Building a shelf

For ages, I’ve been wanting one of those gorgeous triangular shelves that are all over pinterest, so I decided that I was going to build one myself. I had some leftover planks from my old bed, and some dark wood stain so I thought like why not make it out of that? If you’ve read my “What I do on a rainy day” post, you’ve seen these planks already. I stained them, let them dry for a few days before cutting them into equally long pieces. To make that work as a triangle, the corners need to be 30 degrees.

I got my dad to help me cut and measure, because I am super clumsy and would probably have cut my fingers off if I tried to do it myself. Originally I wanted clean corners, but the planks were too thin so they would have split in half when nailing them together. Luckily dad is experienced with building things so he made separate angles to attack the planks to. I really like how it looks. I might have to stain the corners too, but it’s not the worst look in the world with some natural wood in there. I’m just happy the shelf is functional. It’s probably a bit wonky but I love it. Most of my furniture is old anyways so it fits right in.

 

Have you built anything before?

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The this or that tag

 

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The Rules

  1. Thank and tag the person that has tagged you
  2. Attach the tag photo
  3. Answers the This or That questions
  4. Tag 10-20 friends

 

Thank you to Karalee for nominating me for this tag! You can check out her own post on this by clicking this link.

 

The Questions

  • Dog or Cat? I’m like 90% a cat person and 10% a dog person.
  • Netflix or YouTube? I prefer YouTube. I rarely have time or the focus to sit down and watch longer episodes of something, so like the 10 minute-ish videos on YouTube is great.
  • Phone Call or Text? Text, I hate talking on the phone.
  • Toast or Eggs? Toast. I don’t like the smell of eggs.
  • Cardio or Weights? A good mix of both. I like building my endurance too.
  • Facebook or Twitter? Twitter, I don’t use Facebook often.
  • Ice Cream Cone or Snow Cone? Is snow cone the same as shaved ice? If so then that.
  • Mobile Games or Console Games? Console. I rarely have newer phones that run games well.
  • While walking: Music or Podcasts? Music, because I never focus on anything when I walk.
  • iOS or Android? Android. Never used iOS.
  • Cake or Pie? I’m not really a cake or pie person honestly. I like muffins because they’re smaller.
  • Swimming or Sunbathing? I can’t swim and my skin is too sensitive to be in the sun so neither.
  • Big Party or Small Gathering? Small gathering.
  • New Clothes or New Phone? I always buy rather old phones so maybe a new one would be fun?
  • Rich Friend or Loyal Friend? Loyal friend. Just because your friend’s rich doesn’t mean it will benefit you more than a loyal friend.
  • Football or Basketball? Neither. A basketball broke my right pinky once too.
  • Nice Car or Nice Home Interior? My car is already nice enough for me so nice home interior.
  • What’s worse: Laundry or Dishes? I don’t think either is bad honestly.
  • Jogging or Hiking? I can’t jog because of my leg injury so hiking I guess?
  • Bath or Shower? I would looooooove to have a bath tub.
  • Sneakers or sandals? Depends on the weather!
  • Glasses or Contacts? Glasses. My eyes don’t like contacts.
  • Hamburger or Taco? Hamburgers.
  • Couch or Recliner? I think recliners are pretty neat if they have a foot stool.
  • Online Shopping or Shopping in a Store? Online shopping.
  • Receive: Email or Letter? Emails are usually just important info so I like them a lot. But receiving letters is nice too.
  • Passenger or Driver? Driver. I rarely feel safe as a passenger unless my dad is driving.
  • Tablet or Computer? Computer. I hate how limiting tablets can be. Unless it’s like a Microsoft surface.
  • Most important in a partner: Intelligent or Funny? A good mix of both? They need to be a little bit smart, but also need some kind of sense of humor.
  • Car or Truck? I’ve never driven a truck before so car?
  • Blue or Red? Aaah I don’t know, maybe fiery red.
  • Money or Free Time? Money. But like a surplus, not just enough to get by.
  • Amusement Park or Day at the Beach? Neither, I don’t like either.
  • At a movie: Candy or Popcorn? Popcorn, I always prefer salty to sweet.
  • Pen or Pencil? Black pens.
  • Toilet paper: Over or Under? Over. If it’s under it’s easier for my cats to reach it.
  • Cups in the cupboard: Right Side Up or Up Side Down? Upside down, or else they just collect dust inside of them.
  • Pancake or Waffle? Waffles.
  • Coke or Pepsi? Coke Zero.
  • Coffee Cup or Thermos? I like teacups.
  • Blinds or Curtain? Curtains
  • Train or Plane? Depends on where I would go.
  • Phone or Tablet? Phone.
  • Iced Coffee or Hot Coffee? Neither.
  • Meat or Vegetables? A little bit of both, or mostly veggies.
  • International Vacation or a New TV? I never watch TV so I wouldn’t care much about that.
  • Save or Spend? Depends on what I need.
  • Honesty or Other’s Feelings? Honesty, I guess?
  • Coffee or Tea? Tea
  • TV or Book? Books.
  • Movie at Home or Movie at the Theater? I don’t really watch movies.
  • Ocean or Mountains? Mountains.
  • Horror Movie or Comedy Movie? Depends on how gory it is.
  • City or Countryside? Countryside. City life isn’t for me.
  • Winter or Summer? Neither, I like autumn.
  • Mac or PC? PC.
  • Console Gaming or PC Gaming? Both, I use my PC and my XBOX ONE equally.
  • Soup or Sandwich? Sandwich.
  • Card Game or Board Game? Board game.
  • Camping or Binge Watching Shows at Home? Camping.
  • Working Alone or Working in a Team? Working alone.
  • Dine In or Delivery? Delivery.
  • Sweater or Hoodie? Hoodie
  • Motorcycle or Bicycle? Motorcycle. My dad’s a motorcycle mechanic so I feel I have to choose that.
  • Book or eBook? I like both just as much.
  • When sleeping: Fan or No Fan? No fan.
  • TV Shows or Movies? TV shows i guess?

 

I nominate anyone who wants to do this, because Karalee already nominated pretty much everyone I usually nominate hehe.

“Withered + Sere” Review

28507063Withered + Sere is a dystopian, or post apocalyptic novel. It’s the first of two books (as far as I know) and the story takes place in Idaho, after a terrible incident. The world is now a wasteland, with nothing ‘good’ left, only people trying to survive and those called “Dead Rabbits”, cannibals and murderers.

The setting and the plot reminded me a lot of the Fallout video game series, especially since the main protagonist, or antagonist, I’m not really sure what to classify him as yet, has a dog as a companion. That’s the setting of Fallout 4 too. But this world is way more brutal, and grotesque, and the novel is full of graphic descriptions. So if you’re sensitive to gore and mutilation, for example, this is not for you. I can’t handle things like that in a visual format, but text doesn’t affect me as much. I did physically cringe at a few points but it wasn’t anything too bad.

We follow the story of a guy named Cavalo, who after some unfortunate events, ends up with one of the Dead Rabbits in his custody. There is a lot of hostility, some kisses (which just made everything feel more intense because he would be loving a cannibal??) and a lot of bitching. People don’t trust Cavalo, people don’t trust the Dead Rabbit, but the newly formed government needs him and he’s sure as heck not going to give him up. The novel kinda ends at a cliffhanger so I don’t want to reveal too much of the plot, but the Dead Rabbit is very useful.

It’s a really neat dystopian novel, bringing out the best and worst of a post apocalyptic world. The people suck, the government suck, the world sucks.. But people are trying to make the best of it and survive. As a bonus, the novel includes a sarcastic robot, which is pretty great. Reminds me a lot of Codsworth, again from Fallout 4.

If you like dystopian and post apocalyptic fiction, I’d recommend this one. I rated it 5/5 on Goodreads because it’s honestly one of the best novels I’ve read in a long time. Well worth it. I’ve already started on the second novel, Crisped + Sere, so I’m looking forward to the continuation of this.

Sometimes happiness comes in a small box

So this week my sister got herself a kitten! She has been wanting one ever since she moved to the city. She has one living with us but driving back and forth to visit was tedious, and she was feeling lonely out there.. So the solution was for her to adopt one herself! Luckily the “landlord” or whatever it’s called let her have one in her condo. (The reason she can’t bring her own is that our three cats have been living together for over a decade so it would be cruel to break them apart). It’s so cute and fluffy. We thought initially it would have rather short fur, but she’s growing up to be such a ball of fluff. I don’t really know what else to say about her because she’s just absolutely adorable. Say hello to baby Luna.

Anxious

I’m almost always feeling anxious. Most of the time it’s because of other people, but this time about the surgery I’m having on Tuesday. I dislike having to fast because being anxious also makes me feel nauseous often so not having any food in my stomach wont help much. If only my surgery was in the wee hours of the morning instead of closer to noon. I don’t think I’m too nervous about the surgery itself since I’ll be asleep for all of it. I remember not feeling too great afterwards last time I had surgery but hopefully this time it will be better. After I’m done I can probably go back to my old diet too. I don’t even know what the purpose of this post is. I guess I just needed to talk about this. I wish I could stop feeling anxious. I wish we didn’t need food as often.