Fun Dates to Remember, November Edition


It’s that time of the month! (No, not THAT time!) It’s time to announce fun dates to remember for the month of November. Here are a few dates you may want to mark on your calendar.


3rd-National Sandwich Day! Head over to Subway or create a unique sandwich on your own at home. Either way, eat one!

17th-World Peace Day. Take a few deep breaths before giving in to your road rage.


Have one I missed? Let me know and I will add it to the list!

5 Conversations Starters that Should Never be Used


Conversation StartersAre you guilty of using one of these classic conversation starters that get on people’s nerves? We all get asked those questions that we really wish people would stop asking, but have you ever wondered if you are on the other end, causing the annoyance? To find out if you are guilty of this, check out these 5 conversation starters that should never be used.


  1. Where do you work?

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me this, I would have enough to quit the job people feel so inclined to ask me about. Typically, people like to put work out of their minds when they leave. Bringing up their job is only going to make them think about all the things they have to get done on Monday.


  1. How much do you make?

Talk about rude! This question will likely offend the other person and realistically, does it affect you in any way?


  1. Are you pregnant?

This is probably the worst one in my book. Trust me, if she’s pregnant, she will find a way to bring it up. If she’s not and you ask her, you have just ruined her entire week and killed her self-esteem. Great job.


  1. When are you two getting married?

Chances are, you have just brought up a sore subject. Either

  1. one of them wants to get married and the other doesn’t or
  2. they are both perfectly content with the non-married life.

So, you have either just dredged up some upset feelings or you have made them feel pressured about something that is none of your business.


  1. Do you have a boyfriend yet?

Really? Besides the fact that this question is super annoying, you typically are making the other person feel like there is something wrong with them. Let the other person be single and happy.


  1. Pickup. Line. Ever.

When was the last time someone asked you if you fell from heaven? Did it make you want to get to know that person? Yeah, I thought not.


Bonus: What do you like to do for fun?

Ok, this one isn’t really annoying, but it might possibly be the hardest question to answer ever. Nothing makes you feel like a boring person like someone asking what you do for fun. And of course, when they ask, you can never think of anything you find fun.


If you have asked one of these questions, you probably have rubbed someone the wrong way. Next time you aren’t sure what to say to someone, go with awkward silence before using one of these annoying icebreakers.

Fess up time! Have you ever been guilty of asking one of these questions? Or, think of one that I missed? Let me know in the comments section below!

My Latest Obsession

@thoughtsparkingDo you ever get introduced to something new and get hooked on it? Ever feel like you just HAVE to share it with the world? In this new series, I plan on doing just that. This week I am going to tell you about my latest obsession, Periscope.

What is Periscope?

Periscope is an app that allows you to view real time videos from all over the world. You can search by location or you can follow users to see when they are broadcasting. You can also comment on the videos to ask the broadcaster questions or provide feedback.

Who should use Periscope?

Periscope can be used by anyone! It can be used for business purposes, connecting with friends, or for the want-to-be traveler. The best part is, if you are camera shy, there is no requirement to do a broadcast yourself. Feel free to sit on your couch and watch a live video from across the world if you would like.

How is Periscope different than Vine or any other video site?

Periscope is different in that the videos are real time. This means that if you are watching someone walk along the beach in Australia, you get the benefit of providing real time feedback to the broadcaster. Want to get a better look at that landmark? No problem, just comment on the video and most broadcasters would be happy to give you a second look.

Why should I use Periscope?

Honestly, because it is fun. I have recently discovered it myself and have spent many nights watching the broadcasts. There is just something so great about the real time feedback that users love. Also, Periscope is great for those of you who are business owners or aspiring comedians, artists, singers, etc. This is a great way to get your name out there and grow your following.

How do I get started?

Go to your app store and download the Periscope app. From there, it will prompt you to set up an account or link to your Twitter account.

Are any of you Periscope users? Are there any features that you feel I missed? Let me know about your experiences below!

Support For Hanlin Signs Part 2

It is with great regret that I have to write this letter of apology. If you were one that had requested a support for Hanlin sign, and did not get one, I cannot express how sorry I am. The post has since been taken down so that no one else will get false hopes of getting a sign.

I had put too much faith in one person who had proved to be unreliable, hence the signs not being made. Once again, I apologize for giving anyone false hopes and for the inconvenience this may have caused.

Thank you for your understanding and support during these difficult times.

When I Think of Roseburg

A guest post by Brittany Nickole


A little timber town tucked away on Interstate 5 along the Umpqua River Douglas Firs on every side.

Every Friday night you’ll find us cheering for the home team, Orange and black, Indians attack you’ll hear us scream.

When I think Roseburg I think of family and friends, where a stranger is never met and everyone’s willing to pitch in.

We spend our Summer’s floating, and frying in sunburn alley, then it’s off to Pete’s drive in and crusin’ Garden Valley.

Toby is on the corner you wave as you pass by, now we’re off to Dutch Bros where there’s many things to try.

When I think Roseburg I think of strong willed heroes who will stand up for everything they believe and a town rocked by tragedy, together standing united for our beautiful UCC.

When I think Roseburg I think of the 9 angels our community gained and the others continuing to fight, I think of the outpouring of love and boy is it a site.

A community forever changed on that October day, forever in my heart Roseburg strong we will stay!


Brittany Nickole.

The Best Sport for Your Kids


Are you thinking about enrolling your child in a sport but not sure which one? I may have the perfect suggestion for you. Martial Arts. While there are a lot of reasons to consider martial arts, the main benefits are that it is gender neutral, it teaches life skills, and that there are many variations of the sport. This week we will discuss a few of the main benefits to enrolling your kids in martial arts.

Perhaps the best thing about martial arts is that it is gender neutral. There are very few sports that can boast this quality, while still maintaining equality between genders. Sure, both boys and girls can play basketball, but they get separated into different teams. With martial arts, your kids will get to learn and have fun in a group setting where stereotypes do not come into play.

One thing that cannot be stressed enough is the life skills that your kids will learn. First, there is the obvious self-defense factor, but this is just one of the many life skills they will learn. As I mentioned before, your child will be learning in a group setting. Everyone supports each other and stays positive. This sense of community is one of the greatest parts about being a member of your local dojo. Other valuable life skills include self-discipline and perseverance.

Martial Arts

Lastly, martial arts is a broad term that includes many different variations. Your child can take up a variety of classes including jiu-jitsu and judo. As an added bonus, martial arts is something that can be continued after your children have grown and are no longer in school. (How many of you miss playing your old, high school sport?) If you aren’t sure where to start, give your local dojo a call and they can discuss the specifics and help you determine which class would be the best fit for your child.

Do I have you convinced? Now it’s time to make sure you choose the right dojo. Don’t be afraid to call around and ask questions. Most places will allow you to sit in on a few classes and determine if it is the right option for you. In fact, some dojos will encourage a free class or two in order to help you with this decision.


Bonus: Want my recommendation for a great dojo? Dynamic Martial Arts in Roseburg, OR. These are wonderful people that are very family oriented and more than happy to help you out in any way they can. Visit their website today to find out more!


Photo Credit: Martial Arts
Photographer: Shawn Alladio
CC By 2.0 See License here

Support For Hanlin

A guest post by NICOLE JOHNSON



Yesterday, my community was hit was a tragedy. A lone gunman went to our local community college killed 9 students and injured 9 more. Our small town is heartbroken, but we will continue to stand strong together.

We were once a small, unheard of town, unless that is you have ever listened to Johnny Cash’s song Lumberjack. As of yesterday, we are the main headline of every news outlet in the United States and many outside of the US. The news are covering every aspect of the story from the survivors, the fallen, “he who shall not be named”, and now our local Sheriff.

Sheriff Hanlin deserves nothing but respect from our country, but instead there are many individuals, lobbyists, politicians, and news outlets that are making every attempt to run his name through the dirt. This is sickening.

Our Sheriff has stood up for our county, our state, and our country in his fight to protect our rights. He has been the spokesperson for our community for what we stand for. Sheriff Hanlin has proven how faithful he is to our community countless times by being the voice for those who’s opinions would otherwise go unheard.

The individuals who are fighting to enforce stricter gun laws have begun to fill up our news feeds and social media with hatred towards Sheriff Hanlin. Comments have went from “he should step down from his position” to as far as “those students blood is on his hands”.

After seeing these comments, I was infuriated. In an effort to show this nation how strong our community is and that we stand by our Sheriff’s side, even after such a horrific event, I started a Facebook campaign with the hashtag #supportforhanlin.


#supportforhanlin is not meant to be a political statement, but rather an effort to show that we support our Sheriff and the fight he has put up to protect our gun right. Unfortunately though, it has become a political statement.

In one day, my original post has almost a thousand likes, nearly 400 comments, and many shares. #supportforhanlin can be seen all over our community’s pages. I am very proud of our community and how strongly we all came together to show our love and support. I thank each and every one of you for helping me in this campaign to show that here in Douglas County, we stand united.

It is now that I ask each and every one of you to rather have pride in our community, keep our support strong, and the argument’s minimal. Allow the martyrs to continue to make fools of themselves. Continue to show your support for our county official, but do not engage.

This is a time of mourning for our community and to show the world just how tall we stand united. Let us not feed into the ones who wish to make this into an argument as that only fuels there fire. As the wise man Gahndi once said “An eye for an eye will only leave the whole world blind.”

To those of you outside of our community, we are very grateful for the assistance in this time of disaster. Anyone who wishes to exploit our town or make our Sheriff out to be a monster, is not welcome in our community.

Prayers to all of those that are affected by this tragedy and thank you to all law enforcement, first responders, and medical staff that are assisting in the UCC shooting.

photo credit: Support
Photographer: Got Credit
CC BY 2.0 See license

Fun Dates in October

It’s time for the monthly list of fun dates. Be sure to mark your calendar so you don’t forget!



11th: International Day of the Girl

Celebrate by having a girls’ night with your friends!


29th: National Cat Day

Be sure to post pictures of your cat and let him/her know just how much you appreciate the little rascal. Feel free to post your pictures here!

A Facebook Tip That Will Come in Handy

Have you ever been scrolling through Facebook and saw an article that you really wanted to read, but didn’t have the time at that moment? Well, did you know that it is actually possible to save links on Facebook to read later? I bet not. To do so, follow the easy steps below for a Facebook tip that will come in handy.

1. Click on the arrow at the top right-hand side of the post.

2. Click on the “Save link” option. This should be about halfway down. See the image below for an example.

Save Link 1


You should get a confirmation from Facebook saying that your request was completed successfully. Once you do, that’s it! You have saved the link for a later time.


To view your saved links:

1. Go to the menu. It may vary based on what type of phone you have, but it will look like this in your browser:

Save link 22. Click on the “Saved” Button

3. View all of your saved posts in one easy location. Visit any articles you would like, they will be there until you are ready to delete them!

Save Link 3


Easy Tips for Selling on eBay

Easy Tips for Selling on

Hi! This is the last post in a series of posts on selling your old stuff. Here we will discuss the tips and tricks to selling on eBay. eBay is a great tool for selling those items that are a little higher value or are hard to find. Read below to find out how to make extra income and maximize your bids.


1.       Include a picture

If I haven’t said it enough times already, this is VERY important. Selling on eBay can be difficult enough without turning bidders off. Make your life easier and include a photo.


2.       Research Shipping

You are going to have to ship this item to the buyer. Be aware of what shipping is going to cost you to various places. While eBay has a great tool for this, it is not always the most accurate and efficient way to calculate shipping cost. Do some research and determine which option works best for you. Having a box handy will help you with this research. Make sure that when you price your item, you consider the shipping cost or it could eat up your profit. Also, have a box handy that your item fits easily in. You don’t want it to be too snug or have your item sliding around in the box.


3.       Research your price

You are going to have a lot of competition by selling on eBay. Make sure that if someone is selling a similar item, yours is priced competitively.


4.       Include a great, accurate description

Think about what types of questions your buyer might ask. Try to address any of these in your description. Buyers tend to not be patient and will buy another item rather than waiting for a response from you. Accuracy is also key, as eBay users will get to rate their experience buying from you. If you are less than accurate in your description, it could mean a bad review.


5.       Ship immediately

Now that you have sold it, it is crucial to ship the item as soon as possible. Once again, eBay users will get to rate their experience and if you get a bad rating, this could harm your future sales. Try to get that item shipped as soon as possible after receiving payment.


Those are the tips I have for you today. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my posts on selling your stuff on Facebook and Craigslist as well. Any other tips that you think I should include? Let me know in the comments section below!


Photo Credit: Box
Photographer: Douglas Porter
CC By 2.0 See licence here