Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Also now that Lent has started there will be Presanctified Liturgy. Another of my favorite services! It only happens during Lent on Wednesdays and Fridays. It is done in the evenings. I love this service it is just lovely!
Another exciting thing. Forgiveness Sunday fell on Valentines day 2 years ago. My family was brought in to the Orthodox Church on that day! I always remember that this time of year! :)
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I have started with Little Dorritt. So far it have been great, not counting the parts where Dickens goes of on some random character that you have not met before so that that you become confused. It is really good, and I am enjoying it a lot.
I am third of the way through the book. I know that does not really tell you much, but I don't want to give away anything to anyone who wants to read the book. I don't mind talking about it with people who have already read the book, and if I do end up talking about, I will put a spoiler warning up for you.
I have to admit that so far not of the characters have really struck me as being funny like some characters in his other books. You know the comic characters, that seem to only have the purpose of making you laugh. Perhaps I have just not come across them yet.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Author: Charles Dickens
My rating: 4/5
Summary: Oliver Twist is the story of an orphan boy, who seems to be dogged by trouble where ever he goes, even though he does not seek it out. A wonderful tale of trouble, and some comical characters. Dickens second novel that firmly established him in the literary world both then, and for years to come.
Characters: I loved Oliver, he was so sweet, innocent, and kind. He was so polite despite his horrible upbringing. I always wanted to snatch him away and protect him from all the horrible people! Rosa was another one that I loved. She was so much like Oliver, the same sweet, innocent, and kind combo. I will say that I wish I was more like her.
I must say that I found some of the characters so very humorous! There were also those that where creepy. Overall this book had all kinds of characters.
Setting: The movement of the settings from the unloving, uncaring place where Oliver grew up, too the caring and kind places where strangers took him in, was interesting. I found the contrast between London and the country interesting. The portrayal of London as a harsh, dirty, uncaring place, while the country was warm, loving, hospitable.
Overall: Overall this book was one that I would love to read again. I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the setting. It was difficult to put down at some points which is not always how I find Charles Dickens for me. I think this book has become my second favorite Dickens Book.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Well I must admit that though I had heard of Charles Dickens, my first true encounter with something related to him would be A Muppet Christmas Carol. :) I totally love the blue, furry Charles Dickens, who hangs out with a rat! haha!! You cannot help but love Gonzo.
2. Which Charles Dickens novels and stories have you read? Which are your favorites?
I have read
- Bleak House
- Great Expectation
- Oliver Twist
3. Which Charles Dickens novel(s) do you most want to read?
I really really want to read Little Dorritt. I have started it and and a 5th of the way into it. I would also like to read
- David Copperfield
- A Christmas Carol
- A Tale of Two Cities
4. What is your favorite Charles Dickens quotes?
"Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
"There might be some credit in being jolly"
5. Which Charles Dickens film adaptations are in your top three? (If you have never seen one which 3 would you most like to see?)
I have only seen one and that is Bleak House 2005 done by the BBC(!!!). So I will list three other I would Like to see
- Little Dorritt (the most recent one)
- I would like to find a good version of Oliver Twist. (Any recommendations?)
- There are several versions of Great Expectations
6. Who are your top three Dickens heroines? and Why?
- I think I very favorite is Esther Summerson. She is sweet, caring sensible, and humble. Everything that I should like to be.
- Amy Dorritt is my second favorite. She is shy, and sweet, and does not like to press herself on others.
- hmmmm a third one..... I can't think of a third one that I like.
7. Who are your top three favorite Dickens heroes? Why?
- I love Arthur Clennam. He is kind, considerate, and friendly. He is also well traveled which I find very cool.
- Oliver Twist is sweet, polite, and despite that life seems to go against him, still manages to make it through all the same, without turning into Fagin, or the Artful Dogger.
- Pip is alright, he is not quite as good or kind as Clennam, or Oliver. He is a little bit more human. He has his imperfections.
8. Which Three Dickens villains do you most love to hate? I find I have trouble really seeing who the villians are in Charles Dickens.I know who the "good guys" are, but the bad guys are kind of muddled. The only clear ones for me were in Oliver Twist. I disliked Sykes a lot, I felt sorry for Fagin in the end. I believe Tulkinghorn in Bleak House was the bad guy, but I felt sorry for him too.
9. Which Dickens characters do you find the most funny?
- The Guy in Oliver Twist who always says he is going to "eat his head." I cannot remember his name!
- Mr. Boythorn from Bleak house always made me smile. :)
- The Artful Dodger would make me laugh a few times too.
10. If you could authorize a new film adaptation of one of Charles Dickens novels, which would it be? It would be Bleak House. As much as I love and enjoy the 2005 version there were just a few things about it that bothered me. Such as Esther's relationship with Mr. Johndyce. It didn't really fit with how I saw it in the book. There were a few other things too, but I can't remember what they were.
11. If you could have lunch with Charles Dickens today, what question would you most want to ask him? How in the wide world did you come up with such complicated stories? Really it is quite confusing sometimes Mr. Dickens!
12. Have you ever read a Dickens biography, or watched a biographical film about him? I am ashamed to say I have not. Though it has been in the back of my mind to do so, for a while now, I have just not gotten around to doing it.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
When the snow came we went outside to play, and when there is snow, and it is good snow, you have to build a snow man. Well…. that was the original plan.
I had decided that I was going to make the biggest snowman that I possibly could, and my sisters joined in. We knew his name was going to be Edward that never changed. But after a we had the base of the snow man I said he looked kind of like a dinosaur, so then he was a dinosaur. A few minutes latter I said it looked like sphinx. We all got very very excited about making a snow sphinx. So he was a snow sphinx. This was the most fun thing I have ever made in the snow! : )
Here are some pictures!
This is not the best, but you can get the I idea.
Here is a really good one of his front. We tried to get the best head dress that we could, and my sister did a pretty good job on the chin.
Here is a side view!
Sadly Edward is all gone now. But we have pictures!
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
We measured the snow and we had about 7 1/2 inches!!!
Most normal winters we do not get snow. This was most obviously this is not normal.
As something else to be noted my dad didn’t go to work pretty much the whole week. At least after Tuesday. That was nice.
We are all very sad, because our Maple tree in the front is down. I know a lot of trees and branches are down. I will just really miss our tree in front.
Our backyard is a carpet of green pine branches of all shapes and sizes. So many branches everywhere have come down!
PS. 18 more days to vote in my poll! :)