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    • 3 years ago

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    • Love Wins!

      4 years ago

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      Love wins! This is a beautiful, historical, wonderful day for America!

    • Listen To Yourself

      4 years ago

      Liela

      I often become seasick while watching games and certain anime shows. Minecraft, Doom, and Robotech, for example, are a few things that cause me to become very ill very quickly.

      But sometimes, especially when I'm not suspecting that something will bring on seasickness, I don't notice the signs until it's too late. Today, for example, I was watching Ray's new apartment tour on Tina's channel. It didn't occur to me that it might make me queasy (yes, I am THAT dumb,) so when I started feeling ill, I wrote it off as being hungry, or having drunk too much water too quickly, or something along those lines. And I kept watching. By the end of the video, I was so sick I could barely stand and nearly had a bout of violent vomiting. If I'd been paying a lick of attention to what my body was trying to tell me, I would have noticed what was happening, paused the video, taken my seasickness medication, and continued the video when it was safe to do so.

      It's been several minutes and I'm feeling somewhat better now, but it may be a few hours or may even take an overnight sleep to bring me back to 100%. So please take my pure, unadulterated stupidity as a quick reminder to listen to yourself and what your body is trying to tell you. Pay attention to yourself! Nobody knows you better!

    • 4 years ago

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    • Breaking Silence

      4 years ago

      Liela

      Sometimes silence speaks for me. There are times when I I feel like nothing I could ever express in words could make something ok. It's like lyrics from a song I heard as a kid -- "For as long as I shall live, I will testify to Love. I'll be a witness in the silences when words are not enough."

      This happened when I heard news of Monty's passing. I had no words. I still don't-- I could talk all day and still not say what I mean. Silence and silent tears spoke for me, at first.

      I had to step away for a little while. I couldn't post a journal entry right away. I had to stop reading other journals and stay away from the Monty memorial thread. The beautiful ways that others were remembering him, the heartwrenching ways others were mourning him, just made me cry more.

      The day I saw that someone had tweeted something to the effect of "Monty didn't die, God just challenged him to a DDR contest." I cried again -- but I laughed, too. The humor broke the silence. It seems wrong to ever laugh when such a beautiful, brilliant light has left the world. It seems wrong to laugh while I'm crying. But please understand, it broke the silence.

      I never had the honor of meeting Monty. I didn't know him. So I might be just plain wrong, here. But I just don't think he would mind a little humor to help us bridge the gap between silence and healing. I don't think he'd want us to be in pain forever.

      Monty's loss will hurt forever. But my concern now is for the living. My thoughts are with Sheena, his family, and his friends for now, and for the difficult months to come. Much love to them all.

    • 4 years ago

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    • First World Problems

      4 years ago

      Liela

      Today was one of THOSE days. A Monday disguised as a Thursday.

      Well, it actually started almost two weeks ago when I caught a simple head cold. It wasn't a biggie, just an annoyance. I started pounding about four glasses of Alka-Seltzer per day (I really, really hate that stuff. It burns and tingles all the way down, tastes dreadful, and leaves a salty residue in all your glasses. How bout no.) I glared at everyone amid a sea of Kleenex and cough drop wrappers. I woke up two or three times every night because I could no longer breathe and had to get up to go remove a metric truckton of nasty, disgusting goobers from my nose.

      Then the cold decided it had had quite enough of annoying my sinuses. Instead, it would go hang out in my chest! Nose blowing gave way to coughing up buckets upon buckets of horrifyingly gross goobers out of my lungs. Thanks so much.

      Then some of my family members called up and invited themselves over for the weekend. ARG. I haven't slept, the house is a wreck because I give zero damns about anything not related to feeling better, I already have plans for Saturday to spend an hour or two getting my hair cropped off (on that note, I'm getting my hair cut off in TWO DAYS and I have no idea if I want a bob or a pixie or what shape my stupid face is, I mean what are you even talking about, it's a face. It's shaped like a face.) So they get to sit at home and stare at the wall while I'm getting a haircut, sorry, I've had this appointment set up for several weeks now. We don't have a guest bed anymore because we gave it to my brother-in-law when he moved to an apartment, and on top of all that we're in the middle of moving houses so there are boxes everywhere and no actual place for them to even sleep.

      So that brings us to today. I woke up this morning feeling like P-Diddy (actually feeling more like I wanted to "turn off" my alarm clock with a sledgehammer.) I went out to the kitchen looking like the demonic lovechild of a gremlin and zombie, turned on my coffee maker and IT DIED. NO NO NO NO NO.

      So I went to work de-caffeinated and at least half zombified. I'm a surface-mount solder tech (I'm the only surface mounter that works there) and we have an emergency project that needs to be out the door tomorrow. TOMORROW GOD DAMN IT. We didn't get the boards in until TODAY. They need to be surface mounted (or turned from PCBs to PCBAs if you prefer,) then they have to be passed to the assembly line to have the basic through-hole soldering done, then back to me to have some tricky through-hole soldering done, then back to assembly to be placed into caps and have potting compound poured over the board, then left to dry overnight so they can be shipped tomorrow. There is no room for error in this one because we do not have a second chance to fix mistakes if something goes wrong, they MUST ship tomorrow. Gulp.

      So I panicked and went into overdrive and got 48 of these little bastards finished with their surface mounting by lunchtime. They all came out of the oven all right and tested great. Aw heck yeah! I passed them to assembly. Assembly got them back to me by about 3:30. Assembly goes home at 4:30 so I had less than one hour to do the tricky part. I finished twelve and sent them down, told them to zip-tie these cords to this part and to NOT cut the excess off the zip-ties. I was very specific. An engineer went to help them after a little while and guess what? THEY CUT THE EXCESS OFF THE ZIP-TIES. So we had to cut off all the zip-ties and redo them.

      At this point I knew I wasn't going to have the whole batch done in time for assembly to cap and pot, so I said don't do any potting, I will do potting before I go home. (I go home at 5:30 but have running permission to do overtime when necessary.) "Don't start the potting." I said. "I will take care of the potting so you can go home on time." I said. THEY STARTED POTTING. So by the time I was done and could go finish potting, the potting had dried in the nozzle and we had to replace the whole darn head before I could do the potting. Coworkers, why do they even exist.

      So I got the stuff back at about 3:30, it took all the way until about 6:00 to finish the tricky part. At this point I started getting nervous that I was going to miss the RWBY live-stream Q&A at 6:30 that I'd been looking forward to all week. We re-tested them to make sure they were still in working order after having been passed around all day. I obsessively checked my watch every five minutes. Must not miss RWBY!

      Potting started at about 10 after six. Tick tock tick tock!

      By 6:20 I was done! Last one out the door, check lights and locks and bam! Clocked out by about 6:25, made all green lights on the way home, burst in the door at about 6:32. Mostly made it! So I watched the finale before the Q&A in case there were spoilers in the Q&A, then settled in for a few minutes to stare at seven of my favorite people sitting in a row answering questions and hugging Penny girls.

      And suddenly, everything seemed fine. My cold is better. I can get another coffee maker. Seeing my family sounds pretty good. I'm excited for the move, so boxes everywhere is a good thing. I'm excited about the haircut, and it will only take a couple hours out of the family time. They can even tag along and get pedicures if they want.

      It's amazing how 20 minutes with Rooster Teeth can make even the worst day seem just fine. And that's it, really. I'm going to be fine. smiley12.gif

      (I love you, Rooster Teeth.)

    • My Whole World is Changing

      4 years ago

      Liela

      ... and I couldn't be more stoked about it!

      Work is changing. We're putting in a new building, and I'm one of the employees moving to the new building. So I am super excited about that!

      I'm physically changing. This Saturday I'm getting a tattoo, which I am incredibly excited about. It's a design I've wanted for years, and I just nailed down the final details about 6 months ago, spent a few months stalking down the perfect artist for it, and then spent a couple more months waiting impatiently for my appointment. And it's finally here! Sort of! Almost! And I feel even more excited because this will be my first openly visible tattoo. Both of my other ones are hidden by normal clothing. This one coming up will be a full sleeve. I just can't wait!

      Another physical change is an upcoming haircut. Hair's not that important to most people, but I've always been overly cautious with my hair. In November, I have an appointment to get it cut into a short layered style (opposite my usual long look) and side bangs (as opposed to my usual bangless look.) I'm pretty excited about it!

      And the biggest, best change coming up is the one I'm the most thrilled about. We've put an offer down on a house! We're going from renting to buying, and I feel like some kind of adult or something. I'm trying not to be excited at all, because I know full well that putting an offer down for a house and actually getting the house are two very different things! But even if we don't get THAT house, we'll still get A house, our own home. But I do love that one and hope the sale goes well.

      It's all just way too exciting!

    • Camping

      5 years ago

      Liela

      No, I don't mean in games. I mean for real. Going out into the great wilderness, living off the land, getting away from it all!

      I don't get it. I don't get it at all.

      When I was a kid, my family considered "camping" to be driving the RVasaurus Rex to a KOA with a pool and sleeping through the night in the queen-sized bed in the back safe away from the world. I didn't enjoy it that much. It seemed pointless to drive to some campground just to take a nap on a less-comfortable bed with mosquitoes as bedmates and loud, drunk camp neighbors as companions. I never could wait to go back home, wash the sunscreen and grit off myself, and climb back into my own bed. My folks just loved "roughing it" in the RV, though.

      So imagine the culture shock a few years ago when my husband took me camping in the actual woods in a tent on the ground in the dirt with wild animals all around. EGADS!

      I don't get camping. Ok, so, you go out to the woods with nothing to do. You make a fire because how else are you going to eat? and the smoke proceeds to make your eyes red, puffy, and itchy. (Or maybe that's just me, I have dry eye syndrome and twice-a-day eyedrops and all that happy jazz.) You can either be the main course for every mosquito in the state, or you can douse yourself in the vilest-smelling anti-bug spray known to man. Of course, there's no shower so you get to smell the reek of that stuff all night long, and also you missed a spot on your ankle underneath your sock and those little asshole vampires WILL find it. You cook your hot dog over the campfire, which means you burnt the outside, the inside is still cold, and you have no napkins so those greasy fingers will just have to get wiped on your jeans to attract other predators from miles around.

      You sleep on the ground, in the dirt, with a rock for a pillow. In other words, you don't sleep. If you somehow manage to find a comfortable position, you wake up in two hours shivering so hard your tent is shaking. You are already under the sleeping bag with your warmest pajamas on (with a pinecone squished so far into your spine that it will need to be surgically removed.) You even wore socks to "bed," why is it so damn cold! You curl up into the fetal position and lull yourself back to sleep, only to be woken up two hours later by the sun, which has baked your tent into a tiny sauna and blinded you into a very grumpy wakefulness at 4:30 am. Seriously sun, go back to bed. It is not morning yet. You sit up, bump your head on the top of the tent and get an impromptu baptism of freezing cold dew that has decided to hang out there. The 47 spiders who also took up residence in your tent get all huffy and mad, and you have to change out of your pajamas into your frigid clothes while all of them watch with all 8 eyes. Creeps.

      That is, of course, if you slept at all given all 800 of the crickets outside were screaming their heads off in their undying quest to get laid, the leaves were rustling as though every ax murderer who ever escaped prison was creeping up on your tent, and twigs were snapping all over the place like an unholy alliance of bears, wolves, tigers, and pumas were circling just outside that tiny halo of light given off by a dying campfire. ALL. NIGHT. LONG. Ohgod.

      But you did survive the night, so now, breakfast! All the ice in the cooler melted, so you go fishing in the slosh water at the bottom for eggs, bacon, or whatever. There's no chance for a shower or a good tooth brushing, so just grind the grit and dirt around in your teeth for a few minutes until you don't notice it anymore. There's also no bathroom (no, "behind that tree" does not count as a bathroom!) and also no chance to wash your hands after going. So you hold it until your bladder is squeaking with extreme urgency, go "behind that tree," then walk around for half an hour with your hands down and out like the wings of a very confused penguin because you can absolutely not touch anything until you've washed them and you can't wash them. After about half an hour you forget and then you catch yourself scratching your nose but OHGOD YOU NEVER WASHED YOUR HANDS AND YOU JUST TOUCHED YOUR NOSE!

      All in all, you are stressed out to capacity, still a bit hungry, tired, and cranky. But your companions are having a grand old time so you have to stick around the campsite with nothing to do except stare at the fire while your eyes actually feel like a fire until lunch. Then you get another burnt-cold hot dog, and FINALLY it's time to pack up and go home. It takes a year to pack up, a year to drive home, a year to unpack everything, four loads of laundry to make up for all two days you were gone, three showers and at least three teeth brushings. Then you make someone else clean all the pans that have scrambled egg permanently campfired into them and go to bed, where you sleep all afternoon because you didn't sleep at all camping, which throws off your sleep schedule for another day or two.

      Why, you ask, would anyone put themselves through this torture? TO RELAX! Duh!

      I will never understand the allure of camping. I just have no idea.

  • Comments (24)

    • Cainrin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Bookwyrm

      4 years ago

      Have you been watching Ten Little Roosters?

      • Cainrin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Bookwyrm

        4 years ago

        I've enjoyed it immensely. Though I will admit, it took me a moment to figure out why Ryan was wearing a kilt. I love that they've been incorporating all these nods to their shows and personalities. It makes me feel like I'm "in" on some private joke, but the whole RT community gets to feel that too, it's a pretty neat effect.. And the twists they're throwing in are definitely keeping me guessing!

      • Liela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        4 years ago

        Definitely! I like it. Creepy but not in a nightmare-inducing way, puzzling enough to keep my head busy, funny and quirky enough to be the Rooster Teeth I know and love, it's just such a fun show! What do you think of it so far?

    • FatNinjaDan

      5 years ago

      Hi there! This is random, but your story is pretty much the opposite of what I consider abandoning a pet. Clearly that broke your heart to leave, but you weren't leaving her to fend for herself. You left her with people that gave her love as they gave you love.

      It's pretty clear that that's always going to hurt you, but you have to know you did the right thing.

      • FatNinjaDan

        5 years ago

        My cats hate the alarm. Jewel doesn't snuggle up in bed, but the cats sure do. If I set that alarm for something other than sleep, they still glare at it and/or flip out at the sound. Jewel knows it means she gets to go out.

        If you get a chance, you should check out some of the adorable husky videos on youtube. Of course the puppies are sweet, but the adults are so mouthy and full of spit and vinegar! I swear my wife hunts down these videos so Jewel will listen in and take notes.

      • Liela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        I've never had the pleasure of knowing a husky. She sounds like such an adorable character!

        We have two pups. My baby girl, Pixel, is a four year old beagle. She was supposed to be sent to a puppy mill to be a breeder, but I just couldn't stand it. I hate puppy mills, and I hate that some dogs are treated like incubators instead of pets. I fell in love with her the minute I saw her and begged my husband into letting us bring her home. She's such trouble! She's clever and devious and sassy and perfect.

        Our boy, Dante, is a three year old corgi. He was the runt of his litter and no one else would take him, but he's so precious! He thinks he's so ferocious, defends the house and yard so well, chases away squirrels and even caught a bird out of mid-air once (but I made him let it go.) But if you drop a book in the same room as him, he panics!

        They have such opposite personalities. Pixel loves to sleep in and snuggle, when the alarm goes off she gets grumpy and you have to coax her out of bed. Dante is a total morning person, as soon as the alarm goes off his nose is on my nose telling me good morning. But they get along really well, get really mad if you try to separate them. They are my babies!

      • FatNinjaDan

        5 years ago

        Jewel likes "her kitty", which is my big fluffy white boy Yuki. Yuki adores his dog immensely. Princess Happypants and Jewel have a much different relationship. Every now and then, one of them tries to be friendly while the other one looks confused. That said, they all get along well enough. The cats are not scared of Jewel, and she almost never tries to chase them.

        Jewel is such a tough girl and has SUCH an attitude. She argues with me when I want her to do something. If you know huskies at all, you know their temperament is quite stubborn. She may only be part husky, but she got all the attitude and vocalization.

        So tell me about your pups!

      • Liela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        Jewel sounds wonderful! I'm glad she has her forever home now. It makes me rage that anyone would have ever hit her. Animal abuse honestly makes me angrier faster than any other thing I can think of. And it sounds adorable to have a partial husky who is confused that she likes hugs!

        Does Jewel get along well with the two cats?

      • FatNinjaDan

        5 years ago

        I do! I have my two cats (littermates) and a double-rescue part-husky. My Jewel (dog) has a lot of emotional issues and it took her a long while to realize that this was her forever home and that the big man was not going to hit her. She's a challenge sometimes, but I don't know what I would do without her.

        She's recently decided that she likes hugs. We were both confused by that revelation.

      • Liela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        Thanks. I guess it's just that since I could never explain to her why I was leaving her behind and that it wasn't her fault and I still loved her, it always felt to me like abandonment. She couldn't understand, and that broke my heart. Then not being able to see her again or say goodbye to her, I mean after she'd been by my side for my entire life the least I could have done was be by her side at the end of hers.

        But I do hope it was the right thing. The alternative was to bring her to college anyways, smuggle her into an apartment, get us both evicted if we got caught, and she'd have to be inside all the time and never able to run around and play like a dog should. I couldn't have taken her in and out for walks, she would have had to be litter box trained, and she would have hated being stuck inside all day, and lonely while I was in class all the time. I hope she understood somehow.

        So how about you? Do you have any pets?

    • Cainrin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Bookwyrm

      5 years ago

      Hi Liela! I was perusing the DIsney Love forum (been a while looks like) and I saw that you had some interesting thoughts on the older Princes. I'd never thought of them like that! And I agree with you about Esmerelda, she's a fun character. I wonder what would happen if she and Mulan ever met? They both have strong personalities, even if Mulan is a bit more reserved, though that could be attributed to cultural upbringing.

      Let me know if you ever want to chat Disney! Or, you know, RoosterTeeth. smiley0.gif

      • Liela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        Don't worry if it takes awhile to chat, I'll still be here! I hope you also had a good night, and a good day now too!

      • Cainrin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Bookwyrm

        5 years ago

        I haven't forgotten about you, just haven't been at my computer with enough time to write an actual response. Hopefully tomorrow. I hope you had - have? you're a couple hours behind Maine I think - a good night!

      • Liela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        Those kitties sound cute! It sounds like the guinea pigs had a lot of really fun personality, too. It's wonderful that they are shelter rescues! Those are the best kind.

        I love their names, too! Mocha and Kale, both so yummy! Penny is such a cute name, and the cats all sound really sweet and quirky.

        Pixel is a bit of a brat. She loves food and will do anything to get it! We had to start storing the garbage in a cupboard because she'd knock it over and get into it. Then she figured out how to open the cupboard so we had to put child locks on it! She can also open Lazy Susans, climb pantry shelves, and will take running leaps to try to snatch food off the counter. She's a full-time troublemaker, that one! But I just love her to pieces. She hates water, so the best way to punish her is to squirt her with a water bottle. But we almost never catch her in the act, so she usually gets away with it. Little turd!

        Dante is a very good boy, never gets into trouble or steals food. But every time we try to pet Pixel, he gets jealous and tries to wedge in between us and her! We have to hold him away so we can pet her, then shoo her away so we can pet him. He also hates to snuggle, but Pixel loves snuggling. And Pixel hates to get out of bed in the morning, we have to actually push her onto the floor to get her up, but Dante is a total morning person and starts trying to urge us out of bed the minute the alarm goes off!

        Pets just have such adorable personalities, I don't understand how anyone could dislike having them around. And I get so protective, every time I hear about someone hurting an animal I just want to teleport to them and slap the dicks out of them!

      • Cainrin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Bookwyrm

        5 years ago

        Pixel and Dante, great names! Corgis and Beagles can be so great, I'm glad you found two. :) I never had hamsters, but I'm guessing guinea pigs are similar. They each had their own cage in our living room. We always joked that Mocha only knew one word in French - "8". Kale came in plastic, so she eventually learned that rustling plastic meant food (whether it was kale or not!) and let out this adorable shriek of "weet weet weet!" Our other one, Penny, had so much personality it was amazing it fit in such a tiny body.

        I'll get my own kitties someday, just didn't make sense since my roommate has two. My family cats are so quirky. The older siblings are named Hunter (nicknamed Hunter Bunny because he's so jumpy) and Feather - they were shelter kitties, so we didn't name them. Our third one is named Cayd, nicknamed Gray Cat or Gray One because of her beautiful coat. They are all a handful, and get into everything! We have a laser pointer toy that Hunter ignores, Cayd goes crazy for, and Feather freaks out if it "touches" her. Do your four-legged ones have favorite toys or weird quirks?

      • Liela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        Bull Moose Music sounds so good! I don't think we have anything like that here in Idaho. Well, we have Hastings, that's a pretty cool store.

        Spirit was so good, I didn't even see it until I was over 20 and it still made me cry! "Here I Am" would be an awesome wedding song, that's such a beautiful idea! And don't worry if it takes years. There's no rush, and it takes years to find the right guy anyways.

        We have two dogs. Our girl, Pixel, is the beagle. She's four years old and a total troublemaker! Our boy, Dante, is the corgi. He's three years old and thinks he's an adult person. I just love them both to pieces! They are my kids. I'm 28, don't have kids, and don't want kids, but those dogs are my kids.

        I never had guinea pigs, but they look pretty cute! Are they like hamsters to take care of? The Rainbow Bridge makes me cry, too. Remembering the pets we've lost is the happiest, saddest thing ever. It's unfair that pets are the best people in the world, but live the shortest lives.

        What are your family cats like? Do you think you'll get one of your own someday?

      • Cainrin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Bookwyrm

        5 years ago

        So sad about your VHS tapes (though pretty awesome that your parents had some foster kids). I don't think we have anything that plays them, and my sister and I have been rebuilding in DVD over the last few years. I have half and she has half, with a few that stay at my parents house. We have an amazing store in ME and NH called Bull Moose Music - they sell new movies/games/music/books/Magic/geeky stuff (nirvana right there, no?), and they also have a system of trade in and points for purchases that let you buy things half off. I have 3 within 10 minutes of my apartment...always leave with something. :)

        Spirit! So good. When I get married (years from now at this rate, haha), I've seriously considered having "Here I Am" as the wedding song. If it's about a person instead of a place it's just as powerful, I think.

        So if I can venture away from Disney...what are your dogs' names? I'm definitely a cat person, but have met some wonderful dogs. My family has 3 cats that stay with my parents, and my roommate has 2. One of hers has definitely "become mine", he's so much more affectionate with me. We had two guinea pigs when I was in high school, before the kitties. The piggies have been gone for 9 years, and I still tear up whenever I read anything about the Rainbow Bridge. Pets are family to me.

      • Liela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        Snow White and Cinderella are my least favorites, too! I like Snow White as a person, but hate her prince and her story. I mean, she did nothing wrong the whole film (except be gullible about the apple, but she was only 14 and just too young to be suspicious yet.) When she had to run for her life, I loved how she didn't show up at the dwarves' place and start demanding to be treated like the princess she was. Instead she rolled up her sleeves and got to work and tried to make a life for herself wherever she could.

        But then the prince kissed a comatose fourteen year old without consent, plus it wasn't Snow White's gentleness or willingness to work or loving nature or anything that saved her, it was just her pretty face. Of all the good qualities she had, it had to just be beauty. That prince needed a good stiff slap in the face!

        And then there was nothing wrong with Cinderella, I just never forgave her for yelling at the dog over his dream. He couldn't help it! If I liked dogs less, I'd like Cinderella more.

        Anyways. Mushu is fantastic, such a little sass and so funny! He might be my favorite sidekick, too. And he saved the day! If he hadn't forged the letter to move the troops, they would never have discovered that the main forces had been wiped out and the emperor would have been killed. Then after the burned-out village, if he hadn't managed to somehow make the rocket go off and announce their position early, they could have been ambushed without warning and wiped out in the canyon. His incompetence coupled with Mulan's awesomeness and brains is what saved China.

        Anyways, I don't have any of my old VHS tapes. :-( I left them home with my parents when I moved out because they had young foster kids still living there. (I wasn't a foster kid, but they fostered other kids.) They mailed me some of them a couple years later and I stored them in a box because we didn't have a VHS player, then when I went and opened them up one day, they'd all melted! I'm going to slowly rebuild my old collection on DVD.

        Disney music is some of the best stuff ever. It just takes me right back. Some of the songs from Spirit:Stallion of the Cimarron actually can make me cry if I'm paying too much attention to them! Well, Spirit is technically Dreamworks I think, but it's along the same lines. I love how all great Disney movies have great music to go along with them.

      • Cainrin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Bookwyrm

        5 years ago

        It is so nice to hear someone with a similar outlook on the Disney princesses as role models. Every so often I see articles come out where some mom is complaining that they're horrible. My sister and I grew up on Disney, and we're both independent, educated, professional women. I never took anything negative from Disney. But I know, you can read into anything what you want to get out of it. I guess we chose to see the fun and the songs and friendship and the love themes.

        I would count Ferngully. :) I like some Don Bluth films too, and WB has a couple that I tend to lump in with Disney, as they were animated kids movies. The only villain that I remember finding creepy is the Horned King from the Black Cauldron. We didn't get that movie until I was older so I wasn't afraid exactly, but he's pretty grim for a kids movie.

        I don't think Frozen is my least favorite Disney movie. That would probably be Snow White or Cinderella, just because I didn't watch those as much. They're not bad, I just preferred Lion King or Oliver & Co. or Tarzan. Mushu is one sidekick that I like, and that falls in with your observation that most sidekicks are animals. I don't think I've noticed that before. I also like the Meeko/Flit combo.

        Do you still have a big VHS collection? Ours is still at my parents house, haha. Haven't been used in years.

      • Liela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        Ariel definitely wanted to be a human before she loved Eric. I mean, all those thingabobs in her cave must have taken her YEARS to collect! Eric wasn't her whole reason, he was her catalyst. She was brave to take a chance, but I always had trouble with the fact that she traded her most valuable asset on the mere chance that Eric would fall for her, because that meant she made a conscious choice to place herself in the spot of a damsel in distress who had to be rescued.

        Some people think she teaches girls a bad lesson, that they have to change themselves for their man. But it could also teach girls confidence. It took a lot of confidence and courage to gamble her voice and her soul on Eric. It also took courage to jump off the pier into the water after Eric and Ursula's wedding boat! She knew she couldn't swim, Sebastian and Flounder had to literally carry her to the surface after she traded her voice to Ursula. She loved him so much that she was willing to let him go marry whoever he wanted, and she loved him so much that she actually jumped in the water to go after him when she realized he was in trouble, even though she knew she couldn't swim. And it teaches girls to follow their dreams! People love to hate on the Disney girls, but if they'd actually look at what is going on in the movies, most of the Disney girls really do teach valuable lessons.

        Villains! They are the best. I think one of my favorites would have to be Scar. I love some of his horrible lines! "I'm surrounded by idiots" when referring to the hyenas, "It's to DIE for" when referring to what Simba thinks is Mufasa's present for him. He's such a jerk but also witty. I also love Cruella De Ville. I mean, I hate her, I love dogs and making fur coats out of puppy skins is just the worst thing ever, but she's so fabulous! Her name is funny, Roger's song about her is funny, her rage face is hilarious, the fact that she can't even lower herself to do her own dirty work and hires a couple of incompetent thugs to do everything for her, just everything. Cruella is horrible and awesome!

        But then Madam Mim from the Sword in the Stone is a hilariously mean little sass as well. She's only in a scene or two, but I love the whole time she's on. Does Ferngully count? It's not Disney, but I love it just as much as a Disney film. Hexxus from that one is just deliciously evil. Delicious! I don't know, villains are just half the fun of Disney. Frollo actually kind of scared me as a kid though, because he went to war with himself in his song Hellfire and his "good" side lost. It was more self-righteous than good to begin with, but it lost anyways. Plus he locked that one family in their house and set it on fire, and ran Quadimodo's mother down with a horse. I think he's the only villain that I can remember actually personally killing someone.

        As for sidekicks, I'd have to think about it. It seems like most sidekicks tend to be animals (Flynn and Max, Rapunzel and Pascel, Esmeralda and Djali, Jasmine and Rajah.) They are all so great, it will take me awhile to choose one! Who's your favorite sidekick? If Frozen your least favorite Disney movie?

      • Cainrin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Bookwyrm

        5 years ago

        I highly recommend Kingdom Hearts. I've played through it twice, but never 100% - some of those optional bosses are extremely hard to beat. It's a great mix of real-time action, RPG customization (without getting crazy like Elder Scrolls), and a strange mix of FF and Disney characters.

        Ariel has always been one of my favorite princesses - via Disney, I've never read the original story but I know pieces of it and it's much darker. I've always liked the fantasy genre so being a mermaid was extremely cool. And she's such a dreamer, even if she is a headstrong teenager. I've heard arguments that she was dumb for giving up her life under the sea for a man she hadn't really met, but I always felt that she was brave to take a chance like that. In a Disney setting I believe in love at first sight; movies can only be so long. She had wanted to be human before she ever met Eric.

        Oooh, favorite villain might be hard. Scar and Jafar come to mind first, they're both just so silkily "eeeeeeeeeeeevil". Of course things don't work out for them, but they're both smart and prefer subterfuge instead of overt power moves like Frollo or Ratcliff. Do you have a favorite villain? Or favorite side-kick?

      • Liela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        I think you're right on about Lilo all grown up! She'd be awesome to know as an adult. On one hand, I wish Disney would make a grown-up sequel for her, but on the other I love it being open to our imaginations.

        Pocket Princesses are the best! Those comics are just so stinkin' cute! And I'd love to play Kingdom Hearts someday. I've seen a little bit of footage from it and heard some of the music, and it looks just amazing.

        If I could meet any two princesses, the first would be Belle. I just love her. She's my favorite princess, and I always looked at her as the hero of her story. She's the one who saved her father, Adam, and the entire population of the castle. Adam didn't rescue her, she rescued him! I love it! And I love how kind and loving she is, but that she's not a doormat. She definitely stands up for herself and her loved ones. Also, I just want to go hang out in her library. All I want is to read all of the books!

        The second princess I'd want to meet would probably be Esmeralda. I admired her so much, her ability to live and survive as a gypsy, her tenderness towards Quasimodo, her sass and courage to Frollo and Phoebus. I fell completely in love with her during her song in the sanctuary, "God Help the Outcasts." She's homeless, considered a criminal, hiding for her life in a sanctuary, and yet when she prays it's not for herself but for her people. What a woman.

        Which ones would you want to meet? Which is your favorite villain? Villains are the best!

      • Cainrin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Bookwyrm

        5 years ago

        Oh Lilo, that's a fun one to ponder! She's very impulsive and opinionated, but then she's what, 8 years old? I don't think she would lose that, and would grow to become a very independent if somewhat reckless woman. I think she loves with all of her heart and will never turn her back on her family, but will have a hard time getting close to anyone after all the bullying in school and losing her parents. I don't think she'd have any fear pursuing her dreams regardless of the path or the outcome. And she would be a surfer, out there with all the dudes.

        Have you seen Pocket Princesses? I've often wondered what it would be like if multiple princesses met, and this artist hits the nail on head with her little one-scene comics. Do you have any two Disney characters that you want to see meet? That's part of why I loved Kingdom Hearts so much, the villains from the various movies all working together was amazing!

      • Liela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        I'd love to chat with you about Disney, RT, and anything else you like! smiley0.gif

        I think Mulan and Merida would be best friends if they met. Esmeralda would get along with everyone, she's so sweet but so feisty! She's so very gentle with Quadimodo, but then such a little spitfire to Frollo and Phoebus. Kind of like how Belle is very loving to her father and kind even to the townsfolk who are rude to her, but when Adam yells at her she gets right in his face and yells back. Adam and Belle remind me of Michael and Lindsay. Not that Michael is beastly! Just that Belle and Lindsay aren't going to take any crap from their men. And that's just so darn awesome.

        I think Esmeralda and Mulan would teach each other tricks. Esmeralda would teach Mulan how to sass people, and Mulan would teach Esmeralda how to use Phoebus' sword properly. At first Mulan would be a bit reserved as you say, because she's never seen a girl grab a spear and start pole-dancing on it before. But Esmeralda would have her comfortable and happy in no time, I think!

        What do you think Lilo would be like all grown up?

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