Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Beautiful, the Sunflower, and the Elvensies

Well, it's that time of year! I've been awarded again! 

First off, Anna S of A Cowgirl and a Dream gave me the Beautiful Blog Award! Thank you so much, Anna! 

Anna's Questions:

Favorite book from The Chronicles Of Narnia series?
Probably The Horse and His Boy. I love the epic tale of Shasta fleeing to freedom and saving a country on the side, and who can not love the title? Shasta is only the horse's boy, right? 

Last movie that you saw at the movie theatre? 
I've never been to a movie theatre.

Favorite musical, if you like them?
LOVE MUSICALS! My favorite?? Asking this is like asking for one's favorite piece of grass. There just isn't one. Cinderella, Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, Singin' in the Rain, and the list goes on and on and on. We could be here a while. 

Fiction or Non Fiction?

Favorite time period to read from?
Probably medieval or early American history. 

Favorite/Lucky number?
Hmm... I don't really have a lucky number, but my favorite might be 8. That's how many people are in my family, so it's an easy one to choose. *winks*

And... Evie S of A Period Drama Fangirl gave me the Sunflower Blogger Award! Thank you, Evie! 

What do you think is one of the most undervalued professions right now?
I know most people would say motherhood, and I'd have to agree. Yet, I'd like to give a shout-out to those few people who do internet/computer/HTML stuffs for a living. My dad is a self-employed web designer, and I've been doing a lot of work for him lately. Making a website isn't just sticking some words and pretty pictures up. It involves a lot of work, creative work, that most people just take for granted. And keeping a website up and running and updated isn't an easy job. It can be tough at times, and usually, one small problem can require hours' worth of fixing. Next time you log into Facebook, Pinterest, or Blogger, remember that.

How would you explain your basic life philosophy?
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." ~ Philippians 3:16

Would you rather be hated or forgotten?
Hmm... interesting question. *rubs temples* Well, probably hated. God tells us that we as His children will be hated by the world, yet He promises never to forsake us. I can deal with people who disagree with me, even though most times I feel like I'm more of the forgotten girl when I go out in public. 

If you knew you would die tomorrow, would you feel cheated today?
Nope. God knew exactly what life He gave me, and if I was dissatisfied in whatever way about it, then that was my fault. Besides, death for a Christian only means the beginning of eternal life in the presence of our Lord. How can I feel cheated when I consider that?

And then thirdly, Jack tagged me with the Elevensies Tag. Ready?

1. Post 11 facts about yourself
2. Answer the 11 questions given you
3. Nominate 11 bloggers
4. Make up 11 questions for the nominees to answer

... or something like that.

My 11 facts:
1. I've never turned a cartwheel.

2. I wish I knew ballet.

3. I like Anna over Elsa. Go ahead. Judge me. *insert epic Anna gifs*

4. I have a scar on my right pointer from cutting myself when I was nine opening a can of pumpkin for pie.

5. I can never get my hair to curl. Sometimes, it'll go into wavy mode for a short while (if I put five braids in with my hair wet), but real curls -- forget it. I haven't got the patience to bother with irons or curlers.

6. I have written over 144,000 words already this year.

7. When I write, I usually wear a black cap - my writing cap.

8. In Summer is one of the best songs from Frozen, and it bothers me that people don't like it.
9. I also love Frozen Heart. 

10. I have the entirety of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (the kids' book) memorized from reading it to my younger siblings multiple times.

11. I used to have Make Way For Ducklings memorized as well. Now I can only recall the first two pages or so.

Jack's Questions:
1. How do you feel about main character deaths?
That depends on the character. If the character is the main-main, I'm usually upset at his/her death, but most of the time, I can understand why characters die. I've never cried over a fictional character's death, though. The closest I've ever come to tears while reading was when one of the main characters died in the Left Behind series -- I was touched because her testimony was so beautiful, and while you felt sorrow for the family she left behind, you couldn't help feeling her joy as she went to be with Jesus. And no, I won't give you her name; spoilers, you know.

2. What does TADA! mean to you?

Honestly, when I hear "TADA!" I always think of my CBC, Count Bob. He has an unusual knack for performing the most outlandish and clumsy acts. When finished, he acts as if he meant to do all that just transpired and announces, "Tada!" to all gathered. So, now my siblings and I yell, "Tada!" whenever we do something stupid and didn't mean to do it. "Tada!" makes any stupid situation redorkable. And yes, I'm saying redorkable is a word. I just made it up. So there, spell checker.

3. If I walked up to you and yelled, or whispered, HAIL HYDRA! What would you do?

I haven't seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier yet (or S.H.I.E.L.D. for that matter), so all my Hydra experiences come from TFA. I'd probably look at you oddly for a moment, and then either jump into Hydra-soldier-mode and yell it back at you with a firm salute or whisper, "How could you?" and walk away.

4. If I gave you a pet duck would you take him for a walk in the park?
YES! If only there was a park nearby... 

5. What was the last book you read that had you either crying, laughing, ready to fall out of your seat, forget how to breathe, or all of the above?

Umm... this is a tough one. I don't cry during books, but I do randomly burst out in laughter. One that got quite a few chuckles was A Stretch of Loyalty. I won't say what I was laughing at, but Jack -- boy, have you got a way with words!

6. You would come to a sleep over? We could make a tent out of blankets and sleep on couch cushions thrown on the floor.
And popcorn?? Please, let's have popcorn!! Sleepovers are awesome, and tents are amazing, but popcorn makes everything epic.

7. What was the last song you listened to one repeat over and over?

King of New York (Newsies 1991 soundtrack). Alan Menken, peoples. What more can I say?

8. What was the last movie you saw that... gave you the same emotions I asked about with the book?

My family has been going through an Avonlea phase for the last month. We watched the Anne movies, and now we're well into season one of Road to Avonlea. I'd forgotten how funny those stories were! Wow!

9. Do you think reindeers are better than people?
If all reindeers are like Sven, then yes. Sven doesn't ask stupid questions, and he cares about people's lonely souls.

10. How do you feel about the giant rats of Somalia?

Personally, I'm more partial to R.O.U.S.

11. When you were a kid did you used to play Cowboys and Indians? (Germans. I mean Cowboys and Germans.) (PLEASE tell me someone got that reference.)

Sorry, Jack. I didn't get that reference. But yes, we played Cowboys and Indians. Usually not mixed together, but we had plenty of horses and lassos and tepees. We were never allowed to scalp, though.

Okay, to keep things simple for me, I'm just going to post 11 questions here, and it is your responsibility (yes, you reader who's reading this) to answer them either in a comment below or a blog post of your own (negotiations came be made if you want to swipe an award as well). Because everyone likes answering tag questions. And I like reading your answers. Ready?

1. What's your favorite fairy tale retelling (book only)?
2. How many mosquito bites do you currently have?
3. What was the last film you watched? And would you recommend it?
4. Closest object to your right? Go!
5. What song describes your mood right now?
6. Opinion on flip flops?
7. If you could ask any literary character one question, who would it be and what would you ask them?
8. Favorite soundtrack?
9. I'm inviting you to a costume party. Who are you going to cosplay?
10. Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, or the Great Wall of China?
11. If Christ were to return today, what would He find you doing?

God bless!


  1. 1. What's your favorite fairy tale retelling (book only)?
    Does The Princess Bride count? :) I remember reading others by Gail Carson Levine, but I don't really remember them.
    2. How many mosquito bites do you currently have?
    None. I live in the desert.
    3. What was the last film you watched? And would you recommend it?
    Gus. It's about a donkey that kicks 100 yard field goals. And it has Don Knotts and Tim Conway, so yes I would recommend it.
    4. Closest object to your right? Go!
    An empty bowl that had ice cream in it last night.
    5. What song describes your mood right now?
    When Will My Life Begin, more like I can't wait for summer fun!!
    6. Opinion on flip flops?
    7. If you could ask any literary character one question, who would it be and what would you ask them?
    Hmmm I'd probably ask Elizabeth Bennet if she has any children and what are they like and what are their names
    8. Favorite soundtrack?
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but sadly I don't own it :(
    9. I'm inviting you to a costume party. Who are you going to cosplay?
    Anne of Avonlea
    10. Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, or the Great Wall of China?
    Big Ben!! Britain all the way!
    11. If Christ were to return today, what would He find you doing?
    Hopefully glorifying Him in everything!

  2. 1. What's your favorite fairy tale retelling (book only)?
    Into the Woods- the musical
    2. How many mosquito bites do you currently have?
    3. What was the last film you watched? And would you recommend it?

    4. Closest object to your right? Go!
    My friend..on her laptop

    5. What song describes your mood right now?

    6. Opinion on flip flops?

    7. If you could ask any literary character one question, who would it be and what would you ask them?

    Mary Poppins- who are you really?

    8. Favorite soundtrack?
    Out of Africa

    9. I'm inviting you to a costume party. Who are you going to cosplay?
    ummmmmmm the doctor?

    10. Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, or the Great Wall of China?
    Big Ben

    11. If Christ were to return today, what would He find you doing?

    Teaching, conducing music and bringing him into it :)

    Thanks for completing my tag! :)

  3. I LIKE ANNA BETTER TOO! And I love those two songs:D I also can't wait to see your answers to my award:) Ooh, thanks for the universal nomination! I shall have great fun with it:D

    1. Great minds think alike! I just love Anna's quirky manner and she's got the best outfits! I know! I decided your award needed a post of its own (because Olaf is just that amazing), and I'm working on putting it all together! :) Looking forward to seeing your answers, too, Arwen!

  4. Ah, we agree completely about Anna, I see!;) I love her unrelenting optimism (a most appropriate word that the DVD cover chose)! Ooh, yay, I can't wait to see it!:) And I have now completed the tag. Have a great day!

  5. I want to see you jump into HYDRA mode salute...so....HAIL HYDRA!!!

    YES!!! If you come for a sleep over we can definitely do popcorn!

    Aw, hehehe, I am glad you liked A Stretch of Loyalty. That makes me happy

  6. Oh, Kiri! Your Count Bob references make me want to cry. Yep, I don't normally cry over fictional characters, but . . . hey!

    1. Dare I say The Twelfth Kingdon? (Even though it isn't finished yet. Er-HEM!)

    2. Zippo!

    3. 7 Brides for 7 Brothers. Um . . . not my favorite, but the dancing was incredible! I would recommend it to some.

    4. A pen.

    5. May the Road Rise up to Meet You

    6. I wish I had a pair that I could wear outside because it is so HOT here!

    7. Father Brown - Why do you moralize when there are criminals to be caught? And why do you NEVER tell Flambeau what you know until the very end?

    8. Really? You will ask this question? Well, currently I am stuck between Finding Neverland and The Rise of the Guardians

    9. Eliza Dolittle

    10. The Great Wall of China

    11. Working switchboard (and reading and blogging)

    I miss you, quite a bit in fact. I cannot wait until next week. DIA!

    1. Kathryn - Well, it was not my intention to make you cry, but I was trying to answer the question honestly. Seriously, all "Tadas" in our family are based off of your brother. Not that I'd praise him and be in his fan club. *winks*

      *cough* Well, um... yes. I'm working on it! I had to finish Secret of the Hazel Tree first! Did you ever get that email I sent you? I can't recall if you responded to it or not...

      YOU'RE LISTENING TO RISE OF THE GUARDIANS! Isn't that just an epic soundtrack?? It's almost the equivalent of HTTYD, in my opinion. My favorite track is "Wind Take Me Home."

      I KNOW!! Jess and I were just talking about that this afternoon! One week from tomorrow!!! :D Can't wait!! DIA!

  7. 1) funnily enough I can't think of one right now...
    2) five, I really must locate the annoying thing, its getting drunk on my blood, I can hear it partying at night (:
    3) do tv series count? Because if they do than it was doctor who, and I absobloomalutely do recomend it! If not than it was ella enchanted and I think I would reccomend it..
    4) my friend- I'm in class..
    5) hmm I really don't know..
    6) they are ok- they hurt my feet, but its nice to wear them on the beach..
    7) Legolas- I'd ask him to teach me archery (:
    8) lord of the rings and braveheart
    9) eowyn
    10) the great wall of china, I mean how cool is that!
    11) studying for my finals..

    Yay! Its so great to know I'm not alone! I love Anna! She is definatly my favorite character!