Curtain Sticks and Goblets

Do you ever just have those times you laugh… and laugh… and laugh? And you can’t stop?

I love those times.

Anyway… I haven’t given a room update in a while. The last time you guys heard about my room, the WiFi didn’t reach my room and there were boxes everywhere.

We’ll start with the messy corner of my room. This would be my desk. There’s some stuff curtainsticks2that simply just does not have a spot [yet] and it ended up there. A pile of hats and a couple of awards. A box from my new headset with extra cables in it. Yanno, miscellaneous things. There’s also still 3 boxes of books to the right of my desk, my suitcase, my carry-on backpack, a stepladder, a mirror that didn’t fit, and the vacuum cleaner. All of that is just kind of there because there’s no other place. But… it works. There’s also still a box with photo albums under my desk, because there’s no other place for them. Again, it works.curtainsticks4

Next, there’s my dresser. That got delivered (and put together) by Ikea exactly two weeks ago, along with my mattress- which is queen sized and really comfortable. But yeah, the dresser. Dang, I have a lot of breakable statuettes for someone that moves a lot. And my Volkswagen bus picture is on it. That (and everything else that is still laying around) will get hung up… soon. I just need a box of nails. Tomorrow is a new day… Maybe tomorrow I’ll hang some stuff on my walls. Anyway- all my clothes fit in the dresser perfectly. With the exception of a couple things that needed hung up… which are casually chilling in my curtainsticks1mom’s room.

Then there’s my bed. Like I said, it’s queen sized perfection. There’s a bunch of pillows and blankets and honestly I don’t ever want to leave it. Also featured in this picture is the guitar I got from the previous house owner, my ukulele, my purse, and the sheet music to Knoxville-1800 by James Curnow. What you don’t see is my cleverly disguised bench beside my bed by the wall.curtainsticks5 It may or may not be three more boxes of books with a sleeping bag over them.

Oh, and on that nightstand you see my computer on? There’s a fully functioning NetGear router and a phone. I get some fantastic internet speeds and I can do my Civil Air Patrol conference calls from the most comfortable place in the house. I’m still so happy with how I have everything set up. I can roll over and still use my phone while it’s plugged in to charge, no matter what way I’m facing. It’s pure bliss.

curtainsticks3Last, but not least, there’s this corner. Think away the baby scale, that’s just chilling there because there’s no other place for it. My CDs and DVDs, my Air Force gnome, my shoe bench (and all my shoes, of course), my hamper from a different angle. In the bottom left you can see part of the papasan chair. And my ducks are proudly displayed… in front of my Volkswagen bus Lego set that I got from my best friend at my graduation party. Hopefully I can hang up the poster my friends in CAP made me soon, too.

This is it. This is my room. It’s mine. I can play songs from Hamilton (the musical) as loud and as much as I want. I can listen to any music when I want. Because yanno, the attic is pretty far from the rest of the house.

Now, however, I’ll be going to bed. It’s two minutes to midnight. Good night, guys.

Smile more.

-E.

I did one of those “100 things about you” posts from Facebook.

The result? Probably being unfollowed on my blog, and boring a few readers to death. 

Well, here we go. I’ll put my responses in purple and bold.

  1. Are you named after someone? Not that I know of…
  2. When was the last time you cried? Oh goodness. Sometime this past week.  
  3. Do you like your handwriting? Yeah.
  4. Do you have freckles? I do indeed.
  5. What is your favorite lunch meat? I am not a fan of lunch meat… at all.
  6. Do you have any kids? Nope. I prefer to wait a decade or so longer.
  7. Do you use sarcasm? No, never. What’s sarcasm?
  8. Do you still have your tonsils? Yep, but not the adenoids.
  9. Would you bungee jump? Probably not, but skydiving is on my bucket list.
  10. What is your favorite cereal? Fruit Loops!
  11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Usually.
  12. Do you think you’re strong? It depends.
  13. What is your favorite ice cream? Strawberry Cheesecake from Katie’s Korner!
  14. What is the first thing you notice about people? How they act/behave. (Fidgety, etc.)
  15. Red or pink? Black.
  16. What is the least favorite thing you like about yourself? I guess my acne. But what the heck kind of question is this? I want to think about stuff I like. Like my eyes. *cue empowerment*
  17. What was the last thing you ate? A mini cheese pizza.
  18. What are you listening to? The Offspring.
  19. If you were a crayon what color would you be? Black.
  20. Favorite smell? Thunderstorms.
  21. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? On the phone… that would’ve been a Cadet Advisory Council conference call.  
  22. Favorite sport to watch? Hmm… I wanted to be original, but I’m not. Probably soccer or football.
  23. What color is your hair? Like… 5 colors. My roots are like, brownish blonde (my natural color these days I guess) but the rest of my hair is this awkward faded red color.
  24. Eye color? Blue.
  25. Do you wear contacts? Some days. I prefer glasses.
  26. Favorite food? Dunkin Donuts’s Turkey Cheddar and Bacon comes close.
  27. Scary movies or happy endings? Ooooo, this is hard. Both. But if I had to pick, I guess toss me a happy ending.
  28. Last movie you watched? The Santa Clause 2.
  29. What color shirt are you wearing? Gray.
  30. Summer or winter? Summer.
  31. Hugs or kisses? Kisses.
  32. What is on your lock screen? A picture of a runway with a plane taking off that says “Take Me Away” in some pretty font.
  33. Last show you watched? I binge watched NCIS two nights ago.
  34. Favorite sound? Chords. Like, music chords. Mmmm.
  35. Rolling stones or Beatles? The Beatles all the way.
  36. What is the farthest you have traveled? Well, I mean, I’ve lived on two separate parts of the earth so there’s that.
  37. Do you have a special talent? I like to think I’m a half decent cornet/trumpet player.
  38. Where were you born? The Netherlands.
  39. Computer or Television? Computer all the way.
  40. What book are you currently reading? “Finders Keepers” by Stephen King.
  41. Any tattoos? Not… yet. 
  42. What color is your house? Brick-colored.
  43. What color is your car? It’s called “Reflex Silver” and is Volkswagen-specific.
  44. Do you have any pets? A cat named Ophelia. Past pets include Booplesnoot and Dwayne the Dwarf Hamsters- Cats Skittles, Shakespeare, Herbie, Mozart, and Rataplan- and Buckshot the Bunny.
  45. Mountain Hideaway or Beach House? Mountain Hideaway.
  46. What is on your mouse pad? The CyberPatriot logo on one, a dog on the other, and my mouse on the third.
  47. What is your earliest memory? My bear party when I turned five.
  48. What is your favorite alcoholic drink? Those darn Halloween Shots from the bar that night my friend from Berlin visited.
  49. What is your favorite vegetable? Spinach.
  50. Do you remember your first day at school? In America, yes.
  51. What is the worst exam result you remember ever getting? An F in Freshman Physics. And I got high-fived for it. That teacher was the best.
  52. How tall are you? I want to believe I’m 5’7” but I’ve always been 5’6″ and a half when I’m measured “professionally”.
  53. Can you swim? Like a fish.
  54. Who is your favorite movie actress? Natalie Portman.
  55. Who is your favorite movie actor? Christian Slater, Rami Malek, or Leonardo DiCaprio.
  56. Who is your favorite historical figure (been dead for at least 100 years)? Guy Fawkes.
  57. Who is your favorite superheroine? Does Buffy Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer count?
  58. Who is your favorite superhero? IRON MAN IRON MAN IRON MAN
  59. Can you name a female scientist other than Madame Curie? Absolutely. Grace Hopper. ♥
  60. Who is your favorite mythological god or goddess? Dionysus. It kinda just stuck after being assigned a project on him in 5th grade.
  61. What is the worst movie you have ever seen? Oh man, probably “VHS” or “VHS2”.
  62. What is the worst TV show you have ever seen? “1,000 Ways to Die”. I hate it.
  63. What is the worst book you have ever read? Probably anything I “read” for summer work in High School. Except for “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” and “For One More Day” by Mitch Albom (I sobbed).
  64. If you could go back in time to witness an historical event in person, what event would you want to see? Woodstock, in 1969.
  65. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Hawaii.
  66. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would you meet? Samantha Christoforetti.
  67. If you could become famous for one thing, what would that thing be? Trumpet Performance.
  68. If you could meet any famous person who is dead, who would it be? Heath Ledger.
  69. Have you ever gotten any points on your driving license? That’s a negative, ghost rider. I’ve only ever been pulled over once; for a license plate light that was out.
  70. Have you ever bought alcohol or cigarettes while underage? I mean, alcohol is legal here at 16. That’s underage in America. But. Negative on the cigarettes. (I can barely breathe *without* smoke around. Hah).
  71. Where have you visited that you would like to go back to? Colorado.
  72. What is your favorite way to travel? Airplane, or by car if it’s close enough.
  73. What was the last computer game you played? War Thunder.
  74. What is your favorite movie? It changes weekly. I couldn’t even tell you, probably. Alice, Through the Looking Glass was pretty good. So is Stuart Little.
  75. What is your favorite book? That giant book of Shakespeare plays I own.
  76. What is your favorite song? Anything Blink-182. Or “Timber” by Ke$ha and Pitbull. Or “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics. There’s too many… oops.
  77. What is your favorite city? New York City. 
  78. Have you ever written a song? Yes. And I wrote it down on my bunk bed that’s taken apart now. I have pictures, though. 
  79. Have you ever written a poem? There’s a couple on this blog!
  80. Have you ever been a boy/girl scout? Nope. CAP is pretty awesome though.
  81. Have you ever written a book? I tried.
  82. What is your biggest pet peeve? Not paying attention to detail.
  83. Have you ever blown bubbles in your milk? No, I’m allergic to milk protein.
  84. Would you rather eat a Big Mac or a Whopper? Whopper. Given, there’s no tomato, pickles, ketchup, or onion.
  85. True or False: You would rather eat steak than pizza. It depends on the pizza or steak. Likely it would be False.
  86. Have you ever tried to cut your own hair? Oh no… Not those memories…
  87. How did that turn out? I wore headbands for a year.
  88. If you could be any age, what age would you be? 21. Not because alcohol, because it seems you’d finally be treated like an adult.
  89. Have you ever gotten gum stuck in your hair? No, but I did get some on my favorite footie pajamas when I was younger and I was devastated.
  90. Do you ride roller coasters? Heck yeah.
  91. What’s your favorite carnival ride? That monster truck tire thing that rolls you upside-down.
  92. What is your dream car? A 1959 Volkswagen Bus, Type 2.
  93. If you were in a car sinking in a lake, what would you do first? Wait for the car to fill up with water, thanks MythBusters.
  94. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance? Yes, in Florida (at Disney nonetheless). I barely remember it because I was passing out, though. It was my Sophomore year of High School.
  95. Can you pick something up with your toes? Yep. I can also open doors with my feet.
  96. How many remote controls do you have in your house? Three.
  97. Have you ever fallen asleep in school? Sophomore US History taught me how to sleep with my eyes open.
  98. How many times have you flown in an airplane in the last year? In the past 365 days, I have been on 4 separate commercial airliners, and flown a Cessna and a glider.
  99. What’s your favorite number? 19.
  100. A quote to end on? “She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and to no city” -Roman Payne

Well guys, that’s my “100 things about me”. Hopefully I wasn’t too boring :p

As always, thanks for being here.

Stay strong!

-E.

Ethnographic Realism

I’m sitting on my bed, in my new house. I’m looking around. It feels so… surreal.

That Christmas ornament, the one I got in a youth group ornament exchange. What’s that doing there? It should be on my pink lamp on my desk. Where did my walk-in closet go?

Then again, my purple blanket is on my bed right where it should be. I have my pillow pet, my high school diploma, my Air Force gnome. Yes, this is really my room. This is really my stuff.

I’m sitting on my bed, in my new house. I’m looking around. It feels like I’m in someone else’s life. What’s that about? It’s my life. I’m here. This is my house.

It doesn’t feel real yet. It’s been 52 days. Why doesn’t it feel real yet? I am almost in denial that this is our house. My house. That I live here. It feels like we just left Ohio yesterday. That we just drove by the little tree yesterday. That I just had my car yesterday. That I just saw everyone yesterday, that I made my routine stop at Circle K just this week.

That’s been over a month ago. Almost two months now. It still doesn’t feel real. I’ve been going to band for three weeks now. I love my Solo Cornet spot. I’ve ridden my bike so many places. I’ve even driven stalled a car a few times.

I’m not sure where I’m going with this. Just another mindless 1 a.m. blog post from yours truly. I’m happy here, sure. It’s just… strange. I wish I could describe the feeling. I tried, and failed.

Oh well, I won’t leave this post like that… Enjoy a song from band that I rather enjoy. It’s not the most complex, but I love it. It’s so Chritmas-y. (Duh. It’s called Christmas Overture).

Alright, guys. Stay strong and be happy, and stuff. 🙂

-E.

 

“Politics is more difficult than Physics”

“The Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November”

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Whether you’re for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, Bernie Sanders… or whoever else you are for, today is a big day!

Well, for you Americans out there, anyway. Hello everyone, and it’s 8 November 2016. election-2Welcome to the day the American people decide who will be the key figure in their political system for the next 4, possibly 8 years.

But, no matter who gets elected- as Theodore Roosevelt said;

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country”. 

I think some people will need reminded of this come 9 November. It seems this election has ripped some people apart. I’ve seen friends of mine end friendships over what candidate the other is voting for.

I don’t want this post to become some overly political rant, however, I’d like to hit a few points.

1.) George Washington on political parties is life:

“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

2.) What’s with the violence?

The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Why has it become a competition to see who’s rallies can get more out of hand?

3.) Can my friends… not?

I was told by one of my friends to take the test at https://www.isidewith.com/ to see which candidate I side with. He’s a pretty big Trump supporter, so when my results were that I side 88% with Jill Stein, he wasn’t happy.election-4

Disclaimer: This doesn’t mean, of course, that my vote would’ve been for Jill Stein. 

I’m just a tad frustrated when people say “It’s a good thing you’re not voting” when they hear someone supporting a candidate that’s not their own. Some people think the same about you, just saying. Either way though, it is a beautiful right given to any United States Citizen over the age of 18 to be able to vote. And they can choose who they want, not who their friends think is cool to vote for. If that happens to be the case, that they like who their friends think is cool, so be it.

But it is absolutely not okay to try to degrade someone based on who they’re voting for.

The point of voting is for the public to voice their own opinion… not to vote to fit in or be cool. And yes, I know that sometimes as a young adult this can be an issue. Hell, I’m sure it’s an issue in every age group. But why? I wish some of these questions could be answered.

Side note: yes, I understand and I am very pro peaceful protest and campaigning, as well as talking to your friends about your political stances and beliefs. I personally just believe however, that this has gone past that. Yes, it’s your Facebook account and you can delete people for supporting X Candidate all you’d like if that’s what you so choose, but if you were dying and had to go to a hospital, would you really tell the doctor “no” to trying to save you simply because of the candidate they support? Life goes on. The election will be over. Everyone will be upset no matter what, but they’ll find something else to argue about soon enough.

This post is becoming much too rant-like for my liking… so I’ll stop here. I suppose my point with this was just… Happy Election Day!

A presidential election hasn’t destroyed the earth yet, and I think we’ll be alright this time, too.

God save the queen.

-E. ♣

“If nobody hates you, you’re doing something wrong.”

Home is where your story begins, or so they say. Now, the title doesn’t have any relation to this post, but I googled “House quotes”, and I should’ve known better.

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I’m sitting at the kitchen table, typing my first blog post from the new house. I am really newhouse3doing something productive- I’m hurrying up and waiting. Yesterday I set up the wifi (and cried a little at the wiring done in the meter closet) and now I’m waiting for the TV to decide to finally want to work.

The first picture here to the left, is what the closet lnewhouse2ooked like before I put the modem in (yes, it’s a modem. With WiFi capabilities. *twitches*).

The picture to the right is after installing the modem. It’s still barely better, but it… works. I just kind of want to cry and install little tiny shelves. It honestly is slightly  frustrating, especially coming from the US where you had the freedom to put your router and phone (almost) anywhere. The “meterkast”, or “meter closet” in English- is kind of just a pain in the neck.

Oh- another pain in the neck?? The WiFi doesn’t reach my room. Time to go buy a WiFi Range Extender. I wanted to use the NetGear router dangling from the cable in the “before the modem” picture and set up my own WiFi in my room. But, my mom isn’t necessarily a newhouse4fan of running Ethernet Cables through the house. Darn… :p

This is my view right now, the leaning tower of boxes and the TV loading screen. It’s rather annoying- and has probably
been sitting like that for about half an hour.

But on a side note, our living room looks really cute and the newhouse1couch is comfortable as heck. Also yes, I *did* line up the bird picture with the TV. From this angle, it doesn’t look like it- but I promise it is. I spent *wayyyy* too much time doing so.

It’s coming along. It’ll start to feel like home soon, right? When we actually start sleeping here… Right? Hopefully. Ikea is coming tomorrow to set up my dresser, my brother’s bed, and bring mattresses. I’m excited for that, because it means I can go back to doing productive things in my room. And make my bed. And decorate. And hang stuff up. Okay, I’m a tad excited about my room. Who wouldn’t be, though?

Oh! I finally remembered what I’ve been meaning to post about. Remember my friend that crashed into the lake? (See this post) Well, he’s okay! And so is his instrument. He lost some music and solos, but other than that, he’s absolutely fine. Even his phone works again. I was so relieved. Shout-out to all my friends that helped me find out he was okay/helped me calm down. My mom, too. She helped me a bunch.

Well, the TV is still loading, bu I think I’m going to go take a nap in the recliner now that my mom left the house to go pick my brother up from school. Yay, productivity!

Have a great day, everyone 🙂

-E.

Remember, remember!

Hello, everyone! No, this post isn’t going to be some odd, historical post about the Fifth of November (also known as Guy Fawkes day or Bonfire Night) or the Gunpowder Treason. Although it is a cool history lesson…

It all started in England in 1605 when a group of Catholic dudes were like “Ah nah man, this Protestant king dude is trash” and they decided they’d blow up the whole building. Late 4 November 1605, the one dude in charge of the explosives, Guy Fawkes, was caught guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder in the basement of the House of Lords. There were like 12 other dudes involved too, but Fawkes is the most well known due to the fact he got himself caught.

This English Folk Verse resulted-

Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England’s overthrow.
But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James’s sake!
If you won’t give me one,
I’ll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!

There have also been modern day references to Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, such as the 1988 graphic novel “V for Vendetta” which later became a movie, and the “anonymous mask” (or Guy Fawkes mask; V for Vendetta mask).

Here’s a cool link to a news site in the UK for those of you who would like to read the long version and see what Bonfire Night is all about.

I’d love to be able to go to Alexandra Palace in London to see the fireworks… Someone take me. I went to see if I could buy tickets for a last minute trip… but they’re sold out. Except for tickets for the disabled who won’t have access to the viewing platform… But hey, if you’re disabled and want to go to a killer fireworks show in London… Buy yourself an £11.00 ticket! Maybe next year for me.

Remember, remember the fifth of November!

-E.

I took a nap in boxes

I scheduled my post for tomorrow, but almost forgot to post today’s! What kind of blog am I running, anyway? I’m good at this. remember-remember-2

Today all our stuff from the shipping container arrived in our new house. Oh man, that was incredibly stressful. So much stuff to go through… Honestly, so many of these boxes are just boxes full of paper. Oh well, everything was wrapped well. And nothing broke! (Well, with the exception of a couple of tote boxes that don’t really matter anyway).

My room started off all clean and empty, as you may have seen in yesterday’s post. That lasted until about 0830 today. Boxes flooded my room and resulted in the above picture. remember-remember-3Yes it’s pixelated on purpose. That’s personal information on there! #WhatAmIDoingwithMyLife

I spent about 4 hours in my room- unpacking and repacking because I don’t have a closet yet (S/O to Ikea for having a delivery service).

Oh, I also played in the packing paper and eventually took a half hour nap. I found the cushion to my papasan chair, moved my shoe bench in front of it, sat down, and was asleep in a matter of minutes. So yeah, I love my new room. It’s quiet, away from people, big, and it’s my own. I can’t wait to have all my furniture and then hang up all my pictures.

Pinterest has become quite the room decorating addiction. I told my mom I was going to put plants all over my room, but then realized that a.) if they’re real they’d die soon anyway because I won’t be there in December and b.) fake plants cost an arm and a leg and probably a kidney.remember-remember-1

All in all, I’d say today was pretty productive. This corner of my room looks incredibly cozy… if you think the boxes behind the papasan chair away. I jokingly told my mom I’m not even going to buy a book shelf, that I’d just leave all my books packed. There may end up being some truth to that.

Also- lesson learned today: packing paper is not a comfortable mattress.

-E.

I asked my editor for a clever title. That was a mistake.

Eight consecutive hours. Okay- maybe I was more or less forced to sit down and eat half of a 6″ sub, but still. Lots of painting today! I’ll start with the introduction you guys didn’t get yet.

title-7On October 31st, we got the keys to our house here in the Netherlands. Since yesterday- November 1st, we’ve been spending the whole day in the new house cleaning and doing other things. Shampooing the carpets, dusting, etc. Today was my turn to do a huge project- I painted my brother’s room. I had fun with it… as you can maybe tell by the pictures. The top left picture has the letters “SBAL” very subtly painted on to the wall which stands for, you guessed it, She Became a Lion. Then I painted an “E” with my hand print, and got a little bit of paint on my legs… Yes, I actually did paint the walls. title-5I actually accidentally painted a horse on the wall… purely accidental of course.

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There was also a hella cool double rainbow. We dropped everything we were doing and took like 6000 pictures.

Lastly is my new bedroom. Obviously it is far from finished, but it’s progress. I built the bed and moved the desk (which hurt like heck, I had to get under it to lift it back on the legs), as well as some little things like moving the nightstands up and running power cords places. Yay power strips and extension cords!

I love the flower design on my wall by my bed, and I’m really excited to spend some time learning guitar. The previous owner left my brother some toys and games and she left me a guitar. It was pretty awesome to walk up to my future room and see a guitar sitting there.

Well, I’ll post more tomorrow. I’m going to try and get some sleep. Or… maybe listen to the final game of the World Series. Cubs are already up one. *grumble*

Go Tribe!

-E.