“if they ain’t thrown it at me, they ain’t got it”

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We are actually both Watson, with a dash of Moriarty’s wackiness at times.

You may have known this, but then again, you might not, so just in case you didn’t… Eva (of Coffee, Classics, and Craziness) is at my house right now!!!

And this is Eva, popping in to say that I’m at Hamlette’s (of Hamlette’s Soliliquy)  house right now for all those who are reading this post on my blog instead of hers.

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And yes, we have been drinking coffee, watching classics, and being crazy.  By “crazy,” I mean staying up far past my bedtime, of course.  Nothing truly crazy like, I don’t know, spending all day walking around Washington D.C.

Oh, wait, we did that too.

Maybe I should let Eva write this post — I’m sleep-deprived and caffeinated, which is never the most coherent state of being for me.

That’s very true. *winks*  Last night, we watched a Glenn Ford western and a Combat! episode and we were both pretty crazy, even though we only had hot chocolate then.  We’re talking lots and lots of fangirling and general swooning.

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Anyway, I feel like I should properly start with the beginning of our visit, instead of just last night.  I got to Hamlette’s house on Monday evening – I thought it was later than it was, because for some reason my family and I assumed that Virginia was an hour ahead of Ontario, time zone-wise.  But it turns out I got there with plenty of time to spare.  We talked for over an hour that first evening, and also watched a few minutes of a Combat! Recon (AKA fan convention) so I could see what Conlan Carter and Jack Hogan look like now-ish. (It was taken a few years ago.)

Over an hour?  People, I think we might need to worry about Eva’s concept of time.  We talked from 10pm to 12:45am.  “Over an hour” is an understatement 🙂

Well, I don’t own a watch, so there’s that.

So yes, we talked a lot and completely disregarded our careful planning exactly what movies and TV show eps we planned to watch together.  Oops.  We meant to watch The Young Victoria the first night, but nope, just gabbed.

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And then yesterday, I played tour guide and led Eva and her pack of siblings (and their mom!) and my 3 kids all over D.C.  Highlight of the entire day was when we got to the area around the Lincoln Memorial where Steve Rogers was jogging in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  One of her little brothers just took off and ran around the whole reflecting pool.  And we all cheered and clapped for him — such a little hero!

He is!

Last night, we did finally settle down and watch a little of what we’d planned to watch together.  Sort of.  Since we’re both big fans (understatement) of Glenn Ford and westerns, I’d been telling Eva she needed to see The Fastest Gun Alive because he’s just awesome in it, and I love the townspeople, and yeah.  So we watched that.  And then we had planned to watch some Combat! together, since that show is what brought us together in the first place.  We were going to watch “The Hostages” and “The Walking Wounded,” basically her favorite ep and then mine.  But we chucked all plans out the window and watched “A Gift of Hope” instead because it’s wonderful.  We spent a lot of time talking about how lame I am for having had an idea for a fanfic story about the guest character in that one and never writing it.  Maybe I’ll throw caution to the wind and try to write it for Nanowrimo this year or something.  If a plot presents itself!

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A perfectly accurate representation of how we look when we watch Glenn Ford movies + Combat!

Well, I will definitely think about plots you could use for your fanfic.  I’m not clever enough to write Avery, but I could probably (maybe) come up with a good story.

Anyway…it was very difficult to figure out what to watch, even though we had a rough idea of what we wanted to do, because when I got to Hamlette’s house, I was rather overwhelmed by the number of amazing movies and TV shows she has on her shelves.  I WANT TO WATCH THEM ALL.  In fact, I took five films to my room last night, but was too tired to even finish one. *sigh*

Which is why we’re finishing it today.  I mean, you can’t just watch half of a Glenn Ford western.  Would be so wrong.  So yup, we’re finishing Cowboy while all the little kids are playing restaurant behind us.  And speaking of cowboys, my own Cowboy just flew back from his business trip, so I’m going to go pick him up, so I’m going to let Eva finish off this post 🙂

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Glenn Ford as Tom Reece in ‘Cowboy’

Thank you. 🙂  So, yes, these past few days have been very full of Glenn Ford and westerns and general awesomeness.  Including our trip to Washington DC, which was AMAZING.  Throughout so much of our visit there, I felt like Po in Kung Fu Panda – “I’ve only seen paintings of that painting!”  Only in this case it was the Washington Memorial (!!!!!!!!!!) and the White House (!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and the Lincoln Memorial (!!!-okay, you get the idea) and two Smithsonian Museums (American History and Air & Space) and, yes, I loved everything.  There were many Winter Soldier and Night at the Museum jokes made, let me tell you.  My top three favorite exhibits were the LEGIT Star Spangled Banner (I had no idea it was even still around), the whip and fedora that Harrison Ford used/wore in The Last Crusade, and the original model of the USS Enterprise. *all the heart eyes*

Oh!  And I forgot to mention that I read all of Hamlet on the way to Hamlette’s house and I loved it and we talked about it more than a little.  Very cool.

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Hopefully you got an idea of the fun we’ve been having together.  Just a little idea. 😉 (Oh, and the title of this post comes from the aforementioned C! ep we watched together.  It’s one of the coolest lines in the entire show.  For real.)

Well, I’m back from picking Cowboy up at the slug lot, and the movie’s over, so we should probably end this and see about adding pictures, sharing it with Eva so she can add her own pics, and then I’m thinking some supper might be in order.

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ask me anything #3 – answers!

As always, you guys asked me bunches of awesome questions, and I can’t wait to answer them.  So I won’t. (Wait, that is.)

maddylovesherclassicfilms asked…

If you were on an island and could only watch one Audrey Hepburn film, what would it be and why?

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I have watched embarrassingly few Audrey Hepburn movies, but I would say, without a doubt, ‘Charade’ (1963).  Audrey Hepburn sparkles, the music is great, the plot is twisty and exciting, and James Coburn plays one of the baddies, so…yes.  Basically the perfect movie.

evergreenmorningglory asked…

Favorite food?

PIZZA.  Which I am having for supper tonight.

Best memory?

While I have many great memories, one of my favorites is when my aunt and uncle and cousins came for a surprise visit over the New Year (in 2016/17).  It was an amazing time full of fun and family and laughter and movies and lots of special moments. ❤

If you could be famous in a genre of books, which would it be?

Westerns.  They are a mostly forgotten genre these days and I’d love to bring their popularity back.

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While you’re waiting for my books to (hopefully) hit the market, check this one out! (Just prepare to have your heart broken and your soul crushed…like a grape.)

Favorite character from the book you’re currently reading and why?

I am currently reading three books: Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery, The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein, and High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin.  My favorite character in RoI is probably Walter, though I have a soft spot for so many of the characters and Rilla makes me smile.  In TPF, it would be Julie, of course.  As for HatH, I would say that the heroine’s friend, Maddy, is my favorite character so far, though she hasn’t been in much of the book.  She’s everything a best friend should be.

Miss Meg March asked…

Skydiving or bungee-jumping?

I’ve never done either.  Probably bungee-jumping, though.  I think that would be fun, in a terrifying sort of way.

What is something that would really push you out of your comfort zone, but you’d be willing to do?

Learn how to drive a car.  Or eat escargot, which is the French way of saying snails.

On that line, what are some things on your bucket list?

I don’t have a bucket list.  I just let life hit me as it comes along, though I do have a few goals, of course.  Things like finishing my novel, The Bounty Hunter; learning how to drive; owning a cat; being married someday; watching Cars 3 (when is that coming out on DVD???); etc, etc, etc.  But mostly I let the Lord lead…and I’m more than content with that.

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Have you ever had any pets?

Yes.  I’ve owned a rabbit named Fluffy (I’m so original).  Collectively, however, my family has owned three cats, one dog, two goats, several chickens, and some frogs.  We only have one cat right now, though.

What is your favourite thing to do when it snows? (I’m presuming you get snow where you live, since you live in Canada. I’ve never seen snow in all my life. *sniffles*)

Stay inside and drink hot chocolate?  Seriously, I hibernate during winter, but the snow IS gorgeous.

What is your favourite number?

Two, five, and ninety-five.

If you could learn any new language, what would it be?

French or Hebrew.

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What was the last musical you discovered?

It’s been so long since I discovered a new musical that I forget which one was the last.  Beauty and the Beast could count, I suppose, so I’ll go with that.

jessica prescott asked…

Favorite modern actor?

You know, I just realized this morning that my current favorite anything isn’t always my very favorite and that holds true with actors just as much as books or movies.  So, if I go back a little to before my crushes on Christian Bale, Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Tom Cruise, and Matt Damon, there’s Harrison Ford.  He’s been my favorite modern actor ever since he burst out of that packing crate on the motorcycle in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (perhaps even since I thought Han Solo was cool) and my favorite modern actor he will remain, maybe even favorite actor period. (But Tom Cruise is a close second.)

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This photo cracks me up.

Favorite modern actress?

Cate Blanchett is great.  I also like ScarJo and Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson.

What color do you tend to like BEST for a book cover? (Or color combination?)

You know, I’ve never really thought about it, but probably blue.  Definitely blue.

What’s your current favorite piece of clothing? What does it look like, and why are you so fond of it?

I am not the kind of girl who obsesses over clothes (as my sister can tell you) but I do love my delightfully swishy, pleated black skirt.  Très chic.  My purple Captain America t-shirt is awesome as well.

What Bible verse means the most to you, personally?

There are several Bible verses that have special meaning for me, but the one that comes to mind the most is Psalm 27:14Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.  It’s excellent advice for any Christian going through difficult times and such a comfort to know that God is in control and He’s handling things.

What do you most like to drink when you wake up in the morning? Tea, coffee, juice, etc.

Coffee, coffee, coffee.  I don’t like tea and we never have juice in the house anyway.  But coffee is my obsession (hence the title of this blog).

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What are some names you’d like to give your kids someday?

*grins*

*cracks knuckles*

*opens notebook*

I’m so glad you asked.  For boys, there’s Aaron Daniel, Atticus Lee, and Uriah Luke.  For girls, there’s Katherine Elizabeth, Rachel Rose, and Emma Joy.  I’m sure I’ll think of more in the months to come.

healed1337 asked…

What is the worst movie that you can’t help but enjoy anyway?

The Air Bud franchise!!! (Not Air Buddies, though, ’cause those movies are just wrong.)  But the Air Bud movies, particularly the first and second one are gold and my literal childhood and I love ’em so much. (Plus, Kevin Zegers got cuter with every movie.)

Also, ‘Shining Through’ (1992), which everyone hates but I actually enjoy.

Hamlette asked…

Last book you read?

Kiowa Trail by Louis L’Amour.  The first part is almost exactly like a short story of his I read once, but after I got past the slight weirdness of that it was good and interesting and a solid read.

Book you’re reading right now?

Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery, The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein, and High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin.

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Book you want to read next?

This is more a ‘have to read next’, but I’ll be reading A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White next, as I have to review it for the book review program I’m part of.  It’s WWI, though, so I’m intrigued.

Book you keep putting off reading?

There’s a book I bought called Unlikely Soldiers by Jonathon F. Vance that I started reading, but have put off ever since because the writing style irked me.  It’s an interesting story, though (nonfiction), so I’m sure I’ll pick it up again sometime soonish.

Last movie you saw?

That would be ‘Shining Through’ (1992), starring Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffiths, and Liam Neeson.  The critics panned it, but I like it and my dad loves it (I watched it yesterday just so I could watch it with him) and it’s not that bad, people.  It feels almost like a precursor to ‘Titanic’ with the music and historical element and love story.  Plus the ‘old woman telling story’ framing device.

Movie you want to see next?

DUNKIRK.  So much.  So, so, SO much.  There’s a vast number of reasons for that: WWII history that I’ve never explored before for some reason, Christopher Nolan (seriously my favorite modern director), Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy (two Batman villains, which amused me greatly), Hans Zimmer’s score that makes me feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach because it’s unbearably tense and it never lets up, all the stills and production photos I’ve seen and the interviews I’ve read/watched…man, it sounds unbelievably amazing.

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Movie you keep putting off seeing?

Um…my sibs and I got halfway through ‘A Royal Night Out’ and it’s very good, but for some reason I don’t feel like finishing it.  So there’s that.

A food you thought you’d hate, but liked?

I’m really open-minded when it comes to trying new foods, so I don’t have an answer for this one.

A food you thought you’d like, but didn’t?

Or this one.  Sorry!  I’m usually pretty good at knowing what foods I’ll like and which ones I won’t.

If you could get a free round-trip ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Virginia. *winks*  Or Israel.

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Favorite flavor of toothpaste?

Peppermint.  Boring choice, I know, but it’s good all the same.

Naomi asked…

What is the last book of the Bible you read and did you learn anything in particular?

The last book of the Bible that I read in its entirety, in one sitting, was Colossians.  It’s an amazing book (duh) and the main thing that I took away from it this time, something that I still think about from (I read it a few days ago) is how everything we do, no matter how important or petty can be done for the glory of God.  We can literally do everything in His name and because of that, we can (and need to) do our best with everything that’s given to us. (See Colossians 3:23-24.)

Do you like hugs or are you more a nonphysical signs of affection kind of person?

Depends on the person.  But most of the time I like hugs.  And I love it when characters hug it out in movies and TV shows (especially BBC ones, like Robin Hood and Sherlock, since those are so emotionally shattering) because it’s such a simple gesture, but it’s so comforting and kindly, too.

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Would you recommend the Titanic movie? (Minus the bad scenes obv)

YES, YES, YES.  A thousand times yes.  It’s swoony and gorgeous and epic in every sense.

Favourite thing to cook/bake?

Chocolate chip cookies.  I’m going to brag here and say that I make The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies™ in the world, ’cause it’s true.  And don’t just ask me!  My siblings, parents, grandparents, anyone who’s tasted my cookies…they’ll all say the same thing. 😉

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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…

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~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?