This makes my day

Thought you might get a kick out of this. My wedding photographer, Cameron Ingalls, has a blog where he posts beautiful pictures of the weddings he has currently done (can I stress BEAUTIFUL enough? If you are a fan of good photography, you should bookmark his blog). He just had his first kid last month, so there are lots of cute pictures of his son, Asher.

Anyways, he posted this picture that he found on Facebook. How brilliant??

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Wow!

Holy crap, Taylor Lautner (of New Moon) has got some serious fighting skills! I’m actually impressed.

2 Beautiful Dances

A Viennese Waltz to Vanessa Carlton’s “Ordinary Day”. Absolutely beautiful, I could have watched it all day, even though I don’t like the girl, Mollee. She was in all the High School Musical movies, and acts like it:) But the dance was so peaceful and lovely to watch.

A Contemporary Routine about two married assassins trying to kill one another. The judges said that this would probably win the choreographer, a young alum of the show himself named Travis, an Emmy nomination. VERY dangerous!

Also, a side note for any SYTYCD fans, Travis’ assistant in the background is none other than….Kayla from last year!

Paper Comment

I just got back the first installment of my sonnet analysis paper that I was dreading, and hear this: I got a B!!! I never thought I’d be so proud of a B, but after everyone in the writing center telling me for sure that I was going to get a C or a D on my first paper with Crider, I was really shocked and happy to get what I did. Now I just have to revise it, add 7 more pages of critical analysis (the first installment was strictly textual analysis ONLY), and I will be done with the class!

At the end of the paper, on the attached grading rubric sheet, he wrote one of the harshest yet still inspiring comments that I’ve ever received. He says: This is an excellent poem analysis, and a good essay. The thesis is excellent and you defend it well through analysis of rhetorical poetics. The whole needed both organization and style revision. The paragraphing is journalistic, and it needs to open even more powerfully. Style is uneven: sometimes, your prose is lucid and moving; sometimes, wordy and slanted. Edit more thoroughly. All in all, now a good essay with the potential for excellence.

Ouch, and also, Yay! If you would like to read the unfinished product, I have included a link to it. Just in case you hadn’t achieved your Shakespearean sonnet analysis quota for the day:)

http://docs.google.com/View?docID=0Aaz-gZHa0UBWZHg2cDluZ183ZGI3ZHo3aGo&revision=_latest

Eis Polla Eti Despota

Courtney already posted this on her blog for me, but I thought I would also put it here. This was the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when the Metropolitan visited our Parish. Jenny, Heather, Karen and I were chosen to sing the “Eis Polla Despota” (Translates to something like, “”We hope you live a really long time!”) , which is only sung in a Hierarchacal liturgy.

SO here’s the clip of us singing. Mind you, we were scared STIFF- I think I actually blacked out for part of it. So we didn’t do as well as when we practiced. But it’s pretty, especially when the whole congregation joins for the 2nd verse, just the men in the altar for the 3rd, and then the whole congregation again.

Here are two versions of other congregations doing the same thing, if you want to compare us 🙂

Defining One Self by What You Aren’t

Forgive me, my Protestant friends, for posting this quote from Edmund Burke in a speech he gave to the British Parliament in defense of the American colonies.

Conciliation with America: 22 March, 1775

“Religion, always a principle of energy, in this new people, is no way worn out or impaired; and their mode of professing it is also one main cause of this free spirit. The people are Protestants; and of that kind, which is the most adverse to all implicit submission of mind and opinion…their very existence depended on the powerful and unremitting assertion of that claim. All Protestantism, even the most cold and passive, is a sort of dissent. But the religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principle of resistance; it is the dissidence of dissent; and the Protestantism of the Protestant religion. This religion, under a variety of denominations, agree in nothing but in the communion of the spirit of liberty…”