Welcome back! Here are my answers to the second half of your questions.
- What’s one book you’re really looking forwards to reading this year?
I thought about this question for a while, but I honestly can’t think of a specific book that’s coming out this year that I want to read. I heard that John Green is writing a new book, so that’s neat. Robert Whitlow should have a new book out, and so might Wayne Thomas Batson. (Those are really the only three authors whose books I always read.) I mainly just hear about books and read them, as opposed to waiting for a certain book to come out. I always just read books whenever I get to them, which means that sometimes some are forgotten about. For the first time this year, I’m making an actual queue of books (writing out a checklist in a notebook and reading the books in that order; something I just invented and idk if it’ll work but we’ll see!) and I’ll be adding new books to that. (Not related to your question like at all, but I just started rambling. Sorry. What can I say? I love books. XD) Some of the books I’ve put on the list that I’m excited about are Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (you’ve got one guess why), The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall (which I got for Christmas and CANNOT WAIT TO READ), Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (a book I got for my birthday), Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (because a dystopian society + book burnings = YES I MUST READ THIS), and If You Find This Letter by Hannah Brencher (another book I got for my birthday; it’s a friend’s favorite and she wrote notes and stuff throughout the book and I just can’t wait to dive into that). So, yeah, if you didn’t know it already, I have a super wide taste in literature. : D
- Cupcakes or gingersnaps?
Ooh. Good question! I’m not really a cake person (weird, right?), so I’d say gingersnaps.
- Favorite Studio C sketch from season 6 so far?
Oh my gosh! The Absent Minded Robber, hands down. Adam is one of my favorite cast members, and I’m so glad they’re giving him more roles. His comedic timing is perfection. Not to mention what he does with this voice. Everything in that sketch makes me laugh. If I’m having a hard day, I know I can watch it and instantly feel better. (“Hmm… this is gonna be a tight month!” The look on his face and his glasses just CRACKS. ME. UP. And then his little “NeUGH!” when he slides on the rug – I DIE EVERY TIME.) I’ll put it below if anybody hasn’t seen it yet.
When was the last time you gave a big belly laugh and why? (what? Is that a weird question? It is?! Oh. Oops.)
Not a weird question at all! (“I LOVE TO LAUGH! HA-HA-HA-HA! LONG AND LOUD AND CLEAR!”) Lol, the last time I belly-laughed had to do with something mildly inappropriate. And since this is an all-ages blog… I’ll keep it to myself. (#familyinsidejokes) Let me think… OH OH OH. There was a time a few weeks ago when I reeeeeally laughed over something (like, tears streaming down my face). I was watching this video called “COMPANY IS COMING” and it was absolutely hilarious by itself, but the fact that my mom was in the other room about to do the exact same thing (we were having a Bible study that night) just KILLED me. If your mom doesn’t act like that when guests are coming… wow. Such self-control. Much stress free. (Don’t watch any of his other videos; this one doesn’t have language, but the two others that I watched do.)
If you could meet either Bucky Barnes OR Steve Rogers, who would it be?
Well, if I met Bucky, I’d probably just give him a hug and a blanket, but if I met Steve, I’d have to marry him. (Obviously.) So I pick Steve. : )
What’s your favourite flavour of ice cream?
Mint chocolate chip or Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. YUMMMMM.
Would you rather attempt to escape from a) an angry dragon or b) a diving pterodactyl?
A diving pterodactyl. I have a bigger chance of outrunning that than the flames from an angry dragon.
Jessica Prescott asked:
- What’s your favorite Old Book (as in, book published before 1960)?
Shockingly enough, I’ve never been a huge fan of Old Books. They’re daunting and written in language I can’t immediately understand. (And I have the attention span of a twig.) I’ve only just recently gotten into Adultish Old Books (Austen, Dickens, Gaskell, etc) that were written longer than like a decade ago, and it’s been interesting to see how easily I’ve gotten into them. I have like four dozen old classics on my mental To Be Read list, and I think I’m going to get to a lot of them this year.
All that to say that my favorite (besides like Lord of the Rings or the Narnia series) is probably The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright. (GOSH, I LOVE THAT BOOK. My childhood. You don’t even know.) It’s the second in a series of four, and I consider the characters to be some of my closest and oldest friends. As a second-born, I connected the most with Rush. And, hello, discovering a hidden room in your house??? HOW NEAT. The other books are fantastic, too, but this one’s my favorite. It’s a kids book, but I love it.
- What’s your favorite music to listen to? (Genre, particular singers/composers, etc.)
HA. This is such a hard question to answer because… I listen to everything. Like, everything. Musicals, modern pop, contemporary Christian, indie, rap, soft rock… everything except country (except I listen to Hunter Hayes, so I may not even be able to say that, lol). Lately, though, I’ve been listening to a lot of Sleeping at Last, Rend Collective, Tenth Avenue North, Adele, Taylor Swift, and VeggieTales (with the kids I nanny).
- What color are your eyes? (If you don’t mind me asking.)
Very very very blue. I get a lot of compliments on them and I never know what to say. 😄
- Which Narnia book did you like best, and why?
I love origin stories, so I’ve always said that The Magician’s Nephew is my favorite, but I also love The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. It’s just such a classic, and holds so many good memories for me. And Edmund’s fall and redemption just gets me every time. “But even a traitor may mend. I have known one who did.”
- If you could be in charge of making ANY book into a movie–which book would you pick? And whom would you cast as the leads?
Well, I’d love to see a reboot of The Scarlet Pimpernel made with Tom Hiddleston as Sir Percy, but I’d really love to see somebody do Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom. Little Women is fantastic, but I seriously (seriously) love those two, and I think they’d make great movies. The second one would be so feelsy, though (actually, they’d both be pretty bad), and I don’t know if I can handle that, but it’d be so worth it. As for the cast, I’d probably cast Saoirse Ronan as Rose, Domhnall Gleeson or Ewan McGregor as Uncle Alec, Garrett Hedlund as Archie, William Moseley as Charlie, Anton Yelchin as Mac, Lupita Nyong’o as Phebe, Emily Blunt as Aunt Jessie, Stanley Tucci as Uncle Mac, and the others are up to the casting director. : P
- Thoughts on Sense and Sensibility 08? (Did you like Elinor, Edward, Marianne, the General Tone and Direction, etc.)
LOVE LOVE LOVE. So much love, all around. All of the actors were fantastic (ESPECIALLY DAN STEVENS AKA MY DARLING), but I didn’t really love David Morrissey as Brandon because we saw him in Our Mutual Friend first. The General Tone and Direction is just spot. on., and the whole film is just beautiful. I’ve seen it at least a half a dozen times and I’d like to see it again some time soon but our DVD is scratched. (Cry all the tears.) 10/10 would recommend.
- Do you have pets? What are their names?
We actually don’t have any currently (RIP our last two cats), but we’ve had seven cats and two dogs. The first cat we had was Dally, which my mom found as a kitten while she was in college. We put her down in like 2006. Then, we found two kittens that had been born near our apartment complex (the mom deserted them, so we took them in), and they were named Jack and Lily. Jack had to be donated to a pet store because he was too wild, and Lily ran away in like 2006. Then our four cats were born in our front yard in about 2007, and we named them Smirk, Fatso, Cynthia, and Addy. Smirk and Fatso were adopted while we were away on vacation (still emotionally scarred from my parents allowing that to happen without telling us ’til we got back), and Cynthia and Addy ended up being boys, so we named them Robert the Bruce and William Wallace (respectfully). As you do when you’re reading In Freedom’s Cause for your homeschool as a family. They eventually got eaten by cougars or something near our new house like two years ago. Finally (wow, this is such a long paragraph), we adopted two dogs that were dropped off in our cul-du-sac, and named them Redd and Bleu (because they had red and blue collars, duh). Bleu ran away in a storm once and we eventually had to put Redd down. So, yeah, we’ve had plenty of pets, but we don’t have any right now. I want a cat at some point. I think I’ll name him after Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton.
- Do you like chicken liver? (Sorry . . . maybe that was a little TOO random 😉 )
Yuck, no. (I’ve never tried it but still.)
Ooh, how fun! I have only three queries at present, the first of which I’ve had in mind to ask for quite awhile now, hee hee hee. ;]
Oh goodness. *buckles self in*
- What is your MBTI personality type?
I actually didn’t know ’til last night, and I’d been meaning to take the test, and then when you asked this I just knew I had to do it. : P Turns out, I’m INFJ! I got ENFJ first, but then I took a different test and got INFJ and agreed with that more. I love my friends, but I feel more relaxed when I’m by myself. I talk when I’m nervous, so it seems like I’m an extrovert when I first meet people, but I’m always inwardly going, “Shut up shut up shut upppppp.” (Because I say stupid stuff when I’m put on the spot. It’s awful.) Intuitive totally works for me – I see and understand way more than I let on, which makes me seem stupid sometimes, but then I dazzle people with my brilliance, so. : D Feeler is completely accurate. I get excited about stuff a lot (like a lot), but I tend to bottle up stuff sometimes, which is bad, and I’m working on it. Judger – yeahhhh. *hides face in hands* mmmmpppphhhhhh *comes out of hiding* I try to think the best of everyone, but if you give me a reason to let you have it, I will. (And boy will I let you have it.) I’m a big-picture person, I love deep relationships, and I’m really independent (especially when trying to accomplish tasks – if I’m working on something with my family, I’ll often take the job that I can do by myself, put on headphones, and get it done). Apparently INFJs are the most rare personality type, but I know two (my sister and one of my best friends). So either one of us is wrong or it’s an awesome coincidence (ordained by God, of course).
- Are you annoyed by anonymous comments and people who sign with Elvish pseudonyms?
Yes, I’m so annoyed and wish people would just use their real names (and give me your SSN while you’re at it, thankyouverymuch). : P Kiddingggggg. I actually used “Eowyn” as my pseudonym for the first, like, three or four years of having my blog. So I understand why people use pseudonyms. (Unless your name is actually Feawen Valatiratani, which is just the coolest thing EVER.)
- What one question were you really hoping to be asked when you wrote this post? (And how did you intend to respond?)
HMMMM… I honestly had no expectations. I just hoped people would ask questions. (Which they did and kind of blew my mind. LOL.) But since that was a lame answer, I’ll give you a random fact about me: I still have my American Girl dolls in my room on display, and my Bitty Twin (my sister has the other one, and my baby sister commandeered mine from another set we got) and all of the books I have are on one of my bookshelves. I also made my dad take me to the American Girl store when we went in ’13 and I bought a book and a matching t-shirt set for me and my doll. Twenty one years old and I still love American Girl. Who’da thunk.
- What’s your favorite Sleeping at Last song?
Wow, that’s hard. I really love all of his songs, but the ones I keep telling people to listen to are “Mercury” and “Saturn.” I also love “All This to Say” and “Heaven Breaks.” His lyrics are just poetry. I send people the lyrics all the time.
‘Cause grey is not a compromise –
It is the bridge between two sides.
The shores on which our stubborn land
And restless seas collide.
Grey is not just middle ground,
It is a truce that waits to be signed.
I would even argue that, from where we stand,
It most represents the color of God’s eyes.
- Have you ever seen any silent films? If so, which ones and what did you think of them?
I did a report on silent films once and watched quite a few. Let’s see… we watched The General starring Buster Keaton, Robin Hood starring Douglas Fairbanks, and I think we also watched The Black Pirate with Douglas Fairbanks. And I’ve also seen the silent scenes in Singin’ in the Rain. I’ve also seen Hugo, which is new, but is about silent films. (I’d also really love to see The Artist, which is a silent film that came out in 2011.) I love silent films! Not as much as “talkies,” though. They have a great quality about them and the actors are really great, too.
- Favorites poet(s)?
Hmm… I don’t really read much poetry, so I can’t say any favorites (although I’m studying different poets for a college course), but I love poems. One of my favorites is “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning” by John Donne. I also love a ton of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
- Favorite season?
Either fall, when all of the leaves change and everything is beautiful, or spring, when all the rebirth happens.
- And lastly, why is a raven like a writing desk? 😉
I can’t figure out if that’s a joke or a riddle or just a question. 😄 Um, because whenever I sit at my writing desk and look at old stuff I’ve written, I say “nevermore”? : P
Eva Schon asked:
- Favorite actor and favorite role by that actor?
Dang it, Eva, you know I can’t pick favorites. 😄 I really really really love Stanley Tucci, though. I’d watch anything he’s in, solely because he’s in it. I’ve loved him in everything I’ve seen him in (The Terminal, Kit Kittredge, The Devil Wears Prada, Julie and Julia, Easy A, The Hunger Games, Captain America: The First Avenger), but I think my favorite is either his character in The Devil Wears Prada, Easy A, or Julie and Julia. Gosh, I love him so much. He brings so much to each role and just brings the character to life in such an amazing way that I haven’t seen in many other actors. (I also love Domhnall Gleeson, but we can’t talk about him because this paragraph is long enough.)
- Favorite actress and favorite role by that actress?
Ooh, this one’s harder. I really don’t have a favorite actress. I think I like Emma Stone the best, though. I love all of her movies that I’ve seen, and she’s so funny! Her comedic timing is perfection. I also love Amy Adams, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, and Emily Blunt. (So many Emmas.)
Thank you for asking me questions, guys! They’ve been so much fun to answer and I hope you guys enjoyed reading my answers. : )