These are a few of my favorite things part 2

When I first starting blogging I wrote an article called These are a few of my favorite things, and now I give you part 2.

1. A big bowl of pasta.

It’s delicious and comforting. Need I say more?

2. Reading a good story.

When you read a good story, you’re are no longer cozily in your bed, but are suddenly in another place and time, seeing things from new eyes. Being immersed in a story helps you to understand what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes a little more.

3. A cozy grey, rainy day.

It’s your excuse to do nothing, and relax.

4. Dancing, with all your heart.

It’s the point when you no longer think about the steps, but do them. You feel them. You aren’t thinking at all, your feeling.

5. Smith’s Rosebud Salve

This stuff is amazing. It’s the solution to dry lips, skin, everything. It can be found in all different stores from places like Urban Outfitters to beauty stores.

6. Spending quality time with those we love.

Be it friends or family, there is nothing like the time we share with those people.

These are a few of my favorite things, what are some of your favorite things? Let me know in the comments!

 

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The Liebster Award

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About a week ago I was nominated for the Liebster Award by SmartStunningSearching. Thank you! This is an award for talented bloggers with under 200 followers. Blogs nominated for this award are “worth watching”.

Receivers of the award must following the following guidelines:

  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
  4. Go to the blogs you nominated and notify them of your nomination
  5. Give your nominees 11 questions to answer

The following are my answers to the questions I was asked.

1. Why did you start your blog?

Originally I was very hesitant to answer this question, but since I have been asked I have decided to give an honest answer. This blog was originally started for a class that I am taking. It is a social media class, that requires the students to create a blog on WordPress. Other then that the guide lines are very flexible. I have chosen everything else about my blog, and I am happy to say that I no longer view it as an assignment. This blog has become an outlet for my thoughts and is so much more to me then an assignment. I really enjoying blogging, and I will continue to blog even when that assignment is over.

2. What’s your goal for your blog?

I don’t have any specific goals other than to entertain my audience, and to grow as a writer. It was has been said that to become truly master something you have to do it for 10,000 hours, so slowly and surely I am making a dent in that number with my writing and this blog is helping me to do that.

3. What do you do for a living? If you’re a student, what are you studying?

I am currently a student, studying a number of things. I particularly enjoy English, History and of course the social media class, since it introduced me to blogging.

4. What’s your favorite drink to get at Starbucks?

I don’t go to Starbucks very often and haven’t tried many of their drinks. I’m not anti-starbucks or anything, it’s just not a place I go to. When I am there, I tend to not be very adventurous and stick with either tea, hot chocolate, or ice tea and lemonade.

5. What’s your favorite song? Why?

This is a very difficult question for me. After taking some time to consider this question I have found that I can’t give just one answer. There are so many wonderful songs, so I will tell you just a few of my favorites. Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, though I do love Rufus Wainwright’s cover, many Beyonce songs (too many to name), and a number of Beatles songs. My family has always placed an emphasis on music, leaving me with a broad variety of music and songs that I love.

6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Somewhere in Europe, though I would most likely want to settle somewhere in the US to be close to family. While I wish to travel, I would like to have a home base, close to those I love.

7.  Chris Hemsworth or Liam Hemsworth?

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You choose.

8. Are you where you hoped to be at this point in your life?

Yes.

9. Tell me something about Canada.

Canadians are said to be very friendly.

10. Do you keep up with celebrity news? Why or why not?

Not really. Hearing rumors and gossip about the lives of celebrities doesn’t really interest me.

11. What is your favourite post on your blog?

Hmmm… I’d have to say Fictional Heroines and I because it tells you, the reader a lot about who I am and what I’ve grown up with and relate to. It shows what I truly am; a bookworm.

 

The following are my nominees:

1. The Alaskan Life

2. Hopeful Foods

3. Good Vibes & Open Eyes

4. SOL 

5. Wild Daizies

6. Kandidly Kaptured

7.  Good Morning 

8. Why not?

9. Natural Photography

10. The Dumb Monkey

11. Oh the Places I’ve Been

The questions I would like for them to answer are:

1. What has blogging taught you?

2. What is your favorite childhood memory?

3. If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

4. What is a your favorite quote?

5. Who’s your personal superhero?

6. What is your favorite season?

7. Sweet or sour?

8.  Why did you start your blog?

9. Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin?

10. Dogs or cats?

11. Blog post of your own that you wished had gotten more attention?

 

Dogs; Truly a Mans Best Friend

I have had two pets in my lifetime; a small hamster named Mary who my brother and I were afraid of and my dog Molly. Molly is a small, half shitzu, half poodle, bundle of joy. We found Molly at a local dog shelter about eight years ago. Ever since the moment we all met her she has become a part of the family. My family was on the shelters “puppy list”, meaning that if a puppy was brought in, we’d get a call. After getting just that call, my dad had rushed to the shelter from work. When my mom, brother and I went there to meet him, we found him sitting in the kennel playing with a little, scruffy Molly. She was a 4 month old, ball of fur that we instantly knew would be the right fit for us.

A picture of Molly from a few years ago

A picture of Molly from a few years ago

Though the years have passed, Molly never seems to get older. She still has the vivacious energy of her youth, and never hesitates to run and play. She jumps so high at times that you can see the top of her head poking up from the other side of the table when she is begging at dinner time. Molly is a source of happiness and joy for all she meets (except maybe the people who pass by our house, for she barks aggressively at them. Though, if someone were to enter the house, all she would do is wag her tail and jump excitedly. Some guard dog!).

Loyally guarding

Loyally guarding

Dogs are truly a mans best friend, or at least mine is. She never tires of my company, and is content to curl up in my lap or run and play. She brings a happiness and lightness to our home.

Molly and I a some years ago on a windy day

Molly and I, a some years ago on a windy day

Dogs are loyal and knowing, yet innocent. From them we receive unconditional love in return for a bowl of kibble and a nice belly rub now and then. Dogs enjoy the simple things in life, and there is always something to learn from them.

 

Saying Goodbye to Winter

Though my town received a somewhat weak winter this year, it was winter none the less. These past few days I have seen the weather getting warmer, and the sun setting later (thanks to the time change). With the Spring equinox right around the corner, we are now able to fondly look back on the winter months.

My town did not receive much rain this year, but I will miss the little rain we did have. I love the rain. It invigorates you, makes you feel alive. Much like having a chilly nose. Though some may deem these things unpleasant, I enjoy them, though perhaps I wouldn’t if I had to deal with them on a regular basis

Any excuse to curl up by the fire with a book and hot drink is a good excuse to me, and chilly winter nights gave this excuse many a time. Though you will find me curled up with a book in every season, I may not always have as good an excuse to. Winter and cozy are two words that easily go together.

During the winter, I often find myself burrowing into my cozy bedroom. Flannel sheets come out, and the room gives off a warmer vibe during these months. In the other months I will enjoy a different kind of feeling in my room.

Baking is a much exercised thing in the winter. There are holidays which require baking, and so much more. While you will defiantly catch we taking a warm batch of cookies out of the oven all year long, the warm smell of baking always reminds me of winter.

What aspects of winter will you be reminiscing about come summer?

Rainy Days

After what seems like a long time without rain, it finally came pouring down on us yesterday. Rain comes and with it permission to stay indoors and do nothing. As much as I love going outdoors, rainy days are some of the best days for me. Outside it smells of wet sidewalks, and wood smoke from neighboring fire places. Lying in bed listening to the sound of raindrops on the roof got me thinking about my favorite things to do on a rainy day. The following is my recipe for a delightful rainy day.

1. Watch a good film

One of my favorite films to watch on rainy days is the 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. The tragic rain scenes involving Marianne make for a cozy and emotional watch. The English scenery allows me to imagine that I am in rainy England, instead of Southern California. Watch a movie that let’s your imagination explore rainy streets in another place.

2. A cup of tea or hot cocoa

I particularly enjoy a cup of english breakfast tea with a dash of milk and sugar (to go with my english movie), or a nice cup of hot cocoa.

3. A cozy blanket to wrap in

Nothing says rainy day like getting cocooned in a warm blanket.

4. Soup and bread

All soups definitely work for a rainy day but my personal favorites include split pea, New England clam chowder, and potato leek soup. And of course, this cozy meal isn’t complete without a nice piece of bread.

5. Knitting

As a girl with an English grandmother I am often caught knitting on the couch and a rainy day is the perfect excuse to knit something cozy. Rainy days are great days to tackle projects such as knitting.

February 25

Like every day of the year it is someone’s birthday today. But this day stands out among the others for me, because it is my dad’s birthday. Instead of purely writing about him like I did for my brother in my last article (there’s a lot of February birthdays in my family) I thought I’d change it up for you and share with you about a few others who’s birthday it is as well.

Our first birthday is George Harrison, a member of the legendary Beatles. He was born on February 25, 1943 in Liverpool, England. He is most well known for his part as lead guitarist in the Beatles. George first auditioned for what was then called the Quarrymen at the age of fourteen, but was deemed too young by John Lennon. A year later, at the age of fifteen, George was admitted into the band. George Harrison’s contribution to the world was great, through his music and work. Though he is no longer with us George Harrison will not be forgotten and his music will continue to fill the ears of many.

James and Oliver Phelps were born on February 25, 1986. Many would recognize these boys as  Fred and George Weasley from Harry Potter. Though they had no acting experience, the then fourteen year old identical twins went to an open audition for the parts of the Weasley Twins in Harry Potter and went on to bring these beloved boys to life.

Sean Astin was born on February 25, 1971. He is an American actor, director, voice artist, and producer. Astin is best known to me, and many others, as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Most importantly, today, February 25, is my dad, Stan’s, birthday. My dad is excellent at cooking breakfast, playing music, and spending time with my family. He is a happy, talented, loving and caring person. He is always there for us, and is the best dad I could ever ask for. Thank you for always making me so proud to be your daughter. I love you so much. Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Adam!

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Today, February 21st, is my big brother, Adam’s birthday. Being three years younger then him, I have known him my whole life. Adam and I have always been not only brother and sister, but friends as well. He has influenced me in so many ways; my strong will and stubbornness I give him some credit for, as well as some of my creativity. In our house there was always something going on; games, movie making, music recording. One of my fondest memories (thus far) is making one of our movies titled “Murder at Mom’s”, a forty five minute action film in which my brother, my friend, and myself played all the many characters. This movie began when, on a very rainy day, we decided to film a “fight scene” in the rain. From there the movie had a life of its own.

As a musician, my brother is always filling the house with music. He is either playing the music himself, or blasting it on high volume for all the house to hear. Adams music taste is that of a baby boomer (though he is much younger) and because of this mine has some similar elements to it. He, along with my parents, have exposed me to great artists such as Bruce Springstein, U2, Paul Simon and of course the ever so loved Beatles. All this makes for a very joyful house.

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Having my brother away at college has had it’s hard moments of missing him, but he keeps in contact so often that the distance doesn’t always seem so far. Happy Birthday Adam! I love you so much. xoxo your sister, Violet

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