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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Good News Blog Readers!

I've been working long and hard, and my new website is finally ready!  I will be posting all of my new Monday blogs on BretonyBoheme.com, so please go check out the new site and tell me what you think! ;)

This site will still be here for my entire blog archive (if any body really wants to dig that deep), and I may post updates here from time to time, but my main site will now be BretonyBoheme.com.

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- B



Monday, April 13, 2015

     Bike Life




     Bonjour!  (I have no idea why, but I've been doing a faux French accent for the past few days, and I am really loving it.  So just read this as a French person would...if you will!)  This week has been pretty active for me.  It's good!  I really needed to start getting things together.  I know the cold weather can be very depressing sometimes, and this winter seemed to last longer than (ya know, honestly, I've been sitting here for far too long trying to think of a decent metaphor to compare the long winter to.  At the end of the day it was just longer than...) a muther f*cker!  But warm weather can really motive us to actually get out of the house and get active!

     I for example, got a bike this past week!  (I know right, who the heck have I become!?)  I use to be so very leary of riding bikes in NYC.  It can be very dangerous actually.  The first time I rode in the city,  was on a Citibike thing.  I did feel like a huge nerd.  It's sort of like riding a rental car with a bunch of advertisements.  It was fine for a first time city rider like me I suppose, but yes, very nerdy.  Also, I only rode citibikes at night because there was less traffic.  Now that I have a bike of my own, I guess I really do have to start learning to ride it during the day with the rest of civilization.  This week I did get a lot of practice in during normal waking hours.  I rode around Brooklyn though, not Manhattan (not ready for those daytime bridges just yet! Lest we forget the Bike/Bridge Debacle of 14'??)   Me and my wonderful, extremely helpful counterpart rode up and down Bedford Ave, through beautiful neighborhoods that I never even knew existed in Brooklyn (seriously, such beautiful homes and brownstones)!  We rode to Prospect Park, which was over run with active Brooklynites, their pets, and children.  Seriously though, riding through the park is almost as chaotic as city streets.  We almost took out a little puppy! It was still pretty tiresome riding up all of those darn hills, but I was assured that it gets easier the more you ride.  I sure hope so, because guess what people...biking is literally the most efficient form of travel that I've personally experienced in the city.  Let me tell you why!
     First of all, after you buy the darn bike, that's it!  There is nothing else to buy!  (Well actually, I do need to get a bike light and a lock) But honestly, it's a one time investment that far surpasses the expenses of a weekly/monthly metro card or obviously a gas guzzling car.  Once you buy a bike, your basic transportation needs are taken care of!  Second of all, yes, It seems stressful to think of riding everywhere you go and being all sweaty and out of breath, trust me, no one is more of a princess than me.  But I actually think I'm the same amount of tired (maybe a tad more), as riding, transferring trains, and walking down a billion stairs.   Third,  bikes cut through all traffic!  You wait for nothing when you bike.  Technically, yea, you are supposed to obey all traffic rules (which EYE do), but once you get the hang of the flow of things,  you can start to ride through everybody.  It's better than being stuck in traffic or stuck on in the middle of a train delay...helpless!  Lastly, it's freakin fun!  Minus all the inclinations you have to ride up, but hey, maybe some people think those are fun.  I feel like a kid again riding a bike for the most part.  Basically, If you want to save money, and be in complete control of your riding experience in a fun way, biking is for you!  Dangerous?  Eh, perhaps, but then again, what in this day and age ISN'T?  Even eating a hamburger is "dangerous" now for Pete's sake! (Vegans, we will talk soon...)

Anywho,  biking is awesome, so try it if you can!  Also this week I've been trying to take more photographs and videos to correspond with my weekly adventures.  It's hard because I'm always looking kinda cray.  How do celebrities always look so painstakingly decent in all of their candid paparazzi shots, and I'm out here lookin' like Felicia from Friday?  The world may never know.



I just wanna know who I thought I was right here...


p.s. I'm also looking for people who live in NYC to be in videos with me, nothing too intense (at first), perhaps just to interview New Yorkers!  Email me bretonymcgee@gmail.com

p.p.s. I always thought Felicia from Friday would've been super cute if she let those braids out!

Monday, April 06, 2015



A Yearning for Learning





     Hello everyone! Happy Monday! Spring is finally here... I think? I hope. Isn't it crazy how when people have nothing to talk about with each other, they always start talking about the weather? "So... This weather is crazy right?"  I suppose it's something that everyone can relate to without getting to in depth into an argument.  But I love arguments!
   Anywho, enough about nonsensical atmosphere talk, I've recently started working on my new website, and it is drop dead awesome! I don't know what took me so long to finally just break down and get serious about it.  Well actually I do know, web design is expensive! I decided to take matters into my own hands and learn how to design it myself.  Yes, I know I'm not a highly trained professional, but do u really have to be? I'm just taking it very slowly, one step at a time, and finding out how to create the look I want each step of the way.  It's not rocket science ( and come to think of it, rocket science is probably not all that hard either). I remember a long time ago, I tried to pretend I was a genius and started learning how to code HTML.  It was actually kinda fun! HTML is kinda like learning a language. I also think learning languages is kinda fun! Perhaps I just think learning in general is fun.
     This world has so much information so why limit how much there is to learn?  Usually in life we are forced to learn things against our will (elementary school, middle school, high school), and then told me MUST learn certain things in order to succeed in life (college). When we grow up and realize we can learn whatever interests us, that's when it can actually become something to enjoy. 

     With all the technology available these days, it's hard NOT to learn things.  One time I learned how to open a can without a can opener from youtube! Actually youtube has taught me many great things; how to cook, do my makeup, jailbreak an iPhone.  (Not that I'm gonna try, but) I feel like I could learn how to perform open heart surgery from there! Wikipedia, even though it may have it's informational faults from time to time, can really teach you a lot about everything too.  A link based, online encyclopedia?? Come one! Best website ever! Basically, almost anything you want to learn is online, right at your finger tips.
     Maybe that's what's wrong with me though, the more I learn, the more things I want to start doing.  This in turn creates a huge list of things for me to start trying to do each day, to the point where I get semi overwhelmed with it all.  Is there a word for people who see something being done (dancing, sports, acrobatics, speaking Arabic) and automatically think, "Ooooh I wanna do that!" And proceed to learn how to do it? Welp, that's me. So far in my life, I've wanted to be an architect, artist, cosmetologist, DJ, taste tester, pastry chef, lawyer, psychologist, marriage counselor, tennis player, classical pianist, TV show host, clothing designer, housewife, interior designer, and I'm SURE I'm missing a few. I'm also one of those people who want to just do everything myself because I don't trust people, eh! 

     Which finally brings me to my website! I have heard before from people that I lack focus.  Well frankly, I do! I wanna do, learn, and experience everything I can in life! I don't really wanna limit myself or narrow it down. Not one bit! But I think I did finally find a way to do it in a pseudo-sane way...

     I have decided that I am a life reviewer (maybe I'll think of a classier way to put that).  Let me explain... Since I love doing a bunch of different things and I don't want to focus on one in particular, I WILL do everything, and report on my experiences.  Which is what I do anyway for the most part right? I'm going to live my life the best way I know how, singing, dancing, creating, eating, traveling, and trying to be happy.  The new website will hopefully be a place where I can do all of that.  

     It really is cute! I can't wait to share it with everyone.  Remember though, you really can learn just about anything you want, trust me, it's a lot easier than you think.  The hardest part is always starting.  The second hardest part is finishing.  The middle is fun!

Stay tuned peeps! 

p.s.  Ugh, now I really AM curious about open heart surgery.

p.p.s. Check out the SUPER testing phase of my website here
(It really is super minimal right now, but just focus on the layout and design...all by me!)