What's in a Name?

Just a couple handles for you today, dearies.  :]

Hope you have a lovely week!

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Near Eastern Mythology
Pronunciation:  NAH-boo

Meaning & History
Possibly from a Semitic root meaning "to announce."  This was the name of an Assyrian and Babylonian god of wisdom, letters, and writing.

Note:  If you think of Star Wars when you hear this name, you are a true geek.  

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  TRIS-

Meaning & History
Feminine form of Tristan, which is an Old French form of the Pictish name Drustan, a form of Drust, meaning "riot" or "tumult."  Also possibly associated with the Latin word tristis, meaning "sad."


A + A Friday!

  • When your sister is playing with a pair of drum sticks and acting like she's a praying mantis. . . O_o

  • Trying to pick up running again. . . *pant pant* "Hang on! *HACK* I think I left my lungs back there. . . Need. . . oxygen.  Why do my legs feel like NOODLES."
  • When it's a slow day at work and you and your co-workers (who are two, high school guys) are standing around with nothing to say. . . So very awkward. . . "So. . . How was your day?"
  • When a marine tries to recruit you, because you totally look like military material. . . 
  • Picking up the salt shaker instead of the pepper. . .
"Just a little. . . SALTY!"

  • I have a WEDDING GOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Star Wars: Rogue One trailer  :O
  • Putting in your applications and resumes at FIVE different places!
  • Holding the door open for an older lady who then thanks you and, upon seeing your outfit (black knee-length skirt, black capri leggings, white shirt, and fuchsia cardigan, with your black converse!), she comments saying, "You're a cute little girl."  [Hahaha! "Thank you, ma'am!" Although you're not sure if that says something about your style of fashion and whether or not you look mature enough for your age. . .]
  • Surprising a friend with a birthday gift and seeing her reaction.
  • When another co-worker, an older gentleman (60s, maybe?), make rhymes and beat-boxes.
  • This video from the upcoming documentary, The Insanity of God, featuring Todd Smith from Selah.  It's an incredible story about a Russian pastor who was persecuted for his faith.


What's in a Name?

Good morning, lovelies!  

How was your weekend? I don't know where you are, but our weather has been simply GORGEOUS!!

Here are some names for you.  Any requests for next week?

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English, Swedish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
Pronunciation:  KRIS-tawf, KRIS-tof (English), KREESH-tof (Swedisht)

Meaning & History
Variant of Christoph, which hails from the given name Christopher, meaning "bearing Christ." 

You may think immediately of a dear character who bears this name in Disney's Frozen.  :]  Isn't that photo AWESOME?? 

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English (modern)
Pronunciation:  KEL-see

Meaning & History
Variant of the name Kelsey, which may possibly mean "Cenel's island."

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Biblical, English, French, Greek
Pronunciation:  NIK-o-las (English), nee-ko-LAH (French)

Meaning & History
French form of Nicholas, meaning "victory of the people," which is derived from the Greek name Nikolaos.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English (rare), Biblical
Pronunciation:  NARE-rah

Meaning & History
Variant of the Biblical name Naarah or Na'arah, meaning "girl" or "maiden" in Hebrew.  This was the given name of a wife of Ashur of the tribe of Judah (1 Chron. 4:5-6), as well as the name of a town east of Beth-el on the border of Ephraim (Josh. 16:7), possibly the same as Naaran (1 Chron. 7:28). 


Names & meanings via behindthename.com and 
All the Names in the Bible by Thomas Nelson.
Photos via Pinterest.

Book Review | Siren's Song

Siren's Song
Storm Siren Trilogy #3
Mary Weber


Nym and Draewulf prepare to face off in a battle destined to destroy more lives than it saves.

With the loss of Tulla still fresh in mind, Rasha’s fate unknown, and Lord Myles taken over by the dark ability, Nym and the few Bron soldiers rush to warn Cashlin’s queen. Only to discover it may already be too late for the monarch and her eerie kingdom. As the Luminescents are sifting through Nym’s past memories and the queen is reading into her future, Nym is given a choice of how to defeat Draewulf, but the cost may be more than she can bear. And even then there are no guarantees.

With that reality burrowing into her bones—along with the guilt of the lives she will sacrifice—Nym returns to her homeland of Faelen to raise an army of peasants through promises of freedom. But when the few friends she has left, along with the world and citizens she loves, are staring down the face of a monster and his undead army, will Nym summon every element her blood is capable of controlling . . . or surrender to a different strength—one of sacrifice?

Because in the end, death may be more merciful for them all.


{The Basics}
First of all, this is the third and final installment to a trilogy.  So I will, of course, adamantly recommend that you read the other two novels BEFORE this one.  It's so worth it, believe me!

At only seventeen, Nym has gained much and yet lost so much more.  A former slave, she was purchased for the fifteenth time to be trained and used as a weapon.  Little did she know that with her abilities, she would become just that: a powerful weapon that can save her homeland and those she loves, and yet something more--HOPE.  She gives her people hope.  

Nym hasn't changed much in regards to her personality.  She's still that fiery storm girl, but deep inside she finds an inner compassion she didn't know she possessed.  And not only for those few she truly loves, but also for those who she despises.  And in that, I find myself loving her all the more.  

Not much that I recall. . . Except a legion of the undead. . . But that can wait till the Violence section.

{Spiritual Content}
There is a Creator, who is said to reside in the Valley of Origin.  Which to me sounds an awful lot like the Garden of Eden.  Well, sort of.  :]  Nym, including a few other characters, say quick prayers to the Creator for guidance, strength, and protection.  

[SPOILER]  It is said the hideous creatures known as bolcranes were originally great Uathuils (beings of power, like Nym, who is an Elemental.  Other Uathuils are Terrenes--think, earth benders, Mortisfaires, Luminescents, and Medians (healers).). These creatures disobeyed the Creator and were banished to the Litchfell Forest.  Sound familiar??  
        (Note also, that this doesn't really make Nym an angel, though. . . Heheh.)

This part of the trilogy is all the while leading up to a massive battle.  So it's a given that men, women, and some children are killed.  Lots of blood and gore.  Characters have their chests sliced open or throats ripped out.  A scouting group of men are killed and impaled on stakes, then set aflame, as a sign to the good guys that there will be no mercy.  

Draewulf's Dark Army are wraiths magically made up of dead men and creatures pieced together. . . Really gross.  And super creepy.  Which makes it a good bad-guy army, I suppose.

Some use their abilities to, for lack of better word, torture their "victims" for information.  

{Language, Alcohol & Drugs}
Our curse words are substituted for others like "litches," "bolcrane," "bleeding," "bloody," and so on.  Other than that, it's rather clean.  And can be humorous.

Ale is present in taverns and royal parties.  Some characters are hit with a drug that knocks them out briefly.  

There is obvious affection between Nym and Eogan.  They exchange kisses and embraces (some a little intimate), and it's great to see their relationship gradually grow.  Although at times you feel like slapping some sense into both of them. . . "She loves you, how can you not understand?? GAH!!"  Oh, was that out loud? . . . 

Overall, this was an amazing ending to an incredible series.  Written in first person, Mrs. Weber pulls you in and holds you tight through the whole adventure.  You will laugh and cry and never want to put it down until the last page is turned.  You'll come to love all the characters, even some you once despised, and will get rather attached--be warned! However, due to some of the content, mostly violence, I would not recommend to everyone.  But if you love the fantasy/medieval tales with awesome abilities gifted by a Creator, then you'll love this one.  But read the first two!!

Recommend ages:  16+


"Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon."

Hello, all!  

No A+A post today--my apologies--but I've decided to take them every round-about Friday, simply meaning every two weeks.  Hope you're not too disappointed. . . *winks*

So, the purpose of this post is to update you.  Briefly.  Again.

That seems to be all I ever do on here. . . Anywho!  First things first.

I've found my wedding gown!!!!!
So sorry, but no photos!  Can't risk HIM seeing. . .  Ahaha! But it's beautiful and so very much me.
On that same note, today marks six months to the day of my wedding!  Wow.  I can hardly believe it.  I remember when it was a whole year before, and looking back now, it seems to have flown by.  We're currently keeping busy working on Operation Overland (our duplex property) as much as possible, I'm playing around with invitation designs, and we're slowly getting our preparations together.

Secondly, I hope to have some book reviews for you soon.  The first of which will be Mary Weber's Siren's Song.  And maybe a few more Rated, Not Reviewed posts, as well.  

And lastly, I've been procrastinating.  On many things.  I'm trying to get my applications and resumes to a couple banks in town and pushing off and pushing off working on items for my shop, that is STILL not up and running.  New goal: Open Penmaiden's Wordshoppe by the end of this month, with at least five items minimum.

With all that said, I could so use your prayers right now.  That includes prayers for the wedding, of course, but also for a new job that's closer home and with better hours, and motivation to get this shop running.  It's really what I want to do and I enjoy.  Thank you in advance, dearies!  You're the best. 
Well, enough said.  I gotta go!

Have a lovely weekend!!


P.S.  The quote-title is completely random and has nothing to do with this post. . .  I just liked it.  xD

What's in a Name?

Here's a WHOLE set of gentlemen's names for you, dearies!  Enjoy.

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Biblical
Pronunciation:  EE-vi (like Levi, LEE-vi)

Meaning & History
The given name of a King of Midian, one of five Midianite kings killed during the time of Moses by an Israelite expedition (Numbers 31:8, Joshua 13:21).  Means "my desire.

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English (Archaic)
Pronunciation:  RAY-nǝr

Meaning & History
From the Germanic name Raganhar, which is composed of the elements ragan "advice" and hari "army."  Brought to England by the Normans, it was fairly common but became rare by the end of the Middle Ages.  

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  GER-ik

Meaning & History
Variant of Garrick, which was originally derived from a surname and the Occitan garric meaning "oak tree grove."

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Biblical, Ancient Hebrew
Pronunciation:  CAY-nan (English), cay-NAH-ahn (possibly)

Meaning & History
Possibly meaning "land of purple."  This was the name of a son of Ham as well as that of a land (or region) in the Old Testament.  


Names & meanings via behindthename.com and 
All the Names in the Bible by Thomas Nelson.
Photos via Pinterest.

A + A Friday!

I've had this in the drafts for WEEKS.  And at last!  It's finally here!!

  • When a distant cousin of yours, that you rarely see, looks like a gnome. . . O_o What? Because of his beard! 
  • Yodeling rappers.  Never heard of 'em??  Yeah, well, me neither.  It just popped up in a deep discussion with my siblings one evening.
  • I NEED this on a t-shirt: 
  • Customers who chew tobacco. . . And nearly spit it all over you as you are trying to help them regarding what Bible to purchase.  XP
  • Poor Albert:
Don't tell me you didn't laugh aloud at this!!  Poor fella.
  • I'm the kind of girl who will rub her hands all over a sparkly gift bag at work and then run over to her co-worker and say, "Hold still!" while blowing it in her face.  It's GLITTER!!
  • When a kitty rubs up against your freshly clean and lotioned legs. . . 
  • When a random guy customer turns to you and says, "You know, you're very pretty."  You politely reply, "thank you," all the while thinking: Wait till my man hears this. . .  ;D

  • Dress shopping!!! 
  • When the lady customer is leaving your register and turns to say to you, "By the way, you are very beautiful." ^_^
  • I'm a beta reader for Ashley Townsend's newest addition to her Chasing Shadows trilogy! Defying Shadows.  So exciting!!! And by far, the best of the series.  :]
  • Spring has finally arrived!  Welcome, welcome, Warmer Weather!
  • My fiance and I own land!!  It is such an exciting feeling.  And we've been working on clearing it of the brush and trees in order to break ground and build within the next few weeks.  Pray for us?  Our goal is to have it completed by October!  Operation Overland. 
  • My Etsy shop is SLOWLY making progress.  It is not currently live yet, as I am working to stock it first, but hopefully it will be soon!  Time to buckle down and GET 'ER DONE, girl!
  • Howl's Moving Castle MOVING figure!
  • YAY!! I actually did it! A new A+A post! That's awesome-ness in it's self.  ;D

Thank you for reading, dearies! 

What were some of your awkwards/awesomes this week?