Friday, August 25, 2017

Summer Favorites

(Pretend this was supposed to be posted yesterday... I'M CATCHING UP! A LITTLE!!!)

Today I will be sharing with you all of my favorite summery things as of this year! (Disclaimer: this will probably be exceedingly rambly)

1. Favorite ice cream?

Cookie dough and peanut butter cup are my year round choices for ice cream. But during the summer, I like to eat rainbow sherbet.

2. Favorite popsicle?

Bomb(Rocket) Pops! They're the red, white and blue popsicles. I could probably eat a whole box of those things if I was stuck in bed during the summer... (THAT IS NOW ON MY BUCKET LIST)

3. Favorite meal this summer?

Ugh I can't remember. But one time, we made this amazing grilled salmon with salad that had this really yummy lemon olive oil dressing...

4. Favorite thing to drink this summer?

Limon chia or an Arnold Palmer(half iced tea/half lemonade) Great, now I'm really thirsty...

5. Favorite fruit to eat on a hot summer day?

Watermelon... although pineapple and strawberries are close favorites.

This is too adorable!
6. Favorite movie this summer?

As of this year, it's Moana. It wasn't exactly by choice but it's better than Frozen.

My hair when I get out of the pool
7. Favorite song this summer?

I really like Let It Out by Switchfoot. It's one of their happier ones and I love the piano sounding thing in the background.

8. Favorite place you visited this summer?

The beach. And all of the new ice cream places my sister and her boyfriend took me and my younger sister to. There was one that was called The Afters and they cut a doughnut(your choice if you wanted glazed or unglazed) in half and put your ice cream inside. And then they put a topping on top of your ice cream. I had the glazed doughnut with Peanut Butter Smore's ice cream and oreo crumbs on top...
That sounds so good right now
9. Favorite memory you made this summer?

Probably when we went to the library and I beat my older sister at Mancala. I'll never forget that moment!

10. Favorite summer vacation you reminisced this year?

*sniffle* last year when I was at Camping Tiber in Rome. That was a golden time.

What are your favorite summery things? What are your answers?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Where in the World? Summer Edition

(Pretend this was scheduled to post up yesterday at this time *sigh*)

Have you ever played that computer game called "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego"?

I loved that game when I was younger. I wasn't very good at it but traveling around the world was fun! Even if I never found Carmen Sandiego...

So this game is meant for me to guess where this summer vacation destination is! I'm going to put 10 different pictures here and I'm going to guess based on what I see. I won't look up the answers until I've put my guess underneath the picture. Then I'm going to put a solid line under the pictures and guesses with the correct answers.

Wow, this water is just beautiful! I want to say somewhere (*starts singing* OVER THE RAINBOOOOOW) in like the Bahamas area? *pulls out a globe* *then realizes she doesn't have a globe readily accessible so she looks up an atlas on the internet* *then doesn't give up looking for said globe and goes looking all over for it* *almost starts yelling that there's not a single globe in this house before she sees it above her closet* *then sister says "you dum-dum!"*

I'm going to stick with my answer. Anywhere near the Bahamas. So either the Bahamas OR *looks at globe* Cuba.

I feel like these colors are unrealistic. What kind of town would paint their houses these weird colors?! I mean, it looks nice, I guess, but that's just weird. What if I say Belgium? I don't really know what Belgium looks like though so I couldn't tell... *looks up pictures of Belgium* I saw ONE picture of colorful-ish houses near a river thing. What's that called again? A canal?

Okay I'm going to say somewhere within the region of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. And I'm not going to look up pictures of those countries because I'm so done guessing for this picture...

What the heck? Where is this? Is this Heaven or something because it's pretty darn close. I'm going to guess Thailand. First guess where I didn't second guess myself!

Again with the weird colors! That building is kinda taller than usual. It's a little hard to take a closer look at it. But I'm going to guess that it's somewhere in the United Kingdom.

Yeesh, I would be scared to death to live here. You're living ON A ROCK! And not just a rock... A CLIFF! But you know what, it looks beautiful there. I'm guessing this is in Sicily? None of the other pictures really look like this and I can't think of anywhere else.

Ugh, these beaches are so hard to tell. This could be from Hawaii or from South America! You know what, that's a good idea. I'll guess that this one from Costa Rica.

I think it's obvious that this is in America... where else in the world would have this sandstone near a lake? At least it looks like a lake and those rocks look like sand stone, right?

It's so pretty here! What the heck! Imagine if your local national park was this! That would be awesome. Nothing against national parks here, guys. I'm just so amazed that I live on the same planet as this location. It's crazy! Back to guessing...

Um, what about Fiji? Or Indonesia? I feel so bad for grouping these photos with several places. I think I'm going to stick with Indonesia.

I'm guessing that this is Hawaii. Just the heavy plants kind of give it that feel...

Where could this be?! There's so many places! It reminds me of Arendelle from Frozen. How the city is just surrounded by giant stone cliffs. But I don't think this could be from Norway, besides, I already chose that for a different answer. I want to say Malaysia or the Philippines.

How about you? What are your guesses? Comment below about your guesses!

                                          And the answers are below! Were you correct?                                              


2. Burano, Italy (near Venice) (Pfft, I sure was far off with this one...)

3. Krabi Province, Thailand (Yes! I was right! FINALLY!)

4. Ljubljana, Slovenia (I don't feel so bad about this one...)

5. Manarola, Italy (I consider myself close to this one. Even if Manarola is at the northern part...)

6. Barbados (It's in the Caribbean Sea! Costa Rica touches the Caribbean so I think I was close...)

7. Acadia National Park, Maine, America (Alright, that one was pretty easy, I guess...)

8. Plitvice National Park, Croatia (Oh my gosh! This is actually a national park! GUYS!!!)

9. Maui, Hawaii (So when I looked into where the picture came from, it didn't have an exact location. But most of them said Maui. Either way, I still get a point from this one!

10. India (This one didn't have an exact location either but at least it said India. I was kind of close with this one!)

Would You Rather? Summer Edition

(Let's just pretend that I put the schedule to post this up two days ago at this time instead of today :P)

Welcome to my first Would You Rather? game created by me! So let's get started!

1. Would you rather take a vacation in Hawaii or Australia?

I would rather take a vacation in Australia. One reason is because I could possibly catch a flight to New Zealand and another reason is because Hawaii has really, REALLY big bugs. So no thanks!

Wild kangaroos... ON A BEACH?! *faints*

2. Would you rather visit Florida or California in the summer?

Although the humidity is absolutely horrible, I would choose Florida! Because hey, who wouldn't choose Walt Disney World over Disneyland? Am I right?!

3. Would your rather swim in an ocean or a pool?

I would definitely rather swim in the ocean. It just feels a lot more natural, I guess. And a pool doesn't have waves...

4. Would you rather spend a day at the beach or at a library?

This is really hard but I would have to say the library. I really love the beach but I rarely get to go to the library.

5. Would you rather have a marathon with friends or play boardgames with friends?

MARATHON! It would probably be with my sisters instead of my friends because most of my friends aren't nerds and there's nothing really we can all marathon about. Except maybe High School Musical XD

6. Would you rather eat an ice cream cone or a popsicle (homemade or bought from a truck?)

My mouth is watering like crazy for a Bomb Pop/Rocket Pop right now! But I would choose a cone of cookie dough or rainbow sherbet instead.

Just look at all of that food dye...
7. Would you rather eat fruit salad or fruit kabobs?

Fruit salad. It's a whole lot cleaner and I only eat fruit kabobs if it's strawberries and grapes. It's so hard to eat watermelon and cantaloupe on kabobs...

8. Would you rather wear shorts/capris or skirts around the house?

Skirts! Mostly because *fun fact* I don't own any jeans/shorts/capris. At all. Seriously!

9. Would you rather wear classic black or colorful sunglasses?

Classic black. They match with everything and they're perfect for an evening drive in the car with the windows all the way down.

10. Would you rather wear flip-flops or walk barefoot on hot sand?

Ouch, I'll go with walking barefoot. My feet hurt from just thinking about it... but your feet come out really clean after the sand washes off, right?

So that's it! I hope you enjoyed! You can steal this for your blog or you can leave your answers int he comments below! Thanks for reading!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

When I Think of Summer, I Think Of...

...going so deep in the ocean that the waves crash on me and throw me back to shore

...fresh fruit smoothies on my back porch cream dripping from a cone and my hands

...laughing with friends so much that my stomach still hurts when I'm in bed

...playing Mancala in air conditioned libraries

...the Zipper(!) and working in a very humid goldfish booth

...spraying water across the lawn to make a rainbow

...12 hours a day, 5 days a week, at a pro-life camp

...spending the entire day outside, just breathing

...drinking countless glasses of lemonade and/or iced tea

...the smell of lemon trees

...the sun so bright you have to squint with sunglasses on

...counting the flowers at an amusement park

...watching Moana everyday for three weeks straight because of my little brothers

...trying to only quote Moana when talking to your sister because you're bored out of your mind

...friends visiting from out-of-state

...skyping my cousin in Georgia to talk about videogames

...eating a lot of delicious food

...going to homeschooling teen events and eating only desserts

...counting the days to go back to Disneyland

...being scared to death when I come home late and there's a possum in the front yard

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

So What's Up With Me?

Here we are! Again! And it's already the end of summer... yay.

*slow clap*
I'm not ready for school yet, you guys... 

Haven't some people already started?

Excuse me, sir, what exactly do you think you're doing here?

Um... blogging? *sarcasm kicks in* Oh wait, was I supposed to receive an invitation...?

You have not fulfilled the wishes of your readers. Be gone, Frodo Baggins of the Shire. You are banished from this corner of the internet.

Says the one who hasn't blogged a SINGLE thing in, what, almost THREE months?!

But this is my blog, not yours. I can do as I please...

*exaggerated gasp* Fawnabelle Baggins, I'm ashamed of you! Haven't you been taught your WHOLE life to share?

Are you really using that card with me, Frodo? Do you really want to do that?

What are you going to do about it?

If I remember correctly, I was the one who won our last wrestling contest...

*flashes back*
*ahem* My stomach was hurting that day...

Your wittle tummy-wummy doesn't effect your wittle muscles, now does it?

*turns red with anger* OH YEAH?! Well, I'm pretty sure you would lose if your stomach was hurting!

Puh-lease! I'm a girl. I can pull a card like that...



*Bilbo shouts* Behave please!

BILBO, Fawn's being mean to me in public!

Well, Frodo was the one who came on my blog without asking! And now, he wants a rematch of last time...

*Bilbo shouts again* Fine, go at it. But don't come crying if she beats you Frodo...

*busts up laughing on the floor*

He said if! If you beat me, which *scoff* you won't get away so easy this time.

Whatever you say, Frodo *laughs and then sighs* whatever you say...

Be prepared for a Last Week of Summer celebration here! Next week, August 20-26! It'll be about all things summer! Grab a button and join the fun!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

ABC Tag (stolen from The Author, who stole it from Nimrodel... who stole it from Lois Johnson)

Well, well, well! Looks like I haven't posted in FOREVER (again) and I stole a tag (again). I'm a Baggins. Bilbo's occupation was "Burglar" for like a year. Nothing new here, dear friends.

Anyway, I was too late to beat The Author at stealing the tag. (If you haven't done this tag yet, please do. Keep the stealing going!)

DISCLAIMER: This is going to have mostly Tolkien because, come on, what hobbit doesn't always have a Tolkien book they're trying to finish for the 8th time?

                  Author you've read the most books from

Tolkien! What did I tell ya?

Best sequel ever

The Book of Lost Tales: Part Two. I WAS going to put The Two Towers but I don't consider it as a sequel because The Lord of the Rings is one book.

Currently reading

I am currently reading, in no particular order: Dear and Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell, Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, Anastasia The Last Grand Duchess by Carolyn Meyer, and The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. Surprised I have so many books?

Drink of choice while reading

Bilbo's special tea OR hot chocolate (made by my mum)...

E-reader or physical book

Physical. You can smell physical books but NOT e-books. Who doesn't like the smell of old books?

Fictional character you probably would've dated in high school

Umm... what? What kind of question is this?

Food of choice while reading

Every food goes well with reading. Especially Bilbo's seed cakes!

Glad you gave this book a chance

I'm glad I read Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. I thought I wouldn't like it because I love the Disney movie SO MUCH. But it's actually REALLY good. It's almost verbatim to the 2003 Peter Pan movie. If you haven't seen it, go watch it. 

Hidden gem

Oh my gosh, The Jedi Path is a great book. If you want to become a student of the Force, this is the book for you. It's the perfect manual. Plus, all the greatest Jedi Masters signed the book.

Important moment in your reading life

I was going to buy this version when I was at Shakespeare and Co. in Paris last year...
The most important moment in my reading life was reading The Hobbit for the first time. I remember I was so mesmerized by the characters and the language Tolkien used. It completely changed my life.

Just finished 

Everland by Wendy Spinale. It was so good! I'm anxious to find the other books of the series.

Kind of books you won't read

No romance or horror of any kind.

Longest book you've ever read

The Lord of the Rings is the longest and best book I've ever read. I rather enjoy long books. They're not very tempting for me to read the last chapter... PLEASE TELL ME I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT IS GUILTY OF THIS!

Major book hangover because of...

Probably The Lord of the Rings. But mostly hangover because of the Appendices...

Number of bookcases you own

I'm trying to convince Bilbo to build this...
I have one for my room that has my personal books. In Bag End, we have several bookcases all around the hole. And in my house, I have one for my room and our living room has two bookcases.

One book you have read multiple times

I think I've read The Hobbit about 8 or 9 times.

Preferred place to read

On my special chair in Bag End. My bed is another frequent place too.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the the feels from a book you've read

"How do you give up the threads of an old life? How do you go on when in your heart you begin to understand, there is no going back. There are some things that time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep that have taken hold." Frodo Baggins, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King

This quote has helped me so much in the past few years. It's simply inexplicable. There's such an honest beauty to it that it just seems to hold the answers for me whenever I think of it.

Reading regret

I can't remember a single time I regretted reading a book!

Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in series)

The Inkheart series. Is that what it's called? I don't even know...

Three of your all-time favorite books

Definitely The Lord of the Rings is number one. My second favorite is The Hobbit. My third is probably Everland right now. But, knowing me, I'll change my answer soon...

Unapologetic fangirl for...

Tolkien's works. I haven't been fortunate enough to find On Fairy-Stories yet.

Very excited for this release more than all the others

Well, I WAS excited for Beren and Luthien but I took so long to do this tag that I can't submit that for my answer. I know there's another book but I can't think of it right now...

Worst bookish habit

Skimming or counting how many times a see a certain word. Or finding my favorite quote from the page and trying to memorize it.

X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick up the 27th book

My dot-to-dot Tolkien book. It's so cool.

Your latest book purchase

I bought the entire Anne of Green Gables series yesterday. 

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late)

I don't really like reading before bed because I end up not being able to fall asleep. I think about what would happen if blank happened. Although I've noticed that I have much better dreams after I read or when I have a book under my pillow.

I actually finished it! Aren't you proud of me? I bet you are. Have a fun rest of the day!