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29 June 2010

Have any of you visited my blog today and wondered if you were in the wrong place? No, you entered the URL correctly. As I explained before, the lovely Brianna of The Boutique Window is doing my makeover. Or rather, she was doing it, because now it is done!

Isn't it beautiful? It's all Brianna's work - I just chose the digital kit and directed a bit. I love it so much! She did a wonderful job. Let's give her a round of applause. *huge applause* If any of you want a beautiful new blog makeover without paying a lot of money (she does it for free) then check out The Boutique Window - you will not be disappointed!

And, in honor of my blog's new look, a surprise will be coming soon. What is it? Ah, that shall be a surprise until the 1st of July. *wink*

Please leave a comment and let me know what you ladies think!

Miscellany Monday - 6-28-10

28 June 2010

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

Hello ladies! It's Monday again, which means that it's time for Carissa's Miscellany Monday. Click here to join the fun!

{1} My life has been a "hair-raising situation," in the literal sense. I can always remember how ever since I was very, very young, I wanted long hair. So beautiful and flow-y. I even went so far as to put a long skirt on my head (a skirt that was a very bright pink with polka dots), just so I would feel like I had long hair. My sisters and I would ponytail these skirts, and we'd even twist them into buns. :) Until I turned 6. And it was then that I told my mom that I wanted short hair like Kit Kitteridge, the American Girl doll. My loving mother took me to the hair salon that very day, where we got it cut. I was all smiles throughout the chopping off of my much-loved locks, but when it was done... let's just say I wasn't happy. I think I went home in tears, asking my 6-year-old self "why would you want to cut your hair?!" I never really cut my hair after that, only trimmed it now and then, to keep from getting split ends. Until I was 11. And that time, my hair really did satisfy me, and I kept it that way for a year. But eventually, I learned that short hair can hinder your options for styling - really hinder them. So I am growing my hair out, and it will stay that way.

{2} Speaking of hair, I need help. Remember my regency gown? Well, the main reason I am making this gown (besides the fun of sewing) is for an English country dance at my homeschool group. To go with the regency gown, you obviously need a good hairstyle. And for a regency-authentic hairstyle, you need curls. And my hair isn't curly. I have struggled countless times to find ways to curl thick, very straight hair. Any ideas, ladies? If so, please leave a comment. Thanks!

{3} I received Fiddler on the Roof for my birthday, and my siblings and I had never seen it (!!), so we watched it one night. We got about 1/3 through it, so we hadn't really encountered any SAD parts. We go to bed laughing about how funny it is, and singing "Matchmaker, Matchmaker." Note: the house rang with "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" so much in the next few days that even the die-hard fans of it had to eventually call it quits. I even wrote in my journal that it was a very comical movie. Until two nights later. When we actually finished it. That. movie. is. sad. Very, very sad. I highly recommend it for anyone who has not yet seen it, but I also suggest you bring a box of tissues.

{4} I got up early to write this post. And of course it wasn't so that I could be one of the first few to link up. 'Cause that's not true. I love posting so much that I just do it.

{5} I very much dislike math. In those little quizzes and blog parties when the question is "Math or History?" I bet you know I don't answer math. Anyone agree?

{6} Does it ever annoy you when you have a song stuck in your head and you want to sing it, but you don't know the words?

Head on over to lowercase letters and link up! (And also view pictures of sweet baby Sage... or at least that's what I do. :)

Book Review: Anne of the Island

23 June 2010

I know, it has been quite a while since I reviewed books. Kira was getting a bit worried. So, here I am, back to doing what I love the most - reviewing books that I love!

Today's book is the 3rd in the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. If you wish to read my reviews on the first two books, click the "Anne of Green Gables series" label below this post. It will take you to all of my reviews involving this series.

Anne of the Island
By L.M. Montgomery

Waving goodbye to childhood and whimsy, Anne Shirley travels to Kingsport, to attend Redmond college - a new and un-tread path in her life. Although at first a bit miserable at the thought of leaving "dear Green Gables," Anne quickly makes friends and soon makes her mark in young Redmond society. Joining forces with her frivolous new friend, Phillipa Gordon, and her old friends, Stella and Pricilla from Queen's, Anne moves into a quaint house called "Patty's Place," and quickly feels at home, even in Kingsport. Many adventures take place in their humble abode, and between classes and chores, trysts in the gardens and travels back home to Green Gables over vacation, Anne and her friends are never far away from adventure.

Patty's Place is, however, the place to call for all the young gentlemen desiring a smile or a look of approval from a certain red-headed maiden. Anne is the center of their life, and they would desire nothing more than for her to make them the center of her life. Among these young men is Gilbert Blythe, Anne's old friend from Avonlea, who has been attending Redmond as well. Suddenly, Anne must decide whether or not she wants to share her love.

Anne of the Island has a very happy ending and it is a very good book. I loved it when I read it. However, all of the misunderstanding, heartbreak and sorrow between Anne and Gilbert is sad to read. Anne does not seem to realize that yes, someday she may want to marry a gentleman who is not her ideal, wicked, dark-haired man of her young fancies. And when she meets this man in the flesh, is he everything she has dreamed of? Is he the one for her?

Find out by reading this book!

On the whimsy side of this, it is a very entertaining book. Perhaps not as funny as Anne of Avonlea or Anne of Green Gables, but still very good. I love it when they meet Phillipa in the graveyard and don't quite know what to make of her! And to think that Phil ends up marrying... oh, I won't tell you - you'll have to find out on your own (preferably by reading the book!).

If you like a mixture of plenty of humor, a little sorrow, and a sprinkle of romance, all from a Christian perspective (mostly), then this book is for you!


"In imagination she sailed over storied seas that wash the distant shining shores of "faƫry lands forlorn," where lost Atlantis and Elysium lie, with the evening star for pilot, to the land of Heart's Desire. And she was richer in those dreams than in realities; for things seen pass away, but the things that are unseen are eternal" ~ Anne of the Island

Miscellany Monday - 6-21-10

21 June 2010

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

Well, look at that, lo and behold, it's Monday again! Time flies. :) If you want to join in, head over to Carissa's blog, lowercase letters.

DISCLAIMER: This post encourages the eating of... *ahem*... cookie dough. Do not read if you have laid down the law and banned such unnatural habits in your house. 

{1} If you read the disclaimer, you know what you're in for now. Cookie dough. Lots and lots of cookie dough. Sugar cookie dough, gingerbread cookie dough, and chocolate chip cookie dough... ahh... hey, let me dream for a minute. As a child I was told that if I ate too much sugar cookie dough, I would get a stomach ache. Didn't stop me. I got into the (bad) habit of turning my head as if to look at the time and then... *sigh* putting a bite of raw dough into my mouth. Chocolate chip is the best. Every time I make chocolate chip cookies, I have to have a bite. Mmm... For one single moment, I am in heaven. 

{2} I am a hypocrite. Me, the queen of accuracy in movies, actually prefers the 1995 Sense & Sensibility to the 2008 version. Yup. And even when I'm told that the newer version is more accurate to the book, I still stand firm. Because the actors don't look right! Emma Thompson as Elinor is, I admit, too old in the 1995 movie. So, having a younger, less-sure-of-herself Elinor is definitely a good thing. And I have no problems with Edward Ferrars. But... Willoughby and Marianne. First of all, Charity Wakefield doesn't stand a chance against Kate Winslet. Kate's Marianne was excellent, as I have said before, and she cannot be replaced. But Charity is good, too - I don't really mind her, nor do I think she did a bad job, it's just that Kate Winslet is such an excellent actress that she can't really be replaced easily. It's mainly Willoughby that I have the problem with. Upon seeing him enter the screen, I thought "What was wrong with Greg Wise and why did he have to be so absurdly replaced?" Isn't the whole point of Willoughby being conniving the fact that he doesn't wear it on his sleeve? Where is the charming, handsome gentleman who steals your heart from the moment he enters the room? Dominic Cooper, I officially despise you.

{3} Last Saturday we planned to go to the pool. Early in the day, the sky gets gray and we experience some thunder. We decide against the pool, obviously. By the time it's too late to get back into bathing suits and go to the pool, the sky is sunny again. And it stays that way - warm, hot, and humid - the whole day. As in, perfect pool-weather. *sigh*

{4} I'm wondering how on earth I am going to fill in some more miscellany stuff. Help?

{5} I like to write letters. In cursive. I wrote one to my grandparents yesterday, in cursive, and with my quill pen. After writing the 3-page letter - all in cursive, mind you - I considered buying a hand massager.  Seriously. Typing has benefits.

{6} Should I do a blog party when I get my new makeover? Thoughts?

Head on over to Carissa's blog and link up!

Another Post to Label "Long" - The Answers to the Questions You Asked!

16 June 2010

Before reading this post, be aware that it may take you quite awhile to finish. Not as long as other posts I have read involving this "question marathon" idea, but still, long. If your mom has already called you to dinner about 3 times, I suggest that you leave this post for a later time. Thank you.

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen alike, and read one of the longest posts in the history of... um, my blog. This is a little late, because I had my sister's kind post that she did for me on my actual birthday, and well, I kind of forgot about this post, all the time it was sinking lower and lower in my list of posts. Now you will finally get to read the questions and their answers!

1. If you had to choose one character in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice whom would it be and why? I would choose Jane Bennet, because she is so sweet and willing to do anything that anyone else requests.

2. How many books can you read in a week? It really depends on the length of the book. :)

From Merriette:

3. What is the fastest you have ever read a novel length book (200+ pgs)? (My answer is four in one day.) Wow, you are way faster than me! My record is one in one day, but sometimes I prefer to read slower, in order to savor the story.

4. What do you like best about Elizabeth Bennet? I like her wit and her intelligence.

5. Do you prefer the spelling Elizabeth or Elisabeth? I actually am leaning towards liking Elisabeth better - something about it is so soft and delicate.

6. What book have you read the most? Little Women, probably.

7. Do you normally re-read books? *clears throat and gestures to last question* Yes, I have. I seem to get more out of books every time I re-read them.

8. Approximately how many books do you read a week on average? Go read my answer to #2. It really had a whole lot to do with the length and whether I like the book or not.

9. Do you expect to be able to read more or less as you get older? Sadly, I may be busier as I get older, so possibly less. I do hope I can continue to read a little each day even as I get older, though.

10. Do you prefer photographs or paintings? I don't think I can choose. Truly, people who can paint like Edgar Degas or Mary Cassatt have God-given talent, and I love to look at their works of art. I do not posses that gift, though, so I enjoy personally capturing life through a camera's lens. 

11. Which are your favorite movie adaptations of each of Jane Austen's books? I have only seen a few, and I can't pick a favorite. How about 3? I love Sense & Sensibility 1995, Pride and Prejudice 1995, and Emma 2009.

12. What type of poetry do you most enjoy reading? (I really liked the poem you posted last, by the way.) I really enjoy poetry about nature and God's creation.

13. What are your standards for books? Really, it boils down to whether or not the author has a good moral standing point, such as a. Is this author a Christian? b. Do they promote ungodly behavior? and c. Does the book deal with good topics? If any of the questions are answered wrong (i.e. The author is not a Christian, or does not have Christian standards), then I don't read the book.

14. What are your standards for movies? The same as my standards for books.

15. What do you most dislike in books/movies? The encouraging of ungodly behavior.

16. What is most likely to make you love a book/movie? A good Christian or moral viewpoint, preferably both.

17. Do you get most of your standards (modesty/purity of the mind/etc.) from your parents or yourself? My parents encouraged it in me at a young age, but I believe in it on my own as well.

18. Do you tend to think deeply about things or just surface (as in, think about the themes and meanings of books or just the story/characters/writing, or think about the purpose of makeup & and all that goes behind it or whether you'll wear it or not)? Yes, I do that.

19. Do you like to keep up a commentary on movies while you watch them? I hate to say this, but not really, or at least not the first time I see the movie. I like to watch the movie and listen to the lines the actors are saying. Maybe after I know the movie well I would choose to do that...

20. Do you notice details or general effects more? Details.

21. How do you know you are a Christian? Because it hurts me whenever I hear/see/read about someone talking disrespectfully towards God. On the other hand, when people do the opposite, it gives me a warm glow as though I have found a kindred spirit, someone who thinks the same as I. That's just one example. I could go on forever, but I have a bunch of other questions to answer. :)

22. What is the first thing that attracts you to a blog? First, a nice layout. That draws me in. 

23. What most turns you off in a blog? Swearing and the like.

24. Do you prefer a new follower or a new comment? A new follower... who leaves a comment. :)

25. What makes you click the follower button? If I agree with the post subjects and the author seems to be the type of person I would like to meet in person.

26. Are you going to answer all of these questions at once (like Jo did), or a little at a time beforehand (like I did)? A little at a time. :)

27. What time do you usually go to bed and get up? I go to my room at 9-9:30 PM, but I normally read until 10 PM. In the morning I get up at 7 AM.

28. What's your favorite book in the Bible? I don't think I have a favorite. Their is so much wisdom you can get out of the whole Bible that I can't choose just one book. I am partial to Psalms, though.

29. Who is your favorite person in the Bible? Mary, sister of Martha. She is so humble and willing; I wish I could be the same.

30. Do you like blogging, writing, or reading better? I LOVE all 3. They have to be my favorite things to do. Sketching outdoors comes in 2nd place.

31. What's your favorite kind of birthday cake? :) Oh, decisions, decisions... definitely chocolate.

From Jo March (grouped into separate topics):

32. When you have your own home someday, what color scheme do you want to use for your kitchen? White.

33. How about for your living room? Brown and blue.

34. Do long those long, 90 degree-angle couches that could fit into a corner? Um, sorry Jo, I don't understand this question...

35. Do sleep "under the covers" at night, or on top? Under, even in summer. 

36. Do you like to wear socks to bed? :P *shakes head* No, unless it's below zero. :) They are WAY too warm.

37. Are you the type of person who would wear completely mis-matching clothes all day long and not care what your siblings said? Nope, sorry - I care just a tad bit too much about what others think about me.

38. Do you like sunglasses? Yes!

39. Are you a barefoot girl? :) Yes, yes, yes!

40. Do you like flip-flops? If I have to go somewhere in the summer. I prefer going barefoot.

41. Do you wear skirts more often than pants? I would love to, but I own more pants/shorts than skirts.

42. Which Jane Austen heroine is your favorite? I really love them all, actually, for different reasons.

43. Which Jane Austen hero is your favorite? Either Mr. Darcy or Mr. Knightley.

44. Were you happy with the ending to Mansfield Park? Sorry, *ducks head in embarrassment* I haven't read Mansfield Park... yet.

45. Do you like Marianne over Elinor, or the other way around? I admire Elinor a lot, but I find myself enjoying Marianne's personality a bit more.

46. How many film versions of Jane Austen novels have you seen? Four, soon to be five.

47. Which of those films was your favorite? Go look at question #11.

48. Which of the novels is your favorite? Sense & Sensibility, but Pride & Prejudice is a close 2nd.

49. Would you ever want to live in a neighborhood that was named "Willoughby"? Certainly!

50. Did you feel sorry for the aforementioned "villain" at the end of Sense and Sensibility? Yes... very sorry...

51. Which of the JA novels is your *least* favorite? From reading descriptions, probably Persuasion, but I can't really make an adequate decision, having not read it yet.

52. Do you like to dance? YES!

53. If so, what kind of dancing? I take ballet, jazz, hip hop, and modern dance.

54. How long have you been sewing? Not very long...

55. Have you made many costumes before? Once I made a Little House-like skirt, but other than that, I haven't made any.

56. When do you expect to be finished with your regency gown? By the end of the summer, hopefully. :)

57. Do you sing much? Yes, all the time, but I'm not very good.

58. What's your favorite Christian song? Worship, or just Christian artist? Okay, I'll do both. Worship: "Here I Am to Worship." Christian artist: I really love the song "Have Your Way" by Britt Nicole.

59. What's your favorite non-Christian song? Hmm... maybe "Beautiful, Beautiful" by Francesca Battistelli... but that may be Christian, too... :)

60. Do you like Miley Cyrus or the Jonas Brothers? Let's put it this way: when ever a song of either of theirs comes on the radio, I will turn it off and run away covering my ears. Does that give you a nice view of my opinion of them?

61. How about Taylor Swift? I like a lot of Taylor Swift's songs, especially "Love Story."

62. Do you prefer quieter Christian music (hymns, instrumental) or more contemporary (like Third Day, Casting Crowns)? Contemporary some days, quieter other days.

63. Do you have an mp3 player or an iPod? iPod. 

64. What song makes you smile EVERY time you hear it? "Hello Sunshine" by BarlowGirl

65. What song do you always skip when you come to it? Songs I've listened to 1,000 times already.

66. Do you like listening to movie soundtracks? Yes, from certain movies.

67. If so, which ones? I... um... I can't seem to think of any at this moment... uh... oh, I think I hear my mom calling me to dinner... gotta go! :)

From Kira: 

68. What's your favorite: coke or pepsi? Coke... although I prefer the name "Coca-Cola." I know, I'm silly! It just sounds much more "sophisticated."

69. Where do you want to go on vacation? I really would love to visit England again. I went once when I was 3 years old, so that doesn't really count as a visit... :)

70. Have you read the Hungergames? No, I don't think I've heard of it... 

71. What is your favorite movie? Sense & Sensibility, 1995, but I really love a lot of movies!

72. What was the first blog you followed? Hard question. Hmm... I think it was With Wings Like Eagles.

73. How many times have you changed your blog background? Too many time to count...

74. What is your favorite song (includes classical music)? That's a terrible question! How can I choose just one song?! Is this a trick question? *faints at the thought of choosing one favorite song and has to be dunked in cold water and revived (by her very caring younger sister) so as to be able to continue answering questions*

75. Which do you prefer: Marianne Dashwood or Lizzy Bennet? Marianne Dashwood.

76. Which do you prefer: Emma Woodhouse or Jane Bennet? Jane is definitely the more prudent of the two, but Emma is so funny... *sigh*

77. What Jane Austen books have you not read? Mansfield Park, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and I am reading Emma, but am not yet finished with it.

78. How many times have you read Pride & Prejudice? Only once, actually. I love to reread my books, but lately I have been so busy reading new books that I received for my birthday that I haven't had time to do that. Hmm, good suggestion...

79. What is your favorite C.S. Lewis book? The Horse and His Boy. *smiles at a joke only dedicated bloggers who read all her posts will understand*

80. Which do you prefer: the new Pride & Prejudice or the old one? I like the 1995 one better because of it's accuracy to the book, but I still enjoy watching the new version from 2005.

81. When you took the Jane Austen heroine's quiz for the first time, what character did you get? (BE HONEST!) I got Elinor Dashwood, because my dad said I would be portrayed by her "because she has been in all of those Jane Austen and Shakespeare movies." Any girls who have taken the quiz will know that all of the actresses in that list portrayed different Austen characters in different versions of the books. So they technically all are "historical actresses." I went with Kate Winslet because I like her portrayal of Marianne Dashwood a lot. Marianne being played by Kate Winslet is my favorite portrayal of all the Jane Austen movies I have seen. That's why I chose her. And after changing that, lo and behold, it came up with Marianne. I guess it was split in the middle and the actress choice really pushed it to one side or the other.

82. How many journals have you filled? I'm in the process of filling my 7th.

I have no words; they all have been used up already in this LONG post. I hope you enjoyed!
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