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Apr. 28th, 2013

Ike

Oh hey

So I haven't been on in years. I actually had been trying to get on for the past couple of months but forgot my password. I just remembered it today. So how have you all been?

Aug. 10th, 2011

Hope5

I'm officially dead

Hope just killed me with that picture she just tweeted. I don't even have words right now. I feel like I'm in an alternate universe or something.
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Aug. 3rd, 2011

Hope5

I guess the wound is still raw...



I just ran across this video on youtube, and it made me tear up a little. Shout out to the user, crossesallover, who made this. My heart just breaks for Hope in this interview. It's sad but I remember after the final hoping she didn't get interviewed because I thought she might be angry and say something horrible, but she was so gracious and respectful of the Japanese even through her loss. I have a lot of respect for the way both of those teams handled themselves on the field and after it was all said and done.

The olympics seriously needed to hurry the fuck up and get here already.
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Jul. 31st, 2011

Hope5

A Very Potter Birthday

I'm late in posting this but today is the birthday of Harry Potter, and his creater J.K. Rowling. As I've written about multiple times on this blog, I am a huge fan of the series. I started reading them when I was twelve and something about the books clicked with me. It's impossible to go into detail about it because I have such a bad migraine, but I am so thankful to Jo for wrting these books and for just being amazing. Back in 2009 I had left the university I started my freshmen year at and was depressed and disappointed in myself. I felt hopeless. Then I watched the commencement address Jo gave at Harvard University. She talked aboutt failure and the fact that when you fail it hurts, but once you've reached bottom there's no way to go but up from there. She said that when you are at your lowest you find out who in your life actually truly cares for you, and if you are able to persevere you can realize your own strength.

I started back at a community college the next semester and received my AA this May. I'm starting at a 4-year university next month so I can receive my BA. I did make mistakes and fail in the past but I was able to persevere, and I know now that nothing is impossible because I had the strength to get through my failures. So, I've embedded part one of this speech entitled "The Fringe Benefits of Failure" because no words ever written have had as much an effect on my life as the ones featured in this speech.



PS- Deathly Hallows Part 2 just surpassed $1 billion at the box office today.

Jul. 30th, 2011

Hope5

Hope Solo birthday post

It was about this time last month when I was first introduced to Hope Solo. I was bored so I turned on ESPN, and ended up watching the USWNT destroy North Korea's WNT. I was so impressed by not only her skill but also her PRESENCE. It's hard to describe how she can dominate play, and seemingly strike the fear of God into her opponents, back 4, or anyone who catches direct contact with her gaze when she's making one of her many epic bitchfaces. So, I'm going to post a video of one of my favorite matches I've found of hers, that serves as evidence of why so many people consider her one of the best in the world.



I just want to thank Hope, the rest of the USWNT, and most of the other teams in this year's WWC for providing us, the viewers, with an entertaining and for the most part, clean tournament this year. God knows we can't say the same thing about the one the men gave us last year.

Mar. 28th, 2011

hanson

Quit Your Bitchin' Move Your Feet

Long time no update. I have found myself obsessed with the song "Not Your Birtday" as of late. I first saw the video a couple of weeks ago, and I think I've watched a couple of times each day since then. I never liked the band before, but this song will not get out of my head. Oh and the subject line is a line from the song. It's hilarious to see the Disney edited version which just takes the fun out of it all. Here's the original version:

Jul. 3rd, 2010

Hope5

hp_commonroom

As I've documented here before last fall I re-read the first 6 Harry Potter books for the first time in years, and read Deathly Hallows for the first time. It was good to relive the story again but I was so upset with myself for waiting so long to read DH. By that time everyone else in the fandom had already read it, so I didn't have anyone to discuss it with, and I also got spoiled on just about everything that happened in the book. I still enjoyed reading the book, but I regret waiting so long.

Anyway, I ran across a new community hp_commonroom, and just joined a couple of hours ago. It'll be a chance for me to have someone to discuss the books with while I re-read the books which I didn't really have last time. I don't think anyone actually reads this journal but if they do they should check out the community.

May. 28th, 2010

Hope5

Shout it Out

I just listened to the new album for the first time. I feel really horrible right now so I don't have time to write a long review. I really did like the album overall. My only problem was I found the subject matter slightly superficial but I think they were going for a more upbeat less serious album. It definately succeeded and being a sunny album. My favorites right now are "Give A Little", "Make it out alive", "And I Waited", and "Use Me Up".

Dec. 4th, 2009

Hope5

Deathly Hallows

I finished the main story yesterday and the epilogue 3 hours ago. Overall I liked it but so much happened that I feel like I'm probably going to re-read it. When reading the book I kept stopping myself at less than 200 pages a day(most times it was between 70-120) because I didn't read it too quickly. I wanted to savor the experience and I'm glad I did. I liked how the story ended. It was a nice send off.

I feel like doing a long essay on Harry's morality and almost-Christlike existence but I don't have it in me right now.

Now that I've finished the story I can finally start reading Harry Potter fanfiction. I've ran across some very disturbing ones on ontd_twat and ontd(harry/flobberworm wtf!). The first one I'm going to try out I ran across on ontd. It's Draco/Hermione. I don't hate Ron and Hermione together in fact I think they're really cute at times, but I love the character of Hermione and can't help feeling that she could do much better. I do love Harry and Hermione's relationship. The graveyard scene as well as the scene after they read from Rita's book had me tearing up but I feel like their relationship is strictly platonic and I love it that. After Half Blood Prince I've really grown a fondness of Malfoy. He might be a spoiled selfish bigot but he does have a heart and the disgusting way in which his parents raised puts him in a state of great conflict. A lot of could have been done with that character that sadly wasn't but that's what fanfiction's for I guess.

Nov. 24th, 2009

Hope5

Half Blood Prince

II'll just say that I was dissatisfied with the writing for the majority of the book first. Seeing as thing picked in the last 150 pages or so, I was planning on making a spoiler cut to discuss the things that made me not give up hope in the series, and become even more excited to read DH. However, livejournal isn't working propperly for me right now and my head is throbbing so I'll write part 2 tomorrow. Feel free to comment on part1.

Problem #1: the title. Please someone tell me WTF was the point of the half blood prince subplot. The only thing it did for me was make me really annoyed with both Hermione and Harry. I really don't understand how Harry could not see the problem with him getting outside help to get better grades than his friend who works 10x harder than him. I really hate how he gets himself out of situations by luck or by using the talents of others.

Problem #2
My main problem with the book was that it just felt like a holdover and was much longer than it needed to be. I realize it's the shortest book since POA but it dragged on much longer than the previous two(GoF and OoTP). I felt like time was wasted with getting to the bottom of the horcruxes. I had hoped Hary had learned his lesson and realize that when Dumbledore gives him an assignment he should follow up on it. However, Harry was preoccupied with Malfoy and Ginny. Both s/l fell short for me until the end. However when the last five chapters came into focus things got a lot better.

Next time: I will discuss those whacky Weasleys, Albus Dumbledore, the Malfoys, the Order, Harry and Hermione, and of course Tom Marvolo Riddle.

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