Random thoughts #22: Oscar, kids think, & 7


“I’ll call him Oscar.”
“Oscar? You can’t name a lamb Oscar. You name a lamb Fluffy…or Cottonball…But you don’t name a lamb Oscar.”
-Paws & Tales kids radio show

“Ten days after I turned 8, got my lips stuck in a gate; my friends all laughed. And I just stood there until the fire department came and broke the lock with a crowbar and I had to spend the next 6 weeks in lip rehab where I met this kid named Oscar who got stung by a bee, right on the lips, and we couldn’t even talk to each other until the fifth week cuz both of our lips were so swollen. And when he did start speaking, he just spoke Polish, and I didn’t know but like 3 words in Polish, except now I know 4 – because Oscar taught me the word for lips.”
-Veggietales “I Love My Lips” silly song

Took me the longest time to figure out what Larry was saying in that ^^ monologue ๐Ÿ™„ 

“He’s my pet and his name is Oscar. He’s mine.”
-kindergarten girl, of a fly buzzing around the room.

You don’t want to hear how these giraffe puppets took so much time and hassle to make. You just want to see the cute picture. So here you go. ๐Ÿ˜›
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Bright teal and cherry red hibiscus make me ridiculously happy. ๐Ÿ˜€

Going out of your way to step on and crunch the few dried deciduous leaves = fall in Southern California.

Wintery crafts are the best!

Me to two middle schoolers who were fighting: “It takes 2 to tango.”
One of the middle schoolers: “Yeah, but…but…it takes one to…play video games…”

If coffee is warmed in the microwave for 22 minutes instead of 2, the smell takes over 2 months to go away. ๐Ÿ˜›

“I call it, “Victory of Life”!” -kindergartener in a melodramatic voice, of a pattern she’d just decorated her paper with XD

According to a 1st grader, you can “speak Texas.” ๐Ÿ˜›

When the Carl’s Jr. root beer tastes like it’s been mixed with sweet tea ๐Ÿ˜•

Straightforward kindergartener: “Once I had something go in here [points to arm] that touched my blood to see if I could have eggs or not.”

“A hacker is someone who goes on a computer and makes your technology not work.” -2nd grader

Do you know how hard it is to arrange 7 things in a perfect circle?

Now a half circle or mountain, that’s not hard:   

 Speaking of 7, and of 7 stars, I really like how the symbol for Aragorn’s kingship is the same as Jesus’. 8)

I came across this verse in my daily Bible reading:

And He had in His right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. -Revelation 1:16

That’s our Jesus!

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies


I know, this review is late- sorry! Also, it goes without saying, but there are spoilers. Images are from the Hobbit Facebook page.

I feel like there isnโ€™t much to say because, well, itโ€™s basically one big battle. As the title reflects. But here are some thoughts. Before I get started, let me just get out of the way what I didn’t like about this movie and about the Hobbit trilogy in general.

โ€ข It’s too long and drawn out. It just feels…”stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread” (Bilbo in FotR).
โ€ข The Fili-Tauriel-Legolas love triangle. So ridiculous. And the tension between Legolas and his father Thranduil because the latter doesn’t approve of her. Legolas leaves in the end because of this.
โ€ข The title. It was supposed to be called There And Back Again (which would’ve been much better) but with the move to a trilogy, the title was changed to the current one. It made a huge deal of something that took a few pages in the book and sounded like any cheesy action flick.

And I was pretty annoyed that the killing of Smaug was over in like 5 minutes. Bard was such a hero and that part was so spectacular.

20150422-214153.jpg And then- whoop, it was done. That said, this movie was a satisfying ending to the Hobbit trilogy. The focus moves from killing the dragon and taking the mountain to international relations ๐Ÿ˜› The Elves have heard of the turn of events and come bringing relief for the people of Dale (which is really decent of them, seeing as how Thorin’s company didn’t even offer after inadvertently unleashing the dragon on the town); they also wouldn’t mind some of the treasure that’s just been freed up. Dale’s mayor and Bard, leaders of the townsfolk, agree to seek some help from Thorin’s company in the Lonely Mountain, as they’ve suffered the brunt of the dragon the company stirred up, and were also responsible for killing it. These both are reasonable requests. 20150421-230751.jpg But Thorin is so full of himself, proud, greedy, struck by gold lust, and absorbed with finding the Arkenstone and being the king that he rejects all attempts to talk. 20150421-230643.jpg He ends up sending for reinforcements and his cousin Dain comes with a Dwarf army. Talk about a mess caused by selfishness and bad communication. Tensions abound. 20150422-210921.jpg20150422-210930.jpg20150422-211617.jpg The White Council also makes an appearance as they go to rescue Gandalf and come upon the Necromancer in Dol Guldor. Elrond, Saruman and Galadriel get some epic fight scenes in. But they made Galadriel use the “dark” mode that was used in “Fellowship” to indicate how she’d become with the power of the Ring. That was weird as she had a strong, good power that she would’ve used to cast down dark powers; she wouldn’t have gone “dark.” There was a great line used by Galadriel in the White Council partsโ€”

“I am not alone.”

While the evil feels confident against just one of the Council, Elrond and Saruman appear, showing that evil flees in the face of united goodness.

Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. -Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

20150421-230541.jpg 20150421-230549.jpg So, battle lines are being drawn between the Elves and Men on one side, and the Dwarves on the other. Bilbo tries to smooth things over by giving the Arkenstone to the Men for them to bargain with, as he knows Thorin really wants it. He totally loses Thorin’s friendship over this. He is courageous and commendable, for all he wants to do is make peace.

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. -Romans 12:18

20150421-230849.jpg Ultimately, Thorin’s cousin Dain arrives with a mass of Dwarves ready for battle intent on “liberating” Thorin’s company from the Lonely Mountain where the Elves and Men have “besieged” them, and a battle appears imminent. Gandalf arrives just in time to refocus them onto the real threat, Azog and Bolg’s huge Orc army arriving just then. So, finally the Elves, Dwarves and Men join forces to defeat the real enemy. There were quite a few heroic scenes as the Dwarves rally behind Thorin, their rightful King. 20150422-210248.jpg Thus, the battle that comprises most of the movie. It was filled with unrealistic but cool stuff, like Legolas jumping UP falling rocks like stairs. The killing of Fili and Kili was definitely not done in the best way either. They fell defending Thorin in the book, so I was expecting a heroic stand, but was quite disappointed. Fili being ambushed was really sad, and worked in the movie story, but Kili’s dying in defense of Tauriel was ridiculous and took the focus off the family bond among Thorin and his nephews. 20150422-212856.jpg But everyone good had a hard time against their foes. Bolg fights Legolas and Thorin and Kili and Tauriel and still is ok. Thorin is killed because of a stupid mistake in not making sure Azog was dead. But it was nice that the book was followed in Bilbo getting knocked out on a rock, and the Eagles saving the day. ๐Ÿ™‚ 20150422-212549.jpg20150422-212822.jpg So it was sad because three members of the Company were lost. But Thorin and Bilbo part friends. Then Bilbo returns to his home in the Shire only to find his house a mess and his belongings being auctioned off as everyone thinks he’s perished. So it’s not as neat an ending as Return of the King, but it works. The messy houses fades into the scene in the beginning of Fellowship, as Bilbo is making party preparations and Gandalf comes to visit. And totally made me want to watch the LOTR saga again ๐Ÿ˜€

So though it wasn’t the best Middle Earth movie or even the best of the Hobbit trilogy, this was a nice ending to the Hobbit movie trilogy. And the ending song was just perfect. So sad ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

And to finish things off, here’s a cool wallpaper generator: http://wallpapergenerator.thehobbit.com

Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement


I like making outfits for fashion dolls. I did a whole bunch of them at one time. (That’s actually the reason I originally started this blog ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Anyhow, this one outfit took a lot of time but it came out really well. It’s based on a few “The Lord of the Rings” movie characters, and is my favorite of all the doll outfits I’ve made to date ๐Ÿ˜€ So it’s my take on this week’s photo challenge ๐Ÿ™‚
Here you can read the whole post.

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“the Tree and the Stars”


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There are banners, there are jerkins…and now, there are car decals, all emblazoned with the White Tree of Gondor ๐Ÿ˜€

Random Thoughts #3: LOTR, football, & electronics


Denver Bronco kicker Matt Prater set an NFL record for longest field goal on Sunday (64 yards)!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜Ž I’m pretty happy about the Denver Broncos’ football season this year ๐Ÿ˜€

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Actually, we still use cassettes on a regular basis. We’d even be using our record player today if we hadn’t had to leave it behind on our move due to lack of space.

I really wish Aragorn and Arwen were in the Hobbit trilogy. Hey, Legolas and Elrond are inโ€”it would make sense. A young, fiery Aragorn, before he got tempered by experience… Also it depends on how much “prelude to the Fellowship” stuff they do, but Aragorn plays a huge part there, catching Gollum and all.

http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/los-angeles-students-ipads-classroom-play-video-games-173850244.html Oh, California ๐Ÿ™„

Why are you striving these days?
Why are you trying to earn grace?
Why are you crying?
Let me lift up your face: just don’t turn away.

Why are you looking for love?
Why are you still searching, as if I’m not enough?
To where will you go, child?
Tell me, where will you run?

I’ll be by your side, wherever you fall
In the dead of night, whenever you call
So please don’t fight these hands that are holding you
‘Cause My hands are holding you.

โ€””By Your Side” by Tenth Avenue North

Had “potatoes au gratin” for the first time the other day. My sister is an amazing cook ๐Ÿ™‚

You know what wins football games? “Faster legs and stronger arms.” *nod* Never knew my little brother was so insightful on sports ๐Ÿ˜†

So, I can read and listen to Narnia soundtracks at the same time with no problem. But I can’t do that with Lord of the Rings music – it’s too distracting cuz I keep getting carried away by whatever part of the story the music’s at ๐Ÿ˜•

Had California Pizza Kitchen the other night…lots of $ for a small gourmet pizza…but a nice treat ๐Ÿ™‚

You know you spend too much time studying on your iPad when you’re reading a regular, plain old book made of paper, come across an unfamiliar word, and go to tap-hold it for a definition ๐Ÿ™„

Oh, and shampoo makes an admirable replacement for hand soap in a pinch.

Christmas shopping… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Amazon is thinking of using drones to deliver packages.

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Overheard someone say, “Come on, let’s go see The Hobbit.” Best suggestion I’ve heard in a while ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yep, we’re saving to take the family to see it.

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