My favorite Sponge tagged me for this tag- thank you very much. :))
– 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
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
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
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.”
“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”
5. (One of my) Favorite thing(s) in my room: travel corkboard
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
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
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.)
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?