movie day!

Feb. 16th, 2014 11:04 pm
ringsandcoffee: (P&P 95 lovehatemarryokay!)
It's been forever, but we finally had another movie day. Austenland, 5-hour Pride and Prejudice, and the second half of North and South. Snacked all day on cheese fondue, plus chips, popcorn, and banana bread. Twas nice to finally have a real TV at my house. Well, a bigger one. However, it's a flat screen HD, and my dvds are not HD, so the quality was a bit weird. Austenland looked ok, but it's brand new, so maybe that's why.

I really need to go to bed. It may be a 3 day weekend, but tomorrow I have to go in to work to get ready for the week. Also, I will grade at least 5 poetry books. Maybe the reading tests too. I can do this!
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Lizzie reading)
Comment on this post and I will choose six interests from your profile. You will then explain what they mean/why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

Hmm, trying to remember if there was more reason to listing this than the fact that I live here. No, I think the fact that I moved here is why I added it to my interests way back when. I lived in California all my life before coming here 8 years ago for a job. A friend I'd known since 8th grade was already a teacher here, and helped me get a job at her school. Just checked my archive, and yesterday marked 8 years since I arrived.

Jane Austen
Jane, oh Jane. How do I love thee, Ms. Austen? Let me count the ways: Pride and Prejudice, Darcy, all your books, your leading men, your scoundrels, your smart female characters, the way you parts of Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park make me wish I could reach into the pages and shake Fanny Dashwood, Mrs. Ferrars, and Aunt Norris...that's just a start to the list. Watching P&P (2005) at [ profile] holbytla's insistence was my gateway into period literature and movies.

Lord of the Rings
This is another fandom I was quite late in entering. Somehow I made it until 2003 before discovering the books existed. ROTK was in theaters when one of my coworkers and my friend [ profile] ewanspotter said I needed to watch the movies. I had no idea what they were talking about. Later on, I vaguely remembered seeing a poster for TTT. Coworker loaned me FOTR, extended edition I think; I watched it and wondered what the heck I had just seen. A day or 2 later I found myself at Blockbuster (and I rarely rent movies) getting TTT. I watched that on a dark and dreary day, and got more into it. By the end of the same week, I was at the theater immediately after work to see ROTK. By then, I was hooked. I saw ROTK 4 times total in theaters and read the books in 6 weeks. My coworker friend was more than happy to feed my addiction, watching the movies over and over, sharing her books and introducing me to the wonderful world of dvd bonus features. Haunting [ profile] ewanspotter on here led me me to start my own LJ so I could fangirl to my heart's desire.

Phantom of the Opera
In 8th grade, we sang a medley of Phantom songs for chorus. I loved them. My chorus teacher read us what I think was an abridged version of Leroux's story. We also watched a made for TV miniseries that I would love to find again. I think it's this one. A year or so later, I got to see the show on stage in San Francisco. Our seats were terrible but I didn't care. What I remember most about that show was how sad the Phantom sounded, and how you could hear his wail travel around the theater as he mourned for Christine. I read the book that year as well, and loved the descriptions of the opera house and the world below it that the Phantom had build for himself. I didn't have much more to do with Phantom until the 2004 movie came out, which I saw twice. I'm not a huge theater-goer, and so for me to see a movie twice (and in 3 days even) at the theater is a big deal.

The movie soundtrack used to live in my car, and is quite good for singing along to, loudly. :D

Road Trips
I've never minded car rides. Well, unless I'm stuck in the backseat and get carsick. Even then, I love going places. Before I could drive, I liked going on random rides with my dad, taking back roads and seeing the sights. I love driving. I love going places, new or old. I love truck stops and convenience stores. I'll drive alone or with someone. Each December, I make the ~13-hour drive to my hometown for Christmas. In 2001, I did an epic, cross-country trip with my dad. Every once in a while, I get an itch and just have to go somewhere for the day. My camera is usually close by so I can document the journey.

I am a teacher, so I probably should be interested in teaching. :) You get used to/better at it, but really, no 2 days are alike. Each day is a challenge. Classes can eat you alive, and that's happened to me. I start again in a few weeks, EEK. I could write a novel on this topic, but will spare y'all.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy going to Lizzie)
Tomorrow is 6 years since I first watched Pride and Prejudice (2005). I felt like watching it tonight, but decided to check my archives first. Yup, the anniversary is tomorrow. :D

P&P - the movie that started my obsession with British lit.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P going in LJ)
I'm listening to a live session with Lana del Rey. I already thought her voice was hauntingly beautiful, and I'm glad the SNL set seemed to be a bad night. She sounds woderful now. Geoff Lloyd interviewed her, and she's much perkier than her songs led me to believe. Not annoyng perky, but she sounds like a genuinely nice person.

One of my longtime internet friends posted asked me on FB today if I've seen P&P 2005. She said "It is not only the most awful version of this great book, but also one of the worst movies ever made." I just laughed. She's not on LJ, and so hasn't seen my myriad of posts on books & movies, but I gush about Brit lit occasionally on FB. I replied with how that movie started me on the genre, and how since I'd not read ANY Austen (or anything else similar) that the inconsistencies didn't bother me. In fact, it made me love it more.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P watch darcy 3 or 20 times)
How can I be as old as I am, and STILL have to remind myself that comments others make 1) have nothing to do with me, and 2) are in no way judgments against me?

How is it that Mr. Darcy can still render me speechless, even after seeing P&P close to 40 times?
ringsandcoffee: (awesome)
After yesterday's impromptu double Pride and Prejudice event, I realized we could have similar days with the following stories:
Sense and Sensibility
At this moment, a triple Jane Eyre-a-thon, but potentially we could watch five different versions.

Yes, I can see your looks of either gasping disbelief or utter admiration. :D
ringsandcoffee: (JE You were in my path)
I couldn't convince Reena to go see Jane Eyre again since she would be coughing a lot. So, she came over instead to watch the 4 hour, 2006 version. We then watched some Whose Line is it Anyway on YouTube before she chose P&P 2005 for the final movie. Michelle came over with Keira for a little while, yay. Hooray for impromptu movie days. It makes the fact I have to write lesson plans tomorrow a little less painful.

Reena decided to remake P&P again. I told her she must wait a few more years as it's only been 6 years since the last one came out. So, we just started our casting choices. Her only Darcy suggestion was Hugh Jackman, who I deemed too old. So, she decided to just use Matthew Macfadyen again. She chose Hugh Dancy as Bingly, and that's as far as we got.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy going to Lizzie)
Later on I will write about my evaluation meeting. Or maybe tomorrow. Right now, it's time to curl up on the couch and finally watch P&P again.

Goldfish and a coffee ice cream shake don't really count as lunch/dinner. Must hunt down movie snacks.

I love Josh Groban, especially when he sings in other languages.
ringsandcoffee: (Default)
By extreme, I mean extremely busy or extremely lazy. Slept in, then worked most of the day. Body is still teasing me with cold symptoms that come and go. I don't want to finish report card comments. I don't want to work this week.

Should learn by now that anything with thin straps (bras, camisoles, etc) will end up getting caught and twisted in just about everything else washed in the same load. Holy crap, I never want to spend 5 minutes untwisting a tank top, a bra, a pair of pants, a sweater, and a shirt ever again.

With all my complaints, I feel guilty because many people have far worse problems at the moment. I just need to shut up.

Saw Voyage of the Dawn Treader last night, and loved it. Ben Barnes looked different at first, to the point of me not recognizing him. I'm actually glad I didn't finish the book before seeing the movie, so I didn't know everything that happened.

The itch to watch P&P is starting up again.
ringsandcoffee: (LOST jedi Daniel)
I still miss LOST. The videos with Jacob and MIB a few posts down still crack me up. When bored, I look up other videos on YouTube. Man, maybe I should start going to Comic Cons.

My brain still thinks about work, and wonders why the boss didn't give us the AIMS results. Eh, must think about other, more exciting things, such as CHICAGO!

Or...since I just sat here about 30 seconds with a blank stare, maybe I don't need to think at all. Eating would be good though.

I tried to watch P&P on my laptop laying in bed last night, but only got up to the Netherfield ball before deciding I was too tired. Will continue tonight.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy going to Lizzie)
Bi-monthly P&P viewing: check. (Mr. Darcy is still love)

Rewatch parts of Emma on YouTube: check. (easier than putting the dvd in)

Job irritation: check.

New career idea: still drawing a blank.

Worrying about friends: check.

Night spent relaxing instead of grading: check.

Restless mind: check.
ringsandcoffee: (Moulin Rouge 1)
And by work, I mean watching movies.

Yesrterday was Lochlan's and Karen's Inaugural Movie Day. Loch is Michelle's 2-month old son, who we are training to be a perfect gentleman a la Darcy or Mr. Thornton. Karen is a friend/coworker who was finally able to come watch with us. We started with Moulin Rouge, at Reena's request, which I've decided is a rather odd movie that would be quite depressing if not for the songs and goofiness. Karen left, and next was Pride and Prejudice, at Michelle's request. I'll never turn that movie down. Reena suggested North and South. I didn't know if she was serious, but sure enough, after taking Michelle and Loch home, we watched all 4 hours of it. Ended up finishing near 2 a.m. Even if it's one you've seen many times before, movies are just better with friends and commentary and mutual gasping when Mr. Thornton takes off his tie.  Oh, and discussing corsets and how unnaturally perky they made women's boobs. 

Today was a haircut and housework.  Tomorrow it's Anthem outlets with Susan.  I love vacation, and wish it were still 2 weeks. 
ringsandcoffee: (P&P head touch close)
Chalk another mark on my P&P viewing tally. I was in that sort of mood.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy going to Lizzie)
I see that I've posted on the 1st, 3rd and 5th this month. I wonder if I can remember to post on each of the odd-numbered days.

I wonder how [ profile] laurasia_mystik is doing after her 2 (yes, she had 2) weddings. Hopefully she's on her honeymoon now.

Procrastinating: avoiding school work on Saturday and Sunday meant I cleaned up the apt some, decluttered my desk, and took a few bags to Goodwill. It also meant that I had to finish laundry today and do some school work. I finally graded a writing assignment (Hello, why do I not use point breakdowns more often? They make the job SO MUCH EASIER!), worked on plans for the week, and figured out a math test. Once again, I can't just use the premade tests that come with the program. They need to be tweaked in order to accurately test what I taught. Hello, too many word problems!

Talking about school is incredibly boring. I wonder how many of you read my school-related entries.

Oh yeah, the point I meant to make with all this! Since I had to do school work today, I had to turn down the FOUR offers of other, more fun things to do. They came at me within about 15 minutes of each other - 2 online messages and 2 phone calls. Well, I was in the process of deciding I coudln't go to Alyssa's when the other 3 people contacted me. How lame. Still, I just needed to not do anything major this weekend. Weekdays are so long that I crash on Saturdays, and Sundays I need to do lesson plans. Have I mentioned lately I wish I had a different job?

I love when Pride and Prejudice songs come on iTunes shuffle. Now, back to ironing.
ringsandcoffee: (LOST Daniel lightbulb)

[ profile] ewanspotter, you might want to pay attention.

So, guess what I came across today and was given to watch?


No guesses?

Ok, fine.


...wait for it...


Didn't catch that?

Firefly, the entire series.

Some of you should be surprised, amazed, proud, etc.

Next step is to actually watch it. Which I will. Really, I will!

I just need a dose of Pride and Prejudice and Mr. Darcy first.


Mar. 17th, 2009 11:18 pm
ringsandcoffee: (P&P head touch close)
Saturday and today were movie days. Saturday was with Jayme, and we watched Sense and Sensibility '08 and Pride and Prejudice '05. Today was with Reena and Michelle, and we watched A Knight's Tale and 27 dresses. Reena left to party for St. Patrick's Day, so Michelle and I watched P&P again. I will never get tired of that movie.

Tomorrow, I have to clean my classroom and then go to the district office.
ringsandcoffee: (LOST Daniel lightbulb)
Not sure how I feel about Suliet, though I saw it coming. Surprised by the number of Suliet fans out there.

So much for my plan of doing a little work tonight.

How can I still be tired even after getting a latte on the way home? (The Human Bean is pretty good, I must say)

Did I have to be told things a million times when I was in 4th grade?

Is it strange that I was shocked when a student asked me how I knew the answers to a vocabulary activity without having to look them up?

I forgot what I was going to say.

Hi everyone!

Happy birthday a day early, [ profile] ewanspotter! *squishles* Keep on being the awesome other Becky, and keep on keepin' on.

I want more chocolate.

Having Hershey's Kisses in my classroom is bad.

I finished reading all my online stuff, and have refreshed flist and Facebook a few times. Maybe I should go read P&P. Or grade math tests. Hmmm.
ringsandcoffee: (N&S annoyed)
I managed to grade one set of reading tests, which my students did surprisingly well on. This could be because it was a fiction story and not the non-fiction we've had for a while. What scares me a little is that they read the story over 3 days with the sub. I left directions to read and ask a lot of comprehension questions, and it took forever for them to read it. They also did Venn diagrams comparing the 2 main characters. With me they partner read the story then we did a story map. What made the difference this time on their tests? I guess I'll never know.

I still have a ton of grading to do but my head/sinuses are not cooperating. So, I think I'll pop another movie in (watched parts of N&S earlier) and try to not think about the pressure in my forehead.

P&P or Jane Eyre, I can't decide.

I hate being sick.
ringsandcoffee: (head go asplodey)
I hate being sick. I hate being sick. I hate being sick!

Maybe Pride and Prejudice had it right after all - colds are major illnesses and those who catch them should remain in bed, pampered by their rich potential husbands. I could deal with that.
ringsandcoffee: (astounding)
I'm in a good mood for whatever reason, maybe because it's Friday night. I know there was something positive I wanted to write about, but I forgot what it was.

I had a dream last night that I almost got married. There was some guy I hadn't known very long, and some almost-tragedy was the reason we met. I don't know what the tragedy was, but for some reason we decided to get married after knowing each other like 2 weeks. Suddenly I was speed-planning a wedding, I think in another city a few hours away. I realized I didn't even have a dress, and worried that I wouldn't be able to get one altered in time for the wedding. Fast forward to the actual day before or day of the wedding, I realize that I barely know this guy and it's insane to marry him. So, I didn't. Either I woke up or the dream ended.
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