Thursday, July 7, 2011

The End of an Era, not the End of a Lifetime

HEY GURRRRRLFRIENZ,

Obviously, I am the only who blogs now (and my blogs don't really count), but that is probably because you girls all have lives.  I haven't even started high school yet so I don't really have any work to do over the summer, I don't really have any friends in real life that I feel like I can hang out with, and I basically just can't find anything enjoyable; this means that I have actual time to blog, and I know that everyone else probably doesn't.  Or maybe this blog is over?  My facebook messages have been broken for a couple months so I can't really check them.

Today I woke up at 8 AM to watch the DH part 2 London premiere.  It was just so beautiful to see how special it was to everyone.  I loved seeing how much they respect the fans and each other.  They truly think of themselves as a big family.  To watch the fans that were lucky enough to be there scream for the cast.  To see J.K. Rowling talk about how important, we the fans, were to the whole series.  To listen to the announcers call Evanna "Luna Lovejoy,"  to hear them call Oliver and James "the Neville Twins."  To know that, even though the fandom's magic won't end, there will never be another Harry Potter movie premiere.

I am so happy to be a part of this magical fandom.  We can all connect over the smallest of things.  We all help each other to enjoy the series even more.  It makes me proud to be a Potterhead.

Without Potter I would not be in the same place that I am today.  I would never have gotten in to the internet like I'm in to it right now.  I wouldn't be a nerdfighter; I wouldn't even have heard of John and Hank.  I would never have gotten in to Doctor Who or Sherlock or Supernatural or any of the other things that my life basically revolves around now.  I wouldn't have made some of my best firends.  It is terrible to think about what my life would be like without all of the magical things that have come in to my life since Potter.

Today as I watching the premiere, I cried throughout.  Not because anything especially sad was happening, but because I was overwhelmed by how everyone felt about "the end."

 DFTBA,
Haley

Currently Reading:  I'm in between books
Currently Listening: to neopets games

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer

Greetings my fellow non-bloggers, It's Thursssshhhday (I speak Parseltongue now.  Parseltongue is cool.)

I have no idea what to write about because I am bad with ideas.

Instead of quality writing... here is a picture of me with a cat (this is a legit picture.  no altering was done to it AT ALL).














My life is obviously very interesting.

This is it.  I can't think of anything else and the only other pictures on my computer are of my various weddings (to a potato/Rebecca Black).  Also Pedobear Carl Azuz.

DFTBA,
Haley

Currently Reading: Teen Angst?  Naaaaaahhhh...
Currently Listening: to Allegra's trock songs
Currently Thinking about: Going to the movies in about an hour (Cars 2!)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Le Diner

Hey girls it's Sunday!
If I were to have a dinner with a famous person. t'would be either Alton Brown or JK Rowling.
Alton Brown was chosen because he cooks really good food. He would cook the dinner while teaching me how to cook and then we would talk and stuff and I would be a Happy Katie.
If JK Rowling were to have dinner with me I would freak out the entire time and then probably sing the MOOSE song and then she would leave in confusion.
Therefore Alton Brown wins.

On a more serious note, I want to talk about the recent tragedy with a classmate of mine named Austin Hatch. When I first moved to Canterbury in third grade he was probably the first person I was rather familiar with. Not because we were friends. We weren't. We never spoke and I don't think he knew who I was. But within the first month of school we had circle time in our class rooms and we learned about how Austin Hatch's mother and his elder sister died in a plane crash. This affected me a lot. This was my first real experience with death. It was horrible and even thought I really didn't know Austin, I felt like I did because of it. Yesterday it was announced that Austin Hatch, his dad, and his stepmother were in a plane crash. His parents were killed and he is now in the hospital in critical condition.

I thought about how such a horrible thing happened to this nice, hard working, and smart student twice. I tried to think about how he felt. I couldn't imagine it. I couldn't imagine losing four of the closest people in your life in such a short time span. I checked facebook and there were all these posts about prayers for Austin. My dad in fact just told me to pray for Austin. But I couldn't (I don't really believe in prayer). I had no idea what to say. I still don't. This tragedy in addition to Carter's death earlier this spring made me think If any of my close friends died let alone my parents and brother I don't think I could even function.

I know Austin will pull through and I admire him for this. I want to support him in any way I can, but I don't see how I can. For now, I will keep him in my thoughts and hope for the best.


Well that wasn't depressing at all.
Less than Three,



 Katie Z

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Scared to eat in front of my Queen

Maybe I'm still hyped over Pottermore, but I seriously think that if I had the chance to have dinner with anyone I would choose J.K. Rowling.

J.K. Rowling has changed my life in so many ways.  She not only gave me a shiny new insight on literature, but also gave me a shiny new insight on life; because now I know that you can't get to the top all by yourself.  You have to have people who are there to help.  You can't just try and do it all alone.

Harry Potter also helped to introduce me to my best friend... the internet; joking... kind of.  If I hadn't gotten in to Harry Potter I would never have listened to wrock, which would never have gotten me in to nerdfighters, which would have made me an entirely different person than I am today.  I could still be the Haley that was living in a bubble, opposed to the one who laughs loudly and proudly at sex jokes.  

Basically, I would jump at the chance to meet my ever amazing Queen; whether it be for dinner, tea, or just on the side of the road. I would do what every other person who has ever read Harry Potter and tell her that has touched my life in an irreversible way.  I would cry, and I would give her a hug.  



DFTBA,
Haley

Currently Reading:  Wishing Well- Doctor Who Series
Currently Watching: Supernatural 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Internet is Down (chaos ensues)

So, yeah... no internet. It went out about an hour ago and since I have been re-reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Now, having come to terms with the fact that it will probably be out all night, I am typing this on my phone. Which I'm glad I have in this situation but its definitely not the most effective way to blog.

Moving on, the person I'd like to have dinner with... must they be real? If yes, J.D. Salinger. Of all the people I'd love writing advice from, Salinger, is number one. Plus he could tell some amazing stories while we ate.

If real is not a requirement I'd really like to ask Dumbledore how he became so awesome. That being said, I'm going to leave it at that because typing an entire blog post on a phone is more time consuming then desired. But before I go I have to say, ITS SO FREAKING HOT HERE!

DFTBA
Tenley

Monday, June 20, 2011

Dinner with Ernest

After seeing Midnight in Paris (a fantastic movie) last night, I really, really started to want a time machine. (More than I usually do, rather.) I would love more than anything right now to go back to Paris in the twenties and spend a few evenings in the company of some of history's most brilliant writers, just as the lead character did. The one with whom I'd most like to sit down and have dinner, (despite my fear that he'd drink a bit too much), is Ernest Hemingway. My dad let me borrow a book called Ernest Hemingway on Writing, a collection of quotes by Hemingway concerning the occupation and art of writing. As an aspiring writer myself, I adore this book and only wish I could hear his brilliant writing advice in person. He puts so much emphasis on writing honestly, on writing what is true, something that I'm concerned about when writing as well. He wanted to make his writing not just reflect real life, but have it truly seem "alive," and I only wish that I can somehow achieve that in my own writing.

Now, my dinner with Hemingway might be a bit awkward...seeing as I've never actually read any of his work (something I plan to amend as soon as possible). It also may be a bit strange trying to explain to him that I'm from eighty-some years in the future and was named after his wife. But I digress. 

What I'd absolutely have to do would be: get all the writing advice I could, learn a bit about my namesake firsthand, and get one of my dad's Hemingway books signed for him. And then hopefully F. Scott Fitzgerald would show up and I could sit back and watch the verbal tennis match that would ensue as they offered up their famous criticisms of each other. I don't know what I'd do if they asked my opinion...Hemingway's more imposing when angry, but I've actually read Fitzgerald's work...awkward...

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Ernest Hemingway on Writing.

"The good parts of a book may be something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life - and one is as good as the other." - Hemingway in a letter to Fitzgerald, 1929

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tenley died while traveling in Minecraft... or something

Okay, so once again it is Wednesday, but I have an excuse, I was playing Minecraft... yeah, that will do. But seriously I was and than I realized I didn't blog and it was Wednesday but I didn't want to go two weeks without blogging, so here I am. The main reason I didn't want to go so long without blogging is so none of you thought I was dead. Which is a totally legit fear if you think about it because my family and friends don't know about my Youtube/internet life. It could be months before you figure it out, maybe years... or never. Actually no, I have you guys added on Facebook so you might see some kind of indication of it there. Maybe... I don't know.

Why do I bring this up? I don't know. I needed something to talk about and having almost gone two weeks without blogging I was thinking about that. Onto a less morbid topic though, Minecraft is awesome. I've only just started playing but already its become one of my favorite games. The reason I only just now started playing is because my last computer (for some unknown reason) couldn't handle Minecraft and crashed whenever I tried it. Either that or it would load but move in slow motion. But with my new computer it, like... works. So that's nice.

Other than that I've been working out the details of my road trip at the end of the summer. The school that I got into is across the country so to get there I'll be taking an epic road trip. I've never been on a road trip, at least not one by myself, I don't know if it will be better or worse than vacationing with another person. I mean, usually I enjoy being alone so I don't expect it to be torture, but it might not be extremely fun. Or maybe it will be, I don't know. But if anyone of you know of any awesome things I should see, it looks like I'll be traveling mostly across the middle of the U.S.

DFTBA
Tenley

Monday, June 13, 2011

Where'd Everybody Go...?

SO, since we seem to have forgotten about this blog for a bit (and to be honest, since I just now remembered it's my blog day, like...five minutes ago), I will leave you all with this lovely collage I found of the beautiful Michael Fassbender and call it a night.

DFTBA,
Had

Monday, June 6, 2011

Escapism With Hadley

So, thunderstorms. People are generally frightened by thunderstorms, but I love them for some reason. Firstly, they remind me of Thor; I have lately taken to running around in the rain yelling, "God of Thunder!!!" (Katie and Emily can testify to that), but I digress. What I find interesting about the intersection of me and thunderstorms is this. My mind tends to bypass any sense of danger that thunderstorms give off and I just find them kind of thrilling. We flew through a storm before landing in New York City two summers ago and thought it was incredible. This mirrors other aspects of myself, too; something I didn't realize until I really started thinking about the thunderstorm thing. I often pretend that any negative aspects of a situation don't exist and try to make the most of it...not because I'm an overtly positive person, but because I often can't deal with anything extremely negative. I force myself not to think about anything frightening so I don't have to be afraid. I still find myself forcing myself not to think about the fact that my friend Carter passed away this March, only letting myself think about the happy times we used to have. This is my own version of escapism...I can't ever convince myself that he's still here, but I can choose to place the fact that he's gone as far back in my mind as I possibly can. I can't convince myself that thunderstorms are harmless, but I can choose to see the beauty over the danger. This isn't nearly as eloquent or detailed as I want it to be...I need to explore this idea further before I can fully explain it. However, I just realized I remind me of Rosencrantz from Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead...Katie knows what I'm talking about. : )

Reading: Kiss of the Spider Woman (Again. Everyone, READ THIS BOOK. I can't beg you enough. It's just too beautiful.)
Watching: Law and Order...?
Writing: X-Men fanfiction HELL YES.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Sarah is back! Is Sarah back?

Just a little note from me that I'm alive. I've been busy the last weeks and I started studying for my big exam (it's in July), so I often don't feel like blogging.

I will try to write at least a bit every week though. It makes me sad to see our blog so empty and lonely :(

It's 3am here and I need to sleeeep. Good night!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tenley is Tired

Hey girls, its not actually Tuesday (again) because I had to work late and I just got back. I'm actually very tired right now so this isn't going to be very long. Another reason why it won't be long is because there apparently isn't a theme. Or at least, I'm the first person to blog this week. Maybe that means I'm supposed to decide? But I'm lazy. So, I'm going to say the theme is that there really isn't a theme but for the sake of saying there's a theme the theme is to blog about a potential theme that you wish was the theme but that we didn't make the theme.

*reads back last sentence* Yeah, did I mention I was tired? I'm to lazy to delete that last sentence and try again so I'm actually going to stick with that "theme", you guys don't have to though. Anyways, a few potential themes for the week that aren't actually the theme are;

1. Top ten favorite sparkly things.
2. Why mythical creatures should rule the world (that's not a Rhett and Link reference, it just sounds like one).
3. Why alarm clocks should die.
4. The most comfortable kind of bed.
5. Peeta v. Gale

I'm going to go pass out now, Emily, I'll read you later today or something.
DFTBA
Tenley 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Haley has no time to be happy

I actually do have time for that though, what I don't have time for is writing this.

Things that make me happy (things that made me happy today)

No Algebra homework
Daisies
MIDP (Math Induced Dance Parties)
Watching people be talented
Coloring
Looking at Wikipedia pages during class
Singing loudly, and off key in public
Starting "song trends" (today Teenage Dream)
Watching half of my school getting Rick Rolled


I can't think of anything right now, and I don't have time because I have to go to my dad's.

READING: American Gods
LISTENING: to nothing
THINGS I MUST DO THIS WEEKEND: Write 8th grade promotion speech

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I'm happy that my computer decided to self destruct... kind of

Hey girls its, well, its Wednesday. But Wednesday at like 3AM and because I haven't gone to sleep yet I'm going to count this as Tuesday. As for my excuse, my computer is dumb. Specifically something went wrong with the screen and now the only thing it displays is blackness. I've spent the night trying to fix it with no such luck. In the end I have been giving my Mom's laptop that she doesn't use because she uses her desktop, which I don't mind because its a nice computer. The only part I mind is that I don't have any of my documents, and worse, I don't have my iTunes library. My Dad as informed me that there's "possibly maybe a way for me to get everything off my computer" and that he'll try to do so tomorrow (or later today). Hopefully it works, because I really, really want it to work.

Enough of the terrible news though because the theme is things that make us happy. However, because its so late (or early?) and I'm tired I'm just going to make a quick list.

1. My new dog, Lily. We got her on Thursday, she's adorable and amazing. Also, her name is great for making obscure Harry Potter references (I didn't even name her. We got her from the Humane society and she was already named).

2. Curling up in the living room recliner with a good book and reading for hours.

3. Going to the library and spending the entire time looking at the books I read and loved as a kid. Examples; The Magic Tree House series, Henry Reed's Journals, Amelia's Journal, The Babysitter's Club Little Sister books, Hank the Cowdog and Arthur.

4. Watching ridiculously cheesy drama shows for the purpose of laughing and making fun of them.

5. Watching cheesy 80's horror movies. So good.

And... that's about it, that I can think of.
DFTBA
Tenley

Monday, May 23, 2011

HAPPINESS

This is only a section of the list of things that make me happy. The full list can be found on my fanfiction.net profile (fanfiction.net/~evitatheakita), but I've added links to pictures and videos on some of the ones here for added fun. Amuse yourselves with those as a celebration of the fact that the end of school is nigh. p.s. Hearts to Katie for putting me in #3. :}

David Tennant's giant eyes and ruffly hair
swingsets
my sophomore year lunch table
my adopted children from the grades below me
gay couples with cute kids
old books and how they smell
high-functioning sociopaths (do your research)
my bands The Blueberry Scones and The Union Jills
Drexel University and their squash courts
STRATFORD STRATFORD STRATFORD
my bass Maria (NOT THE FISH)
fighting AIDS in any way possible (even with zoo tokens)
well-done modern adaptations of Shakespeare

Sunday, May 22, 2011

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

Hey girls it's Sunday! Sorry I took a short blogging hiatus for the past two Sundays, it was finals week and before that it was the week before finals week... which is infinitely worse than finals week. I was supposed to die three times last week. Once during the Advanced Chem finals, once during the Japanese III final, and during the rapture on Saturday at 6 PM. Surprisingly enough, I didn't die at any of those times!! (well... the lack of rapture wasn't surprising... but still). Although I did not die during those three time, I lost the will to live at 10PM on Saturday at the end of the first part of a two-parter AND THEY SAID THE NEXT EPISODE WON'T PREMIERE UNTIL TWO WEEKS FROM NOW! ARGHHHHH!
So in order to handle my frustration I shall talk about the top 5 things that make me happy.
1.British things, especially Harry Potter
Here are my favorite quotes as examples
"Sir — Professor Dumbledore? Can I ask you something?"
"Obviously, you’ve just done so," Dumbledore smiled. “You may ask me one more thing, however."
"What do you see when you look in the mirror?"
"I? I see myself holding a pair of thick, woolen socks."
Harry stared.
"One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books."


Warlock D. J. Prod of Didsbury says: "My wife used to sneer at my feeble charms, but one month into your fabulous Kwikspell course and I succeeded in turning her into a yak! Thank you, Kwikspell!"


Ron was staring at Pettigrew with the utmost revulsion.
"I let you sleep in my bed!" he said.



Ron: "Who're you going with then?"
Fred: "Angelina."
Ron: "What? You've already asked her?"
Fred: "Good point. Oi, Angelina! Want to come to the ball with me?"



2. Pokemon (duh) and Ouran High School Host Club
3. My super awesome friends: Hadley Todoran, Emily Warshauer, JoAnna Bormann, Jodie Goodman, Robby Brothers, and Kenneth Harkenrider
Example: this picture of Kenneth


4. My favorite teachers: Dr. Novak, Dr. Price, Dr. Wherli, Ms. Crupi, Mr. McRae, and Mrs. Hancock
Facebook convo. as example (talking about MUN)

  • Journey-Mei Masters That's where half our school went..
    March 19 at 3:02pm · 

  • Luke Fallon it was literally 30 ppl journey...
    March 20 at 11:28am · 

  • Jeffers Nguyen still a valid point..
    March 20 at 11:49am · 

  • Luke Fallon false
    March 20 at 12:31pm · 

  • Greg Novak It's not the numbers that impacted Canterbury, it's the quality of the students we took away from Canterbury. The average IQ of the school dropped by 50%.
    March 20 at 1:00pm ·  ·  8 people

  • Katie Zellner The sanity of the school increased by 70%
    March 20 at 3:59pm ·  ·  3 people

  • Greg Novak Katie wins.




5. Mayterm

Example: my schedule
1. Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead
2. Issues: God in the USA
3. History of Scotland
4. Le Tour de France
5/6. Lunch
7/8 FENCING
9. Classic Detectives


Other favorites include musicals, youtube, kittens, puppies, and FOOD

Less than Three,
Katie Z

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Haley is Neutral

Honestly though, I can't think of anything.  

I have been sitting her for over two hours, trying to think of what to write about and I have nothing.  Nothing. Nada. Zero.  EL ZIPPO.  My mind is blank.  I'm going to draw me as a superhero instead because my attention span is thin right now (because it is nice outside) and because I DO WHAT I WANT. 

SUPERHERO:
 SUPER VILLAIN:
BYE FOR NOW.

DFTBA,
Haley. :)

Currently Reading: The Phantom Tollbooth
Currently Upset about: Budget Cuts
Currently Listening: to the my  mom's radio from downstairs.  Apparently the botox child lady isn't the botox child lady after all?  *confused*

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tenley Fails At Being A Comic Book Nerd

Hey girls, it's Tuesday. Actually, its Wednesday, at least in my time zone. But for the sake of this blog let's pretend I'm on the West coast, okay? If you don't feel like pretending that's fine, you can punish me. Not that you need permission to punish me, that would be a little ridiculous, but whatever. Moving on. The the theme is favorite Superhero/Supervillain. I'm not actually a huge comic book nerd. I like comics don't get me wrong, but compared to all my other nerdy qualities I know very little about comics. Which means I don't know that many superheros. Of those I do know some I just know a few basic things about and not really enough to choose a favorite. I'm still going to answer the question, but I just figured I'd give that as a back story/disclaimer thing.

So, my favorite. Um... this is harder than I thought. Dr. Horrible is awesome. Does he count? I assume he counts, I don't know why he wouldn't. I like that you see him not only as the villain but as a person and so during the whole musical your rooting for him. I honestly don't think there's a single person who watched Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog and decided to root for Captain Hammer. Also, he's just really funny. I don't really need to point that out as I'm pretty sure everyone has seen it and has witnessed the amazing humor but I was running out of stuff to say so yeah...

A superhero that I like... um, Batman. No reason, I just couldn't think of anyone better. What's not to love about Batman? Yeah, sorry this is short but a) its 2AM and b) I just don't know much about the theme. I did however enjoy reading your blog yesterday Hadley and I'm considering going to see Thor because of it. I don't know yet, maybe (I'll definitely watch it sometime I'm just debating on if I want to see it in the theater).

Emily, I'll read you tomorrow
DFTBA
Tenley

Currently reading: "Catching Fire" and "Thirteen reasons why". Not far in either one but so far I like them.
Currently watching: About to watch Hank's final Assassins Creed Brotherhood game play. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Hadley Hearts Supervillains

Alrighty, so the new rule seems to be that when Katie neglects to pick a theme, the responsibility falls onto me. I have chosen this week's theme (favorite superhero and/or supervillain) as an excuse to fangirl over the Thor movie. Now, I have to say that while the script was meh at points and while Thor's character development was kind of trite and obnoxious, I LOVED this movie. And what really made this movie, for me, was this boy right here. (Mild spoilers after the pretty picture.)

This is Loki Odinson, Thor's younger brother, played by the exquisitely talented and eloquent-as-f*** Tom Hiddleston. The movie was hardly halfway over when Loki shot up to the very top of my list of favorite supervillains (and superanymoralorientations, frankly), the reason being that he isn't your typical MUAHAHAHA I WILL DESTROY YOU ALL kind of supervillain. Rather, he starts off as the quiet, emotionally vulnerable, ridiculously intelligent, under-appreciated little brother who wants to prove his worth to his father. He then finds out something about his past that basically makes him feel like his entire life is a lie, and his desire to prove himself skyrockets violently.

What makes him one of the most compelling villains I've seen in a while is that we continue to feel for him even when he does some very morally questionable things; while he transitions into a very devious, ruthless version of his trickster self over the course of the film, he still retains that very human vulnerability that keeps us feeling sympathetic toward him.

There's a point in the film where it seems like he has completely snapped and he's totally out for revenge against his father (and the whole of Asgard) and he seems to be going into MUAHAHAHA I WILL DESTROY YOU ALL. Then he does something that makes us realize that he's had an intricate plan all along that we didn't know about and his primary motivation is still to prove himself to his father (and to himself, in a way). We can see where he's coming from in whatever he does, and that's what makes him so compelling: we sympathize with him and, to paraphrase the words of Hiddleston, we fight for his redemption until the end of the film.

Speaking of Hiddleston, this man was the PERFECT choice to play Loki. He portrayed Loki with all of the complexity and vulnerability and emotional turmoil that the role required, and that is no easy task. From what I can infer from interviews with Hiddleston, he plays the character so well because he legitimately understands him. Just look up any interview with Hiddleston about the film (like this one, for example) and you'll see how he can talk at length about the psychology and motivations of Loki and just really seems to get it. (Also, as previously mentioned, he's eloquent as f*** and I want him to say words to me forever [also, his laugh is precious].)

In conclusion, Thor is a very worthwhile movie. Whether you go for Thor's muscles, Loki's complexity, or the shininess of the special effects (two words: RAINBOW BRIDGE), if you go into the theater with a comic-book movie mindset, you'll really enjoy it. Also, in case my favorite superhero feels neglected, I'd like to give a shout-out to Spiderman.

-Had

p.s. Katie and I have our Precalc final tomorrow...it's been a great year in that class together. XD

Drinking: Water
Watching: Dancing With the Stars...ut...
Quote: Me to Thor during the movie: "Loki's got much more legitimate angst...Loki's entire life is a lie; you're just upset 'cause you can't play with your shiny..." [again with the Loki > Thor in terms of emotional complexity...]

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Let the Games Begin...

Hey girls, it's Tuesday. I'm in the middle of finals week and I have to study for a math exam tomorrow so this may not be the best blog ever. But nonetheless I am here blogging because it is Tuesday and I like procrastinating.

Onto the theme! Which is super difficult this week. There are just so many awesome characters, how am I supposed to choose one?

... Okay, I'm gonna do it. I'm going to pick one. Just one.

...

Let's go with Katniss Everdeen. Now, this could be because I just finished reading "the Hunger Games" and so Katniss is very fresh in my mind, but I like her. I like that she's incredibly independent and strong and kind of clueless when it comes to boys. I like that although she wants to win she doesn't let the distract her from having a friendship with Rue (who is also one of my favorite characters). I like that she's clever and resourceful and just plain awesome.

So yeah, that's that. As a disclaimer this is my opinion of her before reading "Catching Fire" or "Mockingjay". If my opinion drastically changes I'll be sure to let you know.

But for now, I have to go study. I think a few of you are in the middle of finals/AP testing too, so good luck with that. Oh, AP testing, I miss you (sarcasm, sarcasm, sarcasm). Emily, I'll read you tomorrow assuming you manage to post around your exam schedule.
DFTBA
Tenley

Currently reading: I'm between books and still deciding what to read next.
Currently listening to: "The Bacon Song". Its really distracting me from studying. 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Maxi Taxi

First off, sorry for picking a difficult theme, Katie. :P I love Dobby, too. : (

Now on to my favorite book, which is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. For those who haven't read it, The Book Thief is about a young girl named Liesel who is growing up in Nazi Germany with her foster parents. She teaches herself to read out of The Grave-Digger's Handbook and is obsessed with books from there on out. (Also, spoilers from here on out.)

The book is brilliantly written; I honestly can't describe how beautiful, haunting, and unique it is (not to mention the fact that it's narrated by Death himself). I waffled for a bit over whether or not to write about Death, as he almost ties for my favorite character. However, my loyalties lie with Max Vandenburg.

Max is a young Jewish man who Liesel and her foster parents shelter in their basement during the war. I feel such sympathy for this character...we get glimpses of him before anti-Semitism took hold of Germany, and he was a fighter. He is referred to throughout the book as "the Jewish fistfighter," a reference to the days when he would fight with his bare hands as a teenager. When we see him hiding in Liesel's house, however, he seems so weak and helpless and downtrodden that it's hard to imagine him winning fistfights. We can really see what this man has suffered, even long before he spends time at the concentration camp at Dachau.

Ultimately, what I love about Max is that he seems real. He's written so truthfully... When you see people who have suffered like Max has, they often don't heroically keep their strength like we want to think people do. Even though realizing he's being treated unjustly by the Nazi regime, Max feels bad for inconveniencing Liesel's family; he feels like a burden to them and he constantly apologizes to them. He is ashamed to have to hide in someone's basement and demand so much from them. At some points, he simply doesn't feel like he deserves their help. This guilt that he constantly feels is so human, and that's what makes him such a sympathetic and honest character.

Also, the friendship that develops between Max and Liesel is the sweetest thing ever. She gives him hope just by spending time with him, reading with him, and doing childishly innocent things like building a snowman on the basement floor. The scene that breaks my heart every time I read it is when she finds Max in the crowd of Jews being marched to Dachau. When she breaks away from the rest of her town and runs to hug him and recites back to him the words of a story he wrote for her, it is truly a beautiful moment amid all the horror surrounding it.

After their happy reunion at the end of the book (for once, my favorite character doesn't die!), I'd like to think that Max and Liesel end up living out their lives together (and not necessarily romantically). I like to think this because, in the end, they are the two characters in the book that best understand each other. Though they probably don't end up falling in love, (a theory I entertained for awhile, though there is evidence enough to prove me wrong), I know that they would have to remain close friends throughout the rest of their lives.

In conclusion, read The Book Thief if you haven't already and if you have, read it again. : )

Reading: Pride and Prejudice [gag]
Watching: Just watched The End of Time: Part One...Master...
Drinking: Water...which is difficult having watched The Waters of Mars...
Listening to: A Cassius Clay documentary on PBS...
Quote: [Katie tries to do math homework]
Me: You know what's not fair?
Katie: Life...
Me: No...how gorgeous theatre people are...
Katie: [IGNORES] So if the focus...

Sunday, May 1, 2011

D'awww it's a Bee!

Hey girls it's Sunday! This weeks theme is your favorite character from your favorite book. The problem with this theme is that first I have to choose a favorite book and then I have to choose a favorite character... TOO DIFFICULT! After much arguing with my alter personality, I have decided to talk about a character that is very near and dear to my heart.
Dobby. Not doe-bee. D'awww bee!
Dobby the House Elf.
Dobby the wonderful
Dobby the great.
Dobby the Sock Enthusiast.
Dobby.. my BEST FRIEND!!!
I think you can tell, I've got a thing for Dobby. To me, Dobby represents the fundamental good and the idea of thinking for oneself. Dobby, a character who had to survive through years of evil stayed good. He did not go madly insane like Kreacher (who did turn around in the end though) and he knew what was good and what was wrong.. although he made a few mistakes like... I don't know, almost killing Harry while trying to protect him. No big deal though. Dobby wanted to be free even though his species had this inherent want to be controlled by others.
Dobby, like me, was also a big fan of socks.
Dobby helped Harry countless (okay, exaggeration.. deal with it) times and sacrificed himself to save him. DOBBY IS THE BEST! WHY DID HE HAVE TO DIE????


When Dobby died in the books, I exploded with tears, anger, and suspicion

And when I finally mostly got over that, this happened:


AND THE TEARS AND ANGER CAME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dobby's deaths were two distressing periods of my life. My brother and friends made fun of me, but I don't care. Dobby taught me to

And that's why I love him.

Less than three,
Katie Z.

Reading: Water for Elephants
Anxiety Level: lower and higher at the same time
eating: granola
drinking: water
watching: Obama's speech about Osama Bin Laden
Quote: "Where is the plantation?" "GONE WITH THE WIND"  - A Good Man is Hard to Find

Thursday, April 28, 2011

River is my spirit animal.

In case you were off exploring time and space and haven't looked at a calendar since you got back it is Thursday.  Using deductive reasoning, since Haley usually blogs on Thursday, this must be she.  (I would also know that because I am Haley and have been for almost fourteen years, but since you haven't I was just trying to help.)

I was exceedingly excited for Doctor Who, and sadly I had no one else to enjoy it with, but it was still fabulous.  My mom is complaining about something so I must write this quickly.

The Silence... umm.  Were you saying something?  Was I saying something?  On a more serious note... WHY THE SUITS?  WHEN DID EVIL BECOME SO DAPPER? How did we go from this...
 to this ????????????

Amy being preggers...  not even.  Remember when she was pregnant/kind of pregnant/bitch that was a dream pregnant?  I learned from that that pregnant women can not be companions to the Doctor due to the fact that there is a lot of running involved.

The Doctor dying...  THAT CAN NOT HAPPEN.  I have not yet compiled a theory as to what will happen, but I'm sure it will be beautiful and confusing and I will cry.

River is a bad ass... I love her so much.  I see a lot of people who hate her and stuff, but I don't understand why.  Her relationship with the Doctor is obviously strong and beautiful and they seem to be very close (they are basically living in different directions and they still manage not to make the world explode... HEY! WAIT A MINUTE...)   (I was just about to type something and it was genius but I can't remember what it was.  THE HORROR.  I'll bore you with stuff instead.)  Personally I would love if it turned out that the Doctor and River had something going on together, but I know that nothing that simple will occur.  If the rest of their story line is any similar to the rest of Doctor Who it will be outrageously mind boggling... and I honestly can't wait.

We have reached the end.

Hannah, I will read you tomorrow.
DFTBA,

Haley. (:

Currently Reading: PLAGUE
Currently Listening: to the Starship song previews (AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Impossibly Complex Episode

Hey girls, it's Tuesday. I didn't get a chance to see the new Doctor Who on Saturday because I had to work. But, yesterday it went up on iTunes so I downloaded and have since watched it several times. I have to say, I didn't dislike it as much as some people seem to. I've watched several videos and read several blogs and everyone seems to hate the new episode. I don't. I mean, I agree that some parts were confusing and I just sat there like, "what is going on?" But that's part of what I like about the show, not knowing what's going on and having to form your own theories until figure it out and sometimes your right and sometimes your wrong. Its like a game.

Now, about the whole Amy being pregnant thing. I don't think its true. However, I vaguely remember reading somewhere that this was going to be Amy's last season with the Doctor. So, I think she gets pregnant, but not yet. Or maybe I'm wrong, maybe she is pregnant now and that's why she leaves later. I don't know.

River. I like her. I keep hearing people say they hate her, but I love her. I think because she's so unlike me in every possible way that I like seeing how her character progresses. I do want to know more about her, but until they decide to tell us, I'm happy making my own theories. Speaking of theories, Hadley, I don't fully understand the River=Tardis theory, but I'm intrigued by it. Mostly, because its the first time I've heard about it.

Oh, another thing. The little girl in the space suit at the end, did she look like the little girl from "the Lodger" to you? Just me? I don't know if it actually is, but if it is I'm guessing its just a coincidence that they used the same actress (is that what I should call her. Or, child actor? I don't know).

As far as the Doctor dying thing, I have no idea. I haven't been able to come up with a good theory yet. Maybe Amy ends up killing the astronaut or something? I don't know. 

Emily, I think you said on Facebook you wouldn't be blogging this week due to exams, but in case you do, I'll read said blog tomorrow.
DFTBA
Tenley

Currently reading: The Hunger Games
Currently listening to: Um... I'm about to watch a shaytard video... as soon as it loads. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

"GodDAMMIT, Davies..."

Hello, everyone. It's Monday. Katie, I adore that picture of Kenneth more than words can express, which I've already conveyed to you via my wild squeaking at school. Here's the deal: Today's theme is your response to the new Doctor Who episode...which I haven't seen for two reasons:
1) I couldn't go to Katie's party as I was at my grandma's birthday dinner, and
2) I'm still kind of on Series 4.
Now, last night I watched The Stolen Earth (DAVIES... [brandishes fist]) and will be watching Journey's End later tonight, so I'm be giving you my most recent responses to Doctor Who. Firstly...I am angry with the writers. Not because they write bad stories, but because their stories are so bloody sad/suspenseful/TERRIFYING or yeah, sometimes bad (DAVIES...) that it can put a nervous fangirl on edge sometimes. Here are my recent beefs with the show, condensed out of angry, sleep-deprived, spazzing-out-on-Katie's-Facebook-wall format into a more legible context.

1) I WANT TO KNOW WHO RIVER IS. I realize that this is the same predicament every Doctor Who fan is in right now, but I. Don't. Care. I want to know NOW. Mostly because I just watched Silence in the Library a few days ago and am geeking out about how cool she is. She just may find her way up to being my second favorite character. (The Master reigns supreme.) On the River subject, I want her to be the TARDIS. SO. BADLY. But my dear Katie has recently informed me that that theory doesn't make sense anymore. Super duper. Now what theory am I supposed to believe? (Leave suggestions in the dooblydoo.)

2) DAVIES. WHAT THE HELL WAS UP WITH THE 10/ROSE REUNION?! Excuse the allcaps, but my anger merits it. What, what, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?! Do you ENJOY stabbing us in the collective fan heart? I mean, they couldn't even have a smooch...or a cuddle...or a nice hug before you SHOT HIM WITH A DALEK and RUINED EVERYTHING?! I am disappoint, Davies. Very disappoint. I will say it was nice to have every companion back, especially Sarah Jane given Liz Sladen's recent passing. And the Jack/Ianto cuddles were so cute...until I remembered that in Series 3 of Torchwood, you were going to kill Ianto, too. Davies... -_-

3) On the Ianto note, WHY DO THE GAYS ALWAYS DIE...? I'm starting to think there's a conspiracy here... Ianto...Ricky...Roger...that chick on the bus in Midnight (actually, a good episode for Davies)...the Master...

4) Speaking of which, the Master needs to come back. I don't care in what ridiculous-ass way they decide to do it, but it has to happen. There's something wrong with my favorite character only being in five episodes of the new series. Unacceptable.

5) Speaking of unacceptable, where...the fez...is Jenny...? She was hot, smart, and had a strong emotional connection to the Doctor...and isn't dead...but is inexplicably not around...can we fix this? Please? Moffat? Anyone?

With these grievances out of the way, I am pumped for Journey's End, even though I'll probably be about ready to punch the television by the end. (DAVIES...) As a parting note, I give you a moment of math class:
Katie: [while discussing River=TARDIS theory, attempts to draw picture of the TARDIS and River]
Me: "Katie, that doesn't look like River in any way, shape, or form..."
Katie: "Sure it does! See, she has hair..."

Soon to be watching: Journey's End (DAVIES...)
Soon to be eating: a Wendy's frosty
Listening to: Frenchmen in my head...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Look behind you!

Hey girls, it's Sunday! Last night was the American premiere of the new season of Doctor Who.
Since the premiere of this was a really big deal we had a party at my hosue where we ate food and watched the show... well some of us watched the show....
Another happening at this party is that my friend Kenneth dressed up as David Tennant and was rather adorable doing so.

 So we all went to the basement to watch it while eating cookies and pizza. We were very very excited. And lthough I love this show, this past episode made me feel like this:

I had little idea of what happened. So today, after I celebrated Easter, procrastinated my homework, and talked to my friend JoAnna, I decided to re-watch the episode. I will now review and say what I think will happen.


SPOILERS HAPPEN NOW
My Conclusions of the episode:
1. Amy is not pregnant
2. The aliens make people forget but slowly take their memory and outward
3. The Doctor isn't really dead/will come back


The episode starts with the Doctor "waving at Amy and Rory through time" by having him appear in shows and history books doing things like hiding under a woman's skirt naked. Envelopes are sent to Amy, Rory and  River Song inviting them to the middle of no were in Utah.
They all get there and the Doctor is wearing a Stetson. They all hug and stuff. They go to a lake and have a picnic. AMY DRINKS WINE!!! ( you're  not really supposed to *drink* when you're pregnant)
Also, Amy never shows any sigh of pregnancy until the alien appears and she gets sick. *THE SAME THING HAPPENS TO RIVER SONG*
The Alien thing told Amy to tell the Doctor the thing "that he must and must not know" and apparently that's pregnancy.
Also in the preview for the next episode it said that the aliens have the ability to hypnotize people or whatever

2. I think this is the best explanation for what they are. An example is when Amy was in the bathroom and the Alien made the other woman explode and then the alien said that her name was Joy. HE GAINED KNOWLEDGE! And then when they were at the creepy place at Jefferson Adams Hamilton they saw a bunch of space equipment and then the girl was in the suit and previously the girl said "THE SPACEMAN IS GOING TO EAT ME!!!" and then preview said "maybe it did already O_O. so yeah. possibility

3. Well... that's just obvious.

Well, hopefully by the end of the series i won't look like this




Less than three,
Katie Z

watching: easy A
listening to: I'll Cover You -Rent
texting: Kenneth
Anxiety? YES
Over what? EVERYTHING