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Dream Home

I spend a lot of time daydreaming. I've always been this way. When bullies picked on me in kindergarten, I imagined the Beast from Beauty and the Beast coming to rescue me from the metaphorical wolves. Even now, I imagine a life on an acreage in Colorado with five chickens in a Tardis-looking Hen House.

Fun, huh? I love the idea of raising chickens. I hear they make great pets. I'd name them Rose, Martha, Donna, Amy and Clara. If I ended up with boy chicks, until I got rid of them (no early morning wake up calls for me), their names would be Doctor and Jack. I'm a total geek.

I love this house. Two stories. Three bedrooms. Nice big kitchen, dining room and fire place. I'd put a theater in the basement. And probably a guest room. The upstairs bathroom is humongous. Big enough for the washer and dryer (No laundry shoot!) and a snazzy clawfoot tub.
I've always loved a clawfoot tub. Something old fashioned and romantic about them. My dad wanted to put one in the baseme…

The Ten Commandments and Easter

Want to know the greatest Easter movie of all time? Before rushing to name off every movie about Christ's crucifixion, or the very few involving the Easter Bunny ("Hop" and "Rise of the Guardians" are the only two that hop to mind), hear me out. It's not either of them. Not by a longshot.

It's been a longtime tradition in my family to watch The Ten Commandmentssometime during the week leading up to Easter. As a child, I hadn't the foggiest idea why. As a teenager, I didn't care. The 1956 film (Cecile B. DeMille's second attempt at the epic story of Moses!) is the greatest movie about the Bible, EVER. Purists might curse me by saying that it's The Passion of the Christ, because that movie literally IS Easter, and it is a good one. It's well done as any Biblical film I've ever seen, but before the story of the Passion ever happened, there was the story of Moses, the savior of the Israelite slaves.
The story of Moses is when the Israe…

Amanda Knox: An Opinion Piece

I don't like to write controversial things in this blog because it's just not who I am. It's not what I enjoy talking about, or writing about. But I have to say this to the ten people that follow me regularly. I honestly stand behind Amanda Knox.

If you don't know the story, Amanda was a student in Italy, living with another student from England, and along with her boyfriend, was accused to murdering said roommate, Meredith Kercher back in 2007. When Amanda and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted last year, I was glad for them. Amanda, specifically. If you watch her on the stand, in the courtroom, she looks scared and devastated. She looks like she wants to wake up from a terrible nightmare, but this is somehow her life.

Let's compare that to another murder scandal that rocked America: Casey Anthony. Casey was accused, and also acquitted of murdering her only daughter. The case went on for weeks with so much media coverage, and all signs pointed to Cas…

Movie Review: Oz, The Great and Powerful

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, there's a land that I heard of once in a lullaby.

When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with The Wizard of Oz. I wanted to go to Oz, skip along the yellow brick road, meet the Scarecrow who would be my best friend, and my dog, Toto, would help us defeat the Wicked Witch and uncover what a fraud the Wizard was (No, really. I have a stuffed dog named Toto that I got from some nuns when I was two at a production of Cinderella Still have him. He's the best part of my childhood).

Last week, we went deeper into the Ozian History books to uncover how the Wizard, a traveling showman from Kansas, got to Oz and how the Wicked Witch of the West became so Wicked and Green.

While performing his flim flam act in a small Kansas town, Oz (James Franco) cheats his partner, Frank (Zach Braff, so nice to see him again! Thought we'd lost him after Scrubs was cancelled!), out of money, womanizes at least two different women, and let's his childho…

I was nominated for a Liebster Award!

First of all, thank you to Ellen of My Mother Stuttered for nominating me for Liebster Award. The Liebster Award is to acknowledge up and coming Bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. This has actually created a bit of a challenge for me because most of the blogs I follow have a LOT of readers, and I get to nominate eleven other bloggers. I think I can get up to that number, but let's just see!

Rules:
Thank your LiebsterBlogAward presenter on your blog and link back to their blog. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nomineesPresent the LiebsterBlogAward to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been chosen.Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog
Questions from MyMotherStuttered:
1. What was your favorite book series as a kid? The Babysitters Club. I loved them and between my sister, Kiri, cousin, Tashi, and I, I'm …

Facebook Friends Forever

Say what you will about Facebook, but without it, I think it would be a lot harder to keep in contact with some of my nearest and dearest. My girlfriends from college, we're so busy that it's hard to keep up with each other's day to day, and letter writing was a thing of the past even before Facebook and email took over the internet. Kaity's a busy mom, Amanda's a newlywed, Jess is a college student again, Lauren's starting a new job, Christina works about five thousand jobs (you know it's true, Chica. LOL). We are all crazy busy!
Also, without Facebook, or my old blogger stomping grounds, LiveJournal, I never would have "met" my friend, Shannon, who provided me with the perfect encouraging Bible verse to take with me to work today.

Shannon and I have never met in person. Our mutual friend is Kaity, who studied Creative Writing with me at Stephens College, and grew up with Shannon. After making comments in agreement on Kaity's LiveJournal (and…

How Much Jane Austen Means To Me

I had a crappy day. Of the Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day persuasion. I was fine when I woke up, but when I was halfway to work, I got extremely tired. I knew that today was going to be bad.

Work was bad. Not gonna go into detail, but I honestly think my time there is coming to a close. I'm looking for something else, but I'm not going to hold out hope. It was just draining in so many miserable ways. I came home, crying, started crying again when I talked to my mom, and started crying again when I saw kind messages from my facebook friends on my status. I have some great friends and family. And you guys are right. This will pass. This isn't forever. I will take comfort in the friends I have at work (whom I love and adore), and remind myself that it's not the be-all end-all of my career.

When I got home and had time to myself, I watched a couple episodes of Rules of Engagement before switching gears to watch Emma. I am in love with this movi…

The Story of Stella: A Perspective

I have a hard time writing in first person narrative. It always comes off sounding...bitchy. I mean seriously bitchy. It never comes across as genuine. It comes across as ranty and I don't think people would want to read that. When I set out to write the Spy Sisters books, I knew going into it that it couldn't be in first person, since I wanted more than one perspective, and the reason for that is simple.

Stella is an unbelievably selfish woman.

Most of the action in the book happens to Stella. We hear her stubborn ideas, see how she responds to people who don't agree with her, and how she treats her superiors. She's selfish and always right. She can be condescending, rude, immoral, dangerous. How would anyone sympathize with a woman like that?

Through all the ugly horribleness that she can be, Stella has a soft spot for her sweet step sister, Riley. Riley is Jane to Stella's Lizzie Bennet. Snow White to Stella's Rose Red. She's the good in Stella's lif…