Films With Feelings #1

When it comes to movies, I often share lists of my favorites, especially at certain times of the year, and while I enjoy that, sometimes I watch a film that deserves a stand alone, and I want to start sharing more of these.

Neil and I are big fans of classic movies, so often times we will spend our evenings watching Turner Classic Movies, (TCM) especially during the summer months when our favorite TV shows are on hiatus.

Last night TCM aired “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” Neil, knowing that I love Jimmy Stewart and informing me that his character reminds him of me, recommended that I watch it. I’m really, really glad I did!

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Jimmy Stewart plays Mr. Smith, a young, passionate senator who writes a bill for a boys camp. He wants to teach young boys about liberty, the importance of freedom, and everything America holds dear. Mr. Smith is a rare man in Washington, and as he quickly learns, politics are not sexy. It’s a slap in the face when he learns how corrupt and unjust the government really is. His bill is stopped by fellow senators so that they might line their own pockets and when Mr. Smith learns of this and tries to speak out against them, the tables are turned back on him. I wont get into the how’s and why’s because I don’t want to spoil the movie if you haven’t seen it. Just be ready, because if you’re anything like me, this film will inflict lots of outrage, it will royally piss you off!

The sad thing is this movie premiered in 1939, but the movie is still very much relevant today! Washington needs more men like Mr. Smith, but unfortunately, it is filled with the Taylor’s & Paine’s of the world. You’ll understand once you watch the movie, and I’ll leave it up to you who you decide to replace “Taylor” & “Paine” with.

I highly recommend this movie, it’s important to understand why those of us with big hearts and intelligent minds cannot afford to stay silent. While the entire world wants to take a bite out of us, we must stand firm, we must be a force to be reckoned with.

This movie also teaches that those with nothing to hide are the ones who stand firm, who will speak out against the wrong doings, who won’t give up, but the ones who are corrupt, the ones who do have something to hide are the ones that will stop at nothing to “prove” they are in the right. They will point fingers at the innocent, hurt the undeserving, and tell you they didn’t say the words you literally heard them speak.

Does that sound familiar?

Seriously, if you haven’t seen this movie you need to. Pronto! Stat! Tonight! If you have seen it, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I even love this move trailer, it shows and tells just enough to keep the viewers intrigued without giving away any vital information.

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

 

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Fandango’s Friday Flashback #4 – July 19th

Welcome back!

You can read Fandango’s Flashback Friday in the link below:

Fandango’s Friday Flashback — July 19

You may or may not know that I am a horror junkie! Oh my gosh, I just love it, and I’ve been on a horror kick lately, I want to watch nothing but horror movies, I want to read horror novels, and I want to write horror. Horror is difficult, I give it to those who do write it, because while it’s not hard to write about the things that really scare me, I always have trouble with the ending. Endings aren’t always the easiest things to write anyway, but especially in the horror genre.

Anyway, back to the flashback. I wrote this piece two years ago, and I enjoy looking back, because if you’ve been following me for a while now, you will see what I’m about to share with you is not my best work. I have grown so much as a writer in the past few years, and I’m excited to see how I’ll continue to grow as the years keep passing.

It’s not a bad piece, but it’s most definitely not my best, but just the same, I enjoy reading old posts, and sometimes, they even spark my creativity, or I’ll find ways that I can make the plot even better.

I hope you enjoy!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian


Writing Prompt #4, Short Story, Fiction

Custom Bride

I sat in the dark corner of the book store, watching her as she moved gracefully; her long fingers stroked the bindings of each book until she stopped on the one she had been looking for. She took it off the shelf and inhaled deeply taking in the musty smell of the old classic. Never in my life had I ever been so envious of an inanimate object. She smiled sweetly, as if she had found a long lost friend, perhaps she had. She opened the book and her fingers gently brushed over the pages, re-familiarizing herself with the words that she obviously missed. I watched as her long legs carried her over to the table next to mine. She crossed her left leg over her right one, resting her back against the barrel seat. Her dark, curly hair lay over her shoulders, and her blue eyes shone brightly as they scanned over the pages in the book. Her navy blue dress hugged her tightly, and stopped right at her knee. She donned matching high heels, making her appear like one of the characters coming from the old, classic novel she was reading. She was so immersed in the book that she didn’t notice my staring. I couldn’t stop staring at this beautiful woman. She was mesmerizing, and her passion for reading only heightened her beauty, and as the minutes kept passing I found myself becoming more intrigued, and I didn’t even know her name.

“Excuse me.” I said to the woman. She looked up from her book and as her eyes made contact with mine I felt my chest tighten. “May I join you?”

“You may,” she said sweetly, as she gestured to the empty seat in front of her. I thought she was beautiful before but her smile made her even more stunning.

“May I get you a cup of coffee?” I asked.

“Oh, that would be lovely, a caramel macchiato please.”

I set her cup of coffee on the table, and I extended my hand. “I’m Stephen.”

“Charlotte.”

A beautiful name for a beautiful face, I thought to myself. “It’s a pleasure to meet you.” I said as I kissed the back of her hand.

She giggled and I thought my heart would burst right through my chest. We talked for hours and the more I learned about this amazing woman the more and more interested I became. I took her out to dinner at a lovely hill top restaurant with a spectacular view of the sunset. Charlotte was in awe, and I in turn was in awe of her.

She was hesitant at first, but I talked her into coming into my home for a glass of wine. her being taken with medieval culture, and I with my charming abilities was able to lure her in to my home that has been remodeled from pieces of a castle nestled in the Carpathian Mountains.

I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into her throat and make her my bride.


Writing Prompt:

Write a Short Story from the Villain’s point of view, but don’t reveal that it’s a villain until the end.

What do you guys think? Should I keep writing more short stories?

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Wordless Wednesday #31 – Blackwater Falls

Last weekend was so beautiful, so we took advantage of it and went to Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia. I managed to snap a few good shots and I thought I’d share them with you!

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All of these pictures wee taken with my Cannon EOS Rebel T5. I am still learning this camera, & I really need to watch some more Youtube tutorials & just experiment with different apertures & exposure times in manual mode.

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Nightmare on the Chickamauga

A few weeks ago I had this nightmare. It started out like a dream, I was on vacation with my friend Christen and her boyfriend Nick. We rented a cabin in Chickamauga, now I have never been there, but the place seemed so familiar & was absolutely beautiful. I don’t recall ever hearing of Chickamauga, but I must have read about it or at least seen the word somewhere. Anyway, I looked it up, and sure enough the place exists, which kind of freaked me out to be honest, but at the same time, it’s kind of cool.

I’ve been toying with the idea of turning this into an actual story, either a short story or a novel, I’m not sure which.

I thought I’d share the nightmare with you & get your thoughts. Do you think it would make for an interesting story?

Thanks in advance for your input!


The Nightmare

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I was sunbathing on the dock located on the Chickamauga Lake in Tennessee when Christen joined me, carrying a mimosa in each hand. It was mid-morning in July, we had decided to take a much needed vacation over the 4th. Nick was hanging out at the cabin, giving us some girl time. Anyway, it was really hot that day, in the high 90’s, but there was a nice breeze coming off of the lake, and since we were only wearing thin swimsuits, it wasn’t unbearable.

Christen and I were having the time of our lives, listening to music, basking in the sunlight, and talking and venting about anything and everything. I had just jumped into the lake when all of a sudden we heard a blood curdling scream come from out of the woods. I quickly turned towards the sound when a cold breeze blew across the water, the sun instantly went down, and everything turned black. I completely froze, something I tend to do whenever I am petrified, and I literally couldn’t see the water I was currently floating in. Christen kept yelling at me to get out of the water, but I was too afraid to move.

I started praying for the sun to come back out as Christen just kept yelling at me to get out of the water. A few more minutes passed before my prayers were finally answered. The breeze stopped, the sun came back out, and I could finally see the dock. I swam as fast as I could and Christen latched on to me, helping me out of the water. As soon as I got on my feet I grabbed onto her and hugged her tightly, we were both shaking with fright.

“What was that?” I asked her.

“I have no idea, but I need another mimosa.”

I nodded my head yes in agreement and we ran back to the house.

Later that day Nick and I ventured into the woods to gather some sticks to make a fire. Christen stayed behind to work on dinner. I was walking when all of a sudden a woman’s body dropped from the tree in front of me, she was hanging from a noose, she was gray in color, and her eyes were pitch black, she reached out and grabbed my throat. I started to scream but I couldn’t make any noise, at least it didn’t sound to me like I was making any noise, until I felt Nick’s hands grab my shoulders and pull me out of the dead woman’s grasp, then I heard the sound of my own blood curdling scream and everything went black.

I woke up wondering if the sound of my scream was the same scream I had heard earlier while I was in the water, or if I was going to be the next body hanging from the tree.

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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One For The Ladies

This post is about the female reproductive system & menstruation, so guys, if this grosses you out, please don’t read any further. If you do happen to read it, please pass this information along to your mothers, sisters, wives, girlfriends, and all of the females in your lives.

Thanks!!

I follow Sunny Anderson on Instagram, if you are not sure who she is, she is a celebrity cook on ‘The Kitchen,” one of my favorite cooking shows! I absolutely love all of the cook’s on this show, but Sunny is tied with Jeff Mauro (The Sandwich King) for my favorite!

Sunny is just a delight, she’s funny, sweet, smart, and she can cook her ass off!!

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Now that you know who she is, I highly recommend you follow her on social media to gain valuable insight, recipes, and gorgeous views from her freshly stained deck (which she did all by herself!! You go, girl!!)

While browsing through her Instagram stories I came across her post about organic tampons. Sunny had never heard of organic tampons, and until I saw her post, neither had I, but living in a rural area, I’m always the last to know about these kinds of things.

Anyway, I started doing some research after seeing her post about a brand of tampons that stated they were chlorine free!!

Wait!!! Hold on a minute, I didn’t realize the products I have been using for YEARS had chlorine in them, but sure enough, they do!!

Ladies, you wouldn’t ingest chlorine, but they expect us to put it into our bodies vaginally? Really?!?! We have to do better! We deserve better! The reason chlorine is added to tampons and pads is to make them white. Who thought that was a good idea? Who said, “We can’t offer feminine products that are brown in color and expect women to use them, we must make them white!” That’s absurd!!! The less amount of chemicals we put into our bodies, the better!!

Of course, like all things that are healthier for you, organic menstruation products are more expensive. Which is also absurd, but it’s something we need on a regular basis, so of course it’s expensive. The almighty dollar is what’s important, not a person’s health. Ugh, don’t even get me started on health care, that’s a whole other tangent I can go on!!

Anyway, you can read more about the chemicals put in feminine products below, I encourage all of my female followers to do more research about the chemicals you are putting into your body, and if you’re a male reader, thank you for caring enough to take the time to read about a subject that might turn your stomach, but you love the women in your life enough to want to spread the word to keep them safe!! The world needs more men like you!!

Chem Fatale Fact Sheet

The website above even has a cool little fact sheet that you can take with you when you shop, so you can avoid certain brands.

I would also like to state that our bodies really are magical, lol. Not only can we make babies, but our vagina’s have their own cleansing properties. Did you know that? I encourage you to do away with douche’s and other feminine hygiene products you really don’t need. Some mild soap and water in the shower is really all you need to stay so fresh and so clean. Internally, let your va jay jay do her own thing, let nature take its course. You can really cause harm to her PH balance by douching and adding powders & deodorants that don’t belong down there.

Learn your bodies, ladies, do your research, take care of your entire self.

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Friday Favorites #9

Welcome back!

I am so glad it is finally the end of the week. It hasn’t been a bad week, but it’s been extremely chaotic, I have had numerous people at work come vent to me about things I won’t get into on here, and while I do love my job, there are a lot of things I would change if I had the power to do so.

Everyone has just been frustrated & we’re trying to make the most out of some stressful situations, but it is what it is.

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Top 4 Songs On Repeat This Week:

The majority of songs this week have been on the harder side to help get me through this insane week, except for one, because even through all the darkness and chaos, love is always at my core!! ❤

  1. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly

I love this song so, so much!! I always have, there’s just something about it that gets my body moving!!

 

2. Into The Void by Blacksabbath

This is another one of my all time favorite songs. I just love that guitar riff!! It’s so dirty!!

I REALLY like Black Sabbath, not always, but sometimes, more than Metallica. (I know, such a shock, right?!?!)

Also, Soundgarden does a cover of this song, and I must say, they do it great justice!!

 

3. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd is one of my all time favorite bands, and this song is so heart wrenching, but oh so beautiful. I just love it, and it speaks to me on so many levels. I can easily close my eyes, get lost in the sound, and drift away to far off lands.

4. Your Song by Elton John

I adore this song, the lyrics are so sweet! ❤ ❤

 

Highlights of The Week

quill-and-ink-black-erzebet-sLots of productive writing. My creativity has been sparked and I have all kinds of ideas for future blog posts!! I also have been making different kinds of bucketlists, and working on my novel. I had a hard time starting my Blue Haven novel with Angela & Jared, but I finally got it worked out and the words have just been flowing!! I love when that happens.

quill-and-ink-black-erzebet-sThe 73 questions I was tagged in by Sunny Larue. If you missed that post, you can read it here: 73 Questions

quill-and-ink-black-erzebet-sWandering down the Youtube rabbit hole with Neil. We watched lots of documentaries about the evolution of different genres of music, it was so interesting!!

quill-and-ink-black-erzebet-sDinner plans with friends. Yesterday out friends Khristyn & Jordan came over and hung out with us. Neil made oven baked BBQ chicken (it stormed so we couldn’t grill,) & I did my famous cheesy potatoes. We watched Holy Moley, which was hilarious. We geeked out over American Horror Story, & Neil & I agreed to be guests on Jordan’s podcast that he co hosts with his friend, Eric. That podcast is called Random Ramblin’s.

Random Loves:

  • The Prince Symbol:

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  • Christopher Poindexter poems:

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  • Otters:

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  • This mug by Elan Pottery in Frederick, Maryland.

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Funny:

While wandering down the Youtube rabbit hole with Neil the other night, we stumbled on this lovely gem of the stupidest game show answers. Some of these had me rolling!!

Enjoy!

 

As always, I’m wishing all of you a fantabulous weekend!!

Stay weird and great!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

 

 

 

 

 

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Fandango’s Flashback Friday #3 – July 12th

I am actually sharing a post I posted on July 12th!! Yippee!!

You can read Fandango’s post below:

After my mom died I went into a very deep, dark depression. I became someone that I didn’t even recognize. I barely slept, I didn’t laugh, I felt like I had to force myself to smile. Getting out of bed was a chore, and while I had the love & support of my family & friends, I never felt more alone.

To help myself out of that dark place I decided to participate in a 52 Week Gratitude Challenge that I found on Pinterest. Today’s flashback is one of those posts that I wrote on July 12th, 2016.

I hope you enjoy and I hope it might inspire someone who is struggling.

Love & life lessons,

Kristian


52 Weeks of Gratitude

Week 24: A book you have learned from

I have taken away a variety of things from many different books, but when I read this week’s challenge, one book stood out in my mind; that book is:

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

In the story Mitch, a former student of Morrie’s meets with Morrie for 14 consecutive Tuesdays. Mitch learns more about life through these Tuesdays than he ever has in his lifetime. I sympathized with Mitch, because he greatly describes his feelings when Morrie is put on oxygen. Although I was very young, I remember having similar feelings when I saw my grandmother on oxygen, and even more so as I got older and realized what life must have been like for grandma, needing an oxygen machine in order to “live” if you want to call it that, and then going through the same emotions with Neil’s grandfather.

My initial take away from this book is that life, no matter how difficult or unfair it may be,  is worth living! Our lives are a privilege, that every single one of us take for granted. We are able to love, dream, imagine, create things, explore, learn, feel, have passions. Do you ever just stop and think about how majestic that is? We all started as itty bitty beings, no bigger than an apple seed, and now we are full grown adults, with the ability to think, to inspire, to learn, to do great things! Our minds are capable of  so much!! I gave up my desires of chasing money, and now I’m doing something that I absolutely love, and I work for an organization that helps people!! One of my many passions! I am actually making more than I ever have, and it’s a decent amount for the area i live in! I am working with my husband to make changes to our home, so that it will be our own personal oasis. It’s not a huge house, and it needs some work, but right now it is ours, and no matter where we go we always enjoy coming home,and  once we are finished, we will love coming home that much more! I don’t know about you, but when I am on my death bed I don’t want to have any regrets, I want to be able to say that I chased my dreams, and even if I don’t get to knock off any of the items on my bucket list, at least I can say that I was genuinely happy. It really is that simple! Life is too short to be anything but happy.

So my advice to you is chase your passions, do what makes you happy! Stop focusing so much on material items, you do not have to keep up with the Jones’! More than likely, they are living above their means, spending money that they don’t have to impress people that they don’t even like. Don’t be like the Jones’ be like (insert last name here)! Be YOU! Be HAPPY! Do things to encourage others to be happy,  and if you haven’t already, read Tuesday’s with Morrie. Just make sure you have a box of tissues next to you!

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Love & life lessons,

K

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3.2.1. Quote Me – Hope

Brandy, author of Nova & Namaste 365 Online tagged me for this quote challenge. You can see the original post where I was tagged below:

Brandy’s 3.2.1. Quote Me – Hope

Here are my choice of quotes:

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I tag:

Anyone who would like to participate.

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Wordless Wednesday #30 – Serena

I wrote a poem earlier this year for my eldest niece, Alyssa, who is going to venture off to college in the fall.

I have also shared pictures of her, but I have yet to post anything about my youngest niece, Serena. We call her Nani, her middle name is Naniloa which is Hawaiian for “most beautiful,” and she is!! She is now 15-years-old. Where does the time go?

I took this picture of her, she was 3-years-old at the time, and it remains one of my favorites. What a baby doll!! ❤ ❤

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I miss my California family sooooo much!!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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73 Questions

Hello beautiful souls,

My friend & fellow blogger, Sunny Larue tagged me for this fun post. It’s been a long time since I’ve answered some questions, and the child in me still loves participating in these quiz type posts, so I thought I’d participate & share these parts of myself with you.

It’s a great way for bloggers to get to know the person behind the blog.

You can read Sunny’s post where I was tagged below:

VOGUE MAGAZINE SERIES PRESENT 73 QUESTIONS

Sunny says:

The inspiration for the Vogue Magazine Series (VMS) is to get an intimate insight on today’s favorite celebrities, reality personalities, and political personalities. These series of fast-pace questions are designed to challenge the individual to be open, & vulnerable in a way to connect to the readers. You won’t find any celebrities or reality personalities here and you don’t need to be to answer. This process is fun and I am happy to participate.


73 Questions

My Answers

1. What’s your usual Starbucks order?

I am not the biggest Starbucks fan, but I will go there from time to time. I have about $75 worth of Starbucks gift cards in my wallet, but the closest one to me is an hour away. Anyway, when I do go, I usually get a caramel macchiato, unless it’s Christmas time, and then I will splurge & get a Venti gingerbread latte! I love their gingerbread syrup!!

2. What does your workstation look like?

Motivational quotes everywhere, pictures of my nieces & husband, geeky toys, a few certifications of my achievements, and brightly colored office supplies!! 🙂

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3. Favorite food?
Crab Cakes, BBQ ribs, Mexican, & cheese.

4. Favorite author?
Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, & Charles Dickens.

5. What do you think of open relationships?
I say to each their own. If you & your partner want to be in an open relationship, who am I to judge? For me personally, I couldn’t do it. It takes away the intimacy & romance from a monogamous relationship. Plus, if you’re mine, I’m not sharing you! 

6. What is your favorite video game?
Mortal Kombat, Mario Kart, Tetris, Raving Rabbids, & Monster Party.

7. Guilty pleasure treat?
A bowl of ice cream and a steamy romance novel. 

8. Favorite movie?
Oh….far too many to pick just one!!

  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Casablanca
  • Wall-E
  • Up
  • Doctor Strange
  • The Blues Brothers
  • The Godfather
  • The Goonies
  • The Sandlot
  • Drop Dead Fred
  • The Shining
  • Pet Semetary
  • Anchorman
  • Step Brothers
  • Forrest Gump
  • Benny & Joon
  • Don Juan Demarco
  • Sin City
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Star Wars Series
  • Indiana Jones: Raiders Of The Lost Ark
  • Avengers Series
  • Lord Of The Rings Series
  • It’s A Wonderful Life
  • The Thing
  • The Matrix
  • ET
  • Young Frankenstein
  • The Emperors New Groove
  • The Bourne Series
  • John Wick
  • Mary Poppins

I’ll stop here! 🙂

9. Favorite book?
The Velveteen Rabbit, To Kill A Mockingbird, A Christmas Carol, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Shining, Where The Sidewalk Ends, & Where The Wild Things Are.

10. Twitter or Instagram?

Instagram – I like Twitter too, but there’s something about pictures that draw me in. I enjoy seeing the world through the eyes of others. 

11. Desktop or laptop?
Desktop at work, laptop at home, tablet on vacation!! 🙂

12. Best advice you’ve ever received?
After my mom died a woman who was a couple grades ahead of me in school messaged me and told me to allow myself to feel everything as it comes. To feel the pain, to scream in agony if I must, but to not go numb, because pain is essential & the only way to heal is to go through it. It’s the best advice I’ve ever received, one that I now pass on to others, and I apply is to all aspects of my life. Thank you, Molly!! ❤

13. What project are you working on right now?
Maryland Affordable Housing Trust Grant, Pen Pal crafts, ideas for Neil’s birthday, & getting things together for our podcast!

14. Favorite color?
Orange, mint green, teal, & purple.

15. Did you get good grades in school?
Yes, I did. All A’s & B’s for the most part. 

16. Dream job?
A professional author or an astronaut. Hey, I dream big, what can I say?

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17. Play any sports?
Only for fun now, but I played softball for a short time back in the day. I LOVE playing baseball, tennis, mini golf, & basketball the most. 

18. Do you have a degree?
Unfortunately, no, but I have copious amounts of certificates! 

19. Nationality?
American

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20. What is your favorite kind of blog post?
The kind where the writer shares his or her own inner truths, I love raw, visceral emotion, it could be through poetry or just simply stating what they did that day. I just really enjoy reading blogs. I also like fiction & recipes. 

21. What do you like to collect?
I like big mugs & I cannot lie, yeah, I have a thing for mugs. Also Funko pops, & I don’t know that I’d call it a collection more than an obsession, but I LOVE washi tape!!

22. Describe yourself in three words?

Compassionate, silly, & genuine.

23. If you were a rapper what would your stage name be?
K-Dub!!

24. Who was the last person you DMed?
My friend, Christen. She lives in Arizona, so we spend a lot of time chatting on various social media sites & Snap Chat! It’s the only way I get to see her beautiful face to get me through until I see her in person. 

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Kristian & Christen at swallow falls last summer. Image credit: Christen

25. What’s on top of your wish list right now?
A new house!! The state is taking FOR-EV-ER!!

26. Sorting house?
So….. I was having a hard time deciding, so I took this quiz just for kicks & giggles:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/eleanorbate/accurate-af-sorting-quiz

And it gave me this answer:

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Ugh!!! Really?!?! Even in a silly little quiz I’m all across the board. Go figure! Lol. I suppose I’ll choose Ravenclaw!

27. How many tattoos do you have?
None, yet…but I have an entire Pinterest board of ideas, but the one I’m longing for the most is this one:

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28. What are you most grateful for this year?
A supportive group of friends and family that enjoy my company & love me to the fullest, laughter, & coffee. 

29. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?
Binge watching Stranger Things 3 with the hubs! It’s only the 9th though….

30. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you today?
Coffee! Lol. Actually, Christen, whom I mentioned above is truly my soul sister. She & I didn’t get to hang out in high school, so we get our silly teenage fun out now. Haha! Seriously, I want to have a sleepover with this gal…I’m talking junk food, cheesy movies, stupid quizzes, dancing around to music, boy talk…the works!! Anyway, she & I do a daily Instagram pick of our favorite celebrities. Well, we have deemed Tuesdays & Thursdays #honorablementions & today’s pick was Heath Ledger. Before we even saw each other’s choice of picture, we picked the exact same picture of Heath! It’s little things like this that truly bring me the greatest joy. I swear she & I share the same mind! It’s uncanny how much alike we are!! ❤ ❤

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31. What’s the best thing ever?
Surprises, Spontaneous roadtrips, unexpected lunch dates, finding a four leaf clover, hugs from babies, cuddling, a warm towel fresh from the dryer, getting into freshly clean sheets after shaving my legs, chocolate covered strawberries, movie marathons, sunsets, finding the pull through parking spot, discovering new music, laughing so hard I can barely breathe, the first drop of coffee in the morning, Christmas tree lights, feeling the summer breeze whip through my hair while driving at night with the windows down, the feeling of sunshine on my face after a cold, harsh winter, sliding on the linoleum in my socks, dancing the stress away, a comfy pair of jeans, (you know the ones that fit so well & are perfectly broken in,) flip flops, lounging around all day in pajamas, writing, getting lost in a book, baby animals, cheesecake, appetizers, stargazing, & time spent with the people I love the most!!

32. Favorite season?
Autumn

33Favorite holiday?
Christmas, Thanksgiving, & Halloween!!

34. What fictional character do you relate to most?
I always have trouble with this question, I have character traits of a few of my favorite female characters like Linda Belcher, Elizabeth Bennett, & Sally Brown, but I’m not completely like them. 

The one that comes to mind when I think of who I relate to the most is Nancy Wheeler of Stranger Things. She is strong, determined, smart, funny & fierce. She also genuinely cares about the well being of others, & while at first she loved the attention of the hunky, popular jock, she ends up falling for the underdog of her group, the nerdy, not so popular, but extremely sweet, sensitive, & intelligent guy. That’s me in a nutshell. 

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I asked Neil, because he knows me better than I know myself and he said Mary Hatch from It’s A Wonderful Life. This is the reason he gave (his words, not mine):

“If it wasn’t for her praying and keeping George going he would have never made it. She called all the people for money, she made their wedding night as good as she could. She was by his side in every project and was supportive of all of his dreams and hobbies. “

“And She is incredibly nice and caring for everyone. She is one who seems soft but is really strong. Plus she is very pretty. All like you.” <—– Awww!! 

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35. Do you like surprises?
I LOVE surprises!!!

36. What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever had?
I always wanted the spotted elephant toy from the land of misfit toys in Rudolph. I was telling Neil this & he bought me a stuffed spotted elephant the first Christmas we were married. I still cherish that surprise!!

37. Which surprise made you cry?
I can’t recall a surprise that made me cry, but all of them have made me extremely happy!!

38. What’s the best surprise you’ve given somebody else?
1. When my dad was growing up his mom bought him a sled for Christmas. The next morning he woke up to find that his sister had chopped it up for firewood. This story still infuriates me to this day, and I have issues with this particular aunt because of it, her personality hasn’t changed at all, but I won’t dwell on that, she’s just not my kind of people. Anyway, when I was in my 20’s, I bought my dad a sled for Christmas. I left it on the front porch with a ribbon & told him to go out & check what Santa had left for him. I attached a note that said it was for the child he was robbed of years ago. It made him cry, & then I cried, & then my mom cried. 

2. Neil and I stumbled upon this beautiful pond while searching for moose in Vermont. The pond was just so beautiful, and there was this canoe sitting next to it, making the view perfectly picturesque. Neil snapped this beautiful photo that we both just fell in love with. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out since he took the picture on his cell phone, but I had it enlarged & framed, & it turned out beautifully! I gave it to him for Christmas, & he didn’t have a clue what it was. He was so surprised, & it brings back fond memories for both of us. It is still hanging on our wall. ❤

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39. Do you like muffins?
Yes, I do. Specifically the mammoth muffins from Perkins! Banana nut & blueberry are my favorites.

40. Do you cook often?
Yes. I love to cook!!

41. What’s your favorite dessert?
It’s a tie between key lime pie & cannolis. 

42. Is there a dessert you don’t like?

Sweet potato pie & raisin filled cookies.

43. Cake or pie?
Pie please, but I do like cake too. 

44. What’s your least favorite food?
Brussel sprouts.

45. What’s your favorite condiment?
Ranch dressing. Lord, I think I need an intervention, lol. I love ranch dressing. 

46. It’s 4 am on a random Saturday. What are you eating?
If it’s 4 am on a random Saturday & I’m not sleeping, someone better be dying. Lol! 

47. If you could teach a college class what would it be called?
Empathy 101

48. Best animated film?
I have to agree with Sunny on this one, Wall-E! Not only is the entire movie an interesting concept about a futuristic world, but the love story between Wall-E & Eve is simply adorable, the movie is humorous, & there’s very little dialogue. 

49. What has a guy done or said to impress you?
My husband impressed me when we were dating by surprising me with a slow dance in his living room to John Mayer’s “Gravity.” I’m also always impressed by great cooks, masters of words, guitar players, & a great sense of humor. *swoon*

50. Best thing to do on a first date?
Something out of the ordinary, a breakfast date, a picnic, touring a national park or museum. Something that allows for great conversation & insight. 

51. Worst thing to do on a first date?
A no tell motel, actually that’s just a bad date at any time…just don’t! 

53. Best comic book character?
Doctor Strange!!! 

54. Name three things which can always be found in your purse.
A notebook, chewing gum, & lip gloss.

55. Favorite drink?
Coffee

Cocktail: Long Island Iced Tea

56. If you could play a historical character in a movie who would it be?
Amelia Earhart.

57. Kittens or puppies?
Both!

58. Favorite sushi roll?
Vegetable – cucumber & avocado, no raw fish, please!

59. What lipstick do you use?
I don’t usually wear lipstick, but when I do on very rare occasions, my go to is Benefit’s They’re Real, Revved Up Red, liner & lipstick in one. 

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60. What foundation do you use?
Bare Minerals tinted moisturizer. 

61. Blow dry or air dry?
Typically air dry,.

62. Who is your fashion icon?
I don’t really have a fashion icon. Just like with everything else, my taste is very eclectic. I love boho chic, I love office attire, dress pants, skirts, dresses, etc…, I love lacy, little black dresses & high heels (although I rarely dress up like that,) I especially love my band tee shirts, blue jeans, & puma sneakers! I’m just all over the place. 

63. Favorite Disney Character?

Mary Poppins, Eeyore, Mushu, & Kronk.

64. What are you doing tomorrow?
Working.

65. Movie you laughed the hardest through?
Oh gosh….. this is a hard one…..

  • Step Brothers
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Team America
  • Monty Python & The Holy Grail
  • Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein
  • The Other Woman
  • The Emperors New Groove

 

66. Movie that made you cry?
Oh, so many….

  • ET,
  • Forrest Gump
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • Marley & Me
  • The Green Mile
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • …many others.

67. If you could sing a duet with anybody, who would you choose?
Ringo Starr or James Hetfield!!!

68. If your life was a song what would the title be?
Beautiful Chaos

69. What’s your favorite animal?
Monkeys, penguins, & otters.

70. Favorite illustrator?

Charles Shultz  & H.R. Geiger

72. What country would you like to visit?
Scotland, Ireland, England, & Italy. 

73. Best way to decompress?
A bubble bath & a glass of wine, having my hair played with, or laughing. 

Thank you so much for tagging me in this sunny! I had a lot of fun with this one.

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Love & life lessons,

Kristian

 

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