Congratulations, Lizzy! Good job...:P
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Congratulations, Lizzy! Good job...:P
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Here are the rules:1. Say thanks and link to the person who gave you the award.2. Share ten "honest" things about yourself.3. Award this to seven people whose blog design/content you admire or who have encouraged you, and inform them of their win and of the rules of this award.
1. I have perfected the art of procrastination. :P
2. Currently, I'm in the middle of at least 5 knitting projects.
3. I can read 630 words per minute and I plan on getting faster after going through exercises with my mom for a month.
4. I plan to knit at least half of the gifts I'll be giving for Christmas, and wish that I could do more.
5. My walls are awesome...they're covered in Lizzy's drawings, and now my sister's, too! :D I'm working on getting them all framed.
6. If I gave you the numbers of music files, photos, fonts, and Photoshop brushes that I have on my computer, you'd probably faint.
7. I teach more of my sister's school subjects than my mom does. I think they both prefer it that way. :P
8. I can use sign language in front of a large crowd with no problem at all, but ask me to use my voice and I'm a nervous wreck...even with a small crowd.
9. I actually enjoy it when the electricity goes out...I just wish that everyone else wouldn't complain so much and act like it's the end of the world.
10. I now have 3 different instant messenger programs on my computer. I mainly talk to 3 people, and each of them use a different one. I like Windows Live the best, and am glad that I can talk to Yahoo users with it. I wish that I could use it for Google Talk users too...maybe some day. :P
Lizzy also gave me a second award...
The rules are: I have to list 5 facts about her, and then 10 about me... Then award ten other people.Is this payback for the previous tags I've given you, Lizzy? :P I've been sitting on #2 of the above award for a week! And now I have to come up with 10 more things?! Sheesh!
5 Facts About Lizzy:
1. She has Russian ancestors and is proud of it...though sometimes I think she wishes she had Irish blood flowing in her veins. :P
2. She is the artist behind my wonderful new profile picture. :D
3. Her colored drawings amaze me, and I wish that she'd do more of them. (Maybe we could start a petition? :P)
4. She owns horses and is currently training one that was born on her farm not too long ago.
5. She's planning on having a Russian-themed wedding.
Now me again....
1. I hoard candles and have more than I know what to do with. I inherited that trait from my grandma.
2. I express my feelings through poetry, but more often when I'm sad and gloomy. Therefore, a lot of it has not been read by anyone but me. I also have a lot of little pieces that have never been completed. I'm sure my stack of post-it notes with little rhymes on them has reached 100 by now. :P
3. Saltine crackers are my comfort food, but I've become so addicted to them that they're often my lunch too, and my midnight snack. I once had a whole package without salt...and still ate them anyway. :P
4. It's very hard for me to type a line without a smiley of some sort at the end....or an extended line of periods.
5. I am extremely cold-natured and wear long sleeves throughout the summer. Yes, it may be hot outside, but that just means that the AC is on inside.
6. As a result of fact #5, I have a supply of blankets in every part of the house that I frequent. Since winter is coming, I'm going to have to re-supply the living room. My mom actually began getting cold last year, and skinny as my sister is, she's cold too, so my blankets get used. The thin ones that have always been there have become dog blankets...I guess everyone likes my thick fleece ones.
7. In the areas of books, coffee, and chocolate, I am my mother...I can't get enough of them.
8. I have what you could call a "second breakfast" every day. After the main part I have something that I can eat as I drink my coffee (or tea...depends on the day). Multi-grain bread with honey, toast with strawberry preserves, cinnamon graham crackers, cookies, etc.
9. If I had to pick one of the cleaning jobs that I'm in charge of that I like the most, I'd actually choose cleaning the toilets because it's quick and easy. Washing dishes is much worse in my mind because you actually have to put your hands in the dirty water. That's why my younger sister gets to wash them, and I get to dry them and put them away. :P
10. After working on this for nearly two hours, I need to wrap it up because I need to have dinner ready for when my dad and brother get home at five. Mexican Pasta with Texas Toast. :D
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Next are some desktop wallpapers that I have made using screenshots from the movie and photos that the Burns family have posted on their site and on Facebook. :) Some of them also have quotes from the movie on them, and one has a poem that I wrote that was inspired by the movie. :)
Friday, July 31, 2009
Pick Your Artist: Third Day
Are you a male or female: Alien (LOL!)
Describe yourself: Born Again
How do you feel: Keep On Shinin'
Describe where you currently live: These Thousand Hills
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: All the Heavens
Your favorite form of transportation: Eagles (LOL, I couldn't find anything else, so I'm going LotR style. :P)
Your best friend is: Jesus, Light of the World
You and your best friends are: Movin' On Up
What's the weather like: The Sun Is Shining
If your life was a tv show, what would it be called: Sing A Song
What is life to you: It's Alright (LOL)
Your last relationship was: I Don't Know (:P)
Your fear: Falling to Pieces
What is the best advice you have to give: Cry Out to Jesus
How I would like to die: Carry Me Home
My soul's present condition: Nothing Compares
My Motto: I Will Always Be True
If you think it looks fun, I tag you. :P
Note: I have a post in the works that will feature some of my sister's drawings and some of my wallpapers. :) I'm in the middle of working on one that I want to put in it, so as soon as it's done, I'll get the post up. ;)
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
This time it's from Margaret at It's A Fine Life.
I'll get to it in a minute...I thought everyone would enjoy a short update on what's been going on in my life. ;)
The highlight of our year is always our annual home-school conference, and this year's was last week. This one was by far the best one yet. I do plan on posting about it, hopefully sometime soon. ;) That was Monday through Wednesday. We got home a few minutes before midnight...
The Sunday before was spent preparing to leave early on Monday morning. It was really late when I got to bed on Sunday since I had so much to do...I got a call on Saturday afternoon asking if I'd like to have a table in the vendor hall to sell my jewelry - free of charge! Thursday was spent cleaning up the mess that I left from preparing, and from Friday until now I've been sick. And this time I can't blame it on Danny...:P During periods when I wasn't too ill to think clearly I was corresponding with a few people who ordered custom items at the conference. :)
So, there you have it...a short update. :)
Also, I'd like to ask you all to pray for Lizzy, who is not feeling well right now. You can read a little more on the subject at the bottom of this post on her mother's blog. Thank you. :)
Now for the tag. :D
Saturday, May 30, 2009
After reading through my answers, I'm quite amused. :P At times I'm quite deep...and at others I'm quite humorous...
THREE THINGS THAT SCARE ME:
01. The dark, or what I can't see in the dark...
02. Alarm clocks when they go off
03. My mom without coffee :P
THREE PEOPLE WHO MAKE ME LAUGH:
01. Danny, my brother
02. Brian, a friend
03. Earl, a friend (uncle of the above friend)
THREE THINGS I LOVE:
02. nature (especially in the spring)
THREE THINGS I HATE:
(I prefer "extremely dislike")
02. Inconsiderate and mean characteristics in people (no, I don't hate the people...just what they do)
03. The characteristics that define a "Puck Bunny" and the bad name that they give us good female hockey fans. Most guys now see the majority of us that way. It's sad...
THREE THINGS I DON'T UNDERSTAND:
02. My brother Danny (most of the time)
03. Football :P
THREE THINGS ON MY DESK:
01. Hand lotion from Bath & Body Works
02. Sea Mist soy candle
03. A bottle of Mountain Dew
THREE THINGS I'M DOING RIGHT NOW:
01. Typing (duh!)
02. Watching "NHL On the Fly"...Playoff post-game edition
03. Looking forward to game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals tomorrow...
THREE THINGS I WANT TO DO BEFORE I DIE:
01. Learn at least one foreign language
02. Learn to play at least one instrument very well
03. Travel around Europe
THREE THINGS I CAN DO:
01. Sign language
02. Write poetry
03. cook and bake pretty well
THREE WAYS TO DESCRIBE MY PERSONALITY:
03. Forgiving...unless you're my sibling. :P LOL, I still forgive them...just not as easily. :P
THREE THINGS I CAN'T DO:
01. Squish bugs without cringing (and if they're big ones, I absolutely refuse)...I call my brother in for that. :P
02. Be away from the TV while a Pens or Blues game is on without being visibly distracted (unless I'm at the game, of course) :P
03. Sleep without music or in total darkness
THREE THINGS I THINK YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO:
01. Josh Groban, Awake and Closer are the best, or, if you want the full effect, watch the Awake Live DVD
02. Natural running water, preferably a creek, with a slight breeze rustling the leaves on the trees, mixed with all of the other sounds and smells of nature in the spring. It's wonderful. :)
03. You're friends when they're going through tough times. Sometimes the thing that helps them the most is a friend who listens and cares.
THREE THINGS I DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO EVER:
01. Someone who tells you that you're worthless. It's not true.
02. People who speak ill of those that you love or what you believe in. Don't allow it.03. A Columbus Blue Jackets broadcast. The announcers are way too biased. No one but their team matters. I understand that they should favor their team, but they take it too far.
THREE OF MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE FOODS:
Are you kidding?! :P
02. Chinese food...stir-frys, rice, egg rolls...yum
03. Mexican food...you can mix just about anything together and it's good. Wrap it up in a burrito or dip your tortilla chips in it. :P
THREE THINGS I'D LIKE TO LEARN:
LOL, I covered some of these already. :P I'll do smaller things here. :P
01. More HTML code
02. How to write shorthand
03. The finer points of photography
THREE BEVERAGES I DRINK REGULARLY:
Besides water? :P
01. Gatorade, especially Lemon Lime, Orange, and Lime
02. coffee, in some way...iced, mocha, English Toffee cappuccinos...
03. hot tea
04. Mountain Dew, especially Code Red
LOL, that's four...:P
THREE SHOWS I WATCHED WHEN I WAS A KID:
Ha, ha...this could be interesting. :P
01. I was told I watched Sesame Street as a really little kid.
02. Who didn't watch Barney? :P
03. Rainbow Brite
Again, if you haven't been tagged and want to be tagged...you're it. ;)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
To the left of the sage is a big Oregano plant that I've had for a few years. Right now it's more underneath the sage, though. :P Once the flowers on the sage die, I'll be cutting several of the branches. To the left of the oregano is basil (not pictured).
Off to the right of the sage is rosemary. I really don't feel like it's truly "mine" since I have to buy a new plant every year.
All the way to the right are several little savory plants. They're all babies right now. :) To the left of the savory is parsley, but it's currently going to seed and isn't very pretty. :P
In the back is orange mint. A very hardy little plant. Se how these branches are growing up between some bricks? :P~*~
Overshadowed by the sage on the right side is marjoram. A little behind it is lemon balm (not pictured). Also in this area are several tiny dill, feverfew, and horehound plants.
All the way on the left is chocolate mint. It smells wonderful! :)~*~*~
In a small area to the right where we just dug up a 40+ year old rose bush that died over the winter are a few of my herbs that will grow into large plants.
Thyme. It's very hard to get a good-looking picture of this one. :P
Lavender. This plant is 3 or 4 years old. It's slowly getting bigger. I also have English Lavender in an area at the front of the house. It's new this year.~*~
Russian Sage. Probably my most prized plant. I love it! It gets tiny pale purple flowers on it later in the summer.
To the right of that one is another area...
Chamomile. One of the easiest to harvest from. :)
Parsley. We use lots of it, mostly in salads.
More oregano, taken from the plant in area one.~*~
Watercress. Great in salads. It tastes kinda like radishes.~*~*~
Also in the back yard is tons of mint in several places.
And chives in two places. Mom likes it in the garden to attract the bees.
In the front I have a small area with rocks around it. One of my huge sage plants is there, as well as one of my stevia plants (I couldn't get a good picture of that yet). I also have a big ground cover between all of the plants that has pretty purple flowers on it in the early spring. Also there are:
Germander. It has tiny purple flowers later in the season. Notice that the majority of herbs have purple flowers...:P
My biggest marjoram plant. Marjoram's an odd one...it's flowers are white. :)
Lemon Balm. My biggest (the sage here doesn't get in it's way). It has a sweet lemon taste and scent.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Daylight is coming
Monday, March 30, 2009
This is harder than you may think! Think of 15 albums that had such a profound effect on you that they changed your life or the way you looked at it. They sucked you in and took you over for days, weeks, months, years. These are the albums that you can use to identify time, places, people, emotions. These are the albums that no matter what they were thought of musically shaped your world. When you finish, tag 5 others.
At first, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to come up with very many, but after starting, it ended up being pretty easy for me. :P I've grouped some, mainly multiples from the same artist. Some I just couldn't pick one from. :P I must say, I worked pretty hard on this. I have thing for providing links to everything...I love Wikipedia. :P
And I apologize for the bad formatting of this post...I'm about fed up with the pictures not going where they're supposed to and the extra spaces popping up after I save...:P
In no particular order)...
Lifehouse's No Name Face and Stanley Climbfall. Definitely two of my all-time favorites. When I got No Name Face, my stereo had just died. :P So I was stuck with my little boom box. I think the only time that the album left it was when it was transferred into my portable CD player when we would leave the house. When we got back, it went right back into the boom box. :P Stanley Climbfall was one of the few albums that I pre-ordered on the Internet. It took nearly a week to arrive after it's release date...the wait was horrible! :P
Josh Groban's Awake. A more recent one. I've pretty much worn out all of his albums after getting them, but this one more so than the others, I think. My grandma has fallen in love with him. After watching his Awake Live DVD, she informed me that she had filed adoption papers on him and was waiting to hear back! :P Notice that all of his studio albums have gone platinum. Are we surprised? :P
Leeland's The Sound of Melodies. This was truly a great album. Leeland is such a great songwriter, and this album was recorded while he was only 17! Wow. Makes you think about what you've done with your own life, doesn't it? How many people can say at 20 years old that their recording their third album and have written songs with Michael W. Smith?
The soundtracks to The Lord of the Rings movies. I wore these out when I got each of them, and have since gotten my hands on copies of the complete recordings. Howard Shore created a wonderful soundtrack for this trilogy. I would often listen to a single album all through school in the mornings, and after I got my computer and had them all on it, I listened to them all the way through. :) These were the ones that began my obsession with movie soundtracks. I now have an extensive collection on my computer, and I love to listen to them all on shuffle. It's really fun...you'll hear a song from LotR, then from PotC, Narnia, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, then back to Narnia...and so on. :P
Steven Curtis Chapman's Speechless and Rebecca St. James's Pray. I got both of these albums at about the same time. My mom is still tired of hearing any songs from either of these albums, and I think she's even tired of the artists themselves. :P Though I don't follow them nearly so much as I used to, they were my original two favorites.
Falling Up's Crashings, Dawn Escapes, and Captiva. I love the music that this band makes. It's very unique. And...you can spend hours trying to figure out how in the world they come up with the song titles that they do. :P Also, who can't love a band who's lead singer thanks Legolas in his first album? :P I'll never forget the interview that I saw on TV of the band. As they were introducing themselves and what they do..."I'm Jeremy, and I play the bass." "I'm Josh, and I play the drums." "I'm Jessy, and I play the singer."
Third Day's Offerings, Offerings II: All I Have To Give, and Come Together. I've picked out these three of theirs because I remember them being in the living room's six-disc player a lot, along with the Michael W. Smith and All Together Separate albums that are coming up next. :) I think, out of these, I enjoyed Come Together the most. Most of the songs are still in my favorites list. :) I love everything that Third Day does, as does my grandma (the same one that's filed adoption papers for Josh Groban :P). They're her favorite. For the longest time, I couldn't get her to listen to anything but Third Day! :P
Michael W. Smith's This Is Your Time, Worship Again, and Freedom. The first two were albums that were in the six-disc player, and Freedom is a wonderful instrumental album. I would listen to this one during school a lot. Recorded in Dublin, it has an Irish sound to it. :) Very, very good. I would love for him to record another instrumental album. Smitty writes wonderful lyrics and music, and he's been at it for more than two and a half decades. That's longer than I've been alive! :P
All Together Separate's Ardent Worship Live. This is a live worship album that the band recorded. It's much different than their studio albums. This album has some great praise and worship songs on it. I fell in love with "Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble" after hearing it on here for the first time. It's a rather long song, though. The lead singer says "One more time" for the chorus about three times, I think. :P And he has the audience go through it by themselves once by saying "You sing, I'm gonna dance. Go!" :P
Sanctus Real's Say It Loud. This is another one that everyone but me was sick of. :P This was the band's first major album. I heard the first single, the title track, on the radio when it was first released, and I saw the music video for it, too...a very neat one. :) When trying to find the album to buy it...it was very difficult...I searched in several stores before finding a copy. Most places were sold out. Interesting cover photo, isn't it? :P
Music Inspired By The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. A great CD. My siblings and I all love this one, and were constantly borrowing it from one another. :P I remember playing pool with my brother while listening to it. We also listened to it while working on a wardrobe mural for school with drawings from the story in the doors of it...it's really neat. Again, I still have songs from this album in my favorites list. I especially love the songs that Jars of Clay, Chris Tomlin, and Kutless recorded on it.
DC Talk's Welcome To The Freak Show. I bought this album while I was in Branson. I remember spending hours listening to it over and over, pretending that I was a part of the live show, singing and playing the drums. :P Yes, I was quite young. LOL.
Jars of Clay's If I Left The Zoo and The Eleventh Hour. I love Jars of Clay, but especially these two albums. The Eleventh Hour is one of my favorites, their best so far, in my opinion. :) Their use of 'big words' fascinated me, I think. :P I haven't heard a Jars song yet that I haven't liked. They're all great. :)
Jeremy Camp's Stay and Carried Me. I remember when Understand debuted on RadioU and TVU. I loved it and immediately bought the album when it came out. Carried Me is probably my favorite of his, though. :) Though, Beyond Measure has my favorite songs on it...go figure. :P
Avalon's Oxygen. I bought this one because I was asked to sign the last song on the album (using sign language) in church. I really liked the whole thing, as did my Mom...so it was played a lot. In the living room player, in the car...everywhere. :P
(EDIT: One disappeared! I had this one further up in the list, but now it's not there. I have no idea what happened to it! :P)
Building429's Space In Between Us. An awesome album! I remember listening to this album while playing badminton outside. My sister and I would take my boom box outside and plug it in to a huge extension cord and have it sitting on a chair in the middle of the yard...yes, we're weird! :P
Ok, so I'm tagging:
...and anyone else who stumbles upon this and would like to take the challenge. ;)
Oh, and for those of you who have been wondering why I've nearly disappeared from the blogging world...my computer has decided to give out on me. :( If I try to do anything that takes much memory, or try to do more than one thing at a time it shuts off. So the majority of my computer time is spent trying to solve this problem and doing the things that have to be done online, and other things when I can fit them in...periodically taking breaks to go and bang my head on the wall. :P
Hopefully everything will be back to normal soon...