14 March 2011

30 Day Song Challenge: Day One, Your Favourite Song

My sister is doing the 30 day song challenge on Facebook.  I might also post it on Facebook, but since I have youngens and people who are, um, easily offended in my friends list, I might also just do it here.  Plus, I feel like 30 days is excessive, so I'm just going to do the ones I want.

The challenge?
day 01 - your favorite song
day 02 - your least favorite song
day 03 - a song that makes you happy
day 04 - a song that makes you sad
day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone
day 06 - a song that reminds you of somewhere
day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event
day 08 - a song that you know all the words to
day 09 - a song that you can dance to
day 10 - a song that makes you fall asleep
day 11 - a song from your favorite band
day 12 - a song from a band you hate
day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure
day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love
day 15 - a song that describes you
day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate
day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio
day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio
day 19 - a song from your favorite album
day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry
day 21 - a song that you listen to when you’re happy
day 22 - a song that you listen to when you’re sad
day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding
day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral
day 25 - a song that makes you laugh
day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument
day 27 - a song that you wish you could play
day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty
day 29 - a song from your childhood
day 30 - your favorite song at this time last year

So, first problem... I have too many favourite songs.

First candidate: Sonne, by Rammstein.

Another is Fire it Up by Black Label Society. (Super lame video tho... what the heck BLS?)

And I'd be telling a lie if I didn't include Rosenrot (Rose-red), another Rammstein song. (Unfortunately, the video quality is crap... but I couldn't find another one with subtitles I agreed with that didn't offend my aesthetic principles.)

How could I have forgotten Rammstein's Mann Gegen Mann (Man Against Man)?

Oh yeah!  I love Otep too!

Blood Pigs

Eet the Children (no, I didn't spell that wrong)

Smash the Control Machine

Okay, okay, just one more?  Okay, two...  I forgot Oomph, all right?

Sex hat keine Macht (Sex has no Power) which I couldn't find a video with English subtitles, which is odd since it's one of their more widely known songs.  They're here if you care.

Die Schlinge (The Noose) also by Oomph.  You might recognize Apocalyptica in the video.

Okay, I'm just giving up.  See, too many!

09 March 2011

Happy birthday to Laura! Happy Unbirthday to me!

So, today is my bestie's birthday.  I think I got some kind of weird cosmic mix-up, because I am having an awesome day.  Hopefully Lar is having an awesome day too, otherwise it's unfair.

First thing, I completely forgot to do my homework for Script Analysis.  But, turns out I didn't have to... because we're reading... THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST!  Which is only my favourite play, after all.  I've played Gwendolen twice and am currently scheming to play Cecily, and I can practically recite the play backwards.
Don't believe me?
Jack goes: On the contrary, Aunt Augusta, I’ve now realised for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest.
But before that Lady B went: My nephew, you seem to be displaying signs of triviality.
And before that they all went: At last! At last! At last!
And before Jack was like: My own one!
Which was a response to Gwendolen going: I can. For I feel that you are sure to change.
Which was because Jack said: Gwendolen, it is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Can you forgive me?
Need I go on?
The best part was when the professor was trying to get out of us why Earnest is still so good after 120-some years.  Nobody was getting the answer she was looking for until I said "Because Oscar Wilde crafted an exceptional plot full of juxtapositions and reversals..." and she was so happy that I said it she practically kissed me.  But really, it's obvious, right? ;)

"Guess what, Cecily? I didn't have to do my homework because I've been in The Importance of Being Earnest! Twice!' "Really, Gwendolen? I had no idea."
The second best part was getting our Macbeth essays back.  I was terrified because I didn't think I did well.  We thought the essay was going to be due the next Wednesday and the professor changed her mind and wanted us to do it in class that Friday... and I discovered this Thursday night.  So I felt under-prepared and I wasn't feeling well.  And we wrote them in blue books, to boot.  I hate blue book essays.  When I write an essay I often write the middle first, then the closing and very last I write the introduction.  Obviously, when one is writing in a blue book instead of on the computer, one doesn't have that luxury.  It took me an hour to write the first page because I was agonizing over the exact words to use, and I only had an hour to write the rest.  Ooops.  Just as I started my second support paragraph, my arm died.  "The end!" my arm said. "I cannot possibly write another paragraph."  I suffered my way through that one.  As I was debating on my third point my brain said "Um... sorry, but I am completely done.  Then end.  No more."  So, I scrapped a couple brain cells together to come up with a half-decent emergency closing.   I barely wrote 4 pages, and she expected us to fill up almost the whole book.

The "Procrastination" episode of SpongeBob Squarepants perfectly illustrates how I write an essay.

So, I wasn't expecting to get a good grade at all.  In fact, I thought I'd be super lucky to get a C.  When I got to class and the professor mentioned she was going to give the essays back, I braced myself.  She prefaced by saying that 8.5 (out of 10) was the average grade.  Well, I got the essay back... and I got an 8.5!  Happy Day! 

Then, I made my way over to Acting II.  I really wasn't feeling it today, but, "carry on" and all that.  I made it to class in good time but the door was still locked, which isn't that unusual.  As a couple other students and I were waiting, someone got out their smartphone and checked their email... and it turns out that class was canceled!
So I got to go home and play Dragon Age II (the brand new squeal to one of my favourite RPGs, just got it yesterday... awesome, awesome game!) while Shane was still at HCC and Vi was still sleeping.  Which was excellent because the haggling over the Xbox has gotten intense since last night.  My virtual relatly fix sated, I have nothing to do for the rest of the day and can lounge around.  Yay!

02 March 2011

"World, meet Daisy. Daisy, meet Vet."

The Dewdster and Maisy-head Daisy
Meet Daisy.  She's a 9mos old terrier mix of some kind.  She's getting along amazingly well with the other dogs.  Lady is enjoying being the "dowager queen" and Dewey likes having somebody to play with.

Despite only being in our house since Friday, Daisy has already had her first emergency vet visit.  Oh, milestones.

While Dewey and Daisy and I were taking a nap on the sofa (post after-class romp and walk) Viveca comes up and she goes "Oh my- look at Daisy's eyes!" Her eyelids were pink and swollen, so Mom called the vet... and was put on hold for 10 minutes.  So Mom, Vi and I make an emergency vet trip.  I went along for moral support.
When we get there, Daisy's eyelids were all swollen up and her mouth-corner had started to swell too.  And the receptionist tells us to wait while she explains the payment plan to somebody.  Um, no, we will not wait.
Longish story shortish, they took Daisy back and hooked her up to an IV and pumped her little puppy-body full of antihistamines.  We had to leave for an anxious hour or so while they kept and eye on her to make sure she did okay.  The swelling went down, but she has to go back in the morning and will be taking Prednisone  and Benadryl over the next couple days.  Poor puppy.
The scary part is we have absolutely no idea what caused her to blow up like a little puppy-balloon.  At first we thought it might have been from her vaccines she got yesterday, but since that was over 24hrs before she broke out, it's very unlikely.  Fortunately, Lady has a bunch of allergies so we already have experience dealing with sensitive puppies' needs.

The White Badge of Courage