Monday, December 1, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Well, I've seen, hear, and will now tell. And no spoilers here.
I do like it, I do. Yes, there is inaccuracies, but 500 pages in 2 hours isn't going to happen. The important thing is, the story, the main plot is the same. The character's behaved like they should, and I think the actors did a fair job of bringing them to life. My mom's friend that we webt with didn't like who they picked for Bella, but I thought Kristen Stewart did her job well, and I'm not picky so I applaud her performance.
Edward . . . hmm, I don't know. You see, I am fine with Rob, as i said, I'm not picky. He did good with his American accent, I think I only heard him slip once. But I've always been a little meh about Edward. Sure he's a nice guy, sure he cares for Bella gallantly, but beyond that I don't have dreams of meeting him and kiss his picture before I go to bed. He's just a nice guy to me, sorry Eddie. Let's just be friends. Bella, he's all yours.
I guess that's all I have to say. Now back to my writing cave.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I thought this was cool when I got onto my blog and saw that it said 7 days & hours and 7 mins. I showed it to my brothers and they had me push the print screen button when it said 7 secs. Now it is preserved for posterity.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
If you live in California, you're probably familiar with this prop. You've probably heard of it in other places too. It has caused quite a lot of controversy. But nothing excuses violence and down right mean-ness against one group of people from another.
This is Wrong:I'm not disallowing free speech, but going up and arms and attacking your fellowmen for them disagreeing with you is not right, whither you are Christian or not. It wasn't right when mobs ran us out of New York, Ohio, Missouri and Illinois. It wasn't right when Missourians tared and feathered our leaders. It wasn't right when they forced women and children to walk hundreds of miles to safety, in the dead of Missouri winter, some of them barefoot. It wasn't right when they burned down our ancestors homes.
This is Wrong:
The late local news showed scenes of several Hispanic females in tears outside the temple trying to remove the signs desecrating the walls and fences surrounding the temple. As these individuals – who according to a temple spokesperson were not church members – removed the hate-filled signs, the mob exploded and began beating the individuals to the ground. (Source: Meridian Magazine )
The LA riot is very, um, frustrating? To say the very least. I mean, we weren't the only church to support Prop 8. But because we're the religion everybody loves to hate, and probably the least likely to ruffle our feathers in anger, they choose to target us. And funny thing is, if we had been Jewish or Muslim, bad news baby.
I'm sorry, I get really frustrated with people who think that being mean will get them what they want. These people think that a good tantrum will get them what they want, but that's something they should have learned at two that tantrums don't always work.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
A friend with a passion for science has developed an unheard of feat, a time machine. That's right, H. G. Wells for reals. Nadie volunteers for the job of a lifetime. The first person to travel through time. Numbered among other great explorers such as Lewis and Clark. With Regency Era England as her destination, will Nadie keep suspicion from the curious eyes? And . . . when a realization comes, will she be able to make the right choice?
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
rating: 5 of 5 stars
Oh my, this book was lovely. Syrie James does her very hardest to convince you that this is Jane Austen's very words written down on paper, and she did a wonderful job. She must have read Jane's books many times, because she had the Regency language down to an art.
I really came to know and love Jane Austen more, even though a lot of it was only probable. I really wanted this story to be real, I loved the characters . . . especially Mr Ashford.
I would advice people who have not read Sense and Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice should read them before devouring this book, as it gives away some of the plot, since Jane is working on them through most of the story.
I hope others enjoy this book as much as I did. Except for the ending, which was historically accurate and made me wish history had been different, I still thought this book was great, and I'm glad my mother found it while we were perusing a bookstore on my birthday.
View all my reviews.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
It's called Focaccia Bread, and I found the recipe while flipping through our Betty Crocker cookbook. I had a sudden urge to stir something and there you go. I used herbs from our herb pot on the porch.
- Copy and paste the blank form into your blog twice, only fill in one.
- Fill in the blanks with whatever you think is the appropriate answer, bold your answer if you wish. and they don't exactly have to make sense.
- Add one more item to the meme.
- Tag 4 people and comment on their blogs.
If I had power to _____ I would _______.
If I had power to speak to animals I would be happy.
I'll tag Beth, Rachel Ann, Cuileann, and Anilee.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
From his talk entitled: "Finding Joy in the Journey" given Sunday 5th, 2008:
I am what my wife, Frances, calls a “show-a-holic.” I thoroughly enjoy many musicals, and one of my favorites was written by the American composer Meredith Willson and is entitled The Music Man. Professor Harold Hill, one of the principal characters in the show, voices a caution that I share with you. Says he, “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you’ve collected a lot of empty yesterdays.”
My brothers and sisters, there is no tomorrow to remember if we don’t do something today . . .. . . Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family. One day each of us will run out of tomorrows.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
I ended up making a rather lengthy explanation instead and decided to put it here.
On Goodreads my "books-i-own" shelve says I have fifty, but a bunch of those are books my whole family owns, so I probably personally own less then fifty. Mostly because I've always used the library for my book needs, I don't have an allowance or ever had an allowance in my entire life, (er, okay so my there was a wink of time where I got quarters for chores, but still) So the only money I've ever got is Birthday and Christmas money. For a while I got babysitting money. But I feel like I should be saving my money so I don't often by books unless I know they are good. Only recently have I been buying books, since I don't have a library anymore, but I still enjoy the library because I can check out fifty books without paying a very wealthy sum.
Doctrine and Covenants 25: 12
For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Rules: if you're tagged, make sure to add one more ideal "thing" to the list, besides the items that are already there. Be as descriptive and random and silly as you want.
Snack: Gourmet crackers, juice, and chex mix. Nummy. Is that descriptive enough for yeah?
Day: one where I enjoy myself.
Book: Takes me away from mundane life to a place where the unbelievable happens.
Friend: understand me and doesn't make me feel dumb. Has a sense of humor.
Weather: A warm windy day that plays with my hair and makes me feel like I'm in a movie.
Adventure: I agree that an adventure should be spontaneous, and it should send you off somewhere exciting.
Music: An additively melancholy song.
I tag Enna Isilee
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
31 ¶ Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a agrain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I'm not in the mood to right a long review. So I'll simple say this.
I liked this book a lot, it was a good story. The characters were interesting, and I want to read the next three. The writing wasn't brilliant, and sometimes the phrasing was weird to me. But the author is Australian, so that would be why, no offense to her, I like Aussies, I'm just not familiar with how they speak.
If you should be able to get your hands on this book. I urge you to do so
If you would like to learn more about this author and her books, you can visit this website.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
I am today's Vanna White for Enna Isilee’s (squeakybooks.blogspot.com) big birthday contest.
Where did Doucette’s mother hide her swan-skin?
That’s all you have to do! E-mail Enna Isilee your answer at Books@Squeakybooks.com . You get 2 entries for answering the question and 5 entries if you get it right. So you could get two entries just by e-mailing! These entries go towards the weekly prizes and the grand prize. This week’s prize winners will be announced on Monday morning, and the grand prize winner will be announced on Enna Isilee’s birthday, September 22nd (the same Monday, just later in the day).
Here are the rules: I am going to list three categories of books. 3 MUST Read Books, 3 Keep Your Eyes on These, and 3 Look For These Soon. Keeping with the theme, I am going to tag at least 3 bloggers. They should put these same lists on their blog but SUBTRACT one book from each list and ADD one of their own. Then they should tag at least 3 more bloggers. It will be fun to see how the lists change as they go around the blogosphere. Please come back to this post and leave a comment so I can see how the lists are changing.
Since this is Book Buzz…please keep your lists to titles released in 2007-2009.
So, here goes…[asterisks are next to my additions]
MUST read books:
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale*
Keep your eyes on these:
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher
The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison
Look for these soon:
Forest Born (Bayern #4) by Shannon Hale (okay, technically this isn't coming out for a while, but I didn't know what else to pick)*
Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
The Smile by Donna Jo Napoli
I'm going to tag . . .Beth, Rachel Ann, and Book Butterfly
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Tonight: Scattered showers or thunderstorms, especially during the evening. Storms will have lightning and gusty winds, but little rain. Low near 55F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.So I looked outside at the sky . . .
Yeah, looks like a storm to me too. Oregon is notorious for sudden weather changes, but this doesn't look like a stormy day. It's really hot outside, too. If a storm happens, you will see a follow up picture.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The wonderful thing about Tiggers
Is Tiggers are wonderful things
Their tops are made out of rubber
Their bottoms are made out of springs
They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, FUN!
But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers
Is I'm the only one
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Firstly, I'd like to direct your attention to "Squeaky Books", a blog run by the beautiful, or so she is in my head, Enna Isilee. She is celebrating her birthday with a grand contest that will last until Sept 22. For more info, please see her site for details.
I've recently read on Shannon Hale's blog (authoress), and read some really good points on reading and writing. Unfortunately, others have been less then thrilled about it, but I am not going to go there.
In one of Shannon's post she wrote:
You're like the director of the movie, taking the raw words of a script and blowing them up into full color on the screen. To a large extent, a movie viewer is merely a witness to the story, but a reader is a participant in the story. This is what makes reading such a profoundly intimate experience, so unique reader-to-reader, and also so powerful.Today, I thought of something, and I'm going to use an example to illustrate it. If, say, The Goose Girl were to be made into a movie, by Jim Goldmen(a fictitious director used to further illustrate my point) then I believe we would be witnessing Jim's own experience with The Goose Girl not our own, unless we had a similar experience as Jim with the book. I think that makes the whole book-to-movie thing all the more interesting to me. I've thought of it in something of that way. I'm seeing somebody else's interpitation of Nancy Drew, or Bridge to Terebithia, or (dare I say it?) Twilight. Now, sometimes, Jim might not have read the book in the same way as me or you, but that's okay. Because that is what make everyone unique, the world needs all kinds to make a world.
So now I may have written dangerous words, but hopefully you'll take my point of veiw with a grain of salt.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Anyways, that's what I've been doing with my time recently, I've also decided to rewrite a story of mine in a notebook. I got a blank notebook from the stack my mom has from the great back to school deals she finds. So that's something else I'm doing, it's a lot different to write with a pen instead of WordPerfect with a delete button. I hope to get use to it and be able to get my ideas out. Well, thanks for listening.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Okay, so you could put "Breaking Dawn reviews" into a search engine and probably a billion results would pop up. So I guess this won't be a very original post, but I must share my heart about this book. So deal.
First off all, I have to tell you I've been spending my days feverishly reading this book, way into the later (some say squeaky) hours of the night. I have dreamed about this book, I would wake up thinking about this book. I got a sticker from the release party saying "I got Bitten my Breaking Dawn" I should say "I've been bitten by the Twilight Saga all summer." (I read Twilight for the first in April/May of this year, the rest will fall in line)
These books have always had a certain hold on me. Even when I didn't always agree with the characters.
I liked Breaking Dawn so much more then the other three combined. I finally found a reason to like Bella in this book, which goes to show you never lose faith in anybody. Even a character. I liked how it explored many layers of love, just like The Host. I think that's probably the most appealing part about it. And it was a lot more mature then the others. It wasn't high school drama anymore, it had the same feel as the last HP book, too me.
There was a lot of weird in this book, but just because I wasn't expecting it. But you know, vampires in love with a human is pretty freaky as well, so the other things really aren't out of place.
Overall, I came to appreciate Bella more. Yay! I liked Edward a lot more as well.
Thank you, Stephenie, for a Vampire Summer 2008! I'll probably never have a normal bedtime ever again.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
rating: 3 of 5 stars
Two brothers who are as different as sugar and flour, a golf complex owned by a grandfather who is a little bit crazy at times, and one summer.
At the start of this book, these two brothers introduce their story, but mostly is the one brother, Jock, who narrates. This is a first person account about a summer of change and refocus. I thought it was a book more for middle school kids, but there were a few references that I wouldn't feel comfortable letting my ten year old brother read.
Their grandpa is a little over-obsessed with getting money, which to him is everything. Jock's younger brother Egon, who in Jock's words is a little devil, is caught up in his money obsession.
Here's where I mention that Jock and Egon are dyed in the wool hippies and proud of it. Which is the reason for the odd names and other odd things.
Anyways, Jock soon sees that his grandfather doesn't realize what a good life he has, as he's too focused on the getting and having of stuff.
That's what it boils down to, a story about what's important in life. The writing wasn't very impressive, but the story had good moments none the less. It's a seemingly light summer read that tries to be more, and is almost successful.
It was funny to meet Jock and his whole entourage of crazy relatives.
View all my reviews.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I was think about something else as well. Maybe it's another story that makes me excited.
The story of a woman who went from average housewife to a New York Times Bestseller with a movie on the way. I think this would count as a Cinderella story. I mean, doesn't that give out hope for the rest of you writers out there? And I'm happy and excited for Stephenie Meyer, and how a simple thing like writing down a dream could change her life forever. I think I read somewhere, maybe it was the EW interview, but anyways she said she was only hoping to pay off her minivan. I'm pretty sure she could do that now. Anyways, those were my thoughts.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Click to view:Twilight Teaser trailer #2
Doesn't that make you excited? It sure did something for me. The more I see stuff about the movie, the more it seems really to me. And you want to know something else? I was listening to clips of audiobooks on this one download site. I listened to the clip of New Moon and it was an excerpt from the dream Bella has in the very beginning. And when the reader read about Edward . . . I almost swooned. Almost being the keyword. I guess it's all about delivery for me. ;)
In other news, last week I went to girl's camp as a leader, I will now display some pictures I'm comfortable posting on my blog.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
So if you click this link, you can see my merchandice:
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Things that are going wrong this week, starting Saturday.
- The clothes washer broke.
- The power in my computer went out while I was vacuuming. (Obvisiously I got it turned back on)
- And last week our Jetta broke.
- And my dad is basically going to loose his job, because of a stupid boss. Which we found out a while ago.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Basically, we traveled for an hour and a half to the campground. We set up camp, ate dinner, said hi to the friends we were camping with, then part of my family went to see the ocean, and then went to bed.
My feet froze.
I woke up after a cold, uncomfortable, sleep deprived night. It was seven or eight in the morning, I don't remember. We roasted bagel over the campfire and ate them with cream cheese. Yum. Then me, my dad, and two of my brothers walked down to the Smith River to take a look.
When we got back from the river . . . I can't remember exactly what we did after that, but soon after we got in the car and drove about fifteen miles to the beach. You'll see some photographs of the river and beach here.
We went to two different beaches, had lunch, saw crabs, squirrels and birds, then went back to camp. Mom made this really awesome dutch oven dinner, then we visited with our friends until late. We went to bed.
I wore socks this time. My feet still froze.
I woke from a night of brother getting up in the night to go potty and made general night time ruckus. I got trodden upon and kicked more then once. Not a happy camper, (pun not intended at first).
Today was the the day we were leaving. So my mom was up and starting the packing process. She puts the car keys of our sedan in her purse, and her purse is sitting in the car trunk. Do you see where this is going. She goes off to pack some stuff in the van. She notices the car trunk still open, and since she doesn't want to run down the battery . . . she closes the trunk . . . with the keys inside.
And on top of that, we were going to pick up my grandpa from my aunt's house, and my brother had a rafting trip we wanted to go to. After looking for a locksmith or towing service we could afford, and could possibly successful, we finally decided it was cheaper just to drive home and get the key. So my dad and brother drove home, my brother got dropped off so he could got to his rafting trip, and my dad went to go get his dad. Me, my mom, and my two other brothers, spent the day with our friends (who were staying for the whole week) at the river.
My feet got a major sunburn. I don't know that this picture does it justice and my feet aren't very pretty either..
My dad got back with my grandpa at about six. We packed up the rest of our stuff and drove home. And that was our adventure for the week, if not summer.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
I started it at the beginning of the month and have finished it today. Its finished to me anyways. There's detail work that is suppose to be done, but I think it looks fine for now. I decided to do it for a project to keep me busy-ish and keep me off the computer a little more. It didn't work very well, but I still finished it and that's what counts. :)
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Which features did you enjoy and want to see back?
What did you think was unnecessary and should be left out this time?
Any other feedback is also welcome.
Monday, June 9, 2008
The rules are...
• Link to the person that tagged you, post the rules somewhere in your meme, answer the questions, tag six people in your post, let the tagees know they’ve been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog, let the tagger know your entry is posted.
Who’s you all-time favorite author and why?
*sucks in breath* I think I'll have to say . . . Jane Austen. The best chick lit author of her time.
Who was your first favorite author and why? Do you still consider him/her among your favorites?
Possibly the person who wrote the Frog and Toad Together books. Or the Bearenstein(how ever you spell the name) Bear's authors.
Who’s the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?
Hmm, that might be Stephenie Meyer, but I've been rereading a book by a person named Elodia Strain. She has written one of the funniest chick lit books I've ever read. :D
If someone asked you who your favorite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth? Are there any you’d add on a moment of further reflection?
And on further reflection…
Okay. I shall tag...
Dr. K (a.k.a Tiffany)
(can I just do three? That's have of six, and I can't think of who might not have been tagged yet)
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
T. West:Um, well, I'm getting married.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
" . . . The Host should come with a warning label: it will grab you and keep you reading well into the wee hours of night . . ." ~ Ridley Pearson, Author of Killer WeekendThere is no joke on this suggestion. The warning label should read: Prepare for possible, voluntary sleep deprivation and lack of willpower to put down book. I spent about half a week reading this book and going to sleep at two in the morning, regularly. The last night, it was three thirty.
First of all I want to say, Wow! As Twilight goes, I liked the story and the characters are okay (if not annoying on a regular basis), but The Host is its own book entirely. I actually cared about Wanderer and Melanie, the two-part protaganist, they were so real to me, even the alien "soul" Wanderer.
I could connect so much better then I could ever have connected with Bella. I found myself sharing the same feelings on violence and other issues it goes into in this book. You will become a close friend with her, and by the last climatic decision she makes, you will be anxiously hoping that everything will turn out well, shed tears even.
Anilee, you said you only got to page 80. You didn't get nearly far enough, keep going, kid! (Uncle Jeb ism)
Stephenie Meyer is a masterful with her keyboard yet again, and this time you might actually like the characters. :)
Saturday, May 17, 2008
And here's the poem I wrote:
Destruction of a Library
World of Words,
Their time is ending.
On the shelves
they sigh a bitter sigh.
Why should people cry?
Only words on paper
Behind brick walls
Why do I sigh,
This humble cry?
Why do the words
mean so much to me?
How can people
not feel what I feel?
About an old building
that smells like old paste
That binds together beautiful words
In the arms of ancient paper
Old and young
they fill the walls.
They feed the soul
of one and all.
of a new day.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Yesterday I went on a hike at a local trail and it was nice. There was a lot of bright flowers, and a beautiful waterfall. I'll post some pictures soon, along with some others I've taken recently. My photography class is officially over, and so I have nothing I can tell people so they don't think I'm some lazy bum. (Which is true, but people don't need to know that.) So that's all, I just thought I should make a post, I haven't done it in a while.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4.Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people and post a comment to the person who tagged you once you've posted your three sentences
I grabbed Countess Veronica off the shelf. Before, I had gotten a picture book, but then I realized it wasn't long enough for 123 pgs.
"'How many moves can you see ahead?' Veronica was puzzled. 'Ahead?'"
Saturday, May 3, 2008
I received this book as a birthday present from my friend, and I'm glad she let me read the book. It's a very interesting world. Interesting and frustrating.
I stayed up late reading this book many nights in a row. Probably a bad idea for my brain, but oh well.
This is a story about a girl trying to find herself. It's a little more complicated then that, but that's what it is in one sentence.
I haven't read many Sci-Fi's, but this one is good. The future world of earth was more believable to me then the world of Uglies, which I still haven't finished reading. Not sure why but, that's not important here.
A theme of this book is, what is humanity really? It's a question that hovers on every page. Are we human because of our choices, or because we have five finger and toes on each limb?
There was also a lot environmental stuff in this, and it made me wonder if the author is some form of tree-hugger. But it was still interesting to think about.
And, Enilee, I didn't cry. I didn't even feel tempted, sorry. I guess I just have a different button then you. :) Or I just wasn't in the mood for crying.
That's all, does this even help? I think I just spit out random facts.