Monthly Archives: January 2009

Oh em gee.

They are making a Toy Story 3.

I.

Am.

So.

Stinking.

Excited.

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I absolutely adore this show. No matter what mood I am in when I start watching, by the end of the episode I am completely content with life. The characters are quirky, the dialogue is some of the best I have heard in a while, the pop culture references are from every genre and decade imaginable, and it never fails to put a smile on my face. Oh, and I am also in love with the lead guy. So there is that. You should be watching it. Friday nights, 10 pm, USA Network.

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You’re joining this program already in progress!!!

Ah, today. I cleaned, got things together for my dorm, cleaned some more, ate a yummy lunch, and watched Hairspray (which provided the inspiration for this lovely title). After that I did random stuff, read the latest book for my book club, and then sat down with my mom and watched an old musical- By the Light of the Silvery Moon staring the ever so talented Doris Day. Gosh I love Doris Day.

Internet, something wonderful happened yesterday. I finally convinced my sister to get a blog. I know! After all of these months I have had mine (since last April) she never started one. Well now she has. So go give her some of that internet lovin you give to me!

Also, my lovely sister just let me download her Jason Mraz CD, and oh how I love Jason Mraz. And this song. A lot. You should too.

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Book club book #4: George’s Marvelous Medicine

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Book: George’s Marvelous Medicine

Author: Ronald Dahl

Number of Pages: 90

Plot, according to the back of the book:
George is alone in the house with Grandma. The most horrid, grizzly old grunion of a grandma ever. She needs someone stronger than her usual medicine to cure her grouchiness. A special grandma medicine, a remedy for everything. And George knows just what to put into it. Grandma’s in for the surprise of her life-and so is George, when he sees the results of his mixture.

Plot, in my own words:
George is a nine-year-old boy. One day George is left alone with his horrible, creepy, stinky, nasty, wench of a grandmother. Besides staying out of trouble his one responsibility is to feed the old hag her medicine. So George decides to teach her a lesson and put his own little twist on things.

Thoughts, comments, questions, concerns:
I wasn’t planning on reading this for a while, but I sort of couldn’t get into my other books. I needed something short, something made for kids, and something I could read in one sitting. I finished Marvelous Medicine in about 45 minutes.

This was one of my favorite books as a kid. I read it all the time. There are only four main characters, because with kids you have to keep it simple. There is Mr. and Mrs. Kranky, George, and the grandma. Now this grandma could give the Dursley’s a run for their money in terms of all out nastiness. I mean this woman is extremely creeeepy. Mr. and Mrs. Kranky go out of town and little George is left alone with his grandmother who immediately sets out to terrorize the kid. At one point she pulls him close and offers to “tell him secrets” and then goes on about all of the “secrets” she could tell him. I mean pure, all out, creepiness. But that is what makes the rest of the book so amazing.

You see, George is fed up with her horrible antics, so he decides to take matters into his own hands. At 11am on the dot he is to give his grandmother her medicine, something she hasn’t forgotten. Basically she is stuck in this chair and hasn’t moved in oh, something like 20 years, so anything George does she wont really know about because the old broad can’t move. So George takes the time to create a special medicine to give to his grandmother, instead of her regular stuff, which George is positive doesn’t do a thing for her. He goes into all different rooms in his house and dumps the contents of all sorts of household items in a big mixing pot. The first room hit is his parent’s bathroom. Some of the items to go into the medicine are: shampoo, shaving cream, face cream, dandruff cure, hairspray, and paraffin wax, among other things. Next is his mother’s nightstand, then on to the laundry room where he adds laundry detergent, floor polish, flea powder for dogs, and canary seed. In his father’s work shed (they live on and run a farm) he added all sorts of animal products and medicine. In the garage he found antifreeze and glossy brown paint to make the medicine brown, so grandma doesn’t get suspicious.
Well George boils all the ingredients together and, after dumping out the old medicine, he filled the bottle back up and served his grandmother her daily tablespoon of medicine. The results weren’t exactly what he was expecting.

(I’m just going to go ahead and tell the rest of the book in the next paragraph. If you don’t want to find out what happens skip to the bottom line.)

Grandma, who is already extremely thin, takes the medicine and pretty soon her insides basically catch on fire. Smoke comes out of her ears, mouth and nose. Once that calms down grandma starts to grow, something she doesn’t consider “a good thing.” Grandma grows and grows and grows and then six pages later her feet are on the living room floor and her head is sticking out the roof. Mr. and Mrs. Kranky come home and while Mrs. Kranky spends the rest of the book freaking out and being, well, cranky, Mr. Kranky tries to figure out the exact recipe to use on all of his farm animals so they can become rich.
Needless to say, they don’t figure it out. But in all of their other attempts they did stumble upon a recipe that would make people shrink. And Mr. Kranky gives it to the grandma. And she disappears. And everyone actually lives happily ever after, accepting the fact that they technically, sort-of killed someone.

Bottom line:
I absolutely love this book. And every time I read it I remember why. It is so darn funny and I love the catchy little poems and how the drawings, as simple as they are, help to set the ugliness of the grandma and the cuteness of George. Dahl is a classic, which automatically makes this an amazing book. The characters are great. Mr. Kranky is insane, Mrs. Kranky lives up to her name, George is a crazy kid who I’m assuming doesn’t have much parental supervision, and Grandma who is one of the nastiest children’s lit characters I’ve ever read. I think the funniest thing is what the medicine actually does. Like I said it made her grow, when in reality she would have dropped dead the second after she tasted the stuff. But I suppose that is just the magic of make believe. Oh how I love children’s books.

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A feeling of utter happiness and being content with life.

INTERNET! I am SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!

Why? I’ll tell you why… (what movie? anyone? no?) I just registered for my classes and I got all of the ones I wanted! Huzzah! It only took about five days to get it exactly like I wanted; but fear not! I followed the advice of the ever-so-wise Tim Gunn and MADE. IT. WORK. So here it is in all of its utter glory:

(MWF) Tools of Textual Analysis

(MWF) Contemporary Jewish- American Literature

(TR) Introduction to Linguistics

(TR) Jewish Holocaust: 1933-1945

(MTWR) French I: Elementary French

I am extremely excited about my Jewish Holocaust class and French. I didn’t think I was going to make it into French because all of the classes were full (as a transfer student I am basically last to register for classes). So I got it all nicely worked out, but I only had four classes. I needed one more, because I like to take 15-18 credit hours a semester. So I checked out all these various classes I could take, all of which were completely full or didn’t fit into my time. Boo! So it came down to me checking the seating for French ever hour. I literally mean every hour; praying to the good Lord above that I could get into it. And holy cheerios! I got the one single, lonely spot that opened up randomly at 6pm! Prayer works.

I also got my roommate and housing assignment and I am right next to all of my class buildings and the dining hall and *gasp* the library!! I am so excited! My roommate seems really nice and I am eager to move in. I am living on a coed floor which would be considered an utter sin in my previous university. I also live next door to my RA. Whose name is Keith.

I can already tell that this smester is going to be a whole new ball game, and I can’t wait.

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And I…will always love you

Things I accomplished today:

1. Got out of bed and dressed before 11 in the morning! That is a rare thing for me these days.

2. Did the dishes. I didn’t even have to be asked! Internet- look at me go! Daughter of the year!

3. Watched The Bodyguard for the first time in my life. I plan on watching it again tomorrow; that is an utterly amazing movie. (…thank you mother…)

4. Got the course descriptions for every college class I have taken so far (around 80 credit hours…30ish classes), put them all into a word document, grouped them according to the department they were in, found the matching department on the University of Delaware’s website, emailed each particular professor the matching course descriptions to be evaluated so I can receive transfer credit. A ton of work, but maybe I will be able to graduate on time…fingers crossed.

5. Ate a lot of Popsicles. But not as many as my sister.

6. Listened to a recording of Patty LuPone stop in the middle of a (Broadway) song performance of Gypsy to yell at people in the audience taking pictures…with the flash on. I mean, yes, they should obey the rules like everyone else, but if I am going to pay 90+ dollars to see you sing, then darn it all, YOU BETTER SING WITHOUT STOPPING. I mean, seriously. Can someone say DIVA??

7. Watched How I Met Your Mother!!! So freaking funny.

8. Watch John and Kate Plus Eight!!! I like shows with particularly long titles.

9. Got mad at my cat Clementine because she scratched my arm and caused me to bleed. Grrr.

10. Typed this blog.

So as you can tell, it was a pretty productive day. Oh and no worries, the book club is coming along nicely. I am making my way through the next one. I am planning on having it up by Wednesday Thursday! Friday at the latest! Go literacy!

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A list of sorts.

Once upon a time I made a list of all the DVD’s I owned. And I decided to just go with it and make a list of my top 5 favorite movies. This was a difficult task for me, seeing as I am probably one of the most indecisive people walking this planet. So here we go.

5. Love Actually/ A Lot Like Love

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Hmm. Remember that time I said I was “one of the most indecisive people walking this planet?” Well, with my favorite number five movie I must say that it is a tie between my two favorite “chick flicks.” Lets talk Love Actually first. I love each of the story lines and how they all connect to each other. Even though this movie revolves around Christmas there isn’t too much holiday cheer, which is good because I am usually in the mood to watch this movie any time of the year. If you have ever spent more than ten minutes talking to me you will know I quote movies A LOT in my conversations, so another reason I love this movie so much is the fact that I quote it almost every day. Seriously.

Now for A Lot Like Love. This movie is just an all around feel good chick flick. I love, love, love me some Ashton Kutcher and this is one of my favorite roles he has played. Every single time I watch it I never fail to laugh at the jokes, or cringe at the AWFUL wigs they put on Amanda Peet’s head. I just basically love this movie all around. And can I just say, speaking as a girl who knows her chick flicks, that that New Years kiss was HOT. Just saying.

4. Remember the Titans

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“We will be perfect in every aspect of the game. You drop a pass, you run a mile. You miss a blocking assignment, you run a mile. You fumble the football, and I will break my foot off in your John Brown hind parts and then you will run a mile. Perfection. Let’s go to work. “

“Water is for cowards. Water makes you weak. Water is for washing blood off that uniform and you don’t get no blood on my uniform, boy you must be outside your mind! We are going to do up-downs, until Blue is no longer tired, and thirsty.”

“You take a look at her. Cause once you step on that bus you aint got your mama no more. You got your brothers on the team and you got your daddy. You know who your daddy is, doncha? Gary, if you want to play on this football team, you answer me when I ask you who is your daddy? Who’s your daddy, Gary? Who’s your daddy?”

I mean, where do I even begin? This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I surprisingly enjoy “sports movies” (Bagger Vance, The Rookie, etc.) and this is by far my favorite. I remember watching this with one of my friends in high school and the first few times we watched it we kept the subtitles on so we could learn the lines. After about the tenth time we watched it, we could quote about 90% of the movie (with out subtitles of course). Now it has sort of become mine and my dad’s movie. He also knows a vast majority of the lines so when we watch it we force my mother out of the room because we usually say the lines about a minute before the characters say them. But I mean, this stuff is gold. Sometimes we just dive right into the quotes in the middle of a conversation. Internet, if you have never seen this movie I am commanding you to go watch it. You will thank me.

3. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

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Oh holy cheerios this movie is utterly fantastic. First of all, let me say this movie is Southern as Southern gets. And I think that is a large part of why I love it. The other part? Ashley Judd. Ashley is one of my favorite actresses and I dare to say this is her best role to date. Although she is one of three actresses to portray the character Vivi Abbott- Walker (she plays the “younger” version- teenage to mid 30’s or so), she steals the movie. I mean, you could say her role is the most important in that it shows why the characters are the way they are, and why the mother/daughter relationship is so messed up. The emotions she brings out are simply amazing. I cry every single time I watch this, especially when she has her breakdown. The relationship between the ya-ya shows a real friendship off screen, which helps convince you they have been friends since they were little kids. Overall this is just a brilliant movie.

2. Walk the Line

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Oh Johnny Cash. Thank you for living such a crazy life that Hollywood would one day turn it into a movie that I would watch all the time and just completely fall in love with. Seriously Internet, this movie is more than amazing. Once, and I am not kidding you, I watched this four times in a row, on the same day, back to back to back to back. I mean, I was cleaning and such during the third and fourth viewing, but still. I cannot grow tired of it. The acting is phenomenal and who knew Reese could belt it out? I love her accent and the fact that both she and Joaquin relatively sound like June and Johnny- enough to convince me they couldn’t have hired two better actors. Oh and how can I forget Jennifer Goodwin as the original Mrs. Cash! I mean, I know you have to do what is right for your family and all, but that girl needed to pull the stick out and relaaaax. (It’s what Frankie says to do.) Anywhore, this movie is very much an emotional roller coaster and I love every second of it. I actually just finished watching it. I can seriously watch this movie almost any time of the day. Please watch it if you haven’t and if you have, go watch it again.

1. Sleeping Beauty

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Ah, yes. Sleeping Beauty. Of course this is going to be my favorite movie silly! I have only been watching it since I was… three or so. I wanted to be her; “hair of sunshine gold and lips as red as the rose.” Lets put it this way- I loved this movie so much that as a youngster I absolutely hated the Cinderella. According to my mother: every night I would put in my book on tape thing (you know, where they read it out on tape and the magical wand sound means you turn the page, so it makes you feel as though you are reading it but in actuality you are not) and listen to it over and over until my mother simply said “no more” and I would have to go to bed. We have a video of me reading this book to my mom, and you know how much I listened to this tape because 1- I can’t read yet, and 2- I make the sound of the magical wand when I finish to turn the page. At the risk of sounding completely vain, it is adorable. Once, when I was young, my brother put the tape of Sleeping Beauty in the toilet and flushed it, ruining the tape. I’m pretty sure I thought my life was over. Back in high school I would sometimes fall asleep to this movie. I have seen it so many times that I can put it on, close my eyes, and imagine line by line what is happening.  The other week I watched it for the first time in a loooong time and to my surprise I still remember 98% of the lines. What can I say? It’s a classic.

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