Red Twilight

Life is beautiful.

I Think Someone’s Been Murdered

Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on July 24, 2014

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I investigated further, and it turned out to be a normal light that just looked green because it was reflected off the trees. But this was what I thought when I saw it. :D

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Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on July 16, 2014

books-109524_640“Thomas, come here!” called the man.

The lad hurried into the room, and the man instructed him to fetch a particular storybook from the library.

Thomas returned several minutes later with the book and handed it to his master. The latter leafed through its papers until he came upon a story with the promising title “Sir Jankin’s Apprentice.”

“Ah, yes, this period in history makes for the most delightful tales!” the man proclaimed, and, dismissing the boy, he settled into a chair to indulge in some light reading.

This was written for Five Sentence Fiction. It may not be much of a story, but did you catch all SIX definitions of “page” that I squeezed into it? ;)

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An Extended Brain Freeze

Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on July 15, 2014

I got brain freeze eating ice cream like ten minutes ago, and it still hasn’t gone away. Has your brain freeze ever lasted more than 20 seconds, even? I don’t think mine ever had until now.

Really weird.

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Oh, the Beautiful Colored Lights!

Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on July 10, 2014

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Stunning, aren’t they?

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Signs to Entertain You

Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on June 23, 2014

We all see them sometimes: those signs that just make you smile, either because they are intended to be funny or because their poor wording is amusing. Here are a few I’ve come across.


When times are tough, even the supermarkets have to ration!

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This one is funny because of the context. ;)


Really, isn’t “destroy” a bit harsh?


IT’S THE DEATHLY HALLOWS!!! Except not really. Okay, so the sign isn’t really funny, but it did make me smile, and perhaps it will make you do so too.


Ha ha!


If you wanted to bring in the small children you were planning on eating . . . well, sorry, but you’ll have to eat them elsewhere.

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Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on June 16, 2014


“Make a wish,” my mother whispered.

I blew out the candles and watched the brief smoke wisps that floated up from the blackened wicks, wondering why I’d even bothered.

Mindlessly I ate my half of the little cake, and my mother, a smile plastered awkwardly on her face, ate the other half.

I was only four, but I knew my wish could do nothing.

He wasn’t coming back.

(Wanting to write but lacking inspiration, I went looking for writing challenges on WordPress blogs. I came across Five Sentence Fiction and decided to give it a shot. I hope you liked it.)

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The Disproportions of Life Cereal

Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on June 13, 2014

Have you examined the back of a box of Life cereal anytime recently? It features quite a charming little scene:


I was looking at this illustration and was admiring all the little details. I mean, look! One child has a pet frog:


Is that not positively delightful? I think it is. I take pleasure in it.

I also take pleasure in admiring the disproportionate and otherwise unrealistic aspects of this artwork. The frog pictured above, for instance, is somewhat bigger than your average frog. But you could argue that it’s a Goliath frog*. Much worse than the frog is the robin because there’s just no excuse for it:


And then there’s the squirrel.


Here’s a fun one: The baby has the body proportions of an older human! Take a look:


While we’re in the park, don’t you find the sailing guy amusing? I don’t know where he thinks he’s going. He seems to have vastly overestimated the size of the pond.


Up in the house, check out the girl in the bathroom. She must live with a giant because look at the size of that toothbrush on the sink! And the toothpaste tube! Not to mention the toilet paper roll, which is three times as wide as her legs. . . .


I’m trying to identify the pink object next to the boy’s bed.

I really, really hope it’s not a comb.


One more thing for your entertainment:


Um, number 13? If they think they can get away with calling milk “cow juice” . . . someone needs to give them a quick lesson in the definition of “juice.” ;)

What about you? Do you like seeking and discovering things that most people don’t think twice about?

*Although I’d say it’s a bit too thin for that. You can Google “Goliath frog” and decide for yourself.


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I Caught It from My Mother

Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on May 20, 2014

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My mother has always worried about her children. When she doesn’t know where one of her children is, or if the child is late in coming back, her mind immediately starts jumping to the worst scenarios, and she gets very nervous.

As a kid this was frustrating to me, because it meant I always had to tell her where I was going to be. Hey, even today, when I travel away from my dorm for weekends, she likes me to call her and let her know when I arrive safely.

But the thing is, I can totally understand this tendency because I’m like that too.

I inherited it from her!

The other day, my roommate wasn’t coming back to the dorm when she usually does, and she hadn’t mentioned to me that she was going out. So I started worrying. Why wasn’t she back yet? Could something bad have happened?

I called her phone. No answer.

I called again.

She picked up and said, “Hello?”

I said, “Where are you?”

A pause, and then the line went dead.


I must have called her at least five more times after that, all with no answer, and was just dialing another time when she walked in through the door.

Turns out the line went dead because she was in the subway. And there I was, all worried, half-considering calling the police.

It’s simultaneously sad and funny.

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Avra and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on May 7, 2014

Do you remember that classic children’s book about little Alexander? The bad day described is so bad it’s ridiculous. Sometimes, though, it almost feels like that in real life. Sometimes there are those days in which everything seems to go wrong.

I had one of those recently.

First, I forgot to bring my registration papers for which I needed to get signatures, so by my break I had to run all the way back to my dorm (a half an hour away) to get them, and then run back.

That’s an hour of my day, wasted.

Then, I went to give blood at my school’s third blood drive of the year, but they wouldn’t let me because I was just finishing up with a cold I’d had the past week. It was very upsetting.

When I went to speak to the bursar after getting the signatures, she said I apparently still hadn’t paid my enrollment deposit which I needed to do before registering. I tried to call my father but couldn’t reach him. But oh no, one of the classes I wanted to take I’ve heard fills up fast, so I wanted to register already before the 7 remaining slots got taken!

After lunch, I was waiting in the classroom for my next class to start when I suddenly remembered that I was supposed to have gone to a lecture during lunch for which I’d specifically emailed Student Government saying I was interested, and to which they’d kept on reminding me not to forget to come because it was going to be a small group as it was. I felt awful.

After class, I went to the library to work on a term paper, but it was freezing in there and hard to focus.

I left school and went to Trader Joe’s on my way back home, and there was a long line just to get into the store.

And in the store where I buy my milk, I discovered that the milk prices had risen.

But then, maybe it wasn’t such a bad day after all.

So I used up an hour of my day running back and forth between the dorm and school, but I got exercise that I wouldn’t have gotten anyway.

So I wasn’t able to give blood. Well, no one is responsible for my cold but God, so why should I be upset? I was saved the bother and nausea of having an eighth of my blood removed.

So I had trouble reaching my father. Well, I left a message and he clearly got it because when I went to try to enroll, I found he’d paid already. And all the classes I wanted to take had open slots.

So there was a line to get into Trader Joe’s. To be honest, I got onto the end of the line only a couple minutes before they let us all inside, and the checkout lines inside were not as bad as I’d feared they would be.

So the milk prices had risen. Well, I’ve found they often fluctuate, so it’s not like it’s unexpected.

Clearly, most of these things are really not so terrible at all.

But let’s go further, and to do that we’ll backtrack to the start of the day.

I woke up. I was alive!

I opened my eyes. I could see!

I got out of bed. I had strength in my limbs!

I walked to the bathroom. I could walk!

I used the bathroom. My body was working and efficiently disposing waste!

Really, everything was working perfectly! My heart was beating normally and healthily. Nothing was numb; my nerves were all working. My breathing supplied my body with all the oxygen it needed. I had no major aches in any of my limbs.

What’s more, I had a roof over my head and a warm blanket. I had food in my refrigerator. I had shoes to cover my feet and a closet full of clothes. I was a free individual. I was going to college and getting an education.

Waking up with all that?

Actually, it was the best day ever.

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Save the Sweet Potatoes!

Posted by Avra-Sha Faohla on April 2, 2014

If you are obsessive about not throwing out what you might call “perfectly good food” (but what others would have designated for the dumpster weeks ago), here is the way to salvage that sweet potato that you just never got around to eating:

Simply cut away all the bad bits before baking!


Looks appetizing, no?

P.S. It was a fail. Even with the visibly rotten parts removed, only some of it cooked normally; the rest was oddly spongy. I ate what was normal and had to toss the rest in sad defeat. It was quite unfortunate. (But you can’t say I didn’t do my best. ;) )

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