Friday, April 30, 2010

School Ring? Or no school ring? That is the question.

So. I've decided that I reeeally like going to school (homeschoolers reading this... don't hate on me!) and am most likely going in the fall. SO, I'm faced with the important decision. School ring? Or no school ring? What a dilemma! In one way, it'd be reeally cool and I want one. On the other hand, I dunno if I wanna go to the dance. In that same hand... How on earth am I gonna pay for it?? And speaking of it... how much is it, even?

*Sigh* Decisions. Decisions.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


I won't be afraid,
I can handle the world.
No force of nature
Will stop this girl.
Fear is not an option,
The feeling soon will pass.
But overcoming something great
Leaves a feeling that will last.
Love is what fuels me
And faith and hope and joy.
It's the little things in life
That become something more.
Don't try to stop me
'Cause you know that it won't work.
Don't dare to stop this lightning bolt,
This fearless Supergirl. 


Don't love me 'cause I'm pretty,
Don't love me 'cause I'm smart.
Don't love me 'cause you think my eyes are a work of art.
Don't love me for my smile.
Don't love me for my laugh.
Don't love me for my love of books
Or my hate of biology and math.
Don't love me for my sarcasm,
My wit, humor and pride.
Love me for the important things, like who I am inside.
Don't love me for who I was,
Or who I'm going to be,
I simply ask you, darling, that you love me for me.


I've always been a romantic,
A lover of fairy tales,
Dreaming of my prince who'd come
On a ship with blowing sails.
As I stood in my tower,
Oh so lonely and sad,
I'd stare out some window
Wishing I'd feel glad.
And, then, I'd see him!
On a horse majestic white.
And he'd collect me in his arms
And we rode in the night.
Yes, I am a dreamer.
No, I'm not ashamed.
These stories, they inspire me
To become someone.
I know I'm not a princess,
I'm just your average girl.
But, one day, this I promise you,
I will light up someone's world.


Why are we just sitting
When we can make a difference?
The unloved are crying,
The broken and unheard.
When we have so much,
Why can't we give? It's not so hard.
The injured children, hopeless and afraid.
The broken women, nowhere to go.
The poor and desolate, cold on the streets.
They need us,
They're crying out to us.
Are we deaf?
No, we can hear the cries,
They cannot be ignored.
But, we can be an answer to a prayer.
A hand to hold,
A friend,
To our brothers and our sisters.
Soon, it could be us.

What is this feeling?

What is this feeling? It is so rare.
It comes once and a while,
But, now I think it's here to stay.
My stomach is churning, tingling and weird.
I'm not afraid of the future,
Now it excites me.
I feel unstoppable, beautiful, great,
Instead of lost, small and dull.
In the mirror I see a girl, glowing with life.
Her eyes are shining, there's a smile tugging at her lips.
Not afraid of anything, She is fearless.
Is it confidence? This strange feeling?
The one that's turned my world upside down?
This strange, unknown emotion
That made me find myself.


There are some things you don't know about me,
The things I keep hidden, that you never see.
The burden and weight of the tears that I cry,
All the times that I want to just say goodbye.
You don't know the feeling of worthlessness or despair.
The will to live is gone and you just don't care.
To feel like everyone you love is lying to you.
To want to take away your own precious gift.
To take your own life, convinced you won't be missed.


A face that is sad
Angry and mad,
Furrowed brow
And an unhappy frown.
What can it be,
This woman we see,
That's causing her such distress?
A death in the family,
A family that's starving?
Or maybe a house that burnt down?
To see such a face that pulls at your heart,
It must be unimaginable
To understand what has happened to her.
We see not her thoughts,
We see only a face
That forces a feeling of empathy.
No, we don't know,
Nor will we ever know,
What has made this woman feel this way.
We can only imagine
The words she would say.

A voice

The pen is a voice
That you don't need to hear.
A whisper or a shout.
Dialogue, or monologue.
A casual conversation
Or an important speech.
An exciting announcement
Or a sorrowful statement.
A confident voice, a shy whisper.
Filled with courage
Or fear.
Said with a smile.
Or not.

First Day

Unsure and confused,
Lost and in doubt.
Should I stay quiet?
Or should I shout?
So many people,
It scares me to death!
I just want to cry
Till no tears are left.
Where is the confidence
I felt so strong?
What is happening?
Everything feels so wrong!
I miss the belief I had in myself,
The laughter and faith,
The love I had for myself
That grew so great!
I guess I must be patient
And just wait and see.


I'm so sad,
My persons aren't home.
Gone... forever?
So sad.
So sad.
At least my meowing friends are at home.
Maybe they'll play.
Maybe today...
They aren't going to play.
They don't like me.
I don't know why.
I love them!
What is that?
An intruder?
I will protect my home!
The door is opening,
But I am ready.
A ninja,
A spy.
But, no!
My person!
She came back!
I am jumping for joy!


So. I'm officially at school. It's so weird to go from being homeschooled your whole life to going to public school! Such a different environment, and kinda intimidating, too. 8-O Especially the cafeteria. It's SOO big, and I'm too scared to even get lunch there! I just bring my own! Yeah, I'm a wimpy shrimp. ;)

I lost a pound! WOO HOO! LOL

I'm rereading one of my alltime favorite books, Pride and Prejudice, It's so funny, cuz I love it so much more than the first time I read it.

I watched Sherlock Holmes last night. It was... oh man... ahhhmazing. SO EPIC! What a review you guys are gonna get! When I find time....

So, I gots to go. Talk to ya'll latahh.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Quote of the day: 4.28.10

Life in uncertain. Eat dessert first.

-Ernestine Ulmer

Quote of the day: 4.27.10

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Quote of the day: 4.26.10

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.

- Lao-Tzu

Quote of the day: 4.25.10

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

- Albert Einstein

Quote of the day: 4.24.10

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

-G. K. Chesterton

Quote of the day: 4.23.10

"One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time."

-John Wanamaker

Thursday, April 22, 2010

There are two sides to every story...

There are two sides to every story...

Quote of the day: 4.22.10

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

-Audrey Hepburn

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Top Ten Books Everyone should read at least once.

Random Ramblings is holding a weekly meme titled "Top 10 _ books". This week it's Top Ten Books Everyone should read at least once. I heard about it on WORD for Teens and decided that I had to do it! So here you go, ladies and gentleman, the Top Ten Books Everyone should read at least once (in no particular order)

Little Women by Louisa May AlcottThis is the classic "coming-of age" novel. I grew up watching the movie and reading the kid's version of the book. And last year, as I was pruning my bookshelfs, I found my copy, and realized... I'd never read the actual book! Scandalous! But, once I started reading the book, I couldn't put it down! I LOVED IT!

The Harry Potter series by JK RowlingHarry Potter... there... are no words to describe the awesomeness that is... Harry Potter. This isn't only just a series for kids (though it was intended to be), teens and adults alike can read it and love it. There's action, romance (in the later books), mystery, fantasy... everything that makes a series awesome! I feel bad for every other children's writer... they have to try to live up to Harry Potter....

Jane Eyre by Charlotte BronteWhen I was ten-ish, my best friend, the Other Katie got the abridged kid version of this book. I borrowed it, fell in love and begged my mom to buy me the same version. It became my favorite book. You can imagine adults' faces when I told them my favorite book was "Jane Eyre"! The story intrigued me. I watched the movie when I was twelve-ish. And when I was thirteen,I decided it was time to go to the library and get the original version. My mom warned me it would be different... harder to read. I finished the book in a week. I loved it! I didn't think it was hard to read! I liked it more than the kids' version. And to this day, six years after first falling in love with the book and characters, it is still one of my favorite books.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenMy discovery of this story is similar to my story of finding and falling in love with Jane Eyre. My mom bought me the kids' version, but I didn't really like it. When the movie with Keira Knightley came out, my friend and I decided we HAD to see it. Our moms made this rule that if we wanted to see the movie, we had to read the book first. So, we did. I LOVED it. She didn't. We got to see the movie. I liked the book better, but she loved the movie more. I recently bought the "teen-ified" version (the cover above). I can't wait to read it again!

The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls WilderI grew up LOVING these books. Recently, I reread them, and once again, I love them! They're such sweet stories and can be enjoyed by anyone at any age.

A Christmas Carol by Charles DickensThe classic Christmas story... that can be read at any time! It's a great quick read, and it makes you feel smarter, too. I mean, it's Dickens! Smart people read Dickens.

The Screwtape Letters by CS LewisOnce again, another classic that just happens to be a quick read! Screwtape's letters to his nephew are fascinating, and seeing the theory of how devils try to corrupt people is terrifying, yet once again fascinating.

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
Many of my friends growing up were reading these books. However, I was too busy with my nose buried in Harry Potter and Nancy Drew to ever be interested. It wasn't until I was fourteen I picked up the book, and once again, fell in love. Anne reminded me so much of myself, and it's not very often that you come along a book that's labeled a classic and has such blunt humor.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
My cousin gave me this book to read when I was eight. This was one of my (consistent) favorite books growing up. And, honestly, it's still one of my alltime favorites.

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgens Burnett
Yet another children's classic that I didn't read until I was a teenager. I watched the movies growing up, and I knew the general story, but I never actually read the book until I was fourteen. It's such a great book!

Movie Review: Alice in Wonderland

Name: Alice in Wonderland

Director: Tim Burton

Starring: Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter

Rated: PG

For: fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar.

Brief summary: Alice is back! Alice (MiaWasikowska) returns to her "dreamland", Wonderland and meets up with our favorite original characters from Lewis Carrol's beloved fairytale. This movie is much more like the book than the original Disney Cartoon and is also mostly based on "Through the Looking Glass", the sequel. This movie is more indepth then the original, and we get to learn more about our favorite characters, including the Mad Hatter (played wonderfully by Johnny Depp) and the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter).

Age level: Eleven and Up

Cautions: Violence, some gory moments.

If you like this movie, you might also like . . . Edward Scissorhands

Personal Opinion: Wow! Just... wow! What great effects, casting, and just overall a great movie! So far, one of my favorites of 2010 (Tied with How To Train Your Dragon... But that's another review!). The movie was much better than I expected, and I expected it to be great! I highly recommend this for all teenagers. But, you should be cautionary with younger kids. It's pretty violent and there are some gory moments.

Overall rating: 9/10

Random tidbit: Helena Bonham Carter is Tim Burton's wife, and that's why she's in basically all his movies!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Out with the old, in with the new[ish]

So, the other day, I'm really ticked off. So, randomly I pick up my guitar and start to play.

Funny story about the guitar. When I was thirteen or fourteen, I BEGGED my parents for a guitar for Christmas. They made me promise I'd play it, etc. etc, because it was really expensive. I agreed. I was really excited, I was gonna be like, the next Taylor Swift! My friend taught me how to play "Wake Me Up When September Ends" and "Time of Your Life"Of course, two weeks later, I forgot everything.

So, anyway, I pick up my guitar, start to strum, and I look on my nightstand, and see the book my parents bought me when I got my guitar. I pick it up, flip through, and then... I decide I'm going to teach myself how to play.

I had a revelation recently: I have some pretty bad habits. Well, everyone does. But my current mission is to be a good person, an inspiration. These bad habits are keeping me from being that inspiration. I decided that I was done with these bad habits, basically that I was stopping them. Cold Turkey. It's tough, but for the first time in a really long time, I feel self-confidant. It's weird. But, it's a really good weird :) So, out with the old bad habits, and in with the newish habit of playing guitar!!

Oh, and really quick: I just need to scream because Katie Stevens was just voted off American Idol! She's the only one I really liked, and I voted ALLLL night for her last night :( She's from Connecticut, too. Cool stuff.

And anybody else watch Glee last night? I LOVED Jonathan Groff and Idina Menzel's guest appearances! Now Elphaba (Idina) and Glinda (Kristen Chenoweth) have both been guest stars on Glee!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Bowed head, Folded hands,
Begging God for one more chance.
Forgiveness: that is all you need,
Mercy: It's for this you plead.
You're not worthy; This you know,
But with one word God's mercy flows.
You feel alone and your heart breaks,
Silence is all it takes.
Oh, you child of the Lord,
Pick yourself up off the floor.
Brush away impurities,
In front of God, fall on your knees.
There's always a second chance
To get up and try again.
Forget the right, you only know the wrong,
While feeling like you don't belong.
If you could see what God sees,
Then you would see clearly
Grace, Poise, Intelligence, truly
The definition of real beauty.
Christ died for you, this much is true,
He gave up His life, yes, for you!
Next time you fall in despair,
Don't forget that someone cares.
His name is Jesus, this I know,
And He came down from Heaven so
That He could die so you'd have life,
He banished darkness and embraced the light.
Remember who you're living for
While you're down there on the floor.
The God made man, three persons in one,
Father, Holy Ghost and the Son.
Live this life, you get just one,
And you will shine just like the sun.

Ballad of a Friend

Friends are forever,
Friends for all time,
Friends without reason,
Friends without rhyme.
Friends throughout laughter,
Friends throughout tears.
Friends throughout hopes and
Friends throughout fears.
Friends are there when the going gets tough,
Friends are there when life treats you rough.
Friends know what to say when everything's wrong,
A Friends words are as precious as a song.
A shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen,
Two arms to hug you and a house to live in.
They reach out a hand when you need one to hold,
They warm your heart, never let it get cold.
The one person you can tell everything to,
and trust that they won't turn their back on you.
I'm there for you,
You're there for me,
As we stand together,
There's nothing we can't beat.
The world that we'll conquer,
The things that we'll see,
The places we'll go,
And the people we'll be.
Together forever, just me and you,
We are the proof good things come in twos.


Thank You for the stars at night,
The sun that brings the morning light,
Thank You for flowers and trees,
Thank You for the nice cool breeze.
Thank You for the waves that crash
On the sand, thanks for the grass.
Thank You, Lord for everything,
But most of all, for saving me.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Hi There! My name's Katie. I was the awesome person who wrote the FAMOUS blog, Shakespeare & Showtunes.

Okay, so it wasn't "famous" per se, but it was a pretty cool thing.

But... it was getting old. And alot of changes and new things have come into my life. Lots of new starts and fresh beginnings. Most of which, surprisingly, have been good and beneficial to me.

So, I decided I needed to start blogging again, but I didn't know where to go from when I had stopped. I needed to begin again.

So, here I am! Hopefully it'll be great. There's no "set agenda", just stuff I feel like doing. Stuff I feel like saying.

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