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Slow Going

I’ve been sick. turns out I have Acid Reflux Disease. thankfully my meds are finally starting to kick in and I’m not confined to the couch anymore, but it’s still slow going.

me, after carrying a laundry basket upstairs

 

I don’t feel like eating, even though it makes me feel better when I do. quite frankly, I’m kind of afraid to eat. I’ve been living on applesauce and bananas. today I had a piece of toast, with nothing on it. yeah.

bye, cherry pie. I’ll miss you.

 

I’ve been zoning out to Law & Order episodes and Harry Potter movies. I wanted to change things up today and try to blog a little but didn’t want to think too hard about anything, so I’m answering a list of questions I previously found on Tumblr. decorated with Dan Stevens gifs, of course. because they make me happy.

 

1. You were just given a yacht. What would you name it?

Willoughby

 

2. What is your favorite commercial?

Domino’s Pizza- Ferris Bueller

 

3. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

with an empty nest & too much time on my hands.

talent

 

4. What is the worst possible name to call a child?

Bambi

 

5. What is the weirdest gift you have ever received?

a charm bracelet for a trip I didn’t take

‘hey, I’ve been there!’ cool. I haven’t.

 

6. What is your most disappointing moment in life?

spending my whole childhood dreaming of seeing this in person:

Cinderella’s Castle, Disney World

 

but seeing this instead:

shattered dreams

 

7. When have you laughed the hardest?

when my father accidentally got into the wrong car. and the owner was in the driver’s seat.

the rest of us, watching it happen and doing nothing to stop it.

 

and when have you cried the hardest?

when my boyfriend left for college

#truelove

 

8. If you had a “theme song” that played whenever you walk into a room full of people, what would it be?

Don’t Stand So Close To Me– The Police

except for you. you can stand as close as you want.

 

9. Would you rather plan a party or attend one? Why?

attend. so I can leave.

oh, look at the time! (10 minutes after arrival)

 

10. Would you ever use a dating service (match.com, e-harmony, etc.) to find someone? Why/Why not.

yes. to save time.

seeing their ‘unique’ taste in decor by Skype first…

 

and that’s that. I think I’m going to go try eating some pudding now. wish me luck!

 

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2017 in Miscellaneous

 

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Liebster: take two

I have officially been nominated for the Liebster Award by SueBC of the ‘I’m Feeling This’ blog. I say ‘officially’ because the questions I recently answered in relation to the Liebster Award were a general shout out from zees muse to anyone who wanted to answer them; this time, SueBC nominated me directly.

for me? thanks!

 

One of the stipulations of this blogging award is that you not only answer the questions presented to you, but you then come up with a set of questions for the 5 other blogs that you nominate. Problem is, the blogs I read have either already been nominated or they don’t like to participate in these question/answer type of challenges. I can NOT pass up the opportunity to answer a blogging questionnaire though, so I will forfeit the ‘award’ but answer the questions anyway!

don’t look at me like that! I’m just tweaking the rules to suit me…

 

The first few questions are duplicates from the set I answered for zees muse, but I will be giving different answers this time around. I very rarely have just one favorite anything, so it’s not like I’ll be wracking my brain to come up with more answers!

Raindrops on Roses or Whiskers on Kittens? this is so hard!

 

1.) What is the best movie you have seen in the past year?

Does this question mean ‘best new release’ or just any movie that I’ve seen for the first time recently? If it’s the latter, then that would definitely be ‘The Guest’, which I wrote a little about here. If it’s ‘best newer release’, then my answer is: Doctor Strange. I really enjoy the Marvel movies but for some reason I had low expectations for this one. Benedict Cumberbatch proved me so wrong, I am very happy to say! I loved his look, I loved his accent, I loved the way I started out scoffing at the character’s selfish arrogance but grew to feel so warmly towards him by the end. I thought Tilda Swinton and Mads Mikkelsen were excellent as well.

 

2.) What is the most memorable live theatre and/or concert experience you’ve had in the past year?

My daughter’s Spring Concert for Middle School Choir. I was really impressed with the selections, particularly Michael Jackson’s ‘Man in the Mirror’ and Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

they did both

 

3.) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

Truthfully, I’ve not read anything in the past year that could qualify. I did stumble across a Twilight fanfic that I really enjoyed though, and ended up reading more than once. It was called ‘Because of a Boy’. The story centered around a single mother of a child with Asperger’s, who meets and falls in love with a man whose father has Asperger’s as well. It made me cry several times throughout the story, not in sadness, but more for the way the families acknowledged and adapted to their circumstances so willingly. Edward understood the little boy in a way that most others could not because he had grown up with a father who was so similar. Edward not only loved his father but he genuinely liked being around him, and so he always made time for him. On the flip side, Bella was able to understand Edward’s father in a way that he never experienced as a young boy, because his parents were not as understanding and accepting as she was. One of my favorite aspects of the story was the way that Edward’s father called him several times a day to inform him of random facts. Because of this, Edward was able to bond with Bella’s son in the same way, the two often trying to stump each other. The story really touched me because of my struggles with anxiety as a child, and just imagining how much easier things could have been if I didn’t feel like I had to hide it all of the time. That, and the fact that the phrase ‘did you know’ is one that my husband and children are quite familiar with…speaking of, did you know that ‘Google’ is a misspelling of the term ‘googol’, which is the number 10 raised to the 100th power? Dan Stevens taught me that.

 

4.) What is your favorite photo of the past week on your mobile phone and are you willing to share it?

My son completed his Eagle Scout rank for Boy Scouts. This photo was taken at the ceremony, of him awarding me my ‘Mother’s Pin’. It’s funny to me because I had just fumbled with the pin I placed on his uniform; I couldn’t figure out how it worked (you had to push, then pull). So when it was his turn, he didn’t know how it worked either and I had to show him.

 

5.) What is your favorite photo ever of your favorite actor/actress?

I’m supposed to pick just one photo? Ha! That’s not happening. I’ll narrow it down to 3 instead:

and anytime he makes the ‘confused’ face, because I love the raised eyebrow.

 

6.) What songs are at the top of your playlist right now?

Two different songs by Sara Bareilles. The Light because I think it’s a beautiful song, both musically and lyrically.

You are the air in my breath, filling up my love soaked lungs
Such a beautiful mess, intertwined and overrun
Nothing better than this, knowing that the storm can come
You feel just like the sun
Just like the sun

 

and ‘I Choose You’ because I find the beat uplifting and the lyrics optimistic.

‘I could live by the light in your eyes’

 

7.) What is the most recent TV show that you binge-watched?

The Fall: season 3. And it was so good! I was nervous, with it being the last season and the assumption that Paul Spector would probably die. It was a lot more exciting than I anticipated, and Jamie Dornan delivered with some incredible eye acting! It feels wrong to say I ‘enjoyed’ the ending but I liked the way it turned out, and I really can’t imagine an alternate ending that would stay true to the story. All in all, this last batch of episodes was one of those rare times for me when the anticipation payed off.

 

8.) What time of day do you usually write and/or blog and why?

I do the writing part in the morning, because it’s quiet and I have time to myself without anything distracting me. Sometimes I post directly afterwards, while other times I’ll wait and just plug in the pics and post it in the evening before I sign off for the night (so that I can’t change my mind!)

me, before I hit ‘submit’

 

9.) Does your avatar have special significance and if so, what is that significance?

Yes. The ‘DS’ image is a prop (a ring) from the television show Lost, which is my all time favorite show. ‘DS’ also happens to be the initials of my last name (I have one of those capital-lowercase-capital surnames).

Dominic Monaghan as Charlie Pace

 

10.) In your real life, how open are you about the fact that you have a blog?

In discussions that relate to fandom, blogging or the internet, I might mention that I blog in order to help illustrate a point, but I don’t elaborate about the blog itself/what I blog about unless I’m asked about it further (which I’m usually not). It’s not so much that I’m hiding it (though I don’t exactly want to shout it from the rooftops either) but just that I don’t normally share information about myself that isn’t relevant to the conversation at hand.

I have a blog. I write about actors and movies. It’s a hobby.

 

11.) What are the boundaries for you in terms of how much of your real life you share on your blog?

I have shared personal stories on this blog in the past, in answer to writing prompts but I don’t refer to the people in my stories by their names, just their relationship to me; it seems like the polite thing to do. I’m pretty open about who I am in real life, I don’t blog under an alter ego because I really have no reason to. I might say some embarrassing things sometimes in relation to fangirling but generally I’m rather mild. I have thought about how therapeutic it could be to blog about more personal things, get the negativity off of my chest and out of my system, but I wouldn’t want to hurt the people I talked about. Plus, I’m afraid if I started, it would become a habit of complaining. I’ve burned my fair share of bridges on Facebook, I’ll stick to blogging about actors/movies and retweeting on Twitter instead, it’s safer!

XxXxXx

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Miscellaneous

 

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Zeepster

So it seems the Liebster Award questionnaire is going around again. I participated in this a few years ago with music related questions. I always find it fun to answer questions, of any kind, so when zee’s muse suggested her readers answer a set, I thought “why not?”

because I have things to say, dan it! (that was a Freudian slip but I’m leaving it there)

 

Zee is a friend from the Richard Armitage fandom but I’m going to pepper my answers with Dan Stevens gifs, because they’ve been accumulating on my hard drive with no occasion for me to use them. I hope she doesn’t mind.

mind? IKR

 

1.) What excites you at the moment?

Dan Stevens.

those eyes

that… everything

 

2.) In one sentence, what depresses you at the moment?

In one year, my son will graduate High School.

yesterday he was 14, today he’s 17. there’s sorcery involved, I’m sure of it!

 

3.) Cats or Dogs? piccies please.

cats.

 

4.) What tv series did you love in your youth?

Mork & Mindy

5.) Who is your favorite actor/actress no longer living?

Jimmy Stewart

6.) What is the best movie you’ve seen so far in 2017?

Logan

7.) The top three theatre/concert experiences you’ve ever had.

 

B-52s, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Lollapalooza

 

B-52s because it was a small turn out & it started to rain, so they invited those out on the lawn to move into the pavilion & then encouraged us to stand on the seats and just have a silly good time.

 

Rocky Horror Picture Show because I went several times and it was always late at night (Midnight showing) so everyone I was with tended to get slap happy. Drinking over caffeinated Jolt helped as well, I’m sure.

 

Lollapalooza because I got to see Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam in the same concert, while also being totally grossed out by people shoving nails up their noses and swallowing fire on the side show stages.

not really but it was memorable!

 

8.) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

see, here’s the thing…

I can’t remember what it was called. I know it was a romance novel about a psychic that saw a little boy & his dog lost in the wilderness. She connects him to a bachelor rancher, convinced that he’s his son, but the rancher doesn’t believe her until a story hits the news about a senator & his family missing due to a boating accident, and the Senator’s fiancee just so happens to be someone this rancher had a long term relationship with. Anyway, my Mother-in-Law left it at my house, so I read it, and it was surprisingly good.

9.) What is your favorite photo of the last week on your mobile phone and are you willing to share it?

I don’t have a mobile phone. I share one with my husband and only use it to text my son when he’s late for dinner. If I tweak the question to apply to my laptop though, this is the latest pic I saved:

I was bored and so on a whim, I typed my very small hometown (population: 500) into Google Images and found this pic of my favorite thing to play on at the playground when I was young. The internet is a wonderful thing.

10.) my favorite dessert?

cake

 

11.) Favorite Richard Armitage pictures

At the end of Zee’s post she hinted that her questions from the last Liebster round never got answered and so maybe someone would feel moved to do so this time around. I picked 5 off of that list.

1) A gift you regifted (and how quickly and why?)

A one piece hat/scarf thing from my Mother-in-Law.

It was very soft and pretty but not my style at all so I regifted it, just a few weeks later, to my friend. Because she actually dresses like a woman instead of a 15 year old boy, like me.

someone who will choose comfort over fashion every.single.time.

 

2) Balin or Oin?

Balin

because he looks like Santa Claus

 

3) Do you REALLY want to see the Silmarillion done in movie(s)?

Yes, so I can finally understand what’s going on.

me, pretending the timeline doesn’t confuzzle me

 

4) Mozart or Haydn or Beethoven? (Cross your eyes if you can’t tell the difference)

Who’s Haydn?

Zee, the music teacher, being so done with me.

 

5.) Your New Year’s Resolution list

seeing as how it’s May and not January, my ‘Summer’ to do list is:

-lose 30 pounds

-organize my photo albums

-Iron all the shirts (some have been in the basket for two years and counting)

don’t judge me!

 

Bonus, because Zee likes Beefcake

XxXxXx

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Miscellaneous

 

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Go Ask Alice

I came across this graphic for “pills” a fangirl can take in order to make her heart’s desires come true. I thought it was cute, and so am sharing my answers.

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Amnesia- the chance to experience a story again, like it was the first time
answer: the Lord of the Rings trilogy
I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy for the first time after graduating from High School. I was feeling stuck in a holding pattern, doing what had to be done (work a menial job to save money) until I could do what I really wanted (move out of my parents house so that my adult life could begin). so I escaped to a world filled with adventure and danger through the pages of those books instead. I used to hole myself up in my room for hours, reading by candlelight, burning incense to set the mood. my parents would peek in on me from time to time just to make sure I wasn’t summoning spirits.
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Sacrifice- bring a fictional character who has died, back to life
answer: Lucas North from MI-5/Spooks
the spy who jumped off a building because he couldn’t come to terms with who he used to be. even though he course corrected his mistakes by becoming someone who saved countless lives on a grand scale. even though he suffered through 8 years in a Russian prison protecting state secrets while pretending to be someone else. I think he paid his dues and then some.
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Love- make a fictional character fall in love with you
answer: Steve Rogers/Captain America
because Captain America needs a soft place to land, someone to turn to at the end of the day, who he can be himself with. instead of the one everyone depends on to always carry what’s good and right upon his shoulders. the one who willingly wrestles with all the evil in the world. the one who silently suffers the loneliness of being a man out of time. the little guy (both metaphorically and physically) who suddenly found himself inside a superhuman body. providing comfort to a sweet and handsome superhero? it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it!
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Life- make a fictional character come to real life
answer: Buddy from Elf
an odd choice, but he’s just so pure (and clueless). it’s nice to think of all the smiles he could bring to people’s faces, and how many grumps he could annoy some sense into.
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Travel- the chance to travel to any fictional world
answer: The Wizard of Oz
I had to think long and hard about this one. I finally settled on Oz because I was reminded of the first time I rode  “The Great Movie Ride” at Hollywood Studios, Disney World. when the tram entered the room that resembled the Munchkin Land scene, I felt like I had suddenly stepped inside a viewmaster reel of the movie, only it was better than 3D because it was a childhood fantasy brought to life! I still get choked up when I ride through that scene now, but at least I don’t full out cry like I do on It’s a Small World (every. single. time.)
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Body- change bodies with any fictional character
answer: Kate Austen from Lost
although Kate is not my favorite character, more like the character that causes me the most frustration… I do covet her body. she’s physically fit without loosing her feminine shape. she has a ‘girl next door’ face (complete with freckles) while still possessing the beauty of a grown woman. and she’s neither tall nor short, but somewhere in between.
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Posted by on January 23, 2017 in Miscellaneous

 

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Blog Introspection Challenge

I’ve been doing a “Blog Introspection Challenge” on my Richard Armitage themed blog that I’ve found extremely helpful for putting some things into perspective in that area of my life. I thought I’d attempt it here as well, in a much more limited capacity–answering the questions all in one post instead of individually. I don’t have nearly as many posts on this blog to draw experience from but it should be interesting to revisit things, nonetheless.

 

Blog Introspection Challenge

 

1.) What made you start blogging?
I had started blogging in the Richard Armitage fandom to share my experiences and thoughts in relation to his acting career. One day it was suggested to me that having multiple platforms to share my varied interests might be beneficial. so I started this blog to cover the non-Richard Armitage related things that were swirling around in my head. it was slow going at first because I didn’t really have a direction–I still don’t–but it’s comforting to know that it’s here when I need to work through something or highlight things that I enjoy.

 

2.) The significance of your blogs name
“getting caught up in the mechanism” comes from an Alison Krauss/Elvis Costello song, The Scarlet Tide. the phrase can be found in the second verse: man goes beyond his own decision, gets caught up in the mechanism. I often feel like I get overly caught up in the workings of my brain, not being able to get certain things out of my head. hopefully writing about them in this blog would ease that out of control feeling.

 

3.) What’s your (usual) blogging process?
something can be weighing on my mind or I just want to share my love for something. I let it run around in my head for a few days or a few weeks and then one day I just sit down and write it out, usually in one draft–going back through to correct spelling errors and better format the paragraphs, etc.

 

4.) What’s your favorite post?
Three Recent Dreams of Jamie Dornan. the post was fun to write because I was sharing something that I enjoy about myself (the way my subconscious makes up stories while I’m sleeping) while also including funny Jamie Dornan themed reaction gifs/captions. I have such a fun time doing that type of thing on my Richard Armitage blog but rarely have occasion to use the Jamie Dornan pics and gifs that I’ve collected in the same way.

 

5.) Which post got the most views?
When I choose to interpret this question as the most views in one day, the answer is Learning About What I Need. This post consisted of snippets from e-mail conversations that I had with a friend who was battling depression. I wanted to show him that I knew what he was feeling because I have gone through it too. It seemed to help him, so I wanted to share my struggles in the hopes that maybe it could help someone else as well.

 

6.) Which post continues to give?
Parasocial Relationships, or, my history of celebrity crushes. I think in writing out my “history” in that way, it not only gave some insight into my individual fangirl activities but also took away some of the stigma of it being worrisome or not normal.

 

7.) Which post has the most comments?
I Pledge Myself to Thee…sort of. This was written in regards to my struggles with the Outlander television series, as a long-time fan of the books. the conversation in the comments not only centered around the Outlander book vs. the filmed version but also book adaptations in general.

 

8.) Which post was the most difficult to write?
Silence. it was a personal reflection on a confusing time in the lives of my brother and I, hardships that he went through and how I chose to deal with them, and how that negatively impacted our relationship for a time. it was hard to admit that I might not have dealt with things in a good way, without getting defensive about my reasons why. I found it therapeutic to write it down.

 

9.) Which post do you regret writing?
I wouldn’t say I regret writing the post necessarily (since it was my very first one!) but more that it’s just kind of pointless. the post, I’ve Been Staring at This Unopened Book for a Week was just me thinking out loud as I tried to make a decision about whether or not to read a specific book.

 

10.) What do you find the most difficult/challenging about blogging?
subject matter. not only coming up with things to write about, but choosing from all the different ideas that I do have. I end up jotting down notes and ideas but then never quite getting around to it, or not “feeling” it when I do decide to sit down and write something.

 

11.) Your favorite aspect of blogging
when I see the finished product and know that it came from me. I did that? 

 

12.) How- if at all- has blogging changed your life?
it’s gotten me writing again. not that I’m writing novels or anything but I’ve always been able to express myself better through writing. I enjoy the many creative aspects of writing and it helped  me stand out when I was growing up. I’d forgotten the boost in confidence it could bring me.

 

13.) What have you learned from blogging?
that I’m not alone in my thoughts and feelings.

 

14.) Your plans for your blogging future
no plans, not really. just to keep writing it down. and on those days when I have an itch to write but I don’t know what to write about, to just highlight the things that I’m interested in.

 

15.) Any blogging role models?
I first decided to try blogging because of fellow blogger MorrighansMuse. she was part of the Richard Armitage fandom at the time and she made blogging seem interesting and fun to me. she’s since revamped the blog that used to house her Richard Armitage posts and focuses instead on various other interests. she also has a writing blog which is where I first became acquainted with the concept of writing prompts. I tried a few on this blog and would like to try more.

 

and there you have it.

 

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Posted by on June 18, 2015 in Self

 

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