Sunday, May 31, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Remember the first review-ish thingummy I wrote? It was on a tome written by Wodehouse (As in "rhymes with woodlouse.") I love Wodehouse.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Here are some great reminders to leave a legacy:
Here lies Lester Moore.
From a forty-four.
This ground with gravity.
Is filling his last cavity.
Mary Weary, Housewife
Dere Friends I am going
Where washing ain't done
Or cooking or sewing:
Don't mourn for me now
Or weep for me never:
For I go to do nothing
Forever and ever!
of John Round.
Lost at sea
and never found.
Major James Brush
Royal Artillery, who was killed
by the accidental discharge of
a pistol by his orderly,
14th April 1831.
Well done, good and faithful servant.
Who died January 3, 1803.
His comely young widow, aged 23,
has many qualifications of a good wife,
and yearns to be comforted.
In a Vermont cemetery
(She obviously looks forward to marrying again. Is that an advertisement, or a tombstone?)
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Dear readers, I have decided you have suffered enough, and thus I have removed the Mozart playlist. I am thinking about some Bach, or perhaps some Prokofiev...
Or how about some Victor Borge?
Saturday, May 23, 2009
After fastening our seat belts, swallowing several times, and watching the "Emergency Evacuation Procedures Demonstration" Bracie and I made this video on the flight to Colorado. I can only hope that we didn't irritate the passenger next to us too severely.
Because I am such a dutiful, marvealous, magnanimous (etc) daughter, I am uploading this video that my mother filmed for Ava, so that her classmates will be able to watch it.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Are you ready for Ophelia to do some nice, "deep" self analysis? Ha! She's going to anyway. *Ahem*
I have noticed somethings dreadful, irritating and rather-ah! I did it again! To be precise, they are words:
I am always finding the other side of my own thoughts! Perhaps this comes of being a second child. Maybe it is because my estimable mother would sometimes tell me, "No "ifs" "ands" or "buts." I have attempted to circumvent this very familiar phrase with the word "however," seeing as "No 'if's' 'and's' 'buts' or 'however's'" has a vastly less harmonious sound. Alas! I am was (am?) one of those naughty children full of excuses.
I'll bet that you can find this word in every other post, for I am rather fond of it. Regarding my frequent use of "rather" I conclude that I must be a rather half-way person because I only "rather" like this, or "rather" think that etc. etc. etc. At least I have the consolation of knowing that I share this trait with Kay Thompson's Eloise, whom everybody loves. She uses the word rather (or rather, "rawther") on every other page!
However, I rather very much like those words and I have no inclination to cease using them! So I have brainstormed the perfect solution: NEGATIVE WORDS! My stupendous invention cancels out all past uses of "however" and "rather" and now I start with a clean slate. =D
- however [READ "NEGATIVE HOWEVER"]
Now, owing to my genius negative words, I can use "rather" and "however" as much as I like!
P.S."Insanely" is in its own category, for I consistently use that exalted word on purpose.
P.P.S. I labeled this post "apology" but I am second guessing that decision. I don't sound very apologetic do I?
However pitifully small that record of my textbook work may look, have no fear; I was not entirely idle; we did take some field trips! Let’s see, we um, went to the zoo; a wonderfully educational experience. More importantly, we drove down to Oregon to attend a fulfilling apologetics course. Also, for five days, Bracie, some dear friends and I helped out at a Vacation Bible School. This can, I’m sure, be manipulated into a school related accomplishment.
I believe that composes my scholastic achievements this summer.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
#2. You can be successful without intelligence, but people will still laugh at you. Despite his success, Dexter was widely and deservedly ridiculed for his ignorance. (Ahem, see above example about his book, A Pickle for the Knowing Ones.)
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Alrightly, having accustomed myself to the idea, I am now setting up a Weird is the New Normal contest.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
My dear, hopefully forgiving readers, I know I have already posted this, but those of you who haven't commented on it, please do so now. You see, I have been awfully lazy and I HAVEN'T EVEN STARTED this post. Do forgive me.
But it is coming soon. In fact, I shall go start it right... about... NOW.
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO: The fourth Reluctant Dragon Fan Club meeting.
HOW: Simply comment below with a blogger name or nickname or something and list one "hidden talent" or completely random skill of yours, such as Champion Burger-Flipper, (You get the picture, right?)
WHY: So that I can write you into the next Reluctant Dragon Fan Club Meeting! That everyone who desire to "attend" will be satisfied.
P.S. You simply must read my other RDFC posts or this whole thing won't make any sense at all. Here they are:
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Many wrote "Vote Pedro" on their November 25 ballot papers in a reference to theConcluding my researches, I am sad to say that I cannot present a large impressive number. Perhaps I could, were I willing spend more minutes of my life wondering how many votes...
2004 cult comedy film Napoleon Dynamite. In the film the main character runs an
elaborate campaign to have his friend, classmate Pedro Sanchez, elected to the
Honestly, who even cares?
Most Graciously and Humbly,
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
I am thinking about holding a Weird is the New Normal picture contest. How insanely awesome would that be, especially because I can't find several of my pictures owing to the recent layout change?
Of course, it's merely an idea, as of yet completely metaphysical. Or would it be figurative? Mental? Ideological?(Am I even spelling that right?) -that can't be right. Ah well.
I infinitely prefer "Ah well" to "Oh well." It is my apprehension that optimists say "Ah", which the sound of rather conveys a note of hang-it-all-and-who-cares-we'll-be-jolly-anyway, whereas "Oh well" seems to drown in woes and remain shrouded in the dark despairs of doom.
But back to the physical, literal, substantial, solid possibilities of a photo contest. How would one go about it? What requirements ought I to inflict upon the gentle readers, presuming I did have a contest? I suppose that somehow I would have contestors post a link to a particular photo bearing the words, "Weird is the New Normal." That is the essential requirement.
So, on my behalf, do post a comment and state your opinion-whether you think this is a good idea.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
As of late, Bracie and I have been reading Miss Manners, also known as Judith Martin. We came across this brilliant quote:
Dear Miss Manners:
A while ago, a beautiful gal with her mom dropped a doughnut on the floor beside me as I was turning to walk out of a snack shop in a shopping mall. I have been puzzled about the meaning of that-if it was an accident, or if I missed the chance to meet her. How should I respond so that I don't miss the next opportunity like that?
If there is a standard flirtation maneuver called the Doughnut Ploy, Miss Manners is blessedly ignorant of it. Frankly, she does not think that was much of an opportunity you missed. A doughnut cannot be scooped up gracefully, like a dropped handkerchief, and presented to the lady with a deep, meaningful look and an ingratiating "Excuse me, but I believe this is yours."