2017 Bucket List

And so begins another awful year. Not expecting much from 2017 (or the years that come after it, either). But a couple of bloggers have been posting 2017 bucket lists, and I thought I would jump on the wagon.

Pretty much all I would like to do is travel. But since I am a minor and the wanderlust bug has not bitten anyone else in my family, I doubt I’ll be straying too far from my home state this year.

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☼ Go to the Beach ☼

The last time I went to the beach was February 2016, and it was far too cold to get in the water. The ocean fascinates me, and I would love to visit it this year.

☼ Finish Writing Courageous Hearts

If anyone does not know, Courageous Hearts was my 2016 NaNoWriMo project: a novel following the lives of two teens with mental illnesses. I can’t bear keeping the story pent up inside of my brain for much longer.

☼ Create a Book of memories ☼

I’m thinking a scrapbook/journal would be nice. I blog about my adventures a lot, but since I can’t post pictures of my friends/myself on these adventures, it lacks a personal feeling.

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☼ Plant a garden ☼

I usually have a garden anyway, but I want lots of flowers this year. Big flowers, for bouquets, and little ones, for making flower crowns and braiding into hair.

☼ Redecorate my room ☼

I painted my room light blue over Christmas, and now I would like to make pretty decorations for it.

☼ Learn to play the ocarina ☼

I received an ocarina for Christmas, but I don’t exactly know how to play it. I would be happy with learning a few songs.

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☼ Do more art ☼

I don’t paint/draw as often as I would like to — probably because I’m afraid that it won’t turn out well. I’d like to create something I’m proud of each month, at least.

☼ Keep a journal ☼

I’ve been writing in a journal for a few months, and it’s nice to be able to get all my thoughts out. I’d like to continue it this year. And it will be neat to get it out in a few years and remember what was going on at the time.

☼ Meet another internet friend ☼

Technically I’ve already accomplished this, as I met one of you on January 1st. But I’d really love to meet more of you. There’s a possibility that I can meet three of you this year, and I’m very excited to see if we can work that out.

That’s currently what I would like to do this year. I’m sure I’ll come up with more as 2017 progresses.

I hope you guys had a good day. If you haven’t heard it yet, you’re beautiful, you’re loved, and you’re alive for a reason.

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2016 Christmas Haul

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I hope everyone had a great Christmas!

I thought you guys might like to see what I received . . . so this post was made.

If anyone is planning on leaving a long comment on how I’m bragging by showing off what I received — please don’t, I’m fragile.

Twenty One Pilots Hot Topic Logo Bag

I don’t typically like bags, but this one is tøp so it’s cool.

Twenty One Pilots Beanie Hot Topic

*runs about screaming*

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My grandmother got these cat earrings for me, so that’s pretty sweet.

Just a sec, I feel like drawing cat whiskers on my face.

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My lovely best fren got this book for me. Actually, lovely isn’t the right word. She’s insane and thinks my music sucks but I’m stuck with her now.

Love you, too, Izzy.

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Random stocking stuffers.

See those earbuds? That’s the third pair I’ve had in the past two months. Navi likes chewing them up.

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An ocarina and Triforce necklace.

I really like the Legend of Zelda which probably has nothing to do with my cat’s name.

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Link hat. It’s huge on me so I let my brother wear it sometimes. 😛

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Either mugs are a common gift or everyone has figured out that I like tea.

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I have four movie tickets but no friends to go with.

I’d bring you guys if I could, honestly. Who’s up for watching Rouge One again?

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*insert clever-ish caption here*

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I now have $205 dollars (my family isn’t very original with gifts, but I’m rich now, so I can’t complain). I’ll probably end up spending it on band merch. (MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE AND ALL TIME LOW AND FALL OUT BOY AND TWENTY ONE PILOTS AND PANIC! AT THE DISCO TO BE SPECIFIC.)

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My brother got Pokemon Moon for me. I also got a 3DS. My mom hid the package in the downstairs furnace for some reason. She set up this clue hunt for me and I had to walk around the whole house before I was allowed to have my package. 😄

Thanks, Pete Mom.

Dear family, if you’re reading this (which I sincerely hope you are not), thanks for the stuff.

Goodbye for now, loves. I hope you’re doing alright, but if not, you’re going to be OK real soon, kid.

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10:01 AM | 12.24.16

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A truly beautiful cookie made by countless brave elf bakers, who were sadly lost in a freak accident in the North Pole. Rest in peace.

It’s Christmas Eve already? My dad’s side of the family is coming over for dinner today. I’d like to hide in my room while blaring My Chemical Romance (because I suck at socializing), but I’m sure I’ll have to interact with them. *sigh*

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Icicle lights on the porch.

I got presents for most of my friends this year (I’m so accomplished): a notebook, a clay worm (I hope it likes Inchy B., Megan), lip gloss, and a Costco box of macaroni. My friend Izzy really, really, really loves macaroni, so it seemed like a good idea.

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My dad just cut down a tree in our yard. I like bouncing on the branches.

My mom bought me these boots and I’m kind of in love with them. The only thing I don’t like about them are the heels. Yeah, they’re small heels, but I trip over my bare feet — nevermind these boots.

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Smiley cat. ☺

Anyone remember that time I went to Myrtle Beach? The friends that I stayed with spent the night here on Thursday. We went to see this life-action nativity with real donkeys and camels. (I didn’t particularly enjoy it, but that’s just my opinion.)

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Christmas light bokeh.

We’re going to see Rouge One on Monday.

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Fiery sunset.

  idk where I was going with this post. I guess I just felt guilty about not posting in two weeks.

ANYWAY, MERRY CHRISTMAS, ENJOY THE LIGHTS AND COLD WEATHER AND COOKIES AND MUSIC AND COCOA.

Have a wonderful Christmas, darlings.

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{Sugar Cookies}

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You know how Christmas can just sneak up on you? You spend all year wishing it would come faster, and then when December arrives, the days speed up and you don’t have enough time to make it feel like a holiday.

There are things that make the holidays feel real, and for me, it’s putting up lights, decorating cookies, listening to Christmas music and singing it obnoxiously loud, sitting in front of the fireplace, and, of course, snow.

Stay fabulous, loves.

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How to Make the Perfect Cup of Hot Cocoa

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So you think you can make a mean cup of hot cocoa, huh? Well, mortal, I assure you that you do not. However, I possess this ancient skill, and am willing to share my knowledge with you.

I am a professional cook so I definitely know what I’m doing.

Warning: this recipe may blow your mind. Proceed with caution.

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First, go to the cupboard and find the biggest mug you own. Above, you see the incredible cup I like to drink butterbeer from.

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Actually, that may be a bit too big. You’d probably get a relentless stomachache from drinking all that cocoa. Pick the second-largest mug.

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Raid your cabinets (and possibly your neighbors’, too) to gather the supplies: milk, fresh from the cow’s udder; sugar as pure as my heart; cocoa as dark as some actress’s hair; vanilla that smells like the sweet tears of Jesus; and salt (idk why, just roll with it).

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Don’t forget your tools of mass destruction! I mean, um . . . your tools of mass delight-inducing-ness. A whisk and tablespoon.

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Empty the entire milk carton into your mug. If it’s actually your second-largest cup, there should be a pocket dimension inside of it, so you don’t have to worry about it spilling.

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MICROWAVE IT FOR ONE HOUR.

One minute works, too.

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Add two tablespoons of cocoa to the steaming cup of milk. You could use the normal “Natural Unsweetened” kind (if you like being boring), or you could use “SPECIAL DARK COCOA,” aka the best kind. Or, idk, use both.

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Combine all the ingredients in your mug. A dash of salt, a splash of vanilla, and five cups two tablespoons of sugar.

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Take your weapon of mass destruction and whip that thing into a frothy goodness.

Taste, decided to add more sugar, and end up using those five cups I mentioned earlier.

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And now, the most important part.

♥ ♥ ♥ Toppings ♥ ♥ ♥

Dump an entire bag of marshmallows into it because sugar is really, really good for you.

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Put on a butt-load of whipped cream and shower with sprinkles. Then add a bendy straw because you are classy.

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Skip away with your cocoa and leave the mess for someone else.

But you can’t forget the most important step! After slurping down the cocoa in .16 minutes, crawl into your bedroom, lay on your bed, turn on the fan, and be miserable because you now have a horrific stomachache.

And that is how you make the perfect cup of hot cocoa.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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Audrey from Please Just One More Page tagged me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thanks, Audrey! Sorry — your highness. 😉

The Rules:

  • Answer the 11 questions from the nominator.
  • Nominate 11 blogs.
  • Ask them 11 questions.

What’s your shoe size?

I don’t know this one, actually . . . Let me go check. *runs to find Converse* Women’s 7.

Do you watch Once Upon a Time? (SAY YES SO I CAN FANGIRL WITH YOU)

I’ve watched a few episodes, but I didn’t really get into it (yes, yes, shame on me). I might pick it up again sometime.

What kind of writing utensil do you prefer?

I like writing on the computer, because I can write 3,000 words without my hand cramping. 😛 But if it’s 2 a.m. and my mind is still whirring, I’ll scribble a couple pages with pen. I can’t stand using dull pencils, but pens never get dull, so that’s why I like them.

If you had to dye your hair a unnatural color, what color would you choose?

I would LOOOOOOVE to dye my hair a crazy color (and I will do it someday.) I really like the look of rainbow hair and dark purple or dark blue.

Quick, look to your left! What’s the first thing you see?

*has to do the L thing with hands to remember which way is left* Uh . . . Christmas tree! It’s been up since before Thanksgiving. 😄

What kind of pants are you wearing?

Black skinny jeans. The emo is strong with this one.

If you had to become anyone else in the world, who would you be?

I would become Hayley from Flourishing by Restful Falls. She’s smart and beautiful and amazing at art and she’s got ducks, so that’s pretty sick. (I swear I’m not trying to steal your BFF, Rebekah.)

 What’s the meaning of life?

Pizza.

Definitely pizza.

Why did you start blogging?

I’ve been blogging for almost three years . . . I don’t actually remember why I started. But I made Let’s Be Lost (originally called Blue Eyes, Gray Eyes) because I found myself wanting to post about something other than dolls. So here I am!

If you had to describe the color yellow to a blind person, what would you say?

“Don’t worry, it’s a gross color, you’re not missing anything.”

If your favorite color is yellow, please don’t kill me.

Google or Bing? (I know what you’re going to say, Megan.)

Google. Because it’s not Bing.

Wanna fight, Megan?!

I tag anyone who has a ponytail.

Your questions:

Have you ever eaten food from a trashcan?

Last text message you received?

What is your favorite punctuation mark?

What do you think of your last yearbook picture?

Dumbest dare you’ve ever taken?

Do you have a nickname?

Who is your favorite Greek god/goddess?

What’s your Hogwarts house?

Have you ever fainted?

Is there anything in your pocket?

What song means the most to you?

Have a good day, darlings; I love you.

Loren