Monday, March 31, 2014

The Sunflower Blogger Award (Part 2)

It seems that I've been nominated yet again for this award! Thanks very much to sweet Ruby for the nomination. I hope you head on over to her blog and read her answers to the questions posed by those who nominated her.

The Rules:

  • Share 11 facts about yourself. 
  • Answer the questions set by your Nomination Blogger 
  • Nominate 11 bloggers. 
  • Set questions for the nominated bloggers.
 (Yet again, I won't nominate anyone for the award since I love all the blogs I follow and I hate to narrow them down)

11 Facts about Me:
  • I have a thing for shortish, stocky men like Martin Freeman, Seamus Deaver, Jensen Ackles, and Jeremy Renner. My best friend can attest to it.
  • I met Michael Buble live and in person at his last concert! Fan-club prize passes are AWESOME!
  • I never wear mis-matched pajamas, ever.
  • My toenails and fingernails almost never match in the polish department.
  • I'm a total Kevin Ryan fan on Castle. As soon as he started wearing those three-piece suits, I started paying attention and now I adore him.
  • I listen to James Darren music while performing data entry at work. I commend those of you who know who he is.
  • I'm a cat person.
  • Disneyland is my favorite vacation spot.
  • I've seen Phantom of the Opera on tour twice, LOVE IT!
  • Mint green and shrimp are two of my favorite colors.
  • I dream of someday running a literary themed bed and breakfast with rooms dedicated to The Great Gatsby, Romeo & Juliet, The Lord of the Rings, Gone with the Wind, etc.

Questions from Ruby:

Is there a fictional book you think everyone should read at least once?

I would say A Lesson before Dying by Ernest Gaines. I read it for college a few years back and it made a lasting impression about racism, sort of like To Kill a Mockingbird. It's brilliant and everyone should read it.

Mr. Darcy or Mr. Knightley?

I would pick none of Austen's heroes, but if I had to narrow it down, probably Mr. Knightley. Although I give more credit to Jeremy Northam's portrayal than to the actual character. I've yet to hate Northam in anything, even when he plays the villain. Like in The Net with Sandra Bullock. Yum.

What would your dream car be?

 A black 1967 Chevy Impala in pristine condition just like the Metallicar that my boys own in Supernatural.

Dude, that car is freakin' awesome!

Would you rather wear your hair in a bun or a braid?

My hair is baby fine so it always escapes a bun and looks entirely too messy. So I'm a braids girl by necessity, not by choice. Although a bun with a braid never hurts.

What is your least favorite movie (or miniseries) of all time?

Hah, that's a tough one. I pretty much hate Labyrinth and Willow, but I think the new winner in this category is the 1984 version of Dune. It's just gross. Love Paul, the hero, but it's disjointed and when it is cohesive there's a slobbery fat guy with homosexual tendencies pulling heart plugs out of his male servants so he can get aroused watching them die. Top that off with the rock star Sting playing the fat guy's nephew and very nearly stepping nude out of a shower and you've got a recipe for disaster. It's horrible so don't ever watch it, ever. 

What movie do you think is the most underrated?  Most overrated?

Well, let's see. The most underrated movie for me is the 1939 Pride & Prejudice with Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson. I love it. I think the hearts of all the cast and the crew were in the right place, and I couldn't care less that the costumes are off by 20 years. A lot of Austen's books were published years after she originally wrote them so she never imagined the clothing in the Regency era either. So I don't care one whit about those who dislike the costuming because I think it's darling.

And the most overrated is not a movie but a miniseries, Downton Abbey. I watch it with my parents because they love it and I do find it fascinating, but it's not worth all this muss and fuss. Drama and tragedy is thrown in just to keep things moving and that's not fair to the fans or the characters. So, yes, at the risk of sacrilege, Downton Abbey is totally overrated.


  1. Hee! I know who James Darren is. I had a bit of a crush on him when I was young. Loved him in Time Tunnel, etc. I'm a big Disneyland person too. The advantage of living in Southern California... it's very close by. My family went there a week ago for the day. Such fun.

    And that car is lovely. :D

    1. I still have a bit of a James Darren crush. I think it was him being a "Silver Fox" in Star Trek DS9. *winks* Lucky you being so close to Disneyland! That would be so amazing to go whenever I wanted. I would so have a yearly pass. I think we're going to CA in November for my parents 40th anniversary. So exciting!

  2. This is so funny -- while watching season 4 of Castle recently, I suddenly realized I love Jave while watching the ep "Kill Shot." (Yeah, I'm a couple seasons behind.) Here I'd thought I didn't have a favorite character on the show, and then it turns out I've had a thing for him for several seasons and didn't realize it.

    I've only seen the 1939 P&P once, but I found it very amusing and enjoyable. And I don't care for Downton Abbey either.

    1. Can you picture Ryan without Espo or Espo without Ryan? That episode with the bomb/fire this season terrified me because I was sure they were going to kill off one of them. My heart was literally in my throat the entire time! So, while Ryan's my man, I love Javi too. He's awesome, just in a different way.

      High five to another "not a fan of Downton Abbey" friend!

  3. I love the thought of the literary themed bed-and-breakfast! I would love to stay there, in the Lord of the Rings room ofcourse!

    1. I know, right! So, I'm starting to plan now. Which means research and putting money aside to fund it when the time comes. I really, really want to do this, and if it ever does happen, and providing we both still have blogs, I'm totally posting about it on here!

  4. Facts About You:
    The only thing I didn’t know was your preference for mint green and shrimp colors. I just… hope not together. Heh.

    Northam can do no wrong. I even forgave him burning Protestants in “The Tudors.” Maybe because I refuse to believe the real Thomas More did that. ;)

    Dune. Never seen it but… ew.

    But… but… the COSTUMES ARE WRONG. It’s a bit more forgivable than the Howard version of Pimpernel, though. In that movie, the costumes are still mid-Victorian and the year is SUPPOSED TO BE in the 1780s. That’s one instance where I just can’t overlook it.

    Downton Abbey was good once, now it’s melodramatic, soapy, badly written crap.

    1. I'll take a photo of my mint green sandals and shrimp colored toenails this weekend and send it to you this weekend. The colors are surprisingly cohesive together.

      No, never watch Dune. You'll want to burn your eyeballs out with a hot poker.

      Costumes don't usually matter to me, at least when I love the characters and actors. Which is why I love Romeo & Juliet because it doesn't matter whether it's in the right era or not. ;)

  5. I vaguely remember watching the oldie Pride & Prejudice. Someday I'll see it again although considering I prefer the "newbies" to the oldies, I'm not stressing about it. ;)

    Aw, who doesn't like Kevin from Castle!? He's so fun and is probably the biggest rule-follower of the entire team. Also, yay for a Jeremy Renner shout-out. :D


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