Links Post

Alex of Unicorns for Socialism has compiled a collection of quotes and drawings asking Who told you that you were unworthy?

Recently I decided that I need more square silk scarves in my life.  These would do nicely.

A Day in the Life of a Modern San Franciscan.

Also, awesome snack ideas.

And, because I’ve been reading far too much fanfiction this past week (not to mention the fact that I’m a huge nerd), a picture guide to actors who have been in the Harry Potter movies and been on Doctor Who.  You’re welcome.

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It Has To Be Done

I wasn’t going to do a Harry Potter post.  I really wasn’t.  Only, now it’s 1 in the morning and I’ve been on Tumblr for hours.  I think this sort of has to be done because how else am I going to get past it?  The short version: I got there at 6:30 and didn’t get home til 4, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.  From waiting in line for ages, all the way through unexpected friends and a crowded bus ride.  (Spoilers under the cut)

Movie first, other stories of the night second (mostly because in all my Tumblr reading I’ve been skipping to what they think of the movie).

First of all it was absolutely beautiful.  They truly did a wonderful job.  The white out in the beginning and near the end were wonderful.  The camera tricks so that it’s not as obvious that Emma is taller than Dan were fun to notice.  And the special effects were spectacular.  Every single detail was conceived, detailed and executed beautifully.

There was some unexpected greatness too.  Things like Ravenclaw’s Diadem, and the Room of Requirement. The Chamber of Secrets again and “Harry talks in his sleep.”  My favorite sequence was seeing the castle as charms and enchantments were set up to protect it.  The army of stone statues coming alive and Professor McGonagall, “I’ve always wanted to use that spell.”

People too.  People like Luna, Aberforth, Helena Bohnam Carter being Hermione, Neville.  NEVILLE!  I could write a whole paragraph about Neville and how I knew he would be something.  Even before I read it in the book, I knew his story was going to turn out amazing, but I didn’t expect it to be what it was.  I was unprepared for the awesomeness of Neville, running for his life from Death Eaters while the bridge collapsed behind him, pulling the sword out of the hat, and fancying Luna.  Adorable!!

I knew going in that I would probably cry, though I honestly wasn’t even sure what parts would affect me the most.  I cried the most I think when I realized (for the second time, I remember realizing this while reading the book too) that Harry went to the forbidden forest, knowing he was going to die, without saying goodbye to Ginny.  I was already crying, but that realization brought on fresh tears.

Crying was also fueled by the fact that the entire audience was crying.  I thought I was doing okay.  And then I heard sobs coming from all around me and I completely broke down.  Absolutely heartbreaking.

 My favorite part of the whole thing was the incredible experience of watching it with a crowd.  Along with the crying, there was the moments where everyone held their breath because they knew what was coming.  As Fred and George asked each other if they were ready for battle, as characters died, and (my favorite) as Mrs. Weasley cursed at Bellatrix.  While Voldemort killed Snape my friend Brittnay broke down next to me.  We held hands and sobbed together until Harry got to King’s Cross Station.

We stayed until the very end.  Talking with other people who stuck around to see the credits in their entirety.  Discussing favorite parts and confusion together.  Cheering for actors and special effects people.  Not really wanting it all to end.  When we left the theater we stood outside waiting for rides and running into other friends without even knowing they were going to be there.

I knew of some people who were going to be there and kept an eye out, but the ones I ran into were really just crazy random happenstances.  Some friends of my class were there together from Marin in a different theater and we hung out together in line.  Once we had been let into the theater, the one guy I knew the least came over to our theater just for kicks.  He decided — after just generally being awkward/embarrassing earlier — that since there was no place to sit he would sit on me.  Great.  (leading to a whole discussion later of are other people awkward around me, or am I the awkward one?)

On the way home one of my friends and I were on the most crowded late-night bus I’ve ever been on.  There was a guy behind me who kept moving around, I had my backpack on and did a mental check of where are my valuables.  My wallet was zipped deep in my backpack, and my pen (which had earlier been in the change pocket of my backpack) was clipped to my shirt.  About halfway home the guy rushed the back door, screaming “Let me out, let me out!” followed by, “That guy stole my wallet!”  I double checked my wallet (it was there) and the change pocket of my backpack was open.  So glad all that was there was a bandanna and chap stick.

Altogether quite an eventful night that I’m so glad to have gotten to experience.

W.I.P.

About my favorite thing to do in the world is check everything off of my to do list.  Making the to do list and finishing the to do list.  Sometimes the actual doing of whatever is on the list isn’t as fun, but checking it off the list makes it so much better.  There is such satisfaction in seeing little check marks next to a whole column of things that I’ve done, books that I’ve read, even tv shows that I’ve watched.  Half the reason I set goals is so that I can check them off my to do list.

To do list are (of course) kept in planners.  I’ve had a planner since I started third grade and it’s probably my favorite thing in the world.  Each week has a page with a column per day to write a massive to do list in.  My planner is the only thing that helps me to remember what needs to get done and reminds me what that phone number is, and what my student id number is when I forget.  Newspaper article to give to a friend: paper clipped into my planner.  Record locator for my flight home: written on the day of the flight.  Random quote of the week: came with the planner.

On another note, I’m a huge fan of post it notes.

How do you keep yourself organized?

20 Before 20: Take a Hike

This one was so easy, but it took so long for me to get around to it I was almost afraid it wouldn’t get done.  My parent’s are going to climb half dome at the end of the summer and in preparation Mom and I have been going on hikes.  Sort of.  So far we’ve only gone on two.  Better than none though.

In looking more and more at the number of posts that I have to do for my 20 Before 20 project I’m realizing that I’m not going to be able to write a post on all of them before my birthday (September 13) without feeling crowded.  So, I’m going to choose some of the best ones that I’ve done and then the rest will be summarized in a larger post closer to my birthday.  There will be a handful that don’t get done which will be the basis for my 21 Before 21 list that I’ve already started writing.

Around the World: Montreal

This past weekend was a whirlwind trip to Montreal with my family.  We ate yummy food at farmers markets, and had way too much gelato.  We traipsed all over the city, shopping, wandering, searching for maple flavored things, taking public transit (my favorite thing about almost any city), and going to a concert at the Basilica next to our hotel.

While we were there I thought about the most Candaian thing I could possibly buy.  I landed on a winter jacket.  Of course.  In the middle of summer.  We were the only ones in the store.  We felt a little foolish.  I regret nothing.

I came home on Monday evening to be able to go to my summer class on Tuesday afternoon.  I spent way too long in the Chicago O’Hare airport doing homework.  It’s actually kind of weird that I spent so much time there while I sort of live there.  Oh well, that’s a thought for another post.

Anyway, some pictures from my trip.  Amazing how I thought I took so many pictures, and yet I have so few that I’m actually happy with.  Boo.  Oh well.

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone!

Ironically when I went through my pictures to find something patriotic to use for this post the only ones that even slightly qualified were taken in another country.  Fail.

Interestingly enough I’m actually flying back to San Francisco from Montreal today, so I wont really be celebrating.  It’s alright though, fireworks in San Fran aren’t much to look at (too much fog).  Instead, let’s list some of our favorite things about the good old USA.

BBQ
-TV shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Law &Order and pretty much any good old American TV
jeans and plaid (I know that neither of these were made in the US, but they’re American to me)
Cowboy hats
-a Pioneering Spirit
Baseball
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

I’m sure there’s more, but for now that’s all I can think of.  Feel free to add on in the comments and let me know of ones that I’ve forgotten.  And don’t worry, pictures from my trip will be coming up a little later this week.

And I’m Off

I was told once that I’m not allowed to say that I’m a world traveler if the only country outside of the United States I’ve been to is Canada.  Well, I’m not claiming to be a world traveler (yet), but by the time you read this I will be on my way to Canada.

Going to Canada has been my sisters dream vacation for the past I don’t even know when.  This is really her vacation.  In fact, I’m not even going on the whole vacation.  While I come home to San Francisco on Monday, the rest of the family goes on to Quebec (we’ll be flying into and staying in Montreal).  It should be fun, interesting to be traveling with my whole family.  I can’t even remember the last time that happened.

See you on Monday!