Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Renee Vienna's First Year (7.4.14 to 7.4.15)

Renee Vienna's First Year (7.4.14 to 7.4.15) from Joann Whittaker Boswell on Vimeo.
music is:
"Suddenly" from Les Miserable sung by Hugh Jackman
"Edelweiss" performed by Pink Martini & the Von Trapp family
"Light" by Sleeping at Last
"Firework" by Katy Perry

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Clara Clementine {part 2 - May 2013 to February 2014}

Here's another installment of Clara adoration. But this one's 10 full minutes of cuteness. Don't say I didn't warn you.

This video features the following songs:
"Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel, performed by the Glee Cast
"Clementine" by Pink Martini
"Count On Me" by Bruno Mars

Clara Clementine, part 2 (June 2013-February 2014) from Joann Whittaker Boswell on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Clara Clementine Boswell: Year 1 {a short film}

She won't be one until June 7th, but she's pretty close. :)

After nearly four years of owning my MacBook, I finally started playing around with iMovie yesterday. Here's a 5 minute look at Clara's First Year. Sadly, I don't have any video from her first month (in the hospital) so it starts a few days after she was discharged (at about a month old - 36 weeks gestation). And you can see later on where I started using my fancy pants Canon camera to take video (it took me awhile to start exploring all of it's fancy pants features). The song is "All My Days" by Alexi Murdoch. Enjoy! 

Friday, April 16, 2010

it's officially unofficial...

What a great past year! It has most definitely been the year of MAT(t).

I'm finishing up my student teaching at Fort Vancouver High School. Monday will be my last day of teaching, although tomorrow will be busy with my Theatre II classes reader’s theatre performance of Our Town, and I'll still be spending next week at the school observing other teachers, working on my final Action Research paper and saying my farewells.

As a Drama/ Language Arts teacher, I love that my final day will be on Shakespeare's birth/death day.

On the first of May, I will graduate from George Fox University with my Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and will henceforth accept being addressed as Mastress Joann ("Master" is too masculine and "Mistress" is too sketchy).

And on August 7th, you can call me by another name…

It’s kind of old news by now, but Matt & I are officially unofficially engaged. ☺

For all questions in the vein of, “what does UNofficially engaged mean?”, I will refer you to my unofficial fiancĂ©’s current blog post: http://maboswell.blogspot.com/

Needless to say, we are both giddy & distracted. Finishing up my MAT work has become so much more unappealing in the last two weeks as I’d much rather (and often do) spend time planning with and dreaming about the other Matt in my life.

Monday, February 15, 2010


I'm not going to lie to you, I've always loved Valentine's Day, even though this is the first year I'v been in a romantic relationship, and he's in China, currently vacationing where internet access is sparse.

Granted, there have been many years where I've been tempted to don an all black outfit as a sign that I'm single and in mourning. But even on those years I still secretly harbored a happy place in my heart for the day that is dedicated to love.

My mother's birthday falls on Valentine's Day, so I had two options growing up: embrace the holiday of my mother's birth, or shun the cheese and, in so doing, avoid my mother's home. I'm serious. No one has truly experienced the Valentine season until they've set foot in my parent's home anytime in late January through late February. Everywhere you turn it's pink & red & hearts & wall hangings & turtle doves nesting in the Valentine's Day tree. It's a veritable Disneyland of Love. So I chose to embrace/ make a game out of jumping to slap the paper hearts hanging from the ceiling every time I walked past.

If this wasn't enough to secure my devotion to what some term a holiday created by greeting card companies, I decided it would be kind of romantic if I got my driver's license on Valentine's Day. So I did. I'm happy to say that we just celebrated our 10th anniversary.

For me, Valentine's Day represents something old school and chivalrous. It's a day when people hit the pause button on their own desires and think of ways to let the people they love know that they are loved. It's too easy for me to be busy and race from activity to activity and from one degree to the next without taking time to appreciate the billions of people living life all around me. So while it definitely feels like Single's Awareness Day, or Your Boyfriend's in China Day, it's a day when I am reminded to slow down, be grateful for the people in my life and enjoy the cinematic real-life romance happening off camera all around me. On Saturday my heart grinned as I drove past Freddie's where I saw an elderly man standing in the rain working to get a bouquet of flowers and several heart-shaped balloons into his car.

I went out after church yesterday to see a movie with my Galentine, Tracy, and there was a line that resonated with me. I think it's better left to stand alone, without my ramblings, so I'll end here: "Love is the only shocking act left."

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Things I Miss About China, #3: Amusing Surprises

The day after Christmas we treated ourselves to massages at this really great massage salon in Xiaogan. While we were getting our massages, we were also watching what can only be described as an Italian/Korean version of every single Disney movie-length cartoon, but mainly The Lion King.

After the massages, Matt & I took a bus to Wuhan (the big city near Xiaogan). We spent our 24 hours there dining at the illustrious Aloha Cafe - where we glutted ourselves on burgers and burritos and chocolate desserts - , riding busses, riding more busses, hanging out with the amazing Ann and enjoying a long Sunday morning at Starbucks. The amusing surprise comes in a few days after we returned when I discovered that I had spent the weekend with the third longest river in the world. I noticed the river, I just didn't know it was significant. The Yangtze or (Chang Jiang) is 215 miles shorter than the Nile, 83 miles shorter than the Amazon and a mere 15 miles longer than the Mississippi/Missouri.

My last example of an "amusing surprise" in China is from my journey home. My flight from Wuhan to Beijing was bound to be a very depressing time. I was prepared to hide my face beneath my scarf and pretend to be sleeping so that no one would have to suffer through the awkwardness of sitting near a sobbing Westerner. However, I never had the time. A business man who spoke a small amount of English sat next to me and started a very rough conversation with me about the book I was reading, Jane Eyre.

It was obvious he just wanted to practice his English, and I needed a distraction, so I spent the next two hours trying to have a conversation with him. He seemed to be better at reading English than at understanding spoken English, so we took to writing on our barf bags. He wasn't a fabulous speller, but it was typically pretty easy to figure out what he meant. The best moment for me was about an hour and a half into the flight when he wrote:

"You are buttyfull."

Yep. I did my best not to burst out laughing as I wrote the correct spelling for beautiful below it. Most amusing compliment ever.