Monday, November 21, 2011

Because apparently people find my blog by searching for Calvin and Hobbes and Dinosaurs...

...Which is probably the most epic thing in the world to be known for.

Coffee Shop Romance

    I haven't blogged in forever. It probably mostly has to do with the fact that my f and r keys are still broken and it's quite a hassle to copy and paste every time that I need to use one of them (which is actually quite frequent).
   I just finished participating in The Grapes of Wrath and am finding myself feeling extremely grateful that the Thanksgiving holiday has started. I'm very glad that the play is over because it's kind of a sucky play/book, but at the same time there's always the feeling that a someone always gets whenever something that they've worked so hard on for so long is suddenly over and there's a big hole in their schedule. Also, I'm going to miss the people that I've spent all my time with over the last three months because they've become extended family and suddenly they aren't there. Especially a certain someone but that's not really something to blog about because I'm sure you probably frankly just don't care, do you?
    Sometimes there's days where you keep thinking of someone (you know you have them) and everything reminds you of them. You could just be walking down the street when suddenly you think to yourself, "Self, that smudge of dirt on that person's licence plate looks like that certain someone's left nostril." Oh well... Spring needs to come so everyone can be reunited via The Sound of Music. Until then there's the cast party and then the huge gap you have to wait until you get to enjoy all of their personalities and differences at once.
    I really envy the people who have their lives planned. They're going to go to this college and get such degree to do this career in some city. I think that the best plan that I have right now is to go to some art school and live my life as a typical "starving artist" in Portland. That sounds pretty decent I believe. I don't think that people realize that you don't need a ton of money to live. I think that the real problem is just that people get greedy and want a bigger house and a boat and a bunch of other stuff. In careers class we took a "reality check" quiz which told us how much money we'd need to make in a year based on where we want to live and what we want to do as a profession and a bunch of other things including all expenses right down to the food bill and student loans. You wouldn't believe how much extra money people could save if they just stuck to the basics and didn't worry about having all the bells and whistles that they wouldn't ever miss.
    Oh well, that's my rant for this post. I hope that everybody has a brilliant Thanksgiving if you live in the US and a fantastic week otherwise.

-I think that possibly maybe I'm falling or you-

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

All Hallow's Eve

We made it!!! Happy Halloween to everyone! To celebrate here's a list o' superstition for your enjoyment:

1: If you see a spider on Halloween, it's the spirit of a dead loved one who is watching you.

2: It is believed that if a person lights a new orange colored candle at midnight on Halloween and lets it burn until sunrise, he or she will be the recipient of good luck.

3: If a young girl puts rosemary and a silver coin under her pillow on Halloween night, she'll dream of her future husband.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

This is it:

The moment I've been waiting for. The moment I've been counting down to. It's so close that I can feel it's creepy, exciting and in one word: amazing-ness creeping in on me. In fifteen minutes it will be the day I long for year-round. Halloween. I can't wait. The tension's so thick you can cut it with a knife. right now would be a really inconvenient time or the world to end.

-Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize-

Monday, October 17, 2011

School and such...

Let me start out be saying that this post is incredibly hard to write because my r and my f keys aren't working. But it's okay because I'm sitting in the student union listening to the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack because it's amazing and despite the frigid weather makes me very happy. I would next like to say that I thoroughly enjoy Redmond Proficiency Academy. There couldn't possibly be a better school. Are you happy? Whoever you are? I hope you are. If not here's a little something to cheer you up:
 (Story of my life)
Did that work? I hope so. Anyways, I need to be doing homework. Have an amazing day!

-On either sides the river lie long fields of barley and of rye-

Because I haven't posted anything in a while and you deserve better than that. : )

"An ordinary room overlooking a vast industrial landscape. In the distance, the ocean as far as the eye can see. With a nostalgic air, the man without a head dances with lively steps. A bow tie is tied. A photograph, with a dazzling look from the one he loves. He prepares himself for the romantic rendezvous. Tonight, he will declare his love. For such an occasion, he shall buy a head."
 I hope that makes up for being gone because I love it. I just wish I had the full version. If it doesn't make up for my absence then here are two more videos that are absolutely hysterical:
Okay. I lied. Just one.
-I think she hits the turtles.-

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Since nobody's commented on my posts lately I've been forced to make some rather life-changing decisions on my own. These include (but are not limited to): Being The Joker for Halloween (I've made up my mind officially as of now), keeping the new font over the old font for my headings and starting a vlog. I already have a Youtube channel set up under Chance of Raine. This is where I run into some "issues"...
 1st of all: I'm not going to be able to start making these videos until at least December 5th when I may or may not get a decent camera for my birthday.
 And 2ndly: Theme music!
Theme music may not seem like a big issue, but it is. At least to me. Ever since I was little I've always made up theme music in my head to what I was doing. Example: I'm playing in  the dirt because dirt's my friend and now I'm going inside to take a shower because my mom's making me!
Now I need a real theme song for myself that's catchy, me in a nut-shell and lasts five seconds or less. For anybody who may be reading this blog and happens to be musically inclined: Please help me... I know that someone out there has to possess that talent and if you happened to find me I will be eternally grateful if you'd whip up a theme song for me!
In other news: The pumpkin patch opens in just a little over two days! I think it's going to be really fun this year...

-I'm singing in the shower because nobody can hear me which helps my self esteem!♪-

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I Got My Font Back!

That's right, I did it. If you've been following my blog for a while now you'll know about the fall out that I had with Word when it decided not to work. The font on the post title is what I used to have and now I have it back through inventiveness and ingenuity! I don't know though... I've become a bit attached to the new font. Which do you think I should use? I'm done with my classes for today so that's great! Fall's pretty much here. Stores are selling pumpkins and the pumpkin patch opens in five days! Leaves are also changing colors but they're not falling yet which I can't wait for! This is a picture of me being a dinosaur in leaves:

Other than that, Fall can stay away because I would like to keep the heat around as long as we can because this year in Central Oregon we're supposed to have a La Nina. For those of you who are lucky enough to not be familiar with this term it means a cruel and unusual punishment carried out through colder-than-normal Winter weather and it also means that it's still going to be snowing in July. For those of you who think that I'm exaggerating, I'm not. You can Google it if you don't believe me. Should I start vlogging? That would be interesting...

-What's the point in wearing rocket ship underwear if nobody's going to ask me to show them?-

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I'm back!

I haven't been posting for a while but it's okay because I'm back now! Have I been away long enough to even be "back?" Oh well... Another rant for another time. What's been happening... Let's see... Well, I've started at RPA and I'm really enjoying it. My 16th birthday is in two months, fourteen days, seven hours and forty-two minutes. I'm trying to convince everybody to pitch in twenty bucks to buy me a camera. Granted the camera's only ninety-seven bucks so if everybody pitches in twenty dollars maybe there will still be enough left over to buy something else. The pumpkin patch opens in six days, seven hours and thirty-nine minutes which makes me incredibly happy! I've narrowed my costume choices down to two options this year:
Mr Bean

 And the Joker (who looks rather dashing in this picture)

Well, as dashing a misunderstood serial killer can be...
What are your thoughts? So yup... That's kind of what's been happening lately. I have nothing else to talk about so byeeee!

-Why so... serious?-

Saturday, September 3, 2011

New Post!

It's been practically forever since the last time that I posted anything and so now I'm sitting down to write anything something that will probably turn out to be completely irrelevant worth your time! Ah lets see... What have I been up to? Well, I'm back in Oregon (unfortunately) and for the last month I've been taking care of my elderly neighbor who lives across the street who just had knee surgery. I went to the Oregon state fair in Salem which was surprisingly less fun than I could have possibly imagined. Okay, well, I guess it was okay. It was just very chaotic and there wasn't any order. I could have stayed at home and went to the local fair rather than travel three hours! I learned how to make Gobs! What??? You've never heard of Gobs??? They're basically like a homemade Oreo Cakester only they taste way better and they're the most delicious melt-in-your-mouth-little-piece-of-chocolate-heaven thing-a-ma-jig that you'll ever experience. Now if that doesn't sell you on the idea of making Gobs then I don't know what will. I started school last week which is amazing! It's a college prep school so everything's set up exactly as if you were going to college. I don't even go to school every day and when I do I don't have classes all day and the days that I do have classes, I have breaks in between. Sorry for wasting your time on this post but I really don't have anything else to say... Oh! Yesterday I achieved a HUGE milestone in my life. I went to the movies and saw an R rated movie. I saw Don't Be Afraid of the Dark which was AMAZING! Granted I don't think that it should have been rated R because it wasn't scary and language and stuff was completely appropriate. Next month Paranormal Activity 3 comes out and I think that I'll consider that OFFICIALLY my rated R milestone. Here's an interesting fact about me: I love horror movies! Especially if they're well made. I think that the Paranormal movies are my favorites because they're very well made and original. The acting in them is so natural and the connection that the audience makes with the actors makes the movie significantly more terrifying. I actually just found out about the third one last night at the movies and here's the trailer. It comes out next month and should be AMAZING!

-On either side of the river lie long fields of barley and of rye, that clothe the wold and meet the sky; And through the field the road runs by to many-towered Camelot-

Monday, August 15, 2011


-When you start falling who's gonna' catch ya'? I'm willing to betcha' it will be me.-

Who's the person who's been there for you for as long as you can absolutely possibly remember? When's the last time that you thanked that person for being there and thanked God for giving you that person? I suppose that everyone's disposable (as terrible as that sounds) and that person doesn't have to be there for you. They could save their energy and put it towards something/someone else (not that they would because you are amazing after all). Just remember the small blessings in life and enjoy them even more than the BIG ones because they're usually better in the long run and they tend to be much more frequent anyway. So after reading this you feel like calling (not texting, IMing or Emailing) up your best friend and thanking them for being there with you through everything or your brother's friend's mom's sister's neighbor for saying hi to you that one time when you weren't feeling your best go ahead because they'll appreciate it and why not return one of the smiles that they've let you borrow over the time that you've known them?

-Friendship's like peeing in your pants. Everyone can see it but only you get the warm feeling that comes from it.-

Saturday, August 13, 2011


This Summer was the shortest Summer of my life! School starts in only two short weeks but I don't suppose that's entirely a bad thing. With the end of Summer (no matter how depressing that may be) brings around Fall. In my case it's already starting to feel like Fall (anybody with me on that). I guess it started when I went to Walgreen's and there was Halloween/Autumn decor. Instantly I had the urge to go home and bake a pie, decorate, carve a pumpkin, snuggle up in a blanket, jump in a pile of leaves, etc. If you've read this blog for even just a little bit you probably know that Summer's my favorite season by default on account of that I don't have to go to school, but Fall's a close second. Another thing that you should know is that I go over-board with seasonal things and so I get impatient for seasons to change during the year. This is me in about a month:
Pumpkin carving's always fun. :)
My favorite pie's Lemon Meringue but for the sake of all things Fall-ish we'll say these are pumpkin (also a lot easier to make than Lemon Meringue).
This is me wrapped in blankets fresh from the dryer.
This is me pretending to be a dinosaur.
And I always feel like I'm missing something after decorating.
Yes I am aware that this is at Christmas
What traditions/obsessions do you have during the Fall? I'd love to know. :)
-So hurry back we would like your company-

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Dear Oregon,

I hate you. Not that you care, of course. I'd like for you to know that you offer me nothing in life and I owe nothing to you. I'd much rather not stay, of course, which is why in twenty-seven months, twenty-nine days and thirty-one minutes I will bid you adieu and hopefully never return for any lengthy period of time. I'm infuriated for you allowing my parents to become infatuated with you and refuse to allow me to move back to my nostalgic security blanket known as Bakersfield. You were never supposed to be permanent and I won't ever allow you to become that. I won't find anything that could possibly make me become attached.

-Unfortunately yours (for now),
Raine Countryman-

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Ernie has a stupid number. -_-

Halloween planning (because it's not too far away)

Fist off, I'm watching Sesame Street and Ernie claims that nobody likes six to Bert when Bert says that 6 is his favorite number. Six is my favorite number! Am I starting to be as anal as Bert and is it pathetic to be comparing myself to a Muppet? So back to what I was originally going to post on. Halloween is in exactly two months, twenty-five days, nine hours and forty-three minutes. That's not too far away! Time to start planning. Last year I was the Mad Hatter based on the Lewis Carroll/Disney version:
I always make my own costumes so I have to start planning early. I'm going with two options as of right now. 
First: Tim Burton/Johnny Depp Mad Hatter:
I like this one because of the theatricality/complexity of everything and I think that I could pull it off quite nicely.
Second: Chimney Sweep (I can't find a picture that I like on Google so here's a drawing):
Don't pay attention to the hands because I suck at hands.
So, which do you think (because your opinions matter)?

-Frisbeetarianism is the philosophy that when you die, your soul goes up on a roof and gets stuck.-

Monday, August 1, 2011

Concerning Pie

I have one quick question that you may or may not be able to answer. The ability for you to answer this question is decided based on if you've ever seen the TV show Pushing Daisies. If so feel free to answer. In fact, I prefer that you do. Okay, so, here's a little back story for those of you who've never seen this absolutely amazing show. Ned "the Pie Man" can touch dead people twice. First touch brings life to the corpse, second touch brings death again (if you watched the show you know how it works). The show is based around the unique relationship between Ned and Chuck (Charlotte), his childhood sweet heart. In the first episode Chuck's murdered on a cruise ship and Ned goes to the funeral home to revive her to find out who killed her. Another interesting twist on Ned's ability to bring people back to life is that if he doesn't touch them again within a minute (un-revives them) then somebody else has to die in their place. When Ned does revive Chuck he remembers how much he loves her and decides to keep her alive. The rest of the show is absolutely hilarious and partly revolves around the fact that Ned can't touch Chuck again (without killing her) even though they're in love with each other which makes the show great for the typical hopeless romantic. If you haven't seen the show get it on Netflix and watch it. It's only two seasons (unfortunately) and has something for absolutely everyone. It features a delightful cast including Kristin Chenoweth, Lee Pace and Anna Friel. Now for the question: If Chuck were to be killed again by say, being hit by a car or something, could Ned revive her therefore making the second touch bring her back alive and cancel out the original second touch which would bring her death? Please comment and let me know because I would really enjoy your opinion on the subject. Once again, if you haven't seen this show then watch it because it's amazing and probably the only show that I've seen without being bored during some part of some episode. 

-Warning: The show was canceled rather suddenly leaving a small window open for closure. The writers did an amazing job with the time they had but just be prepared to be left wanting more that you'll never get.-

I'll Get Word to Work!

Today I gave an absolutely amazing concert!!! To myself... In the shower... Well, I thought it was amazing (definitely a much higher standard than my normal shower singing). Here's how it went:

First off came the normal warm up songs which were a little shaky but by the end were sounding pretty good.
Then came the show tunes which I sang with slightly less enthusiasm as I realized that they would be stuck in my head for weeks to come. Nonetheless, they all sounded amazing and I'm pretty sure that I'm ready for Broadway. You know, if they ever have a show that doesn't require ENORMOUS amounts of talent...
After that were all those Charlie the Unicorn songs that are annoying but make you feel like you're high so you sing them anyway.
What happened next is the reason why you aren't supposed to stay in the shower too long.
Somebody eventually has to go to the bathroom and they flush which leaves you jumping out of the shower with third degree burns and girlish screams protruding from your pie hole. Of course after that I got back in and gave my grand finale as well as two standing ovations.

~The End~

When's the last time that you've given a full-on concert in the shower? Chances are that it's been too long and that after reading this post you'll want to just rip your clothes off and jump in the shower and sing until your lungs burst! Feel more than welcome to do that. In fact, it's encouraged. 

-Defying Gravity-

P.S. Here's a list of songs with the lyrics for you to sing along with that were included in my sketches:

Disclaimer: I (Raine Countryman) strongly discourage and will not be held responsible for any lungs that may happen to burst from singing.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Word's still broke...

The last day of Vacation Bible School was amazing! Here's a little riddle for you: What do you get when you have four pies, three pitchers of semi-solid Jello, a couple hundred sprinkles, three bags of powdered sugar, one pastor and a ton of kids anxious to chuck jumbo marshmallows at him? Give up? You get something a bit like this:

And then this:

Which starts to look a bit like this:

Then of course this:

And ends looking like this:

Sooo... yeah. Very fun and productive way to finish off VBS.

-`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves. Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, and the mome raths outgrabe.-
The thing about Word not starting is that you don't get the font that you usually use for the heading

Good news everybody! Off topic: Kudos to you if you get the geekish reference I opened up with today. Back on topic: Today my amazing friend Cheylynn started a blog (link here) and I would like all of everybody (yes all two of you) that reads my blog to go check it out. Pleeeaaassseee! She just did her first vlog and it's really good. Especially considering that it was her first try. She'll get better of course and as of yet I've never came to be disappointed with anything that she's ever tried at. So get over there and support her! In other news: One more day of VBS! Today everybody was exhausted but the kids all participated really well (group leaders tried to stay awake as well). Here's a video of everybody trying to stay awake through the singing!
You can't really tell but we were all really tired and the singing that you hear is mostly from the kids in the recording that the real kids are singing along to. Tomorrow will be extra fun though because all of the kids that brought a friend this last week get to do something mean to the pastor. Mwahahahahahahahaha!!! Ahem.... So anyways, VBS = Amazing and fun, In a Starburst's Life = Amazing and interesting. I need to get to bed. Don't want to be asleep for the last day of VBS tomorrow.

-And one last question: Which came first, the chicken or the Omelet? It was the penguin.-

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Thing about School

I'm going to be switching schools this year and I'm kind of nervous freaking out about it as it finally set in that I won't be going to the same high school that I did last year (besides for Band). I'm kind of plunging into this new experience on my own. I mean, I know people that go there but whenever I've switched schools (excluding moving out of state in grade school) I've always had friends that were going with me but I'm making this transition completely and totally by myself. It would be absolutely AMAZING for a certain somebody *hint hint* to put in an application. I'm very excited that I get to be with some of my favorite people this year though. I guess I'm excited because of the independence that this school's supposed to give me in the sense that I can work at my own pace and don't even have to be in class but it's always nice to have people who are making the transitions along with you. Oh well. I don't even want to be very involved in social aspects of school. Fun Fact: My absolute least favorite thing about school in all of my ten years of it is when I have to play in pep-band during sports for a band grade. It's like I'm being forced to be social and waste a couple hours of my time to play for a team that hasn't won any games all season. I think that pep-band and cheerleaders should be privileges for the players. If they don't give the school anything to be peppy about they shouldn't have people being peppy for them. Quite frankly I always think that cheering for the other team would be more productive than distracting ours. Especially this year when I'll be playing for a school that I don't even attend other than band, and only then because the new one doesn't technically have one. I'm determined to get my letter for band this year because I'm not so sure (practically positive) that I want to do something else and don't want to waste six years on it without taking something from it. I love playing, just not necessarily in band class... Aaaahhhh!!! I'm going to be an upperclassman (that's all one word according to spell-check) year!!! Two more years and then college or something. I think that I would love to spend the rest of my life as a starving artist. I've spent a lot of time being depressing through this post so now a list of happy things:
1: Bakersfield, CA.
2: Coffee shops (particularly Green Plow).
3: Doing homework with friends in said coffee shops.
4: Fall (Summer wins by default for getting me out of school but Fall's a runner up).
5: Rain (as in the wet kind that falls from the sky).
6: Not falling wet from the sky and splattering all over the place while kids jump in my leftover remains.
7: Teapots.
8: Tea (If you ever forget that it's my birthday and find it necessary to buy me a gift then I'll except tea without question).
9: Hats!
10: Being genuinely excited for the first time about starting school!

-Why is a raven like a writing desk?-

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Thing about VBS

In less than an hour I'll be leading a group of ten-to-twelve-year-olds at VBS (Vacation Bible School). Basically what it is, is a Bible based couple-hours-a-day Summer camp type thing and I get to lead the older kids group! This means that I get to make them hyper and gittery and all pumped up so that they can CRUSH participate actively against the other groups there then make their parents wish they hadn't sent them later on when they go home. For the first day I'm letting them use war paint because everyone "participates" more "actively" with war paint. I wonder how many kids I'm going to have... I didn't even think about the possibility of being stuck with more than ten kids but the VBS last year had a heck of a ton more kids than that. Oh well, I'm sure that it'll be fun. I have to go so I'll finish this post when I get back home.
Almost four hours later and I'm back home. VBS was... interesting... I lead the group called the Space Cadets (Space theme) and I only had three kids (insert imaginary angry face here) and if that's not bad enough they were all related to me. We had fun but I hope people start bringing friends so I have more kids. Also, there aren't too many things to be competitive about with the other teams which is a bit disappointing... We sung songs and then we went to play our game for the day which was that we had to throw frisbees (asteroids) and try to knock over cones (spaceships). After that we made a craft which was a popcorn box wrapped in tin foil and decorated to look like a robot. After that we memorized a bible verse and then we ate snacks. Then came the fun part! All the leaders took our groups and went into the auditorium where there was "Space Man" waiting to dull two lucky kids with light sabers. The two kids who were chosen beat the crap out of Space Man! Hopefully someone from my group's chosen tomorrow. Well, I suppose I need to go do something more productive than sending my thoughts into nowhere for random somebodies to possibly stumble upon.

-All you need to be considered wise is an opinion and a group of fools waiting to hear it.-

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Thing about Wrecks

I've been reading Cake Wrecks now for almost a year and never cease to be amused at the posts that end up on their blog. The blog is devoted to cakes made by professional bakers who's attempts at baking often lead to hilarity in the eyes of the authors of the blog, Jen and John Yates (with the help of Jen Dorsman and Anne-Marie Carrier). Anywho, today I stumbled upon this little gem on their site:

Official advertisement for this nifty little product can be found here. If you have time make sure to check out the blog for daily posts on all fails cake related.

- ♪Small and white, far from right. Please sit on my tongue sweetly♪-

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Thing about F-U-N

You know, sometimes it's okay to have fun. So much fun that you could die on your way home from having fun and have absolutely no regrets simply because you had so much fun that day. That day for me was today. I had an amazing time! First we went to Denny's and I ordered this breakfast burger type thing. It was a cheeseburger that had bacon, hash browns and eggs on top of it (I got it without eggs). Off topic for a moment: I haven't had an egg in almost a year now because I always think about the bay chick that wasn't born and now I'm sitting here eating it. That's kind of like eating a chicken fetus... I almost got just egg-whites (because that was an option) but then right on the menu directly underneath the picture of the burger was a disclaimer stating that the eggs may or may not be cooked all the way and that the restaurant wasn't responsible for any illnesses that came from eating under-cooked eggs. Call me picky but I thought that was a little gross. Back on topic: The burger was so ginormous that I couldn't even fit a bite in my mouth and had to cut it and eat it with my fork. I only finished half of it and my cousin and sister ate the other half after finishing their food.

After breakfast we went and bought souvenirs and such. I think that the reason that they're so expensive is because during the Winter when there aren't tourist the shop owners still have to pay bills and none of the people who live there are going to pay for a fifteen dollar shot glass just because it says, "Pismo Beach, CA", on it. Sort of like stocking nuts for the Winter I suppose. So after that we went to the beach and played in the water which to my surprise was actually a bit warm. Well, I suppose everything's warm when your body goes numb from the cold... I made a sand castle!!! It turned out amazing and was the best sand castle that I've ever made. After that we got lunch. Interesting fact about me: I don't like sea food. It drives my dad insane when we go to the beach and I order a burger but there's just something about it that I hate unless it's swimming in lemon (*buh dump ching*). Luckily I was with my grandparents. Not that I got a burger. I got soup because I was cold. Then we went to Moro Bay and made more sand castles which turned out better than the one previously mentioned but before I dug a moat the tide came in and we had to leave. We got some salt water taffy and bought some shells and then we came home. Good day...
Question: What's the funnest thing that you've ever done in your LIFE?

-*Insert witty saying here*-