Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Things Yet to Come

First off, yes--I know the actual 'safe' color is yellow--but here in the South, with deer season in full swing, red is in fact the 'safe' color. I'm not that keen on getting shot after all. 

So the week ticks slowly on, not much to report, other than the behemoth goat that has taken up temporary residence in our pen. 

A friend of ours brought her nanny goat over for a day or two--and she is HUGE! One of the biggest goats I've ever seen. She also has an unfortunate love of jumping and doesn't understand why I scream and flee when she tries to jump up and land on my chest. I am bruised and have a secret vendetta. Fear me, oh giant one, fear me!

What else, what else? Oh, I had to go to the store on Black Friday. 

Now, for those of you who doubt my EXTREME anti social nature, understand that I do not--repeat, DO NOT--do Black Friday shopping. I don't like it, it's annoying, and it makes my skin crawl. So, going to the store on Black Friday was my version of hell. Crowley himself couldn't have thought of a better alternative. 

Why was I going to the store on Black Friday? It was Shark Week/ The British Landed and there were two options--either be crumpled over in pain while my hormones raged a war for my sanity, or brave the storm for sweet relief. After weighing the two options, I chose the latter. 

I always hate shopping during Shark Week because when I do it is so painfully obvious that it is Shark Week. A basket full of painkillers, caffeine, chocolate and other supplies is pretty obvious wouldn't you say? It's even more embarrassing if a man is checking you out--not nearly as embarrassing as checking out after bra shopping but, again, a close runner up. 

I was fortunate yesterday, and a very sweet woman rung up my purchase. So I left to console myself with a chocolate bar, a soda, and a whole bag of chocolate covered peanuts. No, I did not eat the whole thing. I ate about a handful then resigned the rest of them over to my family. That's the thing about me and candy--it's good, but I can't really eat large quantities of it.

After that I helped my family clean house, I wrote some more, watched more Supernatural, took more photos, and today we are cooking!  

Finally time for the family Thanksgiving! We were unable to have one Thursday because we were sick, but now we are back on track and today is cooking day.

My area of expertise is pecan pie, that's just my thing. I learned how to cook it when I was little and ever since then it's been my Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's responsibility. :) I enjoy it, save when we have to crack the pecans ourselves--then not so much. Other wise though, it is really simple to make and very delicious--but come on, it's pie! Pie is a pretty hard thing to screw up or not to like. 

I'll also be helping with the sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, turkey, dressing (the Southern version of stuffing, though I must confess, I've had both and I love dressing the best. Just me.) and any other foodstuffs that need to be made before lunch time tomorrow. It's a busy job, and I'm fairly certain our kitchen will be a huge mess afterwards, but it's worth it. 

Also, as previously mentioned, I took some more photos. I know, you're all probably getting tired of me posting all of these photos, but just because I like to torment you so much--here are a few more. 

This is an old typewriter from (probably) the 50's or 60's that someone dumped in the local woods. I came upon it one day by complete surprise. I mean--how does something like this end up in the middle of the woods? I am now curious to see what else I can find. 

Just some interesting ground here, not much to write home about. 

Then the 'death stare' I get from my evil cat C.C. I get this look a lot. Just remember that if I die 'in my sleep'--this cat is probably responsible. She did stay by my side the entire time I was sick though, not sure if she was hoping I'd kick the bucket or if she was worried that, with me gone, there'd be no one left who actually likes her. I think at some point in time or another she has ticked off everyone in my household. Either way, I question her motives intensely. 

But what else, what else have I been doing? Besides sitting on my butt watching Doctor Who. Hmmm, oh, preparing for finals and getting ready for next semester. 

Lord am I nervous about that. I know, I know, I've survived two previous semester--how bad could another one be? Well, as I understand it, semesters are kind of hit-or-miss. You have good ones and bad ones, and I just hope and pray this one will be a good one. Again, I'm taking four classes and one of them is Spanish. Yikes. Good thing my mom was a high school Spanish teacher for most of her life. Spanish major mom--for the win! :D 

But still, I've also got Biology *hiss* I don't want to go! :( I loathe science. 

Then, of course, is the socializing bit. 0_0 Hit or miss there. 

Hmmm, maybe a two door, black, 1967 Chevy Empala with a pie loving Winchester included. Haha, if that was the case who needs college! I've got demons to hunt! ;) Last go blast our eardrums out with some "Carry on My Wayward Son", "Eye of the Tiger", and Metallica! 

Sadly, no though. I have to go socialize and meet new people. This semester has been great and I have met some really great people. Even been on a date or two! :) Now I'm curious and excited about what is coming in this new semester--but all the same wary about all the unknowns. It's not a sure thing that I'll be classes with nice people--or people I will really click with. However, I encourage myself with the knowledge that there are a few people I like to hang out with who will be in my new classes. And while I don't intend to cling to them, it will be nice to have a few familiar faces. 

I'm not completely anti-social, but was floored when a boy at work complemented me on my 'bubbly' personality. He said it was really nice working with someone who was such a people person. Not to brag--but I was floored. I just looked at him for a long time and thought, "You really don't understand how much I hate you? I mean, do you realize that if there was a blanket to crawl under--or a Tardis to climb in--I'd be gone right?" 

It was a boost though, to hear someone say that they thought I interacted well with others. Very nice indeed, though I'm still waiting on my Time Lord, Consulting Detective, Hunter, Angel, or Crossbow Carrying Walker Slayer. Seriously, it's whoever shows up first. :) I'm betting on Dean or the Doctor, what do you think? 

Don't worry, I'm not this nerdy in public--though now-a-days being nerdy is considered a Pop Culture thing. Seriously? Really? Being nerdy is popular? Really? Okay....good for us nerds I guess, in some ways.

I hesitate to criticize people who are obviously not nerds, but who wear nerdy clothing. I mean, you never know what their story is. They may just be getting into this fandom, or--at the least--have a small interest in it. I believe, very firmly, if I attack or criticize them for not fully understanding the fandom they will never grow in their knowledge of it. I mean, granted, there are some real fakes out there--but I don't believe it's my job to call them out. If they annoy me because they know nothing about the fandom, or have no interest in it, I just don't associate with them. However, most of the time, I meet people who have budding interests and who want to know more. It's always accelerating to fangirl out in the Student Center with a fellow Whovian, Sherlockian, Tolkien nerd, or Supernatural fan! :D Granted, I'm a big fan girl and sometimes I don't get to really hardcore fangirl with my new friends--but I believe if someone encourages their interest, they will seek out further information on their own. That's what all my lovely blogger friends did for me! (Points at James and Jamie!) James especially introduced me to the world of fandom! 

Let's see: Sherlock, Avengers, Doctor Who, Star Wars (when we were kids! Thanks a bunch there, buddy--that was one of the happiest parts of my childhood!) the list goes on and on! He is now getting me interested in Death Note! We are planning on watching that together sometime soon! 

I think I got him into: Harry Potter, The Walking Dead, and Hunger Games. :) I'm trying to get him into Divergent now! I'm sure there are other fandoms that we got each other into, but that's all I can remember right now. :) 

But you see what I mean, encouraging 'young' fans will eventually help them to grow into bigger fans! ;D

 Right now, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Hunger Games, and The Walking Dead are HUGE! I have run into so many fans. And even a few fellow Loki's Army members! One of them was in my history class and we both laughed hysterically when we agreed that Loki was our king! ;) She is also a Sherlock, The Walking Dead, and Supernatural fan! :D So excited! We have talked about the shows SO freaking much! We both love Benedict Cumberbach, Daryl Dixon, Dean Winchester, Castiel, and Crowley! 

I have found my people.

So I'm really excited/nervous about meeting new people at school. Pray that God will guide me to meet the right people and I will have a pleasant experience in this new semester. Also, NO BAD GRADES! Study, study, study! :)

But that's about it for my two cents (though I will admit this post is considerably more than that). So until next post? 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Zombie Apocolypse Survival Game

Okay, so this is a game that my friends and I love to play, and is actually an adaptation of another game. However, since my friends and I are completely insane and do not like to follow rules we had to make it fit our own crazy needs.

So here's how it goes.

You pick you team, location, weapons, and vehicle. But there are specifications.

Okay, Team:

Pick three people:

Two from your top favorite fandoms--come on, it's me and my friends here, you should have KNOWN fandoms were going to weave their way into this somehow.

And one person from your real life. (Haha, zombie bait)


The last place you visited, either the woods, suberbs, city, whatever. Just the last place you were recently.


One weapon from a fandom--but this CANNOT be a lightsaber. Sorry, no cheating on this one. :(

One weapon one of your fandom people uses,

One close range weapon of your choice,




Or Tank,

Your choice, choose wisely. :)

Okay, so that's that. I am curious about your responses. :D

And just for laughs, I'll post mine.

Okay, team:

Dean Winchester from Supernatural! :) 

He's a good zombie fighter, if you saw that episode. :)

Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead,

Because, who wouldn't want him on their team? I mean, really? 

Maybe my brother. Yea, probably my brother Jackson. He'd be a good zombie killer.


The woods,

Not so limited supplies (if you know where to look) and limited zombies.


Sonic Screwdriver, would be good for getting through doors. Weird choice, but fun. 

Daryl's crossbow, of course.

A machete, pretty good for chopping up zombies at close range. :)


Truck, of course gas mileage depends on the truck, but truck yes. Sorry Dean, we had to leave the Empala.

Okay, now there are my choices! Now let the games begin and may the odds be ever in your favor. 

Seriously, my history teacher started class out with that line one time...not sure whether or not to think that is awesome or really REALLY weird. :) 

Post your results in the comments and share the game if you want! Let's go kill some zombies! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

So What Have I Done Today?

Hmmm, let's see, besides being severely dehydrated and tired---the very fact that I didn't just roll back over in bed and hide under the covers until the fever eventually made me a walker--speaks volumes. 

So what did I do today? 

I went to the store, yes, it was needed so it had to be done. 

I wrote five chapters of my book. I'm back on it now. :) That's a big plus. Praise the Lord! :D 

I sat on my butt and watched Supernatural and Doctor Who--yea, that was yesterday and today. Nothing like having a fever and waking up believing you are trapped in the Tardis. I'm NOT joking here, I mean, my room looked like the Tardis. I had also just watched The Black Spot, so I was waiting on the siren to come and take me to the sick bay. 

My favorite episode of ALL time has to be "Vincent and the Doctor". I cried SO freaking hard during that one. Vincent has to be one of the best people they've intertwined into that show. Loved it, and that episode really redeemed the show for me. I hated--and I am under using the word so much--"Let's Kill Hitler". I hated that episode on so many levels. Loathed it with every fiber of my being. For the sake of internet etiquette do NOT ask me why. 

As for Supernatural, I'm still watching and loving it. Dean Winchester is one of my favorites. His internal battle and character development really is one of the highlights about this show. He's a very fascinating character, and he really gets you invested in the show. You become attached to these characters, you know, and you want to see them to the end of their journey. I'm not saying this show doesn't get really weird sometimes, but hey, I survived Doctor Who--so I can pretty much weather nearly any weirdness. Right? 

Almost. There will always be an exception. I actually pause the episode here and just put my hand over my face. It took a moment to process, and for those of you who haven't seen this episode--trust me, it takes a while to process the awkwardness. 

I watched newest The Walking Dead episode. 0_0 The Governor OH MY GOSH! 

Oh, I knew he was coming back. Trust me, but these past few episodes oh my goodness! How much does it take to kill this guy? I mean, he is pretty hard core. I haven't really seen this hardcore since I miss Merle. :'( Anyone else with me on this one?

He is the ultimate version of "Every villain is a hero in his own mind." (Tom Hiddleston by the way...can I get some Hiddles love here?). I mean, he is a very complex character with a LOT of crazy going on. I mean, just when you think you've gotten to the bottom of his crazy he's got a crazy underground, zombie prison basement! I mean seriously, dude? How many levels of nutso do you have? :)

I also bought and watched the entire first season of The Legend of Korra! 

Don't judge. The last time I was sick I watched the all of Aang The Last Airbender and loved it. The Legend of Korra was the natural next step. I love both shows and I really loved the new tone that The Legend of Korra brought to the Avatar series. It's much darker and a bit more mature than the first one. I miss some of the more humorous aspects from the first one, but I believe in order to keep the gritty feel, TLoK had to remove the more 'kiddish' elements. Though, I will confess, Aang had me in stitches. 

My favorite character is Asami Soto. She is so amazing! 

I love how she is such a strong and independent personality. She's kind, compassionate, smart, brave, and a quick thinker under pressure. If anything I like her better than I like Korra. She's had some real struggles in her life, some times much more so than Korra, and each time she has shouldered the load with incredible grace. Asami Soto is my favorite, hands down. 

I also got some online Christmas shopping done. :D My friend Hannah will be pleased with her present! I always love it when I buy a present for a friend that I think they will really love! :D I will not tell you what I got her, because she still reads my blog. Sorry, no hints, Hannah! 

What else did I do today?

Well, I thought of some really good stuff to do but I lacked sufficient energy to do them. Story of my life, but I'm pretty sure that today it had something to do with yesterdays vomiting. Thanks for the prayers and get wells there guys, it means a lot to me! ;) 

I decorated my blog for Christmas, yes, I know....I said I wouldn't do it until after Christmas. But I didn't want to wait any longer. As for my room, however, I'm still wanting to hold off there. I don't really want to share my abode with a tree yet. Yea, a big dusty tree that my cat (C.C.--the cat I'm pretty sure I can't throw holy water on.) likes to climb and knock over. 

But hey, everyone can use a little Christmas cheer can't they? It was fun, but I'm still not ready to listen to Christmas music yet. Yep, I'm to busy listening to Imagine Dragons. Love them, they've been my music obsession for about a year now. :) My brother has even started listening to them. Haha! I have corrupted another mind! :D He's also watching Supernatural and Sherlock now! Hehehehehehe, all that's left is Doctor Who and he'll be SuperWhoLocked and be completely insane like the rest of us! 

There has been very little productivity here in these past few days, but I've been sick and it's been a tough week. I'm just grateful I haven't turned into a walker yet. Again, the strength required to fight that off is highly underestimated. 

But I have loving friends and a loving family--duly noted by the fact that they haven't used my illness as an opportunity to kill me. Of course, that may have been because they were too afraid to get near me--the threat of me vomiting was quite high after all. 

Mainly they've just been like,

Lord love them. 

But yea, it hasn't been a really interesting day, but there it is. I'm just trying to be thankful for all that I've been given and all that I still have with me. :) God is good!

So Happy Thanksgiving to all of my lovely followers, I hope you all have a wonderful day. :) And no matter what your traditions may be, I hope you have a love filled holiday. :)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hello There

Well, I'm sick.

I spent most of last night spewing my guts out until I dry heaved, and now I'm lying in bed demanding jello. How was your week end? :(

Life has a funny way of throwing crap at us when we least expect it, and this week is one of those weeks where I was knocked up side the head multiple times. I'm so nauseated right now, even watching television makes me want to hurl.

Yea, so just a quick, unpleasant, update before I curl back up and go back to a restless sleep.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

This Love is an Addiction

Okay, I'll admit it. I have an addiction. Photography has been a growing interest for me in these past few months, and while I still have much to learn, I'm completely in love with it! 

I've always enjoyed photography, but it was not a serious interest. I only used a point and shoot digital camera, which is still a pretty awesome little camera, and I would only do pictures when I had to for a class. My 'real' interest started when I was working with Mrs. Johnnie. She explained photography tricks, terms, and basics to me and really sparked my interest. I took a few more pictures, and a friend of mine suggested I submit a few photos to a magazine she knew of. The entrance/acceptance to the photography magazine encouraged my interest and ever since then I've been taking pictures of everything. 

Now my camera bag serves as my purse, and my converse and boots have been through quite a beating as I climb and hike all over our land just to snap a few pictures. A camera is becoming my sole accessory, and I feel empty if I don't have it with me. My friends are probably the most photographed people for miles, and with each shoot we improve more and more! :D 

I've even had people asking me to do photos for them and if I'd like to team up with them and go out to take photos! :D It's really exciting. I'm meeting more and more people each day, and my friends have had their interest in photography grow! Every time one of us learns a new trick, we share it and compare notes! We even have photo editing parties at my house! It's so much fun to share this new interest with my friends! 

My mother has been really sweet to let me use her Nikon J2 for my photography. It's such an amazing camera! It constantly surprises my with the amount of detail it can capture. 

This is also one of the hobbies that I can really fit into my busy schedule. The stress of my schedule and this past week is also eased by having such a relaxing hobby. With photography, you go out to capture the beauty of the world, and with that comes a sort of blissful contentment. That might sound silly or dramatic, but it's true. This hobby is one of my BIG stress reliefs.

Today, I went out for about an hour and here are a few of my favorite shots. 

I actually took this picture AFTER these thorns dug into my hoodie. :( Not cool plant....not cool. All the same, thanks for the picture and for not making a hole in my new jacket...or me! 

Can anyone else believe it's nearly Christmas? I'm having some trouble with that! 0_0 I mean, wasn't it just Halloween? Can't we slow down a little!? I'm not ready yet! I don't want to share my house with a dead tree or give up my 'regular' music for repetitive Christmas tunes! Not YET winter! 

Look! It's your friendly photographer/blogger! 

Yea, I bundled up really good because it was pretty cold out. I look like an Eskimo though. 

I also do NOT approve of the weird bump thing my pony-tail makes in the top of the hoodie. Oh well, the genie hairstyle doesn't always work with hats, hoodies, or bandannas. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

In Which I Confess

Okay, so I've been dropping hints about the really bad situation that's been plaguing my family for this whole week....and I've continually told you that I'd eventually confess. Well, here goes. 

I will not disclose a vast amount of detail, but I will give you a run down.

Earlier this week (Monday) we got some really bad news. The little girl we were adopting from China had a bad health turn. Her mental state may be deteriorating, which means we might not be allowed to adopt her. My parents are looking into the medical reports and they are requesting further details. But that kind of thing takes months....and they were supposed to travel in January or February. If they don't get good news soon, they won't be cleared and the adoption will be off. 

Please pray for us in this area.

I've also had personal issues too. One of them I really won't go into, it's just a little too personal, and the other is just sad. My cat Hobbes may have ran away....and he is my favorite. I worried about him wandering off like that....and now he's gone. It's really heartbreaking because he was always my comfort animal....and now he's gone. 

Please pray Hobbes comes back. And that I have the strength to make it through the other situation. 

It breaks my heart that this week has been this way. It started out with such high hopes....and then ended so horribly. We've all been fighting off those sad doubts and fears all week long, plus our regular responsibilities. That's why my posting has been so brief. 

Please pray for us and these issues. Please pray they will work out for the best and that everything will return to normal soon. 

Thank you for your continued prayers. 


Black and White Photos

These are just some experiments, I tried some new lighting and settings to get better effects. Let me know how you like them. Again sorry I haven't been blogging lately. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

In Honor of Catching Fire

In honor of the new Hunger Games movie, I present Mockingjay photography! 

I just wanted to drop a few pictures in real quick because I'm going shopping today! Yep, time for Christmas shopping! It will be loads of fun, and a good distraction from some of the sad news that's been floating around. 

Yes, I am going to stop being vague about that. I will tell y'all what has happened, but just not right now. 

So in the meantime enjoy these photos!