Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dreams the way we've planned 'em, if we work in tandem...

If you read my blog with any kind of regularity, you're probably aware of the fact that I'm... uh... a bit of a fangirl.  To name just a few of my fanships, I have a rather strong fondness for a certain author named Jane Austen (and classic literature in general), a bit of an affinity to a certain book &c. known as Les Miserables (the &c. stands for the musical and the movie, of course), a slightly gushy liking for a musical called Phantom of the Opera (and musical theatre in general, too-- shows, performers whose initials are Aaron Tveit, the works), an admiration for a series about The Scarlet Pimpernel (and especially the 1982 movie), a passion for Sherlock Holmes mysteries (plus a mounting desire to see the BBC show), and a great interest in P.G Wodehouse's novels (particularly those of the Jeeves variety, along with the BBC show).

And though you may not realize it, my liking for all those things listed above (well, except Jane Austen... ahemmmmmmmmm) are at least partially the fault of one person.  Because this one person either introduced me to each of those passions or fueled my love of them.  (Can't forget, won't regret, what I did for loooooove...)

You're probably getting quite curious as to who this is, aren't you? (Motel, who IS it?)

Who is it?  It's me, Reb Tevye.


Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the woman whom you can blame for a great deal of my gushing here on YAPDB (and just to clear the air, I also ask forgiveness for the things I've done you've blamed me for)-- send all letters of complaint to her at her blog if you so desire.  (I have a message, messieurs, from the Opera Ghost.)

Yeah, people, it's pretty much all the fault of Alexandra.  I call her Ally, because I kinda sorta really like her even though she's dragged me into all these obsessions that I would be so much saner without.  I mean, she's hilarious and fun and a kindred spirit and pretty much just all-around awesome.  Ever since I met her through blogging in October 2011 (over two years ago, sheesh!) I've wanted to be able to meet her in person.

Which is why I'm so, so excited about the fact that I'm going to be at her house exactly two months from today.  (Impossible things are happening every day!)  Because apparently, she kinda likes me too. At any rate, she invited me to come visit her for a week, and who could pass that up??? I ask you!  Having tea parties on the ceiling and highly questionable outings of every other kind!   This is indeed an unparalleled delight!  I had rather hoped that I could come, you know.  Guys, I'm going to see Ally live in living color.  How cool is THAT?

We are, obviously, really looking forward to this.

Here's to us! The toast of all the city, such a pity that the Phantom won't be there.  We're going to have seven whole days together-- or perhaps I should say seven short days.  Seven short days, oh there's so much to do... seven short days to have a lifetime of fun.  And we'll be having fun, you bet.  The silly, crazy kind, ya know?

We have all these plans that I'm SO looking forward to (she's going to show me SHERLOCK!  SQUEEEEEE!) and I'm just sitting here being super, super excited. I have almost never felt like this-- I could say for once I'm lost for words, but I'm not really. :P  I'm flying so high right now, defying gravity... let's just hope all our zany togetherness doesn't involve gerbils because something dangerous could happen.  (My dad's allergic and my mom's murophobic-- it's a real thing.)  But no matter what happens, this visit will be great, because there's no fight we cannot win.  Do we fight for the right to a night at the opera now?  *crash* He's HERE! The phantom of the operaaaaaaaa...

Okay, shutting up.  If all those musical quotes haven't driven you away by now, I don't know what will.

The point of this post is to say that I'm going out to visit Ally (and by extension Belle and Alex, who happen to live in the same house-- hi, guys!) on February 11th, 2014, and that I'm doing a happy dance in my head because I'm so thrilled and excited about it.

All right, well, I suppose there's nothing left inside my head (everything that's left to say's been said) so I'll close this post.

And now there are only sixty-two days to wait-- yes, yes, I'm counting.  Do you blame me?



Melody said...

Now I gots to be jealous again.
And I'll never forgive Ally for all her influence over you, hahahahahahaha. ;D

And all those pictures. Great grief. :P

Hope you girls have fun!

Alexandra said...

I AM SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!! AND THE AARON GIFS!!!!!!!!!!! AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BLAAAAAAAAST!!!!!!!!!! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The end.

Alexander said...

Awesome! Can't Wait! SO happy for you guys!

Anonymous said...

SO excited for you two to meet! And I *LOVE* all those Aaron Tveit GIF's! <3

Isabella said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!! For you to, and for me and Alex! There is definitely many advantages to being Ally's sister :) It will also be a lot of fun meeting you, the girl who makes my sister laugh on her bad days, and brings a smile to her face when she's on the computer :) I have had a lot of fun walking down stairs doing the laundry while I listen to Ally laugh louder then.....something loud :) Oh and I CANNOT wait to show you SHERLOCK!!! Oh and btw you will be staying up REALLY late, that's Ally's middle name :P It's also mine :) CANNOT WAIT!!! COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS!!!

Maribeth B said...

Alexandra's influence is very strong with this one as well. For example, I blame Ally for:

1) Informing me about the Les MIserables movie and thus sending me catapulting down the Les Mis Fandom Cliff...

2) Edjumacating me on The Phantom of the Opera through her blog, convincing me that the 2004 movie was rubbish (which is the primary reason why I've never seen it)

3) Also edjumacating me on Idina Menzel and Wicked and Elphaba and DEFYING GRAVITY through said blog

4) Satisfying my Pimpernel cravings through said blog back when I was obsessed with Sir Percy Blakeney

And all this she accomplished before we even became blogger-friends or pin-buddies! Her influence is very strong, yes hmm. And now chatting with her on Pinterest and Facebook is, like, almost a daily thing...also fangirling with her over Henry Cavill/Clark Kent, ahemmmmmm ;)

I'm so happy for y'all! I'm sure you'll have a great time :) :) :)

Molly said...

I'm soooooo happy for you!!!!! And I wish I could come with you, but alas, alas..... maybe sometime in the far distant future. :P I know you're going to have a marvelous time, m'dear!

Hamlette said...

What fun! But only seven days? Tsk tsk, too short. You'll be forced to enjoy every single moment, and what fun is that?

BTW, a blogging-friend of mine is running an Austen-themed giveaway right now that you might be interested in. Her blog is newer and only has a few readers, so I'm kind of spreading the word to people who I know like Jane Austen :-) Her blog is called Reading in the Dark, and you can enter the giveaway here.

Anonymous said...

SNIFF. Wish I could be there, but I know you guys will have a BLAST!! And if you meet the Doctor and he takes you in the TARDIS and you just so happen to go by my neck of the woods.... STOP BY!!!


Miss Jane Bennet said...

SQUEEP! I'M SO HAPPY FOR BOTH OF YOU!!! You're going to have an amazing time, I know. Pleeeeease do a post together? ;)

Hayden said...'re starting to make me jealous of all the fun ya'll are going to have. (and you'll finally be able to watch Sherlock!!! ahhh! SO GOOD. On clearplay, anyway. ;p)

Have fun! :)

Natalie said...

Wow!!! That is great for you both!! Take lots of picture!!!
"This is indeed an unparalleled delight! I had rather hoped that I could come, you know."
Hahaha, I'm so glad I've seen the Phantom so I can understand these references! :)
Congratulations Amy!!!

Hannah said...

Well, I hope that you'll both have an absolutely lovely time although I'm sure that you will! And yes you absolutely HAVE to watch Sherlock! It's amazing! I've reviewed it on my blog if you want to check out what I've written *shameless self-promotion alert!* :D Loving your new Christmas-themed wallpaper BTW. They're always so pretty!

Elizabethany said...

Sounds like you guys are gonna have HEAPS of fun!!!

payton marie said...

SQUEEEEEEEP!!! I'm so excited for you two. :) Gracious, Chauvelin, three blogger friend meet-ups in less than a year! Lucky duck. ;)

Alicia Showalter said...


... I don't think I need to remind you to take pictures, stay up late and talk, drink tea.. and all that, do I?

Miss Dashwood said...

Oh, yes, you'll forgive her. Without her, we wouldn't be Poor Fools, remember? (Because of POTO, you know.) Heehee.
We shall indeed have fun. I am quite positive. And that thing about having a picture of you sitting out while we watch SIT and talking to it like lunatics... we shall do that. :D

The end. :D

Me neither! SQUEEEEEEP!

You can never have too many Aaron Tveit gifs. :D

Can't wait to meet YOU! Laughing with Ally on the phone is one of my favorite things to do, heehee-- I didn't know you were listening in. :P SQUEEEEE SHERLOCK! And I'm really, really good at staying up late. Heehee. CANNOT WAIT! FIFTY-ONE DAYS! :D

Catapulting down the Les Mis Fandom Cliff... I love that. Same here. And you actually should see the 2004 Phantom movie at some point (with discreet ff-ing of course)-- it's hilarious in a bad way. :P Ally is definitely a good influence, yes, hmmmm.

I wish you were coming too... but someday we SHALL arrange a meeting of all four of us. Yes, yes, it will happen.

Oh, I think we'll be able to cram quite a bit into seven days, heehee-- and as for enjoying every single moment, I suppose we'll just have to force ourselves to do so. :D Oooh, thanks for the link to the giveaway-- I'm definitely going to enter!

Hahaha... well, perhaps a more realistic endeavor would be to have that Skype call we were talking about. Heehee.

Miss Dashwood said...

Miss Jane Bennet,
We will most definitely have to do a post together... I envision much nonsensicality and giggling. :D

I know, I can't WAIT for Sherlock-- I've been hearing so much about it and now I'm SO EAGER. :D

We will indeed take lots of pictures! I have to get my camera fixed first though... sigh... heheee, I'm glad you liked and understood the Phantom references! :D

Oooh, now I need to go check out your review and feed my ever-growing desire to see Sherlock. Heehee. And I'm so glad you like the wallpaper!

We intend to! :D

I know... I can't believe how special this year has been with all these IRL meet-ups! Yikes!

Not in the least, but the reminder is indeed appreciated! :D

Marie said...

I'm so happy for you two! I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU ARE GOING TO SEE SHERLOCK. SQUEEE!!!!! And then Anne can see it! SQUEEEE!!! So let me ask, were Margaret and I the first to talk your head off about it or was Ally? :D