Seven of my favorite things

My favorite Sponge tagged me for this tag- thank you very much. :))

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RULES
– Link back to and thank the person who tagged you
– Link back to and thank the blogger who began the tag (thank you, Beth!)
– List and picture seven of your favourite things.
– Tag at least seven people (or as many as you can).
– Use the picture above (at Beth’s request).
– List the seven rules.

1. Favorite morning/night/post-shower/bathroom thing: Wetbrush

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I first found about Wetbrushes when my family went skiing over Thanksgiving break in eighth grade. We were hanging out and resting in the lodge, and my sister called me over because she wanted to show me this cool hairbrush she had. In that moment, I thought to myself- how cool can a brush be?

Despite my skepticism, I tried it out. My sister handed it to me, and I did a few quick strokes through my hair. She asked what I thought, and I gave a half-hearted affirmation of excitement. Inside, I was thinking that it seemed like the brush had just glided over my hair. It felt like it had done absolutely nothing.

That was two years ago. I’ve been using my purple Wetbrush ever since then. (You can tell too. It’s missing some bristles and a handle- one day I dropped it on my tile bathroom floor and it just snapped.) Honestly, it’s changed my life on a small but distinctive level.

I’m not sure if they would agree that it’s necessarily changed their lives, but I’ve influenced five of my friends into using Wetbrushes now too. So yes, they’re amazing, but I do have a warning: they’re not perfect for everyone. I’ve been told by a friend that Wetbrush doesn’t work for getting tangles out of her hair. I guess depending on the person, Wetbrushes are either a 0 or a 10.

Sidenote: I got mine at BedBath&Beyond.

2. Favorite breakfast food(s): yolk-y eggs and Chobani yogurt

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I’ve been eating the same two things for weeks now: a yolk-y egg with lemon pepper and a cup of Chobani yogurt in either pineapple, blueberry, or peach flavor. (Well actually, I haven’t eaten yogurt the past two days because we ran out.)

I used to hate yolk-y eggs, but now I think they’re good, mostly because of the addition of lemon pepper. Also, I know they’re called runny, but that makes me think of a runny nose so I’m going to keep describing them as yolk-y. I guess I could say sunny side up? I think that’s what they’re called.

I’ve also been eating mini bagels a bunch. I eat it one half at a time- one side with cream cheese and the other as a PB&J. I’m not sure why, but I think I could eat the same things for breakfast forever and not get tired of it, but I couldn’t do that for lunch or dinner.

3. Favorite 9 o’clock dessert: coffee ice-cream

This coffee ice-cream is amazing. It’s also a mystery. Even after being in the freezer, it stays so soft and scoops very easily.

(Oops, just realized that I recently finished the tub so I can’t show you what the carton looks like. I don’t remember what brand it is either, but I will put it in the PS of a post when I find out.)

4. Favorite Bible verses I’ve read recently: Habakkuk

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The last time (and first time) I did an update on reading the Bible in a year was in February, so eight months later, here’s a quick second installment.

I’m at Zephaniah, which means I’m four books away from the New Testament- four. I never truly realized how long the Old Testament is until now. Not getting to Matthew until October helps to put things in perspective.

I’m very appreciative of the fact that all the short books are at the end of the Old Testament. I think it would be a bit of a struggle to get through another long one before reaching Jesus’s birth.

Books that I either skipped parts of or had to push through:
1) I’m not sure if it was the Kings or the Chronicles, but it was the book where they repeated a bunch of the law and tabernacle stuff that they went through in the beginning five books. I was good with it the first time, but I didn’t read it the second time.
2) Maybe around Psalm 80, I was ready to move on to the next book. A hundred and fifty Psalms is a lot.
3) Isaiah: I got confused in the prophecies.

Anyways, onto the verses. They’re both from Habakkuk. They’re verses I’ve heard people talk about before, but I would say they’re both lesser known.

“For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.”
Habakkuk 1:5

“Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength”
Habbakkuk 3:17-19

5. (One of my) Favorite thing(s) in my room: travel corkboard

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For every state that I visit, I get a postcard. On the back, I write all the things we did there and my short thoughts on each thing.

6. (One of my) Favorite website(s): Evernote

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It’s pretty cool. You can create notes that you put in notebooks that you can put in collections of notebooks. You can add links, pictures, and tags. There’s also an Evernote web-clipper so you can add stuff from around the web without having to go to the website. I’m sure there’s a bunch more cool features that I don’t know about or that the non-free levels have.

7. Favorite football team: San Francisco 49ers

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at San Francisco 49ers

I got a favorite football team last week. I was listening to a podcast (I wonder how many conversations I’ve started with those words), specifically How to Stop Being a Loser. In it, the host Steven Dubner interviewed players on the San Francisco 49ers for a series called The Hidden Side of Sports.

I was already starting to like the team at that point, but the clincher was because of an off-hand comment Steven Dubner made. He mentioned something about how one of the players, Joe Staley, makes these Youtube videos for fun called The Joe Show. I watched one, and that’s how the 49ers officially became my favorite football team.

(I tried to find more of his videos, but I only saw maybe three other ones. So sad. I’m really hoping he’s going to make more.)

I would never have expected me to be able to say that I have a favorite football team, but if I think about it, of course this would be how it happened. For most people, I’m guessing they first start off liking the sport and then their favorite team is decided based off of their parents or where they live- a top-down sort of process. (The word “top-down” probably doesn’t apply here, but it makes sense.)

For me, as someone who thinks football is a sport that’s kind of boring to watch and also has problems (I’m talking head-injury-wise), that was never going to happen. It had to happen in a bottom-up way. I had to first fall in love with specific players, and then a team, and then hypothetically the sport as a whole. I’m not sure that’s going to happen though. And of course, it all started with a podcast.

I still don’t plan on watching a game anytime soon, but I did look up the 49ers’ schedule. As I’m currently writing this on September 30, they lost their game against the Los Angeles Chargers 27-29. Again, so sad.

It’s weird how sports is such an immediate and easy way to get emotionally tied up to something. For everything else I can think of right now, getting invested usually takes longer than a podcast episode and a Youtube video.

People I tag (no tagbacks, and also this is more of a “you’re-super-cool tag” than a “you-better-do-this-tag-or-I-will-tell-you-all-my-stories-that-start-with-me-listening-to-a-podcast tag” so please feel exactly 0.001% pressure to do it)
– Abigail at Story-Eyed (Abby, I just realized that I could’ve included snail mail in this post-headpalm)
– Olivia at Purely Olivia (Maybe this could be a fun and quick post for when you’re in one of those time crunches school has been known to create?)
– Hannah at The Relentless Daydreamer (I would love to hear about one of your favorite vegan baking recipes!)
– Emily at The Beaming Blonde (Favorite bullet journal spreads/pens/inspirations? This is just me throwing ideas at the wall)
– Noriko at Diary of a Bookfiend (Noriko, I would love to read more about Japan!)
– RubySky at The Sea Calls Us Home (Just wanted to tell you again that your poems are amazing.)
– Julia at True Thoughts of a Teenage Girl (Thank you so so much for answering my questions about what it’s like to be homeschooled- I will ASAP- aka this coming weekend. :))
– El at Elated Books (I’m planning on reading To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before too! The hold list at the library is pretty long. Have you watched Netflix’s movie adaptation? It’s SO CUTE.)

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What are your preferences on eggs or breakfast in general?
Best thing in your room right now?
Have you ever heard of Wetbrushes or Evernote?
Favorite lesser known Bible verses?
Favorite sports team? 

25 thoughts on “Seven of my favorite things”

  1. Fantastic post! I love hearing about random things that people love. 🙂 I tried a yolk-y egg once and it kind of weirded me out, haha. Usually I eat plain old scrambled eggs for breakfast, or cereal. But something else that I like for breakfast (when my sister makes it) is German pancakes. Have you ever tried those? They are big and fluffy and buttery and delicious.
    I love your travel cork-board! I think that is really cool. Best things in my room right now: my bookshelf (including all that which is contained upon it) and my panda collection. Probably.
    I’ve heard of wet-brushes, but I’ve never used one, and I’ve never heard of Evernote- unless I read about it on your blog before. It does sound vaguely familiar, but I’ve never used it. It sounds like it could be useful though.
    I don’t know exactly how well known these Bible verses are, but here are a few of my favorites: “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.” Psalm 139:1. (Actually all of Psalm 139 is really, really awesome.) “Then I say to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes.” Deuteronomy 1:29-30. “For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!” Ezekiel 18:32. “Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24.
    Anyway. Yeah. The Bible has some cool stuff. Those verses from Habakkuk are really good! My uncle actually wrote a song using the text from Habakkuk 3:17-19!
    Uh… I don’t actually know any sports teams. Though I think there’s a baseball team with socks in the title, so maybe I would go with them.
    Fun post! Thanks for doing this tag!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, me too. Hahaha, yolk-y eggs grossed me out for the longest time. I could not understand why people liked them, and here I am now, eating them every day. My tastebuds have changed. Okay for me, scrambled eggs don’t have enough flavor. Well, they do have flavor, but it’s too egg flavored. I need something to mask it a bit. Oooh, what’s your favorite cereal? Mine is more of a memory: when we went to the beach one year, my sister and I ate this plain cereal with really good blueberries- so good. Whaat, German pancakes? Wow, yum. Can Sean maybe write a recipe of them sometime?
      Thank you! Yes, I am pretty proud of it. Hahaha, I love your panda collection. I don’t specifically remember if I’ve mentioned Evernote before, but I can see me doing so. It is so useful!
      Have you ever heard the Psalm 139 song? This one band did songs on a bunch of the Psalms. Whoa okay, I really like your combination of verses. I love the second one, of God fighting specifically before us. The Ezekiel one messes with me a bit. In church we’ve been going through Joshua and Exodus, and I fully believe in that verse with my whole being, but I still have that struggle in me of what about all those people the Israelites killed that God commanded them to kill? What about predestination? So thank you for including that one. At first, the Mark one made me laugh, I’m not sure why, but now I’m thinking about it and will be thinking about it.
      Whaaaat, that’s so cool!
      Hahahaha, if you go with the socks team, you’ll also have to choose your favorite between red and white- there’s a Red Sox and a White Sox.
      You’re welcome, thank you for taggin me!

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      1. Hm, I don’t know what my favorite cereal is. I really like Cheerios (original or honey nut) and I also like oatmeal squares, which is funny to me because I don’t really like oatmeal.
        Haha, I feel like Sean writing a recipe of German pancakes wouldn’t necessarily turn out all that delicious. 😉
        No, I haven’t heard the Psalm 139 song! I’ll have to look it up now.
        I know, it’s such a hard thing to reconcile! God fully loves us and wants what’s best for us, but at the same time he seems to advocate so much death? What’s that about? Ultimately I’m trying to come to terms with the fact that God’s thoughts are above our thoughts and his ways above our ways and that somehow even the times when what he’s doing seems cruel, it is actually because he loves us. It’s really hard though. I think about the fact that whenever he killed people or had the Israelites kill people it was probably because those people were hurting other people somehow. He loves all of us and he hates seeing us hurt each other. There are some people that he knows will never return to him. But he doesn’t enjoy the deaths of any of us. I don’t know, it’s definitely something that I grapple with.
        The Mark one has always been meaningful to me because I struggle with doubt and it shows that even if you struggle with doubt you can have a willing heart. It’s possible to believe and not believe at the same time, but we need to ask God’s help to overcome it, and he will help us. He understands that conflict.
        Yeah, one of my uncle’s is a composer and he’s done a few Bible passages as songs. They’re really neat.
        Oh. Well. I guess I’ll go with Red Sox then. I think it would be cool if one of them was like Striped Sox or Sox with Ducks or something interesting like that.

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      2. I’ve never gotten into Cheerios, but whenever my friends bring a ziplock of them as a snack, I always eat a couple. I don’t like oatmeal- but I’m saying that as someone who hasn’t really tried it before.
        Hahaha!
        I think there’s multiple, but I was talking about the one by Shane&Shane.
        Agh, exactly. I don’t think this will be something I ever stop grappling with. There are two specific sentences that are helping me. The first is a verse saying the same things you were talking about. One time a teacher at church said that whenever somebody asks you- I would say you asking yourself also applies here- something about God that you can’t answer, tell them Deuteronomy 29:29 because it’s easy to remember: “The secret things belong to the Lord our God.” The second is don’t believe anything bad about God. I don’t know who said it, but I’m pretty sure I heard it on the podcast That Sounds Fun.
        I actually read the verse in Mark a couple of days ago and wrote Sponge next to it. If you hadn’t talked about it, I might’ve just skipped over it without realizing what it really meant- so thank you. It’s possible to believe and not believe at the same time- yes, yes.
        Hahaha, just imagine if every baseball team was Sox something. Christmas Sox, Chevron Sox, Dirty Sox.

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  2. ooh I love the Sound of Music so much, I just rewatched it a few months ago and it made me so happy 🙂 haha I’ve wanted a wet brush for a while but they’re weirdly expensive…are they worth it? Thank you so much for the tag!

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    1. Ohh wait, is there a song in The Sound of Music called My Favorite Things? If you can’t tell, I haven’t watched it before- but my school is putting it on as a play this year! The one I got was around ten dollars, and yes, I would say it’s been worth it. You’re welcome! :))

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  3. I love the Sound of Music, I love the song “Favorite Things” from that musical, and consequently, I love this post. 🙂
    WETBRUSH. I have one too, and they are the best! I always use mine to brush my hair in the morning and when it’s wet, but I use a normal brush to pull it back in a ponytail. The wet brush is amazing for non-painful tangle removal, but for me it doesn’t work very well as far as pulling back hair goes.
    I could eat the same thing for breakfast forever and not get tired of it either! I don’t know why it works like that, but it really does. I’ve been having peanut butter toast almost every day for two years and so far I’m not tired of it.
    Ice cream is definitely the perfect night snack. I’ve never tried the coffee flavor, but as a general rule, Blue Bell chocolate chip cookies due is my favorite kind.
    THE OLD TESTAMENT IS VERY LONG. I tried to do a Bible in a year challenge in 2017, but sadly I gave up about halfway through the Old Testament. I want to try again, though! Habbakkuk 3:17-19 is so pretty! I’ve never heard that one before but now I want to go highlight it in my Bible.
    Your travel corkboard is so cool! I collect postcards, too.
    Whoa, I’ve heard of Evernote, but never investigated it. I prefer to take notes handwritten, but I still think I should check it out because it could be handy and keeps me a lot more organized when it comes to my classes.
    I love how the 49ers are your favorite football team for absolutely no reason associated to how they play! It’s the same for me- my favorite time is the New Orleans Saints, for no reason other than my mom loves them and made us name our dog after their quarterback, Brees, and decorates our house with Saints decorations every football season. I should probably support a team that’s local to me, but….nah, I prefer to watch shows like Friends over football games. XD
    Thank you for tagging me! I would love to do this post this month, you’re right, it would be a fun and quick non-stressful post. Also, listening to all your stories that start with you listening to a podcast would actually be educational and interesting and not as much of a threat as you think it might be. 😉 At least in my opinion.

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    1. I had the feeling that the name of this tag had something to do with The Sound of Music from Em’s comment, but now it’s been confirmed. For a second, I was confused because I was pretty sure I hadn’t mentioned anything about the movie in the post, but haha now I get it. And also, thank you. :))
      YESSS, Wetbrushes! Oh interesting- see, I wouldn’t know that because I just my hands to try and smooth everything out when I do ponytails. That makes sense, the bristles don’t seem strong enough to do that.
      I know right? Whoaa okay, I’ve got nothing on two years. I had peanut butter (and jelly) toast this morning!
      I agree. Oh my goodness, I LOVE coffee ice-cream. You need to try it sometime. I would compare it to a frappacino. Wait, Blue Bell has a chocolate chip cookie flavor? I’ve only had their cookies n’ creme.
      I AGREE AGAIN. If you try again, what if you tried one of those plans that don’t go straight through the Bible? Do you think that would work better? Yes yes, I know. I don’t have it highlighted (I think the pages of my Bible are too thin for it), but I do have a little colored tab on that page.
      Thank you! Oh, niceee.
      Evernote is great. Yep, I need to keep handwritten notes too (I don’t know what I would do without paper and pencil), but the electronic version helps me keep things straight in a way that paper can’t.
      Hahahaha, me too! Oh, how are the New Orleans Saints doing? I have no idea anything about them. Also, what made your mom like them? Haha yea, people have said that I need to support the Cowboys in response to me telling them that the 49ers are my favorite team, but same- nah. Oh, Friends! I watched the first episode the other day! Somebody told me I should just watch the first season? And you’re welcome! Your answers are going to be great. HA, that is so kind of you to say. Haha okay, maybe that could be a future blog post. :))

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      1. Haha! Yes, The Sound of Music is just amazing. You’re welcome!
        I really do need to try coffee ice cream! Oops, in my comment I meant chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, not chocolate chip cookie. XD Although I have had chocolate chip cookie Blue Bell ice cream before- there’s a Blue Bell creamery pretty close to where I live, and they have some flavors there that you can’t get in the stores, and one of them was Milk and Cookies, which was basically cookies and cream but with chocolate chip cookies instead of Oreos. It was really good!
        I think the Saints are doing good so far? I do know they have a game tomorrow night. XD My mom likes them because she’s from Louisiana (although she isn’t from New Orleans, but I guess they’re just the biggest NFL team to support is Lousiana). Haha, yes, I am not an avid supporter of the Cowboys, despite being in their geographical support spectrum.
        I LOVE FRIENDS. I loved all ten seasons of it, but the first five seasons are probably my favorite. I was just watching it last night, haha! If you do watch it, you’ll have to let me know who your favorite characters are.

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      2. Ohhh okay, I see. WHAT a Blue Bell creamery? That sounds amazing. I do know there’s a factory thing for Ben and Jerry’s- I think I might be going to Vermont (I’m pretty sure it’s Vermont, I’ve been doing research for both Vermonth and New Jersey so I might be confusing them) this year, and they have one there. Oh my goodness, Milk and Cookies? Sounds delicious. Oooh, you know what would make it even better? If the cookie parts were hot and melty. I’m not sure how you could pull it off, but wow, that would be good.
        Oh oh oh, about the Saints: I was skimming through one of the news email things I’m subscribed too, and I saw this part on the Saints and knew I had to include it in this comment: it’s about how the quarterback Brees (your dog’s namesake) “broke one of the NFL’s most important records… surpassed Peyton Manning to become the all-time passing leader…”
        Okay, I will do that. :)) Also, you said you’ve been rewatching it- are you rewatching it in order or your favorite episodes?

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      3. YES, it is amazing. Ooh, that sounds so fun! If you do go there, you should definitely make a blog post about it. 😉 I have no idea how they would pull off warm cookies inside cold ice cream, but if they could, it would be delicious.
        OH YES! There was much celebration in my house when that happened. Everyone was very proud of Drew Brees (the quarterback, not my dog XD)!
        I’ve been rewatching my favorite episodes, or just random episodes, though not in any particular order.

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      4. If I do, definitely will, I assure you. ;)) It would be a scientific feat of delicious proportions.
        Hahaha, ahh that’s so exciting!
        Okay, I’m curious- which episodes are your favorite?

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      5. I love that. XD
        Ohh, okay, let me see. Some of them I don’t know the titles, I just know I love what happens in them. My first favorite (I have watched it SO many times, and never fail to die laughing) is Season 5 Episode 14, The One Where Everyone Finds Out. Some honorable mentions include basically all the episodes in the first season, the ones when Phoebe is pregnant, and the ones where they have the competition over the apartments (season 4, episode 12). I only have a couple favorites that I can say from memory, but usually I just reread all the episode descriptions and pick one I remember loving.

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      6. The One Where Everyone Finds Out is such an interesting title. Haha, the apartment competition sounds hilarious. I had a volleyball this weekend that was six hours away (for some reason this far away school is in our district- so weird), so I wanted to watch some Friends, but it doesn’t allow you to download episodes. :(( Instead I finished season 1 of The Office and started the second. And thank you for answering my question!

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      7. It really is so funny! WHOA, that is so far away to be in the same district. :0 That’s crazy! I wonder why you have to play them if it’s such a long trip. XD I hope your game went well, though! I always got so annoyed that Friends can’t be downloaded on Netflix…how are you liking the Office so far?

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