Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My Top Five Youtube Channels

 I watch videos on youtube. Here are some of my favorite channels.

1. Blimey Cow
 Blimey Cow is a channel run by Jordan, his brother Josh, and Josh's wife Kelly. Their videos are hilarious and they make Monday a day to look forward to. #staymessy

2. Pemberley Digital 
If you're a Jane Austen fan, then you should probably be watching Emma Approved - it's a modern-day retelling of Emma told through weekly vlogs. It's kinda amazing. Oh, and you should probably have a Lizzie Bennet Diaries (modern Pride and Prejudice!) marathon, too.

3. Ariel Bissett
So, I watch BookTube. In case you haven't heard of it, BookTube is the cool part of youtube filled with vloggers who talk mainly about books. I've gotten some amazing book recommendations from watching BookTube, and also it's just plain fun. Ariel Bissett is one of the first BookTubers I stumbled upon, and she's still one of my favorites!

 4. Carrie Fletcher @ It'sWayPastMyBedtime
  Carrie is the sweetest ever. Her vlogs are fun and thought-provoking, she's an amazing singer, and I fangirl about her sometimes. Plus she is currently Eponine in West End's Les Mis. More on that later.  Here's her singing one of her original songs.

 5. Shannon @ CozyTeaReads
 Another favorite BookTuber of mine! Shannon has great taste in books and her videos are really creative and fun to watch.

  Do you guys watch any of the channels I mentioned? What are some of your favorite youtubers?


Monday, August 25, 2014

I Creep on Mr. Bingley // UK, Part 4

 After our fun but very exhausting day in London, my family decided to have a slower, more relaxing day on Tuesday. We decided to check out a place that was close by to where we were staying. It was called Basildon Park, and it was gorgeous.

 A Few Facts about Basildon House:
- Built between 1776 and 1783
- During WW2 was used as a barracks and later a prisoner of war camp
- It was used as filming location in a Downton Abbey Christmas Special, and was Netherfield Park in the 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice

(Mr. Bingley was really glad to have us visit his home. Much more friendly than Darcy was.)

  Look at that library! Look at that pink bedroom! I'm going to model my future house after this one. You can come for tea if you'd like.

  After Basildon, we headed back to our (adorable) holiday house. Later we climbed the hill that was next to the house. The view was sort of nice.


In the evening, we headed to the little village nearby for a walk by the river.

 That was a beautiful day. England is a beautiful place. The countryside, the grand houses, the villages...

 Move aside, Jane, I'm marrying Bingley.

See you next which we head back into the chaos of London. :)


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I Buy Overpriced Ice Cream // UK, Part 3

  After an unexpected break, I'm back to continue sharing about my UK trip! (which already feels like so long ago. I'm ready to go back there now)

 I thought I knew exactly what to expect of London. But it was really different from what I thought.

 For one thing, it's so huge. Way bigger than I expected. Reality Check: London has about double the population of my entire country. K.

 Also: London's a little crazy.

  The first thing we did once we arrived in London was to board a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus to tour the city. (well, technichally that wasn't the first thing we did. We ate at Subway first, but that's boring.)

 We got off the bus outside of St. Paul's Cathedral. ("Feeeed the biiiirds, tuppence a bag!")

 |This was carved into the doorway. So, if it's real...that's pretty dang old graffiti.|

 A Small Sad Story
*outside of St. Paul's*
Me: Look! An ice cream truck! I think I'll get some ice cream.
Caleb: Me too!
Me: Okay, I'll buy them together.
*walks up to ice cream truck, where there is surprisingly no costumers despite the crowds at St. Paul's*
Me: Two choco cones, please.
*ice cream guy hands us ice creams that look fabulous*
Me: Thanks!
Him: That will be 8 pounds.
Me: What.

[8 pounds = 10 euros = 13.65 dollars. Yep.]

 Next, we got back on the bus and headed for the Tower of London.

 The Tower of London was cool - we saw the crown jewels (fancy) and saw where people were imprisoned hundreds of years ago (tragic) and got a picture with a guard (of course).

 Next, we got to go on a City Cruise boat! It was really cool to see the city from the water.

|some random clock I decided to take a picture of.|

Our day in London was overwhelming and pretty awesome. We went to London again later in the week - I'm really excited to share those photos, too (because it involves Sherlock Holmes and Les Miserables).


Friday, August 8, 2014

Where Have I Been?

 Hey lovely people! I sort of disappeared there for a few weeks, and I wanted to give a quick explanation for that before I rush back into posting about my England trip.

 July was a busy month for several reasons. Here's a few!

1. My friend, Romany, came to visit us from Canada for the month. It was so wonderful having her here, and I miss her a lot now that she's gone! (That's her on the left in photo #1)

2. I worked down in Co. Kerry for a week with a Christian organization that does children's programs on the beach. Our days were crazy busy, but it was wonderful.That week was a blessing in my life and I learned so much. (That's me with a few fellow team members in the last pic)

3. My church recently moved into a new building, and my family has been busy working on it. There's still a lot of work to be done, but it's going really well. (That's my little bro and I in the new building in pic #3. We have weird faces.)

4. My brother, Brendan, got engaged to his girlfriend, Rachael! SOEXCITING. (That's them in pic #2. Aren't they adorbs?)

 I've been having a great summer. I hope you guys have been as well! Not only have I not been posting on this blog, but I unfortunately haven't been able to keep up with you guys' blogs either. So tell me what you've been up to! I miss you all!

Talk to you again very soon,