Favorite Quotes

Shayleenb's favorite quotes

"Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth."— Mark Twain

Friday, December 31, 2010

My feet are cold.

So, it's almost one, I just finished my last piece of chocolate from Christmas, I did an email about a job, and finishing the last bit of my coffee and watching.... High School Musical 3. :P Heheh I know I know... There are a lot of people who would not approve. ;)
But I really do like these movies for their ridiculous cheesy romanticism. :D
"You're on my mind
You're in my heart
It doesn't matter where we are
We'll be all right
Even if we're miles apart
All I want to do
Is be with you, be with you
There's nothing we can't do
I just want to be with you, only you
No matter where it takes us
Nothing can break us apart
You know it's true
Just be with you"
"Take my hand, take a breath
Pull me close and take one step
Keep your eyes locked on mine
And let the music be your guide...
It's like catching lightning
The chances of finding someone like you
It's one in a million
The chances of feeling the way we do
And with every step together
We just keep on getting better
So can I have this dance?"
I think they're sweet. :) I like watching them when I'm in a cheesy romance sort of mood.
The other thing about these movies is that I feel like they're sort of a glorified highschool, and that also they have the right idea. The whole, all in this together thing. Their problem though is that they're looking in the wrong place. Highschool only lasts four years. What you need is a community like that that will last your whole life. It's really just an echo of a Church community. :)
I've spent the last two days at the Church cleaning it. I really actually enjoy working at the Church. I know it so well, second only to my own house. :) It's like a second home. Plus it's really quite. I mean, I can go several hours with out seeing anyone when I'm there working. So weird...
But I think I'm going to work tomorrow so I should probably finish the movie some other time. :P
Anyone doing anything interesting for New Years?
Goodnight :) Love you!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My head hurts and there won't be any choir tomorrow night. I want more chocolate.

Well, right now I'm feeling pretty depressed and that may not be the best mood to post in but it's been a long time and I feel like I need to update. Not that anyone reading this blog doesn't already know everything going on with me... But maybe posting will help me work out of being depressed. :P
There was Christmas first of all... Christmas Eve my Grandma and my Uncle Ric came over. We opened presents, ate food, and talked.

Christmas Day we opened family presents then another family came over and we had a silly string fight in the street. :) That was pretty fun. Then we all went on a walk, came home, and then ate dessert. After they left we cleaned the house and then watched Despicable Me. :) That's a pretty great movie.

For Christmas I got a Doctor Who t-shirt :)
A ruffly thing from Charlotte Russe. Mine's blue :)

fuzzy socks, lotion, perfume, some beads, earrings, a necklace, chocolate, scarves, a coffee cup, a dress, a journal, an Aeropostale gift card and some bracelets, and some gloves. :D

It was a pretty great Christmas day.

Monday was the grotto. The choir carpooled there. I think the ride there was my favorite part. :P

We sang twelve songs and it was very different singing there... The sound was very very different. But it was fun. :)

Today ... Oh! :P I guess I haven't really said anything about this yet on my blog so I'll do that first. When I took Fiona to the mall to go Christmas shopping I was talked to by a modeling agency called Muse. They wanted me to email them so I did. The manager set up an appointment for the next day and pretty much hired me right then. I've been in twice since then. A week or two ago I went in to get my pictures taken so they could promote me and then today I went in for a new model orientation thing. So yeah, I'm a model now. :P :) We'll see if I actually get hired to take pictures somewhere. :)

Right now what I'm looking forward to is a dance next month. :) I don't care much for New Years. I doubt we're doing anything interesting. :P

Well, combined with chocolate, posting, and scrabble I am no longer quite so depressed. :) Here are my before and after mood songs. :P

I'm feeling a little better. :) I don't know if this song really sounds happier to you, but it does make me feel in a better mood. :)

Anyhow, I'm off. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and will have a happy New Year!

Love you!

Monday, December 20, 2010

My Book Character

A lot of quizzes and tags ask you what book or movie character you are the most like. I've always had troubles with that question because I've never felt like I'm very good at judging myself. But I was re-reading some old favorite books a few days ago and one of them was Emily Climbs by L. M. Montgomery, the second book in the Emily series. I think L. M. Montgomery and I would have been kindred spirits.

I'm not so fond of Anne but I love the Emily books. :D

"She was glad Ilse was asleep. Any human companionship, even the dearest and most perfect, would have been alien to her then. She was sufficient unto herself, needing not love nor comradeship nor any human emotion to round out her felicity. Such moments come rarely in any life, but when they do come they are inexpressibly wonderful--as if the finite were for a second infinity--as if humanity were for a space uplifted into divinity--as if all ugliness had vanished, leaving only flawless beauty. Oh--beauty--Emily shivered with the pure ecstasy of it. She loved it--it filled her being tonight as never before. She was afraid to move or breathe lest she break the current of beauty that was flowing through her. Life seemed like a wonderful instrument on which to play supernal harmonies.
'Oh, God, make me worthy of it--oh, make me worthy of it,' she prayed. Could she ever be worthy of such a message--could she dare try to carry some of the loveliness of that 'dialogue divine' back to the everyday world of sordid market-place and clamorous street? She must give it--she could not keep it to herself."

Sometimes I have that feeling. The absolute amazement you feel on a summer night when you look up at the stars. The joy and wonder when you look out at God's amazing creation.

"She paused by the old lichened sun-dial and traced the motto on its border, 'So goes Time by.' Time did go by--swiftly, mercilessly, even at New Moon, unspoiled as it was by any haste or rush of modernity. Should she not take the current when it offered? The white Jun lilies waved in the faint breeze--she could almost see her old friend the Wind Woman bending over them to tilt their waxen chins. Would the Wind Woman come to her in the crowded city streets? Could she be like Kipling's cat there?
'And I wonder if I'll ever have the flash in New York,' she thought wistfully.
How beautiful was this old garden which Cousin Jimmy loved! How beautiful was old New Moon farm! Its beauty had a subtly romantic quality of all its own. There was enchantment in the curve of the dark-red, dew-wet road beyond--remote, spiritual allurement in the Three Princesses--magic in the orchard--a hint of intriguing devilment in the fir wood. How could she leave this old house that had sheltered and loved her--never tell me houses do not love!--the graves of her kin by the Blair Water pond, the wide fields and haunted woods where her childhood dreams had been dreamed? All at once she knew she could not leave them--she knew she had never really wanted to leave them. That was why she had gone about desperately asking advice of impossible outsiders. She had really been hoping they would tell her not to go. That was why she had wished so wildly that Dean were home--he would certainly have told her not to go."

:) I could never leave Oregon or my Church. Never ever...

Well, lots of love :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Song for today.

Well, I was going to do a real post tonight... I have a bit I wanted to post about. But I am soo tired... So I'll just settle for a song of the day and a link. :P :)

You really should be reading this blog if you're not. It's a great way to find new music. :) You should also read the comments on this particular post. It's an interesting discussion and something to think about.
How do you view music? Which is more important? The melody or the lyrics?

Love! Shay

Thursday, December 9, 2010

What's been going on

So this will be a catch up post. :)

December 3rd was my birthday. :) 19 years old. I didn't really do anything for it but Forrest had some friends over to play xbox that day so I played with them. :D Chris brought over Dominion and we played that three times. I really like that game. I won once by two points. :)

And that night we went to a Christmas hymn sing at the Church which was fun.

For my birthday I got two magazines, a jewelry magazine and a Victoria magazine. I love that one. :D And an Aero sweater from Mama and Papa.

Hadley gave me a few strands of beads and Suzy and Bethany gave me earrings.

Forrest got me Halo Reach :D

Very cool!

and Benny gave me a new mood ring to replace the broken one I've been wearing for years. :D :D :D

It was a very good birthday. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Then it was Sunday and everyone left Church really early so I came home and Forrest and I played Halo.

And THEN! i got sick. :P Sort of anti climatic. I was out for two days and then today I felt much better. Not completely well, but mostly. I was SO tired of all the sick time... I cleaned the house, made dinner, washed the dishes, babysat, went to choir, sang for 1 1/2 hours, came home, made some treasuries for a treasury challenge in my etsy team, and made a new pair of earrings for my etsy shop. :) But now I feel sick again... :P

Friday I'm hoping to go to the mall with Fiona and do more Christmas shopping. I've got presents for most of the people on my list but there are a few left. I CANNOT figure out what to get a couple of them... SO frustrating! Also on Friday there's a Christmas concert I'm looking forward to. :)

My choir is singing at the Grotto the Monday after Christmas and we've been working on a ton of songs.

The LORD is King of Earth's Domain Psalm 24
O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide
Gaudete! Christus est natus--That song is a ton of fun to sing. We do it really really fast.
Night of the Father's Love-Pepper Choplin --This song is so amazing... This recording doesn't quite capture the beauty of it. It's very very simple, probably the easiest song we've ever done but it's so lovely. I wish we could practice it every week because it's so gorgeous and I love singing it. But because it's so easy we don't have to practice it as often. :P

Ok... So I was in the middle of that post when all of the sudden everyone in the house started throwing up! Owen, Joseph, and Noelle all at the same time multiple times. I suppose that's not everyone but it certainly felt like it.
But to continue. :P

Come, O You Shepherds
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
Arise and Shine in Splendor
Lift up Your Heads, O Ye Gates

I luvs GIR :D

sigh... I'm in a weird mood right now... I don't really like it when I get into these moods... Maybe I'll practice drawing or make another treasury... Blah.

I had other things I wanted to post about but now I can't remember them. It's annoying.

I think I'm going to go to the mall tomorrow and take Fiona. We're going to get some Christmas shopping done. :)


Friday, December 3, 2010

Beka tagged me :)

01. High heels, boots or sneakers? I totally depends on what I'm wearing! I really really want a nice pair of boots though...

02. What time did you get up this morning?
Sixish. :P

03. Diamonds or pearls? Pearls. :)

04. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Harry Potter 7

05. What is your favorite TV show? Doctor Who and Stargate SG-1

06. What do you usually have for breakfast? I don't eat breakfast. :P

07. What is your middle name? Carol

08. What food do you dislike? Split Pea Soup! YUCK!!!

09. What is your favorite CD at the moment? This very moment...? Gah! That's a hard decision... It's usually The Bends by Radiohead though.

10. What characteristic do you despise? I don't know... um... um... um... What is a characteristic anyways?

11. Favorite Clothing? That I own or just any clothing? I really really love coats and jackets.

12. Anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you? Maybe Hawaii or the Indian Islands or Paris or New York...

13. Are you an organized person? It depends on what I'm organizing. I love organizing things but they don't usually stay organized.

14. What is your favorite movie? Right now it's Penelope. :D

15 . What was your most memorable birthday? I think my 13th birthday... But actually it's my birthday right now so I'll wait till after this one to decide. :)

16. What are you going to do when you finish this? Go to bed.

17. Farthest place you are sending this? It's on my blog, so the person who reads it and lives the farthest away. :P

18. Person you expect to send it back first? Anyone who wants to.

19. When is your birthday? Today. :)

20. Are you a morning person or a night person? Night ALL THE WAY!

21. What is your shoe size? Six-six and a half I think...

22. Do you own any animals? We all own a dog named Hercule. I really want a kitten. If it's a boy he will be Captain Hastings, if a girl, Sally Sparrow.

23. Any news you'd like to share? Nope, nothing interesting yet.

24. What did you want to be when you were really little? An actress. On Broadway.

25. What is your favorite flower? Depends on my mood again, usually roses though.

26. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? Today. :D

27. Do you wish upon stars? Oh yes.

28. What is one thing you want to accomplish in 2010? I only have a month left... Maybe make five hundred dollars? I don't know. :P

29. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? I haz no clue.

30. How is the weather right now? Cold.

31. Last person you spoke to on the phone? My Mom, she wanted to know what she should get Forrest and Elisa for Christmas.

32. Favorite soft drink? Coke of course. :P

33. Favorite restaurant? I don't go to many restaurants... Burgerville I guess. :P

34. Hair color? Blond

35. What was your favorite toy as a child? I don't remember having a favorite toy... We played make believe games mostly I think. Didn't really use toys too much. Legos maybe.

36. Summer or winter? Right now, winter. :)

37. Chocolate or vanilla? Depends on what it is. :P Ice cream, totally vanilla.

38. Coffee or tea? COFFEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tea is nasty. :P

39. Boy, do I wish I was still? Still what? What?? WHAT?????? Still young? If that's what it is, then NO.

40. Do you want your friends to email you back? I didn't email it, but I do want them to do their own!

41. When was the last time you cried? I'm not sure... Oh, right! In Tangled last night. I almost always cry in movies. :P

42. What is under your bed? Fiona.

43. If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or passed on) this year who would it be? My best friend.

44. What are you afraid of? Being alone, people that I love dying.

45. Salty or sweet? Both!

46. Favorite month of the year? December and June. December has Christmas! June has Family Camp. :)

47. Camping or Hotel? Hotel. I'm not a huge fan of camping. :P

48. Favorite day of the week? Sunday!!!! :D

49. Beach or swimming pool? Eh... What am I doing? I don't swim at the beach, it's waaay too cold. For swimming I take a swimming pool. Or better yet, how about a hot tub! If it's to hang out with friends though, the beach.

I tag

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wednesday and I did have choir. :D

I haven't been posting very often... I wish I wasn't so tired all the time..
For the past two days I have been installing A36s.

SIMPSON STRONG-TIE A35Z Z-MAX Galvanized 18-Gauge Steel Framing Angle A35Z

First you bend over one of the sides with the slot through the middle. Then you hammer down that little tab. Then you put a nail in every one of those little holes. Fortunately I don't have to use a hammer for that. I get to use this.

Grip Rite 60D Palm Size Air Nailer GRTPN600
A Palm Nailer

That makes it a whole lot easier than it might be. :P But it still takes a TON of time and I've done about fifty of them in the past two days alone. The one bad thing about the palm nailer is that yesterday it slipped and I nailed my thumb. That HURT A LOT! Nasty blood blister.

Tomorrow we're doing roofing. And then I don't have to go Friday OR Saturday! :D :D :D Not that I really mind going, I actually kind of enjoy it. But it is so ridiculously hard to get out of my nice warm bed at six in the morning when it won't be light out for another hour...

Today Owen, Noah, Zeke, Papa, and I went and saw Tangled. It was really really good! :D I loved it!

It was very funny and I loved the horse. :D I actually really liked all of the characters. Papa said it was a movie worth owning. :)

I have almost all my Christmas shopping done. :D I'm going to go finish most of the rest of it tomorrow evening and see HP 7! :D

Even though I hate tea... :P :)

You Are Apple Cinnamon Tea
You are a warm and friendly person. You have a compassionate heart, and it shows.
You are naturally sweet and kind. Your spirit of generosity is far reaching.
You love to be cozy and comfortable. You are a natural homebody.
And while you like to be at home, you're not a hermit. You love it when your friends make themselves at home at your place.

Well, goodnight my friends! Much love to you all!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Today is Wednesday and there is no choir.

I haven't posted in a while... I've been busy with other things and every time I sit down at the computer meaning to post I end up trying to work on my story instead.

Another reason I haven't posted recently is because I don't have much to say. Not much going on with me at the moment. Just working with my dad, working on my story, doing jewelry, drawing, and regular every day stuff.

My mind right now is so filled with my story. It's rather frustrating... I'm a little stuck and a little obsessed. I know what I want to happen and all, I'm just having a little trouble getting there. About three thousand, five hundred words so far. :P

I'm having a sale in my Etsy shop this Friday and Monday! Buy one get one fifty percent off lowest price.

I've been working on my drawing quite a bit lately. Eventually I'll scan some and upload them here. You can tell me what you think. :)

Here are some blogs you should read. :)

New Julian Smith videos. :P :D If you haven't seen him before you should go look him up on Youtube. :) Especially Hot Kool aid and Malk. :D

That song has been going through my head all day. :P

I'm hungry...

There was a slight dusting of snow today. It's so funny... Everyone freaks out when there's snow... It didn't even cover the ground and school was cancelled and stuff. There was ice on the ground though... :P We didn't go to work today. For which I am grateful. :P It was COLD!

Now I have run out of things to say SO I will go to bed. It is super cold in my room at night!!! It's in the basement and it's like -10,000 degrees in there! :P But I got a new blanket yesterday and it's all fuzzy and soft and warm...... .. .... Sorry. :P I got distracted. PLUS it matches my room colors! I love green. :D Now if Fiona had got a pink one instead of a blue it would have been perfect. :P :)

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!!! My Grandma and Uncle Ric are coming over for dinner. :)

I feel weird...

Anyways, Goodnight!!!

Love to you all


Monday, November 15, 2010


I've been wondering... Should I start putting up my story on this blog one chapter at a time so people can read it? It would certainly keep me more motivated to write more but then people would be reading it before it's completion... I am sure that there will be several more drafts once I actually get it completely written.

What do you think?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Which Peanuts Character Are You?

You Are Linus
You are an optimistic and open minded person. You believe that everything will work out in the end.
You are very kind and forgiving. You're always willing to give someone another chance.
You are highly creative and innovative. People sometimes just don't get what you're doing.
You are brainier and smarter than people realize. You are always thinking, plotting, or dreaming.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My Day Today

This is just a quick post to tell you HOW TIRED I AM!!! I am SO not used to being up at six. :P And I'll be up again tomorrow morning at that ghastly time...
On the upside I may be learning how to use the saws tomorrow. :)

I didn't do too much at work today. Not much for me to do that they wouldn't have to teach me. I did watch/help Scott work on the brakes for his truck. They never did end up working. :P I also did some sweeping and vacuuming. Just like the good old days when I used to go to work with Papa every single day. I would like to know how many pounds of debris I have swept up over all that time. :P
Randomly, speaking of knowing how much of something, I know approximately how many pounds of oats I have eaten up to my sixteenth year... About two tons... 4,000 pounds... That's raw oats before adding the milk and sugar and stuff. :P Kind of ridiculous.
I think you can tell that I'm tired.

Anyways, after work we all came back here. Scott came with us because his truck had to be towed. Poor guy. We ate dinner, drank coffee, and played Halo. Then Scott left for a meeting at the Church and I almost fell asleep in front of the fireplace. After that Forrest and I played Heroes for a while and now I'm sitting here posting, listening to my music, and sniffling with a sore throat and a headache courtesy of a cold. :P So lame.

Here's what's playing right now. :)

I love that song. :) It makes me so happy.

This is the song that's been going through my head the past few weeks. Actually it's been going through my head off and on since the dance. I REALLY want another dance!!! This one was the Grand March. :D I love the Grand March...

You Are Both an Introvert and an Extrovert
You are a bit shy and hesitant around people you don't know well. It takes a bit to get you to open up.
You like to weigh all of your options before making a decision. You are apt to look for a compromise.
You are easy going and low maintenance. You tend to let the small stuff slide.
You rely on your friends. They are like family to you... in fact, you probably consider them to be your family.

I'm off to bed now! Another early day tomorrow and I would like this sore throat to be gone so that I can sing properly in choir tomorrow night.

Goodnight all!
Love, Shay

Some Awesome Heroes

I decided to do a post about my favorite movie heroes, in no particular order. :)

Spock played by Zachary Quinto in the 2009 Star Trek movie. Logical and emotionless. :)

Of course there's always the Doctor :D This is the 11th Doctor played by Matt Smith starting in 2010. And I cannot figure out how to get this off underline!!! Most frustrating...

Wesley from the Princess Bride 1987 movie. :D :D :D One of my absolutest favoritest heroes. This movie was something that I grew up with. It was my Mom and Dad's first date. :)

Colonel Brandon!!! :D My favorite Jane Austen Hero. Well, him and Charles Bingley. He has the most amazing voice.
Also, he is so wonderful the way he stands by Marianne even when she's being a little idiot.

Christopher Eccleston is the third Doctor starting in 2005. He revives the old series and starts a new one. Even though he was only in one series he has made a very lasting impression on all Doctor Who fans.

Of course what list of heroes would be complete without Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy? :D

The Four Feathers was a very good movie, though it had quite a bit of blood and war, if that kind of thing bothers you. :P 1995
Also it had Heath Ledger, a very very good actor.
Another movie with him that I love is A Knight's Tale--2001

The Spider man series used to be my favorite till it was replaced with Iron Man. I'm actually not that crazy about Spider Man, but Harry (James Franco) was very very cool. At least he was in Spider Man 3-2007. To bad he died... :(

Joaquin Phoenix was in Signs-2002 and The Village-2004 and played wonderful characters in both of them.

Christian Kane plays Eliot in the TV series Leverage. :D : D :D 2008
Some of things that I particularly like about him is that he is a complete defender of the helpless. Of course the whole team is, but him in particular. He's always helping little kids. :)

Michael Shanks, one of my favorite actors and one of my favorite characters. :) He plays Daniel Jackson in the tv show Stargate SG-1 that began in 1997 and ran until 2007. Ten seasons made it the longest North American science fiction show on tv. :D
There were also two movies made of the show.
Daniel is another person who is a defender of the weak. He always gets along with little kids and saving damsels in distress. :D

Tony from the tv show NCIS 2003, has some problems... :P As you know if you watch the show. But then, on the other hand, when it really matters he puts his life on the line for his team over and over.
That one episode where Gibbs is in a car with this girl and drove it into the river... Tony runs through this building shooting the bad guys while running, then without stopping he dives into the river pulling both the girl and Gibbs to safety. That was a pretty awesome part.

Nicolas Cage from a number of movies. :P The Family Man-2000--National Treasure-2004--Ghost Rider-2007--Next-2007

Peter Davison the fifth Doctor starting in 1981. One of my five favorite Doctors. :)

Jack O'Neill-two Ls. He is also from the tv show Stargate SG-1 1997. One of the reasons I like him so much, besides the fact that he does a great job, is that he reminds me so much of both my Dad and my big brother Scott. :D
He was made an honorary Brigadier General for his positive portrayal of the Air Force for all ten years.

David Tennant was the 10th Doctor starting in 2005 and my favorite. :D I think, and many people believe the same, that he was the best Doctor ever. "I'm sorry... I'm so so sorry..."

Tom Baker was the fourth Doctor 1974 and was the man who made Doctor Who what it is. :) He is so eccentric and different and I love his ridiculous scarf.

2010--The Mad Hatter... was just amazing... Jonny Depp was spectacular as the Mad Hatter. The way his voice went all Scottish when he was angry... The way he saved Alice and was willing to fight the Jabberwocky. I think that he is a very good example of what men should be today. Aside the from the insanity of course. :P

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Lake House Movie Review

Today I wasn't feeling well so I watched, The Lake House with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves.

lakehouse.jpg lake house movie image by rancheritasinbotas

v2.jpg The Lake House image by raphisgirl

It's a rather unusual story I think, about two people who discover that they live two years apart. He's in 2004 and she's in 2006. They write a lot of letters to each other through a mailbox at a beach house that they've both lived at.

There isn't anything objectionable in this movie and is ok for everyone. :)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Movie Review

I recently watched Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow with Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. Cheesy name I know... :P

This is one that I would highly recommend.
It's an interesting mix of 1940's + science fiction (laser guns and an old fashioned camera)

Jude Law plays Sky Captain, or Joe Sullivan and Gwyneth Paltrow is Polly Perkins, a newspaper reporter. There is also Angelina Jolie as Franky Cook and Giovanni Ribisi as Dex Dearborn, also my favorite character. :D

The evil scary robots that destroy the city!

Yay Dex! :D

The mysterious woman that is unusually strong...

Polly Perkins

Polly and Joe. How sweet :)

The filming was interesting and so was the way they colored it. It was in general a different kind of movie and I liked that.

I don't know if you would recognize this, but the music they play in this trailer is the theme from Stargate SG-1... A little odd. :P

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Song for today.

I can't get over how beautiful this song is and just how much I love it... I think some proof of that is that it's the second time it's been my song for the day. :)

Betsy Tacy Books

These were some of my first chapter books.

They're simple and sweet, and I think they're a very good example of the way little girls think. :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

My First Little House Books Review

I love these books because of the illustrations. :) They're so soft and sweet.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Oh am I tired...

I was up at 6:30 today!!! So early for me...
Why was I up at that horrible early time??? I got up so I could go to work today with Papa. He's currently doing a roofing job and I went with him today to help. I used to go all the time when I was little but it had been a really long time since the last one.
It was Papa, Forrest, Irene, Fiona, Scott and me there.

So I spent about six hours on a roof today. :) Pulled piles and piles of shingles, almost fell off three times, picked up nails and staples, ate six pieces of pizza, dumped all the shingles into a dumpster, drank two cokes, and thoroughly abused my hands. They're pretty sore right now. And I'm going again tomorrow and I have to be up by six!!!!! Blaaah...

After we were done working we all came back home and Scott and I sat and talked for a while outside, then we ate dinner, and then Forrest, Scott, and I played a couple rounds of Halo. :D I almost beat Forrest twice... :P And Scott did very very well considering that this was pretty much his second time playing and his first playing Halo Reach. Then Papa, Scott, and Forrest played a round and I laughed so hard my ribcage hurt. They were nuts! :D

Then Scott had to go so after making more coffee we watched three episodes of Doctor Who. We're going through all the seasons again. We finished season two tonight. I love that last episode... It makes me cry every single time but there are so many awesome quotes!

Cyber Leader: Daleks, be warned. You have declared war upon the Cybermen.
Dalek Leader: This is not war - this is pest control!
Cyber Leader: We have five million Cybermen. How many are you?
Dalek Leader: Four.
Cyber Leader: You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks?
Dalek Leader: We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek! You superior in only one respect.
Cyber Leader: What is that?
Dalek Leader: You are better at dying.

Cyberman: Our technology is compatible; although your design is less elegant.
Dalek: Daleks have no concept of elegance!
Cyberman: This is obvious.

It kind of loses something though when it's not in their voices... They both have such awesome voices!

What Wizard of Oz Character Are You?

You Are Dorothy

You are a little lost right now, but you are slowly finding your way home.
You are a kind and loyal person. You are the truest friend anyone could ever have.
You have an active imagination, and you are intrigued by far away places. You make friends easily.
But at the end of the day, there is no place like home. You value your family and roots.

Black as Night Book Review

Black as Night (Snow White) is the second book in the series by Regina Doman. I did a review of The Shadow of the Bear, the first book, a couple days ago. I like this book, but not as much as the other three. It was kind of boring I thought, and her style bugged me a little. She keeps referring to Blanch as, "the girl". Once or twice is fine... But she does it constantly. Kind of annoying. :P And now that I've pointed it out to you it will bother you all the way through the book too! Mwahahaha!!

Back cover

"Another rat?" Brother Herman's face wrinkled into a grin. The rats of the South Bronx were legendary in size.
"Who knows?" The friars entered the church, genuflected, and walked into the vestibule. There they saw Charley squatting before something in the corner, staring with his mouth wide open. Matt slipped up to the burly novice. "What is it, Charley?"
"It's a girl," Charley said hoarsely, pointing at the foot. For a moment, Matt mistook the white ankle for a dismembered limb and he breathed, "Sweet Jesus."
The whole community was gathered in the vestibule now. Brother Herman was frowning. He had edged closer to the pile of coats and was leaning his chubby frame over the body, turning his red, round face this way and that. Finally he leaned back heavily with a sigh. "I think she's just sleeping," he said in a stage whisper to Fr. Francis. There was an almost audible group sigh.
"Well, that's something to be thankful for", said Fr. Francis briskly, in a soft voice. "But why should she be sleeping here?"

"In this modern-day retelling of an old fairy tale, a young woman is fleeing a haunting evil and a young man is being forced to come to grips with himself and with his past. Bear and Blanch, with the support of Rose and Fish, seek light amidst mysteriously dark and puzzling circumstances. They receive unexpected help--from seven ready-for anything Franciscan friars! Long-awaited sequel to the Shadow of the Bear."

A favorite passage:

"They were such an odd company--a half dozen or so bearded men in gray and one black and white girl, seated around a rough table in a squalid kitchen. But from the roars of unchecked laughter that engulfed them, it was evident that there was a unique bond melding. A ring of plain metal set with the jewel of a girl.
Yes, it was unusual, Brother Leon reflected. It would not last--there was little practical way Nora could remain with them. But the image was a lasting one, and he tucked it away in his store of memory as an unusual glint of light from the Kingdom of Heaven, God's odd reflection."

This book was definitely my least favorite of them, but I would still recommend reading it. It is a good story, and it makes it so that the first book flows easily to the third.

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