Saturday, April 27, 2013

Movies I want to see Summer 2013

Click on the titles for trailers.

Iron Man 3 - May 3
     the newest Iron Man. self-explanatory. (this time with more Gwyneth.)
The Great Gatsby - May 10
     film adaptation of the book. Leo Dicaprio is Gatsby, Carey Mulligan is Daisy, Tobey Maguire is Nick. Awesome soundtrack, awesome hair, clothes, seems like it'll be pretty nice cinematography. I am excited for this one.
Star Trek Into Darkness - May 17
     Newest Star Trek. I liked the last one. Sidenote: is Benedict Cumberbatch super attractive or super unattractive? Because he is not average looking and I can't decide..
The Hangover 3 - May 24
     Newest Hangover and supposedly the last one. It'll be dumb but it'll be a good summer movie.
Now You See Me - May 31
     Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fischer and Woody Guthrie, and some other people are illusionists and Morgan Freeman is their leader and they use magic to rob a bank and the FBI goes after them.
This Is the End - June 12
     James Franco, Seth Rogen, and all their usual gang are having a big party at Franco's house and then the world ends and hilarity and inappropriateness ensues.
The Bling Ring - June 14
     Back in the early 2000s some kids from LA robbed some celebrities' homes - Orlando Bloom's girlfriend, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, etc. One of the girls was also in the process of being on a reality TV show, Pretty Wild. The crimes/trial was called the Bling Ring. This movie is based on that story and it's directed by Sofia Coppolla and Emma Watson is the star. Looks pretty awesome.
Man of Steel -  June 14 
     New Superman. origin story. Chris Nolan produced. Amy Adams is Lois. Looks good.
Monsters University - June 21 
     I think this will be a dumb prequel and Monsters Inc. isn't even one of my fave Pixar films but I'm probably gonna see this one anyways.
The Way, Way Back - July 5 
      A 14-year-old kid goes on summer vacation with his mom (Toni Colette) and her asshole boyfriend (Steve Carrell) and starts working at a nearby water park, where he finds himself. Coming of age kind of story. Produced by the same people who made Little Miss Sunshine and Juno.
Girl Most Likely - July 19 (no trailer yet)
     Kristen Wiig is a playwright who attempts suicide to get attention from her ex and then ends up living with her mom (Annette Benning.)
The Wolverine - July 26 
     New Wolverine movie. Honestly, I could take or leave this franchise and I won't be upset if I don't see this one but it's fun to see superhero movies in the summertime.
The Spectacular Now - August 2 (no trailer yet)
     Shailene Woodley is an introverted high school girl who enters into a romance with the big jock/popular guy in school. Love story/they both change each other kind of thing.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Bookshelf Tour #3 - The Big Momma

Bookshelf Tour # 3 - the BIG MOMMA bookshelf. The bottom of the top shelf is a good three inches above my head. I got this bookshelf from someone giving it away free online when I was in university. It was a struggle getting it into my old room and my dad and I wrecked one of the ceiling tiles trying to stand it up. The room it's in now has higher ceilings, thankfully.

On top of this one: extras of my mom's books (we have duplicate copies of some but not enough space on the shelf) and the googles.

Top shelf: Stephen's music books (that was easy.)
Second shelf: Non-fiction.
gardening book, the Kind Diet, Soul Pancake, Planet Simpson, two environmentalist books tucked on top, Shulz and Peanuts, The Stuff of Thought, Great Ships, History of Reading, The World Without Us, twitter wit, Freakonomics, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Kluge, an alphabet of modern annoyancese, the 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived, The Vagina Monologues, Sex and the Ctiy, The Universe in a Single Atom, The Element, Out of Our Minds, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, all the books my parents have written or published or worked on in some capacity, high school yearbooks, family history books from my mom's mom's family. 

3rd, 4th, and 5th shelves are fiction. It's "classic" then "modern", both alphabetical by author.
"Classic": Austen, Alcott, Allende, Fantastic Voyage, Conrad, Dante, Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, (should that be C or D?), The Three Musketeers, more Dickens (obviously out of order), Middlemarch, Great Gatsby, Madame Bovary, A Room with a View, the Scarlet Letter, Dracula, Hemingway, Dune, Hobbes, Homer, The Kite Runner, Les Mis, James Joyce, On the Road, The Stone Angel, To Kill a Mockingbird
(onto the next shelf): Life of Pi, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Moby Dick, Utopia, Nineteen eighty-four, The Bell Jar, J. D. Salinger, Steinbeck, Toni Morrison, Jonathon Swift, Mark Twain, Tolstoy, Voltaire, Woolf.

"Modern": My Name Is Memory, Giovanni's Room (more of a classic, I think), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Next, Douglas Coupland, Falling Man, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen, Eve Green, When I forgot, Nick Hornby, My Best Friend's Girl, Milan Kundera...

Lori Lansens, Belong to Me, the birth house, The Secret Life of Bees, Murakami, Audrey Niffenegger, lullabies for little criminals, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Out Stealing Horses, The True and Oustanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters, Sarah's Key, the Casual Vacancy, this book, a complicated kindness, Colors Insulting to Nature, cloudstreet, David Foster Wallace, Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, very very old Don Quixote, very very old Tennyson Works, This Is Water.

Bottom shelf!: books about how to teach people with special needs, books about how to teach people to read and write, books on how to teach English, books on how to teach in general, books with writing activities and ideas, literature anthologies, dictionaries in other languages, thesaurus and dictionary in English, the necessary works of Shakespeare, the complete works of Shakespeare, Arabian Nights.

and DONE.

That was fun. I hoped you liked it.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bookshelf Tour #2 - The Medium Bookshelf

Bookshelf Tour #2 - the medium bookshelf. This bookshelf comes up to my chin. We got it when we reorganized the house after finishing some renovations back in November because we really needed another shelf and finally had room for it. 

Got it for $15 used from someone over the internet. yay!

On top of this one: 1. purple butterfly candle I got in Puerta Vallarta when I was 12. 2. tea light holder my parents got me in Mexico 3. Eiffell Tower 4. photo of my grandma and I with a strawberry ornament my mom got me (to represent grandma's strawberries) 5. prairie lily teacup a good, old friend gave me when I was younger) 6. photo of my mom and I 7. little dove knickknack from my mom that has part of the prayer of St. Francis on it. 7. photo of a dolphin my grandpa took when he was in the Navy in WWII.

Top shelf: children's literature and YA literature.
: Seuss, fairy tale book, Jungle Book, Alice books, Charlotte's Web, Bambi, Secret Garden, some Pooh, the BFG, 2 Daniel Handler books, this book, this book, Markus Zusak, John Green, David Levithan, perks of being a wallflower, Eleanor & Park, feed, Curious Incident.., Before I Die, Before I Fall, Where Things Come Back, Speak.

Second shelf: bio/autobiography. 
: PostSecret, Bach, Beethoven, Ellen Degeneres, Bob Dylan, Einstein, Tina Fey, Freedom Writers, Ghandi, Pursuit of Happyness, Brief History of Time (on the wrong shelf?), Jay-Z, Mindy Kaling, Bob Marley, Frank McCourt, Portia de Rossi, J.D. Salinger, David Suzuki, Virginia Woolf, this magazine

Third shelf: short story compilations, plays, poetry.
: love stories, Dickens, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, David Foster Wallace, Oscar Wilde, Six Great Modern Plays, Aeschylus, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Hiroshima Mon Amour (technically a screenplay), Cocktail Party, Someday and Dry Lips Oughta Move..., Ibsen, Shakespeare, Sophocles, Tolstoy, some Mark Twain stories (wrong spot), Victorian poets anthology, poetry anthology, for Love by Robert Creeley, Book of Longing, e.e. cummings, Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, The Spider and the Clock by S. Funaroff, Dearest Creature by Amy Gershwin, Wilderness by Jim Morrison, Pablo Neruda, Sylvia Plath, Alexander Pope, Shel Silverstein, In Memoriam, Dylan Thomas, Leaves of Grass, Canadian poetry anthology, poetry dictionary, Emily Dickinson picture book.

bottom shelf: "to-read" pile aka not yet organized, embroidery floss, comics.
On Beauty, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story, Rethinking Globalization.

Complete Calvin and Hobbes, music history graphic novel, Avatar the Last Airbender comic, Tin Tin, Adventure Time comics and other comic books.

That is the end of the second book shelf tour. I am building up to the big finale - the big momma bookshelf!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bookshelf Tour #1 - The Tiniest Bookshelf

I want to start a new series on my blog of bookshelf tours. We have three bookshelves in the library (aka my office) that are just for books, and then three shelves in the living room that are for movies, CDs, records, and video games. I want to start with the bookshelves and then if I feel like it I might get to the other ones.
I will start with the smallest bookshelf.
The shelf itself is a hand-me-down from my parents that I brought with me when I moved.

It comes up to my  lowest ribs (to give an indication of height)

On top of the bookshelf: 1. a motivational plaque. "Risk: to conquer without risk is to triumph without glory." I got this from a company I used to work for. There were three of them in our office that we had to clean out so my two co-workers and I each took one. The company was full of bigger versions covering the place and we thought they were funny.
2. candle holder which was a grad gift from my sister last year. (see here) 3. solar-powered globe from my brother and sister-in-law (also in this post.) 4. four photos I found at my grandparents' old house 5. photo of all four of my grandparents and my parents in my old backyard. 6. Anne of Green Gables lamp/tea light holder from PEI)

This bookshelf is dedicated to series. Top shelf: 1. Harry Potter Film Wizardry book, Dear Mr. Potter, HP series, Beedle the Bard (also a Gringotts galleon from my dad and a little lego Harry and Snape from my parents); 2. Anne of Green Gables series (I have like 3 or 4 copies of the first book), red sand from PEI and a little Anne doll; 3. Narnia series all in one book and the first two books in picture book format.

Middle shelf: 1. His Dark Materials trilogy compiled into one book; 2. Divergent first two books. (read review here.); 3. Hunger Games; 4. Wicked first three books and another Gregory Maguire book; 5. lots of Tolkien
Bottom shelf: 1. Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series; 2. a Meg Cabot book followed by the Princess Diaries first 4 books; 5. photo albums and a shoebox of photos.

So that is the tour of the tiniest bookshelf! I really like bookshelf tour blogs and videos because I like seeing how other people organize their books and which books they have, so hopefully you enjoy this little series!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Day of Pink - Anti-Bullying Day

Today, is the International Day of Pink. Held annually on the second Wednesday of April, it is an anti-bullying event.
It started in Nova Scotia with two boys who heard that a young boy at their high school had been bullied for wearing pink, called a faggot and threatened. The boys communicated with classmates and the next day, many of the students at the school showed up wearing pink to show the bullies they weren't as large or powerful a group as they thought.
The initiative caught on and this year it was sponsered by the Red Cross.

Students and staff at my school wore these awesome shirts today:

and to celebrate, I thought I would cover a Pink song (Pink, get it?) about bullying and self-esteem.
I am a bit sick so don't mind the crappy singing.
Also, I covered the radio version because my mom doesn't like the vulgarity of the original.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

la vie fabuleuse de dani

I've had the week off for Easter Break. Here's what I've been up to: 

1. Travelling

We went to Medicine Hat on Friday for a family event and spent the weekend with Stephen's family, and my sister. We came home Tuesday. My suitcase is still not unpacked. (Blog of what I should be up to: Number one: laundry)

2. Reading
I didn't read all those this week, these are just the last few books I've read. Currently reading the one on the far left. It's very good. 

3. Hoping all this doesn't turn into a horrible flood.  
So far it's been melting slowly and we haven't had any issues but there is still too much of it.

4. Marvelling at the passing of time 
April already? Whuhhh?

5. Shopping 
I don't go shopping very often anymore but we did a bit while we were in Alberta. I bought these cute Adventure Time pens at HMV. (my students will love them.) and I also bought these pants but they are in the city getting hemmed (#shortpeopleproblems)

On a related note, 6. Watching TV
Specifically this show:
(catching up)

and this show:
(on Netflix) 

7. Planning a trip
to some of these places. in July. Yay!

8. Receiving Mail
my favourite kind of mail from one of my favourite people!

and 9. Playing this game 
This is mostly what I've been up to, honestly...

I hope you're all having wonderful, relaxing, busy weeks and that it is warm and sunny where you are! (but not too warm and sunny if, like me, you still have 4 feet of snow in your yard.)