Frabjous Finalities {February 2016}

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Happy Leap Day, everyone! On this special day which only occurs once every four years (and officially marks the halfway point to my clue why that's relevant), I decided to do a monthly recap. Because obviously you want to know all the fascinating details that occur in my life. Yes. Of course.

I'm planning on doing a wrap-up at the end of each month, which I am titling Frabjous Finalities. (I'll take any excuse I can to use the word "frabjous" because...well, do I really need to explain myself here?) I've seen a bunch of other bloggers doing this so I thought "why not?" Most of this stuff will be random, but I'll try to divide events into different categories. (And by the way, let's just take a moment to appreciate the fact that the above photo actually looks decent. I like to pretend that I know what I'm doing with my camera, but most of the photos I take would crash the internet if I posted them. XD)


Though definitely not as crazy as December (which was insanely busy), February had its busy moments. It's actually one of my favorite months. There's Valentine's Day, winter weather, and the end of football season. (I'm not the biggest sport fan, hehe.) Plus, there's the fact that it's the shortest month of the year, and it has the distinction of being the only month that can sometimes have an extra day. So yes. February is cool.

Early on this month, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting a dear friend of mine. She lives in a galaxy far, far away so we mainly communicate through email. (And yes, email does travel between galaxies ;)) To my immense excitement, we were able to meet up and go shopping together one Tuesday.We talked about all the important things like why telephones are the most terrifying inventions ever created. Oh, and there was also an encounter with a life-size chess set. Basically, we just had a blast. ^_^

I celebrated Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, which, believe it or not, is actually a real thing. Don't judge. I promise that I don't eat chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream for breakfast on a day-to-day basis. (Maybe...)

This month also involved some important purchases, including two Star Wars t-shirts (one of which I am currently wearing) and Goldstone Wood books. If I buy any more books, I swear my bookshelves are going to explode. In fact, I have so many books that I've resorted to constructing bookshelves out of cardboard boxes. I know. It's pretty crazy.

Bookworm much?

Our cousins came down for a short visit a couple weekends ago, and we got to enjoy some time with them over at a local theme park. My dad also took me on a father-daughter outing on Saturday. It was so much fun to have one-on-one bonding time with my dad! ^_^

The rest of my month consisted of dinner at Panera with my bestie, geometry tests (I may still be recovering), and a delightful present from my sister--a cold. (Thankfully, the cold was short-lived, but I did have to do extensive loads of homework while having it. So not the most fun thing ever.) It was all-in-all a delightful month...minus the cold and geometry :P


Heh. Only three books this month. My reading life has sadly been dried up due to schoolwork and all that fun stuff.
  • Emma was my first read of the month. I had actually started it in January, but I finished it this month. As much as I hate to admit it, this was actually my first time reading it. *cue gasps of disbelief* Horrible, I know, but I've just recently become interested in the classics so I haven't gotten around to reading it until now. As expected, it was lovely. I enjoyed every delicious sentence it contained. (Mr. Knightley and Emma forever!)

  • Upon completion of Emma, I delved into the beautiful creation that is Illusionarium. And oh. my. goodness. It was amazing!!!! There was snarky dialogue, hilarious footnotes, the most adorable romance everrrr (which I squealed about in my literary couples post), and the most scrumptious characters you can imagine. (Such as Lockwood and Jonathan. Oh my heart, I could flail over those two for days.) So yes! I loved it! And I have all my delightful blogging buddies to thank. (Kudos to Deborah for starting the Illusionarium craze in the blogging community!)
  • My third and final read of the month was Peter Pan. And gosh, did I love this book! This was my first time reading it (because I was a poor, deprived child who only knew of Peter Pan as a Disney film), and I absolutely adored it! Just...asdfghkkl. Love at first read! Plus, it helped that the edition I received for Christmas was gorgeous. I could stare at it for hours and still not be bored. In fact, it's one of those books which I doubt I will ever lend anyone. And I'm very hesitant to take it out of the house. It's my preciousss.


I watched quite a few films this month, actually. In addition to being a bibliophile, I am also a cinephile. Plus, I tend to watch more movies when I'm sick. (Not too many, though, because I also had homework.)

~ Nim's Island: A rewatch and still as entertaining as ever. Alex Rover truly understands me. XD

~ The Shop Around the Corner: My first time watching it, and I adored it. It's technically a Christmas movie, but who cares? I celebrate Christmas all year ;) I still haven't published my review for this film. Eheh.

~ Grace: An American Girl: Okay, confession time. I still watch American Girl movies sometimes. *hides* Yes, they can be a bit cheesy at times (the new ones, mainly; the historical ones are a lot better), but I still enjoy them on occasion. This was right after I got sick, and I happened to stumble across this film on Netflix. Definitely not one of my favorite movies ever but still fun.

~ Enchanted: Oh, how I love this film! It's one of my comfort movies. There are catchy tunes which only Disney can pull off, gorgeous costumes, a hilarious cast of characters, and a fun twist on your typical fairytale. Just lovely.
Yup, it's official. Prince Edward is awesome. (Just don't
tell him I said that. His head's big enough
already. XD)

~ Amazing Grace: Goodness gracious, can you say powerful? This is, put quite simply, stunning. It has such a powerful, touching theme. My emotions were in a state of chaos whilst watching it. Shout out to Olivia for the recommendation!

~ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Obviously a rewatch. It's been a while since I've watched it so I decided to pop it into the DVD player and bring out the nail polish. Because painting your toenails apparently goes hand-in-hand with viewing a wonderful movie.

I also finished the second season of When Calls the Heart and watched far-too-many Studio C sketches. Both shows are awesome beyond description. And constantly on replay. *COUGH*


~ Lots of Francesca Battistelli...obviously.

~ My soundtrack for At World's End. It is far too epic for me to convey.

~ This song. On repeat. (This girl's music is ah-may-zing.)

~ Far too many romantic songs. (Like this one.) It's the month of love, what can I say?
Except I'm not. I'll never apologize for being a romantic. ;)

~ Peter Hollens's rendition of "You'll Be in My Heart," which literally just came out a few hours ago. His voice makes every song seem magical.

Some Random Things I've Been Enjoying

(And yes, this section is an excuse to write about completely unrelated things.)

  • Those jackets with thumb holes. I got one accidentally from a thrift store, thinking it was just a regular jacket, only to discover it had these thumb holes. And now I'm obsessed. XD
  • Five-strand braids. Or just braids in general.
  • S'mores. I'd honestly forgotten how much I love them. Marshmallows and chocolate? Yes please!
  • Pocket watches. They are seriously THE best accessories ever!
Just a few more updates before I let you go. I recently hooked up on Bloglovin', which it seems many of you have noticed. (Thanks to all my new followers!) If you haven't already, you can check me out over there. Also, I finally got an "About Me" page up. (I dispensed with the title "About Me." Because that's far too standard for this weirdo. :P)

Next month, I plan on writing some more film reviews for the Period Drama Challenge. I only wrote one review this month, which is absolutely shameful. I honestly just need to do more writing in general because my poor fragmented pirate novel is suffering from neglect and begging for my attention. (More like demanding. My charries can be so annoying sometimes...) This is my sixth post for the month, which is fairly good considering how crazy life has been. I've discovered that writing two or three posts a week maaay be a bit over-the-top. (I have enough trouble writing one a week, hehe.) However, I'll hopefully have both installments of my Lovely Books posts up later this week. I've fallen behind on those so I need to catch up.

How about you? What has your February looked like? What are some things YOU'VE enjoyed this month?

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  1. Love Nim's Island! And of course, The Hobbit. <3 That is an awesome picture of the bird! I like how you edited it. POCKET WATCHES!!! YES!! I actually have one and I got it at Hobby Lobby. I love that store. Lovely post, Mary! :)

    1. They're both wonderful! And thank you so much! I'm rather proud of it. XD

      YOU UNDERSTAND! Pocket watches are positively amaaaaazing. I got one of my pocket watches at Hobby Lobby, too! That store will seriously bankrupt me. XD

      Thanks so much, Morgan!

  2. Awesome post! Emma is one of the few Jane Austen's I've actually finished (shh). I found it a little laborious since BBC is so painstakingly close to the book, but I read it a good 4 years ago, so maybe I was just a little young.

    Okay, so have you seen all the film versions of Emma? The one with Romola Garai and Johnny Lee Miller is very good, but you have to see the one with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam, too. It's so funny and the music is incredible. It is still accurate, but has a really humorous twist.

    My favorite Jane Austen would without a doubt be Mansfield Park. It's just the best. But the one movie version I've seen I was not crazy about. Edmund was good, but Fanny was a little coquettish.

    Jackets with thumb holes. Yes! I got one from Gap Fit and it had the thumb holes and it is now my favorite jacket. It may or may not be getting faded and really grungy looking

    Don't even get me started on Amazing Grace. I cry every time I watch it. Oh, and When Calls the Heart is very good, yes? I love it! It's the perfect balance and was less Hallmark in the second season. Janette Oke's original book series is really fantastic and not much like the show if you want to read it. :D It's the Canadian West Series 1-4 (although I think there may be 6 now?) Anywho, it's still a school teacher Elizabeth and a Mountie *sigh*

    1. Glad you liked it! And yeah, the BBC adaptation is very similar to the book. (Like, almost exactly the same.) But I adore both the book and the BBC version of it!

      No, I haven't! The only one I've seen so far is Emma 2009. But now you got me interested. I shall have to see if my library has it!

      Eheh, I haven't actually read Mansfield Park yet. *hides* And from what I've heard, the movie versions aren't everyone's favorite. I'll definitely be reading the book sometime in the future, and I'll probably end up watching at least one of the movie versions.

      Aren't they the BEST? That's so cool that you have one, too! I absolutely love mine <3

      Ack, yes. I was a trainwreck of feels during that film. :P
      When Calls the Heart is amaaazing! I'm quite addicted, hehe. I haven't read the books yet, but I'm sure I will...eventually. (You know, once I cut down my TBR pile a little bit. It's stacked precariously high at the moment.)

  3. Frabjous Finalities! That is PERFECT. We should all make frabjous a more frequent part of our vocabulary. *nods* And wow, that bird pictures is GORGEOUS. O_O

    I'm not the only one who gets excited about the end of football season! :D Yeeeah, sports (football especially) and I do not get along. I'm veeery much the minority in this, so it's exciting to find another! *fistbump*

    Oooh, all the pretty books! Including Goldstone Wood books. *SQUEALS* I totally understand running out of room. I have three different stacks of books right now waiting for me to find room for them...if I can. But hey, it's not a bad problem to have. XD

    Wasn't Peter Pan just amazing?? EVERYBODY should read that dear book!

    Oh man, I love Enchanted. It's so hilarious. Prince Edward is the best. XD It's so amusing how they flip all the fairytale cliches on their head. Too good!

    I've always wanted a jacket or shirt with thumb holes! :O So I'm not alone in this. They're amazing but I've never found any clothes to buy with them. *pouts* One day!

    Sounds like you had a full month! I hope March is FABULOUS.

    1. Aww, thanks! I thought you might appreciate my usage of the word frabjous. It totally needs to be implemented more often. And THANK YOU! My pictures don't usually turn out that good--trust me. XD

      LOL, you're not alone! Sports are...well, not my thing. Thankfully, most of my family isn't into sports that much either so football isn't constantly on the TV. The only time I like sports is when the Olympics come around. (And then I just watch things like rhythmic gymnastics and archery. XD)

      The Goldstone Wood books are GORGEOUS! They look so pretty, even if they're confined to cardboard shelves at the moment. :P Finding room for all my books is impossible. They took over my bedroom loooong ago. XD

      Good gravy, I LOVED it! It's now one of my favorite, ever. I like it almost as much as The Hobbit. (Which, believe me, is saying something.)

      It really is! Prince Edward is one of my favorite characters in the movie. XDDD

      Aw, you haven't? It's quite funny because I actually ended up finding mine accidentally. (Thrift stores, FTW!)

      Thank you so much! I'm sure it will be! ^_^

  4. Loved this! :D

    Aww, I'm so happy you got to meet with a friend! That is awesome :)

    Ooh, ooh, PETER PAN. IS THAT BOOK NOT LIKE THE BEST THING. *sigh* I love that book. It's so British-ly hilarious, and it's charming, and no movie does it full justice! ;) (The 2003 live action one comes kind of close, though.)

    Ick, sorry about the cold :( We've had that, too. And isn't it irritating how it messes with reading (school, that is)?!

    So many things on this list I need to read and watch! (And I still watch AG movies sometimes. And Barbie movies--lots of Barbie movies.)

    Awesome post! You've got me wanting a jacket with thumb holes now xD

    1. Thank you! :D

      Me too! We had such a blast!

      IT REALLY IS. Oh my gracious, I've fallen head-over-heels for that book! You described it so perfectly! (I have yet to see the 2003 film, but I've heard that it's excellent!)

      Ah, I guess those have been going around quite a bit :/ Luckily, mine was short-lived so I could resume normal life fairly quickly. And school is so rude sometimes. Honestly, thinking it can interrupt my reading time...

      You too? Glad I'm not alone in this! They're fun to watch every once in a while.

      Thank you, dear! (And yes! My plan succeeded. XD)

  5. It sounds like you had an awesome February!

    I'm glad you enjoyed Emma! That was the first JA I ever read, and it fostered a lifelong obsession! I have have have have have to read sounds so good!

    Ahh I want to watch so many of those movies! Even though I'm a inhabitant of Middle-Earth at heart, I still haven't watched the Hobbit! Scandalous, I know. BUT I WANT TO! I WANT TO VERY BADLY INDEED!

    Great post, as always, Mary!

    P.S. Have you started watching North and South...? This question is based solely on observations from Pinterest?


    1. I really did!

      Oh, I loved Emma! It's got to be one of my favorite books. (I feel like I say that about every book I read, hehe.) AND YES. You must! It's such a delightful read! mean you haven't seen The Hobbit films?? *le gasp* Okay, so they're not perfect by any stretch of the imagination--I certainly have some problems with them--but I still love them to bits. You NEED to see them!

      Awww, thanks, Emma!

      P.S. I have indeed! I watched one episode on one day...then proceeded to view the other three the next night. XD I LOVED IT! Expect a review of it sometime in the future! *grins*

  6. I want to read Illusionarium soooo badly, but I have no way to access it and I don't want to spend $10 for the kindle version (because I'd rather just spend $18 or whatever for an actual copy). asdflkj NNNnyyyy it looks so amazing though!!

    1. Ack, that's a real bummer :/ I completely agree; if I'm going to spend money on a book, I want it to be an actual physical copy. Does your library have it? I was fortunate enough to borrow a copy from ours.

  7. Sounds like you had a pretty busy month!
    Eat all the ice cream for breakfast.
    Go you for finally reading Peter Pan! That's one of my favorite stories of all time.
    And THE HOBBIT!! Ach, I need to rewatch all of those movies. They're so terribly good.
    Enchanted is such a lovely movie. It never fails to make me laugh. I mean, the entire cast of characters is so funny.
    Guess what I just did? I just checked out Illusionarium because I have heard so much about it that I am finally going to see what all the hullabaloo is about.

    1. Busy but enjoyable!
      Preach it! XD
      Oh my, I loved Peter Pan! Now I need to get my hands on the 2003 film...
      Yes, preciousss. So scrumptious.
      Ack, isn't Enchanted the best? The characters make the movie go from good to extraordinary.
      OH MY GOODNESS, YOU DID??? *flails* Ahhh, this news makes me ecstatic! That book is seriously amazing. You'll have to let me know what you think of it once you're finished. ^_^

  8. Sounds like you had a great February! (And meep, it's almost the end of MARCH...)

    Not to worry, I've just started getting into classics myself. :) And I have to say again: I'm so glad you loved Illusionarium!! Wasn't it splendid? (LOCKWOOD. <3) I've yet to read Peter Pan. My sisters keep reminding me. Good thing, too, because from all I hear, it's a wonderful book.

    Really want to see Amazing Grace one day!

    Thumb holes are such fun. I have one sweater with them. And gosh, you need to teach me how to make a five strand braid! The most I can manage is a French braid. XD

    Great name for your monthly wrap-ups, by the way! Frabjous is a spectacular word. ^_^ And I can't remember when exactly you updated your blog design, but that new header is gorgeous, girl.

    1. 'Twas fabulously busy! (Gosh, can you believe it? Time is so elusive.)

      Ah, good. We can dive into these waters together. Illusionarium was incredible! I'm still recovering from it. (LOCKWOOD FOREVERRRR <333) LISTEN TO YOUR SISTERS. READ THE BOOK. THIS IS AN ORDER. (Really though, you must read it. XD)

      It's well worth the watch! Such a powerful film!

      Thumb holes make me wonder why every shirt doesn't have them. LOL, five strand braids are actually surprisingly easy. It took me a little bit to get the hang of it, but now it's really simple. You can just look up a video on YouTube if you're interested. (Hehe, it's funny because I actually learned how to do a Dutch braid before I could do a French braid. Weird.)

      Thanks muchly! I'm rather fond of the word. ^_^ AND THANK YOU! I just changed it a couple weeks ago, I believe? I can't really remember myself. XD But I will probably change it relatively frequently...if I can make myself remove the current one.

      (Side note: I apologize if this comment is more incoherent than usual. I'm replying to a massive amount of comments at about midnight so my brain is just refusing.)


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