Thursday, April 28, 2016

Green Gables Fables

Guess what peeps? Thanks to some lovely comments that I recieved on my Lizzie Bennet Diaries post, I decided to finally get around to watching Green Gables Fables.
Let me set the stage. It's 10:30 pm, my sister has fallen asleep on the couch. Everyone else in my household has gone to bed as well (bah, sleep is for the weak), so I decide to occupy my energy by checking out the Green Gables Fables.

I mean, I might as well. The next thing I know, it's 11:15, and I hear my sister coming up the stairs. I quickly turn off the lights (Hint: I was supposed to be in bed), and pretend to be getting up to get a drink of water. Of course she had seen the light on before she came up the stairs, so she just laughed and told me what a dork I was. I love my sister. Fast forward to the next morning (actually this morning as I am writing this on the very same day that I watched all the episodes of season one), and I am hooked. I thought I was only going to watch one or two more, but...that was not true. Like I said, I watched the entire first season in one sitting. I'll probably watch what they have out of season two later today when I have a good excuse to not be editing.
SHE KEPT HIS PENCIL *dies from adorableness*
Needless to say, I am a fan. I love this style of storytelling because it brings such a fresh perspective to the stories that we all know.

Anyways, I really must go edit. This month for Camp NaNo I'm editing Behind the Glass which was my first novel that I ever wrote (so obviously there is so much rewriting involved). I still love the concept and premise, but the characters and worldbuilding (and pretty much everything else) needs to be worked on. A lot. Wish me luck!

Update (a day later): I finished all of the episodes that are out of season two, and I am...dying. Simply put, I am dying. Gilbert is a perfect little gentleman and he's so sweet, and...where's my Gilbert, hmm? Anne is awkward, dorky, and wants to be a writer with every fiber of her soul. She is basically me. I've always related to her, but even more so through this adaptation. Seriously though, I don't know how I'm going to wait a week between every episode. Those who told me to watch it in the comments...you have ruined my lives (in the best way possible). 

Toodlepip

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Why Cinderella is Actually A Wonderful Movie

I know I'm a year little late to the party, but I haven't bothered to join. I have gushed about a lot of 2015 movies, but there is one that I haven't really talked about...until now.

This movie is whimsical, and stunning, and deserves all the happiness and rainbows in the world. It is a beautiful little butterfly of a movie, and it has cuddled it's way into some of my favorite movies of all time.

I love Cinderella. 
Cinderella used to be my favorite Disney princess when I was a wee lass, but then I quickly latched on to bookish, adorable Belle who dreamed of far off places (just like me!). Needless to say, I am so psyched for the Beauty and the Beast that is coming out in 2017, but for now I want to marvel at this gem of a movie. 

I wasn't expecting myself to like it terribly much, because after I met Belle and all the other princesses, Cinderella began to pale in comparison. Oh how wrong I was. 
So here are a couple reasons why Cinderella is actually amazing.

Reason #1: Morals
A lot of people that I talked to that had seen the movie all were dissatisfied. They found the movie to be horribly naive and foolish, "Why would Cinderella not stand up for herself to her step-mother?" A popular fad these days are tough, hardcore women who stand up for themselves no matter what. Don't get me wrong, I love that those women stand up for themselves, but there is one thing that people are forgetting. Kindness, forgiveness, and cheerfulness in the face of adversity. Ella displayed a childlike wonder towards the world, seeing it as a place full of possibility instead of cruelty. She showed courage by being kind to everyone. Do you know how hard it is to smile when someone is being awful towards you? I do, and I have to say that I haven't been able to do it often. I usually fall into being mean right back, but Cinderella was forgiving and kind towards her step-sisters and step-mother. She smiled while she worked and let the small things in life make her happy. If only more people could have that kind of courage...

Reason #2: Costumes
This movie has the most wonderful costumes of all time. Cate Blanchett's wonderful, elegant, kind of scary gowns and the step-sister's dresses!
Scary Stepmother is looking classy and sassy in that beautiful dress, and the step-sisters look like someone covered them in glue and dropped them in confetti, but it works.

Look at it!! It's cotton candy that was made into a dress. It's beautiful and flowy and shining.

This is one of my favorite dresses of all time. I'm not a huge dress person, but I would wear this in a heartbeat. The blue is so pretty, and the dress itself is practical but not like...a potato sack. I want this dress, and I want to wear it always.

Now on to the Holy Grail of Cinderella. The Dress.

Can we just take a moment to stare at it? It is stunning. I'm not the frilly dress type, but this gown is made from sparkles and butterflies and it's the most gorgeous shade of blue (my favorite color). *blissful sigh* T'is stunning.

Reason #3: Beauty
Everything about this movie was sparkling. The sets were vibrant and out of this world without being overbearingly cutsie. Most importantly, this movie was a fairytale. I don't just mean the story of Cinderella put into movie form, I mean that this movie was the very essence of a fairytale. I can't quite explain what I mean perfectly, though I wish I could.


Reason #4: Kit
Kit is the most wonderful, handsomest, adorable little cupcake. His eyes are so blue (my favorite color), and he's so sweet!! 

He can dance like a pro, and he's like no other Disney prince. He has such a personality, and he goes after what he wants without being creepy or obsessive about it. You can tell he's a romantic when he takes her to the swing (which was just about the cutest scene, by the way)

His face, and his eyes, and his smile... *swoon* 

Reason #5: Casting
These people are their characters. The chemistry between all of them is amazing, and I could only wish of having those acting skills.
Cate Blanchett as a scary cat was spot on. 
Lily James as a beautiful, strong, whimsical character was spot on.
Helena Bonham Carter as a crazy but endearing fairy godmother was spot on. 
Even the mice were cast exceptionally (just kidding)! 

Lily James and Richard Madden in real life are just about the cutest thing ever.

Aren't they the best? SHIP
Reason #6: I Wanted to be a Princess
While I was watching the movie, I was thinking, I want that dress. 
What would I even do with it? Who cares? I want it. I also want to go to a ball. I can't dance, but who cares? I want to go to a ball in that pretty blue dress that I happen to have no use for other than to go to a ball. Of course that's "impractical", but when I watched this movie I wanted to be a princess, really badly.

Can I ride the pretty horse in a beautiful dress? Can I go to a ball where everything sparkles? And most importantly, can I have that dress?

This movie is magical and everything about it is perfect. I'm sure I would find flaws in it if I really looked, but I don't want to look. I want it to stay a perfect little butterfly of a movie.

Have you seen Cinderella? What did you think of it (if you did)? Who is your favorite Disney princess? 
Toodlepip

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Free Advertising and Cults

So much caffiene! Don't mind me, just guzzling coffee (I'm technically allergic, but what are allergies really, other than the universe trying to put restrictions on our enjoyment?) and blasting Owl City. I'm currently home alone, so I'm having a little party all by myself. And aren't those the best kind? Yesterday (it may not be yesterday by the time I post this) was crazy. I woke up at 4:30 am and felt my will to live slowly be sucked away every hour that I was awake  exhausted.

We drove down to some undisclosed location (I don't remember exactly where it was) for a project that a group we know was filming.

My sister was there to help with makeup, and since I was already going to be down there, I ended up being an extra.

It was a lot of fun. To be honest, I'm a little bit really awkward and around people I don't know very well, I don't talk a whole bunch. But guess what? I was the one that started conversations a couple times. *throws confetti* Yay me.

I started a cult with a crazy person, and a surprising amount of people joined. We are officially the Kangaroo Ladies. Shout out to Edna, Morgan, Tiana, Mary, and Faith.*

*I should be getting paid for all the free advertising these people are getting out of me. I would accept chocolate waffles.

On the drive back, my sister and I watched half of Pitch Perfect 2 and ate half a bag of Veggie Straws. Overall, that day was a blast, and I wish I got to see those people more often.
I'm surprised that I was able to survive on only 4 hours of sleep and half a cup of green tea.

That's me...
Now I'm listening to Good Time, and I just know it's going to be stuck in my head for at least a week.
Peace out peeps,
Toodlepip

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Love Doesn't Discriminate

"Love doesn't discriminate between the sinners and the saints." 

Many times, Christianity is branded as a group of close minded people who force their faith on others and hate on people who don't share their same views. The sad thing is, there are "Christians" who do that, and give a bad name to those of us who are following God's will.

I am a strong believer in loving everyone, those who deserve it and those who don't. I mean, look at everyone on this planet! We are all sinners, and we are all undeserving of such a holy and perfect God. 
Magical forest:

A lot of people that I have talked to believe that God wants them to shove faith down people's throats, forcing salvation on those who are not ready, but I believe that it all comes down to love. 
I don't mean to sound like a weirdo, *hippie voice* "It all comes down to love, man."
If we love the sinners and the saints, treating them as God would treat us, then we are spreading the good news by our actions. When we quietly and patiently love those who are sinning, we are showing them what God did for us. 

"Let all that you do be done in love." - 1 Corinthians 16:14

He commands us to love everyone, to let His love fill us and spill out into the rest of our lives. If love were an emotion, it would be harder to act on, but it is a choice. Love is patience, longsuffering, kindness, being joyful, peaceful, etc. 

"My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." - 1 John 3:18
God commands us to not just talk about love, but to act on it, showing it to every man, to the sinner and the saint. 
Toodlepip

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Hamilton is the Word

I have a new musical obsession. I'd heard talk of it circling a couple blogs I follow, but I wasn't motivated enough to see what it was all about. Fast-forward two weeks and I had forgotten about it, but then a Youtuber did a Hamilton tag that convinced me to check it out.


It's a Hip-Hop/Rap account of Alexander Hamilton and other things that happened in that time period. It's so funny, catchy, and the cast is fantastic. 


I've been listening to all the songs on repeat. SatisfiedYou'll Be Back, the Schuyler Sisters, and Guns and Ships are my favorites. Guns and Ships is so good! I am now able to rap it all the way through. Skillz. 
"You'll be Back" is King George talking to America. He's the best. 


There is some swearing, but it's not that often, and I can overlook that. It's so funny, and I've had the songs stuck in my head. It has taken over my life. 

Have you heard/seen Hamilton? Are there any other musicals you're a puddle of emotions over? 
Toodlepip

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Something amazing has happened. Let me catch you up.
A while ago, I finally watched the 2005 Pride and Prejudice. I enjoyed it, but that was that. I wasn't an Austen person, so I wasn't terribly interested in the book or anything else like that.

Fast forward, and I come down with a stuffy-nose-headache-brain-dead cold. On the second day of my sickness, I was poking around Youtube to find some form of entertainment for about a half an hour. I watched a small handful of talk-show clips, a couple watercolor tutorials, and a dash of Studio C, because Studio C makes everything better. *proudly displays Studio C t-shirt*
"Sometimes, I cry in the shower." - Channel Surfing 
His "disguise".
After rewatching a couple Studio Cs, I decided to find something else. Out of curiosity, I searched for something I had heard a lot about, but was very skeptical. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on Youtube. Essentially, it's a vlog-style adaptation of the story. After watching the first video, I came to a conclusion. 

It's so good!! I watched all the videos in two days, and I wish that they could just go on forever. 


Lizzie is sarcastic, hilarious, and oh so dramatic. She is the perfect modern day Elizabeth.

This Youtube version is a closer look at the relationship of the sisters. Remember annoying, foolish, silly Lydia? Well, in this video series, she is a gem. I mean, she's still foolish and immature and definitely Lydia Bennet, but she has more depth, and I ended up really liking her character. 

Jane is sweet, kind, and very motherly to the two girls. She and Bing Lee are the perfect couple, and I love how her character's growth is showcased through this style of storytelling.

 

Darcy was one of my favorite Darcys ever. Him pretending to be Fitz was the funniest thing ever. And speaking of Fitz...

Bro, you're the best.
 

I just love the Lizzie Bennet Diaries to pieces. *dissolves into a puddle of fangirling*

Disclaimer: There is one episode where Lydia references some very...distasteful things. And then there are light inappropriate comments here and there.

In conclusion, go watch these because when you have finished them, your life will become ruined. You will start finding things such as snickerdoodles really sad. It will also make your life like 3% funnier, and you will find things like fake texting a whole lot more humorous.
Lizzie's imitations of Darcy are the best.


What do you think? Have you seen the Lizzie Bennet Diaries? Or any other Youtube series you're dying over?
Toodlepip 

Monday, April 4, 2016

The Infinity Dreams Award 2016

Hey hey beautiful readers, how are you? *reaches through the screen to give you a hug* I promise I'm not being creepy. I'm just really grateful to those who read my blog! The handful that read random things about me, my life, and what I like or don't like, mostly don't know me. That means that you maybe find what I'm saying entertaining? I don't know why ya'll decided to jump on board the Odd Blog express, but thank you. 

On a different note, I was tagged!! No matter how many times people tag me, whenever I see my name among the list of the tagged, I get super excited. It's always so fun being tagged for stuff

It's so purty.
1. Thank the Blogger who tagged you - Thank you Morgan!!
2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself
3. Answer the 11 questions given to you
4. Tag 11 bloggers and give them 11 new questions to answer

Okay, 11 facts. 

- I am an INFP.
- I have been collecting keys since I was 9. 
- I'm going to dip-dye my hair blue (and I'm really excited).
- I am a generally timid person, but I force myself to be a "daredevil" (bungee jumping, rock climbing, zip lining, hanging over a GIANT cliff face, roller coasters, etc.) 
- I prefer odd numbers to even numbers.
- I have acted in a few short films.
- Outside of the US, I've only been to Canada.
- I would rather go to Arkansas that Disneyland (there is a good reason, I promise. Disneyland is pretty great.)
- I have been to Disneyland twice, and both times there was a reason that I couldn't go on the Indiana Jones ride. First time: I was too short. Second time: It was closed for renovations. 
- I am lowkey afraid of the dark.
- I actually really love rapping. 

Question time:
What is your biggest fear? Are we talking like...spiders? Or deep deep fears? If so, being alone. It's kind of a dumb fear to have because I know I will never truly be alone (hi God), but I have it nonetheless. 

A TV show you hate? I don't think there is a TV show I absolutely hate, but the one I like the least is probably...erm, iZombie (I'm sorry Lilly). It's probably just the commercials making it look really weird, but then again, maybe not.

What is your dreams for the future? My dream for the future is to find a way to travel the world while writing about what I see. I want to get married at some point, but I'm not sure if I want a family. I want my books to be published.
And
I've always felt the pull of acting. I feel like that might also be something that comes into play.
And
Teaching. I've thought a lot about it, and I really want to teach. I would teach a creative writing class to college students probably. 

A song that resonates with you most? Walk on the Water - Britt Nicole

Which time era would you choose to live in? That's hard to say... But probably the 19th century. Mainly because I would want to be the rebel girl who refused to wear all the corsets and petticoats, who instead ran around solving crimes. Do you blame me?

Least favorite house chore? Definitely the dishes.

Favorite game? Monopoly Deal, Corn, or Five Second Rule. 

A movie you could watch over and over? Every Disney/Pixar cartoon ever, and Mighty Joe Young.

Funniest thing you have ever done? Oh goodness, what to pick? My sister and I have had so many hilarious hijinks! One of the funniest things that I have done is hide in a shower in Ikea and wait until someone walked by. 

How old were you when you got your first phone? I was 14, and the phone is only able to call/text someone. That's all I need, in case of emergencies or something.

Favorite or least favorite disney film? Favorite: Probably Treasure Planet
Least Favorite: (they're all so good!) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or Alice in Wonderland, mainly because the main character in both is so annoying. The high-pitched, whiny voice doesn't help either.

I tag Olivia@Meanwhile in Rivendell and Mary@Sunshine and Scribblings. Yep, 2 people out of the 11 that I was supposed to tag. Oh well. #rebel.

If you could have personally witnessed anything, what would it have been?
Do you like musicals? And if so, which ones?
What genre of books do you like to read the most?
What is the weirdest book you have ever read?
Are you a daredevil or do you play it safe?
What can always cheer you up?
What's your favorite movie?
What's your favorite word?
What has been your favorite birthday celebration?
Did you go through any "phases"?
What's the strangest thing someone has said to you?

I am drinking my third mug of coffee, and my eyes are burning, but I have to finish this post before I fall asleep. It's currently 1:21 am. 
Goodbye for now, peeps. 

Toodlepip

Friday, April 1, 2016

March Favorites 2016

It's the end of March already! Spring started this month, and I am so ready. I'm partial to winter (snow!), but I am always ready for a change of scenery after a couple months.

Quick Review: A lot happened this month: I went on a mini-road trip with my mom and sister across the coast of Washington. We visited lots of beaches and cafes, went hiking, and listened to a LOT of music as we drove. We stopped by Cape Flattery (which has been on my bucket list) and took a lot of pictures. The short forest hike was beautiful, and I just can't put into words how stunning Cape Flattery really was.

Isn't it pretty?
BEAUTY
I did the sister tag with my lovely sister and just about died from laughing so hard. We had the best time writing it, and she was literally crying at one point from laughing! I went to another book signing and got another library book signed. I visited the University of Washington with some friends, saw the library (it was basically Hogwarts), and learned lots of interesting "facts". That was a lot of fun.Without any further ado, here are this month's favorites.

Book
I like romance. I fangirl over so and so just as much as the next girl, but never before have I ever made it through an entire romance novel. I have found romance novels that are clean, sweet, and whatever else I could want from a romance novel, but I just can't do it. I require some plot other than two people trying to find a way to be together, until I found All the Bright Places. I have a lot of praise and a lot of criticism. I didn't finish it because of *ahem* reasons of the inappropriate nature, but what I did read before it got all...you know, was wonderful. This was a really sweet story, and I wish that I could have finished it. 
"When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they?” 
Or
Illusionarium. The cover suggests that it will be a fluffy, magical fairytale that has been done over and over. What was inside was much different than I expected. It was so much better than I thought it was going to be.
Music
I know I'm late to this party. I've had many chances to go to this party, and just now decided to show up with a half-eaten pizza. Before, I just dismissed it as another one of those "girl power" songs that I never really liked. But guess what? I finally listened to it, and I mean reeeeally listened to it, and I am in love with the beauty that is Fight Song.

Character
Libby from I am Princess X. I'm not going to say much more about her (spoilers!), but she is awesome, and I love her creativity.
Drink
Pomegranate White Tea. It's actually not a tea that we own, but a family that we see a lot has it, so it's climbed it's way to the top this month for being the perfect little tea that it is.


Food
Jelly Beans. Don't judge me for being unhealthy. I had a small bag, and I opened that at night for a small dessert, and then the next morning there were still some, and so I kind of ate...all of them. Jelly Beans are so good! I had forgotten how amazing each individual flavor can be. Some of my favorites are black licorice, buttered popcorn, and blueberry.

TV Show
Lost! I've only watched the first season, but it's so good. It's engaging and interesting without being filled with just drama (though there are times of drama). I like that the show is more focused on survival and the people instead of the drama.

Movie (this contains spoilers from Mockingjay pt. 2)

I just got back from seeing this about one hour ago. And I am not okay. It ripped out my heart, stomped on it, and then presented it back to me with a bow, and I wanted to do it all over again. This movie was devastating, amazing, and so perfectly accurate. I loved it. I'm not going to lie, I was ugly crying. A lot. Especially when SPOILERS Finnick died. I was almost legit sobbing. He left Preggo Annie behind!! I'm not okay. And then when Katniss was yelling at Buttercup! That's one thing that I love so much about the performances in this movie. They all ugly cried. It wasn't a majestic single tear down a porcelain cheek, it was real crying. It makes me feel a lot better about how I cry. In the end it was really good, but I also died multiple times while watching it. And then POLLUX My precious cinnamon roll, please be okay. He's just so sweet and happy, and then in this he was sad and crying, and I wanted to give him a hug. Good movie though. 

What about you? What stuff has consumed your soul this month?
Toodlepip