Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The current has us now, it's ok. Take into account that it's all about to change...

   I am having a weird week. Usually I am okay with change. I mean, like most human creatures of habit, I don't love it, but usually I am excited for fall because I get to get back into a routine, get new clothes, start new classes, make new friends, things that are FUN. And I am like that this year, but I think it's just happening a bit too soon and a bit too suddenly for me.
   Don't get me wrong, I had a great summer. As I was saying to my friend yesterday, going on a big trip at the beginning of summer really made the rest of the summer better. There was no pressure like "oh no, it's already my birthday and I haven't even gone camping yet!" or "Oh no! It's August! I haven't been to the lake enough!" I did all the things I wanted to this summer, so I am ready for fall.
     It's just...Last weekend we had a housewarming party for my boyfriend in the small town he just moved to. He bought a house and a new car and is starting his first ever full time job and it's just crazy! And I am super happy for him but it's weird not to be doing it together, kind of, and because I'm still in school I feel like I am just playing house and he is the real grown-up. Then, the night after his party, we went to a going-away party for some friends who are moving out of province. I hate when friends leave. It is my least favourite thing.
     And then the next day, I started my internship! Well, technically I started last week but school started this week. And I am super excited for the four months and I know it will fly by but it still feels a bit surreal to me that it's all happening. I told myself "You've been working towards this for four years, and this is it. So you better enjoy it while it's happening."
     but sadly, this week I haven't been feeling like doing much. None of my friends have gone back to school or work yet so they are still enjoying summer and I can't anymore, really, I have to stay home and go to bed early and things like that. And also, the school I'm working in isn't air-conditioned so by the end of the day I don't want to stay there to do anything, I just want to come home to an air conditioner and change into shorts and a tank top (things I can't wear at school), and then I'm just lazy and don't do anything.
     I think I really need the long weekend. Hopefully next week when everyone else goes back to their routine, and it's SEPTEMBER instead of AUGUST and it's hopefully a bit cooler I will be better at doing stuff. In the meantime, here are some end-of-summer type photos.

it's hard to take a picture of your own shoulder but my tattoo is all healed now and looking good.

There was a bee on the flower and my camera decided to be really weird and only read yellow light.

flowers in the garden.

autumn-coloured summer flower

Again, camera is weird with lighting.

bare feet on grass, in a sundress. Probably one of the last days I can do it this year.
How are you all feeling about the impending fall? What are you looking forward to? Are you mourning summer or not until after the long weekend? I will try not to be such a brat, I really am excited for the next four months, just in a strange mood lately. And the leaves haven't even really started changing yet!

"Oh how I feel like through autumn's advancing we'll stay young, go dancing."

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fall Movies

Back in May, I did a post of movies I wanted to see this summer. Mostly for my own reference, but also because I blog about things I like and I like movies.

Movies I said I wanted to see: Water for Elephants, The Hangover Pt. 2, X-Men: First Class, The Art of Getting By, Bad Teacher, Monte Carlo, HP DH Pt.2, Crazy Stupid Love, One Day. 

What I actually saw (from memory, I didn't keep track.):
Water for Elephants, The Hangover, Bridesmaids, X-Men, Green Lantern, Super 8, HP DH Pt. 2 (twice), Horrible Bosses, One Day.

I still want to see: The Art of Getting By, Bad Teacher, Monte Carlo, Crazy Stupid Love, The Help, Friends With Benefits, The Change Up. Some of those are still in theatres and some aren't.

And now, movies I want to see this fall:
If you click on them it will take you to a trailer.

50/50 - Sept. 30
Seth Rogen's friend got cancer and survived, so Rogen got his friend to write a movie about it. Rogan stars as a version of himself and Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the friend. Also starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Anna Kenrick. And it's a comedy.
What's Your Number? - Sept. 30
Anna Faris hears that after a woman's slept with 20 guys she can never find love so she gets Chris Evans to help her find all her exes to see if one of them is "the one."
My Week With Marilyn - Nov. 4
No trailer. Michelle Williams is Marilyn Monroe, getting escorted around Britain for a week during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl. Also starring Kenneth Brannagh and Emma Watson.
Melancholia - Nov. 11
Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsburg are sisters and a planet is about to collide with Earth.
The Muppets - Nov. 23
'Nuf said.
New Years' Eve - Dec. 9
It's like Valentines' Day, only New Years'.

What movies do you want to see this fall?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Playlist Mania!

A couple of weeks ago I made up a game on my Facebook page. I put my status as "New game - Type a word and I'll build you a mix CD around it. Note: if you live far away it may be a while until you get your CD. (One per person)"
I got a lot of comments, and made a lot of playlists.
Mostly everybody has theirs now, so I thought I would share what I made in case any of you want to listen to someone else's word playlist.

Also, if you don't have your CD yet and you don't want it to be spoiled, don't read what's on your playlist.

"Adrenaline": 1. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor 2. Blame It On The Pop - DJ Earworm 3. All of the Lights - Kanye West 4. Crimewave - Crystal Castles 5. Night by Night - Chromeo 6. Triple Double - Girl Talk 7. I'll Believe In Anything - Wolf Parade 8. Brand New Colony - The Postal Service 9. Creator - Santigold 10. Sour Cherry - The Kills 11. That Time - Regina Spektor 12. Bulletproof - La Roux 13. Warhol's Portrait of Gretzky - Hawksley Workman 14. Dead on Arrival - Fall Out Boy 15. Raise Your Glass - Pink 16. Single Ladies - Beyonce 17. First Date - Blink 182 18. Date With The Night - Yeah Yeah Yeahs 19. Sleepyhead - Passion Pit 20. Pump Up The Jam - Technotronic

"Dance": 1. I Won't Dance - Frank Sinatra 2. Just Dance - Lady Gaga 3. Everybody - Backstreet Boys 4. Raise Your Glass - Pink 5. Who Says - Selena Gomez 6. Price Tag - Jessie J 7. Let's Dance - David Bowie 8. Shine a Little Love - E.L.O 9. Bruises - Chairlift 10. Everyday People - Sly and the Family Stone 11. Warhol's Portrait of Gretzky - Hawksley Workman 12. Ballroom Blitz - Sweet 13. Blame It On The Pop - DJ Earworm 14. Club Can't Handle Me - Flo Rida 15. Forever - Chris Brown 16. Pump Up The Jam - Technotronic 17. Single Ladies - Beyonce 18. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas 19. I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack

"Nostalgic": 1. Dreams - The Cranberries 2. Time To Pretend - MGMT 3. 1979 - The Smashing Pumpkins 4. Wasted Hours - Arcade Fire 5. Reunion - Stars 6. Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer 7. Thirteen - Elliott Smith 8. These Days - Nico 9. No Rain - Blind Melon 10. Me and My Friend - Julie Doiron 11. In My Life - The Beatles 12. In My Room - The Beach Boys 13. One of These Things First - Nick Drake 14. I'm Still Your Fag - Broken Social Scene 15. A Lack of Colour - Death Cab for Cutie 16. King of Carrot Flowers, Pt.1 - Neutral Milk Hotel 17. Resurrection Fern - Iron & Wine 18. I Don't Want To Grow Up - Scarlett Johansson 19. Hideaway - Karen O 20. Poison Oak - Bright Eyes

"Irony": 1. Ironic - Alanis Morissette 2. Falling For The First Time - Barenaked Ladies 3. All I HAve To Give - Backstreet Boys 4. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song - The Flaming Lips 5. Go Ahead - Rilo Kiley 6. A Boy Named Sue - Todd Snider 7. Fashionable People - Joel Plaskett Emergency 8. Supermodel - Jill Sobule 9. Say - John Mayer 10. Decatur, Or, Round Of Applause For Your Stepmother! 11. Papparazzi - an ironic cover by a friend 12. Runaway - Kanye West 13. Feeling Better - The Teenagers 14. Super Bass - an ironic cover by another friend 15. Inner City Pressure - Flight of the Conchords 16. You Remind Me of Home - Ben Gibbard 17. Time To Pretend - MGMT 18. Touch Up - Mother Mother 19. Song for the Painfully Indie - Tom Milsom

"Orange": 1. Orange Coloured Sky - Natalie Cole 2. Graduation (Friends Forever) - Vitamin C 3. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor 4. California - Phantom Planet 5. Yellow - Coldplay 6. Portions for Foxes - Rilo Kiley 7. Fire Eye'd Boy - Broken Social Scene 8. That Time - Regina Spektor 9. You're So Vain - Carly Simon 10. One Match - Sarah Harmer 11. Little Plastic Castle - Ani DiFranco 12. Mr. Fox In The Fields - Alexandre Desplat 13. Pumpkin Soup - Kate Nash 14. Sunshine Blues - Bahamas 15. Tigerlily - La Roux 16. Your Head Is On Fire - Broken Bells 17. Pompeii Am Gotterdammerung - The Flaming Lips 18. Patio Lanterns - Kim Mitchell 19. Orange Crush - REM 20. Orange Sky - Alexi Murdoch

"Demonic": 1. Demon Days - Gorillaz 2. Evil Will Prevail - The Flaming Lips 3. The Devil's Been Busy - The Traveling Wilburys 4. Watchmaker - The Tom Fun Orchestra 5. Devil Town - Daniel Johnston 6. I Feel Evil Creeping In - Islands 7. Little Drop of Poison - Tom Waits 8. Evil - Interpol 9. Roman's Revenge - Nicki Minaj feat. Eminem 10. Devil in the Details - Bright Eyes 11. Devil In A New Dress - Kanye West 12. Let the Devil In - TV on the Radio 13. Amongst the Murderers and Thieves - Avarice to LAce 14. The Devil Neve Sleeps - Iron & Wine 15. Sic Transit Gloria ... Glory Fades - Brand New 16. This Devil's Workday - Modest Mouse 17. My Pet Monster - The Holly Springs Disaster 18. Friend of the Devil - Counting Crows 19. I'm a Fake - The Used 20. Demons - Joel Plaskett

"Peppy": 1. Stuck Like Glue - Sugarland 2. Relax - Skavenjah 3. Folding Chair - Regina Spektor 4. Cuba/Peru - Rah Rah 5. Snow (Hey Oh) - Red Hot Chili Peppers 6. Sleepyhead - Passion Pit 7. I'm Not Your Toy - La Roux 8. Train of Thought - Mother Mother 9. Mamma Mia - ABBA 10. I've Got Nothing - Chartjackers 11. Fashionable People - Joel Plaskett Emergency 12. You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb - Spoon 13. Merry Happy - Kate Nash 14. Shine a Little Love - E.L.O 15. Such Great Heights - The Postal Service 16. Check It Out - Nicki Minaj feat. will.i.am 17. Night By Night - Chromeo 18. Cheerleader - Grizzly Bear 19. Gas Gas - Severina 20. One Last "Whoo-hoo!" For The Pullman - Sufjan Stevens

"Dance 2.0" (for another person): 1. I Won't Dance - Frank Sinatra 2. Just Dance - Lady Gaga 3. Blame It On the Pop - DJ Earworm 4. Who Says - Selena Gomez 5. Raise Your Glass - Pink 6. Right Back Where We Started From - Maxine Nightingale 7. You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon 8. Bruises - Chairlift 9. Teenage Dream - Glee 10. Merry Happy - Kate Nash 11. Thing For You - Jann Arden 12. Just You and Me - Chicago 13. Know Your Onion! - The Shins 14. Independent Women Part 1 - Destiny's Child 15. Last Chance - Nicki Minaj feat. Natasha Bedingfield 16. Take A Chance On Me - ABBA 17. Foreve r- Chris Brown 18. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas 19. I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack

"Food": 1. Banana Pancakes - Jack Johnson 2. Pumpkin Soup - Kate Nash 3. Milk - Kings of Leon 4. Alcohol - Barenaked Ladies 5. Sour Cherry - The Kills 6. Rum and Tequila - The Tom Fun Orchestra 7. Dear Deer - Kate Micucci 8. Pea - Red Hot Chili Peppers 9. He Brings out the Whiskey in Me - Amy Millan 10. Eet - Regina Spektor 11. Bruises - Chairlift 12. Kim's Watermelon Gun - The Flaming Lips 13. Peaches En Regalia - Frank Zappa 14. That Time - Regina Spektor 15. Apple Candy - Ben Lee 16. Brandy Alexander - Feist 17. Get Gone - Fiona Apple 18. Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles 19. My Heart is an Apple - Arcade Fire 20. Gotta Have You - The Weepies

"WILD": 1. Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf 2. Rumpus - Karen O 3. Absolutely Free - Mothers of Invention 4. The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens 5. Tame - Pixies 6. Thriller - Michael Jackson 7. Bad Romance - Lady Gaga 8. Human Behaviour - Bjork 9. Labyrinthian Pomp - Of Montreal 10. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor 11. Animal - Karen O 12. Howlin' For You - The Black Keys 13. Hey Mama Wolf - Devendra Banhart 14. Wolves (Song of the Shepherd's Dog) - Iron & Wine 15. I Can Be a Frog - The Flaming Lips feat. Karen O 16. The Woodlands National Anthem - Arcade Fire 16. Where The Wild Things Are - Patrick Watson 17. Dear Deer - Kate Micucci 18. Survivor - Destiny's Child 19. Wild Thing - The Troggs

"Crunchy": 1. Crunchy Granola Suite - Neil Diamond 2. Coconut Skins - Damien Rice 3. Crackity Jones - Pixies 4. Discotraxx - Ladytron 5. Autumn Leaves - Eva Cassidy 6. Another One Bites the Dust - Queen 7. Blister In The Sun - Violent Femmes 8. Icky Thump - The White Stripes 9. The Bitch Is Back - Elton John 10. Cabbage Town - Conor Oberst 11. Bones of Man - Chad VanGaalen 12. Funky Crime - Red Hot Chili Peppers 13. Hockey Teeth - Bahamas 14. Glass Ceiling - Metric 15. Quicksand - La Roux 16. Scooby Snacks - Fun Lovin' Criminals 17. Raw Sugar - Metric 18. Mushaboom - Feist 19. Skeletons - Yeah Yeah Yeahs 20. Rough Gem - Islands

"Paranoia:" 1. Paranoia - Sam Roberts 2. Looking Over My Shoulder - Elliott Smith 3. Afraid of Everyone - The National 4. Help I'm Alive - Metric 5. Binoculaurs - Julia Nunes 6. What If - Coldplay 7. What If You - Joshua Radin 8. Haunted - Taylor Swift 9. You Wouldn't Like Me - Tegan and Sara 10. What's Worse - Bahamas 11. The Old Apartment - Barenaked Ladies 12. 42 - Coldplay 13. Dear Old Nicki - Nicki Minaj 14. These R The Thoughts - Alanis Morissette 15. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley 16. Panic - The Smiths 17. Destroyer - The Kinks 18. Paranoid Android - Radiohead

Books Read So Far in 2011: 30
Currently Reading: re-reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee for school in the fall.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Book Review

     If you were a young book lover like myself, you might remember when people used to read stories to you before you could read. You would look at the pictures, imagining how they connected with the words. You may even have 'read' stories to yourself or others using those pictures. You couldn't read, so you would just look at the pictures and make up a story based on what was happening in them.
      That is the concept behind Ransom Riggs' first novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
Watch this short video Riggs put on his youtube channel back in January.

     Do you find yourself making up stories to go with the pictures, even if you know nothing about the people in them?
     Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a unique combination of images and text. It is a novel, based on pictures. Riggs collected vintage photographs from some of his friends' collections and built a story around them. It's hard to say which came first - the story or the photos, but in the novel they create a unity.
     When Jacob was little, his grandfather used to tell him stories from his childhood. He told him about how he grew up on an island in Wales, in a home full of peculiar children - X-men type people with strange powers. One little girl could hold fire in her hands, one girl could levitate, one little boy was invisible, etc. He told Jacob about how they all had to hide in a house on the island because they were running from monsters. When Jacob was young he loved to believe in these stories because it meant "it was possible to live a magical life." But as he got older, and got teased for believing in fairy tales, he realized his grandpa had made the stories up, and called him a liar. Jacob's father told him that he hadn't necessarily made them up but had just exaggerated the truth. He had gone to the island in Wales as a Polish, Jewish refugee during the war, and the monsters he and the other refugee children were hiding from were the Nazis.
     When Jacob is a young teenager, his grandfather suddenly dies under mysterious circumstances and his last words leave Jacob wondering if his stories really were true...

Watch the book trailer here:

I really enjoyed this book, I thought it worked well as a young adult fantasy/mystery novel, I didn't find any flaws in the magic realism, the characters were good. But what I found very interesting about it was how Riggs worked the photos into the story. Throughout the novel, whenever the narrator (Jacob) is describing a new character, he recalls a photo his grandfather showed him once. He describes the photo and then we see it on the adjacent page. Rather than just have the photos work as illustrations of what is happning in the book, the photos are actually a part of the book.
     While this is a story about a boy discovering he isn't who he thought he was and the world doesn't work the way he thought it did (typical coming of age fantasy YA stuff,) it is also a book about coping with the loss of a loved one and learning that maybe they weren't who you thought you were. In that sense it reminded me a bit of Deathly Hallows since that is a central theme of that book as well.
     At one point, Jacob says of his grandfather, "There were things about him that I needed to be true...When I was a kid, Grandpa Portman's stories meant it was possible to live a magical life. Even after I stopped believing them, there was still something magical about my grandfather. To have endured all the horrors he did, to have seen the worst of humanity and have your life made unrecognizable by it, to come out of all that the honorable and good and brave person I knew him to be -that was magical. So I couldn't believe he was a liar and a cheater and a bad father. Because if Grandpa Portman wasn't honorable and good, I wasn't sure anyone could be."
     Jacob not only has to cope with the realization that he isn't who he thought, and the world isn't what he thought it was, but he also has to struggle with the possibility that his childhood hero wasn't who he thought he was.
      Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a beautifully crafted novel, captivating, mysterious, and touching. One thing, though - it doesn't have much closure. It leaves things pretty open-ended, so if you are someone who can't stand waiting to find out what happens next, maybe wait until the next book is out so you can read it right away.
     Riggs' website says there will be a sequel. No mention of a series yet, but he does promise a sequel, so that is something to look forward to.

Click the book to buy the book.

peregrine home peculiar children

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I Love Television

   Hello. I feel like I should apologize because I feel I haven't been blogging as much as I should be, or would like to be. I have a few things in the works for this blog but unfortunately none of them are ready yet. So today I decided to blog about something I don't ever really blog about: Television.
   I blog about books and movies and music a lot on here but I never talk about TV, and one of the main reasons is that I don't watch much TV...on TV.
   Now, I have read some essays about why television is terrible and I have had some pompous profs (and friends) who scoff and say " I don't watch television." but I actually really like television. And I think it means something different to me than it does to those snobby people.
   Most people in my generation don't watch television shows on TV. We watch them on Netflix, on DVDs, we torrent them, we stream them. If we do watch them on TV, it's recorded, we watch them at our convenience, and skip the commercials.
     The weird thing about this is that when my friends and I name our favourite shows, they aren't really shows that are on air. They are usually shows that have been cancelled, or geeky anime shows that we couldn't even watch without the internet. It's a weird phenomemon, and something unique to people our age I think.
    Because of this, television (which is the word I'm going to use when I talk about shows/series, even if I don't actually mean television) has become a social experience. At least for me. Even if I watch shows by myself I usually borrow the DVDs from friends, or torrent them off the internet from files other people are sharing. For me (and probably most people my age) television also has a big nostalgia factor. When I was young I watched a lot of TV. Probably way too much of it, but that's how it was when I was a kid. Even though I loved to read, I played piano, I played sports (laughable, I know) and was involved in clubs and things, most of my free time was spent watching TV. It's just what we did. Even when I was in high school I would still watch TV after school, and I still had my "weekly shows" that I would watch regularly. My family didn't have one of those digital boxes where you can record TV up until like..this year. And I graduated high school only 4 years ago and most people didn't have those then, so if you wanted to watch something, you had to actually watch it.
     It's only been since I've been in university that I've started to watch TV in other forms, and how I feel about television has kind of changed. When you watch a series all the way through, you get attached to the characters, to the storylines. For me, it's the closest thing to a book that I can see on a screen. Because over time you watch the characters develop and see them in different situations. Movies can't do that. Reality TV can't do that. Only things that create fictional worlds and people to occupy them can do that.
On top of this, television isn't a passive activity anymore. Whether or not you watch with other people, or talk about it with your friends or online, what shows you like say something about you. Like anything else - your taste in music, movies, books, etc. your taste in TV shows says something about you and when you find someone who likes the same show you like, it's like finding a kindred spirit. (at least with the weird stuff I like.) It connects us!
 Anyways, I've babbled on enough. Here are the shows I love.

 The Simpsons This was the first show that came to mind because it defined my generation. Some friends and I were talking about it just a couple weeks ago, actually. This is one of those weird shows that changed when television and how we watch it changed. People my age used to watch The Simpsons on CBC after school and on Global on Sunday nights when the new episodes came out. Now that we're old we watch the reruns on DVD or on our laptops. But only the first seasons - the ones we saw when they were actually on. It's weird.

Gilmore Girls. I watched this show sometimes when it was on, but not religiously. My sister has all the seasons on DVD, though, so once the show was over, I watched all the seasons and I've since rewatched them. This show is so great, it's one of my favourite shows and I didn't start liking it until it was over.

Sex and the City. the movies exist because TBS and HBO played the reruns and girls my age and a little older started to like it and then bought the DVDs, watched all the episodes, and a whole new generation of women who were just little girls when the show started became fans. My sister has all the DVDs, so that's how I watched it. Another example of me liking it after it ended, but in this case, I'm not the only one.

Friends. Who doesn't like Friends?

Arrested Development. I watched it a bit in high school when CBC played the reruns. I don't think I even watched it while it was on, so in a way it's my fault it was cancelled. But this show is awesome. I watched it through on Netflix. One of those things that thanks to the internet, has a huge fanbase even though Fox cancelled it years ago. Sort of like...

Firefly. Borrowed the DVDs from a friend, watched the movie with a bunch of friends. So awesome. One of the best television series I've seen.

Scrubs. Scrubs was one of my "weekly shows" in high school. I loved it. Then it started sucking and I stopped watching it and then they did that whole "let's let someone other than the main character narrate the show" and I just tried to pretend the show had gotten cancelled. But I rewatched the first 5 seasons when I borrowed the DVDs from a friend, and they are still awesome.

Daria. I watched this show when I was a kid but I think it went over my head. I got the DVD box set as a present last summer, though, and watched through all the episodes and movies. Awesome.

My So-Called Life. I watched the reruns on Family Channel when I was in high school (if it's on Family channel after 11, it's not embarassing if you watch it...right?) Have the DVD box set. Such a good show. I could watch it over and over again. And when I watch this show I like it for a weird reason. It's like how I feel when I watch Juno or Mean Girls or even Gilmore Girls. I don't like it because I relate to the characters or I love the story (although I do). I find myself liking it because I wish I'd written it. Weird, I know.

Freaks and Geeks. I liked this show. I got the DVDs from the library. Like My So-Called Life, I wish it hadn't been cancelled so abruptly but it was good while it lasted.

Undeclared. watched it online. Not the best show ever, but I love Jay Baruchel and Jason Segal so I had to watch it. It was pretty good.

Here's a list of animes I have watched thanks to the internet and DVDs and the group of geeky guys I befriended in my first couple years of university.
Full Metal Alchemist.
Death Note.
Cowboy Bebop.
Avatar the Last Airbender. -> All of these shows are great and I recommend all of them, but Avatar is probably one of my favourite shows of all time. Seriously. So. Good. Watch it.

Shows I am watching now:
How I Met Your Mother. I am watching through all the seasons, and I love it but once I catch up I probably won't start watching it live because I just don't have time to follow all those shows.

The Big Bang Theory. I'm not watching it now, I watched it over Christmas and caught up but I don't follow the new episodes because I just don't make time.

The L Word. started watching this weekend at my friend's house. It's on Netflix. I'll probably watch through it all because I like it.

Shows I watch. Like, actually watch. On television.

The Office. I have seen every episode of The American one, and I record the episodes and watch them during the year. Even with Michael gone I will still watch it. One of the few shows I am loyal to.

Gossip Girl. I started watching Gossip Girl from the first episode because I read the books in high school when I worked at a book store, and it was the perfect show for me. It started my first year of university and for one hour a week I could just escape into the world of glamorous rich people approximately my age whose worries were a lot more dramatic and serious, yet trivial than my own. The perfect guilty pleasure show. I'm addicted. I have all the DVDs. It's probably my favourite show on TV, and I used to be embarassed about it but now I just don't care. It is awesome.

Glee. I watch it every week and while I'm watching it I tell myself I'll stop but it's like crack. I also think Glee is a really interesting phenomenon because it's built up this whole fandom and it's still on the air. So maybe it's a solution/response to what I've been talking about in this blog post. Glee is one of the only shows on TV right now that doesn't act like it's afraid of the internet. Glee expects people to watch it in whatever way they watch it, then to blog about it, post gifs on tumblr, buy the songs on iTunes, etc. Glee understands that without all that extra stuff, they wouldn't be on air. and Glee is really a show for nerds. Glee needs people to obsess over it and create canons in their heads for the characters and to recognize that Darren Criss was Harry Potter before he was Blaine, and to give themselves a name (Gleeks).
And because I think Glee is actually very self-aware and deliberate, I don't mind getting sucked in.
Glee represents how television has evolved. hahaha. And with that I think we've come full circle.

Sorry this was so long and rambly. I don't know if I made my point but at least you got to look at a list of shows I like.

Do you have any shows to recommend to me? Leave them in the comments. What are some of your favourite shows?

Books Read So Far in 2011: 29
Currently Reading: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Monday, August 8, 2011

Summer of Change

Back in February, I made a blog post entitled In My Life... and I made a list of things I want to accomplish/do in my life. One of them was "Write more music (and maybe actually share my music with people)" So...I am doing that now I guess.

I wrote this song a couple of weeks ago and it is just about all that has happened in my life and my family's life this summer. My boyfriend convocated and got his first full time job, my youngest nephew turned 1, one of my best friends moved away, another best friend moved home, my mom wrote a new book and published a few more, we went to Sasquatch, my grandma died, I turned 22, my sister moved away, I got my first tattoo, my boyfriend got a house....lots has been goin' down this summer.

So I wrote a cheesy/sappy song about how stuff changes but the one thing that stays the same is that my family still loves each other. Yup, cheesy. And to make it more cheesy, I addeed sunsets!

Here you go:

Turn it up all the way because I have really crappy recording equipment.
And once again, I am not a professional singer, guitarist, or song-writer and I am doing what I consider to be a brave thing here so please no hatin'.

Lyrics after the jump.

Friday, August 5, 2011

My Pulses Start Cathedrals in my Heart

Short week. Busy week. Busy at work. Busy lesson-planning for the fall. Busy coming up with the idea for a new novel I want to start writing, and doing some prep work for that. Busy getting a tattoo, seeing my friends and family, going out of town one evening.
I want to be busier reading books and working on creative things but that will have to wait until this weekend or next week.
For the first time all summer I don't really have any plans on a weekend, but I'm sure that will change.

In the meantime, just wanted to leave you with this.
(wait until it loads all the way)

There are two more: Eat, and Learn.

Have a great weekend!

Books Read So Far in 2011: 27
Currently Reading: A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My First Tattoo

I got my first tattoo tonight! It's on my right shoulder blade. 
You can't tell from the pic but it's 3 inches x 3 inches (if you draw a square around the heart)

The line is from "What is The Light" by The Flaming Lips.
The actual line is "love is the place that you're drawn to" but I paraphrased.
My boyfriend designed it.  It's so awesome, I love it!