have a super weekend!
Friday, April 30, 2010
go ahead, be jealous all my california relatives + friends who have ready access to go see any show they want, while no one tours through utah....ever. YAHOO!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
i love these little guys. you can arrange them in so many ways, and they're super hardy so you don't have to give them tons of attention. and they're so cute and tiny! you can get them at any hardware store in the plants section, or you can even buy them at wal-mart.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
i thought this tutorial was such a cute and clever idea.
i love this idea. it would be so cute for a variety of things: a regular journal using lined paper, a sketchbook with blank paper, a picture scrapbook...so many possibilities!
Monday, April 26, 2010
i watched it this weekend while working on some orders and i don't think i was very productive while it was on...more often than not i would just set whatever i was working on down just so i could watch.
if you've got 7 or 8 hours to spare (maybe if you're sick or having a lazy weekend...) then you MUST watch this mini-series. it seriously sucks you in and you have to watch what happens until the very end. you see these characters over their entire liftimes, generations of mistakes and love and tragedy, and it's so painful but poetic to watch.
of course, the main story is the love between meggie cleary, the only daughter in a family full of boys, and ralph de bricassart, who's a priest and sworn to celibacy. there's is the most tragic story of all.
i cry every time i watch the thorn birds. if you're a fan of the pride and prejudice mini-series or anything like that, then you have to make time and watch this. the story is that good. the book is really good, too but there's just something about actually seeing the characters and the australian outback and hearing the music that you couldn't get from the book. love love LOVE the thorn birds.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
here's the synopsis from shannon hale's website:
When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years because of Saren’s refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.
As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable. With the arrival outside the tower of Saren’s two suitors—one welcome, the other decidedly less so—the girls are confronted with both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.
With Shannon Hale’s lyrical language, this little-known classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm is reimagined and reset in a land inspired by the Asian steppes; it is a completely unique retelling filled with adventure and romance, drama and disguise.
i really enjoyed it and finished it in about 2 days. the story was compelling and i found myself thinking about it when i wasn't reading it. i'm still thinking about it.
the main character, dashti, is such a strong presence throughout the book. she moved the story forward with her actions and i felt like she wasn't just there in order to narrate the book. (it's written in journal format: "day 1, day 187, etc" from dashti's point of view).
the other main character, lady saren, who dashti serves, was pretty annoying and i only (sort of) liked her at the end. but shannon hale wrote it so that you felt sympathy for her and understood why she was so annoying. i always enjoy when authors make you sympathize with characters that you initially dislike. makes you question some people you might dislike in your own life...
and the romance was very sweet. i think that's part of what made me like this book more than other shannon hale books i've read. i'm such a sucker for romance.
all in all...a good read!