Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Jinkies, darling!

So this will probably be my very last post for November, and I'm proud to say it's a happy one! After a month-long battle, I finally finished (and won) my first NaNoWriMo challenge! Proof, yo:

I never thought I'd make it, but I did! Yay!

I have to say though, the novel I started writing isn't actually finished/wrapped up yet story-wise despite me reaching the 50k word mark. I still have quite a long way to go before I end it, but it's been an interesting journey so far, and I just might finish it. Congratulations to everyone who have already won, and to those who are still struggling to reach the finish line, you guys can do it! Believe in yourselves! 

In other news, Christmas is coming up and preparations for our annual university lantern parade are under way, as well as preparations for Christmas parties, etc. etc. so all these, coupled with acads have left me understandably tired all the time, and I barely get to squeeze in enough time to sleep and write for NaNoWriMo, let alone write a blog post or visit your blogs. Gah! But now that I've finally won NaNo a day early, I hope I can finally get some rest and focus on more things.

Also, I got a haircut. My hair is now a lot shorter than it has ever been and is cut into a bob with side bangs. As a result, all my blocmates have been referring to me as either Velma from Scooby Doo or Edna Mode from The Incredibles. 
What the heck.

On the bright side though, I can go as either one for our animated cartoon-themed university Christmas party in December, even though I was initially dead set on going as the cute chubby little bumblebee from Adventure Time. 

"Do these stripes make me look fat?"

See ya later,

Monday, November 21, 2011

Jasper Needs More Lines (And Screen Time)

Well, we won 2nd runner up in the talent show I've mentioned! This is after only two days of practice and props making, so I guess we did pretty good. A bit of a disappointment, though since we were last year's Champion, but meh, you win some, you lose some, I guess. In reality, I am rather bitter since we didn't win this year. Kidding! I think the winners did an awesome job and we did our best, too.
Also, about that 5k marathon I talked about, my friends and I actually finished it. My entire body ached loads for days after, though, but it was fun and I'm still just amazed we all managed to finish, although I don't think any of us got close to the first person's finishing time. Haha.

In other news, a couple of friends and I watched Breaking Dawn Part 1 today. I think it was actually pretty okay. I want to see Part 2 already, though. The suspense is pretty intense. I haven't really read any of the books so I don't know if it stayed true to them. I did like the fact that Jacob cut to the chase and took off his shirt 30 seconds into the movie, though.

"Who cares if I rip up every single pair of pants I own, It's my black shirt I care about, so woohoo I am running in the rain half-naked!"

Don't worry, Jacob. I still vote for you and Bella and would have much rather preferred you and her having cute little puppy babies together. One thing I didn't like, though was Jasper having a total of two/three lines (I think) in the movie, most notably his smooth delivery of.. "Possibly". Whyyyyy? I just really want a whole film with Jasper and Alice as the leads. They are too cute!

Alice is so pretty, and Jasper...well, he's stiff as a board, as usual. This time with ugly hair, though, but still pretty cute!

Laughs all around from us as we watched the bed breaking scene and the cesarean birth wherein Edward just goes at it with his teeth and Jacob is all "wtf!" and "keep your heart beating!". Baby Renesmee Carlie, completely ridiculous name aside, looked really creepy, though. Equally creepy was Edward's penchant for appearing out of nowhere suddenly. Kind of like this creepy Watson glitch in this Sherlock Holmes game:

"Elementary, my dear Wa- Hey, where'd you go? I..OH SWEET HEAVENS. How did you get over there, Watson?"

As was Bella spending half of the movie getting Edward to make love to her again after their first encounter which ended in her covered in feathers afterwards since Edward just loves ravaging pillows. And do I need to mention how Jacob's "imprinting" on the newborn baby girl (and I mean fall in love with her right then and there) is really very pedophile-ish? Ah well, the soundtrack in the Breaking Dawn film was pretty amazing, anyway. So, yeah. I just realized how nice and forgiving I was in this "review". Yay?

Catch you guys later,

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Cute Bunnies + Extra Shizz

Ah, Blogger, we meet again!

It's been a bit of a hectic past week and school hasn't even started then. My mother arrived last week by plane to fix things up around the house we've newly acquired. It was also nice to have her around for a while, after we've been separated by time zones, since she and my dad both work abroad. Anyway, she left again to go back earlier today and the first day of classes for this semester began today, too (boo on both counts).

But as for the good news, remember that rather random post I made a while back? If you don't, well, I basically talked about how I wanted to have a bunny and now I do! Two of them (male and female), in fact and those who commented on that random post weren't kidding. They are definitely a lot of hard work and seriously poop like ten times their body weight in a day! What! (Although I may be exaggerating just a tiny bit). But awwww, these guys are seriously too cute to resist and I love them already! On to the pictures (this wasn't easy since they were both very lively and kept jumping around the place or dashing around madly):

This is the lady bunny I've named Cinnabon. She's a sweetie-pie, a bit shy but warms up to you ultimately. She likes sitting on my lap and me petting her little head. However, she seems to perpetually be hungry, despite me feeding them a good amount of pellets and greens. She's always found nomming on carpets, shoelaces, even my shorts. Here she is on a snack break from chewing on the welcome mat outside the main door of the house.

This is Pippin, named after Peregrin Took the hobbit from LOTR. This picture does him no justice at all, since he just looks really pissed off. Normally, he's actually very active and just loves to move all the time. He's small and cheeky and gets into trouble a lot, squeezing himself into small spaces and knocking down stuff. 

Aaaand, a picture to show just how hard it is to get them to stay still for a cute picture. Here they are charging at me, trying to either eat the camera or jump over it. 

All in all, they've both been great furry additions to the household. In other news, I've started lagging behind when it comes to NaNoWriMo, not reaching my quota of 2k words a day anymore. I try and make up for it, but it's hard since the days (and words you have to write) just keep piling up. I hope I can make it to the end.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is to be a hectic day for me since I've joined a run for a cause (EmpoweRun), which aims to raise money for a rehab ward and training center. This is important for me since I'm actually involved in the rehabilitation science field. I don't know exactly how I'll do tomorrow, though since I've done nearly zero training for this 5k marathon. 

Also, after that, my fellow blocmates and I have decided to meet up and practice and make props for our annual college talent show on Thursday. So basically, tomorrow and the whole week to come is going to be really busy. You guys take care!

Over and out,

Friday, November 4, 2011

My Two Cents On The Thing (2011)

As of today (where I am) it is the fourth of November and so far, I've jotted down approximately 7,400 words for the NaNoWriMo challenge, which is a pretty safe number at this point. Thanks to everyone who wished me well in my last post and made awesomely helpful suggestions. I knew I could count on you guys. So yeah, big bear hugs for everyone! As for everyone else participating in this with me, more power to us!

In other news, I got to watch The Thing (2011) today, which is actually a (spoiler) prequel of John Carpenter's 1982 one. I liked how the film chose to portray the events that had played out before Kurt Russell came on down, just being a BAMF with a flamethrower (although there was some discontinuity). I enjoyed the 1982 one and had mixed feelings for this prequel but I ended up actually liking it. The only thing I was a bit disappointed at was the fact that although there was quite a bit of tension and guess-work required to figure out who the thing was in this film, there was not as much as there was in the 1982 one. There were also some creature revelations that would leave you wondering how exactly they came in contact with the thing in the first place. Ah well, CGI creature designs were great, anyway. But maybe I'm a bit biased since I have a thing for feeling really unnerved at people getting all distorted and shizz. Case in point: I actually got scared watching "The Unborn" solely due to the old guy getting all contortion-y.

"And this kids, is how we did the crabwalk back in my day."

So the 2011 Thing provides something like that towards the end, but double the fun, if you know what I mean. *wink wink* Having Mary Elizabeth Winstead on there (in contrast to the all-boys cast of the original) was fine by me, because yay girl power! But seriously, she did a pretty decent job and there was thankfully no romantic angle, so that was good. 

Overall, the film was pretty okay, not as great as John Carpenter's, but it at least made an effort to try and be so. I'd recommend it. 

Over and out,