Thursday, May 29, 2008

Mother Auma has Tagged me!

Ooh, this one's cool!

If you came to our house--

You would see:
A house that (if we knew you were coming) might be cleaner than it usually is. There would probably be some project on the schoolroom table, a half-finished chess game on the in-table, and a rabbit in the backyard.

We'd probably feed you:
Ummm...veggies. Probably carrots and Ranch dressing. If we had baked, we might have cookies or something like that, and we might have some apple slices or blackberries.

And offer you this to drink:
Tea, coffee (some kind called Cookiedoodle), or water. We might have Gatorade, and then again we might not.

We'd undoubtedly ask if you'd read:
The Redwall Books
The Betsy-Tacy Books
The Penderwicks
The Jane Austen Books
Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera...

We'd want to play this music for you:
As Mother Auma pointed out, we would probably all show off our piano, and try to coax Mother Auma into playing Moonlight Sonata or one of her Baroque pieces. (When you arrived you might walk in to the tune of the Madagascar song "I like to move-it move-it" - we like to work to it.)

We'd want to tell you the latest about:
Thumper, the rabbit...piano...books we've read or movies we've seen...anything interesting that's happened since you were last over...

We'd probably suggest a game of:
Chess, checkers, Kazink, Cranium Cadoo, a pretending game outside or a skill game called "be very quiet and still and see if the bunny will come to you".

We might show off:
Thumper, undoubtedly. And the piano playing. Mother Auma's New Laptop. Cornflower's latest picture or other exciting accomplishment. Mariel's violin playing. If you were a very close friend of mine who likes books, I might possibly show you one of my stories. (Very large "might" - my stories are practically secrets until they are finished.)We might get on the computer and show you:

If it was a long enough visit, we might watch:
Probably one of the old BBC Narnia movies, or if Mother Auma could stand it, Alvin and the Chipmunks. Okay, probably not the Chipmunks. They're just too quotable.

Maybe a play, put on by the producers of The Forbidden Forest, The Moby-Dick-Type Pirates, The Return of Plunder the Pirate, The Animals of China, etc.

We might show you this on the computer:
The funniest homeschool-stereotype video done to the tune of "The Adams Family"!!!

What would a visit to your house be like?

I tag Queen Shenaynay and Raora. Mother Auma tagged everyone else I know.

You're it!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Movie Review: Prince Caspian

In and of itself, the new Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian was a very good movie. However, if you have read the book, you may not find this movie to be all you expected.

Reepicheep, my favorite character, was very good. So were Aslan, Lucy, Pattertwig (that's the red squirrel), Miraz, and Queen Pruneprismia. The other characters I was slightly disappointed in. Trumpkin, for example. The dwarf in the movie is more like Nikabrik than the Trumpkin I remember from the book.

Other things I was not satisfied with: Caspian and Peter keep having arguments, the Hag and Werewolf actually get far enough as to call up the White Witch, the story sequence was quite out of order (what they used of it), and Susan and Prince Caspian fall in love.

I don't see why the movies think they have to improve on C. S. Lewis. He did a perfectly fine job writing the books, so why can't they stick to those? They seem to try and make everything funny, or make the characters argumentative, and the movies don't seem as special and wonderful as the books. Perhaps because the media feel that they cannot offend the majority of people and so choose to make it what they think "people" like - i.e. they remove, twist or modify anything that remotely resembles a Christian allegory.

(Note: C. S. Lewis did not intend for these books to be allegories, but they still are so useful in understanding the Christian faith.)

The media can't get everything, though. Aslan is still the same wonderful character he is in the books. Lucy is still her brave, faithful self. Reepicheep is still the same dashing, gallant, chivalrous and unusual mouse. Miraz is still a horrid usurping tyrant. Some people just can't be changed.

Monday, May 5, 2008


My meme is name three of your favorite anythings.

For me:

My favorite color: Any shade of green

My favorite place: Outside on the patio, preferably with my Thumper on my lap

My favorite pastime: Writing books

And I tag...Mother Auma, Queen Shenaynay

and that's all because I don't know anyone else in the blogosphere.

Jane Austen meets Stuffed Animals

Last night, I went to say goodnight to Mariel and Cornflower, my little sisters. They were having a blast dressing up their stuffed animals and dolls.

I picked up a teddy bear with a sweater, a long denim coat over it and a monocle made of a toy gold ring. "Who's he today?" I asked.

Mariel was unsure, but Cornflower piped up immediately. "Mr. Darcy!"

This morning, we went for a nature walk. Mr. Darcy reposed solemnly in a white strawberry-speckled stroller, with Elizabeth, a brown-haired baby doll, by his side. But before we left, Mr. Darcy must have proposed, for Elizabeth was left at home.

Or maybe it was just Cornflower's tendency to get tired of pushing her stroller. Before the walk was over, I was carrying the carriage and Cornflower was carrying Mr. Darcy.

Sunday, May 4, 2008


I am back! I have not been on my blog for quite a while, and Internet has not been a high priority. But I am going to start back on it again.

Just thought I'd let whoever reads my blog know...