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Time With Pepere, Life, and Top Favorite Authors!

Firstly, I am super excited that I do not have to wake up at 4 AM for the whole of next week, yay!

Secondly, I spent my day out with Pepere (my grandfather). We had a lovely lunch together at the local diner, then we went to Home Depot together with my Mom (his daughter). Mom wandered off to look at storage, and Pepere and I stuck together, finding the things he needed. Since he wants to redo his roof this summer, we gathered together roofing nails, and roofing caulk. We also got common nails, 5 new saw blades, and a pack of hook blades. I like shopping with Pepere. Actually, I like spending any time with Pepere. We talk a lot and usually have some pretty deep conversations about religion and life. It’s really nice. I like when he talks to me about it, and I’m glad that it’s stuff we can talk about together. My brothers don’t spend much time with him, so I think I’m the only one out of his 6 grandchildren (I’m also the oldest out of these 6) that he converses with this like. I feel honored.

Tomorrow, I want to take the pile of bricks to the dump that I have collected. Since I demolished our outdoor brick fireplace with a sledgehammer earlier in the week, I haven’t had time to do so, yet. So, I’ll do that in the morning. Then, I want to spend the rest of my day painting and tidying up my room. I may take some more clothes and things to Goodwill, also. If not tomorrow, then Sunday. I have recently decided that I have too many things and have been trying to slim down on my posessions. My room is just too small to have so much stuff in it. Plus, I don’t wear a lot of the clothes I’ve been giving away, anyway, and I’m sure that other people could use it more.

Jae is very far ahead of me in Naruto. About 20 episodes, or so. I tease him every time I see him watching an episode. I tell him to watch something else so that I can catch up. He just laughs and keeps watching. What a considerate brother. Aish….

Have you ever read any fractured fairy tales? I believe that I once mentioned before that Fractured Fairtytales are one of my favorite types of sub-genre. I do know that I said I am currently reading E.D. Baker’s “The Bravest Princess” which is part of the “Wide-Awake Princess” series. Aside from E.D. Baker, I also enjoy reading books by Gail Carson Levine, Cornelia Funke (my favorite book by her is “The Thief Lord”, but she’s more famous for her “Inkheart” series), JK Rowling (Harry Potter, obviously), JRR Tolkien, TA Barron (his Merlin’s “Lost Years” series is outstanding!), and Brian Jacques (I grew up on his “Redwall” series!!! Ah…brave, little Mathias — “I am that is”!)! There are plenty more authors, too, but these seven authors are my top favorites! They inspire me when I write and I hope to be as great as them some day.

I think this is it for now. I want to read some more before bed. …I feel like this is turning into a reading and writing blog, haha! No worries, it will continue to be random and chipper, I think.

Look for my words again soon!

-Soleil

An Altered Schedule

Babysitting is going well and I’m proud to say I have been on time every day so far. Yay! This is a big accomplishment, as I’m not usually a morning person. Recently, I found out that I’m borderline anemic, so that could explain why I’m always tired and have trouble waking up in the morning (even after 8+ hours of sleep!).

Oh, a change in my babysitting schedule today, though! My hours have been extended to 4 AM until 4 PM due to the youngest ended up getting sick this morning. So, after cleaning up the mess…(I almost got sick myself, and the smell…yuck! I must say, I might be scarred for life and I haven’t even had kids of my own, yet!), I texted his mother and she asked if I would mind staying here with him, instead of sending him to school. I said that it was not a problem, so, here I am at their house still, taking care of him. I think he’s feeling better. He’s up and about now and hasn’t thrown up in a few hours now. He’s wandering around the house trying to find the cat, Asher.

I still have yet to make rice porridge. Our rice cooker does not have a porridge setting, so I have to use stove top directions, instead. I’ve never been a fan of stove-top-cooked rice, but for the sake of trying something new, I’ll give it a try.

Also, I need to keep working on my commission painting. I planned to do some painting today, but now my schedule is a bit changed up. Ah…I had planned on sending some updated in-progress pictures to the client today, too….

I’m still waiting to hear back from Disney about my job request. According to the Dashboard on http://www.disneycareers.com, my submission is still pending. I hope to hear back soon, though. I really do want this job. It’s my dream job. Well, it’s in God’s hands now. I can just hope and pray in the meantime.

I think, since we can’t find a controller to operate the Xbox with to put Netflix on, I’ll let him watch Netflix through his phone, and I’ll try to do some writing. Or, I’ll read. I’ve started a new book. It’s the third in the “Wide Awake Princess” series by E.D. Baker. I love E.D. Baker’s books! She mainly focuses in fractured fairytales, which are my favorite. Anyway, the third book is “The Bravest Princess”. Since I liked the previous two, I’m sure this one will meet my standards for the story-line.

Look for my words again soon!

Cheers!

-Soleil

Genres, Locked Gates, and the Conspiracies of Dogs

I am 25 years old, but I still enjoy my YA and Teen Fiction books. Simply put, I just adore Fiction, Fantasy, and Adventure stories and I find that usually the best stories are found in the younger books. Really, I see no problem with this, because it’s what I enjoy. So, my latest book escapade brings me to: “The Tail of Emily Windsnap” by Liz Kessler. Oh, and I’ve just noticed now on the binding of the book that it’s “Book 1” which means this is a series. Huh. I thought it was a standalone. Since this was a free book, if I end up liking it, I wonder if I’ll put money into buy the other books in the series. Ah, because that’s what I do with the little money I end up making. If I’m not spending it on bills, food, or gas for my car, it’s on art supplies and books. Lots of books. Oh, well. At least books keep me occupied.

Well, anyway, it’s definitely a YA book, you can tell just by the cover and the writing style. It’s like one of those chapter books they ask you to read in middle school. It’s about Emily, whose mother has never let her take swimming lessons, let alone go in the water (they live on a boat in a bay but her mother has a fear of the water) and then, when she’s in 7th grade, her gym class includes swimming classes, and Emily finds out that she’s a natural swimmer. This is because she’s a mermaid, apparently. I’m only 3 chapters in, but it’s very easy reading so I’ll get through it quickly.

I did a lot today. Maybe not much in terms of productivity, but I did go running with Jae. It took us three tries and three different schools until we finally found one with an open track. For some reason, the first two schools we tried had the track gates locked. Our college was one of the ones locked (and, yes, we go to the same college. Both my brothers and I go to the same college. Three kids all at the same college! Unfortunately, there is no family discount. Wouldn’t that be nice?). Anyway, since Jae is a pole vaulter, he has to keep in shape even though it’s the off-season. He has so many sets and reps of different exercises and runs that he has to do each day and he always asks me to tag along. Since I have a gym membership, I don’t mind bringing him along as my guest so he can do his weight training and, in return, he takes me running. Not that I want to go running, I really don’t like it, but I also know how boring it can get just running by yourself. So, I sympathize with him. Haha, aren’t I a great older sister?

On the track, today I learned that if I had to run for my life, I probably wouldn’t get very far. It’s not that I’m out of shape, but my endurance seems to be lacking. I did a mile on the track (which is 4 laps around, for those you who may not know that). The first 3 laps I ran the curves and walked the straights. By the 4th lap, I just walked it. Although, I did walk high-knees around the curves, on tip toes for the first straight, and then regular walking for the second straight. Then, while Jae finished up his sets and reps of 200m’s, I sat off in the quarter section of the track doing some stretches.

Afterwards, we were starving and went to Taco Bell. I think that defeats the purpose a bit, but it was delicious, so I’m not complaining (not too much anyway). Our Dad also called us on our way there and we ended up bringing some food home for him and our Mom, too.

I started a bonfire around 9 PM and just sat outside, trying to read my book, then gave up. The flashlight on my phone was attracting too many beetles and I didn’t like that they were landing on me. I’m totally fine with bugs, by the way, so long as they aren’t on me. Though there are some exceptions, like crickets and fireflies. They’re fun to hold.

Anyway, my Dad came out, followed by my Mom, and then my other brother and his girlfriend. I ended up laying on the wood bench and staring up at the stars until it was just me and my Dad outside (the other three went back in not after long). I closed my eyes for a bit, just listening to the wind dancing through the leaves, and when I opened my eyes back up, I swear I saw a streak of yellow across the sky. But, it was so sudden, and literally in the blink of an eye, that I wonder if I saw it at all, or if it was just my imagination. I did see one of the satellites go by overhead not too long after that, though. I thought that was amazing! I’m not sure that I’ve seen one of the satellites go by before. Though, I’m not sure that I’ve ever looked for one to watch before.

Dad wanted to wait until the fire died down before we went back inside. Since we had used a Duraflame log to get the fire going, we still had about another hour, so I ran inside and grabbed my iPad and then returned to our bench. We watched the next episode of TURN together. I must say that after that first confusing episode where you’re trying to figure out who’s who and who’s on which side, it does get pretty interesting. I won’t rate it, yet, though, until we’ve finished the first season. Starting episode 5 next puts us at the middle of the season, since there are only 10 episodes in the 1st. At about 45 minutes each episode, though, it takes a bit longer to get through each episode. …Especially when the dogs decide it’s time to start barking at whatever is or isn’t outside the window during the quietest parts of the show and you constantly have to rewind to hear what they’ve just said. Don’t you just hate that. I think dogs plan to bark when you’re watching something quiet on TV. It’s like a secret dog club thing.

Well, that’s that. It’s late and the clock ticking is all that I hear. The windows are closed but it’s late enough that the tree frogs are quiet. Oh, and the air conditioner kicks on once in a while, too. I think it’s on Power-Save mode, or something.

Tomorrow, I want to attempt to make rice porridge. I love Asian cuisine and to try and make it is always interesting. I once made melon bread with my friend, Kel. It was really good!

Please look for my words again soon.

-Soleil

It’s Just an Update

If you’ll remember from my very first post here, my sleeping schedule is a bit out of whack for my current time zone since quitting my job two weeks ago. Despite this, I have volunteered myself to babysit for a family friend from 5 AM to 9AM to wake up her three children, feed them, and get them ready and on the bus for school in the mornings since she has to start work early. I start Monday. …Ah, I think this will be a rough week that is approaching. Luckily, though, it is only for two weeks until school is finished for the summer. That being said, since I need an income, even if a slight one, I don’t mind doing this favor for her.

Also, as of yet, I have not heard anything back from the Disney Professional Internship that I applied to, except a “Do-Not-Reply” email stating that they received my submission and that my info will be looked over soon. This, I suppose, is good news, since no news is good news, or so they say. I really want this internship position. It would be such a great oppourtunity for me. Plus, I’m already practically living in California’s time zone anyway what with my sleeping pattern (ah, yes, back on that again.)

Oh, and I finished “24 girls in 7 days” last night. I think if I rated it on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give it a 7. It really kept you guessing until the end, which was nice. Plus, it had a sweet ending. So, I would recommend it. Also, the author, Alex Bradley, is a man, not a girl. Since I previously hadn’t been sure and had been too tired/lazy at the time to check, I figured I’d fill you guys in now and let you know. Now, I need to pick my next book to read. I have a stack to chose from, so I’ll let you know.

Look for my words soon.

-Soleil