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Happy Birthday to my wonderful father! Today he is FIFTY YEARS OLD! OH MY GOSH!

This is my father, Jimmy Wally.

JW is a lovely father because he lets me travel all over the world.

And he moves me out of my dorm. And then back into my dorm. And then home. And then to my apartment, all without complaining.

And he is awesome because he participates in competitions at baseball games.

And wins them.

And he doesn’t mind when I talk in a British accent.

And because he quotes movies like The Shawshank Redemption and Remember the Titans and O Brother Where Art Thou.

And he read Harry Potter because I told him he needed to. And he liked it!

And he refers to/quotes Harry Potter frequently.

And he lets me take a bunch of pictures of us on a plane.

And because he lets me audit literature classes even though he has to pay for them.

And he always shows me how to get to the high schools I have to intern at.

And he loves my mom.

And he drives me to Philly so I can meet John Green.

And because he actually listens to John Green’s speech.

And he lets me live in an apartment instead of at home, even though it would be easier if I lived at home.

And he wears cowboy hats.

And he tells awesome jokes.

And lets me take pictures of us over and over again until I get one I like.

And he prints out an entire French verb list (that is over 100 pages) because I ask him.

And he holds my food so I can take a picture of it with him.

I love you daddy-o! Happy Birthday and Happy BEDA!


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My sister is getting a greyhound. People seriously thought she was getting A BUS. WHAT THE HECK.

Yes, we raise buses. It’s a tough job, but it really pays out in the end. You know, with all those people needed to buy a bus.

Anywho, I know you are loving all of these lists I’ve been making. Here is another one.


Here are my top ten animated disney movies. You should already know numba one. And yes, this was VERY VERY VERY difficult.

10. The Jungle Book

This was a very hard decision because I had to cut my list down to make it a top ten. This movie *just* beat out Alice In Wonderland, but when it came to it, I really like the music and overall atmosphere for The Jungle Book a little more than Wonderland. They are both fine films, but I really do love those pesky army elephants.

9. Robin Hood

This is my grandmother’s favorite Disney movie. And I love the fact that they are all animals, for no reason at all. Plus, if I lived in this movie, I would totally think Robin Hood was foxy too. (hahaha….pun totally intended. Do you get my joke? Because Robin Hood….. is drawn as a fox.)

8. The Rescuers

I mean, how awesome are these two little mice, going to save Penny from the evil red-headed Madam Medusa? Plus, when she makes Penny go down into the cave to get the diamond- omg this terrified me as a child. And that poor cat was so addddorable! (The one in the orphanage. I think his name was Mr. Snoops? or Rufus? Bah, you know what I mean.)

7. Aladdin

Yes, having your very own genie is awesome. And a magic carpet! Lovely! I would love to be Jasmine (which, I do believe, is my sister’s favorite princess- or at least it used to be). Her hair is magnificent. And she has a pet TIGER! JEALOUS!

6. The Emperor’s New Groove

This movie is ah-maze-ing. I love every minute of it, and Kronk is definitely one of my favorite characters in Disney history. Kuzco is such a snotty little baby and that is what makes him so darn annoying and so darn likeable. And who can forget Yzma! “Put your hands in the air!” It is hilarious and sad and happy and lovely and wonderful and I really want to watch it right now…

5. Hercules

Who doesn’t love this movie?!? I love everything about it from Hercules himself to Meg, to Hades, to everyone- especially the muses. This was much funnier than I thought it was going to be, and I actually saw a stage performance of it when I went on a Disney Cruise. Holy cow it was AMAZING. And apparently James Wood (the actor who voiced Hades) loved the role so much, he said any time they needed the character’s voice for something, he would be more than glad to do it.

4. The Great Mouse Detective

Okay this movie makes me so, so happy. From the very beginning to the very end, and when Basil makes his experiments and then they fail and then he sits on his violin and everything just everything. Except for the giant cat who eats the mice. Oh, and the freaky toy store scene. Yeah…this movie is kind of creepy overall now that I think about it.

3. The Princess and the Frog

This movie just barely beats out Mouse Detective. But I could watch this movie any time of the day (which I did, tonight). It is just so freaking hilarious! And of course, Naveen is by far my favorite prince everrrr. And Charlotte is the most amazing best friend and I just love every single thing about this movie.

2. Peter Pan

A lot of people don’t know this is my second favorite Disney movie. If I wasn’t so attached to Sleeping Beauty it could very well come in first place. But, alas, it never will. Although, interesting fact: contrary to popular belief, Captain Hook is my favorite villain. Maleficent comes in a very close second. Hook is just a huge baby and I love it! And sometimes, when it is quite at my house or if something catastrophic has happened resulting in a huge mess (like that time I spilt a LOT of uncooked rice all over the kitchen floor) I will just look at my family and say, “Poooooooor Nana!” “POOR NANA! POOOOOR NANA!!!!!!!!!” And then I laugh for like, five hours straight.

1. Sleeping Beauty

Duh. Everyone knew this would be my favorite. I had the book memorized when I was three, I listened to the tape every night, I cried when my hair went from beautiful blonde to nasty brunette, and I watched the movie so many times throughout my life I can quote almost the entire thing. Sometimes I watch it whne I am sick, so I will lay in bed with my eyes closed, listening to it, and I can picture in my mind every single scene right down to teh details. THAT, my dear friends, is dedication.


Honorable mentions go to: Pocahontas, Mulan, Alice in Wonderland, and pretty much every Disney movie out there. Except for those pesky Pixar ones.

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BEDA 19: “In Times Like These…”

Okay, we’ve reached the part of the month where I really regret doing BEDA. I don’t have anything interesting to tell you, and the reason you read my blog is to hear fun stories. Fun stories do not happen every day. So, you are getting a bullet list.

– I bought my text books the other day; it was the cheapest they’ve ever been! Only $260!

– Speaking of text books, school starts in one week. Yikes! I’m not ready!

– I passed the first round of certification tests. Yes, I know I told you this already, but I’m so happy I had to tell you again.

– I’m halfway through season 3 of Doctor Who. I’m happy because I’m getting annoyed with Martha. Boooo.

– Bring back Rose!*

– I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.**

– I hate my appendix/gallbladder/whatever-internal-organ is making me so sick.

– If cats were actual humans, my cat would be the hippie smoking weed in the corner.

– Musicals musicals musicals.

– I am Jack’s smirking revenge.***

– Happy BEDA to you too.

* If you don’t understand this, it is okay. If you do understand this, I hope you express the same sentiment.

** Buy it. Read it.

***Love it.

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BEDA 18: “Joanie Loves Chachi!”

Okay, so I had no idea what to write about for today. So I am making a list of my favorite 11 married couples that are on, or have been on, television. NOW, this list is only of shows I have watched, or am currently watching. And this isn’t a finalized list, but it does sort of go in order from least to most liked by me. But I’m sure I will always change my mind when I look at it. Also, I chose 11 people, because I simply could not narrow it down to 10. I’m sure this guy wouldn’t mind.

Also, I had a really difficult time thinking of married couples, because I only allowed myself to choose one married couple per show, and a lot of the shows I watch now don’t feature more than one married couple (if any).

11. Dharma and Greg Montgomery (from Dharma & Greg)

I love this couple (and show) so much. You have a very, very rich and rather uptight guy (Greg) and a really, really free-spirited hippie (Dharma) whose families have very, very strong opinions about each other. This couple really knew how to balance the crazy (from both sides) and love each other no matter how neurotic the situations they found themselves in turned out.

10. Jason and Maggie Seaver (from Growing Pains)

Okay, yes, this show is from way back in the day, but you guys. I LOVED IT. (Still do.) Maggie was a news reporter and Jason was a therapist who worked from home and they fought and laughed and disciplined their children A LOT and they always entertained me. When I was watching this, at the mere age of 10, I wanted to BE Maggie. They are seriously the perfect couple.

9. Cliff and Clair Huxtable (from The Cosby Show)

Anyone who does NOT love this couple has a heart of ice. I mean, could they be any more adorable?! Plus, they totally kick butt with Clair laying down the law through angry (but awesome) rants and Cliff teaching lessons through more…amusing antics. They truly love each other and I love them so, so much.

8. Ray and Deborah Romano (from Everybody Loves Raymond)

Seriously, who didn’t watch this show and love the chemistry between Ray and Deborah?? I’m surprised their marriage lasted with that woman as a mother-in-law. Sure, they fought, quite a bit, but I’d say that’s nothing compared to what in-laws to do a lot of the families I’ve seen. I love this couple so, so much.

7. Sandy and Kirsten Cohen (from The O.C.)

Sandy and Kirsten were pretty awesome parents, considering they randomly took in a criminal when his own mother left him. And not only that, but (despite her original disdain for him) Kirsten ended up loving Ryan like he was her own, legit son. And that is pretty adorable. They raised two outcasts, went to many glamourous parties that resulted in fights, lasted through REBECCA (ew) and ALCOHOLISM and quite a bit of death, and Julie. I’m surprised they lived through it, let alone survived a marriage.

6. Carla and Christopher Turk (from Scrubs)

I mean, considering she has to battle his other one true love, J.D., I’d say this is a pretty strong couple. They did have their (major) problems at the beginning of the marriage, and then the problems with trying to get pregnant, but they finally came around and ended up the most solid couple in Scrubs history.

5. Monica and Chandler Bing (from FRIENDS)

I love how Monica and Chandler’s story ended up (except for the whole her not being able to have children thing, that SUCKED). They were so adorable together and I love that he would clean every. single. thing. in the apartment to surprise Monica, even if it completely threw off her neurotic obsession with the way she likes the furniture arranged. And, I mean, COME ON! He peed on her jellyfish sting. If that isn’t love…

4. Tobias and Lindsay Fünke (from Arrested Development)

Okay, I didn’t say they had to be a *functional* couple. But married they are, and what amazingness it was. I particularly liked the therapy episode when they traded roles. They may not be the best couple as far as raising a child goes, but they certainly are entertaining. Plus, anyone who can survive a marriage with a never-nude deserves a medal.

3. Ellie and Captain Awesome (from Chuck)

Disclaimer: No, I did not put them this high up because they are two beautiful, beautiful people. Ellie and Awesome are…just that. Awesome. They would do anything for each other and pretty much have; weather it be Awesome fighting off killers to protect Ellie, or Awesome suffering an evening of Morgan to find out how to plan the perfect date for Ellie, or Ellie putting aside her need for an new washer and dryer to get a television for Awesome. And then that time Awesome put aside what he wanted and participated in Doctors Without Boarders with Ellie so that she wouldn’t be killed by the bad guys who were after Chuck. And now that Ellie knows Chuck’s secret, meaning Awesome doesn’t have to hide it from her, I can only hope they will help fight crime together! *squee*

2. Lily and Marshall Eriksen (from How I Met Your Mother)

Ohmygosh how cute are Lily and Marshall?!? Answer: very. They stick by each other no matter what, and for the most part never really get into arguments that last longer than an episode. Except for that time Lily put off the wedding. But they eventually got married and that all that matters. And even though they live in a smelly neighborhood, they truly are one of the most adorable/most unrealistic marriage on my list. And that is why I love them.

1. Van and Cheyenne Montgomery (from Reba)

Out of all the people in this list, Van and Cheyenne definitely top it. Putting aside the whole teenage pregnancy thing, even though it is the entire reason they got married in the first place, they really are the perfect couple. They love each other, they fight, they stick up for each other, and they are both ridiculously stupid. Which makes them all the more entertaining. I wish they were a real couple, THAT is how adorable they are.


So, what did you think? Honorable mentions go to Richard and Emily Gilmore (from Gilmore Girls), annnnd Jesse and Rebecca Katsoplois (from Full House), annnnd Meredith Gray and McDreamy (from Grey’s Anatomy).

Let me know if I’ve forgotten anyone, or if you have a favorite married couple of your own!


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BEDA 17: “O Let Not Time Deceive You/ You Cannot Conquer Time.”

Right, yes, so. According to my calculations, which I assume are correct because I’m simply looking at a clock, I have about ten minutes to type this blog and post it. OK GO.

Today I received back the score for this certification test I had to take. It is a bit like the SAT in that there was an essay, a Math section, and an English section. For the essay I had to score a 173 or higher (that is, for my University). For the English section, I had to score a 175 or higher. For the Math, I had to score a 174 or higher. The FIRST time I took it, I passed both the essay and English sections without any problems. But ohhhhh that Math. I truly, truly hate it. I failed Math by TWO points. That means I failed it by ONE question. AHHHH.

(Time check- six mintues GO GO GO)

The SECOND time I took the math portion I failed it. By a lot more than 2 points.

The THIRD time I took the math portion…..I PASSED! YAYAYAYYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!

Now, I have no shame in telling you this because, 1) I am very, very bad at math. Really, really, REALLY bad and 2) I saw the same people retaking the Math test both my second and third time, so I was not the only one and 3) one girl had to take the ENTIRE three portions of the test NINE TIMES (Insert Ferris Bueller Joke Here) before she passed. (The test, not her life.)

I almost died, thinking, OH HOLY CRAP THAT COULD BE ME.

See, I have to pass all three sections before I can student teach. Plus, on top of that, I have to study for the second portion of the test, the MOTHERLOAD if you will, which is like a lot of English questions and RANDOM PASSAGES FROM BOOKS that you have to read and identify ON THE SPOT (gulp) and I couldn’t be bothered to study for both tests on top of a full semester and student teaching.

So, today was a good day. Plus, I am feeling better, but still not 100%. However, I return home tomorrow to the loving arms of my mother, and the wittiness of my father who is currently on the SEVENTH Harry Potter book!

Congrats dad! Internet, give him a round of applause. And a cookie.


Happy BEDA to all, and to all a good night.

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BEDA 16: “I Know, You Know, That I’m Not Telling the Truth”

Internet, I have a confession.

I LOVE CRIME DRAMAS. Like, A LOT. I don’t really care what it is– Psych, Criminal Minds, CSI: Las Vegas, CSI: Miami (especially CSI: Miami, but not really CSI: New York), Cold Case, Without A Trace, Law and Order, SVU, and the list goes on and on and on.

Now, one crime show I’ve never watched is NCIS. I don’t know why; it comes on every wednesday night before Psych. I always see the last minute when the screen freezes and goes all black-and-white. But I’ve never watched it. UNTIL NOW.

Apparently, NCIS is my grandparents favorite show. Like, EVER. And since my grandfather’s knee surgery, all he has been watching are crime shows. Soooo…. yeah, it’s been awesome here. And we watch episodes of NCIS and my grandfather tells me the history of the characters, “Oh, they break up later on down the road because he has to choose between his job and her” or “Oh we love her, and she loves him like a father figure.”

IT IS ADORABLE. I’ve never seen my grandfather laugh so much while watching a television show. And he is getting pretty good at guessing and solving things! So, it has been really fun watching with them. And that is what I’m going to do now! Still feeling pretty horrible, even though it’s been a few days, so nothing like solving a murder to feel better!

Happy BEDA everyone!


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BEDA 15: “It’s a Small World After All”

I’m still quite sick, and I’ve been in bed, all day. Seriously, the only time I’ve moved was to the couch. The only thing I could really eat was ice cream (fancy that) everything else was just gross after one bite. I have no idea what is wrong with me, but the Doctor (Dr. Who) has kept me company today. Only thing bad about this is that I really wish I spoke in an English accent.

Oh well, I’ll just have to make-do with speaking Cockney Rhyming Slang, and using British phrases. Such is life.

Happy BEDA loves!

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BEDA 14: “You Mustn’t Be Afraid to Dream a Little Bigger, Darling”

Internet, today I had a cyst burst (don’t know what I’m talking about? Click here for more info), which has made me terribly, terribly ill. At least, that is what we think it is, as that is what makes the most sense. SO, I think that is a perfectly acceptable reason to not blog today. I hope you forgive me.

Also, I went and saw Blue Man Group (yes, even though I was sick, those tickets were expennnnnnsive) and it was WONDERFUL! I loved it so much! I’ve seen it once before, and this was just as good- if not better.

Happy BEDA everyone! I hope you are feeling well.

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BEDA 13: Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs

So there is a mouse. In this house. And no, this is not the beginning of some adorable nursery rhyme or children’s story. It is fo realz. A MOUSE. IN THE HOUSE. And I saw it and I screamed and then ran and got my grandfather and by then it was GONE. But where did it go?

I had no idea.

So I got back on the couch again and was just typing things on my computer, no big deal, and then I SAW IT AGAIN. Out of the corner of my eye. And jumped up on the couch TRAPPED in a room with Peter Pettigrew (naturally, that is what I named him). So we got a bunch of traps and set them out but Peter has avoided them.

So, there is no telling where the little devil is. In other news, I made two more batches of bread today, which was nice. Then I redid my grandparent’s porch, and now I am watching a bit of doctor who with a lovely glass of wine from New Zealand!

And a Happy BEDA to you too.


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BEDA 12: “Baby I Like It…”

Today I met up with a dear friend and toured my old university, here in sunny, sunny Florida. So today, instead of a lot of words, I’ll just post some pictures of the old place.

The new and improved entrance into the university

A LOT of palm trees are on this campus, the most expensive being over 2 million dollars, I kid you not.

The new education building that I never got to experience *tear* and MORE palm trees!

A closer look at the building!

The bookstore and cafe that I looove.

This is the main "street" that we use to get everywhere. It is made out of cobblestone, and girls wear stilettos. And then fall.

My first dorm!

This is student health, the place I brought my toe when it was sliced open by a random piece of glass. Gross.

The Chapel!

And lastly,

My last dorm before I transferred. I still think it looked like a hotel.

I do miss the campus, and I even got a bit sad when I visited today. But then I remember the reasons I left, and the opportunities my new campus has offered, and I don’t feel so sad! Still, it is quite beautiful.

And a Happy BEDA to you too.

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