Thursday, April 30, 2015

April in Review

Cuz it's supposed to rain in April
On Sunday, I thought I should probably start writing this post, but I was like "Naw! I'll have enough time throughout the week!" HAHAHAHAHAH. No. That's why I'm writing this at 7:15 in the morning before school and why you're probably reading this at 9 at night.... (Yes, I know that's incorrect pronoun reference. It's driving me crazy too. Just not crazy enough to edit it!!!)

Anywho, April was fun and went by fast! I had a fun youth conference in California, celebrated my birthday, and went to Junior Day at a local university in less than a week! For my birthday, I went to a used bookstore about an hour away and got some books (duh). All my friends and second-grade boys in Junior Church said I'm lame....

Six Flags and Youth Conference were awesome! I came away so encouraged. I also rode two new rides with my friend :D And we got selfies with the awesome mascot!!

April was ridiculously busy but fun. And by busy, I mean a family is coming over for dinner in ten minutes... And I have a keyboarding final tomorrow!

I did read this month! Lots of Little House! Technically, I'm supposed to start Gone with the Wind tomorrow, but that probably isn't going to happen!

Looking forward to:
Waterslide at school - May 1
School gets out! - May 22
Blog anniversary - May 22
Possibly working at the library
SAT - June 6


Friday, April 24, 2015

Random Questions Post

Naomi created a new tag, and tagged me! Yay! Thanks! It's so much fun!

~ Paste the button onto your blog post.
Naomi always finds these awesome pictures!!
~ Leave a new list of questions (or just pass on the question list you answered) and tag a few people of your random choice (and say why you tagged them, if you have time!) (Be original and nonsensical in your question-creativity - make the blogging world a cheerful place :-) And be disastrously random.)
Here goes for the questions:
How many books do you have on your bookshelf?
What's your favorite color? Why?
Are you a Mac or a PC person? iPhone or Android?
Do you regularly use something besides Google to search? (i.e.: Bing, Yahoo)
What's your favorite form of social media? Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook?
What's your favorite type of clothing? (i.e., maxi skirt, fitted shirt, shirt dress, basketball shorts, etc.)
What's your favorite singing group?
Do you play an instrument? If so, which one?
What's the main thing(s) you watch on YouTube?
Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which are your favorite?

I tag:
Bethany and Becca (Because their posts make me smile. They like Adventures in Odyssey. They're really sweet!)
Hannah (Because she writes beautifully! She loves to read. She has an Instagram!)
Elizabeth (Because her posts are awesome! She lives sorta near me. We're close in age. I can't wait to meet her someday!)
Natalie (Because she writes a novel in my comments. She makes me smile. She's friends with my grandma. She's funny and awesome!)

Now for the fun...
~Write down three facts about you - one of them is WRONG. Let your commenters guess in the comments which one is wrong (and tell them in the comments after a while).

1. I once was the only girl on a basketball team. (At least who showed up to practice)
2. I play piano for my church's choir.
3. I want to major in music college/university.

~Answer the questions of the person who tagged you - make it all super random and interesting :-D

Are there flowers in your bedroom? Actually, there were, until a few weeks ago. I had fake green roses in a glass vase because my room colors were blue and green. But because I repainted my room to yellow and gray, the flowers are now in my sister's room.

Who was your first - really first - (fictional) crush? If by crush, you mean seriously admire, I think it was Henry from the Boxcar Children. Trust me, we're both cringing right now. 

What is, in your opinion, the prettiest Little House Book cover? Yay! Naomi and I are both on a Little House streak right now! I think it's By the Shores of Silver Lake. I love the freedom shown with Laura and her horse! 

On pictures, do you smile with your teeth or without? Kinda half and half. I have a horrible smile for formal pictures.

In 'Return to Cranford' Miss Matty gets a turban. What do you think of her in a turban? Well, I haven't seen Return to Cranford. YET. (Actually, I'm watching Cranford right now!) But from Naomi's pictures, she looks okay, but I like the bonnet better.

Did you get fooled this year on April the 1st? Almost! My dad, who's my Bible teacher, said that a project was being cancelled. I got really excited until everyone was like it's April Fools. Some guy came in when the project was due and really thought it was cancelled though... Last year, Goodreads got me when they said they had discovered a new Jane Austen novel... Yeah, not cool Goodreads, not cool!

Do you think it's rude when girls re-do their whole hairstyle in public? Not necessarily, unless someone's waiting on them to do something, or they're getting hair in my food.

What's your least favourite song in 'The Sound of Music?' Really! How can you have a least favorite song! Probably the Preludium because it's long and boring and the nuns kinda creep me out!

Do you chew your inside cheeks when you're thinking? No. I close my eyes and move my hands... 

Your how-many-ienth post is this? 

I have 131 posts all together. This will be my 84th post!! Yay!! Don't ask me about those other 50....

What's your favourite Dickens movie? I've only seen Little Dorrit, but that was awesome! I got Oliver Twist for my birthday, so that should be fun! *Aggressively ships Amy and John*

What should you be doing right now? Reading, homework, writing another blog post, cleaning my room, watching Cranford

Do it. ;-) I should :D

Thanks Naomi! As usual, you make the most awesome tags!!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Happy Birthday to Me!

So today's my birthday. (Ya don't say?) Anyway, Cait at Paper Fury did 21 facts about her for her 22nd birthday, so I decided to do 17 facts about me for my 17th birthday. Some of these you may or may not know.

1. I love Wooton Bassett and Eugene Meltsner from Adventures in Odyssey. Lucy and Grady are my two favorite kids. I'm currently listening to the Novacom saga, and let me tell you, don't listen to it at night! I'm having nightmares about it...

2. I just got back from a Youth Conference and I'm exhausted!!! It was really encouraging though! And Six Flags Magic Mountain was awesome as usual!
From Sink Me!

3. Rejected wedding proposals make me laugh... Yes, even at John Chivery even though he's awesome!

4. I have over 160 books on my shelf :D I need to get rid of some...

5. I teach junior church at my church. It's fun, but some kids....

6. I was about six songs away from finishing my whole piano curriculum when my teacher switched me to more church music stuff! I can play the songs though, so it doesn't matter.

7. My recently-painted room colors are yellow, white, gray, and light blue.

8. I have a ridiculous amount of Gaither Vocal Band songs on my phone. Like seriously 5 full albums and I'm hoping for another one! (There's Wes Hampton for you Natalie!)

9. I love ASU, and I might even go to their journalism school. I'm headed to ASU for a Junior Day (11th year) next Tuesday.
He just looks like a nice guy!
10. I think David Cameron is awesome, and I wish America did Prime Minister's questions. However, I do think the whole royal family thing is a little much.

11. I love to watch and occasionally "do" gymnastics. I'm sorta working on my round off back handspring combo. I don't think it's gonna happen :(

12. Wes Hampton is my favorite southern gospel tenor; Mark Lowry is my favorite southern gospel lead. Doug Anderson is my favorite southern gospel baritone, and George Younce is my favorite SG bass. Lynda Randle is my favorite female southern gospel singer. And Kim Collingsworth is my favorite southern gospel pianist. And most of you probably don't know who those people are...

13. The last high score I got on the game 2048 happened around midnight on my sixteenth birthday...

14. I love when it rains! I love when it dust storms too! I also love the heat! Therefore, I love Phoenix!

15. I'm going to be the only one in my graduating class, as of right now. The last time I had somebody in the same grade as me was in seventh grade.
A photo posted by Ashley (@ashleymperham) on
A bunch of my friends with their capes.

16. I love Twitter for networking, and basically the only reason I have an Instagram is because my friends do... And for the youth conference hashtag #wcbcyc. Look it up and see if you find me :D

17. I prefer vanilla ice cream over chocolate, and I only really like crunchy chocolate, such as Crunch and Kit-Kat. I also love Skittles. Reeses are okay too! But good buttermilk bar donuts rule over all!!!

So there are seventeen completely random facts about me! Now off to do chemistry lab homework :/ Happy Un-birthday to you!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Bookshelf Tag

The Bookshelf Tag has been floating around for a few week now. I meant to do it sooner, but because my room was being repainted, I waited. Thanks Nathalie for making this tag!

Describe your bookshelf (or wherever it is you keep your books-it doesn't actually have to be a shelf!) and where you got it from: 

I used to have a 4-shelf book shelf that didn't really hold all of my books (Read: stacks of books in the closet and in drawers.) Recently, I (well not me, but my parents) bought 2 nine shelf bookcases (from Walmart or Target?). They are dark brown wood and square. I have 13 out of 18 shelves filled up with books. The other five are my junk drawer, my craft drawer, a magazine drawer, my library book box, and my Bible shelf (for my Bible/journal/devotions). The box for my library books used to be say "May Contain Awesome" Now, I put that sign on my room door :D

Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books? 

My way :) Let's see, I have all my series in the same column, I have my mysteries together. I have my nonfiction together (sorta). I mostly keep the same authors together. And I have around 3 shelves of mixed stuff.

What's the thickest (most amount of pages) book on your shelf?

 Gone with the Wind has 1448 pages; that's more than my Bible has! Ummm yeah, I opted for the more awkward and cheaper cover rather than the more expensive cover with no kissing people on it...

What's the thinnest (least amount of pages) book on your shelf? 

The Biggest, Littlest Snowman is a picture book written by my aunt. She and her family used to be missionaries to Russia, and the pictures are illustrated by a Russian artist! In fact, she even uses Russian words in some of her other books. She also wrote a novel based on her family's experiences in Russia! It's really good!

Is there a book you received as a birthday gift? 

Hahahaha. I think most of them were from birthday gifts/birthday gift gift cards. I believe I got America's Doll House as a birthday gift. I'm fascinated by doll houses! America's Doll House is about the doll house in the Smithsonian Museum of U.S. History. I've seen it, and it's amazing!

What's the smallest (height and width wise) book on your shelf? 
What's the biggest (height and width wise) book on your shelf? 

I combined these questions because I though it was funny that both of the answers were Sherlock Holmes! (I do have a book of pictures of America that is taller and wider, but not thicker. Plus, the two Sherlocks is more fun!)

Is there a book from a friend on your shelf? 

Yes. My friend's brother gave me a book because he had two of the same. In fact my copy says "From Great-Gram" but not my great-gram... Haunted Waters Also, another friend once bought me a beautiful full-color illustrated copy of the Magician's Nephew! Annnd, another friend got me Jo's Boys and How They Turned out for my birthday. That present was awesome because that friend didn't really read and didn't really know anything about the book, but she still got it for me!

Most expensive book? 

I'm going to go with the Original Illustrated Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, though that might have been a present?

The last book you read on your shelf?

King Solomon's Mines (thanks Hamlette!) I'm in the middle of My Antonia and Little Women right now. 

Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read? 

These books were not on my shelf, but I had to get a picture of them. I remember getting these as a present for my fifth or sixth birthday. They came with a Samantha art set that I vaguely remember. I loved these books! Molly was my favorite American Girl for a while. But then I read Kirsten. Now, Kit is my favorite because she is a reporter! (And don't get me started on the new American Girl books! How dare you do that to my childhood! Two books instead of six! No!) Sorry, rant over!

Do you have more than one copy of a book? 

Yes! I have two Pride and Prejudices because I thought I didn't have it so I bought it again. None of my friends want it so I gave it to my sister. (She likes to read it aloud, especially Mrs. Bennet's parts. "Ashley, you vex me!") And I put a picture of my whole Jane Austen collection because I knew some of you would want to see it ;)

Do you have the complete series of any book series? 

Yes! The Anne series, Little House (Laura), Narnia, The Days of Laura Ingalls Wilder (about Laura's later life. Not Little House related, but I highly recommend them!), and the LOTR trilogy. And I guess the whole Little Women trilogy.

What's the newest addition to your shelf? 

The Covered Deep. Thanks Natalie! That cover is gorgeous!

What book has been on your shelf FOREVER?

Caddie Woodlawn. I believe I've read this, but I'm not sure. I may have skimmed it more than I read it... That's my sister in the picture. She was starting to read it when I was taking pictures. Annnd she left it on my floor...

What's the most recently published book on your shelf?

 Living the Secret by a lady in my church! I edited this book, and I'm currently editing the third book too! HERE's her website! Her books are mostly middle-grade, but they're great for YA or adults too!

The oldest book on your shelf (as in, the actual copy is old)? 

I have lots of books from my grandparents' childhood. So probably those. Also, that Portable Irish Reader from Hamlette says it was published in the 40s! Wut!!! Yes, that book is called How to Star in Football. No, I don't play football. 

A book you won? 

The Covered Deep, The Mini Sherlock Holmes, The Portable Irish Reader, and King Solomon's Mines. Thanks Hamlette and Natalie!

A book you'd hate to let out of your sight (aka a book you never let someone borrow)? 

I don't know if there's one specifically. My friends don't like to read as much as I do, so that's usually not a problem. Probably my Adventures in Odyssey official guide? Speaking of AIO, I recently started listening again. I'm knee-deep in the Novacom series and currently having dreams that I'm dying because Andromeda did to me what they did to Mr. Shanks and Mr. Dent... Yeah, don't listen to this stuff at night in bed....

Most beat up book? 

My copy of Hans Brinker. It was my moms, and she apparently loved it as much as I do... or Little Men, which was also my mom's.. Apparently we have the same favorite books...

Most pristine book? 
Most of them

A book from your childhood?

The Phantom Tollbooth. This actually could have gone in the beat-up book category! I've read this one probably 4 times. I have a very vivid memory of reading this in my front yard. (That was random, I know)

A book that's not actually your book? 

Well, some books, such as my Little Men copy and most of my Green Gables series were down on the family bookshelf, but I "borrowed" them...

A book with a special/different cover (e.g. leather bound, soft fuzzy cover etc.)? 

I never put the dust jacket on my Sherlock Holmes (big) book because I hate dust jackets! And books usually look way cooler without them. My Bible has a leather cover.

A book that is your favorite color?

I like bright green a lot. Currently, I'm more into gray and yellow, but that bright green looks great on a book! Yes, that is a cookie held up for scale!

Book that's been on your shelf the longest that you STILL haven't read? 

Little Women has been in my life in one form or another since I was around 10.. And somehow, I lost the copy that we owned when I was ten. It was really old too :(

Any signed books?

 Yes, the books the lady in our church wrote and my aunt's book!

Thanks so much Nathalie for making this tag! It's awesome!!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Why I Love This Video: April 10 2015

The outfits
Tap dancing
The swirly skirt
The sound of the tap shoes
The song
The colors
That spin tho!
How she comes out of the spin

Basically, I love both this song and the dance! I've been having to remind myself lately to let the worry bird worry for me! (And I give my worries to God) Also, how do dancers dance in heels? I can't even walk in them!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Charlotte Series

I don't really know why I didn't like this series when I tried it a LONG time ago? Maybe I started with the third book, which is by far the worst book in the series? I don't know. Anywho, I enjoyed this series. Not so much because of Charlotte, although she was okay, but because of Martha. Martha as a mom delighted me! She was so wonderful! And she married Lew!! Ahhhh!! Guys, remember when Martha was sick and Lew sent her stuff to make fairy dolls!!! FEELS!! Yeah, I basically spent this entire series obsessing over Martha! And that's probably what this review will be... But, a word on Charlotte. She was great! I obviously didn't like her as much as Martha, but I enjoyed her character development! She always like to personify stuff and she was very tender-hearted and compassionate. She was not perfect (can I get an amen), but she wasn't a brat. Also, the fact that like the Martha books, there was a LONG time between books 3 and 4 annoyed me. You feel like you miss so much!! Melissa Wiley's detail and historical tie-ins are amazing! There's more historical stuff than interesting detail, but it's still amazing! Also, Charlotte is verrry mature for a four year old. But I guess kids matured more quickly back then. (Like the line about Miss Heath being a grown woman of seventeen!! *snort*)

Via Goodreads

Little House by Boston Bay (I love the Little House name theme): So, this book was a little hard to read because Charlotte was four! I mean, come on, the age you should read these at is probably seven, which is a long way from four... However, I relate well to people who hate change, and basically the whole series deals with how Charlotte faces change, so that was cool! Also, I wish Will was mentioned more. Even in the second book, he's not around a lot. I feel like I would enjoy him!

Side note about me: I struggle with change, but I also welcome it. Just because we've always done something a certain way doesn't mean we can't change how we do it if the new way's better. I seem to struggle with physical changes like people leaving or schedules getting changed. Yet I'm really flexible when I have to be... I guess I'm a paradox :D
Via Barnes and Noble
On Tide Mill Lane: According to Goodreads, I may have enjoyed this book more than the first one. I don't remember though... (It's been that type of month..) Lewis's finger was both interesting and gross. There's another paradox about me, I'm interested and grossed out by medical stuff... And when the war ended!! (Spoiler alert: The War of 1812's over!!) It must have been so exciting to witness that. Also, Lydia annoys me, probably because I can see some of myself in her...
Via Amazon
The Road from Roxbury: Not my favorite... Plus, the title and cover don't even go with the book... I did enjoy the theme of change coming up again. Charlotte's teacher was big on things that would change the world! In this book, it was gas lamps and the Eerie Canal. I felt like some stories could have been delved into deeper, and overall it wasn't very memorable. Charlotte never gets to see the gas lamps, and in fact at the end of book four, she still hasn't seen them? What? Really?
Via Amazon
Across the Puddingstone Dam: Possibly my favorite book in the series because of the emotion it almost drew out of me. If I was by myself when I read one part of this, I probably would have cried. (I must be realllly tired...) Martha is the star in this one for me. And MACK!!! Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, ahhhhh, yessssss, just yessssss asfjlhgjlajfl;ajf!!! (Pardon the momentary fangirling, but that was an extremely well-written part. I'm thinking of emailing Melissa Wiley to tell her so!) And the sad part was amazingly well-written too. It raised Martha even more in my esteem! This was an amazing end to a great series!

Although I didn't like this series as much as the Martha series, I enjoyed seeing Martha as an adult. The thing I'm missing most in the Caroline series right now is her! Although, I guess I may relate to Caroline more :D

Friday, April 3, 2015

Why I Love This Video: April 3 2015

It's an awesome April Fools hoax for people who apparently didn't eat much spaghetti
(Britain in the 1950s)
The seriousness of it all
The family
The spaghetti on the trees
The spaghetti laid out in baskets
The vast spaghetti plantations in the Po Valley
Spaghetti weevil
Apparently it's wet when you pick it
Plant breeders
Garden to table

So I got this video from Gilbert Blythe's Twitter. If you like Green Gables Fables, I highly suggest following at least Gilbert and Anne on Twitter. Even though the season's over, they are still doing transmedia stories! Happy April Fools! Did any of you get fooled? Also, have a blessed and happy Easter Sunday! Take time today to remember how much God loves you!