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Saturday, December 31st, 2011
11:24 am - Best of 2011
The Top 11Collapse )

current mood: calm

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Sunday, June 12th, 2011
11:44 am - Marchin' On

Long time no see, LiveJournal. I used to update this thing every other week. Now it's every three or four months. Sad, but true. I think I used to write in here so often, because once upon a time there was a community of people invested in the things I would write here. I'd click out my entry the night before and then eagerly check my email in the morning to see a few black bolded notifications from LiveJournal. Someone read what I wrote and responded. Could there be anything more satisfying as a budding writer? Now, my LiveJournal community is a ghost town. The only comments I get are spam in Spanish no less. I can't even get spam written in my native tongue! That's when you know your blog is dead. The spam comes out like carrion birds to pick and peck at the long dead flesh of a poor soul. And I look back on the days when this e-town my friends created here thrived - When we OMG-ed about whatever we saw on TV that week, or complained about a certain sketchy teacher and their off-color comments during  human growth and development, or the other sketchy teacher with the elementary school sweaters and pretentious taste in theater, when we recounted our boring days by infusing them with inside jokes and whatever we ate that day or were having for dinner that night, when we actively scavenged for userpics the way some people scavenge for quirky, rusted collectibles at pawn shops, and when not responding to a friend's latest LiveJournal entry constituted as an offense. And   nostalgia settles in, pangs my insides, gets my eyes all misty, but it only lasts for a little while, because it does not do well to dwell on the past and forget to live. It's all about the future, people! Moving forward. One foot in front of the other, and all that jazz. I romanticize the past too much. I think partly, because I'm afraid I'll never capture that feeling again. That feeling of happiness, completeness, delight. That feeling when you're on the edge of something massive, and scary and wonderful all at the same time. I want to photograph and scrapbook them emotionally, so that when I'm feeling depressed, or bored I can pull them out and by remembering, inspire them into existence. For the first time in my life though, I'm not relying so much on those remnants to get a second-hand high of that feeling I want. I'm in the present, and I'm trying to enjoy everything that that means, whatever it is.

I'm still sad about poor Rory and Amy Pond and the fate of their child. I sense a tragedy in the making, brewing, and almost coming to a boil. I don't know why this Doctor Who twist is affecting me so. THEY ARE NOT REAL PEOPLE. But they exist in my mind, and as I result they feel real, and therefore become real. Not REAL real, but a presence in my life. The terrible thing about fiction is that it creates worlds, and people that you come to know intimately in a way that rarely happens in reality. That taste of intimacy, of being involved in something bigger than you is tantalizing. And distracting. I'm trying really hard to disengage myself emotionally from all these fictitious realities I love. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II comes out next month and I don't want it to devastate me. I want to enjoy it and celebrate everything Harry Potter has given me. I will cry. I will leave the theater with a wad of tissues in my hand, but the mourning ends there. 'Cause there's bigger and better and more important things out there. And they're not fiction.

current mood: hopeful

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Thursday, December 16th, 2010
9:37 pm - Best of 2010

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Honorable mentions: Never Let Me Go, Florence and the Machine's Lungs, The Social Network, Taylor Swift's Speak Now, PSYCH, Modern Family, Sherlock, The King's Speech

current mood: sick

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Friday, November 19th, 2010
1:26 pm - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Review
This Harry Potter midnight movie was a different experience. My Potter pals are miles away from me. My grandpa Clayton was kind enough to take me to a small, local theater in Bountiful, Utah. It was a low-key event compared to my other Harry Potter midnight experiences, but it was still a wonderful evening. I had an elaborate outfit. I designed a very detailed t-shirt that took me two and a half hours to complete with fabric markers. I painted my nails red and yellow on alternating fingers to represent my house, Gryffindor. I had these huge Harry Potter glasses that covered most of my fave with an accompanying red Sharpie-d scar on my forever. My aunt Laurie was kind enough to inscripe HP 7 across my cheeks using my Clinique eyeliner. I had a wand that I bought from a British specialty store in downtown Salt Lake. My converse bore a newly Sharpie-d in "Ron and Hermione." I wore large, red heart-shaped earrings and equally red lipstick. To complete the look I wore my Snape "good" pin from a Pottercast event I went to before Deathly Hallows was released on July, 21, 2007. My grandpa treated me to dinner at this very cozy British cafe. I could have lived there. We had steak and onion pie, and then I had a cup of loose-leaf tea and my grandpa, a cup of Cadbury hot chocolate. For desert we ate bread pudding. It tasted like a trip to England. Like I said, at the specialty shop next door I picked up my own wooden wand (It looks like Hermione's) and a box of Allsorts. The British lady at the counter recognized my outfit and gave me a free mini Deathly Hallows poster, my favorite actually, of all the other posters. We complained about American worstershire sauce together. We went to the theater at 9:04 and were close to the theater entance. I wasn't surprised. Most of the die hards went to the Gateway Megaplex. Still, there was that energy, the bond, the excitement that I love about the line culture of the Harry Potter movies. My grandpa went to go pick up a blanket and earphones for watching Half-Blood Prince on my laptop so I was alone for a long time. There were these obnoxious girls next to me. Cheerleaders, with their mom. They said, "I love Harry Potter and Twilight.  They're different. One's magical and the other's a love story," and I felt like turning my head and saying, "Yeah, an abusive anti-woman love story," but I kept my peace. I hate being around Harry Potter fans that don't get it. What Harry Potter's really about. When my grandpa came back we watched Half-Blood Prince until they told us we could enter the theater. I got my perfect seats - middle of the third row. I ran into some Moscow friends - The Page girls and Amy - and that was really fun. For the rest of the wait in the movie I watched Half-Blood Prince and played Would you Rather? Harry Potter edition with my grandpa. And then it began. Are you ready? Spoilers undercut.

The End BeginsCollapse )

current mood: anxious

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Friday, September 10th, 2010
1:30 pm - Mockingjay Thoughts: A Series

Here's a series of thoughts that I had on Mockingjay while reading it and then my final review. Most of them were written in an email to my younger sister, Abby, who introduced me to the series and finished the book before me. Contains major spoilers.

My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead.Collapse )

I am madly, truly, deeply in love with this song. When I got to the part in the book where this song is introduced I fell in love with the book. I knew it was going to be amazing from then on, beyond my wildest dreams, really.

current mood: indescribable

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Monday, June 7th, 2010
11:08 pm - OH MY HEART.

I am spazzing out. I don't know whether to grab the tissues and cry because it's ending or to flip a lid because it looks like everything I want it to be. Took my breath away. All 58 seconds of it. Jammy pants has risen.

current mood: hyper

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Thursday, April 29th, 2010
9:56 pm - In Love


Haters to the left, please. So far he's been a fan-freaking-tastic Doctor. Not Tennant, but I don't want him to be! The floppy hair...the bow tie...I'm falling hard. I obsessively anticipate the new ep every week.

current mood: good

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Monday, February 15th, 2010
1:59 pm - In Which Rachel Waxes Romantic


Damn, I'm a sap.

current mood: stressed

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Saturday, January 2nd, 2010
11:58 pm - Here at the End of David Tennant (I am Weeping)
I am grateful RTD has left Doctor Who because he has broken my heart so many damn times that I don't know if I could handle another one of his episodes. Look at this amazing preview though. I have hopes for Who land this spring. David will always have a special place in my heart, but I think I'll make room for Matt Smith too eventually.

"I don't want to go!"Collapse )

current mood: sad

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Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
10:11 am - Rachel 's Best of 2009!

THE BEST OF 2009!Collapse )

current mood: silly

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
11:03 am - The Long-Awaited Review

Finally, I got to go see The Time Traveler's Wife, my favorite book of all time on screen. First of all, for those of you who have never read the book READ THE BOOK BEFORE YOU SEE THE MOVIE. You will not regret it. And then after you read the book and go see the movie, read this review.

Do you think I wanted this life? This husband who disappears? Who would want that?Collapse )

current mood: happy

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
8:53 pm - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince...My Thoughts
So, before I go to bed after running off of 100% pure Potter enthusiasm and 3 hours of sleep today I'm going to highlight some of my favorite bits of the most recent Harry Potter film installment in a nice, little LJ entry.

Once again Harry, I must ask too much of youCollapse )

current mood: drained

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Monday, July 13th, 2009
7:34 pm - Ain't No Party Like a Potter Party

Tomorrow after our Girl Scout camp duties Ally and I will drive to Bridgeport for a Potter party with Chelsea and Bridget! Half-Blood Prince midnight premiere, baby! There will be eyeliner writing on cheeks, red scars for foreheads and pen arm graffiti to pimp out this momentous occasion. It is not physically possible to be more excited than I already am. There is nothing more awesome than hearing the Harry Potter theme song for the first viewing of a Harry Potter movie. It's magical. Welcome back Jammy Pants, enjoy your visit. Sit back, relax and enjoy the movie. 

current mood: ecstatic

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Sunday, June 21st, 2009
10:11 pm - "I don't want to live my life without you."

I finished Felicity. Pure perfection. Thank you JJ and Matt for four wonderful seasons of television gold. Funny, touching, delightful and sweet Felicity is a show to keep, to cherish and love. It will definitely not just sit on my DVD rack to collect dust but will be frequently brought out, watched and enjoyed again and again and again.

Sometimes it's the smallest things that can pretty much change your life forever. Thank you Felicity. I heart you most deeply.

current mood: touched

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Monday, June 1st, 2009
7:59 am - Before the Curtain Closes
Today is June 1st. I have 10 days (not including today) until my finals are over and 21 days until I arrive at the Salt Lake City airport in Utah. I cannot believe that Russia Part II is almost over. This year has been like the The Two Towers in that it has served no other purpose than to be a middle piece - a conduit from the beginning to the end. Sure, there was some awesome bits (Hello! Helm's Deep!) but in the grand scheme of things it will be a blur and the only thing distinguishable will be the moment I arrived in the smokey and hot Sheremetavo airport in Russia Part I and the moment when I leave with an AAS diploma in my hand in Russia Part III. Unfortunately there will be no epic battle sequence involving dirty men, swords and rainfall at the end but I'm ok with that. I have America instead! You know it's bad when the only thing I can think about apart from my History and Biology exams are New York H's with cheese fries and breathing in the clean plastic smell that America embodies. This summer is going to super fun from the Half-Blood Prince midnight premiere with Chelsea, Girl Scout camp, California with the G-rents to Utah visits from friends it's going be nonstop fun from beginning to end.

Tonight I'm going to go listen to Presdient Uchtdorf and Elder Anderson from the the church presidency and quroum of the twelve. I'm really exicted, I love listening to general authorities! Whenever they come and visit they always have really profound and helpful talks that help steer my life in the right direction. I'll be a nice boost of spiritual energy to get me through the next two weeks.

SAT on Saturday. Woo! Standarize testing is my activity of choice! Let's hope that between studying for finals and the SAT on Saturday that I'll still have sufficient brain power to successfully complete my exams!

current mood: anxious

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
1:53 pm - This Is Why David Tennant is 100% Pure Awesome and Not From Concentrate

Thank you for making my day, DT. Between the OTP of  DT + kittens as posted by damalur  and this I'm going to be smiling all day.

current mood: sleepy

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Monday, April 27th, 2009
10:37 am - Chuck vs. Cancellation

Save our favorite Buy More employee from leaving television forever! Keep the Nerd Herd alive! Tonight, please buy a footlong at Subway and watch the Chuck series season finale on NBC at 8 PM! Please, my friends, save this awesome but underated television show! Five dollars is not much to save a television show with awesome potential for a third season (+ more)!

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current mood: worried

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
12:10 pm - Signs of the Times

For the past three days I've been listening to the High School Musical 3 soundtrack on repeat to the point that every song has at least been played 20 times or more. Oh boy. The apocalypse is approaching guys. And you know what? I don't care. So what if I know all the words to "Can I Have This Dance?" I give up my claim on sophistication now. Give me the frills, fluff and cheese! "I Want It All!"

current mood: indifferent

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Saturday, March 7th, 2009
12:40 am - The Temp

I stumbled across this during my midnight internet surf-age. This seriously made me watery eyed. I felt my heart strings tugging especially at the middle where it goes back to how the Doctor and Donna met. It's quite well done! I'm impressed, hence the sharing. Donna's ending still gets me choked up inside -  she's my homegirl! Why doesn't everyone watch Doctor Who?

current mood: nostalgic

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
5:24 pm - "This is not my beautiful house."
Thanks to Chuck I have a new song to increase the happy points: "Once In A Lifetime" by the Talking Heads.

Listen and buy. Think of it as a purchase for your mental health.

current mood: silly

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