Saturday, January 16, 2016

People I Would Love to Meet

There are quite a few people I would love to meet.

Although, I would most likely be starstruck, and quiet (as I am a very shy person by nature), so I wouldn't say much, at least at first. But, that won't/doesn't stop me from wanting to meet them.

So, here are the people I would most like to meet:
  • Michael Gambon
  • Maggie Smith
  • Johnny Depp
  • Daniel Radcliffe
  • Emma Watson
  • Rupert Grint
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Jonathan Antoine
  • Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Whitney Way Thore (from My Big Fat Fabulous Life)
  • David Tennant
  • Jazz Jennings
  • Nick Vujicic
  • Camille and Kennerly (The Harp Twins)
  • Buddy Valastro (The Cake Boss)
  • Jen and Bill (The Little Couple)
  • Ian McKellan
  • Andre Rieu
  • Marlee Matlin
  • Katie Leclerc
  • Celtic Woman
  • Celtic Thunder
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Emma Thompson
  • Eddie Redmayne
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Viola Davis
  • James Earl Jones
  • Antonio Banderas
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Kiefer Sutherland
  • Gene Wilder
  • Craig Ferguson
  • Bindi Irwin
  • Pope Benedict XVI
  • Liam Hemsworth
  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Adele
  • Tom Felton
  • Evanna Lynch
  • Ashley Greene
  • Peter Facinelli
  • Stephenie Meyer

And, just because, here are the people I wish I could have met, before they died:

  • Alan Rickman
  • Robin Williams
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Richard Harris
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Christopher Reeve
  • Maureen O'Hara
  • Shirley Temple
  • B.B. King
  • Luciano Pavarotti
  • Andre the Giant
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Steve Irwin
  • Dick Clark
  • Pope John Paul II
  • Princess Diana
  • Rosa Parks
  • Mother Teresa

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Rest in Peace, Alan Rickamn

Today, one of my favorite actors, Alan Rickman, died at age 69 from cancer.

I was shocked to hear of his passing, and of his cancer diagnosis, as I had no idea he was sick.

He was one of the people I wanted to meet at some point in my life, but now, that is not possible.

He was absolutely perfect in Harry Potter as Snape, Hans Gruber in the Die Hard movies, and all his other roles.

From what I have read/heard about him, Alan was very supportive of others, very funny, an all around great guy to be around.

It's impossible not to feel sad about the loss of Alan Rickman, aka Snape/Hans/Harry (from Love Actually).

My condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans (yes, his fans as well).

Rest in peace to a wonderful man. The world has lost an incredible soul, one that will be dearly missed.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A Strong Desire to Be An STM

For some time now, I have been wanting to be an STM (short term missionary) at a Joni and Friends Retreat.

The only thing stopping me from applying: the money. The one I want to go to isn't super expensive, but I am still unable to pay for the retreat.

The registration for this year opened today, but I am hesitant to apply. They do have assistance for people who are unable to pay the entire amount, but I'm not sure if I really want to/can do it this year.

So, I am looking to hopefully go next year.

You can learn more about Joni and Friends here, and about the retreats here.

A friend of mine has gone to a few of these retreats before, and loved them. I read about them on the website, and they sound like so much fun. So, I hope to be able to go to at least on retreat in my life.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Musically Inclined

I was recently chatting with one of the children's librarians at the local library, and we got to talking about music and musical instruments.

She told me she was learning how to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the guitar, so she can play it at story time.

I told her that I used to play the violin in my elementary school's orchestra, and took a guitar class my freshman year of high school (yes, they had/have a guitar class!!).

For quite some time, I have been hoping to be able to buy a full size violin for myself, and to start playing again. I seriously miss playing, and would love to get back into it.

I quit playing the violin after fifth grade, because I "got bored with it." I have been regretting that ever since. So, hopefully I can start up again, before it's too late.

I may even start trying to play the guitar again as well. I love music, and actually enjoyed playing instruments. There are other instruments I want to play as well, and hopefully I can maybe take lessons for those too. Although, violin is my instrument of choice, and will be focusing on that.

I can't wait to get back into things, and to play again soon!!!