February 28, 2013

The Saddest News of the Day....

It has just been announced via press release that the third movie in the Hobbit trilogy, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," has been moved to a December 17, 2014 release date.  Originally planned as a summer film, the move now mirrors the three Peter Jackson directed Hobbit films with is also-directed "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy.  The second movie, "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug," is scheduled for a Dec. 13 release this year.
The shift makes the release consistent with the pre-holiday releases of the previous films pitting it in competition with two family friendly films, one a spinoff of "Despicable Me," and the other from Pixar's Brad Bird titled "Tomorrowland."
The bulk of all three films has already been shot with planned "pick ups" set for May which are expected to last for several weeks or even months. The first film, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," has grossed nearly $1 billion world wide at the box office and $300 million in the U.S. The three movies are based on the book "The Hobbit," by J.R.R. Tolkien, released 75 years ago.
Found here on The One Ring.
No, I didn't cry....  I just sighed.

February 26, 2013

A Night To Remember

A few months ago, my sister came up with the brilliant, yet crazy, idea to host a Valentine's Banquet for the couples at our church. I won't bore you with the details of the chaos beforehand and just fast-forward to the night of the banquet. Thankfully, it went well, but I know we were all more than happy to achieve our original and main goal – to bless our parents and the couples at our church who invest so much into our lives.

It was decided early on that I would be the official photographer, which made me both excited and nervous at the same time.  So, without further ado, the best pictures from the night of, accompanied by commentary from yours truly. : ) (And, hey – seventeen out of three hundred and forty-six isn't bad, if I do say so myself.)
The dining hall.  Absolutely beautiful in the candlelight!
The salad was literally thrown together, minutes before the couples came in.  Does it look thrown together?  No?  High fives to all who helped!
We had a hostess desk for Arwen to stand behind (because she was the hostess), sign people in, and get their orders.  "Would you like your pasta with marinara or alfredo sauce?  And would you like that to be gluten-free or not?"
(I was in charge of all the gluten-free stuff.  Good news!  I didn't get stressed out 'til the night before!)

Getting ready for The (Not So) Newlyweds Game
The women went first, writing down their answers to the questions asked of them.
Then the men came in.
"Don't worry - I still love you even if I get an answer wrong!"

Some answers completely confused the men!
Thank goodness there weren't many hard feelings!
"How could you not have gotten that one right?"


Afterwards was dancing, which went on late into the night and mixed with the clean-up.
Hope you all liked the pictures!  If you attended the banquet and would like prints of the pictures you see here or others, just email me or leave a comment below!  Prints of the individual couples pictures are being ordered as soon as I get the time.  : )


February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

First, for all the Whovians.....

Second, for all the married couples (or single people's parents or whatever)....  Some words of advice from our friends at Get In Here Igniter Ministries.

Lastly, for all of us single people, who will be celebrating Single Awareness Day (S.A.D.) this year....

Happy Valentine's Day, y'all.


February 12, 2013

Protect Us, Lord, From Being Writers Such As These

Really?  Really?!

Never fear, writers suffering from the accursed Writer's Block.  You are nothing compared to this.

Take heart.


February 5, 2013

This guy is *right* on!!

This video isn't about how to get guys to like you - it's about how to get the right guy to like you.  There's a difference.  And Jordan is right on when he explains it!

Listen well, sister!
(And no, that was not a way of tweaking Thor's idiotic line from The Avengers.)

What do you think?  Do you agree with him?

Let the comment war begin!


February 2, 2013

i love tags... muchly

Bella of To Say Nothing of Reality tagged me! *fistpump*

So, instead of the (rather boring) post that I was planning on doing today, I'll just reply to her tag. : )

1) Will you watch black-and-white movies?

Oh, yes. They're amazing! Sure, I prefer movies in color, but I think that a lot of the better movies (with better morals, actors, stories, etc) are in black-and-white – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, You Can't Take it With You, It's a Wonderful Life, Cyrano de Bergerac. (If you haven't already, go watch all of those. Post haste.)

2) If you could choose between Middle Earth and Narnia where would you go?

Dare I even try to choose?! *sigh* Fine.

Let's see.... I think it would depend on when. If Faramir were still alive, then I'd go to Middle Earth. He's the only reason I watch Lord of the Rings now. XD

And it depends on who's in Narnia – all of the Pevensies? Or Eustace and Jill? Or Diggory and Polly? Or Shasta and Aravis? Or somewhere in between? You have to keep all those factors in mind!

In the end, though, I think I'd choose Narnia, partially because I'd love to just walk around and stumble upon places in the books – Cair Paravel, anyone?! – and partially because I'd love to meet people and see all of the creatures with my own eyes. That would be amazing.

3) What is one place you'd like to visit?(or revisit as the case may be)

SCOTLAND!!!!! (This is a visit, not a revisit.) My revisit place would be Washington, D.C. There was way too much to see in only ten days, and it was even harder to process when I was eleven! Or Disney. (Yes, I'm eighteen and want to go to Disney. Your point is?)

4) You discover a dragons egg under your bed. What is the first thing you do?

Shriek hysterically. Then claim it as my own and have an internal debate as to what to name it when it hatched. Probably Ciara, after Aaron's dragon. (From Aaron's Journey, that novel I keep telling you guys about. Toying with the idea of rewriting it... for the third time.)

5) How would you describe a hero?

Percy and Knightley and Alf all rolled into one. : ) Seriously, though, a hero is someone who is sacrificial – someone who puts others' needs above his own. Someone who will do anything necessary to achieve his goal. (And, in doing so, not only rescues the princess, but wins her heart as well.)

6) Do you like acting and if so, would you take an acting class with me?

Ooh, yes, please!! There was a time when I dreamed about acting, but now I'm only thinking about writing screenplays. Methinks an acting class would help my writing.

*takes freshly baked, gluten-free (and still delicious!) peanut butter cookie break*

7) What is your favorite type of book?

A good one. Lots of action, suspense, and mystery, a very creepy bad guy, an awesome hero, and a girl. So that there can be a hint of romance. : ) If you don't believe that all this can be put into one book, go pick up something by Wayne Thomas Batson. Remember that name – WTB, author of awesomeness known as The Door Within Trilogy, The “Isle” Books (Isle of Swords and Isle of Fire), The Berinfell Prophecies, and The Dark Sea Annals. All are good and highly recommended to all who read this post!!!

8)Do you carry/own a sonic screwdriver?

Sadly, no. But I know a few guys who do.... : )

9) Would you run away with Peter Pan?

Maybe... if only to see if I can kill Hook all by me onesies. (Savvy?)

10) Do you like the old, legend-like fairy tales?

Eh... not really. I like Disney fairy tales, though!

11) What is the craziest thing you've ever done?

Written fifty thousand words of my novel in one month. That was insane – and I absolutely mean it. I don't think I'll be able to do it again (until June, that is).

Ask me again in about two months and I'll tell you, “Edit my novel.”

Thank you so much for tagging me, Bella! That was so much fun!!

To be on the weird side (or just be me), I'm going to tag all of my readers without blogs. That means Haley and Elinor and anyone else who wants to! Below are your questions. Leave your answers in the comment section. Can't wait to read them!

  1. Have you ever done something so crazy that you know you'll never do it again?
  2. Who is your favorite literary hero/heroine?
  3. Have you ever read a book by Wayne Thomas Batson???
  4. What is your favorite kind of cookie?
  5. Do you think that Loki is evil, or just cute?
  6. Have you ever been so “into” something (such as a hobby or book or movie) that it scares your family, especially parents? Do tell!
  7. Do you agree with me that War Horse seemed a lot like Black Beauty?
  8. Which do you like more – folding laundry or washing dishes?
  9. What is your most-accessed video (or channel or playlist) on YouTube?
  10. When was the last time you memorized a Bible verse and what was it?