Friday, October 29, 2010

A Day in the Life

Good morning everyone! This morning my alarm was set for 6:30. I woke up then and decided I needed a bit more sleep, so I got up at 7:00 instead. I don't need to leave here until around 9:00. I may actually sleep a little more in a minute.

I am drinking a cup of coffee, of course, but for some reason it tastes a little weak today. I don't know what I did differently.

In case you are wondering where I am, I am at my Grandma's empty house. Since she goes to her house in Florida for the winter, she is letting me stay here while she's gone. I go home on the weekends, and stay here during the school week. Today is Friday which means that tonight I am going home!

I am now going to take a "nap" before I have to get ready to go. Today I have a chiropractor appointment, history class, and then work.

I will be jumping on here throughout the day, whenever I get a chance, to add to this little post. : )

Hi again! I meant to post again sooner than this, but I left my laptop at home so I couldn't.

Last night, me staring blankly at my computer bag on the couch. Purse in hand, shoes on feet, ready to walk out the door...
Me: Do I need my computer?
My brain: Well here is a list of everything you're doing tomorrow... *except for the Blogger thing*cough* why would you need your computer?
Me: Well, I usually regret not bringing it with me... but you're right, brain, I guess I won't need it. I'll just leave it here on the couch where I can't get it even if I do end up needing it.

Evil brain. Thanks a lot.

I had my chiropractor appointment, then went to school. Then I grabbed some lunch and came back here to eat it, and here I am. So, my morning was not very exciting. Are you regretting coming along on a day in my life? You should convince someone really interesting to do one of these posts.

Hey guess what? Every time I get on and see the counter on the home page I have a tiny little panic attack. I had a big panic attack a few minutes ago when I realized that my novel is set entirely at an exclusive university and I have never even been to a school other than community college so I have no idea what it's like! Does anyone have information about how school works- orientation, roommates, cafeteria, etc.?

Right now I'm going to get ready and go to work. I should be able to post something from work (on my break of course) so I'll see you later!

Hello there, this is me at work.

Earlier I saw the coolest person ever. I am serious, I think he may have been the coolest person ever. It was an older man, maybe in his sixties, thin, with glasses and a trim white beard. He was wearing a spiffy suit and a fedora and was riding a tiny red motorcycle. Not the big fat kind, but one of the ones that look like bicycles. He was cool.

One of my friends' family has been trying to adopt the little boy they've been caring for. They have had him since he was less than a year old but due to extenuating circumstances they were not allowed to adopt him until now. She just texted me and said that the adoption went through today, so I am so excited and happy for them.

Ok, my break's almost over, I will be back after work.

Home! I love home! There was a pan of corn muffins on the stove when I came in so I ate two of them and they were delicious. I love my family. They are the coolest people ever. Maybe even cooler than that guy I saw on his motorcycle.

We had frozen pizza for dinner and we put extra vegetables on top, and it was really yummy. Now I am sitting here writing this and my brother Kevin is reading it over my shoulder. Would you like to say anything Kevin?

Kevin: Hi.

There you have it.

Kevin and I are going to make a short film tomorrow. We are actually hoping to make a series and base it on all of the hilarious things that happen to us on a daily basis, because I think we are pretty funny people.

Ok, now I must do dinner dishes. Yay. I'll be back later. : )

Well, here it is. This thing that you just spent your time reading is pretty much an average day in my life right now. However, sometimes there are variables that make the day more interesting.

Yesterday we were at the grocery store and there was a big bin of funny looking gourds and tiny pumpkins. Kevin called me over to it and said "Look at the sign!" I looked at the sign and can you guess what it said? It said "FREE." My favorite word. I was so excited and I took a whole bag of free pumpkins. Some of them are for my older sister who has actually just been looking for small white pumpkins.

The other day I got to the library for work and I grabbed a cart to load books on to, and I saw something interesting on the bottom shelf. It was a tiny blue Lego! I don't know how it got there, but now it is my lucky blue Lego. Well, it was until I lost it.

One of the characters in my Nanowrimo novel is going to be a little bit of a nerd. He is a quantum physicist, very involved in his studies, so he must be somewhat geeky, but I also want him to be kind of cute in a nerdy way. So I told my siblings that if they see me staring at nerdy guys, it's because I'm trying to decide what my character is going to look like. When we were in the grocery store yesterday, I saw a guy who was just about perfect- not exactly handsome, but he looked really nice and serious and nerdy. So I turned to Darby (my little sister) and I said "I found him! Look behind me at the guy by the pumpkin bin." So she looked, but right at that precise moment he made a really funny face. I told her, "Never mind, don't look at him yet; wait until he stops making that face." And she laughed at me.

P.S. When I use the word "nerd," I mean it in a complementary way. I'm not walking around judging people to be nerds and making fun of them. There's just no other word I can think of to describe the type of guy I mean. : )

That's about all I have for now. I won't post this quite yet though, in case I think of something else I want to say.

We are getting ready to watch The Dick Van Dyke Show. I have to say, this show is one of my favorites. It is clean and funny and the clothes are amazing. I love Mary Tyler Moore's 60's outfits.

Hmm... I am tired. It was a long day, even though I didn't do much. Tomorrow I am going to sleep late. : )

I probably won't have anything else to say tonight, so I guess I will end this post now.

Thanks for coming along for a day in my life, hope you enjoyed it!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Do you?

Do you ever read a blog post, think "Hmm, I wonder what comments she got on this," and click on it only to find that you, yourself had commented on that very post and forgotten about it?  Do you ever do this the day after said comment was posted by you?

Do you ever accidently shut your long hair in the car door? Do you do this multiple times a day, even though you know that your hair is lengthy and has a tendency to blow around and get in the way?

Do you ever talk to yourself? Do you ever answer yourself? Do you ever tell yourself to stop talking to yourself only to realize that you said it out loud and were therefore talking to yourself to try to get yourself to stop talking to yourself?

Do you ever find yourself staring at the computer screen waiting for something interesting to happen, like an email? Do you ever do this when you are supposed to be doing homework?

Do you ever wonder what your life is going to be like in five years? One year? Six months? One week? Do you ever feel like life is moving too quickly for you to keep up?

Do you ever get on Blogger when you mean to start working on your homework, and then proceed to write a random, question-filled blog post?

I certainly don't. ; )

Good morning

I have discovered that the post last night was very fun to write. So I have decided that on Friday, I will do a day-in-the-life type of post. I will start writing it in the morning but wait on publishing it, and just add to it all day in between other things. That should be fun.

I am almost done with this paper! I just have to make a "work cited" page, if I can figure out how to cite an anthology properly.

For someone who stayed up half the night, I feel surprisingly untired. I bet it will catch up with me this afternoon. Tonight I am going to sleep early.

I promise that I will come up with some interesting posts soon. Maybe a movie review?


Another late night

Another night facing down the dreaded history paper. My laptop is sitting on the bed across the room with the document staring me down. Luckily I have finished the summary of the article and my opinion of it. Now I have to analyze it. I have written a page and a half and I need to write at least two and a half more pages.

It is now 1:11 in the morning. This paper is due at 11:00 tomorrow... well technically today. Yes, I am the winner at procrastination.

Ok, so... I am going to go work on it now, but I will leave this post open and keep you updated on how I'm doing. You know how in the old days when people wrote letters to each other, they would write the letter over several days before sending it? Well this is kind of like that, except on the internet, and with minutes instead of days, and I really don't have anything important to say. Luckily I don't have to pay for postage either.

I now have almost another page completed. It is very poorly written. I will look it over in the morning after I have consumed coffee and I may be able to make it better.

Just to keep things interesting, every time I jump back on here to continue my lengthy and rambling post I will say something new and rather random. Let me think of something.

It is very late.

No wait, I already said that.

Today at work (the library) I saw a lady standing at the catalogue computer on one leg. She had her other foot up on her knee and she was balanced like that while she used the computer. In Tae Kwon Do that is called the "crane stance" and it is actually surprisingly fun to do (Although I probably wouldn't stand like that just for fun while I was using a computer in the library.) Kevin (my brother) and I used to stand in a crane stance and see who could stay there the longest. It took awhile for either of us to fall.

Looking at my last paragraph, I seem to be fond of parenthesis. (I do like parenthetical remarks.)

I almost just fell asleep. Fortunately I am almost done. I have begun on the third page. The paper must be 3-5 pages long. I'm close. If I can just write a little bit more, I will be able to finish the rest in the morning.

It's time for another interesting fact.

I am considering a haircut. My hair has gotten really long, and I like it a lot, but it's inconvinient. It blows around and gets in my face and gets caught in the car door... I shut it in the car door twice today. I don't recommend it. Make sure your hair is out of the way when you shut the door.
So I was thinking about cutting it to shoulder length with maybe a few layers and some sweeping bangs. I also want to dye my hair (with henna dye, which is non-toxic) but I am not sure when/if that will happen. If I ever do dye it, I will go with sort of a dusty red/auburn color.

I am fully aware of the fact that that number right up there above this section means that I have been awake for two hours and eighteen minutes past midnight.

Midnight + two more hours + eighteen minutes = tired.

There is only about half a page left that I must write to make it three pages long.

I'm not sure if I can think of anything interesting at the moment.

Well, here's something interesting. Today I found out in Creative Writing class that instead of a final, we are going to have a party. It will be a potluck type of deal, and our teacher is going to try to reserve a private dining room for us. At this party we are welcome to read any of our work that we didn't get a chance to share in class. I think that is a brilliant idea and will be very fun.

It is time for bed.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Midnight ramblings

It's late. I am trying to read an article. I'm supposed to write a 3-5 page analysis of this article by Wednesday morning. I am running out of time, but I am so sleepy. My eyes keep blurring the page and I forget what I'm reading. I keep getting on the computer for a "break" to keep myself awake, but in reality I haven't gotten much done because I'm spending all of my time procrastinating. If I can't get something done I need to go to sleep.

Have you ever read an entire paragraph and then realize you have no idea what it said?

I'm listening to Pandora Radio to keep myself awake, but a nice quiet song just came on... "Beauty From Pain" by Superchick.

Oh good, now a DC Talk song is on. I love them! They were my favorite band for a long time, before I discovered Jars of Clay and Switchfoot.

Little known fact about me: I can sing the rap parts of some of their songs. : )
I know rap isn't a hugely popular genre among my fellow bloggers, and I am not a huge fan myself of just straight rapping. I do like these little short bits that they do in the DC Talk songs though.

Ok, I am tired and I just keep rambling on about nothing. It's just about time for bed.

Yay! "Two Hands" by Jars of Clay is on. This is a good song.

I have a broken disposition;
I'm a liar who thirsts for the truth.
And while I ache for faith to hold me,
I need to feel the scars and see the proof...

Isn't that so true? We're so contradictory.

Romans 7:15
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

I shouldn't be this tired. I drank coffee at around 8:00. I know that was a silly thing to do, but I anticipated staying up late and writing this analysis. Instead I am still up late but I am too tired to write an analysis. Maybe I should go to bed now and get up early in the morning to write it.

Nanowrimo is in less than a week! I am so excited but nervous at the same time. I am afraid of failure, but not enough to stop me from attempting it, which is a good thing I guess. I finished on time twice before, but I wasn't in school then.

I like my idea but so far all I have is an idea and I haven't really made an outline or anything.

Ok, yes, I know I keep saying it's time for bed. Now I mean it.

If we were at a slumber party right now, (Let's pretend we are at a slumber party! We just got finished watching Rigoletto and we all cried at the ending. There is popcorn spilled on the floor and you forgot your toothbrush but you don't care because you're still snacking on oreos. Doublestuff mint oreos of course.) I would be that girl who is normally quiet but gets really wierd and talkative when she's sleepy. You know, the girl who won't stop talking to you when you're trying to go to sleep. I will stop now. : )


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tagged again!

I was tagged again by my friend Michelle!

Michelle is new to the blogging world and could use some followers. We met at camp in June, so I can vouch for her being one of the most awesome people you could meet. Please, take a look at her blog and consider following her!

1. What would your perfect proposal consist of?

Well, hopefully he would have already asked my dad's permission. He would have known to talk it over with my sister, so he will already have the perfect ring. No diamonds for me, I want tiny rubies and pearls set in silver. We would be out somewhere, not at a restaurant but somewhere pretty. Maybe a walk in the park?

I don't care if he is not eloquent, I just want to hear how he honestly feels about me.

2. If you could be the richest, smartest, or prettiest person in the world, which would you choose?

If I were the richest person in the world, everyone would just be after my money.

If I were the prettiest person in the world, all the girls would hate me and I wouldn't have any true friends.

If I were the smartest person in the world I would have enough sense not to flaunt my intelligence, so hopefully people wouldn't be jealous. So that's what I would choose.

3. What song describes your life? and why?

Right now it's "The Beautiful Let Down" by Switchfoot.

Here is the first verse and chorus:

"It was a beautiful let down
When I crashed and burned
When I found myself alone unknown and hurt
It was a beautiful let down
The day I knew
That all the riches this world had to offer me
Would never do

In a world full of bitter pain and bitter doubt
I was trying so hard to fit in, fit in,
Until I found out
I don't belong here
I don't belong here
I will carry a cross and a song where I don't belong
But I don't belong."

4. What is your favorite movie?

My current favorite movie is probably the new BBC Emma, but it changes often. I just can't pick favorites.

5. Would you rather be loved or respected?

Well, if it's really love, I will be respected as well. You can't truly love someone without at least respecting their rights and boundaries.

But if I had to give up some respectability to be loved, I would choose respect. It's not worth being loved if they don't respect you.

6. You're going on your first date, what are you wearing?

It depends on what we're doing. On a dinner date, I would probably wear dark jeans, a nice blouse and kitten heels. With earrings for sparkle. : )

7. If given the choice, would you rather fit in or stand up for what you know?

In theory I would stand up for the truth no matter the consequences. I hope that's what I would do when actually faced with the choice.

8. What is the scripture verse that has changed your life?

I don't think I can name any one verse. The entire Bible is life changing. John is a book that comes to mind though. It is so beautifully and powerfully written.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Too hard?

Here is something that bothers me when I'm working in the library:

A little kid, maybe seven or eight, goes into the Juvenile section and starts to look at books. Her mom comes after her and says, "Not these books, they are too hard for you. You're in __ grade and so you must read books out of the ____ section."

What is it about this scenario that bothers me? Well, the little girl was only looking at Juvenile cooking books. She was reading them, and she was old enough to cook the recipes from them, so how were they too hard for her?

I think parents sometimes rely too much on groupings and grades that schools use to organize. I was homeschooled, and growing up I loved the library. I picked out my own books, huge stacks of them, and it didn't matter what grade level they were at. I just picked what interested me.

I think it's possible that this system of reading levels is taking the love of reading from children. To be repeatedly told that something is too hard for you when it really isn't has to have some kind of effect. Staying inside your age group of books means you will never be challenged by anything you read.

I have been reading from the adult and children's sections for a long time. My love of classic literature started when I was a kid, something that would have never developed if I had been limited in my reading choices.

Now, I'm not saying you should give kids just anything to read. It still has to be appropriate, and I think it is the parent's right to approve books their children are reading. However, I think the child should choose what he or she really wants to read.

And please, never tell a child that a book is too hard. You might regret it when he believes you and thinks reading in general is too hard to be bothered with.


Monday, October 18, 2010


I've been tagged! Thanks, Shaynie. : )


You are given 8 questions from the person who tagged you before, your job is to answer them, write 8 questions of your own, then tag 8 people with your questions.

1. Do you like Sherlock Holmes?

I absolutely love Sherlock Holmes. I love everything about those stories... the writing style is really cozy and friendly, while still being tense and mysterious. I feel like I'm sitting by the fire with Dr. Watson and he is telling me all about their adventures. Sherlock Holmes himself is such a brilliant character. He is complex, but you feel like you know him. He is simple and unfathomable. And the relationship between Sherlock and Dr. Watson is possibly the best friendship in all of literature.

Ok, I guess you get the picture: I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes.

2. Would you ever like to go overseas and work with a relief agency in a war-torn country?

I'm not sure. I don't think I would like it, but it would probably be good for me in the long run.
However, I think everyone has their area of ministry and I've always felt that my ministry is here. I want to raise my future children the way God wants me to and hopefully write books that will bring Him glory.

3. Do you like foreign films?

The only foreign film I've seen is Shall We Dance. It's the same story as the one with Richard Gere, but it was made in Japan and the whole thing is in Japanese. We got it by mistake one time because we thought it was the Richard Gere version. Once you got used to reading the English subtitles, it was actually really entertaining and funny.

4. Do you like writing?

Yes, I love writing. : )

5. Will you be doing NaNoWriMo? What's your book about?

Yes! This will be my third year, and I'm writing about a girl who wins a scholarship to a mysterious school where books come alive... literally. See this post for a little more detail.

6. What's your favorite animal?

I don't know, I haven't really thought about it recently. My favorite animal used to be sea otters. I also like snakes.

7. Have you ever been to a foreign country?

I've been to Canada. I loved it. Everyone was really friendly and I love Canadian accents. I loved how everything was labelled in English and French. I actually learned a few French words while I was there, and we saw a family who only spoke French. We saw Niagra Falls, the CN Tower, and lots of black squirrels.

8. Are your ears pierced?

Yes, they are. I love wearing dangly earrings; that little bit of sparkle brightens up your whole outfit.


Ok, now on to my eight questions.

1. If you had to choose, would you rather be blind or deaf?
(I ask because I have thought about this question for years and can never decide. I love the beauty of this world, but I also love music and the sound of people's voices...)

2. What is your favorite part about blogging?

3. What is your favorite book and why?
(You can do more than one if you can't choose.)

4. Why DID the chicken cross the road?

5. What do you want to be when you grow up?
(You can answer this even if you are "grown up." We're never done growing, and everyone has a dream.)

6. Think about your day. (Or yesterday if you're reading this early in the morning.) Think through everything that happened to you during the day... people you met, things you discovered, interesting events. Now pick one thing and describe it for me in as much detail as you can. Whether you were skydiving or picking out a muffin, I want to hear about it.

Ok, I'm a cheater, that wasn't really a question. It was more like a writing prompt. Can you do it anyway? : )

7. What do you think of Nancy Drew? Do you consider her a good role model? What do you think of the movies (Old movie with Bonita Granville and new with Emma Roberts) and the computer games?

8. If someone offered you a hundred dollar bill to do it, would you sing an entire song, without music, in a crowded restauraunt?


I tag:

1. Rebecca Jane ~ Sewing in the Past

2. Atlanta ~ The Story of a Seamstress

3. Celine ~ Iradessa

4. Michelle ~ Born to Stand Out

5. Grace ~ Grace's Garden Walk

6. Georgianna Penn ~ Before my Penn has Gleaned

7. Allison Elizabeth ~ Girl of the Prairie

8. Bess ~ Bess' Bag

And just because I can't decide,  I am going to bend the rules and add tags #9 and #10...

9. Darby May ~ Picklehopper Centre

10. Faith ~ Something Fun

Have fun!


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Chickens, mangoes and forget-me-nots

The scene: My sister Darby, our friend Hannah and I are sitting in a small cafe. We are waiting for their dance class to start, and we are a little bit bored. We have already hacked into my brother's Facebook account (which was hilarious) and now we have nothing to do.

Me: I should post on my blog... wanna help me?

Them: YES!

Me: What should I post about?

Darby: Chickens and mangos and forget-me-nots.


Chickens are small birds who live on farms. They lay eggs and sometimes they hatch into chicks. Sometimes we eat eggs for breakfast, cooked with cheese and tomatoes and bacon and hashbrowns.
And that is delicious.

Mangoes are juicy fruit from somewhere hot where they grow on trees. They are kind of pink and green on the outside and a pretty orange on the inside. If you let them get too ripe before you eat them the juice runs down your arms and also gets all over your face until you look silly.
They are also delicious.

Forget-me-nots are a flower I think. They are very memorable.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Only Hope

This song is simply beautiful. I love Switchfoot. There is a Switchfoot concert tonight not too far away from us that I am hoping to go to.

You may remember this song as the one from "A Walk to Remember" with Mandy Moore. I think she actually sings it on that movie. I don't really remember, it's been years since I've seen it.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


I keep clicking on the "New Post" button, staring at the blank screen for a few seconds, then deciding that I don't have the time/energy to post. Today I finally decided that I was being ridiculous and I should post right now. So... here I am, posting.

Posting about nothing is at least posting about something, which is better than not posting at all, and much better than posting about something boring. Unless this is boring, which it probably is, because nothing usually is boring and something is interesting, except sometimes nothing can be interesting because even posting about nothing is at least something, right?

Quick, someone ask me an interesting question so I can answer it in an interesting post!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Imagine this...

Classic books are actually portals to alternate universes. Almost everything that happens in a classic is true, just not in our world, in theirs.

Now imagine that we have found a way to go between these worlds.

Due to a mistake, Proffessor Moriarty (from the Sherlock Holmes stories) escapes into our world and begins to wreak havok.

It is up to you to stop him, and you don't want to let too many people know... so, no police help.

Sherlock Holmes himself is already helping you... what other classic book characters would you want to come along? You can pick a few people for their skills, but also, the machine that lets you go between worlds is malfunctioning and a few random characters are going to come out.

So who would your team be? What skillful characters would you try to get and why? What silly characters do you think should be there? Let me know in the comments!


P.S. This is my plot for Nanowrimo! I'm so excited.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Nanowrimo is coming up in less than a month! It is hard to believe that it's been a year since the last time.
I'm starting to panic. Every time I remember that it's coming up, I have a tiny panic attack. I hope I don't fail this year. I hope I can keep up with my homework while also writing about 2,000 words of fiction per day.
I am going to try to keep writing on my blog during the month of November, but there may be some weird posts about my characters when I can't figure things out. Last year on Facebook, some of my statuses did not make any sense. They were things like, "Ok, good, my main characters are now in possesion of the ninja poison darts..."

I still don't know what I'm writing about. I probably won't know until the day before. I'm considering medieval alternate history. That's because of all the Robin Hood I watched this summer. : )

It's time to get ready for school now. I don't want to go. I'm so sleepy today because I stayed up late las night finishing this morning's homework. Well, I have an extra long gap between classes today. Maybe if I can get enough homework done I can also take a nap.