Right Now – June 2017

Holy TARDIS of Gallifrey- where have the months gone?! I emerged from my little studying rock to see what’s happening in the outside world and I realized…I haven’t written a Right Now post since March! And the first week of June is already over! My Regents exams are creeping up fast, but I think I’m ready.

Anyway. It’s rather unnecessary to say that I’m busy. It’s obvious, from my lack of writing. And if you know me well, you know that writing is like my version of phone charger. A lack of writing leads to a drained battery. Simply writing this post recharges me enough to get through this up-coming weekend. But I’ll get to that in second. I have to back up to April.

April 1st, the formal dance party thrown by my homeschool group, was an absolute blast! It was so much fun to dress up and dance the night away. My feet and legs hated me the next morning, but I loved it. And it gave me an excuse to stay inside and read, which is always a bonus. I got through Gone With The Wind, and I really liked it. Of course, the ending was not satisfying enough, but I have the two sequels (by different authors; one about Scarlett’s side of the story, the other about Rhett’s) waiting patiently on my shelf. I polished off one of the Mary Higgins Clark books (Pretend You Don’t See Her), and now I’ve picked up The Help and I can’t seem to put it down. And no, I have not forgotten about my book review for the Book Thief– I’m getting to it. At the moment, my favorite book is still Fahrenheit 451, with the Book Thief second.

The month of May saw the first of many graduation parties, and the second of formal parties. That was fun, and marked the beginning of summer and extroverting. Yay! 😒 No really, all these parties are fun. I met some new friends that helped to get me out of my shell a litte bit (they even managed to get me to admit summer’s not all that bad), but I remind them that I like my shell and I’ll still carry it everywhere, like a turtle. The animal of the introvert.

Speaking of turtles, we found a hatchling in our yard a few months back and kept him as a pet. His name is Mercury and he is the cutest little thing I’ve seen since Max was a puppy. He’s named Mercury because not only is he little, but he is the fastest turtle we’ve ever had. Put him down on the floor and he takes off. If you hold him by the edges of his shell between your fingers, he kicks his legs like he’s swimming. For non-nerds, Mercury is the smallest and fastest moving planet in our solar system. And it just so happens to start with an M, perfectly continuing our pattern of M names. I don’t think we could’ve came up with a better name for the newest addition to our zoo.
The rest of May was boring, just me and my textbooks. We spent a long weekend at Great Wolf Lodge, but I lugged my study materials with me. No vacation when there’s impending Regents exams.

I started another show, which maybe wasn’t such a good idea. But I was getting bored. Doctor Who season 10 isn’t avaliable yet on Amazon Prime (and we’ve already discussed Netflix’s rude behavior), and I’m waiting for my sister to catch up on Sherlock before I watch season 4 again with her (which has recently been made available on Netflix, so I forgive him. (Yes, Netflix is a guy)). The show I started is Downton Abbey. I knew I was going to regret it, since I already knew what happened to a certain Crawley, and after watching the first episode, I had to spoil the rest for myself because I just couldn’t handle it. So I know about the terrible fates of two certain Crawleys, and the rest of Downton’s residents. I love it. Favorite character? Tom Branson, hands down. I admire the way his sticks up for himself, and even though he marries into a rich family (although not really accepted by the family), he doesn’t let them change who he is at heart. And he’s Irish. I also love Violet Crawely. I laugh out loud at almost every single thing she says. Least favorite character? Isobel Crawley. UGHHHHH Harriet Jones just needs to stop. Just stop. I’m begging you.

Now to June. Last week, I went to my first swing dance at a brewery in Newburg. I went with my friends and sister. It was a lot of fun. I love dancing, and swing is my favorite type. A while ago I saw ‘Swing Kids’ for the first time and since then, I’ve had an obsession with the dancing and music. ‘Swing Kids’ is one of my favorite movies. Three days later was the semi-formal graduation party for one of the friends I went to swing with. Hers was the second of 5 graduation parties this year. Class of ’17, homeschool style. My graduation is coming so soon and I’ve can’t stop saying how much I can’t wait for it. Let’s just move onto music before I freak out about the Regents.

Still waiting on that album, tøp. Fall Out Boy released a new single, ‘Young and Menace’, and I really like it. Imagine Dragons’ two new singles ‘Believer’ and ‘Whatever It Takes’ are amazing too. All three are on my starred playlist on Spotify. But I’m still waiting on twenty øne piløts’ album ☺️🖤

This past week we had friends from Texas visit. I made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with chocolate chip cookie dough frosting. It think the chocolate variation made my favorite desserts list. So good! The frosting is great for anything really, anything that will go with chocolate chip cookies (and what doesn’t?). It’ll be posting the recipe soon, but it’s basically a cookie recipe, without the eggs. Yeah, there’s flour in the frosting, but that’s why it would hold up so well in the summer heat. Perfect for a backyard BBQ! 

And finally, this weekend. Since I’m graduating, all my family is coming this week to celebrate. Both sides, mom’s and dad’s. We don’t have a huge family, but it’s over twenty people and that is a lot. We’re doing a family photoshoot and dinner on Saturday. My Regents are on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Again, I can’t wait until they’re over!!

So that’s it really. I thought there would be more. I guess not. Unless you want to hear all about my studies and all the nonsense NY state requires one to know. I have other posts lined up for the next weeks; I just have to get around to writing them. Look for new recipes, hopefully a book review and a Writing 101 post!

Until next time!

Right Now – March 2017

O M G.

That’s all I have to say. How is it March 15th of 2017 already?! Time just- it didn’t even fly by! It ran me over! 

I guess it’s because I’ve been busy. With school and all, my life just won’t stop. I suppose that’s a good thing; I would rather be busy than having absolutely nothing to do. I don’t like the feeling of being idle.

So it’s March 15th, and update time! As you might know, I am doing the Whole30 program this month. I’m writing a Week 2 round-up post (probably posting it tomorrow).  So in the realm of food, March isn’t the most festive time. But I’m feeling great and that alone is worth it.

Got snow? We do! 2 feet of it! It’s crazy how much snow we have in the middle of March. But my dog, Max loves it.  I nearly froze my fingers off during this little photoshoot of my baby boy. 

Next, I got my learner’s permit in the mail this week! Like, the actual ID card; not the paper copy they gave me at the DMV. So that’s super exciting for me. Regretfully, however, I haven’t gotten a chance to drive much. Just a little practicing in parking lots here and there.

As for workouts, because I realize that my blog title is Pots, Pens & Push-ups, yet I have not posted a single thing about workouts. During the month of March, I am re-doing Jillian Michael’s BodyShred program. It’s intense, and because this is my third time going through it again, I’ve condensed it. Normally, you would be doing each of the 8 workout videos twice a week for two weeks. But I get bored in my workouts easily, and for another reason I will mention in just a bit, I decided to just do each video once, but in the same order according to the rotation calender. The second reason is I don’t want my body to burn out.  On it’s own and followed the way intended, BodyShred is incredibly intense. It’s no lie when Jillian says it will shred your body. It’s true. It’s hard enough to get you in shape, but not to the point where you would pass out. But following it the rotation calender way and half-marathon training is too much. So I condensed it and I’m seeing the results I want. And I’m incredibly sore.

Another thing that happened this month was the dress shopping. On April 1st, our homeschool group is having a formal party with dancing and dinner. It’s going to be so much fun, all ages and I can’t wait for the dancing! But my sisters and I didn’t have anything formal enough for this occasion, so dress shopping we went. A full day of searching through hundreds of dresses from various stores, plus shoes and other items. It was exhausting, and this is coming from someone who likes shopping. I don’t like dress shopping, though I did find a beautiful gown that is perfect. I actually found two; the first one is the one I really want. It wasn’t my size but it was the last one 😭 Armed with the skew number, we searched the online stores and finally found it on Amazon. Hopefully it’s what I expect, but we’ll see. It’s a floor length gown, black and blue. I love it because the blue is not screaming. It’s on the top of the dress and subtle, almost hidden underneath a layer of black chiffon. The rest of the dress is black with a chiffon layer. It’s super comfortable, light enough to dance in, but really needs to be altered for a shortie like me. The second dress is nearly exactly the same. It’s the same length, therefore also needing to be altered, and has the same chiffon skirt, but instead of the top being a hidden blue, it’s black and white.

Oh! Last week I went to the library and got Gone With The Wind. I love it. I don’t like Scarlett, but I don’t mind Rhett. And of course, I love his name. The library we go to in Warwick has this little used book shop. I got a bunch of Mary Higgins Clark’s books and some John Grisham books too. I’m very pleased with my book pile. I can’t wait to devour the rest of them.

Well, that’s what’s happening. How is your month so far?

Right Now – February 2017

*Warning: this post may contain SPOILERS for the Sherlockians who have not yet seen season 4*

Hey guys!

It’s Feburary…can you believe it? No, it’s not just February. It’s half way through February. We’re half way through the second month.

And that means it’s time for an update. It’s funny how so much can happen in just a few short weeks. That’s all a month is, really. Short weeks.

So, what’s happening? Well, like I mentioned in the January post, I have four Regents exams to take to graduate high school. I was swamped with studying for the first two exams, History and English. I am a firm believer that the word “studying” is a contraction of “students dying”.

It did pay off though. I passed and that’s all I wanted. But now I have two left, Biology and Algebra. Fun, right?

But let’s not talk about school. How does that sound? Lovely? I thought so too.

Let’s see.

In the Star Wars universe, we learned the title for the next movie: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. I personally think that is a great title. It’s interesting, makes you wonder if there truly is a last Jedi. Maybe Rey will start the Training Academy again. I just can’t wait until December to finally find out the answers to all the questions the Force Awakens left us with. 

In the Doctor Who fandom, I heard that Peter Capaldi is leaving Doctor Who next season. Which means that the Doctor is regenerating soon. That makes me really upset because I love Twelve. I really, really love him. Eleven is my Doctor, but Twelve is amazing. But this is life a Whovian leads. 

We signed up for this. 
I just hope he doesn’t regenerate alone like Ten did. And I’m curious to see what they do with the next regeneration – the Thirteenth Doctor. I wonder what his iconic items will be. Nine has the leather jacket and bananas; Ten has the Converse, 3D glasses and catchphrase ‘Allons-y!’; Eleven, of course, is known for bow ties, fish fingers & custard, fezzes and ‘Geronimo!’. Twelve has his sonic sunglasses. What will Thirteen have??

While we’re on the subject of TV, I also started watching another BBC favorite, Sherlock. I was hooked by the first case, and I knew I was going to love Sherlock and John’s friendship. I noticed that I am typically most attracted to INTJ character – hence, my love for the Twelfth Doctor, and now Sherlock. They both have the best non-chalant, blunt and hysterical one-liners. 

There’s something about the INTJ that intrigues me. Maybe it’s because I share the same dominate cognitive function (Ni) and the same inferior function (Se), and reversed middle funtions with the INTJ (Te, Fi for INTJ; Fe, Ti for INFJ). 

Or maybe it’s because I live with an INTJ (my mother) and I get to see the way they work in real life. Either way, if there’s an INTJ character in any book, show or movie, that character will most likely be one of my favorite characters. Strangely however, I don’t have my own INTJ character.

But back to Sherlock. I started watching it about a little over three weeks ago and I’m already finished with it. The cases and solutions are so mind-blowing. I love/hate Moriarty with a burning passion. I hate him like I hate the Daleks, but I love him (almost) like I love the Weeping Angels. Is he coming back, or is he really gone? Despite what’s alluded to, I have a difficult time believing that Moriarty is dead. If Sherlock faked his death, who says Moriarty couldn’t have?

And although I don’t like S4 as much as the rest, I will admit that it had the most awesome plot twist and a somewhat happy ending. It seems that the Baker Street duo is back to normal, and everyone is safe for the time being. I’m about to start fangirling about it, so for the sake of the length of this post, I will restrain myself.

Now onto books. I finished the Book Thief last week, and I’m preparing a book review post about it. So stay tuned for that. It was amazing. Really, really well-written. But I’ll tell you all about it later. Now that I finished it, I don’t really know what to read next. I have an ever-growing list of books to read, but I can never decided which one to read next.

Suggestions? What do you think I should read next?

Well, that’s about it.

Right Now – January 2017

Hey everyone!

This post is the first of a monthly series. I saw a few other blogs do these kinds of posts, where they update about what’s happening in their lives, what they’re currently reading, and so on. I thought it was a great idea and I want to do a series like that too. Here the first post!

Guess what I got in the mail the other day! 

My favorite book, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury! I read this book in ninth grade and it instantly stole first place of my favorite books. I love the concept, the dystopian future, and it never ceases to interest me. It’s the book that sparked the idea for my own book, Before the Clock Strikes Zero

Favorite recipe right now? Uh, definitely cheesecake. It’s a simple, NY style cheesecake with graham cracker crust, but oh so delicious. It’s so rich and heavenly. 

Music! Oh it’s been amazing! My favorite artist currently is twenty-øne piløts, with Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy and Panic! At the Disco in the second, third and fourth places. Favorite album is ‘Vessel’ by tøp. I found Tyler Joseph’s album from when he was nineteen, ‘No Phun Intended’. It’s been on repeat, and some of my favorite lyrics come from this album. I wish it was on Spotify, along with Regional At Best 😞

Writing. Ok, well, BCSZ has been kinda pushed to the back burner for awhile. Not that I have writer’s block. I don’t. I’ve gotten plenty of attacks by plot bunnies (one of my friend’s favorite writer sayings; I’ve picked it up from her), but I haven’t had the time to sit down and have a serious writing session. And I haven’t worked on my second book, Burning Embers, in months. 

It’s shameful, I know, and I hope to be back to writing soon.
Speaking of being busy, here’s why: since I’m homeschooled, I have to opportunity to graduate high school next year at sixteen years old. All I have to do is take four Regents exams. So life has been studying, studying, studying. Not. Fun. At. All. But at least I’ll be done with high school and I’ll have a bunch of useless knowlege floating around in my head.

      Well, that’s my life right now. What’ve you guys been up to?