out the window

Opportunities are out there; you just have to look out the window.

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Rainy Days


“Into each life some rain must fall.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Not everything in life is easy.

We all have our storms that we face.

If we can just push through the hard times, we’ll come out better than before.

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Best Friend #2


Meet Eric.  He’s my other best friend.

He’s a few months older than I am, so he has recently turned 17.  And he goes to a different school than I do.  I go to a private, Christian school while Eric goes to a public, magnet school.

Eric enjoys a lot of the same things I do like reading, going on adventures, Pokemon, coffee and reading.  But there’s things he likes that I don’t, such as business and computer programming.  That’s what’s great though, we can like different things and still be close buds.

There is one thing that Eric can do well that I can’t, which is draw and paint. He’s always done better in art classes than I did (back when we attended school together).  He’s not on a professional level or anything, but he’s good.  I think he’d be able to write a comic book or something in the future… if that’s what he wanted to do.

Like any other pair of best friends would do, we inspire each other.  And it just so happens that my blog has inspired Eric to start his own… about book-ish things.  So if you’re interested, you can check it out here at Things Eric Reads.

He’s new, so give him some time, but I know his blog will be great once he gets the ball rolling.

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Meet our family dog, Aristotle.

I guess this picture proves that we picked the right name.  It was actually my brother Alex who picked it out nearly three years ago when we got him.

Aristotle has this tendency to follow around whoever is feeling sick.  So not only do I have my cat, Clyde, curled up beside me as I sit in bed today, but I also have Aristotle following me when I leave for the kitchen or bathroom.  Otherwise, he’s just sitting at the foot of my bed.

I was able to snap this photo after I picked up a book to read to keep myself from going crazy from being home sick for two days in a row.  One book happened to drop off the shelf and Aristotle plopped himself down beside it before I could pick it up.

So apparently I have a dog who likes to read.

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Virtual Reality


Normally I try to relax and unwind by reading a book or going on a long walk, but sometimes I need to really escape reality.  I need to plug in my Xbox and play some games.  It’s not uncommon for a 16-year old boy to enjoy video games – it’s natural.

Only I don’t play games like Call of Duty or Halo, or whatever other popular games there ware where you shoot people.  I don’t play many games actually.  I enjoy games where I can role play as a favorite character or make up my own.  One of my personal favorites is the Sims 3 Pets for Xbox.  I like it because it’s a game on its own – it doesn’t need the original Sims 3 game as a base.

I almost always make cats my pets.  I’m a cat kid.  Deal with it.

I can get lost in this game for hours, which means I’ll end up not getting enough sleep or forgetting to eat while I’m playing.  So I guess it’s a good thing I don’t play all the time.  Usually it’s for a few days in a row, then I don’t touch it for 3-4 months.

Video games aren’t bad in moderation.  They just can’t be your entire life.

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Mobile Study


Smartphones are pretty cool, though some people say they make us dumb.  It depends, I guess.

While some people make use of their phones to play games or scroll through social media for hours on end, I try to make good use of my iPhone 5s.  I have multiple learning and organization apps downloaded to help me be more productive and make better use of my time.  I also have a number of photography apps for taking and editing photos on-the-go.

For the most part, I like taking my phone into the coffee shop with a notebook to get some private time.  Though the coffee shop is busy, I don’t have any personal distractions like the ones I have at home.  I can actually read my Bible app and get some studying done for the time I’m there.  It’s not that I can’t study at home at all, but it does get distracting at times… usually when everyone is home.

While it’s not ideal to read my Bible on my phone, it works.  They’re same words found in the many Bibles at home and all contain the same message.  Until I get a tablet, my phone is my mobile Bible that isn’t heavy to carry.

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Nighttime Musings

night musings

I should be getting ready for bed, but I’m not tired.

Instead I find myself editing some photos I took this weekend while chatting with my oldest sister in Virginia and I realize how much I miss her.  I should be used to the distance by now, as she’s now a sophomore in college.  It’s not like this is the first year she’s away.

Besides, she’ll be home in two months for summer break.

I have other siblings, but two of them still live in the house and my oldest brother lives in the same town.  I don’t have to miss them – they’re right here.

Tomorrow is Monday and Monday means school.  Most teenagers don’t like going to school.  Or at least they say they do.  I think we all like it on some level, even if it’s just to socialize with our friends.  I love school.  Not only to see my friends, but to learn.  Learning is something I find exciting.  I just find it more exciting when it’s on my own, not something that’s a requirement.

I know when I’m done with high school I’ll miss it.  We tend to get excited about the next chapter of our lives and forget to live in the moment and enjoy where we’re at.  It’s sad to think of how many people look at the past and wish they were still there.  Maybe it’s not sad to remember, but to dwell on it… that’s what holds us back.  Keeps us from growing.

I’m getting deep with this ramble.  I guess that’s what nighttime does to some people.  I never thought I was one of them until now.

I really should start getting ready for bed.

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