Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New Photography

After Thanksgiving I used some of my savings to buy myself a D-SLR camera. I got a new Canon Rebel T2i. After my birthday in February I used some birthday money to get a 50mm f/1.8 fixed lens. I love this lens so much more than my 18-55 mm lens that came with my camera, even though the 50mm is a fixed length, or has no zoom. I like this lens better because it has a wider aperture and so the shots it takes are prettier and more aesthetically pleasing, because they can create the bokeh, or blurred background, affect. These are a few of my newer pictures. I'm pretty sure that they were all taken with the 50mm, except for the one of the moon which I took with my 75-300 telephoto zoom lens.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Addendum to Chick-fil-a

I just wanted to add a something to the previous post. Every time I think that I have seen the weirdest possible thing, inevitably something even weirder happens. For example, until yesterday the strangest thing that had happened to me was the girl that rapped her order to me. Yesterday, I was doing some sort of cleaning work in the front counter (this is what we perpetually do when we are bored) and I saw a lady approaching the counter who seemed............a little inebriated. Then I realized that she was holding a cup of beer in her hand while kind of staggering toward us. (She must have brought the beer into the mall with her, because I don't think you can get it at any of the restaurants in the food court.) She managed to get to the counter. She set her beer down and told me she wanted an ice cream cone. (Please keep in mind that this is at about 11 o'clock in the morning.) She paid, I gave her the cone, and she left. A moment later we realized........her beer was sitting on the counter, in plain view of all the other guests that were now forming a line. So, we threw it out; no big deal. Fortunately, I think she was too drunk to remember where she left her beer because she didn't come back.

So like I said before, weird things happen to me at work. Over all though, I think the drunk lady leaving her beer on the counter may have topped the strange list for now.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


So, I realized today that I've only blogged 11 times this year......which is really abysmal. Part of this is due to the fact that I have been doing my senior year of high school (Yay!) and that I have been working about 20 hours a week (roughly) at Chick-fil-a since the beginning of August. The other part of me not blogging is just that I've been lazy about it.

In August I started my senior year. This has been going pretty well. I'm taking Advanced Chemistry and Pre-Calculus, among other things. I've applied to Armstrong Atlantic State University to go next fall after I graduate.

I was hired by Chick-fil-a in the Savannah Mall at the beginning of August. If you want to see our website go here. We are also on Facebook, and you can see the page here if you want to. I really love my job! It isn't growing old at all. I usually work mornings through lunch and it's really fun to get to know some of the people who work in the mall that are regular customers and come every day. It's also especially fun now that we are getting nearer to Christmas. I had to be at the store at 6:30 a.m. on Black Friday and we had Christmas music playing all day in the kitchen. Also, for Christmas we sell a Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake, which is really sinful, but it's so good! It's like drinking a humongous peppermint covered in Hershey's syrup. Also, part of what makes working at Chick-fil-a fun is seeing customers with outrageous complaints! There is usually at least one REALLY mean person a day. Sometimes it's weird enough that it can be almost comical. So I just want to share with you my personal favorite story: I was running a cash register and a lady came up with a survey receipt. (Certain receipts print a link to go to to complete a survey to get a code for a free sandwich.) Except, her receipt was blank-no code. I explained that she actually had to do the survey to get the free sandwich. She got very angry and then made up a code out of her head. I told her it was a incorrect code and that we couldn't accept it. At this point she became so irate that I gave her the free sandwich. She still wouldn't let up. She called over my manager and wanted to know what my name was, because she apparently couldn't read it off of my name tag. (At this point I had fled to the kitchen.) She kind of threatened my manager by telling her that she would "call corporate" on us before storming out of the mall. Good grief.......all that over a free sandwich she didn't deserve, but got!

Some of my other favorite weird occurrences:
  • The girl that rapped her whole order to me
  • Being called a disgusting expletive
  • Being asked "Don't you speak English?!"
  • Having to deal with women wearing see through and otherwise inappropriate clothing
  • Observing a verbal fight in front of Sbarro, which is right next to Chick-fil-a
  • Having a woman get in my face and demand our Unit number and Phone number
  • Calling a customer a pronoun of the wrong gender (In my defense she really looked like a guy.)
So you can see what fun I have! No, really though, I love my job and am really glad that I've had this opportunity to work at Chick-fil-a!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Last Saturday my best friends Alli and Josh got married at Bull Street Baptist Church downtown. I had the honor of being Alli's maid of honor. The wedding was beautiful and everything went amazingly! Our friend Anna did the photography and did an awesome job!
I encourage you to go here to see some more of the wedding pictures, and also to check out the rest of Anna's site and see her other amazing photography!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Abortion Awareness

Trees Aren’t the Only Things Worth Saving | is a comprehensive website with tons of information concerning abortion. You can view current statistics on abortion for the U.S., Canada, U.K., New Zealand, and Australia, as well as the outlook worldwide. You can also view opportunities to help with abortion awareness. helps to educate those who don't know what they should about the truth of the horrors of abortion. If you haven't visited the site before, you should check it out. It's amazingly eye opening.

Click here to see U.S. abortion statistics.
Click here to see U.K. abortion statistics.
Click here for worldwide statistics.
Click here to read the article "A Biblical Mandate to Do Something About Abortion."
Also, click here to see gear. (i.e. pens, bags, t-shirts, flyers, bottles, signs, etc.)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Chemistry Wordle

I loved chemistry last year so I made a Wordle of it. Click the image to view a much larger version.

Wordle: Chemistry

More on Old Photographs

Yesterday I posted a few old pictures that I have of my relatives from the early 1900s. What is interesting about these old pictures is that they are so well preserved. I just wanted to share a couple of examples of how they printed pictures then.

The top picture is one of my great-grandma's 6 month pictures from September 1912. As you can see, it is printed on a type of hard decorative cardboard. I have 3 pictures that are printed this way and they are all in much better condition that the ones that are printed on paper. It was common in the early 1900s for people to have formal portraits and such printed on this hard board in order to preserve it.

Another thing that they did was print photographs as postcards so that they could then mail the picture to family or friends easily. Above you can see another picture of my great-grandma (Mary Rosalia Lytle) as a baby with her dad. It was printed on the front of a postcard. You can see the back above. My great-grandmother's mom, Florence, mailed the card to her sister Mary on June 12, 1912. The inscription reads, "Just a glimpse of "Dad" and Mary Jr. --Flor."

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Researching my Genealogy

Over the last few years I've become interested in researching my genealogy and finding out who my ancestors were. While researching, I've been able to trace my ancestry back in some cases as far as the late 1500s. I also found, thanks to a list that my great-grandmother had compiled, that I am a direct descendant of John Robinson, who was the pastor to the Pilgrims in Leiden, Holland before they made their voyage on the Mayflower. I've also been able to determine what countries my ancestors immigrated from. For example, on my Mom's side I've found that most of her ancestry is French and Scottish and that they immigrated to Canada in the 1600s. On my Dad's side, I'm predominately English and Irish. They all immigrated to the U.S. much later, around the 1830s.

One of the sites that helped me the most is I've been able to do most of my tracing there. My other sources are simply things compiled by my great-grandma and her brother and other info as told to me by my grandma.

Obviously, the first thing to do is to get as much information as possible from family members because they are more reliable than computer sources. Then you can use computer records. Also, something I've looked into is immigration and military records. As a whole the process is very enlightening. It's fun to see where I've come from and who my ancestors were, even if that is my only connection to them.

The pictures above are pictures that I found when I was helping my grandmother sort out all of her old pictures a couple of years ago. The first two photos show my great-grandmother, Mary Rosalia Lytle Woodard. First, at six months, in September 1912. Next, circa 1915. The final picture shows my great-great grandparents Charles Woodard and Edith Robbins on their wedding day in 1904. It's fascinating, really, to see pictures like this. I really enjoy it.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Seeing Evidence for Creation Outside My Front Door

Although we have had a relatively cold winter here in GA, the weather has finally warmed up enough for our azaleas to bloom:

Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

Genesis 1: 11-13

Here we see God creating these beautiful plants. The flowers really show that God has to have created them and that something so beautiful couldn't have simply evolved from elements. Someone greater has to have shaped them with His hands for them to be so perfect!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Purpose of Minor Characters in Pride and Prejudice

This is a paper that I wrote for my 2009-2010 AP British Literature class. We just finished reading and discussing Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Now we are reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The next paper that I post will be discussing some aspect of this novel.

The Purpose of Minor Characters in Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s most famous novel, is filled with many different minor characters. Some seem superfluous, but others bring life to certain scenes and help to advance the plot. The plethora of characters in the novel can be overwhelming at times, but each seems to have a purpose even though it may be minute. Certain plotlines in the story actually revolve around minor characters and the plot could not truly be complete without their influence.

Of the Bennet sisters, two are fairly minor characters. Lydia is not a minor character, as most of volume three revolves around her disgraceful elopement with Mr. Wickham. Kitty and Mary, on the other hand, play much less important parts in the novel. Mary Bennet is the middle sister of the five. She is very sober and spends her time with hobbies that usually only profit herself. She plays the piano with mediocre quality and causes a major scene at Mr. Bingley’s Netherfield Ball when she performs dreadfully and practically refuses to cease. She spends the rest of her time reading from Fordyce’s Sermons. “James Fordyce’s Sermons to Young Women was a popular guidebook on women’s conduct, published in 1767. In his sermons, Fordyce argued that ‘men of the best sense have usually been averse to the thought of marrying a witty female.’”( Mary obviously has taken this to heart, as she seems to have no sense of humor whatsoever.

Mary’s purpose in the novel seems to be to contrast her character with that of Lizzy and also, Lydia. Mary is some like Lizzy in the respect that she has intelligence; unlike Lizzy, she doesn’t use it for the bettering of her person. Also, in the book we never truly come to understand is Mary if really good or evil. She takes on the appearance of goodness, contrasting against Lydia, who has no morals. However, she persists in making some disparaging comments about Lydia after she runs away. “Unhappy as the event must be for Lydia, we may draw from it this useful lesson: that loss of virtue in a female is irretrievable -- that one false step involves her in endless ruin -- that her reputation is no less brittle than it is beautiful, -- and that she cannot be too much guarded in her behaviour towards the undeserving of the other sex.” (Austen) Her character also reveals that the parenting on the senior Bennets’ part probably became severely lacking after Elizabeth was born.

The remaining Bennet sister is Kitty, whose role is even more subtle than Mary’s. Kitty is the prime example of a pushover. Although she is two years older than Lydia she shadows her every move. After Lydia runs away it is revealed in a letter from Jane that Kitty knew more about the affair than she had originally let on. Kitty isn’t thought of to be very smart, but she has better qualities that Lydia, the stupidest of the girls. Mr. Bennet seems to realize his error with Lydia and therefore tells Kitty jokingly that she is to be confined to the house for ten years. Kitty, however, isn’t smart enough to get his joke, and, taking him literally, runs away to her room in tears. She generally continues with this demeanor, however, “the closing chapter of the novel says that her personality improves after she begins spending most of her time visiting Jane and Elizabeth after their marriages and being kept away from Lydia.” (Renee)

Kitty’s purpose in the novel seems to be one of the most ambiguous. She is there to show that Lydia often has ruling power over others, even some who are her elders. She also seems to have been included to further show the bad parenting given to her. Most of her scenes don’t further the plot. If they do, it is usually because of Lydia, Lizzy, or another character who is much more important than she. In several of the movie adaptations of the novel, Kitty is either entirely missing or her role is seriously downplayed. In the 2004 movie, Bride and Prejudice, a Bollywood version of the novel, Kitty’s character has been removed totally. In the 2005 version, her character, played by Carey Mulligan, doesn’t do much of anything. Ultimately, Kitty’s overall purpose never seems to be revealed, other than that she adds another sister to the Bennet family.

Mr. and Mrs. Hurst, Charles Bingley’s brother-in-law and sister, are very minor in the book and add almost nothing to the story other than comic relief. We see Mr. Hurst as a drunken man who sits around and sleeps during the day. He adds relief to tense scenes between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth by randomly waking up in the middle of their conversations. Mrs. Hurst plays almost no part at all, other than being there. “His sisters were very anxious for his having an estate of his own; but though he was now established only as a tenant, Miss Bingley was by no means unwilling to preside at his table, nor was Mrs. Hurst, who had married a man of more fashion than fortune, less disposed to consider his house as her home when it suited her.” (Austen) Both of Bingley’s sisters are with him largely because of money, nothing else.

The Lucas family is another set of minor characters to grace the pages of Austen’s novel. They also add some comic relief to the novel. Sir William Lucas is silly and mostly worthless. He has the same awe of Lady Catherine de Bourgh as Mr. Collins, embarrassing his daughter, Charlotte. “In spite of having been at St. James's, Sir William was so completely awed by the grandeur surrounding him, that he had but just courage enough to make a very low bow, and take his seat without saying a word; and his daughter, frightened almost out of her senses, sat on the edge of her chair, not knowing which way to look.” (Austen)

Charlotte Lucas, Sir William’s daughter, was Lizzy’s best friend, and ultimately married the Bennets’ cousin, William Collins. She married him only because she needed a husband for future security. Her view on marriage is actually quite odd. “Charlotte, in a speech Elizabeth cannot believe to be serious, suggests that ‘In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better shew more affection than she feels.’” (Adams) She also tells Lizzy that “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.”

Charlotte is one of the characters in the novel who is hard to classify. Her role in the eventual marriage of Mr. Darcy and Lizzy is huge, so in that respect she cannot be classified as a minor character. If Charlotte hadn’t married Mr. Collins, Lizzy would never have gone to visit them. If she hadn’t gone to see the Collins, she would never have seen Mr. Darcy again or have had him initially propose to her. She also would never have found out the truth about Jane and Mr. Bingley or that of Mr. Wickham. In other respects, though, Charlotte is a minor character. She is largely absent from the second half of the novel. She reappears briefly near the end, but not to any great extent.

The only other member of the Lucas family that stands out is Maria, Charlotte’s little sister. She is friends with Kitty Bennet and she is another filler character, doing nothing to advance the plot. However, one time she is useful is near the end of the book, when Kitty is walking with Lizzy and Mr. Darcy. Kitty begs to go see Maria, thereby leaving Mr. Darcy and Lizzy alone, this resulting in their engagement.

The last important minor characters in Pride and Prejudice are Colonel and Harriet Forster. They only become important at the end of the novel. Colonel Forster is in command of the -----shire militia, and Mr. Wickham’s superior. It is with the Forsters that Lydia goes to Brighton. From Brighton, Lydia makes her escape to elope with George Wickham, leaving behind a note for Harriet. Colonel Forster, although a bit negligent, seems to be a good individual as he sets out immediately to search for them in an attempt to save them from eternal ruin. The Forsters become crucial to the plot in that they are the people who are responsible for Lydia when she elopes.

Although the minor characters in Pride and Prejudice sometimes seem to be unnecessary, they provide life to the story. Kitty and Mary highlight the Bennet’s bad parenting. The Hursts provide comic relief. The Lucas family adds depth to the story, and the Forsters become Lydia’s unknown enablers. Ultimately, they all play fairly important parts in the beautifully crafted novel by Jane Austen.

Works Cited

Adams, Carol J., Douglas Buchanan, and Kelly Gesch. "Pride and Prejudice." Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Jane Austen (Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companions). New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2008. 5. Print.

Austen, Jane. "Chapter IV." Pride and Prejudice (Oxford World's Classics). New ed. New York: Oxford University Press, USA, 2004. 11. Print.

Austen, Jane. "Chapter XLVII." Pride and Prejudice (Oxford World's Classics). New ed. New York: Oxford University Press, USA, 2004. 219. Print.

Austen, Jane. "Chapter XXIX." Pride and Prejudice (Oxford World's Classics). New ed. New York: Oxford University Press, USA, 2004. 124-125. Print.

"Fordyce’s Sermons; Mr Collins’ Favorite Book - My Pride and Prejudice ." My Pride and Prejudice . N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2010. .

Renee, Melissa . "Story and History: Catherine "Kitty" Bennet, Basic Character Information." Story and History. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2010. .

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