Saturday, December 5, 2015

Dear Jane

I know I am late in the game, but I am obsessed with The CW's Jane the Virgin! If you haven't heard of it, it is about a girl, Jane, who gets artificially inseminated… you know, just watch the preview.

Friday, November 27, 2015

5 Fandom Friday: Black Friday Wishes

I am not one to do Black Friday, it almost disgusts me how much people can get into it and become vicious animals trying to get a tv that is on sale. Especially the day after we sit around and talk about what we are thankful for that we already have.

I had to go to Walmart last night because my mom needed some medicine and we had run out of milk. It was pretty terrifying. They had rearranged everything and I had no idea where anything was. I was almost run over by shopping carts loaded with TVs and other electronics. Twice. So I am not a fan of Black Friday. But if I were to do the crazy shopping day, here would be the 5 general things I would go for.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

5 Reasons to Stop Asking College Students About Their Relationship Status

Even though I attend a private Christian university, my goal isn't to get married (Shocking, right?) I actually want to get a degree in something that I'm passionate about. Imagine that!? I would much rather learn about myself and who I am as an individual than begin dating others to try and find my "soulmate". How am I going to find someone perfect for me if I do not even know who "me" is?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Lessons from the Bird Woman

I recently was the stage manager for Abilene Christian University's 2015 Homecoming Musical Mary Poppins. It was the most magical experience ever. And throughout the production process, I learned so much about the stage management profession and about myself.

Today, I am going to talk about the most important lesson I learned from Mary Poppins, and it didn't come from the magical nanny herself, although she had many to teach. It came from a simple woman with one song in heart and a couple of lines. The Bird Woman. Now if you know of Disney's 1964 film version, it is pretty close to the musical adaptation when discussing the Bird Woman. There are some major differences between the movie, musical and books, like always, but we will talk about those later.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

How You Know It's Time To Change Your Major

So, you're in college. You went in with this awesome major (or so you thought) and you are just not feeling it. You are in the middle of the second semester of your first year, and you have no desire to go to any of your classes. You're thinking, "I thought I was good at this." "I thought this was what I wanted." Well, maybe that major isn't for you.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

The first weekend in August was the run of my second show as AD. Annie Jr. which was our children's camp for the theater company I work for. It was four long weeks filled with seven hour days and cranky children, but well worth the work. I have to say our show was pretty great. The ages range from 8-18, so we had everyone from the hyper elementary school kid, to the moody middle schooler, to the diva high school girl. We dealt with it all, but after all of the hormones and attitudes were worked through, the cast came together to perform an amazing show.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Kayaking With Your Dog

I love kayaking. And it is a really fun way to exercise and burn those calories. Plus you're upper half can get really tan! One way to make kayaking really enjoyable is by taking your four legged best friend along with you. Most dogs naturally love the water, and if not, they enjoy just spending time with you. My little chihuahua, Sunny, loves to go kayaking. She doesn't like to be in the water, but she loves riding along with me and have the wind blowing in her face. There are so many new cites and smells for your pooch to enjoy. Here are a few tips to make your trip that much more memorable!

1. Doggie Lifejackets

Most dogs know how to swim, but they may not be used to the current that you may encounter while kayaking, rafting, canoeing, or whatever else you do. It is wise to always have a lifejacket on hand for your dog just in case. Plus, the lifejackets usually have a handle or two for you to quickly pick up your dog out of the water. They are reflective and they can have multiple places to attach a leash.

2. No leash while your dog is in the water

It can be very dangerous to have your dog tied to the boat while they are in the water. A current may take them under and they may get caught under water because their leash is stuck. No one wants to even think about something bad happening to their dog, so let's keep the swimming leash free.

3. Bring extra water

You don't drink the water in the river. So your dog should have to either. Make sure you bring enough water to share, and a bowl that's all theirs. I found a collapsable travel bowl that was very handy. It was light and could clip onto the rest of my gear.

4. Towels

Bring an extra towel or two for your dog. The kayak may get hot, so it would be good to have something your dog can sit or stand on that's not. And of course, you'll want to dry them off when you get back to your car or camp site.

5. Flea and Tick Prevention

The river can carry many different insects, including fleas and ticks. Make sure your pooch is up to date on all their shots and parasite protections.

There are just a few tips to get you started! If you have any more questions or suggestions, let me know. Have fun!!

Follow the adventurous Sunny on Instagram at Sunny Ray

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Evita: A Cursed Production

I recently closed my first show as assistant director for a production. Even though I enjoyed working on the show, I am extremely thankful it's over! We did Evita, the true life story of Eva Peron the First Lady of Argentina, and I have to say that that show is cursed, either by someone who really hates Santa Evita or Eva Peron herself.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Hello There...

Hello there, it has been quite some time since I have written an entry or post. Lots of stuff has happened and is happening. I am interning again for my hometown theater company. And I was thrown into a position that challenged me for the best and has concluded in me gaining another "promotion". I was asked to be assistant director for the biggest show of their year, the summer musical, Evita. More on that in my next post, trust me, you'll want to check it out. And I am now a director of the children's camp and the assistant director for the children's musical, Annie Jr.! I am super busy, but I am enjoying every minute of it.

I also had all four of my wisdom teeth removed yesterday. On my birthday. I was excited about the laughing gas, but it didn't even work. They just stuck me with the iv and that's what knocked me out. Surgery went well. And I was home around 11am. But don't expect a funny wisdom teeth video because all I did was cry cause I couldn't feel my legs or get into the car by myself. I received some flowers and some bracelets that I bought for myself but forgot. So that was good. Needless to say, it was a pretty uneventful birthday.

I am also debating on attempting to write a children's book about my uncle with Down syndrome. He has lived a pretty incredible life, with some pretty funny stories along with it. So we will see if I can ever sit down and commit to writing it.

So there's a little glimpse at what is new with me. I hope I can get back to writing more frequently! Wish me luck!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Become a Doer

It's Earth Day. You know what that means? My hippie, planet loving self emerges once again. Something I've noticed lately and what has been brought up in my awesome English class, is that this generation (yes, my generation) is a very passionate generation. We do care about certain issues, as you can tell by all of the hashtags and Facebook shares. But do we do anything?

We ask a lot of questions, but do we ever get around to answering them?

We share links on Facebook and Twitter, saying that this issue is unjust or that we support this movement, but do we do anything about it? Do we go out and join the peaceful protests? Do we leave our computers to go and vote on issues? Instead of sharing, we should be doing.

Now sharing and tweeting isn't bad. It raises awareness, which is great. One of the greatest examples I can think of is the infamous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Yes, I did one too, as I am sure you or at least someone you know did as well. What was the purpose of dumping ice on our heads? Something that is not as publicized it the raising money part of the ALS, you had to donate as part of the challenge. Did everyone who posted their 20 second ice video donate? Probably not, but others did. The ALS foundation received triple their average annual donations within two months!

So yes, tweeting and sharing and reposting is good because it does raise awareness. But being aware isn't enough. I think most of the planet is well aware of global warming and the hole in the ozone layer, but are we all jumping up and doing something to fix it? Not everyone is. If everyone is aware of something, but no one is doing anything about it, then it's like no one is aware of the problem.

I guess my whole point is don't just share something on Facebook or tweet about something on Twitter, do something about it. Become active in those issues that you are passionate about. If you love the Earth, show it. Become a plastic free house hold or at least recycle at home. If you are an animal rights activist, instead of buying that new puppy, adopt an older dog that may not have another chance with a new family. If you are passionate about anything, make us aware of it by not only saying it, but showing it!

Actions speak louder than words. Becoming a doer instead of just a sharer.

Cleaning out the Closet

1 pair of actual boots
1 pair of riding boots
1 pair of ankle boots
3 pairs of flip-flops
3 pairs of flats
1 pair of Sperrys
3 pairs of Keds
2 pair of jazz shoes
1 pair of character shoes
1 pair of taps
2 pairs of heels
2 pairs of tennis shoes
1 pair of sandals

22 pairs of shoes that are here in my dorm. That doesn’t include the shoes that I left at home because I don’t wear them.

Why do I need 22 pairs of shoes? Why do we need multiple pairs of anything?

Questions like these have come up while reading the book, Fight Club. I am only half way through but it is a very profound novel. I began to ask myself why I needed so much “junk”, so many possessions, after the protagonist of the book claimed that he only had 6 white shirts, 2 pairs of black pants, and 3 ties. That’s all he owned. I understand there are different shoes for different occasions, but why do I have 3 pairs of the exact same shoe in different colors? Yes, I do wear those the most, but I still think 22+ pairs of shoes is way too much.

Shoes. Clothes. Furniture. Technology. All of it is cluttering our lives. All of this clutter is distracting us from actually living.

We can become so caught up in our possessions, that we forget what is really important. Instead of spending time trying to update your phone, use that time to call your grandma, or another loved one. Instead of shopping to fill your closets with more clothes, spend that time volunteering with those who don’t have anything in their closet.

I’m guilty of wasting time doing useless and selfish things and I have to ask, what good does wasting three hours on Netflix do? Nothing except help me procrastinate.  Why not spend my time visiting with friends in the library, catching up with those we may have missed during the school year?

I have been trying to shift my focus from possessions to relationships. And maybe we all should?

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” -Albert Pine

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Come On, Disney

Congrats Disney, Cinderella just opened and I must say it was very good. It exceeded my expectations. The score, set, and casting was great. I absolutely loved the step sisters. Cinderella's dress was beautiful, and every one of Lady Tremaine's costumes amazed me. I know the story was all about being kind to others, even when they are not deserving of it. And that the ending was to leave us feeling all warm and fuzzy because Cinderella finally got her happy ending. But that wasn't the thought that was in my head as I left the theater.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Christians and Sexual Assault

There have been some unfortunate events occur at my dear Christian college. I recently read articles about a sexual assault that occurred either on campus, or close by, (details were not specific) and the incident involved ACU students. Yes, sexual assault happens on Christian campuses, but sadly, the reactions of the campus are not as “Christian” as one would think. Usually, most people would side with the victim and support him or her. But with this case, for instance, there were a lot of comments blaming the victim and accusing them as being a “liar” and “wanting attention”.

This is NOT okay. As Christians, we should not be going around trying to blame the victim for this incident. It certainly is not the their fault for being attacked or raped. It’s not because they were wearing something provocative and were “asking for it”. They were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. And sadly, that’s how it goes.

My university life group got together to discuss these occurrences because it is actually a pretty big issue here.  We talked about why we think sexual assault is a big problem, why no one talks about it or confesses that it has happened to them, and what we need to do to help end it here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Traveling With Your Pup

Traveling with your dog can be a great experience. When you remember to pack everything. You may be thinking, "What all do you need? Grab scoop of food, a leash, and the dog and you're good to go, right?" WRONG. Just like you need a suitcase, your pup should also have a travel bag. What all do you need in this said travel bag? Here's a run down of what I pack for Sunny.

Friday, February 27, 2015

5 Fandom Friday: Characters I Would Name My Pets After

The original topic was characters I would name my children after, but I already have names that I like and can't bring myself to add any more. Plus, it's more likely that I would name animals after characters anyway. I am a dog person, so most of these names would be for dogs. But I also really like fish, I guess cause they are so calming to watch and what not. So either fish or dogs, it doesn't really matter.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Send Me Up!

I love heights! I've always loved heights. I am basically an adrenaline junkie. I've been bungee jumping and I've done the nation's largest human sling shot. I want to sky diving soon, but I have a feeling that I will enjoy the bungee jump better.

You know that feeling you get while on a roller coaster, and it's been clicking it's way all up to the top of the drop. Then it slowing begins to even out when all of a sudden it turns and you drop and there's that awesome feeling in the pit of your stomach!? I. LOVE. THAT. FEELING.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Inspirations from William Carlos Williams and Langston Hughes

I'm in this amazing english class with an awesome professor. American Literature after 1900. At first I thought it would be just another english class with a lot of reading and then analyzing the texts, and we do that, but our professor is so great that it just feels like discussions. He doesn't have to pull teeth to get us to talk. He also is very good at making you feel like your comments and suggestions mean something. He never puts down anything or make anyone feel like they are wrong. Which makes the class feel like a safe environment, at least to me. 

Anyway, this class has actually made me like writing poetry and I thought I would just share a little bit with you. The first two are modeled after Williams' "This Is Just To Say" poem about eating the plums. And the others start with one line from poems by Hughes. 

This Is Just To Say
this is just to say
I'm sorry about your fish
I took him for a walk
but it didn't go so well.

I'm so sorry
I'll get you another beta.

This Is Just To Say
this is just to say
I'm sorry I'm not your business major
that my passion doesn't 
offer security or money.

But it's my life,
and I'm happy doing what I love.

"In the Lonely Night…"
In the lonely night
I walk past the clubs.
In the lonely night
I hear the music pour out.
In the lonely night
I see all the lit windows.
In the lonely night
I hear all of the chatter and laughter.
In the lonely night
I see the shadows of friends enjoying each other's company.

As I turn to look back on the empty street
I realize the night in not all that lonely.

"I, Too, Sing America…"
though my voice is soft and quiet.
I still have a song in my heart.
Some days, I hum. Others, not a sound.
I'm still writing my song, America.
But one day, you will sing along.

"I am your daughter…"
I am your daughter. Please do not forget me. 
Do not loose me in your "no child left behind" systems.
Do not stick me in a classroom, overflowing with unwanted students.
Please stay with me until the end. 
Do not pass me along.
Teach me.
Teach me to learn.
Let me create and discover. Grow and dream.
The desire to learn is there. Just give me time.

We are your children. Please don't forget us.

So those are just a few that I have jotted down during my free time or while in class. Enjoy and hopefully you are inspired by great authors and poets to write as well.

Friday, February 20, 2015

5 Fandom Friday: Things I've Bought But Haven't Read/Watched/Played Yet

Ahh, this topic is so good. Cause I always find myself buying a lot of books, but never read them. Or more importantly, finishing them. I own a lot of books that are book marked and dog eared around the third chapter. And I never get around to finishing them. I know, its sad.
So here is my sad list of barely started books and one CD, just for fun!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Summer Time Songs

I am so sick of the Texas weather. It needs to pick a side, warm or cold. It shouldn't be 80 degrees one day and 34 degrees the next. It's making my allergies go crazy. So in order to prepare and hopefully bring in the permanent warm weather, I've been listening to a playlist that includes songs that remind me of the summer days. Here are some of my favorite!

Also pretty much Grouplove's entire album "Spreading Rumors". I bought it at the beginning of the summer and listened to it the entire time, especially while at the beach! Such an awesome summer vibe. Preview it here!

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Liebster Award

I just found out I was nominated for the The Liebster Award, which is an award given from one blogger to another. My nomination came from a fellow blogger, Ali at the [unrefined] sweet life. I am so honored to have even been considered as a nomination. So a BIG THANK YOU to Ali (and James)!!

Here are the rules:

So here are my eleven fun facts:
1. I have an extremely squishy forehead. Like I cannot make myself have wrinkles by raising my eyebrows. It's really squishy and one of my friends has asked me to will my forehead to him.
2. I cannot make my front teeth touch. Only my molars in the back touch. You can't really tell unless I show you. And yes, eating is a little more difficult, but I manage. 
3. I flew out to Florida for less than 24 hours to audition to be a Disney Princess! Read about that here.
4. I fell out of a 15 foot tree when I was little, but by some miracle, my mom just happened to be there and caught me. We still aren't sure how that happened. So a big shout out to the Man Upstairs for watching over me!
5. I threw my camera away, (that had about 400 pictures), in a trash can in Times Square only to remember that an hour late. But, I managed to find the exact trash can, and  dug it out and saved all my pictures. And I didn't even get dirty!
6. I've performed at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, TX in front of thousands of people. 
7. I usually don't like to be out too late, I'd rather go to bed. Because that's how much of a wild child I am.
8. I am a PK (Preacher's Kid).
9. In the 8th grade, I thought I was super cool and "goth" because I owned a pair of zebra skinny jeans. And I shopped at Hot Topic. What was I thinking?!?
10. I love steak and mashed potatoes.
11. I try my best everyday to live for and like Jesus, and although I fail, it's worth the journey knowing what's waiting for me at the end.

And here are the eleven questions that Ali asked:

1.  Why did you start blogging?
I've always enjoyed writing, and I've always wanted some feedback. So I figured the best way was via the internet. Once I started blogging, I was addicted. And I began writing how to's and DIY's. I enjoy all types of posts.

2.  Since beginning your blog, what has been your biggest success?
I'm not sure this is a "success" but my good friend and fellow blogger, Brittney at The Military Wife Life, and I have been in constant contact since we both began blogging. Giving each other tips, and her helping me out- like all the time- and writing for each other. It's been great!

3.  Congratulations! You’ve won $5,000 on a scratch off ticket. How will you spend your winnings?
To be honest, I thought that was a real thing. Haha, but I would either pay off some of my student loans, or use it all on a trip to NYC to see as many Broadway shows and eat at all the nice restaurants possible.

4.  What is your favorite book? Why?
The Harry Potter series, because those were the books that got me to read. My favorite is between The Sorcerer's Stone or The Chamber of Secrets.

5.  Describe your style. What are 5 pieces that you think everyone should have in their closet?
My style changes a lot. Right now, I'm into big cardigans and sweaters. I also have this pair of black high waisted skinny jeans that I would wear every day, (and I almost do), if I could.

6. What is your guilty pleasure movie and snack?
Legally Blonde. And my snack is a family size pack of the Reese's Minis.

7.  If you were making the perfect ice cream sundae, what would it consist of?
I'm not a huge fan of ice cream sundaes. I don't like nuts or a lot of syrup. So I'll list some of my favorite flavors; Cookies-N-Cream, Dutch Chocolate, Krazy Cookie Dough, Peppermint, and Mint Chocolate Chip.

8.  In a box of 96 crayons, what color would you be? What is the name of the color? (i.e. Macaroni & Cheese Orange)
I love the blue Cerulean.  I find myself using it all the time, and I consider blue my color.

9.  Name three things that help get you through the day.
My Pandora Broadway Station
Blueberry Muffins
Sweet Tea

10. What is your signature dish to bring to a get-together/party?
Uh, I don't cook so I'll bring the cheese dip! Haha

11.  Name one milestone (goal) for your blog that you’d like to reach in 2015.
To get an average of 50 views a day.


So here are my eleven nominees:
Jessica at The Pyreflies
Sierra at Bookyum
Rebecca at A Book Long Enough
Sead No One Ever
Sarah Glam Granola Geek
Melissa at The Crafty Frugaler
Jessica at 1-2-3 Neat & Tidy
Kim at Kim Speaks Up!
Jessica at The Sweetest Thing.
Nora at The Petite Mrs.

And here are their eleven questions:
1. If you could be a type of animal, what would you choose?
2. Where is you're favorite place to read?
3. What is your guilty pleasure movie or TV show.
4. What is the first book you remember you couldn't put down.
5. What is your favorite song at the moment?
6. What is your sleeping position?
7. When did you last step outside? Where were you and what did you see?
8. Please explain the name of your blog.
9. Pick one. Fly or breath under water. Why?
10. What is the first thing you think about when you wake up?
11. What do you want to accomplish with your blog?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Working with Actors: A Little Update On This Semester

As I exctitedly mentioned before, I am now a Theatre Major at Abilene Christian University. Currently, I am working on ACU's production of The Marvelous Wonderettes. It's a really fun show about four girls who are singing at their 1958 Super Senior Prom! A jukebox musical that continuously has me laughing and singing along every night. I worked on set during the day, and now that the show has opened, I am a spotlight operator. Even though I really love being backstage with the actors, I really love being up in the catwalk spotting. I can watch the show every night! And since I am up high with the sound system, I really can sing along as loud as I want and no one can hear me. Except maybe a fellow spot op. But we are all singing along, so it's all good.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

DIY Magazine Craft

 I work in the library on campus- it’s glamorous, I know- in the acquisitions and cataloging department. So basically we order new books and when they come in, we catalog them and put them into the system. We also work with damaged books where we either send them off to be fixed or we discard them. We also work with periodicals, which can be a fancy name for magazines. Some periodicals are really nice (National Geographic) and after their cycle is done on the current periodical shelf, we collect a year’s worth of issues and send them off to be bound and then put them on the regular shelves. But others, like People, are published every week and aren’t necessarily worth the money to bound, so we discard them. Or you know, recycle them.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Dealing With Regina George's After High School

We've all seen the movie Mean Girls, and even if you haven't, you have at least heard of it. Mean Girls is basically an over exaggerated tale of the mean girls you see in high school, middle school, and even elementary school. Now most girls don't go as far writing a "burn book" and publishing it, although I wouldn't put it past them, but they are pretty vicious and would do anything to get there way.

Friday, January 30, 2015

5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Fandom Accessories I Own

As a part of the Female Geek Bloggers, here is my Fandom Friday post… As you know, I love all things Disney and Harry Potter. I love a lot of things, but I don't have any accessories except in those two subjects. Here are my five favorite fandom accessories.

1. My Disney Backpacks

Monday, January 26, 2015

Shop for a Cause

If you follow me on Instagram, then you have recently seen my latest purchase. Pura Vida Bracelets. I'm pretty much obsessed. In a nut shell, purchases from Pura Vida Bracelets provide full time jobs for people in Costa Rica. They are hand made bracelets, so no two bracelets are them same. AND if you buy from their charity selections, a percentage of the proceeds goes towards that charity. Its a win-win for all!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Baby Steps to a Waste Free Life

I've recently become interested in a "waste free lifestyle" after reading this article about a New York City girl who has not created waste in 2 years. At first, I thought that was ridiculous, but after thinking about it and asking friends and family some questions, I reconsidered. Not only is a waste free life great for the planet, but it makes you live a lot healthier and can even save you money.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Finding Friends in College

I don't know about you, but I always grew up thinking that once you get to college, all of the people that you meet in your first semester become your really good friends. The people in your "welcome week/day" group or your orientation class are the friends that you have for life. I always heard stories of  people meeting their best friend/ fiancĂ©/ spouse in their first week of college. I just assumed that that would happen to me… Well let me tell you, it didn't. I disliked pretty much everyone in my welcome group. After spending half a week with them, I could tell that none of us had any similarities or common interests except that we were all freshmen at Abilene Christian University. It was one of the most awkward and uncomfortable classes that I had ever been in. No one talked, and the professor didn't help much either. It was just an overall poor experience.

Monday, January 12, 2015

My Favorite Disney Movies: You Can't Have Just One

When the topic of Disney comes up, usually the first question is "What's your favorite movie?" Well that's a hard question. There are so many movies and genre of movie. You have your classic Disney, like Alice in Wonderland and 101 Dalmatians.  You have the Pixar movies. The princess movies; Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Mulan, Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Frozen. And the newer Disney (Which I consider 90's and up). So when you ask me, "What's your favorite Disney movie?" You will receive this long answer.

Classic Disney Movie:
Peter Pan. I love the flying and the opening scenes. My favorite character is Mr. Smee.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

New Years Party Ideas

We threw a New Years Eve party and we went all out. We strung lights and paper lanterns in the living room. We had streamers in the kitchen above the food. Wine bottle decorations galore! And we even had a "photo booth"! So I will quickly give you a brief overview of some of the crafts and ideas that we had for the party.

Photo Prop Holders:

Friday, January 9, 2015

5 Fandom Friday: My Favorite Things About Winter

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My second 5 Fandom Friday and it is about Winter! I really love the thought of winter. You know, the way that Christmas movies portray the winter. The white snow, friendly towns, and the Christmas songs in the air. But in reality, I hate freezing when walking across campus and then having to shed all of my layers when I enter the buildings, then having to put them all back on one hour later. It's a hassle. But, enough about my bickering, here's my top five favorite things about winter, and I will try to exclude things about Christmas because that is a whole other topic.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Can You Live in a Fish Bowl?

So I'm not usually one to protest things, but recently I have become infatuated with Orcas and the Save the Whales campaigns. If you have not seen the documentary Blackfish, then stop what you are doing and get on Netflix and watch it. It is about the Orcas that "work" in SeaWorld.


Monday, January 5, 2015

Mirrors in January: 50 Questions I Asked Myself in January

I came across a fellow Female Geek Bloggers' posts about 50 questions she asked herself. Alice stumbled upon a list of questions and decided to use those questions to help her reflect on her life in this moment. I have decided to ask myself these questions at the beginning and the ending of this year to see how I have changed or stayed the same through the year.

50 question to ask yourself:

1. What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called?
I only have two nicknames, but neither are used regularly. "Court" is mostly used by my dad and older family friends and the Fab 5. "Corky" was given to me by a little girl that we used to babysit from church. The funny thing is that the little girl doesn't call me that anymore but her parents and grandparents still do!

2. What books on your shelf are begging to be read?
Right now, I have Live Original and The Interestings on my shelf. I have started both, thinking that I would be reading all over break, but in reality I've only read a hundred pages.
3. How often do you doodle? What do your doodles look like?
I doodle during some classes to keep my hands busy. Mostly classes I have a hard time staying focused in. The doodles mostly consist of hearts and swirls, but sometimes they are cute little animals.
4. What do you do if you can't sleep at night? Do you can sheep? Toss and turn? Try to get up and do something productive?
I toss and turn. I also lay flat and completely still to see if I can numb my whole body like in those relaxation CDs.
5. How many days could you last in solitary confinement? How would you do it?
I would like to think I could last a while. I like being alone, but I would have to have either a journal or access to music or books. Or all three and I could last a long time. But I could also see myself getting into trouble by over thinking my life. So probably like a day. Tops.
6. Do you save old greeting cards and letters? 
The special ones with actual notes in them! I love written things. I am a words of affirmation type of person.
7. Who is the biggest pack rat you know?
Either my Nana or my best friend and her family. Both have a lot of stuff they don't even realize they have.
8. When making an entrance into a party, do you make your presence known? Do you slip in and look for someone you know? Do you sneak in quietly and find a safe spot to roost?
I definitely search for someone I know. Once I get comfortable, then I can start introducing myself and come more out of my shell. But I need a little boost from a friend.
9. What is your strongest sense? If you had to give one up, which would it be?
I would say my strongest sense is hearing. I can recognize voices and notes in songs. I can tell if an actor has played multiple voice characters. Like they actor who plays Ham from Toy Story has been in almost every, if not, all, Pixar movie. I can also tell you what songs sound familiar or the name of a song after hearing only a few seconds. It's weird. If I had to loose one, it would be between smell and touch. I cannot live without sight or sound or taste.
10. How many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror?
Honestly, if I pass a mirror I always look in it. I am not sure how many times a day, but I will not avoid a mirror.
11. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?
Uh, well, one time I prayed to Santa. Does that count?

12. What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up?
I guess it would be taking a day or two to lay around and watch Netflix all day.

13. Who performs the most random acts of kindness out of everyone you know?
I honestly don't know.

14. How often do you read the newspaper? Which paper? Which sections?
I don't, but I read a lot of Playbill articles and pretty much anything about show business.  I really enjoy reading about the new shows and their reviews.

15. Which animals scare you the most? Why? 
I'm pretty cool with most animals. But the animal I do not trust is a cat. You do not have any idea what they are thinking and they seem really evil. I mean they are know to kill babies! Ya I definitely do not trust cats.

16. Are you more likely to avoid conflict or engage in it head-on?

17. What was the most recent compliment you've received and savored?
Someone recently told me that I could play Claire in Proof really well.  She is a pretty good actress and Proof is a pretty heavy show, so I really appreciated that, even though I really like her sister Catherine because I relate to her better. I pretty much am Catherine.

18. What is something about yourself that you hope will change, but probably never will?
I am pretty shy, but most people don't know that because once I know them I am crazy. But it's the initial introduction that I'm not very good at. Hopefully, changing departments in the middle of a school year ail help with that.

19. Are you a creature of habit? Explain.
I like routine, but I don't like doing the same thing everyday. For instance, I know I don't want to work in place where my work never changes. I like variety and I can get bored easily with monotonous tasks.

20. Are you high maintenance? Explain.
I don't consider myself high maintenance, I know that I definitely was not in middle and high school. I basically wore tee shirts and jeans all the time. But as I have gotten older, I have become more high maintenance in comparison to my school years. If that makes sense?

21. When was the last time you really pushed yourself to your physical limits?
Oh man, you would think that with the New Year I would have hit the gym, but it's been a while since I've worked out. It's pretty bad.

22. Do you have a whole lot of acquaintances or just a few very close friends? Why?
Both. I have the Fab 5 which are my close four friends and then I have two pretty close, but not Fab 5 material,  friends in college. So they are my close friends, but while in college, I have gained a lot of acquaintances from classes and clubs and stuff. When I count the people I know, it seems like I have a lot of friends, but would I go to them with my problems? Probably not.

23. Are you more inclined to build your own empire or unleash the potential of others?
I would like to think I'm a leader, but most of the time I am a devoted lieutenant or vice president. But in the cases where I am the leader, I dominate. It really depends on the subject matter.

24. What's a strange occurrence you've experienced but have never (or rarely) shared with anyone?
I really don't know. You know that deja vu feeling like you have seen or heard something before. I have like "visions" I guess of like seconds of a scene and I'll think, "When's that going to happen?" But like years later it does. It's really weird and I can't really explain it.

25. What do you think about more than anything else?
My future. Careers and where I am going to live and if I'll every meet someone. I think about moving to NYC and what my studio or apartment will look like. What type of job I will have. It's funny, I used to say "when I get married" but sadly, I've changed it to "if I get married". And I'm not even 20.

26. What's something that amazes you?
Child Prodigies. How?

27. Do you prefer that people shoot straight with you or temper their words? Why?
Shoot. I'm a big girl. Bring it on.

28. Where's your favorite place to take on out-of-town guest?
Hmm, I haven't really had the chance to truly do that, but I guess it would be Fredericksburg's Main Street with all the little shops and restaurants or to Enchanted Rock. Depending on the day.

29. What's one thing you'd rather pay someone to do than do yourself? Why?
Either take care of my car or cook. I have no idea how my car works, and I'd rather not screw it up by trying to figure it out. I also would rather be served than slave over a meal and it be crappy. I am not a cook. But I like doing pretty much everything else.

30. Do you have a catchphrase?
Hmm, that's a tough one… I catch myself using the word "turd" when referring to people who are annoying me. I also say, "well poop" when I mess up or things go wrong.

31. What's your reaction towards people who outspoken about their beliefs? What conditions cause you to dislike or, conversely, enjoy talking with them?
It doesn't really bother me. If I don't agree with something and they keep talking about it, then I will either change the subject or leave the conversation. I already have my opinions about certain topics or beliefs and other people have theirs. They can talk about it all they want, that's cool and I usually don't try and tell others that they are wrong, but I don't have a problem telling them how I see things.

32. How and where do you prefer to study?
I like to study by myself in the lower level of the library with headphones in. I don't do groups wells because they never seem to be focused.

33. What position do you sleep in?
Either fetal position or on my face with my arms tucked in. Mostly on my face.

34. What's your all-time favorite town or city? Why?
I've never been to Nashville, but I really like the look and the vibe that it seems to give off. I would love to live in New York City because I like busy. I also really like my hometown, Fredericksburg, because I know most everything in it.

35. What are the top three qualities that draw you to someone new?
Funny, Kind, and Confident.

36. How has your birth order/ characteristics of siblings affected you?
I am the oldest, so I am responsible and courteous of money and financial status of the family. I understand situations better than my younger brother. I try not to ask why as much. I entertain myself easier and do not have to be waited on.

37. If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?
Worry. I would never have to worry about the what-if's and I would just do it.

38. If you could restore one broken relationship, which would it be?
My friendship with Arlaina L. It's not that it was ever "broken", but she moved away and we never kept in touch until maybe last year when I found her on Instagram. I found out that she's been married for a year and has moved to Wyoming while her parents are still in Texas. I wish we could have been in our lives more than we were, to be able to learn from each other's experiences.

39. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
Ooo. When I was little, I used to want to change it to Delilah for some reason. I do not like that name now. I would either change it to my middle name, Blake, or something really fancy that requires a cute nickname. Like Eloise and be called Ellie or Anastasia and be called Annie.

40. Do you believe ignorance is bliss? Why or why not?
I do believe that ignorance is bliss. It's nice to be young and not know what terrible things are going on in the world. It's easy to not be afraid of the world when you don't know anything.

41. What do you consider unforgivable?
Lying. Or betrayal. If you can't tell me, are we even friends?

42. Have you forgiven yourself for past personal failures? Why or why not?
I think I have forgiven myself, but I know I have definitely not forgotten. But looking back at certain failures or rejections, I can see how God has worked those failures and turned them into amazing opportunities. It's just hard to see that at first.

43. How difficult is if for you to forgive someone who refuses to apologize?
I personally cannot recall a situation where some has absolutely refused to apologize, but I can see where it can be really hard to forgive someone who seems very immature and stubborn.

44. Do you hold any convictions that you would be willing to die for?
I am not sure.

45. To what extent do you trust people? Explain.
I am not a super open person, so it can be a little difficult for me to trust people. But once someone has earned my trust, it's my full and complete trust.

46. In what area of your life are you immature?
I guess in my non existent love life.

47. What was the best news you ever received?
May 21st 2013. It was probably around 12:30-1 AM and my One Act family and I were all waiting in Bass Concert Hall to hear the results of the 3A UIL OAP State Championship. We listened as 3rd place was called, not Fredericksburg. 2nd place, not Fredericksburg. "And in first place, from Fre—" That was all we needed to hear. We all jumped up in excitement. We had just become the 2013 State Champions. My best news was not even a full sentence.

48. How difficult is it for you to be honest, even when your words may be hurtful or unpopular?
It really depends on the situation. I'll say something when I know that everyone is thinking it, but I find it difficult for me to voice my opinion when it's different than everyone else's.

49. When did you immediately click with someone you just met? Why? What was the long term result? Conversely, are you close with anyone that you disliked at first?
Before my first semester of college even started, a girl named Morgan added me on FB. I accepted her after looking at her profile and realizing that we had a lot of similarities. On move in day, we ran into each and she knew me immediately. I was pretty confused, but we've had a couple of classes and have become good friends. Not as close as we would like, she's super busy and now with changing majors, I will be too.
In 8th grade, this girl moved to Fredericksburg and I thought she was so weird. She wore these dumb headbands around her head everyday. Everyone thought she was so cool, but I just couldn't see why! She was in my theatre class and we ended up competing for the lead role. I ended up getting it and she came up to me at a football game later asking, "How's it feel to be the lead?" I mean who asks that!? I knew there was no way that we could be friends. But after 3 years together in One Act, Olivia is now part of the Fab 5 who I consider my closest friends! It's crazy how things work out.

50. When do you find yourself singing?
Uh, ALL THE TIME. When I'm alone at home. In the car. While working. But I truly sing when I'm by myself. I try and master my "broadway style" voice. Which, by the way, I don't have. :)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Oh Look! Another Wine Bottle Craft!

Yes! Another post about what to do with an empty wine bottle. I actually enjoy painting objects, not necessarily making "art", but being crafty. So this is just a little "look what I made" blog post that I hope gets your creative juices flowing.

Wine/ Sparkling Cider/ Glass bottle
Paint Brushes
Colored Sharpies
Twigs/ Sticks

Step One:

Get your bottle and remove any labels and sticky residue on it. I used hot water and Goo Gone and scrubbed the bottle until it was smooth. Just be sure that there is nothing on the bottle that will make the paint chip off or clump up.

Step Two: 

Layout your newspaper so you don't get paint on the surface of your workspace. Paint the bottle your desired color. You will probably have to do more than one layer, so make sure that each layer has completely dried or else it will clump up and rub off the bottle when you are adding the next layer. 

Step Three: 

After you've finished painting and after the bottle is completely dry, take your sharpies and draw whatever image you would like on the front of your bottle. I went to Pinterest and searched "doodles and sketches" for some inspiration. I chose a tree, not only because it was easy, but because I was planning to put twigs in the bottle and use it as a decoration.
Just a tip when you are using the Sharpies, be easy when drawing because the marker may scratch the paint or pull it off the bottle. You will probably have to go over your drawings.

Step Four:

Arrange your twigs and sticks the way you want them in the bottle and then you are DONE!!

See? Super easy!! Enjoy.