Month: December 2014

Good Bye 2014!

Highlights of the year!

January
Saw the Hobbit in an empty theater

I saw/volunteered at my first (and so far only) robotics competition.

February
Not much i think…

March:
Divergent!!!!
Drill Competition
Squadron’s dinning out
I got an award!!!

April
Easter
I got my Wright Brother’s award
Got a job

May
SAT
Baseball game!

June:
The Fault in Our Stars!!!
Started a blog
Spent a whole week home alone.
Encampment!

July:
Move
Last promotion at old CAP Squadron
Air Show

August
Started school

September
Ran a half marathon
Started crew (rowing)
Joined a new CAP squadron

October
SAT, again.
Went to a baseball team’s game I’ve wanted to see since I was nine!!!!
We started going to a new new church, not our old new church. (Does this need to be addressed in the new year?)

November
I became a legal adult
I got my hair cut short for the first time since I was nine (more on that later)
thanksgiving at grandma’s!
Mockingjay Part one!

December
We made it to all 4 advent masses for the first time IN YEARS!!!!
St Nicholas’s day
Our Lady of Guadalupe
I reached the rank of Civil Air Patrol Cadet Chief Master Sergeant
The Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies came out and hopefully I’ll see it before the end of this month!!!
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Christmas!!!!!

Best Movies of 2014
Divergent
Fury
Mockingjay part 1
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Fault in our Stars
probable best movies I haven’t seen yet
If I Stay
Imitation Game
Captain America 2
The Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies

Best Songs of 2014
Blank Space by Taylor Swift
Hanging Tree sung by Jennifer Lawrence
Rude by Magic
Amnesia by 5 Seconds of Summer

Best Books of 2014
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Divided We Fall by Trent
Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (could have been WAY better, but his writing is getting worse by the year)

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Did I miss anything? What are some of your highlights from this year?

Merry Christmas!!!!

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“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'”

– Linus from a Charlie Brown Christmas. (Also Luke 2:8… I think…)

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!!!

And everyone else… 😉

Little Things for Christmas

Hey everyone! So, I slipped off again. It turned out I had to do most of the Christmas baking this year.

Who knew right?

But with it being Christmas Eve, and the looming possibility of my being mistaken for a scrooge, I had to get up early this morning for this moment.

I want to talk to you all about my little brother.

Now you may be thinking, “What is this? What does your brother have to do with Christmas?”

Just hear me out.

My little brother (goes to double check what I’m calling him) Spike has Down Syndrome and was diagnosed with Type One diabetes three years ago. He also has a speaking disorder that I forget the name of, which makes it difficult for him to talk. However, he does excellent sound effects.

Now, I’ve gotten A TON of questions over the years about my “weird” brother.

“Why does he look… like that?”
“Why can’t he talk?”
“What did he say?”

And of course, Spike doesn’t understand any of this. He knows he’s different, but he doesn’t see a problem with that.

Though he is a teenager, he’s as rambunctious and sweet as my five year old cousin.

When he first meets some one, he’ll run up and say Hi! with a gigantic grin on his face and shake your hand. If he’s met you a few times before, he WILL hug you. 🙂

You’re still wondering what this has to do with Christmas don’t you?

Let me tell you a story that just happened recently.

My brother LOVES action figures. He loves big ones, small ones, Marvel ones, and star wars ones.
He recently fell in love with a GIANT figure.

He had just been to the hospital for his yearly diabetes check up thingy (I mercifully have never had to go, just babysit my other siblings). It always takes both of my parents to get him there, and help keep him under control because, like any little boy, he does not like needles.

That day, things went well (I heard) and my parents decided to stop and let Spike use a gift card thingy he had received from Toy’s R Us.
They browsed through the store, trying to find something Spike wanted to get for around 5 bucks. Unfortunately, the only thing Spike could thing about was this GIANT transformer figure thingy near the front of the store, where he would drag them back to whenever they asked him what he wanted, or if he saw something cool.

Of course, the transformer thingy was outside of the price range, especially with a post-move Christmas coming up.
So my parents were walking through the store, trying to find something for my brother when one of the store employees walked up.

“Excuse me,” she said, looking extraordinarily happy, “The lady who just left asked me to tell you that she got that toy for your son, it’s paid for and everything. We’ll have it up at the service desk, so just remember to come pick it up before you leave.”

Needless to say, my Mom was crying, especially when they went up to get the toy, and they gave it to Spike and he just freaked out he was so happy.

This woman, who didn’t even know my brother or his name, she didn’t even know my parents, bought a toy for my brother because she saw how much he loved it.

I’m not going to go into a preaching lesson, or explain in detail how this is a perfect example of so and so passage from the bible, because i think the most special stories are the ones that rely on the reader to find the lesson.

All I will say is this.

My brother is hated by many people, just because he is not “truly human”. Many people decide to kill children who may be like him in the womb, rather then deal with the joy he or she could bring, even to another family.

I am so thankful for my brother. He is always happy (well, almost always), and loves life, and friends, and even strangers.
He loves star wars, and the Avengers, and Phineas and Ferb, and Frozen. He loves to sing Christmas songs, and play with his little brother and sister.
He doesn’t judge people because of how they look.
In fact, I’m not sure he judges people at all.
I’ve never seen him dislike anyone, but greet each and every person with a huge smile.

I think he’s human, and worthy to be on this earth.

And so did a random stranger.

Merry Christmas!

Nonsensical Comments

Alright, I decided I needed to do a post or two.
This one will be a bunch of rambling nonsense.
Sometime in the next 48 hours, another post will go up that includes for the first time in a long while… a poem.
I shall try and delve back into the poetical world of whimsical fantasies in verse as we inch closer to that glorious day we for some reason associate with the colors red and green.

Does any one have any ideas why that is?

If you do, don’t hesitate to comment and say why, I am quite curious!

Alright, now what to say…

How about this. I have finally finished the Book Thief.
My goodness… where to start with this book. It was funny, it was heart wrenching, it was thought provoking. it flowed like life, with ups and downs and twists.
t is the lives of two children.
No, more then that… it is the lives of an entire street.
I have cried over maybe three or four books in the past 6 years.
The first was I think (I can’t say for sure, because it’s been a while) The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Back. I was only like 12 or so at the time, so I can’t quite recall, but I remember the story being very emotional.
The second was Star by Star by Troy Denning, a Star Wars Extended Universe novel. Anakin Solo’s tragic death, and Leia’s complete breakdown were heart wrenching (and it was 1 in the morning).
The next two were Mockingjay, and Allegiant (or course). I want to say I shed more tears over Mockingjay then Allegiant, which I think I did, but Allegiant came close.
The latest was the Book Thief.
It was beautifully tragic.

Did anyone watch Peter Pan Live! on NBC a couple weeks ago?
I only got to see the last hour and a half, but I thought it was awesome, and the music incredible!
I heard some strict critique on Peter’s black wire fly, and the costumes, and even Wendy’s bangs!
I thought everything was incredibly well done, especially the flying, and did some justice to my favorite childhood story and friends.
The only negative comment I have is that the final battle on the pirate ship was anti-climatic, and seemed way to fake. They could have done a better job with that choreography I think.

Other then that, an A performance!

And… that’s all I really have.

So I turn to you, dear readers.
What do you want to see?

Comment below what you’re curious about.

I am open to questions, remarks, or even requests for poems or stories!

Until next time!

Date A Girl Who Reads

This is one of the most amazing and wonderful things you will ever read, so please take five minutes and read it.

Sloppy Etymology

Having a tumblr isn’t so bad. Sometimes you’ll read something as wonderful as this and you’ll not be able to stop yourself from sharing it with everyone.

“Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the…

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Hello my world wide friends of the blogesphere!

It is I!

Okay, so I didn’t win NaNo (again), and I ate too much pie after Thanksgiving (again) and I spent too much over Black Friday weekend (again!).

On the bright side, it is DECEMBER!!!!
Cue the lights, cue the music, cue the TV Christmas specials!

However, what December also means is I have four weeks to shed these last pesky inches and pounds that Thanksgiving didn’t help disappear (more for health reasons then vanity guys. I’m not that crazy girl who tries to turn herself into a photo-shop model); four weeks to finish as much math and chem as I can; four weeks to finish a MOUNTAIN of paper work for college applications; four weeks to do three different Physical Fitness tests.

Oh, and apparently it’s Jesus’s Birthday on the 25th, who knew?
*please note the above sarcasm*

Seriously though, I do love December even with all the crazy stressful stuff.

To be honest, I am SO not myself if my life is anything less then crazy busy.

However, in all the bustle, I am not about to forget the reason for this season (I feel like that is or should be from a song…).

A couple weeks ago I found out something wonderful.

My new church, which is a new church not the traditional Latin mass I’ve gone to for years, still does a Midnight Mass for Christmas.

I am so happy!

I just hope they have it candlelit…

So I, was hoping to do a longer post about Christmas songs and such, but that will have to wait for a later date because applications are calling my name, as well as the mountain of boxes I need to unpack, and a room to clean!

Let the Advent/Christmas season begin!

Happy holidays everyone!