announcing the winner of the 200 followers giveaway!

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First of all, I wanted to say thank you (again) to everyone who comments, follows, and loves my blog.  You guys are all amazing and I really wish I had the means to be able to send every follower a little something.  However, since I don’t, I must announce the winner of this giveaway to be…

Faith Potts

Congratulations, Faith!  You’ll be getting an email from me shortly so that I can get your mailing address.

Thanks to everyone else who entered.  There will (hopefully) be more giveaways to come as this blog heads toward 300 followers, so keep those fingers crossed. 😉

Eva

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nineteeen years!

So, my birthday was yesterday.  I turned nineteen (about which I’m still really excited) and I’m not going to do a recap of my ‘nineteen before nineteen’ post because it would just be depressing, how few things I’ve accomplished on that list.  But I do feel that I’ve grown in maturity and all that which is a big thing, of course.

ANYWAY.

Last year, I celebrated my birthday by breakfast at Wimpy’s, baking cupcakes for church, and watching ‘The Outsiders’.  This year, my birthday fell on a Sunday so there were a lot more people at our home (our church meets in my family’s home now, because it’s easier for Dad, the pastor).  My mom surprised me with balloons and everything was awesome.  A very happy, memorable time, especially since some dear family friends were also able to come.

I was given quite a lot of money (#BUYALLTHEBOOKS) and an Amazon gift card and chocolate covered almonds and two Louis L’Amour books that I love (Last Stand at Papago Wells and The Daybreakers) and a little stuffed lion and a LEGO minifigure of Commissioner Gordon (which I wouldn’t have appreciated even a couple weeks ago, but after re-watching ‘Batman Begins’, I’ve realized just how amazing he is).  And there were tons of Facebook posts and it was just…I’m constantly reminded of how many wonderful people love me and not only are a part of my life but are happy that they’re a part of my life.

And all I can do, all I want to do right now, is give back to them. 🙂  Just…express my love and gratitude and admiration for all my friends and relatives because they deserve it.

After everyone went home, we did random stuff until the evening when I pulled out the movie I’d selected to watch on this birthday – ‘3:10 to Yuma’ (and do I even have to clarify that it’s not the remake?). *gives 3:10 alllll the hugs*  I LOVE IT SO MUCH.  My heart may or may not have skipped a beat when the camera panned over to Glenn Ford/Ben Wade for the first time.  And then we finished off the night with “The Hostages” (I’d forgotten how good Combat! was) and a rather interesting ep of MacGyver. ❤

So, that was my birthday.  I share it with Alan Ladd and Garrett Hedlund and my awesome chiropractor.

Have you had a birthday recently?  What are some of your birthday traditions?

Eva

P.S. A third royal baby is on the way and I’m so excited!

celebrating 200 followers + giveaway!

200 followers, guys.  You guys.  How insanely epic is that?!

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(Actually, it’s 201 followers.  WOOT.)  I mean…it’s just…I’m overwhelmed.  I transferred over from Blogger to WordPress on Christmas Day 2014 and it’s been amazing ever since.  All your follows and comments, emails and likes and love have kept me blogging through so many things.  Sometimes I’ll write a blog post with a specific person in mind, someone who I knew reads every post of mine and always comments.  It’s been an epic journey and I can’t wait to spend the next weeks, months, and years with y’all.  THANK YOU for putting up with all my feels, fangirling, life stuff, writing troubles, and so, SO much more.  You seriously put a smile on my face year ’round. ❤

Even though this post is mostly a celebration of all of you, I wanted to share a top ten of my favorite blog posts since I missed celebrating my 300th post (I’m a little past that now) and I thought it would be interesting.  I’ll just do a straight-up list, without commentary, ’cause the posts themselves are commentary enough.

There were several other favorites I found while going through the archives, but those are the best, IMO.  Enjoy!

And now for the giveaway… *drumroll activated*

I thought it would be fun to have three prizes, with each one representing one part of my blog’s name – coffee, classics, and craziness.  It was a great idea,  if I do say so myself, but I ended up combining the three prizes into one big prize pack because each is embarrassingly small (I’m only a poor teenager!).  But I think it’s a pretty cool giveaway all the same and I hope you like it.

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The prize package consists of a package of gourmet coffee (‘coffee’), a delightfully small copy of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (‘classics’ – it is used and there’s some pencil marks and highlighting, but it’s still so pretty), and a moose notebook (‘craziness’ – because moose are crazy, plus it can also stand for a fourth ‘c’ – Canadian).

RULES:

  • Giveaway open only to residents of Canada and continental USA. (Sorry if you’re not in North America.)
  • To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me what blog post of mine you like best. (Also include an email you check frequently so I can contact you if you are the winner.)
  • Giveaway is open until September 7th.  If I reach 210 followers by then, an extra little surprise something will be added to the prize package.  So let people know about the giveaway + my blog. 😉

And that’s about it.  Thanks again for everything and enjoy the giveaway.

Eva

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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Eva

ask me anything! {third time, I think?}

So, basically, life is super crazy right now – sometimes depressing, sometimes wonderful – and I’m pretty busy.  Plus, I don’t feel any real motivation to write more blog posts right now (though I have been legit writing quite a bit).  So I thought, whatever, I’ll ask y’all to ask me questions and then I’ll answer them because I’m always able to answer questions.  That’s easy.

Throw ’em at me! 🙂  I’ll answer them after the Hitchcock Blogathon.

Eva

the four fictional characters tag

Hamlette tagged me with this tag ages ago and I’ve been stewing about the characters I’d choose, because they’re supposed to be fictional characters that you relate to and I don’t often think in those terms.  I hate, love, crush on, cry for, and cheer on fictional characters, but I don’t relate to all that many (hence, how long it’s taken me to get around to writing this).

Rules: (’cause every tag’s got to have some)

1. Link back to the person who tagged you. 
2. List four fictional characters (use pictures if you want! They can be from movies or books) and, if you like, describe what they’re like and why you believe they relate to you. 
3. Tag a few other blog people! Three, or four, or even twenty. 🙂 Share the fun! Be sure to let them know you’ve tagged them!

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1. Darrel Shaynne Curtis (‘Darry’) from The Outsiders (book by S.E. Hinton and 1983 movie)

The first time I read The Outsiders, Darry was my favorite character.  I never believed Ponyboy when he complained about how awful Darry was and the first time I cried while reading the book was when Darry and Ponyboy reconciled at the hospital.  Like Darry, I’m the oldest sibling, and that comes with a lot of responsibility.  There are times when I can’t just do whatever I want to do because my younger siblings take up my time and attention.  I identify strongly with Darry for several reasons, but Oldest Sibling-ness is the biggest.

2. Felicity King from the Road to Avonlea TV series

Another oldest sibling.  But besides that, I find that Felicity’s character (and character growth) throughout the RtA series mirrors my own life, to some extent.  Like, how she was so, so bossy in the first couple of seasons (she’s bossy for most of the show, actually, but in the first two or three seasons, it’s really bad) and my family will all tell you that I was super bossy when I was younger (and, like Felicity, I still am, but hopefully not as much as I was).  Now, admittedly, I wouldn’t have done some of the things she did (refuse Gus Pike more than once?!), but I see lots of similarities between Felicity and me – some good, some bad.  Overall, she’s a great character and I’m happy to be compared to her.

3. Eeyore from the Winnie the Pooh short stories/movies

Just…yes.  Totally, one hundred percent yes.

4. John Watson from BBC’s Sherlock

My siblings and I only recently started watching Sherlock (on VidAngel), but I’m already firmly convinced that John is my fictional counterpart.  We’re both bloggers, for a start.  There’s been more than a few times where I’ve felt like an idiot in comparison with the brilliant genius of my younger sister (she’s honestly smarter than me, people), but I don’t let it bother me for more than minute because we’re bffs.  And then there’s the whole thing with everyone believing Sherlock kidnapped those children in ‘The Riechenbach Fall’…except John.  You can ask my sister – I have this thing about innocent people who are wrongly accused (THE FUGITIVE); it gets under my skin, and NOT in a good way, and if I were in John’s place, I’d stick by Sherlock and never believe that he was guilty because he isn’t (sorry, but I just watched the ep last night and I feel very strongly about this).  I was so proud of John for never giving in to all the lies (I *cough* more than half expected him to eventually, because that’s the way books and and movies and TV shows have conditioned me).  Plus, neither of us take sugar in our coffee.

So, there you have it.  Four fictional characters that remind me of me.  And I’m going to tag…

Ashley of inklingspress
Naomi of Wonderland Creek
Jessica Prescott (to do in the comments?)

Only participate if you want to! 🙂

Eva

in other news…

AKA a random mash-up of Life Stuff, movies, some fangirling, etc.

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-Prayers for my family (especially my parents) would be greatly appreciated.  We need all the prayer support you can give.  Thank you.

-Also, please sign the Charlie Gard petition.  Please.

-This blog is eight followers away from hitting two hundred.  You guys are awesome, and like I said before, I’ll be hosting a giveaway once we reach that goal.  And you won’t want to miss the giveaway, because it’s rather amazing.

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-I’m currently working on a 3:10 to Yuma fanfiction.  It’s going quite well.  Sometimes I put more effort into researching for fanfics than for my original writing because I don’t want to be called out by the entire online community.  Anyway, all that research has been interesting – and now I really, really want to tour Yuma Territorial Prison.

-Recently watched Moana and Pocahontas, so Brave and Princess and the Frog are the only Disney princess movies I haven’t seen yet.  Moana was gorgeous and Pocahontas was okay (but I did dig the fact that Christian Bale voiced Thomas – one of the few Not Annoying characters in the film).

-My grandparents got back from a vacation just yesterday; they’ve been celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary. ❤  Grandparents are great.  Just sayin’.

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-A friend of mine sent me some Bible verses through Facebook chat and I wanted to share them here because they spoke to me: But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 15:57-58)

-My older siblings and I have been watching BBC’s Sherlock (on VidAngel), and the last episode we watched was ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’.  I have a crush on, y’know, almost half the characters.  But especially John. (Especially John.)  And it’s so fun to see all the Famous Quotes in their proper context, for once.

-I want to watch Dunkirk so much.  So. Much.

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-I plan to go for my driver’s license as soon as possible, which is weird, because I used to loathe the idea of going through all the tests and such.  But after seeing how useful it is to know how to drive, I’m totally on board with the idea.

That’s it for now.  Hope you’re all having a marvelous week! 🙂

Eva