My Forged Summer Bucket List (again)

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So last year I did this silly thing where instead of making a summer bucket list around May, I made it at the end in August with a bunch of things I actually did do.😄 It was very fun, so I figured I’d do again! Let’s see what I got accomplished on THIS summer bucketlist.😉

Watch “Stranger Things” and LOVE IT.
Visit my best friend and have a blast.
Celebrate my birthday at the Rainforest Cafe.
Make apple fries for fun.
Get a job at Dairy Queen.
Eat at Captain D’s in Georgia and die from nostalgia brought on by flavor.
Buy a JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure t-shirt.
Watch Deadpool and love it.
Start driving.
Make friends at work and avoid drama.
Recreate Mellow Mushroom’s bruschetta with dollar store items.
Watch Finding Dory in theaters.
Watch Civil War in theaters with my best friend.
Go to ComiCon, high-five Deadpools, and buy more anime posters.
Eat genuine southern food while in the south.
Go swimming once.
Make a nice paycheck by filling in for other people.
Survive airport security and travel.
Have sleepovers with the little bro and VHS Disney movies.
Cook Miss Rita’s Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken twice and die from the yumminess.
Learn new crochet stitches.
Redo my purse so that nothing gets lost again ever.
Pick homegrown strawberries.
Cut potato chips out of my diet to save money , then crave salt for two months.
Soak in the tub during a heavy rainstorm.
Watch Olympic swimming and gymnastics at the neighbors one evening.
Make overall big life adjustments for the better and be happy for the future.

That was my summer; I truly was able to jump into some things I, like driving and getting a job. Meeting James was huge and amazing too, and all the little things are so wonderful I don’t want to forget them.❤ What’d you do this summer?


Awkward But Awesome

Hahahaha, yes!:

Awkward: when your boss gets annoyed that I can’t hear her over loud machines, or read her mind.

But Awesome: when she still trusts me with money and calls me to cover others because she knows I’m dependable.

Awkward: starting a third blog when I can barely keep up with the first two.

But Awesome: starting a third blog completely for music and being TOTALLY HAPPY WITH IT.

Awkward: buying wall art at a thrift store, needing nails to hang them up, and then procrastinating on it for an actual year. @_@

But Awesome: finally hanging them up, making my room look rad.


Awkward: rearranging my room’s furniture right before dropping dead from a cold in a huge new mess.

But Awesome: getting all better and having a brand new-looking room; because we have better wifi now so I can move the TV and dresser out of its one corner.😄

Awkward: finding out I have to work a double shift on Saturday.

But Awesome: well…it will be….once I see my next paycheck.😄

Awkward: trying to learn things as quickly as possible in my new job at Dairy Queen.

But Awesome: having wonderful new coworkers who help me, give me rides, and treat me like family.❤

Awkward: rewatching Modern Family for the ump-teenth time.

But Awesome: it’s Modern Family. You can’t overwatch this one.😉



My 10 Favorite TV Shows

Ok, I’m not saying these shows are necessarily the greatest in the whole world (but this is definitely is a personal list by me, Jamie, so to me they kinda are.) But I AM SAYING that I get the most joy, feel the most excitement, laugh the hardest, and rewatch these the most, out of just about any other TV show I’ve seen. That’s why they’re my favorites!

So, here’s my top 10 favorite tv series (that exclude anime.) I love so many other shows (anyone want an “Honorable Mentions” post?) that this was hard to boil down at first. But let’s give it a try.😉

10. Castle

Castle: Crime Comedy Drama, 8 Seasons, 2009-2016.
I’ve seen the first seven seasons and I loved every minute of it. Crime plus comedy plus drama plus Nathan Fillion? What’s not to love?! I’ve rewatched different parts of this series multiple times to prepare for each new season and it just never gets old. Castle and Becket are just one of those wonderful peanut butter and jelly duos, with such wonderful development. Then there’s fun engaging murder mysteries and drama galore. Add in a super duper lovable cast of secondary characters, and you have one of my favorite TV shows of all time!!❤ And did I mention Nathan Fillion? ^_^ He’s every writer and like every ENFP; so I relate and enjoy him greatly!

9. Family Guy

Family Guy: Animated Sitcom, 14 Seasons, 1999-Present.
It’s my guilty pleasure show, get over it.😄😉 But seriously, I actually really love Family Guy more than is good for me. Stewie Griffin is easily one of my favorite fictional characters of all time too. Despite the fart jokes and some idiocy, the early seasons were actually genuinely funny and even smart which is what hooked me in the first place. And bow to Seth MacFarlane: so many different voices–would you believe Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, and Brian Griffin were all him?! Sure, the show sometimes has tasteless jokes and is sometimes more liberal than I care for: it’s not for everyone and I don’t condone everything that’s in it. But Family Guy brought me a lot of joy when I need a good laugh and it still makes me laugh. Overall, it’s funny, it’s stupid, it’s even self-aware, but I love it for all those reasons.

8. The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Horror Drama, 6 Seasons, 2010-Present.
Oh wow yes. I remember catching up with the first three seasons and loving every minute of it. I’ve been a faithful viewer every year since. It made me a zombie fan, while a redneck with wings on his back stole my heart. The thing that I’ve always loved about The Walking Dead is that it’s more than guts and blood and zombie gore. It’s a story about people; survivors, people from all walks of life banding together to fight the dead…and the those more dangerous than the dead. The show has its lovers and haters, but I definitely love this show. It’s just one that I will always take the time to watch every night it comes out so it’s not spoiled. I’m incredibly invested in the characters who’ve survived the passing of time. I love it!

7. Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey: Historical Period Drama, 6 Seasons, 2010-2015.
Just like Castle, I’ve rewatched seasons multiple times as new seasons were released. It’s incredibly addicting and enjoyable, full of amazing dialogue and memorable, loveable, and even incredibly dislikeable characters, ever. I’m not a period geek, but this is definitely one of the best dramas I’ve ever seen hands down. While it had it’s ups and downs, its still one of the very best out there. It even had a solid final season which I was very pleased with! It’s a show my mom and I can talk about forever, analyzing the characters and their many choices. Due to it being so addicting and rewatchable, I’m sure I’ll be replaying it beginning to end for many many years to come!

6. Agatha Christie’s Poirot

Agatha Christie’s Poirot: British Mystery Drama, Original Release 1989-2013.
Yes, this show was created over 24 year span and wow it’s wonderful. Nearly every single novel and short story written by Agatha Christie about the famous detective Hercule Poirot was adapted. David Suchet as Poirot is stunning. I’ve loved this show since my early teen years! Poirot and his companions Captain Hastings, Cheif Inspector Japp, and Miss Lemon, feel like actual family members to me; uncles and aunts whom I feel safe and happy with. The show’s early seasons are hour length episodes of all sorts of crimes with some wonderful humor. As it progressives, it gets more dark as Poirot ages, and we loose some of our main cast. But it’s still wonderful, with even a good conclussion. I can’t recommend it more; I rewatch different episodes all the time because it’s a comfort to me. Poirot is my family.❤

5. Modern Family

Modern Family: Sitcom Mockumentary, 7 Seasons, 2009-Present.
We’re in the top five; the best of the best and yet five seems too low to rank Modern Family at. My family and I have rewatched this series so many times AND WOW, IT HAS NEVER ONCE GOTTEN LESS FUNNY. Hands down on the best comedies there is. So many stereotypes turned on their head to create such real, relatable, HYSTERICAL characters. Gloria is one of my role models for womanhood, and Mitchel and Cameron are two of the best characters from TV ever. EVER. There are few character duos funnier than them. The show is relatable and loveable and DID I SAY FUNNY? Especially those first four seasons: such gold! This show will be a favorite of mine for the rest of my life because it’s never not funny, no matter how many times I watch it. And it always makes me happy.❤

4. Sherlock

Sherlock: Crime Drama, 3 Seasons, 2010-Present.
This was my favorite show for a very long time and I still hold it near and dear to my heart. Sherlock Holmes: he’s my favorite fictional character of all time and has been for most of my life. I’m incredibly protective of him and Doyle’s original stories. So, BBC’s Sherlock is one of the few adaptations of him that I actually love; there is so much homage to the original works, and the character was adapted well to fit modern times. And Martin Freeman as John Watson is phenomenal; John is such a hugely important character to these stories (the main narrator in the books) and Martin and the writers nail him. The mysteries are fantastic, the soundtrack amazing, the humor wonderful; it’s a treat of a TV show and we’re so blessed to get a new season every two years. And as an intimate Sherlock Holmes fan, this show leaves I’m a proud and happy fan.❤

3. Frasier

Frasier: Sitcom, 11 Seasons, 1993-2004.
You should have noticed by now how important and highly esteemed I hold my comedies. Frasier is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen:  I’ve rewatched it in its entirety three solid times and its yet to be any less funny. It’s one of the most consistently funny series’ you’ll be lucky to find, full of intelligent and witty dialogue delivered by the most loveable, hysterical cast of characters ever. Sometimes I want to just move to Seattle and become a part of the Crane family even though I don’t drink coffee and wine and listen to opera.😄 Niles Crane, especially, is one of the most brilliantly enjoyable, hysterical, and loveable characters I’ve ever witnessed on my screen. I can’t recommend this show more highly! It’s brought me so much joy and it’s one of my happy places. There’s just nothing quite like an episode of Frasier! It’ll FOREVER be one of my favorite shows!❤

2. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones: Fantasy Drama, 6 Seasons, 2011-Present.
I FREAKING LOVE THIS SHOW, OK?! With a passion. And it’s story and characters were so worth watching around all the mature sexual content. It’s just one of those stories where you can truly fear for your favorite character’s life every episode, which I think is so rare. The twists and shocks, the fantasy, the drama, the death, the hope: Game of Thrones is so much. As a writer, it’s something I wish I could write. Every year, one of the biggest highlights for me is when a new season comes out. If I were to ever get a quote tattoo, that quote would come from the mouth of Tyrian Lannister–that should say a lot right there. As a lover of excellent storytelling, solid character development, and dragons, this will forever remain one of my most favorite stories of all time. It’s up there with epic sagas like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. I have such high hopes for the final two seasons!❤

1. The Office.

The Office: Sitcom Mockumentary, 9 Seasons, 2005-2013.
Truly, on its own, this is a brilliantly hysterical mockumentary; it’s genuinely one of the funniest shows with one of funniest casts you’ll ever find. But this is number one for a personal reason. This show saved my sanity during one of the darkest times of my life: when I didn’t even feel safe in my own home, I discovered The Office. It gave me laughter, distraction, and amusement that saved me from depression. Of all these shows that I hold so so dearly, The Office rests, and most likely will rest forever, at the top of my list for the joy it gave and still gives me to this day. It never gets old, no matter how many times I watch (as long as I exclude those last two seasons; they don’t exist to me.) Jim and Pam and Dwight and Michael Scott will always be family to me; the whole Office will always be family to me. And without first watching The Office, I wouldn’t even have found Modern Family or my other favorite comedies like Parks and Recreation and Arrested Development and Seinfeld and Fraiser. It brought me so much laughter. There are few things in life I value more than laughter.❤

Which of my favorite shows have you seen? Do you love them just as much as I do? (and anyone wondering WHY IS BREAKING BAD NOT HERE–that’s because I haven’t finished it yet.😄 I promise I will one day.)


I Found A Job At Dairy Queen

Eight happy ice cream cones! Even done in watercolor they look so tempting.:

The day after my 22nd birthday, I climbed on my bike with my purse full of resumes and biked down the closest biggest main street in search of a job. My plan was just to pedal up, walk in and ask. It was ridiculously hot even at 10 in the morning. And I was terrified. But I badly needed a job; I had rent to begin paying to my mother and money for a future car insurance too; my savings would drain away fast with these charges. But with the helping push of my best friend, I picked a day: the day after my birthday, to be the day I’d bike to the nearest places and see if they were hiring. Just as a start.

My first few choices, which included Dairy Queen, were still closed, so I kept pedaling. Taco Bell handed me something to fill out; then I hit the next door Dennys. The Denny’s manager interviewed me on the spot and he, who expected me to be able to work all hours of the night, told me to come back the next day to interview with the second manager and begin immediately as a waitress. I felt good about that; at least it was something, and I was exhausted. So I started back home.

And I nearly pedaled past the Dairy Queen again. I’d left my information there on a previous day, and had inquired a second time to no avail. But there it was: it really was my first choice of a place to work. It was the closest, I felt most comfortable with the idea of working there, and I just had a gut feeling about it. Just a huge gut feeling. I really wanted to work there. And you know what guys; I nearly pedaled past it because, eh, I basically had the job at Dennys. That’s what I first thought.

All you need is ice-cream xx:

But then I circled back. I walked in; the owner told me to come back at noon for an interview. So at noon I came back and a girl my age went over some things with me and then asked: “Could begin tonight around 6?” I grinned, “Yes I can.” I walked out, called my mom and said, “I got the job! I start tonight!” It was one of the best feelings.

So at 6 that very same night, I filled in paperwork, was given a uniform, and started my first night in Dairy Queen.

That was nearly two weeks ago. It feels even longer to be honest. So much of my life has changed just by having a job I have to go in for like that, with a uniform to keep clean and coworkers I’m not related to to get along with. But it’s been good! And wow, 22 year old me kicked butt fast–got a job in less than 24 hours.😄 That’s the story.

Nah, to be honest, I was terrified as heck riding my biking down that street. But my self confidence rose tenfold by the end of the night by getting a job and working that same day. Just wow.

I love this job.

I’m very happy and I feel very blessed to have gotten the starter job of my choice. I’m not sure how that happened, just like that. I don’t know if I badgered myself into it or if they were just desperate for more help and hired me. But either way, I’m incredibly thankful. I get to work with ice cream, people!

I Scream Ice Cream — Treasures & Travels:

That first night I started to learn where everything was, and what my job was between cleaning the dining room and memorizing recipes for blizzards. I watched Matthew make several banana splits and learned how to work the blizzard machines. They were a bit scary at first, so loud and fast, but I can handle them now. I’m still learning new stuff everyday. I like it though. I like watching the ice cream churn into the cup, and spooning oreos and sauce, and holding the cup upside down by the window for costumers.

Drive thru is the best part though, to be honest. I don’t know why I love doing the drive through so much. Somehow talking to people, writing down orders, and punching it into the register is hardly stressful. I like handing bags out to people too and using my happy genuine voice to say “you have a great night!” or whatever I feel needs to be said to different people. I like people, so it’s fun being happy for them that they’re here for ice cream, you know what I mean? But the other day Ed and I shook our heads over someone who just couldn’t be happy. I said, “How can you be upset, you’re getting ice cream for crying out loud.” and he said, “I know right?! If you’re bringing drama to Dairy Queen, you either need vodka or a long sleep.” We almost died laughing.😄

However, the seemingly unmentioned, biggest part about the job, besides actually creating food, stocking things, working under intense pressure (which I actually can handle really well, I’ve not been badly stressed out yet) and wiping down tables and windows—is the teamwork.

Wow, it is incredibly interesting and intriguing slowly meeting and working with so many different kinds of people. A lesebian couple, a mother and daughter, a sixteen year old, ect ect ect: I’m working with so many different kind of people at the same time. In many ways, my job feels more like being able to work and get along with and listen to my fellow workers then creating blizzards and Orange Julius’s. And wow, what a difference a different pairing of workers can make in the level of stress and smoothness during a rush hour. Just good golly Miss Molly.😄

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I’ve tried incredibly hard to be open to correction without talking back, to arrive to work ON TIME, to be quick to jump to do anything the boss or my coworkers ask of me, and to ask questions when I don’t understand something. Thankfully, I can already tell my strategy is working to my favor, as I’ve yet to piss off anyone.😄 LOL I have two older coworkers acknowledge my hard work and dependability after working only a couple shifts with me, and that made me really happy. The younger kids seem to not mind teaching me and helping me remember what goes into which blizzards.

It’s truly been an incredible learning curve and experience but I think I’m already a better person after working there just under two weeks. Outside of maybe one person, I enjoy working with everyone. I’ve found my strength in adaptability helps make moving with the flow really give me an advantage not to cave under the pressure of so much newness. There have been some really high levels of stress during rush hours too, but somehow I’ve yet to snap back at anyone, or feel overwhelmed. Stressed, oh sure. But not to the point of “I hate this, I can’t do this.”

Tonight, I got my first paycheck! My boss hollered at me from her office while I was leaving the walk in fridge with the oreo container; she handed me a piece of paper and I got so excited when I saw my check. Later as I was leaving I thanked her for hiring me and wondered if I was doing a good job. All she said was, “Yep, you are.” But coming from her, that made me happy.

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So, if you’ve wondered where I’ve been since my birthday, there’s your answer. At Dairy Queen. Learning a crap ton of stuff and enjoying it! I’m tired a lot now; I work mostly night shifts (though thankfully I’m almost always home before midnight) and between standing up for hours on end and then all the clean up, it leaves me tired. My adrenaline doesn’t go down, so I end up staying up till one in the morning before I get sleepy, like I am right now.😄 I’m covering another girl’s shift tomorrow from late afternoon to early evening, and then will have to work again on Sunday. If you’re in the neighborhood, drive by and see me. I might be sticking my head out the window.😉

I’m looking forward to the challenge of working hard and learning hard, not stepping on my boss’s toes, and learning more and more. All in all, I’m so thankful I got this job. And I really do love it. I’m working with ice cream after all. What’s so bad about that?😉❤


15 Memorable Things I’ve Learned Being 21

As my 22nd birthday approaches with the Sunday sunrise, I figured I should reflect on different experiences, thoughts, and lessons learned during my 21st year while I’m still 21.


1 Potato chips aren’t necessary for life to go on. Tightening my budget means cutting out unnecessary crap, and that has included chips. *sobs* However, I’m learning that while the cravings are tough, life moves on.

2 I learned I have a passion for helping people help themselves. I go over this in depth in this post, but it was amazing to find my personal calling this past year! Knowing what I love to do is so freeing!

3 I can drive a car. I’m still learning, and sometimes it’s still a little scary. but it is possible.

4 Perspective is a curious thing. Everyone’s reality is a little different; its something I’ve pondered throughout the year or observed through interaction. How people see the world, how they see themselves, how they see me. To some people, I am little more than a name. To others, I am their entire world: that’s mind-blowing.

5 I can get an A in math if I WORK for it. Ugh I hate math, but I got an A for it last semester. My best friend was a gracious, incredibly patient tutor (I’m still so sorry I can’t do math in my head, James) and I studied A LOT. Hirasawa and Enya saved my sanity at times too while I did homework. And I got an A!

6 I learned my intelligence wasn’t solely based on my math skills. It turns out there’s a Theory of Multiple Intelligences, and I’m actually incredibly smart in interpersonal, musical, intrapersonal, and linguistic intelligence. Major confidence booster there, lemme tell ya.

Disney Jazz is a wonderful thing. Just ugh. <3<3<3<3<3<3

Mickey Mouse <3:

8 The strangest yet most beautiful souls ride the bus every day. I saw so many different individuals on my bus route. The I-think half intoxicated woman getting home who was so proud of her daughter’s academic accomplishments. The older woman who smelled of buttermints when she walked by. The girl wearing an anime shirt, and the teenager with the Star Wars hoodie. The transgender man, the two elementary aged children, the people lost and finding their way, the people who gave their seats to others. Even the ex-convict who I spent 30 minutes chatting with at my stop. Such an array of souls.

9 Facebook can be enjoyable when you take control of it. I for real learned this, and while it might sound silly, it was very fun making my feed more positive. I took re control of several of my social networks during the last year and it was very freeing.

10 I lost 8 pounds riding my bike to school. At the beginning of the year biking that three-quarters of a mile to my school, it felt like such a long trek. In a couple months, my breathing was better, my endurance stronger, my legs were more powerful. Forced exercise is the best.

11 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. This anime is one of the most enjoyable, crazy, hysterical, intense stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching and I’m so glad I caught up with the series this past year. Time worth spent lemme tell ya. Also now I have a poster of Joseph Jostar on my wall, handsome devil.😄

12 My self-confidence grew, slowly but surely. I learned I could take public transportation regularly and be ok. I learned I could still fly across the country on my own and be ok. I learned I’m loved exactly as I am and that I should love myself the way I am too. I learned I have incredible strengths worth growing. I learned that hardships are often times neverending but I can survive them bit by bit.

13 Communication is hard but worthwhile. I poured everything I had into communicating consciously and as clearly as I could with my best friend to make our meeting in May a success. The result was a trip I’ll never forget and all that communicating was completely worth it!

14 I won ten dollars from a lottery ticket. That was really fun.😄

15 I need music like I need air. I really came to terms with how influential, necessary, and engaging music is for me. I love exploring music, using it to process my states of emotion, and writing about it. Often times, music is the way I survive: The long waits for the bus or the times when my brain gets so loud that I have pump it through my ears for hours on end outside late into the night. It’s how I bike to school and walk the dogs and wash the dishes. It feels good acknowledging its importance and my own confidence in my taste.


Tomorrow I’m going to the Rainforest Cafe for my birthday lunch and mall shopping, and then hopefully I’ll get to skype with my best friend for the afternoon. Right now, I’m just back from seeing Finding Dory as well! Hopefully, it’ll be a chill, happy birthday!❤