Friday, November 25, 2011

My Bucket List

I have decided to be very (not) original and make a list of all the things I would like to do during my life. People are calling them "Bucket Lists," or as another friend of mine put it, a "Buckets of Dreams."

1. Travel to Ireland.

2. Climb the Eiffel Tower.

3. Go to Kansas.

4. Go to Prince Edward Island and watch Anne of Green Gables during my stay.

5. Get married and raise a family.

6. Traditionally publish one of my novels.

7. Get my doctors degree in music.

8. Meet an online friend of mine.

9. Read through the entire Bible.

10. Own a grand piano.

11. Meet a famous author (Jill Williamson would be nice :)

12. Play my violin or piano before thousands of people.

13. Own a horse.

14. See a circus.

15. Be a brides maid in a wedding.

16. Grow my hair to my waist.

17. See a Great White Shark.

18. See an Orca in its natural habitat (caged Orcas are just not the same).

19. Get a really, really, really, really nice camera!

20. Photograph a wedding.

21. Learn to french braid.

22. Own a blue car.

23. Own a professionally done watercolour drawing of an Orca.

How about you?

Monday, November 21, 2011


I cannot believe how quickly the days have flown by since my last post.

November and December are busy days for me. I have spent my time writing, reading, doing school, and preparing for the Christmas season, in which I have several violin concerts scheduled. However, I only make money off one of them.

Music has kept me quite busy. I am excited to say that I began grade eight piano only a couple weeks ago. I also had my first paying violin concert last month!

The two songs that you see in this video are my favourite grade eights songs. Both very expressive and loud. :P

Okay, this made me laugh out loud. Take a look!

I've got to go! But before I do, I've got to ask... What have you busied yourself with this past while?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Today we celebrate Remembrance Day.

How thankful I am to live in a free country!

In Flanders field the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

~ Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Movie Review: Ella Enchanted

At birth, every child in Frell is given a gift by the well-meaning but yet misguided fairy, Lucinda.

In Ella's case, the gift is more of a curse. Obedience. She must obey ever command given to her - whether she wants to or not.

If people found out, they would no doubt misuse it. Only Ella's mother and sister know. Not even her father is told of it. And then, at her mother's death bed, Ella is commanded to tell no one of her curse. And of course, she cannot disobey.

Not long after Ella loses her mother, her father remarries, to the rich Dame Olga, who brings with her, her daughters, the boy-crazy Hattie and Olive.

But actually, they have their eyes set on one boy in particular. Prince Char.

Hattie is the president of Prince Char's fan club. All the girls in it are quite crazy for him, so you can imagine why Prince Char prefers the company of the strong-willed, opinionated Ella... Except one problem. She can't stand him.

When Hattie and Olive discover that Ella is cursed into doing everything they say and begin to ask unreasonable tasks of her, Ella decides it is time to take action.

She must find Lucinda and ask her to take the gift back.

So off she goes. Her only companion being a talking book full of maps.

That is, until she runs into the cheeky elf, Slannen.

After a long, painful journey, Ella's goal remains unaccomplished. Lucinda refused to take back the gift she forced upon her! And now Ella needs help more than ever, because she was commanded to thrust a knife into the back of the man she loves, right at the moment she should be saying, "I do!"

She must overcome Lucinda's magic to save the lives of those she loves.

My thoughts:

I love this movie! The story line is very clever and Anne Hathaway was perfect for the part of Ella.

The clothing was kind of revealing. I really didn't like that.

There is a really awkward part where Ella is told to sing a song, then to dance with it, and then dance with more spirit.... yeah. I felt a little uncomfortable during that part.

I guess what mostly bothered me about this movie was the clothing. Aside from that, it was great! An odd mix of modern and fairytale, but still I fell in love with it from the very beginning.