Sunday, September 30, 2012

Chose Beautiful

image via Pinterest.
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Once someone complained to me that I said everything was pretty. I really did not know what to make of this comment at first except that maybe I should use the words pretty, lovely, beautiful, and gorgeous less. I tried to do that, but I found out that I do use them a lot. I like to see beauty everywhere. I am the beholder, and to my eye many things are beautiful.

I see many things as pretty that some of the people I know in person don't think are pretty. I have really had a hard time figuring out why. The only conclusion that I could come up with is that I see things that are below the surface, or in what situation a fallen down tree would look beautiful. The tree may not actually be all that pretty, but I see its potential and to me that is beautiful. People in general to me are beautiful.

Beauty I think is something we can choose to see. We can choose to see the beauty of something and focus on that, or we can choose to focus on what is not beautiful. I want to see the best in people, which is something that can be hard, but we have to make the choice to see the best.

Blessings
~Elizabeth

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Book Review: The Lost Hero

Title: The Lost Hero
Author: Rick Riordan
My Rating: 5/5
 This is a spin off series of the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series. Read my reviews for those books: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titans Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian.

It was so great to see all the old friends/characters again. ;) Minus a few. It was also great to meet the new ones two. I also enjoyed being able to see the old characters through a new set of eyes. I found it interesting, it kind of added depth to it in a way.

As with all of Rick Riordan's books, these were hard to put down. The story was a fun, humorous, and adventurous. It is an easy read that makes for nice light reading break from the more difficult classics. My sisters and I all enjoyed this book so much.

*Spoiler* One thing that really interested me, I am not sure if it was deliberate or not and it probably is. Was the difference of the two camps names. I found them to really be such a great reflections of the difference of culture between Greek and Roman. The Greek camp is called Camp Half Blood a refection of the people being the power in a society. Greece is famous for its democracy. The people where the most powerful in their society. The Roman camp is called Camp Jupiter. The focus of the title is not the people but of the head of the gods, much like the emperor was the head of the Roman empire. The emperor, not the people is the most powerful. It was a great way to show the difference between the Romans and the Greeks. *End Spoiler*

Overall this book is fun and enjoyable. However this series relies heavily on the Percy Jackson Series. I would say that you would not want to read this book without having read those books first.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fall Fashion I love: Part 1

So I love fall fashion. It is my favorite time for fashion. The sweaters, the scarfs, and the boots! Fall makes me so excite, I know lots of holidays are around the corner and yummy food too! :) 

I have been collecting a ton of pictures on Pinterest, and I want to share them here with you all. :) 

I like the skirt and the hat. I like scarfs, but I don't know if I really like the big bulky knit kind. The skirt is cute too! 

I have fallen in love with these shorter dresses. I don't know if I would like them this short, but I love the look, and they are great with tights, or leggings. This one is especially cute. The shoes, look old fashioned and adorable. 


Another short dress. I like how the tights kind of pop the outfit. This outfit almost makes me want to have really yellow tights even though I really don't like the color yellow. :) I love the boots too. 

This skirt is one of my favorite colors, and the pretty sweater and flowery shirt! :) The boots, and purse add a finishing touch. 

What is your favorite thing about fall?
Blessings
~Elizabeth

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Free Writing Characters: Dr. Daniel Jackson

This is Daniel. I love Daniel he loves archaeology and history. He is into anything that his old or historical. That is why I love him. He is so smart, and can speak 25, or some where there about, languages. Every time he explains something about history you can tell he really enjoys it. He is passionate about what he does, and I like that. It is to bad that he is a fictional character and not real. There was this one time, it was the first episode of SG-A, and a guy at from our church said that Daniel was not in SG-A. Well we are watching the first episode and Daniel walk on screen and my sisters and I screamed "DANIEL!" We could not stop giggling for 5 minutes, and my dad threatened to never let us watch it again. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Lacy tops

I am not really a fashion posting person, but I enjoy fashion, so I want to share what I like with you all. 

I tend to avoid wearing white. I am constantly in terror that I will spill something and permanently stain it. That in mind, I think I would make an exception to these white lacy tops. They are so cute! 


I really like the two peace dress look. It looks like a dress and a skirt while being just one piece. I love the blue of this one, and the ribbon adds a nice touch. 


This is really not quite a lacy top like the others, but I have included it anyways. It looks so soft and flowing, a little more length would be perfect! I love the girls hair too!! 

This is so nice, the collar is sweet. 

This is a 50s style, and is just perfect. The skirt has a delightful fullness to it. 

The color of the skirt is once of my favorite colors, and the sleeves are so pretty. Not to mentions this girl has amazing hair too! 

What do you think of the lacy tops?
Which of these is your favorite?
Blessings
~Elizabeth




Monday, September 10, 2012

The Effect of Words

"It was enchanting to meet you" or "call me maybe."? which would you want someone to say to you? These are such different things to say. Each conveying different ideas and images.

So I know I set up a blog(D-Major D-minor) to talk about music on, but I am using Taylor Swifts song as a demonstration of what I want to talk about on this blog. What I want to talk about is how what words you use can greatly effect what people think of. Words are dangerous, and powerful tools.

Just look at the difference between the two examples of telling someone you were glad to see them. I really, really, REALLY don't care for the second, but the first makes me think of Jane Austen, the Victorian time, and fairy tales. It just has a much better image for me. Taylor Swift is a talented writer she knows how to use words, I will give her that. Part of the reason I think she is so popular is that she knows how to write a good song( I will take a moment to admit that I am a kind of Taylor Swift fan). Some of her stuff is cheesy, but happy.

Words are something that I really like to pick apart and look at what they can really convey to the reader, or listener. They are extremely important, and something that everyone should learn how to use, and use well. I enjoy writing and often feel like I am not sure of what words to use to best convey my point. I hope that I will get better with time and practice.

This was something that struck me while listening to this song, and I felt it went with what I tend to write about on this blog.



Blessings
~Elizabeth
PS. I found out that Taylor wrote this song for Adam Young, the singer for Owl City. Fun fact for the day. :)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

A New Blog

Music is a huge part of me. I love it! It is like my air. It is my career choice.

That being so. It is something that I want to talk about music a lot. If I posted half the music that I wanted to post here it would completely dominate this blog. This blog is not a music blog, it is a place for me to be me, and post about what I want to. I have posted some music, however I need a bigger outlet to release all the music I want to talk about, be it classical, modern, religious, folk, Celtic, or anything else. Enter D-Major D-minor. My musical outlet. I am pretty excited about it actually. :)

I hope you go over and check it out!
Blessings
~Elizabeth

Friday, September 7, 2012

Anne Boleyn

When I came across this on Tumblr. It brought up all the controversial feelings that I have about Anne Boleyn. The person who I saw post this strongly disagreed with what the picture said. It was interesting to see what she said. I have decided to do a post to vent all of the conflicting feelings, thoughts, and ideas that come up when Anne Boleyn's name in mentioned.

This could get a little crazy so please bear with me as I muddle my way through this.

I do agree with the picture that I am really sick of hearing how good and wonderful Anne Boleyn was. I sometimes feel that some people forget the fact that Henry divorced Katherine of Argon to marry her. It just seems like forget some significant parts of her life. They also seem to ignore his reasons for marrying her. I will list the ones that I have so far come up with from all that I have read.

1) He wanted a son. Katherine was not giving him a son, and he believed that Mary would not do a good enough job, because she was a girl.(let us ignore the fact that her reign was pretty bad, but things might have been different if her father had not divorced her mother and had all those marriages). It is interest that of his three children it was his daughter Elizabeth who ruled the best.

2) He wanted Anne. She was pretty, cocky, and different from Katherine. He was tired of Katherine. It is really very sad how unfaithful he was to Katherine, and Anne I am sure. I really can't thing of any other reason he would want Anne, she came from a nobody family, and she had no money really.

Those are the two that always seem to come up. Not many, but very important..

One more thing I would like to just clear up. I have read many many time about how Anne was so great for the reformation in England. Even when I was a Protestant I would laugh to myself at the idea. Sure because of Anne major changes happened to the church in England, but I really really don't think Anne cared about what Church was in England. She wanted to marry Henry and the Catholic Church would not let them get married. Henry reforming the Church and to her advantage because it made it so that Henry could pass his own divorce, and marry her. I have always wondered what people would think of her if Henry had not broken with the Catholic Church, but still married her. We would probably all still feel sorry for her since she might still have gotten her head chopped off.

While Anne did do many things for people( I am sure she did as it would have been good for her to do so when she was so politically unstable), and she was extremely intelligent and clever, she was very well educated, and I don't think she would have made her way up to being Queen of England otherwise. She is not the what some people portray her to be, or want to think of her. I admire her intelligence and bravery when she was going to her death. I was very into Tudor history, and I still am, I often want character to be better than they are, but I need to be truthful. I am sorry it I offend anyone with this post, but I needed to get it out.

Blessing
~Elizabeth

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Free Writing Character: Maid Marian

The free writing character for today is Maid Marian. Sorry I have not been posting very much my family is having some computer problems. 

Maid Marian feels so controversial to me. On the one hand I admire that she is not afraid to stand up for what she things is right, and she knows how to work with in the system. Then there is how she treated Guy. I know he is a bad guy, but I think she crossed a line when she lead him on. She made him believe that she loved him, and then told him she didn't. She kind of deserved to be slapped. Stabbing her was a little dramatic. I want to like her, but then there is how she took atvantage of guy. That upsets me. I know in war there are things you have to do, but I like to think that are something you don't do. Making someone thing you love them, and they really love you back, then you use that love to your advantage. It is very disturbing that someone would take advantage of someone else's love for them. Other than that I like how she is not afraid to fight, and does what she thinks is right. She is very pretty too. I love how she does her hair. Although it really isn't her doing her hair though is it? But the audience is suppose to think it is her. 

Blessings 
~Elizabeth