Monthly Archives: June 2016

The 3 Questions of Every Shopping Trip

1. Why doesn’t anything fit??? 😢😥😭

2. Why can’t I buy all the cute tops??? 😍☺️😕

3. I spent HOW MUCH??? 🤑😮😓

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The King’s Speech by Mark Logue

Elijah and I just finished listening to The King’s Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi. Unlike most books with a movie, The King’s Speech was written after the movie came out. The screen writers came to Mark Logue to find out more information about his grandfather, Lionel Logue, and in the process of getting it for them, he was inspired to tell the whole story. In some ways, this adds to the book’s charm. If you enjoyed the movie, you will love the book. (Also, no need to fear f-bomb laced sentences. There isn’t a single vulgar word to be found) 

The King’s Speech is the remarkable story of King George VI and his Australian-born speech therapist, Lionel Logue. Their friendship spanned the future King George’s time as Prince of Wales, the abdication of Edward VIII, and the horrors of World War 2. It is a historically fascinating book and really cool to learn about. 

I highly recommend this one! It is a great audio book and a satisfying story. 


3 months!!

So I know yesterday I did a stats/anniversary post, but everyone, GUESS WHAT! TODAY MARKS 3 MONTHS OF BLOGGING EVERY DAY. 

Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Carrie Fisher dancing on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Gibby:

I know I am not always the most exciting blogger, but this has been a lot of fun. It is hard when life gets busy! Thanks to those who have been reading faithfully and those who occasionally come along for the ride.


5 Years of Blogging (on WordPress)

According to WordPress, today marks 5 years of blogging. Whoot whoot! Never mind that for most of those 5 years I rarely posted more than half a dozen times….

I was trying to figure out what I was doing 5 years ago because I definitely didn’t start Fernweh’s Call till 2013. Turns out, this is the anniversary of when Danielle, Hope and I started Out of the Air! Remember that blog!? ….

Yeah, me neither. Good times, though! We really did have some fun ideas. I’m a little aghast at how long my posts were, but I put a lot of effort into them. They were a lot more politically oriented. It really was a blast. Yet another project I dragged my friends into, hopefully they remember it as fondly as I do! Happy Blogging Anniversary, Hope and Danni! 

https://outoftheair.wordpress.com/


When looking at colleges…

You know what is not helpful? Googling, ‘How many law schools should you apply to?’ I’ve read a dozen articles that have each stated with extreme confidence: “15…3 or 4…7…5…10…” AHHHHHHHHHHH!

It reminds me of when I applied for my undergraduate. It was a stressful experience! I knew where I wanted to go (PHC) and I had a strict set of criteria (small, private, Christian) but, even with a guideline, I felt overwhelmed with options. I knew I needed to apply to more than one school, but which ones? 

I finally sat down with the ginormous stack of college brochures that I had gotten in the mail or picked up at college fairs. I wrote down all the schools’ names and then threw everything away. It was a great feeling. After that, I went online and worked my way through the list of schools based on their websites. I noted which ones interested me and ignored the rest. 

Eventually, I applied to 6 schools. I don’t think I rated them as “reach, target, or safety” schools. I was pretty confident I could get in to all of them; I was more concerned about financial aid. Eventually, I narrowed it down to 2 and attended the one that gave me the most money. 

I tell this story for two reasons. One, as a reminder to myself. It was overwhelming to start the college application process. However, it worked out. Things generally do if you apply yourself. I’m pretty alarmed right now looking at all the law school options, but that is okay. With effort, I can narrow it down. 

Second, I write this for all the high school juniors and seniors who are also feeling overwhelmed right now. Deep breath, it gets better. How many colleges should you apply to? As many as you want! Figure out what interests you and don’t feel like the world will end if you choose wrong. There is a lot of pressure on you right now to get into school but the reality is, college is not the end of the world. It is not the beginning of the world. It is simply another tool in the journey of becoming the person who you were designed to be. Have fun and be a little daring with your choices. This is your first chance to really go out and experience something radically new! 


A Few Favorite Authors

Here is a very non-exhaustive list of some of my favorite authors (because whether you knew it or not you wanted to know): 

  1. C.S. Lewis
  2. Georgette Heyer
  3. Elizabeth George Speare 
  4. Helene Hanff
  5. Elizabeth Marie Pope
  6. Fyodor Dostoevsky 
  7. Robin McKinley
  8. Emmuska Orczy 
  9. Theodore Dalrymple
  10. Gail Carson Levine
  11. Christopher Yuan
  12. Peter Greer
  13. Gerald Morris
  14. Elizabeth Peters
  15. Franklin W. Dixon 
  16. Dorothy L. Sayers
  17. Jaclyn Moriarty
  18. Arthur Brooks
  19. Megan Whalen Turner

#Brexit

I don’t know a lot about Great Britain leaving the EU or what that action will mean for the future. I am certain this is a monumental decision that will have a long reaching impact. Overall, I am inclined to approve Brexit and the Heritage Foundation sums up why pretty well…

However, this is a nuanced situation, and I acknowledge I am no expert. What amazes me, though, is how Americans (or at least my Facebook newsfeed…) have responded to this vote. I have seen 50+ memes or Facebook statuses today that basically say:

I’m all for patriotism and America first, but guys, how have we made Brexit all about U.S.??? It is funny but seems to be the only way we know how to respond! Welcome to ‘Merica, we brexited first.