Writer’s Strike

I don’t know if it’s the same everywhere else in the world, but today in LA the big story is the Writer’s Guild of America strike. For now it will only affect somewhat live shows, most of our beloved sitcoms and scripted TV shows (probably) have enough episodes written ahead of time to weather the storm. Movie studios have plenty of scripts waiting to be produced. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of most of the late night talk shows (well, not enough to watch them regularly) and the like, so I don’t think this will affect me. But hopefully it doesn’t last long enough to prevent new episodes of my beloved The Office from airing! 😛

The New Chronicles of Narnia Movie!

The new Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian movie debuted a little ditty at Comic-Con with some inside looks at the new story. I’m really excited for the new one! I loved the first one. Too bad that Caspian is a bit on the ugly side :3

Everyone who attended Comic-Con this past weekend was treated to a surprise introduction of Ben Barnes, live via satellite. Now, for the first time ever, check out footage from the film, including the big reveal of Ben as Prince Caspian! Listen to Ben discuss his role, and see Caspian in action!

**edit** urgh. The WP doesn’t like me embedding video. Click here to see the video.

DaVinci Code and Thoughts.

I finished reading the DaVinci Code on Wednesday and saw the movie last night, and both were “Meh.”

The book itself was not written well at all in my opinion (LOTS of passive voice, which just annoys the poo out of me, past tense) and not compelling. I mean… ugh I guess I’ll put this behind a cut because SPOILERS AHEAD OOH.

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Lindsay Lohan as Sailor Moon??

This has to be one of the funniest things I’ve heard this year:

We suppose this could be considered our first legitimate completely unsubstantiated rumor that’ll probably turn out to be false scoop. We were recently passed on the information that a Japanese Magazine titled Animage, in their current issue, announced that Fox has acquired the rights to the popular anime series SAILOR MOON and is looking to Joss Whedon to presumably write and direct a live action film. Further, they’re hoping Miss Can’t Keep Her Genitals Inside Her Clothes herself Lindsay Lohan will star alongside Jennifer Garner (as the main villain) in an all non-Asian cast.


Sweet LORD I hope this is true!! It would be the funniest thing ever!! Can you imagine the Live Action Sailor Moon series — with LiLo in the lead?? Wait, you don’t have to… I’ve created an image for you:

Bwahahahahaha 😀

No time for blog.

Ugh I am so busy lately I have no time to do anything fun. During the day I’m in class, most of which is a complete joke (for example, we have been watching The Mission for the past 3 class sessions on my Anthropology class. Also, we are like 2 weeks behind because all the freshman in there are retarded at taking notes).

Also I have work 3 days a week, which I’m kind of worried about. The other day one of my bosses asked me to skip class to go on a kind of sales call with him? I made it very clear when I started that school is my number one priority and work is like 3rd or 4th down the line of my list of priorities. I got the feeling before but now I’m kind of positive that they are wanting me to take a bigger role in the company than I want. Like more of a sales role. Anyone who knows me knows I hate dealing with people, but that’s what they’re kind of pushing me into. I’m happy working behind the scenes and I know that this probably won’t pay me a lot, but that’s what I’m happy with. I don’t like all that salesy stuff and that is not I understood my role to be when I took the job. *sigh* But they’re REALLY good to me so I hate to be difficult. I like to help out whenever I can. But I am just not comfortable with sales-y type things.

And if I’m not working or schooling, I’m studying. Right now I need to be writing an essay and finishing reading about 40 different chapters of different books. I still have not read one item for my British lit up to 1760 class, it is so horribly boring. But this weekend I’m really going to make an effort to. One problem is that at night I am so tired by the time 7 rolls around because I’ve been up and going going going for the past 12 hours, all I want to do is settle down and watch some Law & Order for a while. Then American Idol. Then go home and sleep.

This week I’ll be praying for fortitude to complete my assignments and patience with my classes. :angel:

Reading over Break

Now that my Winter Break is over, I’ve had a chance to reflect on it and appreciate that I actually got a LOT done which makes me immensely happy and satisfied. (Warning: the following is pretty uh, longer than I intended)

One of my goals was to read extensively over the break. So I asked for a lot of books over Christmas. The first book I read was The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. It’s an incredibly moving story about a butler in England who spends his entire life serving Lord Darlington, sacrificing all personal relationships and enjoyment. It’s only at the end of his life does he start to regret some of his choices, particularly in connection with Ms. Kensington and his naivete towards Lord Darlington. We watched the film in my British Lit class so I wanted to read the book and I wasn’t disappointed. Don’t listen to Family Guy on this one. 😛

The second book was Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki, the woman that Arthur Golden supposedly based his book, Memoirs of a Geisha off of. After having read the two, I seriously cannot see how these were even supposed to be the same woman. Basically all that Sayuri and Mineko have in common is that they were both dancers. It’s no wonder Mineko was at all dissatisfied with Memoirs, it has nothing to do with her life and the two do not even take place in the same time period. I really like both books though, but after reading Geisha, Memoirs just seems so unrealistic.

Next I delved into the world of Jane Austen and read Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility. I just love Austen and reading these was nothing short of fun. It’s weird for me to say it since a lot of people have such a hard time reading her work, but it was so easy for me to get into the sometimes silly worlds of Austen.

Persuasion was kind of sad, it’s about Anne Elliot whose mother has died, leaving her with a father and sister whose greatest admirers are themselves. She has a friend and mother figure in Lady Russell, who incidentally was also her mother’s best friend and loves Anne exceedingly. Anne was once in love with a young sailor named Wentworth but as he had no fortune or good connections to reccomend him, Lady Russell persuades Anne to reject his proposal. Years later Anne still regrets it, but once Anne visits her other sister Mary in a neighboring town, she meets the now Captain Wentworth again. OMG do they get back together?? Read it and see ;D I rented the movie a couple of days ago and they sure took some liberties! There were a few instances where things that characters did were so out of character it made me angry. Like when Anne was at the concert and she was practically begging Captain Wenworth to stay? Yeah, that would not have happened!

Next was Northanger Abbey. This one is about Catherine Morland, who falls in love with a man named Henry Tilney while in Bath with some friends. Although some of her “friends” and “family” seem determined to thwart her plans, she is eventually able to strike up a friendship with Henry’s sister and father and invited to stay at their home, Northanger Abbey. Will Catherine be able to win Henry’s heart while she’s staying so close to him?? (The answer is yes, obviously, this is an Austen novel. But just barely.) I guess there’s a TV movie about it. Don’t plan on seeing it. 😛

After Northanger Abbey came Mansfield Park. I think I liked this one the best out of the three. This is about poor Fanny Price, whose mother’s rich relations the Bertrams decide to take her in and give her a better life. However, she’s always treated as second rate by everyone except her good cousin, Edmund. Of course she eventually falls in love with him, although it’s against the family’s better wishes. Eventually the family pretty much disintegrates through a series of unfortunate events: the oldest son, Tom Bertram, falls extremely ill after several years of philandering and being pretty much useless; the oldest daughter Maria destroys her extremely fortunate marriage; the youngest daughter Julia elopes with one of her brother Tom’s friends; leaving poor Fanny and Edmund to pick up the peices. Throw in the good for nothing Crawford family, whose siblings are trying to woo Fanny and Edmund apart, and you have a nailbiting adventure that I couldn’t read fast enough, if only to GET IT OVER WITH AND END THE SUSPENSE. Also has a movie, maybe I’ll Netflix it. 😀

The last Austen book I read was Sense and Sensibility. The movie starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet is one of my favorite movies, so I was pretty acquainted with the storyline. After reading the book I appreciated some of the differences between the two and how the book had some supplementary material, but the movie did an EXCELLENT job of preserving and even enhancing the book’s storyline. Excellent. But I have to say, in the book (if possible), the Miss Dashwood’s brother and her wife, along with Lucy Steele are even more hateful than in the movie haha.

The last book I read over break was My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. At first I loved the premis and thought it was really thought provoking: thirteen-year-old Anna was conceived to be an organ donor for her sister Kate, who is dying of leukemia. Finally after years of donating blood and bonemarrow Kate seems to be on the last downward slide and she needs a new kidney. Anna disrupts the fabric of her family by challenging her very purpose in life and refuses to give the kidney, and files for medical emancipation. The first 7/8s of this book were really good. The ending just sucked though. I felt like all of a sudden it turned into a shitty soap opera and ducked out of dealing what would have been a really interesting issue. I hated hated HATED the ending, and unfortunately that caused me to hate the book. I’ll probably never read any Picoult again if this is how her books are going to turn out. Anger.

Now I’m in school, and aside from the normal tripe I have to read (ie: Beowulf) I am really enjoying it. Mostly I’m enjoying my contemporary novels class. We’re reading The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (by the way, I love that this class FINALLY taught me how to say those dutch names that end in “tje.” ON-DAH-CHEE. I love how his name does not sound like it looks, it fascinates me. Thank you Dutch people for your wonky spelling!) and I’m really enjoying it so far. I think what I like best is the part where I get to imagine Ralph Fiennes being all so fine when I read it. HOT. By the way, about the movie, am I the only one that thinks Kristin Scott Thomas was WAY too old to be playing Katharine? Katharine was supposed to be way younger than Almasy, but in the movie they look about the same age. And if I were Katharine, I would be torn, too. Who could choose between Ralph Fiennes and Colin Firth (who happens to be one of my true loves)? It’s cruel and unusual punishment to even think of choosing. Just have a menage-a-trois instead. 😀

King Kong.

The week before Christmas Mike and I met {Maz}’s girlfriend, Amber, for the first time when we went on a double date to Island’s and the movies to see King Kong. She’s very sweet and pretty, I love her already.

Mostly I love the change I’ve seen in Maz since they’ve been together. Ever since I’ve known Maz, about 3 1/2 years now, he hasn’t really had a serious girlfriend. He’ll go on dates every once in a while, but those never panned out. Now that he’s dating Amber, he seems so much happier. I’ve really never seen him so happy and I’m really glad for him. It’s so nice to see that such an awesome guy like Maz, whom Mike and I care about and love so much, is so deliriously happy.

Jorge joined us for the movie once he got off work. The movie itself was too scary for me, haha. I had my head hidden in Mike’s chest much of the time, what with all the dinosaurs and scary insects and cannibals and such. It certainly did not end too soon.

It was a really fun night 🙂

Greg’s and the Huntington!

On Monday I was able to take off early, so Mike and I jetted up to Westwood, home of UCLA to visit Greg and his fiancee, Kristin. We stopped off at Tommy’s Burgers (Mike’s favorite Burger joint, mine is In N Out) for lunch and got there around 2 or so. Parking was horrendous! We hung out at Kristin’s and watched the awesomely bad Merlin miniseries. Once Greg got off work we walked down to Westwood Village and Olive Garden for dinner, then went separate ways for the evening. Greg and Kristin had play auditions to conduct at UCLA and Mike and I decided to see HairPo at the Village Theatre (soo cooool!!)

The rest of the night passed uneventfully, Mike and I eventually fell asleep on the floor together :loveeye: I don’t get many chances to sleep next to Michael, so when I do I really enjoy it. I think that may be one of the things we are looking forward to most about getting married, (besides all of the crazy SEX we’ll be having, of course!) is just being able to sleep and be together all night long. It’s hard for me to sleep much past 7 or 7:30, so I woke up and watched My Neighbor Totoro until Mike was ready to get going.

Our plan for Tuesday was to visit The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, about a 45 minute drive from Westwood. Once we got there we encountered the most beautiful gardens either of us has ever seen.

Awesome view of the LA skyline we saw on the way to the Huntington.

There’s Mike in front of the entrance.

Me in front of the first garden we visited, the Rose garden. Our favorite rose was called Tamora, it’s a peach colored rose that smells wonderful.

View of the magnificent Japanese garden.

Amazing Bamboo forest.

Mike in front of the rock garden. After this picture was taken, a squirrel ran across the rocks, lol! :faint:

Look at that bonsai tree! It bends over the edge and then goes back up, amazing.

Mike at the entrance to the lily ponds.

Aww koi fishes! Cute!

If you look closely, you can see some of their little mouths open for food. Precious!:grin:

Ahh being attacked by huge desert tree monstrosity! I can’t remember what the tree was called but it is NOT to be confused with a joshua tree! i remember that much, hehe. :angel:

Mike and a new friend, a brown preying mantis we saw at the entrance to the art galleries.

Overall we had a really fun and exhausting time. Thanks to our host and hostess for having us over. 🙂