Archive for November, 2013

Job hunting is a terribly depressing, soul-crushing, and self-esteem crumbling chore that was undoubtedly created by Satan himself as a way to drive the innocent to insanity and thus inspire them to perform horrid acts that will ultimately land them in eternal damnation with him (which is what job hunting feels like, anyway). Being unemployed and living at home is one step worse. You can feel the judgement radiating from your parents eyes, despite their attempts at being encouraging. Never mind the fact that you’re only halfway through school and thus aren’t qualified enough for a “real” job but are over-qualified for any other job and forget the fact that you’ve spent entire days filling out applications and scouring the internet for openings only to be emailed with the half-hearted response of, “though your application was thoroughly considered…” None of that matters. You’re a loser and a mooch. You are to feel terrible about your existence until you start bringing home that minimum waged quality bacon.

Well, F U Satan. I have not the will nor the patience for your assholish pranks. Please leave me alone.

That said, being an unemployed moochy loser, I have had plenty of time between reading my rejection emails to catch up on television and films. I’m a massive Jane Austen fan (what literate girl isn’t, though?), and have been on the hunt for more romantic period dramas. I came across one called “Lost in Austen,” sort of a more-modern-but-not-really take on Pride and Prejudice.

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It follows this girl called Amanda Price who eerily resembles Hayley Williams from Paramore and is absolutely infatuated with the lives of the Bennet’s and the Darcy’s and the Bingley’s and the Old English society and the whole world created in Pride and Prejudice. One day, she walks into her bathroom to find none other than Elizabeth Bennet, who somehow managed to follow some sort of portal through the wall connecting the real world with that of the story. Basically, they switch places and all hell breaks loose when Amanda shows up with her leather jacket and her lip gloss. The whole story gets turned around and no one ends up with who they’re supposed to and it’s actually quite hilarious. It is kind of jumpy, though. Huge character developments happening and crumbling in about 10 minutes and all that. If you aren’t familiar with the story of Pride and Prejudice, I doubt you’d appreciate it much because you won’t know how the real story is and how important some of the revelations are, but all in all it’s quite enjoyable. And although no one can ever compare to Colin Firth, Elliot Cowan does quite a good job at being broody and attractive. To highlight the humor and connection with modern reality, here’s a photo of Darcy himself (who has just followed Amanda through the portal into her world) holding a Teletubby.

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It’s a 4 part mini-series, I believe…. but I got through it in one night (hi, unemployed). I’ve now moved on to another Jane Austen adaptation, “Emma” (the mini-series released in 2009, not the Gweneth Paltrow one which I just could NOT sit through). I’ve just started, but I think I like it.

Anyway, that’s about all that’s going on in my life right now. I’ve decided that when I go back to school in the Fall I’m going to study politics. Don’t ask me why, for I have no idea. I seem to be settled on it, though. I blame Jack Kennedy.

Speaking of, the 50th Anniversary of his assassination was a few days ago and I forgot to post this:

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A photo of me, some 18 years ago, at JFK’s grave site. I’m thinking of planning a trip to D.C. for my birthday, but if I can swing it I may go to Boston which is the land of all things Kennedy (as well as a friend that I’d love to see). We’ll see.

Oh, I also was able to watch “Parkland,” which is sort of a biopic on the day of and those following when JFK was killed. It was pretty emotional and informative, not to mention star-studded. Pretty much anyone you could ever imagine is in that movie. Not really. But basically anyone from Zac Efron to Paul Giamatti. If you’re a Kennedy enthusiast, I say it’s worth the watch. It isn’t too gory, which is what I was afraid of. It focuses mainly on the lives sort of personally effected by the whole thing.

That’s all. Time to go eat my weight something sweet and unhealthy and pretend I live in a time when my main concern was finding a rich man to marry me. None of Jane Austen’s heroines ever had to bother with job hunting. Ugh.

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I miss FOB.

Finally able to gif this beautiful moment from Fall Out Boy’s set in Chicago during Riot Fest. “Young Volcanos” is definitely one of the best songs on the new album and hearing it live is like setting your soul on fire. So good. I miss them.

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This weekend, Williamsburg is honoring Veterans by giving them and their families free admission into Colonial Williamsburg, which for some reason is something we’ve never done before. We spent the afternoon there and are going back tomorrow for the sole sake of going on the “Ghosts Among Us” Tour because ghosts.

I love the colonial aspect of Virginia, though. I think that I’m so obsessed with history because I’ve always grown up around it and my family has always gone on “Family Field Trips” which are super nerdy and super fun and I love them. We didn’t see much today, we went into the Governor’s Palace (who was kind of a pansy) and got to see some canon’s get fired off. It was pretty awesome. I missed our family field trips.

As I said, I grew up here and somehow missed this gem. The entire Historic Triangle area of Virginia is TO DIE FOR and I highly recommend everyone should visit the area at some point in their lives.

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Home.

I think sometimes you have to leave your home and the people you love to realize how much you love it all – how much you need it all. While I’m currently in the relief phase of being home and trying to soak in everything I missed as much as possible, I’m sure I’ll want to leave again at some point. But knowing that I’ve been gone before and come back and it was still here, my home, almost untouched and waiting… it sure does make leaving a whole lot easier knowing that I can always come back and fit right back where I’ll always belong.

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Can’t get enough of Birdy or this song. She has such a unique and haunting voice, it’s hard to believe she’s so young. Totally inspiring, and so much fun to sing along to.

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Halloween 2013.

Unfortunately, I didn’t really get to celebrate Halloween because I was driving across the country (it was a good cause so I’m not TOO distraught about it). That didn’t stop me from dressing up, though!

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I drove from Wichita, KS to St. Louis dressed like this. It was awesome. I was going through a check point and as I approached, the lady looked at me and said, “Oh my gosh, I was like ‘she looks like she doesn’t feel too well…”

Success.

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