5.18.2009

Erm....Hello...

*peeks head around the corner*….heh….have you missed me? I can’t believe I’ve neglected my blog for two whole weeks! I do have a good reason though; a few actually. After my violin recital and auditions for orchestra, I totally flipped out. My body was completely stressed out for about two weeks, and it hasn’t been snapping back very easily. My adrenal glands caved in on me, so I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to recuperate them—taking several natural supplements, getting plenty of sleep, spending a lot of time doing rewarding activities with my family. It’s helped somewhat, and I guarantee that I’ll be doing a lot better soon, but that’s what’s been going down.

In other news….I’m getting glasses. During my strange symptoms of adrenal fatigue, I have also been getting a lot of nasty headaches. I thought I’d get my eyes checked out, just to make sure that they were ok. Well, it turns out that they’re not horrible, but with all of the time that I spend on the computer (heehee), and doing other things that cause eye strain, I’ve developed a bit of an astigmatism in my left eye, and I’m having focusing issues—my left and right eye won’t sync together correctly. So, I don’t know if I’ll need glasses forever, but I’ll at least have them until my astigmatism and focusing can be corrected. I can’t wait to get rid of my headaches! My mom said “It’s a good thing the current style of glasses looks good on you.” Hahaha. She maketh me laugh. ^_^

I think my room really needs to be cleaned and organized. I’m not a very organized person….ok, I’m not an organized person at all….ok, I’ve earned the title “Messy Marvin” from my mom. :/ But, it’s finally starting to get to me having clothes laying everywhere, and junk randomly scattered about my room. I think it might be because I’ve got a renewed fervor for beauty—my brother bought me an orchid!!!!!! It’s soooo pretty. It’s my favoritest thing in the whole wide world. ^_^ (and “favoritest” is absolutely a word). Please pray that I’ll be able to keep it alive. Haha. I had a horrible dream last night that it died; just a little snapshot of it all dried up and wilty. :(

Speaking of dreams…I also dreamed last night that my dad was a Jack-in-the-box. He had swirly eyes and was really creepy. Bizarre.

Oh….I almost forgot to tell you all—I made orchestra!!!! I won’t know what chair I’m in until this fall (we’re going to have another audition for that I think), but I do know that I’m in the first violins section. So, I’m very excited about that. I can’t wait to get started on everything! It’s going to be a blast, and hopefully it’ll get my skills all brushed up and snazzy. ;)

My writing has become far less eloquent as of late—for those of you who greatly miss it; I’m sorry. I really like to write that type of stuff, but it just takes such a long time. I can’t get myself to take the time to do it very often. However, I do have a couple of posts in the works that I will be posting sometime in the next couple of months. So, I hope you’ll keep reading even though I may not be quite as “profound” most of the time anymore. :P

I saw the new Star Trek the other day. *sigh* It’s like the coolinest movie since ever! Ok, it may not be for everybody, but having been a Trekkie since….birth…it was a completely invigorating experience. It commemorated the old movies and TV shows so well! It didn’t feel like a trendy remake to please the general public (although it probably did), they actually took into account all of the classic stuff in the old ones. Spock is my favorite—I think I’m going to be a Vulcan, because they’re amazing.

Ok, so I could ramble on, but I won’t. Until next time “Live long and prosper”.

5.04.2009

AB AETERNO*

The Day the Sky Wept Blood

Darkness around, blood luminescent
His vision blurs in dim light of a crescent

Smoke hangs in the air with a pungent wake
The sickly sweet when death partakes

Broken spears and tattered banners lay all around
“Defeat” speaks the whispering ash on the ground

He walked through the swarms of lifeless warriors
They fought for death—the justice of collectors

He sunk his iron knee in the gut of the defiant
Kneeling, sword in hand—to due plan, compliant

The world in his hands, our fate in his grasp
Wearing a broach with a jewel of merit
Black underneath, silk in its clasp
Power misplaced, he’s too wretched to bear it

King of man,
King of filth


Midday, the sun shines with sweat in its touch
Iron glistens around, muscles flex in their clutch

Man against man—struggling to die
Survival moves in and reason walks by

Closing in doom—unavoidable death
Both sides resume in bloody bequest

A whinny sounds; the hoof-beats draw near
White light—for shame of their blood they do fear

Buried in stone by darkness’ hand
Screamed the light inside of man

Shockwaves of power emit from His face
Great Knight, so bright; they are a disgrace

White flag in his hand and a tear in His gaze
Halted in the midst of their vicious maze

He speaks a word, and the light falls away
Covered in dust, in their blood He lay

They look at Him, power withheld from their sight
“Kill Him!” They scream with their fists held tight

The Knight blinks as love drips from His green eyes
“Forgive them.” He speaks in a sob to the skies

Broadswords sink deep, steel fusing with flesh
Crimson pools spread across His unmoving chest

Purity, man’s prey, stares from un-shifting eyes
Undying love, man’s shame sent down from the skies

Silence…Silence…Death...

One by one, the feelings arise
From the hearts and the souls: drowning demise

A longing, a whisper as loud as a scream
The birthing of shame of love like a dream

A few drop their swords, others lift up their hands
As the corpse of the knight takes a breath and then stands

Light from his wounds, forgiveness aglow
To all who believe in the love that was shown


Life…Love…Breath

The Battle Rages On
---
Abigail & Jared Kraft 2009

*From the eternal

5.01.2009

Okie dokie….here goes that epic comeback post I promised y’all! KASTANG!!!

I was going to write about celebrity birthdays, but there aren’t any good ones today. lol. However, Jack Nicholson turned 72 the other day (April 22), which completely blew my mind. I'm not a Jack Nicholson fan, but he definitely doesn’t look like he’s 72! Oooooh…scratch that about there not being any good celebrity birthdays today—Conrad E. Palmisano is 61 today…for those of you too cultured to know, he played Santa on “Unaccompanied Minors”. That was one of the lamest movies of all time—if you’re the type of person that watches a movie and like judges it on movie making quality, acting, story, etc. (ya know…all those important things), then you probably don’t want to be watching that one. However, if you’re the type of person who can shut your brain off and watch whatever happens to be on the screen in front of you, you’ll probably watch it once and laugh your head off (partly because you feel so stupid for taking the time to watch it in the first place). Power to you…you can’t beat my record of watching it 3 times, and laughing…every…time.

Which is better?—a zebra or a giraffe? I think zebras are pretty awesome, because I love black and white, and stripes—y’all know, those are some of my favorite things. I also like giraffes though, because they have those fancy long necks—I’ve always wanted a long neck. I suppose, in my mind, it all comes down to Marty or Melman.


Hmmmm….I’m thinking Marty. Melman is classic, but he’s into all of the prescriptions and stuff, and I’m just not into that. Yays for Marty!!!

This Monday is “Monthly Monday Poetry”. I love reading everybody’s stuff! I’m really hoping that more of you will join in this month—it’s really a lot of fun to see how creative y’all can be. :) So, please come back and join in on that on Monday!

My sibs have been listening to the High School Musical 2 soundtrack practically non-stop recently. It drives me crazy sometimes, but I went in the other day, and I found Silas dancing and singing “Bet On It” and I was like “Good grief! That’s awesome!” He’s really good! So, for the most part, I’ve let them continue with their HSM2 excursions. At least they’re being constructive, right? It’s really adorable.

I’m enjoying the lulling sound of rain outside my window this morning. I haven’t been very peaceful the last few days (worrying about my orchestra audition). God’s really speaking to me today. Last night, I was so freaked out that I fell asleep during “The Incredibles” out of pure exhaustion at 6:30pm. Anxiety is like the flu, people!!! Anyway, this morning when I was reading my Bible, God brought a scripture to my attention that I absolutely love.
Philippians 4:6-7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Praise God for that reminder this morning! I feel a ton better after spending some time with my ever encouraging Father.

I could really use your prayer on the subject of my audition though…which is why I’m linking up on my momma’s blog with my “Pray for your chum” pic.


I thought I would be creative…so, I spent way too long writing out really lame graffiti lettering (remind me never to become a graffiti artist). I added in “Blogging” because I thought it looked cool….and sounded cool….and yeah….I didn’t read the instructions carefully enough. :/ So, I’m officially the only chum who is strictly a blogging chum! lol. Also, yes...you guessed it...I AM still in my pajamas, and HAVEN'T done my makeup yet. I hate this picture, and yet I care so little, that I share it with you all. So, there you go.

Anyways, this morning is quite pleasant. I’m blogging about random things that I feel like rambling about, drinking one of my bro’s insanely awesome cappuccinos, watching the rain, and listening to our new Chris Botti CD, “Italia”. I love jazz…it’s so soothing and relaxing. Chris Botti is probably my favorite jazz artist, but I also love Aaron Goldberg, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, etc. for some more upbeat and exciting stuff. Check them out if you get a chance.

My daddy thinks I use the word insane(ly) a lot….maybe I do. It just fits me so well! My favorite word as a little girl was “vex”, because it made me feel all old fashioned and important. That’s what you get for reading Elsie Dinsmore at all hours of the day! Ha! I watched this awesome movie this last weekend with my bro called “Little Dorrit” (you may have read about it on my mom’s blog). It’s a 7 ½ hour long BBC flick. Yesterday, Jared and I were talking about the character of Arthur Clenham (the lead guy in the film), and how he compares to the modern man. He’s 100% gentleman, and one thing that is constantly apparent throughout the film is his respect for the leading lady, Amy Dorrit. Jared asked me if I would like it better if he treated me with the same kind of respect that was displayed in that movie. I got to thinking about that, and an interesting thought came into my mind.

A trademark of movies such as this (stories of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell…) is contrast in characters. I find that as I’m watching I start to think “No one’s that perfect” or “No one’s that stupid” or “He’s comically evil”, etc. I think the composition of these stories is comparable to that of a parable—like they are based around what people would see in a person. For instance, if we see someone that we care for deeply, we know they have flaws—that’s a given—but what we see is all of the amazing things that they are. In a film, book, etc., we are given the opportunity to view the people in the way that the writers want us to view them—a character can be written in with only his good traits so that we can look up to that person and glean wisdom from the idealistic nature that they have portrayed of him. It’s the same way with the characters that are portrayed as the villains or nuisances in the story. Anyway, the answer to Jared’s question is that in my eyes, he does treat me with the same respect as Arthur Clenham does Amy Dorrit, he just doesn’t see it because he doesn’t view himself with the same affection as I do.

Did y’all watch American Idol on Tuesday? It was rat pack week, and I absolutely LOVE rat pack music! All of that stuff that just makes you want to smile with its happy feelings and lightheartedness. Yay…I loved it.

Well, this is my longest post ever, so I guess I’ll leave y’all now…but I told you that I was going to do an epic post! :) I’ll let you know how my audition goes tonight…thanks for all of your prayers! Oh...and YAY! I have 42 followers now!!! That's 10 more than 32!!! ^_^

P.S. I just realized that this is my 32nd post in 2009! :D