Wow, guys... what an honor. My hundred and twelfth post!

I can't believe this is happening. I almost celebrated at 56, but I decided to wait for the big eleven-two. 112! Gosh!


So this post is my hundred and twelfth published, but my hundred and seventeenth total.

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Thank you guys. For sticking around until the really big post number, for reading, for existing, and also for appreciating the Oxford Comma as I know you must.

112. I just can't believe it.

Funny Story...

Welcome back for my first post of 2018!
I hope you all had a lovely holiday season. I certainly did, which is why I missed last week. In fact, I was traveling, but really, I was blogging without ever opening Blogger.
How? You ask, shocked.
Well, I will tell you. I was accumulating short stories, funny or interesting things that happened to me, Ilse, and now I shall share them.
You're welcome.
1. Snapshot of a Pastry Shop

Merry Music for a Frabjous Holiday

Merry Christmas!
No I mean, really. MERRY CHRISTMAS! We are SO CLOSE to Christmas that it's kind of freaking me out. And we haven't even watched The Polar Express yet! (Are we the only people that have holiday movies they watch every year and schedule their viewings? Like I can tell you we are watching White Christmas on Saturday.)
As you continue your Christmas (I was going to put "in your" but Grammarly got mad and I am not yet strong enough to rebel and be my own person) festivities, you know you're listening to Christmas music. Unless you're me, who is listening to my brother and some friends watch Supernatural. 
ANYWAY, (I've gotten off-topic like 4 times already in this post (including this) and I'm what, 9 sentences in?) I wanted to chip in some holiday music I've discovered this year that you can plug into your ears if you so choose.
1. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? Gah this song is gorgeous. (I'm listening to it right now. It…

"I'll never be able to draw like that."

Note: Hello, folks. Apologies that I missed last week's post. Here's an old one that I wrote and never posted. Merry Christmas!

I'm pretty good at drawing. I'm not trying to brag, but I can draw a fairly good human face. Nothing amazing or worthy of acclaim, but pretty good.

So, one day when I was drawing, someone said to me, "I'll never be able to draw like that."
I told her how she was totally wrong, as I'll be telling you now. But first I want to say that this post isn't about how we can achieve anything because we are fabulous and full of potential. Yes, as children of God we are both fabulous and full of potential, and yes, we can achieve amazing things, but this post is simply my story of how we can, indeed, "draw like that."
Here's how my story starts. Not long ago, I couldn't draw at all. Seriously. I was freaking TERRIBLE.
However, my drawing ability considerably progressed when I took an art class that year. It was a ru…

What's Wrong With the Wizarding Government (And How to Fix It)

Hey, guys! Anyone who's read Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix knows that Wizarding society isn't perfect. In fact, the government is RIFE with corruption (well, mostly just Fudge is). How could that happen? What went wrong?
Well, the simple answer is: checks and balances.
Although I'm not positive that this is confirmed, we can be pretty sure that the Wizarding government in the Harry Potter series is roughly based on that of the UK. Like most democracies these days, the government of the United Kingdom has three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. You know the drill-- the legislative branch makes the laws, the executive branch enforces the laws, and the judicial branch interprets the laws.
It all starts with Fudge. As Minister of Magic, he holds a role comparable with that of the president or prime minister. That is, he leads the executive branch. Like the president, he can pass executive orders-- in this case, embodied in Educational Decrees. Remembe…

A Visit From St. Nicholas: 2017 Edition

Hey y'all.

It snowed off and on all day today. None of it stuck, but what with that and the festive "Thriftmas" at the thrift shop I'm feeling Christmas-y. (Note that on our car ride home, it only snowed when we played Christmas music and did the Macarena. My brother's idea. I know what you're thinking.) So, I decided that, on the eve of the holiday month, I would post a satirical poem I cobbled together this morning. Enjoy.

***by the way: note that all Stranger Things references are blatant attempts to gratify the populace. I've never seen it.***

A Visit From St. Nicholas: 2017 Edition

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even our chow-chows.
The corporate stockings were hung by the electric fireplace with care,
In hopes that a whiskered, fat trespasser soon would be there.

Madrix and Abcde were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Snickers bars danced in their heads.
Ma with her wh…

just so you know

A couple of things:

-this is not this week's post
-Yes, I know that my last post was late, but I had no WiFi until Saturday and I forgot to post it
-For some reason, my computer won't let me comment/reply to comments. So know I have TRIED to reply to ALL of your lovely comments, but I cannot. Just as a general message: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMMENTING!

That's it. Thanks!