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The Beauty of Freecycle

My friends, family and co-workers have heard me ranting and raving about Freecycle for several months now. For anyone who hasn’t heard of it, I highly recommend they become acquainted with how it works. Whether you’re a conservationist, have “junk” you need to get rid of, or are in need of something but don’t have the money to spend, Freecycle can be a valuable tool.

The concept: Local communities of people give and receive stuff for free, thus keeping usable items out of landfills. Members post listings online when they have items to offer or are in need of something specific. The Frederick, MD Freecycle Group currently has 14,070 members.

Inspiration: I started using Freecycle as an opportunity to get rid of some unneeded items around my house. The inspiration to find this kind of recycling program came right around bulk trash day. The amount of stuff that’s thrown away is amazing, especially when there are people out there who have next to nothing. It was obvious that at least some of this “garbage” was wanted or usable, what with so many people driving around the neighborhood to collect other people’s “junk.” Why not see if someone wants that end table before you chuck it to the curb?

The gift of giving: With Freecycle, I’ve passed on many items to members who were genuinely in need. Members have told me stories about having hardly any clothes due to recent family tragedies and siblings who live in a house with one light because they can’t afford to purchase lamps. By participating in Freecycle, not only am I ridding my closets and drawers of items I don’t use, but I’m helping those in the community that are less fortunate.

Receiving items is fun too! A couple of months ago my hair straightener broke and was generously replaced within 24 hours by another Freecycle member. Last Saturday my Magic Bullet blender stopped working. I posted a wanted and received a response for a replacement by Sunday! Many people don’t want to trash something that’s still usable and they end up collecting unneeded items. But when the opportunity comes along to pass these items to people who can use them, they are more than happy to help!

Even if you think something you’re about to trash is junk, don’t discount that there may be someone out there who could use it. To find your local Freecycle group, go to www.freecycle.org. Happy Freecycling!

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The Tester—A Gaming Reality Show from PlayStation

Today I got an email about an open casting call for The Tester—a new reality competition series for the PlayStation® Network. In this series, a handful of gamers will compete in a series of challenges to test their game knowledge, memory, stamina, dexterity, and mental prowess. To win the game, contestants need personality, gaming skills, smarts, and a competitive edge. The winner will receive a position a Sony Computer Entertainment’s quality assurance department located in San Diego, CA. He/she will test games before they are released!

I’ve always thought it’d be kind of fun to be on a reality show, and probably a gaming show would be the only one I’d be a good fit for. I’m not extremely good looking with a wacky personality that would land me on the Real World. I don’t have a rockin’, ripped and sexy body with physical ability that would land me on Survivor. But I’m still quirky and likable, and I’ve always been good at video games. So, why not have ME on a gaming reality show? 🙂

So I applied for The Tester just for fun. I don’t think I’m really interesting enough to be on a reality show. And even if I were selected, I’d probably get voted off in a heart beat because I’m sure there are millions of other gamers out there who are better than me! If you care to watch my lame-ass audition video, I’ve posted it below. Be nice—I’m not doing this to be a rock star! 😉

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Green Tea Kit Kats!

Tim’s been traveling for work, and look what he picked me up during a layover in Japan.

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Green Tea Kit Kats! Oh, they are so good. They remind me of green tea icecream melted over a crispy wafer cookie.

Let me know if you know where to buy some more. 🙂

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Spoils of Otakon

Here are a couple of items I brought home from Otakon.

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A super cute Kallen Kozuki cell phone charm from one of the many J Pop/knick knack type stores.

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Two prints from the amazing illustrator Echo Chernik. Love her art nouveau inspired pieces.

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And a wig from The Five Wits that I can use for an L costume (Death Note) and possibly Lelouche (Code Geass) if I smooth it down.

Not a lot to share, but I was being conservative with my purchases. 🙂

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Poor girl Winry Rockbell costume

Here is the costume I wore on day three of Otakon. Winry Rockbell from Full Metal Alchemist:

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This costume was put together mostly with items I had around the house. Really the only effort I put into this costume was modifying the length of the jacket and styling the wig. I purchased the wig at a generic costume shop, so the quality is not really up to par and it’s too thin in the back to do a high ponytail. But it was much easier to manage than the C.C. wig.

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