The Sunflower Blogger Tag

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I was in the middle of writing an exceedingly dreary paper (and trying to make it as non-dreary as possible), when I saw that I was awarded The Sunflower Blogger Tag by Maribeth of Formidable Courage!  Maribeth, you could not have tagged me at a more perfect time.  My mind was almost shriveled to away to nothing, when I read your delightful post and saw that I was tagged!  I now feel quite restored. 🙂  Thanks for the fun opportunity!

 Rules:

1. Share 11 facts about yourself.

2. Answer the questions set by your Nomination Blogger

3. Nominate 11 bloggers.

4. Set questions for the nominated bloggers.

First off, 11 random facts about me:

1) I used to have a 30 gallon fish tank a few years ago.  I gave away my fish and got rid of the tank when we moved.  I never even think about that tank anymore, but for some reason at night, I have recurring nightmares about my fish!  In my dreams, I’ve either neglected my poor fish for years and they’re all dead and the tank is filthy, or else I try to clean the tank and find snakes and all sorts of creepy animals inside the tank, trying to bite me.  The dreams are quite stressful, and I can never seem to get rid of them!

2) I’m getting so close to being finished with editing The Princess and the Prince!  I’m about 3/4 of the way finished.  Thanks to some help from some awesome friends of mine, the front cover is completed as well!  I hope to have my book printed and ready to sell by the end of March! 😀

3) When I was 9 or 10, I had a mending business.  I mended pants and shirts (and even a pair of slippers) for some crazy low price, like 50 cents a piece.  I kept trying to spread the word about my business, and then suddenly I got swamped with more work than I could handle.  I shut down my business, much to the disappointment of my customers – where else could they get holes patched up for half a dollar?  🙂

4) I’ve seen Brendan Fraser in an airport.  He was much taller, and much older, and much balder than he looks on screen.  A smaller man in a suit was arranging all of his tickets and seating arrangements for him, and a couple next to me kept pointing and whispering, “George of the Jungle!  George of the Jungle!”

5) Once when I was about 6, I started writing an extraordinarily politically incorrect story that began, “Jack was a regular, poor, lonely crippled boy.  Until it came.”  I never got past the opening line.

6) I’ve recently seen three movies that I expected to hate, and ended up loving:

Ender’s Game: I usually don’t care for sci-fi, but this was just a good movie.  Good characters, good story line, good music, good effects.  And let me tell you what, Asa Butterfield (who played Ender) can act.  He was incredible.  Aside from a couple of crude comments, it was very clean – just a bit emotional.

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Jack the Giant-Slayer: When I saw the trailer for this movie in the theater, I swore I’d never watch it.  Well, I’ve seen it twice already. 🙂  There’s some violence, some crude things, and two really bad words.  But overall, I was surprised at how much I liked this movie!  I kept expecting it to get really cheesy, but it was surprisingly believable (for a story with massive bean stalks and talking giants).  The characters were very endearing and noble – especially Elmont (shown below with the goatee and black armor), played by Ewan McGregor.  He was just plain awesome.

Iron Man 3: As you probably know by now, the original Iron Man movie is my favorite film of all time.  But I’ve never seen Iron Man 2 (because I heard that it ruined Tony’s character) and I was really leery of Iron Man 3, as well.  I shouldn’t have worried, though.  It was such fun, very exciting, and so funny.  I can’t remember the last time I’ve laughed so hard when watching a movie!  (Mom and Dad previewed it first, and skipped/muted a few really bad scenes.)  I especially loved the fact that, whereas Iron Man dealt with Stark’s initial change of heart, Iron Man 3 shows us much more of the “new” Stark.  Most movies change a character and then leave it at that.  I really liked getting to see the changed Stark in action.

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7)  I’m reading through Northanger Abbey at the moment, and quite enjoying it.  When I finish, I will have read all 6 of Jane Austen’s books!

8)  I am addicted to the Spicy Chicken sandwich at Chick-Fil-A.

9)  I play the violin (though I haven’t picked it up in a while).

10)  Though I have never read a single work by Shakespeare, I plan on reading several of his plays as soon as I am finished with college.

11)  This fact isn’t really about me, but it’s so amazing that I just have to share it.  My great uncle helped to liberate the Dachau concentration camp in Nazi Germany in WWII.  As they were moving into the camp, a young Polish man (a prisoner) ran up to my great uncle and asked for a hand grenade.  He said that he knew where a group of Nazis were hiding out in a bunker, and could take them out.  It was a risk, trusting the man, but my great uncle gave him the grenade.  The man blew up the bunker, as promised, enabling my great uncle and his fellow soldiers to move further into the camp and liberate the prisoners.

Fast forward 40 or 50 years, to a mall in Louisiana.  My great uncle and his wife were quite old by this time, and were taking their routine walk through the mall.  Apparently lots of other older folks liked to take strolls through the mall as well.  My great uncle got tired, and sat on a bench while his wife did some shopping.  Presently another elderly man sat next to him, and the two started chatting.  As they talked, they realized that they had both been in Germany at the same time, in WWII.  They began finding more and more similarities in their stories, and kept comparing information, until they found out at last, to their complete shock and amazement, that the elderly stranger was the young Polish man who had asked my great uncle for the grenade all those years ago!

Is that amazing or what??

Who is your favorite character in the Bible (besides Jesus)?

Well, I’ve always had a soft spot for Peter, because he talks way too much and gets himself into trouble.  But as far as my favorite…maybe Timothy.  I know that he doesn’t show up very much personally in the Bible, but from what Paul says about him, from the advice Timothy receives, and the difficult position of church leadership in which Timothy finds himself as a young man, I have a great respect and love for him.

Do you consider yourself an outdoor person? If so, what are your favorite outdoor activities?

I wish that I were an outdoors person, but I am afraid that I am most decidedly not.  Of course, I enjoy nature immensely, and love to sit outside on beautiful days.  But I’m not a hiker/biker/runner-type person.  I’m more the type of person who takes a book outside, sits in a lawn chair in the shade and reads. 🙂

If you could live anywhere in the United States, where would it be?

North Carolina!  Nothing beats the beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains.

What noble character quality do you admire the most?

The first person that popped into my head when I read the word “noble” was Steve Rogers (aka Captain America).  He’s such a noble character.  I would have to say that, in Steve or in any other hero (fictional or real), courage is the character quality that I admire most.  After all, like C.S. Lewis says, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.”  Without courage, every other noble quality would give way in the face of danger, pain, or fear.  Courage is the glue that holds all the other virtues together.

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In what ways has God comforted you in the recent past?

Funny as it sounds, God has really blessed me and encouraged me tremendously during the past few days through a book that I happened to pick up at the library.  It’s called The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature by Elizabeth Kantor – and it is amazing.  It is a brilliant explanation of and an attack on the way that American colleges teach English.  Turns out, English professors and teachers no longer teach real literature – they teach on “issues” like gender roles, feminism, racism, religious beliefs, etc.  I never would have believed all of the stuff that Kantor says about the English courses in America if I didn’t happen to be in the very thick of them at the moment, in my own college classes.  Everything she says about the American educational methods, beliefs and practices are spot on: I have experienced almost everything she says.  It has been extremely shocking and saddening for me, to be taking American and British Literature classes, and learn absolutely nothing about the literature itself – instead, I write read articles and write papers on feminism, racism, colonialism, and all sorts of other “isms.”  

Anyway, this has been exceedingly depressing for me, as a lover of literature, to see true literature pushed aside to make room for my professors’ own agendas.  Just when I was in such sore need of encouragement, I happened to pick up Kantor’s book from the library.  It is SO good!  It is much more than just an attack on the educational system.  It is a thorough, clear, entertaining overview of the major English and American literary works and authors.  The title isn’t kidding when it says that it is a politically incorrect guide: this book is the best guide to classic literature that I’ve ever seen.  It could easily be used as the foundation for a high school literature course.  I’m planning on buying it soon.  I highly recommend it!  More than that, though, it has been like finding a spring in a desert for someone whose soul has been parched by college classes.  I’m so thankful that God sent me this book right at this time!

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You are offered a choice of three fattening (but hearty!) entrées: a cheeseburger, ultra-British fish and chips, or lasagna. What do you choose? 😉

Fish and chips, of course!!!  😀  I had true, authentic, original British fish and chips twice during my trip to England: once at The Red Lion, and once at The Eagle and Child.  Those were two of the best meals I’ve ever eaten!

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And as for my nominees, I’m afraid that I don’t know 11 bloggers!  But I have been introduced to several lovely bloggers (who also seem to be kindred spirits) very recently through the Literary Heroine Blog Party.  So in appreciation of the highly interesting and fun discussions we have been having in the comment-area of my blog, and in an effort to get to know all of you better, I am nominating:

Jessie

Hamlette

Kristin

Heidi

 Here are your questions.  I am really looking forward to getting to know all of you a little bit better!

What time period would you travel back to if you had the chance? Why?

Is there a book that you’ve read at least five times from beginning to end?

Has the Lord done anything recently in your life that has strengthened your faith in Him?

What is your favorite family tradition?

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

What has been your favorite movie this year? This can be in theaters or just from your own personal home viewing.

This was great fun – thanks again, Maribeth!

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11 thoughts on “The Sunflower Blogger Tag

  1. Victoria,
    I replied over at my blog, too, but just wanted to say “thank you” again. 🙂 This looks like fun. …and I love the “kindred spirits” bit! 😉

    ~Heidi

  2. I dig “Jack the Giant Slayer” too! I like it almost as well as “Mirror Mirror.”

    I grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. So achingly beautiful.

    “Iron Man 2” doesn’t ruin Tony’s character, exactly, but I don’t like it nearly as well as the first and third movies. I can see why someone might say that — Tony is basically dying really slowly because his arc light is poisoning him, and so he goes on a very self-destructive streak. It’s not happy to watch. But, obviously, it all ends well, since you know he’s fine in “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3.”

    Thanks for the nomination! I’ll work on my post this evening.

  3. 4 – I’d totally forgot he was George of the Jungle…

    5 – I totally want to read that now…

    9 – SO. DO. I. That’s very cool. I’ve been playing eleven years, more or less. One of my less corny videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4iuPTVR8H4

    10 – I’d recommend Hamlet.

    11 – That’s a terrific story…what a neat book that’d make! 🙂

    To be fair, we South-West Virginians do claim part of the gorgeous Blue Ridge. Obviously the best part. (I’m not at all biased, here…) 🙂

    You’re right – English can often be very political. My teacher last semester spent a lot of class-time telling us how to vote and/or believe. Luckily, I’d been binging on PJTV and Ravi Zacharias and was able to interrupt his monologues with facts. I was about the only one who spoke, but I later found that many of them agreed with me – so don’t lose hope! There are probably others. I’ll have to look up that book…

    • Oh my goodness, I love that North and South theme!! It’s so haunting! And yes, you should totally look up that book – it’s been extremely helpful and very interesting. 🙂

  4. I found your blog through the Formidable Courage Sunflower Award post (I have been reading the chain of these ever since I got tagged).
    I have got to find this politically incorrect book . . . I just checked our library site and there are tons from this series. Fact 11 in AMAZING.

    • Thanks so much for taking the time to comment – I love hearing from fellow bloggers! I know! I never get tired of stories about my great uncle (he had many more crazy stories – like the time that he and his troop missed capturing Hitler by about three minutes). I only wish that he would have lived long enough for me to meet him and talk to him about it. Yes, you really should read that politically incorrect book! I don’t agree with everything she says, of course, but overall it’s very eye-opening and encouraging!

      Thanks again for commenting!!

      Victoria

  5. What a delightful shock! Is that actually my button on your sidebar???!!! 🙂 Thank you!!!

    Hem! Okay, all right, let me collect myself… I really popped in to say that I love your description of how you enjoy the outdoors! 🙂 And the literature book looks really good. I’ll have to look it up. Also (when you get into Shakespeare), I would recommend Much Ado About Nothing. It’s my favorite and I’ve read it a couple times. It’s also fun to kind of do a plot point comparison between it and P&P. I don’t know if you’ve ever run across it, but Peter Leithart has a really good book called “Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide to Six Shakespeare Plays” that is also a really good introduction to Shakespeare in general. And last point – I was wondering…are you going to be doing a cover reveal for The Princess and the Prince?

    • Yes, it’s your button! 😀 You’re very welcome! I loved looking through your blog, and just had to add it to my sidebar. 🙂

      Thanks for the Shakespeare recommendation! I will definitely look up that Leithart book. And as for the cover reveal, I’m going to reveal it very soon – within a few weeks, hopefully! I’m so close to being finished with the editing, and I don’t want to really start “advertising” until it’s ready to print. But hopefully soon, very soon! 🙂

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