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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Movie or Book?

Here's some food for thought...

Would you rather read a book and then have it made into a movie or see the movie and then read the book that inspired it?

I've experienced both situations. I saw the first Harry Potter movie which made me curious to read the books and with Twilight, I read the books before the first movie came out. Personally I prefer to read the book first and then if there happens to be a movie, I'll watch it. The reason being is I like taking the author's words and forming what I think the world looks like in my head. Books are also able to give more depth, description, and background than that of a movie - mainly because of time constraints. Though, I will admit, it is nice to see what you portray in your imagination live on screen.

Take Harry Potter for example. I believe that Goblet of Fire is the worst movie of the series. It feels, to me, incredibly rushed, disjointedly pieced together and does not do the book justice. I understand that the length of the books increase as the series went on and things needed to be prioritized as to importance to the story but I believe that in this case the story was completely edited. For example, the two Academies that join Hogwarts in the competition do not arrive at the beginning of the school year they arrive after it has started. We do not see the Dursley's and the Weasley's meet for the first time when they arrive to pick up Harry - which in my opinion would have been hilarious! Again, it is understandable the difficulties in converting a thick book into a movie with time constraints but in the case of the Goblet of Fire I feel too much was cut.

Opinions? Thoughts?

Random Fact: 50% of all marshmallows sold will be roasted.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sunny Days and Smiles

And I want a perfectly roasted marshmallow. The joys of summer. The smell of a campfire, the laughter of your friends. The warmer weather always brings out the more joyful side of me. Has to be from all the vitamin D that the sun gives. Or maybe it's simply just the warmth of it's glow on my skin because we go six months a year without feeling it.

I mean, don't get me wrong, I like the snow. For my birthday, Christmas, heck - even New Year's but after that I could care less if we have it. The month of December really is the only month I'm really concerned about having it - maybe January but the full month is pushing it. For the other 10 months give me the sun - doesn't have to be 85 degrees, I'd honestly settle for 65 or 70 for most of it.

I'm definitely looking forward to this summer. :) Not sure what's planned but I'm sure it will be something worthwhile and definitely fun. Oh - and my roasted marshmallow.

Random Fact: Americans buy 90 million pounds of marshmallows each year, about the same weight as 1,286 gray whales. Most are sold during the months of October and December.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Please shut up.

You there -- Yes, you. You -- the little annoying voice in the back of my head. Could you please just shut your trap - say forever? I'm tired of hearing you and your annoying nasally whiney voice. You're nothing but pain my rump and I really dislike you. You make everything harder than it absolutely has to be. You can't make anything easy or smooth sailing.

I don't ask for much. I really don't - so if you could just please go away. Go bother someone else. I've had you long enough - I dont want or need you any longer. I'm sick of you and your bothersome thoughts.

*sigh*

If it were only that easy.

Random Fact: China was the first to use paper money.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I can not stand...

Fake people. People who clearly have the brains and the knowledge to do what they are supposed to do but don't, unless there's someone to impress or prove that you know what you're supposed to be doing. Things like, scraping your plate into the garbage if there is uneaten food on it or picking up your garbage instead of leaving it laying around. How about forgetting responsibilities, like dogs, family? I've never thought I'd see such ungratefulness. It's to the point that I want to look at this person and go - you're an adult can you please freaking act like it? Please stop acting like a petulant child. Grow the hell up.

It's even worse when you're in close proximity to these people. Maybe I'm just being bitchy.

Random Fact: The male penguin sits on the egg instead of the female.

There's so much...

So much that I want to say. I've been thinking about how I wanted to start today's blog and what I wanted it to be about for most of the morning while I did things around the house. One thing that I've come to realize is that:

I hate that I am a quasi-packrat.

I'll save things, thinking that they're important, or that we'll need them to refer back to at point down the road. Or it will be something that someone important gave to me so I'll keep it thinking that if I gave it away/threw it out that I would hurt that person's feelings. I've slowly been coming to terms with those issues as I've been going through the house purging rooms. I'm not perfect at it, but I think I've gotten a little bit better at it. I'm more able to look at things and say as much as I love it, there's just no room for it in the house anymore or that it just doesn't fit who I am anymore. I've found a way to repurpose some things that I've emptied because of either purging or reorganizing and they've made good additions to cleaning other areas of the house up. One of the areas that really bothered me was J's fish tank. Because it's saltwater, it has different elements and minerals that have to be added to the water to keep the inhabitants healthy and before hand they were just all over, now they are neatly in a 3-drawer tote. J says it's nice because they are all in one spot and easy to find.

Random Fact: The first non-human to win an Oscar was Mickey Mouse.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Blogs are for speaking your mind

Aren't they? Don't people usually start a blog so they can share their feelings and opinions with the world with fear of ridicule - or at the very least - controlled ridicule?

I know I started this blog because I needed a place to vent. I needed a "safe" place to share my thoughts and feelings but more often than not I am finding myself worrying about what people would think if I truly put something I feel strongly about in my blog. I'm going to really work on not worrying about that. I've always said that I'm willing to hear opposing sides as long as they are shared/voiced respectfully and without trashing my views.

I honestly don't even know how many people read this blog but I don't do it for the readers. I do appreciate comments because it lets me know that people either agree or disagree with me. I'd like to have more readers because eventually I would like to be able to share things I've written on here. Just have to figure out how to "protect" my prose so that people can't copy/paste it and claim it as their own.

I've changed the background because I was inspired to do an update by my very good friend Sheri. You should check out her blog,The Mama in Me, she's really insightful and very inspiring -- again hence the change in background. I hope everyone likes it. My last couple changes have been very dark in color, thought beautiful, and this time I wanted something that was visually very different and opposite of what I've had in the past.

I guess there really isn't a point to this blog tonight. I originally started it with a completely different topic in mind, but me being me, changed the direction of the blog because I was worried about what someone might think. Well, maybe I'll indulge slightly. Is it possible that I'm too serious and there's something wrong with me? I mean, is it possible that there are things that I should find funny and I just don't? I mean, is it wrong when someone takes a joke (or several jokes) too far or someone claiming they are so mature when their actions just scream immaturity and I just don't want to be a part of it? I don't think I am tackling this topic correctly - the lack of examples is probably not helping, but unfortunately I have no overcome my inability to care if the wrong people read this so I think I shall just end it here.

Hoping for another gorgeous day tomorrow...

Random Fact: Odontophobia is the fear of teeth.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

What a rainy and gloomy month it's been so far. I wish it would warm up for good and stay that way. I want to be outside. I miss the sun. I miss its warmth. I'm ready for this dreary crap to be gone.

The television season is drawing to a close for summer (again, see 1st paragraph) and the season finales didn't disappoint (atleast not to me for the most part). Bones' finale was...1/2 way between awesome and OMG. Brennan and Booth had comfort sex - or it's about freaking time sex (whichever you choose to call it) and she's pregnant. Though we have seen - nothing. Actually we've seen almost less than nothing -- hint hint Mr. Hart Hanson -- while I don't need to see the hardcore skin on skin, it would be nice to see something. A kiss, a loving gesture, something that indicates that what's between them is concrete - please your fans have waited 6 seasons. 6 - SIX - Seasons and we would like just a little love. Though I'm glad that they found a way that didn't feel fake or half-assed thrown together, that this is finally something that's very real between the two of them. Oh not to mention Angela and Hodgins' baby (Michael Staccato Vincent Hodgins) has been born health and sighted - not to forget cute as an ever living button.

CSI:NY was pretty awesome as well considering they were unsure of whether they were going to be renewed or not (mostly in part to being stuck in a death slot on Friday nights - way to go CBS) but they managed to make a season finale that was both subtle (meaning it could have been a series finale if needed) but also sweet. It also leaves next season open for a pethera of story lines. Danny was promoted (but needs to find a loophole to staying in the lab...which I'm not sure why he couldn't --- I hope the writers have a decent idea to go with this) and Mac finally solved the last cold case on his desk --- until next season --- LOL. Definitely a first for CSI NY - who usually finds a way to end the season with an explosive cliffhanger.

Hawaii 5-0. Let me tell you for a freshman show - they certainly found a way to ensure their next season. Pregnancy, treason, murder, robbery...etc all of those (and probably a few I missed) were all included in one episode. The cast of this show is so well casted; I can't think any one cast member that doesn't really fit. I wasn't sure what to think of Scott Caan (Danno) when I first heard about him being on the show but he's really funny. It'll definitely be interesting to see what happens in the shows sophomore season...

Random Fact: The average person spends two weeks of their life waiting at traffic lights.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

This weekend...

This weekend was rough. I want to have a 1st Mother's Day. :( I don't spite anyone, I just wish it could me too. I want to join "the club".

Random Fact: Frozen lobsters can come back to life when thawed.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Blah...Such a Cheery Post...Blah

Having a very blah sort of day today. Can't really bring myself to get excited about something that I probably (and most normal people would probably be) about and I can't seem to get myself to care that I'm not excited or even care that there's a possibility.

I'm sick of certain people treating J and I like we don't mean anything. I'm sick of our kindness being taken advantage of and sick of immature people. I'm sick of certain people having all the time and money in the world for everyone else but hey - J and I were there for you in a really dark time in your life but that shouldn't mean anything. But ya know - it's ok - it's not like we're family or anything --- oh WAIT - yes we are...Hmm...that should mean something. Hate to inform you of something you should already know - but family means everything to J and I -- Family is there for each other no matter what. Family is thicker and stronger than other bonds and attractions. Your family should always come first.

Just frustrated and don't know what to do. I feel disconnected and I don't like it.

Random Fact: The average person has over 1,460 dreams per year.