March Is Tomorrow *panics, flails, and ultimately dies*

DSC_0152

Okay, I swear, I only looked at Pinterest for all of two hours!

Per week.

heh.

Where has the time gone? I have zero clue. Swoosh, bye, gone it went and February 2019 has gone to the ages.

It’s been a good month, it really has.

School has successfully managed to kill me, so there’s that. At least I get to do something fun and write a character profile. >:) Also finished Ben Hur- never, ever, ever hang out with your little sister on a precariously built balcony watching a fancy guy with a houseplant on his head go by. *nods seriously*

We had 3 snow days. It was wonderful.

I got a bunch of books to read and only knocked out like a quarter (which reminds me I should probably get to beta-ing this book *rushes*)

DSC_0153

The Lens & The Hard Drive turned one, along with a bunch of other blogs. O_O AH. How have I been doing this for a full year? I have no clue.

A bunch of writing happened, and secret projects and tons of laughing over Google Docs and videochats and just laughing.

I FIGURED OUT HOW INSTALL DESIGNER FONTS ONTO MY LAPTOP AHHHH

Also robbed the freebie section of every font/graphics website I could find, because I’m in the designing bloggies and whatnot mood. Speaking of, if you check out Tess at Silver Sky Dolls, you can see for yourself 😉 Also, please, please lemme know if you want something designed. It’s fun and I may as well put my addiction to Canva to good use, right? 😀

Audiosmiths released a drama- and we’re working on one of the hardest and deepest ones we’ve done yet. Can’t wait to see how that goes. 🙂

DSC_0090

I’ve learned a ton about writing, and the inspiration is slowly coming back. Slowly. We’re only a couple weeks to NaNoWriMo everyone! *squeaks* Can’t wait for this craziness to come at me full force. It’s funny, my first NaNo, I didn’t think anything could be more stressful. Ha I was wrong. XD

Learned a few new songs on all 3 instruments I’m slightly adept at because my mom volunteered me and some other poor unfortunates to play background music at a church dinner. *sighs* Not to mention I’m shooting that too. Actually kinda looking forward to the shooting part- I miss holding a camera. 😛 However, learning the new songs means I get to be distracted with YouTube and wake up ridiculously early for practice. It is not easy to sing alto at 9 am, just sayin’. Also choked back something close to a tear watching clips from Little Women 2018 and Gifted. Onions were chopped a lot this month.

DSC_0154

Got to cheer a friend on because they got accepted to Nationals, to sit by someone who was kinda feeling down, to be goofy and make a rather stressed sibling grin, to laugh evilly with a cousin over our work in progress at 12 am to boot, to enjoy the little blessings of life, to enjoy each day that comes. There’s been a few horrible days, yes. There’s been days I wish I could redo all over again because right now I just wanna crumple them up and toss into a dumpster- but every day has blessings of its own.

And I guess I’m finding them the more I take time to recognize they’re there. 🙂

DSC_0155

Oh, and Ducky kindly agreed to model for me because he’s an adorable sassy stuffie. He is shown above portraying the typical reaction to chemistry homework.

DSC_0156

Here is he, contemplating the reasons for existence as he leans demurely on the railing. That’s one thing I didn’t expect to appreciate: stuffies, and stuffie bloggers. Was not seeing that coming, but it came anyway. I think I’m the better for it.

DSC_0157

I guess he wasn’t that impressed with the whole ordeal. XD

DSC_0160

So I picked him up and got him to fly around!

Ducky: YOU ALMOST MADE ME DIE JO THAT’S WHAT YOU DID THAT WAS SO HIGH UP I COULD DIED OR FALLEN I AM A SENSITIVE PIECE OF STUFFY I SHOULD BE HANDLED WITH CARE, JO, WITH CAREEE DO THAT AGAIN AND I WILL KARATE CHOP YOU

Yeesh, picky old duck.

DSC_0162

*passively-aggressively shows fight stance*

DSC_0164

And this is what happened when he tried attacking me.

Ducky: Medic!

DSC_0165

However, he recovered in time to venture forth into the dark darkness, which definitely had light the little liar.

DSC_0166

Got stuck halfway though.

Ducky: NOT. NICE. JO.

What, I’m just saying!

Anyway.

Favorite from this month.. Hm…

DSC_0169

Favorite Book

I really want to say this Black Widow comic that I’ve been reading, but that’s not my most most favorite, surprisingly.

DSC_0124It would probably be As Brave As You, which is this great story about two boys and their summer with their grandparents. Either it’s really long, or I’m really slow, but I haven’t finished it yet. 😛 I really loved Genie and Ernie’s sibling duo, and the theme. Ah. it’s great.

 

DSC_0161

Favorite Song

This one is almost pretty obvious.

 

I’m Not Here has been on repeat for the longest of times, partly because it’s so good and partly because it reminds me of a charrie down to the intricates of it, so yes, that’s my favorite. It’s also up there with True North by Rend Collective, Learning to Fly (How To Train Your Dragon 3 came out. I’m not okay. My childhood has ended. Ah. Help.) And Two, by Sleeping At Last. But ahhhh this song gets me. All the time. I dunno why. *sobs*

DSC_0163

Favorite Quote

And maybe one day I'll get around to fixing myself too

I think it speaks for itself. It really does.

So that’s been February for me in a nutshell. How ’bout you? Ready for March, or you wanna march in the other direction? Which, if you do, I’d join you, because I pretty much feel like this 110% of the time:

DSC_0167

Yeah, Ducky didn’t really like that.

*muffles his nonliving beak*

Have a good Thursday. And a great new month. 🙂

life is a highway, Jo

Advertisements

Grate(fullness)

jo-team bear- category 5

The Avengers 4 Endgame trailer. For reluctant family asking me about it because I’m the “expert.” XD For overall anticipation because that up there? That’s the endgame. Scary. For my mom refusing to believe Loki really died. For being able to find (as a writing critic, what’s new XD) the good and bad elements of these movies. For waiting in a weird sense of hope along with who knows how many other people.

DSC_0244

For ohana -as weird as it works in my family, it works. For mahal na mahal kita (I love you very much) and for ang gulo mo!! (Which roughly translates to, “you’re a walking blur of confusion”) For caffeine injected chocolate mini bars. Also known as the very thing needed for life.

IMG_3151

For the intricate development and detail going on in the Frozen 2 trailer (yes, really!), for music that has been and probably will be one of the few things that can keep me alive, for Sleeping At Last and Owl City and this list could go on forever. For the sun rising any time now while I write this. For the sun setting when I was writing the WTO post. The fact that the sun has been rising and setting for the better part of a couple centuries and hasn’t once got caught on a hook halfway. For the sounds of a city in the morning. For the morning. For coffee, who am I kidding.. and for a new day.

DSC_0016.JPG

For a thousand portals to a thousand different worlds in paperback form. For the ability to be lost into a book even after you’ve read the last page. For the rare and precious gift (if used wisely) of imagination. For fandoms, and the aggressive-passiveness you tend to have when discussing anything related to them. For favorite characters that are favorite because they are real and they’re broken and they’re flawed but they still come back strong anyway. For egg salad sandwiches, not that it has anything to do with this paragraph. 😛 For once good story plots *glares at Star Wars* and for forever good stories that never get old. (Come onnnn SW I still had faith in you!)

Jo Team Bear Category 1

Hot tea. Sassy mugs. A charged up MP3. The smell of rain after a rain. The smell of snow falling down. A giant blanket with a secret stash of tortilla chips and a good book hidden in it. That perfect moment when you have perfect harmony with your duet. YouTube. *coughs* A worn and dependable T-shirt.

DSC_0013.JPG

For friends that will throw their hands up in the air at you, but refuse to give up on you. For laughter at 7:15 PM because of a hilariously done (aka terrible) accent. For platforms that exist to connect you with people you’ve never even seen face to face. For the fact memes exist as well. For training, for living, for a thousand story ideas whirring around and around until one sounds coherent enough to work on. For Canva. And for bacon crumbles. Duh.

Have you ever heard of this really old song called, “count you every blessings, name ’em one by one?”

I didn’t even scratch the surface. And y’know, I don’t think anyone can. If they stop to think about it.

Wow, this got serious for a really late tag. 😛 But oh well. It is what it is.

Tell you what, take a look at this list and see if I missed anything. See if there’s anything you can add. Because there is so much to be grateful about. Because we’re about as full as we are grateful.

life is a highway, Jo

January’s Over And I Dunno How

DSC_0088

Yup, I’m still trying to figure how that happened too. But 31 days have passed with the blink of an eye and we’re fully stuck in 2019.

It’s been an interesting month, that’s for sure.

DSC_0090

We welcomed the New Year the proper way: getting two big bags of popcorn and watching Lord Of The Rings.

I got to go on a retreat- and that was pretty relaxing. Fun. Peaceful. Plus I got to photograph the stars. 😀

dsc_0091

School started and we all collectively died.

Started working on secret project that’s pretty fun/death inducing.

The Long End aired and I DIED. BUCK- JULES- THE MELTSNERS- SKINT- WOW. Like wow. Mindblown. Mom wondered why I was screaming after the first part aired.

Started reading through the New Testament- and I’m in 1 Corinthians now! I think. Ish. Wait, maybe that was another translation.. huh..

Speaking of the New Testament, really enjoyed having Bible studies over videochat. 😉

A couple times I was sitting down to write posts but ending up watching something with my family instead. The posts can wait. But not my family, Incredibles 2, The Last Jedi, Antman & The Wasp, or Black Panther. Incredibles 2 was AWESOME. Also, if you haven’t checked out the short Bao DO IT. *dies* It’s so good. I’m watching that whenever I can, it’s just really really nice to have some non-stereotypical representation you know? 😀

There were 2 gigantic snowstorms and thus, two snow days. Which means freezing cold and beautiful pictures.

It also means getting to go sledding… even though.. uh… technically..

DSC_0103

I’m pretty sure that sign’s décor. Right? I mean, you can’t be a Canadian and not sled. Sorry. No can do. It’s like taking away Tim Hortons. As a citizen of this fine country, I was exercising my right-

Okay. Okay. Still, it was fun though. Hanging on for dear life as the elements attack you? *thumbs up*

DSC_0095

Had a bunch of people ask me why I was wandering around the premises in the dead of winter, wind blowing, camera out, in a skirt (as if that’s a bad thing) no less, taking random pictures. I guess I did look kinda weird- but honestly, I’m past caring. XD besides, I got good pictures. B)

Interviewed a bunch of kids and failed dramatically.

Released a new audio drama! 😀 Which you can check out on the Audiosmiths page here.

I guess this month has been about finding a balance. Some stability. I’ve had a hard time figuring out school, and as you know, blogging has been random, and there’s just been so much to process and sometimes, taking that one step is tricky. Y’know?

DSC_0111

But I think I’m getting there. Over time. 🙂

Anyway, it’s February now. Also the month I started blogging. *hollers and shrieks* how has it been one year since I started into this vast and crazy and wonderful and strange thing called blogging? I don’t know.

So I’m looking forward to that. As well as secret project 1 and secret project 2. And yes I have two. And no, I’m not telling you what they are. Yet. 😛

I think this post is done.

Oh wait, I still have to pick faves. Right. XD

Favorite Book

See the source image

I borrowed this way back in December and only now got around to reading it. smh I wish I read it sooner- it’s an sweet story about a girl who has OCD, and honestly, I really connected with her, even though we couldn’t be anymore different. I’d love to write this kind of book one day. 😀

 

 

Favorite Song

Do I honestly have to pick? You know as well as I do that I caaaaan’t XD- I actually have three.

Rend Collective’s Life Is Beautiful is beautiful. I think after like, the 20th time listening to it, I got my brother to use it for praise & worship- it’s that good.

And uh…. this is mushy, but I really liked Falling Slowly from Once the musical..

and  38 Planes/Somewhere In The Middle Of Nowhere from another musical, Come From Away. But I’m not linking that, too much mush for the day. XD (Actually, you probably shouldn’t check out anything from either of these musicals except The North Strand from Once. That one’s catchy. XD)

Favorite Quote

I think I like musicals more than I care to admit. XD

Text placeholder.png

Now this post is done. XD Seeya on the next one!

Life is a highway,

Jo

Yippee-Kai-Yay-Hoo It Is JULY!!!

It’s July. It’s July. IT’S JULY!!!!!!!!!!

DSC_0127

Where does the time go, people??? I need more of it!

I’ve:

-been in the air

-spent time with loved ones

-upgraded these lens

– watching my bell pepper plants grow!

DSC_0128

-worked on a lil’ prank (that was successful)

I’ve even got to do some graphic design for different people!

-My constant posting paid off: The Ladybugs won Starling’s HARPs! Yaasss!!!

There have been so many thing, little blessings, little trials, a whopper of homework, and overall, life has gone by in a blink of an eye.

Through all of this month, from the first day to the coming last, God has been so good.

DSC_0123

And now, WE GET A NEW MONTH!!!!! WHO-HOOO!!!!! Summer has finally come! In my opinion, it’s too hot, but hey, who am I to complain? Less school!! And yes, that’s less, because 1. I’m homeschooled and 2. taking advanced courses. So I’ll still have school, but less of it. It’s a win!

DSC_0121

Plus, this wonderful stress-giver known as Camp NaNo is going to start in less than a day! Being in the same cabin with some other great bloggers and writers is already a ton of fun. Which proves the age old truth: it is better to stress over a deadline with a friend, then to stress over a deadline by yourself.

DSC_0124

Ok, it’s not age old, but still pretty accurate, am I right? 🙂

Anyhoo, I thought I might recommend some favorites from this month, so if you’d like to stick around, keep scrolling!

Favorite Song:

Here Be Lion’s Only A Holy God.

Who else commands all the hosts of heaven?
Who else could make every king bow down?
Who else can whisper and darkness trembles?
Only a holy God

What other beauty demands such praises?
What other splendor outshines the sun?
What other majesty rules with justice?
Only a holy God

Come and behold Him
The One and the only
Cry out, sing Holy
Forever a holy God
Come and worship the holy God 

Any words I would have for this would only make it less.

There are also Owl City’s Not All Heroes Wear Capes, and 5th Of July, but they don’t really compare to this.

Favorite Book:

The End Of The Spear, by Steve Saint

Image result for End of the Spear Online

Again, what words do you have for this book? The true story of what happened after the killing of the five missionaries in the Amazon jungles of Ecuador by Waodani warriors is amazing. Not just because of the brave men who gave their lives for Christ, though very much so; but also because of how those same warriors turned to Christ, and how Steve Saint, whose father Nate Saint was among those killed, grew up loving the very same ones who killed his father. Only God could make that possible.

My words don’t do it justice, no matter what I say. If you can, go read this book- and be blessed because of its story.

Favorite Bible Verse:

Well, you see, the whole Bible is my favorite! It’s hard to just pick just one. But I will give out one for this month!

Image result for james 1 17

Bible Bee has been a real blessing.

DSC_0125

Looking back over the month, it’s pretty surreal to think that just like that, the year is halfway over. Life is moving at a faster rate then we can register. So this month, let’s make the most of it.

Thanks for reading! Have a happy National Camera Day! (I think that’s a thing.)

DSC_0129

 

 

Scribble Scrabble

Afternoon, y’all. Welcome to the first Scribble Scrabble. *tips cowboy hat*

You might be wondering why I am calling it Scribble Scrabble.

Well, it all started when I was knee high to a grasshopper, and started my day with crayons in my hand. (Not anymore now, though!)

A flash of inspiration came to me one day: why not start my own newspaper? I thought it was a wonderful idea, so with a page ripped from my drawing notebook and all the crayons I had, I scribbled some words here and drew this there.

I was so pleased- my own creation! My brother, however, thought it was scribbling. I, like the good child I am, ignored him and went off to play Scrabble with my dad.

 I lost.

Later, after mourning my loss, I dreamt up the perfect name for my newspaper: Scribble Scrabble!

Naturally, production of my newspaper stopped after the first page. Scribble Scrabble was no more.

But I’m older now. And have a blog. So, Scribble Scrabble is back! Basically pretty much whatever comes to my head will be typed.

Ready? Here goes!

First up: Jo’s Snowy Sunday!

It was early Sunday morning, and the snow was thick and slippery. Could we make it to church safely without getting the car stuck in the snowdrifts?

 

Aw, piece of cake! However, it really was dangerous, and a few cars somehow managed to get stuck on the highway. Thankfully we made it safe and on time!

 

Then on the way home ice stuck to the windows and snow on my shoes. I don’t really mind, though. Winter is my favorite season! (Except when I’m planning to join a spring photography contest…)

 

(Also, if you didn’t notice, the title sounds a lot like Sir Buddy’s Snowy Day, the next AIO episode! Hee hee!)

Next up!

Abstract Streetlights!

I always thought it would be neat if I could take pictures of streetlights, and here they are! However, if you noticed, they’re a bit abstract.

And:

My blog button!

WordPress Logo

Y’know, it ain’t easy to come by these! Treasure ’em! Many many thanks to Clara from Clara & Co. for making this beautiful clipart and for letting new aspiring bloggers like me use it! Clara, like me, plays the fiddle (different from a violin).

And lastly:

A Word Of Thanks

Y’know, a blog isn’t much without people reading it, and my blog wouldn’t be much without you all reading it! Thank you for your likes, your comments (both short and sweet and long and varied), and your follows! It all puts a smile on my face, and I hope my blog does the same for you.

Thanks for reading.

 

Digital Pieces of Inspiration

It’s Friday, everyone! Who-oooo! 🙂

In celebration of this great day, the end of the week, I have complied for you what I like to call digital pieces of inspiration. You see, I have discovered a fascinating software to produce what you will now see.

Shall we begin?

 

D648E76B-B449-45F9-9086-7DE047C4B0C1

This is from Isaiah 1:18. What a wonderful reminder of God’s forgiveness!

 

7773034E-85C9-4BDE-85B1-25FCA540B504

This is from Lord Of The Rings! You can find the poem here: LOTR Rant: Books For the Win!

D762D5A9-955C-40A6-B07A-ADE058ECDF2A

 

D3005D30-D7E2-4FA8-86DB-59FFD9755A74

 

6699E762-2F47-44DF-BAD5-D6E06596E408

Now, there have been some very excited commenters here on The Lens & The Hard Drive. Very.

To these commenters (and they know who they are, ahem) the last two quotes are for you.

B3357821-E094-4DBE-8F77-10D46B246A73

D3DF6290-1A81-480D-9CA1-1DE90DA6F6FA

That’s all for today, kids! I hope you have had a lovely week and will have a lovely weekend!

Also, you know what they say about April showers? It’s true. The sky was completely covered in clouds as well.

Thanks for reading.