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Describe Yourself in 3 Fictional Characters

So there is this thing going around Facebook.  It was harder than I thought it would be, because I figured out that the characters I thought of first were actually characters I wish I were like, rather than characters that are really true to me.  So I did some extra thinking and came up with these 3.


#1. Mandy from Julie Edwards’book by the same name.  It’s a wonderful story about an orphan girl who makes a secret garden out of loneliness.  Later she gets adopted.  But I can so relate to running away to create beauty somewhere in a secret place.

#2. Miss Honey from Matilda.  My husband originally said I should be Matilda, but I am waaaaaay more similar to Miss Honey!  I am quiet.  I don’t give my opinion readily, and if I do, it’s sometimes apologetically.  But I really love people and try to believe the best of them first.

#3. This is Elinor from Sense and Sensibility.  I love this movie.  Elinor holds her feelings so closely to her.  But in the end when she finally gets her dream, she is completely overcome with emotions, and I think she even STILL even tries to hide them.  That is me all over.


Now on to the girls I thought of that I wish I were more like!

#1. Sara Crewe from A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  She was actually the first person I thought of when thinking of characters I love.  I wish, wish, wish I could dream beauty into everything the way she does.

#2. Danielle from Ever After.  I wish I were as well-spoken and as confident as she is!

#2. Anastasia.  I actually like her for the same reason I like Danielle.  Strength, grace, dignity, and confidence just come naturally to her, even when she’s only Anya the Orphan.


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Bible Baby Names Trend Comparison

Bible names popular in the 1900s (not today):
Ruth, Esther,

Bible names popular in the 1950s and 60s (my parents’ generation):
David (Dave), Stephen (Steve), Mark, Michael (Mike), John

Bible names popular in the 1970s and 80s (my generation):
James, Joshua (Josh), Jacob, Rachel, Matthew (Matt), Elizabeth, Daniel, Michael, Adam, Aaron

Bible names that were popular in the 1990s:
Hannah, Samuel,

Bible names trending today:
Eli, Isaac, Isaiah, Noah, Micah, Judah, Elijah, Levi, Tobias, Ezekiel, Gabriel, Michael, Caleb, Abigail, Abraham

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Fairy Food

Looking for inspiration for what fairies would eat in my story…. This is the “Favorite Fairy Food” list from… Mostly sweet stuff. 😛

  • Acorn Butter
  • Acorn Pancakes
  • Ambrosia Salad
  • Anything Sweet!
  • Apple Popovers
  • Berry Parfaits
  • Blueberry Pie
  • Blueberry Trifle
  • Bonbons
  • Buttercup Soup
  • Carrot Cupcakes
  • Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Cinnamon Scones
  • Cinnamon Spice Cake
  • Cranberry Crumble
  • Everfrut
  • Fairy Cake
  • Fairy Macaroons
  • Fairy Toast
  • Fiddlehead Fern
  • Gingerbread
  • Hazelnut Soup
  • Lemon Meringue Pie
  • Lemon Tarts
  • Ollallaberry Pie
  • Petit Fours
  • Poppypuff Rolls
  • Puff Pastries
  • Pumpkin Muffins
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb Pie
  • Roasted Chesnuts
  • Rose Petal Teacakes
  • Strawberries
  • Sunflower Seed Souffle
  • Tea and Cookies
  • Water Chestnut
  • Watermelon Ice

Foods I’ve written into my story:

Dandelion leaf salad with raspberry dressing
Butternut squash soup

Ideas from vegetarian recipes online:

  • Mushroom burgers
  • Bean burgers
  • Bean salads
  • Caprese
  • Dates, peanut butter, etc.
  • Grilled veggie sandwich
  • Pita sandwich
  • Corn on the cob & vegetarian chili
  • Rice dishes
  • Vegetarian curries
  • Stuffed peppers


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Shannon Hale

Just finished Shannon Hale’s Books of Bayern series.  Holy cow–she is a magnificent personality painter!  Someday I hope I paint people as well as she does!

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Social Experiment

That was a fun social experiment.

Pixie Hollow is full of teenagers and preteens that have the most juvenile conversations ever, mostly centering around dating and who hates who and Miley Cyrus and such.  I joined three years ago with the naive hope that there would be some more grown-up people who actually just wanted to have friends to talk to in a fun way.  Three years later, I know better.  But I’ve stayed because I have a (possibly equally naive) hope that if I instigate grown-up, mature conversations, others who are grown up but have been less talkative because of the environment would participate and follow suit.

So today I decided to try an experiment.  I have two Pixie Hollow accounts.  I logged into both of them on different browsers.  For one I was my fairy story character, Cedarbark, and for the other I was my Pixie Hollow character Stormy.  I decided Stormy was Cedar’s friend who tries to draw him out of his introvert bubble and into some socialization.

So Stormy invited Cedar to a fairy holiday feast (which I’m sure Pixie Hollow has).  He hemmed and hawed and she suggested he bring Leatherhead, his lizard friend.  So they were having a conversation about this in full sentences with appropriate punctuation and spelling.  Very different from your usual Pixie Hollow fare.  And, sure enough, it drew some attention.  One fairy boy (I guess Disney calls them sparrow-men) named Michal came up and started chatting with us.  I had Stormy explain to him that Cedar was shy and she was inviting him to the feast.

What was hilarious that unfolded was that Michal privately messaged me (“whispered,” in Pixie Hollow language) and said, “Are you two paired?”

After laughing out loud about it to my real-life husband about it, I had Stormy tell Michal no, they were just friends. 🙂

And then it got funnier.  “I’m sorry for asking,” he said.


And since I truly appreciated his apology, I said so and thanked him.

And he laughed out loud.


Humanity and their ways never, ever ceases to amaze, confound, and fascinate me.  I don’t know how old the person behind Michal was, but people are just. So. Interesting.

So I kind of like this fun social experimenting.  Only thing is, having Pixie Hollow open in two browsers slows my computer WAY down!  Until next time. 🙂

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Holiday Dinner List

My family makes way too much food for the holidays.  Here is a list of things that can be found around the house during Christmas or Thanksgiving:

  1. Ham
  2. Turkey
  3. Candied yams
  4. Cranberry sauce
  5. Butter
  6. Green olives
  7. Black olives
  8. Rolls
  9. Green Bean Casserole
  10. “Pink salad” (kind of like ambrosia salad)
  11. Veggie plate
  12. Green salad
  13. Salad dressing
  14. Cranberry salad
  15. Stuffing
  16. Mashed potatoes
  17. Gravy
  18. Pickles

And for dessert we always have an assortment of pies.

  1. Pecan pie
  2. Pumpkin pie
  3. And two of our family’s favorite: huckleberry pies

My family’s best times center around food.

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Gravity, Sara Bareilles

I wish I had written these words.  I’ve never heard anything so descriptive of addiction before in my life.  I never could’ve written this because I’ve never experienced addiction.  Sometimes I wish my life story were more dramatic so I could write things well.  But then again, sometimes I think these songs do more damage than healing, and that maybe it’s better I’ve never experienced anything like this before.

Sara Bareilles – Gravity

Something always brings me back to you
It never takes too long
No matter what I say or do
I’ll still feel you here
‘Til the moment I’m gone

You hold me without touch
You keep me without chains
I never wanted anything so much
Than to drown in your love
And not feel your rain

Set me free
Leave me be
I don’t wanna fall another moment into your gravity
Here I am
And I stand so tall
Just the way I am supposed to be
But you’re on to me
And all over me

You loved me ’cause I’m fragile
When I thought that I was strong
But you touch me for a little while
And all my fragile strength is gone
Set me free
Leave me be
I don’t wanna fall another moment into your gravity
Here I am
And I stand so tall
Just the way I am supposed to be
But you’re on to me
And all over me

I live here on my knees and I
Try to make you see that you’re
Everything I think I need, here on the ground
But you’re neither friend nor foe, though I
Can’t seem to let you go
The one thing that I still know is that you’re keeping me
You’re keeping me down
You’re on to me, you’re on to me, and all over

Something always brings me back to you
It never takes too long.


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