Ghost Post :: Balloons...

My family has always gone away over Easter, to a camp/conference of some sort. While we haven't been for many years now, when I was about 8 till I was about 16 maybe, we went to the same place each year. It's one of those things that I think of when I think of my childhood. The last year we went was the year the camp site was re-branding. The ownership had just changed hands and they were doing a whole re-do of the camp site, what it was about, and, like I mentioned, the branding. We actually hadn't been the previous two years, because the price had gone up a lot and we couldn't afford it any more. This year (2010) though, the camp was free, so we made the most of and went.

Why is this Ghost Post called 'Balloons' then? Well, Easter morning we woke up, and went to go to breakfast, and every where we looked was decorated with balloons. Overnight, thousands of balloons had gone up all over the camp site and it was coolest surprise to wake up to. So much energy and effort had gone into it, and, as you can imagine, the effect and appreciation was definitely one that so much hard work deserved. Really, it was just pure delight. All the kids loved it and spent the rest of the camp playing balloons. I think we ended up taking about 5 home with us in our car, as my little sister was about 6 at the time. I will leave you with some of the images I took with my little snap shot camera that day. Sorry about the ridiculous quality of the shots...but you get the idea! Enjoy!


Between the Lines (aka: the most beautiful book)...

This isn't a book review, of the usual kinda anyway. I haven't read this book yet, but when I read the description of it in the airport shop the other month, I really wanted to. I was going to buy it then and there, but for some reason, I didn't. I'm so glad I didn't buy it! A few weeks later I was in Paper Plus, and I saw it on sale for nearly half the price as it was in the airport, and it was a much cooler version/edition. In fact, it was the most beautiful book ever. So pretty, in fact, that I didn't really want to read it, or crack the spine, or write my name in it, or breathe on it! Anyway, I thought I'd share it with you guys, because it's super pretty...I mean, look at it!

So the book is written by one of my fave authors (which is what drew me to it in the first place), Jodi Picoult, but she's written it with Samantha Van Leer, who is...drum roll please...her daughter! Cool, right!? Right. The story itself sounds awesome. Here's what the description on GoodReads says:

"Delilah, a loner, hates school as much as she loves books— one book in particular. In fact if anyone knew how many times she has read and reread the sweet little fairy tale she found in the library, especially her cooler than cool classmates, she’d be sent to social Siberia forever.To Delilah, though, this fairy tale is more than just words on the page. Sure, there’s a handsome (well, okay, incredibly handsome) prince, and a castle, and an evil villain, but it feels as if there’s something deeper going on. And one day, Delilah finds out there is. Turns out, this Prince Charming is not just a one-dimensional character in a book. He’s real, and a certain fifteen-year-old loner has caught his eye. But they’re from two different worlds, and how can it ever possibly work?"

What!? Um, awesome! Bring it on! But anyway, back to the actual physical book. What I love about it is...well, it's everything. The cover has this beautiful picture on it, and it's border is shiny gold lacy-looking pretty thing. What else? It's got pictures, my friends! A novel with pictures!

Something else that I discovered when I opened the book (carefully) in the shop, was that the chapters are in different colours. The two characters have their own colour (Delilah is green, and Oliver is a purpley/blue colour), so the actual text on the page changes every chapter. There's also black, which, by the looks of things is the overarching story chapters. It sounds confusing, but I don't think it will be.

So what do you think? Pretty, huh? I want to read it...but I don't, because I don't want to ruin it. I'll have to read it super carefully I think, as not to bend the pages or crack the spin too much. Maybe I'll even use a bookmark! *gasp!*


9 Things I love About Hart of Dixie...

Seriously you guys, I love this show. A lot. And as I was catching up on a few episodes, and cracking up at all the one liners, and admiring the fashion, and being in awe of their Southern accents, I thought 'there's probably enough things I love about this show to make a blog post about it'...and there so is! I actually had to narrow it down a little bit, and generalise a few points, coz let's face it, you don't want to be reading a Hart of Dixie list for the rest of the day (...or do you...?). So, my friends, I give you 9 things I love about Hart of Dixie.

1. The Characters
My bestie and I were talking about this other day, and we realised that there are no characters in Hart of Dixie that we don't like. Sure, Lemon was a bit annoying in season 1, but now that we're several seasons along, she's gotten way better. And now? There isn't a character that I dislike so much I want to punch in the face. You know? All the characters have so much...character!

2. The Accents (ya'll!)
I want to go to the South of America simply to listen. I just love the accents and how they all say 'ya'll' and...and...well it's simply wonderful.

3. The One Liners
"As serious as a Liam Neeson movie"
"The Internet is everywhere!"
"You look like something Hello Kitty coughed up."
"There's a blog for everything!"
...need I go on?

4. The Ridiculous Situations
Every episode there seems to be a crazy situation that Zoe (or someone!) get's themselves into. I'm only about 3/4 of the way through the 3rd season right now (NZ is a little behind), but I'm positive that these situations will only increase in number and ridiculousness as time goes by.

5. The Fashion
Not only do I love what Dr. Zoe Hart wears, I love what the Bluebell Belles wear! I know that they're all pretty Southern-looking dresses with flowers and are in pastel colours...but I love it! I want all their dresses. All.Of.Them. If you want to see more of the wonders of Hart of Dixie fashion, make sure to check out Erin's style inspiration, Zoe edition.

6. The Town
The sweet little town of Bluebell is the cutest thing ever. If I ever had to live in a tiny little American town, it would be one like theirs. I love how they have a town square with a gazebo, and only a few shops, and how everyone in the town basically fits inside the little cute white-washed Church, and how the Mayor is a famous ex-football player. And how the town is called Bluebell. What!? Cute!

7. The Alligator 
The Mayor has an alligator...a pet alligator. Called Burt Reynolds. How many people do you know who have a pet alligator roaming around their properties? I would take it a guess it's less than 5, perhaps even fewer than that.

8. The Music
I love country music, and being a show set in the south means there's a lot of country music in the soundtrack. Not only that, but they often have events and functions where they invite bands to come and play...and some of those bands that I've heard on the show I've gone and bought their albums. Brilliant music!

9. The Names
Lemon, Brick, Cricket, Magnolia, Anna-Beth, Meatball, Dash, Tansy...seriously, these are not really names you hear everyday...but they are brilliant, and they fit the characters perfectlly. Especially with Lemon's name, at first I was like 'Lemon!? Really!?' But now that I've seen 2.5 seasons of her and her name being used, I actually really like it! It's different, but sweet.

Bonus: Everything about Zoe Hart
Yes, she's cray-cray, but she has great style, she's a great Doctor, she wants what's best for people (most of the time), she has brilliant (albeit, slightly insane) ideas, and she is, when it comes down to it, a good friend, and great for the little town she now calls home. Basically, I just want to be friends with her.

What about you? Love Hart of Dixie? Never seen it...? 

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