Saturday, October 31, 2015

Month in Review: October 2015

Let me express a very true but controversial statement: I don't feel the same about fall/October as the rest of you. I don't hate October, and I don't dislike it, but I'm a Heat Miser and fall just doesn't hold that much charm for me!
This is me, the Heat Miser
And October in Phoenix is not what it is for practically everyone else. You see, as I was remarking to my dad, 85% of the days in Phoenix look the same. You could be in a temperature-controlled room, look out the window and not know whether it was the Fourth of July, Christmas, or Halloween. (And if the leaves were falling off the trees it would be January) So I just sort of pass on the fall excitement that everyone else gets XD

Anywho, October was great! I went to two concerts, made some new friends, played a lot of music, did a little bit of writing and reading, and a lot of laughing.

I mean, it wasn't all fun and games. Sometimes, life sort of punches you multiple times in the face in one week and you just want to sleep until it blows over. But you can't. So you pray and cry and pick yourself up and keep going! Because although life isn't all sunshine, it's also definitely not all bad (I wanted to say rainclouds, but I like rain so those metaphors are lost on me)! Anywho, philosophical rant/discussion over! Moving on to the best of this month!

It's as good as it looks!

Netflix got a lot of new Gene Kelly/Frank Sinatra/Bing Crosby musicals and I've seen most of them already! I watched High Society, which you HAVE to watch Naomi! It's confusing at times because there is like a love hexagon, but as a song says, "It's swellegant!" I'll probably be reviewing it soon! And there's jazz and Louis Armstrong which automatically makes it 5x better!

I cropped my sister out XD
Guys, I went to a Gaither concert! And it was amazing! And I met Wes Hampton!!! And got his signature! And they sang some awesome songs! And their piano player played Anthony Burger's arrangement of  Goodbye World Goodbye! I didn't get to meet him though :( I saw a friend from a previous concert, and generally had a swellimous time!

Oooh and I watched Casablanca which I got from Eva! (Thanks!) It was fabulous! I want to watch it again before I review it, but it was amazing! And he did the noble good gentlemanly thing and just yes!! Also, Ingrid Bergman is just perfect!

Some more little kid quotes
Me: This verse says "Keep thy tongue from evil"
Little girl: That means don't stick your tongue out.
Little boy: Don't say stupid.
Whole class: *gasps*
Suuuuure. I guess that works!

Yes, I wear the same shirt to every concert.
And I'm 5'3"  so he's like 6' with the longest hands I've ever seen
And finally, the highlight of this month was probably meeting Trevor Conkle! Guys, the dude is a 17 year old pianist for a MAJOR southern gospel group (The Hoppers)!! And HE PLAYED MY COMPETITION SONG!! THAT MY PIANO TEACHER WROTE!! Sorry, I just get really excited when I think about it even though it's not my song, it is in a way I guess! And I was able to ask him a bunch of questions! Anywho, that was realllly cool. I think the Lord gave me the opportunity to put my toe into this southern gospel door! Now off to send some more emails about playing prelude for some more SG concerts here soon! And no, I haven't been learning every Hoppers song, why do you ask?

So I read a book report book, 2 Rose books, and failed miserably at this Nancy Drew book. AGAIN. I might have to drop that one :( But I got the rest of the Rose books from the library, so I'll probably finish this month! Yay! It's happy and sort of sad because I've liked all the Little House girls so much! And maybe I'll get to read the second Hattie book this month because the first one was sooooo good!

Planning next year's reading. (Lois already put her challenges up!)
Getting answers to emails!
Finishing the Rose series

What are Octobers like where you live? If you plan your reading, when do you start?

Friday, October 23, 2015

Why I Love Being a PK

So it's Pastors' Appreciation Month, and Baptist Memes declared this week Pastors' Kids' Appreciation Week. {That was fun to apostrophosize... (And it was fun to make up that word!)} Anywho, I though I'd write a post about why I love being a PK and some of it's perks and downsides and stuff like that!
we got a cool logo
Quick church summary: We moved to Phoenix eleven years ago and started Vision Baptist Church. We started in a hotel, moved to a Lutheran church for midweeks, a high school, an elementary school, a Southern Baptist Church, a community church, and the Lord blessed us with our own building about 3 years ago!

So, let me just start out by saying that I have the best church family ever! They love my family and they support us and pray for us and give us free food!

Cuz this sort of has to do with the next paragraph
I've heard stories about how pastor's kids are viewed misbehavers (apparently that's a word..) and get blamed for everything, and I've heard stories about how they feel like they're living in a bubble where everything they do is under scrutiny. Praise the Lord, I've never felt that way, at least for the majority of the time. In fact, the first time I went to a PK meeting, I was surprised by how much they talked about stress! (They gave us a stress ball on a bungee cord, and that was like the best youth conference gift I've ever been given. EVER.)

Sure, there's been extremely hard things that I never want to live through again. (Nope, nope, nope, nope) And sometimes, it's hard to have your dad always on call (he's always sure to make time for us and to put his family first though!) And as I get older, it's hard to see the struggles my parents and the church go through, but hey, this is what God has called us to do and he's always walked us through it!

It's also hard with my friends. Mary Elizabeth wrote a post about this, but I'll just give you a short version. As a pastor's kid, you occasionally grow up differently than your friends, and it's sometimes hard to find common ground besides school and stuff. Sometimes, you don't feel like you fit in at your own church! And because Phoenix is a ridiculously transitive area, people move. A LOT. So it's weird and sort of sad having had so many friends but only being in contact with like 5 of them. (Not counting the ones I have near me right now!) But God has given me so many long distance friendships, that I never really feel lonely! (And you guys are amazing!)

Anywho, enough of the struggles and ridiculous tangents, let's get into the awesomeness that comes with being a PK and more importantly a Perham PK!

Pastor Appreciation Month - Your family gets lots of nice cards and gift cards and A STINKIN' AMOUNT OF FREE FOOD! Last year, a family gave my dad a HUGE thing of peanut butter because he loves peanut butter and celery! And just yeah, it's pretty cool!

Free food - If there's any food left over from the Sunday School snacks, we get to take it home most of the time! For example, my brother and I are teaching the midweek kids' class right now, and my youth pastor/kids' class coordinator brought us Krispy Kreme donuts and let us take the extras home!!! (And there weren't that many kids :D ) And especially in summer, there's always popsicles in the freezer that we eat whenever we're at church late or just cleaning!

Kids class - Well, this isn't only because we're the PKs, but I teach Jr. Church, and my brother and I teach the midweek kids class together. Sometimes, they make you want to throw yourself into a wall, but other times they say hilarious things. For example, this wasn't in kids class, but a little kid at school said the meaning of the verse "Keep the tongue from evil" is to not stick your tongue out... I was like:

Having the run of the church building - Basically, I know where everything is. And if I don't, I know where to check or who to ask. (This is extremely useful, until someone asks you where salt is so you go look for it and realize it's in the teen room at the back of the property so you just avoid that person...)

You know the best hide-and-go-seek spots - Like 1) that modular with the door that leads to the outside or 2) the extremely hot attic with that closet that locks from the inside or 3) the baptistry or 4) in the vending machine cage left over from the previous owner. And you know where not to hide! Don't go up the east stairs to the baptistry because they're about to fall or into the old church trailer because it locks from the outside. Also, we know how to get in if we get locked out! And we've actually used that skill at least once...

Learning how to lock up - This goes along with the last one, but since I was ten or eleven, I've known how to lock up buildings. We used to meet in a school, and I would go around and lock/unlock all the classroom doors we needed. That was fun until the bathroom door lock started sticking and needing more strength than my eleven-year-old arms... That's a skill that will probably come in handy someday!

Your dad's office - If you get sick, need to change, or need to dump stuff, your dad's office is always available!

The run of the piano - Well, because I'm the secondary piano player for my church, I get to use the baby grand in the auditorium and the keyboard in my mom's office basically whenever I want to! Which is soooo nice! Speak of the piano, I uploaded Unclouded Day last week, as you can see above. It's not an original arrangement this time. And that's my church piano which is bae!

When you borrow an ATV for VBS, you can ride it after church on Sunday! - I speak from experience.

The WiFi - You see, we have like four WiFi routers and they all have the same password. And I know it... And you probably don't. Hehehehe. We also have a dead spot smack dab in the middle of the property and the teen building says there's WiFi, but there's not...

Me meeting fellow PK/MKs
The other PKs - You know all the MKs and PKs in the area, and you look forward to youth conferences because that's when you get to see them! MKs are hard though because maybe you've only met them once, but they spent the night at your house or you hung out together and then you don't see them for like forever! (That's where those long-distance, long-time friendships come in!)

The website - Ya see, there's only like 3 people in my church who know how to run the website, so I sort of get that job. It's cool because I can put school forms on, edit pictures, pages and other stuff. (Yes, Ross I know you know how to run it. Remind me to give you the password!)

And finally, knowing everything in advance - This is also a bad thing, but most of the time it's fun to ask your dad what he's going to be preaching on or if we're doing this event or whatever.

In conclusion, being a PK is hard sometimes (especially as a teen), but overall, it's a lot of fun! You get to have a great church family who love and support you and free food and free piano and hide-and-go-seek privileges and so much more! I thank God for all the opportunities He's given me as a PK!

And I thank you guys for being my long distance buddies :D And for reading this post because it was probably stinkin' long!

Are any of you PKs? Do you have anything to add to my list?

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Bedtime Movie Tag

Heyyyy, I'm answering a tag in a somewhat timely manner... Hamlette tagged me with the Bedtime Movie Tag! Yay! Thanks Hamlette! I'm also going to use TV shows because that's what I watch more of. And I'll give multiple answers from some questions because I feel like it. So here we go! 

Disclaimer: My remembrance of what movies I've seen is mediocre at best, so there will probably be a lot of repeats...

1.) A movie that kept you up all night - Weeelll, I don't usually stay up all night doing anything, but I have watched multiple episodes of Leverage in one night. And there was that one time that my sister and I were sharing a hotel room that got TCM and I had to stay up 'till like one for most of A Kiss for Corliss because my sister wouldn't go to bed. Basically, the only redeeming thing about this movie was David Niven because he's amazing. But he looks better without a mustache. Also, in Shirley Temple's teenage movies, she seems to have a thing for older men. But then again, I've only seen A Kiss for Corliss" and "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer".

2.) A movie that made you scared to sleep - Probably the Sound of Music when I was little. I remember being legitimately scared of the part when they're in the cemetery and the gun and the running and stuff. (If you read that last part fast, it sounds like gun running, which would have been very interesting...) 

Also, the Little Princess had me bawling when Sara was crossing the board between the two buildings. I was like four, okay? I actually really liked that movie. I think I even got a locket like Sara's! And you know that look she always has on her face with her mouth open? That's the Perham look. That's what everyone in my family, except for my mom, looks like when we're really paying attention to something... Ask my friends! It's partly because we always have stuffy noses and allergies, but whatever. 

3.) A movie that made you go to sleep - I don't usually sleep during movies. If I'm not interested, I'll go upstairs and watch what I want to watch, but I don't usually zonk out. American Tail makes me bored though. (I really don't get why people like that movie. Besides the song "Never Say Never" and "There Are No Cats In America") Also, the Gnome-Mobile is pretty boring except for the theme song.
Chewie, we're home!
4.) A movie that left you tossing and turning all night in anticipation of its release - Weeell, we usually don't go to movie theaters because it's kind of expensive. But we do go sometimes! I won't see the "first showing" of Star Wars Episode VII, but I will be verrrryy interested to learn what people think of it! I'm not the biggest Star Wars nerd by sooooo far, but Harrison Ford in the trailer tho!!!

Although these two don't look half bad!
5.) Your dream boyfriend/girlfriend ship of two separate movies - Ya know, I'm gonna change this question to my dream ship that didn't happen in a movie. CORDY AND JOHN LAWLESS!!! (The Happiest Millionaire) Just so much yes!!! Although they're not perfect, I can't think of anyone better :D (Guys, I was just looking through Happiest Millionaire pictures on Google Images and I was like "Hey, this one looks good!" That's cuz it was from my blog....)

6.) A movie that would be your worst nightmare to live in - Rio 2! Because I wouldn't really like to traverse the jungle, even with WiFi... And seriously, that's all I could think of right now... But the animation in this movie was stunning! I saw it in theaters actually, and the colors of the birds were so vibrant and all those feathers!!!

7.) A movie that reminds you of nighttime - The Sound of Music! A lot of the most important scenes are at night! My Favorite Things, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, Something Good, the Landler, So Long Farewell, the concert, the cemetery thing, and probably more! (My favorite line of the movie has always been "Forgive us Mother Abbess for we have sinned" Like since I was little, and I really wouldn't have gotten it then!)

The end of the book is worse!
8.) A movie that has a nightmarish cliffhanger - LEVERAGE SEASON 2 FINALE For Pete's sake!!! But it's all on Netflix, so no worries ;) Also Gone With The Wind is pretty bad... 

9.) A movie you actually dreamed about - I once dreamed about The Great Escape. It was confusing so hold on! I think I was like Mac's wife or possibly even Mac himself (I told you I have a think for people named Mac), and our whole family was running away, and we could only speak German. But then Mac did the thing (arghhhhhh), and we were running. Except the next thing I know, my friend Jacob is the one running from the Germans, and me and some other people go hide him in this attic. After we take him through the grocery store and possibly have a stereotypical grocery fight. It was a verrrry stressful dream...
This was a pretty scary episode all around...
10.) A movie monster you would not want to find under your bed - Weeell, I don't usually watch movies with monsters, but that creepy nuclear plant dude from Macgyver would freak me out so much!! *heavy breathing and clunky steps* And that old cupid guy in a diaper from Tangled would scare me! And if Olaf appeared under my bed, I would flip out... And if my vegetables started talking... Basically everything is creepy if you think hard enough!

Well, this was an awesome tag! Thanks again Hamlette! I tag Naomi, Evie, and Elizabeth Anne, and Hannah D.!

P.S. I uploaded a new video :D 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Birthday Club September: The ABC Murders

These are the covers I wish I had...
Just to warn you, I say "and" a lot in this review. But this book sort of lends itself to that... I promise I write better than this for school!

Guys, Agatha Christie will make you throw her books across the room.

{I actually did that, but only cuz I had to get the book of my bed onto my pillow so that it didn't make a noise when it landed on the floor because it was at night. If that makes sense.}

 Because oh my stinking word! Really! Really! Really! The ending!!! What even!!!

The ABC Murders took me longer to read than I though it would. Actually, any Christie with Poirot takes me longer to read than I think it will. Which is weird but true. I buzzed through The Secret Adversary and And Then There Were None in like an hour, but the Poirot mysteries take me longer. I feel bad because everyone sings the praises of Poirot, but I actually like Hastings better. Poirot is conceited like Holmes, yet different. Not as intense I guess. And apparently I connect more to intense....

I guess this one was slow for me because it seemed like she was giving the whole thing away through the book; therefore, I wasn't too excited to get to the end. And there was a lot of French that I was too lazy to look up... (sorry Hannah D.) And Poirot was getting on my nerves because he's sort of cocky and could he just tell us what he's doing and it was a little slow moving and blah blah blah (I warned you)

But the ending made it all worth it! And there were ridiculously evil people and random people you wish you knew more about because you were kind of emotionally invested and explain the socks again and I still think the lady from Asgard (see what I did there you Marvel fans) was lying! And why did that girl make that phone call?

Anyway, this book is pretty great, seen in light of the ending! If you're struggling through this book, keep on until the end! It won't disappoint! That's a promise from Russell Ashley (Sorry not sorry for the Studio C reference) I probably won't read it again for a while, but the ending was amazing! As I saw somewhere, Agatha Christie will make you believe your own mother committed the crime!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Month in Review: September 2015

My pictures from this month consist mostly of screenshots of funny stuff and horrible blood moon pics. So let's go on an Internet safari, shall we?

Well, September is done which means fall is supposed to be here, but it doesn't feel like fall because it was a stinkin' 106 outside this Thursday.... (I'm not joking. Go look up the weather in Phoenix, Arizona, right now!) And PSA: it's not gonna feel like fall until November. (Seriously, it's a proven fact!) So at least I get another month of wearing summer clothes and sandals! Annnnd another month of sweating like a dog as I practice piano in the church auditorium which is not air conditioned during the week... (I walk out and feel like I've been running!)

But September was fun. I think. I actually don't remember a lot XD Not a lot of BIG things happened, but a lot of usual, fun, little things happened!

This is a machine gun-wielding Ronald Reagan on a velociraptor.
You know you needed this
I help with the preschoolers for the last half hour of the day at school which is interesting... Basically, I make sure the three-year-olds wake up and don't run wild and do go to the bathroom. I've also rescued a child from the jungle gym, tied shoes, and helped fix puzzles. I've had food made for me out of wood chips, and yesterday, a third grader told me he was Pope Francis! (I seriously don't know!) I've also gotten two popsicles out of the deal, earning me the title Popsicle Lady, given to me by my fellow classmates. (I also got a cookie yesterday because I helped to grade sixth grade math!)

On a musical note (I'm so funny, I know!), I emailed a teacher from music camp and asked him if he had the music to a certain arrangement of his. He replied that sorry, he didn't have that one, but here's FOUR MORE!!! Guys, I got four free arrangements from Daniel Hopkins!! I'm already 2/3 through the hardest one! (The one in the video with the horrible audio) It's so painful! Just watch it and imagine my small arms and hands crying! But seriously, that music was a blessing! I had just asked the Lord for wisdom on whether to spend $10 and buy a book of music for an event, and after school I get an email with four high quality pieces! For free!

The guy arm wrestling on the left is from our church.
He's called the Wristless Wonder cuz he bent his wrist amazingly far back!
He won third. 
I went to a youth rally and saw so many friends I hadn't seen in forever! And our church won third place in games, thanks to our mad arm-wrestling, texting, and foosball skills! The highlight for me though was seeing so many people! Let's see, there was a friend from music camp, two people who used to go to my school, PKs, and friends of friends! But it was my last one!

I went to an ASU game. We won, but it was ugly...
Our youth group played hide-and-go-seek during one of our classes. Guys, we take hide-and-seek SERIOUSLY. Like we climbed through windows. And then jumped out of them. And they were like 6 feet of the ground. (And I wondered why I was sore the next day!) But best of all that night a girl got saved!

Also, I started a YouTube channel and put up some free sheet music! (I entered it into a contest too, so we'll see how that goes!) But you probably already figured that out :P

Reading this month was, ummm, interesting. I didn't read that much. I actually only read four books... Oh well. I'm reading four right now, so that issue will get fixed!

The Rose books are on hold (literally at my library) because someone else has them checked out. And it looks like I get to use two library districts! Lucky me! (I was being sarcastic...) I might finish this series later than planned.
Yes, library system, yes....

Also, it's not looking like I'm going to finish all of my reading challenges. For instance, I don't see myself reading Ivanhoe this year, and Ben-Hur is very sketchy. But I'm reading Macbeth for school so that's cool! "Is that a dagger I see before me?" "When the hurly burly's done/When the battle's lost and won/That will be ere set of sun" All of a sudden I have a great desire to devour Shakespeare!

Pretty sure this is from a Shakespeare play...

Looking forward:
It's sort of looking backward, but I went to a Gaither concert on October 1, and it was amazing!
No school next Thursday and Friday. (PTL for Netflix and sleep)
Being done with this Economics paper.

This is me at school!
Have you ever tried to tie your shoe in a knee-length skirt?!?!
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P.S.S. I'm not commenting as much as usual, but I am still reading all of your blogs and laughing/wishing I could write like y'all! So I totally understand if you don't comment on this ;D
Stay cool and don't forget to be awesome! (I may or may not be watching Crash Course Economics...)