Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Pun-Day 6/30

Happy Monday!

As it gets hotter and hotter, I've been thinking about our beach adventure earlier this month. In honor of that trip, I've decided to base my pun off of it.

Don't listen to the Captain; he's just fishing for compliments.

Sea what I did there?
I'm shore you did.
It a-piers I've made one too many puns...

(Did you catch that?)
Your Royal Paleness

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Free Tea Day is Back!

I feel it is my Southern duty to inform you that

McAlister's 2014 FREE TEA DAY is JULY 24TH.

Woot woot! Every year McAlilster's Deli provides free tea for a whole day. The only link I can find you at the moment is from the Facebook page.

McAlister's provides both sweet and unsweet tea; I bet you can guess which one I'll be ordering.

If, of course, you miss the iconic day, you can make your own tea with Your Royal Paleness' Southern touch.

Are you as excited as I am?
Your Royal Paleness

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

6 Months 'Til Christmas!

Hey guys...


We're pretty excited.

Today is the actual date for half a year until Christmas, but for whatever reason people usually celebrate it in July. Momma loves Christmas; and I mean loves. The Hallmark Channel loves it as well; they recently announced that to celebrate this iconic event, the channel will play Christmas movies 24/7 for 10 days. When does this start, you ask? Good question; July 4th! Enjoy your freedom to watch Christmas movies in peace.

To see the schedules for all your favorite channels, click here.

How are you going to celebrate Christmas in July?

Your Royal Paleness

Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Pun-Day 6/23

I would like to formally announce that today marks our


In honor of the FIFA World Cup (Go USA), I shall bestow upon you a soccer pun:

I think soccer matches really light up the stadium.

He thinks it's funny.

Who do you think will win?
Your Royal Paleness

Sunday, June 22, 2014

How To Make Sweet Tea

As you may be able to tell from my bio, I am a fan of sweet tea. I could very well drink it at every meal (but I am not allowed to anymore). So, if you would like to try the finest beverage this side of the Mississippi, I will happily provide the steps.

1. Find a pot and fill it with water! About 4-6 cups will do.

2. Place the pot on the stove top on "high." At least, that's how my stove gauges it. Let it sit until the water boils.

3. Once the water is boiling, put in 2 family-size teabags and turn off the burner. Due to family migraines, we use Lipton Decaffeinated Sweet Tea (you can find it at Wal-Mart).

4. Let the tea sit for about half an hour. Don't let it sit too long; it will get bitter.

5. While your tea is sitting, find a pitcher like this one and add 1 cup of sugar. You can add more; I would if I could.

6. After you have added the sugar to the pitcher and the tea has steeped, pour the tea into the pitcher. Please, for the sake of you and your family, do not drop the tea bags in.

7. Fill up the rest of the pitcher (up to a gallon) with water. Make sure you are stirring while you add the water. This helps the sugar to dissolve.

8. Put the lid on.

9. Depending on how you want your tea, you can either have a glass immediately, or let it cool in the fridge for a few hours. I tend to wait, myself.

Ta-daa! You have your Southern Sweet Tea. I know there are other types of tea (green, black, etc.), but I've just always had this kind.

How did your tea experience go?
If it went well, this might interest you.

If it didn't go well, you're on the wrong blog. Sorry.

Oh, by the way, this tub at our sports banquet was full of tea. I almost hyperventilated with excitement!
Your Royal Paleness

Friday, June 20, 2014

Disney's "The Lion King" Still Roars 20 Years Later

(First of all, The Lion King's birthday was Sunday, not today.)

But Happy Birthday anyway!

Disney's "The Lion King" is a heartwarming tale (or tail) of a young lion's quest to live up to his expectations as king. A story of love and loss, of hyenas and "Hakuna Matatas," this roaring film is sure to please.

Now, I was not quite alive when The Lion King made its first debut, but I was during the second. About 3 years ago the film was re-released into theaters, where Momma took me to see it.
(Yes, I cried.
Ever since, the beastly story has held a special place in my heart (and my movie cabinet).
I think a lot of people agree, as Disney's 32nd animated feature has 27 awards and 22 nominations to its name (including Best Original Score, Best Animated Film, and 2 Grammys). The Lion King has a been a huge success and has parented not 1, but 1 1/2 sequels and has been one of the biggest influences at Disney World's Animal Kingdom.
And just when you think this can't get any bigger, Simba and the gang head to Broadway, where they continue to dominate as Broadway's all-time Highest-Grossing Show. 

Believe it or not, The Lion King was expected to fail miserably. The 90's were about the people, not the animals. But the underdog comedy surpassed "Pocahontas", Disney's expected box-office winner, in total sales by nearly 2 million dollars.

So whether it's been 20 years since you last roared with Mufasa or you haven't gone 20 minutes without humming "Be Prepared," The Lion King will forever remain a timeless classic in all our hearts.

Remember, "you got to put your behind in your past...” or maybe it's "you gotta put your past behind you.”
Your Royal Paleness

**Anybody heard about BIG HERO 6?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Monday Pun-Day 6/16

Happy Pun-Day!

I saw my bike fall over today. It was two-tired.

Go on. Laugh. You know you want to.

Hey, who's been watching the FIFA World Cup?

Your Royal Paleness

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day, Deddy!

As you may have noticed, Deddy racks up in June. First his birthday, now today!
We just had Deddy's favorite kind of cake (coconut), along with a lovely lunch so graciously prepared by Momma. Brochacho ate most of it. I don't even think he tasted it.

However, while the meaning of Father's Day is to indeed celebrate fatherhood with the dads, siblings, etc. in your life, we cannot forget our one true Father, who gives us life. Psalm 68:5 says:

"A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling."

As we can see here in this verse, God cares for His children, whom He created and loves. He is with you every step of the way, even through struggles and losses.
God wants to be part of your life, a Father in your eyes.

In honor of Father's Day, I have accumulated a list of some of the most iconic fathers on television:

   1. Mufasa. He's a beast. Literally.

2. Darth Vader. Every dad makes a few mistakes here and there.

3. Merlin (Finding Nemo). I'd say his pursuit went pretty swimmingly.

4. Bob Parr, AKA Mr. Incredible. Everyone knows dads have superpowers.

5. Agdar, King of Arendelle. Despite his daughter's unruly curse, he loved and helped her through it all. 

Once more, Happy Father's Day, Deddy!
Your Royal Paleness

Maleficent Movie Review



Doing evil or harm; harmfully malicious.

Seems pretty harsh for a Disney movie, right?
Don't worry. It's not that bad.
Although, I would not bring a small child to the movie (as some did when I attended).

Disney's Maleficent is a charming (in a wicked sort-of way) tale of a once pure-hearted fairy broken from love, loss, and betrayal. When Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) was young and innocent, she meets a young thief in her land by the name of Stefan (Sharlto Copley). Once the boy returns what has been lost, she befriends him and shows him the wonders of Moors, a magical place bordering a human kingdom; a human kingdom that just so happens to be ruled by the cruel King Henry... Stefan's father. The king (Kenneth Cranham) attempts to kill the fairy, but is severely injured in a not-so victorious battle.
The two teens fall in love, and, on Maleficent's 16th birthday, share what Stefan calls "true-love's kiss."
But soon human greed and pride pall Stefan's view on love, and he leaves Maleficent for the pursuit of his father's throne. This happening perfectly displays 1 John 2:16, which says:

"For all that is in the world, the... boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world."
Maleficent discovers the tarnish on human nature, and is even more broken by it when Stefan returns; he seemingly apologizes, and receives Maleficent's forgiveness. But this is all in vain, as Stefan poisons Maleficent into a peaceful sleep and commits an unexpected act of evil.
Ironically, "Stefan" comes from the Greek word meaning "crown."
Maleficent wakes up and essentially loses all faith in humanity. She saves a raven from being beat to death and transforms him into a human called Diaval (a distorted form of "Diablo"). He (Sam Riley) becomes her companion and allows her to transform him into different beasts to carry out her deeds.
Basically, Maleficent turns maleficent.
Her darkness sets in in more ways than one.
And when Maleficent learns of the birth of King Stefan's daughter, Aurora (Elle Fanning), she forms a plan.
She arrives at Aurora's christening, where lovely gifts of beauty and joy are bestowed upon her, and delivers her own gift; a curse. The curse states that before the sunrise of the baby's 16th birthday, she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall into a "death-like sleep-" only to be woken by true love's kiss.
Maleficent creates this certain cure, because according to the fairy, true love does not exist.
Aurora is sent to grow up in the Moors with 3 fairies ("aunties"). As a small child Aurora discovers Maleficent (her "fairy godmother"), and Maleficent discovers Aurora, whom she calls "beastie." She allows the princess to see more and more of Moors when she is about 15; she also grows fond of the girl, despite her jealousy. In fact, Maleficent's heart softens considerably.
Things are changed, stolen, and returned; Lands are destroyed and fights are fought (with iron, which burns fairies). People are loved and are lost. Now, as a child, I was acquainted with the Disney princesses, Snow White and Belle and Ariel. But I don't recall ever watching "Sleeping Beauty," so this was the first time I had heard this story.
Maleficent was, in a word, enchanting. Beautiful scenery and spectacles, it was lovely; but I could not have helped thinking I had heard the "I hate you, but I actually love you, and now I've lost you" story before. I cannot recall where, though. And the true love thing was very similar to Frozen, I thought, but good nonetheless.
The movie in itself was quite dark, full of war, actually. There was lots of magic, and two kisses were shared between male and female; but other than this, the movie was quite good and clean.
I would give Maleficent an 8.5 out of 10, simply for the fact that I have heard the concept before. But Disney put it's own spin on the story, and that's what I like to see. What did you think?

(Momma's favorite part of the movie was the makeup, which was indeed extraordinary.)
Your Royal Paleness

Thursday, June 12, 2014

POTS Syndrome: Just What Every Teenager Needs

Teen years are already awkward.

New, awesome things growing, sweating about 6.5 pounds a day, voice cracking at just the wrong time, greasy hair and pimples. It's a whole lot of fun.
Let's throw in swelling and even more extreme heat!

In essence, I just described POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), a type of dysautonomia (a disorder of the nervous system). POTS is a rare disorder that causes miscommunication between the heart and the nervous system. In other words, when you stand up, your nervous system makes sure your blood goes up to your brain so you don't pass out. People with POTS do not have this luxury; the blood in their bodies goes to their feet, causing extreme dizziness, fainting, or just plain weakness. POTS peeps are instructed to stand up slowly and elevate their feet when they can.

So, in the heat of the summer, I decided to write about yet one more quirk of mine. I was diagnosed with POTS about 2 months ago, but my family has noticed symptoms long before we knew there was a name for it. Some of the most fun symptoms are:

1. Red, red feet (which my friends so kindly point out to me).
2. Purple hands and feet.
3. Swollen feet.
4. Extremely cold hands and feet (Seriously. They're like ice packs).
5. Extremely hot hands and feet (this is more common).
6. Lightheadedness.
7. Dizziness.
8. Weakness.
9. Fainting, or nearly fainting.
10. Extreme heat sensitivity (I threw up in front of my softball team once. That was fun).
11. Overall awkwardness.

The last one might just be me.
I also have to be careful about running around, etc. I have to drink a lot of water and Powerade, and salt is a must in my diet (Yay! Chips!!). But I have a family who takes care of me, so it's not so bad.
We went to a cardiologist some time ago, who officially diagnosed my case. He even took an ultrasound of my heart:

Brochacho says it looks like a person saying "come at me, bro."
My doctor found a small malformation in my heart (see the little bumpy part at the bottom-right), but I don't think it'll really do anything.

Oh, and by the way, most people grow out of POTS by the time they're 20-ish.
If you're concerned that you may have POTS, please consult your physician. It can become a serious problem.

(For some funny POTS jokes, click here.)
Your Royal Paleness

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

All About Deddy


Well, Deddy's birthday isn't actually today; it was Sunday.
But I'll write about it today.

Deddy is my wonderful father; he is an engineer, having received his degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, or Georgia Tech. He's taught me so many things, from how to build a paper airplane out of a gum wrapper to what it means to be a good, Christian girl. I love him so much and am thankful he is in my life.

"As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him."
Psalm 103:13

Let's get to know Deddy:
1. As I said before, Deddy is an engineer, so he likes seeing how things work (hence his "How It's Made" fandom). I am this way as well, so we have learned together.
2. Some of his favorite movies are "Star Wars", "Cast Away," "Forrest Gump," and "The Lord of The Rings;" but mostly anything sci-fi is good for him.
3. He enjoys playing games on the computer and watching "Gravity Falls" with us kids.
4. Key Lime Pie is his favorite. And nobody else's.
5. Deddy and Dog are best friends (so am I -Momma). She always runs to him when he comes home from work (Dog, not Momma).
6. He enjoys the musical stylings of Jack Johnson and Alison Krauss.
7. Deddy likes things such as these:

8. Coke, not Pepsi.
9. He loves Momma with all his heart. 
10. Deddy loves to aggravate. A lot.
But we love 'im!

Happy Birthday to Deddy, who is young... at heart. ;)
Your Royal Paleness

Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday Pun-Day 6/9

Guess what day it is...?



I think the man who created "knock knock" jokes deserves a No-Bell prize.

You know you laughed.
Your Royal Paleness
***Happy Birthday to JOHNNY DEPP!

Friday, June 6, 2014

I'm Back...

Sorry about skipping Monday Pun-Day. I was at the beach with my family last week; we just got back today. Let me tell you about it...

First we arrived. And waited about 2 hours for our room.
Once we got in, we set our things down and went to eat.
Momma's favorite restaurant was the next day.
(If you were wondering, Brochacho's favorite restaurant is any place with food.)
The next few days were filled with laying on the beach for Momma and swimming for the rest of us (POTS peeps have to be wary of the hot tub; I mostly put my feet in). We ran into one of my teachers and her family at the Christmas shop, which was a nice surprise.
The day before we returned, the whole family was on the "rooftop" pool. For whatever reason it was so windy, Deddy, Brochacho and I could make capes and parachutes with our towels (don't pretend you've never done it).
Later, this happened:

That was fun.
But here we are, back at home.
By the way, today is National Doughnut Day. Show your freedom of eats by getting your free doughnut at Krispy Kreme today! If it seems too late, don't worry; they're open for 24 hours for the event. And for all you Canadians (aye) and Puerto Ricans out there, you can get one too. I got one of those custard-filled ones. What's your favorite?
Oh, I didn't forget about the pun-lovers.

I think we should definitely scale back on the fish puns.

(And yes, Your Royal Paleness did get a sunburn. Momma would like you to know that we indeed used SPF 50.)
Your Royal Paleness