Scrapbook (2)

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since my last Scrapbook post, so I am back with another one. My goal is to do one about every two months.

Music I Enjoyed

Listening to:

  • See You Again, by The Gray Havens
  • Gone Are the Days, by The Gray Havens
  • You’re the One I Want, by Switchfoot
  • Sometimes By Step, by Rich Mullins
  • Flaming Red Hair, from The Lord of the Rings soundtrack


I’ve started taking piano lessons again and I’m very happy to be back in a regular piano-playing routine. I play a mixture of new songs I’m practicing for lessons, old favorites, and some given me by a particularly wonderful piano student who keeps me supplied with soundtracks and other neat things. πŸ˜‰

  • Curious Story, by Stephen Heller
  • Rondo Alla Turca, by Mozart
  • Arwen’s Vigil, by Jon Schmidt
  • Chloe’s Song, by Martha Meir

(Some) Books I’ve Read

  • The Pathfinder, by James Fenmore Cooper
  • My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok
  • When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead, the latest book club book.
  • Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler
  • Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • and of course, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of the Ages by Trenton Lee Stewart, the new book in the M.B.S. series.

Things I Did/Am Doing

We went to the State Fair, where we saw a lot of goats and a few giant cows, and then went on some rides. I hadn’t been to one since I was five, so I quite enjoyed the experience! Really, the best part was my little brother Mike’s face when he went on some rides…he was so thrilled!

Jesse, Rose, and I are continuing work on the play we’re in, Treasure Island. It’s with the same group we did the summer camp with, but since now is theoretically time to be busy with school (cough cough), it’s just one day a week for a few months. I’m really enjoying it, largely because I actually think that my acting skills are starting to improve, which is very fun. I’ve been in two plays before, but I always felt dissatisfied with my performance. I’m still no professional, but I have a better idea of what I’m trying to do, which is very satisfying and exciting! (If you want to hear more about what it’s like being in a play, comment and let me know. I might write a post about it but I don’t know how interesting most people would find it.)


Oh I just love my friends so! …They’re all so good to me and I’m often not sure why.

Aww look how humble I am…

Well I don’t like your outlook on life very much.

Of course not!

I argue with myself quite often. I have the “everything is terrible and you stink” self, the “you should do whatever you want cause you’re so great” self, and a third one who kind of watches the other two argue and thinks they’re both a bit silly.

Being with human beings is just so stressful! Grrg. Poor me.

Indeed, sad.

I’ve been rehearsing by myself, the dying scene…I got some good fake crying going…I’m trying to figure out what it’s like to be sad, worried, and unhappy with yourself all at the same time. As a 30 year old woman. Who’s trying to keep it together for her son’s sake. Needless to say, it doesn’t come very naturally.

I love talking about acting because you can say things you don’t get to say in any other context, like “I sadly don’t get to die” or “Don’t threaten my son with a spoon that’s actually a pen!” (And I’m not making these up, guys.)

Blog Posts I Enjoyed

They’re My Sisters, by Isabel at Chasing Fantasia

You’re Allowed to Be Stereotypical and Other Mundane Things, by Jo at Pananaw

The Day I Took a One Way Flight Home, by Meredith at Artsy Arrow

A Declaration of Cactus Independence, by Arachnid Weaver on The Web Weavers

Random Rambles, by Megan at A Barefoot Gal

The Wonders of Work//A Day in the Life of Employed Sarah, by Sarah at The Sarcastic Elf

Overall, it’s been a busy two months, full of the usual annoyances and blessings and fun and problems. Life goes on, and I like it quite well. How meaningful, eh?

Photo by Vladimir Proskurovskiy on Unsplash

6 thoughts on “Scrapbook (2)

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  1. Great post! I’m definitely gonna go look up some of the music πŸ™‚
    ahaha mike looks so happy πŸ˜„ i love acting! best of luck working on your play.
    aw thanks for the mention! that was a fun post to write πŸ˜€
    have a great october sam! πŸ‚


    1. Yes, I thought I’d try it since you like it so much! I enjoyed it! I wish the characters had more personality, but it was quite interesting.


  2. I love these posts! Especially the diary snippets – they’re quite entertaining to read. πŸ™‚ Ooh, we went to the state fair too! I didn’t see any particularly large cows (just one or two very wrinkly Brahman cows), and we didn’t go on any rides, but we still had a fun time. Yayyy, you read the latest MBS book! What did you think of it? Lastly, it makes me happy that you like The Gray Havens and Switchfoot’s music too. πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you, Allison!
      I enjoyed it, just because I love the characters so much, I was really happy to hear more about them. I don’t think that any of the sequels really live up to the first one. I liked the themes in it about growing up and changing, but the big problem for me was that there was so little humor…which made me very sad because the others were all so funny and clever! So. mixed review, as usual for me I suppose. πŸ˜‰
      And yes…I should really just start listening to your song recommendations immediately instead of thinking “Oh I’d never like that” and then actually listening to it later and loving it. XD


      1. Hmm, yeah, I definitely can agree with your mini review. It was a little confusing, in my opinion, but overall I loved it because it was MBS. XD
        Heh heh! XD XD


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