Sunday, February 20, 2011


I love finding several things that tie together to create a neat little bow in the form of a blog post title.  :)  Because, my friends, that is exactly what this one does.

Ever heard of Rupert Penry-Jones?  For those of you who are Jane Austen addicts (*high five*), you may remember him from Masterpiece's version of Persuasion.  Weeeell.  I had never heard of him being in anything else worth watching (in fact, I don't quite care for the movie Persuasion, although the book is stupendous).

Until now.

Last week, I watched this incredible movie with him in it, and I fell in love with it.  It's titled 39 Steps and if you know what's good for you, you'll go treat yourself to watching it right now.  It's set during World War I, which is schaweet.  It's about this dude (Rupert...or Richard in the movie) who gets framed for a murder that he knows two German spies committed.  Before he died, the man who was killed gave Richard these papers and told him to get them to this government guy because it contained confidential national secrets having to do with the growing conflict in Europe (which is exactly why the German spies wanted him dead).  Suddenly, Richard is running for his life--from the English because he's being blamed for a murder he didn't commit, and from the Germans because he's carrying a top-secret coded notebook.  Thence, a super-duper awesome plot to figure out the code in the notebook and get it into the right hands, all while having Brits and Germans both at his heels, and a war commencing during it all.  And a girl enters the scene, besides. <winky face, winky face>

Sooo, I liked it.  A lot.  There was some stuff that frustrated me, but all in all, 'twas grand.  Plus, I got to watch it with my fantabulous fivesome, and that makes everything just that much better.  Just to give you more reason to go watch it yourself, here is a "preview" of some of it's awesomeness.

[pictures not mine, but I put the collage together]

Now onto part two of this post.  Random facts about yours truly.  I could probably go on and on with these forever, and I didn't know how many to do.  So what ended up being the perfect number?  Why, 39!  Perhaps it is a bit too much, but the number fit in so well!!

1.       I am directionally challenged.  VERY directionally challenged.
2.       My three favorite fictional heroines are Lizzy Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, Jo March from Little Women, and Anne Shirley from the Anne of Green Gables series.
3.       My three favorite fictional guys (don’t laugh =P) are Faramir from LotR, Mr. Tilney from Northanger Abbey, and Gilbert Blythe from the Anne of Green Gables series.  Ohh, and I love Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird.
4.       I love love loooove Broadway musicals—I’ve been to several and they’re SO amazing.  It’s my rather impossible dream to be on Broadway someday.  ;)
5.       I have a good memory that catches onto things quickly—like learning song lyrics or random historical facts.
6.       I can be very indecisive.  Maybe.
7.       If I’m writing (or typing, rather), I often don’t use correct capitalization, but I am very paranoid about using proper grammar and punctuation.  Sometimes, however, I start to feel like a nerd, and I purposely make a mistake.  =P
8.       I’m a Lord of the Rings geek.  I know so many random facts about it, it’s truly frightening.  If you don’t want to get into a super long discussion about it—books and movies—chances are you shouldn’t risk raising the subject with me.
9.       I like mashed potatoes.  In fact, I like potatoes period.  Mash 'em, boil 'em, stick 'em in a stew.  (see above lol)
10.   I have an alternate reality that I write about sometimes.  I haven’t created and developed it all in my mind yet.  One of my favorite friends there is my cloud, Rupert.
11.   I’m engaged.  To Captain Jack Sparrow.  That’s right, be jealous.
12.   I’m rather vain about my handwriting.  But you can’t blame me…I’ve had lots of people tell me that it’s nice.  I guess I just let it go to my head.
13.   It sincerely bothers me when people are cliquish.
14.   I have a tendency to notice how people use their eyebrows when expressing themselves.
15.   I like inside jokes, but only if I’m in them.  Horrible of me, I know.
16.   Actors or actresses’ “characteristic looks” make me laugh (ya know, like Gerard Butler’s little thing where he talks out of one side of his mouth, Johnny Depp’s smirk and raising eyebrows, Zac Efron’s helpless look, Keira Knightley’s “well I’m upset and I don’t like you so be afraid” glare, Christian Bale’s open mouth before he purses his lips together, Cate Blanchett’s condescending smile, etc.)
17.   I break out with random French words and phrases at times.  I also occasionally start speaking in an accent, which I consider absolutely normal, but other people give me odd looks.
18.   I’ve started a list of songs that—should I ever get married—I would like to play at my wedding.
19.   Whenever it’s windy, I like to stand with my face to the wind and let my hair blow back and pretend I’m a supermodel.
20.   I can probably quote and sing my entire way through The Lion King.
21.   If anybody says, “I had a dream,” I start to quote Marin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech (“I have a dream that one day our children will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  heh…and it must be said it an accent, more like, “coluh” instead of “color,” you know).
22.   I love paper.  I love stationery.  I love notebooks.  I love letters.  I even have one of those awesome wax seals with a “J” on it to seal letters!  It makes me super happy.  :)
23.   I hate it when I hear a song and love it, and then go watch the music video and it’s dumb.  It’s so disappointing.
24.   C.S. Lewis is my hero.
25.   I like making up nicknames for people.  Chances are, if I like you, then you won’t like your nickname.  Deal with it.  (:
26.   It really bugs me when I recognize an actor in a movie, but I can’t remember where I’ve seen them before.  Usually that results in Cassie or me jumping up in the middle of a movie and yelling, “It’s SO-AND-SO!!!”
27.   I like listening to movie soundtracks.
28.   I name inanimate objects—from my piano, Florence, to my iPod, Mo, to my lamp, Chloe, and my friend the moon.  =]
29.   The memory I have that goes farthest back is me being devastated when I grew out of my rainbow tie-dye matching onesie and dress.  Yeeessh, that was way back.
30.   Whenever I try to draw a face, I can only draw one half of it, because the symmetry of it all messes me up.
31.   Pet peeve: I don’t like it when people write “Happy Birthday”—with birthday capitalized.  Happy is the beginning of the sentence.  Birthday is not a proper noun.  It’s “Happy birthday” people.  Get it straight.  Also, ever noticed that there is a very small number of people who can actually spell "definitely" correctly?  Grrrr.
32.   Ever since I was little, it bothered me that no one I knew could put on mascara without opening their mouth.  So I have trained myself and can proudly say that I can put on mascara with my mouth closed.  =P
33.   I would marry Josh Groban in a heartbeat.  And probably Michael Buble too come to think of it.
34.   I have a tendency to lift up one of my feet when I give someone a hug—and that can lead to off-balance awkwardness, let me tell you.  I also have a tendency to put my arm on top when giving side hugs—even for people who are taller than me.  Yeah.  Awkward’s the word.
35.   I can read out loud very well (I flatter myself), but I’ve always had trouble looking at a number and then saying it out loud.  Like, if I see 83,722, I’d have to sit there, pause, and think about it before I’d come up with eighty-three thousand, seven hundred twenty-two.  Even reading dates like 1746 or whatnot gets me tongue-tied for a second.
36.   In books, I think it’s hilarious when certain characters have their own characteristic phrases that they say repeatedly (such as Rachel Lynde’s “That’s what” in Anne of Green Gables).  But when people in real life repeat a certain phrase every other sentence—gahh!  I want to slap them.
37.   I detest/am frightened by anything Dr. Seuss.
38.   And my only other big fear is old ladies, specifically if they are in rocking chairs or knitting.  Especially knitting.  *shivers*  Go read A Tale of Two Cities…you’ll see what I mean.
39.   My guilty pleasures are swing dancing and cheese puffs.


  1. I can definitely relate to a few of these. I'm incredibly directionally challenged. :P And my favorite food is mashed potatoes. Hehe ;)


  2. Alright, when we have our grand sleepover at your house, I'm bringing over the original version of The 39 Steps by Alfred Hitchcock from 1935!! =] I'll have to watch this newer version to see if it holds up.

    Have you ever seen "The Lady Vanishes"? Another INCREDIBLY movie, much like The 39 Steps. I've only seen the 1938 version, but apparently it got remade too.

    Aaaannnd, Faramir. <3

  3. 9: Finally, someone else I know has heard that song.
    37: Detestable.
    38:"What do you knit?" "Shrouds"
    25:Ditto, Sir.

  4. Haha, this made me laugh. I actually read it a couple of days ago, but just got around to commenting. Let's see how much I can say...
    37. How can you say that? Dr. Seuss is epic!
    38. Hehe, me too. Madame Defarge is really scary. And thus old women knitting are also scary.
    24. This. Totally. Besides Les Mis, I'm crazily obsessed with C.S. Lewis. *sigh*
    27. Oh yes. Movie soundtracks are the best music in the world. Besides musicals, of course.
    26. I do this too! It's one of my biggest pet peeves when I can't figure out who an actor is...
    8. I just watched LotR a few weeks ago, and I'm getting to the point where I'm crazily obsessed. I dost think I am obsessed with too many things...and they're all different!
    4. (This is the last one, I promise) You've been to SEVERAL Broadway musicals? I'm seething with envy! Les Mis will be my first musical of any kind.

    Jennoelle, should I create a page on my blog where we can discuss Les Mis to our heart's content? I'll see if it would work....

    In Christ,


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