Friday, February 24, 2012

Tristan and Isolt

This is a romance written in medieval times that I read for my history class. One of the things I love about college classes I end up reading things I would never choose on my own. Sometimes it flops, but sometimes I tuck the title into the back of my mind to read again. Like How To Kill an Mockingbird  and The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin. I have read both of these more than once and really like them.
"Tristan and Isolt" on the other hand I found an... interesting read. Part of the problem is what was considered normal back when it was written is very different from today. Like men running around and killing giants. And adding rainbow fairy dogs into a plot.
My favorite part is when someone (I won't give it away and say who) wants to kill the main character. While he is in the bathtub. I was cracking up. It wasn't meant to be that funny I think, but in the movie inside my head it was. Unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to add that into the paper I'm writing for the class. The same paper I'm avoiding my writing this post. My excuse is that its Friday. And I have other homework I'll go do right after this post... just not the paper.
Interesting fact: I keep wanting to spell Isolt as Islot. Seems more like a real name to me I guess.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Church and movie reviews

For her class one of my roommates had to go visit a different church, and she's always wanted to visit a Baptist Church. All of us in our apartment decided to go with her, just to see what other churches are like. I was curious too, I've been learning about Islam in my civilization class and realized how similar some things are to Christian religions. I hadn't realized.  But we went to a local Baptist church, and it was a very different experience from going to and Latter-Day Saint service. Good in its own way, but very different. We managed to make the last 1.5 hours of our meetings and that was very nice. I  missed not going to Sacrament Meeting, but I am very glad we were able to go to half of church.
Last night I had a very fun time with some friends. We were going to see Sherlock Holmes 2 (I can't remember what it's real name is) at the dollar theater but it was sold out. Figures. It was a Friday night in a big college town. Instead we came back to the guys' apartment and watched the first episode of the BBC TV series Sherlock. (Quick review: Written by Steven Moffat= fantastic show.) My roommate and I have been watching the series for a while now but it was nice to see the first episode again. And I have to say, the guys I was  hanging out with did  wonderful British accent impersonations.
Oh! I have something to apologize for. I haven't been reviewing movies/books lately. This is partially because I haven't been watching/reading as much since I'm so busy. I think I should start doing TV shows since I do watch those every once in a while. But the exciting news is I do have a review for you! It's on a movie called The Stone of Destiny. You can find it on Netflix instant watch. It's about these Scottish people who don't like being part of the UK. Apparently there's this big stone called the Stone of Destiny that the old kings would sit on while crowned and it was this huge ritual thing, very important. So this group of people decide to steal the stone out of a museum. And that's all I'll say plot-wise. It was a fun movie and based on a true story. It's kind of amazing how much the characters get away with. I thought it was well directed, and I could feel the Scottish patriotism even though I'm not Scottish at all. Overall I do think it's worth your time if you have a couple hours and want a movie that is light-hearted but still noble.
And, surprise, surprise! I have a second movie to review. His Girl Friday with Carry Grant (who happens to be one of my favorite actors). I had to watch it for a class a couple of weeks ago. It's a comedy and in black and white. I'm sorry if you can't handle a b&w, they have a certain class to them that modern movies don't. All the actors did a good job with their parts, the movie was directed so that everyone had to talk fast, something I think would be hard to do as an actor. I really enjoyed the movie.  It helps that I love Carry Grant. His character wasn't my favorite person, but he did a good job with the part and making it funny. Now that I think about it, I actually don't like any of the people in the movie. They're all incredibly selfish. But that's what makes it funny. I know I give positive reviews about pretty much everything, but I do it because I do actually like the things I put on here. I guess I'm just lucky to like a lot of stuff? 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Weekly humiliation

Humiliating myself has always been a fact of my life. I did it about once a day in high school. Thankfully the number of times I do something dumb has gone down significantly since coming to college. I think its because I'm no longer surrounded my a certain group of friends that somehow always manage to get me to say dumb things. That or scare me to death just by poking me in the side.
Last night I humiliated myself once again. I was going to have a fantastic expensive (for me) dinner to celebrate that the week was almost over. I've had one of those insane college weeks where you're up until midnight doing homework and still just barely manage to stay on top of everything. So I was going to reward myself for staying alive and have three whole courses for dinner. A salad, lemon chicken, and rice. The salad turned out great, I ate it while working on getting the rest of my dinner ready. Well... about 20 minutes into my rice cooking my roommate asks me if I smell something burning. 
There was one problem with this question. I don't smell. I always tell people that my sense of smell non-existent. I can only smell food well enough to be able to taste it (I learned in 9th grade biology that part of how we taste food is by smelling it. I'm assuming this is correct.). We both rushed over to the stove and when I lifted the lid off my pan there was a black clump of rice sticking to the bottom of my pan. It started smoking when we took the lid off. 
This is my third time burning rice. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, I honestly don't. I've made rice before at home, but for some reason it just doesn't turn out here. We quickly opened the windows to try to keep the smoke alarm from going off. After a couple minutes when it was still smoking I put water in the pan to let the rice soak and carried it outside to sit in front of our apartment for a few hours. 
When we came home today it still smelt funky in our apartment. This is what it looked like when we first set it outside:
I think I'm cursed.