Things I’m Loving – August 2017

Hello all! I’m back with another “Things I’m Loving”, this time in August.

Musical Theatre

Poetry*

Journaling

Be More Chill

Miraculous Ladybug

Doctor Who**

Mystery books

Writing Fanfics

 

Are you interested in any of these? Have any good musical suggestions?

Kathleen

 

*A couple of my favorite poets are Rupi Kaur, Erin Hansen, and Atticus

** I just started watching this recently. I’m still only in s1 of new who. Within five seconds of Jack Harkness being onscreen he was my favorite.

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Things I’m Loving — March 2017

Hello! How are you all?

Because I haven’t posted much recently, I was inspired by Bella to update you on my current obsessions. Prepare for some serious fangirling.

Credit: Dear Evan Hansen website

Dear Evan Hansen

Currently, my biggest musical obsession is Dear Evan Hansen. They  debuted the OBCR on February 2nd, and I’m pretty sure it’s been on repeat ever since I heard it on the 5th.* They published the whole album on YouTube, and I strongly recommend it for 13+. My favorites are probably Waving Through a Window, Requiem, If I Could Tell Her, Disappear, You Will Be Found, Only Us, and Words Fail. Yep, I’m obsessed.

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SHERLOCK

After much begging from friends, I finally jumped on the bandwagon and watched Sherlock. There has been much fangirling and many all caps emails to friends.

My friends and I have had some very interesting conversations recently about which characters I am most like. I definitely relate the most with Molly, so you can imagine my surprise when they all said I was Mycroft!

Credit to Broadway World

Hamilton

I was skeptical of Hamilton for a very long time. Rap and hip hop have never been my style, and mixing it with musical theatre was a very weird idea to me. It took watching Hamilton’s America (about five times), but I am now full-on Hamiltrash. It’s way too hard to choose just a few favorites, so I’ll just say that I’m obsessed with all of the songs that include the Schuyler Sisters. And also Dear Theodosia, My Shot, You’ll Be Back, Wait For It, What Comes Next, and I Know Him. They’ve all been on NON-STOP!**

Credit to Shannon Messenger, author of KOTLC

Keeper of the Lost Cities

I first heard about this series from Loren’s blog. I read them back in December 2016. I have since cried, screamed, and done general fangirling since. Lodestar was AMAZING!

I dragged my two best friends and one of their siblings into the fandom. We are hardcore Team Foster-Keefe fans, and most of our conversations seem to mention Keefe at one point or another. 😛 Welcome to the life of a fangirl.

Other recent obsessions:

– FANTASTIC BEASTS

– Downton Abbey (I think I’m on S4?)

– Harry Potter

– Lemony Snicket

– Meyers-Briggs/MBTI***

– The Book Thief

– Pinterest

– Pictures of the night sky

– Thoroughly Modern Millie

– A Very Potter Musical

– AGSmiless

– Psychology

– Wicked

– Lindsey Stirling

What are your current obsessions?

Kathleen

* Requiem is playing right now.

** Did you really think I’d throw away my shot to make a reference? *inwardly groans*

***I’m a more extraverted version of INFJ.

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Hello Again! (and updates)

Hello.

It’s been forever, hasn’t it?

Here are a couple updates from my life:

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– I saw Fantastic Beasts three times in theaters and it was absolutely amazing. I’ve never been a big movie or TV person, but the third time I came out of the theater absolutely sobbing. Queenie and Tina were both great. Jacob was hilarious (and DAN FOGLER) and Newt was, as my friend would say, a precious cinnamon roll. I strongly support Newt and Tina adopting Credence and possibly Modesty. 😛 The casting was brilliant and they all are so funny in interviews. Pickett was adorable, and so was Dougal. And they were all just so precious and I adore them all and just ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!! *intense fangirling occurs* Also EVERY SCENE WITH THE OBSCURUS RUINED ME EMOTIONALLY AND I STILL THINK I HAVE YET TO SPEAK OF THIS MOVIE WITHOUT TEARING UP BECAUSE IT WAS SO PERFECT. And the soundtrack….. *hyperventilating* *jumping up and down* *screaming* *sobbing* *general fangirling*

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– I’ve previously talked a little bit about the fact that I took a musical theatre class in the summer of 2015. I had the chance to do the same class this past summer. I loved getting to see all of my friends, and I worked a lot on my singing. If anything cemented my love for musicals, it was definitely that. I also had to remind myself this fall that sporadically breaking into song is NOT acceptable in general society. Whoops!

– I moved. I’d been wanting to completely re-design my room for a while, and so Claire and I now have different furniture and everything. Also, I now have a desk – in my room! It sure came in handy for NaNo.

Credit to NaNoWriMo

– Speaking of…. I did all three NaNoWriMos in 2016. I wrote about 1k words for Camp in April, and even less than that for Camp in July (whoops). BUT…I reached my WCG (word count goal) in November! I wrote over 5k one of the days*, for a grand total of 25k. I watched every single Write-In, and now adore Lena and Maddie.**  I wrote more of the same book that I’ve been writing for almost two years, so I now have about 30 chapters and am still writing. I’m dreading editing, haha.

– I currently don’t have access to most of my dolls. Since we’ve moved, though, I’ve gotten several more. One of the new dolls is Rebekah, who has been my favorite AG since 2009. I’ll hopefully upload a post with pictures of all of my new dolls soon. For now, though, their names are Lily Luna Potter (OG Ella Grace), Anaya Madison (OG Anaya), Kit Kitteridge (AG Kit), Rebekah Rubin (AG Rebecca), Zaila Amara (OG Maeva), Miyoko Ren Sato (OG Suyin), and Madeleine (OG April).

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– Fandoms are taking over my life. What a surprise, eh?

How are all of you?

Kathleen

* My previous record had been 3.1k words in a day.

** How can you not like people who randomly start singing Starkid songs?

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My Return to Blogging

Hey!

So…..It’s been almost a year for my little unplanned break, which is much longer than I was expecting.

Between dance, theatre, vacation, writing, cooking, and keeping up with my newest ideas, I’ve kind of neglected this blog a bit.

I do have 40+ posts in moderation though, so expect some serious draft-editing and posting. 😉

Anyways, I’M BACK!

A little bit of catch up:

Musical Theatre

Me and Wicked/Seussical

Last summer I was in a summer-long musical theatre class. It was AMAZING! The same group is doing it again this summer and I’m hoping to do it again! It’s all funded by me, but I finally saved up enough thanks to some extra help from my grandparents. Love you!

I even got a line, and the role of featured dancer, which I was really excited about since I hadn’t done any jazz/musical theatre/acting before that.

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I started taking theatre as well this year and I’ve been to one competition so far. It was really fun to see all my hard work (I may or may not have done a Lauren Child piece. BEST SCRIPT EVER!) pay off. My improv group placed pretty well, despite having some really hard/weird prompts and one that was pretty much right up our alley.

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I started extra dance this year: I’m now doing multiple ballet classes as well as lyrical, contemporary, and jazz. My ballet/lyrical/contemporary is awesome and my teacher is an incredible dancer, but our classes our pretty focused and way more specific than they were before this year. There’s a much bigger emphasis on character which, being a writer, I love.

Our recital dances are amazing though!

Food Burger

Cooking by Claire and I, Plating by Claire, Photography by me

I’ve been doing a lot of cooking recently as well, and I’d like to start blogging about some of my recent forays into the world of food. While I’ve always loved to cook, it’s recently been even more interesting to me.

The amount of Food Network and Great British Bake-Off our family watches is slightly insane. I’ve been going around pronouncing “basil” as “bah-sil”, thanks to all the British pronunciations in GBBO.

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A good portion of my time has been spent on my bookworm-ish tendencies. I’ve read several new favorites (Keeper of the Lost Cities and When My Name Was Keoko are my newest) and I thoroughly enjoyed them.

My love for Harry Potter has only grown in the past year, and for the first time I met someone who could answer all my crazy trivia questions. (YES! SOMEONE WHO KNOWS THE RACE OF JOSEPH!)* I can’t wait for FBAWTFT, nor the Cursed Child release. The amount of fan theories I’ve come up with are slightly insane (though a large portion of the fan theories I’ve come up with are also for Star Wars, so….**).

So that’s a bit about my crazy year! Hope you enjoyed!

Kathleen

* If you got that reference you’re my new best friend.

** As I’m writing this my siblings are watching Force Awakens again. All I can hear is “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” and a whole lot of  “FINN!” “FINN!”. Rathtar hunting isn’t cheap.

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My Two-Year Blog-i-versary!

As of two years ago today, I started my blog.

In the past year I haven’t blogged half as much as I’d have liked. I was able to post a few things (and not all doll-focused, yay!) but I’m hoping to get into the routine of posting once a week or more.

In the past year, I’ve gotten views from countries like the U.K., Brazil, Russia, United Arab Emirates, the Philippines, Ireland, Israel, Thailand, Pakistan, Kenya, Croatia, Lithuania, Nigeria, Algeria, Norway, South Korea, Bulgaria (YAY KRUM), Tunisia, Nepal, and Jamaica, to name a few. (Not quite a few, but I think it’s something like 89 countries at my last count.)

I’ve gotten about 12,000 views, multiple new followers, and a whole lot of comments.

I’ve changed my blog design (thanks, Dad!).

It’s been a wonderful year, even when I haven’t been blogging.

I just wanted to say thank you to my 14 followers and many blogging friends, and any one who has ever supported my blog.

Kathleen

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Bucket List

1. Spend a day reading in Trinity College’s Library

2. Visit/Live in Ireland

3. Go to a Lindsey Stirling concert

4. Be cast in a Harry Potter movie, either as an extra or an actual character

5. Be cast in an Artemis Fowl movie, either as an extra or possibly as Minerva (cause she’s the only girl I’m the age to play)

6. Stay/live in Seattle

7. Meet a person I “know” through the internet

8. Own a horse

9. Meet Emma Watson

10. Buy my friend a signed copy of Artemis Fowl

11. Visit Disney World

12. Meet Malala Yousafzai

13. Be accepted into my dance school’s competitive troupe

14. Buy a Cooper Mini and drive around in it (or rent one for the day)

15. Visit the WWofHP in Florida

16. Go to a midnight showing of Harry Potter

17. Publish one of my books

18. Travel through Europe for a few months in an RV with friends

19. Meet Michaela DePrince

20. Take an Irish dance class in every state

21. Meet Shannon Hale

22. Meet Gail Carson Levine

23. Meet Lois Lowry

24. Own a Canon Rebel T5i camera (once my camera skills go way up)

25. Meet JK Rowling

26. Win another Irish dance competition

27. Go and see Riverdance on its’ next tour of the US

28. Buy Kanani

29. Be able to give a friend a really nice gift

30. Travel Europe

31. Live in Ireland for a year

32. Go to college with my friend who I know IRL (and also happens to live on the other side of the world)

33. Go to Australia and meet Jessica 

34. Roamschool for a year

35. Visit Ålesund, Norway

36. Visit 5 different WW2 museums/memorials in Europe

37. Do a quad turn while foot is being held behind head

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I’m an overachiever, ok?

How are ya doing?

I’ve been kinda MIA lately, huh?

At least blogging and stop motioning. I’ve been doing plenty of commenting, NaNo-ing, and pinning.

And I mean a lot of pinning.

Anywho, I’m going to be even more MIA for the next two months or so.

I’m now journeying into the dark realm of Camp NaNo July *screams* and that’s going to be super fun, albeit very stressful.

And then in part of August I’m doing a theatre workshop, and that’s basically all I’ll be doing.

And my grandma is coming to visit in September.

So, blogging and whatnot will be on and off for the next few months. I’ll definitely upload some videos, though.

 

Love,

Kathleen

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My Entry for A Falling Star’s Writing Prompt Contest – The Ladder That Reached the Sky

Hullo today!

First up, I got a YouTube account.

 I am entering Emily’s Writing Prompt Contest, which runs till the end of the month if you would like to enter it. 🙂

I tried a different style than I normally do, so it was kind of hard to try and write in it. I had quite a lot of fun writing from a 3rd graders POV, though, and it was rather delightful to use such a classic name. I’d been wanting to use the name Matilda for ages, but there wasn’t really a character to go with it, or at least until I saw this picture.

It seems to be the one almost everyone already entered is using, so it will be rather hard for Emily to choose! I love the ones already out.

Anyways, enough rambling. Here’s my entry and the prompt I chose:

No clues about where the credits should go to

The Ladder That Reached the Sky

When I woke up that day, I would have laughed in your face if you said I would soon be climbing a ladder into the sky.

I mean, really? Where would I even find a ladder that tall? And how would it be supported?

Honestly, climbing a ladder into the sky is quite creepy. Clouds, and watching out for airplanes, and birds, and those spiteful little fairies.

People always say I’m too logical. They say I’ve never had an imagination. Which isn’t true. I do, I just prefer to not be active in the typical imaginative kid fashion. When I was 4, I was the only one reciting picture books while all the other girls dressed up as fairies.

Why did they even want to dress up as fairies?

Fairies are spiteful little things. They pull your hair and pinch your arm if you come too close.

I’m sure you’re wondering “Really? You do have a big imagination. Climbing a ladder into the sky? Sure. Keep dreaming, kiddo. You won’t be doing it for long.”

I can clearly imagine the day I decided to climb the ladder.

It was fall, October 10th.

The day started out like any other day. Wake up, breakfast, get ready for school, go to school, math, science, and then recess.

Olivia had been taunting me all day. Honestly, she reminded me of a particularly spiteful little fairy that I had seen as I climbed. She did the same things, and more.

“What kind of name is Matilda? Who would name their daughter Matilda?”

“Eww, Matilda, what is that? “A seaweed sandwich, what does it look like?” “Like boogers!”

“Ms. Martinez, Matilda is already done with her science test and is reading” “What is the problem with that, Miss Snooty Pants?” “Shut it, Ms. Awful Name”

She still drives me crazy. Blech. And she was getting better at driving me up the wall, too.

Recess that day was awful. Then, when I was in 3rd grade, years later, I could still remember being in 1st grade. My teacher read us “Roxie and the Hooligans” and that is exactly what I wanted to call Miss Snooty Pants that recess. A hooligan. And I did it, too.

So that is why that recess I ended up running through the school, out into the older kid playground, running through the gate that led to the meadow that led to the stream that led to the forest that led to the other meadow and collapsing in a heap on the ground.

“It’s not fair” I whispered.

“Nothing’s ever fair, dear.”

“What?”

“Look up”

I lifted my head up and looked around for the mysterious voice. Straight in front of me, there was a very tall, very rusty, very old ladder. It wasn’t held down with anything, it just went straight up into the sky.

I put one foot onto it very gingerly, reaching a hand sky-wards. I took another step, and another.

And now, here I am. Two years (or so I reckon) among the birds and the bees, the clouds, and the fairies, watching out for airplanes. Still climbing.

Sometimes I wonder where this will end.

Maybe it’ll end at Mars. Or maybe at the sun. Maybe even in Olympus!

Wherever and whenever it ends, I know that I’ll be happy, and I’ll finally have a place to call home.

No Olivia. No hooligans. No “you have no imagination.”

Just me and the sky and the fairies and the birds and the clouds and the airplanes and the ladder and the place it will lead to.

Home.

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The Düeren Family Dolls!

Ahem. Yes, is this thing on?

Ok. Hello, peoples.

Today, I am going to talk about a very special group of dolls.

Their name is…The Düeren family!

They are 5 sisters (Marie, Grace, Hazel, Willow, and Adeline).

Plus, here are their cousins: Leah Grace, Cozzie, Saige, Annika, and Sophie. Leah, Cozzie, and Saige are/will be Lainey‘s dolls.

Almost the whole Düeren family is supposed to be my mini-me, BTW. Katelyn (my first doll) is kinda my younger self mini-me, like me at age 8 or so. I’ve changed quite a bit since then, so that is why Grace and Marie in particular are my going to be my new mini me-s. They don’t look like me, necessarily, but in personality they’re really similar.

 

So, introducing….the Düeren family!

FYI, Grace and Willow might swap wigs. For now, though, this is the plan.

 

The Older Twins:

 

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Marie Charlotte Düeren

Age 13

One of the oldest twins, Marie Charlotte is basically my slightly more nerdy, introverted side in doll form. She loves writing, photography, reading, Harry Potter, LotR (Lord of the Rings), history, science, swinging, psychology, learning about people from around the world, logic puzzles, Ravenclaw, Mythbusters, playing Mafia, Brain Games, Fetch, horseback riding, and fangirling. She plays the violin, is in debate club, and does all three NaNos every year. 🙂

Marie is spunky, yet sweet; sarcastic, yet smart; logical, yet slightly crazy; and somewhat quiet, but very nerdy. 🙂 She speaks (like me) in Ye Olde English. Her “cause” is illiteracy. She is an INTJ from Ravenclaw, though she wouldn’t mind Slytherin, either.

Grace Winifred Düeren

FYI, Grace will be customized to have freckles and the Bavas International Glamour Girl wig in Auburn.

Age 13

One of the oldest twins, Grace is pretty much my more extroverted side. She loves dancing, acting, doll-stopmotioing, all of Noel Streatfeild’s books, directing, sewing, designing clothes, learning about people from around the world, gymnastics, playing with her dolls, blogging, and singing. She takes lyrical, ballet, tap, Scottish, Irish, and jazz, and is in the performance / competition troupe at her dance school.

Grace is……crazy. Extroverted, talkative, positive, bossy, encouraging, funny, quick-thinking, somewhat annoying, thoughtful, and the kind of person who will comment on almost every blog she sees. Her “cause” is diversity, in any way, shape, and form.

She is an ESFP loyal to Gryffindor.

The Younger Twins:

 

Hazel Adele Düeren

Age 11

One of the youngest twins, Hazel is very into music, LotR, dolls, gardening, building things out of wood, lacrosse, Disney, art, and nature. She plays viola, violin, piano, and flute, and also sings. She likes to stop motion, and uploads all her AGSMs to AGtube.

Hazel is pretty quiet and introverted. She’s a bit shy, though she will talk a mile a minute after she knows you better. She’s very sweet, and her “cause” is making sure that people are not homeless.

Hazel is a loyal Hufflepuff, and a INFP.

Willow Mae Düeren

FYI, Willow will have a RRG Curly Auburn Parting Wig, freckles, and possibly some more cheek color.

Age 11

One of the youngest twins, Willow is pretty much my artistic and crafty side. She loves art, designing doll clothes, sewing, knitting, crochet, ice skating, woodwork, painting, felt-crafting-thingies, finding weird dresses at thrift shops and updating them, and listening to weird music.

She is a crazy, energetic, temperamental, sometimes reckless, not-thinking-things-through, life of the party type gal. She throws herself into anything and everything, though usually loses focus after a few hours, so there are many half started projects lying around her room. Her “cause” is girl’s rights. Not everything associated with that, but some of it.

Willow is an ISFP, and is in Gryffindor.

The only non-twin:

 

Adeline Eve Düeren 

(H4H Zelia, picture unavailable)

Age 10

Adeline isn’t exactly the girls sister–she’s actually their cousin, though she lived with them until her 9th birthday, when she moved to Sao Paulo with her family.

Adeline loves lots of different things, and from day to day it changes. She seems to like art and crafts stuff, but the type changes often.

Her personality is still in progress, so I’ll post more once it’s more worked on. 🙂

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Doll Look Alikes

Hi! This was actually the fifth post I ever wrote on my blog, in early May 2014. I never posted, but I thought it would be fun to do so now, as a kind of Throwback Thursday type post (even though it’s not Thursday). I kept the typos and spelling/grammar errors on purpose, just for fun. I did add a few notes that I wrote now, though.

 

hi!  these are just dolls that I think look alike. Maybe sisters or cousins or something.

 

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Jess and #40 and #30

I love them all!

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Ruthie and MyAG #41

I personally think #41 looks like Ruthie’s older sister, but she has Sydney’s green eyes, so maybe Sydney’s older sister? Or both of their cousin?

Note from me as of 2015: When we got Malaila, we decided that Ruthie looked a lot like her (Weird, huh?). So, we’ll be getting #41 and re-naming her Shola, because we think it fits her better than it fits Malaila. Hola will be Malaila’s older sister.

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#55 and #44

I think they could really be sisters! They have the same face mold, hair color, and eye color. The only differences are that #44 has medium skin and no freckles and #55 has light skin and freckles. But their skin color is only a tad bit off when you see them in person.

Note from me as of 2015:  Their names are now Annika and Gabby, and they will be cousins. 🙂

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Cecile and #46

I think they have the same face mold but I’m not sure. They both are very cute and look adorable in dark green. 😉

Note from Kathleen: *facepalm* Thank goodness I can now tell when dolls have the same face mold.

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#44 and #46

Their both very cute! I think if I bought #46 she would definitely be #44’s (who I’m definitely getting) cousin on her African American side. ( I always think of #44 as half African American, one fourth Hispanic, and one fourth French Canadian.)

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Cecile and #44

The only difference is skin color and slight hair color difference.

 

Did you like this? I can do more if anyone wants me to.

Especially the not!GOTY ones. Those are fun to see. 🙂

 

Kathleen

Note from me as of 2015: This was almost painful to read.

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Randomness, Writing, and………Experimental Scientists?!?!?!

So, today I decided that I want to do some tips and tutorials. Their crazinesses were told about it, and they quite liked the idea, so they chose a theme for themselves.

Hailey’s Tips for Success:

Tips for how to get better grades and how to plan for big projects and such.

 

Baking with Rubye and Alejandra/Baking with Rubye/ Cooking with Alejandra:

Cooking tips and tricks, as well as a few recipes we use. Depending on whether both or one of them is doing it, it will have a different name. Rubye does more baking, and Alejandra more cooking, hence the different names.

 

Sydney’s Spotlight:

Featuring different dance – related items for dolls, such as books, outfits, and performance wear. 🙂

 

Emily’s Guide to Manners and Grammar:

Manners and grammar. (Yes, Mom, I’m voluntarily helping her. Your eyes are not deceiving you.)

 

Ruthie’s Fairy Tales:

Short stories, fairy-like names, etc.

 

Sewing with Becca Ana:

Sewing tips, tricks, and tutorials

 

Fashion with Bella Rose:

Bella’s favorite outfits!

 

Malaila’s Library:

Book reviews, and some of those “If you like this, you’ll love………..” 🙂

 

Rachel the RaNDom:

Whatever things are currently on Rachel’s mind 🙂

 

Piper the Experimental (and Temperamental) Scientist

Piper doing science-y things

 

Nikita’s Photography

Some of the Nikita’s favorite photographs that she has seen

 

Tipi’s Writings

All things writing

 

Nyesha’s Artful Thinking

Art, painting, etc.

 

Katelyn’s Break the Ice

Katelyn will be talking about whatever she wishes, basically. 🙂 Even though I hate talk shows, it’ll be set up a bit like that, with her occasionally interviewing her sisters. And her name is because she’s breaking ice between her and anyone who wants to talk to her by giving them ideas for talking to her. She came up with that, not me. Clever……..hehe…………….*cricket noise*………………r……….i………….g……..h…………t……….? *runs off stage*

 

I’m having trouble with choosing some of them. I might change a few of them, eventually. I thought about someone doing a series of posts about people from all over the world, but that doesn’t quite fit anyone’s personality. If anyone’s interested, I can do those posts though, just written by me.

Anyways, keep an eye out for these!

Kathleen

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