Anyways, how has your day been? Did you eat a good meal? Did you drink lots of water? Did you get a chance to bask in whatever sunlight is left?
There isn’t much sun over here in Michigan. Fall has most definitely arrived. We even got our annual “snow on the most unnecessary day ever” snowfall! (Halloween was the day) If you want to know, we did not go trick or treating outside as it was horribly chilly and wet. Blagh, being wet sucks.
But do you know what DOESN’T suck?
This amazing list of some of the best feelings in the WORLD!!
Some of these I found online, but most of them I thought were personally some of the best. Ever.
Ready to feel all warm and fuzzy inside??
Yeah, me too 🙂
Waking up on Christmas
Hugging someone you missed
Hearing your favorite song and blasting the volume
Laughing until you cry
Falling asleep to the rain
catching snowflakes on your tongue
Drinking tea in the morning
SLEEPING ON HOTEL BEDS (why are they the best??)
Getting a haircut
Making someone you love laugh
Hot showers after working hard
Sleeping in late
Wearing an outfit you love
Walking on warm sand after winter
Waking up to snow covering the ground
Going through old photos
Watching any Disney movies
Eating cookie dough before AND after putting them in the oven.
Having a good cry
Opening a box of pizza
Bonfires with friends and family
Now those are some all around pretty popular happy feelings. I’d like to share some of my personal favorite feelings I have experienced!
Getting 2nd place in my 4-H division
Getting my car last christmas
Getting up early to do chores at fair
Spending christmas with alllll my siblings and nieces and nephews
Getting to meet alllll my nieces and nephews
Going camping with friends and family
Buying steers (Oh yeah, I bought steers)
Feeling the grass under your feet
For now, that’s all that I can think of, but I’ll probably keep updating this post so keep coming back to check!
Oh, let me know what some of your favorite feelings or moments are and I’ll add them to the list! If enough people want to add their memories or feelings to the list, I’ll make it a separate page on the blog 😀
What are some of your favorite feelings? Do you have any special memories? Let’s chat!
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve arrived on the planet WordPress, I know.
Like almost every other teen blogger in this world, school and blogging have been a slightly chaotic and unorganized schedule.
But that doesn’t matter because I’m here now! Whoooooo!
AND I have a special treat in store for you today! (I know, I’m so generous)
My older sister, Jamie has written today’s blog post! WHOOOOOOO
(Initiate flashback sequence) A while ago, when I was visiting Jamie, I found a book called Atomic Habits and began to devour it. You’ll learn more about the book in just a moment, but I want to just say that it is a FANTASTIC book and you should totally try it out.
ANYWAYS HERE WE GO
GIVE IT UP FOR DEAREST JAMIE
My good friend who joined a Fit Body Bootcamp receives emails from her instructor to encourage and motivate healthy eating and fitness habits. One particular email was basically a whole excerpt from a book called Atomic Habits by James Clear. My friend forwarded the email to me because the message in it was so encouraging. It really spoke to me and I was interested in reading more, so I picked up the book for myself and happened to be reading it while Covah was visiting for a weekend. She jumped right into reading it with me and we stayed up late discussing our habits and ways to change them. Thus, the story of how this post came to be!
Ithoroughly enjoyed the book.First,because I love self-improvement books, andsecond,becauseit had inspiring real life stories and examplesand plenty of practical methods to put into practice.To be honest, I haven’t radically changed my life since reading the book. However,I think of it oftenanditremindsmeof how I can improvea certain situation or habit.In this post,I wanted to share some ofwhat meant the most to me.
The book started withthe question, “who do I want to become?”“What kind of person do I want to be?” Thiswas important for me to clearly define my priorities as a person, not just focus on getting my daily to-do list done.For me,I want to be organized, healthy, active, joyful, hospitable, and a dedicated friend.The book encourages you to decide who you want to become and then to prove it to yourself with small wins.Starting small and focusing on the “system instead of the goal” can be life-changing (read the book to hear more about this concept!)
Some of the new habits I wanted to create or improve included:
•A daily quiet time (my alone time with God which includes worship, prayer,and Bible-reading)
•Daily Bible-study (this is different than quiet time!)
•Healthy meals and snacks
•Put things away as I use them
•Reading a book before bed instead of being on my phone
Some of the methodsto use in creating these habits include:
•Have visual cuesfor positive habits(list of healthy snacksposted on the cupboard)
•Make it invisible for negative habits(plug in your phone away from the bedfor the night)
•Make it easy(prepare for workouts the night before by laying out clothes, shoes, and a water bottle)
•Make it satisfying (rewards for positive habits) or unsatisfying (consequences for negative habits)
I will expand on one of my habits to make it a littleclearer, using the method:Make it obvious – Make itattractive – Make it easy – Make it satisfying.The habit that I’m working on the most is my daily quiet time in the mornings.
The first step is tomakeit obvious. First, I’ll set a time and location: I will have my quiet time at 5:30am at the desk in my basement. Next,I’ll use some “habit stacking” (building habits on each other): I wake up at 5:00am,use the bathroom, wash my face to wake me up,grab my water bottle,and go downstairs. I keepthis order so once I’m disciplined in those small acts it will be clear that my next step isthe quiet time.
Next is tomake it attractive.Using the “temptation bundling” method,I know that once I finish my quiet time I get to use my phone or computer to check email, the weather, and my to-do list.I do not look at my phone before my quiet time.You can also “join a culture” where you surround yourself with like-minded people. For me, I have weekly meetings withmy mentor, a lady from my church, who is passionate about quiet times. She keeps me focused, motivated, and accountable.And I’m learning to change my mind-set to make it more attractive: Igettohave alone time with the Creator of the universe, and He is waiting specifically for me!
Next is tomake it easy.I keep my desk clean and clear with my Bible and supplies out on my desk so once I’m there I don’t get anxiety about paperpiles or previous messes. I usually prepare my water the night before. And the one I’m still working on is to keep my alarm away from my bed so Ihave to actually leave the bed to turn it off.I love my bed… so warm and cozy…
Last is tomake itsatisfying.Examples of this would be to have an immediate reward or using a habit tracker. For my example though, this doesn’t necessarily work. My quiet time in itself is satisfying because of all the spiritual benefits. But it’s also extremely satisfying to end my quiet time and still haveall this timebefore the kids get up to take a shower or make the bed or plan my day or whatever! When I sleep in I tend to feel rushed and stressed, but when I get up early,I not only prepare my heart with God for the day,I’m also more prepared to handle the day’s tasks.
Now I want to be clear that I am no expert on this! Much of what I listed out are still myplan, not necessarily what I do every day. I’m still working on this habit, but all the methods and ideas I got from this book have helped me to be more consistent and disciplined. Once I’m confident that my quiet time habit is fully established, I will put more focus on another area, such as healthy eating.
There is one random piece of advice that I really, really loved from the book. It’s such a simple concept, but this is the one thing that sticks in my mind the most. One of my biggest frustrations as a mom and homemaker is the constant mess (dishes, toys, vacuuming, cooking,laundry,etc). I tend to leavethingsuntil it’s overwhelming and then I get anxious and stressed. The idea then, is to “reset”after acertain situation.Granted, the example in the book was a single male, not a married mom of two, but it still works. When you leave a room or a situation, reset it to be as it was before, so when you come back to it, it’s clean and ready to go! So simple, right? For me, when I’m done at mydesk,I’ll reset by clearing papers away and putting books back. After I give the kids a bath,I’ll reset by hanging up towels, putting dirty clothes in the basket, and putting away lotions and brushes. When I park the car,I’ll reset by bringing in any garbage or extra shoes and coats. After a meal,I’ll reset by putting food away and washing dishes and cleaning counters. The point is to do it immediately so when you come back to that place it’s ready and clean and not likely to overwhelm you.
I think I’ve taken up plenty of your time now! If you’re interested in what I wrote about I suggest you go read the book yourself. Pick a habit you want to change or create and get to it! Little habits build on each other and become something great. Thanks, Covah, for letting me be on your blog!
I’ve never done an aesthetic post before, so creating these photos were kind of exciting for me, not gonna lie.
-Side-note- As I am writing this, I’ve got christmas music playing (comment down below if you are a Kenny G fan 😉 😉 ), I’ve got my black coffee, there are soft lil’ fairy lights strung in my living room, AND it is raining outside. I mean, could it get more aesthetic?? Well, my cat could be curled up on my lap but she decided to sit on the hardwood floor
*Back to the intro* *kinda*
When I was editing this, I found a pumpkin crumble muffin thing (SQUIRREL) and BOY did they look good so my mom and I decided to bake them!
How has your week been? Are you prepping for school? Are you excited for school? What is your favorite subject?
A couple days ago, I asked you your assumptions about me. (You can read that HERE) Today, I present to you part 1 of the 2 part series that includes your questions and my answers!
Ready? Let’s jump right into this rain puddle!
|You follow trends
I follow them, yes. I enjoy seeing what the world likes to do in its free time.
Do I partake in all of them? Nah. There is no way you’d see me in a tube top with itty-bitty-skinny straps in the summer! (Or any season really) A majority of the trends I follow are slang words.
However, I did get into the slime trend pretty hard…
|You like rock music
This is true! I don’t like the screaming metal kind, just a mellow or 70’s or 80’s rock will please me 😉
Some of my favs are:
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
American Girl – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
| You like animals
YEAH I DO
If you asked me what my favorite animal was, I’d honestly give you the whole animal kingdom.
Except snakes. And spiders. And angler fish.
|You wear glasses
Yes I do! I need them to see or else everything looks like this hot mess:
And just so you know, that photo is purposely blurry. Don’t strain your eyes too hard 😉
| You like the country more than the city
Yesssssssss I LOVE the country so much more ❤ I appreciate the city and enjoy going there once in a while, but I could never live in the concrete jungle for my whole life 😉
| You are a neat freak
I would love to be a neat freak.
I am a very messy human. I like the idea of being clean but it just doesn’t work for me. *Le sigh*
| You play the guitar
No, but that would be lovely! Twin plays the guitar, so she plays enough for the both of us. I’m backup vocals and by vocals I mean wailing swan.
|You are very sarcastic
Me? Sarcastic? yEs
lol yes I am sarcastic and probably sometimes too much so. You’ll have to blame my mother and grandmother for that personalilty trait.
|What is the last book you read?
The last book I read was called “On The Come Up” by Angie Thomas. A very good read, I must say.
| You love sweaters
YES YESYES WE STAN A GOOD SWEATER.
Yes, I indeed DO love sweaters ❤ ❤ If I could (And if my mother allowed) I would make my whole wardrobe a sweater!
If you uh, want any birthday present ideas….you now know what to get me…
|I feel like you’re one of those people who can’t pick a favorite season because there amazing things about each and every one of them
Yes I most certainly am!!
Spring is filled with green and growth, the smell of wet dirt and sunshine.
Summer is full of swimming, road trips, laying in the hot sun, and fresh food.
Fall is filled with crispy leaves, SWEATERS, hot drinks, and bonfires.
Winter is filled with soft snow, (my birthday hehe) christmas time, fire in the fireplaces, and curling up with a good book and music.
|You want to go vegan (or you are)
I’ve honestly always thought it would be a fun and healthy challenge/experiment for myself, but I think going GF & DF are enough for now 😉
So the answer is no, I am not vegan but maybe in the future I might give that lifestyle a try?
lol funny story though…
My cousin is a diehard vegan (no pun intended. Is that a pun? Saying die? I’ll just stop now) and I would go over to her house and just wonder with innocent confusion why my cousin was not eating meat!
I eventually figured out why and was temporarily traumatized by the thought of eating a chicken. So, when I was maybe 12 or 13, I went vegetarian for about 2 months before realizing that I wanted to be a farmer that would grow meat animals.
You can’t exactly be vegan and own that type a farm, now can you?
Plus, ya girl missed her burgers 😉
This concludes part 1 of the series! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and hey, if you have more assumptions or questions for me that you didn’t get to ask, there is still time to shoot me an email before the next post comes out!
What’s poppin’ peeps? I’ve been gone camping and missed the blogging game.
Now that I have gained access to wi-fi again, I’ve decided to delve back into all the hip trends and cool things.
Thus, this post was born.
There has been this trend floating around where people (bloggers and such) ask their friends (or if they are daring, strangers) what their assumptions are about said blogger or such.
Yes, I am late to the game.
No, I do not care.
Yes, I think it will be fun (If people decide to participate)
Down below I have graciously provided you with a link to my contact form that allows YOU to enter you questions and/or assumptions for ME to read your questions/assumptions.
Your questions/ assumptions can range from “You are a tall person” to “Why did you choose the name of your blog?” to “How many pets do you have?” to “I bet you are a competitive person.”
In the next post (once all the questions are in) I will respond to your questions/assumptions with my best capability.
I PROMISE I will not reveal who said what and if you don’t trust me enough, you can put a fake name on the contact form. The name is just to make sure you are not indeed a robot trying to take over my world.
-Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
-List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog
-What song gives you the most feels?
Oh gosh. EVERY song gives me different feels in different ways.
But if I had to pick only one, I would pick Everglow by Coldplay.
-What’s the dumbest song you’ve ever heard?
Well, there are alot…
However, the first one that comes to my mind is the 1812 Ofarture from that ridiculous Captain Underpants movie.
And to answer your next question, NO I have NOT watched it! It popped up on my Spotify feed for some odd reason.
-What’s a lie that you believed for a long time? (i.e. carrots make you have night vision.)
You see, I am of the oldest set of children in my family and was the guinea pig for my parents to lie too. I was told that both Santa AND the Tooth Fairy were in fact very real and up until the ripe age of 9 when my eyes were opened to the real world.
I mean, those are two pretty classic lies, so pardon me if you expected more.
Twin says that she never knew that during musicals or plays, the orchestra pit was up above us, in the balcony and not in the pit under the stage. Now she knows why it’s called “The Pit” because it’s…well….underground so to speak.
-What’s your least favorite day of the week and why?
Well, when I first read this, I thought it said FAVORITE DAY not LEAST FAVORITE so I had written this long paragraph as to why my favorite day is my favorite day and-
Nevermind, let’s continue.
My least favorite day of the week would probably be….. none.
I have so many things that I like to do on certain days with certain people and I can’t pick my least favorite. It is impossible!
-What’s a tag you really want to do but nobody nominates you for?
Well, I’m not sure.
I’ve recently gotten back into writing, so maybe a writing inspired one? I don’t keep track of tags… Am I a bad blogger??
-What do you hate about your blog?
Gosh, hate is a strong word.
I don’t know if I passionately hate something about my blog, but I do know that I wish I did better about posting on a regular basis.
Does that count?
OH I KNOW
I’m not exactly tech smart when it comes to website building and such (which is why I sent for the help of syd lol) but I wish I could figure out how to make a separate page for separate posts that I want to have separate from my normal posts.
Make sense? (If you are smart, hit me up in the comments 😉 )
-What do you love about your blog?
I love how much it has made people happy 🙂 I’ve also had people tell me I have a very aesthetically pleasing blog, so that makes me happy that I’ve made THEM happy.
-What’s your biggest accomplishment?
Ooh, I’ve had a couple in my short life. Can I pick more than one? (I’ll just say one to stick to the question like a good rule follower)
One of my top choices would be learning about myself and what I love doing and having that knowledge of what makes me happy and molding it into my career one day.
–What’s your MBTI personality type?
On Isa’s blog, she put the link to the quiz on her post, but to save your poor fingers from exercising a little bit, I’ll insert it HERE
I did this quiz a while ago, but I forgot all of everything that I learned. Here are my new results:
I am an…………..ENFP!
Some of my strengths are: Being curious – When it comes to new ideas, Campaigners aren’t interested in brooding – they want to go out and experience things, and don’t hesitate to step out of their comfort zones to do so. Campaigners are imaginative and open-minded, seeing all things as part of a big, mysterious puzzle called life. Some of my strengths are:
Very Popular and Friendly – All this adaptability and spontaneity comes together to form a person who is approachable, interesting and exciting, with a cooperative and altruistic spirit and friendly, empathetic disposition. Campaigners get along with pretty much everyone, and their circles of friends stretch far and wide.
Excellent Communicators – It’s a good thing that Campaigners have such strong people skills, or they’d never express these ideas. Campaigners enjoy both small talk and deep, meaningful conversations, which are just two sides of the same coin for them, and are adept at steering conversations towards their desired subjects in ways that feel completely natural and unforced.
Some of my weaknesses are:
Poor Practical Skills – When it comes to conceiving ideas and starting projects, especially involving other people, Campaigners have exceptional talent. Unfortunately their skill with upkeep, administration, and follow-through on those projects struggles. Without more hands-on people to help push day-to-day things along, Campaigners’ ideas are likely to remain just that – ideas.
Overthink Things – Campaigners don’t take things at face value – they look for underlying motives in even the simplest things. It’s not uncommon for Campaigners to lose a bit of sleep asking themselves why someone did what they did, what it might mean, and what to do about it.
Get Stressed Easily – All this overthinking isn’t just
for their own benefit – Campaigners, especially Turbulent ones, are very
sensitive, and care deeply about others’ feelings. A consequence of
their popularity is that others often look to them for guidance and
help, which takes time, and it’s easy to see why Campaigners sometimes
get overwhelmed, especially when they can’t say yes to every request.
I need to stop typing right now or else this blog post will be wayyyy too long! (If I do a post on my MBTI personality type, would you like it? I might do it anyways…)
-What’s your enneagram number?
My number is 2 AKA “The Helper”
I’d give you a little blurb on what that means but it was kind of a big chunk of information and I don’t know if you would want to read the whole page lol.
-What are your plugs? (plug plug plug!)
So at first I didn’t know what a plug was (thank you dear Isa) and I shall now reveal them:
GUYS LET ME JUST SAY THANK YOU because DItR has 80 followers!!
That’s close to 100 humans if I did my math correctly.
So that’s all I had to say ❤ 🙂
I have more to say. (which isn’t very much but still you can suck up another 3 seconds and listen)
Marching band and 4-H has been the reason I have not posted in such a while. It will continue to take over my life until the end of this month (But like, in a good way) so don’t expect any posts from me until the beginning of August.
Sorry to all who hate reading sappy apologies about how their life was busy and they couldn’t do this or couldn’t do that well GUESS. WHAT.
Now, on to the post you clicked on to read!
MY MORNING ROUTINE
Now, I’m not one for school updates but I AM one for routines.
I don’t really know why but I think it’s a fun and interesting way to express yourself, because every morning routine I’ve read (I’ve read a lot lol) are all unique and different.
So now it’s my turn.
I recently switched rooms with my sister and for the first time in literally 16 years I have my own room, which is very exciting for me!
Since having my own room, (now Mother, I know it’s been like four seconds, but bear with me) I’ve sort of started getting into a better routine.
(It also helps that I recently read a book based around making habits and it’s a very good book and has helped me get my mornings a bit less chaotic. You’ll hear about the book more later on, don’t fret)
I wake up around 6:45-7:00 AM.
And the first thing I do is open my curtain to experience the glorious morning sunshine. If it isn’t pouring rain, I’ll open my window for a minute and kind of wake up my insides with fresh air.
Next I make my bed.
This is the one thing since changing my morning routine that has impacted me most.
I’m sure that in one point in your life, your mother or father or grandma or grandpa has told you that “making your bed will start your day off right!”
And you being stubborn said “NO” because who wants to listen to wise adults who know what they’re talking about? Not 10 year old me, that’s for sure.
My point here is that making my bed literally 5 minutes after I wake up is one of my favorite parts of my day! (Yes, you have permission to call me a nerd.)
I drink a f a t bottle of water.
I recently encountered my first ever week of band camp and during that week of literally hours of physical movement, I drank probably 2,000 gallons of water.
*Disclaimer I didn’t really drink 2,000 gallons of water*
Band camp has since ended, but I still drink a good four or five 17oz bottles of water a day. I’ve noticed how out of whack I feel if I don’t drink a lot of water, so I try to always have my water bottle with me.
Mint has taken over my garden, so I’ve taken to putting a couple sprigs of it into my water bottle when I go outside.
I’ll also (if I’m in the mood) boil a cup of tea for myself because I love tea.
I check my social life.
As I am sipping my liquids, I check my email, Facebook, and blog, and see how the world held up while I was sleeping.
I’m a fairly boring person so there isn’t much to do during this part of my morning.
E X E R C I S E
As I mentioned in my recent post, I’ve gotten into a lil’ bit of exercise.
I’m not talking about 10 mile runs back and forth, just something to get my heart pumping and blood flowing.
I like to do this in the morning, around 7:30-8:00 depending on my schedule that day. Doing exercise in the morning boosts endorphins and always (for me anyways) makes my day go good 😀
If you are ever interested in what exercise I specifically do, ask or comment and maybe I’ll do a post on it or something.
Breakfast of champions
Ahh breakfast, the most important meal of the day!
In the past, I used to gravitate towards either a bowl of cereal, bagels and cream cheese, or leftovers from last night 😛
However, since going gluten free and dairy free, I’ve enjoyed making smoothies, coconut yogurt with fruit and granola, or GF oatmeal with bananas + peanut butter + and chia seeds.
It’s very yummy…
Time to get dressed!
Or what I do 75% of the time, stay in my shorts and t-shirt until I have to go out in public haha.
Hey, no judgement is allowed.
It’s a comfortable and acceptable outfit for sitting on the couch and doing school 😉
If I DO have to go out into the real world, I’ll throw on a pair of jeans, a shirt, and if it is a bit chilly out, I’ll put on my favorite Michigan State sweatshirt.
Onto school and/or activities
Most days I will have some school to do, music to practice, and people to hang out with 😀
Since it is actually summer, most kids( who aren’t homeschooled) are out of school and are swimming in the lakes, going to the skate park, or doing whatever kids do these days… I still have some school but for the most part I’m free.
I like to spend my days longboarding, playing with my chickens, writing, reading, and spending time with my family and friends 🙂 Lots of friends.
I also have weekly marching band practices and parades that keep us all busy!
Plus I just came back from participating in my local fair. I am pooped but I had SO MUCH FUN and made SO MANY FRIENDS.
I think that completes my morning routine!
Now, like most people my schedule and life changes on the daily, but these things are what I try to do each day.
I hope you have a WONDERFUL day and drink TONS of water! ❤
Wow, okay that seems just a tad formal and boring. Let me rephrase that:
HI EVERYONE I MISSED YOU SO MUCH AND THE BLOGGING UNIVERSE AND ALL OF THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED AND OH BY GOLLY GEORGE (speaking of George, did you hear about wee little Archie??) HOW EXCITING TO BE BACK.
I mean, by the time I get to posting this, Archie will be old news, but hey I tried.
*promptly falls back into seat*
I thought that since I apparently disappear and reappear every once in a while, we could do a ‘lil chat and talk about things, hmm?
But this is not going to be your normal “lets get to know one another and sing kumbaya around the campfire” post (I mean, to some extent. Don’t get your hopes up that high just yet.)
We will be having a little rainy day-coffee and tea-books and fluffy cats-fairy lights- whatever your rainy day aesthetic is, kind of chat.
See, I saw Miss Hannah over at The Striped Plaid do something similar (well, I say similar, but she’s the one who kind of started it). She has these lovely little “Green Tea Chats”, as she likes to call them. Basically she talks about her life or whatever she is enjoying in life or WHATEVER her heart desires.
I really enjoy reading them, plus looking at the cute photos is a bonus, so I thought WHY NOT?
So here we are.
And here we begin.
(a little instruction and/or guidance if you’ve never been to a powwow like this before)
I’ll have 2-3 photos of either food or drinks or books or windows that I will give you. You can mix and match and make up your own little cozy room. Sound good?
Take your pick. My choices are: 3, 2, 2, 2, & 3
PLEASE TELL ME YOUR CHOICES I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU CHOOSE !
Do you have your warm drink? Are you curled up with your cat? How about that rain pitter-pattering on the windowsill? All good?
Let us begin the chat 😀
See, a lot of people like to do a little recap about how their school is going, how exams went, what test they are studying for…
Personally I don’t like reading about this subject because who on this earth wants to think of school when you are reading an amazing and perfectly beautiful blog with such wonderful things to say? *cough cough* No arrogance or bragging there *cough cough*
BUT if you are ever so curious, everything is fine. Math is still asking for me to solve their problems. Science is fine. I learned about how exclusive and absoLUTELY RUDE the other planets are to Pluto. I learned about fun little electronics and all that jazz. Everything else is fine, thanks for asking, though. 😛
Let’s see… Since our last conversation I have picked up a couple new hobbies: Bullet journaling (prepare yourself for some sick layouts, ladies and gents), learning how to bake with gluten and dairy free food (it’s tricky, y’all but I’ve carved a path for those unwilling to take the long journey. PRO TIP: Don’t ask me to make angel food cake that is DF and GF), drinking green and matcha tea (UGH SO GOOD), exercising(I’m not gonna run a marathon or anything, but I think its good and fun to have a good sweat here and there, ride your bike around town, am I right? Just gross? That’s fine).
I have reorganized my bookcases about 5 times because I’m never satisfied with how it looks. (picky much?)
I read “Compact Farming”, “The Happiness Project”, “Atomic Habits” “The Crimes of Grindlewald Play Script” (which will be discussed in great detail and excitement later) and some random chicken books.
What do I want to read? Well I would like to read a shelf or two of my bookcase, but of course I say that and then I will never do so, so WHO knows what’s going to happen?
What are you reading? Got any sugges-SPEAKING OF BOOKS OH MY HEAVENS I FORGOT TO ANNOUNCE THE NEXT BOOK WE ARE READING FOR THE BOOK CLUB.
HERE IS THE BOOK WE ARE READING: “THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS”
I recently bought this book at the store and have just been admiring it and then I thought that it would be a good one for our club 🙂
It seems that some of you guys aren’t able to access the book in the amount of time I’ve recently given you, so I’ll have it be every other month. Sound good? That way you all will have a chance to hopefully get your hands on it.
And since this post is so late, you’ll have extra time anyways 😉
So not much has happened in the last couple of weeks while I’ve been absent. I just helped teach kids about agriculture at my local fairgrounds, so that was like the highlight of my month. ❤
I learned a bible verse in ASL (American Sign Language).
I am currently obsessed with farmer’s markets.
I’m working on a secret project that you will all be able to see in a little while 😉 😉 Stayed tuned.
I think this wraps up our first cafe trip, what do you think? I had fun writing this post and I HOPE you enjoyed reading it 😀
What are some of your new hobbies? What have you read lately? Got any BOILING tea??
I haven’t posted in a WEEK AND (more than) A HALF.
I had a blog post ready to go but it experienced some difficulties so that’s out the door.
I wanted to but didn’t want to do the classic “April wrap up/hello May” because it just floats around so much. (no shade to those who do it though. I enjoy reading them just not posting them 😉 )
And then I found a blog post prompt floating around my Pinterest feed called “The A-Z list of Getting to Know Me” so I thought why not put my spin on it?
I think this is a tag, but I haven’t seen it on the blogs that I follow so hey if I am a genius and created a new tag rock on me.
Actually, thinking about it Eleanor over at Pointe To Christ did a form of this post with dancing! Never mind I am not a genius.
Shall we begin? *aggressively nods head*
A stands for baby A. I am the older twin between me and Twin. 3 minutes older to be exact 😉
B stands for Buff Orpington. My pet chicken, Marmalade, is of this breed.
C is for cello. Last fall I briefly played the cello for about 4 months before I had to stop. It is also my favorite string instrument.
Dis for dog. My family had a pet dog which we lovingly named Booger. Booger was a peekapoo and lived to be the ripe old age of 17.
Estands for Emma, which is Twin’s real name. (yes, she gave her permission to reveal her real name)
Fstands for funny, a word lots of people use to describe me
G is for Gordon Ramsay. My role model since age 5. JUST KIDDING. But he is pretty funny to watch.
His for Hufflepuff, my Hogwart’s house.
Iis for ice cream. My favorite flavor of ice cream is brownie batter.
Jstands for jewelry. I love fixing and creating my own jewelry.
Kis for “The Kissing Hand” book I read as a child. It’s one of the books that I remember so vividly.
L is for “Lightning Thief”. It was one of the first “big” chapter books I’ve read.
M is for mayonnaise. I DESPISE MaYOnNaiSe
Nis for Niffler, my favorite magical creature from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”.
Ois for orange, my least favorite color. (sorry orange lovers)
P is for pickle. I loooove me a good pickle. Give me spicy, sweet, sour, or salty. I’ll eat ’em all!
Qis for quarter. I used to collect quarters but lost the enjoyment in collecting them. I got bored of looking at the money and not spending it! lol go young me… *eyeroll*
R is for rodents. I had an obsession with them as a child. (I still do, but it’s chilled down extremely)
S is for Survivor. My whole family has watched all 38 seasons and even own the board game.
T is for Tana. In our family we name our double chins. Tana is the name of mine. My mother’s is Jackie and Twin’s is Tammi.
U is for nothing because I can’t think of anything….
V is for nothing because I can’t think of anything. Again.
W is for wildlife. I love being outside and drawing the creatures and plants that dwell outdoors.
X is for xylophone. I can rock the ABCs and Mary Had a Little Lamb on the rainbow colored xylophone we have 😉
Y is for Yoko, my egg name.
Z is for zany patterns. Man, if you knew me as a child, I had the most…interesting clothing choices. Stripes, plaids, and polka dots were definitely combined into the same outfit. Oh, don’t forget the cowgirl boots and fleece winter hat!
This concludes today’s post on learning our ABC’s! Hope you enjoy and I will see you next time! (hopefully it won’t be a week long until we meet again…heheh)
Do you have any ideas for the letters “U” and “V”?
The book is set in 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.
Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She expects it. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So her solution is that she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations and anger in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.
But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two completely opposite worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.
However, the more Shirin feels like she has to protect Ocean from herself, the more she finds herself falling for him. Ocean is constantly saying that he doesn’t care about what the people will think or say or do, but Shirin knows what the people will do if they see a Muslim girl holding hands with the popular boy, and Shirin wants to protect him from that.
Eventually, Shirin starts letting her guard down and lets Ocean into her world slowly and on her terms. They make sure to never hold hands or hug or anything out in public. They talk only when necessary during classes, and when school lets out, no waving good bye. Shirin is totally fine with this arrangement, but for Ocean it is mentally exhausting.
Towards the end of the book, and after many fights with both Ocean, Shirin, the teachers, and peers, Ocean and Shirin end up together. This time with no rules and regulations. They spend a happy couple months together before Shirin’s parents tell her that they are moving again. Shirin’s biggest regret was not letting Ocean into her life earlier, but she was glad that they were able to spend a couple months together, full of happiness and contentment.
This book is now one of my all time favorites! I am so happy my mother got this book for me 🙂
There is a fair amount of swearing, but I brushed through it. For those who are more wary of swearing, I would advise you either don’t read it or have someone else read it to you, but bleep out the swearing.
I enjoyed that Shirin had breakdancing as a hobby. It was different than the more common hobbies characters in books usually have. (At least to my knowledge)
I really love reading books about tough subjects that happen in our world. Each book is it’s own perspective and has different sides than the next book on the shelf. I want to gobble them all up at the same time!
Some thoughts and comments I had:
I do wish there was less swearing. I personally think the book would be fine without some of the *cough cough* choice words the author chose. On the other hand, the swearing was a part of Shirin’s personality so I feel conflicted.
Tahereh had multiple characters in her books and she let us readers get to know them each in their own way, which I really loved. Sometimes authors will focus on one, maybe two main characters, which is totally fine don’t get me wrong. Tahereh’s character’s all even each other out in the way where there wasn’t too much of this person and that person, but enough where it was a good conversation as a whole book.
One of my favorite things about the book was learning about a different culture. In the book, Tahereh talked about the food her family eats, as well as some of the traditions people of her ethnic background have. She also sets some of the book during Ramadan, which is a month of fasting from dawn to dusk to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. She described things well and gave good detail on which was which and what was what.
Another thing I liked was the sarcastic humor that Tahereh wrote in! Shirin (the main character) always had a snarky comeback to those teasing her and overall I found her to be a very relatable and funny teenage character.
Life lesson/s from the book:
I think the biggest thing we could all take away from this wonderful book is to not judge on another based on religious or race backgrounds. Let’s say that you could see someone on the streets or in town that is of a different background than yours may be. You shouldn’t judge their whole personality based on the color of their skin or what clothes they are wearing. For all you know, they could be the funniest comedian you would ever meet! They might be a great singer who has the most wonderful voice you have ever heard. You never know until you talk to them and stop looking at mere appearances.
The other one I thought of is to take time to talk to and be with your friends. Remember what happened to Ocean and Shirin? They were too nervous or scared to go through with their friendship and in the end didn’t have much time together. Take time to make new friends, have good talks with your old friends, go on adventures with your whoever friends. Love your friends, y’all.
ALRIGHTY FOLKS, YOUR TURN:
what was your favorite part?
What did you like least or best about the book?
What was something you took away from the story?
Would you read this book again?
Please tell me your opinion, I’d love to hear it 🙂 If you have a suggestion for the next or next book after that, let me know!
I hope you enjoyed reading both “A Very Large Expanse of Sea” and this blog post as much as I did!