Nov. 27th, 2009 09:45 pm
rosa_cotton: (Wishing)
Uno: Happy Thanksgiving all! Hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday. Mine was quite nice. Saw family for the first time in three months. Didn't see some friends which dampened my time at home.

Dos: Can't believe less than three weeks are left in the semester. Time has been going by so quickly. Praying I won't burnout before finals are over...

Tres: Happy belated birthday dear [ profile] indes_elfwine! I hope your day was special. *offers cake and ice cream*

Cuatro: My love for Dickens grows. A Tale of Two Cities was quite different from Bleak House and Little Dorrit, and I totally loved it. Never have I read Dickens so quickly before. Sydney Carton is now my favorite Dickens male character, a flawed, tragic hero. He made me think of Edmund Pevensie a bit. I've been hunting ATOTC fanfiction the last two days, resulting in some good finds.

I'm sorry for falling behind on everyone's journals. I will try to catch up.

Have a blessed weekend. *hugs flist*
rosa_cotton: (Time to Come Home)
Another year is almost gone. It feels like it has gone by so quickly... 2008 has been wonderful, hard, sad, and full of surprises. I am thankful for the things God has taught me this year (through good times and hard times); my family and friends, and the new ones I've made; the library; being able to return to camp last summer; and being able see another year end. I've been blessed so much.

I didn't read or watch TV as much as I have in the past. Have to see what happens in the new year.

Movies/TV of 2008 )

Books of 2008 )

Happy New Year Everyone!!!
rosa_cotton: (breath of life)
"I was hoping you'd write something," was my mom's first comment after she proofread this for me. I wrote this little piece in memory of "Father." *sigh*

Gone...but not Forever )


Apr. 6th, 2007 10:03 pm
rosa_cotton: (Walking)
The weather hasn't changed: we had a strange winter, now we have a strange spring. It was in the 70s during the beginning of the week. Then it plunged into the 30s Wednesday. And yesterday we had six or seven snow flurries. Weird.

It was quiet today at the library -- for a Friday. Everyone must be away. At the beginning of the week some items were stolen from one of the librarians' purses. This is the fifth or so theft at the library since December. So now the room where we keep our coats and things is always kept locked and we have to use a key to get in.

The family van had been in the shop for two weeks to get the engine replaced and we got it back today. We're going to take it back again tomorrow because the engine service light came on when my mom drove it.

I'm not into war films, but U-571 is a pretty good movie. It wasn't as long as I remembered. And there was one really really sad part near the end. *sniff*

I pray you all will have a wonderful Easter. He has Risen!
rosa_cotton: (Heaven)
Thanksgiving is just a week and a half away. I just realized that. But it doesn't feel like it should be that soon. (Maybe I'm all mixed up because this is November and last week the temperatures were in the 50s and 70s, warm for this time of the year.)

I have finally found a good Rosamund Pike fansite here. Best known for playing Jane Bennet in the recent Pride and Prejudice movie, two years ago she dated P&P co-star Simon Woods (Mr. Bingley), and is currently dating P&P director Joe Wright.

Ice Age 2 comes out on DVD next week!!!!! Yahoo!


Oct. 10th, 2006 09:52 pm
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I've been sick since Sunday and I don't see the end in sight yet. First it was a sore throat, then a runny nose and headache, and finally a cough. Mom thinks my cough is going, but I still feel it way down in my chest. Colds are so annoying.

I say good night with a cute pic to cheer me -- and anyone else having a hard time -- up. *waves*

rosa_cotton: (Pursued)
Smeagol – the family computer – has issues again. Poor guy, and he was doing so well after being knocked out by a thunder storm for two weeks at the beginning of the summer. It wouldn’t start up correctly this morning and I had to keep restarting it. When it finally got all set up, we discovered e-mail was not working, and is still out of service. My dad had to put in a new mouse because the old one kept dying. The worst thing though was that, unexplainably, I somehow lost two one-shots I started yesterday. I cannot figure out what happened because I saved both documents and they should have been fine; but this morning they were gone. Yet all my other writings were accounted for. I hope nothing like that happens again.

On the plus side, I managed to rewrite one of the plot bunnies, the whole thing. So I’m glad about that. Read more... )

*sigh* How I wish we Americans could get BBC! The lucky UK is getting Jane Eyre! Read more... )
rosa_cotton: (We will ride together)
Tomorrow I have a job interview -- my first ever; I applied to work at the library. Right now I'm not nervous even though I have no idea what the interview will be like. I could use a lot of prayers that it will go well and I'll be able to answer all the questions to the best of my ability.
rosa_cotton: (Jeremy and Rachel)
My mom took me to Boarders this weekend. I hadn’t been there for a number of months. It had a great performing arts section (DVDs) that took up about ten shelves; they had ballets, operas, concerts, etc. Awesome stuff. So we go in. They’ve redone the DVDs. The performing arts now don’t take up five whole shelves, the number of DVDs is less than half that were there before, and they are not alphabetized. It was so sad, I almost wanted to cry. *sigh* It looks like I will have to shop online for DVDs.

Thankfully, Boarders was not a total loss. I found Mary Higgins Clark’s thrillers, including her latest, which I have not read, Two Little Girls in Blue. I’ve been reading her books for about a year now. Saturday I finished her Moonlight Becomes You. Of the books I’ve read, it is one of her really good ones, IMO. I really liked the “hero” in this one; he had more to do and was quite an interesting character. I even correctly guessed “who did it.”

The books of Mary Higgins Clark I’ve read, from favorite to least favorite:
Loves Music, Loves to Dance
Pretend You Don’t See Her
Moonlight Becomes You
You Belong to Me
Weep No More, My Lady
The Second Time Around
A Cry in the Night

The real highlight of the weekend was finally visiting the library. Oh, it was wonderful! I got some of my beloved fairy tale books, as were as some new novels. My mom and I got a bunch of videos and DVDs: the 1st season of The Cosby Show, Pride and Prejudice (BBC 1995), The Barber of Seville, La Boheme, and The Muppet Show. We have been watching a lot of TV to say the least.
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Five years…I was 14, a homeschooled freshmen. I was cleaning my room that morning, my brother offering assistance. It was sometime after ten o’clock when my mom came in and told us that two planes had crashed in the World Trade Centers, another into the Pentagon, and that there had been an explosion in front of the Treasury. We didn’t have cable; I spent the rest of the day listening to the radio. I was filled with sorrow and fear, stunned by what happened. I wept and prayed a lot: for those that had died; those who had lost loved ones; for the country; me and my family, thanking God for protecting us (we were in Washington on vacation the week before 9/11); for Him having His hand upon that day and aftermath, and showing mercy and grace. The following Sunday I was filled with awe as I listened to “Yet I Will Praise” during a slideshow, seeing pictures from PA, the Pentagon, Ground Zero, showing the chaos and devastation.

I shall not forget that earth shattering day – who can? Today the day is cloudy, matching my feelings of sadness. I pray for those who lost a loved one. I pray they will find peace, find the one Comforter.

God bless America.

Meet Me in the Stairwell by Ms. Stacey Randall

You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news on September 11, 2001? Neither will I.

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke-filled room with a man who called his wife to say "Goodbye." I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, "Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is okay...I am ready to go."

I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn't coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. "I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!" I said. "Of course I will show you the way home - only believe in Me now."

I was at the base of the building with the priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their faith has saved them.

I was in Texas, Kansas, London. I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name - though not all know Me. Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor.

Some sought Me with their last breath.

Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames; "Come to Me...this way...take my hand." Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me. But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day. You may not know why, but I do. However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me?

September 11, 2001 was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are "ready to go."

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.

Remember...I love you.
rosa_cotton: (Peter Pan)
To quote Samwise Gamgee: "Well, I'm back." I finished up at camp this past Friday afternoon. The whole week the temperature had been in the 70s with some humidity Sunday through Tuesday. The rest of the week was really cool with a lot of rain that made the creek rise for the second -- or was it the third, forth? -- time this summer; it came to about a foot from overflowing its banks.

The final week was a missions conference of over one hundred people. We girls had to move out of our nice air conditioned/heated lodge to one of the regular cabins at main camp because missionaries stay at the lodge during the last week. Besides doing housekeeping, I also worked in the kitchen for at least one meal each day. Thursday night for about six hours until 12:15 a.m., I did camp laundry. It wasn't too bad because I had a book. But I kept waking up during the night for some reason, and it was freezing that night, and a truck came to make a delivery at 4:20 in the morning.

I'm partly glad camp is done for the summer. Twelve weeks is a long time and it was a very eventful summer. On the other hand I wish it wasn't over. I love that place and the staff; I hated having to say good-bye to everyone. I wonder if they will be back next summer, if I will be back.

This week I'm working on catching up on sleep and mainly just relaxing. I've been able to watch the whole second season of The Cosby Show my brother got during the summer. It is such great fun.

I'm also finally have a chance to sit down and make some plans for the future regarding college and other things. Hopefully I'll work this year and go next year.

*sigh* I am in a Sam/Rosie mood. I need some nice, fluffy fanfiction of the cute hobbit couple. I've been searching the Net for some real good avatars of them, but am finding nothing. All I'm getting is ones of them individually. I want ones that have them together -- besides their wedding; like when they say goodnight outside the Green Dragon. *sniff* I need some pretty Sam/Rosie icons!

Don't worry, I'll be okay. I'm just adjusting to the real world again.
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I am at the halfway point of my summer; six weeks down, six weeks to go. It has been amazing at camp so far. Boys camp is finished and the first week of girls camp wrapped up this morning. It is interesting how some days feel so long but the weeks in general seem to fly by.

Housekeeping has been busy, busy, busy, but I'm had time to relax and hang out with the other support staff. And, best of all, I'm had time to read this summer! I want to say I'm gotten through about six books so far, two bios and several fiction books. (I Capture the Castle was so awesome. There was a little bit of language and it took me about 50 pages to really get into it, but in the end I fell in love with it. A wonderful, wonderful book! Thank you so much for recommending it, Leafy! *huggies* It easily made my favorite books list.) I'm currently on Mansfield Park.

Highlights of the summer (so far):

5. Winning at Spoons without getting a single letter.
4. Seeing Italy win the World Cup.
3. Going out for Chinese with the support staff.
2. Keeping camp clean when the creek overflowed its banks during the second week of boys camp.
1. Keeping camp clean the past two days, 19 hours, and 35 minutes without power and limited water.
rosa_cotton: (Default)
I shall be off for camp very soon. I just have to finish packing, and writing some thank you notes. I'm looking forward to getting back to camp and housekeeping. :)

I hope you all have a great summer. Until September!
rosa_cotton: (Default)
The graduation ceremony was quite nice and was less than two hours long. Some of the graduates perfomed musical pieces and gave speeches before the diplomas were given out.

I saw a lot of people that I hadn't seen in a very long time. It was almost like a reunion. And five of the graduates I knew from camp the last two summers which was really cool.

My tutor told me afterwards that now I can't say I'm a senior or in high school. I'm finished. I never thought of I've actually completed high school. It is hard for me to believe.

In a couple of hours Mom and I will go shopping for stuff I need for camp. Then I shall pack (and probably tomorrow when I get back from church). And I need to write and post the final chapter of "Hugs" before I leave.

My weekend keeps getting busier.
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Graduation is less than three hours away and I'm so nervous! Lots of family and friends are coming, and then we'll have a "small get together" afterwards. *moans* I'd much rather just say I've finished high school and am very relieved than have all this pomp and ceremony.

At least soon it will all be over and done.
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Less than a week of school left! Less than a week before graduation! Less than a week before I’m gone for the summer! So much is going on and time seems to be flying by! Weird.

Another meme from indes_elfwine.

1. Total amount of music files on your computer:
About 20 or so.

2. The last CD you bought was:
I think that was my “Much Ado About Nothing” soundtrack.

3. What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?
“Swan Lake” – Tchaikovsky

4. Write down 5 songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you:
“If the World Lost All Its Love” – Natalie Grant
“Expressions of Your Love” – Rebecca St. James
“Jesus Will Still Be There” – Point of Grace
“Part of Your World” (and reprise) – The Little Mermaid
“A Thousand Miles” – Vanessa Carlton

5. Who are you going to pass this stick to? (4 persons) and why?

I do not know any of their music tastes!


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