Yet Another Tag

Long time, no see!

It's almost my summer break, so hopefully I'll be a little more active on here again soon (I have been updating my "What I'm Reading" post, if you're interested!).  For now, here is another tag I found on Facebook.  One of my friends posted this, and I felt the need to answer these random prompts.  I feel like my blog is turning into my old DeviantArt journal... Does anyone remember that website?  I was on it allllllll the time in middle school, even though I'm not super artsy.  

I'm sure I've answered some of these questions in the past, but I thought this would be a good way to get back into updating my blog more often.  Plus, my answers have probably changed since the last time I answered them so... yeah.  Anyway, let's get started :)

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  1. Who are you named after?
    I don't think I'm named after anyone in particular.  My parents almost named me Amanda after the Boston song.
  2. Last time you cried?
    Not gonna lie, I teared up a little bit at the end of the "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales."  I remember watching the fourth movie and hating it, but the fifth was incredible, and felt like the original franchise again.  If that makes any sense.
  3. Do you like your handwriting?
    I don't mind my handwriting because it's neat and easy (for me) to read.  It's a bit small, but that's okay with me.
  4. What is your favorite lunch meat?
    Genoa salami 
  5. Were you in the military?
    No
  6. Do you still have your tonsils?
    Nope, I had them taken out when I was 14.
  7. Would you like to bungee jump?
    No thank you.  I'm an adrenaline junkie, but only when it comes to theme park rides.  I don't think I could ever bring myself to jump off a cliff/ bridge.
  8. What is your favorite cereal?
    Frosted Flakes
  9. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
    I almost always wear flip-flops or go barefoot, but I don't untie my sneakers if I do wear them.  Too much time and effort for me.
  10. Favorite ice cream
    Vanilla with rainbow sprinkles
  11. Favorite all-time TV show
    Probably Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones.  My favorite childhood show was definitely Sailor Moon, though.
  12. Football or baseball?
    Football!!
  13. What color pants are you wearing?
    Black
  14. Last thing you ate
    Cheddar goldfish
  15. What are you listening to?
    WCPW's Fight Back show live from the UK (These guys are pretty awesome!  If you're into wrestling, definitely check this company out)
  16. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
    My favorite color is teal, so maybe teal.  Or a nice purple?  I'm not really sure.
  17. What is your favorite smell?
    The "Island Margarita" candle from Bath and Body Works
  18. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
    Corey
  19. Are you married?
    No, at the moment.  Hopefully I'll get to marry my best friend in the not-so-distant future.
  20. Hair color
    Brown to blonde ombre (soon to be brown to purple/ pink ombre!)
  21. Eye color
    Greenish blue
  22. Scary movies or happy endings?
    Both; it just depends on my mood, really.
  23. Last movie you watched
    "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" last Friday
  24. What color shirt are you wearing?
    Maroon
  25. Favorite holiday
    New Year's Eve
  26. Beer or wine
    Beer- I cannot handle wine.  I haven't found a type that I like, and it really just makes me sick to my stomach whenever I drink wine.  Stella and Miller Lite for life!
  27. Night owl or morning person?
    Night owl, although my job is not exactly conducive for that lifestyle.  Over the summer, I'll stay up late and wake up around noon or so.
  28. Favorite day of the week
    I think I speak for most teachers when I say FRIDAY!
  29. Favorite season
    Winter, but only because Florida winters are pretty much non-existent.
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Thanks for keeping up with this random blog!  I'll talk to you again very soon- thank goodness for summer break :)

Keri <3

Crystal Cluster Tattoo (Tattoo #18)

Hi again!

I wanted to write a post today about my newest tattoo :) I don't have too much to say about this one since it was pretty much a spur-of-the-moment decision, but I did want to blog about it. I'm bored out of my mind and need something to do!!

Side note- I'm glad I'm on spring break this week, and I'm thankful I have the opportunity to relax. However, relaxing is so insanely boring after awhile!! I need to find something free/ cheap to do this week. 

Anyway, here's a picture of my new baby!


So, I originally went in to get one of my other tattoos touched up. When I talked to the artist, she said she would touch it up for $60 or I could get another tattoo and she would do the touch ups for free. Obviously I chose the latter! I googled some random moon images and I found this little guy on Pinterest. It was originally just an outline, so Malicia took it and added her own flair to it. I love that she added stippling to the moon, and kept everything black and gray besides the crystal cluster. Seriously, it's absolutely gorgeous and I could not have asked for a better tattoo! The experience was amazing, and I've made a new friend in the process :) That's one of the reasons why tattooing is such a wonderful thing- you meet amazing people and you walk out with a beautiful piece of art on your body <3

I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty nervous for this one. I don't have tattoos anywhere near my feet (unless you count my bats, but those didn't take very long to do), so I wasn't sure what it would feel like. I've heard it's supposed to be one of the toughest places to get tattooed other than your ribs and hands. 

Honestly, this wasn't as terrible as I thought it would be!! I'm not just saying that to sound like a badass. My gypsy and Sailor Mars tattoos (calf/ side of the leg) were much more brutal than this little guy. The only part that really caused me some pain was the stippling on the moon. Granted, this one only took about an hour and a half to complete. Malicia is super light-handed so that probably has a lot to do with it. The way I had to sit for the tattoo was more painful than the tattoo itself! 

Overall, I am 100% in love with my moon and crystals and I can't wait to go back to Malicia!! I don't really know what I want on my other foot, but I'm thinking either a sugar skull or the sun with a warm-toned crystal cluster. We'll see!

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Thank you for checking out my blog today! I hope you enjoyed reading about my obsession with tattoos, and I hope I get to talk to you again very soon :)

Until next time!
Keri <3

Gratitude Tag

Hi again!

It's Friday night and I'm bored... So, here's another tag/ journal prompt thing I found on Pinterest.  This is technically a 30 day challenge, but I'm condensing it down into just one post instead.

Here we go!


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1. What smell are you grateful for today?
Fresh brewed espresso

2. What technology are you grateful for?
My iPhone and work computer

3. What color are you grateful for?
Orange.  I used to visit my local music shop and mess around on the different instruments, and I fell in love with a Yamaha Precision Jazz Bass (which is metallic orange).  I started taking lessons and ended up playing bass in my high school's jazz band for 3 years.

4. What food are you most grateful for?
Pizza with extra cheese

5. What sound are you grateful for today?
My dog's barks of excitement when I get home from work

6. What in nature are you grateful for?
The sunshine

7. What memory are you grateful for?
I'm most grateful for running into Corey at the Fayetteville Public Library on April 18, 2016.  We reconnected (as cheesy as that sounds), and everything fell back into place.  We picked up right where we left off, and it was absolutely wonderful.

8. What book are you most grateful for?
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero- it has truly changed my outlook and overall attitude towards life in general.

9. What place are you most grateful for?
Orange Park, FL

10. What taste are you grateful for today?
Mocha

11. What holiday are you grateful for?
New Year's Day

12. What texture are you grateful for?
Soft, fuzzy blankets

13. What abilities are you grateful for?
My intelligence, my ability to read anything and everything, and my musical talent (if you can really call it that)

14. What sights are you grateful for today?
Snapchats from Corey

15. What season are you grateful for?
Fall

16. What about your body are you grateful for?
My eyes, because they're my favorite feature, and they're pretty crucial to my quality of life.

17. What knowledge are you grateful for?
I'm grateful for my knowledge regarding teaching, child development, and pedagogy.

18. What piece of are you grateful for?
The coverart of "Take This to Your Grave" by Fall Out Boy

19. What touch are you grateful for today?
Rhaegar's soft bunny fur

20. Who in your life are you grateful for?
Corey, Raechel, Sammi, Mom, Dad, and Drew (and the fur babies!)

21. What song are you most grateful for?
"The Patron Saint of Liars and Fakes" by Fall Out Boy

22. What story are you grateful for?
The story of Harry Potter- I can't say it was a part of my childhood, but it was my life in high school and college.

23. What tradition are you grateful for?
I love the fact that my family has always celebrated Thanksgiving dinner together.  For the past 23 years, we've all hung out on Thanksgiving Day, and I hope to keep the tradition going for as long as possible.

24. What challenge are you grateful for?
My job is not the easiest, and I'm definitely not in this position for the fame and fortune.  I hear a lot of negative feedback on a daily basis, I usually don't hear "thank you," and teaching can be extremely frustrating and trying at times.  But I love my kiddos, and I'm so thankful for my colleagues (especially my math coach!).  This year has thrown me many curveballs, but I'm grateful for all the challenges and obstacles I face because I know I'm becoming a better and more effective teacher each and every day.

25. What moment this week are you most grateful for?
Working with my colleagues and math coach to successfully implement a weekly math camp for my fifth graders.

26. What form of expression are you most grateful for?
Music or writing; I can't live without playing/ listening to music, or books, so they're tied for first place!

27. What small thing that you use daily are you grateful for?
Pencils

28. What small thing that happened today are you grateful for?
One of my students had an "ah-ha" moment today during core instruction.  

29. What friend/ family member are you grateful for today?
Corey and Sara

30. What talent or skill do you have that you are grateful for?
I'm extremely grateful for my musical talent.  I absolutely love playing the piano and the bass, listening to music on Spotify, collecting CDs, and creating playlists to fit my various moods and musical tastes.

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Thanks for checking out my blog, and I hope to see you again soon :)
Keri <3

What I'm Reading 2017

Happy New Year!!

I'm typing this a few hours before the clock actually strikes midnight, but I figured I would get this all written up while I was thinking about it :)

This year, I'm challenging myself to complete the "2017 Reading Challenge" that I found on Pinterest.  I've attempted one of these challenges in the past, but I never actually finished it.  I usually just keep track of the number of books I read each year, so I thought it would be fun to change things up a bit!!  I'll add a section at the end of this post for books that don't quite fit into any of the categories listed in the challenge itself.  I hope to read at least 40 books this year.

One last thing- I'm trying to accomplish this without re-reading anything.  Wish me luck!

Ok, enough chit-chat.  Here's what I'm reading in 2017.

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2017 Reading Challenge
1. A book you read in school


2. A book from your childhood
Fruits Basket Collector's EditionVol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya (I never actually read this series, but I know it was a huge deal when I was in middle school!) 

3. A book published over 100 years ago


4. A book published in the last year
How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

5. A non-fiction book
Crazy is My Superpower by A. J. Mendez Brooks

6. A book written by a male author


7. A book written by a female author
Fairest: Levana's Story by Marissa Meyer

8. A book by someone who isn't a writer
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

9. A book that became a film


10. A book published in the 20th century
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

11. A book set in your hometown/ region


12. A book with someone's name in the title


13. A book with a number in the title


14. A book with a character with your first name


15. A book someone else recommends to you
The Death of WCW: 10th Anniversary of the Best-Selling Classic- Revised and Expanded by R. D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez (recommended by Corey!)

16. A book with over 500 pages
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

17. A book you can finish in a day
milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

18. A previously banned book


19. A book with a one word title
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

20. A book translated from another language


21. A book that will improve a specific area of your life


22. A memoir or journal
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

23. A book written by someone younger than you
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

24. A book set somewhere you'll be visiting this year


25. An award-winning book


26. A self-published book



Other books:
- Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
- The Young Elites by Marie Lu
- The Rose Society by Marie Lu
- The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

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If you're interested, here are my other "What I'm Reading" posts:
Thanks for checking out my little blog!  I hope to talk to you again soon- until then, Happy New Year (again)!  I love you all and am so thankful for you :)

Keri <3

🎶 All I Want for Christmas is a Tattoo 🎶

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

So, my mom was awesome and paid for my new tattoo as a Christmas present :) It's pretty self explanatory, but this is kind of a tribute piece to my fur babies, Charlee and Dany, and all of our previous pups who are no longer with us. I'm so glad I was finally able to fill the awkward, narrow gap on my leg. My shin is almost completely covered, which means I really only have to add some fillers and my calf piece and my right leg will be finished!! 

Ok, here are my new paw prints:


I also had Jimmy touch up my little foxes while he was at it. Their ears and eyes are all nice and perfect now :)

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Thanks for checking out my new tattoo! I hope you're having a wonderful day, and a great end to your year!!

Keri <3
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