Thursday, October 20, 2011

Current thoughts :)

I've been reading the Book of Mormon over and over this year, pretty fast. I figured change my method (normally slow and very detailed), change my perspective. It's been a fantastic way to study for a while. I've seen the past and present collide in ways I'd never thought of before.

"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see." Winston Churchill

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Worthy to be heard

My friend has been telling me about The Sing-Off for a long time, but I never watched it until last week. (I'm not a TV watcher.) The group that got kicked off were quite good and had an amazing lead singer. This guy deserves to be heard. Check it out.

Okay. I wasn't going to do this, but I'm going to go ahead and highlight my other favorite parts. You don't have to listen to the rest of these, but I gotta tell you, you won't be sorry if you do.

This next one is a jazz group and WOW, I love their style. [If you don't want to watch back story, start at 1:13. And I don't know if you're watching the comments, but Shawn's reaction is awesome. Watch out. A tiny bit of language.]

Here's an adorable performance. It's got some sweet percussion, etc... Loved it.

And can't forget one of my favorite a capella groups. (If you're getting sick of listening, don't stop now!) Love all the styles they go through in this one song.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Quilting Giveaway

I LOVE fabric. Therefore, quilting really calls to me. I've been following a lot of quilting blogs lately, including Stray Stitches, which is one of my favorites. Anyway, there's a giveaway today of some beautiful fat quarters.

Aren't they gorgeous?!

Anyway, the giveaway ends next Monday, so if this appeals, check it out. (The link is in the name of her blog up top.)

Monday, October 3, 2011

October Challenge

The Challenge for October - Columbus discovered America in October. Read a book concerning America. (I realize that is pretty wide open. I wanted some options by this time.)

I read a couple of doozies during September. First of all, I read the graphic novel of "Jane Eyre" by Amy Corzine and determined once and for all that I can't stand reading graphic novels. Blech. I had to read Charlotte Bronte's full "Jane Eyre" so I could get all the depth of the story again. I haven't read it since college, so it's been a while. The graphic novel version hit a lot of the "highlights" of the book but managed to not get any of the heart and soul of the book. I thought that was fairly impressive. :) I really did enjoy rereading the full novel. I read with pen in hand and marked my book to death. I forgot how good that book is! If you haven't read it, I strongly recommend "Jane Eyre." It is truly exceptional.

I read David McCullough's "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris," which was fascinating. McCullough is always interesting and this book was a treat. Another high recommendation from me.

I really enjoyed "Daughters in My Kingdom," put out by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I found it very inspiring.

Other than that, I read a few light and fluffy books - "Powder and Patch" by Georgette Heyer, which put me in the mood for (and therefore subsequently read) "The Scarlet Pimpernel" by Baroness Orczy. "I Now Pronounce You Someone Else" by Erin McCahan. I had some real bones to pick with that one. "Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky" by Andrea Boeshaar. That was actually quite fun. I wouldn't rush out to recommend it, but for a light, quick read, I enjoyed it.

Happy reading this month!