Monthly Archives: June 2011

10 Things I Love

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I’m far too distracted by all my summer activities to write a SQUIRREL! serious post. I have 5 in the works, but I keep getting distracted. But they are coming. Pinkie promise!

1. I need this bench for my room.I’m running out of book space…again!

“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”  ~Anna Quindlen.

“Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

 

 

 

2. I know…more ponies. But it’s Serenity! Come on! That’s just epic.

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This was the first episode of Doctor Who that scared me at all. But it also made me laugh like crazy, which is why I love this poster.

4. My summer game plan:

 

5. I’ve been listening to The Alchemist over and over.

It’s a “…5-song concept album in the musical theater style. The Alchemist follows the tale of an aging alchemist desperate to create an elixir which will bring him back in time where he might save his childhood love from an untimely death.”

I really enjoy it! The whole thing can be listened to online using bandcamp but here’s a sampling: The Turn Part 1: The Choice by Mike Lombardo

6. And if you like that, you may like Frankenstein, another musical I’m into at the moment.

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8.  For those of you who are Harry Potter fans, this may just be the creepiest thing ever. Well, maybe not ever, but it’s pretty creepy. There’s a Parseltongue translator online that turns any phrase into creepy snake speech. Do with it what you will: parseltongue.php

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10.  I’m not a country music fan, but there are few things I enjoy more than dancing around singing country songs with my sister. Some Taylor Swift, a bit of Dixie Chicks, maybe a little Brooks & Dunn or Erin McCarley…oh yeah! We are awesome at lip synching!

Summer

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Heat. Sun. Sandals. Short hair. Popsicles. Pools. Sun glasses. Lemonade. Concerts. Tie dye. Volleyball. Soccer. Sweat. Movies. Candy. Popcorn. Running. Friends. Giggles. Hugs. Whispers. Fireflies. Secrets. Dancing. Dresses. Barefoot. Climbing trees. Tag. Dirt. Flowers. Grass. Books. Reading. Notes. Writing. Poetry.  Sand. Beach. Holding hands. Salsa. Fireworks. Catch. Ice cream. Foursquare.

Hi! So, briefly…

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This is a random jumble of things that interest me right now. It’s not a 10 Things I Like post, but it’s like the cousin of one. Basically, these are things I can’t get out of my head.

1. I have to see this movie. My favorite Youtube/blogger movie reviewer recently posted her thoughts about it, and though they weren’t glowing, they were good enough  to increase my desire to see The Art of Getting By. Here’s the review  for those of you who are interested.  She also posted a video with some thoughts:

2. I’m not sure how I feel about this: Parts were funny, but…yeah, it was a little flat. So many wasted opportunities! This could have been hilarious!

3.  I really, really want to read Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino. These student films from DePaul University’s School of Cinema & Interactive Media in Chicago are awesome! Their goal  was to make a book trailer that would “inspire viewers to find out more”. Here are my favorites.

This one is so whimsical:

I wish this one had been developed a little bit more:

This one best captured that sense of wonder:

There were others, but these three were my favorites.

4. The fact someone cared enough about my favorite formula to tattoo it on their arm along with Pacman. Seriously.

(Yes, it’s nerdy to have a favorite formula, but in all honesty, the quadratic formula was the best part of algebra for me.)

5. Gosh! You just need to go on YouTube and type in “Straight No Chaser”. Do it! Don’t ask questions, just go! They blow my mind.

That is it! I have a bunch of posts in the works. I just have to smooth out some issues.  See you oon!

Movies I Want To See and Books I Want to Read

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It’s summer, which means I have more time for watching films and reading books.  I already have lists prepared.

Movies:

In Theaters

  • The Art of Getting By- Just found out about this one. Seems like something I’ll either love or hate…  
  • Midnight in Paris
  • The Tree of Life
  • I’ll probably end up seeing something superhero-related with my friend Max.

At Home

  • West Side Story
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Schindler’s List
  • The Seven Samurai
  • Citizen Kane
  • M
  • The Prestige
  • Batman Begins and The Dark Knight
  • The New World
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

…to name a few.

As for books, I want to read:

    • Star Dust by Neil Gaiman
    • Preludes and Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1) by Neil Gaiman
    • The Return of the King by J.R.R Tolkien (finally!)
    • World War Z by Max Brooks
    • The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
    • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
    • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    • 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
    • North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
    • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    • Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
    • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
    • Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
    •  The Club of Queer Trades by G.K Chesterton (!)
    • Under the Eye of the Clock by Christopher Nolan (not the director, the Irish poet)
    • Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
    • Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher by Richard Feynman

10 Things I Love: Summer Edition

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Yeah, it’s really not different from any other 10 Things I Love, but whatever! 😉

1. Watching the extended editions of LoTR with actors commentary is a really fun experience. It sounds boring, but no. It’s hilarious! I laugh every time I watch this. My friends so would do this!

2. My hair is really long. I plan to get a pixie cut, but before I do, I have to try this! It’s so adorable. It reminds me of being 5 years old.

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4. I really want to see this! It looks really fun.  And I feel bad, because I’ve never seen a Woody Allen flick. It’s weird. I’m rarely interested in “romantic” movies.

5. I recently saw Source Code. It was much, much better than I was expecting. I’m still sorting out my opinions on it, but when I get a handle on it, I’ll post a review.

6. This.

7. The poetry of Elizabeth Barret Browning. The woman was a genius! She is so inspiring. Along with Emily Dickinson, Basho, and Walt Whitman, she is probably my favorite poet. Here’s a sampling:

“Experience, like a pale musician, holds
A dulcimer of patience in his hand,
Whence harmonies, we cannot understand,
Of God; will in his worlds, the strain unfolds
In sad-perplexed minors: deathly colds
Fall on us while we hear, and countermand
Our sanguine heart back from the fancyland
With nightingales in visionary wolds.
We murmur ‘Where is any certain tune
Or measured music in such notes as these ?
But angels, leaning from the golden seat,
Are not so minded their fine ear hath won
The issue of completed cadences,
And, smiling down the stars, they whisper –
Sweet.”

“When I attain to utter forth in verse
Some inward thought, my soul throbs audibly
Along my pulses, yearning to be free”

“Each creature holds an insular point in space;
Yet what man stirs a finger, breathes a sound,
But all the multitudinous beings round
In all the countless worlds, with time and place
For their conditions, down to the central base,
Thrill, haply, in vibration and rebound,
Life answering life across the vast profound,
In full antiphony, by a common grace!”

8. This is nowhere close to my favorite Regina Spektor song, and it’s nowhere close to the most summer-y, but it’s the one that’s stuck in my head. Ne me quitte pas! ( meaning, “Don’t leave me”, for all the non-French-speaking readers!)

9. I’m really into hugs right now. It’s such a simple thing, but it can mean so much.

10.  Straight No Chaser. Amazing. Listen for yourself

Things I don’t like:

  1. Colds. It’s summer after all!
  2. World history.

On that note, have a Happy Father’s Day! I’ll see you soon!

 

Silence

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I’m on an emotional high at the moment. I just had a stupendous evening, and now I can’t sleep.

It’s so late it’s early. What surprises me is the silence. No cars, no sirens, just the clicking of the keys on my keyboard.

There’s something about silence that puts me ill at ease. It pours over you, drowning perspective.  The thing about silence is that it’s solitary. You can’t truly have silence when you’re with another person.

Silence is standing on the edge of the void, bending down over the chaos beneath- and stopping. It’s empty. It’s death. It must , because life is all about colors and sounds and movement, not the blank wall of nothingness that eats away at everything.

It is powerful, but that power is about illusions. In truth, it is superficial and fragile.  One fracture is enough to destroy it.

Silence is the goosebumps on your arm, the shiver down your spine as you try to pull yourself together. It’s the breaths you take as you try to stay afloat in a world that is flooding. It’s the sensation you feel when someone is holding your hand and they suddenly let go, leaving you alone. It’s what happens when you realize you were at cross purposes for so long, only to discover it once it’s too late.

It’s the realization that the world is big and you are small, but somehow, you’re going to change the world anyways. It’s sunsets, stars, finishing a book that you wish went on forever. It’s that split second before you blow out the birthday candles while you try to think of what wish is most important. It’s gritted teeth after a fall, telling yourself not to cry.

It’s every perfect moment and every terrible one. Silence is the scrapbook of who you are in the shadows.  It’s your life played out on a silver screen with no words.

Sometimes, in a world of words, we forget silence.