The 21st-century 20-something


Monday, January 27, 2014

15 words you should use more often

I love words. I think everyone should know as many words as they can, and use the fun ones as often as possible.

Here's a quick list of some awesome words that you should work into your daily conversation. You will sound more intelligent and probably force some of your friends to whip out a dictionary. And there is no shame in that, no matter what anyone says.

Sidebar: Just don't become a verbose idiot. It only agitates people and makes them more annoyed than they are when you say things like 'should of' and 'supposably'.

Acrimony: harsh or biting sharpness especially of words, manner, or disposition

"You should expect some acrimony when she finds out you cheated on her. Stupid."

Boisterous: very noisy and active in a lively way

"There are too many boisterous jerk-offs at this party. Let's get out of here."

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I am the only me in the world

I'll admit it. I Google myself. Pretty regularly, to be honest.

I actually had and may still have a Google Alert on my name. I use it mostly for this blog, to see if it's mentioned or re-posted. I don't know much else you'd use a Google Alert about yourself for; but I digress.

What I've discovered in my Googling, is that I am pretty positive I am the only Kali Zigrino in the entire world. Now, of course we are all one of a kind, and unique in our own ways, but many times there are others out there with our name, which may take a bit away from what makes us stand out. There are even two Justin Bieber's in the world for crying out loud. Poor guy.

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Kali, pronounced (Kay-lee.) I know - it's spelled wrong. Talk to my parents.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

I've Been Single for my Entire Life, Too

I think as human beings, when we're going through something or evaluate how we feel about certain things, we tend to think we're the only person in the world with the problem and no one anywhere could possibly understand what we're going through.

Today, I learned that's not true.

I read an excellent blog post on HuffPost called 'I've Been Single For My Entire Life' by Katie Heaney, author of the book "Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date."

Katie is 25, like myself, and has never had a serious relationship or even a real date to speak of:

"And I don't mean that I haven't had any major long-term relationships, or that I haven't dated anyone in a really long time, or that I've only dated people for a few months at a time. I mean that I have been wholly and totally single for my entire life. Not one boyfriend. Not one short-term dating situation. Not one person with whom I regularly hung out and kissed on the face."

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

You say you want a resolution

Happy New Year!

I thoroughly enjoy this time of year when people seem to be much more positive and optimistic about
life because of the 'fresh start' the New Year brings.

For the past few weeks, I have found myself saying "I'm going to quit that for New Year's" or "That's going to be my New Year's resolution" and now the day is here - and I've already epically failed at everything.

Then I started to realize that it's not as much about giving something up or changing one specific thing as it is about making a concerted effort to work toward goals you have in life and not expect it do be done in 2014.

I've also come to the conclusion that it's better to have lots of small 'resolutions' that are maintainable, than one or two that are unrealistic and will be distant memories by Friday. For example, if you say "I'm going to quit smoking for New Year's" - all that pressure makes you want to do is have a cigarette, right? So while that's something you're working on in life in general, a more realistic 'resolution' would be - "I'm going to stop chewing with my mouth open." Because that's disgusting.

Here's some simple things you can do:

Put the damn cell phone away. Any time you are in the presence of other human beings, interact with them. It should come pretty naturally. Beside the fact it is so rude to be on your phone when someone is trying to have a conversation with you.

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