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who am i?

Don’t worry. This isn’t the angst ridden “where do I belong in the world?” “who am I really?” type of post that the title might lead you to believe it is. There are no whiffs of existential crisis to be found here. Instead, I have for you a grumpy cat (though not the grumpy cat), a sassy redhead, and a bookworm. Confused? So am I.

Let me explain.

A few months ago there was this weird game going about. I don’t remember if it was a general weird game, or if it was just something that my family came up with. Anyways, the game was basically just finding three characters, whether they be from book or movie, that describes your personality. However, rather than pick the characters ourselves, we had to rely on the decisions of others. Like I said, I’m not really sure where this strange game came from.

After many hours of deliberation and false starts, my sisters finally decided on the three characters that, together, pretty faithfully describe my hodge-podge personality.

1. Garfield 

I really shouldn’t be surprised that this character was the first, and quickest pick, of the lot. With our rampant sarcastic wit, often pessimistic attitudes, general grumpiness, dry sense of humor, and love of lasagna, sleep, and candy, this sassy, orange tabby and I are scarily alike.

Some may have quickly tried to defend themselves when given this comparison. I mean, he can be kind of a jerk. He is a cat, after all. From me, however, there were no complaints. I knew that what my sisters said was true. Besides, I’ve actually always loved Garfield. He just…gets me. You know?

Destiny has deigned that Garfield and I be kindred spirits, and I must say that I am perfectly okay with it.

2. Belle (Beauty and the Beast)

Pick number two was, of course, the lovely Belle. While I may not be a French beauty, I do love to read. Which is probably the only reason this character was picked for me.

I would like to point out, however, that I actually have much more in common with her than our love for books. For example:

a) I am a big daydreamer.

b) I am a hopeless romantic with high expectations (no Gastons for me).

c) I have a case of wanderlust that would make your head spin.

d) I enjoy spending my afternoons reading to sheep.

e) I have a tendency to burst out into song whilst twirling about.

So, as you can see, I’m at least 33.3% Disney princess. Now, if I could just find myself a tragically misunderstood prince with a castle and a swoon-worthy library.

(P.S. Please don’t take the reading to sheep thing seriously. I don’t actually do that.)

3. Donna Noble (Doctor Who)

When I asked my sister why she thinks I’m like Donna, she replied with one word: Strange. Thanks, sis. 

Me and Donna Noble are actually a lot alike. Besides being strange, we’re both super stubborn, sassy, and sarcastic. We also both try to act tough and aloof to disguise the fact that our metaphorical insides are actually quite mushy. *laughs to hide the tears*

Really, it seems the only difference between me and this sassy redhead, besides the hair, age, and her Britishness, is the fact that I’ve never gone on adventures with a handsome time travelling alien. This actually upsets me more than you might think.

If you see a blue phone box floating around in the sky, let me know.

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Holidays · Life

doom, death, despair

Now that Valentine’s Day is over and done with, I can fully wallow in the overwhelming sadness that is my singleness. Last night, I kept tossing and turning, thinking about all of my past boyfriends. And, by boyfriends I mean the three boys with whom I was in mutual crush with during my elementary school days. So many “what-could-have-beens.” Not “what ifs,” though. That’s too cliche.

On days like these, while recovering from the bombardment of happy Valentine couples, I like to cuddle up and let myself ugly-cry. I’ve already given you my list of happy romance movies. Now it’s time for the heart-breakers.

Just like my playground romances, these cinematic relationships were doomed from the beginning. They were just too beautiful to last. I love a good tragic romance. They make me feel just a little bit better for not being in a relationship myself. They also simultaneously make my heart hurt tremendously while increasing my desire to find my one true love. It’s a vicious cycle. Why do I do this to myself?

For your pleasure, or despair, rather, here are the top romances on my ugly-crying movie list.

SPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to see one or more of these movies, I’m sorry to break it to you, but they all have sad endings. Tears ahead.

1. A Walk to Remember (2002)

∴ This is the only Nicholas Spark’s romance that I can tolerate. It gets my right in the feels every time I watch it. It’s a classic “popular boy falls for unpopular girl” romance, and will fill up your 90s nostalgia quota nicely.

2. Bright Star (2009)

∴ Ah, the beauty and devastation of the love life of Romantic poet John Keats. This movie is hard to beat for “movie that rips out your heart and makes you question every good thing in the world.” Never again will you be able to look at a John Keats’ poem without tearing up.

3. Romeo + Juliet (2013)

∴ Every student in America is familiar with this story. Usually, I have a hard time sympathizing with the rash, over-emotional teenagers that star in this famous Shakespeare play. This depiction makes it a bit easier. Most people go gaga over the DiCaprio version, but I like this one much better. The beautiful scenery, authentic costumes, and amazing cast make this tragic romance much more potent than it ever was in English class.

4. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

∴ This movie is quirky and funny, and always gives my tear glands a good workout. Even though I know what’s going to happen, I can’t help lose emotional control whenever I watch it. The value of infinity has forever been changed.

5. Me Before You (2016)

∴ This recent heart-breaker is one of my new favorites. The main characters are funny and witty, and their sweet, doomed romance is almost too much to bear. This movie makes my heart flutter and hope, and then turns around to crush it without mercy. I love it.

Holidays · Life

love, life, laughter

Valentine’s Day is once again upon us. I have mixed feelings about this holiday. While the sight of all those heart balloons hanging up at Walmart made me a bit cross-eyed, I do enjoy binge watching cheesy romances. And, stuffing my face with chocolate without feeling guilty.

My blankets were very lovey-dovey this morning. They didn’t want to let me go. I can’t blame them. Rainy days make for perfect cuddling and movie watching weather.  I may not have a significant other, but I do have a heart shaped box of chocolates, a soft blanket, and a stash of romance movies. And, that’s good enough for me. Well, at least I’m gonna keep telling myself that.

In honor of this day of love, I decided to pick some of my favorite feel-good romance movies and share them with you. It was really hard to narrow this list down. There are just so many good movies to choose from. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good love story.

1. The Princess Bride (1987)

♥ This one is a classic. If you haven’t seen it, you are missing out. It’s a funny, witty twist on the classic tales of romance and adventure. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched this movie. Never more have I wanted to hear the words “As you wish.” Just watch out for the Rats of Unusual Size.

2. Penelope (2007)

♥ A modern fantasy, this movie is absolutely adorable, and it stars the ever gorgeous James McAvoy as a handsome, tortured musician. Mmmm.

3. Decoy Bride (2011)

♥ This one is a bit ridiculous, but that’s why I love it. It takes place on a tiny Scottish island, and it makes my heart flutter and my funny bone shake every time I watch it. I relate very well to the awkward shenanigans of the main character.

4. Austenland (2013)

♥ As you can probably tell by the title, this movie is all about Jane Austen. I love Jane Austen. All those lovely romances, and lovelier men. Still looking for her Mr. Darcy, a young woman decides to step back in time by visiting an Austen themed park. It’s pretty hilarious.

5. Cinderella (2015)

♥  I couldn’t leave this one off my list. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Disney movies. Watching this take on the classic fairy tale just made me feel so giddy inside. It’s a pure, simple, magical love story, and I adore it.

Holidays · Life

traditionally spooky

Although I haven’t enjoyed constantly hearing about “Pumpkin Spice this” and “Pumpkin Spice that,” I cannot deny how much I love fall. Although winter is my absolute favorite season of the year, fall is a very close second.

Fall means cool breezes, crunchy leaves, cozy cardigans, and scarves galore! There is just something about pumpkins, and changing leaves, and chilly air that just makes my heart warm. To be honest, fall makes me just plain giddy! And, for someone who’s normally a pessimist, that’s saying a lot.

Not to mention that it is keeper of two of the best holidays of the year: my birthday and Halloween. I always get excited for Halloween, even though it’s not socially acceptable for me to get dressed up and trick or treat anymore.

Yesterday’s October photo challenge was movie, which is kind of fitting. Even though I always hate myself for it, I have a bad habit of watching a ton of scary movies during the Halloween season. Growing up with a bunch of older siblings, I am familiar with many of the classic 80s horror movies. And, I don’t mean those gross, slasher, crazy person movies that play on TV nonstop during October. To show what I mean, I’ve provided a list of some of my favorite Halloween movies, the ones I grew up watching with my crazy, scary movie obsessed siblings.

These are my ingredients for a successful Halloween movie marathon, plus plenty of candy corn and chocolate:

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Garfield’s Halloween Adventure

Halloweentown

Hocus Pocus

House on Haunted Hill

The Changeling

Monster Squad

Lady in White

Watcher in the Woods

The Conjuring

Woman in Black