Wednesday, June 29, 2011

WW: The 12 Minute Note

Hi! Just swinging by to leave you with a little short story I wrote for my Fiction Writing class last year. Each class, our teacher would give us writing prompts. We had 12 minutes to write as much as we could from that prompt. I forget what the exact prompt for this one was, but this is what I wrote in 12 minutes. Enjoy :)

The Note

I dropped my keys on the kitchen table. I glanced at the clock—it was almost six o’clock, the traffic had been bad coming home from work. It was then I noticed the white envelope propped up against the salt and pepper shakers. Curious, I picked it up and removed the white sheet of paper.    
            “Dear Chelsea,” it read. “I am sorry, but I am leaving.”
            I paused. Was my roommate deserting me? How could I pay the rent without her? Beginning to panic, I continued to read.
            “I can no longer live with your lack of concern for me. You spilled hot chocolate on me last week, a fact I rather resent—especially since you didn’t clean me up. The week before that, you invited your friends over and they all ignored me, staring at the television. Is the television that much more interesting than I? I can’t take it anymore, I’m sorry. I’m going to have to find another person to live with. Please don’t come looking for me. It will be fruitless, you will never find me. Thanks for the few good memories I have.
            Your couch.”
            I stared in disbelief at the last line of the letter. Until that point, I had thought it was really from my roommate. I had spilled hot chocolate on her, and the couch, last week when I tripped over one of her textbooks. She had insisted on cleaning herself and the couch up because I tripped over her book. The rest of the letter had made sense—at least to be coming from her.
            Marisa, my roommate chose that moment to walk into the room. “What’s the matter, Chels? You look as if you’ve seen a ghost!” she laughed at her own joke, but stopped abruptly when I didn’t join her. “Chels?”
            “Hey, Marisa. I just got this letter.” I held it out to her, still trying to process the fact that my couch had written me a letter.
            She scanned the page quickly and screamed when she read the last line. “Your couch wrote this!”
            “Apparently,” I murmured.  “How is that possible?”
            Marisa stared at the letter. “Let’s try to find this couch. Did you check the living room, just in case someone is just messing with you?”
            “No, I just finished reading it before you walked in.”
            “Well, let’s go!” Red-headed Marisa marched into the living room. Then she yelled. “It’s not here!”
            I peeked around her at the half empty room. “I half-expected as much. What on earth do I do now?”
            Marisa bit her lower lip as she tried to think. Suddenly, she grinned mischievously. “Buy a new couch. And make sure it isn’t alive. How hard can that be?”

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sometimes Goodbye Is A Second Chance

My eyes are open wide
By the way I made it through the day
I watch the world outside
By the way I'm leaving out today

I just saw Haley's Comet, she waved
Said, "Why are you always running in place?"
Even the man in the moon disappeared
Somewhere in the stratosphere

Tell my mother, tell my father I've done the best I can
To make them realize this is my life, I hope they understand
I'm not angry, I'm just saying
Sometimes goodbye is a second chance

Please don't cry one tear for me
I'm not afraid of what I have to say
This is my one and only voice
So listen close, it's only for today

I just saw Haley's Comet, she waved
Said, "Why are you always running in place?"
Even the man in the moon disappeared
Somewhere in the stratosphere

Tell my mother, tell my father I've done the best I can
To make them realize this is my life, I hope they understand
I'm not angry, I'm just saying
Sometimes goodbye is a second chance.

Here is my chance
This is my chance

Tell my mother, tell my father I've done the best I can
To make them realize this is my life, I hope they understand
I'm not angry, I'm just saying
Sometimes goodbye is a second chance.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Lifestyle Forecast: don't worry, be happy

Monday, June 27:
"Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the Lord; and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods."
Psalm 96:1-4

Tuesday, June 28:
Eat vegetarian. I'm all for meat, don't get me wrong. However, abstaining from meat for a day and focusing on eating fruits and veggies is really good for your body. I've mentioned my best friend, Brittany, many times. She tries to eat vegetarian, but occasionally eats meat. While she's here, she's making her vegetarian chili. It's reaally yummy, and with her permission I'll post the recipe on Saturday. 

Wednesday, June 29:
Watch a movie you haven't seen in a while. It can be an old movie, a newer movie...even one of your favorites. If you haven't watched it in at least a year--it's time to pull it out again.

Thursday, June 30:
Organize something. The feeling of satisfaction you get when you look at something you have made neat is fantastic :)

Friday, July 1:
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
-J.R.R. Tolkein

(all images from

from Bonners Ferry with love, 


Saturday, June 25, 2011

it's the little things in life....creativity and excitement

Hey y'all. I know I'm a day late with this post, but oh well. You're going to have to deal with it. :)

<3 Brittany here! <3 

<3 gelato with Brit <3 going for walks <3 blogging <3 watermelon <3 She's the Man <3

<3 coffee shops! <3 writing <3 walking <3 Step Up <3

<3 working on my 100th blog post <3 making cupcakes <3 bonfire with the family <3

<3 going to the rodeo with Brit, my brother and grandmother <3 watching My Fair Lady with Brit <3

This post is titled the way it is because I have been going through a spot of writer's block and discouragement. But, this week, my creativity is coming back and I'm loving it :)

from Bonners Ferry with love (and a million story ideas to put on paper),


Thursday, June 23, 2011

100th post!!! (complete with pictures from a photo shoot, inspiring images, and a summer list of oodles of fun things)

WOW. I'm already on my 100th blog post! I've been having a good day so far and it promises to continue (especially since today is a special blog day). I yelled to Brittany that it was my 100th post today and she yelled back: "YAY!!!!!" (that's a direct quote.)

To begin the celebration, here's me on the day of this momentous occasion!

-Harry Potter shirt (a gift from Brit for Christmas)
-green vest (gift from my grandmother)
-gray skirt (a gift from someone..)
-no shoes because I'm home and I don't care!

I'm really excited about today's post. If you couldn't tell... So, on to pictures from our photo shoot yesterday! Brittany and I went into town with the intention of doing a photo shoot there, but ended up returning and taking pictures behind my house instead.

 behind my little cabin in my backyard
 I may look like a cowgirl, but I ain't.
 in the field behind my cabin. I love this picture of Brit. (she didn't know I took it)

-dress from Target
-jean jacket (a gift from my aunt)
-necklace (gift from Britt!)
-shoes and hat borrowed from my grandmother

We went on a walk later that night and I took more pictures. I'll only share my favorites:

 this is my favorite face
 I love us!
 hahaha....story of my lifee :)
our new dog, Smoky, and my brother

I'm so excited that Brittany is here because I actually have something to take pictures of. I mean, one can only have so many pictures of flowers and trees. Okay, now for those inspiring images. Brit introduced me to, a fantastic website if you want to find a bunch of random pictures. I've "hearted" a whole bunch, but here are a few of my favorite favorites. (I don't know if that works or not, but hey, it's okay.)

I don't think any of the pictures require an explanation...they're awesome as is. And now, for the final part of my biggest blog post ever: "10 things to do this Summer because 100 is too many and I'm too lazy to think of any more." (all pictures from unless otherwise stated)

1. Get some sunshine! So many people spend their free time indoors. Summer is the perfect time to soak up some of that glorious vitamin D before school starts.

2. Read a good book. Okay, I know I just said to go outside, but you can read the book outside! If you like fantasy books, I can give you a whole list of suggestions. If you like anything else...try browsing the library.

3. Go to a coffee shop. They're an amazing place to read, write, spend time with good friends, and get some good coffee while you're at it. If you live in Bonners Ferry or the surrounding area you should try Under the Sun. They have good coffee, wonderful gelato, and yummy smoothies.

4. Spend time with friends. Not all of us go to school with our closest friends, or even if we do it's always nice to hang out outside of school. Friends are one of the most important things in life. You don't want to lose them!

(my own picture)

5. Laugh. Some people say laughing is good for your health. I don't know if that's true or not, but I love it.

6. Go swimming. I actually hate going under water, but I like to be in the pool and chill with my friends poolside.

7. Hit the beach. For some of you, getting tan and sitting on the beach may not be your favorite thing. (*cough*Brittany*cough*) The rest of us still love you, though, don't worry.

8. Hike! Climbing over rocks to get to a beautiful view of a waterfall can be exciting. Just make sure to take your camera!

9. Have a picnic with your friends. It doesn't matter if it's in your backyard, or on a grassy spot by the waterfall you just hiked to, picnics are a lot of fun.

10. Stay up all night watching movies and eating super buttery popcorn. My taste in movies is rather eclectic, but if you'd like know where you contact me. :)

I hope you guys are having an awesome summer! Thanks for reading this little blog of mine. I appreciate it :) oh, and I hope you enjoyed the grape video today. It made me laugh!

from Bonners Ferry with love, 


random video of the day: grape in a microwave

Hey, so as I was roaming the internet today, I found a very strange, random video that will you make laugh and make weird faces at your computer. Trust me. I'll be back later with my regular blog post for today!

from Bonners Ferry with love,


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

a day in Bonners (and a poem because it's Wednesday)

First, the poem. (hi, by the way.) I wrote this a little while ago while during one of my moody writing periods.

How do you know
When it is right?
How do you know
You’re not making
The same mistakes?

Do you feel the same?
Does your heart beat faster
When I’m near you?
Are you falling for me
Like I’m falling for you?

I’m scared to fall
Fearing I won’t
Get up again
Will you crush me?
Or love me too?

Do you feel it too?
Does your pulse quicken
When I get close to you?
Are you falling for me
Like I’m falling for you?

I’m not poised
Like other girls
I’m not pretty
Like other girls
Dare I love you?

Do you feel something?
A flicker of emotion
When I’m in the room
Are you falling for me
Like I’m falling for you?

I feel like I’m rushing
When I should be waiting
Why does love confuse me?
I need to slow down and
Wait for you to be there
Asking me for a dance.

Alright, now that you've read the semi-depressing poem, I'm going to try and cheer you up with some random pictures from my day in downtown Bonners Ferry with Brittany. :)

 hey, so I own a company that I didn't know about...
 raspberry and mango gelato at Under the Sun :)
I love the focus on my camera.
 love her <3
 we sat in the little gazebo under the giant green paper lantern.
 yeah, I was playing with my focus
 eating watermelon on the porch after dinner... a very graceful way. (she has pictures of me eating watermelon. you can find them on her Facebook page RIGHT HERE :) )
 lil farm girl a-settin' on a fence (yeah, I said that in a hick accent that I don't have)
 I love love love taking pictures of flowers close up

 I love her :)
 giant beetle in the road!
 the sunlight through the trees

Yup, so there's my random pictures that I took throughout my day yesterday. Today promises to be a good day. Brit and I are going downtown again to do a photo shoot! I'm really excited to have her here :)

from Bonners Ferry with LOVE,