Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Reaching out!

You will never believe what I have to tell you! Actually, you probably will. I just got finished talking with my a distant cousin of mine from France! That's right! Legitimately foriegn is my cousin!
His name is Matthieu, and he lives in... Ardennes(?)... and has 2 horses and 3 dogs! He went to military school to become a teacher in French Literature! I'm sorry if there are a lot of exclamations... I've very excited! He thinks France is boring, but he says that's probably because he lives in the country. He says he works as a farrier(?) and at a local Hotel.
It just boggles me so that I have family halfway across the world! One day I shall go to France and meet this cousin of mine! I'm VERY excited!
While we were talking I mentioned school and how I'm working this summer at a camp. We then started talking about the economy in our respective countries. France has a lot of problems with their economy and immigrants. I told him it was the same in the states and he seemed disappointed. He said that it's always been his dream to come to the states and start a real farm. It seems to me that we as people on this earth have a dream. That dream is to be free. Free to make OUR place in the world. To make a mark that lasts. That's all that my cousin in France wants and it's all that I want! I want to make my mark in the world by being an effective communicator and possibly, one day, teaching people from other countries in the world to speak English and maybe English literature!
Just know that other people are going through the same thing as you, and you are not alone in your struggle to be known! See ya later!

Monday, February 22, 2010

My addiction to... Not Brandy, but Bronte!

Well, over the past 2 weeks I've been sick two different times with some sort of sinus infection. Part of me feels like it may be allergies due to the mold inside the shower walls... yeah... it's not pretty... but, other than that not a whole lot has happened.

I've watched almost every bbc period drama there is on youtube. My favorite so far was Jane Eyre. I read the book in high school, but I didn't really read it. I just kinda skimmed through it and read the pages that my teacher had marked down where the answers should be.

However, this version of Jane Eyre had me at full attention. In my previous reading of the novel I understood that Jane was an orphan and that she fell in love with her employer, but it never stood out to me why. I found that Rochester, unlike many other heroines love interests of the day, actually had character. He was cynical, dark, and sometimes scary. All in all he is what some call a Byronic hero. Meaning that the character takes after the Late Lord Byron of the period in which these novels were written. Of course it doesn't hurt that the actor who portrayed Rochester was handsome, does it?

Upon further investigation I noticed that Charlotte Bronte was a sister of two other great female authors of the time. Their names were Emily and Anne. Emily wrote Wuthering Heights which we all know I wasn't so fond of. While, Anne wrote The Tenant of Wildfell hall, a story in which a young seemingly widowed woman and her son go to live in a rented house near a small farming town and their encounters with the folk that live there and dealing with the drama of their past.

The three sisters have three entirely different writing styles. Each one is brilliant in it's own respect. Emily, was more of a gothic romantic writer, where as Anne played on the more realistic dramas and romances there are in life. Charlotte was seemingly the most "romantic" of the three, as her stories had mostly happy endings even though there were a few misgivings.

I feel like I've been writing about this for a long time! I hope I didn't bore you! I love Literature! Also, history of womens writing is very interesting to me. It shows how many doors have been opened in so little a time... This friday my friend Molly and I are going to have tea in Doc's. Anyone is welcome to come! We're just gonna have a cup of tea and talk about books and stuff! I think I'm starting to like this whole Estrogen thing... Not that I didn't before... ha ha! Have a good week! Until next time...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Joys of blockbuster

Today was a brilliant day! I woke up at around 12:45, got dressed, went to lunch, talked with some friends, and decided to call my dad, and at 3:30 I had my very first job interview! I don't know how it went really. I feel like I rambled on a lot, but we had a good conversation. I applied for a job this summer as a counselor at a camp back home in Oregon. Hopefully I get the job!
At 5:00 pm, I went to dinner, ate, and visited with some of my closest friends on campus. at about 6:15 we(Brittany and I) walked with Arynn to her night class which started at 6:30. since it was freezing cold outside, Brittany and I decided to stay inside the chapel building and play on the computers in the comm lab. During our walk from the cafeteria to the chapel, I had a song from the lion king stuck in my head, so, once we were safe and warm in the comm lab, I logged onto youtube and looked up hakuna matata. From then until about 6:50 we had a youtube battle of awesome disney movie songs like the songs from a goofy movie. Whilest all of this was "going down", I checked my email and in my inbox was a message from redbox. Then I saw that the movie "The Stepfather" a thriller, was out on dvd. I showed Brittany the trailer, and she was hooked. So, we checked the availability on redboxes website, and in all of the locations we could find, it was out of stock! So, we called blockbuster and they had it! So, we decided to get into my decidedly "Ghetto" car, and drive to blockbuster.
Now, I only call my cars "Ghettoness" into the picture, because my cars heater doesn't work. So, instead of scraping ice off the outside of my windshield, we were scraping ice off of the inside of my car. So, needless to say the ride to blockbuster was thrilling. Indeed, the window was rolled down and it was 27 degrees outside. I went through the neighborhood of stonewall and turned left on to washington, and then took a right into the blockbuster parking lot. We had arrived!
Once, we were in the parking lot, I told Brittany to go on ahead, so that I could scrape mored ice off the inside of my car. After I finished up, I found Brittany inside by the childrens movies section. She ended up renting 3 movies from that area of the store. Then, we decided to go on the hunt for "The Stepfather". We parted ways and eventually, Brittany found it.
We met by the 5 dollar bin, and we were tempted by the low prices to go searching for movies. Then, the successful salesman arrived with well timed news! They were having a 5 for 15 dollars sale on all the movies in the 5 dollar bins. Quickly, Brittany and I rummaged through all 10 bins. Little did we know how much time had passed and that our phones were both on silent. We had lost track of the time and had momentarily forgotten about Arynn! Shortly before we left, I took out my phone and noticed 3 missed calls and 5 text messages! Hurridley, Brittany took out her phone and called Arynn assuring her that we would be back soon and asked her if there was anything we could get for her. Of course we stopped by qt, not just because Arynn wanted something though, I was thirsty. So, I got my dr pepper with vanilla and tons of cherry flavoring, and hopped into the ghetto icebox that is my car(also nicknamed "the Green Bean"), and drove off back to school.
So, we got back to school, and ran back to the dorm with everything in tow, through the freezing cold. After we began to show Arynn our treasures, I realized that I had left my phone in the car. I weighed the pros and cons of leaving my phone out in the car, and decided that I wouldn't wake up without my phone so I trudged back out into the wintery cold. When I came back we watched the remainder of a blazer game, and then the live action version of the flinstones. By the way, did you know that Rick Morranis from "Honey I shrunk the kids", plays Barney Rubble? I just noticed it for the first time! After all of that, we went to bed, well sort of at least for me.
I however, couldn't sleep, so I watched 3 of the 5 movies I bought. I bought "The Last Of The Mohicans", which is one of my favorite movies ever! I also watched "Homeward Bound: the Incredible Journey", and "Uptown Girls". The former movie made me miss my dogs too much so
I watched the latter for the music. Now I am upset about not being able to find, "It's a charmed life" by Leigh Nash on iTunes, and getting ready to go to hot breakfast.

P.S. The other two movies I got were "Josie and the pussycats" and "Once"... No sleep added to this recipe for a wonderful crazy day... Or would it be Wonderfully crazy day?