Monday, August 19, 2013

Video Blitz 2

I haven't made a video compilation post in a long time, so I decided it was high time I did another. Plus I wanted an excuse to share Zendaya's new music video. I am loving this song, and I love the understated dance that goes with it.

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, first up, is Lindsey Stirling and Peter Hollens' latest collaboration. It's completely epic, just like everything else they do.

Next is a cartoon from the web series, "Bravest Warriors." I don't recommend all the episodes for everyone, since there is some mildly inappropriate, and sometimes really weird, humor in some of them, (Though if that doesn't bother you, check out the rest of them. SO funny! Sort of like a pg-13 version of Adventure Time.) but this one is completely clean, and absolutely hilarious. I have watched it more times than I can count. Catbug has always been my favorite character from the series, so I was so glad he got his own short to star in.

(As an aside, if you aren't bothered by VERY weird cartoons, click the link at the end of Dramabug to watch Bee and Puppycat. It is really good, but very random, and VERY strange, and depending on your tolerance level, maybe a little creepy toward the end. I love weird things though, so I really liked it.)

The next video I became obsessed with after I watched it. Or rather, I became obsessed with the song. The video kind of has a dark twist at the end, but I love the style of everything, and I love the song. I played it so many times that I decided I had to buy it. It is now my alarm tone that wakes me up in the morning. :p

The next one is a spoof of the video I shared the last time I made one of these video posts. "How Animals eat their food." I about died when they got to Americans. :D

This next song is an odd cover of a Rhianna song by the steam-punk band, Steam Powered Giraffe. (Guess why I LOVE their name! :D)

This last video is a collaboration between Todric Hall and the always amazing group Pentatonix. It's a tribute to The Wizard of Oz, and it is so good! I want full length versions of all these songs!

That's all for now. I'll keep collecting my favorite videos, and try to make another one of these posts in another month or so.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Falling Into Place

Well, I am in Ames! My home for at least the next two years. I got over here last night, and got everything into the house in time to fall asleep, wake up, and head to orientation at work. Thankfully the store I work at is part of a chain, and I was able to transfer to a location just a few minutes away from where I'm living. This worked out perfectly for me, because this way I don't have to look for a new job. That would not have been fun, so I'm really glad I was able to transfer.

That is not the only thing that has just seemed to fall into place. Pretty much everything is working out perfectly. So far I haven't really hit any stumbling blocks. My biggest stumbling block before, and the reason I was still living at home, was money. I just could not afford a place of my own. But since I decided on Iowa State, I can stay with my grandparents in Ames at a fraction of the cost of an apartment.

This does not only correspond to rent. My grandparent's apartment is pretty much fully furnished. There is a fridge, and a stove. I bought myself a blender, and I brought a toaster oven from home, but other than that I don't really need much. The apartment also has pretty much everything I need as far as plates, silverware, and glasses. My grandparents have lived there for years, and they have collected a lot of dishes. All the extras have gone to the basement apartment, so I have everything I need!

Another big money-saving-thing that has worked out, is something I never even thought of in advance, it was a nice surprise. Free public transportation! I will save a lot of money on gas, as Iowa State students can ride the bus for free. And it's not just a school bus, it's for the whole city. So basically I will only need to drive to work, which is less than 10 minutes away.

The car thing was another thing that worked out well, as I had been wanting to get rid of my old car for awhile. Mom wanted to get a new car as well, and her car, being much better than my old car, was perfect for me. So I bought her car when she bought a new one.

Something that I just finished working out today, WiFi. My grandparents did not have WiFi, so I figured that was something I was going to have to pay for. But my aunt called my grandparents' cable providers, and found out that their modem was already WiFi-capable, so all I needed to do was call them and have them walk me through setting it up. So that's done, and it didn't cost any extra!

I don't expect that this streak will continue for long. After all, all good things must come to an end, right? For now, I'm just glad that everything has been going so smoothly.

Monday, August 12, 2013


It has been quite awhile since I posted anything "Fun" other than just movie reviews, so finally after way too long, here is the next installment of True Facts!

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Did you know that the first dance was invented by a caveman who had to go to the bathroom really bad? His friend saw him hopping around wildly and thought it looked cool, so he decided to do it on purpose. True fact!

Did you know that some parts of the world, miniature poodles are used as wigs for rich elderly women? Not the poodle's hair, the entire animal. Still alive. True fact!

Did you know that the ancient Mayans ate deep fried baby wipes with maple syrup? True fact!

Did you know that monkeys taste like socks? True fact!

Did you know that sock monkeys taste like feet? True fact!

Did you know that ostriches are ducks that were fed miracle grow? True fact!

Did you know that sausages used to be called meat carrots? The name was deemed "Icky" so they changed it. True fact!

Did you know that there is a country in South America where the only currency is cooked pasta? True fact!

Did you know that Nerds candy is made by smashing rainbows to bits with a hammer? True fact!

Did you know that if okra is allowed to grow long enough it becomes an enormous reptilian creature that is capable of destroying entire cities? True fact!

Did you know that the city of Atlantis used to be the world's largest okra farm? True fact!

Did you know that the world's only known rhinestone mine is found in Antarctica? True fact!

Did you know that fire-crackers are little baby dynamites? You do not want to be the one to change those diapers! True fact!

Did you know that the English translation of the ancient Hebrew word "Manna" is Cheesecake? True fact!

Did you know that coffee is made of burnt jelly beans? True fact!

Did you know that red licorice is actually the tendrils of a plant grown only on Mars called the Martian Blood Vine? Black licorice is what happens when the Martian Blood Vines start to clot. True fact!

Did you know that a penguin's favorite food is watermelon? True fact!

Did you know that before rubber was invented, clowns hollowed out large strawberries to stick on their noses? True fact!

Did you know that lemon pudding and cheese smoothies are the exact same thing? True fact!

Did you know that jellyfish are the worlds most painful hat? True fact!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Huge Month

So, this month is probably going to be one of the biggest months of my life. So far anyway. Hopefully there will be bigger ones... For starters, I sold my first car and bought a new one. It was my mom's old car, but still new to me. I've never sold a car before, so that was pretty big.

Then, I went to Chicago with my cousins. By ourselves. Yes, we're all in our mid twenties, no we've never done anything like that before. Yes, we're probably late bloomers. Don't judge us. :p

Anyway, we had a great time, I'll probably post more info and pictures later. I need to sort through them first. Way too many to post all of them.

Next I will be moving. To Ames. 2 hours away. This is huge because I have never moved before. Ever. As in I still live with my parents in the house I was born in. Well, not literally born in. Though, that would be a more interesting story... This is also huge because I have always lived in the country, and Ames is a city. It has a small town feel, but it's a good first step in case I ever end up in a big city.

Next, I am transferring to a new grocery store. A much bigger store in a city. Aside from the car thing,this is probably the least huge step, but it's still pretty big, as I've always worked in small stores. And a nursing home, but that's rather irrelevant here.

Lastly, I will be starting school at Iowa State, which is a pretty huge university. I was homeschooled all throughout my "Childhood" years, and when I went to college it was at a small technical school. When I went back to college it was at a bigger community college, but still small potatoes compared to where I'm headed.

So, that's my month. It's slightly overwhelming, considering I am used to doing pretty much nothing other than going to work, but it's exciting too. I'm hoping that going to school will lead to bigger, and more exciting things in the future.