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G-L-E-E 2.2

Episode title: Britney/Brittany

Premise: “It’s a Britney Spears Sex Riot.”

Songs sung:

I’m a Slave 4 U– Sung by: Brittany

Me Against the Music- Sung by: Brittany and Santana

… Baby One More Time– Sung by: Rachel

Stronger– Sung by: Artie

Toxic- Sung by: Glee Club featuring Will

Sailing– Originally by cast of Christopher Cross. Sung by: Will

The Only Exception– Originally by Paramore. Sung by: Rachel

Thoughts/Comments/Concerns: **minor spoilers below**

Okay, first, a disclaimer. I spend all day and night reading literature and analyzing it. With that in mind, the one scene that I did not particularly care for was the Toxic scene and here is why: I get what they were going for. I LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED their version of Toxic. I like it better than Brittany’s version. However, Jacob Ben Israel and that girl totally ruined it. I feel like with the slowness of the song, just focusing on them singing it and dancing would have been far more sensual, and I understand they were most likely trying to add in some humor but I didn’t find it too funny. I thought it was way over the top and it really took away from the amazingness that was Toxic. I know in my last post I was all “give me more Jacob Ben Israel” but now you can take him/his story line back. Also, I don’t care how awesome his performance was (for once). As a teacher, I must point out the inappropriateness of Will performing with them, particularly in this song.

Now, onto other things. Brittany’s voice= fantastic. And her dancing even more so. And poooor little Artie! I liked his version of Stronger, and the fact that he made it on the football team! Yay! Rachel did well on …Baby One More Time and I loved that they did pretty much the exact thing as the original music video. Love me some old school Britney!

Also speaking of Rachel, like I said, it wouldn’t be Glee without her belting one out/crying. Maybe someone else could do it next episode?

Final thoughts:

I did like this episode better than last week. LOVED the complete FREAK OUT by Kurt. And whaaaat? Santana giving Rachel a compliment?! And Quinn doing her a favor?? Who are these people? What is this show? I love it. I’m glad everyone wasn’t all hating on Rachel or hating on Glee club. Actually, that is what I don’t understand. Every time the Glee club performs for the school they go crazy and love it. (Remember Push It?) So why do they hate the Glee club so much? I know the kids are considered losers, but seeing as they go CRAZY every time they perform, why do they hate them so much?

I wish they would give more songs to Puck. Aaaand besides the whole Jacob Ben Israel masturbation/orgasm scenes, I really enjoyed this episode. It was great to see Brittany have more than one line, and the performances were fantastic. Yay Glee Club!

P.S. Where was CHORD OVERSTREET?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!??!?!?

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G-L-E-E

Episode title: Auditions

Premise: New football coach in town, Glee kids recruit, songs are performed.

Songs sung:

Empire State of Mind – Originally by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. Sung by: Glee Club

Telephone- Originally by Lady Gaga. Sung by: Rachel and Sunshine

Billionaire– Originally by Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars. Sung by: New Kid Sam

Every Rose Has It’s Thorn– Originally by Poison. Sung by: New Kid Sam

What I Did For Love- Originally by the Broadway cast of A Chorus Line. Sung by: Rachel

Listen– Originally by cast of Dreamgirls. Sung by: Sunshine

Thoughts/Comments/Concerns: **minor spoilers below**

Well, well, well. Here we are again. A new season of GLEE! I was looking forward to Glee, but Internet, I’ve got to be honest with you I JUT HAVE TO. Out of the billion shows I do watch a week, the return of GLEE was just not on the top of that “I’M SO EXCITED” list. Yes, I do love this show dearly, but something about the later episodes last season– well it left something to be desired.

I do like Beiste. A lot. Although I am really, really sad to see Ken go! I loved him and his too short shorts. Also, so sad Finn is off the football team but HOW AWESOME was his cheerleading tryout? And please bring back as much of Jacob Ben Israel as you possibly can. And Sandy. You know what? I think I might like the secondary characters more than the regulars.

And the new Vocal Adrenaline coach- CHEYENNE JACKSON! I looooove him. For anyone who doesn’t know, he is a Broadway man (I mean, he has done other tv shows, but he is big in the Broadway scene) and he has an INCREDIBLE voice. Seriously, go find his stuff on youtube and listen to the pure amazingness that is his voice. I recommend his stuff from Xanadu.

Other new characters I like are…the only other two new characters there were. Sunshine and Sam. Although did you know that the kid who is playing Sam, get this, his real name is CHORD OVERSTREET. No, I’m NOT joking. Also, he looks like a kid straight out of the Disney channel. And Sunshine is great but did anyone else notice the arm flinging during her song? I laughed a little, no lie.

Okay, since it sounds like I’m being overly negative, let’s move on to the music! I loved their version of Empire State of Mind. Sometimes when they sing together as a group they tend to sound like kidz bop (aka the time they sang My Life Would Suck Without You) but I would definitely listen to this song again. Also, may I just say that I LOVEDDDD the line in there about Will and the need for him to stop rapping?

And Billionaire is just an amazing song to belt out in the car (particularly off key) and CHORD OVERSTREET did a fantastic job. I am glad that they didn’t feel the need to make Finn get all jealous and compete with him like Rachel did with Sunny. I hope they have CHORD OVERSTREET sing a lot more in the future. Also, Mike’s dancing? It made me laugh.

Speaking of Rachel and Sunny, I looove their voices together. But was it just me or did Rachel look like she wanted to chew Sunshine’s face off while they were singing Telephone?

Every Rose Has Its Thorn was a great song sung by CHORD OVERSTREET.

Listen was fantastic, but again I must ask, what was with the crazy arm thrusting?

Finally we had Rachel close the show out with What I Did For Love. (Because it wouldn’t be GLEE if Rachel didn’t produce a show-stopping number that involved some amount of tears, not that I’m complaining, her voice is beautiful.) Now, I was a big fan of this song long before it aired…last week. But Rachel’s version is by far the best I’ve heard. Definitely going on the ipod.

Final thoughts:

I think as a first episode back it was okay, but I know that I know that I know that next week will definitely be AMAZING. I think they set some things up in this episode, but I feel like my biggest problem with it was that nothing seemed like it happened. If that sentence made any sense at all. (I’m running on cold meds right now, mmmkay?)

I enjoyed watching Rachel talk to Sunshine in the bathroom. I also think Will is an a-star-star-hole. I expected that much out of Sue, because she is Sue, but Will? Not cool man. So your budget is cut. Cry like the little girl you are, then put on your panties and get over it. Also, Quinn back on the cheerios- classic. Love it.

I do feel really sad about Finn getting kicked off the team, and I do feel sad for Artie. I think Rachel sending Sunshine to a crack house was absolutely terrible, and I don’t really like the kind of character they are making Rachel out to be. I know she has been this crazy and demanding and psychotic since the beginning, but I feel like they are making it too easy for everyone to hate her. They keep saying “We are GLEE! We are a family! But then every chance they get, they yell at/diss (or is it dis?)/accuse Rachel of things, and it is kind of getting annoying. I’d like, just once, for everyone to get along at least until halfway through the episode.

All in all, adequate episode, can’t wait for next week.

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Just an aside, in case anyone cares. I do watch a lot of shows because I have so much homework. Seriously, I’m either in class, walking to class, driving home, or working on homework until about 8pm every night. A nice show at the end of the evening is just what I love. Here is my schedule in case anyone wants to watch along with me! DO IT!

Mondays: I watch How I Met Your Mother when it airs, I record Chuck and usually watch it on the weekend.

Tuesdays: I watch Glee and now I am hooked on Raising Hope and Running Wilde. I record NCIS and watch it after Running Wilde. Tuesdays are MY NIGHT!

Wednesday: Nothing.

Thursday: I watch Bones! And I record My Generation and watch it on the weekend.

Friday: Nothing.

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What about You?

This makes my difficult seminar classes worth it.

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The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt

“Will you walk into my parlor?” said the spider to the fly;
“‘Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you may spy.
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I have many curious things to show when you are there.”
“Oh no, no,” said the little fly; “to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne’er come down again.”

“I’m sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high.
Well you rest upon my little bed?” said the spider to the fly.
“There are pretty curtains drawn around; the sheets are fine and thin,
And if you like to rest a while, I’ll snugly tuck you in!”
“Oh no, no,” said the little fly, “for I’ve often heard it said,
They never, never wake again who sleep upon your bed!”

Said the cunning spider to the fly: “Dear friend, what can I do
To prove the warm affection I’ve always felt for you?
I have within my pantry good store of all that’s nice;
I’m sure you’re very welcome – will you please to take a slice?
“Oh no, no,” said the little fly; “kind sir, that cannot be:
I’ve heard what’s in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!”

“Sweet creature!” said the spider, “you’re witty and you’re wise;
How handsome are your gauzy wings; how brilliant are your eyes!
I have a little looking-glass upon my parlor shelf;
If you’d step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself.”
“I thank you, gentle sir,” she said, “for what you’re pleased to say,
And, bidding you good morning now, I’ll call another day.”

The spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
For well he knew the silly fly would soon come back again:
So he wove a subtle web in a little corner sly,
And set his table ready to dine upon the fly;
Then came out to his door again and merrily did sing:
“Come hither, hither, pretty fly, with pearl and silver wing;
Your robes are green and purple; there’s a crest upon your head;
Your eyes are like diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead!”

Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little fly,
Hearing his wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by;
With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer grew,
Thinking only of her brilliant eyes and green and purple hue,
Thinking only of her crested head. Poor, foolish thing! at last
Up jumped the cunning spider, and fiercely held her fast;
He dragged her up his winding stair, into the dismal den –
Within his little parlor – but she ne’er came out again!

And now, dear little children, who may this story read,
To idle, silly flattering words I pray you ne’er give heed;
Unto an evil counselor close heart and ear and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale of the spider and the fly.

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That’s The Way We Get By

So, yes, in case you haven’t heard, September 25- October 2 is BANNED BOOKS WEEK. The American Library Association has put this together for years, and it is a really awesome thing people should be aware of. For more information or to check out books that have been challenged/banned, check out this website.

I have a big problem with people who ban books, and it isn’t even an issue of “freedom of speech” or anything “political” or “constitutional.” I have a problem with how the book banners go about it. Take, for example, Wesley Scroggins, a professor at Missouri State University. He goes above and beyond in this article, trying to ban the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. The problem I have with this particular man? HE CALLS IT SOFT CORE PORNOGRAPHY.

First, let me say, I have absolutely no words for this. In case you have never read Speak, it is a beautiful story about a girl who is raped and her trying to cope with it throughout the rest of the story, which results with her saying nothing, not one single piece of dialogue, for the rest of the book. So, yes, she is raped at the beginning of the book, and suddenly rape is now porn. Because porn is designed to stimulate you, and reading about a horrific rape (that is no where near the detailed/scary rape scenes in books like The Lovely Bones, or Lucky -both by Alice Sebold) is something so seducing that it should be equated to rape?

I must bring up a video from John Green that relates to this. His book Looking For Alaska has been a banned/challenged book since it hit the shelves. Why? Because there is an oral sex scene. Now, I’m not making excuses, or stating that it is okay to put oral sex scenes all over the place just for the sake of capturing readers. But if you actually read the book, you would see that in no way was that oral sex scene as stimulating as say… something from Twilight (which, I – and a few of my classmates- feel was only written so people could read it with their bodies not with their minds). There is an oral sex scene and later a make-out scene in the Alaska. The make-out scene was faaar more stimulating than the oral sex scene, and I can back that up from at least four or five people I know who have read the book. And that is the point. When an author puts something in the book that is supposed to be horrible, or awkward, or unpleasant, it isn’t in there to be sexually stimulating (although, I must say this is not the case with every single book, but I feel it is with a majority of YA books). (Yes, it may provide some sort of shock value, but you can look at any book and find something shocking about it.) IN NO WAY CONCEIVABLE was the rape scene in Speak designed to stimulate the readers. Laurie Halse Anderson has stated in her blog about this issue: “The fact that he [Scroggins] sees rape as sexually exciting (pornographic) is disturbing, if not horrifying. It gets worse, if that’s possible, when he goes on to completely mischaracterize the book.”

And that is my biggest problem with book banners. They use whatever they need to from the novels to get them banned. HOW DO PEOPLE FIND THIS ACCEPTABLE? Maureen Johnson, a young adult author whose books are frequently challenged, has this happen to her all the time. Take her novel The Bermudez Triangle. I have read this novel. I do not know why it was banned (I mean, I do, but I don’t understand why). In case you don’t know, the plot revolves around three girls who are best friends. Then two of them start dating. And then it gets banned. And the book banners use random passages that have nothing to do with homosexually, but when taken out of context, construct a new meaning.

Okay, so it is a book about homosexuality. Okay, so you don’t want your kids to read it. Okay, SO DON’T LET THEM READ IT. DON’T LET THEM CHECK IT OUT OF THE LIBRARY. IT IS THAT SIMPLE. You don’t like the oral sex scene of a book, so you get it banned to prevent your child from reading it, which also prevents my (hypothetical) child from reading it. Where you see sex scene, I see a story about a girl who just wants to find a way out of her routine life. Don’t try to get a book removed from a library or classroom library. Don’t try to get the book put into a section of the library that kids need a note to access. If you have such a strong problem with it, just don’t let your kid read it. Why should I be forced to abstain from literature because YOU don’t like it?

And it isn’t just young adult books, oh no. It is classic books like To Kill a Mockingbird, or I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, or Of Mice and Men and other books like that. It is series like Harry Potter and Twilight, and while I may not exactly choose Twilight as the number one book for my future students/children to read, I must say that with the way literacy is going in this country right now, whatever gets a child reading is good enough for me. And you want to put a stop to that? You want to ban the few books teenagers (and even adults!) read, because it doesn’t fit your personal agenda of what “good literature” or “appropriate literature” is? Who are you to make that call? Who am I to tell you that you shouldn’t read that book or watch that show or listen to that music?

I suppose this issue will never go away, but I hope one day it does. In the full spirit of sticking it to the book banners I encourage everyone to read a book that has been banned. Go check it out from a library. Encourage your kids to read them. Because it may not be a huge, loud protest, but just knowing that you aren’t going to let those idiots get you down in a comforting thought.

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Special Agent Tony DiNozzo will you marry me? kthxbai.

B is for barely making it through the day

R is for really gross looking lungs

O is for oh Lord above let me return to normalcy

N is for nooooo more medications!

C is for coughing

H is for health, deteriorating

I is for infection

T is for trouble sleeping

I is for I want this to go away, like, now

S is for sassy sickness.

So, part of my absence lately has been SICKNESS in the form of Bronchitis. No, it hasn’t been pretty, and I’ve basically just wanted to lounge in bed all day, complaining, BUT I HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO.

Why?

Because of the OTHER thing that is keeping me busy. School. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love school. I also love that I am almost finished with it. I’m not saying my major is harder than any one other major, but I do about 60 pages of reading a night, lesson plans (that take a looooong time to do), and papers, oh and projects. Now, I don’t have the papers and projects every night, but my homework is mainly interactive this semester. That means that with the usual 40-60 pages of reading I have due every day, I usually have to do some sort of thing with it, weather it be paper, project, online forums, writing poems, posting pictures, bringing in objects relating to the reading, etc.

It will all be worth it in the long run, but right now, with my SICKNESS, I really just want to sleeps for….ever. AND on top of the homework, I have been watching NCIS and Arrested Development a lot, because the television shows help balance my sanity. Hopefully I’ll be back to some sort of blogging schedule soon.

Anywho, I’m going to go finish coughing my lungs up, and then hopefully go to sleep. Hopefully. I really, really hope I sleep tonight. That would be wonderful.

G’night all.

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Internet, it is time for my semesterly sickness. No, really, I get sick every semester, and this one decided to come a bit early. (Yes, I know, that is what she said. Nobody cares.)

However, some people do care. About me, I mean, not about crude jokes. This morning I walked into my education class drinking hot tea. My friends who sit near me started talking about me having tea! OMG! LAUREN HAS TEA! Then they started saying something must be wrong, because I ALWAYS have an iced coffee sitting on my desk. Like, ALWAYS ALWAYS. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have a coffee.

And so I told them that I was sick and I was drinking tea, and they were sad, and I was happy that they cared enough to freak out that I changed beverages. As much as I hate people (in general) sometimes, I really do love my friends.

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