Where’s the closest bar?

So…Cal State applications for Spring 2010 can be sent beginning August 1st.

My application is almost complete, so I went onto the website today to finish it only to find out that, due to budget cuts, they will not be accepting ANY applications for Spring 2010.

I think I might cry.

I need a drink.

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We’re all going mad

Yesterday…the trailer for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was released. Hallelujah!

When Sweeney Todd came out, I was beyond stoked. I mean…way way way stoked. Here are four of my favourite things in one movie: Johnny Depp, Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sweeney Todd.

Here’s how much I love Sweeney Todd:

|————————-YAY SWEENEY TODD!——————————|

And here’s how much I love Alice in Wonderland/Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass:

|—————————————————————————————————————-ALICE IN WONDERLAND IS THE BEST! YEAH! AWESOME, AND STUFF! I MEAN SERIOUSLY. THE BESTEST!——————————————————————————————————————|

So, naturally, you can see how excited I am for this release, since this movie also has Tim Burton (director), Johnny Depp (Mad Hatter), and Helena Bonham Carter (Queen of Hearts). Not to mention the awesome Alan Rickman (Caterpillar).

Did you know that in 5th grade (5th grade? maybe 6th) I did an Oral Interpretation of the Mad Tea Party and got 2nd place? I got to go to the district performance, which was really awesome. The girl who won first did the Caterpillar part of the book, and she did voices for the caterpillar. Definitely deserved to win over me. I did no voices at all, which is very unlike me.

Anyhow, here is the teaser trailer. Enjoy!

-Erincreasingly Mad

You Know How I Hate Spoilers…

…so if you do too, don’t read on.

HARRY POTTER! HUH-HARRY POTTER! HARRY POTTER! HUH-HARRY POTTER! I LOVE YOU!!

Erin and Kelsey at Harry Potter

Anyhow, I was going to post this on Thursday, but I left on Thursday at the early hour of 6am for a weekend trip with my Girl Scouts to Lake Tahoe (more on that to come later).

I, like Ruh-chel, was sick on the night of the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and I too managed to be well for the few glorious hours of the movie. Kelsey and I donned our Harry Potter shirts (hers, a v-neck with an image of Harry on the bottom, and mine, a t-shirt with the wanted poster for Bellatrix Lestrange on it (because who doesn’t think that she’s a great character, not to mention how awesome I think Helena Bonham Carter is)) and scars on our foreheads.

Our friends were in the theater across the way and one of them brought their little brother. He dressed like Harry, took pictures with people, offered to duel anyone in a Slytherin shirt, and called anyone with red hair a Weasley.

In our theater, there was a duel up front before the movie started. Oddly enough, the girl in the duel was wearing a “Team Edward” shirt. I heard someone call her on it, and she said, “Well I don’t have a Harry Potter shirt.” Apparently, not having a Harry Potter shirt means that she doesn’t have any other shirt besides a Twilight shirt. She did get a bit of her come-uppins though when the Twilight preview came on and almost the entire theater started to boo. Take that, vampires! But I digress.

All in all, the movie was brilliant!! You must see it! Definitely one of my favourite adaptations as well. Here is a brief summary of my loves and disloves of the movie…

Again. I repeat.

HARRY POTTER SPOILER ALERT!

DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU WANT THINGS SPOILED.

SERIOUSLY. I WON’T TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PEOPLE GETTING UPSET THAT I RUINED IT FOR THEM.

LOVES

  1. The whole Felix Felices scene. Who knew Daniel Radcliffe had such amazing comedic timing? I sure didn’t!
  2. Ron, Fred, and George Weasley. I just love them.
  3. The greenish grey tint on the film. It gave so much of the film a very unique look that was perfectly fitting for the story.
  4. The casting for Slughorn. Spectacular Spectacular choice.
  5. The memories and the new and improved pensieve…on the desk where it belongs.
  6. Tom Felton’s performance as Draco Malfoy. He portrayed the emotional hardships extremely well.
  7. The love stories between Ron and Hermione and Harry and Ginny. Great choice for Lavender Brown! Oh, Won Won.
  8. My favourite part overall was the way they portrayed Snape’s role in everything. He’s one of the best characters ever written, in my opinion, and I love him! I like that in the end, when Dumbledore is killed, he looks sad and remorseful. But I think that if I didn’t know that he ends up good in the ultimate end, I wouldn’t have seen that. And that, my friends, is brilliant acting by the very talented and oddly attractive Alan Rickman.

DISLOVES

  1. They burned down the Burrow! I’m sure it’s just a set up for having to remove the wedding scene from the 7th movie, but still…it’s the Burrow!
  2. The kissing scene between Harry and Ginny was lacking…and the weirdly awkward or awkwardly weird I’m-Ginny-and-I’m-in-a-bathrobe-so-let-me-bend-down-and-tie-your-shoe-Harry-cause-I-like-you scene.
  3. There’s no battle at Hogwarts! They kill Dumbledore and then just leave and get away with it! No resistance! Utter rubbish.
  4. There was no real exploration into horcruxes. In the book, it was such a long scene. Harry needed to understand the importance of the horcruxes and what they meant to Voldemort. And to be more specific, Dumbledore didn’t talk about how important that cave was to Voldemort. How the hell is Harry supposed to find and destroy the rest of the horcruxes on his own without understanding who Voldemort is?! It’s so integral to the story and it was left out for some reason that’s beyond me. Ugh. So frustrated!
  5. And…of course…NO FUNERAL FOR DUMBLEDORE!!!! Lame and highly upsetting.

So YAY, HARRY POTTER! I love you.

-Erinvisibility Cloak
-Erincendio
-Erincarcerous
-Erinanimatus Conjurus

Belated and whatnot

Happy Independence Day!

To semi-quote Sara: It’s [Saturday]. But somewhere in the world, it has to be [Thursday] still. And if not, then somewhere, it used to be [Thursday]. So, basically what I’m saying is that I’m not actually posting [two days] late (read: [a few weeks late]). Somewhere, somehow, I’m still right on time.

Anyhow, one of my favourite things ever is Improv Shmimprov at the Maverick Theater in Fullerton, CA. Two Fridays ago, I took Kelsey and our friend Claire to see it for THE FIRST TIME! A lot of it’s pretty inappropriate, so I had to wait till I thought she was ready. I’ve been waiting years. Seriously. Guess what?…she got chosen to be the applause-o-meter for the end of the show!!! Such a proud moment for me. Wanna see videos of her doing it? Of course you do!

So if you’re in Southern California, GO SEE IMPROV SHMIMPROV! It’s fantastic.

Here are some quick “I’m going to Shmimprov for the first time” tips:

  1. Don’t make any sexual suggestions. The cleaner theme is always funnier.
  2. Roll the dice when you arrive to determine what you pay ($0-$9). If you don’t, you’re boring.
  3. Volunteer your friends for stuff.
  4. Cheer loudly.
  5. Have fun!

Have a great Independence Day!

-Erimprovamaniac

Ode to a frizzy-haired friend

Good morning, Creeter Readers.

How I have missed you.

Last week, I had full intentions of writing a post, but then I didn’t. No great excuse; I was just happy to be lazy with no obligations.

Last week was also Rachel’s birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!), so I have decided to write a few limericks about her. Enjoy.

There once was a girl from Nantucket

No, I’m kidding. Seriously. Here you go:

I have a frizzy-haired friend
who’s greatness I’d like to commend
she’s quirky and fun
and she’s surely the one
who everyone should befriend

She could listen to music for days
and her knowledge will always amaze
she’ll tell you a fact
that’s never unbacked
and you’ll quickly be a part of the craze

She also loves to write
She’s more than just all right
In fact, she’s great
a heavyweight!
and your mind, she will excite

And of course she’s loads of fun
and always good for a pun
she’ll sing and dance
or frolick and prance
and she’ll even do the charleston

I’m lucky as can be
to know a girl such as she
who’s always been
through thick and thin
a wonderful friend to me

Love you, Ruh-chel, Rachanting monks, Rah-cha-cha-cha, Rachipmunk…

-Ebo