Thursday, December 31, 2009

A New Year, A New Me!

Oh New Year's resolutions... I suppose this year I only have one big resolution:

Get into shape!

The military told me they weren't interested in having me in their medical corps because I have asthma. I did some research and I found something saying I have the option of a waiver, if I can be cleared by my doctor and not use any asthma meds for one year. That means that not only do I have to get into good enough shape to pass their physical fitness tests, but I have to wheeze my way through it. Because by God, they WILL take me before year's end!

The plan is simple... eat better and exercise regularly! I'm only a few pounds under their weight limit, so I need to get into shape as well as lose some weight. I've got a binder all set up, and everything prepped to start running (a most hated but unfortunately necessary activity). No more soda as of 1/1/10, and minimize junk food intake. I can do this! In the past, I have failed miserably at trying to lose weight. The difference this time? A gigantic carrot hanging at the end of the stick called "U.S. Air Force Medical Scholarship".

They had better take me after all of this. I need to find a new recruiter, because I'm pretty sure my old recruiter blocked all my contact efforts after the word "asthma" came up. I've tried multiple times to get in touch and have had no success. I want that scholarship! If they take me, I'd be more than happy to put in 20 years with them! I'm not just looking for their money, I'm looking for a career.

So, tonight is the last night of my unhealthy lifestyle. Tomorrow, I break out the running shoes and hit the pavement!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Hi...

...my name is Lindsay, and I have a book buying problem.

I like to call my condition Cantstopmyselffrombuyingbookswheniminthebookstore Syndrome. Awfully long name, right??? But it's true! I don't think there's a cure for it either. I went to the mall the other day (Actually, the day after Christmas... never EVER go to a mall the day after Christmas unless you're mental!) and there was a Borders... I have absolutely no restraint in bookstores! I went it thinking, "I'll just look around." and walked out with 8 new books! Do I have time for 8 more books?! No!!! I have a To Be Read pile that is constantly growing! So, this is the entirety of this post... I have about 30 books to read before break ends in a week and a half. Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!






<----- This is how I feel right now.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Review: Avatar Movie


My family and I went and saw the Avatar movie this past weekend. I have to say, Avatar certainly lived up to its $400 million budget! I was impressed by the computer graphics, which were definitely innovative. The acting was good, and I liked the storyline.

Avatar is about a planet called Pandora. In the year 2054, Americans have established a base on Pandora and are mining a special resource. Marines are used on the base for protection purposes, because the native populations are unwelcoming. Scientists are also on the base, attempting to research the planet. Their research is done using avatars, a human/native hybrid that is made using the DNA of a specific researcher. This allows a researcher to form a link with the avatar that is made from their DNA through a mental link. The research team, with the help of a Marine, worked to befriend the local population. Unfortunately for the researchers and locals, Americans possess an unquenchable thirst for expansion.

The acting in the movie was great. Sam Worthington played a Marine, and did a great job with his role. He has a certain attitude, which you can hear in his narration, which lends to his tough-guy persona. The other actors played their parts well, although I can't say anyone's acting was a stand-out performance. The costumes were great, although they too, were nothing stellar. The avatars were a combination of the actors and computer animation, and looked cool. You can definitely tell they are animated, but the animation blends perfectly with the scenes so the visual effects are fantastic!

Unfortunately, regardless of all the flashy graphics and the enjoyable plot, I found the movie borderline offensive! It's been a very long time since I saw a movie which was so blatantly racist. Normally when I watch a movie, I just watch it for enjoyment and don't bother analyzing the story. Unfortunately, my brain seems to have been on that evening, because from early on in the film, all I could do was think about how racist the film was. When we walked out of the theatre, the first thing my dad mentioned was how racist/stereotypical the movie was! The locals on Pandora were portrayed as very primitive. They worn loin cloths, war paint, and headdresses. They whooped their war cries, and had no stronger weapons than bows and arrows while the U.S. Marines laughed at their pitiful weaponry.

I suppose my issue with this movie was that I don't understand why Americans feel the need to portray native populations as primitive. Yes, we do have a lot of technology and an awesome military, however that doesn't mean we're entitled to portray ourselves as culturally superior! I grasp that they didn't want to stick to the stereotypical alien that is technologically advanced, however it was almost like we were laughing at primitive cultures. I was not a fan.

That being said, it's an enjoyable movie so long as you are watching it at face value and not really paying attention to subtext... which I know is how most people watch movies. So go ahead and go see the movie and make your own judgment as to whether you like it or not! The graphics are cool and the storyline is great, so I'm sure most people would enjoy it!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Fotography Friday #17

Merry Christmas!!!


I hope everyone is having a great Christmas (those who celebrate it)! Here are a few shots of Christmas cheer! I lied yesterday about posting the snow pictures. I'll share them next week. These pictures are mainly of a pair of houses down the road from me. Each year, they get all decked out with lights, and have a bit of a competition. I can't even imagine their electric bill!



This is an ornament from my Christmas tree at home. It's just a random bell. I should take a photo of my favorite ornament. My favorite is a Chronicles of Narnia ornament with Lucy stepping through the wardrobe on one side and snowy Narnia on the other side. I love it!


This is the house on the corner of the street. In my opinion, they lost the light battle.


This was the house that I think won! It's insane! And they have a little train that has a food bank sign in the driveway. They're collecting food for the local food bank, which I thought was really cool.


Here's a closer shot of the house I think won. The whole house is completely covered in lights and they play Christmas music the whole time.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

It's Christmas Eve!!!!!


SANTA IS COMING! SANTA IS COMING!

I am SOOOOOOO excited!!! I'm at my Grandma's house in Maryland, and my whole family is here! We have a bunch of traditions which we do every year for Christmas. Grandma always has to make grilled cheese sandwiches while we're here (no one makes grilled cheese like Grandma!). For Christmas Eve dinner, we all set up a taco buffet and a bunch of friends come over to eat and hang out. I'm sure you're all thinking, "Tacos??? On Christmas Eve???" Yes... we don't rock the traditional turkey and what-not. I have no idea why, but we've done tacos my whole life!

On Christmas morning, we always have Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, and then we wait at the top of the stairs until our parents tell us we can come down. We spend the morning hanging out and opening presents. In the evening, we set up another buffet for dinner. We have all sorts of cheeses and meats (that we make sandwiches and stuff with) and other yummy stuff.

I'm excited to see what Santa brings, but I'm so stoked to give everyone the presents I bought! This is the first Christmas that I've had a legit paycheck, instead of a meager summer job that I've had to stretch the money I earned across an entire year. This is going to be so fun!

I'm also having a blast at Grandma's because she got SNOW!!! Actually, all of Maryland and Virginia got rocked with snow a few days ago. Record amounts. But guess what? Virginia Beach got rain! Everyone I know got two feet of snow and we got more rain! Fortunately, the snow lasted at Grandma's. save a bit that melted. She's still got at least 12 inches on the ground, which is more than double the most snow I've ever seen. I haven't seen snow since freshman year of college, and the most I've ever seen was about 4-5 inches when I was 11. My cousin and I are about to go out and play in the most snow I've ever seen in my life!!!

So, I hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas Eve and I'll share some pictures of the snow with all of you tomorrow!!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Book Review & Giveaway: Arcadia Snips by Robert Rodgers


**UPDATE: The author says he is working on a sequel, but it won't be printed unless sales improve for this book! If you're interested, please buy the book by clicking here! I promise you'll be glad you did!

I was asked by Robert Rodgers to read his book, Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium. This was, without a doubt, the BEST book I have read in quite some time!

To imagine the incredibly unique world in which this story is set, you must think "steampunk". Imagine gears and cogs and all manner of mechanical objects. The whole world is operated by machines, and at the center of it all is the Steamwork. Arcadia Snips, professional thief, has been asked to assist in the murder investigation of one Basil Copper, scientist and Steamwork employee. From the outset, you become immersed in two separate storylines, one occurring twenty years in the past that has led to the other, which is set in the present. You meet all manner of characters, from the feminist Miss Primrose to the dastardly Von Grimskull.

In Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium, Snips helps a pair of investigators as they research the "accidental" death of Basil Copper. Little do they know, their investigation is stepping on the toes of a very powerful organization that isn’t in the mood to tolerate their nosing about! This book runs the gamut of mad science scenarios, from tea with pigeons to Armageddon scenarios! In the book, you follow the process of the investigation and slowly learn the full story behind what has taken place.

Arcadia Snips was a fun and relatively quick read! It certainly was the most unique story I have ever read! I particularly loved the interactions between characters. The mannerisms and dialogue is witty and amusing. The book is full of mad banter and some of the characters obviously have a few screws loose. Snips puts it best when she says, "I'm fluent in crazy." The wide variety of characters make for unusual and humorous conversations that on more than one occasion caused me to laugh aloud! I was so entertained that I don’t think I’ve ever smiled so much while reading a book!

The book flows incredibly well, considering you are frequently jumping between storylines. The author involves the reader in every aspect of the story. The book spends time in both the present and the past, allowing you to gain the back-story by jumping back twenty years to where it all began. In the present, the story branches once again, so you are witnessing events from the perspective of Snips, as well as following the actions of the villains. I love that there are also numerous illustrations throughout the book which provided a visual for situations taking place.

One suggestion I must make to readers is that reading the chapter titles is critical! It is very easy to get lost in the mess of who is who, when is what, so forth and so on. I quickly learned that I had more success with keeping track of everything going on if I read the chapter titles. This book has very long chapter titles, however they set the stage for what is happening. For example, chapter 1 is titled, "CHAPTER 1: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO OUR TALE OCCURRING 20 YEARS PRIOR, WHEREIN PIGS TAKE FLIGHT, FOOLS TAKE NOTE, AND A GRAND PARTNERSHIP IS PROPOSED". Intriguing, is it not?

I absolutely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys action, comedy, science fiction, a smattering of romance, or alternative history scenarios! The book is incredibly well written and won't disappoint! I will definitely be watching to see if the author writes any more Arcadia Snips adventures!


And now, for the giveaway!

Win a copy of Arcadia Snips! Entering is easy! All you have to do is post a comment! The giveaway ends on Dec 31st and the winner will be announced Jan 1st! (U.S. Only please!)

For extra entries, post about this giveaway (in your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Digg, etc) +1 entry per post! Please leave separate comments for each, providing a web address so I can see your entry!

I'm trying something a bit different this time around (taking a page out of Jaime's book over at Revenge of the Book Nerds)- I am not requiring anyone to follow my blog to win! However, I will not be contacting the winner! You have to check back to see if you've won! Therefore, following would probably be to your benefit, but it's not required. Winner will be announced Jan 1 and will have 48 hours to contact me before I pick a new winner!

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*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I bought the giveaway copy myself.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Book Review: A Highlander's Temptation by Sue-Ellen Welfonder



I was asked to read and review A Highlander’s Temptation by Sue-Ellen Welfonder. The story is set in 14th century Scotland, a time when hostilities were high among the various Highland clans. The heroine of the story is the young and beautiful Arabella MacKenzie, daughter of the chief of clan MacKenzie. While on a sea voyage to a set of islands, Arabella I forced to abandon ship. The following day, she is found offshore of an island owned by the clan MacConacher. Darroc, the hero of the story, is happy to help her, until he learns her name. The MacConachers hate the MacKenzies for atrocities committed against their clan in the past. Unfortunately for Darroc, he falls for the one woman he knows he should hate.

Think of this book as a Scottish rendition of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet- feuding families and a love that seems doomed from the beginning. I enjoyed this book! It was a quick and easy read, and the story kept me interested throughout. There was certainly no shortage of action or drama! This book has a smattering of everything- battles, magic, paranormal activity, and romance. I became very attached to characters, and even caught myself getting a bit misty-eyed at one point in the story.

I particularly enjoyed the interactions between the MacConacher men. Whenever Arabella was around, they had fun picking on Darroc (A lot of that “wink-wink-nudge-nudge sort of humor, if you know what I mean!). The crazy old woman who helped around the castle was also very amusing- she was convinced she was helping when often the men had to go behind her and correct the wreckage she was causing! The author did a nice job of developing the characters, even the minor ones who only played supporting roles to the storyline. By doing this, the author develops an entire community of which the reader is able to become a part.

Something that caught my attention was that some of the names were a bit silly in this book. A Viking with the name Olaf Big Nose would certainly not inspire his foes to go running with their tails between their legs! There’s also a relic in this story that the clans call the “Thunder Rod”. Can you guess what sort of power it has? No? Think hard! Thunder. Rod. Have you got it now? My mind had wandered into that gutter long before they explained the extent of its powers later in the book! I understand the purpose behind the names used, however it was difficult to take them seriously each time they arose in the book.

I wasn’t a particularly big fan of the paranormal aspect of the storyline. Essentially, the ghost of a jaded female haunted the castle and enjoyed meddling in the affairs of Darroc and Arabella. However, in the end, her role had absolutely no bearing on the storyline aside from being a relic of a tale they told around the castle about a girl who had been left to die there long ago. I normally enjoy the paranormal aspect of stories, however I think in this situation that the story would not have been any different without it.

I will say I was a bit disappointed towards the end. Clan MacConacher and Olaf Big Nose’s warriors headed off to sea battle, and without giving too much away, I would have to say I felt it was incredibly anticlimactic! It almost seemed as if the author rushed towards the end of the book. To remedy this, it’s as if she created situations in which everything was able to happen in an expedited manner. That being said, I will say I appreciate her brevity in some cases. I do not feel the need to experience days of wallowing in self-pity when I can just as easily catch the gist from the statement, “He had been miserable for days.”

All in all, this was a good book. It didn’t take long to read, and didn’t have a complex plot. If you’re looking for a nice, light romance novel, definitely give this one a try!

*I received a copy of this book from the publishers, Hatchette Book Group, in exchange for an honest review. The author also provided a copy for a giveaway.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Contest- Win a Design from Yours Truly!

No Fotography Friday today... too busy lately with finals and all to photograph much :op On the bright side, I made straight A's! By some bizarre miracle I managed an A in Organic Chemistry! I wrote an email to the author of the Organic Chemistry for Dummies book and thanked him for saving me. He thought I was funny. The man really has no idea...

On another note, I have a somewhat random giveaway for all of you! As some of you may have noticed, I've officially transitioned to my own domain! Confessions of a Bookworm is now found at http://www.BookwormConfessions.com! In honor of this awesomeness, I'm going to do something fun for one of my readers! I love playing on Photoshop, so I figured, "Why not design a header for someone?" I did my own, as well as numerous others. Along with the header above, here are a couple I've done:







Not interested in a header? I can also do buttons, banners, etc! So yeah, if you want to win, it's simple enough! Just leave a comment (with email please!)! Winner will be chosen on Dec. 31st and emailed so we can discuss what I can do for you!

This giveaway is a gift to my followers, so only followers can enter!

+2 entries for old followers
+1 entry for new followers
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

A great giveaway!

Have you ever had that embarrassing situation where you squat down for something and your shirt slides up a bit and you realize your flashing your underwear at the world? One of my fears when I'm at work is that I'll have to run out on the court and crouch down with an injured player and show off my skivvies to the crowd. Well, apparently a company has made a fix for that! It's called Hip T, and it wraps around your hips! It can go with anything (they have a ton of prints and colors), and it's made to prevent three things:

1. Unwanted games of underwear "peek-a-boo"
2. Plumber's crack
3. Muffin Tops

Doesn't that just sound awesome?! Well, you can win one! Check out this great giveaway at Luvn Life!!! Want to check out the product? Click here! The giveaway ends on Dec 27th!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Final Potter Film to Include Sex Scene???

**Just as a quick aside, someone interpreted this post as me being totally against sex in film. Period. That's not true. I could care less. My issue is with it being in a children's series that has been perfectly awesome without it up to this point. Frankly, I think they're alienating a fan base, because some parents may not take their kids to see it now.

I CAN'T believe they're going there! I just CAN'T!!! Did you hear? There's going to be a nude sex scene in the final Harry Potter flick! :oO This is NOT OK! It's just NOT! For those who have read the books, you'll know when I'm speaking of when I say it'll be from the very end of the book. But REALLY??? Sex?!

From an article (My opinions in bold):

Harry Potter fans are abuzz this week with news that the final film installment, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," will likely include a dream sequence featuring Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Hermione (Emma Watson) in a "very sexy" nude scene. This is not cool. It's not in the book (Harry and Hermione are not a couple EVER), and millions upon millions of people loved these books WITHOUT the sex!

Next to the perpetually shirtless Twilight vampires, Harry Potter looks "a little staid," says Stuart Heritage in Britain's Guardian. By showing a little skin, Harry is just trying to keep up with the competition. Are we referring to the shirtless Edward? The most hideously unattractive guy to ever grace the big screen, flashing his sprayed on abs and glittering? Oh yeah... it gets me all hot and bothered every time I think about it...

[A scene] director David Yates created exclusively for the big screen, while axing parts of author J.K. Rowling's original manuscript. Can JK stop this from happening? I mean, if she wasn't keen on it, she can tell them no, right? It's her character and it's copyrighted, so she has that power? I hope so... I can't imagine she'd be ok with this...

Read the full article here.

I can't accept this as true... It's got to be an elaborate hoax. JK Rowling wouldn't let anything like this happen to her story.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Happy 101 Award!

Check it out!!! I received the "Happy 101 Award" from my blogger friend Jill over at ~Life After College~! Thanks! Jill is a friend I found on 20 Something Bloggers, and I highly recommend her blog! Everyone should check it out!



Here's the award rules:
List 10 things that make you happy, try to do at least one of them today, and tag 10 bloggers that brighten your day. For those 10 bloggers who get the award, you must then link back to my blog! :)

10 things that make me happy (in no particular order):

1. Books (You know I had to start with the obvious!). I love that you can escape to anywhere in them... Pemberly, Alagaƫsia, Hogwarts, etc. How could anyone not love it???

2. Cats. They're awesome for cuddling :o) And you can't help but feel incredibly loved, because they always want to nap with you, and get excited and cuddly when you get home from being gone for the day.

3. England. British movie, TV, composers, actors, accents, slang, landscapes, and the list goes on! I'd give my life savings to live there.

4. RPG Video Games. I love games like Zelda, The Godfather, Fable II and Fallout III. More of that escaping to a unique world :o)

5. Plants. I love having live plants. I've got a plant in one corner of my room, and basil growing on my desk. Green is a wonderful color!

6. Film scores. I love them! Composers can do some magic with film scores... A movie without a score is nothing. The score sets the tone for the whole thing. I love laying down and popping my headphones in and just tuning everything out except the music :o)

7. School. I may complain a righteous amount, but I can't imagine life without it. I thrive on the stress of it all! Life gets too dull and idle far too fast.

8. Basil. What a fantastic herb! I put it on everything!

9. Mini Coopers. I smile every time I see one :o)

10. And last, but of course not least, blogging! It's my outlet :o)

Now I know I'm supposed to list 10 bloggers, but I tend to be an incredibly picky blog reader. I only frequently read a few blogs. So, here are 8 bloggers that I love to read because they always put a smile on my face! :

Jaime at Revenge of the Book Nerds!
Kate at The Neverending Shelf
Kirsten at The Soccer Mom Files
Sara at The Breathing Post
Amy at My Overstuffed Bookshelf
Anna at Life Just Keeps Getting Weirder
Dori at From A Yellow House In England
Julia at A Piece of My Mind

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Netflix = Love

This is why I love Netflix :o) Talk about awesome customer service! Instead of sitting around without a movie, they send me an extra and find the one I want elsewhere!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Oh Michael...

I'm going to preface this by saying I'm a fan of Michael Jackson's music. I always have been. But I will admit I wasn't too upset about his death. Tragic, yes, but the guy fell off the face of the Earth long before he passed on. If someone like Oliver James or Hilary Duff suddenly died, I'd be pretty sad because I listen to them a lot and like to get their new music when it comes out. I can't say I've bought anything by MJ in the past decade, so I wasn't exactly heartbroken. But hey, whatever... to each his own... so some people were deeply upset by the whole ordeal.

But seriously though, have you seen the paintings they got out of his collection??? The ones he commissioned of himself? I'll post them up and you can read them after the jump. When they were showing them on the news, I scoffed and mom got angry, asking what I thought was so gross. I replied that it showed just how much of a creeper he was. She got mad and went on about his having "Peter Pan Syndrome". I'm not saying I believe he raped little boys or whatever- that's between him and God now. Regardless of that, these pictures are straight creepy! I mean seriously, in one picture he's luring kids into his house with candy, and in another he's practically naked with little naked cherubs putting flowers in his hair!!! In all of the paintings, he's surrounded by children who are fawning all over him.

I love Peter Pan too. It's by far my most favorite children's story ever... And yeah, he may have been trapped in a perpetually child-like mental state... but when you were little, did you dream of being naked and posed like Michelangelo's David while cherubs put flowers in your hair? No... I thought not. Creeper.





Thursday, December 10, 2009

Review: Bounce Dryer Bar



I received a Bounce Dryer Bar from Viewpoints to test and review. I live at home, so I asked my mom if it would be alright for me to stick it in the dryer. She wasn't keen on the idea, as she has been a long-time user of Downy liquid softener. My older brother lives right around the corner, and he was more than willing to try it out (it doesn't take much to persuade a 25 year old guy when it means less effort on his part).

Before sticking it into his dryer, I had him run a load with his regular softener (he also uses Downy liquid softener). He set aside a few articles of clothing and then put the dryer bar into the dryer. After he ran the next load of laundry, I asked him for his opinion. He had nothing negative to say, and said "It feels exactly the same as the clothes with liquid softener and smells really good!" He likes it so much that I think he's going to stick with it!

There isn't much to not like about this bar- it's small, it smells great, and you just click it to the inside of the dryer. Then you just forget about it for two months! It acts exactly like softener or a dryer sheet, removing static and making the fabrics soft to touch. My brother has had no problems with the bar coming detached from the dryer drum, and the bar has not fallen apart or broken like I've heard some people complain. We both love the smell, which is nice and fresh but not overwhelming.

It's significantly better than liquid softener because you don't have to deal with pouring into the little cup, and getting the liquid into the little softener hole for the washing machine. I like it better than dryer sheets (which I used while living at school) because although dryer sheets smell good, I never felt they did as good a job softening as the liquid. These bars would be great for college students! Our washing machines in our apartments out at school didn't have a thing for adding fabric softener, so I always had to use dryer sheets. Now college students could get the dryer bar and just click it into their dryer!

For the lack of mess, and length of time these bars last, I think they're totally worth the cost. I would recommend them to anyone who gets tired of constantly having to buy bottles of softener or deal with the mess of pouring softener into their load of laundry. Try these out!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

DONE! (And a funny Twilight video)

I'm all DONE!!! My exam is done!!! I've learned I'm incredibly slow... we had 2 hours to take the exam, and 2 people even came in an hour late- and I was still the last one done, by a stretch lol Oh well! It's DONE!!! Now I have to run to work (game tonight, so a long morning followed by a long afternoon/evening). But, for everyone's enjoyment, I'm sharing this video. I found it with Stumble and I think it's my new most favorite video ever. I'm torn between Edward's "Shh" line or Jacob's part as being my favorite. What do you think?

Monday, December 7, 2009

21 hours and counting!

I should not be blogging right now. I should be studying for my final tomorrow. I decided I needed a 5 minute brain break from stereochemistry, ether synthesis, and Zaitzev rules :o)

Tomorrow I have a yoga final immediately followed by my organic chemistry final. In an ideal world, such a day would be followed by an afternoon of vegetation. Unfortunately, I'm covering a game, so I'll have about an hour break after my finals for lunch and then I'll be at work from 2-9 or so... I had a plan to do my mental veg on Wednesday, but my boss called a short bit ago and needed to trade work days, so now I have to cover practice on Wednesday. It's ok though, because I'll still be able to sleep in.

My mental vegetation plan:

- Watch a million episodes of Spooks. I'm officially addicted to this show and just started season 5.

- Read many many many books! I'm officially too far behind on my reading. I have a small handful of books I have promised to review, and I will have all of those up ASAP!

- Scrapbooking. Random, I know. I have a ton of photos and supplies to make a scrapbook of all of my travels, and it's been gathering dust since the semester began.

- Game it up! My XBox and Wii don't remember what it is to be used... I have a handful of games I would like to finally beat.
- Finish up a blog project. This bit is TOP SECRET so this is all the mention you get of it right now.

These are some of the things keeping me busy until the end of Winter Break. God bless the individual who decided college students deserved a full month off!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Fotography Friday #16

This is the second half of last week's Fotography Friday theme! As a recap, we did portraits for my photography class, and they had to have a consistent theme. I came up with the theme "Love Throughout the Lifespan". We had to submit six shots. These are the final three.


For the fourth phase of the lifespan, I focused on young adulthood. These are friends of mine who recently got engaged and were willing to play along and enact a proposal scene for me. The actual proposal was significantly funnier.


The fifth set was of love in middle adulthood. These are my parents. This picture makes me cringe. We shall not linger on this one.


And lastly, love in late adulthood! This is my Grandma and her boyfriend. They were sweethearts way back when they were teens and circumstances led them apart. Fast forward 50-some-odd years and here the are, back together again :o)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Win a Kindle!


Noobie is giving away a Kindle! Who wouldn't love to have one of these?! Win a brand new Kindle from Amazon (worth $259).


Simply enter your name and email address and they'll contact you if you've won! You can get extra entries for referring people (Glaringly obvious hidden agenda here, no?). The deadline to enter is December 10th, so hurry over!