Saturday, August 30, 2014

Awkward and Awesome: August

Well, people have been doing Awkward and Awesome, so I decided to get in on the act and tell you all what I've been up to
Can check that of the ol' bucket list :D
Here are the Awkwards and Awesomes of August.


Being sick for 5 out of ten days of school.

Having strep

Coughing in public, cuz you have to some times

Having pneumonia for the fourth time but feeling better than you have for the past two weeks! And then, all of a sudden, getting extremely tired.
Pretty much me!

Inside jokes with yourself. This could get filed under awesome, but it's still awkward.

Playing piano for Favorites night at church. People, you don't know pressure until you've heard someone pick an old song that everyone knows except you and you have to sightread it in front of people NOW. (Actually, I don't think I've done this in August with teen class parties and sickness, but it's still awkward!!)

Arsenic and Old Lace, the movie. It's creepy but funny too.
Really like this cover!

Having more awkward/awesome and one part of you telling yourself to write it down, while the other part's like, "C'mon girl! You'll remember it!" Well I didn't.


Disney song chord charts

Costume parties in teen class
Me as Princess Leia

Southern gospel offertories

GIFs (Maybe I did put this one in just to use a GIF?)

Watching Step In Time in Russian (or at all!)

Learning Spanish and Dutch

Rilla of Ingleside

Of course I call slushies good food!!
Conversations with people on Pinterest

The following movies:
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
Arsenic and Old Lace

Cary Grant

I'm the part in the gold part in the west with the maroon Sun Devil.

The Happiest Millionaire soundtrack.

The Dutch word for pork - varkensvlees

Fridays = Fortuosidays


What's been awkward and awesome in your life lately?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Extremely ridiculous tag!!!!

What-ho chums! Today I'm here with an extremely ridiculous tag from Miss Naomi Bennet. You are supposed to list 12 fictional characters and answer questions about them. The complete instructions are HERE. I present the chosen 12:

1. Rilla (Rilla of Ingleside)
2. Jo March (Little Women)
3. Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
4. Macgyver 
5. Cordelia Drexel-Biddle (The Happiest Millionaire(movie))
6. Eugene Meltsner (Adventures in Odyssey(audio series))
7. Fezzik (The Princess Bride)
8. Susan (The Chronicles of Narnia)
9. Sir Percy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
10. Sherlock Holmes (books, not TV show)
11. Robin Hood (sort of fictional)
12. Nan (Little Men)

Ok, here are the questions:
1.      Who would make a better college prof, 6 or 11? ( Eugene Meltsner or Robin Hood)
Eugene, indubitably!! Plus, I think he already is!
2.      Do you think that 2 would win the “Cutest Guy of 2014"? (Jo March)

3.      12 sends 8 out on a mission. What is it? Does it succeed? (Nan, Susan)
Well, Nan is a medical student; therefore, she might need that healing cordial from Lucy who, conveniently, is Susan's sister. Yes, that mission would succeed!
4.      What is or would be 9's favourite book? (Sir Percy)
Another I-need/want-to-use-this-GIF-even-though-it-is-

Wow! Sir Percy reads? How 'bout the Men's Fashion Book of 1789.
5.      Would it make more sense for 2 to swear fealty to 6, or the other way around? (Jo March, Eugene Meltsner)
Wow, Jo's really independent, so she might be able to get Eugene Meltsner to swear loyalty to her, but highly improbable, highly improbable.
6.      For some reason, 5 is looking for a roommate. Should (s)he share a studio apartment with 9 or 10? (Cordelia Drexel-Biddle, Sir Percy, Sherlock Holmes)
Cordy's father is very perplexed!!
Neither!!! But Sir Percy would probably annoy her exceedingly, so Sherlock it is!
7.      2, 7, and 12 have dinner together. Where do they go, and what do they discuss? (Jo March, Fezzik, Nan)
They would probably all settle for a meal at Jo's house, since Jo kind of raised Nan, and Fezzik doesn't seem to be the arguing type. They would probably spend the time laughing over Tom's relationship issues, with Fezzik coming in occasionally to rhyme.
"Stop this rhyming now, I mean it"
"Does anybody want a peanut?"
8.      3 challenges 10 to a duel. What happens?(Elizabeth Bennet, Sherlock Holmes)
Well, it would start out as a battle of wits, but then Sherlock would gain respect for Lizzy, and together they would save the world! Cuz:

9.      If 1 stole 8's most precious possession, how would she/he get it back? (Rilla, Susan)
Rilla would have stolen Susan's bow and arrows. Susan would get them back by fighting, in all probability.
10.  Suggest a title for a story in which 7 and 12 both attain what they most desire. (Fezzik, Nan)
If I remember correctly, Fezzik's greatest desire was companionship, and Nan's was a medical career/equal rights for women. Here's a back cover blurb for The Suffragist Giant.

Lonely wrestler Fezzik longs for companionship, while hot-headed Nan is valiantly working for women's rights. Just as his longing for friends becomes unbearable, he stumbles into a suffrage rally headed by Nan. Overjoyed that a man has joined their cause, Nan becomes fast friends with this gentle giant. Will their relationship blossom, or will Nan's she-woman instincts cause Fezzik pain?
11.  What kind of plot device would you use if you wanted 4 and 1 to work together? (Macgyver, Rilla)
One of the best Macgyver scenes ever!!!
I think Macgyver would work perfectly fine with Rilla, but getting Rilla to work with Mac is another story. I think a broken down automobile on the way home from a trip with Jims would work.
12.  If 7 visited you for the weekend, how would you get along? (Fezzik)
Fezzik visiting me!! What!! I think we would get along great and have rhyming contests.
13.  If you could command 3 to perform any one task or service for you, what would it be?(Elizabeth Bennet)
To become real and live in Phoenix.
14.  Does anyone on your friends list write or draw 11? (Robin Hood)
I'm not mad!!!
I just need to use this GIF!
I don't really get this question, but I don't think any of my friends write or draw Robin.
15.  If 2 had to choose sides between 4 and 5, which would it be? (Jo, Mac, Cordy)
Trash talk for fight!
Ummmm... First the idea of Mac fighting with anyone is preposterous!! But maybe Cordy started a boxing match. I think Jo would choose Cordy just because Cordy's a teenage girl and Mac's a full-grown man.
16.  What might 10 shout while charging into battle? (Sherlock Holmes)
17.  If you chose a song to represent 8, which song would you choose? (Susan)
Keep on the Firing Line. An old gospel song. (Yeah, that was lame! Please give me your suggestions!!)
18.  1, 6, and 12 are having dim sum at a Chinese restaurant. There is only one scallion pancake left, and they all reach for it at the same time. Who gets to eat it? (Rilla, Eugene, Nan)
First, what are dim sum and scallion pancakes? Secondly, I think Eugene would suggest that they divide it into equal parts of 33.33333% for each person. Rilla and Nan (who I think would be very good friends) would then agree to split the pancake between the three of them.
19.  What might be a good pick-up line for 2 to use on 10? (Jo, Sherlock)
"I hate to use Pick-up lines, but would you join our Pickwick club?"

20.  What would 5 most likely be arrested for? (Cordy)
Punching boys
21.  What is 6's secret? (Eugene)
He once had a crush on Connie Kendall, years ago!
22.  If 11 and 9 were racing to a destination, who would get there first? (Robin Hood, Sir Percy)

Oooh, this one's hard because if Sir Percy had changed into the Scarlet Pimpernel, he might have a chance! But, if I were a betting woman, I would bet on Robin Hood.
23.  If you had to walk home through a bad neighbourhood late at night, would you feel safer in the company of 7 or 8? (Fezzik, Susan)

Definitely Fezzik, the wrestler who can beat people up!!
24.  1 and 9 reluctantly team up to save the world from the threat posed by 4's sinister secret organization. 11 volunteers to help them, but it is later discovered that s/he is actually a spy for 4. Meanwhile, 4 has kidnapped 12 in an attempt to force their surrender. Following the wise advice of 5, they seek out 3, who gives them what they need to complete their quest. What title would you give this fic?
Rilla and Sir Percy reluctantly team up to save the world from the threat posed by Macgyver's sinister secret organization. Robin Hood volunteers to help them, but it is later discovered that s/he is actually a spy for Macgyver. Meanwhile, Macgyver has kidnapped Nan in an attempt to force their surrender. Following the wise advice of Cordy, they seek out Elizabeth Bennet, who gives them what they need to complete their quest. What title would you give this fic?

What!! The Phoenix Foundation is evil!!

A Mole named Robin; or the Daring and Complex Adventures of a Fashion Plate, a Girl, a Boxer, and a Wise Woman.

This was a fun tag!! Thanks Naomi for the idea! Let me know if/when you do this tag :D

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Classics Club: Rilla of Ingleside

Friday: Starts blog post of Rilla of Ingleside. Realizes that said book is so awesome that said post will be incoherent in imposible to read.
Saturday: Realizes that 3 hours of sleep in 30 hours is not the ideal condition to write a post in.
Sunday: Hopes that words will come. (Preferably in a coherent order)

What's with the baggy, ugly dress?!

Let's start this over!

Anyway, Rilla of Ingleside is the best book in the series!!!! I love it!! LMM did such a good job of bringing WWI to life on the home front. I have never been very interested in WWI, but RoI has certainly helped me view it in a different light! The pain and struggle of Rilla, Susan, and Anne is presented wonderfully! The reader feels alongside them! This book really helped me appreciate all the families who have sacrificed husbands, sons, brothers, and lovers for freedom. It inspired me to continue "keeping faith" and spreading freedom "lest we forget." (I have no idea where that quote came from, but I think it's a song?)

WARNING: This book takes your feelings and rips them apart! There is a 99% chance you will cry as you read this book! LMM has a way of announcing deaths that goes something like this: "Daddy Warbucks sat at the table and cried because Little Orphan Annie just died." Not Annie and Daddy, but you get the picture. BTW, has anyone seen the new Annie movie? Thoughts?)

About the deaths, not the Annie movie!

In the beginning, I didn't think I was going to like the book because Rilla is a vain, spoiled, stuck-up BRAT. But she develops into a strong, unselfish woman. I felt bad for her because she basically lost her teens, but it did help grow her. 

“And two years ago this morning I woke wondering what delightful gift the new day would give me.       These are the two years I thought would be filled with fun."
"Would you exchange them - now - for two years filled with fun "
"No " said Rilla slowly. "I wouldn't. It's strange - isn't it - They have been two terrible years - and yet I have a queer feeling of thankfulness for them - as if they had brought me something very precious in all their pain. I wouldn't want to go back and be the girl I was two years ago not even if I could. Not that I think I've made any wonderful progress - but I'm not quite the selfish frivolous little doll I was then. I suppose I had a soul then Miss Oliver - but I didn't know it. I know it now - and that is worth a great deal - worth all the suffering of the past few years.”

I can really relate to this, because looking back on the past few years of my life, I can see that I've grown. But I would have never picked the way the growing has happened! God certainly is in control!

Which statement leads me to another thing I like about this book: The references to God being in control and more powerful than big guns. God's power is an important fact that sometimes I forget.

In case you haven't noticed, I love, love, love this book. In fact, it is currently my favorite! Only one other book this summer has "spoken" to me like Rilla of Ingleside: A Tale of Two Cities. (Spoken isn't the right word, but you probably realize what I mean) This book is EPIC!! LMM, what a great way to end a great series!

YESSSSS!!!! I finished the Anne series!!!!!
Randomly awesome excited GIF

P.S. School starts tomorrow; therefore, I don't know what my posting habits will be like, but I will return!!!! (I'm gonna be a Junior!! (11th year))

Is there homework?
And Algebra 2 with sharp rocks on the bottom?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Classics Club: Rainbow Valley

If you know who's who on this cover,
you are a genius!!!
I liked this book more than Anne of Ingleside, even though this book doesn't focus on Anne or her kids that much. The book focuses on the Meredith children of the widower minister: Jerry, Faith, Una (what kind of name is that!!), and Carl. They were hilarious!!! And I kind of felt a connection to them, being a pastor's kid myself. (No, we have not done anything mentioned in the book. Wellll, we did march around the lobby on Sunday singing "O Benjamin Harrison", but mostly everybody was gone :P)

I really appreciated Faith's spunk and courage to do what she thought was right. And Una's errand in the end is really touching! Also, I think the relationship between Rosemary and Mr./Rev./Pastor Meredith was so sweet! I think it is LMM's second best love story of the Anne series. (Anne and Gil would be #1. OBVIOUSLY!) (And, miracle of miracles, Anne didn't meddle with them AT ALL. Anne's meddling drives me crazy!)

Like Anne of Ingleside, this book is basically a string of short stories, but they are connected with the story of the widower minister. This book also had the escapades of kids, but somehow, they seemed more believable in Anne of Ingleside. Maybe it was that the Meredith kids' escapades were more outrageous and less common place than Anne's kids'. I did like this book though, and would gladly reread it!

P.S. Last week Evie and I had some own escapades of our own on Google+ Hangouts! Check out her post HERE.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Classics Club: Anne of Ingleside

This cover's actually pretty good!
Well, let's get to the point and say that this book was not as great as Anne's House of Dreams, by any stretch of the scope of the imagination. This book is a series of short anecdotes about life at Ingleside with Anne and Gil and their children: Jem, Walter, Di, Nan, Shirley, and Rilla. (Because I was confused, I will enlighten you: Ingleside is the name of their home, not the town.) It's an enjoyable read, but like Island and Windy Poplars, doesn't stand out. The stories about the kids are pretty funny, especially if you've ever spent much time with younger kids.

I really admire Anne as a mom! She never laughs at her children's scrapes or sayings (at least in front of them :) And she always makes them feel important, like my mom does :D 

LMM barely wrote about the scenery!!!!!! Yeah, do I need to go into this again? But she did have a little habit of starting in the middle of the action which left me confused for a bit! It is a good writing advice for exciting stuff, but this stuff wasn't what you would call "exciting".

I do like the poppies!
In the beginning of the book, Jem throws a fit that made me groan on the inside "Please tell me you discipline your kids! I can't read a whole book with bratty kids!!" But then you learn that Anne and Gilbert do discipline and spank their kids. The kids disobey sometimes, but they are rarely disrespectful. 

The back of this book mentions the fact that Anne wonders if Gilbert doesn't love her any more as if that fact were a big part of the book. It's not. Basically, that part of the story is the last 5 chapters. Spoiler alert: Gilbert still loves her!!) {That was my sarcastic font}

Anyway, this is an okay book, though it tends to drag near the end..... I enjoyed several of the stories, quite a few of which made me laugh!

P.S. The Classics Club spin number was 17; therefore, I'm reading A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain.

What are some of the funniest things you've heard little kids say?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Classics Club: The Blue Castle

The best cover!
Because I just finished this book like 4 hours ago, I am still trying to digest it, but here are my thoughts so far: (Be warned, this will probably be a more serious review becuase this book made me think. A LOT!)

The Blue Castle is about Valancy Stirling (still undecided on whether I like that name), a 29 year old girl who has been bossed around her whole life by her family, who don't even love her! To cope, she has made up an imaginary castle called The Blue Castle. On her 29th birthday, she goes to the doctor (without her family's knowledge), and he tells her she has a year to live. She soon decides, that since she has never actually "lived" before, she will start now! She then goes and does a bunch of shocking things and it all turns out good!

This was a great LMM book, because she didn't really describe the nature like she does in the Anne series, but she describes more practically (?) I like it better anyway! Also, LMM really makes you like/hate the characters. I mean, did anyone else want to punch Valancy's mom in the face ALL THE TIME ?!?!

The cover I had
She doesn't even look
like Valancy would!
I like this book (4 out of 5 star on Goodreads), but it has really got me thinking about a moral question.

When Valancy is spouting off to her family, someone brings up the 5th commandment, which states "Honor thy father and thy mother." I thought this interesting. Was Valancy breaking this commandment by leaving and disobeying her mother? By being disrespectful to her family? I mean, she could have handled the situation better. For instance, she didn't need to spout off quite so much at dinner. She could have respectfully stood up for herself, and she didn't need to be afraid, but other things, she shouldn't have said. Also, she could have gone respectfully to her mom and said something like this: Mother, I appreciate everything you've done for me, but I need to go live my own life.  I believe that it would be a Christian thing to do to go nurse Cissy back to health!" Something like that. However, Valancy wasn't a Christian and didn't have God's joy and peace in her life! (Yes, I just figured this out!!! And I am excited!!!) If Valancy was a Christian, she would have responded in the proper way, and maybe would have made some different choices! The story still could have turned out the same way! But it would have been better!

I am sorry to bore you all with this moral rambling (:D) , but this book just really got me thinking! I will probably read this book again, but as another blogger said, "It colors my attitudes," so I will probably not read it often. This was my first non-Anne LMM book, and it was great!

P.S. Barney was wonderful!!!

P.S.S. Yessss! This is my third Classics Club book this week!!!!

What are some books that make you think? Also, if you have read this book, what do you think about Valancy and her decisions?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Classics Club: Anne's House of Dreams + Classics Club spin list

Two Classics Club books in one week!!! Woohoo! This is the only Anne book I do not own :( But it is soooo goooooood! I can't tell a lot about the plot without giving away stuff (there's a lot of shocks in this book!), but you should definitely read it! If you are prone to cry at sad stuff, you will definitely cry while reading this book. But... you will also laugh!! Especially at Miss Cornelia, the man-hater :D ( I have now started saying "Just like a man" :D )

{Cornelia and Capt. Jim discussing the patience of men (or lack thereof)

Capt. Jim: What about Job?

Miss Cornelia: Job! It was such a rare thing to find a patient man that when one was really discovered they were determined he shouldn't be forgotten!}

Captain Jim was an awesome guy! I kind of wish LMM would of told more of his stories! I also felt so bad for Leslie! (I can't really say anything else because, yeah, MAJOR SPOILER) 

Anne and Gilbert's wedding was kind of short, but still sweet! And I love the phrase "House of Dreams" It makes me want to design my own *sniff, sniff* Well, let's not get too sentimental now...

Anywho, I LOVED this book! It really stands out in the series (unlike 3 and 4, which were nice in their own way, but forgettable as a whole ;) So yeah, you should really go read this book!!

P.S. I really like the phrase "Anne went wicked" which is when Anne says stuff to Miss Cornelia just to rile her up! (Cuz Miss Cornelia's HILARIOUS) Now, whenever I want to say what I think to a person's face, I will pretend a conversation between Anne and that person, with Anne "going wicked" ;)

Annnnd here is my Classics Club spin list: (On Monday, the Club will release a number between 1 and 20, and you have to read the corresponding book by October 6 )

1. Old-Fashioned Girl
2. Sense and Sensibility
3. Count of Monte Cristo
4. Twice-Told Tales
5. Mere Christianity
6. The Fellowship of the Ring
7. The Mysterious Island
8. Ben-Hur
9. Importance of Being Earnest
10. Swiss Family Robinson
11. The Mill on the Floss
12. Pilgrims Progress
13. The Pickwick Papers
14. Last of the Mohicans
15. North and South
16. The Prince and the Pauper
17. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
18. 1984
19. In His Steps
20. Gulliver's Travels

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Be It Ever So Hot.... *ahem* Humble

Well, I just got back from Colorado on Friday! I had a great time! But being away from home always helps me realize just how much I love my home! The scenery in Colorado was beautiful(!!), but I'll take the desert any day (plus, I'm not much of a scenery person {which fact explains my love/hate relationship with Lucy Maud Montgomery :D}) I moved here when I was six (ten years ago today!!!) ; therefore, Arizona has been my home for 10 years!!! In honor of that anniversary, here are some reasons why I love Phoenix!

- The beautiful desert

- Mountains
White Tank Mountain Regional Park
15 minutes from my house

- Palm trees

- And cellphone towers barely disguised to look like palm trees

- High desert (not actually Phoenix, but in northern Arizona)
No, I don't think the grass is dead, it just look like it!

- Riverbeds (these are just funny :p)

This is the Agua Fria "River". I've never seen this much water in it!
(No, that is not a roller coaster; it is the nets for a driving range)

- Heat (call me crazy, but I love the heat!!! To cope with it, STAY INSIDE)

-Monsoons (just a storm season from July-August and December-January) which bring...

- Dust storms (not scary, unless you're driving; sometimes they're on national news though!!)

Again, these look scary, but they're really just dusty!

-Snow (again, not in Phoenix, but a two hours drive away!!)

We usually go here at least once during the winter!

- Warm wind (I love the wind! Just like Anne in Anne of Windy Poplars.)

- Grid streets of Phoenix

Makes it really easy to navigate!
- ASU stadiums (Go Sun Devils!!!)

The football stadium built into the mountain.
Tempe town lakes in the background.
It's so hot during August-October in here!!
- Downtown

- No traffic (Seriously, if it takes us 30 minutes to get somewhere, that's a long time!)

- Friendliest airport (It's called PHX Sky Harbor. A name that I love!!)

Best picture that I could find.
It's a beautiful airport!
- Swimming
Typical nicer Phoenix pool
- Golfing (if you like that sort of thing :p)

- Fishing/Boating
Lake Pleasant
I don't think I've ever been, but my friends have!

- Canals (You can run by these, and basically they're just really cool!)

Ten years ago today, my family arrived  here from Virginia! And this wonderful city became my new home!

What are some reasons you like where you live?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Classics Club: Anne of Windy Poplars

She looks like she's fifteen!!
And that hair!! It's auburn people!
I had trouble getting into this book because I had already read it/skimmed it A LOT!! (That's what I've done to all the Anne books :) But after I got into it, it was pretty good! LMM did go off on the scenery a little bit (have I mentioned that I'm not a nature person? ;), but over all, it was a good read!

In this book, Anne has left college and is the principal at Summerside High for three years. (Year One was the longest in the book) She lives in a tower room (LOVE) with two widows and their maid/servant/caretaker Rebecca Dew. She has trouble with school and society in general at first because of THE family in Summerside (there are always Families in these books! Pyes, Pringles, Andrews, Barrys...), but eventually, they come to respect her. (The resolution is really odd and happens way too fast!) She makes friends with Little Elizabeth and unfriendly coworker Katherine Brooke. (That's one thing I love about Anne: she makes friends easily) And she basically just lives in Summerside for three years during school. 

This book starts out as letters to Gilbert (with much cut out ;), but occasionally changes to third person (is that what you call that?). I really enjoyed the letters but understood why the change was needed occasionally. Also this book was written with little scenes with only a few overarching stories, a style I really like (in moderation;) ! 

The one nature thing I did like about this book was the wind!! I really like the hot winds that come through Phoenix (more on that later this week ;)

This is a good book, but like (most of) Anne of the Island, doesn't really stick out to me. However, you should read it! Especially if you like LMM or Anne :D

P.S. I've already started Anne's House of Dreams, and it is SUPERB!!

P.S.S. I found this shirt that I think is hilariously awkward! Therefore, I want it! "That day you broke your slate over my head in school" :D

EDIT: I forgot!! Hamlette at The Edge of the Precipice is having a book giveaway!!! Go check it out HERE!