Scratch that, Quote of the Year.
Every year, my sister, mom and I each get a Hallmark ornament. Morgan and I have one for every year we've been alive. This year's ornament is a pair of pretty penguins :)
I LOVE CHRISTMAS!
What, did you think that just because I wasn't working at STAF this week, you wouldn't see any cat pictures? YOU THOUGHT WRONG!
I love Sam. He is the bestest kitty of them all.
Mike and his friend Jack apparently think alike more than they thought. I can't decide which is worse: if they planned this or if it happened by accident. Hmm. XD
- Mom's heart-attack-inducing mashed potatoes
- Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade
- SWEATER SEASON!
- adorable apartment
- red coffee mugs :)
- crazy friends (cuz sanity is way overrated)
- CHRISTMAS MUSIC!!
- summer internships
- The News Record crew
- e-mail. lol.
- Cool fonts (Gotham and Garamond, here's lookin' at you)
- Toppers pizza (true love)
- Mah boyfrand
- nail polish
- sparkly things
- online comics (SMBC, Cyanide and Happiness, Girls with Slingshots)
- Harry Potter
- A Very Potter Musical
- STAF kitties
- My No. 1 cats Sam and Sydney :)
- THE FIRST AMENDMENT KAPOW!
- Post-Production Sunday Night "Dexter" parties
- The My Princess Academy parade float LOL
- ironic LOLs and WOOTs
- irony in general
- Best Guy Friends
- putting it out in the universe
- badass letters of recommendation
- when the BAD GUYS LOSE and the GOOD GUYS WIN!
- Hamburger Helper
- "Moulin Rouge"
- CHRISTMAS TIME WOOT WOOT WOOT!
Take one headshot of photo editor Eamon Queeney. Add some scissors, tape and Gin's tongue. Mix well. Enjoy.
Nov. 22, 2010
The "Harry Potter" movies have always been hit or miss. The first two movies were light and fluffy, while "Prisoner of Azkaban" and its break-neck pace and choppy plotline left much to be desired. Once director David Yates took over for "Order of the Phoenix," the series developed into a darker and, frankly, better product.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" is a continuation of the trend, becoming what is perhaps the first Potter movie that's as good as the novels penned by J.K. Rowling.
The seventh movie in the series starts off chillingly, as Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) prepares to leave behind his childhood home. As the Order of the Phoenix entourage journeys to the safe house, several members of the beloved cast are lost. "Deathly Hallows" does not try to sugarcoat the dire situation the wizarding world is experiencing, which makes for a much stronger film.
Harry and his two best friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) are on a quest to find the final five Horcruxes that will aid them in destroying the evil Lord Voldemort. The Horcruxes are objects with bits of Voldemort's soul attached to them, which make him impossible to kill while they are in existence.
Meanwhile, Voldemort has overthrown the Ministry of Magic and, like every evildoer, is plotting to take over the world. The wizarding world quickly plunges into darkness as Voldemort's new regime takes action against muggle-born wizards (muggles are non-magical people), who they deem to be less valuable. It begins to resemble the Crusades, complete with an inquisition and accusations of heresy.
The trio of Radcliffe, Grint and Watson have improved immensely since their debut in "Sorcerer's Stone." Of course, a decade of virtually non-stop movie production should improve any actor, but the original three have had the rather unique opportunity of portraying the same characters for 10 years. Each has grown into their roles and developed the characters. Radcliffe's lackluster angry face, which was comical in "Prisoner of Azkaban," is history.
The supporting cast is not seen in much of "Deathly Hallows" — the good guys fall into the background — as Harry, Ron and Hermione are mostly traveling alone. The villains, however, are given some much-deserved screen time, which they did not waste. Helena Bonham Carter as the deliciously evil Bellatrix Lestrange has a powerful scene with Watson, while Ralph Fiennes brings a new, icy tone to his Lord Voldemort.
Just as in the books, the movie manages to bring about more than a few laughs in spite of the dark tone. Dobby, the ever-loyal house elf, has a great line after he sends a chandelier plummeting at Lestrange. Lestrange exclaims that Dobby could have killed her, to which he responds, "Not kill. Dobby never meant to kill — only seriously maim or injure."
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" is everything a long-time Potter fan could want it to be. The plot is well-developed, the changes are minor (and, in some cases, could almost be considered improvements), and the book is well-represented. After such a success, the final installment of the series (slotted to premiere July 15, 2011), will almost definitely be the grand finale this one-of-a-kind story deserves.
I was so excited Morgan and Shawn came to visit me this weekend! We had a blast and a half :)
Even though Morgan and Shawn were in for the weekend, I was still really excited to head over to STAF to visit all the kitties. To my surprise, we had even more new residents in this week. I got scratched up way more than usual, but I'm attributing that to the full moon.
The taco kittens were especially rambunctious this Saturday. Mama cat (Gordita) kept jumping out of the cage juuust as I'd gotten everyone in. Another volunteer informed me that this is because Mama cat gets really tired of being cooped up with six kittens, so sometimes she just chills in one of the holding cages and takes a nap. Can you blame her? Tamale seemed really attached to me. I could barely get him off my shoulder and into his cage, which made it even harder to get all seven taco cats in and the door shut. He captured my heart. I want to take him home. Right now. Le sigh. It's funny, because he actually looks almost exactly like Sam (my cat at home) when he was a kitty.
Room 13 was much cleaner than last week. There was also a new resident -- Ariel the Cat! She seemed pretty shy, so I just sort of let her go about her business.
I'm bummed that I won't be around next week (I'll be home for Thanksgiving), but the shelter's open house is Dec. 5, and I'm really hoping I'll be able to stop by and help out. It's funny, but even when I leave STAF scratched up, with a ripped jean inseam (from bending down too fast to try and catch an escape cat) and covered in cat hair, I'm still glad I went.
Nov. 18, 2010
If you like movies like “Spaceballs,” “Blazing Saddles” and “The Producers,” you will enjoy “Young Frankenstein.” If, on the other hand, a woman singing “tits” 15 times in one song doesn’t amuse you, you might want to steer clear of the latest tour to hit the Aronoff Center for the Arts.
“Young Frankenstein” is written and composed by Mel Brooks, whose slapstick, bawdy humor shines through. Many times, the effort fails, coming off as too much bawdy and not enough humor. Cory English, who plays Dr. Frankenstein’s devoted assistant Igor, pulls off the vulgarity most successfully, while characters like Frankenstein’s fiancée, Elizabeth (Janine Divita) and castle housekeeper Frau Blucher (Joanna Glushak) have trouble with the timing.
The songs also left something to be desired. While many were meant to advance the plot, the lack of creativity and cleverness made each one drag on. “He Vas My Boyfriend,” for example, was Frau Blucher’s declaration of romantic involvement with Frankenstein’s grandfather, Victor. But the song was too long, too repetitive and way, way too vulgar.
The show does have some charm. Synthia Link plays Inga, Frankenstein’s main love interest, and has decent timing, coming off as a ditzy but loveable blonde. Frankenstein, played by Christopher Ryan, also had good moments. College-Conservatory of Music alum Preston Truman Boyd as The Monster was believable.
The highlights included the company’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” choreographed by Susan Stroman. Any classic Broadway enthusiast will enjoy the tap number and quirky adaption from Irving Berlin’s original. The cast also branched off into improv several times during the show — English and Ryan were often at their best when spontaneous.
This pattern carried on throughout the show: it was usually funniest when it didn’t mean to be. Any time the humor was intentional, it came off as just a little too much. But it was when the cast was behaving un-Brooks-like when they were actually funny.
Thank you for:
- Special K red berries cereal
- The News Record
- summer internships
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- Darren Criss
- Harry Potter
- "Pawn Stars"
- Girls with Slingshots
- Apples to Apples
- Best of UC awards
- Facebook threads :)
- Professor Goodfellow
- Retail therapy
- You :)
Saw the Christmas trees in the Fountain Square Plaza and could hardly contain my joy. I am so excited. IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME, MOTHER LICKERS!
Nov. 15, 2010
The unveiling of the Cincinnati Stock Exchange Project gave the University of Cincinnati journalism department an opportunity to showcase its program beyond the classroom.
"It's the kind of project that we think really sets our curriculum apart in terms of exploratory and documentary journalism," said Elissa Sonnenberg, assistant director of the UC journalism department.
Sonnenberg led two seminars focusing on the Cincinnati Stock Exchange (CSE), during which approximately 16 students
researched the world's first fully automated stock exchange. They worked with the Cincinnati Historical Society Library and the Cincinnati Museum Center to gather information.
The project, supported by UC Board of Trustees member Buck Niehoff and his brother Nick, resulted in an interactive website where visitors can read articles about the CSE and share stories about the stock market.
"I like to compare the way we approached the project to how the CSE approached automation," Sonnenberg said. "They wanted to use the best tools for the best product. If we had just created a book or something static, it would have been a one-shot thing."
Sonnenberg wants the project become a fixture of the journalism department.
"What we would love to do is fold it into the New Media Bureau," she said, referencing to a program that lets UC journalism students create print, web and multimedia packages.
So do me a favor. Click here, scroll down to the Best TNR Editor poll and vote for me. Thanks a bunch :)
Clearly, I need to make some changes. Not only is the excess fat and protein bad for me, but a lot of these nutrients are important, and I'm not getting enough of them.
So I did a little research to find out where I can make up for the deficiency, and I was surprised to find that I just need to add a few items to my daily diet to fix most of my problems:
- Special K cereal: I had no idea that Special K was so good for you, but with one bowl for breakfast, I'll be increasing nine of the 13 nutrients I'm lacking.
- One a Day Women's: I decided that it might be time for me to start taking a daily supplement. While I don't know much about the different brands, One a Day seemed to cover most of the bases.
- Snackage: I've gotta cut back on the potato chips and crummy processed foods. It's not doing my any favors. So away with the yuck and in with the bananas, sunflower seeds and popcorn.
- Water: Even when I used to carry around a water bottle (yeah, that lasted for like a week), I was still only consuming about 60% of the needed water. So I guess it's back to the water bottle, all day every day.
I finally returned to STAF today after several busy Saturdays. And when I got there, I found that SO MANY things had changed! Palmer and his siblings were moved to a young adult room, the six car kittens have been moved into a bigger cage (but are still impossible to move!) and a bunch of new cats had taken up residence in the back hall.
While all the new kittens were adorable, a certain quartet captured my heart. Amber, Aubrey, Auggie and Autumn are some of the fluffiest, most precious kittens I've seen at STAF. Plus, they were really sweet and loved to cuddle. Each of them would purr like nuts. Aubrey was a little fiesty, but still ... I love them.
I also saw a new cat named ... Ariel! I was very amused.
Room 13 was a crazy mess. Apparently someone left a cardboard box in the room, which the cats then proceeded to shred and throw about the room like confetti. Maybe it was in celebration of the new cats in the room -- the family of white cats with gray spots that used to be on my back hallway route.
I'm so glad to be back at STAF. It was a really nice time seeing all my favorite cats and meeting the super cute new ones. I can't wait to go back next week :)
To the obnoxious gaggle of Bearkittens: If you're going to walk in an inflamed gaggle, please don't take up the entire walkway/stairway so that those of us with actual brains can get past you. I really didn't feel like listening to your 8-minute analysis of your MarketPointe lunch. Now MOVE.
But this past Tuesday's episode proved me wrong. With the entrance of Blaine, Kurt's new private-school pal, "Glee" might just redeem itself. Blaine is played by Darren Criss, best known for his portrayal as Harry Potter in "A Very Potter Musical." Criss has a decent Internet following -- the Potterholics love him. And now that he's on "Glee," he brings back that feeling of community that "Spring Awakening" stars Lea Michele and Jenna Ushkowitz originally brought to the show.
Potter-cred aside, Criss also performed the best song on the season two soundtrack thus far -- a male a Capella rendition of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream." This is what "Glee" is supposed to be about -- the simple staging, large group numbers and fabulous (fabulousfabulousfabulous) a Capella. This is what a real high school a Capella group could and would do. This is "Glee" at its finest. If they keep it up, "Glee" might just have redeemed itself for me.
(By the way ... that haircut makes me drool every time.)
I LOVE HER.
Between Emma Watson's STUNNING new haircut and spread in Marie Claire and Darren Criss shocking all "A Very Potter Musical" fans by being TOTALLY WICKED AWESOME AT SINGING "TEENAGE DREAM" ... it is very clearly a wonderful month for "Harry Potter" fans.
And, for your enjoyment, a little more awesomeness from Emma Watson:
- The New York Times James Reston Fellowship (yeah, right.)
- American Society of Magazine Editors
- The Minnesota Star-Tribune
- The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.)
- Chicago Tribune
- The Las Vegas Sun
- The Philadelphia Inquirer
Look at the amazing new News Record press passes! Aren't they wicked cool? Be jealous.
- So am I the only one desperately hoping Kurt gets to know the yummy private school boy better?
- I tried to stop it, but I can't help it: I'm starting to like Julia Stiles as Lumen. I fought it, mostly because it got really annoying every time she did something really dumb (for real) ... but now that she's not being such an idiot, I'm warming up to her. It could be nice for Dexter to have someone he can actually talk to, now that he's off'ed everyone who knows about his "dark passenger" (Miguel, Lila, Brian).
- I miss "Jersey Shore" and "Teen Mom." :(
- Despite the constant hassling from Danny and Carolyn, I am loving "Gossip Girl" this season. Danny tried to say he hated Blair until I bit his head off, then explained why he was wrong: Blair and Chuck might do mean things, but deep down, when push comes to shove, they are good people. They might lash out or flex their UES muscle, but they'll always help a friend in need. But then you have Vanessa and Jenny, who continuously stab people in the back and try to take down their "friends," then sob, "Why me!?" when their plans backfire and everyone hates them. Also -- B&C have had two of the best last-scene moments: the hot "I hate you" speech and then the adorable "We're friends but then we're going to passionately kiss" moment they had Monday. Le Sigh. I love them.
- I nearly jumped out of my skin when Guillermo and Esteban trapped Nancy in the hotel. Should make for a reaaallly interesting season finale of "Weeds." Although, frankly, I can't believe this season's already over!
- I happened to catch a re-run of "Grey's Anatomy" -- the one where Meredith is dead and talking to Denny and her mom, etc. I can't believe how far Meredith has come since then and how much everything has changed. This season is OK, but Christina is just being odd.
- I heart "Gilmore Girls" reruns :)
I've been making mental notes lately about things I really, really want. Here's what I've got so far:
1. Camera: I've been trying to get into more photojournalism stuff, but with my point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot SD1000, getting print-worthy photos is really, really hard. Of course, I wouldn't dream of getting anywhere near to the kind of cameras our News Record photographers have (one just got a $6,000 lens. That costs more than my car. Ugh.), but I think it's definitely time for an upgrade.
2. Trench coat: This season, it seems the classic tan trench coat is back with a bang, and oooh boy, do I drool over them. I want a nice quality, classic cut trench, mostly because I feel it's something that will stay in style for decades to come.
3. New clock radio: My current clock radio is red, so it's going to be hard to replace. The problem is that while it supported my old iPod nano, it won't charge the new one or use it as an alarm. I've been using my cell phone alarm for more than a year ... it's time to get a clock I can actually use. As long as it's red. LOL.
For my psychology of gender class, we had to examine a gender issue in today's society. My group decided to look at gender bias in the medical field. My teammates (including pal Nick) agreed that if I would put the visual/audio presentation together, they would do the research paper (ugh research). While the presentation could have been as simple as a Powerpoint with audio, I decided to have some fun and do a mini-documentary. I interviewed two members of the UC medical campus to see what their experience was like as non-traditional genders in their field.
I really like the way this video turned out, although I do have some problems with the soundtrack. I think it's ending up to be one of my favorite multimedia projects. Enjoy! (and if you'd like to see more of my multimedia work, check out my GORGEOUS new revamped website.)
I'm trying to eat healthy. Really, I am. But when I get that craving for Gold Star chili cheese fries, there's absolutely nothing that can satiate my appetite until I have them. And I blame it all on college living editor Jayna Barker, who gave me one a few month ago. Curse you, Miss Barker and your gooey, cinnamony, fried goodness!
Yesterday was my one-year anniversary with one Danny O'Brien. I can't believe the year has flown by so fast, or how much my world has changed since that Saturday night. I don't want to get super mushy and cliche, but I can honestly say that this has been one of the best years of my life, and a big part of that is thanks to him. I can't wait to see what the next year has in store.
Let's look at the definition of a blog, shall we?
noun \ˈblog, ˈbläg\
Definition of BLOG: a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer; also : the contents of such a site." (definition from merriam-webster.com).
So if my online personal journal with reflections and comments has been taken as anything other than that, I hope this clears it up. I hope you all continue to enjoy my opinions and personal reflections and the point of view that is, as always, purely Ariel.
Yesterday was absolutely insane. Lauren Justice and I ran from the office to the Engineering Research Center, where a student's chemical substance exploded, which led to a building evacuation and HAZMAT SUITS! After that, we saw a crazy cloud of smoke and the fire fighters raced over to a vacant house fire off Ludlow Avenue. Lauren and I, car-less, ran all the way down Clifton to get the scoop. It was an awesome (and exhausting) day -- after running around all day, I have to admit I felt very much like a "real" journalist.
Check out my story here and a slideshow of the events here.
Until last week, I had not seen Him for about a year. He was thoroughly out of my life, and I could not be more pleased about that. I didn't want to see Him, I didn't think I would see Him. He could stay on His campus, I would stay on mine.
How was I supposed to know that non-UC students could be in frats? Or compete in Mr. University pageants?? There should be some sort of rule against that. You can't be Mr. University at a university you don't even attend. Duh.
I guess if I was a better Facebook stalker, I would have noticed the hundred mentions of Mr. University stuff on His Facebook page, but honestly, I still probably wouldn't have connected the dots.
Anyway, in case you were wondering, He was someone I met freshman year and liked very much. We were in "Beauty and the Beast" together; he played Gaston. Then, you know, as the story always goes, Gaston left me for the feather duster, who, in turn, ditched him for the bookseller. I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "What a SUPER BIG JERK WAD," right? Don't worry, I totally agree.
I didn't see Gaston until I came back to school for my sophomore year. We hung out once, but I still hadn't forgiven him for being a SUPER BIG JERK WAD. So that was the end of that.
Now, a year later, he appears at the Kenwood mall, dressed as a scarecrow. No joke. He was doing some promotional thing for one of the stores for Halloween. I saw him for about a nano second and bolted. That knotty feeling in my stomach was all too familiar.
But I survived. And got over it. But seeing him again today was equally weird. It's not like I have feelings for him or anything -- I'm way past that. I guess it's the element of surprise. I don't expect to see him, so when I do, I'm blown away. Blown back to a year-and-a-half ago, when I was a lonely little Bearkitten looking for love.
Hopefully I won't be seeing Gaston any time soon. Even if he does belong to a frat on my campus, I tend to stay as far away from the Greeks as possible. So life will go on. I'll forget about that awkward moment and the knot in my stomach will dissipate.
It's times like these I wish I had a therapist.
Last year for Halloween, Carolyn was a shadow. This meant she wore all black and stole those streamer things from my Cleopatra costume.
This year, Carolyn was a housewife. She wore an apron and carried around a sandwich. My idea. It's funny because, in real life, that's the last thing on Earth Carolyn wants to be. Isn't she just precious?
The best part of the Ace Gang being in Cincy for Halloween wasn't the partying or the dressing up or the late night snackage. It was going to the mall. Eating Graeter's ice cream ... just hanging out. I really, honestly miss just hanging out with the gang. So I guess it just goes to show you don't need a big, crazy weekend to have fun with your friends. Sometimes you just need to chill.