It’s next week, y’all. Next. WEEK!!!!!

Sighhhhh…….  I can’t belieeeeeve my NYC trip is next week, you guys.  Seriously.  It’s still pretty hard to believe that I’m actually going to New York to see, not one, but TWO Broadway musicals!!  GAHHHH!!!!  I want the time I have to wait to go by really fast, but I also want it to go by slowly so I can say to myself in a year or so, “Remember how awesome that last week of waiting was?  I felt like I was floating on air….  Little did I know how amazing my trip would be!!”  (Cuz, y’all…  I just know – I know – that it’s going to be amazing.)  Also, my dad told me today that he’s trying to get us a hotel in the theater district.  YAHOOOOOOO!!!!  I’m going to take millions of pictures, so, like I told a friend, that’ll mean frillions of blog posts.  Hope y’all are ready.  If you’re all so jealous you’ll find out where I live, murder me, then bury me alive and dance on my grave while singing, “What Is This Feeling?”, well…..  Ya might want to steer clear of my blog for the next year or so.  Just a warning.  ; )

Ahh, well.  I can feel the green (GREEN!  AND I’M SEEING WICKED!!  AHHHH!!!) oozing out of every pore in your bodies at my tiptoes, so I’ll stop making you jealous and tell you about another part of my life that’s going on right now.  ‘kay?  ‘kay.

On Friday, my family is going to a masquerade ball.  (Well, that is what’s going on…..  I know some of you are becoming jealous again, but, hey….)  I’m going as Rose Tyler from Doctor Who, and a friend of mine is going as the Doctor.  (Ten.  Duuuuuuhhhh….)  I’m going to be wearing her outfit from the episode called The Idiot’s Lantern (shown at right), and have had much help from Ally.  (THANK YOU!!!!)

I went on a shopping trip for fun (and to look for a few essentials for my costume) with Katelyn and two of her amazing younger sisters today.  We had SUCH a blast!!  I’ve never really liked shopping before, but it was fun with people you could talk about the clothes with!  I got a Converse t-shirt, plus some pink sunglasses to go with the outfit.  Concerning the sequined top, however….  You guys simply can’t believe how hard it’s been for me to find a sequined top.  Who’da thunk?!  With all the girlygirlygirly stores that outlet mall had, you would think that they had at least some sequined stuff….  Nope.  Not even a skirt to cut up.  : (  I ended up going to Goodwill tonight after we dropped Katelyn and her sisters off at their house and found a shirt that’ll kinda work.  Now all I need is a Tardis and a blue motorcycle and I’ll be fine!!  : D  (Actually, I still need to find some fishnet stockings and a pink cocktail ring….  Details, Hogan….  Details.  I’ll look for it tomorrow.)  Tonight and tomorrow, I’m going to be working on my skirt and the crinoline that goes underneath.  And for all of you who know that my favorite color is green (GREEN AGAIN!!) and not pink, well, let’s just say that I’m getting to like pink a little more.  It’s feminine and very pretty.  And it’ll encourage me to not climb any trees in my outfit….  (Yeah, I’ve been known to do that….)

Anyway.  I’m really excited about the masquerade, though!  My younger sister is going in an autumn red formal with a fox mask she made, Arwen is going as a modern Cinderella (boring…), my younger brother is going as The Man In Black from Princess Bride, Nut-Nut is going as the Phantom (YAY!!), and JellyBean is going as her cute self.  As are Mom and Dad.  It’s going to be SO much fun.  Swing dancing usually is.  : )

Ta-ta for now – I’m off to seam-rip my skirt, sew it back up again (cuz it was a plus size…..yeah….), and cut up the crinoline, then sew that up again, too!!  (That was too long….  Yups, it’s a confuzifying outfit.  *wink, wink*)


P.S. I’m working on a blog post full of pictures from my graduation last month (SO. MUCH. FUN!!!!), but it might not get posted for a while….  I’ll see if I can do it before my trip, though!

A Sort-Of Expected Party

Or, ‘The Post in Which I Include Tons of Pictures.’  (This is when Haley grins and greedily takes in all of the pictures.  Heehee….)

My birthday festivities started a few nights before the big day.  Like I said in my last post, I cleaned two houses, then came home and made my cake, staying up much past my bedtime.  But it was well worth it, as you’ll see from the pictures!!

I literally threw my party together driving to piano lessons with my mom, which is also when I came up with the idea for my cake.  My mom said something about us going to go see The Hobbit and I said if it came out a week before, I’d totally go see it for my birthday.  But, sadly….  I remembered that I’d wanted to have a hobbit-themed party when it came out, but, due to Christmas parties, now thought it was impossible.  Not so!  Hey, even if my birthday was like a week before The Hobbit came out, that doesn’t mean I can’t still have a hobbit-themed party!!  Instantly, images of hobbit hole cakes flooded into my mind and I grinned.  “Mom!!” I giddily exclaimed.  “I can have a hobbit hole cake!!!”

(This is when I say, “Non-Ringers/Hobbit fans: Beware of the abundance of hobbit-y pictures to follow.”)

Yes, I baked all this!  And all gluten- and dairy-free!  : )
Now, how does most of this make a hobbit hole cake?  I’m glad you asked!

That’s how.
(The two little circles flat on the cooling rack were for the windows.)

The windows and (adorable!!) door in the freezer.

This is how I did the top of the cake.  Messy-looking, right?!  I was a little disappointed and hoped it’d still work!

Almost done!  I think I took this picture right after I was ready to put the green-food-coloring-dyed-coconut-flakes on the wet icing, but realized they were still soaking!  Whoops!  I spread them out on a cookie sheet and stuck them in the oven, then tried to work on the cake while they were speed-drying.

The completed cake!  Ain’t it so cute?!  Not quiiiite like a real hobbit hole – everybody knows that hobbit holes don’t have vines hanging down from the grassy top – but I liked it.  Everything I made the cake out of was edible – and no fondant or marzipan!!  I don’t like fondant at all and all of the (five) pictures of hobbit hole cakes (very few – I had very little to base my cake off of!) were made out of fondant.  Yuck!

My green door with a knob right in the middle.  (At least that part is accurate!)
I’m very proud of it.  : )

Torn-up marshmallows and homemade icing-covered flax cereal.

My chimney!!  I made it out of Nutella, which I added powdered sugar to.

A hobbit-sized wood stack.  : )

My sign I put on top of the cake in the refrigerator.  At one in the morning, I thought it was very witty.

The morning of my birthday, my parents went out to eat breakfast with another couple.  “Us kids” had the house to ourselves and we made use of it.  : )

One of the best things about having a December birthday is the fact that my family can put their presents for me under the tree!!  I love it.  : )  (These are strewn out because my little brother and I had to feel and shake each one.)

The present that my littlest brother said was a bomb.  (It turned out to be an Avengers ball.)

Cutie-pie brother and I!

Me LOVES my Gamgee Landscaping shirt!!  (Take notice of the words around the ‘G’.)
You can buy your own on Etsy here.
Of the three scarves I got for my birthday, I’ll have to say that this one’s my favorite.  My younger sister knit it and even let me try it on a few times to see if it was long enough , then stashed it away.  The deal was that she’d keep it til Christmas, but then she found the movie at Goodwill and Mom said to give it to me.  : )  I got to wear it to church on Sunday and enjoyed being subtly geeky.  XD

This, apparently, is the face Arwen gave my little brother when he said he was going to tell me what he got me for my birthday.  A little blurry, but I love it!

After opening presents, we just hung around and watched Horrible Histories videos.  : )  This one’s my favorite.  (Special thanks to Anne-girl, who first posted the video on her blog!  One play and I was hooked!)  This is about the time that something occured to me….  I had an apostrophe epiphany and told my sister, “HEY!!  Rapunzel got a guy for her eighteenth birthday….”

My parents got home a while later and then we went to my grandparents’ house, where some friends joined us for more present-opening, games, dinner, half a movie, cake, and the other half of the movie.  (Ever After, if you were wondering….  If you haven’t seen it, hie thee to Netflix or some such entertainment-provider!)

Me opening presents.  So embarrassing with everybody staring at me….
(Sunday at church was much worse, however!  Everybody sang while I was up front after playing the final song with the rest of the the worship team!)

I’m planning on making some sort of sign to hang below it so that the “carry on” part is covered out.  It’ll be dry-erase or something so that I can write different ones depending on my mood.  I’m seeing, “Longbourn is lent at last!” or “and Call Sir Percy” or “Enjo has a Red Vest of Power and Awesomeness” or “Bilbo has joined The Company” or even “Hey, it could be worse – NJ could be Marius!” 

All the kids playing ImaginIff!  So much fun!
Our awesome P-A-R-T-Y plates that can spell a lot of different things (like ‘pray’ or ‘tar’ or ‘rap’) and are very useful for a great many varieties of candy.  : )


Sticking those candles into my work of art was one of the hardest things I had to do all day.

(But it could be worse….  See below.)

The Scouring of the Shire.  *sniff*

And that was pretty much my birthday!

Expect the next post I do to be a long, gushy, fangirlish post about The Hobbit.  Sadly, I’ll be cleaning a house, then going to two back-to-back Christmas parties on Friday, so I can’t see it opening night….  *sob*  But we’re going to the first available showing on Saturday!  (Right before a Christmas party at our house… which kind of means I can’t watch it twice in a row….)  I’m also really glad Les Miz isn’t coming out on December 14th….  I couldn’t handle the overload of awesomeness!!  : )

Still wondering why My Guy missed his chance to proclaim his love for me….

Doctor Who Blog Party Tag Questions

A Doctor Who Blog Party is taking place over at Day by Day and they’ve had some pretty awesome things happening thus far!  Take a look!

When I saw the tag questions that people submitted a few days before the party started, I couldn’t resist.  Here are my answers.

(Disclaimer: I’ve only seen two full episodes of Doctor Who, but I know I like it already.  : )  Also, I don’t agree with some of the content in the show, even though, overall, the show is one of the cleanest out there….)


1| If you decided to name your first born child after any Doctor Who character, male or female, who would it be?  Rose.  From what I’ve seen, she’s my favorite companion and she’s totally awesome.  : )  Oooor…. I’ve always wanted to name my kids, oh, what’s the word…. rare names.  Cuz everybody’s name is Hannah Grace or Mary Sue.  So Rory would fit in there perfectly….  : )  And I’ve always loved the name Amy… and Matt… and David….  XD
2| What is your favourite colour of the Doctor’s shoes?  RED!!  His red Converse are ah.mazing.  (Someone’s been peeking at my Christmas list….)

3| Look around yourself and name the one thing that is TARDIS blue in your house!  My homeschool Greek notebook.  Now I will never look at it the same way again….

4| If you could pick who plays the Twelfth Doctor which actor would you choose and why?  Tom Hiddleston.  From the few things I’ve seen him in, I’d say he’d be a pretty good Doctor!

5| The Doctor is going back in time again, which historical era should he visit?  Ooh, good one!  Hum….  Regency.  : )  That would be amazing.  (Ooh, and then he could meet Elizabeth Bennet or Emma Woodhouse!!!)

6| Would you REALLY go with the Doctor in the TARDIS?  Is the popemobile Catholic?!

7| Who’s your favorite Doctor and why?  Ten, hands down.  He has so much more personality than the others combined.  And none of the other Doctors sword-fight aliens in their jimjams, wear 3-D glasses or brainy specs the way he does, or have amazing hair and eyebrows.

8| Would you be afraid to spend Christmas in London?  I would gladly spend Christmas in London if I knew something would happen and the Doctor would come!!  Then I’d travel with him in the Tardis.  : )

9| Do you look at an ordinary screwdriver and think ‘this could be a bit more sonic?’  Every time!!

10| Angel statues, plastic mannequins, Christmas trees – what ordinary everyday object would you love to make an object of terror to Whovians were you Steven Moffat?  Pots full of boiling water.  Something could come out of them with steam and creep me out!!

11| The TARDIS lands in your garden and the Doctor steps out. What is the first thing you say to him?  “OH, MY STARS!!”  And then I’d say, “TAKE ME WITH YOU!!!”

12| Who is your favorite actor who has played the Doctor so far and why?  David Tennant.  He brings so much life to the tenth Doctor, it’s stunning.  Absolutely stunning.  I mean, that’s the reason he even wanted to be an actor – watching Doctor Who when he was little…. And I think that’s why he’s so amazing – because he knows how long he’s wanted to do it and there’s no reason to hold back and not live his dream.  Me loves him.  : )

13| Have you seen any Classic Doctor Who? If so, which Doctor/episode(s) is your favorite?  Nope.  My sister wants to watch them all, though, and I’d sit there with her and watch it, too!  I think I’d like the ones with Sylvester McCoy, though…. He seems quite amazing.  Or Peter Davidson – the Time Crash episode looks pretty cool!!

14| Which are the creepiest, scariest and all-out meanest baddies in all the Who-niverse?  I think the Weeping Angels are….  They sound so creepy!

15| Who is/are your favorite Companion(s) and why?  Rose cuz she’s Rose and, therefore, awesome.  I also like what I’ve seen of Amy and Rory – those who waited.  : )

16| Did you cry more watching Doomsday or The Angels Take Manhattan?  Never seen either, but I’ve read the synopsis-es and seen a few clips and… I could barely keep myself from crying during a Doomsday clip.  I had to tell myself, “Girl, you’ve only seen one David Tennant episode – calm down!”  I can hardly imagine what shape I’ll be in when I finally do see it….

17| What is your favorite quote from the show?  Only one?!  I can’t do just one….

“It’s bigger on the inside!”

“Rose is coming back…. Is that good?””Yeah.”


“Look at the hair on the back of my very manly hand!”

“Timey wimey,” “Wibbly wobbly,” “Spacey wacey,” “Humany woomany,” and “Jiggery pokery.”
“I’ll just step inside this police box and arrest myself…”
“Don’t blink.  Blink and you’re dead.”

Not bad for a girl who’s only seen two episodes….  : )

18| Which Doctor (including all previous regenerations) would you most like to be the companion of, and why?  Ten.  Because he’s awesome.  : )

19| Which of the following are you more scared of, the Daleks, Cybermen, or the Weeping Angles?  The Weeping Angels.  They drive me nuts!

20| Who are some of your favorite guest stars in the series?  Sally Sparrow/Ada Clare.  I’ve only seen snippets, but she looks amazing!!
21| What was your first experience with Doctor Who and how did you hear about the series?  I think my first experience was on a friend’s blog.  Then I heard about it on another friend’s blog… then another friend’s blog….  I was like, “Hey, I guess I need to watch this.”  And I did.  And that was the end of that.
22| The Ninth Doctor said, ‘Fantastic!’, Ten said, ‘Allons-y’, and Eleven says, ‘Geronimo’; what would you like to be the signature exclamation of the Twelfth Doctor?  “Yes?”  He could say it in a weird way… drawn out and with a British accent….  : )
23| If you were trapped in an episode, which one would it be?  One of the Christmas episodes….  I’d be the victim who was shot and had to be carried onto the Tardis to be brought somewhere for safety.  Yup, that’d be awesome.

24| Which is your favorite episode with each Doctor (Nine, Ten and Eleven)?  Seeing I’ve only seen two….  The first episode of Nine, the first episode of Ten, and (from clips) the first episode of Eleven.  I’ve always been a fan of beginnings….  : )

25| After watching a certain Doctor Who episode, did you summon up the courage to try fish sticks and custard?  Ummmm….  Must I answer that one?

I realize I just posted a lot of pictures from the show….  And what I did post wasn’t even a drop in the bucket.  *nervous chuckle*  I guess you could call me a fan.
Totally ready for the rest of the Doctor Who Blog Party!!

Here’s my attempt to tell you guys everything that’s gone on this week…

I have had the craziest week ever.

(I could end this blog post there – that’d certainly be the easiest way of doing it….  But I’ll attempt to tell you guys everything that’s gone on this week, starting with Arwen’s birthday last Sunday.  [Well, it wasn’t last Sunday, it was, like, two Sundays ago.]  Anywhoz.)

(I should also mention that I’m listening to a Doctor Who soundtrack playlist on YouTube, so if I randomly start quoting David Tennant… my deepest apologies.  But not that deep.  I’ve only seen two episodes, so I don’t have much to work with, but….  *evil laugh*)

We had Arwen’s birthday party after everyone left after church.  A few of the kids from three families were there, totaling thirteen kids.  (I love big families….)  We played this awesome Bible game called Truth and Triumph – full of Bible questions that were insanely hard – and then ate a delicious lunch, cooked in the kitchen at the community center where we meet for church.  Afterwards, instead of cake and ice cream, we had caramel apples!!!  (Try this at home – use an apple slicer to cut an apple up, then dip it in caramel, mini chocolate chips, and pecans.  It’s amazing and way easier to eat than a whole apple!)  After that, we went to see Finding Nemo in 3D.  : )

Monday morning, we left for the Passion for Jesus Retreat.  It. Was. Amazing.  I won’t even attempt to write everything God taught me this week because it’d take you years to read it all.  No joke!  God used APJ in a very powerful way this past week, and I count myself very blessed to have been a part of it!

 APJ is different from other retreats or conferences because they have a lot of dramatic skits in between sessions.  This one was an analogy of what happens after you’ve become a Christian, but still have guilt over things you did before you were a Christian.

They also incorporate a lot of singing in the schedule, too.  Nearly every time our entire group got together, we sang amazing songs, such as ‘Still, My Soul Be Still,’ ‘Wonderful, Merciful Savior,’ ‘Above All,’ ‘All I Have is Christ,’ ‘The Power of the Cross,’ ‘Revelation Song,’ ‘How Deep the Father’s Love,’ ‘Before the Throne of God Above,’ and I could probably list every song in the songbook they sent us home with because they’re all amazing.  (If you haven’t heard any of the songs I listed, go look them up.  Like, now.)

 In between sessions and small groups and hours upon hours of alone-time with God (what my small group leader liked to call dates with Him), we had plenty of time to goof off with the other campers.  We did a lot of volleyball games and swimming in the lake and all that jazz.  (We also played an awesome game where we ran around and hid and acted like idiots.  It was awesome.)

 One of my small group leaders – who was from Australia!  Her accent was amazing.  (I also discovered how hard an Australian accent is to pull off!  It’s a cross between British and Irish and completely awesome.)

 Part of my small group trying to write a song about Starbursts.  (I told you we had time to goof off!)  It was a competition, too!  We didn’t win, but had an absolute blast.  : )

 The train track at the camp where we stayed.  The conductor stopped the train here so that he could give a salvation message.

 A team while they were doing their Starburst song.  (The girl in the front is really nice and I think she acts exactly like Arwen!)

 Me and one of my small group leaders.  Loved her to death!

 Me and the girl from Australia – she was amazing!

Me and a speaker, who was so much fun to listen to!  I could sit there for hours and hours and listen to her speak.

I’ll give you guys the highlights of what I learned.  Just the highlights, mind you, so this isn’t going to look like much, but if you want more, just email me.  : )

On humbleness and pride – I learned that I had so much pride in more than one area of my life.  It was insane!  The night Laurie spoke on pride, it was like this huge wave of conviction came over me and I was like, “Oh, nuts.”  We all got down on the floor in a big circle and prayed and cried for a few hours.  (Then watched Billy: The Early Years, which was the perfect movie to end all that crying because it was so funny!)  In our workbook, they put a list of prideful people and what they do and don’t do versus broken people and what they do and don’t do.  I found a few of them here, if you’d like to check them out.

On forgiveness and bitterness – Bitterness is a nasty word.  Some people don’t like to admit they’re bitter at others and instead say, “I’m just hurt.”  But it’s the same thing.

On guy friends – I need to be more than just a friend to my brothers in Christ.  I need to be a sister to them, helping and encouraging them along their walk with the Lord.  One thing I really liked about the retreat this year was that they had a guy speaker.  I know what you’re thinking – a guy at an all-girls camp?!  Scandalous!!  No, not really.  I heard David to have been a little bit of a distraction, but, to me, what he said far outweighed any distraction he was, because to me, personally, subjects like this mean so much more coming from a guy.  Really.  (That, and he was funny, too!  Check out this awesome video I found yesterday!!)

On crushes – This was another thing David talked about.  He first defined a crush (“A crush is affection looking for somewhere to rest.  A crush is like a head cold.  It comes and it goes and the best thing you can do about it not to pass it on.”), then talked about different things having to do with crushes.  The thing that I liked the most, though, was what he said about having a crush on God.  People say they love God, but if there’s no relationship – they never read their Bible or pray or anything – they really only have a crush on God.  : )

And I’d better stop before this gets much longer.  Again, though, if you’d like any more of my notes or anything, just ask.  I’d be more than willing to email them to anyone because one of the things I heard at the retreat was that I have to many masks.  I have different masks – one for church, one for home, one for certain siblings, one for my friend, the list goes on and on.  Laurie talked about taking off the masks and being real.  “To be real is to be vulnerable” are her exact words.  So I’ll be real with y’all.  No more masks.  : )

Friday, Arwen and I got up early-ish to go to work, then came home really tired.  Then, on Saturday, we went to another ball!  Yes, another ball!!  : )  I didn’t take many pictures, so for the sake of this post not being any longer than it already is, I won’t post any.  (Unless, that is, you riot and throw tomatoes.  But please stop because I am talking!!!  *gasps*  I didn’t think I’d actually quote Doctor Who, and there it was.  And not even David Tennant!)

On Sunday, we had the most amazing worship time!  I think it was partially because Arwen and I had been at the APJ retreat all week, so our music was more focused on Christ.  Also, at our church, we have a time of sharing what the Lord has been teaching in your life, then we do prayer requests and praise reports, then we pray.  This week, everything seemed to connect together, like everyone was sharing in the same theme – trusting God, which, insanely, was something He had convicted me about at the retreat.  A friend shared the exact same verse God had brought to my mind as I was walking down the train track one day.  After everyone shared, I had to go outside and have a minute by myself.  I completely lost it.  It was great.  : )Afterwards, we had a fellowship meal and played football (which is my one weakness).  Monday was the standard school and et cetera, then orchestra practice.  As Arwen and I were driving home, we hit a huge deer.  Now the front of our car is all smashed up and we’ll probably have to drive my mom’s car to work tomorrow.  (Sigh.)

Thus is my life.  “One big stinking hunk of nothing!”  No, that’s not it.  What’s the quote…?  “My life is an open book, I see!”  Nope.  Oh, whatever.  What I’m trying to say is that my life is amazing right now.  (With no guy in it – imagine that!)  Anybody got a quote for that?  : )