Bring It On!

I really wanted to update my blog today, but wasn’t sure what to write about other than how proud I am of myself for buying lots of healthy groceries yesterday and how excited I was over my first run of Spring! (It was terrible, in case you were wondering. Taking off for 6 months = barely making it two miles).

Well instead, I decided to take a page from Meghan’s book and do a Throwback Thursday post ūüôā

A couple weeks ago, The Vampire Diaries had an episode that featured a cheerleading competition (sometimes normal high school things happen on that show¬†in between¬†all the supernatural fighting). Since then I’ve been having massive cheerleader flashbacks. Yesterday I actually wore my 8th grade cheerleading t-shirt on my run. I can’t believe I still have it!

Screen shot 2013-03-28 at 10.41.25 AM¬†Look! Me circa 8th grade in my cheerleading picture. Unfortunately, all the high school cheerleading pics are at my mom’s house in Florida.

I was in 8th grade when the movie Bring It On came out. Yes, I saw it in theatres about three times with my cheerleading friends. Yes, I could quote every line. I even remember one embarrassing moment when my team decided it would be a good idea to do one of the cheers from the movie at a football game. It made no sense to anyone in the stands, except us.

Cheerleading has always had a reputation¬†for being a “girly” sport–that is, if someone is even able to admit that it is in fact a sport. I was a part of a generation of cheerleaders who helped bring cheerleading into a whole new category other than just a bunch of pretty, popular girls waving pom-poms and rooting for the home team. We were athletes. To paraphrase the movie: We had fun. We worked hard. And we won competitions. Most of what we did wasn’t even seen by the people we cheered in front of at every game because no one goes to Cheerleading competitions. But we still did it, because we loved it.

It was one of the reasons why I loved and still love Bring It On so much! It showed a side of cheerleading that most people didn’t even know existed at the time. In any other sport, you practice and practice and get a handful of games to prove that your team is the best. If you lose a game in football or basketball, you can always redeem yourself the next week. In cheerleading, you train and practice year round and get three minutes to prove yourself. You use it or you lose it. Competitive cheerleaders have to be so many things: gymnasts, dancers, acrobats…you have to smile and preform and make that round off back-hand-spring-back-tuck look effortless.

Wow, I got a little carried away with the Cheerleading feels just now! Back to the movie….

I’ve never seen the sequels that followed, but the original will always be one of my favorites. It brings me back to a time when I was a little girl who had sprained her ankle three days before competition but sucked it up and went out there anyways, and suffered the pain of it after happily when we scored a trophy! I was proud to push my body and make myself the best I could. I loved bragging about every bruise and injury. I loved the adrenaline rush of competition. Just watching that part of the movie makes me feel that excitement all over again.

Plus, Jesse Bradford was easy on the eyeballs too. Even though back then I, like Kirsten Dunst, had no idea who The Clash was. *loser sneeze*

And we have the same birthday. May 28th!

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Happy Thursday everyone…

The weekend is almost here!!

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Sunday Shares

It’s been a while right? Between being sick and keeping up with tumblr and writings, my internet attention has been focused away from this blog. I think what I need is more blogs to follow on this site. So if you few readers I have have any suggestions for great blogs or nice people, send em my way! ūüôā

So I decided to do a quick post of things I’ve been up to since I last blogged.

Read:
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
indigocoverI’m a Richelle Mead convert ever since her Vampire Academy series. Whenever I recommend it to other supernatural YA lovers I urge them to give it a chance in spite of its cheesy title and cover. I thought all of those things when I first saw it on the shelves at the bookstore.

I’ve been wanting to check out RM’s other book series for a while now–she writes two others that are more on the adult side of fiction and has a third coming out later this summer. But THEN she had to do this whole spinoff featuring one of my all time favorite book crushes, Ardrian Ivashkov (seriously, if he was real life, I’d marry him in a heartbeat).

This is the third book in the Bloodlines series and by far the most romantic. This book sees protagonist, Sydney Sage, questioning her world more and more and reexamining the things she has been taught by the alchemists all her life. The aspect of her taking a second look at the things she has been taught, speaks to me, because when I was a teenager I did something similar (obviously not to the degree that she does though). Anyways, in short, great book! I can’t wait for the next on in November.

Watched:
Elementary 

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Okay so if you are friends with me, you know I was in complete and utter denial of this show when it was first announced. I remember being in the¬†theaters¬†over the summer and seeing¬†commercials¬†for it and just getting so pissed. Reason being, I’m a huge fan of the BBC Sherlock and am always dubious of “American remakes” of British shows. Not to mention the change of ‘John’ to ‘Joan’. I don’t want to sound anti-feminist but it was more from a stand point that I was worried the show would jump to some romantic area like so many other crime duo shows on television now. But, I started seeing some stuff from it on Tumblr and thought it might look pretty good so I decided to check it out.

I humbly admit that I was completely wrong in all my preconceived notions about the show. I think it’s absolutely fantastic. Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu are great together and the writing is truly amazing. I really enjoy this interpretation of Sherlock Holmes, which stands out and alone from any other version of Sherlock out there right now. So if you are still one of those people who are reluctant to give it a watch, I say check it out. I am now in love with it. Like I needed another show to add to my watch list.

Can’t Wait ¬†To Watch:
Much Ado About Nothing

This week (was it this week?) I saw the trailer for Joss Whedon’s¬†Much Ado About Nothing. I’m a sucker for a few things here: modern adaptations of Shakespeare and super stylized black and white films. Who didn’t love Baz Lurhman’s Romeo + Juliet? This film looks cool and sexy and I’m looking forward to seeing it when it comes out!

Well that’s it for me today! Hope you all have a fantastic Sunday and don’t forget about those blog suggestions. It would be much appreciated!

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Seeking A Friend

*cough sniffle* The sickness is finally going away, but it last week it left me with not much motivation for posting. It did however, give me loads of time to lounge around and catch up on TV shows and movies. I ended up watching Seeking A Friend For the End of the World.

Who knew that immediately after I watched this movie, all this news would come out about¬†meteorites¬†and asteroids? Maybe I’m just a little bit¬†psychic. Actually, I was inspired in part by a blog post I read over on Meghan’s Blog¬†that was about a book called God Shaped Hole and a quote from it:

“If your intentions are pure
I am seeking a friend
for the end of the world.‚ÄĚ

Now the book and the movie apparently have nothing to do with one another, but reading her post and the quote reminded me that I had wanted to see the movie a while ago and never got the chance. Since I was a kid, I’ve always had this weird fascination with¬†apocalyptic¬†situations and theories (I cite being raised in a Souther Baptist church and hearing about the “end times” every other Sunday), so the first time I saw the trailer for this movie I knew it was something I’d want to see.

I’m also a big fan of dystopian and zombie genres, which fit into that apocalyptic category. For me, it’s fascinating to see the psychology of man and the different ways people react to threats upon their world. ¬†In Seeking a Friend, you see right away the myriad reactions that people have when the news breaks about the end of the world: fear, panic, indifference, hopelessness, denial and acceptance. Some people are out running wild and others carry on with their daily lives like nothing will change. Like any quirky road trip adventure, the main characters Dodge and Penny¬†encounter¬†a variety of people all having these different reactions to their impending doom.

Another reason I wanted to see the movie was to see how it all would end. I remained spoiler free (for once) until the final moments and I have to say the ending was absolutely breath taking. As I’ve said to just about all of my friends…it’s my second favorite movie ending next to Fight Club.

Beautiful, poignant, and a bit satirical Seeking a Friend For the End of the World is a must see! Steve Carrell and Kiere Knightly are terrific on screen together, and there is a score of cameos by awesome funny people (Patton Oswald, Connie Britton, and Rob Corddry to name a few). This one is going on my favorite films list!

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Happy Vday + My Favorite Tragic Romance

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! As I joked on my twitter, today I am not lovesick but sick, sick. I hope you all are having wonderful days. I’m not usually the biggest fan of valentine’s day. Not because I am ALWAYS single on the day of love, but because I feel bad about a holiday that tends to have a giant group of people feeling down and left out. But in my 24 years of V-Day singledom experience (I leave out the ONE year I actually had a boyfriend. Fourth Grade. He bought me a heart shape box of Whitman’s with Snoopy on the top) I have come to regard it as a day to appreciate the other types of love in my life. I spend it with friends, I call my mom, I spoil the shit outta myself and do whatever the hell I want.

killbill12A few years ago when I was living in Orlando, I was making plans with friends for Vday and we saw an advertisement for a double feature of Kill Bill Parts 1 & 2 on February 14th. My¬†initial¬†reaction was: ‘that’s awesome we should do that!’ thinking that it would be the perfect anti-vday movie to go watch. However since then, I’ve realized that under all the violence, revenge, blood, and badass kung-fu it’s really a story about a doomed love affair. I’d put it right up there with Romeo & Juliet and Casablanca.

**spoiler alert in case you haven’t seen the movie**

Of course, Kill Bill doesn’t start out as a love story. That part sneaks up on you. At the beginning, all we know is that The Bride is out for revenge against the group of people and the person responsible for killing her husband and unborn child at her wedding. Only as the story unfolds, do we realize that in fact The Bride aka Beatrix Kiddo, had an entire¬†relationship¬†with Bill and that he was the true father of her child. In Part 2 of the movie, we get to see more of the relationship between Beatrix and Bill in flashbacks and how much they meant to each other. Which only makes it more emotional when we come to the climactic conclusion at Bill’s hacienda. These were two people, with volatile tempers, who really loved each other. The memory of that love, which you can see on their faces in the final moments, is what makes the ending so heart-wrenching. But there is a silver lining in it all even if one of them does end up dead.

If you have no other plans this Vday, give Kill Bill a watch, and just be grateful that no scorned lovers are coming after you with kitanas and guns. ūüôā

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