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My very first 2 blog nominations!

The very awesome and kind Jenni has nominated for 2 blog awards. I am extremely humbled and grateful for these nominations, Jenni! She makes me laugh with her posts and is a very inspiring blogger. Pay her a visit, you won’t regret it :). Here are the two awards I’ve been nominated for:

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The One Lovely Blog Award by belsbror

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The Dragon Loyalty award by markbialczak

I’d like to thank Jenni, of course, and the creators of these awards :). It is my first time doing this, so I hope I wrote this post correctly :p. Before I post my nominees, I must provide 7 random facts about myself. Ready?

1) I cannot write without Enya’s music playing in the background.

2) I watch the movies Lord of the Rings, Titanic and Jurrasic Park at least once a month.

3) I cannot live without tea.

4) I came up with the name for my main character (in the book I’m writing) while in the bathroom.

5) I masterminded a plan to run from home and sort of succeeded at the age of 2 (mum caught me before I could cross the street! Poor mum!)

6) One night while babysitting, the family’s cat brought in a LIVE mouse. I had to chase the cat, then grabbed him and threw him (gently) outside. They still tell the story to everyone :p. It was a funny experience.

7) When I was younger, I wrote my diaries using a fantasy format. I did this in case anyone ever read them :p. So, a trip to the bakery would be disguised as a detective story.

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Now, onto the nominations! But before I write them, I’d also like to thank Robert Downey Jr and Leonardo DiCaprio for helping me…okay, fine, I’ll stop daydreaming :p

I would like to nominate the following blogs to the 2 awards. I wish I could nominate all, but can only do up to 10…so I’ll nominate 11 :p. I’m  going to play rule-breaker for today :p. These bloggers have been very kind to me!

http://theobviousandhidden.com/

http://dragoneystory.wordpress.com

http://ruthierufiebob.wordpress.com

http://teddylee01.wordpress.com

http://piglove.wordpress.com

http://mesayah.wordpress.com

http://wonderofmyworlds.wordpress.com

http://kelzbelzphotography.wordpress.com

http://seshatwuji.wordpress.com

http://illicitbynature.com/

http://forayintofoodstorage.com/

❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

 

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Thank you! Merci! Gracias! Netflix!

If I ever had doubts about your greatness, oh dear Netflix, I have none now. I don’t know why I did not notice before, or perhaps you recently just added these and I missed them, but I have to thank you from the bottom of my heart for adding ‘The X Files’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes 2’. You’ve just given me a new reason to drool over watch Robert Downey Jr. I have to admit, the first Sherlock Holmes wasn’t great, but the second one was awesome, and it gives me a reason to dream about what life would’ve been if I were married to RDJ stay up late…

Okay, sorry, I was just daydreaming about being rescued by Iron Man.

Oh, and yes..The X-files, Netflix has added ALL 9 seasons of The X Files. This is beyond awesome! Oh my goodness RDJ as Sherlock…ah okay, back to The X-Files. Well, there’s not much to say about that now, is there? Yes yes, I want to go see RDJ! Thank you Netflix!

Do YOU watch Netflix? 

❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

 

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Random Photo(s) of the Day #12…with a Story Starter…and Ellie’s daily update

Hi everyone! I hope the new week has been treating you well! IF NOT, let me know and I’ll call upon my army of penguins.

I added a little something extra to the title, because my random photo post has turned into updates, as well. It’s okay, though. It spices things up over here :D.

I woke up thinking it was Monday, but I guess my brain played an April Fools’ joke on me :p. Today was a good day, I went for a long walk (it’s finally sunny in Ontario!), and wrote my first post for the A to Z Challenge. I have a huge craving for cinnamon rolls, so I’ll probably have an unhealthy breakfast tomorrow. I’m learning French using the app called ‘Duolingo’. I know the basics, and I started using the app about 3 months ago, but I’ve been neglecting it. I have a French background so it’s only fitting that I learn the language. I already speak Spanish, so that’s out of the way (also have a Spanish background). Here’s hoping one day I’ll translate some of my work in French!

Today’s photos are of the most wonderful thing, okay ONE of the most wonderful things, in my life…drum roll please…FLOWERS. I love flowers, preferably colourful ones, but I’m not picky. I also love it when bees do not fly around them. I use flowers to let people know I care, to show my love, gratitude, or as a random gesture. I really do not need an excuse to give out flowers; I even give myself flowers (as sad as that may seem). Enjoy these photos and hope you have an awesome Tuesday and/or Wednesday (depending where you live). Ta ta for now!

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❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

 

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Random Photo of the Day #11…with a Story Starter!

How are you guys doing today? I hope Monday treated you well (I know it can be sneaky and evil). Let me tell you it was WARM today, yes, Ontario…was…warm…TODAY. Thanks Mother Nature! It felt so good wearing a light jacket. 

The A to Z challenge commences tomorrow and I’m ready! In fact, my good friend (I wish) Robert Downey Jr. posted this photo on his Facebook page. Let me tell you, that’s how I prepared for the challenge! They say on the challenge’s page that we can choose a theme or go random. Can you guess which one I’m choosing ;)?

I watched the series finale of “How I met your mother,” and let me tell you, it was good! This last season wasn’t great and I gotta be honest, I’ve missed a lot of episodes. I’m not going to spoil it, but I can say that the ending can be disappointing for some viewers, but it reflects on the reality of life. It went a bit fast, though, but there were funny moments (as always). I wasn’t a huge fan of the show, but it was entertaining to follow when I had the chance. 

It’s funny how my “Random Photo of the Day” posts have turned into a medley of Ellie’s updates and photography. Ah well, that’s how life gets exciting! Here’s the photo of the day! I picked one of my favourite places, Niagara Falls. It’s so peaceful, you get beautiful scenery, and you get wet! Add it to your bucket list :).

Au revoir tout le monde! (trying to make my ancestors proud)

Story Starter: One goal on my bucket list…

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❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

 

 

 

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Random Photo of the day #10…with a Story Starter!

Hey everyone! Did you take part of Earth Hour? I didn’t, I completely forgot about it :p – oops! But, anyway, it’s not like I don’t protect the Earth on a daily basis. So, to celebrate the beauty of this planet, here’s a photo of ME! Nah, just kidding hahaha. Not funny? Okay, fine.

I love marine life, I even considered becoming a marine biologist once (I wasn’t crazy). I love the mystery of it, we still have to discover so many creatures that live at the bottom of our global pool. It’s unnerving and it’s rewarding. Today’s photo of the day is of Jellyfish! Specifically, the Japanese sea nettle. They’re adorable and their delicate drift and alluring colours are the features that attract me to them. Enjoy! 

Story Stater: S/he was mesmerized by its stunning beauty, drifting in the depths of the ocean…

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❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

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Random Photo of the Day #7…with a Story Starter!

Hey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, that was loud…well, I guess depends how you read it :p. I hope you’re all enjoying your Sunday! Today, I changed the entire layout of my room, and it turned out better than I envisioned. I’m so excited! I was bored of the old one, so I just woke up early and decided to make a change. 

Today’s random photo is dedicated to GOOD memories. I think we all need to remind ourselves of the good we have in our lives, even if it isn’t much. This photo was taken during a Christmas lights exhibition in Vancouver. As you can tell, my favourite holiday is Christmas! And yes, one of the reasons I do is the release of different penguin merchandise during that time :)! 

How about YOU? Any good memories?

Story Starter: And in fact, I took a walk down memory lane to replay…

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Of course! The world doesn’t rule me today!

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Random Photo of the Day #6…with a Story Starter!

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all doing well :). Mother Nature is on an constant PMS routine here in Ontario. She told the weather people we were going to have freezing rain and snow overnight and in the morning. Well, we had snow and that’s it. It didn’t even last long. Way to scare us Mother Nature! It’s not even Halloween! But, let’s move on to the photo of the day.

The theme for today is your lovely pets! When I was a child I had dogs, worms, roly-polies in a cookie tin, imaginary elf friends (not exactly pets, but they seemed to have acted that way), ants, and I think that’s it. My family and I stopped having pets, because we moved a few times and we all had busy lives. I didn’t have another pet until college, which was a pet hamster named Viggy Sidney. He was the coolest rodent in the universe, always mischievous and funny – We used to watch the movie “Ratatouille” together. I mentioned him in one of my earlier posts: https://worldruler007.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/my-late-hamster-the-actor/

Pets are not just that, they’re your companions, they’re there for you when you need them (if you don’t feel like talking to a human). So, today’s random photo of the day is dedicated to all those furry and non-furry creatures that put a smile on your face.

How about you? Did you or do you have pets?

Story Starter: My favourite pet companion is/was…

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^^^ made the day Viggy Sidney lefts for the hamster heavens

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^^^ Viggy Sidney wishing upon a star (just like his mommy)

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Random Photo of the Day #4…with a Story Starter!

First of all, Happy First day of Spring! It feels like an ice apocalypse here in Ontario – poor Mother Nature probably got her heart broken by an Ontarian, and now she’s taking it out on all of us – but, I checked online and it’s supposed to get better.

It’s supper time for me, and therefore I’m hungry. How fitting would it be for me to post a photo of food? How about 2 photos? Today’s post contains a bonus! How awesome is that? However, in the spirit of being inspirational, I’m going to turn these photos into a learning experience.

How many times have we gone to the supermarket and impulse bought items, only to throw them away a few days later? I used to do that, not all the time, but quite a few. Let me tell you, now I only buy what I know I’m going to eat and it has worked for me. You have to remember how luck you are for having the means to eat at least, one meal a day. Even if you aren’t sure of what to buy, just buy what you know you will eat on that day, and then go to the supermarket the following day. It also gives you an excuse to get out of the house. Preferably, walk there and enjoy your city/town 🙂

If you need some ideas for snacks, here’s a list of my favourite ones: My Top 10 snacks.

Story Starter: I am grateful for…

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Of course! The world rules my stomach!

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Random Photo of the Day #2…with a Story Starter!

First of all, thank you to all of you for reading my posts! You are all wonderful! So, here’s a photo dedicated to YOU. I took it a few years back – I didn’t realize how interesting my life was years ago – on an ordinary day. I don’t remember exactly what I was doing, but it looks like I was on my usual walks around my neighbourhood (in Vancouver). All I remember is looking up at the sky and thinking, “Boy, that sure looks like a heart. I should take a pic!” So, I did! Nature has beautiful ways to remind you that the world has a lot of goodness in it. We all deserve to be happy and loved, and to think we are worthy; because we all are.

Your story starter is four words that you can use to write about something that is good about you, or that you love. You can comment, write or just think about it. I always say, “count your Blessings, not your mishaps”. There’s a lot of evil in this world, so it’s good to remind ourselves of the good within us.

Story Starter: I am… I love…

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Random Photo of the Day…with a story starter!

Oh yes, let me introduce you to my new blog feature! It’s simple, I’ll post random photos I’ve taken in the past, present, and future (okay, I know, that’s not possible, but pfft, don’t ruin my moment) and add a story starter. Here’s hoping it’ll inspire you to write even more :).

The photo: I took this years ago at the Harry Potter Deathly Hallows book midnight release!

The creature’s name: I don’t know, but we’ll name him Hepburn (you can tell who my favourite actress is).

Why does Hepburn look upset?: In reality, he probably doesn’t like to be touched (notice the hand?). In my world, I think it’s because of the GRILLING book behind him. Take a look, it’s inside the purple heart. So, I totally understand his indignation.

Story starter: Hepburn’s indignation engulfed its subconsciousness into brutal annoyance…

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Of course! The world doesn’t rule me today!

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