Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Blub Blub - Baby FIsh

A few Christmases ago, I was given a fish tank and all the fixings to set it up! Since I got it, I've had several different kinds of fresh water, community fish. More recently, I've had a few Fancy Guppies. To my delight and dismay, my guppies had babies! There were 6 babies that were so tiny I was baffled that they were able to swim around and eat on their own! I discovered the babies when I went to feed their parents, and I thought that a few of the flakes of fish food were a different color, which seemed odd to me. Then, when I looked closer, I saw that they weren't flakes they were fish. It was fairly late at night, but I woke up my family members and my boyfriend so that they would come and see how cute they were.

When it comes to fish, they typically have a high mortality rate, so I wasn't expecting all of them to survive. Especially considering that Guppies will eat their own young. However, they all made it! They're all Frys! They've just started to gain their colors, and are hiding less and less from their parents.

After going on a road trip with my mom for the weekend, we came home to find that my fish had had 4 more babies in addition to the original 6.

TEN BABY FISH!!!

The thing is, I only have a 10 gallon fish tank, which means that I don't have enough space for 10 new babies and my original fish. So I then began the search for fish owners that would take in my little fish. I haven't found anyone yet, but I'm still hopeful!

I tried to take photos of them to show you all, but it's extremely hard to take a good photo of fish on a phone when they keep swimming around. To make things harder, they all currently blend in pretty well with the type of rocks I have in my tank. Maybe I'll be able to get some photos once they're grown (If I haven't given them away yet)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

What's On My Mind

I feel very overwhelmed at the moment, and the best way to work out thoughts is to write them down, so that's what I'm doing!

Recently, I've been working on buying the various things that I need for college/dorm life, and weeding down my current possessions to pick out what's going to college with me and what isn't. The more I think about what I need, how much space I have in my dorm room, and the necessities of every day life, the more overwhelmed I get. There are too many options! I almost feel as if it would be easier to have someone go through a few stores and purchase everything that I'll need for me so that I don't have to worry about it at all. Wouldn't that be ten times better?

It's also begun to sink in how expensive things are, which makes my not having a job seem more terrible. It's hard to buy things when you don't have any money, or any new money coming in. There have been several moments where I've panicked about the future because I feel as though I'll never get a job and never be able to sustainability live on my own out in the world. So far, the most golden advice I've been given, is to treat every job interview as a warm-up or practice for the final interview that'll land me a job. That way, I'm looking at the interviews as ways to improve until I've improved so much that I'm actually hired. Hopefully, that's what's going to happen with me!

Because of my jobless life, and my inability to go visit my friends in their current summer advantage programs, I've been reading nonstop. I find it very relaxing and stressful at the same time. I often get lost in the book that I'm reading and I forget what day it is, and I lose track of time, which makes me feel as though I'm letting life pass me by...

I've also been wrapped up in this blog, and writing about anything and everything that I think of! I've been teetering on the fence between buying a domain and not buying a domain... This blog is important to me, but buying a domain seems like such a large step! You have no idea how many times I've pulled up the domains and stared at them, willing myself to click the "buy" button and make this blog more public. Maybe I'll end up buying it for myself for a special occasion... Who knows!?

Thanks for letting me get these things off my mind

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

My (Current) Favorite YouTubers

It seems like YouTube is becoming more and more popular! I've jumped on the bandwagon and have fallen for several YouTubers, which essentially means that I spend all my free time watching their videos. I figured that, because I enjoy them so much, it would be great to share my favorites with you guys!

They're in no particular order!


Olan Rogers                            
https://www.youtube.com/user/OlanRogers

Olan is seriously hilarious! He tells stories about the various events that have happened in his life, and makes small movies about video games and his cat. It doesn't matter how many times I watch his videos, I never get tired of them! They're funny every single time! If you're having a bad day, one of Olan's videos will make you feel ten times better.

Beckie0                                    
https://www.youtube.com/user/beckie0

I relate to Beckie so much. She's extremely sweet and honest in all of her videos, which makes watching them more fun. She makes videos about her life, advice she has for us as viewers, and things/products that she's loved or recently purchased. She has a light sense of humor that I find really enjoyable, and her comfort with herself that comes through in her videos is insperational.

Grav3yardgirl                   
https://www.youtube.com/user/grav3yardgirl

Bunny is loud, positive, and reliable. Her videos consist of reviews, first impressions, outfits of the day, "follow me around" vlogs, and makeup tutorials. She accurately and honestly reviews products from "As Seen On TV" ads, as well as products that people request her to try. Bunny is extremely affectionate, and considers all of her subscribed fans as members of the "Swamp Family".  I love watching her videos because of her enthusiasm and unique style/opinions that are a lot different from my own.

Zoella                                   
https://www.youtube.com/user/zoella280390

Zoe has a lot of subscribers, so you most likely have heard of her already. She makes videos about anything and everything you could ever want to watch! Makeup, candles, challenges, collaborations, anxiety tips and experiences, etc. In addition to her main channel videos, I also love her vlogging channel MoreZoella (https://www.youtube.com/user/MoreZoella), where she honestly shows what happens in her life. Whenever I'm working around the house, I'll put on one of the "playlists" of her videos and listen to her while I work. If I'm in a bad mood, or I feel like I need advice or help with something I don't know very much about, I always turn to her videos.


Who are your favorite YouTubers? Tell me in the comments below!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Free Write Friday #10

Flash Back Friday
I thought that it would be fun if we all posted something that we wrote a while ago and hadn't looked at recently.


I wrote this for a creative writing class I took a few years ago! For one of the units, we had to write everything the exact opposite of how we would normally write. (Did that make sense?)

I got a good grade on this, but my teacher said that I used too much imagery... Let me know what you think!

Nervous
A surging sense of horror erupted in my chest and shot pulses of panic throughout my body. My ratty converse squelched through the cavernous lining of oil that coated the damaged wooden floorboards as I plunged towards an exit. Sections of chocked laughter coasted towards me and echoed through the hanging pipes and chains. My breathing was labored and it broke into diminutive gasps as the gasoline fumes flew up and attacked my lungs. The leering shadows spreading onto the vile liquid mocked my senses and scammed my brain into believing that an army of villains had surrounded me.
My body trembled violently, and my shaking hands continually flipped up to stroke sweaty locks of hair away from my face. My quaking knees began to buckle underneath me, and I had to clasp onto a loose chain to keep from toppling over.
“You can’t hide. You don’t have anyone to run to.” yelled my kidnapper in an uninterested tone, “No one would want to keep you anyways; you’re dreadfully annoying.” I could hear his massive boots sloshing through the oil after me. Panic flooded my movements, and I sluggishly limped into a jog. Then, the heart-wrenching of a flame being erected on the rim of a lighter hacked through all the other eerie clatters.
I heard the explosion before I saw it.
The lighter slithered to the ground and seared through the oil. Flames were injected into the atmosphere; their thriving strands leaned towards me. My hand seized a second chain, and before I had time to think, my aching muscles were hauling me off of the floorboards. My fingers curled through the massive loops of the chains, creating immense screeches of clashing metal that ricocheted off of the vacant walls as my weight wrenched them around.
I could feel the powerful flames through the soles of my skeletal shoes. Pillars of orange and red leaped up and seared my jeans as they stretched to liquefy the plastic on my belt. I screeched in pain as the flames managed to stab through and singe the bottoms of my feet. I could feel bottomless blisters rising out of my skin and boiling in the heat.
Sweat poured down my scalp and coursed over my raw flesh. The inferno seemed to develop in volume and temperature. Its thin arms reached towards my face, and encrusted my arms in chasmal layers of burns. Deafening screeches developed in my chest and pulsed out of my bleeding lips while waves of smoke blurred my vision. My legs were numb, and I couldn't tell whither my feet were still attached to my body.
My fingers were slipping out of the chains, and I had to grasp the rings tighter to remain in the air. Thoughts flipped through my mind and assaulted my remaining senses. My lungs struggled for air as the smoke continued to rise with the flames. The burns on my arms peeled leaving untreated skin to be scorched. I could feel my already drained muscles weakening, and my grip on the chains loosened once more. This time, I let go. My body plummeted into the smiling flames. I released one last blood-curdling howl before I smacked into the ashen floor and my eyes faded into a comforting black.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Mario Madness

I just want to do a quick update on one of my New Year's Resolutions.

As you may know from reading my New Year's Resolutions post, one of the things I wanted to do was beat every level and complete every requirement in Super Mario 3D Land on Nintendo 3DS. Well... That hasn't been working out as well as I'd like it to. I've only completed every requirement on a few of the levels, which means that I'll need to go back and work on those more. Despite my wishes, I have yet to develop any hand-eye coordination, and the bright yellow Game Over screen has become my new best friend. However, I continue to play! Hopefully I'll be able to reach my goal by the end of the year!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Zoo Trip!

As you saw from the butterfly post, I recently went to the Zoo! My camera has been acting up quite a bit lately, so I took all of the Zoo photos on my phone. However, I still think that they turned out really well! So here's some more of the photos from that excursion.


Gibbon
Gibbons are amazing primates. I personally like them because of the sound they make! It sounds like they're on a roller coaster! They typically live in tropical fruit trees, ranging from Northeastern India to Southern China. Gibbons are extremely graceful when swinging through trees, and are especially fond of eating figs. The Gibbon in this photo was staring at a brightly colored small child who was on the verge of a temper tantrum. 


Snow Leopard
These amazing felines come from the mountains in Central Asia, where their snowy, gray fur allows them to blend in with the rocks as well as the snow. Because their fur is so thick and beautiful, they're often killed so that their pelts can be sold. As a result of this, and several other reasons, Snow Leopards are an endangered species.


Aldabra Tortoise
This slow moving friend is my mother's favorite animal at our Zoo. This variety of Tortoise can be solitary, or in a group. They typically prefer grasslands and swamps on their Islands of Aldabra Atoll. It is said that they're extremely easy to hunt/catch in the wild because they have no fear of humans, which is why their populations are considered "Vulnerable". No one is really sure how long they'll live on average, because they've outlived the scientists studying them in the past.


Meerkat
This Meerkat is acting as a lookout for his community, watching for birds and airplanes to warn his family, who are down below. Meerkat communities are often made up of several smaller families that work together to complete all tasks, like hunting for insects and small lizards. Occasionally, people have trained them for use as small-rodent catchers. 


African Crested Porcupine
As you may have guessed, these guys are from Africa. Their quills vary in length and and thickness depending on their location and age (new quills grow in like hair - gradually over time). Despite popular belief, Porcupines cannot "throw" or "shoot" their quills when threatened. They typically will spread their quills and walk backwards, swinging their tails, hitting their attacker(s). 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Free Write Friday #9

If we were all forced to wear warning labels, what would yours say?



Mine would probably say....


WARNING: WILL PET ANY PUPPY WITHIN REACH


or maybe....


WARNING: WILL MOST LIKELY EAT ANY UNATTENDED FOOD IN FRIDGES

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bucket List for College - Freshman Year

My first year in College is coming up fast (78 days.... Not that I'm counting) and so far everyone I've talked to has said that it's important to be adventurous and to do a lot of things that you never thought you could! So, to make sure that I actually do some memorable things (and because I love making lists), I decided to write out what I want to do! That way everything is more tangible and more likely to happen.

NUMBER 1 - BE BOLD
One of the biggest challenges I think I face is making new friends. I'm a naturally quiet person, so talking to people that I don't know before they talk to me is hard! In college, I'm going to be bold and talk to people that I'd like to befriend! What's the worst that could happen?

NUMBER 2 - JOIN A CLUB
Where I'm going, they have a massive amount of clubs! If there isn't a club I like, I have the ability to create one! However, there most likely is a club that's perfect for me! I'm planning on asking around, or finding a list or something, of all the clubs that they offer so that I can pick the ones I'm interested in! I want to join at least one club my first year of college.

NUMBER 3 - EXPLORE
I may be going to a small town, but I'm sure that there will be plenty of things for me to explore. I want to be adventurous and see new things, regardless of whether I'm exploring a building I wouldn't typically go in, a nearby town, or something more "exotic".

NUMBER 4 - TAKE A CLASS
I know, I know, pretty much all I'm going to be doing is taking classes! But with this one, I mean take a class that's fun that doesn't have anything to do with anything. A dancing class, a History of Rock and Roll class, a yoga class, etc! Why not? 


If you have a Bucket List for College, let me know what's on it!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Butterflies!!

Recently, the Butterfly House in my local zoo opened up for the summer season! At the beginning of the day, I was in an awful mood, and all I wanted to do was be by myself. In my little world, everything would go wrong if I tried to interact with others or have a good time. However, I decided that, regardless of my emotions, the Zoo is always a good idea.

In the Butterfly House, they kept landing on me and my purse! (Seek Peek at the back of my head and my shoulder... Scandalous!!)

 

I felt like a Disney Princess! The best way to feel better is to feel like a Disney Princess. Who knows; maybe if I started singing they would have carried me home and cleaned my room for me! (More butterflies landed on me than the ones in the photos... Those are just the only photos without my face in them)

There were so many different kinds all over the place! They were all so beautiful!


Now, because I've been a volunteer and an intern at this Zoo for quite some time, I knew where to look for the well hidden butterflies that always seem to make people the happiest. Can you spot this butterfly?


To lift my spirits even further, one of the hardest to find butterflies in the entire place decided to make an appearance. I'd only seen this butterfly one or two times after its recent emergence from its chrysalis before it was officially put on display. BEHOLD!!! A Glasswing Butterfly!!





Friday, June 5, 2015

Hunting For a Job

Over the last several months, I've applied and applied, over and over, for every single job that's popped up in my area. I've now realized that, regardless of how awesome my resume and reference letters are, I'm still going to be extremely horrible at job interviews.

When I start prepping for an interview, I feel an increasing weight on my chest. The faster I get ready, the faster the weight grows. By the time I'm in the actual interview, the largeness of it makes it hard for me to focus, and to seem happy and cheerful. In addition to that, my hands/fingers always cramp up, making it almost impossible for me to bend my fingers! When I'm nervous, I tend to talk with my hands more intensely.... Nothing says "Hire Me!" like waving your cramped fingers through the air like a rabid monkey while you're unfocused and unsmiling.

The more I apply for jobs, the more I think about the interviews, the more I want to stop applying for jobs to avoid the interviews.

I wish that, at some point, I'll walk in for an interview, and afterwards they'll think:

"Yeah, that was awful... But let's give her a go anyway! See how she does when she isn't nervous/scared out of her wits."

That would be the best day ever! Don't you think?


Free Write Friday #8

What if you mirror started talking to you?


*leans closer, squints at my forehead*

Mirror: Looks like you're getting a pimple.

Me: *startled* Yeah, yeah I am

Mirror: Don't worry about it! If you style your hair like you did last Friday it'll cover that up easy! Plus, you'll look super cute

Me: Oh yeah! I guess you're right!

Mirror: Also, just wanted to let you know, that outfit makes you look sexy from behind! Wear that on your next date!

Me: *spins around, poses* Why thank you! I think I will! *blows kiss to the mirror* I'll see you tomorrow!
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