magicalmartha: (Stir fry)
 So it's been a while.  I feel like I may have overloaded myself with internet projects, but I really like all of them, so I've just gotta balance them better.  To recap:  Boycott BluRay (movie reviews and other stuff I want to say about film), Alternative Read (the book version), My Bird Stands on One Foot (my tumblr, mostly reposted tattoo photos and owls with their heads upside down), and my newest project, If the truth is out there.... (wherein I'm chronicling my venture in re-watching the entirety of The X-Files).

Enough self-promotion. :D

My big news, I guess, is that my mom and I joined Weight Watchers.  I gained A LOT of weight in college, and the people in my family are not known for being skinny - obesity is a danger that I unfortunately face, and it terrifies me.  My way of battling this is to learn how to eat NOW, while I can still lose weight with (relative) ease, so that when I'm older and my already poor metabolism slows down even more, I won't balloon into a hippo and I'll already have established a habit of healthy eating.  I've been doing it for four weeks and I've lost 8.6 pounds; my pants are looser, and I honestly feel physically better.  I was having back pains that are clearing up, it's easier to wake up in the mornings, and I'm getting noticeably stronger and my stamina is better.  And I don't feel starved or deprived; mainly I'm just not snacking mindlessly and I cook a lot more.  Also I don't go out to eat for lunch except on Mondays after weigh-in when my mom and I get sushi.  I'm really feeling good about the program.

My reward for losing 20 pounds is going to be a tattoo - two goldfinches, a male and a female, flying down my ankle onto my foot.  The finches are for my parents; we got a thistle feeder a long time ago so we could watch the goldfinches in our yard, and the first summer colors finches (that really bright, gorgeous yellow) that we see have always been cause for celebration.  We had a little mourning when west nile killed so much of the songbird population in Oak Park, and when they came back we celebrated.

My birthday is on Saturday and that's pretty awesome.  I'm turning 23, and I feel like I've finally got a plan in place for the next couple of years.  Not this fall, but next fall I'm going back to school to get a Masters in Library Science, because I'd really like to work in archives and preservation.  It's nice to have a plan - this coming year I'll be getting my application together, which gives me a clear goal and timeline, which I need to get things done.  I'm looking forward to it.

I hope everyone had a fun Free Comic Book Day! 

Oscar Notes

Mar. 8th, 2010 09:37 am
magicalmartha: (Pretty necklace)
- People who looked unequivocally fabulous: Anna Kendrick, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren
- I am 100% ok with Chris March becoming Meryl Streep's pet designer
- If I look half as fabulous as Helen Mirren does when I am her age, I will have lived a good life.
- Ditto for Sigourney Weaver, although I wish the top of her dress had been a bit less boxy.
- Cameron Diaz usually has at least one element of her look that is off/horrible in some way, but last night she NAILED it.  She looked awesome, head to toe.
- Kathryn Bigelow won my unofficial Most Smokin' Director award last night.  Although I felt bad for her when she looked like she was about to faint onstage at the very end there - couldn't someone have given her a hand? 
- Gabourey Sidibe, please, don't ever change.
- Ditto Neil Patrick Harris.  Can he please have random musical numbers at ALL awards shows?
- Carey Mulligan FINALLY hits it out of the park, after a run of near-hits.  Lovely.
- Dear Kristen Stewart: if you, like I've been urging, finally fired your stylist/actually got a stylist/punched your stylist in the face so that he'd LEARN, congrats.  You looked great.  Also, a large portion of that was the fact that you SMILED and looked like you were ENJOYING yourself.  Keep it up!  I'd rather see you look fun, fresh and lovely than dour and sulky (which, honestly, is usually your MO).
- Jennifer Lopez's dress was wearing its own sidecar.
- I wish Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin had gotten more face time.  When they were on, they were quite funny; I just felt like we never SAW them.

On Kathryn Bigelow and the "OMG she's a FEMALE DIRECTOR" thing: yes, I'm glad that Bigelow was the first lady director to win the Oscar.  But I think the important thing is that I honestly believe she would have won even if she'd been male.  She won her Oscar on artistic merit and skill, and she absolutely deserved it; she did NOT win SOLELY BECAUSE she is a woman.  Personally, I think it says more about how sexist our society is that we think it's a bigger deal that Bigelow is a woman than that a director made such a raw, powerful, gritty, great film.

ALSO:

I just found a page of tweets courtesy of Entertainment Weekly about the celebs heading to the bar during the ceremony.  GAZE UPON THEIR BOOZING (I will definitely be camping out at the bar if someone ever lets me into the Oscars):

Jeremy Renner is at the bar drinking water. ‘I’ll alternate it with scotch,’ he says. ‘It’s only 6 pm. I’ve got to pace myself.’”

“After losing best original screenplay to Mark Boal, Tarantino and producer Lawrence Bender head to the bar for tequila shots.”

“Clean up in aisle three: Woody Harrelson broke his wine glass at the bar. He started cleaning it up himself, until a bartender took over.”

Sam Worthington ordered a beer at the bar — then realized he didn’t have money to pay for it. Bartender gave it to him free.”
(Note: I would buy Sam Worthington a beer.  I would buy him SEVERAL.)

I will most likely be posting thoughts on the actual winners on my movie blog later.  Summary: while I did not agree with some of the Academy's choices, I was surprised by none of them.  I don't know which is a bigger disappointment, although it wasn't a bad thing in some cases.


Blargh

Feb. 19th, 2010 11:38 am
magicalmartha: (ZQ doesnt even know what to do)
I got my hair cut last Saturday, and it is Very Short.  I'm kinda pissed about it, since the stylist took off several inches more than I asked her to, but it's kinda cute and hair grows.

I also had my eyes examined for the first time since I first got glasses, about four years ago.  I REALLY needed my prescription changed, since I'm having trouble reading street signs and recognizing people unless they're a foot away from me.  My new glasses should be here today; I need to call the optometrist and see if they came in.

I saw The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, and The Wolfman, all of which I enjoyed to varying degrees.  (For my evaluation of The Hurt Locker, see my blog; discussions of the other two are forthcoming.)  Watched Zombieland at home last night, it was superfun.

Not a whole lot going on right now.  Work is alternately mind-numbingly stressful and hardcore boring.  Today is one of those stressful days.
magicalmartha: (DemonFox questions your authority)
I had a conversation with a friend the other day about being an adult.  I have a myriad of concerns now that I never had before - how my paychecks translate into rent, bills, and food, what my medical costs are, how stable my job is, whether or not there's beer in the fridge.  I'm also now in a position that won't change unless I take personal initiative, which is such a massive difference from being in school (where you progress continually unless something extreme happens).  It got me thinking: if my life won't change unless I want it to, where would I like to be a year from now?  Two years from now?

In two years and change I'll be turning 25.  That's a significant number - I'm past all the "legal" birthdays, but 25 is a quarter of a century.  People are ESTABLISHED at 25.  Many of them are married.  Most, I think, know what they want to do for a living for the rest of their lives (this is my fantasy, at least).  So I decided to make a list of what I wanted to be true in my life by the time I turn 25.  I think it is a good list; the only problem is that one of the items is "know what I want to do and be in the entry level/beginning stages of doing that."

I have NO IDEA how I want to make a living for the rest of my life.  In vague terms, I would like to work closely with a small number of people, provide a helpful service to others, and, if possible, work from home or on terms that allow me to set my own schedule.  I do not want to own my own business, although I think I would be good at doing the administrative stuff for someone else's small business.  I am about 95% confident that I do not want to go back to school, at least not for more than a year or eighteen months. 

At least I'm thinking about this... I didn't for a long time, and while I don't think that's been detrimental to my life, it is definitely something I need to get worked out for myself.

(Also, two new blog entries since last I told you about it.  Alternative Read)

oy vey...

Jan. 25th, 2010 10:46 pm
magicalmartha: (Citiscape)
 This weekend was not a good weekend for my tech...I have two computers: my PC, which has been my main machine since freshman year and a steadfast companion through many a tv show and essay, and my lovely little Mac laptop.  Both of which died on Sunday - the PC in a fixable way, the laptop in a really, really unfixable way.

Billy did some fiddling with the PC, burning my OS to the ground and installing Vista, and now she runs like a dream.  The laptop...oh Delilah, I'm so sorry I'm a bad computer owner.  I took her to the Apple store and they had to replace the hard drive because the old one was utterly broken.  Guys, I lost EVERYTHING.  Music, photos, word docs, everything.  (Luckily, about 90% of my photos are lurking somewhere online).

I...kinda feel like I should be more traumatized by this.  I mean, I lost two years' worth of school papers, writing drabbles, my THESIS, and maybe 100 songs on iTunes that I hadn't put on my iPod yet.  And yet...I got a new hard drive for free, a free upgrade to Snow Leopard, and Delilah has a new lease on life (extended warantees are AWESOME).  I've got my thesis in hard copy, and any story I want to work on I can just start over; it's not like I had anything fabulous to begin with.

So I'm not too broken up about it.  I was upset when everything was breaking all of the time, because it was really frustrating not to have a working computer at all, but now they've both got shiny new operating systems and I get to fiddle with them to my heart's desire.  So...there's that.

(I am SUPER sad that I have to re-assemble my collection of LJ icons...)

That said, if anyone has a copy of Owl City's Ocean Eyes, it'd be awesome if I could get it (it's the only whole album I've bought in a while, and I lost it with my iTunes.)

Also: blog post 

magicalmartha: (Moooovies)
I really like my book blog Alternative Read, but I ALSO really like talking about movies, so here's the companion blog to AR:

Boycott BluRay

At the moment it's mainly Oscar discussion, since they're right around the corner.  But stay tuned for pretty much anything that pops into my head relating to film.
magicalmartha: (Whimsical)
You can read now about all the weird shit I find on the web, as well as some random lists and the crazy crap my bird does, here: My bird stands on one foot.

One of the coolest parts about Christmas day was not only the awesome slow cooker I got (it's red) but that I made waffles from scratch for breakfast.  They were delicious (and my dad made bacon).

I watched The Hangover last night, and I laughed so hard I almost cried.  Seriously, talk about underrated films.

Speaking of underrated and overrated movies, I'm putting together my own "decade of cinema" lists for those very things, and I'd like to hear from you.  I've got my own ideas, but what films did you think were critically under- or overrated?  (Think of these as my "I know people are going to disagree, but dammit, I HATED <whatever>, and it's MY list" lists.)

magicalmartha: (Lions tigers and bears OH MY)
New post at [personal profile] flights_of_fancy .  Maybe a better update tomorrow.
magicalmartha: (Lions tigers and bears OH MY)
New blogpost, discussing my favorite book-to-movie adaptations:

literacynotoptional.blogspot.com/

magicalmartha: (Maniacally wearing goggles)
I've got a new post up at Alternative Read, because I am not a COMPLETELY bad blog owner.  Review is of Stefan Brijs' The Angel Maker, a Belgian novel about medical horror and genetic ethics.
magicalmartha: (Clasped book)
Watching Boondock Saints.  I'm not always sure that I know what's going on in this movie, but I'm pretty sure it's always awesome.

I have two DreamWidth codes of my very own now.  I am considering keeping one for my own to use as a writing journal, but then I realized that in light of paying for this shiny account I can just keep everything here.  So does anyone know someone who needs a code?

I have a long list of things to do before Saturday, so I'm dividing up duties by day.  Tomorrow, I am going to the bank, canceling my gym membership, and packing up my bookshelf.  Maybe my clothes?  I don't know.  I hate packing, as I have previously mentioned.

I'm pleased that I've started to get back into reading for pleasure; my blog suffered a bit last month because I honestly had nothing to put there.  For new people, I run a blog called Alternative Read wherein my goal is to review books that don't get a lot of exposure.  So far, what it really means is that I review stuff I think people should read and which I haven't heard many people/websites/newspapers/whatever talking about.  Sometimes I deviate, like when I did a comparison entry of Coraline the film and Coraline the movie, but hey, it's my blog.

Point being, I've done so much reading for school (see: work) that it's incredibly refreshing to be able to venture back into reading what I want to.  This afternoon I read the first thing of my choice that wasn't a comic (which I'm not maligning, as I love them, but the graphics do make them easier to process in my brain) or a young adult/children's book (I've re-read all of Garth Nix and Tamora Pierce's books because they take about two hours to finish), and it felt really good.  It was a collection of short fiction from John Connolly called Nocturnes, and I won't be reviewing it in depth on the blog since I'm pretty sure it was a New York Times best seller, but trust me: I know who's looking at this journal, and YOU ALL want to read this book.  They're horror, gritty fantasy, eerie, macabre stories that made me nervous just to look at the titles.  Some are not as good as others, but they're all fascinating, and some are riveting.

/self-promotion

Duvet

May. 17th, 2009 10:33 pm
magicalmartha: (Whimsical)
I like BOA.

I also like the false feeling of cleverness I get from copying and pasting code someone else has written into the customizing box, thus creating an awesome layout that I actually had nothing to do with making, but still feel entitled to taking credit for.

The flowers are pretty.

Is it weird that I'm already wondering if the art school here administers Associates Degrees? I think I might want to get one in Creative Writing (or whatever their equivalent is - Fiction Writing, it may be). I talk a lot of shit about being glad to be done with school, but I like the idea of getting a degree for no other reason than it would be fun to get it. I majored in English because I like reading books and I'm pretty good at writing essays, but also because a lot of people told me that it would be useful in finding a job after - as my dad says, reading and writing critically are two of the most sought-after and hard to find qualifications. Might be nice to study something just because I can.

But we'll see. No matter what I end up doing, it's WAY too early to even THINK about going back to school. I wanna play a little before I do any more studying.

Also-also, read my new blog post: http://literacynotoptional.blogspot.com/

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