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Let’s all just take a moment to realize that 2013 is alllllmost over.

*dies*

Okay. Now that we’ve done that…here’s the obligatory “end of year, what have I done with my life” post.

The first big milestone of my year (that you guys might actually be interested in) is that I reached my reading goal and have thus far read 53 books during 2013. Yay! Confetti cannons! I might move my goal up to 60 books in 2014, just to challenge myself, but I suppose we’ll see. Yes, these are the thoughts that crowd my brain during the waking hours of the day.

I can’t really decide if 2013 was a great year or a sort of crappy one. For the sake of optimism, we’ll say it was pretty a’ight. I decided, near the beginning of the year, to start a list of things I’ve learned in 2013, so that when the end of the year came around, I wouldn’t think myself to be a complete failure. (just a slight one) I sort of forgot about the list somewhere around September, but whatever. Here it is, the list of Everything I Learned in 2013. Well, not everything. I can’t remember everything I learned, and also that would be boring, and also I just don’t feel like bleeding my entire life out onto the World Wide Web, ya feel me?

So.

What I Learned in 2013

  • Pop music…isn’t actually all terrible. Some of it is kind of cool.
  • Never ever ever take for granted anything. I mean, it’s hard to always appreciate every single little thing in your life, but when you’ve got a good thing, appreciate it. Cuz it might not stay there forevah and evah.
  • Hugh Jackman is an extraordinary human being. (Didn’t see that one coming, hmm?)
  • Sometimes I can bake things. For realsies bake things.
  • Mattresses must always be appreciated.
  • Jeepers I own a lot of crap.
  • Some, by which I mean most, children’s books are severely disturbing, if you stop to think about them for too long.
  • Take advantage of good smells when you can and never let a mouse die in your bedroom vent.
  • Take risks. Live life outrageously. Without being stupid, obviously. Because that would just be…stupid.
  • In that same vein, don’t limit yourself. Try new stuff. Like new food. And new music. You might even like some of it.
  • Never be afraid to BELT YOUR FACE OFF.
  • Public school is stupid.
  • And most of the people in public school are stupid, too.
  • So are most of the people on Facebook, incidentally.
  • But there are also really cool people in the world, like people who do theater and people who fangirl with you and people who give you food and people who cuddle with you and people who are tall. Those people make the other crappypants people easier to tolerate. So there.
  • Backbending is all fun and games until you accidentally sort of pull a muscle in your back and it hurts a lot. Don’t do that.
  • Candy Crush may be one of the most inane and addicting games I’ve ever experienced. But it’s so fun.
  • Ice. Ice is also addicting.
  • I wanna be in a band and travel the world when I grow up. (Along with the million other teenage girls who long for the exact same thing.)
  • And finally…CUDDLE PUDDLES ARE ALWAYS A YES.

I’m sure I missed a few million other things, but yeah, no, I can’t remember everything.

All the same…I hope you (whoever is actually reading this) have had a splendid 2013 and that your 2014 is pretty fudging sweet. 2013 was my self-titled Year of Achievement. 2014 is going to be my YOLO: Year Of Living Outrageously. Should be lots of fun.

LET’S GOOOOOO.

Once upon a time, I went to the midnight premiere of The Hunger Games, and my life was forever changed.

Well, I went to the premiere of Catching Fire last night, and my life has been changed yet again.

My local movie theater was having an opening night double feature. So at 5:00 they showed The Hunger Games, and at 8:00, I finally saw Catching Fire.

Let’s rewind a little bit, to March 21st, 2012. It was my first midnight premiere ever. Me and my friends were high on life. There was a lot of rain. You can read all about it over at my lovely friend Erin’s blog. The point is, it was miserable and magical at the same time. This time, I went with the same friends, Ivy, Erin, Amanda, and also Brwynn (who is equally insane, so it was all cool). And it was a lot tamer this time around. For one, we only waited about three hours outside the movie theater. Also, the sky did not pee on us. (thanks, sky.) It was cold, but, heh, cold? We’re used to that shiz. An added bonus was that most everybody was still in school. Being the Panemaniacs that we are, we took advantage of that fact and managed to be first in line.

Let that sink in.

We were first in line, guys.

@#^&%$@%^&$*%(^%*&%^%@$#^&)*&^!

Anyways, we had great fun. There were doughnuts, peppermint coca (not cocoa, mind you. Coca. There’s a difference.), a somewhat anticlimactic game of Apples to Apples, various plots for world domination, vlogging, and cold hands/feet. It was lovely, albeit a little lot less Dramatic and Exciting than the previous premiere.

So we waited and waited, and then we went inside the warm theater and got freaking lanyards. And they let us keep them. In fact, I’m wearing mine today. Would you like to see?

Of course you do, it’s cool.

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I know, I KNOW!

So, we went inside the theater, claimed our prime seats in the almost exact center of everything, and settled down to wait for an hour. (They let us in an hour early, so that we would not catch hypothermia and die, see.) I was a gracious friend and volunteered to beat a couple hundred levels in Candy Crush for Ivy on her Kindle. She wisely accepted my offer of help (otherwise I would have been forced to steal the Kindle from her. It was a good life decision on her part, really.), and thus I whiled away the 60 minutes.

**SPOILERS AHEAD, GUYS, OKAY? IF YOU DON’T WANT HUNGER GAMES OR CATCHING FIRE SPOILERS, DO NOT LOOK DOWN BECAUSE IT WILL BE YOUR GRAVE**

First, of course, we watched The Hunger Games again. I hadn’t seen it in a long while, so it was rather nice to refresh my memory (and see it on a nice, large screen–something I didn’t think I would ever be able to do again). And cry a lot. Rue’s death, man. The music and all? It just gets me. (And let’s talk about when Katniss does the three finger salute after Rue’s death and then the District 11 people do it too and some people in the theater did it with them and I was one of them. But only a little because I was sobbing.)

I laughed and cried and awwwwww’d along with everybody else, and then it was over. And there was a mere half hour until Catching Fire would finally be unveiled. Or revealed. Or released. Or whatever.

I beat a couple more levels of Candy Crush for Ivy, and then waited in feverish anticipation. At long last, the lights dimmed and the screen lit up and Catching Fire began. The movie I had waited over a year for. The movie that plagued my every thought when I was not thinking about Hugh Jackman or food. The movie that I knew would be a very important part of my life.

Well, first there were the trailers. (And can we just talk for a second about how I, Frankenstein looks freaking amazing? Cuz it does.) There was another trailer but I forgot what it was already. Wow, I feel stupid.

ANYWAYS THEN CATCHING FIRE STARTED.

What did I think of it? Well, let’s see. My reaction went something like this.

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Approximately in that order. My emotions are complex, I know.

This was definitely as amazing as The Hunger Games, if not a little more. Catching Fire has always been my favorite of the three, so that could be a contributing factor. But even if that were not the case, the movie was absolutely spectacular.

Let’s start with the acting. The actors outdid themselves in this one. Jennifer Lawrence was absolutely spot-on. Her portrayal of Katniss’s unstable emotional state and her personality in general was perfect. I can’t really say much more, because it was flawless. Josh Hutcherson as Peeta was, of course, lovely and endearing and altogether believable. Liam Hemsworth as Gale was cool. Gale is sort of a tool, so I really don’t like him much, but Liam did a good job with the character. Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks as Haymitch and Effie were, of course, lovely. Both of the characters were more fleshed out in this movie, which was really nice.

Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman was, of course, phenomenal. He was one of my favorites in The Hunger Games and remained so in Catching Fire. Donald Sutherland as President Snow was, of course, suitably creepy.

My favorite character in the entire movie, however, was none of these. (Although Katniss is a close second.) My favorite was Johanna Mason, portrayed by Jena Malone.

I’ve always like Johanna. She has a mind of her own and isn’t afraid to speak it. She’s irreverent and inappropriate most of the time. She’s a great fighter. And she’s very sarcastic. Can’t you see why I love her? But Jena Malone made me love her even more. I can’t pinpoint exactly why, or how, but she managed to capture the very essence of the character. I’m so excited to see her in Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2.

One of the noticeable differences between The Hunger Games and Catching Fire was, of course, the absence of the shaky hand-held camera. I know that I’m in the minority when I say this, but I sort of missed the shaky cam. Yeah, it was sort of dizzying at times (especially in the movie theater), but it gave the movie a real-life feel. I wish that that feeling could’ve been in Catching Fire, too, but of course with different directors come different styles.

The script surprised me. It surprised me in how well it stuck with the original storyline. Some of the lines in the movie were directly taken from the book, which gladdened my heart. The movie didn’t leave out anything really big–the only thing it omitted was the two fugitives from District 8 who tell Katniss about District 13. Other than that, nothing Really Big And Important was left out, which impressed me a lot.

The score was amazing, of course. I liked that some of the musical motifs from the first movie were incorporated into the soundtrack of this one, tying the two movies together. It was cool. Yeah.

So, to sum it all up…Catching Fire is a spectacular movie that has changed my life for good. You really should go see it. So my final score for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is:

5/5 Gold Stars

I certainly hope that you can see Catching Fire while it’s still in theaters. Because it’s truly amazing. (and now I feel like Lionsgate should pay me. I mean, I’m doing very important promotional work, am I not?)

Have a lovely day, peeps, and see you when I see you. Which, knowing me, will be in a couple millennia. And to cap off this post of indescribable worth, here’s The Chosen Quote from Catching Fire. Yayz.

Make ’em pay for it.

I’ve been gone for a while, my little blog lovelies. And for that I am incredibly sorry. Buuuuuuut I’m back in black, at long last. And I have received an award, despite my unseemly absence. Fancy that.

I have received the Shine On Award from Amanda at Imagination Expedition. THANK YOU, AMANDA.

And look! There are rules!

  1. Display the award on your blog. Look down, look down, you’re here until you die.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you. Been there, done that.
  3. State 7 things about yourself. I’ll get to that.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and link to them. I don’t like enough people to nominate 15. I’m kidding, I like 15 people. They just don’t all have blogs.

ShineOn

 

And now I get to tell you the seven things I like about you about myself. (Side note: My sincerest apologies for quoting Miley Cyrus. I’m…I’m very ashamed.)

  1. I currently have 21 pictures of Hugh Jackman saved on my computer. I expect that number to increase substantially in the near future.
  2. I do not have much sympathy for my characters. I make them SUFFER. And I heartily enjoy doing so. (My mind and sanity are both perfectly sound, I assure you. Well…perhaps not my sanity. But my mind, yes.)
  3. I like pretending I’m a writer, but I haven’t written in any of my WIPs for a very, very long while. But not for lack of trying! I just get…distracted. By stuff.
  4. I like Ursula more than Ariel. (Let’s be serious, she gets the best song while Ariel just mopes around.)
  5. I love Converse All Stars. I mean, look at them! They’re so beautiful!
  6. Some days I have OCD tendencies. Some days I have ADHD tendencies. And other days…I have both. Those days are especially crazy.
  7. Although I definitely have my Agnes moments, I identify most with Edith from Despicable Me. You know…
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Yeah, that one.

Wow, look, I’m done already! That was actually pretty painless. So, great. Now I need to nominate people.

I’m going to go the lazy route (which most people have been doing these days…). Here’s the deal: If you want this shiny little Shine On Award, then go ahead! Make your choice! All you have to do is follow the rules. Simple enough, right?

Also, if you hadn’t noticed already…I included some quotes in this here post. From movies, from songs, from shows, yeah. A few of them are mildly changed in order to fit my purposes, but they are still recognizable. I dare you to guess as many as you can in the comments below–here it comes–without using Google. Yeah, I had to include something that vaguely reminisces of fun in this post. (I did sort of cheat, as I already named one of the quotes, but that was Miley Cyrus, so it doesn’t count. But still…it’s my blog and I’ll cheat if I want to. :))

Now, I won’t promise that I’m back for good. I don’t even know what my next post will be. Right now, I’m just feeling like

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and

Sans the rain, though. Thank goodness.

Sans the rain, though. Thank goodness.

…so I’m going to leave y’all.

I’LL BE BACK! Sometime.

 

The other day I decided to write a poem. I was in a weird mood, and so the poem is weird, but I like it, so I’m posting it here. It’s written in free verse, so if that isn’t your thing…That’s fine, too. :)

Also, please don’t make any assumptions/rash judgments until you reach the end. Thank you kindly.

Oh, and all rights reserved. And all that.

I Am Not a Psychopath

I am not a psychopath.

I kill people most violently

I dream of ways to poison a man

I make everyone’s life as miserable as I can

I manipulate people’s emotions

I turn sister on brother

Friend on friend

Villain on sidekick

I revel in anger

Abandonment

Bitterness

And most of all

Tragic backstories

I can’t help but imagine every way a situation can go wrong

I’m like a walking Murphy’s Law

No, I am not a psychopath

I’m just a writer.

(the end)

So, there you go. I hope you enjoyed it. If you didn’t, please go away.

Anyways, uh…

HUGH JACKMAN MOMENT.

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Admit it, you’re excited about The Wolverine. Also, I’m thinking of starting A Thing where I post pictures of Hugh Jackman on a weekly basis. Why, you ask? Well, the answer is self-explanatory, I think. Hugh Jackman is a wonderful human being and ought to be blogged about. So anyways, that might be A Thing. Now you’re forewarned of the possible awesomeness to come.

Ahem.

See you when I see yoooooouuuu!

…Which is why this post will not contain anything worthwhile. So, if you’re looking for a worthwhile post…Don’t read on. Duh, guys.

But seriously, all I feel like doing is finding funny pictures and random crap. You’re welcome.

IT'S SO CUTE.

IT’S SO CUTE.

No, really. This is me, a little.

No, really. This is me, a little.

IT'S SO CUTE.

IT’S SO CUTE.

Sponges. They're the greatest.

Sponges. They’re the greatest.

'Nuff said.

‘Nuff said.

& this is just comic relief.

& this is just comic relief.

And we can’t forget this special little nerd!

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People like this equally irritate and amuse me. It’s sort of awkward.

NO SERIOUSLY THOUGH.

NO SERIOUSLY THOUGH.

That's definitely a sign of true friendship, peeps.

That’s definitely a sign of true friendship, peeps.

It's eternally sad how true this is.

It’s eternally sad how true this statement is. (Also this picture is blurry. Sorry ’bout it.

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This is me ALL THE TIME. Actually, maybe 67% of the time. Or 48% of the time.

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If that happened, I would likely die from an overdose of glee.

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You tell ’em, Peeta.

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Yup. Yup, guys.

And now, for the grand finale…Teenager Posts. The scary thing is that so many of them apply to me. No, I’m not a conformist. Just a teenager! :P

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There you have it. An entire post about nothing.

YOU’RE WELCOME.

Today is a very special day.

Today is the day I finished my geometry book.

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Yeah! In honor of this festive occasion, I wrote a poem. Rather, an ode. To geometry. (Hence the post title.)

Ode to Geometry

 Math is always useful

At least, that’s what they say

And while numbers are a nice tool

Some things are not meant to stay

Let’s use trig as an example

Lovely stuff; sin, cos, and tan

They sound smart and quite substantial

But what use are they to man?

They just wallow in the corner

They serve no important cause

Yet we all must bear their evil

Or let our schooling forever pause

3D coordinate planes

That’s another major deal

2D is good enough

It almost echoes movies here!

We don’t need another number

We don’t need another line

We don’t need added confusion

 x and y alone are fine

However, those two problems

Do nothing to compare

With the horrors known as proofs

I hardly want to venture there

Why can’t we accept

That these theorems are all true?

Why make us, the deprived students

Prove all these things to you?

It must be a torture instrument

Created for our pain

So that we’re utterly confused

And nearly tear out all our brains

So now that I have finished

This treatise of protests

I can make this statement firmly

I can definitely attest

That geometry is torment

It’s a plague unjustified

If you haven’t yet endured it—

I will pray that you survive

But I can say at last

The end is finally here

So goodbye, Saxon Geometry

I won’t see you next year!

So, in conclusion, thank you, geometry, for making my school year awful. (Well, my school year wasn’t REALLY AWFUL, but the geometry part certainly was.) I’m so glad it’s over.

And now a question for y’all: What is your opinion of math (geometry in particular)? Love it or hate it?

Well, then, I’m off to celebrate. BYE, Y’ALL. SEE YOU WHEN I SEE YOU.

Let me tell you a little story, y’all.

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far, away, Mom and I were driving home. We crested the top of our abnormally steep driveway, and were met with the sight of…horses. At least a dozen of them. Grazing in our backyard. Like they owned the place.

Now, this isn’t such a strange occurrence, because our next-door neighbors have a herd of Arabian horses that live in a pasture right by us. We stare at them all day (the horses, not the people). But in our yard? That’s a completely different scenario.

I can tell that you’re shaking your head in disbelief. So, two things:

  1. Please stop shaking your head. You could dislodge your brain.
  2. Lookee here:019
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IN OUR BACKYARD, Y’ALL.

…This is legit, peeps. The situation was made even more hilarious by the fact that all of the horses were just peacefully grazing. Not stampeding or any of that crap (which is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear, “The horses have gotten loose!” Be honest. Most everybody thinks that instinctively.). I was laughing the entire time I was taking pictures of the cute little horsies. (Side note: aren’t they beautiful? :))

So anyway, this whole scenario was so funny that I absolutely had to share it with y’all. This is certainly country living at its utmost.

As for a moral of the story…uh…how ’bout…Crazy things happen. Embrace the moment. And take pictures of everything. Y’all. How’s that?

But anyways, see ya.

…I’m not really OCD, guys. I do sometimes have OCD tendencies (my daily life: “NO! THAT’S A TYPO. YOU CAN’T WRITE THAT!” “Hey, those two things are just a teeny bit crooked… *aligns* …That’s better.”), and one of them is making lists. Incessantly. My epic ninja friend Erin invented a bunch of different lists on her blog, all regarding movies, actors, television series, you know, the good stuff. I couldn’t resist making my own.

Without further ado, then, here are my top fives of…everything important.

Top 5 Favorite Animated Movies

  1. Wreck-It Ralph
  2. How to Train Your Dragon
  3. Brave
  4. Tangled
  5. Rise of the Guardians

Top 5 Favorite Superhero Movies

  1. The Avengers
  2. The Amazing Spider-man
  3. The Dark Knight Rises
  4. X-Men: First Class
  5. Thor

Top 5 Favorite Comedies

  1. Alvin and the Chipmunks (it’s cute, okay? And one of the most quotable movies ever. Bonus points. Oh, and it’s funny. Duh, guys.)
  2. Juno
  3. Someone Like You (Also, Hugh Jackman.)
  4. Legally Blonde
  5. You Again

Top 5 Favorite Movies as a Kid

  1. High School Musical (all three of them. I was THE hugest fan. Sometimes I question my sanity as a child.)
  2. Star Wars (You read that right.)
  3. Tweety & Sylvester (the old Looney Tunes videos, ya know? I actually still find them funny…)
  4. You’re Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley’s Ballet Party (This list is almost starting to get embarrassing.)
  5. Disneyland Fun (it was a singalong video that I adored, because one of my childhood dreams was to go to Disneyland. But really, whose wasn’t?!)

(Side note: I had a very eclectic taste in movies as a child. BTW.)

5 Worst Movies EVER

I don’t watch many crappy movies. I can’t name any off the top of my head…

Top 5 Book-to-Movie Adaptations:

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. The Hobbit part 1 (This is the part of the show where I admit I’ve never read the LotR trilogy, and therefore can’t judge the movies based on the books, but I have read The Hobbit, so there.)
  3. Pride and Prejudice (the Keira Knightley version, mind you.)
  4. The Help (it omitted a lot, of course–the book is HUGE!–but I really liked the movie, so it makes the cut)
  5. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

(Another side note: Hopefully, The Great Gatsby will make it onto this list once I see it.)

Top 5 Movies You Were Most Excited to See in Theatres

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. The Avengers
  3. Les Misérables
  4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  5. Catching Fire (yes, I know it isn’t released until November 22nd, but I’m already so excited for it, I’m not breathing. No lie.)

Top 5 Cutest Animals in Movies

  1. The Chipmunks (from Alvin and the Chipmunks. They’re even cuter when they talk.)
  2. The minions (Despicable Me) (They aren’t really animals…but they aren’t people either…and they certainly aren’t inanimate objects…So I’m just sticking them here, because they’re so dang cute.)
  3. Toothless (How to Train Your Dragon)
  4. Pascal (Tangled)
  5. Doug (Up)

Top 5 Favorite Actors/Actresses (in terms of acting)

  1. Jennifer Lawrence
  2. Robert Downey Jr.
  3. Anne Hathaway OR Keira Knightley (I can’t choose. Really, I can’t.)
  4. Hugh Jackman
  5. Stanley Tucci

(Side note: Andrea Riseborough also deserves some credit, as I loved her performance in Oblivion. However, I haven’t seen her other work, so she doesn’t quite make the list.)

Top 5 Favorite Actors That Bring Out Your Inner Fangirl

  1. Hugh Jackman (Y’all knew this was coming. Don’t groan, Amanda. ;))
  2. Robert Downey Jr.
  3. Andrew Garfield
  4. Leonardo DiCaprio
  5. Jake Gyllenhaal

(Side note: You have no idea how difficult it was to narrow the list down to only five men.)

Top 5 Favorite TV Shows

…I don’t watch that much TV (I stick with movies most of the time, just because they’re usually more epic), so…yup, nope.

Top 5 Favorite Male TV Characters

Ditto.

Top 5 Favorite Female TV Characters

Ditto. Again.

Top 5 Favorite TV Animals

Uh…

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Well, that’s all, folks! See you…whenever I see you, ‘kay? Byyyyyye!

I’m not a baker. Y’all probably make tiramisu and crepes and stuff every other day, but me? Nope.

Therefore, when I set out to make cream puffs yesterday, I was quite apprehensive. I’m wonderful at baking brownies from the mix, but geez, cream puffs are HARDCORE.

Here are the humble beginnings:

Guess what, guys? I hate dealing with boiling water. Or actually anything involving a stove top. I survived, though. Somehow.

After I got that whipped up, I plopped the dough onto a baking sheet and mixed a little glaze thingy that I got to brush over the dough with a pastry brush! A pastry brush, people. This is real stuff here.

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It was so fun.

After covering the dough pieces completely, I ended up with this:

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They look kind of gross, don’t they? (The dough didn’t taste very good, either, but that was to be expected. So I was told.)

Then…disaster struck.

I was going about my merry way, waiting for the oven to preheat, and then there’s this big POP sound, emanating from the oven. Mom opens the door to investigate, and we are greeted with the sight of a flaming oven heating element. You know, the thing that looks like a big black coil at the bottom of the oven? The thing that heats up and makes the oven an oven? Half of it was all lit up orange, and the other half was black. After further investigation, we Mom determined that half of the heating element had broken. How does that even happen? And more importantly, would the cream puffs that I was so laboriously laboring over go to waste?

No. They wouldn’t. Apparently there was enough heat retained in the functioning half of the heating element that the cream puffs could still bake. Phew. (It was a little anticlimactic, though.)

So I stuck the pan into the oven, and…waited.

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It was agony. Agony! Far more painful than yours. (Name that quote, and I shall give you a virtual bag of Starbursts.)

Obviously, I got over my agony, because I forgot to take pictures when the puffs came out of the oven. Oops.

I decided not to make the cream yesterday. I’m not quite sure why. But I made it today. The recipe involves beating up a bit of heavy whipping cream, and to be truthful, I was terrified. See, this one time, Mom was beating heavy whipping cream and she accidentally beat it for too long. We thought it would still taste all right, but in reality, it was the most awful thing I’ve ever, ever, ever eaten. I almost puked MOVING ON. This time, it turned out. See for yourselves:

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Don’t you wish you could eat it? *evil cackle*

Unfortunately, I had forgotten to put the puff part of the cream puffs onto a wire rack to cool yesterday. So they ended up looking like this:

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So, not completely appetizing. But they looked a million times better once I filled one with cream and ate a delicious lunch snack.

After eating it (and enjoying every minute of it), I decided that maybe baking isn’t so bad after all. I’m still not a culinary genius (I’m not sure if that’s even an actual possibility for me, at any point, anywhere, in my life), but I’m not a crappy baker as I have always feared. Hallelujah.

The Notebook Sisters are having a party! *blows horn* And what’s a party without games? A horrible party, that’s what. So I am participating in their sweet version of pass the parcel–otherwise known as a tag. :) How I love tags!

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And now I must answer questions.

1. Name your top 5 favourite YA authors! Five? This is torture. Well, let’s see…Maria V. Snyder, Suzanne Collins, J.K. Rowling, R.L. LaFevers, and Rae Carson. (Sorry, Neal Shusterman. You got kicked off the list. Don’t cry, please.)

2. What’s the last YA book you read and what did you think of it? I finished Crown of Embers (Rae Carson) about a week ago. OHMYGOODNESS it was amazing. It’s the second in the Fire and Thorns trilogy, and…I can’t even. It was so spectacular I nearly died. Also, Hector.

3. What’s your favorite YA genre? (Dystopian, romance, sci-fi, contemporary, etc.) High fantasy (the likes of Poison Study, Throne of Glass, Grave Mercy, Girl of Fire and Thorns, you get the picture). Especially if it involves assassins, castle intrigue, and/or romance.

4. Let’s talk characters! Pick a character you love and tell us why? I would have said Hermione from Harry Potter, but several people have already talked about her, so I won’t. Let’s see…HECTOR! Yes, Hector from the Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson. He’s the Royal Guard, so obviously he’s quite skilled in the fighting arts and all of that spectacular wondrous-ness. Not only that, but his character is just fascinating. He is first and foremost true to his job, and tries his very hardest never to let personal emotions get in the way. He shows admirable effort, but sometimes his façade cracks and we see the true Hector, who cares very much about his home country and Elisa. (Duh, guys. Did you really think I’d talk about Hector without mentioning the romance?) Speaking of romance, he’s not dumb about it. He realizes that he has to honor his family and his position as Royal Guard first, and isn’t stupid like Edward and Bella. Ahem. Anyways, he’s awesome.

5. Top YA villain? President Snow. Yes, this is a clichèd choice, but he’s just so creepy and awesome. He certainly knows how to get his way and stops at nothing to do it. Creepiness overall.

6. Top YA couple? You’re truly asking me to choose? This is impossible. But…after long deliberation…I’ve got to say Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter. They’re absolutely perfect together. Oh, but we can’t forget Scarlet and Wolf! Or Yelena and Valek! Or Avry and Kerrick! Or Ismae and Gavriel! Or Celaenia and Chaol! OR ELISA AND HECTOR! There are too. Many. Choices. *agony* *breaks into song*

7. With dystopian on the decline, what do you think will be the next hot-trend in YA? I do think it will be high fantasy. (This isn’t just me dreaming.) There have been a good number of high-fantasy releases lately, and I think people will start catching onto the fact that it’s completely boss.

8. What’s the next YA book on your to-read pile? Poison by Bridget Zinn. It looks like a perfect fluffy fantasy, but I fear I shall not be able to finish it before I return it to the library (because SOMEBODY has a hold on it *coughcoughIvyI’mlookingatyoucoughcough*).

9. What’s the fastest time you’ve ever finished reading a book in? (And what was the book?!) Uh…let’s see….oh, yeah, that. This summer I finished Sidekicks (Jack D. Ferraiolo) in the space of 24 hours. Awwww, yeah! Granted, it wasn’t particularly hard reading, but it was fairly long.

10. (And now for the burning question) Do you think books should be sorted according to colour or title? (This matters.) Well, of course it matters! This stuff is important! I have to say by title, because I’m a tad bit OCD and alphabetizing books (…and everything else) is my thing. But now that you mention it, sorting by color would look really cool…hmm. I’ll still stick with title, though, because…just because.

Well, that was fun! Be sure to stop by the Notebook Sister’s epic blog, because, well, it’s epic. I’m not going to stop linking until you click, you know

Also, be sure to check out all of their party info! It’s great fun, so consider participating, too. :) (I hear there are prizes involved, too…) And if you wish to be tagged in this particularly splendid tag, well…TAG! You’re it.

Speaking of parties…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sQyIFd2FD4

This might possibly be my favorite comedic musical theater solo. Genius, I say. GENIUS.

Anyways, have a great day! I’m going to dust off the old weekly-blogging initiative, so you can [possibly] expect more-regular-ish posts soon! [I’m not promising anything, however] And I’m working on a review for a movie that some of you like quite a lot…so there’s that. I’ll keep you hanging.

Bye-bye, lovelies!

(You didn’t think I’d end this post without linking to the Notebook Sisters one more time, did you?)

It’s Russell Crowe’s birthday! This calls for celebration! (Not as much celebration as Hugh Jackman’s birthday will call for, but celebration still.) I mean…it’s Russell Crowe, guys.

Russell Crowe Gladiator

 

Russell Crowe Javert

 

This is real. Russell Crowe is in Man of Steel.

This is real. Russell Crowe is in Man of Steel. Definitely seeing it now. He looks like a  Jedi dude, kind of.

In celebration, I baked brownies. OM NOM NOM.

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So…happy birthday, Russell Crowe! Keep being kick-butt and all that.

In conclusion: THERE IS NOTHING ON EARTH THAT WE SHARE. IT IS EITHER VALJEAN OR JAVERT.

HAPPY EASTER, EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alleluia PRAISE JESUS. I’m feeling very caps-lock-y today, because…It’s Easter. Which means it’s not Lent. Which means I get to eat SWEET THINGS. Like Snickers and chocolate eggs and Mike&Ike’s and Peeps. And everything in my Easter basket.

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Look what I found in the cupboard!

Oh, happy day. Chocolate. Candy. Wondrousness.

But, of course, Easter isn’t about candy! Easter is about happy things. Well, a happy thing: Jesus rising from the dead (like a ninja. Jesus is actually way more epic than a ninja). It’s the happiest day of the year. Alleluia.

So. Have a happy Easter! YAYYYYYYYY.

The Teens Can Write Too! blog chain topic for March is…

Write a letter to an antagonist.

(And yes, I needed to blockquote that.)

After long deliberation, I have finally decided to write to Bane, the principle antagonist from The Dark Knight Rises. There will be spoilers in this letter, so beware. I am experiencing so many feels…but here goes.

Bane, Evil Mastermind

205 Oblivion Avenue

Inferno, The Realms of Death

 

Dear Bane,

I don’t think you meant to be an evil terrorist.

You spent a long time in that prison. All those years damaged you, almost irreparably. But you helped Talia. You protected her, and helped her escape. You loved her. And that is why I don’t think you’re absolutely evil.

In the first scene of the movie, you’re pretty epic. All macho dude and everything. But why take all that epicness and try to ruin Gotham? Why did you need to channel your abilities into destruction? Revenge? Love? Hate?

Think of everything you could do if you weren’t so evil. You probably have the physical strength of three men combined, and are a strategist to top that. You’re brawn with brain. It would have been so much better for Gotham–and for you–if you had decided not to blow lots of things up. For one, you wouldn’t be dead.

And there we have another thing. When you’re evil, you have to make the right friends. You also have to avoid the worst enemies. Yes, Batman is the main person I’m talking about here. Of course he would never join you–you’re pro-bomb and he’s anti-bomb–but what about Selina? If you had played your cards more carefully, you could have kept her on your side. If you had done that, well…you probably wouldn’t be dead. Locked up, maybe. But not dead.

It’s all about choosing your enemies, Bane. And choosing your friends. Which you did with Talia. You helped her escape so long ago. There was at least a shred of goodness in you then. What happened to it? What stamped out that sympathy? It was inevitable that you would be hardened, toughened from your years in prison. Couldn’t you have tried to overcome it, though? Couldn’t you have chosen to be good?

I’ll admit it, I cried when you died. Sobbed is more like it, actually. And these are the reasons why:

1) Okay, despite the mask, you’re kind of attractive. Mainly in the first scene, I suppose. But still.

2) I cry over the death of any well-developed villain. It’s a fact.

3) But the main reason why I was so stricken by your death was because I wished you had become a better person. I wished you hadn’t died the villain. I wished you could have redeemed yourself, somehow, and moved on from the bitterness eating away at your soul. You had it in yourself to do that, and yet you chose not to while you lived. And for that, I am truly sorry for.

Okay. Enough with the mushy stuff. Let’s move onto the lighter fare.

First off, can you teach me how to fight? Your fighting is just spectacular. The combination of strength and agility works so well. Props to you.

Also, where do you even get masks like that? And how much do they cost? Did you rob a bank in order to purchase it? ‘Cuz I’m getting the feeling you didn’t have much pocket money back then. And is it a coincidence that that particular mask makes your voice sound like a techno Darth Vader? Or did you order it specifically for that purpose? Because…dude, that’s just cool. It looks a little primate-ish, but it’s still cool.

Oh, oh! This is a question I’ve been meaning to ask an antagonist…How do you come up with all of the melodramatic phrases? “The fire rises.” “Peace has cost you your strength! Victory has defeated you!” I must applaud you; you didn’t say many overly dramatic lines during The Dark Knight Rises. But there were some. There must be a book out there…Inspirational Quotes for VillainsHow to Speak Pithily–World Domination Edition? Please, I’d love to know.

That’s all I have to say, Bane. If you’d like to reply (as you can see, I have many questions for you), feel free to write back. Maybe we can be penpals? I could offer you healing and advice, if you’d like.

Regards,

Andrea

24601 Rainbow Road

Insanità, Imaginaerum

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Also, that letter was a little disjointed. Sorry for that. I hastily wrote it today (as I had procrastinated for the entire month of March), so it was a hurried sort of thing.

P.S. Les Mis is released on DVD today! For the record, I did buy it. Now it’s your turn. HELP THE DREAM LIVE ON. BUY LES MIS.

Yesterday I decided to find pictures and make a collage of things I like. It was rather fun, and I’ve decided to share the results with you here, so that we all can get to know each other better.

That sentence made me sound like a psychiatrist. EEP.

Anyways, here it is:

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Yes, it’s all rather random, but it’s all ME. If you’re still interested, here’s the explanation, picture-by-picture (going around in a counterclockwise direction from the top lefthand corner) (But first we must address the center picture):

  1. The insanity rainbow thingamajigger: Insanity is the word that best describes me, so when my equally insane friend Erin showed me this picture…I realized it explained my life. ISN’T IT GORGEOUS? It’s gorgeous.
  2. When I was little, pandas were my favorite animal. I don’t know exactly why, but I still like pandas. And baby pandas are adorable. This is like a little piece of my childhood.
  3. OM NOM NOM. Chocolate. I am one of those people who…well…has an addiction to chocolate. It’s wonderful. And that picture just makes me crave it more. Unfortunately, I gave up sweets for Lent. Only 14 days until Easter…(and yes, I do have a countdown calendar. I’m just cool like that. :)).
  4. I fangirl over a surprising amount of people. Hugh Jackman is one of these people. ‘Nuff said.
  5. This is my camera! Well, it’s actually the picture of my camera from the Nikon website, but it’s my camera, all the same. I love photography. Without my camera, it would be extremely difficult to take pictures. Therefore, I love my camera. Duh, guys.
  6. MEHAHAHAHA. I like Mario Kart Wii. And Koopa Troopa is just so darn adorable I couldn’t resist adding him to my collage (instead of the not-so-adorable Mario).
  7. I’m a fan of Lindsey Stirling, which explains this picture. But it also goes deeper and shows my love of music in general. Music is awesome, and Lindsey’s music is even more awesome.
  8. I am a self-proclaimed Panemaniac. I went to the Hunger Games midnight premiere in 2012, and (hopefully!) I’ll be going to the Catching Fire premiere. I’ve read the books four times each and am a semi-geek about the whole franchise. (When my sister gave me a legit mockingjay pin for Christmas, I kind of freaked out and screamed and stuff.)
  9. I am also a Les Mis fan. I constantly belt the songs at the top of my lungs (which my mother can attest to), and attend live performances whenever possible. Do you hear the people sing?
  10. I have an infatuation with sponges. I have absolutely no idea why (I’m just a texture person in general, so that could explain it), but I love them to death. I occasionally proclaim the need to scrub the kitchen floor with a sponge. This makes my mom very happy. But really, who couldn’t love these beautiful, colorful sponges?
  11. Although I still like Hugh Jackman more, I also fangirl over Robert Downey Jr. He’s an excellent actor, as well, so there’s that. Also, he is the first American I’ve seen to flawlessly execute a British accent (which he did in the Sherlock Holmes movies). That’s big. That’s HUGE. That’s AWESOMESAUCE.
  12. I also have an infatuation with felt guards. Perhaps you’ve never heard of them. They’re little circular orbs (look at the picture!) which you stick on the bottom of chairs and stools so that the chair/stool doesn’t scratch the floor. I stuck one on my nightstand, and another on the underside of the kitchen table so I could have access to one virtually all the time. Their texture is just so delectable. Figuratively.
  13. I don’t take dance lessons, but I love dancing. Hence, this picture. I don’t dance ballet, but I would love to own green or blue ballet slippers. Or orange.
  14. As well as taking pictures, I like editing them on [free] photo editing sites. I am one of those people who doesn’t have Photoshop. Therefore, I have to make do with what I have. In this case, there’s a wealth of supplies available. PicMonkey is one of my favorites for photo editing. (So is Pixlr, but the PicMonkey logo looks cooler, okay?)
  15. I’m a ninja. Duh, guys.
  16. Inspector Javert is kick-butt. Yes, I am fascinated with most villains, and Javert is certainly not an exception. He’s. Just. So. EPIC.
  17. Microsoft Office 2010 is boss. I heart it muchly.

That’s it. Everything you need to know about me, in collage form. I’ll also be posting this on my About page, simply because it expresses my favorite things. Yay.

Side note: if you, random person, greatly enjoy two or more of the items on this collage, I will probably like you. Just saying.

That’s all for today, folks! See you when I see you.

A short while ago, I posted a review on the movie The Amazing Spider-man. While doing so, I researched the movie a little more and found out…that The Amazing Spider-man 2 is already being worked on.

This is not a surprise. One, the movie ended on a semi-cliffhanger (If you watched until the middle of the credits, you would know what I mean). Two, whenever a movie does well (especially a superhero movie), a sequel must be made. It’s an unwritten rule.

At first I thought that the whole sequel thing was just a load of crap and speculation. But further research proved me wrong. A short summary has already been released (as well as a pic of Spidey’s new and improved suit!), which can be accessed here. And here is the modest beginning of its Wikipedia page. As you can see, the cast has already been…well, cast.

Here is the summary, for your viewing pleasure:

For Peter Parker, life is busy. Between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen Stacy, high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away, but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro, emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.

Let’s talk about this for a second.

1) NEW VILLAIN NEW VILLAIN NEW VILLAIN ALERT! New villains are always cool, but who was that creepy guy talking to Dr. Connors in the mid-credits scene? I hope it was Electro (or some other villain that will pop up). If not, that’s just stupid. Why would you partially introduce a villain and then never mention him again? There’s been a lot of speculation about this, as evident here. I’m inclined to believe that the dude was indeed Electro, but that’s just me.

2) Harry. Harry is in this movie. Let us pause for a moment of silent screaming. *silently screams* I disliked Harry in the original Spider-man trilogy. As in, how about we just defenestrate you, Mr. Osborn? How about that? There is the possibility that this new Harry will be better than the original. I greatly hope so. But Harry was never ever mentioned in The Amazing Spider-man. Maybe they’re just throwing him in for a plot twist. Whatever the case, Harry better be good. OR ELSE YOU SHALL FACE MY WRATH, MARC WEBB. (Also, it’s absolutely hilarious that the director’s surname is Webb. What a koinkydink.)

3) If you look at the cast list on the previously linked Wikipedia page, you’ll find that Shailene Woodley is playing the role of Mary Jane Watson. Let me make one thing clear: If there is a love triangle, I will throw things. Unfortunately, unless Mary Jane is solely Harry’s love interest in this movie, a love triangle is imminent. ANGER ANGER ANGER. I like Mary Jane and all, but Gwen and Peter are absolutely perfect just the way they are.

4) According to the cast list, Martin Sheen is reprising his role as Uncle Ben. *semi-spoiler alert* Uh…Uncle Ben is dead. He’s been dead for a while. What, is his ghost going to come back and give Peter helpful pieces of advice along the way? Or maybe he’ll just be doing some voice-overs or something when Peter is reminiscing about the good ole days. Or maybe there will be a flashback somewhere. Whatever the case, this is…an interesting piece of information. *end of semi-spoiler*

I’m excited for the return of Spider-man. I truly am, though this blog post may convince you otherwise. I just hope they don’t ruin the wonderful things they did in the first movie. “They” referring mainly to Marc Webb. I happily–though not a little warily–await more news as to what Spider-man will be up to next…

…But if Harry is stupid I will end him.