snowystingray: (marian - goddamn nightwatchman)
Bwahaha, somebody has finally made a [ profile] spock_chapel comm. AWESOME. Now, quick, somebody cast Anne Dudek as Chapel in the next Abrams film.

Meme! That I have in fact done before! But, well, [ profile] hulamoth gave me new prompts, and who am I to resist?

Comment to this entry and I'll pick three of your fandoms. You must then update your journal and answer the following questions:

Robin Hood, Terry Pratchett, Horatio Hornblower )
snowystingray: (star trek)
- I can't decide which one I love more, this Hornblower/Bush vid to "I Touch Myself" or this Sam/Gene vid that inspired it. Oh, internets, DON'T EVER CHANGE.

- There is quite a good deal of win to be found over at [ profile] trek_crack, but the intro post especially is not to be missed. Unsurprisingly, the Spock/McCoy bits are my favourite (ohhh man, Bones' little 'yay medicine/boo engineering' shout bubble? LOVE).

-I've started watching The Prisoner (been meaning to for ages, and now it's all up on! How convenient!). After one episode I am confused as hell and will probably have nightmares for days, which means that I like it and plan to watch more.

- ETA: I almost forgot! If you haven't already joined in years past, you should all go check out the [ profile] lost_bookclub; how else are we to occupy the long, lonely Wednesday nights between now and February? Also, I'm leading the Philip K. Dick month so, y'know. Be there or be square and all that.

And now for the Robin Hood portion of our evening:

- ARMITAGE -- GOOD LORD -- THAT MAN SHOULD BE ILLEGAL. The show has been off for all of... three days, and already I miss having him in my weekly schedule.

- I think I may have unraveled a portion of my deep and abiding love for all things related to the Gisbornes (aside from the obvious bits where they are smouldering and lovely and act circles around the material they're given): namely, brother and sister both are so stuck in the 80s and totally should have ended the series by starting their own heavy metal/hair band.

Image cut, but only because I am a nice person )

Don't lie. You know you want it. I am actually contemplating a "Gizzy is Stuck in the 80s" playlist, but I don't know if I'll ever get around to it. Plus, man would it be hard to narrow that down. Maybe it'd be better to just hand out an instruction manual. 1. Put on Aerosmith/Van Halen/Def Leppard/Billy Idol/whatev. 2. Mope about until your simmering woobiness comes to a boil. 3. Angst to death.

- My great Robin Hood Rewatch continues! This is making up for the fact that I never posted about these episodes when I saw them for the first time:

1.06 - All of the "sparring" between Vaysey and the abbess is just an unparalleled delight to watch, hee! And once again with Gisborne being surprisingly religious -- I think this is swiftly becoming my new show-related obsession and some day I will have to do a proper write-up of my feelings on that. For now I find it interesting that on the one hand he can be so solemn and venerative in his attitude toward most church practices, and yet so completely derisive of Marian going to a convent. I suppose here it's more kneejerk anger, whereas in 2.08 it's more outright mocking (although I have to admit that I always join him on that when I watch the episode. Marian: "Okay, well, now that we're done having a jaw-droppingly hot make-out session, I think I'll just pop back into the convent." Guy: "Ummm, I don't think that's how nuns work. ...Have you been talking to Allan?"). Essentially, Guy is such an odd inconsistent bumbling idiot when it comes to omg pretty girl!!! Yeah, like that's news, but still. I know Armitage said of the first series that he wanted to make people's skin crawl during the Guy/Marian scenes, but mostly in this episode they just make me laugh at Guy's expense for being a GIANT AWKWARD CREEPER.

1.07 - Aaaand so Guy's wooing dumbness continues. "Curses! I need to get Marian another present but I didn't have time to go to the store. Well, this one looks nice; pity somebody else is already wearing it. ... Wait, who am I kidding, I'm mothereffing Guy of Gisborne and I'll take what I please and shoot sexy glances at passerbys as I do it." For the most part, though, this episode is far less about the awkward and far more about the epic angst and twisted attraction and betrayal potential and, oh dear, is this not what sold me on Guy/Marian from the start (because, yes, this was indeed the first episode of the show I ever saw)? Far more than my purely shallow thoughts along the lines of "oh dear they are so terribly attractive and to hell with the storyline let's just have the Richard & Lucy hour of hotness all the time," I was just so blown away by how well they feed off of each other as actors, how Marian's utter distaste for Guy begins to be eclipsed by her need to use him, how Guy's foundations are crumbled and rebuilt and crumbled again every time he encounters Marian anew. It's such a watershed moment for the two of them, when suddenly their relationship shifts from that of a relatively pedestrian match dictated by gender roles and societal conventions to that of a charged, inextricable political and ethical entanglement. The full gamut of emotions that the two of them run through in the proposal -- well, it's just as impressive to me now as it was during that fateful first viewing two years ago, when by the power of their sheer awesome they conspired to TRAP ME FOREVER AUGH (the "Feel it, it is real" line SLAYS ME EVERY TIME). And, shockingly enough, the bits of the episode that don't have to do with Guy/Marian are still interesting, too! Ah, yes, the good old days when the gang actually had relevant plots. The Allan/Djaq! And Will/Allan! And in fact just general Allan-ness of it all! Also, once more the Sheriff is so hugely badass here. How could I have missed the fact that he gives Guy an ass slap??! And then when he's busy goading Guy into taking his revenge on Marian -- yeesh. (Possible but doubtful significance to the fact that Vaysey refers to Marian as a "leper," given Guy's family history? I still sincerely doubt that the writers had any of that backstory in mind at this point in time, but at the very least it is one of those happy accidents of show canon.) I love how Keith Allen can be so alternately thrilling and chilling, especially during the hanging.

- In conclusion, can you tell that I'm still unemployed? Geez. Tomorrow I'm meeting up with one of the ladies I used to work for over the past few summers, so we'll see if anything comes of that (except of course all of that was "unpaid non-profit community enrichment" and now I NEED MONEY, PEOPLE).
snowystingray: (Default)
Stolen from [ profile] crumpeteer: List ten fictional characters you would have sex with are attracted to in a family-friendly fashion (in no particular order) and tag 5 people to do the same. You don't have to include pictures but it'd be nice because looking at hot people is fun. For the purpose of eye candy, I'll only include people that I can share pictures of.

Much loveliness behind the cut )
snowystingray: (Default)
Stolen from [ profile] queeniefox: Name your Top 20 List Of Lust, in no particular order.Your neighbor or grade school teacher doesn't count. The list can be male, female or mixed. They can be real life celebrities or characters in a movie or TV show. For example, you might want to gag Mariska Hargitay, while still lusting after Butchy McFabulous Olivia Benson.

My top twenty )

Wow, I spent an inordinate amount of time compiling my list. I wanted it to be as comprehensive as possible (also, it's easy to lose track of time while sorting through mounds of pictures of incredibly gorgeous people).
snowystingray: (beauty and the beast)
I am still completely baffled by how pain free this school year has been so far. We had our first history test, which we were warned would be "the hardest test. Ever. Hard. Super hard. So hard you won't even know what to do with yourself. Don't be surprised if you look at it and CRY, hahaha!!" (yes, those were his exact words). I only missed two, so, uh, three cheers for me. They keep shoving more and more people into that class, though; usually there aren't any more than fifteen, but I think right now our class consists of twenty-six students. We still haven't sorted out what we are doing in fashion production, which is slightly annoying because there is a sale at Joanne's tomorrow and I was hoping to go ahead and get my fabric then.

Currently I only have one tiny dilemma, and it is unrelated to school. While perusing the entertainment section of the newspaper today, I discovered that Bruce Campbell will be at the Tampa Theatre this Thursday. Words cannot express how much I am dying to go. It's at least an hour's drive and it's also on a school night, so there is no chance of me actually getting to attend. I wish I'd never read about it so I wouldn't have anything to mope over...

I started on Master and Commander this morning. So much love! I think I may have found something to partially fill my Hornblower void. Not that I would really compare the two, as they are entirely different. Actually, I would be quite amused to read a Hornblower/Aubrey and Maturin story. I imagine Hornblower would be rather impressed by Maturin until forced to sit in on a musical evening, at which point in time his brain would promptly explode. Aubrey would probably fancy that he made quite a good impression on Hornblower, while Hornblower would secretly think that Aubrey was something of an ass (and even more secretly, he would enjoy it). Aubrey would be somebody that Bush could open up to, because Lord knows the poor man is too scared to talk to Hornblower about anything; I see Aubrey as being much more approachable, not as somebody who cuts every conversation short with a "Ha--hm." I think Bush would be both intimidated and intrigued by Maturin. And I really need to stop putting so much thought into this. My brain is a very crowded and confusing place; you are the lucky ones that I get to unload it to!
snowystingray: (muppet treasure island)
I finished reading "Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies" today, and have thus finished the entire Hornblower series. It took me about a year of on-again off-again reading to get through the series, and may I say that it was completely worth it! What am I going to do now for my new Hornblower fix? HH seems to be one of those rare fandoms where there really isn't any fic that matches up to canon for me. That isn't to say that there aren't some really lovely authors out there who have come up with brilliant and insightful stories, but somehow none of them manage to give me that same feeling of excitement and curiosity that I get while reading the books. I will have to settle for rereads to satisfy me; of course, it has been a while since I've read the earlier ones, and it will be interesting to read them again in light of the later books. I suppose it is probably too much to hope for more Hornblower movies, but I really think they should consider making them because I know I would keep watching them.
snowystingray: (hornblower/muppet treasure island)
I finished "Lord Hornblower" last night. I thought it was going to take a lot for me to finish reading it, but it was the same deal with every other Hornblower book I have read: I plan to take my time reading it, but once I start, I am incredibly hooked and cannot wait to find out what happens next.

Cut for Lord Hornblower spoilers and excessive Bush fangirling )
snowystingray: (pirates)
It is so wonderful to be home early while everybody else is still out at school and work. Of course, I have to pay the ultimate price for my freedom; I was taking my AP English exam this morning. All in all, though, it wasn't that bad. I am entirely confident that I passed, and although I won't risk jinxing myself by saying that I think I got a five, I wouldn't be surprised if my score was good. Plus, I got to miss a day of class. Yay! Not that I am doing anything exciting here at home... Actually, I think I am going to get a head start on classwork (go figure!). We have to make a website for our final project in web design, and I am still in the brainstorming stages. I have been on something of a Hornblower binge lately, so I think I will do a site about that. However, I am also in a complete state of Hornblower/Bush bliss, so I don't know if I can do anything about Hornblower that is appropriate for school. I can try, of course, but to ignore the hoyay!-ness of the fandom would be something of a crime. Hm. Any suggestions?
snowystingray: (dom/billy)
I believe I am forming yet another obsession. Well, I won't say obsession; how about burgeoning interest? Anyway, about two weeks ago I picked up a copy of "Life With Jeeves" as something of an impulse buy. I had been working on "The Joy Luck Club" for English, so I didn't get a chance to start on it until Thursday. I'm only about halfway through "The Inimitable Jeeves," and I think I may have to stop reading it in class because I keep cracking up at inopportune moments. I almost died during "Sir Roderick Comes to Lunch." It is so refreshingly silly and I absolutely love it to bits. I feel bad, though, because I keep putting off reading Hornblower; I bought "Commodore Hornblower" right after my birthday, and I still haven't gotten around to reading it yet. It is next in my stack of books to read, though.

I just ate some incredibly spicy cheesy Tobasco popcorn. I think my tongue is about to fall off, but in a good way.
snowystingray: (sarah)
For me, wrapping up a paper is the hardest part by far. I've been on the computer for two hours now and written a grand total of one sentence. Of course, part of that is because I was perusing my friends page and ogling Jeremy Irons, but a good deal of it can be attributed to the fact that concluding paragraphs are evil. Luckily, we have an extension until the end of the week. If I write one sentence a day between now and then, I should finish it on time. Meanwhile...

Book meme, stolen from [ profile] manveri:

1) Total number of books in your house:
Gosh, I don't even want to guess at this. A couple hundred to be sure, but that is what happens when you live in a family of packrats. Fifty of those are probably copies of the Bible; we have an entire shelf dedicated to religious books alone. We still have a ton of kids books, too, simply because my parents have a hard time getting rid of stuff.

2) The last book you bought was:
The latest book I got was "Brideshead Revisited," but I had ordered it online a few weeks ago. The latest book I bought was, um... Okay, it's a tie between "Men at Arms" and "Commodore Hornblower," because I bought both of them the last time I went to the bookstore.

3) What was the last book you read before reading this?
I just finished rereading "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" the night before last.

4) Write down 5 books you often read or that mean a lot to you.

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I first read this book when I went to France in fifth grade, and it was the one bit of English that I was able to read for two weeks. I absolutely fell in love with it the first time I read it, and since then I have read it at least once a year. This was probably my first transition from children's books to adult literature, so it has become something of a standard by which I measure pretty much everything else I read.

2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. This is the first Dumas I ever read, and it is probably still my favourite. I read it over the summer a few years ago and spent the better part of a week locked up in my room working on it. I don't even know how to describe that experience, but I could already tell that it was something that would have a huge influence on my life. The way Dumas relates his characters in most of his stories makes it pretty clear who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. In this book, though, there is a lot of ambiguity and I like that because, especially at the end, the reader is able to feel sympathetic for pretty much everybody. Obviously the Count has a powerful presence, and yet without the minor characters the story wouldn't be half of what it is.

3. Lieutenant Hornblower by C. S. Forester. I did read "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower" first, but this is far and away the absolute best book out of the series (from what I have read so far, anyway; I still have three books left). I hadn't seen "Mutiny" or "Retribution" before reading the book, so I wasn't spoiled for any of the events in it. I have never been a big fan of reading books with a lot of action or suspense, but this book proved to be an exception. It also introduced the character of Mr. Bush, who I absolutely love to pieces. Forester really shows of the range of his skills in this book as well, making the final game of whist just as exciting as any of the battles that occur earlier on. This won the award for my favourite book of last year.

4. There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar. I think most people have something, be it a book, movie, TV show, whatever, that they enjoy immensely as a child, forget about for many years, and then go back an revisit, only to be moved in a completely different manner. I just did that this past week while watching "Labyrinth," and a couple of years ago while rereading this book. I read it first when I was in about second grade, and then I didn't read it again until maybe two years ago when I found it while cleaning out my room. I decided to read it again and was surprised to find myself crying through pretty much the whole thing. This is one of the very few books that has made me reevaluate myself and the way I treat other people. It's easy to justify being mean to people who are always negative to others, but especially since reading this I always try not to judge people too harshly.

5. Okay. I'm cheating. I knew when I first started this that I had to include Harry Potter, but I couldn't think of which one to put. I was going to save it for last in hopes of picking one along the way, but I couldn't, so I'm just going to consider them as a collective. I've gotten so attached to these stories over the past five years that I can't seem to remember what life was like before. I don't know if I should even bother explaining it here; I'm sure you all know the impact it has had in my life, considering the fact that I probably wouldn't even be involved in LiveJournal or the internet in general if it hadn't been for Harry Potter. Of course I love the books by themselves, but they mean more to me than just the story and the characters. It introduced me to more than just the world of magic; it was the first time I ever got involved in the fandom. I am one hundred percent sure that my life would be vastly different if I didn't have Harry Potter.

5) Who are you going to pass the stick to (to three people) and why?
[ profile] rainbowjehan, [ profile] katwm80, and [ profile] queeniefox, simply because I am curious to know what their answers would be.
snowystingray: (emmy)
Stolen from [ profile] rainbowjehan:

Off the top of your head, right now, what ten 'ships would you likely drop what you're doing to read fic for. Or, alternately, what are the top ten ships that you'll give a fic a chance for, or that you've been dying to write, or that you've been dying to read.... These can be new loves, old flames, or something in between. Explain if you like, but you don't have to. Then tell us 3 things these ships say about you.

* = I've read this before
** = Not more than once
+ = I've written it

1. Kara Thrace/William Adama. Because I am so tired of Starbuck/Apollo. I really tried hard to like BSG for Jamie's sake, but the fandom is just too normal. I am really bored with pretty much everything that is happening on the show right now. Starbuck/Adama, though? Hello OTP yumminess! Aside from Baltar/Six, that is my favourite BSG pairing.
2. Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley*+. I used to love this ship so much, but then I just sort of dropped it. I'd be interested to see what new stuff has come up since the last time I read it.
3. Ginny Weasley/Tom Riddle. Because I am a sick freak.
4. Commodore Norrington/Jack Sparrow. Um. How hot would that be? I don't think this one needs a lot of explanation.
5. Jo March/Teddy Lawrence+. This was my OTP before I knew what an OTP was. I was coming up with Jo/Laurie fanfic before I knew what fanfic was. I'm not as big of a fan of Little Women as I was when I was younger, but this still has a very special place in my heart.
6. Horatio Hornblower/William Bush**. They are so, so, so cute. Dear God. The cuteness is just overwhelming. My love for this ship grew by leaps and bounds after reading Flying Colours.
7. Scarlett O'Hara/Melanie Hamilton**. I never used to like Melanie, but lately she has been growing on me. I think that I would be cheating if I didn't include some femslash on here, and this is one ship that I would actually be interested in reading. I think I read a Scarlett/Melanie drabble on [ profile] vintagefic once, but that was it.
8. Kate/Jack. I have no idea why this is on my list. I felt the need to put something "Lost" related on here, and this is the first one that popped into my head. I like controversial ships, and oddly enough this seems to be one that people are very divided on. Initially I was rather disinterested when it came to this couple, because it seemed a little too simple, but now that Jack is all angsty over Kate I think I like this pairing enough to want to read it.
9. House/Wilson. I may have only watched one episode, but I can already tell that I love this couple. House/Wilson in House's flashy red car from the last episode would be even better.
10. Jayne/Kaylee. This is the one Firefly ship that I can really get behind. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be very popular, what with all the Simon/Kaylee love that is present in the fandom. This is another slightly unlikely ship, but I think it actually has more canon support than most people realize.

What these say about me: I get bored easily, and must have many novelty ships to keep me entertained. I am also a big fan of vintage fanfic. Also, I need to read and/or write more fanfic because it has been ages since I've done either.
snowystingray: (emmy)
This morning [ profile] bluesmarty13 and I went to the mall to shop for Rita, whose birthday party is this evening. I thought it would take me a long time to pick something out, but I found something at the first store we went to (some pajamas with owls on them; yeah, they are as weird as they sound, but I liked them). Of course, I ended up buying some stuff for myself. We went by Barnes and Noble and I bought "Commodore Hornblower" and "Villette." I have been working on the copy of "Villette" that I got from the library, but it has been difficult because it doesn't have any sort of notes or translations for the French sections, which I have to just skip over and come back to later when I can use an online translator. The copy I bought today does have translations, so I will be able to read it all through without stopping every other page and trying to guess what they are saying.

I really wanted to go by the fabric store to look at stuff for a possible version of this dress. However, my mother really wasn't up to it, and it would have been my third trip there in the past two weeks. Maybe next weekend...
snowystingray: (rufus)
I went to the library this afternoon to check out the next part of "Brideshead Revisited." While I was nosing around I decided to go ahead and look at some books.

Now, I know this sounds weird, but I really don't like checking books out from the library. I used to do it all the time, but within the past few years I have taken to simply buying books that I am interested in reading. I don't know when my aversion to books that have already been read started, but it is now nearly impossible for me to read books from the library. They just... I don't know.. smell wrong? I can't really explain it. At any rate, the last time I checked out a book was over a year ago because I wanted to reread "The Lord of the Rings" before RotK came out and [ profile] irelandforever still had my copy of "The Two Towers."

The reason I decided to look at books today was because we have standardized testing at school next week. Although I will not be testing, about half of the school will, so I still have to go to school, but not to class, because that might disturb test takers, so instead I will be sitting in the gym for five hours with nothing to do but read. I thought that my birthday would give me plenty of new material, but I am getting through "Flying Colours" quicker than I expected (how could I have forgotten how much I love my Hornblower?) and after that I have "Men At Arms," which should also be a quick read. I was counting on my orders from Barnes and Noble, but my package shouldn't be here for another three weeks. I figured it wouldn't hurt to have a look around and see if there was anything worth checking out to keep me amused next week.

In case any of you hadn't noticed, I have been rather preoccupied with PotO lately. It is impossible to go into any discussion about it without having numerous people rave about how fantastic Susan Kay's "Phantom" is, and how it is their favourite book on the planet, and how it was worth the $100 they paid for it. Naturally, my curiosity was peaked, especially about the ending that everybody was discussing. I'm not usually one for spoilers, but I figured that I would never be able to get my hands on a copy so I went ahead and read about how the book ended. Shock! Horror! Disgust! No, no, and no again! was my general reaction. Curiosity ENDED! No longer interested. I didn't feel like wasting my time or money on it, so I put it out of my mind.

However, while perusing the shelves this afternoon, I decided that I would check and see if they had it. I was extremely surprised to see that they had it (and extremely annoyed to see that they didn't have a copy of the original novel; not that I need one, but whatever, I'll stop rambling). I decided, what the hey? I need something to amuse myself with for twenty hours in the coming week. I guess that means I will give it a go after I finish "Flying Colours." I also checked out "Villette" because Charlotte Bronte is love and although I am nervous about stepping beyond my normal boundaries of "Jane Eyre" I have been meaning to read it for a long while.

Oh, and about "Brideshead Revisited"... They had a used VHS set on sale for $6, so my dad bought it for me. I'll probably watch some this weekend.
snowystingray: (explosion)
I can't believe that break is over on Monday. Ew. That is why it is just now 5:30 in the morning, and yet I am online. I'm trying to get back on schedule, so that on Monday I can be up at 5 a. m. and still function properly. Going online was the only way I figured I'd be able to stay awake, so here I am to wish you all a very happy new year!

Oh, and apparently I'm not the only whacked out person in this house because now my sister is up as well. And she is asking me to watch some more Hornblower... How can I refuse? I am evil and have gotten her hooked on it. She only has two more movies to go, though (we are currently on "Retribution").
snowystingray: (this is my well)
2004, a year in review (stolen from lots and lots of people):

1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
I started driving by myself.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't recall making a New Year's resolution. If so, I'm sure it was "Stop playing Solitaire all the time!" And, yes, I kept it, because now I'm playing *Free Cell* all the time (it's different, I swear!). I suppose my new resolution should be "Stop playing Free Cell all the time." Of course, I am playing Free Cell right now...

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My cousin had her baby in January, I believe.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
I haven't left America in ages.

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
A plan for the future would be nice.

7. What dates from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
November 30: OMG no more KenJen!! ::dies::

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Passing my driving test and managing to avoid major accidents thus far.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Um...? I'm not sure. I don't think I had any giant failures this year.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Well, at the beginning of the year I was still recovering from my terrible leg infection of unknown origin. Other than that, I've only had normal colds every so often.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Er? I can't recall any major purchases I made this year... Just DVDs, CDs, and books. Oh! Probably "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower," because it FINALLY got me started on the series.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My brother, for behaving himself in the car.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
A few of the people on A-Team.

14. Where did most of your money go?
See 11)... DVDs, CDs, and books.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Not much, actually. I guess I was excited about PoA. Oh, and of course I was excited about meeting [ profile] katwm80 (ack, I still need to buy her present!). Currently, I am very very excited about the RotK extended edition.

16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
I am drawing a blank... I really cannot think of one.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? About the same.
b) thinner or fatter? I think I am a little bit fatter.
c) richer or poorer? I never have any money.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
I wish I had talked to people more.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Less sitting around and doing nothing.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
At home, with everybody except for my sister who will be...? I'm not sure. I think she was going to spend Christmas with her boyfriend.

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
I never talk on the phone. Like, ever.

22. Did you fall in love in 2004?
No, I can't say that I did.

23. How many one-night stands?

24. What was your favourite TV program?
"Lost," of course.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Well, there are some people that I don't like as much this year as I did last year. I can't say that there is anybody that I hate, though.

26. What was the best book you read?
Probably "Lieutenant Hornblower." I also read a lot of Dumas this year, which was of course excellent.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Maurice Jarre. Okay, that definitely doesn't count as a "discovery," but this year was when I first bought a CD with his music on it.

28. What did you want and get?
A ton of books.

29. What did you want and not get?
Horatio Hornblower DVD set. Hopefully, that will change on Christmas... ::crosses fingers::

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
My favourite film that I saw in theatres this year? RotK. However, it didn't actually come out this year, so I know it doesn't count. I'm not sure if I really have a favourite film this year. I did enjoy "Napoleon Dynamite" a lot. Actually, I'm surprised that I don't seem to have any Napoleon fans on my f-list...

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I had a party and forced people to watch TTT because I am evil. Oh, and I made them watch the ABC special where Dom rips of Billy's chest hair. My friends love me. I turned sixteen.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More KenJen? More LotR? I don't know, really... All good things have to come to and end, right?

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
A few more colours (expanding beyond blue), way too many shopping sprees at the Disney store. Which reminds me! I bought the most fantastic shirt ever yesterday. It's a Camp Wanahakaloogi shirt. I love it. I am wearing it tomorrow.

34. What kept you sane?
Not much.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
So many to choose from...! My favourite new public figure this year was probably Ken Jennings. I also developed a fascinated with Omar Sharif, I suppose he could be included on the list...

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Gay marriage, probably.

37. Who did you miss?
I miss talking to Lisa. She is always busy with school these days...

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I don't think I really met any new people this year, come to think of it.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.
It's okay to be a geek.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"Maybe in you I'll believe, maybe I'll believe in you." Just kidding. That doesn't have anything to do with my year. I've just been listening to it repeatedly over the past three weeks.
snowystingray: (desert)
School has been very boring and incredibly uneventful over the past week, which accounts for my lack of posts. Yesterday I had absolutely no homework to do and my brother was on the computer, so I decided to waste some time the good old fashioned way: TV! The 1996 version of "Jane Eyre" was on. I had seen it before and remembered that I didn't really care for it. However, I couldn't remember if St. John was cute or not, so I decided to watch and find out (yes, I was completely devoid of any other form of entertainment). Lo and behold, St. John was none other than Sam West. Don't you love life's little pleasant surprises? Of course, his part was only about seven minutes long and I didn't like the movie any more this time around. But still. Whee! Prettiness. Way better than homework.

Speaking of something somewhat related to Horatio Hornblower so I can have a flimsy excuse for a segue... I finished reading "Good Omens" on Wednesday and started on "Hornblower and the Atropos." So far I am enjoying it, although not as much as "Lieutenant Hornblower." The same goes for "Hornblower and the Hotspur," which seems to confirm my suspicions that more Bush equals a better book. "Lieutenant" was like all Bush all the time, and it has been my favourite thus far. "Hotspur" had occasional bouts of Bush (especially the beginning), but that was it. "Atropos" is Bush-less and, while I do still like it, there is an empty place in my heart that cannot be filled. I need you, Bush! I think I'm going to go shopping with my sister tomorrow and stock up on Hornblower books ("Atropos" is the last one I have at the present).

For my first period class, my teacher has requested that I find a good joke over the weekend and share it with him on Monday. He thinks I don't talk enough because I spent all period reading "Atropos." The problem is, I really don't know any funny jokes. If any of you would like to share amusing, school appropriate jokes that I can use on Monday, I would be much obliged.
snowystingray: (a friend in need)
I went to see "The Village" today. I'm not really sure how I feel about it, so I don't think I'm going to post anything about it. One question, though: Who was the actor who played Kevin? He looks like some kid from some show I used to watch, but unfortunately I don't remember the name of the kid or the show, and IMDb doesn't have him listed with the cast.

Aside from that, I haven't really done anything else today. I read some of "Lamb" this morning. Oh, I forgot to post that I have started reading it. I finished "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower" (dear God was that good, go out and buy it RIGHT NOW) on Wednesday, decided to take back "An American Tragedy" (too bad I still have to read it eventually) and then decided to start on "Lamb." I'm about a quarter of the way through, and I'm enjoying it. So far I think my favourite part is where Raziel is trying to buy a copy of Soap Digest...


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