Friday Five – 6.25.11

I know it’s Saturday, but I wanted to get a post in this week, and I’ve been finding a few favorite things this week that I’m really wanting! So here’s five of my favorite things this week.

1. USMC Women’s Emblem Ring

  USMC Women's Emblem Ring

This ring is so cool! I love the Marine Corps and I think this would be such an awesome, creative way to show my support for the troops!

2. Honey-Can-Do 10-Pocket Hanging Shoe Organizer

Honey-Can-Do 10-Pocket Hanging Shoe Organizer

Yes, I’m still in the mood for organization, although that mood has been dampened a bit of late. Things are just so busy! Anyway, this organizer would fit perfectly in my closet and would help to organize the cardboard box I currently keep my footwear in! I might need a separate one for flip flops though. 🙂

3. Glamorous Tan Polka Dot Dress

Glamorous Tan Polka Dot Dress

This dress has been on my wish list for a while. I have an obsession with British and vintage clothes, and this is no exception! Plus, it’s on sale! I may put it in my closet yet!

4. Beauty and the Beast – Special Edition Soundtrack

Beauty and the Beast - Special Edition Soundtrack

I absolutely LOVE Beauty and the Beast!! I pretty much want everything associated with it, and I would completely love this soundtrack!! It pretty much is just a matter of me sitting down and ordering it, but I also want to make sure that the CD I get has the most songs and features!

5. Space Record T-Shirt

Space Record

Owl City, and Adam Young, is my latest obsession. I love his optimistic, cheerful, electronic tone and how his songs are infused with his faith. Adam is an amazing songwriter and I cannot wait to buy this amazing shirt!


Ten on Tuesday: January 11

Here’s my first Ten on Tuesday post!

Ten on Tuesdays

Today’s topic is the 10 Best Movies You’ve Seen Lately. Mine are:

1. Tangled – HILARIOUS!!!!!! One of my favorites ever now! I am completely obsessed. I have the soundtrack, have pre-ordered the 4-disc combo pack, have the ornament, ordered the sheet music…it never ends!! Seeing it in 3-D was amazing – my first movie!

2. Voyage of the Dawn Treader – My 2nd movie and completely amazing! The 3-D in this film was to die for. It really felt like you were on the water as the movie immersed you. I loved the score, contrary to some, and I thought it held really well to the spirit of the books, even though some elements (green mist) were added. Edmund is my favorite character and has been from the beginning (gotta love Skandar too), and I was pleased that he had a major role in this film. This is one of my new favorites as well – definitely pre-ordering.

3. Inception – Wow. That’s all I can say. This movie is pure genius – Christopher Nolan is incredible. I have to watch this movie 45,654 more times to get everything out of it. The storyline is exceptional and the special effects and acting is amazing. I wish they had this in 3-D.

4. Alice in Wonderland – the special effects were amazing in this movie! I loved the strangeness of the story, unlike most of my family. Johnny Depp was outstanding, recreating the Mad Hatter in a way only he could do.

5. Letters to God – One of the saddest movies I’ve seen lately. I was crying throughout the whole film. This is such a sweet story and I love the fact that salvation is explained. I love the older brother’s song to his brother.

6. Toy Story 3 – We watched this Christmas Eve as a family. It is so sweet/sad/sweet. I think Toy Story 2 has the highest ranking out of the three, but this one provides a fitting ending. It is sad the Toy Story saga is over.

7. White Christmas – Classic Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby. This movie never fails to make me laugh especially in “Choreography”. I actually cried this time at the end when General Waverly’s division came. We have so many quotable lines from this movie.

8. Penelope – Ah, the modern Beauty and the Beast. What a lesson Penelope teaches – not to judge by appearances. Personally, I think Christina Ricci looks just fine with the pig nose 🙂 This has a great cast, especially James McAvoy (:D) and many great lines.

9. The Widow’s Might – Great homeschooler film!!!! This is a great family film that has a good message. The whole Moore family worked together with fellow homeschoolers and friends on this SAFF winner. Overall, a very clean, cute movie.

10. Pendragon: Sword of His Father – Watching this movie, you could not tell it was made by homeschoolers. Hundreds of people from many families came together to make this amazing film. The effects are great and while the storyline is nothing special, it is very clean, well done, pretty well acted, and well scored. The costumes are amazing as well. My brothers love the fighting and fire scenes, which are well choreographed.

Ten on Tuesday is hosted by Ten on Tuesday, but unfortunately is no longer updated. I will be posting from the archives – there’s enough to keep me for a while!

Musing Monday: January 10

Here’s my first post of (hopefully) many Musing Mondays!

Musing Monday

This week’s musing asks…

Where is your favorite place to find new books to read? Blogs? The library? Newspapers? Magazines? In the backs of other books? Suggestions from friends/family? Online bookstores? On the shelves of the local bookstores? (I don’t necessarily mean, ‘where do you find books to buy’ — I mean, ‘where do you discover new titles that you add to your to-be-read lists’?).

I find the vast majority of my books at the library. We have a great library system and I can get most of my books through the interlibrary loan program. However, I get most of my suggestions from Shelfari. I ADORE this site! I’m a part of a bunch of book groups and they, along with browsing shelves and the site, give me most of my book ideas. Another big place I get books from is booklist books (books with lists of books). I have requested so many of these huge books that were written primarily for librarians, and now, me! I love looking through thousands of titles and summaries and writing down the interesting ones to look up. I also do get some from browsing the library and Amazon, and my mom will suggest a few as well.

Musing Monday is hosted by Should Be Reading. Go and check her out!

You’re a 90’s kid if…

Note: My answers are in bold.

You remember watching Doug, Ren & Stimpy, Pinky and the Brain, Bobby’s World, Felix the cat, The Tick, and AAAAAAAH Real Monsters!
You just cant resist finishing this . . . “Iiiiiiin west Philadelphia born and raised . . .”
You remember TGIF, Step by Step, Family Matters, Dinosaurs, and Boy Meets World.
You remember when it was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.

You remember reading “Goosebumps”.
When everything was settled by Rock, Paper, Scissors…or Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum, in a dish…or Eeny Meeny Miney Mo…
You remember watching The Magic School Bus, Wishbone, and Reading Rainbow on PBS.
You remember when Yo-Yos were cool.
You remember those Where’s Waldo books.
You remember eating Warheads.
You remember Ring Pops.

When they made the new lunchables so that you could make pizza AND tacos.
You remember Furbies.
Saved By The Bell was the coolest show ever!

You haven’t always had a computer, and it was cool to have the internet.
You watched the original cartoons of Rugrats, Power Rangers, and Ninja Turtles.
You remember Care Bears.
Silver dollars, which were cool to have.
You remember wanting to sit on the orange Nickelodeon couch.
You know the Macarena by heart.
“Talk to the hand” . . . enough said
You always said, “Then why don’t you marry it!”
You remember Highlight’s magazine.
You went to McDonald’s to play in the playplace.
Before the MySpace frenzy . . .
Before the Internet & text messaging . . .

Before Sidekicks & iPods . . .
Before PlayStation2 or X-BOX . . .
Before Spongebob .
When light up sneakers were cool.
When you rented VHS tapes, not DVDs.
When we recorded stuff on VCRs.

Way back.
Before we realized all this would eventually disappear.
Who would have thought you’d miss the 90’s so much!
Post this if you remember these days . . . or if you smiled at one of these things.

Yup, I’m a 90’s kid! Wow, I’m getting old! 🙂

Stereotype Homeschooler Quiz

Growing up/now:

You own/have owned a pair of khaki[x]

You were at least 13 when you first heard the “f” word[x]

Everything in your closet was handed down to you[almost everything]

You do/have tucked things in that shouldn’t be tucked in[I don’t think so :)]

You have been a member of at least three co-ops[]

You were a true 16 and never been kissed[x]

Your mom drives a van of some sort[x]

You have at least one childhood picture where you, your mom, and all your siblings matched[x]

You are/were/will be a PSEO Student[sadly, no…I wish I was able to be!]

At some point in your life you were more comfortable with adults than kids your own age[x]

Have studied ways to defend your beliefs, debate, and/or create laws[x]

Have used uber-conservative Abeka curriculum [for some subjects]

Total: 9

You use big words that most adults could not use in conversation[x]

You can use the words sublime, epiphany, and cognizant correctly[x]

You have a favorite word.[x Does awesome count? LOL Just kidding. It’s really Inconceivable!]

You have an understanding of Latin root words and how to use them[x]

People from the outside world are referred to as “public schoolers”[x lol sometimes]

You or one of your siblings knits.[x]

You laugh at the decline in literacy in America[x]

You score constantly higher than “public schoolers” on standardized tests.[x]

You have no concept of cafeteria food[]

Family vacations are/can be referred to as “Field Trips”[what’s a family vacation? LOL]

Traveling on said vacations have included stopping at historical site markers along the way[]

You have never been in a public elementary school, middle school, or high school during regular school hours (any or all of the above)[x only middle school – I’ve subbed during Elementary & visited my Dad during High School!]

You have gone to or been involved in a Homeschool Convention [x]

Total so far: 19

You read books on a regular basis[x]

You have taken part in a political protest[x]

You were a Pride and Prejudice fan before the movie[x]

You were a Lord of the Rings fan prior to the movie[x as good as the movies are – the books are better!]

You were a Chronicles of Narnia fan before the movie[x]

You speak a language other than English[Yup! Latin, Sign Language, HTML (LOL), some French, Spanish, and Arabic]

You dream of dating characters from books instead of celebrities [I’ll change that to marry :)]

Total so far: 26

It has been assumed that you:

Have won many spelling bees[]

Have no social life[x]

Have no friends of the opposite gender[]

Are outstandingly smart[x]

Are extremely inept[]

Only listen to classical music[]

Play piano or the violin[x]

Do not own a pair of trendy jeans.[]

Have no knowledge of drugs or alcohol[x]

Don’t date, only court.[x]

Have never been to a “party”[]

Know no other beliefs other than what your family believes [x]

Total so far: 32

You have been asked more than once:

Do you wear pajamas to school?[x]

Do you get perfect grades because your mom grades you?[x]

Does your mom teach you, or does somebody else’s mom?[]

How do you meet people?[x]

Why aren’t you in school?[x]

Do you get days off whenever you want?[x]

Are you going to be homeschooled through college?[x]

Do you have a big family?[x]

What are your parents protecting you from?[x]

To quote something famous[]

For the answer, because supposedly homeschoolers always have all the answers [x]


1-10You’re not really a homeschooler…You just do school at home.

11-21 You’re a homeschooler, but not what the world expects.

22-32 You’re a normal homeschooler.

33+? You probably wouldn’t have Facebook/a blog to begin with…But congrats! You’re the stereotypical homeschooler!

That was fun! And yes, I am a stereotype homeschooler. I scored a 41.

ATTENTION: All homeschoolers who read this are required to do it too! HAVE FUN!