Resolutions

I’m being a nerd and posting my “New Year’s Resolutions” on January 2nd instead of on January 1st. But, here you are. And, I don’t know if any of you watch Blimey Cow, but yesterday Jordan and Josh posted a video about more or less the ridiculousness of New Year’s resolutions. Thanks, guys. Really gave me encouragement to fulfill my goals. ūüėČ

  • Drink more water–I’m a pop drinker through and through. I love Coke and Pepsi Wild Cherry and Dr. Pepper–you see my problem? Starting today, whenever I get a craving for soda, I’m going to drink something else instead of it, especially water, because, believe it or not, I hardly ever drink just plain water. No wonder I’m tired all the time.
  • Grow closer to God–This year I’m trying to read my Bible every single day without fail and spend some quality time with Him in prayer.
  • Save money & buy less–I have an allowance, I deliver papers weekly, and I walk a neighborhood dog and shovel the owner’s snow. This year, I’m buying a loft bed, a Fitbit, probably a gym membership, maybe some ice skates, and possibly a phone upgrade. And last year I spent a ton between a four-hundred dollar investment known as Spike, a trip to the Mall of America, and a shopping spree in Gulf Shores. And a word processor. Also, I’m apt to impulse buy small items that I don’t need and I really need to stop.
  • Tone up–I wouldn’t call myself very overweight but I’m definitely not slim and trim. This year, I don’t necessarily want to drop any pounds but just tone my muscles and get fit.
  • Run more–Running was a sport that I found out last spring I enjoyed, and it’s a great way to get and stay fit. This year I’m going to try to run as much as possible.
  • Get/stay organized–I hate clutter. I really do. But why is my nightstand covered with it? Especially since I’m moving into my cousin’s room in May, I’m going to try to be a more organized person. The problem is, I have too much stuff, so I guess you could say purging is part of this resolution.
  • Live a more scheduled life–I have a love/hate relationship with schedules., but I really need to schedule my time this year, between writing a novel, running a blog, reading voraciously, trying not to fail high school, and getting fit. I even bought a my first-ever serious planner.
  • Read more–This is kind of an odd goal for me, but I really do need to read more. I’ve hardly finished any books over the last several months, and I have dozens on my shelves waiting to be read for the first time and other at the library. This one is more of a get-off-Pinterest-and-read-a-book type thing than anything else.
  • Improve at music–I can hear Lizzie, my dork of a piano teacher, laughing in the distance. But, seriously, this year I would to practice more this year–again part of the scheduling thing–and really improve my skills and knowledge, especially concerning music theory.
  • Write more–This one is a no-brainer. I’m trying to write one thousand words a week on Though He Slay Me until my goal date, March 31, 2018. Currently I still have three hundred left over from last week along with this week’s thousand, so I’m going to really have to work at this. Nobody ever said writing was easy, did they?
  • Finish reading the Left Behind Series–I started reading the teen version in late 2015 and the adult version in early to mid 2016, which is when I finished the teen version. Last summer I started reading the traditional last book, Glorious Appearing, and never finished it. I also have to read the final sequel, Kingdom Come, and the prequel trilogy.
  • Post more on this blog–Last year I really failed at posting regularly on here, though I had good intentions. This, again, falls into scheduling. Besides my two posts a month already stated in my last post, I’m going to post at least two others a month, one of them being a book review.
  • Eat more healthily–I love unhealthy foods. French fries, ice cream, you name it. This year I want to do what’s best for my body and eat better. Salads and kale, here I come.

I”m going to really have to work at these, and I have a feeling it’s going to be a jam-packed year. Do you all have any big goals this year?

–Abby

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New Year+New Theme

Well, dearies, a new year is upon us.

 

It’s like a clean slate, just waiting to be colored on. It’s a field of opportunities, three hundred and sixty-five possibilities. It is a time for new dreams to be realized and old dreams to be revived.

 

It is a time of resolution. It is a time of change.

 

 

In honor of 2018, I’m changing my blog theme. I loved the old aquatic one, but it wasn’t really me. I’m not sure this one is, either, but with the new year maybe I’ll grow into it.

 

Also in 2018, I will be making some resolutions. And, for the first time ever, maybe I’ll have resolve the whole year round. Because now I have accountability partners. You guys.

 

Tomorrow I will make a post announcing my resolutions. And at the end of each month, I tell y’all how I did: how much water I drank, how far I ran, how many words I penned, how many posts I wrote, how much money I saved, how many books I read, etc. Then, at the beginning of each month I will restate my monthly goals with renewed vigor. (Ha!)

 

Have no fear. There will be normal posts, also–book reviews, lists, lifetime happenings, ramblings. But with a new year comes a new leaf, and this leaf is rather large.

 

 

Thank you for reading and supporting, lovely ladies and gentlemen. I pray you all have a blessed 2018, and that it will be your best year yet.

 

Ciao!

 

–Abby

 

 

2017 Recap

Hello, folks! I intended to post more this holiday season….maybe next year. ūüėÄ Sigh. But, anywho, this will be my very last post this year. WHERE HAS 2017 GONE. Ridonculous, as my bestie would say.

 

In January, I welcomed in the new year with a bang! Just kidding. I was playing Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham and had actually sort-of intended to go to bed earlier but glanced at my phone and it was 12:01. I missed it. Oh well.

 

During the first few months of 2017, I started becoming a history buff, even more so than I had been before. Though I had my struggles in my math class and seldom enjoyed biology, the World History hour was the one I looked forward to.

 

NOTE: I am adding this ten hours later because, for some reason, I completely forgot to add that in March I went to Minnesota for the first time and went to the Mall of America with my family and aunt, uncle, and cousins!!! Truly my brain needs help.

 

In May, I started blogging! Sharing my thoughts and feelings with the internet has became a new enjoyment for me and I’m hoping to continue blogging as much as possible.

 

Also in May, two good friends of mine graduated high school. Sniff. I did cry at the graduation, if you’re wondering. I also left behind my freshman year–no more biology, yipee!

 

In June, my big sister turned 17! We spent her birthday in a AC-blasted car traveling through Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama for a week excursion on the white beaches of Gulf Shores. And then Tropical Storm Cindy hit and we stayed inside for four days out of seven. Twenty-two people in one house–it did go better than I expected, though.

 

In July, I watched an incredible airshow, turned 15, bought my first laptop, and went to my¬†church’s annual Summer Jubilee. I also got hooked on Nancy Drew Mystery Games and shared a¬†short story on this blog for the first time. And I started volunteering as a librarian.

 

In August, I posted my first devotional to speak of. I learned what God wants me to do with my life. And a good friend of mine, who, as afore mentioned, graduated in May, went away to college. SNIFF.

 

In September, I began my sophomore year of high school and watched¬†An Affair to Remember¬†for the first time. And I forced my bestie to watch¬†The Princess Bride¬†and a¬†Star Trek¬†movie. Needless to say, she liked them. AND—I started reading the Ascendance Trilogy! SO GOOD.

 

In the later fall months I took my first hunter’s ed course. We learned everything from how to cradle a gun to how to skin a rabbit. October came and went. I finished the Ascendance Trilogy. AND I ALMOST FORGOT MY COUSIN GOT ENGAGED. I’m a terrible person.¬† I went to an apple fest–and bought a $15 dollar antique book which I thought might be an original and wasn’t–and almost threw up after coming off one of the rides. Good times.

 

In November, I published an¬†original poem¬†on this blog for the first time. I also went to a pumpkin patch when it was approximately twenty-five degrees outside. On the bright side, there was a zipline. On the downside, I was wearing a skirt. We had a great Thanksgiving dinner, and I finished almost all of my Christmas shopping on ‘Black Friday.’

 

December came…and is still here, for today, at least. I played a song during one of my church’s services, which was the first time in about a year. I participated in my choir’s Christmas cantata. I gave and received many Christmas gifts and had a glorious holiday, complete with snow. And now I’m on Christmas break. YIPEEE.

 

Well, that about sums it up! Next year will be even busier, with my sister and cousin graduating, a different cousin (the one who got engaged in October) getting married, and myself moving into a different bedroom with a roomie for the first time in five years and hopefully starting a summer lawn care business and *DRUMROLL, PLEASE* FINISHING THE FIRST DRAFT OF MY NOVEL, THOUGH HE SLAY ME, IN MARCH! If I stick to my word goals, of course. YAY.

 

What has happened in y’all’s lives this year? Comment down below to let me now!

 

Have a blessed New Year!

 

–Abby

 

Xmas Traditions

Turkey, ham, spaghetti–it varies among every family with what they eat for Christmas dinner. In this post I will be sharing a few of my family’s quirky, odd, or completely normal holiday traditions.

 

THE FOOD

  • On Christmas Eve, we eat junk. It could be Christmas cookies; it could be cold, leftover pizza, but it’s pretty much always junk. And I wonder why I’m chubby.
  • For breakfast on Xmas morning we always have egg souffle, which is like a sausage and egg casserole. I don’t care for eggs, but my family likes it, so, whatever. I go with it.
  • For lunch, we have scamboli/stromboli??? I don’t know the actual term for it. It’s delicous, whatever it is.
  • For dinner, we generally have scamboli and souffle leftovers

 

THE MOVIES

  • On Xmas Eve we generally always watch¬†It’s a Wonderful Life¬†and¬†A Christmas Carol.
  • On Xmas Day we watch festive movies we haven’t gotten to watch yet or movies that we just got. Sometimes we don’t watch any and just hang around.

 

THE FUN

  • We make gingerbread houses.
  • And many different kinds of cookies.
  • And drive around and look at the pretty lights.
  • We open up a few small presents on the night before, but most during the ‘big day.’

 

THE DECOR

  • We have a lovely little tree that we set up every year unless we get a live tree. I LOVE LIVE TREES. This year we have more furniture so we didn’t have room for a live one…sadness. ūüėČ
  • I have the tree from¬†A Charlie Brown Christmas¬†and it is SO. STINKIN’. CUTE. It’s on top of my piano.
  • My sister and I have matching stockings that my mother made??? for us when we were¬†very¬†young. They also match closely to our tree skirt.

 

What are y’all’s traditions? Comment down below and tell me your favorites!

 

Letting it snow,

Abby

 

 

Abby’s Top Eight Christmas Movies

The most wonderful time of the year isn’t complete without the most wonderful movies!!! To start off my Christmas posts, I decided to share my favorite festive movies and why I like them. They aren’t ranked in any particular order, just the order I think of them, LOL.

 

wonderful life

It’s a Wonderful Life—I’ve only watched this movie, oh, every year that I can remember? It doesn’t get more classic than this. I even saw a professional stage production of it on December 2nd. SO GOOD.

 

home alone

Home Alone—umm, this is a no-brainer

 

 

white christmas

White Christmas–If I had to pick an all-time Christmas favorite, this would probably be it. I watched it all the time when I was little.

 

charlie brown christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas–All the awws. All of them.

 

christmas in connecticut

Christmas in Connecticut–My sister made me watch this movie over and over again until I fell in love with it. But, seriously, it’s a great movie. “Oh,¬†Roberta!” ūüėČ

 

 

elf

Elf–yeah, yeah, I don’t condone Santa and all that jazz but¬†Elf¬†is HILARIOUS.

 

 

an affair to remember

An Affair to Remember–I don’t know if this *technically* counts as a Christmas movie, but there’s a holiday scene, so I’m going with it. You all know how I feel about this one.*grins* *cries*

 

meet john doe

Meet John Doe—Anne’s speech about “the First John Doe” at the end is¬†my favorite.

 

So, anyway, that about wraps it up! Comment down below your favorites and any suggestions you have for Christmas posts!

 

Merry and bright,

 

–Abby

 

 

Thanksgiving Wishes and New Theme

First off, I would like to wish you all a wonderful (belated) Thanksgiving! Mine was wonderful, and I hope the same for yours.

 

Also, as promised, I changed my theme!!! Isn’t the new one adorable???? Comment down below what you think of it. And, FYI, several Christmas themed posts are in the works–so stay tuned! ūüôā

 

–Abby

News+Historical Announcement

Hello, lovely ladies and gentlemen! I would like to interrupt your day only to say that

 

a) my cousin/sister/crazy person who lives with me is getting married!!! and

 

b) I’M CHANGING MY BLOG THEME!!!!!!!!

 

Okay, so, yes, I know that technically the first should be a bigger announcement. But whatevs.

 

Kenzie, a close friend of mine for half of my life/cousin-sister-thing is engaged. WHAT. Like yesterday she was thirteen and I was sitting on her lap arguing with her that horses are better than tigers and now she has a rock on her left hand and is wedding planning????????????????? (But I’m over horses now. #TEAMTIGER)

 

But in all seriousness, I can’t believe we’ve grown up this quickly and I wish Kenzie and Sam (the weirdo who makes her giggle like a mentally ill chipmunk) the best of luck. Congrats.

The wedding is set for May. YAY. I LOVE WEDDINGS. I’ll probably do a photo post after the graduation/vacation rush is over.

 

AND NOW FOR B.

COMING NOVEMBER 24th, 2017.

A CHRISTMAS THEME. *shrieks and throws candy canes everywhere*

And after Christmas…who knows what I’ll do. Shall I change it back to the adorable aquatic theme? Shall I change to something upbeat and funky for 2018? WHO KNOWS????

 

—-Abby