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It’s Not a Life Hack If It Complicates Matters

Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on August 20, 2014

Raise your hand if you don’t enjoy learning life hacks.


We all like life hacks. Sometimes, though, the life “hacks” are actually quite silly if you think about them, and they just make things more complicated than necessary. Here are a few ridiculous life hacks that are all over the Internet.

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Somehow this doesn’t seem like a good idea. I get the feeling that the rubber band, after the paint brush is wiped on it, will vibrate and splatter paint everywhere, doing far more damage than wiping on the side of the can ever did. Ah, but what if the rubber band is extremely taut and won’t vibrate? Well, if it’s that taut, it might be on the verge of snapping, which would splatter paint even farther!


They may be great for kindling, but they’re even better for eating. Nevertheless, if you really want food that might be only half as good as the kindling used in the fire that cooked it, be my guest.


Have you ever tried this? It looks simple enough, but I’ll bet it isn’t. Plus, um, a Ziploc bag is easier anyway.


First of all, there’s more to grocery shopping than perishables. Second, unless you always buy the same groceries and always keep them in a very specific place in the fridge, I don’t see how this picture will help you remember what’s not in the picture.


Or, you know, you could use a knife. ;)

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Why I Gave Up Novel Writing

Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on August 3, 2014


For as long as I can remember, I have loved to write. So naturally, I always dreamed of being a published writer, or at least of writing a full novel. It’s been so long a goal of mine that I stubbornly failed to see that it wasn’t going to happen. Of course I would write a novel . . . eventually. I’m a writer! That’s what writers do!

It took me a long time to realize that I am not a novelist, nor do I believe I ever will be. And I’m okay with it. Because there’s more to writing than just novels. I can do poetry or short fiction, as I’ve always done. This doesn’t mean I won’t still write!

Theoretically, I might be able to crank out a very short novel, if someone would press me/pay me to do it and I had absolutely nothing better do with my time. Maybe.

But in reality, I’ve come to realize that I am simply not devoted enough. I have always been a dreadfully slow writer, and though I love writing, I don’t think I love it enough to waste so much time and put so much effort into producing a novel which, let’s face it, can’t be very good. I’m not saying I don’t write well; I do believe God made me a better writer than most. But within the writing community, I don’t think I have quite enough talent to ever put out any truly good novel.

I know God wants me to use the talents He gave me. But although I don’t know what for, I am fairly certain that novel-writing is not it.

What is the point of me saying all this? I think what I’m trying to get at is that it’s okay to give up on things. Sometimes people value following dreams so much that, when they hear someone has given up on the dreams of his youth, they disapprove. But why the disapproval, really? People change, and their values change. As a young girl, the dream of writing a novel was so important to me. Now, I realize that there are other things in life that I need to focus on, and when I think of the ideal “me”. . . it’s not one who’s written a novel. Realizing that has allowed me to accept that I was always somewhat ill qualified for novel-writing anyway.

I’ve let go of the feeling of I must write a novel that’s been with me for all these years, and I think it’s the right thing for me.

And if anyone reading this has any old dreams that conflict with who she is today, I hope she can find it in her to let go as well.

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I Think Someone’s Been Murdered

Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on July 24, 2014

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I investigated further, and it turned out to be a normal light that just looked green because it was reflected off the trees. But this was what I thought when I saw it. :D

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Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on July 16, 2014

books-109524_640“Thomas, come here!” called the man.

The lad hurried into the room, and the man instructed him to fetch a particular storybook from the library.

Thomas returned several minutes later with the book and handed it to his master. The latter leafed through its papers until he came upon a story with the promising title “Sir Jankin’s Apprentice.”

“Ah, yes, this period in history makes for the most delightful tales!” the man proclaimed, and, dismissing the boy, he settled into a chair to indulge in some light reading.

This was written for Five Sentence Fiction. It may not be much of a story, but did you catch all SIX definitions of “page” that I squeezed into it? ;)

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An Extended Brain Freeze

Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on July 15, 2014

I got brain freeze eating ice cream like ten minutes ago, and it still hasn’t gone away. Has your brain freeze ever lasted more than 20 seconds, even? I don’t think mine ever had until now.

Really weird.

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Oh, the Beautiful Colored Lights!

Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on July 10, 2014

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Stunning, aren’t they?

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Signs to Entertain You

Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on June 23, 2014

We all see them sometimes: those signs that just make you smile, either because they are intended to be funny or because their poor wording is amusing. Here are a few I’ve come across.


When times are tough, even the supermarkets have to ration!

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This one is funny because of the context. ;)


Really, isn’t “destroy” a bit harsh?


IT’S THE DEATHLY HALLOWS!!! Except not really. Okay, so the sign isn’t really funny, but it did make me smile, and perhaps it will make you do so too.


Ha ha!


If you wanted to bring in the small children you were planning on eating . . . well, sorry, but you’ll have to eat them elsewhere.

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Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on June 16, 2014


“Make a wish,” my mother whispered.

I blew out the candles and watched the brief smoke wisps that floated up from the blackened wicks, wondering why I’d even bothered.

Mindlessly I ate my half of the little cake, and my mother, a smile plastered awkwardly on her face, ate the other half.

I was only four, but I knew my wish could do nothing.

He wasn’t coming back.

(Wanting to write but lacking inspiration, I went looking for writing challenges on WordPress blogs. I came across Five Sentence Fiction and decided to give it a shot. I hope you liked it.)

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The Disproportions of Life Cereal

Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on June 13, 2014

Have you examined the back of a box of Life cereal anytime recently? It features quite a charming little scene:


I was looking at this illustration and was admiring all the little details. I mean, look! One child has a pet frog:


Is that not positively delightful? I think it is. I take pleasure in it.

I also take pleasure in admiring the disproportionate and otherwise unrealistic aspects of this artwork. The frog pictured above, for instance, is somewhat bigger than your average frog. But you could argue that it’s a Goliath frog*. Much worse than the frog is the robin because there’s just no excuse for it:


And then there’s the squirrel.


Here’s a fun one: The baby has the body proportions of an older human! Take a look:


While we’re in the park, don’t you find the sailing guy amusing? I don’t know where he thinks he’s going. He seems to have vastly overestimated the size of the pond.


Up in the house, check out the girl in the bathroom. She must live with a giant because look at the size of that toothbrush on the sink! And the toothpaste tube! Not to mention the toilet paper roll, which is three times as wide as her legs. . . .


I’m trying to identify the pink object next to the boy’s bed.

I really, really hope it’s not a comb.


One more thing for your entertainment:


Um, number 13? If they think they can get away with calling milk “cow juice” . . . someone needs to give them a quick lesson in the definition of “juice.” ;)

What about you? Do you like seeking and discovering things that most people don’t think twice about?

*Although I’d say it’s a bit too thin for that. You can Google “Goliath frog” and decide for yourself.


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I Caught It from My Mother

Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on May 20, 2014

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My mother has always worried about her children. When she doesn’t know where one of her children is, or if the child is late in coming back, her mind immediately starts jumping to the worst scenarios, and she gets very nervous.

As a kid this was frustrating to me, because it meant I always had to tell her where I was going to be. Hey, even today, when I travel away from my dorm for weekends, she likes me to call her and let her know when I arrive safely.

But the thing is, I can totally understand this tendency because I’m like that too.

I inherited it from her!

The other day, my roommate wasn’t coming back to the dorm when she usually does, and she hadn’t mentioned to me that she was going out. So I started worrying. Why wasn’t she back yet? Could something bad have happened?

I called her phone. No answer.

I called again.

She picked up and said, “Hello?”

I said, “Where are you?”

A pause, and then the line went dead.


I must have called her at least five more times after that, all with no answer, and was just dialing another time when she walked in through the door.

Turns out the line went dead because she was in the subway. And there I was, all worried, half-considering calling the police.

It’s simultaneously sad and funny.

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