Happy New Year!

January 9, 2010 at 12:22 am (Blogging, Happy, Movies, Vacation)

I know I’m a little late, but it’s still the new year, so the fact that it isn’t the first day of said new year doesn’t matter, right?

Anyway, I have noticed a definite uptick in my blog reader of people who have apparently made it their new year’s resolution to remember their blogs.  And I suppose I could be counted among those.  But at least I have a legit excuse for not writing here more often: I was writing a thesis!  Which is finished!  When I last left you lovely readers, I was still busy working on it, but I can now tell you that, at 41 pages (not counting my epic bibliography), my opus is finished!

In other news, it is a new year, and a scary one at that: graduation is on the horizon!  And on that note, I have started a new blog, which I plan to make available to potential employers to show how amazing I am with social media type things in case I end up wanting to go into that field at some potential point in time.  I mean, I don’t think I’d mind them reading this blog, but it’s not exactly professional…

And I am oddly hype currently, for no explicable reason, so I’m just going to keep jumping from topic to topic, if you don’t mind:

My family and I watched Julie and Julia tonight.  It was cute, but definitely not a great movie.  Meryl Streep and Amy Adams are definitely two of my favorite actresses, and they were the only things keeping the movie watchable.  So watch it if you’re in the mood (and either not hungry or in the process of eating dinner – delicious food is at the heart of this movie!), but don’t have too high of expectations.

In other news, music from the ’40s and ’50s is amazing.

And school starts in a mere three days.  Can’t decide if I’m excited or not.  As a comparison, last semester, I had a grand total of 5 books for all 4 classes I was taking.  This semester, I have at least 20.  Fun times!

And I’m running out of steam.  So a bientot!  No promises of writing here anymore often than last year, but I do promise to maybe possibly update this blog at least one more time in the coming 357 days!

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Hilarity Ensues…

June 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm (Family, Movies)

Raoul in Masquerade

My sister and I are watching Phantom of the Opera, and during the Masquerade scene, we’re commenting on Raoul’s hair, and how we like it back with the ribbon. I indicate the hair on the side of his face, saying how he needs to shave them to be more attractive, and Sarah says, “Oh, his steak tips?” I, of course, thinking she’s making a witty comment about how there isn’t enough hair for it to be called a mutton chop, start laughing.

And then we realize that she thought that they were actually called steak tips, not mutton chops.

I love my sister.

Update: Sarah’s favorite Raoul hair is when he’s fighting the phantom in the graveyard

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Adventures in the Twilight Zone

November 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm (Movies)

Sorry, Olivia, this isn’t that Twilight Zone, but rather the Twilight zone.

On Friday, Twilight came out in theaters.  My professor in my Victorian Fantasy class had mentioned to us earlier in the semester that she was writing a paper to present at a conference about the Twilight books, so of course someone brought up the movie.  And then we proceeded to spend the first 20 minutes or so of class discussing Twilight the books vs the movie and who had plans to see it and whatnot.  And at the end of the discussion, my fabulous professor said that if we could figure out a way to connect Twilight and what we have been reading in this whole semester, not just this past week, then that can be our topic for our weekly response paper!  I have found my people!

As a result of this discussion, I was invited to go see the movie that afternoon, which I of course accepted.  I had an art history test until 3:30 (which I bombed), and the movie was set to play at 4:10, so we rushed out and arrived after the 4:10 deadline, but were still able to get tickets and found seats in time to watch the last trailer.

The theater was packed!  We had anticipated that even though it was opening day, since it was still the afternoon, there wouldn’t be that many people there.  Boy, were we wrong!  We were lucky to get 3 seats together in the last row though.

The movie itself was enjoyable, though many times laughably ridiculous.  It was a lot of fun to see it with such a large audience of swooning teenage girls who would shout “Oh my god!” when a hot guy/vampire would come on the screen and other such fun comments.  There was also a little girl who, during certain scenes that were so serious as to be funny, and the whole theater would be laughing, would say, “It’s not funny!” But, in fact, it was quite funny.

I don’t want to give too much of the movie away, so I’ll stick with saying this: I wasn’t sure how much I liked it when I was leaving the theater, but in the intervening hours I have thought it over and decided that I think I liked it and might need to see it again to really decide.  So maybe I’ll take all you study-abroaders to the theater over Christmas…

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Very Strange.

October 12, 2008 at 7:19 pm (Movies)

I’m watching Spiderman 2 on FX right now, and it’s the Spiderman-Doc Oc fight scene on the train, and there is some “dramatic” music in the background that I could have sworn was not there the last time I watched the movie (on DVD).  The music is completely wrong for the scene!  It totally ruins and cheapens it!  I may have to pop in my DVD and check later tonight.  I’ll keep you updated.

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Last Full Day in the States!

August 22, 2008 at 1:42 am (Books, Family, Friends, Movies, Study Abroad, Summer)

Wow, I seriously cannot believe that this day is here already.  I’m leaving in like 20 hours!  And I get to take more stuff with me than I thought!  Yey!

But let me start at the beginning…

My mother and I ran around today like chickens with our heads chopped off, trying to get enough Euros for me to take with me to pay my first month of rent in cash like the crazy French request.  We cleaned out two different AAA places while also managing to go to some other stores to pick up all those last minute crazy things that you never realize you need until the very last second.  And we still have to go out again tomorrow before I head to the airport around 4pm.

After we finally return from our epic trip around the greater Boston area, I get to start finishing packing.  On Tuesday, I had actually packed the vast majority of my clothes, sans what I have needed in the past few days.  Tonight I had the explicit joy of having both my parents hover over me as I try to finish packing everything else, with much undesired commentary.  As I believe I have mentioned before, I like my alone time.  I know I won’t see my parents for a while, but that does not mean that I need them hanging on to me every second of my last days with them.  In fact, it really does not help their cases any.

Oh, and on that point, my father and my mother and I had a lovely discussion at dinner tonight in which my father expressed his complete uncomprehending disbelief that my mother and I do not feel comfortable simply chatting with a stranger under any circumstances, whether it be waiting in line somewhere or at a cocktail party where you are actually supposed to make random conversation and mingle.  He simply could not understand how we could possibly be uncomfortable with this.  He has been married to my mother for 24 years and known me my entire life and still has not grasped this innate truth about the two of us.  It is simply beyond his comprehension capacity as it is a totally alien concept to him.

Anyway, to resume:  while packing, I had had the foresight to purchase some of those fabulous vacuum bags that you suck all the air out of in order to cram more stuff in a tight space (hint: Linens ‘N Things declared bankrupcy and so are closing down some stores, which means lovely sales!).  As a result of these wonderful creations, I am able to bring some semblance of a bed set instead of having to figure out crazy French stores on my very first day in Lille!  Of course, I can’t bring everything, but I can bring enough to get me through a few days (or weeks…) as long as the weather doesn’t suddenly take a turn for the worse.  This was a very, very happy discovery!  And, my bags are still under 50lbs!  Yey!

After finally kicking my parents out and finishing what I could for the night, I settled down to finally watch a movie that I ordered from interlibrary loan way back in May!  It finally came in last week, and this was my first chance to actually sit down and watch it.  The name of the film is The Ultimate Gift based on a book by the same name.  It’s a feel-good, inspirational movie/book, but that doesn’t mean it’s cheesy.  I mean, it is, but not really.  Just watch it.  And it’s Drew Fuller.  And he’s amazing!  And James Gardner.  And Abigal Breslin.  So just go find it somewhere and watch it – trust me, you won’t regret it!  (And now I feel like some cheesy, creepy salesman.  Fabulous.)

So that was my last full day in the States.  Tomorrow, I’m getting up early and having some friends over, then running some errands, and then heading to the airport!  I’ll try to update y’all as soon an possible!  Au revoir!

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Busy, Busy, Busy

July 28, 2008 at 8:51 pm (Blogging, Concord, Family, Friends, Happy, Movies, Summer, TV, Work)

So my goal of writing once every day (or so) is totally and completely down the drain, so here’s a little recap of everything that has happened in my life since I last posted:

  • Went down to Baltimore again for my grandparents’ 50th anniversary and a family reunion to celebrate it.  Got to see my grandparents’ new condo which is fabulous and beautiful and simply amazing!  I also got to go out and find toys to fill the basement for all my little cousins (5 under the age of 5).
  • Caught cold from one of the aforementioned cousins.  Took an extra day and a half off of work because of it.  Still felt miserable for about a week.  But am all better now!
  • Went to the doctor’s office for an annual check-up.  Got 2 vaccines, on in each arm, which hurt for about 2 days (in addition to my cold of course!).  Had a lovely discussion about how even though my boyfriend and I have been dating for about a year and a half, I have no need for the pill.  To quote my doctor, we are “happy being *pause* companions”.  Shocking, I know!
  • Speaking of el boyo, he is in town visiting for 2 whole weeks (plus a few days!)!!!  So much happiness. 😀
  • Discovered a fairly interesting and not too overbearing feminist site/blog: www.feministing.com thanks to my lovely friend J.
  • Went to my first housewarming (well, apartment-warming, but still…) party for a friend of mine.  Had a blast.  Happy that el boyo, who escorted me, thinks that I have really cool friends.  Watched Fight Club for the first time in forever and still remembered most of it.
  • Spent all of Saturday with el boyo in Boston walking the Freedom Trail, which is very long.  Saw some pretty cool acrobatic street-performers at Faneuil Hall.  Got an awesome hat and wore it around for the rest of the day.  Made mental note to start purchasing and wearing more hats.
  • After walking for 4.5 hours, returned to the Boston Common and joined some friends to watch As You Like It under the stars.  Pretty good performance.  Orlando was played by the male semi-lead in USA’s In Plain Sight.  Didn’t much like him on TV, but he was great on stage!  Didn’t like the beginning or end of the play, but the middle was good fun!  Shocked by the massive amount of people who attended, most of whom probably couldn’t even see the stage (we got there 3 hours before curtain and so got good seats, though inconsiderate idiots in really tall chairs blocked our view of a good portion of the stage since we were sitting on picnic blankets).  Partook of a delightful European-esque picnic for dinner of bread and butter and grapes – yum!  Definitely an experience that should become an annual event.
  • Arranged with my work to take the next two weeks part-time and work at home to maximize my time with el boyo.  Also was offered a job for next summer – and the school year if I so desire, though my being abroad for the first semester will hinder that slightly…  But still, happy day!  The work is occasionally mind-numbingly dull, but the people at work are so wonderful and nice that I can’t gush enough about them!
  • Rediscovered my love of the sound of keys on a keyboard tapping.  Like as I write this.  And this.  And this.  Ok, stopping now.
  • Discovered that I think that I would love to get my Masters in Library Science and work in a library some day since I love working at my local one this summer, both in processing and at the Children’s desk (even though as I rule I generally don’t like children very much…).  Tonight I even helped two people find books (last week I shelved the whole time)!  My memory of my beloved children’s books isn’t as bad as I thought it was.
  • On that note, I discovered that the University of Hawaii offers a program for library science, so I may kill 2 birds with one stone and move down there to get my master’s 😀

There’s probably more that has happened, and there will be more to come.  But for now, ta-ta and au revoir!

  • OOO- I saw Dark Knight!!!  And it was amazing!!!

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More Excitement!!!

July 3, 2008 at 5:11 pm (Books, Happy, Movies, Summer) (, , , )

Guess what guess what guess what?!?!?!  PETER JACKSON GOT THE FILM RIGHTS FOR TEMERAIRE!!!  Soooo happy!!! 😀 😀 😀

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Vienna Taking Over My Life

March 22, 2008 at 5:57 pm (Movies, Vienna)

I am watching Titanic with my sister, and when they are on the front of the ship, ie the most known scene from the movie (“I’m flying… Jack!), you can see part of the facade of the ship:

Titanic

And all I could think was, that looks like a Hunderwasser design!

Hunderwasser

Vienna is taking over my life, seriously.

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Grrr

January 25, 2008 at 5:57 pm (Friends, Movies)

It’s tres, tres, annoying to be watching a fun kids movie to cheer yourself up and have your roomate constantly making comments on it like “What?!” and asking questions about potential leaps in logic, or asking about extremely obvious details or judging the (cartoon!!!) characters and the music.  Arg.  Kill me now.  Or her.  I’d be fine with either.

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Enchanted

January 9, 2008 at 11:28 pm (Family, Holidays, Movies)

I finally was able to drag someone to go see the movie Enchanted with me. My cohorts in this endeavour were my mom and sister, since none of my friends would see it with me. The three of us had mixed reviews. I loved it. My sister loved the romace parts of it but thought that it was just a weird movie. and my mom was a bit… skeptical, shall we say?
I guess I’m just a sucker for a good romance, and can easily forgive when it goes a wee bit over the top.  My sister is the same way, but I suppose a few of the more fantastical parts were too much for her.  My mother’s just a skeptic when it comes to these things.
There’s so much to say about the movie, but suffice to say, I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD so that I can watch it again!  I mean, I went right home and bought the soundtrack off iTunes, and it’s fabulous!  :sigh: I’ll stop now…

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