Infinity Dreams award {?}

The Dragon Writer did a post the other day and did a sort of general tagging thingy, I needed a blog post idea, so we’re just going to go with that, yeah? 🙂

The rules:

-Thank the person who nominated you.

-Answer their 11 questions

-Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions.

Since I wasn’t tagged directly, I’ll just say thanks for writing that post, Dragon. 🙂

1. If you could spend a day with any fictional character, who would it be and what would you do?

Hermmmm….. That is a very good question. I wouldn’t mind chatting with Percy Jackson for a bit. Mr. Darcy and Mr. Thornton would be interesting people to talk to, so would Colonel Brandon and Captain America. Padme Amidala would have a wonderful brain to pick. What I’d like to do is invite them all over for tea and see what happens. Wouldn’t that be fun?

2. What was the last movie you watched?

The last movie I watched was Sense and Sensibility featuring Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson. Over a month ago… I haven’t been watching movies very often.

3. Do you have a favourite super hero, and if so, who?

YES I DO HAVE A FAVORITE THANK YOU FOR ASKING. It’s Captain America. ❤ ❤

4. Tea or coffee? (or neither?)

Both, thank you. I like tea for the afternoon (Earl Gray) or right before bed (Sleepytime). I work at a coffee shop so there is lots of coffee consumed. 😉

5. What’s the weirdest fact you’ve learnt while researching something (for writing, school, whatever)?

Oh gosh. That’s a great question. I do a lot of research for stories and such, besides being a history buff, but I think the most interesting thing I’ve learned would be that putting pure liquid nicotine on your skin is not a very good idea.

Yeah, I look up weird things for stories. Don’t judge me.

6. What’s your favourite ever book/book series?

I don’t think that Louis de Wohl’s saint books count as a series per say, but they do to me. So that’s my favorite series. 🙂

7. Are you in any fandoms, and if so, which ones?

Oh the fandoms. My two biggest are Percy Jackson and Star Wars, my first love. ALL STAR WARS ALL THE TIME MAY THE FORCE BE WITH ALL OF Y’ALL. I do like LOTR, though not as much as some people. I also tend to fangirl squeal over Pride and Prejudice and North and South. (I blame Richard Armitage and Colin Firth.)

8. What’s your favourite place you’ve visited?

I visited the Smokey Mountains a few years ago and saw the Biltmore House. I’d love to go back someday and see the mountains again. They were really pretty during the fall.

9. Author you’ve read the most of?

Janette Oke, I think. I’ve been reading and collecting her books for years. 🙂 Jan Karon and Louis de Wohl are two other authors I’ve read a bunch of books by.

10. Strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

Hmmmm…. I really don’t know. I’ve eaten some weird food in the past but I can’t think of one off the top of my head. I ate yaki-mandu several years ago and I loved it. I could eat my body weight in them probably. So stinking good.

But I love food. Food makes me so happy…

11. What was (or is) your favourite children’s show?

I like the Backyardagains. It’s not as loud or as stupid as most other kid’s shows. And it’s cute and creative.

All right! There are the questions from Dragon! So now I’m going to tag a few other bloggers and maybe they’ll answer my questions. 🙂

Anne-thology of Books

Becca and Books

Popcorn and Prologues 

Rose’s Reids

The Sock Monkey

Wool and Wheel

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All right, my questions for y’all. 🙂

  1. Coffee or tea? Or both?
  2. What do you like to do in your spare time?
  3. Any hobbies?
  4. Name one slightly odd fact about yourself.
  5. Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter?
  6. What was the first series or book that made you cry? Or at least tear up a smidge?
  7. Favorite genre in music?
  8. Star Wars: yes or no? (Don’t worry, I’ll still love you even if you say no. Maybe.)
  9. Who is your favorite author?
  10. What fandoms are you a part of, if any?
  11. Is there a movie you have watched so many times you could probably recite from memory?

The Literary Heroine Blog Party

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I’m participating in Kellie’s Literary Heroine Blog Party. Ooo, this’ll be so much fun! If you can, go check Kellie’s blog out. Her fashion sense is spot on and major adorable! Thanks so much for hosting this, Kellie.
The Literary Heroine Blog Party Link up:
(*To those of you who participated in earlier years, it’s fine if you reuse some of your answers over again!*)
~ The Questions ~
  1. Introduce yourself! Divulge your life’s vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random! Greetings and salutations! I’m a lady who loves books, reading, knitting, crafting, and living. I love to make things that are useful and lovely. I’m a faithful Catholic who loves learning more about her Faith. I enjoy being a geeky nerd, fascinated by Star Wars and history. Guaranteed, I can give you a relevant quote from a movie or book for any circumstance, delivered in a funny voice. Spiders scare the life out of me, no joke. I want to honor God in my life by doing the little things with great love, a la St. Therese
  2. What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine? I think that a true heroine is willing to put other’s needs before hers. She gives with a cheerful heart and a sweet smile. She has a clear head and is smart. She should know her faults and try to overcome them, not getting too discouraged when she fails. 
  3. Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to. Polly Milton from An Old-Fashioned GirlI love how Polly stays true to herself throughout the whole book. She’s modest and sweet, but has a real get’er done attitude. I want to be her. Meg March, from Little Women is another favorite heroine. She’s usually pushed aside in favor of Jo, but Meg’s sweet heart and kindness I really love and admire. Rosalind Penderwick from The Penderwick Series. Rosalind always sacrifices for her siblings and really keeps her family together. 
  4. Five of your favorite historical novels? An Old-Fashioned Girl (Louisa May Alcott), They Called Her Mrs. Doc (Janette Oke), The Golden Thread (Louis de Wohl), Anne of the Island (L.M. Montgomery), and Eight Cousins (Louisa May Alcott).
  5. Out of those five books who is your favorite major character and why? Anne Shirley and Polly Milton and Rose Campbell all tie for that spot. They all have so many great characteristics I can’t decide which I like best.
  6. Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why? Mac from Eight Cousins and Uli von der Flue (I hope I spelled his name right) from The Golden Thread. They are such great supporting characters. Read the books to find out why. 😉
  7. If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to – and what would you plan to do there? I would start in England, take a tour of the countryside and cross my fingers for good weather. I would then go to Paris and the French countryside. Then on to Rome, Assisi, Verona, and a few other Italian cities. Then I would gladly come home and collapse and sleep for ten years. If I couldn’t go overseas, I would love to travel along Route 66 from beginning to end. Or go back to the Biltmore and the Smokey Mountains. I don’t know if that would ever happen, since I’m not the greatest of travelers and prefer to be a homebody. 
  8. What is your favorite time period and culture to read about? I love reading about the 1800s in any culture.
  9. You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation, tap dancing… what is your act comprised of? Well, since I’m so bossy and good at telling people what to do…I meant since I’m responsible and have a good head on my shoulders, I would probably end up directing the action. I’m not a very good singer and not the best at acting, so I’ll just stay behind the scenes.
  10. If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent? Gah, that’s a hard question. I adore Elizabeth Bennet, but I also love Anne Shirley. And then there’s Arwen, who makes me swoon with her stunning gowns. I think I’ll go with Arwen…or Eowyn…
  11. Favorite author(s)? Louis de Wohl, Janette Oke, Louisa May Alcott, L.M. Montgomery, among many many others. 🙂
  12. In which century were most of the books you read written? I think the 19th and 20th centuries. I read a few modern novels, but I’m super picky about what I read. Comes from being the family censor, I suppose.
  13. In your opinion, the ultimate hero in all literature is… A totally unorthodox hero, but I think that Percy Jackson is an amazing hero. He’s willing to sacrifice himself to protect his friends, he has faults, knows it, and tries to overcome them. He is also really sweet and dorky. 
  14. In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is… George Wickham. He is so utterly awful and pretends that he isn’t, that he’s just misunderstood! That is one thing that drives me nuts when people try to say, oh, he/she’s not a villain. He/she’s just misunderstood. No. If they are bad, they are bad.
  15. Describe your ideal dwelling place. Oh, I’ve always wanted to do this. I want to live in a house that is a mix between a Southern farmhouse and an English cottage. Full of windows and light, a library full of books and cozy places to curl up and read, deep windows with cushions, a huge wrap-around porch, a porch swing, and rocking chairs, hardwood floors, a huge fireplace, and full of life, laughter, food, yarn, and children. I would want to be able to step outside into a garden full of flowers and beauty. In short, I want a place I can call home and live and die in, a place I would never ever have to leave.
  16. Sum up your fashion style in a short sentence. Fun, modest, comfy, wooly, warm, and kind of eclectic with lots of handknits! Think skirts, blouses, berets, leggings, tunics, wool socks and slippers. Oh, and fleecy sweatpants. 😉 That’s how I dress. 
  17. Three favorite Non-fiction books? Christian Courtship in an Oversexed World by Father T. G. Morrow, Presenting Miss Jane Austen by May Lamberton Becker, and Catholic Christianity by Peter Kreeft. 
  18. Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon? I would start by mixing up a batch of bread to have later with my tea, dancing and singing to Owl City while doing so. While it was rising, I would spend some time knitting on a porch swing. (This is in an ideal world, right? I have a porch swing in my imagination.) After putting the bread in the oven, and making tea, I’d spend a bit of time writing with my cup of mind-stimulation Earl Gray. After tea time, it’s time for a nap. (Remember, ideal world.)
  19. Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat – in such a way as will best portray your true character. A slouchy beret style hat that I knit myself, worn on the back of my head and keeping my cold ears warm. 
  20. What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate? I’m glad dark chocolate is a health food. Is it? If not, please don’t shake me out of my delusions. Please. 
  21. Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year. Well, there have been a few important things, but I’m kind of a private person, so I’ll just share a few minor things. I dyed my hair black back in October and the color still hasn’t washed out yet…(my natural hair color is a golden brown and I have very pale skin, so this is a dramatic difference.) I found what I think is going to be my career path, a birth doula or professional labor assistant. A small thing: I conquered my fear of sock knitting. And I purchased my first spinning wheel and learned how to use it! So, that’s some of what went on last year/early this year.
  22. Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently. Three of my favorite verses are Psalms 17:8 “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.”, Song of Songs 2:11 “For see, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone.”, and Jeremiah 29:11-14 “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you.” 

Sisterhood Blog Award

I was nominated a few weeks ago for the Sisterhood of the World bloggers award by Miss Juliet Poe. Thank you! I would’ve put the cute picture on here, but couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to. Miss Juliet asked me some questions for me to answer as part of the nomination, and here are my answers!

1. Who is your favorite musician?
I think I would have to say Owl City is my favorite. His music is so upbeat, clean, and just plain fun! I listen to him all the time and have most of his albums. 🙂

2. What is the book that has the most influence on your life?
Ohhh man… Hard question! I’m going to say Catholic Christianity by Peter Kreeft.

3. How do you believe the future of social media will affect bloggers?
I’m not on social media at all. Unless this blog counts, which it probably does. So I really wouldn’t be able to tell you!

4. Coffee or Tea? And what kind?
Both, thank you. 🙂 I like my coffee sort of strong with lots of French vanilla creamer. As for tea, I have recently acquired a taste for Earl Gray with sugar and milk.

5. How often do you post on your blog? How often is too often?
I try to post four times a week, but I think that’s a bit too much. Since it’s a New Year, I’m going to scale back to three times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

6. What is your least favorite part of the holiday season?
The commercialization and greed.

7. Favorite color?
Purple! All shade of purple, but lavender most of all. 🙂

8. In your opinion, what is the biggest social justice issue of 2014?
That abortion has been legal in our country for 41 years.

9. What is one thing you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t?
I’ve always wanted to play the piano. Love, love, love the sounds of a piano. I’ve never learned, but maybe someday….

10. One thing that you will change about your life in 2015.
Right now, I’m working toward becoming a DONA certified birth doula, or professional labor assistant. I’m hoping this year I can get most, if not all, of the requirements completed so I can begin working with laboring mothers. 🙂

So there you have it! Now, I’m supposed to pass on the nomination to seven other female bloggers. Only problem, I don’t know seven! I do know four, however, so I’ll pass it on to them.

My Sister’s Knitter

Sew Technicolor

Small Things

Wooly Thyme

I really admire you ladies and hope you accept this nomination! And any of you lovely ladies who follow me are more than welcome to answer the questions I’ll post! If you do, leave a comment and tell me please. 🙂

1. Who is a figure you look up to and admire in your life?
2. Coffee or tea?
3. What do you enjoy doing in your spare/down time?
4. Favorite type of music?
5. How does blogging affect your life?
6. Mac or PC?
7. How tall are you?
8. Do you work best in silence or do you need some background noise to keep you sane?
9. What are you hoping for 2015?
10. What are your feelings on the subject of chocolate?

Well, ladies! Enjoy the questions!

burning questions!

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I have a few burning questions I would love to be answered by y’all my readers. I’m super nosy like that, you know. 😉 Spill all your book secrets!!!

Question time! Leave a comment if you feel the need to answer any or all of the questions. I love comments. 🙂 I’ll try to answer the questions to give you an idea of what I’m asking you.

What is the best book-to-movie adaptation you’ve ever seen? (Best as in most like the book in your mind.) 

I would say it’s a toss-up between Anne of Green Gables (the first one) and the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice.

What is the worst book-to-movie adaptation you’ve ever seen? (Worst as in as far from the book as possible.)

Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story and Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters. *sigh* There are no words for how much of a travesty those movies are. Can we say destroying the story much???

What is your favorite book-to-movie adaptation? (Doesn’t matter how close it is to the book, just how much you like it!)

The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies. Anne of Green Gables one and two. I also really like the Hallmark series When Calls the Heart. 🙂

What book have you read the most? + an average number of times you think you’ve read the book.

Ummm….. Good question! Either Eight Cousins or An Old-Fashioned Girl, both by Louisa May Alcott. I’ve probably read them both about 70-75 times. That’s just a rough guess, though. Another close one is Anne of the Island, my favorite of all the Anne books.

What was the most disappointing book/book series you’ve ever read? 

Don’t cast me out, but I was seriously disappointed in the Hunger Games trilogy. Out of all of them, Catching Fire was the only one I even tolerated. I didn’t like the other ones at all.

What book/book series do you think has lived up to all the hype about it?

Was there ever any hype about Shannon Hale’s Books of Bayern? I love those books! They’re fairy tale retellings. I haven’t read the second, third, or fourth ones in a long time. I do have the first one, (got it for a trip), and it’s a retelling of the Goose Girl. That’s what it’s called, in case you’re wondering. 🙂

Favorite classic book and why?

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Pride and Prejudice. Because Jane Austen is my hero.

What genre (eg. fantasy, classic, history) do you read the most?

I read everything. I tend to lean more toward history-like books, (because I’m a nerd!), fairy tales and Star Wars, (because I’m a geek!).

Best book series?

I’d say The Penderwicks books are the best series I’ve read. They are just so amazing and sweet. 🙂 I also like The Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Who is your favorite book character?

Can I have more than one? Well, since I’m the one asking the questions, I say yes! Feel free to say more than one. 🙂 I love Anne Shirley, Percy Jackson, Elizabeth Bennet, Han Solo (he counts!!), Gilbert Blythe, Meg March, Father Brown, Blanche and Rose Brier, Bear, Skye and Jane Penderwick (all the Penderwick sisters actually), and Henderson from The Boy on Cinnamon Street.

Biggest literary crush??

Gilbert Blythe, Percy Jackson, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Thornton from North and South (even though I haven’t read N&S yet…), Henderson from The Boy on Cinnamon Street, Ren from the Tiger’s Curse series. Sigh…

What is the best book you’ve ever read in the course of your whole book-reading existence?

Okay, this question is pretty much impossible to answer. It’s like asking a parent to choose their favorite child.

Thoughts on e-readers: love ’em, loathe ’em, consider them practically against your religion?

I’ll take option number 3, please.

Do you freak your friends out by the sheer amount of reading you do? 

Can I plead the Fifth on this one??

Can you do other things while reading?

I can read and knit at the same time. The secret is to hold the book between your toes. 😉 But it really only works on larger books….

Favorite snack while reading?

I eat lunch while reading. I love Goldfish, Cheeseits, and crackers, but I’ll eat just about anything while reading. Bad for the books, I know….

Favorite period drama? (This may not apply if you’re not it to that kind of thing.)

North and South, Pride and Prejudice, and Anne of Green Gables (one and two, avoid the third one like the plague as an adaptation. As its own movie, with no reference to the books, it is slightly tolerable.)

Seriously, if you have never watched North and South, you are missing out on something stunning. Everything about the show is wonderful. The cast, the costumes, Richard Armitage, the setting, the storyline, Richard Armitage…. Sorry, I have a bit of a one-track mind sometimes. 😉

Favorite superhero movie? Marvel or DC? (I just had to ask, even though it has nothing to do with books!)

Captain America: The First Avenger and The Winter Solider. Hands down, the Cap has my heart! And it’s Marvel for me. 🙂 Just because of Captain America, of course. Squee! I’m looking forward to the next Avengers movie. It looks pretty amazing.

How many books do you have and how do you store them??? 

I have a lot of books. I’d say a conservative estimate would be 350-400, possibly more. I’ve never counted. I need help with my book habit. And my sock yarn habit. But that is a different story all together…..
I really need help in the storage bit. I’m still on the lookout for a good bookshelf. 😛

 

So, leave a comment if you want to answer any or all of my questions! Thank you!