Blogiversary #3

The day was October 29, 2016.  She opened the WordPress notification.  Because she has such lovely followers, she’s used to seeing WordPress notifications in her status bar… But this one was different.

Can you believe it???  I’ve been using WordPress for over 3 years now!  Thank you guys for all of your support and friendbloggership (its a real word! As of now). 

I’ve done a lot in these three years, a good portion of which has — regrettably — not been shared with you all due to laziness.  Hopefully, I will remedy that quickly, but, until then, here’s some pictures of my new haircut which was waaay overdue and that I simply adore.

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My kitty, cute kitty, cute cat, cat 

Who’s rather quite, rather quite, fat fat… 

Anyone want to finish my attempted limerik? 

I attended the 2016 Hawk Mania Hawk Watch in Key West this year with my dad, cousin, aunt, and uncle!  We saw a lot of hawks, hahaha! 

Short-Tailed Hawk
Immature Northern Harrier

(If you want to see more, check out my Flickr page by clicking on the widget on the side of the page or by searching “carribeansquid” while in Flickr.)
And, lastly, a pic to make you laugh.

Thank you for three great years, and here’s to many more! *clink-shatter* (I’m terrible at toasts… *wipes hand on tablecloth from Dollar Tree so it doesn’t matter*)

Squid

Liebster… Mach II

Recently, the amazing Sayl over at Sayl With Pens was nominated for the Liebster Award!  Yayayay go her!!!  Rewind time a bit and I’m doing my Liebster… How time flies. 🙂  Anyhow, she nominated me, and because the super official rules created by Ryo112358 don’t have anything to say about what you’re supposed to do if you get nominated twice, I’m going to make up my own procedure. Here goes nothing!

So, traditionally, I supposed to thank the person who nominated you.  Thank you, Sayl!  I’m looking forward to answering the questions you sent me!  But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves… hehehe…

The second “traditional” thing to do is write down 11 facts about yourself.  Weeeelll, I’m not sure I’ll do that many, but you never know!

1. I’m homeschooled.  I’m not sure if everyone knew that, but I have been since day one and have never regretted it.  My mom would even threaten me with public school enrollment when I was misbehaving back in the day when I thought that that was a legitimate threat.  Schools don’t exist, right? Hahahahahahaha

2. I wanted a pet my whole life and then, within the past 3 years, I “inherited” a dog and got a cat too! They’re amazing and adorable. 🙂

3. Next year, God willing, at this time, I’ll be braces-free!  #thisismyfightsong

4. I’ve actually gotten paid to take people’s pictures before and I have another job lined up right now!  Thankfully, they’ve all been friends of ours, but it’s still a lot of pressure. 🙂

5. I have a lot of hair.  Like, it’s not even funny.  We call it my “mane” sometimes, and it feels like it most of the time!

6. I have very limited social media accounts.  I don’t use Google Plus on my Google account, don’t have Facebook or Twitter, etc.  The only things I use is WordPress and Flickr, but even Flickr is limited because I don’t surf it at all due to very weird/inappropriate content out there.  I use it for storing and sharing my pictures because they give you a whole terabyte of free storage! 😀 My photo feed is on the side of my blog, and I would love if you would check it out!

7. I’m very picky about my footwear and about the type of note cards I use.  It sounds silly, but it’s true.  Footwear-wise, I wore almost nothing but Converse for a year or two.  A lot of my friends (and their parents) were surprised when I started branching out a bit.  What can I say?  I found a great pair of boots! Good-will, Good-will, Good-will,  (come on guys!  Chant with me!) Good-will!!
I also use a LOT of notecards for my foreign language (Latin) and I can now tell between “good” notecards and “bad” ones.  The thickness, margin size, and other features all are very important. 🙂

8. If it wasn’t already obvious, I love Goodwill!  There are usually super nice people on duty at the charging rooms, and everything is so cheap!!  And, I usually don’t like modern fashions, so finding stuff there without a modern feel is a day-makers for me.  And, finding designer brands for $7 is amazing. 🙂

9. I love superheroes, but in a vintage, “the comics were better” type of way.  All my friends (and their parents) know that if they ask after a movie, “Was this thing/event/person in the comics?” that I’ll usually have the answer.  My uncle indirectly brought about this great love, because my grandma still had some of his old TMNT comics and when I went to her house I would devour them.  I have mostly memorized them by now, but I still love them anyway.

10. I’m a retro-loving music person.  I envy my dad that he went to Petra concerts all the time, went to college with Audio Adrenaline, and saw dc Talk in concert!!  Of course, my kids will probably say similar things about the fact that I’ve seen For King and Country in concert… but still!  My friends have usually never heard of half the music I listen to, like Carman (who?) or Idle Cure.  I just went to my friend Bri’s Sweet 16 and I asked the DJ (one of our friend’s stepdads) to play dc Talk’s “Free At Last” and he was totally shocked by the fact that I knew who dc Talk was.   If you don’t know who they are, think TobyMac, Michael Tait (lead singer of Newsboys), and Kevin Max (lead singer of Audio A in their Kings and Queens days) all in a band.  And that’s what it was! 😀

11. Wow!  I made it to eleven!  Go figure! XD
OK, I am the oldest of 5 kids in a blended family.  I have twin step-sisters who are 8 months younger than I am, a blood-sister who is 3 1/2 years younger than I am, and a 2-year-old half-brother. Interestingly, we have fewer children in our family than many of the families at our church do.  There are families with 12, 10, 9, 8, etc. children and we’re friends with many of them! 😀

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Now, for what you’ve all been waiting for, Sayl’s questions!

What’s your favorite season? Why?

Well, in Flordia we have a tiny mashing of winter and summer that most locals call “spring”, a loooonnngg hot summer, a tiny less-hot-than-summer fall period, and an unpredictable winter.  This winter is like spring with lower temperatures.  So, I would have to go with winter. 🙂

If you were asked to meet this new person…would you? How would you introduce yourself?

Yes, I would, but I would stand still for about 5-7 minutes preparing the perfect introduction and praying.  My personality type is extroverted, but I can’t seem to convince my fear of it.  Yet. 🙂  After coming up with the perfect way to approach this unknown person, I’d go up to them and this would probably happen:

Me: “Excuse me.”

Person: “Oh, hi!”

Yeah, then I usually tell them my name awkwardly and we’re either great friends or he/her is totally weirded out.  It really depends.

What’s your biggest fear?

Being scared.  I know God will protect me in every situation or work it out for good, so I’m not scared of the outcome of situations, but I’m scared of the initial grip of panic.  Kinda weird, I know, but true.

That or living a life in which I did nothing for God.  That scares me.

Scared of Heights?

I love heights!  I’m just scared of falling off of them. 😀 Sometimes I get dizzy and have to hold onto the railing or something, but I love the thrill.

Favorite drink?

Mango-flavored sweet tea that isn’t too sweet.  Or, fruit drinks that aren’t artificially flavored with aspartame and/or sucralose.  Seeing stevia or xylitol on an ingredients list makes me want to high-five the company. 🙂

Are you the let’s do the easy way? OR are you the one who will go through complicated processes to get what you want? 

I’m the one that doesn’t mind doing hard things if it’s necessary, but I need to want to eliminate any unnecessary steps along the way, otherwise I get frustrated.  I don’t like wasting my time. (That is a very mob-boss thing to say, don’t you think?)

What’s your favorite thing to do in your pastime? 

Ooh, this is hard.  You’re getting a list… 🙂

  1. Read
  2. Play music
  3. Listening to music while talking to friends online
  4. Math
  5. Watch birds
  6. Take a walk (if weather permits, and I don’t just mean rain)

Are you considered a deep person? Why or why not?

Yes, I think so.  At least, I consider myself to be one. 🙂 I tend to remove myself from the equation and look at the world from a distance.  That gives me some insight that others may not have.

Are you awesome at listing 11 random things about you? Or does it take super long to come up with 11 things? 

I took a while to come up with the ones in this post, but not as long as I expected.

List your favorite blog here! Why are they your favorite blog?

Math With Bad Drawings  His posts are so funny and I love math, so it’s sorta a win-win. 🙂

Have you ever tried to hug someone but it turned out to be a total stranger and it wasn’t who you thought it would be?

No, not exactly.  I think I have been walking behind someone who and saying, like, “Carrie… *person doesn’t turn around* Carrie, *still doesn’t respond* CARRIE!!” To a person who I thought was my sister and was just ignoring me but was actually someone NOT named Carrie. Yeah… That was awkward.

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Well, I hope that you got at least one laugh (but hopefully two) from this Q&A and “Let’s-learn-more-about-Squid” session!

TTFN,

Squid

The One and Only Math Day in May …

… was yesterday.  Hey, if I post about all of them on the day of, you will eventually get bored and stop looking for them on your own.  So, did you notice 5+11=16? 
Also, that was the anniversary of our adoption of May, our Gray Panther. (She likes to think that she’s on the level of King T’Challa of Wakanda from Marvel Comics, hence the nickname.) Right now she is trying to not fall off of my windowsill as she gazes lovingly at all the birds she can’t kill.  So predator. Much hunt. (Sorry, my inner doge slipped out.)
Yesterday was also our friend Daniel’s 18th birthday, meaning he is now completely mature and responsible. Wishing him luck as he navigates adulting.
This year is a scary year for birthdays, as I and quite a few of my friends also born in 2000 are going to turn 16, (!!!!) my friend Emily is turning 20, and of course, Daniel turning 18. Also, my little sister is going to turn 13 in February, and I’m totally questioning reality.  Stressed Out by Twenty-One Pilots is ringing truer every day.

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Ginger Ale, Cranberries, and Math!

That’s what I enjoy!  This morning Canada Dry and pomegranate juice-infused Craisins were my breakfast, and I’m looking forward to dealing with negative powers later on in the day. They really aren’t that bad if you like reciprocals and fractions.  I like the former but not the latter as much.  Oh well, you take the reciprocals with the fractions I suppose. (Good:bad : Fractions:reciprocals that works, right?) Also, (some of you may argue “More importantly,) today is another math day!  4 – 20 = -16

On a less nerdy note, Florida weather has been glorious for the past couple of days, and my cat caught and ate a brown anole! 

TTFN! (Ta-ta for now!  Don’t any of you watch Winnie-the-Pooh?)

Squid

Flowers, a Sukkah, and Artsiness

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The morning of October 2nd I took Leo outside and shot some pictures.  This flower’s stalk is about 3 1/2 ft tall, so I couldn’t help noticing it.  Does anyone know what kind of flower it actually is? The leaves were very cool-looking I thought. 🙂

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Then I wandered over to our sukkah, which my step-dad built to celebrate The Feast of Booths, AKA Sukkot.  If you are not familiar with the Levitical calendar God gave to the Israelites, please read Leviticus 23.
Anyway, God told us to build a temporary shelter to live in for a week during the feast, but since we live in Florida, (please refer to my post on Floridian mosquitoes) we just dined in it.  Traditionally the roof is made of palm fronds, and it was to those that my eye was attracted.  The dew had not yet evaporated, so I got some fun water droplet shots.

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After I came back inside I still had my camera on so I followed the cat around, waiting for the perfect shot(s).

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And later that day at the park I took this picture of Adam.

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Squid

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