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

Photo Challenge, Day 1

A couple days ago, Bri the Missionary in the Making challenged me to join her in a photo challenge that she found on Blogger.  As soon as she said my name and photo in the same post, I was in! 😀  Today’s prompt word is Intricate, so I immediately thought of nature (which I almost capitalized… thanks a lot, Gabriel 🙂 ). My first subpoint on that outline was spiderwebs, but as it was already mid-day when I found out the prompt, all webs had disappeared.  I had just finished reading a book about a family of French weavers, and it had me thinking.  If we found a piece of cloth on the ground, we wouldn’t assume it was just a pile of yarn that had miraculously tangled itself just so as to be a sturdy textile, would we?  No, of course not.  In Florida was have these giant stalks of grass incorrectly called Palm Trees.  No, I’m not making this up.  Go Google it.  I’ll wait.  OK, now that you’re back (or are a Floridian and knew it already), let’s continue.  These tall stalks are very fibrous. Each layer has been woven together to create its tough exterior.  Yet, most people you talk to on the street will say that it is just a well-evolved plant. Hm, I’m not sure I see that logic.  So, today, I decided to highlight the intricate weaving of the palm trees that God so perfectly designed.  The sunburst was a nice bonus too. 🙂

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Now, unfortunately, there are some, *gasp* rules.

RULE ONE: The photo has to be taken on the day of the post, i.e. you can`t use old pictures. (This is the hardest rule for me, because I’m the kind of person that if, by a rare chance, I do upload my pics to my laptop on the same day I take them, I put off editing and sorting them for weeks.  So, this is a good disciplinary challenge too. 🙂 )

RULE TWO: No Plagiarism. Must be your pic and yours alone.

RULE THREE: You must follow the five prompts that I`ll be posting my along with my pictures, unless, you know, you find another photo challenge prompt site and decide to do theirs instead. *dramatic lonely sigh*

Alright, now for my nominee.  *drumroooooool*

Joy!

I’ve seen what you can do on Flickr, so I can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with for this challenge! (If you accept, of course. 🙂 )

Squid

P.S. Did anyone catch 6+10=16? I was wondering if I had gotten anyone trained yet, so I didn’t do a post.

What?? Two??

I cannot believe it!!  Adam is two!!  (See??  I’m using two punctuation marks if I can.) Two years ago today, a little baby boy was born into our lives, and we can’t stand the cuteness!  He has enriched our lives so much and brought us all closer together.  He’s our little chicken-eating ray of sunshine.

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I feel a special connection to him too, because, at that age, I looked just like him!!  Let’s see if I can rustle up any pictures to compare…

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This is all I could find, but I think you can see the resemblance. 🙂

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He’s a happy “Bubs” (as we often call him), and I love watching him grow up from an inquisitive toddler to an intelligent little boy.  We all adore him and can’t wait to enjoy another year with him!

Love you, bro.

Squid

P.S. I think that the picture of me counts as a #tbt pic, so happy Throwback Thursday!

The Hunt!

I shot this Mockingbird with my dad on Tuesday, so it is still breaking news.  It’s the chronicles of a great and glorious hunt that I had the privilege to observe.

Regal and commanding King Mockingbird is hunting. *fanfare*

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He scans the ground for his next meal and provides me with a great shot. I got both orange eyes in one picture!

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Closer, closer…

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He bags his prey!  With his… um… beak.

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Ahh, the sweet, sweet taste of victory.

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Hope you enjoyed my little story and God’s glorious creation!

Squid

Hello

Hello, hello,
Where did you go?
I’ve chased you about,
With no luck to recount,
But a picture to remember you by.

Hello, hello,
With whom do you go?
While I chase you ’round the clock,
You are always with your flock,
While I struggle on foot by my lonely self.

Hello, hello,
In what key do you sing?
With harmonious melodies
God has assigned you to me.
My heart is glad when you sing.

Hello, hello,
To where do you go?
Up high in the sky,
To “away” you fly,
I scan the sky in vain.

Goodbye, goodbye,
Too far do you fly,
Away from my eyes,
A small dot in the sky,
Warbling a sweet, sweet
Goodbye.

Babcock Birdies

I love alliterations, don’t you?  Recently I went to Babcock again and saw two new bird species! (Along with others I had seen before).  Ironically enough, the first picture that I took and was happy with was of a dog.  He seemed to be hunting but his handler had no gun. (that we saw) so he was probably just training.  He flushed a big group of bobwhite right in front of us, which was really cool.
Also, I’m experimenting with a new watermark.  What do you think?

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It was a pretty foggy morning, and it had rained through the night, so things were generally sparkly.

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I love discovering hearts in nature, and these were very pretty vines with drops of water on them.

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Northern Mockingbird.

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Yellow-Rumped Warbler. (I think)

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Pine Warbler…

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First new species of the trip, an American Bittern!  Since he was about 6 feet from us, I was able to get a close-up of him. Yay!

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There were female Anhingas were in the trees!  We saw probably 2-3, and they would croak at us like frogs or gators.  It was hilarious and unnerving at first.

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The amazing second new species, a Common Yellowthroat! (Not to be confused with a Yellow-Throated Warbler.)

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Hiding from me…

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Here I am!

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This is an Ornate Moth, which I finally looked up after seeing it a couple times.  Such a beautiful butterfly!

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A Spiny-Backed Orb Weaver, dangling from the sky!

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This one that we saw later was eating a bumble bee!

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Glowing leaves.

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Palm Warbler… don’t you think it looks like a Japanese divider screen thingy? 🙂

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Pearl Crescent butterfly.

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A Green Heron in a tree… not their normal habitat, so it was a fun sighting!

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Floridian flora…

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And fauna.  A black racer snake I think?

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White Peacock butterflies.

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Monarch butterfly?

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Taking off!

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Thought this was a cool reflection.  What do you see?

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Squid

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