The Antique Store Which Never Ends

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In Bellefonte there is an antique store that never ends. Inside are rooms upon sideways rooms and several floors with creaking staircases filled with ancient treasures such as old records, dishes, and Jacob’s ladder. The place is both creepy and awesome. The floors and walls are crooked and every step makes the floor sigh and screech in protest. I chance across an old keyboard and snap a picture. I wish now that I had taken more pictures because the place is fascinating.

I walk through the rooms, browsing the old records until I remember that I don’t own a record player. Suddenly I realize my siblings have disappeared so I set off in search of them.

Old dusty shelves and tables are covered all the things people no longer treasure but hope that someone else will. Glass and china dishes, antique books, broken dolls, old decor, naked mannequins, and a cracked guitar are abandoned in the warehouse that never ends. One cannot help but wonder where all these objects have been before this antique store.  It gives me the chills and suddenly everything has a life and an old sad story. I would hate to be stuck in this place after closing time.

Somehow I end up back where I started. Mum is examining the dishes. She is like a child in a candy store, calling us to look at this or that and trying to decide if she should buy the tiny glass creamer jar to match the sugar bowl that she has at home. We go down a level and find a cute blue type writer. Rachel writes a story on it and I ask mum to buy it for me but it’s super expensive.

Suddenly the lights dim and we figure it must be closing time. We head for the room’s exit and mum stops to ask some random hipster browsing through the records if we should pay here or upstairs. He looks momentarily confused and Rachel exclaims that he’s just a shopper! Mum is embarrassed and everyone laughs. Hipster tells her that he is indeed a customer but yeah, you pay upstairs.

Mum remarks that they could film a horror movie in here and the cashier agrees.  She tells us about the ghosts that go down into the basement and wait for the lights to go out. Yikes! Mum pays and we leave. When we step into the sunshine it seems as if I walked out of a dream because that place just feels so unreal.

People, go antiquing.

Accepting the Liebster

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Hi everyone! I was nominated for the Liebster Award by The Melodrama Effect. She has a great blog so check it out! Also, this looks like a fun award to accept so thanks for the nomination!

These are the rules: 

Thank the nominator and post a link to his/her blog
Display the award on your blog
Answer the eleven questions provided by the nominator
Include eleven random facts about yourself
Nominate 5-11 blogs which have less than 1000 followers, and tell them about it
Prepare eleven more questions
Post these rules on your blog

These are The Melodrama Effect’s questions for me:
1. What do you love about yourself? (Trust me, you won’t sound arrogant)

I love that I am generally a positive person. I see the best in people and try to make the most out of bad situations. I also know how to use chopsticks and that’s pretty cool.

2. How would you describe your best friend?

I have between three and seven best friends so now I have been placed in the awkward position of deciding which of them is my favorite person.  This is virtually impossible because I love all of my friends dearly. I’ll go with someone who means a lot to me and who I got to know really well especially last year.
She is beautiful and smart. She knows me better than anyone and still loves me. She is encouraging and inspiring. She has a great sense of humor that most people don’t get but that sends me into spasms of laughter. She loves God and strives to glorify him with her life. She is real and vulnerable but also manages to stay positive and smiling even when she’s going through a difficult time.  She doesn’t love herself enough and she is the strongest person I know. I am blessed to know her.

3. What’s your favorite childhood memory?

One winter it snowed in North Carolina. I was probably like four or five years old and it was my first experience with a major snow. We had a lot of fun so I remember it very clearly. It snowed two feet and coated the trees and bushes. The world was a winter wonderland. My dad made the lid of our turtle sandbox into a sled and pulled us through the snow. Our cat, Mishi, followed us by leaping from one of dad’s footprints to the next. We made snowmen and angels and had snowball fights. I don’t like snow now, but it was fun back then and I have fond memories of it.

4. Favorite and least favorite subjects in school?

My favorite high school subject was English because I love to read and write. My favorite in college was my Intro to Social Work class because it was really relaxed, fun, and interesting.
My least favorite high school subject was physics cause it was right after lunch and I sucked at it. My least favorite in college was statistics because it was super boring and I learned nothing.

5. What’s your favorite holiday and why?

Christmas is my favorite because there is so much meaning in the holiday and I also really enjoy the festivities and exchanging gifts.

6. What do you want to do most, right now, at this very moment?

Hug my boyfriend because I miss him.  Or go to Europe maybe. Or both.

7. What’s one thing you never leave the house without?

My cell phone. I think most people would say the same. Sometimes I leave without money or a drivers license but I feel more lost without my cell phone. It’s sad.

8. What movie would you recommend to anyone?

The Princess Bride. I basically have it memorized because I love it so much. It can be watched every month by children from 1 month up to 120 years old. This movie could fall under many different genres so it appeals to almost everyone. It is quotable and hilarious and I enjoy watching it to this day even though I’ve already watched it a million times.

9. What’s your favorite food-and-drink combination?

Coffee and coffee. It’s what I have for breakfast every morning and I cannot live without it.  I also enjoy steak and water or tea and anything else.

10. What’s one thing you wish you were good at? 

I wish I could longboard like a pro.

11. Why do you blog?

Because it’s fun and one of my summer goals was to start a blog.

Eleven random facts about myself:

  1. I am an awkward nerd. I like Doctor Who and weird music and I do/say stupid stuff and hope to God that no one noticed. See my How to Be Socially Awkward post to become me.
  2. My mum thinks I’m hipster, but neither she nor I knew what exactly “being hipster” meant until I met my hipster boyfriend.
  3. I have two cats, two dogs, and three horses. Once upon a time I also had a llama, a donkey, four birds, and twenty million inbred rabbits.
  4. I am a junior Spanish and sociology double major and I have no idea what I want to do with my life.
  5. I wash my hair with conditioner cause it’s healthier than shampoo.
  6. I hate needles.
  7. By the time I was thirteen, I had moved eight times and lived in four states.
  8. One of my life goals is to travel the world after college. (See my bucket list for more life goals.)
  9. I play the guitar.
  10. I love all music except for country, heavy metal/screamo, and annoyingly overplayed radio singles. Here <— is a list of some of my favorite songs.
  11. I am going to Chile for fall semester abroad in fourteen days. *internally freaking out*

My Nominations:

Bored of Compromise 

Just Missie’s Blog

Unresting Sea

Inadequacy Killed the Cat 

Maja Malmcrona Wrangstadh

The GLORYwhole: My (Gay) Christian Life and Beyond

The Unnecessarily Necessary Music Blog

Unsane Beyond Sanity 

Picture :: Happiness 

We Fall Laughing 

Coffee Write Repeat 

And my eleven questions:

  1. If you could visit any five countries in the world with no time or money constraints, where would you go and why?
  2. What inspires or motivates you?
  3. How would you describe yourself in ten words?
  4. What is the craziest or awesomest thing you’ve ever done?
  5. What is your spirit animal and why?
  6. Do you remember your dreams? If so, what was your weirdest dream?
  7. What is your favorite band/song/genre of music?
  8. How would you describe a perfect day?
  9. Do you prefer cold weather or hot weather? 
  10. What are you most afraid of?
  11. What do you love more than anything else and why?

Thanks again to The Melodrama Effect for the nomination and I’m looking forward to hearing from the people I nominated!

God bless,

~ debs