Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A tag to let you all know I'm not dead

Because I am not dead, not at all. I actually have a good excuse for disappearing from the blogging world. My very special friend is up visiting!!! I'm planning on doing a giant post about all the fun we have been having these past few days, but for now I'm just going to do a tag to tide you over.


Rose tagged me with the Liebster Tag! Thank you Rose!!

RULES

Acknowledge the blog that nominated you. (See above)
Answer the 11 questions the nominated blogger created
List 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers who deserve some recognition (Ha. Ha)
Post 11 questions for them to answer
Notify them that they have been nominated.


The Questions

1) An anonymous someone drops a note on your front porch saying that they will fund a trip to either England, an African Safari, Prince Edward Island, or Italy.  Which do you choose?  Why?

I don't tend to trust strangers, BUT if I did choose it would be Prince Edward Island. Or Italy.

2) You're being forced to re-do your room.  What color do you paint it?

Purple. Not dark, dark purple but kind of a soft purple that looks happy and fairy-ish.

3) Do you have a particular song that you listen to often, but it never seems to get old?  If so, what is it?

Hm. It will have to be a toss-up between Demons and Its Time to Begin. I listen to both those songs all together too often. I'm kind of obsessed with Imagine Dragons on the whole. They are very addicting.
 
THIS IS MY KINGDOM COME!
THIS IS MY KINGDOM COME!!!

4) Would you rather be lounging in the sun on the beach reading a good book or adventuring in the waves?

I've never been sailing and the thought of it freaks me out a little, so I'll go with a good book. About a Thief. Who can steal anything. Even a queen.

You suddenly end up with two twin kittens.  One is a girl; one is a boy.  What do you name them?

Amy and Rory

You're organizing a get together with friends.  Would you choose a picnic or a movie night?

Movie Night! With popcorn, lots of popcorn. And juice!!!!!

What is your pet peeve?

having my bedroom door left open. If I am in a room, the door MUST BE CLOSED. I will wake up 3:00 in the morning, realize the door has been cracked open and get up to close it. There are few things that can make me more frustrated or twitchy then the door being left open. Especially when a certain sister ignores your urgent calls to "Shut the door on your way out!!!" and leaves the room with the door WIDE OPEN. That makes me soooooo angry.

Is there a new hobby you've been wanting to try out?

Not really. I'm not super big on hobbies. I'm trying to write a book and become an actress. That's enough for me right now.

If you could pick one instrument that you would (without any effort on your part) instantly master, which would you choose?

Guitar. I really, really want to learn guitar. If I could play guitar I would lay out on the grass in cowboy boots and a hat and strum away, feeling all western and awesome.

Would you like to be snowed inside for a week?

No, not particularly. I get stir-crazy if I have to stay in for too long. I would like some snow though. We've only had two storms all winter and only one was worth talking about. Its kind of sad.

Pick the closest book to you that you've read.  What is your favorite character in the book?

*Leans over and scans the room* The Hobbit. I see The Hobbit. My favorite character in that book will have to be Bilbo.

I will try to nominate a few people, but I don't know whose already been nominated. So.... I'll just do Five. And if you all have already been tagged, you do NOT have to do this tag, Okay? I know how hard it is to have bunches of tags dumped on you.
 
 
 
 
 
My questions.

Would you consider yourself a geek or a nerd?

Do you know when National Pie Day is?

What is the first thing you think when you see salt?

Do you spend most of your time inside or outside?

Range Rover or Land Rover?

Did you know they are making a sequel to The Incredibles?

Do you like Raisin cookies?

Do you own more than ten CD's?

What does it mean to have cat-like tread?

Have you read The Hunger Games?

Do you ever wear a robe?

That's all you nutters. I'm tired and I want to go to bed. I'll be back after my AMAZING visit is over to rave about all the FUN we had without you losers! Mwahahahahaha!

 
God Bless!
~Bella

Friday, March 14, 2014

Its the little things

Because it's Lent we try not to watch too many movies and TV shows. In fact we kind of go off them cold turkey. So during this Lent we though that it might be fun to listen to Musicals during the week instead of having our evening movie. It seemed like a grand plan. Now, lately I have had a fierce craving for muffins. Hot, moist Poppy-seed Muffins. They were all I could think about. So I got all 'in the mood' and decided that the night we listened to "Secret Garden" I would make those muffins and we would feast! Of course that would mean skipping Lunch, but it would be worth it. I NEEDED Muffins. I proposed my plan to the family. My sisters (wonderful people that they are) were very good sports and went hungry for the muffins I'd be making that night. They all did it. For me. This meant my muffins had be the stuff of LEGEND!

Now. If you remember I have a past with baking. I don't. Its not that I don't like to - I do! baking, cooking, anything to do with food is good!! but my baking expeditions never work out. Which meant I was super nervous about these muffins. They needed to just right. They couldn't burn. they couldn't fall flat. they couldn't taste like biscuits. They couldn't turn out like those poor abused cookies I had once tried to serve. They needed to be proper muffins that melted in your mouth. Nothing else would satisfy my craving. The whole time I was stirring and sifting I anxiously wondered if skipping lunch would be worth it. I would hate to have given up my lunch for nothing. I stirred. I sifted. I dropped little spoonfuls into the muffin pans. I slipped them into the oven.
 They were perfect. I was so, so happy! They were all a muffin should be: Firm but not crumbly, moist but not too doughy or soft. Perfect. It was doubly amazing because I had a very narrow escape with them. I stuck them in for an hour. That is what the recipe said to do. I was feeling all efficient and hopeful when a sister's voice from the kitchen called out, "BELLA!!!! GET OUT HERE AND CHECK YOU'RE MUFFINS!!" Out I rushed, fully expecting to find charcoal in a cup and thinking to myself in a panic, "its only been thirty minutes!!" But see, I had made a recipe for bread. Muffins only need half an hour to cook. I was informed this by a helpful older sister as I slid into the kitchen. Funny how she didn't mention it sooner seeing as she was the one who had given me the recipe!! How was I suppose to know it was bread? I whipped the oven door open and.....
Look at them!!! They look like the type of muffins that you would see displayed in a cook book!! They were amazing!!!
Happiness!!!

Quickly I piled two plates high with golden, poppy-seed goodness and, feeling quite happy with the world, carried my prize into the living room. They were warmly welcomed. We brought out the CD player. We stuck in "Secret Garden." We let the feasting began.
I am pleased to say, the muffins tasted as luscious as they looked. That has never happened for me before! Nothing I make tastes that lovely! I was so happy! They only thing needed to complete the evening was tea. Since I have given up tea I contented myself with boiling water. It wasn't quite fulfilling, but the muffins made up for the lack of British flair in my evening.

Oh hot water, how I love you!

It ended by a really fun night, even though there were a couple moments when conversation interrupted our long-awaited musical. But I suppose that's to be expected when one is having a feast. We did lots of singing, especially when the music crescendo-ed and many characters began singing at once. Don't you love those moments?


There. I just really wanted to share that all with you. It was so much fun and I want to do it again before Lent is over. I know I'm gonna try those muffins again at least. Maybe for breakfast this time. Ooooh! How yummy would that be! I would have to get up pretty early though. Hmmmmm. Is it worth it?


ONE MORE THING!!! 
I make freakin' awesome music videos. 
Even with crummy video makers. Subscribe to me!!

(many thanks to my sister Tiny who helped make this video the awesomness it is)



God Bless!
~Bella

Saturday, March 8, 2014

"I find them complex. Always somewhere between living and dying. Half-human as they turn to the sun. A little disgusting."

I am so glad its Saturday. It means tomorrow morning I can have coffee. lots and lots of coffee, with cookies and donuts. But mostly coffee. You learn to really miss the stuff. And chocolate. Chocolate is always a hard one. Pinterest too. I miss Pinterest. And I miss my tea at night. Though, you know, one does acquire a taste for Hot Water. There's nothing quite like it.

Lol. You can tell its the first week of Lent. 

The reason for this post is that Ivy over at Revealed in Time has tagged me with the Sunflower Award! Thank you Ivy! '

Rules:

1.) Share 11 facts about yourself

2.) Answer the questions set by your nomination blogger.

3.) Nominate 11 3 bloggers

4.) Set questions for the nominated bloggers.
Eleven Facts about me.

1) I hate sharing 11 facts about me. I can never think of anything.

2) I hate springing forward. What's that about?

3) I have started making music videos again.

4) I've started the "Gallagher Girls" series. I am currently on book two and quite liking it.

5)  I've learned that it is even harder to find sister stories than it is to find brother/friendships stories

6) This makes me really want to write a sister story.

7) but I don't know when that is going to happen cause I'm experiencing writers block

8) The worst craving I get during lent are those for Hot chocolate and cookie batter.

9)  I am very glad Once Upon a Time is coming back on air tomorrow because that mid-season finale sucked.

10) I am further glad its coming back on a Sunday so I can watch it on ABC

11) I might have another TV show to watch - its about the Revolutionary War and it looks really, really good! And it has Jamie Bell in it as the main character so.... my sister Amy and I might tune into that *grin*


The Questions

1.) If you had a chance to live in one country in Europe for one year, what country would it be?

I'd want to live in Italy

2.) Do you learn from you mistakes or just tend to forget about them?
I try to learn from my mistakes.

 3.) Would you rather live in Middle-Earth, Narnia, Camelot, Panem, or Hogwarts?
Middle Earth


 4.) Vampire, werewolf or neither?
Neither

 5.) What are your favorite children's names?
Sam, Annamaria, Peter, Paul and Amy.

 6.) What do you believe was the worst time period in history?
 The French Revolution

 7.) What is the greatest achievement in society to date?
 I can't think of a lot of achievements in society today. Which is really sad by the way.

I'm suppose to name three nominees so.....

Kat
Anna
Treskie

And the questions for you all are....

1) Do you like Daylight Savings Time?

2) What is one really good series which you have just discovered?

3) Are you a subtle fan-girl or more of a loud excited fangirl like me?

4) Hamburgers or Hot dogs?

5) Do you like wearing sweaters or do you prefer hoodies?

6) Do you like going out in the evening?

7) Did you ever play Truth or Dare and did you like it?

And there you are! Now I'm tired and ready to turn in. before I go, I also did a guest post over at A Wee Bit Obssessive so go check it out! That blog is pretty awesome. *grin*


God Bless!
~Bella

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

My Week

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And I'm back!!!

Hey guys! I know its been a bit since I've posted and I'm am very sorry. Truth is, I've been on vacation - also known as spending the week at my brothers apartment to help him unpack. It was one of those spur-of-the-moment-no-time-to-think things. Luckily I didn't have to go alone. My older sister came with me and did a lot of the hard stuff - writing menus and such. I don't know what I would have done without her.

The first thing we did, of course, was go shopping. Unfortunately we didn't know a very important detail: My brother had no food in his house. like, none. at all. I think he had thyme and oregano and that was it. I have never seen cupboards so sad and empty. What did he live on, air??? I'm Italian, I couldn't live like this!!! So even with the shopping his cupboards were rather bare. But at least we had Sandwich material. that was good. After the house was stocked up, we started unpacking the kitchen. That's when we realized that in the tape covering almost every box there were horrible, ugly and terrifying, dead cockroaches.

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You could hear us spontaneously yelp whenever we discovered one where it shouldn't be. (In the bag of silver wear, for instance) That's when you start feeling things on your arm even though there's nothing there. You start smacking away imaginary bugs and shuttering in disgust and horror. Why did it have to be cockroaches?

Aside from that, the rest of our stay was pretty nice. We got to stay up later than usual and we watched a couple Disney movies from the 90's that I'd never seen. Like The Emperor's New Groove and Treasure Planet.
 
 
 
Okay, this was a really, really stupid movie. But it was freakin' hilarious! And its ridiculously quotable. I can't believe I'd never seen it before. I've had such a neglected childhood!
 
Treasure Planet, on the other hand.....
 
I know a few people who didn't much care for this movie, but I liked it way more than I thought it would. It even gave me feels, something I totally wasn't expecting. The animation is pretty rubbish, but the story and characters are really great. I love Silver. And Jim. Jim was funny. As a plus it had a sort-of Star Trek reference
I guess it was fun, except for the food poisoning bit, but I'm glad to be home now. One can have too much fun, you know? Plus, I missed my bed. I really missed my  bed.
 
In case you didn't know,
 
Today is Fat Tuesday, which for Catholics means, the last day before Lent. I am not ready for Lent. I feel like I've just HAD Lent. Maybe because Last Fat Tuesday I was sick too. Oh yeah, did I mention I was sick?  I think I may have said something about food-poisoning.... well anyway, I'm sick. AGAIN! Like seriously, I've been sick for a WHOLE YEAR RUNNING!! I go through these two-day sprees where I start thinking I am feeling better and then bamb! Sick again before I have a chance to get well. I've either had the cold that hangs on for MONTHS, or the cramping flu, or the cough that wont go away, or the odd, queasy feeling that no one likes. Sick, sick, sick. Twelve months now. The whole freakin' circle. This can't be good for me. Oh, and I still have sniffles. So....
 
 
How did I get food-poisoning you ask? I have no idea. I think it was the confectioner sugar I tried to put in my tea, which I then took a teeny-tiny taste of before dumping down the drain. Or maybe something in my meal disagreed with me. I don't even know for certain if it was food poisoning. It might have been one of those three-day bugs. It felt like food poisoning.
 
Being Fat Tuesday, we're trying to feast and be merry. I don't know how merry I will be but I don't feel horrific anymore, so I'll do my best. I wish I could be healthy for the Holidays. Is that so much to ask for?
 
Lol. Poor little me. I'm complaining now. That's not a good thing. But being sick is no fun an I've been sick a long time, so I think I have a small right. On the bright side, Treskie has let me use her computer to start making music videos again. She wanted my videos so badly she actually let me near her laptop. I was flattered. I didn't realize my videos were that good. I also didn't realize how much I missed video-making. It help me to relax, and its kind of therapeutic for me. I missed that. Anyway, I made a pretty awesome tribute to Dean Winchester. I'm a little upset about the quality and how it looks a bit blurred, but I really couldn't help that. Windows Movie Maker wouldn't save it in a higher quality without freezing half-way through. So I had to do it in low quality. For some reason this always happens with videos over three minutes. The Monster video I'm planning to do will probably have the same look. Oh well. At least the videos good.
 
This video has lots of spoilers from every season, so if you are watching the show and don't want to know anything, don't watch. (probably the best if viewed on a larger screen. Enhance the YouTube video to medium size)
 


 
That's all for now guys. I'll try to be back soon - with Lent coming I don't know how often I'll be on but I'll try to still post a few times a week.
 
 
God Bless!
Bella

Pile of good things

Pile of good things