Last week Emma and I were talking about how our phones make us sick. Or, rather, how much we use our phones makes us sick. We both have the problem of checking something (for her it’s Pinterest, for me, my WordPress feed), closing that app, and then instantly reopening it. How disgusting is that, right? Are we really so desperate that we have to reopen the same app once we close it?!
The sad answer is, yes, we are.
So we challenged each other (in an epic conversation of speaking in ridiculously long hashtags) to go a day without using our phones or computers.
These are the rules we made:
1. We can use our phone if a parent texts us.
2. If there was an emergency.
3. For a calculator.
4. We can use the computer to write only.
5. We can’t watch anything unless it’s with someone.
6. Taking pictures is allowed, but no posting.
So Monday was our day we spent away from the online world and distracting apps and games. And each other.
We both recorded our day and here is my little diary of a sort, of what I did and went through yesterday without a phone or computer:
I was woken up from a sound sleep by my mom. Of all days, I wanted to sleep in today, hoping it would kill time of being without a phone. But instead, I had to get up EARLY so I could lock the door while my parent’s went to take my dad’s car in. I was so into my dream!! I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!! *cries* And I’m so dead. *yawn*
While they were gone, I read 2 chapters of The Guardian by Beverly Lewis. It was hard not to go on my phone in the morning and catch up on things…
I’ve been up for about an hour and I still feel dead. Thank God for coffee (may I add that it’s in a BB-8 mug? 😉 )! My mom and I had our weekly planner meeting. I’m moody cause I got up early and don’t wanna do things. I don’t know why, but I was feeling like a failure….? XD
Oops! I was about to text Cookie. I’m feeling better now and more like myself. Now I was about to stalk blogs on my phone. Jaclynn, GET IT IN YOUR HEAD!!! NO SCREENS!!!!
Wow. I’m tempted to use my phone like every 5 minutes. I definitely have an unhealthy addiction.
*deep breath, deep breath* Okay – I worked out and now I’m out of breath. Whew!
What to do…. I guess I could start cleaning my room… *groan* Oh! I tidied up the bathroom! YAY! Why can’t guys put their stuff away after they use it…. -_-
Remember how I mentioned earlier that our car had to be taken in? Well now we also have to take my mom’s car in cause it died. o_o
Cleaning room and watched an episode of Little Rascals with my dad (SPANKY IS SO ADORABLE HELP). I’m really hungry…. still haven’t used my phone. Well, only to read a text from my dad and to talk to my mom. 😉
Well, I ate lunch (teriyaki chicken! Yum!) and watched 2 more episodes of Little Rascals with my dad. I got tempted to use my phone, but didn’t.
Then I watched my mom setting up our new printer. It’s so cool! I need to find something to print out so I can use it (I CAN PRINT THINGS OUT FROM MY PHONE NOW OH MY GOSH)!
Oh! And my room is clean! Now what? XD
Just came in from riding the bike. I usually watch something on the iPad while I ride, but instead I read more of The Guardian. It was much easier for some reason and distracted me from my sore, peddling legs. I think I’ll read while I ride from now on!
Uh, guys? I just used my phone……O_O
BUT DOES IT COUNT?!? I JUST USED IT TO PRINT OUT A PICTURE TO HANG UP IN MY ROOM!!! *cries*
Boredom has kicked in. I really should write, but where do I get the motivation? Ugh. This day is torture in more ways than one. SAVE ME!!!!
Cookies n Cream Atkins shake – pretty good.
My eyes hurt. I should get my glasses, but they’re all the way across the room in my purse. *tries to use the Force* Did I mention that I got a Facebook messenger notice earlier and how HARD it was NOT to read it?!!?! UGH!!!
Still haven’t written. BUT! I did take pics for a very weird photostory featuring Infinity figures!
*sings* I’m a – potatoooooo…. TIRED! Okay. I should write…. Let’s see if I actually do.
I’M WRITING!!! I love this part I’m writing, oh my gosh. I SHIP THEM!!!! Ahem.
Also I’m about to hit 20,000 words, so please celebrate with me in a little bit….
(I forgot to mention that before I started writing I was sprawled out on my bedroom floor singing a very weird version of that song from the Muppet Movie about being a muppet of a man. And then I started quoting things in WEIRD, CREEPY voices. Yeah…. XD )
20,550 WORDS!!! OH MY SWEET DONUT!!! I’ve never written anything this long before!!! *dies*
Yes. I did celebrate (by myself – *cries*). I had a brownie and listened to some songs I thought were appropriate for this occasion. Back to writing!!
Oh, I missed 6, didn’t I? Well, I ate dinner and then we had to pick up my dad’s car (which prevented me from being able to take pictures outside -_- ). Now I’m home and we’re probably gonna watch something.
I WANT POPCORN! *cries cause I can’t have any* (I’m trying to eat healthy, so that’s why I can’t have popcorn 😉 )
I’m so tired. We are watching Big Hero 6 and I’m working on an order. Crocheting makes me tired. Need. Sleep.
Movie is over. I’m so tired. I think we’re either gonna watch Mayberry R.F.D. or make lunches for my dad and brother. Can I just stay in this chair? Or better yet, move to the couch? *heart eyes*
I know it’s early, but we’re gonna watch Once Upon a Time and I don’t wanna interrupt it. I’ve almost survived!!!
Time to get ready for bed! I SURVIVED EVERYONE!!! I LIVED A WHOLE DAY WITHOUT INTERNET, MY PHONE, OR WATCHING SHOWS ALL DAY!!! *celebrates* *dances around*
Here’s a little Q&A for myself:
Q: Was it worth it to you?
A: Well, I guess it was. I went through some boredom and had to resist the temptation to use my phone which was hard, but I’d say, it was definitely worth it.
Q: Would you do it again?
A: Yeah, I think so! I feel like I’m constantly disgusted with myself by how much I use my phone. It’s probably because of my phone that I need to wear glasses! Our phones really keep us from socializing and talking with our families. I’ll be doing a post on HRMW soon about this problem. But all in all, I would like to do it again. Maybe make it a weekly thing just to get a break. It’s also crazy how much easier it was for me to write yesterday….
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you’re feeling the same way about your phone and/or computer, I challenge you to do this, too! Though it is hard, it’s really refreshing
Have a great day everyone!
If I did this challenge again, would you want me to make another post like this?
I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but as what happens to many bloggers – I’m having some blogger block lately 😉
Today I END THAT.
Because today I have something of interest to share with you! *conscience whispers to me* Oh. Right. The title already told them what it is….
Okay, well, yes! I do have a book blurb to share with ya’ll! In case some of you might not know what a book blurb is, it’s the description that would go on the back of the book 😉
Alright, enough rambling. Here is the blurb for my book – True Colors:
In Shano, the people are quite different from you and me… Or rather, their hair is. In this small town, everyone has multiple colors in their hair that represent a different part of their personalities. It’s understandable then that the people of Shano are outraged when head of the town council, Zachariah, appoints Connor – a redheaded, hot tempered, grump – to lead a foursome of young adults; courageous Astrid, optimistic Alina, and clumsy Sawyer to seek out and destroy the prophesied Dark Warrior. How could Zachariah choose someone as hot headed as Connor to lead this group on such a dangerous mission?
As the four depart on their journey into The Wild, they all must do their part to help Connor stay on the right path, but with some bumps along the road, things don’t go quite as they had expected. With Connor’s hair blackening more and more each day, they begin to lose hope of ever succeeding. Astrid, however, is determined to help Connor overcome his evil in any way she can – at least until she learns some distressing news that would jeopardize their whole mission.
Will they be able to work together to find and destroy The Dark Warrior? Or will petty arguments and disagreements get in the way of their mission?
So, I’m not sure if that’s all staying, but for now, that’s what I have
True Colors is still being written (still on the first draft. I’m a slow writer 😉 ), but my goal is for it to be published – one day. And yes, I’ll definitely tell you all when that happens
Oh, and in case you’re all wondering, yes, that is the Connor you’ve been learning about in the Character Studies 😉
Well, I need to get ready for my soon to be sister in-law’s bridal shower, so I’ll talk with you all soon! Make sure to tell me your thoughts on my book!
Bye- bye! 😀
P.S. Emma will be posting a blurb on her blog soon, too, so be sure to look out for that! 😉
Guys. Rogue One trailer.
Go watch it.
I died. So hard.
The music. Everything.
How will I live until December. O_O
With love from a very dead,
Hi everyone! I think you all seem to enjoy these, so I thought I’d post another one today! :)
Character Studies is done by Morgan. So basically what you do, is you copy and paste the questions from her blog and then have your character answer them. My main character, Connor, in the book I’m writing will be answering the questions below
1 – What are you afraid of?
My hair turning black, being killed, losing someone…
2 – Do you have a temper?
I’ve already said this like a million times. YES – I have a temper!
3 – What kind of things would make you lose your temper?
Just about anything and everything. Like the previous question.
4 – If you’re angry, how do you (try to) calm down?
Taking deep breaths, clenching my fists, biting my lip so hard that it should bleed. None of it usually works, though.
5 – You’re in an argument with your best friend/significant other. What’s it about?
I already told you, I don’t have a best friend OR a significant other!! But the one person I thought could be my first best friend (actually friend in general) lied and tricked me!!!…….. I’m not continuing with this question….
6 – What’s your worst habit?
Punching anything in sight when I get dangerously angry.
7 – If you could change one thing about your appearance, what would it be and why?
My height. I’m tired of being laughed at for how short I am. I’d want to be at least 6 feet tall.
8 – What about your personality?
….I guess my anger… But don’t let anyone else know that or you’ll have me to deal with.
9 – You’re working with a group of people on some kind of object. What role do you play? (leader, strategist, laborer, etc.) Do you like your role?
Psh! I would never be a part of anything like that! Didn’t you hear? Everyone hates me! But, I’d probably be the one doing all the hard work cause I know how to work hard. I don’t think I’d mind. It’s a good way for me to let out my anger.
BONUS: What’s your favorite kind of animal?
I don’t care about animals. I’m a hunter.
Wow, Connor. That was pretty harsh. XD
I hope you all like Connor! I personally adore him! LOL!
Hi everyone! So, I believe a few of you know my sister, Jen over at Anakin & His Angel, but if not, check out her site if you love Star Wars ;D
Anyways, each month, Jen chooses a topic to write about Star Wars and anyone who feels like participating, can make a post with their thoughts and link back for everyone to see. I decided I’d do it today
At first I was kinda confused, because I think a lot of the troopers are really cool! Like the Flame Troopers, Snow Troopers, and the upcoming Death Troopers and I’d have to say that my favorite are the…..
Death Troopers!! Seriously, they’re so cool and intimidating!! They look like they are ready to just destroy, and yes, I know I’m a Light Side person and I’m all about the good side winning, BUT – the Death Troopers look amazing and I need to see them be awesome as far as fighting goes.
I think what I really love about the Death Troopers is that their armor is black. We’ve only ever seen white as the main color and I just really like that they chose to go with black for these guys. It makes them scarier and seem so much more powerful. And the armor seems like heavy metal to me! I loves it 😉
So there you have it! Keep an eye out for next month’s topic! It’s gonna be a fun one! ;D
Have a great day!
Hi everyone! Wow, been a while, huh? XD
I just had such a fun time getting caught up with Character Studies, so I decided to post one of them today!
Character Studies is done by Morgan. So basically what you do, is you copy and paste the questions from her blog and then have your character answer them. My main character, Connor, in the book I’m writing will be answering the questions below
- You need some time with friends, being social. What do you do and where do you go?
I’m not social. I’m a hermit. But if I have to answer this question, I’d say that I’d find someone who enjoys hunting and go hunting in the woods.
- You want some time alone. Just you and yourself. What do you do?
Now this one I can answer! I sleep.
- You’re feeling creative. What do you do?
Creative? Creative? Uhhh….. Decorate my house with animal heads and skins.
- What do you do when you don’t want to do anything useful or productive? Your favorite “useless waste of a time”?
I never really do anything useful or productive, so let’s say sleep.
- What do you do when it rains?
Stay inside and complain that I can’t go hunting.
- What’s your favorite outdoor activity?
Hunting. You haven’t figured that out by now?
- Do you like to read?
- What makes you laugh?
Nothing. Try all you want, it’s not happening.
- You’re going to a museum/exhibit of some kind. What is at the museum and who do you go with? Do you enjoy yourself?
One word – Booorrinnng.
- BONUS: What’s your favorite kind of cookie?
Molasses cookies are the best. You should have more questions like the bonus ones.
You’re probably wondering why I have such a terrible character, but really, the book explains it all LOL!
Hope you enjoyed!
Today, I am ignoring the temptation to lie on the couch, read blogs, or just wander around helplessly. Today, I am listening to Master Yoda’s wise words; Do or do not, there is no try.
Today, I have decided not to try to write, but to actually write. But in order to get myself more in the mindset, I need my writerly effects.
1. Attire. I need to be comfortable and cool during these hot days, so I chose to wear my tank top that says “Wandering.” To me, it can represent many things, but today it represents my wandering into/inside my book.
2. Accessories. In the previous picture, you can see I was wearing a OUAT Storybook necklace. How can wearing a book around your neck not make you wanna write? Also, I snapped on my “Authoress” and “Storybrooke” bracelets. I wear my “authoress” one every time I write. The Storybrooke seemed fitting to my mood today, so I chose that one, as well.
3. I need something yummy. I was craving some S’mores Oreos, so I grabbed a couple to tide me over until lunch. Also, I always make it a point to have a water bottle with me, but I was craving something more refreshing, so I chose my Strawberry Lemonade Sparkling Ice drink
Now, all I need to do is resist the temptation to go online and actually start typing, and I will be set for a writing day! XD
What are your “writerly effects?”
Hi everyone! Sorry for not posting in over a week – I got busy doing other things 😉
This is a post I’ve been planning for a while now. I’ve been super excited since the announcement of Frozen 2, but lately I’ve been feeling anti-Frozen because of my first requirement for Frozen 2:
I absolutely, positively, most definitely do not want Elsa to be gay. So many people are petitioning for Elsa to have a girlfriend in the next movie and it’s honestly making me sick – even Idina Menzel herself is for it! Elsa is perfect the way she is – she’s a character loved and obsessed over by thousands of people – she should just stay the way she is!
I’ll be extremely upset with Disney if they go through with this – so please, Disney, if you’re reading this – don’t do it.
My second wish for Frozen 2:
That Elsa has a love interest (not a girlfriend). I really want her to fall in love with a super handsome, super nice guy! She deserves it – she really does XD Don’t you think Jack Frost would be perfect? I think Disney and Dreamworks should team up just once…. XD
That they all have new costumes and don’t wear the same outfit and same styles throughout the entire movie. Come on – be realistic! I was so thankful they had new outfits in Frozen Fever, but please – how about a new style, Disney? 😉
Anna and Kristoff either need to be married or get married in the movie. I literally will die if this doesn’t happen. They love each other and I’m sure a lot of time will have passed, so they should be talking wedding plans, right? XD
That Kristoff sings more!! He has such an amazing voice and he hardly sings in Frozen or Frozen Fever – he needs to have a full song and maybe sing a duet with Anna – they need that, too! XD
Speaking of songs – I really want the songs to be AMAZING! They need to be powerful, emotional, maybe a fun one or two, and they just need to kill me basically LOL!
This is the last one – that the movie is all around OUTSTANDING! I know sequels can be hard, but I believe if they don’t rush into it (which I’m glad they aren’t doing), they can make some magic happen! ;D
So, those are my wishes for Frozen 2! What are yours?
Hi everyone! I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my favorite characters and movies that I feel don’t get enough appreciation or attention from me (and others). I’ll also of course be stating why, so expect some mild fangirl-ing XD
Ernest T. Bass from The Andy Griffith Show! Now, normally when I watch something funny, I’ll laugh the first few times I watch it and my laughs will suddenly subside and I’ll just smile or not even care anymore. But sometimes, something is so funny that I literally laugh every time I watch it – no matter how many times I’ve seen it! This is the case with Ernest T. Bass. He is a crazy, wild, mountain man, hillbilly who loves to throw rocks through windows and climb and jump around like a monkey – all the while laughing merrily! I just can’t get over him – he absolutely cracks me up! Laughing makes me feel good and definitely turns my day around, so I highly recommend watching Ernest T. Bass when you need a good laugh. That is, if you like that kind of thing ;D
The Cowardly Lion is another one of my favorites. I die each time he laughs or cries! It’s so hilarious – and when he “barks!” AGH!! The Cowardly Lion, just like Ernest T., makes me laugh every time I watch The Wizard of Oz! 😀
I’m sure many of you might hate me right now, but I really like Jar Jar Binks! I wouldn’t say I love him, but I really like him! I honestly don’t understand why people hate him so much. He’s just clumsy and prone to making mistakes – but aren’t a lot of people? I love how he walks and talks, and I’ll laugh when he makes mistakes and I feel bad for him when people get mad at him. I understand, it could be annoying and extremely frustrating to have him around all the time, but in the movies, I’ve always enjoyed him.
*dies* People. This – oh my gosh. This is seriously one of my all time favorite movies!
*returns from grabbing my Count of Monte Cristo bracelet*
The Count of Monte Cristo is an intense story full of revenge, romance, broken hearts, redemption – it just kills me, you guys! It’s one of those movies that you watch where afterwards, you feel dead. Just completely drained and like you can’t focus on anything else but the amazing movie you just watched.
It does have some thematic elements (unfortunately a lot of movies do), so make sure to talk with a parent before watching it 😉
But truly, it’s worth watching! It’s such an amazing story – I can hardly put it into words. *mentally tells mom we need to watch this movie again*
“It’s a rumor, a legend, a mystery! Something whispered in an alleyway or through a crack!”
Anastasia is a beautiful movie about a girl who has lost her memory and wants to find her real family. Dimitri, a con artist wanting money, gets “Anya” as she calls herself, to agree to portray as The Grand Duchess Anastasia who has been missing for several years after her whole family was killed (except for her grandmother in Paris 😉 ). It’s a mystery, a romance, and a musical! The songs are so powerful and emotional – one of which gives me chills just about every time I listen to it! *thinks, I need to listen to the soundtrack again…*
The only thing I don’t like about this movie is the villain, Rasputin. He’s absolutely disgusting. We skip the parts that are all about him cause it’s just too much. *ugh, now his song is in my head!!*
We actually just watched this movie last night! After watching it, I always think – man, that’s a really good movie!
Reign of Fire is about the world being destroyed and taken over by dragons. There are not many survivors in the world and even London is empty – except for the hundreds of dragons that live there. It’s a survival story and definitely worth watching! And, I just have to say, Christian Bale’s accent is amazing. And so is Gerard Butler’s. XD It’s also very sad, but not in the way that would make me cry. It’s just sad. 😉
I think the rest of the movies I have to show are all romances – oh boy! XD
Miss Potter is about the authoress, Beatrice Potter and her journey to becoming a best-selling author. It’s also a tragic romance. Oh gosh, so sad. It’s a very serious movie, but a great story! Oh, and Ewan McGregor sings a song in it, so that’s awesome XD
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! It’s SO CONFUSING!!! LOLOL!
Seriously, this movie is insanely confusing to me, I don’t get how something that happens in it is even possible, but somehow it is. My mind just can’t wrap around it. XD
This is a love story about two people who live in different time periods, but somehow start writing letters to each other and form an attachment. It’s a beautiful movie and again, so confusing to me! I really wanna watch this now, too…
*dies* It- I- it’s just – *dies*
The Young Victoria is literally one of my all time favorite romance movies! The acting is superb, the costumes are gorgeous, and the story is just amazing. It’s all about Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Their meeting, how they fell in love, the struggles – I just love it. It’s an absolutely beautiful movie and makes me so happy (and yet, dead) after I watch it.
This movie also has some thematic elements in it, but easily skip-able 😉
Treasure Planet is one of Disney’s greatest movies! At least I feel that way LOL! I don’t think this movie gets nearly enough attention as it should. It’s a great story full of adventure, humor, and AMAZING songs! Whenever I’m listening to music and a song from this movie comes on, I always get so happy! Also, with that little chub nugget of adorableness (AKA, Morph), how could you not like this movie? XD
Everyone, this movie messed me up. In a very bad way. I was depressed pretty much the rest of the day after I watched it. I was crying after the movie ended. I died. (I actually was getting teary as I typed all that right now)
I’ve only watched this movie once so far, but it’s a very interesting story, tragic romance *bites lip*, and just – *sigh*. It’s a very good movie, I loved it. But the ending is terrible.
This movie also has a thematic element in it. I’m letting you all know this so you can let your parents know in case you wanna watch it. I don’t want them thinking I’m recommending bad movies to you! LOL!
Okay. Now that I’m dying over everything I just typed, I think I need to go continue reading my Amish romance book and maybe have some ice cream. XD
Do you love any of the characters or movies I listed? Did any of the movies sound interesting to you?
Ahem. Sorry for screaming, but it was quite necessary because ZOOTOPIA CAME OUT ON DVD TODAY!!!! AAAAGHH!!! *dies*
Seriously, you may not know this, but I am seriously in love with this movie. I’ve been counting down the days till the release (I think I’ve texted Emma almost every day the past few days, telling her how much longer until Zootopia XD ) FOREVER and now it’s finally here and I’m just… I’m just so happy… *cries* LOL! No, not really, but I am super happy ;D
My Judy and Nick Infinity Figures are posing with the movie- ISNT THE CASE SO CUTE?! I saw this movie twice in theaters- proof that I loved it. It’s just such an amazing movie. The story is great, intense, and it even gets scary at points (literally I was freaking out at one scene) and it’s super fun, funny, and heartwarming. I definitely believe it’s a must see! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed
VOICE CAST INTERVIEWS?! YESS!!! I love to see the voices of the characters- although I already know Ginnifer Goodwin since I watch OUAT and also Jason Bateman. I still can’t believe awesome Nick Wilde is little Jeb Carter in Little House on The Prairie… O_O
Okay, now for a question….
Do you love Zootopia as much as I do? Are you craving a donut, too? XD