This is what is happening in my home town right now.
Yes, ice castles for all.
If it were up to me I wouldn't even have shoveled out, but I've a new friend who worries about me and therefore shoveled me out before I could dig a tunnel from my flat to my car. Oh well. I built a BB8 snowman to make up for it.
Because of so much snow work has been closed so I've been spending most of my days reading. I need to start writing again as well.
School has more or less started up again this week. It started, but the college is closed so there have been only online classes going.
And that is all the news I have for the time being. That and I want to get back to do nothing, which I've done all day because nothing days can be fun once in a while.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you all had as nice a New Years Eve and day as I did. Same with Christmas. Monday was still officially part of my holiday, therefore I didn't show up here. Instead I went down to the city to Bucky and Donna's.
I stole a tag from Treskie, because we all know by now I lack all creativity and therefore must steal it. Oh wait, we didn't know that? Oops.
Anyways, here we go.
1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?
World Domination....wait. No, not yet. Maybe this year.
I PUBLISHED A BOOK THROUGH A PUBLISHING COMPANY! I went on adventures alone and with friends, got a pet hamster - though I have had hamsters before so I guess that doesn't count.
2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions and will you make one this year?
I can't remember which I made last year, so let's go with no. I have made some this year and plan to do better at them. Most of them are fun and adventure related.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Some cousins. Some of the moms at the daycare. Some adopted family members. But I guess no one I am terribly close to.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not this year.
5. What countries/ states did you visit?
None. I spent all my travel time exploring California.
6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
Rule of the world. Maybe also a space ship, always wanted to visit Mars.
7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory?
June 4th. I think this will be it every year.
8. Did you move anywhere?
Middle Earth. They have internet service, who knew, right?
9. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Well it sure wasn't world domination! Hmmm....I came out of my little safe box more and was thrust into trusting my adopted family. (This was all through broken ribs and lack of work.)
10, What was your biggest failure?
Not being a better friend and sister.
11. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Well...I was still recovering from my ribs, but they broke the end of 2015 so I don't know if that counts.
12. What was the best thing you bought?
A raft. I had so much fun with it and my adopted sisters this summer.
13. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My adopted sisters, but especially my Ben and my oldest adopted sister. The eldest has helped me through so many rough patches over the year and my Ben is always there for me even when I don't want anyone to be there for me.
14. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
15. Where did most of your money go?
Books and adventures with my sisters.
16. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
SUMMER! Being able to move after my ribs. All the adventures I went on. CHRISTMAS!
17. What was the best concert you've been to this year?
I didn't go to one 8-(. Owl City didn't do one this year.
18. What song/ album will always remind you of 2016?
Stand by You and all of Adam Young's Scores.
19. Compared to this time last year, are you:
I feel more at home and I think I am happier.
20. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Traveling, which would have been next to impossible. But still.
21. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying and stressing. All those lovely things.
22. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Adam Young's Scores. Love them.
23. How did you spend Christmas?
With my wonderful adopted family.
24. How did you spend New Year's?
With my adopted family and some wonderful friends. Food was involved, noise making, then home to bed.
25. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
Ben and my mom.
26. What as the best book you read?
Implant, A Drop of Night, the Lockwood books.
27. Did you fall in love in 2016?
28. What was your favorite TV show?
I had fun watching Hawaii Five-O. My Little Pony....yes, I watch that. Psych.
29. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't hate anyone. My neighbor and another person bug me, but I don't hate them.
30. What did you want and get?
A nice church family. I know, what a good Christian answer.
31. What did you want and not get?
32. What were your favorite films this year?
Zootopia. It is embarrassing how many times I've watched it. The Jungle Book. Civil War. Rouge One.
33. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I had a lovely tea party, and I am between 28 and 30.
34. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
I did slightly better this year. Maybe not so much just grab what I can find but more of a mix between a WWII soldier and a gypsy.
35. What kept you sane?
Since when have I been sane?
36. Which celebrity/ public figure did you fancy the most?
Well, I can't believe I am admitting this, but Adam Young.
37. What one thing would ave made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Seeing my cousin.
38/ What political issue stirred you the most?
The same one that got everyone else stirred.
39. Who did you miss?
Ben before she moved back. My cousin. My brothers.
40. Who was the best person you met?
I made several new friends but two stand out more than anyone else. Nancy and Eric. I also made a better friend of Melody, but I knew her before this year.
41. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
Never give up, never surrender. Also I am not alone.
42. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Place your empty hands in mind and show me all the scars you hide and hey, if your wings are broken please take mine so yours can open too.
43. Five personally significant events of 2016:
1. I published.
2. I became good friends with Melody.
3. Disney Land.
4. Trusting someone
5. Making new friends.
44. Five things I want to do in 2017:
1. Publish The Broken Blade.
2. Publish So Much Owed.
3. Get my passport
4. Camp more
5. Go and see Owl City if he does another concert.
45. Five people I'd like to know better in 2017:
Have a wonderful holiday! I have a little gift for all of you. This is a short afterward story from Brothers-in-Arms.
It was 1946, New Years Day. The
war was over and Japhet and Franz were living in New York with Jimmy
and Danny. It should have been one of those snow covered days one
finds in books. Cool, crisp air with the promise of new life in the
wind. As Franz shoved his way through the freshly fallen snow it felt
anything but a chance at new life.
The wind and air was bitter as
it bit through his coat, though he didn't mind. He was in a foul mood
and would have been in a worse one if the sun were shinning and
people were smiling and telling him how wonderful life was. At that
moment he didn't think life was at all wonderful.
Japhet had finally be released
from the hospital but the way the doctor had put it, it almost made
it sound like he was being released so he could die in the comfort of
his own home. To make everything even worse, the rest of his and
Franz's family were not yet in the States, still trying to get
passage from France to New York. Even with Jimmy and Danny, Franz
felt like he was on his own, and he wasn't sure what to do.
Getting Japhet out of Germany
had been his first step in making things right with him. Then there
had been the long months in different hospitals, months of doctors
and nurses fighting to save his life. Franz rarely left his side
during that time, only going with Danny to Jimmy's captain to help
testify in his honor and get him out of court marshaling. It had
taken all of them and a letter from Sam's family to save him. He had
been dishonorable discharged but it was better then being shot.
Most of the time in the
hospitals, Franz spent his time telling Japhet stories, reminding him
who he was and of their boyhood together. He had spent hours
bandaging and keeping a close eye on his hand and leg, since the
doctors were not concerned over those injuries but the ones which
were killing Japhet. Now it had all been for nothing. Franz didn't
know what he would do if Japhet died on him after all of that.
Franz's head snapped up and he
looked skyward, snow falling on his face as he did so. He blinked it
out of his eyes and found himself looking up into a smiling face
haloed by blond hair. It was a face he knew, the face of the happy
girl who worked at the cafe he always passed. She had the same smile
she always wore, one reaching to her gray eyes and making them
“Hallo.” He couldn't
imagine why she might be smiling down at him, nor had he known she
lived so close to him. All he could hope was that she didn't want to
carry on a conversation since his English was still limited to Hello,
I'm hungry, and Jimmy,
if you don't shut up I'm throwing you out the window.
Instead of speaking more, the
blond haired girl waved and made motions that said she wanted him to
stay where he was. Confused and uncertain – hoping her sweet smile
was not something she hid behind to disguise the fact she stabbed
Germans in the snow – he stayed put. It was only a matter of
seconds he stood there, snow falling down on his hair and shoulders,
before she appeared. She wore a red scarf and a gray coat and ran up
to him like they were old friends.
“Judith,” she said. She
held one hand out while keeping the other safely in her large coat
Still uncertain, and keeping
his eye on the pocket, Franz held his hand out to her and they shook
as he said, “Franz.”
Pulling her other hand from her
pocket, she held a little black kitten out to Franz. It was more
unexpected then anything he had ever had happen to him in his life
and only got worse when she placed the kitten in his hand. He stared
down at it as it shivered in the cold air and was about to hand it
back when the girl smiled, said something, and walked back into the
apartment – leaving Franz alone in the snow with a mewing kitten.
He had no choice but to turn and hurry to his own apartment,
repeating over and over the words she had told him so he could try
and say them to Jimmy in the hopes he could translate.
It was cold in the staircase
but warm in the apartment. Japhet was lying on the couch, staring up
at the ceiling with little acknowledgment of where he was. Franz
stopped in the doorway and stared at him, wondering how much time he
had left in this world. It angered him to see him this way, angered
him and cut his heart in two.
About that time, Jimmy emerged
from his bedroom carrying a shoe. He stopped when he saw Franz,
stared at him for a moment, then asked, “What is that in your
the kitten as if in answer.
It was a soft sound, barely
seeming to reach past Franz's hand, but Japhet turned his head at it
and blinked three times, then something happened Franz hadn't seen in
a long time. Clarity replaced the fog in his eyes and he slowly –
moving carefully because of his left hand – sat up and leaned
against the arm of the couch.
“Is that a kitten?” he
“Um – yes.” Franz didn't
have to take time to think. He walked over to the couch and set it
down on Japhet's chest. “It is for you.”
“You got me a kitten?”
Japhet plucked it off his shirt, even when it dug its claws in, and
held it up level with his eyes. He and the kitten stared at each
other, then he smiled and it meowed.
“Yes, I sort of did.”
“Where on earth did you get a
kitten?” Jimmy asked.
Franz didn't see why it
mattered now. The kitten made Japhet smile, so it was obviously
staying no matter where it came from.
“Someone – it doesn't
matter. And what does-” He repeated the words the girl had told him
as best he could.
“I think it means Merry
Christmas, but it is hard to tell with you slaughtering it like
that,” Jimmy muttered.
Franz shrugged, “that-” he wasn't sure what else to stay.
Christmas was a hard subject around Japhet, though his friend didn't
seem to be listening. The kitten was back on his chest and he was
petting its small head.
“There, that's its name,”
he said without looking up. “Merry.”
Ever have an extremely pleasant day only to arrive home more than ready for your fuzzy jammies and your soft bed only to find you managed in the most round about way ever to lock yourself out of your house?
Did this happen to me recently?
My name is Jack, do you really have to ask?
Locking myself took a process of about three or more days. So, let me try and explain as best I can from the beginning.
I have mentioned my best friend before, the one I nicknamed Ben. She came to spend the night the other day, always something I look forward to. It is the best thing ever to live in the same town as your best friend.
Anyways, we had a nice evening and I dropped her back at her house on my way to work. Only she had forgotten her wallet at my house. Since I had no time to run back and get it before work I removed my house key from my key ring and gave it to her so she could head back and get it.
Later that night, after a long day of work, I went back home and found the key safely under a bird house outside my door. I went inside and set the key down on my books. It was late, I was tired, and I had forgotten my set of keys in my car. Too tired to get them I went to bed and decided to put the house key back on the next day.
During the night, and my constant flailings in my sleep, I knocked the key off the books which are beside my bed. The week turned out to be so busy that I didn't get the chance to look for it. I knew I would have time on Saturday so I just left my door unlocked all week.
Saturday finally came. Saturday mornings are the mornings I go to coffee with my oldest adopted sister. We go early because she has to work. So I wake up and get dressed and go to coffee. I was going to look for the key when I got home. But while at coffee I was invited to join my adopted sister to go down to the city and do a little bit of shopping and then go with her and her nieces to see the ballet of The Nutcracker. I couldn't refuse, even though I knew Dog would be mad at me since Saturday is our special hiking day.
I called my two youngest adopted sisters and asked them to play with Dog for the day so she could at least get out, then I headed down to the city. It was an extremely pleasant day. We went to Bucky and Donna's, talked lots, went to Hobby Lobby, and then headed to the ballet. Afterward we stopped to get a bite to eat.
Meanwhile my new friend invited me and a few others from our Bible study group to come to his house and watch a Sharespear play, Measure for Measure. Finally, after a wonderful evening, I headed home ready for my fuzzy jammies, my bed, and Dog.
I skipped up to my house, turned the knob, and discovered my sisters had locked the door. A reasonable thing. They have a spare key and always lock up when they leave, not knowing I had left my key inside. I decided to break in through the window as I have done in the past, only I had locked the window when I closed it for the winter.
There I was, alone at midnight in the cold, locked out. Desperate, I called Ben who thankfully woke up and another sister came to get me and let me camp out on their floor for the night. It turned out to work nicely in the end as I then spent Sunday with them, baking and making snowflakes and just having a relaxing day which I needed.
And there it is, my last weekend adventure.
Now I have to run as I need to get ready for work.
For the rest of the month I will be sharing some of my favorite Christmas songs on Mondays. I usually take a writing holiday during the month of December, writing only when I am in the mood for it. It is kind of my off month. Blogging, I would say, would slow down too but it has been slow all year so that won't shock any of you any.
But I do have some posts planned, while I prepare for the Christmas holidays. I even boldly baked today! With help, but we can pretend I did it all on my own just to give my moral a boast.
I have a Christmas gift planned for all you, my lovely readers.
I also have a story to share this week, all about my weekend mishaps! Because if anyone is going to go about having mishaps over the space of one weekend it is bound to be me.
Now, for the song.
Quote is from Nine's Christmas "Special." I am going through and watching all the Doctor Who Christmas specials in order.