Travel Bucket List

In no particular order, here is my ideal travel bucket list!

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source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2611432/Theres-app-New-map-tracks-Serengetis-great-migration-REAL-TIME.html
  1. I want to go on a safari in to the Serengeti and see the great migration!
  2. I want to visit all 50 states. I will make a separate post about this.

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    source: http://www.go2africa.com/location/6371/why-go
  3. I want to safari at Okavango Delta. Lots of safari dreams here.

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    source: http://www.tourinnepal.com/blog/explore-the-great-himalaya-adventure-tour/
  4. I want to trek through the Himalayas in Nepal.  I would need to get WAY WAY more fit to do this for sure. Plus when Sadness went to visit the northern lights in Finland, it was way too fucking cold.

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    source: https://www.remotetraveler.com/cairns-australia/cairns-great-barrier-reef/
  5. I want to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef! It looks so amazing!

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    source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/china/articles/The-Great-Wall-China-Trip-of-a-Lifetime/
  6. I want to walk the Great Wall of China. A lot of activities you have to be physically fit for! I need to work out.

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    source: http://safarisafricana.com/namibia-safaris/
  7. Another safari! This one in Namibia!

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    source :https://www.theodysseyonline.com/the-food-of-tokyo-disney
  8. Tokyo Disney!!!!! While in Tokyo I would want to tour the city and go to the Hello Kitty park also!

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    source: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/destinations/disneyland/
  9. Disneyland in California!

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    source: http://www.disneylandparis.com/en-us/
  10. Disneyland Paris! Obviously I want to go to all the Disney parks. While in Paris I would want to do all the touristy things like visiting the Eiffel tower.

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    source: http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/shanghai-disneyland-qa-theme-park-guy/index.html
  11. Shanghai Disney! Not sure what else there is to do in Shanghai but I would plan a bunch of stuff I’m sure.

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    source: http://www.charactercentral.net/R8_HongKongDisneylandResort.aspx
  12. Hong Kong Disneyland! I don’t really know anything about Hong Kong either.

 

Color Pencil painting Portraits book review

I got this book for free in exchange for a review.  The portraits in the book are beautifully rendered. As someone with almost no innate artistic ability, I love instructional art books.  This book was way too advanced for someone of my skill level to enjoy, but if you were already a good artist, I think this would be a great book for you.

Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

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Goodreads Summary:

Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her younger sister. Her family was shattered, but managed to stick together, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night: the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. The family is ecstatic—but Anna, Julie’s mother, has whispers of doubts.  She hates to face them. She cannot avoid them. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she begins a torturous search for the truth about the woman she desperately hopes is her daughter.

My Thoughts:

Okay this book is very good. I am being converted to suspense and thrillers as my new favorite genre. This is about Julie a 13-year-old who was kidnapped from her house at knife point. The only witness is her 10-year-old sister. 8 years later Julie returns. Or does she? Is it Julie or is it someone pretending to be Julie? This is a fast paced novel that I finished reading in one day. I was surprised by the outcome of who Julie really turns out to be. I live in Houston and was excited to recognize a lot of the places that were described in the book. I am also excited that the Joel Osteen character turned out to be crazy and evil. I laughed so hard about that. Loved this book.

My top 10 favorite movies

in no particular order:

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source: https://giphy.com/search/nightmare-before-christmas
  1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
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source: https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/the-eternal-sunshine-of-the-spotless-mind-gif

2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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source: https://giphy.com/gifs/audrey-hepburn-sabrina-william-holden-cNinliljdmHKM

3. Sabrina with Audrey Hepburn

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source: https://giphy.com/gifs/edward-scissorhands-HPkDJm4TdLg5i

4. Edward Scissorhands

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source: https://giphy.com/search/fight-club

5. Fight Club

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source: https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/kathryn-merteuil-gif

6. Cruel Intentions

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source: https://giphy.com/gifs/film-harry-potter-emma-watson-8bWKcgrdca01O

7. Literally all the Harry Potter movies

 

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source: https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/sweeney-todd-the-demon-barber-of-fleet-street-gif

8. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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source: https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/the-strangers-gif

 

9. The Strangers

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source: https://giphy.com/gifs/disney-movies-ydpbpffTKsWYM

10. All Disney animated movies!

review Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #1) by Chelsea Cain

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Goodreads Summary:

Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for ten days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go. She turned herself in, and now Gretchen has been locked away for the rest of her life, while Archie is in a prison of another kind–addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days off his mind. Archie’s a different person, his estranged wife says, and he knows she’s right. He continues to visit Gretchen in prison once a week, saying that only he can get her to confess as to the whereabouts of more of her victims, but even he knows the truth–he can’t stay away.

When another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the streets of Portland, Archie has to pull himself together enough to lead the new task force investigating the murders. A hungry young newspaper reporter, Susan Ward, begins profiling Archie and the investigation, which sparks a deadly game between Archie, Susan, the new killer, and even Gretchen. They need to catch a killer, and maybe somehow then Archie can free himself from Gretchen, once and for all. Either way, Heartsick makes for one of the most extraordinary suspense debuts in recent memory.

 
My Thoughts:

My friend let me borrow this book. This book is so well written. I have a new-found love for mysteries and thrillers. The characters are very realistic and well-developed. This book is about Archie Sheridan who was a cop hunting serial killer Gretchen Lowell. He becomes on of her victims and she tortures him for 10 days. She ends up killing him, bringing him back to life, calling 911 to get him help, and turn herself in. Now he is addicted to pills to cope with the torture he went through. There is a new serial killer in his town, and he is asked to come back and head up the new task force. He agrees. So many plot twists will have you on the edge of your seat and unable to put this book down.

10 things you might not know about me

You guys know a lot about me.  You know I have DID, and EDNOS. You know I am married, and I like reading.  But I bet there are a ton of things you don’t know about me.  Here are 10

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source: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/problems-picky-eater
  1. I am a very picky eater.  Although Sadness started going out and trying new foods and new restaurants every week, I am still very picky. Not as bad as some (my brother) and not as bad as when I was younger.

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    source: https://giphy.com/gifs/pretty-little-liars-pll-aria-montgomery-96ycmK0lF1xHG
  2. I love teen drama shows like Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries! They are so bad, and so good! I am partial to YA books also.

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    source: http://funny.allwomenstalk.com/clever-responses-for-girls-who-dont-want-kids
  3. I am a stay at home wife, with NO kids.  This bothers many people for some reason.  Mostly I get a bunch of What DO you do then? or oh you’ll change your mind and have kids later.  I can’t have kids though. Sadness has a hysterectomy.

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    source: https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=0ahUKEwiBmc7ilKbVAhWP0YMKHW7LAK0QjxwIAw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fforums.ubi.com%2Farchive%2Findex.php%2Ft-861187.html&psig=AFQjCNFCbJwT87BhBuGFDckyil_hCGYxXA&ust=1501131482829083
  4. I can’t whistle. At all. I have tried practicing and I just can’t do it.

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    source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/anjalipatel/this-is-the-rihanna-meme-we-never-knew-we-needed?utm_term=.kjm7aw5wk#.iy2Yn1P1G
  5. I also can’t wink. LOL I still try to do this, but it is awkward, and not cute or sexy at all.
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    source: https://giphy.com/search/supernatural-pilot

     

  6. I used to want to be a fighter pilot and then become a commercial pilot really badly.  I was too sick when I was younger to join the military. Then I had a bunch of health issues and mental health issues and I was never able to become a pilot.   I still have no idea what to do with my life. I am very lucky not to have to work, but I would like to have a career or something.
  7. I am afraid of clowns and snakes and bugs. No gifs for this one because I am a super chicken.

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    source: https://wifflegif.com/tags/19945-atheist-gifs?page=2
  8. I believe in evolution and dinosaurs. Unlike my dad. Yes that’s right, my dad legit does NOT believe in evolution or dinosaurs!

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    source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/566679565595565871/
  9. I believe in faeries. I think they are extinct or at best endangered, and smart enough not to show their selves to humans. Because humans are actual garbage and we would totally exploit or kill them.

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    source: https://tenor.com/view/cute-ghost-hug-ghosthug-hugs-gif-5670502
  10. I also believe in ghosts.

 

Antigonish by Hughes Mearns

I relate to this poem a lot.  It is often used in things depicting DID such as the 2003 movie identity, and the book the dead house.

 

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away…

When I came home last night at three
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall
I couldn’t see him there at all!
Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more!
Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door… (slam!)

Last night I saw upon the stair
A little man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away…

 

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver Review

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Goodreads Summary:

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

My Thoughts:

Funny use of the word altered in the summary.  I am going to ruin this book with spoilers so don’t read this if you don’t like spoilers. This book was great. The writing is impeccable. This is another haunting story about DID. This is a book I couldn’t stop reading. The book is told in the point of view of each sister. Nick is the older sister who is the perfect sister. Bookwormish and over achieving. Dara, the youngest is the party girl. Of course there is a love triangle with each girl falling in love with the same boy and it ruins their sister-ship, and everyone’s friendship with the guy. Of course. Then there is a car accident that changes everything. Each sister has the same view of the other one, they both think the other is more loved, more perfect, and better than themselves. I did think the beginning of the book was a bit slow, and the plot twist was expected for me *spoiler coming up*
because I knew that one of the sisters had DID, but I just didn’t understand how that was possible because the book didn’t seem to discuss it. BUT DARA FUCKING DIED IN THE CAR CRASH! and so that means Nick has been living as both sisters after the crash, because she develops DID. WHAT THE FUCK. That was out of left field. Love the way it was laid out. Plus there is a whole side plot of a missing 9 year old girl, and an underage porn site that has something to do with Dara and a club.

other people’s words say more about me than i ever could

“I contain multitudes.”
― Liz Coley, Pretty Girl-13

“Normal is a word invented by boring people to make them feel better about being boring.”
― Lauren Oliver, Replica

“A strange and baffling truth: that the people we’re supposed to know best can turn out to be strangers, and that near strangers can feel so much like home.”
― Lauren Oliver, Replica

“People fall so in love with their pain, they can’t leave it behind. The same as the stories they tell. We trap ourselves.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

“The difference between how you look and how you see yourself is enough to kill most people. And maybe the reason vampires don’t die is because they can never see themselves in photographs or mirrors.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

“A motion picture, or music, or television, they have to maintain a certain decorum in order to be broadcast to a vast audience. Other forms of mass media cost too much to produce a risk reaching only a limited audience. Only one person. But a book. . . . A book is cheap to print and bind. A book is as private and consensual as sex. A book takes time and effort to consume – something that gives a reader every chance to walk away. Actually, so few people make the effort to read that it’s difficult to call books a “mass medium.” No one really gives a damn about books. No one has bothered to ban a book in decades.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

“Most people would never admit it, but they’d been bitching since they were born. As soon as their head popped out into that bright delivery-room light, nothing had been right. Nothing had been as comfortable or felt so good. Just the effort it took to keep your stupid physical body alive, just finding food and cooking it and dishwashing, the keeping warm and bathing and sleeping, the walking and bowel movements and ingrown hairs, it was all getting to be too much work.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

“That’s what life is, pretty much: full of holes and tangles and ways to get stuck. Uncomfortable and itchy. A present you never asked for, never wanted, never chose. A present you’re supposed to be excited to wear, day after day, even when you’d rather stay in bed and do nothing.”
― Lauren Oliver, Vanishing Girls

“Funny how things can stay the same forever and then change so quickly.”
― Lauren Oliver, Vanishing Girls

“I guess that’s the really nice thing about disappearing: the part where people look for you and beg you to come home.”
― Lauren Oliver, Vanishing Girls

“The funny thing about almost-dying is that afterward everyone expects you to jump on the happy train and take time to chase butterflies through grassy fields or see rainbows in puddles of oil on the highway. It’s a miracle, they’ll say with an expectant look, as if you’ve been given a big old gift and you better not disappoint Grandma by pulling a face when you unwrap the box and find a lumpy, misshapen sweater.

That’s what life is, pretty much: full of holes and tangles and ways to get stuck. Uncomfortable and itchy. A present you never asked for, never wanted, never chose. A present you’re supposed to be excited to wear, day after day, even when you’d rather stay in bed and do nothing.

The truth is this: it doesn’t take any skill to almost-die, or to almost-live, either.”
― Lauren Oliver, Vanishing Girls

“That’s the problem with therapists: you have to pay them to say the same dumb shit other people will tell you for free.”
― Lauren Oliver, Vanishing Girls

“I’ve learned, in my tragic little life, that memories are like water. Not solid, like some people think. Once something happens, it isn’t set it stone. It can change.

You can make yourself believe anything if you lie to yourself enough.”
― Dawn Kurtagich, The Dead House

“They think I don’t exist . . . they think I’m like a disease. I’m infecting [her].”
― Dawn Kurtagich, The Dead House

“I hate that I’m so easy to let go.”
― Dawn Kurtagich, The Dead House

“I am a prisoner of my skin. My bones are my cage.”
― Dawn Kurtagich, The Dead House

 

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