Sunday, November 30, 2014

Awkward and Awesome: November

Wow! November is gone already!! And college football regular season is basically over :( But college basketball is starting!!!! Woohoo!! Anyhow, here's what happened in November (probably 90% of this stuff happened in the past week cuz I seriously forgot everything!!) P.S Besides the fact that this post is short enough for pictures, it's 5:45 at night and I really need to get this up... #SorryNotSorry

Not remembering anything that happened this month
Standing in a line when a lady cuts you, and brings two other people with her. The line was extremely long too :/
An older guy who rollerblades by my house...
Being in the middle of two movies on Netflix. (Watching movies takes a big commitment for me!!)
Not being able to spell commitment on the first try, or the second...
Dry, itchy skin
Smelling smoke every single morning for the past week because of a mulch fire near your house :/

Zion Covenant Series
Lots of days off school!!
Kentucky Fried Chicken for Thanksgiving
Personal best in a 5K on Thanksgiving (22:05 :D)
Idina Menzel and Michael Buble "Baby It's Cold Outside" The boy is so short :D

Friday, November 28, 2014

Let's Get this Christmas Party Started!!

Kathryn over at Hidden Orchards is hosting a lovely Christmas party!!! To celebrate, I plan on posting Christmas stuff this week!!! Yay!!! Here's a tag to kick it all off!!
Yes, I took this from her blog!!

1.  What's your favorite part about Christmas?
Probably the music!! I love how it gets you in a good mood! And the Christmas story. It seems to take on more meaning each year.

2.  Does your family have any special Christmas traditions?  If so, which is your favorite?
Well, we open a present or three on Christmas Eve. It's either pajamas and a movie, or our family presents. Also, we read the Christmas story before we open presents. My mom is insanely (in a good way :) organized when it comes to opening presents. For instance, she numbers them all so she knows what family member got us each present. I guess that could count as a tradition?

3.  Everyone knows that music is best part of Christmas.  What's your favorite Christmas carol?
Go Tell it on the Mountain because it has so bouncy and fun!! I also like Angels We Have Heard on High, Joy to the World, and Away in a Manger.

4.  What's your favorite Christmas song (i.e. non-sacred carol).
Wow! This is a hard one! Probably Sleigh Ride or Jingle Bells! But I love all of them!! (Except for Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!! It's so sad in Meet Me in St. Louis!!)

5.  What's your favorite Christmas story or novel?
A Christmas Carol (because Dickens, yeah) I also like the Christmases in the Little House on the Prairie books. The Gift of the Magi is good too!
These illustrations have been linked with the story in my mind for as long as I can remember!
Found on the German Wikipedia

6.  What's your favorite Christmas cookie?
Sugar cookies!!! 

7.  Do you shop at Christmastime?  Where's your favorite place to do Christmas shopping?
Most of the time I shop for Christmas. Sometimes I make stuff or tag along with someone else. I do Christmas shopping at Ross, Barnes and Noble, and Walmart. 

8.  What's your favorite Christmas treat?
My mom coats pretzels and peanut butter crackers in white chocolate!! She also makes peppermint bark and chocolate nut candy, but those white chocolate crackers are the best!!! Candy canes are good too, because they last a long time :D

9.  Do you watch Christmas movies?  What's your favorite one?
My mom loves Christmas movies!! I don't really care for the modern ones that much (with exceptions of course), but I really like old Christmas movies!! My favorite is White Christmas!!

10.  We all know how much fun setting up the Christmas tree can be.  Of course, there are always those ornaments that you made in first grade that you would rather forget but they go on the tree anyway.  Do you have a favorite ornament?  What's the story behind it?
We have so many cool ornaments! I love our White House ornaments, our slinky snowmen ornaments, and the little houses that light up when you line them up with the tree lights! My favorite ornament is probably my gymnastics one. My mamaw gets us an ornament every year and I probably got this in 2012, when my gymnastics fever was at its height, thanks to the Olympics :D

This is what mine looks like, minus the glitter :D

Thanks for the questions Kathryn! These were fun!!
And, if you're not already, you should join this party!!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I've Got Plenty to be Thankful For!

For you to enjoy as you read this :D
I'm reviewing this movie next week!

Today is Thanksgiving in America. I don't know how many of you have a thankful holiday of some sort, but here, Thanksgiving is a national holiday to celebrate and remember the brave Pilgrims who came over in 1620. Tomorrow is Black Friday, which I do not participate in ;) (Stores have good deals. Lots of people go. They forget what they celebrated the day before. It can get violent. People are rude...) Annnnyway, here's is a list of some of the things I'm thankful for! (In alphabetical order because my blog is called A to Z!)

A~ America
B~ Blogger buddies!
C~ Church family
D~ Devotions
E~ Eyes to see with
F~ Friends and Family
G~ God
H~ Holidays
I~ Inside jokes
J~ Joy
K~ Kids
L~ Life
M~ Music
N~ Nice weather
O~ Old movies
P~ Pilgrims
Q~ Quiet
R~ Reading
S~ School
T~ Teachers
U~ Uh-oh moments (like when I forgot to edit the U of this post before publishing... Sorry!)
V~ Voting
W~ Water
X~ Extra grace from God
Y~ You!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Classics Club: The Hound of the Baskervilles

I read this with Hamlette over at The Edge of the Precipice for a read-along! It was a great experience, and I can't wait until the next one!! However, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I though I would. Which is weird because I love Sherlock Holmes, but I think he works better in short stories. I feel like this book was a short story really drawn out. The mystery was interesting and all, but I feel like it could have been made a lot shorter. 
*awkward transition*
Hamlette made some review questions to help write this review:

Have you ever read any Sherlock Holmes stories before?
Yes, I love Sherlock Holmes and his awesome deducing skills. He is arrogant but still loveable, a weird combination.

Have you read this before?  If so, why did you decide to re-read it?

Nope, I read it for the Classics Club

At the end, Watson calls this adventure a "singular narrative, in which I have tried to make the reader share those dark fears and vague surmises which clouded our lives so long and ended in so tragic a manner."  Did he succeed in making you share them?

Yes! Even though this book could have been shorter, when I was reading I was hooked! I am kinda disappointed that the hound didn't turn out to be a machine or something cooler than what it was...

Have you seen any film adaptations of this story?  If so, do you recommend any?

No, but that sounds like fun!

What did you like best about The Hound of the Baskervilles?

The interactions between Holmes and Watson were so, for lack of a better word, sweet! Holmes would sorta put down Watson, but then Holmes would seem to try to butter him up in the next chapter as if he were asking for forgiveness!

Was there anything in the story you didn't care for, or think could have been done better?

Like I already said, I think the story could have been a lot shorter, but I still enjoyed it!!

I gave this three stars on Goodreads, but this is like the good three stars, not the Scarlet Letter bad three stars...

Thanks so much Hamlette for doing this read-along!! I had a lot of fun!!

What is your favorite mystery story?
Do you like Sherlock Holmes?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Classics Club Tag

Well, the Classics Club put up a surveyish tag thing, and because I am a proud member of this club, I decided to join in!! Yay!! P.S. This is a long post without any pictures, sorry :(

Share a link to your club list.

When did you join The Classics Club? How many titles have you read for the club? (We are SO CHECKING UP ON YOU! Nah. We’re just asking.) :)
I joined the Classics Club as soon as I started blogging, May 2014. I have read 12 books for the club. My list had 50, but I'm just adding every classic I read, whether it's on the list or naw!

What are you currently reading?
I'm assuming these questions apply to just classics. The Hound of the Baskervilles.

What did you just finish reading and what did you think of it?
The Scarlet Letter. See my review HERE. I didn't like it that much :(

What are you reading next? Why?
As classics go, I don't know. Probably Pygmalion with My Fair Lady for an essay scholarship.

Best book you’ve read so far with the club, and why?
Rilla of Ingleside and A Tale of Two Cities. Wow! These books were beautiful!!

Book you most anticipate (or, anticipated) on your club list?
Great question! Probably Ben Hur, Gone with the Wind, or Little Dorrit.

Book on your club list you’ve been avoiding, if any? Why?
War and Peace. It's loooong.

First classic you ever read?
Like in my life? Probably Anne of Green Gables or Little Men or Swiss Family Robinson. (I was around 5th grade. I was so proud because my version had 565 pages!!)

Toughest classic you ever read?
Great Expectations. I need to read it again.

Classic that inspired you? or scared you? made you cry? made you angry?
A Tale of Two Cities probably covers all of those categories, except I didn't cry.

Longest classic you’ve read? Longest classic left on your club list?
Swiss Family Robinson or Count of Monte Cristo. War and Peace.

Oldest classic you’ve read? Oldest classic left on your club list?
I'm going with Julius Caesar that I had to read for English last year. Pilgrim's Progress is probably the oldest one left.

Favorite biography about a classic author you’ve read — or, the biography on a classic author you most want to read, if any?
I want to read Invincible Louisa because I find Louisa May Alcott's life fascinating!

Which classic do you think EVERYONE should read? Why?
A Tale of Two Cites. It's just, wow, amazing!! It will introduce you to the highest level of the English language!

Favorite edition of a classic you own, if any?
I love my Signet Classics because they're paperback, small, and smell good!

Favorite movie adaption of a classic?
Ben-Hur with Charlton Heston. Or the TV series Little Men. It's not exactly the same, but it has a charm of it's own. PRINCESS BRIDE (except that's not really a classic book...) My Fair Lady from Pygmalion.

Classic which hasn’t been adapted yet (that you know of) which you very much wish would be adapted to film.
RILLA OF INGLESIDE! Now people, now!!

Least favorite classic? Why?
That I've read? Great Expectations or Mansfield Park. They were hard to get through (I haven't finished MP yet!)

Name five authors you haven’t read yet whom you cannot wait to read.
Jules Verne
Sir Walter Scott
H. Rider Haddergard
P. G. Wodehouse
Oscar Wilde

Which title by one of the five you’ve listed above most excites you and why?
Anything by Wodehouse because I've heard he's hilarious!!

Have you read a classic you disliked on first read that you tried again and respected, appreciated, or even ended up loving? (This could be with the club or before it.)
I intend to do that with Great Expectations. I can't think of any others right now...

Which classic character can’t you get out of your head?
Umm, I think about Rilla of Ingleside a lot, Nan from Little Men, and Anne of Green Gables.

Which classic character most reminds you of yourself?
Probably Susan Pevensie from Chronicles of Narnia. We're both older sisterish and tend to stop believing in fantasy stuff. And Jo March.

Which classic character do you most wish you could be like?
Polly from An Old Fashioned Girl, or Rilla at the end of Rilla of Ingleside.

Which classic character reminds you of your best friend?
I've had many best friends. Most of them are probably like Lizzy Bennett, a lot of fun to be around.

If a sudden announcement was made that 500 more pages had been discovered after the original “THE END” on a classic title you read and loved, which title would you most want to keep reading? Or, would you avoid the augmented manuscript in favor of the original? Why?
Wow! I would probably read the original manuscript, but reread the whichever one I liked better.

Favorite children’s classic?
The Phantom Tollbooth

Who recommended your first classic?
Because my mom reads a lot and we had a lot of her classics from when she was little, I probably picked one off the shelf that looked interesting.

Whose advice do you always take when it comes to literature. (Recommends the right editions, suggests great titles, etc.)
My fellow bloggers with similar tastes. And my mom's.

Favorite memory with a classic?
Staying up late to read The Count of Monte Cristo. I don't remember the whole book, but I remember being extremely happy while reading it.

Classic author you’ve read the most works by?
Probably Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Classic author who has the most works on your club list?
Lucy Maud Montgomery with Laura Ingalls Wilder a close second

Classic author you own the most books by?
Laura Ingalls Wilder, followed by Lucy Maud Montgomery, C.S. Lewis, and Jane Austen.

Classic title(s) that didn’t make it to your club list that you wish you’d included? (Or, since many people edit their lists as they go, which titles have you added since initially posting your club list?)
Wow, I add titles all the time! I need to add King Solomon's Mines. I added several Lucy Maud Montgomery's. I added Carry On, Mr. BowditchPickwick PapersTarzan, the Little Minister, and Last of the Mohicans.

If you could explore one author’s literary career from first publication to last — meaning you have never read this author and want to explore him or her by reading what s/he wrote in order of publication — who would you explore? Obviously this should be an author you haven’t yet read, since you can’t do this experiment on an author you’re already familiar with. :) Or, which author’s work you are familiar with might it have been fun to approach this way?
It would have been fun to read Lucy Maud Montgomery this way. I would probably explore Jules Verne.

How many rereads are on your club list? If none, why? If some, which are you most looking forward to, or did you most enjoy?
Quite a few. I added some because I wanted to read the whole series. I added others because I loved them. I'm looking forward to the Little House on the Prairie series next summer.

Has there been a classic title you simply could not finish?
Mansfield Park.

Has there been a classic title you expected to dislike and ended up loving?
A Connecticut Yankee in King Author's Court.

Five things you’re looking forward to next year in classic literature?
Little House on the Prairie. Wives and Daughters. Little Women read along with Hamlette. Ivanhoe. Rereading my favorites.

Classic you are DEFINITELY GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year?
Little Women

Classic you are NOT GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year?
Probably War and Peace

Favorite thing about being a member of the Classics Club?
That it exists!!

List five fellow clubbers whose blogs you frequent. What makes you love their blogs?
Hayden at The Story Girl
I like how they review and I enjoy their posts.

Favorite post you’ve read by a fellow clubber?
Maybe the dream casting of Rilla of Ingleside by Miss Dashwood

If you’ve ever participated in a readalong on a classic, tell about the experience? If you’ve participated in more than one, what’s the very best experience? the best title you’ve completed? a fond memory? a good friend made?
I'm participating in one now at The Edge of the Precipice for the Hound of the Baskervilles. I like it because it motivates you to read, even if you don't want to.

If you could appeal for a readalong with others for any classic title, which title would you name? Why?
War and Peace, Middlemarch, or Gone With the Wind. Because they're long. Motivation is needed!

How long have you been reading classic literature?
Probably since I was little. 3rd to 5th gradish?

Share up to five posts you’ve written that tell a bit about your reading story. Reviews, journal entries, posts on novels you loved or didn’t love, lists, etc.

Question you wish was on this questionnaire? (Ask and answer it!)
How many classics do you own? (Me, not my family)
66 (give or take ;)

Thanks Classics Club for making this!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fire by Night

This book has left me speechless.

When I first met Julia, I disliked her. Inwardly I groaned, "Tell me I'm not going to have to spend a long time with this selfish brat" I may have rolled my eyes several a few times. When she overhead Nathaniel talking about her, I was like "Yeah!! Tell her indirectly!!" But, Julia changes!! By the end I loved her! Not as much as Caroline, but she was great. Even when she did have the wrong motives, she never took "No" for an answer.

Phoebe was a great character too. At first, I had mixed feelings about her. She seemed a little too overbearing, but as the book went on, I also loved her. I liked the parallels Austin drew between Christ's love and Phoebe's. I'm not going to talk much about Ted {feel free to have "feels" in the comments ;)} I didn't really like how her story ended. If you've read the book, we can discuss that in the comments too. I'm trying to keep this spoiler free.

I like how Austin balanced the stories. Most of the time, when there are two plots, I have one I like and one I tolerate. In this book, I liked both of the plots!!

Nathaniel was a jerk annoying!! (Well, except when he was explaining the Bible to Phoebe and praying...)And to think I shipped him and Caroline from Candle in the Darkness... *In a snooty voice "My wife's calling will be my calling. God can certainly not be calling her to do anything else"* HE MAKES ME SOOOO MAD!!!! Speaking of the issues about callings that came up, I plan to do a blog post about full-time ministry vs. other callings. Feel free to talk about that in the comments too!

James, was, interesting. I didn't like him at first, but he of course got a lot better as time went on. I am still laughing about that part when he made Julia drink from his bottle!!

I really liked that quote about God giving the Israelites fire by night to keep them from despair. I had never though about the pillar of fire that way before. Also I liked the encouraging quotes about doing what God has called you to do, no matter what other people think.

Anyway, this was a great book! I'm taking a break from this series for a few weeks, but I should read the third book by the end of this year.

Have you ever liked/disliked a character strongly, but then had your opinion changed?

Oh and by the way, you guys (except I'm assuming you're mostly girls...) can email me through the button in my sidebar now!! Yay!! You can also fill out an improvement form there if you want to ;)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Classics Club: The Scarlet Letter

I may or may not have put this on my Classics Club list because I knew I had to read it for school... *sheepish grin*
Yeah, Hester's kinda creepy up close...

Anyway, I can see how people dislike this book, especially if you don't agree with it's theme about the consequences of sin. I tried to find it in my heart to give it 4 stars, but I had to give it 3. Maybe 3.25. It's not a bad book, but it's heavy. The ending and it's message are powerful, and the characters are well-developed, but it was missing that "thing" most of the time.

A lot of people know what this book is about, generally. So here is my very short synopsis:
Hester has committed a terrible sin. For punishment, she is forced to wear a scarlet letter. She refuses to give the name of her partner in crime, who is miserable in turn. To add to all this, someone is out to avenge himself. This story teaches that all sin has consequences, and your sin will find you out.
That sounded almost exciting, right? Well, it's okay. There are exciting parts, but most of it is description, philosophy, characterization, and so on. There's actually not much plot, making this a very character-driven novel. (Not that that's a bad thing!) Parts of this book are a little boring, but occasionally you come across a truly amazing statement:
It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates. Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility.
My motto with Nathaniel Hawthorne is : He's either really captivating, or really boring. Because sometimes, he's amazing! Almost on a Dickens level! But other times, he puts me to sleep.

Now the characters, since this was a very character-driven novel:

I have to write a character analysis of Hester. I wanted to sympathize with her, I really did. But she was still stubborn and unrepentant. "The scarlet letter had not done its office."

Roger Chillingworth was awful!! I occasionally like reading revenge stories, The Count of Monte Cristo for instance, but this was a story that showed the dark side of revenge, how it can eat up a man and turn him into a devil.

Pearl was, lets just say I didn't know what to think of her. No child I know has acted remotely like her. She was heart-breaking and enchanting at the same time.

And Dimmesdale, he was so tortured. It was so sad. He didn't have the courage to confess to man, nor the faith to confess to God. He is a lesson to all of us about hypocrisy and hiding our sin.
Be true! Be true! Be true! Show freely to the world, if not your worst, yet some trait whereby the worst may be inferred!
Is Pearl wearing pants?!?
You really had to think to enjoy this book; that's not a bad thing either! (I probably should have thought more while I read it...) I would read it again, but not in the near future. There were a few chapters that nothing really happened in, actually about a half of the chapters were description. Most of the time that was okay, but sometimes I was like "Seriously! I don't care what the people looked like when they were in town. Get to the good stuff!" (Relative term, I know)

This review may make this book sound really bad, but it's not. It's full of great values and lessons, but sometimes it's a little hard to get into. However, I promise you, by the climax, you won't be able to put it down.

Is there a book you read that was missing that "thing"?
What is that "thing" for you?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Candle in the Darkness

Lynn Austin, how have I lived without you?!?!

Wow, this book was amazing! It reminded me of a lot of lessons without being "preachy." (Or I like the character so much I didn't mind ;)

 Here's the synopsis from Amazon, because Goodreads' wasn't that great:

The daughter of a wealthy slave-holding family from Richmond, Virginia, Caroline Fletcher is raised in a culture that believes slavery is God-ordained and biblically acceptable. But upon awakening to the cruelty and injustice it encompasses, Caroline's eyes are opened for the first time to the men and women who have cared tirelessly for her. Her journey of maturity and faith will draw her into the abolitionist movement, where she is confronted with the risks and sacrifices her beliefs entail.

{BTW, I couldn't get this book in print at the library, and it was free on Kindle and iBooks, while the others in this series were $9. Any theories on why this book doesn't seem to be that popular?}

Caroline makes sacrifices. Lots of sacrifices. Because I really don't want to spoil this book, I'm going to make suggest you read it. I learned a lot from this book about trusting God and working on His side. For some reason, I really related to Caroline, she's trying to do the right thing, but no one seems to understand. She's so confused. She has to learn to trust God. I think Caroline's so relatable because everyone has to learn to trust God in something.
Eli was amazing!!! The lessons about trusting God, not bargaining with Him, and working for God's side were so powerful!!
I like to think that this is Caroline.

I've been realizing recently that most issues don't have a black-and-white solution, and this book really reinforced that principle. It really made me think about how I would deal with slavery.

I really felt immersed in the world, and I learned some new things too. I can't remember any Civil War books I've read from the perspective of someone in Richmond, so that was interesting.

To you non-Americans who don't know much about Robert E. Lee, let's just say he was an amazing man. He was offered the chance to be the commander of the Union forces, but he turned it down. He was an amazing Christian.
Robert E. Lee

Like Caroline, I felt confused at Charles's reasons for fighting, but I kind of got them too. It's like when you like a really bad team in your favorite sport. If you're a big fan, you're not going to quit being a fan just because they're losing. You cheer for them when they play a much better team that you know will win. You always hold out that one hope, telling yourself that they can win, when most of the time, they can't. (Sports analogies = my life)

Eli's comment about being on God's side, and Caroline's questions about people praying for their side to win reminded me of an article I read in the newspaper. It was about how some high school football teams pray before they begin to play. A preacher said that instead of praying for themselves to win, they should pray for each player to play his best, and for nobody to get hurt. He said something to the effect of "Does God listen to the other team's fans more than yours? No." It was basically what Eli said. That really stuck with me, because sometimes I pray about situations that have two sides to them. Instead of praying for our side to win, we should pray for God's will to be done.

I leave you with a quote from Eli. (It was the best I could find on Goodreads. Cuz it's really hard to flip through a virtual book to look for quotes :(
“Faith don't come in a bushel basket, Missy. It come one step at a time. Decide to trust Him for one little thing today, and before you know it, you find out He's so trustworthy you be putting your whole life in His hands.” 

Ya'll (Yes, I said ya'll. This book takes place in the south!!) really need to read this book. I can't wait to get into Fire by Night.

What's your favorite historical event to read fiction about?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Famous person Tag

Naomi made an awesome tag the other day, and she tagged me!! Yay!! Here are the rules:
-Put up the 'famous people tag button' and link back to the person who tagged you
-Answer the questions
-Tag the ten last people who commented on your blog (excluding anonymytes or the person who tagged you)

#1 Who's your favourite singer/group?
Gene Kelly, Danny Kaye, the Sherman Brothers Music, and Tommy Steele

#2 If your favourite male actor was in the same room as you right now, what would your reaction be?
Gene Kelly - "Okaaayyyy, this is creepy on so many levels...." (Cause he's dead ;)

#3 Is there a famous person you used to love but (due to something they have done in their life) you've suddenly changed your mind?
Ummm, I try not to look into actor's lives that much because I learn "stuff." Judy Garland has a really sad story :(

#4 Name a famous person you like who's name starts with a V.
Vera Ellen

#5 What's one of your favourite red-carpet dresses?
Ummm... I looked this up, but not being a sparkles/lace kind of person, I didn't find any I liked. Except for this:
I don't think I would wear it, but it looks wonderful!

#6 Who's your favourite Royal person?
King Gustaf of Sweden
My hero
#7 Who's your favourite child actor/tress
Kurt Russell!!! Except he's older than my dad...
In Follow Me Boys!

#8 Is there an actor/actress you actually like their private lives of? (Not sure if that last question was properly phrased.)
Ummm may Fred Macmurray and Julie Andrews a little bit.

#9 Do you think that the actors/actresses have improved these last 100 years?
Well, what people want to see now is different from what they wanted to see 100 years ago. I do think actors/tresses have improved since the early 1900s though. I really like 1940s-60s actors, but that's a personal preference.

#10 What's the weirdest famous-people name?
Well, I heard that Gwyneth Paltrow named her son Apple... There's a guy in America whose last name is West; he named his son North...

#11 Do you think you look like a famous person? Which one(s)?
No, but one time I wore my hair down and put on a baseball hat and I looked like Tim Lincecum  before he got a haircut...
That's him, not me
#12 Share your favourite famous-person quote.
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!- Audrey Hepburn
“If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t there more happy people in the world?” -Stephen Fry (From Naomi's blog)

#13 Who's your favourite dancer?
Gene Kelly, Danny Kaye, and Donald O'Conner, Vera Ellen, Ann Miller

#14 Why is your favourite actress your favourite one? When did you decide that she was your favourite?
Wow, I have lots of favorite actresses: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Lesley Ann Warren. I like them because I like the movies they're in.

#15 Have you ever met/seen/been close to a famous person?
My dad coached high school basketball against a pro basketball player's team when that player was in high school. A semi-famous gymnast lives about an hour away from me. I've been 5 feet away from Buzz Aldrin, second man to walk on the moon. I've had my picture with college gymnasts. My youth pastor is famous in his industry. My piano teacher is semi-famous in certain circles. My great uncle writes books. Yeah, I know lots of famous people :P

Thanks for the tag Naomi!!

The people I tag are here:
Elizabeth Anne D.
Bethany and Becca
Natalie Monk

Have fun!! (P.S. If I didn't tag you, you can still do it anyway ;)