Sunday, September 24, 2017

Tolkien Week Tag

Huzzah! I've kept my promise and I am going to finish this tag. RIGHT NOW. So let's get started...

1. How long have you been a Tolkien fan?

Since I was 11 years old, I think... After all-

But we are good at multiplying! I mean, adding...
2. Has your love of Middle-earth affected your life?

Abso-tutely-lutely! I don't know where I'd be without Tolkien actually. Every time something came up in my life, I would open up one of his works and something in there would help me.

3. If you had to take the One Ring to Mordor, which character would you choose for your sole companion?

Probably Sam. He's just the most helpful, encouraging friend any hobbit could ask for.



4. Which is scarier, Shelob or the Balrog?

Shelob. Hands down. I just can't with spiders...


I used a Harry Potter gif, you guys... throw all the rotten tomatoes now.
5. Which two towers do you think Tolkien was referring to in the title The Two Towers?  (i.e. Orthanc, Barad-dûr, Cirith Ungol, Minas Morgul, or Minas Tirith)

I always thought it was Minas Morgul and Minas Tirith because it was about the bad side wanting to bring down Gondor. That's good reasoning, right?



6. Whose wardrobe would you like to have?

My own *deep evil laugh* That would be awesome if they could make me my own wardrobe. Please? PRETTY PLEASE?! Fine, I mean, Eowyn's is pretty too. 



7. What do you think an Ent Draught would taste like?

Like water. But really intensely clean water. So pure and clear. Probably taste unearthly even.



8. Where in Middle-earth would you like to live?

Well, I already live in The Shire so other than that, I think I'd like to live in Lothlorien.



9. Do you have any Tolkien-related opinions that surprise other people?

I don't really have any other "friends" that have read the books/seen the movies. But, when I run into someone that has only seen the movies, I tell them that I like the books better. It usually gives a little shock to them. 

Also, I like the Hobbit movies but I don't like that they added a love triangle-thing in there. I liked Tauriel but they just... I don't get it. I think the only reason they added that was because they wanted more sales.

10. List up to ten of your favorite lines/quotations from the books or movies.

I don't have time for ten but tell you what, for the next nine posts, I'll put one of my favorite quotes. For now, my favorite is from The Return of the King.



Saturday, September 23, 2017

Happy (belated) Birthday Bilbo and Frodo!

Alright, I know I'm late but this week has been crazy busy for me! I had a wedding last night and this week was BEYOND packed with things to do.

Speaking of the wedding, my cousins are here from Georgia and yesterday the younger one(he's three years younger than me) comes to me and hugs me. And then he asks, "Guess who's birthday it is today?"

And I thought, "Aw! He thinks I don't know it's Bilbo and Frodo's birthday and wanted to surprise me! That's so sweet!"


So I said,"Bilbo and Frodo's birthday?!"

He laughed and said,"No, you dork! It's my birthday today!" I started laughing so hard and apologized. And then I told him that he had one of the luckiest birthdays in the world. He just rolled his eyes and walked away. I felt like a total idiot...


In other words, you remembered my birthday over your cousin's birthday, you weirdo.

Hey, at least it's engraved in my mind and I'll never forget after this. Besides, this post is dedicated to you and Bilbo so you're not supposed to be here!

I'm just looking! I also want to make sure you were going to say nice things about me to all of your readers *grins*


*rolls eyes* Why of course I would say all kinds of nice things about you! Especially on your birthday! *pinches his cheeks*

Paws off, Fawn! This is my personal bubble.

*groans* Then get out of mine! Hurry up before I call Bilbo...

Bilbo in his chair while we're arguing... again
If I stand behind you, am I not in your personal bubble anymore?

You can watch but no interrupting! Got it?!

Fine, Miss Bossypants, you win.


That's better. Now I believe I was about to tell you what we did for their birthday before I was so rudely interrupted. But, no matter! I shall give you a full and proper account of yesterday's festivities.

I woke up early and started baking loaves of bread and biscuits for the day. Then I woke the boys up, said 'happy birthday' and told them to go to the marketplace to get fish for dinner.

That wasn't pleasant...

*glares at Frodo* While they were gone, I made breakfast and prepared for second breakfast.

Breakfast was so good. We had eggs, ham, roasted potatoes, and fresh biscuits with homemade jam. It was so good. Great, NOW I'M HUNGRY!

Then stop shouting and go eat something instead of interrupting me!


With pleasure... I take my leave, my lady.

*busts up laughing* You're so ridiculous. Well, after they came back, we read outside until it was time for second breakfast. I made lemon vanilla pancakes with fresh blackberries. We miiiiiight have had a few slices of bacon with that...

*singsong voice* I'M BACK! You're barely at second breakfast?! 

You mean, you already ate?! That's... scary.

I know. After second breakfast, Bilbo and I went down to Tuckborough to visit our relatives over there. They had told us weeks prior that they had some gifts for us so we had plenty of time to get them gifts too. 

So I packed them some fruit, cheese, hard meat, and bread for elevenses to eat on the way there. And while they were out of the house, I made their cake for afternoon tea. It was a tea cake with a orange zest glaze.

Fawn put some candles on it and we invited Sam to come over and have a slice...


These weirdos thought they were going to get a huge cake! But it's not like we were having all kinds of guests over. So after a slice (or two) we talked with Sam for a bit about the garden and some herbs that Bilbo wanted to get. 

It was very... informational. That's pretty much all I can say about that. It's different reading about plants and their medicinal qualities than it is to talk about it. 

You're right but it was still rather intriguing to me. It's fascinating how much information Sam knows about plants! He's like an ancient natural-remedy doctor... or rather, he could be. Making potions and brewing teas! My goodness! TEA! I forgot about tea! *runs off*



I guess I'll just pick up where Fawn left off! Sam gave Bilbo a flowery plant that we could use for brewing tea. It's a purple flower. Anyway, he couldn't stay for dinner. But we got to eat baked fish with steamed broccoli and carrots. Oh, and Fawn made this very delicious cornbread-pudding-thing to eat with the fish. It was more like dessert, now that I think about it...

*sigh* Tea is brewing now.

I was just telling them about that really amazing cornbread thing.

It came out a lot better than I expected it to! We were so tired from that day so we didn't have supper.

But after dinner, we passed presents around. I gave Bilbo a wooden clock from Erebor. I had it sent to Sam's hole so Bilbo wouldn't see it.

That's right! I remember you telling me. I gave Bilbo a new flower pot to put Sam's flowers in. I may or may not have known about Sam's gift to Bilbo...

Oh suuuure you didn't. Sam gave me a carved bookend of a bird for my bookshelf. It's incredible. The details are so intricate. He said that he asked for this specific one three months ago. He's such a great friend.


What?! That's so cool! *pouts* I want one...

You can always look at mine...?

It's not the same! Anyway, I gave Frodo a leather notebook and a set of drawing pencils.

I'm going to use them for my animal sketches. My other one is getting really worn out. The pages are falling out and everything.

That's precisely why I got you a whole new set! Now you won't have to wait until Christmas!

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And that's it! That's how we celebrated their birthdays! I know I'll be a day late but tomorrow I'm going to fill out the Tolkien Week Tag. How did you spend September 22?

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?                                              

1.  Fiji (ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!)

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


...ice 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