Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ceana's Doppelgänger?

Below are pictures of Caitlin Blackwood. She plays young Amelia Pond on Doctor Who.

Now, I'm not saying they are identical twins separated at birth, but tell me what you think when you compare pictures of Ceana: here and here. Ceana says they don't look alike at all. Ceana's dad, who spends a considerable amount of time with his daughter, said that if I showed him the middle photo where Caitlin is wearing the blue scarf, and told him it was a photo of Ceana, he would believe me.

Caitlin Blackwood is Scottish. Ceana is of Scottish ancestry (she is also of English, Irish, Welsh and German ancestry). Without initially realizing it when we chose her first and middle name (Paisley) we chose Scottish names for her. When I did a search on the name origin and meaning, there was some dispute as to name origin. One site says Ceana is of American origin, meaning "God is Gracious." Another site claims her name is of Irish origin, also meaning "God is Gracious." However, her name also appears on a site actually called, "Scottish First Names."  There is little dispute however about the origin of her middle name, "Paisley," which is a town in Scotland

Regarding how to pronounce her name (we chose to pronounce it, "See-AW-nuh."). Apparently, there is as much disagreement as to whether one should pronounce the "C" as a "K" or as an "S" as there is with the word "Celtic," (personally, I think "Celtic" should be pronounce as a hard "C" unless one is talking about the  Evil Boston basketball team [GO LAKERS!]). I managed to find an entire web page dedicated to this discussion. It was almost enough to make me reconsider how we have been pronouncing her name, however since we have been spending over 10 years trying to get other people, (including her grandfather--hi dad!) to pronounce it "correctly" it probably wouldn't go over too well to go back and say, "Oh well, now we are pronouncing her name, 'Key-en-nuh.'"

So, what do YOU think? I mean, about the physical resemblance. Of course you are free to comment on anything else in this post if you wish!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Examples of Lapis Lazuli

Just a couple of pics of a Lapis bracelet:

With flash

No flash

No flash, On flesh

Friday, September 16, 2011

Can You Identify These Minerals?

Some of these I found at the beach. If they look shiny and like they have been tumbled, then I probably got them in some gift shop where you can fill a little bag and get a bunch of little rocks for a set price. Some I found at the beach in La Jolla and some I got from a mixed bag of river rocks when I was taking a hot stone therapy class for massage school. With the exception of rocks #1, 2, & 8, they are all on the flat side which is what makes them good for hot stone therapy --they lie flat on the body. If you have any ideas as to the identity of these rocks (for instance, I think #8 is a rose quartz and #9 is a crystal quartz), please feel free to leave them in the comments. Thanks!

 #1:  Above is 2 shots of the same rock --probably gift shop. About the size of a quarter.

#2 gift shop?  About the size of the top third of my pinkie finger.

Clockwise from LEFT: #3, 4, 5, and #7 on the bottom. Rock on left is about the size of a quarter, but smaller than the blue one above. These are fairly flat rocks. I don't remember if I found some of these at the beach or in a gift shop.

2 photos of #8 & 9 --I thought it might help to see them with different backgrounds. Similar in size to the rocks 3 - 7. Most likely a gift shop.

#10. about the same size as my thumb mound on the palm of my hand. Either a river rock or the beach. Until otherwise indicated, the next several rocks, I believe came in a mixed bag of river rocks --not sure of the actual source.

#11. About 2/3 the size of the rock above.

#12. 3/4 the size of #10

#13. About the same size as #10.

#14. Same size as #10

#15. 1/4 bigger than #10

2 shots of #16. About the same as #12. Bent in the middle -so it's sort of like a tent.

#17. About the same as #12

#18. Slightly smaller and flatter than above.

#19 --this is even more glittery than the picture shows. About the same as above. Got this at the beach

#20. Same as #17. Got it at the beach.

#21. about 3/4 of #18. Got it at the beach.