Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving

I'm home for Thanksgiving because I'm on break from school. I absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving, and I could be happy about how today has gone! (I also had an amazing birthday - I'm going to post about that next)

Everyone has gone home, and the reality that tomorrow is my last day at home has set in. I've been sat in my room trying to work on some papers that I need to write so that I can print them for free here at home before I make the journey back to school, but by the looks of things I'm not sure that's possible. I was having some issues writing one of my papers and figuring out the formatting, so I decided to take some time to clear my head and blog about what's been going on today.

It's a tradition for the Thanksgiving activities to occur at my house because my dad loves to cook all the food, and we have a large living room that can seat everyone who comes. The day before Thanksgiving, my family always spends the entire day cleaning and getting as much of the food ready as we can (some of it we prepped to be cooked the next day) and setting up folding chairs around the old tables that we carry in from the garage. I cleaned the sinks and vacuumed the floors because I've been rather sick recently and my mom didn't want me touching the food or trying to carry things (I don't have any upper body strength, which is even more apparent when I'm not feeling my best, so I was perfectly happy not having to carry chairs or tables).

Today, after we'd put everything that needed to be cooked in the oven and had all the tables and chairs set up, I got out my math work to try and get more of it done before people started arriving for the meal. My family watched the Macy's Parade during that time as well, which I thoroughly enjoy because I like to watch )and sometimes criticize) the Marching Bands. I was in Marching Band for 3 years, and as any Marching Band member could tell you, it's easy to criticize other bands because you know what the techniques are and how the players are supposed to look and march.

After the meal was in full swing, we were all sitting around and eating and enjoying each other's company. There's no better way to catch up on the lives of your family members than while you're eating a ton of really good food. Everyone mainly wanted to know how I'm liking college, and how well my classes are going, which I knew would be the main topic that I covered while at the feast.

My family has this funny tradition of, after we've taken down the tables and chairs, putting on a really cheesy of dumb Christmas movie to watch together (which I don't really like, but I do like spending time with them all so I'll sit through a Christmas movie or two before I suggest a non-Christmas movie that we would all enjoy) while eating the various pies that were brought and what's left of my birthday cake. It's a very normal thing for me to have my birthday cake on the pie table at Thanksgiving, it's always been put there every year which is fine by me.

Today, however, we were sort of abnormal and we watched 4 or 5 different movies together, most of which were Christmas movies! I don't think anyone was really watching them, they were just to fill the spaces between the conversations that people were having. I didn't notice this right off the bat, because one of my younger cousins had asked me to color with her, so I was focused on finding the perfect color for seaweed and some shells to make her two dolphins in the picture stand out (the coloring book was desk sized, so it had a lot of different elements in it that took quite a long time to fill in).

After the last movie ended, it was about 8 and everyone was very exhausted and ready to go home and sleep off all of the food and fun that had been had. All in all, it was a really amazing day.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Power of Rug Naps

When I started Junior High, I realized how hard it is to get up early in the morning. Now, I'm mildly a morning person. I'm perfectly fine waking up really early as long as no one talks to me until after I've brushed my teeth. However, if I have to wake up early several days in a row like, for example, getting up for school, I feel more worn out and exhausted by the day!

Then, I discovered the most magical thing ever! Rugs! More specifically, the Me sized rug in my bathroom along the double sink! Hooray!! Every morning, I would get up and leave my bed to sleep on the not so comfy rug in my bathroom before showering and getting ready for the day. I'd set an alarm on my phone to wake me up after 15-20 minutes (depending on the day) and I would nap that long on the rug.

The rug wasn't particularly comfortable, which is why it made such a perfect place to nap! It kept me from going back into a really deep sleep, while still giving me the extra time to relax and feel more well rested. It also made it easier to get back up and finish getting ready for the day because it wasn't as hard as getting out of my actual bed.

I've also taken a few rug naps in the middle of the day on bad or hard days. The plus side of it being a bathroom is that I could lock the door and not be bothered for the 15-20 minutes that I napped!

In my book, there's nothing more helpful than a rug nap! If you're having a bad day, or you feel run down, I highly recommend it!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

My Favorite Book Series - Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer


In the 7th Grade, when the hardest part of my life so far was just beginning, one of my friends got me hooked to a book series that was really recent in coming out. After the very first chapter, I was hooked! There literally aren't enough words for how much I love this book series..

There are a total of 12 books in the series, the first one was published in 2002, the last book was published in 2014. The series starts out with Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventure of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy, which is where you're first introduced to Jacky, the protagonist that you can't help but love! These books have everything! Romance, adventure, suspense, comedy, history, and it'll make you feel excited, frustrated, sad, and angry! And that's just scratching the surface!

The Bloody Jack series is amazing because, the farther you read into the series, the better it gets. There are so many different events and different lines going on that it's nearly impossible to try and describe them to someone. I found myself, with every single book, staying up until the middle of the night frantically trying to get to the resolutions to relieve all the emotions going on. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something new to read!

I started reading the books before they were all published, so my friends and I were constantly waiting for the next book to come out after we sped through the one before. At one point, we felt so in love with the series that we wrote some fan mail to the author! We talked about how much we loved the books, and how ready we were for the newest one to come out (we secretly hoped that we were the first ones to send him fan mail, which me most likely weren't, and that he'd send us a sneak peek of the book before it was published!). After several months, when we'd given up hope of getting a response, we received a manila envelope in the mail, and we almost peed ourselves with excitement! Along with a short letter that illustrated how much he appreciated taking the time out to write a letter, and how happy he was that we enjoyed the books so much. To our delight, he also included a signed photo for each of us from Jacky! (My thumb is over my name) Goodness! Just writing this post has gotten my heart racing again!


What's your favorite book series? What did you think about the Bloody Jack series?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Holiday Pet Peeve: Skipping Thanksgiving

To me, it seems as though stores and the mindsets of most people shift from Halloween straight to Christmas. I've posted before about how much I dislike when Thanksgiving is skipped over, but now I'm going to explain why it bothers me so much in more detail.

One beautiful day in November, a lovely little baby came into this world screaming her lungs out and being caught by the arms of a nurse because the doctor wasn't there. On that day, the 24th, the baby that was born was me! I'm a Thanksgiving Girl! (Keep in mind that the date Thanksgiving is on changes every year, so every once in a while it does fall on the 24th for my birthday)

Ever since I was a kid, on my actual birthday my immediate family would give me the presents that they got for me, and then on Thanksgiving, my whole extended family would be together (and sometimes a few of my friends would be able to come as well) and they'd sing to me and then everyone would enjoy my huge Costco cake together. For the amount of people that would come, one Costco cake was more than enough for everyone to get a slice. So for me, Thanksgiving was a sort of "extra birthday" where I was able to spend a lot of time with my extended family.

As I got older, I'd always get extremely excited for Thanksgiving after Halloween ended, and I'd want to go to the store with my mom to pick out festive Thanksgiving napkins and paper plates, but the stores we'd go to would very rarely have anything more than half a shelf of a few Thanksgiving themed products (like the napkins and paper plates), which was really upsetting to me because it's the next big holiday after Halloween, but no one seemed to be decorating as much for it! It was just skipped over when it came to stores and the order that people think of the holidays in!

Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas, just not in November. I wouldn't mind if stores had a Christmas section as well as a Thanksgiving section, but they should at least have a Thanksgiving section! To me, Thanksgiving is the best holiday ever so I feel a bit let down when other people/stores don't treat it with the same value that I do.

That was a tad rambly... Hopefully you enjoyed my little explanation! I hope you have a wonderful day
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