Music to Make My Ears Happy

Froot, To Pimp a Butterfly, and Our Own House have been the albums of choice in my life recently.

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Being Productive at Night is a Struggle

All aboard the struggle bus! I don’t think any type of person is on the struggle bus quite as often as people that are productive at night in today’s society. The typical 9-5 job is daunting and miserable for many people that find they are most productive while others are asleep. Getting everything done by 3am usually isn’t a problem for people in college because we can schedule our classes, but it does start to hurt us when we need to be getting up for jobs.

It is always looked down upon to be the person that sleeps in as you can tell by all the Stop Doing This Bad Thing by Some Age Lists. People that fall into the normal productivity hours hate working with us because they are up at 8am and waiting hours for us to get up and respond. They know we were up to because we sent an email at 2:42am (unless you get smart and set up your emails to be automatically sent at a more socially acceptable hour).

Why can’t we get our work done when we want to though? Just be we function best at night and are the reason that coffee shops are open 24-hours a day doesn’t mean that we don’t put out the same quality of work as the morning people. A lot of times being productive at the “wrong” time of day forces people to find less traditional jobs or find some way to become their own boss. We have spent our whole lives finding ways to seem “normal” and fit in so by the time we need to enter the workforce we have some pretty creative minds.

So, don’t look down on the person that sends you important emails in the middle of the night because they might be the world’s next Steve Jobs. To all of those that are reading this at some obscure hour, keep on keeping on, the world will understand us one day.

Pick It Up

Dear dog parents of the world, please pick up after your dog. I know it’s not fun, but it is necessary. I have such a hard time finding a place that allows me to have a dog in Northern Virginia. It only makes sense that this upscale neighborhoods don’t want to rent to someone that is going to inconvenience other residents. I can’t go to some parks or different outside areas that would be great because sometime before me careless dog owners where there first. I’m not asking that you make sure that every last bit is wiped off the blades of grass, but do your best. It makes me so angry when I walk my dog on the same path everyday and know that so many people that I frequently see might think that my dog and I are the one’s leaving the mess behind. So, if you need some encouragement to scoop, here it is.

  1. It is bad for the environment. Not only does it carry diseases that can affect people and other animals, but it contaminates the water supply. It also kills grass, which makes HOAs hate dogs even more. Stop hurting the environment and just pick it up.
  2. You’re making people restrict responsible dog owners from places. I can’t take my dog on this trail or into this natural park that is literally just wide open space? Wonder how much people had to step in poop that someone left behind before are furry friends finally got banned all together.
  3. It’s gross and karma will get you. Do you need another reason? It is super gross and if you are creating a bad name for other dog parents or ruining someone’s day by leaving it behind, then it’ll come back to you. Maybe by having to move somewhere else over pet restrictions or maybe by stepping in some without socks on.

It is really simple. There are so many great products for not only picking up, but also removal. You don’t need to get fancy and build your own dog poop septic tank system, but just picking it up can make a huge difference. If you want to do a little more without getting too serious, then flushing dog waste is the next best thing!