Friday, April 25, 2014

Walking off the Earth and Flying Home

This is a new installment!  Otherwise known as "what I come up with when I'm facing writer's block with/am too lazy to complete any other ideas."

"What on earth is she going on about this time?" you ask.  I'm getting there.  Please be patient.  Also I should probably start getting to my point before you grow so entirely frustrated with me that you close down the tab.

Well, remember when I was talking about the List?  I thought it might be a fun to do a post every now and then based off the general idea.  I shall suggest some things to put on your List, and tell you some that are currently on mine.

Ready?  Okay!  Here we go...


I now have a ridiculous and extravagant title.  I hope you are as proud of me as I am.

otherwise entitled "suggestions for your List"

1) Walk Off the Earth  
     This Canadian band produces songs ranging from musings on the futility of the human condition in its workaholic state to fun summer songs, bringing them all together with catchy, bohemian tunes in a minor key.  Fans of Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, or Fun. may wish to try them out.  Official Site  Pandora Station
2) "Ode to the West Wind"
     This beautiful poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley is in the public domain.  Whether you love autumn, the ocean, or just a darn good poem, these five stanzas of fourteen lines each are definitely worth your while.  Read it here.

otherwise entitled "things that are on my List"

1) finish Dracula
     In the current vampire-frenzy popular culture seems to be in right now, this is definitely a worthwhile book to read.  Two things I like about this book so far: 1) it treats of vampires as evil, horrible monsters, and 2) a strong motif is the power of the Blessed Sacrament.
     However nice this is, there are still a few parts of the book that I am reserved about.  I would not for one second say that I consider the things propagated within it 100% in accord with Catholic teachings.  
     Like with all horror books, read it in the daytime, and like with all books, read with it reservations, being on guard for any incorrect teachings.  
    Dracula, by Bram Stoker, is in the public domain.  Download it for free on Kindle here.
2) Fly Away Home
     This looks like a very interesting book, and one of these days I plan to purchase it on Kindle.  It's only $2.99, and I think I'd rather have the book online than some luxury chocolate.  
     I found out about this book through the blogosphere, and if you're interested, check out the authoress' blog here.  

If winter comes, can spring be far behind?
—Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Ode to the West Wind"

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Wordpress is a blogging website.

Once upon a time, I joined this website, which was somewhat of a mistake.  I found the format dreadfully confusing.  Furthermore, I discovered--too late--that you cannot delete a Wordpress account.  The next best thing I could do was transfer my account to a rarely-used email, and forget I ever made it.

Unfortunately, I can't forget.  (How dramatic I sound!)  Just a little while ago I tried again.  At first I was a bit excited: it was starting to make sense!  Then I clicked a link and was once more lost in chaos.

Wordpress is a bit more grown-up than Blogger (proof: one must pay an exorbitant amount to edit one's own CSS), but I try as I may, I can't adult very well.  At all.  Even on such a simple thing as a blogging site.  (which, in my defense, is not simple at all)  Then again, finding it such may be solely because of my childish confusion.

One day I may try once again.  Sit myself down, figure it out patiently and bit-by-bit.  Until then, I shall wile away my days here, until I am ready to go another round with my grown-up Wordpress blog.

What about you?  Have you ever tried to do something more grown-up and failed miserably?

Monday, April 14, 2014

The List

Ah, the List.

The List is a place where things go that you want to remember.  Often it's a book or TV series to try, or a friend you want to write a letter to.  Sometimes it contains less nice things, like a chore that needs to be done or a deadline that needs to be properly reached.

The List is rarely written out.  Sometimes certain important items are immortalized on a sticky note and hung over a desk or a bed, but the majority of the List stays in the mind.

Nonetheless, it is intensely useful to say the various items out loud.  For instance: "Mental note: watch Pushing Daisies."  This verbal communication acts as a sort of glue to keep the items firmly fixed to their spot on the List; else they might fall behind the mental dresser, along with a few dust bunnies, old passwords, and that embarrassing happenstance when you were ten.

The List is continually revised and rewritten, as new items are penciled in, completed items triumphantly taken out, outdated items tossed in the junk pile of regret and failure, and lost items recovered from behind the dresser.

If you do not already have a List, I should advise you to get one immediately.  Not only is it inexpensive and incredibly useful, but you sound very intelligent and organized when, upon being asked to do something or advised to try something, you are able to say: "I'll put it on the List."

Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.
-Marcus Tullius Cicero(x)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Do You Hear the People Sing?

And by people, I don't mean angry men.  Or women for that matter.  In fact, no one is particularly angry, and if they were, I would hope it wouldn't show.

The concert of the homeschool choir (that I am in) occurred recently.