Tolkien

Lazy, lazy, lazy

I can’t believe what a horrible, faithless blogger I am.

I haven’t even been that busy. In essence, the only major things that have occurred consist of a movie night, Father’s Day, and seeing The Two Towers in theaters (an even MORE awesome experience than FotR, which certainly could have been better; for various reasons, not all the fault of the movie, TTT was considerably more delightful).

**spoilers for those who have not read the books**

Don’t even REMIND me of how much they messed up Faramir. It amused me that in the part when Frodo and Sam are in Osgiliath and SHOULDN’T be in Osgiliath because THAT IS NOT PART OF THE BOOK PETER JACKSON that Sam has a line that goes “By rights we shouldn’t even be here.” UM, YEAH!!!!

Yes, I am very mature. Why do you ask?

Anyways, I’m looking forward to RotK… hugely. Indeed, next week is a big week. Tuesday is Return of the King in theaters, Friday may be English country dancing, and Saturday is Christendom. Just ten days.

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LOTR in theaters

So last night my sister, myself, and two of our friends went to go see “The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition” in a special event in theaters.

It was AMAZING.

SPOILERS

I’d seen the extended edition before (probably like ten times… I’m not kidding) but never seen all of it in one sitting without so much as an intermission. It was really amazing on the big screen, of course. I saw a number of little things that I had never noticed before. I also saw a lot more teeth on the big screen… gosh, none of them look like they ever had braces 😉

I found the scene where Boromir dies to be very moving. “My brother. My captain…. My king.” I’d seen it a gazillion times before but it’s been a while. Lovely. I also really enjoyed being able to see Lothlorien and Rivendell on the big screen. The portrayal of Lothlorien in the movies is not satisfying, in my opinion, but it was great to see so many details of both sets that you miss when watching it at home.

Now I can’t wait till TTT and ROTK! I expect that both will be extremely impressive on the big screen.

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Birthday, College, time

‘Let the years come and go…’

I suppose that most of you know what it’s like to be asked “Do you feel older now that you are ___?” The answer, which is generally no, is yes for me this year. I do feel older being sixteen. (I feel odd just writing that.) It is as if I had been fifteen for a very long time; my fifteenth year seemed curiously long, despite the fact that my fifteenth birthday seems so recent. However, I’m not displeased to bid it farewell. Not that it was more unpleasant than any other year (I’ve had worse), or even that it was tedious, exactly. But it’s time to say goodbye. I think sixteen will be a good year – it certainly began well.

Well, it’s just twenty days till I leave for Christendom, and I can’t quite believe that I’m actually going yet. I’ve never been away from my parents for more than two days yet, so I’m a little nervous but I know it’s going to be lovely. I’ve got the plane tickets now – this is the first time I’ve flown in nearly ten years! (I’ve probably mentioned that already…)

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Unexpected subject

Just dropping in briefly to mention something… sorry for posting so rarely of late.
I got some silk fiber for my birthday (which was AMAZING, by the way) and since I’d heard that silk catches on to any dermal irregularities on your hands, I decided to try a sugar scrub. After trying one, I just have to mention it. These are lovely. I used one part olive oil and one part sugar, mixed it around, rubbed it on my hands (and then my lower arms) and let it sit for a bit; then I rinsed it off. My skin feels so soft right now – the residual oil makes it water repellent, too, LOL.

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Some wallpapers for your perusal

I have made some wallpapers today, containing a prayer to be said before connecting to the Internet that was composed by Fr. Z from the What Does The Prayer Really Say? blog. The prayer can be found with an explanation, the original in Latin, and other translations here. I would definitely love to make some more using different fonts and colors if you want to request one in the combox, and as there is not an official patron or patroness of the Internet yet (according to the link above) I can also substitute other saints for St. Isidore; I like the suggestion of St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Feel free to take these and use them! I hope they are useful and attractive as well. Be sure to click on the pictures before downloading!

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One Summer’s Day

As I have great difficulty in picking blog post titles, I have decided when I cannot choose a name for a blog post, to select a track from some soundtrack on my iTunes. Today I picked something from Spirited Away because I love that soundtrack and this title is relatively appropriate since it is summer. Does it ever occur to you that soundtracks often have excellent story titles in the track names?

This week we went on a brief vacation and I got a ton of knitting done. I knitted a scarf in extraordinarily squishy orange Merino wool, a pair of fingerless mitts in lovely colors, and began another scarf. I felt so productive. I also finished Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope, an author of whom I have the highest opinion. He was a nineteenth-century novelist. His works are quite appropriate, as is usual with Victorian novelists, but a couple of the ones I’ve read (I’m on my seventh) do deal with more mature themes (the ones I speak of are Doctor Thorne and Can You Forgive Her? – especially the latter) that make them suitable for fifteen or so; I may be erring on the side of caution, though. I recommend especially the Barsetshire novels, though I plan to do a full-length review of Can You Forgive Her?, as I found that one particularly interesting.

I want to do a blog party or contest or something eventually… so stay tuned 🙂

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June daybook!

 Date… Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Starting time… 10:19 PM

Mood… happy 🙂

Outside my window… darkness has fallen.

I’m thinking… how satisfactory it is to be back home.

I’m reading… Vice Versa by F. Anstey

I’m listening to… “One Summer’s Day” from the Spirited Away soundtrack, composed by Joe Hisaishi.

I’m wearing… my grey denim skirt and a brown t-shirt that says “Pure Heart” in pink and a verse citation that I can’t read in this light but refers to a Psalm.
 
Yesterday, I… watched How to Train your Dragon, made biscuits from a box, and worked on my Lacy Baktus (a narrow garter stitch shawl knitted from side to side which looks like this in its lace incarnation).

I’m excited for… my birthday next Monday 🙂

I’m sad because… Christendom is twenty-nine days away!

I’m hungry for… pecan pie kind of sounds nice.

The song stuck inside my head is… “Lambkin” by Megson. “And he killed his lordship’s bride!”

I want… to watch TV because I am a lazy sort.

I love… the Spirited Away soundtrack! Actually, I have enjoyed all of Joe Hisaishi’s soundtracks. There may be two opinions (concerning both morality and aesthetics) on Miyazaki’s movies, but I greatly enjoy the soundtracks.

I loathe… the sound of TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND BLASTED CICADAS.

This week, my goal is… to finish my Baktus by Tuesday.

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