Belated Birthday Post

Hi Steffibuns,

I didn’t post last week because I was busy having a birthday. I knew you wouldn’t mind.

Every year I seem to have better and better birthdays. Facebook and my journal reminded me of all  the special ones I’ve had since you planned that elaborate surprise  7 years ago in Disneyland. I was surprised again in 2014, we always go to dinner, I get Harry Potter books and Disney movies, we went to the Renaissance Fair another year, and I’m always surrounded by the people who mean most to me. I am constantly reminded how loved and lucky I am to have the friends and family that I do.

I worry that I don’t make you feel the same way on your birthday, but you are Leslie Knope and I am Ann Perkins and that kind of explains it.

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I love you!

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PS: Look at this!

25 Things Every HP Fan Did Before Deathly Hallows Was Released

Hi Steffibun,

Last night I saw Andrew Sim’s post from Buzzfeed “25 Things Every Harry Potter Fan Did Before Deathly Hallows Was Released” and I said YASSS to so many of them I wanted to show you with my own pictures.

#1. You obsessively reread every book, combing for information you might have missed on the previous read through.
This is obvious.

#2. To the point where all your books looked like this.

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I barely dare open this one because the spine has split.

#3. Midnight book releases were your jam.
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#5. And you definitely slept on the street at least once for a movie premiere, if you were close enough to one.

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Order of the Phoenix movie release

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Half-Blood Prince movie release

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Deathly Hallows Part 1 movie release

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Deathly Hallows Part 2 movie release

#6. Your bedroom was wallpapered with posters from the films.
Cue Harry Potter wall from baby Kara’s bedroom!
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#7. In fact, your whole room was a shrine dedicated to the series.

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Yes I hung a wand from my ceiling.

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I took a 6 foot holographic poster from a theater.

#8. You’d spend hours clicking through J.K. Rowling’s website trying to find clues.
This was my life during Christmas break!
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#9. And Mugglenet was your homepage so you’d be up to date 100% of the time.
It is still my homepage..
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#10. Movie marathons were a common occurrence at your house.
Correction, they ARE.

#11. And of course, you’d accompany the films with themed snacks.
We made pumpkin pasties and butterbeer for our Harry Potter class in college.

#12. You bought any kind of merchandise you could get your hands on.
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#13. You spent hours assembling intricate Hogwarts Lego sets.
No. But playing the Lego Harry Potter games, yes.

#15. You frequently visited dumbledoreisnotdead.com, reading so far into every theory that came along.
Also the unplottables LiveJournal.

#16. You got super into role playing on various online forums.
Hogwarts Is Home LiveJournal!! Also, Neopets guilds, so many Neopets guilds.
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#17. After Half-Blood Prince came out, you theorised non-stop about Snape’s loyalties.
Whilst in tears.
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#18. You spent a lot of time writing or reading unhealthy levels of fanfiction.
Harry Potter and the Amulet of Time! ❤

#19. You listened to Mugglecast so much that you got to the point where you considered Andrew, Ben, Kevin, Eric, Micah, and all the rest of the gang to be your friends.
They’re all I listened to during long vacation car rides to Mexico and California.

#20. If you lived in the right area, you went to all the fan conventions.
Or not, I went to one in Florida.

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LeakyCon 2011

#21. And if you lived too far or your parents didn’t let you go, you’d just look at photos on the internet and be sad.
I remember when I missed out on Azkatraz.

#22. You made so many online friends who shared your undying love for the series.
Just friends in general. You know who you are.

#23. If you weren’t in a Wrock band, you sure listened to a lot of it.

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Harry & the Potters concert 2013

#25. But mainly, your time was spent waiting impatiently for the next book release, so you could devour it in a few hours and repeat the whole cycle.
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Disney Surveys (WITH GIFS) and Excitement

Hi Keddah,

First order of business – I’M SEEING YOU THIS WEEKEND. We have not seen each other in a VERY LONG TIME LIKE MY WEDDING LONG TIME AND I’M SO EXCITED. And we get to go wedding dress shopping for our Jamie Money!

This may or may happen when I see you. Why is Ben accurately portraying Andrew in this scene?

Second, I’m on page 232 of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. It’s good. It’s very predictable, it’s very sweet. It’s about the Not Pretty Bookish Girl™ who moves to a Podunk Town™ and meets a Handsome But Distant And Very Attractive Guy™. It’s not a book that’s going to change your life, but it’s a good, predictable chick lit and there’s something nice about that. I haven’t read one of these in a while and I forgot how nice they can be.

Third, I FOUND A DISNEY SURVEY THAT I DID TODAY IN 2009 AND HERE IT IS. I’ve edited my answers below each of Baby Steffi’s answers.

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Hi Steffibun! I hope you had a wonderful weekend after your weird Friday. I don’t have much for you this week but I wanted to catch you up on a few things. And gifs.
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I’m going to the gym again! And we’re trying to eat better by grocery shopping at Sprouts every Monday and planning at least 3 dinners a week. Here’s our groceries for this week!
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101 in 1001 tasks I’ve completed recently: (69/101!)
3. Schedule doctor and dentist appointments each year
5. Buy a family car (okay so this isn’t done quite yet, but we’re buying Grayson’s dad’s truck very soon!)
11. Make 10 recipes from pinterest
35.Buy a lottery ticket when there’s a crazy big jackpot
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The Oscars are on Sunday! One of my goals is to watch all the best picture nominated movies one year. I’ve only seen the most popular 3 from this year, but I do plan on watching them all eventually. Three of them I can rent for $5 on google play so I may be spending lots of Saturday on the couch.
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The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
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Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
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I’m playing WoW again. This is all I have to say.
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Yes, I’m still reading The Cuckoo’s Calling. Page 181. Yes, I read less than 10 pages a day.
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Ok that’s all I have, I hope this made you smile! I love you bye!
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Bonus gif. Oh you say gif like jiff?
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And last picture because this is us as cats during the last month of the DCP.
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My Life Looks Like This

Happy Tuesday Steffi! I know you are not feeling well and this is a most inopportune time to have tiny chickens in your brain, but it could be worse! At least you have 9 whole days to get better.

I don’t have anything prepared for today, but I thought you’d like some pictures from the past couple of weeks of my life.

We went to Tucson Comicon and I looked like this:
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We met Kiba the cosplaying corgi and she looked like this:
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Ludo graduated puppy school and he looked like this:
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Our friend Kim goes to class also with her dog, Mason. He looks like this:
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(PS Mason no longer has balls and he looks like this:)
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Grayson took me to a Bengals game and we looked like this:
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Our view of the field looked like this:
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Next week we will look like this:
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PS You still have to do your 1/2 punishment. I love you BYE!

Kara’s Disney Questionnaire

Happy 60th Birthday Disneyland!

In honor of Disneyland’s 60th birthday, Steffi and I created a questionnaire about our favorite Disney Animated features. The rules are: No repeats, no live action and gifs must be included! We hope you enjoy and thanks again, Disneyland, for being our home. 60 is going to be a good year.

On to the questionnaire!

Walt Era Favorite (1937-1970): The Jungle Book
I grew up watching this movie so many times with my brother. I watched this instead of Cinderella, Pinocchio, and Peter Pan; none of which I had seen up until 5 years ago. It’s no surprise then that me and Steffi bonded so hard over Wanna Be Like You on so many car rides.
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Honorable mention: Mary Poppins (there’s animation in it :P)

Lost Years Favorite (1971-1988): Brave Little Toaster
Oh gosh it’s so close between Brave Little Toaster and The Rescuers; though Escape to Witch Mountain was certainly a gem, but that’s live action. I really don’t know which I watched more as a child. I’ll go with Brave Little Toaster. I loved the characters, except the air conditioner, and the premise was so imaginative.
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Disney Revival Favorite: (1989-2000): Aladdin
This one changes a lot but, Aladdin. The Genie and the score just make it.
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Obvious honorable mentions are obvious.

Present Disney Favorite: (2001-now): Wreck-It-Ralph
This is currently the last Disney movie to give me Disney feels. It was absolutely robbed of its Oscar that year.
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Honorable mentions to Finding Nemo, Up, and Meet the Robinsons.

Favorite Animation: 3D digital
Specifically Wall-E. Just gorgeous.
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Favorite Score: Tarzan
Hands down, Tarzan. SON OF MAN. Trash the Camp. Phil Collins.
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Oops how did that get in there.
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Honorable mention to Tangled. Kingdom dance gives me hope. I even made up a flag routine for it. Don’t judge me.

Favorite “Make ya’ laugh”: The Emperor’s New Groove
I watched this almost every day in the summer during middle school. I know the entire film by heart and yes, I will quote the entire thing while watching it. The comedic timing, I can’t deal.
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There in no honorable mention.

Favorite “Make ya’ cry”: The Fox and the Hound
I avoided a lot of sad movies when I was younger. I didn’t even enjoy watching The Lion King. For some reason, I was okay with The Fox and the Hound. Maybe because of Big Mama. Or Dinky & Boomer. Or Squeaks.
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Honorable mention to Toy Story 3.

Favorite Love Story: Wall-E & Eve
I have a hard time with taking this one too seriously. But no one can deny these two are the cutest.
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Favorite Friendship: Marlin & Dory
I would seriously put Ralph & Vanellope here but I already used Wreck-It-Ralph. Top shelf!
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But Marlin & Dory because there’s hilarious frustration, stupid sillyness, adventure, and love.
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Major honorable mention to Baloo & Bagheera because that is Steffi & I. We almost named our blog after them. Almost.
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Favorite Siblings: Lilo & Nani
They. Are. Perfect.
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Favorite Pixar: Toy Story
Definitely a childhood fave and classic, there is truly no way I could put anything else in the top spot.
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Honorable mentions to Up, Finding Nemo and A Bug’s Life.

Favorite Pixar Short: Geri’s Game
It’s hard to go with any other when Geri’s game exists.
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Honorable mention to Partly Cloudy and For the Birds.

Favorite Disney Short: Feast
This one made Grayson tear up. Instant fave.
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Most Quoteable: Hercules
There was a time when this was playing on repeat for 2 months in Steffi & I’s apartment. Needless to say we quote it all the time.
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Disney Tattoo Ideas: Baby Simba
Me and Steffi had this great idea years ago and I still haven’t let it go.
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Steffi’s Disney Questionnaire

Happy 60th Birthday Disneyland!

In honor of Disneyland’s 60th birthday, Kara and I created a questionnaire about our favorite Disney Animated features. The rules are: No repeats, no live action and gifs must be included! We hope you enjoy and thanks again, Disneyland, for being our home. 60 is going to be a good year.

On to the questionnaire!

Walt Era Favorite (1937-1970): Cinderella

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Cinderella, for so many reasons. Lucifer, the fact that Cinderella single-handedly saved the Disney corp and allowed for them to begin building Disneyland, and more. The animation is stunning. The music is iconic. And Lucifer.

Honorable Mention to Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book and The Aristocats. I feel like I’m ripping my soul out to not include you all.

Lost Years Favorite (1971-1988): The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

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Pooh Bear is my body positive goddess. Also, I love the stories; I love the history; I love its childlike atmosphere. It’s just a story that makes you happy.

Honorable Mention to Oliver and Company

Disney Revival Favorite: (1989-2000): Goofy Movie

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I’m having the hardest time with this section. I fully believe Hunchback deserves this spot but there is no other film that belongs in the favorite score section. Disney Revival films happen to fall in my least watched movies, and it’s not because they’re not amazing, it’s just because they’re so much. They have so much of everything going on.

Fuck it. I’m going Goofy Movie. This movie is the goddamn shit.

Honorable Mentions obviously to Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Lion King, Tarzan, and Mulan. You all deserve this spot but none of you have Powerline.

Present Disney Favorite: (2001-2010): Tangled

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I’m struggling a lot with my runner up, but Tangled. This is the most expertly crafted Disney film that I’ve seen come out of the Disney company in a long time. The characters are so fully and wonderfully developed, the score is delightful (a million stars to Kingdom Dance), and the lantern scene. Every single time I watch the lantern scene I cry because I fully believe with all of my heart that Walt would have been blown away by that scene; that everything Disney Animation has crafted was a build up to make that breathtaking scene. Watching it makes me proud to be a Disney fan. Animation at its absolute finest; it is untouchable.

Honorable mention to The Princess and the Frog (which was my runner up), Lilo and Stitch, Wreck it Ralph and Big Hero 6.

Favorite Animation: Cel Animation (Like Aristocats and 101 Dalmatians)

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I love being able to see the sketch marks within the drawings. I love the scenery and how the animated characters flow within it. I think it’s so detailed and yet… raw at the same time. I think there’s so much passion in it.

Honorable mention to 2d computer animation and 2d hand drawn.

Favorite Score: Hunchback of Notre Dame

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There are no words for this incredible soundtrack. This movie, score, story is Disney Renaissance at its finest. And this movie is so overlooked. Which is horrific. Go watch it, go listen to it, find perfection.

THERE IS NO HONORABLE MENTION.

Favorite “Make ya’ laugh”: Lilo and Stitch

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How did this get here?

I’m having a hard time with this one too. There are so many Disney movies that I go to for the lulz. But Lilo and Stitch is one of my favorite Disney movies for more reason than it being hilarious. It reminds me of my childhood spent in Hawaii, it’s quirky and weird, and Lilo is character perfection. I CAN’T FEED PUDGE TUNA. DO YOU KNOW WHAT TUNA IS??? ITS FISH.

Honorable mention to Emperors New Groove, Brother Bear, Aladdin, Hercules and Monsters U.

Favorite “Make ya’ cry”: Meet the Robinsons

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I’m choosing Meet the Robinsons because Up and Tangled are already being used in different categories and I will not speak of The Fox and the Hound in any favorites ever.

Meet the Robinsons is a delightful movie and is the first movie that gave me a spark of hope for Disney Animation after Brother Bear. I really thought that Pixar was going to take over and Meet the Robinsons was such a breath of fresh air. It was similar to Pixar films in the animation style, of course, but it had deep Disney roots and the last couple of scenes never fail to make me weep. Seeing Walt’s famous Keep Moving Forward quote at the end does me in.

Honorable mentions already mentioned.

Favorite Love Story: Ellie and Carl, Up

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How could I not choose Carl and Ellie? Carl and Ellie’s love story is the one Andrew and I relate to most. When we first started dating, I called Andrew Mr. Fredricksen. I hope with all my heart that we have a love story like theirs.

No honorable mentions; there is no competition.

Favorite Friendship: Baloo and Bagheera, Jungle Book

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Again, this one is my favorite for personal reasons. Kara and I found our friendship in Baloo and Bagheera. She follows the rules, I like to sleep.

This one gets honorable mentions though: Pascal and Rapunzel, Tangled. Pain and Panic, Hercules. Timon and Pumba, Lion King. Archimedes and Merlin, Sword in the Stone.

Favorite Siblings: Rutt and Tuke, Brother Bear

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Sass Masters

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They’re Canadian Meese. There isn’t anything else I can say.

Not even an ounce of competition.

Favorite Pixar: Ratatouille

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I couldn’t decide so ALL THE GIFS.

Favorite Pixar score, favorite Pixar setting, favorite Pixar story line, AND IT’S ABOUT FOOD. The score… it’s just. Just. The whole movie has such a traditional Disney vibe. It feels passionate and wonderful.

Honorable mentions to Brave and Up.

Favorite Pixar Short: Presto

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Magic and vindictive bunnies. Forget the old man playing chess, this is the greatest Pixar short of all time. It is also the most hilarious.

Favorite Disney Short: Paper Man

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Paperman was innovative, funny, sweet, beautiful and every other positive attribute there is. The animation style was just insane. It was glowy and passionate and there wasn’t even any dialog! Just incredible.

Most Quotable: Hercules

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I OWN YOU!

Easy. Hercules. Kara and I have spent hours quoting this film back and forth to each other.

Honorable mention to Lilo and Stitch.

Disney Tattoo Ideas: Paperman or Princess and the Frog

I really want to get the paper airplane from Paperman, but if I go to New Orleans, I’m getting a voodoo doll.

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THE CHUBBY ONE I MEAN COME ON.

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