- What are the ABCs of dining out? Alcohol, booze, and cocktails! I kid. Let’s go with adventure–willingness to try something new. I think I’m gonna stick with booze, because I usually do drink when I go out and I’m a fan of creative cocktails. And for C, culture, because I think food is a great way to experience a different culture and I think trying something new is always a good thing.
- What are the Three Cs of dating? It’s such a cliche, but absolutely communication is one, whether it’s a new date or a long-term relationship. It’s just so important. Cuddling, because Paul is a huge fan and it’s just nice. And creativity, because sometimes doing something new and fun and interesting is a great way to get to know each other or keep things interesting.
- What should you SHOP for in gift-giving? Sentimental value–heartfelt gifts can really mean a lot to people. A neat example is that one Christmas, my aunt had little scrapbooks made of my grandparents’ wedding photos. I loved it. Helpful–items that are maybe useful or somehow make life easier for this recipient. This is why I’m a huge defender of gift cards, because if you don’t have a lot of money to spare, they allow you to either save money by spending gift cards on your necessities or get yourself something nice. Other good examples are some of last year’s gifts from my mom, like a AAA membership and a fireproof safe/filing cabinet. Out-of-the-box–I’m not saying every single gift has to be one-of-a-kind or super creative, but there is something to be said for doing something different. And I think it’s really easy to do if you just keep that person in mind when you’re shopping. And finally, personal–don’t just give a gift for the sake of giving a gift. I’m really grateful for everyone who’s ever considered me in the gift-giving, but sometimes, it’s just really obvious that the giver had no idea what you actually like, want, or need and gave you a gift because it was expected. I mean, Paul’s parents gave me a Walmart gift card when I don’t even shop there. And I know some people swear gift cards are impersonal, but much like any actual item, it’s not if you’re keeping the person in mind.
- What are the four Ps of petcare? Patience–puppies don’t come house-trained, and sometimes, they get into trouble. You have to give them a chance. I once volunteered at a shelter where someone brought back a puppy because she said he’d been biting at her kids, which I understand is a problem, but puppies can be trained not to do that. You just don’t ship them back when they’re not perfect. Persistence–animals can be trained, but it doesn’t always happen fast and easy. Stick with it. Preparedness–ever watch TV shows like My Cat from Hell and it turns out almost all of the animal’s problem is that its owners kind of suck and don’t know what the animal’s needs are? Yeah, that can be avoided. Just do a little reading about how to handle your pet. And finally, play–because it’s fun for both owner and pet and because pets need it!
- How do you go WILD in seeking a good time? Wishlist–is there something I’ve been wanting to do that I haven’t tackled yet? Introvert–I have at last accepted that’s what I am, so sometimes, seeking a good time is me in bed on my laptop or with a stack of books. Which is how I plan to spend most of this weekend. Love–friends, family, boyfriend, dog, whatever. If I enjoy my company, I’m almost always gonna enjoy how I spend that time. Decompress–something that helps me unwind, which with me can be basically anything, from aforementioned alone time in bed to a loud night out.