NMC Day 5: Missing Music/Random

I am both missing and hating music right now. I hate it because I have really stupid songs stuck in my head, but I miss it because I really want to listen to some Relient K right now!

I have been in a really good mood this week and I don’t know why. There is something uplifting about my little world lately. I’ve been able to tune out the outside world for a while and just remember that life is still beautiful. I know I can’t do it forever, but sometimes it’s good to remember that life isn’t all about the terrible things that happen.

I am happy because:

  1. My coloring book (hahaha, I know) comes tomorrow!!!
  2. I finished Coronation Summer
  3. I get to have tea in the morning like a proper English girl!
  4. Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street is a great show!

P.S – I planned a good post for today, but nothing was working right and 1) I had a long day and 2) It’s getting late. 🙂

Sunset

I watched the sun set over the beach. It’s funny how a little thing like a sunset is really not such a little thing. It’s a beautiful thing and there’s no better way to experience it then to see it by a large body of water. The way the light reflects off of the water and colors the clouds is amazing to see. It’s one part of nature that I have always been in awe of.

Yesterday, when I saw the sunset, I tried to ingrain it into my memory so that I could write about it later. Here is what I remember: large clouds skirting across the western sky, the sun quickly descending into the midst of them. I remember the riot of colors that exploded into being as the sun passed by the clouds. There were pinks, reds, oranges, and gold. I remember the grey-blue of the clouds and the white-tipped waves that rushed to the shore.

I can never see something as it truly is for long, because my imagination takes over and I see a new world. No matter how old and mature I get I never want to stop seeing things as they could be, or imagining things into being. Yesterday, I saw a cloud boat. It was floating near the water, a little to the east of the sunset, away from the docks and moorings of the cloud islands. It was colored pink and a tiny white flag could be seen fluttering in the breeze. Soon, it had sailed away into the evening sky.

There were lots of people down by the shore. There were kids playing in the water and on the dunes. They played in the sand and by the shore. The adults were snapping pictures and walking up and down the beach. I wondered what it would be like if no one worried about taking the perfect picture and we all just watched the sunset instead. Of course, I thought of Look On Up by Relient K. I was seeing that song play out in front of my eyes. Pictures are great, but they can never replace the beauty and wonder of seeing a real sunset.

Those are my thoughts. 🙂

Claire 

 

Why I’m Still Working on School

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It’s July 8. The sun is shining down on my neighborhood full of kids that are busy enjoying their break from school. Well, not every kid is done with school. Hi there! It’s me, Claire, and while the rest of the country is on vacation I’m still working on school. I’m still working on my massive Omnibus IV, three subjects in one book (theology, history, and literature).

I’d be lying if I said I was excited to be doing school in July, but I would also be lying if I told you I wasn’t. It’s a strange thing, but yes, I still enjoy doing school this late in the year. Not all the time, but most of the time I still enjoy it. I enjoy getting up early to work on my latest essay or to read a few chapters of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. I love the books I’ve been getting to read, as well as the excuse to sit on the porch and read all day.

Of course, it truly isn’t all fun and games. It’s hard work focusing on school when everyone else is watching Star Wars and Zootopia, or spending a restful afternoon just drawing. Sometimes I want to quit, and sometimes I do, but most of the time I keep going. I fight through the distractions and find that not quitting is ten times more satisfying than quitting. There are times when I take breaks, but only after I’ve worked hard and accomplished a lot, or when I know that I need a break.

Now, school isn’t the only thing I’ve been doing lately. I’ve been reading for fun a lot. Right now I’m reading Farmer Boy and Coronation Summer (Angela Thirkell). Yesterday I started a puzzle. I love puzzles! There’s something so satisfying about fitting all the pieces together. 🙂 I have also been watching the original Star Wars trilogy and yesterday I watched The Phantom Menace, which was not as bad as I expected it to be. I mean, yeah, the acting wasn’t great and there were some cheesy jokes that I rolled my eyes at, but it wasn’t half bad. I can’t wait to watch Attack of the Clones. 

Happy Summer!

~Claire 

About Camp

Ahhhh…I’m finally back to writing on this blog and it feel so good! I’m excited to get back to regular life, even though I had an amazing time at camp.

About Camp…

I can’t think of it without smiling. Summer camp was ingrained into my life at a young age. It’s become a pivotal part of my summer, one that I wouldn’t miss for anything. 🙂 Nostalgia, mixed with a sense of freedom, and being slap-happy all day because I’m so tired creates a week that is like really rich cake with sweet icing. It’s good for a few bites, but I couldn’t eat it forever.

At camp I learned:

  • That my friends are the best
  • That you can never learn everything that’s in the Bible, there is always more to learn
  • That I really love playing soccer
  • That the game “Zoo” gets a teeny bit old when you play it non-stop for a few days

Now the rest of July and August stretches before me like a black Word document. I have a few plans for what I’m going to do with the rest of my summer, but I’ll talk about those tomorrow.

Random things I love right now:

  • Mrs. Hippopotamus’s  by Relient K
  • Knowing God by J.I Packer
  • Watching my sisters make friendship bracelets and wishing I knew how 😦
  • Learning everything there is to know about MBTI!!!!!

That’s my life right now. I hope your life is going well.

Claire 

Today I…

I didn’t write yesterday…or the day before. 😦 I’m not going to worry about it though, because it’s summer and I’ve had a ton of fun over the past few days.

Today/this week I…

  • Went to karate and, surprisingly, learned that journaling is really important. The instructor (or Sensei) was telling us that, because we are natural “forgetters” as humans, it’s a good idea to write down what we learn so that we can come back to it later for teaching, or simply remembering, purposes. Then one of the other Sensei’s said that it’s a good idea to journal anyways about life and such. He said, “A life worth living is a life worth recording.” The things you learn at karate. 😉
  • My sister and I went over to a friend’s house. Spending the night at a friend’s house is one of those things that are simply summery. I had such a good time taking silly quizzes and playing with her crazy, lovable dog.
  • Read one hundred pages of Farmer Boy. This morning I had a lot of time to read while waiting for my friend’s to wake up. 🙂 I love Farmer Boy. It’s such a sweet, funny story. It might be my favorite Little House book.
  • Listened to this song: Mrs. Hippopotamus’sthe new Relient K song, a few (a lot) of times.

This week has been summery and I love it! 

Goodnight friends,

Claire 

More Summer Plans

I love summer because…

  1. I am tan now. I love being tan and I have no idea why. I just love it. ❤
  2. It is ridiculously humid
  3. Camp. In two weeks!!!!! 

I don’t have many ambitions for this this summer. i did make a list on this blog of all the things I wanted to do. I still want to do all those things, but right now I’m not very motivated. I look outside and I see the summer sun, and I get an itch to do everything that I possibly can to make this the summer that I step out of my comfort zone and have a lot of fun doing it.

I wish I could:

  1. Plan a game night with my friends
  2. Have a water balloon fight
  3. Go to the zoo
  4. Go rock-climbing
  5. Go to a concert
  6. Go to London, England
  7. Go to Yellowstone

If only those were my summer plans. :/

ANNOUNCEMENT: I will talk about this later as well, but here is the official announcement. I will be at summer camp from 6/27 – 7/1. Blog posts will still be going up, because I am writing them beforehand, but I will not be able to respond to comments or anything like that.

What are your plans for Summer?

 

Fleeting Summer – Haiku

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Summer is coming

With lots of sun and good times

Then school starts again

Today:

I wrote this haiku today. Yesterday I wrote another song and today I continued with it. Sitting down at the piano and playing my own original work is satisfying. I like the sound of the crisp notes in the air.

 

Remember:

Each day is new. Everyday is a new opportunity to try again or do something amazing.

 

Little Things:

The sun shining bright and warm. A new score by Adam Young (this one about D-day). I’ll Meet You There

Open your eyes and see, everything you can be. ~ I’ll Meet You There by Owl City

Have a good day,

Claire 

Remember to check out my first post if you haven’t already: Beginning Somewhere.

A Beautiful Day and Honesty

Thought One:

The wind is blowing through the trees. They are all in sync. All of the trees in my neighborhood dance to the music of the softly blowing breeze.

I look up at the sky and see the sun, peeking through the clouds. Metaphors pass through my head as I squint up at it. I hold them each in my mind for a millisecond before letting them go like dainty butterflies.

I look at the ground and see many things. Life flows around them and connects them all together. They are all connected by life and the one who gave them that life. The pink peonies shyly nod at the visiting bees, and people pass by; their unique story swirling throughout and around them like the enticing scent of a mysterious perfume.

Throughout everything in my world this afternoon flows the beautiful hope of a summer yet to happen. Memories are waiting to happen, lives are waiting to change, and dreams are waiting to be made and accomplished. Everything is possible all of a sudden, simply because it’s summer.

It’s a beautiful life, but hard too.

I don’t know what I’m trying to say. I’ve honestly started this post about four times. None of the times before this felt right. Now, as I sit here looking out on my front yard and evaluating life as I know it, it feels right.

Thought Two:

Can we be honest? Please. Because most of the time we aren’t completely honest, not with ourselves and not with others.

Are we ever okay? Really and truly, fine? When we speak these words are we being truthful? I’m not okay. Constantly. It’s okay to not be fine. It’s okay to be hurting. And it’s OKAY to say that. When life gets hard. When we are hurting. It’s okay to admit that. Why do we think that we have to be strong all the time? We don’t have to, because we can’t. There is no possible way to be fine all the time.

The question of whether or not other people can help us is irrelevant. Other people aren’t there to help you all the time. The real question is whether or not we care about the people who care about us, enough to tell them about what is going on in our lives, good and bad.

I fail at this all the time. I did today. But pretending to be fine is never the answer. Being honest is the answer.

I’m still not sure what this post is about. It’s really just the thoughts that have been floating around my head today. I love this beautiful life of mine. I love the beauty in the world, I love summer, and I love honesty. Yes, I’m scatter-brained today, but what can you expect from a girl who has about a hundred things running through her mind at a time? 😉

Listen to good music and be honest with yourself and others,

~ Claire

Tentative Summer Plans

Summer is coming on fast and I am very excited about it! As May has progressed my excitement has grown and so have my tentative plans. Today I want to share some of my goals for this summer.

  1. Read the Little House on the Prairie series
  2. Submit at least two stories to magazines and such
  3. Write lots of flash fiction and short stories (at least two of the latter)
  4. Keep exercising (riding bike, walking…)
  5. Study for my temps
  6. Finish school… 😦

Those are all of my goals so far. I might add to it and I will definitely be checking back at the end of summer to see how I did.

There are also some things that I’m going to do this summer that happen almost every year. In June i’m going to work in the VBS at my church. I’ve mentioned before that my job will be handling all the “special effects” for the play. It’s been so much fun to practice every week with a bunch of my friends. Sometime in July I will also be going on vacation with family for a week. And finally I’m going to go to summer camp for a week so that means…no blog posts. 😦 But I’ll talk more about that later.

I’m so glad that summer is just around the corner. What fun things do you plan on doing this summer?

Outdoor Games

I remember when life was nothing more than finishing school in time to play outside before it got dark. The days between the first snowfall and the first fifty degree day of the spring, were hard ones for me and my siblings and, because we lived to play outside. Every year there were new games to play outside, mostly ones that involved stories of some sort and make-believe. Today, I want to share some of those games, because I miss them. :/

 

1. “House” version 1

First of all, did not call it house. I called this game “home” or “family.” Why? Because I was scared of the TV show House. When I was little it always came on just after either American Idol or Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Gosh, I loved that show!!). Anyways, at the beginning of every episode there was a little message that said, “Viewer discretion advised.” For some reason that little message always freaked me out! So, whenever we played “house,” I would call it “home.”

Anyways, the first version of this game was very simple. My siblings and I (four of us in all) would gather all of the fold up tables, outside-furniture cushions, and toy cooking stuff that we could find and put it all in a big pile. One-by-one, we would all pick out the pieces that we wanted, except for my brother. He was always the wanderer (i.e Indian, soldier, police officer etc. who for some reason never had a proper home). After sorting all the stuff, my sisters and I would pick a place for our houses to be. I always picked my favorite spot under the trees at the top of the hill. My sisters always fought over the front porch and the loser had to make-do with our tiny back porch. Most of the actual game was spent visiting each other and getting speeding tickets from my brother when we went too fast down the sidewalk on our scooters and bikes.

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My “home” under the willow and pine trees.

 

2. Mermaids…ish

In my neighborhood we can’t put up a small baby pool. You know, the kind that are like two feet high! So we used our tiny sandbox for a pool and played in the sprinkler that was mostly used to water the grass.

There were many games that could be played with the sprinkler, but the best game was the mermaid game. I learned this game from a friend… who actually had a pool. Basically, we were all mermaids (me and my sisters) and we all lived beside the sprinkler. That was the game. So much fun. XD

 

3. Indians and Settlers

This game was the most fun once we built our deck, before the deck we had a tiny back porch. After the deck was built we used it as a boat for the settlers to come over the “ocean” in. My two sisters and my brother always wanted to be Indians. I always wanted to be a settler because then I could dress up. 🙂 I would pack some dress-up clothes, dishes, and a few books into a box and leave for the “New World” where the Indians lived.

After my arrival in the “New World” I would set up camp and explore, inevitably finding the Indians. War would ensue and or we would become friends. War was much more exciting.

 

4. Grass Soup

Besides playing make-believe “house” games, we would always play cooking games. I learned this game from another friend, or maybe she learned it from us… I can’t remember now. Anyways, it was a great game. We would take all the five-gallon buckets we could find and fill them with water and the cut grass that came out of the mower (I’m not sure if there’s a technical name for that or not). Next, we would add whatever was growing in the yard; dandelions, grass seed, violets, leaves, petals off of random flowers, and of course the secret ingredient. 😉 This could be anything from a blade of grass to our own breath.

We would also play other cooking games. We would collect the broccoli and grape tomatoes that we grew in the garden, add water and voila, we had soup.

 

5. The best game

One year, before the deck was built, we bought a camper and parked it beside our house to clean it up. It stayed there for a while (even though it was violating the neighborhood rules) and we loved to play in it. Behind the camper we had our baby pool (before that too had to be taken down) and every day I would wade through it on my way to the covered wagon, I mean camper. 🙂

 

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It was the best game because we had a pool and a permanent house. I can’t remember why it was so great, but I have fond memories of playing everything from pioneers to camping. It was a great time.

Those are a few of the outdoor games that I played when I was younger. I made so many good memories playing these games and I still remember them fondly. 🙂