Search

The Mighty Zorvig

… a little fish in a big pond.

The Last Airbender

Lately, my family has been re-watching “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”

Re-watching for the third time… I think.

It’s a great series. It’s appropriate for pretty much all ages (occasionally, it’s too intense for my littlest sister). It has the fighting and action… it has the love stories and enemies… it has the emotional heart-string pulling moments.

Aang, the main character and Avatar, is 12 years old for the length of this series.

When you really think about all they put this kid through during this show… it’s crazy. A 12 year-old whose responsibility is to help fight the fire nation in a war that has lasted a 100 years. Whose responsibility is to bring peace back to an entire world.  The amount of love and strength they gave this character is incredible.

The show will probably always be one of my favorites.

You can tell it’s one of my family’s favorites… our dog is even named Appa. You see that flying bison (the giant flying creature with an arrow on its head) in the background of the above picture? That’s Appa. An incredibly strong, protecting, loving, and loyal creature.

This is one of the few shows I feel I could binge watch and still want more.

*The above picture was from this website. According to the quiz, I’m Toph. Which Avatar: The Last Airbender Character Are You?

Advertisements

Raindrop Cake… ?

So… you may or may not have heard of a “raindrop cake.” It was all over the internet a few months back. If you search “raindrop cake” in Google, you’ll find tons of pictures of what it is suppose to look like.

I’m not sure what makes it a “cake”… it’s more like a flavorless gelatin.

It’s strange.

I wanted to try my hand at making them… so I used the recipe from The Cooking of Joy blog.

This was one of the first ones I made using this recipe  (or well… the first one that didn’t just deteriorate when it hit the plate).

P1210210

It turned out pretty well, I thought. It was like eating water.

The next one I made, I added a bit of blue food coloring to help it stand out a bit.

The only thing different from the previous one is the color. It tasted exactly the same.

One piece of advice I have for those wanting to try to make these “cakes” is to let them set overnight. The first couple ones I made, I only let sit in the fridge a few hours. I’m pretty sure this is why they fell apart almost immediately.

I would also recommend topping the cake with something. It’s originally topped with black sugar syrup and roasted soy flour… maybe this improves the flavor/enhances the experience? I thought honey was decent on it, though Nate said it was “the worst.”

I also wanted to try my hand at making some weird flavored “Jello.”  I tried adding a little bit of Kool-Aid to the recipe. This did not turn out well at all. The flavor was very… off and it fell apart quickly.

I convinced Nate to try some of it by telling him it was goblin boogers…

Little boys are strange.

Bullet Journal: One Month

A month ago, I started a bullet journal.

P1210015

So far, I have really enjoyed how it keeps everything organized. It is a great place to keep lists and use as a personalized planner.

*If you don’t know what a bullet journal is… there are a lot of helpful links on Google and Pinterest.

We will see how it evolves over time as I’ve already been trying out different designs.

P1210036P1210034

I started off with a very rounded floral design and quickly realized that I didn’t have enough time to do that every day. For July, I am trying banners for pretty much every heading, although I might just end up with colorful squares again.

I’ve also already changed some of my daily tracker (June is pictured at the very top). I took out some categories that turned out to be unhelpful and changed some of the mood options. It’s a work in progress.

P1210040

I would definitely recommend this style of journal for anyone who likes to make lists and keep track of  random things.

Have fun!

“Little” Fluff Ball

A few weeks ago, my family got a Great Pyrenees puppy!

Meet Appa.

It’s weird to think about how big this little fluff ball is going to get…

He’s already quite a bit bigger than when we first got him.

Here’s some pictures from a few weeks ago.

Through the Darkness…

 

It seems like every time I’ve turned on the news lately, it has been filled with sadness and hate. It has been filled with death and cruelty. It has been filled with darkness.

It’s still difficult to think about what happened in Orlando this past Sunday. It’s hard to imagine that someone could walk into a building and take so many human lives. It’s painful to think about how one human could contain such darkness.

No matter what your views and/or opinions are on how these individuals (the victims) lived their lives… please put that aside. They were still humans… friends… sons… daughters… lovers…

No one deserves what happened to these 102 (49 dead, 53 injured) individuals.

No one.

Through all this darkness… we still need to look for the light.

Like any dark blanket that has covered the Earth throughout history… there has been candles of light. There has been all the people giving blood, JetBlues offer of free flights to the immediate family and domestic partners of victims, and all the love and kindness pouring out from communities around the world.

This world may never be safe from darkness but when the lights go out… we should always keep looking for the candles in the crowd.

Sending much love to the Orlando victims and their families.

Also sending love to Cristina Grimmies family. Christina was shot and killed after performing a concert on June 11th (also in Orlando but seemingly unrelated). I had watched her first YouTube videos quite a bit when they first were posted but it had been 2 years since I’d looked her up.

Beautiful people… may you rest in peace…

Congratulations, Little Brother.

Tonight, my little brother graduated from high school.

P1200899

 

It has been a long, hard trek and now that door is closing behind him… allowing him to open many other doors.

It’s crazy. It feels like just yesterday, he was a coo-coo little kindergartner jumping up on the bus the first day and yelling, “THE EXIT!! WE ARE HERE!!”

Just yesterday… we were running around in the yard and making “villages” with fallen leaves.

Just yesterday… I was sitting in the after school program at my elementary school crying and frantic because I knew my silly little brother had taken the bus and there wouldn’t be anyone home to greet him.

Just yesterday… I was watching him overcome things that certain people told us he would never be able to do.

Just today… I watched him walk across the stage and graduate high school.

It’s crazy how time has flown…

Congrats, little brother. I’m so very proud of you.

Now it’s time to party!

I love you, my little brother.

 

 

Older.

I turned 21 on May 21st this year.

I don’t feel any older…

I am older but I don’t feel it.

I can drink now… legally.

By drink, I mean alcohol… which you probably could have guessed. I could always drink juice boxes… which I would almost still prefer over alcohol.

For my birthday, I went to the Tennessee Aquarium with my family, drank at a hotel happy hour with my parents, and went to the Chattanooga Zoo the next day. All in all, a pretty fun way to celebrate.

It was my type of celebration.

I wasn’t getting wasted at some hyped up party. I wasn’t puking up my guts (because of the party). I wasn’t regretting anything that had happened.

I was with people I knew wouldn’t let me do anything stupid and I got to look at jellyfishes.

P1200542

Today, my 2 year-old sister approached me and explained “Seahorses. Daddies have babies. The daddy seahorses have babies.” She then told me she learned that at the aquarium.

Also while we were at the aquarium, Sparrow and I were looking at snakes. Upon looking down into an exhibit with multiple snakes, she pointed at this one orangeish colored snake with red spots and said “hey… corn snake.” She was right.

Smart little girl.

The Tennessee Aquarium was probably the best aquarium I have ever been to (and I have been to quite a few in the eastern part of the USA). I would definitely recommend it to others.

It’s kind of weird being 21.

The range of drinks that I can now have in public has been expanded. Cool.

We’ll see where the year takes me.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go…

Last night was Isaac’s last orchestra concert. Everyone was fantastic! I wish I had gotten some videos of them… especially the senior chamber group. I’m so very proud of not only Isaac but everyone else who performed last night!

Being there brought back a lot of bittersweet memories. As groups began to play pieces that I knew well and had performed before, I felt the same adrenaline rush that I last felt three years ago on that same stage. As seniors began to come forward while we played “Guess the Baby,” I again felt the same sad happiness that I felt standing on that stage at my last concert.

As Isaac’s baby pictures started appearing on the screen, I guessed the baby right away. I’ve known that face my whole life. This June, he will be graduating from High School. Last night, it started to really kick in… next year he will also be attending college at UNCA. I know I have said it before but it’s crazy how time flies.

I remember running around with this kid when we were little. I remember his first day of kindergarten and having him jump up and yell, “we’re back!!!” when we got to the bus stop.  I remember the feeling of complete panic in 4th grade when I knew my 2nd grade brother had gotten on the bus instead of staying after school. I remember the “were did Isaac go?!” after another one of his magic disappearing acts. I remember stealthy pinching his back after he’s driven me crazy. I remember almost every time I have thought “if you mess with him, you mess with me.”

When I was graduating, my orchestra teacher gave me a Dr.Seuss coffee cup that said “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” I still have that cup and it’s been a bright piece in my dorm room. After a long day, it’s been nice to be able to fill such a cheerful cup up with tea and relax a little.

You’re going places, my friend. Keep your chin up.

To the Top

I’m finished with another year of college. My third year.

It’s been  over a month since I last posted. I apologize. I’ve been pushing back the blog while I try to drag myself out of my 3rd year of college. I’ve made it.

The above picture (photo credit goes to Kirsten Winchester) is from Lawn Party. For the first time in a long time, I climbed a rock wall. I really love climbing but ever since I was a teenager, I’ve had a fear of heights that has kept me from doing it. During Lawn Party, I decided to go for it and I ended up making it to the top! That is to say… I didn’t make it without the awful leg shaking that followed when I made the mistake of looking down.

It’s kind of like being in that week before finals. You look down and see the amount of work you have completed, you look up at all the work you still have left to do, and then your legs start shaking. If you just keep climbing though, you eventually make it to the top!

I still have two years left to complete my Mechatronics Engineering degree. I must keep climbing for a while longer.

The following are just a few pictures from the last month. I will try to post more regularly now that summer has begun.  Good night, everyone!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

 

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑