Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Q&A Tag + The Period Drama Tag

So...It's been a little while! School is so all-encompassing. But here I am, thanks to Cordy and Ruth tagging me, and bit of free time!

First, The Q&A Tag.
Tag the blogger who nominated you.
Answer the questions you were given.
Nominate 10 other bloggers.
Write out your 10 questions.
Let them know they've been tagged.

Thank you, Cordy!
1.When you're worried and you can't sleep, what do you do?
-I pray. It helps. 
2.What is your favorite spice associated with Autumn?
-Oooh, that's hard. Does pumpkin pie spice count? It has a bunch of different ones in it. :)
3. Do you know any great Thanksgiving songs?
-(Has anyone read Cranberry Thanksgiving and will therefore get it if I say "Sixteen Men on a Dead Man's Chest? :) To be serious, Come, Ye Thankful People is one of my favourites.
4. What was the last book you read and liked?
-Man, now I feel guilty for not having read much lately. The last book I finished (that I can remember) was Little Dorrit...and that was a little while ago. 
5. Have you ever given yourself a theme song/s? Share one.
-Maybe When Will My Life Begin? from Tangled. Haha. :)
6. If you could be costumed appropriately as anyone you wanted, who would you be?
-Hmmm...I would say Elizabeth Bennet, but actually, I did dress up as her for Halloween last year. Another thing is, I would absolutely LOVE to someday have a dress with a hoopskirt (I love the one below!). Someday I shall!

7. What's a hobby you excel at? (Yup, give yourself a compliment, my friends.)
-I'll go with sewing. I'm pretty good at it! 

8. What is your favorite holiday decoration that is a staple in your house?
-For Christmas, we always have a bunch of different Nativity sets, and it's my role to set them up. (We don't really decorate for other holidays.)
9. Do you sing out-loud, or hum? (You know, when you're housecleaning and the like.)
-It depends on if there's other people around! I'll often hum, even if there's other people (especially if it's somewhat noisy) but I'll only sing out-loud if there's no-one else around.

10. Do you have a favorite word? What is it?
-A favourite word? Really? Oh, I don't think I can come up with one...there are so many lovely words. 

Ummm...Nominate 10 other bloggers? I don't know. I'm gonna skip that this time. Mostly because I don't feel like coming up with questions. :)


1. Which period drama do you like most?
-Pride and Prejudice 1995! It's the best movie ever.
(I'm pretty sure I did this last time I said P&P'95 is the best movie ever, but anyway...)
"Of course it is! I am in it, and I am so fortunate as to have the patronage of Lady Catherine DeBourgh!

2. Choose four characters from a period drama that you like most.
-Mr. Bennet, Mr. Knightley, Amy Dorrit, and Mrs. Bennet.
(I picked random ones that I liked, because of course it's impossible to choose four favourites. Also please understand that I like Mrs. Bennet in a different way. :)

3. Which period drama have you recently seen that you recommend to other bloggers?
-Robin Hood (BBC). Of course, I refused to watch past season 2 because the best characters stayed behind in season 2, so I did not see any point in finishing. (Details shall be left untold because of major spoiler reasons. :)

4. If you had to choose, which period drama heroine do you like best?
-Elizabeth Bennet can't be beat.

5. And which period drama hero?
-Oh, dear. Why is this harder? Let's go with Mr. Knightley.

6. Have you ever seen a movie who was exactly, or mostly, the same as the book?
-Yes. See my first answer. :) (Also, Emma 2009 is really close to the book as well.)

7. Which movies do you like most, Jane Austens movies(example:Emma), Dickens movies(example:Little Dorrit) or the movies from the Brontë sisters(example:Jane Eyre)?
-Jane Austen movies win. See my first answer and the previous answer. Well, really, just see my blog. I think you can tell what I think. :)

8. Would you rather play Emma in Emma, Lizzy in Pride and Prejudice, Catherine in Northanger Abbey, Mary in Downton Abbey, Marian in Robin Hood, Amy in Little Dorrit, or Jane in Jane Eyre?
-What kind of a question is this?! That's hard. However, I think it would be most fun to play Elizabeth Bennet. Or maybe Marian. Or maybe Emma. See? Don't ask me this!

9. Would you rather have Call the Midwife or Cranford?
-I haven't seen Call the Midwife, but I have seen Cranford, so I guess I'll go with that!

10. Which period drama that you haven't seen yet would you like to see?
-Ohhhh, I don't know...Any suggestions, anyone? 
(Also: What is the best adaptation of Jane Eyre? Are any of them good? I've read the book twice but not dared watch any of the movie adaptations. If anyone has thoughts, please tell.)

11. Which adaption of Sense and Sensibility do you like most: 1995 or 2008?
-For a long time I wasn't sure, but I think 2008 wins because it's more accurate. However, neither is as perfect as it could be. :)

12. And which adaption of Pride and Prejudice do you like most: 1995 or 2005?
13. Which couple from a period drama movie do you like most?
-Which couple? Oh, dear...That's so hard. I'm going to say Molly and Roger. I don't know if they really are or not, but I love them to death.
(Yes, the're so sweet they deserve extra pictures. :)

Thank you so much, girls!

(Note: Check out the picture I made that won Sink Me!'s Pixar contest. (A lot of you probably follow that blog already, but if you don't, do it now.) :)
(Note: I probably won't do blogging very much more often than I have been lately. I'm too busy.)
I hope you all have a lovely day!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Anne of Green Gables: My Face When

Today, I present to you My Face When: Anne of Green Gables edition!!!
Since it is Anne of Green Gables Week, I decided this post was in order. So here we go.
(Note: A lot of these are GIFs from my Homeschool described in Anne of Green Gables GIFs post, which you should check out. :)

My Face When I'm comfortable in bed and I remember I haven't written in my journal (which I have committed to write in every day.)

 My Face When I'm doing something and I look up to see my two-year-old (well, almost; his birthday is tomorrow) brother getting into mischief (e. g. putting something in his mouth that he shouldn't, pulling the cat's tail, falling off a chair...the list goes on).

 My Face When I hear/see someone say that the 2005 P&P is better...also, when I see things like this:
(Shy??? Mr. Darcy??? No! To be sure, he does not posses the talent of conversing easily with people, but he IS proud, and NOT shy!!!)(I mean, he (as in the real Mr. Darcy, not the above pictured) overcame a lot of his pride, but he certainly had it. I mean, Pride and Prejudice!!!)
(Anyway...that was rather off-topic...sorry...)

When I take half an hour to do a PreCalculus problem and I'm quite sure I'll get it wrong and I actually get it right...and I'm to exhausted (mentally) to do anything but the above--in relief.

My Face When one of my friends tells me another terrible thing that has happened to them.

(Note: Anne's face is My Face)
My Face When I'm looking at a cute guy and then see that he's looking at me, too. (Really, Rae? You look at cute guys? Weird.) 

Anne's Face: My Face When one of my friends says something funny in Sunday School under their breath and I'm the only one to catch it so I look at them and laugh.
Diana's Face: Actually, same.
Gilbert's Face: My face when two of my other friends are doing the above and I've been paying attention, so I don't know what's going on. 

 (Note: Gilbert's face is My Face)
My Face When one of my siblings acts like they're going to do something (like hit me (with a notebook, over the head)) and I don't think they'll actually do it, and then they do it anyway. Now I'm just watching Gil's face over and over and over again because it's awesome. :)

My Face When my friend can't come to my party (when she helped plan it and everything) because she has to play for a football game. (Okay, yes, that was super specific and that actually happened. Just imagine an equivalent, okay? :)

My Face When I suddenly see a spider and freeze.

Gilbert's Face: My Face When I'm doing schoolwork in the library and someone makes a very strange noise while laughing and I look at them and, well, do Gilbert's face. :)
Anne's Face: My Face When I'm right and my sibling is wrong, and it was proved by Google so there's no arguing now.

Anne's Face: My Face When I'm looking at a cute boy and he looks at me...(Yep, same as the last time Anne's face was like that. Rae, get more creative, for pity's sake.)
Gilbert's Face: My Face When I've been too bossy during homeschool choir practice to the little kids and I need to reassure them that I'm not actually mean.
(I'm slowly falling more in love with Gilbert as I watch this GIF play over and over and over again...I need to stop doing this...)

My Face When  my little sister leaves me to sit with someone else.

My Face When someone compliments my hair...which, thanks to Pinterest, often actually looks decent (not to brag).

My Face When someone insults homeschool, L. M. Montgomery, Jane Austen, Mormons, my siblings, or my friends.

Anne's Face: My Face When I am purposely ignoring the rude, ignorant boys who sit to the side and back of me in History class, and I'm showing them that I'm superior (no, they're not like Gilbert. They cuss and stuff, and it's more than "What in the heck are you doing?" which Gilbert did not say, and never would say, in the book.)
Gilbert's Face: My Face When I try to interrupt someone when they take a breath but they keep talking--and louder than before, to keep me quiet. :)

My Face When one of my favourite characters died...but I expected them to. :(

My Face When someone pays me a compliment and I'm not sure what to do with it. "Uh, thanks." With that kind of half-smile that Marilla has. :)

My Face When I saw that there was going to be an Anne of Green Gables Week.

There, I hope you all enjoyed that! :) Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Blogger Recognition Award!

Iris tagged me for the Blogger recognition award! Thank you, Iris! Very sweet of you. :)
-Thank the blogger who nominated you (thanks again, Iris :).
-Tell a little bit about how you started blogging.
-Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
-Nominate 15 other bloggers 

Okay, well, here goes!

I had been thinking about starting a blog for a couple months, and my main hangup was trying to think of a name and a topic. Yeah, both are pretty important for starting a blog. I was undecided for a while, especially because my dearest little sister was against the idea. Finally, one day, I asked her again, "Should I start a blog?" This time, she said yes. Half an hour later, I had a blog called Rae: A Drop of Golden Sun (I had been toying with the name for a while, but I wasn't sure if it was too corny :). But I still wasn't quite sure what to blog I toyed around with Christmas posts (it was December) but soon my Jane Austen-related posts became more frequent when I realised that was the kind of post I most enjoyed writing. Of course, it took me a while to get the hang of how to get people to read my posts...which leads me to my first piece of advice:
-Comment on other peoples' blogs if you want people to comment on yours. I started out sharing my posts on Google+ and while that got me views, it didn't get me many comments. Then I realised maybe I could comment on other people's I started doing that. And then the people who owned those blogs looked at my blog...and then they started commenting and following, too! 
-My next piece of advice: Don't get discouraged if you feel like nobody reads comments on or follows your blog. Yes, it is frustrating and discouraging. But don't give up, keep writing lovely posts, and comment on and follow other peoples' blogs--and they might just do the same for you! I even know 15 other bloggers? Let's see...

Anyone with blue eyes
Anyone who plays a musical instrument
Anyone who is barefoot
Anyone who feels like I should have tagged them

There, does that count? ;)

Thanks again for tagging me, Iris!!!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Anne of Green Gables Week Kickoff Tag!!!!!!

YAY!!!!!!! I'm so excited. Here are my answers to her kickoff tag!!!

1. How did you get introduced to Anne of Green Gables?
-I was about seven, and my mom suggested that I read the Great Illustrated Classics version of Anne of Green Gables. I loved it, and wanted to read the whole thing! So I did (and by the way, now I think the GIC version is terrible; I re-read it a few years ago) and I loved it even more! I read the rest of the series as soon as possible.

2. Are you more like Anne or Diana? Why?
-I think I'm more like Anne. I like to write, I have a vivid imagination, and I am ambitious. And I love Gilbert. Haha. :)

3. If Rachel Lynde called your hair as red as carrots, how would you react?
-I've wanted red hair ever since I first read Anne of Green Gables...but if I were in Anne's shoes, I'd probably react the way she did.

4. Gilbert or Morgan Harris? 
-Waaait a second...MORGAN HARRIS? Are you SERIOUS? (No offense, dear.) Morgan Harris is NOT REAL. (As in, yes, Anne Shirley is.) Kevin Sullivan made that (insert favourite insult here) up. Did you mean ROY GARDINER?

5. Honest opinion on the third Anne film. 
-It's horrible. Absolutely dreadful, and it's a direct insult to L. M. Montgomery. For one thing, of course we know L. M. Montgomery continued Anne's story with other books! Why on earth would Kevin Sullivan need to make it up himself? Did he even know about Montgomery's other books? Huh? But besides that, it was just dreadful anyway. What was with that horrid editor guy? And the whole WWI deal, which we know didn't happen in Anne's life until she was in her 40's. Uggghhhh. I HATED it.

6. Have you seen the new Anne film?
-Nope. Don't think I want to; I've seen the trailer.

7. What in your own words is a Kindred Spirit?
-Someone to whom I can really relate. Someone who shares a lot of common interests. Someone I can talk to, and be silent with. Someone who understands me.

8. Movie Gilbert or Green Gables Fables Gilbert?
-Umm...I was impressed by how good GGF's Gilbert was, but I love this guy the most.

9. Does anyone know where we can watch Road to Avonlea online?

10. Favourite book cover?

11. The films or the books?
-THE BOOKS. ALWAYS AND FOREVER. (Confession: I don't love the movies, like, at all. I like the first one well enough, but...)

This was fun, Miss Evie! Thanks!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Photographs {3} - Macro Photography

This edition of Photography is going to be a sample of some of my macro-photography. I discovered macro photography a few months ago and I've not been able to stop doing it since.

Let me start off with this lovely Pride and Prejudice photoshoot I did, with some gorgeous flowers found in my backyard (oh, and a book necklace).

 And now for some other random shots.

 A dear little friend's feet, with a s'mores fire in the background.

 Ripening blueberries
 Yes, this was from the beach!

The last two were exotic flowers in Florida.

A lovely country-ish shot with wheat (or something) in the foreground and a field with hay bales in the background.

There. I hope you enjoyed.

Now, who wants to hear about some exciting things in my life lately? No one? Well, here goes anyway. :)
-I inhaled a straightpin while I was sewing my little sister's Halloween costume, and spent the next couple of days in the hospital. If you want more details, just ask. (Like, how on earth could I have possibly inhaled a pin?!)
-I love college so far! It's easy...even PreCalculus! Shocking.
-I'm reading North and South...and wishing I hadn't seen the movie first. Just because it's so much nicer to read the book first. *Sighs*
-I can wear sweaters/cardigans and scarves again! Happiness!

I hope you all are having a lovely Fall/Autumn/Spring!