Sunday, December 17, 2017

Two Lies & A Truth

I altered the rules for this prompt just a tad. ;) Olivia, who writes the most beautiful and aesthetic pieces tagged me to do this. Normally, it's two truths and a lie. What you do is write three short excerpts from your life and people have to guess which one is the lie. What I did is told two "lies" and a truth. I say "lies" because I used bits of my dreams and instead of making up a piece of writing. Two of these stories happened in my dreams and one of them happened in real life. Let me know which of these short stories happened in real life!


1- My sister and I were headed to our dad's house but before he picked us up at Fred Meyers, where we always met him, decided to get candy. We threw our overnight duffles in a shopping cart and walked to the candy aisle. Our eyes opened wide as we stood surrounded by all the sweet treats. I imagined the taste of each of the candies, then saw a sign that read two bags for five dollars. We decided to get a bag of Red Vines and a bag of Snickers. On our way to the register, my sister pointed out Fruit Roll-Ups. It had been forever since we had the sticky goop stuck to our teeth. I remembered my mom putting them in my lunch box and enjoying unraveling them. "Should we get them?" I thought of the memories they brought back. "Vanessa hurry up and decide we have to hurry and pay before dad gets here!" I smiled, "Okay! Put them in the cart!!"

2- We sat on the bench outside of the concert hall in late November. I had not seen this person for so long; we grew up together. Ever since the third grade, we had taken turns playing who hates the other more. It was something kids who liked each other but could never admit to it did.

"I don't know why we hate each other so much," he said sounding a little nostalgic.

I leaned into him a little and jokingly said, "Well, let's not hate each other anymore."

He took my hand and pointed out that it was freezing which to that I told him that my hands were always cold and I took my hand back trying to not make things uncomfortable. As we were walking to the dark red seats of the auditorium he said, "You know, I spent all this time exploring and wandering the world but now I don't know if it was worth it." He had just gotten back from his year-long trip to Europe. We were having the first sincere and open conversation we have had in a long time. Sighing I  spoke, " I mean, I spent all this time in college and I still don't know what I want to do," I paused to check if that was true, "I have a general idea but I'm still not sure." He just looked at me and gave me a tight smile almost telling me that no matter which path we walk we still end up in the same place.

3- The ocean whispered in the distance only the ones who were paying attention to their surroundings could really hear it for what it was. Eight teens, including my sister and I, walked through the sand dunes in the early evening moonlight until we heard one of the younger campers yell, "HEY GUYS!!" The small child was running towards us. We didn't want to babysit while we were on break so we all ran. Eight of us running barefoot through the dunes then parting our ways to hide below the crevices of the sand mountains. "Stay down," I told the girl who was hiding with. Peaking through the seagrass on the top of the dunes we watched the black shadow of the boy walk away.

All of the other teens walked out of hiding when the boy was gone. Just as the girl I hide with was about to get up I grabbed her hand and tugged her back towards the sand, "Let's scare them." A playful look came to her eyes as she nodded and asked what to do next. I muttered, "Stay low and follow me." Motioning with my hands GO! we ran behind a new sand dune. As we laid on the sand we heard the group shouting our names. My finger came to my lips Shhhh. "This isn't funny!" "Come on guys!" "Where are you guys?!" Everyone started to walk through the dunes to find us and together we kept moving from hiding to hiding. My heart raced as we went from dune to dune without being caught. This was the most excitement I have had. "On three when they get close enough we will jump out." I could barely see her lips move as she said that. We listened to their wandering until they were near. My fingers came up one by one. One, two, three they read. "RAWWRRRR!"

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

PRINTMAKING {Sharing My Art}

Above is most of the artwork I have created in printmaking. I think that this is the first time I am sharing my own artwork on my blog; that's exciting! I took printmaking for two terms and absolutely loved every moment of it. It's a unique form of art considering that it is much more about the process of the plate that you eventually will ink and run through a press. The presses are the kinds that were used for printing the newspapers and even Bibles. This art class fascinated me. 

The first two prints are relief prints. I created a chipboard that contained different textures such as glue, paper, plastic, and foil patterns then rolled ink over the board and ran it through the press. Next three prints are monotypes I made. These prints were made by rolling ink onto a plastic board then wiping away and adding ink to the plates. The last five are all etchings. These copper plates took the longest amount of time to print. Prepping the plate with hard ground, then scratching the hard ground, putting it into acid, then re-working lines. Lot's of work to make these plates but they were definitely worth it. (I know a lot of this doesn't make sense but it's for me to read later when I forget)

I would for sure take this class again. It's so much fun. A little frustrating at times but overall such a wonderful break from classes that have no creative aspect to them.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Ornaments

These are a few of the Ornaments that hang on our Christmas tree. They were received and made over the years the 27 years the tree has been around. There are more Santas on our tree than anything and lots of random holiday decorations. The Christmas tree doesn't have matching anything and definitely isn't matching or symmetrical but instead holds memories and stories of past Christmases.

Friday, December 1, 2017

10 ways to get Into The Holiday Spirit

 It's the first day of December which means we can now fully embrace the holiday spirit! Here are 10 ways to get into the holiday spirit:

1. Make Christmas cards- Making Christmas cards is the perfect way to be creative and festive at the same time. Writing warm wishes and sending the cards in the mail is the most movie scene worthy thing.

2. Cut paper snowflakes- I cut paper snowflakes almost every year and tape them to the windows in hopes of getting a little snow around the holidays. We don't get a lot of snow in the part of Oregon I live in so hanging the snowflakes to the window makes me feel more hopeful that snow will come. Is it clear that I am begging nature for some snow by hanging snowflakes on the windows?

3. Wear mittens- I don't know about you, but wearing mittens in December makes me feel like I'm in a Christmas movie.

4. Watch Christmas movies- The Santa Clause, Elf, and The Polar Express are some of my favorite Christmas movies to watch. Watching Christmas movies is something you must to do in December. 

5. Make holiday treats- From baked goods to homemade holiday peppermint lattes to hot chocolate. It's all about customized holiday treats to get into the Spirit of the holidays! I really want to try making this recipe. 

6. Spend time around the Christmas tree- Last night I made a hot cup of tea, turned on off all the lights, and turned on the Christmas tree while I talked to a friend. Spending time around the Christmas tree is very relaxing, especially at night. 

7. Take Pictures with Santa- Getting pictures with Santa is something my family has been doing since I was born. As a child, I remember waiting in a huge line and riding the sky train. I miss those days. Now, I wait in line with my sister, and mother, and visit a Santa we have been following around the area for years. 

8. Learn to play Christmas carols- Learning to play Christmas songs on whatever instruments is a special way to embrace the holidays. One of the first Christmas songs I learned on the violin was Joy To The World. It's always been fun to figure out the notes to Christmas songs. 

9. Decorate the house- Putting up the Christmas tree, setting up the nativity scene, decorating the house, and putting up reefs is especially important. Make sure to do these things with your family and Christmas music in the background.
10. Wear comfy pajamas- Comfy pajamas and comfy clothes make holidays the holidays. Does that make sense? Sure, let's just go with it!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Catching Up With V {Thanksgiving Weekend}

Thursday 23
Excessive amounts of pumpkin pie- This year our family (My mom, sister, and I) didn't spend time cooking Thanksgiving foods. Since it's just the three of us cooking a whole turkey would be a little much. So we bought a pumpkin pie and called it good. 

Christmas movies- Watching Christmas movies on Thanksgiving is one way to relax. We watched Chrismas with the Kranks and A Merry Friggin' Christmas. 

Friday 24
Running- I have been trying to run every other day and Friday was a running day. I ran a few hours after I got up. I ran around the duck pond and did a few sprints which have left me sore. 

Christmas Trees- The day after Thanksgiving our family puts up the Christmas tree. Ever since I was born we have put up the same eight-foot tall Christmas tree. When I came back from my run my sister had already unfolded half the tree's branches which left me to do the lights. Putting the lights on the tree is fun but it makes me dizzy! This was all done with Christmas music in the background.

Errands and Black Friday Sales- I'm not a huge fan of shopping but black Friday deals are something I can jump on and I needed yoga pants and a few shirts so this was a good time to get those items. We also bought a half off priced Thanksgiving cake from one of the bakeries here.

Vivid Dreams- I have been having the most vivid dreams this weekend. I've been in a giant tree house, eating Asian foods, intoxicated by a clown with something I smoked and watched water flood a city on the 30th floor. My dreams have not been dull at all. Dreams are so fascinating.

Saturday 25
Waffles and Ornaments- Saturday morning I woke up to my sister making waffles. We ate waffles and hung up all the Ornaments on the tree. Every year it feels like there are more ornaments than there were before. Together we complained about the number of ornaments we had to hang.

Exercise and Stretching- Since it wasn't a running day I decided to use the exercise ball and then stretch.

Chruch- I always get more and more excited about going to mass as the holidays come around. Christmas mass being my favorite mass.

Nutcracker- Youtube has a great showing of the Nutcracker. I turned on my Christmas tree's lights and watched the Nutcracker. I love the music and the dancing, it's my favorite was to get into the holiday season.

Sunday 26
Homework- For some odd reason I left homework for today, luckily it didn't take nearly as much time as I thought it would. There is just so much to read for Geology. 

Blogging- A perfect activity for a rainy Sunday. Sometimes I like the fact that the rain gives me an excuse to slow down. The whole weekend, in general, has been really restful and peaceful. That is something I am thankful for.

How was your Thanksgiving weekend?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Neighborhood Walk {Fall}

HELLO. For the longest time, I have been trying to figure out how to put text that isn't a blue underlined link under a photo that didn't have space under it. Does that make sense? Do you know what I mean? Disregard this note if you don't. Note: Write something in the link then deselect underline and link. It was that simple all these years? Blogger. 

I feel like some writing random thoughts that are totally irrelevant to these pictures in this post but before I go completely off topic let me share with you that these photos are the outcome of spending more time doing things that make me happy. I've been pushing to do at least one thing that makes me content every day and I have felt a lot better doing that. I feel more productive than I would if I were only to go to school and do homework. Postive changes.

There are two fall foods that I am in love with right now. The first one is oatmeal with almond milk, bananas, cranberries, and cinnamon. I've been eating oatmeal in the mornings to incorporate better health but I forgot how delicious it is. And the second favorite food is carrot and butternut squash soup. My mother made a soup so wonderful I will have to learn how to make it. A spoonful of the creamed orange soup feels like delicate velvet on my tongue. It's a really beautiful soup.

The Memory Keeper's Daugther by Kim Edwards is the most obscure book I have read. It's a book I didn't think I would get into but a chapter later I was hooked. The secrets, drama, and alluring descriptions have kept me reading. I look forward to reading more of the book every night. I forgot how relaxing it was to unwind with a book before bed.

My mood has been a lot better recently as well. I think it has to do with the little things I have been doing like eating good foods, reading, exercising, and just being in the moment. I feel like these things really are helping me feel not as dull as I have felt in the past weeks. I just need to keep doing things like this. 
I do have weird sleeping patterns I have been waking up randomly at night then not being able to fall asleep for a what feels like forever after I have waken up. Hoping I can sleep through the night without waking up soon!

I honestly can't think of ending words for this randomness. I'll end this post with a random question from a random question generator...

How often do you nap?
I don't. Naps to me seem like a waste of time! Unless I fall asleep in the middle of the day from pure exhaustion, you won't find me napping. I also find it harder to fall asleep at night if I have taken a nap.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thankfulness Thursday

I'm thankful for sleep. When daylight's saving ended I found it was easier to go to bed at an earlier time. With the darkness approaching at sooner time the evenings feel long. I often find myself falling asleep an hour earlier than I have been. (I'd still be going to sleep at the same time if the time didn't change) Getting under warm blankets is the best feeling.

I'm thankful for music. A few days ago I tuned my ukulele and looked for some new songs to learn. I spent some time learning different chords and enjoying the sound of a newly tuned ukulele. What I did yesterday made me laugh. I YouTube searched karaoke and sang along to a few songs. I use to do that all the time when I was younger! It was funny to listen to my out of tune voice. I got a good laugh out of it.

I'm thankful for kind people. Today, I got onto the bus and saw that almost every seat was full. It's crazy scary to stand on a moving bus that makes abrupt stops. I walked to a girl who had a seat on the inside of her open and asked if I could sit there and she said it was wet. I thought I'd have to stand the whole bus ride but the girl pulled out a tissue from her bag and wiped the water off the seat so that I could sit down next to her. That was such a kind thing for her to do.

Make sure to check out Grace's Thankfulness Series!

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