Saturday, March 26, 2011

The life and times of Willow

Hello everyone, Willow here! Avery gave me permission to write on the blog... but now I'm not exactly sure what to write. I guess I'll tell you all a little about myself, since I'm new to school this semester and all.

My name is Willow Holland, but I think you already know that. I used to live in Massachusetts, but a few months ago my grandfather passed away and we moved to be closer to the rest of the family, who happen to live right around Mondale Academy. Sometimes I really miss it back home, it was all I ever knew. I had to leave my friends, my school, and sometimes I wish I had never moved. However, I have to admit, Mondale is pretty nice.

I'm used to going to public school, so a private boarding academy was definitely a big change, as were the room mates. I share a room with three other girls: Sophia Hamilton, Haydren Insalanco, and Sydney Jacobs. Sophie is a total drama queen, Haydren is a major chatter box, and I really don't know what to think about Sydney yet. I don't know if she's just quiet, but she seems to be giving me the cold shoulder for some reason.

Another big adjustment was the work load! I'm taking harder classes now, and there's a lot more homework to do. My favorite class would be biology of course, that and Spanish. I like the subjects to being with, but the teachers are great. Ms. Lafferick is the science teacher, she's a little odd to be honest, but it keeps things interesting. Señor Gwisdala is the Spanish teacher, and he is very nice and upbeat, and has neat games to make learning easier.

I wanted to get involved in a as much as I could, so as soon as I enrolled I tried to join a few student organizations. I'm not exactly a sporty person and most of the school teams were already filled, so I looked into any clubs they had. I looked at drama, but I have stage fright so that wouldn't work out. I don't know to play an instrument, so jazz band was out of the question. Things were looking kind of dismal until I spotted a small poster on the news bulletin board. And just my luck, there's an environmental club! I love nature and gardening, as well as biology. I went to a meeting after school, and it's headed by Ms. Lafferick. It's not the most popular thing to be in with only a few students, but it's fun so far. We're doing a recycling project soon, maybe I'll post again about that?

Anyways, I've just gotten settled into school life. It feels good to finally be finding my niche. I just hope it will last.

-Willow D. Holland

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Remember when...?

Remember when....?

  • This blog was actually updated more than once a month, without all of my repetitive "sorry for being absent!" posts?
  • Things were written by Avery, and not me?
  • It was the dolls' lives posted about, and not me dumping my life story on you guys?
  • There were actually pictures of American Girls, and photo stories, and little diary-like entries?
  • It was about having fun and not popularity?
I miss those days, I honestly do. When I used to make up stories with the girls, take pictures just for enjoyment. When I didn't worry about how many comments or followers or what other people were doing. There's been a lot of "Bringing Back 2009" talk, and that sounds like an excellent idea. I think I'm going to try jumping on the bandwagon here.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Of Sonali and Snow

Just when the feet of the snow starts melting, you can see grass, and I can actually walk home on the sidewalks instead of through snowbanks, we get another storm. Lovely. I wish spring were here already. Seriously, I would be happy with forty degree weather. :P

But Sonali likes the snow!

Short post is short.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

102 and Willow too!

Enjoy the rhyme-y, strange title! It reminds me of 'Tippecanoe and Tyler Too!', which is sad since History class really is wearing off on me. I hope people understand that reference, otherwise I'm going to seem more odd than I already do, haha.

Anyways, this is a rather important post, since it celebrates Avery-Here's 102 followers - what a great milestone! Thank you all so much for following this blog and putting up with my ramblings, rantings, absences, etc. I means a lot to know that people actually do read this and I'm not just talking to myself. :P

In order to celebrate these 102 amazing followers, I planned out an AG post! Finally! I know, I've been terrible with photographing the dolls, which is kind of what this blog is supposed to be all about. I took over for a little while, and I'm sorry about that. I hope to focus more on the AG's soon.

I posted about Lanie a while back asking for name suggestions, but kind of left you guys hanging and I haven't mentioned her since then. I've been super busy and haven't had much of a chance to do much with the poor girl. Well, I'm pleased to announce that I now have her name - Willow Delanie Holland. I used Delanie as the middle name so she can also be called Lanie, and I've started calling her Lanie-Bug. :) I was debating on Willow/Willa, but went with Willow since Willa Holland is an actual person/actress that I didn't even know existed. And I've typed Willow and Willa so many times that I'm losing the meaning of those words, haha.

She's a shy girl, who likes reading and biology and being outdoors, no matter what time of year, though she's glad that the weather is warming up and it's more feasible to be outside. Sadly, that's about all of her personality I have figured out now.

So enjoy the pictures of Willow! :) I love cross-process. I usually try not to edit my pictures too much, but I was bored and thought it looked cool.

Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Très Bonne

Très Bonne, muy bien, sehr gut, molto buona... however you want to say it, today has been very good. I don't know why, it's just been one of those random great days that I can't really explain the reason why. It's a multitude of things, I guess.

The highlight was burning old papers from classes I had last semester. The most liberating thing ever. I really recommend it, just don't burn your house down. :P Also burned a copy - well, more like singed a few pages - of Atlas Shrugged. You know it's a good day when old homework is toasting in your fireplace and Atlas Shrugged is smoldering and the corner of the cover is crumbling to ash. That sounds really sadistic, but it's true, I'm a raging, psychopathic, pyromaniac. /sarcasm. (Totally kidding. I'm a really sarcastic person, but it doesn't come across very well on the internet. So I thought I'd clarify.)

I even got a half ways decent picture today! See above. There's some mild bokeh up in the corner, too. That's they best photo I've gotten in a while, which isn't saying much. I haven't had much time for photography, or the AG's, or blogging (SORRY!), but I was glad to get outside, I trudged through like 15 inches of snow for that picture, and my hands were so numb that I could barely press the shutter. But I suppose it was all worth it. Not the best, but I'm sort of happy with it.

Well, I suppose I'd best get started on that mountain of homework waiting for me. Procrastination is beautiful.

PS: I just realized I have 100 followers! It really is a good day, haha. :O Thank you so much! I will do a more official post, that is actually AG-center, later.

Friday, January 28, 2011


Dear Midterms,
I hate you. Good day.
-A frustrated exam taker
*^That's what is says in the picture, but it's too small to see*

Midterms... have been conquered.
Exams are officially the worst things on the planet. I literally studied from four o'clock in the afternoon until one in the morning. Not fun. Functioning on only five hours of sleep is not good. But, midterms are now over!
And... the good news is that I did awesome! I don't mean to be arrogant or brag or anything, sorry if it comes off that way. I got a 98 (YES! A 98!) on AP Bio, I have no idea how that happened, and a 96 in my advanced math class. All the other subjects I got above a 93. Not bad, not bad at all.
Now I can sleep, not obsess over studying, and be generally less stressed and a more pleasant human being to be around. I turn into a viscous creature during exam times.

Between getting my thankfully good exam scores and going to a cafe downtown with a few friends, and tonight watching Bend It Like Beckham, it's a good day.

I promise I will take some AG pictures soon! I know I've kind of been taking over this blog and there has been very little actual American Girl posts. :/ Sorry about that!
*who is a very happy person right now*

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A post of anything and everything...

"Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go."
-Herman Hesse
Ever screwed up so bad and just can't stop thinking about it, reliving it, having it replay over and over in your mind? It's not the greatest feeling.

*Sigh*... now that that's out of my system, I will move onto more ramblings. The picture above is of a sun conure, her name is Juliet. She was in the sunlight and preening her feathers and I thought it was most beautiful thing, so I took a quick photos.

Thanks for all of your name suggestions for Lanie, I'm still debating over what to call her. I haven't had much time for the AG's lately, unfortunately. Sorry I haven't been doing much posting with them, it's more of a bunch of rants (like this!)

I've seen more movies in the past week than I usually do in an entire year. I just don't go to the cinema at all usually, for whatever reason, but I just saw The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Tron, both in 3D (really, are there any movies not in 3D now?) Anyways, I liked them both, and just thought I would throw that random fact out there.

Also, I was bored today, so I threw together a slideshow of pictures to a song that I recently heard. None of the pictures are mine, credit where it is due!


So this post was completely random and kind of pointless, but oh well!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Meet 'Curls'

Lanie has arrived! I'm not sure if I like that name for her, though, so at the moment I'm just calling her 'Curls'. Does anyone have any name suggestions? Something unique, but not totally crazy.

I love her hair and her eyes are beautiful. I got her as a Christmas present (the first AG I've gotten for a present in a long time). I hadn't had the time to take pictures until today. And of course, it RAINED. It poured, and melted all of the snow we had, which was several inches. Uh... So I went outside into the dreary snow-less backyard to take some pictures.

*warning - this is where the post gets really rant-y and self pity-like XD*

Okay, so on the the topic of photographs... mine have really been terrible lately and I find myself having to do a lot of editing just to make them presentable. I try to resize them, but it always makes them blurry. Plus they just haven't been that great to start out with. As far as point and shoots go, I love my Kodak and it has taken some great shots. It's just really fussy half of the time and not getting good pictures at all lately. I find myself really wanting a DSLR when I see all the great photos people take with them, but I know it's probably never going to happen. It's frustrating me and I don't know what's up at the moment since every picture I take lately is turning out just plain bad. I guess I'm just in a rut or something.

*rant over*

Moving on! Anyways, that's "Lanie" - or that's what I'm calling her temporarily. I like the environmental part of her story, I think I'll build off of that. I've been progressively thinning out my collection and not really talking about it much. I forgot the 'new doll hype' feeling, if you know what I mean. :D Sorry, that sounds really greedy/materialistic.

Well, I'm still not sure on names, so if you have any suggestions, be sure to comment!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Two Years

It's Avery-Here's second blog-o-versary (yes... I made that word up). I can't believe it's been two years since I started this blog. I can tell how much my writing/photography has really improved. Seriously. It's drastic. :P As much as I hate this saying - time really does fly with you're having fun. Thank you to all my readers who put up with my long absences, rants, terrible posts and photos, etc. I really do appreciate it. I wish I could give you all a gold star and a cookie.

I hope everyone is having a happy holiday and new year! A post to come in the near future with my Christmas gift and the newest arrival. Aha, suspense!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist. - Rene Magritte

(larger flickr version here)
I really like how this turned out (my favorite photo in a while). I was playing around with settings on my camera, and somehow I made the pictures all very dark. With some minor editing in color, softening, and text, this was the result!
Happy holidays, everyone! :)
-Brooke, Avery, and the gang