Saturday, March 29, 2008


and Sensibility!

I am Marianne Dashwood!

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I love Jane Austen!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Photo Excursion...

Today my ten year old cousin was over and he asked, "Jo, can we go on one of those photo things like we went on before?? Please?" I said, "Ted, there won't be that much to photograph..." "That's alright, Jo. It'll be fun anyways, and I want out of the house."

So off we went on our little photo excursion. I was right, there wasn't much to see... But our walk did leave me positively aching for Spring's warmer weather!

I also finished a Calorimetry that I started last night for my younger sister.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Prom Dress!!

I went prom dress shopping today... And I actually found something! I am so happy. I love this dress! I went to David's Bridal and seriously EVERY store at the mall that sells formal dresses. I usually get dresses secondhand, but I wanted something really special for my senior prom.

Here it is!

^__________^ <--Really big smiley! Hehe.

Now, I want to knit a shawl or shrug to wear with it, just in case it's chilly. Nothing too bulky. I am thinking silvery shimmery... And kind of easy. You all know my skills. Hehe. Any ideas?!?!

I appreciate any help!

Once more... Yay!!! Hehe!

ETA: Please excuse the Christmas stockings... DJ's family wanted to leave them up all year round... Don't know why. LOL.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

In a time long ago...

In a Past Life...

You Were: A Banished Poet.

Where You Lived: Germany.

How You Died: The Plague.

Hmm... Too bad I'm not that intersting in this lifetime... ^_^

Friday, March 21, 2008

A long time ago...

I was single. LOL.

Yesterday... Marked one year and six months since DJ and I started dating. We went out to dinner and a movie to celebrate.

The movie we saw was Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Any one heard of it, or seen it? It was really good. I loved it. Very funny. Very cute. A great love story. Several love stories all rolled in one.

Here is my desert... YUM! It was some kind of chocolate mousse cake that was like eating a slice of Heaven. Soooo delicious!


The Little Mermaid

**Picture HEAVY Post***
Sorry... I just want to share everything!

My sister's musical went wonderfully! The kids are all so talented and so nice to each other. They all did a fantastic job.

I did some of the makeup and helped with costuming and such. I also helped make props and set the stage and all that... My choir director is also the choir director at the middle school. My boyfriend's family are all really good friends with the director, so they have always helped with the musical. His mom is the main seamstress of all the costumes, his BIL does all the sound, his sister does most of the make up, DJ usually tapes and edits the videos or helps out backstage, and I just go wherever I am needed.

Here are some photos:

My sister after makeup, before costume.

A new friend I made. He was the King.

The Sea Witch

One of SIX mermaids.

My sister on stage. (In the green dress.)

There is supposed to be a kid in there... LOL. Clem Clam's shell.

Me and my sister after the musical.

Let me tell you, it was a lot of hard work! It was definitely worth it, though.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Happy St. Patricks Day!

An Irish Blessing:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

This is perhaps one of the most well know Irish blessings, but it is also one of my favorites. My grandmother used to have this on a Celtic cross-shaped plaque above her bed. I just remember visiting her and reading the blessing. Now, everytime I read it I think of her.

The cross in the above photo is a pendant that my grandmother gave me.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

I got a part!

Recently I auditioned for our school's musical, and I got a part! ^_^ I am very happy about it. The musical is School House Rock Live! and I am just super excited!

I am to play Shulie! Here is her description: The sweet side- genuine. An ingenue. Loves math (top line in the score). I have three big solo songs, along with other small parts in other songs. There is a sort of "love scene" with another character. LOL! I have never done a love scene before, so we'll see how that is. Hehe. The first day of practice was a read-through of the whole script and when we got to that part the other actor, who plays George, and I were a little pink in the face. I hope we still are like that come performance time. I think it will add to the performance.

I, very sadly, have not been knitting much at all this week. My schedeule was busy before, but now it's even more packed. I go to high school during the day, then I have musical practice, then I head out to the college for class there. Sometimes after that I head to the middle school to help out with thier musical set. One day this week I was there until 10:30 with DJ and his mother, both of whom also help out with the eighth grade musical. This year they are doing The Little Mermaid. My younger sister is in it, so it's especially cool that I get to help out.

Last year was the first musical we had in a very long time at the high school. It was Little Shop of Horrors. I was in that, too, and it was awesome. I was a member of the "singing trio", for those that are familiar with the story.

The eighth graders put on a musical every year. When I was in eighth grade, we did Cinderella. I was a Troubador in that. Knid of like the singing narrator.

I love to sing. It is just such an important thing for me. I love being involved with all aspects of musicals, like the set and all that, but I really enjoy being on the stage. I am thinking of trying out a vocal coach for this one, though, because I have never had so many solos and I really want to nail them. I think at Oberlin College, which is near to me, students charge $5-$10 an hour.

*Takes a breather* ^_^

Have you ever been involved any musicals or plays? I would love to hear about your experiences, and also any tips that you've learned through your experiences!

Monday, March 10, 2008

New Scarfy (Scarfey?)

However you spell it... I have a new one. Very quick... It took me only about two hours total using the twisted drop stitch. Just learned it yesterday. Yay! ^_^

Here is the full scarf. ^_^

Me... Modeling goofily. Boy, I am just throwing out made up words left and right today, aren't I?

I used size 13 needles and cast on 12 stitches. I knit only the first and last rows, and used the twisted drop stitch on every row in between. The yarn is Palette something or other... I don't remember the number... I do know that is is so soft and fluffy, like a cloud.


Mason (Remember the sock guy?) knitting a scarf for his grandmother. Guess who taught him how to knit? :D He said, "I am not ready to be shown to the public today..."

Home is where?

You Belong in Dublin

Friendly and down to earth, you want to enjoy Europe without snobbery or pretensions.

You're the perfect person to go wild on a pub crawl... or enjoy a quiet bike ride through the old part of town.

I so would enjoy living in Dublin. I plan to go there on my honeymoon. (Not that I will be getting married any time soon, mind you!) If I like it enough, I may just live there! ^_^

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Snowed In and A Life With Men

Today we in northeast Ohio recieved quite a bit of snow. So much, in fact, that there was a driving ban. Only emergency vehicles were allowed on the roads!

I didn't have my camera today... I left it at DJ's house, so I didn't have the chance to take any photos. I am sad, because this is the most snow we have had in a looong time. Oh well.

With my time today I baked. ^_^ I first made some Cranberry Walnut Muffins for breakfast. If anyone would like the recipe, I would be happy to post it! Then I made some yummy chocolate chip cookies! I finished The Friday Night Knitting Club. Another book I really enjoyed! I now have nothing in my book queue. :( I won't be able to get to the library tomorrow, either probably. Too much snow!

I also knit, of course! My sister picked out some novelty yarn and she gave it to me requesting a plain old garter stitch scarf. I worked on that today and got about 3/4 of the way finished. When I got bored with that I knit a dish cloth. Then I started a Calorimetry for my sister to go with (kind of) her scarf. I will post pictures as soon as I get my camera.

I leave you with a poem. I was playing with some of those magnetic words at a friend's house and came up with this:

A Life With Men

why recall sadness, may I ask?
rose water they gift
produce a vision
never want time

You can read more of my poetry and also see some of my original photography/artwork here!

Oh! I also wanted to say that my friend Mason grabbed my finished sock and put it on and instantly exclaimed, "This is the best fitting sock I have ever put on!! Can I have it? Can you make the other?" So, happily, I agreed! Yay! So that means it won't be frogged.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

D is for...

Oi... I have been so busy lately. I have hardly even been knitting, but I have been able to sneak in a few rows here and there. I have three papers due for three different classes in the past two weeks. One of them was a MAJOR research paper. It's all over now, so finally I can relax and get back to the knitting world.

I realized that for the ABC-along, D is long past, but I will offer it, anyways:

Our friends like to call this "The Beauty and the Beast". Haha. They are silly. This is me and DJ beside Cinderella's Castle in Disney World.

Disney and his greatest creation.

Me and Deanna riding the teacups.

DJ likes to say he is conversing with good ol' Walt in this one. I like to say... "Oh, so the two of you are on a first name basis now?"