On the Eighth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to meeeeeee
My Eight Most Favorite Christmas Movies!!!!!
I have watched this movie with my family four times since November 1, and my sisters, Katie and Elizabeth, have watched it with me another seven. The movie is hysterical, Henry Winkler (the Fonz, people!) stars in it, and Morgan has this insanely awesome beard and great sense of humor. Oh, and he cooks and wears a vest. Need I say more?
Love at the Christmas table (bottom and right) is adorable and insanely funny, and it completely reminds me of Christmas at the kids table and how awesome it was. . . . Although we didn’t have anyone who looked like THIS attend. . . .
No words necessary for White Christmas, nor A Christmas Story.
Sunday’s at Tiffany’s is one of my favorites! I originally watched it because our leading man was RJ from Wildfire (he was a bull rider, and yes, he was as awesome as that sounds), but the movie ended up being really endearing and hysterical. The beginning just rips your heart out, though, but in a good way. . . Okay, that was a little contradictory, but you catch my drift.
Undercover Christmas is crazy and hysterical and just plain fun.
One word: DYLAN! His freaky hats and duck sweater are what make A Very Merry Daught of the Bride so fantastic. This movie is quirky and fun and always brightens my mood.
Favorite cartoon Christmas movies. It’s a tie; they count as one. ^__^
On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
Ten Super Cool (and mostly hairy) Dwarves!
Saw The Hobbit with my sister, Liz, today and thought I should do something in honor of these awesome dwarves. I’ve seen all the movies, though I’m not a super-fan of the “Lord of the Rings” franchise, and enjoyed the movie. But, seriously, these guys stole the show for me (especially Kili, who’s fourth from the right. He shoots arrows in the fight scenes.It just screams Ashley!). However, I couldn’t wait nine more days to reveal exactly why I went to see The Hobbit in the first place. One word: Thorin
I mean, come on! He’s just too cool. Soooo…
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
One oober cool prince with an oak shieeeeeeld!
I held that last note for some time. And he was beyond awesome in The Hobbit, and we are so relieved he’ll be in the next two. YES!
Without further ado! (I just love saying that) Ashley Townsend and Friends present to you our 2012 list of books that blew our minds, stole our breath, surprised us, and made us gag.
Favorite Dystopian Worlds:
You read enough dystopian fiction, and after a while they all begin to look the same. I never felt that way about these two novels. “Under” and “Delirium” both captured my attention from the start as the authors set the stage for what I excepted to be the A-typical dystopian society. However, both Oliver and Rossi (one of my fav books of the year!) created worlds where everything is controlled and monitored (sound familiar?), but each author spun her society or added twists that make these two novels stand apart from the rest. I was enraptured by Oliver’s world, and I loved how Rossi spun such a technological/post-apocolyptic spin on her story.
Favorite 2012 Covers:
I originally bought “Scarlet” for the cover (and the fact that it was a take on Robin Hood’s young gang) and ended up loving the story. It was fun, entertaining, and full of endearing characters; the author also gave a fantastic spin to the story that kept me guessing at every turn. “Everneath” is probably one of my favorite dress covers of the year. I love the contrast between the red dress, her pale skin, and the darkness beneath her. The further I got into the book, the more details I noticed about the cover. So when you read the book, keep flipping back to see what you find!
Both “The Selection” and “Defiance” were fun, entertaining reads, but I love how much their covers resemble the story within. The strong character on the front of “Defiance” and the dark colors and detailing are what really stick out to me. Cass’ story was sweet and fun, but I love how, though the cover is gorgeous and bright, there’s still a little mystery there as well. And that dress is just incredible!
Most Disappointing Anticipated Books of 2012:
Honorable Mentions of 2012:
“The Host” really surprised me, and if you look at previous Palooza’s, you’ll notice that it’s one of my favorite new books. I finally got over my pooey-pooey-on-Twilight faze and forced myself to read it after my sister did. And I was shocked by how much I loved it! I also really appreciated the way that Meyer’s crafted the story. “Hourglass” was my first time travel love, and while “Timepiece” disappointed and bored me, the first book really blew my mind with its intricacies and scientific base. “For Darkness Shows the Stars” was one of those “Wow” books that totally surprise you. It’s a mild sci-fi take on Austen’s “Persuasion,” and the author did a really great job of re-crafting this story and making it her own. Loved it!
My sisters Elizabeth, Katie, and I decided to have a One Direction release party for the three of us for their new CD Take Me Home. I even skipped class for this (crossing fingers my teacher doesn’t read this post!). We did our nails, makeup, and ran out to get the CD–Yippee–and listened to their first album on the ride up. Kind of reminded me of our N’Sync days, for those of you who actually remember who they were. ^__^ After popping Take Me Home in, we popped the sparkling cider and relaxed. And took plenty of pictures! I thought they were too classic to pass up the chance to share them with you all. So, here is a little glimpse of the randomness and absolute ridiculousness that takes up the better part of our day. Enjoy!
Liz and Katie opening the CD. Yup. Play-by-play pics!
Yeah, they REALLY love Niall.
My sisters laid claim to all the other boys and forced me to “marry” Liam someday. . . But now he’s kind of my favorite. Thanks, girls!