// a tag in which i talk about my favorite characters //

hello, my friends!

there’s a tag that’s been going around for awhile that caught my eye. i haven’t actually been tagged for this, but that was probably an accident, because who wouldn’t want to hear me rant about book characters?

for this tag, you write down the names of thirty book characters, fold them up and put them in a bowl. then you draw two names to answer each question with.

let’s go. :)

1) you have one more spot on your spelling team. who gets it?

max-ernest (the secret series // pseudonymous bosch) vs noah (i’ll give you the sun // jandy nelson)

this one isn’t hard. max-ernest is a huge nerd, and i say that in the nicest way possible. noah’s strong point, that sweet child, is definitely art, not spelling. so i’d want max-ernest to get the last spot (but good luck getting me to join a spelling team).

2) both characters want to kill you. who would you kill first to have a better chance of survival?

lucy pennant (iremonger trilogy // edward carey) vs toothless (how to train your dragon series // cressida cowell)

neither of them are really killers, are they? lucy is just a servant girl, but she does have energy and isn’t afraid to hit people with shovels. our dragon friend toothless does sound a bit scary until you remember that he is lazy as heck and absolutely tiny. i doubt that i would actually be able to kill either of them, but disposing of lucy would keep me safe.

3) you’ve been chosen for the hunger games. who is more likely to volunteer in your place?

yo-yoji (the secret series) vs magnus (magnus chase and the gods of asgard // rick riordan)

i think they’d both rather save their own skin then help me. but magnus, being a demigod, having trained for ragnarök, having special powers, etc. would probably know that he could win. let’s go with him.

4) you are the next marvel superhero. who is your sidekick?

george vs lockwood (lockwood & co. // jonathan stroud)

ah. sarcastic, a bit of a genius, has lots of snacks with him — george would have the quirky sidekick thing down. lockwood is good with a sword, has slightly insane plans, and is an excellent leader. i think that if lockwood was my partner, i would become the sidekick, but he’d still be much more helpful than george.

5) you are stranded on a deserted island and you must engage in cannibalism to survive. whom do you eat?

fishlegs (how to train your dragon series) vs jude (i’ll give you the sun)

jude. definitely jude. i’m not particularly fond of her, and i really couldn’t bear to do that to fishlegs. he’s an orphan, he has eczema and asthma and anxiety, and i would feel awful to add being eaten to that unfortunate list.

6) you’re the manager of an avocado company. who would you fire for poor communication skills?

clod (iremonger trilogy) vs lucy carlyle (lockwood & co.)

they both get fired because i don’t like avocados and i would want the company to fail.

7) you’ve just finished a book in which your favorite character dies. which character would be more likely to comfort you?

hiccup (how to train your dragon series) vs violet (all the bright places // jennifer niven)

they’re both compassionate characters who have lost people, so i think they’d both be willing to comfort me. i like hiccup a bit more than violet, though, so i’ll go with him.

8) your birthday has finally arrived. who would have the nerve to forget?

peter (the chronicles of narnia) vs finch (all the bright places)

finch. he’s probably one of my favorite characters ever, and he’s from one of my favorite books, but he has lots of flaws. he would probably be asleep or thinking too much to remember my birthday.

9) you have just found an upcoming youtube star. who is it more likely to be?

sam (lord of the rings) vs ned (castaways of the flying dutchman // brian jacques)

ned, because he is a dog, and everyone likes dog videos. :D

10) you can only invite one person to your sleepover. who would it be?

cass (the secret series) vs sophie (keeper of the lost cities series // shannon messenger)

can i just not have a sleepover? they make me tired and uncomfortable.

i guess i have to pick. although i like cass a lot, i think sophie would be a better conversationalist, which would be important, since i will not speak until spoken to. plus, sophie would know how to make mallowmelt. and i really want to try that.

11) you have just woken up and it is time for breakfast. your mom has been replaced by . . . whom?

keefe (koltc) vs edmund (the chronicles of narnia)

i’d much rather have keefe as my mother. i don’t think he’d be a very good mum, but he would be much more fun than edmund. (although if mother edmund made turkish delight for breakfast, i would pick him over keefe. [and i would betray my family for turkish delight, too. ])

12) bam, you’re pregnant. who is the mother/father?

kate (the mysterious benedict society // trenton lee stewart) vs emily (emily windsnap series // liz kessler)

neither of them are that attractive, though?? (ha, like i would know.) WHY COULDN’T IT HAVE BEEN LUCY CARLYLE. WHYYY.

emily, i guess? i like her more than kate.

13) you have just written a super important text. who would have the nerve not to reply?

susan (the chronicles of narnia) vs matilda (matilda // roald dahl)

it would be matilda, because she’s five, i think, and why would she have a phone? although i don’t know why i would send a super important text to a five-year-old.

14) you’re on the bachelor/bachelorette and down to two characters. who gets your rose?

lucy (the chronicles of narnia) vs miranda (when you reach me // rebecca stead)

this one is easy.

i’ve always thought that lucy is incredible. she’s so brave and cute and sweet!! on the other hand, we have miranda, who is horribly average (i’m sorry, i still love that book). please just let me have lucy.

15) ugh, it’s high school. who would most likely be part of the popular clique?

camicazi (how to train your dragon series) vs artemis (artemis fowl series // eoin colfer)

artemis is a genius, and apparently high schoolers don’t like those with higher iqs than themselves. (i wouldn’t actually know, i’m a homeschooler.) camicazi is a bit insane, but it would never be boring around her. she would probably be the leader of the popular clique.

hope you guys enjoyed that. if you’d like to do this on your own blog, go right ahead.

i tried to pick books that most people would have heard of already. if i mentioned any books that you haven’t read, i’d get on that, because most of the ones on here are my favorites.

also, did you see my cute succulent? i love it very much, but it doesn’t have a name yet. if you have suggestions, leave them in the comments. :)

xo

loren

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// summer camp | pt. two //

hello, my friends!

the second part of my adventures at summer camp is here!! make sure to read part one here.

« day four | wednesday »

there was an enormous tulip-tree moth at the dining hall the next morning.

there were waterfront games that night. each campsite entered girls into the competitions, such as climbing the iceberg, relays, the rubber ducky race, swamping a canoe, etc. the only one i was in was the canoe swamp. all i had to do was sit in it, squished up against other girls, until the canoe got too heavy and filled with water.

newlon won the aquatic games. :D

for the search, survival, and rescue badge, we had to spend wednesday night sleeping in the woods in makeshift shelters. the one izzy and i made looked a bit like this, but shorter. so after the waterfront games, we changed into dry clothes and headed off to where we had built our shelters earlier that day. sleeping in the woods was a little bit awful and a little bit insanely exciting.

we took a night hike out to indian point, a peninsula in the lake. i laid in the dewy grass and watched the sky and the lights reflecting off the water while our leader talked about stars. then we went back to our shelters and started a tiny fire with flint and steel.

a normal exchange between izzy and loren that night:

me: you know those baby pictures, where you can see the baby’s feet, and the parents’ feet are on either side?

izzy: i guess.

me, patting a pack of uno cards on the ground between us: this is the baby.

izzy: stop being weird.

me: i’m not being weird!

alex, our leader, in the distance: shut up and go to sleep!

« day five | thursday »

the next morning, we tore down our shelters and went back to the newlon campsite as soon as it was light. most of us went directly to the showers. and that, my friends, was the last shower i had at camp. :)

the evening vespers was that day. we met at a tiny chapel, where the pastor talked about what it means to serve God and others.

so do not fear, for i am with you;
do not be dismayed, for i am your God.
i will strengthen you and help you;
i will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
all who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.
though you search for your enemies, you will not find them.
those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.
for i am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear;
i will help you.

isaiah 41: 10-13

there was a campfire that night. one of the leaders always saves the ashes and uses them in the fire the next year. he said that there’s over one hundred years of scouting history in the ashes.

they had tons of s’mores supplies for us to use, including giant marshmallows and candy bars. s’mores are delicious.

for entertainment, the campers sang, told jokes, did skits, etc. our friend bella taught us the rooster song, which is probably the greatest camp song i’ve ever  heard.

i had a chicken
but no eggs it laid
i had a chicken
but no eggs it laid
until that rooster
came in my yard
and caught my chicken
completely off guard
we’re having omelets
we never used to
until that rooster came in my yard
we’re having omelets
we never used to
until that rooster came in my yard

look it up on youtube so you can hear the rest, it’s such a thought-provoking song.

« day six | friday »

friday was our last full day at camp, and i got a few cute pictures of the friends i made.

lily & bella.

arm throne.

piggyback ride.

parents were allowed to visit camp that evening for dinner, another fire, and a talent show.

the audition skit.

 F.U.N. song on an electric ukulele.

F is for friends who do stuff together
U is for ukuele
N is for nose picking, sharing gum and sand licking
here with my best buddy

“ALEX is long gone when he left us in the middle of the woods for his car!”

every year, this troop rewrites a taylor swift song to be about that week of camp. this year’s was the song trouble.

i’ve got my ticket for the long way ‘round
the one with the prettiest of views
it’s got mountains, it’s got rivers, it’s got sights to give you shivers
but it sure would be prettier with you

cups // anna kendrick

look at the staff GO.

it’s a lie, it’s a lie. ships ahoy, ships ahey, ships a hi-hi-hi!
oh, i’ve sailed the seven seas and i’ve sniffed the salty breeze,
but i never, ever, ever saw a mermaid.

there was supposed to be a meteor shower that night, and a lot of the girls were going to sleep on the plaza and watch the sky. but it started pouring, so we camped out in the dining hall instead.

leftover s’mores supplies were laid out on the one of the tables, and my brilliant friends decided to do the chubby bunny challenge. they were not very good at it.

it was a rather nice night, really. there weren’t many girls on sugar highs this year. the cook made calzones for our midnight snack and we watched the secret life of pets. i wasn’t really paying much attention to the movie. i was too busy drawing a girl named mary and cuddling with my friend brie and listening to her talk in a southern accent. she kept mentioning how tiny and what a great cuddle buddy i am, and she tried to take me home with her the next day.

izzy and i stayed in the dining hall until about 1:30 a.m., when we left to sleep in our own tent.

« day seven | saturday »

and then, of course, the saddest part of camp: the day everyone goes home and you don’t hear from each other until the next year.

someone told us that the trading post was giving out free slushies, so izzy and i stopped there on our way to breakfast. being polite and grammatically correct, i asked the staffer, david, “may i have a cherry slushie?”

and what did he say?

“no, you may not.”

he was laughing until he saw my expression. hurriedly assuring me that he was joking, muttering to himself that he thought i had been going to punch him, david gave me my cherry slushie. :)

i had been eyeing a pocket knife all week. it was one of those pretty rainbow ones. the guy at the trading post refused to sell it to me, because he overheard a conversation with izzy that went something like this:

“ooh, izzy, look at that rainbow knife! you can murder your enemies with sparkles and joy!!”

apparently, he didn’t trust me not to stab someone. fair enough. i eventually convinced my mom to go buy it for me, but it was sold out by that time. maybe next year.

breakfast that day was soggy mini powdered donuts and apples. we exchanged email addresses and social media usernames with our friends, and then izzy and i were on our way back home. i think we both slept most of the way.

i got a new totem necklace from the trading post! last year, i got one with a white tiger charm, and my 2017 animal friend is a spider.

according to the slips of paper that came with the necklaces, the “attributes of  TIGER include: passion, strength, stealth, adventurous, spirit, unpredictable, self-control, independence, charisma, valor, intuition, devotion and solidarity.” “SPIDER characteristics include: patience, infinity, creativity, artistic expression, and the web of destiny.”

after returning home from an exhausting week away, most normal people would crash and relax/nap for the rest of the day. but, as we all know, i am not a normal person. so what did i do instead of resting? something slightly crazy and borderline extroverted. my friend’s birthday party was that day, which i didn’t know about until i got home. i had to take a super quick shower and go meet up with my friend, because her family was nearby getting kittens. i spent the rest of the day with her, trying to make fondue for her cake. no rest for the weary. :’)

xo

loren

// downtown photography //

hey.

my mom has to go to a tiny café downtown every month to switch out the paintings they have on display. she brings me with her, which i’m usually quite happy about, because the café is across the street from the library. while my mom was working, i slipped over there and found a few books: the scar boys; stargirl; aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe; it’s kind of a funny story; and simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda. it was nice, because i haven’t been to the library since the beginning of july, i think.

then i set off with my camera. here are some pictures.

 

verbena flowers.

there’s a café downtown with these paintings on the wall. i’ve never been inside the building, but the art makes me happy.

i like this mailbox. the stickers and graffiti make it seem like it has a personality.

a woman complimented me on my outfit while i was taking this picture. i was going for a grunge look that day. girl compliments are the best ones.

i stopped by an art shop, where they had a photography exhibit set up: polaroids mounted on pieces of wood. i thought it was incredibly cool (especially the photos of electric guitars and a drum set), and if i had a polaroid camera, i would make something like it.

roses by the church.

i met one of n’s brothers while i was walking about. he gave me the look and said he’d heard about me. i wonder if that means that n told him stories about the dumb things i’ve done. like choking on a flower that i thought was honeysuckle. or suggesting that he name his firstborn “pancake.” or other idiotic things i’ve said to n. i don’t really want to know.

i get nervous going into shops alone, but i can wander aimlessly downtown and feel content and cheerful. i don’t know what that’s about. i like to imagine that i’ll get my own apartment soon and be able to roam the city by myself everyday.

xo

loren

// back to school tag //

hello, my friends! k.a. tagged anyone who has borrowed something from their sibling within the past week. i used my brother’s snare drum, so here i am. :)

rules:

1) thank the person who tagged you. (#shamelessselfpromo)

2) answer the questions.

3) post new questions. (or a blank copy of the old questions, if you’re too lazy to make your own (or you just love my questions).)

4) tag as many (or as few) people as you want. (try to make sure they’re still doing school!)

5) wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. (i can’t confirm this, BUT I’LL KNOW IF YOU LIE, OKAY? MAGICALLY!)

6) don’t die. (death is terrible for the complexion, dearie.)

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1) when’s your first day of school?

it was august 22nd, i think. so i’ve been doing school for about four weeks now.

2) what do (and don’t) you look forward to about entering the realm of the dead? uh, i mean the learned?

likes: i do a lot of doodling during class. i’ve got a pirate, a stereotypical french dude, and some spanish-inspired things scrawled over my classwork. i also like observing how the people interact with each other; it fascinates me.

dislikes: being around people for a long time makes me tired. my math teacher is a bit evil, and she makes us take a quiz everyday. (but i just transferred to a different math class and the teacher is much nicer. he didn’t give us any homework just because we were behaving so well.)

3) homeschooled, public schooled, or private schooled?

i’m doing a weird combination of homeschool and public school. every other day, i go to public school for two classes: spanish and math. i do the rest of my work at home.

4) what are your goals for this school year?

this is going to sound super screwed up, but whatever.

i have this list of things i want to do while i’m at public school, for the ~experience~ or something like that. i’ve already gotten a F (on a math quiz), so that’s one thing checked off my list! since i’m a part-time student this year, i’m not allowed to join the band or sports teams or do any of the fun things. i could probably get into a fight or get detention, but i don’t really want to do either of those things this year.

and i want to do nanowrimo again this year. i haven’t done much planning on my novel, though.

5) what’s your favorite season to school in? fall, winter, or spring?

probably winter. i love sitting in front of the fire with my schoolbooks, drinking tea and watching snow fall. during the other seasons, i’d much rather be taking pictures than staying inside to do school.

6) how is schooling going to effect your blogging?

i don’t think it will effect my blog too much. all i can think of is that if i’m falling behind in schoolwork, i might not be allowed to use the internet for a bit.

7) what’s your favorite school subject?

i love art and theatre, but i don’t have any of those classes this year.

8) your least favorite?

math, of course. and my science book is rather boring. (i’m doing this tag just to procrastinate science. i’m learning about gravitational potential energy. yay.)

9) what subject are you best at?

grammar! which might be surprising, since i don’t use capital letters.

Me during life are you kidding me

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10) what subject are you worst at?

my F on that math quiz probably answers this one.

11) what extra-curricular activities are you planning this year (if any)?

i’m playing soccer, and my scouting group, ahg, just started up again. i think the badges my unit is working on are puppetry, social skills & etiquette, and zoology.

12) how are you preparing for life/college this year (on a conscious level)?

I DON’T HAVE A PLAN FOR MY LIFE. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME.

13) do you play any sports in school?

i don’t play on any of my school’s sports teams, but i play spring and fall soccer for a different league. the first practice of the season is this week, actually. :D

14) is there any way that schooling is going to help your blogging endeavors? or how has it helped your blogging skillz in the past?

sometimes i’ll be studying something interesting (rarely), and i’ll be inspired to blog about it. and i work on my drafts to procrastinate schoolwork.

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15) how much time a day is school going to take for you?

on days that i go to school, only three hours, because that’s how long my classes take. on the other days, about two or three hours. maybe five hours if i start procrastinating.

16) are you looking forward to seeing friends more often during the school year?

i’m actually going to be seeing my friends much less than in previous years. for pretty much my entire life, i went to a homeschool co-op that met every friday, and most of my friends went there, too. but i aged out of it last year, as did my friends. now it takes a lot of planning to hang out with them. but i still get to see my friend izzy every week, because she comes to my house for a science class.

17) are you dreading or looking forward to the event (or did you, if it’s already happened)?

i should have been freaking out about the first day of school, because i overthink everything. but over the summer, i somehow forced myself not to think about it, which means i did basically nothing to prepare myself. in fact, it didn’t click for me that i had to go to school until i was looking for something to wear that morning (i ended up wearing a my chemical romance shirt, because that’ll make a great first impression).

18) what are you most looking forward to about school?

working on my list will be exciting! and i get to visit b and n’s school this week, so i can cause some trouble there. >:)

19) how are you planning to fit actual life in with your school schedule?

actual life?? i’m a homeschooler, i don’t have a social life.

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20) what are your overall thoughts on school?

i love learning, especially about science and history and psychology, because it explains the world and the people in it. but textbooks and homework and deadlines ruin it for me. they stress me out and take the fun out of learning. so, basically: i like learning, but the school environment sucks.

i tag q, charis, daisy, rutvi, sam, and anyone else who would like to do it.

here are the questions (i’m using kellyn‘s original questions because i’m too tried to think of my own):

1) when’s your first day of school?

2) what do (and don’t) you look forward to about entering the realm of the dead? uh, i mean the learned?

3) homeschooled, public schooled, or private schooled?

4) what grade are you going into? (if you’re okay sharing)

5) how many more years of torture do you have to endure learn?

6) what are your goals for this school year?

7) what’s your favorite season to school in? fall, winter, or spring?

8) how is schooling going to effect your blogging?

9) what’s your favorite school subject?

10) your least favorite?

11) what subject are you best at?

12) what subject are you worst at?

13) what extra-curricular activities are you planning this year (if any)?

14) how are you preparing for life/college this year (on a conscious level)?

15) do you play any sports in school?

16) is there any way that schooling is going to help your blogging endeavors? or how has it helped your blogging skillz in the past?

17) how much time a day is school going to take for you?

18) are you looking forward to seeing friends more often during the school year?

19) are you dreading or looking forward to the event (or did you, if it’s already happened)?

20) what are you most looking forward to about school?

21) how are you planning to fit actual life in with your school schedule?

22) what are your overall thoughts on school?

about that list i mentioned for #4: if you guys have any ideas for questionable things i could add to it, please tell me in the comments. my friends haven’t offered any good suggestions yet.

xo

loren

// cwwc 2017 | winners //

IT’S FINALLY HERE. HALLELUJAH. I’VE SPENT MOST OF MY SATURDAY COUNTING POINTS AND DESIGNING GRAPHICS AND DOING MATH PROBLEMS IN SPANISH FOR SCHOOL. HALLELUJAH.

i got entries from the names in bold:

ellie (hope in full)
rebekah (head in the clouds)
jordan (daythinker nightdreamer)
daisymermaid (the girl with auburn hair)
audrey (please just one more page)
allison (a farm girl’s life)
mia (creative castle)
c.a. peetz (cliff’s brink)
katie

points from this round: 17

sarah
lauren (comma hangover)
clara (clara and co.)
sari (penumbra reviews)
rose (sun on a cloudy day)
hope (the nerd notebook)
poppy
arunima (dreamer’s dreams)
madi

points from this round: 23


olive (hidden hollow ag crafts)
jess (the artful author)
danielle (near but far)
suzy (ends&odds)
k.a. (bursts of inspiration)
dara
wysteria (head in the clouds)
charis (charis rae)

points from this round: 26

 chloe (my hobbit hole)
megan (a barefoot gal)
annecy (free fallin’ girls)
orchid (crochet buddies)
sarah (for all who wander)
kiki (the thoughts of a girl with aspergers)
nicole (worlds beyond words)
anika (this journey called life)
carol (peeking through a kaleidoscope)
madi (madi grace)

points from this round: 20

if you wrote a story, but don’t see your name on the list, let me know so i can fix it.

three of the teams had members who didn’t submit stories for any of the challenges. since it’s basically the same as not having enough writers on your team, those three (narnia, hogwarts, and half-blood) will be receiving thirty-two points for each “missing” member (4 extra points x 8 challenges = 32).

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a lovely girl named kitty sent me a drawing she did of me. isn’t it amazing? she’s incredibly talented.

she used this picture of me as a reference.

kitty, if you’re reading this, i absolutely adore the drawing, and i’m going to print it out and put it in my room once our printer is working. :)

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your scrolling is now interrupted by some dumb things i’ve found on the internet.

(i’m just trying to waste your time.)

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Valentines tumblr

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sorry. i’ll stop procrastinating.

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total points: 237

GOOD JOB, TEAM HOGWARTS.

total points: 262

YOU DID AMAZINGLY WELL, YOUNG DEMIGODS.

total points: 269

SHIRE PALS, GO CELEBRATE WITH AN AFTERNOON TEA.

before extra points were given for “missing” members, team shire had the most points: 269.

(or you can use this graphic, i don’t care.)

total points: 277

FOR NARNIA AND FOR ASLAN.

i hope everyone enjoyed cwwc 2017! if you want, you can leave suggestions in the comments on how i can improve it for next year. just make sure they’re polite, please. :)

have a lovely day!

xo

loren

// life has a hopeful undertone //

i. nothing good or bad lasts forever.

ii. you’ve survived everything awful that has ever happened to you. you can survive this, too.

iii. it’s ok if the only person you save is yourself.

iv. God has never made a person he did not love. you are not the exception.

v. sit in the rain and realize that even nature has to cry.

vi. for he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. -psalm 91:11

vii. maybe life won’t get better. but what if it does?

viii. 1. you must let the pain visit. 2. you must allow it to teach you. 3. you must not allow it to overstay. -i.u., three routes to healing

ix. everything you’re feeling is common, even though you’ve never felt so alone. (rhode island // the front bottoms)

x. one day you will wake up and it won’t hurt so much. keep believing that it will be tomorrow.

xi. you will break. but oh, you will also heal. -k.a.

xii. there are people in this world who love you. there’s me, for a start.

xiii. darkness exists to make light truly count. (uneven odds // sleeping at last)

xiv. repeat after me: my current situation is not my final destination.

xv. you are doing your best, no matter what people tell you.

xvi. how rare and beautiful it is to even exist. (saturn // sleeping at last)

xvii. stay close to people who feel like sunshine.

xviii. try to be that sunlight for others.

xix. everything is gonna be alright. be strong. believe. (believe // yellowcard)

xx. it’s ok to stop and lie down and close your eyes if you need to. just make sure to get up again.

xxi. and i will say that we should take a moment and hold it and keep it frozen and know that life has a hopeful undertone. (migraine // twenty one pilots)

xo

loren