Thursday, May 24, 2018

Some Very Exciting News!!!!

Hello everyone!  Long time no see.

I've been rather absent lately.  No doubt you've noticed.

It's not that I've been meaning to ignore you all.  Really.  Truly. 

It's just...


Things have been happening to me. 

Life changing things, you know?

Okay.  Let's cut to the chase.

This past week has been one of the funnest (I know.  Bad grammar.  Get over it.) weeks of my life!!


I met someone, guys!

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Well, two someones, actually.
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But oh!  It's just too wonderful. 
How shall I ever begin to tell you???

Okay.  I'll not leave you in suspense any longer.  The two someones ARE...

NATALIE AND OLIVIA!!!!  Two of the bestest friends a girl ever had!! :)

Look!  It's the three of us.  Together.  In person.  Eeeeeeeee!  *happy dance*
Would you like to hear from them??  Yes? Well good! Because you're gonna get the opportunity.  Say hi, girls!
Hi, fwends!  This is Olivia.
And this is Natalie. *waves*

[The following is the post we wrote together while we were still together. Alas we are not together anymore. *sobs*  But let's not dwell on such sad subjects.  Let's move forward.]  

[Olivia's words will henceforth be written in purple, Natalie's in blue, and mine in peach.]  
Natalie:  Well, I guess someone should explain how this grand occasion came about. Anyone volunteer?
Olivia:  I shall try my hand at it.  Alyssa invited us to her house, and we came, and here we are on our last full day together (by the time you read this, the Fellowship will have been broken).
Natalie:  Staaahpppp. *cries* I don't want to leave!!!! *hugs you guys* Alyssa, can I just stay forever?
Olivia:  Can I second that request??????!!!!!!!
Alyssa:  Weeeelll...I don't know about forever...
Olivia:  Okay, FINE, then!  Gosh!!
Natalie:  I guess she wants us to get out of her life and shut up.
Olivia:  She must not love us anymore, Natalie. *cries on your shoulder*
Alyssa:  Oh really, girls.  You are so over dramatic.  *eye roll* 
Olivia:  *sigh*  Well, whatever.  As we said, this is our last full day together, so we need to go do super-cool things you wouldn't understand--
Natalie:  Government secrets, you know.
Alyssa:  Interrupting.  Uh, rude.
Olivia:  As I was going to say, we need to go, but we thought we'd give you some mini (and we mean very mini) reviews of all the cinematic delights in which we've been indulging this past week.
Natalie:  Speaking of indulging....should we mention all the cookies and brownies as well?
Olivia:  Oh, no.  Most assuredly not.  We have our images to keep up.  Onwards to the movie low-down!
~ Day One ~
- The Donna Reed Show
This was fun!  I should not be sorry to know it better.
This is one of my very favorite TV shows! However, I haven't time right now to go into detail on why I like it so much so...that's all for now.  Just watch it sometime and find out for yourself. 
We only watched one episode, and Jeff was grown up. I like him better as a little kid, but it was still fun to watch.
- Penelope
Johhhnnnyyy. And Penelope. and Johnny with Penelope. This movie was ADORABLE. <3
Okay, so I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie.  I was worried it might be a bit weird for my taste.  But it was actually really fun and the romance was soooooo sweet!!  Yup, I liked it.  :)
This is one of my very favorite movies, so it made me so happy that they liked it, guys.  You don't even know. :)
- Bella
This was a really sweet movie.  Jose was the BEST!!!  Liked him so much. 
I adore this movie so much and it made me immensely happy that they loved it, too. (And yes. Jose is the literal best. :) :) :))
~ Day Two ~
- A United Kingdom 
Well, not a very productive day movie-wise, I must say. *shakes head*  But I was happy to have gotten to watch this one, since I've been wanting to for a while, and it was new to all of us.  I didn't thoroughly love it, but I have a feeling it might grow on me with a second watching.
This was good, but probably not one I would watch over and over.  I liked the characters, but at the same time I didn't get as emotionally attached to them as I would have liked.  Still good, though.
Same. The couple was adorable and the story very good, but I didn't LOVE this movie or anything. I liked it. (But there was too much confusing political stuff. *cough*) (Or maybe I was just too tired to absorb it. Whatever.)
~ Day Three ~
- BBC Robin Hood 
What I want to know is, if the Sherriff's strong room was that well protected, how did he ever manage to get anything out of it?  ;)
I always love Robin Hood.
We didn't get much of this watched, but it's always good to see my babies again. <333
- This Beautiful Fantastic
*switches intercom on*  "Silence."  I LOVE THIS MOVIE.
I've seen this before, but it was grand seeing it with my fwiends. :D 
I've been wanting to see this ever since Natalie and Olivia reviewed it on their blogs, so it was super fun to be able to watch it with them.  I wouldn't say it made it to my favorites' list, but it was quite good.  (Vernon was my favorite I think.  :))
- Newsies 
*can't decide which lyric to use*  *has identity crisis*  It was so much fun watching this with Natalie and Alyssa. :D
Same.  I had a lot of fun watching this.  It made me want to watch the original movie again though.  
- Napoleon Dynamite
This was gold.  I loved it. xD
This was cheesy.  I hated it.  JUST KIDDING!! It was actually pretty hilarious.  And we've been quoting it ever since.  ;)
I was so afraid of what they'd think of me after watching this movie, so I'm super relieved they enjoyed it. We've been quoting it at each other and even one of Alyssa's brothers who watched it with us. Fun times, y'll.
~ Day Four ~
- Belle 
Another good movie.  Man, there's just too many good movies in this world. I could have used more of John and Dido together but I guess you can't have it all. 
Yay, Alyssa finally got to watch this one!! :D
It was such fun watching this one with Olivia again, as it was the first movie I ever watched with blogging friends--her and Eowyn. And now we got to show Alyssa, too. It's such a beautiful, moving story. <3

~ Day Five ~
- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Umm.....I was curious to watch this again, as I've seen it before a long time ago and didn't care for it very much. I liked it slightly better than I did the first time....*hem hem*.
Yeahhhhhhh . . . watching it through someone else's eyes does drive home how truly terrible it is if you take it seriously.  I mean, I still love it dearly, but . . . yeah.  We kept telling Alyssa's little brothers who were watching it with us that Adam is NOT a man to be emulated.  ;) ;)
Yeah, don't take it seriously.  Just don't.  You'll ruin all the fun of it if you do.  ;)
- The Man Who Invented Christmas
I'd watched this once before, so it was fun watching it again with Natalie and Alyssa and Alyssa's family.  It's really quite an excellent movie, I think.
I've been wanting to see this since it came out, and it was quite enjoyable and quotable and altogether delightful. And Dickens' relationship with his characters was fantastic. "I'm going out.....ALONE." xD (Also, Alyssa's dad has a reproduction copy of the original publication of A Christmas was SO cool to see after watching the movie. It felt like a piece of the movie come to life. :D)
I really enjoyed this movie.  It was surprisingly good, and better than I expected.  Dickens' interaction with his characters was hilarious and very creative.
- Priceless 
Very good, indeed.  It was pretty intense and kind of difficult to watch, but I'm glad I did.  *has inarticulate, emotional feelings*
I've been obsessed with For King and Country lately and just watched Priceless myself for the first time. It's super intense and serious, but I love how the story is told and the hope it offers. I'm really glad those two ^^ like it as well. :) 
- YouTube clips of Jesse and Michelle from Full House
So adorable!! <3 <3
I'm so glad these two started fangirling over them, too!  I discovered these clips a month or so ago and quietly died from the sheer adorb.  I NEED THIS SHOW IN MY LIFE.  (But my library doesn't have it. *scowls*  What library doesn't have Full House???!!)
~ Day Six * ~
- Sarah Plain and Tall
I always like this movie and it's always good, but I think it was a bit too quiet of a movie for when we watched it, since we were already rather tired. 
It was sweet, but it was a little too much like Love Comes Softly. I was kind of hoping for something different. And, like Olivia said, it kind of put me to sleep. Almost. :P
Like Love Comes Softly, Natalie?  Now, now.  That's going a bit too far, don't you think?!  ;P  Seriously though, I really do like this movie (and I think it's much better than Love Comes Softly...'hem), but I guess I can sort of understand where Natalie's coming from.  And yes, it was rather putting us to sleep that day, I have to admit.  CALEB IS THE CUTEST CHILD THOUGH!  I love him so much!  <3 <3
* We also started watching some Boy Meets World episodes, as well as Doctor Thorne.
~ Day 7 ~
(more Boy Meets World and Jesse + Michelle)
~ Day 8 ~
- Doctor Thorne 
I really liked this one. I didn't love it--some aspects of the story and characters seemed hard to connect to--but overall it was fun to watch a sweet, new-to-me period drama. Frank and Mary were super sweet and Dr. Thorne was awesome. Can't wait to show this one to my mom. :)
I enjoyed this, though I had some quibbles.  Tom Hollander as Dr. Thorne was probably the best thing about it, but I also enjoyed seeing some other familiar period drama faces and meeting some new ones.  I was a little confused by some of the "artistic choices" -- the costumes were rather weird sometimes (as Alyssa says, "too many flowers" ;)), and some of the actresses' line delivery was weird too, and some other stuff.  BUT, again, I did enjoy it.  
Ditto to a lot of what Olivia said.  It's hard to describe it exactly but there are definitely some things about this film that could have been improved.  Still it was fun watching it together and it's definitely grown on me since the first time I saw it.  (But yeah, seriously.  Too many flowers.  ;))
- Boy Meets World
This is pretty much my favorite TV show at the moment, so it was really fun to be able to share it with my friends.  :)
I'm low-key obsessed now. This show is so fun. (Stupid sometimes, yeah.) I can't stop laughing when we watch it. :D 
Love it!  The quotability is strong with this one.
All of us together:  Aside from movies, we've had fun engaging in Many Deep Talks (mostly after midnight *cough cough*), reading each others' writing, singing and playing the piano, playing with Alyssa's little siblings, eating, running thither and yon, attending a dance, attending a Sight & Sound show, taking pictures of ourselves like the vain hussies we are, using far too many Napoleon Dynamite quotes, and, of course, laughing, laughing, laughing.  

I'm trying to think how to wrap this post up.  And of course, I'm blanking out.  (WHY DOES THIS ALWAYS HAPPEN TO ME????)  Basically to keep it short (since Natalie and Olivia are waiting for me to finish this so we can all publish our posts at the same time) this past week WAS AWESOME!!! So much fun.  I can't even begin to tell you!  I love these girls so much and I miss them tons!!!  Thanks, Natalie and Olivia, for being the most amazing friends ever!!! 
Okay.  That's it.  Feels like a really lame way to wrap up such a momentous post, but I'm just going to go with it.  (For once in my life I'm going to try and conquer my habit of overthinking things.  ;)) 
The end.

P.S.  Try and get to bed before 3:30, girls.  T'would be a smart thing to do.  *wink*

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Answers to That Very Insignificant Little Game

I figured I'd better pop in quick and give you the answers to that little game we played the other day because this coming week is looking to be very busy and if I don't do it now I'm not sure when I'll get around to it. 
So jumping right in.
1. My name
If you guessed C then you were absolutely correct!  My real name is...
Alyssa  (Hi.  Nice to meet you.  :))
2. My hair
Wow.  You guys had a hard time with this one.  Almost everyone guessed B which was quite wrong.   D is me.  B is my twin sister.  (Okay, so she's not really my twin. She's like three years older than me.  But people are always saying we look like twins...and our hair actually does look pretty similar in these pictures so...)  (Was that unfair???)
3. My eyes
The answer is...
What?  You don't believe me?  Come on, people.  I don't joke about everything!
No seriously, that really is me!
Okay, so maybe it was taken a few years ago...but really!  How big of a difference can a few years make??

Oh, I am hilarious tonight, aren't I?

Funny joke.

Har har.

All right, fine.  D really IS me, but if you want a more accurate picture of what I look like now...well then, B is the answer.

Yup.  That's me.  Hi again.  :)

Well, that's about it.  Thanks for playing, everyone!  It was great fun reading through all your answers.  Tell me, do I look anything like you imagined I would look? 
And now goodnight.  I have to get up early tomorrow for a very important event.  Have a great week, everyone!  (I know I will.  ;))


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Three years of blogging // Plus a new blog look // Plus a very insignificant little game...

~ The New Look ~
First off, the new look! As you can see, I finally revamped my blog for Spring.  I'm a little late perhaps, but honestly the weather has been so changeable around here it's been really hard to decide whether we were truly headed into Spring or just having another warm day between snowfalls.  (Also, time goes by so fast, and I admit, changing my blog design hasn't exactly been at the top of my list of things to do.)
So there you are!  What do you think of it?  I was obviously in the mood for something colorful.  (I may have perhaps gone a bit overboard on that but...nah!  I like it.)
Also it's another Winnie the Pooh themed look.  Don't ask me why.  It just sort of worked out that way. 
~Three Years of Blogging ~
Well what do you know?  Sunshiny Corner turned three years old on Saturday.  Ain't that somethin'?  (Actually, three years doesn't sound like all that long but whatever.  Let's make a bit deal about it anyway.)

*throws confetti*

(Oooooh.  Confetti.  What a mess.  That was not a good idea.  Now I have to clean it all up.  *groan*  What a way to start the day.)

I feel like I should say something profound about all the great things that have happened to me since I started blogging but I honestly don't know where to start.  I've made so many good friends and been so encouraged and inspired and...stressed...and stressed...and stressed...okay guys, I can't talk about serious subjects when I'm picking up confetti.  Give me a break!  (Actually, I'm not even sure how I'm able to type while picking up confetti but...that's beside the point.  *cough*)

Seriously though, I was not entirely joking about the stress factor.  Blogging has been stressful...and discouraging at times...but the pros far outweigh the cons and I'm so glad I've stuck with it this long. 

Mostly I'm just thankful for all of you.  My faithful readers.  Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for sticking with me. 

For enduring my nonsensical writings. 

For leaving delightful comments and encouraging and blessing me in so many ways. 

For being my friends.

You all mean so much to me.  Just...thank you.  *group hug*

 And now for the good old blogging stats.  Let's hear 'em!
Pageviews:  37,892
Number of Posts Published: 141 (counting this one)
Top five most viewed posts: 
Followers: 62
Right.  That was all extremely interesting, wasn't it?  (cough-cough)
Moving along...
~The Insignificant Little Game~
When I first started blogging I was really concerned about not revealing my real name over the internet, or sharing a picture of myself or anything like that.  However, I'm much less worried about that now than I used to be.  In fact, I've decided that the time has come for you to know the girl behind the secret identity. 

Of course, being me, I can't just say "My name's Matilda, and here's a picture of me".  That would be boring.  So we're going to play a little game. 

Multiple choice.  Choose which name you think is mine, and which picture you think is me. 

(Is this cruel of me?  I have a feeling I would hate having to guess at such a thing.  But then of course you're not me so...maybe you don't mind?   Okay, don't tell me.  Just play the game.  It's only three questions.  How hard can it be?) 

1.  My name

2.  My hair
3.  My eyes

Well, that's it.  Happy guessing!  Answers will be coming next week.  (Or whenever I get around to it.  ;))  

"T.T.F.N.  Ta-ta for now!!"