So I am now another year older. Which is really quite surprising. This year seemed to speed by now that I look back, of course, it didn’t at certain points during the year, but. (okay that sentence made no sense…) I’m this many years old now but I’m not shocked (after all this does happen about once a year). On the other hand, I’ve never been this old before, so I suppose that’s something.
(And, okay, well technically, yesterday was my birthday, but we are doing all the celebrating today due to technical difficulties. Or I’m really spoiled and I don’t like Birthdays on Saturdays, or something like that.)
What I feel like about my gifts:
“Puffiest in the world. You are…of impeccable taste.” Of course I didn’t get any big 80’s Edwardian dress, and wasn’t quite that emotional, but still. I got a polaroid camera (!!!), an amazing messenger bag (!!), and gorgeous, truly beautiful Charles Dickens book (!!), an awesome Dean Martin record (!!) to play in our new Victrola, and several other terrific things as well!
Allllllll the fooooooooood… just mmmmmmm. Our traditional Birthday morning breakfast was wonderful as usual, is all the other food! Oh and lemon meringue pie for dessert! Simply to die for.
We have (and still are) mostly spent the day rotting our brains, going to the movie theater, listening to music, thrift shopping, eating junk, watching more movies, eating more food. Also, in a week, two of my best friends who live a good deal away are coming and staying over a week as part of my celebration! Hooray!
I am interested to see how this year of my life goes. I need to get on top of the whole ‘driving’ thing and be ready to have some adventures.
But I really miss being a little girl!!!!!!!!!!!! Wah!
Happy Bir- oh wait, it’s my birthday! Thanks for reading 😀
Prince Kit~Cinderella (2015) Okay, he might not be the main character or even the definition of a hero, but he is to me! He is so good and kind and wonderful. He stays true to her. He sends all them to go look for her once she’s disappeared and actually went along to make sure she was found. He is so lovable and one of my favorite male characters. I also love his and his dad’s relationship. “It’s you, isn’t it?”
Ian~National Treasures Perhaps it’s just because I like Sean Bean so much, but he is just a very good villain in my opinion. Perfectly bad enough but also an interesting character. “I’ve arranged several operations of… questionable legality.”
I couldn’t choose just one, there were several that really stood out;
Colonel William Tavington~ The Patriot Jason Isaacs is a brilliant actor. He portrays the charters he plays so well. And in this instance he is playing one of the most despicable and heartless characters I’ve seen on screen. He is a horrible, horrible, character, but it makes the movie all the better (more emotional, sob-worthy, heart-wrenching, etc). “But you said we’d be forgiven!” “And perhaps you will, but that is between you and God.”
3) Anti-Hero (a central character in a story who lacks the usual heroic attributes)
Mr. Tumnus~Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe He really is a hero, but as he is cowardly and a traitor at first, you might not really think of him as being one, so that is why he is an anti-hero. He’s so lovable and funny, and it’s so sad to see him frozen by the White Witch when he chooses to do the right thing. (Not to mention, he’s pretty amazing at playing that Narnian flute.) “How would it be, if you came and had tea with me?”
4) Best book-to-screen adaption
Count Olaf~ Series of Unfortunate Events I thought about doing him for the villain, but he really is so exactly like he should be. Like completely 100% spot on. He is just like he is in the book. “Wait! Give it to me again!”
5) Best character perception
Travers Goff~Saving Mr. Banks To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what ‘best character perception is, but I would assume it means a character that really is perfect for what it should be, and is portrayed really well. I would say Travers Goff is that. The character is so lovable and it just breaks your heart when he can’t be the perfect father you see glances of throughout the movie. He is so wonderful, but at the same time, so deeply flawed. “Don’t you ever stop dreaming.”
So there you go! That’s my answers for this tag, which was really quite fun to do!
Would any of these make your favorites in their categories? Do let me know what you think!
1. Name a book you’re embarrassed you haven’t read.
Oliver Twist. Yes, yes, I haven’t read it! But I will! I don’t really want to, it’s rather hyped- but I’m sure it’s a classic for a reason… I suppose. My family greatly suggests it, so that is probably next on my list.
2. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever used as a bookmark?
Hmm… Any thing. Usually I use thick things since I often have trouble finding my spot if I use thin things. So anything handy that isn’t gross or dirty or wet?
3. Look at your bookshelf. What is the first yellow-spined book you see?
The Cricket in Times Square. Aw what a cute book! I haven’t read that for a long time, but I miss it! And the illustrations are so lovely and fun. I really liked it when I was younger, it’s still such a great one.
4. If you could have one new book from a deceased author, who would it be?
Hmm… I still haven’t read all of Dicken’s or C.S. Lewis’s, but once I’ve gone through both of their collections, I’m sure I’ll wish there were more.
5. Name an author who deserves more readership.
Hmm. I can’t really think of one.
6. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Sticky notes? That’s what I’ve been using the most lately. My sister (the girl’s got skill) also made me some of the most amazing Jane Austen bookmarks last year for my birthday… which I seem to have misplaced. I actually cried. Come to think of it I don’t think she knows. Perhaps she won’t read this…
7. Can you stop anywhere in a book or do you have to finish the chapter?
Um. I go through phases, I guess. And it depends on the books. If they’re short chapters I really have no reason not to finish it, but if they’re long, I stop if I need to.
8. One book at a time OR Several?
I used to read many at a time, but I would end up not finishing most of them, or getting the stories confused, so for the last several years, I read a pleasure book and often times a book I’m assigned for school.
9. Do you read ahead or skip pages?
No, I try my best not to, I never read ahead purposely, but very occasionally, I’ll skip a paragraph of long boring descriptions.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
Like new! I cherish books’ pristine-ness, even if they are aged and well worn they can be kept nice. So I try to do that.
11. What books do you regret reading?
Mmmm. There are some. But I honestly cannot think of any specifically…
On average, how many books do you read per year?
This is actually the first time I’ve kept track. My goal is 50, but I haven’t counted in a while. It’ll be interesting to see how many I do end up reading.
13. What book can you read hundreds of times and never get tired of?
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers, The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, The Shoe Books by Noel Streatfeild, Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and probably many others.
14. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a book?
I. I. My that’s a big question. I’m not sure! Books in general teach me lessons all the time. But umm…
15. What is the most recent book you’ve read?
I’m rereading the Shoe Books by Noel Streatfeild for the manieth (please pretend that’s a real word) time (it’s just as wonderful as always) and I just finished up Theater Shoes.
16. Name a book quote you’ll never forget.
The spirit of adventure was rising in them all, and no one really wanted to be back at school.
17. How many books do you own?
I own between 110-120 (including children’s books, but not including comic books).
18. Of the past year, what is the greatest book you’ve read?
Tale of Two Cities is the most amazing higher reading level book I have ever read. It was incredibly written, interesting, plotted wonderfully, etc. I really just adore it. It’s was so emotional, and there are also so many deep and beautiful quotes. “Will you never understand that I am incorrigible?” ~Sydney Carton, Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
So that’s the tag! It was really fun to do, and to find good pictures and gifs, and I hope you enjoyed reading it 🙂
What was the last book you’ve read? What is a book quote that is very memorable to you? Please, share in the comments!!
Wow! I had an amazing wonderful Autumn, mostly for the reason of our terrific trip, which you already heard all about here, here, and here, so I won’t bore you more with that, but I’ll tell you a little about the rest of my autumn in a somewhat-well, kind of, brief overview.
Worst Thing that Happened to Me
I got sick with a very bad cold the day we arrived back in the states. That was awful, but things could have been worse.
Best Thing that Happened to Me
Uh, well this might be a bit obvious and I’m being a little redundant, but did I mention, WE WENT TO EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST!!! Okay so yeah, that’s the bestest ever.
First Attendance to Outdoor Concert
Okay, so maybe this isn’t world travel, but it was pretty darn amazing! My sister and I volunteered to help at a Compassion Partnered Event, so it was Christian bands playing and we almost canceled last moment. We were tired, it was hours away, we didn’t feel like staying out late, and we weren’t sure if we’d even be able to see/hear the band we were looking forward to. Ended up we arrived, had very little work to do, were right, like right by the stage, and got to go up close to the stage and dance and sing with everyone else. We saw a band that, shall we say, had NO talent. But then we saw Relient K, the band I had grown up listening to and singing with and listening to with my brothers! So that was really cool and fun to watch, we also got to hear a brand new song of theirs that even their sound guys hadn’t heard. Okay, so cool, right, but then we got to see Switchfoot!!!!!!!!!!!!! Alright, so I can’t really express how cool this was, I love Switchfoot so much and actually seeing them, especially Jon Foreman. He was so happy and it seemed like he appreciated us so much and was personally connecting with us, right from the stage. Singing along with some of my most favorite songs ever was so awesome!
Enough Autumn Photography?
No… not really. I mean, sure, I took lots of pictures during our trip, but I didn’t really do hardly any afterwards (some on Thanksgiving but that was basically it) or before, so I didn’t catch the magicalness of the leaves transforming and such. Oh well 😦
A Few Little Random Things
I got reconnected to country music this season. I’m using Spotify premium, and it’s really nice (that is, if you’re careful what you look at/listen to). I’ve mostly been listening to Alan Jackson, Aaron Watson, and Tim McGraw. Sigh, they’re pretty amazing. I especially am in a phase of listening to Humble and Kind, Grown Men Don’t Cry, and My Old Friend, all by Tim McGraw.
I drew so little this Fall, I’m pretty disappointed with myself! I did draw this sketch from a photograph, and it turned out better than drawing from a photo usually does for me. So that’s good I guess.
My sister started a youth group/kid group thingy for our fellowship that has been going really well so far!
Umm, what else… mmm, I started playing the guitar! So that’s cool. I’m not good. At all. But it’s very fun!
I got some very cool/beautiful air plants and a cute little thingy to hod them!
I WENT TO EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST (I just thought I’d repeat that again, in case you missed it :P)!!
So, yep, there we go! That was my amazing fall that seemed to go soooo fast! I’ve been so blessed this season and I can’t wait to see what Winter has in store for me!