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.

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
MIDP (Math Induced Dance Parties)
Watching people be talented
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.

Monday, May 23, 2011


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
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
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


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
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. 


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

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.


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.

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