ask me anything {again}! – answers {part 2}

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Sorry (again) that it’s taken me so long to get these answers to ya’ll.  Life, you know.  Anyway…straight to the questions!

Ashley asked…

~What’s one book or movie that you’ve been holding off on reading/watching for some reason (and what’s the reason)?  Um…besides the obvious “I really want to see this one book/movie but my library does NOT have it”, there are several books that I would love to read but I’m waiting to buy my very own copy so that I can cross out Bad Words.  Two that spring to mind are Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein.  As for movies, I’m extremely leery about seeing the remake of The Magnificent Seven.  Extremely.  The original was perfection itself, so the jury’s still out on whether or not I’ll take the leap and watch the new one.

They do look pretty epic together, though.

~Three things you’re looking for in a husband? (And three things you need to work on for yourself?)  A strong faith in God, bravery, and loyalty.  As for myself, I’d say that temper, laziness, and lack of homemaking skills (such as sewing) are three big things I need to work on.

~Favorite nonfic book on relationships?  I’ve never read one.  Sad, but true.  Suggestions?

~One book everybody’s raving about but you despise?  Well, I haven’t read any booksSalt to the Sea - This book is set in the same time period as Between Shades of Gray and included in the four pov's is Joana, the cousin of Lina in Between Shades of Gray. Her life takes a different route and she ends up on the Wilhelm Gustaloff which was a greater sinking than the Titanic...but who has ever heard of this? This book has fictional characters but the main story is true.: lately that inspired my unadulterated loathing, but one book I was kinda disappointed in was Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.  It’s a book that tons of people have been raving about lately, including more than one of my Goodreads friends, but it just didn’t deliver.  There were some great moments and lovely characters, but the book never quite came together in a brilliant, cohesive whole for me.

~Book you’d love to see as a movie? (DREAMCAST AWAY)  Does a whole series count?  Because if so, The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins are my number one choice.  Definitely.  There are five books, but my idea for a film series combines them into just three (if you’ve read the series, EMAIL ME, and we’ll talk).  Since all my siblings love the series like all do (welllll, almost as much) we’ve had tons of dream casting sessions.  The cast already includes Cate Blanchett (nonegotiable, people – pretty much every casting choice is, but especially this one), Harrison Ford, Emily Blunt, Asa Butterfield, Ralph Macchio, Sean Connery, and Raffey Cassidy.  John Powell will compose the score.  And that’s all I’ve got, but it will be EPIC if movie producers take notice (and my advice).

~Favorite chore around the house?  Washing dishes.  Very soothing.  Alternately, my least favorite household chore is sweeping floors.

Hamlette asked…

~Favorite hymn?  ‘Leaning on the Everlasting Arms’ or ‘How Great Thou Art’.  But there are so many good ones.  So. Many.

~A person in the Bible you really relate to.  Peter.  His impulsiveness and his weaknesses especially, I’m ashamed to say, but I do feel that I have at least a little bit of the loyalty that he had for Jesus.  And if I could have just a tenth of his faith (especially as shown after the Resurrection and, of course, in Acts) that would be incredible.

~A person in the Bible you admire (besides Jesus).  How do I narrow it down???  I can’t.  So… Women: Rebecca, Ruth, Esther, Jael, Mary, Elisabeth, and Lydia.  Men: Joseph (both OT and NT), Joshua, Caleb, Peter, John (the Baptist and the Apostle), Paul, Elijah, Elisha, and Hosea.

And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: ~Hebrews 11:32

~Which Barkley on The Big Valley is your favorite?  Nick.  I like them all, though.

~Favorite Dana Andrews role?  At first I thought this would be hard, but it was actually pretty easy.  Because, while I love Dana Andrews in almost every movie I’ve seen him in, one role will always be first place in my heart: Detective Mark McPherson from the film Laura.  It was the role that catapulted Dana to semi-stardom.  Definitely my favorite.  Though, now that I think about it, he is super in The Best Years of Our Lives…

Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney in Laura (1944):

~Jack Cavanaugh book you want to be made into a movie, and your casting choices?  I love this question.  Nobody ever asks me anything about Jack Cavanaugh.  But while I’ve thought up dream casts for several of his books, it’s usually just a couple of roles that I manage to cast before I get stumped.  For instance, I’ve got Corbin Allred playing opposite Jennifer Lawrence with Eddie Redmayne in the Songs in the Night series, but there’s tons of other characters I haven’t thought of actors/actresses for.  Plus, I find that doing dream casts for anything (especially JC’s books) is frustrating ’cause I know it’ll never happen. *sigh*  But I still do it all the time because it’s fun as well.

Which do you prefer of each pairing, and why:

~Austen or Shakespeare?  AustenAustenAusten.  I’m currently re-reading Mansfield Park and she. is. a. genius.  I mean, so was Shakespeare, but Jane Austen’s writings speak to me on so many levels.  I could read each of her novels a hundred times and still love them as much as I did the first time. (Though Macbeth is rapidly growing on me.  And I fangirl over Mercutio every time I read Romeo & Juliet.  Shakespeare is cool beans.)

~Captain America or Jason Bourne?  Okay, at first I thought this would be sooooo easy to answer (in favor of Cap) but then I really started thinking about the question and…I CAN’T DECIDE.  Cap is sweet and handsome and brave and practically perfect in every way.  But Jason is like a sad little puppy wrapped in layers of super cool deadly fighting skills and mental/physical/emotional wounds and tons of questions about his past.  I CAN’T.  But if I absolutely had to chose, if I searched deep, deep, deep inside my heart, I’d have to go with Cap.

~Charlotte or Emily Brönte?  I couldn’t stand the little bit of Wuthering Heights I managed to read.  Jane Eyre is one of my top five favorite classics.  So…yeah.

~Louisa May Alcott or Lucy Maud Montgomery?  This is a little difficult, because Louisa May Alcott is responsible for creating one of my top five (maybe even top three) favorite fictional characters of all time (Dan) but Lucy Maud Montgomery comes out ahead because all her books (except a couple) are exquisitely sweet, nostalgic, and inviting (as in, “Yes, let’s dive into this book and not come out for a couple of YEARS”).  Plus, LMM was a Canadian.  All her books are set in Canada.  How can I resist?

~Indiana Jones or Flynn Ryder?  How.  How.  I do not understand the question.  My…brain…cannot…compute.  (Fine.  Flyndiana Rydes.  If I must choose.)  (Oh.  You mean that isn’t a choice?  Okay.  Great.)  (I SERIOUSLY CAN’T CHOSE BETWEEN THEM.  Pleeeease don’t make me.)  (If you really want to know…)  (Nope.  Can’t do it.  And I’m not just saying that for show or anything.  I literally can’t.  There’s not even a little part of my heart that has a preference for either one.  There just isn’t.  They’re both so UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING.)

~The Magnificent Seven or The Great Escape?  Seeing how Mag7 is my favorite movie of all time, the decision was pretty easy.  Still, The Great Escape has several things going for it: the cast, the music, the story…oh, it’s wonderful.  I really need to watch it again. (Unlike Mag7, though, I really have to be in the right mood for it, especially considering the time commitment involved.)

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~Pie or cake?  Cake, every time.  I don’t get why pie is such a big deal (except pumpkin pie – #LOVE).

And finally, I have two questions that were sent to me in an email, rather than a comment, and they weren’t related to the ‘Ask Me Anything’ challenge, but I thought I’d include them here anyway, because some of you might find the questions/answers interesting.  I don’t know if the person who sent me these questions would prefer their name to be mentioned or not, so…

J. asked…

~If you had to pick just one scene or moment as your favorite [from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade], which would you choose?  There are so many scenes that stand out in my mind whenever I think of The Last Crusade (the book burning scene, the scene where Henry Jones gets shot, the Three Trials scene, the opening sequence with the boat and the storm and the cross) but I believe my favorite one is the motorcycle chase.  Why?  Because that is what made me fall in love with Indiana Jones, the character, and Indiana Jones, the franchise.  The thrilling theme music as Indy and his dad smash out of that box, the chase itself, and I’m even going to include the quiet little discussion between the two of them at the crossroads.  Love it!

~I noticed you mentioned [in my review] that you liked Elsa’s character. What did you like most about her?  There’s so much intrigue surrounding her.  Who is she?  How did she become enthralled with the Grail legend in the first place?  Were her motives more pure in the beginning, or were they always selfish?  Did she turn Henry in to the Nazis or did he confront her and force her hand?  There are so many questions one could ask about Elsa – she’s mysterious and fascinating. (And I think she and Indy have great chemistry together.  Just saying.  Though I don’t really ship them, per se.)

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Were you surprised with any of my answers?  Let me know in the comments!

Eva

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ask me anything {again}! – answers {part 1}

Here are the answers to some of your lovely questions!  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to vlog them – I mean, technically I could have, but I tried more than once and it just wasn’t coming together. *sigh*  Anyway, I hope you’ll forgive me and enjoy reading my answers all the same.  Let’s get started, shall we?

Naomi asked…

~Skirts or dresses?  Skirts.  I have far more skirts hanging in my closet than dresses; I really enjoy mixing and matching my skirts and shirts.

~What are some qualities you would look for in a man/boyfriend/husband?  Um…Captain America?  No, but seriously, I’d consider myself extremely blessed if I married a guy just like Cap – loyal, dependable, honest, able to take responsibility, gentlemanly, and kind. (He’d have to be a Christian, too, of course.)

Also wouldn’t mind it if my future husband was as cute as Steve, y’know.

~Favorite boys/girls names?  Boys: Aaron, Daniel, Peter, Joshua, Mark, Andrew, Anthony.  Girls: Emma, Esther, Rachel, Julia, Suzannah, Elizabeth, Katherine.  And the list goes on, for both boys and girls names.

~Do you have your ears pierced?  No.  I’m not really into jewelry and I’ve never really seen the need, to be honest.

~Do you watch any Youtube channels?  If so, what are some of your favorites?  I don’t watch Youtube videos much anymore, but there’s one channel that I’ve kept up with for years, one channel where I watch pretty much every video, one channel that I’m sure I’ll stick with for as long as they keep posting: Blimey Cow.  Awesome, funny, and thought-provoking.  Highly recommended.

~Did you follow Kate and William’s Canada tour?  Not really.  While I do like the Royals, my mom is the big fan in my family, and I don’t keep up with a lot of their activities.

~Why is purple your favorite color?  It’s absolutely gorgeous in every shade, tone, and variation.  Need I say more?  Plus, I’m not really a girly-girl, so pink isn’t option, but I think purple strikes a nice balance between my frivolous side and my practical side.  If that makes any sense.

Jessica asked…

~What color are your eyes, exactly?  Blue.  But depending on what I’m wearing, they can be more grayish or more turquoise-ish.

~What’s one book that you haven’t read yet but are really excited about reading in the near future?  Well, I don’t have any new-to-me books on my radar right now, but I do have a super-special 50th anniversary edition of The Outsiders coming my way in a few days, so I’m looking forward to that.  I’ve read the book, of course, but there’s lots of new bonus interviews and such that I can’t wait to dive into.

~Same thing for movies – what’s one movie that you haven’t seen yet but really want to?  That’s easy.  The newest PureFlix film, I’m Not Ashamed.  I know that lots of PureFlix films haven’t turned out to be all that great, but God’s Not Dead was pretty good and the trailers for I’m Not Ashamed look phenomenal.  And while I also know that basing my opinion of a movie of its trailer usually doesn’t turn out too well, I think this movie could be one of the best Christian movies ever.  Really looking forward to seeing it.

~What’s your current favorite song?  Almost any Disney song.  For real.  “Go The Distance” really shines, as does “Once Upon a Dream”.  But, yeah, pretty much any Disney song is right up there at the moment. (Not every single one, but close.)

~Do you have any names you really like that you hope to use for your children someday?  As it turns out, I already have the first names and middle names picked out for my first three children (provided that those three children turn out to be one boy and two girls) – Aaron Daniel, Emma Joy, and Katherine Elizabeth. (As long as my husband is cool with those names as well.)

~Do you have any pets?  My family does own a cat, but she spends most of her time outdoors and she hates people, so I wouldn’t exactly call her a pet.  My grandparents, however, have a dog and a cat that are both real people-pets, so that’s nice.

~Are you excited about the new “Beauty and the Beast” live-action movie?  I haven’t seen the original, so no.  Sorry.

Rosie asked…

https://i2.wp.com/www.movie-film-review.com/files/images/filmimages/airbudgolden1lg.jpg~A “cheesy” movie that you enjoy?  AIR BUD.  And all the subsequent movies. (But not the Air Buddies movies.  Never those.)  Yes, they’re cheesy and ridiculous and impossibly silly, but they’re also about family and friendship and tear-jerking moments and there’s a killer soundtrack underlying the whole franchise.  Plus, they’re the movies of my childhood, so Nostalgia For The Win.  Runner-up: Back To The Future (again, for the win).

~Favorite/least favorite thing about late nights?  Favorite thing: midnight snacks + sense of camaraderie with whoever you’re staying up late with + snuggly blankets to watch movies in.  Least favorite thing: headaches + that heavy, fuzzy feeling behind your eyes.

~Thoughts on girls wearing pants/shorts?  This question deserves its own post, but I’ll just give you my short answer for now – I don’t believe it’s okay for girls to wear pants and/or shorts, based on what the Bible teaches (Deuteronomy 22:5).  If you’d like more of my thoughts on the subject, send me an email, ‘kay?  (And please understand that I’m not trying to put myself on a pedestal or anything.  It’s just what I believe.)

~When dressing up for an evening, what do you wear/how do you do your hair?  Pretty much the only time I get out of the house and go somewhere where I need to dress up a little is to church.  I don’t go to parties or anything.  So I’ll put on one of my church dresses, give my hair a quick brushing (it’s short and waves naturally, so that’s about all I have to do with it), and be on my way.  I probably spend less than five minutes on my appearance any given day.

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So, that’s it for right now.  I’ll be answering the remaining questions in a few days – if any of you want to ask me more questions, the post will be open until I publish part two of my answers.  So there’s still time to ask me about my favorite books, movies, TV shows, actors, actresses, my life…anything you like, really.

Eva

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top five favorite books & movies: my family’s picks

After recently posting my top ten lists of favorite books and movies, I asked my family members to list their top five favorite books and movies (it was originally going to be ten, but that proved to be too much to come up with on the spur of the moment).  I didn’t get answers from the three youngest children – Micah (8), Ethan (5), and Jonah (3) – because they’re too young, but everyone else (including Dad and Mom!) contributed.  These are their answers.

// Dad //

Books

  • The Vanishing Word by Arthur W. Hunt
  • Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • Satan’s Masterpiece: The New ASV by Peter Ruckman
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Movies

  • Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
  • The Bourne Legacy (2012)
  • Shining Through (1992)
  • The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1965)
  • The Man Who Never Was (1956)

// Mom //

Books

  • The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer
  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls-Wilder
  • The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim

Movies

  • Penny Serenade (1941)
  • Up (2009)
  • The Fugitive (1993)
  • Call Northside 777 (1948)
  • Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

// Noah (16) //

Books

  • The Assault by Brian Faulkner
  • Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins
  • The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Movies

  • Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
  • How To Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

// Ezra (14) //

Books

  • Rule of Three: Fight For Power by Eric Walters
  • The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Proud Ages by George E. Tait
  • Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
  • Small Arms Visual Encyclopedia

Movies

  • Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
  • How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
  • Meet the Robinsons (2007)
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

// Elisabeth (12) //

Books

  • The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
  • Violins of Autumn by Amy McAuley
  • Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  • The Victors by Jack Cavanaugh

Movies

  • Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  • To Catch a Thief (1955)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • White Christmas (1954)
  • Meet the Robinsons (2007)

// Rebekah (10) //

Books

  • Benjamin West And His Cat Grimalkin by Marguerite Henry
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  • The Tanglewood’s Secret by Patricia St. John
  • Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary
  • Smuggler Ben by Enid Blyton

Movies

  • Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  • Roman Holiday (1953)
  • White Christmas (1954)
  • Tangled (2010)
  • Cinderella (2015)

Let them know what you think of their lists in the comments!

Eva

ask me anything! {answers – part 2}

Sorry about the lateness of this post, guys, but it was unavoidable.  My parents went away for the weekend and left me in charge which meant that there wasn’t a lot of time for writing blog posts.  But they’re back now and I’m back, ready to answer the rest of your questions.  LET’S DO THIS.

Rosie McCann asked…

~If you could spend the day with any three fictional persons, who would they be, and what sort of things would you do with them?  That’s both an great question and a tough one.  Do you know how many fictional characters I want to meet just so I can hug them and/or tell them how much they’ve impacted my life?  Sooooo many.  However, I’m not going to mention any of them because I’d probably be incapable of carrying on any kind of coherent conversation with said characters and it would get super awkward.  After a lot of deep thought (seriously, I spent way too much time thinking about this), I’ve decided on Combeferre from Les Miserables (preferably Killian Donelly’s portrayal from the 2012 movie), Melanie from Gone With the Wind, and Jo from Little Women.  Because we’re all bookworms (and Jo’s a writer as well) so we’d have tons of fun talking about books and popping into the numerous bookstores scattered around near where I live and it would be amazing.

~Are you afraid of heights at all?  Nope.  At least, I don’t think so.  I’ve never really been on a bridge or building that was fantastically high, but I don’t think I’d be the kind of person to faint or throw up if I was on, say, a suspension bridge.

~Are you a morning person, or a night owl?  Night owl, all the way.  I hate getting up in the morning but I can stay up ’til past midnight without it bothering me at all the next day. *fist-pump*

~Do you make picture collages and/or song playlists for your stories/characters?  Do Pinterest boards count as ‘picture collages’?  I’ve gotten back to doing story boards, though I keep them all private (sorry).  Occasionally, I’ll do collages for a story but I’ve never done one for a character.  And I don’t do playlists – lately, however, I’ve taken to picking a specific soundtrack for each story (for instance, my current WIP was inspired by the soundtrack for True Grit – 2010 version).

~If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?  Ireland.  Because it’s gorgeous and it will always have a special place in my heart (for various reasons).  I’d also like to visit every US state just to say that I have.

~Favorite Broadway musical?  LES MISÉRABLES.  Greatest musical ever, in my opinion.  The epic sweep of the story, all the fantastic characters, the rich orchestrations, amazing lyrics…it all comes together to create an unforgettable experience.  First exposure to it was the 10th Anniversary Concert and I’ve never looked back.

~What would you say was your best moment in your whole life, up to now?  That day in early September of 2006 when I gave my heart and life to Jesus Christ.  Best day of my life. (Unfortunately, I neglected to record the exact date, but at least I know the approximate time frame.)  Also, the day I saw Les Misérables live (October 23rd, 2013) was pretty awesome.

Eowyn/Ashley asked…

~Have you ever seen any of the Winnie the Pooh movies (specifically the newest one that came out in 2011) and what are your thoughts on them? Favorite character?  I’ve seen almost every Winnie the Pooh movie ever – The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Piglet’s Big Movie, The Tigger Movie, Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin, Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, and the 2011 Winnie the Pooh.  I love them all LOTS, though I haven’t seen any of them recently.  My favorite movie is definitely the original and my favorite character would either be Eeyore (*gives him alllll the hugs*) or Piglet (I love how he’s such a loyal friend to Pooh).

~What are three good books you’ve read lately?  Shane by Jack Schaefer (in prep for Hamlette’s read-along), Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, and The Patriots by Jack Cavanaugh.

~Do you have any post-high school plans now that you’ve graduated?  Write.  Write all the time, hone and refine my craft, do the best I can for as long as I can.  Gain more homemaking skills along the lines of cooking and baking and sewing.  LIVE.  Read bunches of new books.  Write some more.  And see Mockingjay Part 2. 😉

~What’s your opinion on getting married young? Think people should wait til their mid-20’s?  I think getting married young is great (and I’m not just saying that because I’m young myself).  I hope to be married before I’m thirty, but I’ll just have to wait and see, right?

~What are three of your favorite songs?  I don’t really listen to a lot of songs; epic movie soundtracks are more my thing.  But I’ll share three songs I’ve had on repeat lately.  ‘Go The Distance’ from Hercules (just discovered this one and I LOVE it), ‘One Day More’  from the 10th, and this, which is more of a video/medley thing than a song but it’s music, so it counts.  Right?

~List four movies that you’ve seen that you mindlessly hate and explain why. (S’il vous plait.)  Most movies I watch have at least one redeeming factor (for instance, The Maze Runner, which I really don’t like but it has The Epicness That Is Newt, so I’ll still watch it now and then), but there are a few that I’ll probably hate for all eternity. *thinks*  Got it: The Ox-Bow Incident (I hate it so much), Left Behind (2014 version – it was mind-numbing), Do You Believe? (don’t even get me started), annnnd…goodness, I can’t think of a third one.  Oh!  I know.  Disney’s Pinocchio.  Uggggh.  So, so boring.  And Pinocchio is one of the brattiest children (puppets?) ever, and when I can’t root for the main character, I generally don’t like the movie.

~(I think I already know this but…) What’s your favorite era of history and what region specifically? (I.e. 50’s America, 20’s Japan, etc)  40’s America.  Surprised? (I think not.)

~If you had a time machine and could fix any of the mistakes you’ve ever made in your entire life (with no bad consequences because of the change), what would you fix? (Feel free to go into as much or as little detail as you’d like.)  This is going to sound stupid, but I honestly can’t think of a thing.  I don’t think I’ve made any major mistakes in my life so far (a statement which looks incredibly prideful when I write it out) though I’m sure I will eventually.  Sooner rather than later, I’m betting.  But for right now, I can’t think of anything.

~What version of the Bible is your favorite/the one you use most regularly? (New NIV, old NIV, KJV, Greek, etc)  The original King James.  Not only do I think it’s the only true/accurate Bible text, I’ve also found that none of the other versions match the beauty, majesty, and rhythmic quality of the language.  It’s awe-inspiring, to say the least.

~What’s one thing your followers would be surprised to hear about you?  I’m pretty open about my life here on this blog, sooooo…  Maybe how I almost died just before I was born?  True story.  My heart-rate dropped dramatically and it was a tense few minutes for everyone before it came up again. (You can read the full story here on my mom’s blog if you’re interested.)  Or there was that time when I was seven or so and I got to hold an albino python.  My family was at a zoo that was doing an animal show and the zoo people asked for volunteers from the audience (they didn’t say why) and because I was sitting in the front row with my hand sticking straight up, I got picked (along with three other kids).  They brought the python outside and dropped it into our hands and that thing was heavy.  Even with three other kids and two adult zoo workers holding it.  And it was white all over, which was weird but cool.  Neat, huh? (By the way, snakes aren’t slimy at all – they’re very dry and scaly.)

Oh, and I did go to jail once…

…but I was playing Monopoly at the time.

Elisabeth Grace Foley asked…

~Favorite animal?  I like horses and dolphins and cats but, overall, I’m not a big animal lover.

~Favorite season of the year?  Winter!  Christmas and snow and swiftly darkening evenings and frosty air and warm cookies and hot chocolate.  LOVE.

~Do you have any hobbies or favorite crafts (knit, crochet, drawing, etc)?  Not really.  I do sketch off and on but it’s not one of my passions, and I do knit sometimes, but not often enough for it to be a hobby.  One thing I enjoy doing (though I don’t know if it’s a hobby, per se) is organizing meals, cooking and baking everything from scratch, and making it all look as nice as possible.  I love food and I love preparing it.

~Have you seen the Cranford or Martin Chuzzlewit miniseries? What’s your favorite miniseries based on a book?  I’ve seen both Cranford and Return to Cranford (loved both of them), but not Martin Chuzzlewit.  Is it any good?  Little Dorrit is definitely my favorite literary miniseries, with Bleak House a close second.

~Have you done much traveling? If so, how many countries/states/provinces have you visited?  No, I don’t travel much, but I’ve been to Manitoba, Quebec, and Nova Scotia (all Canadian provinces), and I’ve visited several US states, though I forget the exact ones, unfortunately.  And I’ve been to Venezuela when my mom was pregnant with me, but I don’t think that counts. 🙂

~Would you call yourself shy, outgoing, or something in between?  Shy with people I don’t know, extremely outgoing with friends.  So…in between?

Thanks so much for all your questions, dear readers!  I loved answering each and every one.

Eva

P.S. What do you think of my new header/background?  Since February is Valentine’s Month, I went with a romantic theme this time, showcasing a few of my favorite fictional couples in the header. (Of course, there are several I left out, but I couldn’t get everyone in there.)  Thoughts?

ask me anything! {answers – part 1}

Here are my responses to your delightful questions!  I had fun answering each one (and was surprised by how many I received) – you guys are awesome. 🙂  Anyway, because there were so many and because I tend to be wordy with my answers, I’m splitting this into two parts.  Enjoy!

Katie asked…

~Favorite Disney classic? Robin Hood (1973).  Admittedly, I haven’t watched very many classic Disney films (in some ways, I prefer their modern stuff) but I adored Robin Hood (character and movie both) as a child and I must say that I still do.  The Great Mouse Detective is another little-known favorite.

~Favorite pop song? I don’t listen to popular music.  Ever.  So I’m afraid I don’t have an answer for this one.

~Have you ever met anyone famous?  Nope.  I did have a chance to meet Ramin Karimloo once, but wasn’t able to. *sad face*

jessica prescott asked…

~What’s your favorite flower?  Lilacs.  My favorite color is purple, you see, and lilacs come in all different shades of that so I love them.  (I just wish they’d stay around for more than a couple weeks.)  When my family lived on a farm for three years there was a thicket of wild lilac bushes on our property and it was gorgeous in the summer.

~What’s your favorite food?  Pizza!  I could eat it every day.  Home-made vanilla cake (with NO frosting) is a close second.

~What’s the #1 movie you have not seen yet but are Really Really Dying To See right now?  MOCKINGJAY PART 2.  The DVD release date has just been announced – March 22nd – and I’m on pins and needles waiting.  I’ve hardly seen any clips because of Youtube’s strict copyright policy, so I have no idea what it’s going to be like. (Besides epic, of course.)  I also can’t wait to see Captain America: Civil War and When The Game Stands Tall (happening this week).

~Favorite Austen novel?  Emma.  Mr Knightley is great (though he isn’t my favorite Austen hero – Colonel Brandon is) and the other characters are, too.  Plus, it’s such a fun, flirtatious, comic novel AND it has one of the best proposals in literary history.  All the others are close seconds, especially Mansfield Park. *gasps from all the Janeites*

~If you’re sad and you need some music to cheer you up, what do you listen to?  Frank Sinatra and Disney songs. 🙂

~Did you like Frozen or Tangled better? (You can say “both” if you want to.)  As it turns out, I don’t have to say ‘both’ because Tangled is the better movie, in my opinion.  Maybe it’s all the hype and practically being force-fed the movie for close to three years, but I can’t seem to warm up to Frozen (pun totally intended).  Tangled has a better heroine, better hero, a prettier color palette (purple!), and a more touching/serious story.  I did enjoy Frozen, but Tangled is still my favorite, by far.

~What does your Dream Wedding Gown look like? (If you don’t know, you can say “I don’t know.” I was just wondering.) *heads over to my Pinterest wedding board*  Something like this.  Only the top wouldn’t be lace, as I don’t care for lace, and the skirt would probably be satin or silk instead of tulle, and there wouldn’t be those lacy bits at the hem.  But that general shape/style is what I want.  Or something like this. (Again, minus the lace, but I do love the three-quarter sleeves.)

~Next time Prince Will and Duchess Kate have a baby, what do you want them to name him/her?  Boy: Alfred or Harold.  Girl: Victoria or Sophie.

~Do you mind if I ask whether you know your Myers-Briggs type, and if you do, what it is?  I hope that’s not a nosy question–and you certainly don’t have to answer if you don’t want to! I’m just . . . slightly obsessed with Myers-Briggs right now.  I don’t mind at all – I’m an ISTJ, through and through.  And now you can tell me all about myself. 😉

~Have you ever been to Prince Edward Island? (Y’know . . . because of Lucy Maud.)  Sadly, no.  The closest I’ve ever been to PEI is when my family went to Nova Scotia.  I do want to visit the Island someday, though, for obvious reasons, but meanwhile, I’ll have to make do with the fantastic LMM museum that’s about an hour’s drive from my house. (It’s set up in the house where she lived – I love the authenticity.)

Naomi asked…

~Do you watch Blimey Cow? Any favourite Messy Mondays?  I do indeed watch Blimey Cow, though I find that their newer videos aren’t half as good as the ones they put out in their earlier years.  And I have several favorites: “Seven Lies About Homeschoolers” (first one I ever saw, by the way), “The Problem With Christian Bands”, “Books vs. Movies”, “Seven Problems With Modern Music”, “How To Write A Worship Song (in five minutes or less)” (can you tell I like the music-themed ones?), “The Top 15 Christian Clichés”, “The 24 Hour Internet Cycle”, and “Saying ‘Happy Holidays’ Is A Micro-Persecution”.  And that’s just a select few.

~Do you play any musical instruments?  No.  But I love watching other people play.

~Ideally, how many kids would you want to have, if you could choose?  While I’ll be happy with any number of children, I think five would be a great number.  But I’d definitely welcome number six and seven and eight and…you get the idea.

Hamlette asked…

~What’s the funniest movie you’ve ever seen?  Tough one!  There are numerous animated movies that make me laugh LOTS, along with several live-action films (mostly older movies, ’cause most humor these days is just plain stupid), so it’s hard to narrow it down.  But I’d have to go with Robin Hood (1973) because Prince John’s interactions with Sir Hiss leave me in stitches every single time.

~What’s the saddest movie you’ve ever seen?  This one’s even tougher because I’ve seen tons and tons of sad movies.  However, I think Les Miserables (2012) takes the prize: there’s pretty much no let-up when it comes to depressing/heartbreaking scenes and my stomach twists up whenever I think about how hard it made me cry the first time.  Saving Mr. Banks would be a close second, though – still can’t think about that one without tearing up.

~What’s your favorite role from your favorite actor?  Favorite actor: James Coburn.  Favorite role of his: Britt, because of the awesomeness and coolness factor.

~From your favorite actress?  Favorite actress: Audrey Hepburn. (I’m sure everyone knows that, right?)  Favorite role of hers: Princess Ann, because I’ve only seen four films of Audrey’s and also because Ann is lovely anyway.

~Have you read any really great books about writing that have helped you a lot, or changed how you write?  Angela Hunt’s series, Writing Lessons From the Front, always challenges me and makes me ask all the good, hard questions about whatever story I’m working on – plot, characters, dialogue, everything.  Each book came up free on Kindle at different times and I was able to get almost all of them, which was great.

~Have you decorated your laptop with any decals or stickers?  No.  I prefer to keep my laptop ‘clean’.

~Are there any instances where you prefer the movie version of a story over the book version?  Only two, that I can think of at the moment.  Little Dorrit (the 2008 miniseries) is vastly superior to the book, in my opinion, particularly in its portrayal of John Chivery (and it’s easier to understand, naturally).  And Divergent (2014).  The book was a ‘meh’ read for me, but the movie brought all the best parts of it to life and I love every moment of it.

Eva

guest post: ‘my top five favorite LMM books’

“My Top Five Favorite Lucy Maud Montgomery Books”

by Jennifer/my mom

When my daughter asked me to do a post for her Lucy Maud Montgomery week I really couldn’t say “no” seeing as how I had kind of pushed her into doing the whole Montgomery week in spite of her needing to finish up NaNoWriMo and our family having company at the same time. 

It was very hard to pick my top five Montgomery books. Actually, I guess the hardest part was to put them in order of most to least favourite. To the best of my ability here is my list: 

  • The Blue Castle 
  • Anne of Avonlea 
  • Anne of Windy Poplars 
  • Rilla of Ingleside 
  • Jane of Lantern Hill 

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I first discovered The Blue Castle when I was about twenty years old. I checked it out several times from the local library. I immediately fell in love with Valancy. She’d had such a miserable, sad childhood and maidenhood, and it looked like being a spinster for the rest of her life wasn’t going to be much better. Then tragic news and a decision to live what she had left of her life to please herself. What follows is the beautiful story of a girl growing from girlhood to full womanhood including what she believes to be unrequited love. 

I fell in love with this story for so many reasons. I tried for years to find a copy of it without any success. About two months ago Eva-Joy told me that it was available for FREE on Kindle. I could hardly get to my beloved Kindle fast enough. It had been long enough since I had last read it that the ending gave me a couple of surprises. 

My next three books are from the Anne series – books two, four and eight. We moved to Canada when I was eleven, and I think it was a year or two after that before I discovered Anne. I remember walking to the library to check out the books one after another. My library only had the first six books though so I didn’t discover the last two – Rainbow Valley and Rilla of Ingleside for almost another ten years. 

I love Anne of Avonlea and Anne of Windy Poplars for pretty much the same reasons. Both of them make me feel warm and nostalgic. I’m not quite sure why. On to some more particulars of what I love about these books… 

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My favourite characters in Anne of Avonlea are not anyone we know from the first book. They are Miss Lavendar, Davey, and Mr. Harrison. I love Miss Lavendar’s sweet, ladylike demeanour and sad love story which, of course, being given to us by Montgomery has a happy ending. Davey is so all-boy and thoroughly loveable. Anne said she favoured him over obedient Dora, and I do too. And then there is Mr. Harrison. He’s such a rascal that you can’t help liking him and eventually feeling sorry for him when his past catches up with him. 

Anne of Windy Poplars is fun because so much of it is done in letter-format. Who doesn’t like reading someone else’s mail? I absolutely love Rebecca Dew – the housekeeper for the two aunts (Kate and Chatty) who Anne is boarding with. And let’s not forget the deliciously fat and loveable cat, Dusty Miller. 

Finally in the Anne series both here and in real life is Rilla of Ingleside. As I’ve already noted I did not discover Rilla until long after I’d read the first six Anne books. I fell in love with this book from beginning to ending. 

Haha! I love this cover. :):

The only thing that I could never understand was how Rilla could not love babies. Of course, not loving babies just made her decision to take in a war orphan made her all the more heroic. I would have loved to have had a baby dropped on me like that. Then there was her sweet love for Ken, and all the ways she had to go from being the spoiled baby of the Blythe family to someone who could work, suffer and love as much as the rest of the family. 

Of course, Susan is one of my favourite people in the book. She does sarcasm, loyalty, industry, love and hate so well.

And finally there is Jane of Lantern Hill. Jane is wholly sympathetic in the way she is asked to divide her time and love between her mom in Toronto and her dad in P.E.I. She has such typical adventures for a child while she’s in P.E.I. It’s been a while since I read this book so I’m not coming up with any examples – I’m just going on the feelings I’ve taken away from this book. The ending, as befits L.M. Montgomery, is feel-good. 

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I’d also give Honourable Mention to Mistress Pat and Rainbow Valley. Pat had to do a lot of maturing before she saw that relationships with people are more important than relationships with places. I thoroughly enjoyed all the shenanigans of Anne’s children and their minister’s children and how the children desperately needed a mother and got one. 

I challenge you – Can you rate your five favourite L.M. Montgomery novels?