Posted on November 30, 2009 by essenceofinsanity
Yesterday we decorated the church for Christmas. My brother, one of my sisters, two of my friends, my high school art teacher, and I were assigned to carry the huge, heavy, ceramic manger scene from the basement to the front steps of the church, where we were to set it up. We were all pretty afraid of breaking them, but we successfully got all of them up, except baby Jesus because we were going to wait until Christmas to put him out.
After that we were told to get the huge fake Christmas tree that takes three hours to put together and set it up in the Fellowship Hall. We all groaned and joked that we could just stick the branches in randomly so it was an abstract tree. The tree was in a few different bags that were all packed in a box. My brother pulled all the bags out while my art teacher held the box. He got a few out and handed them to my sister and friends and they went upstairs with them. Then my brother tripped over something and collided with a rickety wooden cradle upon which Baby Jesus was sitting.
Yeah, you can guess where it went from there. I dove and tried to catch Baby Jesus, but didn’t get there in time and he slid across the cradle and crashed onto the floor, sending pieces flying out the door. All three of us just looked at each other, unsure of what to do. Then my brother just said ‘Oh, shit’.
Then the guy who bought the ceramic manger scene came downstairs and my art teacher goes ‘I think we have a problem’. He looks at the pieces and says ‘Oh, it’s no big deal’. We were kind of surprised since it had cost so much. Then he explained that that Jesus wasn’t the one that went with the expensive set. That Jesus was in a box surrounded by packing peanuts. Apparently the Baby Jesus that my brother broke was one that one of the old pastors got for free in NYC.
After that we went to assemble the tree. The directions were lost so we had to make an abstract tree.
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Posted on November 27, 2009 by essenceofinsanity
I have officially won NaNoWriMo for 2009! My novel hit 50K words the other day, but since the NaNo site’s word validator is vastly different than the one on my word processor, I had to keep writing. The NaNo site said I had 1,500 less words than I actually did. This is kind of irritating since most people just have a difference of a hundred words or so. Some people even get words added onto their word count when they put it in the validator. Lucky, lucky.
Today I wrote the extra 1,500 words and put my novel into the validator, and officially won! However, my novel isn’t finished. It’s almost finished, but I really don’t know when I’ll finish it. After writing so intensely for nearly a month, I’m kind of tired of it. It’s time to get back to fan fiction for a while.
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Posted on November 25, 2009 by essenceofinsanity
When I read the first three Twilight books I thought they were decent enough and I enjoyed the time I spent reading them. I was excited about the fourth one and went to the midnight release party. However, I was sorely dissipointed in it. There were many aspects of Breaking Dawn that I disliked, but I am not going to discuss them right now. I saw the Twilight movie when it came out and was unimpressed with both Kristen Stewart’s acting and Catherine Hardwicke’s directing. I enjoyed the movie overall because I had enjoyed the book. I realize that the movie can never even come close to the book.
There has been this on-going argument between Harry Potter fans and Twilight fans that occasionally makes me mad but most of the time I just find it hilarious. If I had to pick I would without a doubt pick Harry Potter, but I prefer to say that people can easily be fans of both.
I saw New Moon a few days ago with a few of my friends. Being the die-hard Harry Potter fan I am, I decided to wear my Team Lupin shirt, which was clearly designed after the Team Jacob shirts. I felt somewhat rebelious as I sat in a theater full of teenage girls wearing Team Edward and Team Jacob shirts. However, no one besides my friends noticed it.
The movie itself was far better than Twilight. The scenes were less choppy, everything flowed together, and the fact that Taylor Lautner was shirtless throughout most of the movie just made it all the better. There were also quite a few funny and witty lines, something that Twilight was severely lacking.
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Posted on November 12, 2009 by essenceofinsanity
Yesterday my dad told me about Benny’s encounter with himself. Apparently he decided to jump up and put his front paws on the sink counter in my parents’ bathroom. There’s a huge wall size mirror above the sinks and as soon as Benny jumped up, he noticed the ‘other dog’ in front of him. He stood there for a bit just staring at himself and then when he decided to jump down, he saw the ‘other dog’ doing the same and stopped. He kept watching the ‘other dog’ doing everything he did and then he started growling. I wish someone had gotten it on video so I could have seen it. I’m going to try to get him to do it again the next time I’m home and if it works I’ll definitely get a video!
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Posted on November 2, 2009 by essenceofinsanity
NaNoWriMo has begun yet again and I am just crazy enough to yet again write an entire novel in a month. I got off to a bit of a rocky start yesterday between having to switch points of view a chapter in and then having to drive back to school after being home for the weekend. But as of right now I’m on track. My current word count is 4,272 and my goal for today is 5,000. So, two days in, I am on track!
My sister is doing amazingly this year on her NaNo. She’s written just over 7,000 words. I’m so proud!
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