Monday, November 30, 2015

Month in Review: November 2015

November went by fast which is probably a good thing. Veterans' Day (AKA Armistice Day) happened. Thanksgiving break happened. And being cold unfortunately happened.

Everybody always says being cold is better than being hot because you can always put more clothes on, but you can only take so many clothes off. NO. When you're cold, your body stops working! When you're hot, you body works slower, but it still works! I HATE COLD! I like briskness in the air at times, but not being freezing all the time! And yes, I live in Phoenix where it hasn't even hit freezing yet, so yes, I'm a baby. And I'm trying to avoid sleeping under my big blanket because I don't always hear my alarm then. So my nights are fuuuuunn!

Anywho, November was pretty uneventful compared to other months. I'm finishing up my reading challenges. Sort of :) I watched some Netflix. (My December resolution is to finish Leverage season 5) I slept more than other months because I was off school, but I was also more tired than other months. Answer me that! (Or riddle me this or however that goes) Here are the more notable things that happened this month!

THERE WAS AN EARTHQUAKE. Actually three, but my city only felt two, and I felt both of them. It was a school night (Sunday night) at like 11:00 P.M., and I was just about to fall asleep when my bed started shaking. Originally I thought my leg was having spasms like it sometimes does, but my whole bed was shaking. So I freaked out. And then tweeted about it like every other stinkin' person in my city. And then I felt another one! And continued to freak out on social media with my city :D That was fun! (No one got hurt, and there wasn't any damage FYI. It was just verrrry unusual for Phoenix. The last one I remember was like 7 years ago on Easter.)

This applies to the above and below paragraphs...
I finished the whole Little House series! Yay! My Rose review is coming next week! And then I'll be writing a complete overview of the whole series to finish the year! I don't feel like I thought I would. I'm excited, but the series didn't end on a high note for me, so I didn't feel as big of a hole in my life that I thought I would. But I'm still happy!

I discovered the Lennon Sisters this month, and you should really look them up! Hey, this is the third time in three weeks I'm putting up a video of them :D Roberta Shore actually is the main singer in the above video. It's an extremely catchy song you have to admit!

This is the display from Belgium.
And that guy is playing that thing with his feet!
I went to the Musical Instrument Museum which was like the best thing ever! You have to go if you come to Phoenix! It has musical instruments from every country in the world except North Korea. LITERALLY! I got to play a Steinway piano, and I saw some instruments from your guys's countries! You could also listen to the music from every country! My favorites were Mexican, European, Hebrew, modern Australian, and American. I could spend days there and not listen to everything I wanted to! I highly highly recommend it!

As for reading this month, besides finishing the Rose series, I finished Mere Christianity and that Nancy Drew book that took FOREVAH. I'm currently reading three others, including Pilgrim's Progress for school. Meh. It's actually better than I thought, but I'd rather be reading other stuff. I did get to watch the 1970s movie with Liam Neeson and now the reading is more fun! And I just realized that Liam Neeson is Qui Gon Jin and that knowledge would have made the movie 100x better!

Christian and Qui Gon, I mean Evangelist.
Liam actually plays every major "good" character in the movie....

Well that's how my November went! I used Thanksgiving break to do blog posts for Eva's Lucy Maud Montgomery week, which you should totally check out! The tag is coming tomorrow :D

How was yours? And if you're not an American, when does your country celebrate Thanksgiving?

Looking forward:
Christmas break
Year-end blog stuff
New reading schedule

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Birthday Club November: Mere Christianity

I finished Mere Christianity last night, and since it is coincidentally C. S. Lewis's birthday, I decided to push this review up to today.

I had been looking forward to reading this since the beginning of the year, and I was not disappointed. I expected to have to think about things very logically, but I was not expecting to be so challenged and encouraged in my walk with God!

First a few disclaimers: 
1) I skipped like a chapter and a half because he was dealing with stuff I didn't feel it necessary for me to get into right now.
2) This review does not mean I agreed with everything in this book. There were a few things that I didn't agree with, such as Lewis's views on baptism and communion and evolution.

That said, I really enjoyed this book, and I will probably read it again many more times!

I'm sure Lewis's arguments for God and Christianity in the first half were sound. At least they made sense to me, but I was more moved by the second half of the book talking about virtues and then the New Man. Now I had heard most of this stuff before, but I guess I really needed it now because it has stuck with me. I'm just gonna make a short list of concepts I loved because there are a stinkin' lot!

- I liked his idea of God being over time. It still doesn't make complete sense, but it helps, you know what I mean?

- I also enjoyed his description of how the Trinity works though man. Believers pray to God the Father while Jesus Christ, God the Son, is beside them interceding for them while the Holy Spirit works through them. I really got the sense of what it is to have a Spirit-filled life.

- I loved the quote where Lewis says that believers who are more focused on Heaven make a bigger impact on Earth. 

- I also enjoyed his thoughts on acting like you love God or have a particular character trait even when you don't. Because I realized a few weeks ago that I don't always love God or feel like loving God, this chapter really spoke to me. What would I do if I did adore God?

- Finally, I love his chapters on complete dependence on God as we realize that we can do nothing without him!

All said, I loved this book. It made me think and grew me as a Christian. I can't wait to read more of Lewis's books!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Why I Love These Videos: Larry Dean and Dianne Lennon

Well, last week I put up a video of the Lennon Sisters singing Tonight You Belong To Me, but today, I want to focus on the oldest sister Dianne, or Dee Dee. I think I like her the best because she's the oldest and the same age as me in their songs I like best, if that makes sense. Anywho, Dee Dee did a lot of duets with Larry Dean, a fellow teen performer on the Lawrence Welk show. The songs are catchy and cute and I sort of ship them. I mean, their initials are similar! DL and LD! Annnnyway, here are my 3 favorite songs right now that they sing together!

Ponytail: I just like ponytails, and I like this song okay!

A Bushel and a Peck: Basically just a cute song

Getting to Know You: I already like this song, but they're really cute together!

Hope you enjoyed that! Have a great day!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

I watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Tuesday night for the first time.


Anyway, as I said, I watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Tuesday night and it reminded me of why I like Thanksgiving. It's simple.

The point of it is to be thankful for what you have, partake of your blessings, and maybe get together with family. You get some days off, you watch a parade, you run a 5K, you eat cinnamon buns and nachos (a Perham tradition), and you just sit around and enjoy each other.

Now there's that whole part about the dinner and entertaining, but if you have a big family and do a potluck, that's not too bad. And some people enjoy that, so you're happy! And if you don't have a big family and they don't like turkey, why have a huge dinner? (Seriously, we're having Kentucky Fried Chicken for the second year in a row!)

Thanksgiving is just all around a happy holiday! It kind of gets skipped over in the stores, but that's part of its charm. It's a simple reminder of what's really important in life right before life gets uber busy: God, family, friends, and food.

Now, let's get to some things I'm thankful for this year!

First, I'm thankful for God and his faithfulness and love even when I'm a horrible person and don't want to follow Him. I'm thankful for his leading and comfort in hard times. I'm thankful for his Word and the encouragement it gives. And I'm thankful for prayer and fellowship with Him because of all it does for me!

Secondly, I'm thankful for my family. My parents are awesome and love us and sacrifice so much for us. My siblings are pretty cool too even when I'm jerky. I don't get to see my extended family too often, but they're wonderful and love us to death and encourage me when I'm down.

Third, I'm thankful for friends. God has really blessed me with some new friends this year. Some were only in my life for a week. Most are long distance (Like you guys!) Others, I see everyday! I'm thankful that we can be stupid in Photoshop together and laugh over dumb stuff in a group message. I'm thankful that I have friends who are smarter than me, including y'all so I can text questions about movies or music or blogging and get legit answers! (LAWFUL!) Basically, my friends are the best, and I don't even live in the same state or even country as most of them! I LOVE YOU GUYS!

Fourthly, I'm thankful for many material blessings, such as food, shelter, clothes, and all the technology we've been blessed with. I'm also thankful for music, literature, art, and ideas because people do some amazing stuff with them! I'm so glad God blessed us with them and the ability to glorify Him through them!

So that's my short tribute of thankfulness! Have a happy Thanksgiving you Americans and everyone else have a happy Thursday or Friday depending on where you live!

On a side note: I'm gonna be a horrible wife on that first Thanksgiving who has always avoided "real" meat and doesn't know anything about cooking turkey let alone a whole stinkin dinner. Basically, I hope my future husband can cook himself meat because I 1) don't enjoy meat and 2) don't enjoy cooking. (Am I even American?) I just need to marry a vegan. Yeah, that's it.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Why I Love This Video: Tonight You Belong to Me

Wow, I haven't done this in a while! But Ashley (not me) pinned this, and I loved it! I've seen it before, but it's so stinkin' cute! And then I had to look up this song of course. And because I wasn't sure what kind of song it actually was, I decided to go with the black and white video. And I discovered my new favorite female group: The Lennon Sisters! Because it's basically a girl quartet. And we all know how much I love quartets! (There's usually only three parts, but it still gives the same feeling) I personally like their older stuff better, but I'm sure their newer stuff is cool too. (I actually think I put a video of Janet Lennon on my blog already!) So here's their version of the song:

Isn't that great! Now I'm off to watch some more Lawrence Welk shows! He's got some great pianists! And then I'll probably get the Lennon Sisters Christmas CD from Freegal! And then I'll practice Tonight You Belong to Me on the ukelele cuz why not?

Who's your favorite vintage group, male or female? Do you like the ukelele? BTW, I just got off for Thanksgiving break so I'll be working on some quality posts next week! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday Musings: #PrayForParis

I may start a new feature called Monday Musings in which I ramble about sort of serious topics that I don't have to find GIFs for. Yeah. This is already not going well. Anyway, today I want to talk about the events in Paris this past week and my feelings about and for the French people.

You know, the French seem to have the reputation of "We surrender!" (French doors, anyone?) That seems to be all they're remembered for. And while that may be France's reputation, it shouldn't be the French people's.

I mean, when you think about it, the French people have been through a lot. I don't want to do a lot of research, but I can think of several governments they were under: the Gauls, good monarchs, bad monarchs, the Revolution, the puppet government of WWII, and the French Republic under Charles de Gaulle. They've been through the guillotine, the seizure of Paris, and the humiliation of surrendering to the Nazis. And most recently, the horrific acts of Friday night.

Yet they move on. Out of the bad times have come better people. Both from France and all over the world. I think Friday night reminded everyone everywhere what is really important and that life is precious and shouldn't be taken for granted.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that while France as a country may have surrendered in the past, the French people didn't and won't ever. They will always get back up and continue on. They may not be really "loud and proud" about it, but there is a beauty in their quiet strength and refusal to let circumstances out of their control beat them.

The events that happened in Paris this past week are sickening. I hurt for the French people and all affected by this tragedy. It's hard because it's so out of our control. We can't stop these acts from happening! We can't force peace, love, and Jesus on the world! But we can pray. For the police and government officials. For the victims and their families. For the attackers. For the French people. And that God will work through this to HIS glory!

Paris WILL recover. And someday, there will be peace! THAT is our "blessed hope"!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Birthday Book Club October 2015: The Importance of Being Earnest

Every single month I forget how I title this post. Every stinkin' month. Also I don't really have an excuse for not putting this up in October because I finished it reasonably fast. It's verrry short, but rather fun! And no I have not seen the whole web series, but I plan to. But, ya know Leverage and stuff....

Anywho, on to my "real" thoughts!

Although plots based on misunderstandings (which this book/play is based on if you didn't know) usually make me frustrated (I don't even know why!), these ones just made me laugh. And the end! I was totally not expecting that! It was brilliantly done!

On to characters! Cecily got on my nerves a little bit. Probably because I had seen clips of the In Earnest Cecily, and that's what I based her on in my head. Yeah, that's why we literary hipsters read the books first...

Gwen was sufficiently stuck up to be humorous but not enough to be annoying! Which is a very hard balance! I commend thee Sir Wilde! (Well, his dad was knighted so same thing. For real tho, look it up!)

Jack was well, Jack. Nothing really stood out to me except for his tendency to lie. Seriously, why did Gwen still want to marry him!!! That's gonna be a fuuuuun marriage. (Not really. Notice the italics/sarcasm font)

Algy was awesome! Not as awesome as what I've seen of the web series, but still awesome! He played the piano and talked nonsense that actually sort of made sense! And he was so alive! And his muffins! ahaahahahahaha Sorry, that was like my favorite part though!

And then I finally got the pun in the title :D Yay! I know, it took me way too long....

Now to go watch In Earnest because Algy!! And Lane! We can't forget about Lane!

So because that review was delightfully short for once, I'm gonna tell you about a new friend of mine! Shae is from Wyoming (Middle North Western USish) and is a freshman in a college here in Phoenix. She comes to my church and we hang out and do stuff at concerts and go to Sedona and and freak out about earthquakes. (That's basically what we do!) Anywho, she started a blog, and she's really funny! (Almost as funny as me ;) So here ya go! SHAE'S BLOG

Yay! Now off to watch In Earnest. Or do school or something productive like watching Leverage...

OH AND GUYS!!!!! I'm reading 4 super awesome books at the same time! (And Pilgrim's Progress for school. Meh): Seabiscuit, Mere Christianity, The Long Way Home, and The Story of Nancy Drew (or something like that) And I finished the Rose books! Yay! Get ready for Little House posts! (And possibly a Little House party in a few months :D )

Friday, November 6, 2015

Jane Austen Party Tag!

Naomi is  having a party on her blog HERE so I decided to do a tag because it's a tag for Pete's sake! So I'm not the biggest Jane Austen fan, but I do enjoy her books. They're sort of complex like Dickens and make wonderfully sarcastic remarks about human nature :D

Oh and I never know whether to put pictures above or below the questions they apply to, so I put mine above :D

Story of my life

1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how much of a Jane Austen fan do you consider yourself?
Well, if you rate a 1, you're still a fan, so maybe a 5? I haven't seen all the movies (including the end of PandP95 sorry Naomi!), and I have to read 2 of her major novels yet. (Sense and Sensibility next month!) But I do get a lot of references and can at least fake intelligent conversation! (Guys, you learn so much by faking intelligent conversation!)

2. If "they" would make a new Jane Austen Movie, and you would be able to be cast in it, which Jane Austen character would you most like to play? Wow! Lizzy has a lot of great lines and scenes! If I was a dude, I'd play Bingley because he's just so happy and awesome! I like 1995 him better than Darcy!!!! Uhuh I said it! Bring it on!!

3. Is there any felicity in the world superior to a walk?
Yes, a run :p Specifically, one where I don't get sick and beat a PR

hey he looks better than the 2005 version

4. Who's your favourite Jane Austen 'villain'? (As in 'villain' meaning 'the bad guy.')
(I'm literally googling "Jane Austen villains" because my memory is failing me)
Favorite? Like favorite because of his badness or likableness? Because Wickham and Frank Churchill are pretty likable at first... So I guess Wickham, but thinking of what he does later makes me sick!

5. What/Who introduced you to Jane Austen?
We had a copy of Emma in my school library in eighth grade, and I read it. I also tortured my friends by reading it aloud, because seriously, if you're not into classic literature, than you don't want to listen to Emma out loud! That story, or I got a Nook, and it came with a free copy of Pride and Prejudice. Free = love


6. Did you love/enjoy Jane Austen immediately, or has there been a time when you hated (um, prejudged) it?
I think I enjoyed it immediately because it made me feel smart :D

7. Who, in your opinion, is the funniest Jane Austen character?
Naomi, I gotta steal from you here! Mr. Bennet is DA BESSTTESTT He's so sarcastic and witty and just yes!!! 

This is me
8. Do you quote Jane Austen randomly in public?
No sorry. Well, maybe? Probably not

This picture is making me like Emma
9. Are children allowed to eat cake on weddings?
Yesssss, if the children are well-behaved and not prone to extreme fits of hyperness like some children I have known XD

10. What is your reaction when you hear that an aquaintance (e.g. A lady at Church) of yours loves Jane Austen?
Oh, that's cool! You see, I like Jane Austen, but not as much as other stuff. And Jane Austen is sort of mainstream, so I don't get as excited. For example, if you said you loved the Charlotte Little House books, or the Gone With the Wind BOOK or Little Men, or Gene Kelly, or Southern Gospel music, I'd be more excited :P But if you said you loved the Little House on the Prairie series (which I don't even like), the Gone With the Wind MOVIE, or Little Women, or more mainstream stuff, I don't get as excited. #HipsterLife
11. Who writes better letters, Mr Darcy or Captain Wentworth? (If you forgot what the letters were, shame on you, instead tell me if you prefer Strawberries to Chocolate or not.)
I remember the letters, I just don't remember who was better!!! Probably Wentworth because he wasn't a prideful baboon (literally wrote balloon at first). But I think I love both of them!!

12. Which Jane Austen heroine do you relate the least to?
Emma, I hope think. Or Marianne Dashwood, but I haven't read Sense and Sensibility yet...

13. What's your favourite Jane Austen house (from one of the movies)?
Had to google these too! I like the town of Highbury in Emma 2009 because it looks so cozy! And Box Hill is beautiful!

14. What's your favourite Jane Austen dress (from one of the movies)?
Well, I couldn't think of one right off, but I like this one. Although I wish it was higher... (Please tell me that's not historically accurate....)

15. Can you turn off lit candles with your fingers?
Is this a reference? Anywho, I did once, and it didn't hurt. But I never got the courage to do it again because I'm a fraidy-cat and don't want blisters :D

Anywho, this was a really fun tag! Thanks Naomi for hosting the party! I love reading all your posts!