Wednesday, February 24, 2016

"The only healthy way to live, as I see it, is to learn to like all the little everyday things."

~ Getting a little stuffed bear at your choir's secret Valentine exchange and naming him Herbert Pocket because you just finished reading Great Expectations

~ The ending of the book Christy--every single time

~ Unreasonably shipping Henry Gowen and Elizabeth Staunton (don't you dare judge me, Lizzy)

~ Mentally pairing future profile pictures with future headers

~ Raindrops falling on a puddle like tinkling little musical notes

~ Trying, with a friend, to unravel the intricacies of Luke Goss's portrayal of King Xerxes in One Night with the King and finally settling on the verdict that he's basically a lovable, flawed puppy

~ Songs like this one, or this one

~ Sunrises with God

~ The ridiculous hilarity that is The Man Who Knew Too Little

~ Looking blissfully forward to spring and summer and outdoor explorations and sunshiny books

~ Planning a blogiversary post for October

~ Words like 'gossamer'

~ That feeling of accomplishment when you actually wake up early

~ Not abhorring chemistry to quite the degree you were expecting

~ Chatting about the new movie Hail, Caesar! with this girl

~ Tom Cruise's smile after he says the line, "You're a corker, Shannon--what a corker you are"

~ The (not really) agony of envisioning a PERFECT movie adaptation of the book In My Father's House

~ Playing Apples to Apples with a group of girlfriends you don't get to see very often

~ Imagining beautiful fanvids that you don't actually know how to make

~ Anticipating reading your first Siri Mitchell, Flirtation Walk, as soon as it arrives from the nice blogger exchange people

~ Designing bookmarks

~ The look of a sheet of paper filled with handwriting

~ This verse:  "Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do:  Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (emphasis added)

~ All the nice little things, as Anne Shirley says in a quote Miss Meg recently sent me

Monday, February 22, 2016

5 underrated movies that are worth a watch

Isn't it interesting how many un-talked-about movies there are?  Think about it.  We all have different ones--ones we've grown up with, ones we've happened upon purely by chance, ones that make us think, 'Hey, that was a really good movie', ones that make us frustrated due to their lack of presence on Pinterest…

So, for no good reason, I've decided to briefly ramble about a few good men movies that aren't talked about very much, but that deserve to be.

Gimme Shelter 

This is a really good, really hard movie.  When I first heard of it, and based solely on the movie poster, I got a vague impression that it was a horror movie.  But then I watched the trailer, and realized that it is not a horror film--it's just a very, very intense drama.  The story is (apparently the true one) of a teenage girl named Apple, who flees from an abusive mother to find her father.  While on her journey, she becomes pregnant, and eventually finds a place in a shelter specifically built for teens facing unexpected pregnancies.  The cast is excellent in this movie, and the message is startling and ultimately hopeful, especially given that it is a mainly secular movie, made with big-name actors, in today's society.  It's a defense of those teenagers who do not want to have abortions and who are struggling to find a way to keep their babies.  I highly recommend it, but with caution--like I said, it's REALLY intense.  While there is nothing inappropriate shown, Apple's mother is absolutely terrifying.  Her interaction with her daughter is the epitome of a manipulative, unhealthy relationship, and how difficult and confusing those sorts of relationships are.  There is one scene in particular with her, Apple's mother, that is just too horrific.  I don't think I could watch it again.  But aside from that, it's an amazing film.  Unprecedented and raw and gripping, it's unapologetically realistic, with a killer ending.  

Change of Plans

This is a really cute, random movie with good themes and a good message and all that jazz.  If you look at the summary and the cover of the movie itself, it looks painfully cheesy, but, surprisingly, it wasn't.  It actually has a lot of merit.  I've watched it about thrice now, and I enjoy it every time.  Sally Danville (played by the singer Brooke White) and her husband Jason are two devoted, carefree people greatly enjoying their responsibility-free life, but when Sally's best friend dies in a plane crash, their world is turned upside down as her friend's four children are left to Sally and Jason.  The interactions in this movie are really cute, and the grief the children are going through--as well as their struggles to adapt to life in America as radically opposed to life in Uganda--is realistically and respectfully portrayed.  The movie is predictable, sure, but it isn't corny, and it's uplifting and generally upbeat.  Plus, the music is fun ;)

Though None Go With Me

This movie is never really talked about, but oh, what a movie it is.  I think it'd be a great favorite in the blogging community :D  It chronicles the life a young woman named Elizabeth, starting in her 20s in the 1940s, and progressing throughout her life.  And FOR CRYING OUT LOUD.  What that woman has to go through…anyway, it's very emotional (I've cried both times I've watched it), and it's a dang fine story, and the costumes are delicious.  Plus the ending.  Gaaaaahhh.

Home Run

So…this is a sports movie.  I know, I know.  BUT it has unusual themes for a sports movie (sort of), and it's really good.  It's about a baseball player, Cory (stay with me), who has come from a very difficult familial background and risen to stardom.  However, he's an alcoholic, and eventually that leads to some Major Problems, resulting in his being suspended and forced to undergo a time of therapy by his agent and his team.  That also requires returning to his hometown and coaching the Little League team his brother used to coach (due to Cory's drunken shenanigans, his brother is temporarily incapacitated).  But, of course, there's a lot of emotional baggage from his past hanging around in his hometown, including an ex-flame and her son, but I'm going to stop right there, because spoilers ;)  I know it doesn't sound like much, but it's actually a really good film.  The Christian element is actually strong, and, once again, THE ENDING.  Total feels.  (This movie, like Gimme Shelter, does have some more mature themes, though, so…don't watch it with your younger siblings, and all that.)

Extraordinary Measures

Hmm…two Brendan Fraser movies in the same post…however did that happen? ;)  Now, this one is about a business-man father whose children have a devastating disease that will inevitably take their lives before they reach ten years old.  There is no cure, and every doctor keeps telling the same story.  But the father isn't about to take no for an answer, so he contacts Harrison Ford's character, a scientist who has made huge progress in research for a cure.  They team up and determine to somehow find a cure, no matter what it takes.  And it's really stinkin' good.  There is a fair amount of pretty strong language, I warn you, as well as one scene (which is interrupted, and put in more for comic relief than anything else) between a husband and wife.  Keri Russell stars as Brendan Fraser's wife, and she's lovely, as ever.  Oh, and did I mention that it's based on a true story?  Because it is :)

Have you seen any of these movies?
What are some underrated movies you recommend? 

Monday, February 15, 2016

"I've never been to France, Charlie…" | | The Van Gogh Job {review}

Since unveiling my newest blog look a while back, I've gotten several questions about who the terribly adorable couple on the left of the header is.  And, as Rango would say, "I'm glad you asked me that, and I would be happy to tell ya!  But you're all gonna have to listen up!"

As I've told most of you (and will tell the rest of you when I get around to your comments), those two beautiful people happen to come from a certain episode in one of my favorite TV shows, Leverage.  (Actually, the people themselves are in the whole show, but the characters they play are different in this one.  Confusing, I know, but we'll get there.)

SO.  Basically, in this episode of my dear beloved Leverage, the team is protecting an elderly WWII veteran.  This veteran (played by Danny Glover, which makes the whole thing even more awesome) is believed to know the location of a van Gogh artwork which was lost to Nazis during the war.  Trouble is, Charlie (that's the veteran's name, is Charlie Lawson), has no intention of revealing anything whatever about the pice of art.  The reason the team is involved is that he is being harassed by Mean People who want the painting and "aren't very particular about how they get it," let us say.  

Anyway, Charlie isn't talking.  Nor does he think much of the team's protecting him--he has a bit of an independence complex, you see, insisting that "he can take care of himself."  However, he notices Parker (she's the young white woman) and Hardison (the young black man)…together?  I guess?  Basically, he notices Parker grab Hardison's hand and Speak Earnestly to him, and Charlie wisely deduces that they are a couple (which they are).  He then cryptically declares that he will break his silence, but only with Parker.  (That freaks Parker out, because she's not good with people--or at least, she doesn't think she is.  It stresses her, dontcha know.)  

Since the only way to keep Charlie safe is to find out where the painting is, Parker has to listen to his story.  As he talks, he relates a love story--his love story--that took place in the 1940s.  

Now, what the makers of L did with this episode (which I lurve), is they went back and narrated the story in flashback mode, but they had the actors who play Parker and Hardison play younger-Charlie and his love interest, Dorothy Ross.  AND GUYS IT IS SO PERFECT.  I can't even.  

Charlie tells Parker of his and Dorothy's relationship, and the problems they encountered as a would-be biracial couple in the middle of the wartime 40s.  "A black man making overtures to a white woman was literally a crime."  

Dorothy and Charlie have known each other since childhood, and while both are now in love with the other, their romance can't really blossom (getting sappy now, Olivia) because of the senseless prejudices of their time.  They love being together--they hang out at the roller skating rink (is that what it was?) which Charlie works and Dorothy frequents.  They tell each other their secret longings and ambitions, their frustrations with the way others expect their lives to be.  (Oh, and can we just talk about some of those lines?  "Oh, they still let me in the library."  I MEAN.  HAS THE MAN NO FLAWS.)

"I said it so I could take it back, but I meant every word.  I was in love with Dorothy Ross."

After Charlie "slips up" during one of their French lessons (he teaches her French, y'see, and it's like the cutest freakin' thing ever) and suggests that maybe they can visit France together someday, he (understandably) panics, because he knows that he could get into deep trouble for it if Dorothy's father somehow finds out.  Turns out, Dorothy's father does know, and he sends some thugs to gang up on Charlie.  But they are stopped by the town's sheriff, a.k.a….Nate.  (I know.  'Tis difficult to take him seriously.)  The sheriff-whose-name-I'm-forgetting, like his Leverage counterpart, is just the slightest bit of a control freak invested in people's decisions, shall we say, and he warns Charlie of the dangers of "making eyes" at a wealthy young white woman, and plants in his mind the idea of enlisting in the army to try and gain the respect of Dorothy's father.  Maybe, just maybe, if he distinguishes himself in service to the country, Mr. Ross would consider him an equal--at least, worthy of consideration.  

So off he goes to war (WITHOUT SAYING GOODBYE TO DOROTHY), leaving his lady-love somewhat in the lurch (I have to throw in a tiny bit of levity to keep from constant crying, you see, because this episode is very high on the feels, which I'll get to by and by).  While in the war, Charlie does a certain something which is Rather Good, but the recognition goes to somebody else…solely because Charlie is black.  

I gotta say, while Beth Riesgraf (Parker/Dorothy) is enchanting and also a very talented dramatic actress in this episode, Aldis Hodge's (Hardison/Charlie) acting is what really stood out to me the last time I watched this episode.  The scene in his military superior's tent is phenomenal.  Just…wow.  

Anyway, Hardison's group was ambushed, and that's when Hardison did the Rather Good thing.  After doing said thing, he discovers a painting on one of the dead Nazi's person.  When he is cruelly brushed aside from the recognition he deserves for saving the group--that was what he did--Charlie decides to return to America and see if Dorothy will agree to elope with him.  They can use the money the painting will bring to live, is Charlie's idea.  

He comes back.  And that sceeeeeeeeeeeene.  "The first time I saw Dorothy after the war, it was like she was floating on air."  GAAAH MY HEART. 

Understand, now, they have never explicitly said anything to each other about their feelings.  They've never said, in so many words, "I love you."  But it's there nonetheless--a real, deep, true love, one that has stood the test of racial prejudice, unjust parental opposition, status inequality, and a world war.  So when Charlie asks Dorothy to run away with him, she agrees, and they make their plans.  

(While all this is going on in flashback, the team, in present day, is trying to find out the whereabouts of Dorothy Ross and and the lost van Gogh.  Just so we don't get lost.)

Dorothy is scheduled to play the pipe organ at the rink that evening, so the lovers enlist the help of Dorothy's aunt, alias Sophie, who is coincidentally married to Nate's sheriff.  At an opportune time, when everyone is distracted by the skaters, Dorothy and her aunt switch places at the organ, and Dorothy slips away to try and meet Charlie.

Note:  From here on out, I'm going to be discussing the ending.  So, spoilers, dontcha know.  

Charlie is to meet her outside the rink, and they are to make their way to the railway tracks (nothing good ever comes from railway tracks *scowls*) and jump a train.  Through a series of circumstances, though, Dorothy has come to realize that her father will never stop hunting them down if she goes with Charlie.  He will track them down, wherever they go, and he will hurt Charlie.  He'll probably kill him. So she can't go with him.  *cue the bullets to the hearts of all the watchers*  Charlie, in a nocturnal scene absolutely brimming and overflowing and piercing with feels, entrusts the van Gogh to Dorothy, makes her promise to keep it safe for him.  They finally have one tearful, all-too-brief kiss, one hand-clasp, and then Charlie says goodbye to his Dorothy and jumps the train. 

(Back in the real world, other issues are resolved, and that's all fine and dandy.)

Parker is crying for Charlie and Dorothy (Dorothy died three years before Charlie returned to the town after the railway goodbye), and Charlie tells her not to.  He says, "I've had an extraordinary life."  (But it wasn't with Dorothy and my hormonal adolescent heart can't handle it.)  And then he encourages Parker and Hardison in their relationship, and it's very gentle and bittersweet and understated. 

I like this episode.  I wouldn't re-watch it very often, because it is very heavy, very un-Leverage-like, but it's good.  It's emotional and sad and beautiful, and, because I don't want to end on such a heavy note, here's this, because this is cute:

Au revoir!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day

Love is patient,

love is kind.

It does not envy,

it does not boast,

it is not proud.

It is not rude,

it is not self-seeking,

it is not easily angered,

it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil

but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects,

always trusts,

always hopes,

always perseveres.

Love never fails.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Nor Any Powers

Sometimes I have these ranting, parenthetical, overwhelmed, gushing, crazy-person "chats" with God.  I've been getting myself into a funk, relentlessly pursuing one single thought or conception of what I am doing or not doing wrong, and eventually it'll all bubble up and I'll just go off.  It'll start as a typical everyday devotional prayer, and end as a panic-stricken existential conjecture.  My mind just becomes this merry-go-round of worry, worry that I'm always idolizing stories, worry that I don't truly love God, worry that I'm not devoted enough to Him and that I don't always want to spend time with Him, worry that I'm deceiving myself, the list goes on and on.  And, though these "conversations" usually take place mentally, not vocally, I won't even give Him a chance to speak and to try to shake some calm into me.  I'll just go on and on in one never-ending run-on sentence.

But then, when I finally do stop, out of mental breath or plain exhausted by my ridiculousness, He will respond, and what He says is (no surprise) basically the most perfect response ever:

"Are you done?"

If you've experienced this (as I'm sure most if not all of you have!), you know what an unspeakable relief it is just to hear those three words from God.  I can't even explain it, but, since reading about that being the Lord's reaction in various books and things, I've started recognizing it when He says that.  And He does say it--not in a ridiculing, impatient, stern way, but in an affectionate, level-headed, redirecting sort of way.  He lets you have your "cry," lets you release all the pent-up self-confusion and frustration and self-induced misery, and then He shifts your focus.  He says, "C'mon, girl, you know better than this.  You're imperfect, certainly, but I am working in you.  I'm not giving up on Us.  Pick yourself up and act like the daughter of the King of Kings that you actually are."  

The healing starts just in His listening, really, doesn't it?  He allows you to rant and rail nonsensically, but He starts to pour His healing in while we are still doing so.  "Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear."  It all starts as the small, still voice:  a gradual calming of one's spirit, a gradual change of perspective.  He shows us that sometimes revelation is reached not by the giving of an answer, but by your pouring out what's in your heart and then experiencing His reaction to that outpouring.  We are taking our own issues very, very seriously (to paraphrase Craig Bernthal), and is it possible that we sometimes allow our own perceptions--of our own sins, habits, things we dislike about ourselves and feel might be a hindrance to our relationship with the Lord--to take root in us and rise up as a stem of egocentricity?  Even if we feel we are conducting deep soul-searching and trying honestly to get rid of anything that might separate us from our Savior, are we in reality just focusing on the wrong things?  Are we missing the point?

"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."  I think a common misconception we have--at least, one that I have very often--is how available or unavailable God is to us at any given moment.  We measure our ability to draw close to God by how worthy we are.  God help us--have we even known Him at all?  Have we never truly realized the miracle of Calvary?  It is always our human nature that limits the availability of God's love.  He is always, ALWAYS there--simply being and loving and caring for the world--and, as Catherine Marshall put it, He is not trying to prove anything, because He knows.  He has already proven everything.  The Savior is always living right by our side, and the issue is not that He is too busy or too holy to come close to us, but that we think (subconsciously) that He is…or that we are.  Through Christ's intercession, we always have complete, unequivocal access to the throne of grace.  Do we truly understand this phenomenon?  The God of all creation is right here, right now, with us.  He INVITES us to come into His presence--filthy sinners though we are.  The full power of God--His love, His grace, His redemption--is always, constantly, 24/7 available to us, only a prayer away.  So reach out and touch Him, lean into Him, snuggle up against your Daddy's chest, for He has invited you to.  "Come near to God and He will come near to you."  

This beautiful catharsis God initiates--this outpouring of human limitation--to be met by the limitless love of Jesus Christ, is how we can find peace in the midst of life, in the midst of the sanctification process.  After we freak out, He whispers gently but firmly, "There is not a new answer, but the one I've always given--get your mind off all your worries and self, and back to focusing on Me, and the job We're doing together."  

"Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus."

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Well.  That was a very long post  O_O  If you read all the way through it, kudos to you and I really do appreciate it.  Looking forward to seeing (and posting ;D) all the Valentine's Day posts tomorrow!  And I love you guys <3  Y'all are the best.  

Saturday, February 6, 2016

tags and awards and pinterest treats, oh my!

Well, would you look at that!  Hamlette has tagged me, and Cordy and Catherine have both nominated me!  Thanks ever so much, ladies!

(Note #1:  As is my wont, I'm not going to specifically tag or nominate people, but if you read any of these three lists of questions and think, "Hey, I want to answer those", consider yourself duly tagged/nominated!  Also, this'll be a very long post.  Just so you're warned ;D  But there should be lots of lovely Pinterest finds!)

Hamlette's Tag

Thank the person who tagged you
Answer the questions
Tag some blogging friends

Right, here we go, then!

(Note #2:  Before we get started, let me just say, there aren't enough questions for me to mention all of you, but I LOVE ALL OF YOU AND I LOVE YOUR BLOGS.  So if I don't mention you, that just means it didn't fit perfectly into one of the categories.  It does not mean that I enjoy your blog any less, or that I don't think you make gorgeous headers, have funny and insightful posts, and give great recommendations.  Cross my heart and hope to die.)

Blog that makes me laugh
Well, Chloe at Rustling Thoughts has a way with her posts.  They're always funny and entertaining :D

Blog that makes me think
Christine's blog, Musings of an Elf, has some incredible and thought-provoking posts.  For instance, this one.

Blog that teaches me things
For some reason, I'm blanking on this one.  Maybe it's 'cause I have a slight cold?  Yeah, we'll blame it on the cold.

Blog(s) with beautiful headers
I'm going to list about four, m'kay?  Naomi at Wonderland Creek, Abigail at Castles in the Air and Natalie at Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens always have absolutely delectable headers.  And then Hamlette uses really cool one-picture headers for her blog The Edge of the Precipice, and I always enjoy seeing how she incorporates the "theme quote" into each one.  

Blogger who takes great pictures
All of you take great pictures!  I've already mentioned a couple who take great ones, so Aliesha at Feathers in Our Nest also takes some beautiful photos of her kids and her decor.

Blogger(s) whose recommendations I trust
Pssshh, um, all of you?  (I totally just stole that answer from Mary.)  But to name a few, Emma at A Lantern in Her Hand, Heidi at Along the Brandywine and Erudessa Aranduriel at The Flowering Vales.  We have similar tastes, these girls and I :)  Also, Jessica Prescott and Rosie McCann.  And Miss Meg March.  And Ekaterina.  Sadly, these girls don't have blogs, and by that means, they have deprived the British court of its brightest ornaments that makes me sad :(  But those four and I seem to have but one mind and one manner of thinking ;)

New blog I'm enjoying
Sunshine and Scribblings, recently started (to my great joy) by Mary Horton!

Blog I've followed the longest

I think that honor would have to go to Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm.

Blog(s) I've started following the most recently
I haven't formally started following Mary's or justwaytooboss, yet, but I'm going to!  Oh, and I just recently followed Catherine's blog, We'll Meet it When it Does.  And I think there's another one that I'm forgetting, and I'll feel horrible about it when I remember it…ah, well.

Cordy's award

1. Do you have a favorite fictional couple? (If so, why you like them?)
Ahem ;)  Just a zillion few.  As of right now, I'm really obsessed with Robin and Marian from BBC Robin Hood (although, let's be real, have I ever not been obsessed with them?).

Why do I love them?  They have such a great history.  They were together before Robin went to the Holy Land in the Crusades, and that causes friction in the beginning of the first season.  They actually have a legitimate relationship.  They fight, they aggravate each other, they hurt each other.  BUT they're mature about it (usually), they communicate, and they work as a team.  They're still totally in love with each other, and GAH I JUST THEY'RE TOO SWEET. 


2. If you could have any animal (safely) as a pet you would have a…
Tiger!  I just think it'd be cool to have a pet tiger ;)

3. You get to live in Middle Earth, what race are you a member of?
The Elves!  Please, please, let me be an Elf!

4. In an ideal situation (you don't have to worry about living to far from family or money concerns) where would you live? (It can be fictional.)
Hmm…perhaps Ithilien, after Faramir and Éowyn have made a little village in it?  But then again, if I chose that, I'd just be gawking at Faramir all the time, and since he's married and all (and I'm happy he's married!), that might make for some awkward situations.

5. Do you have a favorite 'vintage' movie? (As in, filmed before 1960.) What is it?
Most certainly, I do.  T'is called The Philadelphia Story, and I absolutely adore it.  It's basically perfection, just saying.

6. When you were a little kid what did you want to be when you grew-up?
A nurse :)  Now, I'm debating between that and a professor of literature.  "Life's full of tough choices, iddnt it?"

7. You can be 'the best' in any sport (e.g. gymnastics, curling, synchronized swimming etc.) what do you choose?
Probably swimming.  I'd like to be good at swimming.

8. List three things that you wish people knew about you but will never ask. (Or just three random things. ;))
Three random things…I don't like soda, I have one beautiful dog named Sasha (she's a husky mix), and Leverage and Robin Hood are my favorite TV shows (like you didn't know that already). 

9. Share a favorite quote!

I couldn't possible decide that…well, here are two that I've been liking a lot recently:

10. What is your favorite thing about wintertime? (Besides Christmas.)
I love snow.  I don't really play in it, but I love watching it fall, and I love the snuggly, hibernate-in-coziness aura of it.  And it's gorgeous, you know.

Catherine's award

Thank the blog who nominated you and link back to them.
Nominate up to 11 other bloggers to receive the award. To be eligible, they need to have 200 followers or less.
Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
Tell your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
Give your nominees 11 questions to answer on their blog when they post their nomination.

I'm going to skip the 11 facts about myself.  I'm sorry, I'm sorry!  I know I'm bending the rules a lot, but this post is getting rawther long, is it not?

Do you have a favourite song?
Nope.  But I'm still in love with the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack, and I'm starting to really like Sonna Rele's "Strong" from the end of the new Cinderella.  At first, I really disliked that song, but now I like it :D  Have you guys ever heard any of Cozi Zuehlsdorff's music?  It's really quite good.  You should try it :D

What literary character do you think you’re the most like?
I related very often to Julie in Catherine Marshall's book (which doesn't make me very happy, but still).  And from movies, I like to think I'm a little like Molly Gibson in Wives and Daughters :)

Cats or Dogs?
Dogs :)

What film always cheers you up?
What a Girl Wants, with Colin Firth and Amanda Bynes, will usually do the trick!  Also Mirror Mirror.  And Penelope.  And Letters to Juliet.  And--I'll stop ;)

Frodo, Sam, Merry or Pippin?
Um.  Excuse you.  Haha, just kidding ;)  I think…I think…aw, shoot, I don't know!  I WUVS DEM ALL, OKAY?!  But maybe Frodo.

What would be your specialist subject on a quiz show?
Not really sure, but probably either literature or film.  (Heh.)

Who’s your favourite Disney Prince/hero?
Quasimodo is the best.  No, seriously, he is.  Have you watched the movie lately?  He really is basically the best guy Disney has ever created--and I don't really have any reservations saying that.

If you could bring back one fashion from the past (e.g poodle-skirts, togas, scrunchies) what would it be?
The custom of dressing for dinner.  Wouldn't that be fun?!

What’s your favourite gemstone?
Either a diamond, an emerald, or a sapphire (haha, I almost typed in "a gemstone" instead of "an emerald".  I'm clearly tired).

What are your current favourite baby names (boy and girl)?
I really like the name Rhiannon for a girl, and for a boy?  Hmm…well, I like Mark.

Can you tell us a piece of random trivia?
I'm currently learning a song called "Polar Express Medley" from the movie Polar Express (no duh).  I haven't seen it yet, but GUYS IT'S SO PREEEEETTY.  And I'm having trouble mastering the rhythms, which is bothering me :P

Thanks so much, girls!  I had fun answering these :)