Esoteric Renaissance

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Banner - Monday MattersSeveral years ago, there used to be a weekly meme, hosted at orangeclouds.org, called Participation Positives. It was one of my favorite memes back when I first started blogging. The concept was that every Monday, participants posted a short list of things that were positive in their lives.

It’s a habit I sometimes think I should get back to, seeing as it feels like I’m generally viewing things from a very pessimistic world view. So, I have reinvented the meme as a quick little weekly feature.


Okay, so the first thing to remember when signing up for something like NaBloPoMo? Check when the start date is! LOL If it’s on a day when you know there’s an event that is going to take your entire focus, prewrite a post and schedule it to go up while you’re painting your nails and hanging out on social media to cheer on your team!

Yes, I got so wrapped up in Super Bowl that I forgot yesterday was the start of February. (Super Bowl Sunday needs no official date! LOL)

The theme for NaBloPoMo this month is ‘Make’ and there will be future posts from me that are on theme.

But, as I’m playing catch-up , today you get a new Monday Matters.

 

  •  Let’s start with my boys. My team. My Pats! Super Bowl champions! The game may have started out slow and uneventful. But, that second half? That fourth quarter? THOSE LAST TWO AND A HALF MINUTES?! Simply amazing.
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier valentines. Yes, the cheap little cards kids take to school for their class. I’m not passing them out, but they’ll make an amusing decorating theme for my cubicle. Don’t judge me. I know I’m insane. ;-P
  • I can still talk. My sinuses started acting up yesterday and this morning I woke up with the sore throat from Hell. So, I’m really glad that it seems to be mostly cleared up right now. Soup and oranges for dinner tonight, I think, though. Early to bed. I really don’t want to use sick time so early in the year.
  • And, lastly, this Winter Soldier fanart makes me very happy.

Super Bowl ManicureFinally, in honor of the Super Bowl, with my Patriots playing, I did a quickie manicure to show some pride. The #TeamEvans hashtag is included along with some obvious Captain America inspiration to show support for the bet between Chris Evans and Chris Pratt, otherwise known as#Twitterbowl.

For those who are unaware, the two Marvel stars made a bet on the game, each forfeiting a visit to the children’s charity of the other’s choice…in costume and bearing the colors of the opposing team. Chris Pratt set the stakes that Evans would make an appearance at Seattle Children’s Hospital dressed as Cap and bearing the 12th Man flag of the Seattle Seahawks should the Seahawks win. For his part, Chris Evans determined that, should the Patriots win, Pratt would make an appearance at Christopher’s Haven in Boston, dressed as Starlord wearing a Tom Brady jersey.

In a show of class that proves once again why Chris Evans is one of my favorite celebrities, after the Patriots win, he posted on twitter that he would be going with Pratt to Christopher’s Haven and also that they would both visit Seattle Children’s Hospital as well.

As for the charities themselves, fans rallied together under their favorite super hero’s banners and made donations to each charity on behalf of “Team Evans” and “Team Pratt”. For those who are interested, you can still show your support and make a donation to one or both of the charities:

Donations to Christopher’s Haven (Team Evans)

Donations to Seattle Children’s Hospital (Team Pratt)

As for the manicure, I created the gradient using MoYou Polish in Red and White along with Char by Julep. Then I topped it with United States of Glitter by NCLA. The accent nails, painted to look like a modified form of Captain America’s uniform, were done using MoYou Polish in Red, Char by julep, and Model’s Own Artstix Nail Art Pen in White. Everything was then topped with Seche Vite, which has become my favorite top coat.

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