Chelle
Mondays are… Marvelous?

I know a lot of people don’t seem to like Mondays, but I used to hang out online with author Julie E. Czerneda, and she’d get really, really excited about Mondays. Mondays were the day she got to go back to work, and she loved, loved, loved her job. I’m not sure I’m quite up for getting that excited — for one thing, I’m operating on a very limited energy budget here. Excitement is exhausting. But I do like Mondays.

Mondays are my “start over” day. I’ve learned to limit quantity goals to one week, and if I don’t make the goal in that week I don’t carry over the deficit. I start fresh each new week with a new chance to get it done right this time. Monday is probably the best day for me to assign myself to do something I really, really want to get done once a week. (Although it wouldn’t have worked last week, because last week I slept all day Monday. I do not know why I slept all day Monday, but assigning myself to do something wouldn’t have worked, because I never woke up enough to even care about what I was or wasn’t getting done.)

After getting past that sleepy Monday, I spent last week working on something that only resembled writing, rather than actual writing. (My husband seemed to think it pretty much counted, anyway, perhaps I should believe him.) I was creating ebooks. I started because I finally got around to acquiring a copy the transcription my daughter made of a Regency Romance Novella I wrote when I was eighteen. And then, of course, I had to go over the manuscript to see if there were transcription errors (possibly an almost-pointless enterprise given my general inability to see typographical errors, but I did catch a few), and having done that I figured I would just transfer the file over to ebook format, why not?

When I opened up the app in which I edit my ebooks, I discovered I was in the middle of making an ebook version of the script for Compelled. (Yes, script. Compelled is a story that I think wants to be a graphic novel… okay, to be honest, I think it wants to be a movie. Getting a graphic novel seems more potentially possible (I have done it before once), so I wrote a script for a graphic novel, and until I get my energy back and actually get to become the workaholic I always wanted to be, or someone volunteers to do the illustrations on spec, or I inherit a lot of money, I’m stuck at that point.) I can no longer remember why I wanted to ebook-ize a graphic novel script. But whatever — the ebook was sitting there half-finished, so I finished it. The ebook I originally meant to be making isn’t quite done yet. But almost!

I also discovered how to solve the mysterious problem of suddenly my new eBooks not having their cover images used for the thumbnails in iBooks anymore. Fixing this involved including a property tag I had never included before – rather than doing something I had recently been forgetting to do. So although all my books now have their cover images showing properly when I view the “by me” shelf, I’m still a bit boggled as to why the older books have them when they don’t have the property tag that is apparently now required. Apple must have changed its protocol for creating thumbnails — but the older thumbnails created using the former protocol still work? Something like that.

Also last week I tatted some more bookmarks. (Mental note to self, must email the friend I sorta offered a bookmark to, and make sure I have her latest address.) I have also been toying with the notion that the obvious solution to the problem of tatted bracelets pulling out of shape and stretching while being worn, is to sew them to a ribbon. This brilliant notion came to me while I was finishing some tatted barrettes, for which I have been using ribbon to cover up the metal bits so that they look better. (I will post a picture as soon as I get them taken and uploaded.)

Having come up with the idea, I will now undoubtedly end up making a few ribbon and tatting bracelets, even though I really have no use whatsoever for them. ::rueful:: I do need to figure out how they will be fastened together, though. Buttons are not so ideal for ribbon (where I would need to actually MAKE the buttonholes) as for tatting (where holes are a naturally occurring feature.)

 Lissa
Wandering…

I’m not much of a wander. I like Ohio. I like my home in Ohio. Why would I leave? Well, apparently to visit relatives in Canada.

I brought Sprinkles and Cupcake with me. Sprinkles at least is much more adventurous than me. Though, being small as she is; my house is like a town to her. Cupcake’s happy as long as he’s with her.IMG_20170615_0943349_rewind

Still, they were pretty lazy in the car going up. Good thing too; we wouldn’t have room for them to be rowdy.IMG_20170614_0804537_rewind

It was a pretty rainy journey up.IMG_20170615_0944067_rewind

Though it had its moments of sunshine.IMG_20170619_0825457_rewindIMG_20170622_1056454_rewindIMG_20170616_1209247_rewind

 

Sprinkles and Cupcake really liked my Uncle’s cabin. Which is good because as soon as we got up to Canada we spent most of our time there. Occasionally we’d go to the lake or the community center.

By the way, this lake happens to be lake Winnipeg, which is a really huge lake. Large enough to be a sea, I believe, but fresh water, so isn’t. If you’re ever in the area, it’s a really cool place. And since we went before it was really ‘summertime’ in Canada (the kids were still in school) it was not super crowded!

The community center is also awesome. We mostly went there fore Wi-Fi access, but even without that, it has this really awesome mini museum about the area. Also, tanks filled with live fish. Apparently they also had turtles in the tanks last year.IMG_20170623_1120223_rewind

This is a model they have of what the beach front used to be. It doesn’t look like this anymore. This picture also only gets a very small part of the model.

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Anyway, I know most of you don’t care about the models and such, but I found them super cool.

Also, another thing I found super cool at the community center was this sign:IMG_20170623_1221547_rewind As a reader, I consider this awesome.

 

Also, on the note of signs, this is one I found at a gas station, I don’t see in Ohio very often.IMG_20170628_0419287_rewind

 

 

Anyway, I’m back home now. As much as I like that area of Canada, Ohio’s home, and I personally love home. Jacob’s still up in Canada with our Aunt and Uncle, but that’s because up there seems to be better for his health than Ohio. Hopefully he’s enjoying good health and fun.

 Lissa
Heading Off…

I haven’t really posted much this summer. I apologize to my very few and far between readers.

I’m heading off to Canada early tomorrow to go visit my Aunt and Uncle at their cabin by the lake. Which should be fun. I’m staying there for around a week and a half to two weeks. There is an unfortunate 19 hour drive time (which is being traveled in 2 days) but that can’t be helped.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve accomplished so far this summer:

1. Organized major amounts of three rooms

2. Baked a strawberry shortcake, and a couple strawberry pies

3. Read Jane Eyre

4. Knitted a water bottle case

5. Knitted mini boots for a teddy bear

 Lissa
Why I Look For Small Pieces of Happiness

Someone asked me whether I’d rather live in this chaotic world, or die where it’s peaceful.

Look, I’m not going to deny that this world sometimes sucks. Evil is celebrated, cursing is not only expected but respected, being a jerk is okay if it’s for laughs, and the response to kindness and politeness is to make fun of them.

I’m not completely oblivious here.

The thing is that because of this, anything good is considered unimportant or unrealistic. And then they wonder why their so miserable. You’re not going to see good unless you look for it.

The way light filters through leaves.

The way a new mother looks at her child despite all the pain she’s been through.

A small compliment from one acquaintance to another.

I know it’s a hard world to live in. I myself have dreamed of the chance of peace I might find after this life. But until then, I’m going to continue to look for the good. It’s little, but it’s struggling to survive.

Humanity has so many good things about it. The thing is that humanity has started to reject its own goodness, and instead only believe in evil.

 

But the world still beautiful.

 Lissa
Why Satire?

My boyfriend, brother, and most of my friends and acquaintances really love satire. I, while I do find it sometimes amusing, am rather less fond of it. But I do find it fascinating that people write it. I’m not a psychologist,  but I have gathered a few reasons why I think people write satire.

First of all, it’s fun. It is fun to ramble, and it often requires less research than a lot of more scientific analysis, because it’s not supposed to be grounded in reality. It’s make belief, but its make belief that shocks people. And shocking people is great fun for many writers. In fact, some write for the sole purpose of shocking people. Therefore it doesn’t matter if there are logical fallacies everywhere. They are supposed to be there, for the purpose of showing all the logical fallacies of people’s thought process.

And while it is fun to write, it also makes people do what the writer wants. It gets the emotions involved, and emotions are a powerful force for action. Often more powerful than logical, after all, usually the most logical thing to do is self-preservation. Which is all fine and dandy, except that it doesn’t exactly spur the most utopian society when everyone is out for themselves.

The final reason I’ve seen for satire is that it is so ridiculous that it is hard to come up with a good comeback. Most post online have some sort of angry response to certain political views, but when something is so exaggerated as satire, there just simply isn’t a good response. Except maybe more satire.

 

 

Anyway, as stated earlier I’m not a psychologist, and I haven’t done any research into the subject. It’s simply just my observations that I’ve seen while both reading satire, and listening to others talk about it.

 Lissa
Why Satire?

My boyfriend, brother, and most of my friends and acquaintances really love satire. I, while I do find it sometimes amusing, am rather less fond of it. But I do find it fascinating that people write it. I’m not a psychologist,  but I have gathered a few reasons why I think people write satire.

First of all, it’s fun. It is fun to ramble, and it often requires less research than a lot of more scientific analysis, because it’s not supposed to be grounded in reality. It’s make belief, but its make belief that shocks people. And shocking people is great fun for many writers. In fact, some write for the sole purpose of shocking people. Therefore it doesn’t matter if there are logical fallacies everywhere. They are supposed to be there, for the purpose of showing all the logical fallacies of people’s thought process.

And while it is fun to write, it also makes people do what the writer wants. It gets the emotions involved, and emotions are a powerful force for action. Often more powerful than logical, after all, usually the most logical thing to do is self-preservation. Which is all fine and dandy, except that it doesn’t exactly spur the most utopian society when everyone is out for themselves.

The final reason I’ve seen for satire is that it is so ridiculous that it is hard to come up with a good comeback. Most post online have some sort of angry response to certain political views, but when something is so exaggerated as satire, there just simply isn’t a good response. Except maybe more satire.

 

 

Anyway, as stated earlier I’m not a psychologist, and I haven’t done any research into the subject. It’s simply just my observations that I’ve seen while both reading satire, and listening to others talk about it.

 Lissa
Quick Snacks

The musical was this weekend. With all the chaos that has surrounded it, it’s been hard to find time for anything, so all of the snacks I’ve been making have had to be quick.

So, I present to you, my list of quick snacks to make.

1. Microwave Nachos

Ingredients: tortilla chips, salsa, ranch, cheddar cheese

Optional Additional Ingredients: olives, sour cream, tomatoes

To make it, simply put the nacho chips on a plate, then cover them in all the other ingredients. Unless you are using sour cream. If you are using sour cream, don’t put it on yet. Put the rest of the ingredients in the microwave and cook it for about half a minute. Then, if desired, put on sour cream.

Don’t feel limited to these ingredients. This is a very adaptable recipe, so have fun playing with it.

2. Tortilla Pizzas

Ingredients: Tortilla, shredded cheese, pizza topping, tomato sauce

To make it, spread tomato sauce on tortilla, then put on toppings, then the shredded cheese. Cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 9-12 minutes.

3. Easy Parfait

Ingredients: Yoghurt, granola, fruit

Today was the second time I’ve ever made parfaits. When I was younger I thought they were super hard, but they’re actually really easy, and I know how to make them in single servings now. The trick is if you’re making parfaits for many people, get a large yoghurt container because it’s economical. If making for only one use a small container because it’s convenient.

I know that sounds stupidly obvious, but it took me a while to figure out.

Anyway, the other thing that makes parfaits seem difficult is the fruit. The truth is, that canned fruit actually taste pretty good in it, as long as it’s cut up to bite sized portions. Also, if you do insist on using fresh fruit, I’d suggest a banana. It doesn’t take long to cut up, and it’s a bit softer than most fruits, which I think goes better with the texture of the dish.IMG_20170430_1003136_rewind

 Lissa
Was It Only A Week Ago?

Honestly. This week has been such a rush. The musical is this Friday and Saturday, so I’ve been busy with that, as well as schoolwork and church responsibilities. I kind of just crashed today.

Still it’s weird looking back at what I did last week and remembering just how recently it happened. I mean…

 

Just last week I made a Phantoms of the Opera costume for my stuffed seal (the seal is a good luck charm for band, and we’re doing a Phantom of the Opera medley so it felt appropriate)IMG_20170416_2032292_rewind

And I made a “resurrection garden” and a carrot drawstring bag to celebrate Easter.IMG_20170416_2031552_rewindIMG_20170416_1256214_rewind

 

This week felt like it took forever.

But it did end.

Because time doesn’t stand still.

 

 Lissa
Easter

You know, I really wanted to write something motivational for Easter. Most of Easter weekend has been great for me, and I am extremely grateful for what Jesus Christ has done for me. It’s an amazing thought to know just how much he would go through for the world.

But I’m finding it hard to find the right motivational words. I’m being faced with two very tough decisions for me, and I feel like I’m at the breaking point. So it’s hard to be happy and inspired when I’m in this much pain.

But isn’t that part of what Easter is about? How pain and suffering can lead to triumph? Did not Christ’s pain lead to the salvation of the world? Could not this pain lead to the triumph of me?

I don’t know entirely. I can’t see the future, and I don’t know where I’m going. But I do know that Christ did atone for me, and the entire world.

So, with that I do have two very important things to say.

1. I am in all likelihood not doing marching band anymore. I just don’t love it enough for it to be worth the pain.

2. I really do love all of my friends. You guys are some of the few people who have been able to care for me. But… you guys don’t have the same morals as me. Which is fine, except that it’s getting harder and harder for me to feel comfortable around you guys. So, for the sake of my own sanity, I might be a little distant.