Hi guys, Silver here! It's been awhile, but I finally got around to posting. Because of my extremely long absence from the site, I'm going to make this post REALLY long to make it up to y'all. Well, here goes nothing! Summer's been great so far, but there's still a lot of work to be done. Siriusly. I have to get some summer homework done for my 10th grade Honors Lit. class as well as for my AP World History class. I have to read How to Read Literature Like a Professor, by Thomas Foster (which is pretty good, by the way), and apply what I learn from the book to annotate the second book, Dracula, by Bram Stoker. For AP World History, I have to read A History of the World in 6 Glasses, by Tom Standage, and answer several questions about it in paragraph form... To top it all off, my mom is making me learn TRIGONOMETRY, of all things. For those who don't know, Trigonometry is an entire branch of mathematics devoted to the study of right angled triangles. The guy who thought that up had WAY too much free time... Trigonometry itself has been pretty easy so far, though, so no complaints about that. Some people might think I'm crazy, but I LOVE math! I suppose I get it from my parents... (I meant the love of math, not the craziness; no one really knows where I got that...). I don't mind doing any sort of work over the summer because I get bored pretty easily, but what bothers me is that I have to take all my work (even the math) on vacation (to California) with me. Even though I'm going to be gone for around 4 weeks, I should still have enough time to post because I'm pretty sure we'll have an internet connection. I'm really looking forward to visiting Disney Land! Anyways, what do you guys think about the site decorations? I personally LOVE them. They have a really cool summer beach-y vibe to them, which I'm sure is exactly what Ice Cream was going for. In her latest post, she mentioned the song Bohemian Rhapsody, which was done by one of my most favorite bands, Queen! I LOVE their music, and Bohemian Rhapsody is one of my favorite songs. Here's a fun fact: Bohemian Rhapsody, considered by many to be the best song done by Queen, was actually written to be a mock-opera. The song has no chorus, instead consisting of three main parts: a ballad segment ending with a guitar solo, an operatic passage, and a hard rock section. It still remains one of the most elaborate recordings in musical history. Since I tend to listen to a lot of music from the 1960s to the 1990s era (as you can see by my allusions to the Beatles through the titles of some of my blog posts), bands like Queen are right up my alley, or so to speak. This time, I decided to reference "Let It Be" which is the 12th and final studio album released by the Beatles after the band announced that they were splitting up in 1970. Most of the "Let It Be" album was recorded in the January of 1969, before the Beatles started recording "Abbey Road", but it was shelved, redone and released after "Abbey Road". Safe to say, I am absolutely OBSESSED with music, well, only the good kind... In completely unrelated news, I got a summer job! Since I'm still 14 an will remain 14 until the February of next year and am not eligible to apply for a job in accordance with state labour laws, I got a job as a tutor! Yes, you heard (well, read...) me correctly! I tutor the sons of some of our family friends in writing to help them both do well on the 5th grade writing assessment. It's pretty easy, so I'm glad that I don't have to work for minimum wage at Kroger or something, not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just that bagging groceries doesn't really appeal to me. In other news, I've been working on the paper doll inspired by Lily, and I'm pretty happy with it so far. I won't give too much away about the outfits just yet, though, but all I'll say is that I'm sure that Lily would wear that sort of clothing in real life. I have one of the outfits drawn so far, but I'm still working on the other one. I'm pretty excited about the doll, and it should be up sometime next week at the earliest. I would attempt to post it somewhat earlier, but the fact remains that I'm having some issues with the image manipulation programs that I use to edit the quality of the images. I also don't have a scanner, so I just make do with the camera on my MacBook Pro. Thankfully, the camera is of decent quality, so there's not a lot that needs to be accomplished through photo editing software. I'm ashamed to say this, but I finally understood why my parents forbid that I take drinks (other than water) into my bedroom. I was drinking some coca-cola as I was browsing on my Mac, and I accidentally spilled the soda all over the keyboard. Since MacBooks are built a certain way, they don't react well to moisture. Thankfully, I got the majority of the moisture off by tilting the laptop sideways to that the soda would drain, and I used my hairdryer to get rid of any remaining moisture. Luck must have been on my side, because when I turned the laptop back on, it worked! Granted, it did take 3 tries... The good news is that my laptop is working normally again! I really didn't want to explain to my parents why my laptop wouldn't turn on. As those of you who own any sort of Apple product most likely know, all Apple products come with a 1 year warranty, but it doesn't include any sort of water damage. I really dodged a bullet this time... I have some more news! I went to see my doctor sometime in late May, and after I told her that I had difficulty falling asleep, she prescribed me some melatonin supplements! Melatonin is a naturally occurring chemical produced by the brain to help induce sleep, for those who were wondering. The first 2 times I used the supplements resulting in me being lucid in my sleep, meaning that my body was asleep, but my brain was not. It was a pretty odd feeling, but it subsided as I continued using the pills. I generally take them every night because they help me fall into a deep sleep. I can fall asleep without the pills too, but I have to exercise sometime to tire myself out or sleep will evade me for the night. My doctor said that with the melatonin pills, there would be no possibility that I would be addicted to them or develop a tolerance for them at all, or else she wouldn't have suggested that I start using them. My parents are more than happy with the effects that the pills have on me at night because I've always been the night owl of the family. The one odd thing I've been noticing lately is that I wake up at about 2 or 3 A.M. because my stomach is growling, and I can't get back to sleep unless I've eaten something. Since I'm entirely too lazy to get up and go downstairs for a snack, I've taken some sort of snack (it varies depending on my mood) by my bedside, along with a water bottle. The melatonin pills are starting to kick in and it's getting pretty late, so I guess it's time to call it a night. I promise I'll update soon, though, and you can definitely look forward to new posts on the Paper Dolls, Short Stories and Silently Chic pages. I hope I've made it up to y'all with the super long post!
Hasta la Vista!
<3 Silver
P.S. Do you like the colors?

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