Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Yikes! I have been negligent.

Sorry, I have not posted anything recently. I want to post my bucket list soon, and I need to do a post about a new book I loved. I have less than a week and a half of school left, so I will be absent until that is done. A month of freedom...yeeesss! Actually it won't be freedom because I ordered my books for next semester to work on to make my much hated science classes go a little easier.

Oh, and I want to change my blog look and add a photo to my header because I finally got my very first camera! It is a Nikon DLSR 3000.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Austenitis: Birthday Tag!

1. August-named after Augustus Caesar.

2. Peridot

3. I have had themed family parties when I was younger. I had a tea party recently. I think it would be fun to have a masquerade ball.

4. The pearls Dad bought for me in china; he bought me pearl stud earrings and a string of pearls (so much prettier to say than a pearl necklace. I am definitely a pearls over diamonds girl (excepting of course where engagement rings are concerned).

5. Roses! August's flowers though are poppies and gladiolas (Roses belong to June-June gets two of my favorites in gems and flowers).

6. I believe I was born on Alfred, Lord Tennyson's 181st birthday (I have also seen his b-day was the 7th too-I will have to find more official sources-if the 1960's Encyclopedias are not considered official). I was also born 45 years to the date after the bombing of Hiroshima.

7. Yes.

8. I like my birthday month and date now, but I wish I could change the gemstone to ruby, aquamarine, or amethyst (I don't think pearls and diamonds are the best for birthstones-they are more general gems).

9. Two of these are outrageous, but I would love a trip to Europe, a white gold and diamond key pendant, and a specially made cedar hope chest.

10. Random #1 In Korea I believe they count their age as one from their actual birthday, so when we would consider them say 20 they would consider themselves 21. Random #2 I know of someone who celebrated her kid's half-birthday.

Here is the link to join in the birthday tag: http://austenitis.blogspot.com/2011/11/birthday-tag.html


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Blog Party!


I am a home school graduate in my fourth semester in college. I still live at home, and all my classes have been online; next semester I will be taking my first ever classroom classes. I love historical fashion and general daily life sort of things like how they played and what they talked about etc. I love period dramas. I love crafts. I love reading blogs.  I, according to some people (with whom I agree) live in a bubble (or ivory tower or whatever you want to call it); I want to break out of that bubble and expand my world-I would like to live in a different state-I have lived in the same general area of the same state for all the life that I can remember. I am uncertain what my college degree will be. I grew up slow. I love to talk, but I can still be afraid of people.

These questions are a mix of the ones on the party blog, ones I have seen before, and my own ideas-feel free to use.

1. A Weird/Annoying/Embarrassing Thing About Me
I like to repeat songs I like over and over again-I mean like five times in one setting and then again the next day. I have a few songs/pieces I do this with, and then I move on to another set of favs. Yes, I am slightly OCD; actually, I was seriously, problematically OCD as a teen with the characteristic handwashing problems complete with red arms up to my elbow-I am not joking. 

2. Favorite Time Period
Regency and Victorian. Beautiful clothing, wonderful literature, lovely manners (in the middle class anyway), elegant hairstyles...Of course I still love aspects of other times too like the early-mid twentieth century and the colonial period. 

3. Favorite Movie
It really depends on when you ask me. I will just give my favorite animated which is Tangled and my favorite recently watched one which is Thor. 

4. Coffee
I hate coffee, and I don't like the smell. I walk in to Starbucks and feel shabby, stupid, and ignorant. I look at their menu and think that it is in another language. Furthermore, I do not want to like coffee. Oh, and random-sort-of-connected-fact I also don't like soft drinks. 

5. Favorite Fast Food
Chick-Fil-A. I think I am addicted; I know I am deprived. There is not one near enough to me. I think the closest is at least thirty minutes away. 

6. Waffles or Pancakes
Waffles. They DO NOT taste the same as pancakes. I am not sure how much the fact that my father has cooked pancakes way too many times for us affects my choice.  

7. Favorite Games
I enjoy Risk, Scrabble, and Scattergories, but it is aggravating to play
Scrabble with those two letter word masters such as my brother; I usually lose by at least 100 points. 

8. Are You Competitive?
In everything and in every way. 

9. Neat or Messy?
Terribly messy. My mom told me that my room was a fire or injury hazard once in recent months; it was. My bed rarely gets made, I frequently lose things on my floor, and yes, it probably hampers my life. I do want to  be an organized person eventually . 

10. Procrastinator?
Majorly. 

11. Night Owl or Early Bird
I should be an early bird since I work best in the mornings/afternoons and need to sleep before midnight, but in practice I am a night owl who plays on the internet looking at blogs, wish shopping, and generally avoiding being useful and/or going to bed. 

12. Have Your Ever Dyed Your Hair?
I have not. I would like to try henna and natural dying and bleaching. I like organic stuff, so I am not crazy about chemical dying, but if I did do it I think I would like to be a strawberry blond or true redhead (I am a medium brunette who has to wear the colors of a blond). 

13. If You Could Live in an Fictional/Alternate Universe What Would It Be?
Harry Potter's Britain. I would be a Hogwarts House of Ravenclaw graduate (I have that banner sticker on my wall even thought I am much to old for such things), and hopefully married to Fred Weasley (he did not die-that was a misprint). 

14. Favorite Colors
I love Color Me Beautiful; I am a summer, and I love all those colors. Purple and rich blue-red and raspberry and wine are my absolute favorites, but I love so many colors. 

15. Austenite?
I enjoy Jane Austen but was a little irritated when I found out how popular it was-I do not like to share my book interests with so many-lets keep it select please. I mean that obnoxious term says it all-don't be ignorant and fangirly, really. 

16. An Embarrassing Fact About Your Ignorance About Something
I am soooo very technologically ignorant-and I am in college! I like some technology, but I just don't know very much about it, and I am usually really late in getting major pieces of technology as in I just bought my first camera, and I don't have an Ipod...and I am in my early twenties :P 

17. Introvert or Extrovert?
This is hard; I have heard so many definitions, and I have changed much since when I was in my mid-teens. I know for certain that I am introspective. I do enjoy being in my room, but I also love hanging out with select people. I prefer smaller groups although I still enjoy bigger ones. I do think I am an introvert since I do think I am more secure or energized or whatever is the determinate when I am alone. I am a huge blabbermouth and chatterbox though. 

18. Optimist or Pessimist?
I used to be very definitely a pessimist, but sometimes now I think I can be optimistic or at least semi-optimistic :P

20. Bucket List? If So One Item.
Yes, I have a bucket list. It is unfinished and has 140 items so far; when I started getting closer to 100 hundred I decide 150 was a good number. It is a grandiose list. One of my wishes was to learn Welsh-I am not very good with languages and hate to study...hmmmm.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Whatever Wednesdays:Organic Living



I picked up this book from Half Price books for $7 or $8 and totally fell in love with it. I had already become interested in organic living because of my acne and other issues, and this site http://feelinfeminine.com/ . I now really feel strongly about using natural and organic products and have pretty much completely switched over all my cosmetic and toiletry items to organic versions.

I do not feel like trying to influence other people to live this way; it is just a personal conviction/desire for me. It kind of all blends with my old-fashioned attitude and my desire for all things pure, real, and original. There are so many aspects to this natural/organic movement. There is the issue of eating organically, the use of herbs, the use of organic cosmetics and bath products, and there is the practice of aromatherapy. These are the only parts of this lifestyle that I would condone; I do not believe in acupuncture or homeopathy which are listed in one of my books.

I consider eating naturally as an important part of this way of life, and I want to eat completely organic eventually, but that is much more difficult than going natural with cosmetics. I am still at home, so I don't have to buy my own food, and when I do I have to tote it from my room on the second floor (I have a mini refrigerator) to the kitchen and back. I also need to learn how to plan out and prepare meals for a week or so in advance. Since I have not made the food switch, at the very least I should at least avoid white sugar, white flour, anything with tons of preservatives, and candy (which I only do if it is not around). I have bought some organic food recently from the organic section at Kroger and from Whole Foods. I would like to eventually buy some bulk grains from some of the local co-ops. I feel like this is essential if I want to have healthy skin and hair besides all the other health benefits; topical treatments cannot cure something that involves internal problems as well. I have come to view health as rather a holistic issue. Another book I own is Prescription for Natural Cures. In the back of this book is the authors version of the food pyramid which has dairy at the top (which makes me sad-not sure I would follow that part), the protein, then grains (I always felt that 6 servings was way too much!), then healthy oils, then fruits and veggies, and then water. I need to work on the water and fruits and vegetables part. It is humiliating to discover how unhealthy I have been eating/drinking even though I think that compared to most Americans I do not eat that poorly (I don't eat much fast food-usually once a month if even that, I dislike soft drinks and coffee, and we usually do not have too much junk food and candy in our house.

Eating organically is the most important issue to me, but I would also like to learn about some of the other things such as the use of essential oils and herbs. I would also like to switch from buying bath products to making them. A lady from my church has given me some recipes for lotion and toothpaste, and I have found several recipes I wish to try from a variety of books both that I own and that I have borrowed. I am just uncertain about which essential oils, herbs, and other it would be practical for me to buy. I still would like to try some topical acne treatments, but I am so skeptical because nothing I ever tried worked and all I do now is use organic soap and I here of so many different things to try. I just don't want to buy anything I won't use. I would use lotion, toothpaste, mouthwash, and all the other basic stuff if I made it, but I have never got around to accumulating all the things I need. I also want to develop my own perfume since I would like a perfume but never liked the store bought stuff even before I became a believer in organic living.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Organic Make Up Choices

I am going to write a little bit more on Wednesday about my love for all things organic, but I have not posted much except about giveaways, so I thought I would go ahead and post a little bit about makeup.

The very first makeup I bought was mineral makeup from my local Rainbow Blossom most of which was on sale (which is why it first caught my eye); I was starting to become really interested in organic stuff then because of my acne. I had not been interested in wearing makeup (and I don't think my parents wanted me to wear makeup) when I was in high school. I was 19 or 20 when I bought this makeup, but I did not start regularly wearing it for some months after I had bought it.

I was quite the amateur in my choices, but I also was in the sale basket, so I suppose that can be some excuse. I bought powder that was way too orange for my skin tone and dark blue and orange-gold eye shadows (I have blue eyes and although I am technically a brunette, I need to have the colors of a blond). Those were my worst choices. I also had silver sparkly eyeshadow which would have been okay had I not worn it so heavily; my mom sometimes made me wipe it off. The mascara was my favorite thing, and it definitely made me feel much better about myself when wearing it, so I got hooked. Now I wear mascara whenever I am around people even if we are just going to the park with friends.

I was given Mary Kay a few months ago which I know would thrill many women exceedingly, and I have used it, but I feel very strongly about using organic items, so I am giving the makeup to a friend. I have given much of my poor color choice makeup away.

Right now I have Lavera Volume Mascara which I purchased from www.drugstore.com. My foundation is Nvey Eco which I purchased from www.saffronrouge.com; I think it is okay, but I want a more pink toned and dewy foundation. I also have set of four limited edition Alima Pure eye shadows (light pink, light gold, soft brown, and dark brown). I have also tried an eyeshadow from http://www.etsy.com/shop/EllaRoseMinerals?ref=ss_profile.

I have also ordered from skinbotanica.com. I want to try Dr. Hauschka's mascara and concealer, Living Nature's foundation, and more eyeshadows from EllaRoseMinerals. I just love looking at all the pretty makeup choices!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Read It and Weep

I just recently watched this Disney flick after seeing it float on my Netflix suggestion list and dismissing it for months. I ended up enjoying it; I should have realized by now that I frequently like things that I am uninterested in watching at first.

There were a lot more stereotypes both in people and plot in this movie than in Lemonade Mouth. At least I thought so. If you have not figured out by now that my reviews/gushes are spoilers, I will go ahead and issue a warning: I am going to reveal much of the plot of this movie. I will attempt to make this review more of a real one.

Okay, lets start with the characters.

This is Jamie. She and her friends Harmony, Lindsay, and Connor are everyday, normal teens. They have their small interests and crushes and problems. They blend in with the crowd; they are, do, and say nothing that makes them stand out. Jamie keeps melodramatic and rather caustic journal story of her days. She wants to be a writer, but not at the cost of her privacy.

Is is the imaginary Jamie. Is Saves the Word is the title of Jamie's journal. This alter ego is supposed to be the good, successful girl who shows up the mean girls at school. The cool, smart, popular Is does and is everything Jamie wishes she could do and be. She is  perfectly poised at all times and has a response or retort for every unnerving occurrence in Jamie's life. Is does everything right. "The populars" don't have anything on Is; the mean girls can never triumph over her.

Speaking of mean girls.

Sawyer is the stereotypical snobby, nasty popular girl with the hot boyfriend (on whom Jamie has a crush). She regularly treats Jamie like a piece of trash, and everything seems to go her way. She is the head of the trio that Jamie dubs "the populars."

Connor is the secret author of works that sing Jamie's praise (one being a poem that causes Jamie to have a crush on Marco). He has a huge crush on Jamie that none of his friends suspect until he gets upset about Jamie ditching the quartet's prom plans to go with Marco. He is the only one who offers her any support when her unpopularity soars.

Lenny is Jamie's older brother who acts like Jamie is an embarrassing nuisance, but who really actually cares what she thinks of him. He dreams of being a musician but does not have enough self-confidence to play in public. Jamie's friends acknowledge his talent before she gives him the time of day.

Jamie accidentally causes her journal to be turned in to class, and it wins a prize. Her journal becomes a bestseller, and she is very embarrassed. Eventually, she starts slipping into popular girl mode. She starts spending time with Sawyer, ignores her friends, breaks promises, and is cruel to her brother about his music. She agrees to go to prom with Marco. Everything culminates when she lets it slip that her story is her journal and the characters in the journal are real people in her school. She pretty much has no friends and no popularity at this point; Marco thinks she's Is and calls her that all the time. Connor tries to help her, but he finally cannot take it anymore.

She realizes that Is is not a nice person and that she is letting the Is part of her take over. She tells her brother (through the door that he closed on her) that his music is good. She goes to prom with Marco fighting with herself the entire time. A teacher gives her the credit for decorating the event even although it was all the work of Lindsay and Harmony (she signed them up to decorate with her against their protests). After much internal struggling, she gives them their rightful credit and apologizes to everyone. She chases Connor down (Marco had revealed to her earlier that Connor wrote the poem) and kisses him. Her brother gets up in front of everyone and plays a song for her. Everything is happily ever after.

It was a sweet movie like most Disney flicks are. I had a lot of issues with it though. There was a lot of things that were not addressed correctly or at all. Jamie's selfishness is dealt with, but no one else has their fault shown to them and no one else apologizes. Hardly any conflicts occur where only one person is wrong, and the same applies to this story. I would consider Jamie's friends Lindsay and Harmony fair weather friends; they did not point out the wrong direction she was going, and they gave her the cold shoulder when she made mistakes, and I am sorry, that is as wrong as what she did to them. And I have to saw Sawyer did far more wrong to Jamie than Jamie ever did to her.

Jamie says in her apology that she should never have wrote all those nasty descriptions of her classmates; she said everyone is not as black and white as she described them as being. There certainly is plenty of grey areas in life, but that does not mean we should dismiss all the black and white areas. One black area in particular is Sawyer's nastiness and selfishness. That issue is not dealt with at all, nor is the fact that Jamie's friends stopped being real friends to her when she stopped being real friends to them. So its okay to do your friend the same wrong she did to you simply because she did it first? Yeah, I do not think so. I have yet to see a movie where more than one person apologizes; there is usually wrong on many sides, but only one person is emphasized as being in the wrong.

This movie followed the typical underdog gets the girl pattern, but I liked it particularly since Connor was the only one who made any effort to stick by Jamie. I also liked the twist that the reason (or one of the reasons) why Jamie liked Marco was because of Connor's poetry.

Oh, and like many Disney flicks the characters have to be really blind for the plot to work. It is hard to believe absolutely no one figured out on their own that they were characters in the book; all the main characters would have even if she had not stated that it was her journal (which everyone might not have known anyway until she apologized). And Connor's crush, at least Lindsay, Harmony, and Marco should have known about it. I would believe it if Jamie herself did not see it; she did not want to see it, and we can make ourselves blind to things we don't want to see. To use that theory on the entire school would be a stretch though, especially since people already like imagining real people in the characters of fiction without any basis for doing so.

The issues that I mentioned were some of the reasons that prompted me to write a serious review. Another reason is that I feel like I should actually put some thought and effort into some of my reviews. I don't have a problem with gushy reviews, but I want to spend some time on really writing about things as well as gushing over them; there is plenty of time for both.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thor

I finally saw Thor!!!!! I watched it for the first time yesterday...and fell in love with Loki. Yeah, my sister is not happy; she says that he is hers. Oh, and I am still in love with Thor too. I cannot wait for The Avengers to come out!

Yeah, this movie was great, but not for the plot. For the two REALLY handsome men! Yes, this not a review; this is a gush post. Sorry...not really.

But seriously, the plot was fine, but it was waaaaay too fast for a superb movie and a little too simple. All superhero movies are definitely not created equal. It was like the directors did not want to think too much or make a very long movie. This was a kind of candy movie (yeah, eye candy too).  Oh, and I thought that Thor's little band of sidekicks (especially the girl) were stereotypical and lame. It was SO fast; it did not deal thoroughly with all the issues such as Thor's childishness (zap, he is mature now), the father's lack of sensitivity (towards both his children), Thor's treatment of Loki, and Loki's inferiority complex.

Oh I like them both; I just am more lenient to Loki. Oh.My.Word. The scene when he finds out what and who he is?!!! His acting=amazing. Actually, all the actors were great. Oh, they could have had a much better movie! Yeah, I refuse to believe that Loki attempted to kill Thor; the directors just did not explain it. Loki is NOT a bad guy; he.is.not.the.end.

I also love the scene when he patches up things with the ice king, so they all can leave with no harm done from Thor's little expedition, and then the ice king insults Thor and Loki who is headed back towards home says, "D.....!" because he knows exactly what is going to happen next. Love.

 What a sweet, silly boy Thor was. He was hilarious with his ludicrously pompous and old-fashioned mannerisms and actions on earth. Like when he walked casually into the street and just looked at all the cars while they honked at him.

Jane was rather nondescript, but the romance was sweet. It was also hilarious that she kept hitting him with her vehicle.

Here he is in all his pompous glory! That movie is going to be so much fun!