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"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green


If I Were

  1. If I were a month, I would be January.
  2. If I were a day of the week, I would be Wednesday.
  3. If I were a time of the day, I would be 11:11pm. Make a wish.
  4. If I were a planet, I would be Mars.
  5. If I were a sea animal, I would be an octopus.
  6. If I were a direction, I would be northwest.
  7. If I were a piece of furniture, I would be a bookcase.
  8. If I were a sin, I would be sloth.
  9. If I were a historical figure, I would be Abraham Lincoln.
  10. If I were a liquid, I would be ginger ale.
  11. If I were a stone, I would be granite.
  12. If I were a tree, I would be a willow.
  13. If I were a bird, I would be an Emperor penguin.
  14. If I were a tool, I would be duct tape.
  15. If I were a flower, I would be tulips.
  16. If I were a kind of weather, I would be the beginning of a thunderstorm.
  17. If I were a musical instrument, I would be a timpini.
  18. If I were an animal, I would be a snowy owl.
  19. If I were a color, I would be azul.
  20. If I were a vegetable, I would be corn-on-the-cob.
  21. If I were a sound, I would be a text alert.
  22. If I were an element, I would be wind.
  23. If I were a car, I would be a '67 Chevy Impala.
  24. If I were a song, I would be Fireflies - Owl City.
  25. If I were a movie, I would be Garden State.
  26. If I were a book, I'd be the Harry Potter series.
  27. If I were food, I would be pad thai.
  28. If I were a place, I would be home.
  29. If I were a material, I would be cotton.
  30. If I were a taste, I would be spicy.
  31. If I were a scent, I would be Baby Phat: Goddess.
  32. If I were a religion, I would be Roman Catholic.
  33. If I were a word, I would be because.
  34. If I were a an object, I would be pen.
  35. If I were a body part, I would be an eye.
  36. If I were a facial expression, I would be a smirk.
  37. If I were a subject in school, I would be English.
  38. If I were a cartoon character, I would be Bloo.
  39. If I were a shape, I would be an octagon.
  40. If I were a number, I would be 22.


Place I Want to Visit

One thing about me which is integral to my life is my religion. I am Roman Catholic; have been my whole life. I love the Church and the traditions and celebration which goes along with it. A big part of being Catholic includes the sacraments. There are seven such sacraments: Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick.

Now if you aren't Catholic you probably haven't heard about most of those, and I'm not going to give you a lecture on them. The only one I am going to talk about at all is Confirmation:
Confirmation is a Catholic sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is a Sacrament of Initiation for Catholics and a Sacrament of faith in God's fidelity to us.
A part of that initiation is choosing a new name for yourself, such as Jesus did with Peter and many others. This is a big deal. Usually the name is one of a Patron Saint (there are a lot to choose from). The important thing is to pick a saint you feel close to. Patron saints are chosen as special protectors or guardians over areas of life, so each has domain over something. Many times they overlap.

When I made my Confirmation I thought long and hard over it. But I was finally called to Saint Cecilia, the Patron Saint of musicians and church music:

I was very involved in choir and band my whole life. Because of this I was captivated by the fact that St. Cecilia sang to God while being killed. Even faced with death she sang his praises. Because of this I have called on her many times to guide me through difficult situations. And you can say I'm crazy but music always plays in my head when I do.

Because of this I want to go to her church Santa Cecilia in Trastevere. It is built on the site of St. Cecilia's home, and she, her husband and brother (both are also considered martyrs) are buried in the crypt within the church. Just look at how beautiful it is:

Statue of St. Cecilia's incorrupt body by Stefano Maderno (1610)
It is said her body was perfectly preserved and Maderno captured it.

Interior, looking west in the nave to the choir

East facade (1725) and tower of Santa Cecilia from the courtyard

Crypt beneath the west choir.

Needless to say I want to go there more than any other place in the world. One day I hope to make a trip to the Vatican itself. I think all Catholics should, as it is the epicenter of our religion. One day, one day I will sit in one of the pews and pray to St. Cecilia. Maybe the music will play for everyone to hear.


I thought this was a joke...

But apparently it's not.

This just makes me think my book won't be published if garbage like this keeps taking up space.


Facts about one of my FAVORITE animals:

The Owl

  • In nature, owlets often find themselves grounded in the process of testing their wings. Many young birds lose their footing during these first explorations and fall to the ground. A grounded chick may look lost and vulnerable, but chances are, its parents know exactly where it is, and will continue to feed and care for it. Also, many young birds are quite capable of climbing back into their tree using their beaks and talons.

  • The word Owl comes from the Old English word ule, meaning, “to howl”, referring to the sound an owl makes.

  • It’s believed that there are about 140 different kinds of owls living around the world.

  • There are two different types of owls. Owls with a round face are Strigidae (STRI-juh-dee) Owls. Owls with heart shaped faces are Tytonidae (Tie-TON-ih-dee) Owls.

  • The smallest owl is the elf owl. It is 5 inches (12.5 cm) long.

  • The largest owl is the great gray owl. It is 33 inches (82.5 cm) long.

  • The male owl is usually smaller than the female.

  • Owls have very flexible necks that allow them to turn almost all the way around. Owls can even turn their heads upside down.

  • Owls usually swallow their food whole, head first. When an animal is too big to swallow, the owl shreds it with its beak.

  • Owls cannot chew or grind their food. They cough up what they can’t digest in pellets. The pellets usually contain fur and bones from their prey.

  • Large owls live longer than small owls.

  • Owls are raptors. Raptors are birds of prey, meaning they are hunters that eat meat.

  • Most owls are nocturnal (knock-TURN-ul) and hunt at night.

  • An owl's eyes are about the size of a human eyes. Owls can change the focus of their eyes and see great distances.

  • At night the pupils of owls' eyes get bigger. This allows more light to enter their eyes, giving them incredibly good vision at night.

  • In many owls one ear is higher than the other. The higher ear hears sounds from above, and the lower ear hears sounds from below.

What is your favorite animal?


NOT! Belated MM

Owl City - Vanilla Twilight


Let me tell you...

about an author I really like!

Her name is Jackson Pearce (I know Jackson is a pretty kickass name for a chick!). She is an awesome writer! I first heard of her through good old John Green, that rascally author of such books as Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns (His new book with David Levithan is out now called Will Grayson, Will Grayson! Go get it!).

ANYWAY. JGreen mentioned Jackson in one of his vlogs, so I clicked on the link to her Youtube page, and boy was I glad I did.

I picked up her first book, As You Wish, a couple days after watching her videos and reading her blog, and it is awesome! Here's the description from Amazon:
As she ponders what she calls the "social mystery" that makes some kids seem to belong and others not, Viola, 16, wishes she didn't feel quite so invisible. Ever since her boyfriend confided in her and came out to his high school class, she has felt neglected and alone, while Lawrence has been adopted by the school's Royal Family of popular kids. When Viola accidentally summons a jinn, she contemplates the three wishes he offers to grant her, while Jinn considers Viola herself. Told in the alternating voices of Jinn and Viola, this story is a romance first and a fantasy last. After she wishes herself into the arms of popular Aaron, Viola finds herself comparing him unfavorably to Jinn, while Jinn, uncommonly critical of Aaron, struggles with his blossoming feelings for Viola.

Anyway, it is awesome! So when I found out about Jackson's new book, Sisters Red, I was estatic! It is a re-imagining of the Red Riding Hood story, but 10x better! (I'm supposing this based on her previous awesome, as the book hasn't come out yet)

Here's a description:
Scarlet March lives to hunt the Fenris--the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.

Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls' bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett's only friend--but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they've worked for?
Sounds really great right? So what I'm telling you is to go and check out Jackson Pearce's As You Wish and Sisters Red because you won't be disappointed!

PS: She also has two book in the works which are companion pieces to Sisters Red, Sweetly and Fathomless. Both re-imagine classic fairy tales, and I'm excited to read them!


Belated MM

Once again. My Mondays are hectic!!

Timbaland ft. Justin Timberlake - Carry Out

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