// the christmas tag //

hey, guys!

i saw this on tabi’s blog, and i wasn’t tagged, but i’m doing it anyway. because why not? i love christmas and want some of those good old holiday vibes on here.

let’s get into it. :)

rules

– thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog
– add the picture in your blog (the red one above)
– copy these rules into your post
– add a link to the original post (littlediyprojects.wordpress.com/thechristmastag)
– answer the ten questions (you can add extra christmas-related questions if you want)
– tag at least three other bloggers with links to their blogs
– have fun!

questions

1) what’s your favorite thing about christmas?

this is going to sound selfish, but the presents. my love language is gifts, so receiving things makes me feel appreciated, and giving them is how i show others that they’re special to me. i also like driving around after dark and looking at all the lights and decorations.

2) what’s your favorite christmas memory?

spending the entirety of last year’s family christmas party hiding in the bathroom with a plate of dessert, of course.

i’m kidding, that kind of sucked. maybe exploring downtown with my friends and getting free cookies and cocoa at all the shops. or the time we got my brother a gift card for minecraft pc and put it in this freaking enormous box. but it managed to slip under a flap at the bottom, so when he opened it, he thought we hadn’t gotten him anything. that was fun.

3) are there special traditions your family has for christmas?

– for the past two years, we’ve gone to see the new star wars movie at this fancy theater that serves you dinner while you watch.

– we always have fruit salad and french toast for christmas breakfast.

– my brother and i go to our grandparent’s house to make giant gingerbread bears or houses.

4) what’s your christmas wish? (can be personal or general)

i’d just like to be happy on christmas day so i can enjoy it. my family gets frustrated with me if i’m sad around holidays and i don’t want to bring them all down this year.

5) what’s your favorite christmas dish?

i guess candy canes probably don’t count as a dish, but i’m going with that anyway.

6) what’s your favorite christmas decoration?

definitely the lights!! i have a strand of pink ones somewhere that are absolutely gorgeous.

7) what’s your favorite christmas song?

carol of the bells. it’s a little bit eerie, in my opinion, and i love it for that.

8) where do you usually celebrate christmas?

we spend christmas eve with my dad’s side of the family for dinner, and christmas day at home. then we celebrate with my mom’s side after the holiday, when we go to my grandma’s house or to my uncle’s place in another state.

9) what does the “christmas spirit” mean to you?

to quote the song i won’t be home for christmas // blink-182: “it’s time to be nice to the people you can’t stand all year.” 

10) who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your christmas with?

my pal n. he’s one of my best friends, but i never get to see him anymore.

i’m terrible at tagging people, so if you want to do it, go ahead.


there are going to be a few more christmas/winter-themed posts before the month is up. i hope you guys don’t get too bored of holiday posts.

my friend izzy is taking me shopping today, so i can pick out my own present. i’m hoping to find some fall out boy or all time low cds, succulents, or more pins/patches for my jacket. i’ll show you what i get in my christmas haul post, whenever that is.

have a good day! :)

xo

loren

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// who is God to you? | tag //

hey. :)

i was nominated for the who is God to you? tag. thanks, britt.

i don’t really talk much about my religion online, and i think that’s because i’m afraid of misinterpreting it or coming off as a bad christian. but i don’t think i can screw up these questions too badly, so i’ll give it a shot.


rules:

– thank the person who tagged you and link back to their blog or website.

– nominate five bloggers to do the who is God to you? tag.

– answer the five questions and give five new questions for the people you nominated to answer. if you want, you can use the same five questions as the last person.

– display the who is God to you? logo in your blog post. (sorry, i really wanted to use my own picture.)

questions:

1) who is God to you?

i read something that said “nothing you confess could make me love you less,” and i think that pretty much sums it up. He’s a protector who will always love me.

2) what is your favorite bible verse?

“for i am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -romans 8:38-39

i heard that one in sixth grade, during a public speaking class at my co-op. i’ve loved it ever since and i’m very thankful that my teacher introduced it to me.

i also really like 1 peter 4:8: “above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

3) what is your favorite book in the bible?

probably psalms or romans, idk.

4) what bible character inspires you the most?

i read job a few years ago, so i don’t remember the story extremely well, but he was pretty inspiring. he lost everything, but he continued to praise God.

5) what advice would you give to other people following the Lord?

have christian friends! one of mine used to ask me occasionally if i had been reading my bible, and sometimes i could say yes and i’d tell him where i was. but more often than not, he’d make me realize that i hadn’t touched my bible in a week or two. christian friends are really important, because they’ll pray with you and show you encouraging verses, and they’re just really wonderful to have.


here are my questions:

1) who is God to you?

2) what is your favorite bible verse?

3) what advice would you give to other people following the Lord?

4) when did you become a christian?

5) what’s your favorite worship song?

i’m awful at tagging people, so if you want to do this, please go ahead.

i hope you all have a good day and enjoy the weekend. i’m going to spend it playing soccer, working on my halloween costume, and (sadly) studying for a spanish test.

xo

loren

// 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

// 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

// love the skin you’re in tag //

hello, my friends!

rutvi nominated me for the love the skin you’re in tag. it’s a wonderful tag about self-love, but i think it might be a bit difficult for me to do, because i’m not very fond of my appearance. but i’ll try anyway. :)

1) one feature you love about yourself?

my eyes are probably my favorite thing about myself. my friend randomly mentioned one day how pretty they are. she said that they’re green around the pupil, then blue, and then a line of teal around the edge of the retina.

2) one feature you wish/wished you could change that you are trying to accept or have accepted?

i’ve never really liked my eyebrows, a lot of people tell me they’re too thick and dark. but when i was at camp, something rather nice happened to me. a group of really beautiful high school girls came up to me at about midnight. they said they’d been meaning to tell me all week that i’m gorgeous and that they love my eyebrows. :)

3) have you ever thought of getting surgery to change you imperfections?

nah. everything to do with doctors freaks me out, so i wouldn’t be able to have surgery, even if i wanted to.

4) has a family member or friend ever put you down about your physical appearance? if so, what for?

i get lots of comments on my height and weight. i’m about 5’2 and under 100 lbs., which means i get told how short and thin i am quite often, and sometimes in a slightly rude way. i don’t mind being called tiny, but i feel rather weird when people mention how much i eat.

5) something you love about your fashion sense or style?

i don’t really have a style, i don’t think? i like soft grunge, but i know that i don’t dress like that. i guess i like how comfortable my clothes are, even if they don’t look that great. and i have some pretty cool t-shirts, like a nasa one and one with the marvel logo.


6) why is your body a great place to be?

because if i wasn’t in my body, i would just be a disjointed blob of consciousness, i guess? (which wouldn’t actually be that bad, but whatever.)

i tag mckenna, eva, julia, and nabila. if you weren’t tagged, but would like to do it anyway, please go right ahead. :)

xo

loren

// 30 song challenge //

welcome to this trash heap of a blog, run by your friendly neighborhood emo kid. enjoy your stay here and try not to cringe too much. :)

mason did the 30 song challenge on their blog, and i thought it looked pretty cool, so here we are.

1) your favorite song 

please don’t.

2) your least favorite song

gather round, my children, and let me tell you a story. my brother is really into ’80s music and will play maybe four songs from that time on repeat. one of those is never gonna give you up // rick astley. i didn’t like that one in the first place, and he’s played it so often that i flip out 0.3 seconds into the song.

3) a song that makes you happy

sophomore slump or comeback of the year // fall out boy. definitely one of my favorite fob songs.

we’re the therapists pumping through your speakers, delivering just what you need. 

4) a song that makes you sad

waving through a window // dear evan hansen. it pretty much perfectly depicts social anxiety. i’ve sort of latched onto the entire thing.

did i even make a sound? it’s like i never made a sound. will i ever make a sound?

Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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5) a song that makes you feel guilty 

good for you // dear evan hansen. aka the most passive aggressive song ever. it just leaves me feeling so forgiven (sarcasm).

i gotta find a way to stop it, stop it, just let me out!

6) a song that reminds you of someone 

pup: the right girl // the maine

i did the wrong thing to the right girl. it was your world, baby, and i just lived in it. 

drama queen // green day

she is my drama queen. she is so wild and reckless. 

n: far too young to die // panic! at the disco

don’t let me do this to myself. | well, i never really thought that you’d come tonight.

my mum: shut up // blink-182

i wanna move out, when can we move out? this has got to stop.

what you need // bring me the horizon

don’t ask me why and then roll your eyes at the answer. 

7) a song that reminds you of somewhere 

nice2knoU // all time low reminds me of summer camp. i get to go there next month and i’m quite excited about that. :D

we always say that we’ll keep in touch. nobody does, but it don’t matter much. 

8) a song that reminds you of a certain event 

can’t help falling in love // twenty one pilots (cover) and on the wing // owl city remind me of the weekend i spent with n at the lodge. he can play can’t help falling in love on his ukulele, and he played it probably a hundred times while we were there.

9) a song that you know all the words to

built this pool // blink-182.

I WANNA SEE SOME NAKED DUUUUDES. THAT’S WHY I BUILT THIS POOL. (IS THAT REALLY IT?)

that’s the whole song, and i freaking love it.

10) a song that you can dance to 

dancing for me means jumping around and headbanging (it looks so hot, trust me), and party poison // my chemical romance and where did the party go // fall out boy are good for that. :)

11) a song that makes you fall asleep

anything by sleeping at last. they make such soft, dreamy songs, and listening to them is a nice way to fall asleep.

12) a song from your favorite band

i tried making a playlist of my favorite songs. it’s called “swiggity swag you look good in drag” and has 100+ songs. so i don’t think i can answer this one.

13) a song from a band you hate

i cannot stand taylor swift (sorry, rutvi), so anything by her. my dad loves her, though. he watches taylor swift music videos at work to entertain himself. and one time when pup was here, we walked in on him twerking to one of her songs (should’ve said no, i think). that was an e x p e r i e n c e.

14) a song that no one would expect you to love

idk?? it’s still rock and roll to me // billy joel. maybe. is that surprising?

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15) a song that describes you

i’m a mess // frank iero and the patience, weightless // all time low, or anything from the front bottoms’ talon of the hawk album. here is my attempt to sum up the album:

i’m so cool and punk!! *half-hearted dab because that’s what the kids do these days* i’ve been crying for three weeks straight, though. love sucks, but here i am, wanting attention and to hold someone’s hand!! i’d totally get drunk to forget my pain, but i’m a minor and alcohol is kind of gross anyway!! *skateboards off a cliff while crying and drinking a capri sun*

16) a song you used to love but now hate

please don’t make me think about my past choices.

17) a song you often hear on the radio

idk, man. i don’t listen to the radio very much because it gives my mom a headache or something. the only station we can agree on is a classic rock one.

18) a song you wish you heard on the radio

literally anything that i actually like, please. i can never sing along to the radio because i don’t often listen to music that’s “in.”

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19) a song from your favorite album

regional at best // twenty one pilots is probably my favorite album. i love the songs glowing eyes, lovely, slowtown, and ruby.

20) a song you listen to when you’re happy

if i’m in an incredibly good mood, i’ll listen to owl city, probably the maybe i’m dreaming album.

21) a song you listen to when you’re sad

i have a playlist called “:(,” so i guess whatever’s on that.

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22) a song you listen to when you’re angry. 

beaten in lips // beartooth. it’s one of my favorite songs and it makes me want to finally fight back. :)

listen to the sound of your children revolting. listen to the sound of the lives you’re ruining.

23) a song you want to play at your wedding

the tøp cover of can’t help falling in love. it’s beautiful and still kind of emo.

take my hand, take my whole life, too. cause i can’t help falling in love with you.

24) a song you want to play at your funeral 

adam’s song // blink-182. or maybe good riddance (time of your life) // green day. take notes, my friends. :)

Coconut Sharks In The Water by RaposaBoba

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25) a song that makes you laugh

COCONUT SHARKS IN THE WATER.

TØP’S BEST SONG. 10/10.

26) a song you can play on an instrument 

the two songs i’ve been playing recently on my ukulele are drama queen // green day and peach // the front bottoms.

27) a song you wish you could play

i can stumble my way through can’t help falling in love, but i’d like to be able to play that one well.  

28) a song in a foreign language that you like

au revoir (adios) // the front bottoms technically counts, right? it says “au revoir” and “adios” a lot, so yeah, it counts.

you know what i think’s really sad? i know how really sad you are. 

29) a song from your childhood

counting stars // one republic. pup likes singing this one when we’re together because she knows i used to love it.

one time this very religious girl got angry because a group of kids were singing the “i feel something so right doing the wrong thing” part.

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30) your favorite song at this time last year

anything from tøp’s blurryface album, probably.

if anyone would like to do this challenge on their blog, go right ahead. :)

xo

loren