Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

1. Read more new books
- I read and reread Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and The Hunger Games. I need to branch out, although I never will turn my back on Percy, Harry, or Katniss
2. Write more for pleasure; More Fanfics, and maybe even start my own story.
-I wrote a fanfic this week and enjoyed it; and I've always thought I could make up my own story.
3. Go to the Beach
-Because It's fun
4. Drink Less Soda
-So I don't get kidney stones

I know they're lame; I felt obligated to post them though.

2012 Harry Potter Reading Challenge

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2012 Harry Potter Reading Challenge!

The challenge:
Read all seven books in the Harry Potter series during 2012.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  • The challenge will run from January 1st, 2012, to  December 31st, 2012. Books read before or after this time frame do not count. You can join anytime until the challenge ends.
  • Books can be in any format: Print, ebook, audiobook, etc..
  • You do not have to review the books to participate, although you are more than welcome to. If you choose not to review, you can also do the following and still be eligible for prizes:
    • Answer the discussion questions each month
    • Create a post talking about each book after you finish (any topic)
    • Just update your kickoff post after each book
    • Those without blogs can leave a comment with their thoughts/review/review link.
    • Because this is open to those who have already read HP, old reviews will be accepted. Whether you have read the books within the challenge time frame is on the honor system, so please be honest!
    • Harry Potter Reading Challenge!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Boredom (Hunger Games Spoilers in this!!!)

The Hunger Games 30 Day Challenge

Day 1: Your favorite character: Peeta, Haymitch, or Finnick
Day 2: Your least favorite character: Gale or Coin
Day 3: A character you hate that everyone loves: GALE lol
Day 4: A character you love that everyone hates: Snow
Day 5: Your favorite fight/battle scene: When they fight the monkeys
Day 6: A scene that made you laugh: Do you find this distracting?
Day 7: A scene that made you cry: When Peeta choked Katniss. I felt like the whole series just fell apart from underneath me.
Day 8: The character you are most like: I wanna say Haymitch because I am snarky; But then again Peeta because I love and protect fiercely.
Day 9: Your favorite quote: I just want to spend every minute of the rest of my life with you -PM
Day 10: Peeta or Gale: PEETA
Day 11: Something you hate about the series: That Peeta was hijacked
Day 12: A character you wish hadn’t died: FINNICK
Day 13: A character you wish had died: Gale
Day 14: Your favorite tribute (aside from Peeta/Katniss): Thresh
Day 15: Your least favorite tribute (aside from Peeta/Katniss): Clove
Day 16: A question you wish had been answered in the book: WHAT WERE THE KIDS NAMES????
Day 17: The worst death:  Finnick.
Day 18: A song that reminds you of the series: Um , I have a few. Bait a hook- It reminds me of how Gale feels about Peeta; I wouldn't be a man- It reminds me of how Peeta feels about Katniss, and God gave me you- It reminds me of how Kat feels about Peeta
Day 19: Your favorite pairing:Peeniss!! Lol. I ship PeetaxKatniss
Day 20: Your least favorite pairing: GalexKatniss or FinnickxJohanna
Day 21: A pairing you don’t get: HaymitchxKatniss
Day 22: Your favorite book of the three: Catching Fire
Day 23: Your favorite secondary character: Prim or Madge
Day 24: Your least favorite secondary character: Mrs. Mellark. Evil Witch
Day 25: Your dream cast: I like the one it has now.
Day 26: Your favorite scene in The Hunger Games: Either the cave or the reaping.
Day 27: Your favorite scene in Catching Fire: Beach. Obviously.
Day 28: Your favorite scene in Mockingjay: Hmm, when Kat kisses Peeta to bring him back
Day 29: Your favorite thing about the entire series: That Katniss freed Panem and ended up happy
Day 30: A book/series that you would rec to fellow fans: Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, etc

Thursday, December 15, 2011

101 in 1001

1. Get into the TEP here at AU
2. Graduate from college
3. Find a wedding dress
4. Get professional pictures done of Michael, me, and the dogs
5. Move out on my own
6. Own at least 5 pairs of Miss Me jeans (3/5)
7. Have an iPhone
8. Go on another cruise
9. Learn how to change a tire
10. Learn how to french braid
11. Start Couponing
12. Find a venue
13.Get a tattoo
14. Learn to make Mamma's pineapple cake
15. Read 4 new series of books (3/4) (Maze Runner and Divergent, Sword of Truth)
16. Plant flowers on Bruce & Spike's grave
17. Go to World of Coke
18. Own a pair of real diamond earrings
19. Own a pair of real pearl earrings
20. Ride the train in the Mountains
21. Own a real Ralph Lauren Polo shirt
22. Make pumpkin muffins
23. Go back to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
24. Get Married
25. Go on a honeymoon
26. Make a scarf
27. Learn how to make marinara sauce
28. Get a new sewing machine
29. Learn to crochet
30. Get a Macbook pro.
31. Conquer my fear of horses.
32. Make Hayden something with said ability to crochet or sew
33. Go to the melting pot with Alex and Mel
35. Eat a whole platter of mezzaluna from Carraba's all by myself.
36. Start a recipe book for when I get married
37. Go camping with Michael
38. Buy something off of Craigslist
39. Keep a journal at least 3 months
40. Drive a Mustang
41. Learn how to drive a manual transmission car
42. Actually make something I pinned on Pinterest
43. Fill up a photo album with pictures
44. Do Project 365
45. Buy a dozen chocolate covered strawberries
46. Sell something on Craigslist
47. Watch all the Harry Potter movies back to back
48. Read the Harry Potter series at least ten more times (4/10)
49. Make Kaylee a dress
50. Write a letter to my parents telling them how much they mean to me
51. Read Percy Jackson & The Olympians & The Heroes of Olympus at least twice more (1/2)
52.  Babysit Hayden on my own
53. Make another Build-a-Bear
54. Read the Hunger games at least  3 more times (2/3)
55. Write a Hunger Games Fanfiction (I ship KatnissxPeeta)
56. Write a Harry Potter Fanfiction ( I ship HarryxGinny, RonxHermione)
57. Write a Percy Jackson Fanfiction (I ship Percabeth and ThaliaxNico)
58. Write a fiction story all of my own creation
59. Have something in my wedding inspired by my three main series of books (HP, HG, PJ&O)
60. Go see The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay in theaters (Mockingjay won't come out at the end of this list)
61. Bake homemade cupcakes
62. Bake homemade bread
63. Get something embroidered with my married intials
64. Fast for a day
65. Go swim in the ocean with Mike
66. Be able to swim 500 yds. again.
67. Pick out a wedding cake
68. Go up to someone and start singing "Harry Potter, I'm Harry Potter"
69. Learn to make jelly
70. Be able to run 1 mile in 9 minutes minimum
71. Have my own gun
72. Own a pair of Tony Lama boots
73. Finish this list
74. Pick out names for our children (3/4) (Maysilee Anne, Thomas Alexander, Michael Brock) (note: She will go by Maysilee and he will go by Brock, and Alexander)
75. Get a bow and arrow
76. Buy a brand new outfit and donate it to goodwill.
77. Actually weigh enough to give blood (102/110)
78. Put Michael in an arm bar without him helping me out
79. Go Hunting
80. Buy a new comforter for when I get married
81. Own a watch
82. Offer someone sugar in exchange for their secrets
83. Give $50 to a charity that I like
84. Run all of the hot water out of the shower
85. Learn to play at least one of Mike's idiotic video games
86. Go visit my family in Tennesee at least twice (0/2)
87. Buy something from The Charleston Candy Kitchen
88. Make the President's List
89. Make the Dean's List throughout my whole college career (3/8)
90. Try Indian Food
91. Watch at least 10 UFC PPV's (0/10)
92. Write a letter for Michael to give to him on our wedding day
93. Pass Praxis II and PLT
94.Own at least 5 scents from Victoria Secret or B&BW (0/5)
95. Buy Ed Hardy perfume
96. Get a new Coach Purse
97. Pick out & finalize wedding colors
98. Make a scrapbook
99. Paint something on canvas
100. Eat a dozen chocolate chip cookies in one sitting
101. Own something embroidered with my maiden intials (got a decal for my car)

I'll be posting updates as I get these things done :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Percy, Harry, Katniss

Anyone who knows me knows I love, love, love to read. I love the thrill of finding a new series. When I read a series that I love- such as Harry Potter, Percy Jackson & The Olympians and the continuation of it, The Heroes of Olympus and The Hunger Games, I get really attached to the characters. Reading is my only escape from everyday life- when I'm entranced with Katniss and Peeta or infuriated at Umbridge, I don't have to think about anything. I don't have a bad life, don't get me wrong, but it is such a relief to escape into a world that's entirely make believe.

I tend to favor fantasy books, obviously. Something about the magic (no pun intended) of them always keeps me invested.

I love that Percy is brave and reckless and that he's fiercely loyal to his Annabeth, to Grover, to Thalia, and to his mother. He is dedicated and protects his father, Poseidon. Even though Poseidon wasn't there for him growing up, Percy loves his father- and does everything that he can to protect him from the titan lord, Kronos. His family and his friends mean more to him than anything. Percy is loyal- he's the friend that everybody wished that they had.

I love that Katniss has such a will to survive, and to protect her beloved from harm, without being sappy, and disgusting (I'm looking at you, Stephenie Meyer). Katniss is a strong woman and she finally gives into love- when she realizes that Peeta is the only person for her. Katniss and Peeta are such a stronger, more beautiful couple than any sparkly vampire could ever convey. They are the epitome of I'll love you through anything. And that's the most important quality in any sort of love, for me.

Harry, my Harry. I don't know what I would do without him. I can't really talk about without a lot of raw emotions popping up. Harry showed me what it was like to stand up for what you believed in, and who you loved. Ron showed me the importance of not taking myself too siriusly....(ha, ha) and Hermione showed me that it's okay to be smart. You many not have everyone, but you'll have some one who will love you and befriend you. Sirius showed me that it's alright to take a walk on the wild side. Ginny showed me how to not give up on someone you loved. Fred and George taught me anything is possible if you've got enough nerve.

When I read a series, I get attached. I get attached to the characters. They are there when I need them, and shut away when I don't. I'm so happy that I have a love of reading. My life wouldn't be the same without it.