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19 June 2015 @ 10:50 pm
The river near where I live is at record levels, and I went down to see it today with my dad and little sister. I took some video while I was there. It's not as bad as other parts of the country which have suffered flooding, but it's still a little nerve-wracking, considering that more rain is in the forecast. And, the river walk is already inundated. Parts of the trail (which you can see in the second video) are underwater.




 
 
laughtersmelody
Heaven is real. God loves you.

Are those statements true? Yes, most definitely! But, they do not represent the full truth, and if those are the only two truths you embrace, then you may be headed down a very dangerous path. That is why I was incredibly disappointed by the movie, “Heaven is for Real.”

Let me back up a bit.

I read the book, “Heaven is for Real,” a few years ago, and I loved it. It was in-line with scripture, and it was wonderfully inspiring and left me encouraged and uplifted. The real-life account is amazing, and I was thrilled to learn that there would be a movie. But, just a few days ago, I bought the movie and came away feeling incredibly let down, because not only does the movie not match the account in the book in some critical ways, more importantly, it’s not in-line with the Gospel.

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laughtersmelody
11 June 2015 @ 09:09 pm
I was so sad to hear that Christopher Lee has passed away. I know of him best from his roles as Count Dooku in Star Wars and Saruman in The Hobbit and LOTR. He had such a wonderful voice and wonderful bearing.

He also seems to have a good sense of humor, since he said once, "To be a legend, you've either got to be dead or excessively old."

I particularly loved a comment he made about playing a number of villains: "If you're playing a heroic character, it's very hard not to make him a total bore. But, with a villainous character, there are many, many levels in which you can present him. He can be amusing. He can be lonely. He can be mad, childish, naive, futuristic. You can't play heroes like that. It's impossible. You just can't imbue them with all those characteristics. But, when you toy with the dark side of the soul, imagination comes into the forefront. You can enjoy it more and, hence, communicate that joy to the audience." He did that so well.


R.I.P., Sir Christopher Lee. You will be sincerely missed.

 
 
laughtersmelody
06 June 2015 @ 06:17 pm
After 37 years, there's finally another Triple Crown winner! American Pharoah did it! :D (And I have to laugh that his name is really spelled that way - it was registered with an incorrect spelling, lol.) My mom is more of a horse racing fan than I am, but it was still fun to watch the race today. First time that a Triple Crown Winner has happened in my lifetime. The "drought" had gone on for so long, some have been asking, "Will there ever be another one? Or have we seen the last?" It's good to know that we haven't.

Congratulations to American Pharoah, his jockey, Victor Espinoza, his trainer, Bob Baffert, and his owners, the Zayat family!



Note: Picture taken from the CNN article here. Credit to the photographer who got that great shot.

 
 
laughtersmelody
01 March 2015 @ 03:55 pm
I just posted this on the Christian Fan Fiction community I run, but I wanted to post it here too.

A little girl in the church I attend was just diagnosed with Leukemia. Her name is Faith, and she's only five. She's already undergoing chemo therapy, and so far, she's doing well with the treatments, but they're still difficult. One blessing, though - they did a spinal tap and didn't find any cancer in her spine. The doctors are saying she has an 85% of survival.

Please do keep her and her family in prayer.

If you'd like to donate money to help pay for Faith's medical bills (which are already adding up quickly) you can do so here.

Thanks so much.

-Laughter

 
 
 
laughtersmelody
27 February 2015 @ 05:47 pm
I just heard that Leonard Nimoy passed away.

I don’t exactly consider myself a trekkie, but I am a fan of that universe. I’ve enjoyed every Star Trek series, and also stop to watch if I see old episodes playing on the television.

Leonard Nimoy always amazed me with his ability to capture all the nuances of Spock. Here was a character that did not express strong emotion except on very rare occasions, and yet, because of the way that Leonard Nimoy played him, it was always clear what he was feeling.

That requires a very talented actor.

Spock

R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy. You will be missed.

 
 
laughtersmelody
20 February 2015 @ 08:20 pm
Saw this meme on metallidean_grl’s journal, and couldn’t resist trying my hand at it. :)

1. How old will you be in 3 birthdays?
30. Wow, that’s a strange thought.

2. Do you think you'll be married by then?
I don’t know, honestly. I’d love to get married and have a family, but it hasn’t happened yet. Who knows what the Lord has in mind, though.

3. What do you look forward to most in the next 2 months?
Finding work, Lord willing.

4. Do you prefer shoes, socks, or bare feet?
Shoes outside, (I have a couple pairs of boots I love and wear most often) slippers inside, bare feet when I’m sleeping. :)

5. When was the last time you cried?
Hmm…I honestly can’t remember for sure.

6. What was the last thing you drank?
Water. I try to always have a water bottle next to me on my desk.

7. Favorite ice cream?
Moose Tracks - fudge, peanut butter, and chocolate. :D But, I love mint ice cream too, and sometimes I find myself in the mood for vanilla.

8. What is your favorite number?
It’s a tie between 7 and 8.

9. What is your favorite color?
Teal. My bedroom is decorated in various shades of teal and brown.

10. What Jelly do you put on your PB&J?
Strawberry, and once in a while, blueberry.

11. What location(s) is/are on your bucket travel list?
Hawaii, Iguazu Falls in Brazil (I just wrote a fic that took place there, and after doing all that research on it, I fell in love with its beauty - such a gorgeous area) Egypt, and Norway.

12. How many glasses of water a day do you drink on average?
I don’t usually keep track, honestly.

13. What do you drink in the morning?
Milk. Both of my parents are originally from Wisconsin. Dairy is practically in my blood, lol. :)

14. Would you rather kiss someone with or without tongue?
I’ve never kissed anyone.

15. Do you sleep on a certain side of the bed?
I toss and turn all over the place and always have.

16. Do you know how to play poker?
I played once when I was a teenager, but I’ve forgotten the rules since then.

17. What is so good about Fridays?
The weekend comes right afterwards.

18. Any plans for this weekend?
Trying to get over a sore throat that popped up yesterday, and then, going to church on Sunday. Other than that, working on the next chapter of Twenty Pieces of Silver.

19. Do you eat out or at home more often?
Almost always at home. Eating out is a rare treat.

20. How big is your TV?
I don’t remember the measurements and don’t feel like pulling out a ruler, lol. It’s an old, faithful TV that’s almost 25 years old, but it’s still going strong.

21. Ever stolen a street sign?
No. I think that’s a bad idea, not to mention, where would you put it?

22. Do you keep a piggy bank?
No, I don’t.

23. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?
I kissed my dad on the cheek when he visited the other day, so, yes.

24. Have you ever been in an ambulance?
Yes, twice, though I don’t remember either occasion. The first time I was a baby, and the second time I was unconscious and on a ventilator.

25. Do you prefer an ocean or a pool?
I’ve never seen the ocean in person, but I think it’s beautiful. I’d pick it over a pool, just for the view (I can’t swim).

26. Do you prefer a window seat or an aisle seat?
Window. I like to look outside at the view.

27. Do you know how to drive a stick shift?
I actually don’t know how to drive at all. I’d love to learn eventually, but I can’t afford a car right now anyway, so I’m not worried. I just ride my bike everywhere.

28. What is your favorite thing to spend money on?
It’s a tie between craft supplies and movies/music.

29. Do you wear any jewelry 24/7?
No, that’s too uncomfortable for me. But, I always wear jewelry when I go out. The piece I probably wear the most often is my thumb ring. Everything else changes depending upon my outfit.

30. Do you speak any other language?
I know a little bit of Spanish, and could probably speak it at a really basic kindergarten level when I was in high school, though I’ve forgotten a lot since then. I also know a few German words from my mom.

31. Can you roll your tongue?
Yes, I can.

32. Last person you lay in bed with?
My mom and I had to share a mattress for a few days when we moved, because when we were in the middle of moving in, we found out our new house had a gas leak. My bed had already been brought over to the new house at that point.

33. Do you sleep with stuffed animals?
I used to. I got my favorite teddy bear, Fluffy, when I was in second grade, and she slept with me for years after that. I still have her. She’s considerably less fluffy now, but well-loved.

34. Do you still have clothes from when you were little?
Some. I’m sentimental and totally admit that. But, I’ve donated the majority.

35. What is the color of your bedroom wall?
Beige, decorated with a large print of Van Gogh’s “Almond Blossoms.”

36. Do you shut off the water when you brush your teeth?
Yes, I do.

37. Do you currently hate someone?
No, I don’t. I believe it’s wrong to hate anyone. The Bible compares it to murder (1 John 3:15).

38. Do you currently have a crush on someone?
Not exactly - not unless you count celebrity crushes.

39. What are you listening to?
I love to listen to music as I write, and my fic, Twenty Pieces of Silver, seems to need a new song every chapter, lol. So, basically, I find a song that matches the mood of the chapter and listen to that.

 
 
laughtersmelody
19 January 2015 @ 04:26 am
You might have seen a mention of this on the news, but if you haven't seen the whole video, it's completely worth it. It's a dash cam video of a police officer grooving to Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off." It's just so light-hearted that you can't help but smile. :D Not to mention, who hasn't done something like this at some point, lol?

I love how he's so serious when someone is watching him, sort of projecting, "Totally dignified officer of the law, here. Nothing to see." But the moment he's not being watched he goes right back to grooving with the song, lol.

Enjoy!


 
 
laughtersmelody
09 January 2015 @ 07:06 pm
I always try to make it my tradition to post an entry for the new year. I’m a little late this year, but I wanted to post something anyway. :) (For anyone actually watching my journal - I think there are a few of you still out there, lol *waves* - you can also consider this the long-overdue update I’ve been promising).

Where do I start? 2014 was honestly a crazy year. My mom and I found out at the end of last year that we’d have to be move a second time. Due to unexpected complications, that move wound up being pushed back to the end of February, during my spring break. It was then delayed a little more because on the first night we spent in our new house, we found out there was a gas leak. We had to wait for the leak to be repaired before we could finish moving in. The whole move was like that. For instance, our pastor was helping us with a few things the movers didn’t take, and his van died. (Thank the Lord, we were in the driveway, and not on the road, and he only needed a jump start). The whole move was just nuts all around. But, praise God, we made it through, and we really do like the house we’re in now. It’s very close to our old neighborhood, the one we were in for 23 years before the whole moving saga began, so it feels very much like home. We’re hoping that we’ll be able to stay here for a long time, both because we love the house, and because we’re just so very tired of moving.

The rest of the year is a bit of a blur, lol. School started right back up after the move, and during the summer…well, I’ll be honest. I was so wiped out from the two moves and my classes that I just sort of when into semi-hibernation mode, lol. I relaxed. I read fan fiction. I caught up on much needed sleep. I caught up with my friends (who have all been very understanding when school swallows me). Of course, school began again in the Fall, and my schedule was as busy as ever.

But, praise God, I finished my BA on December 14th, 2014. It’s *such* a blessing to be done with school for now. I love school, I do, but it’s taken up just about all my time for the four years. I’m tired of having to answer, “School,” when someone asks me what I’ve been up to, lol! I’m ready to do something else. At some point in the future, I might try to go for my Masters, but right now, I want to concentrate on paying off my student loans.

But, before the job search starts in earnest, I get to have all four of my wisdom teeth extracted. *grimaces* Not exactly the graduation present I was hoping for, but it needs to be done. Then, the job search begins in earnest. I’m honestly not sure what I will be doing yet. I want to work in the publishing industry is possible, but my first priority will be paying down my student loans. I’m just going to have to trust that the Lord will lead me to where he wants me to be.

2014 itself came to an interesting end. On New Years Eve, my dad wound up needing emergency surgery on a hernia. He's doing well now, thank the Lord, and he's healing, though it will be a 6 to 8 week long recovery, which I know will be tough on him, because he hates sitting still.

Fandom-wise, I’ve honestly left quite a fandoms partly because of being so busy with school and also just a general lack of interest. I haven’t watched Supernatural for a couple seasons because I don’t like where they took their storyline. Arrow lost me as well, and so did Elementary, Person of Interest, S.H.I.E.L.D., and Hawaii 5-0. I did, however, find Merlin on Netflix, and absolutely loved it. I wrote a fic for it (which I really must post here at some point… *blushes*). Merlin and Freya are my Merlin OTP. She was only in one episode, but goodness, it’s such a sweet, genuine relationship. There needs to be more Merlin/Freya fic, there definitely does.

I also got pulled into the Hunger Games fandom after seeing the first movie. I totally wound up pulled into the Katniss/Peeta ship too, and Peeta and his family just fascinate me. It’s a relatively dark fictional universe, but I honestly like that about it. Writers like Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson were so convinced that human nature was inclined towards goodness. The Bible, however, makes it clear that humanity is *fallen*. We very often chose evil, rather than good. That is why we need a Savior. Whether it’s intentional or not, the Hunger Games series highlights the fallen aspects of the human heart. I also think that the Hunger Games series puts the audience in a unique position. You know you should hate the idea of Games that pit children against each other in a fight to death, and yet, you can’t stop watching/reading because you want to find out what happens next. In effect, the audience is pulled into the same situation as the Capitol citizens they want to despise - they can’t help but see how *compelling* the Games are. I think it’s a brilliant literary strategy.

I also recently have started to get pulled into the Hobbit movies, purely because of Kili and Tauriel. I’ve never been all that much of an LOTR fan, and know very little about that particular universe, but Kili and Tauriel have perked my interest. I have heard that some Tolkien purists loath Tauriel because she wasn’t in the original books (I know that, essentially, she was put in the movies because producers thought The Hobbit needed a strong female presence to balance things out). But I enjoy Kili and Tauriel’s interactions. There’s such a wonderful magnetic pull between them.

As far as writing goes, my main focus has been working on my Avengers fic, Twenty Pieces of Silver, which I am horribly behind at posting here on LJ. I wrote a couple short pieces for Moonlight, and one or two other Clint/Nat one shots a few months ago, and even a Tony/Pepper piece, but TPOS is still my big project. I have no idea how long that fic will wind up being, but it’s quite a lot of fun to write.

In the next few weeks or so, I also plan to begin working on an original novel. It’s a science fiction story I have had in mind for ages, and it is - as far as I know - fairly different from anything I’ve seen before. I’m going to take my time working on it, and plan to do some really in-depth outlining and planning, which is a little different for me (I don't normally use outlines) but I think the story calls for it. I will have to see where that leads as well. :)

I have no doubt that I’m leaving quite a bit out, and all of that probably seems a bit jumbled. On a personal level, it’s just been that kind of year, lol. (And if any friends are reading this, and I owe you an email, it will hopefully, be on its way soon. I’m still working my way through the school related backlog in my in-box. My sincere apologies that it’s taking so long!)

On a more serious note, what a sad year it has been globally. So very many tragedies and conflicts. Too many to name here. There has been so much upheaval. More and more I find myself clinging to the verse, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." -Jeremiah 29:11.

May you have a very blessed, peaceful, prosperous 2015.

 
 
laughtersmelody
21 September 2014 @ 04:54 pm
This is entirely random, but too much fun not to share. I was surfing the web, and found a "What character are you...?" quiz for Moonlight. I wound up as Coraline! That's so funny, because I'm very *unlike* Coraline in many ways, but she's one of my favorite characters.