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here today, gone tomorrow

I’m not a huge fan of goodbyes. Unfortunately, life is just chock full of them. The next goodbye I’ll have to make is to my sister, Shannon.

As she recently accepted a fancy new job in the City, Shannon will soon be leaving her modest little Weatherford apartment to start a new-ish life. Although she’ll only be an hour or so away, I’m actually quite sad about this. And, no one quite appreciates my love of puns like her. Despite this, I am also super happy for, and proud of, her. She worked hard to get her Master’s degree and land this job.

So, in honor of Shannon’s accomplishments, and as a sort of virtual farewell card, I thought I would write a little “Shannon Appreciation” post. I wasn’t exactly sure how to go about it. Should I write the things I’ll miss most? Should I list her best qualities and quirks? Should I talk about my top favorite sisterly memories? Should I just put a bunch of quotes? Finally, I decided to wing it and do all of them. So, without further ado:

1.Things I’ll Miss Most

There are lots of things I’ll miss. I’ll also miss driving around with her while singing along to her IPod. I’ll miss dancing around the dining room while our dad stares at us like we’re lunatics. I’ll miss releasing our frustrations together by screaming like pterodactyls.

To be honest, however, I’ll most miss invading her territory in order to stay up late together and watch British television whilst eating ice cream. Out of all of my siblings, I’d have to say Shannon is the closest to myself in terms of likes and dislikes. We’re both English majors. We both love to read. We both like to write. We’re both awkward, adorably so. At least, Shannon is. She’s like a baby penguin. I’m more like…well,something much less adorable.

Sometimes you just need a fellow nerdy introvert to be weird with. Shannon is one of those fellows. I am selfishly sad that she will no longer be available to me at a moment’s notice. Plus, no one else appreciates my love of puns like her.

I’ll also miss the hugs.

2.My Favorite Shannon Qualities and Quirks

  • Her eating-something-yummy happy dance
  • Her funny stories
  • Her funnier dreams
  • Her excitement over children’s books
  • Her perfect and pale vampire-like skin
  • Her passion for cookies
  • Her creativity and wit
  • Her fondness for all things British (something we share)
  • And, in a moment of seriousness, her gentleness, innocence, compassion, and love for her family and friends.

3.Top Sisterly Memories

There are just too many things to choose from, such as the time we had each other in Secret Santa and got each other almost identical presents. So, instead, here are some pictures, including one from our days as small humans.

And now, the quotes:

“Courage, dear heart.”
-C. S. Lewis

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
-C. S. Lewis

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”
-Jane Austen

“You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.”
-Dr. Seuss

“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”
-J. R. R. Tolkien

“Take the Adventure, heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes! ‘Tis but a banging of the door behind you, a blithesome step forward, and you are out of the old life and into the new!”
-Kenneth Grahame

“We are all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?” 
Doctor Who

I shall miss you dearly, Slothfather. I wish you good luck. 😉

P.S. For those of you who are wondering about that last comment, you can find the backstory on Shannon’s blog right here.


hello world!

Hello, my (hopefully not imagined) readers!

Welcome to my very first blog post! If you have just happened upon this blog by chance, and have no idea what on earth it is about, have no worries! Above, I have provided some handy dandy pages describing who I am, and what I am doing here in the blog-o-sphere.

Instead of writing an introductory blog and going on and on about me, myself and this blog, I am going to jump right in and talk about something that I am very passionate about: books!


As you may have expected, and as you will discover as I continue writing these posts, I am a huge nerd. One of my favorite pastimes is reading, and some of my favorite things to read are the Lord of Rings and The Hobbit, written by the legendary author, J.R.R. Tolkien. As I was cruising the Facebook this afternoon, I noticed an article on my page mentioning Tolkien. So, of course, I had to stop and take a look, and I am very much glad I did. The article announced the publication of a previously unknown work of fantasy by none other than the fantastic Mr. Tolkien himself! Coincidentally, my sister, Shannon, posted this very same article on my Facebook page not an hour later. According to the article, it is the first piece of prose fiction written by Tolkien, and is the “powerful story of a doomed young man who is sold into slavery and who swears revenge on the magician who killed his father.”

So, as a token (ba dum tss) of my excitement, I would like to dedicate this first blog post to J.R.R. Tolkien, and to encourage all of you to take a look at Tolkien’s published works and his newly discovered story, The Story of Kullervo, after it is published on August 27th. I know that I am going to grab a copy as soon I can.

That concludes my very first post. Hopefully I didn’t bore you too much. I am nervously excited to see where this blog takes me, and I hope you are too!