Zee Loveliness

*cue sarcastic grin*


I was supposed to have a nice, sparkly post going up today. But THAT NOT HAPPENIN’. It’s 12:30 a.m., and I just finished studying. Life is not being kind to me right now. But that’s OKAY–cuz what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? Or it teaches you to be sarcastic or…something.




No post today. Just me dumb ramblings and poor grammar.


I’m leaving for a 5 day trip tomorrow. I have two empty suitcases sitting in my bedroom that need to be filled. I have school to finish before going to the airport tomorrow morning. I have overdue thank-you notes to write. I have applications to make. I have food to eat. I’m all out of chocolate. And right now, I’m rather sore from sparring class and just want to go to sleep.


This is making me think of that song from Annie: “To-morrow, to-morrow, I love ya! To-morrow! You’re always a day away.”


Sorry I have nothing of substance to share with you.


I’m coming to the realization that being an adult is not so fun. This halfway adult thing is already miserable enough.



PS, does anyone enjoy these incredibly unprofessional lifestyle posts? Or shall I just be quiet when I have nothing to post and skip a week?

Writing on the Road



I’ve had to learn over the past few years to be a mobile writer. Car trips, RV trips, plane trips…and they’re all so different. Sadly, taking my lap desk on the plane doesn’t work very well, but most planes have those lovely fold-down trays that are lovely desks and double as a place to fold your arms up and sleep when you get tired.  In the RV and cars, space is at a minimum.

So how do I do it?


Well, in the RV it is pretty simple. I take my massive lap desk with me (it takes up a lot of space but I love the crazy thing) so I can sit in the chair, on the couch, or in the passenger chair. I can’t write very well in my bunk because I am too close to the ceiling and can’t sit up. Also, I do a lot of writing at the table.

In the car (sorry, no pictures to go with this one), I also take my lap desk along. I slide it under my seat when not in use.

Plane travel is a little more difficult. Thankfully, my computer fits in my backpack perfectly…there is even a designated computer pouch, Taking my lap desk is out, because it doesn’t fit in my backpack. The fold-down desk works well while on board the plane, but not so much during long layovers in the airport. In the past, I’ve taken my science books to set on my lap (those Apologia ones are massive) or, if my backpack isn’t too lumpy, I’ll set that on my lap to boost my computer up.

Another thing I struggle with while trying to write, whether at home or on the road, is distractions. ;)  In battling that, I’ve found that listening to music through headphones helps drastically. Headphones are important because it blocks most of the outside noise (when you have 6 siblings this is quite important). Listening to soft, classical piano works very well for me.


People enjoy taking pictures of me when I’m not paying attention. Lovely, huh?  Actually, I think this is a look I get frequently when I’m “writing.”  :)


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(Yes, I stuck the camera out the window to get this photo (and the one at the top of the post).  Let me tell you…if anything felt wrong, sticking an expensive camera out the window is definitely it!)


This photo doesn’t really fit this post at all, but I thought you might enjoy seeing what a circus we look like. Want to know something even funnier? These aren’t even all the bikes! :)

I Told Myself Not To

Before we left on vacation, I sat myself down and had a talk with me. I told meself that I had enough writing to do and by no means did I need any new ideas for a story.

Apparently, I didn’t listen.

I came back with an entire new story planned out in detail and the writing already begun.

Why don’t I ever listen to myself?


Anyway, I am very excited about this new story, and it’s coming along very well. I’m not going to tell you what it’s about yet, but here’s a hint: It has to do with the ocean.

Here are some photos I found on pinterest to go along with the story.


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My family had the privilege of visiting a lighthouse as we drove up the Oregon coast. It was a spontaneous “STOP QUICK! Let’s go see that lighthouse!”  :)


From far away…



There was a  beach we had to cross to get to the lighthouse.


We walked up the mountain to go inside the lighthouse itself.




As we drove away, there was a strange cloud formation over the ocean that I thought was beautiful!  It was also the strangest cloud formation I’ve ever seen…



Have any of you ever been to a lighthouse?

On The Beach

We’re back! We had such a lovely time on our vacation and I took a bunch of photos to share with you all.  :) Here’s pictures of the second stop on our trip…the Oregon Coast.



This is where I was kicking myself for not bringing my big camera…doesn’t it look a tad like Ireland?






On the last day, my siblings decided that we should get our feet wet. Despite the fact that the water was maybe 40 degrees, I rolled up my pants, took off my knee brace, and dove in (relatively speaking). The seawater was so cold it hurt my feet terribly bad. But, I only get to the ocean once in a very long while, so I figured I might as well enjoy it. And I did.

And guess what? My feet got so numb after about 5 minutes I couldn’t feel the cold anymore. :) We had a blast.


Running towards the warmer sand during the first 5 minutes of painful feet numbing. :)




Crater Lake, OR

Greetings from sunny California!

My family and I are on a two-week vacation from our home in Washington.  We’re going down South, stopping at lovely places as we loop down into Oregon, California, then back into Washington.

We’ve been on the road for six days now. So far, we’ve seen lava fields and tubes (Oregon…can’t remember the details on that one), Crater Lake (Oregon), and gotten a small taste of the Redwood forest (California). Seeing the beauty of God’s creation in such HUGE displays is absolutely incredible.

I have very limited internet connections while we travel, so here are just a few of my favorite photos from Crater Lake. LOTS more coming when we have a stronger connection.



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This one (above) is my favorite. :)



So sorry for the delay…

Hello friends,

SO sorry for the delay in today’s post.  We are on vacation deep in the Oregon forest, and I forgot to schedule a post! Agh! So sorry! The Wi-Fi at our campground is quite sketchy and only works if the wind is blowing in a certain direction. :)  They even have a ‘Cell phones work here” sign at the little lodge/store at the entrance to the campground.  I’d upload photos of our lovely campground, but I’m afraid it would bog down the internet connection for the entire campground. :) So hold tight, and I’ll post photos when we get back home. :)