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R.I.P Jeff Conaway

Today the love of my adolescent life, Jeff Conaway Kenickie, has passed away.

This makes me so, so very sad; I would spend the majority of my childhood as a sexy Rizzo, holding napkins singing “There Are Worst Things I Could Do” to his imaginary picture. [Yes, I had a very strange childhood in which my mother let me watch Grease at the tender age of eight years old.]

Today I was very happy to graduate from college, but very sad to come home to this news. Yes, I realize this is a somewhat (okay extremely) cheesy post and may seem like an overreaction, but considering I used to run around exclaiming, “a hickey from Kenickie, a hickey from Kenickie” you can understand my sadness.

So to you from me Pinky Lee, rest in peace.

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Cause I’m a Free Elf Baby.

When I was a junior in hell high school something strange started happening to me. My hair started falling out. I don’t mean the normal amount of hair that falls out during an average day– oh no. I mean, I would wash my hair in the shower and it would come out in clumps. Literally, handful after handful of hair. As you can guess, I would have breakdowns in the shower, holding my hair, thinking I was dying. Apparently my mother agreed and she had me tested for all these disorders and diseases, none of which I knew about. I was just there for some blood tests. Eventually the tests came back and nothing was out of the ordinary. Do you know why my hair was falling out? Do you? Guess. Go on, try.

Stress.

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Yes. My hair was falling out in clumps because I was stressed. People started telling me I needed Rogaine for women. A JUNIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL AND MY MOM WAS BUYING ME ROGAINE. That is just not normal.

So lately, as you may have noticed, I haven’t been blogging. I don’t know what else to say other than…my hair is falling out again. No, that is not a lie, not an excuse. I have been so stressed that my hair is falling out again. Everything about this semester is just…. stressful. I pulled out a lot of hair last night (well, not pulled out, but it sort of just voluntarily left my head while I was washing my hair) and I realized JUST how stressed out I am. Lately I’ve been working on this capstone project. We had to create unit plans regarding what we will be teaching next semester. I am teaching To Kill a Mockingbird, and while I am excited about this, my unit plan turned into a 72 page document. And I just realized this week that I only wrote 7 out of the 35 lesson plans. I mean, COME ON. Too much work! On top of that I have to do photography and DON’T even get me started on that. I freaking put in so much time to that class and I hate it. It is not fun at all, nothing I wanted it to be. My professor does not like anything I do, and it makes it very difficult to care about anything in that class.

But on a lighter note, last week was the premiere of the new HARRY POTTER movie! I was sooooo freaking excited. Here are some pictures of the night:

This is me and my sister! Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw

This is me and my roommate! Ravenclaw and Gryffindor

Luna loves you so good.

I forced my mum to wear the Spectrespecs.

As you can see from our spirit of dressing-up, I had a blast. And! My parents went! My father, a man who usually goes to bed at 8-9pm actually stayed awake for this because I begged him to go! Aren’t my parents just wonderful! Down the isle from us were: Filch, Mrs. Norris, Colin Creevy, Dumbledore, and some other people from Hogwarts. It was so thrilling to be in a midnight showing. The last one I went to was The Bourne Ultimatum and that was an experience. I didn’t enjoy it because I was sooooo tired! Although, looking at Matt Damon is never a bad thing. But I digress….

Overall I really, really enjoyed the movie. Obviously they are not going to get everything right from book to movie, but let’s be honest– how many movies are better (or as good as) the book? Very, very few. I was really impressed by the acting; everyone really did an amazing job this time around. Dan Radcliffe is so awkward to me (Am I the only one who notices that odd thing he does with his hand when he speaks? NOW YOU WILL TOO!) but I thought he was really brilliant. And of course, Emma Watson is so beautiful and lovely and Rupert Grint was great too. I loved all the performances.

One of my favorite scenes included the torture scene with Hermione. I was so worried how Emma would do in that scene, because when I read the novel I get a very clear picture in my mind of what she sounds like and how Ron reacts. I thought they could have made Ron go a little more mad while still in the cellar thing, but overall it was fantastic. And just seeing her crying and the mudblood practically carved into her arm– seriously, her scream sent chills down my spine. I was very impressed. Also, did anyone else notice the hair that fell on Hermione? Were you confused by it? Because I figured it out last night and basically, *MINOR SPOILER ALERT* in order to steal one of the horcruxes, Hermione drinks polyjuice potion and becomes Bellatrix. So that was Bellatrix’s hair that fell on her, and probably how they will let her be able to become Bellatrix when they break into the bank.

I also enjoyed one of the more “controversial” scenes– Harry and Hermione dancing! I KNOW RIGHT! Many fans of the book are split on this. I thought it was so beautiful and so so very sad. I must say, when I think about the movie, or when someone mentions it to me, that is the first scene that pops into my mind! I think because it is just so…. it perfectly sums up what they are going through. During many scenes of the book we see Harry’s thoughts and he is so extremely mopey and I want to stab him in the face. Being a movie we can’t really get into his head, and I like how it focuses on Hermione. In the book it is just mentioned that Harry could hear her crying herself to sleep. By him actually getting her up and dancing, and them looking so depressingly sad…. I don’t know. I think it is my favorite scene in the whole film!

The Harry/Ginny scene was sooooo awkward. I like Harry/Ginny in the book, but movie version is just soooooo uncomfortable. I was recently watching Half Blood Prince and I just squirmed every time they shared the screen together! Other than that, I didn’t have any pressing concerns with the movie. I thought everything they brought to life was well done, and I loved how they handled the traveling in the forest scenes. It could have been much longer, much more boring, and very repetitive. I think the radio was brilliant in that it brought about a link and way to make the traveling more cohesive. Also it was a great break to just a haunting tune in the background. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the score to the movie– far from it. I’m just saying listing the names had a more desolate and sad tune.

Overall the film was hilarious. There was so much more humor to it than I thought, which leads me to believe the next movie will be anything but humorous. I’m beginning to prepare myself now; I know that I know that I know I will be a complete and utter wreck during the next movie, which comes out ONE DAY before my birthday. Just saying. Seriously though, I can’t even begin to think that this franchise is coming to an end. I’m sure all of the actors/actresses are quite happy to be turning over a new leaf, but Harry Potter has been part of my world for so long! I can’t even begin to express how sad I am that it is ending, and I won’t because it is 1:30 in the morning and I have class in a few hours, so I am just going to call it a night.

Let me know what you thought in the comments below! I know I left some awesome things out, like Bathilda Bagshot and the ear scene and whatnot. Seriously, too much goodness to cover! Also, just saying, I didn’t cry at the end. I don’t cry during that scene in the book and call me heartless but…. yeah. Just putting that out there.

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This…looks…..freaking…AMAZING.

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2010 Oscar Fashion Wrap Up

Last year I did an overview of Oscar Fashion. It was so much fun I am going to do it again (instead of homework). Luckily I had far more people on my best dressed/ good list than I had on my bad. So here we go!

Let’s start with the best dressed category of the evening.

This was probably the hardest category. There can only be one winner for best dressed male and female! After a lot (A LOT) of deliberation, my vote goes to:

Demi Moore and Zac Efron.

Demi’s Atelier Versache dress was SO beautiful; I was obsessed with it all night. At first, I didn’t even recognize her! The more they showed this dress, the more I fell in love with it. The color of the dress perfectly matched her skin tone, and the fit was stunning. I loved the bodice, and usually I am not a fan of the ruffles under the waist, but she really pulled it off. She didn’t overdo the jewelry, which really worked. Simply gorgeous. Zac Efron got a “HOLY FRICK” out of me, which means he stepped it up a notch from last year’s hair disaster. Not to go into too much detail (because my dad reads this blog- hi dad!) but that suit fit him NICELY. Good grief he is a hottie.

And now for the honorable mention best dressed:

Cameron Diaz and Tom Ford

Cameron looked shockingly beautiful in her Oscar de la Renta gown. I say shockingly because, for once, her hair, dress, jewelry and makeup all worked in her favor and she looked… put together. Also, she was missing the ever present gum that she is always seen chewing during awards shows. I was very surprised when she stepped onto the red carpet. I wish she could do this look always! And of course, Tom Ford looked beautiful in his own creation.

Rachel McAdams and Maggie Gyllenhaal

I think Rachel McAdams is one of the most beautiful women in all of Hollywood, and she looked so lovely in the lively Eli Saab dress. Her hair and makeup created the perfect ensemble. Maggie also went for a bolder pattern and looked beautiful. Maggie is always hit or miss for me (mostly miss) but I loved this Dries Van Noten gown the second I saw it.

Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds

Rounding out the best dressed honorable mentions are Sandra and Ryan. Sandra looked beautiful in her Marchesa gown. Her hair was quite lovely and her makeup was very natural looking which went well with her dress. And when does Ryan NOT look good?

Moving on, we come to the “Almost There” category:

Miley Cyrus and George Clooney

Miley‘s dress was stunning….from the waist down. I feel like the designer (Jenny Packham) forgot to finish the top of the dress. Of course, Miley’s slouching posture didn’t help things. I think she could have made it work if she would have kept her shoulders up like a normal person. And I love me some George C, but come on. What was with his hair?

Zoe Saldona and Kate Winslet

Zoe‘s Givenchy dress looks great from the waist up. And Zoe’s dress looks good from the waist down. But these two halves make a rather terrible whole. The color, however, looked beautiful on her! And Kate’s Yves Saint Laurent gown looked lovely, but I don’t particularly like the color of this dress on her skin tone and the semi-awkward waistline.

Anna Kendrick and Sarah Jessica Parker

Anna is beautiful and this Elle Saab gown is beautiful, but I feel as though the color washes her out. Yes, she wears it quite nicely, but I think it would have been pretty in a slightly darker hue. SJP is known for her outrageous dresses, and I must say I disliked this Chanel Couture at first. However, as the night progressed it looked better and I grew to semi-like it. I just think it has an awkward fit. It if was more fitted to her body, it would have looked fabulous!

Meryl Streep and Charlize Theron

Okay, now. I love Meryl Streep but I have always hated her outfits. They are dull, boring, and don’t fit her very well. This year’s Chris March gown was better than last, but I still wasn’t a fan. The white was lovely and fresh, but I didn’t really like the hemline. Charlize’s Dior Haute Couture dress definitely caused some controversy, but honestly I kind of like it! I think the roses are outrageous and thought they maybe should have been a band of roses around the waistline. But the fit is great and the color looked fantastic on her.

And finally we come to the Worst Dressed section. This year my pick for the absolute worst dressed is:

Vera Farmiga

Holy Frick this dress is horrid. I mean really, really horrid. The color looks beautiful on her, but then I’m like, what the frick is she doing wearing a fan? What is weird is this gown is made by Marchesa, as was Sandra Bullock’s gown. I wonder what went wrong. I just….words just can’t…. must. go. throw. up.

Worst dressed honorable mentions go to:

JLO and Diane Kruger

JLO is lovely, but this Armani Prive dress has a lot of…stuff going on. A lot of bad stuff. And I think Diane is absolutely beautiful, but this dress is a mess. I love the top, I love the ruffles, and I love the train, but I hate it all together. This dress has the potential to be simply stunning, but it ended up a mess.

Well there you have it. Feel free to let me know if you agree/ disagree with my choices! Or if I left some people off this list that you would have loved to see!

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I’m sleeping with Darth Vader! It’s the scandal of the year.

“You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.” – John Green, Looking for Alaska

So it is that time of the year again. I tend to do something one year and love it so much I find myself doing it the next year and the next year. The only problem is that list continues to increase while my free time continues to decrease. It is that time of the year to reread Looking for Alaska. If you have never read this book before, let me begin by saying you have no idea what you are missing. This book seriously changed me and my outlook on life. I am really not exaggerating when I say I look at people, situations, anything and everything differently because of the message of this book. In fact, it touched me so much that I find myself writing differently. John Green is an amazing writer and the imagery he creates has the power to make you weep from laughter and ten words later make you weep because WOAH! you didn’t see that event coming and you are quite sad. Don’t let the fact that this book is listed under “young adult” because that is not the case. I really, really hope I teach at a school where they allow me to teach this book to my students. It is very powerful, eloquent and very beautiful.

It is also that time of the year to make my way through the Lord of the Rings movies. These movies hold a very special place in my heart because it brought together all of my cousins and siblings and for once there was no screaming or yelling or fighting of any kind. We talked endlessly about the plot, who got to be who (I’m Sam which gives me reason to randomly shout “SHAAAARE THE LOAD!”) and we even dressed up for fun. (We had cloaks. Jealous? You should be.) Now, I am a bit apprehensive to start the movies because I am currently (although very, very slowly) making my way through the books. I feel as though I need to read these before going to New Zealand, because we will be going on a LOTR tour and even though the movies were filmed there and I’ve already been to the pub in which it was partly written/discussed, I still think I should read them. They are classics for a reason.

And of course it is time to go to NYC (although, when is it not?). So listen up mother! I want to go to central park and have tea at the Plaza just like Eloise. Oh how I love Eloise.

In other news, I get my sleep mask next Friday. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the thrilling story here.) I haven’t decided if I am going to post a picture of it on here when I get it; depends on the level of embarrassment I feel at the time. I do know that I have named it Darth Vader because, well, when wearing it I feel like ol’ Darth. Plus I can now (or at least next Friday) say “I’m totally sleeping with Darth Vader.” Can you imagine! Me! Sleeping with Darth Vader! The scandal! The shock! The horror! I know, I know. It is going to be totally awesome. Also if people want to come to visit it, and I’ve already had a few friends say they wanted to, the only requirement is that they bring a sticker to decorate it with. (This reminds me of the rule JD and Turk have… that you have to bring your own roll of toilet paper if you stay with them… no? anyone? just me?)

And lastly, I will answer this question that I was asked today by me lovely sister.

“If you were a boy for one day, what would you do?”

Hmmm, a very interesting question. I think whatever I did I would do it shirtless, because it is really unfair boys don’t have to wear shirts all the time. Then I think I would go to an old barber (like the kind with the red and white swirly thing in the front) because boys can just do that. They don’t have to entrust a random person with their precious hair and expect them to cut it EXACTLY like the picture looks. I would also burp a lot, because boys don’t (usually) get nasty looks when they burp. I would go to a sporting event and actually know what is going on (I’m assuming if there is magic for me to become a boy, there is magic for me to become a boy with a decent knowledge of sports). Oh then I would go smell a bunch of cologne because it all (mostly) smells so so good. And that would be my (somewhat boring) day as a boy.

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I saw a Movie and I Liked It.

Julie & Julia

I must start this post by saying I absolutely adored everything about this movie from the actors to the characters to the story lines (both of them) to the scenery to the dialogue to the dishes that were cooked to everything. Doug from Bullshish posted his review of the movie (found here) and actually said while he didn’t find the Julie storyline as interesting as the Julia storyline, he still enjoyed the movie. But I must say I disagree with him on this aspect for more personal reasons.

First, I LOVE to cook. I love everything about cooking, especially cooking things from scratch. From the sixth grade and beyond I watched the Food Network channel A LOT more than I care to admit. Now I am constantly recording episodes of Alton Brown and The Barefoot Contessa (just two of the many shows I watch) to see how exactly they hold the knife when chopping onions, and how much you should really pay for good, quality meat, and just what are the best cuts of meat because this stuff matters people! I print recipes off line, make them and sometimes quite a few come out better than I expect. My favorite chef is Jamie Oliver (who I stayed up to watch on the weekends when his poor little show was on at midnight) and I own every single one of his cookbooks. I think the reason I loved Julie’s storyline is that I have attempted to make a little progress through these books. Mind you, I have not attempted over 500 recipes in a year, but have you ever taken a huge cookbook, opened up to a particular section, picked a recipe and tried to make it? One of those “you have to add the egg in at this PRECISE moment and mix it in for this EXACT amount of time because if you go any over the time limit you will have scrambled eggs with your pasta but if you go any under you will have raw eggs with your pasta?” No? You haven’t? Well it isn’t as easy as they make it look on T.V. people. Amy Adams did a spectacular job playing Julie and I really do think she conveyed the emotions you get when trying to make a meal from scratch. Standing there, reading the recipe and talking to Julia– yes, I’ve done that. Cried when she couldn’t get the stuffing in the chicken? I cried when I burned a batch of fried green tomatoes, on my third attempt no less. Got in a fight with her husband? I’ve yelled and been yelled at by my grandmother while cooking. I’ve been there and sometimes it isn’t fun. I couldn’t even imagine doing it almost daily, though it is very, very tempting.

Second, I grew up with a grandmother who also loved to cook. She reminds me of Julia in a way; whenever we are in the kitchen cooking and I make a mistake I tend to get really upset with myself and she always tells me that it is okay, mistakes happen and then she manages to fix it. Please don’t ask me how, but when it comes to food the woman is just simply amazing. And that is what I got with Julia in the movie. That woman was fearless, never apologized and found a way to make it happen. Meryl Streep did an absolutely brilliant job at perfecting the voice and mannerisms of the infamous chef and I thoroughly enjoyed her performance. Meryl also was adorable shopping in the streets of Paris. Oh, Paris. So often you are associated with gross, nasty, rude people who don’t shave and wear striped shirts and berets. And sometimes that is true (well more so with the gross, nasty, rude people who don’t shave, not the striped shirts and berets) but listen to me Internet. When you go to Paris everything changes. You walk the streets and to your left there are the most beautiful tomatoes and peppers and every assortment of vegetables you could imagine. And the colors are so rich, and the smells are so appetizing, and the vendors are so lovely you just want to take one of everything. When I was there I seriously got very, very sad I didn’t have a place to cook delicious meals with these amazing foods. This movie made me miss Paris (and Europe in general) but through Julia I got to relive that beautiful month I spent in France.

I guess what I am trying to say is that I loved this movie so, so much but for more personal reasons than storylines. I found the dialogue to be hilarious, sad, touching, and heartwarming. The costumes were wonderful, the sets were wonderful (what I wouldn’t give to have Julia’s kitchen) and the acting was superb. I will absolutely recommend this movie to anyone and everyone and I can not wait to add it to my collection. Now if you will excuse me, it is time for dinner and I have to go put on my pearls.

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A French Chick Flick. Does Life Get Any Better?

hors de prix

Seeing as I am taking French classes at school, I like to watch French movies and read French books to try and see how much I understand.While I still need subtitles, I sometimes understand a lot more than I ever expected; in “teacher speak” (something I do a lot) this is the equivalent of a progress report. It is sort of an “l like to see how much I have learned, and how much I need to work on” type thing.

So Cal (Bullshish to you) and I have this movie trade off thing, and I am due to watch Cinderella Man sometime in the very, very near future, I promise. But tonight he convinced me to do a free trial of Netflix (turns out he didn’t have to do much convincing) and they have this instant watch type feature. So I was scrolling through those, and instead of watching my latest movie trade off like a good person, I watched a French chick flick that I have been dying to see for a long time.

After seeing Amelie I fell in love with Audrey Tautou. Then I saw the preivew for this movie, and knew I must see it at once. Hors de prix (or rather Priceless in English) is the story of a poor waitor named Jean, who works at a VERY rich hotel, and a gal named Irène, who mistakes Jean as a wealthy man who will foot the bill for her widly expensive habits because she too is very poor and goes from rich man to rich man who all buy her pretty things that I would KILL for. This film was supposedly adapted from Breakfast at Tiffany’s so if you have seen that movie, you can pretty much compare her to Holly. Only this one is French. And she doesn’t have a cat.

Now, it is a well known fact that I love my share of chick flicks/rom-coms/whatever you want to call them. I have a saying, and that is almost every single chick flick/rom-com/whatever you want to call them can be traced back to the plot of any one Jane Austen novel. They follow specific guidelines. Boy and Girl meet. Boy and Girl casually/secretly/sort-of flirt but are usually (1) to busy loathing each other to figure out it is true love, or (2) seeing someone else and can’t see that it is true love. Boy and Girl find ways of always running into each other. Boy and Girl have epiphanies and realize it IS love, but can’t do anything about it because (1) they are scared the other doesn’t feel the same way, or (2) they are still with that other someone because it is comfortable. Boy or Girl does something in the form of a grand gesture, and in the end Boy and Girl live happily ever after. These guidelines may vary from movie to movie, but they generally tend to stay the same.

So when I started Hors de prix I expected it to go this route. (After all, I didn’t know much about the movie other than the star and that it was French.) The plot line actually caught me off guard a little ways into it, but I liked the change. I mean, yes I figured out how it would end long before it was over, but when you watch as many chick flicks as I do, you tend to have a special gift for this. But the change of pace was quite nice. The cast was great and everyone fit their roles perfectly. Audrey is such a wonderful actress and has the best facial expressions (doesn’t hurt that she is quite beautiful). Gad Elmaleh (Jean) was a perfect fit for his role. He was quirky and shy, and I liked that he wasn’t some major French hottie because that would have totally ruined his role in the movie. Granted, he was cute, but I saw a handful of more gorgeous men on the streets of Paris, JUST SAYING.

Overall I totally recommend this movie to anyone, be it chick flick or not. If you like forigen films do give this one a try. You get funny and sweet and charming- all in one sitting! I promise you will like it, and if you don’t… well then you can just go ahead a put a nice, big check mark next to BE MORE CULTURED.

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