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My Best Effort Yet

Well, Here it is.  Its ok.  It took me a handful of tries due to weird computer glitches.  I think my hard drive is getting too full.  Although, I am getting a little better at using the video editing program.  Enjoy!


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I could be spending my time better

but it would not be as fun.


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Happy Birthday!

to the Baggins


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Harry Potter

I just finished.

I liked it.

I cryed.

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HP progress (no spoilers)

Ok, I am not done reading yet so I am still on high alert for avoiding spoilers. Prior to yesterday, I read about 225 pages. (a combo of reading on my plane ride and while I was still in washington) Yesterday, I was in bed by 7:30. After making a phone call, I started reading. After reading for 3 hours, I am just past page 500 so I think tonight I might finish up the final 250. I am enjoying the story and am still excited to see how it all turns out.

When I am done, I may post what my overall impressions were, but I will try EXTREMELY hard to not give anything away. Maybe in a few weeks once everyone who has wanted to read it has had a chance, I will give a more specific review.

Ok, back to work I go. lunch is about up.

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Order of the Phoenix

I just got home from watching Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (HP 5).

Here are some brief thoughts on the movie….Actually, first I must comment on the book. For whatever reason, the Order of the Phoenix (OotP) is my favorite HP book so far and I have read all 6 that are currently out.

That being said, the movie was definitely entertaining. It has some extremely dark scenes (which every HP readers expect) as well as some pretty funny lines. The comic relief was well placed, inserting humor, but not at inappropriate times in the middle of a dark scene (which is done sometimes in movies and then doesn’t fit at all).

The movie was “short” as far as HP films go. Some elements were obviously missing from the film for the sake of condensing the movie. OotP is the longest HP book, yet I believe this was the shortest film so far. The elimination of some plot lines made the story a little choppy and for those who have not read the book, it might be a little hard to follow.

One of the BEST things about the film was seeing London and recognizing certain places and things. I could not help myself, I had to lean over to one of my friends and say “I’ve been there!”

I would liked to have seen more Serious Black and Snape as they were both fantastic on the screen.

The theater we went to was filled with teens and it made for a chummy audience. It is no secret that Harry gets to kiss a girl in this film. At this moment in time, the theater erupted into applause. The theater also rang with applause when Nevil Longbottom was finally successful in “stupefying” one of his classmates. I have only experienced this in a few other occasions (when the death star is destroyed and when Seabiscuit won).

So yeah, if you have read and enjoyed HP 5, I recommend the film. If you have only seen the movies 1-4, I recommend watching it, although the plot may be a tiny bit confusing. If you have neither seen nor read books 1-4….don’t go. Rent them (or borrow in dvd or book form from your local library) then go see 5.

Finally, Luna Lovegood TOTALLY reminded me of one of my friends from home, but I won’t point fingers or name specifics. 🙂


Ok, its after 11 (actually, its my “birthday time”) and my eyes are extremely tired. Night!


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More pictures

This at dinner on the first night in London. I ordered Fish and Chips with a side of mushy peas. It was very good. I honestly wish I could have fish and chips for lunch today.

This is one of my favorite photos. It was taken from our trip to Westminster. I am not sure if these guys are washing the windows of the Parliament building or not. If it is parliament, then I think I pointed out the wrong building in a perivious post. I just thought it looked cool.

This photo has an entire story attached. We were in Cambridge looking at, I believe Trinity College. I guess Eric Little (from the chariots of fire story) ran around the quad at Trinity College. So we made someone from our group run around it. He was a little over halfway when the security guys stopped him. It a pretty funny sight to see. As we were watching him run, we could see the little guys across the way starting to head him off and talking into their radios. I guess as he got closer to them he yelled “I am doing Chariots of Fire” the guys yelled back “we don’t care!” They took him into their office and made him say “I am sorry, I will never do it again.” then they let him go. This photo is right before he started running. I have one of the guys heading him off, but it is really far away and the people are so small.

This was at Warwick castle. The little British kids were so cute!

This is another favorite picture. Conwy castle is the “the castle by the sea” I like to call it Cair Paravel.

At Conwy, we got to climb many of the towers.

This is a picture from our hike in the mountains of Wales. It really did feel like being in Lord of the Rings.


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we are now in dublin. went to st. patricks cathedral this morning and are heading out to a pub to see some irish dancing tonight.

the trip has been amazing and it has been a wonderful suprize sharing it with such good new friends.

to top it all off, only on a trip like this do you find time to watch the first to parts of Lord of the Rings after spending two days hiking in the welsh mountians scrambling up hills like the fellowship.

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Currently Reading

Now that I don’t have to read textbooks (although, I am planning on reading a few books for school this summer) I have been able to pick up a book by one of my favorite writers, Philip Yancey. I am reading “Soul Survivor: How Thirteen Unlikely Mentors Helped My Faith Survive the Church” Basically, he tells the story of his journey of faith and how when his church was not very Christlike, other sources redirected and pushed him in his faith.

Just a sampling of the people he writes about are Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Leo Tolstoy, Feodor Dostoevsky, Henri Nouwen, and G.K. Chesterton, just to name a few.

I really like the way Yancey writes and he seems to touch on tons of people and topics and books that I have come across in my studies both in Undergrad and now Grad school.

I think I bought this book about two or so years ago and after reading almost halfway through, I stopped after reading about Tolstoy and Dostoevsky and opted to read some of there works instead. That was back when I read “Anna Karenina”

This time, I started over and have now passed where I read to previously. I will finish the book and I am quite enjoying it, but I have been re-inspired to get going on my Russian novels. I started “Brothers Karamazov” and “War and Peace” but have finished neither. Perhaps this will be the season I am successful in reading those as well.

If you are looking for some good reading, I recommend Yancey. To date, I have read “What’s so Amazing about Grace” and “The Jesus I Never Knew” Both are fantastic. At this point being about half into the book, I would probably recommend “Soul Survivor” as well.

Off I go to clean so that I can have time to read!


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Recycling Extravaganza!

Ok, so I just took a study break for 2 hours. Our Town has its “Community Recycling Extravaganza” today. What does this mean…FREE BOOKS!!!!! At first I told my roomie I did not want to go (knowing myself, I would get a ridiculous amount of books). Then I decided, ok, I’ll walk over and just take a look… Two hours later, one crisis of “how do we get these all home when we needed to be home five minutes ago,” one return back to the scene of the crime for more treasures and I am now back safe and sound (and several books richer).

Here is just a sample of the FREE BOOKS I was able to get today to add to my library.

*Books 1, 2, 4, 5, & 6 of the Anne of Green Gables series
*Books 1-19 (minus book 15 which was missing) of a Pictoral look at America in celebration of the bicentennial
*Grapes of Wrath
*Juluis Caesar
*The Federalist Papers
*Wuthering Heights
*Moby Dick
*The Scarlet Letter
*The Crucible
*The Gospel according to Peanuts (yes, the Charlie Brown Crew)
*Walden (by Henry David Thoreau)
*Poems of Edgar Allen Poe
*Red Badge of Courage
—-And most of these are from my second trip—

It was pretty Rad!


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