Sunday, May 14, 2017

Why I Love My Mom

    All of the random reasons why my mom is to be celebrated not just on Mother's Day, but every day.

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    MOM: Amaris, have you fed the dogs tonight?

    Me: Yes, mom.

    MOM: They were fed TONIGHT?

    Me: Yes, mom.

    MOM: So the dogs are fed.

    Me: ...Yup.

    MOM: k thnx
    * * * * *

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    Me: *In bed, asleep, at 7 am*

    MOM: Get up, Amaris.

    Me: "........."

    MOM: Get. UP.

    Me: "........."

    MOM: *clenches fist* Get up NOW, or I'm GOING to pummel you.

    Me: ........ what does 'pummel' mean?

    MOM: I don't know. *puts fist under my nose* But we'll find out together.

    * * * * *

    * * * * *

    MOM: Amaris, will you do the dishes please?

    Me: Sure, be right there.

    MOM: You know what, actually, I'll do them.

    Me: Are you sure? I'd be happy to do them in just a sec.

    MOM: Yes, I'm sure. I actually like doing dishes. I'll do them.

    Me: Ok...... If you really want to.

    MOM: Yup.

    *15 minutes later*

    MOM: Nobody ever does a thing in this house.

    * * * * *

    My mom cares about my well being:

    * * * * *
    She puts up with me:
     * * * * *
    She raised me right:

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    She taught me everything I know:

    * * * * * 
    She notices everything. Every. Little. Thing:

    * * * * *
    She watches out for me when I'm about to do something stupid:

    * * * * *
    She's the best housekeeper I know (she's a wizard):

    * * * * *
    She can ALWAYS find that thing that is 'lost':
    * * * * *
    She likes those dishes DONE:

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    She doesn't like phones:

    She likes Bilbo Baggins:

     *Watching Sherlock, BBC*

    MOM: Is that Bilbo?

    Me: No... well yes, it's the guy, but right now he's Watson.

    *later in the episode*

    MOM: When does Bilbo come back?

    Me: Watson's away for now, mom.

    *still later in the episode*

    Me: Wow, would you look at that, Sherlock is-

    MOM:  Is this when bilbo comes back

    Me: Mom...he's just-

    MOM: Is that bilbo

    Me: I-

    MOM: bilbo

    Me: Why-

    MOM: That's bilbo


    She cares about me:

    * * * * *
    She worries about me:

    * * * * *
    She's there for me:

    * * * * *

    She knows I'm dependent on her:

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    She carries it all:

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    She keeps going:

    Me: Does it ever drive you nuts when the tag in the back of your shirt itches you?

    MOM: I don't get annoyed that easily.

    *15 minutes later*

    MOM: Where is my pen? I had it right here. When I put my pen somewhere I want it to be there when I get back. I shouldn't have to ask everywhere for my pen when it should be right here. I don't know what's gotten into...

    Me: *hands her the pen* I thought you didn't get annoyed easily.


    She gets me mixed up with my other siblings:

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    She likes to make sure I don't forget:
    My mom gave me some instructions in the car while we were on our way home. She was going to drop me off at the house and head straight to her appointment, so it was my job to have lunch and everything all ready to go. 
    When I got in the empty house preparing to fix everything, I noticed that she had put a few 'helpful' notes around the kitchen.
    One was pasted to the handle of the fridge, so that I would see it. 
    One was on a bowl IN the fridge, explaining what the contents were and how they related to me and my cooking.
    One was on top of the stove, written on a recipe instructing me how I was going to use this recipe.
    One was pasted to a bag that had a rotten banana in it, telling me how the banana was to be used.
    Even so, with all the notes she left me and the instructions she gave me on our way home, I still had to call her about 5 different times. 
    I have a very conscientious mommy and she is amazing.
    What's more, I need her.

    * * * * *

    I love you, Mom.

    p.s. I let my mom read this before I posted it. :)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Spring Favorites // 2017 + A Ghost Story

A rather random list of my favorite things from this Spring. Enjoy.

: WWI History :
If you follow me on Goodreads, you might have seen a couple of WWI books here and there, and that's because I have been looking for a couple of good books to help one of my siblings understand WWI better. I think I already mentioned my recent interest in this particular subject, but let's just say I'm thoroughly enjoying myself.
But I feel like I'm a little short on movies. Does anyone know any good WWI movies besides War Horse, Testament of Youth, and All Quiet on the Western Front? I feel like there are a million World War TWO movies, but One? Where are they?

: Movies, etc. : 
Sully [2016]  (REALLY good 5 out of 5 stars {I was thinking of doing a whole post review on this one because I enjoyed it so much... Would you all enjoy a review post for a change?)
The Case for Christ [2017] (ALSO REALLY GOOD 5/5 stars)
Duck Dynasty Season 10 [2015-16] (Hilarious, as usual 4/5 stars)
Call the Midwife Season 6 Christmas special [2016]  (so enjoyable because it's been awhile since I've seen this show 4/5 stars)
All Quiet on the Western Front [1930] (SO SAD but also really good 4/5 stars)
Loving [2016] (kind of slow and unsatisfying, but it had a few good parts 1/5 stars)

: Studio C :
Going back and watching some of my favorite sketches has filled up quite a few of my evenings lately. Might I suggest a few favorites?

: Learning :
To drive! :D You guys, I am so close to getting my car and my license, I can almost taste it (that sounds kind of weird, actually).

: Trying to write :
My story... which needs a better name... and a better opening scene... and a better ending... and more subplots... and more goals... and better conflict... and.... and... yeah. 
You get the idea. 

: Making :
This necklace. I wanted to make a necklace that goes with all of my grey outfits, so.

: Loving :
1.Starbucks S'mores frappe
2.My dogs because I bathed them both yesterday and now they are so CLEAN AND SOFT AND CLEAN.
3.This teddy bear I found at Hobby Lobby the other day and I just had to bring him home.
He's my little friend now.

Say hello to Patrick, my little friend.
4. And in the makeup category: I am loving these few palettes that I found at Sephora on clearance! They were like $30, but I got them both for half off. :) I love the cool tones in the Vintage Filter one.
Sephora collection colorful eyeshadow filter palettes

: Reading : 
Crazy Love
Rachel's Tears
Good Call
A Woman's Strength
The Last of the Doughboys
The Reluctant Midwife
Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood
The Bible (mostly Acts)

: Listening :
Tauren Wells: Hills and Valleys. I was pretty excited the other day when I heard this song on the NON-CHRISTIAN radio at my job.
Hollyn: In Awe. I have to say I'm not a huge fan of Hollyn (although, dare I say, a lot of teenage girls are) but even so, I simply adore this song.
I know ya'll are tired of hearing about the Adam Young Scores on my blog, but three of the songs (not whole scores, just specific songs/tracks) I have been especially enjoying lately:

I don't know, I just find it helpful to listen to these when I'm writing (which isn't very often these days, sadly).
But I haven't only been listening to music. It's been raining a lot lately (at least where I live), and I love to listen to the rain and thunderstorms.
I often wonder if God created rain just specifically to make me happy. 
 I went into work the other day and it was POURING rain, and on my way inside my feet got all wet and when I went in you could really hear the rain loudly inside and I just had the biggest smile on my face and one of my coworkers just looked at me like I was insane because of my big grin and my feet were slushing with water but I didn't care because it was raining so hard and I was so happy
Thanks be to God.

Don't get me wrong, my heart goes out to the people who's yards are under water right now, or who have floodwater in their basements. :(
That's never fun.
But anyways. Let's wrap this up, shall we?

Photo credit: ME. Feel free to pin. :)
: So those are a few of my favorite things this Spring!!! :
I realize that Spring isn't over yet, so, the question is, why am I posting this NOW, instead of when Spring is actually over on June 20th? Well, April is my favorite month, you see. (pretty sure I've mentioned that before on the Blog) And even though Spring still has a month or two left (technically), it pretty much ends for me after April is over. I don't know, that's just the way it is for me. *shrug*
At this point, I'm ready for Summer! 

Also, I promised you a Ghost Story written in the title of this post, So here it is:
A Ghost Story That Took Way More Words Than I Thought I Needed, Yet I Have Presented It Here For Your Enjoyment 
The past couple of days, I have noticed a strange occurrence every time I go up my stairs. When I get to the top, I can hear something like a muffled whisper of jumbled words just behind me. The first couple of times I heard it, I assumed it was just some noise created from me bounding up the stairs. Or perhaps I was brushing against the brooms hanging up next to the steps, and that was making the strange, brushing, voice-like sound.
So I didn't think too much of it.
But I kept hearing them every time I went upstairs. 
One day, I heard it all too clearly, and the noise that I assumed was just that- noise - became some thing more than that. Spoken words in recognizable English, directly behind me. It happened after I was in the basement tending to some laundry. I finished up, and headed upstairs. When I got to the top of the landing, clearer than ever, I heard it unmistakably: the whisper.
"Look. They're gone."
 Startled, I spun around, expecting to see someone, or something there. But no one. Not a soul. I went back downstairs to have a look around. 
There wasn't a thing. 
The idea that I might be hallucinating crossed my mind. Similar things have happened before with my all-too-vivid imagination. 
I called to my sister to help me uncover the source of the sound. I had her stand at the top of the landing, and I went up and down the stairs several times, in hopes that the action would trigger whatever (or whoever) was making the noise. 
But I tried going up and down several times, with no results or conclusions whatsoever. No brushing against brooms, no bounding up the stairs, none of it worked.
My sister thought I was crazy.
Maybe I was.
But I know I heard that whisper!
 I decided to take a little break from the problem, and went about my day. But ever so often my mind would wander to the mysterious voice I undoubtedly heard clearly on the stairwell.
45 minutes later, it was time to do laundry again. I went downstairs and took care of it.
When I began to ascend the stairs, I told myself I would listen really closely so there would be no doubt about what I heard.
I got to the top of the landing and paused....
At first, nothing.
But then, out of the breathless silence, came the phrase, in a loud whisper from behind me that chilled my blood.

"Look. They're gone."

What. On. Earth.
Who in the heck is down there?  
What is?
I called my sister again, this time in near panic. I begged her to help me try to find the whisper once more. Reluctantly, she joined me as I went up and down the stairs countless times once again.
My heart pounded. What could this possibly be about?

Finally, I figured it out.  
Tune in next week to hear the chilling conclusion of this blood-curdling account!

(No, you didn't think I would tell you the entire thing NOW, did you? And let you spoil it for yourself by peeking at the ending? Hehe, you're silly)



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Well Look Who Got Tagged

I haven't done a tag on the Blog in awhile, so I gotta say I was happy when Morgan tagged me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. :) Click here to read Morgan's post, and let's get started!

1. Do you like to read an entire series at once or spread out the books over time?
It depends on the availability of books, but I always like to read the books in a series as close together as possible. I find if I stray away to other books, it will dampen my experience with the characters and story of the series.
2. Would you rather be stuck in the past or the future?
Future. Way, way, way in the future. I think that would be fun. Of course, going to the past would be fun too. I would like to go back to the early 20th century and say "Hi" to Albert Einstein (he's my fave), and I would get the autographs of all of my favorite classic actors and actresses who are no longer around.
3. Have you ever had dream re-runs? (In other words, the same dream twice. XD)
I have never had a recurring dream in my life, actually, but I have friends who have. I have had very interesting experiences regarding sleep and dreams though. Including: exploding head syndrome, hypnagogic hallucinations, hypnic jerks, tinnitus, Parahypnogogia, and sleep pralysis. I am rather fascinated by these sorts of things.
(Yes, I'm a weirdo)

4. What is your favorite vacation you've ever taken?
 I haven't had the money to go on vacation very much in my life. But one that I do remember we went to Colorado a couple of years ago, and it was my first trip on a plane,  and the first time I saw mountains. It was pretty fun. We went to the Garden of the Gods and saw some pretty cool rocks, and we stayed in a really nice hotel. Also I really had a good time when we went to San Antonio, TX, almost 10 years ago.

5. Do you like to chew gum? If so, what is your favorite flavor?
I actually don't chew gum that much. When I was a kid, I loved it (my favorite was the classic bubblegum flavor), and I would always get in trouble because I would take it out of my mouth and start playing with it and it would get stuck in my hair. XD I was a silly little kid. 

6. If you found the entrance to Narnia, would you tell anybody? Who would you take with you if you did?
 If I found the entrance to Narnia, I wouldn't tell a soul, until I meet someone special that I know is supposed to go with me. You can't just invite any old person into Narnia! They might start a war! They might wreak havoc! They might sell their family for a piece of candy! No, no. When you take someone into Narnia, they have to be WORTHY. *slams fist on table*

7. Waffles, pancakes, or neither?
 I usually eat pancakes, but waffles are nice too. But if I could have a choice between pancakes and eggs and bacon, I would choose the latter. I prefer something more substantial for breakfast than.... 'cake'. If you know what I mean.

8. Do you use the Shift key or the Caps Lock key every time you capitalize something? (Odd question, but it's something I always wonder, haha.)
I was taught to use the Shift key when I capitalize a word, but WHEN I TYPE AN ENTIRE SENTENCE IN CAPS I USUALLY USE THE CAPS LOCK.
What's that? Oh, I'm sorry for yelling at you. Do pardon me.

9. What is one smell that never fails to make you happy?
 Buttercream frosting.
Vanilla out of the bottle.
Fresh strawberries.
 Starbucks Coffee.
What do you all think of the Unicorn Frappe?
10. Have you ever been roller-skating?
 I use to go all the time when I was a kid (as if I'm not one now...), but lately I've been doing more ice-skating (temperature permitting, of course). It's been awhile since I've gone roller skating.

11. You've gone into hiding and have to conceal your identity. What new alias would you adopt?
Well, if I ever had to do that, I would probably be someone the very opposite from what I am. Like, say, a stoic businesswoman. Or a cowgirl. Or a punk-rock person, thingy. *shrug* I don't know. To be honest, I'd probably just go to an abandoned island or some remote village in Europe if I ever had to hide from something/one.

And that's the tag!
Thanks for the fun tag, whoever came up with this! Here are my 11 questions. :)

1. What are you wearing right now?
2. If you could spend one day in someone else's shoes, who would it be?
3. Is there a celebrity that gets on your nerves for some reason? Why/how do they bug you?
4. Do you have any strange phobias?
5. Is there a movie or a TV show that you could watch over and over again and never tire of it?
6. Are you looking forward to anything exciting right now?
7.  Would you rather go to a book store or a craft store if you only had time for one?
8. Which historical figure do you admire the most?
9. Do you prefer early Spring or late Spring?
10.  Did you pull any practical jokes or pranks this April Fool's Day?
11. Does your family decorate the house for seasons and holidays? If so, who does the decorating?

The only person I can think of who hasn't done this tag yet is Abbie C. from Chronicles in Bloom, so I'll just tag her, and also anyone else who hasn't done it yet, if you're reading this, please feel free to do it! Also, those of you who don't have blogs yet (*glares at best friend*) can answer my questions in the comments because I'd love to hear all of your answers!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Few Small Reviews

So I actually haven't been watching a lot of movies lately, but I wanted to share my opinions on a couple that I HAVE watched. :) Thus, a 'mini review' post. :)

Apollo 13 [1995]
3.5 out of 5 stars
I'm an incurable stargazer (or maybe I'm just called a spacey person? I don't know...) who loves pretty much anything related to outer space, so I enjoyed this movie pretty good. I've always been really intrigued with the history space travel and such, so when I heard of this movie, I made sure to remind my mom to get it when we went to the movie store. 
I can't ignore the fact that the movie was just a leeetle rough around the edges. None of us were really crazy about the amount of cuss words sprinkled throughout, and a couple of cringe-worthy sexual references dampened my experience just a little bit, but cut those few things out and you have a great, timeless movie.*nods decidedly* I liked it.

Moana [2016]
3 out of 5 stars
I think people are making too big of a deal out of this whole movie. But in spite of the fact that it isn't as good (in my opinion) as everyone is saying, I enjoyed it well enough during our family movie night. There was some unwelcome crude humor as well as some ridiculous 'magic spiritual water' moments, which I didn't like very much. However, we all agreed the soundtrack was 5 out of 5 stars (I dare you to tell me that Lin's voice isn't amazing). And Moana herself I liked pretty well.
(Honorable mention: the shiny crab was pretty hilarious.)

Hidden Figures [2017]
5 out of 5 stars
Another space-y movie, this follows the journeys of three African-American women in the 60's as they work for NASA in spite of various discrimination issues, and how they left their mark in the history of NASA. Another one of those "What Happened Behind the Scenes of the Story We All Know" stories, it was very inspiring with funny quips and, not to mention, I actually cried like three times. I saw this almost two months ago, but as far as I remember, there wasn't really any cringe-worthy sexy moments or too much cussing, except for maybe one or two 'd' words.
But anyways, I will definitely buy this one on DVD when it comes out.

I'm Not ashamed [2016]
4 out of 5 stars
I feel like most Christian movies fall into two separate groups: {1} The low-budget, cheesy Christian 'save-the-farm' kind of movie that tries to throw in some weird romance subplot to make it interesting (except it only succeeds in making it more cheesy), and {2} the over-hyped, "Where Have I Seen That Christian Actor Before"  movie with a dramatic story that warms your heart until you get to the climax and it unexpectedly breaks out into either violence or heart-wrenching tragedies.
Honestly, both kinds annoy me a bit. But this one, although heart-wrenching, was not cheesy, nor very violent. In other words, I enjoyed it quite well, and it was rather inspiring.
You walk away from this movie wanting to live for Jesus the best way you can. It's a great takeaway.

I have to mention that at a book fair the other day, I found the actual book about the shooting, Rachel's Tears, written by her parents. I'm halfway through, and so far it's really good. It was only $1. :)

Gifted Hands - The Ben Carson Story [2009]
5 out of 5 stars
I know, I know. The title sounds completely cheesy. And the DVD case looked cheesy when my mom randomly brought it home because 'It looked good'. I had every reason to believe that it was a cheesy movie. Except when we watched it, it was not.
 In fact, it was pretty good. REALLY good, in my opinion. It was inspiring, it kept me guessing, it kept me engaged, and it pointed me to God. It tells the intriguing story of Ben Carson, whom you may remember from the 2016 primaries who almost ran for president, but dropped out soon after the race began. 
Like I mentioned before, low-budget, cheesy Christian movies annoy me. But this was another movie that was not like that. It follows the story of Ben as a child, through his teenage years and how he came to be one of the greatest neurosurgeon in... I think the world? But yeah. I love 'biography' type movies, and this was a huge winner.

Last Days in the Desert [2016]
0 out of 5 stars
Bad, bad, bad. Also confusing. And just bad. I mean the story. It wasn't inappropriate bad, just bad story-wise. In fact, ridiculous. Waste of time and money. We watched all the way to the end in the hopes that the climax will tie something together and make sense. But no. someone died, someone left, and nothing happened. Nothing. No one even had names. I don't even remember why the movie was PG-13. But it doesn't matter. It was just bad.
Bad, bad, bad. 
Me no like. 
p.s. don't watch it.
Just bad. 
(Wow, Amaris. Calm down your hateful self.) 

Well, I hate to end this post with a negative note, so I'll just throw something random in here.... hm.
 Oh yes! I cut and styled my hair myself today! It turned out super cute. I am never going to the hair salon again... :)
Also, I've been helping one of my siblings out with WWI history, and I've become kind of obsessed lately. I mean, I've always enjoyed learning about wars (and just history in general), but up until now, WWII has been more my thing. Anyways, I guess it's time to take out War Horse and Testament of Youth from the dusty ol' shelf to watch again, since we're on the subject!
Oh, but they're both such SAD movies... I don't even know if I'm READY to watch them... But I guess I'll do it.
For history.



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