Forced Sharing as tagged by Nina in FB

1. When was the last time you shaved your legs?
= This morning

2. What were you doing this morning at 8?
= probably desperately trying to overtake 5 cars who didn’t even try to slow down at all… so much for being followed by a convoy

3. What were you doing 15 minutes ago?
= toggling between mafia wars, RC and a ton of other random applications

4. What are you wearing right now?
= tank and shorts

5. Are you mad at anyone right now?
= hmmm… hmmm… next!

6. The last two people to say they loved you?
= nice! nice! and nice!

7. Kissed someone in the last 24 hrs?
= my baby sister who’s off to college in 2 days 😦

8. Are you happy with your living arrangements?
= living back home after living away from it for almost a decade?? you kidding me??

9. Last thing received in the mail?
= does receiving an air21 package for someone else count?

10. Do you have any famous relatives?
= no… just me!

11. Have you ever had sex in a public place?
= almost… LOL.

12. Have you ever been searched by the cops?
= nah…harrassed by traffic cops, maybe …

13. How is your hair?
=thanks to amor… it’s looking a lot better!
14. How many different drinks have you had today?
= 2

15. What have you eaten today?
= chunky chicken from plato wrap… and a spoon of adobo

16. Are you any good at math?
= 🙂 … not as good as some people I met in college

17. What did you do Friday night?
= …sigh… i went to work…

18. Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach?
= no

19. Are you taken for granted?
= i hope not!… but i’ve never really felt like i’ve been…

20. Have you ever been awake for 48 hours straight?
= yup… probably longer than 48 that it was almost painful…

21. Do you like the ocean?
= hmmm…. as long as I’m not in it!… or under it (??)

22. Did you stay friends with your ex’s?
= LOL! friends would know the answer to this question 😛

23. What are you excited about?
= seeing nice!… and countless possibilities!

24. What did you do two nights ago?
= the same thing i did last night and 3, 4, 5 nights ago… work
25. Are any of your great-grandparents still alive?
= nope

26. Where do you keep your money?
= scattered somewhere inside my bag… and the atm

27. Do you remember the most naughty night of your life?
= nights… remember the s… hahaha.

28. Would you rather sleep with someone else, or alone?
= with someone else in a huge huge huge bed… so i can roll a bit when i need some space. 🙂

29. Favorite memory of your Senior Year?
= probably still the post-grad party in alabang 400(?)… forgot the exact place, still remember the everything else

30. Can you sing the Alma Mater Hymn?
= all the last 4 alma mater hymns i had to sing!

31. What was the weather like on your birthday?
= I was at the beach… so it was hot!

32. Ever hurt yourself playing Wii?
= never played Wii… requires too much activity

33. Are you wearing any clothes that you wore yesterday?
= technically no…since my day starts at 8pm

34. What has been the weirdest date you’ve ever been on?

= it started at 9am because the guy had a 10 pm curfew, then he took me to a flower shop to choose what flower I would like to get (believe me it was more awkward than anything else!)… and it was also the same day that the Metro Manila bombings took place — my dad called me once to see if we were ok while his mom called him every 5 mins during the next hour — we were definitely home way before his curfew.

35. Do you think it is a sign of weakness to cry?
= absolutely not!

36. Were you a nerd?
= hahaha. probably!

37. Are you attracted to nerdy guys/gals?
= reminiscing…

38. What will you be doing in 3 hours?
= working pa rin. story of my life.

39. Were you happy when you woke up today?
= generally…

40. Do you still talk to the person you fell hardest for?
= hmmm….

41. How many pillows on your bed?
= i don’t sleep in my bed… but the bed I sleep in has about 6

42. Do you ever turn off your cellphone?
= do i ever turn it on is the question… 😛

43. Can you use chopsticks?
= i was forced to learn…

‘ME’ time

A few weeks back, I was able to watch Finding Forrester again and of course heard a line that I have tried unsuccessfully to live by the past 15 years of my life: to just write.

A writer is supposed to write. Though I cannot quote the exact phrase, he said to stop all the thinking, the brainstorming, the analyzing and to simply just write. Every day I try to remember this and every time that I do, I will as immediately forget.

But today… Today! Today! Today!

Today is something different!Though it took 2 hours from the time I thought about doing it to actually typing a few random incoherent words, today is still going to be something different. So before I get absorbed in deciding what I should be writing about, I would just pick out a fun reminder for me tomorrow.

Perhaps in the course of me writing, I would also come to a realization of why the days seem too short. Let me chronicle the 2 hours that passed and what sidetracked me from doing what I claim to love best.

The first delay reason is simple: My Mafia Wars Energy got replenished!

For those who play Mafia Wars, I know you are nodding your head right now and absolutely understanding why I had to use up all my Energy before doing any other task. Normally, it should have taken less than 5 minutes to click on jobs and consume all points but not when you’re doing the Underboss Level. It’s a ridiculous level because all the jobs require Illegal Transaction Records or some other kind of loot!!! Instead of simple clicking, there’s now an extra step to finish all my Stamina in the hope of finding some useful loot.

Down 35 Stamina points later with 2 side trips to the hospital, I got myself one lousy Illegal Transaction Record. Without any more stamina to fight, I decided to use my precious energy points on a job that gave out ITR. I searched and searched and searched but I couldn’t find the job… enter GOOGLE. The thing I hate is about Google actually gets you the most relevant post to your search but not necessarily the latest one (imagine newspaper archives arranged by sales generated)… so add a couple of mins for clicking several links before finding a concise wikianswer.

In between the search and the wikianswer, I stumbled upon “Confessions of a Capo” which as the article said is the ultimate guide to playing Mafia Wars. Just wanted to have a quick peep and figure out if it was worth adding to Delicious… Of course, the internet jungle does not follow the shortest route path rule, so I clicked on two more articles that talked about the same site before I found a direct link to the site. I am really in awe of how people had made the internet such a mess! (another possible blog idea here— changing font color to remind me) 30 minutes after, I am finally spending the needed 5 minutes to use up all my newly replenished Mafia Wars Energy.

45 minutes after my initial thought of writing random words into my blog, I have finally logged into blogger. The ritual that I have when blogging is to open the post page first and then view blog in another tab to check the visitor counter. That’s when it occurred to me that my new blog, which chronicles all my rantings/ravings, is deprived from all my FB friends. Knowing it only took a few minutes the first time, I decided to configure Blogger into Facebook first.

Hmmm… Perhaps it’s the new layout but I just couldn’t remember how I was able to link my WP blog to Blogger. I mucked around FB first trying to click on every link that would make sense: account settings, notes… then I thought maybe I need to setup via blogger so I went to layout and scanned through all the options. Hmmm. Another mystery and though I have already complained about it several times… Enter Google.

Like the Illegal Transaction Records, it was another fun/frustrating search. I found a lot of articles!!! Google even managed to confuse my query into its reverse (I clicked on a couple that was about how FB links to blogs). There were interesting articles about FB Apps that do the job: 1 out 3 seem to be working (the 2 others have a ton of complaints written in the Wall). I imagine whoever developed the importing application did so before the notes importing option was available and probably stopped developing it since it can easily be done through the site.

I did find the page where you can import blog posts into FB notes (plus I figured out how I got so confused in the first place). I was in the right track when I clicked on notes… When you get to notes, click on “Older Posts/See Older Posts” (there’s a link to the right of your post below all the notes you’ve made and there’s also a link at the bottom of all your notes on that page). Once you’ve clicked on this, the display links to the right of your post changes, you should now see Notes Settings with Import and Privacy links. Click on Notes setting and you should be able to import posts from one blog.

One Blog. That proved to be a new problem for me as I decided to maintain two seperate blogs: one dedicated to just my original poetry and this one. Knowing a ton of people are also maintaining multiple blogs, I know there is one great solution out there. I could have gone through some more checking and experimenting but the clock was still ticking. I had already wasted a good hour and a half in finding a solution that would allow FB users to read my blog… but then what good will the capability do if I didn’t have any post to share anyway?

So I wisely decided to find a solution some other time.

Finally, I found my way into a blank page.

Following Forrester’s advice, I didn’t think about SEO or what topic would generate traffic into my page or what is more relevant.

I just started what felt right…

…and ended up with 1059 words.