Posted by: Caroline | February 10, 2010

Read/Watched

Northanger Abbey – I love Jane Austen, but had never been able to get into this book, probably because I watched this BBC version first. Well! The book is MUCH better, it has much better character development, and after all the Shakespeare I’ve been reading, seemed reallly easy to read. This is up there with my other favorite Jane Austen books, Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. (Sense and Sensibility and Emma, not so much). LOVED this book. So sweet!

Castle – This is such a GOOD SHOW. It’s about a mystery writer (and starts out: “There are two types of people that think of ways to kill people: mystery writers, and psychopaths. I’m the kind that pays better.”) named Richard Castle, who shadows one Detective Kate Beckett. I love this show because it’s not overly dramatic, and Castle is SO SWEET, and Beckett….well, I want to he her when I grow up. I love how Castle’s daughter parents her father and grandmother.

The last two parts of “Emma” – THIS WAS SO GOOD. I wasn’t a big fan of the book the first time I read it, but this made me want to read it again. It reminded me SO MUCH of “Clueless” (which, yes, I know, was based on Emma, but this particular version of Emma seemed very reminiscent of “Clueless”).

King Lear – Okay, I read this for class, but (despite the fact that it’s a tragedy), it was pretty good.

And in the listened to category……(I know none of these songs are new, I just came across them at some point in the last week or so).

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Posted by: Caroline | January 27, 2010

iPad

No, I don’t have one. I probably won’t have one as long as I’m a student, unless I miraculously get a thousand-dollar tech budget. HA.

But watching Steve Job’s unvailing of the iPad made me wonder several things. First: When will I see someone with one of these? Second: why can’t it have a traditional keyboard?

When I was eleven or so, I remember my Aunt’s partner saying that probably tablet PCs would be popular by the time I got to college. Here’s what I picture for a tablet PC: Something like my laptop, only with a touch screen, and I can turn the screen backwards and fold it onto the keyboard and take hand written notes. Y’know, in math or Economics.  Or maybe play a board game or something.

Right now, the iPad just seems like a larger iPhone (and I know everyone is saying that, but it’s true!), and for me, It doesn’t have enough features. LIKE A KEYBOARD. Also, I use Windows. I LIKE Windows. (Okay, there’s a few things about Vista that bug me, but I hope to get Windows 7 one of these days). So, while I really, really envy the small size of MacBooks (because I drag my laptop to class every day), I’m not too interested.

What do you think of the iPad?

Posted by: Caroline | January 25, 2010

Read & Watched

Read: The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper. This was a very informative & interesting book. Helene Cooper grew up in Liberia (which, if you didn’t know anything about it, like me, that’s okay, because she catches you up to speed on how it was founded by freed American slaves). The daughter of wealthy parents, she had a half-sister named Eunice. When Liberia broke out in civil war during her freshman year of high school, Helene and her family moved to the US, leaving Eunice in Liberia. After loosing touch, graduating from University of North Carolina, and becoming a journalist who was with American forces when we invaded Iraq in 2003 and almost died, Helene went back to Liberia to find Eunice.

Watched: “(500) Days of Summer” starring you-know-him-from-“10-Things-I-Hate-About-You” Joseph Gorden-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. This movie appealed to my cynical side, because they tell you from the beginning that Tom (Gordon-Levitt) and Summer (Deschanel) don’t end up together. I loved the Ikea scene (especially having gone to Ikea for the first time over winter break)! Also, every girl I know who has watched this movie, like me, wants Summer’s wardrobe. SO CUTE!!! LOVED this movie!!!

Watched: Part 1 of “Emma” on Masterpiece Theater. Okay, Emma was the first Jane Austen book I read. I didn’t like it. (I felt like it dragged on too long). But I am absolutely LOVING this version of Emma (except for the fact that I have to wait two weeks to see the rest of it). The costumes are fab, and the guy who plays Knightly is sooooooo much cuter than the guy from the 1996 TV mini-series.

See? And I love Emma’s clothes. Did I mention that?

Even though I didn’t enjoy Emma the first time I read it, this version is making me want to go back and re-read it…..too bad I don’t have time. Just trying to read Northanger Abbey while keeping up with Shakespeare and US History and Political Science is difficult.

Looking forward to this week:

1. Psych returns on Wednesday!!!

2. Finishing Northanger Abbey (hopefully!)

3. Part 2 of Emma!

Posted by: Caroline | January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year! I wish you all the best in 2010.

Go Ducks!!!!

Posted by: Caroline | December 19, 2009

What I like lately

1. GLEE. This show, while the plot is a bit of a cliche, has REALLY, REALLLY, good music. And the Fall Finale was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good and SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO perfect. OMIGOSH. I LOVED it. (I really want to do a Karaoke night with just songs from GLEE, since there’s such a variety).

2. Neil Simon’s “Fools”. I went and saw this at my high school – it was the second Neil Simon show they’ve done (they did Rumors when I was a Junior, it was SO GOOD), and it was FABOULOUS. If you ever have a chance to go see a Neil Simon play, GO!!! They’re very funny & entertaining & well written. “Fools” is about a school teacher who goes to a small town in Ukraine, but finds that everyone in the town is cursed with stupidity. SO FUNNY.

3. Criminal Minds. This show is about the Behavioral Analysis Unit at the FBI. They create profiles for serial killers, and then catch the person. Although I watch this show before I go to bed, I wouldn’t recommend it. It could make for disturbing dreams. But it’s soooo good!

4. Taylor Lautner on SNL. It was even better when they spoofed UO. I love SNL. So much.

5. The fact that it hasn’t snowed. Yes, this is a GOOD thing.

Posted by: Caroline | December 8, 2009

wow…

It’s December, and holy calzone (and by the way, the actual Italian pronunciation is cal-zone-ie, not cal-zone, which is the AMERICAN way of pronouncing it) it’s finals week, and Friday is my house’s Christmas party, and the next day I’m going home for winter break. Which will include: working at (insert name of major discount retailer here), visits from my Grandparents, and oh yeah…..

My school is PLAYING IN THE ROSE BOWL!!!!! YES!!!! (This was the only good picture I could find that represented both schools).

And the hilarious part is, they’re playing my Dad’s favorite team (it’s not actually his school, but since he grew up in Ohio, and Ohio State is the good college football team in Ohio, that’s who he roots for).

And it it’s not obvious, my school is University of Oregon, which has a pretty good football team, despite having a new coach this year…….

So, I have a lot to look forward to this break (as long as it doesn’t snow. Please, Please don’t let it snow).

What does do your holidays look like?

Posted by: Caroline | November 2, 2009

TV Shows I have seen and liked

(In no particular order, just the order I thought of them in).

1. Psych. Shawn and his best friend since childhood, Gus have a Psychic detective agency….except Shawn’s not really a Psychic. Shawn’s father, a retired cop, started teaching him skills to become a cop since he was born practically…except that becoming a cop didn’t work out for Shawn, so he and Gus started a Psychic detective agency…..and they’re the only ones who know that Shawn has really keen observational skills, not psychic powers. (This is just like Monk, only with two cute younger detectives. And it takes place in Santa Barbara).

2. Ally McBeal. Ally McBeal is a woman who is a lawyer in a Boston lawfirm. In the first episode, she joins the firm of Richard, who she went to law school with….and as it turns out, her ex-boyfriend, Billy, works there too!!! (This show is SO GOOD.)

3. Star Trek: The Next Generation(TNG). Captain Jon-Luc Picard of the Enterprise, Commander William Riker, Counsellor Deanna Troi, Lieutenant Commander Data, Lieutenant Worf, Lieutenant Geordi LaForge, and Chief Medical Officer Beverly Crusher….They’re a family, and they’re actions and adventures are amusing and entertaining. (I love when Wil Wheaton plays Dr. Crusher’s son Wesley Crusher).

4. Star Trek: Voyager. This takes place about the same time as TNG, but it is the only series with a female captain – Captain Kathryn Janeway of the Starship Voyager, played by Kate Mulgrew. Unlike TNG, however, Voyager has been thrown from the Alpha Quadrent, where Earth is, to the Delta Quadrent, where it will take them an estimated 75 years to get home. (Captain Janeway ROCKS!!!).

5. Mercy. This in many ways reminds me of Ally McBeal EXCEPT: The main character is Nurse Veronica Callahan, who in the first episode is back at Mercy Hospital in New Jersey after working in an Army hospital in Iraq. While Veronica is married, though, on her second day back, the doctor she had an affair with in Iraq takes a position at Mercy Hospital. (I orginally started watching this show because Kate Mulgrew was in it, but she’s not in it very much….and I really, really like this show 😀).

6. Heroes. People with superpowers…..and the normal people that interact with them. Also THE COMPANY that tries to control them. And SYLAR, the SERIAL KILLER, who murders people and takes there super powers. And can also tell if a watch is the tiniest bit off. (Fine. I started watching this because Zachary Quinto’s in it. And he plays Sylar. So bad, but so good).

7. GLEE. A high school Glee club’s struggle to survive in a sports/Sue Sylvester dominated world. (The plot isn’t that original, but the music’s GREAT).

8. 30Rock. Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) and her boss, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), as well as other characters who makee TGS: with Tracy Jordan. ( I ❤ Tina Fey. And she and Alec Baldwin are SO funny).

Other favorite shows include: “Veronica Mars”, “Beauty and the Geek”, “Style by Jury”, and “Sex and the City”.

So, what do you watch?

 

Posted by: Caroline | October 19, 2009

War and Monogamy

It seems like lately I have all these big, important questions rolling around in my head. Today in Spanish, when we had to write about the generation gap, and things that are different now than in, say, our grandparents time, and one of the girls in my groups said that there is more violence now than there was when our grandparents were our age, I had to disagree.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like violence. But war, like monogamy, is human nature. Back in the day, caveman clans used to fight each other. One of my other classes this quarter is War in the Modern World Part 1: 1500-1945. There have always been wars going on.  Perhaps it seems like more now because we have the media to bring it into our homes and our everyday lives. Except when we really try to keep it out. I mean, we’ve talked about several instances in History where people’s NOSES were cut off. That’s really not acceptable to us anymore. And yet gunman have invaded high schools and colleges across the country. People are killed in suicide bombings in Iraq. When we don’t get along, we fight, it’s our nature.

Likewise, it is also human nature to pair off. Why would people pair off if their wasn’t some sense in it? (Actually, I don’t know of anyone who’s anti-marriage). The point being, though, can we really not get into wars, and lead peaceful lives if violence is human nature?

Maybe we COULD lead peaceful lives, however, if violence wasn’t such a part of our culture: boxing, wrestling, Halo 3.

On a side note: I don’t really feel like knitting much lately. I want to sew. Sadly, my sewing machine is…at my parents house. But I’d like to make a top (like a blouse) in a day or two, not a month or two.

Posted by: Caroline | September 22, 2009

So here I am…….

I am BACK AT SCHOOL!!! So glad to be back in my college town, living in an ALL SINGLE ROOMS co-op. No more pot-headed roommate!!!

I was going to post all 100 movies this summer, and while the list was done long before the end of the summer, that obviously didn’t happen. I kind of got busy….not that I’m going to be LESS busy now, or anything.

11.The Princess Diaries – Following the death of the father she was in contact with but never met, Anne Hathaway meets her grandmother (Julie Andrews) and finds out that her father was actually prince of Genovia…making her heir to the throne. This was the movie that made me an Anne Hathaway fan, and in my opinion, none of her movies since this one have been as good. ****

12.The Sound of Music – Julie Andrews plays Maria, a woman preparing to become a nun who is sent to be Governess for Captain von Trapp, played by Christopher Plummer. Upon arriving at estate, it is discovered that the retired Navy Captain “runs the house as though he is on one of his ships again.” Maria brings music back into the lives of the children and the Captain while they fall in love. One word: Classic. ***

13.Mary Poppins – Julie Andrews is Mary Poppins, a nanny who arrives to take care of Jane and Michael Banks. The trio have adventures with Bert (Dick van Dyke). Many, many classic songs such as “Sister Suffragette”, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”, among many, many others.When I think of my childhood, I kind of think of this movie. I’m not sure why, because I didn’t have a nanny. ***

14. South Pacific – During the American occupation of islands in the South Pacific in WWII,  Lt. Joe Cable and Nellie Forbush struggle with love and racisim. Nellie is in love with Emile de Becque, a French planter who ran away to the South Pacific after killing a man in France. Joe struggles with falling in love with a Tonkinese girl despite the fact that he is engaged to a girl “back home”. Racial prejudices of Joe

15.The Princess Bride – “A nice mix of romance and comedy, mostly comedy.” –Viv Buttercup becomes engaged to the (unbeknownst to her) evil Prince Humperdink following the news the man she loves has died. While on her morning ride, Buttercup is kidnapped. FABULOUS. Except Wesley is cuter at the beginning of the movie when he doesn’t have that little ponytail. SO many quotable lines. ****

Posted by: queenofthepenguins | August 30, 2009

This is the sweet lemon, come in

Sorry it’s been so long but my life has been hectic, crazy, down-right insane. I have a family reunion going on… well for two days now at our house and it is a ZOO.

But that’s beside the point because today, we went for a walk in the DARK and when cars drove by, we pretended to be aliens. We had these headlamps on… and we made weird noises and waved our arms. I am convinced that I have the coolest family ever.

Quote of the day “It’s the only thing my pet rubadub will eat, it’s like a half bunny, half broccoli type thing.” (talking about cucumbers)

Random word I just thought of: Albatross… real meaning: some sea-gull like bird, cooler meaning: an extremely secret-code language, only spoken in a fort.

So I went on this trip to Idaho right? Well on the way there, we used walkie-talkies, and each time I spoke I used a different code name… Among the best: Flying elephant, rainbow giraffe, fuzzy raptor, sweet lemon, and the quiet orange

Go walkie-talkies.

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