Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Chiffon fabric is evil. I'm not even joking. Today has been a long, busy day, and I was exhausted when I got home. I wanted to make my chiffon neck scarf for my costume. It should have been simple- a 18" square. Ha. I got frustrated just from trying to cut it. Maybe I'll try again tomorrow.
I had to drive Mom's car to school today, because they were going to try to get the tire fixed. So I get home, and the first thing I do is look at my tire. I notice that the wheel is very shiny and clean (they're usually disgusting-I haven't washed my car in probably 6 months), which is suspicious. Then I notice that the car itself is very shiny...you can actually see a reflection on it. I'm thinking, "No, they didn't." I had to touch the car to realize that Mom and Dad had washed it! After they took the Beetle Bug to get the tire fixed, they gave it the first bath it's had in months. My parents are so sneaky. In a good way, this time. =)
Until next time,
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" is coming on ABC at 8:00 tonight! Everyone watch it. It's simply adorable and has the "Linus and Lucy" song, which is probably playing on this blog right now. Good grief, it's a Halloween tradition! (I was tempted to add "you blockhead" to the end of that sentence, but I decided it wouldn't be very nice.)
Monday, October 26, 2009
My poodle skirt outfit is nearly complete! I think it looks pretty cute. All I have left to do is sew on a hook and eye and get some sheer fabric for a matching neck scarf.
My cousin is at the hospital, about to have her first baby, a little girl, probably at any time now. Everybody please pray for her, that she won't have any serious complications, and that Mom and baby will be healthy!
Until next time,
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I can never really understand popular culture (unless you're talking about in the 40's or 50's, of course). I'm just so old-fashioned that I cannot relate to what's "cool" now, not even one little bit. The whole cell phone obsession? I don't even like to talk on the house phone, so why on earth do I want someone to be able to reach me 24/7? I have a Tracphone to call Mom when I get to school and when I leave. I've never sent a text message in my life, and I don't really intend to. I'm a dork. I wish we still had phones where you had to tell the operator who you wanted to speak to. =) And the whole vampire/"Twilight" craze. I went in B. Dalton the other day, and almost of all of the books in the teen section were vampire related. Bath and Body has come out with a new fragrance, which smells so good, and I just got a bottle of the lotion. But guess what it's called? "Twilight Woods." The back of the bottle says, "...Twilight Woods, a hypnotic fragrance that is inspired by a romantic walk in enchanted woods." Coincidence? The whole thing sounds like a plot to draw in "Twilight" fans, if you ask me. I half expected it to use the word "sparkling." Maybe I'm just paranoid, but it's everywhere. Not that I think vampire stories are bad, although personally I do find it a little creepy. I probably would have read the series. I read an overview of the books on Plugged In about how Bella is so obsessed with Edward that her soul doesn't even matter, and that's what made me decide not to read them or see the movies. I just think that sounds like a dangerous mindset.
I've been craving some new books here lately. I'm not sure why...I don't even have much time for reading anymore, which is very sad. But every time we go in a store that sells books, I anxiously look for something that looks interesting. Something new. Don't remind me that I've got books in my bookcase that I've never read.
I've run across the NaNoWriMo thing several times over the past few days, and it sounds so interesting. It's a big challenge where you try to write a 50,000 word novel in only 30 days- the month of November (which happens to be National Novel Writing Month, hence the acronym). It sounds like a lot of fun, even if you're just writing nonsense. And how cool would it be to say you wrote a novel? =) I would love to try it, but with school, I just don't think I can. I'm still considering it, though.
Until next time,
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Well, maybe not, but maybe so. When we got home from church, a black cat ran across the yard. It just sat on the edge of the woods, watching us. Mom came on inside while I got down and started talking to the poor thing. Using my amazing kitty-cat voice, I lured it out of the woods. It wasn't exactly a wild cat, since it was rubbing its head against stuff like Jack does when I talk to him. Then it came up and started rubbing against me, all pitiful and loving. It was so sweet, but the whole time I'm imagining it jumping up, biting me, and giving me rabies or something (with the day I had today, that would have been completely unsurprising). Of course, Mom had to give me some food so we could feed it. After it had finished eating, a jet went overhead and it ran back into the woods. Poor kitty.
Kitty-aid incident aside, today was one of those days where you want to climb back in bed and start all over. I was 10 minutes late this morning leaving for school. When I got not even a mile down the road, I realized that the check engine light was on in my car. So I turn turn around and come back, freaking out because if I come to every class on time (among other things) in College Success Skills, then I don't have to take the final exam, and I didn't want to take that exam. I had to drive Mom's car to school, which is so different from my tiny car that I felt like I was driving a bus. I got to school just before 8:00 and then remember that class starts 10 minutes late today because the teacher had to drop his grandkids off at school. Okay, so I just got all stressed out for nothing. After my two classes, I'm getting ready to go have lunch with my grandparents and spend a few hours at their house. Mom calls me and says that they can't even crank my car because I have the major key and because I locked it with my special door locker key, the spare keys won't crank it. They just make the alarm system go off. So I had to go home instead of to my grandparents'. Home for two hours, then back for my internship. I stopped by Hobby Lobby on the way home to get some felt for the poodle on my poodle skirt, and I spent 30 minutes waiting at the counter for someone to come cut my fabric. I could have cut it and wrote it down and nobody would have known. There are always several people working in the sewing area and many more walking around the store. I rang the service bell two or three times, went around looking for someone, and finally went to another department and asked if they could get me some help. Nothing. I stood at the cutting table looking like a dork. Then this other lady shopping comes up and rings the bell, saying, "Someone will come." Just like magic, here comes someone around the corner. So where was the magic bell-ringer 25 minutes ago? I got home and tried to work on my poodle skirt some. I knocked my spool-holder thing off the table, and all of my thread spools and bobbins scattered on the floor. I have three shades of brown thread that are almost exactly the same, and I'll never figure out which bobbin goes with which spool. On the way back to school, I glanced down at my arm to see a huge grandaddy longlegs spider sitting there. I tried not to crash my mom's car as I knocked it into the floorboard. Do you know how hard it is to drive (drive in a focused, safe manner) for almost an half hour knowing that there's a spider that could be crawling on your feet or up your leg at any moment?
So that was my day. In all fairness, it wasn't all bad, and all of that was just trivial stuff, anyway. I helped a kitty cat. My car probably doesn't have anything wrong except a random alarm system and low oil. I had a wonderful time at my internship, playing with some of the sweetest, funniest kids ever. Maybe it wasn't so bad after all.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Yesterday I had marker stains on my hands for the first time in years and years. I had to do a daily schedule for a classroom with pictures, which involved printing pictures off the computer and coloring them. It's amusing that I'm in college, "higher education," now, and I'm doing kid things that I haven't done in years, like play with blocks and color with markers. It's fun, though. Early childhood development and working with kids is almost like playing Peter Pan in a way. You don't have to act serious and grown-up all the time.
I got to start on my poodle skirt for Halloween today! Well, cutting out the pattern is all so far. But that's got to be done, so at least it's a start. Maybe Thursday I'll get to start cutting into that baby blue felt. =)
Until next time,
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Until next time,
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The weather was so beautiful. It started out foggy and cool, but turned out sunny and nice.
We visited Floyd's barber shop, which was very cute. The older gentleman who cuts hair actually favors Floyd in some way. He was very friendly and funny. When I had my back turned looking at the walls (which are absolutely covered in photos of his customers, from local kids and adults to Oprah and Andy Griffith himself), he came up behind me with his scissors and jokingly said, "How much did you say you wanted off?" He said not to let anyone cut my hair. But his customer offered to pay for Cody's haircut when Cody took off his hat (Cody has the most amazing hair).
This is the inside of the Snappy Lunch, where we had our lunch. It's really popular with locals, us tourists (including the 2 or 3 tour buses that came when we were there), and everyone else, so it was packed. It's a tiny little hole in the wall, but the food was really good. Dad had the famous porkchop sandwich. Andy Griffith used to eat at the Snappy Lunch when he was young because the school didn't have a cafeteria. It's mentioned in an episode of the show.
I love this statue of Andy and Opie. It's very sweet. The nearby museum with tons of memorabilia was closed for construction, which was disappointing.
There were two cells, and a perfect sheriff's desk and corner. The sheriff sign was reversible, exactly like it was supposed to be. There was a typewriter, a Bible, history and law books, a radio, a fan, a file cabinet, and a record player, among other things.
This house was famous for something, I think. We didn't go in, but the gaezbo (sp?) was amazing. It was like woven and carved, not solid. It was beautiful.
So, we had a great day in Mt. Airy. I only wish we could have stayed longer. For someone who loves old things, like me, it was even better. The stores are full of Andy Griffith, Lucy, James Dean, Elvis, and other old memorabilia, from t-shirts to tin signs to pictures. We even went in two little fabric stores. But the best part was getting to see that there are so many other people who love "The Andy Griffith Show," too.
Until next time,
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Life is funny. Really, I've been immensely enjoying life here lately. I'm stressed out about school work and things like that, but things have happened that just make me want to laugh. The other night we were moving chickens and sheep at dark (don't ask...we have to move the fences and we can't do it until the chickens mosey their way up into the house to roost. Have you ever moved fences at dark with sheep trying to escape and chickens trying to balance on their roosts as the tractor pulls their house? Didn't think so). I was trying to get to the Workhorse to drive it so Mom and Dad would have some light. I was stumbling over bumpy ground in big rubber boots, and then woosh, it was like slow motion. My foot got tangled in the fence that was laying on the ground. It was a beautiful wipe-out. I think I landed on my back but somehow ended up with a sore shoulder and mud all over my knees (I know...I'm just good like that). Anyway, I just sat there on the ground tangled in fence and laughed. That's just one small example...life has been funny lately. Everything from reality TV people to popularity to the importance of football and horseshoes to guys my age to little kids has been hilarious and really made me think.
At the child care center the other day, we had one of the older boys in our class. His grandma works there in our class, and he came in to see her. She said, "You've got your shirt on backwards! The tag is supposed to go in the back." He looked down and said, "But I like it to be this way." I was like, wow, the things you can learn from a 4-year-old. The older we get, we get so paranoid about how we look and obsessed with fitting in and worrying what others think of us. But when you're four, you'll wear your shirt backwards because you like it that way. Jesus did say we could learn a lot from children.
I am loving the new Relient K CD. It's slightly unusual, which is the norm for that band, but I mean it's different from all their other music. In a good way. I'm still learning all the songs and deciding on favorites. I don't have a least favorite. I do love "Sahara," which is more rock-ish than any of the other songs, and has a few lines sung by singers from other rock bands (Underoath, for one), and that's my favorite part of the song.
Me and Mom had a miracle the other day. I had pretty much given up on the thought of a train case unless I ordered one online for Christmas. Then the other day, we were on a routine stop at a thrift store. Mom got distracted by the records (which is what I usually do), but since there didn't seem to be anything new, I went on down to the luggage. And sitting there, on top of piles of suitcases, what do you think I saw? A blue Samsonite train case. In good shape, with no tray, but a beautiful mirror inside. The silver pieces on the handle and closures aren't rusty at all, and the inside is clean. The top of the outside had what looked like dust all over it, but when my grandma tried to clean it, it wouldn't come off. It might be the paint fading, but as I'm not too crazy about the color anyway, I could paint it. Just when I was getting ready to give up, we found one. For $2 at my *least* favorite thrift store. I was so happy. I had hoped to have a picture to share with this post, but the sun has set and my picture-taking spot is dark right now. Not to mention occupied by a large orange-and-white cat.
Until next time,
Monday, October 5, 2009
The new Relient K CD, "Forget and Not Slow Down," is coming out tomorrow! I'm so excited. The previews sound great. Relient K is my favorite band. I love Matt Thiessen's unique voice, and his lyrics are incredibly witty and smart and real. The lyrics are sometimes so exactly how I feel that I could have written them, if I had any songwriting talents at all. And of course, the music's not so bad, either. =)
Until next time,
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I also watched two classic movies over the past week or two that I had never seen. "Jane Eyre" and "Little Women." The first one was good, but slightly disappointing. So much was left out, and it was so short! But I did love Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine. And Margaret O'Brien. And I loved "Little Women"! At first I wasn't so sure. But it was very lovely, and made me want to read the book again. The casting was perfect...everyone was just as I had imagined them. I just wish it had been longer, too. But it was a beautiful movie.
How is it that all of my favorite bands release new CD's at the same time? Skillet, Hawk Nelson, BarlowGirl, Relient K, and Switchfoot...all within about 2 months of each other. I spent my first month of school listening to Skillet's "Awake" in my car. And this week HN's "Live Life Loud" and BarlowGirl's "Love & War" haven't left my CD player. They're both really, really good. But what am I most excited about? This coming Tuesday...RK's new CD! "Forget and Not Slow Down," I think it's called. I can't wait.
School has been going good, I guess, but it's also the reason why it's been forever since I got to blog. Or sew. Or read more than a few pages of "The Lord of the Rings" at a time. I've been very tempted to give up FOTR and stick with lighter books until I have a break. Today I had to go early to the daycare and do an observation checklist for an assignment. The kids are hilarious. I'm with the youngest class, all under 2 years old, so I don't get to see much of the older kids. So this morning me and another girl had to go outside with them and try to get them to do the things on our list. What kinds of things? Hopping on one foot, walking on tiptoe, catching balls, things like that. Of course, you have to act like it's a really fun game to get the kids to go along. I hope nobody saw me hopping around on the playground. One little girl was very cooperative. She followed us around, copying us even when we were finished observing her. She would say, "I can do that!" and proceed to balance on one foot or jump around. At one point she wandered off from us, and we moved on to some other kids. Then she came over and said, in her sweet little 3 year old voice, "Why did you leave me over there?" (so, of course, it was more like, "Why did you weave me over dere?"). It was adorable. When we were getting ready to go inside, I got down and thanked her for helping us and for doing such a good job, and she hugged me, and my heart melted to mush. I'm already attached to the kids in my class. Especially one little boy, who greets me with a huge smile. He always wants to hold my hand, crawl into my lap, or play cars with me. And how can I resist?
Until next time,