Saturday, March 31, 2012

Day 14: A Vacation you would like to take.

A few nights ago I had a very impactful dream.
I dreamed the world was ending.
No, it was not like Hollywood. The earth didn't 'blow up.'
I dreamed of Jesus Christ's second coming.
As I Christian, I know that Jesus Christ, God's one and only son, came to earth to save all man from their sin (AKA, all the bad things we have done and do). The Bible says that Jesus is going to come to earth a second time. I believe that when Jesus comes a second time, the world will end and be gone.
That is what I dreamed about.

My dream started in the car with my family and my best friend's family. We were driving to my house when suddenly the world got darker, almost a greenish color, like before a tornado. The wind started blowing really hard, in all different directions, but no tornadoes spun up. We tried to get into our garage but the wind kept pulling us back.
Somehow we managed to get inside. My family and friends were running around trying to get all our belongings in order.
My Grandparents from Canada were in my dream as well. My Grandpa who has Alzheimers called me over to him and told me to look up a verse in the Bible. I tried, but the Bible was full of nothing.

A few other things happened but I'm not going to post about them right now.

When I woke up I was thinking, "If the world ends today, am I ready to face God in judgement?" Through my dream I realized that I need to stop being so sluggardly (that's my new word, it means lazy) and need to reach out to people about God's love.
The part in my dream about my family and friends running around organizing things was to remind me that things are NOT important.
The part where the Bible had nothing of importance in it was to remind me how precious the Word of God is. The Bible is God-breathed. There could be a point in my life where I am persecuted as a Christian. I need to hide God's Word in my heart so even if my Bible is taken away, I will still know what it says.

I am making a choice for God. He has to be 100% of my life. Because I am a sinner, there is no way that God could ever be 100% in my life until I get to Heaven. But until then, I can try every day of my life to live as a Godly woman. I can try my hardest to make God as close as I can get to 100% in my life.

If I could take a vacation anywhere, I would go to Heaven. Preferably to stay. =)
I know my time on earth isn't over yet. I know I can still make a difference for God.

I want to end this blog post with a Bible verse that I've kind of adopted as "my" Bible verse:

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory."
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
"Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty."
Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the alter. With it he touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for."
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?"
And I said, "Here am I. Send me."
Isaiah 6: 1-8.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Day 13 "A guilty pleasure."


Nutella is my guilty pleasure. I eat it by the spoonful. And on bagels. And on toast. It's just so addicting!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The importance of proof reading (and day 12)

I just wanted to talk about the importance of proof reading your blog posts.
I don't do it very well... Perhaps some of you noticed that my last two blog posts have been titled "Day 10/Day Ten."
Proof reading is very important because it makes your posts look neater and it doesn't confuse your audience!

Day 12's post is "A song you want played at your wedding."
I really want the song "When I'm 64" by the Beatles played at my wedding because it's such a funny and sweet song. =)

Now, I'm off to fix yesterday's post!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Day 11

"A picture of you taken recently."


There's me feeding the horses across the street from my Gramma's house. It's even the same horse!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Day 10

Day 10, "A picture of you taken over 10 years ago."

This is a picture of me feeding the horses across the street from my Gramma's house.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mis-adventures with computers (and day 9)

Today's post is "A picture you took."
Here is a picture of an alien carrot my mother killed today and ate. She said "Tell your followers it tasted good!"

Now onto more interesting things... Like (mis) adventures with computers.
As I said in my last blog post, my computer broke. It's now more fixed than it was yesterday. Apparently my documents and pictures were "hidden" so I actually didn't lose everything! Hip hip!
This morning I woke up to find a strange message on my computer....


You don't often see a warning sign and the word "thanks" next to each other.... Hmmm....

I have been doing some drawing the past few days.
Here is the Muppet Zoot.


Zoot is my favorite Muppet. He has been performed by Dave Goelz since his creation in the early '70's. After the first season of the Muppet Show, Zoot doesn't talk much. His music speaks for him. Zoot plays sax for the Muppet band Electric Mayhem.

The second drawing is another Muppet. This is Sgt. Floyd Pepper:

Floyd sings and plays bass for the Muppet band Electric Mayhem. He talks much more than Zoot and is one cool dude.
Around Zoot are names of songs he sings.

Something exciting... My copy of the Tintin movie came! I've only had a chance to watch it once but I'm looking for an opportunity to watch it again. I love Captain Haddock's (left) face on the cover of the DVD.


Something I don't understand is the quote on the bottom of the DVD.... It says, "Tintin hits home for the kid in all of us."
In my opinion, this is giving people the wrong idea about Tintin... The movie appeals to all audiences, not just children. Also, the plot line doesn't even involve any children! It's an adventure film, not My Little Pony.

And now.... I introduce you to my NaNoWriMo novel:


I'm editing right now. I don't like to edit on the computer so I printed out all 140+ pages and am writing all the edits.
I'm only about this far in:


This morning I woke up to find the grass covered in frost. This was a photo opportunity I didn't want to miss so I grabbed my Kaya doll and took her out for a gorgeous early(ish) morning photoshoot.
Here are the some of the best pictures (music by Harry Connick Jr.)

video

(From my novel)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Day 8 (FINALLY!)

I'm pretty bad at this blogging every day thing aren't I? Well, I have an excuse! My computer is acting up and nearly crashed the other day. We gave it to a friend to look at and he sort of fixed it... There are still some problems, though. Like the fact that all my pictures and documents are no where to be found. Oh well, most of them are backed up.

Anyway, I promise I will try to be a better blogger and post every day since this is a 30 day challenge, not an 100 day challenge. However I may not be able to post again until my computer is fixed.

Today's post is "Write a letter to someone who changed your life."

Dear Movie Making Companies,
Thank you for coming up with such great scripts for movies so people can quote them all the time. Thank you for coming up with phrases such as, "Oh it's Christmas!" or "Luke, I am your father" or "Wocka wocka wocka" or "I lit a wee fire...." "In a BOAT?!" or "It's a fiendish thingy!" or "Live long and prosper."
These sayings have certainly changed my life. Especially since I can insert them into conversations and no one has a clue what I'm talking about.
Sincerely,
A Big Fan.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Day 7 (among MANY other things...)

Day 7's question is, "Four things you couldn't live without."
1. God. He is who I am living for. Without Him, I would be nothing.
2. My family. They are such a blessing to me! I can talk to my parents about anything.
3. My friends. What would I do without my wonderful friends? =)
4. Piano. I seriously do NOT know what would happen to me if all the pianos on the face of the earth were suddenly destroyed... I would have nothing to play.
5. This stuffed animal I have had since I was born. I don't think I've slept one night without this treasured stuffed animal next to me.

Speaking of the piano... Here are pictures of my family's new piano!



Before, we had an electric Roland piano. We bought a real piano, partly because my touch is different on a real piano vs. an electric piano. It's something about being able to physically hit the note and have the hammer hit the strings that's different than playing "canned" music. Plus, I can now play dynamics! It's really hard to play dynamics (and even accent marks like staccatos) on an electric piano.

Here is a video of me playing the piano for Grama. =D I hope you enjoy!

video

Well.... Somehow my tag came back to me. Hee hee. I tagged someone who tagged someone who tagged me so I am going to answer the questions and then stop this madness!!
Here are the 11 questions from Libbie! (And thanks for the tag!)

1. What is the most annoying or worst slogan? The most annoying is from a commercial... And I forgot what the commercial is so I won't burden you! Really, any commercial with a slogan is annoying.

(Sherlock picture I made.... All this Propaganda in my WW2 class is getting to me....)

2. Are you a sociopath? (every 1 in 25 people are) Nope! But Sherlock is... At least the one from BBC's production states he is. Not sure about the one in the books.
3. What is your favorite color and why? Blue. Because it's always been blue.
4. What is your favorite song with no words? Hmmm.... Probably Rachmaninoff's Predule in C Sharp Minor. I could listen to it over and over and over again. Or perhaps the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Tchaikovsky... Or Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody.
5. If you could meet any book/tv show/movie character, who would it be? Ooohhh hard choice. Probably Sherlock Holmes. Or Tintin. Or Captain Haddock. Or perhaps the crew of the Enterprise.... Or Daniel Jackson from Stargate SG-1.
6. What are you doing right now? (other than answering these questions) If this is all you are doing, what did you do right before attempting these questions. I am answering these questions, listening the Piano Concerto named above and also reading stories on FanFiction.net.
7. What is your favorite word? Goodness... I don't know. I love the word flabbergasted.
8. What is your favorite city? (you don't have to have been there, and it can be fictional) Hmm... London is pretty cool. So is Seattle and Victoria (Vancouver Island, BC.)
9. This might be a little early or you might have already had to answer this question, but what would you name your kids? If I had two girls I would name them Arica and Lucy and if I had two boys I would name them Daniel and Andrew.
10. Who is the hottest person who is dead? This question is NOT literal. Hmmm.... I honestly have absolutely NO clue.
11. What is your favorite book written before 1913? Either Sherlock Holmes stories or Jane Austin's books.

Speaking of books... I was pondering the other day about the Lord of the Rings books by J.R.R. Tolkien. I can hardly believe that Lord of the Rings was written less than 85 years ago! It's such an amazing (not to mention clean! Other than the battles. But even those aren't too scary) series it hardly seems like something that amazing could be written within the last 100 years. It seems like books have been going downhill VERY fast recently. Around 1930ish C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien thought books were going downhill fast as well so they set out to write good works of fiction that anyone could read. The result? The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia; two beloved book series. I want to write good quality series like that as well. But I also want to write about issues that people face today. I suppose it's possible I can write both. No one ever said an author had to write in one specific genre her whole life!

And now I am going to go off and write a skit I came up with this morning. Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Day 6: A moment you wish you could relive.

I wish I could relive this amazing conference I went to a few years ago... At that conference I truly decided that I wanted to follow God my whole entire life.
=)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

I've been tagged!

I have been tagged by the lovely Miss Jack Lewis Baillot from However Improbable!
http://missjacklewisbaillot.blogspot.com/

Because of this, I am going to put off day 6 of my 30 day challenge to post the tag! =D

Rules:
1. Post these rules.
2. Post a picture of yourself and 11 random things.
3. Answer the questions for you in the original post.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog and tell them you've tagged them.

This is me:

Kind of an oldish picture... Oh well.
Now, 11 random things about me:

1. My favorite Muppet character is Zoot. He doesn't talk much after the first season of the Muppet show... But he plays saxophone and is altogether cool and suave.


2. Most of my favorite actors/actresses are British.... Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, Inkheart, King Kong, Tintin, Flushed Away), Alan Rickman (Sense and Sensibility, Galaxy Quest, Harry Potter, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins, Sound of Music), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, War Horse, The Hobbit), Jamie Bell (Tintin, Jane Eyre, King Kong, Billy Elliot), Martin Freeman (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Sherlock, The Hobbit), and Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Macbeth). The only American actors/actresses I really like are Michael Shanks (StarGate SG-1), Amy Adams (Enchanted, Leap Year, Muppet Movie), and Tim Conway (McHale's Navy, Carol Burnett Show, The Billion Dollar Hobo).

(Martin Freeman as Bilbo in the Hobbit that comes out December 14).

3. We bought a piano today!!!! =D I'm SO excited! I have wanted a real piano since I started up piano lessons again (we currently have an electric piano). More on that when the piano is delivered...

4. I absolutely love the old crooners like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and Bing Crosby.

(Frank Sinatra)

5. I love old black and white TV shows like The Andy Griffith Show, Leave it to Beaver, Bachelor Father, and McHale's Navy.


6. I absolutely LOVE Shakespeare and have been in two productions with my homeschool group. I have played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Antonio in Twelfth Night.

7. My favorite number is 42.


8. My favorite Disney princess film is Aladdin.


9. I recently wrote a report on George M. Cohan.


10. I like to be around the groovy people. Perhaps it's because I play jazz?

(Lou Rawls on the Muppet Show singing "Groovy People.")

11. I'm glad I've gotten to my 11th thing because it's hard thinking up 11 random things about yourself!

Now to answer the 11 questions given by Jack Baillot.

1. What is the one, childish dream you gave up because you were told it was impossible? I can't remember any.... Is that good or bad?

2. If you could get into any book or movie which would you pick? When I originally looked at this question I thought it was going to be impossible to choose.... But now I know it's easy. I pick Inkheart-- Wait... That's the plot of the book... Oh well, I do NOT want to go there anyway. I'd much rather go to 221B Baker Street! Have tea with Sherlock Holmes and Watson... Solve a case with them.... Get married to Sherlock.... Just kidding. But yes, I would go into the Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (If I had to choose a movie I would probably pick Lord of the Rings... Or Star Trek.)

3. If you were trapped on the queen of England's ship and knew you had to escape would you try Jack Sparrow's trick with the cannon just to see if it really works? No.... Because you'd have to be Jack Sparrow to pull that one off. And you'd have to have a super cool Hans Zimmer soundtrack to go with your life.

4. If you weren't trapped on her ship would you do it anyways? See above answer.

5. Have you ever read or watched something that looks impossible and tried it out to see if it really works? I don't think so... Maybe. I've tried to look cool with a trench coat but as the picture above clearly shows... It didn't work. Mostly because my trench coat is too small for me.

6. What characteristics do you like in a hero? A hero has to be humble. A hero has to care for others above him or herself at all times and has to lay down his or her life for someone else.

7. If you could do something completely impossible what would it be? I would be a spy! I guess that's not completely impossible... But I'm pretty sure it won't happen.

8. What is your favorite color and why? My favorite color is blue because it's always been blue. I also like purple and lime green and gray.

9. If you had to pick between camping out under the stars on a summers night, out in the wild or sleeping in a fancy hotel, which would you pick? Probably a fancy hotel. Although I love camping, I've never been to a fancy hotel and it just seems like a good setting for a mystery story with a touch of romance.... Hey.... That gives me a good idea for a story....

10. If a stranger came up to you and told you you had been selected to join a top secret organization and save the world, would you join? YES!! Well... After I found out the person wasn't a creeper or something and found out the organization was real and not a hoax.

11. And if you beat me into taking over the world what is the first change you would make? I would make the government follow the Constitution of the United States.

Now my 11 questions for those I tag:

1. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
2. Cake or pie?
3. Musical or drama (like Shakespeare)?
4. Would you rather be a spy or a ninja?
5. Board game or electronic game?
6. Dogs or cats?
7. What is your dream job?
8. Did you want to be president (or whatever you government is) when you were little?
9. Would you rather build your house on rock or sand?
10. What is your favorite movie/TV show line?
11. Would you rather read a romance or a spy/mystery/adventure novel?

I tag my friend Jessica at her blog, Authorly Insane.
I also tag my friend Jen at her blog!
I also tag anyone else who wants to do this tag!
=D

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Day 5: A favorite quote

"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim for earth and you will get neither."
-C.S. Lewis.

And also,

"There are no 'if's' in God's world."
- Betsie Ten Boom, The Hiding Place

Friday, March 2, 2012

Day 4: A favorite TV show

Star Trek.

I know, you all saw that a million miles away.

What can I say, except, that I'm a Trekkie!

Here is a picture to prove it: