Thursday, August 4, 2011

13 Kids Movies That Aren't Just For Kids

I'm babysitting my four and nine year old siblings for the next few days. Tonight we grabbed Rango from Redbox to watch. I have to say that I'm surprised that despite the PG rating (and animation) that most of the concepts (and jokes) were over the head of the average 10 year old. So here are 12 other films that have mass appeal and you might want to pick up to watch with your kids.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

13 Sexy, Troubled Characters

Troubled characters are by far the most interesting and I think, the most sexy. Perhaps it has something to do with that longing look in their eye or the adorable face of confusion underneath their seemingly hard exterior. Whatever the reason here are 13 troubled characters played by 13 sexy men.

Character: Sherlock Holmes
Portrayed By: Jeremy Brett
Dilemma: How to deal with his downtime and depression without succumbing to his cocaine addiction

Character: Sir Percy Blakeney from "The Scarlet Pimpernel"
Portrayed By: Anthony Andrews
Dilemma: Rescuing fugitives from the French Revolution without his wife knowing. He loves her but believes she has betrayed him.

Character: Oskar Schindler from "Schindler's List"
Portrayed By: Liam Neeson
Dilemma: Battling his own moral beliefs and how to save Jewish workers from Auschwitz
Character: Captain Jack Sparrow from "Pirates of the Caribbean"
Portrayed By: Johnny Depp
Dilemma: Keep all the booty and treasure for himself or help his friends

Character: Rhett Butler from "Gone with the Wind"
Portrayed By: Clark Gable
Dilemma: Stay with the woman he loves although she loves another

Character: Severus Snape from "Harry Potter"
Portrayed By: Alan Rickman
Dilemma: Moral considerations and how to be true to his lost love even if it means protecting the son of his greatest rival  for her affection

Character: Indiana Jones
Portrayed By: Harrison Ford
Dilemma: Save your father, the girl or the treasure...

Character: Benjamin Braddock from "The Graduate"
Portrayed By: Dustin Hoffman
Dilemma: What do to with his life and if it's ok to sleep with the mother of the girl you love

Character: Javert from "Les Miserables"
Portrayed By: Geoffrey Rush
Dilemma: What is greater? Compassion or the Law?

Character: John Adams from "1776"
Portrayed By: William Daniels
Dilemma: How much is he willing to sacrifice for Independence?

 Character: Doctor Who
Portrayed By: David Tennant
Dilemma: How much control should one person have and does anyone have a right to decide who lives and dies?

 Character: Captain Jack Harkness from "Torchwood"
Portrayed By: John Barrowman
Dilemma: Like his mentor, the Doctor, does he really have the right to put individuals in peril for the greater good?

And the poster boy for troubled protagonists...
Character: Hamlet
Portrayed By: Kenneth Branagh
Dilemma: Is he justified in killing his uncle on the suspicion of killing his father? What about killing his mother? Should he just kill himself instead?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

13 Great Movie Tracks

So, Harry Potter tonight at midnight! I just love the music (as well as everything else). In honor of Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 2, here are some of my favorite movie tracks. Links go to Youtube.

1. Schindler's List 
Main Theme - John Williams/Itzhak Perlman

2. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

3. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Black Pearl
He's A Pirate - Hans Zimmer

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Double Trouble - John Williams/Shakespeare
5. Goodbye Lenin
Summer 78 - Yann Tiersen
6. Sherlock Holmes
Discombobulate - Hans Zimmer

7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
 Fireworks - Nicholas Hooper
9. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Parlay - Hans Zimmer

10. Amelie
La Valse d'Amelie - Yann Tiersen
11. Star Wars: A New Hope
Binary Sunset - John Williams
12. Disney's Beauty and the Beast
  Transformation - Alan Menken

13. Exodus
Main Theme - Ernest Gold

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, June 20, 2011

Movies with Men in Tights
Raspberry Flavoring
Nail Polish

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday 9: You May Be Right

1. What is the craziest thing you've done in the last Year?
A year is a very long time to think back on! I moved 2500 miles with my whole life in a Hyundai Sonata..that was kind of crazy.

2. What is something that you've lost recently?
I'm constantly losing earrings. I have about 20 earrings but I think none of them have a match! I don't know where they go. I think there is an earring stealing elf...or it's my four year old sister.

3. Where does your patience suffer the most?
Facebook. I'm suddenly inside the minds of tons of people and I realize how stupid they are. I have to practice large amounts of self-control not to post my opinion on every status/comment.

4. Have you ever reread a book?
I have reread several books and I've reread some books several times. The Pushcart War being a point in case.

5. What is a TV show that you absolutely HATE to miss?
Doctor Who!

6. How old do you wish you were?
I'm fine with my age. I just don't want to get much older. :)

7. Do you know your neighbors?
The children, they come over an average of 10 times a day asking to play with my younger siblings.

8. Do you believe that opposites attract?
In some aspects, but if you are too far apart on too many important issues...

9. Who was the last person that made you laugh?
Crankshaw. :) I'm glad I called her.

Friday, June 17, 2011

1. One of my favorite birthday presents was Broadway tickets.

2. I cried the whole session, it was as simple as that.

3. The moon looked like a friend but I couldn't get to sleep.

4. Memory includes pain and laughter.

5. I was tempted by confession.

6. Horseback riding, shopping, and sight-seeing are some of the things I like to do on vacation.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to the usual, tomorrow my plans include nothing much and Sunday, I want to dream!

Friday Fill-Ins

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thirteen Words I Had To Look Up This Week

As an English person, I very much enjoyed someone's list from last week of 13 words that are no longer in common usage. When I got a smartphone for my birthday this week one of the first apps I downloaded was a Dictionary. Yes, I'm one of those geeks who had a pocket dictionary and then an electronic dictionary. Well without further ado, here are 13 words I had to look up this week. (Most from reading John Stuart Mill's Autobiography)

1. Obloquy - noun censure, blame, or abusive language aimed at a person or thing esp. by numerous persons or by the general public

2. Palliate - verb to relieve or lesson without curing; mitigate; alleviate

3. Cottiers - noun A rural worker; a laborer on a farm or in a small village

4. Redaction - verb to put into suitable literary form; revise; edit

5. Excogitate - verb to think out; devise; invent

6. Jejune - adj without interest or significance; dull; insipid

7. Macadam - noun the broken stone used in making a road or pavement

8. Goosed - noun slang. a poke between the buttocks to startle

9. Amanuensis - noun a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another; secretary

10. Tyro - noun a beginner in learning anything; novice

11. Umbrageous - adj creating or providing shade; shady

12. Creche - noun a small or large mounted representation or tableau of Mary, Joseph and others around the crib of Jesus in the stable of Bethlehem, as is displayed in homes or erected for exhibition in a community at Christmas

13. Bruin - noun a bear, esp. a European brown bear

Thursday 13

Thursday, June 9, 2011

1. I remember when I first heard Elizabeth Sladen died, I'm still sad.

2.Glitter  showering down is a huge mess.

3. Most humans strike me as hypocrites.

4. This is the song that doesn't end --- sound familiar?

5. I was inspired by my fellow patients in IOP.

6.My brain is who knows where!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to celebrating my birthday, tomorrow my plans include a pool party and Sunday, I want to relax after the festivities!

13 Of My Favorite Poems

1. Sunday Morning by Wallace Stevens
I took a class in college where we studied ten different poems the whole semester so we went pretty in-depth. This as well as the next two were from that class. It makes a lot of difference once you've dissected the piece and really understand it as well as you can. The lovely idea in this poem that heaven is basically earth because what is the greatness in unchanging bliss if there is no death to compare it to is a supremely interesting notion. Favorite Line: Death is the mother of beauty, mystical

2. For the Union Dead by Robert Lowell
A mixture of history and in a nut-shell. I'm so excited to be moving to Boston so I can actually see the Boston Commons and the monument for myself. :)
Favorite Line: Once my nose crawled like a snail on the glass

3. Directive by Robert Frost
A return to simplicity and nature.
Favorite Line: And if you're lost enough to find yourself

4. If by Rudyard Kipling
I memorized this poem for extra credit in sixth grade and can still recite most of it without looking. It is full of wonderful advice.
Favorite Line: If you can dream and not make dreams your master

5. If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking by Emily Dickinson
A short by wonderful poem.
Favorite Line: I shall not live in vain

6. A Linnet In A Gilded Cage by Christian Rossetti
There is good in every situation, sometimes you just have to look a little bit harder.
Favorite Line: All of them :)

7. The Highway Man by Alfred Noyes
A more popular poem, it's a beautiful story.
Favorite Line: The moon was a ghostly galleon, tossed upon cloudy seas

8. Dreams by Langston Hughes
I wrote this poem inside the door of my dress cabinet in middle school....probably not the best thing for furniture but its lovely and encouraging
Favorite Line: All of them

9. He Who Wishes For the Clothes of Heaven by W.B. Yeats
I had this one taped to my mirror. Yes, I was a dreamy romantic Anne of Green Gables type of child.
Favorite Line: But I being poor, have only my dreams

10. In Memoriam by Lord Alfred Tennyson
This one is really more of a book than a poem.
One of my favorite passages is section seven when Tennyson hesitates in front of Hallam's front door.

Dark house, by which once more I stand
         Here in the long unlovely street,
         Doors, where my heart was used to beat
So quickly, waiting for a hand,

A hand that can be clasp'd no more—
         Behold me, for I cannot sleep,
         And like a guilty thing I creep
At earliest morning to the door.

He is not here; but far away
         The noise of life begins again,
         And ghastly thro' the drizzling rain
On the bald street breaks the blank day. 
11. Portia's Speech from The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare

 A classic of course. I once recited this for a theater class in high school
Favorite Line: It droppeth as gentle rain from heaven

12. In Memory of W.B. Yeats by W.H. Auden
Auden struggles with his impressions of Yeats as well as the purpose of his own calling as a poet.
Favorite Line: You were silly like us, you're gift survived it all

13. When I Was One-and-Twenty by A.E. Houseman
Tomorrow I turn twenty-three and "tis true, tis true" :)

Thursday 13

Friday, June 3, 2011

1. Hey! I actually worked this week.

2. I wish my corn on the cob had a kernel of truth.

3. Eat rice pudding, it's good.

4. My sister Jenna is in the middle.

5. First thing to note: Our potatoes in the pantry have grown spuds.

6. Friday Fill-ins are a great distraction.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to next week because it's my birthday, tomorrow my plans include working and Sunday, I want to read!

Friday Fill-Ins

Thursday, June 2, 2011

13 Reasons I'm Excited for Boston

Ok, after my kind of depressing list of reasons why I'm worried about grad is 13 reasons why I am uber excited!

1. Boston - Grad school is cool in and by itself but to be able to go to school in such a lovely city with so much history. Not to mention all the libraries!
2. New People - In the year I have lived in Texas I really haven't made any close friends who I feel like I really relate to. I am glad to have new faces. A lot of new faces since this is such a small town here. Simmons is within walking distance of 15 other colleges...I'm not too old to date a college guy. :)
3. Intellectual Work/Conversation - Yes, I am a nerd. I enjoy all those philosophical discussions and I can't wait to do something with my mind. The past year of sitting here unemployed has been nerve-wrackingly boring
4. Step Towards Career - This is the next step in being able to get the type of job I want. It feels good to be accomplishing something
5. Independence - I lived on my own for tow years and then moved back in with my parents and four younger siblings. I love them but it was a very hard adjustment. I cannot wait to have my own place again and not have to feel like I'm intruding on anyone or keeping anyone up. And just not have to answer the question, "where are you going? can i come?" Lol
6. Break From Family - There can just be too much drama sometimes
7. Weather - I miss autumn! I miss snow! I miss wearing long sleeves and scarves! I MISS THUNDERSTORMS!
8. Familiar Places - There are so many restaurants/stores that exist on the east coast but not down here. Dunkin' Donuts here I come!
9. Library - I read somewhere that Boston has more libraries than any other region and as a grad student in the MLS program I not only will be able to use libraries that actually have books (thank god) but also will be interning.
10. More Job Opportunities - Yay! There will be a larger number of jobs available overall but also more in the professional/educational realm that I would much prefer to work in
11. Fresh Start - I don't know anyone in Boston. I can reinvent myself and make new impressions.
12. Diversity - There is not much cultural diversity here...
13. Exercise - I will be walking around campus....ok, so its not a lot of exercise but its more than I'm getting now lol

Thursday 13

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

It's my birthday next week! I turn 23, yikes! 10 cakes I wouldn't mind having....

Wordless Wednesday

Friday, May 27, 2011

For my birthday on June 10th, I'm asking my friends and family for a special gift: help me raise $250 for RAINN: Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. It's a great cause that provides 24/7 help via the phone and IM to assault victims

I chose RAINN: Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network because I have used them myself and think it is a very good program that should continue

Please consider giving to my Birthday Wish, and together we can help the men and woman who desparetly need it. If you can't give now, I'd really appreciate if you'd share this page with your friends.

My Birthday Wish!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thursday 13 - Worries About Grad School

Ok, so this is not the most encouraging or exciting list but I'm killing two birds with one stone here. As part of therapy homework I am supposed to make a list of the things that I'm worried/fearful about concerning grad school. I'm sure there are many more than 13. I'm moving from south Texas to Boston...that's a colossal fear in and of itself.

1. Money - of course that's the big one. Full cost of tuition and housing for one year at Simmons is 44,000. Stafford loans available to me? 20,500 (actually the max amount so it could be worse) I am hyperventilating.

2. Transportation - My car is old. Its the only car I've ever had and although it made it from NJ to South TX last year I do not think it will make it from South TX to MA this year. I'm thinking that the money to upkeep it plus insurance is not worth it if I'm living on campus in the middle of a city. Yet I hate to be without a car.

3. Job/Time - I'm going to have to have a job, perhaps even full time. How the heck am I going to manage that? Can I find a job that pays enough? How long will my unemployment last me before its crucial to find a job? If it's not within walking distance I have to add the cost of the subway or buses. I have to do an internship for the masters program...will I have enough time?

4. Mental Health - I have to start all over again with a new therapist. This will be number 5 in 3 years I think...I need to stop moving. And being all alone in a new place is never good for a sane person, let alone me. Lol I need to find a psychiatrist too...well there's probably one on the school health staff

5. Co-ed Bathrooms - Ok, sounds kind of trivial but I didn't live on campus for undergrad so I have no experience with communal bathrooms/showers to begin with lol. The fact that the grad school apartments have co-ed bathrooms kind of freaks me out. Are there urinals in co-ed bathrooms? Lol. I guess that doesnt really bother me, it's the thought of some guy jumping in my shower lol

6. Weather - I spent 22 years in NJ and only one in TX so I'm going with colder weather. However I really don't like the idea of having to walk in snow...

7. Summer/Vacation Housing - If I manage to get a job I will want to stay in Boston during the summer and breaks but I'm in campus housing...have to figure that one out.

8. Moving - If I'm not taking my car that means I'm going to have to be very picky about what I take since I'll have to fill suitcases a/o ship things. I don't really want to moved back down here so I don't like the thought of leaving all my books because either 1. I'll never get them back or 2. I'll feel compelled to take the easy route and move back down here

9. Future Housing - I'm doing on campus for now but once I know the area and can find someone to room with I'd rather have an apartment. Furniture? Ugh I got rid of it when I moved from NJ to TX since I moved in with my parents. I have to re-buy everything

10. Classes - I'm doing a dual degree. The history part I'm fine with. The MLS part...I really have no idea what to expect....

11. Technology - I'm getting a new phone for my birthday so that should be fine and I can live with the camera on a smart phone since I'm no longer really doing much photography. But my laptop situation worries me. Granted I'll be at a school with a computer lab but for those late night laptop that is currently working is about 6 years old and missing half its keys. It has no battery and has a short in its cord. I don't think its going to last much longer. I have a newer laptop but something fried in it a few months ago and I have yet to get it fixed and I don't want to spend the money really since the other one is fine for now.

12.Food - I hope the school has good vegetarian options...

13. Worth - Please let me get a job with these degrees!

Thursday Thirteen

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Stationary Pedestrian

Stationary Pedestrian
April 03, 2010

I lost myself on the way to lunch today
And did not find myself again
Until 16th and Latimer
In a little artist’s garden
Beside an 80 year old print shop
At first I did not see the hidden paradise
Across from a construction zone
Hidden behind brick walls
I only saw its guardian
A wide-eyed wild ass glaring at me
Daring me to think him absurd
Waiting to punish me for disrespect of his position
I laughed to myself at his expression
Prided myself in mine
Thought how superior I was
To be able to walk up and down the street
And beyond to Spruce
To Chestnut
To Market, to Market
And back again
I imagined his pained look
Came from staring at the same view
Day after day
Unable to turn his head
Unable to close his metal lids
While I – flesh and blood
Circulated and saw the whole of the city
While I – flesh and bone
Rode him into another state
While I – flesh and lust
Soft and supple
Moved freely and loved freely
Or did I?
Ruled by passion I loved
Dictated by location I traveled
Urged by curiosity I explored
The necessity to eat drove me out for food
The need for money pulled me
Back to work again
And he – this wild-eyed ass
Had commanded me to stop and ponder
Yet he had no obligations
Besides arresting my eyes
And the eyes of passerbys
For 94 years
I had seen the city
He had seen its history
And every person walking by
Had brought a little bit
Of themselves and the other streets
And while I had seen 40 streets
He had seen 94 years of 40 streets
And had allowed more
Than 40 times 94 flesh and blood humans
To sit and rest
Beneath his non-sleeping, all-seeing eye
In a garden paradise
Beside an 80 year old printshop
On 16th and Latimer
And who was I to think I was wiser
I said I found myself
I found my place in the world and time
I was on 16th and Latimer
On April 3, 2010

Thursday, April 28, 2011

My Life Photo Essay (Swapbot)

1. The Outside of My House
I live in Harlingen, TX. That's about 30 minutes north of Brownsville/Mexico

2. Where I Do My Craft Stuff
I have my craft table set up upstairs in the game room. No, it is generally not that neat. Actually it is never that neat.

3. Where I Do My Grocery Shopping
Sorry, some of these are cell phone pictures. I actually do most of my grocery shopping at HEB or Super Walmart but being a vegetarian, this is the store I like the most. :)

4. How I Get Around
I have a '99 Hyundai Sonata. It's name is Jacob. It's the dirtier one on the right. :) It is slowly falling apart. It's the only car I've ever owned.

5. Favorite Place to Eat
Don't laugh, but it's true. I love coffee and I love their wraps.

6. My Mailbox
It has been depressingly empty lately.

7. Your Place of Worship
Yes, its a crappy cell phone out of a car window picture. I completely forgot about this one. We have a pretty fountain. :)

8. My Kitchen
Complete with my sister and brother cooking.

9. Favorite Place to Shop
We don't have many choices in town. :)

10. Picture From My Last Vacation
We went up to San Antonio for a week. This was from a wax museum. I'm on the left, my sister Jenna is on the right...and that's supposed to be Johnny Depp