lovely blog party: couples for couples tag

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On the one hand, I’m really totally not in the Valentine’s Day mood this year.

But on the other, this tag has been floating around the blogging world for a while now and today’s pretty much the perfect day to answer it.  So here goes…


Ivanhoe and Rebecca: Name a couple that should have been together

Cath and Jest (Heartless).  I’m still reeling from the emotional pain of this relationship.  Jest was perfect and Cath would have been perfect had Things Gone According To Plan and then he was MARTYRED and Cath became a stupid monarch and it was all kinds of awful.


Jo and Laurie: Name a couple that should have stayed friends…or did stay friends…

Any girl in Robin’s life besides Marian (BBC Robin Hood, you know).  Kate and Isabella were huge mistakes.  In fact, I can’t decide who was a bigger mistake for Robin – and that’s saying something not great about Kate because, I mean, Isabella ending up killing Robin and all.



Jane and Mr. Rochester: Name a couple that looked like the chances of a happily ever after were next to none!

Katniss and Peeta  (The Hunger Games). *bawls*  They both could’ve died a hundred times over and Peeta gets brainwashed in the worst possible way and for most of the series it’s like there’s not even a thought of a happy ending for them.  And it’s incredibly heartbreaking.


Jane and Mr. Bingley: Name a couple that is just sooo happy!

Barney and Valancy Snaith (The Blue Castle).  Now I want to live in a tiny cabin and be outrageously happy every day… ❤

Kit and Ella: Name your favorite fairytale couple

That would be Flynn/Eugene and Rapunzel (‘Tangled’).  Unless we’re talking fairytale retellings, in which case I sooooo ship all the couples from the Lunar Chronicles. (Except Kai and Levana.  Because that’s just gross.)  But, yes, Eugene and Rapunzel are golden.


Molly Gibson and Roger Hamley: Name a couple where the woman is basically ignored by the suitor until the end of the story

Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot (Persuasion).  Captain Wentworth is kind of jerky and I don’t much care for him, but he and Anne are a good couple.  Except for the whole ignoring thing.


Sarah and Jacob Witting: Name a couple that found love later in life

Konrad and Lisette (Songs in the Night series).  They weren’t too old when they finally got married (late forties, at most) but it took so long for them to find each other after the events of the second book in the series.  One of my favorite ships ever.


Don Lockwood and Kathy Seldon: Name a couple from a musical

Don and Kathy (‘Singin’ in the Rain’).  Because I couldn’t think of any other musical couple that I shipped as much as them.  From their highly unorthodox first meeting to ‘You Are My Lucky Star’, I’m entranced by their love story.


Anne and Gilbert: Name a couple that didn’t start out on the right foot

Belle and the Beast/Adam (‘Beauty and the Beast’).  Definitely didn’t start out on the right foot. 😀


Faramir and Eowyn: Name a couple with the sweetest love story

Lucy and Jack (‘While You Were Sleeping’).  THEY ARE THE MOST ADORABLE COUPLE EVER.  It’s so cool how they gradually fall in love without even realizing it and, sure, it’s a little clichéd, but also incredibly sweet.  Plus, the movie itself is one of the coziest, loveliest films I’ve ever seen.



How many of these couples do you ship, too?



the We Love Superheroes Week tag!


The We Love Superheroes Week is here and there’s a fun tag to go along with it!

1. Who are your favorite superheroes? (Go ahead and list up to five if you want!)

Captain America, obviously.  I mean, Cap and his awesomeness are what got me into superheroes in the first place so he’ll always have a special place in my heart.  Batman, but only when he’s played by Christian Bale.  Wonder Woman, because Diana is #goals.  The Flash (CW version of the character) – who doesn’t love an adorable nerd?  And basically everyone in ‘The Incredibles’.


2. What’s your favorite superhero movie?

So, so difficult to narrow it down.  I haven’t seen tons of superhero movies, but almost all of the ones I’ve seen have been amazing.  I’d probably go with ‘Batman Begins’, though.  Besides being a great superhero movie, it’s also a great movie overall and I have so many good memories associated with it.  Runners up would be all of MCU’s Captain America movies, ‘Wonder Woman’, and ‘The Incredibles’.


3. Do you have a favorite superhero couple?

Do Diana and Steve count?  ‘Cause he isn’t a superhero, but they are beautiful together.  Otherwise, it’s definitely Bob and Helen Parr from ‘The Incredibles’.

4. What was your introduction to the world of superheroes?

I kind of addressed this in my answer to the first question, but I’ll just clarify: it was ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’.  I’d never seen a superhero movie before and it blew me away.  Steve Rogers was my new favorite hero and Bucky’s ‘death’ made me cry and so did everything about the ending.  After that, I was hooked on superheroes and the MCU in particular.  I’m kind of a DC girl these days, but Cap will always be my favorite.


5. If you could be any superhero for a day, who would you like to be?

I’m not good at placing myself in the shoes of fictional characters, so I really have no idea.


6. Do you have a favorite supervillain?

Megamind? 😀  I’m also rather intrigued by Eobard Thawne and Jonathon Crane and Zemo.


7. Can you think of a superhero who should get their own solo film, but hasn’t yet?

I don’t read comics, so I have no idea.


This is a stand-alone superhero movie that I’m quite wild to see.

8. Do you read comic books?

See above.


9. Why do you like superheroes?

Well, it changes with every superhero.  For some, like Ant-Man or The Flash or Megamind, it’s mostly entertainment value.  With Captain America and Wonder Woman, it’s more about the life lessons that can be learned and the fact that they’re such strong, brilliant characters with stories that demand to be told.  And, basically, the idea of super powered people living right alongside us is fascinating.


10. Have you ever cosplayed as a superhero? Feel free to share pics if you want!

I have not.  But I wouldn’t be opposed to it either.


I’d like to cosplay this outfit.

Don’t forget to head over to Hamlette’s blog!  There’s a cool giveaway and lots of great posts that will be published in the next few days (including my own).


the twenty questions book tag

Snatched this tag from You, Me, and a Cup of Tea.


1. How many books are too many in a series?  I have never read a series that I felt was too long.  However, I don’t particularly like the trend I’ve seen lately where popular YA authors publish a dozen prequels and bridges and short stories because if you really love the series, you’re running around trying to collect them all and you buy them separately, but then they put them all into a single volume with a SPECIAL BONUS STORY NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED and it’s a mess.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?  Love them if I have the next book right there, ready to be read.  Hate them if the reverse is true.

3. Hardback or paperback?  Paperbacks are more personable in my opinion, but hardcovers look nicer.  It’s a toss-up!


4. Favorite book?  The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  Whenever I re-read it, it always gives me such a warm, glow-y feeling.

5. Least favorite book?  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.  Could not stand it.

6. Love Triangles, yes or no?  If you put a love triangle in your book, it had better be perfect.  And since it won’t be, please don’t.  Some of my favorite books have love triangles but there’s only one or two I can actually stomach.  The Hunger Games series is one and I think it’s because Katniss doesn’t ever spend three pages angsting about who she’s going to chose. (Also, Divergent and the Lunar Chronicles didn’t have a love triangle, but there was still plenty of romantic tension.  It can be done, people.)


7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish?  Hamlet, Globe to Globe.  It was super interesting well-written but there were a lot of f-bombs. *sigh*

8. A book you’re currently reading?  Nothing at the moment, but I hope to start The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin soon.

9. Last book you recommended to someone?  Gregor the Overlander.


10. The oldest book you’ve read?  The Iliad?

11. The newest book you’ve read?  A Sidekick’s Tale by Elisabeth Grace Foley.  A western comedy that I heartily enjoyed.

12. Favorite author?  Jane Austen. ❤


13. Buying books or borrowing books?  Buying.  But borrowing will work in a pinch.

14. A book you dislike that everyone seems to love?  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  For starters, I really shouldn’t have read it in the first place because there’s soooo much swearing and content to wade through.  Also, no teenagers on earth talk like that.  Also, I don’t think John Green understands much of what cancer is really like and it kind of makes me angry now.

15. Bookmark or dog-ears?  WHY WOULD YOU MAR THE PRECIOUS PAGES OF PRECIOUS BOOKS.  (So…bookmarks all the way.)


But this is also sacrilege.

16. A book you can always re-read?  The Outsiders.  Any Jane Austen book.  Ender’s Game.

17. Can you read while hearing music?  Technically I can, but I’d much rather not.  Especially if it’s vocal music instead of instrumental.

18. One POV or multiple POVs?  One point of view, usually, unless the author can pull off multiple POVs very well indeed (examples: Wendy Mass, Lynn Austin, and Orson Scott Card).


19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?  Depends on the book.

20. One book you read because of the cover?  I don’t know if I’ve read any book specifically because of the cover, but I do tend to pick up free Kindle ebooks based mainly on the cover’s quality.

Feel free to do this tag if you want!


the four things tag

(Snatching this from You, Me, and a Cup of Tea.)


Four Jobs I’ve Had

I haven’t actually ever had a legit job.  So…yeah.

Four Things I Don’t Eat

I’ll eat almost anything, though whether I enjoy it or not is an entirely different matter.  So I’ll just list four foods I loathe.

  • Avocados
  • Peas
  • Cooked tomatoes
  • Oranges

Four Places I’ve Lived

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Burketon, Ontario
  • Pickering, Ontario
  • Edmonton, Alberta


Four of my Favorite Foods

  • Pizza
  • Chocolate ice cream
  • Watermelon
  • Almost any kind of sea food

Four Movies I’ve Watched More Than Once

Almost all of them?  So, let randomness abound…

  • Exodus (1960)
  • Minority Report (2002)
  • Princess of Thieves (2001)
  • Ocean’s 11 (1960)

Four TV Shows I Watch

  • Sherlock
  • Combat!
  • CW’s The Flash
  • Psych


Four Things I’m Looking Forward to This [Coming] Year (2018)

I really don’t know.

Four Things I Can’t Live Without

  • God + the Bible
  • Family + friends
  • My tablet + my laptop
  • My bed + coffee

Four Places I’ve Visited 

  • Washington D.C.
  • Alberta
  • A delightful hotel that has free cookies in the lobby
  • The Ark Encounter

Four Pet Peeves

  • When people don’t use the Oxford Comma/dismiss it as unnecessary.
  • When the hand dryers in public washrooms don’t actually dry your hands.
  • When people say they’ve written ‘a blog’ instead of ‘a blog post’.
  • When I don’t have a bookmark on hand when I stop reading.


Four Things I Wish I Could Do

  • Drive a car.
  • Write mind-blowingly gorgeous prose.
  • Eat whatever I want and never gain weight.
  • See Jude Law as Hamlet.

Four Subjects I Studied at School

  • History
  • Literature
  • Math
  • Grammar

Four Things Near Me Right Now

  1. My sister, Elisabeth.
  2. A green mug.
  3. My other sister’s school books.
  4. A box of Kleenexes.

Such a fun tag!  If you enjoy rewatching movies, you are tagged.


the ‘proving BBC wrong’ book tag

So, a while back there was a furor in the book blogging world because the BBC posted a list of one hundred books they were certain most people hadn’t read more than six of.  It became a tag and since I was looking for a quick + easy blog post idea, I decided to give it a try.

The Rules:

1. Be honest.

2. Put an asterisk next to the ones you have read all the way through. Put an addition sign next to the ones you have started.

3. Tag as many people as these books that you have read. (Not happening. :P)


1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen*
2. Gormenghast Trilogy – Mervyn Peake
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte*
4. Temple of the Golden Pavilion – Yukio Mishima
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee*

6. The Story of the Eye – George Bataille
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte+
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9. Adrift on the Nile – Naguib Mahfouz
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens*
11. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott*
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy*
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. Rhinoceros – Eugene Ionesco
15. Baron in the Trees – Italo Calvino
16. The Master of Go – Yasunari Kawabata
17. Woman in the Dunes – Abe Kobo
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargas Llosa
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gogol’s Wife – Tomasso Landolfi
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald+
23. Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann
24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy+
25. Ferdydurke – Gombrowicz
26. Narcissus and Goldmund – Herman Hesse
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky+
28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
33. Tom Sawyer / Huck Finn – Mark Twain
34. Emma -Jane Austen*
35. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
36. Delta Wedding – Eudora Welty
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38. Naomi – Junichiro Tanizaki
39. Cosmicomics – Italo Calvino
40. The Joke – Milan Kundera
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell*
42. Labyrinths – Gorge Luis Borges
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. Under My Skin – Doris Lessing
46. Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery*
47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. Don Quixote – Miguel Cervantes
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding*
50. Absalom Absalom – William Faulkner
51. Beloved – Toni Morrison
52. The Flounder – Gunther Grass
53. Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen*
55. My Name is Red – Orhan Pamuk
56. A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen
57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens*
58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59. The Idiot – Fodor Dostoevesky
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63. Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
64. Death on the Installment Plan – Celine
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas+
66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Pedro Paramo – Juan Rulfo
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens*
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. The Metamorphosis – Kafka
74. Epitaph of a Small Winner – Machado De Assis
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Inferno – Dante+
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. The Light House – Virginia Woolf
80. Disgrace – John Maxwell Coetzee
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens*
82. Zorba the Greek Nikos Kazantzakis
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. The Box Man – Abe Kobo
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. The Stranger – Camus
88. Acquainted with the Night – Heinrich Boll
89. Don’t Call It Night – Amos Oz
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery*
93. Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pychon
94. Memoirs of Hadrian, Marguerite Yourcenar
95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas+
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare*
99. Faust – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
100. Metamorphosis – Ovid


So, I’ve read sixteen of these books and started reading seven.  Pretty passable, I’d say.  And there are a few titles on this list that I’d be interested in reading in the future.

If you want to take this tag, please do!



the liebster award – which I’ve done maybe never

Katie over at The Act Diary tagged me with the Liebster Award.  I wasn’t going to do it at first because I normally only do tags that have ‘book’ or ‘movie’ in the title (sharing random facts about my own life is kinda boring).  But her questions for the tagees were so epic that I couldn’t resist joining in the fun.


The Rules

~Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award (check!)
~Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you (will do!)
~Give 11 random facts about yourself (will do…somewhat reluctantly)
~Nominate 11 blogs (I’ll nominate as many as I can)
~Notify those blogs of their nomination (not doing, because the nominees already read my blog and who has the time to comment on eleven different blog posts in a row?)
~Give them 11 questions to answer (all part of the fun!)

The Eleven Random, Pointless Facts

  1. Last night marked the first time I went to a professional sports event.  It was awesome.
  2. Dan Kean (Little Men + Jo’s Boys) is quite possibly my favorite fictional character.  Ever.
  3. Chocolate/peppermint hot cocoa is my weakness.
  4. I need to name my tablet – suggestions?
  5. My favorite movie of 2017 was ’42’, which I watched only a couple days before the end of the year.  It beat out ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘I’m Not Ashamed’, and the original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (along with other great films) and it totally deserved the position of ‘best of 2017’.  (Caution: I did watch it on VidAngel, so there’s filterable things throughout.)
  6. Pumpkin pie is the best.  All other pies can go home right now.  Pumpkin has triumphed.
  7. I have four blog posts sitting in my drafts right now.  Are they awesome?  You bet! (Well, technically, by the time you read this, there’ll only be three ’cause this post will have been published.)
  8. I’ve never smoked a cigarette.
  9. I’ve never drunk alcohol.
  10. I hate super spicy food.
  11. I’m regretting this tag. (Not really, though.) (But random facts are ugh.)


The Eleven Awesome Questions

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

In ten years, I’ll be twenty-nine.  I hope to be married by then with at least one child, stronger in the Lord, still a member of the same amazing church I’m part of right now, and with a finished/published novel. (Or more than one.)

Would you rather have a magical book that gives you exactly what novel you want to read at the right moment, or a magical plate that fills with whatever food you want to eat?

Magical book.  All the way.  Do you know how frustrating it is to want to read a book and your library doesn’t have it and it costs fifty bajillion dollars on Amazon?


*cries softly over this series and the fact that I’ve only read the first book*

What fictional family would you like to join?

I’d almost say the Curtises from The Outsiders, but while I’d love to meet them and hang out with them for a while, it would be kind of hectic, being part of their family.  The Full House family is lots of fun.  Or the Incredibles.  Or the Blythes.  But here’s the thing: I can’t really imagine myself as part of any family other than my own.  Nor do I want to be.  So I don’t really have a good answer.

Who is your favorite author, and why?

Jane Austen.  I could literally read her books every day, all day, 365 days a year, and I would never get tired of them.  Her writing is so rich, her characters are so varied and realistic, her wit so sharp – I could go on and on. 


Runners up: Jack Cavanaugh, Louis L’Amour, Lynn Austin, Suzanne Collins, Marissa Meyer.

If this was the last year of your life, what would you do with these last precious months?

Read my Bible and pray more.  Pass out gospel tracts like crazy.  Meet up with a bunch of people.  Those are all sort of generic answers, but I’ve never really thought about this…

What kinds of music do you listen to when you’re writing? Exercising? Just hanging out?

Just hanging out at home?  Disneydisneydisney.  All the way.  Exercising?  I, um, don’t really exercise these days.  Writing?  Movie soundtracks.  What those movie soundtracks are depends on what I’m writing.  For instance, when I was working on my Underland Chronicles fanfiction, I listened to Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit (I don’t watch the movies, but ‘Concerning Hobbits’ is YES), How to Train Your Dragon (because the tone of those movies is great for the Underland), and maybe some Hunger Games music as well (because Suzanne Collins).

If you could meet any famous person, who would it be?

THIS IS SO HARD.  The person that popped immediately to mind, though, is William Shatner.  I’ve read stuff about him and one book and a bit by him and he just seems like a very friendly, personable guy with lots of great stories.  Plus, I wouldn’t annoy him by doing a Kirk impression, so it’s kind of a win-win. 


If you could stay at one age for the rest of your life, what age would it be and why?

Twenty-five.  I don’t know exactly why; it seems like a good, solid number that’s still quite young but not too young.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

When my family lived on a farm for three years, my siblings and I built up loads of happy memories of exploring the hidden nooks and crannies of our three acres (a tiny bit of land, but huge for little children), making secret clubs, running in terror from our rooster, etc.  The sort of childhood memories one reads about in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s books.  Wonderful.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

I’m probably the most boring person on the planet because I can’t think of anything.  Sure, there’s crazy fangirling that I do, but not much in the way of real life crazy stuff.  I seriously can’t think of anything that would really qualify. *sigh*  I guess I really am akin to Elinor Dashwood.


If you had a million dollars, what would you buy?

So, practicality aside…I was going to say ‘my own Tim Hortons’, but you need about two million for that so, yeah.  I’d buy Nadine Brandes’ Out of Time series.  And basically every other book, movie, and TV show that I’ve ever loved/been interested in.  Tons of Funko Pops.  A star (one of those ‘name a star’ things).  Airplane tickets to see every important person in my life.  And a trip to Disneyland (I know it’s cliched, but still fun).

My Eleven Questions for the People I Will Tag

  1. What will keep you from finishing a book?
  2. Opinion of scented candles?
  3. Batman or Superman?
  4. Captain America or Iron Man?
  5. How long do you typically leave Christmas decorations up after Christmas?
  6. What’s your favorite blog and why?
  7. If you could give any person in the world a hug right now, who would it be?
  8. Favorite royal personage? (Historical or modern)
  9. Movie or book that you hated as a child but love now?
  10. Favorite flavour?
  11. Oxford comma: yes, no, or sometimes?



I Tag: (all of you read my blog, so if you see your name here and want to answer my questions, that’s awesome – and if not, that’s great, too)


the New Year’s tag {2017-2018}


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?


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.


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.


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.


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. 🙂


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.


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.


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.