Friday, December 25, 2009

Best Present EVER!


Gorram Right!
*dances around, humming the FireFly theme*

Merry Christmas All!
<3 Becca

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

O Christmas Tree

This is what happens when nerds decorate:
Our first Christmas tree, I can believe we have been married for over 6 months.




Our First Christmas ornaments. The first one was custom made by a Christmas shop and sent to us by my awesome aunt. It has our first names on the front and wedding date on back.




Presents! my mom dropped them off early, since they will be in Colorado with my brother for Christmas.

And finally, some tradition. Chinese noodle cookies! They are so simple and easy to make and always are delicious.



Hope everyone has a nice Christmas/holiday!

Peace,
Becca

Monday, December 14, 2009

Smile!

Try not smiling/laughing at this funny little clip...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEr0BPOfVw4

featuring the hottest guy in the world, John Barrowman. Who according to internet rumors is the front runner for Captain America. All I can say is, please Hollywood, if you have any sense of sanity left...cast John Barrowman as Captain America!

For those who have no idea who John Barrowman is...watch Torchwood on BBC.
Or this clip of him singing Sunset Boulevard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1atWehdBp7M


Enjoy,
Becca

Friday, December 11, 2009

Top Ten Movies....

In honor of going to see Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" tonight... (I am so happy I have friends who are as nerdy as I am)... I present a Top Ten list of movies I really want to see in the theater. In no certain order, they are:

10) Shutter Island
Based on a Dennis Lehane book, author of "Gone Baby Gone" and "Mystic River", this movie is about U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote Shutter Island. The book was a quick, fascinating read and the cast seems to fit the roles perfectly. I can not wait to go see this movie.

9) The Lovely Bones
Another movie based on a really good, yet sad book. Directed by the one and only Peter Jackson. The preview has me hooked and I have to dig up my copy of the book to re-read before I go see it.

8) Avatar
James Cameron's latest movie. Watch the preview here: http://www.imdb.com/features/holidaymovieguide/2009/movies/avatar

7) Toy Story 3
This relates back to me being an extreme nerd. I love all of Pixar's movies and I can not wait to see the latest installment of one of my favorite Disney movies, Toy Story. Sadly, I have to wait until next summer. Sigh...at least it is in 3D

6) The Last Airbender
M. Night's newest movie is about an airbender named Ang. Who just happens to the last Avatar, master of all four elements. If anyone else is a big nerd, you recognize this premise from Nick's cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender. I really, really want to see this movie. Even if it does have a guy from Twilight in it. It looks so good!

5) Sherlock Holmes
Robert Downey Jr...hurrr! Preview: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi4237361689/

4) A Christmas Carol
I always want to see Christmas Carol movies. I love the tale and the latest movie rendered in 3D looks wicked cool. I know this movie has been out for a while but I have been busy and tonight will be the first time I have seen a movie in the theater in a long time.

3) Men Who Stare At Goats
Another movie that has been out for awhile. I may wait to Netflix this one, but it looked funny. I like most of the cast and am hoping the movie can hold up to its hilarious preview.

2) Blind Side
I love a good feel good movie and Sandra Bullock. This movie looks really touching and like a good movie to go see with my mom or best girlfriend. Lol

1) Alice in Wonderland.
Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Tim Burton directing, how can you go wrong? Here is the preview: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi291242521/

I love Johnny Depp, I would go see that man watch paint dry...hurr!

Any ways, off to do some errands before the movie.
Peace,
Becca

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

First Snow

So last Saturday we had our first, real, winter snow storm here in New England. On Sunday morning, I went out with my camera and took some pretty winter wonderland shots. Today, I am going to share them with you. Enjoy!





Snowing again here today, yet it is also raining so it is not good weather for taking pictures. Hope everyone has a nice day.
Peace,
Becca





Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Five Things...

Okay so I totally stole this idea from a friend. Once a week I am going to post a Ten Things list in my blog. This week I only have five...oh well.

Five Things I should be doing....
(what can I say, I am a huge procrastinator)

5. Studying for my final MTEL test.
I am currently trying to obtain my initial teacher's license in Special Education. So far I have taken and passed the Communications and Literacy test. Two weeks ago I took the Foundations of Reading test. I will not know if I passed or failed for another month. The final test is the General Curriculum test, which I am taking in March. Studying for these test is like trying to read Ulysses (which I have). It is tedious and boring. However, starting tomorrow, I plan on studying an hour a day because I want to pass and obtain my license. Hopefully once I do so, I will have a better chance of getting a job.

4. Christmas Shopping
With both myself and my husband unemployed from our full time jobs, our budget is tight. Christmas is going to be very small this year and that makes me sad. We set a Christmas budget of $50 each. I have all his presents done (went a little over do to shipping and handling), bought something for my father in law, and that is all the shopping I have done. I still have my mother, father, mother in law, brother, and neighbors to buy for. Also we are having Friendmas again this year and I have to get something for the Yankee Swap. I hate shopping on a budget, I want to get everyone something nice. This year, I am hoping the saying "Its the thought that counts" holds true.

3. Exercising
This last June, I got married. Before I got married, I lost 10 pounds, which is a lot for me. Since the wedding, I have gained seven pounds back. Since I lost my job, I have sort of lost motivation to work out. It sucks. We have an elliptical machine in our basement and plenty of DVDs to watch while working out. I just need some motivation. My husband and I came up with an idea to collect stars for working out. For every 30 minutes you work out, you get a star. Every 20 stars the other person has to buy you a gift of your choice. So far hubby has already earned 20 stars and then some. I need to catch up. Probably tomorrow before work.

2. Take more pictures
I have been trying since this summer to use my fancy camera more. Since I got a part time job working retail, I have been taking less and less pictures. I set a goal to take at least five pictures per day and have fallen to maybe one or two (if I am lucky). I am hoping the holidays will present me with more opportunities to take and post my pictures.

1. Work on my novel
I have hit a wall with my "Fate" novel. I have written the next paragraph but need to do some research on Greek language and culture before I can move on. After I finish doing that, I am not sure where to go with the story. I need to connect the past with a present case of some sort. A case that is close to home and causes Fate to have reoccurring nightmares about what happened to her and her family long ago. A case that leads Fate to believe that Echo may not be truly dead. I am not sure where to go and would appreciate any comments/suggestions on my novel.

Okay I am off to clean the house and maybe take some pictures before hubby gets home. Hope everyone has a nice day.

Peace,
Becca

Friday, November 20, 2009

Fate Ch 1, Part 2

It was one of those days where you just want to stay in bed. Cold, gloomy, snowing/sleeting/freezing rain. And it was early…too early for a fourteen year old girl to want to awake up and go to the doctors. But just like my name, no mortal can escape the sound of my mother’s voice vaulting through the house and knocking you out of bed like a shrill, ear seeking missile.
“MOIRAE!!!!!!” my mother screamed, pronouncing my name More-ray. I cracked one brown eye open and held my breath. “MOIRAE ATHENA, WAKE UP!”
I moaned, rolled over, mumbling rude things under my breath. Slowly, yet not wanting to incur Selene’s wrath, I sat up. Stretching, running one hand through the knot of tangles that I call hair, I yawned widely. Throwing on my ratty, worn out robe, I headed downstairs. Halfway there my ears were assaulted by a canopy of noise. My father’s harsh laugh, my mother’s shrill voice yelling at him to turn down the TV. My brothers screaming and whining about the weather. Music mixed with news mixed with the booming voices of my family. I sighed, brushing back my messy brown hair, and descended into the chaos.
Let me tell you a little about my family. They are (with one exception) the stereotypical, big boned, brunette haired, dark eyed Greeks. My father was tall, my mother short, and I fell somewhere in between. My Greek/Irish twin brother, Apollo Nikoli was thirteen, full of moodiness and defiance, just like every other thirteen year old boy. Ares Darien, the middle brother, took after my father in looks, even at eleven. And there sitting at the kitchen table, looking like a mouse in a room full of elephants was my sister, Echo. Echo Leonora was a fragile child, lithe, lean, and only nine years old. My father used to half joke that Echo was the mailman’s child, a fair haired imp in the midst of dark haired, chubby humans. She was a special child, with a heart of gold. My brothers and I tried our best to protect little Echo from the evils of Central Jersey but lately her health seemed to be failing her. Worried (yet stoic) my parents were taking Echo to the nearest emergency walk-in clinic. And as the oldest child, I was going with them.


Comments/Suggestions welcome!
Peace,
Becca

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fate Ch 1, Part 1

Chapter One:

My name is Fate. Moirae “Fate” Athena Pantaris. My folks had a sick sense of humor and a strong sense of tradition, as if you could not already tell. Let me tell you a little about my folks. My mother was a large woman, with thick jet hair that always towered over her short frame. Selene Eos Pantaris was a woman that nobody messed with, not even her hot headed husband, Nikoli Apollo Pantaris. Selene, my mother, she always wanted big; big hair, big jewelry, she even had a big mouth. She had a shrill nasal voice that bored right into your skull. My mother was one tough lady; working two jobs, raising four kids, cooking an enormous Greek dinner every night, and more. Selene was a good woman with deep family traditions and a strong belief in Destiny. Maybe that is why she named me, her eldest child, after the Greek word for Fare. One can never tell.

Now my father, Nikoli, he was a different story. Bred from rock and granite, he was a towering man with pitch colored hair and deep violet eyes. He had a strong, hawk like features and tough work-hardened hands. Nikoli had a temper hot as the sun, but he also believed in fair justice. If you did something wrong, your ass would be sore for the night. I used to dread hearing those fateful words “Just wait until your father gets home.” However, my father was not a violent man, he would only raise his hand once in a great while to teach us, his children, the rules of the house. And we never broke the same rule twice. Nikoli was a hard working man, a good provider. He had a dirty sense of humor but always took us to church on Sundays. Despite their misgivings, my folks were good people right down to the core. Our house, hearts, and lives were filled with the brim; one big, fat, happy Greek family. That is until one cold, winter day when everything changed forever.
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Hope you like it. I still need a title if anyone has any ideas. I would appreciate comments/suggestions as well.

Peace,
Becca

Monday, November 9, 2009

Fate Prologue

As promised, the prologue to my novel that I am working on. I need a title for this novel, so suggestions are welcome.

Prologue:

Kamikaze waves shattered against sharp rocks, sending sprays of green-gray water into the air. Thunder boomed, rolling, echoing across the barren wasteland. Lightening flashed, illuminating a slight, shadowed figure. The shadow perched atop a high cliff, the devil nipping at its heels. Icy cold wind howled causing the land to shiver and sway. Another flash of white and a scream pierced the night. The figure fell, tumbling like a bright flame against the black night. Falling, spinning, twisting in the air; towards darkness and death.


Feel free to leave comments/suggestions.
Peace,
Becca

Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Blog

I had to start a new blog because I kept forgetting my password for "A Beautiful World." Having a Google mail account makes blogging so much easier. Any ways....

This blog is mostly for showing off my pictures, poetry, and other creative things. Since it is November and November is National Novel Writing Month, I plan to post a novel I am working on. Each day/week/whenever I post I will try to post new material from said novel. First I am going to post a little teaser/plot synopsis. Tomorrow I will post the prologue (it needs some editing).

Basic plot synopsis:
A detective seeking justice for her long lost sister. A murder that draws the detective to seek answers in a past tragedy. A mystery set in the New Jersey/Eastern Coast area.

Okay sounds lame...but just you wait. I do not have a lot written so far...but I love the main character and the story in my head.

And just to tease you...the first sentence of Chapter One: My name is Fate.

More tomorrow.
Peace,
Becca