Author Archive for Elise C. Alley

Join Our GISHWHES 2017 Team

Last year, my friends and I participated in the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen (GISHWHES).

We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into with GISHWHES.

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Stop Woman on Woman Attacks

I came across a story today that just infuriated me! Continue Reading →

Bowie Update

Well, it’s been a couple months now since I first got Bowie and the boy is really thriving! Continue Reading →

Valentine’s Day Present for Myself

Well, I’ve done it again!  I found another puppy to rescue and bring into my home! Continue Reading →

Mardi Gras!

This year, I got to go to NOLA for Mardi Gras!  And if I thought St. Patty’s Day was crazy/fun, Mardi Gras was 10 times better. Continue Reading →

Newest Family Members

Yesterday, I adopted two new babies, Iggy Pup and India. Continue Reading →

Chicago

The iThemes Exchange team, which I’m a part of, met up in Chicago this week for some discussion on the future of Exchange but also for some time just to spend together as a team. Continue Reading →

I’m a homeowner!!

Well, it’s finally happened!  I found a house, I made and offer and I signed all the final papers today!  It’s all mine!

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St. Patty’s Day in NOLA

This was my first ever trip to Louisianna!  I was so excited to go.  I went with the Ulmers, who have family (Mike’s dad, step-mom and brother) that lives right off of one of the parade routes.  It was such a blast! Continue Reading →

Quadcopters

We tend to play almost as much as we work at my job.  The recent trend has been Quadcopters. Continue Reading →

Garth Brooks

Last night, I took Mom to her first concert ever.  We drove up to Tulsa with Mike and Sarah to see Garth Brooks. Continue Reading →

The Misadventures of Elise: The Wardrobe Malfunction and the Tumble

So I’m at work and go to the bathroom.  While in there, I hear a snapping sound.  

I’m wearing a front clasp bra and that’s what that snapping sound was…the clasp.  

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The Misadventures of Elise: Viva La Duct Tape

I was doing some grocery shopping for my mom last night.

And as soon as I got out of the car to go into the store, my flip flop broke.  

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Pretty sure James Earl Jones is behind me in the dr’s waiting room. Certainly sounds like he is anyway.

Meet…My Mother

Note:  My mom is a caring, intelligent, wonderful woman, whom I am lucky to call a friend and love with all of my heart.  That, however, is not the subject of this particular post. Continue Reading →

Yes, I’m a Feminist and Yes, I Wear a Bra

I recently wrote a post in which I went off on a tiny tangent about my definition of “feminist.” Since that wasn’t the true topic of my post, I said it was a topic for a separate post, which I’m writing now. Continue Reading →

I’ve heard Metallica on “Classic Rock” radio stations twice recently. Now I feel old…

Shame on You, Susan Patton!

I was scrolling through my Twitter feed today, when I came across this tweet:

I was intrigued, to say the least, and had to read it for myself.  Part of me wishes I hadn’t. Continue Reading →

Unhappy Anniversary

Note:  I originally had a point to this post, but, somewhere along the line, I forgot what it was and it was just too cathartic to stop writing. Continue Reading →

Fainting Goats

The corner lot near our office had goats on it and we were told they were fainting goats!  So we (the entire iThemes office) decided to go give them a scare.  It took numerous attempts, but Chris Jean finally took one down! Continue Reading →

Lady Galadriel: Mother in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

Critics often criticize Tolkien for the lack of women in his novels.

While, admittedly, there are not very many prominent women in his works, Tolkien does create his women in powerful and influential roles. Continue Reading →

Lewis and Tolkien: A Contrast of Similarities

The writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien have often been studied and compared, quite possibly because of the friendship the authors shared.

The friendship between Lewis and Tolkien began when they were both Oxford dons.  Tolkien began a club among the literary faculty to read and study Icelandic and Norse literature.  After about three years in their literary society, the men discovered a mutual love for Norse mythology. Continue Reading →

Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s Mother: True New Woman

The role of women in literature, as in life, is continually shifting.

Many women of the nineteenth century, tired to “embrace the dominant middle-class Cult of True Womanhood by constructing a poetic voice that is pious, pure, submissive, and concerned with the domestic sphere” (Cane, 151). However, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a change began among women. Continue Reading →

Outside Detail Reveals the Inner Personality in Chaucer’s General Prologue

The Chaucer Pilgrim uses the General Prologue to set the scene for his reader, starting by telling the reader of the season and setting.  He begins by telling his readers of Zephirus blowing in the spring, new life growing in the fields and the birds singing in the trees.  He continues on telling how the very season sets the idea of a pilgrimage into the hearts of palmers and other people of the day.  The tale then moves into detailing each traveler making the pilgrimage that he is also making. As he wishes to make the reader aware of each in every person, he goes into great detail, telling of everything from head coverings to the ornaments worn by their horses.  The Chaucer author is using this detailing for many purposes, such as foreshadowing the types of tales they will tell and helping to develop a relationship between reader and character.  Chaucer also uses the details of his descriptions to explain the inner personality of his characters.  By describing how they appear on the outside, the reader is able to picture the true character though the narrator refers to them as worthy. Continue Reading →