January 27, 2011

Happy birthday!

Today is a special day.

It is the 179th birthday of Lewis Carroll.

Ah, what an artist died with him! He was born on January 27, 1832 as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Under the pen name Lewis Carroll he wrote the infamous "Alice in Wonderland" and "Alice Through the Looking-glass" as well as several famous poems such as "The Hunting of the Snark" and, of course, the illustrious "Jabberwocky." He was a mathematician, logician, deacon, photographer, and - in my opinion - brilliant author. If you haven't read his two Alice books, I recommend them highly. They are "curiouser and curiouser"; cleverly written, very entertaining, and make excellent read-alouds to younger siblings (my family and I enjoyed them both immensely).

Happy birthday, Mr. Carroll! Thank you for your marvelous contributions to the world of literature.

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"'You know,' he added very gravely, 'it's one of the most serious things that can possibly happen to one in a battle - to get one's head cut off.'" - Tweedledee

"The executioner's argument was, that you couldn't cut off a head unless there was a body to cut if off from: that he had never had to do such a thing before, and he wasn't going to begin at his time of life.
The King's argument was that anything that had a head could be beheaded, and that you weren't to talk nonsense.
The Queen's argument was that, if something wasn't done in about less than no time, she'd have everybody executed, all round. (It was this last remark that had made the whole party look so grave and anxious.)" - Alice in Wonderland

"Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise." - the Duchess

"Curiouser and curiouser!" - Alice

"'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe." - Jabberwocky

January 24, 2011

Jelly Beans!

This post is much overdue. I had intended to give it much sooner, like, oh, say, twenty five days ago, but circumstances conspired wickedly against me. So! Without further ado, I will proceed to show you several thrilling pictures of the Christmas present that my sister, The Golux, so kindly gave to me.

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There are recipes on the side of the box! This one is Fruit Salad.
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Beautiful, isn't it?
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There. Wasn't that comforting? I find jelly beans to be a solace of warmth and happiness in the midst of trials. Life has been a bit chaotic of late - at least for me; to say that these past few weeks have been an emotional trainwreck and probably the busiest and most stressful of my life is an understatement. >_> Within an extremely small amount of time I was hit by two debilitating illnesses, commenced my first college class (English, unsurprisingly), and was - *rejoices* - hired for a job as a Page at my library. *proud smile* In terms of update, I am now feeling much better, I'll be going to work for the first time tomorrow, and college homework is killing me. I'm in over my head. Please send a rescue team in after me.