Friday, January 31, 2014

In January

A happy snowman in his element. Thank you. 

I read (to completion):

†Julius Caesar, by Joseph Cellini
The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, by Jennifer Trafton
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
The book is about a young German girl named Liesel living in Germany during WW2. It's about the power of words and how Hitler took over Germany with promises and lies and about a Jew who showed Liesel that all those promises and lies were were words. And it's about Liesel taking back the words with the help of her foster-father, who taught her how to read. The Book Thief had a lot of interesting ideas in it, even if they weren't new; Markus Zusak is a very talented writer who has mastered his writing style, that's for sure, and I appreciate that even if I don't care for the style of writing itself. 
Morte d'Arthur, by Tennyson
*Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll

I watched:
Doctor Who - season one and most of season two
Angels Sing
Merlin - about half of season five
Once Upon a Time - about half of season two <3

*Books/movies I've read/watched before.
† Landmark Book

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Traveler | Tourist



noun\ˈtra-və-lər, ˈtrav-lər\
: a person who moves around from place to place instead of living in one place for a long time


: a person who travels to a place for pleasure

Definitions from Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Friday, January 17, 2014

Sunshine Award

"For bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere."

The lovely Leslie  who blogs at Beauté Imparfait awarded this blog the Sunshine Award. Thanks Les! <3

The rules are:

I. thank the blogger that nominated you and link to his/her blog
II. nominate other bloggers and let them know on their blogs
III. answer a list of ten questions
IV. the Sunshine Award button must be posted on your blog

The Ten Questions: (you can either answer these questions or make up your own 10 questions and answer those):

1. What is your favorite Scripture verse?
That changes pretty often, but here's one.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:1-5
2. Would you sacrifice your life if it would save that of a stranger's?
Well. I suppose all I can really say is I certainly I hope I would. It would have to be the right person, stranger, that is. And there would need to be a good reason. There always needs to be a good reason for choices like that - any choice really - I mean, this is life and death we're talking! But yes, sure, definitely. It'd be fun.

3. Given a chance to swim with dolphins . . . would you accept?
So I'm not a good swimmer - but for a dolphin? I always think of dolphins as a little like golden retrievers, sweetness-wise, I mean (elephants also seem to fit into the group). I love golden retrievers. So, yes, of course. I mean, gee, they smile (and not in a morbid way like crocodiles)!

4. Are you more "fascinated" by the light or by the darkness; why?
I'm taking Astronomy this year in school and it is so, so neat! I've been learning a lot about light recently... white/visible light, gamma rays, x-rays, infrared, etc. etc. But to cut to the point: at the moment I'd say light. However, the dark is good for making up stories. ;) 
But that question was meant metaphorically, was it not? and there I was missing. the. point. Oopsy-daisy!

5. Can you speak with a different accent?
Yes, but it's not - how shall I say it? - pretty.

6. Do you play an instrument?
Yes, I play the guitar, a little. At any rate, I'm learning it. And I'd like to learn violin sometime.

7. Has the ocean ever filled your dreams?
Oh, shucks. Yes. My dreams are often filled with salt water. The last time I remember a dream with the ocean in it it had something to do with a city full of Mexican style houses that were being overrun with tidal waves and me gripping the edge of the wall of a building made of cement-like material with my back to the wall, and watching in front of me, just a few feet away, a gigantic wave towering higher and higher and about to. crash. down. The story was about more than just a tsunami, but I don't remember much else, except that Loki was there too.

8. Presuming you own one, how often is your journal put to use?
Every night; I like to keep a record of my thoughts, feelings, and ideas, plus, it's good practice for writing!

9. Why one earth (pun intended) would anyone wish to rule the world?
Well, for some people I guess it could start out simply with ambition...and then after a time power corrupts. Evil twists, and mad men exist. I'm sure there are plenty more reasons but I'm tired and stuck in my head is: 

10. What is your favorite hymn?
I like all the Easter hymns...Rock of Ages and all those beauties.

I nominate:
Jessica Joy at (Almost) Perfectly Pink
Molly at Life of an Amity Girl
Kayla at Laugh 'an Love
Jana at Jana's Faith
Lizzy at A flyleaf
Layla and Josiah at AAAAAA!!!!
Lizabeth at The Lone Sparrow

Monday, January 06, 2014

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

Director: Peter Jackson 
Rating: PG-13
Time: 161 min 
Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage 

On the twenty-ninth of last month my family and I went to see the Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. (It's marked as "The Hobbit Smaug" on the sign outside the theater we went to - the whole title wouldn't fit). It was awesome and beautiful. The scenery is brilliant, the colors are fantastic - there's one scene in the woods at twilight, mist is all over the ground and all the colors are blue and silver-grey and the trees are tall and thin and silhouetted black in the moonlight.

The dwarfs are perfect, Bombur is justly fat and yet he outruns all the others with his big red-orange beard bouncing on his chest when they're being chased. Even though Legolas isn't in the Hobbit book he is the king of Mirkwood's son, so he fits into the story easily and well. And dear Kili; well, I loved it. The scene when the dwarfs ride the barrels is great. Bard was awesomeness. I liked Tauriel, which I was not expecting.
Smaug himself is magnificent. He looks just like Tolkien's illustrations, as does all of the Lonely Mountain. It's just splendid. The gold and jewels and stones, treasure in general, is so bright, and the quantity of it all is just right for a story with a dragon.

The music is beautiful, even better than it was in An Unexpected Journey, echoing itself at all the right times. I love the theme for Laketown. The scene when Smaug and Bilbo are talking, and Bilbo says he comes from over hill and under hill, that he is barrel rider and riddle maker, etc. is perfect. Smaug's voice is grande, so deep; "Come now, don't be shy...step into the light".

I See Fire by Ed Sheeran is played during the credits; it's so pretty, an epic kind of pretty. All through the movie the theme of how the dwarfs love gold, so much so that it's almost obsessive, is played. And how, as a consequence of that, the mountain runs with gold...and the sky is filled with dragon's fire, and Laketown pays and burns and the battle of five armies is fought.

And I see fire
Inside the mountains
I see fire
Burning the trees
I see fire
Hollowing souls
I see fire
Blood in the breeze
I see fire (fire)

Oh, you know I saw a city burning out
And I see fire (fire)
Feel the heat upon my skin
And I see fire (fire)
And I see fire
Burn auburn on the mountain side

"We got too close to the fire" (I See Fire). Strange how Thorin changed and his greed increased as they drew closer the mountain.