Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

I got awarded the Liebster Blog Award by Treskie and Mime! Thank you girls!! This will be so much fun!

1. You must post eleven random facts about yourself.

2. You must also answer the eleven questions the awarder has given you and make up eleven questions for your awardees to answer in turn.

3. Tag eleven fellow bloggers.

4. Notify them that you've awarded them.

5. No tagging back.

6. The eleven blogs you tag must have less than 200 followers.
Ok, so, 11 random facts about me:
1. I have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Which I know will never happen, but hey, it's worth a shot.
2. People can't scare me. No matter how hard they try, jumping out of dark shadows, jerking random objects in my face, shouting from behind... nah, it won't happen. I've grown up with 4 younger siblings.
3. I. HATE . SEAFOOD. That is all.
4. My favorite color has been purple as long as I can remember. But not just...purple. My FAVORITE color of purple is a light lilac or lavender. And my second favorite color of purple is a really deep royal purple.
5. I really like to dress up.
6. I don't like nondescript sentences.
7.  TERROR FROM THE SKIES, you've all been tricked. I am an alien. No, really. Because I am a Canadian citizen living in USA, by default, I am an alien. My Daddy's got a piece of paper, all official and all, that says..... Resident Alien. Be warned. This is not a joke.
8. My imagination doesn't listen to me and jumps into more trouble than its supposed to, especially when I'm trying to be good.
9. One of the only things that irritates me is irritated people. Other than that, I'm good. (Well, not really good. Actually, I'm quite bad. But you guys don't want to know about that, so really...)
10. When I was a child, I was a devil. I plotted conspiracies  and carried them out in full force while my unsuspecting mother was in the shower.
11. This is the last random fact.
Here are the 11 questions by Mime.

1. If the floor randomly gave way beneath you, would you scream?
As I said before, I don't really get scared by many things. I would probably have this odd question lingering in my mind as I fell about where I was going and if it would take me to Wonderland. (I really wish it would...)
2. Why are people obsessed with randomness?
Because random is random and randomly awesome and nobody ever said random was strange so random is why random is liked.
3. Are you an arty person, or academic?
Hmmmm.... both? Really, I prefer artsy, but according to my finished GPA....I'm academic too. :P
4. If your friends jumped off a cliff, would your first instinct be "Hey, look! That's my friend!" Or "Hey, look! That's my friend!" (You can differentiate for yourself.)
"Hey, look!" Screaming, pointing wildly and waving my arms to all bystanders who might care to pay attention. "That's my friend!" And I'm so excited, I want to join her, and she is awesome. (I should clarify, I picture the sea at the bottom of this cliff... so, yeah, jumping would just be pure bliss.)
4. Would you prefer to be short of tall?
SHORT!!! Oh, wait, I kinda already am!!
I'm not a midget, don't get me wrong, but on the taller side of things, all of my friends are taller than me. And I don't mind! As far as short goes, I think it would be fun to be a halfling, don't you!! (Actually, I really am. My mother's maiden name was Ling... So, that makes me a half Ling. :D I'm just a little happy about that.)
5. Have you ever experienced hail?
YES! More in Oregon than here in Missouri. We had hail quite often there. If it was tiny, we'd go outside and play in it as little kids. It was fun pretending it was diamonds falling from the sky.
6. What is the strangest thing you've ever done? (Includes instances of fighting a horse with a frying pan.)
What makes one thing stranger than another? Because in my life...
Never mind, next question.
7. Do fish have feelings?
You bet. I used to own a tank of them, and if I didn't feed them... they gave me "the look". (Which was turn, face the room, wiggle their tails back and forth, and blink big huge eyes at me that said, "Feed me.")
8. When was the last time you surprised someone?
Yesterday. I got Brisa coming out of the wash room. Oh ho, she is fun to scare!!!!
9. What was the last good book you read?
Eragon. Technically, I'm still in the middle of it, but you know, that counts.
10. If someone gave you a million dollars, what would you spend it on first? (Be honest.)
Practical me or crazy me? Practical me or crazy me?
Practical me would pay off my braces and business. Flat and done. Crazy me would go travel the world.
11. If the internet had a global breakdown, how severe would your mental breakdown be?
No. Because my bookshelf is still full of books and the world didn't end and I can still write with a pencil.

Here are the 11 questions by Treskie.

1.) Who's you're favorite musician and why? (Does not include singers this time.)
Pick one? Can't do it. But I like almost any composer of really good soundtracks.
2.) Do you think the Beatles overrated?
I guess. Never really heard any of their songs.
3.) Did you ever want to be a Ginger?
Nope. I like my hair. It's curlifically awesome.
4.) QUICK! PICK A NUMBER BETWEEN ONE AND TEN! Now, why did you chose that
one? Why!? WHY?!?
7. Because I always do. And it always works for me. Don't ask me why.
5.) How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
A lot. Because, thinking of the speed and twistiness of that saying, this would be a speed-eater-wood-chucking-woodchuck. So, a lot.
6.) Who started the American Navy?
Let me get out my history notes.... Continental Congress. So there.
7.) What's your favorite music genre?
Brisa calls it mournful. I call it peaceful. Anything in a minor key. Period.
8.) Have you ever played baseball? (even in the backyard with friends works.)
I've played it on a team. I think I was 11... and it was just a team of friends... but still, we played.
9.) What are your top five favorite books? (because I know that I can never chose just one)
The Bible.
Mara, Daughter of the Nile.
Courage is Not Given.
Beric the Briton, 'cause it inspired me to start my trilogy.
The Bronze Bow.
10.) What is your favorite accent?
Don't shoot me. I don't have one. Unlike most Americans, I'm not too super obsessed with accents. Maybe its cause I have a bit of one myself. Or maybe its cause...I have no idea why. But that's the fact and the true blue truth.
11.) Do you know the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything?
Most certainly do. Most certainly do.
And now for my 11 questions.
1. Do you like to wear shoes?
2. Hot or cold?
3. What is your favorite place to be and why?
4. If you had to live in another world, which one would you choose?
5. How do you decorate your room? With sprigs of lavender? Posters of movie stars (I sincerely hope not)? Photos of you and your family?
6. It's a fun, fun life. What is one of the most enjoyable things you get to do with your week?
7. Truly speaking, are you a sarcastic person or a realistic person?
8. Singing in the rain or dancing under the stars?
9. What is your favorite fruit?
10. Rich OR famous?
11. Where do you draw the line?

Ok. And we are done!!
Oh, wait, not quite. I have one more blog award to fulfill.
This one is more simple. It is the Very Inspiring Award (isn't it pretty!!). The rules are as follows.
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Place the award on your site
3. Share 7 random things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 blogs. Let them know they’ve been nominated and how to accept the award.

So, without further ado, thank you Miss Charley from The Leaning Tower of Plot!!!
Oh dear, another 7 random facts. Deep breath. Now the plunge...
Here we go.
1. I want to know who started blog awards and why.
2. I've always dreamed of waking up in a different world.
3. I really, really, really like mint ice tea. It talks to my soul.
4. I'd take too hot over too cold ANY DAY OF THE YEAR. Brrrrrrrr.
5. I am really, super sportsy and most girls think I'm crazy. I'd rather go play soccer or volley ball than talk about cloths and hair. (Just ask my dear friends.)
6. Writing is SOOOOOO much fun. Oh, wait, that's not a random fact... Well, phewey. How about...if I don't write a few thousand words a day, its been a BAD day.
7. It's my last fact!!! It's my last fact!!! :( Pinterest is one of my favorite places to go for inspiration. I did a post about it here.
Done, ditty, done!
There now, my mind is refreshed, and alive, and hyped to get to work for this fabulous day!!!
Here are some pictures to make you smile.
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And now, since almost ALL of my friends were already tagged for one or the other of these awards, I am going to do what Charley did and tag ALL of my followers. Feel free to do it again and answer my questions (please do?). And if you have not been tagged for them before, then TAG, you're it. Cause now you are. Have fun!!!
Good day, my darlings!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Flavor of Life

Time drills a heavy hand on the foundation of life. I sometimes yearn for a moment to stop, to wait, to pause, so that I can enjoy it more.

Things whirl around me in a tunnel of exhilaration. Welcome to the sparkle of my existence. Laughter. Love. Dreams. Inspiration. Life. Hope. Change.

I love my life.

It takes off at the most random moments. It twirls round and slaps me in the face. It reminds me how imperfect I am. It shows me the genuine friends and true laughter I am given. It sifts out flaws and blemishes and shows me where in the fix-it-yourself-manual (the Bible, you know. Hmmm, not quite its a fix-it-yourself-manual) I can find the comfort and aid I need.

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There are only a few things I can honestly say get me down in life. I like being happy. I like smiling.

But there are times when I smile and laugh and look around and can't see the authenticity of friendship smiling back at me. The face is plaster and its stiff-lipped grin hurts.

And then I stop and stare myself in the eyes. Does it matter? Who am I to despair at the ways of others? Can I blame them for something I do not understand? It is time for me to give them my smile and let them take is as they want it. God is the strength behind my life. It does not matter how they take it. What matters is that I give it.

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And so I have let them go. My heart will be secure in Christ. A frown can always turn into a smile. And may I be the one to turn it upside-down. I don't want anyone to ever feel like I am pushing them off, like I keep my smiles for a select few and them alone. I don't want them to think I am snobbish, unkind, aloof, uninterested. This is the world and in it are God's people. Every one of them belongs to him. And I want to help them all see his love.

This post has rambled and gone far away from where I started. But it is inspiration and came from somewhere I do not know, something deep inside me. So I will let it out. I will give it flight.

Take it or leave it, it is my heart.

Here are some loverly pictures I adore.

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A Smile Is The Best Make-Up 
Any Girl Can Wear...
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Enjoy your life, my dears. It is worth every struggle.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Will it ever happen?

That day I've been waiting for.
Where I sit down.
All day.
It's not here.
We have been going non-stop for too long. I LOVE getting out and doing things. But for the first time in my life, I would like to just sit back and relax and get things done around the home.

For starters, I reorganized and rearranged my room. I like it cause it looks bigger now. But now I need time to kinda, well, put it back together. I don't like having half my life on the floor.

This whole week we have been reroofing. I don't get on the roof. I'm not afraid of heights. But I'm not stupid either. I don't go crawling around on the roof cause its fun. I am a part of the clean-up-crew (consisting of me and my two sisters). The need is compliments of that huge storm that came through and ruined those trees in the driveway that I posted about. It also tossed a bunch of shingles from the roof and so now we are reroofing. And of course, like everything else we do, we are doing it ourselves.

I am not in this picture. We also had a friend (the brother of the girl with long blonde hair that I have put pics of on here) come help too.

And I have been writing up a storm. If you haven't had a chance to hop over to my new writing blog, please do!!! I will forewarn you, it is only for writing. If you don't really like to read or write, it's probably not for you. BUT, if you do, you are welcome!!

This last weekend, Noni came out!! I got to spend some time with her on Friday!

After orchestra and choir, we went bowling.

Though this picture is awful, it is still of us. :D

And yes, that is my very tacky white purse in the bottom of the picture. I am sorry.... :P

And it was freezing cold.

But it was super fun. This was at Starbucks after bowling. Some crazy person suggested we get the picture outside (which we have never done before) and it is now almost winter temperatures at night. NOT GOOD. Especially for this girl, who is always cold, even in summer. (All my friends and siblings can back me up on this one.) --- yes, Brisa just said she'd testify, lol!!!

Anyway, yesterday was a little more relaxing. I chatted with Rinskii for several hours and that was pure awesomeness but then I had to go the bank and then into town for some groceries....

Tonight I am going to stick to my guns and get some writing done, on both my book and a friend's (editing, rather...) 

At work I am working with a litter of goldendoodle puppies and they are sooooo adorable.

And tonight Tizona had her first beginners class, for training. That was so much fun. She is a lot calmer than Silver. Like, a LOT!!!!

So, anyway, this post was random and very pointless (um, that's random. now I'm being redundant).

I'll just say I hope that I can get back on track here again soon. I feel bad that I've been so lousy.

Have a great evening. Make some hot chocolate and put big marshmallows in it and then snuggle into warm blankets with a good book.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Picture Monday

Well, this was going to go up Monday...

But my Internet got shut off.

And then it wouldn't work all day yesterday...

So it is going up today. :D (Don't you just love technology.)

This was the group I hung out with Friday evening. We had an awesome time!!! Only, one of my best friends left just before the picture was taken... :(

Saturday we had a BUNCH of people over to play volleyball, soccer, and have fun around the campfire. This was one of the teams...we smoked both games we played, and we were playing really good teams. Just saying...we were on the ball. (Teehee...)
This was Sunday night. I don't have any other pics of that day, but I think this one covers it. It NN, with marshmellow all over her. It was a joke... we couldn't stop laughing all night. Just for fun, we bought a bag of those HUGE marshmellows and she stuck a whole roasted one in her mouth....
Ahem, anyway, this is really short cause I have to go now... Hope to be back soon....