5 Observations from going Viral on Twitter

So, last week my part of the world got hit with an ice storm that knocked out our power. And, like anything remotely interesting that happens to me, I tweeted about it. See my tweet below…

Viral on Twitter / Image Source: Pepper V.

And frankly, I felt like it was a normal tweet. Nothing too noticeable about it. I expected my normal 0-2 likes and that’s it.

But for some odd reason, it went viral! Now, looking at the numbers I know they aren’t a big deal in Twitter-world. But to me, this was a big deal. I had never gotten this much attention on Twitter before. And to be honest, it wasn’t that great.

Some observations I can make from this:

  1. MOST people are kind and compassionate. And these are the folks that I want to hang with. Good vibes only and well-wishes shared. So awesome! I love these people.
  2. SOME people are just plain ol’ abusive jerks, that just want to spread misery everywhere they go. I hate these people. These are the folks that wished ill on me and my family. They called me names, and called me many shades of weak for “whining” about not having power. I had one commenter abuse me for CHOOSING to live somewhere where this could happen to me. Um, sometimes where you live isn’t a choice if you have family or work obligations. AND, I really don’t live in a state where this happens often. This was an anomoly event. Weather events as well as anomoly events can happen anywhere and people don’t necessary choose that or have control over that.
  3. SOME people make everything political. I had political debates regarding green energy vs non-green energy and horrible arguments unfolding because of this tweet, despite nobody knowing my specific energy situation – was I green or non-green? The folks arguing about it did not know and they did not care. Soooooo unnecessary.
  4. SOME people make everything racial. Yes, I indeed had some comments about how my power outage was racist against black people. I have no further words about this.
  5. SOME people are just evil stalkers. I had one commenter start STALKING my other commenters and leaving them horrible comments on my Twitter feed. For example, one commenter left a normal response like “Hope you get power back soon!” or something like that. The stalker commenter then went to his profile and saw that he had just taken his wife to the hospital to have their first baby. So the stalker commenter started abusing him ON MY TWEET that he is a terrible person for being on Twitter while his wife was having a baby. And the stalker commenter did this with quite a few other people too, bringing their own business into a tweet that had nothing to do with them. It was terrible!

And those were some of my observations about going viral on Twitter. I mean, the moral support that I received from most people was totally worth it. But there really are horrible people out there. Really.

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$1000 Unclutter Challenge for 2022

So I totally missed January, but even though I’m a month behind – I’m still all about this $1000 unclutter challenge for 2022. This purpose of this challenge is to acquire at least $1000 by the end of the year, with only items you’ve uncluttered from your home.

I think I can do this in 11 months. I mean, I have alot of junk stuff that is still in great condition that I will no longer use myself, BUT, I need some sort of inspiration to rid myself of it. Without the inspiration, I can’t bring myself to do it. So this challenge is my inspiration.

Unless I find some better channels, I’ll probably sell most of my stuff via Facebook Marketplace and Poshmark, and maybe a bit on Ebay too. I’m going to put all the $$ acquired from this challenge towards my site hosting costs. Maybe pre-pay for some extra years too so I get a discount, because site hosting is expensive! Geeeeeez.

Do any of you want to do this $1000 unclutter challenge with me? You know, make it a bit of a race for the extra motivation?

And completely unrelated to this challenge… I want to get rid of this stupid treadmill in my home. I can’t count it towards this challenge because it technically doesn’t belong to me. It’s my husband’s. I need to persuade him to get rid of it for several reasons:

  1. It doesn’t work.
  2. Nobody has used it in 5 years.
  3. When someone WAS using it, it was me. And I am swearing on the Bible right now that I won’t use it again even if it did work.
  4. It takes up alot of space.
  5. I want that space freed-up.
  6. Nobody will bother to call anyone to come over and actually FIX it.
  7. I hate it being there.

You all get the point, right? How can I make him get rid of it?! He swears that he’ll get it fixed and start using it himself which is why he won’t get rid of it, but he’s been saying that for 5 years and I no longer believe him.

$1000 Unclutter Challenge / Image Source: Pepper V.

You’ll see that we just keep junk stuff on it at this point anyway.

So my 2nd challenge for 2022 it getting rid of this stupid treadmill. Wish me luck!!!

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iFly Indoor SkyDiving

So my daughter’s birthday is coming up in March and I’m trying to come-up with a birthday party for her, where she won’t be on her feet the whole entire time, since she might still be in some sort of recovery then.

I remember when she was younger, that we had gone to iFly indoor skydiving at my parent’s city and she really enjoyed it! She was alot younger at the time, so a revisit now with all her cousins might be the right timing!!! What do you all think of this as a birthday party idea?

There’s one of these in most major cities in the U.S. – you can check your city here on their website: iFlyWorld. And it might be under another name, but I’ve seen these internationally too so you’re not out of luck if you’re not in the U.S. but I’m just unsure the different business name.

Here are some of our photos from when we went. Because we were beginners, we had an instructor inside with us the whole entire time. But I think once you reach a certain level, you won’t need an instructor with you anymore…

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Spicy Cream Cheese Pinwheels

This dish is another favorite that I like to bring to parties and pot-lucks, because not only is it delicious, but it is easy to make ahead too.

I tend to put more seasoning in this dish than the recipe calls for, since I like spicyness and hotness in my food. So definitely feel free to do the same to suite your tastes better.

Anyhow, here is the recipe. I hope you like it!

Ingredients

  • 4 large spinach flour tortillas
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped red pepper
  • 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tbsp chipotle or southwestern seasoning (I use “Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning Blend”)
  • 4 tbsp chopped green onions

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except tortillas.
  2. Divide mixture into four.
  3. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese mixture on each flour tortilla.
  4. Starting at one end, gently roll each tortilla into a tight tube.
  5. Wrap and chill until ready to serve.
  6. To serve, unwrap roll, trim edges of tortilla and slice into eight 1-inch slices.

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Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad

This Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad is another fave of ours. I usually make it as a side dish to bring to parties, cook-outs, or pot-lucks. It’s a good side dish for events because you can make it ahead of time, it serves alot of people, and it can sit out at room temperature for awhile while everyone chats and grazes. And the real reason why it’s one of my faves is that it is super-EASY, as well as delicious.

Plus, it’s so simple to customize this dish to suite your personal taste. For example, I don’t really like olives or artichoke hearts so I skip them whenever I make this. But you can definitely skip or add whatever you like.

Check out how easy this is!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg fresh cheese tortellini pasta, cooked per package directions
  • 1/2 cup ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup olives, green or black
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Pepperocini peppers, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, cut into squares
  • 1/2 cup salami and/or pepperoni, diced
  • 1/2 cup dressing, Italian or Ceasar (I prefer the Italian dressing for this)

Instructions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients above together in a large bowl.
  2. Cover, and chill in the refrigerator.
  3. Serve cold.

Tip: This dish gets dry pretty quickly when served. So I always bring extra dressing to toss in there if you notice it getting dry. Gives it a quick refresh and fixes the dryness so fast! (Sometimes I toss some pepperocini juice in there too, for the same purpose).

I hope you love this as much as I do!

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Marinated Tomato Cucumber Salad

Hi everyone! I haven’t posted a recipe in a long time, but I’ve been stuck at home now for a week, waiting on my daughter after her foot surgery. We can’t really go anywhere to eat these days because she’s not quite mobile enough yet. So I’ve been spending alot of time cooking at home, making all her faves.

And my marinated tomato cucumber salad is one of her faves. I enjoy it too.

tomato cucumber salad
Tomato Cucumber Salad / Image Source: Pepper V.

It’s most popular as a summer dish around here, but there are no rules at my house when it comes to food. We’ll even eat breakfast for dinner sometimes!

But here’s the recipe if you wanted to try it.

Warning: despite “salad” being in the name, and despite all the vegetables involved, this actually is not a healthy dish at all. I blame all the sugar in it. No wonder my daughter and I love it so much.

Ingredients:

4 cucumbers, sliced
1 small onion, sliced
3 tomatoes, sliced
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon black pepper

Instructions:

1) Toss together the cucumbers, onion, and tomatoes in a large bowl.

2) Combine the vinegar, water, sugar, and black pepper in a saucepan over medium heat.

3) Bring to a slow boil, and stir until all the sugar is dissolved.

4) Pour this mixture onto the chopped vegetables. The mixture might not cover the entire batch of chopped vegetables – if not, make sure to toss the vegetables frequently in the next couple of hours to ensure the flavors get absorbed evenly. The first couple hours are most important for this.

5) Refrigerate overnight. Stir occasionally to ensure flavors are well-integrated.

I hope you enjoy it too.

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7 Fun Non-Romantic Valentine’s Day Ideas

7 Non-Romantic Valentine's Day Ideas

Anybody else like me, and not very enthusiastic about romance in general? If so, I have some non-romantic Valentine’s Day ideas for you…

I don’t mean to sound disgruntled about Valentine’s Day. I know that ALOT of people enjoy the candles, and flowers, and chocolates, and romance, etc for Valentine’s Day and I wish you A TON of that stuff if you enjoy it.

But that’s just not me.

My husband is lucky, because he’s not like that either. Both of us prefer a non-romantic Valentine’s Day.

I get really frustrated when shopping for a Valentine’s Day cards because everything is incredibly mushy and embellished and sounds like “the sun shines bright everyday because it’s powered by all my love for you and yadda yadda yadda…” And if I were to ever give anything that read that way to my husband, it would immediately scream INAUTHENTIC. Yes, in all caps too.

So I just get a simple blank card and write “I love you” in it. Simple. But authentic. For me.

Neither of us enjoy anything traditionally romantic, so we’ll usually end-up doing something we both enjoy instead. Some non-romantic Valentine’s Day ideas that we’ll consider this year…

  1. Going out to eat. This will definitely be a treat because we’ve eaten at home so much for the last couple years. But we’ll skip the candlelight service at a fancy steakhouse or Italian restaurant. We’ll probably end up stuffing our faces at a local BBQ or fried chicken joint with only paper napkins to clean up with afterwards. Totally up my alley. And we won’t need to dress-up or make reservations ahead-of-time.
  2. True-Crime or Horror Movie marathon. We both love this sort of stuff, especially instead of any rom-com or lovey-dovey movie. I’m still trying to pick-out some good choices for us this year, and so far I’ve found “The Tinder Swindler” on Netflix about the dark side of dating apps, and this might be the one! It comes out on Feb 2. And it involves dating too, so it fits the Valentine’s theme.
  3. Family time / games with the kids. My daughter does enjoy making a big deal out of Valentine’s Day, so I can see us doing something special for her. I’ve bought her chocolates and the stuffed bear already (um, our grocery store started stocking them as soon as Christmas was over) so she’ll receive those gifts and I’m happy for her to have them. She’ll probably want to play some games together and I’m down with that too.
  4. Pick-out and buy a large item for the home together. We’ve been putting-off buying a new kitchen table for the house because we’ve been saving money like crazy and it’s really not a necessity. Our current kitchen table is functional, just scratched-up and beat-up and I’d be embarrassed for any guests to see it. Lol, good thing we don’t have any guests! But I would enjoy picking-out and buying a new one together.
  5. Complete a household project together. There are also a few projects around the house that we’ve been putting off. Mostly because we didn’t want to spend the money, and also because we are being lazy. But, to actually complete one of these and get them scratched-off the to-do list finally would make me feel really good, and it’s definitely a non-romantic Valentine’s Day activity.
  6. Catch-up with friends! Do you have any recently-divorced or single friends that could use a pleasant distraction on this day? Give them a phone call or invite them over, or, deliver to them those nice chocolate and flowery gifts for them to enjoy instead. They don’t need to feel left-out on this day.
  7. Self-Care. Admittedly, this is the most-likely option for me on Valentine’s Day. Or, on any day really. I would love nothing more than to just tune-out everything in my head for a little while and just relax! This can be many different things to people – it can be shopping, a massage, a spa appointment, a bath, reading a book, etc…. Whatever it is that relaxes you and makes you feel a bit better about yourself (which makes you better for your loved ones too), would be a good option on this day.

But what are you all planning to do for Valentine’s Day? Are you more interested in a romantic or a non-romantic Valentine’s Day? Whatever you end-up doing, I hope you have a good time! πŸ™‚

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