30 Day Writing Challenge | Day 18


I should start this post off with a bit of an explanation. I haven’t posted in a while, a week to be exact. We’ve had some big storms here lately, and my internet has been down for 7 days; 7 agonizing days. But it’s back now and so am I! I’m a bit torn as to what I want to do with this 30 Day Challenge, do I want to post everything I missed when my internet was gone? Or do I just want to pick up here, on Day 18, and forget about the past few days? I think I may have to go with the latter, just for my sanity’s sake. So here it goes, Day 18, I hope you will join me on the next leg of this writing challenge and will forgive me for missing the past week. Here goes nothing!

Day 18: Post 30 facts about your self.

1. I am turning 22 on August 7th.
2. My favorite color is Seafoam Green
3. I’ve wanted to live in the UK/Ireland since I was in preschool, there are adorable drawings from me at age 4 describing where I want to live and why I wanted to live there, along with a FANTASTIC little Union Jack flag in the background.
4. I don’t believe I have ever really been in love romantically.
5. In Kindergarten I chose “J.K. Rowling” as what I wanted to be when I grew up. That’s still accurate today.
6. I like to watch the NASA channel on TV when I’m doing things around the house like cleaning, or working on homework. I find it really soothing.
7. I listen to audiobooks to fall asleep at night almost all the time.
8. I consider myself to be an “old soul”.
9. I really, REALLY hate onions. They make me feel sick every time I eat one.
10. I have two older brothers, one 12 years older than me and the other 7 years older.
11. I did competitive cheerleading as a child, won a lot of awards, and absolutely hated it.
12. When I was a little kid, I used to burst into tears and turn off the VCR when the villagers grabbed their torches and pitchforks to go after the Beast in Beauty and the Beast.
13. I have an obsession with outer space and maps.
14. I feel most at home when I’m by the sea, especially on cloudier cooler days.
15. I have very pale skin, and burn almost instantly when out in the sun without sunscreen.
16. I am half Italian and half Danish. No one ever believes that I am half Italian until they see my mother. I most definitely took after the Scandinavian side of my family.
17. I sing in the shower. Loudly.
18. I once broke my arm in two places, when riding a bike with no brakes. I have my brothers to thank for that.
19. I love to bake. It is one of my favorite things to do.
20. My dream home isn’t a huge mansion like many people would want, but a small little cottage, with fields of flowers in the countryside, with a city close enough to go to everyday, but far enough to keep things calm and quiet.
21. When I was 11, I beat 55 other people, all at least a few years older than me, in a geography bee.
22. I love to fly in airplanes.
23. I have 4 teeny tiny tattoos. And will be getting one more teeny tiny one next summer.
24. When I was seven, my brother spilled red Kool-Aid on the floor, so naturally I laughed at him. He then lifted me up by my ankles and mopped up the Kool-Aid with my bright blonde hair, causing the ends of my hair to be dyed pink. He got in a lot of trouble, and I had pink hair. It was a win-win for 7 year old me.
25. I don’t like to go to family functions with my extended family, because I don’t enjoy being around them.
26. I love my pets more than I love most people.
27. I love to shop and buy new things, but I hate going to stores.
28. I am a really loving and caring person, almost to a fault.
29. I am a dreamer.
30. I believe that someday there will be a time when everyone in the world will be able to get along.

Bonus Fact: Missing this last week of blogging really made me realize how much I truly enjoy it! I hope this little blogging hobby is something I keep up for a long time. 🙂

I hope you all will accept me back into the world of blogging, and will forgive me for being away for a while. I’m excited to be back at this and have missed this outlet dearly. And thank you crispywalker for checking on me and making sure everything was okay after noticing I hadn’t posted in a while, that was very kind of you!

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx

Polls and Feedback | I’d love to hear what you think!

Hello everyone!

I’m really interested in seeing what sort of blog posts you all are enjoying most, and what sort of other posts you’d like to see from me! Below I’ve added a poll that I put on my “About Me” page a few days ago. So far I’ve gotten a few great responses to it, but I’d love some more input! I’ve listed a few options of things that I am interested in writing about and posting just to get your opinions, and there is also a spot for you to write any additional ideas you may have. You can choose as many or as few as you’d like, so please feel free to do so! I’d love to hear what you all are thinking about this little blog of mine. 🙂 I thank you in advance and really do appreciate it! Please feel free to take advantage of the little blank section and write down anything inparticular that you’d like me to think about, whether it be short stories, certain topics, various personal topics, anything! I truly want to hear what you are interested in and what sort of content would be good to think about writing!

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx

20 Summer Goals | 2.) Make homemade pasta

With this post, the 20 Summer Goals series begins. I’m nervous, excited, and slightly intimidated all at once, but overall I’m ready to see what this summer has in store for me. Today I attempted to make homemade pasta, and let me tell you, it was a journey.
It began like any other cooking venture: Finding a recipe. I found the most basic one possible online, this is my very first attempt at making pasta after all, and then began the pasta making process! The recipe I used, courtesy of the always wonderful Mario Batali, called for:
3 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Unbleached Flour
4 Eggs
and a Pinch of Salt
Plain, simple, and to the point, just what I was looking for! So I gathered up the ingredients and read on through the recipe to see what was coming up next.


The next step was to take my wooden cutting board and put all the flour into a mound in the middle, make a well in the center of the flour, and pop all the eggs right in the well. Simple enough, right?


Now.. this is the point where it all went a bit, well, wrong. Very wrong. The next step in the recipe was to gently whisk the eggs together with a fork in the center of the flour mound, while slowly incorporating the flour into the eggs from the inside of the well outward. It sounds so simple that no one could possibly mess it up, but let me tell you, one wrong move of your fork and everything could go south fast. One wrong move and you’ll end up with eggs on your shoes and an eggy-flour mixture in your hair in an instant. At least, that’s what happened to me.

Note to self: When you’ve already flung flour on your hair and clothes, don’t continue to wipe your flour covered hand on your cheek as well.

But don’t give up on me just yet! I managed to regain control of the pasta making situation, added another egg into the flour to replace the one that was now all over my slippers, and continued on. Once all the flour, eggs, and salt were incorporated thoroughly, it was time to throw some extra flower on the cutting board and start kneading. After what seemed like an eternity of kneading and kneading and kneading the dough (which in reality, only amounted to 3 minutes), it was time to form the dough into a ball, cover it in plastic wrap, and let it sit for 20 minutes.


I took advantage of this break to hose down my slippers, and take a shower to get the gooey mess out of my hair, but if you managed to get through the recipe unscathed without an egg-tastrophy, then by all means, use this time to do something productive or watch some tv, the possibilities are endless for the less clumsy few of you out there. After those 20 minutes were up, it was time to roll out the dough, cut it into the desired pasta shapes and voilà! My homemade pasta was complete! I chose wide egg noodle shapes, as it seemed like the easiest and safest option for me, and I have been craving a nice pot of homemade chicken noodle soup for days now!


Now, after that messy but fun adventure, I can officially cross “make homemade pasta” off of my list of summer goals! (Insert virtual round of applause, hugs for my hardships, and just general amazement that I managed to actually do it here!) After all of that, I can assure you that I will most definitely be making homemade pasta again, only I’ll be using a mixer next time, with a nice glass of wine in my hand.

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx

P.S.- If you’re interested in the recipe I used, you can find it right here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/mario-batali/fresh-pasta-recipe.html