Humour, school, thirty days, Tolkien

Day 27: A… ???

Is it talking about one of my physical features, or physical features in general? I’ll presume it’s the former. (Though I must admit, I really like beards. That wasn’t creepy or anything, right?) I like having thick hair. It gets weird and frizzy, and it has horrid split ends because I haven’t had a real haircut since last October, and I can just stuff it into a bun clip even though it’s only about 8-8.5 inches past my collar bone. However, it holds curls well and looks nice when thoroughly straightened. I have great affection for my hair in general (though why did my sister get all the natural blond highlights?).

Today I began school. I was really supposed to start preparations for my co-op classes a couple weeks ago, but I’m not very sorry I didn’t, because I enjoyed having those last couple weeks of FREEDOM! I suppose it was imprudent, so I sort of regret it, but it’s kind of a half-hearted regret.

And here’s a special treat for all the rest of us who are beginning school:

Humour, memories, thirty days

Day 26: A Childhood Memory

I think one of the memories that cracks me up the most was the following:
A number of families were at the park when I was about nine, and my friend M’s older sister and her third cousin pushed me off of the jungle gym or whatever it’s called… and I think I cracked a rib. It certainly knocked the breath out of me, which was rather frightening. I believe that the remainder of that outing was spent sitting in a field making flower chains (after my friend’s mom showed me how). Interesting image, no? I seem to remember that up to a year later that rib still gave me a twinge once in a while.

cooking, thirty days

Day 25 – Recipe!

Now this is right up my alley. I made these yesterday, but modified them. My modifications were to use slightly less than 1.5 cups of sugar, slightly more than 2/3 cup of cocoa, and near the end I added almost a whole bar of Ghiradelli’s Bittersweet baking chocolate. These cookies are possibly the best chocolate cookies you can have without having chocolate chips or gooeyness. (I love gooeyness, but maybe that’s just my weirdness.) Actually, if you want to add chocolate chips to these things, that would probably be really good. You might overdose on chocolate, though…. they have an intense chocolate flavor. My four-year-old brother loves them.

Humour, movies, thirty days

Tim Hawkins! And Day 24! And The Dark Knight!

I have just rediscovered Tim Hawkins on YouTube. If you have not heard of him, you have a treat in store for you. He’s a Christian comedian and, I believe, a homeschooler – and I can hardly describe his hilarity. Here is a personal favorite (Hey There Delilah is good too):

One movie no one would expect me to love, if they didn’t generally know that I love it, might be The Dark Knight. Some people seem to get the impression that I only like things that… well, I guess squeaky clean would be a good phrase. I think only one of my friends knows that I used to be a huge fan of hard rock (note the past tense – I don’t listen to it anymore). I have a definite liking for darkness and tragedy which surprises some people. It actually doesn’t make that much sense, if you think about it. No one is surprised when I and people like me love The Lord of the Rings, which is, in many ways, a sad and tragic book.

Now, it is also imbued with the Christian sense that there is a Purpose to things and a meaning behind events – it doesn’t dally with nihilism in the way that you could say The Dark Knight does (I would disagree, but you could make out a case). However, that doesn’t change the fact that it does not have a conventionally happy ending. Tolkien makes it very clear in his letters that Frodo failed. Nor are they terribly shocked when someone says they enjoyed Dante’s Inferno (which, by the way, should never be read without following up with the Purgatorio and the Paradiso), which is about the ultimate tragedy, for heaven’s sakes.

The Dark Knight is, of course, in a different category. It’s less violent than the Inferno, in which one may obtain graphic descriptions of human internal organs pouring out of them, but of course violence in a book is completely different than violence in a movie, and I would say TDK is violent enough to earn a hard PG-13 rating. It’s not graphic and not very bloody, either, but there’s a lot of nasty things that are more implied than seen, not to mention the “pencil trick” and a certain character’s disfigurement. In addition, it takes the Lord’s name in vain and uses other bad language.

However, the greatest distinguishing factor, in my opinion, is the portrayal of the antimorality of the Joker. He isn’t just immoral. He hates morality. He enjoys chaos. He isn’t like most people, committing evil to get some perceived good (whether that be a real good or not). Instead, he sees the chaos and horror as an end in itself. It’s truly disturbing.

More later.

thirty days

Day 23

Something I’d like people to remember about me. That’s kind of… hard. Okay, when I go to college, I want my old friends (whom of course I’ll stay in touch with) to remember me as a good speller and grammatician. “Yeah, I haven’t seen Maggie since Christmas break… gee, do you remember the good old days when she used to interrupt our conversations to say ‘It’s ‘well’, not ‘good’. Good is not an adverb’?”

internet, movies, thirty days

Day 22: A Website

There are lots of websites I visit frequently, but one of my favorites is Decent Films ( It’s a wonderful website. It is by Steven Greydanus, a Catholic film critic, and while I don’t always agree with his writing, it’s always fascinating. I highly recommend this website, where you can be informed about the negative and positive content of various movies and make an informed decision on whether to see them or not, and enjoy an engaging piece of writing in the process.

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Resuming the 30 Days Challenge…. Day 21

I think I’m actually on day twenty, but I decided to skip that one because it’s so much like day nineteen.

I do a bunch of things differently than most people. I’ll go with typing. Most people, I believe, use the shift key to capitalize most of the time. I always use caps lock. It works pretty well for me, since my top typing speed is over 100 WPM (unadjusted for errors, but I’m fairly accurate).

That might be the most epically lame post I’ve ever put up, but it’ll have to do. Sorry for those of you whose eyes just fell out from boredom.