College, country music & Spider-Man | Life update XII

Hello, everyone! I know I haven’t been posting much these past few months—and I apologize for that *glares at college*—but I wanted to pop on here real quick to share an update on random life stuff with y’all. ❤

I’ve been obsessively listening to country music lately, not totally sure why. XD I’m in kind of a romantic mood, I guess? Sometimes that happens when autumn/winter rolls around. >u< Check out my Country playlist on Spotify!

(Current favorites, in no particular order: “homecoming queen?”, “half of my hometown,” “Die From A Broken Heart,” “needy,” “Ocean,” “What If I Never Get Over You,” “Friends Don’t,” and “She.”)

I’m doing Inktober again! Not sure where I’m finding the time for it, but it feels good to be drawing semi-frequently again. ^_^; I’m not worrying about doing a drawing every day, nor am I trying to do anything super complicated, tidy, or impressive. I’m just drawing for fun, which is always how it should be, am I right??

I’m also not following any prompts this year—instead, my focus has been on redrawing old characters who I haven’t revisited since I first drew them. That means going back through my oldest (old = 2018) sketchbooks, which has been really fun! I’ll post my Inktober doodles at the end of the month, so get ready to see some unfamiliar (but dear) furry faces! 😉

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Shining Armor Armour image 1
Photo © me.

I’ve added several new stickers to my Etsy store since I last posted about it! The Foppish Fox now offers stickers inspired by:

  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Bluey
  • BTS
  • Little Women
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • Star Wars
  • The Green Ember
  • The Lion King
  • The Mistmantle Chronicles

and more! Save for the Green Ember sticker pack, all my stickers feature original art—and all of them are handmade with love and care! Every order includes freebies, too! 😉

(P. S. If y’all have any ideas for stickers you’d like me to make, feel free to let me know! I am very much open to ideas! [I take custom orders as well! 😀 ] )

Football is back! Football food is a big deal in my family. Instead of going to watch the games in person (which we can’t afford anyway), we stay home and order fun food to eat while we watch! We spend the week keeping a lookout for new restaurants to try and then get something different every Sunday. So far we’ve ordered Mexican, Indian, Salvadoran, pizza, and…Costco. (Hey, they have fun stuff in the refrigerated section! XD)

It’s a great way to support local businesses and try new food from places where you might not normally go—especially if takeout happens to be their thing! (It’s also a good way to ease the pain of your team’s consistent mediocrity. *cries*)

So go do it! If you want to! If you like football! And food! 😀

Photo © me.

My family and I took our annual visit to the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio last week (you can read about last year’s trip here!), courtesy of my dad’s work! I absolutely adore this resort, so it was wonderful to be there again. I sat in a giant plush chair in the lobby/indoor porch under a massive fan and read Plato, listened to music, and thought about things. (Reading that in writing sounds lame, but I assure you it was quite nice. It was one of those calm, key-to-the-soul moments you think back on later and smile about. ^_^)

We’re also planning on going to Disneyland and Hawaii in November for my parents’ twenty-fifth anniversary. It’ll be a tricky trip to manage with school and Covid nonsense, but I’m hopeful it’ll work out. Fingers crossed!

We’ve been rewatching all the most recent Spider-Man movies in anticipation of the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home in December! (Because in case you haven’t heard, No Way Home is going to be doing some serious multiverse-ing! 0_0)

Of the Tobey Maguire movies, the first one was predictable (and Green Goblin is annoying), the second one was okay, and the third one was probably my favorite—if only because it introduced me to the plethora of hilarious Bully Maguire memes online. XD We also watched both Andrew Garfield movies (which were meh… Garfield is a little obnoxious at times), the legend that is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and, of course, the two previous Tom Holland movies. So I think I can now say that I am officially ready for whatever No Way Home decides to throw at me!

(And, I’m sorry, but do you realize how cool it is that characters are crossing movies/franchises/dimensions?? Like?? That has never been done on on this scale of movie before (at least to my knowledge)! It just *puts hands up* I can’t get over it. For some reason it really excites me. XD)

*restrains self from ending this section with a Bully Maguire quote*

All right, to close out this post…I started college! I cannot fully put into words what a roller coaster of…everything this past month and a half have been for me. I’ve made new friends, had to rapidly add more “business-casual” attire to my wardrobe, agonized over whether I’m qualified to be there, and stretched my brain to the breaking point.

It’s been hard on so many levels, but I’m doing it all anyway because it’s what I want. I want to learn. I want to flourish and be wise. I want to know these people who, like me, wanted something more and were willing to chase after it.

Yes, I want this, I tell myself when my eyes are blurring from fatigue and I feel like crying into my copy of Plato: The Complete Works.

And It will be worth it.

And somehow I keep finding the strength to push on.

“Be careful,” the president whispered to me as I was officially initiated as a member of the college, “the splendor of joy may overwhelm you.”

I think he might be right.

By the way, I will be posting more about college in the future, hopefully! I really want to talk more about my experience so far and what makes this college so special. But I’m tired of talking about me, so I think that’s enough for now. XD

How are y’all?? Do you like country music? Are you doing Inktober? What’s your favorite football snack? Have you ever been to San Antonio? Who’s the best Spider-Man? (It’s Miles 😉 ) And fellow college students: how’s it going?? *weary thumbs-up*

I’d love to chat with y’all about anything and everything, so feel free to drop a comment below! ❤

14 thoughts on “College, country music & Spider-Man | Life update XII

  1. I, similarly, am struggling with but also loving college. (and rapidly acquiring business casual attire :P) What classes are you taking this semester? I am in theology, Western heritage (history), choir, the Aeneid (Latin translation! yay!), and biology (which I surprisingly kind of love).


    • Hey Maya! Long time no talk!

      Ha, sounds about right XD *high-fives*

      Ooh nice! I bet the Aeneid is cool!! There are only two freshman classes this semester — Great Texts (literature) and Algebra — both of which I am taking. I might do choir next semester… The thing is that it’s an Orthodox college (and I’m not Orthodox), so chants are pretty much all they sing, and the chants are hard. XD

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  2. I have recently developed a love for country music in the last 6 months. One of my favorites is Buy Dirt by Jordan Davis. And of course Tom Holland is the best Spider-man:)


  3. aaaaaaa reading in a chair all day seems great right now. i have a ton of work from school and it is a nightmare! i dont even have time to draw except for doodles in class……… (〒﹏〒)

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  4. Oh, have fun with Inktober! I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with! (I love spying on peoples’ Inktobers, especially since it is not my forte.)

    Ooh, hope the Disneyland-Hawaii trip goes well!! Sounds so fun!

    I’m curious about the reasoning behind the need for business-casual attire…I just started college, too, and I haven’t found I needed any…yet. XD Everyone mostly goes to class in jeans & sweatshirts. So do you wear it to class, or some other event? I’d love to hear more about your college!

    (As a fellow college student…it’s going well! Albeit midterms are looming intimidatingly, and the transition between the quarter system (community college during homeschool high school) and the semester system (current college) is rough… it hasn’t gotten super hard yet, but I know it will. XD)


    • Hi Sam! Thanks for your kind words! ^_^

      Yeah, business casual attire is required for pretty much every class and event. As I recall, the reason they gave for that is that they prefer people’s appearances to reflect the intelligent, diligent, and upright atmosphere they try to cultivate at the college. Jeans are allowed, though—thank goodness! XD Oh, how I wish I could wear sweatshirts. Lucky. T_T

      Glad to hear college is going well for you, and good luck with midterms!! Where are you attending?


      • You’re welcome! 🙂

        Interesting! I kind of like that–the wear-whatever-you-want does make things more casual/people sleep in class/&c. Glad that jeans are allowed though, for SURE!

        Thanks! I’m at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 🙂

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  5. Hey, Havalah! Glad to hear you’re doing all right and gearing up for an exciting vacation. *squeals*

    Kudos on reading Plato. I have a great deal of respect for you on account of your Plato reading. And congrats on starting college! It sounds like it’ll be quite the worthwhile experience, and I’m exceedingly happy for you. It does sound like it’s a little more rigorous and academic than my college. I just attend the local community college established in 1990. On the other hand, it sounds like you’re attending Oxford lite. I find it funny that you have to deal with “business casual” clothing (which does sound like quite the bother), while I go to college twice a week in a t-shirt and jeans. XD College isn’t very intensive for me; I was able to shave off all my General Education stuff via Dual Credit in high school, so I think that might be part of the reason why. Are you going for a degree in literature? I’m sorry, I feel like you’ve told me before…

    Hang in there!


    • Thanks man! ^_^

      I agree, I think what I’m doing is worthwhile, however exhausting and irritating it may be at times. I do take comfort in that—thank you. ❤ Lucky you in your t-shirt and jeans (and be glad you don't have to put on makeup every day -_-)! Having to plan my outfit every day gets old XD I'm working towards an English degree, actually. How about you? 🙂

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      • Definitely! 😉 XD I am indeed glad I don’t have to put on makeup and all that jazz. XD I’d personally wear the same thing everyday and not bother planning. But that is boring, I’ll admit. I am a very simple man.

        Ooh, English! Are you wanting to teach English when you’re through? I’m working toward an associate’s in graphic design. It’s been cool so far, with the classes being Digital Photography, Typography, and Graphic Design I. So, yeah. Thanks for asking. 🙂


      • Nothing wrong with that! XD

        Mm, not currently, anyway. English is actually the only degree offered by my college right now, which works out perfectly, because it’s what I would’ve wanted as an author anyway. XD So. *shrug* Oh, yeah! I think you’ve told me that before, sorry. -_- Very nice! I bet graphic design is fun.


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