I Use Antlers In All of My Decorating

Oh my goodness, you guys. It’s been a while.

This is going to take forever.

Here we go.

WHAT I DID IN THE PERIOD OF TIME BETWEEN ASH WEDNESDAY AND EASTER SUNDAY:

1. I played a lot of Zelda. 

For this to make sense, you need to understand just how much time I spend on the internet. A good chunk of every day is spent rotting my brain online – so when I gave it up completely, I had this huge VOID of free-time that I had to fill somehow. A normal, productive person would have spent this free time doing something good, like writing their novel, or working harder at their schoolwork, or maybe trying to get ahead on their Driver’s Ed. Me? I played Twilight Princess. I am unashamed. (I also watched a decent amount of Leverage.)

2. I got confirmed.

Okay, so arguably this should have gone first. Whatever. But, yeah! On February 28th, at 7:30 PM, I got confirmed! I took the name Lucy Maria, after St. Lucy of Syracuse and St. Maria Goretti – both martyrs. I chose them because their courage inspires me to stand up for my faith and my morals. It was such an incredible experience, kneeling before the bishop, heart pounding in my chest, hearing him speak my soon-to-be name… I just had this chill run through me, and as I was walking back to the pew, I had to tell myself, “You are not going to cry – this mascara is not waterproof.” I’m so happy – I’ve been waiting for ages and ages for my confirmation, and now it’s finally happened. (Plus, we had cake after the ceremony. Hurrah!)

3. I made new friends!

Backstory: I’m homeschooled, and I do classes online. Hence, I have a bunch of friends all over the country. Sepp has a class with a girl who lives here in town – he’s been trying to get us to meet up for ages and ages. Toward the beginning of March, I went to a dance with the usual crew. At the dance, Tanith saw an old friend of hers and introduced us – I recognized his last name, and it turns out that he’s the older brother of the girl Sepp has been wanting me to meet up with! It was absolutely the craziest thing. Anyhow, long story short: I now have two new friends and they’re both awesome and hilarious. (PLUS, they took me to the Hunger Games midnight premiere, hence I am obligated to love them forever.)

4. I WENT TO SEE THE HUNGER GAMES.

I LOVED IT. I know that there were a lot of critiques of this movie, and I have a couple myself, but I’m going to spare you all my ranting about the film-maker’s inability to hold a camera steady and the absurdity that is Liam Hemsworth, and just say: holy cow. For the most part, the movie kept so true to the books, it made me SO happy. And Josh Hutcherson is SO GOOD as Peeta! AUGH! AND I LOVE CAESAR FLICKERMAN TO A WEIRD EXTENT. He’s probably my favorite character out of the entire movie, and yes I realize how ridiculous of a statement that is, but I don’t even care. I’d go into more detail about the movie, but I’d rather not spoil anybody. Let’s just say that I thought the movie was epic and anybody who says Seneca Crane’s beard is not the best thing ever to grace the silver screen is going to get smacked.

5. I went to see October Baby.

Such a good movie – if I were any good at crying in movies, I would have. (As it was, most of my friends blubbered their way through the whole thing.) I really recommend it: if you find yourself at the movies in the near future and have to make a choice between any other movie and October Baby, pick October Baby. (I don’t care how much you want to see Mirror, Mirror. Just do it.)

Here’s the trailer, in case you haven’t heard of it.

6. I had my solo cello recital.

I surprised myself by doing really, really well. I only flubbed one note, and all of my glorious, amazingly sweet friends told me that it sounded perfect, and even though they’re probably lying, it really means a lot to me that they took the time to watch my performance and at least pretend to enjoy it. After the recital we went to Bass Pro Shops for dinner (don’t judge me – it was a Friday night during Lent and they have a sea food restaurant). That place totally scares me (being a vegetarian, I’m not a huge fan of stuffed, dead things mounted all over the place), but I owe the fun of the evening to, again, my friends, who upon seeing the Christmas tree made of antlers in the entry-way, immediately flung out their arms and shouted, “I USE ANTLERS IN ALL MY DECORATING!” “I WANT A GUY LIKE GASTON!” (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you need to go rewatch Beauty and the Beast. Seriously.)

For anyone interested, I played Sonata in C by Breval, and since the video of my performance has an unfortunate flaw in that it shows my face, here’s someone who actually plays the piece well, for your enjoyment.

I swear, I’ve watched this video so many times… Half of its views are from me – I’m completely serious.

Anyhow, that’s about it. I’m extraordinarily pleased with myself that I was able to uphold my Lenten promise and stay offline for the entire duration of Lent, but I don’t think I’m ever going to do this again! Coming back to the internet after 46 days is like walking into Inception in the middle of the movie and trying to understand it. I’m so behind!

I hope you’ll forgive me for being absent for so long! I’ll be back in the swing of things soon – talk to you on Sunday!

Love,

Hero

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Good Thing My Friends Are Interesting

I was all set to write a super fascinating, amazingly motivational post that would rally thunderous applause and make you all want to go out and change the world. I wanted to be inspiring, and interesting, and all of that stuff.

But then I babysat until late last night, and I spent all morning at a swim meet… And now I’m exhausted. I can’t find the energy (or the heart, to be honest – I don’t feel so great) to write a good post.

Luckily for you guys, I spoke to my friend Emma over the week. She’s an amazing photographer. She’s seriously going places. She sent me her portfolio, and I’ve picked my top ten favorites out of all the ones she sent me to share with you guys.

 

Okay, this is my favorite one. I love how the turquoise wall really brings out the turquoise paint, and it makes the girl’s eye color really pop, too. I love it.

The rest of these are in no particular order, and since I can’t find it in me to be interesting today, I’m just going to sit back and let the pictures do the talking. (After all, they are worth a thousand words.)

That’s all for today. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed the photos – make sure you thank Emma in the comments for making this otherwise boring post spectacular.

Oh, and just so you guys know: Ash Wednesday is this week, and I’m giving up the internet for Lent. I have a lot of trouble focusing on my schoolwork and I don’t get a lot done because I’m constantly goofing around online. I’m hoping I’ll be able to break my habit by giving it up for Lent. What I’m trying to say is this: I won’t be able to post on Wednesdays like I usually do, but I will try and post on Sundays, which is the one day of the week when we’re allowed to have what we’ve given up.

Have a great week! Thanks for reading.

~Hero