7 Quick Takes the Third

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Merry Christmas, everyone! What a lovely long Christmas season that we get. Why, if you took a fancy to it, you could celebrate until the Presentation, though it technically ends two weeks from Sunday. Still, that’s sixteen days from today! 

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Things I am happy about right now: I went to confession on Christmas Eve, finished all my Christmas socks in time, and we had a WHITE CHRISTMAS!!!!

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A WHITE CHRISTMAS IN TEXAS!!!!!! So, yes, it wasn’t a ton of snow and most of it was gone the next day, but a WHITE CHRISTMAS!!!!

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We usually go to the 5 PM vigil Mass on Christmas Eve because two of my little sisters are in the children’s choir, and we did, and guess what? They didn’t sing “Go Tell It on the Mountain”. Doesn’t that warm the cockles of your heart? Okay, I guess it makes me a grinch or scrooge or something, but I don’t like that song.

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I got this in my stocking. Isn’t it amazing?

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Good old Santa Claus saw fit to give my family a Wii for Christmas, despite my father’s assurances that we would never ever get any kind of video game console. I’m now addicted to Mario Kart. Golly, that thing is fun! (However, I’m terrible at it.)

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Overall, it’s been a delightful Christmas, and is there anything more pleasant than lounging around without worrying about schoolwork, and being able to choose between browsing the internet, knitting a new non-deadline sock while watching I Love Lucy, or reading a book? No. Besides, I have a tin with my stocking chocolate in it. And since it’s a festive season, I think I’ll make some Nutella-peanut butter-oatmeal cookies tonight. If they turn out, I’ll post the link.

God bless you all!


Amusing meme thing

1. Amy Pond
2. Elrond
3. Jane Eyre
4. Bertie Wooster
5. Cynthia Kirkpatrick
6. Sherlock
7. Matthew Crawley
8. Little Dorrit
9. Wall-E
10. Emma Woodhouse
11. Lucy Ricardo
12. Maxwell Smart

1. Who would make a better college prof, 6 or 11?
Sherlock. But he would be a really mean professor.

2. Do you think #2 is beautiful?

Um… I guess… in a masculine, elvish kinda way? I’m guessing yes. But I don’t care for his movie portrayal as “Grumpy Elrond” all that much.

3. 12 sends 8 out on a mission. What is it? Does it succeed?
Yes, because even though Smart is a bumbling idiot, everything he does works itself out eventually, even if he hired someone as inexperienced in missions as Little Dorrit.

4. What is or what would be 9’s favorite book?
The Making of Hello Dolly? I’m not even sure if that exists.

5. Would it make more sense: for 2 to swear fealty to 6, or the other way around?
Uhhhhhh… I have a hard time seeing Sherlock swearing fealty to anyone. But Elrond doesn’t seem the sort to swear fealty to Sherlock. All the same, it seems more likely than the other way around.

6. For some reason, 5 is looking for a roommate. Should (s)he room with 9 or 10?
Emma, since I doubt Cynthia would find Wall-E a very interesting companion. However, I don’t think it would go particularly well…

7. 2, 7 and 12 are going out to dinner. Where do they go and what do they discuss?
I want to be there when Smart, Elrond, and Matthew Crawley have a discussion. I’ll say some nice place with good wine and caviar, and they talk about missions, since it’s something they’re all familiar with to some point or another.

8. 3 challenges 10 to a duel, who wins?
Oh, probably Jane, because she’s so fiery, in a real duel. However, Emma would have the advantage in a duel of wits, which would be much more likely.

9. If 1 stole 8’s most precious possession, would (s)he get it back?
Oh dear. I wouldn’t want to see Amy Pond steal Amy Dorrit’s (oh my goodness! They have the same name!!!) most precious possession. Probably, when Amy got tired of dragging SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS arthur clennam around.

10. Suggest a story title in which 7 and 12 both attain what they desire.
“The End of a War” (okay, that’s not really a good description…)

11. What kind of plot device would you have to use if you wanted 1 and 4 to work together?
Easy-peasy, send Amy back in time to the Roaring 20s and have the earth be in crisis, and make the Doctor and Jeeves send Amy and Wooster on a mission together.

12. If 7 visited you for the weekend, how would it go?
I’ll change that to me visiting 7. It would be awesome, because we would be at DOWNTON ABBEY. Or rather, next door to it. But whatever. Forget about visiting the Crawleys, I’m visiting Downton.

13. If you could command 3 to perform any service or task for you, what would it be?
I have no idea. Maybe find me an equally fascinating but unmarried employer who falls desperately in love with me.

14. Does anyone on your friends list write or draw 11?
Seeing as Maxwell Smart is a kind of Lucy Ricardo of spies, I would imagine they would get along pretty well.

15. If 2 had to choose sides between 4 and 5, what side would (s)he choose?
Elrond would probably choose to go on his own team, because both of them are equally repulsive to his personality.

16. What might 10 shout out while charging into battle?

17. If you had to choose a song to best describe 8, what would it be?
It’s not perfect because of the notes of selfishness that is nonexistent in Amy Dorrit’s personality, but “Let The Cold Wind Blow” by Kate Rusby is pretty good.

18. 1, 6 and 12 are having a dim sum at a Chinese Restaurant. There is only one scallion pancake left, and they all reach for it at the same time. Who gets it?
Sherlock. And then Amy would yell at him, because she’s that kind of girl. Smart would be oblivious.

19. What would be a good pickup line for 3 to say to 12?
I’m afraid that Jane would hardly be the type to pick up anyone, much less Smart, but if she was on some spy mission for CHAOS she might just try any old one, because he’s a softie.

20. What would 5 most likely be arrested for?
Petty theft or perjury.

21. What is 6’s secret?
whisper he actually has feelings.

22. If 11 and 9 were racing to a destination, who would get there first?
Poor Wall-E is pretty slow, but Lucy would undoubtedly run into some dreadful predicament on the way, so probably Wall-E.

23. If you had to walk home through a bad neighborhood late at night, who would you feel more comfortable walking with, 7 or 8?
7, uh, duh

24. Amy Pond and Wall-E reluctantly team up to save the world from the threat posed by Wooster’s sinister secret organization. Lucy volunteers to help them, but it is later discovered that s/he is actually a spy for Wooster. Meanwhile, Wooster has kidnapped Smart in an attempt to force their surrender. Following the wise advice of Cynthia, they seek out Jane Eyre, who gives them what they need to complete their quest. What title would you give this fic? (there were originally numbers, but I made it easier to read so you don’t have to keep scrolling up—you’re welcome)

The Majestic Tale of a Redhead with a Box and a Sinister Idiot


Finally, after weeks of writing about and discussing liberty, I have it.
That’s right, SCHOOL. IS. OVER. UNTIL. 2013.
I’m free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well, I have Latin left. But that’s okay. Latin is fun and Latin 4 is nothing compared to elementary Greek, let me tell ya. Greek sucks out your soul. Hopefully it will spit it out again with the ability to read Plato and Euripides, but that’s a long time coming. I do love it, but it’s hard. What idiot decided to let Latin have an ablative case but not Greek? It really needs it! What kind of maniac uses prepositions with the GENITIVE???? AND THE DATIVE???????????
Sorry, the philologist in me was peeking out through his bars. Excuse me.
Anyway, I’m going to do one of those enormously entertaining memes where you put down a list of twelve characters and have them interact with each other. You will see it later today.
I intend to do more blogging during my MONTH!!!! LONG!!!! CHRISTMAS!!!! BREAK!!!! in between frantically knitting socks and watching more BBC miniseries/old TV shows/long movies with subtitles recommended by random people which I previously checked out on IMDB to make sure were appropriate so don’t get too worried/library DVDs than are good for me.
See you later!
BTW: I am now accepted to both Christendom College and University of Dallas! I’m still completing my Franciscan application.

Seven Quick Takes

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This is the Hobbit Edition! Yep, I saw the midnight premiere last night. My very first midnight premiere! (Irrelevant, but I can’t figure out how to stop this dumb white highlighting.)

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There were some seriously strange people in line there. As in, a guy with piercings all over his face, who claimed to be afraid of my knitting needles (yes, I toted a couple socks with me, but I didn’t get much done after they let us into the theater around 10:30-ish).

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The movie was honestly much better than I expected. I expected it to be butchered, but in truth it was only about half butchered. The Dwarvish songs and the flashbacks into the Dwarvish halls of Erebor were stunning and perfect.

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 Butchering #1: They made Bilbo WAY TOO BRAVE AND SMART for this part of the book. When he ********SPOILERS************ 
jumps out from a tree and defends Thorin, it totally destroys any latent drama that would have occurred later (presumably in the second or third movie, depending on how they divide them) when he makes the decision, at the book’s climax, to proceed into Smaug’s lair. Gone. Poof. Not to mention that HE delays the trolls, not Gandalf, and he actually guesses “Time” as the answer of the riddle rather than stumbling upon it by accident.

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#2: Too. Many. Big. Set. Pieces. How many freaking battle scenes does a person need? Apparently way too many. You should see how they spoil the storm giants by over-emphasis. Ugh. Not to mention extraneous subplots that have no place in the Hobbit.

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Well, that’s all the butchering I want to talk about. All I can say is that overall it was immensely enjoyable, especially since I had low expectations and was thus not disappointed.

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Did you know that movie theater popcorn “butter” is actually dyed and scented oil? (Is anyone surprised?) My mom says that if  you saw the color it was before they colored it, you would never eat it. Apparently it’s a kind of greyish, sludgy tone. 


Seven Quick Takes

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I’ve never done these before, but I thought it would be fun. So I’m starting! Remember that I don’t necessarily recommend/endorse everything on websites I link to for every reader.

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I’ve been watching TONS of “I Love Lucy” episodes in the past week or so. At this point, I’m almost through all the episodes available streaming for free on Amazon Prime (which isn’t even two whole seasons, actually, which must be remedied). Soon I’m going to have to see if the library has some complete seasons, because this show is seriously hilarious. 

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This Christmas I decided to make socks for my three grandparents (my paternal grandfather died when my father was little) and my parents. That’s five pairs of socks. Do you know how much knitting that is on teeny little needles barely thicker than toothpicks? Well… I don’t care. I’m nearly halfway through the first sock of the fourth pair and the fifth pair has been cast on. To be honest, though, two pairs are knitted in worsted weight yarn on size 4 needles, which takes practically no time at all to knit. So only three pairs are knitted on tiny needles. Anyway, I am now officially obsessed with sock knitting. I love them. I love them. I love them. You’d think after over three pairs, I would be sick of them, but nope.

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The patterns I’m using are visible on my Ravelry projects page. (My username is Mirfain. Right now I have, like, three projects with photos up, but eventually I’ll get someone with a decent camera to document my crazy skills.) Ravelry has its disadvantages, and it certainly has a lot of inappropriate nastiness in various places, but it simply has no equal as a tool for finding patterns, downloading patterns, storing patterns, documenting projects and yarn, getting the scoop on the quality of a yarn in the comments, and staring at gorgeous projects for inspiration. (update: ick, I saw a totally inappropriate pattern right at the top of the patterns page… :/)

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My Greek teacher couldn’t find the Greek textbook we’re using, and has been really busy with tests and things himself, so our assignment this past week was to write a sonnet. I’ve written one before (with at least two stanzas using the wrong rhyme scheme), and I think this one is not as good as my first one, but… I just love writing poetry. 

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I have recently knitted a pair of green socks, am working on a second pair, and have enough sock yarn to knit four more pairs. I bought an already discounted sampler ofour shades (two skeins each) ogreen Knit Picks Stroll sock yarn at a super cheap price on Cyber Monday, and I already had a skein of green sock yarn and a pair of green socks, so I suspect I will be really tired of green socks soon. 

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Happy Advent and liturgical new year! I love this season.