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Inside Out Book Tag

Heyo peoples!!!

I know it’s been awhile since I did a tag here. Now, I’d like to thank Sam@RiverMooseReads for tagging me.

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(Sam used this and I really like it, so we’ll use it.)

A book that brings you JOY

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I just bought this is paperback Tuesday. I actually squealed out loud in The Salvation Army…

A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU SAD

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You’ll know if you’ve read it, if not I ain’t gonna ruin it for ya.

A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU ANGRY

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I wanted to like this, I really did. But the style was just awful, and the cussing was almost as bad.

A BOOK THAT DISGUSTS YOU

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My cousin gave this to me a few years ago, and I literally threw up.

A BOOK THAT BRINGS YOU FEAR

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A good scared, though. I should probably reread this soon……

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I’ll leave this open. Cuz I’m still lazy as ever!

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I didn’t want to do anything time consuming for today, but I felt like I needed to say something Thanksgiving-ish-y. I’m not very good with words, but here we go-

Thank you.

All of you. Not just my followers, but the other amazing people I follow. It really brightens my day when I get the chance to talk to you.

I love reading the posts on your blogs, it helps me feel like I belong somewhere. Like I’m not the only one in the world who loves books and writing more than almost anything else.

Okay, now that thats out of the way-

We, the Charmings, are heading to our Gramma’s house today. She cooks so good, it would put a hobbit chef to shame! I hope shes making pumpkin pie!!!

“But Alex, aren’t you allergic to pumpkin?”

Yes, yes I am. But I don’t care. I’m taking my pills, so it should be fine. (I’m crossing my fingers for pecan…. Don’t tell Xander!)

But the drama doesn’t start till tomorrow. We’re going to spend the evening with my mom’s side of the family. Yay! All we do at Gramma’s is eat, watch tv, and play Clue. (Yes, I almost always win)

We’re taking Bob with us. SURPRISE, GRAMMA! Hehehe…

Anyway, thank you, guys. I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving  (or just a really awesome Thursday, for those of you who don’t live in the US of A)

 

Books and More Sheep

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Hey guys!

So, confession time! I bought 5 new books…

1. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (I’ve already read Divergent)

2. Fyre by Angie Sage (I finished this less then two days after I got it, and am now wallowing in a pit of despair because there are no more left in the series)

3. Curse of the Bane by Joseph Delaney  (Amazing series, btw)

4. The Seige of Macindaw by John Flanagan  (The 5th ended in a major cliffhanger and I almost died. [Not really, but ya know how it is]

5. The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan  (Read the 1st in about a month. What?! I was in a slump!)

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The three new sheep we named Galadriel, Haldir, and Bob. (Yes, Bob.) Bob is our house sheep now, because he can’t stand up. There’s  something wrong with his back legs, we think it’s white muscle disease. We ordered the stuff to stop it, but there is no fixing the damage already done.

This is Bob. He wanted to kiss the camera, so I couldn’t get a good pic. But he’s the cutest thing and he loves to snuggle! He’s living in a baby doll bed by day, and a pet taxi by night. And when you scratch his head he smirks at you!

The other 9 are outside in a pen we set up for them. They’re all still on bottles and we feed them 3 times a day.

Anyway, thats all!

Happy Thanksgiving, guys!

alex-c

Sheep, Glorious Sheep!!!

Hey guys!

Sorry it’s been so long (again), but things have been pretty busy for us. (I feel like I’ve said this before?) Anyway, lets get caught up, yes?

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Sheep

Guess what! We got some lambs. The total count is 12, but 4 have passed away and two we gave to our neighbors. So now we have nine- Sean (black and white), Pippin (brown and white), Logan (all white), Bon Jovi (all white with a brown spot on his eye), Legolas (all white), and Sandy (all white [she’s also a house lamb cause she hates being outside with the boys]), and then the three newbies we just picked up- Galadriel (all white), Bob (all white), and Haldir (all white).

The people that gave them to us have about a thousand sheep and they sometimes abandon their babies if somethings wrong. So we now have nine lambs, and the promise of more later.

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NaNoWriMo

I have gotten tons of plotting and world-building the past couple of weeks, but very little writing. I have 1300-ish words on one project, but that’s all. So, NaNo isn’t going well this year.

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Reading

Just to add more stress to my life, I have begun hording books again. We had to add two new floor to ceiling shelves, and I still have to have two rows on each shelf! To make matters worse, I have well over 200 unread books and Christmas is coming up! I’m still working on my list, but so far there are over 90 things on it and it’s mostly books. I’ve gotten a lot of reading done the past couple of weeks, but they just keep multiplying. I actually ordered five new books from ThriftBooks this morning…..

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My Social Life

Wait! Alex, you didn’t tell us you had a SOCIAL LIFE?!

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But yeah, things are going great! Lots of friends, good times….

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Ach! Who am I kidding? I don’t have a social life! And honestly?

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AN AWESOME THINGY!!!

I GOT THE TWO TOWERS SPECIAL EXTENDED EDITION AND THE SECOND DISK OF THE RETURN OF THE KING EXTENDED EDITION FOR $10 TOTAL AT THE THRIFT STORE!!!!

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Alright, lets calm down! Whew!

Ahem. There are tons of scenes I had never even heard of, plus we got to listen to the cast act like idiots on the commentary.

We-ell, I just about peed myself when I found them. I had been on the lookout for some new books, but I’m glad how this turned out. .)

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Supernatural

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this yet, but I have become addicted to the show Supernatural. I’m somewhere in season two.

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Do you want to know what bravery is? No? Well, I’ll tell you anyway!

Bravery is taking the trash can out to the road at 11 at night in town after spending 12 hours watching Supernatural. But, like, my siblings are terrified of the dark, while I’m like

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And that’s all for now!

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Meme Monday #42

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Quote Challenge: Day 3

Back on track!

Thanks Sam@RiverMoose-Reads. 

Rules

•Thank the person who nominated you
•Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
•Nominate three new bloggers each day

"Every point in your life, even if it's tough, is something to cherish and to be happy about" - Jared Padalecki

Now, for the last three tags-

  1. Icebreaker694
  2. Michelle
  3. Xander

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Quote Challenge: Day 2

Um, I know it’s been, like, a month since the first of these. Sorry. I got busy, then I couldn’t find a good quote, and then I just didn’t feel like it.

Once again, thank you Sam@RiverMoose-Reads.

Rules

•Thank the person who nominated you
•Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
•Nominate three new bloggers each day

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." -J.R.R. Tolkien, quote from The Hobbit

This time I tag-

  1. Kathy
  2. Alaina
  3. Savannah

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A Bunch of Posts I Started, But Never Finished (AKA, Lets See How High Alex Was)

Heyo!!! Today we are going to delve deep into the unknown! So, put on your seat belts and lets go!!!!!

We’ll be going oldest to newest and I won’t edit or add anything

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A World of My Own- Imaginary Friends (7 months ago)

Hey guys. I know its been awhile since I’ve done anything more than tags and awards. Sorry for the lack of good posts, I’ll try harder (no promises though).

This is the third post of my series A World of My Own. Pretty long post today.

Marvel Kids-

 

Flash and Regina Thunder are Thor’s kids. Flash is 19 and has a hammer similar to his father’s. Regina is 15 and fights with a weapon like Kai’s from Kung Fu Panda 3, except her’s are purple.

Chet Lokison and Vara Malum are Loki’s kids. Chet is 18 and Vara is 16. Darcy, from the Thor movies, is their mom.

Micki Fury is Nick Fury’s daughter. Shes 14 and uses a wide variety of knives and guns.

Nathaniel Banner is the son of Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner. He inherited his father’s anger problems, but he’s also trained like Tasha. Hes 18, and is based on one of my friends from church.

Toni Stark is Tony Stark’s daughter. She’s really smart and has many of her dad’s personality traits. Toni is 16.

Peggy and Jim Rogers are the twin offspring of Steve Rogers. Their 17 and both have shields like their dad.

Stephenie (Stevie) Barnes is the 13 year old daughter of Bucky Barnes.

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Mary Kate Maximoff

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(OK, not so bad…)

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Some New Blogs I found…. (4 months ago)

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Pumpkin Pie (4 months ago)

A couple weeks ago I bought a little pumpkin pie from Walmart. Unfortunately I am slightly allergic to pumpkin, so Xander, being the sweet, horrible sister she is, hid it from me. I FOLLOWED HER AROUND THE HOUSE FOR AT LEAST FIFTEEN MINUTES LIKE-

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And then I slowly evolved to-

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She finally gave it up, and I ended up with a massive stomach ache.

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A Writing Update (Hello again, Max) (3 months ago)

Yep. I’m working on the Max books again! I just finished planning the first and second (I’m making it a trilogy) and I’ve been doing a ton of world building and character work. The actual writing hasn’t started yet, I only just picked it back up yesterday.

List of posts that talk about these projects (for those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about[they aren’t in order])-

MAX IS BACK!!!!!! (I used way too many !)

Planning Max (sort of)

Is that all?! I couldn’t find any more! Huh, anyway!

I’ve been looking through

(Wait! What was I looking through?!)

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“Hi.” From an extremely bored and uncomfortable Alex

“Hi.”

I’m not even going to apologize this time. I’m tired, sore, frustrated, and on RED ALERT. This morning was Park Day with the local homeschool group. I stayed at my dad’s office and read for almost two hours while the other kids went and basically bathed in their town sweat.

Anyway! I have about a dozen tags/nominations to work on, but I probably won’t do much today.

I’ve decided on a project for NaNo this year and the plot and characters are coming along nicely. I’ve been on Pinterest and watching Dan and Phil on Youtube.

And the woman in here talking to my dad said “nickels”, but it sounded like “nipples”? I am now laying on the floor, trying not to laugh too loud.

The Next Day (Wednesday) 6:09 pm

Still miserable. And still watching Dan and Phil and staring at Pinterest.

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Wow. Most of them weren’t nearly as bad as I feared. Except the last one. OK then. Thanks for tuning in!

Love,

alex-c

Some Semi-Charming Sims #1

Yes, that is the new name for my Sims updates. Now, lets get a move on!

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And 

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(Don’t worry, I won’t be doing ^that^ every post.)

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Let’s see…

Ann got promoted to level 5 of the artist profession, Sam and Tom are “expecting” another baby (I need names, guys! Help me out! I want them to have a girl this time, but I can’t decide on a name!!!), and I’ll soon be doing the “Prepare for Pre-Teens” quest. I’m thinking about making a Phil, but I don’t think I have the right hair. Not much exciting going on, though I did finally finish the show jumping quest.

Tell me which of the above Sims is your favorite!

Love,

alex-c

Quote Challenge: Day 1

I would like to thank Sam@RiverMoose-Reads for tagging me. I love quotes sooooooooooooooooooo much!!!

Rules

•Thank the person who nominated you
•Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
•Nominate three new bloggers each day

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I tag-

  1. Kenzie
  2. Fangirl Fury
  3. Hidden Staircase

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Beautiful People- August

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Hello!

So. I’ve seen this around for a while, but was too lazy to check it out. UNTIL NOW!!! (I’m supposed to be doing school, but I’d much rather watch Dan and Phil playing Mario Cart)

Anyway…..

Beautiful People is hosted by Sky @ Further Up and Further and Cait @ Paper Fury.

Thank you for making this, it looks pretty cool. Now, lets begin!!!

This month I will be talking about Jumper from The Oldest Waterpark EVER!!!

What are they addicted to/can’t live without?

Coffee. But, it has to be good coffee. None of that cheap crap.

And his jacket. It’s almost as old as he is, and it’s made out of scraps of past friends favorite clothes. (That sounded weird…)

Name 3 positive and 3 negative qualities about your character.

Three positive-

  1. He’s smart
  2. He’s funny without realizing it
  3. and he loves cats

Three negative-

  1. He is overprotective
  2. He has a horrible temper and can get very violent
  3. He’s a huge know-it-all

Are they holding onto something they should get rid of?

Not really. I mean, there’s the jacket, but that’s more of a way to honor the dead.

If 10 is completely organized and 1 is completely messy, where do they fall on the scale?

5? He’s not tidy, but he’s not horribly messy either.

What most frustrates them about the world they live in?

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He’s a realm jumper! He doesn’t live anywhere, so I don’t know how to answer this!

How would they dress for a night out?

The same as always-

Orange dress-shirt, blue tie, neon green pants, brown leather boots, his special multi-color jacket, and purple top-hat.

How would they dress for a night in?

Read above, but remove the dress-shirt, boots, and top-hat.

How many shoes do they own, and what kind?

There’s his brown leather shoes, the black patent leather shows, and the yellow cowboy boots. (He likes leather, he thinks it’s cool)

Do they have any pets? What pet do they WISH they had?

Well, he likes cats. But realm jumping isn’t safe for animals, so he usually settles for humans.

Is there something or someone that they resent? Why and what happened?

There’s another realm jumper who wants Sam. They do no get along!

What’s usually in their fridge or pantry?

Coffee, chocolate, powdered donuts, microwave popcorn, and a wide variety of chips. He carries all this around in the pockets of his jacket.

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And that’s all! I hope y’all liked it, I had a ton of fun!!!

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Am I Groot?

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The home video release of “Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume” 2 is upon us, so I really wanted to do a Groot DIY project! I wracked my brain for weeks trying to come up with something original: though the galaxy is large, the internet has certainly made our corner of it seem very small. I often feel that every original project has already been created, so I was thrilled when this Groot Gloves DIY popped into my mind. This happened in the shower, of course, where all my good ideas seem to begin! Being a mother of two small children, I don’t get much time to think, so I must confess that I use more water than I should as I tend to get lost in the blissful solace of my thoughts in the silence of the shower! But I am getting way off track here…

After a quick Google search, I was beyond thrilled: I couldn’t find this DIY anywhere! I’m not saying that no person in the history of the internet has ever made these, but it seems that not many have, if any, and that fewer still have shared anything about them on the interwebs. How exciting!

With newfound enthusiasm, I loaded the kids up for a trip to the craft store, devising a plan to create these lovable gloves! As I designed and crafted them, Groot’s adorable character really started coming out! This got me thinking again: just what is it about Groot that makes him such an endearing character? After all, his vocabulary only encompasses three words over the course of two movies (okay, okay, five words if you count the “We are Groot” toward the end of Volume 1), and not many characters can get by with that and still be considered relatable or emotionally deep!

For me, I think it’s a lot of things: Groot is a loyal friend, he dances like no one is watching, and his childlike mannerisms melt my heart! For his lack of words, his expressions effortlessly convey his feelings – he really wears his heart on his sleeve. His voice inflection can make you laugh or make you cry along with him even though those three words are the same every single time.

Taking this a step further, studying what makes Groot, well, Groot, kind of forces me to think about my own expressions and mannerisms. As I do, I realize how very much our communication is rooted (okay, pun intended) in our actions and the ways we take them. Even though our vocabularies are rarely so limited as our tree-like buddy’s are, in truth, what we say often takes secondary importance to how we say it. The way we talk to people almost matters just as much as what we tell them!

For instance, my son’s eyes positively LIT UP when he saw these Groot Gloves for the first time, and he didn’t need to vocalize his thoughts for me to know that he wanted a pair of his own. Naturally, he used LOTS of words to make sure I knew he wanted them, but my joy overflowed with the look on his face and the excitement in his demeanor as he expressed his excitement about this project! He has plans for me to make each family member a pair of their own Groot Gloves, and am certain that his exuberance will carry him through the process of helping his Mom make three more pairs!

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Now that our case study has come to a close, I hope you’ll join me in creating some simplistic joy by making your own Groot Gloves! Head on over to my post at

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Thank you so much for checking out this post! My HUGE thanks goes Alex for allowing me to share my thoughts with you today; I Am Groot!

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