A Room Tucked Away

An extra room has magically been added to your home overnight. The catch: if you add more than three items to it, it disappears. How do you use it?

I know I’m three days late to this particular writing prompt from The Daily Post. Still, I’d like to take a whack at it.

This kind of reminds me of the Room of Requirement from Harry Potter, really. The only thing is that you bring in your own things, and it seeeems like you can’t change the things you bring in there.

After reading a couple of responses, the one thing that has struck out most to me was the idea about three of the walls being ceiling to floor windows. I forgot who’s idea that was though. Bah! Still, the idea of large windows in place of walls is pretty nice. For the ground.. It’d be nice if it could change every now and again.  It can be a plush carpet for a while, and then change to a nice sandy area where you can dig your toes in and lightly massage them through the clumps. It could also be fresh grass–green, slightly dewy, and definitely not the itchy kind.

Aside from the ever-changing floor and ceiling-to-floor windows, it might be nice to have Christmas lights, too. They’re nice decoration, provide enough light to see by, and are dim enough to not hurt your eyes. The second item would have to be a nice and comfortable-sized padded porch swing. I thought about swings but sometimes they end up making my legs sore–not from swinging, but from how the swing wraps and tightens around my hips. With the porch swing, I can swing without getting too uncomfortable. It’s a gentle rocking that soothes my mind and body. That, combined with the different sorts of floors planned, should lead for a pretty magical and relaxing time. The third and final item.. I’m stuck with either a good book that changes whenever I finish, a music player connected via wifi (because no more than 3 items) that would play really any sort of music I desire, or thirdly –a good pie that replenishes itself.  Unless the Christmas lights were to be included as a function of the room and not an actual item. If not that, then hopefully it does mean I can rotate the items.

This room would be used for relaxation of any sort. Just a place to get away when the world is pressuring you in an uncomfortable way. It’s a nice place to listen to your own thoughts, or to clear your mind. I can see myself coming in this room a lot over the time present.

I’m going to go ahead and assume that this room is “password-protected.” It’d be very nice if, like the Room of Requirement, it would show up whenever I needed it or was thinking about it. It’d be a secret to everyone else. Maybe it would even function in a way similar to the Harry Potter spell ‘Repello Muggletum,'(Muggle Repelling Charm) in that whenever someone got curious of the room or where I was always disappearing to, they’d suddenly find something else they needed to do and would forget all about the case.

Ok, I think I really need this room to happen, now. haha Now I present the question to you: what would you want in your 3-item-limit room? It can be anything!

May Challenge(s) Day 11! (Late): Where You Sleep &The Last Book You Read

You all know (or should know) by now that I’m a college student and thus am always moving between my own campus apartment and my mother’s apartment. I have two very different places I sleep, depending on where I am. For the most part, I do have a nice, comfortable bed. When I go with mom, though… it’s the couch for me! Sad, but true. My back is certainly suffering. Ah well! Soon I’ll have my bed only, anyway.

 

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The last book I read… Gee, I hate to make this so short, but that’s gotta go to Looking For Alaska, by John Green of the vlogbrothers.

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

It was actually an excellent read! This is probably my fourth book I’ve read of his, and by far it’s been my favorite. I do believe it was his first book…? I’m thinking that that has something to do with the theme and languages and whatnot.  It’s more relatable, more…real.

May Challenge(s) Day 10! (Late): Childhood & Daily Routine

Childhood… It’s pretty difficult taking a photo of my childhood, seeing as it’s several years and over a thousand miles away. So, this will be more of a ‘throwback’ of sorts.

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I had just gotten through with Daily routine! Actually, I thought I might have accidentally mixed up themes for the day. Glad to see it’s not so, but I did so prefer it when it only had to be through photos..

No two days are ever the same with me. I am a college student, and am involved in different things, especially as of late. I also have my personal internet life (and non-internet life, of course) where i keep blogs and whatnot. Like this one! So it’s hard to put everything down. Maybe I’ll do a summary of MW, TR, F, and/or the weekend.

Mondays I wake up early–or rather, my mom wakes me up–and I rush to get my things together to get out of the house by 5:20am tops. If it’s a more relaxed day, I’ll be out of there by 7am.  I’ll get rushed last-minute to the train station, buy my ticket, and I’m off! Time for another sleepy morning adventure back to school. Perfect napping time~  Once I get to my apartment, I usually doze off for a while and get up for my women’s studies class. That usually goes really well. After, it’s just time to catch up with my shows. Which reminds me, I haven’t gotten to the last two episodes of Game of Thrones yet. Bah! Tuesdays I wake up a lot earlier, rush off at the last minute to class and do the whole ‘school’ thing until around 4pm. Then, it’s back to my apartment and tumblr/youtube/wordpress/facebook. Wednesday and Thursday go pretty much as the last two days, minus the train ride. Then there’s the added art club meetings/workshops on Thursday nights. Friday goes the same as Monday, but headed back to L.A. Sometimes  I meet really cool individuals, like I did this past Friday. It’s one of my favorite parts of having had to take the train since freshman year of college, back in ’09.

The weekends go a lot different to what happens in-week. I’m a part of this way of life within the Catholic church called the Neo Catechumenal way. It really consumes all of my life outside of whatever I do at school.  I love it, though. I don’t think of it as taking up my time, or anything quite like that. I love it.  We have Eucharist (or, service) on Saturday nights that go almost exactly like what we do at a regular Sunday masses, with a few exceptions. I’m not going to go into any specifics, though. These past two Sundays we have been evangelizing. We march down the streets of L.A. from our church and to the square, where we have a catechesis. We invite people both at the church and in the streets to follow us, to follow God, as the disciples followed Jesus. Throughout the entire time, we are singing and playing our guitars, clapping our hands, banging our drums. It’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen.  Throughout the weekend there are, of course, interactions with my family, good and bad. I love  that we all have a great love for God and the Way. It just makes all parts of our lives connect in a way that just wasn’t possible before.

There you go, this is how my week pretty much goes. There’s always changes, of course; little things here and there. Hope I didn’t bore you with this one haha. Night all!

May Challenge Blog(s) Day 9! (Late): Daily Routine & Bucket Lists

Challenge Blog for the 9th. Yes, I know it’s now the 16th.

The 9th of this month fell on a Friday– the day I travel by train to my mom’s place from my school apartment. Thus, I have taken a whole lot of photos for the occasion. (Not that I don’t take them each time I take a trip anyway.)

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What’s on your life list/bucket list?

Honestly, I don’t know how much I’ll be able to get on here tonight. It is currently 1:30am on a Friday morning. I’m to wake up and catch the morning train yet again. Funny how these things work out, huh?

Throughout my life I have certainly compiled a list of things I want to do at some point or another. It’s less of a physical thing, more of something that I just keep in mind. I guess this is my time to put thoughts and words to paper.. err.. blog..?

One of my biggest dreams is to be able to travel. I haven’t been able to do it much, though I’ve gone to quite a few places in the U.S. I know a lot of people might not count it because it’s limited to a few states in my country, plus some of Mexico and Niagara Falls (in Canada). I can say I’ve done more than most of my family, though. Still, it isn’t enough.  I have the travel bug and I just want MORE! I want to travel to Thailand and ride an elephant. I want to stand on the Great Wall of China and reenact the scene in the first Mulan movie. I want to backpack across Europe and have an encounter with a gypsy. I want to go to Italy and drink wine as if it were water. I want to stand at Machu Piccu and look at the world below me. I want to get to Rio de Janeiro and go up to the Cristo Redentor. I want to dance tango with a native dancer in Argentina. I want to go up the west coast, from Southern California up to Vancouver and beyond. I want to kiss a stranger as the ball drops in New York City Times’ Square. I want to go exploring and see the sliding stones of Death Valley, or jump off a waterfall after a hike through the mountains. Nevermind the fact that I can’t swim or that I’m afraid of heights.

I want to take photography courses in the great outdoors, and also indoors where I can work with capturing people and families. I want to go snorkeling and sand boarding and take a tube rides down small snow slopes.

I want to run a successful blog where people feel free to talk to and share ideas with me. I want to learn editing and post my Youtube videos up. I want to be a published author, and a studio-shown artist. I want to reach 50 followers on tumblr, and then eventually 70. I want to learn to make GIFs. I want to learn to make pizza, and other sorts of foods, drinks, and desserts. I want to learn to successfully play the guitar and ukulele, and use those to play covers of songs. I want to learn to use my drawing tablet, and eventually get more digital-art savvy. I want to work for the entertainment business in some sort of creative work. I want to write for a magazine. I want to have my own Wikipedia page. (HA!)

I want to learn to help those in more need. I want to make a difference in someone’s life for the better. I want my work, thoughts, and ideas to touch someone in a positive way; have them open their hearts and minds to living their lives with zeal, hope, optimism, and hard, earnest work. I want to show them love.

I want to be loved. I want a family. I want my children. I want to be the cool aunt. I want a cute, unexpected romance. I want a best friend and lover of the same man. I want the white wedding. I want the honeymoon (hopefully abroad).

I want to live life with a passion. I want to never give up on my hopes and dreams; never lose the optimistic view I have on most things. I want to never forget the kind of person I am, or the places I’ve been, the things I’ve seen, or the people I’ve met.

This, and so much more, I want from my life.