there is out there. Especially, if you do not live together beforehand. It changes the way you live, and you need to adjust to each other’s lifestyles. It is no easy task, so before you stand in front of your friends and family there are a few things you need to know/ have with your partner: