Wednesday, August 31, 2011

when songs were simple

I learn songs *very* quickly. I only have to hear a song once to have it forever in my memory, twice to have most of the lyrics memorized, thrice to have it completely implanted. This is a quality of mine I enjoy...most of the time. Sometimes I don't always *want* to have a song memorized...but most of the time it's great fun. I'll hear a song in a store that I haven't heard for five years or more, and I can still sing it :) Also, it means that most of my childhood memories and memories now are tied to songs.

Other than little-kiddy folk songs, there are three songs that I can trace back to when I was four or five, songs my dad used to sing to me and my sisters when we were very small because the lyrics were very simple. One of them is "El Shaddai" by Michael Card. The second is "YMCA". *grin* The third is "There is A Reedemer" by Keith Green. Keith Green is considered the father of modern Christian music. Yes, he was a 70's "Jesus Freak", but there's nothing wrong with that :) Anyway, we sang "There is a Redeemer" at church on Sunday, and even though I've sung it *many* times over the years, it struck a special spot and I almost cried.

It's simple, yes. But sometimes a simple song can be the most profound.


When I stand in glory, I will see His face
And there I'll serve my King forever in that holy place

Thank you, Oh my Father
For giving us Your Son
And leaving Your Spirit till the work on earth is done.

Amen.

because they're so cute.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

the wreck

Another favorite Charleston/Mt. Pleasant tradition! We've been coming to The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene since it opened (before I was born), but didn't make a real family tradition until about three or four years ago. This year, we got to share it with Annie (my grandmother) and Uncle John and Aunt Elle...
This is everyone!

My Zu...
(notice the crayons? the tablecloth is white paper - you can doodle to your heart's content!)

We don't look alike...do we??? Maybe some....
observation: the lighting of the shots makes us look kind of shiny. not sure if I like that.... :/

I wonder what Titty's working on?

Oh, boy. No explanation necessary. Normal restaurant face. *cough*

Ah, Titty's project. By the end of the night, it had spread much further :)

My doodles. Wonder what was on my mind? *grin*


We don't look that much alike either...hmm....but we're definitely most alike in personality. :)

Marie, Aunt Elle, Annie

Annie, Leia, Luke

After supper, we stood outside on the dock and looked at the boats. (this is where I took the pictures in yesterday's post)

An interesting shot. Welcome to Luke's world, where everyone else is blur and only you *truly* exist :)

The Cooper River bridge off the in the distance. ¡espectaculo!

Monday, August 29, 2011

fly with me

If time was still
The sun would never, never find us
We could light up
The sky tonight
I would see the world through your eyes
Leave it all behind



If it's you and me forever
If it's you and me right now
That'd be alright
Be alright
If we chase the stars to lose our shadow
Peter Pan and Wendy turned out fine
So won't you fly with me



Now the past
Has come alive
And given meaning
And a reason
To give all I can
To believe once again

If it's you and me forever
If it's you and me right now
That'd be alright
Be alright
If we chase the stars to lose our shadow
Peter Pan and Wendy turned out fine
So won't you fly with me


Maybe you were just afraid 
Knowing you were miles away
From the place where you needed to be
And that's right here with me

If it's you and me forever
If it's you and me right now
That'd be alright
Be alright
If we chase the stars to lose our shadow
Peter Pan and Wendy turned out fine
So won't you fly 
fly
fly
with me


song "Fly With Me" by Jonas Brothers
pictures taken by Jo over Shem Creek, Charleston, South Carolina

Sunday, August 28, 2011

{interview #5: stephanie}

    Today's lovely interviewee is Stephanie from The King's Bookworm. I've know her quite a while, and have enjoyed her blog greatly for a long time.


    Who's Stephanie?
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    I'm 20 years old, and the oldest of 10 kids. I live in the Pacific Northwest. I am an independently home schooled graduate as of November 2009 - and proud of it! :) There's no better way to get your education! I am a passionate personality - or so I've been told - and I'm pretty sure it's true. :) I am a conservative Christian. I wear only skirts - not because I won't ever wear pants again, but because that's what I have in my wardrobe and plus that they're so much more comfortable and practical (unless you're riding a horse or something). I love making jewelery and have an Etsy store called Fanciful Inspirations (http://www.etsy.com/shop/FancifulInspirationsI love crafts/art like doing blog makeovers, card making, painting, drawing. I LOVE photography and photo editing. I love the look of shabby chic, vintage, celtic - stuff that looks rustic and organic. My favorite colors are blue, red, green, yellow, and purple. I'm a misplaced country bumpkin in the suburbs. I love character driven stories. I LOVE music! My next big wish is to get an iPod. I am an Apple/Mac fan all the way. Microsoft... blah. 
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    The Interview:

    What songs/types of music do you listen to when you’re happy? sad? frustrated? excited? at rest? feeling lovely? on any other occasion? etc. 
    I just listen and am carried away with the music. It doesn't really matter what I'm feeling... plus, I normally listen to music when I'm on the computer. Some of my favorite singers/composers are Celtic Woman, Irish Rovers, The High Kings, John Williams, and John Denver.

    If you have a free evening to do whatever you want, what do you normally choose to do? 
    Do the computer, read a book, watch a movie, converse with my parents and/or siblings, or play a game.

    What is the most comfortable outfit that’s currently part of your wardrobe and why?
    Oh my... I think I have 2 or 3 favorites. Probably my brown skirt and red shirt are my favorite right now because the way the skirt is cut is wide with out being bulky, looks good on me, is swirly, flattering, made of knit material, and kind of reminds me of vintage. :)

    If someone handed you a bar of chocolate, what would you do with it?
    This is supposed to be a question? *raises eyebrows* Well, for any one who knows me well they would know the scene would go some thing like this. 

    Me saying "Thank You!!"

    Me then thinking how soon and in what way I should devour the chocolate bar (i.e. by it's self, on a smore, etc.).

    Then me eating that delicious, delectable, scrumptious, lovely... oh, I'm sorry where was I? Oh, yes then me eating the chocolate bar in whatever way I had thought of and at my earliest convenience. 

    What literary or movie heroine(s) do you admire? Would you want to meet any of them in real life? Why or why not? What character traits do they possess that you like/dislike? 
    I admire Christy Huddleston and Elizabeth Bennet - for me they're very easy to relate to. I would love to meet Christy in real life. She is my favorite of the two and well... I just would want to meet her. I love a lot of their character traits... and I especially like to see how much they grow and improve (and ditch any immature traits in the process) in their stories.

    What color combinations do you like? Do you prefer bright, earthy, pastel, neon or dark color combinations best? Do you like different colors at different times of the year? How often have you changed your “favorite” color?
    I prefer earthy, pastel, some dark, and some bright color combinations best. I don't necessarily like different colors at different times of the year... it depends more on my mood. I haven't changed my favorite colors in a long time. I made add one once in a long while, though.

    Do you normally run, walk, or skip every other step when you’re going upstairs? or none of those options? How *do* you go upstairs? 
    Normally I run up stairs. We don't have an upstairs, though. But we do have a couple porches with 5 or 6 steps.

    Do you ever change the words of a song to fit a particular situation, either to be serious or silly? 
    Uh, no not really anymore. Well, except for the Gilligan's Island theme song. My younger brother does it a LOT though. He seems to have a knack for it. :)

    Which would you rather have on a hot day: a popsicle, an ice cream cone, or frozen fruit? 
    And ice cream cone from my favorite place to get ice cream - SnoGoose Produce!

    What is your preferred style of footwear in the summer? Place in order from favorite to least favorite. 
    Bare feet, Birkenstock sandals (LOVE them!), other sandals, tennis shoes.

    Which do you love most: the mountains, the prairie, the ocean/beach, the forest, rolling hills/farmland, or something other than the above? Why? 
    I love the beach the best, the mountains the second best, and rolling hills/farmland the third best. I never want to live in a place with out the ocean or the mountains within a day's drive.

    What makes you laugh? Do you laugh easily? Are you ticklish?
    Children's antics, a good joke... oh, just a lot of stuff really makes me laugh. Yes, I laugh easily. And yes I'm ticklish - particularly on the neck.

    Some of my favorite quotes:
    Pippin: What's that?
    Merry: This, my friend, is a pint.
    Pippin: It comes in pints?
    [In low voice]
    Pippin: I'm getting one.
    ~ from Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
    Cobb: "Well dreams, they feel real while we're in them, right? It's only when we wake up that we realize how things are actually strange. Let me ask you a question, you never really remember the beginning of a dream do you? You always wind up right in the middle of what's going on." 
    ~Inception
    George Bailey: Pop, you want a shock? I think you're a great guy.
    [to Annie, listening through the door]
    George Bailey: Oh, did you hear that, Annie?
    Annie: I heard it. About time one of you lunkheads said it.
    ~from It's a Wonderful Life
    Vizzini: Am I going MAD, or did the word "think" escape your lips? You were not hired for your brains, you hippopotamic land mass
    ~The Princess Bride
    Inigo Montoya: That Vizzini, he can *fuss*. 
    Fezzik: Fuss, fuss... I think he like to scream at *us*. 
    Inigo Montoya: Probably he means no *harm*. 
    Fezzik: He's really very short on *charm*. 
    Inigo Montoya: You have a great gift for rhyme. 
    Fezzik: Yes, yes, some of the time. 
    Vizzini: Enough of that. 
    Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, are there rocks ahead? 
    Fezzik: If there are, we all be dead. 
    Vizzini: No more rhymes now, I mean it. 
    Fezzik: Anybody want a peanut? 
    Vizzini: DYEEAAHHHHHH. 
    ~The Princess Bride
    One personal motto:
    "You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me."
    ~C. S. Lewis

    Favorite verses(NKJV, or NAS):
    John 3:16
    Gal 5:22-23 

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    Thank you so much Stephanie! I loved getting to know you a bit better - we're definitely kindred spirits :)

    Saturday, August 27, 2011

    want a letteR?

    If you comment on this post, I'll give you a letter and you're supposed to make a list of ten things you love that begin with that letter and post it on your blog. My dear friend Lucie (one of the first bloggers I ever met) is back in the blog world with a new "home" Begin the Beguine and she gave me the lovely letter "R". Hmmm...you know, this is harder than it looks! Here goes...

    romance
    retro
    Rapunzel
    roses
    Return of the King
    rhythm
    Raoul
    red hot pepper jelly
    randomness
    rainbows


    I was tempted to thrown in eRik or aRwen...but I decided to make an official ten and then mention those two afterwords :)

    Who wants a letter???

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    "i wish i had a million dollars..."

    "hot dog!"

    This is a little drug store in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

    My mama grew up biking through the neighborhood to this place and eating at this counter.

    The pharmacy check-out. When I sent a picture of the store to Nana, she said, "Is it just me, or does this scream 'It's a Wonderful Life'?"
     
    They even sell Coke in glass bottles.

    See those little metal things beside the frame? They're bottle openers. *awesome*

    Continuing the tradition...the March family eats lunch at the Pitt Street Pharmacy.

    I saved my glass coke bottle - it now graces my desk, waiting for me to think of something to put in it. :)

    I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures - they were taken with the iPhone, due to lack of a better camera at the time

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    statistics

    1 GB used - Who'd of thunk it? My Blogger account has no more picture storage left. I can fix that by the weekend, but right now, vacation pics will have to wait. Bummer.

    2 Days of Community College completed- pretty awesome. Y'all are missing out, since I have the *only* Spanish teacher worth having. :) British accent, slightly wrinkled clothes, hair boarding on the crazy side, amazing Spanish, hilarious humor, terrific teaching style, British accent. (yes, I know I said that twice - but that's really the best part :D)

    1 light school load  - If I really work hard, I can be done by 2:30 on days when I don't go the CC. That rocks. It's like, totally awesome. (sorry, sometimes I feel the need to speak like that :P)

    9 am piano lesson tomorrow - youch. Haven't really touched the piano since my last lesson....two weeks ago. And before then, I hadn't really played since May. And this is the girl who's majoring in music next year? Hm. *wink*

    4.7 earthquake aftershock this morning around 1am. Mama and I woke up, but didn't know why until we heard about it on the news this afternoon. And I thought we lived in a "safe" state!

    1 hurricane headed our way - speaking of "safe states"! Hurricane Irene may be rearranging our weekend plans. *sigh* We don't really get hurricanes either. Used not to. Times are changing...

    10 toes painted purple and blue - big toe, middle toe, pinky are purple; the other two are blue. With purple polka dots. If you didn't think I was strange before now, you are welcome to that opinion ahora.

    0.5 of 3 movies completed - Finally, two years after reading the Lord of the Rings books and wanting to watch the movies, Leia decided to start the books and we watched the first half of The Fellowship at the beach. I've heard so much about the movies, seen so many pictures, read the books so much, etc. there's nothing all that new about them, but it's epic and I love Aragorn, Arwen, Hobbiton, Gandalf, the Ringwraiths (I know, I know, they're evil, but they're scarily cool!) and the Ring itself. And Frodo. Especially Frodo. *shakes head briskly to clear mind*

    4 little guys are watching Leapfrog in the room behind me - "Can you guess what sound the letter 'U' makes?" "Uh......" "That's right! The letter 'U' makes the sound 'uh'.".....

    And my computer time is up. So I end my Thursday statistics.

    Hasta luego, mis amigos! Voy a preparar pizza!

    Wednesday, August 24, 2011

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    an epoch in my life

    Pronounce that "e-pock" and we'll be great :)

    So, yesterday was my Last First Day of Highschool. Less confusing: First Day of Senior Year.
    I've been waiting for this day for a while, and it came and went with very little fanfare, but still, it was definitely a milestone.


    Today was the first day of the CC. And that went off with a bang. Literally. About forty-five minutes into class, we had an earthquake. We *never* get earthquakes. Turns out, it measured a 5.8 on the Richter scale, and the epicenter was in the next county over. Yikes. No one got hurt, and no one in our class went hysterical (although in other classes...well, it was scary) and our room didn't even get it as bad as the science building did. But it was still scary. Everything and everyone was vibrating. Afterwards, my teacher (with his fantabulous British accent) said, "Oh, that's just a surprise I set up for the first day of class...but I don't think I'll do that again next week, huh?"

    Oh, I'm back from vacation, and once school settles down a bit, I *promise* I will get back to posting more regularly :)

    xoxoxo

    Jo.

    Friday, August 12, 2011

    key changes and transitions

    I'm a musician. A pianist, more specifically. Key changes are something I live for in piano music (whether it means the epic transition from one glorious section of a work to the next...or just the desperate need to get out of D flat minor into something anything else is hard to say :D).

    I just realized the other day when we were listening to the iPod, that most of my favorite song parts (yes, I have favorite songs and favorite *parts* of songs) are actually key changes or some kind of transition during the song. I decided to give you a few examples (the number in parentheses is where in the video the section starts):

    "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King
    the lovely key change (time 2:02)

    "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast
    this is one of my favorite key change of *all time* (time: 2:58)


    "Phantom of the Opera" from The Phantom of the Opera
    another one of my favorite transitions - just for that little bit of the instrumental part between verses :D (time: 2:36)


    "I See the Light" from Tangled
    playing this key change on the piano makes me feel so....lovely :) (time: 1:48)


    "Think of Me" from Phantom of the Opera
    this whole song is just incredible gorgeous, and the transition sends chills up my spine every time (time: 0:36)

    I was planning on a putting a few more up, but Leia is *dying* to get on and can't seem to wait. So....I'll stop here. 

    *sigh* So epic. I love my music :) 

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    observations // 8.10.11

    Today is Wednesday. Supper at church tonight...and a church conference....and I have the privilege of working in the nursery. 

    School starts a week from Monday. My last first day of grade school. Wow. And then graduation in just nine or ten short months. And then? Hakuna Matata :)

    One of my favorite girly indulgences is painting my nails. I feel so...new and clean when my nails look sparkly and new. Just did them this afternoon - burgundy ice. Mah-velous.

    I think Adelyn and Sam are awesome fun and I miss them. :/

    We went bowling a week ago with Gabi and I was determined to break 100. My first game I scored a 96 and was a little bummed. The second game, though....I bowled a turkey in frames 6, 7, and 8 and ended the game with a score of 158. Hoo-rah!!! I even beat Dad. So proud of m'self ;)

    Next summer is probably going to be the best summer of my life.

    Four-year-old brothers are crazy, cute, wild, annoying, funny, and priceless.

    Ka-Mun-Rah is one of the greatest villains to grace a modern TV screen.

    "Fly With Me" is a lovely song.

    I miss my swim team friends! It hasn't even been two weeks....but when people are a daily part of your life, four hours a day, for two months, it's hard at first to move on. Countin' down till next summer!

    South Carolina is one of the best states in the States (second only to ours) and Isle of Palms is *the best* beach in the US.

    My favorite song that I remember from when I was little is "Skinnamarinkydinkydink" and I still love it.

    I'm reading a 600+ page book on Alexander Hamilton for my term paper. (yes, *last* term....) This paper is going to demand some time from my last two weeks of vacation....bummer.

    Phantom is epic.


    Leia is taking French at the CC this fall! Both our classes are going on at the same time.

    I know I've mentioned this before, but Julia is in my Spanish class this semester!

    My little blue Nano is awesome. We're listening to the GoFishGuys right now :) Yes, "little-kid-ish", but I love 'em :)


    I just finished a hemming project for a friend, and I did it on time and it only took me two days.

    Leia and I are trying to convince Mama and Dad to let us do winter swimming from Nov. to March. It probably won't happen, but it's kinda fun to think about. If we don't, I'm going to really work hard to stay in shape over the winter.

    I can't wait for my birthday!!! 77 days....and then Les Miz with Mama the next day!!! Siked.

    The polish on one of my nails got bumped while it was still wet, so I'm going to have to redo it when I finish this. *rats*

    Anyone know of a station that plays Christmas music starting in August? I'd like to tune in. Seriously.


    GoFish's version of "Jesus Loves Me" is terrific.

    I've decided I want "A Whole New World" from Aladdin, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King, and "I See The Light" from Tangled played at my wedding reception. Just in case you were wondering.


    "It's the Ten Commandment Boogie, gonna dance until I die/Ten Commandment Boogie, you can do it so can I/ If you follow it through, you'll be amazed what you can do!/ So get your groove on with us tonight/We'll do the Ten Commandment Boogie....."
    (sorry, it's hard not to sing with these guys on!)

    I'm lovin' life right now, in case you didn't notice.

    Monday, August 8, 2011

    night at the museum

    "He looks like a weirdy!"

    Enter Larry Daley, an entrepreneur who's trying to find stability in his life, and gain his son's respect. The ultimate decision he has to make is....get a job.

    The only offer he gets is the role as night guard at the Museum of Natural History.
    Gus, Cecil, and Reginald.

    The three guys he's replacing are really friendly and pretty funny. Not surprising if you know who they're being portrayed by. I was tickled pink to see Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke and Bill Cobbs all acting together as these three "old men" :)

    Back to the story.

    Well, the old night guards "forgot" to mention to Larry the peculiar phenomenon that the museum has experienced each night since 1950. 

    "The T-rex is alive!!!"

    Not only is the dinosaur alive....but the whole museum is as well. Every exhibit.

    Larry makes a new friend, who helps him handle what seems to be an out-of-control situation, and encourages him to find strength inside of himself. This friend is none other than Teddy Roosevelt.

    The miniatures provide some problems....

    "Fire up the iron horse, boys!"
    "Hey, blondie!"
    "Name's Jedediah."
    "Alright, Jedediah, stop the train, please!"
    "Big no can do, crackerjack."
    Jedediah and Octavius....friends or enemies? Or a little bit of both? :D They both happen to be my personal favorite characters.

    Larry has to find a way to make the museum exhibits get along with each other so that each night won't be a continual nightmare. Larry begins to brush up on his history so he knows how to talk to each of the characters on display in the museum.


    "Was she deaf? She seems a little unresponsive."
    "That's because she's a statue..."

    Obviously, not everyone is the night guard. :)

    "My explorer friend, who's name escapes me...."
    "It's Columbus, Dad."

    Turns out, someone doesn't want the museum to keep coming alive at night. A chase is on for the thieves who steal the magic Egyptian plate!

    The search leaves New York a little baffled.....the T-rex tracks make the news the next morning :)

    They say the love knows no boundaries...even a few hundred years, apparently :D Teddy finally got up his courage to talk to Sacajawea :D

    Nicky's Night at the Museum (see him on the dino's back?)

    Leia and I saw this movie for the first time at our Gab and Vivi's house this past weekend. Actually, we had a movie marathon and watched both Night at the Museum and Battle of the Smithsonian back-to-back. I haven't had so much fun watching a movie in a long time! Thanks for having us over girls!

    I don't want to spoil the story for those of y'all who haven't seen it yet (read: my sisters who will be reading this post). But I will leave you with a few more quotes, since that's my favorite thing about movies anyway :)

    Jed: "No problemo, Gigantor."
    Larry: "Um, my name's Larry, first of all okay, Jed? See, I call you Jed, I don't call you tiny, right?"
    Jed: "What's that supposed to mean?"
    Larry: "Hey teeny, how does that sound?"
    Jed: "I...I don't like it. It hurts my feelings."
    Larry: "Okay, well Gigantor makes me feel like some sort of freak."
    Octavius: "I don't. I just call you Larry."
    Easter Island Statue: "Oh, you in trouble, Dum-Dum. You better run-run. From Attila the Hun-Hun."

     My personal favorite. *sigh* The truth is tough sometimes....
    Larry: "Civil war dudes...You guys are brothers, for God's sake...You gotta stop fighting...North wins, slavery is bad...Sorry....don't want to burst your bubble, but South, you guys get Allman Brothers...and....NASCAR. So just chill!"
    Larry: "I'm not a giant, guys, alright? You guys are really little."
    Octavius: "We may be small, but our hearts are large....metaphorically speaking." 
    Easter Island Statue: "QUIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTT! ..... My dum-dum want to speak." 
    Overall, a fantastic movie. Definitely a keeper. I can't wait to show it to the younger ones! It shipped from Netflix today....