Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I have the best friends in the world

I really, honestly do.

These are from Sarah's Halloween card/package to me.

Cutest card ever, no? The best part? Those are finger puppets inside the pumpkins.

Only we understand, and I don't care.

This is Anissa, being a lovely friend and stealing things from the library for me.

Pangur Bán!

And now, me being a complete dork and playing with my finger puppets. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fun and Fancy Free

I will admit it - I'm a sucker for old Disney movies. While Tiana is my favorite Disney princess, Sleeping Beauty will always be my favorite Disney movie, with Fantasia as a close second. When I was little, I could have sworn Dumbo and Bambi had just come out, even though I couldn't have been more wrong (they came out in 1941 and 1942, respectively), so when I watch the old old Disney movies, the ones that were still hand-drawn and where the music is just a tad bit annoying (Snow White, I'm looking at you), I feel like I'm returning to my childhood. Lately, I've been trying to watch all Disney movies ever made (an impossible feat), and I ended up watching Fun and Fancy Free last night. It seemed oddly familiar, so I must have watched it at some point, though only vaguely, which means I only watched it once.

The first half tells the story of Bongo, a circus bear who escapes a moving train in order to be free and live in the wilderness.

This is probably the image that made me laugh the most in this entire movie. HE IS SO ANGRY AT HOW DELICIOUS THAT LEAF IS.

The second half is basically Mickey and the Beanstalk.

How adorable are theyyy?

I want to make this very clear: I absolutely adore how absolutely insane Donald looks in these two scenes. Is that wrong?

I loved how, after the giant falls off the beanstalk, the narrator tells you that the giant was just a figment of your imagination. "Hey, kids, giganticide is not okay, not even when Mickey does it to save himself, his friends, and a harplady." I mean, it makes perfect sense.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

El Hierro

In case you're not aware of what's currently occurring off the coast of Africa, I'll inform you. El Hierro, one of the seven islands comprising the Canarian archipelago, had been recording numerous quakes caused by an imminently unruly volcano (over 10,000 since July!), and in the past couple of days they've actually witnessed underwater eruptions.

While it makes me really sad to realize that this is killing marine life all around the island, I can't help but stand in awe at how gorgeous these images are.

Do you know what that is? That's recently solidified lava floating up to the surface.

These are the rocks they've collected so far.

Photos from Presidencia del Gobierno de Canarias, NHArq, NASA Earth Observatory, El Pais, Spiegel Online

Videos from nuestrasislascanarias, tubecramper

Monday, November 7, 2011

Christmas excitement

I know it's only the 7th of November, but if there's something my mother and I have in common, it's our excitement over everything Christmas-related, even ages before December. So, when we heard that El Corte Inglés, this gigantic Spanish line of department stores, had already set up their Christmas things and decorated, we headed over as quickly as we could. And I'm so glad we did.

Warning: So, so many pictures.