Every once in awhile I feel the urge to write a post with no meaning behind it, just a post full of "what I've been up to lately". It's like having a conversation with you all, and that's so much fun :)
Lately I've been reading....
A Tangled Web by L. M. Montgomery. This is the first time I've read it since I was very young, so the story is practically all but lost from my memory. I only remember that the first time I read it I didn't much care for it and that poor Gay had Noel stolen away from her by the horrible Nan. Now, as I'm reading it again, I'm finding how much more depth and humor and drama the story contains than just the pages about Gay's romance. :P
I'm finding myself rooting for Peter and Donna, laughing over the fight at Aunt Becky's funeral, smiling over the humor of Big Sam and Little Sam's estrangement, yearning for Hugh and Joscelyn to get back together, and pitying so many characters—poor Margaret, and Brian, and Roger.
Altogether I'm enjoying this story much more than I expected. :)
The Lunar Chronicles. Now, I want to add a disclaimer before I continue. The Lunar Chronicles are a series of popular YA futuristic fairytale retellings. I've heard some good things about them, and being the fairytale retelling fan that I am, decided to give them a try. And I'm glad I did. However, there were certain things in the series I was not comfortable with, notably some description of violence. I combated that by skimming as much as I could, but I wanted to forewarn anyone. If you ever try these books just....be careful. They may not be for you. ;) In fact, they barely made it on my "standards" meter, but the characters and stories are so endearing I just...couldn't help myself. I had to keep at the series for them. :)
(Now if there are any fans of TLC, can we please talk about them?? Because these characters. I love them so much; I need someone to sympathize with me!)
|CRESS AND THORNE, THOUGH <3|
Lately I've been watching....
Okay. This is exciting. Guess what?? My family decided to try Clearplay's online streaming and now it feels like a magical door in the movie world has been opened to us. So far we've watched Top Gun, Captain America (!!!), and Indiana Jones. Captain America was my personal choice. I've been wanting to see it for years, have watched so many fan videos of Steve and Peggy, and have long considered Steve one of my favorite fictional heroes, even though I had yet to see his film.
Well, now I'm an official fan. And just as much in love with Steve as ever. :)
My brother and I are also on the third season of BBC's Merlin. I'm not entirely sure of my thoughts/approvals on the show, but on the whole it's really funny and thrilling. It's making me want to read more about Arthur and Merlin and all the lore of Camelot, that's for certain.
PS. I ship Arthur and Gwen so hard it hurts.
PPS. But then Lancelot comes into the picture and I just....I've never been so torn in a love triangle before....
|THESE TWO <3|
Lately I've been sewing...
I know, this is a new one, right? Not many of you know I sew, do you? Well....that's because I don't. At least, not well enough to earn the distinction. My mom and I are working together on sewing a dress, but without her I'd be lost. :P
But, I have done a little altering and such by myself in the past and guess what? Over the past two weeks I've finished a tank top I created out of an old skirt, and finished altering a dress I bought from the thrift store. All by myself. I'm so happy.
(It's also worth nothing that I started these projects about a year ago, so the relief in finally finishing them is extreme.)
Here is the dress. It used to be longer with skinny straps, and so I shortened it in order to make thick straps.
Lately I've been listening to.....
Celtic music! I discovered the group Celtic Thunder via this blog post, and was instantly made a fan, much to Jessica's (Prescott) delight. :D This is one of my favorites at the moment. :)
Lately I've been writing....
Not a whole lot. :( But, I keep trying to chip away at my villain's backstory for my Princess and the Pea novel. I feel like the more time passes, the more I realize how much I still have to learn about my characters and their stories. *sigh*
|Arthur, looking disgruntled and confused for me because of my writing troubles|
But, in the meantime, I'm planning on joining my dear friend Éowyn for Camp NaNoWriMo! Are any of you participating?
Springtime things I've been enjoying...
Late afternoon sunlight streaming through my window and hitting the lovely flowers on my desk.....drizzly, rainy days (like today).....little green shoots popping up all over the yard....air that doesn't freeze your nose (:P)....watching Pride and Preudice 1995 with my mom....plans for spring cleaning....pulling your spring/summer clothes out of the closet....
|my flowers :)|
Lastly, I'd like to tell you about two new, exciting things I did recently. One was that I tried out for a local theater's production of Beauty and the Beast!! I actually got cast as part of the ensemble (which is what I hoped for!!) (I still can't believe it, to be honest), but had to turn it down due to various reasons. I actually don't mind at all, because it was truly the trying out that I really wanted to conquer. I've always wanted to be in a play, but the thought of auditioning always scared me half to death. But, in Christ I can indeed do all things. He gave me the strength and courage to get up there and try, and I'm so glad I did. It was a really great, confidence-boosting experience. :)
A second scary/exciting experience I had was my first job interview!! It was for a position at the library, one I hadn't actually applied for, but it sounded intriguing. It's been awhile since it occurred, so I don't think I got the job. But that's okay. :) I'm still really thankful for the experience.
Well, I'll bid you all farewell, now, and leave you with this adorable gif of Harrison Ford, which I didn't realize was from Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark till we watched it these past couple of days. :P
PS. I feel like this gif needs some sort of witty caption, but my brain is not cooperating. Any ideas? I was thinking something along the lines of "My face when someone asks...."