Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Years!!!

Wow, I am exhausted. I have come down with an extremely harmful disease. My parents keep trying to convince me that it's "the common cold", but I know better. My immune system has been invaded by an alien virus that is slowly taking over my mind. You can't fool me, alien virus.

Tonight we rented The Giver. We were originally going to go to a party at a friend's house, but then I got sick and other things happened with them.
Our new plan is to play the Wii as a family, have Stevia root beer, and watch The Giver, as well as staying up until midnight (obviously). I'm sad that we couldn't go to our friends house, but I hope that everything ends up okay for them.
Also, tonight we're going to break out some ice cream and cookies that we found in our freezer, and I can't have any. Sad....but that's okay, I'll be fine with my root beer. Goodness knows I don't need ice cream and cookies anyway.

It's a really nice day! I didn't expect a winter day to be this nice, but I guess that sometimes we do have nice days. I haven't been in the woods for a while, so I might go tomorrow if it's still nice out.

I've been watching a lot of Studio C lately. I was a bit disappointed when I found out that they are a Mormon group. They are still absolutely hilarious.
They have the most genius ideas.

I can't believe it. It's only seven hours from 2015. It feels weird because I remember 2008 so well! I also don't want to be thirteen! I mean, pretty soon I'll be sixteen, then twenty, and then forty-five. Time always moves so fast.
Anywho,
Toodlepip

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Not-Pie

The New Year is almost here. And I am pumped. I have written two novels in one year. That's awesome. I can't believe that I was able to do that. I remember my first story. It was pretty bad. I laughed when I read it again. 
Anyways, I hope that I can finish my third novel and edit my first before 2015 is over. 
Right now I'm writing chapter nine. It's going well. 

"I See Fire." is hard, but fun. I honestly am a pretty simple person, I've been realizing that as of late. My hobbies include writing. reading, piano, learning Gaelic, and eating. Seriously! I mean, I'm okay with being simple, but I sometimes wonder if others are like that. Am I the only one? Anyway, that was random. Then again, most of this is.

We have three small pies left over from Christmas. Pecan pies. You know how I said one of my hobbies was eating? It's hard to resist the temptation of pecans and that-delicious-filling-but-I-don't-know-what-it-is. 
Speaking of pie. You know how they say the Supernatural fandom has a gif for everything? Well, guess what? They have quite a few pie ones. 
 I feel ya Dean, I feel ya.
Castiel  gets me.
We're not. We have three Pecan pies.
That's not good. It could be Pie with poisonous berries. You should really pay attention to the label. Not just pie.

Wow, that post was really centered around pie. 
I don't have a whole lot more to talk about so I shall leave you on that. 
Toodlepip

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Last Goodbye

Well, Christmas is over.
We got up at 8:00, went downstairs to have breakfast, and open the three gifts under the tree (they were from me); then, we went to see The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.
It was so good!!! I've read the book like five times and loved it. I think that it's one of those books that really made me want to write. I first read it when I was about...nine years old. Anyway, I loved the movie, and I'm really sad that that was it. There's no more. It's sad for me at least because I know I was super excited to find that there were LOTR movies, let alone they were making The Hobbit trilogy!! But now it's over. Sad...
There's a song that I found called "The Last Goodbye." It's by Billy Boyd aka Pippen. Good ol' Pippen looks so old!

I've also decided that for my next song on the piano, I shall learn "I See Fire." I'm really excited.

Anyway, back to Christmas. After the movie we went home and got the dinner ready. I was supposed to be helping (whoops), but I kind of got side tracked and began to write. I'm on Chapter 7, and my main character is in Morocco right now. :) It's a lot of fun to write.

Okay, my grandparents and aunt came over at 4:30. We decorated cookies and made paper snowflakes until dinner was ready; then, we ate. It was definitely a memorable dinner. My sister and I had the giggles, and we couldn't stop laughing; then, I accidentally inhaled a piece of rice, so that made me laugh harder and choke. All in all, it was a lot of fun. It always is. :)

That night it was hard for me to fall asleep because I didn't want Christmas to be over. I feel like time is going by, and I don't have a lot to show for it. I want so much from my future that I get insecure about my present. I feel like if I'm not doing something to further my career as an adult then I'm wasting my time. Uhg, I need to lighten up. I need to let it go and enjoy the moment I'm in.
It's funny, the youngest is supposed to be the most layed-back supposedly, but I'm probably the non-layed-back of all the three kids. Anyways, that kind of derailed from Christmas. Oh well.

Toodlepip

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

For Pete's Sake!

I think everyone knows that Mockingjay Part 1 came out not too long ago. We went to see it and loved it. Then an explosion happened. The Hanging Tree (a song from Mockingjay) was everywhere. It was kind of like the Let it Go explosion. Well, Taylor Davis did a cover of it, and it was epic. I applaud her for it.

Okay, I've had this really random though running through my head all day. You know the saying, For Pete's sake. Well, I have a very important question. Who is Pete?! And why has he become part of a cultural saying? I'm so confused. Who was the original Pete? Think about it.
Does this woman know a Pete? I doubt it.


There is also an actual For Pete's Sake day. Why?!!









On a differant, sadder note. Mr. Moseby has fallen. For those of you who have no idea who I'm talking about. I'm talking about Phil Lewis. He played Mr. Moseby on the popular TV show The Suite Life of Zack and Cody on the Disney channel. He was the greatest. I just found out that in 1993 he was convicted of murder. Apparently he was driving while drunk and hit a woman. That's sad.

On a happier note, it's Christmas Eve. Can you believe it? 2014 is almost over. I'm excited for tomorrow morning. And for tomorrow night. Christmas dinner, here I come.

Well, my novel is going great. It really picked up speed and now I'm on Chapter 7 (I made the chapters a lot longer than what they were before). I'm excited.
Toodlepip

Monday, December 22, 2014

Piano and the Reason for the Season

Well, the play was a lot of fun, and a lot different than what I expected. They had waiters! The waiters would come up to your table and ask you if you wanted hot cocoa, coffee, tea, or juice. Then they would ask if you wanted German Chocolate Cake, Apple Strudel, Ice Cream with Fudge, or Red Velvet Cake. It was kinda fancy. :) The Red Velvet Cake was good. Bethany and I split it.

I'm listening to PianoGuys Lord of the Rings-The Hobbit.
I have listened to it at least four times. It is wonderful. Also, I might have mentioned it before, but Story of my Life. Not the 1D version, but the PianoGuys. It is amazing. I have become obsessed with them.
I have officially finished learning Planet Earth Forever. It was pretty fun to learn, and sort of easy. I like it. My next song to learn is...I'm still deciding.

We also just got back from driving around to see the lights. There was this one light show in particular that was really cool. It was an entire church all lit up, with the lights flashing to the beat of the songs. It was pretty fun to watch, but I think my mom got a headache from all the flashing lights. They also served apple cider, hot cocoa, cookies, and candy canes. Overall, it was a fun family tradition that I am more than happy to carry on.

Gear up, people. Christmas is only 3 days away. Are all your gifts wrapped? Is that wishlist written and checked twice? Are all the lights up?

You know, I think that in all of the Christmas hustle and bustle we forget sometimes what we're really celebrating. I think it's a lot of fun to have all the lights, wishlists, and other festive stuff, I just find people, myself included, getting lost in the commercialism and media. I hope that when I sit down with my family for a Christmas dinner, we remember the REAL reason for the season.
Anywho, there was my random-ish though for the day...er, the post. I have a ton of random thoughts during the day. :)

Toodlepip






Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Plays and Gingerbread Houses

Oops, I just realized I haven't posted in four days. Whoops.

Last night we had some friends over for some hangout time. The parents left to go for coffee and have some deep conversations, leaving us kids to ourselves. It was a blast.
We watched a movie, talked, danced to music, and overall had a lot of fun. I hope that we can do it again soon.
They brought their ice cream maker, and we were able to make coconut ice cream. After the half an hour it took to churn the coconut milk into ice cream, we added chocolate. It was a delicious treat, and because of the coconut milk instead of regular milk, it wasn't that bad for us. Yay!

My writing is going okay, not as fast as I would have hoped, but okay. :)
It's weird. I was so excited to write this book, but as I started writing it, the excitement kind of died away, and it became just another novel that I was writing. Anyway, so far I'm happy with it.

I've been listening to Pentatonix more often, as well as the Elder Scrolls: Oblivion soundtrack. I really like it. I haven't checked out the Skyrm one yet, but I'm planning on it soon.

Tonight we're going to A Christmas Carol play. I think Dad and Ben will be staying home though. They will be missed.
I love acting, I really do. I just don't get a lot of chances to act. I did drama club for a year, but then we pulled out of the co-op that offered it, and I wasn't able to find a substitute. I miss it.

I realized that I do a lot of writing. I write my novel, journal, random writing journal, blog, and my private blog, and I try to do four out of five of them daily. Yeesh, but I love it. :)

We finished our gingerbread house. It turned from one big house, into three tiny ones. We also added a lake (which looks amazing), two trees (which also look amazing), and little gingerbread men. My roof doesn't look as good as Mother's or Bethany's, but then again, I never really had the eye - nor the touch - for detail like they do.
We have little Swedish Fish sticking up from our lake that look really cute. I'm happy with it, and it was a lot of fun. We just finished adding a little pretzel stick fence around it all.

Well, I have to change out of my sweatpants to go to that play. Uhg. I better skedaddle (who uses that word anymore?).

Toodlepip


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I Lied

Yesterday we made gingerbread cookies, and today we're going to frost them. It's weird, for the past two years we have been really celebrating Christmas, but before that, we never really did. I mean, yes, we had presents and Christmas. Anyway, it's been fun.

I'm working on the third chapter of my third book. Ach! I'm so excited. I've been waiting to write this book for...since I started the first one.

Oh wow. Mom is making mega-nachos for lunch. Corn chips with olives, parsley, tomato, and all sorts of other toppings. It should be really good.

I am super excited. I just got a huge haul of library books. Most of them I haven't read before, but the ones that I have are like old friends to me. There's one that I have always loved. It has so many memories attached to it. It's called "The Hermit Thrush Sings"
I haven't read it in a couple years, but I almost remember it word for word. I hope to actually buy it soon. Here's hopin'.

Christmas is coming closer and closer. And with Christmas comes the New Year. I don't want it to be 2015. Time has gone by so fast.
I really hope that 2015 is a good year for me. I hope that I can finish the book that I just started at least by July. And then finish editing the book by Oct.

I went in the woods recently. I missed it. I missed the peace, the colors, and the quiet that leaves so much room for thoughts and musings like no other place. I have spent most of my life in those woods, so I'm glad I went out again. I should go out again soon.

Anywho, I better get to bed. Well, okay, that's a lie. I'm not going to bed right now, I'm writing. My sister always says that whenever she said she wrong thing. This just happened a couple minutes ago, "Bethany, can you help me with this?"
"No, sorry. I have to go finish the dishes."  Then my mom came in and said that she had already finished the dishes. So then Bethany turned to me and smiled, "Never mind, I can help you with that. I lied," <<<That was random.
Toodlepip


Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Next Day of Parties...

Wow, today is Ben's 18th birthday. I cannot believe that he is so old! On the larger scale of things and time, he's not that old at all! But to think that I've known him for 13 years is pretty cool. He's such a great brother. Anyway, we're having a surprise party for him tonight. Some of his good friends are going to come over when he's gone with my sister to get some stuff. We're going to set up when he's gone. It should be a lot of fun.



Ben is eighteen. Ach! Where is the time going?
I'm about to leave to the library (yay!) so this will probably be short. Anyway, we had chili for lunch, and it was really good.

Piano is going well. I'm about half-way done. Last night there was somebody who could play piano...really well. I felt so juvenile and silly saying that I could play piano when he was so good!! Well, he was older than me, so I do have time.

Bethany, Mom, and I went on a walk today. The weather was very nice. It was cold, but sunny with clear skies. I'm very glad that I went on the walk. It was a lot of fun. Mom kind of lagged behind because she was trying to train our dog to heel, but we ended up having just as many laughs.

I started my third novel last night, but the weird thing was it felt a lot different than my first book.
I know that my writing style has changed, but I don't think that it changed this drastically. Maybe I'm just a little off right now, but I'm just not getting into my writing very well. I need to go over the plot and characters and hope to get back into the groove.

Tomorrow is a Christmas party with my speech and debate club. I hope it'll be fun. At least there will be food. Food is my friend. :)
Toodlepip
                                                                                                                             

Friday, December 12, 2014

Finished and Free Copies.

All the lights are up, the tree looks amazing, and we taped our paper snowflakes to the ceiling. It's all Christmas-y. Christmas music has been playing 24/7, and the mood of the house is so fun.

I'm editing Chapter 33 right now, and I have 4 more chapters left. I should be able to finish it all by this Sat.. That would be cool. I plan on making the chapters longer though.
My one hangup is the cover. I need a different one than the one I have right now because I changed the title of my book. I tried making a cover, but I wasn't very good at it. Wish me luck. :)

Last night was...intense. It was so windy that it was actually pretty scary. We have two huge pine trees right by our house that were looking like they were going to fall over. The wind kept me up until 12-ish. It was cool though. I mean, all the trees were bending from the force of the wind, the rain being pelted into the windows at a breakneck speed.

My brother checked out an Xbox game, and he has been playing it non-stop practically. I need the TV to be able to watch ma Flash show. I still haven't been able to catch it, but I have seen the latest Arrow episode. It was...shocking, I was definitely shocked, and now I can't wait until it comes back on. It's going to be agony having to wait, but if Sherlock has taught me one thing, it's how to wait. :)

Oh my gosh! Someone replied to my post on NaNoWriMo. I asked for a cover, and they gave me exactly what I wanted. Oh, it's so perfect!! I'm really excited. I am now on Chapter Finished right now. I finished editing! This is great.
I can now start writing my sequel to Secrets of the Mirror. I'm really excited.

Anyway, I'm going to redeem my free copy.
Toodlepip






Tuesday, December 9, 2014

VeggieTales and References

Today is another rainy day. I'm not complaining, not in the least. I have a cup of peppermint tea, a bowl of raspberry preserve oatmeal, and a small piece of peppermint bark, and it's only 10:00!

Every morning since December 1st, my mother has had a small advent calendar. It's kind of like a chest of really tiny drawers with a date painted on each one. It goes all the way to 24. Each morning Mom wakes up and puts a special little something like candy or a little packet of hot cocoa. Today was a clue. It was "I am faithful to the rising of the sun." We were stumped, but then we found a small rooster in the living room corner. From there we found another clue that said, "This is where we house the KEYS." We were looking everywhere until we realized that it was the piano. We had been searching for actual keys that unlocked something, but in the end it was the piano. We looked behind one of the notebooks sitting on the piano and found a bag of peppermint bark. It was fun.

We finally finished decorating the tree, and may I just say...it looks amazing!!! This is my first year ever decorating a tree, and it was so much fun! We also taped all of our paper snowflakes to the ceiling. It looks great.
I can't wait to finish putting the lights up around the house.

My writing is going well. I have just completed the first chapter of my third novel. I'm really happy about it. Tonight will be a very late night for me. :) I'll probably be muttering and typing away like some crazy person. It's gonna be good.
For some reason rain always puts me in the writing mood.

When I was younger, VeggieTales was my favorite show (well, that and the Wiggles.). Today I just found a small video that blew my mind. It showed a Doctor Who and Star Trek reference in one of the movies. It was pretty cool to see my childhood obsession meet with my older-childhood obsession.

Anyway, I must do my math. Uhg.
Toodlepip



Sunday, December 7, 2014

Chuck Roast

Well, I finished wrapping gifts. I hope everyone likes what they got. :)

Bethany and I spent practically all day together yesterday. It was a lot of fun. We watched Pitch Perfect. It was overall a funny movie, but a bit crass and raunchy in places. Anyway, we also got The Lion King from the library. She and I have watched it before, but barely remember it. We'll be watching it tonight hopefully.

I finally caught up on Arrow and The Flash. The mash-up was awesome, and hilarious. I hope that something like that happens again soon. I think the dynamics between Barry and Oliver are pretty...interesting to say the least. But in the end I do think they make a good team.

Lately, I've been preparing for the second book to my "Mirror" trilogy. I'm super excited to start writing it.
More good news. I'm on Chapter 20 of editing my 35 chapter novel (I need to make the chapters longer though.). I'm hoping to be done with it all by Christmas. :)

Dinner tonight is a Chuck Roast. Despite it's name, it is not the roasting of some poor guy named Chuck. No, it is a delicious...beef...thingie. It should be great. It's cooking right now, and it smells amazing!! I can't wait for dinner.

Yes! Mom just got back from the library. I got a book I've been waiting for, for a long time. I'm excited. I think it's interesting that reading always motivates me to write more. I guess it's becasue one day I want to be a published author. At least, that's my goal.

Anyway, I think the oven beeped. I should go help with dinner.
Toodlepip

Friday, December 5, 2014

J.K.'s Broken Record.

As you may have noticed, I changed the background of my blog. I thought I would try to get even deeper into the snowy, holiday spirit. And I need some snow in my life now that the REAL stuff has melted. :(

NOOOO!!!! Someone just broke JK Rowling's record of 450 million books sold. Zoella has sold...more, I guess. That's good for Zoella, but bad for us nerds. A teen drama/romance has beaten  good ol' wizards and magic. That's too bad. But great for the writer of that book Girl Online. I haven't read it, so I won't judge it harshly or anything, but I still think it's a little sad that teenagers are more interested in romance and that stuff that imagination and fantasy. But  that's just me. :)

On a better note, I am editing Chapter 17 of my NaNoWriMo novel. I'm over halfway done!! :)
Hopefully, I'll be able to get my copies by Christmas.

I'm a little sad that time is going by so fast. But at the same time I'm excited for Christmas.

My mom made ants-on-a-log. You know, the celery filled with peanut butter and raisins? I haven't had it in ages, and it's so good! She's also making baked potatoes topped with steamed broccoli and bacon! Mmm, it's awesome.

My math is going okay, but it's not my cup of tea. I have 350 topics left to learn out of 602, just in case anyone was wondering. :) Ach, it's taking forever.

Planet Earth Forever on the piano is going well. I was a bit stuck at one point, but I got it all cleared up. I hope to have mastered it completely by Christmas.
Lately, I've also kinda been wanting to learn the violin, but that might just be a whim that will pass in a couple weeks.

I'm really happy with the way that my life is going right now. :) I'm just overall in a happy mood.
Anywho. That's it for today, folks.
Toodlepip





Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Christmas Tree and a Mockingjay

Wow! For the first time...well, for the first time ever, we got a Christmas tree!! We never got one before because...of some reason that I can't remember, but this year we did. I still can hardly believe it. Now it's sitting in our living room, waiting to be decorated. You know, sadly enough, I have never once in my life decorated a proper Christmas tree. Sure, I've decorated that dying potted plant that we used to hang ornaments on and it would fall over, and I've decorated the sad plastic twig thingie that we got for free, but not a Christmas tree. I'm so excited!

There's a song from Mockingjay that I think is pretty awesome. When I read the book, I thought the lyrics were eerie, but intriguing. Now, when I heard it put to music, it's still eerie, but strangely hopeful. It's called "The Hanging Tree". Check it out on Youtube or something.

My editing is going really well! I'm up to Chapter 13, and still plowing ahead. Though I need to work on the cover. I love the one that I currently have, but I don't want it to be permanently plastered on the front of my free copy of my book.

Wow! I just hit 6000 views! That's a lot. :)

There's still snow on the ground. It must be freezing outside. I decided to go on another walk while the snow lasts. My toes will probably freeze off.

Anyway, I have to do my math. Bluh. It's funny, I get really frustrated with my math, and I dislike it, right? Well, I start to feel incompetent, then I remember that I'm two grades ahead. Oops. :)
Toodlepip

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1st!!!!

When I look out of my window, all I see is slushy white snow, remnants of yesterdays events. For some reason, it decided to snow in November (which is rare for the Northwest). I woke up to feel that my pillow was unnaturally cold. My dog had pushed his way under my covers and was shivering slightly. That was odd. I blinked and looked outside (for some weird reason, I do that every morning). Everything was white. I rubbed my eyes, sure that in my sleep heavy state I was imagining things, but no, there was truly snow on the ground! I almost shouted, but suppressed my noise quick enough, so it only came out as a strangled squeak. My sister is a very light sleeper, and upon hearing my squeak she woke up. She asked what was up, her back to the window. I told her, and she shot right up, "Are you serious?" We both got up and spent the rest of the morning dressing hurriedly and scarfing down breakfast. Then we pulled on boots, coats, and gloves, and ran outside. It was a lot of fun. We ran around in the woods behind our house for a while then headed back inside to make something hot to drink.
I really hope that more snow comes.
                                                                The next day.
I have run through all of my books, and I am now in a desperate state. I need more reading material. Hopefully I can go to the library soon. Oh! Never-mind, I just remembered that I have a small stack of historical books that were written and published in 1951. They're really a great format to read. Right now I'm reading about the real story of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith. I already knew most of it, but the books are giving me a bit more detail. It's cool.

I can't believe that it's December 1st. There's still snow from two days ago!  I wish it would rain, because it's cold enough that if it did rain, it would become snow.

Well, that's it for today folks. Until next time....
Toodlepip

Friday, November 28, 2014

So it Begins

Well, Thanksgiving is over. Christmas will be everywhere.
I always get so disappointed that the year is going by so fast, but then I get super excited for Christmas. This year is going to be a small Christmas for us, but that's okay. :)

For Thanksgiving we had our grandparents over. As well as our aunt and uncle. It was our uncle's first thanksgiving with us (my aunt married him in...Oct.). I hope that we
weren't too abrasive. When my grandpa, dad, and aunt get together, it is...a bit much. They all have a very outgoing and loud personality. I hope he had fun. 

OHMYGOSH!! We're going to Mockingjay Part 1 today. I've wanted to see this movie for a while. I'm so excited!

Editing my NaNoWriMo novel is going well. I've edited 3 and a half chapters. I'm hoping to have it all done by January. The quality isn't horrible, but it's not my best. And that's okay. The polishing and making readable will come with the editing. That's what I have to tell myself frequently. :)

I'm pretty proud of myself. Last night, I decided to only have small portions, and I stuck to it. SO that's good. I didn't feel like I was going to burst.

It's snowing!!! Granted, it's like a rain/snow, but still! I hope that we can have a lot of snow this year. That would be a lot of fun to be able to go sledding and...sledding. As well as the...wait, it's back to rain. Well, it was exciting for the moments that we had it. :P

Anyway, I should go get ready to leave for the movie (squee!).
Toodlepip

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Well, I think I might finish NaNoWriMo today. I hope so. Even if I am writing random stuff.

The funniest thing happened on Mon.. It was in speech and debate class, Our instructor was doing something with the projector, so she had it hooked up to her phone. Her phone was password-ed, and she didn't know that as soon as she typed in the password, everyone saw it because it was hooked up to the projector. And guess what? The password was 7443. Otherwise known as Sher. Her password was Sherlocked! It was so great. I had no idea that she was a Sherlockian. Apparently she loves the show, and watches reruns whenever they're on.

I have recently become obsessed with Taylor Davis and ThePianoGuys. They're both on YouTube, and they're both really awesome.

Gah! I love this song so much. I've been listening to these guys all week.
 So great.
Anyway, NaNoWriMo is calling my name. I am determined to finish today.
Toodlepip


Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Reminiscing

Writing is going great, but I do think that I will barely make 50,000. I'm having a lot of fun with it all. The late nights all alone in the dark with lemon ginger tea, a huge sweater wrapping me in it's fuzzy warmth.
I wish that I could just stay in those moments forever. In the dusky darkness, the whole house a wonderful, peaceful silence. Gah, I love writing so much.

We ( my family and I) were in the kitchen talking about some random things. We had somehow gotten on the subject of...souls. I don't know how. And my dad said, "Your soul was sucked away." And the only thing I could think of was dementors. Call me weird, nerd, or geek. I don't care, but I am irreversibly and 100 percent full fledged weirdo!
                                                                            Yes. All those who are weird, are awesome...

With the holidays coming up, I'm kind of getting into the festive spirit. Thanksgiving is just this Thurs. Oh my stars, I just realized that that's only a couple days away. I can't believe it. Time has been going by so fast. It feels like just yesterday it was Christmas. We were all laughing through breakfast, exchanging gifts and guessing what they are before opening them. The lights and piddly plastic tree sagging. It's always perfect. I love those times. 

And Thanksgiving with it's gravy covered turkeys, mashed potatoes, and the warmth of a small fire in the hearth. My grandparents and immediate family surrounding me, all telling stories of embarrassing moments and funny happenings. It's so great. :)

Anyway, all the lights and talk of holiday sales has really made me think of how close the holidays really are. 
Toodlepip

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tommy

Ok, what I'm about to say may seem completely insane to some, but it was devastating.
Warning: Spoilers from Arrow Season One.
My mom named the turkey we got for my grandpa's birthday Tommy. She named it Tommy!!!  We're going to be eating Tommy. It wasn't right, so insisted she name the turkey something else. I suggested Bob, but then remembered everybody's favorite custodian from HoO and decided on Larry instead. Well, Larry was the name of her grandfather. She was named after him. Laurie, Larry.
I gave up and sat to name him Trian. No emotional connection to Trian the Turkey. Just like it should be. :)

That was an odd moment, but I felt that I should share with all of you fellow Arrow fans. Especially those that name their computers after beloved fallen characters. :) Hello there.

Anywho, that was all I wanted to say.
Toodlepip

The Princess Analysis Program

I don't really have a lot to write. These past couple of days have been pretty normal. I think the most exciting thing that happened yesterday was that Momma went on a cleaning spree. So she cleaned out three shelves and reorganized a lot of stuff.
When I look back to my previous posts, they are somewhat funny and not boring! But then I look at my recent posts, and guess what? They're boring.

It's funny, I don't believe in superstitions, but I still find myself wishing on fallen eyelashes and 11:11.  I know that the wishes won't come true just because I wished it, but I still do it.
That's why Tiana from The Princess and the Frog is one of my favorite princess'. She knew that wishing on a star wouldn't get her where she wanted, she had to earn it. I also like Mulan, Merida, Kida, and Belle. They all were strong. I know that I am talking about the happy, Disney princess' here, but hear me out. Tiana worked three jobs to get to her dream of owning her own restaurant. She never gave up. Tiana didn't take any flak from Naveen, and she made him work.
Mulan was extremely selfless and gave herself up for her father. She trained extremely hard and didn't back down even when the odds seemed impossible.
Merida marched to the beat of her own drum and didn't give up her values and morals for what the laws said. And in the end, she reshaped a kingdom for the better.
Kida can fight. She had such a strong personality. She was stubborn, spunky, but willing to explore new cultures and people, but I mainly like her because she can fight really well. :)

Wow, I didn't think I could write that much on Disney Princess', but I did. I could actually write more! But I won't.

Lately I've really been getting into the fall mood by drinking tea, wearing my huge robe thing all day, and dramatically looking out the window to watch the leaves fall from the trees. I dramatically look out a window a lot.
I'm getting really hungry...I should make a sandwich...mmm. A sandwich sounds good.
Toodlepip

P.S. When did Toodlepip become my thing? I don't know, but I find myself saying in real life, too.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Flash

Ok, I started watching The Flash...
I really like it so far. I'm on the fourth episode. I'm glad I decided to start watching it.
It brings in a couple different elements than Arrow, and it's cool to see those two cross over sometimes.

I am doing pretty good on my NaNoWriMo novel. I think I worked things out so I could keep the plot going for a while. I decided to throw in some government secrets to the mix. I'm also thinking of rearranging a couple scenes to allow more development. I'm happy about that.

It's been so cold these past mornings. There is literally chunks of ice in my driveway that we found in the side yard. But Bethany and I have to go running in that. Brr, at least  I don't mind the cold too much. Bethany on the other hand....

For my birthday I got a book I've been wanting for a while, but guess what, I have no room on my bookshelf.  It ha dto end up on the top of my shelf for now. Hopefully I get a bigger bookshelf soon.

Yes! I hit 34,000. My goal is to hit 35,000 today. I can do this. :) Hopefully.

Anyway, I better get back to writing.
Toodlepip




Friday, November 14, 2014

Tacos...

Update on NaNoWriMo: I am doing well. 30,000 words. Moral: Medium

I am stuck, to put it plainly. I thought I'd be able to drag some of these events out to get me that high word count, but my story line and plot is slowly dying....
On a happier note, what I have written isn't too horrible.

Also, I was able to get a writing book. So far it's been super helpful and informative on voice, getting the ideas flowing when you're stuck, and all sorts of other great stuff.

Ooo, we're having tacos for lunch. Tacos are great. When I was younger, I never really understood what was so great about them, but recently, we've been having them more, and may I just say...
 
Thank you tacos for making the world a better place, one crunchy shell at a time.

Last night was a magical night. We had a risotto (that I made) which was delicious with steamed broccoli and roasted chicken. Wonderful. Then we had banana ice cream for dessert. Ok, it's not really ice cream, but super close to it. We take frozen bananas and stick them in this food processor thingie...
 
Ignore the carrots. We do not put carrots in our banana ice cream. Anyway, we put the frozen bananas in, and they come out a cold, creamy, delicious, ice cream like substance. And sometimes, if the stars are in alignment, we'll crumble brownies on it. Mmm...

Anyway. This post was very food focused, wasn't it?
Toodlepip


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tempis Fugit

Wow, it's Day 12 of War of the Words aka NaNoWriMo. And I'm doing pretty good (I think) in moral and word count. I won't be able to write a whole lot today (I don't think). I hope I can figure out a way to get my documents working. They kinda went haywire and stopped opening for the time being. Here's hoping that they start working again soon.

It's a lovely day today, wonderfully frigid and fall-ish. Bethany and I went for a run this morning (we've started to do it every other morning). It felt good in the cold.
We're having salmon chowder for dinner with sourdough rolls. Mmm, the perfect fall dinner.
I think that soup is my favorite fall meal, whether it be bean soup, tomato soup, or...anything soup. As long as it's hot and delicious, I will choose it over any other meal.

Tempis Fugit. Time flies. How true that is. I look back on events earlier this year, and I remember every detail. It doesn't seem like those things happened that long ago, but in fact it was months ago. And NaNoWriMo is 3 days from being halfway over. My brother will be eighteen in Dec., and my sister will be 16 next year. That's scary.

I'm on Chapter Two of Mango Languages: Scottish Gaelic.
I'm really glad that I decided to try it out. The words and pronunciations are so fun. Like, latha blah.
It's pronounced La Bla. And it means, a warm morning. Funny right?

My dad's grandmother (my great-grandmother) has a lot of odds and ends in her house. She shipped some of the little doodads she didn't want anymore to us. Some of them were bizarre, like a ceramic rooster in a chef's hat, a ceramic owl, and a couple other odd things, but there was something I thought was cool. A music box. It plays a pretty little classic melody, and has a red cardinal perched on the top of the small box.

My sister started a YouTube channel. It's about beauty and makeup and all that stuff that Bethany is into, but even though it might not be what you normally like, or maybe it is, check it out! Here's the link. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKDDasBQiZMojILwJtNL41w
She uploads once a week, and I am determined to make her a YouTube sensation. :) Join me in my quest to make Bethany Yackel a name that all in the makeup industry recognize.
Thank you.

Anyway, NaNoWriMo is calling my name.
Toodlepip

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Wife Song

Today feels like it's going to be a great day. It's only 10:00 and I'm already done with all my Have To Do list. Like math, chores, and other shtuff.
The sun is shining, it's a great day.

Okay, I am kind of obsessed with this new song. well, you can't really call it a song. It's more like 1:59 minutes of catchy, but kind of annoying-if-you-listen-to-it-too-much music. It's called Spring in my Step by Silent Partner. No lyrics. Just a happy, uppity beat riff kinda thing.

                                                     **************
                                                    An hour and a lost lung later....
I just got back from a run with my sister.
That's what the lost lung thing is up there. Man alive! I am breathing so hard right now.
I feel ya Olaf. I feel ya.

I have been listening to a lot of Tim Hawkins lately. He has the funniest songs. He'll make parodys and these songs and stuff. But my favorite song out of all is the Wife song.
                                                                            
Another thing that is really sad, is that I'm all caught up with Arrow, and I now have to wait a week in between episodes! How horrid is that?                                                                                                  Well, as short as this is. NaNoWriMo is calling my name. I must answer.
Toodlepip




Saturday, November 8, 2014

On Top of the World

Every year I am determined to be on top of Christmas shopping. So I start in July, watching and listening for wants, needs, and wishes, but as soon as a week goes by, I forget.
Then as December rolls around, I panic and scramble for gifts and ideas, but this year, this year is the first time I have ever been punctual and maybe even a bit ahead in getting the gifts. Go me! :)

Yesterday was my Dad's birthday. To celebrate we went on a mini-hike to the Ice Caves. I have only felt on top of the world two times. The first time was at a beach in The Olympic National Park.  It was late, the sun was setting, casting a glow over the entire sky. We found a huge rock that had an abundance of sea anemone covering it, all in a florescent blue. We went to the edge of the rock that was over swirling and stormy grey water. The wind was unbelievable, you could let yourself fall back and the wind would hold you up. Then at the Ice Caves it was freezing but amazingly gorgeous. Parts of the ice were bright blue and as cold as...well, ice. We climbed up the mountain a tiny bit. Well, it was more of climbing the hill that puts you right beside the mountain, but it felt like I was on top of the world, a cold feeling surging through my lungs, the wind dancing through my hair. It was awesome.

Lately I've been drinking a lot of tea. Among these teas is a delicious kind called vanilla chai. It is magical. I am convinced that it is made from a unicorn's tears. Another tea that I found is a peach tea. It smells amazing, but doesn't taste as good. When I first tried it, I added some ginger. It was good enough, but the second time I made it, I didn't add anything, and it tasted like toothpaste - a really bad peach toothpaste. That wasn't fun to drink.

Anyway, my life is going good. Uh, I need to go write.
Toodlepip

P.S. I am so excited to start editing. I've never really edited a book before.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Battle Entry #2

Battle Journal Entry #2
Day 6
War of the Words
I am pressing on. I do not think that without my trusty comrades Sargent Tea and Admiral iPod I would have made it. I am ahead of schedule. The war is going very well. Moral is high.
The weather has been perfect, ideal conditions. My equipment is outdated and slow. I must search for better artillery. I believe that I can win this war. Wish me luck.


Random: I started a new blog. It's for all my stories and stuff. It's private so don't try finding it. I got really inspired by another friends blog. It was a really good idea. That's why my post today is going to be super short. I have a lot of other stuff to do today, and it's my Dad's birthday. We're making a special dinner for him, corned beef (never eaten it before), roasted vegetables, and for dessert, pie and ice cream. Then we're going to watch The Breakfast Club. It's one of his favorite movies.

Anyway, I really better go write some more.
Toodlepip

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Battle Journal Entry #1

NaNoWriMo Battle Journal
Day 4
War of the Words
It's been four days. It feels like a lifetime. It has been hours since I stepped outside. I believe if I went out there now the sun would burn me. The war has been going strong. I am winning, but not by much. My two rivals are slowly gaining on me; I must keep going. The day is coming to an end, and I must rest. I do not wish to over exert myself. I must win.

Okay, I'm going to start a segment of my posts for the month of November called "NaNoWriMo Battle Journal.___<---Date would go there. War of the Words. Hopefully it will not crash and fail and burn.
Update: I'm at 12,784 words. This is my first year and I am super excited. :)

We got a lot of books from the library yesterday, and I have to resist the urge to read them too much.  I cannot neglect my writing.

After NaNoWriMo I will be editing the novel. Then editing my OTHER novel that I finished before NaNoWriMo. That's a lot of editing.

I made a rice pilaf for dinner along with tilapia. And it's ready to eat right now.
Toodlepip


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Tea and NO ROOM!!!

NaNoWriMo has started and I am so excited, if I keep up my pace I'll be done in ten days. I doubt that I'll keep up the pace, but it's still pretty cool.
I am over 7,000 words right now an it's only day two! I'm having so much fun writing!
We got some new teas, and I've been drinking them non-stop. My favorites so far are the Vanilla Chai, Peach Ginger, and Earl Grey. I like really strong tea, so I normally put in two teabags. If I don't it just tastes like flavored water. Blech.

I love fall. It's my favorite season.

I have officially filled up my bookshelf. There is no more room for ANYTHING. I have the entire Harry Potter series now. I have the entire Sisters Grimm series now. I have the entire Fablehaven series, as well as the entire Percy Jackson saga. Sequel series included. The entire Series of Unfortunate Events. I have loads of other books as well. Man, I never thought I'd start a book collection, but I guess I have! :)

Anyway, I better keep writing. I can't fall behind.
Toodlepip


Friday, October 31, 2014

NaNoWriMo and Halloween

I can't believe it. NaNoWriMo is tonight/tomorrow!!! AHHH!!! I'm so excited it's not even funny.
This is going to be an interesting time in my life. :) Also, since most of my time will be spent writing my novel, I don't know how much blogging I'll get done. I'll try to keep it updated though.

In about...two hours some family friends are going to be coming over. We have this family tradition for Halloween that we have root beer floats and play spoons. It started in 2010, so it's not that old of a tradition, but it's still fun.
This year, when we called the friends to ask them what they were doing for Halloween, they said "Nothing." So, we invited them over to join in our tradition. It should be great.

I think I will be needing a lot of green tea tonight. I'm planning on staying up 'til midnight to start writing for NaNoWriMo. I hope it all goes well.

Anyway, I better help get ready for the people to come over.
Toodlepip


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

7 Journals

Ok, as NaNoWriMo approaches, I have become more dedicated to writing my current novel. And guess what?? GUESS WHAT???!!!
I finished it.
That's right. As soon as I wrote the last words, I did this weird pterodactyl screech and started doing my victory dance (I do have one). Oh man, I was...am, so excited! I've been working on this novel for about two years. It came from a character on Once Upon a Time. He..er, the character came to Story-brook and I started mulling over his past and his personality. And then I had this weird thinking process that ended with a novel! I am really pumped to start editing after November.

For as long as I can remember, I have been enamored by cool notebooks and journals. I would buy them, but then they would sit around unused. Well, for Christmas last year, I got a really nice, black leather journal, and I wanted to write in it! But I had never been able to keep a journal before, so why would I start then? I walked into my room and saw the desk covered with random notebooks and unused pages collecting dust, and I decided - I would start a journal.

It has been almost an entire year, and so far I have used 6 journals, full from cover to cover. It has now become a relaxing habit, to sit down at the end of the day and write my thoughts and my day in the small pages. Of course I'm always hesitant that someone will read it, but if worse comes to worse I can always burn it later on in life. :) I am in the middle of that 7th journal, the nice, black leather one from Christmas last year. I am about 1/5th of the way through.

One morning I got the idea to go for a run with Bethany. I asked her and she agreed to go. Normally I am an inside person, but I was feeling exceptionally adventuress. So we went for a jog/walk. It was hard, my lungs and...well, my body, isn't used to jogging for a long period of time. It felt like my lungs were on fire. That was on Mon.; we went again this morning, and it felt a little better than the first time. We ran practically the entire time. We ran a mile and a quarter. I hope we keep doing this.

NaNoWriMo is only three days away. We can start hyperventilating. I am really excited!!
I think I will be having a lot of reeeeally late nights.
Anyway, I have some other stuff to do.
Toodlepip




Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sherlock Shirt!!

OHMYGOSH!!! I've only listened to a couple of the Arrow Soundtrack songs, but I am already obsessed! Each song is so individual, but they meld together perfectly. I now know what I will be listening to for the next couple hours.

I watched Captain America:The Winter Solder two days ago. It was epic! I'm glad I was finally able to see it.

OH OH OH OH OH OH!!!!! Yesterday I got a shirt in the mail. It read,
 I am so excited that I got it! I think I'm going to wear it every day for the rest of my life. Actually I'm not, that would be unsanitary. My point is, I'm really excited. 

My writing is going really well. I'm getting closer and closer to finishing my novel. That's an awesome feeling. 

Um, I don't have a whole lot to say. My life isn't too exciting. 
Anywho, I'll bore you no longer.
Toodlepip

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chai Tea and Pumpkin Cookies

Well, today has been a wonderful, peaceful day. Last night the boys (Dad and Ben) left for hunting, leaving us girls home alone to have a wonderful, relaxing weekend.

A Halloween party is this weekend and my costume isn't all that great. It's like, really simple and no-one is going to get what it actually is, but that's okay.

I'm getting closer and closer to finishing my novel. I'm planning on finishing it before November starts. :) Part of that is because of NaNoWriMo is in November. Man, I am so excited to right those words...The End. :) Well, actually, I won't be writing those exact words because I am going to write a sequel to it. I'm really excited for the sequel.

We went to the library and got a whole bunch of books. But weirdly enough, I haven't been reading as much lately. Writing has been taking a lot of my time, and I'm ok with that. I hope to someday publish my novel, and if I'm going to do that then I have to write it. A writer writes. And it doesn't even have to be good writing right now, I just have to get it all down on paper...er, computer screen.
The polishing and good writing comes during the editing process.

Bethany made these really yummy pumpkin cinnamon cookies with coconut sprinkled on the top. Mmm, they're baking right now and smell amazing! Plus, they're completely paleo. No sugar, flour or dairy. It's awesome.

I also made some Chai Spice tea in honor of the fall day we're having. It's kinda bitter, but nothing that a bit of raspberry honey can't take care of.
Anyway, those cookies are calling my name. They just got out of the oven.
Toodlepip


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day 2 of Birthday

Sunday was day two of Birthday Surprises.
We went to a Tree House Hotel in Preston, WA to tour the tree-houses. It was cool to see how many different designs there would be. After touring those and spending a little time by the river they had we piled back into the car and drove to Seattle for the Farmers Market that was there until five. We looked at the different booths, found some adorable vintage suitcases and typewriters, looked at the price and backed away in horror. Walked through until we found the food booths. There was all sorts of delicious aromas wafting from the food trucks and food stands. Ben and Dad decided on fresh Fish and Chips, Mom, Bethany, and I decided on some Chinese food. It is after all, my favorite food.

After we ate, we meandered down a street and found a door that read Theo Chocolate Factory.
It looked interesting and I thought, "Huh, that would be cool." Then mother opened the door and stepped inside. I followed, now knowing that we were going to take one of the tours. Immediately I was hit with the scent of dark chocolate (my favorite), we were seated to wait until it was 5:00 and the tour started. Then we were herded into another room where we were told the exact process of how to make chocolate. And we got to try a lot! of samples. By the end of the tour, I was stuffed. Full to the brim with chocolate. Oh! And they had a little Han Solo frozen in carbanite (not sure how you spell it, but you know what I mean). They also had a chocolate TARDIS.
At the end of the tour we got free chocolate bars. It was an awesome trip.

We drove up to the Seattle troll to take a birthday pic. And after horsing around on teh giant troll, Bethany noticed some stairs leading up to the highway. She and I darted up there, my dad following closely behind. In the end we all ended up walking along the highway and over the bridge. It was sunset when we did this, the wind slightly tugging at my hair.  The rosy color of the setting sun illuminating Mt. Rainier perfectly. A perfect end to a perfect day.

I also got some library books today, so that's cool. Yep.

Toodlepip


Sunday, October 19, 2014

It's Ma Birthday!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR EVANGELINE!!!HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!!!! (and many more....!!)

Yeah. That was my little freak out. I am 13!! I can't believe it. It seems like just yesterday I was 10 or even 7 for that matter. Uhg, I don't want to get older. :(
But at least I can have fun times for my birthday with my family. Yay!

Anywho, I better go. Presents to open and cake to eat (I actually have no cake, I just said that because of the whole birthday theme).
Toodlepip

Saturday, October 18, 2014

My Wonderful Day

Okay, yesterday we had some friends over to play games and hang out. It was fun and I really hope that we can get together again soon.

Also, can you believe that tomorrow is my birthday? I'm going to be thirteen!!! Today we did some fun activities to celebrate. Of course, it was a total surprise and I had no idea where I was going until we pulled into the driveway for "The Washington Fencing Academy". I've wanted to learn how to fence for a while. It's not that complicated, but it is different than regular sword-fighting. I'm not trying to brag, I'm seriously not. But the instructors said it looked like I had been fencing for a while!! That was exciting for me. The footwork was fun to practice.

After the fencing we went to a Chinese restaurant for lunch. I tried a whole bunch of new dishes and soups. It was a cool experience.

Oh! And also saw How to Train Your Dragon 2. I'm not going to say too much about it, but I will say this. IT WAS AWESOME!!! Everyone was saying it was super sad, it wasn't as sad as I was expecting, but it was pretty sad.

Uhh, there will be more to come.
Toodlepip

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Interp

I'm doing an interp for Speech. For those of you who do not know what that is, it is a interpretation of a book, movie, or poem. You take the plot and you condense it so you can get an idea across. You act it out, and you have to be multiple characters. You can have humorous interps, dramatic interps, serous interps and so on and so forth. I am going to be acting out The Cay. It deals with racism, and looking at what's on the inside. It's one of my favorite books actually. I hope I do well. It is a bit nerve racking to think that I will be acting it out in front of a minimum of three people I do not know (judges), and other people can be in the room if they wish.
It's pretty intimidating doing it for the first time, but it is fun. :)

Well, I'm going to cut short this post.
Bethany and Dad are going somehwere and I want to go too.
Toodlepip


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Favorite Music

I found a really great new composer that has become my favorite. Jo Blankenburg. He has composed for quite a few major movies. Including Harry Potter. That's pretty cool
Anyway, I am learning Planet Earth Forever on the piano. It's a really...light and pretty piece. So after I heard it, I decided to go ahead and tackle it. So far I'm doing pretty well and feeling confidant about it.
I can't believe that NaNoWriMo is only 16 or 17 days away. Oh my goodness, I am so excited!! I'm determined to stay up 'till midnight on the 30th...or 31st. I don't remember which one it is. But I'll make myself a nice cup of ginger tea and get cracken when the clock strikes midnight.
Like I said, I'm pretty excited.

Today I went to lunch with my Grandpa. We went to the Roadhouse for a lunch of Chowder and a Prime Rib sandwich. It was so much fun. Grandpa is a big part of my life, and I love spending time with him.

Well, once again I am going to have a short post.
Soooo.....
Toodlepip


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Last Night Was...Fun? Fun.

Yes!!! Season Two of Arrow is on Netflix!!
Ben and I just watched the first episode of Season Two, and may I just say...AHHHH!!! It left us hanging. Gah, I must have more!

All the TV shows are returning as fall sets in.
When I was younger, I used to think that every season was a year. It felt that long, but nowadays it just feels like time is disappearing.

Last night some family friends came over (actually my godparents and god-sister). Mum and dad went out with Aunt Cindy and Uncle Clay (we just call them that, they're not actually our aunt and uncle), leaving Sue (my god-sister) home with us. It was such a blast! We played charades, baked an apple crisp, and played hide-an'-go-seek in the dark. Then we all went out on the deck to talk and look at the stars, but when we tried to get back in, we found that the door had shut and was locked. We tried all the other doors and windows, but they were all locked as well. We could not get in our house! After finding that the garage was unlocked and that we could get in there, all of us hung out in the driveway and garage, playing basketball, talking, and painting (well, Bethany was painting). We found a couple cans of pineapple and opened it with a chisel. It was fun. We also found some frozen brownies and ate those. Finally, our parents came home and let us in the house. Overall it was a great night.

Anywho, I have a novel to plan (NaNoWriMo),
Toodlepip

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Bars...Magnifique

Oh YASSSS!!!! Bethany has made paleo pumpkin pie bars.
Mmm, she always makes the best treats. Right now they're cooling, so I can't have any yet, but they smell delicious!

I can't believe it. I finished The Blood of Olympus yesterday, and I am in denial. That was the last book in the series. Oh man, that's horrible. It should go on and on forever, but I know it can't.

Yesterday Mum and I went to the pool. I haven't been there in a while, so I was surprised when I saw how much they had changed things. It was like a mini-Great Wolf Lodge, with the large bucket that splashed water everywhere, two water slides, and a whirlpool. It's a lot of fun. It also had a lazy river that you could float or swim on. We spent two hours there swimming and playing around. Then we went to Jamba Juice and split a smoothie. It was a lot of fun.

I can't believe that it's almost the 19th. I don't want to be 13. It's hard to accept change, like my brother moving out in the near future, and him going to college. It's absolutely unbelievable.

Anyway, I have places to go, people to see, things to read. :)
Toodlepip

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Highlight of my Year

Ahh, this morning has been absolutely glorious! I first woke up at 6:00 and went back to bed, then I woke up at 7:00. Deciding that that was as good as I was going to get, I arose. Groggily stumbling down the stairs and making myself a steaming cup of lemon honey green tea, I sat down, letting my eyes adjust to the morning light and taking occasional scalding sips of my tea. I finally decided to drag myself up to my computer and write. I got half a chapter written before my stomach was protesting every word I typed. I ate a breakfast of peaches, bacon, and a raspberry blueberry muffin. It was yummy!
That was my great morning.

But another thing that made it so great was the weather. Whenever I looked out of the window, I saw a wall of fog blocking the trees and other houses from sight. I've always taken a special liking to fog. It seems so...evanescent, like it's here one moment, there the next, and then it's drifted away. Just a misty memory. Like I said, glorious.

Today we went to the library, and I was able to pick up a lot more books.

Ok, I've been saving the best for last. You know how I've been talking about The Blood of Olympus coming out soon, and me being very excited? Well, today is the day. It came out today. That's pretty cool. I've been waiting over a year for this book.
Now, here's the REALLY awesome part. Normally I have to wait a while to read a book that just came out - library request backups and all - but Ben came home and pulled that glorious book from behind his back. He had bought it for me. He went out of his way on his bus rout to go to Barnes and Nobles to buy this amazing book for me. He called it an early birthday present. I was speechless for a while.
Anyway, that was my highlight of the day...erm, week...nope, month?...Year. There we go.
Toodlepip

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Bridesmaids and NaNo

Well then, yesterday I was a bridesmaid in a wedding. It was an...interesting wedding to say the least. Fun, yes. Unorthodox, yes. I had to wear an itchy skirt and a weird green blouse-ish thingy.
Um, the food was good. Yeah, that's the only bit that I really liked. I knew no-one there, and I felt a bit awkward just standing in the middle of all the hubbub. I don't know if anyone can tell, but I'm writing this in a British accent. Either that, or Irish. I'm bouncing around a bit.

Tomorrow I have to hand in my speech homework, and I haven't even done it yet. That's probably not good. I should go finish it.

I've been preparing like mad for November. It's weird how it seems so far away, but in all reality, it's just around the corner. Just like my birthday. It's only 14 days away. Dang, when did I become almost 13??? It seems like I just turned 10.
Also, I am hyperventilating. The Blood of Olympus is coming out in 2 days. TWO DAYS!!!!! Gah, I'm so excited/terrified. I hope everyone lives, but you know how all good books are. People die. :(

Yay! We're going to the library soon. I think the library is one of my favorite places. Lame, I know, but none the less.

Well, I better get ready to leave.
Toodlepip

Friday, October 3, 2014

7 Novels

Well, I have been writing like crazy, trying to get as much done as possible on my current novel, before I start my NaNoWriMo novel. Wow, I have a lot of books on teh back-burner too. Let's see. In the order I'm going to write them.
1. My Brother's Keeper
2.War Games
3.The Stone Shadow                                  
4.Catching Tears
5.Ravenswood: The School for the Criminally Insane, Illegally Gifted, and Outcasts.
6. Fer: A Lost Girls Tale
7. A Candle in the Window

That's all I can think of for now. Even so, that's a lot of novels to keep in my head. :) I'm excited to write them.
It's funny how attached I am in my writing. I can't even remember a time when I wasn't writing. The only thing I can think of is when I didn't know how to read or write, and even then I was taking my sisters books and pretending I could understand them, making up the story as I "read".
I just hope that my book is one day successful. Because I know for a fact I can get it published (self-publishing), but will it be read? Will people pick it up at the bookstore?
I hope so. The thought of someone reading something so personal, something that I have poured my heart, soul, tears, and time into, is amazing, yet terrifying.

That was kind of random.

I'm going to be finding a job...writing! There are a couple sites where people are looking for someone to write a paper for them, to help edit a book, to ghost-write a book, etc. I've been checking them out, and some seem promising! Hopefully it all works out.
Wow, the profile they have you set up is a very complicated process. Uhg.

Anywho, that's whazzup...
Toodlepip

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Aleks and Blacklist

Well, today I started Aleks. It's a math website and I started Pre-Algebra on it.
It will definitely help me fill whatever gaps I have in where I should be right now...math-wise.

I'm helping my sister with cabbage salad, and may I just say, it is delicious!! Mmm.

We're starting to do read-a-loud again. The book we are reading now is a Gladys Aylward missionary book. I've read the Trailblazer one called Flight of the Fugitives. The one we're reading is called...uh, give me a second to remember. Gladys Aylward.

I'm doing a lot of Aleks right now. It's not too bad, but it is math. And I have never been particularly good at math. I'm a bit more right brained than left brained. But I'm mostly smack-dab in the middle.

Now that I'm finished with Aleks, and now that Daddy got home, we're watching The Blacklist. I love this show so much. Yes, it is a bit gruesome, but I think it's worth the gore for the plot, sub-plot, and just overall awesomeness.

Well, I'm not good at multi-tasking. So I'm going to focus The Blacklist.
Toodlepip

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sort of Late-ish Happy First Day of Fall

I am a couple days past the official start of fall ( I kind of forgot), so I'm going to pretend that today is the start of fall. It's fall! Happy First Day of Fall!!
As you can see I changed the summery blue sky, to a nice, fall leaf...screen thing. :) Yay for fall! I love the bright colors of the leaves and the tea and...mmm, I love fall. Plus, the air is so crisp and clear, that wonderful chill in the air.

Okay, random fact, 77% of the worlds garlic is grown in china! I learned that random fact from my mother.

Last night we went to a family gathering to celebrate Benjamin's new Eagle Rank.
It was a lot of fun to be able to see the family that came down from Oregon for Ben's Ceremony. We had burgers and a pasta salad around a bonfire.
So that was nice.

I am going to be in a wedding. I'm going to be a bridesmaid!
I have mixed feelings about that.

October is almost here, so I can start entering my novel info pretty soon. I'm excited. It's definitely going to be a challenge to write 1,666 words a day. At least, it seems like it will be a lot. It could go by quickly.

Yay!! OUAT is going to be on tonight (Once Upon A Time)! The season finale kinda left you hanging with a fleeting vision of...(dun dun dun)...ELSA!!!  I can't wait to see how she fits into the family. :) I mean, everyone's related somehow!

Anywho, that's the scoop.
Toodlepip

Friday, September 26, 2014

Eagles and Agents

Today is my brother's Eagle Scout Ceremony. Yay Ben!
The dedication and determination that it took is astounding. I am so proud of him for accomplishing this huge...accomplishment. You know, only 5% of all Boy Scouts make it Eagle.
So this is a big deal. I am excited to get together with family and friends to celebrate. And cake. I'm excited for the cake too.

Yay!!
So the writer's block s gone.
Well, I had to sit myself down and say, "Alright Brain, listen up. I'm real tired of this "Writers Block" ok? So you are going to write something worth reading right now."
And my brain listened. I started writing slowly at first, and soon sped up until I was writing like crazy, not stopping for a second. And the next thing I know, I'm finishing a chapter.
That was really satisfying.

Agents of Shield (my thoughts), Warning: Spoilers from Season 2, Episode 1.
I am so concerned for Fitz. Like, I almost had a panic attack when I saw him talking to Jemma...when she wasn't even there. Uhg...sadness.
I'm also really wanting that one dude's superpower. He can absorb any substance, and become that substance. That's pretty cool. Fitz...it's so sad.

Well, I have to go get ready for the ceremony. I have to wear a dress. Yay.
Luckily it is above my knee.
1. I'm wearing leggings so I can jump and run and do anything without embarrassment.
2. It isn't too restricting.
As dresses go, it's as good as I'm going to get.

Anywho,
Toodlepip

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It's Official!

Well, hey everyone.
It's a new day, and the sun is shining...well, sort of shining.
It's official, I have joined NaNoWriMo, and I am excited to start in November.

The rain last night kept me up for some weird reason. It was really loud, and I wanted to go outside and just lay in it. I love the rain, fog, and cloudy grey. It's perfect that I live in WA because that's our weather 70% of the time.

Unfortunately, I have a bad case of stare-at-the-screen-in-frustration-pull-out-your-hair-want-to-give-up-disease. Also known as Writer's Block.

Um...that's all. My day has kind of been...normal.
OH! My brother went to college for the entire day today. His classes go from 11:00 to 4:00ish.
It's weird having him gone.

Anywho.
Toodlepip

Monday, September 22, 2014

NaNoWriMo

So, two things...well, actually three things and a bunch of other random stuff.

1. NaNoWriMo
2. ...uh, what was that one again? Whatever, I'll just go to the next one.
3. uh, nope, can't remember that one either. Darn.

I decided to do NaNoWriMo this year.
Yeah.
Um, if anyone..(*wink wink to a CERTAIN someone who told me about NaNoWriMo)*) has any tips or helpful hints that they would like to share, that would be awesome!
I think it will be good for me to do this. So for the month of November I will be taking a break from my main novel and starting on my NaNoWriMo one.
Anywho, uhhh.

That was all I really had to talk about.
Oh, and I have to start a HomeEc class (my mother being the teacher) because I can't cook, and I need to learn that stuff.

Oh, my birthday is coming up, that's exciting/horrid. I like birthdays, birthdays are fun, but at the same time I don't want to get any older. I'm perfectly happy with staying 12 forever.

Ooo, Bethany is slicing up some watermelon. Yummy.

OH! I just remembered what the second thing was. My brother and I are going running in the mornings now. Yup, that's a big commitment, but I should be able to it...hopefully.
Toodlepip.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Spiders...ICK!

This morning my brother and I were talking when we heard a shriek from my mother.
Upon further investigation, we found that it was in fact a large...(*shiver*)...spider.
It was actually the largest spider I had ever seen in our house. It was about as big as my palm (legs included).
Uhg, it was horrid.
My brother (being the heroic, fearless guy that he is) quickly disposed of the offending arachnid.
My sister, mother and I were all EXTREMELY grateful.
Blech.

On a really happy note, we went to the library!! SO I got a whole new shipment of books. Yay!!
I have been without a new book for a week or two now. Granted, I probably got more writing done that way. But at least I have new books! :)

So today my sister was wandering around, searching for her phone. After two hours of scouring every nook and cranny of our house, she decided to call her phone from our home phone.
We all listened for the ringing sound, and we heard it, yes. But we couldn't find where it was.
Finally my mother asked the million dollar question, "Is it in your back pocket?"
It was.
She had had it in her back pocket the entire time.

Last night we had a bonfire, it was really nice.
When it got really dark we could see only a couple stars through the clouds, but that's okay. I grabbed my Ipod and listened to some music while I was curled up in a camp chair. The glowing embers lazily puffing smoke in the air. Glorious.

Hmm...what to do, what to do.
Should I go read a fantastic book? Should I go write? Or should I catch up on OUAT before it starts again?
Decisions, decisions.
I think I'll go....read. Yes. That sounds good.
Toodlepip

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lesson 4

I have no idea what I'm doing (then again, that's true for most of the time), but this time especially.
I am in the middle of writing my novel, and I need a prophecy. It's hard to come up with prophecys, at least for me.
So far I'm doing...okay, but I am kinda stuck.
Yup.

Well, I just finished Lesson 4 of Scottish Gaelic! To some of you out there, I might be going super slow, but I just want the lessons to be cement in my mind and an automatic response. If that makes any sense.
                                                       ********The next day**********
So I finished the prophecy, I'm pretty happy with it. ;)

So I downloaded a ton of songs and other stuff onto my Ipod, and then I found out that all the downloading shtuff had failed. I get to re-do it all! Yay.

Um, I'm going to go play a game with ma sis,
Toodlepip








Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sleepwalking

Yesterday I was riding my bike to a weeding job with my brother. We were headed up a hill, and I sped up. Well, Ben slowed down, and I clipped his back tire. I went sprawling in the gravel. Not fun.
Tentatively standing up, I felt my right foot burning badly, at least that's what it felt like. I looked down and saw the skin scraped off. No big deal, just a little skinned toes, right? Everyone get's those.
Wrong. I had scraped off two layers of skin, and it was bleeding badly, stinging like a million bees were attacking those four toes. Ben saw that and called mom to come and get me, but I wouldn't hear of it. I asked him to grab my bike, and I started to hobble home. The blood had coated my sandle and was making it a bit harder to walk. As soon as I got home, I got it all cleaned up, then I sat back and watched The Fox and the Hound.

Anyway, that evening Ben surprised me and took me to a movie. Guardians of the Galaxy.
It was a good movie.
That night I got only two hours of sleep because the open wounds were rubbing against the sheets, and it hurt really bad (stay with me, I do have a point to all this).

Next morning, I'm sleep deprived and groggy, but hey, you gotta push through it.
That evening I went to ANOTHER movie (insane, right?), The Fault In Our Stars.
Romantic mushy-gushy as it was, I rather enjoyed it. It is a good love story as love story's go. I cried, to state it plainly, I was crying like a blubbering idiot.
Anyway, I got back home and was exhausted. I immediately went to bed but was once again tossing and turning. I just couldn't sleep. Finally, I looked at my watch, and it was midnight. Uhg.
I went downstairs to try to find some rest, and I fell asleep almost instantaneously.
The next thing I know, I wake up, and I'm in my bed. WHAAAA?????? I fell asleep on the couch, and now I'm on the top bunk of the bunk-bed. Well that's strange because I don't remember getting up.  Upon further investigation, I found a blanket in the hallway. Apparently I was sleepwalking. I have never done that before in my life.
Not only did I sleepwalk, but I walked up a flight of stairs and a bunk-bed ladder.
I gots SKILLLZZ!!!
I thought it was pretty cool that I slept-walked.

On a completely un-related, random note, someone is stealing our mail. Yup...

Anywho, Toodlepip

Thursday, September 11, 2014

13 Facts About Me

Okay, so a friend wrote some random facts about herself on her blog today or yesterday, and I decided to find some good questions to ask myself and write about.
Here they are.

1. What is a book you love?
One book that I love is called Auralia's Colors. It has a pretty good plot, it's interesting enough, but what I love so much about it is the description. It has such rich description, such...scenic description. You can see everything in your mind's eye. You get so lost in the picture that everything fades away.
I could read it over and over and over, and it would never get old. I actually bought it not too long ago. It's so good. Do yourself a favor, go read it.

2. What are your views on mainstream music?
Umm, I don't know. I like some songs, and dislike others. It's mainly preference, but there are a few of those popular songs that are just so...vulgar and unnecessary.

3.How important do you think education is?
I think it's very important, but there is a line between education and school. School is a..stricter education with parameters and a specific end goal.
General education is gained through life and experiences. So...yeah, I think education is important; it's needed in life. It's what helps you along in the small day to day tasks.

4. Put your music on shuffle and list the first ten songs.
Okay.
"Southern Voice" by Tim Mcgraw
"Solders "by Otherwise
"Life is a Highway" by Rascal Flatts
"Touch the Sky" from Brave
"Once Upon a December" from Anistasia
"Oceans" by Hillsong United
"The Windsong" sung by Charlize Theron from Mighty Joe Young
"Soldatino" by Paola Bennet
"Noble Maiden Fair" from Brave
"Deliver Us" from The Prince of Egypt

5. What is something you are proud of?
I guess it's my novel. I'm proud of myself because I never thought I'd get this far with it, and I did.

6. What do you hope your future will be like in ten years?
In ten years I will be 22, and I hope to have a couple books published. I also hope to be living with my sister in an apartment that we share. She has become my best friend afterall.

7. What is something you miss?
I miss my dog Riley. He was a Boxer, and the sweetest Boxer ever, too. He died when I was...5, but I remember him so well.

8. What is something that makes you laugh?
Um, it's kind of an inside joke, but the words "No-Morgan purple paint." will always make me start laughing.
It was a joke from Arkansas.

9. What is a quote you try to live by?
I actually have several.
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try." This one's kind of self-explanatory.
"You were born an original, don't die a copy." This one reminds me to be proud of my quirks and weirdness. I am an original. I shouldn't be envious of others.
"And above all, look at the world through glittering eyes." You will be amazed at how many things are wondrous and exciting. Even through everything bad, there is still wonder.

10. Where is somewhere you would like to travel?
I would LOVE to travel to London, Morroco, or Scotland.

11. What is something you're excited about?
I am VERY excited about October 7th. That's when The Blood of Olympus comes out. YAY!!!

12. What is something that comforts you?
The sound of a ticking clock, tea, my stuffed animal dalmatian, Shiloh.
And songs in a different language. Weird, I know.

13. If everyone was forced to wear a warning label, what would yours say?
This one truly stumps me. I have no idea. I'll have to think about this one.

Well, that's all.
Until next time.
Toodlepip



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fears

Progress report on my novel.
I do these alot now, but I'm just moving so fast that it's constantly changing.
I have 40 chapters. This is exciting. I am almost done with the book. Squee!

This is going to be really random, but I'm just going to go for it.
One thing that I always try to do is evaluate my fears. I mean, everyone has them right? So why can't I think of mine. Then I realized, crane-flies, walking alone at night...etc., but then I also realized that those aren't fears. Those are just dislikes or things that make me uncomfortable.
So what are my fears? What am I afraid of.
I only could think of four or five things.
Spiders, the darkness, like that thick, impenetrable blackness that just won't go away.
Needles, and heights.

That was all I could think of. Now I'm starting to feel awesome because I only have four fears! But what if there's more? What if there are things that are only brought out of me when I am put in that situation?
Ask yourself, what are your fears?

I don't know, this is just a really random musing.
Do with it what you will.

On another random tangent, the piano song I'm learning is going well.
I am almost done with it actually, so that is exciting.

Anywho,
Toodlepip






Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Vivaldi's Winter

Hey!
Don't you hate it when you have writers block? Well, that's what I have right now. Bluh. Not fun,
but I just need to push through it. I am pretty close with being done with the first draft of my book, but then I have to go through it all and edit it for the first time. I'm excited for that.
I'm also super excited to start the second book. It is going to be so epic!! :)

I lost my iPod a while ago, and I couldn't listen to music when I wrote. It impacted me so much. I never realized how much easier emotion is to convey when you can listen to music. So I might go listen to music to help myself out of the Writer's Block. I capitalized those words because that is the name of a disease. And no, it isn't contagious. It's all in your head.

There's this one song that has so much...power to it. It is actually my favorite version of "Let it Go" from Frozen.
It's by the PianoGuys, called "Vivaldi's Winter."
Ahhh!!! So much inspiration and awesomeness from that song. Do yourself a favor, go look it up! It's great.

Soooo...how are you?

My life is very busy, but good. Busy is good. Sometimes.

Well then, I better go do something productive.
Toodepip




Sunday, September 7, 2014

Noah Comments

Oh wow.
I'm watching Noah right now, and may I just say, bluh.
I will be posting my thoughts and comments as I watch this movie. Enjoy.

As a movie on it's own, it's good, but as an account of the Bible, it's absolute rubbish.
They made the fallen angels into rock trolls, and they made the rock trolls into good guys who God cast out because they tried to help humans rise from their sins.
This is turning the actual Bible account into a fairy-tale of sorts. Infuriating.

And it isn't getting any better.

Woah!!! Logan Lerman is in this? I had no idea. He also plays in the Percy Jackson films and a couple others, but I mostly know him from PJO ( it was also a really bad adaptation).

And now they are involving evolution. Uhg, it drives me crazy (not that I had far to go), but still.
This is a weird movie...
Well, at least the unimportant parts were true to the Bible. You know, the small details that don't change the entire story.
So at least we can be happy with that.

Emma Watson is such a good actress, I mean, how many people can cry that convincingly. A few, but not many.

Hmm, they got the fermented grape part right.

As a movie on it's own, I give it a...three out of five stars, but as the Bible story, I give it a minus three out of five stars.

And that is the end of my random musings while watching Noah.
Toodlepip



Hiking

Today we went on a hike, and I am officially a wimp.
I went on this hike (Heather Lake) when I was 7 or 8, and it was no problem for me, but today I felt like I was an old lady hobbling up a set of stairs. Man, I am weak.
I did have a blast though with the rest of my family, just talking and laughing together.

The actual lake was amazing. The sun was shining just right so it looked like the water was a light turquoise, and the water was crystal clear. Ben jumped in, but because it was melted snow water (freezing cold) he didn't stay in long. I had so much fun.

I fell when I was climbing a rock, I scraped up my knee pretty badly, and cut my left knee pretty deep. Not fun.
I felt pretty stupid for falling, but hey, it happens to everyone. :)

Anyway, I have run out of books to read and I am kind of needing to write more, but I really want to read. The struggle is definitely...struggled...? What? That made no sense.

I am learning (or at least trying to learn) this.
 Wish me luck.
Toodlepip



Friday, September 5, 2014

X-Men and Patience

I have been making a lot of progress on my novel, I find myself trying to edit it so much. I have to tell myself to be patient. But I am excited to finish the writing part so I can read the entire thing. That's going to be so great.

I saw X-men: Days of Future Past. I won't give a review, but I will say I like it. It was a bit awkward with my mum watching it with me (we went to see it in theaters), because there were...just some parts that weren't completely family friendly. Anyway, I thought overall it was a good movie.

Yay! I got the books I read recently up.  A friend asked to see the newest additions, but I hadn't gotten around to it, but today...I had a chance! So that's good.

My brother and I are going to learn Krav Maga together. It's a fighting style. I'm excited.

Ummm...not much else has happened. Oh, I'm also going to learn how to properly swordfight, and fence.

Anywho,
Toodlepip

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Amazing Spider Man 2!!!

Sorry it's been a couple days since I last posted, just been so busy lately, focusing mainly on my writing, I now have 39 chapters.
Today two friends came over for breakfast, my god-sister and her mother. I've known my god-sister Sue for all my life. She's a non-stop bundle of energy, anyway, that's off the point. So we spent the day with them and talked, laughed, and just enjoyed each other's company. I had fun. :)

I also had my dentist appointment today. It went...okay, as well as those kind of things can go I suppose. I didn't have a nervous breakdown, so that's good. :P
The needle was...terrifying to say the least. It's a big needle, and it had to be in my gums for a couple minutes to really numb everything, but I somehow got through it. Thank goodness.

Okay, I'm watching The Amazing Spider-man TWO!!!! Finally!
I'm going to gush about it, so for those of you who haven't seen it, please don't read the rest of this, and for those of you who can't resist spoilers...I'm sorry (it's funny, as soon as I said that I thought of Doctor Who).
So...let the gushing commence.
I just want to say,Dane Dehaan was the best casting choice the directors could have made. He was brilliant at playing the insane, but slightly endearing, son of Norman Osborn. So yay for that.
Now for...(I'm so sorry those of you who haven't seen the movie) Gwen's death.
I was a bit desensitized because I had heard of it and had already accepted it, but even as I was desensitized, I got a tiny bit emotional because of the raw emotion that Andrew Garfield acted out. It was very well done. I think my sister is still in denial.

I can't wait for The Sinister Six to come out, I am so psyched about the whole Doc Oc thing, because I KNOW I saw his tentacle thingies in the Oscorp Secret Level. Gah, I can't wait.

I think it was interesting how The Amazing Spider Man actually dealt with real things, like loss of loved ones, losing your parents, and the feeling of abandonment that follows. Accepting life, and mourning. Actual lessons and substance. I kinda thought that was cool.
Anywho,
Toodlepip