BEDIO: Just Some Bibliophilic Things #5 (Whispering Stories)

Happy Saturday everyone!

It’s been kind of a hectic week for me, so I haven’t spent as much time on here as I usually do (I prewrite most of my posts and schedule them ahead of time, to make things easier 😉). I’ve been working on catching up on comments, tags and everything else, so hopefully I get caught up soon!

Anyways, since it’s Saturday, it’s time for another Just Some Bibliophilic Things from Riddhi at Whispering Stories! Her post for this week centers around the topic:

One book related memory that you love.

So let’s go ahead and get right into it!


During the summer break when I was either 9 or 10 years old, the librarian at my elementary school needed help reorganizing the library, so a friend and I volunteered to help. It was fun getting to work around books, and organizing everything, and when we finished, our librarian gave a little bookmark with a thank you note on it, as well as a small stuffed animal.

I was pretty young when this happened, so unfortunately I don’t remember too much more, but it’s one of my favorite memories from my summer breaks during elementary school 😊


That’s about all I have for today’s topic, and don’t forget to check out Whispering Stories!

Other than that, thank you for reading, and I will see you all tomorrow with a new post!

-Erin🎃

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BEDIO: The Small Joys Tag

Hey everyone and happy Friday!

I was tagged by Riddhi from Whispering Stories (thanks for the tag!), and I figure right now is a great time to think about all the little things that make you happy, so let’s go ahead and get started!

It’s the Little Things in Life, isn’t it?

  1. Books

This one is kind of obvious, (I am writing a blog dedicated to reading after all), but I figure I would get the most obvious one out of the way 🤷‍♂️

  1. Finishing a good book, and feeling satisfied

Although it can be sad when a good book ends, I always love it when a book I enjoyed has such a satisfying ending, that despite it being over, I can’t be sad about it.

  1. Beautiful Journals and great writing supplies

Since I love writing, and journaling, it’s awesome coming across cute stickers, beautifully designed journals, and pens that write smoothly (trust me, some pens just write better than others) that I can use in my journal.

  1. Iced Sun Tea on a hot day (and making fun beverage concoctions at home!)

On hot days, I make sun tea (thanks mom for teaching me!), which ultimately is iced tea that you brew using sunlight… hence the name sun tea. However, I love making all sorts of drinks at home (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and experimenting with different recipes (probably because of my time working as a barista).

  1. Watching the snow fall outside on a cold night

I haven’t experienced this since I moved from Colorado back to California, but there’s just something so peaceful about watching it snow at night. Even just going outside for a few minutes and appreciating the quiet that comes with snowfall is calming, although I can’t stay out too long because being from So-Cal, my tolerance for handling the cold is really low 😂

  1. Listening to the rain while drinking a cup of hot tea

I’m one of those people who loves listening to it rain, and especially when I’m drinking a nice cup of tea.

  1. Watching a TV show that I become invested in

I lose interest in a lot of shows and movies pretty quickly, so if something catches and holds my interest, that is pretty big for me 👌

  1. Exploring my neighborhood and city

I find it fun to just go walk around and explore, because sometimes you find some pretty cool spots that are worth going back to in the future. 

  1. Animals

That’s it, I just love how cute animals are 🤷‍♂️🐶😻

  1. Animal Crossing

I know many people have gotten burnt out on Animal Crossing, but I like to only play for maybe half an hour at most, so it’s a nice little distraction from the world. And it’s also super cute 😍

  1. Taking a cold shower on a hot day

This is something I’ve recently started to appreciate more, as it doesn’t seem like it’s ever going to cool down here ever again

  1. Being in the most comfortable position when you’re about to fall asleep

As someone who has issues falling asleep, whenever I find a position that is super comfortable to fall asleep in, I have no choice but to thank the gods of sleeping.

  1. Hanging out with friends

As I’ve gotten older, it’s not always easy to get all your friends together and hang out, since most of my friends don’t (well, didn’t) live in the area anymore. Especially in this pandemic, when it’s not as easy to go see people, I’ve learned to appreciate the time I can spend with my friends.

  1. Spending time alone

I still like my alone time, it’s nice to be able to sit with myself and appreciate the things that bring me joy, without worrying about other people.

  1. Learning how to better accept and love myself

Is this cheesy? Yeah, but now at the ripe old age of 26 (okay, I’m not that old, but it’s crazy to think I’m closer to 30 than I am to 20), I’ve been better at not letting myself get to caught up in the craziness that is life, and to just appreciate who I am as a person. In high school especially, it seems really difficult to do, but as you grow older, it’s so much easier to not care about what other people think of you (to a certain extent).


Now, I think this is a tag everyone should do, because it makes you think about all the little things in life that make you happy… so I tag YOU.

But also, here are a few bloggers that I’ll tag:

Cherelle the Bibliophile

Sammie from The Bookworm’s Den

Sam from Spines in a Line


Thank you all for reading, and I hope you have a great start to your weekend!

-Erin🎃

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BEDIO: Succulents

Hello Everyone!

So this is a SUPER random post, but a couple months ago, I started growing succulents in my room, and now I want to talk about it! It all started when I saw some old mugs we had in our cupboard that we didn’t use anymore, and I thought, “You know, these would be cute to use as a pot for plants.” From there, I planted the succulents in a few mugs (I put rocks at the bottom of the mug to create a filter system, especially since there aren’t drainage holes in the bottoms of the mugs). Ever since, I’ve been taking care of the cute little plants in my room… what a story! 😂

I’m assuming at this point, everyone has probably heard about succulents before, as they are a very popular plant to grow, especially since they’re easier to take care of compared to most plants. However, just in case you don’t know what succulents are:

Their appearance differs from species to species, but one common characteristic is swollen leaves, pads or stems. The exact classification of a certain plant will have to go to the experts, but whatever the case, all types of succulents or those that appear to be succulents are pleasing to the eye, minimal regarding care and produce delightful little surprises during their life cycle. Again, referring to the dictionary, a succulent plant has thick stems or leaves that store water. This unique adaptation allows the plant to survive in low moisture regions of the world. Succulents are often thought to be native only to arid regions, such as deserts, but they also belong in forest settings, high alpine regions, coasts and dry tropical areas.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Succulent Plant Info: Learn About Types Of Succulents And How They Grow https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/scgen/succulent-plant-info.htm

Essentially, it is a plant that can store lots of water, to survive in places where there isn’t as much rain or moisture. They’re typically great plants for those starting a plant collection because they are easy to take care of, since they are hardy and also don’t require a lot of water (in fact, it’s a lot easier to over-water succulents than under-water them!)

For my succulents, I only water them once a week, and I take them outside when watering them, to then leave them out overnight to get fresh air and sun. It’s an extra step I take, because I have the ability to do so, but they don’t necessarily need to be taken outside. Succulents do need a lot of sunlight, but when they are new growths, you have to be careful about putting them in direct sunlight, as it can scorch them. I keep my succulents by my window, but keep my blinds down in the morning (when the sunlight shines directly into my room) and then pull my blinds up in the afternoon (when there is still light, but not direct sunlight).

Here are the different succulents I’m growing:

Burro’s-tail

This one has the most obvious roots out of all the succulents I’m growing, and it seems to be doing the best as well (for being grown in a small container). I also planted three in a larger clear pot (pictured below) which also seem to be doing really well. If you’re thinking of growing succulents in smaller pots, these would be my first recommendation, since they seem to adapt to the smaller container well!

Jade plant

Another succulent that adapts pretty well to any size container are Jade plants! The photo on the right is to show the little roots starting to peak out at the base of the stem (it might be hard to see, but there are two little white nubs near the bottom left part of the stem). The photo on the right is where I’m keeping my Jade plant now, as I decided to move it, since the original spot I had it didn’t get enough sun, in my opinion (it’s on a higher shelf than the right one, so harder for me to get a good picture of the inside of the container, hence why I took two pics 😂). If you want a plant that’s more hardy and adaptable, but you can’t find any Burro’s-tail, I definitely recommend going with a Jade plant.

Echeveria elegans

Disclaimer: This one looked most like the Echeveria elegans when I Googled it, but I’m not 100% sure this is exactly what it is, now that I’m comparing them again.

This plant is on the same shelf as the Jade Plant, so once again, I moved it to the lower shelf (the photo on the right) to get a better look at what it looks like. Unfortunately, I don’t think this one is doing as well, because I realized when I first planted it, I didn’t put enough dirt in (it was hard navigating around the plant cause it had another leaf on it, which eventually fell off), but I added more dirt, which I’m hoping will help. The marks on the plant where already there when I planted it in the mug, so it doesn’t seem to be doing any worse… but it doesn’t necessarily seem like it’s doing much better either. I’m keeping my eye on it, and trying to give it sunlight and not over-water it, so hopefully it starts doing better!

I had issues finding the specific names for these next two succulents, so if you know what they’re called, let me know in the comments below!

Since these are two different succulents, I’ll talk about each one separately, starting with the one on the right.

This little plant seems to be doing pretty well, it is shedding leaves, but also seems to be having some new growth, and there aren’t any marks or anything on the leaves like the previous succulent I discussed.

The little guy in the left photo though, has needed the most maintenance out of all the succulents I’ve been growing. When I first planted it, I had to trim some of the leaves at the bottom of the stem, but it didn’t seem to be enough, as when I put it in the dirt, it didn’t go down as far as it should have. I then had to trim off more leaves, and I believe I added a bit more dirt too, and it’s pretty much looked the same since I planted it. This succulent is actually my favorite out of all of them (the Burro’s-tail comes in second, cause those guys look pretty neat!), so I’m hoping it’s fine, and I’ve been keeping a close eye on it too.


Overall, I’ve been having fun taking care of my succulents, and I love how they look on my bookshelves! If you’re thinking of growing plants in your room, but don’t have a lot of experience with taking care of plants, I definitely recommend starting with succulents. They’re easy to grow, can adapt well to smaller pots (which is important if you have limited space to keep plants), and don’t require a lot of watering and maintenance (in comparison to other plants… you still need to take care of them though!).

For those of you who want to grow your own succulents, here is a good list of tips from Architectural Digest to help get started!


So, that’s the end of today’s post! I know this is a really random post, so if you read all the way through to the end, thank you! Also, if you have any suggestions, or know the specific names of the last two succulents I mentioned, please let me know in the comments below!

Other than that, I will see you tomorrow with a new post! Have a good rest of your day!

-Erin🎃

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BEDIO: WWW Wednesday (10/14/2020)

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve been having a good week so far!

Wednesday is upon us again, which means it’s time for another WWW Wednesday! Compared to my post last week, this one is going to be a lot shorter 😂 Now, how about we talk books?

WWW Wednesdays were originally, hosted by A Daily Rhythm but has been revived by Sam from Taking on a World of Words.


What I’ve Recently Finished

I finished reading The Beadworkers Stories by Beth Piatote last night and it’s the only book I’ve finished since last weeks post. Overall, the writing is beautifully done, and I would definitely recommend this if you like short story collections, especially if you want to read more Native American stories. Most of the stories in the collection are in normal short story format, but the book starts off with a poem, and ends with a play script.

What I’m Currently Reading

I’m still reading All the Light We Cannot See and New Poets of Native Nations as I mentioned last week, but I also started reading The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein. The Color of Law argues:

…That African Americans were unconstitutionally denied the means and the right to integration in middle-class neighborhoods, and because this denial was state-sponsored, the nation is obligated to remedy it.

From the “Preface” of The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

It’s a book that discusses how the legal system affected opportunities for a lot of Black people to rise up in social class, which even though may not be legal anymore, is still affecting them today. It’s something I have a surface level understanding about, but I’m interested in learning more about, hence why I’m picking up the book in the first place 😅

What I Plan On Reading

The Fortnight Frights reading challenge, hosted by The Artisan Geek, is coming up next week, so I plan on starting in on my TBR for that within the near future! I can’t wait to dive into these stories, and I hope they live up to my expectations 😂

I made an announcement post talking about Fortnight Frights, which you can check out if you want learn more about it, or participate!


That’s all I have for today’s WWW Wednesday post! What have you been reading lately? Have you finished a good book? Let me know in the comments below!

Otherwise, I’ll see you tomorrow with a new post 👻

-Erin🎃

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BEDIO: Top Ten Tuesday… Let’s See How Long I Can Make This Title

Happy Tuesday everyone, and welcome back!

For this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, the topic is long book titles! I will be focusing on books that I actually own for this one, which I’ll be listing in order from titles with the least amount of words to titles with the most amount of words 👌

In honor of today’s post, I found an article written about the recent trend of book titles getting longer, so if that interests you at all, go ahead and check it out.

On that note, Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl hosts Top Ten Tuesday’s every week, so go check out her blog (where you’ll also find more bloggers who participated in that weeks round of Top Ten Tuesday)!

Now here are 10 long book titles in my collection!


Pour Your Heart into It

This is a memoir from Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks, and it details his journey as he was starting up the company, from the inspiration he found in Italy, to how his beliefs influenced the company. I was given this book at the end of my junior year of college by someone who I did an internship with (she creates her own soaps and sells them, and I was helping edit/write content for her website). It was a good book, but it’s more special because it reminds me of the mornings and afternoons I spent at her house, doing work with Christopher Tin playing softly in the background and the scent of soap hanging in the air. It provided a much needed peaceful space during a crazy school year.

Red White And Royal Blue

Even though this was about an average read for me, I can definitely see why so many people loved it, and I did love the relationships in this book, even though I felt the story itself seemed to drag on at points.

Tales of Mystery and Imagination

This is a collection of Edgar Allen Poe’s work, which I found it through a Free Little Library (And that I’ve also mentioned on this blog before 👍). I loved the artwork and illustration, so I picked it up and it’s been in my collection since!

This is How it’s Always Been

I’ve talked about this book on my blog before, as I read it this past summer, but I loved how the story (despite having an almost whimsical tone to it) addressed the topic of trans identity, as well as gender identity, especially when it comes to younger children. There were points towards the end that may come off as unrealistic and might take you out of the story (it depends on how much you care about that kind of stuff), but I think the story overall was great.

The Secret Life of Prince Charming

I read this multiple times when I was in high school, mainly because I loved the concept of going on a road trip to return stolen items to their rightful owners… I promise it’s not as sinister as I made it sound 😂 (Or is it?). I just don’t want to go into more detail than that, because I don’t want to spoil anything 😉

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Honestly, this whole trilogy was such a fun read, especially because I picked it up at the beginning of the pandemic, so it was the right set of books at the right time. All I wanted was a lighthearted story to escape into 🤷‍♂️

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

This is a bind up of all five books in the Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy series. I read the first three books, but since it’s been awhile, I want to reread them before going on to the last two books.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

All I have to say, is that I read this book all in one day, and I couldn’t put it down. That’s all, take from it what you will.

Truth, Lies and Advertising: The Art of Account Planning

This is a book from my college years that I read for one of my marketing classes… Most likely my advertising class since it’s a book revolving around advertising. Gee, who would have guessed that?

It was the best of sentences, it was the worst of sentences

A grammar book I bought as I was starting to get back into writing, because I want to make sure my grammar doesn’t suck (at least, I’m hoping it doesn’t suck too much)😂👌


That’s it for today’s Top Ten Tuesday! What are some of the longest titles in your collection, or that you’ve ever seen? Let me know in the comments below!

Also, don’t forget to check out Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl to see her post for this week, along with other bloggers who participated. Other than that, thanks for stopping by, and I will have a new post out tomorrow!

-Erin🎃

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BEDIO: Layli Long Soldier Poetry

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Good morning everyone, and welcome back to the start of a new week!

Typically, I would do a poetry prompt since it’s Monday, but today I want to highlight a poet I found while reading New Poets of Native Nations (edited by Heid E. Erdich), Layli Long Soldier (in case you couldn’t tell from the title). As it’s the second Monday of October, that means today is Christopher Columbus day, or Indigenous People day (depending on where you live). Instead of placing Christopher Columbus on a pedestal to be revered, I thought today’s post would be better spent highlighting a Native American poet’s work I enjoyed 🤷‍♂️

Anyways, when I read New Poets of Native Nations, I really enjoyed her poems “Obligations 1” and “Obligations 2”. The main reason is how the poems are formatted, as how I interpreted it, even though all these different ideas that could be their own poems, they are connected through a common theme/idea.

For more information on Long Soldier herself, here is her bio included in the poetry collection:

Layli Long Soldier is an Oglala Lakota poet, writer and artist. She is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, and she holds an MFA from Bard College. Long Soldier is a recipient of a 2015 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry, a 2015 National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a 2016 Whiting Award, the 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Award, and the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry.

WHEREAS (2017) is Long Soldier’s first collection of poetry.

New Poets of Native Nations edited by Heid E. Erdrich

You can also find out more about her here:https://www.nativeartsandcultures.org/layli-long-soldier

In case the format is throwing you off a bit, I included edits of the poems below, to help figure out the flow.


If you enjoyed these poems, and want to hear Layli’s poetry readings, here are a couple videos you can check out:


Thank you for reading through today’s post!

If you’re interested in getting your own copy of New Poets of Native Nations or of Layli Long Soldier’s poetry collection WHEREAS, you can grab a copy through Bookshop!

If you want to read more about the history of Columbus day and the controversy behind it, you can learn more from the links below:

https://www.history.com/topics/exploration/columbus-day

https://www.history.com/news/columbus-day-controversy

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-Erin🎃

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BEDIO: Favorite YouTube Videos for October 2020

Hey everyone, I hope you’ve been having a great weekend!

When I’m not reading and writing, one of my guilty pleasures is spending countless hours on YouTube. Recently, I’ve been watching more October themed videos, so in other words, more spooky/horror content. Today, I want to highlight a few of my favorite channels and videos to watch, whether it’s more on the creepy side, or with a more comedic twist (I know not everyone likes watching scary videos, so I figure it’s good to balance it out with a little humor).

Now, here are my current favorite channels for…

😈👻☠💀October 2020 💀☠👻😈


We’ll go ahead and start off with something funny! For those of you who are into movie commentators/reactors, I recommend Dylan is in Trouble. I’ve been watching Dylan’s content for awhile, and it’s perfect for those times when I need a humorous pick me up. Another aspect of his commentary I really like is how he discusses the actual shots, design and other details that go into a movie, and why certain shots work out better than others (so if you’re into that kind of stuff, he’s a great channel to watch!). He recently uploaded a video of him reacting to the first Paranormal Activity, and as someone who has already seen the movie, his commentary was hilarious to me.


If you’re into true crime and makeup, and haven’t watched any Bailey Sarian videos, you need to right now! I’m actually not into makeup that much (I’m too lazy to deal with it, to be honest), but I still enjoy watching people do make up looks, and with Bailey discussing different murderers/criminals from more modern day cases to more historical ones (the video I linked above is a case from the 1600s), it adds an interesting twist to a normal makeup tutorial. She has a great personality, awesome makeup skills, and I love how she discusses the cases in a more casual manner, so it feels more like a conversation between Bailey and her audience. I know she’s a bigger channel, but I would 100% recommend checking her out, if you haven’t already!


This next video is a little different, but I listen to more ambient type videos while I work (in fact, this is what I’m listening to right now while writing this post). If you’re someone who needs background noise while working, but can’t concentrate when listening to music, these videos are perfect! I love the sound of rain, and with this particular video, I enjoy the Halloween/Fall ambiance, especially since I live in Southern California, and we don’t really have a Fall, or Winter 😂 (Legit, it finally cooled down to a nice 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit this past week).

This second video posted below is more of an ASMR type video, so if you’re into that and like the more animated video style, this is a great choice as well 👌


If you’re into list videos, especially concerning the paranormal, true crime, aliens, and more, Top 5’s is the channel for you. They also do other type of video content as well, and have a podcast/other channels covering different topics. I already talked about this channel in length before (including other types of content on the channel besides list videos), but right now, they’re doing a Creepy Marathon Month, where they post a video everyday in the month of October. This channel is more on the creepy side, so beware when watching their videos ☠


And that’s it for today’s post! What are some of your favorite things to watch during the month of October (doesn’t have to be on YouTube, it can be a show/movie!)? Let me know in the comments below!
Thank you for reading today’s post, and I will see you tomorrow with something new 👻

-Erin🎃

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BEDIO: Just Some Bibliophilic Things #4 (Whispering Stories)

Happy Saturday everyone!

Today I’m doing another JSBT post, which is a weekly meme hosted by Riddhi from Whispering Stories, where you answer a question related to reading. So, go ahead and check out her post for this week, and to find more bloggers who also participate 😊

Anyways, let’s get started!


Question of the Week: Which bookish fictional land you would want to travel to?? Why??

My answer for this one (and what my answer will always be) is the Shire from Lord of The Rings. It seems so peaceful, relaxing and laid back, especially compared to today’s world where there’s so much pressure to keep up with the “hustle and grind” culture. Sometimes (okay, a lot of the time), I just want to sit back, eat some food and hang out with friends, and there’s nothing wrong with that!

On a random note, I would love to visit New Zealand and be able to visit the Shire set from the Lord of The Rings movies! I grew up on this trilogy and it seems like a beautiful place to see in person.


Thanks Riddhi for hosting this meme, and don’t forget to check out her blog!

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-Erin🎃

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BEDIO: Halloween Creatures Book Tag

Greetings everyone, and happy Friday!

Today, I wanted to do a Halloween themed tag, since I haven’t done one in a while, and they’re always fun to do! I found this tag through The Orangutan Librarian, so if you want to check out their book tag, you can do so right here!

Disclaimer: I didn’t answer all the questions in the tag… because I just didn’t have any good answers… I don’t know what else to say 😂 In other words, some of the questions from the original book tag have been omitted.


Witch: A magical character or book

Daisy Jones from Daisy Jones and the Six

Even though this book is more of a reflection of the 70’s rock n’ roll scene overall, Taylor Jenkins Reid did say Fleetwood Mac, and specifically Stevie Nicks, were a huge inspiration for the Daisy Jones and the Six. With Stevie Nicks and her air of “witchyness”, how could I not answer this prompt with this book?

On a side note, can we talk about Stevie Nicks’ involvement in season 3 of American Horror Story? With her making a guest appearance in the season, and using Fleetwood Mac songs… if you don’t know what I’m talking about, I highly suggest watching season 3 of American Horror Story.

Werewolf: The perfect book to read at night

The Year of the Witching

I know I’ve mentioned this book A LOT recently, but it is what it is 🤷‍♂️ I read it every night before going to bed, and it was perfect for that, especially during this time of year.

Grim Reaper: A character that never should have died

Matthias from Six of Crows

I know a lot of people didn’t like him… but I enjoyed watching his character arc, and seeing his relationship with Nina develop through both books, so I wish he lived 😥

Vampire: A book that sucked the life out of you

A Conjuring of Light

So, if you’ve read some of my past posts, you know that I have some issues with V.E. Schwab’s books. This is mostly due to the fact that whenever I read the first book in a series she wrote, I love it and I’m totally into the story, so I pick up the next book, excited to continue through the series. However, any book I read after that first book, just doesn’t compare, in my opinion. I would probably enjoy her work more if she wrote more standalone’s, and I’m on the fence about whether or not I want to read The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.

Ghost: A book that still haunts you

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

I read this back in 2014, during the summer between my sophomore and junior years of college, and to this day, I still think about it. I had gotten back from studying abroad in Spain for three weeks, and it was my first time out of the country, and I was hungry to travel more. I picked this up to read because it was about a freelance journalist, and her experience having been kidnapped and held captive in Somalia. When I finished this book, I just sat there for what felt like forever (it may have been an hour or 20 minutes, I can’t remember specifically) thinking about Lindhout’s story. If you’re looking for a good memoir/non-fiction read, I highly recommend checking this out.

Demon: A book that really scared you

Blue is For Nightmares

I don’t get scared by books anymore, but when I was younger, I read the Blue is For Nightmare series, and it freaked me out… But I also loved it and re-read the series every year until probably freshman year of college 😂

Skeleton: A character you have a bone to pick with

Mal

Honestly, when I was reading the Grisha Trilogy after reading Six of Crows, he annoyed me so much… That’s my only bone to pick with him, is that he’s kind of an obnoxious prick 😂

Mummy: A book you would preserve throughout time

Station Eleven

Not only is this a great book, but I’ll use it to trick my future grandchildren into thinking that this is what 2020 was like 👌


Alright everyone, that’s all I have for today’s post! Thank you for reading, and I will have something new for you tomorrow!

-Erin🎃

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BEDIO: Origami Pumpkin

Hey everyone, and happy Thursday!

Today’s post has nothing to do with books… or writing…

In case you didn’t know, a fun little hobby I’ve picked up over the years is origami. During the summer before my senior year of high school, (or maybe it was after) I started getting into origami, but then lost interest over the years, until COVID-19 hit, and with losing my job and everything, I had a little more time to get back into it.

Basically, I’ve been trying to find the perfect origami pumpkin, and this is documentation of my journey… so if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them!

The pumpkin above is the first one I tried…

So, what it’s supposed to look like is on the left, and mine is the pink one on the right. If you compare them, then yeah, mine looks horrible 🤣 But if you were to look at mine on its own, it probably doesn’t look as bad. At least, that’s what I like to think!

In my defense, the instructions were a little confusing, if I do say so myself. If you’re someone who prefers following diagrams over watching videos, you may want to try this one out! However, if you find it easier to follow video instructions, I would skip this one if I were you.

Here’s the instructions for the Pink Pumpkin:  http://ryandong.com/origami-diagram/

Here’s the second one I tried, which looks even worse than the first one🤣 I didn’t think it was possible, but I manage to beat expectations… so at least I have that going for me!

Once again, what it’s supposed to look like is on the left, and what I actually made is on the right. Looking at them in comparison, mine doesn’t look too far from the original, it’s just I think I missed a fold which would have made it look better. By the time I realized my mistake, I was too far into it, so I just tried to make it look as best as I could with what I had.

Even though these were video instructions, I think I missed one of the steps (or two… maybe three). It started off promising, and I seemed to be following it pretty well, but then towards the end I got confused… It might just have been me though, so if you like video instructions more when it comes to origami, try it out and let me know if you followed it better than I did 😂

Originally, the pumpkin instructions were so that you could make a few and turn it into a garland, so if you want to do that, here’s that post (Along with instructions on how to make the blue pumpkin): https://mypoppet.com.au/makes/origami-pumpkin-garland/


So after trying out the blue pumpkin instructions, I didn’t end up trying out any other ones 😂 I also didn’t go back and try to make either pumpkin again, as I just ran out of time.

In other words… this wasn’t as much of a success as I hoped, but sometimes that is how it is. If you have any suggestions of your own, let me know in the comments down below!

On that encouraging note, thank you for reading and I will see you tomorrow with a new post!

-Erin🎃

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