(this is not my picture, not have I ever been here. But I wish I had. :))
So I'm going along on my merry little way and I suddenly realize that it's been almost a complete freaking MONTH since I've blogged. Whaaaaaaaa? Since when has the month gone by?
Heh, I can tell you alllllll about how it has. It's been going non-stop and I haven't had sufficient time to catch my breath. As in literally sometimes. I'm wheezing like an asthmatic cat who's been run over by a semi right now, thanks to the lovely little thing called allergies that claimed me for it's own abruptly when I was twelve. I was not a willing party to the whole thing. Anyway.
So today is going to be a totes random post, peeps. And I really don't know why I feel so random today, either. Hormones, I'm thinking. Yup, yup.
First off, I'm now a proud ginger! I've always wanted to be ginger...The pictures don't really show the color right (it's a bit lighter...think Donna Noble or a darker Amy Pond, keeping with the Doctor Who theme), but I love it! It was with a lot of tears, though...so yeah.
Basically I've wanted to go ginger for years as some of you who haven't stopped following me after my month-long absence may know, but for all my hype about being random and passionate about life and through accepting limits and all, I'm actually quite hesitant about doing really random crazy things on the spur of the moment. Like coloring my hair such a drastic color. It's kind of irreversible. Anyway. So I finally got up the guts to do it last week and I'm like, I'm doing it NOW before I chicken out. So instead of doing the prudent thing like going to a reputable salon who's gonna know what they're doing, I blithely (actually, it was much more fear and trembling) tripped into the local Sally Beauty Supply and found a color swatch that matched what I wanted in demi-permanent, in case, ya know, I didn't like it...I'd be able to get it out after a month. Hehe, good thing I did. Applied the icky stuff (NOTE: Never, ever, even if someone has a gun to your head, apply color front-to-back. Seriously. Better to blow your brains out than to make that mistake like I did) and got in the shower. Got out...and sobbed. And went in my mom's room and had hysterics again. And went in my room and went into hysterics again. I was this close to shattering every mirror in the house. My hair had not turned out the lovely ginger I was wanting. It was basically like, a burgundy that would turn into a bright, fire-engine red when it was under light. My dad was all "you look fine" and we went for a walk, when he looks over in the sunlight and he's like, "wow, that is red!" Yeah, I know.
So basically then I did what I *should* have done in the beginning and got me to a salon (got me is kinda the first-person-past-tense-way of saying get thee, isn't it?) and they fixed it! Hurrah. The front is still a bit more "bright" than I want, which is just gonna have to fade, so says the stylist, but it's not bright red, and it blends in quite well with the rest. So now, now, now I'm happy.
Top left: Joe, Prissy, Zach, and Lawrence (the grandson of the Campbells, one of our church members) - Belle - Jon and his girlfriend Ashley (who are the cutest couple ever and we're soooooo happy she's a part of the family!!!) - Alex, Lawrence and Zephyr (another of the Campbell's grandsons)
Bottom: Jon, Nick, and I - "the other Ashley" and me - Zach and Kylie (the Campbell's granddaughter) - Ben
The Fourth of July went in a blaze of glory, heat, BBQ, and lots of friends. Also I had one of those I hate all my clothes moments that morning. July has not been my month for Good Perfect Christian Girl.
Nope. This month has been a bit of a struggle. There's a lot of stuff going on, personal stress and family health issues and dealing with lots of stuff from the past few years. And I've really struggled with stuff, to be honest. I've simmered and simmered over how unfair it is that we have to go through all this, and I even had a not-so-proud-of-it moment where I gave God a bit of my mind that, were the whole struck-by-lightning-bit true, I'd be a wee pile of smoldering "this was formerly Ally" ashes. As it is, in all seriousness, I'm so thankful for a God who puts up with our tirades and whose mercies are new every morning. He's gently reminded me to count my blessings and that, despite what it may seem, every trial has an ending, even if we can't see it right now.
Summer is almost over, which is super-horrible-awful DEPRESSING if you look at it the right way. Like, I didn't get anything done this summer. But then I have to look at it the right way, like there were a ton of fun things I did do.
Top: The Sally House...one of the most haunted houses in America ;) - Our Lovely B&B, the Glick Mansion
Bottom: Ashley and I - Our room
Bottom: Ashley and I - Our room
Oh, yeah, like the trip to Atchison my friend Ashley and I took earlier this month. Totally spur-of-the-moment thing...we decide to take the daytrip down there. First we ate at this really cute riverside restaurant with lots of old people...seriously, we were the youngest customers there...and then we stayed in a ADORABLE little bed-and-breakfast in an ADORABLE old house. Apparently it's across the street from one of the most haunted houses in America. Whoda thunk? We watched the documentary on it that night, seeing as the house was right across from our bedroom window and we wanted to know what we were dealing with. ;) It desperately tried to be creepy and "oooooooh, here there be ghosts!", but the quality was so bad it was just laughable. I mean, it was like, worse than a 90's Christian film. And the whole ghost story and sighting were so full of plot holes I was like, seriously, you expect us to believe it? However, I was not up to the idea of going over and seeing the house. I mean, it's not proper to go in yards that are not your own, even if no one lives in the house. Seriously, people. And no, there was no ghosts that night, and yes, I slept like a baby.
So the next day we toured some old houses, including Amelia Earhart's birthplace - and let me tell ya, they take their heritage as her birthplace seriously. There is like, half a dozen statues in that town, couple of streets, and at least one shop named after her. :) There were some weird artsy sculptures in one house, and I found my Ideal Man in one of the sculptures there...seriously, he was cool. :) We ate at a little cafe across the street from a pawn shop that dealt with jewelry, gold, electronics, and horses, according to the sign, and then went home and crashed the evening.
I've been practicing driving (long story that has to do with moving, different states, living in Mexico where no one can drive - apologies to any Mexicans reading this, don't take it personal) and our long drive and deserted road work well for it. I actually went twenty miles an hour last time. So very proud of myself, you have NO idea how awesome that is for me. ;)
The other small but awesome things this month have been brainstormy talks with friends over novels I have yet to tackle *cough*, several-times-a-week midnight jaunts to the Sonic down the street (the whole half-off shakes thing is pretty much the most awesome thing EVER...love peanut butter fudge, and cherry oreo cheescake, and last night I had coconut cream pie), hanging out with my pretty awesome friend Ashley and doing random stuff...we saw The Great Gatsby - super deep and awesome and definitely not recommended without a filter - and Man of Steel, which, unlike most of my online friends, I *loved*. But then I'm a Superman nerd. Loved, loved, loved it. And if you haven't noticed if you follow my pinterest...I kinda have a major crush on Henry Cavill right now. Not like he's replaced David Tennant or Hugh Jackman or any of the other awesome celebrity crushes I have. Because I have room in my heart for them all. But yeah. Purty cool movie. I might have squeed right there in the theater several times.
So yeah, there was lots of stuff I didn't get done this month. But now, with July ticking away, I've decided that I'm just going to chill. Do my best with the stuff I have to get done, but don't stress out about it. Which means that I'm going to be working on the vlogs when I get the chance, haha. Hey, it'll make awesome Christmas presents for y'all, right? ;) I want to enjoy the little bit of summer we have left. Whatever happens, happens, que sera, sera, bladdah-bladdah.
This week I'm planning on getting my contacts prescription renewed so I can stop wearing glasses again! Mine ran out during a particularly hectic time a few months ago and I haven't gotten around to getting back. :) Then seeing a play with my friend Ashley...and paying overdue library fees. Lovely. :-P
SO! I've missed all of you! And lemme just add...I sometimes feel guilty that I don't always get around to commenting on everyone's blogs (or answering emails)...but I do read them! And I'm thinking about my little bloggy world all the time! With you in spirit and all that, you know. Like imagine a big red-headed smiley face floating in the sky. Kinda weird and creepy, actually. Forget it.
Her super-cool pic she made. :)
(Oh, and before I forget...my 14-year-old sister Isabella has started a blog - In My Life. Whether or not her conversion to Les Miserables fangirlism (or Mizzerism) had anything to do with the title is purely speculation. But it's really awesome. Check her out...er...it...ya know. :))
How's your summer been? Anything exciting? Talk later, peeps!