June 28, 2014

I got my shopping fix...

I woke up around 8 this morning, and  I didn't get to go back to sleep because of two things: My little brother was watching cartoons, and I had to go to the bathroom. Sadly, my dad is STILL in the bathroom for some reason and it has been almost an hour. *explodes*

Anyway, I needed to get on the computer this morning so that I could invite people to this online party I'm having for Jamberry nails. They're like the most fantastic kind of nail strips/wraps that last between two weeks and all eternity. Ok, not that long, but a long time. I decided to host a party on facebook, which is like the easiest thing ever, because you hardly have to do anything, plus, you can get free stuff depending on how much your friends order from Jamberry. I can't wait to get my jamberry nails and try them out.

I have been in need of a shopping trip for a couple weeks now. Like, its crazy. I get shopping withdrawals, where I want to spend the whole day shopping and whatnot. Yesterday, I got my wish and from about 8:30 to 3:30, my mom and I were shopping. I got four new shirts (three from goodwill and one from Palais Royal), a new book (The Zombie Survival guide), a pair of doc marten ish boots, a cute little portable chess set (goodwill), a mickey mouse purse (goodwill), two scene it games (disney and nick, both from goodwill), and two vhs movies (alice in wonderland and the little mermaid, both from goodwill). It was a successful day of shopping. I think I might do a youtube video with my shopping haul. I feel like it would be fun.

Should I?


June 23, 2014

Question Tuesday

I haven't been blogging  much because I've been busy. And by busy, I mean I've been trying my best to enjoy summer.

I've been knitting and crocheting and teaching myself to play guitar and writing books and painting and helping with moving sales and making a birthday wishlist and reading and making videos.

If you don't know already, I am working with some other teenagers to do this collaborative youtube channel. I get to post on Tuesdays, which is pretty fantastic. This year, my birthday is on a tuesday, and I plan on doing a special video for that. And when I go to this big flea market in Canton after my birthday, I plan to make a "Thoughts from places" video.

We're mainly a vlogging channel, but we also do challenges and stuff too. Its going to get even more interesting as the days go by. We started off doing themed weeks, but we're abandoning that now that we're all used to the video making process. I mean, we're not the best vloggers, but we are pretty fantastic and interesting. And we're constantly posting videos. Literally, every day but sunday.

This week, I want to do a Question Tuesday video like the vlogbrothers do. However, this means that  I need questions to answer. The more the better. So, I need your help. PLEASE ask me something. It can be scientific, historical, musical, writing-related, about my family, about videos, about me, ANYTHING!!!

Seriously, I need you all on this. Ask me here in the comments, via google plus or youtube or tumblr or facebook or whatever you have. THANKS A TON!


June 10, 2014

Love of reading

I have always loved books and reading. Even before I could read. Like, the first day of kindergarten, I came home upset because I already wanted to learn how to read. I'm also impatient, but thats a discussion for another day.

Since I have been able to read, I have consumed every bit of literature that has been given to me. Well, anything that I found interesting, which leaves out a lot of textbooks and required reading. I have probably read a couple thousand books in my lifetime, just estimating.

Something that I love about my youngest brother is that he absolutely loves reading. My mom and dad don't read much and my other brother doesn't like reading hardly at all, mainly because there are few books that he finds interesting. John Thomas, however, has somehow inherited the love of reading and reads books that are above his level like I did. He can read books at a fifth grade level and he just got out of second grade. To give some perspective, I was reading 12th grade level books in fifth grade. But reading levels are weird.

I love that I finally have someone besides my friends to recommend books to. I can tell John about Lemony Snicket and C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling. In fact, over spring break, we listened to an audiobook of the first Harry Potter book and he loved it. I think we might have listened to the second one also. Not sure that we finished it though.

Today, John and I were compiling our birthday wishlists, which we do at the beginning of each summer, to make it easier on our mom since our birthdays are in July. I was writing his for him, since his handwriting is still kinda horrible. And I was recommending things to put on the list. When I got around to books, we added The Magic Treehouse books, which are currently his favorites, and then I asked him about A Series of Unfortunate Events. He said he had never heard of it.

So, now we are laying in our bunks and listening to the audiobook version of The Bad Beginning. A kinda theatrical version. He says he likes it, so I'm going to add the series to his wishlist.

I think I may have decided what I am getting him for his birthday this year. I've never been very good at giving gifts, but I'm getting better. Having money to buy stuff with helps. I know that for Christmas, I am making knitted hats for the boys, and I kinda missed James' birthday this year. Not that he really cared. He doesn't like the gifts I give him. Not even the portable phone charging stick thing I gave him last year. He never finished opening it, so I took it and used it the other day.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure that I'm getting John some Chocolate Frogs for his birthday. The fair trade ones that the harry potter alliance did. Except they don't have them anymore so I have to buy them somewhere else. Like from amazon or Jelly Belly. And maybe I'll get him The Tales of Beedle the Bard too. I do know that
I want to put some audiobooks and some songs that he likes on one of my old mp3 players and give it to him though. I might do that before his birthday though. Not sure.


June 2, 2014


So, this morning I am uploading a new youtube video. But if you go to my channel, you won't see it. Why? Because its on a completely different channel that I am not the main owner of. Thats right, I'm participating in a collab channel.

Me and 5 other random strangers from Nerdfighteria are doing this vlogbrothers-style collaborative channel. Everyone has a specific day to upload videos, and my day is Tuesday. The video I'm putting up right now is the channel intro/trailer. I think it will be really cool to do this with several strangers and have it as a kind of vlog/penpal type thing. Some of them live in the US while others live in other countries. I'm excited about this.

We got this whole thing together between friday and now. Its been crazy and I've been on and off facebook and youtube and google plus and my email the whole time. We did a pretty good job for such short notice though. We start posting videos this week. It would be absolutely lovely if you all would watch them. It would mean a lot to me, and probably a lot more to the other people in the group.

It finally finished uploading. Here is the trailer: