me, currently

Reading… 

Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren.  And let me tell you, if it wasn’t a book I had to review, I would not be spending any more time on it.  Keep an eye on my Goodreads for a proper review in the next couple days.

Watching…

Well, last night my family watched some of ‘National Treasure: Book of Secrets’ – I expect we’ll be finishing it tonight.  It’s pretty good (though I’m not a fan of Nicholas Cage).

Trying…

To convince myself to stop writing a blog post and go do some actual writing (well, fanfiction, but I take as much care with my fanfiction as I do with my original writing, so yeah).  I don’t think it’ll happen, but I’m trying.

Cooking…

Um…I’m writing a blog post in my bedroom, people.  So I obviously can’t be cooking anything right now.  However, I might make supper tonight.  We’ll see.

Eating…

Millions of adorable baby carrots.  One of my sisters left a bag of them in our room and I can’t. stop. eating.  At least they’re a healthy snack!

Drinking…

Nothing at the moment.  I’m always a little leery of beverages around my electronics.  I did have some awesome coffee earlier this morning as I read my Bible.

Texting…

Well, it’s more instant messaging, but I just shot off a message to my FAVORITE BESTIES IN ALL THE WORLD asking if they were attending a picnic that’s happening in Edmonton today.  Still haven’t heard back from them.

Pinning…

I don’t pin too much these days.  One of the best things I pinned recently was this:

YAAAAAS.

SHIPSHIPSHIP.

Doing…

Crying over the beauty of ‘Proud Corazón’.

Going…

To church outreach this afternoon.  Every Saturday (except the last one of each month) my family and the pastor’s family and other people from the church give out gospel tracts, John & Romans, and free Bible studies.  It’s a great time of fellowship and getting God’s Word into people’s hands.

Loving…

Gael García Bernal’s accent. ❤

Hating…

Ernesto de la Cruz. (Are y’all sensing a theme here?)

Discovering…

I have no idea!  Though it’s true that I sometimes believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast, I haven’t been wowed by any new fact or big discovery today.

Enjoying…

A clean room, baby carrots, and Michael Giacchino’s sweet, sweet skills.

Thinking…

How awesome it is that I was able to pre-order Nadine Brandes’ newest book, Fawkes, and be eligible for pre-order goodies, too.  I highly recommend you check out Fawkes.  It’s going to be epic.

Feeling…

Pretty happy, actually!  Saturday mornings are so relaxing.

Hoping for…

Good weather.

Listening to…

The ‘Coco’ soundtrack.  Duh.  I’m obsessed.

Celebrating…

Well.  Father’s Day is…tomorrow?  Right?  I’m not sure what I’m going to do but I want to do something to remember my dad and to honour his memory.  Probably won’t be anything public like a blog post or a Facebook update, but I’ve read a few articles talking about what you can do to celebrate your dad even when he’s gone, so…yeah.  I’m still not looking forward to tomorrow very much, though.

Smelling…

Nothing, really.

Thanking…

God, for all the blessings He has given me – and continues to give me.

Consdering…

Father’s Day.

Finishing…

This baby carrot I’m currently eating.

Starting…

Another baby carrot.  HELP ME.

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How has your Saturday gone so far?

Eva

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awesome stuff to do this summer

Inspired by this lovely post.

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~Have a water fight with your little siblings.

~Perfect your own lemonade recipe.

~Ditto for iced coffee.

~Sing along to Disney songs at the top of your lungs.

~Read your way through all those random books you got for free on your Kindle.

~Spend an entire day at the library.

~Watch ‘The Greatest Showman’ for the millionth time.

~Go for a walk in the woods and pretend you’re Katniss.

~Buy something pretty for your room.

~Eat corn on the cob.

~Think of a skill you’d like to have and then Youtube yourself into becoming an expert.

~Bicycle.  (And if you don’t know how to, make 2018 the year you learn!)

~Don’t forget to drink TONS of water.

~And don’t forget to be awesome!

What are your plans for this summer?

Eva

 

i need blog post ideas, people! (please)

It's mah bois.

It’s mah bois.

I’m feeling rather low right now.  Not exactly sure what it is, but it is.  I’ve hit a wall when it comes to blogging.  I just don’t have any really good ideas of what to write about.  I will tell you that I went to church today and I think that ‘The Other Side’ is the best scene in The Greatest Showman and I recently read Life of Pi.

But what I want most of all is blog post ideas and I figure you guys know what you want so…yeah.  Are there movies or books you’d like reviewed?  Lists?  Character studies?  Let me know!

Eva

responding to the spammers

One of my favorite bloggers recently wrote a post in which she shared several spam comments their blog had received in the past and then answered those comments.  It looked like a lot of fun, so when I discovered 32 spam comments cluttering up my folder, I knew I had respond to some of them.  Let the hilarity begin!

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I was suggested this website by my cousin. I’m not certain whether or not this submit is written through him as no one
else realize such specified about my difficulty.
You’re incredible! Thank you!

All I understand from this rather confusing, words-appear-to-be-missing comment is that I’m incredible.  Thank you, whoever you are.

Наравне постановление, потом долгих alias не крайне поисков товарищ друга господин и намеченный квартиросъемщик быстренько договариваются о стоимости и, удовлетворенные, расстаются. Залог также влияет для желание – те, который заранее не мог позволить себе купить квартиру, немедленно успешно заключает договоры с банками. Хорошо, если удается встречать квартиру помощью родственников иначе знакомых. Ровно правило, потом вышеописанных шагов клиент уже пьяный воспользоваться главный услугой. А значит, желание активно растет и будет повышаться с развитием ипотечных программ. К договору нужно довольно составить два приложения. Если у вас появились свободные денежные имущество, разумно довольно их приумножить. Рассмотрим, почему это так:Опасная экономия или как продать квартиру выгодно и с гарантией надежностиЕжедневно в столице на рынок недвижимости впервые выходят тысячи собственников в попытке продать жилье. Агентство «Сити-недвижимость» может помочь проверить сделку и с юридической точки зрения, на предмет возможности ее оспорить в будущем. Кстати сказать, наличие косметического предпродажного ремонта может свидетельствовать о сокрытии изъянов квартиры. 4) «Смотрели одну квартиру, а продали другую»Тип строения. Данная вакансия предполагает то, что маклер находится в постоянных разъездах — к клиентам, на объекты и так далее. Сдача в аренду не предусматривается, поэтому (если банку заблагорассудится проверить квартиру) данный факт может послужить поводом к расторжению договора (досрочный возврат кредита). Если цена подозрительно низкая, то это должно насторожить покупателя. Они не знают психологии, не умеют общаться с людьми, никогда не читали законы и очень хотят денег. Например, неделя — разумный срок. Не секрет, что в России на сегодняшний день очень популярны однокомнатные квартиры: прогореть и уйти в минус, сдавая такую квартиру, невозможно. Как насчет снижения спроса? Даже в кризисное время спрос на недвижимость не падает настолько, чтобы заметить значительные изменения. Позаботьтесь о «фирменном стиле» ваших объявлений. Разместите объявление о продаже – мы найдём вам покупателя!Как выгоднее купить квартиру в мегаполисе с целью аренды?

Oh, dear. (Incidentally, it’s the question mark at the very end that will keep me up nights.)

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for fun, ?Whaat God really likes is when indivіԁuals ⅼove one ahother and dеaⅼ with eah other lik we
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This one requires a little explanation.  For months, I’ve gotten spam comments in a similar vein to the above, all seeming to tell a (poorly written, poorly edited) story about a mom and a dad who answer all their children’s questions about God.  It’s weird and seems to never end.

I am really loving the theme/design of your weblog.
Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility issues?
A small number of my blog visitors have complained about
my blog not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Chrome.
Do you have any advice to help fix this problem?

*shrugs*

6 effective ways to quickly earn easy money you can download this link in PDF format: http://m1.googlen oomon.info/?p=17845
I work for every single of the above mentioned methods and earn more than $ 35,000 monthly.

May I just say…DON’T DOWNLOAD THE LINK.

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Evidently a tortured soul who cannot express her/himself in words.  Because they also left such charming comments as…

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and…

as well as…

!!!

They must have been having a really interesting day when they wrote that last one.

How to Download and Convert Spotify Music to MP3 format?

No idea, bro.

All you need to do is launch the converter, drag the songs, albums, artists or playlists from your Spotify account, choose the output format and set the parameters in the Preferences window under menu bar http://ww w.starlinesales.com/spotify.asp.Then click Convert to begin converting the Spotify music files to MP3 or other common formats.

Well, aren’t you helpful?  You and the guy who asked about this very thing should put your heads together and convert all that lovely music to MP3.

I could not resist commenting. Exceptionally well written!

Awwwww.  Thank you!

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Annnnnd the weirdo is back again.

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So, what did you think?  Don’t I have some odd spammers commenting on my blog posts?  I think so.  And as a bonus, I thought I’d share some of the more unique searches people have conducted that have led to their discovery of my blog.

“what kind of dog is gyp from anne of ingleside”

“combat episode saunders reflects on grady long joining the squad”

“is the magnificent 7 connected to the good the bad and the ugly”

“rocky marciano dead body”

“why loosers cry”

“coffee in casablanca movie story”

“except for rage hero movie”

“is psych and monk use the same police station”

“can you marry a fictional crush”

“ugly james coburn”

Wow.

Eva

‘are you not entertained?!’

Current thoughts:

  • Our house guest is a unique and splendid humans person.
  • Freshly ground coffee is loads better than coffee from a can.
  • I believe I’m a DC girl now.  Sorry, Marvel.
  • Christian fiction these days is not horrid.
  • ‘Gladiator’ is gloriously depressing.

Also, my blog follower count has rocketed lately and while that’s awesome (let’s get to know each other, new blogging people!), it’s also a little overwhelming.  Especially because my well of blog post inspiration is quite dry right now and I feel like some of my posts lately have been somewhat lackluster.

So.  What do you want to see more of on this blog?  What do you want to see less of?  Is there an area of fandom or blogging that I’m completely ignoring?  An issue you’d like me to address?  A book you know I’ve read or a movie/TV show you know I’ve watched that you’d like to hear my thoughts on?  Let me know, please. (I’d love to hear from old and new followers alike.)  I can’t promise I’ll post about everything you suggest, but I’ll at least think about it – and store it away for later.

“Adventure is out there.” -‘UP’

Eva

the New Year’s tag {2017-2018}

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What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?

Ate raw fish sushi, crayfish, and frogs’ legs.  Wrote a eulogy.  Had a Christmas tree.

Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make one this year?

My New Year’s resolutions for 2017 were: pray more (I didn’t accomplish this, not nearly), write every day (noooo), lose weight (didn’t happen), read at least fifteen new-to-me books (I’m sure I did this), and meet at least one internet friend (it happened!).  Rather pathetic, all told.  You can see my resolutions at the end of this post.

Did anyone close to you give birth?

No.

Did anyone close to you die?

My dad passed away to Heaven on September 26th.

What countries/states did you visit?

I wrote everything down in my notebook, so I wouldn’t forget.  In Canada: Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta.  In the USA: Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Washington DC (not a state, but still), Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.  Some of those states were drive-throughs, not visits, but I think they still count.

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Photo credit: Hamlette

What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?

A husband? #seriousnotserious

What date from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory?

September 26th.

Did you move anywhere?

Yes.  My family moved to Edmonton, Alberta in November.  It was a difficult move in some ways, but we all know that it was God’s will, which makes everything easier overall.  We have a cozy house and a wonderful church and good friends and God has blessed.

What was the best month?

It’s hard to call any month of this year the ‘best’ because there’s been so much upheaval – both physical and emotional.  So I can’t really give a good answer to this question.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Taking over the schooling of my little brother, Ethan.  It’s been challenging, but so fun and fulfilling.

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What was your biggest failure?

Failing to love Jesus the most.

Did you suffer illness or injury?

In October, I twisted the muscles in my right foot and it’s probably the worst pain I’ve ever experienced.  It’s healed nicely though.

What was the best thing you bought?

I’m rather happy with my Wonder Woman Funko Pop figure.

Whose behavior merited celebration?

My dad, for being the most wonderful father I could ever hope to have.  My mom, for her courage and determination and steadfast love and the way she has held our family together.  And every single person who made meals, helped us pack, prayed for us, gave us financial aid, allowed us to stay in their home…I am so grateful for each and every one of them.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Several people, who shall remain anonymous on this blog.

Where did most of your money go?

Christmas gifts!  Shopping for everyone was so much fun.

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Photo credit: my mom.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

The Ark Encounter and meeting Hamlette.  The whole trip, really.  It was incredible.

What was the best concert you’ve been to this year?

I don’t go to concerts.

What song/album will always remind you of 2017?

‘See You Again’ (Charlie Puth, no-rap version).  For various reasons.

Compared to this time last year, are you:

1. happier or sadder? I’m doing okay.

2. thinner or fatter? Fatter… 😛

3. richer or poorer? Richer.

What do you wish you’d done more of?

Read my Bible.

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Played idiotic games on Facebook and through Google Play.  Even though I didn’t do too much of that.

What was your greatest musical discovery?

Peter Hollens.

How did you spend Christmas?

With my family, of course.  I woke up really early Christmas morning and made pancakes, bacon, and eggs for breakfast.  We opened our stockings before we ate and then waited until the kitchen was clean to read appropriate passages from Luke and Matthew before opening the bulk of our gifts.  I received and gave several amazing presents. 🙂

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A small sampling of the presents my family gave me.

For Christmas dinner, we had our pastor and his family over to eat – we exchanged a few gifts with them as well.  And then we ate tons of sweets and drank lots of coffee and watched ‘Exodus’.  Not a Christmas movie, I know, but still awesome.

How are you spending New Year’s?

Well, last night (New Year’s Eve), my family went to a church for a NightWatch service.  We had preaching, personal testimonies, tons of yummy food (#FilipinoFoodIsTheLiteralBest), and ended it all with praying in the New Year.  So good.  Then we went home and some of my family went to bed and some of us stayed up until three doing random stuff.  I woke up at eleven in the morning and embarked on my new Bible reading plan, courtesy of my pastor (it’s an awesome plan).  Now I’m writing this blog post and we’ll watch a movie sometime today (my vote is on Arthur Christmas) and then have a ham-based meal.

Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?

I hardly ever talk on the phone just to, you know, talk.  So I don’t think this question is very relevant.

What was the best book you read?

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.  Yes, it’s a series.  I cheated.  It doesn’t matter.

Did you fall in love in 2017?

Crushes, yes.  Love, no.  John Watson especially. (BBC Sherlock’s John, that is.)

What was your favorite TV show?

Sherlock.  Gilligan’s Island was pretty good as well.

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Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No.  But I’ve come close.

What did you want and get?

A tablet.

What did you want and not get?

So many things.  And circumstances.  And people.

What were your favorite films of this year?

I’m Not Ashamed (2016), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Risen (2016), The Princess Diaries (2001), Room for One More (1952), Blackboard Jungle (1955), Lifeboat (1944), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Rio Bravo (1959), The LEGO Batman Movie (2017), Batman Begins (2005), Moana (2016), 42 (2013), Gladiator (2000), The Jungle Book (2016), and While You Were Sleeping (1995).

What were your favorite books of this year? (This question wasn’t in the original tag.  But I added it in anyway, because WHY NOT?)

You can read a semi-comprehensive post answering that question here.

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How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?

I tried?

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I was nineteen.  My birthday fell on a Sunday, and it happened that some good family friends from Tennessee had paid us a surprise visit the day before.  So they were still there and Mom hosted a little surprise party during our church break time. (We had services at our house that day.)  It was very fun.  And then that evening I watched ‘3:10 to Yuma’ (1957 version) which is what I’d picked to be my birthday movie.  And I also watched the Combat! episode ‘The Hostages’, which is full of Doc2 awesomeness.

What kept you sane?

God.  Nobody and nothing else could have done it.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

If God had healed Dad.  It sounds so…obvious?  But it’s true.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Christian Bale.

What political issue stirred you the most?

All the stupid hashtags that people make up, criticizing President Trump and his family.  Ugh.

Who did you miss?

Is that even a question?

Who was the best new person you met?

The pastor my family stayed with in Wisconsin.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017.

Family and friends do come and go, people change drastically, but Jesus is always the same.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Can you see how,
Can you see how far,
We’ve come?
It’s such a miracle. -‘Build You Up’ (Kim Taylor)

Most of the lyrics to that song, actually.

Five things I want to do in 2017:

  • Give more than I get.
  • Read the Bible through.
  • Write every day.
  • Get my Beginner’s driver’s license.
  • Watch Dunkirk (2017).

Feel free to snatch up this tag to use on your own blog!  Have a happy new year, everyone.

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Eva

what’s up! (with me, in my current life)

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I’m reading through the book of Job.  Very weighty, very good.

My siblings and I have introduced Mom to BBC’s Sherlock, so that’s great.

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The Inspirational Heroes Blogathon is coming up soonish and I still need to get my entry about Meet the Robinsons (2007) written.  There’s nothing like procrastination, eh?

Almost all my Christmas shopping is done!

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Just finished reading The Four Feathers today and now I have a book hangover.  I still like the 2002 movie better, but the book is amazing.  And it included a reference to Hamlet, which made me happy.

Speaking of Hamlet, the David Tennant/Patrick Stewart version is at my library.  Can’t wait to watch it.

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My church is having a Christmas party and gift exchange in a few days and I’m also excited about that.

I discovered today that, when put-on-the-spot-ish, my five favorite literary heroes are Atticus Finch, Ender Wiggin, Colonel Brandon (OR Mr Knightley), Peeta Mellark, and Johnny Cade. ❤

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Writing wise, I’ve set aside Shoes & Spies for right now to work quite hard on editing a piece of fanfiction so that it’ll be ready by Christmas because I’m giving it to one of my siblings as a present.  I was also tossing around the idea of writing a blog post about my take on fanfiction and the ‘rules’ I follow when writing it.  Thoughts?

Anyone have a great recipe for DIY hot cocoa mix?

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I’m looking forward to digging into the complete soundtrack for The Great Escape (1963) because it’s brilliant and Elmer Bernstein is a genius and I now own said soundtrack because a dear friend of mine gifted it to me.

Even though it’s winter in Alberta, the days have been almost spring-like.  Amazing.

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Annnnnd that’s about it for right now.  What’s been going on in your life?

Eva