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

my favorite Canadian things

Because #Canada150.

// Maple Syrup //

Funny thing: I used to hate maple syrup.  But now I love it.  I guess it’s the Canadian coming out in me.

// Literature //

There’s Lucy Maud Montgomery.  Duh.  Her books are the BEST.  But there’s also Eric Wilson, who wrote killer (no pun intended) mysteries for young teens that just about anyone can enjoy.  And Eric Walters bears mentioning as well.  He writes in a bunch of different genres, with my personal favorite book of his being Just Deserts.  For adult readers, there’s Emma Donoghue, who wrote Room. (I haven’t read it myself, but I’ve heard very good things about it.)

// Snow //

Summer has made me realize all over again how much I love winter (and dislike summer).  And there’s nowhere better than Canada for lots and lots of snow.

// Actors & Actresses //

William Shatner, Michael J. Fox, Mary Pickford, Christopher Plummer, Ryan Gosling, Glenn Ford, Donald Sutherland, Hume Cronyn, Raymond Burr, Megan Follows, Will Arnett…and the list goes on.  Did any of those names surprise you?

// Milk //

Our milk comes in individual bags, people, and it’s AWESOME.

// TV Shows //

There’s so many great ones!  Flashpoint, Road to Avonlea, Murdoch Mysteries, Sue Thomas F.B. Eye, both Anne of Green Gables miniseries…and those are just a fraction of the Canadian shows available.  Truly amazing.

// Money //

We have plastic bills.  They are virtually unrippable.  Coolest money ever.

// Other Little Things I Love About Canada //

Our national anthem.  Fireworks on Victoria Day.  July 1st, 1867.  Inuksuk.  Our last Prime Minister, Stephan Harper.  Girlbert and Walter and Jem and Shirley Blythe are CANADIAN, people – therefore, all Canadian girls have more right to crush on them than anyone else (but don’t worry – we’re not selfish).  We invented basketball.  Huskies.  All the maple trees.  The American side of Niagara Falls is prettier than the Canadian side…but we Canadians get to gaze at the American side allllll we want.  We have $1 and $2 coins.  Our flag – it’s simple and beautiful and very recognizable.  The Stratford Festival.  OUR MILITARY.  Tim Hortons – because Timbits.  Beavertails.  The Toronto Zoo.

GO CANADA!!!

Eva

farewell for now…

For the next few weeks, I’m going to be away on vacation.  I have a couple posts scheduled to publish – both of which I’m very excited to share with y’all – and I won’t be completely cut off from the internet (I hope) but my interactions on this blog will be limited, at best.  Just wanted to let you know so that you wouldn’t think I’d abandoned this blog or anything.

In the mean time, I’m planning to hold a rather awesome giveaway when this blog hits two hundred followers, so spread the word! 🙂

And that’s about all I have to say right now, so…

Eva

valentine’s day 2017: #relationshipgoals

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~”If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” – #relationshipgoals

~When some famous movie star takes you into an empty set and creates a beautiful (albeit fake) rose-trellised garden flooded with moonlight and star dust and then proceeds to sing you a song and you realize he’s more than just a shadow on film. – #relationshipgoals

~”I’m your density.” – #relationshipgoals

~How Jack looks at Rose and vice-versa. – #relationshipgoals

~”You were my new dream.” – #relationshipgoals

~Anne and Gilbert and how she cracks the slate over his head at first but then when he’s dying she shows him her book and then they get married and go through so many ups and downs and then WWI breaks into their family but they’re still strong for each other and love each other. – #relationshipgoals

~”I let her go.” – #relationshipgoals

~TheMarried Life Montage’ from UP. – #relationshipgoals

~”Stay with me?”  “Always.” – #relationshipgoals

~When your husband’s slowly killing you with a combination of poisoned tea and sheer terror and then the guy you really love shows up, ready to rescue you, and then actually does while under enormous pressure and plenty of danger and you’re just hanging onto him, trusting him to get you safely away. – #relationshipgoals

Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious:

~”Baby, all your facial parts are in the right place.” – #relationshipgoals

~Robin Hood + Maid Marian, any version/adaption of the story EVER – #relationshipgoals

~”Fraulein…I want you to stay.” – #relationshipgoals

~Steve and Peggy and how even before Steve got all tall and buff, Peggy liked him because of the thing with the grenade and he’s smart and funny and pretty awesome to boot, and how Steve was sort of scared of her at first (not really, but pretty much) and then their friendship/professional relationship deepened into something beautiful and then he died and she got married and it’s just too much, guys, but it’s still #relationshipgoals.

~”Will you love me just as much when I’m normal?”  “I’ll be insane about you.” – #relationshipgoals

~Larry Daley and Amelia Earhart’s rather unique relationship in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – #relationshipgoals

~”You’re as beautiful as the day I lost you.” – #relationshipgoals

~Also, y’know, my mom has stuck so close to my dad’s side during his battle with cancer and my grandparents have been married for almost fifty years, so I have the greatest #relationshipgoals examples right in front of me every single day.  And that’s a blessing I’m hugely grateful for. ❤

Legit photo of my parents.

Eva

random goings-on: a peek into my life

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Hello, everybody!

Sorry I haven’t been around much – life’s been fairly busy as of late, which puts ‘writing blog posts’ pretty far down on my list of things to do.  Also, even though I have a couple of posts waiting for me in the drafts folder, my well of inspiration when it comes to blog posts (and writing in general?) has gone dry.  I’d love suggestions for blog posts you’d like to see from me in the future, I really would.

I’ve been so busy because…

  • Dad and Mom have had lots more errands to do and appointments to attend than they used to, so I’m Babysitter #1 right now.
  • Exams are due for the college courses I’m taking with my grandpa.
  • Books + movies – still pretty essential.
  • Prayer + Bible reading – even more so, though I have to admit that I’m not doing as much of either as I should be.
  • I still do like to, y’know, eat on occasion. *wink*

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Things are settling down on the babysitting front, though, because Dad’s doing loads better (thanks for all your prayers, guys!) and I’m almost finished writing my exams, so I have more time to be online and read and all that.  Which is great.  Oh, and another thing that’s been eating into my time is that my sisters and I decided to let Dad and Mom have our room(s), which has been a huge undertaking.  In the words of Helen Parr…why do we have so much junk? 🙂  Finding a place to put everything has been a bit tricky, but we’re all moved in now and everything’s fine. (I’m so glad I wrote a post about our old rooms, ’cause it’ll be nice to remember everything as it was.)

Some other little bits of my life right now:

  • Watched I’m Not Ashamed.  It was even better than I thought it’d be and I’ll most likely have a review up sometime this week.
  • Read Fear is the Key by Alistair MacLean.  He’s pretty much the master of the plot twist, in my opinion.
  • Writing (kinda sorta) an Indiana Jones/Night at the Museum crossover fanfiction.  I can’t believe no one’s written one before now.
  • Re-watched ‘Secret Ballot’ in prep for the Favorite TV Show Episode Blogathon and it’s still as powerful as ever.
  • The exams I’ve been working on are actually pretty fun.  Still challenging and a lot of work and all that, but fun.
  • I showed my little brothers Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade recently and, of course, they LOVED them. (The fast-forward button came in handy, though, since it doesn’t take a lot to freak them out.)  Harrison Ford is still the best. (Along with Tom Cruise, of course.)
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Moi.  Except I don’t actually go to the movies.  But otherwise, this is totally accurate.

Also: (just a random list of my current favorites)

  • Favorite books: Holes by Louis Sachar & The Book Thief by Markus Zusak & The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shafer and Annie Barrow
  • Favorite movies: Cars & Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade & I’m Not Ashamed
  • Favorite TV show: Monk
  • Favorite actor: Tom Cruise
  • Favorite actress: Diane Baker
  • Favorite food: PIZZA
  • Favorite drink: Coffee
  • Favorite book of the Bible: Psalms (Old Testament) & Acts (New Testament)
  • Favorite chapter of the Bible: Psalm 119
  • Favorite blog: Wonderland Creek
  • Favorite flavor: Orange
  • Favorite musical: The Happiest Millionaire

Anyway, I hope that gives you a good idea of what my life has been over the past several days.  How about you?

(My and my little Lightning McQueen in a rather horrible quality taken-with-my-laptop’s-webcam photo.)

Eva

thoughts, news, and some fangirling

Is my new blog theme great or what?  I CAN’T STOP LOOKING AT IT. (Not to boast, or anything.  Just…y’know.  I love it.)

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Even though having family over is loads of fun, it’s unbelievably wonderful to have my room back again.  I’ve organized all the gifts I was given on New Year’s Eve, including a lovely, vintage-y calendar that has a Parisian/Italian flavor to it (given to me by my sister, Rebekah) and a framed drawing of Lightning McQueen (a gift from my cousin, Sara).

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Also, Elisabeth gave me John Anderton, Spike Scarlotti, and “Stay Gold” bookmarks, so I’m going to be a very happy reader for a looooong time to come.

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Recently watched Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.  SO GOOD, GUYS.  I haven’t actually seen the first two, but they’re definitely on my to-watch list now.  My two favorite things about the film are the Indiana Jones-esque prologue and the cast, because I recognized a ton of people (Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Anjali Jay, Ben Kingsley, Owen Wilson – well, I recognized his voice – plus Dick van Dyke, Bill Cobbs, Mickey Rooney, and whatever the-kid-who-plays-Larry’s-son’s actor’s name is – he plays Young Shawn in a few episodes of Psych).  Super cool, right?

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I may or may not be developing a crush on Dwayne Johnson.

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Terence, over at A Shroud of Thoughts, is hosting the 3rd annual Favorite TV Show Episode Blogathon and I’m really excited about that.  For the last two blogathons I’ve reviewed episodes of Combat! – “Masquerade” and “The Hostages” – but this year I’m branching out to write about the amazing western show Wanted: Dead or Alive.  I’ll be reviewing the episode “Secret Ballot”, which is my favorite ep in the show.  It’s deep and juicy and emotional, plus there are some great guest stars.  Can’t wait to share it with all of you. 🙂

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Every time I listen to “How Far I’ll Go”, I want to watch Moana a little bit more.  My favorite version is actually not the original, but this cover by Georgia Merry.  Go listen to it right now, ’cause it’s GREAT.

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I want to be able to juggle blogging + college work + recreational reading + writing + prayer + Bible reading + chores + taking care of my little siblings + a zillion other things.  Seems impossible, looking at that huge list, but I’m not quite as worried as I might’ve been a year ago, because everything is possible with God.  I’m just worried about wasting my time and not getting everything done that I want to – I’m the biggest procrastinator – but I’m hoping/praying that I’ll be able to work everything out to my satisfaction and God’s approval.

Talk to ya’ll later!

Eva