Wednesday, August 15, 2012

It all started with one little innocent Kit Kat...

     There once was a lady who worked in a high-rise office building in London. Every day for her coffee break she went down to the first floor cafeteria, and purchased a Kit kat candy bar from the vending machine, and a cup of coffee. This day was no different. After finding a small table in the corner and seating herself, she leaned over to grab her cell phone out of her purse. When she sat up again, an gentleman had seated him self across from her at the table. He had a cup of coffee, a doughnut and her Kit Kat bar in his mouth. He didn’t apologize, or offer any explanation. He simply ate it.

     She was surprised and irritated, but said nothing. As quickly as possible she drank her coffee. The more she thought about it, however, the angrier she became. Finally she stood to leave and stomped over beside him, grabbing the remnant of his doughnut and stuffing in her mouth. As best as she could she said, “There now. How does that feel?” and marched back to her office, where she again opened her purse to replace her cell phone. To her horror, there on top was her Kit Kat candy bar!

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     Can you imagine what he was thinking when she stuffed his donut in her mouth!!! He must have been thinking, “wow, that lady has serious issues!!!!” :) And imagine if she ever saw him again, somewhere in the building, imagine him starting a conversation off, “Hey, you’re the lady who ate my doughnut and yelled, “how does that feel,” aren’t you? Were you having a bad day?”

Now I need to go find some sugar, except that my mom is on a really bad health kick, and there's hardly any in the house!!! She did decide not to eliminate chocolate, which was good of her, because otherwise I would have died, and then she might feel bad. :)

Chocolate, that sounds good.....
Becca Anne

old books and tea // my little slice of heaven on earth

     There is absolutely no doubt about it…I am a complete, and unashamed, bookworm. Most days I want nothing more than to curl up with a good book, whether a new one I’ve never read before, or an old favorite.

     I am so happy curled up on my bed, a cup of tea or coffee in my hand, reading an old book, with the cover worn and falling apart, and the pages gently yellowed.  

     Old books have the most delightful smell. I’m trying to think of a word to describe it, but can’t find one that is just right… musty just isn’t the word…I looked it up and it’s synonyms include moldy, stale, stuffy.  Imagine a smell that sweet, breathtaking, [In a good way!], overwhelming, unforgettable, and ageless. Darn. I still can’t describe it, so I won’t even try to describe how amazing it is to open a book that is over a hundred years old, and read the words on slightly yellowing paper… That would take me a very long time, and a lot of words.

     I especially love the classics. David Copperfield, Ivanhoe, A Christmas Carol, Anne of Green Gables… But my very two favorites in the whole entire world, hands down, are “Little Women,” and “Christy.” They tell the stories of completely different women, in completely different situations, but they don’t seem so completely different to me! Jo is rather tomboyish, and Christy all girl, but they’re both independent, headstrong, and rather impulsive. Not to mention that they both have a little trouble with the men in their lives. :)

     I’ve always been able to find a friend in the books I read, and some of my very best friends are, Elsie Dinsmore {The Elsie Dinsmore Series, by Martha Finley}, Jo March {Little Women, Little Men, and Jo’s Boy’s, by Louisa May Alcott.}, Christy Huddleston {Christy, by Catherine Marshall.}, Marty Davis {The Love Comes Softly Series, by Janet Oke.}, Dr. Neil McNeil {Christy, by Catherine Marshall.}, David Copperfield {David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens,} Missy [Melissa] Lahaye {The Love Comes Softly Series, by Janett Oke.}, Anne Shirly {Anne Of Green Gables Series, L.M. Montgumphrey.}, Jonathan and Martitia Howland Gardner, {They Love to Laugh, by Katharine Worth.}, David Langston {The Harvester, by Gene Stratton Porter}, Gilbert Blithe {Anne of Green Gables Series, L.M. Montgumphrey.}, Laura Ingels Wilder {Little House series}, Fairlight Spencer and Alice Henderson {Christy, Catherine Marshall.} plus many others that would take way too long to mention.

     These are the characters I’ve grown to know and love, and often wish with all my hearth that they were real people, and that I could meet them. I am comforted in the fact that I can visit them anytime I like, even though they aren’t real. :)

    Books are my passion! Recently I was with some friends, and the question was asked, “What are five things you can’t live without.” And besides the obvious, food, water, and chocolate, most of us answered “books.” They’re important. Obviously not just the fiction ones, and just because I mentioned mostly people who didn’t exist in my list up there ^, I don’t want you to think  that I only read fiction. I do read non-fiction occasionally, and enjoy reading about the lives of real people. Books are so educational, inspiring, wonderful, influential, and downright fun!

 Who are some of your best friends, in the book world? And what are your two top favorite [besides the bible] books in the entire universe?

Go read a book, and have a cup of iced tea!


Becca Anne

p.s. while you're reading, you might as well put on some music too. :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Mt. Adams // a dream come true

It happened. I finally got to meet my mountain, face to face. It was an amazing experience, and I am very proud of myself.  :)
     We hiked up the night before, starting about 4:00 p.m., and reached camp about 8:30-9:00. Trust me, it might not seem like very long, but carrying a huge pack uphill, that long is quite a feat! J We went to bed as fast as possible after eating dinner, but I wasn't able to sleep that night!! I’ve  was told by a friend yesterday that it was because I didn’t have a pad underneath my sleeping pad. I, uh, failed to mention tol him I was sleeping in shorts because I was waiting for my pants to dry out!! (I hadn't thought about taking extra pants, as I was wearing water-resistant pants... J So, next time, I’ll be taking a sleeping pad, and flannel pajama bottoms to sleep in. [Can’t you just see that, Becca camping on the side of a mountain with her brothers and their friends from church, the only girl in the party, and she pulls out her flannel pajamas. lol] Needless to say, when 2:00 rolled by, I was very happy to get out of my freezing cold sleeping bag, and eat something hot. Yes that’s 2:00 A.M. Those that know me well know that I don’t out of bed willingly until after 8:00. Ok, maybe 9:00 would be more like it. Anyway, we finally got on the trail about 3:45, because some of the people in our group weren't as awake as I was. :) And then about 20 minuets into the hike up, my brother Daniel (13) realized that he had forgotten his sunglasses back at camp. As sunglasses were essential to this part of the climb, my dad and him went back down to find then. And the rest of us got to sit in a little rock shelter, blissfully unaware that there was a tent right beside us. I really hope we didn't wake them up!! :) It really surprised us when one of the boys stood up and announced "there's a tent right there!"

^The view of Mt. St. Helens from the camp.
This ^ is at like 5:00 a.m. It felt like 10:00.

^ David managed to break his sunglasses the first day, so he duct taped them. Then during the last little bit of the climb, he lost a lens.

^The sky was amazing. Look at the difference in color the higher we got. this is at about 10,500 feet of elevation.

^Mt Hood. My other mountain. :) I found out that you can ride the chair lift up to 9,000 feet, and then you only have to climb 3,000 feet up. Sounds kinda nice to me! :)
I won’t go into much detail for the rest to the climb, but I will say this; It was way harder than I was expecting. I had done a 12 mile hike the weekend before, and had absolutely no problem with that. I could have gone further even, but climbing the mountain was HARD!! J I also have serious issues with heights. Like really serious issues with heights, so it was a challenge to make myself climb higher and higher, knowing I was 10,000+ feet above the “ground.”  
     I didn’t actually make it to the summit, but I did make it to the false summit, which is at about 11,000 feet elevation. The summit is a little over 12,000 feet. By the time I made it to the false summit, I was exhausted from lack of sleep, plus climbing all that way up, and had been experiencing, uh, “lower back pain” the entire time as well. But hey, I made it that far, and am thrilled that I managed to climb almost the entire climb up without falling!!! (I’ve managed to fall at least once during each hike I go on.) That’s more than I can say for the way down, however! We decided not to glissade down, as it just wasn’t safe, and we climbed down the rocks instead I almost think it was scarier climbing down the rocks than glissading would have been!!!! J  
     Even though I didn't get to summit, I had an amazing time, and the view was posotively breathtaking. I highly recommend climbing Mt. Adams some day soon. (Just make sure you climb stairs for hours everyday for like a year before you attempt it, otherwize you'll be really really really really sore the next day. :)

Wish #17 on my bucket list completed!!! :)

Becca Anne :)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Answers to the Fashon party questions -- :)

1. What word are you totally loving at the moment? Brilliant, shortened to brill.

2. Any tv shows/movies you are excited for this fall? I've heard rumors of the movie To have and to Hold, coming out this fall, but haven't looked it up to make sure.It would be pretty awesome if it was coming out, though!!
3. Anything that symbolizes something to you? Hearts. I was challenged one time to find something, any object on earth, and make it my symbol to think, whenever I saw it, "Christ loves ME." It's been fun to find hearts in strange places sometimes!! :)
4. Two favorite songs at the moment? Love is not proud, by Brandon Heath, and Letters to Sarah, by Michael W. Smith.

5. If there was suddenly a world taker over by an evil dictator what would you do? Fight until I couldn't fight any longer for the people and land that I love!
6. What is your favorite summer activity? hmmm, vollyball with freinds, canoeing at the lake, reading, reading, and reading!! :)
7. What has been your favorite summer vacation? I really have no idea. We don't really take official vacations. It's usually a weekend here and there all over the year.
8. If you received an unlimited shopping spree to any store, what store would it be for? Oh dear, maybe Khols, or Shabby Apple... Somewhere with lots of really cute dresses!!! :) :)

9. What is your favorite summertime food? White mocha fraps from starbucks. That is a food right?!?
10. What is your favorite summertime movie? This is a stretch of summer movie, but perhaps Curly Top, staring Shirly Temple. (The cutest actress EVER!!!!!)

Entry for a photo contest // animals

Kathrine, from A life worth Living is having a photo contest, and I decided to enter. (I think this is the first I've ever entered. :)

The theme is animals, and the only issue with the contest was no editing!!  I was like, gee, now I've got to go through my photos and find one that I never edited! :) But I found one, and this is one of my personal favorites.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

i need this // or at least want it

This giveaway is cool. I've been thinking it would be really cool to do some film photography...It's something that is 'old fashioned' and I love most things old fashioned. :)