Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My Favorite Fictional Characters

Fictional or not, these "people" rock....so behold a list of my 15 favorite people who never existed (in no particular order) and why I love them so....

Marguerite St. Just (The Scarlet Pimpernel series)-because she is brave, passionate, loyal, frighteningly impulsive, and wonderful.

Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights)-because he is both heart-breakingly romantic and disturbingly psychotic in a way no other character can be.

Anne (Anne of Green Gables series)-because she is the first character I felt I could be best friends with.

Oz (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)-because he is smart and sweet and sarcastic, and the first character I wished I could date.

Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)-because she has her own universe...because she created her own language...because she reinvented the heroines of modern tv...because I am a nerd.

Don Quixote (Don Quixote)-because chivalry is never truly dead.

Nancy Drew (Nancy Drew series)-because nothing says awesome like a matching sweater set and a post-investigation sundae with Bess.

Dr. Horrible/Billy (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog)-because he is the best anti-hero in the Whedonverse (Mal from Firefly being a close second), because he sings, because he is played by Neil-Freakin'-Patrick-Harris, and (once again) because I am a nerd.

Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice)-because she was so ahead of her time, yet perfectly proper for her time.

Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)-because where Elizabeth goes, Mr. Darcy must follow...and because he is the fictional character I find most swoon-worthy as an adult.

Meg (A Wrinkle in Time)-because this was my first science fiction book and I always liked to think I was just like her.

Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes series)-because no matter how much I tried I could never be as smart as he is and I respect that.

The Gilmore Girls (The Gilmore Girls)-because their dialogue is so fantastic it makes them count as one character.

Gilbert Blythe (Anne of Green Gables)-because he can be honorable and playful at the same time...because I love him in the first book, but even in the last as an older man I appreciate him.

Holly Golightly-because how can you NOT love her?

Do you have a fictional character you were once best friends with (or just wish you were)? Ever had a crush on an imaginary person? I can't be alone.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

O Christmas Break O Christmas Break

Papers are in...all five of them. My only actual final has been taken. My application for the Honors Program is filled out and waiting deliberation (you'll cross your fingers, won't you?) and the breath I've been holding since Thanksgiving (and the beginning of the finals crunch) has finally been exhaled and I'm ready to do normal things again like cook meals that aren't frozen, go to bed before 5am, blog (yay), and celebrate Christmas!

Naturally, due to my Type A personality, I am not able to just sit around and do nothing (also known as "relaxing" among the non-crazy). I have decided that I need Christmas-break-olutions.

1. Start setting up a food regimen so that I remember to eat more than 500 calories a day.

2. Start an exercise regimen so that I can give a little boost to the weight I'll lose by eating on a regular basis and actually...you know...get in shape. It's been successful so far-between Tuesday and Friday I've lost six pounds thanks to my new ability to remember to eat stuff and a butt-kicking workout courtesy of my friend Kirsty. You really should check out her Slim and Strong Cyber-Style program (click the button to email her and get more information!).

3. Potty train Baby Bug. Or at least ramp up the potty activity. I'd like to get her on the bandwagon by January when I return to school.

4. Write more. On my blog, and off. After taking that Writing 121 class I am finding my really motivated to put pen to paper.

Of course these are all above and beyond my usual Christmas stuff-make tree decorations (popcorn/cranberry garland is up!), Christmas shopping, making so many holiday baked goods I have to give them away to save myself from an unreasonable holiday fattening...it's going to be a great Christmas break!

What are you all doing for the holidays?

Monday, November 22, 2010

All About Thanksgiving

Due to the crazy number of papers I've had to think about (the end of Fall quarter is only 4 classes away!) I'm afraid I have sorely neglected my blog (and sleep)...and sadly that includes a favorite Monday meme of mine-All About Me Monday. Luckily I am sick today and now I have time to do things besides school...and just in time for the Thanksgiving edition of All About Me Monday!


1. What is your most favorite thing about Fall?
Pies. I don't really eat pies (mostly just Quiche Florentine and Pecan on special occasions) but I love making pies. It makes my house warm and yummy smelling, and whoever I give them to is always extra grateful when Christmas comes around.

2. How many Thanksgiving tables will you dine at this year?
Two. We will have a Thanksgiving meal here on Wednesday and then we will go to my parent's house for Thanksgiving.

3. Turkey for dinner? Or something else?
We are going to have ham this year (and mashed potatoes, and deviled eggs, and cranberries, and green beans, and yams) but my parents always have Chinese food. That's why we do real Thanksgiving food at our house first.

4. Do you stuff your turkey? Do you eat that stuffing?
When we do have turkey I put a heated, punctured orange in the middle it makes it really moist and I don't have to worry about the turkey not cooking.

5. Who will be attending your Thanksgiving dinner?
At our house just us (unless we have an unexpected guest, which we're cool with). When we go to my parents it will be my dad, my step mom, my sister, my brother in law, my niece, my husband, me, and the kidlets with possible guest appearances from my step sister (with her boyfriend) and my step brother (with my step sister in law and my nephew)...but pretty much everybody likes to have Thanksgiving at their in-laws houses since they have Thanksgiving with turkey instead of orange chicken.

6. What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?
Hmmm....that's hard. I think probably deviled eggs.

7. For the dieters: what are you doing to prepare for the gluttony of Thursday?
I'm exercising all week-no excuses! I don't really diet (my problem is remembering to eat at all!) but I know I'm going to have to put in the extra squats for ham AND sweet and sour chicken.

8. Will you go shopping on Black Friday?
Hell no. I will not come within 1000 feet of that insanity. I will be home in my warm cuddly bed, sleeping, far away from the crazy hair ripping people fighting over the last pink cardigan. I don't even leave the house until after 4pm on Black Friday for fear I'll run into someone on a crazy shopping high in traffic.

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Are you one of the Black Friday crazies? Hook up with All About Me Monday!