January 25, 2012

Random Silliness...

I came across this blog post a while ago and nearly laughed my head off. Being a huge fan of The Scarlet Pimpernel and Sir Percy in particular, I decided to share it with you guys. Enjoy!

"When you connect an iDevice to your iTunes account, you have to give it a name. Well, my iPod has always been called "[Miss Dashwood]'s iPod" on my iTunes account, but today I decided to rename it. I've heard of people calling their iPods "Titanic", so that the pop-up message says "syncing Titanic". I always thought that was a little morbid, but a much funnier idea occurred to me today.

My iPod is now called "Sir Percy Blakeney," and my little pop-up message now tells me that iTunes is "syncing Sir Percy Blakeney."

Yes, I am far too easily amused, what?"

- Miss Dashwood, Yet Another Period Drama Blog

January 23, 2012

Christmas Pictures

I just realized I never posted pictures of my little brother from Christmas! Whoops. Major fail on my part - I mean, what's the point of having an awesome camera and taking adorable pictures of him if I forget to post them and share them with the entire world?! : )

Let me first tell you that this little boy loves guitars. We had a little electric one that looked and sounded fake, but he loved it and played with it nearly every day. Well, we all got tired of that guitar pretty soon. A friend suggested we get him a real accoustic guitar for Christmas. So that's what we did. When we gave it to him, still wrapped, he took one look at the shape and said, "Prob'ly bylin," which is his word for violin. He started unwrapping part of it, saw the tuning pegs, and gave us this reaction:
"Prob'ly guitar!!!" he shouted, banging on it in his effort to get the wrapping off as soon as he could.

Love at first sight - just look at that smile!!

We shouldn't have worried about him playing the little electric guitar any more. He's obsessed with this one, and plays it every single day - no kidding!

Telling us something about it. (See his pick? He insists on having a pick, even though we all tell him Maria [from Sound of Music] doesn't use one.)

A once-in-a-lifetime picture of my little brother and two cousins!

And my all-time favorite...

Until next time...


January 22, 2012


Hey, everybody!

Just in case you didn't notice, there's a new poll on the side of the blog. I couldn't decide which review I wanted to do next, so I decided to do the obvious thing - let you guys decide! : )

The choices are:
A movie review (probably Jane Eyre, but comment if you want a different movie reviewed)
A book review (The Errant King by Wayne Thomas Batson)
A music review (WOW 2012 or the Little Women musical soundtrack that I listen to very often)
A light opera review. : ) Arwen and I discovered Gilbert and Sullivan a few years ago and have fallen in love with light opera since then. Light operas are basically the same thing as musicals, except there's a tad bit more music, and the singers have a wider vibrato. (Not particularly my cup of tea, but hey...) Oh, yeah... and they're really, really funny! In the review, I'd tell you which ones we've seen, which we prefer, and which versions to look for. (Hint: The newer versions have more language.)

FYI, the poll closes on February 1st.


January 21, 2012

Hello Again!

It's been a while since I posted last. Whoops! I've been busy with a lot of things - particularly school. I've been doing a lot of new subjects this year (including learning Greek as my second language and a writing curriculum called 'One Year Adventure Novel' that I adore!), but I won't tell you about all of my school woes, such as the 16-page history test I had to do today or how I had to re-do two math lessons.

Instead, let me tell you a conversation I had with my adorable little brother the other day. I was pretending to be asleep and Arwen was asking me a question. My little brother had to serve as a sort of middle man - Arwen would ask him a question, then he'd ask me, I'd answer, and he'd tell her what I said (usually...). It was late at night and I was bored, tired, and going insane from lack of sugar (I've been off it for about two weeks now... ugh!), so I decided to have fun with them. : ) The conversation went something like this.

Arwen - Can I have some of your strawberry shortcake? Hello...?
Little brother - She sleepin'.
Me - Uh, huh.
A - Well, ask her if I can have some strawberries.
LB - Strawbusies?
A - Yes.
LB - 'Kay. Can she have some?
Me - Have some what?
LB - Strawbusies.
Me - Yes.
LB - (to Arwen) She said yes.
A - Ask her how many.
LB - How many?
Me - How many what?
LB - Uh... strawbusies.
Me - She can have as many as she wants.
LB - (Putting up his little finger and accenting each word with it) She say only one, then that bees it.
A - I don't think that's what she said. Ask her about the shortcake. How many little cakes can I have?
LB - Who many can she have?
Me - (Laughing - he usually mixes up words like that and says, "Where are her?" instead of "Where is she?") Who many what?
LB - (Struggling to find the word) Who many... Georgia Techs? (I promise, that's exactly what he said!!)
Me - You mean 'shortcakes'?
LB - (Nods his head, then turns to Arwen with my answer) She say no more. It dark-time - nigh-nigh time.
Me - That's not what I said! She can have as many as she wants.
LB - She say yes.

Isn't he adorable?! (Please say yes so I know it's not just me!)

January 8, 2012

Literary Tag

I saw this tag on a blog I read, and decided to do it! (If you want to, I'll tag you, too!) To begin, you must choose twelve literary characters. Choose the characters first, then proceed to answer the questions.

1. Percy Blakeney (The Scarlet Pimpernel)

2. Emma Woodhouse (Emma)

3. Laura Timmons (Lark Rise to Candleford - yes, I've only seen Season One, but it's a book!)

4. Mac Campbell (Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom)

5. Mr. Knightly (Emma)

6. Jo March (Little Women)

7. Rose Campbell (Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom)

8. Paul Chauvelin (The Scarlet Pimpernel)

9. Bella Wilfer (Our Mutual Friend)

10. Theodore "Laurie" Laurence (Little Women)

11. Eustace Scrubb (Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, etc.)

12. Aiden Thomas (The Door Within Trilogy)

Now, answer the questions by putting the correct characters instead of the numbers.

1. Who would make a better college professor, 6 (Jo March) or 11 (Eustace Scrubb)? Oh, dear! I think Jo would, because she's smart and a good writer, and Eustace, well... as we read in Dawn Treader, he hadn't read "any of the right books."

2. 12 (Aiden Thomas) sends 8 (Paul Chauvelin) out on a mission. What is it? Does it succeed? Aiden, how could you?! Oh, well.... I guess he'd send Chauvelin to do something the King. Chauvelin would accomplish the task because he's stealthy and has his ways, but wouldn't actually bring Aiden the needed thing because he would join Paragor's forces. (Villain that he is!!)

3. What is, or what would be, 9 (Bella Wilfer)’s favorite book? Well, it depends on how far she is into the book - how far her character is developed. I'd say something about love. (Something which Julius Hanford/John Rokesmith/John Harmon would know nothing about....)

4. Would it make more sense for 2 (Emma) to swear fealty to 6 (Jo) or the other way around? Um... Probably the other way around. Jo seems more like the person that would swear fealty to someone, not Emma.

5. Number 5 (Mr. Knightly) is looking for a roommate. Should s/he room with 9 (Bella Wilfer) or 10 (Laurie)? Laurie, no doubt about it.

6. 2 (Emma), 7 (Rose), and 12 (Aiden) are going out to dinner. Where are they going, and what do they discuss? Emma would want to go somewhere where she could see people (for her matchmaking purposes), Rose would want to go somewhere that reminds her of her voyages around the world with Uncle Alec, and Aiden would probably just want a cheeseburger. They wouldn't be able to decide and would eventually go to Rose's house so Aunt Plenty could make them a meal. Emma would want to know all the juicy details about "Charlie + Rose" and Rose would change the subject and talk to Aiden about drawing. A boring evening all around.

7. 3 (Laura) challenges 10 (Laurie) to a duel. Who wins? Seriously?! Laurie would obviously win because he's probably a lot better at sword-fighting than Laura, but he'd be a gentleman and let her win.

8. If 1 (Percy) stole 8 (Chauvelin)’s most precious possession, how would s/he get it back? (Cool, they're actually in the same story!!) Well, Chaubertin - Odd's fish, excuse me - Chauvelin would try to get it back, but wouldn't because Percy is too ingenious and cunning to let him get it back!

9. Suggest a story title in which 7 (Rose) and 12 (Aiden) both attain what they want. A Novel's End. (Seriously, though, Rose and Aiden have nothing in common!!)

10. What kind of plot device would you have to use to get 1 (Percy) and 4 (Mac) to work together? Hmmm.... They're both very intelligent. I think Percy would help Mac convince Rose to marry him. : )

11. If 7 (Rose) visited you for the weekend, how would it go? Wonderfully!!! We'd talk about her cousins and which one I thought she should have married since Eight Cousins. (And my absolute favorite scene from Rose in Bloom - "Polishing Mac"!)

12. If you could command 3 (Laura) to perform any service or task for you, what would it be? I think I'd have her NOT kiss Philip, and definitely not marry him. (Everyone knows Alfie is for her!!!)

13. If 2 (Emma) had to choose sides between 4 (Mac) or 5 (Mr. Knightly), what side would s/he choose? Mr. Knightly, without a doubt!! He's her friend, and Mac is too unsociable for her.

14. What might 10 (Laurie) shout out while charging into battle? "FOR JO!!!"

15. If you had to choose a song to best describe 3 (Laura), what would it be? Deary me... Laura doesn't seem to be the singing type! Well, after she met Philip, she'd probably sing "Ten Minutes Ago" from Cinderella. (Even though I don't think he's the one for her....)

16. 1 (Percy), 6 (Jo), and 12 (Aiden) are having a dim sum at a Chinese Restaurant. There is only one scallion pancake left , and they all reach for it at the same time. Who gets it? What's a dim sum? lol Percy is too much of a gentleman to keep going for the scallion pancake, so he'd let Jo or Aiden have it. Aiden would reach for it, then stop because it wouldn't be as good as the food in The Realm and start wishing he was back in The Realm. Jo would get the pancake.

17. What would 5 (Mr. Knightly) most likely be arrested for? Perish the thought! But if I must.... If there was ever a law for being too awesome of a hero, Mr. Knightly would get it. ("If I loved you less, I might be able to speak about it more!" would be Exhibit A.)

18. What is 6 (Jo)’s secret? The first time she met Professor Baer, she instantly thought, "Ahh, a perfect tutor for my school at Plumfield - if I can ever get it going. And a perfect real-life model for Rodrigo!!"

19. If 11 (Eustace) and 9 (Bella) were racing to a destination, who would get there first? Bella, because Eustace would drag his feet, whining at how far it was and how there was no point, etc.

20. If you had to walk home through a bad neighborhood late at night, who would you be more comfortable walking with, 7 (Rose) or 8 (Chauvelin)? Chauvelin from a more protective standpoint, but he would creep me out so much that I'd choose Rose and hope she brought Mac or even Charlie along!

21. 1 (Percy) and 9 (Bella) reluctantly team up to save the world from the threat posed by 4 (Mac)'s sinister secret organization. 11 (Eustace) volunteers to help them, but it is later discovered that s/he is actually a spy for 4 (Mac). Meanwhile, 4 (Mac) has kidnapped 12 (Aiden) in an attempt to force their surrender. Following the wise advice of 5 (Mr. Knightly), they seek out 3 (Laura), who gives them what they need to complete their quest. What title would you give this fiction? Sir Percy Wins Again, A Novel. (Bella and Percy are perfect for each other, by the way! Yikes, something must have happened to Mac... poor Mac!! Eustace is just the sort of person who would give up such a secret as him being a spy... lol! And poor Aiden - where was Son of Fury?! Yes, the wise advice of Mr. Knightly - always follow Knightly's advice! Laura would probably give them a letter or something, lol! A wonderful novel, really.... someone should write it.)


January 7, 2012

The Dixie Ball!

Finally, it's the post you've all been waiting for!! : )

I'm dreadfully sorry I haven't done this post sooner! I've been just swamped with work (both hard work like reorganizing about six years worth of piano sheet music, and fun work like five hours of writing earlier today. {Ahh, bliss!}) Well, I'm finally here again with the few dozen pictures from the Dixie Ball on New Year's Eve. (Speaking of a few dozen pictures, silly Blogger would only let me upload five at a time. Five!! *shakes head*)

The first thing I'd like to say was just how much FUN it was! I haven't been to a ball in about three years, and I was really, really excited when our friends told us there was going to be one on New Year's Eve. Arwen and I started working on our dresses almost immediately, and got them (nearly) finished in time for the ball. (Yeah, don't look too closely at my dress... the front was held together with safety pins!)

Let me also say that I was a little worried about it being on New Year's Eve. How romantic, right? That's exactly what I was nervous about! Well, I'm pleased to announce that there was no such silliness at the ball, and everything was done in good, proper, and clean order! (More on that later...)

I'll keep you in suspense no longer. On with our dresses!

Voila!! This is Arwen's dress that she made - very gorgeous, no? (What she would call gorgemous, lol...) I realized I didn't have a head-to-toe picture of her in it, so this will have to do. (Pardon our messy room!) This picture was taken with the hoop under it. I think it's beautiful with the hoop, but, as we only had one, Arwen was sweet and let me wear it while she wore a crinoline.

Me in my "gorgemous" dress! (In the hoop, too!) Ain't it purdy?! Arwen and I were trying to decide what character we'd try to be for the ball and I couldn't decide between Jo March and Rose Campbell (Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott - a great book if you haven't read it!!). I'm more like Jo - second born, a writer, independent spirit, and all! - and I eventually decided on her because Rose is a little too perfect for me. I have way more faults than her!! (It was weird, though, how things worked out that it was as if I'd chosen her...) : )

At the Ball

The back of our dresses and our pretty hair. This is us trying to figure out how to do the Posties Jig. (A really fun dance, and we were fortunate that all four of the guys in our group knew how to do it!!)

Ick, my dress was gorgeous, but it was a pain to move around in! (Also, not ten minutes after we got in there, someone stepped on the train in the back, popping all of the hooks and eyes. We fastened it together again and put a big safety pin on it. I'm pleased to tell you it only happened three times throughout the evening!)

Arwen in her beautiful dress and gloves... *sigh*

My younger sister in my old Brattonsville dress. She looks so carefree!! : )

Me and the friend that told us about the ball - thank you!!! - and our dancing cards. This is part of the clean and proper way things were done. We all got dancing cards when we came, but only the young men had the pencils. They would ask the ladies for a dance, then write their name in the lady's dancing card, then the lady would write her name in the man's card, both on the space for whichever dance they'd asked for. It was really exciting to see how that worked in a real ball - things like that are spoken of so much in Louisa May Alcott or Jane Austen books, but I never knew how it really worked. It was an interesting experience!

Arwen dancing with my dad

The friend who invited us and one of the friends we invited!

This one was hard! (Especially when a girl was supposed to 'be the guy.' That was confusing!)

Me and my younger sister

The Grand March! This was one my little brother could do because we just wove through people and grabbed hands and eventually wound up in a big circle. (Hard to explain...) Doesn't he look adorable?! He stayed with the girl in the plaid dress for almost the entire evening. (He had quite a few girls wrapped around his little finger! And I'm one of them!! HA!!)

Me and my "supportive" younger brother. LOL!! No, it just looks like I'm leaning on him because the camera is crooked and my hoop is sticking out. We danced nearly the entire second half of the ball together, which was a lot of fun! Thanks, Bubby!

Me and my dad doing that confusing dance... Fun once you knew what to do, but confusing until then!!

My little brother and the other little girl he stayed with. (I think this was the one who helped him move a chair back and forth across the room....)


All of the girls we knew at the ball - and it's only girls from four families!! (Don't you love big families?!)

Yup, he's got me wrapped around his little finger, sweetie precious baby!! Love him to death!!

Hope you enjoyed reading about the ball!


January 1, 2012

Looking Ahead to 2012

Here are a few things I'm looking forward to in 2012...

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey coming out December 14th... : D

  • Brave coming out some time in June

  • For my birthday, I got a ticket to go see Les Miserables with Arwen and my grandma in April. Can't wait!!!!

  • My senior year of high school! Yahoo!

  • Whatever I write... : )
That's all I can think of right now... Ha!

Here's something you can look forward to - pictures from the Dixie Ball we attended last night! Here's a sneak peek of what you'll see....