My Best Memories

This blog isn’t overly personal, so I’m going to share a bit of my life with you today! I’m going to be telling the stories of some of my best memories. These times are what I look back on when I’m feeling down or having a bad day. I encourage you guys to write posts on your best memories as well. It makes you realize how lucky you are to have what you have!

 

#1 The X-Fest 2016

I got the chance to go to one day of the X-Fest in Calgary this year. twenty one pilots has been my favourite band for a while now, and I was heartbroken when I found ou that they would be coming to my province and I couldn’t go. I live on a farm, and this festival was during harvest. Calgary is pretty far away from us, so we would have to stay the weekend, and during harvest that isn’t an option. We got a lot of rain a few days before the festival, and it didn’t show any sign of stopping. I brought up the festival to my mom again, after she said no a few months ago, and she said that we could probably do it. So, like three days before the festival we got tickets and a hotel room, and I got my friend on board with it. My dad’s best friend was getting married in Calgary on the same day, and that’s really the only reason I got to go.

The day before the festival we drove for like eight hours to get to Calgary, and I got to see some family that I don’t usually get to see, which was great. My friend got to meet them as well, which was a bit tricky for her, but my overly talkative cousins helped! We spent some time in a mall shopping together and had supper with the family. After that, we went to the hotel and got everything ready for the next day. I forgot the tickets at home, but we were able to reprint them.

We got in line about an hour before the festival started the next day. We would have been there earlier, but we wasted about an hour driving around to get a bunch of stuff we didn’t need. My mom dropped me and my friend off and told us that my two sisters and auntie would be there for the last two performances of the night. We waited around until it was time to go, and we got a pretty good spot in the crowd.

The first performance was a band called The Royal Foundry. They put on a really good show, and I was a big fan of their music. The next was Darcys. I really enjoyed the plants in their piano, but their music wasn’t my favourite. They weren’t the worst of the performances, but they weren’t the best. Then came Wildlife. They weren’t very memorable, but their lead singer seemed like a really nice guy. At the beginning of the set he said that he was happy that he was stopped in traffic because of the pride parade, and that instantly made me like him. Hannah Georgas performed next, but I wasn’t a fan. The performance wasn’t very memorable, and neither was her music.

Atlas Genius was one of my favourites of the day. Their music was really good, and they were all good performers. I would see them again. After them was The Naked and Famous. I think I would have really enjoyed them, but the bass was WAY too loud, and it actually gave me a headache. July Talk was after them, and I had high hopes for this one. Their merch was gorgeous, and one of the announcers said he was really looking forward to them. They sucked. I really try to be nice when I talk about others, but I really didn’t like them.

Halsey was the first performer that I was really looking forward to, even though she wasn’t the reason I came. She was SPECTACULAR! I was half-expecting her to be an artist that uses auto-tune, but she was amazing live. I didn’t love love her music before I saw her live, but the next time she’s in Canada I’m definitely getting tickets.

Now the real reason I was here – twenty one pilots. I fully expected this to be an amazing performance, and it was. Most of the crowd was here for them, and it made singing along much more fun. During Ride, when Josh Dun plays the drums on the crowd, I was touching the platform. I was literally three feet away from my favourite drummer. It was amazing. During Guns for Hands, the lead singer Tyler Joseph runs over the crowd in a hamster ball, and he ran over me twice. And during Trees, when both of them play the drums on the crowd, I was maybe ten feet away from Tyler. It was an amazing experience for my first time seeing them live.

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#2 Encounters With Canada

In Canada, there’s a program called Encounters With Canada where you can go to Ottawa for a week and tour the city. I went to a Science and Technology themed week, and it was amazing. It’s nice to have a bit of independence, especially at a young age. At 14 a plane ride by yourself is enough for independence I think! I met a lot of amazing people, although I haven’t really kept in contact with anyone.

I got to do some amazing things, like tour the Nature Museum, explore Byward Market, and go bowling in Montreal. It was such a positivity filled place; everyone was absolutely amazing! I remember getting ready fro the last day dance in the dorm, and having girls I hadn’t yet talked to stopping to compliment me, and a girl I had only talked to once did my hair for me. It honestly boosted my self-confidence by like 500%. It was really nice to be surrounded by a bunch of people who were a lot like me for a change. I go to a small country school, so everyone is really into the outdoors, and dirtbikes, and country music. I’m a lot less outdoorsy, and more academic than most of them. I also have a good taste in music. It was nice getting to know people who had similar interests to me.

At the time this is published I’ll probably be at Encounters again. (I’m marathon writing posts and scheduling them for the duration of my trip.) People aren’t usually allowed to go to Encounters twice, but my teacher arranged it with the Encounters people for me. I’m going with two different friends for Arts and Culture this time, and I’m super excited! I’ll write a post about it when I get back.

 

#3 – Celebration of Harry Potter 2016

My family has been in the habit of going to Orlando every two years for a while, and this year it lined up with the Celebration of Harry Potter! My family let me go one of the days, even though I’m really the only Harry Potter fan. It was amazing! I got to see a panel with Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Matthew Lewis, Evannah Lynch, and Katie Leung! I didn’t get to meet any of them or ask a question, but being so close to some of my childhood idols was pretty spectacular. I’m still pretty sad that I missed Harry Potter: The Exhibition, but you can’t do it all.

The day before that we went to Universal as well, but it was a slightly drizzly day, so it was almost empty. There wasn’t a lineup for anything at all, so we got to do a lot of things! My geeky little heart nearly exploded when I got to see Diagon Alley for the first time and it was almost empty!

That was a humongous post, and I still have more to say! (Part 2 to this post, maybe? If you want me to continue this, please tell me!) I think you can tell that the X-Fest was a huge deal to me, sine I wrote so, so much about it. Tell me the story of one of your favourite memories in the comments! Don’t be afraid to make it super long and detailed – I love hearing about what makes people happy! So load me up with your happiness, pretty please!

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NaNoWriMo 2016

So I recently made a terrible mistake – I signed up for NaNoWriMo 2016.

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I tried to do NaNo last year, but I got a concussion a few days in, and couldn’t use my laptop for well over a month after that. The emails from NaNo kept coming, though, and I didn’t have the heart to stop them.

This year the emails started coming again. I ignored them for a solid week, then I gave in and signed up. It was like being peer pressured into something, but I have no friends.

 

It was a good idea at the time. But then I thought about it for a few days. I had to quit volleyball because of the sheer amount of homework I was getting. I just started a blog. What the hell did I just do?

 

But I couldn’t back down from this. I’m an extremely competitive person and dropping NaNo after signing up was an insult to my intelligence, time management skills, and sanity. So, I decided to continue with NaNo, but write 50 000 words in blog posts. Now I don’t need to worry about this blog failing miserably like the last two I’ve had, and I can defeat the NaNo beast. Win-win!

 

Outlining 50-60 blog posts will be awful, but I think I can do this with a hell of a lot of little effort. There will be lots of blog posts to come, anyway!

 

Any of you doing NaNoWriMo this year? What are you writing about? (Drop your username so we can be writing buddies! Mine is @devyngrace)

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My Packing List for a Week-Long Trip

At the end of this month, I’m going on a trip to Ottawa with two of my friends. I love to travel, and Ottawa is a beautiful city. I went on a week-long trip there earlier this year, and it was one of the best weeks of my life. Today I’m going to be sharing my packing list (mainly to help me organise myself – I’ve been a wreck lately).

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I’m going to have my backpack with me, so I have lots of room! This is what I’ll be packing:

  • A good book. This trip, I’m going to be bringing milk and honey by Rupi Kaur, and I’ll have my Kobo with me as well.
  • Starbucks money. (Airport Starbucks is the best Starbucks)
  • My laptop. I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year, and you can bet I’ll be writing like crazy during my return trip. I also love reading through sites like Great Big Story and Humans of New York.
  • Headphones.
  • Study materials. (Teachers can be mean)
  • An empty to-go cup. I don’t think they’ll let you on your first flight with it full, but it’s very handy to have one for your second flight if you have a flight change.
  • Chargers for my laptop and iPod, as well as a portable power block.
  • A granola bar. Because a hungry me isn’t a me anyone wants to be around.
  • Purse: Including wallet, ID, phone, iPod, lipstick, chapstick, and mints.

Toiletries

  • Deodorant and body spray.
  • A lint roller. (Black shirts collect a lot of fuzz at my house.)
  • A hairbrush and some ponytails.
  • Hairspray.
  • Body wash, shampoo, conditioner, face wash.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Feminine hygiene products.

Makeup Bag

  • Facial lotion.
  • Foundation and sponge.
  • Concealer.
  • Finishing powder.
  • Contouring palette.
  • Eyebrow stuff.
  • Mascara.
  • Kabuki brush, blush brush, eyebrow/eyelash brush.

Clothes

Most of these are black, white, and burgundy so I should have an easy time making outfits.

  • My Halloween costume. (Alice from Alice in Wonderland)
  • Blue jeans.
  • Burgundy jeans.
  • Black leggings.
  • Two grey hoodies.
  • Grey cardigan.
  • Black and white deer sweater.
  • Grey knit sweater.
  • Striped tee.
  • 2-3 band shirts.
  • 1 black and 1 white undershirt.
  • 7 pairs of underwear.
  • 7 pairs of socks.
  • 2 pairs of pyjamas.
  • 1 bra.
  • Raincoat.
  • Scarf, hat, mitts.
  • 1 pair of sneakers.

What I’m Wearing to the Airport

  • Burgundy cardigan.
  • Band shirt.
  • Black jeans.
  • Boots.
  • Winter coat.

I think that’s everything! If I missed anything please let me know in the comments! What do you like to bring for your trips?

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The 20 Best Halloween Costumes

It’s that time of year! Halloween is my favouritest holiday ever, and I’m super excited! To get in the Halloween mood I’ve gathered some of the best costumes from around the internet. Enjoy!

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 1. Cinderella

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2. Skeleton

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3. Bandits

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4. Bat

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5. Thing 1 and Thing 2

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6. Fleur Delacour

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7. twenty one pilots

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8. Fairy

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9. Belle

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10. White Rabbit

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11. Carl and Russel

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12. Merida

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13. Hipster Ariel

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14. Empty Child

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15. The Doctor and the TARDIS

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16. Deer and Hunter

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17. Marvin the Martian

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18. Gumball Machine

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19. Avacado

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20. Nothing

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(UPDATE: If there weren’t already a million reason to credit people for their photos, I had to use my sources to basically redo this post. Something happened to WordPress, and my images wouldn’t show up. Give credit, kids!)

What are you being for Halloween? Do you have any special Halloween plans? Tell me about them in the comments!

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Be Prepared For A Tea-rrible Post

Be Prepared For A Tea-rrible Post from The Rose-Tinted Chapter on Wordpress

Different teas can trigger different memories and emotions. Here are some teas and what they mean to me.

 

Coffee Pu’erh (From David’s Tea) – This tea reminds me of watching the sunset from my bedroom while watching Connor Franta, danisnotonfire, and AmazingPhil on Youtube. This is the tea that made me think of this blog post.

 

Orange Pekoe – After dinner at my grandparents, listening to my family’s conversations. My grandparents make this tea every night after supper so we have it every time we go there for supper.

 

Read My Lips (From David’s Tea) – The first year I started cross country skiing with my family in our yard we often drank this tea after we were done. This tea makes me think of breathlessness, red cheeks, frosty hair, and the competition to be the first back. (I always won fyi.)

 

Raspberry Cream Pie (From David’s Tea) – This makes me think of two of my friends in particular, that I met on a trip to Ottawa. One of them has an unhealthy David’s Tea obsession so we visited there when we went to the mall. That was the first tea we smelled there and we spent a lot of time talking about how amazing it smells. (Just thinking about it is making my mouth water.)

 

Iced Melon Drop (From David’s Tea) – This reminds me of one of my friends from Ottawa because she made me try it when she got it. It makes me think of spring and friendship.

 

Sweet Tea – In Canada sweet tea isn’t common. If I want it I need to make it at home. It makes me think of happiness, Disney World, Florida, and my experience at the Celebration of Harry Potter 2016. If I need a pick me up I go for sweet tea because it’s filled with so much happiness for me.

 

Iced Tea – Not the way Canadians make it, but the way Americans make it. I’m definitely not a fan of iced tea, and this one reminds me of an awful experience. It was my second trip to Florida and we were having supper at Planet Hollywood. I accidentally ordered an iced tea instead of a sweet tea like I wanted. I figured it was no big deal, that I would just finish my glass quickly and ask for sweet tea instead. I started drinking as fast as I could but the service there was so good that every time the glass was half empty our waiter would appear out of thin air with a new glass. I sure appreciate his efforts to keep us happy, but it was not a good night for me!

 

Iced Peppermint Tea – I remember over the summer I was trying to drink more water since I never drink enough. I made unsweetened iced peppermint tea to go to my cousin’s gymnastics event. This tea makes me think of walking down the road on a hot summer’s day, watching my cousins, and being jealous that five-year-olds can do better cartwheels than me.

 

Hope you enjoyed this post! If any teas bring back certain memories for you, please comment the stories behind them!

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e.l.f Makeup Review

e.l.f. Makeup Review from The Rose-Tinted Chapter on Wordpress

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I am a big fan of e.l.f‘s products. Everything that I’ve tried so far is high quality and super cheap! Today I’m going to go through each product that I’ve tried, and highlight all of the pros and cons.

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In Which I List Many Good Things, Then Make A Marvellous Joke

In Which I List Many Good Things, Then Make A Marvellous Joke from The Rose-Tinted Chapter on Wordpress

Nothing but a list of things that make me (and probably you) super happy!

 

Rain.

A book and a cup of tea on a snowy day.

Ski hill chalets.

Campfires.

Netflix marathons.

twenty one pilots.

Harry Potter.

Fresh baked bread.

Pretty people.

Coloured hair.

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Being loved, and knowing it.

Laughing until you can’t breathe.

Bad (great) puns.

Watching sunrises and sunsets.

Hugs.

Christmas morning.

Old Disney movies.

Feminists coming together to smash the patriarchy.

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Making someone smile.

When someone makes you smile.

Travelling.

Knowing who your friends are.

Movie theatre popcorn.

That really pretty rainbow highlighter that everyone was going crazy over.

Lazy days.

City lights.

Long car rides with music.

New school supplies.

Josh Dun’s hair.

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Wearing that one outfit that makes you feel great.

Finding money in an old coat pocket.

Planning things. (Specifically how to murder Donald Trump.)

Filling up empty journals.

Long walks when the sky is grey and it’s raining just a little bit.

Long hugs.

Learning about something that really interests you.

That face that Rupert Grint makes in basically all the Harry Potter movies.

Lying in your bed after a long day.

The fact that you are alive.

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Feeling sore after a long workout.

When the thing you’ve been dreading passes.

This joke: What do you say when a lion goes into space? He’s in roarbit! (Joke credit to yours truly.)

 

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