I Sorted My Cello into a Hogwarts House

For the record, I am aware that it’s Wednesday. If you’re worried that I’ve given up the interwebs for Lent again and will once again take a forty-five day hiatus, don’t be. This year I’m just banning tumblr – as well as a few other things I find myself entirely too dependent on (coffee, for one). I don’t really have any excuse for not blogging yesterday except that I hit an emotional speedbump and decided to moan about it instead. [cue rolling about on the floor and whining and being a general Richard II]

This post is sort of a general status update, seeing as I’ve been sort of scattered recently.

Books Challenge

I’m actually ahead of schedule – I’ve read 6 so far. Unfortunately Les Misérables is still on hold until I finish Richard III (the biography not the tragedy) and all these Shakespeare plays I’ve decided to undertake. I have been picking up one of Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclicals every now & again over the past couple days… attempting to cope… failing…

Got this email from Tatiana:

WobblesSo that’s basically what we’ve been reduced to.

Orchestra

We got new music on Sunday. I hated it at first, but it’s growing on me. I’ll just tell you that sight-reading Colas Breugnon by Kabalevsky WITH A SUBSTITUTE CONDUCTOR when you’re already in a foul mood does not endear you to a piece. It really doesn’t.

[Let’s just go ahead and say flat out that I have been in a pretty terrible state over the past couple of days & it’s only getting worse. Gah.]

Anyway, on the subject of orchestra/cello/etc, I’ve decided that Evvy is a Gryffindor. (My last cello was Ravenclaw, and I’ll explain this in a moment…)

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So where the strings of a cello connect to the fine tuners, there’s a covering of thread, most likely so the tuners can grip well enough. My last cello had dark blue and copper-y/gold thread – but Evvy’s scarlet & gold. Gryffindor.

Which explains a lot, actually. Like why she’s so stubborn and temperamental. […okay, I’m… crazy… I know…]

Other Orchestra Stuff

Went to see a friend of mine perform in a Brahms concert with the senior group of my youth orchestra: she was only in a couple of them & I proceeded to feel guilty about enjoying the symphony much more than the chorus. 😛 (I can’t help it! They played Hungarian Dances – three of them!)

I was going to see another Brahms performance tomorrow night, but it fell through. C’est la vie. I’ll probably stay in and spend the evening watching movies instead.

Which reminds me…

Random Stuff I’m Getting Kind of Obsessed With (Running Out of Names for This)

Kaylee’s my favorite so far.

1. Firefly! The classic one-season space-western from Joss Whedon that my friends have been nagging me to watch since the dawn of time. I was originally put off from the show because the pilot episode is kind of… iffy… but I’ve given it another go and am definitely enjoying it so far.

The whole space-western thing confuses me, though: at this point the only things wester about it are the fact that sometimes Zoë says ‘ain’t’ and all the music is very Lone Ranger. I’ve been told it’ll make sense to me later (that and a lot of things), but the stuff I do understand outweighs the stuff I don’t, so I’m okay. (The reverse of that statement is true for Homestuck, by the way. I just… Confused. All the time.)

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Currently…

2. Sudoku. I’ve always liked sudoku – my aunt even gave me an electronic sudoku gizmo (that I have since lost, but it was a while ago) – but I recently found my old barely touched sudoku book and have been obsessively solving puzzles. On the day I found it I tore through eight puzzles in one afternoon. It’s gotten to the point where I can actually walk around the house/have conversations with people while working on a puzzle. (I thought I was so clever at Marian Group for holding it under the table during the meeting… turns out everybody could tell, but nobody cared enough to tell me off about it.)

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I’ve sticky-tabbed the life out of the blue book…

3. Prayer. 😛 (This is cheating, but I don’t care.) This is your Ash Wednesday reminder that Lent isn’t just about giving up chocolate and waiting for the Easter Bunny. This is one of the first few years that I’ve actually been mature enough to go deeper during Lent, and I’m actually excited to take advantage of this prayer-intensive time. I’ve bookmarked all my favorite prayers in With Mary in Prayer (blue for rough times/things going wrong, pink for prayers for the journey onward, yellow asking for help and guidance, and orange for the night prayer) and I’m going to try and keep it on me and take a few minutes every now and again throughout the day to ask for that guidance and that grace that I so desperately need. Also, the Divine Mercy Chaplet is my new best friend. I started saying it daily for Morgann because I offered it to her for her spiritual bouquet on her birthday – we said it together at the silent retreat we went on, so it holds special meaning in our heart. After the week of the chaplet I’d promised was over, I found myself gravitating back to it. It’s short enough that I always have time to fit it in somewhere and literally can’t make any excuses not to pray it, yet it’s still profound and deeply calming in its rhythm.

4. Shakespeare Uncovered on PBS.  As I mentioned a couple posts ago, some of the girls in my history class are reading the Henriad & Richard III to supplement our history texts this session. As much as I love Shakespeare, sometimes it can be hard for me to get into the plays – a lot of times I don’t understand who relates to who and it takes me ages to understand what the heck is going on. At the same time, I abjectly refuse to watch the movie before I read the play: that’s cheating. 😉 So the other day while searching around online for Ben Whishaw’s rendition of Richard II (very good, by the way, I’d put The Hollow Crown on my list of new obsessions, except it just ties into this), I found PBS’s Shakespeare Uncovered. What they do is go deeper into the plays, find the history and the meaning in it, and give you a broad understanding of the play. Watching this gave me ground to stand on when I went back to the play, and made the reading infinitely easier. If I finish my history work tonight, this is my reward. 🙂

5. Oh my goodness this post goes on forever… Okay… Last one: pictures! I spent a good chunk of time today picking out pictures of me and my friends to fill this plethora of picture frames I found. I’m hoping to hang them around my room so I can remind myself of the people who care about me and make me smile, even when I’m feeling grumpy. (Though usually they’re the ones who’re making me grumpy, so… *smacked*)

Okay, this is far enough – I need to wrap up and go back to my history work. If you read thus far, give yourself a pat on the back. You earned it.

Best wishes,
Hero

P.S. Remind me on Friday to tell you guys about the ‘things I’m freaking out about’ category that I decided to cut. 😛

Could it be?

Pictures of my room? It can’t be possible.

And yet it is! My room is far from finished, but I got some things tidied up the other night (at 9:30 – but I’d had coffee a little after 7 and was kind of running high… :P) and decided to photograph them!

 

The top of one bookshelf…

And some randomified close-ups.

 

Other bookshelf!

 

 

(Serendipitously, you can’t see any addresses on those letters, so I can actually post that picture.)

 

My reading nook (taken day after – obvious from the daylight outside).

And gee… what could this be?

 

Guess you’ll find out next time! 😉 Needless to say, it’s exciting news!

~Hero

 

 

In which Saint Anthony and SAINT Kateri Tekawitha I mean seriously how awesome is this.

First of all, salutations from not-the-ether! I am still alive and kicking. (Unless my life is just one big long hallucination and I’m not actually here at all. Let’s hope not.)

Just popping by because I am completely overwhelmed by saint awesomeness and feel the need to share.

First of all, Saint Anthony rocks my world, and it’s just amazing. I’ve been looking for my rosary (my beautiful, gorgeous rosary – I love it so much) since I got home from art camp back in August… I was starting to think I’d left it there. I finally go, “Ugh, Saint Anthony!” and say the prayer and, I’m not kidding, two minutes later, I remembered that I’d taken a different purse to camp, and after digging through it, I stumbled across a secret pocket where I must have tucked the rosary before I left my dorm at camp.

Seriously. Saint Anthony. He’s almost too awesome.

Yes, I am writing a whole blog post because I found my rosary. It’s basically my favorite possession. My – oh, let’s call her my proxy Godmother, to steal a Tanith phrase – gave it to me for my confirmation and it’s the most beautiful thing ever. Look at it!

The cross is the trinity – Father, Son, and Spirit. Can you see it? The dove is underneath God’s chin.

Random picture spam:

And for those wondering: no, I’m not using my mom’s camera for these pictures, nor did my camera magically come back to life – I got a new one! (Birthday gift. 🙂 ) It’s a Nikon Coolpix L810 and I love it. It’s really nice – loads better than Antigone (as I am calling my old one) and I have a three year warranty, just in case. 😉

Before I go and get back to my Algebra, I wanted to mention that on Sunday, seven new saints were canonized – three of whom were American saints! Most notably, Blessed Kateri Tekawitha is now a saint! It’s awesome! I love her so much.

To celebrate her canonization, I’m going to do a novena to her, so if any of you Catholics out there want to join me, here:

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Novena to St. Kateri Tekawitha 

Kateri, favored child, Flower of the Algonquins and Lily of the Mohawks, We come to seek your intercession in our present need: (mention it here).

We admire the virtures which adorned your soul: love of God and neighbor, humility, obedience, patience, purity and the spirit of sacrifice. Help us to imitate your example in our life. Through the goodness and mercy of God, Who has blessed you with so many graces which led you to the true faith and to a high degree of holiness, pray to God for us and help us.

Obtain for us a very fervent devotion to the Holy Eucharist so that we may love Holy Mass as you did and receive Holy Communion as often as we can. Teach us also to be devoted to our crucified Savior as you were, that we may cheerfully bear our daily crosses for love of Him Who suffered so much for love of us. Most of all we beg you to pray that we may avoid sin, lead a holy life and save our souls. Amen.

In thanksgiving to God for the graces bestowed upon Kateri: one Our Father, Hail Mary and three Glory Be’s. Kateri, Flower of the Algonquins and Lily of the Mohawks, pray for us.

Amen.

(From Fr. Lovasik’s book: Kateri of the Mohawks.)

Gosh, I want to be a saint so badly. It’s something I used to have a huge disconnect with, like it’s super far off and (I quote) “how can I be a saint while I’m folding laundry?” (The devil puts feeble excuses in your minds, be warned.) But it’s kind of my new mission: sainthood! Mission Almost-Impossible. 😛

Anyway, that’s all for me today! Have a blessed day!

~Hero

P.S. My 100th post is coming up soon! Any ideas on what I should do for it?

A Series of Lists

I think the worst part about making promises on a blog is that I can’t lie and pretend y’all misheard me and that I said I was going to post on Monday, not whatever silly day you thought I was going to… Because then you could just pull up the post before this one and call me out on being a loser.

Which I’d deserve. Because I am a loser.

But, anyway. Here’s a series of lists of excuses and things I’m into and maybe some resolutions and stuff.

Excuses

1. I promised pictures of my room… But my camera that committed suicide last month (or the month before that) has not miraculously revived itself yet, so I don’t have any pictures.

2. Also, it’s a mess.

3. I could take pictures with my mom’s phone of my bathroom, since it’s nearly done, but I have to put up my Little Mermaid posters first and they’re still at Essie’s house in a box somewhere and I have to retrieve them and it’s raining and I can’t go fetch a box in the rain.

4. I decided to be studious and take a religion test that I was supposed to take a week ago last night instead of writing this post, except I was so afraid of doing poorly on it that I took an hour and a half and didn’t finish until ten o’clock because Tanith called me in the middle of it and it’s entirely her fault I swear.

5. I am very tired. I only had two cups of coffee today and they didn’t help.

6. It’s raining. That’s somehow relevant and blame-worthy.

7. The Packers won last night and I was too busy rejoicing to post. Yes.

Reasons Why October is Awesome

1. I turn 16 this month! Yikes!

2. I take the PSAT. Wait. No. That’s not good.

3. HALLOWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN! *flails* I love Halloween. The one day of the entire year when it’s socially acceptable to wear a costume everywhere.

4. Chair auditions for my orchestra…? Erm…? Maybe that’s a good thing.

5. We have a dance this month! And every month! But this month especially! Yay!

6. I now live in the fun neighborhood, with Landon and Essie and Tanith! And the house is full of boxes and I have no idea which light switches do what and we have no food in the fridge. Ugh. So, basically, fun times.

7. The new Taylor Swift album is out this month! 😀

Things I’m Into This Month

1. NEWSIES. As is obvious. Kelli gave me the final shove and I’ve now got it on hold at the library! 🙂

2. I just discovered the Addams Family musical the other day… ‘One Normal Night’ is one of my favorite songs ever. “Were you folks right for the Mezzanine? Who’s to say.”

3. Rain! I don’t know if rain is something you can be “into”, but it’s been raining all week, and that’s not something that happens often here. When I get home from Algebra tutoring today, I might try and dig my rain boots out of whatever ridiculous box they’re in (I’ll never find them) and go stomp around in the puddles. Of course, the rain has a dark side: our dogs are tracking muddy footprints abso-blooming-lutely (if you get that reference, I love you) all over the kitchen.

4. Sweaters. It’s still too warm here for sweaters, but we’ve had a bit of breeze this week so I’ve been using that as an excuse to wear sweaters. I mean, come on! It’s October! Could we please stop having sweaty humid days and let the leaves fall already?

The Most Annoying Things About Moving

1. I don’t know what any of these light switches do. There are a hundred light switches in the breakfast nook I’m sitting in right now, and I know what exactly TWO of them do because my mom got so sick of flipping the wrong switch that she pulled out the label maker and labeled them.

2. My room is a mess and I don’t even have all my stuff in it. I haven’t gotten anything organized, so the entire room looks like something exploded.

3. I’m now behind in all my schoolwork. I sent in a chemistry test today that was due on Friday. *fumes*

4. Loads of things are still packed. I had to go bum a stamp and envelope off Landon and Stella to mail the aforementioned chemistry test (that hopefully I didn’t fail – this chapter was hard, I had to call in Frankie for moral support/tutoring).

5. We only have one TV and it’s in the loft, right next to my room. (I’m the only one upstairs.) Which means my dad watches TV late into the night right outside my door with the surround sound on. Because he can.

6. I wasn’t able to practice my cello all week, and now that I’ve picked it up again (chair auditions next Sunday! Agh!), my fingers are falling to pieces. Again. (By falling to pieces I mean that I get blisters on top of my calluses because my calluses are divas or something and refuse to help me out, and so those blisters break and peel and the skin on my fingertips look like they’re falling apart. Ugh. It’s gross, but whatcha gon’ do? Grin and bear it.)

I’m going to go now, get back to my schoolwork so Tanith and I can go puddle-stomping this evening (provided she finishes her school). (She won’t.) I will try my very hardest to get my room cleaned and organized so I can take some preliminary pictures and get them up tomorrow!

Thanks for reading! I love you all! Sorry about being late.

Again.

~Hero

P.S. Resolutions

1. I have one resolution this month: to do a daily devotional. I have a little reading corner in my new room, so I’m going to try to curl up with the Bible readings for the day and a cup of coffee and my journal, and start my day off right. 🙂

BEDA Day 9: {pretty, happy, funny, real} LeakyCon Edition

I have yet to do {p,h,f,r} correctly, because both times I’ve tried to do it, MY CAMERA HAS BEEN BROKEN. You’re supposed to use pictures you’ve captured over the week, but that’s not happening, so this time I’m using pictures I took at LeakyCon. Bite me.

Bad diagnosis on the camera, by the way. It’s not the batteries, it’s not the SD card – we don’t know what it is, but at this point it doesn’t look fixable.

BOO.

I like my camera. It’s a nice camera! I got it for my 14th birthday, and I’m betting it wasn’t cheap. I am extremely frustrated that it is broken.

Only the good die young.

Anyway. Onto today’s post. (By the way, I am exhausted. Both right now, while I’m writing this, and right now, on Thursday morning when this is posted.)

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I just love how the logo looks over the pulsating blue light, sort of an omnipresence throughout the entire conference. 🙂

{happy}

 

A panoramic shot of the main stage area during the ball. This was such a great time, but a little bittersweet because I was really starting to miss my friends at that point. (Also, I’d asked Will Dunn to the ball and he couldn’t make it because he was flying back to England. Bummer.) Nevertheless, I still classify this as happy because it was such a fantastic time.

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Joey Richter. No more explanation needed.

{real}

 

I put this under ‘real’ because this really drove home the fact that our story was ending. The morning of the premiere of the final Harry Potter movie it was crazy humid and all the hotel’s mirrors fogged up, so people wrote messages in them. (I wrote out “It’s real for us,” but I didn’t snap a picture.) This was the first one up, and I felt a pang when I saw it. We were so excited for the movie, but we didn’t want it to come, because that meant our journey was over. We’ll always be Harry Potter fans, but it will never be quite the same for us. There is nothing left for us to wait for, and that writing in the condensation reminded all of us of that. Yet another bittersweet moment.

I’m not going to queue up a Friday post. I’m holding myself in good faith that I’ll be awake enough to write one when I get home from camp, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Have a great day!

~Hero

BEDA Day 2: {pretty, happy, funny, real}

Since it’s BEDA, I kind of want to have a theme for each day of the week. Thursdays are going to take inspiration from Like Mother, Like Daughter and be a pretty, happy, funny, real post. For each category you post a picture that captures the word and a little description. I took a few pictures today for this, but my camera has decided to just quit on me and refuses to function. Ugh. Fingers crossed it’s just the batteries or something easily fixable so I don’t have to go get an entirely new camera.

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The view from the dock at our river house… We practically live there during the summer.

{happy}

Lego Woody and Buzz from when we went to Downtown Disney in Orlando on vacation. 🙂

{funny}

Screenshot of my recent addiction… Pomplamoose. Specifically, this song. (I blame you, Morgann.)

{real}

What my desk currently looks like… Books and notebooks everywhere, a sharpie, coffee, and my earbuds.

And now we have friends coming over to watch the Olympics (this is what you get for canceling your cable, guys) so I have to go and help get ready/eat something.

Have a lovely evening!

~Hero
Cello: Completed
Algebra: Completed
Exercise: Completed (did a Denise Austen ‘yoga burn’ video – I don’t think it’s possible to bend like that!)
Camp NaNo wordcount: 1,748 (haven’t written yet today)

Summer Days

Quick post for you guys today – I went out yesterday and took a bunch of pictures of my cello and me on the front lawn, and I really like this one, so I thought I’d share it.

This is just my perfect image of summer: lounging around in the grass with my cello. I am such a nerd.

Happy almost summer!

~Hero