Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sunflower Blogger Award!

  Hello, everyone! Heidi from Along the Brandywine has kindly nominated me for the Sunflower Blogger Award! Isn't that sweet? Thank you, Heidi! :-)

  Here are the rules:

  1. Share 11 facts about yourself

  2. Answer the questions set by your Nomination Blogger

  3. Nominate 11 bloggers

  4. Set questions for the nominated bloggers

  Alrighty, so here are 11 facts about myself (I tried to make them as random and as interesting as possible :-P):

  1. I have shoulder-length, wavy medium-brown hair that I usually wear down, and there's a joke in my family that I look a lot like Sully from the show Dr. Quinn (my favorite TV show). I've even considered leaving a small braid when I get my hair cut to complete the look, but I've never actually done it (yet). Actually, right now my hair is slightly longer than shoulder-length, and I'm debating whether I should get it cut so I'll still look like Sully or let it grow longer so I'll look like Hank. :-P That is the question.

 2. Despite what you may have heard me say in the past, I now freely admit that I am quite a bit of a fangirl. I am notorious for founding fanclubs that don't actually do anything. For example, the East of Eden Fanclub, the Somewhere in Time Fanclub for Those Who Can't Afford to Be In INSITE, and the Unofficial Bruce Boxleitner Fanclub-- all of which are completely inactive. (Although if you want to join, you're certainly welcome. Any Bruce Boxleitner fans out there?)

 3. My favorite actress is Jane Seymour, whom I have seen in six movies (maybe more?), as well as the amazing TV show Dr. Quinn, of which I have seen the entire series except some of Season 5. I've also read her Guide to Romantic Living and seen her A&E biography at least seven times, and between me and my sister Sadie we pretty much know everything there is to know about her. (At least, everything the adoring public is at liberty to know about her. Which is quite a lot, believe me.)

 4. I have never read an entire Jane Austen novel. I know, shame and disgrace upon me.

 5. I love writing and receiving handwritten letters, and I always seal mine with wax and my special seal which has an 'E' on it. I'm also very fond of cute stamps, and right now I'm using some that have Johnny Cash on them.

 6. I have a stuffed rabbit named Elbert whom I received as a Christmas present when I was 2 years old. I have no clue why I chose to name him Elbert, but that's always been his name. He has been my favorite stuffed animal ever since, he has a very definite personality, and is very outspoken at times. And yes, he talks a lot and is actually quite famous among my family. If you know me well, you probably know Elbert.

 7. Up until I was around 13, I usually had to go through a period of being indifferent to or even disliking a movie before I started to love it. I have no idea why this is, but it's almost always been true with my favorite movies. Thankfully I am now a little more sensible and not so hasty in my judgements!

 8. I have been writing stories since I was 7 years old. I wrote quite a lot when I was younger and finished several short stories, which were mostly about the families and events my sisters and I made up while playing Barbies. (We've always been really good at playing Barbies-- we would set up entire towns in our basement and have long, drawn-out sagas about the Barbie families. It was kind of like an on-going TV show. You have not really played Barbies until you've played with the Anderson girls! :-P) However, lately I've had trouble working seriously on anything. I have no trouble coming up with characters and premises and all that, but I'm very impatient and have difficulty writing and finishing anything. (This can be extremely frustrating, since I've wanted to be a write for as long as I can remember!)

 9. I was named after Emma Thompson. Well, sort of. :-P My mom really liked Emma Thompson in Sense and Sensibility, and besides that she just liked the name. But I like to say I was named after Emma Thompson. :-)

 10. I haven't seen an animated movie in literally years; I don't even remember what the last animated movie I saw was. I really want to see Frozen soon! :-)

 11. I am completely, head-over-heels in love with the A&E Horatio Hornblower series and everything about it. I've seen it probably five or six times, and it's a tradition in my family to watch it every year around Easter, because it was around that time of year when my parents first introduced it to my sissies and I. (Needless to say, I disliked it at first, but now they're my favorite movies ever.)

  So now for the questions!

  Do you have a favorite fairy tale? If so, what is it?

      I've always loved Rapunzel, and I think that's still my favorite. My sisters and I are huge fans of the Barbie movie. We've seen it probably...oh, about a hundred times, and I'm pretty sure Sadie and I could quote the entire thing if given enough time. :-P The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson is another of my favorites, and I love pretty much all of the older Barbie movies. :-P

  What are your thoughts on coffee? Tea?

    I personally don't care for coffee, but of course I have nothing against those who do. People often drink coffee in western movies, so it's okay with me. :-) I do find it annoying, however, the way some people seem to think they simply cannot live without it. I like tea better, and I do enjoy drinking it once in a while, although I'm afraid I am rather fussy and there are very few kinds I like. But in general, I prefer cold drinks to hot ones.

Is there a good movie you've watched multiple times in the past year?

     I usually try not to watch a move more than once in a year, even if I love it, because I don't want to get sick of it. :-P I actually don't think there are any movies I've seen more than once in the past year. However, last year I did watch seasons 1 and 2 of Downton Abbey at leat twice (I may have watched some of season 1 three times, in fact). You can never have too much Downton Abbey, you know. *winks*

  What was/is your favorite children's picture book?

    I loooovvveee Beatrix Potter's books! She is my favorite children's author and one of my greatest inspirations. I love all of her stories, but some of my favorites are The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy Winkle, The Tale of Mr. Todd (which is hilarious!), The Tale of Two Bad Mice, and of course, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. :-)
    My second-favorite children's author is Tasha Tudor, whose books I have been reading since I was just a wee little thing. Her stories are very sweet and nostalgic, and her writing style actually reminds me a lot of my own. My favorite of her books would be either Becky's Christmas or Pumpkin Moonshine.
   So yeah, I don't really have just one favorite picture book. I have lots! :-)

  If you were given the opportunity, would you rather travel to Hawaii or Australia? Why?

    Hmm! This is a rather tough question. I'm not really that big on travelling-- I love to read about other places and dream about going there, but when it comes to actually travelling far away, I'd rather stay home and read a book, thank you. :-) Yes, I'm a home-body. But if I had to choose, I think I'd pick Australia. Don't ask me why, because I'm really not sure. :-P

  What is a particular, specific way God has blessed you in the last week?

     On Sunday I was blessed to be able to go see Les Miserables live on stage!!!! A local Christian radio station (well, sort of local-- about two hours from where I live) put on a production of it, and my mom and sisters and I went to go see it! It was especially exciting to see the musical live for the first time, since I've only ever seen the movie before. The show was amazing and it was really nice that it was done from a Christian perspective, with particular emphasis on the themes of forgiveness and compassion and repentance in the story. It was a really wonderful experience! :-)

Sadie and I on the way to see Les Mis :-)

      Okay, I know this is the part where I'm supposed to nominate 11 bloggers, but since most of the bloggers I know have already done this award, I'm going to bend the rules a little and not nominate anyone. *smiles sweetly*

  Thank you, Heidi! That was fun! :-)


  1. I hate coffee, and if other people just liked it it would be fine, but it is really annoying when they obsess about it.
    My dad didn't want us to play with Barbies when I was around ten or eleven, so we had to throw them away (I bawled my eyes out). Before this though my sister and I put our Barbies into one big family of like 15 girls (we only had one Ken for some reason, and he . . . um, died early on). We did huge families with our Legos too (we played with Legos like dolls really) apparently we didn't like change much.

    I need to see Dr. Quinn and Horatio Hornblowers (after I read some of the books; my sister said the later ones have issues). How are they with content?

  2. Oh Emma, Emma, Emma--- you really make me feel left out by talking about the Dr Quinn and the Horiato Hornblower movies the whole time!!! Heehee, I really HAVE to watch them *underlines the titles with a red marker on her to-see list*
    About the facts....
    I knew number 1. I've seen a picture. My hair is brown and wavy and comes about 20cm down my shoulder.
    No I am not a Bruce Boxleiter fan BECAUSE I HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE MOVIE AND I REALLY WANT TO SEE IT!!!! (pardon me. I really was too loud there. ;-))
    Number 3 made me laugh!!!! Yes my dear I know Jane Seymour is your favourite actress.
    You've never read an entire JA novel!!! (gasps) EMMA!
    No, actually I understand- they are hard to get into. I have however read all of them- well, almost all. I've read P&P millions of times (slight exaggeration, praps.)
    Aw one day I might send you a handwritten letter. But admit it emails are faster and not expensive, so you'll have to be content with that for now. ;)
    I love getting letters too- and emails too of course ;)
    Yes I know about your stuffed rabbit. It's so good of you to tell us this. Because in our hearts we all still love dolls and teddy-bears.
    I don't really want to see Frozen. I don't really care about comic films (you know not real people). Sorry, but I don't.
    SQUEEEE! Was les Miz nice????
    I love that picture of you and Sadie- are you wearing your Downton Abbey hat?
    Love those sunglasses- looks quite funny with your hat and coat though ;)
    "I'm going to bend the rules a little and not nominate anyone. *smiles sweetly*" HAHAHAHAHAAA! I really laughed there.
    Lovely post as usual!

  3. Sorry I didn't leave a name- it was me- Naomi (I bet you knew)

  4. I would like to add one more thing--
    You said you don't try to watch a movie twice a year- but you must have done with 'Anne of green gables' since you've watched that about 20 times.

  5. So enjoyed reading your answers, Emma!! Delightful (as always). :-)
    I've seen the Rapunzel movie, too, and liked it a lot - especially with all the different twists they added. :-)
    Tasha Tudor is popular at our house, too! We actually used to have a real Pembroke Corgi of our own...the first dog we ever had. ;-)
    And I'm going to need to see the Horatio Hornblower series sometime.
    Also, I liked the *Elbert* bit. I'm twenty-hem!-something and I still love my baby doll *Dot-Dot* that I've had since I was little. (Not sure where the name came from either, but she could never go by any other. ;-))
    And I'm so glad you were able to see Les Mis! It sounds like it was a marvelous time. :-)

  6. Livia Rachelle,

    I highly recommend both Dr. Quinn and Horatio Hornblower! Dr Quinn is a family show and so it's mostly very clean-- there's only some very mild language occasionally and some violence (well, duh, it's a western. :-P) Also there are some thematic things having to do with the saloon in town, but nothing really offensive. Mostly it's very decent.

    Horatio Hornblower is pretty decent as far as content, although there is some language, violence (after all, it is a war series), one rather questionable scene in the fifth movie and one in the seventh. The movies are sooooo good though, and what content there is doesn't take away from the awesomeness. :-)


    I'm sorry to make you feel left out, my dear! But you really must watch Dr. Quinn and Horatio Hornblower. You just don't know what you're missing. :-P

    Hehee, the Bruce Boxleitner fanclub is really kind of a joke-- Sadie and I saw him in East of Eden, where he was really dark and broody, and we like to joke that he's attractive even though he's not really. We just thought it would be funny to have a fanclub. We're like that. :-P I've also seen him in Gods and Generals, although he didn't have a very big part in that. The only requirements for being in the fanclub are:

    - you have to have seen him in at least one movie and
    - you have to like him. :-)

    (By the way, East of Eden is AMAZING, if you ever get the chance to watch it!)

    Yes, it's a pity that letters cost money to send. :-( Emails are faster and less expensive, but I still prefer letters. I would love to get a handwritten letter from you, m'dear! Praps someday. For now I suppose I shall have to be content with emails. :-)

    Yeah, I don't normally care about animated movies very much, but my friend showed me the trailer for Frozen and a few clips from it and it looked hilarious! And I do enjoy a good animated movie now and again, especially if it's clever.

    I didn't say that I've never watched a movie more than once in a year, I said that I usually try not to. However, when I was a young whippersnapper I was not opposed to watching my favorite movies more than once in a year-- I probably would have watched them every month-- so I'm sure there were years when I watched Anne more than once. Which explains my having seen it so many times. (You wouldn't believe how many times I watched The Princess Diaries when I was little.) :-)

    YESSSS LES MIS WAS AMAZING!!!! It was really, really good! And yes, that is my Downton Abbey hat. And yes, I know I look funny wearing sunglasses. Your point? :-P

    No, Naomi, I totally did not know it was you commenting. Kidding. :-P



    Thanks! And thanks again for tagging me, I am very honored and I really enjoyed doing it!

    Oh, you've seen Rapunzel too! Don't you just love it? And you like Tasha Tudor too!!!! Aww, I've always wanted to have a corgi. They're so cute and funny. :-)

    I'll probably still have Elbert sitting on my bed when I'm twenty! :-) Heehee.

    Yes, Les Mis was really marvellous! I've been so blessed to be able to see two wonderful musicals so far this year. :-)


  7. Thanks for commenting back my dear! I love replies on comments and especially long ones!

  8. My dear-- you can read my first post!!! I'm so excited!

  9. OHHHHH! That picture of Horatio and Archie is hilarious! And I've never seen it before. Look at Archie's cute widdle mad expression. I love it!

  10. Me again! Oh and thank you for putting a blog button of mine on your blog! Oh you chose Edith. I thought you were going to choose the Mary and Matthew one ;-)
    Anyways... I nominated you for the beautiful blog award. The further details are on my blog:

  11. Me again! I saw your new header and I had to comment of course ;P
    I love it!! It's so fresh and lovely. And I LOVE the 'your comments make me happy' button. It's so lovely!!!!!
    Who's the girl on the swing (not Jane Austen, but the other one) and from which movie does the bottom right picture come from?

  12. Alice,

    Thank you! I'm glad you like it! I thought it was time to make a new one for spring, since I was getting kind of bored with my other one and I wanted something fresh. :-) Also I'm trying all the time to improve my header-making skills, so I wanted to make this one extra-special. I'm very pleased with it. :-)
    The girl on the swing is Christy Huddleston from the TV show Christy (which is one of my favorites), and the other picture is Barton Cottage from Sense and Sensibility (1995).
    Yes, I saw that picture of Mary and Matthew when I was looking for a picture for my header and I just had to use it for SOMETHING. :-P I'm glad you like it!


  13. I tagged you for the Sunshine blogger award. So many "sun" awards going around, it is a bit confusing :)


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