So today, I sat on the couch with my laptop and watched Murder, She Wrote for a good five hours or so in all on the TV. (Does time fly!) I wrote as well while I did it, and I felt like I really got something done! Honestly, I think that Cabot Cove kinda made me want to live in a small town, combined with Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls. But I suppose that there's something to be said for city living as well.
And I'd want to live in a "big small" town as well, if that makes sense. I have some family that live near a small town (honestly, it might qualify as a village, I don't know for sure), but it's rather smaller than either Cabot Cove or Stars Hollow from what I know of them, and personally I'd rather the town I would live in have a population of maybe 10,000, and also maybe a 15 or 20 minutes' drive to the nearest decently-sized city, so I could go to a mall (I love malls) without having to drive for ages and all the kinds of stuff I'm used to living in a proper city. Also, I'd want the town to have a good Internet provider. In the words of my mother, said family's Internet in that town/village is "worse than dial-up". It actually takes a good few seconds to load the Google homepage.
Also, I want to branch out in terms of food. Nowadays, my family and I generally eat one of a few meals, but I really want to start eating more types of meals. We've checked out some cookbooks from the library, but haven't got around to making any new recipes from them soon. I hope we will soon.
Also, one of you commented on my profile asking to see my paintings from my Bob Ross classes. I just finished the classes up yesterday, and I have three paintings in all from them, as one took two days whilst the others took one each. Once they dry and I can find a place with better lighting than the room they're drying in, I intend to show you all pictures. But until then, suffice it to say that I think the last one is potentially my favourite painting that I've ever done. The reflection in the water is a bit weird, but other than that I think it's genuinely good!
Also, partially aided by my checking it out from the library after my mother influencing me to do so, I've finally set myself on reading Pride and Prejudice. Longtime readers of this blog (or just those of you all that have read through it all) will know that I loved the BBC's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (especially Mr Darcy!) so I'm super excited to see how much I like the original book.
Anyways, I should probably go cook myself some raviolis or something for dinner, so I'll talk to you all later. Bye!
Song of the day: The Supremes - Stop! In The Name Of Love
These past few days, I've continued my Bob Ross classes (my last one is tomorrow) and I completed another painting (this one took two days as it's rather complicated.) I think the most recent tutorial we've used is the same one Ann Reardon, one of my favourite YouTubers, uses in this video:
Or at least I thought it. It turns out they're just very similar, but the one we did has a trail and the land shape is different, plus it's mistier. But either way, honestly, my finished painting isn't perfect, but I think it's still pretty great! I'd say it's pretty great for my first time painting mountains, and I'm at least glad that I salvaged the snow caps on top of the mountains (there was a moment when I almost completely thought I had ruined it) and that I managed to make the trees in the foreground look somewhat similar to trees instead of just green triangles.
I've also finally felt the inspiration to write again! (Huzzah!) Sadly, I'm not able to write at my old rates yet, though. Somehow, in the springtime, I was normally managing 1000 words a day, whereas right now I'm doing maybe a fifth of that. I suppose I might just be a bit rusty though, as it's my first time in two months or so where I've felt able to write any stories at all. I should also finish a couple unfinished WIPs I have laying on my hard drive sometime.
Also, my school sent out the supply list, which includes the named of the teachers for each class, and apparently the new science teacher who'll be teaching chemistry and biology shares the same last name as my great-grandparents. I wonder if we're related? I hope that said new teacher, as well as the new English teacher, are cool.
Also, I need to read my human geography summer reading book that we've been assigned but honestly, I don't think anyone else in my grade has done any summer reading, and I don't want to think about school yet, especially not the person who's teaching it. (I don't know if I've said this before here, but he will swear up, down, left and right that he won't give us weekend homework and then assigned something on Thursday and makes it due Monday or Friday and makes it due Tuesday because it's apparently not weekend homework if we can work on it during the week.)
Anyways, I want to go write some more instead of griping, even as therapeutic as complaining to my Internet friends may be, so I'll talk to you all later. Bye!
Song of the day: Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
So I had a double-dip of cool stuff to do today. First, this afternoon, I did a cool little Bob Ross art class with a local organization. I have three more classes this week, and we're making one painting per day, so that'll be super cool! Second, I volunteered with some other people my age to make meals for the Ronald McDonald House and it was super fun! There were lots of jokes amongst us and stuff, plus we got to taste test bits/eat excess bread that couldn't fit in the pan when we made garlic bread. I'm doing it with the same organization one week from today, and I'm super excited. Plus, as a bonus Shut Up and Dance and Total Eclipse of the Heart, two pretty good songs, came on the radio on the way home, so I had a nice time jamming to those.
Also, yesterday, my mother and I travelled to her hometown for my grandfather's family reunion and we stopped off at my grandparents' house for a bit afterward. My little cousins showed me their paddleboat thing and my uncle showed me how to drive my grandpa's golf cart-like thing. I even got to drive it on the gravel roads that my grandparents and uncle live on. It was technically my second time doing that, but I'd rather count it as my first official time driving on real roads for some reason. The only side effect was that between driving the golf cart, plus like an hour and a half each way to get there/get home, and probably half an hour on the merry-go-round thing thanks to my cousins make me spin them, my head was spinning slightly all day.
On the annoying side, though, apparently my grade has to go on a "team-building" day retreat this autumn, which I'm dreading. At least we don't have to spend the night there and sleep in weird, uncomfortable beds like the last retreat, though.
Anyways, that's pretty much all that I have to talk about right now, so I'll talk to you all later. Bye!
Song of the day: Celine Dion - That's The Way It Is
So today, I've been getting into 80s fashion. I kinda wanna get a big 80s curly type hairstyle, and I definitely wanna start dressing like an 80s teen pop type person with acid washed denim and abstract graphic t-shirts and bowler hats. So basically just Robin Sparkles from How I Met Your Mother.
Also, I've finished watching Facts of Life, or at least all that the Logo channel is going to show. They skipped a few episodes from the first 7 seasons, but they just flat-out skipped half to two-thirds of the last two seasons. What a rip-off! I guess I'll just have to buy the DVDs.
Also, despite the fact that I'm multiple years away from university, I've found myself thinking a lot about it and watching a lot of YouTube videos about university. I've already set up a university e-mail address for universities to e-mail me, as my school's university counslor recommended. I put said e-mail address on a standardized test recently as well, which has led to it being inundated with random universities e-mailing me, though most of them are (at least in my opinion) rather unremarkable. Oh well.
Anyways, that's pretty much all I have to talk about, so I'll talk to you all later. Bye!
Song of the day: Jessica Simpson - Irresistible
So it's finally rainy! The past few days, it's been rather annoyingly sunny, but suddenly, this afternoon it's super gloomy and it's supposed to rain rather heavily, so I'm a happy camper.
Also, in terms of Facts of Life, we've reached the Cloris Leachman/Beverly Ann years. During the season 8 premiere, when Mrs Garrett was telling each of the girls what they taught her, I literally sobbed. Also, I think they may be skipping a few episodes as thet run through all the seasons. They've also seemed to quit cutting random parts of scenes in favour of speeding most of the episodes up noticably, and I don't know if it's better or worse.
Also, speaking of missing parts of episodes, I'm watching the show on satellite and conveniently, the satellite started having weather issues just in the middle of this last episode. Oh well, I can just wait until they show it again or buy the DVDs on Amazon. That was the last episode of Facts of Life they're airing for the day anyway, so I guess I'll just watch some Full House or something on Hulu. Sitting on the couch with a quilt, writing my blog and watching old TV shows as it rains outside - how cozy!
Also, since when is Shaquille O'Neal in so many ads? I don't know if it's something that's always happened and I've just noticed recently or if it's only started happening recently, but it seems like he's in a ton of commercials. He's in a Frosted Flakes/Frosties ad, as well as some insurance company's ad. At this rate, I figure it's only a matter of time before Shaquille O'Neal is unescapable.
Anyways, I wanna go enjoy the coziness, so I'll talk to you all later. Bye!
Song of the day: Fifth Harmony - Miss Moving On
So I've been watching (what else?) more Facts of Life, and they've finally reached the era where George Clooney was on the show. In case y'all don't know, George Clooney got his big break playing George Burnett, a handyman/construction guy on the show. He was a main cast member in season 7, and recurring in season 8. Anyways, he was pretty handsome in the 80s, if I do say so myself. Honestly, I think that guys having dark, rather short, curly hair is just weirdly attractive to me. I mean, Colin Firth's Mr Darcy AND George Clooney circa 1985-87? 2 for 2 for the dark curly-haired hunks. I've also started watching Full House on Hulu, and Jesse was attractive too. Maybe men were just more attractive in the 80s and 90s? Who knows?
Anyways, my family and I went out to dinner again tonight. While we were there, some man who dresses like my grandpa walked up to us out of the blue and started chatting back and forth with my dad. Some woman (that I don't think I've ever seen in my life before tonight), who I believe is his wife, showed up behind him soon after and nodded at me like we were acquaintances. As it turns out, my father and his siblings went to school with this man and he was best friends with my father's older brother. Anyway, they chatted for a minute before the man and his wife (and some other guy who looked to be a bit older than the others, who might have been with them, idk).
Anyway, on the way home, there were some people working on the roads (like they have been for around two months now) on the way home, and as we passed them, there was just one of the workers looking at a machine thingy in front of him which was on fire (flames were like shooting up). Honestly, I wish that I had had time to take a photo of it, but sadly, we were but passing them on the highway of life.
Also, if any of you pay attention to the Now Reading section on my homepage (does anyone?), then you'll know that I've been reading a lot of Sarah Dessen books recently. I've read like 5 or 6 so far, and I just finished the last one I had on hand tonight at the restaurant. Thankfully, my mother dropped one off next to my desk before we left, so I have one to last another week or so, but sadly I've worn out all the Sarah Dessen books in my house and my local library, so I'll have to turn to some other YA books or maybe some more biographies/historicall books. I wish I had a Kindle but I don't :(
Anyways, other than that, I don't have much else to talk about, so I'll talk to you all later. Bye!
Song of the day: Boys Like Girls - Be Your Everything
So yesterday, I went to a museum with my mother and found some interesting things, which I wanted to show you some of. First, there was this TV that looked like a giraffe.
There was also this horrible map, which excluded not only the entire island of Ireland, but half of Nunavut, as well as Hawaii and some other places.
The last thing I want to show you is this painting, which I thought looked rather like Mrs Bennet from the BBC's Pride and Prejudice.
Finally, I want to leave you on two videos. The first is this video by Count Binface, who ran for mayor in London this year.
The second is this video, which is just amazing!
Anyways, that's all that I have to talk about today, so I'll talk to you all later. Bye!
Song of the day: SS501 - Love Ya
So there's this museum in my city that specializes in historical stuff, like old art and artifacts (there might be some pun there, but I can't be bothered to find it) from ages ago. So it's moving to a different building in town, and tomorrow is the last day that it'll be open before it moves, so my mother and I are going to drop by in the morning to take one last look at it all as it is.
So lately, I've also been watching a lot of videos from the Onion. Honestly, some of their things have oddly come true recently. Like there was a video in 2009 or so about Friendster dying, and later on it actually did. There are probably some more examples, but once again, I can't be bothered.
To continue with the theme of being just kinda lazy, I still have yet to finish the script for my first summer reading video. I've read plenty of books this summer so far, but I do NOT want to actually do any videos for summer reading. Ugh.
Anyways, that's all that I have to talk about (summer can get kinda monotonous), so I'll talk to you all later. Bye!