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Conrad ~ Canix2007(Me!) ~ Mama Connie
 

The Spouse’s-
Vesseal ~ Your-Iron-Lung ~ The Wifey
Papa Monty* ~ Adara McCullough ~ The Husbando
 

Our Kidlets-
Casimiro ~ Rackkewn o Doom ~ CASSY sexypants
Finas ~ xx - - K ii w ii - - ii ~ Fine-ass
{...} ~Esaka-chan ~ ZomZom
Hanna ~ Drashian ~ No nick (yet?)
 

The Creepy Uncle-
Worth ~ StarwayKitsune ~ Worthy/Worther
 

The Friends-
Ples ~ Eloarei ~ O.O OMG PLES YOU NEED A NICKNAME
Toni ~ TheLycanTraitor ~ No nick (yet?)

Others-  (cause they either aren't taken or haven't started Tumbling yet.)

Abner- VampireNoodles
Adelaide
(ghost)Lee
 

*Also known as Magical Monty, Magical Papa Monty, Lammy, and Lammychops …And I think we used Papa Lammychops like ONCE.

Our happy little Hannafag family!
I'm the mom, Monty's the dad, Worthy is the creepy uncle, Ples is our super cool friend, and the rest of them (unless otherwise noted) are Monty and I's kidlets.
We decided last night that with my Cartooning fortune and Monty's filmmaker fortune, we're going to buy a farm in Georgia, build an awesome house for us with a moat, and move everyone there to live so our family can be together forev~er! We'll live next door to Ples ('cause she doesn't trust me and Monty to raise the kids properly and has to 'keep an eye' on us), and have a pool and a hot tub too! We're gonna homeschool the kidlets, 'cause it'll be too much of a hastle to send them to school in town, and we'll have ferrets, horses, weasels bunnies and kitties... and a seal, and a fainting goat, oh! and Cassy's pet corcodile Sobek. All of the animals will were top hats and monocles and Finny is gonna teach them advanced calculus and make them investors so we'll be millionaires.
We're even gonna bring Cassy's momma to cook and be a momma (even though I'M THE MAMA), and I promised to build her her own Momma-Suite that no one else is allowed in without a written invitation (YES FINNY, EXCEPT FOR THE GAY MEXICANS THAT ARE ALLOWED EVERYWHERE, now shooosh!), and she's gonna teach me how to cook better.



Yeah, I know, we're all pretty damn cracked in the head, but we all love it and each other SO IT'S ALL GEWWWWD!

Writer's Block: Young and driven


What is the legal drinking age where you live? Do you think it should be higher, lower, or remain the same, and why?

The legal drinking age in the US is 21 years of age. I remember my English teacher used to tell us about how it was once 18 and how she thought it should go back down to that for various reasons. I’ve always agreed with her. And not because I’m a budding alcoholic. I’ve been a responsible drinker ever since my first sip of alcohol.

At the age of 18 several things happen. You become a legal adult. You can own your own property. You can buy cigarettes. You can enlist in the military and give up your own freedoms to protect those of your fellow countrymen. You can get married and have kids. You can vote. You can do pretty much anything… except drink. And that just doesn’t make any kind of sense to me.

I know, I know, I know… “teenagers are irresponsible” blah blah blah. And people over the age of 21 AREN’T?! Look at my mother for example. She’s going to be 42 years old this year. Has 2 minor children to take care of, and hasn’t had a job since I was 17. I’m turning 22 this year. That’s 5 years without doing a single thing to provide for her children. She’s mooched off my grandmother to the point of moving in with her and just loafing. She can’t find the money to go buy my little brother a new pair of shoes, but she can miraculously find enough money to go out to the bar when she “feels stressed” because her life “isn’t that great”. Yeah, well, get off your ARSE and go get a job. Work so your kids have food and clothing and a ROOF over their heads without depending completely on your own mother and the state to pay for everything. Stop spending money you DON’T HAVE on booze and take care of your kids. But no, no, why do that? Mom will just cover your arse and pay for TJ to get new shoes and his next boy scouts thing, and his karate lessons. And for Georgie’s…. whatever the heck she decides she HAS to have this week…

Go out and just DO SOMETHING. Set some kind of an example for those poor kids already! And not one that tells them that all of life’s problems are solved by drinking yourself stupid.

See? It’s not just teenagers that are irresponsible and stupid. And that wasn’t me exaggerating. That’s how my mother really is. Booze before her kids, and then complaining when she can’t even afford that. I’ve had to scrape together money I didn’t actually HAVE before so my little brother could get lunch at school, ‘cause “mom went out this weekend and spent all the money” as he told me. Yep. But I was totally irresponsible when I was 15 and 16 and would have ONE drink while spending a evening at home with Gram and Carol. Yep. I should have been locked up and had the book thrown at me over it. Never mind that my mother is the way she is. She was “legal” so that made everything okay.

If you REALLY want to play the 'responsibility while under the influence' card, then NOBODY should be allowed to drink at ANY age. Including myself. Yeah, I’m 21, "The Golden Year of Binge Drinking, General Alcohol Abuse, and Rushed Liver Failure", and also the last year you actually WANT to drink for "fun". Because who the heck wants to drink when "the man" says 'it's okay to now'. That’s all anyone else sees, some kid that just hit drinking age, so obviously that’s all she does with her time. Let’s just completely ignore the fact that I know better than to drink and drive. I know better than to drink too heavily. In short, I already know my limitations. I also happen to have several friends between 18 and 20 that are exactly the same as me when it comes to alcohol. The only reason the US government put the legal age to drink at 21, is to have one more way of attempting to keep us chained down for a slightly longer period. And, in my not-quite-humble opinion… That is horse shit.


Writer's Block: Tolerance 101?


If you could create/select a new subject that had to be taught in high school, what would it be, and why?

LIFE 101 -A 4 year required course

Topics Covered

Preparing for Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Years
  -What to expect
  -How to develop good study habits that will last throughout your school career
  -How to budget your time between school work, friends, and part time jobs and still have time for family

From School to the Real World
  -How your classes are relevant outside school

Preparing for College Application Process
  -What to expect
  -How to keep your expectations reasonable
  -Keeping your pool of options expanded (don‘t set everything on a single school) 
  -Reducing and focusing extracurricular activities based on expectations and requirements (personal as well as college)

Other People
  -How to interact with others politely
  -Understanding others feelings
  -Avoiding altercations (verbal and physical)
  -Expressing your ideas without trampling others
  -Friendly discussions and debates, NOT arguments

Truth about college life
  -It’s not as simple as just filling out some paperwork and going to classes
  -Selecting classes that work for you and the career you want
  -Juggling classes, a social life (including making new friends), school work, and part time jobs

Truth about jobs and careers
  -Nothing will be guaranteed to or simply handed to you
  -Applying for positions (playing towards your strengths)

Budgeting
  -Planning ahead
  -Starting saving early  
  -Reducing unnecessary spending 
  -Setting specific allowances for food (eating in and dining out), clothing, bills, entertainment, etc 
  -How to stay within your budget

Easy Transitions
  -From high school to college life
  -How to handle the changes
  -Attending school away from home

Easy Transitions (At Home)
  -Discussing the change with your parents
  -Discussing how to pay (implementing a family budget to help with schooling costs, parent-to-child loans, etc)
  -Discussing spending money while away
  -Care packages from home


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Is it at all obvious I've had to create fake classes before?
Or that I used to want to be a teacher?


Writer's Block: Talk the Talk?


With so many features available on mobile phones, talking is not always everyone’s first priority. What do you use your phone for the most? What features couldn’t you live without?

Sprint... what a joke. I HATED it when my phone was through sprint. I seriously spent more time bashing my head into a wall waiting for it to do what I told it to, than I did talking or texting.

Anyways.... I use my phone mostly as a clock and an alarm. It's not that great for much else. I text occasionally, but only when it's really important because I don't have a ton of cash for minutes. I do call my grandmother about once a week, and I use it for work purposes as well. But that's litereally ALL I use it for. I wouldn't mind a new one with a camera though... But I'm not going to break the bank to get one.

I don't need all the apps and stuff that come with the new phones. Seriously, they're all just starting to get scary with what all the phone can do. Like that "family locator" thing. WTF? Call it what it is, spying on and stalking your kids. It's creepy! Maybe Ive seen too many horror movies... But if you ask me, if they keep it up, pretty soon the phones are going to try and take over.

I promised recipes. So here’s the first one.

I don’t really mention specific cooking times, because it’s been a while since I made this and we don‘t exactly have a recipe card for it. It’s all just “off the tops of our heads” anyways.

But most of it is basic cooking knowledge anyway. Like cooking chicken.

I made this dish with two of my closest friends, Erica and Zak. It was based off of a dish Zak had while in the Marine’s, but with a few tweaks from us (like taking out the squash).

We made it last for a month.

It makes for a pretty good breakfast when it’s cold.

Feel free to try it and let me know what you think. Add and remove ingredients, cook it different. (Try grilling the chicken even) Make it your own!

This is a really filling dish, so don't make serving sizes too big!

Pineapple Chicken Pasta Casserole

Ingredients

Skinless chicken breast (one for each person, or two for each person if small)

Pineapple Chunks (Dole brand is good)

Pasta (we used Tri-Color Rotini)

Black Olives (optional)

Plain tomato sauce, or your favorite spaghetti sauce (nothing with onions, distorts flavor of dish)

Colby Shredded Cheese

Instructions

Bake or fry chicken (if frying, chop into inch sized pieces first. If baking, chop after cooking.)

Boil Pasta to desired tenderness and drain

Cut olives into halves

Combine chicken, pasta, pineapple chunks, olives, and sauce in a large casserole dish and top with cheese

Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake at 300-350 for 45 minutes, or until cheese is melted

Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Let leftovers cool to room temperature and store in fridge, covered.


Writer's Block: Sunday in the park with ____?


If you could hang out with any fictional character for a whole day, who would you choose, and why?

I thought this was going to be hard, since I like soooo many fictional characters and would love to get to spend a day with any one of them. But it was actually pretty easy for me to pick just one.

Elizabeth Bennet, from Jane Austen's book Pride and Prejudice.
Reason: I really connect with her character, and I think it was be a productive day as well as a fun one. I could learn so much from her, even in just a 24 hour period.... and I definitely wouldn't mind if her sister Jane popped in somewhere in there. She's pretty neat too. Even Mary could join our little party! Just not Kitty or Lydia. Not a fan of those two. The four of us could have a perfectly happy little tea party with just us! And I'm sure Mr. Bennet wouldn't mind seeing his daughters socializing with another young lady that WASN'T related to them.

Meal's on me


If you had to serve a meal to an ambassador from another country that symbolized your country's culture, what would you choose? Do you think s/he would love it as much as you do?

It's almost a challenge to find a dish that really screams "American".
Really, I think this question could have used a little more detail too. "A meal", doesn't tell me anything, you need to be more specific. Am I serving them breakfast, lunch, or dinner. That's a big factor in deciding what I would serve. I mean, what if I planned out a dinner, and then found out last minute I was expected to serve breakfast? That would definitely look bad to the ambassador.

Anyways, enough of my complaining. Let's get to answering this beast.

Forget about just ONE meal. If I'm giving an ambassador the American experience through food, I'm doing it right. All three meals of the day!

Breakfast:
Food- Soft scrambled eggs with baked bacon, well done red potato hash browns, and dry whole-wheat toast
Drink- Tea and a small glass of tomato juice (good for the body man, everyone should have a glass in the morning)

Lunch:
Food- Spaghetti salad (light lunches are better for you)
Drink- Apple juice... maybe a beer (I don't drink beer myself, but I don't see anything wrong with one every now and then. Plus, this all about the American experience right? We drink beer with our lunch!)

Dinner:
Food- What I call a "Hobo Dinner", I was 5 when I said it and it just stuck so hush, more commonly referred to as "Boiled Dinner". Includes: Cabbage (hand torn, not cut or shredded), polish sausage (halved and cut into eighths), baby carrots (whole), quartered onions, and diced celery, occasionally potato's as well but we'll bypass that and instead have a side of potato salad.
Dessert- Apple-cherry pie.
Drink- Red wine, it's the classic companion to this dinner.


I have no idea if they would like it or not. It would really depend on their home country, I think. But I'd definitely hope they liked it. These are all classic American meals to me. With a few personal tweaks made to try and make them a bit healthier... since, y'know, us American's have made excess our mistress, and we a lovechild that is all of our greasy, fatty, heart-attack-on-a-plate foods.


Feel Good About Yourself



You cannot be happy all of the time, but you can be as happy as you can most of the time.

Have you ever felt like you would never be happy again? Like all the hope and happiness had simply… drained out of your life forever? Don’t worry! You aren’t the first person to feel like this, nor will you be the last. No one is perfect, so we all have our days when we feel we’ll be in an unhappy state of being for the rest of our days. There IS light at the end of the tunnel though, I promise.
I get highly depressed a lot myself, and I’ve set my mind to changing the way I look at my life so as to spend fewer hours wallowing in these feelings.
There are lots of different ways to go about feeling good about yourself. They’re all over the internet. Don’t believe me? Go to your favorite search engine and type in ‘feel good strategies’ and see how many results come up. A lot, right? I know I’m not the first person to think of the idea of making this kind of post, nor am I arrogant enough to believe I will be the last. But I’ve spent my fair share of time digging through all those results trying to find a way to stop feeling so down, and I’ve slowly gathered a few things from all those lists, articles, and self-help guides that works for me, which I’m presenting to you. Use these as you see fit for yourself and at your own risk. I don’t make any guarantees that it will work for you the way it has for me. As so many things say these days: Individual Results May Vary.

Listen to Music

Be it classical, classic rock, heavy metal, or J-Pop, -whatever you happen to like best yourself- music is relaxing and healing.

Make a play list, CD, or mix tape of your favorite songs. Listen to it whenever you’re feeling down-and-out.

Have trouble getting started in the morning? Play happy upbeat music to stimulate your senses and kick start you day.

Can’t sleep at night? Play soft tunes, with the volume on low to help you drift off.

Stressed out because of school, work, the house, the kids, car payments… whatever? Play Mozart or lullabies. They aren’t just for infants!

Get Warm

Feeling warm and comfortable are great ways to be happy and also reduce stress.

At night throw your favorite worn old quilt in the dryer for a few minutes, then curl up with it on the couch to watch that House marathon you’ve been waiting for all week.

During the day, if it’s nice out, put on your sunscreen and go for a walk, or grab your book, go out into the yard and snag a nice sunny spot and enjoy the suns gentle kisses while you find out if Edmund really murdered Roberto in a jealous rage or not.

Build Up That Self-Esteem

Self-esteem has a lot to do with your happiness. A great way to having more happy days in life is to first start by bringing your self-esteem up as much as possible. Don’t set yourself up for failure though. Set small, easy goals that you know you can reach, and that will make you feel better.

Stop drinking so much soda and start drinking fruit juices (all natural, of course) and water more often. Once you’ve done that, maybe set the goal to stop drinking soda period and watch your self-esteem sky rocket! (not to mention your waistline shrink.)

Go find a piece of notebook paper. No, not when you finish reading, right now! Got it? Got a pen or pencil too? Good. Now STOP! Don’t move out of that chair until you finish this exercise. Using the paper and pen you now have, and WITHOUT looking in a mirror or asking someone else, make a list of all the things you like about your physical appearance. Don’t write “nothing” and don’t write things you want to change. Find 5 to 10 things about you as you are right now that you like and write them down. Now take that list and keep it in your wallet, or someplace where you’ll see it often. Whenever you feel bad about the way you look, pick up the list and read it. You’ll make yourself smile and remember why you’re such an amazing person.

Exercise

Exercise helps to both make you look and feel better, as well as to let the inner you shine. If you don’t already have a routine, create one (check with your doctor before starting it!). Make a point of exercising 4 or 5 days every week.

Sounds like a lot right? It’s really not, and you’ll be surprised at how fast your body adjusts to it if you just keep at it!

Peanut Butter

What’s a better way to make both you and your inner child happy than a peanut butter sandwich? We all deserve a little treat once in a while( and yes, peanut butter is a treat). So go ahead, have one! Just skip the sugary jellies and jams, and use an all natural peanut butter and whole-grain bread. Not only will you feel like a kid again, but the protein in it will help to naturally raise your serotonin levels (a hormone which regulates mood, sleep, and behavior).

Get Your Fix (of friends)

With all the hustle and bustle of today’s world, we often start to drift away, even from our closest friends.

Send your favorite group of friends an e-mail or text and set up a date to spend some time together. Go out to lunch or dinner.
Meet up for drinks after work. Go see that new movie that just hit the theatres and you’ve all been DYING to see.

You can never have too many girls night-in's or guys night-out's. So go have a blast and get funky with your crew!

Spice Up Your Undies

No, I’m not joking here friends. It may sound silly but wearing cute undies makes a world of difference. You feel better about yourself just knowing they’re there, and they actually boost self-confidence.

Still not convinced? Go raid your underwear drawer for your cutest pair (or, heck, go splurge a little and buy yourself some brand spankin’ new ones) and wear them on a normal day. See if you don’t feel that much better just ‘cause of your undies!

Take The Thumb Off

We all have people in our lives that just can’t seem to stand it if we’re feeling good about ourselves. Get rid of those people! Stop talking to them, don’t go out with them, just remove them from your life. They will always try to bring you down, and make sure you feel like your life sucks more than theirs.

Don’t stay under their thumb and let them rule how your life feels. Get rid of them and never look back!


Four Steps To A Better Life


Here are four simple steps to making your life better for you. Don’t do this for someone else, and don’t try and make it a weekend project. Do this for you and you alone.

Step One: Make the firm decision to make your life better.

If you don’t set your mind to making things better, then things will not change. Sure, you may see a difference for a while, but the second you stop paying attention everything will simply fall back into the same rut it was in before you started. So again, FIRMLY decide that you are GOING to make PERMANENT changes to you life, and STICK WITH IT.

Step Two: Decide What Needs Changing.

Just as important as Step One -if not more important- you need to step back from your life for a moment and really look at it. Pin-point what is making you unhappy. Don’t just nit-pick one or two tiny things that’s are irking you at present. Pick the things that are of constant concern to you. Make a list of those things.

Step Three: Make A Game Plan.

Once you’ve decided to make these changes, and what things it is you need to change, decide how you want to go about changing them. Take that list you made for Step Two and make a new one. Don’t add anything new, just use the things you picked before, and set them in order of priority. What needs changing first? Is there anything that has to change before something else can? Don’t go about this half-heartedly. It may seem trivial, but this is a very important move. You can’t just say “This, this, that, and these have to change” and expect it to happen, or try to change all of it at once. Take it one thing at a time, or you’ll burn out, give up, and go back to that rut you were in.

Step Four: Follow Through!

You’ve decided you need to change things. You’ve decided what exactly need changing. And you’ve decided in what order they need to be changed. Now DO IT! Don’t expect miraculous over-night changes. These kinds of things take time, don’t try to rush through it all. That’s the best way in the world to make sure you fail.


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Hello there Darlin'! I'm Canix, and I'm here on a mission to spead as much happiness as possible! But I suppose I should start off with some other basics, yes?

I have another livejournal account, but I've found recently that it's contents and some of the things and people connected with it make me severely unhappy. As of late, I've made a goal of removing as much unhappiness from my life as possible and replacing it with only happiness. So, a new livejournal seemed to be in order. I'll still keep up the old one, there are some friends on it I couldn't stand to part with. But this will become my main account. I'll be using it for both personal entries as well as advice entries on things like health, how to feel good about yourself, how to eat healthier, exercise, recipies (of the healthy, the indulgent, the down-home, and the comfort-food varieties), and really whatever else I can think of or come across that I think would be a good idea to do an entry about. I'm not looking to gain a gigantic viewer base or anything, but I will encourage anyone that wants to, to read what I put up, comment if you wish, and just generally feel comfortable and safe here. I'm here to be happy and make new friends if the chance presents itself. Also feel free to suggest things for new entries.

I can't say there will be any real schedule for updates. It all depends on if anything interesting is going on in my life or not, or if I have anything new to share advice and recipe wise. Just keep your eyes peeled!