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Spring Break!

 

Even though I’m not going anywhere for spring break, I still think we should enjoy the week.

Granted, my break is probably going to look more like this:

Than this:

In honor of my last Spring break as a student, SurvivingFreeTime is taking a weeks vacation. I’ll see you all next week!

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And I didnt burn the dorm down

This maybe nothing big but for me this is huge. Don’t judge me but I’ve lived a sheltered life. I still have trouble cutting my own stake. But tonight I’ve taken a step away from moms apron strings. I made hamburger helper all by myself. Pat on the back.

Wowowo you men to tell me that you are a twenty something, living in a dorm and this is the first time you cooked for yourself…!?

Way to be a killer for my joy, but sadly its true.  Sure I’ve made pizza, mac and cheese, and ramen. Can’t every college student do that? Normally a meal at lakeside (an À la carte cafe on campus) can be another meal for leftovers and hot-pockets are my friend. So I really haven’t had to cook for myself
So why the change? I’m trying to learn independence here. I’m going to graduate next spring so I should learn this stuff. Better late than never right?

You should have learned it sooner. Thank you for that train of though which I already know. But like I said very sheltered life. Tonight is a small step for everyone else, one giant leap for me.

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Wow that happened

There is a group of students that are trying to create a writers club on campus. I am one of theses students. Now thanks to a very lat night spent reading for another class, I was a little more… I’m not sure what to call it. Maybe it was just a bad case of the tired sillies. Anywho, there were 8 of us at this first meeting. We appointed a Research Man, decided that we would have co-chairs instead of a president and vice-president, and started coming up with names.

About half way through the names some of the members had to leave. It was decided later that the ones who had left were the still sane and mature people. The rest of us were down right nuts. I don’t know what got me started but for some reason I started quoting the opening lines of the Muses from the Disney movie Hercules.

Muses

Goddess 1: we are the muses, goddesses of the arts and proclaimers of heroes. 

Goddess 2: Heroes as in Hercules

Goddess 3: Honey I think you mean “Hunkules”

The girl sitting across from, who was also lacking in the sleep department and a good friend and classmate. Turned and said to me, “I know your I.Q. is higher than that. Don’t do that again.” as she was laughing. The guy at the foot of the table disagreed with her and said that I did those lines pretty well. I replied that I would have been in the theater program… If it hadn’t been dropped the year before I transferred to my current school.  Sad panda.

Needless to say there were many more moments that were face-palm worthy. We didn’t nail down a name, but we have some ideas. So what’s the point of this seemingly random post? The point is that when I’m tired weird things happen… most of them revolving around quotes and scenes from movies that spill forth from my mouth without me knowing why they were there in the first place.

Random fact about me number 1: Things get crazy when I’m tired and will quote movies.

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On the water

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When I was little I used to be quite the fish, wanting to go swimming every chance I got and not wanting to get out until my fingers were pruney and my purple lips covered chattering teeth. But as I’ve gotten older I don’t enjoy swimming as much as I used to. I now prefer to be on top of the water and watch from above. One can watch from the Bow of a fishing boat but I found that you’re too high up to see anything, even if it was a junker of a Alumacraft Lunker. A canoe is a bit better- you could sneak up on the fish. The only problem I found with this approach is that I always felt like I was going to tip over. Not to mention I was normally the dead weight in the middle while my dad and brother paddled- Boring and Uncomfortable.

Alright Missy you’ve dissed motor boats and canoes what would you have us boat in? My answer good reader is Kayaks.

“But Kayaks are so tipsy.”

“And you sit so low to the water.”

“I’m claustrophobic,  and there isn’t much room in a Kayak.”

“And you have to exercise to make it move. I hate Exercise.”

My response to all of that is… You are missing out and you need to try it before you knock it. I’ve heard all of the above from family members in the past and once they got in the boat and paddled around a bit they loved it.

I’ve been kayaking since I was 11 or 12 years old when my day first brought home two 10 foot Old town Otters. They were a tie die combination of yellow, blue, and green. One had straps on the top and foot pegs inside, the other didn’t, but both handled smoothly. The cockpit was roomy with a large opening (Rebuke Claustrophobic person). To the tipsy worry wart, my brother tried to rock these boats and had to really work at it. We had to have one in the cockpit rocking from the inside and the other pushing and pulling one the outside before we could even get water to come over the edge. They are steadier than you think. The reason they are so steady is because you are closer to the water. In a canoe you are sitting higher in the water, which raises your center of balance. With you practically sitting in the water with a kayak it takes much more to tip (Rebuke Low in water).

After dad got the first two it was a domino effect. He bought another kayak. This time it was a 12 foot red, white, and blue Old Town Patriot. On that boats maiden voyage with our family, dad took my brother and I on a trip we won’t ever forget… or at least I won’t let him for get. At this time we lived in Clear Lake, MN and there was a chain of three lakes not far from our house. Dad was in the Patriot taking the lead, my brother in the Otter without foot pegs in the middle and me bring up the end. A little train of boats. We put in at Rush Lake and made it almost to the end of Brigs and into Julia before we kids started petering out. Now i’m probably 12 years old, so that puts my brother at 8 or 9. Instead of turning around and going back to the car, dad pulls a rope out of his deck hatch and tows my brother into Julia. My brother is lounging in his boat and I’m eating their bubbles. Cutting this story short, both I and my brother slept very well that night.

Dad was addicted, he bought a 13.5 foot yellow and white two seater Pelican for him and my special needs sister. Mom got the Patriot. Now the whole family could go out together. My sister sits in the front of the cockpit with dad paddling in the back. My brother tried to keep up with them, but mom and I learned to go at our own pace, dip our toes in the water and enjoy the sun knowing we’d catch up eventually.

For awhile dad seemed content having the junker of a Lunker from grandpa, the Old town canoe from our uncle and the 4 kayaks. Until we moved to Brainerd, Lake heaven. There he met a group of kayaking enthusiasts called the Paddle Pushers. They hit a different lake every week in the summer and teach newbies in the High school pool. each year they have an equipment swap day where they sell and buy kayaks and accessories. Dad was gone with six boats already but came home that day with two 15.5 foot Necky Sea Kayaks. Unlike the Otters and the Patriot which are dang near impossible to tip, these two were tip city. So yes, tip-worry-wart, some kayaks are as tipsy as all get out. Sea kayaks  are longer and skinnier to help the paddler manage waves. The longer the boat is the less back and forth you get at the bow when you paddle. The skinnier the kayak the easier it is to tip and roll if a wave catches you broad side.  Sea kayaks also have a keel to help stabilize it on the waves.

The boys have now claimed the Neckys as theirs and that’s fine with me. Last summer (2013) dad sold the little otters to our neighbors and bought me a 12 foot green and white tie die Patriot so that I would still have a boat. I plan to take it out a lot this up coming summer.

So I’ve covered just about every reason not to try kayaking, except one: exercise. Yes, kayaks are paddle boats that need a human to make them move. A kayaker can expect to get a good arm and core workout after an afternoon on the water. That’s not really a rebuke, but what person wouldn’t want to get a small work out with high chance of a tan without the cost of a gym?

Pictures, with special thanks, Provided by:

Parts of a Kayak:                                                                              http://www.smart-start-kayaking.com/PARTS-OF-A-KAYAK.html

Pelican two seater:  www.pelicansport.com/en/products/kayaks/tandem-kayaks/unison-136t

Necky Sea Kayak:  http://www.neckykayaks.com/kayaks/day_touring/looksha_14/

Patriot: http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.

Otter: http://www.skifflife.com/563691/otter-kayak-275/

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“What do you read my Lady?”

Words words words. Granted when Hamlet said that he was mad or pretending to be mad so he could take revenge on his uncle for killing his father. My reason for having a book in my hand is much less twisted than Hamlet’s. I enjoy a good read when I have the chance to indulge in my addiction; not that that happens very much during the semester. I know you have to read stuff for class is you want to be an English major but that’s not that same things as reading for fun; even if what you are assigned for class if enjoyable to read it is still homework.

Homework reading isn’t want I wanted to chat about, really I just wanted to share with those who will listen what authors I enjoy and will pick up the same book more than once.

The first series is the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier.

  1. Daughter of the Forest
  2. Son of Shadows
  3. Child of Prophecy
  4. Heir to Sevenwaters
  5. Seer of Sevenwaters
  6. Flame of Sevenwaters

I’ll admit that i have yet to read books 4-6 but I LOVE the firs three. The story line follows family of Sevenwaters and how they win a war that has been going on for generations.  Book one is the story of the seventh child of the seventh son, had she been a boy, Sorcha would have been considered a lucky child. When she was younger she grew up half wild being raised by her brothers while their father was away on campaign. Things turn for the worse when their father comes home with a new wife, the Lady OOnagh. She casts a spell over the household and turns Sorcha’s six brothers into swans. Its up to Sorcha save them, facing solitude and trials with out uttering a sound until her job is complete.

Son of Shadows is sbout the next generation and follows Sorcha’s daughter  Laidan. A group of bandits lead by a “painted man” have been terrorizing settlements on both sides of the Irish Sea. It’s up to Laidan to find and save the Painted man and solve the mystery of who’s selling out her people to the Britons.

Child of Prophecy, as far as i know, is the ending of the war between the Britons and the men of Sevenwaters. It falls on the third generation to end what was started years ago. The story follows Fianne, one of Sorcha’s grandchildren by her  first born  daughter. Fianne has grown up in the lifestyle of a scholar in study and meditation; she is no warrior. But she will show everyone what people can do great things if given the chance to shine.

The second series is by C.L. Wilson, Tairen Soul.

  1. Lord of the Fading Lands
  2. Lady of Light and Shadows
  3. King of Sword and Sky
  4. Queen of Song and Souls
  5. Crown of Crystal Flames

This entire series could have been one large book in the way that the next book picks up right where the last one left off. In these books there are four groups of notice. There are the Fey, beautiful nearly immortal beings that live behind a wall of mist. Eld and their mages are the polar opposites and natural enemies. Humans, who have lived in peace for the past thousand years after the Mage wars. And Elves who are rarely seen but still exist. The king of the Fey faces a tough problem, the Tairen, large flying cats, are dying out and when they dye the Fey civilization dies with them. On top of that the Mages have been gathering power and are getting ready to make another war. To stop them and save the Tairen the king travels to the human kingdom to find the one person who can save them all: his Shei’tani.

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These next two are larger series that should be read by a mature mind. The term “smut” could be applied to them, but unlike other romance novels these series have plot lines that don’t rely on the physical relationship the the main characters. Personally I skip over those parts and read them for character development and action. (please do not think poorly of me)

Shall we? Personally anything Sherrilyn Kenyon writes I love. I have read her Dark-hunter, Dream-hunter, Were-hunter and Chronicals of Nick series and enjoyed every single one of them for their own reasons. All the series I have listed above are all intertwined in a cover all plotline but the books can be read independently and out of order with not hardship to the reader. Everything has a Greek Mythology feel with a modern twist. The Greek gods go to bars, have kids that live amung humans and have spats across pantheons. As stated before the cover all plot ties them all together.

The Greek god Apollo created his own race of humans called Apolloites claiming to Zeus that they were better than the humans he had created. Apollo too a plain human as his mistress who bared him a son. The queen of the Apolloites got jealous and ordered that the mistress and her child be killed, but told the killers to make it look like an animal did it. Her wish was carried out. Apollo retaliated by cursing the Apolloites to never again step foot in the sun, which is his domain, grow fangs and feed upon each other like animals, but the crulest thing he did was decree that all Apolloites will die a slow death on their 27th birthday, for his mistress had been 27 when she was killed. Seeking help the Apolloites welcomed the aid given by the destroyer god Apollymi. She taught them how to harvest human souls to extend their short lives. Enter the Dark Hunters, created by the goddess Artemis to exterminate Daimons, Apolloites who choose to steal souls rather than die at 27, and keep balance in the world.

If this sounds good to you’ll link to a reading list with the books in order. The Chronicals of Nick is a spin off series from the Dark hunters series and I suggest reading the Dark-Hunter books before reading Nicks.

The final series is a step closer to a romance novel than the previous, but again if you don’t like that stuff its ok to skip a head. This series is by Christine Feehan and is for lack of a better name for it called dark. Almost all the titles have the word Dark in title, if not all books in this series have “A Carpathian Novel” written somewhere on the cover. These books can also be read independent of each other and all interact under the same cover all plot.

The Carpathians are an old race of people with a deep connection to the earth that live in the Carpathian Mountains. Strong, Beautiful, and dying. With power there is normally a downside to keep things balanced. In this case the men of this race loose their emotions after the first 200 years of light. The only way to get their “humanity” back and stop from becoming the dreaded “vampire” of human legend, is to find their Lifemate and bond his dark soul to her one of light. Time and hope are running out. A female hasn’t been born to them in the past 500 years or so, and if a female child is born it normally dies within the first year of life.

If this sounds like it could be a good read here is a list of all the Carpathian Novels to date in reading order .

BOOK #1: DARK PRINCE
BOOK #2: DARK DESIRE
BOOK #3: DARK GOLD
BOOK #4: DARK MAGIC
BOOK #5: DARK CHALLENGE
BOOK #6: DARK FIRE
BOOK #7: DARK DREAM
BOOK #8: DARK LEGEND
BOOK #9: DARK GUARDIAN 
BOOK #10: DARK SYMPHONY 
BOOK #11: DARK DESCENT
BOOK #12: DARK MELODY 
BOOK #13: DARK DESTINY
BOOK #14: DARK HUNGER
BOOK #15: DARK SECRET
BOOK #16: DARK DEMON
BOOK #17: DARK CELEBRATION
BOOK #18: DARK POSSESSION
BOOK #19: DARK CURSE 
BOOK #20: DARK SLAYER
BOOK #21: DARK PERIL
BOOK #22: DARK PREDATOR
BOOK #23: DARK STORM
BOOK #24: DARK LYCAN (September, 2013)
BOOK #25: DARK WOLF (January, 2014)
BOOK #26: DARK BLOOD (Septembe, 2014)

So many good book, if only I had time to read them all.

Incase you missed the links:

The Sevenwaters Series by Juliet Marillier : http://www.Julietmarillier.com/

Tairen Soul Series by C.L. Wilson: http://clwilson.com/the-books/novels-of-the-fading-lands/

The Dark-Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon: http://www.sherrilynkenyon.com/        The reading order: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark-Hunter_(series)

Carpathian Novels by  Christine Feehan: http://www.christinefeehan.com/index.php

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This is Me

I'm not this intense

I’m not this intense

Hey, the name’s Ashley. I am a college student somewhere in Minnesota. So far, I’m relatively new to blogging, but I am taking a course called “Weblogs and Wikis” that should fix that. What can I tell you… I am the oldest child of three by two loving parents who have finally gotten their wish of a house on a lake. I enjoy rollerblading, Kayaking, reading, writing and listening to music, watching Anime and reading Manga (A bit of an Otaku (don’t knock it ’till you try it)). Kinda crafty, and I hope to show some of my creations here. Other than that, have patience with me as this is a learning experience, that’s all I ask of you.  Nice to meet you

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