Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cordy's Jane Austen Would You Rather


     I discovered this lovely game of would you rather -- Austen style -- over on Cordy's blog, Write On, Cordy!  I'm so excited to play, so let's get to it!

 1. Would you rather summer at Abbey Mill Farm with the Martins or spend the winter in London with your aunt and uncle?

     London.  I'm definitely more of a hustle-'n'-bustle-loving city girl.  I think visiting the Martins' farm would be pleasant, of course, but I wouldn't spend an entire summer there.
 
2. Would you rather be carried away in the moment and insult someone in company or be overcome by horrid imaginings and have to confess your thoughts to someone you admire?


     I suppose, if I have to choose, I would rather embarrass myself than insult someone in public. 
 
3. Would you rather marry Mr. Bingley or Robert Martin?


     Probably Mr. Bingley.  He seems like such a fun guy.  Robert Martin, as nice as I'm sure he is, seems too serious for me.  (Not that that's a bad thing.)


4. Would you rather tour the lake country or visit the seaside?

      The seaside, definitely!  I am so in love with the seaside.
 
5. Would you rather entertain Miss Bates or Mr. Collins in conversations?


      Oh, Miss Bates, to be sure!  She may talk as incessantly as Mr. Collins, but at least she's a kind and well-meaning woman.  Mr. Collins can be so annoying.
 
6. Would you rather sing a musical piece at a gathering while hiccuping every other line or take a great tumble while dancing?


     Oh, dear.  I suppose I'd prefer...I don't know!  Goodness, I'd be embarrassed either way.  I'll go with the hiccups while singing, though.  I might be able to work with that.  I'd hate to fall in the middle of a dance and appear clumsy!


7. Would you rather be deceived by Willoughby or Wickham?

     I have to say Willoughby.  He never seemed so spiteful and vindictive as Mr. Wickham.  At least, to me.
 
8. Would you rather fall head over heels in love with a man who turns out to be engaged or fall for a man too busy loving someone else to notice you?


     The former.  At least that way he made the engagement before he fell in love with me, rather than making me feel like a fallback after publicly displaying affection for someone else.  If that makes sense.  Pretty much what Cordy said.
 
9. Would you rather ride in a carriage or upon a horse to an evening party?


     In a carriage.  I wouldn't want to soil my dress, now would I? ;-)

 
10. Would you rather accept advice from Mrs. Weston or Elinor Dashwood?

     Oh, I don't know...either one would be fine.  Perhaps Mrs. Weston because she's not so blunt as Elinor.
 
11. Would you rather have as a companion Jane Fairfax or Charlotte Lucas?


     Jane Farifax.  I definitely have more of a soft spot for her.  

   Thanks for the fun game, Cordy! :-)

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Eleanor Tilney | An Appreciation Post


     Continuing my series highlighting the minor heroines of Jane Austen's novels, I have decided to focus on Eleanor Tilney today.  (Read my first post about Jane Fairfax.)

      From the first moment Mr. Tilney introduced Catherine and me to his sister, Eleanor, I liked her immensely.  She has a serious, yet kind and generous personality.  Her warmth and sincerity make her a much better friend than Isabella Thorpe could ever be.  

     The influence her frienship has on Catherine is obvious and quite significant as she encourages Catherine to mature and become a better lady, like herself.  Catherine instantly admires Eleanor upon first introduction, even though she is still rather loyal to Isabella.  However, by the end, Catherine learns what is really valuable in a friend.

      After losing her mother at a young age, it is clear that Eleanor is a bit lonely with only her harsh, controlling father and two brothers for companions.  She is in love with a man whom she is forbidden from speaking to.  (*Spoiler alert: She does anyway, secretly rendezvousing in the woods.*)  Catherine's friendship with her is just as important as hers with Catherine.  

     Despite her rather sad and lonely upbringing, Eleanor proves to be a strong woman who believes in love.  Even when she is unhappy in love herself, she encourages both her brother and Catherine in their growing relationship.  Having Catherine come and stay with her at Northanger Abbey is a turning point for them both as they spend time in each other's company and grow closer.  Unfortunately, they are soon torn apart by General Tilney who tells Eleanor that she must ask Catherine to leave immediately with no explanation.  Yet they determine to correspond with each other in spite of Eleanor's father.

      Now poor Eleanor is alone again.  That is until *spoiler warning* her lover returns a viscount and she marries him.  Finally, out of the goodness of her heart, she influences her father to consent to Henry and Catherine's marriage as well.  Really, if it weren't for Eleanor, Catherine's story would not have a happy ending.

    

     I think Eleanor deserves her own novel, truly.  She does possess the qualities of a heroine one can sympathize with.  She proves herself to be strong and sensible, not one of Jane Austen's timid minor characters nor one of her ridiculous ones or the witty social critique.  No, Eleanor is definitely a heroine in her own right.  
   She has always been a favorite of mine and should not be underestimated.  What do you think?  Do you agree?  Does she not deserve as much credit as I give her?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Musings | A Warm Welcome to Summer


     Is it just me or did May go by ridiculously fast?  School is out for the summer here in the States, and it is so nice to be wearing capris and sandals again!  

      There are so many great things about summer, don't you agree?  I have a few goals in mind to accomplish before August rolls around.  For one, I'd like to read more and post more often.  (I should be able to with a bit more time on my hands, though even summer gets busy.)  I have a couple of tags waiting to be filled out for posting and a few other ideas for some fun summery posts. 

     I'd like to get a job and start making money to put toward college, etc. and also fill out my college application before the fall.  It's all coming up so quickly!  

     Hopefully, my family will get to take a nice vacation as well.  I must say, we need it, with as busy as life has been lately.  It will be nice to slow down and get away for awhile.  Perferably to a beach. ;-)

     One of my favorite things to do with my sisters is try out fun hairstyles.  So as I was brainstorming posts to do for the summer, I thought of one where I do hairstyles on my sister from some of your favorite period dramas.  My sister has been wanting me to try some on her for a while now, and I thought it would be even cooler if I shared the finished products with you all!  What do you think?  Any requests?

     Alright, I will now wrap up this rambling post.  Until next week, dear readers! :-)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Guess the Period Drama from Its Scenery Game -- Answers

Thank you all for playing the game I posted a couple weeks ago! :-)  Here are the answers and the scores:

1. Poldark

2. Anne of Green Gables

3. Pride & Prejudice (1995)


4. The Young Victoria

5. Downton Abbey


 6. Saving Mr. Banks



7. Little Women


8. Northanger  Abbey

Miss March - 50
Rachel - 40
Varvare - 80 
MovieCritic - 40
Ruth - 30
Molly Rebekah - 40

Friday, May 05, 2017

The Book Tag


     MovieCritic has tagged me with the Book Tag, and I haven't done a tag in a while so this should be fun. :-)  Thank you, MovieCritic.  Now, onto the questions...

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

     Not sure which one, but I have had my American Girl books longer than all of the others currently on my shelf.

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you'll read next?

     I've been reading more than one book at a time for a while.  Currently, reading The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson, since I just finished The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest.  Also, reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.  I would like to read Hinds Feet On High Places by Hannah Hurnard and Bleak House by Charles Dickens next.

3. What book did everyone like but you hated?

     I didn't necessarily hate it, but The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak.  I heard so much about how good it was from more than one person, but it just wasn't for me.


4. What book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't?

     Ummm...well, honestly, I read the books I want to read. 

5. What book are you saving for retirement?

     I'm not saving any.  Why would I wait to read something when I want to read it now.  I'm sure there will be lots of new books to read by the time I get there. ...I guess I could say The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, since I would like to read it, but it's kind of at the end of my list.

6. Last page: read it first or wait 'til the end?

     Is that even a question?  Wait until the end, of course! :P



7. Acknowledgements: waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?

     I don't think it's a waste of paper because I find it to be a nice sentiment.  However, I rarely ever read them, so I can't call it an interesting aside either.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

     I'm sure you all expect it, but I must be honest: Emma Woodhouse.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?

     Well, not that I can think of at the moment...


10. Name a book you acquired in an interesting way.

     Oh, when I was thirteen, the church I was attending at the time was cleaning out their library and I took Shadows of the Canyon by Tracie Peterson from one of the boxes.  (I asked first, don't worry. :-)

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

     I have given plenty of books to my younger sisters when I've outgrown them.  There's nothing really special about that, but I haven't given books away to anyone else.

12. Which book has been with you most places?

     Emma has been to summer camp and Puerto Rico...both The Fairest Beauty and The Captive Maiden have been to several states.  (Of course, all the books on my Kindle App have been basically everywhere I have, but I didn't think I could count those. ;-)


13. Any required reading you hated in high school that wasn't so bad later?

     Nope.  All of the required reading that I have disliked, I still dislike.  (Ahem, Robinson Crusoe.)

 14. Used or brand new?

     There's something about opening a fresh, unused book that just cannot be topped.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

     Never heard of him.


16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

     Rarely.  There are movies that are as good as the book, but not better.

17. Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks included?

     All of the Pioneer Woman cookbooks make me hungry, yes.

18. Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take?

     My mom's.  She has a very similar taste in books, so I know her recommendations will be books I will love.


     Now, let's see...four people to tagged.  I don't know who has already been tagged by Olivia, but I have four random people:
1. Rachel
2. Abby P.
3. Kelly-Anne
4. Miss March

    Thanks again, MovieCritic for the fun tag!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Guess the Period Drama From Its Scenery | My First Game


     I've seen quite a few games like this on other blogs, and I enjoy them so I thought I would try one myself.  I'm sure you all know how to play, but just in case, here are the rules: Look at the pictures, comment the name of the period drama with the corresponding number, and try to answer them all correctly.  There will be no pictures of the actors and actresses in this game, in order to make it a little harder.  Let's see how well you know the scenery of these beautiful period dramas! :-)

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     I'll be posting the answers sometime next week.  I hope you enjoyed!  

*10 points for each correct answer

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Thankfulness

{photo taken by me}

     For those books that make me break into a grin.
     For those pink and purple skies that steal my breath.
     For those kind words of advice from my mom.
     For those melancholy spring showers.
     For those movies that move me to tears.
     For those friends who listen to me share my heart.
     For those daydreams that take me far away.
     For those ice cream cones on a warm night.
     For those last few minutes before I fall asleep.
     For those sisters that make me laugh.
     For those experiences that keep me humble.
     For those Bible verses that give me courage.
     For those talks with my dad.
     For those stories that form in my imagination.
     For those chores that give me time to think.
     For those readers who allow me to keep on blogging.
     For those songs that make my heart soar.
     For those flowers blooming outside.
     For those brief moments of pure silence and reflection.
     For those holidays that bring me such joy.
     For those cups of tea in the morning.
     For those times when I can't keep from singing.
     For those opportunities to do what I love.
     For the freedom to openly worship Jesus.
     For the dreams and passions in my heart.
     For a family to share memories with.
     For a home to call my own.
     For a God who loves me so much that He sent His Son to die for me.
     For all this and more, I am thankful to Him.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

It's Been A While


     It has been so quiet on my blog lately!  I've been meaning to post, truly, but...well, I won't make lame excuses.  Instead, I'll update you all!
        Here's what's been going on:
  • Saw Beauty and the Beast -- loved it!  It was beyond everything I could have hoped for.
  • Started rereading Sense & Sensibility.  I can't believe how much I had forgotten!  And it is still such a good book.
  • Been considering job possibilities and college classes for next year. 
  • Looking forward to summer, of course. 
  • Coming up with new blog post ideas.  I'm planning to get into a better habit of posting regularly.  :-)
  • Updated my blog look about 3-4 times before settling on my old one with a couple minor tweaks, as you can see.
  • Oh!  And I got a lovely new spring dress for Easter.  (Hopefully, we will have spring weather before the holiday weekend!)
 
       What's been going on with you all?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A Lovely Day


     I wasn't going to post again until next week sometime, but I had such an enjoyable day yesterday that I couldn't resist the opportunity to write about it.  Maybe it was cold and cloudy, but my family brought out the best of Friday.

     We went ice skating in the late morning/early afternoon.  It was such fun!  My sisters and I had a blast circling the ice and laughing.  There's just something about gliding over the ice that inexplicably makes your heart soar, you know?  Afterward, we went out and enjoyed a late lunch at one of our favorite places to eat.  We sat by the warm fireplace in the cafe and simply talked and ate together.  When lunch was done, we took a drive.  Just a drive.  We weren't going anywhere in particular, but instead took the liberty of driving along the wide, swollen river.  It was quite relaxing.  Honestly, yesterday was one of the best family days ever.

     And then, for the icing on the cake, the new Beauty and the Beast soundtrack was released yesterday, too, so I listened to that when I got home.  Wow.  (Am I the only one who got goosies?)  Suffice it to say, I love it.  Like, a lot.   "How Does A Moment Last Forever" brought tears to my eyes.  And I'm pretty much addicted to it now.  

     Now, I intend to enjoy my Saturday, as well.  I don't usually watch movies in the morning, but I'm in a Cinderella mood, so here I go.  Have a lovely day, dears!

     How was your Friday?  What do you all think of the new Beauty and the Beast soundtrack? 

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The Watsons | Excerpts


     As I mentioned back in January and again in February, during I Love Austen Week, I have been writing my own conclusion to Jane Austen's "The Watsons".  It has been my favorite project for some time now, even though I don't have as much time to work on it as I'd like.

     After debating it for a while, I finally decided to just go for it and share a few short excerpts with you all.  And you may criticize if you wish.  I am always open to feedback, as you know.  I'm a bit apprehensive about it, but I feel like I had better just get on with it before I get too nervous and decide against it.  You know what... No.  Okay.  Here goes.


      "I anticipate meeting him, after all his good attributes have been pointed out to me so carefully by you," replied Emma warmly.
      "Yes, indeed. You will find him most agreeable."
      "I only wish we could help him a bit," Emma sighed.
      "With what, dear?"
      "With respect to my friend Miss Edwards. Mary seems so taken with Captain Hunter that I fear Sam has little chance of winning her."
      "Yes, that is too bad. I think that if he cannot have her, then there is someone better suited to him, perhaps somewhere outside of Surrey."



            Emma did not know what to say. She needed a moment to think about all that which Penelope had just related. Yes, Elizabeth had indeed been evasive. But she had still been so kind and caring. "I am very sorry about it all," was the most she could muster in reply.
           "Did I say too much?" Penelope asked uncertainly. “Was I wrong to tell you? I assure you it is all true.”


            Now, what was she to do? Whom could she trust?  It was then that Emma decided she needed to get away from Surrey.  But where should she go? She did not want to go to London.  A visit to the seaside was rather appealing, she decided.  She had visited the sea several times with her aunt, and it was there she wanted to go now.  It was the ideal plan.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Musings | feat. A Maleficent GIF, the Red Carpet, and a Great Quote


     Well, Happy March, everyone!  Is it spring yet?  It's hard to tell with our temperatures fluctuating as they areLast week, we went from 70F to snow in a matter of a few days, and, to be honest, I was a bit frustrated by that.  I want it to be warm!

     Anyway.  I thought I'd write up a quick post about what's going on inside my mind lately. 

     The Oscars happened on Sunday night, and I was quite pleased to see La La Land win six five awards, including Emma Stone for best actress (while looking stunning, I must say).  Yes, I watched the whole thing live.  And I was fairly disappointed with the confusion over Best Picture at the end... 
      The dresses on the red carpet, though!  Some were strange (as you come to expect), but some were gorgeous!  I'll just share with you my standout favorites:
As I said, Emma Stone stunned.
Felicity Jones looked adorable.
Hailee Steinfeld's dress was just wow!
(Watching all the glitz and glamour makes me wish I could attend such an event. *sigh*)

      Oh, and speaking of fabulous gowns, Victoria -- which showcases amazing costumes -- is coming to an end this Sunday.  I turned out liking it more than I initially thought I would.  That is mainly because of a certain adorable couple: Nancy Skerrett & Charles Francatelli.  They are so sweet!!!  (Am I the only one?)  I could keep gushing about them, but I'll spare you all and keep this post to a minimal length.


     What else can I write about?

     Hm... Well, now that March is here, some exciting things are coming up.  Like the new live-action Beauty and the Beast...
     I am convinced this is going to be one of my new favorites.  Like ever.  The casting by itself is just perfection.  Add in the beautiful music and these gorgeous sets and voila!  Instant Disney magic.  (Next Oscars? I cannot wait to see this in a few short weeks!  And I know you all are excited, too! :-)
     Alright, I need to wrap up this little rambling post.  I'll leave you with another favorite dress from the Oscars, and a great quote:
I just loved this black one on Kirsten Dunst!
 "Repression is the enemy of civilization, so keep dreaming, because the dreams we dream today will provide the love, the compassion, and the humanity that will narrate the stories of our lives tomorrow."  -Marc Platt

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Simple Questions Tag + New Blog Look


     Rachel at A Girl's Place has kindly tagged me with this list of questions she created.  So thank you, Rachel. :-)  Let's get to it!

 1. How does your morning start?
     The first hour of my morning is pretty typical.  You know, after I wake up I make my bed, brush my teeth, put on some soft, cheery music, and have my devotional time with a cup of tea.

2. What's your favourite colour?
     Pink!  Of course.  

3. What book are you reading right now?
     Among a few others, Crazy Love by Francis Chan -- and loving it! 

4. What is your opinion about having a mobile phone?
   That's an interesting question... Well, before I had a phone, it was all I wanted.  I constantly complained that all my other ten-year-old friends had one and it wasn't fair and I begged and begged for one.  Yeah.  Then when I did get one a few years later, it was really no big deal.  I like my phone, and I'm content with it.  But I wish I could go back and convince my younger self that I didn't need a phone as much as I thought I did.  Haha :-)  Aaannyway.


5. Your favourite actress? (Pick at least two)
     Lily James and...either Daisy Ridley or Anne Hathaway.  

6. What's your favourite movie right now?
     My top favourite movies are always the same: The Lord of the Rings and Emma (2009).  It's a draw between those 'two'.  (And, ha, I just noticed that you made me spell 'favorite' the British way!  And I'm not going to change it, because I actually like it better.)

7. Snow or rain?
    Mmm...depends on my mood.  Snow is so beautiful, but that means it's freezing outside.  I love a nice summer shower, though.  I don't know!  I guess I'll say...snow.


8. What's your favourite ice cream flavour?
     Ooh!  There are so many good flavors and my favorites constantly change.  Currently, it would have to be black raspberry chocolate chip.  De-lish!

9. To which countries have you been?
     Sadly, just Puerto Rico and the US.  But I have been to so many states in the US, so...

10. What are you doing mostly in the evening?
     It depends on the evening.  I read, watch movies/TV, or write (blog post, journal entry, etc.).

11. How old are you?
     Seventeen.


12. Which countries do you really want to visit?
     Oh, dear.  There's quite a long list.  I'll try to name just a few: the UK & Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand, Prince Edward Island...and many, many others.
     
13. What's your dream career?
     Doing something that I love and accomplishing God's will.
     
14. If you were cast in a movie, which character would you love to play?
     Mmm...wow.  I don't know.  There are too many options...  Sorry! I don't have an answer for this one.

     Those are all of my answers.  Thanks again for the tag, Rachel! :-)