V-Day: The Date that Got Nerdier than Originally Intended

Valentine’s Day gets a lot of flack. True, I hate the commercialization of it. And the ignorant, romantic teenage version of myself thought it was stupid. Why do we need a day to celebrate love? Shouldn’t we celebrate love all the time? Yes, teenage Bailey, we should. But now that I’m an adult with a child who takes a fair bit of our time and money, I’ve realized that Valentine’s Day is just a wonderful excuse to spend some money for gifts and have some quality time alone as a couple. Continue reading “V-Day: The Date that Got Nerdier than Originally Intended”

My First World Boss: The Story of How I Became a Gamer

It’s a good day. I got my bangs trimmed, my roots recolored, I’m hanging out in my new Star Wars Yoga pants, Oliver’s yoda costume came. Yeah, I’m pretty much over the moon right now.

The Force is strong in our family. And to top things off, while I was at the salon, Taylor caught up to my Jedi on SWTOR! Continue reading “My First World Boss: The Story of How I Became a Gamer”

And the Oscar Goes to…

It’s been a good weekend. I played Magic for the first time (awesome game), our costumes for Comic Con started coming in the mail, the Super Bowl happened, which I didn’t really care about but Coldplay performed the halftime show, which is always good news for me.

Oh! And this video of my cute little Ollie Hoot gained some traction over Facebook! Continue reading “And the Oscar Goes to…”

The 5th Wave: Book vs Film Review

Publishers and Hollywood are scrambling to find the next big YA trend. We had magic schools with the success of Harry Potter. The rise of vampires after Twilight. The takeover of dystopia with The Hunger Games, which paved the way for Divergent. But now we’re all growing weary of the totalitarian-themed fiction and all the B and C class knocks offs. Continue reading “The 5th Wave: Book vs Film Review”

In Memoriam

This week we’ve lost two legends to cancer. My heart goes out to the family and loved ones of David Bowie and Alan Rickman. I hope to see their names commemorated at this year’s Academy Awards.

These two talented people were prominent members of my childhood, and I’m sure many others of my generation can relate. I feel it’s only right to pay my respects and tribute.

tumblr_nj1z40ylkj1soplvbo2_r1_400Labyrinth was always a childhood favorite, and I watch it at least once a year. It’s that weird movie that I tell my friends is so awesome, and then they watch it and just don’t get it because their childhood was deprived. As I grew up, I grew more in love with Jareth. I’ve always said David Bowie is a god for pulling off pants that tight, hair that long, and make-up that bright all the while still looking incredibly hot. His music and subsequent music videos also were revolutionary, paving the way for modern pop artists, such as Lady Gaga. He’s been an icon in every respect. See you waiting among the stars, Starman.

 

in memoriumAs for Alan Rickman, I don’t know where to begin. Today was kind of an ironic day for him to pass for me personally. My Slytherin outfit that I’m wearing to a Yule Ball on Saturday showed up in the mail today. I woke up this morning, eager to check and see if my package had arrived, when everyone told me to check the news. A melodramatic, Luke-Skywaler-esque “NO!” involuntarily erupted from my lips. I’m so sad, but glad that his suffering is over.

Alan Rickman was a figure in my life from a young age as well. I grew up watching him, pre-Harry Potter era, from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves to Galaxy Quest to Sense and Sensibility. He seemed to always steal the show in my opinion, and I long awaited the day when he would win an Oscar; he is more than deserving in my opinion. Then, when I saw Harry Potter, I was not disappointed with his brilliant portrayal of Professor Severus Snape, the unlikely hero. He captured fans’ hearts around the world and left us a beautiful legacy. Alan Rickman, thank you for your brilliance and the joy you’ve spread. You’ll be in our hearts always.

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Star Wars: The Questions Awaken

Spoilers ahead! DUH!

The Force Awakens is destroying box offices left and right, and I cannot begin to say how much I enjoyed it. The first time I saw it, I was in awe. That was Empire good! Honestly, it was one of the few movies I saw this year, where upon my first viewing, I could sit back and simply enjoy it. I was purely entertained and left the theorizing, the nitpicking, and the deep analyzing until after the movie. The second time, I wished I had a notebook and pen with me so I could vigorously write down notes and ideas. Continue reading “Star Wars: The Questions Awaken”