Happily Out of It

I can’t write a long post today, as I have a debate on Monday that I still have to prepare for, and I’m so exhausted that if I put it off for too long I’ll opt to go to bed instead of work (like I did last night). I’m sorry I didn’t post yesterday – during Lent I’ve cut my internet time down to an hour, and I used up all my time before I blogged yesterday.

I am so tired, but I am also very, very happy. Two things have happened in the last week that have just made me so joyful and so thankful to God. I keep running over Psalm 162 in my mind: “Those who sow in tears will reap a harvest of joy.” It’s so true – trust me, it’s hard to see while you’re in tears, but the joy comes! It really does, and it’s doubly wonderful. I am just so happy right now, I can’t even describe it.

Anyway, something I did this week that I’m rather proud of: I reorganized my room! I took some pictures for y’all – finally, I know.

DSCN0427Let’s play a game called count the owls… There are actually two in this picture, but Piper is shielding Schubert (Bertie) from view. Also, that black blob is my dog. 😛

DSCN0417My great-great Aunt Madeline’s Singer and my Underwood… 🙂 (Also, all my booooooks… ❤ – Wicked & Sound of Music, too!)

DSCN0420My dresser – still a work in organizational progress.

DSCN0415More bookshelf shots – if you can spot my Jules Verne and my Sudoku you get points! 😉

DSCN0428Mama Mary! ❤

DSCN0423Count the owls… (Are we at six now?)

DSCN0400Look at this closet! If you’d seen it before you would be as proud of it as I am. 😛 It was a mess.

DSCN0409Mah bootz… (*cough* Harrison…)

DSCN0404My favorite shoes! (Though they’re so flipping painful if I wear them too long.)

DSCN0402Both my favorite pairs… (Also scarves!)

DSCN0408House pride! 😀

I shall recap my February goals on Tuesday! See you then! (Also, announcing winner of my guest-post-contest thing… Comment/like now if you haven’t already!)

Best wishes!
Hero

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Resolutions and Fanfare

Before I do anything today, I’d like to throw a big shoutout at my darling brother, who just half-an-hour ago joined me in the glory that is Slytherin House!

I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t seen it coming – he couldn’t really be anything but Slytherin. Regardless, I’m proud of him. 🙂

Today’s post comes to you in two parts! Part 1: Fanfare!

I keep having all these ideas for blog posts, and every time I try to go do a blog post that I’ve had an idea for, Liam tags me in some ridiculous blog-chain-meme-thing.

Long story short, I was going to do a Thoughts from Places post about my trip to the beach, but now you’re just going to have to wait until Wednesday for that. And you can blame him.

He’s nominated me for the Amazeballs Blogger Award, and since it seems rather rude to ignore a nomination, I shall participate, however halfheartedly.

Like all of these absurd awards, they come with RULES, half of which I shall disregard, as always.

Here we go.

THE CURSED RULES:

  1. You must link to the blog you received the award from.
  2. You must answer all the questions.
  3. You must pass it onto at least one other Amazeballs Blogger, the more the merrier.
  4. You must remember to tell the recipients that you nominated them!!! Whether by commenting on their blogs, PMing them if you know them on a different site, etc. Those’re the rules!!!
  5. You must be amazeballs!!!

Well, I already linked to the blog. Take that, you silly award, you.

Answering all the questions. Okay.

What are your favorite song lyrics?

Ummm… I like a lot of songs and song lyrics, but my two favorites have got to be: “So if you care to find me/look to the Western sky! As someone told me lately/everyone deserves a chance to fly!” from Wicked, and “Tomorrow we’ll be far away/tomorrow is the judgement day/tomorrow we’ll discover what our God in Heaven has in store! One more dawn! One more day! One day more!” from Les Misérables. (Also, basically everything Éponine ever sings.)

What is your favorite book/book series?

YOU CAN’T ASK THAT! THAT’S THE MOST IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION EVER TO BE ASKED. (“Silence will fall when the question is asked.” “What question?” “The First Question, the oldest question in the Universe, that must never be answered, hidden in plain sight…”) If I had to answer, I would say Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld, and Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer, but I have a million other series that I love to absolute pieces.

What is your favorite movie/TV series?

Movie? Erm… I dunno. The Hunger Games. Tangled. Star Trek. There Be Dragons. Etc. TV series is easy: LEVERAGE. And then DOWNTON ABBEY. YES. (And Doctor Who and Phineas and Ferb and Avatar/The Legend of Korra. All of those. But the season premiere of Leverage is tomorrow and I’m psyching myself up for it. And then Downton Abbey is just flawless. So.)

Who inspires you?

Anyone who pursues what they love with relentless determination inspires me. Brave, strong women who live up to their full, God-given potential inspire me. Amelia Earhart inspires me. St. Maria Goretti, St. Lucy, and St. Philomena inspire me. Angela, my youth group director, inspires me. Perrin, my former swim coach, inspires me. Kira and Julia, the most gorgeous, amazing writers I’ve ever met, inspire me.

What is your dream job?

Mother. In my eyes, a career is temporary. I love to write and I love to play my cello, but ultimately, my dream job – my true calling, as I understand it right now, is to be a mother. That is what I want most.

That’s the end of the questions! On to rule number three: nominate other people!

Hmmm, yeah, I don’t think so.

…which kind of rules out number four. Ha.

As for number five: you know it.

I might be going crazy with the gifs. But you can never have enough Lauren Lopez. I’m just saying.

Moving on, part two! Resolutions!

I’ve recently become obsessed with reading She Learns As She Goesa blog by BlimeyCow’s own Kelli Taylor. It’s basically the cutest blog ever. On the blog, Kelli does this thing where she sets resolutions for herself that month, and then at the end of the month, she grades herself. I liked this idea so much, I decided to steal it. *shameless*

Last week, I wrote out my resolutions in my journal, and so all of you can keep me accountable, here they are.

1. Journal every day.

I’ve always liked the idea of journalling every day, but I can never pull myself together enough to actually do it. I protest that I’m ‘too busy’ – the truth is that I have plenty of free time, but I just waste it all.

2. Turn off the TV/laptop.

The number of hours I spend online or watching TV is getting out of hand. It gets to the point where I hardly read anymore – or practice my cello! – because I’m too ‘busy’ watching TV. I’m resolving to turn off the TV/computer more often and find things I love to do in the free time: cook, take a walk, knit, play my cello… Etc.

3. Eat healthier.

This is especially difficult now that I’m at my grandparents’ house, but I’m making the effort. I found out the other day that I fit into a pair of jeans I previously hadn’t, and the feeling was awesome.

So far I’m doing all right on my resolutions — except for the TV/computer one. I’m completely failing that. To be fair, my grandparents have the TV running constantly, and there isn’t a lot to do here BESIDES get on the computer, but still. I could be trying harder.

So, with that in mind, I will now shut off my computer and go make some tea, or something constructive. Maybe I’ll see if Grandma’s awake and we’ll do a puzzle.

Have a great weekend!

~Hero