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Happiness is…

Published September 30, 2012 by Malia

Okay, I’m not going to lie.  I’ve been feeling a bit down in the dumps this week.  A combination of things just put me in a funk, and to top it off I ended the week with what I’m assuming is either a mild case of food poisoning or the flu.  This led to me not wanting to write a happy list tonight.  However, the whole reason I started the Sunday night happy list was to remind myself of all the things (big, small, or completely pointless) that I’m thankful for.  So, onto the list…

-Clean showers.  Living in a co-ed dorm, using a shower that so many other people use, I’ve gained a new respect for the clean shower at home.  At home, I don’t have to worry about what nasty, unknown bacteria is lurking in the shower with me.

-Clean water.  There’s really no logic to this one, other than the fact that as I was trying to hydrate today it really hit home that having clean water is an incredible gift.

-The return of fall t.v.  I admit it, I’m a couch potato.

-This is my 61st post.  I’m really excited that I’ve managed to post something everyday since I set out on this blogging journey.  I don’t exactly have a good track record when it comes to sticking with things I start.

-Having hair.  Even though my hair is ridiculously frustrating, I really appreciate that I have hair.

Random Saturday Musings

Published September 29, 2012 by Malia

-Tonight is the final Doctor Who episode that will feature Amy and Rory Pond as companions.  Even though Amy isn’t my favorite of the companions, I still find this kind of sad.  There’s been all kind of rumors of how the Ponds are going to depart.  I wouldn’t be surprised if one or both get killed, especially since the one thing that keeps getting repeated is that there will be no return of the Ponds after tonight’s episode.  I find it fascinating that one of the things that this show does really well is make you care about the characters.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is making me really weepy today.  I enjoy this movie, but it doesn’t usually turn on the waterworks.

-I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I really love my penguin pillow pet.  I really only got it because I thought it was cute, but I’ve discovered it’s great for cuddling with while sleeping.

-I never realized that in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory there was a character, towards the beginning, that is at the psychiatrist.  The character is called “Hofstadter.”  This is also the same last name as the character Leonard on Big Bang Theory, and Leonard’s mother is a psychiatrist.  I don’t know if this is just a weird coincidence, or if it was a tip of the hat to Willy Wonka.

-Another fun fact, the kid who played the original Charlie Bucket grew up to be a veterinarian.

-I’m not obsessed with these movies (in fact, the original really freaked me out when I was little, and I’m still not a big fan of it).  They’ve been running them on t.v. this afternoon while I’ve been working on homework.

-The other night the newscaster used the term “interweb” which he followed up by saying, “We’ll be back tomorrow, same bat channel, same bat time.”  It kind of make me homesick, cause my Saturday night routine at home is to watch two episodes of the Adam West Batman.  Also, I’m wondering if the newscaster lost a bet.

-I can’t believe how warm it has been.  It’s especially crazy when you consider that I’m in North Dakota and October is a day and a half away.

-I survived my first speak test in Spanish.  My reading went fine, but I paused way too much in the conversation part.  My professor said I write well, so I just need to figure out how to speak as well as I write.

-I’m really weirded out by the Skittles commercials I’ve been seeing.  The gal making out with a walrus and the girl who picks a skittle off the skin of the boy infected with Skittles-pox and then eats it are both really disturbing.

Friday Night Questions

Published September 28, 2012 by Malia

-Does anyone else find the pasta commercial, that recreates the Lady and the Tramp spaghetti scene, gross?

-Why does hard stuff always come in bunches?

-Why do full moons make life weird, even if you don’t realize there’s a full moon?

-Why did I lay down to take a short nap today and end up sleeping almost eight hours?

-Wouldn’t it be amazing if I could come up with better questions?

 

Books are Fun!

Published September 27, 2012 by Malia

Okay, so I kinda…sorta…really, really, really love books!  That is why, when I find things related to books I love, I have this crazy need to share it with other people.  Hence, I’m really excited to share The Lizzie Bennet Diaries with everyone I can.  Basically, it’s a modernized retelling of Pride and Prejudice mostly from Lizzie’s point of view.  The episodes are pretty short, and I’ve gotten through about half of them.

Here’s the first episode:

You can find the rest of the episodes at the webpage http://www.lizziebennet.com or on youtube.

My mind is a blank

Published September 26, 2012 by Malia

Okay, this post is really pointless.  It’s only existing because I feel it’s important that I post something everyday.

Actually, I take that back.  I do have something to say:

“Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.”

I don’t know who originally said that, but I find it very entertaining and it always makes me laugh.

Also, I find it really bizarre that there’s a group of kids that huddle together, next to the street in front of my dorm, smoking their hookah.  I’m baffled by it.  What are they going to do when it gets cold?  Where will they smoke their hookah?  Why is hookah smoking so popular up here?

Okay, I’m out, that about does it for me tonight.

Whosday

Published September 25, 2012 by Malia

Okay, so I think I’ve decided that Tuesdays are going to be my day to geek out over books and movie and tv.  Hence calling it “Whosday.”  (This is mostly a tip of the hat to my enduring love of Doctor Who.)

I’ve just started reading the Matched book series.  I finished the first book, and am a little ways into the second.  It’s an interesting series.  Much like The Hunger Games, the main character, Cassia, is a girl living in a dystopian society.  Basically, Cassia signs up to be “matched” (have an arranged marriage decided by the government based on statistics) and she accidentally gets matched to two guys she knows.  Being matched to someone you know is a rarity, and being matched to more than one person just doesn’t happen.  There’s a war going on, but you don’t really get into that until you’re closer to the end of the first book.  The story is quite interesting, but the writing is a little difficult to read.  It feels like it needed one more rewrite before getting published, but I can’t really complain because I’m not the one who wrote it and making money off of it.

I’ve really been enjoying watching Go On.  It’s this show on NBC about this guy who’s wife dies, and he has to join a grief support group.  It’s an interesting take on death and grief.  I think what I like about it is the fact that they’re dealing with an incredibly uncomfortable subject.  I grew up surrounded by death and regularly attending funerals(granted it was other people’s losses, not my own, the fun of being a pastor’s kid), so it was something I grew up knowing about and talking about.  I remember what a shock to my system it was when I discovered how many of my peers had never attended a funeral.  I even had friends around whom I couldn’t even mention anything to do with death or funerals.  The show is funny and sweet, and just a little strange.  Plus, it’s really nice to see Matthew Perry on t.v. again (he was always my favorite on Friends).

Weight Loss Monday ~ Week 4: The Good, The Bad, and The Meh

Published September 24, 2012 by Malia

Good news or bad news first.  Hmmmm….well….let’s get the negative stuff out of the way.

Bad news: I didn’t lose any weight this week.

Good news:  I didn’t gain any weight.

I’ve got a myriad of excuses, but I’d rather not resort to them.  I think my plateau is mainly due to the fact that I was lazy last week, and chose to be completely unhealthy over the weekend.  And by “unhealthy,” I mean, “I ate and drank quite a bit more than I worked out.” Amazing how that whole skipping an exercise can totally screw with losing weight.  However, I still refuse to give up.  I’m just starting my fourth week, and to be honest I’m just happy that I’ve stuck with it this long.  I really want to get out 3 months, six months, even a year and be able to look back and go “I’m smaller than I was!”

I’ve been reading this blog, written by a self-proclaimed “fat” woman over the last year, and I’ve found it really interesting.  Unlike me, she’s not all about trying to lose the weight.  Instead, she wants to work towards people having fat acceptance.  She’s encourages her readers to be proud of themselves and their size.  Honestly, I wish I could be brave like that.  Sometimes I really struggle to remind myself that I am so much more than what the tag in my jeans say.

So, here I go into week 4!  (That sounds cheesy.  That’s okay, though, sometimes life needs cheese.)

Also, since there wasn’t any change in the weight, I’m choosing to not post my mugshots this week.