February 20, 2017

Random Nothings

I suppose the title tidily sums up the meaning of this post, but it still felt lacking without an introduction. Well, here 'tis. I was randomly inspired to share with you all some random things in my life lately. There. I have introduced the post. 


~My new shampoo and conditioner are now a highlight in my life. I used to loathe hair washing (thick hair problems) but now I look forward to it soooo much because this stuff makes my hair so soft and clean and it smells like Hawaii and summertime and flowers and its natural-y. I say "y" because store bought hair products are never REALLY natural.

(I promise the company didn't sponsor me to say this. :P)
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~ I'd like to say a few words to the people who owned our house before us about the choice they made to paint our dining/computer room bright red. Fire engine red. I just want to tell them I'm having so much fun painting the said room light green. I mean, who doesn't like having to do so many coats that your arm fell off and you had to take it to the emergency room?*

*This story may or may not be slightly exaggerated.

Okay, it's not that bad....after all, my mom and I are working together on it. But still. Bright red??? Ugh.

~ I've recently been intrigued by the fantasy genre (previously untrod waters, excepting Narnia, Middle-earth, and a few fairytale inspired books) and if you follow me on goodreads you may have noticed this. I've been adding quite a few fantasy books to my TBR shelf.
Any suggestions? I'm all ears. :)


~Library book sales are the best. See that stack down there? Those eleven books? (INCLUDING THE NEARLY BRAND NEW COPY OF Children of Hùron?!?) Yup. Guess how much?
Two dollars.
in the background you can see some finds from the previous library book sale I went to, haha

~I should be editing Princess and the Pea, or writing more Rose and Isaac, or writing the backstory for my villain in PatP, but instead I'm scribbling a new story?? Send help please.

(Also, send extra help because I'm having trouble even with the new story. I feel very low on writing inspiration and motivation....but I want to write so much!)

And the next one, and the next one, and the next one...:

~I've been learning that some days, what you need to do is take a nap. Yeah, I never actually fall asleep, but even ten minutes of close-your-eyes-and-burrow-under-the-blankets is enough to get you through the rest of the day. :)

(Also, putting "Concerning Hobbits" on repeat is a very relaxing source of background noise.)

~Thanks to Jordan's video, I discovered "Fitness Blender". I tried this workout and oh my word I LOVED it. Due to back problems, I reaaally need to focus on strengthening my upper body and this workout. This workout!!! It required absolutely no equipment and was so super duper easy, but at the end I was sweating and felt amazing. It actually got rid of a neckache I had woken up with. So, though I've only done it once so far, I have very high hopes. Definitely can't wait to do it again.
not always, but it's what my heart would rather do haha <3

~I'm going to see Newsies (in cinemas, not on stage)  on Wednesday and eeepers I just can't waaaiiiiit to seize the day and carry the banner and....yeah. :P


~Have you seen this new clip of Beauty and the Beast? Just checking. ;)
(SO excited for this movie....)

~I've been reading The Robe lately and gooodness, it is SO good. Definitely recommend. I love the 1953 movie, but the book is immensely better. :)

Well, that's all my friends. I must leave you, for it's dinnertime. After all, food is my one weakness. *waves*

Is this not incredibly accurate? xD


  1. Fantasy: Okay, so NORMALLY I'm a really bad person to go to for advice about this; but I do happen to know of a sorta-kinda-fantasy book that is absolutely EPIC. It's called "Echo" by Pam Munoz Ryan; and it's only about one of the most phenomenally beautiful stories I've read, ever. I RECOMMEND IT TO ALL AND SUNDRY. It's soooooooooooooooooooooooooo good.

    Awww, I love the introvert map! <3

    That BatB clip tho . . . *squeals*

    1. Hahaha. Jessica, when writing this post I NEVER would have guessed YOU would recommend a fantasy book to me. :P But thank you!! I looked it up and wow, that cover is beautiful. Plus your review on goodreads has me intrigued. I definitely want to read it now. :)

      Isn't it just the best?

      I KNOW. :D

    2. Heh, heh. Well . . . to be perfectly honest, I probably would never have READ it in the first place, but my mom got it out of the library and read it, and really loved it--and passed it on to me :-) And it's fantastic.

    3. Ooh, I see. :D Haha, that's great! Don't you love recommending books to your family and vice versa--and then both people end up loving it?

  2. RED WALLS?! Goodness me. Who paints their walls RED? Light green sounds much better. :) Oh, but your poor arm. To think of it falling off so that you had to go to the emergency room! That's tragic. (Exaggeration? NO! I'm sure you would never exaggerate about something like that. ;P)

    You're writing ANOTHER story? Honestly. Some people just don't know when to stop. ;) (Heehee.)

    Yay for a workout that actually gets rid of a neckache! That's wonderful! :) (That Domino pizza picture, though. That's hilarious! I relate to that. Haha. ;))

    I'm actually starting to get sort of excited for Beauty and the Beast. I didn't have very high hopes for it at first, but it's looking rather promising now. :)

    1. Heehee. Obviously some people do. :P (I guess you don't know me too well, then. ;P)

      *Guilty chuckle* Wellll, I'm sure you'd be interested in it. (It's about another of Alethea's brothers...I think I may have told you about it before. Not the Garrett one. A different one. ;))

      I know! It makes me very happy. :) (Heehee, it is quite relatable, isn't it?)

      I've had mixed feelings off and on as I see more trailers and clips, but I've been excited for it ever since I heard they were creating it. I don't think I could stop being excited now, even if it looked horrible :P (Well, okay, MAYBE if it looked horrible....but it doesn't. :))

    2. (Haha. I guess not. ;P)

      Oh, that's right. I should have known that. After I commented I was reading over your long email and came across the part where you mentioned that particular story, and I was like "aha! I bet that's the one she was talking about in her post." Which was a very clever deduction, right? Haha. ;) (And yes, I most certainly would be interested in it. One of these days we must talk about it!! :))

    3. ;D

      Heehee. Is it the one about Jacob? Then yes, you are correct. Most clever, indeed! (Well, I'm sure we'll have time SOMEDAY to talk all about it... ;))

    4. Yup. Jacob's the one! (Eek. That will be fun! Looking forward to that day! ;))

  3. This was a DELIGHTFUL post!! I loved every word, it was a very fun read! And this : "Also, send extra help because I'm having trouble even with the new story. I feel very low on writing inspiration and motivation....but I want to write so much!" is soooo me right now!!!!

    1. Why, thank you, Classic Girl! I'm so happy you enjoyed it. :) Awwww. I'm so sorry that's you right now, too. Keep being hopeful! I'm sure your writing motivation will bounce back in no time!

  4. Random, rambling posts are the best sometimes, in my mind :)

    (I still kind of dread washing my hair. And showering in general. I DO it, don't be alarmed, but I'm not that fond of it :-P)

    Suggestions for fantasy? Wellll, I'm not sure if you've already read it, but I'd recommend Inkheart. 'Tis tons of fun, and only minimal language. (It's actually the first of a trilogy, but the other two books get a bit darker, from what I remember, and I wasn't as fond of them.)

    Naps. Yes. Or, as you say, close-your-eyes-and-burrow-under-the-blankets ;)


    Aaaaaaaand so far I haven't actually watched any of the individual clips for BatB (though I've seen the trailer, of course). I can't decide if I want to save it all for the theater or catch some sneak peeks ;D

    I hadn't realized Newsies was out yet! (Oops, out of order there.) But I'm so happy you get to go and see it! :D

    Whoever drew that map has introverts down, man.

    LOVELY, lovely post, Natalie!! Love and miss you <3

    1. Ach, you bought "Christy"?! I love that book. *sigh*

    2. Aww, thanks. :D

      I can relate to that very much. Although, as said in the post, my new hair stuff helps. I mean, I DO love being clean and showering can be relaxing, but sometimes I'd just rather do other things, you know? haha

      I think Jessica and Rosie recommended Inkheart to me before! I definitely would like to try that one. :)

      Heehee. They're so wonderful.

      YOU SHOULD. And then you can fangirl with me over Demetrius and Marcellus' friendship because it's just THE BEST.

      I understand. :D

      Thank you!! I've seen it now and IT WAS AMAZING. I think they're showing it in select theaters again on March 4th. I really really really hope they put it on dvd....

      I know, right? :)

      Aww, thank you! *hugs* Love and miss you too!

      PS. Yes! I've always loved the tv show, so I'm looking forward to seeing if I like the book, too. :)

  5. Oh, that introvert's heart: self-check out lanes and online ordering really spoke to me (although I am more of an ambivert).

    Okay, for fantasy.

    ~I love the 100 Cupboards Trilogy by ND Wilson (check out all his other books too). Don't stop at the first; it builds up through the series

    ~The Faerie Rebels Trilogy and Swift and Nomad (connected but not technically part of the series) by R.J. Anderson (only first two of trio available in US; try them and you can order the rest like I did from Amazon UK. My sisters and I all LOVED this trilogy/duo).

    ~A Snicker of Magic and A Key to Extraordinary. These are middle grade but so cool. A lot of fantasy books are old world magic. This brings it to the new world to the perfect spot, Appalachia.

    ~Howl's Moving Castle

    ~Anything by Jessica Day George. The writing style is more light and childish that the rest.

    ~Peter and the Starcatcher's series. Fun, but I didn't find it as addicting as my sisters did.

    These are maybes, depending on your sensitivity
    ~The 13 Treasures Trilogy deals with faeries in the older, traditional understanding (somewhat like faerie rebels), and my sisters and I enjoyed them, but they are more traditional in their darkness. The last one was disturbing, especially for the age group, middle grade.

    ~If you are allowed, Harry Potter. I don't think I would've been allowed as child (I never asked, just assumed, probably correctly). I read them at twenty. Read all (the first three are more juvenile). I think people make a false distinction between them and Lord of the Rings (especially since Rowling seemed, ah, highly influenced by the latter). I know they are over-hyped but I like all the classical details, and better yet, all the character details and just everyday happenings.

    1. Heehee, glad you can relate, Livia Rachelle!

      Ohhh wow, THANK YOU for all these suggestions! I'll definitely be looking into them. :) I really appreciate your taking the time to list so many!

  6. TWO DOLLARS FOR CHILDREN OF HURIN?!? Wow, that's a great deal! =D And I hope that the room painting is going well!

    New follower. =)


    1. I know!! :D It stills makes me happy to think about. Aww, it is, thanks!

      THANK YOU SO MUCH. You're fabulous! :D

  7. Red? It was bright red? Poor you! I have only ever had to paint a very short fence, I can't imagine painting a whole room!! Love that gif you put there. Will is great.

    THE LAND OF STORIES by Chris Colfer. Go read the series, it is great!!!!!!!

    All of those books were just two dollars!!!????? Now I'm getting very jealous!!! Not really, I'm glad for you!!

    Writing a new book when you should be working on the old one. Like I could be giving advice because I'm doing the exact same thing.

    I love this post!

    1. Heehee, thanks for the sympathy! :) Yeah....room painting is not my favorite. :P Will is fantastic! I'm glad you liked that gif. :D

      Ooh, thanks, I'll check it out!

      Haha, it was a fantastic deal. :)

      Well, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one! Heehee.

      Thank you!!!

  8. I painted one wall in my kitchen bright Coca-Cola red. Because I decorated it in Coca-Cola stuff, which I collect. Hoping you don't buy my house when we move eventually.

    Library book sales are The Best!

    1. Haha! Well, one wall is doable. My mom painted one wall red in a house we used to live in, too. But yeah....it's probably not a color I'd choose myself.

      They are!!!

  9. Inkheart! Have you read the Inkheart trilogy?? I'm in the middle and it's so good!!!

    1. Ugh, painting over bright colours is the WORST. We've been (very slowly) painting our house and I've had to repaint one wall about six times. And every time it's a bright colour. So there's like, 25 coats of paint on there at this point. I can't imagine painting over red!

    2. I remember you telling me about that one! I definitely want to read that. :D

    3. Imogen,
      Oh wow! It sounds like you've had it much worse than me. :( I'm glad you can sympathize with my abhorrence for painting bright walls, though. :D

  10. I enjoyed reading this post! I have a sort of fantasy series to recommend to you (that is, if you haven't heard of it before), and that would be the False Prince Series (a.k.a. 'The Ascendance Trilogy') by Jennifer Nielson. I'm not sure I would call it 'fantasy' exactly, but it is sort of medieval and it is very VERY well written and the characters are just great.
    So, if you haven't tried those books, do read them.

    I saw Newsies in cinemas too! For the three day event thing, some friends bought me a ticket. :) I had never watched the movie before or even listened to any of the songs, so it was a completely new experience, but I loved it. :) I am totally a fan now.
    Anyways, great post!

    1. Thank you, Amaris!! And eeek! Thanks a ton for your recommendation, but I HAVE read the False Prince series--and LOVE them. So happy to meet another fan. :D

      You too?? *high fives* Wasn't it speculator? I'm working on a review of sorts...hopefully I can publish it soon. Aww, that's so great of your friends to buy you a ticket! That's fantastic that you're a fan now, too. :D

      Thanks for commenting!

  11. Good gracious, Natalie, I didn't realize you'd written so many posts! It's taken longer than I realized to catch up on them all. So sorry if I'm a little rushed - I really should be finished this by now. But they're all so good, I can't help myself. :P

    1. I have thin hair problems. :P (And I also have Extremely Oily Skin and Hair problems, which means I have to wash my hair every night to keep on top of it all. Which gets tiring.)
    2. I love that first picture, of the flowers! *stares at it dreamily*
    3. Oh, cool, painting your house! That sounds like so much fun - seeing the transition of it all coming to life! And that gif of Will. <3 STAAAAHHP.
    4. Sweet! Library book sales! I just love the library in general - FREE BOOKS AND MOVIES. <3 <3 Specially when they have new releases. Oh yes. I love my library very much. (And I spy a Joni book... Joni's one very special lady. <3)
    5. FITNESS BLENDER. Oh my word, what with both you and Jordan Taylor recommending, I gave it a shot and have been using it for more than a week! It's so good! (Especially the one you linked to.) I'm so happy to have found a place that fits exactly what I need. YES YES YES. :D :D :D
    6. I know all about the struggle with trying to be healthy, haha. It's like, "Oh, I'm going to go a week without chocolate. That shouldn't be hard. I hardly ever have it. *realizes I DO have way more often that I realize so that it's a REAL struggle to say no*"
    7. Newsies. *goes off in a corner and cries*
    8. Beauty and the Beast! I saw that the other day. It was great. :D Not quite as good as I'd hoped, but still a very good movie and adaption.
    9. Haha, that introvert's heart picture. xD I know lots of introverts, so I think it's funny, but I personally can't relate much. Whoops. :P
    10. I loved this post! :D

    ~Miss Meg

    1. Aww, no problem. Thank you for taking the time to read them all!

      1. Aww, that's hard. :/ Having dirty hair is the worst feeling!
      2. :D
      3. Haha! Well, I personally find painting one of the worst jobs ever, but the end result IS wonderful. (I knoooooow. <3)
      4. Library's are the BEST. (Yes, you do! I haven't read it yet, but my mom did and she liked it very much. :))
      5. You tried it too, YAY! I'm so glad it helped you, too. Jordan gives such great advice. ;D
      6. AMEN.
      7. :'(
      8. I'm so glad you liked it!
      9. Haha, that's all right. ;) It's pretty accurate, that's for sure. :D
      10. Thank you!!!


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