All posts for the month January, 2015

Story time Saturday: I get a dog

Published January 31, 2015 by GenYMission

When I was a child…

My parents must have wanted me to be a dog person. We didn’t have a pet for the first three years of my life (We did get a goldfish for a brief 24 hour period, who was lovingly named ‘Goldie’ but that hadn’t lasted long)

My parents did tell me they had a dachshund named Frank before I was born, but got rid of him because he was a mean dog.

My parents were dog people though, so by the time I was three, they must have decided they wanted me to grow up with a dog.

So, for my third birthday we went to the house of a dog breeder, who bred Golden Retrievers. I was excited, because there was a fenced in area with a whole bunch of fuzzy puppies running around and I thought I’d get to choose my own.

But before I could walk up to the fence and pick my soul mate, the lady was back and I turned and she already had a puppy in her arms. She told me this puppy would be going home with me.

I was a little disappointed because I had wanted a girl puppy and this one was a boy. But, I decided that any puppy would do, and this one looked pretty fluffy anyways.

I knew that the puppy needed a name, so before we got home, I had a bunch of names already whirling around inside my 3-year-old brain.

Should we call him… Goldie… no that was goldfishie’s name… Cookie?…no someone might try to eat him…

“Flashlight!” I exclaimed finally

“What?” My mom replied.

“His name should be Flashlight” I answered enthusiastically “Or tiny”

But after discussion, my parents did not go along with my hard thought out names, but convinced me that “Sampson” was a much more suitable name for this dog.

I ended up agreeing.

I suppose he ended up with that name because Sampson in the Bible was strong and brave, however this dog could not have been more the opposite.

Retrievers  love water, right? Not this one!

We tried to bathe him or throw him in my foot deep kiddie pool a few times, but he would run away with his tail between his legs.

He was also afraid of cats, once my dad took him out to the garage to chase away a cat that had gotten in and instead of chasing out the cat, he tucked his tail between his legs and pooped on the floor.

It’s just occurred to me now that this dog and I had some things in common, we both had some strangely irrational fears.

Anyways, besides Sampson’s strange fears as a retriever, he was an incredibly friendly dog, like retrievers are supposed to be.

He would let me or my cousins lay on his back like he was a pillow when we were watching T.V.

Unfortunately only 4 years later, we had to give him up, but that’s another story.

Update post

Published January 28, 2015 by GenYMission

I’ll try and post something else later, and if not, tomorrow, but I thought I’d give you an official update on things going on.

  • I started in Spanish this week, and I think it’s pretty great, I need to do some work to catch myself up, but other than that, it’s going fine.
  • I signed myself up for the blogging 101 and writing 201 “Classes” that WordPress is offering in February, so expect some posts regarding that. I looked through the material for blogging 101 and noticed that I already have done a few things they are going to have us do (Particularly, make an introductory blog post) So maybe on those days, I’ll either reiterate some things, or do something random.
  •  I am currently in the process of creating a real design for Untainted and Odd,I’ll post it whenever I finish it.
  • I’m also trying to write a list of blogging idea’s that I’ll post once I have a good number of them, but I need your help, so please, if you have a good blogging prompt you’d like to share, leave it in the comments or blog jar.
  • I want to make this blog better, and will be incorporating some other idea’s I’ve come up with. If you have any suggestions for my blog, please either leave them in the comments or blog Jar, and I’d really appreciate true feedback.

That will be all for now, Like I said, I’ll post a real post either later today or tomorrow.

Thank you for reading!!!!

A Forgotten Passion (BTW I forgot my title and tags again and had to edit them in here)

Published January 26, 2015 by GenYMission

What have I been doing with my life for the past year??

I realized something today. Or I guess I more remembered it than realized it.

I was digging through old notebooks and I rediscovered something I used to love that I forgot that I loved

I love to wright!!!!!

How COULD I have POSSIBLY forgotten that???

In my old notebooks were all kinds of attempts at journaling and stories that I tried to write.

When I was in middle school I knew I loved to write, and I wrote some as a Freshman, and sophomore but for some reason when I was a junior I just stopped. Now that I have discovered the world of blogging I am technically writing again and every time I go to write a new post I get this excited feeling inside.

I guess I have rediscovered my love for writing, I don’t know if I want to go into fiction writing right now, because I’m currently content just writing about my life right now.

If I ever do write any fiction I’ll let you know.

I really just wanted to say that, because it’s crazy I could have forgotten about that passion.

I would appreciate it if anyone told me if my writing is any good though, because I guess that is one of my new goals on this blog, to grow as a writer.

Thank you, and have a wonderful day!!!

I always forget a title…then I have to edit my post and think of one… Same thing happens with tags

Published January 26, 2015 by GenYMission

Exciting news, I received a notification today that told me Untainted and Odd has reached 10 followers.

Though that doesn’t seem like a lot, it’s kinda the most I’ve ever had and Word press thought it was important enough to notify me of the achievement.

So, in honor of this achievement, I thought I should post something special.

The thing is I don’t really have too many special ideas boiling over the tip of my brain.

So, I decided, I’ll save a special post for when I really need it.

Today I’d like to ask something of you.

Although I haven’t yet come to the point where I have zero blog ideas, realize I’m human so I will eventually develop that awful stressful condition known as Writers Block!!!! (Cue creepy music) 

So, just in case that ever happens, I don’t want to go a super long length of time without making many posts, because I think I’m liking being a part of the “Blogosphere”

So, in order to help me and other bloggers out there, I think I’ll make a list of prompts, but I will need help from my dear readers. If you have any questions I could answer or prompt ideas or absolutely anything in the world, please leave it in the comment section, or the blog jar, and I will post a list containing all the ideas.

Hopefully, this will help with writers block for a while.

I appreciate the idea’s and thank you!!!! 🙂

Ideas to share

Published January 25, 2015 by GenYMission

So a while ago I was just minding my own business when suddenly I was struck with one of those crazy ideas.

It started out fairly simple. With a brain.

I came up with this little guy one day in anatomy and physiology 1. I decided he could help me learn about muscle cell contraction.
I like to learn, I really do. Some people may think that’s crazy, but education and wisdom and knowledge are really beautiful things .
Anyways, the idea started to develop in my mind the more I thought about him. I thought, I would start up a comic strip about him and some other things I would draw and they would… Teach. They would teach about language and culture and history and more!

Anyways I immediately sat down and started drawing these things and I had some fun with character development.
I decided I would introduce you all to them, just because I do not really know what else to do with them. So why not put them on my blog?

I kept the brain, he’s really pretty cool. And he knows it.

Sorry if you cannot read my writing. It says
Panel 1: Hello world! I’m a walking talking brain with cool eyebrows and lacking a name.
Panel 2: but what I lack in ‘names’ I make up for in coolness and humility
Panel 3: However, I don’t think it’s very cool to be without a name
Panel 4: Oh good grief! I need one, I need one now!!!
I messed up in the second panel, it actually says ‘brains’ but I meant names. Oh well, these are just some very rough sketches I did.
The brain is the ‘head’ of the whole operation. He gives assignments to teach on to the rest of the team.





These are of the owl, Owlivia. She’s a cool owl, I think. She’s just awkward, and not very confident. She teaches about all kinds of science. Chemistry, biology you name it!
In the fourth panel, you can see she was pranked by the unnamed brain.
He picks on everyone here. Owlivia is pretty fiery when she’s been pranked like this.


Sorry the above picture is sideways. This is Paige, she’s a panda that teaches about language. She could be teaching English, Spanish or Greek.
Her intro is short sweet and to the point. She really lives her job and is an incredibly sweet panda.

Anyways, I have a couple of other characters as well, like an elephant that teaches history, but she’s not very developed yet.
I thought I would put these characters on here because I kind of wanted to see what people thought of them, and I don’t have anywhere else to share them so here you go, I hope you enjoyed this.
P.s. If this post is formatted weird I apologize, this was the first time I tried the wordpress app on my phone so I can’t see how it looks very well.

Dreaming of Answers…

Published January 25, 2015 by GenYMission

Usually dreams don’t speak to me in a significant way that leads me to make decisions or whatever like they do some people. Sleeping  dreams I mean. I don’t usually dream of solutions to my problems.

Last night though, my dream seemed to give me an answer.

Don’t stop reading yet, I’m not too much more crazy than the average person.

I posted a couple of days ago about my schedule and how I was trying to get it changed. The truth was, I wanted to change it, but I didn’t know if God really did want me to.

Anyways, I was pretty torn about this decision. My Anatomy and Physiology teacher obviously wanted me to stay in her room, but didn’t try to push me too hard. The principal was obviously trained in the arts of trying to get me to stay in that class too. All he really did was make me more and more unsure.

I kept asking God to just tell me what he wanted already, but it wasn’t exactly working like the instant communication I wanted it to.

After I fell asleep last night though, I started to dream. A common thing in sleep, but usually my dreams just like to mess with me and have no correlation with real life. This time though, I had a simple dream about me walking into Spanish class and everything seeming to be okay. Or at least I felt the peace that usually means that things are.

(I am a very nervous person, and when something is unsettling, my nerves start jumping out the window)

So when I feel calm, I usually take it as a good sign. A sense of serenity is actually rare in dreams because most dreams come with negative feelings.

Anyways, now I know what I absolutely have to do. I need to switch to Spanish class, and I don’t have any doubt about it.

As for the answer to the question I wondered from the previous blog “How do I know what God is telling me?”

I guess the answer is, he will make things clear when the time is right.

#StoryTimeSaturday: A childhood fear.

Published January 24, 2015 by GenYMission

Good afternoon my dear readers. Having a good weekend? Or just day in general if you happen to be reading this on a Monday through Friday?

I thought I should post something today even though I don’t have an update on my schedule or an answer to the previous question I asked. Besides, it”s the weekend, and weekends deserve something light. Something I can look forward to writing instead of me just ranting and spilling my stresses or whatever.

Therefor, I’ve decided to start a routine weekend posting called #StorytimeSaturdays! (Yes, I just used a #hashtag)

So each Saturday, instead of telling you what happened this week, I will tell you a story.

It’s true that technically telling you about what happened in my life today or yesterday or whenever is technically a story, but for Story Time Saturdays, I will either reach back a little farther and tell you about an interesting story that has happened at least a year ago, or I will make up a story.

This is the first official Story Time Saturday, so in honor of that, it will be a real story.

I had some very irrational fears as a child.

Some of them had some really legitimate reasons for why I was deathly afraid of them.

One of these totally acceptable fears started when I was two years old. My mom and I were in the bathroom at the mall. I had never really experienced the trauma of automatic flush toilets before then, so I had no idea what was coming.

I was just sitting on the potty, and it flushed! with no explanation, WHILE I WAS SITTING ON IT!!!

I proceeded to slide across the bathroom floor on my knees, and public bathrooms became the epitome of terrifying for the next 5 years.

I wouldn’t use any public bathroom that I wasn’t used to, so, this caused some issues when we were traveling.

My Mom would have to say something like “Yes child, remember, you used this bathroom back 100 miles ago”

Apparently this fear was so severe, that when I was 5 I had to go to a therapist because of it.

And the first one failed to cure me of my fear, and just thought I was so troubled I got sent to a different therapist.

After a time, my parents stopped sending me to a therapist and I got over the fear when I was like 7 or 8.

I’m pretty sure it was a traumatizing length of time for my parents too.

So, readers, I hope you enjoyed my StoryTime Saturday, and I look forward to blogging again.

Scheduling is boggling my mind

Published January 23, 2015 by GenYMission

Alright, so it has been a few days since I last blogged.

I will try really hard for that never to turn into a few weeks or months.

However, remember I am in high school and am pretty bad at time management, but I will still try.

On to other things!

My high school does this thing with their schedule called “blocked scheduling” and what that means is we have four classes a day, each an hour and a half long. Lunch is divided into 3 parts. Each lunch is 30 minutes long, and the classes held during this time have bells ring at different times. With this type of schedule, most classes are only a semester long, with a few that are full year, and some that are only a quarter long.

My schedule as it stands consists of an Algebra 2 and trigonometry combined math course, an Anatomy and physiology 2 science course, a chemistry science course and a study hall.

I really don’t know what I was thinking when I added that extra science course into my schedule. Chemistry is required as a junior, but A&P 2 isn’t.

I was in A&P 1 last semester and loved it, however I was also in English and choir. My right brained classes were balancing me.

(Right brained class: Classes that let you think creatively, and thoughtfully, Language and fine arts classes are right brained classes. Left brained classes are classes that are more logic based, like science and math)

This semester I really don’t have any right brained classes to balance myself out. Every semester until now, I have had at least 2, and suddenly I’m stranded with no balance.

Where was I going with this?

Oh yeah, I decided I needed to  change it and that is what I have been trying to do this week. Meaning I am trying to switch Anatomy for Spanish.

Not only because of the whole right brain balance thing, but also because the other few students in there move at a much faster pace than I do, and if I don’t understand something, I’m probably the only one who doesn’t understand it. There are many other reasons I have decided to make this change as well.

To be honest, this is a really stressful process. I mean I had to explain to the principal why I wanted to do this, and I am not good with words in front of people.

Also, changing things is really stressful anyways am I right? We are creatures of habit.

Anyways, the principal sent me off, telling me not to make a decision until Monday.

I think I already have.

But I struggle with the thought, “How do I know what God wants me to do?” Because I know he has a plan for my life, and I don’t want to mess that up. I want to make the right choice.

I’ll keep you posted about how this turns out, and if I find an answer to the above question, I will let you know.

Until then, or at least until I think of something else to blog about. 🙂

A summary of my previous thoughts on high school

Published January 19, 2015 by GenYMission

Alright, my blog has been up for a whole day now! A little longer than 24 hours actually… I’m not like, counting or anything, seriously. I’ll get over it…

Anyways, somebody asked me a question Via blog jar already, something like how has my past high school experience been. Since this is a blog about my current high school experience, or at least that is a part of the theme of this blog, I suppose it would be good to give you some background of my past high school experience.

I think I will pretend to be an inquisitive reader again, that seemed to make it interesting, maybe not though, so if you hate that I do this, please tell me. ( The Bold, Italicized words are the questions I pretend people ask me)

And once people start asking me questions, I won’t have to pretend anymore… as much.

Anyways, here we go:

So, you’re a Junior in high school. Great. So, what can you tell us about your first day of high school as a Freshman?

Oh boy, what a great question! Let’s see, I am pretty sure as I got out of my mom’s car and walked towards the building I was awed to be an official 9th grader.

As soon as I walked into the building, I was suddenly aware that I was unsure where I fit in. The fact that all 4 grades attending this building were mingled together in one area overwhelmed me.

When the bell rang the hallway was absolute insanity, and I quickly named the high school “The big, scary high school” As it was big, and frankly I found it scary. I continued to call it that for the next two years

. When lunch time came, it was another overwhelming experience, I had no idea where a lone freshman would fit into a high school cafeteria, so I scurried to find a table with other freshman.

I remember distinctly going to choir and the director screamed across the room.

Anyways, I managed to survive my first day of high school and after I fell into the routine, the other days were alright too.

So describe your thoughts over the course of your freshman year. How does this compare to your thoughts as a sophomore, and now, as a junior?

Freshman me:

“I’m so excited to be here!!!!!”

“I’m in the big scary high school now!”

“Oh wow a senior is talking to me!!!!”

“Can I initiate conversations with seniors?”

“I love this place!!! Except the hallways, they are scary”

“I am pretty convinced that seniors eat the souls of Freshman”

“I also do not like the cafeteria”

Ironically enough I did end up befriending a few seniors that year, I look back on my freshman thoughts and I’m convinced I was a total airhead…. Or I watched way to many high school horror stories

Sophomore me:

“I’m still pretty terrified of this place”

“I’m so less enthusiastic than I was as a freshman”

“I don’t like this class!”

“I hate the cafeteria”

“Some of my peers drive me crazy”

“The teachers are alright”

“Why am I in THIS school”

“Why am I in THIS class”

“I’m just going to sit at the back of the room with my group, and we are going to make pointless use of paper”


Obviously I was not too happy about anything as a sophomore, in fact about the only people I liked to talk too, was teachers, my geometry table, people in choir people and my youth group.

Me Now:

“I really love learning”

“I love this class”

“Hooray, I have a study hall!”

“Aww, I had to drop choir”

“I don’t have quite a skewed sense of how high school works anymore.”

“I have friends”

Anyways, my thoughts are pretty different from Freshman year, I struggle still in some areas, but at least I still don’t think that seniors eat the souls of freshman (What a problem that would be next year…)

I got over the thoughts that overwhelmed my mind last year and found that I really like to learn and I have actually come to love my school and my class.

That is really how my thoughts went, without getting too specific.

Thank you for reading, and feel free to leave a question.