Confessions of a Fauf

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Celebrity Week

This week on Facebook is celebrity look-alike. (Who on earth decides these things?) Anyways, as everyone is posting pictures . of who they resemble (mine is Bella from Twilight played by Kristen Stewart), I started thinking about which celebrities resemble my Sherlock Academy characters. Who would be best to play some of my characters if it ever became a movie? (I can dream, right?) I don't have the whole book cast, but here are some ideas..

Judi Dench as Auntie-Ei

Hugh Laurie as Headmaster Yardsly

Emily Deschenal (Bones) as Katherine Yardsly

James Marsden as Mr. Chad

Julie Walters (Molly Weasley) as Miss Hertz

Monday, January 25, 2010

Victoria's Reign

I've heard some people say, "I was born too late. I wish I had lived during the Pioneer Age!" or "I would have loved to live during the 40's", and even "I think I was meant to live during the Renaissance!" I was never sure where I fit into in the past. I do like the American heritage of the 40's and 50's. I also rather like the clothing from the Colonial period. But after much thought, I really think I would have liked to live in Europe during Queen Victoria's reign, otherwise known as the Victorian era (1837--1901). In America, the Civil War raged, but soon to come was the Industrial Revolution. An exciting time for all. Here are a few other reasons why I think I would have liked to be around:

Fashion: men in top hats (handy for hiding important documents) and women in bustles (quite becoming on all shapes and sizes)

Transportation: horse-drawn hansoms, cabs, stagecoaches, locomotives--fewer traffic accidents

Economy: due to Victoria's colonization and peaceful reign, England and much of the world was prospering--except maybe the USA, but that's what they get for fighting amongst themselves

Arts: Victoria and Albert invested much in the arts, building galleries, museums, and opera houses

Literature: MOST IMPORTANT REASON! This was the time of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle creating Sherlock Holmes, Lewis Caroll establishing Wonderland, JM Barrie dreaming up Neverland, and Alexandre Dumas breathing life into the Three Musketeers. All four are by far my favorites. I would give anything to be around when those writers were current celebrities.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

There's a Storm A-Brewin'

What does this storm mean?!

A friend of mine always points out when it's raining in a movie, because he recognizes that usually rain signifies a change in the plot or for the characters. When it rains, a significant change is about to take place. So I'm wondering, what's about to change here? While we wait and see, let's consider some movies with rain...

Lion King: rain comes and Simba's reign is restored

Sense and Sensibility: during a rain storms Marianne meets the boy who will break her heart and change her forever

Pride and Prejudice: a down-pour hits and Mr. Darcy confesses his somewhat-skewed love for Elizabeth Bennet, thus changing their strange relationship

New Moon: a torrent showers Bella and Jacob as she confronts him about his weird behavior that will change her circumstances

Pirates of the Carribbean Dead Man's Chest: movie opens with rain falling on Elizabeth's wedding as her fiance is arrested, changing their plans for the day

A Cinderella Story: rain drops plop down upon Sam and Austin's first kiss as they both admit their feelings for each other and change their destinies

101 Dalmations: a storm brews as the 15 puppies are born and Cruella threatens the family, changing the story for the worst

These are just a random few exambles. Feel free to share more!

Friday, January 15, 2010

My Frige is Calling Me

OMG, I've had some ridiculous dreams this last week. I don't know what I'm eating before bed, but something is affecting my sleeping adventures. Last night I had this funny dream that could be an outrageous kids book someday:

In my dream, I could communicate through my refrigerator to someone else's frige. I could put something in my frige, close the door, and send it to someone else's frige! (Sort of like the closet in Harry Potter). And I could talk into the frige and communicate with the other person (it was very echo-ey) Ridiculous! But there could be a story there...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Back to Reality

The Manor has been un-Christmased, meaning the tree and trimmings are all packed away, and the house looks a little bare. Lunch boxes are packed, my lessons are prepped, and outfits for the week picked out. That's right, vacation is over and we're back to school. Of course I love my job, but it can be hard to get excited about going back to work. I've gotta psych myself up for it, and what better way to do that then with cheer:

Two, four, six, eight
No more staying up late!
It's back to work with a hi-ho
Back to putting on a show!
Even though I love a break
Teaching art is always great!
Rah! Rah! Rah

Monday, January 04, 2010

Things To Do

We're all about resolutions right now. And I've been giving this a lot of thought. I used to make goal in different categories of life (spiritual, professional, etc.) Last two years I made a resolution to read at least a book a month, and have been successful with that. I think it's now a habit. I have a few things I'd like to be better at this year: love my hubby more, eat healthier (cut down sweets and sodium and drink more water), and meet my writing goals.

But I think my biggest resolution is to live a life of worship. This is a bit abstract, but it's a desire of mine, as I have been reminded that our lives are a sweet offering to God. Here are some ways I plan to make this resolution more concrete:

Praise God everytime I start to worry or complain

Meditate on Scripture by posting verses on my bathroom mirror or in my day planner

Be more specific in my prayer requests

Offer my talents, time, money, etc. to God to use