when all is white with the world.

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Saturday morning I woke up to find a huge dump of snow in my front yard and neighbourhood and although I was slightly disappointed (as I thought we were past all the snow this winter) I secretly thought to myself “ahhh – how lovely”. It is now Monday and it is still snowing and apart from driving in it and around all the other people – I’d be happy if it stayed.

Have you ever thought to yourself why it is that when it snows everything is so much more peaceful? Beautiful?Traffic doesn’t seem to have quite the same buzz, ditches don’t look so filthy and full of garbage and blankets, even the ones with holes seem to feel so much more cozy.

Yes. There’s something about winter that has the ability to transport you back to into a place of solace. A place where, if only for a moment, time can stand still. Where nothing really matters as much as it does and how the intricate snowflakes somehow hypnotize your mind to go to that happy place we so rarely seem to stay in.

What I’ve asked myself is maybe it’s not just winter. Maybe it’s not just the cold or deafening sounds. Maybe it’s the white factor. The colour white (which isn’t really a colour, it’s a shade) is universally represented as pure. Something clean, untouched, good, righteous, love and so on and so forth. If we take and substitute the snow as a form or purity that covers our surroundings, if only for a moment everything seems right with the world. If we blanket our misgivings, mistakes, un-satisfying jobs, negative bank accounts, broken relationships and our disease riddled bodies in the purest of pure, the whitest of whites what do we get? Peace. Purity in our minds and righteousness in our souls. Isaiah 1:18 makes it even more interesting by saying:

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (NIV version)

When God said this he was talking about his rebellious nation, the Israelites. Time and time again they served him and then rebuked him over and over again, for many years. All God was saying is that if they recognized him as their God and turned from their wicked ways He would reward them with many great things such as peace, love, acceptance, forgiveness, self-worth and so much more. His ultimate reward being eternal life in a world with no pain or suffering. And though it may not always be immediate we must remember that nothing in this world is, so why do sometimes think his rewards or answer to prayers should come in their time frame and not his? Everything does happen for a reason and if we get the chance to live long enough, we see it come full circle. Always. This makes me wonder though, if all it takes is my acceptance of God to eventually feel peace, purity and love (the blanket of white) then why wouldn’t I want it?

Lord knows I’m the farthest thing from perfect but he gives me strength and hope to keep working on it daily. And if only for a moment here and there – all can be white with the world.

– A.

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Monday MUST Haves – Michael Kors Jet Set Deco Duo

Well here it is lovely’s the latest Monday MUST Have! Michael Kors just recently released their new spring trends and I must say they’ve got me green with envy. Once this blasted weather starts to warm up and finally move us into spring you’ll see lots of black and whites, blues and greens and bold prints. I myself am looking forward to picking up this beauty below:

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As soon as I laid my baby hazel’s on this beaute I could feel my eyes widen and a tiny smirk creep up on my face. The crazy optic print along with the bold freshness of the green will add a nice punch to any outfit. The only downside? It may be a little soon to be sportin’ this bag but fear not! I’ve got just the perfect fix..

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Yes. The matching multifunction phone case. It has a little spot for your iPhone and maybe even room for a lipstick… which makes it easy to dump the bag (not that you’d ever literally dump it) and use it as a wristlet to quickly run into a store or out for a lunch. And ladies, we all know that if it can’t carry at least our phone, money and a lipstick then it ain’t happening right?

Screen shot 2014-02-24 at 2.41.06 PMAnd if either of those items seem a little on the pricier side or maybe just not your style then this little hunk of metal is sure to do it for you. A funky gold chain ring – who wouldn’t want it? Someone’s gonna have to tell 2 Chainz he’s met is match, the stylish match that is…

 

 

– A.

 

Travel tote – $298.00

Multifunction Phone Case – $108.00

Chain Ring – $65.00

http://www.michaelkors.com

autocorrect can kiss my black backside

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Ever since switching (back) to iPhone it’s safe to say that I’ve not been impressed with the autocorrect. Back when I was a blackberry user all seemed right with the world – I pushed a button and it gave me EXACTLY what I asked for. Blackberry even had a kind of autopilot too! Except it wasn’t so in your damn face and accused you of spelling absolutely everything incorrectly. It was more of a suggestive autocorrect, one that you could CHOOSE if you wanted to use it, instead of just automatically assuming it belonged there and then moved in. But now since going back to iPhone the rate at which I enjoy texting has seemed to rapidly decline to 0. It’s as if at one time I had a taste of caviar and now I’m back to being stuck with tadpole eggs.

Is my iPhone trying to tell me I suck at spelling or does it have a mind of it’s own? Like sure it learns your “style” of writing and remembers things you spell a certain way and all but what about the things that I want it to learn like – words some might deem inappropriate or err on the side of offensive (you know what I’m talking about). Never even mind those ones but if it claims to understand how to suggest words based on the context of what I’m saying then why does it still get it wrong?

For a phone that has pretty much changed the face of technology and how we see it – you my friend – suck at texting. Now provided the iPhone pretty much does everything a blackberry can do but better and even more than that whhhhhhhy does texting have to be the most frustrating thing about it? Now, you’re probably thinking “why doesn’t she just turn off the autocorrect?” Great question! I would but as it turns out texting without the autocorrect on is EVEN WORSE!! Shocking eh?! So now I’m stuck in between using a superior phone with an on screen keyboard that SUCKS or an inferior phone that rocks my texting universe. Did someone just say #firstworldproblems? Yea. I thought so. #*$&?@!”#%&@*%**#!?£%*!#&%#@!?$$&@!fffffuuudge!!!!!! Is there no one out there that shares in my antagonizing frustration?

Side note: If you’re one of my friends that texts me and I don’t reply right away or with very little wording it’s usually because A – I hate texting. B – I want to say more but refer back to reason A. Or C – I’m trying to get you to take a hint.

Now, believe it or not I used to actually enjoy texting and now it’s just another item in the bane-of-my-existence list. Like are my fingers just too fat? You say turn the phone to landscape – I say did that already. You say type slower – I say don’t have time for that. You say tough luck – I say yep, it sure looks that way doesn’t it? I think at this point complaining further is futile but all I’m saying is I’m so over the virtual keyboard. Or considering they are like leading the pack in handheld technology don’t you think they could come up with some telepathic texting app? So it can text what you’re thinking or what about a 3D keyboard that pops up and gives you 3 times the texting space. You’d probably look like a loser having to use a bigger board or you could look like a total BOSS with the coolest app in town! Either way, Apple still needs to bring back the buttons damn it!!

Another side note: Damn it – is actually two words, spelled with an N. It is NOT dammit or damnit it is D-A-M-N (space) I-T. Damn it. With the overwhelming percentage of illiterate folks that spell this incorrectly, I am sorry but I just had to say something.

Now, is that too much to ask?? Although… The upside of this is all the epic autocorrect fails – they are pretty awesome. Not gonna lie.

– A.

p.s. – Would you believe me if I told you I wrote this whole post with autocorrect as autopilot. Heaven help me – I need a drink…. lol