Sunday, November 19, 2017

One Year Blogoversary : AMA Answers!


 Oh My Gosh....It's My Blogoversary!!!

I can't believe I've only been blogging for a year...it honestly has felt like I've done this forever. 

First things first, I need to thank my ten(!) followers for sticking with this poor little thing: 

Lia, Emma, Catherine, Gray, Rita, Clare, Bella, Sarah, Tes and Ceci 

Y'all are absolute angels. For that, I give you girls extra cake, ice cream, brownies and unending hugs. Cause y'all deserve it.

As promised back in September, I'm hosting my first Ask Me Anything! Thank you everyone (FF and RM followers alike!) who submitted questions!!

And it is finally time to reveal the answers!!! So, grab a drink, a plateful of snacks and a warm blanket and let's get started! 


 
What fall party would be complete without a campfire??


 Ivie Asks:

What is your exact age? (If you want to answer, that is)

I did say Ask Me Anything! I won't give my exact age for privacy reasons, but I am older than 21 and younger than 25. 

 

What is your favorite color?

Bright sky blue. Like these:



Though lavendar comes in a close second. 




If you were trapped on a deserted island and could only have one type of food and one person with you, what is the food and who is the person?


The person would be my sister, Lia, without a doubt. Someone has to keep me sane *wink wink*


Food? Either eggs or mac and cheese. Can't decide. Depends on if I'm looking at practicality or comfort. Though if I really think about it, mac and cheese is more nutritionally complete than eggs (because starch in noodles, protein in the cheese sauce, etc.)




Sarah Asks: 


What is your favorite season?
 

I'll give you a hint: sun and more sun, long days, clear nights....takes place between June and September (or this year, which seemed to extend until November....) 

Hint: I'm talking about SUMMER. 



I'm practically cold-blooded, and I love the sun. High 70s-low 80s? Perfect temperature for me! 



That and I like doing outside work - most of which occurs during the summer anyway. I like to be outside working for several hours and get my hands dirty. Cold temps usually drive me inside under blankies with hot tea and a novel.  


 

Who is your favorite Saint and why?
 

My favorite saint is also my Confirmation patron saint, St. Catherine Labouré. I've had a solid devotion to the Miraculous Medal, even before my reversion. I love women saints that are also visionaries. I do have a desire to see Our Lady someday.




What is something most people don't know about you?



A lot of people don't know that I played this instrument in college: 




It's called a hammered dulcimer. See the rows of double strings? Each string has 4 different notes on it, all arranged in keys. You simply hit the note you want with the set of hammers - most won't have the notes labeled like this one does. It sounds complicated, but I assure you, it's super easy to play. 


I don't have any footage or good audio clips of me playing the dulcimer, but to give you an idea of what it sounds like, I'll include this piece by Joshua Messick.





MovieCritic Asks: 


What is your favorite Bible verse?


O God of the heavens, creator of the waters, and Lord of the whole creation: hear me a poor wretch, making supplication to thee, and presuming of thy mercy. Remember, O Lord, they covenant, and put thou words in my mouth, and strengthen the resolution in my heart: that thy house may continue in they holiness.

~ Judith 9:17-18.

The Holy Bible, Douay-Rheims Version. 

Yes, I know that's technically two verses. Never hurts to have more Scripture.


This is part of the prayer for fortitude that the holy widow Judith prayed before she slew Holofernes, the commander of the Assyrian army (one of the most powerful armies in the world at the time). I certainly need to take a harder look at the example that this holy widow gives. Coming off of the drama that happened in October, I need some extra fortitude. 



What is your favorite Bible story?


My favorite Bible story is the story of Ruth. It may or may not have been affected by the fact that I have this movie that I have in my collection: 



The Story of Ruth made this story "real" to me. It's one thing to hear the story of Ruth, but to see it dramatized, the effect is much deeper for me.
 

What is your favorite prayer?

My favorite prayer is the Memorare. I tend to say it in Latin, but here is the English version: 

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary
That never was it known, 
That anyone who fled to thy protection, 
implored thy help or sought thy intercession, 
was left unaided. 
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, 
O virgin of virgins, my Mother! 
To thee do I come, before thee I stand, 
sinful and sorrowful. 
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, 
despise not my petitions, 
but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen. 


What is your favorite animal?

Gah. I have a lot of favorite animals. Dogs and cattle are up there, but the top is still the horse. I would love to own a few eventually...when I get some spare cash. 

 

What is your favorite food?

Mac and Cheese. Ultimate comfort food. It's one of those foods that you never seem to grow out of :)


Mary Katherine asks: 

What do you like doing in your free time? (Besides blogging and writing)

A lot!!!

I read a lot, and I like to play Match-3 games like Homescapes, Candy Crush Saga, etc. I also like to handspin yarn, knit, crochet, sew, cook, watch movies, listen to music, go on Pinterest….

I’m a VERY dangerous creature when I’m bored, so I invest in a lot of hobbies.

 

Lia Asks: 

What is your favorite piece of clothing you own?

You've seen it, Lia. It's that long brown skirt that I wear all the time. 

Oh wait. No one else knows that. Hang on, let me 'splain. 

One of the very first thrift store skirts (I think. Honestly, I don't remember where I got this thing. It's been a part of my wardrobe for years...) was an ankle-length deep brown skirt. It's tiered with slight gathering.

What I like about it: it's very swishy and comfortable, and I can wear it all year long. As long as I have tights on if it's winter. Otherwise, like any light skirt, my legs will freeze.  


What would your perfect room look like?

THIS KITCHEN.


JUST WOW. SO PRETTY.

 

What fictional place would you most like to go?

Of course you would ask this....

Me, I'm stuck between Narnia and Middle-Earth. Both worlds are super complex and beautiful. I would love to take a trip through both. Rohan and the Stone Table would be on my itinerary, for sure.


What would the most amazing adventure to go on?

For me, I would love to re-enact a wagon train, or a Tolkein-style quest.

To me, an adventure is one where I'm away from my creature comforts, my food is from over a fire, there is a *mild* amount of danger, and I can use knifes, guns, etc. And, I'm outside. Preferably on a horse, even though I'm a good walker/hiker.

I love historic reenacting, which is why I chose it as a career. I love to cook over a fire, and I can stand to be out in some weather. As long as I don't get soaked. Cause then I get chilled. NOT FUN.

 

What songs have you completely memorized?

Leann Womack's song "I Hope You Dance" is the first song that I ever memorized. I’m pretty sure that “Seize the Day” and “King of New York” from Newsies are also memorized (scratch that, I still need work on "Seize the Day"...)

Most of the time, I won’t memorize the entire song, only parts of it.


What are some small things that make your day better?
When someone relates a story about a funny phrase or action that they or someone they know said or did.

A passing compliment or words of encouragement

A hug, preferably a long one.

Where is the most interesting place you've been?
 
Gah...where to start? Chicago was a fun trip, though we didn't go into the city itself. I've been to about 10 states or so (driving through doesn't count). 

I think the most interesting place was Hawaii. 

As my graduation present from high school, I went on vacation to Hawaii for two weeks. I got to go to the islands of Kauai (The Garden Island) and Oahu. 

First time ever being on an airplane :)

On Kauai, I went snorkeling with the fishes once...and caught a cold right afterwards. I caught a chill from the water and it all went downhill from there. But I did see the Napali coast, some huge canyons, and the mountains after spending three days in bed. 

The Napali Coast. 

On Oahu, I visited Pearl Harbor and the Polynesian Cultural Center. Pearl Harbor was rather sobering, of course. I didn't go on the Arizona because of the crowds, but I did go on the S.S. Missouri and the S.S Bowfin, a submarine. Considering the fact that I'm somewhat claustrophobic, being on the Bowfin was an adventure....

Our tour guides at the Polynesian Cultural Center really got us though. There were two of them - a guy and a girl. The guy took the lead most of the time, claiming that the girl was a guide in training. He was so good that the whole group was dumbfounded at the end when he revealed that HE was the one in training!!!

The pig for the luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center  


What movie title best describes your life?



TANGLED

That really describes my life right now. 



MiddleEarthMusician Asks: 

What is your favorite style of historical clothing?


Can I cheat and say all of them? 

No? 

Okay....

If I had to choose one silhouette, it would be the Edwardian (early 1900s). I like the look of an Edwardian ensemble. The skirts are gathered in the back, while maintaining a slight flair in front. The hems are also a little higher than a lot of historical styles - tripping hazard lessened! The blouses are high-necked, but not choking.

However....I've worn a farm version of this silhouette, and it comes with one downside - the blouses button up in the back. Let me tell you, trying to button something up your back is not as easy as it sounds. 

Actually, there is something harder - clipping hooks and eyes up the back. At least when buttons are buttoned, there is a good chance that they will stay buttoned. Hooks and eyes on the other hand, have a horrible tendency to...well...pop rather easily.   

My second favorite would be the 1830s-60s day dresses. They have a simple, clean silhouette. But...these have those blasted hooks and eyes....sigh.


What is your favorite song right now?

I discovered this song not too long ago when looking around for some new fantasy music. On this album, there are three different versions - an intro, instrumental, and a vocal version. After listening to the album, I suddenly understood why....



THIS HONESTLY SHOULD BE A THEME SONG TO SOMETHING. IT IS SOOO BEAUTIFUL!!! 

(maybe I'll adopt it.....)
What is your favorite TV series?

WHEN CALLS THE HEART. It has everything that I love - a cute handsome mounted hero, a beautiful, witty female lead, female friends of the same quality as the female lead, and HISTORIC STUFF. Horses, good morals, etc. Honestly, I've never had a cringe moment with this show, which is unusual in today's media.




I did mention cute handsome Mountie, right???? 

Elanor Asks: 

What 5 books would you want with you on a deserted island?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

Stars Collide by Janice Thompson

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (because every deserted island needs a manual)

The Holy Bible, Douay-Rheims Version. 

 
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? 

Ooooh. Tough question. 

I've thought about Canada and Scotland, but both of those are rather cold most of the year. I've also thought about Italy and Australia. England would also be rather nice - I've wondered if I was meant to be a lady of a manor. 

Poland is also a contender, in that it's a country that is still culturally Catholic and still has a lot of traditional values and agriculture. However, I'm not sure if I really want to be neighbors with Russia....

I can't decide.....

 

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I hope to be either married or at least engaged. I'm praying that my student loans are at least halfway paid. I also wouldn't mind a golden retriever pup running around. 


Seriously....who can resist that face???

Anthony the Rad-Trad asks: 

If you could meet anyone in the Catholic Church, who would it be? 

I'm assuming you mean someone who is alive?

In that case, that narrows the field a ways.

I would like to meet Cardinal Burke, if possible. I'd like a lesson in fortitude.



And that's all folks!!! 

Keep an eye on this blog at this start of this week. I feel a creative itch about to come on....

In the meantime, let me grab some more cake.....

Old-fashionably yours, 

Catherine