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The Christmas Tag

Christine offered up this tag as a free for all, so I decide to join the fray, because, why not?

First of all, let me express that in no way can I believe that 2015 is almost over, and that Christmas is only a few days away.

Ok, now that I've gotten that out of the way, let's continue the tag!

The rules:

-Post the picture on your blog (The funny thing is, this tag is old and the original pic got lost somewhere along the way, so we’re all having to ignore this rule now.)

-Answer the questions

-Tag up to 12 blogger

-Make up 10 questions for the other bloggers (I heard rumor that there are about twenty questions now, and many people have just been passing along the same list over and over, so pretty much just ignore this rule as well...)
The questions:
1. What is your favorite Christmas treat?  Probably all the Christmas cookies we make with Dad (I have a special relationship with peppermint bark).
2. Are there any special traditions that your family has to celebrate Christmas? Well, …

Inquire if thou pleaseth

Basically, ask me anything; be it past, present, or future, and I'll endeavor to answer your question.

I'll round up your questions sometime in the next couple of weeks, and will most likely have a post of answers before the new year. Wait, 2016 is less than three weeks away?

Have fun, and ask away!

Disclaimer: Please remember that I hold all rights to not answer your question if it requires that I give out too much personal information I do not wish to tell, and/or if it is about the velocity of a european swallow carrying a coconut.

I'mnotgettingsick, I'mnotgettingsick, I'mnotgettingsick.... oh dragon's teeth!

Bang goes that theory. -_-

Night before last, the heater ran all night, and I had the brilliant idea to accidentally sleep a large portion of the night with my mouth open.

Fast-forward to 7:30 yesterday morning. I woke up with a sore throat. Determined to not let it get me down, I continued to function like normal, despite the fact that all I really wanted to do was ignore my alarm clock and pull the blankets back over my head.

I marched downstairs and promptly brewed myself a mug-full of tea. Most the the day, I was able to act like nothing was out of the ordinary- I was even able to finish my science for the rest of the year! (*throws confetti*)

After dinner though, I started getting really really tired. When Mom read us a story in the living room, I almost fell asleep. After she finished, I went back up to my room. If it hadn't been only 8ish I would have gone to sleep immediately, but it was, so instead, I crawled into bed with a book.

I little while later, little sister Mia,…

Sisterhood of the world bloggers award

Emmarayn, at Writing in Rivendell, has graciously awarded me the (see title)!

Now, those of you who have followed me for a while know that I nominated for this award a while back, however, since the questions are different this time, I'll be doing it again! (If any of y'all want to read about the first time, you can find it here)

Alrighty, let's get this show on the road!

1. If you were tossed into a fictional world, which genre would you want it to be? (In other words, which would you have the best chance at surviving?)

Not sure which one I'd be best at surviving in, but I do love fantasy (C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, and Anne Elisabeth Stengl type books, for example).

2. If you could three people with you to that world, who would you take?

Probably my younger brother, Christian, Lydia, and my grandfather.

3. If a stranger broke into your house, but didn't see you immediately, what would you do? (Assuming you didn't have a phone within arm's reach.)

Assuming tha…

I'm interrupting your internet browsing with an announcement:

Ok, many of you already know that NaNoWriMo is on the brink of finishing. Some of you may have already finished- I applaud y'all!

As the end draws near, I realize that I will not be able to finish on time. Of course, I plan on continuing the writing process, I even got an idea for a prequel, but I did the math, 41,917 words in three days is a bit overambitious. Some people might be able to make it, but yeah, no. Not me.

There was this thing called life (annoying daily habits, school, events that couldn't be gotten out of, work, family time, etc), and it kept interrupting. In fact, life was too crazy and hectic for NaNo to be a reality for me this year. Hopefully, I'll be able to complete a NaNo in the future, next year if possible.

I wanted to finish, believe me, I did. I don't want this post to sound whiney, so now I'm going to find a few snippets that you haven't read yet.

“Now you’ve gone and ruined the whole look,” he said, running his hands through his ta…

My brain is numb

The tournament is over, the results are in!

Our duo didn't do as well as we had hoped, we got 8th out of 14. However, we are ranked 7th in all of Texas, and 15th nationally.

But, if we want to go to the huge tournament at the end of the season known as nationals, we have to go to at least two more tournaments, because we didn't do well enough in this one, and you have to have two green checkmarks (explanation coming), and you can only get one per tournament.

Ok, green checkmarks. There are a limited amount given out at each tournament. If I remember correctly, you have to be in the top 40% of you event to earn one. It takes two checkmarks to qualify in an event for nationals. You can get more than one checkmark at a tournament, just so long as they are in separate events. Does that make sense? If not, please tell me in the comments so I can further specify!

Christian and I won two of our six debate rounds. The average novice team only wins one, or none, so we're pretty exc…

12 Days of Thanksgiving Tag

In the midst of:

preparing and stressing for our first Speech and Debate Tournament,

freaking out at the fact that there's only a week and a half of NaNoWriMo and I've not even hit 10K words yet,

plotting the prequel of said writing project,

and somehow drinking 21 eight-ounce cups of tea in one day (I usually only drink three, but one time I had 15, so I was trying to break my record and have 18, but then I decided to keep going),

S.F. tagged me for the *racks brain trying to remember* 12 Days of Thanksgiving Tag! Thanks dearie!

The rules:

1. List 12 things that you are grateful for
2. Tag as many bloggers as you want, making sure to tell them of their nomination.
12 things I am grateful for (mostly in order of importance):
1. Our Father in Heaven
2. My family and church family
3. The Speech and Debate community we are involved in
4. The humor of said community
5. A roof over my head, with a nice view attached
6. Tea (though I may not drink it again for a while) :)
7. My cat, G…

I'm posting snippets because I feel like it, and because I'm terribly behind and have decided to procrastinate

Have fun!

The water shivered. A black wolf entered into her abode. The queen turned to greet him, and he bowed his head.

“What did you see in your wanderings?” She asked.
“Well, we may have come against a slight problem,” he replied.
“How so?”
“The queen, excuse me, the ruler- that’s still not the right word,” he shook his shaggy head.
“Just say the news, never mind how it may anger me in the future.”
“Your highness, I’m afraid an heir to the mortal throne is being born. Right now. At this very moment.” He ducked, waiting for the queen’s fury. It never came.
“An heir. So, he has been successful.” The queen smiled. It appeared rather sickly to the wolf, but he didn’t put it past her.
“Yes, my queen. He is by her bedside even now.” ~
“That straw on the floor really is a fire hazard, I’m pleasantly surprised that the whole palace hasn’t burst into flames on more than one occasion,” the queen continued her musings.
“Oh, so it’s a palace now, is it? Last I checked, you referred to it …

It exploded into a fiery inferno

After arriving home from Church last night, after a very very good service, and birthday party, we were all tired and ready to go to bed, after all, it was already 11pm.

The littles all went to bed without a fuss, I think they were already half-sleep anyways. The older dispersed to their rooms, and Mom and Dad got ready for bed.

Mom and Lydia both felt and heard a loud bang, both assumed that somebody was either doing some very late night hunting, or, since it was race weekend, and we only live 15-20 minutes away from the track, that they had set off a large set of fireworks. Dad and I didn't hear anything, he was brushing his teeth, and I was probably doing the same.

I had thought about staying up to read a few chapters, but one glance at the clock told me that it was too late to be doing that if I wanted to have a good day tomorrow. So, I turned off the lamp, took off my glasses, and rolled over away from the window. A couple minutes later, I felt the urge to sit up and roll ont…

One Lovely Blog Award

Owing to Wisdomcreates, I have this new tag to do! Thanks a bunch!

The rules:
1) Link back to the blogger who nominated you (find her blog here) 2) Post seven facts about yourself 3) Nominate 15 other bloggers to participate (I'm bending this one)
Hmmm.... What facts have I not told y'all already?
1. I'm way behind in my NaNo project already. (2328 words written)
2. I love drinking tea that is brewed for hours.
3. I am obsessed with this song: 

4. I check Christian's math.
5. I love cold weather.
6. I love listening to music when I do school, but I can't stand it when others are loud when I'm trying to work.
7. My depth perception is all out of whack on account of my new glasses. But I can see so much clearer, and they'll adjust in the next couple of days. Though, going up stairs two at a time can be a challenge since my feet tell me the correct thing, but my eyes tell me otherwise.
That wasn't so bad.
Now, I nominate those of you who drank tea at some p…

I'm Hired


I got my first job.

Cue Mom and Nana excitedly dancing around the room while I stand in triumph.

Ok, I really am excited!

The lady who hired me is a photographer who does seniors, families, and horses.

She's really very nice, when we sat down to do the interview, she pulled out a notebook and said it was basically her brain, and that some days her phone is her brain as well. She loves to talk, and is very easy to listen to.

Her studio is about 15-20 minutes away, and her house is about two minutes away.

For the first few weeks, she'll mostly be teaching me how the ropes of what she does, so I'll not be paid, but that's completely fine, I wasn't expecting anything more than that.

I start tomorrow.

Now, back to NaNoWriMo, which I am already behind on. By like, more than I should feel comfortable with.


Time to (finally) put those words on paper that you've been plotting for months, or, in my case, a month.

It feels just like Christmas!

This is my first NaNoWriMo, and for the moment, I'm kind-of at lost of what to do, other than write like mad until I have 50,000 words.

Here is the cover reveal, in case any of y'all were wondering:

I'm so excited!

NaNoWriMo, Speech and Debate, Glasses, and the Edge of the World

So I've heard a lot of rustlings of NaNoWriMo in the blogosphere during the past few weeks. Maybe a week or two ago Lydia asked the question that had been rolling around in my head for a few days: "What if we did NaNoWriMo?"

So I mulled over it some more, and long story short, I think I'm going to try it!

I've already got the makings of a plot, I'm going to see if I can weave "Robin Hood" with "Sleeping Beauty". I wrote (in my head, mind you) the first chapter/prologue when I was trying to sleep, and was quite pleased with it. I've got a Pinterest Board set up for it. I've got names picked out.

I'm starting to get super excited!

Now, about Speech and Debate.

Lydia and I are doing a duo for Speech, if you are unfamiliar with what that is, just look up "speech duo" on Youtube. We are doing "The Tiger, The Brahman, and The Jackal", a fable text from India. But we've reworked it to take place in a zoo in mod…

The Bookshelf Tag

Ok, so a while ago Mironiel Blokzyl made a bookshelf tag, and tagged anyone who wanted to do it, so, naturally, I stole it decided to do it. :)

But, seeing as how I was on vacation when she posted it, and away from most of my precious books, I had to wait until I returned.

Anyways, I'm positive the only rules are to answer the questions, and tag people.

Let the tag commence!

1) How do you rearrange your bookshelf?
There was a time when I didn't even have my own shelf, I shared with Lydia, so she did the organizing. Then, I got a huge tall bookshelf, that was rather wobbly. I thing I filled about half of it, and used the other half for desk storage, since I didn't (and still don't) have a desk. I moved rooms a couple of times, and now I have a different bookshelf (that is still huge).

I had a faze where I wanted everything by series and height. Now it's just what looks nice and interesting. When I get more books, I may try to organize by color.

2) What decorations do …

The Bedtime Movie Tag

I love watching movies, so when Laura tagged me for the (see title), I was super excited!

Thanks Laura! :)

Ok, first order of business, the questions:

1. A movie that kept you up. (I'm assuming the question means all night)

The night before leaving for Maui, Christian and I vowed to stay awake all night (we had to leave at 3 in the morning anyways). Because we didn't think Dad would let us watch a movie at 11 at night, we asked if we could watch Herbie. He said yes. So we watched that, then some I Love Lucy's.

2. A movie that made you scared to sleep.

note: this was well before I ever watched LotR, The Hobbit, PotC, and Les Mis.

I just barely made it though watching An American Tail. Yeah, an animated movie freaked me out so bad.

3.  A movie that made you go to sleep.
I can't recall any particularly...
When I go my wisdom teeth out, I watched halfway though the extended editions of LotR, and was rather drowsy, but I was well medicated.
4. A movie that left you tossing and t…

Home is best

Wherein we manage to get home in one piece with all our bags, we eat fast-food, and we sleep in to an embarrassing hour.

We departed from the lovely beach at varying times in the afternoon. Mom, Lydia, Ava, and I were the first to go up to the pool for the last time. We splashed about for a while, before going back to the room for showers, finishing packing, and cleaning out the refrigerator (which included eating left-over ice-cream, and maui onion potato chips, among other things).

Dad and five kids left the condo at about 6 pm, making the 40ish minute drive to the airport. Mom arrived shortly after with Gabe and a few of the bags that wouldn't fit in the van. We got though security smoothly, though Gabe's carry-on needed to be double checked by security, and Lydia's ID had expired. We got dinner at Burger King, and lined up close to a window to eat. I am positive that Mom and Dad took pictures solely to document us eating junk food.

We left the runway just after 9:30 p…

My knee is not a pin-cushion

Yesterday we met up with some new friends to go surfing off a beach a few miles south of Lahaina.

We were warned multiple times that the water would be quite shallow, and that sea-urchins would be practically EVERYWHERE.

Mom specifically said, "No stepping on sea-urchins on Friday."

We had a blast! I'm pretty sure that Ava caught the most waves.

The water was very murky. You couldn't see the reef a few feet below the surface, but if you put your foot down, you could definitely tell it was there.

We were told to wear water shoes to protect our feet (good call).

Ava, Lydia, and Gabe were the first ones out on the boards, and after a little while, Christian, Mia, and I went out.

I'll be honest, I probably did the worst out of all of us. The fact that it had been years since we were taught a very basic lesson, and that the water was a bit too shallow for my comfort, really made me nervous.

I didn't ride a wave all the way in standing up, but I did on my knees onc…