Thursday, July 31, 2014

NaNoWriMo

Good news: I joined the NaNoWriMo website!

If you don't know what I'm talking about, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo happens every November, and the challenge is simple: write 50,000 words in 30 days. Intriguing, yet terrifying all the same.

I first learned about National Novel Writing Month through an article in a local newspaper, and I thought it sounded cool. I didn't know there was a website, or an acronym for it, however, and so when I started seeing all these bloggers talking about "NaNoWriMo" and how they were doing "Camp NaNoWriMo" I was thinking, How are all these people doing the same camp? So I looked it up. And I suggest, if you are an aspiring writer, you join. To sign up, click HERE.

I know, to me at least, writing 50,000 words in a mere 30 days seems like a daunting ask. Heck, it took me 8 months to finish my book (although it's 90,000 words, but still). Incidentally, though, I did start it in November. So technically it's a product of NaNoWriMo, albeit an extremely late one.

But NaNoWriMo isn't about creating a masterpiece, at least that's not what I think of it as. It's more about just sitting down and writing; who cares if the dialogue isn't realistic, or if the plot is going haywire? All that editing stuff is for later. In fact, for once, it's more about quantity rather than quality.

So this November, pick up a pencil, or position your fingers on a keyboard, and GET WRITING! Write what comes to mind. Write for the fun of it. Enjoy yourself. Before you know it you'll have 50,000 crazy, wonderful words sitting before you.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ukuleles

Things I Like #3

Ukuleles make me happy. As you might recall, if you read my About Me page, I play both baritone and soprano ukulele. If you're wondering the difference, baritone ukuleles are larger than regular ukuleles with different strings.

I used to play guitar, up until I was almost twelve or so, but I never liked it much. Then I went to a music camp, and they had a little booth where you could check out an instrument during the break periods, and I tried out a soprano ukulele. All during the breaks I would take a uke and walk around, strumming it. After the camp, my parents presented me with a brand new ukulele! And that is where my story begins. Or something.

This past September, my dad gave me a baritone ukulele to try. So now I play both baritone and soprano, and it is just dandy. Ukes are fun and easy instruments, so if you ever get the chance to try one, I highly recommend it.

Go Team Uke!

My soprano (bottom) and baritone (top) ukuleles


Monday, July 28, 2014

Taffy Critters

What to do on rainy days? That is the eternal question. Well, if you're like me and have some taffy just lying around, you make little taffy sculptures! I had some taffy left from the wedding, and it turned out that it was sticky enough to knead and mush together into some resemblance of little animals. If you can't tell what they are (and I wouldn't blame you) I made an octopus, a panda, a snail, and a turtle. Which is your favorite?
I guess this was kind of a DIY. I don't know. Anyway, enjoy your day and hopefully it's not raining wherever you are!

--Ella

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wedding

This morning we drove down to the beach. It was overcast but warm and the water was perfect. I got in and started swimming around, and I kept feeling all these little things brushing against my skin. I realized that they were jellyfish! They were tiny, clear gelatinous ovals about the size of my fingernail. They didn't have tentacles and they didn't sting; they were just little transparent blobs. There were tons of them floating around in the water. 

It started raining so I huddled under a towel for a while until it cleared up, then lay out in the sun for a bit until it was time to head back to the hotel. 

I took a shower, and put on my dress, and then we headed out to the wedding. It was at a scenic venue by a lake and the service was very nice. After the service we had hors d'oeuvres and then went down to dinner. We all had assigned tables and a little cute name card. At each seat there was a tiny bucket filled with colored taffies. They were so cute, and of course delicious. 

After dinner (steak) and speeches and such they opened the dance floor and people were going up and dancing. I am very socially awkward and hate dancing in front of people, but eventually I relented and kind of moved around a little while singing the lyrics. The music was loud enough that even at full volume no one could hear me, fortunately. There was wedding cake and then more dancing and generally I had a good time, regardless to the fact that the only person there who was younger than me was a tiny baby. 

Tomorrow we drive home. Goodnight!

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Jersey

Around 11 this morning my family got in the car and we drove to New Jersey, where my cousin's wedding is happening tomorrow. It was a long and uneventful ride, the high point being when we stopped at a rest stop and I got a pulled pork sandwich. Let me warn you now: 5 'o clock on the highway in New Jersey is not fun. Steer clear if possible. 

Finally, around 6:30, we reached our hotel. Inside we got a goody bag filled with mints and rice krispie treats and other snacks and went up to our room. After settling in we called one of the hotel shuttles to bring the whole family (including cousins, aunts and uncles we met at the hotel) to Red Lobster. Two minutes later our shuttle came, and a group of young college kids breezed right by us and stole it! I'm sure they didn't mean to, but still, we had to wait an extra fifteen minutes until the shuttle returned. 
Inside the hotel

We finally got to Red Lobster, then waited a little while for a table to seat all 13 of us. We got one, ordered, waited for a long time, then were informed that one of the cooks had sliced himself in the kitchen somehow and was being taken to the hospital, so guess what? More waiting! Yay! Eventually around 9:30 our meals came and we dug in. I got lobster. Because lobster is delicious. Of course it's better in Maine when it's all fresh and such but it was good here too. 
My lovely lobster. I appreciate your sacrifice. 

Anyway, that's about all for tonight. I'll write more tomorrow. 

Black and White

Hello! Just a little post with my entry for the Here's to Summer photo challenge on The Joys of Being Paige. The theme is Black and White. I took this photo at the lake.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

DIY: Plant-in-a-Cup

Hey there! Today I'm going to show you an easy, fun DIY: Plant-in-a-Cup. Make your very own adorable cup plant.

What You Need:
A small clay pot, glass jar, or tea cup
Some good soil
A small transplantable plant (I like succulents like Hens and Chicks)

What to Do:

1. Fill your cups with soil (I'm using little clay pots I made a couple years ago.)
I used soil from our raised bed, because it's the best growing soil, but use what you can find.
2. Cut a little succulent and replant it in the cup. 
I used a Hens and Chicks sprout (right) and a little sprig of a succulent that I'm not sure the name of.
3. Add water and ta-da! You have a cute little plant-in-a-cup. Make more if you feel inclined. Put them on your windowsill and water them regularly and hopefully they will grow up big and strong. 
I couldn't stop making them! Aren't they just the cutest things, folks?
Hope you enjoyed this simple DIY! I'm driving to New Jersey tomorrow for my cousin's wedding, so I'll have more to write about. 

--Ella

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Jumping Off the Oil Rig

Today was one of those hot, muggy days where all you want to do is flop on the couch and sweat yourself a small lake. By that I mean the thermometer was hovering somewhere around 90 degrees. You can scoff at me if you like, but where I live that is all-fans-on-plus-air-conditioning-which-my-house-doesn't-even-have weather. So, what better way than to spend it at the beach?

Olivia and I had a camp together, but afterwards, Olivia, Alia, and I all went down to the lake together, with one intention: to swim out to the Oil Rig. It's this large, raised concrete platform in the middle of the lake with some old pipes on it. I'm not sure if it's actually an old oil rig, but everyone just calls it that. Anyway, people swim or paddle out there all the time and jump off it, and we decided we wanted to do just that.

Of course, parental precaution resulted in us swimming out there wearing life jackets and with boogie boards. After a little while we reached the Rig; it looked a lot bigger when we were right next to it, and the metal sides were all encrusted with algae and unidentifiable crustaceans. The ladder was very sketchy, but fortunately we all made it up unharmed. Up on top there were a bunch of metal pipes, a few puny plants growing between the cracks in the concrete, and crumbling little wooden structure that probably used to house some kind of control panel.

Olivia peered into the little house and exclaimed in delight, "Ooh! A bird's nest!"

My ears perked up. "Really?"

"Never mind. It's a wasp nest."

Typical.

It was time to test our skills; could we jump off? We crept to the edge and peered over. It was only about a six foot jump, but it looked a lot higher. The water below was dark and murky. Who knew what could be lurking under there?

"So...who wants to go first?"

"I'll go," Olivia volunteered bravely. After trying to figure out a good way to jump off, she decided to crouch on the edge.

"Go!" Alia and I called to her.

After a few more minutes of coaxing, we realized this was going to be more difficult than we had thought. We were all chickening out.

We decided to all go together. We were gearing up to jump, when all of the sudden we looked down into the water.

"FISH!"

There, right below us, was a giant fish, slowly ambling along. It must have been at least three and half feet long, and it was fat, too.

Now, I have this irrational fear of being in murky water and feeling a fish brush up against my ankles. Knowing I could jump in there and potentially be right next to a fish was...erg. Apparently Olivia and Alia felt the same way, because they shied back as well. In fact, we all started kind of freaking out. But the fish was scary! And it just kept slowly circling the Rig, stopping now and then to eat some algae off the side. It was not going away.

After the fish had made a few revolutions around the Rig, we decided it was now or never.

"You go," I told Olivia.

"No, Alia go!"

"No, Olivia go!"

"Guys!" I exclaimed. "Someone has to go!"

"Fine, then why don't you?"

"Fine!" I gulped, and then promptly jumped off. I was in the air for half a second before I hit the water with a splash. I surfaced and began frantically swimming for the ladder. The fish could be right beneath me. It could be coming around the corner right now! Honestly, the scariest part was knowing that the fish was there somewhere, ready to ambush me at any moment.

I scrambled up the ladder and came panting back to my friends.

"Okay. I did that for you guys. Now go!"

After repeatedly checking to make sure the fish was on the other side of the Rig (it was STILL circling) Olivia finally jumped. Then, after more fish patrol, so did Alia. Olivia jumped four more times, but Alia and I opted out. I'd had my excitement for today.

The fish finally moved on and we could breath again. We climbed down and boogie-boarded back to shore, where we had dinner on the beach. The day was awesome; hopefully I'll have the courage to go back and jump off again sometime.

But I know the fish is waiting for me.

Somewhere.

Sometime.

Someday.
(Left to right), Alia, Me, Olivia
The oil rig (way in the distance)
Sunset over the lake

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Liebster Award!

Two awards in one week! And both by the same lovely blogger (I order you to go look at Eve's blog immediately.) This time it was the Liebster award!

Let's begin, shall we?

RULES
1. Post eleven facts about yourself.
2. Answer the eleven questions provided by the person who nominated you, an then create an eleven-questions set for the next group of nominees.
3. Choose eleven people to nominate and link them in the post.
4. Let your nominees know they've been tagged--and no tag-backs!

Wow! Certainly a lot of elevens in there. Okay, here are my eleven facts.

1. I love writing.
2. I'm almost finished writing my first novel.
3. If it's any good I hope I can publish it.
4. I play the soprano and baritone ukulele.
5. Once I was biking home, and a squirrel leapt into my front tire, did a full revolution stuck in the spokes, and then jumped out and ran away. (Yes, random, but I just remembered it and felt like writing it here.)
6. One time when I was 8 years old or so, I looked out a picture window at night and out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw a transparent, glowing green doe standing in the grass. I was too scared to actually look at it full on, so to this day I'm not sure if it was real or just a trick of the eye.
8. When I was eleven I taught myself to ride my bike no-handed. It's fun. You should try it.
9. My all-time favorite show is 30 Rock. I have watched every single episode. Canceling it should have been a crime and I will forever mourn it's abrupt end.
10. Someday I want to drive all the way across the country with my best friends.
11. My spirit animal is the narwhal.

Eve's Questions:
1. If you could choose your own natural hair color, what would it be?
I currently have dirty blond hair. If I could have any hair color I think I'd choose a nice strawberry blond with lots of cool highlights.

2. If a dog started talking to you, would you...
A. Jump up and down screaming and run away at the shock of it.
B. Think you mind was playing tricks on you and walk on.
C. Start up a conversation with the dog.
D. None of the above. What kind of question is this anyway?
Ha! I'd like to think I'd be brave enough to go for C, but I'd probably be A.

3. How do you eat a Twix bar?
I just bite it. Is there any other way?

4. Would you rather keep your Christmas tree up for a year or wear Christmas sweaters for a year?
Not even a choice. Christmas tree up all year for sure!

5. If you had to dress in a certain time period's fashion all your life, which would it be?
I am not very educated on the fashion of other time periods so I'm just going to be uncreative and say the twenty-first century. Probably in forty years this style will be totally outdated and I'll look like a freak, but oh well.

6. Is there a food you eat that when you eat it you think of a certain memory?
Well...one time my family was going on a long car ride, and I was eating kettle corn, and then I got carsick and threw up on the side of the road. For years afterward the taste of kettle corn made me sick. On a happier note, whenever I eat polenta it reminds me of the first time I tried it. I was about four or five and my family was on one of our camping trips; I think it was in Utah or California, or possibly even France. Anyway, my parents cut up some polenta for me to try, and that's the memory I've associated with that food ever since.

7. If you could be the author of one of your favorite books, which would it be?
Probably the Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The writing in this book is just so beautiful and perfect, and puts just the right image in your head. I don't think I could ever write like that.

8. Who is the one person through history that you would like to chat with?
Hm.... I think I would have a little talk with Columbus, and yell at him for being such a jerk and treating the Native Americans so awfully. I know a lot of people think Columbus was a great guy, but he was actually pretty mean. He didn't discover America. There were people there hundreds of years before him. He wasn't even the first European to set foot in America; vikings were there long before he was. Take that, Columbus.

9. Is there a song that annoys you? If so, what is it.
Happy. Happy, Happy, Happy. I am not happy anymore, Pharrell Williams, I am instead extremely irritated because your song is incredibly overplayed and is slowly but surely driving me insane.

10. Would you rather wear flip flops in the winter, or a coat in the summer?
This is a tough question, but I'd have to go with a coat in the summer. For one thing, summer is much shorter than winter (at least where I live) so it'd be unbearable for a smaller amount of time, and for another, I have a very low tolerance to cold. Having my toes exposed all winter is just not an option.

11. Things you didn't get to do this summer:
Summer isn't over yet, but so far I haven't...
1. Gone camping with my friends.
2. Sold any crafts.
3. Finished my novel.
4. Had a slumber party.

That concludes the questions for me! Now onto the questions for my nominees!

1. What is your life goal?
2. Who is your idol?
3. Have you ever wanted to do something crazy or just be someone else for a while?
4. What is your favorite quote?
5. If you had one wish, what would you wish for?
6. Do you have and/or want any pets?
7. Do you prefer coffee or tea? (Or neither?)
8. What was the last book your read?
9. How many countries have you visited in your lifetime?
10. What do you think your spirit animal would be?
11. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change?

Now who to tag? Hm....
1. Rose from Serendipity
2. Amelia from Amelia Grace
3. June from A Curious Pisces
4. Radiance from A Life Full of Radiance
5. Jessica Joy from (Almost) Perfectly Pink
6. Maddie from Just Me
7. Jollygirl from Reflections of a Jollygirl

I'm not sure who else to tag, but if you want to do this award you might as well just do so for the fun of it.

--Ella

2. If a dog started talking to you would you..
A. Jump up and down screaming and run away at the shock of it.
B. Think your mind was playing tricks on you and walk on.
C. Start up a conversation with the dog.
D. Non of the above. What kind of question is this anyways
- See more at: http://eveofwomanhood.blogspot.com/#sthash.67mz60Nk.dpuf

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bread & Puppet

Today my mom, her friend, her friend's son and I drove up to Bread and Puppet. Bread and Puppet is this kind of political show out in the country, where they have all these big puppets on sticks and cool costumes and a bunch of little acts about different things. At the end they give you bread spread with an oil and garlic paste. It's hard to explain, but I've gone every year for quite a while. 

Anyway, it's a long drive, so partway through we stopped at Rainbow Sweets Bakery, where I ate a very delicious Argentinian empanada. We also got some pastries, including the legendary Johnny Depp's Balls, which are little little glazed dough balls filled with some type of Carmel custard, on top of a flaky biscuit and topped with a generous serving of whipped cream. Quite delicious (unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture). 
Rainbow Sweets
My delicious empanada. It's filled with beef and olives and raisins.
Placemat doodles

After a bit more driving we reached Bread and Puppet. It's in a large field  and you bring blankets and spread them out on the hill to watch. The show is in front of a big, colorful bus, behind which lie all the costumes and puppets. There are tons of grasshoppers jumping about in the grass, and if you lie very still they'll hop on you. 
My friend the cricket.


We met our friends there and then sat down to watch. As per usual, it was blistering hot and the sun was beating down on us. I find the show pretty interesting, but if you're not up to current events in the news it doesn't make much sense. 
The bus and little circus ring.
One of the acts (involving rhinoceri and children)
Afterwards they have a pageant/procession in the woods above the hill, which we walked up to attend. I had just walked in when I looked back to see my mom's friend's son jumping about at the edge of the forest and yelling. At first I wasn't sure what was going on, but then I realized that he had walked through a swarm of yellow jackets. He got stung twice, but fortunately he's not allergic and was fine. Some people roped off the area where the yellow jackets were to make sure no one else got stung. 

After the pageant there was another shorter show on the adjacent field, and then everyone lined up to get bread from the little shack. I got my piece, gobbled it down, and then we piled into the car and drove home. 
The line for bread.
My bread piece (they were small, but they had to feed a whole bunch of people.)
All in all it was a good day and a worthy way to spend my Sunday. 

Talk to you later,

Ella

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Garden

Shoots coming off of our hens and chicks.
Aren't hens and chicks just the nicest succulents?
More of our hens and chicks patch.
Lovely lily.
Bees love our oregano plant.
The cherry tomatoes are just starting to get ripe! I can't stand normal tomatoes, but I love to snack on cherry tomatoes.
For years my mom was always going on and on about buying a dwarf cherry tree, but we finally settled for a mini pear tree. There are actually three types of pears grafted into it. Hopefully we'll get some fruit next season.
Blueberry season is coming up!
These little beetles invade our grapevine every year.... It's my job to get rid of them.
The grapes have still got a ways to go.
Little flowers on the crawling thyme.
Fun fact about bee balm: you can pluck off the little pink flowers in a bunch and suck a tasty little juice from the bottoms. It's actually quite good.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Styrofoam

Things I Hate #2

I have a problem with Styrofoam.

I don't know if anyone else feels this way, or if it's just yet another of my strange qualities, but I positively can't stand Styrofoam.

For me, drinking from a Styrofoam cup is an extremely unpleasant experience. It's like it makes my lips feel all dry and it rubs against my teeth in a weird way--I really can't explain it. Styrofoam cups take all the fun out of my drink, and I try to avoid them whenever possible.

The sound of Styrofoam is also awful. It makes this squeaking noise when it rubs against things; I guess I could compare it to the sound of nails on a chalkboard (which is terrible, by the way). This noise drives me crazy. It's as if my eardrums are shriveling up.

Styrofoam even feels unpleasant. Touching it reminds me that at any moment I could scrape my nails against it and make it squeak, and I just want to put it down as quickly as possible.

And of course, Styrofoam is just bad for the environment. Get this: it takes Styrofoam OVER 1 MILLION YEARS to decompose! That's more than 1,000,000! Styrofoam itself was only invented in the 1940s, and yet it's going to be sitting in our landfills for a long, long time. I think that little fact in itself should be enough for us to quit using Styrofoam all together.

This inspired me to make some random little edits to convince people that Styrofoam is bad. Here they are.

 
You're welcome, Earth.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Snap Peas

Things I Like #2

You know it's really summer when the snap peas are ripe. Is there anything nicer than a bowl of snap peas, fresh picked from the garden? I think not. 


Monday, July 14, 2014

The Sunshine Award!

Hey there! I just found out that I was nominated for the Sunshine Award by Eve from Eve of Womanhood (thank you!). So, here is what I have to do.

Rules:
1. Thank whoever nominated you.
2. Answer the questions that the person who nominated you asked.
3. Nominate a few other bloggers.
4. Write the same number of questions (10) for the bloggers you nominated.
5. Notify the bloggers you nominated on their blog.
6. Put the award button on your blog.

 Check at the bottom of this post to see if you were nominated!

Here is the button!
Eve's Questions:

1. If you could live in a fictional land (like a book or movie), which one would it be and why?
Arg...this is hard. I am more of a realistic fiction fan, so I don't read so many books where the people live in a different world, so I think I'll pick from a movie. I would choose to live in the land from the Disney movie Tangled, because it just seems so lush and beautiful and magical, and also because I just love that movie!

2. Favorite book?
There are so many great books in this world! I can't pick this one, so here are a couple.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
Basically any book by John Green

3. Do you believe in fairies? --says in Wendy's British Accent- ;)
When I was younger I used to believe in magic but sadly I don't really anymore. So, no. :(

4. What is your favorite food?
LOBSTER LOBSTER LOBSTER.

5. What time period do you think you would fit best in? Why?
Probably the 21st century (I know, creative), because we have the Internet and all this awesome technology and resources. Or maybe I would fit best during sometime in the future when there's even MORE technology.

6. Biggest pet peeve?
People who walk really slow and hog the whole sidewalk. I need to get by, please!

7. Are there any Fandoms that you're not crazy about?
Not really. The only Fandoms that occasionally annoy me are when there's a famous person who does something really awful and their fans just keep justifying them.

8. Are there any Fandoms you're crazy about?
Nope. Sure I love lots of stuff but I'm really not a part of any Fandoms.

9. What is the weirdest dream you've ever had?
Wow. I have had a ton of weird dreams, so I have a lot of material to pick from. I can't really pick a weirdest one, but one time I had this dream that a giant was chasing me through a supermarket because he wanted to hug me. And another time I had a dream where I had a special pillow that could make me fly, and I was flying through the woods trying to get away from this lady who was pursuing me. I have a lot of running-away-from-pursuers dreams.

10. What is something you are going to miss about summer?
Swimming in the lake. Endless free time. No homework. No school (obviously). Warm weather. Ice cream. Fresh fruits and vegetables. Summer clothes. So, um, everything.

Okay! Once again, thank you Eve, for nominating me (everyone go check out her blog!). And now, on to the people I am nominating.

1. Amelia from Amelia Grace
2. June from A Curious Pisces
3. Radiance from A Life Full of Radiance

My Questions!
Favorite book?
1. If you could live anywhere in the world, which place would you choose and why?
2. Favorite TV show/book/movie?
3. What do you want to do when you get older?
4. What was today's happiest moment?
5. Why did you decide to start blogging?
6. Favorite animal?
7. Do you have a special spot or work area where you like to blog?
8. What is your favorite season and why?
9. Your idea of your best day ever?
10. What's one thing you want everyone to know about you?

All right! There you have it. Farewell for now.

--Ella
Rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Answer the questions the person who nominated you asked.
- Nominate a few other bloggers.
- Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.
- Notify the bloggers you nominated on their blog.
- Put the award button on your blog.
- See more at: http://eveofwomanhood.blogspot.com/#sthash.LTxJjMTt.dpuf
Rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Answer the questions the person who nominated you asked.
- Nominate a few other bloggers.
- Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.
- Notify the bloggers you nominated on their blog.
- Put the award button on your blog.
- See more at: http://eveofwomanhood.blogspot.com/#sthash.LTxJjMTt.dpuf

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Doodles

Here are some little doodles I did with pencil and watercolor. It's quite fun to just quickly sketch something and then fill it in with watercolor.



Saturday, July 12, 2014

DIY: How to Be Awesome

Hi! Welcome to my first do-it-yourself post. Today I'll be showing you a few tips on being awesome. Let's get started.

1. The first step to being awesome is to have a pair of really awesome sunglasses. This step is essential because who doesn't love cool glasses?

2. The second thing you need are some cool necklaces and leather bracelets. If you can get the bracelets in Spain then that's a bonus. 

3. The third step is crucial--you must draw a picture of a narwhal. Narwhals are the most awesome animal out there and even a simple drawing of one can bring awesomeness to an entire room. 

4. The fourth thing you need to ensure awesomeness is a super cute guinea pig. No explanation necessary. 

5. Finally, just be awesome. As long as you are happy and feel awesome then guess what? You are! Congrats!

:) Stay awesome, people. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Braces

Things I Hate #1

Braces.

What can I say? Does anybody like braces? I think not. I got upper and lower braces on Monday, and I can tell you first hand they are not fun. First of all, they take forever to get on. I mean, I was laying in that chair at the orthodontist for 2hrs and 45mins while they put all these tubes and metal tools and weird substances in my mouth. 90% of the time I had no idea what they were doing to me. They could have been drilling holes in my teeth and I probably wouldn't have noticed.

Second of all, for the first couple of days your mouth feels really sore and it's basically impossible to eat anything. I was sort of able to chew food in the very back of my mouth, but even barely touching a spoon to my front teeth hurt. I basically just ate applesauce and chickpeas and ice cream. Which I guess isn't that bad, but think of all the things I'm not allowed to eat from now on! Popcorn, gum, chips, carmel, just to name a few. A lot of candy is off limits, which sucks, because I LOVE CANDY.

Third of all, food gets stuck in the brackets and the wires all the time. When I eat something, it basically means I'm going to be walking around with food in my teeth. And nobody likes that.

Fourth of all, brushing my teeth takes ten times longer now. I have to brush, then I have to floss with this special flossing contraption, then I have to use this little brush thingamajig to get out any remaining gunk stuck under the wires, and then I have to use this thing called a Waterpik to flush out my mouth, and finally I have to gargle with mouthwash. It's a long process.

Well, that's braces for you folks. If you have straight teeth, congratulations. Genetics was kind to you. If you have braces like me, then yay, we're BRACES BUDDIES! Either way, you're awesome. :D

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Paint Sample Names

Things I Like #1

You know what I'm talking about. Those little color swatches they have on display at places like Home Depot and Lowes, the ones that cover the wall in a wide variety of hues, helping you decide what shade to paint your living room or you bedroom or bathroom. And every single color has a name.

Something about this is just so delighting to me. I love to read all the names and think about the person who came up with them. Imagine it; there is somebody out there whose job it is to look at a color and pick out a creative title for it.

Carriage door

Midday

Split pea

At sea

Angelina

Caliente

Thousands of colors. Thousands of names.