September 22, 2010

I can’t even explain how excited I am that Glee is back. It’s actually the only thing I’ve been looking forward to for about three weeks now. What I hate about this episode is how many spoilers there have been, and how much I knew already when sitting down to watch. But there were plenty of pleasant (and not-so-pleasant) surprises.

First of all, I liked Sunshine a lot more than I had originally planned to. I’ve been very annoyed at Charice for getting the part because I honestly felt that she only got it because she was a foreign popstar who was promoted by Oprah, and because she didn’t take part in that competition. For weeks I fumed over this, deeming her addition to the cast unfair. But I didn’t realize how quickly she would be gone (damn you, Vocal Adrenaline! You will not survive without your precious Jesse St. James, I swear it!) or how adorable I would find her. Chord Overstreet (what a name…he sounds like a character straight from Bon Temps) a.k.a. Sam, the new football player, is such a cutie, and from the spoilers that I’ve read, he’s going to be playing a pretty big part this season. But I’m not going to say anything, because I’m not going to spoil for you what tumblr has already spoiled for me. Also, I’m totally digging the Asian couple (Tike? Mina? Couple name ideas anybody?) and their connection through the Asian community, especially because of how parallel it is to my favorite Asian’s life. Jessica totally did a Buddha camp this summer. I was dying. However, I’m completely Team Artie. I can’t wait for him to join the football team (it’s inevitable) and win Tina back-even though Mike’s abs are irresistible.

Also, how spot-on was that opening sequence? It was actually perfection. “Will Schuester, how do you respond to a recent post on my blog saying that your Glee club song selections sound like they come from a drag queen’s iPod?” This kid (Jacob?) deserves more airtime. And it did a very good job on quickly catching us viewers up on what’s been happening to the members. (Spoiler: nothing has changed.)

Still Divas. Especially you, Rachel.

Everything is so completely normal in a completely new way. I knew that Mr. Schue couldn’t fight his strict moral code, and that Sue and him couldn’t stay friends forever. I also knew Rachel was going to do something selfish and disastrous, but that’s mostly because just before I watched it, my dad warned me that “Rachel is a very bad glee clubber this episode.” He’s good at ruining things. Kurt needs so much more airtime, there was not enough of his wardrobe and sass this episode, and I want to know that Quinn’s mean girl shell has been cracked through completely and forever, and that maybe her maternal instincts are here to stay. However, that little stunt she pulled to get herself back into the head cheerleader spot was not very Maternal Quinn. It’s high time Mercedes gets in here to talk some sense into her bestie. That relationship isn’t over with-right??

And my favorite new character award goes to: Shannon Bieste. She’s like Sue Sylvester with a conscience. I almost cried during that scene in the locker room. I really do think that this woman will do wonders for the McKinley High football team, and perhaps she’ll form a bond with Will and act as the balm to Sue’s endless burns. That’s also why I’m not too scared for Finn’s football dreams-Ms. Bieste has a heart and she definitely can see how much the sport means to Finn, she just needs to get over Mr. Schuester’s uncharacteristic actions before he can be let back onto the team. That’ll happen eventually.

My only complaint is really the music. While I totally dug Empire State of Mind, (even though it was only chosen because nationals are in New York this year and to prove a point that no matter how “hood” Artie claims to be, the club members are losers) I couldn’t get into the other numbers. Telephone should have been reserved for a more appropriate scene, and a better song could have been chosen for that diva-off in the bathroom. And there was too much auto-tune used! Charice and Lea Michelle both have amazing voices, was auto-tune really necessary? And I really noticed the auto-tune more than ever in Billionaire-a song that I found quite wholly inappropriate and kind of lame. I don’t care that Glee’s song choices are comprised mostly of 80’s pop hits and Broadway numbers; that’s why I love the show so much. Listen was good, but not great. I like Sunshine, I really do. I expect more from the Glee playlist, and this episode was quite disappointing. Oh well. At least next week we have BRITNEY!! It doesn’t get much better than that I’msoexcited. It’s time for my weeks to start revolving around the airing of this show. I love being a Gleek.



December 4, 2009

Today is a day for things that I really shouldn’t love, but do anyway. I love putting off all of my homework until 8, and then working until the wee hours of the morning to figure out the importance of Hester’s portrait and why it is placed where it is in The Scarlet Letter. I also love making fun of my friends. As horrible as it sounds, what’s a good friend who can’t take a joke? In the words of Bob Dylan, “If you can’t laugh at yourself, life’s going to be a whole lot longer than you’d like.”

So here’s to my friends whom I constantly feel the need to poke fun at-Dan Taub, Bruce Robertson, Hannah Milner, this means you. I’m sorry for laughing at you, but it’s just so hard not to. It just means that you make me happy!

I love me some Dan Taub

Come on, he's practically begging for it

You did this to yourself

Whatever You Like

November 29, 2009

December is one of the happiest months of the year, and my goal for December is to find this happiness and stick with it. Hopefully it’ll help pull me through the rest of the year. On Wednesday in homeroom, Mr. Cassagne explained to me, Maria and Hannah how it’s practically June so we have nothing to worry about. Although his explanation didn’t really make any sense and was kind of depressing, in retrospect I realize that his outlook on life is ideal for my pursuit.


Thing That Makes Me Happy #1-Cassie's flared nostrils


This weekend was one of the happiest weekends I’ve had in a while, but last night while walking home with Emmy, Milo and Sarah, I couldn’t help missing summer dearly. Why these thoughts came to my head, I’ll never know-just minutes before we had been enjoying the sights of Christmas time around Palmer Square-but I do know that when I got home, I was content, regardless of how upset I was that it wasn’t actually summer.


Things That Make Me Happy #2&3-Harry Potter and summer


Milo told me once that when he’s home, he’s always happy. Even if the night consisted of walking up and down Nassau with no real destination in mind, by the time he gets back to his house, he’s satisfied with his life. This is his main objective behind finding a happy school-he envies us at PHS because he feels as though we’re always happy. I’m not going to argue, I’m comfortable at my school, and although I’m stressed out there, I always have a face that I’m looking forward to seeing. I’ve come to the conclusion that Princeton is either one of the happiest places or filled with some of the happiest people.


Thing That Makes Me Happy #4-memories of Spain


Now, onto December. It’s not so much the holiday cheer that I love as it is all of the fun stuff that happens in December. I’m not going to go into this month with the highest of hopes for myself, but instead with a main goal in mind-thinking about happiness. Starting tomorrow, I’m going to blog every day about something that makes me happy. Big events or small acts of kindness, and maybe even the occasional surprises, I’m going to make sure that the good things outshine the bad things in my life this month.

I Love Lizzy DeClement

November 28, 2009

Lizzy <3333333333333333

She’s the one in yellow.

Shout out to the DeClement family! Especially Emmy!

Giving of Thanks

November 25, 2009

The Top 10 Things I Am Most Thankful For are…

10. Mats..because I can’t count how many times these have saved my life, or measure how much easier they have made it.

9. My cat Maddie…because even though she can be annoying at times, she never fails to put a smile on my face.

8. My mother’s never-ending collection of books…because books are my cure for boredom.

7. Software…because Word, InDesign and Power Point have been my best friends lately.

6. The feeling of a pillow beneath my head…because  sleep deprivation is the biggest problem in my life.

5. Grooveshark and and Frostwire…because the only consistent thing in my life is the growth of it’s soundtrack.

4. The amount of sushi restaurants in Princeton…because too much of a good thing is great.

3. Attending PHS…because, let’s face it. I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else, and I can honestly say that I’m happy there.

2. Having a gymnasium so close to me…because not only is it convenient, it’s also my second home.

1. The people I love…do I really have to explain this one?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cover Story Pt. II

November 12, 2009

Another beautiful cover…but with a bit of a twist. And speaking of Lady Gaga..

Wait. She actually might be psycho. This video is just more proof of her insanity. What the fuck is up with the white things in the beginning? They’re very Max from Where the Wild Things Are. And her anime eyes…I don’t know if I like it or if I’m going to just get nightmares from it.

gleeGlee update: It’s about time! Last night’s episode was a really great comeback from the episode that aired two weeks ago, which was just not up to par. Throwing all of the discrimination and problems into one episode may have been overkill, but it was thinking outside of the Glee-box. The show is usually really superficial, and last night touched on some really sensitive subjects and I think that it was good for them to do that…but they need to do it more often. I was beginning to wonder when they were going to do an episode on the paraplegic. I cried when Sue went to visit her sister. This was the first episode I watched with my family which was TORTURE. They kept asking so many questions and talking over the show, trying to come to their own conclusions about Sue or what was going to happen with the Kurt vs. Rachel showdown. They also kept commenting on the quality of the singing, which was really grating because they did it WHILE KURT AND RACHEL WERE SINGING DEFYING GRAVITY.

I am never watching Glee with my family ever again.

Cover Story

November 12, 2009

I have yet to meet a cover of this song that I don’t like. The Kooks sing an anglo-fied acoustic version of this MGMT classic, and do an amazing job. I just can’t get enough of it.