Sunday, August 6, 2017

A Walk Down Memory Lane with My Little Sister




Even though we are not biologically related, she is the little sister I never had.

Without her, I'm fairly sure I would never have been on the blogosphere at all.

I refer to her on the blog as "my best friend", "my little sister", "BFF/little sister".

And it's time I acknowledged her by name. 

My fellow bloggers, let me take you on A Walk Down Memory Lane with my little sister....



Lia



You probably know her as one half of the blogging duo Kat n Lia @ Catholic Girl Stuff
She also blogs as Lilah @ The Singing Writer

So why the secrecy? 

When I started blogging, we decided not to acknowledge each other right away as knowing each other, mostly because I'm more of a private person who doesn't want to reveal all of her secrets. A decision that Lia has been grumbling about ever since.

We had been toying with the idea of a "reveal" post at some point. It just got accelerated when my big mouth let the cat out the bag in the comments section of the Early Writing Tag last month.

Hence, for National Friendship Day, we decided to do matching posts, asking and answering questions about our friendship. You can view Lia's post HERE.

The lane is ahead, ready to travel with us?

1. How long have we known each other/how and when did we meet? 

We've known each other almost 5 years. 

I actually met her parents before I met Lia. When I began college, I didn't have a car and I needed a ride to get to the nearest Traditional Latin Mass. Our dads had a mutual acquaintance who put them in touch with each other. I met Lia two weeks later, but it took a few weeks of a chatterbox brother of hers to get our friendship started. LOL. 

From the first semester of college, her family made it quite clear that I was a part of it. Especially as my college stay wound down, I spent most of my spare time at their house. It was interesting to try and explain to people what exactly our relationship is. "Our adopted college student" and "unbiological sister" were the two most popular ones.  


2. Over the course of our friendship, what are some of the things that I introduced/dragged you into? 

Good heavens, this is going to be a long answer....

Movies/Musicals:

Phantom of the Opera ~ that darn bewitching music, I swear.....as related in my fandoms post, this one was a stickler that didn't leave me alone. While I've seen the Royal Albert and the 2004 movie, I can't decide which one I like better (I like some from each one).

Marvel ~ Who knew I had a secret love for superheroes and action???

When Calls The Heart ~ GAH!!! That show is now one of my favorite shows of all time. I'm now a full-fledged Heartie and I love it. We definitely had a lot of fangirl moments connected to this show.

Anne of Green Gables movies ~ I swear, we both laughed and cried during these movies. I think it was during watching these movies that we discovered that we're both incurable romantics...and that we're both Anne Shirley.

Anastasia ~ For a non-Disney movie, this film had Disney quality. I love Bartok the most.

The Emperors New Groove ~ After hearing countless references to it around the dinner table, we finally watched it together my senior year. Kronk and Yzma are my favorite villian duo ever, by the way.

More chick flicks (Letters to Juliet, Leap Year, Ever After...) and a lot of classical movies (Cheaper by the Dozen, Greatest Show On Earth) ~ My DVD to-buy list grew exponentially after several movie weekends. Letters to Juliet and Ever After are two of my very favorites.

Music:

Celtic Thunder ~ How in the world I never listened to them before, I will never know...Lia's family is a huge fan, so naturally I checked them out. They are now featured prominiently in my Celtic Spotify playlists (and their Greatest Hits album is the only CD that works in my car player....don't ask me why, it just is.).

Peter and Evynne Hollens ~ These two artists are some of the best a cappella artists ever. We are always on the lookout whenever a new song pops up on YouTube for either.

Collabro ~ Another a capella group that is super good. I now have some of their hits on my Spotify playlists.

Other:

How to say my Rosary in Latin ~ I actually wrote 4 posts about that in my other blog, Frugally Fancy.

Blogging ~ She started her blog Catholic Girl Stuff with Kat about 2-3 weeks before I started my blog Frugally Fancy. Her enjoyment finally pushed me to make the plunge into the blogosphere. Haven't lived to regret it!!  


3. What was the most embarrassing moment that we shared? 

Lia has an older brother that is close to my age. We all were hanging out with her extended family during the last days of August, right in the beginning of my sophomore year. 

All of a sudden, that chatterbox brother of hers pipes up....

"You know...I think that (older brother) and Catherine should get married because they both have red spots all over their face." 

Yes, both of us did have a bad case of acne that year. 

Thank heavens that the only person that didn't hear that was the older brother in question (though his confusion as to why everyone was dying of horrified laughter was rather funny....


4. Out of all the movies and TV episodes that we have watched together, which one was the most memorable? 

Lia and I have watched A LOT of movies and TV episodes via Netflix and DVDs, especially during my junior and senior years. We have a good many memories from watching When Calls the Heart. Watching one of those episodes would be the cause of much fangirling between us.

But the most memorable film experience for me was when Lia, I and a bunch of our girl friends from church all went to see Cinderella 2015 in theaters.

We had gone shopping beforehand, so we were had high spirits to begin with. All of us enjoyed the movie very much - so much so that we spent well over an hour in my car with snacks and drinks just fangirling about that movie. I will definitely treasure it always as one of the best memories of my youth for sure. 


5. What is the funniest moment that we shared? 


We have had a lot of funny moments over our long friendship. Dunking brothers in pools and our various conversations with our friends in church all come to mind easily.  

But I think the funniest one for me was when we watched Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (yes, that crappy third movie that doesn't deserve to exist). 

The movie was on a double-sided disc. No problem right? 
We start the movie and we are soooo confused. It started right in the middle of a very emotional battle scene. There were characters I didn't know the names of, it was just so much of an emotional mess. 

IT WASN'T UNTIL THE END THAT WE REALIZED THAT LIA HAD STARTED IT ON THE WRONG SIDE. 

It definitely took several minutes before we were able to breathe because we were laughing so hard. 


6. What is one fact about you that you haven't told me yet? 

I want to take up martial arts someday...as well as take up horseback lessons again. 


7. We're constantly scheming. Which castle-in-the-air we created is your favorite?

Ok, so we both have a mutual friend from church. During my late sophomore-early junior year, she had a slew of guy problems. I knew of one guy that was looking afar at her, and he was the perfect match for her (I'm not kidding, gals, he is the sweetest gentleman ever). 

We both shipped it hard. We were dreaming that they would finally get together so much, I'm sure we acted like silly schoolgirls (but who cares?). 

After at least 6 months of attempting to push him away, she finally started dating him and ohmigosh, they are the absolute cutest couple EVER. 


8. Which Jane Austen heroine are you most like? 

Originally, this question was "Which fictional heroine are you most like?" That quickly led to some problems, as we kept getting the same answers....how I have no clue. So we decided to narrow it down, and Jane Austen was a good fit as both of us are period drama fangirls. 

We used this quiz.

We each took it twice - once for ourselves and once for the other. 

When I took the quiz for myself, I got Elinor Dashwood. Which makes a lot of sense, considering I have a practical side but a hidden emotional side as well. 

I took it for Lia and I got Marianne Dashwood. Which is odd, considering that's the younger sister of Elinor. Lia does have a lot of similarities to Marianne (at least I think so anyways).  


9. What is one thing that one of us loves and the other of us hates? 

Les Miserables. 

I can't stand Les Mis. I don't like the story at all. 

She has the soundtrack memorized and has fangirled over the movie. 

To each their own, I guess. 


10. What are five random facts about me (Lia)? 

1. She has a thing for anime, among other film genres. 

2. She is obsessed with Hunter Hayes and his music. 

3. She's thinking about being a voice teacher.  

4. She is a very fast reader (possibly faster than me). 

5. She loves milk chocolate....particularly chocolate mousse :)


Ah yes.... this beautiful chocolate mousse will be missed dreadfully.

Bonus question: What is the sweetest memory of our friendship?

When I graduated college, I was an emotional mess. I wrote about it on Frugally Fancy here. 
It was ridiculously hard to break ties with the college friends but it was heart-breaking to say goodbye to my little sister and her family. 

The feels got compounded when she wrote a blog post to me, using the lyrics of one of the songs that was played at my graduation ceremony - "For Good" from the musical Wicked.

To this day, that song makes me cry. And Lia knows that it takes a lot of emotion to make me cry. 

And, just like that, we are at the bend in the road. 

Currently, Lia and I are about 800 miles apart from each other. While the Internet has been keeping us in touch, it's not the same as being there physically. I miss my little sister very much, and I hope to visit her in the near future sometime.  

Hope you enjoyed this post! I'll soon be putting up a review post for two books that I've recently read that I HAVE to tell y'all about! 

Scribblingly yours, 

Catherine 

23 comments:

  1. Hopefully my question didn't put you in a bind.
    Its sounds nice to have friends like that, where you want them to be family and you treat them as such.
    And that chocolate looks delicious.
    Can't wait for the book reviews. :)

    iviewrites.blogspot.com

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    1. Don't feel bad, Lia's been chomping at the bit to do something like this for a while.

      No kidding. Her family was a great moral support as my actual family was several hundred miles away.

      Haha, it was....pity it never got finished, LOL.

      Catherine

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    2. That's awesome to have that kind of support when your far away. It can be hard to be away from people you love. Its a good feeling when other people have your back.

      iviewrites.blogspot.com

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  2. I've seen you call her your "little sis" in a comment section before, and I wondered if y'all were related!
    I have a friend like that, he's like the older brother I never had, sadly he's too shy to blog or do anything like that!! <3

    But that's so cool and sweet!!!

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    1. Haha, half the time, I'm tempted to say that we are, just to avoid the long complicated explaination. LOL.

      That's so sweet!

      Catherine

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  3. Whether they are through blood or just always being there, sisters are without a doubt the best. I loved reading your post and I'll check out Lia's blog. Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Pip | Pip and Lolly

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    1. Amen to that, even if my "sister" didn't appear until I was in college. I had always prayed for a little sister - didn't quite expect God to answer my prayers the way that He did, but I'm not complaining!!

      Thank you Pip!

      Catherine

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  4. Lia's post went up late - it's up now! Go check it out!

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  5. Girl! I literally have tears in my eyes. You're the best! Martial arts uh? Interesting. Can I take those horseback lessons with you? XD

    I MISS YOU TOO!!
    -Lia
    catholicgirlstuff.blogspot.com
    lilahsmusicals.blogspot.com

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  6. AWWW.....

    Yeah...the warrior part in me would love to re-learn how to defend myself. And yes, you certainly may!!

    *hugs*

    Catherine

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  7. Aww <3 This is too sweet. You guys are a model friendship.<3 You have no idea how lucky you are, friends like that come straight from heaven.
    I wish that you would be able to see each other again :) I know from experience how painful long distance friendships are! Thanks for writing the post, I really loved reading about you two :)

    P.S. I actually always suspected that Lia was your sister for some reason XD

    Anna | www.worldthroughherheart.blogspot.com

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    1. heehee, that was the main reason why we wrote these posts. Once I started making not-so-subtle references, people were starting to get confused.

      If I may contradict, I do know how lucky I am to have a friend like Lia. Most of my friendships from my childhood have died out (mostly because we are all scattered).

      I hope to see Lia sometime in the near future. Until then, phone calls and Internet will have to suffice.

      Catherine

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    2. How did you suspect we were sisters Anna???

      -Lia
      catholicgirlstuff.blogspot.com
      lilahsmusicals.blogspot.com

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    3. I just always put you two together! Must mean something! :)

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  8. Such a nice post. But you know what? We also started Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story on the wrong side of the disc! Lol. (But yeah I agree it doesn't deserve its existance :P)

    Lisa
    thisinkwell.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so glad we're not the only ones who have done that (and that we agree!)

      Thank you Lisa!

      Catherine

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  9. Yay! An explanitory post!!

    Bartok is the best!!! We just watched Anastaisia again on Friday or Saturday (I can't remember, it's been a long week) but we showed it to my dad for the first time!!! Anyway, Bartok is the best, cutest little bat ever. "Is this the face of a bat who would lie to you?" "Wow! I tell you what! Wow!"

    Moving on, Ever After is amazing!

    You saw Cinderella in theaters!!! Now I am super jealous, I didn't see it until December 2015!

    *major high five* *high ten* I can't stand Les Mis either!!!! I told the story of why to Lia, but here it is again: When my sisters and I saw the new movie, it was our first experiance. We loved it. We decided we were going to learn all the songs. It took three months (It didn't take Lia that long) but we did it. We had every. single. song. memorized. They wouldn't leave my head! I had the songs stuck in my head forever! It was even worse because I knew all the words!!! I finally had to separate myself from Les Mis. My family called it "The one that must not be named." or "The unmetionable." It worked! I finally got all the songs out of my head! Then, this summer I thought of one of the songs, and I couldn't figure out how it went. "I have one!" I thought, then I heard it playing and it all came back.
    Anyway, to get to the point, I understand you.

    Sorry about this monster comment. It got a little bit out of hand.

    Anyway, ("Stop saying that!") it is so awesome that you have such a best friend!!!

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    1. Haha, I don't mind monster comments. I can totally understand distancing yourself, I never got into Les Mis (I always look at the story and I didn't like the story of Les Mis)

      Thank you MovieCritic!

      Catherine

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  10. Aw, this post was so sweet. :-)
    I'm glad you are such good friends. XD
    YOU WANT TO DO MARTIAL ARTS???? That is AWESOME!!! I am taking Kung Fu this October. :-D
    The Emperor's New Groove is a hilarious movie. XD

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    1. Thanks MEM!

      Yeah, not sure which style yet. You'll have to let me know how Kung Fu goes!

      Catherine

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  11. OH. MY. GOODNESS this post is the sweetest thing ever. You guys sound like you have such an amazing, darling friendship. Aaaahhh. This is seriously so, so sweet.

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    1. We do, and I thank God for that every day :)

      Thanks for commenting, Rae! Good to see you back!

      Catherine

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How are you, dear friend? Come closer to the fire, and make yourself comfortable! I'd love to hear what you've been thinking about, even if it's an old post! I only ask that proper decorum be observed.

I always try to reply to my correspondence! Have a blessed day!
~ Catherine