Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall is Here ~

leaves // crispy apples // flannel everything // chilly evenings // warm tea mugs // pomegranate pie scented candles // pumpkins decorated with crafty stuff // cold rain // huge sweaters // candy corn // crisp breezes // vintage coats // thanksgiving // combat boots // roasted pumpkin seeds // caramel // pumpkin pie Pusheen Cat // fuzzy socks // Orion in the sky // reading books by the hearth // brown leather jackets // sunshine on leaves // watching Sherlock // fluffy pajamas // dark red lipstick // the smell of coffee // the first snow // studying // Owl City's "The Real World" // leaves fluttering to the ground // black cats // forest green // corduroy // sleeping with a dog // red cardigans // the warmth of hugs that isn't there at other times of year // plushy sweaters //


Monday, October 9, 2017

<< The Bookish Tag >>

Well, look who's finally doing a tag after like a million years! (#spoiler: it's me)
Faith over at Chosen Vessels was kind enough to tag me for this book-related tag.
And if something's book-related....... you better know I'll be there.

1 ~ What book has been on your shelf the longest? 
Probably a certain book from my childhood: a very worn and scuffed-up edition of "Homer Price". My older siblings used to read it to me before bed. Me and my sister would use our Webkinz stuffed animals to act out the story as it was being read to us.

2 ~ What is your current read, your last read, and the book you'll read next? 
Last book read: (I have to go to Goodreads to see because it's been so long since I've read a book)... ah yes. Candle in the Darkness, by Lynn Austin. The first in a trilogy, the rest of which I have not read.
Current read: For Such a Time, by Kate Breslin. Which I've been working on for at least 2 months. Now you know why I've never been given the 'Fastest Book Reader' Award. Heh. Hehe. *cries*
Next read: I have no idea. Probably whatever I feel motivated to read, which could be anything.

3 ~ What book did everyone like, but you hated? 
That would be Ivanhoe. I tried it for school a couple of years ago, but I. hated. it.
And I mean hate.
(like actually like hate. like. seriously... literally...actually hate)
I'm honestly not sure what I'm missing, because I read some blogs about people who are huge fans of the book. Either I have bad taste, or I'm the only one with good taste. *shrug*

4 ~ What book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't? 
 Les Misrables. I own it. It is on my shelf. But honestly I don't see myself committing to a book like that. At least not for a looooong time.

5 ~ What book are you saving for retirement?  
Refer to Question #4, please. If not Les Mis, then probably all the classics that I didn't get around to in my high school years. 
Such as Oliver Twist, the rest of Jane Austin's books (other than "Emma" and P&P), and others. Like a few autobiographies. 
To be honest, most of my retirement will be spent reading Lucille Ball biographies.

6 ~ Last page: read it first, or wait 'til the end? 
 It depends on the book. Some books I look ahead, others I like to be surprised. Although I get mad at myself every time I purposefully spoil something, so I don't know why I keep doing it

7 ~ Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside? 
 It TOTALLY depends on who writes them. If they're like a self-published book (by one of you lovely blogger-people), I like to read them because I love hearing about who/what inspired their journey as a writer.
If it's like a regular published author's book, I don't even care.

8 ~ Which book character would you switch places with? 
Probably an extremely rich character that doesn't have a lot of problems, lives in peace and happiness, and doesn't die a slow and painful death. Someone content and happy with their situation. Like a princess. *shrug* I don't know. Elves live pretty cool lives. Ok, I'll be an elf. From The Lord of the Rings. 
And I'll make sure I never run out of arrows, because that's lame.

9 ~ Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?) 
It was the Summer of 2012 specifically that I took a lot of time to relax and focus on books. 
It was the best summer I ever spent because I just read books in my room- day in and day out- and I savored every drop of sunshine and I read about hobbits and elves and adventures and other lovely things, and I always look back fondly on that summer.
So when I read "The Blue Castle", by L.M. Montgomery, it reminded me of those lovely, relaxed times with myself. It made me very chill and relaxed... just like that Summer.

10 ~ Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way. 
Well, two times now I've tried to leave this question and come back to it, hoping I'll think of something, but honestly I just can't. All of my books were bought from normal places, or given to me by normal people. I just don't have any interesting book stories. #i know #so boring  
One time I haggled for a book, and the lady gave it to me for $4 dollars cheaper than she had it priced, and I felt real grown-up and like a real bargainer afterwards (I was like 14). But that's about it.

11 ~ Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
Well, if you've read The Book Thief, you know that it has some language in it. So, for my best friend's birthday (or was it for Christmas... I don't remember), I marked out all the icky stuff in a brand new copy and gave it to her. As far as I know, she loved it.

12 ~ Which book has been with you most places? 
The Bible, of course. But to make it interesting, I have to mention that "The Book Thief" went many, many places with me, as well as "The Hobbit", back when I was 14 years old and obsessed with it.  

13 ~ Any "required reading" you hated in high school that wasn't so bad later?
For the most part, I enjoyed the reading that I did in school. Even at a young age/grade, I had a good time with books for school and recreation... Because they're books, man. 
Basically I've always enjoyed reading.

14 ~ Used or brand new? 
Both are good in their own ways. 
I really like used because they are 1. cheaper, 2. more nostalgic, and 3. worn-out things have a special place in my heart.
At the same time...
Who doesn't like a fresh, new, crisp, pristine book as well?

Basically just give me books. New or used, I won't complain.

15 ~ Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?  
No, and NO
My mom read half of one once, but SHE. NO. LIKE.

16 ~ Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book? 
 No, actually. I usually like movie and book for different reason, but usually the book is better. For instance, when I watched North & South, I thought for SURE the book couldn't possibly be as good as the show... but it was, somehow.
#rule of thumb: the book is better.

17 ~ Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks included? 
My mom subscribes to Food Network magazine (that counts as a book just this once, right?) in the mail, and I enjoy reading through the monthly issues. It makes me hungry, for sure! Plus, every recipe we've ever tried from the magazine has been great. This recipe is probably my favorite of all time.  

18 ~ Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take? 
Strangely, I have not yet found a lot of people out there who have the same book tastes as me. I usually like the books that Naomi talks about on her blog, but not EVERY SINGLE one of them, and I also usually like the books that my best friend suggests to me, but not ALL time. 
I guess the answer to this question would be: me.

19 ~ Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving? 
(why is there only 19 questions to this...) I don't really read futuristic/thriller/action books, but I ended up loving "The Circle" Series by Ted Dekker.
Ok, I didn't LOOOVE it. But I liked it WAY more than I thought I would, for sure.

Well, that is all, my friends. I hope you enjoyed yet another book-related post on this Blog. :)

Unfortunately, I do not have time today to tag specific people, nor do I have time to post all of the questions here for you to copy, (and I apologize for that...), but let me make it interesting.
If you have a blog, and you have not done this tag yet, and you have a dog, I tag you.


Monday, October 2, 2017

A Very Cheesy Blog Look Update

Blog: Hey. Amaris.

Me: ...

Blog: Amaris...

Me: ...


Me: What?!

Blog: It's time to change me.

Me: Um ... what?

Blog: Change me, I'm bored.

Me: What are you talking about?

Blog: *groans* Meee. People are tired of looking at the same old me. You have to change me up. You know. Switch around the colors, get different pictures for the sidebar, write a post about the 'new blog look' that no one cares about.

Me: Um. Ok. What do you have in mind?

Blog: I don't know. Why don't you think of something?

Me: Ok, how bout something on the grey side?

Blog: Oh, for Pete's sake, why do you like grey so much???

Me: I don't know, I just do.

Blog: *sigh* Brother. Well, show me a picture.

Me: Ok. How does this look? 

Blog: I don't like it.

Me: Oh, come on! It's perfect for Winter!

Blog: Nah. You dress me up like that, no one will ever read your blog again.

Me: Uh, that's ok for me. I don't really write my blog for people, I write it because I enjoy it.

Blog: Well, you better make a Fall blog look for next year.

Me: Don't worry, I will.

Blog: Fine. Now can we go get some pumpkin spice lattes?


Blog: Sor-ry! Gosh! Well, just put your new blog up and I'll go drink my p------ s---- l----, and DON'T FORGET TO PUT A PICTURE OF THE OLD BLOG LOOK! You know, people get very sentimental about those kinds of things. Old blog looks, and such.

Me: Don't worry, I will. I'm typing this all up right now.

Blog: Wait, are you writing all this down? TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD?!?!?!?!

Me: Bye.

Blog: Hey!

*RIP* Teal Blog Look // Summer 2017

-Amaris (+ guest appearance on the blog: The Blog)

Monday, September 25, 2017

When You Get a Vacation And All You Want To Do Is Watch Movies...

So, I house-sat this week. (You know. It's like babysitting, but with a house). And after going to work everyday, I had free time. Yes, that glorious thing that I didn't have a lot of this past Summer. So what did I choose to do with said free time? I watched movies. Movies were my vacation, so to speak. You might remember that I mentioned that the only movie I watched all Summer was Spider-Man: Homecoming. So you might consider this marathon my "catch up".
Any-who, I watched some movies, I have opinions, here they are.
(FYI, I had never seen any of these before).

Father of the Bride (1991):
I guess I had high expectations for this movie, which would explain why it fell a little short for me. I mean, it was cute, (mostly) clean, and very sentimental, but I didn't find very funny (in fact, most of the things that I think were supposed to be 'funny' just annoyed me, such as the father complaining so much about the wedding). Nor did the movie interest me a whole bunch. The movie did a good job making fun of the kind of things that your typical 'father of the bride' would experience (such as stress concerning wedding expenses and 'losing his little girl'), but I guess that's one of the reasons I didn't resonate with it too much. It wasn't all bad, though. It had pretty moments. And I did laugh a couple of times.
1/5 stars

Leap Year (2010):
You know how you just keep hearing about a certain movie, so you just want to go ahead and watch it so you will stop wondering about it? That was "Leap Year" for me. It was pretty good, I think. It was your typical sweet romance story, and even though the entire plot line was basically one big huge cliche, it wasn't your fluffy, cheesy, irritating type of chick flick. The events were carried out pretty well, in my opinion. I found it quite enjoyable, cute, and best of all, not boring or entirely predictable. There were a few innuendos, as well as some kissing (because duh), but nothing too sensual, thank heavens. I would probably even watch this again in a few years, that's how not bad it was.
4/5 stars

Jurassic Park (1993):
This movie was a lot like Jurassic World (which I enjoyed in theaters as a new release), except there was no Chris Pratt. There was a lot of running from dinosaurs, being eaten by dinosaurs, trying to outsmart dinosaurs. You know. I really liked how real the raptors looked (comment if you know what song that's from), I thought all the actors did a splendid job, and the whole family-type relationship between the kids and Mr. Grant made me happy. But overall, nothing really wowed me. I can see how it's a Steven Spielberg classic, but other than that, there was nothing that really makes me want to see it again. I did really like the soundtrack, surprisingly. Even nowadays, when soundtracks don't do a lot for me. But hey. *shrug*
3/5 stars

The Walk (2015):
YOU GUYS. THIS MOVIE WAS SO ADORABLE. It tells the true story of a (borderline certifiable) French dude back in the 70s who wanted to walk a high-wire between the two buildings of the World Trade Center. This movie has everything... a tiny bit of romance, humor, a good plot that keeps you moving forward, a touch of suspense... everything. Plus, it was adorable, as I have already mentioned. Philippe and Annie's relationship was completely ship-worthy (look at me, using fangirl terms.. oh how things change), and I just love how the whole story was carried out. It was a good old-fashioned enjoyable movie. It was great, honestly. I am totally buying this on DVD. Watch out for some cuss words, but there really isn't much besides that (hooray because that means it's great for family movie night). I also really liked the soundtrack to this movie as well.
 Basically, I loved this movie.
5/5 stars 

Doctor Strange (2016):
"While heroes such as the Avengers protect the world from physical dangers, we sorcerers safeguard it against more mystical threats."
 There is more out there in our universe to believe in than the material things, the tangible things. It is not all as it seems. You all know I'm not the biggest fan of Marvel movies. I watched Doctor Strange, and... I'm still not. However, this movie didn't seem like a Marvel film. It seemed... different. Somehow. Unconventional, perhaps? Any-who, I enjoyed it well enough. It kept me un-bored, which is good enough for me. Spider-Man is still my favorite, but Doctor Strange was not bad.  There is a bit of spell-casting nonsense to watch out for, of course, but the the focus on spiritual warfare, and the dangers of going astray from what is right are a clear theme in this sci-fi flick. But there is a good dose of language which annoyed me, as usual.
Let's be honest, though. I'm a bit partial. I feel like you could put Benedict Cumberbatch in ANYTHING and I will automatically enjoy it. He's just an amazing actor. I also have to mention how I really loved Stephen and Christine's relationship. I loved their (thankfully clean) moments. They were so precious.
3/5 stars

Forrest Gump (1994):
"My mama always said, 'Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'"
This movie surprised me in two ways. First of all, it was way more dirty than I had anticipated (which made me really sad and annoyed), but the second surprise is that... I actually loved this movie. I loved it. It was so cute.
 It made me laugh... and cry (like, actually cry).
I'm really sad that there was a lot to speak of in the way of 'content'. A lot of language. A lot of crude behavior, including indecent bedroom and party scenes. Let me just say, if you have one of those movie filter thingies, use it. I beg of you. Because people should see this movie. It's a classic. It's hilarious. It's heartwarming. It's Tom Hanks.
But... I don't recommend anyone seeing some of the stuff in it. I wish more of Tom Hank's movies were clean because I really enjoy his acting. Honestly, right now I can't even think of one Tom Hanks movie I haven't liked.
 Overall, "Forrest Gump" was really good. (But bad... but good.)
 But bad.
 (*whispers* but good).

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008):
I've wanted to watch this ever since I read the book for a WWII class I took in high school. The book was very good, and very sad, and so was the movie. We follow the 'explorations' of a young German boy, Bruno, who is trying his darnedest to understand why Jews are the 'bad guys', and why his family is so tense about it all. There's more than that, too, of course, but basically this is a WWII movie that will leave a person touched, saddened, and very sombre at heart. There was nothing amazing that really stood out for me, exactly, but the movie was good. And I would definitely recommend the book, too.
Also, I have to shout out to the actress who played Bruno's mom. She did an extraordinarily good job at her part, I observed.
3/5 stars

Mulan (1998):
If I ever told you guys how many Disney favorites I have not seen, you would be shocked. I could never call myself a 'Disney person' or 'Disney fan' because I simply have seen enough Disney movies to qualify for that. So anyways, to help fix that, I watched one Disney movie in all of my marathon. I chose "Mulan". I thought the movie was really cute. It made me laugh, it wasn't boring, it wasn't entirely cliche, either. The cricket was the best. :) You also wouldn't believe how many internet memes and references I now understand because of watching this movie. Like the whole "dishonor on your cow" thing? I never understood that. Until now. Thanks, Mulan.
3/5 stars

  La La Land (2016):
"City of stars... are you shining just for me?"
Ah yes, that musical 'masterpiece' that called a classic before it's even 5 years old. It took me awhile, but I finally watched it. Can I just say, it was a good movie, but I'm very under-impressed. That's probably because I'm not one who likes musicals. They are weird (I mean, I'm weird, I know... but this is different). Also, (even though I hate to put down a fellow human being) I'm not a huge fan of Emma Stone's.
But I'm putting it much more negatively than it actually was for me.
Lemme put it this way. I thought it was really sweet. It was dreamy. It was relaxing. It's a classic. It was nostalgic. It was pretty, it was beautiful. But I just... didn't like it too much.
 It was unconventional, but not in a way that I necessarily like. It's the same classic problem I always have with musicals. "Can we stop singing and get back to the story? I'm bored. It's a pretty set, but... I'm bored."
There were a lot of things I did like about it. The soundtrack was golden. That jazz piano... *magicallll* I've always liked jazz, ever since I heard some in a talent show when I was a child. And this movie certainly gave me a good dose of it.
I must mention before I end this review, that there are quite a few swear words. They are sprinkled everywhere that I kept tripping over them, including an f-word. (y u gotta do dis, hollywood)
2/5 stars

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013):
"I am alone... my mind drifts like the snow."
It was sweet, and very cute. I always like Ben Stiller. It's the story of a guy who needs to save his job at LIFE Magazine, but he has a problem; he's a daydreamer (which isn't a problem exactly...), and he lost something very important to the magazine. And I've always had a special place in my heart for 'underdog' characters.
The movie wasn't amazing, though. It wasn't wonderful. Just sweet. There were a few cuss words, but nothing else.
3/5 stars

And now, for fun, just a really quick list of favorites out of all that I watched.

10.  Father of the Bride (Sorry, Steve. You last)
9. Jurassic Park (because "how real the raptors looked...")
8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (because I'm a daydreamer too, buddy)

7. Mulan (because of Mushu... who was hilarious)
6. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (because that ending, man)
5. La La Land (because that piano music got me)
4.  Leap Year (because #dat accent tho)
3. Doctor Strange (Ok I gotta confess: because Benedict Cumberbatch)
2. The Walk (because I thought it was adorable... which you should know by now)
1. Forrest Gump (by far... even though it was..."bad"... #dontkillmemom)
By the way, at the end of writing this, I realize that my two favorite movies from this list are directed by the same person. Huh. Way to go, person. :)

Also I just realized how long this post is. Hm. Sorry bout that. Thanks for sticking around till the end! Hey, let's do one of those YouTube things... If you read all the way to the end, comment "Galaxies". Hehe.
#so fun


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