101 in 1001: Visit Nick’s Family in Canada

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When I was looking at my 101 in 1001 last night to cross off doing something epic/awesome with my sister, I realized that I have a lot that I can cross off that I didn’t realize that I could cross off. So for today and tomorrow’s post, I’m going to blog about two things I can cross off, and then on the 30th I have a reflection post planned, and then I might take a break for a bit or who knows! I might keep going too. But I won’t feel the self-pressure to post every day and I have a post that I am working on that will take more time to coordinate. So, we’ll see how it goes. But anyways, today I am blogging about when we visited Nick’s family in Canada. This was almost a year ago now at this point – I can’t even believe it! It was right after Christmas. We have a lot of pictures, so I put together some collages.

This was a lot of firsts for the boys. Their first time on an airplane, first time out of the country, first time meeting some of Nick’s family. First time being stuck in an airport. Haha, that part wasn’t as fun!

But overall, the trip was a blast and it was so good to be able to spend all that time with Nick’s family and I’m glad that we made this a reality!

Sledding for the first time in Canada

This was also Dominic’s first time sledding. I even got in on the action too as you can see.

Canada trip. Playing with cats Canada trip, mostly airplane stuff

They did really great for the whole trip! Especially with our delay getting back home, they were real troopers. Even though we had the worst time getting back home and Allen ended up getting sick on our layover (on day two, after our first flight was cancelled) they were still such troopers. Canada trip, Calgary skyline Canada trip, random pictures

I hope these pictures give you a little flavor for our trip! Hopefully we’ll be able to go back sooner the next time.

Have you ever been to Canada? What was the last trip you took? 

101 in 1001: Do something awesome/epic with my sister

I know I have already blogged a bit about our road trip, but I’m blogging tonight to check it off my 101 in 1001. Which I actually thought I had more left to do on, but when I look at it, I actually have quite a few things I can cross off already, so I may take some of these final days of November to blog about those things.

So, my sister and I in the car decided that this road trip we took, from Milwaukee to St. Louis and then back, counts as our epic awesome thing. I mean, we jammed out to throwbacks from the 2000s, as well as Harry Potter parodies and Smelly Cat. We talked about Harry Potter and other awesome nerdly things. We ate at Steak and Shake for my first time (delicious). We bonded and we won’t ever forget this and who knows when the opportunity like this will come to do something like this again.

So, epic thing done! Time for me to hit the hay <3 Love you all.

Top 5 Harry Potter Creatures That Would Make Terrible Pets

You know, sometimes blogging every day is easy. I have a genius idea and I’m like yes! I know exactly what to write about. Then there are other days I’m just like searching for ideas. But I’m so, so close that I can’t give up now. So, inspired by my road trip with my sister, here are the worst Harry Potter creatures to make pets. In no particular order. May contain spoilers if you have never read Harry Potter. Lol.

You do not want this as a pet!


The Lethifold will smother you to death and leave no trace of your body. I think that would make a pretty terrible pet if you ask me. You would die and nobody would even know what happened to you.

Mackled Malaclaw

If a Mackled Malaclaw bites you, you have bad luck for up to a week. Do you really want to risk being bitten by your pet and then having bad luck? Plus, they are lobster-esque and lobsters look like giant sea bugs. Giant, tasty sea bugs, but you can’t even eat a Mackled Malaclaw or you’ll get a rash.


These, as well as merpeople and other creatures of human or more intelligence, would just be cruel to keep as a pet. Not to mention, most of them do not like associating with humans, preferring to keep to their own separate societies. They would rail against being kept captive and you and your pet would be miserable. Just don’t do it.


Unfortunately, our beloved Hagrid thought somehow an Acromantula would make a good pet. This is like a what??? moment! Because who in their right mind would think that these kinds of creatures are an acceptable pet. These are gigantic spiders – like we’re talking up to 15 feet long, so like 3 times my size. They’re poisonous and violent. I’m going to have to give this a hard pass, Hagrid.


Banshees look like creepy skeletal women, so that’s the first reason not to want one. But the second reason is that their screams will kill you. Basically, if it can kill you quite easily, it does not make a good pet. Just like in the human world, it’s why we have house cats as pets and not tigers.

So, I hope you enjoyed this. What Harry Potter creatures would you not want to have as pets? There are many more I could have listed. But these are the ones that freak me out the most! I mean, dementors are pretty freaky too, but I’m hoping that nobody even thinks they would be a good pet. Plus, I wanted to shed some light on some of the lesser known creepy crawlies (or floaties – in the case of the Lethifold).

When Two Nerds Take a Road Trip

When two nerds take a road trip, they will spend copious amounts of time talking about Harry Potter. Read: almost the entire time.

When two nerds take a road trip, they will listen to Dark Lord Funk, instead of like normal people music.

When two nerds take a road trip, it will be a blast!

My sister and I are on a road trip right now, to see my family in St. Louis. Six hours – the longest the kids have ever been in the car – and they did great! (No, I don’t have magic and I really didn’t do anything special – they have always been great in the car). Sleep has been rough, but we are making it through it and I feel blessed to get to spend this time with family that I don’t normally get to see. Yes, we really did mostly talk about Harry Potter on the trip up here. It was like 95 percent Harry Potter talk and 5 percent other talk. My aunt asked if we thought we could do six hours about Harry Potter on the way back too. Our answer was “No doubt.” Lol. Maybe we will branch out and talk about some of our other shared fandoms, like the Hunger Games or Divergent series. But mostly, we spend a lot of time doing Harry Potter role play together and so, that it something we talk about a lot. If only you could see our text messages. Lol. This has been a good way for us to reconnect. I <3 her.

It’s been fun. I am thankful. Even though not every moment has been fun, the boys slept terribly last night. I’m hoping they sleep better tonight, though I can still hear Allen talking to himself. But, hey, at least it’s not crying. Silver lining. Silver lining.

Happy Thanksgiving! 

It’s getting late and I’m tired, but I do want to fufill my commitment to blog every day in November. So. Here is my very short post for today. I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and that you go to spend it with people you love. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

My 5 Favorite Harry Potter Parodies

Parodies are a seriously underappreciated art form. Satire too. Me, though? I love parodies and satire. Done well, they are extremely brilliant art forms. And so, of course, I love Harry Potter parodies. That’s like the best of both worlds. So here, in no particular order, are my current 5 favorite Harry Potter parodies. Sometimes, parodies are so good that even if you don’t like the original song, the parody is just genius. And you can tell that the people who create parodies put a lot of work into them and usually that they really know their stuff.

Dancing death eaters are fun. Don’t believe me, just watch 😉

I always give extra props to ones that mention all four houses. Or, let’s be real, that mention my house. Ravenclaw pride, ya’ll


This one gets stuck in my head all the time.

Slytherin is not my favorite house, but this one is catchy. The creators of this video were supposed to make a Ravenclaw one too, but due to a dispute between the creators, that never happened. Which is sad, but at least this one is awesome.

This one isn’t a huge production like the other ones, but I find it really delightful anyways.

It was so hard to pick because there are honestly so many Harry Potter fan videos on youtube. Seriously. It’s like a treasure trove of awesome. But, these are some of my top ones and I hope you enjoyed them.

What are your favorite parodies, Harry Potter or otherwise? I am always down for a good parody! 

Chocolate Milk Comes From Brown Cows . . .

Brown cow say moo! Crazy things we believe

. . . and other crazy things we believe.

Someone – I’m not naming names, but it was not me – convinced Dominic that brown cows make chocolate milk.

And it seems ridiculous and obvious to adults that that is not true. But in our own way, we all have those things that we believe. Things that are not true, but we believe them anyways. Some of us more than others. Some of them more serious than others. But we all have things that we believe that we hold tight to that aren’t 100 percent logical. At least, I think we do. I think I am not alone in this, but I could be wrong.

As an adult, factual things can be more easily looked up. So, I think then, the lies that I believe all have to do with myself. I struggle with negative self-talk. Do you?

I’m a terrible mom.

Someone else could do a better job with my kids than I could.

Nobody needs me.

My kids don’t love me.

I’m not worthy of love.

These are all different things that I’ve thought at different points in my teenage through adult life. I could list a hundred more examples, because negative self-talk creeps in in so many different ways. And the thing is, at the point when I say/think these things, logically, I know they aren’t true. But emotionally, they feel true. And when they feel true emotionally, it’s hard not to think that maybe they are true.

I’ve been thinking a lot about one of the speakers from our retreat earlier this month. She used a really amazing example and it has really stuck with me. All of the crap that hangs on us, all of our baggage, if we turn and look at the shadows of it – it looks overwhelming. It looks terrifying. It looks scary. When we focus on that, it becomes larger than life.

But, if we turn to the light, there is hope to be found there. When we are looking at the light, we can’t see all the shadows. We can only see His love. The positive is there if you are looking at the light – if you are looking at God’s word. His talk, to us, goes like this.

You are a redeemed daughter of the King.

You are loved.

You are called by me to be my child.

I sent my son to die for you, so that you could live in freedom, not in fear, not in negative self-talk.

These are the things that I need to focus on. I need things – and people – in my life who remind me of these truths. I do tend to turn and focus on the shadows. They seem important. They seem like I can never let them go. But the light is there. The light is always there. God gave us a whole book filled with His light and His love.

Life is hard, that’s not a crazy thing that people believe. That’s a fact. But, we were never promised that life would be easy. But I make it so much harder on myself, when I don’t focus on what is good and right. It is a struggle for me to turn to the light. I want to wallow in my self-pity and self-loathing because that’s easier.

My pastor pointed me to this verse when I was pregnant with Dominic and was depressed and having panic attacks. And I still hold onto it today when I have troubles. Because, even though I couldn’t change everything that was going on, I was still depressed and I was still having panic attacks and I wish, I wish I would have talked with my doctor about it, but I was too afraid, this verse still gave me some comfort.

When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze. – Isiah 43:2 

Do you struggle with negative self-talk? What verse brings you comfort and helps you turn towards the light? 

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