Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Very Hobbit-y Birthday

“I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”  -Bilbo Baggins

Today, on September 22nd, marks the birthday anniversary of two of the most beloved fictional characters created.

Our dear Bilbo Baggins-

Younger Bilbo Smoking a Pipe

Bilbo Smoking a Pipe


And, of course, Frodo Baggins-

Frodo Smiling


I thank Tolkien for these dearly loved, inspiring heroes, and want to wish them both a very merry (and hobbit-y) birthday!

Happy birthday, Bilbo and Frodo!

Bilbo's Birthday Cake

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Little Bit of This, a Dash of That, with a Pinch of Other Stuff

I’ve been in a bit of a blogging rut as of late, which is probably evident in the fact that I haven’t posted in a month and a half. I’ve been suffering from blog post block, which is like writer’s block but with blog post ideas. Add that with a touch (okay, okay, a lot) of laziness, and my blog is off to the land of abandonment.

I blame the summer. (Are you saying I should blame my own laziness? Pft. That’s ridiculous.) Upon summer days, comes, what I like to call, the “don’t wanna’s”. I don’t wanna do this. I don’t wanna do that. Yep, lazy summer days are what they are. (There. See? I blamed my own laziness a bit.)

But then something happened.

Just a few days ago, I opened up the front door, expecting a blast of heat and misery, only to find my skin did not melt upon contact of the outside air. “What is this?” I thought. “Could it be…”

Fall Shoes


Just a tiny hint of fall was in the air. The unbearable heat was beginning to leave. Now when I say leave, I mean the temperature went from the high 90s to mid 80s. Yes, that’s a hint of fall for us. But that’s okay. Fall is around the corner and my heat hating soul leaped for joy.

I always get excited and reenergized come fall. The long, summer days are over only to be replaced with crisp air and bustling hours.

Just as my blog has been in a rut, so has my soul. The Lord has been working through some things with me and revived my heart and soul. Add this with a hint of fall, and out comes an invigorated, alive, ready for life and all it brings me. Let me just say, God is good. So, so good.

Vintage Bird Family Verse

Beautiful bird image from Little Birdie Blessings. Alterations by me.

So, with my soul restored and the excitement of fall around the corner, I’ve had all sorts of things in mind to do. And that includes…

Blogging! Yay!

Being as how I haven’t blogged in a very long time, I thought I’d throw out a post of all the random things I’ve been doing as of late.

My latest endeavor has been a full-fledged, major cleaning out and cleaning of my room. This has been something I’ve been needing to do for months and thought with the excitement of fall coming, now would be the perfect time.

Three and a half full days I spent cleaning…and cleaning…and cleaning. I’m very much a perfectionist, especially when it comes to cleaning, and it was high time my room got a good cleaning and organizing. So I was very happy to do it.

I just accumulated so much stuff that desperately needed to be rid of.

Cleaning Out

Sometimes I wonder where all the things I have come from.

It is fun searching through the old treasures though.

Sock Dolls

These little self-put-together sock dolls used to be very dear friends of mine. The green one on the right, fondly named “Socky”, was my favorite but one very sad day was chewed up by one of the dogs. Poor, poor Socky.

Oh the things one finds while cleaning out…

Rubber Ducky Keychain

Mom randomly presented this rubber ducky keychain to me one day, claiming it’d be the perfect keychain for when I get my first car. I approved greatly. Now if only I had a car and car keys for it..

I had a heaping mess of jewelry that had no proper home for years.

Pile of Jewelry

That was remedied by recruiting my brother to place a few nails in the wall of my closet--

Hanging Jewelry

After a major cleaning out of my closet and drawers and any other random items I found about, I brought out the big guns.

Cleaning Supplies

I was determined to be rid of every speck of dust that resided in my room. My mom asked me what I was going to clean, and I told her, “You point at it, I’m cleaning it” aka EVERYTHING.

Boy, did it feel fantastic to get done! What a satisfying feeling! Me and my perfectionist self sure does enjoy clean things.

And, amidst cleaning, I stumbled upon Chris Tomlin’s CD And If Our God Is For Us, something I had no clue I had.

And If Our God Is For Us Album Cover

Now, how I had no clue I owned it, is still a mystery to me. Chris Tomlin and Owl City are my two most favorite things to listen to. I’m still baffled by owning this CD and being completely oblivious to the fact. Regardless, the moment I found it, pop it went into my laptop, and pop went my eyes when I listened to it. Chris Tomlin did it again with his brilliant voice and fantastic lyrics. I’ve become obsessed with the song Our God especially on that CD. I don’t even want to think about how many times I’ve listened to it since I found the CD.

Another thing that has coupled with the anticipation of fall is a renewed interest in photography. Having a mother and many friends whose passion is photography, it’s just something I’ve always been surrounded by. I like it a great deal, but I rarely pursue it. Yet, through the years, I occasionally get on these photography kicks for a couple of months, and it has come again. Now, I can’t boast any great skill, but I enjoy doing it nevertheless. I’ve been quite in the shutterbug mood.

Shutterbug Lauriloth

Which is a good thing since I want to start blogging regularly. Blogging and photography often go hand-in-hand, yeah?

Others things that often arrive with fall is new seasons of TV shows. I’ve been very much spazzing over the new season of Doctor Who.

Doctor Who - Matt Smith Poster

Thus far it’s been quite a fantastic one!

Why yes, I am a major Whovian. Have I not mentioned that yet?

Writing is something else I’ve been quite busy with. I just recently finished writing a novel and am now trying to hurriedly finish editing it so I’ll have all of October to start planning for NaNoWriMo. Because, oh yeah, the coming of fall also indicates NaNoWriMo will soon be upon us.

NaNoWriMo Badge

I’m both excited and flailing about in terror over that, but we’ll worry about it when it comes.

Those are a few of the random things going on in this elf’s life. I do very, very much want to become a devoted blogger. A dear internet friend of mine suggested I make a list of blog post ideas, so I think that’s just what I’ll do. I’m determined to fight off this blog post block, even if it means pulling out chainsaws and sledgehammers to do it.

You will not defeat me, writer’s block!

Ahem. So yes. Hopefully there will be more posts to come sooner than a month and a half away.

Happy coming of Fall to you all!

On the Swing

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