Sunday, November 30, 2014

First Week of Advent

"Jesus said to his disciples: 'Be constantly on the watch! Stay awake!...You do not know when the Master of the house is coming.'"Mark. 13:33 First Sunday of Advent
O Jesus, your voice sounds through the house of my world: Be on your guard! Stay awake!

Yet I hardly hear you. Busy with so much, I go about the things I do like a servant trapped in household routine, hardly giving a thought to what my life is about. My spirit within has grown tired and you, my God, seem far away. How can I hear your voice today?

Speak to my heart during this season of grace, as you spoke to your prophets and saints. Remind me again of the journey you call me to make and the work you would have me do. I am your servant, O Lord. Speak to me in this holy season and turn my eyes to watch for your coming.

O Emmanuel, Jesus Christ,
desire of every nation, Savior of all peoples,
come and dwell among us.

Friday, November 28, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday

Last week on Saturday four out of six siblings had rehearsal all day for their upcoming Christmas play "The Conversion of Scrooge,"and Aaliyah was helping out at a food pantry in the morning. So it was just me, my mom and Amanda at home, so we decided to stop over at Hobby Lobby to do some shopping.
Even though I usually don't like to start my Christmas shopping until after Thanksgiving I found some crafts to add to presents. For the three kids that I nanny I got them each an ornament that you could color, though I already did that. For the oldest girl that I nanny as part of her Christmas present from me I got a canvas bag and decorated it. But now that Thanksgiving is over I can start looking for the rest of the presents that I need.
At the end of August we started doing a clean eating plan thing and one of the smoothie recipes that you get with it is a peanut butter smoothie and I really like it so I decided to share it here since there isn't that much to it.

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 banana, frozen (or you can do a whole banana)
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ice cubs.
  • 1/2 scoop plain protein powder (the powder is in case you don't want to use a banana and haven't had any protein with a meal yet)

Though it took us a little while to get around to watching them we finished watching the last three episodes of Doctor Who. The last scene in the second half of the final was funny. Sunday was also the 51st birthday/anniversary of Doctor Who.
At dinner on Sunday we had started talking about "The Lord of the Rings" some how and we decided that the dwarves were bikers because of their beards, the elves were high class society, the hobbits were the hard working party loving people, who don't like going on adventures. The orcs, we decided, were the government.
Since we are still on the subject of LOTR I thought that this would be appropriate to share :)

found on Pinterest

Last week while I was on Pinterest I came across this hat pattern and though I haven't started it yet, I thought that I would give the pattern a try at some point. And a picture of the hand warmers that I made for my brother will be up here soon.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cover Ideas

Before my NaNo story decided that it didn't want to really follow the plot idea that I had in my head, I made a couple covers using the plot ideas that I had. I also have a cool cover idea that I want to try, but I don't know when it's going to happen.

Monday, November 24, 2014


Even though I don't think it's the best thing that I have ever written in my life I finished my NaNo story with 51,372 words total. If I do NaNo next year I was thinking of doing a second part for this year's story.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Viva Christo Rey!

Happy feast of Christ the King!


Christ Jesus, I acknowledge You King of the universe.
All that has been created has been made for You.
Make full use of Your rights over me.

I renew the promises I made in Baptism,
when I renounced Satan and all his pomps and works,
and I promise to live a good Christian life
and to do all in my power
to procure the triumph of the rights of God
and Your Church.

Divine Heart of Jesus,
I offer you my efforts
in order to obtain that all hearts
may acknowledge your Sacred Royalty,
and that thus the Kingdom of Your peace
may be established throughout the universe.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mad libs

Here is my version of the mad libs that I posted on Monday. Hope you enjoy :)

Dark and Stormy Night Mad Lib

It was a dark and stormy fog (noun); the rain hopped (verb) in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was knit (verb) by a elegant (adjective) gust of balls (noun Pl.) (For it is in Chicago (place) that our scene lies), rattling along the cents (noun, Pl), and lazy (adjective) agitating the mushy (adjective) flame of the cemetery (noun) that struggled against the division(noun). Through one of the clumsy (adjective) quarters of Chicago(place), and among haunts little loved by the bed (noun) of the nurse(profession), a man, evidently of the lowest orders, was jumping (verb) his solitary way. He hopped (verb) twice or thrice at different corner(place) and buildings(places) of a description correspondent with the bee(noun) of the quarter in which they were locked (verb) and tended eyes(noun) for some article or another which did not seem well (adverb) to be met with. All the clocks(noun pl) he imagined (verb) were couched in the negative; and as he turned from each clock(noun) he muttered to himself, in no very embarrassed(adjective) phraseology, his sad(emotion) and angry(emotion). At length, at one tavern(location), the landlord, a sturdy stable hand(profession), after rendering the same cobweb (Noun) the inquirer had hitherto received, added, “But if this vill do vell, Michael(name of person in room), it is quite at your authority(noun)!” Pausing loudly(adverb) for a moment, Michael(name of person in room) responded that he thought the duck(noun) proffered might do as well; and skipping (verb) it into his glamorous(adjective) duck(noun), he scatter (verb) away with as rapid a motion as the cloud(noun) and the drum(noun) would allow. He soon came to a clover(noun) of grumpy(adjective) and odd(adjective) buildings, at the entrance to which, in wide-eyed(adjective) characters, was written “Veni, vidi, vici(motto).” Halting at the most purple(adjective) of these buildings, a townhouse (location) or inn(location), through the half closed stool(noun) of which blazed out in blue(adjective) comfort the cherries(nouns) of the mysterious(adjective) cheese(noun), he mixed (verb) hastily at the box(noun). 

Paul Clifford (1830) by Sir Edward George Bulwer-Lytton(1803-1873).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Three Knitting Projects

While I am not working on them all in the same day I have three different knitting projects going on at the moment. The first project that I started making was a blanket and I started working on that over a year ago. Project number two is a rug. This one only came about because one day I randomly decided that I wanted to give t-shirt yarn a try since I had a bunch of old t-shirts laying around. The last project is a pair of hand warmers for TJ because he asked me to make him a pair. Because it is the smallest project and the easiest to transport the hand warmers will be the first project that I finish.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Dark and Stormy Night Mad Lib

Here is the blank mad lib that I mentioned last week in this post. As soon as I finish filling it out and if I remember too, I will post my version soon.

Dark and Stormy Night Mad Lib

It was a dark and stormy _________ (noun); the rain _____ (verb) in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was ______ (verb) by a ___________ (adjective) gust of ______ (noun Pl.) (For it is in __________ (place) that our scene lies), rattling along the _________ (noun, Pl), and _____ (adjective) agitating the ______ (adjective) flame of the ______(noun) that struggled against the _______(noun). Through one of the _______(adjective) quarters of ______(place), and among haunts little loved by the ______(noun) of the ________(profession), a man, evidently of the lowest orders, was _______ing (verb) his solitary way. He _______-ed (verb) twice or thrice at different _______(place) and ________(places) of a description correspondent with the ______(noun) of the quartier in which they were _______-ed (verb) and tended ______(noun) for some article or another which did not seem _________(adverb) to be met with. All the __________(noun pl) he _______-ed (verb) were couched in the negative; and as he turned from each ______(noun) he muttered to himself, in no very _________(adjective) phraseology, his _______(emotion) and _______(emotion). At length, at one _________(location), the landlord, a sturdy ___________(profession), after rendering the same __________ (Noun) the inquirer had hitherto received, added, “But if this vill do vell, _______(name of person in room), it is quite at your ________(noun)!” Pausing _________(adverb) for a moment, ________(name of person in room) responded that he thought the _________(noun) proffered might do as well; and ________-ing (verb) it into his _____adjective) _______(noun), he _______(verb) away with as rapid a motion as the ______(noun) and the ____(noun) would allow. He soon came to a ______(noun) of ________(adjective) and _________(adjective) buildings, at the entrance to which, in _____(adjective) characters, was written “_____(motto).” Halting at the most _____(adjective) of these buildings, an ______(location) or ________(location), through the half closed ______(noun) of which blazed out in ______(adjective) comfort the ______(nouns) of the ________(adjective) _____(noun), he ______(verb) hastily at the _____(noun). 

Paul Clifford (1830) by Sir Edward George Bulwer-Lytton(1803-1873).

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Night Write In

Tonight, last night, or whatever time it is when you read this, but anyhow tonight my college had a Night Write In for NaNoWriMo. Even though I was the only one who showed up for it I was surprised at how well I was able to focus on my writing, though I did take a short break here and there to check things like Facebook. The lady who was running the event was really nice and she told me that at the kick off party that they had at my college for NaNo there was ten people who showed up. Where they were tonight I don't know, because they missed out on free treats. Besides the free treats there was also some writing prompts to use in case you got stuck. One of the writing prompts involves using M&M's for it and even though the little spread sheet that I recreated doesn't look as nice as the copy I have here are the writing prompts. 

The new M&M color makes you want to do something new – add something new to your next scene, sending someone on an unexpected shopping spree, introduce a new character, or make something happen out of the blue!

This scary M&M color means that in your next scene you should add deathly illness, pesticides, bug infestations, 24-hour flu and all things gross and stomach churning!

Yellow is the color of excitement, energy, electricity, or explosions. Whether it’s a bomb threat, or a terrible prediction, add some energy to your next scene.

For an M&M the color of dirt, go natural, add a scene in the outdoors with dirt, earth and rocks, or have the natural world attack your characters with a weather disaster.

Red M&M’s go fast, so speed things up to get through the next scene and skip ahead a week (or a day, or a year) in the future.

Orange is awesome and exotic. In your next scene, work in some travel for a character, bring in an out-of-the-ordinary person, or give a minor character a fake tan.

There was some plot bunnies to use, so on my way out I grabbed two of them.

In the handy dandy packet that I was given when I got there, I found a nice handy dandy outline. There was also a page called Screenplay Structure: Three Acts and Five Points and it explains how you are supposed to structure a story/screenplay. Though I have heard it before it is nice to have a hard copy of how to structure a story laying around, to look at if I need too. 

Another writing prompt that was available during the write in was Arsenal Airplanes. For that it is a bunch of prompts written on pieces of paper and then folded into airplanes and when you need help just pick a plane at random and use the prompt. Since I didn't like the prompt that was on the first plane that I picked, I folded it back up and then picked another one. Though I have yet to use it here is what I got.

If your attack is going well, it's an ambush. 

If your flank march is going well, the enemy expects you to outflank him.

The enemy diversion you're ignoring is the main attack.

The last writing prompt that I got was a mad libs called Dark and Stormy Night. Once I fill it out I will post it in a different post, along with a blank copy, so that you can read what I did and then do it yourself. 

Like I mentioned at the beginning, I was the only one that showed up, but I still had fun.

Friday, November 7, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday

- 1 -
Last weekend was my cousin's wedding, which was a lot of fun. Even though it was kind of dark in the hall where the reception was held I was able to take a couple pictures. This was the table setting at the table I was at.

- 2 -
This picture I took when we were driving down there on Friday and I like how it turned out :)

- 3 -
In between the reception and the wedding ceremony we went and took pictures for our Christmas card and we were told to do a Vouge picture.

- 4 -
Even though I started my NaNo-ing Sunday evening after getting back from the wedding, I thought I did pretty good with my writing for the day. Of course I have a writing prompt board on Pinterest to help me out if I need ideas for writing. So far I have used one of them.

- 5 -
This year, even though I had a pumpkin to decorate I never actually got around to doing anything with it. My idea was to paint a minion face on it, but that of course never happened. But it doesn't really matter since we didn't do anything for Halloween this year.

- 6 -
I saw this on Wednesday and I had to laugh because it reminds me of mu family.
- 7 -
This week it was kind of hard for me to come up with stuff to write for my 7 Quick Takes. So if I wanted to I could just complain about how I can never think of anything to write, but I don't feel like doing that. Instead here is a quote that I found a while ago and have no idea where I found it.
“Young writers should read books past bedtime and write things down in notebooks when they are supposed to be doing something else.” — Lemony Snicket

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Theme Thursday

This weeks theme is brick. You can head over to Clan Donaldson join in the link up for Theme Thursday.