Liebster 2.0 (a sorta birthday edition!)


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(Note: I’ve redone my blog theme! I needed a change even though I loved the old old. I do like the new header feature: I was able to find many free, fabulously high quality pictures to use. Refresh or jump through my pages to see the different pictures I found!)

No matter how many times this blog award comes around (and it seems to come around a lot!) I always flip out when I see that I’ve been tagged by someone and that they thought of me! That feels so good! And today I thought I would use the latest tag to share some of the awesome stuff that happened over the past few days around my 20th birthday!

A big thank you, first, to Miranda for tagging me! And–just a quick plug! I don’t follow fashion or photography blogs; it’s just not my main interest–well, okay, except for just ONE blog and that is Little Gold Pocket Watch. I discovered this blog when it was just starting out and I absolutely loved Miranda’s photos and outfits. She has the brightest smile and the sweetest online voice! She recently came back from a blogging hiatus which made me really happy. Thanks for tagging me, Miranda!

My Eleven Birthday Facts:

1. I helped buy myself a brand new laptop for my birthday; a shiny touchscreen Windows 8 laptop! I’m still figuring out the short cuts, but it’s so beautiful, thin, and shiny! I know I will be using it to the max! It actually got me to really notice Kindle, so I’ll be reading a few books on there as well now (including my friend Rebekah’s latest released book Journeys of Four! I’m so excited to read the published version!)

2. Kayla and I saw “Lucy” together on Friday as an extension of my birthday; I ate Chiclets (sorry, fellow movie goers, that the candy rattled so loudly) and we soaked in Scarlet Johanson’s awesomeness. (The movie itself was enjoyable but I wouldn’t go out of your way to see it at theaters.)

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3. I had my favorite foods on my birthday; hamburgers with chips and ambrosia salad (Aunt Linda, it was your recipe and it was so good!) and Chinese! Fool’s Toffee and pink lemonade also made guest appearances. :P Oh, and doughnuts for breakfast.

4. I watched four movies on my birthday–I multi-tasked through them, of course. I played Porco Rosso for Nathan while I updated my new computer system and installed an anti-virus–Nathan enjoyed it a lot, which made me happy. Then Kayla and I watched Shaun of the Dead, Murder by Death, and Clue all that evening. It was awesome.

5. My sister was very generous this year with birthday presents; gifting me with The Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2, The Cornetto Trilogy, Murder by Death, The Croods, Harry Potter posters, Captain America The Winter Soldier poster, Hot Topic gift card, and some beauty products! I was floored!  I <3 Kayla.

6. This is the second year in a row where I’ve received a zombie film for my birthday. I would like to keep this tradition up if possible.

7. After my birthday, Kayla chauffeured me around to a few stores I had gift cards too; I made out like a bandit at Target with a magnetic white board with accessories to plot stories on and keep day to day notes in sight, to brand new headphones, Catching Fire, Despicable Me 2, school supplies and Lindsey Stirling’s latest album Shatter Me! Her music is fantastic!

8. On my birthday morning, I planned to sleep in but ended up waking up at about 6:30 and was unable to fall back asleep. 8-O

9. I got one dollar shipping on Hot Topic’s website and I was so thrilled! Ordered myself two Adventure Time tops for my new favorite Cartoon Network fandom and a couple other things too!

10. Besides the four movies, I and the family also watched Duck Dynasty during dinner. SO MUCH TV.

11. I had a fantastic birthday, not a bad thing happened and everything was very enjoyable. :)

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Miranda asked some great questions, several that I’ve never had to answer before here on my blog so I’m excited to answer them now!

1) What is your personal style like? I’m now usually in a jeans and t-shirt style but I also like to wear some nicer tops and capri pants. Overall, I’m very relaxed and wear comfortable clothes with Minions or fandom related things on them. X) So, I suppose I’m a pretty casual dresser overall.

2) What got you interested in blogging? Writing on my mom’s blog back in 2010 got me interested in starting my own personal blog–along with reading other girls blogs during that same year. I’ve always liked to write so it definitely appealed to my strengths!

3) Any pet peeves? Several–besides the ones listed in this post–include people leaving shopping carts just outside the cart holder instead of taking the extra two steps to put it out of the way and going to a store (and now at the theater!) where there are lots places to be checking out (or in!) people but the store is only utilizing one or two, making everyone wait longer then they need. SERIOUSLY WALMART. YOU HAVE ABOUT 35 CHECK OUT SPACES AND YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO HAVE MORE THAN FIVE OF THEM OPEN AT A TIME? I DON’T HAVE TIME TO STAND BEHIND SOME FINICKY PERSON WITH THEIR COUPONS AND THREE OVERLOADED CARTS. Well, thank goodness for self checkout.

4) Celebrity crush? So, the very, very, very first name to pop into my head when I read this question was Benedict Cumberbatch. Heehee. Others would include Tom Hiddleston, Nicholas Hoult, Chris Evans, Simon Pegg and Sylvester Stallone.

5) If you could go back in time, which era would you choose? Gaslamp Victorian England. The classic Sherlock Holmes time period! And then maybe visit the 20’s, 40’s, and 50’s afterwards out of pure curiosity…

6) Morning hair and makeup routine? With my hair on the shorter side now, I usually will throw on a band to keep it out of my eyes. I actually don’t have a makeup routine as I rarely wear any, however I’m practicing with eyeliner. I suppose the closest thing I have to a makeup routine is applying some EOS lip balm on my lips before moving on with my day to keep them moist.

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7) Favorite movie? CLUE. There are few movies that I can rewatch over and over and over again and not get bored of; Clue is one of them. Much more recent favorites also include The Cornetto Trilogy and Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, and The Secret World of Arrietty; the former are a fantastic comedy/satirical set of British films and the latter some of the best animated films I’ve ever seen.

8) Where have you not traveled that you would like to visit and why? London, England. Hands down number one place I’d love to visit!

9) Morning person or night owl? Although I am trying to get my morning scheduled arranged so I’m getting up earlier, I am definitely more a night owl! I love staying up late!

10) What’s something you’re passionate about besides blogging? I really love animals. I’m not all high on animal rights or being a vegetarian or anything, I simply, really enjoy the company and energy I receive from just about any animal. I would love to work with animals more often.

11) What is one of your life goals, big or small? A big term goal, which I actually just accomplished, was to save money for six months to keep my bank account from emptying out and I was able to do it!! It feels really good to save money! A small term goal is try watching more anime-there are several shows on Netflix that my anime sensei has informed me are well worth the watch and he’s yet to steer me to a bad piece of media. ;)

Tagging, tagging, I FEEL LAZY BUT TAGGING CAN BE SO HARD. :P The first eleven people to comment on this post can answer these 7 questions on their own blogs or in the comments if they so wish.

Do you sleep with your bedroom door open or shut?

Have you ever won a contest of any kind? If you have, what was it?

If you could build something out of Legos right now without all typical obstacles, what you would build?

What’s your favorite type/flavor of gum?

If you choose between visiting the moon and mars, which would go to?

What is the scariest movie scene you remember seeing when you were little?

What’s your favorite theme song?

~Jamie

This Summer’s Bucketlist


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What I’ve already done:

Rewatched Death Note | Began watching Studio Ghibli films | Attended my first Comic Con | Gave Parks and Recreation a try (and it’s awesome!) | Read more books to my brother | Completed the 100 Favorite Movies blog series | Caught up with Doctor Who | Skyped with friends | Bought The Lego Movie | Learned lots of math for GED |  Discovered EOS Lip Balm | Discovered Adventure Time (also awesome!) | Entered another Booktrack contest |

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What I will now hopefully complete:

More math at school | Have an awesome birthday | Catch up with Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD | Finish the rest of the Ghibli movies | Learn Windows 8 | Play more music on the piano | Keep up my blog | Reorganize my bedroom shelves | Watch another movie at the theater | Hopefully host a giveaway at the end of summer | Give my blog it’s every-six-month makeover | Hopefully buy My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, and Arrietty (all awesome!) | Begin a rewrite to my futurist sci-fi short story | Read some books | Go swimming just once | Do something creative | Continue to figure out my life |

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Shameless Self-Promotion (Need Your Help)


free_texture_friday_541-1024x682_FotorrI don’t do a lot of self-promotion, so stick with me here, okay? Thank you in advance for simply reading.

Because I love the world of writing and don’t have a steady source of income, I’ve entered a couple of writing contests on Booktrack; the amazing platform where reading and audio come together. It can easily be a disaster, but with my work I try to keep the sound effects realistic and the music appropriate as I never want the audio track to distract or detract from the main point: the story. That’s what I’ve attempted to do in this latest contest hosted on Booktrack.

I don’t know that much about author Hugh Howey, but I know just from his first chapter in Half Way Home he’s a fantastic writer! Half Way Home’s opening “Abort” is very intriguing and very sci-fi! I was thrilled to hear about his contest where anyone can take one of the chapters from Half Way Home and add an audio track to be in to win up to $5,000 dollars! That’s a lot and that’s what I’d like to win. I’d even be happy being a finalists, as they win $1,000 dollars! Even though I do what I do because I love it, I have to admit I’d really love to be a winner here as the stakes are so high and the money could really help me out. And here’s where I need your help.

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I’ve done my part; I’ve listened to the extensive library of music, edited footsteps and breaking glass and the atmosphere and played with volume levels. I’ve finished my official cover for the chapter, too (up there, see, see! Isn’t it pretty?!) Now, what would really help me is:

A) Some feedback– are there too many sound effects, what did you find overly distracting from the story, the music doesn’t work in this part, ect–just any feedback at all. I have till the end of July to finish tinkering with my entry before the contest ends and the judges begin doing their thing. Any and all critiques would be appreciated before then so I know if I need to do any little (or large!) fix ups to my story.

B) Views. To be become a finalist, the contest states that the three entries with the most amount of views will become finalists. Two more will be picked by Booktrack to make a total of five. My chances of becoming a finalist go way up the more times my story is viewed by clicking the “read” button. If you all could do that even once that would be helpful.

Here is the link to my story below; it works best on web browsers Google Chrome and Opera (both of which I use for free and really like.) You can also simply go to Booktrack and type my username Jamie221b into their search bar. My three stories will come up, this one included!

My Version of Abort: http://www.booktrack.com/#!/bookshelf?booktrackId=99220c80cdcd4cdb8df77b29c57a5545

Booktrack: http://www.booktrack.com/#!/

The Contest: http://www.booktrack.com/#!/landing/hugh-howey

And as a little bit more of an incentive for you: if I’m one of the finalists or the winner of the contest, I will be able to afford my DVD giveaway I’ve been planning on hosting here! The items I have sitting here are Seasons 5-7 of Doctor Who (seems to be everybody’s favorite!) and the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films, which everyone should see once! I’d love to be able to throw this giveaway, so the money would definitely make it a sure possibility!

While I would be very grateful if you could help me out with A) and B), I’m also not meaning to hold a gun to anyone’s head like “HELP ME NOW OR YOU’RE NOT A NICE PERSON.” You’re going to do what you’re going to do, so I’ll only be asking this once. :) If you have any questions, please ask. Again, thank you for at least reading this and have great rest of your day!

~Jamie

Currently:


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Currently liking: that I got to go to the Phoenix Comic Con! Kayla and I went together and had lots of fun! We got pictures with cosplayers, got lost among tshirts and posters and so much merchandise and saw John Barrowman from a far, lol. It was so exciting to at last get to go to something so big for the people with nerd and geeky love. You can check out some of my pictures and their captions on my Instagram. :)

Currently listening: also watching–Doctor Who Season 7’s episode A Town Called Mercy. I’d like to plow through a disk by tonight if possible. I’m multitasking. :P

Currently drinking: Shasta’s Kiwi Strawberry soda. There is something magical in that soda because it’s my new favorite.

Currently sitting: in the living room, on the love seat, across from the tv. I like this seat because I can rock back and forth.

Currently reading: lots and lots of kids books from the library, to Nathan. It’s THE BEST fun to find new books to read to him. It also makes me happy that he likes to hear me read. I’m still trying to get him excited about finding the books when we’re at the library, however, once at home he brings me the books to read aloud. It’s lots of fun!

Currently writing: it’s more like currently trying to avoid writing the last two parts of my top 100 favorite movies list. I’ve had lots of fun doing this but it’s been full of it’s own struggles.

Currently watching: Doctor Who Season 7, Parks and Recreation (really fun show, I recommend!) and a variety of movies.

Currently obsessed with: The Cornetto Trilogy. Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg write amazing films. And Nick Frost is awesome.

Currently tired: from all the walking on Friday at Comic Con and… tired of other things related to Doctor Who but I’m saving that with everything else for my post once I finish up Season 7.

Currently excited: that I got to go to Comic Con. I wasn’t even going to go originally because I didn’t have enough money from what I’ve been saving, but my mom offered to help me as a treat. I feel very blessed to have gotten to go and have the experience! I want to cosplay something next year if possible!

Currently scaring myself with: a very big Booktrack soundtrack competition right now. It’s kind of a big deal but I will have to talk about it another time. It’s just a little scary but you can’t do anything unless you try, so that’s what I’m doing.

Currently stuck in my head: nothing at the moment, thank heavens.

Currently wishing: well, hey, wait a minute, a wish has come true; COMIC CON WAS AWESOME!

Currently praying: for some rainstorms to come visit me. It’s already very hot and I am already tired of it. GO AWAY 108 DEGREE WEATHER. I DON’T LIKE YOU.

~Jamie

mundane; it’s such a sad word


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Well, I have several more movie posts I could be working on but my mind needs a little break from lists and trying to explain my love for these movies. I thought the closer I got to my top favorites the easier the writing would get but instead it’s gotten a lot harder. So, I’m writing something else instead (there’s also only three posts left, so I’m not sure what I’ll do when I finish this quite large blog series. I guess I’m attempting to put it off a little bit.)

For the past several months, my life has been a lot calmer and slower, especially compared to last year. It’s been nice but sometimes it feels too slow; in the morning between my dreams and fully awakening, I feel like I can see my life flow past too quickly without enough things seemingly getting accomplished. I don’t know, lots of things are interesting when you are half asleep.

When my life isn’t being slow and steady like the famous tortoise, I’m either glaring at essay writing, watching a new movie, fretting about money (which feels awful, I hate being a grown up), reading books to my brother, or getting to Skype with a friend. Skype is a really exciting for me. I’ve also been living off of Disney’s classic cartoons the past two weeks, so my head is full of cartoon melodies, Donald Duck’s voice and Mickey Mouse heads: like a kaleidoscope.

Oh, one very exciting thing did happen to me was when I was walking the dogs one morning. :P This little dog shot across the street at me, Clarence and Tinker Bell, who are both big dogs, and was just yapping and barking. Tink slipped right out of her collar and shot after it and I just about barfed my heart out of my throat, it was so scary. I didn’t know if she would run up down the street out of sight or if a car would come around the corner or what. Thankfully she only ran into a yard and I was able get her collar back on after chasing her down. My throat was a little sore afterwards from screaming and my adrenaline didn’t go down till about six hours later… so, I guess I can’t say my life has been completely mundane…

Short, random thought: I’m thinking of redoing a lot of my blog categories since my life has changed since creating many of them back in 2011 and I don’t add a lot to certain ones anymore. …I don’t know why I’m writing this, I should just do it…

How have your life been going?

~Jamie