2015 Round-Up

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The new year is coming very soon (technically in 2 days but we celebrate tomorrow!)  I cannot wait for the new year. But before we move forward, let’s move back with things I did in 2015:

  • Started a blog in June (you can search my first post “Dangerous Social Media Apps”)

 

  • Relearned how to ride a bike

 

  • Saved money and bought a computer

 

  • Traveled to Aruba

 

  • Enjoyed my time in Aruba

 

  • Recently started to do more DIY projects

 

Here are the things I will try to accomplish in 2016:

  • Chill out/ and stop worrying about stupid things

 

  • Be more happy

 

  • I will now post DIY projects I find on Pinterest and try them out. I will also post things about seeing through someone else’s eyes. Also, if you are new to blogging, check out my Newbie Blogging Tips page on the sidebar for awesome advice to get started!

 

  • Try to cut back on the chocolate and sweets

 

  • Travel a lot more!!

 

  • Draw more

 

  • Focus on my academic career more than anything

Well, these are all my goals for 2016. What will be yours?

 

 

Winter Solstice: The Shortest Day of the Year

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Today is the Winter Solstice, or the first day of winter. In case you didn’t know, the Winter Solstice is the shortest day on Earth, and after it, the days gradually get longer and longer. But the Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year. After that, the days gradually get shorter. Here are some more facts about the Winter Solstice:

Today, the North Pole is tilted furthest from the sun, thus making fewer hours of sunlight in the day. The sun is right above the Tropic of Capricorn and is closer to the horizon. But, the Southern Hemisphere is closest to the sun, so the Winter Solstice happens to them in June.

A Winter Solstice can happen between December 20-23. Solstices seldom happen on Dec. 20th or 23rd . This year, it’s on the 21st. The last 23rd Solstice was in 1903 and is expected to happen in 2303.

When you see the Winter Solstice sunrise, it’s really spectacular. You see one line of glowing light about 93 million miles away from you. The big, bold, golden light just smiling at you, and is brought from the heavens, for you. Your own little special gift. Although I’ve never seen a Winter Solstice, I know what it’s like. I am dying to see it ,though. I would suggest setting an alarm for about 5:00 a.m. to see it, but it really is beautiful.

 

 

 

The Bumpy Sunset

We have beautiful sunsets in NJ. Well, most of the time. Anyways, I captures some pictures of the sunset.

   
   
Well, it’s not a sunset yet, but it’s a         pre-sunset. The sky and the gods are telling you that the sunset is approaching soon. 

The clouds are bumpy, they are stratocumulus clouds. One of my favortie types of clouds. ☁️ 

I love the Earth’s inner beauty. Well not literally, because the Earth’s inner core is 9,000-13,000 degrees F!! But really, being this for a sunset or solar eclipse, is better than being on your phone. No picture can really capture the Earth’s inner beauty. 

Paintings, in the sky

Someone clearly painted the sky lately.

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Yeah, someone took a paintbrush and painted the sky with white.

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There’s a mini rainbow reflected on the painting. I have no idea who painted it, but it’s really pretty.

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Those stripes in the middle, that person was trying to do zebra stripes. There are a few mistakes. They dropped some paint.

I rarely get to see gorgeous clouds like these. Usually, towards nighttime, there are pretty much no clouds in the sky. Just moonlight. The first two clouds were cirrus clouds. The last one in the middle, I really have no idea. I don’t think people name these clouds because they don’t appear so often. I think that clouds should be named Stripus. I combo of stripes and slices of cirrus clouds. I hope other people can see these unique clouds 🙂 .

A Beautiful Sky

It’s raining right now in NJ, and I noticed that part of the sky has no clouds! So that part of the neighborhood doesn’t have any rain!


  
   I also saw some holes in the sky. It rained like this yesterday and it will rain like this tomorrow. The perfect day to collect rain. View my other post on how to collect rainwater for how to collect rainwater!

Now it’s sunny and rainy!


    Even though rainy days and sunny days aren’t the same, they can still be put together! I always enjoy Nature’s little gifts.

Helping the Earth

Do you shop often? If you answered yes, than you might want to read this.

Shops like Walmart, Stop & Shop, TJMaxx, or other stores have plastic bags that carry your goods. Plastic is very important to our generation. Plastic takes long to break up, actually it could take up to 1,000 years! It’s cheap and durable. We use plastic for playground slides, cups, sunglasses, and more. The bad news is sometimes plastic can get stuck in the ocean and the underwater creatures might think it’s food and swallow it. If not, the plastic bag break apart into millions of pieces and becomes known as “ocean confetti”. The cause of this is the strong sunlight and being torn apart by waves and rocks. Because plastic is so durable, the small bits don’t go away. This can lead to many other problems in the ocean.

Using reusable bags decreases the chance of choking an animal. And plus they come in oodles of styles to match your taste! They usually only cost $1. That’s less than a lottery ticket.

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Courtesy of my computer (it’s so hard to take photos on a computer)

I love these bags. I bought the first one at TJMaxx and the second one I discovered in the closet.

    There is really no reason to not get reusable bags. So do your part and help the world a little bit.