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About Bythnia

I'm just one woman trying to navigate this crazy thing called life. I may not always get it right, but I do the best I can.

Medical Update

I forgot to update you guys! Sorry about that. I asked you all to pray, and then forgot to update you. My new gynecologist does in fact suspect endometriosis. In fact, he brought it up before I did. While we aren’t 100% sure that’s what it is, he says it’s the most likely thing right now. He switched my birth control pills to a different type that should keep it in check, and I won’t have a period for three months, so yay! There’s that. Now I just hope that the pills fix the problem…otherwise, surgery (two surgeries) may be in my future. So again, please pray. Just continue to pray that this is solved. I’m still in pain, but at least we have a potential answer now, so I’m satisfied just with that.

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Silence: Our Deepest Fear, Our Deepest Longing

via Daily Prompt: Silent

You know, when you stop and think about it, silence is really a funny thing. It’s the thing that we all crave at the end of a long day. When we have had a long day, filled with hustle and bustle, we would crave even just a moment of total silence–a time to clear our heads from the world around us. We are constantly saturated with noise and need a break, and yet it is this very saturation, this constant state of motion of the world around us…this connectedness to our technology that makes us terrified of silence. We feel like if we spent even one moment alone in total silence, we would hear our innermost thoughts…would see our real selves…and that’s a side of ourselves that we are afraid of. Whatever the case may be, it’s pretty sad that we don’t want to face ourselves…that we have to drown out everything around us because the silence is too deafening.

There is beauty to be found in silence, if you know how to find it. My favorite way to enjoy the silence is to just sit in nature…with only the sound of the wind moving through the trees, or the waves on the sand crashing. If you’re looking for pure silence, perhaps try going out to see the starts in an area that’s good for camping late one night. Then, look up at the sky, watch the shooting stars, and just forget about everything else around you. Enjoy the peace the silence brings. It’s not so scary, we just have to learn how to embrace it.

It’s About That Time Again

It’s about that time again! I’m getting ready for Christmas! We’ve had our Thanksgiving celebration, and now I’m like Buddy the Elf, and I’m getting ready for Christmas. Our fiber-optic Christmas tree is arriving tomorrow, and we’ll be decorating it and putting it up. We’ve already done a little bit of Christmas shopping, and my husband and I will be putting our gifts to each other under the tree and trying to cat-proof the tree. 🙂 I can also start trying to bake Christmas goodies, decorating my cubicle at work, listening to Christmas music, and more. Oh, how I love this time of year!

I Prefer

There are a few things that you don’t know about me. They’re small, mundane, insignificant things, really, but given that I want my readers to know a little more about me, and considering that today’s prompt was “prefer,” I figured this was the perfect thing to talk about.

  • I prefer bananas over apples. I have a jaw problem, so apples are a little too crunchy for me. They make my jaw pop and hurt, and I’m not really a fan of that.
  • I prefer horses over any other type of animal, but right now, I’ve only got a cat as a pet. Though I hope to own at least a dog or two in the next few years, and to eventually get another cat to keep our current one company.
  • I prefer Monopoly over almost any other board game, and I’m trying to collect as many interesting or unique versions of the game as I can. Unfortunately, not a lot of people want to play it with me, simply because of how long it takes, or because there’s always a lot of fighting when we play it.
  • I prefer Drama or Dramatic Comedy as TV show genres, though I can also occasionally watch Romantic Comedy, but typically only in anime.
  • I prefer purple or blue over many other colors, just because they’re cool looking,.
  • I prefer amethyst over all the other gemstones, because even though it’s not my birthstone, it’s the prettiest of all of them.

Hey, it’s not much, but I figured this was just something fun I could give you in the moment. 🙂

via Daily Prompt: Prefer

 

Life is Giving Me Lemons: Please Pray

To all my friends out there who pray: please keep me in your prayers. I’ve been having some medical issues going on for about four weeks now, and so far, the doctors can’t figure out what is going on. I’ve got an appointment with my gynecologist on Tuesday, and I am going to discuss my theory that I may have endometriosis. My labs and test results all seem to be coming back normal, but I know that there’s something wrong, given the kind of pain I’ve been having for a while. So, keep me in your thoughts and prayers, please. We shall see what happens with my health. I’ll keep you all posted.

Five Things that Don’t Belong on Social Media

As I continue to read the posts on many social media sites, I see an alarming trend of things that are…annoying, to say the least. Now, normally, I am by no means the type of person to tell others what they can and can’t post online. However, there are at least five things that don’t belong there, and here’s the list:

1. Vague, Drama Posts

Posts that are vague and are meant specifically to seek attention should be avoided at all costs. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen someone post something along the lines of, “That’s it, I’m so done helping people!” And then someone comments, “what happened?” and the OP replies: “message me.” If you’re not publicly willing to share the events surrounding your frustration, then why are you posting the drama behind it. I get the need to vent, but maybe in that situation, private message a couple of people, rather than airing your dirty laundry all over the internet.

2. Chain Letters

Chain letters are just annoying, and there isn’t exactly a point to them. No one is going to die if they don’t share a message with 64 of their closest friends, or miraculously find true love or come into extra money for doing so. I also really despise those chain posts that say, “like and share if you aren’t ashamed of Jesus,” or “if you don’t like and share this, you are heartless.” I’m sorry, but my relationship with God does not depend on whether or not I reblog/repost a social media status. God isn’t going to reject me because I didn’t share a status about him. And just because I don’t share a status about a tragic event doesn’t mean I’m heartless…it just means that it’s a post that has been circulating for a while, and sharing it isn’t really going to do anything other than just show solidarity with the person mentioned in the post.

3. Posts that Publicly Call Out/Shame those on Your Friends List by Name

Another post that I have seen a lot of recently are those that say: “John Smith, you are going to be in a world of trouble when my crew catches up with you,” or something along these lines. Perhaps the people posting them are just trying to be “cool” or “ghetto,” or whatever. However, there’s really no point to doing this, and it’s still a form of airing drama. What purpose does it serve?

4. Things You Don’t Want People to Comment On

I get that we all post things that we like/agree with/support, but we shouldn’t be surprised if someone who disagrees with our viewpoint chooses to comment on what we post. If we don’t want to engage in discussion with someone about it, then we shouldn’t be posting it at all, or if we’re going to post it, we should disable comments for that post (if we’re able to). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen someone post, “What does everyone think about…(insert random subject/topic here)” and then I give my viewpoint, which is in contrast to what the OP believes, and then they get angry at me or tell me to stop commenting. Again, if you’re not open to opposition or comments, you probably shouldn’t be posting.

5. Gullible “Just In Case” Type Posts

Another form of chain letter, I refer to these as “gullible posts” or “just in case” posts, due to the comments that I’ve seen being made from the people who post them. First of all, there’s the post that says something to the effect of “according the Rome council….I do not give my permission for Facebook to use my information.” Great, but there’s two problems. First of all, Facebook is based out of the United States. Roman laws have no effect or jurisdiction on the company. Secondly, you automatically consent to Facebook using your information the minute you make an account and click “I have read and agree to the terms of service.” So if you truly didn’t want them using your information, or weren’t aware of it/ok with it in some capacity, you either wouldn’t have a Facebook account to begin with, or you should be considering deleting it. Then of course, there’s the “IT’S TRUE, FACEBOOK WILL BEGIN CHARGING NEXT YEAR, UNLESS YOU SHARE THIS!” Again, NO! What amount of common sense escapes the people who share these posts? Facebook staff themselves have said that Facebook is free and always will be, and not to believe these chain messages. Furthermore, if Facebook were going to start charging, it certainly wouldn’t exempt people just because they shared a post. Seriously! Where’s the logic in that?

So in short, if we all can stop creating/sharing these types of posts, we will help solve the problem that we see on social media on a regular basis, and we can make social media just a little more enjoyable…especially for daily users.

Savory Flavors: Another Bucket List Item

via Daily Prompt: Flavorful

You want to hear another of the items on my bucket list? Being able to cook a dish for Chef Gordon Ramsay and having him critique it and give me pointers on how to be able to make it better. I would create the most delectable, flavorful dish that I could for him, and I would ask for honest feedback on the dish and would hopefully even get a cooking lesson or two for him. Alas, unless I go on Hell’s Kitchen, or something of the like, I really doubt that I will ever even be able to meet the man. But maybe the day will come and I will get lucky, who knows.

Live-Action Anime: My Love-Hate Relationship

When I first started watching anime, I refused to watch any live-action adaptations of any anime that I ended up liking, because I thought that the producers wouldn’t do the movies justice. I thought they would just end up being corny or ridiculous, or wouldn’t be true to the plot, which would then just make me frustrated (especially since where I live, movie tickets are $10 apiece, so that would have been a huge waste of money if the movie was disappointing). That being said, the more that I expand my anime horizons, the more that I am slowly starting to see myself being open to the idea of seeing more anime being adapted as live-action. Of course, there are also some adaptions that, as I said, are just awful. Here’s the overview of my love-hate relationship with live-action animes.

Animes That I Would Love to See Live-Action Adaptations of, or Have Seen and do Love:

I think that there are a few animes that would be quite epic in live-action, just because of the overall premise of these shows. There are also a few that I have seen in live-action that I do in fact love. The list is as follows:

1. Clannad & Clannad After Story

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This is an inspiring love story of a boy, a girl, and the child they ultimately end up having. It is a story of friendship, life, love, growing, and learning to cherish those you care about. I highly recommend having a box of tissues ready if you choose to watch this. I personally have always wanted to shoot at least a couple of scenes from this anime in live-action and see how it would turn out. I think that with the right actors and the right setting, this could be absolutely beautiful in live-action, but they would have to really not change much of the plot at all, so Hollywoodization probably would never happen. And I’m ok with that. I almost consider this anime “sacred,” that’s how much I love it. So while I think it would be good live, it’s probably best if we never go that route with this one.

2. Sword Art Online

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I know that Sword Art Online already has been adapted into a movie, but it’s not live-action. I think that with the overall premise of this anime, it would be epic as a live-action movie, and even if they changed a few things, it would still be a really good movie that would probably do quite well in the box office. Just the action aspect of it, coupled with the romance and the notion that it’s literally play or die makes it interesting in and of itself. On the other hand, any producer would have to be careful with how they did it, or else they’d just end up with a reboot of The Hunger Games, so any live-action Sword Art Online movie would have to be done with great tact.

3. Ghost in the Shell

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Seeing as they did make a live-action adaptation of this one, and it turned out good, I am happy to include it on my list. This movie was absolutely fantastic, and definitely worth the money spent to see it. I have not seen the original Ghost in the Shell anime, but I did see Stand Alone Complex, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Imagine my delight, then, when the opening scene in the movie was a scene from Stand Alone Complex, and when a good portion of the movie borrowed from this anime. It could not have been better. Despite all the criticism that this movie has received, I really, really like it.

Animes that Would Not Be Good Live or Were Not Good Live

Now that you’ve seen my list of animes that I would love to see live, or that I thought were good live, it’s time to take a look at the bad side of live-action animes. Here are a few that I don’t think would be good live at all:

1. Itazura Na Kiss (ItaKiss)

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This is my second-favorite anime love story, and really the only anime rom-com that I’ve seen so far. Yet I don’t think that it would be good live for several reasons. First, Indonesia has produed a live-action version of it, and it seemed to deviate from the plot quite a bit, at least from the first few minutes of it that I watched. Also, the characters just didn’t seem believable as themselves, so that was hard for me, but I don’t know. Maybe I’ll go back and watch it again in live-action, but there’s only certain types of people with certain acting skills who can accurately portray Irie and Kotoko in the right light, and I just think it would be a struggle to recreate that dynamic.

2. Little Busters

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While Little Busters is another amazing, tear-jerker of an anime about love and friendship, I feel like trying to recreate a live-action version of it would just be weird. The plot would jump around way too much, and it just generally wouldn’t make any sense. Plus, it would certainly be weird trying to replicate the sudden personality shift of Kyuoske (spelling?), as he seems nice, then mean, then nice again in the anime. I’m not certain that viewers would understand this change, or if such a change could even be accurately achieved in live-action. I think he might just end up being the most hated character in the movie, which is not the case at all with the anime.

3. Death Note

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I was never really a fan of this anime to begin with, and the live-action adapation, at least the Netflix release, wasn’t exactly my favorite. Nat Wolff was ok as the lead role, but there were some scenes that I thought needed a bit more. For example, when he was in the detention room and got scared by Ryuk, the scream he gave out, coupled with the flailing he did, seemed totally fake, and I laughed so hard at that. I’m not meaning to judge, but that’s the truth. Also, they changed a lot from the original anime. L was way too hyper in the movie, and had an absolute fit when Light wouldn’t admit to being Kira. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this movie to begin with, and well, it didn’t quite live up to expectations. Maybe if it hadn’t been set in Seattle, it would have been different, but I doubt it. I don’t think location really makes a difference for this one…it just all around was not my favorite.

So there’s my take on the matter. What do you all think?

Noragami: First Impressions

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I don’t generally write about Anime unless they catch my eye or my fancy, but this is one of those anime that I thought I needed to write about for many reasons, as I am really enjoying it so far. Here’s my thoughts on it:

First of all, while I am a Christian and do not worship or recognize any other gods except Yahweh/Jesus, I will say that the general premise of the anime is quite interesting. I think that Yato is more of a goofball wanting to be loved than anything else. His dark past seems to plague him quite a bit, but as he gets closer to Hirori, I have come to believe that he is either falling in love with her or is just so concerned about her that he wants to protect her above all else, which is sweet.

Yukine bothers me. As a person, and as a regalia. I don’t like the fact that he is so selfish that he nearly killed Yato, and I think that he has a lot more of a potential as a regalia than what he is allowing himself to live up to. Still, we are seeing his character develop more and more as we move through season two, so we shall have to see what happens and if he ends up being better towards the end.

I really can’t stand Nora, but I think that there is more to her story than we have learned so far. I hate how manipulative she is, and everything like that, but again, I guess we shall have to see how things pan out. I’m not sure why she has it out for Yato, after she has told him that he can use her. So I don’t get it, but maybe that will be revealed in time.

As for Hiyori, I think that she is probably going to ultimately end up keeping her phantom form. I think that a moment is probably going to come up where she has to choose between her friendship with Yato and her life in the real world, and as sad as it is to say, I hope she chooses her friendship with Yato over the real world. I say this for a few reasons. First, her friends in the real world are just plain rude. Second, I think that as she gets closer to Yato, she’ll do whatever it takes to maintain her friendship with him, no matter what the cost is.

All things considered, I am really loving this anime, and am interested to see how it continues. It’s not one that I would cosplay from or even get on DVD/Blu-Ray, but it is something that is interesting to watch.

I’m Interesting: In A Peculiar Sort of Way

via Daily Prompt: Peculiar

As you probably know by now from reading my various other posts, I’m interesting, but in a very peculiar sort of way. I have been perfectly aware of this for years, and I am ok with it. It’s part of what makes me, me. 🙂 So here’s a few ways that you can enjoy my peculiarity:

1. I Like Things Done A Certain Way:

If I’m going to explain a process to you, it’s easier for me to show you or to even just sit down and do it myself. This isn’t because of my lack of patience, but rather, it’s usually because the way that I understand the process is too complicated to explain. I am a visual and auditory learner, so I have to see it and hear it, so it’s easier if I can just do it. If you deviate from that way, it confuses me, even if your way is simpler than mine.

2. I Have to Read Out Loud to Comprehend:

Although I am a very good reader and writer, I need to read out loud in order to fully comprehend exactly what it is I am reading. If I can’t, I may end up having to read the same thing over and over again a few times until I understand what I am reading. Things tend to go more slowly if I read silently, whereas if I read out loud, my comprehension is a lot better, and as a result, I can read far more quickly. This is also why if I need to memorize something, I need to read it out loud and then try repeating it over and over again to myself before I can be “off-book,” “off-text” or whatever else I may need to stop relying on to learn the information.

3. I Am A Walking Encyclopedia of Random Information:

Ever have one of those friends who’s good at trivia nights? That’s me, at least, for the most part. I am a walking encyclopedia of random information that no one really cares about, but it may very well come in handy one day. I love knowledge, I love absorbing information and learning new things, even if they’re not necessarily things that I would want to know. I read the bottom of Snapple lids, I retain certain information from commercials, TV shows, etc.

4. I Have Weird Habits

I just have weird habits, like checking to make sure I’ve turned off (or on) everything, even if I already checked it. For example, I may have checked to see if my alarm is on for the next day when I need to get up for work, but then I’ll check again to make sure that I didn’t accidentally turn it off while I was double-checking. Lol. I’m so weird.

So I guess you could say that I’m essentially the perfect combination of two memes: Socially-Awkward Penguin and Anxiety Cat. But yet, I’m ok with that. I love my strange, peculiar nature, and frankly, I wouldn’t have my personality any other way.