Monday, November 30, 2009

Coming Soon to a Flowershopgirl Blog Near You!

In the works is a new template and header for winter for this blog.
I'm really excited about it guys, I think it's gonna be awesome.
I really can't wait to show it to you.
But, alas, I must wait, because...
It's not ready yet.
*psstt* check out my profile picture for a preview!


In other news...

November Book List will be up tomorrow hopefully, and

*FAIR WARNING*

It's a LOT of Agatha Christie.  Some Louisa May Alcott thrown in for good measure.

The weather is beautiful here...  Really... I hope it stays like this all winter.
HEY!  I can dream can't I?

I'm having strong urges to watch Christmas movies.

It's a Wonderful Life, anyone?  I'll bring the candy canes!

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


May your coming year be full of plenty to be thankful for. 
May your paths be paved in His love. 

I'm thankful for you dear blog readers!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Craft

Here's a fun, super easy craft we did here last week. 

First trace a wreath shape onto a piece of cardoboard or heavy cardstock. 
I just used a dinner plate and desert plate to make the proper sized circles.  One inside the other. 



Cut the circle out with scissors. 


Next trace handprints onto colored paper.  It helps to have a variety of different sized hands to trace. :)


 




Next: DECORATE!  We used glitter-y glue to outline the handprints, but you could use anything you like.  Be creative!



After the glue dries, cut out the hand shapes. 

Now, the fun part.  :)  Make a list of things you (or your helpers :) ) are thankful for and label the handprints.


Glue the handprints around the cardboard ring to create a colorful wreath!


Decorate to your tastes.  We used ribbon and leaves from our garden. 

Enjoy!  and

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Monday, November 23, 2009

My Life in Google Images


1. What is your first name?


2. What is your birthday?


3. What kind of car do you want?


4.  Where did you go to school?


5. What's your favorite season?


6.  What's your favorite type of shoe?


7. What''s your status?


8.  What's your favorite movie?


9. What's your favorite song?


10.  Favorite Disney Character?


11.  Favorite Clothing Line?


12.  Favorite Vacation Destination?


13.  Favorite Desert?


14.  Favorite Letter?


15.  What are you most afraid of?


16. Favorite TV show?


17.  What annoys you most?


18.  What is your job?


19.  What's your favorite animal?


20.  How old are you?



Wednesday, November 18, 2009

November Highlights

Halfway through this month...

So far, things that are good are:
  • Oreos.  

  • Christmas decorating at the shop. :)
  •  Clean Cotton scented candles.....  reminds me of fresh laundry...  

  • New roof on my house and NEW siding being put on.  :) We picked out a pretty silver gray color with bright white trim.. can't wait for it to be done! 

  • Louisa May Alcott.  Today I bawled like a baby over Rose in Bloom.  "Alas poor Charlie!"  

  • My new iPod.  :) 

  • Gorgeous, GORGEOUS Indian Summer weather.  60 degrees in November.  What could be better?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Solving the Rubik's Cube, My Journey

I can't tell you exactly when it was that my fascination with Mr. Rubik's Magic Cube began.  I remember we had one once when I was little.  I regarded it as one of those things that everyone has but no one knows what to do with.  I grew up in the 80s when the Rubik's Cube was first born and was at the height of its fame.  The Cube, in my eyes was an unsolved mystery and would remain that way.  Forever.  And that was ok.  I didn't know anyone that could solve it.  I still don't know anyone that can solve it. 

The next phase in my Rubik's Cube obsession started when I saw The Pursuit of Happyness.  Chris Gardner claims to be able to solve the cube (even though he never has) and in one suspenseful taxi-ride with his entire future weighing in the balance... he solves it.  The solving of that "magic" cube has an impact on the rest of his life.  If you were to say that if Chris Gardner hadn't solved that puzzle he wouldn't be where he is today and there wouldn't be a movie about him... I'd probably agree with you.




Obsession phase three.  Somehow, somewhere I heard of someone who could solve the cube because, get this, they watched a tutorial on YouTube.  Yeah.  Really.  And when I heard that I got a crazy idea.  I thought "If it's on YouTube... I could watch that tutorial.  I could solve the cube, too."  I don't know what came over me.  On my way home that night I stopped at the drugstore down the street and picked up a Rubik's Cube. 

My family looked at me like I was nuts.  Perhaps I should explain.  I'm not what you'd call... smart.  Book smart maybe.  Math smart?  Tech-y smart?  Geometry smart?  Puzzle smart?  NO.  I don't even do jigsaw puzzles.  Two of my sisters and my dad LOVE jigsaw puzzles.  I don't have the patience.  I was never into solitaire.  I never got higher in math than Algebra 1.  But there was something about the Rubik's Cube.  Something about the idea that if I, REBECCA could solve a Rubik's Cube...  I would never feel dumb again.  Or so I thought.  Honestly, I don't know what possesed me.

So, the YouTube tutorials were not a myth.  They exist.  I started out watching the one that I had heard about.  Some guy made a video on how to solve the Cube.  He had, like, 12 million views on his tutorial.  12 MILLION.  And almost as many comments from people who were thanking him for explaining it so well.  These people had evidently solved the Cube.  I watched the tutorial.  And promptly got lost.  Very very lost.  Confused.  Distorted.  WHICH WAY IS UP?  My Cube was perpetually scrambled.  Frustration mounted.  I decided to give up. It seemed the logical thing to do. 


But then I saw something else.  Another tutorial."  A 9 STEP tutorial.  I went to this other guy's YouTube channel and read the sidebar.  He claimed that his method was "beginner friendly."  Of course, at this point I'm assuming I'm not even a beginner since I couldn't make heads or tails out of tutorial number one.  Is there a level below beginner?  Basement level?  Sub-basement level?  If you're even lower than the sub-basement level do the smart people just say to you "Go home, sell your Cube on E-bay.  You're not smart enough to own it."  I DID spend $5 on the cube... I decided to give it another shot.  I'd try the "beginner's method." 

Right away trial #2 went much better.  I actually solved one side of the cube.  WOW.  I mean...  that's something right?  But, how do you move on to solving another side without messing the first side up?  And if you solve another side then you have two solved sides and you still have to solve 4 more sides without messing up the first two. 

But the tutorial I was watching had a strange effect on me.  The guy explaining it was doing such a good job.  He kept saying things like "Don't worry."  and "I'll show you that again" and drawing diagrams and explaining things over and over and showing every single possibility and what to do with every single possibility.  Something about it gave me courage to keep trying.  And trying.  And trying.  And trying.... Maybe it was the Pursuit of Happyness that kept me going.  Maybe, I thought, somehow deep down being able to solve the Cube would change my future. 

That was a VERY long weekend.  I worked on the cube Friday night.  All day Saturday.  My family went from giving me amused glances to concerned ones.  "Um, Rebecca?  Maybe you should take a break?"  I knew they were thinking the same thing I was thinking.  The smartest people I knew couldn't solve the cube.  What made me think I could?  Saturday night I kept hitting the same wall over and over again. I could get the puzzle to a certain place.  Almost solved.  Only the top layer to go.  And every time I messed it up.  Majorly.  My eyes burned.  I had to start over again.  I would get to the top layer... and screw it up.  Start over again.  Again, I messed it up.  Just when I would think I had it... It would be scrambled beyond fixing... and I'd have to start over. 

Frustration came and sat on my shoulders.  I started breathing shortly.  A huge lump settled in my throat.  You're not smart.  You've never been smart.  Why are you even trying?  You shouldn't even try doing this smart stuff, you're just proving to yourself that you can't do it.  Give up. Give up. Give up.  Why did I keep going?  My sisters tried to help "Um, Rebecca?  Do you think you're being a little obsessive?  I think you need to take a break?"  They threatened to take it away from me.  Saturday night at midnight I slammed it down.  "I can't do it.  I don't know why I tried."  I ignored my sister's tortured gazes, swallowed down the painful lump  in my throat, stalked into my bedroom and closed the door on my tears.  I flopped into bed.  And I knew that I had just proved to myself how stupid I really was. 

Have you ever been in that place?  When everything you do and think just shows you all your imperfections?  I started affixing all sorts of meaning to my inability to solve that silly game.  As if not being able to solve the Rubik's Cube was the final straw.  I was now, officially Not Going Anywhere In Life.  I was doomed to live a simple, poverty stricken life.  I mean, obviously I couldn't solve the Rubik's Cube, so what good could I possibly do myself or anyone else?  Chris Gardner solved the Cube and changed his life for the better.  I didn't solve the Cube.  'Nough said. 

Sunday morning I woke up and walked into the living room.  Only to see that colorful scrambled cube sitting there mocking me.  Or, was it challenging me? 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 

I couldn't solve the cube.  But, God could.  That guy on YouTube could.  That guy on YouTube was TELLING me how to solve the Cube.  I decided to give it one more shot.  Why?  I don't know.  I guess deep down I believe God has good things in store for me.  And that belief is stronger than my unbelief. Even when I don't see it myself and even when I tell myself I don't believe it.  I realized that if my future really depended on solving the Cube I would never give up so easily.  And I realized that even if I tell myself I'm a quitter, I'm not.  
  





So, I tried it one more time.  Maybe it was two more times.  I remember my sister walked out of her bedroom and looked at me trying to solve it again.  I heard her sigh as she walked into the next room.  I read the algorithums over and over.  I flipped the sides of the cube.  Red, Green, Blue, Yellow.  Right turn clockwise, Top counter-clockwise, Back 180 degrees, flip, turn, switch, line up the colors.  And then it came.  The final turn.  The turn that 50 times had stared me in the face saying "You did it wrong.  Again."  But, this time was different.  Left 180 degrees.  And I had it.  6 sides.  All of them a single color.  A beautiful Rubik's Cube, just the way it came in the package.  Solved. 

I don't know how to explain the emotions of that moment.  I can tell you that they were too much for me to deal with.  I didn't scream or shout or jump up and down or wake up my sister screaming "I SOLVED THE CUBE!!!!!"  Instead I set the solved cube on the coffee table and went into my bedroom.  And I just thanked God.  Maybe my whole future doesn't depend on solving the Cube.  I will probably never be in a taxi with a man who could give me everything I need if I could just impress him enough.  I doubt I will ever apply for a job where I can claim "Ability to solve a Rubik's Cube" as a job qualification.  But, who knows?  Maybe someday.  For now, I know that solving that cube gave me a self-confidence I've never had before.  Sure, discouragement still comes.  Solving the Cube didn't give me automatic knowledge in every subject that "smart people" excel in.  But, I learned something about myself and about God in me.  I learned that I'm not a quitter, because God didn't make me a quitter and doesn't intend for me to ever quit anything He sets in my path to do.  I learned that I can do things I think I can't do if I try, REALLY try, because I have God on my side, and He can give me the strength to do anything.

Monday, November 16, 2009

MOVIE TAG

This is a tag that was going around on Live Journal and I thought it looked fun to do.
01] -- Look up TEN of your favorite movies on IMDB.com.
[02] -- Click the "trivia" link in the sidebar.
[03] -- Post a fun and random bit of trivia from each film.
[04] -- Tag five people!


I want you all to know I had a hard time coming up with 10 movies.  I mean... I'm kind of a movie lover, so it was hard to just pick 10.  And I even cheated a little.  :)


I hope you all enjoy!  I had a lot of fun finding these fun facts!
Comment and tell me if you enjoyed it!




August Rush
  • Two of the songs that Jonathan Rhys Meyers' character, 'Louis Connelly' sings, 'This Time' and 'Break' were considered as nominees for the category of 'Best Original Song' in the '80th Annual Academy Awards'



The Pursuit of Happyness
  • The homeless people who worked as extras were paid a full day's minimum wage (which is $8.62/hr in SF) and given free catered meals as compensation for appearing in the film. For some it was the first money they'd made in a while.

  • Speedcubing champions Tyson Mao and Toby Mao and Lars Petrus were hired to coach Will Smith to solve a Rubik's Cube in under two minutes.
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  • Jaden Smith stars as Christopher, Chris Gardner's son in the movie. Jaden Smith is Will Smith's son in real life, Christopher is actually Jaden's middle name.


A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • During production, Liam Aiken grew four and a half inches (11.4 cm), requiring adjustments to his costume throughout. By the end of the movie, he is visibly taller than Emily Browning who portrayed his older sister.
  • When the children first meet Count Olaf and Jim Carrey says, "Wait, give me that last line again," was not actually in the script, it was Carrey staying in character and wanting to try it again, but they kept the cameras rolling and felt it worked the way it happened.
  • Filming stopped on several occasions after one of the twins playing Sunny (Shelby Hoffman and Kara Hoffman) fell asleep.



The Princess Bride
  • While rehearsing for the film, AndrĂ© the Giant's thick accent prevented many of his lines from being understood. To remedy this, actor Mandy Patinkin slapped AndrĂ© in the face to get him to concentrate harder.


  • Vizzini's advice on not getting involved in a land war in Asia is derived from principles stated by Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery (Viscount Alamein) in a speech in the House of Lords on 30 May 1962: "Rule 1, on page 1 of the book of war is: 'Do not march on Moscow.' ... Rule 2 is: 'Do not go fighting with your land armies in China.'
  • There really was a "Dread Pirate Roberts" (Bartholomew Roberts) who operated in the Caribbean in the early 18th century. He is reckoned by many to have been the most successful pirate of all time.



The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe
  • Each design carved into the wardrobe signifies an important event that occurred in the book "The Magician's Nephew," the Narnia book that takes place chronologically before the events in "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe."
  • Professor Kirke presents three choices to the other Pevensie children of what to think about Lucy's claim about Narnia: that she is lying, that she is mad, or that she is telling the truth. C.S. Lewis was a vocal advocate of Christianity, and in his book "Mere Christianity" presented three similar choices about Jesus' claim to be the Son of God: Liar, Lunatic, or Lord. This is known as his "Trilemma" argument, and is still often used by Christians today.


The Incredibles
  • In order to give Dash a realistic out-of-breath voice, Brad Bird made Spencer Fox run laps around the studio.
  • In the Singaporean version of the film, the company "Insuricare" is translated into "Black-hearted insurance company" if read literally in the Chinese character subtitles.






National Treasure
  • Good guys in the movie use Google and bad guys use Yahoo! search engines. 






Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • To make his voice hoarse for the filibuster scene, James Stewart dried out his throat with bicarbonate of soda. However, both Frank Capra and Stewart revealed in interviews that his throat was periodically swabbed with mercuric chloride.
  • James Stewart knew this was the role of a lifetime, one that could place him near the top of the Hollywood heap. Jean Arthur later remembered his mood at the time: "He was so serious when he was working on that picture, he used to get up at five o'clock in the morning and drive himself to the studio. He was so terrified something was going to happen to him, he wouldn't go faster."

  • The scenes where James Stewart wanders around in amazement at the Washington monuments were "stolen", since the US Parks Service had denied the studio permission to film near them.



The City of Ember
  • There were so many sets built for the film that some of them wound up never being used. They do sometimes feature prominently in the background, like the hairdressers, but they play no part in the story.


 Cranford
  •  Sue Birtwistle found out about the novel Cranford after finishing another project. Despite liking it immensely, she felt it wasn't enough to create a drama series, so she read a large portion of Gaskell's other material, and came up with the idea of adapting three of Elizabeth Gaskell novellas into a BBC Drama series; hence Cranford. The three novels were "Cranford", "Mr Harrison's Confessions" and "My Lady Ludlow." Birtwistle and her co-creator Susie Conklin spent several weeks in Birtwistle's apartment in New York using color coded cards to piece the stories together. When writer Heidi Thomas came on board, she mentioned that they had married off someone twice.

(Ok, so there are actually ELEVEN... but how can you leave out Superman?)

Superman Returns


  • The truck which Martha drove during the opening was the exact truck used for the first Superman movie. The producers managed to find that truck and rented it for use.
  • When Bryan Singer became interested in possibly hiring Brandon Routh, he arranged for them to meet in a coffee shop. When they met at their table, Routh stumbled and spilled hot coffee all over the table. Although he panicked, thinking he had just lost the part, Singer laughed and said it actually helped him get the part. The incident convinced Singer that Routh could pull off the clumsy, bumbling Clark Kent.

 I TAG EVERYONE THAT WANTS TO DO THIS!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

GIFT BASKET GIVEAWAY!

Attention EVERYONE!

There's a Gift Basket Giveaway going on over at The IDD Blog so make sure you go check it out!

It's a beautiful basket of "Pamper-Yourself" goodies!  Seriously, I would LOVE to win this basket!  Of course, I'm not eligible since I'm one of the people giving it away... :)  But, I really want one of you to win it!  So, head over there and put your name in!  Give the blog a shoutout on your own blog, Live Journal, whatever and you can enter twice! 

Good Luck!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Playing in the Leaves


 
Remember when you were a little kid and used to rake all the leaves into one BIG pile and then completely destroy all your work by jumping into the pile over and over and over and over...?

And then you would take all the leaves and hide someone under them? 
 
 Wasn't that fun?  :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Dr. Jak's November Sunday

What I wore to church last Sunday.

Gorgeous, GORGEOUS Indian Summer weather inspires me to wear 
Indian Summer colors.  

Rich browns and tans and a splash of something brighter.  :)

Sweater dresses are IN this fall. 
So are Big Belts and Cowboy Boots... :)


I'm wearing brown and silver earrings and brown tights to help with warmth and modesty. :)


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