Friday, October 21, 2011

Feature and Follow Friday with "Alison Can Read" #2

Linking up again with Friday Follow at Alison Can Read!

This week's question is...

Q.What superhero is your alter-ego?

Honestly, I have never thought of this.... However, I am a clean and organization FREAK, so I would say that my superhero alter would be someone who is somewhat OCD where cleaning and organizing is concerned and could maybe use that superhero power as a way of cleaning and organizing the world! :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Just Closed... [Beauty Queens]

Beauty QueensBeauty Queens by Libba Bray

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this book more. I had heard such great reviews and even comparisons to one of my most favorite books "The Lord of the Flies." Sadly, this book, for me, fell flat. Thankfully it was a quick read, or I may not have finished it. I had kept thinking it would get better, but it didn't. I was also amazed at how much the book mentioned sex. For being a teenager book, that seemed a little excessive. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not a prude, but I still can't remember sex ever just being used so gratuitously in the books that I read as a teen. However, I am reminded that this might have been the author's "way" of extending this book's "popularity" beyond the suggested "teen" crowd.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Back on the fitness train [Week 2]

Monday (Oct 17) - Run 1.50 miles - DONE! 1.55 miles in 18 minutes!

Tuesday (Oct 18) - 30 minutes stairmaster, 30 minutes biking, and 30 minutes elliptical - DONE! 1.27 miles stairmaster, 2.27 miles elliptical, and 6.00 miles biking

Wednesday (Oct 19) - 30 minutes stairmaster, 30 minutes biking, and 30 minutes elliptical - DONE! 1.47 miles stairmaster, 2.29 miles elliptical, and 6.25 miles biking

Thursday (Oct 20) - Rest Day!

Friday (Oct 21) - Run 1.75 miles

Saturday (Oct 22) - Lap swim 1.25 mile

Sunday (Oct 23) - Run 1.75 miles

Almost 4 weeks after the Bar results were posted...

**Here is a copy of a conversation I recently had with a friend of mine who also didn't pass the July Bar**

Friend: It's hard not to feel like everyone is judging us. I feel like everyone just decided I won't be anything but a second rate lawyer now...

Me: It's dumb because how I do on MBE is no reflection on how I will practice law. I don't think I will be second rate once I pass. The only reason I didn't pass was the MBE. Everything else had high scores.

Me: Failure of multiple choice questions does not make me second rate. And people who may have just lucked into the right answers aren't automatically better than me.

Me: I know plenty of people who passed whom will not make good attorneys.

Me: When I pass, which I will, because I won't give up, I will work my ass off to show that this is what I am meant to do

Friend: Yeah... me too. I got high scores on everything but MBEs too... and failed by 1 percent... but I feel like such a loser

Friend: I'm kind of feeling self-loathing right now... like everyone in my life (besides ****) was right... I'm nothing and it finally caught up to me

Friend: You have a winner's perspective! That will make you the great lawyer!

Me: I've just spent too much time feeling bad and worthless. But this test does not determine the kind of lawyer I will be. Maybe if it was actually relevant to what we will do in practice... But its not... At all.

Me: It's an outdated and pedantic way of testing us. It's what they have always done and the people in charge want to make everyone else go through what they did way back in the day, even if it's not the best way. It's like law school and the curve

Friend: You are right. It really doesn't... I know that too

Friend: I feel I will do a good job too... much better than some of the people who (shockingly) did pass! Tee-hee!

Me: It's just annoying that a stupid multiple choice portion is keeping me from accomplishing my goals. I think that's what I'm most upset about

Me: I don't like to say I failed, because I don't think I'm a failure. I didn't pass. And that's what I said

Me: I know that I know the law. I know that I know it well and know how to apply it. The fact that I can't figure out trick questions hinging on one or two words does NOT make me a failure

Friend: I concur counselor! :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Movie Night [The Thing]

It appears I am going through a "horror" period for movies lately... It's Tuesday and you know what that means? $5.00 movie night! What a veritable bargain!

Joe REALLY wanted to see The Thing, and since I picked Dream House last week, that is what we went to see.


We were under the impression that this would be a re-make of the 1982 "The Thing" with Kurt Russell. Little did we know that this was actually a prequel to it.

Not being a huge fan of lots of gore and blood, that part was not too fun or exciting for me, but I loved the concept and liked the movie overall. If you are looking for a suspense type of horror, this might not be the right pick for you... However, if you are looking for a gory alien-esque flick, this is for you!

Just Closed... [Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone]

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I cannot believe I had NEVER read this book (or this series) and that it's been out for nearly 13 years! This book was such a great read and I loved the story. It kept me up late for the past few nights and I cannot wait to read the other books in this series. I look forward to seeing how things turn out at Hogwarts :)

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Scary Movie Monday [The Shining & Poltergeist]

I am here to admit that I had NEVER seen either The Shining or Poltergeist. EVER. I use the past tense because today I watched both movies.



AMC is having it's Fear Fest right now and I decided to take advantage of it, because I ADORE scary movies!

I really liked both movies... would have to say that I thought The Shining was a bit more scary, but that considering them on the scale of scary horror movies that are put out in today's world, neither of these were really that frightening. However, the concepts were very "cutting edge" for their time... Poltergeist came out in 1982, 29 years ago! It's even older than me! As for The Shining it came out in 1980, so 31 years ago.

If you have not seen one or the other, or even both of these movies, I would highly recommend them. Even if you aren't in to scary movies. They aren't really too scary and they are actually quite "classic" Hollywood. Yes, they are quite campy, but that's all a part of it's charm and appeal!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Movie Night [What's Your Number?]

Soooo last night I went out to go see a movie with one of my best friends. We really wanted to go see "I Don't Know How She Does It," but it was no longer playing at any of the theaters. So we decided to go see "What's Your Number?"


The reviews had speculated that this movie was "as good as Bridesmaids"

Now let me tell you, while it was really funny and I laughed a lot, it was not as good as Bridesmaids. It was however a fun and entertaining chick flick and I am very glad that I went and saw it, especially with one of my girlfriends.

I don't want to divulge much here because I don't want to spoil it for other people who might go to see it, but I will leave you all with the recommendation to go see it! If you enjoy chick flicks and enjoy the comedy of Anna Faris, you will like it. While it was mostly silly, it did have some serious moments and the main one of them all about not trying to be someone that you aren't but instead just being yourself, and love will find you.