Monday, November 30, 2009

I love Santa (and so will Graham)

Kassie's recent blog post was just a little ridiculous. she stated...
 "What he doesn't know is his parents already decided Santa isn't coming this year."
I'm a firm believer that Santa could possibly exist and that maybe, just maybe, he doesn't come out because people don't believe in him (you know.. the whole, we don't have enough "Holiday Cheer" thing)

so.
I would be okay with Kassie and John saying that they aren't buying Graham any Christmas presents from Santa, because
1)  they want to see if Santa really exists.  but in order for this to work they really have to believe that Santa exists (and honestly John is to much of a republican and Kassie is to much of a conformist for this to ever work)
or
2) they really believe in Santa, but they want to make sure Santa gives all of his "good" presents to the really needy children of the world.


anyway.
Kassie (and John) are ruining Grahams future childhood dreams by not embracing this whole Santa thing.  I could honestly care less if they don't take him to church, or if he believes St. Patricks Day is a real holiday, that gigantic bunnies can delivery candy, and dressing up for Halloween could just bring embarrassing pictures he wouldn't want to see when he is older (I mean I love Halloween but I think it is socially acceptable if Graham doesn't)
and
Graham has been to Walt Disney World more times in his first 6 months then most adults will go in their lifetime.... so I think it is safe to say that Graham can believe in a little extra "magic"

conclusion: My new goal in life is to corrupt Graham into believing that Santa Clause is real (well at least until he is 8... or whatever the normal age when you stop believing in Santa)

oh.  I love Christmas (i think it is okay to still love Christmas even though I want to be Jewish, because honestly this holiday is more commercial then valentines day.) so, expect at least 5 more post about Santa, Christmas, Snow, and Presents.

10 realizations about life

1. it's okay to talk to yourself when you're old... people expect it and no one reacts to it
2. I love my family, but sometimes they can be slightly annoying.  
3. Kinsey is okay with me believing that our family is slightly annoying because quote "right now, I love that everyone is being mean to you." ( i tried to reassure her that we will pick on her again, someday...)
4. everyone... I mean everyone will try to give you life advice.  even if the person didn't get a real job until he was at least 28.
5. When your cousins want you to play football, they only include you to make their teams even.  trust me they will not pass you the ball.
6. The public library is the "cool" place for middle schoolers to hang out.
7. dial up stinks... it is literally impossible to  gchat, fbchat, or even open google wave.
8. it takes 3 months for dust to become visible on items in our house.
9.  "old people" gossip more then young people
10. i love shopping the day after thanksgiving.  I love that I had no real intentions on buying anything but still  came back with lots of stuff.  I love that someday I want to be one of those crazies waiting in line for a TV.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Adventurland... the movie, not the place (but I wish this was a post about the place)

I'm spending my break in perry... I know it's real exciting
and in a typical manor after about a 20  minute convo with my dad about "typical dad stuff"  I was bored.
and in typical manor I decided the only thing I could do to pass my boredom was to rent a movie.

So i headed to the local Redbox, because honestly I'm to cheap to rent a movie at a real movie place.
after looking through the 30 or so options I decided to go with "Adventurland" I figured I could some how relate to a movie about a theme park.

and after about 5 mins, I realized this movie was basically my life with a better plot, drugs, a job, and a summer love.

how it compared to my life:
- the main character just graduated from college and had to move home with his parents.
- he applied to various places but realized his degree in literature wouldn't get him a real job
- he started working at a theme park
- his parents would constantly say things like "why don't you hang out with your high school friends"

um, that might be it.... and honestly this guys life was way more exciting then my life.

Conclusion: If the point of "Adventurland" was depress me. It worked.  
Now all I want to do is move to some big city, move into a tiny apartment, and work at some crazy liberal organization that pays me minimal wage... (I know I have intense life dreams) ...  
side note: the plot had nothing to do with working with a liberal organization, it did end with the character moving to New York... but in reality this was  me just going off on a random thought.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

There is nothing wrong with a healthy obsession with WWII

For those of you living in some kind of non-cable world... you may not realize how awesome TV has been this week.

This past week on the History Channel they had a ten part serious about WWII. I literally spent three days where all I did was watch the various episodes. It didn't even matter that by Friday I had seen them all. (and yes, I realize this may make me really lame).

but my obsession with WWII also continued when I watched Valkyrie.

For those of you who don't know the plot; it is basically Tom Cruise and a group of ex-Nazis attempting to kill Hitler.

Honestly, I have a slight hatred for Tom Cruise and had no idea how I would like this movie. .... I even made a slightly horrible joke, where I stated that I might be routing for Hitler in this movie. (steph informed me that it wasn’t funny.)

The movie drove me insane mostly because they made Cruise seem like this noble man who only wanted to kill Hitler because his conscience got to him.

But, in reality Hitler had huge support among the German citizens and plots to kill him didn’t start until the war was almost over, after it was widely known that Germany wasn’t going to win.

I also had the huge problem where they try to make someone who was obviously a strong Nazi supporter (well strong enough to continually get promoted in the army) into a good character. I mean clearly the people who tried to kill Hitler had to be angry with the regime. But I just can’t look past the years this character would have spent supporting Hitler.

If his conscience really got to him, why didn’t he turn to resistance when Jews were being slaughtered in ghettos or even when the building of the extermination camps began?

Anyway. I applaud the individuals who tried to kill Hitler (I believe there were 20 attempts) b/c obviously it would have taken a lot of guts. But I just don’t think you can make a movie showing Cruise as a “good” character just because he wanted to kill Hitler, I mean he was a Nazi and took part in the genocide.

plus.... I can think of a 100 different movies that should be made about WWII that hasn’t been made. And I can guarantee that the majority of them would have a better plot and show individuals who could be considered real heroes.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Day Three: Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa


The Kentucky Derby.


Happy Birthday plaque... it was random.



World's Largest Bat (if you can't tell Allison is a vampire)


World's Largest Baseball Bat
(an old lady was very entertained by us.... mostly bc we are awesome)

Derek Jeter's baseball bat.. Steph freaked out. 



on day three we found our driving hats.
we love Kentucky!
either b/c 1) there was so many great Photo opportunities
2) we saw a building for the Democratic party or
3) we saw a Jewish Hospital



We took a short detour and got to see one of my Disney Friends.
Grace is awesome and I miss her like crazy.




Iowa!

Day Two: South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky


The Battlefield that was 18 miles out of our way...

Yep, we wasted 2 hours for this... an empty field. 


we stopped at a cute little store that had ice cream.  we stopped and got the biggest ice cream cones ever... it was amazing.
(and oh yeah, then I had to call AAA bc my car wouldn't go out of park. but it is okay it only wasted another hour and we realized I was just an idiot.)


North Carolina... when I still liked NC and didn't realize that mountains were scary


we took a detour because fallin rock closed the interstate we were on.  We drove through lots of little towns... all of them had a church and this may have been the only one with a "grocery" store. 
needless to say... Luck NC was one of the best towns we drove for.  The South is scary.


it was pretty... but still scary. 


the first KFC!

Day one: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina


Graham!

Graham again (really one photo isn't enough)



America's Smallest Church.



World's largest Great Dane

World's Best BBQ?
 

 
Allison's reaction to the "world's best BBQ"

Needless to say Steph did not like the South.


I taught Steph the joy of jumping on hotel beds... 

If only the South was a drinking game

the south is predictable....

God
Situation: A slight detour through the mountains of South/North Carolina, where I was driving about 25 mph the whole time (it was super scary) for little over an hour.
during this time we decided it would be "fun" to count how many churches we saw.
the total count (we stopped once we were back in civilization) was 20.
I'm 95% positive that the ratio had to be 5 houses to every one church. 
seriously, we only passed one gas station and I can only remember one convenient store... but I suppose religion is more important then food.

Zac Brown Band
literally every time we turned on the radio they played a Zac Brown Band song... we heard "Toes" at least 20 times


Battlefields 
We made the mistake of following a sign for a battlefield that was 18 miles off the interstate (all together a slight 3 hour detour).
but at the Cowpen battle sight we learned a couple of interesting things; this battle was the "southern" turning point of the revolutionary war (I imagine that is why I never learned about it in school), it lasted less then an hour, and most importantly the South is still bitter about the Civil War.

Old Ladies
What we Learned: in the Midwest old men are nice and in the South old ladies are nice.
An old lady in North Carolina welcomed us to the South.  it was cute. but of course by this point we were scared of the South. and all we wanted to do was get to the north.

Food
more specifically chicken and BBQ.   They also love sides, every place we ate we had to choose 3 sides. it was crazy.  
side note: it was harder to find potatoes then you would think.... instead everyplace had hush-puppies.

Big Hair, Perfect skin, etc.
This has a lot more to do with allison, steph, and me being a little bitter.  We are far from perfect and it appears that every southern lady (young or old) we ran into was "perfect."

Peaches and Strawberries
they love making things about of peaches and strawberries...
like: peach cider (trust me, it wasn't very good) and homemade ice cream.  my dad probably would like the south.

Ice Tea
I already know this... but it was very predictable.   

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Road Trip

Today I'm heading to Florida with Allison and Steph for the 1st annual fundamental road trip (i think it sounds more important when you say annual).

i'm pretty excited (for all the obvious reason.)
1. to see Kassie and Graham
2. to listen to ridiculous music for 20 hours. bsb, spice girls, disney music...
3. the countless hours we will spend trying to figure out our countless pointless problems.
4. the amazing photo opportunities. (oh, and maybe a few jumping photos)
5.to be in FL again... i like considering it my second home


if anything, you all should be excited about the amazing blog post I'll write when I get back!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Why I love Allison!!

She just sent us a list of places to visit on our Road trip.

A Orlando, Florida
B Great Dane Statue, Savannah, GA
C Mystery Tree, Edisto Island, SC
D Large Rotating Cow, Charleston, SC
E Bee City: Town of Beehives, Cottageville, SC
F Asheville, North Carolina
G Large Iron, Asheville, NC
H Land of Oz, Beech Mountain, NC
I Santa's Land Theme Park, Cherokee, NC
J Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers, Gatlinburg, TN
K World's Largest Rubik's Cube, Knoxville, TN
L Adolf Hitler's Tea Service, Anniston, AL
M World's Largest Chair, Anniston, AL
N Birmingham, Alabama
O Racist Dogs Sculpture, Birmingham, AL
P Graceland, Memphis, TN
Q Little Rock, Arkansas
R Super Museum, Metropolis, IL
S Popeye and Friends Statues, Chester, IL
T Robert Wadlow, World's Tallest Man, Alton, IL
U Iowa City, Iowa

and of course in A.Hughes fashion this is only option number 1... I love her. 

Worst Song Medley?

i'm 95% positive I have all of these songs on my itunes....



... but, I'm completely okay with it

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Movie Update!!

All The President's Men: In fifth grade I did a presentation on Richard Nixon and from what I remember it was mostly about Watergate.  This basically means that I already had more knowledge then needed to enjoy this film.  I can honestly tell you all about Washington Post role in "bringing down Nixon" and who William Felt is.

It should be noted that I'm sure my fifth grade report was mediocre and my  knowledge of Watergate mostly came from my political science and journalism classes. (journalism professors love All the President's Men almost as much as they hate blogs)

The Maltese Falcon: I normally like film noir and detective films, I did not like this movie at all.
Thank god that this movie was only an hour long.  I've had a professor this semester who loves this movie and talks about it all the time, I no longer have respect for him. (and I'm starting to notice a trend where I shouldn't listen to my professors opinion on films, they obviously have no idea what they are talking about)

A Streetcar Named Desire: it's official I love Marlon Brando. 

um... considering I have only watched three AFI movies in the past month is making me realize that maybe I should expand my deadline on when I want to finish the list by. 
I blame school, they should realize that I have more important things to do then homework

Friday, November 6, 2009

I might be crazy... WDWCP

my life plan for the past 6 months has revolved around me moving home at the end of this semester and taking over the role of taking care of my mom.  Which I have been okay with and have accepted as a roadblock in my post-college life goals.   ( I could make a pro/con list about moving home but that seems slightly pointless)

Kassie, my mom, and my dad all seem to think I could do another college program. Technically, they wanted me to do a Professional internship, but the applications dates have already passed.
Now that the idea is in my head I have spent an hour googling "Walt Disney World College Program."  which is a complete waste of time because I already know all about the program.

but regardless I have come up with a Pro/Con list of doing another program.

pros
- I mostly loved my first program
- I would be closer to Kassie and Graham
- I would only do it if I got a better role (no more merchandise) and they have photopass as a role now, which would be awesome
- I would avoid all those stupid mistakes I made the first time (ie staying out all night before traditions)
- I would have a car. which would mean I could actually get the full CP experience.
- I would avoid winter in Iowa
- this would be a job, sure only an internship, but still better then what I would get in Iowa
- Quest: I could finally see/ride every attractions (the hall of presidents went under reconstruction before I could go throw it)
- Disney does look great on a resume. well i was told it did, I haven't actually figured this one out for my self.
- I'm already a Disney freak
- there are a lot of perks and discounts for cast members


cons
- the costumes
-I would be farther away from my mom and (since I know how Disney works) if anything would happen I would probably have to end my program, since getting a week + off of work without receiving any points is almost impossible.  and once you have so many points it is harder to get a professional internship.
- My friends would probably judge me. (well minus my iowa friends who would want to visit me)
- and I would be one of those people I judged for doing a second college program
- money: I really don't know if I could handle working 40+ hours a week while getting paid less then minimum wage (I mean eventually I'm going to have to pay off my college loans)
- I do love snow
- when my program is over it would be that much harder to get a real person job
- I loved the program because of the people, different program means different people.
- I'm already a Disney freak
- twin bed and a roommate
- I would be close to 24 when my program ended, is this really the last "youthful" thing I want to do with my life.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Did I really just sit through a class for 2 hours where we talked about the importance of social networks....

I'm in a class entitled "Non Profit Organization effectiveness" (The title of this class basically gives away what the class is about.) Today we had two guest speakers who talked about the importance of technology in out Non Profit.

This class in theory seemed like it would provide us with important information, or maybe at least teach us how to start up a web page.

The first speaker appeared to be old enough to be my grandpa (or at least Kaci's Caribou man). 
he stands up and starts his PowerPoint and on slide 3 (communicating by email and instant message)  I realize this class is going to be a complete waste.
by slide 9 (Tips for creating a Myspace page) I have already text Allison and Steph
and by the last slide (how to use Myspace to raise awareness) I had already updated my twitter

This guy spent an hour giving us tips on how to use Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter.  but not even helpful tips, like how to write an amazing thought in 140 characters.
but how to make things available to your "friends" like your website, information, and your "wall"

his lecture may have been helpful if you have been living in a 3rd world country for the past 10 years or if you were born before 1970.

the second guy promised to talk about website design. which you would think would mean how to set up a website.
but, in reality this hour was spent talking about his personal pet peeves that websites have and going through and giving us tips on how to make websites better
tips like: including your mission statement, contact information, site map, including important information "above the fold," etc...
information anyone who has ever wasted tried looking up any time on the internet would know.

he also ended the class by talking about FB, twitter, and youtube.

Side note: both guest speakers also had problems running their PowerPoints.... that is by far my biggest pet peeve.  PowerPoint is simple; you click the button to go to the next slide, if you can't figure that out don't use it.

in conclusion:  people over the age of 35 shouldn't teach a class about technology, especially to a class of college students who have written all their collegiate papers on a computer (apparently the computer and Microsoft Word hasn't always been around... who would have thought)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Iowa Football and Halloween

My week in Photos!

Yeppers. we were that close.  Steph and I got into the game right at 9:30 and were in the second row.
Since we are amazing people we saved spots for Kinsey and her roommates.


Kinsey and me after the game.



Halloween!  thanks Disney for allowing me to re-use the costume I "borrowed" From WDW.
The most exciting part of the whole night was learning how to play  "hot, cross, buns" on my flute recorder.
Oh, and there was one girl who thought the costume was based off of Wizard of Oz.  I thought that would make the Disney Gods happy.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

My mom is hilarious

On Saturday night my mom called and left me this voice mail...

"Kelsey, this is your mom. 
you must be out....um...
dad says eating sandwiches.  but, no.
you must be... what's the word I like to use about you? um... prowling
yep. you are prowling in your Cinderella dress. 
No Paul, I guarantee she is not studying tonight it's Halloween. 
She is decorating herself.
okay.  I just wanted to know if the Hawkeyes won.  I hadn't heard yet. 
well, okay bye.
have fun tonight."