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An Update, A Piercing, A Song, and Other Randomness :)

10 Jun

Hey everyone! Once again, I return to my much-neglected blog.

I know I had something I wanted to post about today. I just wish I could remember what it was.

Anyway, my brain is dying because the school year is (finally) coming to a close. I only have Spanish left, but I have about 14 lessons to do by this Thursday night. Eek! Wish me luck!

This has been an interesting school year, filled both with ups and downs. Actually, a lot of downs. But the ups have all been totally worthwhile–from NaNoWriMo, to The Warrior and trying to learn two parts at once, to meeting my fabulous friends who attend the same online school I do, to gaining a whole bunch of followers, watching the Truman Show for the first time, getting my ears double-pierced… there have been a lot of ups as well.

All I know is, I could not have made it through this school year without my friends and family, and, most importantly, God. He is amazing. He just is.

Well, I don’t really have much else to say…

Umm… I got my ears double-pierced! Exciting, no?

I got a job!

Like, a real, paid job! I’ll be working in a library twenty hours a week this summer. At minimum wage, that’s the most money I’ve ever made in that amount of time. I’m super excited–I’ll be doing things from cataloging on the computer, to possibly book repair(!), maybe some photo editing, and whatever random tasks need done in the back of the library. And honestly, it boils down to this: I wouldn’t have been able to have this opportunity without some handy connections, and, ultimately, God providing in ways I just didn’t expect. Isn’t God just cool that way?

Anyway, while I’ll miss certain bits of this school year (like The Warrior!), I’m glad it’s coming to a close, and excited to see what God has in store for me this summer and junior year.

Why don’t I write things down when they come to me? I had a song picked out to post at the end of this post (that sounded repetitive), but right now I can’t even think what it was…

So in the meantime enjoy “Believe” by The Letter Black (which sounds kind of like a mix between Skillet and Evanescence).

Well, that’s all for now. Sorry I haven’t been posting! I still love you all πŸ˜‰

Over and out,

Two of Dory’s Best Ever Moments

7 May

Last night, I watched Finding Nemo. In Spanish, actually. Nonetheless, certain bits of it really stuck out to me more than usual. I can pretty much quote the entire movie, but it’s so interesting how you get something new out of a movie or book every time you watch/read it.

If you haven’t seen the movie, then go watch it as soon as you possibly can, but in the meantime watch this awesome clip. If you have, watch the following clip anyway. This is Dory’s life philosophy.

Awesome, no? But really. When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming! Just keep on pushing through it, even when things get really tough. It is so worth it. You WILL get through even the toughest times.

Now watch this clip. The very end could be a little longer there, but that’s okay. It was the best video of it I could find.

Sometimes, escape is right in front of us. But we fail to recognize it as such.

Eh-scap-ay. That’s funny…it’s spelled just like the word ‘escape’…

Know what that escape is?

God.

All you’ve got to do is give everything up to Him.

How often do we think we’re too insignificant to trouble God with our problems?

That because obviously God doesn’t care since He let it happen to us, there is no escape?

We even can recognize that talking to God could help us.

But sometimes, we just aren’t willing to let go.

My youth group went recently to an event called Acquire the Fire (ATF), a really neat youth conference that travels all over the U.S. The whole theme was “Normal’s Not Enough.” To be more than the “average Christian,” you have to give up everything to God. The sins, the temptations. The situations beyond our own control. And God doesn’t just want the negative, either. He wants all of us.

It got me thinking. Man, there are some aspects of my life that I just am not willing to let go of. Why?

Because as humans, we get the false idea that we can do it on our own. That we don’t want God’s help if it means sacrificing something.

We are so blind to the escape right in front of us. Even if it does look suspiciously like escape. Not to say God will just take our problems away, but He can and will help us to get through them.

It is an escape from ourselves. But more so, an escape from Satan and the lies that he manages to make us believe.

I very recently went to a girls’ retreat at my church called “Something Beautiful.” So many girls, and guys too, are falling for the lies that you have to be physically attractive to get anywhere in life. And that they aren’t attractive. We don’t realize that what is inside is so much more important.

Eating disorders. Depression. Anxiety. Self harm. Suicide and suicide attempts. All of these things have been on the rise.

Our society is so messed up. We can’t continue believing the lies of this world. My generation is so appearance-oriented. God is the only one who can help us stop believing Satan’s lies.

Escape is there.

We just have to take it.

Will you?

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. -Matthew 6:34-35

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. -1 Peter 5:7

Ooh! Awards!!! xD

29 Feb

Hello, my wonderful blog readers!

I’m going to cheat on my blog post today, because my amazing friend Birdi gave me two awards! Since these are my first ever, bear with me as I’m a bit excited πŸ˜‰

First up, we have “Mr. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments.” I kid you not. That is what it’s called. Anyway, it has 10 questions I have to answer, etc. So. Let’s go for this!!!

Mr. Sparkly's Ten Commandments

1. Describe yourself in seven words: Random, crazy, Jesus-Freak (we’ll just pretend that’s one word), disorganized, sporadic, writer, romantic (as in I’m a romantic, not that I am romantic, if that makes any sense.) […I have a feeling my bracket use broke the rules :P]

2. What keeps you up at night: Lots. Everything from what I’m going to do with my life, to what college I’m going to and when, to little things that happened throughout the day.

3. Whom you’d like to be:Β  A lot of things that I currently am not πŸ˜‰

4. What are you wearing right now: Um… blue socks, pink pajama bottoms (At 4:20 in the afternoon!), a pink Connections Academy shirt, and a pink Lincoln City sweatshirt. And my (pink) purity ring. Hmm. I don’t usually wear this much pink…

5. What scares you: Spiders. The future. Certain movies. Books. Human nature. Other people’s blood. But most of all, carnival rides. Water Slides. Anything of that sort. *shudder*

6. What are the best and the worst things about blogging: Well, the best: Having a place to post my random thoughts, and know that people actually read them. All my wonderful followers, and seeing my stats go up ^.^

Worst: When I have a day with depressingly low views, or when I can’t think what to blog or just don’t have time to and feel like I’m abandoning all you wonderful readers…

7. What was the last website you looked at: Birdi’s wonderful blog so that I could copy the award info, but before that my school website.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself what would you change: …Hmm. I would be taller, and… less pessimistic?

9. Slankets, yes or no: I have NO idea what a slanket is… it sounds… bad, somehow…

10. Tell us something about the person that nominated you: Birdi is an amazing teenage girl, whose blog I discovered I-don’t-remember-how, and who recently underwent scoliosis surgery. She’s random, funny, smart, and brave. Oh, and she lives in New Zealand, and thus has the coolest accent ever. Seriously. And also, for the record, her blog is amazing, and she writes in third person on it.

Next up, we have the Sunshine Award 2011 (which sounds nice and cheerful, does it not?)

Sunshine Award...

Favorite color: Blues, greens, and turquoises. And some shades of purple ^.^

Favorite animal: Cats, and horses. Definitely.

Favorite number: 3, 17, and 13. Yes, I do like the number 13, even though it is so-called unlucky. (And as for 3 and 17, I have no idea why I like them. I just do.)

Favorite drink: Coffee, or tea. And either of those can be iced or hot. Depends on my mood ^.^

Facebook or twitter: Facebook, most definitely. I’m addicted to that site. And, correct me if I’m wrong, but Twitter just seems so… pointless somehow…

My passion: Theatre, writing, and singing. Yup πŸ™‚

Getting or giving presents: Hmm… that’s a really good question. Depends on who the present’s from, and what it is πŸ˜›

Favorite pattern: I’m going to have to say, patterns like the one on the side of this post somewhere, although I also really like plaids, and polka dots, and stripes, and random swirls. But probably that one, and cool random swirly designs. Aren’t you glad you asked?

Favorite day of the week: Um… I… don’t… know? Now that I’m a homeschooler, all the days kind of blend together and I can’t tell one day from the next, except for weekends (which I can’t really say I like, either…) Probably Sundays or Fridays. But NOT Mondays.

Favorite flower: That question is like, impossible. I like daisies, roses, lilacs, bleeding hearts… I don’t know. Flowers are so unique, and no matter which kind it is, there’s something pretty about any flower.

Technically, I’m supposed to present these two awards to wonderful bloggers…

BUT…

I’m going to be totally different and create my OWN award to present! (I know, you’re thinking “What?! Is she allowed to do that?!” Well, I don’t know. But all awards have to get started somehow, don’t they?)

Remember that pretty blue pattern? Well check this out…

Now then, this lovely image (edited by me on Picnik) is the official Paperclip Award!

See how I combined the butterfly from Mr. Sparkly and the daisy from the Sunshine Award? *nodnod*

Anyway, this award shall be presented to wonderful and amazing bloggers who inspire… well, whoever awards it to them.

[I can’t help but wonder if this award will actually start something…]

RULES: If you are awarded the Paperclip Award, you must answer the 13 prompts given, and then you must give the award to 13 bloggers (although, as the creator of the award, I’m giving you permission to give it to less, or more, and bend the rules a little) and give a link to their blogs. Also, no awarding the blogger who awarded you! Got that? πŸ˜‰

1. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

2. What is your ultimate favorite place to be?

3. Name one famous person who inspires you. (Just one!!!)

4. Tea or Coffee?

5. If you could be any other person for 48 hours, who would you be?

6. What is your earliest memory?

7. If you could ask anyone in the world, living or dead, anything, who would you ask, and what would you ask them?

8. What is the scariest thing you have ever done?

9. What is your favorite book?

10. Briefly explain one of the weirdest dreams you have ever had.

11. What one song best describes you? (Feel free to post a link to a Youtube vid)

12. Pen or pencil?

13. Is 13 anΒ  unlucky number or not?

Now then, I would like to award Birdi, even though she was the one who gave me the original awards. Birdi, you’re amazing, and so brave, and on top of that your blog is just plain fun to read.

I’d also like to award my wonderful friend Miss.Adriana because I love being able to go to her blog and just read what’s in her heart. She’s an awesome blogger, and she should know how much I appreciate her πŸ™‚

Now then, I’d also like to give this award to Hope. Hope, your are just plain amazing, and I love to read your blog ^.^

For my last person, I’d like to present the Paperclip Award to Cassandra Bloom. Although relatively new to the blogosphere, her blog is so much fun to read, and definitely entertaining. You keep at it, girl!

Award away, you four! I love you all so much πŸ™‚

Also, thank you sooooo much Birdi for these two awards! You have no idea how much it means to me πŸ™‚ (If I ever get another one, I’ll be sure to actually follow the rules :P)

Sorry I haven’t been posting anything super interesting… I promise I’ll get around to it eventually! Until then, bear with me!

Until later, my friends,

Paperclip101EDIT (3/1/12): I was also going to give the Paperclip Award to my friend Dizziizzi, for a couple reasons: 1) She is always there for me (because yes, this blogger is one of the few that I actually know in person) and 2) her blog is so much fun to read, and even makes you think from time to time πŸ™‚ But yes, Izzi, you were originally going to get this award, and I somehow forgot to mention your name, even though I had this weird nagging feeling that I was missing someone…

Good Morning, George, How Are You?

19 Feb

Hey all! I’ve been crazily busy of late, and thus I now find myself with the nasty cold that’s been going around…

Don’t you just hate getting sick? I know I do. Especially when I get sick five days before the opening night of our musical. In which I am understudy for the lead female. Uh huh.

If you were wondering, the musical is called “The Warrior” and it was written by a woman in Newberg, OR, named Marilyn Olson. (She’s genius!) Basically, it’s the story of David, Uriah, and Bathsheba from the Bible. So yes, I am playing Bathsheba in a few performances πŸ˜›

Anyway, if you live in the Portland or Salem area, you should definitely come see it!!! It runs this upcoming weekend, and next. Saturdays and Fridays are at 7:30, and Sundays are at 3. And it’s at the Alpenrose Opera House in Portland. Or, you could come to out one Salem performance on March 9th at 7 pm at the Elsinore in Salem. (The Elsinore showing is at 7 pm, not 7:30. Just to clarify.)

If you want more info, just check out mcoproductions.net πŸ™‚

As for the title of this post? Veggie Tales, aka the best show on the planet πŸ™‚ (also, did you realise that King George and the Ducky is the story of David and Bathsheba? weird, huh?)

Well, that’s really all I’ve got today. And don’t mind any typos–I’m on the iPod Touch right now…

Over and out,
Paperclip101

30 Jan

Good morning, all! Okay, it’s afternoon. But yeah.

Posted below is my awesome 3D Art Final, based off of the drawing which is in the last post, but I’ll put it here too.

Now for my very short but wonderful animation:

It took my computer like 2 hours to render -_-

But it was worth it!!!

Okay, I’m going to go now, but I’ll be back with a brilliant post some other time… when I find my brain again.

Over and out,

I’m Still Alive

26 Jan

…Barely.

I’ve just been bogged down by finals, and I’ve been super busy with play practices when I’m not doing something school related.

Thank goodness it’s the last day of the semester! And all that I have left is my 3D Art Final.

Which, if you were wondering, is based off of the following drawing that I did last year.

Yep. Isn’t it beautiful? πŸ™‚ YouΒ  can kind of see how I orignially had the ears too big, and then erased them… that’s the annoying thing about scans. But yeah.

I’ll post the little animated video on here, should I ever finish it -_-

Okay, that was pessimistic. I will finish this, I will, I will!

In other news, I can now see how difficult it is for Birdi to always write in third person, since I typed in third person for 24 hours the other day. (Not a full, non-stop 24 hours. But every email/webmail I sent [except to teachers] was in third person.) So now I appreciate her efforts even more! Weirdly enough, I discovered that going back to first person after so long of third person was extremely challenging.

What else has been going on in my life? The current play I’m in. Other than that, nothing… but trust me, school and a musical at the same time are proving difficult right now. (I will post more on the musical later, don’t worry.)

Well, I guess I’m just posting to let you all know that I haven’t abandoned you all.

Oh! More news!

I now have 27 wonderful followers (remember that one post where I was excited because I had 6?!)

It’s strange how exhilarating it is to know that people are actually reading these ramblings. Thanks to you all!

I also have had 83 views on my busiest day, January 5, 2012.

I didn’t even post anything that day. Strange, isn’t it? But seeing that number literally made my heart skip a beat.

I have had 1,657 views total!

Whoa. Just… whoa! This makes me extremely happy, and it makes me feel like I’m beginning to get a name for myself in the blogosphere. So thanks again, all πŸ™‚

Okay, other than that… I have nothing more to say. Bear with me!

Over and Out,

The Last Post…

31 Dec

…of this year. Did I freak you out? (Probably not, since I’m a weird teenager and you all are used to me saying things like that. But… anyway…)

My family and I decided to end 2011 by sending my little sister away to a friend’s house since we’re all sick and not doing anything, and then watch Pirates of the Caribbean. Man, I forgot how good that movie is. It’s like… epic and ridiculous at the same time.

Random Fact: Did you know that Orlando Bloom, who plays Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean also plays Legolas in Lord of the Rings? How awesome is that? I mean, elf, pirate… cool! (I had never noticed this until one of my LOTR-crazed friends pointed it out to me.)

Anyway, thinking back on 2011, I have to say it was a pretty good year, but it had its rough spots. Quite a few.Β  There were some times that I thought I would never get through.

However, I also found my church home and a group of friends that I love. So now, I have two awesome friends groups πŸ™‚

In addition, 2011 was my first ever mission trip. Whoa. That was the most incredible experience I have ever had. Seriously. I can’t even find the words to explain it. (If you want to know more on that, click here to see my mission trip reflections)

In 2011, August or September, I started up this blog. This will be my 21st post, and I have already gained 21 amazing followers. (NOT 300-something, like the widget says. For some reason, it decided to add all of my Facebook friends to that number.) 21 and 21, that’s funny. Hadn’t noticed that until now.

Anyway, this past year has been new and different in a lot of ways. I’ve learned so much… but most of all, that no matter what, God is in control. Through good times and bad.

And we know that in all things God works together for good to those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose. ~Romans 8:28

That’s Paperclip-Paraphrase version, by the way, meaning that I probably messed some of that up by combining different versions of the verse. But it means the same thing.

If I want to post this before 2012, I’d better post it now!

Well, over and out,