Monday, August 26, 2013

Elegant Blogger Award

I was nominated by Christina and Mackenzie, thank you both so much!



THE RULES
  • When you receive the award, link back to keepcalmandsparkle1099.blogspot.com and the blog that nominated you
  • Display the award button in the post
  • Answer all of the 12 questions given in this post (Do not make your own questions)
  • Nominate 12 bloggers
  • Notify them that they have been awarded

THE QUESTIONS

1. What made you decide to start blogging?
I was just kinda lonely.... 


2. What is your fashion style?

I like shoes? I'm not so good at these kind of questions...I like sparkly things and pretty colors. Tennis shoes for running and high heals for happiness. Dresses are wonderful.

3. What is something none of your followers know about you?

I'm very ticklish. If you wiggle your finger at me and say, "tickle-tickle-tickle" I'll laugh till I cry. Unfortunately I'm not exaggerating. I have no idea why people do this to me, it's a little strange...oh well, at least it makes 'em happy.

4. What are some of your blogging goals?
It would be really cool to meet some blogger friends in real life. And it would be fun to make a sort of club or something. 


5. Where is your favorite place to shop?

Thrift stories are awesome. The S.A. in particular.

6. What would your ideal amount of blog followers be?

I don't have any number exactly, but as Rose said, "the more the merrier". I guess everybody wants their thoughts and ideas to be known by a bunch of people.

7. What are your talents?

So I asked my sister and she said, "thinking, being tidy and making up stories." We also both agreed that making desserts was one of my strong points.

8. Are you a leader or a follower?

A leader. At least with people I know...I like being in charge.


9. What is one of your favorite quotes?
I'll pretend I didn't see the word 'one'. 
“Is there nothing to sing about today? Then borrow a song from tomorrow; sing of what is yet to be. Is this world dreary? Then think of the next.” - Charles H. Spurgeon
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. ~ Aristotle
It (fantasy) is not there so much to convey a meaning as to wake a meaning. - George McDonald
“Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move, Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.” - William Shakespeare, Hamlet
When all was ready, Themistocles addressed the fleet.  “In every man,” he said, “there are two men, one base, one noble; and we shape our lives as we choose between them. The easy choice looks cheap; but the man defeated pays as long as he lives; while he who chooses to be brave and risk the price of it, will die with glory or live with honor, seeing his sons inherit freedom and bow to no master but the gods. “And this,” he said, “is our choice today.” - Before the Battle of Salamis
A great man would have stopped what he knew to be wrong no matter who was ordering it. -Prince of Persia
And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

10. Do you have a favorite book or book series?

I suppose The Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien) and The Once and Future King (T. H. White) are both 'series', though I never think of them as such.

11. Out of all of the synonyms for elegant, which would you describe yourself with (smart - stylish - dressy - graceful - dainty - fine)?
I asked my sister and she said, after agreeing with me that 'elegant' wasn't exactly 'my word', "fine"


12. What is your favorite flower?

I don't really have a favorite flower. I like daffodils. They're such happy flowers.

I nominate: 
Jamie
Faith
Rose M.
Dotty
Noelle
Hannah
Emily
Layla and Josiah
Emma Kate
Michlyn
Christy
Sarah Michelle

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

You're the Voice - John Farnham



You have been given the gift of freedom. You have a choice to think for yourself, to speak up. Life and Time are now. Not the second past or the second to come. Now. This instant with its sounds, sights, tastes, smells, feelings. You are free and responsible for your actions. You can choose to live for what you believe.


With the power to be powerful.You can be more than part of a mob, you have the choice of freedom. You're the voice, try to understand it.

also,


WE'RE NOT GONNA SIT IN SILENCE
WE'RE NOT GONNA LIVE IN FEAR
OH -O-O-O, WHOA-O-O-O!!!!
xx

Monday, August 19, 2013

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I read a couple of beautiful posts and I'm linking to them here, so that you may be sure to read them, and so that I will be able to find  them again....

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Very short post,
xx

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Favorite Story Tag

Thanks to  Christy for tagging me! :)


1. If the main villain of your favorite book/movie/TV series showed up on your front doorstep, what would you do? (Explain who it is first...)


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My favorite book is The Once and Future King by T. H. White but I'm gonna use BBC's Merlin for this because I'm in the middle it and I love it and it's in my head right now.  Bad-guy: Morgana. Good-guys: Merlin, Arthur, Gwen, Knights of Camelot.... 

So, Morgana...if she appeared at my house, assuming she didn't do or say something first, I'd probably say something like, 
"What doest thou?". 
(Morgana) "Weirdo."
(me) "Yes. ...But what doest thou?" 
(Morgana) "I will kill you for this insolence." 
(me) "Too bad. I would have liked to go to Disney world one last time."
Then she'd probably use magic and I'd try to dodge her. 
Morgana..probably my favorite villian :)
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But really, we could have a long talk about why she's there and I'd try to reason with her (most likely with wasted effort, but it's always worth a try) to stop, well, being a bad-guy. I could like Morgana easily, she's got a great spirit, if she could just be turned around and headed on the right track. Assuming she came to ask for something her visit would probably end with me refusing, and her getting angry and threatening me.  

 2. Now supposing the heroes opposite this villain showed up just after your exchange. What would you do then?


Most likely Morgana would be using magic by that time and I'd be trying to dodge her. I'd say hi. I guess they'd all start fighting against Morgana, or at least Merlin would with magic.  


3. So...moving on, the heroes defeat the villain (with some help from you, of course-whatever it may be. ;) But the next day, you're just walking along, minding your own business, when you suddenly come across the same villain...who is now lying in the dust severely wounded and unconscious. What do you do? 


I'm not sure exactly. If she really was severely wounded and unconscious and dying and not awake to feel any pain, then I suppose it would be a matter of whether restoring her to health would immediately endanger the lives of the people I love or not, and then making a very hard choice. If it would only endanger my life I'd get help without a second thought. But I seriously doubt that I would ever leave her - or anyone - lying in the dust in need of help and not do everything in my power to help. Even just restore her to health and then have a dual or something -that could work. If you can save a life, you save a life. 

4. Now his minions show up and kidnap both you and him and take you to their universe (or version of your universe, whatever it happens to be.) Your reaction? 

Utter and profound joy. I would be delighted. To be in the same place and time that Merlin took place in??!!! YES.

Merlin and Arthur and the Knights of Camelot
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5. Your fantastic heroes have arrived to rescue you-but now you're faced with a choice. The villain, out of gratitude for your earlier help, (assuming you actually did help him when he was wounded) has offered you a chance to travel back to your own universe. However, the heroes warn you not to trust him. The only other way for you to get back home is to travel with the heroes on a long and dangerous journey... and there's no guarantee that you'll survive. What. Do. You. Do. 

Traveling on a dangerous journey with little chance of success with "fantastic heroes" sounds, to me, just exactly awesome and the 'stuff of legends'. I mean, really, THAT WOULD BE SO COOL. Wouldn't you just love fighting with Arthur, Merlin, Gwen and the Knights of Camelot, or whichever of them were handy, against the bad-guys? I know I would.


I tag:
Dotty
Jamie
James
Rose M.
Faith

Friday, August 16, 2013

Favorite Movies Tag

Jamie tagged me so here I am like a good little blogger following through. :) Thanks Jamie, this looks like a fun tag. :) This tag was created by James, and here are the rules:
1: List favorite movies (in any format that you like and the movies do not have to be in order).
2: Post my video tribute somewhere in your post. I can't figure out how to put the video in this post, but if you click on that link it's right there. 
3: “Tag” other bloggers (optional).

The following movies will not be in order of favorite because that would be, well, hard and painful. ;) (This list is created according to my currently favorite movies. My favorites and likes change.)

Prince Of Persia
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Prince of Persia: When pressed, this is the movie I call my favorite. I love it. To me, it's perfect. The ending never fails to make me happy (and I am very picky about endings, mind you). I've seen it over and over and over again and it doesn't get old. The music is wonderful.
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The Lord of the Rings trilogy: I mean, it's wonderful. Not as good as the book, but honestly I doubt that would be possible. The story is just plain good. And the acting is wonderful and everything and I love it.

Return of the Jedi
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Return of the Jedi: It was my favorite movie for as far back as I can remember watching movies, until Prince of Persia and superheros happened. I love it. I love the music and the story and the awesomeness and the heroes and Han Solo and Leia and the weird alias. And the cool space-ships.
Iron Man
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Iron Man: It's just wonderful. My mom's favorite movie as far as I know. Perfect. The ending gives me happy chills. Tony Stark is my favorite superhero. 
The Avengers
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The Avengers: Because they're awesome and they make you want to fight bad guys and they're awesome and cool and they're a time bomb. And I wish Loki would fight with Thor.

Robin Hood
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Robin Hood: It's perfect. All of it. Robin Hood and the little rabbits, Clucky running down the bad guys,  Maid Marian's big eyes, the mice.

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Bourne Identity
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Bourne Identity: I watched this first with my brother eating gram crackers with chocolate frosting (he provided the movie and I the food). It was so fun. I love spy stuff and the guns and the nice fighting and the chases and Jason Bourne is pretty cool himself and it's just nice overall. And the theme music is cool.
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Thor: My sister gave it to me for my birthday last year. :)
The Hobbit
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Stardust: It's surprisingly entertaining and very enjoyable.
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War Horse: I don't like sad movies for sad movies but this movie is epic.
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Only You: RDJ
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Pirates of the Caribbean: I don't like that the good guys are pirates because it's theoretically impossible, but I do like Johnny Depp.
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If you'd like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged. xx

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Sherlock

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I found another Sherlock book. It's a hardback, and it has a pretty dark green and gold cover. Moi happy. It's nice and thick. I read The Red-Headed League, A Case of Identity, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Man with the Twisted Lip, and I'm about to start The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor.

Yesterday my sister and I were in Starbucks, she was doing logic class stuff, and I was just kinda sitting there with her reading Sherlock, and words started coming to me so I pulled out my note-book and wrote 'em down. So I've finally described the main character in my book just right. And it makes me happy.

"...If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chains of events, working through generation, and leading to the most outre results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable." from A Case of Identity, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


xo

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Just a Choice

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I don't mind if people don't understand. It just bugs me when they don't try. 'Cause to me there are very few things more important than [trying] to understand the people around you, 'cause people are amazing creations of God.
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But by that time a sort of thought was forming into an idea and into a resolution. I'm not going to stop being me, I ain't gonna stop being joyful 'cause someone's wearing me out. I'm not going to let people wear me out. I'm not going to let myself get worn out. Everything's a choice.
When your places and things, and people even, are taken away from you you don't need to be broken. I believe everything is a choice. When everything is taken away there are still left those things which "no man can take away"*: your mind, heart, imagination, dreams; God. I know that for myself that's all I need to be happy. To be joyful. And it's just a choice.
So when I get tired and when I get frustrated I'm just going to close my eyes and ask my God whom I love to please help me 'cause I need help. It's a choice but I don't have the strength to make it on my own.
Honestly, I think that is the essence of my existence. I want to be happy and I don't have it in me to be so on my own (and who does?), so dear God please help me 'cause I know you're good.

I want to be me, and I don't want being me to depend on things or people. ... Did you ever feel that way?

xo


* "...There are certain things that once you have/No man can take away/No wave can wash away/No wind can blow away/And now they're about to be mine!/No tide can turn away/No fire can burn away/No time can wear away..." from This Is One of Those Moments from Yentl by Barbra Streisand