Get to know me: 25 “facts” about me

Hello there! It seems like its been quite some time since I’ve sat down and truly wrote out a post.  I’m in a bit of an inspirational rut at the moment, and there’s also a post or two I’m way behind on posting. (The series of books I’m reading each month, anyone?)

But I figured, as a way to re-inspire myself to write, why not *properly* introduce myself?  I think this could be fun, and I’d love to know your responses and reactions to some of these things! I’d love to know a few “facts” about you, too.

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1. I will be a junior in college in the fall, and I am currently working on my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  I plan on getting my Master’s at some point in the future, with a focus on providing therapy for kids with special needs.  And ultimately, I hope to use that to complete a Doctorate degree.

2. My family has two cats, and well, I’m well on my way to being a crazy cat lady.  I kinda really like cats …..

3.  I play the flute and piccolo, and have for many years.  But it’s on my Bucket list to play the violin, or rather, to make it weep.  I absolutely love the sound of a weeping violin.

4.  I do not handle needles or similar things well at all.  Yesterday, I had to get a TB test, and came really close to passing out.  I had to lay on the floor with my feet above my head.  The same thing happens when I have to get blood drawn ….. so that’s fun.

5.  I am a Christian, and more specifically, Brethren in Christ.  I was born in the church, raised in the church, and Imma die in the church.  However, as you can probably tell, I’m totally not against talking to people of other religions and beliefs; in fact, I think it’s rather important.  I was even at a Jewish synagogue last fall for one of my classes … that was really cool.

6.  I love Tim Burton movies.  I could very easily write essays on the complex beautiful themes in some of them.  And don’t even get me started on the incredible-ness that happens when he teams up with Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp and Danny Elfman.  My goodness, so good.

7.  I can’t stand sappy Nicholas Sparks-esque romance movies, or even really dumb chick flick movies.  Period.  Also, I’ve never seen Titanic.  No shame.

8.  I read predominately classics.  My two most favorite books are classics (Jane Eyre and Les Misérables), and most of the books on my shelf are as well.  Also, I have never read The Hunger Games, The Fault in Our Stars, Twilight, the Divergent series, or any other popular book …. they’re not really my cup of tea.  However, I am a sucker for The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.  They are so good.

9.  I wear very little makeup on a daily basis, and I really don’t understand how some girls have the time to go through the “normal/expected” makeup routine.  Like seriously, I ain’t got time for that ….

10.  My favorite movies include the Pirates of the Carribbean movies, the Bourne movies, classic Disney movies, anything Time Burton, Pride and Prejudice (with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle), and Jane Eyre (with Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson).

11.  I am a big fan of oldies music.  I really enjoy Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Louie Armstrong, Nina Simone, Etta James, Elvis, and some Motown.  I honestly cannot tell you any of the songs on Billboards Top 100 ….. And ya know, I’m absolutely fine with that …. Ignorance is bliss right?

12.  Beyoncè greatly annoys me.  Really badly.  Also, so does Miranda Sings … and Amy Shummer …… We’ll leave it at that ….

13.  I love big wild thunderstorms.  Where I live, my house has a pretty good view, so when a storm rolls in, we can see the glorious clouds rolling together.  I love the feel of powerful thunder and sweeping winds and blinding lightening … it makes my soul feel alive …..

14.  When I fall asleep or need to seriously de-stress or relax, I use ASMR videos on YouTube …. I promise, this is nothing weird, but it’s still very unknown …..

15.  My favorite time of the year is the fall – my birthday is in November, right before Thanksgiving.  But I love the smells and the memories and traditions.  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, because of the memories of carving pumpkins and dressing up.  But I also love Thanksgiving and the anticipation of Christmas.  Plus, I’m kind of a sucker for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade …..

16.  I am right-handed.  Also, I don’t wear contacts or glasses.  And I’v never had braces.  Nor do I need to get my wisdom teeth out ….

17.  Generally speaking, I feel rather self-centered when I’m constantly changing my Facebook profile picture.  For awhile there, my picture us of my back, or of me doing something I loved.  I’m of the mindset that the profile picture should be a visual representation of who you are, and I believe I am more than a face.  Does that make sense?

18.  Here’s a secret: I’m in a relationship.  Gasp, I know.  But one of the things that’s really important to me, is to not flood my social media with coupley pictures, or to obsess over each other publicly.  I won’t be posting a picture of us, until our sixth month mark, and even then, it won’t be sappy.  That’s all to say, I can’t stand Public Internet Displays of Affection.

19.  I put a lot of stock in pinky promises.

20.  I could spend way too much money buying trinket trays, journals, and antique Victorian-style chairs.  It’s bad ….

21.  I can understand basic Spanish.  I can understand, and speak, some complex Italian.  I can understand basic ASL.  My goal is to become completely fluent in one of those three.

22.  I cannot sleep unless my closet doors are closed.  I’m not afraid of the dark, but I’m afraid of what my mind thinks in the dark sometimes.

23.  Spiders and snakes don’t really scary; they just kind of unnerve me.  However, I have two really big fears.  First, I’m terrified of getting to Heaven and feeling like I’ve disappointed God, feeling that I didn’t do enough with this life.  Also, I’m terrified of a natural disaster happening, and my family not being together.  That really scares me …….

24.  I love to camp.  I love being up close and personal with nature and being away from WiFi for a week or so.  It really helps my soul ….

25.  I don’t like coffee, but I love how it smells.  Also, I drink mostly water.  It’s actually quite rare I drink anything else.

Hi, I’m Julia, and that’s just a bit about me.  Nice to meet you. 🙂

 

Writing from 2011 ….

*I recently remembered I had another blog I had started years and years ago.  This was the only post I had written, and part of me is really ashamed at my writing.  However, I have been blogging for a year now, and I thought this would be an interesting way of celebrating that.  (Plus, I’m using this as an intermediary while I try to find the flash drive that had some of the projects I’m working on ….) My writing is rough; you are warned. *

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Top Five Favorite Movies for Snow Days

Okay. So, with this snow normally comes snow days. And, lucky me, my brothers have already had four. Me, um, two. So, when that opportunity comes around, you will probably find me in our basement watching movies. By myself. Under our leopard blanket. With hot chocolate. So, “What movies,” you ask? Well, let me explain.

Jane Eyre   This movie is so long, four hours exactly, but it fills my romantic craving. Plus, I love the idea of a troubled romance, so, hey, perfect combo, right?  Troubled romances, long movies, and a hot lead? Get my hot cocoa started!  Also, that time in England, the mid 1800’s, completely captivates me. The dresses, the, ah, men, and the parties. So, like, honestly, what better way to spend a snow day? Eh?

Les Miserables   I got the full show on DVD for Christmas this past year. Yeah, it’s just singing, but, hey. It is actually at the London Hall, so it’s supposed to be good, right? I still need to finish it. I haven’t been able to watch it the whole way through, so I’m just waiting for that. Also, and you can ask my family this, but I go around the house singing Les Mis songs day in and day out. Mark finds it annoying, but once you get bit by the Les Mis bug, there ain’t no going back!

Alice in Wonderland   Okay, this movie is either love it or hate it, and I for one, love it! My top favorite actors are in it; Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman, and Johnny Depp. Plus, it was directed by Tim Burton. Sure, he’s crazy, but he does some good movies! I got it for Christmas, on Blu-ray, and wow, the colors are vibrant! I just think, even though his movies are out there and out of the ordinary, the music is amazing! I hear something weird and instantaneously, I think Tim Burton. So, yeah.

Anything Harry Potter   Yes, I know, I’m obsessing. But whatever! I have always loved the idea of magic, so this is perfect! Also, I think the main theme behind all of the books is a good way to say that good triumphs over evil, no matter how strong the evil may be. I think that Daniel Radcliff is a great actor, no matter what everyone else says. Plus, I want to be completely ready for a surprise trip down to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Hint, hint, Mom!

 Avatar   This movie is just plain good! Sigourney Weaver definitely knows how to kick some butt in the movie! Also, Pandora is amazing! The plants, the animals, and Eywa reminds me of how much God is around me and everywhere I look. Personally, I find the Na’ vi people intriguing.  Just the way they go about things, like killing animals, hunting, living, and the music. It makes me wish Pandora was real and that we could actually take on the form of an avatar. Hmm, that would be so cool. Hey, I will keep right on dreaming!

So, those are just a few of the movies I would watch (and have watched). My list could go on and on, including the like of Pirates of the Caribbean, Thumbelina, Anastasia, and many more, but I said my top five. Plus, the “Pirate” movies are another story in and of itself. Please let me know what your top movies for snow days are.

WRITTEN JANUARY 25, 2011**

Days of Cheer: The Muppet’s Christmas Carol

This is by far my family’s favorite movie to watch during Christmas time.  I’ve watched it for as long as I can remember.  And frankly, I think this version is better than any I’ve ever seen.  Michael Caine is an incredible Scrooge, I think.  But maybe I’m just biased.

I can’t accurately explain it, but this movie is Christmas to me.

 

 

And as it is “only one more sleep ’til Christmas”, Merry Christmas guys!!

Ciao for now,

Julia

(P.S. Starting tomorrow, I will be taking a technological detox until New Year’s Day.  However, I will not be posting blogs until at least January 6, as I leave New Year’s Day for a conference in Georgia.  Until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 🙂 )

Days of Cheer: Santa and Rudolph, The Grinch, and The Christmas Song

Well, hi.  Sorry I’m becoming less and less consistent.  The closer it gets to Christmas, the more and more I have to do, and the less of a priority blogging becomes.  But some of my most favorite things are coming up, so stay tuned!

Santa and Rudolph

Okay, let’s be real here: who doesn’t watch the old Claymation Christmas movies? These are such staples at my house before Christmas. I’ve grown up watching these, and my parents have too.  I think that’s so cool, that generationally, these movies mean Christmas.

 

The Grinch

I love Dr. Seuss. He’s whimsical and wonderful, and pretty insightful about the world.  How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of my favorite movies to watch during Christmas time, because it connects so much with my belief of Christmas.  And no, not the Jim Carrey version.  I love the cartoon version, with the beloved Christmas songs, and nostalgic feel.

 

The Christmas Song

This song is Christmas.  Plain and simple.  No matter how many times Andy Williams sings “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” will always be Christmas-er.  Seriously, there’s just something about “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” ……

 

Ciao for now,

Julia

Days of Cheer: Gingerbread Houses and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Making Gingerbread Houses

One of my most favorite things about the Christmas season, is decorating gingerbread houses.  I don’t have the time to make everything from scratch, so pre-made kits are absolutely wonderful.  Of course, I don’t quite have the patience for sticking the house together.  In fact, by the time it’s all assembled, I’ve probably tried to throw things across the room in frustration.  (Not literally, but you get the idea.). My favorite part is sticking the candies on the house.  I love how I can be as creative as I want, using as many of the included candies as I want.  (As a right-brained girl, I love that.). I think my favorite part about this year’s house, it the peppermint roof.  A pain to do, but I think it gives the house a really cool look.

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National Lampoon’s. Christmas Vacation

Probably my family’s favorite movie to watch together during the holidays is Christmas Vacation.  It’s simply hilarious, and no matter how many times we watch it, it’s just as funny as the first.  Throughout the year, my family uses phrases like “I don’t know, Margo!”, or “We’re at the threshold of Hell!” or many other glorious snippets.  And frankly, Aunt Bethany is probably my favorite character, because she’s nutty in the totally oblivious old-age way.  I’m just always so thankful that my family’s Christmas are always more sane than the Griswold’s.  I’d probably start hacking newel posts off too, if things got that crazy …..

 

Ciao for now,

Julia

Happy Holidays! Xx

Days of Cheer: Home Alone

One of my family’s favorite movies to watch during Christmas time is Home Alone.  We just love it.  During this time of year, we try to watch as many movies as a family as possible, and Home Alone is always one of them.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve begun to understand the clear messages and lessons in the movie, and I love it.  At times, I maybe even get a little teary eyed.

It certainly makes me wonder what I would have done in that situation …..5rxqn_f-thumbnail-100-0

Ciao for now,

Julia

Happy Holidays! Xx

 

Days of Cheer: “White Christmas”

One of my most favorite holiday movies of all time is White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.  First off, I just love classic movies like that.  Movies with big show-stopping dance numbers and music by Irving Berlin.  Second, what is Christmas time, if “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” isn’t looping through your head?

Here are some of my favorite songs from the movie:

The Best Things Happen While Your Dancing~

Minstrel Song (Mr. Bones and Mandy)~

 

of course, White Christmas~

 

I find myself singing these songs, and many others from the movie, year ’round.  There’s just something so timeless about this movie, I think.

Here’s to hoping for a glorious white Christmas, to you and yours!

Ciao for now,

Julia

Happy Holidays! Xx