The End for Now

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Hey guys! So I’ve decided to take that little two-month break from blogging until I get my new laptop. I will be starting a YouTube channel (as I’ve mentioned a few times before. 😉 ) Which you can check out if you’d like. It’ll be called Jordan’sHere because that’s my name.

I’m going to miss blogging and I will definitely start it up again the moment I have a chance. I may just have to write something for you guys even when I’m on vacation. It’s been great getting to know all of you on here, it’s really been my pleasure. I wish all of the friends that I’ve made over the last few months an ah-mazing summer! Have fun in the sun, spend time with your friends and family, and just relax.

I’m not really sure what else to say. I never can seem to find the right words for moments like these.

I’m going to post my graduation speech that I wrote what seems like forever ago. I hope you like it!

 

Hello everyone and thank you, again, for coming out to Graduation 2014. For many of the graduates sitting up here, myself included, this day would not be possible without the love and support of our parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, and ultimately God. Now I’m going to be honest with you in these next few minutes. First off I’d like to say that it was really hard to write this speech. I tried to write something uplifting and inspirational but nothing seemed good enough. I mean this is the first time ever that a single 24-hour day will close a chapter in my life. How do I accurately sum up all of the bittersweet feelings and thoughts, the precious memories and hopes, the terrifying fears that are associated with the last four years? How can I stand before all of you, speaking on behalf of my class and spout something generic?

 

            Second, it’d be a lie to say that I’m not afraid because I’m pretty darn scared right now…although that might have something to do with the public speaking. I’d like to think that I speak for the majority of us when I say; I’m scared to fail. I’m scared to go out into the world and fall down on my face. I’m scared that I’ll be chewed up and spit out onto the sidewalk of life like nothing better than a piece of chewing tobacco.

 

            But as Nelson Mandela once said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” So I implore each and every one of you, whether you are graduating with me, have already graduated, or do not yet know the value of a diploma, to have courage. Conquer your fears! Tomorrow is uncertain, in fact it isn’t even guaranteed but you must not let those fears suffocate you. Things are going to get tough, I can promise you that, but this diploma that we are about to receive is not just a piece of paper. It isn’t some certificate to stuff into a box fifteen years from now. No, this diploma is a symbol. It is a symbol of hard work and of triumph. We should be honored to hold it in our hands and know that if we can graduate high school, we can do anything that we set our minds too. Cliché right? I believe it though. Each and every one of us has the capacity to be a success, a difference-maker, a catalyst for change. We’ve got a lot of lessons left to learn and a lot of mistakes left to make but we also have a lot more opportunities to take advantage of and dreams to fulfill.

 

            After the ceremony, after the last car pulls out of this parking lot and the sun sets on Graduation day I hope that all of us take a moment to pause and just breathe. Hug our loved ones and remember to thank those who we swept along on this four-year journey. We did it, we graduated high school.

 

What did you think? I liked it, hopefully the audience will like it tomorrow too. x)

Good bye for now guys! xoxo

 

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I’m an Inspiration Vampire

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Very Inspiring Blogger AwardGood morning readers! I hope this post finds you well. Have you had a nice drink of coffee, tea, or even water to kick start your morning? If not, just run to the kitchen and grab something. I’ll wait for you.

You’re back? Good. Let’s get started then. 🙂

So I have been nominated by my dear Nicole for the Very Inspiring blogger Award. Thank you very much hun! It’s kind of funny because I’ve never thought of myself as inspiring. Rather, I’m more of an inspiration vampire as I hunt the four corners of the earth for inspiration and when I find it, I drink it up and am quite satisfied.

So there are 5 rules or guidelines that I must complete. They are as follows:

  1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you. Check!
  2. List the rules and display the award. Check!
  3. Share seven facts about yourself. Check!
  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated. Check! Sort of…I listed my favorite and/or the best and only bloggers that I really know.
  5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you. Check!

7 Facts about Me

1. I’m going to reveal that surprise I have for my family about graduation to you guys. It’s nothing awful, I promise. I just feel like I should let you know in case my blogging has to abruptly end when I return the laptop to the school. Anyway, I wrote a 3-5 minute speech that I get to read for the ceremony. I’m not the only speaker at the event but I am honored that I was even asked to speak. 😀

2. I worry too much. I must do it at least 15 times a day and even that number is being generous. If I have nothing to do. I worry and I hate that.

3. Do you know what else I hate? Spiders. They are vile creatures and I know they are necessary to the Earth but do they have to be so ugly and quick? Just this morning I found a tiny red and black spider crawling on my dog’s leg. It was awful but I gritted my teeth and smashed it with a napkin. Thankfully it was very small.

4. I have kind of a unique dream I think. I’d like to be considered wise one day. I mean I know some things about life and the world  in general but I wouldn’t say at 18 I am truly wise. I want to be like Solomon from the Bible, the wisest man that ever lived. I’m sure I’ll never reach his level but I’d like to get close. x)

5. I love art and creating things. It’s almost a passion of mine but I just don’t have the patience with myself to get really good at creating art, if that makes sense. I have a Wreck This Journal which I’m really turning into an art journal. I just can’t wait to see what it’ll look like when it’s all gone.

6. If I had a time machine, I’d head back to the time of the ancient Egyptians or Greeks. I’d love to spend a month or two in their famous cities and see what life was really like. I’d also visit some Native American tribes before European settlers arrived and spend time with them. Other time periods I’d like to visit are the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the 1920’s and 1950’s.

7. I used to wish I was a mermaid when I was younger. 🙂 I’ve always loved the water and especially the beach. I really want to go camping at the beach and visit the wild horses that live in Maryland.

 

My Nominations:

Adrian

Slamdunk

Nicole

ScribblingWithStardust

Raluca Stoica

AdoptingJames

Sunny

Amanda

 

Happy June!

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Hello Summer

 

 

June is finally here! I honestly thought this month would never come and with graduation THIS Saturday, everything feels so surreal. (Please note, I know I keep talking about graduation but I’m just so excited! Can you blame me?) I can promise you maybe one or two quotes pertaining to the subject of or at least mentioning graduation and then you won’t have to hear about it again.

Okay so let’s talk about the Senior Class Trip. It was this past Friday as many of you lovely readers know and I have only one or two regrets about the trip. Let me start from the beginning though.

So my internal clock managed to wake me up at 5:50 am for some reason even though I’d set my alarm for 6 am. Needless to say, I rested for another 10 minutes and then got up when my alarm clock went off. I hit the ground running, choosing to change out of my pjs before eating breakfast which is opposite of what I normally do. At 6:30 am I was still fighting with my hair which wouldn’t work itself into a milkmaid braid but hey, that’s life right? You just have to roll with the punches. I chose to do a regular braid and move on with my morning.

My dad and brother picked up a senior friend who needed a ride to the amusement park and brought her back to our house. We did some last minute packing and then we were on the road for about an hour and a half.

It was a pretty nice car ride although it was a little crowded as the car was at maximum capacity. There was much discussion of sicfi tv shows and movies which I only half partook in. However when people started talking about Doctor Who I couldn’t help but joining the conversation. RIP 11th doctor. 😦

Doctor who

We arrived at the amusement park five to ten minutes late but luckily the teachers were patient and still had our tickets for us. I’d just like to take a moment mention the fact that there was a state police academy literally right next to the amusement park. It was a bit prophetic in a sense. Especially because I want to be a police officer and we just happened to be at the amusement park because of the senior class trip.

Anyway, back to the story. So we got into the amusement park which was very crowded for a Friday morning but it was to be expected. Thankfully we had beautiful weather although it got kind of hot towards the middle of the day.

I rode a total of three rides that day although they were some of the major roller coasters offered by the theme park which was pretty cool. We actually stood in line for one roller coaster for about an hour and a half but it was definitely worth it. The rest of the time was spent walking all around the park because it was so big. I’m just thankful I got to go. 😉

My only regret was not spending more time with dear Nicole or our mutual friend Sarah. We wanted to ride some rides together, especially the Ferris Wheel but that didn’t happen much to my disappointment.

I only hope that we will be able to get together over the coming summer and have a mini vacation/sleepover. ❤ you hun!

And I ❤ the rest of my readers too. Have a blessed day. 🙂

 

Thursday Fruit Juice Talks

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Thursday Fruit Juice Talks? What’s that? Well dear readers that is a ghost of what used to be Friday Tea Talks. My oldest  followers will remember what that was.

I don’t know that TFJT will be a regular thing and I don’t know if Friday Tea Talks will ever come back but we’ll let tomorrow worry about tomorrow okay? 🙂 Okay.

So today I am writing to you to give a little update on my life. I saw that nine people have viewed my page already and it’s not even 11 a.m. at my house. I feel guilty for not putting out any new content so I’m going to try and find something interesting to say.

Yesterday I went to Skyzone as many of you know and I had a blast! I met up with a friend, her nickname is Smalls and we jumped all around the trampoline wonderland. When I first got there, the Skyzone employees gave me some tight-fitting orange socks with grippies on the bottom. Note: I’m not sure what you guys call them but grippies are the small plastic-y material on the bottom of socks that give you traction and help you not to slip while you’re walking.

After I got my socks, I checked in with my school and got a t-shirt and then I was off to the “ocean of trampolines” as Smalls likes to call it. To be more specific, Skyzone is essentially a huge warehouse-esk building with different areas for different trampoline activities. They have dodgeball, basketball, and even a huge foam pit which is sort of like a ball pit only it has foam cubes. My point is that 1/4 of the Skyzone warehouse is straight trampolines from one wall to the other. In addition, the walls, which sit at an angle, are also made out of trampolines. If you can’t see it in your head, here is a photo:

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This section was honestly my favorite part of Skyzone. It was so thrilling bouncing across the trampolines as fast as I could. If you guys ever have the chance to go, I highly recommend it.

Let’s move onto a minor crisis that I’m having at the moment. For those of you who know me personally, you might know that I usually have my outfit for special events and/or occasions picked out at least a week before hand. Take for example, Skyzone. I knew last week that I wanted to wear galaxy leggings and a black t-shirt so come Wednesday morning I threw on the outfit and I was good to go.

Well tomorrow is the amusement park Senior trip and I have absolutely no clue as to what I am going to wear. The weather is forecasted to be slightly cloudy and 76ºF (I believe that’s 24ºC for my European friends). I couldn’t ask for better weather, not too hot not too cold and still I don’t know what to wear. My other concern is that because I have naturally curly hair it’s going to be a tangled frizzy mess because I plan to ride every roller coaster at the amusement park. I think I’m going to have to braid it down. Maybe I’ll do a milkmaid braid like I did yesterday. milkmaid braid

And the icing on the cake you might ask? We will be on the road to said amusement park by 7:30 am. xD At least I will be able to see the sunrise. I really don’t mind getting up early as long as I got a good night’s sleep. Getting out of bed is the hardest but seeing the sunrise usually make it worth it.

Wish me luck darlings! I’ll let you know how the Senior class trip goes. Talk to you soon. XOX

It’s Almost Time

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Graduating

 

It’s happening. It’s almost here! It being the first day of the rest of my life. There are exactly 11 days until I graduate and I already have butterflies clunking against my insides. There are many reasons for this. 1. I will be meeting some of my senior friends for the first time ever (this is because I attend a cyber school.) 2. I have a surprise for my family at the ceremony. I will not say what the surprise is before June 7th for fear of my family reading my blog. 3. I will be taking my driving test in a little over a month. 4. The following month I will be starting college.

As you can tell, there is a lot going on in my life right now. I have so much to look forward to and it is all coming on faster than I can handle. I’m not hyperventilating or anything. No panic attacks or loss of hair from stress. xD I just have this nervous excitement like a bride must feel on her wedding day or a new mother on her way to the hospital to give birth. I don’t know what to do with this excitement except to revel in it. The following is what my head looks like right now. I’m so happy, nothing can weigh me down.

Flowers on my mind

Despite the fact that graduation is so close, I have yet to purchase everything I need for my graduation outfit. I’m still missing shoes and some accessories. I need to get shopping! Oh the horror….;)

This coming week should also be particularly exciting. Tomorrow, I’m heading out to SkyZone, a magical place in which the floor and lower half of the walls are made out of trampolines. SkyZone also has a giant foam pit which is like a ball pit for big kids. xD I remember how much I loooooved ball pits when I was younger. I jumped into them every chance I could get.

After SkyZone, there is Thursday and then Friday. On Friday, I am heading out to the amusement park with some of my school’s senior class. There I will be seeing my darling Nicole and a few other good friends. I’m really looking forward to running all over the park riding roller coasters, bumper cars, and taking pictures. Hopefully I’ll get a lot of good shots. I want to make some awesome memories my last few days as a high school student.

In other news, I don’t know in what capacity I will be able to continue this blog after school is out. You see, in cyber school I have my personal laptop provided by the school. Come June 6th or 7th, I have to return this laptop and all of my textbooks to the school. I will get a laptop for college but I doubt I’ll have it before August. I might have to go on a 2 month long vacation from the blog until I have my own laptop.

Now come graduation I will be starting a YouTube channel called Jordan’sHere. I recommend looking for that in early June if you’re interested.

I will let you know more about my channel and the potential vacation as I know more. These updates will be provided in the coming days so stay tuned.

Now I’m off to fight with Psychology. Just one last assignment and I will be done. Forever. 😀

I’ve made my Career Choice!

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Female officer

So darlings, as the title states, I’ve made a pretty big life decision and I’m very proud of it. I made this decision on a job shadow I did this past weekend. I’m not sure how many details I am allowed to reveal so I will give you guys the bare minimum so that I don’t get in trouble and I don’t potentially endanger any of the officers. 🙂 I hope you understand!

I did a midnight shift, nicknamed the Dead shift I believe and it was one of the most exciting things that I have ever done. And I promise I’m not exaggerating.

I got to wear a bullet proof vest which was pretty darn cool and while I waited for the police officer I was going on a ride along with to change, I explored the office a little bit. And by exploring, I mean read all of the info on the walls from a map of the township to most wanted posters and a memorial of fallen police officers.

Before we left for patrol, the officer showed me some of the inner workings of his station and a lot of fascinating tools that cops use on a regular basis.

In the patrol vehicle he showed me how he communicates with the other officers and what his computer was for etc. For the rest of the night he showed me around the area and we just did common everyday cop things. As I stated previously I don’t know how much I am allowed to say so I’d rather be vague than put anyone in danger. We didn’t catch any serial killers or stop robberies but it was still a lot of fun and very interesting. I look forward to the day that I have my own badge and can protect and serve my own community.

I’d like to write a special thanks to all of the men and women who serve as police officers. They are a valuable resource to the community and deserve our respect and support. Sure there are good cops and there are bad cops just like there are good doctors and bad doctors or teachers or business associates but that doesn’t mean that we should mistreat and/or disrespect all cops because of one bad experience that you or someone you know had. I am here to reassure you that there are still good people in this world and especially good police officers. So next time you see an officer, you shouldn’t feel worried or scared, they’re there to help not instill fear. Give them a wave and a smile. It’ll probably brighten their day.

 

Building from Broken Dreams

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Good morning readers. First off, I’d like to thank those of you who decided to follow me even in my untimely absence. I do have a legitimate reason which I will explain to you momentarily. But first I would like to congratulate all of you to making it to May 2014. I don’t know about the rest of you but I thought Spring would never come. We had a terribly snowy winter in the US and I cannot say that I was sad to see all of that cold white stuff melt away.

So let’s jump right into the explanation. My grandmother died on April 1st, 2014 of heart failure. It was a very sad time for my family and my heart ached for my dad who was so utterly crushed by her passing. He seems to be doing better today which I am thankful for but I still worry about him. Please keep my family in your prayers.

In the time that I have been away, I also decided to on a college. (This is the portion of the post that gives meaning to the title.) As you may or may not know…I’m not really sure if I ever blogged about my college decision-making process, I had about 5 or 6 colleges to choose from this year. I think that all of the colleges were private except for one so tuition was around 40-50 thousand dollars for each school. Long story short despite two appeal letters and multiple phone calls between these schools, no one would give me enough scholarship money to make attendance a possibility.

I will be attending a local community college in the fall despite the fact that I had purposed in my heart not to attend said college. I am sure that you can imagine my disappointment. I cried. I was upset and frustrated and even a little bit angry. And then I had to check myself. I’m not on this Earth for my personal enjoyment and fulfillment. I’m here because God saw fit to put breath in my lungs and allow me to live. I’m here to do God’s will and so even in my disappointment I tried to hold onto the hope that God has a plan and a purpose for my life. I’m not entirely sure what that plan is but I look forward to the journey.

On a more light hearted note, I’m going to share some very exciting news with you! I’m going on a ride along. 😀 I’m really stoked about this opportunity because law enforcement is my major and I would like to be a police officer, SWAT team member, and then go into anti human trafficking on a federal level. I’m really excited to pursue this career and I will update you guys on how the trip went.

I have to go now you guys. I will try to keep you guys updated as best I can. Love you like I love the night sky. 🙂

Weekend Reiteration

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Happy Monday ladies and gentlemen. A lot happened this weekend so I’ll just jump right into it.

On Friday I had a college interview for a Presidential scholarship and a multi-cultural scholarship. Afterwards there was a campus tour and I have to say I wasn’t too impressed with the school. It was okay but it didn’t grab me or make me want to go there full-time for four years. On the flip side, this college is willing to give me the most scholarship money out of the other six schools that I’m considering so it’s not like I can just brush this one away. I will probably use the amount of money this college offers me to encourage other colleges to give me more scholarship. The thing is you guys, I’m not going anywhere unless I get a ton of scholarships. If I don’t then I’ll be saddled with huge student loans which I DO NOT want. If push comes to shove and I can’t afford a 4 year college, I’ll go to online college or a two-year school. I have faith that everything will work out in the end.

After the interview, I visited my grandmother in the hospital she’s been very sick of late and in a lot of pain. I believe that she’s being moved to a better facility soon though. If any of you would be willing to pray for her recovery I’d be very appreciative. Most of the family on my dad’s side came to visit her while I was there. I have a very large family so needless to say the hospital room got very crowded very fast. It was good to laugh and talk with my aunts, uncles, and cousins though. I hope that it made my grandmother feel a little better too. She looked a tiny bit stronger by the time I left which was very encouraging.

On Saturday, all of my brothers, my mom, and my sister went to visit my grandmother again. I didn’t mention this earlier but my grandmother is in a hospital about two hours from where I live. It was a long journey to and from but it was worth it. I visited with my grandmother and my aunts and uncles again. It was great to see that she was talking and I moving a little bit in her bed. It was a major improvement from yesterday. I think she even laughed once.

On Sunday nothing too exciting happened. I watched the season finale of the Walking Dead. It was phenomenal! It was also my favorite episode of the whole season and it was so great to see Rick kind of “wake up” if you will. He seemed a lot tougher and stronger in this episode and I cannot wait to see what season six has in store.

Well I have to go now. I have my second day of work today and the weather is looking a lot nicer so hopefully we’ll get more customers today. I work pretty late, until closing actually so I’m excited to experience that. You want to know the hardest aspect of my job? We have lockers with combination locks on them. I’ve never used a combination lock before so when I locked my bag up, I couldn’t get it out. I had to get people to help me twice. I’ve been practicing with a combination lock at home though so hopefully it will be a lot easier today.

Until we meet again! xox

Hello! Welcome to Charlotte Russe!

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Charlotte Russe

 

 

You are currently reading the writings of a very happy person. The picture I’ve included to today’s post is a photograph of inside Charlotte Russe which is where I work! Training starts on Wednesday at 3 p.m. and the thought fills my stomach with butterflies. I have my outfit all planned out, a pink flower crown, a white cardigan over a pale baby blue super loose peplum top, light wash denim skinny jeans, and brown military boots. While this outfit would be too casual for other work places, employees are encouraged to wear outfits that consist of things that could be sold in stores. In addition I will have to wear three pieces of jewelry. I thought that rule was particularly amusing as I have never heard of such things before.

I interviewed at Charlotte Russe exactly one week ago today aka Tuesday. They called me on Friday around 4 to let me know that I got the job! Pay starts at $8 an hour which sounds pretty good to me as minimum wage starts at $7.25. I often think back to my interview at the hot dog place, my first job offer, and thank God that I did not accept it. I would have been miserable there.

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been looking for a job for over a year. I originally wanted to work at a restaurant but there weren’t any close enough that were highering. I changed my strategy and started to call local small businesses but I had no luck. Upon suggestion of my amazing mom, I called the Outlets where Charlotte Russe is located and started asking around for jobs. I applied to Guess, Coach, G. H. & Bass, the Disney Store, Gap, Banana Republic, Ann Taylors, Loft, Charlotte Russe etc. I only interviewed at Coach and Charlotte Russe. Coach never called me even though they said they would and if there is one thing that I despise, it is when stores lie to you. If you’re going to say no, just tell me no. Don’t be cruel and get my hopes up and then leave me hanging. I can only guess that I was not offered the job at Coach because they were looking for someone with more experience. No matter, their company lost out.

While I was looking for jobs and feeling defeated by all the rejection, I made a promise to myself that if I got a job, it would be an act of God. So I believe that my job at Charlotte Russe was given to me by God as it is an ah-mazing blessing. I don’t know why He wants me to work there but all I can do is try to accurately represent Him and share his message of love.

I hope that all of you have a beautiful week. Thank you for taking the time to read this post and for being supportive of me. I aim to bring a little light to your day. If I do not post again this week it is simply because I am busy. I have volunteering tonight, work tomorrow, Youth Group on Thursday night, and a college interview/tour on Friday. I will update you guys on the majority of those events when the opportunity presents itself.

Until we meet again! xoxox

The 1st Day of Spring and a 2nd Libester Award Nomination

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1st day of SpringHappy First Day of Spring friends! I have anticipated this magical day with bated breath for weeks now. I know that just because the calendar says its Spring doesn’t necessarily mean the weather agrees but my psyche is dependent on it and so I will choose to be ignorant. 😀 (I’m really enjoying the new emoticons btw.)

I hope you all enjoy yourselves. If you live in the United States you can get 1 free water ice from Rita’s Water Ice today so head on over for a FREE delicious treat! I recommend the vanilla and the mango. I haven’t been to Rita’s in awhile though so I’m not up to date on the new and probably delicious flavors available. Also…happy belated St. Patrick’s Day. I felt obligated to say that. And yes, I did enjoy pinching my siblings for not wearing green. Muh-hahaha x)

Okay so let’s get down to it. Thank you Rye for the nomination! (https://afreshsliceofrye.wordpress.com/)

1: Early bird or night owl?

Eeek! Well…I love getting up early and I can also stay up till around 3 or 4 am but I am usually zombified by then so I’d say I am a hybrid Early Night Bird.

2: Typing speed? (Just for fun! If you don’t know off-hand, you can take a test here.) 

I took the test twice. It was fun! I currently type 47 WPM and save 2.5 hours per week. I feel like I can type much faster than that but it was kind of hard reading and typing at the same time :).

3: What’s your ideal kind of weather? (Specifics here. Temperature, precipitation level, ect.) 

I honestly like different weather for different occasions and I love each type with the exception of extreme heat. Extreme heat is my least favorite type of weather. I love strong winds on bright sunny days the most. That is why Fall is one of my favorite seasons. For Easter, I hope that there is a light spring breeze, a bright blue sky,  little to no clouds, and 69-75 degrees Fahrenheit.

4: What is your favorite flavor subcategory: salty, sweet, sour/acid-y, or bitter?

I love salty, sweet, and sour, and savory flavors. Not too big of a fan of bitter.

5: Write your dream dinner platter. Include appetizer, drink, and dessert.

The non healthy version:

Appetizer – Buffalo Chicken Wings

Drink- Berry Iced Tea or maybe Strawberry Lemonade

Meal- A regular burger

Dessert- A giant cupcake or maybe a slice of berry pie.

A slightly healthy version:

Appetizer- pass

Drink- Water or a berry iced tea

Meal- Glass Noodle Salad and a Black Bean Burger with Chipolté mayo on French bread

Dessert- Fruit crisp

6: Incense or scented candles?

I’ve never used incense so I’m going to have to go with scented candles.

7: A day at the beach or hiking in the mountains?

A day at the beach! Although I do love camping…

8: What is your favorite category out of the fine arts? (This includes creative writing, drama, photography, graphic design, paintings/drawings, music, and ect. The question is asking what you’d enjoy viewing the most – not necessarily doing.)

It’s a toss up between paintings, drama, and photography.

9: Favorite color palette?

Pastels: Pale pink, pale yellow, and cream or mint green, light blue, and cream. Something along those lines.

10: Favorite ethnic cuisine?

Probably Mexican.

11: Any pet peeves?

When people touch food that I might eat without washing their hands or when people touch my pillow.

 

Liebster Award

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Thank you to my darling Nicole

(http://nicolenonchaire.wordpress.com/)

for nominating me to receive a Liebster Award! She has given me the task of writing 11 random facts about myself and answering some questions so here we go!

1. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? My hair length. I’d like it at least to the middle of my back and since I have curly hair it’s going to take more than a little while for it to get there.

2. What place would you go after you finished school/left your job and why? Right now, probably the beach. I’d like to move there actually.

3. Favorite Disney princess? I have two, Mulan and Pocahontas.

4. If you could meet one historical figure, who would it be and why?  Oh my gosh, fantastic question! There are so many but if I had to choose just one, it would be a toss up between Moses from the Bible or the real-life Pocahontas.

5. What is the last thing you watched on TV? The Walking Dead! Only two episodes left. 😦 SPOILER ALERT: I am still in shock that Lizzie killed her sister. I know at that point Lizzie was seriously mentally ill but still! I don’t think that anyone expected just how ill.

6. Favorite movie? I cannot choose just one. I have three favorites: The Prince of Egypt, The Crucible, and Not Without My Daughter.

7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?  -.- Really? I thought you would understand by now that I can’t choose just one favorite. I have a list of places that I would like to visit and right now I would like to live in either Australia or Peru.

8. If you could change one thing about the world, anything, what would you do? I would stop human trafficking. I plan to make that a career one day.

9. Is the glass half empty or half full? It is most definitely half full.

10. Do you have any pets?  I have two dogs, a Rottweiler named Caleb and a Mal-Shih named Sophia.

11. What inspires you? My friends and family, God, and things I read, hear about, watch on tv, or see on the internet.

11 Random Facts:

1. I am having pancakes for dinner.

2. I’m going to learn some boxing on Wednesday nights so that should be an interesting experience.

3. I’m loving vaseline! My lips were majorly chapped at the beginning of the week (I looked as though I’d gone camping in the desert without water) and coating my lips with vaseline for once or twice a day for 3 days straight has made them super smooth and healthy again. I highly recommend it!

4. I found Easter themed candy corn at the grocery store yesterday! That’s awesome! 😀

5. I got a white-lace tank top today that is going to look super cute with my pale pink jeans and some brown sandals.

6. Easter is my favorite holiday, then Christmas, then Thanksgiving. I love it for many reasons, the first being the fact that it’s the day Jesus rose from the dead and He is the reason I no longer have a one way ticket to a very hot very ugly place. The second reason is that I get to spend it with my family and my extended and the third reason is that I love the spring fashion.

7. I’ve had two job interviews this week, one on Monday and one today. I really hope I get the job I interviewed for on Monday.

8. My sister is sitting next to me doing her English homework.

9. I saw a woman wearing a tank-top, cropped jeans, and flip-flops today. The high was 45 degrees F.

10. I did a Frida Kahlo inspired self-portrait today. I love her!

11. Last fun fact! What should I tell you guys. How about an ootd. I am currently wearing black leggings from Kohl’s, a peter pan collared shirt dress (black collar, the rest of the shirt dress is gray) from Target, and a black 3 quarter length sleeve cardigan from Forever 21. For accessories, I have on my silver wishbone bracelet and pearls from Forever 21.

I nominate these bloggers to receive the award:

Nicole (http://nicolenonchaire.wordpress.com/)

Rye (https://afreshsliceofrye.wordpress.com/)

Susana (https://miabellasbeautopia.wordpress.com/about-me/)

Brittany (http://inbrittanysownlittleworld.wordpress.com/)

Forgot to leave 11 questions for you guys to answer whoops!

1. What is one thing you can’t leave the house without?

2. If you could speak a 2nd or 3rd language fluently, what would it be?

3. Favorite scent?

4. Do you have a favorite high school memory?

5. What is your favorite animal?

6. If you were given a million dollars today, what is the first thing you would buy?

7. What is your favorite outfit to wear right now?

8. Where do you think you’ll be in 10 years?

9. If someone asked you to name their baby, what would you name it? Boy or Girl?

10. Favorite gem stone?

11. Who is your favorite WordPress blogger?

Last Quarter of High School Ever!?

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Good morning friends! I have a lot to tell you so there will be hardly any introduction today. I woke up to an inch of snow on the ground -.- and this absolutely unacceptable. On Saturday I was sporting a rosebud flower crown and a graphic t-shirt! I much prefer that outfit to the one I wore yesterday which was two shirts, a cardigan, a scarf, fur-trimmed boots (and my winter coat).

Now if you know me personally, you’ll understand that I love to get dressed up. My current life does not call for too many occasions to dress up so you might infer from the faux fur-trimmed boots that I did something special yesterday. If you drew that conclusion than you should pat yourself on the back. 🙂

To tell this story I will rewind to Friday. Friday was the last day of the 3rd quarter but I’d finished all of my schoolwork so I had the day off. Friday afternoon/evening I went to the outlets with my friend K to hang out, do a little shopping, and pick up a few job applications (well I was the one doing the “picking up,” she already has a job). I had an interview at a food court restaurant that was 3 stores in 1. The man who interviewed me wanted to hire me on the spot but I didn’t have the correct papers with me (which was a saving grace!) and I told him that I needed to discuss the job with my parents. The interview took over an hour and a half which is an eternity compared to my other interviews at CVS, Rita’s Water Ice, and Ace Hardware store. To make a long story short, I did not accept the job. I just couldn’t. I didn’t like the atmosphere or the work environment. I knew that I wouldn’t be happy there and that I would be dreading going to work at a hot dog stand every single day. I talked it over with my parents and then prayed about it and I am confident and very happy with my decision.

On Saturday, my aunt, cousins visited from the city. We had a good time driving around my cousins remote control cars, eating BBQ, watching the dogs play (my aunt brought her two little dogs who my little dog, Sophie, loves to play with), and talking.

On Sunday, we got up too late to go to church so we had a lazy Sunday morning. My mom wanted me to turn in the job applications I picked up on Friday. I got really dressed up hence the heels, and I felt like a total diva but I currently have two interviews lined up and 4 or 5 more job applications to turn in. I have an interview today at 4:30 p.m. with Coach (the purse store) and I’m really excited about it. I’d love to work there and while I’ve never shopped there, the store is very classy and beautiful. I think I would really enjoy myself.

I have to hurry along and get some school work done because I need to get dressed for my interview and read up on the company so I can be extra prepared. Fingers crossed guys! I mean the decision is ultimately up to God. I want to do what he wants me to do. If he doesn’t want me at Coach for whatever reason (I won’t be safe or I could represent him somewhere where I’m more needed) then I won’t get the job. Don’t get me wrong I’ll be a little disappointed but I have a ton of other opportunities so whatever happens happens. 🙂

Until we meet again!

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A Dreamy State

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Hello! If you haven’t already guessed, I am in a slightly dreamy state. I have recovered since Thursday and I am looking forward to the weekend. Thank you all for your encouragement and concern. I’m okay 🙂

So I’ll just bullet the past couple of days because I have a science test to take and 10% battery power:

  • I watched 12 Years a Slave on Friday night. It was a pretty good movie, historically accurate too. I’m not sure how similar it was to the real person’s life as 12 Years a Slave is based on a true story. Excellent acting, scenery, and costumes.
  • Saturday, the weather was warmer than usual, almost 50 degrees F. Some of my family and I decided to go to the park which I sort of enjoyed. It would’ve been better had there been no snow on the ground. I took my little dog, Sophie with me and she was so tired after playing outside. Very cute! Later that day I made a chocolate cake and my mom made delicious cookies. I read a 9 page letter from my friend and responded. I also read up on anti-human trafficking which is a career I hope to go into one day.
  • I wore one of my favorite outfits to church on Sunday, my black maxi dress and oversized gray sweater with a giant white star on it. We had a guest pastor who was pretty funny and he taught out of the book of Genesis about Jacob. It was nice rereading his story. The amount of forgiveness and mercy God had for Jacob was truly astounding.
  • On Monday I finished up my Spanish class for the quarter. There’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment that comes with finishing a class early. Super proud of myself!
  • I have volunteer work tonight. Not sure how I’m feeling about my coworkers now as someone told me that this 9th grader I’ve been working with thinks I have a crush on him. Yay me >.>.  The girl I work with is I don’t know how to describe her and I don’t want to get into details. It’s all in God’s hands I suppose. The rest of my week is unknown as it is for everyone else. 🙂 I am going to the outlets on Friday evening with an old friend, perhaps we’ll get dinner too. On Saturday my aunt and cousins are probably coming over which will be nice because I usually only get to see them on the holidays. Sometime this month I think I’ll be visiting the museum. I have a little brother who is very excited to see the dinosaurs so it sounds like a great opportunity for memory-making. 🙂

That’s all for now you guys. Ttyl!

Why I feel blahhh…

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boat dock Hello readers…I don’t know about you but I am feeling mediocre at best. If you did not know, last night I had my NHS (National Honors Society) dinner. I spent somewhere around three hours getting ready. I wore a floor-length dress with a black and white aztec pattern on it and I felt like a million bucks. I greeted the new inductees, conversed with a couple of friends, ate dinner, gave a small speech (which I wasn’t nervous about until it was actually time for me to speak into the microphone), I watched the ceremony and then I went home. It was truly a great night. I had a lot of fun hanging out with my mom and socializing but now that the magic is over and gone I’m feeling blahhh.

It’s weird that I went from being so high to kind of low, I think it was a combination of things though.

1. I’m doing something special for Graduation…I don’t want to say it because I don’t want to ruin the surprise should one of my family members read this. The thing that I am doing must be born of my creativity however and I did not like the product that I produced today. It was okay at best. I am my own worst critic though. I sent it off to my learning coach so I am waiting to see what she says about it and I’ll go from there.

2. I’m really looking forward to starting a YouTube channel but I have a few worries. Last night I was watching a Shaytards video and Shay, the YouTuber said that it’s really hard to get popular on YouTube now a days. It’s kind of a disappointing fact but it makes me reconsider why I want to do YouTube. I think I’d like to start the channel as a creative outlet. I’d like to have the experience and the adventure that comes along with vlogging, which is what I want to do. I’d also like to make people smile. Give them a break from their lives and let them escape to some place new and different.

3. I have a cramp and it’s being really annoying.

4. My friends are accomplishing fantastic things and I am just sitting hear typing away about nothing and everything. It’s hard not to compare myself to those amazing girls. I really do love them and I’m not jealous of them, in fact I’m proud of them but it makes me look at my life and try to figure out something that I have accomplished. I have my blue belt in Jiu- jitsu, I’m an NHS member, I’m a volunteer, I finished two short stories and a couple of poems. That list is too small for my liking. I can only hope that things will change soon.

Do you ever just want to get out and just do something. I love the feeling but I also hate it, especially when it sticks to me like a bur.

Last thought and then I’ll go…I have an odd dream. I want to hollow out a tree and turn it into a boat. I don’t know how to do it but it is something that I would like to do. I think it would be fun sailing in something that I built with my own two hands. I’ll have to look into it.

Talk to you later guys! *hugs*

Cherokee Tribes and Waffles

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Hi you guys!

I’d just like to say thank-you for reading my blog. I check out my stats every once in awhile and I see that at least one person checks out this blog every single day! I don’t who you are or where you live but I want to hug you. 😀 I love you guys and I am glad that you enjoy reading Wanderlust. I hope that I can be a little sparkle, a little shard of sunshine in your day.

Right now, I am currently taking a break from my Psychology culture project. We have to create a PowerPoint on a culture in America (Chinese-American, African-American, Cherokee-American etc.) and naturally I chose Cherokee-American as I love learning about Native American tribes. Something you guys might not know about me is that I am part Native American, unfortunately…I don’t know what tribe. I’m hoping to get one of those DNA tests one day when I have a spare $200 lying around and solve the mystery.

I honestly love learning about different cultures. Here’s a little something I wrote for my graduation class about world cultures:

“Over the years, I have a developed an interest in the beautiful cultures of my world. My favorites have always been ancient Egyptian and Native American cultures but as I’ve gotten older my interests have expanded. I love learning how other people live. The nomadic tribes of Africa and the colorful lifestyles of India draw me in and I can’t help but gobbling up every little interesting fact and nuance that I come across.

I believe that my interest in world cultures and travel has kept me from ever developing the ability to be prejudice and judgmental towards any particular group of people. Coming from a diverse background myself, understanding different cultures is an important skill to have. I believe that education is the best combatant against ignorance.

I hope to one day visit multiple countries and experience their diverse cultures first hand. The countries at the top of my list are Iceland, Peru, Brazil, Australia, India, and Israel.”

My mom made waffles for dinner! I wish I could share them with you guys because they’re pretty amazing. For now, I’ll just pass you a virtual waffle and you can just imagine whatever toppings and syrup that you’d like. *passes food* Enjoy!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and I’d just like to congratulate Nicole on the amount of readers she has! If you haven’t checked out her blog yet you totally should. Also check out my darling friend Rye. I linked both of their blogs in my Scariest Things Tag.

Tah-tah for now! xox

Friday Tea Talks: As promised ;)

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green tea Hello world! Thank-you to everyone who is currently reading this. I honestly almost forgot to post today (I always post in the mornings) and I really didn’t want to because I have a nice (not really >.>) combo of Science, Spanish, and Psych work to get done. I’ll probably keep it short and sweet because I don’t want to be working till 6-7 p.m. this evening.

Happy Friday you guys! I hope that you’re all pumped to wrap up work and school even if you have nothing planned. It’s nice to take a break. Unfortunately, I’ve caught wind that a snow storm is headed my way Sun-Monday. It’s okay though (at least for me.) because I’ve got my NHS dinner on Wednesday which I’ve been looking forward to for awhile now. It’s the little things that count.

In other news I am looking for a job. I’ve compiled a list of 20+ small businesses in my area and I’m planning on calling a few today. Wish me luck!

Okay…that’s all for today. I’m sorry the post was so short but I’ve got work to do. Time waits for no man. Hugs darlings!

P.S. Please check out my friends YouTube channel: khawk6992

If you like what you see, click that subscribe button and become a hawking! (aka a member of her little YT family 🙂 )

 

 

Scariest Thing Tag

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*shines flashlight on face* Whoooo’s ready for some scaaaaaryyy stooories?

P.S. I tag Rye from a fresh slice of rye (https://afreshsliceofrye.wordpress.com/)

and Nicole from Nicole’s Confessions (https://nicolenonchaire.wordpress.com/)

to do this tag!

1. Scariest real-life experience?

Okay…this is going to be hard as it’s going to require me to reach back into my mind and try and unblock things that have happened to me. I mean, I haven’t had any traumatic experiences, I just like to block bad things so I have a hard time remembering them. One thing that comes to mind is walking my dog alone at night in my backyard and seeing a figure standing at the edge of my drive way, I thought it was a person but it turned out to be a trash can. I was really freaked out though because everything was dark and quiet.

2. Scariest paranormal experience?

Thankfully I haven’t had too many encounters with such things but I remember being terrified of ghosts when I was younger. I don’t know if I would classify this experience as paranormal but the story goes like this: I was little, maybe 7 or 8 years old and I was walking back to the car with my mom and younger siblings. It was dark and there was no one else around except for this man in white robes, long hair, and a beard, walking a few feet away from us. He was walking in the same direction and I asked him either where he was going, who he was, or why he was dressed the way that he was. (I told you guys I block out the freaky stuff and so it’s hard to remember!) He gave me a weird smile and said something along the lines of that’s for me to know and you to find out. I remember turning to look at my mom and then I looked back and he was gone.

Another story pertaining to disappearing men. I was coming back from the bathroom in the mall and I was going to meet up with my mom next to a store. (I was about 14 or 15 yrs old.) There was an Asian man sitting on a bench, his legs were crossed and I think he was wearing a button-up shirt. He was staring right at me with a huge grin on his face and he looked really sinister. I got a bad feeling and I was really freaked out so I tore my eyes away from his and tried to focus on something else. Eventually I mustered up the courage to look at the mall bench again and he was gone.

Last story and the most “paranormal” of the three stories I’m telling you. I used to sleep in a room over the garage. My windows had these pull down shades made out of some paper-plasticy material. I used to always pull them down at night before I went to bed but have since stopped that routine. The reason I stopped pulling down the blinds is because they literally rolled themselves up in the middle of the night. I don’t know how and I don’t know why all I know is that 2 or 3 times while I lived in that room, the blinds rolled themselves up in the middle of the night. They worked perfectly fine, they weren’t faulty and my brothers who now sleep in there have never had any trouble with it. Now you might want to pass off that “paranormal experience” as a user problem. i.e. this girl has no idea how to properly pull down the blinds and I would agree with you but the exact same happened in my new bedroom. I moved into my brothers old room that has the same type of blinds. And the only time that I ever rolled them down at night, they rolled themselves up in the middle of the night.

3. Have you ever known anyone convicted of a violent crime?

No but I had a friend whose uncle was beat up in the street, I don’t know if they ever caught the guy or guys who did it.

4. Are you afraid of the dark? Why or why not?

Sometimes I am and sometimes I’m not. It depends on where I am, who I’m with, whether or not I just watched a scary movie etc. I used to be really scared of the dark and slept with my bedroom door cracked open and music on.

5. Does your hometown have any scary stories or legends?

No, none that I am aware of.

6. What is your favorite urban legend?

Mermaids. I guess they’re an urban legend. I wish they were real and I wish they were the nice kind that like to sing and swim with dolphins and have long hair! x)

7. What is your scariest nightmare?

I don’t really want to talk about those. They always involve death and gore though.

Welcome to Monday

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(A/N: I feel horrible about missing Friday Tea Talks and I will do absolutely everything in my power to write one this week.)

Okay so on Saturday, I didn’t do much. I made some popcorn, caught up on a book that I had stopped reading for awhile and the watched some of the Twilight movies with my mom. Now I have mixed feelings about the movies. There are aspects of it that I enjoy but on a whole my mom and I view the movies as a comedy. The romance is entirely too cheesy. Sorry Twilighters!

On Sunday I went to church and I’d been waiting all week to wear my galaxy leggings. What you guys might not know about me is that I plan my outfits according to the places that I am going to go. For example, I’m volunteering tonight and I planned to wear my light blue jeggings, my oversized earth-toned sweater that I stole from my dad, and my brown military boots. It’s stylish and reminiscent of a hipster look but perfect for working with gently used shoes in a drafty warehouse.

Back to the topic at hand. So I wore my galaxy leggings and gray sweater which is my new favorite outfit. I went to church and we had a guest pastor from the big church in the city. He had some good things to say and we read from John 15. My favorite verse from that chapter is John 15: 16-17 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.” I did not choose God, He chose me. 🙂

After church my family stopped at Wawa and I grabbed some Reese’s Pieces. It seems like everyone else I know hates them in comparison to the real thing but I love them. After Wawa, my dad, brother, and I drove straight to the movies. We saw Gravity in 3D and it has to be one of the best movies that I’ve seen in a long time. It was constant action and I’m not sure I even really liked the main character but I just wanted her to survive. I wanted her to live and make it back to Earth. As I do with all of my movie reviews, I have a strict No Spoilers policy so I am not going to reveal too many details. I will tell you however that the movie was so stressful that I wanted to leave the theater at times. The visuals were stunning and the acting was fantastic. Overall, I give the movie 5 out of 5 stars.

After the movie we drove home but we stopped at the park first. The lake was frozen over and people were ice fishing so we decided to get out and walk on the ice. It was a lot of fun although my brother almost fell in one of the ice holes and my boots got wet. It was almost 60 degrees that day so there was a layer of slush on top of the ice but the water didn’t mess up my shoes so that’s good. 🙂

Today, Monday, I am probably going to work on my Creative Writing class. I have a 200 pt assignment for which I must write Part 3 of my zombie apocalypse story. Thing is, I have no idea what I want to write and how I want to end the story. All I know is that I must reveal one the main character’s back story. We shall see what will happen. There is also a yoga class today which I need to attend in order to work off my weekend snacking xD plus I love yoga. Good bye for now darlings!

The Throwback Tag

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I’m kind of obsessed with tags. This one sounded fun and since I’m being lazy, I’m going to try and answer the following 15 questions with 5% battery power because I don’t want to get my charger. I tag Nicole Non Charie 😉

1. What year were you born in?

1995 honey.

2. Do you have any pictures of yourself from when you were younger? If you do, show them.

Sure I do but I’m not posting them here. Just imagine a cute little girl with curly brown hair, dark brown eyes and chubby cheeks.

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I looked a bit like that darling in the picture but my hair was a little less curly.

3. What TV shows did you grow up watching?

I loved Franklin, Little Bear, the Backyardigans, the Wild Thornberry’s, Veggie Tales, Doug, Rollie Pollie Ollie, Tarzan the tv show (I don’t remember the name.)

4. What did you want to be when you grow up and do you still want to be that?

Let’s see, I wanted to be a model, actress, singer, doctor, teacher, and archeologist.

5. Show a video of yourself when you were younger.

No video either you guys, sorry.

6. What were your favorite toys to play with?

I loved dolls. I had a bunch of Barbie and Bratz dolls. I had a lot of baby dolls and a huge doll house. I also really liked stuffed animals and playing dress up.

7. What’s the most embarrassing thing that you can remember doing?

Oh boy. Let’s see (at this point I had to go get my charger. I was at 2% battery power. Fail.) Anyway, my most I have a lot of embarrassing moments but one that occurred in middle school comes to the forefront of my mind. I sent my crush a note telling him that I liked him and he walked down the hallway reading it aloud to his friends.

8. Read something you wrote when you were in Kindergarten.

I don’t have anything! I’ll tell you something that I remember from Kindergarten though. I was playing on the playground and there was this little girl wearing a really long shirt. She was on the slide in front of me and I asked her if she was wearing pants. xD She said that she was wearing shorts.

9. Three songs you loved to listen to as a child.

Everybody Loves a Water Buffalo, (Veggie Tales), Rock of Ages (a worship song we used to sing at my old church in Sunday School), Trashin’ the Camp (the song in Tarzan when the little gorilla and her friends destroy Jane’s camp.)

10. What was one funny thing you dressed up as for Halloween when you were younger.

My family doesn’t celebrate Halloween but we did go trick-or-treating once when I was little. I dressed up as Cinderella.

11. Tell a funny story of something you remember happening when you were young.

I don’t remember this but people have told me the story. I was very little, maybe even a baby and I saw this spider crawling across the floor. So what did I do? Why I reached down, picked it up, and put it in my mouth. Thankfully someone came to my rescue and made me spit it out. Have I ever mentioned to you that I hate spiders?

12. Are there any special things you’ve kept from when you were a child?

Mmhmm. I have a small collection of porcelain dolls that live on the shelf in my closet now.

13. What was something weird you used to do as a child?

I used to wish I had an imaginary friend rather than make one up. 

14. What’s the scariest thing you remember that happened to you when you were younger?

I was sleeping in my room at the old house and my dad decided to play a prank on me. He hid in the closet and scratched on the closet door to scare me. I was so freaked out!

15. How is the world now different from how it was like when you were a child?

When I was a child, the world was huge and I believed in magic and fairies and places like Narnia. I never saw injustices and Disney movies were amazing. I was afraid to say what I thought and just wanted people to like me. I wanted to be friends with everyone. Today, I see potential danger everywhere but I also see beauty. I remember things that could have turned out horribly for me when I was younger but didn’t. I stopped believing in magic but it’s a good thing. It lets me see the real “magic” in people, and places, and memories.

Feel free to do this tag yourself and comment below so I can read it too!

Where have I been?

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Well guys, I’ve been no where of significance. Honestly, I fell a little behind on my school work and I had to catch up. I mean good grades or the blog…good grades or the blog…good grades. I have to stay on top to get the scholarships and awards I need. Now this is not to say that I am not dedicated to my blog because I am. I come back to 5 new followers when I’ve posted nothing in 3 weeks? I don’t know why you guys love me but thank-you.

While I was away I accomplished a lot of big projects in Psychology and Environmental Science. I love the feeling of overcoming some large amount of work and getting approving comments from the teacher. I hope you guys don’t think I’m bragging, just updating you on my life. 😉

In other news, my Valentine’s Day was okay. I made about 10 different Valentines for friends and family and they loved them. I had a lot of fun making them but now I need a new project to work on. I think I’m going to paint something. I have a canvas and an idea. I’m not a skilled painter but I loooove to do it so my passion compensates for what is lacking. If I finish the painting, I’ll take a picture of it and post it on the blog for you guys.

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I have a fantastic new book idea involving the space mission Mars One. Now I am here to tell you guys that I would sign up for that in a heart beat if I was guaranteed a return trip. That’s the thing though, whoever goes to Mars has to stay there. I’m comfortable with moving away from my family and going to live in a different country. I could come home whenever I wanted but if I was accepted to go to Mars, I couldn’t come home ever. The length of time that it takes to get there and the amount of money makes a return trip out of the question. So I figured, what’s the next best thing to visiting Mars? Writing about it! I have an interesting family living in the fully developed compound but there is a twist and disaster and I’m not giving away any more details for those of you who might be considering piggy-backing off of my idea.

I can’t wait to see this story come to life. The thing is, I have to put it on the back burner for awhile because I need to work on Part 3 and the final installment of my zombie apocalpyse short story. It is a project for Creative Writing that I’ve been working on at the end of every quarter. I have some ideas about what I want to do but nothing is set in stone yet.

Well now I’ve said everything that I need to say. I haven’t been involved in anything ultra interesting nor has anything majorly exciting occurred but if it does, you will be the first to know. I promise to try and keep up with my school work and the blog simultaneously. Thank-you for being supportive and constant. I love you guys! Happy belated Valentine’s Day.

20 Questions TAG!!!

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My aztec print dark blue backpack from Target.

2. Favorite brand of makeup?

Hmm…I don’t really have a favorite. I use a hodgepodge of things but I currently have the most Cover Girl products so I guess Cover Girl? (Who can tell I’m not beauty guru? o.o)

3. Favorite Flowers?

Geersshhh! I can never remember their names. I know that I do love Lavender even though it’s an herb. Does that count? I really like Peonies too.

4. Fav clothing stores?

Target and Forever 21 🙂 I can always find great deals there! I also love Free People too although they’re a “little” pricey.

5. Fav perfume?

It would be called Aerie from a store called Aerie. I ran all the way upstairs to get the name for you guys so be thankful! 😉 Here’s the link: http://www.ae.com/aerie/index.jsp

6.Heels or flats?

Depends on my mood and the outfits, usually heels though! I just feel 100% more confident in a classy pair of heels.

7. Do you make good grades?

Disclaimer: I am NOT bragging. I do make good grades. I’ve gotten straight A’s all year long and have 4 or 5 Distinguished Honors certificates in my room.

8. Fav colors?

Mint green, Caribbean blue, pale pink, teal, pale yellow, lavender, cream, and peach.

9. Do you drink energy drinks?

Nope unless water is considered an energy drink. I drink a ton of water. I hear that energy drinks aren’t very healthy for the general public. A lot are packed with sugar and the energy drinks are really only for athletes who need the calories.

10. Do you drink juice?

I do, every once in awhile. Cranberry juice is my favorite.

11. Do you like swimming?

I love, love, love swimming! I was nicknamed the fish out of water as a child. Looking forward to swimming in my pool and at the beach come Summer.

12. Do you eat fries with a fork?

No, if you were unaware I am American and that’s not really a cultural norm around here but I know it is a common occurrence in some countries. 🙂

13. Whats your fav moisturizer?

You’re making me run upstairs again! The things I do for you guys. Okay! I’m back it’s called Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion. Guess what the scent is…Lavender. Surprise, surprise.

14.Do you want to get married later on in life?

Yes, and I’m really looking forward to it. I used to want to get married young but now that I have a career path in mind I’m thinking I could wait until I’m in my late 20’s.

15. Do you get mad easily?

Secret telling time! No, but I get stressed easily. And when I get stressed I get frustrated and when I get frustrated I sometimes cry.

16. Are you into ghost hunting?

I’ve never done it but the thought of ghosts terrifies and fascinates me.

17. Any phobias?

I’m not sure whether or not it qualifies as a phobia. And by “not sure” I mean I don’t know if I quite qualify but I hate spiders. I’m also afraid of getting hit by a train making the picture for this post slightly ironic.

18. Do you bite your nails?

Nahh, never have.

19. Have you ever had a near death experience?

Well once I fell down an entire flight of steps in my walker as a baby. I injured my two bottom teeth but they healed themselves. I once almost fell backwards out of a play set at the park when I was younger but I caught myself.

20. Do you drink coffee? 

Last question? 😦 Sad to see this tag go. It was a lot of fun. No, I don’t drink coffee. I prefer tea or cappachinos. I’ve yet to find a coffee I love so much that I would drink regularly. However, when I was at summer camp two years ago, my friend and I would have coffee in the morning usually. She fixed it up perfectly with lots of sugar and creamer. 🙂 Good times.

Thanks for reading! You should do this tag too. Comment below if you do.

I tag:

Nicole A.

http://nicolenonchaire.wordpress.com/

Friday Tea Talks: Dancing Robots?

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Welcome, one and all to this week’s edition of Friday Tea Talks. I will be talking about absolutely everything and nothing. This weekend should be interesting to say the least. Tomorrow I have to get up and go to the eye doctor, whoohoo! (not) Maybe I’ll get contacts though. If you haven’t figured it out already, I wear glasses.

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On the upside, I’m pretty sure I get to do some uber late Christmas shopping for a few friends, one of them being Nicole! http://nicolenonchaire.wordpress.com/ Not 100% sure what to get but I have a few things in mind. I’m not going to tell you guys though because she reads this blog too.

The reason I say “might” get to go Christmas shopping is because my brothers have a Robotics club competition at a somewhat local high school, I actually performed a Snow White ballet there once when I was younger. That was a ton of fun!

ballet robot

I can’t wait to see there competition. I’ve never been to one of these before and I’m not really a techy kinda gal but I’ll support my familia.

Last night I started reading Divergent by Veronica Roth. I got the book for Christmas and I had just finished reading Scarlet: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyers. I am in love with Divergent at the moment. It is such a good book even without any real cliffhangers and I think it’s because I can relate to Tris (the main character) at this point in my life. She has to make the decision to stay with her family or break off and follow her own path. Her mother supports her wholeheartedly and her dad doesn’t want her to leave. It sounds just like my life with choosing colleges in-state vs. out of state.

I also took the little quiz included in the back of the book. It determined that my faction is Amity which I love! They’re all about peace and kindness etc.

Divergent amity

I am looking forward to the movie coming out in March. I will definitely have to check it out.

Now my lovelies I must wrap up this post as I should be doing a psychology powerpoint and I have to do a science experiment, some spanish, and go to a meeting at 1 p.m. I’ll let you know how the competition goes on Monday. Have a great weekend! Do something you love. (hope you liked the overflow of visual stimuli x)

Friday Tea Talks: Sick girl edition

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Welcome to Friday Tea Talks darlings *cough cough* and as you might have gathered from the title I am a victim of the Cold and Flu season. I do believe that I am on the upswing however!

Last night I powered through my cold and went to youth group. I thought I might regret the decision to go but I didn’t! 🙂 We had an excellent lesson on Temptation and I connected with this new girl, we’ll call her Nina, who recently moved here from Puerto Rico. It hasn’t been an easy transition but I’m going to do my best to befriend her. She’s really sweet and I hope she grows closer to the Lord through this trying time in her life.

In other news, I practiced parallel parking for the first time yesterday. I got it about 60% of the time and I think it’ll get easier with time. I really wish parallel parking was only a suggested requirement and not necessary to pass the driver’s test. I think road time is much more important than learning a particular style of parking but that’s America for you.

I don’t have much left to share but I really want to try and get a bigger variety of content on this blog or dedicate more time to Wanderlust. I can only do what I can do though and I must give a big thanks to those who have stuck with me. I have been inspired by the lovely Nicole Amoir ( https://nicolenonchaire.wordpress.com/ )  to write a confessional type essay so keep an eye out for that.

Until we meet again! xox

A Movie Review: Frozen

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This past Sunday I had the opportunity to go out in the freezing rain and travel on the icy roads to watch the highly praised Disney movie, Frozen. Apparently it is the best Disney movie since Lion King according to one critic (I personally did not find that to be true, being a fan of Pocahontas, Mulan, Pirates of the Caribbean etc.) but I enjoyed the movie nonetheless.

Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, was a spunky excitable princess with a lot of energy and courage. She was clumsy and perfectly imperfect, she was easy to identify with as I am not the most graceful human being either.

Elsa, the ice queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, was cold and reclusive but I sympathized with her plight. Uncle Ben never told her that “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad, was adorable and friendly, the voice of moral support in the movie when things got bad. You could always count on him to make you laugh.

SPOILERS: Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff, was a perfect match for Anna in the end and I enjoyed watching them get to know each other during their frigid adventure.

SPOILERS: All in all I think that Frozen was a fantastic movie and I will definitely buy it when it comes out on DVD. I particularly loved that the true love, Anna needed to thaw her frozen heart came from her own sister rather than her love interest. I thought that was a refreshing message to see, especially from a Disney movie. Family love is true love too. I give Frozen five warm hugs out of five.

Winter Tag!

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1) Favorite Winter Nail Polish?

I don’t usually paint my nails as it is not practical for my lifestyle but when I have the opportunity to, I take advantage of it! This winter I’ve been loving gray, dark blue, and red. I’m not sure what the brands are but if your interested let me know in the comments and I will oblige.

2) Favorite Winter lip product?

Eos blueberry lip balm

3) Most worn Winter clothing piece?

My Vera Wang jeggings I got about two Christmas’ ago. I love how comfortable they are and universal too. I’ve also been wearing my white-knit beanie a lot too.

5) Favorite winter scent/candle?

Freshly baked cookies and coffee cake, peppermint, pine, and vanilla sugar.

6) Favorite Winter beverage?

Green tea with a little bit of honey. It has a lot of health benefits.

7) All time favorite Christmas/Holiday movie?

Home Alone 1 and 2, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and The Nativity.

8) Favorite Christmas/Holiday song?

O Come, o come Emmanuel and Carol of the Bells.

9) Favorite Holiday food/treat?

My aunt’s mac n’ cheese, my grandmom’s sticky buns, my mom’s coffee cake, the list goes on and on x)

10) What is your favorite Christmas Decoration this year?

The tree lights. Nothing beats a good string of Christmas lights.

11) What’s at the top of your Christmas list?

This white tulle and crochet Lauren Conrad dress I’ve been wanting for months!

12) What are your plans for the holidays this year?

Spend time with the fam, go ice skating, watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and feed my addiction to Lost of Netflix.

Happy New Year

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2014 will be mine

Welcome to the second day of 2014. Please take your seats, buckle up, and get ready for the most fantastic year ever. This life is what you make of it and I plan to make 2014 one of my best years ever.

1. I graduate in roughly 155 days (including weekends)

2. I now have and Instagram if anyone is interested in viewing my photography skills. My username is grittyink.

3. I am going to get my drivers license…eventually -.-

4. I’ll be a college freshman in the fall!

5. I’m going to the beach for vacation in June

6. I’m going to get way more serious about yoga.

7. And maybe just maybe I’ll meet an interesting guy. 😉

Guess what! On New Year’s Eve I went ice skating for the first time ever! It was a bit of a struggle but it was totally fun. I had a hard time getting around the rink after awhile because my skates were too big so they were clunking around my ankles.

What I thought I looked like:Figure skater

What I really looked like:baby giraffe

I have a new addiction that I have been feeding all Christmas break and it is called Lost. That show is so amazing! It has great suspense and edge-of-your seat action. I’m almost done with season two, in fact I only have one episode left. The show is full of cliffhangers and twists and it is so sad when characters get killed off. 😥 RIP Shannon, Ana Lucia, & Libby. Please no spoilers in the comments!

Christmas was a lot of fun. I got everything that I asked for and my younger siblings gave me this beautiful compact from Ulta, it’s very vintage looking and I carry it with me every time I go out.

I wish I had time to write more but I have to get one more college application done (the last one hopefully!) and do some school work. We have two-day school week which is like the most ridiculous thing ever, I wish they’d just given us Thurs. and Fri off but no such luck. At least I get out of school June 6th.

Ta-ta for now darlings! I hope you all have a fantastic year! Tell me some of your resolutions in the comments below.

Thank you Jesus

Friday Tea Talks: Christmas Break Edition

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Christmas TeaGood morning my loves! It’s time for Friday Tea Talks with GrittyInk! Who’s excited? Hahaha 🙂 I hope you all had a fantastic week! It’s Friday (obviously!) and I am ecstatic. This is the last day of school before Christmas Break (or Winter Recess for my politically correct friends 😉

I have a ton of plans but the highlights of my break will be driving practice, dinner with the neighbors, visiting family in the city, and possibly going snowboarding! Christmas day is always very relaxing and even though it probably won’t snow (which is a good thing considering too much snow would mess with my plans) I can’t wait!

If you’re like me, you’ve saved the majority of your holiday shopping until the very last minute. -.- I still need to purchase somethings for my mom, dad, youngest brother, and my friends! I’m going to have like no money left but its better to give than to receive ;).

Last night I was looking into what it takes to be on the SWAT team which is a career that I am considering pursuing. It’s a lot of work mentally and physically and to be honest, I’m not 100% sure that I want to do it anymore. I know a guy who is a SWAT officer however and I plan on talking to him about it in the near future.

I have some horrible news you guys. The Christmas episode of Doctor Who is going to be the last episode with my future husband, Matt Smith, in it!  😥 My heart breaks every time I say it and I’m not looking forward to the change. Oh wells, for everything there is a season. RIP 11th Doctor.

Matt Smith

So I am thinking that I will take a break from blogging over Christmas break and I know I just got back but the break will only last a week I promise! Parting is such sweet sorrow. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Happy Happy New Year!!

P.S. don’t forget to remember what this season is all about (the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ) and spread the love and cheer even if you don’t believe 😉

A Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Catching Fire Movie PosterSo here it is! The long-awaited movie review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Yes, it came out on Nov. 22nd and yes I saw the movie like 3 weeks ago so yes this review is long overdue but better late than never!

As always, I will attempt to review this movie without spoiling it for those who have yet to watch the film. Catching Fire starts out in the woods with Katniss just doing her thang when she is alerted by the sight and sound of peace keeper trucks rolling. She runs back home to find President Snow sitting in her parlor and it’s all downhill for Katniss and friends from there.

If you are familiar with the story, you know that Katniss and Peeta must embark on a Victor’s “parade” in which they visit each district and give some speeches about who knows what. Katniss tries to appease the President by playing along with him. She wants to convince the people of Panem that she really is in love with Peeta so that President Snow won’t hurt her family. Of course Katniss is incapable of doing so because she does not really have feelings Peeta until half way through the movie.

President Snow attempts to rid himself of Katniss forever by throwing her back into the Hunger Games but he fails due to a surprise twist! Read the book for more info on that twist.

Now in my personal opinion I thought that Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta), Liam Hemsworth (Gale) , Woody Harrleson (Haymitch), and Elizabeth Banks (Effie) were very good! For a minute, I thought the acting in the beginning was a little stiff but it really picked up as the movie progressed. I also wish that the movie would’ve gone into more detail about the other victors in the Quarter Quell, and that there was more detail to Finnick’s story. I might just be a little biast though, Finnick’s one of my favorite characters. 😉

So one of the main reasons that I am a fan of this movie franchise is because it follows the books so closely and you don’t usually see that. Even though the Hunger Games and Catching Fire were slow in certain parts and lacking action for an Action films, I think I will continue to follow the series to the end.

I’m giving The Hunger Games: Catching Fire four Finnick tridents out of five. 🙂 I would definitely recommend this movie to fans of the series and to those who are just looking for something different from the generic Hollywood films.

I’m Back!

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Hello Darlings! I must apologize once again for my absence. I went missing for a good reason though. The holiday season is always eventful and time consuming so between school work, volunteering, parades, and parties I haven’t had much time to dedicate to my blog. I hope that you will forgive me!

I gave my blog a facelift and I love the way it looks now. I think it’s much easier to navigate and for my readers to find the “Like” and “Follow” buttons if you know what I’m saying *wink wink*

We’ve had a lot of snow this winter and I have mixed feelings about the weather x). I live in the woods so when it snows, everything looks picturesque but the sky is so bleak and I must say I am not a fan. I prefer sunny skies any day. I hope you’re all keeping safe, I hear the weather isn’t too pleasant throughout the rest of my country.

I’ve had a lot of fun Christmas shopping. I’ve purchased things for about half of my family and with 7 days 12 hours 36 minutes and 43…42…41 seconds left till Christmas I need to get a move on.

Does anyone else struggle with what to buy for their friends and family? I know I do and I think it’s because the presents I give can never encompass the amount of love and gratitude I have for the people I care about. It’s always a challenge for me.

I will do my best to write more often although I can’t promise much over my Christmas break, I think I have something to do every single day from 23rd-2nd and then the weekend after that too. I wish all of my lovely readers a Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year…errr a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ;).

P.S. Don’t you just love the picture of Barbie hahaha, I thought it was very amusing.

Thanksgiving 2013

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This post is a long time coming! Sorry for disappearing on you guys. I’ll try not to do it again. It’s taken me awhile to start my engines, get back into the swing of things, ya know. Any who, I’m back from break and ready to blog! So for anyone who was interested in my Thanksgiving experience, I have below detailed my Turkey Thursday below. Enjoy!

So I had two days of school that week, Monday and Tuesday, and over the course of those days I had to get 50 points in all of my classes. Naturally, I did my best to achieve that goal although I must confess I did abandon my science class in favor of food prep. I helped my mom with most of the cooking with the exception of the turkey (my aunt help’s my mom with that). I have a confession though, I seriously dislike to cook. Baking is okay but I could honestly care less about the rest. So one day, Lord willing, if I have a family, we’ll be eating a lot of salad x).

Back to Wednesday night, so long about 8:30 p.m. Mom has me chopping celery and carrots, my aunt, cousin, and grandmom show up with their adorable shih tzu pups and lots of yummy food. I was thankful I got to enjoy a cookie but I felt seriously dead on my feet. I just fell into one of those slumps where I was exhausted. I was polite, friendly, and cordial of course but very very tired. I honestly can’t remember one conversation I had that day.

With three extra people in the house, making a total of ten people and four dogs, we had to change-up the sleeping arrangements. My bedroom is on the second floor and it’s literally at the top of the steps. To the left of my room, down the hall is my brother’s room. My cousin slept in my brother’s room and my brothers slept in the basement. We have an xbox down there though so I don’t know how much sleeping they actually did ;). To the right of my room is another hallway and at the end is my little sister’s room. My grandmom slept in her room and my little sister slept in my room.

Sharing a room with my little sister, even for a night is always an adventure. We always share a room on vacation and we used to share a room at the old house but we don’t anymore for a number of reasons. Anyway, she loves to talk so naturally she had a bajillion things to tell me but I was too tired to listen. At first she set up her sleeping bag on my bed but then she started complaining about how she couldn’t sleep so she promptly rolled herself off of my bed and onto the floor x). More room for me! I love my little sis though. She can be a bugger but she’s still my sister.

Come Thursday morning aka Thanksgiving, I made my way down stairs and the ten of us ate like three pounds of bacon and some sugar cake my grandmom made. It was tasty and so not what I usually eat which made it even more yummy.

I retired from cooking for the day but my mom and aunt put on their chef’s hats and made a the rest of the food which was absolutely delicious. I got dressed up around 11 right before the rest of my family showed up and I wore this gorgeous pale pink lace dress with black tights and a black sweater(when I got chilly). My family was very sweet telling me how pretty I looked and they were going to knock out any boy that might try and come after me. x)

We had a ton of  kids over on Thanksgiving the youngest 18 months and the oldest 14. They ran around playing some strange version of hide-and-seek on the hill and in the house. Played video games and terrorized the little dogs but the dogs were good and they let the babies mess with them.

Nothing too exciting happened. No exploding turkeys or anything like that. The weather was great, it was sunny and cool, no snow 😦 and the predicted storm never came!

All in all I had a wonderful holiday. It’s scary and fun to think that the next time I celebrate Thanksgiving, I’ll be coming home from college to visit all of my family. :O

Well time to make lunch! I hope you all had a lovely week. And you’ll be hearing from me soon. I have a movie review on Catching Fire coming out soon and then just a “day in my life post.”

Friday Tea Talk

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So I don’t know about you guys but I’m noticing a trend in these posts. It would seem that I feel obligated to write to my readers one last time before the week ends and the picture always has something to do with tea. I’ve decided to start a new segment called Friday Tea Talks so look forward to those on a weekly basis. Of course, next week I won’t be talking about much considering it will be Black Friday and all. 😉

So this week was fairly uneventful. The most exciting thing that happened is I got beat up in jiu-jitsu practice on Mon. For all of you who don’t know what Brazilian jiu-jitsu is, it’s a martial art that is sort of like wrestling. I take it for self defense and it can be fun at times! Now when I say beat up, there was no blood or anything it was just rough going up against all of the guys and trying to stay “girly” while taking this sport is a bit of struggle but I don’t mind. I ended up with a bruise on my foot and I sort of got hit in the nose so I had a headache after that but I’m fine now. 🙂 Honestly, I wouldn’t consider myself a tough person and I’m really trying to work on that. I’m half way there I think!

I finished the book Pirates! by Celia Rees last night. I stayed up till 1 a.m. so now I’m kind of tired but it was worth it. I’ll probably do a book review. Maybe next week although that might not happen. Thanksgiving week is going to be a blur with all of the cooking and cleaning I have to help with to get ready for Thursday. I apologize in advance if there is a lack of posts but I will probably blog about it after the holiday.

You know what I just realized O_O, after Thanksgiving day we start decorating for Christmas! I can’t believe it…last time I checked it was still summer. Where has the time gone?

I’m sorry for being so unprofessional. Do you guys care? Comment below, I really want to hear your thoughts! I have to go work on science and Spanish now so I’ll talk to you guys later. Have a safe weekend!

Library Haul!

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So this is my second haul post, just came back from the library and I thought I’d give you guys the 411 on my rentals. I will attempt to review each of these books when I finish them and I’m pretty excited about all of the books I got.

1. Pirates! by Celia Rees

Pirates book cover

So I actually renewed this book because I didn’t finish it in time but it’s getting really good!

2. The Musician’s Daughter by Suzanne Dunlap

The Musician's Daughter book cover

3. Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher

Ten Cents a Dance book cover

4. I am Apache by Tanya Landman

I am Apache book cover

5. Nobody’s Prize by Esther Friesner

Nobody's Prize book cover

So for this one I am breaking my rule. I normally refuse to read a sequel before I read the first book because who wants to ruin all of the plot twists and spoil the series for themselves but since this “series” consisted of two books, I convinced myself that it would be okay to read. Here goes nothing!

Hahaha, I just realized that all of my books could be labeled as historical fiction. That is probably my favorite genre though so now I’m super excited.

Well off to First Aid my dears. I will be learning all about blood today. I think today’s class is not for the faint of heart. Wish me luck!

I have a serious obession….

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with BOOKS! I love ’em so here is a tag dedicated to my love affair with reading! 🙂

book on a swing

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Laura Ingalls Wilder…unashamed!

Best Sequel Ever:

Catching Fire, I honestly loved it more than the Hunger Games so you can imagine how pumped I am for Nov. 22nd, Catching Fire premier! On a side note, I cannot see it on the day it comes out because of a previous engagement but I will be watching, the next possible opportunity.

Currently Reading:

Pirates by Celia Rees (rereading it! I love rediscovering books.)

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Tea or water! Is there anything else?

E-reader or Physical Book?

I’d much rather have a physical book because they’re so precious. Is that weird? I feel as though the physical thing is a teeny tiny piece of history.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Hamlet from Ophelia by Lisa Klein or Dr. Frankenstein from Frankenstein by Mary Shelly (he’s actually a young man in the book)

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

The Scarlet Letter, this is one of my all time favorite books and I really wish Nathaniel Hawthorne was still alive 😦 I’m your biggest fan Nate! lol

Hidden Gem Book:

Mara Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. If you like books set in ancient Egypt (which I’m obsessed with by the way!) you’ll love this. I had to read it once for school, excellent book! Action, check. Adventure, check. Romance, check.

 Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Hmm, I can’t think of one book in particular that is responsible for an important moment in my reading life but I can tell you about a time when I was in middle school and I began to fall in love with reading so hard! x) I would literally consume books! I wish I could read like that again, if only I had the time.

 Just Finished:

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson. Another excellent book, I reviewed it in an older post if you want more details. 🙂

Kinds of Books You (generally) Won’t Read:

Romance novels and vampire/werewolf books. I like romance in my books but I’m afraid I’ll be bored by a book that is completely given over to romance.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

400 plus pages. I don’t remember the exact amount of the exact book but anywhere from 400 to 600 pages I think is a reasonable estimation.

Major book hangover because of:

Well if by hangover you mean can’t stop thinking about it…I’d have to say Blood Red Road by Moira Young, I read it in maybe the Spring of 2013 and I can’t stop thinking about it!

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Only one 😦 I wish I had a whole library in my house! I would if I could!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine. I hope to read it to my daughter one day, if I have one.

Preferred Place To Read:

In my room on my bed or in a comfy chair where it is quiet and there aren’t a lot of distractions.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

Okay, so Wuthering Heights is an exception to my shying away from romance novels. This book is so good I’m considering naming my child Brontë. I could write a whole list on the amazing quotes from that book but I’ll share just two.

“I have dreamt in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind. And this is one: I’m going to tell it – but take care not to smile at any part of it.”

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

Reading Regret:

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, I only read it once and I was bored to tears.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

Uglies and Dustlands and Lunar Chronicles (I don’t think the whole series is out yet but I only read the first book so I am including it in the list)

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Oh, you are killing me! If I had to choose the list would look something like this:

1. The Scarlet Letter 2. Fairest 3. Wuthering Heights

 Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Little House on the Prairie! Love the books, love the show.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Is the sequel to The Scarlett Letter or Wuthering Heights an option 😥

Worst Bookish Habit:

Renting a bunch of books from the library and only finishing a few o_o

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

I don’t even have 27 books on my bookshelf but lets pretend I closed my eyes and picked one. Here we go! It’s To Catch a Pirate by Jade Parker. I’ve been meaning to reread that book. I think I’m on a piratical kick x)

Your latest book purchase:

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd. Honestly, it was a very good book. Twist ending that I so did not see coming but it was a little inappropriate and could still be really good without those PG-13 scenes.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Cinder by Marrisa Meyers. It’s that good!

List of Other Books I loved:

Just to name a few…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (def. check this out, it’s awesome!)

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Lady Macbeth’s Daughter by Lisa Klein

Two Girls of Gettysburg by Lisa Klein

The Flappers series by Jillian Larkin

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girl shootingSaturday the 16th of November, I took my first trip to the gun range. It was outdoors and less than ten minutes away from my house which was very convenient. The weather was beautiful and everyone at the range was very personable!

Have you ever gone to the park and seen one of those picnic pavilions that people eat in? If you have that was the basic structure of “out building” where we set up our guns. There was a little table with a stand that you could rest the larger guns on like rifles and then there were spaces next to the table where you could practice with a pistol. There was nothing fancy about the gun range everything was simple, straightforward, and practical. 🙂

So the first gun I ever shot that day was a .22, and I believe that is a type of rifle. It was light and had barely any kickback when you shot it. After that I practiced with an older German pistol and a few regular black pistols (not sure what the names are if you couldn’t tell 😉 ), there was a .45 and also a marine grade rifle I believe.

The paper targets where set up at 25 yrds which was the furthest I ever tried to shoot. I was at the range with my brothers and my dad and we were all shooting at the same 4 targets so I really have no idea who was hitting the target and who was just randomly firing x). I’d like to think I got close to the bullseye but there was really no way to tell.

We spent a good two hours there and then packed up and headed home. The last gun I shot that day was the marine rifle (again, I’m really sorry I don’t know the names you guys!) Supposedly the bullets in this rifle where huge and it was supposed to have a really big kickback but I didn’t think it was that bad. People where looking at me funny when I said that, I guess because it was my first time but I just shrugged it off.

To the right of where we had set up our guns there was this Russian family with M-something guns. Their guns where ridiculously loud and I was shoving my “ears” (the protection you wear to keep the gunfire from ruining your hearing) further into my ears. I got used to the noise eventually but my day ended with my left ear ringing hours after we left the range and a slight headache. 🙂

After the range, I helped my family finish the walkway in the backyard. It looks great now! We had to dig it out because the dogs made this dirt path running from the deck steps to the driveway and it didn’t look very nice. Now they don’t want to walk on the stone walkway at all. I think we have what they call a win-win situation. The walkway looks beautiful and the dogs won’t destroy it.

I wrapped up the day with some pizza and this sinfully delicious chocolate crunch lava cake (they’re like brownie-sized) from Domino’s Pizza. If you like chocolate, try it. You won’t regret it!

Okay you guys, it’s a Yoga day! So excited 🙂 Have a lovely week and I’ll be sure to talk to you guys soon.

Spanish, Phone calls, y Dancing

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sweaters and teaOkay guys so I’m freeeezing although it’s currently 53 degrees but my hands feel like ice as usual. I have nothing of consequence to discuss today so I will update you on a few random tidbits about my life.

Right now, I am currently working on a Spanish assignment, trying to figure out what I want for lunch, and timing myself to make sure I don’t miss the opportunity to call Batman today. He’s a good friend of mine even though *cough cough* we’ve never met in person. I think that aspect of our relationship is unique though. We form our opinions on each other based on our conversations and what we know about each other. To be honest he is one of the few friends I can talk to without worrying about what he’ll think of me etc. Okay okay, I know I’m describing this terribly so I’ll just move on. (Note: His name isn’t actually Batman, it is just a joke we have with each other)

Spanish is going okay…I have help which I am so thankful for because I don’t know what I would do without it. As for lunch, I still don’t have a clue. I ate a few pretzels, maybe I’ll have some toast :/ I’m just not hungry I guess.

So guess what I have been loving! Yoga! It’s a ton of fun and very relaxing. Bonus points for increasing my flexibility. One day I will do a split! I’m also considering exercising via dancing. Just turning on a few of my favorite songs and pulling out some of those old ballet moves I know. And this isn’t just some random interest I picked up, I think I’ve always liked dance but it was just the fact that I didn’t think I danced well that forced me to sit down rather than move. And by not dancing well, I mean not picking up the rhythm etc. When I performed dance recitals I was okay I guess, I never got a lead role I was more of “supporting character” if you will. I’m just rambling now. -.- The point is I want to go into the basement and turn on my favorite songs (a lot of which are by Florence + the Machine) and just dance. I am afraid that someone will see me though! You see I have a large family and I would be utterly mortified if someone saw me dancing.

Let’s move on to less embarrassing topics like shooting! I’m heading to the gun range tomorrow all my cowboys and cowgirls and I will be shooting my first real gun 🙂 I am terribly excited as I love learning how to use guns and I have pretty good aim if I do say so myself. I’m one of those people whose shots always land around or near the bullseye. I think I’ve hit the bullseye maybe three or four times in all of my experience with BB guns and pellet rifles. I’ll let you know how it goes if not tomorrow then Monday!

Ciao darlings! Have a beautiful and safe weekend.

A Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World

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Now this is definitely a change from the norm but that is my blog, a collection of the things that I love which includes writing movie reviews.

Confession time! I have seen the occasional superhero movie, I’ve  actually seen 4: Captain America, The Avengers, Thor, and Thor: The Dark World. While super hero movies aren’t necessarily my favorite genre, I enjoy ones that I think have an interesting plot. I saw Captain America because I like World War II and Thor because Viking mythology has always piqued my curiosity (plus it does help that Chris Hemsworth is cute ;))

Okay okay, I won’t make you wait any longer let’s get down to the review.

The movie starts out with a battle, lots of action and fighting but not so much that you get lost in the scene and you have no idea what is happening. Personally, I was a little disappointed by the appearance of the bad guy’s minions. They reminded me of cyber men from Doctor Who. I don’t know if anyone else see the similarity but that’s what I thought of. There just wasn’t anything menacing about some tall people in an expressionless mask with black holes for eyes.

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That is honestly my only complaint though! I thought the CGI and cinematography was fantastic and I always love seeing that rainbow bridge.

Kat Dennings gave a fantastic performance as the sarcastic and wise-cracking Darcy and Natalie Portman portrayed Jane well. I wish that Jane would have been a bit more assertive/aggressive. In this movie she plays the damsel-in-distress despite the fact that she is a brilliant scientist. I just pictured Thor’s girlfriend as someone who could hold her own and Jane just didn’t seem like she could do that. Tom Hiddleston was a fantastic Loki and probably one of the best actors in the movie. Chris Hemsworth did a pretty good job too. I feel like out of all the characters Loki has the most character development and depth. He has many layers which I think is important to make a character seem as realistic as possible. The rest of the characters just stayed within the cookie-cutter perimeters of their character.

The plot of the story was not very deep but it was fairly decent, I wish there was more but it is a superhero movie and when they have to incorporate so much action and fighting some elements will be lacking.

Overall, I’d say that Thor: The Dark World is a good movie and if you’re into superhero’s you’ll probably like this. I’ll give the movie four Mjolnirs out of five!

The hardest thing we have ever had to do…

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There is no manmade thing in existence that is more powerful than human emotion. A mother experiences a new level of love when her child is born, betrayal by friends births heartache such as we never knew existed, the sadness a man feels when he has given up, when he thinks he will never see hope again.

Those are just a few of the feelings we deal with at one point or another in our lives, and honestly I have not even scratched the surface of all that we experience but, of the aforementioned, I think that hurt, “being hurt” evokes one of the strongest emotions known to man. When we realize that a relationship we’ve invested so much time and energy into was all for not, was all vanity there is something that breaks inside of us. It’s a hard reality to face but it has happened to everyone. There is no way to keep yourself from being hurt by others.

C.S. Lewis once said: “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it in tact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it up carefully with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

That quote truly hits home. Our hearts can never and will never be safe unless we follow Mr. Lewis’ steps. But then, what is left after spending a few years in the “coffin of your selfishness,” is not a heart at all. It is a dangerous road to travel, an easy trap to fall into. So how can we avoid it? How can we overcome?

The answer is forgiveness. One tiny word that has such a powerful effect. There will be times in life, especially as a Christian, when you feel that it will require supernatural help, to forgive. That is nothing to feel ashamed of because in some situations, beyond just being hurt by a friend, it is true. I wonder if we are born with the ability to forgive or if it is something that is taught and must be learned from experience. If the latter is true, imagine the kind of impact it would have if you had never been taught to forgive. All of the grudges, hurt, and pain you would carry with you all your life. What a cold and bitter existence.

Forgiveness is more than just accepting someone’s apology. What if you never receive an apology? Forgiveness is about letting go. Laying down your pride, choosing to no longer play the victim, standing up for yourself and choosing to Let. It. Go. And it’s hard, it is so hard. It may be one of the hardest things you will ever have to do but it is the only way to heal. Every minute you spend being angry and upset is a minute you could have been happy. After all, resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.

It goes against our human nature to respond to evil with kindness but you deserve to be free. If you have been holding on to something for a long time and you have decided to forgive it will take time. It is time to open up the bottle that you have stuffed all of your feelings into. Be patient and be kind to yourself, you will make mistakes but you will overcome.

32 Random Questions

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1.) Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

Closed. Closed. Closed. If there is one rule that I live by, it is never leave the closet doors open when you go to sleep. Yet another childish fear that sticks with me :/

2.) Do you take shampoo and conditioner bottles from hotels?

Yes. They’re not free? :O This is how I see it, they provide them for your convenience when you stay in the room, and they’re either going to throw them out or reuse them when they’re done. Both of which are gross and/or wasteful. They’re a gift, why leave them behind 🙂

3.) Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

Tucked in of course. Is there any other way?

4.) Have you ever stolen a street sign?

No. I’m pretty sure that’s illegal guys. I’m not a fan of YOLO.

5.) Do you cut out coupons and then never use them?

No, I’ve used a coupon once. I plan on using them in the future too, if they’re worth it.

6.) Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?

Swarm of bees if there is a body of water near by. Big bear if I have a big gun 😉

7.)Do you always smile for pictures?

Yes, for group photos or family etc. If I’m doing self portraits I prefer to experiment.

8.) Do you ever count your steps when you walk?

Not really. When I was younger I would count the tiles I walked on in the mall.

9.) Have you ever peed in the woods?

Nope, I’m like a camel, I can hold it.

10.) Do you still watch cartoons?

Yes, every once in awhile.

11.) Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?

But if I told you where I buried it what would be the point of putting on scuba diving gear, diving to the depths of the ocean, finding an octopus cave, digging a deep hole, burying my treasure, and covering it with oceanic foliage to make it as natural as possible?

12.) What do you drink with dinner?

Water most frequently, homemade iced teas in the summer months once in awhile, and on a rare occasion juice.

13.) What do you dip a chicken nugget in?

Ketchup, honey mustard, or BBQ sauce. I also like making my own buffalo sauce which is always delicious.

14.) What movies could you watch over and over and still love?

The Crucible, The Prince of Egypt, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Princess Diaries, and a few others 🙂

15.) Were you ever a girl scout?

Nope, but I sure do love their lemonade cookies.

16.) Would you ever get in a metal cage and swim with sharks?

I love the idea but I don’t think I’m brave enough.

17.) Can you change the oil on your car?

No. I think it is important to learn how to take car of your car though. It saves money and its a useful skill if you were ever stranded and needed to change the tire on your car or something. Knowledge is power 😉

18.) Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket?

Nope. My name is GrittyInk Responsible Driver haha

19.) Afraid of heights?

Not really, it depends on what heights we’re talking about though.

20.) Do you sing in the car?

Yes, I have to practice somewhere.

21.) Is Christmas stressful?

Never. If you’re getting stressed out, you’re putting too much time into the commercialized aspect, making things perfect, being organized etc. Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and to be with the people you love. Gifts and delicious food are a bonus.

22.) Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid.

Model, singer, teacher, nurse, actress, zoologist, and a Naval officer.

23.) Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes, I believe that ghosts are demons.

24.) The first concert you ever went to.

Jump 5, it was a Christian band that was popular in the early 2000’s and has since disbanded. I’m not a huge concert buff though.

25.) Wal-Mart, Target, or Kmart?

1. Target, 2. Wal-Mart, 3. Kmart. Target is one of my favorite clothing stores right now.

26.) Nike or Adidas?

Ummm, Nike I guess. I’m not really into that whole sports scene.

27.) Can you curl your tongue?

Mmhmm.

28.) Have you ever cried because you were so happy?

I almost cried yesterday, when I found out that I got accepted to a college. Also when I talk to God sometimes.

29.) The last concert you saw?

Jump 5. I told you I wasn’t into concerts x)

30.) Can you swim well?

I’m pretty much self taught so sort of. My new goal is next time I go to the ocean, I’m going to really swim.

31.) Can you knit of crochet?

No, but I can do a little bit of sewing and needlework.

32.) Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Both! I honestly don’t prefer one over the other. I love dogs and I love cats but I think if I had to choose I would choose dogs.

It’s November and I have big news!

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So it’s November! Who is excited for Turkey month a.k.a Thanksgiving…and Hanukkah? I don’t celebrate Hanukkah but I’ve always wanted to see/participate in a traditional ceremony 🙂

I’m looking forward to seeing my family from across the state congregate in my home and relax while enjoying some delicious food. Hopefully I can convince everyone to play football, I’ve always wanted to do that too. I’m already thinking about my outfit and what I want to wear is def. not compatible with a football game but tell me what you think? 🙂 (note: I could not find the exact sweater but mine is cropped; also, the beanie is a bit smaller and I wear it a bit further back on my head 🙂 ) I haven’t tried this outfit on yet so I’m hoping that what I envision in my head will translate into real life.

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Also, just checked the ten-day forecast and next Thurs. there are predicted snow showers! Now that doesn’t mean the snow will stick and I’m not even sure I want to trust the weathermen because they’re not always right but, hey 🙂 I think I’ll hold onto my hope! hahaha

Oh, guess what!? I got accepted to my first college! 😀 Do you know how excited I am? I literally fell over! Now that was partially me being dramatic but I couldn’t help it! I don’t want this to sound braggy-ish (I know that’s not a word) but I’m just trying to explain the situation. I am a good student, I get good grades and I’m in the NHS yet somehow I began to foster the fear of: “What if no one accepts me? What if I can’t get into college?” And now that I think about it, that was a really stupid fear to have. What can I say though? I beat myself up over really dumb things and worry to the point of tears but now I can sit back and take a deep breath. I can give a genuine smile. I did it.

I have my whole future before me and I am super excited! I mean within the next decade I could be a careerwoman or married with kids and a home of my own 🙂 I feel as though that these next few years are going to be some of the best, I’m considering starting a YouTube channel to document it. It’ll be mostly vlogs and maybe a few different videos here and there. We shall see. If I do start a channel, you shall be the first to know and then you can read and watch my life haha.

Well…I’ve run out of things to say and I’m not very good with goodbyes. But we’re all friends here so no need for formalities 🙂 So, to all of my darling readers and friends, welcome to November and I hope you have an amazing month! Off to my digital photography class! Ciao!

Dreams

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Painting the UniversieI promise I wasn’t kidnapped 🙂 I just had to disappear for awhile and take care of business. I’m back now and better than ever!

So today’s post is about dreams…all kinds of them.

I honestly love dreaming because I enter a whole new world where I’m again…not in control. For a short period of time I was having horrible nightmares. I would wake up crying and couldn’t figure out whether what had happened in my head was real or not. I visited some of the worst places but those night terrors seemed to have died down and I’m okay now 🙂

I honestly didn’t right this for the doom and gloom but more to talk about how when you’re dreaming your mind can produce some of the most beautiful images. For example, I have a tiny obsession with deer. They’re some of my favorite animals, I mean there is even one in my profile picture! 🙂 A few nights ago I had a dream about deer and I’ll describe the scene to you:

I’m on my front porch and its twilight. It’s cold outside but I don’t feel it, in fact I was in bare feet. As the world becomes cloaked in shadows I can see a large herd of deer congregated under the giant apple tree in my front yard. They’re does and bucks grazing and making a good amount of noise. I’m really excited because I’ve never seen such a large herd before. All of the sudden one of the deer steps forward. It’s a little bit larger than the rest and he doesn’t really have a antlers, they’re just those little stubs bucks get as they start to grow.

This deer is protective of the herd but its not being aggressive, just staring at me. I’m standing very still because I don’t want to scare it. It has the prettiest eyes a dark blue on and a gray one which is even more exciting because its so unusual. Eventually it gets bored of watching me and goes back to eating.

I honestly don’t remember what happened after that. I just thought it would be good inspiration for a drawing in the future.

Hope this wasn’t too boring! Tell me about some of the crazy dreams you’ve had 🙂

A Poem and Quote from Alice in Wonderland

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A in Wonderland Quote

I wish Alice could take me with her for I am in one of my running away moods. Not to say that I will up and leave without a moments notice, that would be very foolish. What I do mean is that I wish I could get up from my seat, walk to the nearest door and open it to a carefree magical world where everything is just how I want it. Whether I am painting on the beach or hiking through the Great Plains, I’d rather be anywhere but here Mr. Cheshire Cat.

I have a tendency to slip into this state once things get tough, that if I were to just remove myself from the situation, everything would go away. But Lord knows it won’t in fact it will be waiting exactly where I left it. So, logically it makes more sense to solve the problems then to ditch them, but who likes logic? x)

Actually I’m quite a fan of it, but that’s besides the point. I will continue to look towards the future for my hope. And here is my poem that I scribbled down last week, you might note that the first line is borrowed from the fantastic novel, The Scarlet Letter. Do I ever wish that Nathaniel Hawthorne was still alive, that I might meet him!:

She could no longer borrow from the future to ease her present grief

No longer reach into hope and pull off a piece of peace

I never mourned anyone in my whole life

Never until I saw her

I wish that I wanted to give her a piece of my own sound mind

I wish that I wanted to help

But I am as aloof and removed as anyone else

Better her than me

Friday

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Drinking TeaYou guys I have a confession…I’m in love with tea! It’s better than juice and coffee and second only to water. 🙂 I had black tea with breakfast and coconut tea with lunch. I’m a little obsessed. Hmmm, so as you might have figured out already, I don’t really have anything to talk about today. I don’t usually like to post if I have nothing “important” to say but I feel like I owe it to you guys to be consistent. After all, there’s nothing more annoying than having a favorite blogger who rarely posts and you’re constantly checking their page for things that aren’t there. I mean it might be a little narcissistic to consider myself your favorite blogger, but I’d like to think someone loves my work 🙂 Let me have my delusions…

I’ve decided to ramble, if anyone is interested:

This is the first weekend in a while where I have absolutely nothing – with the exception of ACT prep –  to do 🙂 Everyone needs those types of weekends and I’m def. looking forward to mine. I have this workout that I’m probably going to do. I’m getting super flexible and I want to keep that 🙂 Afterwards I’ll have some Buffalo chicken wings. Not a good combination huh? What can I say, I’m a fool for anything Buffalo flavored hahaha

It’s a beautiful day where I live. Sunny and a bit chilly, fiery leaves whirling about on gusts of wind. I love wind, not sure why. Maybe it’s because its kind of like this powerful force that you can’t see but you can feel and hear. So mysterious 😉

So I have been loving iTunes radio and there is a station that plays Medieval and Renaissance classical music. I bet you’re thinking I’m a weirdo right about now but who cares? I love it! and I’m sure not too many girls my age listen to that sort of music for fun. The music is so calming and it’s different from the reg. classical music, but a good different. I can close my eyes and imagine I’m some wealthy noblewoman at French court. I would have loved to live in a French palace while there were still kings and queens ruling the country.

In other news I’ve decided that popcorn is one of my favorite snacks! It’s so awesome and it can be salty or sweet or both! What’s your favorite kind?

I’m really loving my new blog, Becoming Sunday. It’s a ton of fun to write and I haven’t run out of ideas yet! I hope you guys who have already subscribed are enjoying it too! Thanks to everyone who checked it out. Love you guys!

Well time to go. I must cook up a lunch and head out to my First Aid & Emergency Care class, I’m getting certified. Whoo!

People tend to over exaggerate

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Have you ever noticed then when people retell a story it seems a bit more fantastic then the events that actually occurred, especially if you were involved in said story.

I wonder where that need to make events seem larger than life stems from? I often catch myself raising an eyebrow when I hear someone share a story and embellish on something that I know didn’t happen. Maybe that’s why I think my life is so boring? But does that mean I should make up details about things that take place in my life?

I also wonder if maybe the person embellishing the story doesn’t even realize it. Did the actual events somehow get distorted in their mind’s eye and they believe that something happened when it didn’t? I’ve never called someone out on their exaggeration of certain events. Why? you might ask. I don’t really know. Perhaps I don’t want to feel foolish if they reprimand me. Maybe it is because I have no sound evidence to prove that they are “making things up.”

Is there even a difference between telling a lie and an embellished story? Maybe an embellished story constitutes as a half-lie? I don’t really know. If you guys have any ideas or opinions on the subject let me know!

Homecoming 2013

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So this year’s homecoming was…interesting for lack of a better word. It was a casual affair and there was drama, but tis to be expected. I got to catch up with old friends that I haven’t seen in years 😀

So first off, it rained…and not a little sprinkle but buckets and buckets. There was so much rain that both the middle school and high school soccer games were canceled so all that was left was the volleyball game. I think the school won, although I’m not entirely sure. You see watching sports has never really been my idea of a good time. I’d much rather play the sport than sit on the sidelines and cheer people on…unless of course they’re my friends.

So instead of a watching the volleyball game I traipsed around campus with one of my oldest friends who I hadn’t seen in two years. She is truly one of the sweetest girls I have ever met. She loves to smile and be happy just like me. I suppose we’re kindred spirits in that since. And having friends like the girl mentioned above and darling Nicole, make me happy to be me.

After meeting up with a few other friends, we went down to a gas station with a convenience store. We got a few sandwiches and drinks, a strawberry kiwi slushy for me! 🙂 It was after our trip to the store that the drama started to blossom. You see my other friend, Louisa – she has the prettiest red hair – was really excited and happy to be at Homecoming until she realized her ex was there. Long story short, it was a messy break up with no explanations. By the end of the night, she got the closure that I never had *cough cough* but she sort of made up with him and now they can tolerate each other. They needed to work things out as she was would be spending lots of time round him in the near future. So this conversation had to happen sooner or later.

After the volleyball game the homecoming king, queen, and princesses were crowned. Everyone looked absolutely gorgeous in their fine dresses and suits. The chinsy crowns and sashes were stereotypical but I wish they could have at least tried to find some that didn’t look as though they’d come from the dollar store. So everyone knows that the crowning of the homecoming king and queen is kind of just a fancy name for picking out the most popular people from school. So when I found out that only one girl signed up for homecoming queen it kind of surprised me. Of course she won since she was the only candidate but apparently no one else wanted to run for the title.

On the other hand there were a bunch of nominees for homecoming king but when the king was crowned the crowd muttered and laughed to itself. I could hear the sarcasm in people’s voices and a few eyerolls as the ceremony ended. Apparently they weren’t too surprised by the winner.

If anyone is curious as to what I wore that night I’d be happy to elaborate. I went for the more military fatigue, tough girl look. Dark blue skinnies, a forest green v-neck sweater and a blue military-style vest with a little bit of soft fur trim. I topped it off with my favorite brown boots, a messy bun with a few braids and voila!

Well I suppose I can check this off of my senior bucket list 🙂 Oh and I think I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago that I was going to a concert, that never happened and I don’t see it happening in the near future so I am probably going to remove it from my list.

Tell me about your homecoming experience!

A Book Review: Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson

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Confessions of a Murder Suspect

This book was a true page turner and I couldn’t put it down. It was a quick read as the longest chapter had maybe four pages which meant there were 80 + chapters in the book but it was really good.

Maybe I was too enamored by the storytelling but I couldn’t figure out who the real murder was and there was definitely a twist ending which I love!

This is exactly the type of book I’d like to write one day and it was different from what I expected but it was a good different 🙂

I’m not sure how much I can tell you without spoiling the plot but I bet you’ll love the characters. The protagonist, Tandy Angel, is an odd, reserved, and refined teenager with a knack for laser focus. She and her brothers all have enhanced human abilities that make them special. They’re not really super powers but they make the Angel children a bit less than average. Against all odds they must work together or be destroyed by rumors, ticks, and lies that are attempting to eat the family alive. They are at their most vulnerable now. Tandy must dig up buried memories and relearn how to feel emotion in order to survive and discover the murder.

The book is full of twists and turns that are surprising, exciting, and disturbing. Enjoy!

I give this book four Angel Pharma vitamins out of five…to understand this reference read the book 😉

Rating: PG to PG-13

50 little things about me…

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I saw this on lovely Nicole’s “blawg” so I’m going to make a post about it too 🙂 I put my own spin on it a bit.

1: What are you wearing? Blue skinny jeans, a pale pink cable-knit sweater, some cozy winter socks, and faux pearl earrings. Earlier I wore my fav brown military boots.

2: Ever been in love? By the world’s definition of “in love,” no. But I did love my boyfriend at one time.

3: Ever had a terrible breakup? It was terrible at the time but now that I look back on it, I’m okay with what happened. I stood up for myself and spoke my mind.

4: How tall are you ? A cool 5’7″ 😉

5: How much do you weigh? 129, I’m the perfect weight for my size and comfortable with who I am.

6: Any tattoos ? No but there’s a few I’d like to get. I’m afraid I will hate them and regret my decision later on though so I don’t know if I’ll actually get any.

7: Any piercings ? My ears and that’s it. I’m thinking about getting a nose ring in the next few months though.

8: OTP ? According to the internet that means “one true pairing,” forgive me for not being “hip to the lingo” but huh?

9: Favorite show ? There are absolutely too many. I like Once Upon a Time, Criminal Minds, Doctor Who, Elementary, and the Mentalist.

10: Favorite Bands ?  NeedToBreathe and Rend Collective Experiment, both are Christian bands 🙂

11: Something you miss ? Old friendships that have faded away…

12: Favorite song ? Right now it’s Best I Ever Had by Gavin DeGraw but my favorite is always subject to change.

13: How old are you ? An older teenager, sorry no personal info!

14: Zodiac sign ? Don’t believe in those but I’ll give you a hint…the name means archer.

15: Qualities you look for in a partner ? A guy who is a Christian and loves God as much as I do. Someone who loves all kinds of music, is diverse, funny, and personable. Someone who is loyal and passionate and loves the outdoors. Who seeks peace before fights but is protective.

16: Favorite Quote ? “He who sings scares away his woes.” – Cervantes

17: Favorite actor ? I like Johnny Depp, Samuel Baker, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Smith, and Dakota Fanning.

18: Favorite color ? I love the pastels. I like pale pink, yellow, and purple. I also love Carribean blue and mint green. Coral is also a really pretty color!

19: Loud music or soft ? I like soft music, I’m not sure if I have special hearing or something but really loud noises hurt my ears. I’ve always wanted to drive through the city blasting my favorite songs though 🙂

20: Where do you go when you’re sad ? Somewhere where I can be alone and wipe away my tears. I cry when I’m frustrated and it embarrassing to me. I’ll go for a walk or disappear into my room.

21: How long does it take you to shower ? Awkward…hahaha…depends on what I need to do I suppose. It takes me awhile if I have somewhere important to go.

22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning ? Depends on where I have to go, especially if I’m trying out a new style or doing something special to my hair.

23: Ever been in a physical fight ? Only with my siblings when I was younger, but so does everyone else x)

24: Favorite season  ?  The fall! Everything is so colorful and delicious smelling.

25: Favorite Movie ? The Prince of Egypt and the Crucible all the way!

26: The reason I joined WordPress ? To post about things that are important to me. To post my thoughts and hopefully inspire and encourage others wit the things I have to say.

27: Fears ? That America will reach the debt ceiling and the country will crumble. On a less catastrophic note, spiders and being hit by a train.

28: Last thing that made you cry: Something someone said about me.

29: Last time you said you loved someone ?  My little brother.

30: Meaning behind your WordPress name ? It’s unique to me. I haven’t found anything else like it on the web. It describes my love for writing and how I want to write. I want my writing to be gritty and deep and have an affect on the masses.

31: Last book you read?: Confessions of a Murder Suspect. Look forward to a book review, real soon!

32: The book you’re currently reading ? Matched by Allie Condy, planning to review that too!

33: Last show you watched ? Criminal Minds. I recorded the episode because I didn’t see the end. Can’t wait!

34: Last person you talked to ? A cute college representative haha

35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted ? My friend in NY, whose trying to figure things out.

36: Favorite food ? Hmm…candy corn? Muffins? There are so many x)

37: Place you want to visit ? Alaska, Louisiana, Maine (again), Australia, Ireland, England, and France. Oh and I can’t forget India 🙂

38: Last place you were ? The grocery store. Whoo

39: Do you have a crush ? Not really, I’m still waiting for someone who meets all of m realistic expectation. In short, I haven’t met a guy who is truly crush worthy right now.

40: Last time you kissed someone ? My baby brother.

41: Last time you were insulted? Last week…no explanations. I don’t usually get insulted though

42: Favorite flavor of sweet ? Nerds I think. Again, too many to choose from.

43: What instruments do you play ? Violin, one song on the piano, and I sing.

44: Favorite piece of jewelry ? This gold and scarlet cameo locket. I really want a gold ring with a pearl on it though.

45: Last sport you played ? Brazilian Jiu-jitsu…it’s a martial arts, sort of like wrestling. I’m one of the only girls in the class as you might expect.

46: Last song you sang ? Dog Days by Florence + the Machines. Love her!

47: Favorite chat-up line ? Hey I suppose. I wish people spoke like we lived in the 1800s or ancient Greece or something. And then people would say “Greetings.”

48: Have you ever used it ? Yes, I say “Hey” all the time. Via, text, phone, or human interaction.

49: Last time you hung out with anyone ? A pool party a month or two ago. I’ve got some awesome plans this weekend though. Going to homecoming at my old school, it isn’t a dance though. A few sports games and just hanging out with friends on campus. Then going to a haunted house/mansion with my friends from Jiu-jitsu.

50: Who should answer these questions next ? Hmmm, I think all of my followers 🙂

Thank you to my readers!!!

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My lovely readers

So I checked my site stats today and I found out that one lovely person read my blog all the way in South Amazing Africa! That’s so exciting to me and it means a lot to me.

I’d like to thank all of my readers from all over whether you live in Nowheresville, Idaho or London, England. I love you so much for reading 🙂 xox!

I never thought there’d be anyone interested in what I had to say. I often view my life as beyond boring and to have 9 awesome people care about what I have to say is so uplifiting and encouraging. I ❤ you guys!

Wow…3 posts in one day hahaha, I’m on a role

A Book Review: Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

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So…I have mixed feelings about this book and I’ll try not to spoil too much of it in my review. Was it a good book? It was just okay. Definitely not one of my favorites but I could see it being popular with middle schoolers, tweens, and younger teenagers.

So the story goes like this:

This salty, slightly too mysterious, teenage girl with an afinity for throwing knives, who calls herself Scarlet is the only female member of Robin Hood’s band of merry boys. Scarlet is caught in a love triangle between the womanizing John Little and the “prince of the people,” Robin Hood. John and Robin are constantly jealous of each other and getting into little tiffs over Scarlet.  The romance echoes Twilight in a way but I believe a good portion of love triangles in YA fiction do.

Scarlet has some secrets attached to an ugly scar on her cheek. Which she hints out throughout the story. Her dark past was obvious and a bit predictable. She refused to tell any of her bandmates her history at first but Robin Hood is able to crack her through a lot of fighting and pleading.

The antagonist is the Sheriff of Nottingham and his guards until the thief-catcher is introduced. Guy Gisbourne is a ruthless, larger than life bad guy with unfinished business. He’s on a hunt and he won’t be satisfied until he gets what he wants. The introduction of this character adds to the strife and increases the tension in the story.

The storyline doesn’t really pick up until the end of the book when things get a little too dramatic and John and Robin continue to fight over Scarlet until the very end. The story has a happy ending with a few blemishes and leaves room for a sequel. Would I read a sequel? Not sure, honestly.

Final thoughts? The story was a little cliché and the writer chose to write from the perspective of a medieval character so she uses the slang and jargon that would’ve been popular in those days. The way she wrote it was kind of distracting and I had to remind myself that the grammar mistakes were intentional.

I think I’d give this book two throwing knives out of five.

Rated PG-13