Friday, May 25, 2018

Going On An Adventure: On New Zealand, Graduating, and Adulting...?

I kissed high school goodbye last week. That was happy. Honestly the reality that I'm a graduate hasn't quite sunk in yet, but that's okay.

I felt so relieved to be done in this xD pc: my sister

I was just hired at Subway, so that'll be a new experience! I've never worked in fast food before, but the discounts are a perk. Oh yeah, that's where the adulting I mentioned comes in. Also learning to drive, budget money, etc. I'm not an adult, so I don't even know if that counts. Maybe minors aren't allowed to adult yet.  I should rename the subtitle of this post, "On New Zealand, Graduating, and PRACTICING Adulting".

Other summer plans include reading a lot, studying for the SAT, road-tripping with my family, and Netflix. Maybe I'll do something wild and crazy too, like try running. Who's to say?
Okay, segway. This school year, I am going to fly to New Zealand and live there till April. The pastor who married my parents lives there and so he was able to make arrangements with friends to host me. It'll be so interesting to meet people from a different culture and country but with a similar passion for the gospel.

Besides driving through Canada, I've never travelled internationally before, so it's a huge big plan I couldn't have concocted in a million years. But the tickets are purchased and, Lord willing, this thing is actually going down. So yeah, I'm visiting MIDDLE EARTH, y'all.

I'll make sure to post pictures and write posts to share the experience. It's pretty exciting.

Also, psa: Paddington 2 is one of the sweetest, funniest, and most satisfyingly written movies you will see this year. Go watch it and thank me.

How is your summer going? Do you have any interesting stories  or -- I don't know-- thoughts to share? Do you like olives(the correct answer is no.)? 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


Ahhh! What is this? I haven't posted since January? Oops.

I thought it'd be a nice idea to pop in and update anyone reading on some of the recent happenings in my life. First of all, I'm graduating high school this spring, so that's exciting. My parents, sister, and I visited several colleges in February and I am immensely looking forward to whatever God has in store in that respect. I'm planning to major in English, but who's to say what might happen?

we saw D. C. too

I had a birthday this month and turned an age I won't disclose, but it feels kind of old. (but not really) My dad and I went to see The Godfather at our theater since it was playing that day. It was an offer I couldn't refuse. :P

I started watching Stranger Things and fell in love. I've also been listening to a lot of 80s music lately which isn't entirely coincidental.

A friend from out of state visited and we did some sight-seeing and discussing life's problems over coffee. That was really fun.

The school year is wrapping up soon and I may have more time to post then? We shall see! Until then, thanks for reading!

What have you been doing this year? Do you have a favorite decade of music?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

20 Books I Need to Read in 2018

You may remember(or not, which would be fine!) that last January I published a list of 20 books I wanted to read that year. Unfortunately I only read a little more than half of them, but it was a good outline of the titles that were particularly important, so I'm doing it again this year!

Some of these are leftover from the last list but most are new...

~A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

(how have I not read this yet??)

~The Scorch Trials by James Daschner

~Emma by Jane Austen

~The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

~12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke

~Openness Unhindered by Rosaria Butterfield

~The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

~The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

~anything by Brandon Sanderson

~Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker

~The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

~A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

~Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

~Desiring God by John Piper

~The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul

~The Outsiders(as a re-read :D) by S. E. Hinton

~The Sweetest Thing by Elizabeth Musser

~Just Do Something by Kevin de Young

~Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

~The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Have you read any of these? Which books are you planning to read this year? 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

nice things that happened this year

~I started my third(and maybe final??) year of high school

~I dragged any obliging friends and family to four opening movie nights(which was exciting for me since I never used to do that)

~I also saw Singin' in the Rain on the big screen for my birthday and it was awesome

photo creds to my brother

~I went tubing out of state twice-- once in water that could be construed as comfortable and once in water that couldn't be considered warm by any stretch of the imagination

~I started two new blogs, M. M. Johnson aaaand my film blog, Moving Pictures

~I probably set some sort of record for number of culinary calamities

~my family visited Yellowstone and it was beautiful

~I got a Twitter account and don't know how I feel about it yet

~I got my first (non self-employed) first job working in the school district-- first in accounting and now the library

~I made deeper friendships with a number of great people

~I listened to vinyls on my record player and felt very retro

~I started informally studying film and learned a lot about storytelling in general

~I got to pre-read two books shortly before they were released-- This Changes Everything and Cloaked

~I listened to tonnns of podcasts 

~I continued reading the Old Testament, through Ezekiel. I also read(/have started) a few theology books that have been pretty influential 

I'm thankful for the experiences of 2017 and look forward to what lies after the bend in the road of 2018

What are some of your highlights of 2017?