Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Lovely Little List//2014

Well, my friends, we have now reached the end of 2014. It was a beautiful, wonderful year and I couldn't have asked for any better and I thought it'd be apropos to make a list of all the lovely things that happened to me this year.

1. I finished my first year of Running Start and began my second - with all A's!

2. I was able to act in Fiddler on the Roof.

3. I tried tons of new baking recipes!!

4. I got to know a few of my "almost-friends" better and would definitely consider them full-fledged friends!

5. I was accepted into all three of the colleges that I applied to.

6. My Etsy shop continued to thrive (though I've not been sewing much lately).

7. I finished reading all of Jane Austen's main novels.

8. This summer, a girl from Spain, Alba, visited our neighbors for a few weeks and we had a wonderful time together! Definitely a highlight of my summer.

Well, there were millions of little things that made my year amazing, but I won't bore you with the details.

I've had a fantastic Christmas break; lots of sewing and reading and being with my family and seeing some friends. We went to Idaho for a few days and did a lot of movie-watching and hanging out in general. Most importantly, we saw the final Hobbit film. Wow, it was fantastic!!!! Despite my being a stickler for books, I must say that this ending was perfect for how Peter Jackson messed up the others. I am also very glad that the correct characters *coughcough Fili, Kili and Thorin coughcough* died. That was quite satisfactory.

We also saw the newest Night at the Museum movie, which was good, but not amazing.

In case anyone's interested, here's a list of the books I read this year. If you've been around very long, you'll know that I love books - specifically classics (children's novels included). Of course, I can't remember every book I read, but I'll remember the important ones.

1. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens - this was so, so, so good!! If you aren't fond of Dickens due to Oliver Twist, I would urge you to give this one a try. It's thrilling.

2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen - very well written, though I must admit that her stories are always fairly similar. I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless.

3. Persuasion by Jane Austen - I think I enjoyed this one even better than Mansfield Park, though they both really were very good.

4. Sir Nigel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - fantastic. If you like knights and chivalry and queer folk you'd love this one. I'm currently reading the sequel, The White Company, and it's just as good.

5. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome - this is a children's novel that I read years ago, but the reread is definitely worth it by far. It's a wonderful, realistic story of fun adventures during the summer holidays and there are several more books in the series.

Well, shame on me, I can't think of any more. Those are probably the main new ones I've read, I tend to pick up a lot of the children's novels sitting about because they're easy and fun, especially when my head is swimming with homework.

Oh yes, if you're curious, for Christmas I received a new comforter for my bed, Bleak House by Charles Dickens (I can't wait to read it!!), clothes, two doughnut pans and a mini muffin pan, and a doughnut recipe book. I'll probably end up getting some money, too. :)

Thanks so much for reading!!

I hope your year was just as splediferous as mine!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I Have Pinterested!

Haha, it's true, I've actually done some things that I pinned on Pinterest.

Mostly recipes.

If you didn't know, I love baking. A lot.

So how can I resist when there are so many scrumptious looking recipes everywhere? Besides, my family doesn't complain when I bake, no, it's quite the opposite.

Therefore, on to the list!

(All pictures are from the original recipe posts, they're not mine, though that would be cool...)

Item Numero Uno 
(did you also know that I like Spanish? No really, I do).

Anyway...these are Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sally's Baking Addiction. If you love baking, her site is a must-read!! Her ideas are fantastic!

These cookies were absolutely delicious, I've made them for my family and for the cast of Fiddler (which ended, by the way), several times and everyone loves them!! I highly recommend this recipe, though I used salted instead of unsalted butter.

I made Lemon Crinkle Cookies from Cooking Classy.

I only made these once (my family prefers chocolate in general, as do I), but they were perfect. Lemony, melt-in-your-mouth, super good. 

Item Three:
Lemon Sweet Rolls from Sally's Baking Addiction

Did I mention that I love that site? These turned out so well! Well, except the frosting, I made a mistake...or something...I'm not sure what happened, haha! Anyway, I made these for our friends (and us) when we went to the beach with them and everyone raved!

And Finally...
Homemade Chocolate Chip Brownies from Inside BruCrew Life

I made these just recently, and they were great! They had a singular flavor that was delicious, but none of us know what it was! They were also quite buttery...yum...

Oops, one more
But this one's not a recipe. I revised this Paris Skirt tutorial from Nothing Too Fancy to fit an AG doll, for m' shop, y'know.

It turned out super cute; here's a picture of the one doll ones from my shop:

Well, that's some of the stuff I've been up to! I've actually also been sketching some doll outfit designs that I hope to create someday. Not that I can draw, I just like to sketch out the outfits in my head. :)

See ya'll later!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

This Is Summer

this is summer
hot and free
hammocks and swings
swimming and reading
laughing and playing
'til late at night

this is summer
happily singing
warm winds blowing
thunder and lightning
picking berries in the rain

this is summer
picnics and campfires
bees and burgers
garden-fresh fruit
dripping down your chin

this is summer
bright stars winking
birds all chirping
family chattering
joy overflowing

this is summer

Friday, August 1, 2014

In July...

Well, it's been about 6 months since I last did this...I'm including some stuff from June

I baked...
  - zucchini bread
  - banana bread
  - chocolate chip cookies
  - snickerdoodles

I read...
  - the entire Little Britches series (by Ralph Moody), which I actually started in June, but finished last night! It includes:
      - Little Britches
      - Man of the Family
      - The Home Ranch
      - Mary Emma & Company
      - The Fields of Home
      - Shaking the Nickel Bush
      - The Dry Divide
      - Horse of a Different Color

I watched...
  - Thor: The Dark World
  - Napoleon Dynamite
  - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  - Hoodwinked

I also...
  - performed Fiddler on the Roof 4 times
  - went to Kids Swiss Kamp for 1 1/2 days
  - gained several followers on my blogs
  - made several sales in my shop
  - re-listened to nearly all of the Ceiling Fan Podcast episodes
  - re-listened to the Green Ring Conspiracy (an Adventures in Odyssey album)

It's been a great month! I can't believe it's already August, but I guess we all say that every month!
10-4, over and out!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Homemade Raspberry Pie // Hopes and Dreams

I'll be graduating next spring so I've been thinking a lot about my future. The main careers that I've tossed up are teaching and being a children's librarian. The latter intrigues me most.

As a teacher, I'd have to create lesson plans, correct homework, and figure out how to deal with problem kids outside of teaching hours. I've also heard that most primary school teachers hate their job for the first three years. My overall hope is to eventually be a stay-at-home mom, so I'm not really looking for a life-long career.

However, as a librarian I could possibly have more flexibility. I would still be with kids, which I love, but I wouldn't be managing a classroom. I could help with story-readings and puppet shows and other activities. In addition, I am passionate about literature, and I'd love to encourage kids to read more well-written classics. I'd also like to continue my other hobbies: sewing, photography, and especially acting. 

My current plan is to take a gap year after I graduate, get some experience and a better idea of what I want to do, and then continue on into college after that. I won't be able to audition for a summer show next year, but I'm hoping to go to a theater camp so I can get some real training. During my time off, I can shadow teachers and librarians, get work experience, and maybe even do some stuff I've always wanted to do! Who knows?

I know my dreams are a bit idyllic, but hey, why not hope for the very best as long as I realize they probably won't happen the way I plan?

Don't judge, pie and dreams always go together.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fiddler on the Roof

Well, rehearsals are finally over and we're now off on our performances as of Wednesday night! Opening Night went quite well, and I expect tonight's to be just as good, if not better. I took some photos backstage and my mom took photos at the last dress rehearsal.

I'm having so much fun with it, and I've made some friends, too!

The adorable little girls in our cast: Lexine plays Bielke and Isabel plays the young fiddler.

Pretty Morgan is Shprintze!

Me and Lexi as women of Anatevka.

Megan is a woman of Anatevka, Victoria is the fiddler, and Grayson is a boy of Anatevka.

Victoria is the same age as me, so we hang out together during shows and rehearsals, and Grayson is her brother. They were both part of Sound of Music last summer, so I already kind of knew them!

Here are some photos from the show itself: 

 "Tradition!" (I'm always in red)

Sabbath Prayer

The Dream (definitely one of my favorites!)

Me saying my one line! 

The wedding! I'm holding Tzeitel. ;)

I'm not in many other scenes, but I don't care, it's so much fun just to be a part of this show! The actors are all so good and it's so cool to watch them! 

Well, hope you enjoyed seeing a glimpse into my life! Until next time. :)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer Plans...

Well, well, well, looky here, another month has passed...
O well, what canya' do!
A lake that we hiked to a few weeks ago
Sooo, my summer began about three weeks ago, but I've made some plan/resolution-ish things that I thought I'd share. ;)

read the Bible every day
work out at least three times a week
finish Les Miserables
take the Sociology CLEP test
make the doll outfit that I designed
get comfortable with talking to older young people

Okay, I realize that I must explain the last one. I'm currently part of the women's ensemble in Fiddler on the Roof (which is totally awesome!!!) and the majority of the cast is college students from about 19-24 or so. I have no problem talking to people younger than me, that's simple, but I never know what to say to those slightly older than myself. To make matters worse, they all know each other (pretty much) and are in two other shows together at the same time (the company puts on three during the summer).

 Anyway, this is all to say that I generally spend my time at rehearsals with the children (there is one girl my age, but she's not always there) or standing around awkwardly while everyone else chats. Therefore, I have decided to just start talking to people. It can be quite difficult 'cause they all have stuff in common that I do not, so I really can't say much. However, I started yesterday by just sitting near them and joining in when I could. Yes, it was a little weird, but it was fun too! 

I've started on all the others as well, excepting finishing Les Mis, because my brother got me hooked on the Little Britches series so I'm currently reading those. 

This goat came up and watched us for a while on our way up!
I think most of these are going pretty well:

I read the Bible three days in a row last week, but stuff happened and I got off of it. Hopefully I can get back into it!
I worked out two times last week and once the week before, so that's good.
I've only studied three times for the test, which isn't so good. Tsk tsk.
I started on the prototype for the doll outfit (yay!).
And, as I said above, I started talking to the older young people!

So, all in all, my summer is going very well! I've also sewn a ton for my shop, taken lots of doll pictures, and have spent lots of time with my family!! 

There's nothing better than a sandwich after a long hike!
Hope your summer's going super well!