Getting Caught Up…

So I’m very behind on my 30 Day Blogging Challenge so here I go with my next topic…

Think of me… (things I’d like to be remembered for)

1. Remember me as an eternal nerd. From Batman to Doctor Who I love the things most people would consider very nerdy and even though it took me some time to accept it myself  being nerdy is totally ok. 

2. Remember me as always glass half-full. No matter what I can’t ever not be optimistic.

3. Remember me as always being the friend you could call at 3am no matter what.

4. Remember me as the girl who loves her animal babies more then life itself.

5. Remember me as someone who loved history so much that I often felt like I should have born in another time period.

And there you have it, things I’d like to be remembered for.  

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Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm…..

So I just copied and pasted one of my blog entries (the one about things I’d like to say to an ex in case any of you were wondering) and I found out that I write like Dan Brown! I loved “Angels and Demons” and “The DiVinci Code” so much and with his new book, “Inferno” coming out later this month it’s like kismet!! Here’s totally official proof in case any of you don’t believe me:

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See that totally makes me fully legit in the blogging world guys!!

Something so Simple says so Much….

I live in the south so the phrase “Well bless her/his heart,” is very common here. On the surface it sounds like a very sweet concerned sentiment but it is really just a sugary sweet hidden insult.

“That little girl has a face only a mother could love. Bless her little heart.”

What starts out as something so mean is sweetened and the insult becomes softer when you add those little words. I remember trying to explain how it works to someone from Australia (blond hair, blue eyes, adorable accent, lets just be honest I was totally flirting) and he didn’t understand until I could put it into some kind of context for him:

Me: (a girl who looks like a hot mess walks in to the bar we were in) Oh my God look at her she looks like she got ready in the dark, bless her heart. 

Him: (nodding astonished) You are so right that didn’t sound mean at all. 

And with that we went back to our drinks, I felt good about my lesson he felt a little wiser about the ways of the southern woman. 

Now for the rest of the uninitiated here are the other many uses for “Bless your heart.”

Example:  When someone walks into a room wearing a distasteful outfit and someone says “Bless her/his heart” … it means: “That poor thing has the tackiest taste in the world!” or it could even be more specific as in “Good grief, those pants make her bottom look like it’s dragging the ground!”

When, let’s say, a family member calls and tells you about something stupid another family member has done there are several “Bless her/his heart”s and this means: “Well, even though they don’t have enough sense to get out of a wet paper bag, we still love them.”

When someone you love and care about gets hurt or has something bad happen to them and you say “Bless your heart”…. it means “Oh, I am so sorry you are going through this, I wish I could take it away and make things better.”

It can be a form of empathy and used as a big hug…. as in when a friend calls and tells you about how bad her job is, and the kids are going crazy, and the dog just destroyed the house….. we say “Bless your heart”….and it means:  ”Honey, I hate that you’ve had a bad day, but I’m glad it’s you and not me!”

And then one of the biggest ways southerners use “Bless your heart”….is a way to identify each other.  You pretty much know where someone came from when they use this powerful phrase. You also know where someone came from if they use it incorrectly.  {And you appropriately say “Bless. your. heart.”}

Now, this is definitely an abbreviated lesson….just in a nutshell.  There are many other ways to use it, and the nuances are many….for instance: when it is said through clenched teeth, drawn out slowly, with a squeal, etc…..but, for any of you that are not familiar with it, I don’t want to overwhelm you.

Please Wipe Up the Drool….

So just to catch you all up I was behind by 3 blogs because I wasn’t ready to write about my relationship with my parents so now to get to the next blog entry which is considerably more fun; so here are the five male celebrities (in no particular order) I find absolutely attractive (read: sexy).

1. Christian Bale
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Ok so he’s Batman, what else can I say? I will admit to having a crush on him since I saw him singing and dancing in “Newsies” in the 90’s. He’s tall gorgeous and has an accent, what’s not attractive about that?!

2. David Tennant
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“He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun. He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the center of time and he can see the turn of the universe. And… he’s wonderful.
He has saved your lives so many times and you never even knew he was there. He never stops. He never stays. He never asks to be thanked.” He is and always will be The Doctor.

3. Daniel Craig
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So would love to apologize for all of the guys on my list so far being British but I’m really not sorry about that at all. I will be the first to admit that I wasn’t a fan of the change from Pierce Brosnan to Daniel Craig in the James Bond franchise but once I saw “Casino Royale” (and then subsequently 10 times after that) I knew that had made the right choice.

4. Chris Evans
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If my first American on the list is going to be anyone it should be Captain America, right?

5. Leonardo DiCaprio
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And, really, what’s more American then the story of an adorable child star becoming a very sexy leading man?! And if you don’t believe me watch “The Departed”, “Gangs of New York”, or “Inception” and get back to me.

Bonus:

6. Idris Elba
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And now back to the gorgeous British men! My friend Dorian and I will watch any of his movies just to drool over him! We both loved “Takers” when he got to speak with his beautiful English accent!

7. Johnny Depp
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He’s just beautiful, what else can I say?

8. George Clooney
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George Clooney is like a Channel suit he’ll never go out of style or not be sexy!

9. Adam Levine
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He is my dirty rocker boy fantasy come to life!

10. Chris Hemsworth
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Oh sigh so hot!

And that’s not just 5 but 10 of the guys I totally drool over!! Now clean up the drool and go back to your lives!

I’m Finally Doing This….

I have been putting off this blog for a few days now and its time I finally write it; my relationship with my parents is something I don’t talk about all the time but I’m supposed to do it so here goes…

I grew up very lucky because I grew up with two parents who were still married (and still are) and love each other very much. We went camping and on vacations to Europe. I grew up with so many opportunities.

And yet here I am… I dropped out of college, spent 10 days in jail (driving without a license), basically I squandered everything I was given. For a while my relationship with my parents was horrible if not nonexistent. I really was a horrible daughter. But after a few years I have been able to slowly regain my parents’ trust, not to say I haven’t made a few mistakes but things have been getting better between us little by little.

So that’s my story.

Letting My Geek Flag Fly

When I started that last blog I left my music player on shuffle and I started listening to a lot more of my music and I realized how truly geeky I really am. Last night I was totally in the mood for some Batman (because really there’s never a bad time for Batman) so I watched “Batman Begins” for maybe about the millionth time. After getting into a very technical debate (probably too technical for my less geeky friends) on Facebook about who would win in a fight Batman or Iron Man (and say what you want Dorian Batman would kick Iron Man’s ass in a fight) and I think the general agreement was that both Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne have money on their sides so it would be a very gadget filled fight.

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I think we all agreed that this is how the fight would really go down.

But I totally digress from my point (and I do have one I promise), and that is that being a geek is totally awesome! I’m not just a superhero geek, I’m also a huge fan of “Doctor Who” (if you’re not familiar seriously get on my level because it’s awesome!), I’m a total Bond Girl, a Tribute (a fan of the “Hunger Games” series), and I miss “The X-Files” every day. I used to hide the things that would make me geek-out and squeal like a fangirl because I didn’t want people to make fun of me but then I stopped caring what people think about the things I love and I embraced my inner fangirl.

I went to movie marathons (yes even a “Twilight” marathon but that was only because I read the books), the Batman marathon was my favorite because I totally dressed up (not as Batman).

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You can’t really tell from that picture but I even got some temporary tattoos to rock for the event as well.

So this message is for any of you guys out there who keep your geek flag hidden, don’t do it! Let your geek flag fly with pride because you never know you may meet someone with the same geeky loves you have.

Music Appreciation by Katy

Unlike my all too short blog on education which was actually yesterday’s topic I’ll move on to today’s topic which is considerably easier.

So here I go, I’m putting my music player on shuffle right now…. first 10 songs…. and go!

1. “The One That Got Away” by Katy Perry- I’m so not even ashamed to admit I like Katy Perry! Her music is always pretty fun!

2. “My Life” by Robin Thicke- I fell in love with this song when I saw “Despicable Me”. If you haven’t seen “Despicable Me” than shame on you! Go watch it now and enjoy the antics of the Minions.

3. “Late to the Theater” by Henry Jackman- this is from the “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” soundtrack. Great movie! Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” doesn’t even cover the vampire hunting he did, and his movie is all the worse for it (sarcasm guys in case y’all didn’t catch that).

4. “He’s a Tramp” from “Lady and the Tramp”- this just reminds me of my childhood and watching Disney movies.

5. “Highway to the Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins- “Top Gun” is one of my all-time favorite movies so naturally this soundtrack is a must for me.

6. “Swing Swing” by The All-American Rejects- This song is amazing!! Such a great poppy break-up song that is so much fun to sing at the top of your lungs!

7. “The Caster Library” by Thenewno2- while I thought the movie wasn’t faithful to the book at all “The Beautiful Creatures” movie soundtrack is amazingly creepy and haunting.

8. “Cuts Like a Knife’ by Bryan Adams- how can you not love Bryan Adams?!

9. “Always” by Bon Jovi- I’ve had a crush on Jon Bon Jovi for soooooo long!!

10. “Always” by U2- I promise I did put it on shuffle.

Bonus:

11. “Rockin’ Robin” by Michael Jackson- oh I wish my girl Dorian was here right now because she loves her MJ! Actually we both love our MJ, we saw “This is It” 3 times in the theater!

12. “Polly Come Home” by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss- this song is amazing! So beautiful and haunting, oh and Robert Plant’s voice is still beautiful!

12. “Summertime” by the New Kids on the Block- I totally had a crush on Joey!

13. “Streets of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen- this song is beautiful and sad just like the movie. If you haven’t seen it watch it and cry like I do every time.

14. “Go Your Own Way” by Lea Michelle (originally by Fleetwood Mac)- I have both versions of this song in my music collection but yes I’ll admit it I love the show “Glee”.

15. “Sometimes You Leave” by Carrie Underwood- I love this song and Carrie Underwood (I don’t want any judgment from any of you haters out there!).

16. “Santa Fe” from the “Newsies” soundtrack- Christian Bale (aka Batman) singing, how can anyone turn that down?!

17. “All Dressed Up in Love” by Jennifer Hudson- not one of my favorites but I do love the rest of the “Sex and the City” soundtrack that it’s on.

18. “I Wanna Rock” from the “Rock of Ages” movie soundtrack- as you can probably tell I love movie soundtracks.

19. “Pray for You” by Jaron and the Long Road to Love- this song is one of the best break-up songs ever!!!

20. “Love Potion No. 9” by The Clovers- I love this song!! I have a soft spot for 50’s and 60’s doo-wop.

21. “He Went to Paris” by Jimmy Buffett- I always get nostalgic listening to Jimmy Buffett.

22. “Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have With Her Clothes On” by Panic! at the Disco- this song is just so cool if you can get past the long title.

23. “Drops of Jupiter” by Train- this is just a sweet song that I can’t help but love.

24. “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter- this is such typical country song but I love it anyway.

25. “Home Life” by John Mayer- I’ll listen to pretty much anything John Mayer does.

26. “L-O-V-E” by Al Green- this song is a classic and always makes me so happy.

27. “What a Good Boy” by the Barenaked Ladies- the album comes from is one of the cd’s my mom used to play in the car all the time.

28. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor- all I have to say is “At first I was afraid I was petrified…”

29. “Elbow Room” from “Schoolhouse Rock: America Rock”- I’m a history nerd, what else can I say.

30. “The Saints Are Coming” by U2 and Green Day- oh my god I love this song!!!! U2 is always epic and when they teamed up with Green Day they got even more epic!!

And there you have it my random playlist. I would have kept going but I already gave you 20 extra and I know you all have lives so I’ll leave it at 30. Enjoy and happy listening!!

We Don’t Need No Education

As you can see from the double negative we all need an education! My grandmother was a teacher and spending countless afternoons with her turned me into the Grammar Nazi I am today. But I also believe that most of our education comes from the “school of life”. I’ve learned a lot of lessons the hard way and I wouldn’t take any of that back for anything. I still would like to go back to school to finish college (I still would love to be a journalist) but that will have to wait. I have always envied my younger sister’s drive and discipline to finish school, she’s going to be a teacher, so I hope her thoughts on education are better formed then mine are. I’m sorry this blog is so short but I really don’t know what else to say on the subject. I’m sorry.

Getting Stuck in My Head….

We all have that one song that all it takes is a few bars and it’s in our heads for days, some of them are annoying (“Call Me Maybe…” anyone?) while some are old friends ( “Love is Blindness” by U2 wraps me in a comforting blanket).

I feel I should tell you that I am a professional when it comes to earworms (that’s what they’re called in case you didn’t know) because I was a competitive swimmer and my best event was the 500 meter freestyle (aka 20 laps of uninterrupted splashing pool water); so I would intentionally listen to music before I an event just to get it stuck in my head. Since I’d been swimming the 500 meter freestyle since freshman year I found some songs were more motivational (“We Will Rock You” by Queen comes to mind) and some songs were more calming (like “Any Colour You Like” by Pink Floyd) but they all helped to keep my mind occupied while I was swimming. 

I know everyone likes to focus on the annoying songs when they talk about earworms but I think that if you have the right song it can be like having a really friend in your head, and really where’s the downside in that?

Movies I Love

Since I fell behind I’m giving you guys two blogs today… lucky you! 

Today I’m supposed to tell you all about my favorite movie but I can’t just pick one so here are my top 3 (in no particular order).

1. Casablanca (1942)

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Adventure and romance set against the backdrop of World War II. This movie has everything and I love it. My dad introduced me to this movie when I was a sophomore in high school and I have been hooked ever since. 

2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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This movie just makes me so happy! I will pretty much watch anything Audrey Hepburn does but this movie is my all time favorite! I will say that they made a few adaptations from the book (which I’ve read and loved, one of Truman Capote’s best) but it was done so well it didn’t really change my opinion of either.

3. The Princess Bride (1987)

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Oh goodness what can I say about this movie…. I love it! My dad (a fencing coach) and I would watch this movie when I was a kid and I have been in love with it since then. Last fall I turned into a giggling fangirl when I met Chris Sarandon (aka Prince Humperdink) at AdventureCon, he was of course very gracious because I’m sure he gets that all the time and he took a picture with me which was awesome!! 

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Oh yes I should also mention that he was the voice of Jack Skellington in “Nightmare Before Christmas” which is another movie I love but that’s for another blog.

So there you have it some of my favorite movies of all time! What is your favorite movie or movies?