Tuesday, December 31, 2013

In December


I Read (to completion):

 Alexander the Great, Gunther
I don't remember knowing before that Aristotle was Alexander the Great's tutor, which I think is pretty cool, and that he and Alexander kept in touch through letters during all of Alexander's conquests, and that Aristotle would advise Alexander, and such.

 Exploits of Xenophon, Geoffrey 
Xenophon was a cool.


Sherlock (to the Reichenbach Fall)
The Devil Wears Prada
The Lucky One
Sleeping Beauty
'Sword of Truth fly swift and sure, that evil die and good endure.' 
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
All Creatures Great and Small
The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
I kept dreaming that my friend was the Silver Surfer after watching this movie, must be a sign.
Doctor Who (season six and then some) 
Holiday Inn
Don't you love how Fred Astaire always smiles while he dances? I do.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
It's such a very big story. Grand and epic on such a large scale, and good. 

*Books/movies I've read/watched before.
† Landmark Book

Monday, December 16, 2013

Our Days


Nuestros días son buenos.

Our days are good.

(Came across that sentence doing Spanish homework.)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

By the Fire

Snowman & Tree In The Woods
"...later on we'll conspire / as we sit by the fire / to face unafraid the plans that we made / walking in a winter wonderland..."

~ From Winter Wonderland  

Sunday, December 01, 2013

In November

Arthur and Merlin

I read {to completion}:

The Heroes of Asgard, A & E Keary <- Beautiful, wonderful, book.

Not vezy much. *sad face* I did read more than that last month, but I haven't finished any of the others...yet. 

I watched:

(links are to my reviews)

Miss Congeniality 
Miss Congeniality 2
Thor: The Dark World (twice, mesa happysa)
*That Thing You Do
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
*Merlin, The Dragon's Call and The Poisoned Chalice both from the first season 
Sherlock BBC, first episode, A Study in Pink
Water Horse 

*Books/movies I've read/watched before.
† Landmark Book

What about you? find any new favorite movies/books?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Yay & Nay

{Because this sweet girlie (also known as Mackenzie) does them and I thought it'd be fun.}


When a mouse jumps onto your desk while you're doing Spanish homework. #trying :]

Wishing The Fifth Estate wasn't rated R because it looks very interesting. :/ {Trailer}


THANKSGIVING!! :) I hope you all have a great day!! xxx

Memorizing stuff because I wanted to see how much I could...I didn't think I'd be able to memorize very much and I'd like to be able to, so this is basically practice. Anyway, I'm working on Mark Antony's speech to the Romans - the funeral speech - because I've always thought it was really neat, and the first section of The Four Quartets. Totally different, I know. :) So far I'm about thirty something and twenty lines in on each of them, consecutively. I didn't think it would be this easy, but one should never underestimate the power of a nice, hot shower. :) 

Seeing Thor: The Dark World in theaters, again. :D This time with the brother, too, very nice (understatement there). I noticed the music a lot more this time around and it's beautiful! 

Snow. :) Christmas music...especially A Christmas Story, Point of Grace (I can't find the right song on YouTube, So here's the album);Christmas Angels, Michael W. Smith; The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky.... And of course the music from White 
Christmas. :) What's some of your favorite Christmas music?

And, *puts hands on hips* "I'm agent Grant Ward and I just jumped out of a plane without a parachute on and saved your life". (<<<Awesome Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..)


///What are some of your recent "nay's and yay's"? 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thor: The Dark World Review

Director: Alan Taylor
Rating: PG-13
Stars:  Chris HemsworthNatalie PortmanTom Hiddleston
Soundtrack:  Brian Tyler

"The Dark World": a fitting title, echoing the hopes of a certain villain - but villain doesn't seem to be the right word. He's the bad guy and he is, or creates, the problem, but his character isn't really delved into. In terms of "bad guys" we're more focused on Loki. Loki...he's this character who could be so good - magnificent, with his intellect - but he makes bad choices. And choices have consequences. Loki...he - he's angry. And he has good cause; but there's good anger and there's bad anger. And whatever his anger started out as, now it's bad. Rooted in self and ego instead of the one other possibility: love. 

Odin is always referring back to the same idea: that Thor be worthy of the hammer - of its power. Odin is Thor's dad - worthy has to do with a state of heart, and that's what Odin's concerned about. I think this concern is adopted by Thor for Loki; Thor wants so badly to be able to trust Loki.

I liked that we get see more of Asgard, we get more of a feel for what Thor is fighting for in terms of "home", and where he comes from. We get a glimpse of what it must have been like before Loki turned "to the dark side"; of how his family functioned: well. Not perfectly, but 'well' doesn't mean 'perfect'. We get to know his family more, and realize how important it is to him - and not just emotionally. He wouldn't be who he is without Odin, Frigga, and Loki. I was just remembering from a YouTube video I watched with my sister interviewing Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth , how Tom Hiddleston described Loki and Thor as defining each other. It's like they're opposites. 

Odin may not be perfect, but he's a model for Thor, someone to look up to; even if he's not always right. There was one scene in particular that I liked in Asgard, it almost felt like ChristmasI love Christmas. Thor's mom is awesome. 

Gosh, I do just love - love-love-love - the Marvel universe. I'm looking forward to seeing The Dark World again, looking forward to all the new things there'll be to notice. There's always more to see the second time.

Even though we don't see a whole lot of Sif, Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg we do get just the right amount of time with them and a little more character, just enough. There was a good balance of humor and solemnity, and a lot of very funny parts.

The Dark World starts out very similarly to the beginning of Thor. It's a nice sort of nod to Kenneth Branagh's awesome piece of work, besides being a nice way to start. 

I love the picture below and the scene that goes with it. It was one of my favorite sections of the film - one of the most interesting, it makes you really think about the characters. Any scenes with Thor and Loki together are bound to be awesome. 

my rating: 5/5

I'd love to hear your thoughts on Thor: The Dark World (please be sure to mark your comment "spoilers" if it contains any)! Or if you've written a review I'd love to read it if you care to leave a link.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Parkland Review

Director:  Peter Landesman
Stars:  Zac EfronTom WellingBilly Bob Thornton
Rating: PG-13
Release year: 2013

The movie gets its title from the Hospital that President Kennedy was taken to after being shot. 
The movie covers the stories of four sets of people: the man who caught the assassination of President Kennedy on camera, the brother of the man who shot President Kennedy, the doctor and nurses of Parkland hospital who took care of the President, and the Secret Service's search for the assassin. It's the story of the events that occurred at Parkland hospital when President Kennedy was taken there with a bullet wound in his head.

The screen was shaky, most noticeably during the first thirty or so minutes, echoing the frustration, disbelief, and incredulity in the hearts of the people.I remember reading something like this on the back cover of some book: "why is it that when people hurt themselves, are shocked, startled, scared, etc. that they call on the name of Christ? What is it about that name? Some power must be attached to that name, by everyone". That's not a quote, but the basic idea, as I remember. In Parkland people called on that name pretty frequently. But it didn't bother me the way it might have, because they were in earnest, they didn't know what to do.

When the doctors realized President Kennedy was dead they were shocked. They could barely comprehend it. One of them said simply, "please, somebody tell me what to do now". It was impressive how the cameras were handled so that you never see Kennedy's face, at least not full on, and not with the focus on it. Because the movie wasn't about the President. It was about his murder, and it was about the people who had to keep things running when the man in charge was gone. Everyone seemed to be acting on feelings after the shock of the assassination. And the movie is very much about the people who had great responsibilities to fill out directly after the president died, and about the turmoil that went on inside them.

After Lee Harvard Oswald is shot and taken into custody he is brought to the same hospital, the same doctors, that President Kennedy had been taken to just days before. That was a scene that makes you realize how real life really is. Oswald shot Kennedy: Kennedy was taken to Parkland, died there. Ruby shot Oswald: Oswald was taken to Parkland, died there. 

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Water Horse Review

Director: Jay Russell
Rating: PG
Time: 112 min. 
Studio: Walden Media
Stars: Emily Watson (War Horse), David Morrissey, Alex Etel (Cranford) 
Color: color
Soundtrack: James Newton Howard Shore (Snow White and the Huntsman)

Plot: The story takes place in Scotland during WW2, and is narrated by an older man in a bar in Scotland to two touristsIt's about a young boy, Angus MacMorrow, who's mother is a housekeeper; father is in the Royal Navy, and has been gone for at least a year; and has a sister, but I don't recall her name. He's been a lonely boy ever since his father left for the war, and is drawn to the water, though terribly afraid of it. On day Angus and his mother, Anne, go to the beach, where he spends his time looking in tide pools and collecting shells and rocks; he finds a large oval shaped stone - but his mother calls for him that it's time to go before he can examine it further, and he hastily puts it into his bucket and runs to join her. 

Thoughts: I liked this movie a lot more than I expected to, I thought it was going to be some cheesy feel-good type movie (in my defense I hadn't really looked at it, though that's not helping my case), but it was much more than all that. First off, Scotland is gorgeous. Second, the actors are great. And the Water Horse, Crusoe, is so cute. How this animal came to Angus at the time when he needed a friend so badly, and was the best friend Angus had, or ever could have; how Angus conquered his fear of water - or just entirely disregarded it - for his friend, because his friend was more important to him than himself, are things I really liked. Also, I liked the ending, very much. It reminded me of this quote from Blood Feud by Rosemary Sutcliff:
There has to be a first time for everything; for friendship as well as love; and first friendship, once given, can no more be given again than first love.- Blood Feud, by Rosemary Sutcliff

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Gravity Review

Director:  Alfonso Cuarón
Rating: PG-13
Time: 91 min.
Starring: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney
Color: color

Dr. Ryan Stone is a medical engineer and for the first time in space on a shuttle mission commanded by retiring astronaut Matt Kowalsky (this is his last mission). When debris hit their shuttle they are left floating in space tethered to nothing but each other.

I liked the character George Clooney played and the special effects were very good, especially a scene showing a burning space craft racing through space as it broke apart. The sun coming up over Earth is beautiful. Aside from those, there wasn't much else I liked about the movie. The story is stressful and when you take that away it seems rather empty. 

Friday, November 01, 2013

In October



I read [to completion]:

 The Story of Scotland Yard, Laurence Thomson

 Winston Churchill, Quentin Reynolds
One of my favorite quotes is "Never give in! Never, Never, Never, Never - in nothing great or small, large or petty - never give in except in convictions of honor and good sense." And after reading Winston Churchill  I think the quote describes the man pretty well. I never quite understood his full meaning before. Surely, he was a man to never give in, in anything great or small, large or petty, except to convictions of honor and good sense; and, perhaps, that wasn't always the best thing, but I think he was perfectly fitted to be Prime Minister of Great Britain during W.W.2 and the never give in part of his character was a large part of that. "During his life he had the necessary strength to rise above defeat, the integrity to stand alone for the sake of his convictions, the courage to demand sacrifice and fortitude from the English people at their most trying time in history" - Winston Churchill, Quentin Reynolds

Chronicles of Avonlea, L. M. Montgomery
Made up of a bunch of short stories evolving mostly well-known characters from the Anne of Green Gables books. It's nice, but nothing especially great like some of Montgomery's other books.

Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand 
Very, very good book. Tough to read at times - most times - but it's good. I wouldn't recommend it lightly, but, sometime, when you're ready, read it. I'd have to say it's on - or at least very close to being on - my favorite books list.

Persuasion, Jane Austen 
I actually liked this book! :) I've tried reading Jane Austen before but it didn't work out. Persuasion, however, I did like and enjoyed. (The only reason I tried to read it in the first place is 'cause my sister told me to.) I like the main character, Ann (I think that's her name...).

The Story of the Secret Service, Ferdinand Kuhn
Another neat book.

I watched:

*Leap Year
*Return To Cramford
*Lady and the Tramp
*Emma (1996)
Once upon a Time
Cheyenne, season one
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Burn Notice, a couple of episodes

*Books/movies I've read/watched before.
† Landmark Book

Did you read/watch anything in October you liked especially? I'd love to hear about it! :)

Monday, October 28, 2013

No Practice

Tanworth, Arden, UK

There's no hurry, you're alive. There is only the moment in which
you begin to understand that there is no practice: time is now: only prayer left. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Newsies | Review

Director: Kenny Ortega
Rating: PG
Time: 2 hours 2 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

Awesome: Great music, good acting, historical plot. The dancing in Newsies is cool. The one thing I would have liked to have been different is there didn't need to be any romance, or at least the girl could have been different.

I've seen this movie over and over, no clue how many times, but I love it.The basic plot is that a big newspaper man raises the price of papers and the newsies (the boys who sell the papers, first buying them themselves) go on strike, they simply can't afford to pay more for the papers. The strike leader and main character, Jack, is arrested and brought before the newspaper owner Pulitzer who asks him to sell newspapers for him again, promising he'll pay Jack well and let him go wherever he wants after the strike ends, and threatening him and his friends should he not agree. I'm not going to say more, it'd spoil the movie for you.


Pulitzer had issued an order that no paper was to carry the story of the strike. He explained to Jack that with the power of the press he shaped the future: he had the power to give information to thousands of people every day, he told men what to think. If knowledge is power than a power of perhaps equal importance is the giving and teaching of that knowledge. News informs, it pulls people together and joins them in a tight bond of common knowledge; but what about when those with the power to give information lie, or tell half-truths? We've all hear the saying “power corrupts”.  Lies are so easy to believe. When you're tired or worn out believing a lie can be like settling down and letting sleep take you. And that's what it is. But it's a choice. It’s easy to close your eyes and turn your head away and when you're tired it's all the easier. But history's a straight line from the past heading straight to the future, and though many things change human nature doesn't. People communicate, understand one another, through stories. Freedom of the press is a big deal, as is freedom of speech. But I'd like to point out that can doesn't make do. Stories don't tell themselves, and it's an infinite choice to speak.

Jack was tempted to believe the lie that “we (the newsies) was beat when we was born”. Near the end of the movie he and his friend David go to a journalist who had been helping them and covering the story of their strike to try to talk him into helping them once more. Jack says something to Denton, the journalist, about how Pulitzer has the power of the press, so what can the newsies do? And their man Denton answers, “Sometimes all it takes is a voice”. I won't say more. The first few lines of the song “You're the Voice” (not from Newsies), are these: “We have the choice the turn the tables over, with the power to be powerful | you're the voice try and understand it, make a noise and make it clear.” 

There are so many awesome songs in Newsies. I think my favorite is Sante Fe, but The World Will Know and Seize the Day are awesome as well, not to mention I'm the King of New York and Carrying the Banner. 

my rating: 4/5

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hehe: I came back, and isn't Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fun?

Hello. I haven't been posting on here very much lately (school and Spanish and math and stuff and things that seem to come along as part of being me happened) and I've missed it. It's weird: when I sit down to write I don't write the way I feel or am thinking: I edit before I ever start, and it makes all my writing (especially on this blog, because that's the way it is) well, I don't know the word. ...Maybe you do; if you do could you please tell me? My brain has gone blank and I can't think: all help would be appreciated.

So...Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (wow, that takes a long time to write out, not as long to say though, that is, not as long when you're saying all that S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for) happened. AWESOMENESS AND HAPPINESS AND FUN. I kind of like it; just a little bit. Are you watching it? How do you like it so far? I'm a wee bit behind, having seen up to episode three only...so don't tell me any spoilers, please! But - shucks - aren't they cool?! I mean, really, what a nice team the son of Coul got together. And isn't Lola precious?
Humm...episodes one, two, and three...the pilot was very good. The acting is great, the scrip seems to be awesome in general so far - and leaving plenty of things to be followed out in new episodes - and it's just funny [Gramsie?]. The characters are all so different and interesting, and together they're quite the team; but, gosh! they are cool. I do want to learn Krav Maga, I wonder what kind of fighting S.H.I.E.L.D. agent's are taught?

It's late and I've been getting up at 5:30 am for some reason the last few weeks [mesa sleepy]...good night.

Saturday, October 19, 2013



"What makes a man a king?"
"In whose eyes?"
"The world's."
"A crown."

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Candle in the Wind

Merlin and Arthur and the Knights of Camelot

“...my idea of those knights was a sort of candle, like these ones here. I have carried it for many years with a hand to shield it from the wind. It has flickered often. I am giving you the candle now-you won’t let it out?”

“It will burn.”

- The Once and Future King, T. H. White

Friday, October 11, 2013

When I let the Squirrels Drive

There are certain things about me that drive me nuts. I over-think things; I over-rationalize; I like showing off; I'm judgmental; I think myself into a little corner of selfyness and stick there for a length of time until I finally realize where I am and go, "that's why I was so unhappy/weird!" Yeah, I do that: drives me nuts.
I don't know what this post is meant to be about but I just feel like expounding on things that drive m-- I've already said that phrase too many times.
When I'm arguing I rarely raise my voice (btw, this is all coming from me, a very prejudiced opinion. If you want good solid facts you can take to the bank ask an observer, not me) it just gets kinda lower and slower, and I start over-rationalizing, over-this-ing, and over-that-ing. Drives me nuts, and siblings too.
Oh, and then there's this other thing I do that drives me nuts: whenever I'm - okay, this one is a littler harder to explain - when I really get something, when there's something really quite sad, when the time has come to be serious, when I'm frustrated; trying to explain myself; plain old potato annoyed: I start laughing. It's bad. Really bad. Funerals? Stories of loved one's deaths? Understanding...anything deeply and I'm off my seat laughing. Laughing till the tears come and my face is contorted and red and I've no breath left. Can I just say one thing more? IT DRIVES ME NUTS. It's not 'cause I'm heartless or whatever it's 'cause that's just the way I handle...stuff, and it just happens to be that I "handle stuff" in a very self-irritating way. Very. But it can be handy too. I keep imagining myself confronted by a bunch of bad-guys and seriously scared and, therefore, laughing my face off till they think I'm psycho....
There're a lot more, but I'm done. Aren't you glad?! :) Thanks for listening.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

In September

I read (to completion):
†Chief of the Cossacks, Harold Lamb

How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
This is a superb book (I underlined a ridiculous amount of it - and don't worry the copy I read was paper-back, I'd never dream of underlining a hard-back); I think just about everyone would benefit from reading it.

*Lyrico: The Only Horse of It's Kind, Elizabeth Vincent Foster
This is wonderful. Horses, the west, a girl and her pony, flying pony; it's all just exactly right.

†The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler, William L. Shirer
Very interesting book telling of the life of Adolf Hitler from beginning to end. His birth in Austria, life as a tramp in the streets of Vienna, political career, to his suicide in Berlin. I learned a new word reading that book: megalomania, it describes Hitler very well.

†The F.B.I., Quentin Reynolds
I started reading this book just 'cause. It was fascinating. J. Edgar Hoover was appointed to create a new detective sort of highly trained force because criminals were beginning to use science and not just force and  police simply did not have the training to track down the criminals. Learning about the detailed records the F.B.I. keeps makes you think. During W.W.2 Nazi submarines landed on beaches in Florida and dropped off spies (I think there were about eight, I can't remember) to sabotage important cities, bridges, and what not, but the F.B.I. tracked down and arrested all of them in a week before they could sabotage anything.

†The Battle of Britain, Quentin Reynolds 
I very much enjoyed reading this book, and also learning a little about the Eagle Squadrons. Here's a quote from the book that made me smile:
"Then I looked up at the bridge where the captain stood. He knew that German planes were on their way to bomb this convoy. Yet he didn't seem a bit nervous as he leaned over the rail of the bridge, smoking his pipe calmly. The English are like that. The more dangerous things become, the calmer they get." -The Battle of Britain, Quentin Reynolds 
Dwight D. Eisenhower: The Story of the General from Abilene, Malcolm Moos

I watched:
The Great Mouse Detective
*You've Got Mail

*Books/movies I've read/watched before.
† Landmark Book

Did you read/watch anything last month you liked especially? I'd love to hear about it!  :)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

You'll Be in My Heart

"When destiny calls you, you must be strong / I may not be with you, but you gotta hold on."
- You'll Be in My Heart, by Phil Collins, from Tarzan

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Liebster Award

Liebster Award Rules:
Acknowledge the blog that nominated you (Oh, How Sweet It Is).
Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger created.
List 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers that deserve some recognition.
Post 11 questions for them to answer.
Notify them that they've been nominated.
Emily's eleven:

1. Why did you start blogging?

Just 'cause. But really, my sister showed me some blogs (like (life is too short not to) wear red shoes) and I liked 'em, so I asked le daddy if I could make one...he said yes.

2. Iphone, android, or other?

Ermm, I don't have any of those, or anything like 'em.... 

3. If you could only eat two things for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Chocolate and tea (though one doesn't exactly eat tea). I'd probably die pretty soon, you can't really live on that stuff. But it would be a happy way to die

4. Best book you've recently read.

How to Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie is GREAT!

5. Your favorite thing you did this summer. 

Hang out with my family; also an incredibly wonderful other family...I just love 'em all bunches. Also, grow up a tad (time seems to do that to people).

6. Your idea of a perfect weekend. 

My family goes on road trips and travels in general a lot and I love travailing. So that's always good. Doing something with the aforesaid mentioned other family is always awesome...usually we'll 'have lunch'  and then stay at their house (or they'll stay at our house) and stay...and then it'll be dinner time and the parents will leave on a double date and the kids'll eat pizza and spend and hour or so deciding what movie to watch and play crazy games...and talk about The Lord of the Rings and debate over whether guitars or pianos are better - I stand alone in favor of violins. 

7. Biggest fashion pet peeve.

I don't like ugly stuff, immodest stuff, bad hairdos, or lots of big bright patterns stuck together that don't match. I honestly don't know a whole lot about fashion (my sister knows more about that kinda stuff)...I like classy outfits and just about anything Kate Middleton wears. 

8. Link to one of your favorite blog posts you've ever written. 

Umm...I never really think of my posts that way...umm...maybe...?

9. What is your favorite social media outlet?

I don't use any. So...yeah.

10. Favorite quote?

"For strength of character consists mainly in the power of sacrificing the presant to the future, of disregarging the immediate temptations of ephemeral pleasure for more distant and lastly sources of satisfaction. The more the power is exercised the higher and stronger becomes the character; till the height of heroism is reached in men who renounce the pleasures of life and even life itself for the sake of keeping or winning for others, perhaps in distant ages, the blessings of freedom and truth." - The Golden Bough, Sir James George Frayer

11. New years resolutions-- do you make & keep them, or (like me) make with the best intentions, but inevitably break them?

I don't really make them...I mean, I make resolutions but not necessarily on new years. I tend to wait until there's something in particular I want to do or change about myself and then I'll think about it for a while and then just set my mind to deciding to do it and then [hopefully] I'll do whatever it is. 

My eleven:

l. Why is the sky blue?

ll. If you were suddenly attacked by seven green aliens in the middle of Sahara Dessert what weapon would you want most?

lll. If the book closest to you were real and you could eat chocolate all day without getting fat would you ride the Gigantic Squirrel?

lV. Do you like math? Why or why not?

V. Have you read The World of Pooh (unabridged) by A. A. Milne? 

Vl. Who is one of your favorite authors?

Vll. Favorite subject in school?

Vlll. Are you home schooled? If you aren't, did you ever wish you were? And if you are, did you ever wish you weren't?

lX. Do you like old or more recent Disney movies? Why?

X.  How do you usually start conversations with strangers? - Do you have any tricks to keep the talking going?

Xl. If you had a horse (or if you do) what would you name it?

Eleven amazing blogs:

Saturday, September 07, 2013

The Great Mouse Detective Review

Directed by: Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson
Starring: Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes
Release year: 1986

Returning to London from duties in Afghanistan, Dr. Dawson finds a young girl mouse by the name of Olivia who has 'lost her father' and is now lost herself. She was looking for 'Basil of Baker Street', who is world-famous for his detective skills, in the hopes that he would find her father. Naturally Dr. Dawson decides to help her find Basil. And so it begins. Basil lives below 221 B Baker Street (at the beginning and end of the movie you see Sherlock Holmes silhouetted against the window playing his violin) and is very much exactly like Sherlock Holmes and has his own very small violin which he plays when in sulky moods. 

It's fun, especially if you read Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle. Being a Holmes fan I especially enjoyed this movie.

My rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

Friday, September 06, 2013

Why I Use Uppercase

Perhaps this is a strange thing to post about but it's in my bean.

I use 'uppercase' (as it's meant to be used, at the beginning of sentences, names, and so on) because I love literature. I love books - old books, new books: good books - and I love writing and words. I guess reading a lot of wonderful books one can't help but admire language (the English langue in my case) and respect its importance and power to convey ideas to a person's mind and, sometimes, (more often then perhaps is realized) to change cultures.

So I suppose I use uppercase - and every time I don't some other part of me goes back and capitalizes immediately - because I feel like it's just one little thing I can do in tribute to a thing I admire and love greatly: the English Language.

I don't think it's wrong to not use caps, I just don't personally, and for some reason I was thinking out in my head: why?

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

In August


I read (to completion)
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir. Arthur Connan Doyle

I watched

Merlin, season 4
Burn Notice, seasons 1-2
Bewitched, first three episodes of season 1
Emma (1996)
Jack the Giant Slayer
The Smurfs 2

Not very much, but I've been rather busy. More in September, I hope.

|| list idea credit belongs to Christina 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Elegant Blogger Award

I was nominated by Christina and Mackenzie, thank you both so much!

  • When you receive the award, link back to keepcalmandsparkle1099.blogspot.com and the blog that nominated you
  • Display the award button in the post
  • Answer all of the 12 questions given in this post (Do not make your own questions)
  • Nominate 12 bloggers
  • Notify them that they have been awarded


1. What made you decide to start blogging?
I was just kinda lonely.... 

2. What is your fashion style?

I like shoes? I'm not so good at these kind of questions...I like sparkly things and pretty colors. Tennis shoes for running and high heals for happiness. Dresses are wonderful.

3. What is something none of your followers know about you?

I'm very ticklish. If you wiggle your finger at me and say, "tickle-tickle-tickle" I'll laugh till I cry. Unfortunately I'm not exaggerating. I have no idea why people do this to me, it's a little strange...oh well, at least it makes 'em happy.

4. What are some of your blogging goals?
It would be really cool to meet some blogger friends in real life. And it would be fun to make a sort of club or something. 

5. Where is your favorite place to shop?

Thrift stories are awesome. The S.A. in particular.

6. What would your ideal amount of blog followers be?

I don't have any number exactly, but as Rose said, "the more the merrier". I guess everybody wants their thoughts and ideas to be known by a bunch of people.

7. What are your talents?

So I asked my sister and she said, "thinking, being tidy and making up stories." We also both agreed that making desserts was one of my strong points.

8. Are you a leader or a follower?

A leader. At least with people I know...I like being in charge.

9. What is one of your favorite quotes?
I'll pretend I didn't see the word 'one'. 
“Is there nothing to sing about today? Then borrow a song from tomorrow; sing of what is yet to be. Is this world dreary? Then think of the next.” - Charles H. Spurgeon
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. ~ Aristotle
It (fantasy) is not there so much to convey a meaning as to wake a meaning. - George McDonald
“Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move, Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.” - William Shakespeare, Hamlet
When all was ready, Themistocles addressed the fleet.  “In every man,” he said, “there are two men, one base, one noble; and we shape our lives as we choose between them. The easy choice looks cheap; but the man defeated pays as long as he lives; while he who chooses to be brave and risk the price of it, will die with glory or live with honor, seeing his sons inherit freedom and bow to no master but the gods. “And this,” he said, “is our choice today.” - Before the Battle of Salamis
A great man would have stopped what he knew to be wrong no matter who was ordering it. -Prince of Persia
And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

10. Do you have a favorite book or book series?

I suppose The Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien) and The Once and Future King (T. H. White) are both 'series', though I never think of them as such.

11. Out of all of the synonyms for elegant, which would you describe yourself with (smart - stylish - dressy - graceful - dainty - fine)?
I asked my sister and she said, after agreeing with me that 'elegant' wasn't exactly 'my word', "fine"

12. What is your favorite flower?

I don't really have a favorite flower. I like daffodils. They're such happy flowers.

I nominate: 
Rose M.
Layla and Josiah
Emma Kate
Sarah Michelle