Friday, November 25, 2016

Holiday Look 2016

 Since we traditionally decorate for Christmas today in my house, I have decided to update my blog for the holidays as well.  

 Now that Thanksgiving is over (Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I know I am way late.), I can finally blast the Christmas tunes, wear this adorable snowflake sweater from American Eagle, and set up my sparkly silver tree in my bedroom. It seems like once Thanksgiving hits, everything speeds up and Christmas goes by way too fast. In fact, this season comes and goes faster every year.  

 Right now, we are in the process of taking down fall decorations and lugging out the Christmas ones.  I love this time of year so much!  Expect some Christmas-y posts coming up.  Have a wonderful Friday!

 - Elanor

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Moving On

 Life can be confusing from day to day.  Trust me.  Read my journal sometime and check out how crazy things in my life get often enough.  The past few months since my family moved to a new town have been...different.  But I think it's all going to work out.  No, sorry - I KNOW it's all going to work out.  God must be growing me through this in some way.  At least, that's what happened the last time my family moved (three years ago).

 Leaving everything you're familiar with to start over in a new place is nothing if not unnerving.  And then, once it seems like you're finally settled there, you have to pick up and move again?  No, it's far from fun. 

 But I have been continually reminding myself to trust in God's plan.  Sometimes I fail.  I miss my old home and bedroom and dance studio and friends.  In those moments, it's time to count my blessings. 

 How about the new friends I have made here?  Making new friends is one thing every single person who's ever moved away has worried about - even if they don't admit it.  I have been lucky to get quickly involved in an outgoing youth group at my new church which really eased the effects of the move.

 Oh, and what about all of the city shopping availability?  That's certainly a plus, since I moved from a small, antique-hotspot town located at least half an hour away in each direction from name brand stores.

 Sure, there are plenty of things that are less than ideal.  It is still going to take time to settle in completely.  Yet I am still trying to look on the bright side of things, knowing that by the time we've been here a year, it will seem more like home.  Like I said, there are days when I fail miserably and I lose myself complaining.  (I'll just admit it.)  However, in the words of Anne Shirley, "Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it."  And how true that is, when I really think about it.

Monday, November 14, 2016

November Life

 Hello, everyone!  As you've probably noticed by now, it is November.  It is currently a chilling 46 degrees here, which, for November, is actually not horrible.  (We could have a few inches of snow by now as we've had in the past.)

  So, yes, for me, November means breaking out the hot cocoa and tea and fleecy blankets, plus all the other things I love about fall - except that the trees are pretty much bare now.  

 For today's little post, I decided to share with you the things I am loving this month.

What I'm Reading...
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 

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 This is the book I am currently reading.  It is intriguing so far, but I am also trying to read things for school on top of that. In school, I am reading "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Shakespeare (and loving it!) and writing a research paper on Elizabeth I for my British Literature  class.  I am also reading [in addition to my main history bok] The Victor of Salamis by William S. Davis for my Greek History class.  It is all very interesting, but it does rather distract me from my pleasure book.  I should have more time to read it once we break for Christmas in a few weeks.

What I'm Watching...
 Elementary on CBS

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 I've been watching the modern day New York version of Sherlock Holmes on TV every Sunday night for the past few weeks.  It is season five of Elementary, which stars Jonny Lee Miller (Mr. Knightley <3) as Sherlock Holmes.  It is quite an intense detective show, but I enjoy watching it since I love every other Sherlock Holmes adaptation.  Plus, Watson (Lucy Liu - yes, Watson is a girl in this show) has a fabulous wardrobe.

What I'm Scented...
Warm Vanilla Sugar from Bath & Body Works
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 I was not quite sure how to phrase this one...perhaps it sounds kind of weird.  But, anyhow, I have been using my Warm Vanilla Sugar mist almost every day for the month of November.  It is such a cozy scent and I just absolutely love it.  I highly recommend this scent for any and all occasions.  It is just so versatile.  I mean, I love it for the fall, but it works well all year round.

What I'm Brainstorming...
Ideas for Christmas presents

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 Right now, that nagging question at the back of my mind is "What are you giving your sisters for Christmas?"  The answer right now: "I have no idea."  Thanks to Google and Pinterest, I am hoping to stumble across an idea I love soon.

What I'm Excited For...

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 Next week is Thanksgiving here in the US and that is when the Holiday Season officially begins.  It truly is 'the most wonderful time of the year', and I am so looking forward to it.  This season always puts me in a happy mood and makes me forget about the less-than-happy days of the past year.  Sure, it is a crazy busy time, but it is also so so so wonderful, too!

 If you want, leave a comment below telling me what you're reading and watching, what your favorite fall scent is, and/or what you're excited for.  Aren't we all excited for the upcoming Christmas season? :-)

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Five Character Crushes: A Silly Side of Me

Hello, everyone!  And happy November to you all.  I cannot believe that it is November already, and the holidays are getting closer and closer every day.  This is my favorite time of year, so you may expect some enthusiastic posts.  

I have been absent from Blogger for a short while; I got a bit busy.  I wanted to post, I truly did, but I couldn't find a spare moment.  Now that I have got one, I wrote up a silly little ramble that just shows you what a ridiculous, moony girl I can be at times.

Ok, so I decided to do a post on my character crushes because I know I am not the only girl who fantasizes about the guys in books and movies.  There are so many fictional men who are so far superior to the real life guys.  I know there's Mr. Darcy, but let's look beyond him...

1.   Faramir

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    You may be surprised that of all the fantastic male characters in Middle-Earth I would choose him, but Faramir is way underappreciated.  He has so many good qualities.  First, he let Frodo and Sam go even when he believed doing so would forfeit his life.  He is courageous and hopeful, loyal to his country and and his father, however awful the latter treats him.  Then he has only love for his brother rather than jealousy, which shows a mark of true excellent character.  Plus, he is quite romantic in his own way when he is with his fair maiden in the House of Healing.  So yes, I would pick Faramir over Aragorn, Legolas, and even Samwise Gamgee.

2.    Prince Kit

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       Alright, it's no secret that from the moment I caught sight of those dreamy blue eyes and that charming grin I was head-over-heels for Cinderella's handsome prince.  Kit has more than just fabulous looks, however.  He appreciates courage and kindness, and he is determined to marry for love rather than advantage. *dreamy sigh*  He doesn't abuse his power as a prince and later a king, but instead rules wisely and generously.  Finally, Kit looks beyond outward appearances and focuses on true beauty within.  He could have married any rich, gorgeous, and snobby princess, but instead he chose a poor, sweet, and humble maid.  But it doesn't hurt that he is also handsome (which, as Elizabeth says, a man ought to be if he possibly can).

3.    George Knightley
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      Besides Mr. Darcy, Jane Austen has some other heartthrob heroes.  Mr. Knightley is one of them, in my opinion.  He is a true gentleman with high standards yet a compassion for the less fortunate.  He is opinionated and passionate, but he is also sensitive and would do anything for the woman he loves.  Oh, Mr. Knightley.  He is far superior to every other man, you know.  His one fault: jealously.  But considering it was out of love, perhaps we can forgive him there.  Otherwise, Mr. Knightley is very wise and good and sensitive, and that's what I love about him.

4.    Poe Dameron

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        If you're thinking that a futuristic Star Wars character seems out of place with my other character crushes, let me remind you that Star Wars really happened a long time ago, so it fits.
Anyway, I have just been in love with Poe since I saw The Force Awakens in theaters last December.  He's such a dashing, daring, fun guy.  Some people may say he is arrogant, but I don't think so.  Poe is a brave fighter pilot for the Resistance, he has no problem giving a stormtrooper a chance to do what's right, and he is then kind and encouraging to Finn.  Not to mention that he always puts others before himself.  He is willing to die in order to keep the First Order from finding the map to Luke Skywalker, and his courage is admirable.  Plus, he has such rugged good looks!  ;-)

5.    Gilbert Blythe

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       Oh, Gil.  He is so sweet and patient, a true kindred spirit if ever there was one.  I love that he never gives up on his true love, but waits for her without complaining.  He is the definition of commitment, and what girl wouldn't want that?  Also, he is ambitious and hardworking.  It doesn't matter if it takes two years or ten years, Gilbert will achieve his goals, working his way through any and every trial that comes his way.  He may seem serious sometimes, but he does have a teasing, playful side.  Granted his teasing often winds him up on Anne's cold side, but in the end he is too lovable to hold a grudge at forever.  Yeah, Gilbert Blythe is pretty much goals. Why are Gilberts so scarce in the world today?

So there you have five of my favorite character crushes.  

Comment below and tell me who you would add to the list!  It can be a character from any book or movie ever.