Trust™✌🏻

When we talk about trust in the Bible, everyone knows the verse. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5) A fabulous go-to verse. Why else would it be so famous if it wasn’t so relatable? But I have some questions.

Honestly, trusting in God is one of the most amazing feelings ever when you truly, fully trust in Him, but it’s also one of the hardest things to do. And isn’t that the worst feeling? When you want and love to do something so much, but it is actually quite difficult to do? It drives me bonkers and I grow angry at myself. I get frustrated at myself and my sinful ways when I really just want to be fully and wholly trusting all the time.

Through that, I do my best to follow God’s Will and to trust in Him. Of course, I falter all the time, but it is constantly on my mind to be fully trusting. As Christians, we often try to help one another by saying, “Just trust in the Lord”. Sound judgment, but what I keep running into is the line where that stops. You see, I get so many fellow Brothers and Sisters who tell me to trust but the second I tell them I am trusting in God over something they don’t necessarily like, then it stops. I’ll give an example.

I know God has me in Dillon for reasons I’m not sure why, but I know it to be true. I also know that He doesn’t want me in college at the moment and that whatever job I end of taking, I take because He wants me there specifically. So when I hear God telling me to wait for the right job to come, I will wait. BUT, the second I tell people that I’m waiting for a job from the Lord, they stop telling me to trust in Him and instead say that I need to take “initiative.” So here’s my question:

If you truly believe that God is sovereign in every aspect of life, then shouldn’t you trust him in every aspect of your life too?

Maybe one job or one school in one human’s life sounds pretty trivial when it comes to the Creator of the Universe, but the fact is that He loves and provides for his Children. The Lord tends to the birds and the plants of this world, He’ll tend to us too. Our heavenly Father knows our needs and is a provider of those needs. Abraham had so much faith and trust in God, like wow. If we want to talk about trust then let’s talk about how he trusted in God enough to tie his own son to an altar as a sacrifice before getting a lamb provided. Because he trusted first.

My summary of this whole confused rant is this: There is no line to trusting in God.
We don’t just trust Him when bad things happen to us, but we trust in Him in ALL things. We trust in His abilities to find us jobs and to help us put food on the table because when it comes down to it, we do none of those things on our own. Jesus said to not worry about any of those things and to FIRST seek His kingdom and His righteousness. So that’s what I’ll do. To the best of my abilities.

And lastly, as great as Proverbs 3:5 is, let us not leave verse 6 out, “in ALL your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

I love you all.

*insert cheeky peace sign* ✌🏻 Bless.

 

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The House Seven

First off: I MOVED. *Collective gasp*
Yep. I’m no longer in Salmon or even my dear potato state. I’ve moved to the windy, desolate, cowboy filled state of Montana.

I am now living in the University of Montana Western Chi Alpha’s house (a campus ministry group) with six other people. It is amazing, and I have been so blessed to be able to live at such a nice place with such fabulous people.
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Because I am now living in a house with six other people, it often feels like I’m in a reality TV show, so it’s very possible I may make something like that for fun…But! I have decided to interview and show a picture of each housemate so that you all can get to know them just slightly.

Kory, Age 28, aka House Dad
IMG_1643Kory is the manager of the Chi Alpha house, so he’s kinda the boss and caretaker which is why I call him the House Dad. He watches like as many shows as I do.

Pet Peeve?
People being late when they say they’ll be there. 

What song title describes you?
“Survivor” by Destinys Child or “No Scrubs” by TLC.
Someone loves the 90’s. 🙌🏻

Which animal would make the best type of president if the animal kingdom rose up and took over?
Emperor Penguins. The name is ironic, but it has nothing to do with the name. OR Chimps. They’re good at bribing others.

Michael, Age 19, aka Lil Man
Mikey is the baby of the house at a mere 19 years old. He often styles himself in khakis and a man bun while riding his longboard which makes everyone think that he’s a pothead. #Classic. Michael also knows and likes almost as much music as I do, so I guess you could say he’s pretty cool.

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Pet peeve?
When Jake wipes the crumbs from the counter onto the ground.

What song title describes you?
“I Can’t Make You Love Me” *insert smirk here*
Or “It Is Well With My Soul”. No, wait, “The Whole Wide World” by Cage the Elephant.

The boy has a diversity, what can I say.
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Animal President?
A polar bear. Definitely.

 

 

 

 

Delaney, Age 22, aka House Mum
img_1642.jpgDelaney is the only other girl in the house, so we gotta stick together. Everyone calls her the mum because she’s the most organized and put together person ever. She’s got everything on lock, man. Amazing.

Pet Peeve?
Know-It-All’s and fingerprints on stainless steel.

What song title describes you?
“Bad and Boujee” by Migos. Just the title though, don’t listen to the lyrics.

Animal President?
I love sloths. But I’d say a lioness. The Lady Lion. 


Jake, Age 20, The Fake Homeschooler
Jake is smart and acts like a stereotypical homeschooler especially when it comes to using large words and being super goofy, but he’s NEVER BEEN HOMESCHOOLED. What. Jake also has a great laugh and laughs at like everything I say so you could say I appreciate him greatly. 
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Pet Peeve?
Umm, when people drive slow unnecessarily.

What song title describes you?
I don’t know…Hellooo. It’s me. I’ve bee-*insert singing Adele here*

Animal president?
*after a long thinking period* Camels. Because they’re maternal and can go a long time without food, and they’re very good in temperate climates.
Okay seriously, who knows that much about animals? He went on about camels for nearly five minutes.

 

JJ, Age 23, Spicey Guac Guy

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JJ is lit, I don’t even know. He works at Dairy Queen which is dank, but between that and school, I haven’t seen him a whole lot. He’s hilarious though. I first met him while he was destroying good guac by adding 10lbs of hot spices to it, so I guess you could say he appreciates hot things. 

 

Pet Peeve?
People chewing with their mouths open. *stares at Jake eating*

What song title describes you?
“Timber” by Ke$ha

Animal President?
Pandas.
He said pandas so fast, I’m 100% positive that he has thought about it before. Or he just really loves pandas.
Larry, Age ???, “The Oldest”
Larry is awesome. He’s like the secret maintenance guy. He helps everyone but you hardly ever see him. He’s like a ninja, but when you do see him, he’s very chatty which I can dig. He’s also the oldest in the house, so he refused to give his actual age, but HEY. HE DID A SNAPCHAT WITH ME. PROPS. 
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Pet
Peeve?
JJ. No, umm, double standards.

What song title describes you?
I’ll have to get back to you on that.
Wow, Larry. C’mon son.

Animal President?
Hmm…The Tiger.
*JJ walks by* “NO. THE PANDA.”
No wonder JJ is a pet peeve. #Settle

 

 

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoy them. Just kidding, that isn’t possible.
They’re so amazing, y’all don’t even knowwww.

*insert cheeky peace sign* ✌🏻 Bless.

 

 

Struggles of a Struggling Barista

TODAY IS THE DAY.
Sept. 29th. National Coffee Day.

And with this blessed day upon us, I’ve decided to make a nice little list of the things us baristas go through on the daily. Know our pain, appreciate our labors, and enjoy the elixir of life.

  1. Greeting the moon and stars that start your day at 4 AM. 
  2. Barista nightmares. You may not realize it, but we take our job very seriously. The perfect froth and shots. Often nightmares can occur. I’ve been living a recurring one for the past week where the whole dream is me making lattes and every time I begin steaming the milk, it instantly burns.
    Tears have been shed.
  3. Speaking of burning, you get burned a lot. From the temperature of liquids and from those salty customers.
  4. Constant cheer. Seriously. It’s 6am, I’d love to not have a smile plastered to my face either but here we are.
  5. Rude customers. This one, of course, is inevitable no matter what job you have. Especially food service, but they come in many shapes and sizes. Whether it’s just rude attitudes, talking on the phone and ignoring you while simultaneously causing a car pile up, or people cussing you out because you’re “too cheery” that early in the morning. (Yes, that has totally happened to me before.)
  6. FRAPPES NEED TO DIE. I can’t even tell you why. But they are the worst.
  7. Speaking of things that need to die. Decaf.
  8. When you’re frothing milk and a customer starts telling you a story and you just laugh, nod and said, “Haha right?!?!” along with them even though you can’t hear a single word they’re saying.
  9. People who think they’re cool and try to sound smart about coffee but they really have no idea what you’re talking about OR what they’re asking for. The worst. It takes every fiber of my being not to school those kids.
  10. Lastly. The worst thing you can say to a barista. Expresso. Guys. It’s espresso. Not eXpresso.
    USE YOUR BLOODY WORDS. LOOK AT THE SPELLING. SOUND IT OUT, MY FRIENDS.

Overall, being a barista is the greatest job ever and you come to love and adore most of the customers. The job itself is fabulous too even with the burns and coffee stains on every single thing you own. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

*insert cheeky peace sign* ✌🏻Bless.

Downpour

A light drizzle or an outrageous downpour. Freezing swirls, biting at any exposed skin or a warm caress like droplets of golden sun upon your face. It comes as a blessing in times of burning or as a malicious curse on a land that cannot contain it.
Rain is a funny thing. 

To some it’s a blessing and some a curse, but it changes on your own perception of the situation you may be facing. To everyone at the time, the great flood was a curse because obviously it wiped out almost everyone, but in all reality it was a blessing that the world was able to start anew. Perception. 

Just as with all things, we want everything to make our own lives better and turn against it when it no longer benefits us. I suppose it is our sin nature to only see the negative sides to everything that happens to us. And how couldn’t we? When we see the death and destruction everywhere, wouldn’t it make us heartless and wretched people if we weren’t devastated? Well no I don’t believe so. 

This world is a dark place where no matter which way you turn something some time will feel like it’s going to destroy you. And who knows, maybe it will. But it doesn’t have to. 

Don’t get me wrong, I am about as empathetic as they come. You say one thing of your unhappiness and it takes every bit of my strength to keep from breaking down and weeping for you. I love all to the best of my abilities and love hard to the extent of hurting myself because of the depth of how much I care. I say none of these things self righteously as I am no better than anyone else, but my mindset is divergent from most. This is why I avoid dwelling on the world. I could go read the news or go see the pain and suffering first hand if I thought it was what I was meant to do but I know it is not. Many people throughout my life have scolded me for not “knowing what’s going on around me” and to them I say, why? What is happening right now has always been happening. Death. Suffering. It’s not a new aspect of life, but when everyone is so focused on these things they lose their focus on the things that are more important. Loving. Prayer. Helping others. 

I don’t chose to be ignorant to pain, I chose to look beyond it. When you’re getting swallowed up in the pain that attacks from every side of the world, look up

Help and love one another but do not condemn those who have different outlooks than you. Those that have a similar outlook as me get backlash often about how “ignorance kills the innocent” but we aren’t ignorant. We are simply choosing to ignore and not dwell on the bad so that we can be the best version of ourselves in order to help those in pain.  I beg of you, do not assume that our lack of knowledge for specific detail is somehow proof that we don’t care about the people around us. We do. 
*A Thing: So I realize this is kinda everywhere and also that a lot may disagree and that’s completely okay. It was all just in my brain and it is my blog, so I done did said it. 😉✌🏻

*insert cheeky peace sign* ✌🏻 Bless. 

Anniething Goes

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I adore being happy. Who doesn’t? I love little things, and one small gesture or event will change my whole day and outlook on life. Some people think it’s silly for how deeply I care for the silliest of things, but when it brings you joy why wouldn’t you? Because of this, I’ve decided to do the “50 Things That Make Me Happy” tag that tons of people do.

I’d love it if any of my readers comment some of the things that they would list for themselves. Let’s see how different they are.🤔
Disclaimer: This list is not in any specific order.

  1. Coffee. No one is surprised, let’s be honest.
  2. Grey eyes. Hehe. 👌🏻
  3. Parks. I looooove going to the park and just sitting around. Go with friends, go and journal. Just. Go.
  4. 70’s and 80’s music.
  5. Petrichor: The pleasant earthy smell that frequently accompanies the earth after a cheeky rain.
  6. Laughing so hard you cry. It happens often with me…
  7. Writing letters. Cheeky spon to my new favorite website: moreloveletters.com
    What they do is amazing, and I love it. Go read up, friends.
  8. Musical theatre. Please. Give me.
  9. Good dreams.
  10. Lowman, Idaho, USA. Favorite place ever.
  11. Singing. Solo or in a choir. It’s all good.
  12. Backpacking. Forget that “glamping” stuff. I’m a “130lb backpack in the woods for a week/hiking 10 miles a day” kind of girl.
  13. Campfires. Also just fire. 🔥🔥🔥🔥
  14. Disney films.
  15. Smiling.
  16. Full moons. I’m no vamp, and I’m not a werewolf either okay? Quit asking.
  17. The Orion star constellation.
  18. TV shows. There’s too many to name.
  19. Forests.
  20. London Fog tea. Earl Grey tea, vanilla syrup, steamed milk. Mmmmmmm.
  21. Shiloh Bible Camp.
  22. Making other people laugh. 💜
  23. Smacking people in the face with a waffle.
  24. Shopping when you actually have money you can spend.
  25. Music in general?
  26. Caesar Salad.
  27. Thunderstorms.
  28. Reading a real book. None of that kindle stuff.
  29. Friends texting you out of nowhere to see how you’re doing.
  30. Hot Topic.
  31. Office Supplies. I’m sorry. I just…Love stationary, and pens, and staples, and, and, and…Stop me, please.
  32. Lens flares in photos or videos.
  33. Rapping.
  34. Massages.
  35. Having faith.
  36. Jimmy Fallon.
  37. Affecting people for good, and possibly changing their life in some small way.
  38. Surprises. People are going out of their way to do something for you. Enjoy it.
  39. Tumblr.
  40. Getting packages in the mail.
  41. Fresh air.
  42. Working out. Especially fight style on bags.
  43. Teachers. What a blessing.
  44. Not worrying about people’s opinions.
  45. Idaho in general. It’s the best. Maybe I’m biased.
  46. Humans. We also suck, but why focus on that when you can also see how beautiful we can be? #CreatedinHisimage
  47. Sunrises and sunsets.
  48. Middle. Earth.
  49. Martial arts.
  50. Jesus Christ…..

After all, only in God will you find true happiness. Amiright?

*insert cheeky peace sign* ✌🏻 Bless.

 

Fashion by the Unfashionable

I’m going to tell you how to fashion. In case you didn’t know…I don’t know how.

This is gonna be CRINGETASTIC.

 

Rules of Fashion

  1. Ladies? High heels are not needed.
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    Heels are also amazing though, so you do you. #PowerStrut
  2. If heels aren’t an option then it is a UNIVERSAL TRUTH that black Converse goes with everything always for any occasion.
  3. If you’re feeling cheeky, get yourself a pair of Keds like mine.
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    They’re ALSO good for any occasion. Except for maybe funerals. The sole is a little inconsiderate for that.
  4. Plaid is perfect. Anyone who says differently is selling something. It would be an amazing gift for a friend.
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  5. Coffee graphic tees are a must.
  6. Contrary to stupid people’s beliefs, glasses are a beauty to this world and people who wear glasses are even more beautiful. I mean…Circular pieces of glass on your face? Who could say no to that?
  7. I don’t care your gender. Suspenders are a must.

These are all such amazing suggestions honestly, and they’re perfect forever. I mean, throw them all together and it’d even look good.

Small Talks

You know how on the first day of school, the teachers made you tell the class five things about yourself? Everyone knew it was coming and they all dreaded it. But not me. I looooove random facts about people and using that opportunity to say five really goofy things to make people laugh…Or think I was insane. The latter was the consensus of most I’m quite certain.


Through my posts it’s pretty easy to figure out bits of my personality but since I really enjoy the random “Know You” questions, I’m gonna answer some things none of you have probably ever wondered about me. Let’s do this. 

Getting to Know Me

  • Named after anyone? Totally. Two family friends who are both badass forest service employees.
  • Name if you were a boy? They thought I was a boy until I was born and I was going to be Seth. Great name. I approve.
  • First thing you notice about people? Their hair. It’s also my first choice of an attractive feature. Always the hair. Followed by humor.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • What would you name your children? If I had a girl, everyone would call her Alle and when asked if it was short for Alexandria or something she’d have to tell them that it was short for Alejandro.
  • How many boyfriends have you had? The insanely large number of zero.
  • Okay, how about crushes (of people you’ve met, not celebs) Umm…None? I fell instantly in love once though. More on that later.
  • Favorite holiday? Tuesday the 17. It’s a Psych thing. Also National Coffee Day. 
  • Favorite Candle Scent? Currently,  I have an espresso scented candle going in my room. It’s fantabulous.
  • Pumpkin Spice? Get. Out. Completely and utterly disgusting. 
  • Twitter, Insta, or Tumblr? Considering my humor is Tumblr humor…I’m literally Tumblrin’ in another tab.
  • Sleep with closet open or closed? What kind of psycho freak sleeps with the closet doors open?!?!
  • Bedtime? An unusual question since I hardly sleep. I guess if I had to guess it would be around 11PM…To like 4:30AM.
  • Ever used a gun? I’m from Idaho, yes I’ve used a gun. I hate them though. I’ll take a fist fight over a gun any day.
  • Occupation you wanted when you were a kid? Initially a firefighter like my daddy. For most of my life though, I wanted to be a high esteemed chef. 
  • Have you ever cried because you were so happy? Probably almost as often as crying from frustration/pain so definitely. Most of my tears are from laughing though. The 😂 emoji sums up my life about as much as the ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
  • Ever been in love? Oh now here’s a story. I went to an amusement park in Utah once and there was a live mini-musical playing twice throughout the day. I went to the first show and thought it was amazing but thought one of the men was even more amazing. I’m a pretty vocal person and I didn’t really hide my excitement of how great their singing and dancing was. In their line of work, the performers are encouraged to look at the audience. Needless to say, we made eye contact a few times and he definitely enjoyed my enthusiasm. Well a few hours later, they performed the show again. I loved it so much I went back. This time I showed, even more, enthusiasm, dancing in my seat when they did hip songs. Tears were shed during the ballads. He saw me in the audience again and started laughing while singing because I came back to watch the exact show twice. During the whole show, he kept looking and seeing how excited I was and would grin at me. Finally towards the end of the show during one of his big solos as a Jersey Boy and singing “Working My Way Back to You”, the beautiful man pointed into the audience at me and winked. #Dead. I met him after the show and chatted for a few minutes before he had to leave for his other job. Ahhhhhhhh, young love. 
  • DJ or Band at your wedding? Ummm, I will be the DJ at my wedding. Nobody’s music taste is as good as my own, dontchya know.

*Insert cheeky peace sign* ✌🏻 Bless.

Food: Marry or Kill?

I’m a foodie. I love food. I also don’t like a lot of food that many people do, so I’ve decided to make a list: Food I love so much, I’d marry it and food that most people like that I really don’t. I may not hate it necessarily, but I could definitely do without. The latter of the lists may cause anger in a few of you. Please know that if I die, I’ve already notified people to check out my readers first. Disclaimer: This post may cause hunger. Sorry?????

If you love food so much, why don’t you MARRY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Sickest Burn as a Small Child

 

Food I Would Straight Up Marry

  • Caesar Salad. I like the jokes about how gross salad is as much as the next girl, but salad is actually amazing if you make it right. And Caesar? Is right.  Just look at it. I refuse to apologize.
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  • Guacamole. Make guac not war, people.
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  • Chicken Salad Sandwiches.
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    But a delicious sandwich?
  • Twice Baked Potatoes. They’re the cheesiest! 💪
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    Potatoes are just good. Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew.
    And it’s not just because I’m from Idaho. Fight me.
  • Just Thai food. All of it.
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    Just look at that aesthetic. Plus it tastes amazing. 
  • Baby dill pickles. The baby part is important. Small and crunchy. It’s kinda a big dill.

 

Get that Food Out of My Face, or SO HELP ME

  • Spaghetti. Starting the anger off right away. Just jumping right in.
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    It’s literally a mess, there’s no way around it. What a terrible date food! Thanks Disney for setting yet another unrealistic expectation. #LadyandtheTramp
  • Mushrooms. It’s a fungus. FUNGUS.
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  • Bacon/Any Pork. Sorry, but it’s disgusting and really bad for you.
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    All of you right now, I’m sure.
  • Sunflower Seeds. I can’t. *shudder*
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  • Chocolate Chip Cookies. Hear me out. I do like them. Just…Not with a ton of chocolate chips in them. I do love chocolate, but I just really like the cookie part.

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  • ….Pizza.
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    Everyone settle down. I don’t mind pizza. I will eat pizza. It just…Will never be my first choice for a meal. Sorry not sorry.

 

You can post your angry comments now. Do your worst.
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*Insert cheeky peace sign* ✌🏻 Bless.

Wow. 40th Anniversary.

40 years ago today a Princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy (who farmed…Complete trash from the looks of it) brought a fresh aspiration to the universe, a New Hope, you could say. Forty years ago today, ten little words sent us spinning chaotically into hyperdrive.

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.” started the adventure Solo-ng ago and even with forty years done, it hasn’t lost its popularity. Like many, I grew up watching the Star Wars films and can positively say that it is my second favorite film franchise ever in the whole universe. Anyone who disagrees is not to be trusted. Because of this momentous day, I have decided to share with you a few things that I feel about those conflicted star zones.

I have compiled a list of a few of the characters I relate to:
(I’m a little short for a stormtrooper so they won’t be on here)

  • Yoda. I mean I’m short, but I can still whoop your butt. And I can’t often say img_3124.pngthe words in the sentences sometimes.
  • Admiral Ackbar because I also enjoy shouting out obvious facts when I’m in peril.
  • Qui-Gon Jinn. It’s the hair really. He had some luscious locks in that film.
    And overall? What. A. Dude.
  • Stormtroopers. I lied. They are on here. Why? Because we got that loyalty, complete lack of fashion, and am either really unlucky or just talented at getting hurt a lot.
  • Darth Maul. I’m only half of the man I could be.
  • Jar Jar Binks. All of you haters can kindly shut your mouths. He’s awkward, obnoxious, clumsy. Means well but invariably annoys everyone around him.
    I mean, come on guys, who does that sound like?
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  • Leia for the obvious reason that I’m fierce as hell.
  • Jawas, again with that height factor….
  • Anakin Skywalker. The first bit is obvious: “Hold me, Annie. Like you did on giphy (2)Naboo.” Name twinsies. He’s haunted and tormented by an awful lot ranging from his mother’s death to a kiss with a girl to murdering a ton of people. He also had a tendency to be a bit on the dramatic side, assumes a lot, but overall was just a guy willing to die for his loved ones, especially his hot mama. Anakin is pretty filled with hate, which I don’t exactly relate to except on one particular thing. We both have a mutual hate for sand.
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    -Anakin, probably.

Happy 40th Anniversary everyone. May the force be with us always.

Roses are red
,
Violets are blue,
If you don’t like Star Wars,
There’s something wrong with you. 

*insert cheeky peace sign* ✌🏻 Bless.

 

The Life of Good Espresso

Originally this video was going to be a goofy and not well made How-To of making an iced latte, full of clumsy and overexaggerated steps. That would have been just fine.
Then it came alive and decided to go on a cheeky adventure. Too bad it was a windy day.

*insert cheeky peace sign* ✌🏻 Bless.