As The Decade Comes To A Close..

December 31, 2009

The world has changed a lot since I was six years old, as have I. I’ve gone through many stages and changes within the past ten years, and for the duration of winter break, while reading through some of my old (and rather mortifying) journals, I’ve been reliving my past. So I’ve decided to compile some top 10’s and 5’s just because I enjoy making lists.

List #1-Seven Embarrassing Things That I Did

1. Wanted pants like Avril Lavigne’s

2.Got in trouble with a cop for yelling at my dad

3. Painted my face so that I looked like Ryan Ross from Panic! at the Disco-and put the pictures on Myspace

4. Purchased and read the entire Twilight saga

5. Spent years being a conceited and bratty competitive gymnast

6. Went to a Warped Tour in Long Island

7. Uploaded Youtube videos of myself and my friends, which my 5th grade teacher found and then told my younger brother that I should probably take them off of the internet.

List #2-Bands That I Was Once Obsessed With, But Am No Longer, Which is Probably For the Better..

1. Panic! at the Disco

2. Fall Out Boy

3. Cobra Starship

4. My Chemical Romance

5. The Academy Is…

List#3-Most Memorable Moments or Events of the Past Decade (Personal)

1. Learning that my gymnastics team would be disbanding

2. Having to stay home alone for two and a half weeks while my father had heart surgery in Minnesota

3. The birth of all three of my baby cousins

4. Meeting Blaine Wilson at gymnastics camp..and getting a hug (!#%$& soo exciting!)

5. That one time Sam Cohen pushed me into a fence

6. CSPA 2009!

7. Going to see Chicago with Emmy

8. My trip to Spain con Maria

9. Across The Universe

10.Jenny’s move to D.C.

List #4-Favorite Shows/Movies/Books/Albums That Have Come Out In The Past Decade

1. SKINS SKINS SKINS

2. Stick It

3. When You Are Engulfed In Flames

4. MGMT by MGMT

5. Glee

6. Chicago the movie

7. Harry Potter in general

8. The Series Of Unfortunate Events

9. Mean Girls

10. Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not by The Arctic Monkeys

11. All-American Girl by Meg Cabot

12. Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend

13. Sam’s Town by the Killers

14. That 70’s Show, which wasn’t necessarily from the thousands, but was one of my favorite TV shows throughout the decade

15. Wall-E

16. Graduation by Kanye West

17. The Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightley, even though it is not quite as faithful to the book as the 6-hour version, I think Keira and Matthew Macfadyen make a very believable and lovable Mr. & Mrs. Darcy

18. Milk

19. Oral Fixation by Shakira

20. High School Musical…my guilty pleasure

And finally, for a wrap up, my favorite pictures and people of 2009


It was a good year


Holy…

December 29, 2009

The skins website has seriously revamped it’s image from dreary and serious to something very candy-colored and fun. One can only imagine what this means for Series 4-and can only hope that it means that a good season is on it’s way. I’ve never seen Skins do anything like this, especially with the second season having of the more depressing promos I ever have watched. This only makes me hopeful for blue skies and a good ending. And hopefully this time no deaths.


It Is A Truth Universally Acknowledged…

December 28, 2009

the always-classy Bennet sisters fighting off a swarm of unmentionables

I still have a week of sleeping in until I am forced to return to school! However, in order to catch up on all the sleep I’ve missed so far this year, I’ll have to sleep for all seven days, and I can’t do that because there’s too much reading to be done.

For Christmas, I received Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, which I cannot put down. This farcical work of fiction is, as the summary claims, “something you’d actually want to read.” It’s got all the poignant social commentary of the original and is every bit the ideal and romantic love story that Austen’s version is, but there’s also something in it that wasn’t there before.

The obvious difference is the zombies, but there is also the hidden quips and zingers used to point out the not-so-redeeming qualities in many characters. The author who worked into the original novel, Seth Grahame-Smith, blatantly twists the dialogue and narratives so that it comes across the way Austen probably wished that it would. For instance, Lydia Bennet never said “though I am the youngest, I’m also the most proficient in the art of tempting the other sex”, but she most certainly was thinking it.

This is what I enjoy most about this book, not just the humor but also the opinions that the author seems to have on many of the characters-especially because in most cases I feel the same exact way. At the end of the book, one of which asks, “Does Mrs. Bennet have any redeeming qualities?” When I first read this I dissolved into a fit of giggles. It’s so true! If you as me, quite obviously the answer is NO, for Mrs. Bennet is senseless and oblivious and also quite annoying, for the way she embarrasses her daughters is enough to make a reader cringe. But that’s just how I feel.

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies may at first offend the avid Austen fan and frighten them away from the bookshelf, (as much I was) but I promise you that this is worth your time. It’s still the same beloved classic but it also includes everything any P&P fan has ever felt towards any character. It’s like all of the dreams I’ve had of wanting to jump into the book and strangle Caroline Bingley have been realized, and what a relief it is.


Song Of The Day

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!


The Perfect Carol

December 23, 2009

As the season of giving rolls around, I get into my creative-gift mode. My favorite fool proof go-to gift is the classic and personal  mix tape-or in my case, mix CD. This year, I’ve only made two (so far) and one was quite easy to make because it consisted of all my favorite Glee songs, and there wasn’t enough room on the disk for all of them.

The other person whom I am compiling a mix for is my art teacher, Ms. Mollie Murphy. This one is a little more tricky, particularly because I’m tempted to put all Beastie Boys on it. But I can’t do that-it would be overkill.

Here’s where I found my solution. Every year the world-renowned Princeton High School Choir holds a Christmas concert in the University Chapel. Every year they finish with a bang- the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah. Every year it gives me chills to listen to, and also turns on my inner Christmas spirit. It’s never really Christmas until I hear that song.

So for this year, I decided to give my art teacher something that she could really appreciate-a carol that is purely Christmas.


Is There Still Magic in the Midnight Sun

December 20, 2009

A claim that I often make is that I am an honorary DeClement family member. I mean, I like to think that I am, because I spend so much time with them: I tag along on family trips to Seaside, and visit them on holidays, and have family dinners with them, as well as many other family-oriented activities.

children

The DeClement family is very welcoming and hospitable-to me at least. Mrs. D always seems happy to see me and is never without a new story to tell me or bit of gossip to fill me in on. Mr. DeClement is a jokester who enjoys calling his children out and making lots of fun of them. And he makes fun of me too-he’s probably where Lizzy gets her snap judgement from. Anabelle, the middle child, always greets me cheerfully, though is often immediately shut down by one of her older sisters. They often gang up on her, and the fights that the three of them get into are better than anything you could get on TV. Lizzy, twin #1, is an actress who loves the spotlight and always reenacts an outrageous event for us at dinner, voices and  mannerisms included. She’s very snarky and judgmental, but that’s why she’s so funny. The youngest DeClement, Chris, is the most impressionable and therefore the funniest of the four. This is inadvertent-Chris doesn’t realize how funny he is, and when I laugh at him, gets very embarrassed and shy. I then feel bad for laughing, but sometimes it’s just so hard to control-also, his sisters are usually the first to laugh at him, causing a chain reaction.

teh twinz

Oh, and Emmy’s pretty cool too.

We have a lot in common, and I enjoy her company. So I guess she’s alright.

jk we loves each otha


Things I Enjoy Most About Fight Club

December 19, 2009

1. Edward Norton. Especially his smile and his confused look

2. Edward Norton’s placid voice

3. Brad Pitt’s maniacal laugh

4. Edward Norton’s narration, which is almost verbatim to that in the book; so in other words, Chuck Palaniuk’s musings and insightful way of seeing the world.

5. Marla Singer’s wardrobe

6. The way it parallels Calvin & Hobbes

7. “Tyler’s words”

8. How it’s one of the only violent movies that I can handle, and that I get a rush from

9. Jared Leto’s ass getting kicked-“I felt like destroying something beautiful”

10. Tyler Durden’s sense of humor

11. The discreet love story that Fight Club actually turns out to be