Kittens in Their Natural Habitat

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Last time I was at home, my friend let me come over and play with their latest litter of kittens. Holy crap were they cute! I don’t know if you can tell, but this grey one was the only one that wasn’t totally freaked out by the sound of the shutter.

IMG_1599IMG_1603I just thought I’d share a few photos of these cuties with you. I told my friend I felt like I was a National Geographic photographer as I was laying on her driveway taking these. Only the pictures were much lower quality than National Geographic’s and I wasn’t afraid that my subjects would kill me.

Anyway, that’s about all I’ve got for you! I hope you have a nice day, and I’ll see you when I see you!

–Nicole

 

 

 

Ghost Stories from My House

Today the house I grew up in is officially no longer our house. I went and visited for the last time this past weekend and oh boy, it was a bit of a bummer. We moved in almost exactly 16 years ago when I was 5 years old, so I don’t remember much about living anywhere else.

We (I say we, but I really mean my parents) more or less rebuilt the whole house in the time we were there. Over the summer before fifth grade, we had to move out of the house, jack up the top of the house, and demolish the basement and foundation. I ended up moving my room into the basement in sixth grade when we were all rebuilt, and that’s when weird things started up.

The first and most ridiculous story comes from not too long after I moved into my new room. It was just me and my sister that night, and I was in bed with my back to the door and the rest of my room. I’d been in bed a couple minutes when I heard a man’s voice right next to me say “Tojo.” I thought maybe my dad had come home and snuck into my room somehow so I rolled over, but there was no one there. I then heard the same voice say something like “toe” and I turned on my radio, hid beneath the covers, and furiously tried to go to sleep.

Ridiculous, right? Our house was pretty secluded in the woods, and you could barely see our neighbors, so I knew it wasn’t someone outside messing with me. I asked my mom the next morning what time they’d gotten home. It turned out the Tojo incident had happened hours before they got back. I told her what happened, but we were both kinda like eh, it was probably my imagination.

Things just kept happening, though. We would hear full on conversations from other parts of the house when we were alone. I would hear a man and a woman when I was alone, Tojo and his lady friends, if you will. My sister was house sitting while we were away one time and she heard a man speak right behind her in the kitchen. No TV on, nothing.

The creepiest one for me was when my mom was sleeping on the couch one night and woke up to someone screaming “you could be dead” in her ear. I mean, it’s true, but that’s not something you want to wake up to.

There was also the time when my family was around for my sister’s wedding that we broke out the dowsing rods. If you don’t know what they are, they’re these metal rods you hold that spirits are supposed to be able to manipulate. Google it. I don’t know how much I believe in it, but this incident was weird.

My dad was messing around with them to show my aunt and uncle how they worked. He asked if the rods would point at me. One pointed at me, and the other pointed at my brother-in-law. We have very similar names, so it was like they were covering their bases. My dad got some serious goosebumps and told us to feel the air around his hands. I kid you not, there was a definite temperature change right around my dad’s hands. The air felt almost staticy. I’ve only ever felt that at the Stanley Hotel one time, and that place is what inspired Stephen King to write The Shining.

It went away after probably 30 seconds, but that was incredibly weird. We put the dowsing rods away after that.

I don’t know that I’d say my house was haunted. We would go a while without hearing from Tojo or his pals, and then something else weird would happen. I do know that after eight years of weird things happening to everyone in my family, it’s really hard to say that there isn’t something unexplainable. Nothing bad ever happened, and we’d get a little spooked every once in a while, but it didn’t bother us.

I believe in ghosts, but if you don’t, that’s totally cool. I hope you were at least entertained by my stories! If you’re interested in hearing more, I have plenty from not only my house, but a bunch of other supposedly haunted places I’ve visited with my family. Let me know what you think down in the comments, and maybe I’ll do another one of these. Also, if you have any possible explanations for what I’ve listed above, let me know! We’ve tried but failed so far.

Man, I just scrolled up, and this is a hefty post. Seriously, thanks for reading if you make it here! I hope you have a nice day, and I’ll see you when I see you!

–Nicole

The Rain’s Against Me

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The flowers have been here since February, but I guess April hasn’t gotten the message yet with all this rain! I got the car tsunami treatment today while walking around on campus. Not a great time.

I made a video today about all the games I’d rather be playing while staying out of the downpour. If you’d like to take a peek, you can click right here and it’ll take ya to my video. Or not, whatever works!

I need to get back to working on finals stuff. This was a quick break that turned into a most of the day break, whoops! Looks like Sunday is going to be a nothing but study day for ya girl here. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you when I see you. Have a good one!

–Nicole

Kansas City Views

So this weekend I took a quick trip to Kansas City with some of my friends. I thought I’d share some of the better photos I took in the little time we were there! It was supposed to be a grey and rainy day, but the sky smiled down upon us and said “nah, not today folks!” Anyway, that’s all I’ve got, so I’ll see you when I see you! Have a nice day.

–Nicole

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Check Out My Cat

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Look at this cute little jerk! She’s been singing the song of her people in the early hours of the morning more than usual, but at least she’s pretty. Aly’s going be 14 this summer and has somehow she’s become the oldest pet we’ve had in our family. Maybe her extra weight cushioned her organs to keep them safe and youthful? That’s probably a no, but I’m still impressed she’s held out this long.

The semester is on it’s way out, so that means I’ve got to slog through the last minute projects and exams my professors didn’t work in earlier in the semester. Unless inspiration strikes suddenly or I feel the intense desire to procrastinate even more, I don’t think I’ll be posting on here for the next few weeks. I do have some quick videos planned though, so you can check my YouTube channel if you want to see my face sometime between now and May.

That’s about all I’ve got for today. I hope you have a nice day and I’ll see you when I see you!

–Nicole

 

Books? Books!

Hey everybody! I’m back at it with some books reviews (kind of) today. If that’s you thing, read on. If not, today’s not your day.

PPZPride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith– I’m taking a zombie lit class this semester, so I’ve been consuming a lot of zombie works. Some have been great! Some have not. PPZ falls in between. I tried to read Pride and Prejudice back in my junior year of high school, and I ended up ditching it about halfway through just because I ran out of time/patience for all their pride and prejudices. The zombies made it a little more interesting for me, if only because some of the lines add humor in the context of nineteenth century England. I don’t know how strong of a writer Grahame-Smith really is, his voice tends to stand out from Austen’s, but I liked seeing how he thought a zombie menace would go over in Elizabeth Bennett’s England.

ZONE ONEZone One by Colson Whitehead– This one’s another that I had to read in my zombie class. I know Whitehead is a pretty respected author, but I absolutely hated this book. Don’t get me wrong, there were some parts that were amazing! But for the most part, I felt like it was Whitehead showing his prowess with big words. It felt like it was mostly just a slog through overwritten description that went off on tangents I had trouble relating back to the main idea. I felt like the narrative voice didn’t align with how exceedingly average we’re told our main character is supposed to be. The description of his thought processes is way too high falutin for someone that’s supposed to be the celebrated B-student/citizen. From what I’ve seen, Zone One received a lot of praise, so some people out there like it! There are good insights into society and work practices, but the writing made it hard for me to think about anything besides how much I hated what I was reading. In short, if you like super wordy description and post-apocalyptic New York City, you might like Zone One.

PJThe Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan– Okay this one was a reread, but I still love it! It’s also the second in the Heroes of Olympus series and I didn’t reread the first one before it for some reason. I started the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books back when I was 10. Now I’m 20 and I still own all of them because it’s just a phenomenal series. As someone that has always been interested in mythology, these books were exactly my thing! The Heroes of Olympus books were great because Percy and his friends had kind of aged with the original audience, so it was still relevant to me. I think they’re all about 16, and if I remember right, I was in that mid-teen range when they were coming out. Whatever, I highly suggest any Percy Jackson books if you like Greek mythology and spunky characters.

That’s about all I’ve got! I haven’t been reading much lately, but I’m trying to read more things in whatever free time I get. If you want to see what I’m reading, you can follow my Goodreads here!I try to keep my currently reading list updated. Anyway, I’ll see you when I see you. Have a nice day!

–Nicole

P.S. I just posted a new YouTube video today. If you’d be interested in seeing my face, click right here to go to my newest video. Okay, that’s actually all I’ve got.

 

March Music Suggestions

Hey there everybody! Some months I’m super into music and some months I’m just mildly super into music. This month is one of those super months. As such, I thought I’d share with you some of what I’ve been listening to! Here’s a short list because I’m too lazy to type up paragraphs. Don’t worry, I’ll still add my two cents in.

Albums:

  • Divide – Ed Sheeran (!!!)
  • Silhouettes – Aquilo
  • Oxenfree Original Soundtrack – scntfc (This one’s a video game soundtrack that’s great for homework music. I highly recommend the game, too! Just came out for IOS)
  • Western Expansion- Jared & the Mill (It gets a little twangy, but there are some good ones. I suggest Breathe Me In and Messengers in particular)
  • Night in the Woods – Alec Holowka (This is another video game soundtrack. Again, great game, great homework jams!)

Some Individual Songs:

  • All I Want- Echos
  • Say Yes- Johnny Gr4ves
  • Believer- Imagine Dragons
  • Ooh – Jon Bellion
  • home – morgxn
  • Higher – Linney

That’s a good list, I think. Let me know if you have an opinion on any of these or if you have a suggestion for me. I seriously love finding new music. If you want to keep up with what I’m listening to, check out my Spotify account here! I’ve got a playlist going where I continually add good stuff I find.

I also just made a video about some of my favorite artists this month on my YouTube channel! It’s stop motion, who doesn’t like a good stop motion? You can check that out here if you’re interested in seeing my face.

That’s about all I’ve got! I’ll be seeing you when I see you, and I hope you have a nice day!

–Nicole