Sunday, November 06, 2016

IN OCTOBER

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BOOKS:
*The Four Story Mistake, by Elizabeth Enright
*Then there were Five, by Elizabeth Enright
Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse

MOVIES:
The Hunger Games
*Catch Me if You Can
The Great Gatsby (2013)
The Titanic
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Marvin's Room
The Aviator
*Indiana Jones, 1, 2, 3, 4
TV SERIES:
The Flash (season 2, first few episodes)
Teen Wolf
White Collar
Tom and Jerry
I Dream of Jeanie
Star Trek Beyond
*Agent Carter

*read/watched before

Liked all the books I read this month, especially Siddhartha which I hadn't read before. Watched a lot of Leonardo DiCaprio movies. My favorites are the The Great Gatsby and Catch Me if You can. Romeo + Juliet, Marvin's Room, and Titanic are good too. Do you have a favorite Leonardo DiCaprio movie?

Went to see Doctor Strange today. It was so well done, really good. Perfect. I love it. It's my 1st or 2nd favorite Marvel movie now. Have you seen it?

I hope you all have a happy November! xx

Monday, October 17, 2016

an old man with a box

via (Doctor Who)
Up through an empty house of stars,
Being what heart you are,
Up in the inhuman steeps of space
As on a staircase go in grace,
Carrying the firelight on your face
Beyond the loneliest star.

*

from the introduction to The Balled of the White Horse, by G. K. Chesterton

Monday, October 03, 2016

In September

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Read
*The Once and Future King, by T. H. White (for school) - My favorite
The Echo of Greece, by Edith Hamilton - Great book
The Law, by Frederic Bastiat - Really liked this one
Myths of the Norsemen, by Roger Lancelyn Green (for school) - Enjoyable telling of all the main stories
On Christian Doctrine, by Saint Augustine (for school) - Dense but interesting
*The Saturdays, by Elizabeth Enright - I love this book so much. Elizabeth Enright's books are wonderful (also by her, Gone Away Lake is perfect).

*Read before


Watched
White Collar
Castle
Kings

Did you find any good books/movies/tv series in September? I hope you all have a great October. xx

Monday, September 26, 2016

liebster award

Lovely people! ♥ The awesome Hamlette tagged me for this (muchas gracias mi amiga). So, I'm supposed to answer 11 questions, then make up 11 new questions and tag 11 people, etc. Well, we'll see how that goes. 

The eleven questions (aww eleven makes me think of the Doctor):

1.  Is there a movie that has really yummy-looking food in it that you'd love to eat?
*thinking* *trying to remember* umm...I know there is one...any movie that has a scene in one of those really classy expensive tea shops with tiny cakes and mini sandwiches. Honestly any food makes me hungry. I love food. Food is great. yay food. Seriously it's awesome how good it tastes, you know? It's not like it has to, what if it was just this random stuff we ate purely for sustenance? I mean the simple fact that we can taste stuff is daily awesome sauce. 

Nonetheless, remember:
If you were wondering, yes, that is utterly irrelevant. 

2.  What era do most of your favorite movies take place in?

So, my top favorite movies are Star Wars: A New HopeCaptain America: The Winter Soldier, (besides being perfect, it also has Bucky ♥) Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, and The Prince of Persia. Which are all set in either present day or fantasy worlds, so whatever era you want to call that. I also have this thing for the 40s for some reason.  

3.  What two actors/actresses have you always hoped would make a movie together, but didn't/haven't yet?

I don't really have answer to this. I mean there's no combo that I've dreamed of for a long time. Though of course, we're all waiting for Budapest, right? Starring Arrow Guy and Nat. 

4.  If money and time and supplies (and crafting ability) were not considerations, what movie character would you love to cosplay or dress up like for Halloween?

Ooo, something from Star Wars or a Marvel character. Or Captain Jack Sparrow because that would be way fun. Obi Wan, the Winter Soldier or Cap ('n Jack Sparrow I mean, not the red/white/blue one, though that would also rock). No, definitely the Winter Soldier. (But you guys new that, right?)

5.  Have you ever cosplayed or dressed up like a movie or TV character for Halloween?

Some friends and siblings dressed up as Lord of the Rings characters once, I think I was Aragorn. With a beard like marker attempt on my face. And a Man in Black once too. 

6.  What movie would your friends/family be surprised to learn you truly enjoyed?

Hmm. I watch a lot of movies by myself. I think I enjoy them more that way. Otherwise I feel self conscious about people watching me (ha. because people totally want to watch my face and not the movie. not. except that's what I do when I watch movies with peeps. but then that's mostly 'cause I've seen the movie already and I'm checking how they like it). 

But to answer the question. I'm not sure anyone would be surprised exactly. But I like dramas and they're not really the kind of movie I fan over or talk about a lot so peeps wouldn't necessarily know that I like 'em. eg: About a Boy, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Benny and Joon, The Way Way Back, Rickie and the Flash, Mud. 

7.  What's one book you hope no one ever makes into a film?
I don't really care honestly. There are hundreds of books that I love and that's not gonna change. 

8.  Do you know the Wilhelm Scream when you hear it?

Well, now I do. Thanks for that. 
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9.  When a character onscreen has to hold their breath, to you try to hold your breath to match theirs?
Every time. And then I realize I would die. And then I practice holding my breath for the next few minutes and get completely distracted from the movie. The only times I don't is when the movie is really good which means I'm lost in it and not thinking about anything else (which rarely, almost never, happens). 

10.  What upcoming movies (or TV series) are you excited about?

Doctor Strange, the Flash (I'm not sure how excited I actually am about this. I'll probably just watch the first episode and that'll determine it, but, still, I loved the first season) (I wish Jefferson was still in OUAT. I mean, he hasn't been since season 1, but still. Oh well.), Fantastic Beasts, Moana (maybe?), Sing etc.
I love the smell of fandom in the mourning.:
11.  What are some of your favorite movie-oriented blogs?  (Or just blogs that post movie reviews sometimes.)

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http://www.thefangirlinitiative.com/

And now, the eleven (aww) people I tag:
(If anyone would like me to tag/add them up here, just say the word.)
  1. An Accomplished Young Lady
  2. Life as a Young Lady
  3. Little Moon Dragon
  4. Little Panda Crafts
  5. The Horse and His Girl
  6. The Journeys' of my Beating Heart
  7. The Life of Little Me
  8. Three Fangirling Sisters
  9. Traveling Home
  10. a flyleaf
  11. Metias and Me
  12. Princess Faith
  13. think. eat. write. read.
That wasn't eleven, was it?

And I loved Hamlette's Questions, so here you go again:

1.  Is there a movie that has really yummy-looking food in it that you'd love to eat?
2.  What era do most of your favorite movies take place in?
3.  What two actors/actresses have you always hoped would make a movie together, but didn't/haven't yet?
4.  If money and time and supplies (and crafting ability) were not considerations, what movie character would you love to cosplay or dress up like for Halloween?
5.  Have you ever cosplayed or dressed up like a movie or TV character for Halloween?
6.  What movie would your friends/family be surprised to learn you truly enjoyed?
7.  What's one book you hope no one ever makes into a film?
8.  Do you know the Wilhelm Scream when you hear it?
9.  When a character onscreen has to hold their breath, to you try to hold your breath to match theirs?
10.  What upcoming movies (or TV series) are you excited about?
11.  What are some of your favorite movie-oriented blogs?  (Or just blogs that post movie reviews sometimes.)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

this week




reading Myths of the Norsemen, by Roger Lancelyn Green for school
getting up early and reading for a couple hours before anyone else gets up
watching White Collar
when my teacher gave me 11/10
beautiful hot sunny weather
Un Sopriso, by Franz Liszt
beautiful birds on the bird feeder (simultaneously a goldfinch, pileated woodpecker, and hummingbird)
running (while listening to Rise by Katy Perry and Wild Horses by Birdy)

what are your favorite things lately? xx

Friday, September 23, 2016

only played

The Legend of Bagger Vance:
via | Will Smith & Matt Damon, The Legend of Bagger Vance

"What I'm talkin' about is a game. A game that can't be won, only played." 
"You don't understand." 
"I don't need to understand. Ain't a soul on this entire earth ain't got a burden to carry he don't understand, you ain't alone in that. But you been carryin' this one long enough. Time to go on, lay it down." 
"I don't know how." 
"You got a choice. You can stop. Or you can start." 
"Start?" 
"Walkin." 
"Where?" 
"Right back to where you always been, and then stand there. Still, real still. And remember." 
"It's too long ago." 
"Oh no sir, it was just a moment ago. Time for you to come on out the shadows [...] Time for you to choose." 
"I can't." 
"Yes you can, but you ain't alone. I'm right here with ya. I've been here all along. Now play the game. Your game. The one that only you was meant to play. The one that was given to you when you come into this world. You ready? Stike that ball [...] don't hold nothin back, give it everything. Now's the time. Let yourself remember. Remember your swing. That's right [...] settle yourself. Let's go. Now is the time."


(from The Legend of Bagger Vance)

Friday, September 16, 2016

do you remember none of that?

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test all things;
hold fast what
is good

(1 Thess 5:21 | title quote from Thor, Thor to Loki, "We were raised together. We played together, we fought together. Do you remember none of that?")

Friday, September 09, 2016

before me no more

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"And my heart swelled up sudden, like to bust;
and the same second the house and all 
was behind me in 
the dark, and wasn't ever
going to be before me 
no more in this world."

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

Monday, September 05, 2016

Summer to-read // review

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So originally I said I was going to try to read all these by August first, but then I looked at a calendar and realized school for me doesn’t start till September 6th (aka tomorrow) so I had an extra month to read. Yay.  Still I only read about 56%. Hmmph. I took a few books off this list.

All the books I read (the ones with lines through them) were good, but I recommend the ones with X’s next to them.

BOOKS 19/34
1.       The Leader in you, by Dale Carnegie  X
2.       Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies, by McEntyre
3.       How to Read a Book, by Motimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
4.       On Writing Well, by William Zinsser X
5.       The Art of Memory, by Frances A. Yates
6.       The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics, by Cutler and McShane
7.       Relativity and Quantum Mechanics,  by Fleisher
8.       Waves, by Fleisher
9.       Matter and Energy, by Fleisher
10.   The Fallacy Detective, by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn
11.   I and Thou, by Martin Buber
12.   Philosophy 101 by Socrates, by Kreeft
13.   The Law, by Frederic Bastiat X
14.   You Can Understand the Bible, by Kreeft
15.   The Thing, by G. K. Chesterton
16.   The Story of the World Volume 4: The Modern Age, by Bauer
17.   The Echo of Greece, by Edith Hamilton X
18.   Saint Augustine Confessions, translation by Henry Chadwick
19.   How the Irish Saved Civilization, by Thomas Cahill
20.   This Was John Calvin, by Van Halsema
21.   The Story of Christianity, by David Bentley Hart X
22.   The Illustrated A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking X
23.   The Story of Hannibal, by Johanna Johnson
24.   Ancient China, consulting editor Carol Michaelson
25.   Persian Fire, by Tom Holland
26.   Three “Whys” of the Russian Revolution, by Richard Pipes
27.   The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization, by Anthony Esolen
28.   The Ballad of the White Horse, by G. K. Chesterton
29.   Saint Thomas Aquinas, by G. K. Chesterton
30.   Between Heaven and Hell, by Kreeft X
31.   Biology, by Shepherd
32.   Rhetoric, by Aristotle
33.   Born in the Year of Courage, by Emily Crofford
34.   John Milton’s Paradise Lost in Plain English, by Joseph Lanzara

COMICS
35.   Captain America: The man with No face, by Brubaker, Ross, Epting and Guice
36.   Captain America & Bucky: Life Story of Bucky Barnes, by Brubaker, Andreyko and Samnee X
37.   The Marvels Project, by Brubaker and Epting

SHORT
38.   Sophie’s World Discussion Guide, by Jeff Baldwin
39.   Computing Machinery and Intelligence, by Turing


Did you find any awesome books this summer? xx

Saturday, September 03, 2016

the bravest man

via | BBC Merlin

Love like I'm not scared
Give when it's not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes, my eyes,
On you,
On you

(Fix my Eyes, by For King & Country | Title quote from BBC Merlin, Arthur to Merlin, "I always thought you were the bravest man I ever met.")

Friday, September 02, 2016

IN AUGUST

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READ
The Balled of the White Horse, by G. K. Chesterton 
This Was John Calvin, by Thea B. Van Halsema 
Ancient China, by Time Life Books
How the Irish Saved Civilization, by Thomas Cahill - Very cool part of history tying stuff together, felt like the book could have been shorter.
The Fallacy Detective, by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn - Definitions, examples, and practice questions. 

MOVIES
*Thor: God of Thunder
Avalon High (disney tv movie) 3/5
Three Guys Named Mike (old black and white) 2/5
At First Sight (Val Kilmer) 2/5
True Genius (Val Kilmer) – Had its moments of hilarity.
The Bachelorette and the Bobby-Soxer (Shirley Temple)
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Sweet and enjoyed it. 2/5
The Legend of Tarzan - Enjoyed the adventure of it. 
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford, Paul Newman)
Bottle Shock (Chris Pine) – Initially watched this because it was prime on Amazon but the story was different and somewhat technical which I like.
*101 Dalmations – Classic Disney at its best.
Pompeii (2014) – Of itself not the best but I love action/adventure.
Testament of Youth (Kit Harrington, Colin Morgan etc.) – Beautiful; I love the title and what it means to the story as a whole.

SERIES
Parks and Recreation – Amusing, not something I’d watch if I wasn’t multitasking.
The Game of Thrones (first episode) – Loved the fantasy world of castles and magic but not the excessive nudity and gore.
NCIS (first ep.) – Fun but not my thing.
The White Queen – I watched the first couple episodes and enjoyed them but doubt I’ll watch more.
Teen Wolf – Fun, didn’t draw me in enough to continue watching.
White Collar (1/2 1st season) – I love the characters, smart characters are entertaining. 

*watched before


I hope you've had a lovely summer. It's already getting Fall-ish where I live. Did any of you have summer jobs? What did you do? I worked at a French bakery, which was cute but boring by the end of the first day, and the last two weeks at a drama camp for kids (5-8) as an aide. It was the first time I worked at a summer camp. I biked a lot around my neighborhood this summer exploring, which was fun, and I biked to my grandmother's house which took about three hours. 

Did you find any new great books or movies in August? I hope you all have a wonderful September. xx

By the way, any suggestions for music to listen to while running? Thx.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

gonna be

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So when you look at yourself,
tell me, who do you see?
Is it the person you've been,
or the person that you're
gonna be?

(Hold on Tight, by Greg holden)