Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Young Victoria!!!!













All I can say is that it was wonderful, sublime, brilliant, magical, amazing, enchanting, enticing, beautiful.... and ABSOLUTELY now one of my FAVORITE movies... It was just so clean and wonderful, all at the same time... It was not violent, it was not (how do I say it.... there was not lose conduct going on) and there was NO bad language!!!!! All in all it is a WONDERFUL m0vie, and if you have not seen it already that I HIGHLY advise you to do so!!!! (p.s. the picture do the movie no justice... but I thought I would give you a taste of the film.
(p.p.s I LOVE HIM!!!!! Not a big fan in real life, but.. he is WONDERFUL!)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The young victoria


I was looking at movies that are going to come out this year, and I found this one, only to my dismay, it came out last March, and I can't find a place to rent it at ANYWHERE!!!!! It LOOKS AMAZING!!! Tell me what you think....

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Book Cover


Hey Asia, this is a new book cover I have been working on. What do you think?????

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Bet

by Anton Chekhov
(this is another story that I read for school, I really liked it and I hope you like it also.)

IT WAS a dark autumn night. The old banker was walking up and down his study and remembering how, fifteen years before, he had given a party one autumn evening. There had been many clever men there, and there had been interesting conversations. Among other things they had talked of capital punishment. The majority of the guests, among whom were many journalists and intellectual men, disapproved of the death penalty. They considered that form of punishment out of date, immoral, and unsuitable for Christian States. In the opinion of some of them the death penalty ought to be replaced everywhere by imprisonment for life.

"I don't agree with you," said their host the banker. "I have not tried either the death penalty or imprisonment for life, but if one may judge _a priori_, the death penalty is more moral and more humane than imprisonment for life. Capital punishment kills a man at once, but lifelong imprisonment kills him slowly. Which executioner is the more humane, he who kills you in a few minutes or he who drags the life out of you in the course of many years?"

"Both are equally immoral," observed one of the guests, "for they both have the same object -- to take away life. The State is not God. It has not the right to take away what it cannot restore when it wants to."

Among the guests was a young lawyer, a young man of five-and-twenty. When he was asked his opinion, he said:

"The death sentence and the life sentence are equally immoral, but if I had to choose between the death penalty and imprisonment for life, I would certainly choose the second. To live anyhow is better than not at all."

A lively discussion arose. The banker, who was younger and more nervous in those days, was suddenly carried away by excitement; he struck the table with his fist and shouted at the young man:

"It's not true! I'll bet you two millions you wouldn't stay in solitary confinement for five years."

"If you mean that in earnest," said the young man, "I'll take the bet, but I would stay not five but fifteen years."

"Fifteen? Done!" cried the banker. "Gentlemen, I stake two millions!"

"Agreed! You stake your millions and I stake my freedom!" said the young man.

And this wild, senseless bet was carried out! The banker, spoilt and frivolous, with millions beyond his reckoning, was delighted at the bet. At supper he made fun of the young man, and said:

"Think better of it, young man, while there is still time. To me two millions are a trifle, but you are losing three or four of the best years of your life. I say three or four, because you won't stay longer. Don't forget either, you unhappy man, that voluntary confinement is a great deal harder to bear than compulsory. The thought that you have the right to step out in liberty at any moment will poison your whole existence in prison. I am sorry for you."

And now the banker, walking to and fro, remembered all this, and asked himself: "What was the object of that bet? What is the good of that man's losing fifteen years of his life and my throwing away two millions? Can it prove that the death penalty is better or worse than imprisonment for life? No, no. It was all nonsensical and meaningless. On my part it was the caprice of a pampered man, and on his part simple greed for money. . . ."

Then he remembered what followed that evening. It was decided that the young man should spend the years of his captivity under the strictest supervision in one of the lodges in the banker's garden. It was agreed that for fifteen years he should not be free to cross the threshold of the lodge, to see human beings, to hear the human voice, or to receive letters and newspapers. He was allowed to have a musical instrument and books, and was allowed to write letters, to drink wine, and to smoke. By the terms of the agreement, the only relations he could have with the outer world were by a little window made purposely for that object. He might have anything he wanted -- books, music, wine, and so on -- in any quantity he desired by writing an order, but could only receive them through the window. The agreement provided for every detail and every trifle that would make his imprisonment strictly solitary, and bound the young man to stay there _exactly_ fifteen years, beginning from twelve o'clock of November 14, 1870, and ending at twelve o'clock of November 14, 1885. The slightest attempt on his part to break the conditions, if only two minutes before the end, released the banker from the obligation to pay him two millions.

For the first year of his confinement, as far as one could judge from his brief notes, the prisoner suffered severely from loneliness and depression. The sounds of the piano could be heard continually day and night from his lodge. He refused wine and tobacco. Wine, he wrote, excites the desires, and desires are the worst foes of the prisoner; and besides, nothing could be more dreary than drinking good wine and seeing no one. And tobacco spoilt the air of his room. In the first year the books he sent for were principally of a light character; novels with a complicated love plot, sensational and fantastic stories, and so on.

In the second year the piano was silent in the lodge, and the prisoner asked only for the classics. In the fifth year music was audible again, and the prisoner asked for wine. Those who watched him through the window said that all that year he spent doing nothing but eating and drinking and lying on his bed, frequently yawning and angrily talking to himself. He did not read books. Sometimes at night he would sit down to write; he would spend hours writing, and in the morning tear up all that he had written. More than once he could be heard crying.

In the second half of the sixth year the prisoner began zealously studying languages, philosophy, and history. He threw himself eagerly into these studies -- so much so that the banker had enough to do to get him the books he ordered. In the course of four years some six hundred volumes were procured at his request. It was during this period that the banker received the following letter from his prisoner:

"My dear Jailer, I write you these lines in six languages. Show them to people who know the languages. Let them read them. If they find not one mistake I implore you to fire a shot in the garden. That shot will show me that my efforts have not been thrown away. The geniuses of all ages and of all lands speak different languages, but the same flame burns in them all. Oh, if you only knew what unearthly happiness my soul feels now from being able to understand them!" The prisoner's desire was fulfilled. The banker ordered two shots to be fired in the garden.

Then after the tenth year, the prisoner sat immovably at the table and read nothing but the Gospel. It seemed strange to the banker that a man who in four years had mastered six hundred learned volumes should waste nearly a year over one thin book easy of comprehension. Theology and histories of religion followed the Gospels.

In the last two years of his confinement the prisoner read an immense quantity of books quite indiscriminately. At one time he was busy with the natural sciences, then he would ask for Byron or Shakespeare. There were notes in which he demanded at the same time books on chemistry, and a manual of medicine, and a novel, and some treatise on philosophy or theology. His reading suggested a man swimming in the sea among the wreckage of his ship, and trying to save his life by greedily clutching first at one spar and then at another.

II

The old banker remembered all this, and thought:

"To-morrow at twelve o'clock he will regain his freedom. By our agreement I ought to pay him two millions. If I do pay him, it is all over with me: I shall be utterly ruined."

Fifteen years before, his millions had been beyond his reckoning; now he was afraid to ask himself which were greater, his debts or his assets. Desperate gambling on the Stock Exchange, wild speculation and the excitability whic h he could not get over even in advancing years, had by degrees led to the decline of his fortune and the proud, fearless, self-confident millionaire had become a banker of middling rank, trembling at every rise and fall in his investments. "Cursed bet!" muttered the old man, clutching his head in despair "Why didn't the man die? He is only forty now. He will take my last penny from me, he will marry, will enjoy life, will gamble on the Exchange; while I shall look at him with envy like a beggar, and hear from him every day the same sentence: 'I am indebted to you for the happiness of my life, let me help you!' No, it is too much! The one means of being saved from bankruptcy and disgrace is the death of that man!"

It struck three o'clock, the banker listened; everyone was asleep in the house and nothing could be heard outside but the rustling of the chilled trees. Trying to make no noise, he took from a fireproof safe the key of the door which had not been opened for fifteen years, put on his overcoat, and went out of the house.

It was dark and cold in the garden. Rain was falling. A damp cutting wind was racing about the garden, howling and giving the trees no rest. The banker strained his eyes, but could see neither the earth nor the white statues, nor the lodge, nor the trees. Going to the spot where the lodge stood, he twice called the watchman. No answer followed. Evidently the watchman had sought shelter from the weather, and was now asleep somewhere either in the kitchen or in the greenhouse.

"If I had the pluck to carry out my intention," thought the old man, "Suspicion would fall first upon the watchman."

He felt in the darkness for the steps and the door, and went into the entry of the lodge. Then he groped his way into a little passage and lighted a match. There was not a soul there. There was a bedstead with no bedding on it, and in the corner there was a dark cast-iron stove. The seals on the door leading to the prisoner's rooms were intact.

When the match went out the old man, trembling with emotion, peeped through the little window. A candle was burning dimly in the prisoner's room. He was sitting at the table. Nothing could be seen but his back, the hair on his head, and his hands. Open books were lying on the table, on the two easy-chairs, and on the carpet near the table.

Five minutes passed and the prisoner did not once stir. Fifteen years' imprisonment had taught him to sit still. The banker tapped at the window with his finger, and the prisoner made no movement whatever in response. Then the banker cautiously broke the seals off the door and put the key in the keyhole. The rusty lock gave a grating sound and the door creaked. The banker expected to hear at once footsteps and a cry of astonishment, but three minutes passed and it was as quiet as ever in the room. He made up his mind to go in.

At the table a man unlike ordinary people was sitting motionless. He was a skeleton with the skin drawn tight over his bones, with long curls like a woman's and a shaggy beard. His face was yellow with an earthy tint in it, his cheeks were hollow, his back long and narrow, and the hand on which his shaggy head was propped was so thin and delicate that it was dreadful to look at it. His hair was already streaked with silver, and seeing his emaciated, aged-looking face, no one would have believed that he was only forty. He was asleep. . . . In front of his bowed head there lay on the table a sheet of paper on which there was something written in fine handwriting.

"Poor creature!" thought the banker, "he is asleep and most likely dreaming of the millions. And I have only to take this half-dead man, throw him on the bed, stifle him a little with the pillow, and the most conscientious expert would find no sign of a violent death. But let us first read what he has written here. . . ."

The banker took the page from the table and read as follows:

"To-morrow at twelve o'clock I regain my freedom and the right to associate with other men, but before I leave this room and see the sunshine, I think it necessary to say a few words to you. With a clear conscience I tell you, as before God, who beholds me, that I despise freedom and life and health, and all that in your books is called the good things of the world.

"For fifteen years I have been intently studying earthly life. It is true I have not seen the earth nor men, but in your books I have drunk fragrant wine, I have sung songs, I have hunted stags and wild boars in the forests, have loved women. . . . Beauties as ethereal as clouds, created by the magic of your poets and geniuses, have visited me at night, and have whispered in my ears wonderful tales that have set my brain in a whirl. In your books I have climbed to the peaks of Elburz and Mont Blanc, and from there I have seen the sun rise and have watched it at evening flood the sky, the ocean, and the mountain-tops with gold and crimson. I have watched from there the lightning flashing over my head and cleaving the storm-clouds. I have seen green forests, fields, rivers, lakes, towns. I have heard the singing of the sirens, and the strains of the shepherds' pipes; I have touched the wings of comely devils who flew down to converse with me of God. . . . In your books I have flung myself into the bottomless pit, performed miracles, slain, burned towns, preached new religions, conquered whole kingdoms. . . .

"Your books have given me wisdom. All that the unresting thought of man has created in the ages is compressed into a small compass in my brain. I know that I am wiser than all of you.

"And I despise your books, I despise wisdom and the blessings of this world. It is all worthless, fleeting, illusory, and deceptive, like a mirage. You may be proud, wise, and fine, but death will wipe you off the face of the earth as though you were no more than mice burrowing under the floor, and your posterity, your history, your immortal geniuses will burn or freeze together with the earthly globe.

"You have lost your reason and taken the wrong path. You have taken lies for truth, and hideousness for beauty. You would marvel if, owing to strange events of some sorts, frogs and lizards suddenly grew on apple and orange trees instead of fruit, or if roses began to smell like a sweating horse; so I marvel at you who exchange heaven for earth. I don't want to understand you.

"To prove to you in action how I despise all that you live by, I renounce the two millions of which I once dreamed as of paradise and which now I despise. To deprive myself of the right to the money I shall go out from here five hours before the time fixed, and so break the compact. . . ."

When the banker had read this he laid the page on the table, kissed the strange man on the head, and went out of the lodge, weeping. At no other time, even when he had lost heavily on the Stock Exchange, had he felt so great a contempt for himself. When he got home he lay on his bed, but his tears and emotion kept him for hours from sleeping.

Next morning the watchmen ran in with pale faces, and told him they had seen the man who lived in the lodge climb out of the window into the garden, go to the gate, and disappear. The banker went at once with the servants to the lodge and made sure of the flight of his prisoner. To avoid arousing unnecessary talk, he took from the table the writing in which the millions were renounced, and when he got home locked it up in the fireproof safe.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

What I Made


I was reading my favorite blog by Boston http://hawaiirocks.blogspot.com/2009/09/look-what-i-made.html and there was this really cool post about book covers. Well i kind of made my own... It is not the right size for a book cover, but I thought it looked really cool. I hope you like it. (DO you recognize the photo Boston?)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Story of an Hour

(I read this the other day for school and loved it, so I wanted to share it with you.)

"The Story of An Hour"

Kate Chopin (1894)

Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband's death.

It was her sister Josephine who told her, in broken sentences; veiled hints that revealed in half concealing. Her husband's friend Richards was there, too, near her. It was he who had been in the newspaper office when intelligence of the railroad disaster was received, with Brently Mallard's name leading the list of "killed." He had only taken the time to assure himself of its truth by a second telegram, and had hastened to forestall any less careful, less tender friend in bearing the sad message.

She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister's arms. When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone. She would have no one follow her.

There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul.

She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant song which some one was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves.

There were patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds that had met and piled one above the other in the west facing her window.

She sat with her head thrown back upon the cushion of the chair, quite motionless, except when a sob came up into her throat and shook her, as a child who has cried itself to sleep continues to sob in its dreams.

She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength. But now there was a dull stare in her eyes, whose gaze was fixed away off yonder on one of those patches of blue sky. It was not a glance of reflection, but rather indicated a suspension of intelligent thought.

There was something coming to her and she was waiting for it, fearfully. What was it? She did not know; it was too subtle and elusive to name. But she felt it, creeping out of the sky, reaching toward her through the sounds, the scents, the color that filled the air.

Now her bosom rose and fell tumultuously. She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her, and she was striving to beat it back with her will--as powerless as her two white slender hands would have been. When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and over under hte breath: "free, free, free!" The vacant stare and the look of terror that had followed it went from her eyes. They stayed keen and bright. Her pulses beat fast, and the coursing blood warmed and relaxed every inch of her body.

She did not stop to ask if it were or were not a monstrous joy that held her. A clear and exalted perception enabled her to dismiss the suggestion as trivial. She knew that she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death; the face that had never looked save with love upon her, fixed and gray and dead. But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that owuld belong to her absolutely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome.

There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they ahve a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature. A kind intention or a cruel intention made the act seem no less a crime as she looked upon it in that brief moment of illumination.

And yet she had loved him--sometimes. Often she had not. What did it matter! What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in the face of this possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being!

"Free! Body and soul free!" she kept whispering.

Josephine was kneeling before the closed door with her lips to the keyhold, imploring for admission. "Louise, open the door! I beg; open the door--you will make yourself ill. What are you doing, Louise? For heaven's sake open the door."

"Go away. I am not making myself ill." No; she was drinking in a very elixir of life through that open window.

Her fancy was running riot along those days ahead of her. Spring days, and summer days, and all sorts of days that would be her own. She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long.

She arose at length and opened the door to her sister's importunities. There was a feverish triumph in her eyes, and she carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory. She clasped her sister's waist, and together they descended the stairs. Richards stood waiting for them at the bottom.

Some one was opening the front door with a latchkey. It was Brently Mallard who entered, a little travel-stained, composedly carrying his grip-sack and umbrella. He had been far from the scene of the accident, and did not even know there had been one. He stood amazed at Josephine's piercing cry; at Richards' quick motion to screen him from the view of his wife.

When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease--of the joy that kills.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Coco Chanel


I greatly enjoyed this movie. I did not know much about Chanel before this movie, and I thought it did a WONDERFUL job in showing her life. I recommend it even to those not interested in the fashion world. I enjoyed it for the story line and also for its historical setting. It is a definite must see, even though it has not had much advertising.

Lain

Monday, June 29, 2009

Used Book Store


Yeah!!!! I just added 5 new books to my collection. I also bought you one Bostan! I found them at this cool used book store in a town called Kent. It did not look like much from the outside, but turned out to be really nice on the inside. It had a bunch of NICE used books, some of which were brand new! I got 2 hard covers and 4 soft covers. They are the following;

The Clan of the Cave Bear

(two books in one) What Maisie New and The Spoils of Poynton

Little Women
Wuthering Heights (Hard cover)
David Copperfield

Mansfield Park (Hard cover)


(the first of which is for you, Bostan if you want it.=)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Journal

Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I finally finished my Journal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It took me 1 year, 5 months, and 29 days, but I finished. I wrote my last entry yesterday, and am very happy that I stuck to my journaling. I am also happy to say that I have not missed a day of writing since June 1st when Bostan and I started writing regularly. Well here are a video as proof. =)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Happy 2nd Anniversary!


Congrats to us! We have known each other for 2 whole years! I just wanted you to know I had a wonderful time, and already miss you like crazy. I am wearing my pearl necklace, and hope you are too. I at first was going to put up one of our blown up pictures of us as today's post picture, but those had our faces in it, so I picked this one. I hope you like it. I am listening to the songs you gave me. I can't wait to see you again, and I am going to save no matter how long it takes to get you out here. I hope you know that you truly are my BEST most DEAREST friend. My thoughts will reside on you and our resent meetings today.

With lots of love,

Sapphire

Friday, June 12, 2009

Up!


I saw this movie today, and really liked it. I would recommend it to almost anyone. It is great for all ages. I really enjoyed it.

What I am going to do for my next posts!

For the next few weeks, I am going to write posts about my trip to Hawaii. I am going to do One post for Each day, that way I will always have a reference. I am glad to be home, but miss you so much Bostan. I have to Admit I cried after you left. Oh well. I just have to keep saving. Can't wait to see you again, but for now, I just will wait to hear from you. 

Yours Truely,

Lain

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hawaii

Well I have been in Hawaii for over 2 weeks now, and have been having sooooo much fun, especially with Bostan. I will post alot of my pictures when I get home. I am so happy to be able to be here, and can't wait to go on a tour of the island that we are taking tomorrow. More later!

Lain

Monday, May 18, 2009

Hey Bostan!

I just wanted to say hi before I leave. So I will see you in a little over 18 hours! Can't wait!! =)

Lain

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Promise

I just wanted to have a quick post on this. I really want to always be honest with each other. Even if it is not easy. SO I want us to promise to be honest with each other, always. I do. Anyway, I hope you know I am not going to be looking my best tomorrow, because I will have just got off a really long plane ride, so I might be a little, well tired and not the best dressed. So...... But I can't wait to see you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to and will TALK TO YOU tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lain~

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Packing


This is just a quick note. I just finished packing today. Everything except for my carry on. I think I am going to take my: journal, Robin Hood, The Princess Bride, camera, ipod, cards, Mike and Ike (those are a necessity =)) sudoku, my phone, and I think that is it, oh and my mini bible. I can't wait just to get on the plane. I LOVE to fly, and I am also excited about having our garage sale which is Friday and Saturday. It will be fun and will give us some spending money for Hawaii. I am surprised that I could fit all my cloths in my suite case. I had to many and had to leave some behind, but I have a lot of shoes. I have sneakers, (I am going to wear them on the plane and am taking them so that I can have comfortable walking shoes. I got some new shoes that are really cute. I hope you like them. I think you will. Well that is all I have to say today because I have to start working on the garage sale, we still have to price a lot of stuff, so till tomorrow,

Lain

My First Day of Summer Brake!


Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yesterday was my last day of school! I am soooooo happy. I am finally done! This means that there is only5 days till I go to Hawaii, and we are having a garage sale in 2 days, so the next few days will be all packing and getting ready for the garage sale.  I can't wait to see you, and I think a good time to meet on the 19th is around 11 o'clock. That way we have both been up and eaten breakfast, and I will have some time to spend with my aunt. So when you come to my aunts house we will then go for a walk to get to know each other more. Well can't wait, and it is coming so fast!

Lain~

(The picture is of a place I normally go in summer, and I will be going this summer to. I love it there!)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Strar Trek


I saw this movie today and it was AMAZING! I really liked it. The story line was great, and the special effects were great too. The acting was impeccable! I would recommend this movie to ANY sci-fi fan! And yes Bostan we DEFIANTLY are going to wee it when I come out there! Can't wait to see it with you. I know you will LOVE it. 

Lain

Friday, May 8, 2009

Brake in???????

I can't believe it happened!!!!!!! I woke up this morning to my mom telling me that over night someone had broken into our cars, (well not really broken into, because they were not locked)! So some one had gone into our cars and sorted threw EVERYTHING!!!! Thank goodness we don't keep any valuables in our cars! I some times leave my ipod in the cars center compartment, because that is where the ipod hook up is, but luckily I had not left it there. So the good news is that there was nothing valuable for them to take, but I still can't believe it actually happened! They took my dad's duffel bag, and my mom's service bag out behind thins tree in our yard to look threw, probably hoping for something valuable, but they did not find our literature exactly valuable, that or my dad's dirty gym cloths ether. =) We are not sure if they really took anything, but if they did, it was nothing of real value. I am just so relieved that they did not think to go in our garage, for it was unlocked, and my dad has a lot of expensive power tools and such. The police came today, and said that they think it was somebody young, because they did not have a car, and were not the smartest, (I mean come on, if I was a burglar, I would check the garage!) You are probably wondering why we did not lock our car doors. Well we some times do, but since we live in the county, it is kind of like a safety zone. The police man said that they NEVER get any calls from around here, for crime. He thinks that it is probably somebody new to the area, some one  who moved into some apartment near by. Oh well, I am just glad we are all safe, and nothing of major importants is gone. I can't wait to see you, and talk to you for real! Only 10 more days!!!!!!

Lain

Bloddy Jack

Hey Bostan,

I got the book in yesterday from the library and will not be able to take it to Hawaii, so I was wondering if we could pause the Robin Hood book, (which I can take to Hawaii, because it is mine.) and start the Bloody Jack book today, doing 5 chapters a day, there is 45 chapters so we would get it done in just in time for me to return it on the 9th day right before I come to Hawaii. How does it sound????? When I come to Hawaii, we can then pick up on Robin Hood.  Tell me what you think,

Lain 

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Olive Dog


(I wrote this for school and thought you might like to read it.)

  Isn’t it funny how we can wake up one day, and not even suspect that that day is going to be different? Well I felt this way the day that I woke up before I got my dog. Most people plan to buy a dog, but not us; we weren’t looking for any animals. We already had cats, a dog, and a miniature horse. What more can you ask for? Well how about another dog? That is not what I woke up thinking. I had just woken up from a sleepover I had had the previous night with my  friend Marina. We were planning on going to miniature golf that day. This is what started it all.

  So as I was saying, we were all crazy about going miniature golfing, what 10 year old is not? So we get there and find out that it is closed. Talk about disappointing!!!!! When you are that disappointed, you can’t just go home, you have to do something almost as exciting. Previously, a few days ago me and my dad had been in the mall, which just happens to have a pet store. We had seen the most adorable toy fox terrier, and I just loved her. We had taken her out to play, and she had the most charming puppy breath and belly. She was just soooooo cute.

 So I told Marina about this adorable puppy, and we both begged my dad to go, “just to see” the puppy. So My father, being how he is, took us. We got there, and looked into the cage where the puppies were, they were all so cute, but I especially liked the one I had held before, so I had to of coarse hold her again. This lead to the s tore manager coming up to us and asking if we were interested in buying her. I of coarse said YES!! My dad said she was too much. A dog at $800 was a little much. The manager gave us a little smile and said, “You know that it is Mother’s Day, and we have all of the puppies $100 off.”

 My dad still said that she was to much, just when I thought all hope of getting her were out the window, I remembered that we had already bought a dog from them before. I brought this up, and the pet store mangier looked quite please. He then said, “Well this must be your day, when we have customers who have already bought a dog from us they get $100 off there next dog.” So because it was Mother’s day, and we had already bought a dog from them, she was $200 off, and now within our price range. We asked him if she was ever going to be this much off again, and he said no.

 So with a LOT of pleading and promises to take care of her ALL by myself, my dad gave in. We brought her home, and my mother was not exactly happy, but she was eventually won over by the puppies charm. We went over many names for her, such as Spot, Cowgirl, Skyler, and other names that only a ten year old could think of. Finally I choose the name Olive. Why????? Well because she has three big black spots on her fur that look like big black Olives.

 I have had Olive for almost five years now, in fact it will be exactly five in 2 days. She has brought me more joy than anything else I could have ever purchased. She is so sweet and loyal, and I don’t think I will ever find another dog as good. I know when she gets up in age, and finally ceases to exist, I will get another dog, but I believe that a person’s first childhood dog that they get will always be their favorite, and will always have a special place in their heart. And who says that money can’t buy happiness?

 

 

 

 

When You are Old

by William Butler Yeats

When you are old and gray and full of sleep
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true;
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face.
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead,
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

(I kind of liked it, but it is a little sad."

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Our first Time Meeting

Dear Bostan,

So we have already agreed on hugging when we first see each other. Now where would you like to meet? I was thinking that maybe we could meet at my aunts house, or your house, which ever is more convenient for you.  I also think that afterwards, we could go on a walk, or just hang out at your house, just to get used to each other. I think it might be a little bit awkward at first. But after the first 5 minutes it will be fine. I just can't wait to see you. I think we should see each other daily if possible. We can ether meet in between each others houses, or one of us walk to the others house. What ever works. 
Now about some things I would like to do when out there. 

1) Spend the night at your house and vs. versa.
    A) When spending the night we can watch movies and just hang out. (how many sleep overs have you had just for you, not your sister?) The following are the movies I would like to watch with you.
          a) Pirates of the Caribbean (all of them, we could have a Pirates Marathon night!)
          b) Finding Neverland
          c) High school musical 3
          d) becoming Jane
          e) some of Jane Austen' s movie's (another marathon night or nights)
          f) Star Wars (only if you want...... another marathon)
          g) what ever other movies you want to watch
2) Go on hikes (these can be just normal walks, because I LOVE to walk, and when we can we can go on actual pretty trails)
3) Go to the beach!!!!! (I am so pail, from this LONG winter without being in the sun!)
4) Go to movies
5) Go to book stores
6) Go shopping (we don't have to really buy any thing..)
7) Take a tour of the Island
8) Go ANYWHERE beautiful
9) Zoo

Feel free to make any suggestions. Hope we get to do all this stuff and more.

Your loving friend,

Lain

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Vitamin String Quartet

These guys are amazing!!!!!! I had never heard of them before yesterday. They play classical instruments to modern day music. I already bought two of their songs from iTunes. I got Falling Slowly, (I LOVE this song!) and Face Down. Check them out if you have not heard of them before!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

My Trip out west



Hey Bostan,

I don't know if I ever told you about my trip out west 3 summers ago, (this summer) It was allot of fun, and if you would like to see more pictures, I would be happy to show you some, if you are not that interested, I understand. The picture is of the Grand Canyon. 

Lain

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Lost in Austen


I saw it last night because it just came out in the U.S. I really liked it! I thought it was funny yet sometimes sad. I was so glad everything turned out. I think the only thing I would have changed was Jane. I think she should have been prettier. She was good looking, but she was supposed to be the best looking of them all, and I don't think they did her justice. I liked the whole idea of Mr. Wickham being a good guy, but I did not like the idea of Mr. Darcy's sister being bad. Oh well. But all in all I liked it. 

Monday, April 20, 2009

17 Again


I saw this movie today, and I LOVED it! I thought it was great! It was not a movie that deserved an Oscar, but it was really good, and a definite feel good movie. If it is still in theaters when I come out there, we HAVE to see it together. (Before this movie I was NOT a big Zack Efron fan, but I liked him in this movie, I think he got better looking as he got older. He defiantly not bad looking in this movie. hehehehhehehehehehe) What do you think? even if you see the movie before I come out, I would still like to see it with you. Just let me know what you think. 

Lain

Journal

Dear Bostan,

This is a picture of the journal I am currently in. I love it, and have been in it for over a year. Yet I can't wait to finish it. I love writing in it, but I want to start my other journals. Do you like it? (I love the lighting I took this picture in.)

Lain

Friday, April 17, 2009

Animals





These are just a few pictures of my pets. I have more, but I just took a few today. (From Left to right, Olive, (my dog), Tippi, Taxi (he was just shaved today, he is my brothers dog.)  and another of Olive =)

My camera!!!!


I actually got my camera today! This is a picture of it, and I will have pictures I took with it in my next post! I am SOOOO excited. I missed having a camera so much. I ended up getting a Kodak Easy Share. Hope you like it. I love the color, (red, it may show up pink) it is not normally my favorite color, but I love it in a camera.

Lain =)

Camera



 Yesterday my brither finaly found his camera! It took him long enough. But when I turned it on, I found it had the exact sme problem as my old camera! So I now am going to buy a brand new one, which I am kinda glad about. I would much rather have a new one, and I belive today, after I work on my desk with my dad, we will go look for one. Well I hope I get it soon, and will tell you when I do. Sorry for the shortness of this post, but I have to get going on my school work.

Lain~

p.s. what kind of camera do you have???

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Books I am going to read

The following books I got at the library the other day to read. (I am reading The Maiden of Mayfair already, it is Really good!)



   Last Chance for Paris 

                                                                         

            The Perks of being a Wallflower
                                                                                       

        

                                                                                    World of Pies

                                                                               A Time For Dancing




                                                                                The Red Necklace 



                                                                                  Something Remains






 The Maiden of Mayfair



                                                        A Brief Chapter in my impossible Life

 


They should hold me over for a wile. =)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Drake and Josh


 I grew up waching this show, and alway loved it. I am very sorry it is no longer on air, but today they had some reruns, and I found them as funny as ever. I miss seeing them, and still think them wonderful, yet unbelivably stupid, (in a good way). Plus Drake is not exactly bad looking. (hehehehehe)! What do you think of the show?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Spring, NOT!

Just when it was starting to feel like spring, the birds where chirping, the flowers were out, the grass was finally green again, and buds were cumming in on the trees. It was so beautiful out, and not to mention warm. But then yesterday the weather took a big drop in temperature, which is OK I can deal with that, it happens now and again, but that is not all that happened. We had a lake effect snow storm! And yes it is April. It is pretty out side, some might say gorgeous, but I am tired of snow, I have just gotten threw 6 months of it, I don't need more now. But I guess it is gorgeous out today in terms of beauty...... I just want it to get warm again. Sorry to complain to you. But I just needed to tell someone of this horrible, yet pretty weather we were getting.

Your forever faithful, sometimes complaining friend,

Lain~

p.s. tonight I have a orchestra concert, I am kind of nervous, but in a good way. I have a solo! I am really surprised she asked me to do it! =)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Reading

Dear Bostan,

 I am sorry I got behind on my reading, and promise to have the A.S. book club post and A.S. Bible reading posts up soon. It has just been a little rough with my mom, so since we are going to pause this weekend, I will use that time to catch up. With unending apologies,

Lain

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What to do?

This post is more of just to get us started, I really want to get planing, if that is okay. =) So feel free to post anything. Any suggestion is appreciated. But I am not toooooo worried about planing. I think that most of the time, I just want to hang out, maybe got to the beach. (I do REALLY want to go to the beach.) I mainly want to just get to know you more, in person that is. I still can't believe that this is happening, I thought it would take years to get out there to meet you. I am still saving though, for a plane ticket for you to come out here. That would be a lot of fun. It will take a while to save for that, but I am excited anyway. Anyway, as I was saying, I would like to go on a few hikes (if possible), and go shopping would be fun. We really don't have to buy any thing, or we could. (I have gotten use to just looking.) I will tell more in my next letter. (Sorry about how long this letter is taking, but I was not going to write it until I was sure I was coming.) Oh by the way, I am getting a semi new camera! I am so excited, for my camera has been broken for almost a year, and I have been dyeing without it. That is one of my favorite things to do, is to take pictures. The reason it is only semi new is that I am buying it off my brother, for 45$ and $5 for each memory card. It will work I guess, I would have liked answer camera, with a better resolution, but I am camera deprived, so I will take anything. I will be able to post more new pictures on my blog and show you some new things. Well sorry for the information overload, but I felt like talking. Hope to hear from you soon.

Lain 

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Mom's Operation


 My mom is getting her operation in a few days, (April 2). She will be out of sorts, and unable to move around for a while. I am going to be the one to stay and take care of her, and am happy to do it. The reason why I am telling you this, is too explain that I will have LOADS of extra time next month to read and such, because I will be going NO WHERE. It will be nice though because we have been so busy for so long, and I can't wait for a rest. So next month this is basically what my life will consist of:

Helping my mom
Doing school work
Reading (both spiritual and novels)
Listening in to meetings (my mom will need me to stay home to take care of her for those to)
Watching TV
And last but not least writing to you.

Well I just wanted you to know, that I am going to be very much available for the next month, and then after that I will be coming to see you in person, so we can do extra things this coming month if you have extra time.

Lain

p.s. the picture really has nothing to do with the post, except that I will be reading, but I found it and thought it was cool, so....

Thursday, March 26, 2009

May 18- June 11


 The dates above are when I will be coming and staying. I am so excited! and would have liked to tell you earlier, but my mom wanted to tell my aunt first, so I had to wait. We bought them a few days ago, and I can't wait to come. We should probably start planing what we are going to do, that way we have a kind of idea what we will be doing. It does not have to be planed day by day but, just a round about will do. I would like to be able to see you at least once a day, weather it is just for 15 minutes or for longer. I think it is doable because you live so close to where my aunt lives, which is where I will be staying. You can suggest anything! I am up for new things, or just chillin' out. Well can't wait to hear from you, and to see you probably on the 19th because my plane gets in in the evening on the 18th. I will tell you more in my letter to you, and here. I will have a bunch of fun now planing. I think half the fun of doing something is being in expectation of it.  I just could not wait any longer to tell you, for I have had to wait till my mom tells my aunt, and that has been plenty long enough for me. Well I can't wait to spend 3 weeks with you.  I can't wait to start planing, and to do tons with you!

Lain

p.s. my dad took the photo.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What are you doing this May?


Hey Bostan,

You may be wondering why I am asking that question, and the simple truth  is this. I am coming out there this May!!!!!!!! I know. I am so excited! My did is giving the plain tickets to my mom for their 20th anniversary, and he said I could come with my mom also. We are thinking of coming around the 18th and staying for probably a month. I just want to make sure that you are not going any place. Well we just have to see when it would be a good time for my aunt, because, she already said we could come and we found a few ticket options, we just need to see what is best for her. Well I am so excited, and will tell you more when I know more. I will probably know when the exact date will be in the next few days. Please don't tell anybody till I know for sure when, but I could not keep from telling you any longer. So here it is. I am so excited. I can't wait to hear from you and start planing what we will do. Hope to hear from you soon! I have to go to bed now, so I am sorry this is shorter than I would have liked it to be, but I will be sure to talk to you soon. 

Lain

Monday, March 23, 2009

Never Raise a Parrot with a Baby

the title is very good advise. :) Hope you like.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Top 10 things that make me happy

(in no particular order)
1) Getting letters in the mail
2) Finding a new favorite book
3) Walking threw the woods on a beautiful day
4) Traveling to knew places
5) Talking to you!
6) Listening to Music
7) Writing in my journal
8) Expressing myself in words
9) Learning to do something new (like sewing, and knitting, stuff that makes things.)
10) Being around animal.

(I have many more things, and some of them I might like more than what I have listed, but that is what I thought of first so I put them down. What are your top 10?)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Penelope


I absolutly adore this movie. I know you know I have seen it before, but I just love it an djust watched it so I feel compeled to tell every one how much I like it, even if they already know. I think it has a great story line and I also think that Max/Johnny, is definatly a good reson to watch the movie. I mean come on, those eyes, the hair, (hair is a big thing for me) and the wonderful face, plus not to mention, his wonderful personality. I mean, he sacrifised his happyness to make his true love happy, or what he thouht would make her happy. I love the ending. And think they did every thing perfectly. I would definatly give the movie 5 stars.

Lain

p.s. James McAcavoy, is a definate favorite actor, he did wonders in Becoming Jane.

p.p.s. Sorry about all this I just had to get it out:)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Akron Library


Dear Bostan,

 Today I visited and got a library card at a library which I have been meaning to visit for a really long time. It is fairly close to me, about 7 miles. It is  as said above the Akron Library. It is right in the city, and is huge! It has 3 levels, each of which are humongous, a basement, and a gift shop, and cafe'. Today I rented the books,
A Room With a View
The Ransom of Mercy Carter
A Northern Light
and the CD sound tract of Pride and Prejudice of which I have wanted to get for a long time. I had a nice time and really liked the library. I can't wait to go again. I am going to read A Northern Light right after I am doe with the current book I am reading on the side. And as you know I am going to read the other books for our book club. 
Hope to hear from you soon,

Lain

p.s. the picture is of the front of the library. 

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Spanish Congergation.

Hey Bostan,

Today I went to a Spanish congregation for the Sunday meeting, because we knew the Hermano (brother) who was giving the public talk, and since it was his first, we came. I had fun. I only understood every 10 words, if that. Every one was really nice and friendly. I even commented at the Atala estudiar (Watchtower study). It was a comment a little kid would give but I thought it was cool to comment in Spanish. I said "Jesus fue muddado de sincero concierne para otros." which means basically that Jesus did the preaching work because his concern for others.  I was really nervous, and was sure that I was going to say something wrong, but every one said I did good. Well I have to go now, but just wanted to tell you about this. Hope to hear from you soon. 

Lain

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Spring


 I am so excited!!!! It is almost spring. Well we will probably get some more snow, but it was 60 degrees today, and I went threw the woods at the back of our house to the creek.  the water was REALLY cold. It was raining earlier today, when we were out in service. We could hardly see out the windshield. I just hope it stays this warm.  I got your letter today. And I mailed yours to. (Sorry it took so long.)  I really liked the story line of your story. Am I aloud to suggest things??? If not I understand. Well Anything new??? When I was down at the creek, I found some bulbs, and took them home and planted them in my garden, I am not sure what they are, so I will have to wait and see. Well, I hope to hear from you soon, and will try to write soon too. Sorry for the shortness of this post, but I am Pioneering this month, and am EXTREMELY tired.

Your faithful Friend,

Lain