Thursday, November 27, 2008


I went and saw the Twilight movie last night. After hearing some horrible reviews, I didn't think it was that bad. Certainly, I prefer the book and the glossed over parts and skipped part, but all in all it was good.

A few things bugged me, though.

1. Edward (can you believe I can't find a decent picture??)
Really, not my vision of Edward. I know in the book he comes off as creepy and stalkerish, but by reading it from Bella's point of view, it was kind of sweet. In the movie, it was just creepy and stalkerish. Made worse by the face that the actor who played Edward *looked* SUPER CREEPY for the entire film. Honestly, I was waiting for Bella to get all weirded out, especially with the random mood swings from sullen "we shouldn't be together" to angry "I am a monster!" to jumpy "we're dating! whee!" and back again.

2. Special Effects

The production company must have got a good deal on spinning cameras because I was feeling the motion sickness at certain points. Really, lots of spinning. And pointless scenes of Edward and Bella lying around and leaping through trees. Okay. We get it. Edward can scale huge trees. We don't need to watch it for 5 minutes. They could have spent more time with the fleeing-the-evil-vampires part and less time with spinning cameras and jumping up trees.
(And really, what's Edward thinking? Take the clutzy girl up the tallest tree in the world?)

Things I thought were done well:

1. The Cullens

Edward aside (okay and maybe Esme too), I really liked the casting for the rest of the Cullens. Jasper was little bug-eyed the entire film (he looked like he had recently been electrocuted), but Carlisle and Emmett and Alice were awesome!

2. Jacob Black (and other minor cast members)

Such a cutie! In the first two books, I'm totally on Team Jacob.
Charlie and Billy were done very well too. I felt so bad for Charlie the whole movie. Bella was broody and kind of annoying, but Charlie did a good job of being the awkards what-the-hell-do-I-do-with-this-kid type of Dad.

3. The Bad Vamps

James was scary! Laurent was cool! Victoria was, well, crazy :) Very very well done. I wish they had been in more of the movie...

In conclusion: If you liked the book as a good read and not much more, you'll probably like the movie. If you loved the book bordering on obsession, you probably won't.

Friday, November 21, 2008


Hey, Doctor Who fans...


Okay, how about Discworld fans...

Lookee what I have!

Who wants to have a movie night? :D

Thursday, November 20, 2008

One Year!

It's my one-year anniversary since I started at the gym :)

Honestly I'm amazed I made it that long! So here's a look back at me about a year ago (I think):

And me now-ish (with the lovely Dee):


Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Last night I had the strangest dream
I ever dreamed before
I dreamed the world
Had all agreed to put an end to war

I dreamed I saw a mighty room
Filled with women and men
And the papers they were signing said
They'd never fight again

And when the papers were all signed
And a million copies made
They all joined hands and they bowed their heads
And grateful prayers were prayed

And the people in the streets below
Were dancing 'round and 'round
And swords and guns and uniforms
Were scattered on the ground

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Morning Giggle

I do so love it when I get jokes. This is from the hilarious webcomic The Non-Adventures of Wonderella.

Clicking the image may make it bigger ... yup, it does. I just checked. Or you can go to the Wonderella website and read all her crazy non-adventures!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

In Which I Talk About My Hair

"We brought you some shampoo"
"Because we couldn't find any real poo."
~ Hawkeye and BJ in M*A*S*H

I've always had really dry hair. Every time I got to get my hair cut, the stylist always tells me that I need to moisturize my hair and I always tell them that I do but nothing works.

Well, ladies and germs, I found something that works ... so far.

I've only used this shampoo and conditioner twice, but so far I adore it. I love how thick it is, I love how soft and frizz-free my hair is, and I LOVE the smell. I wish my hair was longer so I could smell it more.

What is this miracle shampoo, you ask? After extensive internet research (i.e. a Google search for moisturizing shampoo), I found what most people-who-post-about-hair agree is the best shampoo:

The Body Shop Honey Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. Not cheap, but worth it.

So, dear readers, if you have problems with dry hair, and want to smell like bee vomit, then this is the shampoo for you!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A promise to all of you

I promise, no matter how many manga series' I read, or how many comic books I enjoy, or how many movies I watch, I will never want to do this.

Admiring is one thing, but I still know the difference between fantasy and reality... most of the time.

(Oh, BTW, there's a good knitting-related comic over at QC today.)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

NaNoWriMo Update

The second post is at my NaNoWriMo blog, for all those who are interested :)

Not much else to report in other news... enjoy the story!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

What I did with my extra hour

Okay, the beginning of "Rex" is now posted ... only 675 words though.

Please take a look at it here.

I think I should make a title image for it out of this picture, just because it suits the theme of boxing/Greek tragedy redo (I know it's actually Minoan. Sheesh)

I'm eager to hear what you readers think of this story. It's my first non-fantasy in a very long time :D

Saturday, November 1, 2008

NaNoWriMo - Day 1

Eek! It's the first day of NaNoWriMo and I don't have any time to write anything for my story :(

Maybe I'll jot some things down this evening, when I get home from the symphony (yes, I'm off to the symphony with my family).

This isn't a very good start... I'll have to try and write twice as much tomorrow... before I head off shopping with Dee and Corinna all day... hmmm.

Hope you're still interested in the story! Does anyone know if blogger does text cuts like Livejournal?

EDIT: So instead of posting here, I'll put the actual NaNoWriMo story on this blog and just link when I have a new bit update. That should keep this journal clean and let people ignore my writing if they want.

If you *do* read it though, please comment. If I don't think anyone is bothering to read the story, then I won't bother to post it (although I will continue to write it).