What’s In a Name?

I’ve decided to change my username. Nothing drastic, just the “KellyDS” that I’ve been using on Twitter for awhile now. Part of the reason I’ve decided to change comes from a practical standpoint: I’ve never minded sharing my real name of Kelly, I refer to myself as Kelly, and I often tell others to call me Kelly.

Confession time: I’ve never been all that fond of the nickname “Kel”. don’t tell my family and friends! quite a few of them call me Kel. I don’t despise the shortened version, I just prefer hearing Kelly instead. I like the roll of that double “L” sound.


I chose the username kelbel75 not long after I opened my first e-mail account. At first my username consisted of my initials along with my last name but that was rather boring, so once I became more comfortable and thought this internet thing wasn’t that bad after all, I changed it.

nope, not bad AT ALL.

nope, not bad AT ALL.

So since kelbel was the only nickname I had ever had, I used it and the number 75 , which represented the year I was born. I’ve since discovered there are a lot of “kelbel75″s out there. FYI: I’m not the kelbel75 that seems to be obsessed with wedding dresses, babies, or joining multiple dating sites.

hmm. she doesn't like Pina Coladas or Yoga, but that making love after midnight thing sounds promising...

she doesn’t like Pina Coladas or Yoga, but that making love after midnight thing sounds promising…

The larger part of wanting this change stems from the fact that Kelbel is something that my grandfather has always called me. I would walk in the door of my grandparents house (never having to knock first) and his greeting would be “what’s new with Kelbel?” So why the change now? Well, my grandfather has Alzheimer’s. Compared to my other grandfather, who also suffered from the disease, it’s not too bad…yet. He still knows who I am most of the time, just mixing up the grandkid’s names like most grandparents do. Mostly he just forgets things: he’ll repeat a conversation we had 10 minutes prior or he won’t remember where my grandmother is when I call on the telephone and ask for her. He used to be quite active, hunting, fishing, gardening; he mostly sits in his recliner and watches television or sleeps now. he sleeps a lot these days (he’ll turn 84 this December).

but, I’m not Kelbel anymore. I’m Kelly now, with a few “Kel”s thrown in for good measure. I don’t mind it (at least he knows who I am. it was hard when my other grandfather progressed to the point that he didn’t know my name or how I was related to him) a big part of me feels like I need to preserve Kelbel now, to keep the memory intact.

So, I’m switching my username to KellyDS now. Kelly is my first name (which most of you know ) and DS has a relation to my real name too but also to my favorite television show, Lost.


Don’t worry if you still call me Kelbel or even kel, I won’t get angry or upset. just don’t call me “little girl” (what my dad calls me when I’m being chastised) I hate that!

yeah, what he said!

yeah, what he said!

Do you have different names that you’re known by in your off-line life? Do you love them or hate them? My brother goes by the common nickname for his given name but family members still call him the full version. his wife laughs and says she automatically knows it’s one of us when we call on the telephone because we ask for him using the full version.



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Last Call

Closing time
One last call for alcohol, so finish your whiskey or beer

RA Drinking VIII

No, not that kind of Last Call :roll:

This is a plea for The Thorin Project!

get those quotes in pronto (like within the next 2 days) so that I can send the last batch off to Guylty, she can work her pretty magic, and we can send this book on it’s merry way.


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I’m Sensing a Theme…

Music & More challenge

29.) a role that makes you frown

umm, could you be more specific? there are so many

I frowned when Lucas was rejected by Elizabeta and then  jumped off a building.


I frowned when Guy was played by Marian and then was stabbed by his conniving sister.

The Gisbornes: they take sibling rivalry to a whole other level

The Gisbornes: they take sibling rivalry to a whole other level

I frowned when Porter’s wife said they were all better off without him and then his head was chopped off.

she's all heart

she’s all heart

I’m sensing a theme here…

ignoring timelines?

ignoring timelines?

I frowned when Standring gave his all to Carol, without concrete results.


I frowned when Thornton proposed to Margaret and chastisement was his reward.


& I will frown all over the place when I see Thorin next.



music question: a song that makes you sad

Traveling Soldier by the Dixie Chicks

This song is romantic, yet heartbreaking. A young man preparing to go to war, spends a few chaste hours with a sweet teenage waitress. He writes her letters from Vietnam, sharing all his hopes and fears. But then one night at the school football game she hears his name read off the list of local soldiers who wouldn’t be coming home.

Crying all alone under the stands
Was a piccolo player in the marching band
And one name read but nobody really cared
But a pretty little girl with a bow in her hair



stupid depressing questions!

Here, have some dancing Bale instead :)



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Fanvid Friday: I’m Gonna Lose You

Guy/Marian fanvid by elvirasweeney

I really like this one. Well, I like all the ones I’ve posted for Fanvid Friday (duh, that’s why I featured them :P ) but this one has a way of sticking in my mind and it leaves me thinking about it days afterward. not in a “reliving the story” kind of way, but just the visual images and the way they’re edited to the music.

This video highlights very well the way that Guy shows his thoughts and feelings through his facial expressions. And the various frames that are frozen, distorted, moved down and side-to-side, etc. with the editing effects add to that in a very meaningful way. I just want to reach out and caress their faces!

My favorite parts are the “driving me crazy!” lyric that’s paired with my often used “get my horse!” scene


and the “tearing me apart” sequence at 1:21,

along with the side-burns shot at 1:46


but that ending pic at 3:45, as it goes through the different shades of coloring, just does me in. perfect ending to a very enjoyable Guy video <3


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Thorin On the Brain

Last evening I was watching one of my favorite television shows, Cutthroat Kitchen. If you’re not familiar with this Food Network show, each episode centers around a cooking competition between 4 professional chefs. What is unique to the show is that they can bid on “sabotages” throughout the competition to trip-up their competitors. It’s always something unusual, like taking away a key component of their required dish and replacing it with candy, junky snack foods, or something equally as undesirable like canned meat (I basically just described my diet) or making them cook on upside down frying pans, taking away their cooking utensils, etc. it’s always a challenge and really fun to watch!

So last night, when I saw a particular contestant I couldn’t take my eyes off him… because he looked like Thorin Oakensheild! Okay, maybe saying he reminded me of Thorin would be more apt since Thorin isn’t an extremely tall, slightly balding Italian chef with an accent.


The criteria for winning this show is to discern whether or not the dish presented reminds the judge of the required dish, not necessarily if it is the dish or even looks like it. So Chef Alberico reminds me of Thorin; do I just have Thorin on the brain or do you see what I see? Thorin-esque or not, he was very cute to watch :)

On a slightly different but equally random note: this evening we will be adding yet another animal to our household :shock: we’re “rescuing” a bearded dragon from an abandoned situation. because we need another animal in this house; 4 cats, 2 birds, a 3 ft. Iguana, a very rotund hamster, and various tropical fish just aren’t enough, apparently. My son was trying to come up with a name for the lizard but didn’t know any appropriate Australian names (because Bearded Dragons were originally from Australia. Thank You Wikipedia!) I suggested we name it Smaug. Son kind of crinkled his nose at that but my reasoning is that not only is it a “dragon” but when our two youngest cats sneak into my son’s room to hassle it, which is inevitable, it will be Fili and Kili trying to slay Smaug.

dork, remember?



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Update: The Thorin Project

Hello! I just wanted to give you an update on the progress of our little project.


First of all, let me say that I have been pleasantly pleased with the quote submissions that we’ve received thus far, both in number and substance. It’s gratifying to see that the character of Thorin has touched so many of you in meaningful ways, and that you’re willing to share those thoughts with us to include in this book for Richard. I’ve enjoyed conversing with each of you as you’ve submitted your quotes, whether in “meeting” you for the first time, or getting to know you a bit better through one-on-one messages that we’ve traded in relation to your quotes; it’s been fun!


I’ve collected all of the quotes received so far and passed them on to Guylty, who has started to plug them into the beautiful pages that she is custom designing for this 10×8 inch photo book. Currently we are in the “tweaking” phase: experimenting with font sizes, gauging space, deciding in what ways some of the larger quotes might be split, arranging by main idea and photo theme, etc.


that all sounds good but it’s more like this


Nothing is set in stone at this point but we wanted to give you a peek, nonetheless, and let you know how it’s all coming along. So below are screen shots of two different pages from the book (these are too small to read but just meant to give you a general idea of what the pages will look like)



If you haven’t submitted a quote but would like to do so, information can be found on The Thorin Project page. Please get those quotes in soon so that we can arrange them all in a pleasing manner and send it off to Richard in time for the movie premiere! We’ll share more pics of the book with you once it’s reached it’s  finished form. Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm and encouragement.


we less than three you!



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I’ve been thinking of Thorin a lot lately, what with The Thorin Project and the final Hobbit movie approaching. I thought this song by Pilot Speed was perfect for a little Hobbit trilogy lyrical pic spam…

It ain’t kind and it ain’t right,

but when you wore away the shine what did you find

Still you would say you’re not afraid,

to lay down your bones on the bed you’ve made


Someone made a sound, it turned you right round
I wasn’t cold enough to care, but brother I dared

See it tear you up, and it calls your bluff
When the lie that keeps you warm, is the truth you’re counting on

There’s a shadow in the sun,

and it crawls along the path from whence you’ve come
It’s not as clear as you had planned
Feel the sun go down, turn and make your stand

Trying to account for the troubles you’ve found
Hey could you use a little help to be honest with yourself

See it tear you up, and it calls your bluff
When the lie that keeps you warm, is the truth you’re counting on

Up in the clouds,

tell me sister are you coming down

There’s a lie in every town oh …
And every word and every sound oh …

See it tear you up, and it calls your bluff
When the lie that keeps you warm, is the truth you’re counting on



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