Studying

It’s that time of year again…tests et. al. I have a big test today that I’ve been studying for like crazy. I made close to 150 flashcards…just on vocabulary. It’s funny because it didn’t feel like we were going over a lot of material these past couple of weeks. I think I’ll do okay – I have to remind myself that I know more than I think I know. I used to watch this show (let’s be honest, I still watch it on Amazon Instant) called Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. It’s about three best friends in middle school just trying to get through the years. Ned, the main character, has a guide full of tips about how to survive school. I kind of wish I had a guide full of tips for this time of year. I may have done this multiple times over, but finals never really get easier (they actually usually get harder). It’s always stressful to have projects, tests, everything piling up at once.  In times like these, I live pretty much in the moment (it’s the only way not to get too stressed out). I think, okay, I’ll just take this test, and then I can focus on everything else. Don’t worry, I’ll make it through unscathed, but happy thoughts would help. And chocolate. Definitely chocolate.

Cold

It’s cold. Cold, cold, cold, cold.

Don’t get me wrong – I like winter. Hot chocolate, sweaters, scarves, holidays…but I only really like the cold when it snows. And so far, it has not snowed. Unfortunately, yesterday, it was calling for ice and rain today, which would be bad since I’m driving home for Thanksgiving! But the weather seems to have changed and now it will only rain. We’ll see.

But this is how I felt getting ready to go to class today:

Here’s hoping we get some snow soon – not too much. Just enough to delay my morning classes. We don’t need a repeat of the giant snow storm of 2010. Here’s a little snowy reminder:

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I don’t want that much snow. Just a light dusting to remind us all what the season’s about (I’m paraphrasing from “The Ultimate Christmas Present”). But anyways, wish for snow and stay warm!!

Sunday Afternoon

Happy end of Daylight Saving Time! Hopefully everyone turned their clocks back so that they didn’t miss anything important this morning. I love when Daylight Saving Time ends because it means we get an extra hour of sleep…for a couple of days, until we’re used to it.  Of course, it also means that I am now ready for dinner and it is just past 5:00. Maybe I can hold out for another half hour, but we’ll see.

Anyways, not much going on today. But tonight Once Upon a Time is on and it is the premiere of Ariel, aka the Little Mermaid! When I was a kid, The Little Mermaid was not my favorite Disney princess movie because of this scene:

I mean, he destroys all her stuff!! Every time I watched it, I was so angry at Triton and sad about Ariel.  Anyways, rewatching that scene now, I realize how much the movie is about racial tensions between the merpeople and humans.  I guess I haven’t seen that movie in so long, that I kind of forgot about that aspect. Now I definitely have to rewatch the whole movie. But first, dinner, and then Ariel’s debut on Once Upon a Time! So excited!

Me!

This is technically my eighth blog post, but I don’t count the first post as having much substance, so I’ll say that since this is my seventh post, I should probably tell you a little about me (As much as I’m willing to put on the Internet, that is)!

My name is Colleen (If you couldn’t tell from the URL).  I’m an English major.  I like movies, television, and books way too much.  I am constantly quoting movies and television shows that rarely anyone understands but me.  Seriously, on my list of “superlatives” one of my housemates in Bath made for all of us at the end of the program was that I made the most references out of anyone. Ever.  I don’t necessarily consider this a bad thing, because I believe all the movies, and television shows I have watched have defined me in some way and given me insight into something I may not have known much about before.

I also love books, like I said.  And I’ll give you this quote from You’ve Got Mail (a movie!) that pretty much sums up my feelings about books:

Kathleen Kelly: When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.

(Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0128853/trivia?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu)

Honestly, I would also like Kathleen Kelly’s life – I mean she owns a children’s bookstore (For most of the movie anyways)!  But the fact that I chose that movie is significant, not only because it is probably my favorite movie, but also because it shows how much I love the 90s.  I admit it, I’m a child of the 90s and I will probably argue about how fantastic that time was for movies, television, everything (Except fashion. That is where the 90s kind of went a little crazy).  I mean, everyone probably loves the time they grew up in and thinks it’s the best, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten much more nostalgic about it.  I think it probably has something to do with the kind of world we live in post-9/11.  This is a little more serious than I wanted to go, so I’ll just leave it at this: kids who were born in the last thirteen years or so will never know what it was like before 9/11 – simpler, easier, not so scary.

Anyways, I think I’ll spend the next week of serious blogging telling you tidbits about myself.  I’m not sure what they’ll be yet, but I’m thinking along the lines of favorite movies, television shows, books, who knows! I just want to give you all a little picture of who I am:

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Ha get it? A little picture of myself!

Fairytales

Last night my roommate and I watched Ever After.  She had never seen it, and I realized that this classic Drew Barrymore, late-90′s, chick flick was an essential part of any woman’s film repertoire.  (Those reading this may not agree, but this is my blog after all, so it’s just my opinion) It makes me think about re-imagined fairytales.  This movie is obviously not drastically different from the source material, Cinderella, but it still offers a different interpretation.  In the end, Danielle, (Cinderella in this version) saves herself from a terrible fate – sure she marries the prince right after, but still, she does take control over her fate.  While fairytales have always focused on the damsel in distress instead of the daring damsel, modern re-imagined fairytales are much better at giving female characters a little more depth. I’m a big fan of ABC’s television show, Once Upon a Time, which features at its’ center Snow White, played by Ginnifer Goodwin.  This Snow White, however, is not like the Disney character most everyone is familiar with.  She’s independent, fierce, powerful, and just trying to take her kingdom back from the evil stepmother that stole it.  She does have a Prince Charming, but in many ways he doesn’t save her, so much as they save each other.  They have an equal partnership, something definitely missing from classic fairytales.  Most importantly, Snow White is flawed – and I don’t mean that she is flawed in the sense that she is a flat character.  Snow is flawed because she makes mistakes like most humans do.  But she learns from these mistakes, and always comes back fighting in the end.  The show is still going on, so we don’t know yet if Snow and her prince will get their happy ending.  However, Ginnifer Goodwin and the actor who plays the prince, Josh Dallas, are engaged, so at least their real life counterparts will hopefully have a happy ending!

Hello!

I wanted to title this post “Ahoy!” but since I have no sailing experience, that could be a bit of a misnomer.  Although I am not a sailor, I am an English major, which hopefully means this blog will be somewhat prolific. Anyways, here’s me, saying hello and if you’re at all interested in my thoughts in a more instantaneous sense, my Twitter is @colleenumw 

As they say in French, c’est tout!

Colleen