Saturday, May 20, 2017

Homeschooling- Part 3


Hey, everybody and welcome to Homeschooling part 3! This will be the last part. I hope you've enjoyed this little series, even though it was spread out. :P If you haven't read the first two parts, but want to, you can find them HERE and HERE. (And, once again, all pictures are from Pinterest)


Haha, oh, how accurate this is! For my family anyway. Don't know about the rest of you, but I'm the one on the left there. I remember the rest of my siblings as being the one on the right.

All homeschoolers do this, right? I really only raced with my little brother... when he decided that he was going to get up early. :P I usually won, though, because this worked to my advantage:

Okay, the reason this worked in my favor is because my brother took a lot of breaks, but I didn't. Actually, I don't think I necessarily took breaks. If I took a break from one subject, it was to work on another. I mean, the sooner you finish your schoolwork, the sooner you can do the things you really want to do.

No! How can they say that this is a blessing? I did. not. like. math. But for some reason it was like, my best subject? What? How does that even work?
Probably because you got to spend extra time in those tough areas.
Who asked you?
You did.
.....

Moving on...
Homeschoolers always have the bigger lunchbox. You see kids that go to public school comparing lunchboxes, but what if homeschoolers compared lunchboxes? That would funny. Homeschooler goes to public school for the first time. Brings a mini refrigerator.
 
Here's a couple random ones:



What about you? Can you relate?
 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

My Firsts!


So, since I'm on vacation, I figured it be a good time to share something with you. Today I will be sharing some poetry... that I wrote... myself. I've only been writing poetry for about a month, maybe more, so I'm not very good yet. So far, I've only tried free verse, and the following two poems are the first ones I've ever written. I hope you like them. :)


All Those Times

All those times
We laughed at the stars,
And how they could not decide
Whether to shine or not.
When really,
It reflected the choice
We struggled to make ourselves.

Can I show my true colors,
The real me
I want so desperately
For someone to understand?
Or will I be rejected,
Tossed aside
And once again
Labeled nothing, trivial?

I feel as if
It will never end.
Maybe it will always
Be this way.
They say that
Some things never change,
And maybe that is true.

But I have to believe
That one day,
I will find my light,
Just like one of those stars.
And I will shine
For all I am worth,
For I have found
My place in the night sky.


Hiding

Hiding,
You are hiding
Something.
By why?
Have I not done enough
To gain your trust?
I have shared so much
About myself.
And even though
You have too,
I feel that there is still
So much more.
So much more that
Not even the closest to you
Has seen.
You keep your true self
Under lock and key.
For such a warm
And caring person,
You seem to be suspicious
About everyone
And everything.
But let me tell you
One thing,
And that is,
You can be yourself
With me.


What about you? Do you like poetry? Do you write poetry, or at least tried to?

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Liebster Award



Hey, everyone! I'm back. Not that I went anywhere or anything... *awkward silence*

Kaitlyn from Twin Thoughts tagged me for the Liebster Award. Thank you so much Kaitlyn! :D



The Rules:


-Link back to the person that tagged you
-Answer the eleven questions
-Tag eleven bloggers, and let them know you tagged them
-Ask your tagged bloggers eleven questions


Questions:

1. What is your favorite hobby?

Writing and reading, obviously. :P Ha, writing meaning, trying to keep characters in line, who like to misbehave and question my authority. Other than that there's walking/running/exercising, if that counts. Yes, workouts are a hobby. I'm a body builder, can't you tell? :P

2. What does your first name mean?

Let me start by saying that my name is uncommon and I have yet to meet someone who spells it the way I do. Nobody can seem to spell it right the first time. People have spelled it a million different ways, and come to think it's fun to see what they come up with (for some reason, a lot think that is starts with a C). But, Greece is the origin of my name and it means "beloved".

3. What is your favorite family memory?

Um, all of them? None of them? I don't know, who came up with this question? *folds arms and scowls* Fine, I guess I'll say long family trips, because those are always fun. :D

4. What's your personality type?

I'm an INFJ (Introvert, iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging). I think these are a pretty good summary of me:


5. If you had the opportunity to have a 4-course meal, all with foods you choose, what would the meal consist of?

Oh, so you basically want me to choose favorites? Do you know how many different kinds of food there is? *pauses to think* Okay, here is goes. Salad, bread, steak, cauliflower, and ice cream.

6. Would you rather have a pet dolphin or a pet bear?

I think it would be super cool to have both as a pet. But I'll say dolphin, because I've always really liked them, and I really like swimming.

7. What's one random thing about you that few people know?

I'm left-handed. I know it's on my "About the Girl" page, but not many people know that. What I really like to do is, when someone is like, "Oh, did you see that?! I did that left-handed!" I'll come over and be like, "I can do that left-handed." But there always seems to be that one person who knows and they say, "That's because you are left-handed!"

8. What's your favorite holiday?

Christmas! :) Isn't that everyone's favorite holiday? No?

9. What quote (from a book, movie, or YouTube video) do you find yourself saying often?

I actually find myself saying this quite a bit. But you have to say it the way Anakin does.

10. If you could live in any other previous time period, which one would you choose?

Probably the 1880s West. I don't know what it is, but there's just something about that time period that I like. The Victorian era would also be interesting.

11. If you could see yourself from someone else's perspective, who's perspective would you choose and why? (It could be a family member's, a friend's, your local librarian's, etc.)

I would like to see myself from everyone else's perspective, but I'd have to choose a close friend's perspective. Why? Because I want to know why my friends want to be friends with me. :P


 And I tag:













 Your Questions:

1. How long have you been writing?
2. When you write, do you like to type or write by hand?
 3. Oxford comma: yay or nay and why?
4. Do you prefer movies or shows?
5. If you could only visit one other country, which one would it be?
6. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
7. What's one random thing about you that few people know?
8. What is your favorite animal?
 9. What quote (from a book, movie, YouTube video, etc) do you find yourself saying often?
 10. Would you rather live in the city, or the country?
 11. If you could see yourself from someone else's perspective, who's perspective would you choose and why? (It could be a family member's, friend's, your local librarian, etc.)

If I tagged you, please don't feel like you have to do it. And if I didn't tag you, but you would like to do it, consider yourself tagged! :D


Saturday, April 29, 2017

April is Over



And now a third of the year is gone. This is ridiculous guys! It feels like I just did my wrap-up post for March last week! But, summer is just around the corner, so we have that to look forward to. :D  The weather has yet to make up its mind though. I don't know why it's having such a hard time, I mean, it's a simple decision really. *long pause* Anywho, let's get on with- what is this again? A monthly wrap-up post. Ah, yes, a... that thingy.



Writing

Writing went well this month. I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo for the first time, which was so much fun. I joined a couple Google Hangouts groups during that time and got to know some other bloggers. My goal was 10K, which I reached about a week ago. So the first 20K of the rough draft of RtO is written. About halfway into the month, I picked up Strangers again and started working on edits/second draft, because I would like to give that to my alpha readers by June 1st. If all goes well, I don't see any reason why that won't happen, but you never know. :P May looks like it's gonna be kinda crazy.



Reading

The Giver by Lois Lowry       Bound by Victoria Lynn       Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer       A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears                                                          

Well... we stopped the five books pattern. :P Only read four this month. I blame Camp NaNo I think I may have been in a reading slump (which lasted much longer than I would have liked). But, thankfully, I seem to be coming out of it. I've been reading a lot more recently, and I have about five books going, give or take. I also have a pile of books on my bedroom floor that I want read in May. Again, I loved all the books I read this month (all of them got five stars). My favorite was probably Bound, which I did a review on last week.


Blogging

My posts for the month:





Posts by other bloggers that I definitely recommend reading:









Note: Marrok's and Abi's posts are parts of a series, which are totally worth reading.



Other

So you remember when I said in my last wrap-up that I was going to go on vacation and hopefully get my license? Yeah, well, neither of those happened. :( I couldn't send in my driving hours because I didn't know when I was going on vacation. And we needed to know that so we could make sure they didn't schedule my road test for a day that I wasn't going to be here. But, good news is, I have sent in my driving hours and I'm going on vacation for sure this month. Yay! :D Also, my birthday happened this month. But for some reason, I keep thinking that I'm still 18, not 19. :P


What about you? How was your April?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

BOUND// A Review



My first book review ever! Well... on this blog, that is. I actually didn't think that I would be doing a book review this soon. Now, my reviews on Goodreads are never this extensive, so this is kinda new for me. You know that expression "sink or swim"? Yeah, well, I'm just hoping to at least stay above water here. :P


Rating: 5 stars

Overall

This is probably one of my all time favorites now. This book almost made me cry within the first chapter. I don't think I have ever read a story quite like this one. It's hard to explain the things this book did to my heart, and that's probably because this is the first time it's ever happened.

One of the things I really liked was how Victoria Lynn wrote about things that are real. Stuff that, unfortunately, happens every day, happens more than we realize or want to believe.

Plot

The plot was incredible, and well thought out. It definitely kept me wanting to read more, to know more. Because of the way Victoria Lynn ended each chapter, I always had more questions. And the plot twists were amazing! I didn't see any of those coming.

Characters

I loved Levi and Casey from the very start, the first few paragraphs! I felt for them, cared for them. Their lives were very similar, but, at the same time, it seemed as if they were so different. For kids their ages, they'd been through a lot. 

Some of the characters have PTSD. And at first, I was a little wary, because it's hard to write authentic characters with PTSD. But I think Victoria Lynn did a very good job. All the actions and reactions of each of the characters seemed normal considering their backgrounds. They didn't seem over the top or exaggerated to me.

Content Warning

Some of the minor characters, which you don't see very often, use drugs and drink alcohol. And there is a bit of violence, but it's not really descriptive.


So what about you? Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of it?