Thursday, November 27, 2014

Yankee/Southern Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

We're going to my grandma's house today.

For my international friends, Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November; it is the day we remember the Separatist pilgrims who came from England to America for religious freedom. This particular group of colonists was treated as friends by the Native Americans, so they shared food and farming knowledge. We call the celebration Thanksgiving because the pilgrims were thankful for the Native Americans' help. Today the holiday is celebrated with family members, cooking lots of food, and football on TV (as you can tell this is Brochacho's kind of holiday). Click here to learn more.

Every year we usually have the same things (I'm not complaining, it's all good); ham, turkey, cranberry sauce (that's not my favorite), etc. Some things that are my favorites are:

  • Deviled Eggs
  • Rolls
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Sweet Potato Casserole (with marshmallows)
  • Rolls
  • Cheese Curls (I'm sorry, they're too good, and we only get them when we go over there)
  • Rolls
  • Rolls
  • Cheerwine
  • Rolls
Did I mention rolls?
Grandma's a Yankee, so there's red cabbage, too.

Even though she isn't from the South she still cooks a mean turkey and buys a mean chocolate pie.

As I said before I am very thankful for my family and how they put up with me all the time. I'm sure that's pretty hard some days.

What are you guys thankful for?

And yes; I will be having sweet tea with my dinner.
Your Royal Paleness

Monday, November 24, 2014


I don't know about you guys, but I had a pretty great weekend.

Friday we did another 5k, but this one was through a bunch of Christmas lights so it was pretty cool. There was a band too, but... eh.

Saturday was just a hangout day. I got my homework done and regained feeling in my feet.

Then Sunday we went and saw MOCKINGJAY PART I!!!

That movie was seriously, absolutely, completely remarkable.

Mockingjay Part I picks up a few weeks after where Catching Fire left off. Katniss is stuck underground in District 13, an area she had known to be destroyed all of her life. As she suffers from post-traumatic stress from participating in the previous Games, the nation around her is in chaos with the familiar struggle between the rebels (called radicals) and Panem's leading man, President Snow. The fight is for freedom and justice; and to make matters worse, Peeta is being held captive in the Capitol- involuntarily used as the spokesperson for the cease-fire. Katniss is forced to make a decision that could change the fate of the war- and maybe even herself.

This movie is very emotional, very psychological. Katniss is suffering from severe stress and she is becoming weak. The people around her are planning a war, with all these ideas of "mockingjay this" and "mockingjay that," but Katniss isn't sure she's up to it. With promises of bringing Peeta home and the safety of the family cat, she is persuaded to become the face of the rebellion.

The rest of the movie is, in a word, a struggle, a struggle of man vs. man, man vs. self, and man vs. society. I was moved more than once. Francis Lawrence does an excellent job of getting in your head, as well as your heart.

All in all the movie's language is very clean- the dirtiest words are "horse manure" (no pun intended).

However, if you know anything about the Hunger Games trilogy, you know that violence is involved, even though Part I focuses on the mental part of the war (as I said before). People are shown being shot; you are taken through a hospital full of wounds and dead bodies, and there is a person who is grotesquely thin from being tortured.

In conclusion the movie is about as awesome as I thought it would be, maybe even better.
Thumbs up to Mr. Lawrence: I give your movie a 9.5 out of 10.

In other news, Thanksgiving is this week.

Brochacho: yeeeaaa

As cliche as this sounds, I am very thankful for my family because they put up with me and all my doctor appointments. They make me laugh everyday, and I love them all so much.

Dog: Me too?

Yes, you too, Dog.

Well, I hope you like pun-kin pie, 'cause we're about to have a Thanksgiving pun!

I heard the pilgrims killed turkeys for Thanksgiving because they were in a foul mood.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Your Royal Paleness

**P.S. Prince Harry, I know they don't celebrate Thanksgiving over there in England, so you're very welcome to come eat with us.
You know.
Only if you want to.

Monday, November 17, 2014


Yay, it's Monday!

Today is November 17th, and it's a pretty important day in history. For one thing, today is the 44th anniversary of the first ever remote-controlled robot -known as the Moonrover- landing on the moon.

Today is also 11 years since Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as governor of California. We all know he'll be back, though.

Every day is pretty cool because God makes them, and He makes them beautiful.

Speaking of cool, it is pretty cold down here in the South...Wednesday morning's temperature is going to be 18 degrees Fahrenheit (-7.77778 degrees Celsius).

We bought Dog a blanket, and we barely see her face anymore. She's always snuggled up in it.
So today our pun will be about our upcoming/arrived-much-to-soon winter season...

Did you know Frosty keeps his money in a snow bank?

Am I on thin ice now?
Your Royal Paleness

Monday, November 10, 2014


Happy Monday!

Sorry I didn't update earlier, I was at my Grandma's Saturday, had a ton of homework yesterday, and got a headache today, but it's all good now.

So in PE today we played something called Boccerball, which is basically soccer and basketball put together. Mostly it's on the floor; if it's not, you have to pass it in the air without being touched. It's really quite confusing.

I know.

But seriously here, let me tell you something...

I kid you not, I was hit in so many places today I'm afraid to go back in that gym.

I was hit:

...among other places. A class of 75-80% boys isn't very graceful.
 Therefore the puns (yes, puns) will be about basketball and soccer today.

Cinderella got kicked off the basketball team because she ran away from the ball.

You know me... always a soccer for a good pun.
Your Royal Paleness

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Your Royal Paleness' Favorite Christmas Movies

As of today, November 7th, there are only 48 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!

I haven't even started shopping yet, but oh well; that's what Black Friday is for...
Haha, just kidding, we don't do that.

In honor of Christmas, I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas movies in no particular order. You must watch them all.

1. ELF. This hilarious movie follows an adopted human-raised-by-elves on his journey to reunite with his father in the Big Apple.

2. A Christmas Story. All Ralphie wanted was Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas; instead, he gets a pink bunny suit, a crummy commercial, and a whole lot of "you'll shoot your eye out!"'s.

3. Home Alone. Kevin is the youngest and is always forgotten- including on the family's Christmas trip to Paris. Everything's cool at home by himself; he can make all the mess he wants and eat whatever he likes... that is, until two burglars show up.

4. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Does this count as a movie? Rudolph is just like all the other reindeer, except for his shiny red nose. All the other deer laugh and call him names, you know the rhyme. All of a sudden their spirits change when Santa asks him to lead the sleigh.

(Happy 50th Birthday, Rudolph!)

5. A Charlie Brown Christmas. This 49 year-old classic follows Charlie Brown's search for the true meaning of Christmas, which is the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

6. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Jennifer Cullen, a single mom, is overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season in this 2008 Hallmark classic. Thankfully her Uncle Ralph arrives, along with the young, handsome Morgan Derby; his happy laid-back way of life shows her that the thing she needed most has been there all along.

7. A Princess For Christmas. Yet another Hallmark movie, a young woman entrusted with the care of her orphaned niece and nephew receives an invitation to spend Christmas at a castle. There she learns just how much "titles" matter to the family, and just how easy it is to fall in love. (This one happens to be a dream of mine, just as long as the handsome prince is a ginger.)

While this literally just a few of the Christmas movies I absolutely love I hope you get the chance to see them all. Currently at the Paleness Residence we have two small trees up.

Brochacho: eh

The boys don't get it.

Of course we still have Thanksgiving here in America before Christmas, and as you can imagine, Thanksgiving in the South is pretty good.

That's a different post, though. Right now we're getting ready to go Brochacho's round 1 playoff game.

Brochacho: yea

Let me give you an idea of what it's gonna look like...

This is us:

This is them:

And this is what it feels like outside:

Merry Early Christmas!
Your Royal Paleness

***Playoff game update:  It did NOT go well. I think I may have seen a sparkle fall from Brochacho's eye(s).

Monday, November 3, 2014


First of all, did anyone wake up like this after the time change?

Hahaha... I didn't really, I guess.

At school we're learning about what brought on the Revolutionary War. In short, the American Patriots thought the British guys took too much money, etc.
One of the ways England took money from the colonists was with the Stamp Act; the Americans had to pay money for every piece of paper they used, and they proved their payment with a stamp. Eventually we get sick of it and fight a war; now, here we are!

I figured I'd save the Thanksgiving pun for later, so here's one for the Sons of Liberty (you're welcome, Mrs. History Teacher):

Did you know that Patriots put Revo-lotion on their dry skin?

So if you haven't read my last post (you should, click here), you'd know the Hallmark Channel was showing Christmas movies 24/7!!!

I know all you guys want the schedule, so you can click here to view it.

Happy binge-watching!
Your Royal Paleness

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Weekend Recap

Happy November!

As we know last night was Halloween (an American holiday for children to dress in costumes and get candy); however, Your Royal Paleness did not dress up, and I'll tell you why.

First of all, it practically snowed here (meaning really cold rain). We also had a little thunderstorm, with 20 mph winds.

Second, Brochacho had a football game.
Brochacho: yea

But I did not attend, I passed out candy (surprisingly there was only one Elsa). There was also a Ninja Turtle, an Alice in Wonderland, a Batgirl, and a few other personalities.

This would have been my costume, though:

Haha, just kidding. Maybe.
Today Brochacho, Momma, and I did our first 5k.
In 39 degrees.
In the rain.
In 20 mph wind.

That was... an experience. Here's a picture of one of our shoes:

If you see pictures I'm the ginger with red legs.

ALSO TODAY is the beginning of Hallmark Channel's CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN!!!
Click HERE for the schedule!!!
Hallmark and Hallmark Movie Channel are premiering 12 all-new Christmas movies every Saturday and Sunday, today's being Starry Night, which is about a cowboy...

Now, if only they could make a movie about a certain redheaded prince...
Your Royal Paleness

***Update on "Starry Night":
Not one of your best, Hallmark.