Hi!! I’m currently reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio, a wonderful middle-grade #1 New York Times Bestseller, all about a 10 year old boy named August with a facial deformity. He’s used to people staring at him everywhere he goes, and, until now, he’s never gone to school because of it. This book follows August as he starts fifth grade, and goes though bullying, gossiping, and a whole lot more. The book also focuses on Auggie’s english teacher, Mr. Browne, and his precepts (basically principles to live by). The main precept that is important throughout the book is Whengiven the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind. I think this is really cool, and very important!!!
Hi Guys! Recently- ok, it was a while ago–I was given/nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by Stella from The night writer’s diary! So thank you very much Stella- you’re awesome, and your blog is too. 🙂
Here are the rules: 1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award. 2. Answer their questions about yourself in a post. 3. Nominate some blogs! 4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and let the recipients know that they have been nominated. 5. Include the award logo within your blog post.
Here goes, my answers to the questions!
1. Who is your celebrity crush?
Jonny Lee Miller, because of the BBC Emma series… But seriously, it might just be because I like the character of Mr. Knightley! 🙂 So maybe that’s more of a ‘character crush’!
2. Where do you find the most comfort during the day?
Probably my living room/den… writing (& blogging) or watching TV… But I love walks, so outside is great too.
3. Do you like unicorns?
YES YES YES!!! Yes. I love unicorns. They. Are. Amazing. GO UNICORNS!
4. What is your best childhood memory?
Ha ha- I’m only 10; this is funny! Well, I can’t do only one, sorry… I remember when I was around 3 or 4, and lived in England (I was born there but live in Canada now), I would always go to this little sweetie shop on the corner with my dad, and it was awesome. Also around that time, I remember going to France and loving it!
5. What is your favourite song?
Umm… I have three. And they’re all equal.
Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Tennis Court by Lorde
Hey Now by London Grammar
6. What is/was your favorite school subject?
Math, or English; because I’m in French Immersion. Or maybe even French! I kind of love all subjects!
7. What would be your perfect day?
I’ve already had it! I went to a little village with my BFF and our two moms. We stayed a night at a gorgeous retreat center, and it was great!
8. If you were to write a book what would it be about?
I am already writing a book! If you’ve ever heard the Christmas song ‘The Little Drummer Boy’, that’s what it’s about. It’s a historical-fiction chapter book about the back story of the little drummer boy. It’s called the ‘Me and my drum’. It should be really good!
9. What is your favourite joke?
My favourite jokes aren’t the knock-knock ones, question ones, etc. etc. What makes me laugh most is when people say the wrong thing by accident, and it’s really funny what they end up saying, or other things like that, if that makes any sense 🙂
10. Have you ever solved a Rubik’s cube and how long did it take you?
Never tried, never will. And if I did try, it would probably take me like 11 hours.
I nominate/give this award to (not knowing if they’ve already done it)…
On Sunday, I was trudging home from church…
in my warm winter coat,
and I occasionally fell down (somehow always on the nicest, biggest piles of snow? :))…
and while I was thinking about how hard it is to walk with so much “protection”…
I was watching what I thought looked like icing sugar get swept off the (foot high?)snow all around me…
It was beautiful, magical, supernatural…
I thought it so great, that I just plonked myself down into a another big mound of icing sugar snow…
I lay down,
and closed my eyes…
I listened to the whistling wind, the snow… I listened to Winter’s Song.
This caused me to get far behind the people I was walking with, but it was worth it.
I also listened to that song while sledding later on that day…
My sled had taken me further than it had the rest of the day, and I had taken a sharp turn left, into the woods…
So, no-one could see me. I lay there for about twenty seconds before a few friends came rushing up to me, saying “are you ok?”. They must have been scared, because I was lying on my sled still, which had bumped into a pile of wood. (I was fine.)
So that wasn’t the best way to listen, but I encourage you to listen to Winter’s Song by Mother Nature.
No purchase required.
How’s Winter like everywhere else? I’m currently having my second snowday in a row!
And, soon (but no sooner than a week (or month?) or two), Morning over at the amazing The Ups and Downs of My Not-So-Average Life and I will both be putting up the VERY COOL post that we’re doing together. So be excited!!! (It will be on her blog and mine.)
Press play and float off into a magical & beautiful universe of harmony. 🙂
Their cover of this awesome song from the movie ‘Meet the Mormons’ made me cry a little! They’re a family that does covers of mostly Frozen songs, but other songs too, on YouTube. Their channel is called Working with Lemons and their tagline is ‘When life gives you lemons, make movies.’ I also recommend the YouTube video of this, and all their other vids, too!
I love ’em. I just love ’em.
3. People and/or Friends
They’re also people. And friends. But a little different. Moms… are just… great.
Also people. Also friends. Also a little different. They’re awesome.
7. Compliments or Encouragements!!
As Mark Twain said, “I can live for 2 months on a good compliment.” 🙂
Opinions are really interesting. Whether it’s about which veggies you won’t eat, what your favourite song is, or if you think you should do something or not, they canchange soquickly. It’s also interesting how they can be strong & hard to change, but they can also be small, and if someone has good reasoning, the opinon will change. But some people don’t care what others say. Especially if it’s different than what they think. Here’s a funny little comic I found…
(Like the signature? I created it on a signature website. :))
The One and Only Ivan is a touching story about a gorilla who has got used to life at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. He’s been in his ‘domain’ for 9, 855 days. Alone. But he doesn’t mind this life anymore, and he spends most of his time drawing pictures with wax crayons and paint. Then one day, a baby elephant comes along, and he’s forced to think about his past, and his future. This story made me cry with sadness and happiness! (The website is TheOneandOnlyIvan.com)
Getting Near to Baby By Audrey Couloumbis
After their baby sister dies, Willa Jo and Little Sister have to leave their mother to live with their Aunt Patty, who has no children, but a lot of rules. Little Sister has not said anything since her sister’s death, and no one can get a word out of her. One day, Willa Jo and Little Sister climb on top of Aunt Patty’s roof, and, well, an awful lot happens!! This is an overwhelmingly sad AND happy book. I highly recommend it!!
The Birchbark House By Louise Erdrich
This is the first book of a very good series. It is set in 1847, about an Ojibwa 8 year old girl called Omakayas (which means ‘Little Frog’ and her community. They go through smallpox, deaths, ghost encounters, and much more. There are some AWESOME characters in this book. I love it!
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place : The Mysterious Howling By Maryrose Wood
This book is fantastic, really funny and very mysterious… 🙂 It’s about an english (british) governess named Penelope Lumley who gets a job in a huge mansion called Ashton Place. She thinks that she’s going to be taking care of three normal children, but it turns out… that they are not normal at all. It’s sometimes said about naughty children that they could be ‘raised by wolves’. These children actually were! This is the first book of a mystery series about Miss Lumley and her students. I could not stop reading this – I brought it everywhere!! (The Website is MaryroseWood.com
I am applying to go to the Discovery Girls summit! The questionnaire should be out today!
A LOT (thousands and thousands) of tween girls write & submit questionnaires hoping to be chosen, but only 36 of them get to go! You can go here to apply.
I’m so excited and I’ll DEFINITELY post if I’m chosen! I love Discovery Girls– it’s my favourite magazine of all time! The cool thing is that it’s “Made By Girls, For Girls”, and basically the whole thing is made by readers. I definitely recommend it!!