Sunday, February 27, 2011


Today's topic: your earliest memory.  I honestly have no idea what my first memory is.  I can remember little bits and pieces of things that happened when I was little, but I have no idea which one came first.  I'd say I'm about two or three in a lot of them because they happened in our old house that I barely remember.  (We moved into a different house when I was four.)  Some of it I'm not even sure if it's an actual memory or something I've made up in my head based on what other people have told me or seen in home videos or pictures.

My grandma used to babysit me when I was little, and I remember her bringing chicken noodle soup one day.  I was really excited about it.  Kind of weird I know, but I used to love chicken noodle soup.

I also remember these two dogs our neighbors used to have that I went outside and played with all the time.

One thing that I'm pretty sure is an actual memory (since no one else was around) was playing with my imaginary friends one day.  For some reason, I can just remember sitting in my room talking to them.

There are several other things I can kind of remember, but none of them are really that interesting.

Today was uneventful for me other than paramedics showing up in the middle of church.  They took some lady out in a wheelchair, but I'm not sure why.  I was on the opposite side of the church and didn't see what happened.  I didn't even know something had happened until the paramedics came in.  That was my extent of excitement for the day.

The Razzie winners were announced for this year.  Guess who won five.  Yep, The Last Airbender.  Isn't that shocking?  Here's the awards it won:

Worst Movie
Worst Supporting Actor (Jackson Rathbone)
Worst Director
Worst Screenplay
Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D

Yeah, I don't think that's helping the chances of a sequel.  Eclipse was nominated for a lot of them too, but it didn't actually win any.

Days Until:
Deathly Hallows Part 1 DVD: 43
The Twilight Saga: The Complete Illustrated Guide released: 44
LeakyCon 2011: 136
Deathly Hallows Part 2 Movie: 138
My 18th Birthday: 158
Breaking Dawn Part 1 Movie: 264
Breaking Dawn Part 2 Movie: 628

Books Read in 2011: 6
Harry Potter Reread: GoF 9

In My Mailbox - February 27th, 2011

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

To Kill a Mockingbird [Mass Market Paperback]To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

ISBN: 0673583503
Edition I'm reading was published December 1982 by Warner Books (first published 1960)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up.
The book pictured is not the edition I'm reading, or the edition that the publication information is for.  Amazon didn't have a picture for the edition I'm reading.

We're reading this book for school, and I have one of the school's copies.  Obviously, I'm not going to be keeping the book, but I felt like it could still qualify for In My Mailbox.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Places to Go

This post is all about places I want to visit and/or live in.  I think I'm going to go more for visit, but I wouldn't mind living in these places either.

I love visiting new places, so I could probably rant forever about places I want to see.  Instead, I narrowed it done to two cities in the U.S. and four countries.  I've only been to one of the cities before (unfortunately, I've never been outside of the U.S.), but I'd love to visit all of the other places someday.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is the only place on this list that I've actually visited before.  My grandma, sister, and I went there over summer break the summer before last.  I loved it!  I'm a huge history nerd, and Washington, D.C. is a great place for someone who loves history.  The Smithsonian museums were amazing.  I was sad that we were only able to go to a couple of them (The Natural History Museum and The Museum of American History).  When I go back (because I'm determined to go back), I plan on seeing the rest of the Smithsonian and the Holocaust Museum.

I also loved the memorials and seeing the White House.  My sister was unimpressed with the White House, but I was in awe.  She said it was boring because there's nothing there but a big, white building, but I couldn't help but think about the fact that the President of the United States could be that close to me.  (Although it's really not that close.  When you see pictures of the White House, they're pretty misleading over how far away it is from the gate that you have to stand at to look at it.  Unfortunately, we weren't able to see the inside of the White House.  That's another goal of mine.  However, while we were on Pennsylvania Avenue, the presidential motorcade went by.  It happened so fast that we didn't even realize what had happened until afterwards.  Let's just say that I was kind of in shock.

Oh, as an interesting side note, we were in D.C. when Michael Jackson died.  We were standing in the National Archives gift shop when some lady who worked there yelled it out to everyone.  I may possibly have been looking at the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution when MJ died.  That's definitely going to be something I tell my grandkids.

Anyway, I've definitely ranted enough about Washington, D.C.

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles is a city I've wanted to visit for a very long time.  It just seems like an awesome place especially with all of the celebrities that live there.  This might have something to do with the fact that I wanted to be an actress for the longest time.  I also love California weather (even if I've never actually experienced it).  I hate the cold.


In the past year or so I've really gotten into anime and manga which has made me really interested in Japanese culture.  I think it would be an amazing country to visit.  My uncle's a Marine (or was, he's retiring really soon), and he's been stationed in Okinawa twice.  Unfortunately, they're (him and his family) moving back here really soon when he retires.  I really wish we could have visited them over there.  I'm seriously considering going to Japan to teach English after college.

Great Britain

I'll admit that I want to visit Britain mainly because it's where the Harry Potter series takes place, but I also really love British history.  (Plus, they have awesome accents.)


My main reason for wanting to visit Germany is that most of my ancestors came to America from Germany.  Remember that uncle that's a Marine?  Well, one of his daughters married someone in the military (I'm pretty sure that he's in the Air Force, but I may be wrong), and he's stationed in Germany.  I think they're only over there for another year or so, and my parents aren't too keen to go over and visit while they're there.  (Why most traveling cost so much money?)  Still, I will get there someday.

New Zealand

In eighth grade our teacher made us write a travel brochure from any city of our choosing.  I randomly searched cities and found Auckland, New Zealand.  Before hand, I didn't really know much about New Zealand.  Now, it's one of my top countries to visit.  It just seems so beautiful.  Plus, while making that brochure, I found a lot of amazing things to do in Auckland.  (The Internet is a great place to find stuff to do when you travel.)

As I said, this definetely isn't a complete list of places I want to visit.  I'd love to go anywhere I haven't been before really.  This is just a list of some of my top places.

As for what I did today, nothing much.  I went to work for four hours, and I was about to fall asleep the whole time.  I'm seriously start to wonder if I have sleep deprivation.  It wouldn't surprise me.  I need a break so badly...

Days Until:
Deathly Hallows Part 1 DVD: 44
The Twilight Saga: The Complete Illustrated Guide released: 45
LeakyCon 2011: 137
Deathly Hallows Part 2 Movie: 139
My 18th Birthday: 159
Breaking Dawn Part 1 Movie: 265
Breaking Dawn Part 2 Movie: 629

Books Read in 2011: 6

Harry Potter Reread: GoF chapter 8


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: Something Old, Something New

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme that asks a question about books and reading.  This week's question is:
All other things being equal–do you prefer used books? Or new books? (The physical speciman, that is, not the title.) Does your preference differentiate between a standard kind of used book, and a pristine, leather-bound copy?
I'd say I usually prefer new books.  I feel a little bad about saying that though because I hate thinking about all of the trees that get cut down to make the books I own, which reading The Story of Stuff didn't make better.  There's just something about new books that I like though.  Unless it's a book that's special to me in some way such as my Harry Potter books that I love even though they've gotten a little torn up over the years.  Over all though, I prefer new books.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Guest Post: Ami Blackwelder, Author of The Shifters of 2040

Eloquent Enraptures and author Ami Blackwelder proudly presents the six part science fiction/paranormal romance saga! Like nothing you have ever experienced!

Shifters of 2040:

“I’m pregnant. Her eyes peered over the edge of the cloth and confronted her mirrored reflection with that truth. I’m pregnant…by a SHIFTER. Oh, god!”

In “The Shifters of 2040,” Scientist Melissa Marn finds her world swirling on its axis with that one revelation. Shifters — a sentient alien species of light — look to Earth for refuge. In doing so, both shifters and humans are forced to confront prejudice, betrayal, adversity and oppression.

Methodical scientist, Melissa Marn, and her coworker, Dr. Bruce Wilder, conduct experiments on the shifters. Through her pregnancy, she becomes more compassionate and humane and finds herself defending the very species she’s supposed to eradicate.

One of the hybrids, Diamond, falls in love with Keenan, a soldier trained to kill her. Between the four, the reader is led from conflict to resolution, from despair to hope, from loneliness to love.

Much of the book’s originality lies in the shifters, common characters in science fiction, but whose origins are rarely explained. In this series, their alien DNA allows them to metamorphose into not just wolves, but a variety of animals. As the plot unfolds, the shifters discover they can have children with humans — hybrids.

Strengths of the novel include the complex characters, its writing style of poetic prose and rich description, and the well developed, thought-provoking, yet highly entertaining plot.

This fast paced book will appeal to the young adult and adult market. It fits nicely into the paranormal romance and science fiction romance genres and would make a great movie, a captivating TV series and an intriguing video game.

Readers will enjoy the fresh approach and original concept of the world thirty years from now, and will find the characters come to life in their minds long after they read “The End.”

Shifter Evolutions video and purchase options at her website.

The Shifters of 2040

Character Interview: This interview will be conducted for the characters of the Shifters of 2040. Scientist Melissa Marn and the hybrid Diamond.

Do you always love what you can’t have?
Melissa Marn: The Smithsonian, Bruce Wilder. I guess I do. But my life is controlled by the SCM now, by my father and General Raul. They decided this fate for me. If I had my way, I’d run off with Bruce somewhere far away...
Diamond: I fell in love with the enemy on accident. I didn’t plan to love Keenan, the military soldier sworn to kill me and my kind. He didn’t plan to love me. We just happened.

If you were a quality?
Melissa Marn: The River. I am methodical like waves. I do the job needed to be done, whatever the cost of erosion, and flow continually. Close to the Earth, but I am cold, because the SCM coaxed me since fifteen, and trained me since twenty-five.
Diamond: The Hawk. This is my other half, the beast inside of me, that the humans fear. I fly above the world and watch. Silent, and steady, but strong.

If you were a flaw?
Melissa Marn: Ice. I am cold, and hard. And too easily I melt and conform to the shape I am enclosed in, that prisoner the SCM has built around my life.
Diamond: The Heart. I feel too much. Emotions explode inside of me, and I sense my heart will be the end of me one day. If I could only feel less...

Do you always walk on the moral slippery slope?
Melissa Marn: It’s my job! It’s all I know. And if I didn’t do it, someone else would. What then? I know the shifters are more than the SCM tells us they are. They must feel something. But what? My curiosity and scientific training drives me. I have to find answers to my questions. I have to perform my duty!
Diamond: But I love him! I know being with him draws danger to my kind, to my family. My sister. But he would never betray me, willingly. I know he loves me too. And though I am sworn to stay away from him, from all SCM, my heart dominates my head.

Favorite food?
Melissa Marn: The Italian restaurant Little Milan. Bruce and I have shared many discussions, heated arguments, and romantic memories there.
Diamond: Mice...I am half hawk.

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Book Review: The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard

The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-and a Vision for ChangeSynopsis from Goodreads:
We have a problem with Stuff. With just 5 percent of the world's population, we're consuming 30 percent of the world's resources and creating 30 percent of the world's waste. If everyone consumed at U.S. rates, we would need three to five planets! This alarming fact drove Annie Leonard to create the Internet film sensation The Story of Stuff, which has been viewed over 10 million times by people around the world. In her sweeping, groundbreaking book of the same name, Leonard tracks the life of the Stuff we use every day—where our cotton T-shirts, laptop computers, and aluminum cans come from, how they are produced, distributed, and consumed, and where they go when we throw them out. Like Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, The Story of Stuff is a landmark book that will change the way people think—and the way they live.

Leonard's message is startlingly clear: we have too much Stuff, and too much of it is toxic. Outlining the five stages of our consumption-driven economy—from extraction through production, distribution, consumption, and disposal—she vividly illuminates its frightening repercussions. Visiting garbage dumps and factories around the world, Leonard reveals the true story behind our possessions—why it's cheaper to replace a broken TV than to fix it; how the promotion of "perceived obsolescence" encourages us to toss out everything from shoes to cell phones while they're still in perfect shape; and how factory workers in Haiti, mine workers in Congo, and everyone who lives and works within this system pay for our cheap goods with their health, safety, and quality of life. Meanwhile we, as consumers, are compromising our health and well-being, whether it's through neurotoxins in our pillows or lead leaching into our kids' food from their lunchboxes—and all this Stuff isn't even making us happier! We work hard so we can buy Stuff that we quickly throw out, and then we want new Stuff so we work harder and have no time to enjoy all our Stuff. . . . With staggering revelations about the economy, the environment, and cultures around the world, alongside stories from her own life and work, Leonard demonstrates that the drive for a "growth at all costs" economy fuels a cycle of production, consumption, and disposal that is killing us.

It is a system in crisis, but Annie Leonard shows us that this is not the way things have to be. It's within our power to stop the environmental damage, social injustice, and health hazards caused by polluting production and excessive consumption, and Leonard shows us how. Expansive, galvanizing, and sobering yet optimistic, The Story of Stuff transforms how we think about our lives and our relationship to the planet.

My review:

The Story of Stuff discussed many things that I had never thought of before.  For example, I didn't know how much water was used every day just to make things like t-shirts, and I had no clue that toxic chemicals were used in mining.  This book taught me a lot of things about the environment that I'd never known before, and I'm glad that I read it.

However, there were moments were I found myself bored.  I think that was inevitable considering that the subject of the book isn't something I usually find interesting.  I was glad I read it, and I did find parts of it very interesting.  I think everyone should read this book because it teaches you a lot of things about the environment and our lifestyle that not a lot of people know, but I'd recommend reading it slowly.  I don't think it's a book many people can sit down and read straight through.

3 out of 5 stars

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Being a Leo

I wanted a relaxing weekend, and I most definitely didn't get it.  All the stress from the week just continued throughout the weekend.  Work was crazy today.  How can there possibly be a month until spring break?

Anyway, day six of the challenge is:  your zodiac sign and if you think it fits your personality.  This should be interesting.

First of all, I'm a Leo.  I'd say that overall it does fit my personality, but at the same time, it doesn't at all fit my personality.  How about I just go through the qualities a Leo is supposed to have.  (I found these traits from various sites that I'll try to link to at the end.)

Generous and Warmhearted:  This really depends on my mood.  I'd say that most of the time I am, but I also tend to get cranky fairly often.  At this particular moment (thanks to all that stress I mentioned), I don't think I'm feeling particularly generous and warmhearted.  Overall though, I think I am.  (Or, I'm just kind of cocky which would, in fact, be stereotypical of how a Leo should be.)

Creative and enthusiastic:  Again, this really depends.  Give me a piece of paper and tell me to write something, and I can be really creative and enthusiastic about it.  Give me a piece of paper and tell me to draw something, and it'll probably be the most uncreative (and ugliest) thing you've seen in your life.

Broad-minded and expansive: I guess I could be considered broad-minded.  As for expansive, apparently that can mean talkative and sociable.  If you've read this blog long or follow me elsewhere on the Internet, you know I'm an incredibly shy person (definitely not a Leo trait).  However, I can be extremely talkative if I know the people well.

Faithful and loving:  I'd like to think that I fit this trait very well.

Pompous and patronizing:  Definitely not.  Although, people sometimes mistake my shyness for snobbishness when they first meet me.  That's one of the many things I hate about being shy.

Bossy and interfering:  When I was younger, I definitely tried to boss my friends around.  It didn't usually work too well.  I had two best friends back then, and the other was on the bossy side too.  We argued a ton, and the other best friend just kind of stayed out of it.  As we got older we both grew out of it though, so I'm not really anymore.  (Amazingly, I'm still best friends with her today inspite of all that fighting today.  Thankfully, we don't fight anywhere near as much as we used to.)

Dogmatic and intolerant:  I had to look up dogmatic.  Apparently it means you believe in things that can't be proven which I guess would be true since I'm a religious person.  However, I definitely wouldn't say I'm intolerant.

Basically, I'd say some of the traits for a Leo fit me and some don't.  I could probably say the same thing for every other sign though which is why I don't put much faith in astrology.  I know one thing, I'm no where near as extroverted as Leos are apparently supposed to be.

The website I found all of these traits on had a lot more suff, but I don't want to make this post too long.

Days Until:
Deathly Hallows Part 1 DVD: 50
The Twilight Saga: The Complete Illustrated Guide released: 51
LeakyCon 2011: 143
Deathly Hallows Part 2 Movie: 145
My 18th Birthday: 165
Breaking Dawn Part 1 Movie: 271
Breaking Dawn Part 2 Movie: 635

Books Read in 2011: 6
Harry Potter Reread:  I was supposed to read chapter two of GoF today, but I didn't get around to it.  I'm going to try and get two chapters read tomorrow.


In My Mailbox - February 20th, 2011

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.  You tell what books you got in the past week.  I probably won't be doing this every week since I often don't get books every week, and when I do, it's usually only one just like this week.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte with an Introduction by Alice Hoffman

ISBN: 0451529251
This Edition Published: March 2nd, 2004 (first published 1847)
Publisher: Signet Classics
Synopsis from Goodreads:
"Wuthering Heights", Emily Bronte's only novel, is one of the pinnacles of 19th-century English literature. It's the story of Heathcliff, an orphan who falls in love with a girl above his class, loses her, and devotes the rest of his life to wreaking revenge on her family.
I'm reading this book for SSR (Silent Sustained Reading) in my English 11 Honors class.  My teacher wanted us to read what he calls "smart people books."  I've been wanting to read this for a while, so I was really excited when I found it in the library.  I'd renewed it at the library three or four times before I decided I ought to just buy it.  Since I'm really only reading it in class, it may be a while before I'm done, and you see a review on here.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

30 Facts About Me

If you watch my Youtube videos, then you know I've been doing a 30 day challenge thing in my videos.  I've decided that I'm going to post days of that on my blog during the weekend, so I did days one through five in my videos last week, I'm doing day six in this post, and I'll do day seven on here tomorrow.  That's probably a good thing since today's is thirty facts about yourself which could turn into a long video.  I also had a couple of other things I wanted to mention in this post that I'll try to incorporate into this video.  So, here we go with the facts...

Fact 1:  I'm not sure how much this qualifies as a fact about me, but I can't believe Borders filed for bankruptcy.  The store near us is one of the stores that their closing, and I still have a gift card that I need to use.  I should use it while their having all of their sales and stuff.  At least that wasn't a bookstore that I went to often.

Fact 2: Apparently, I now have car even though I only have my permit.  My parents bought a new car today because the van we've had since I was a little kid is getting really old.  Now, they say the van is mine.  I love how they're giving me the car that is getting ready to completely break down.  It doesn't really matter, my driving sucks, and I'm still unsure of whether I ever want my license or not.

Fact 3:  I'm left handed.  It gets kind of annoying when you're trying to write in a binder or notebook and the metal rings are getting in the way.  Plus, I tend to smear the writing all over my hand.

Fact 4:  Lemon is my favorite flavor of candy while yellow is my least favorite color.  Grape is my least favorite candy flavor while purple is my favorite color.

Fact 5:  School, work, etc. are really stressing me out right now.  I have so much homework and other things to do.  Plus, I'm trying to figure out what college I want to go to and what exactly I want to major/minor in, and I don't even want to think about taking the SAT in June...

Fact 6:  The two things I enjoy doing the most are reading and writing.  That's usually when I'm calmest and least stressed, and I love visiting other worlds/time periods and getting to meet awesome characters.  It's even more amazing when I created that world or those characters.

Fact 7:  Even though I generally hate sports, I have a weird liking for basketball and soccer.  I get incredibly bored watching them, and I hate playing them, yet I consider them my favorite sports.  It might have something to do with them being the only two sports I ever played (although I quit after a year each time).  I was also a cheerleader, and while I consider most cheerleading a sport, what we did was definitely not a sport.

Fact 8:  I used to be a Girl Scout, and I wish I was still in it.  I only quit because all of my friends did.  I was the only girl my age still in it.  In fact, I was the only Cadette.  They had me with all of the Juniors, so I did basically nothing for about half a year before I decided to quit.

Fact 9:  I'm a huge history nerd.  I love learning about the past, and I think it's important for everyone to learn about it.  I hate when people say what happened in the past isn't important because that's definitely not true.

Fact 10:  I love cats and rats, but I can't have either one.  My mom and brother are both allergic to cats, and my mom hates rats.  I plan on getting one of each when I'm living on my own and able to take care of them.  I also really want a Japanese Chin or Spaniel.

Fact 11:  I don't like politic parties.  When I register to vote, I plan to register as Independent.  I hate when people only vote for someone because they're a Democrat or Republican.  I understand why we have political parties, but I think there are a lot of problems with them.

Fact 12:  I can deal with people who text and/or post on sites such as facebook with some (purposeful)grammar mistakes and some acronyms, but there's a point where it's just too much.

Fact 13:  I definitely buy more books than anything else.  You know how people sometimes ask what you would do with a million dollars?  I'd like to think that I'd put some in a savings account for college, but I'd probably buy a ton of books first.  My dream house would have a library full of books inside of it.

Fact 14:  I've had glasses since I was seven, and then got bifocals a couple of years later.  It took me a little while to get used to reading out of the bottom lense.

Fact 15:  My family has two dogs, and one of them, Mickey, was recently diagnosed with epilepsy.  The other one is named Poppy.  They're both Brussels Griffons.

Fact 16:  My eyes change color.  Sometimes they're blue and sometimes green.  They still have a somewhat bluish tint when they're green though, so when asked my eye color, I always say blue.

Fact 17:  While I love learning about anytime in the past, I'm particularly fascinated with the 1600's 1800's.  I contribute this to some of my favorite books ever.  The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Fact 18:  I love animals.  My favorite is the snowy owl all because of Hedwig in Harry Potter.  I also love cats, rats, dogs, dolphins, horses, and rabbits.

Fact 19:  My first crush was on a cartoon character when I was about three.  It was Max from A Goofy Movie.

Fact 20:  I'm fascinated by space.  I'd add astronomy to my long list of things I'm interested in studying in college, but it includes too much math for me.  I'll just stick to learning about it on my own.

Fact 21:  My favorite city that I've ever been to is Washington, D.C.  The two cities I want to visit the most are Los Angeles and London.

Fact 22:  I've never been outside of the United States.  The three countries I want to visit the most are Britain, Japan, and Germany although I'd happily visit any country I could go to.

Fact 23:  I'm terrified of blood, needles, and the dark.  The thing with the dark though, I can't sleep with any sort of light on (or any noise for that matter), so I have moments were I get scared while trying to sleep like a five year old.  I'm also pretty scared of bugs when they're indoors, but I could care less if they're outdoors (unless they're bees or something that could bite/sting me).

Fact 24:  I'm one of the pickiest eaters I've ever met although my little brother might be just as bad as I am.

Fact 25:  Some people think I'm stuck up or don't like them when I meet them, the truth is that I'm just incredibly socially awkward.  Talking to people I don't know is really hard for me, and I don't always know how to act around people.  If you ever talk to me online, you may notice this too, but it's definitely worse when it's face-to-face.

Fact 26:  I flown on four airplanes in my life.  One from Louisville, KY to Charlotte, NC.  One from Charlotte, NC to Orlando, FL, and then two back home from the same places.  I was twelve, and it was a school trip.  I absolutely loved it, and I would love to fly again someday.  If only tickets weren't so expensive.

Fact 27:  I have a weird fascination for werewolves, but I hate horror movies.  I don't even know how it started.  Maybe it had something to do with my first crush being a cartoon dog (see fact 19) or my favorite Disney movie being Beauty and the Beast.  Sure, they weren't werewolves, but they might have started it I guess.  Remus is also one of my favorite Harry Potter characters, and just about the only reason I read Twilight is for the wolves.

Fact 28:  My favorite season is spring.  It's just the right temperature, the birds come back and all the plants are blooming.  There are only two things that could make it better:  if it didn't rain as much and if the bees and wasps didn't have to come back too.

Fact 29:  When I was younger, I went through a period where I was constantly freaking out about death.  I was horrified to go to church because it made me think of death, and I had nightmares of dying.  I think it lasted about a month or two.

Fact 30:  I was born on August 4th or 8/04, and at birth, I weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces.  That's why everyone in the family remembers my birth weight.

Wow, that took forever.  I hope you guys enjoyed all of those facts!

Days Until:
Deathly Hallows Part 1 DVD: 51
The Twilight Saga: The Complete Illustrated Guide released: 52
LeakyCon 2011: 144
Deathly Hallows Part 2 Movie: 146
My 18th Birthday: 166
Breaking Dawn Part 1 Movie: 272
Breaking Dawn Part 2 Movie: 636

Books Read in 2011: 6
Harry Potter Reread: As soon as I post this, I plan to start reading Goblet of Fire.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Huffleclaw, or Ravenpuff

I meant to write a blog yesterday, but I kept telling myself I would do it later.  Eventually, I completely forgot.  All I really did yesterday was help my Aunt Becky clean our church, so it doesn't really matter since there wasn't much to say.

We just got home from church, and the cutest boys were sitting in front of us.  They were hilarious.  At one point, one of the boys was under their pew, and had his legs wrapped around our kneeler-thing (I don't know what they're called).  My sister and I were laughing because he was kicking his legs around and everything.  Eventually, he ended up kicking the kneeler-thing, and it fell over with a loud boom.  He scrambled up really quickly.

Later on, that boy's brother was playing with some toy thing, and it was making a little bit of noise.  The boy goes, "You've got to turn that all the way down!  If you don't, they kick you out!"  It was cute.

They other day I took this Harry Potter sorting quiz.  It's been forever since I've taken one of those, and I've never taken one that was a detailed as this one.  Now, I consider myself a Hufflepuff, and I usually get either Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw.  (I got Gryffindor once, but that wasn't really a good quiz.)  I thought my results were interesting.  I got Ravenclaw: 80, Hufflepuff: 75, Slytherin: 57, and Gryffindor: 45.  It doesn't really surprise me that I got a higher score for Ravenclaw than Hufflepuff.  (I still consider myself a Hufflepuff though.)  At first, I was surprised that I got such a high score for Slytherin, but I guess it makes since.  It doesn't shock me at all that I got such a low score for Gryffindor.

I don't have the link to the quiz anymore, but if you want to take it, just let me know.  I'm sure I could find the link for you.

Today is awesome because there's going to be a made-for-TV biography about J.K. Rowling (even though I found out yesterday).  I mean, an actress (Poppy Montgomery who I've never seen in anything before) is actually going to play her.  They're filming it in March in Victoria, Canada.  I hope it's good.  I'm definitely going to watch it.

Days Until:
Deathly Hallows Part 1 DVD: 57
The Twilight Saga: The Complete Illustrated Guide released: 58
LeakyCon 2011: 150
Deathly Hallows Part 2 Movie: 152
My 18th Birthday: 172
Breaking Dawn Part 1 Movie: 278
Breaking Dawn Part 2 Movie: 642

Books Read in 2011: 5
Harry Potter Reread: I think I'm on 18 or 19.  I'm not sure, and I don't have the book near me to check.  I know I got a few chapters ahead because I was reading it during school, so I haven't read it for a day or two until I'm on the right chapter again.


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Two Hours of Boredom

Two hours of my Saturday were actually spent at school.  The Beta Club worked concessions during a freshmen basketball tourney that my school hosted today, and I signed up to work for two hours.  It was only me, one other Beta Club member, and my AP biology teacher who's also in charge of Beta Club.
It was pretty boring.  Freshmen games aren't exactly popular, so not a whole lot of people were there.  This, of course, meant that not a lot of people were buying things either.  We spent long periods of time just sitting there watching a TV they had in there.  (Does anyone else think it's weird that my school has cable?  I don't understand the point.  It's not like we watch TV in school.)

My teacher thought it was weird that I hadn't brought a book with me.  I know I carry a book with me to class every day, but I was kind of surprised that she figured out that I rarely go anywhere without a book.  I really should have brought one, but I didn't think things would be that slow.

Other than that, I haven't really done much today.  It seems like today went by quickly.  I didn't do nearly as many things as I was meaning to.

Carter Burwell tweeted that he's written Renesmee's Lullaby for Breaking Dawn.  I'm really excited to hear that!

Because of work this week, I got really far behind on Youtube videos, blogs, etc., so I only found out today what the Harry Potter Alliance's horcrux for February is.  That's why I never mentioned it in any of my videos this past week.  Anyway, this month is the Bullying Horcrux.  They're mainly focusing on the LGBTQ community.  It would be awesome if you guys checked it out here.  That page will tell you some of the things you can do.

Today is awesome because I'm drinking Mountain Dew which is, in my opinion, the greatest drink in the world.  (Yeah, that's kind of a lame reason, but I've got nothing else.)

Days Until:
Deathly Hallows Part 1 DVD: 65
The Twilight Saga: The Complete Illustrated Guide released: 66
LeakyCon 2011: 158
Deathly Hallows Part 2 Movie: 160
My 18th Birthday: 180
Breaking Dawn Part 1 Movie: 286
Breaking Dawn Part 2 Movie: 650

Books Read in 2011: 5

Harry Potter Reread:  I'm getting ready to read chapter 9 of PoA Grim Defeat.  It's so awesome to finally be caught up!


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Book Review: The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher

Goodreads.  There's no synopsis for this book.
My review:

I thought this was a wonderful book.  I would definitely recommend this for any Christian who wants to know more about the Eucharist.  The author is Episcopalian, but she does a wonderful job of writing a book that any Christian can enjoy.

This book really made me think about the way I view the Eucharist.  There's a chapter on the history of the Eucharist, myths about the Eucharist, and more.  It really was a wonderful book.

I recieved this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze in exchange for a fair and honest review.