Monday, December 29, 2008

Geek Love

Aiiiiiiiieeeeee! I simply cannot get enough of Ron Standard Jr.'s game review parodies on YouTube! Seriously, this guy is so funny (unless you're not a gaming geek, then you'll just find him rather odd). Generally I feel that posting YouTube vids on your blog is like a total cop out of a post, but this guy is just so cute! Plus he's from the UK! Hook me up right now!

If you want to laugh at my frankly bizarre taste in men (and laugh your ass off at excellent geek comedy!) check out this vid:

Saturday, December 27, 2008

My (Long Overdue) Official Twilight Review

Okay, so Kirsty and I saw Twilight on Friday (that would be ahem the 19th) afternoon. After all the hype and excitement, I was a bit nervous. I really needn't have been. The film was thoroughly enjoyable.

So we didn't have the mass hysteria over here in the good ole UK, but there was a large gaggle of excitable girls in home made Twilight t-shirts doing a fair bit of squealing in all the places you'd expect. And Kirsty and I weren't the oldest there (woo!). We met some rather lovely Twiharders (and a Jacob fan! I didn't even know they existed.) and a good time was had by all.

Things Karen didn't like about Twilight:

- Jasper. Talk about looking constipated the entire way through.

- The way Bella just walked off into the forest before the pivotal meadow scene. It was massively important in the book that no one knew she was with Edward! Argh!

- The biology scenes. Cringeworthy.

- Carlisle. Too ugly. Too old. Too bleached. Ugh, ugh, ugh.

Things Karen LOVED about Twilight:

- Emmett. The bit where he jumps on the truck? Perfect.

- Vampire Baseball. Truly breath-taking.

- Charlie! He was so adorable and so obviously stoked to have Bella living with him! When she has to be truly cruel to him to get away... I had tears in my eyes.

- Soundtrack. Twas awesome.

- Stephenie's cameo!

- RPattz. A star is born. A British star no less.

- Rosalie! People said some pretty harsh stuff when Nikki Reed was chosen for the role. Having seen her in other films, I was optimistic. She outshone Alice by far.

- Almost everything.

(*Toni took the Twilight Phone Box photo for me to cheer me up when I was ill. It was truly appreciated!)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Think of Jimbo this Crimbo

Merry Crimbo!!!

And I didn't even schedule this post!

So, I have lots of lovurly stuff to post (like my Twilight review, photos from the present exchange last night, the official announcement of what Mikey bought me etc.) but it shall have to wait till after today since there is Turkey to be consumed, Wii to be played and Royle Family to be watched (no Dr. Who, *ahem*).

Have a beautiful day, anyone who reads my thoughts deserves that much!

Saturday, December 20, 2008


"Maybe it'll be jewellery again?"

"Or perfume!"

"Guys, its a book."

"It'll just be chocolate, won't it Lynn? Don't get your hopes up love."

"It's a book, I know!"

Really, its a fitting tribute to my life that when I receive a gift from a boy (who is not Dan, Mark or Kyle), my family freaks out. Thanks guys, point it out as the rare occurrence that it is. And the truth is, I know its a book. Mikey loves books. He thinks everyone should love them as much as he (I call him Himeone, which he does not appreciate). So if its not a book, colour me shocked.

I know that's what I got him.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Be Safe

So, I'm not here. I'm actually at Uni or work or somewhere in between. But I wanted to post to tell everyone how lovely it was that you were either worried about me (Toni) or supportive of me in light of yesterdays post. I have the most lovely readers in the world.

In more general squee-ness, it is now only ONE WEEK until Twilight opens in UK cinemas! Um, SQUEE! Kirsty and I have booked tickets to the first showing at noon and I've booked the 19th off from work so that I can go watch it AGAIN at night. Thats right, a week today I'll be squealing over Emmett-ness (and Edward, of course, but Emmett is so cute too!).

Yup, I'm a big girly geek.
I feel for my poor friend Mikey. We were walking down Oxford Road (in search of Flapjacks) when I saw a huge Twilight advertisement on the side of a bus and started freaking out (squealing and hopping up and down etc). Like the good friend he is, he simply waited for my excitement to pass. Then, we continued down the road and saw (*gasp*) another Twilight advertisement on the side of a phone box (this I must photograph for you dudes!). Needless to say, he's totally sick of me freaking out at seemingly random times and places.

But even he has agreed to go watch it with me.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Not Even Blog

Why do I feel as though I should apologise for leaving you to your own devices?

Well, lately I've been shirking a whole load of my responsibilities. I've only been to one lecture this week (I have 3 lectures and one tutorial per week). That is so, so bad. And I keep sleeping until 2 in the arvo! And I have a million calls to return! And I'm working all weekend! Argh!

I was sat in class on Thursday when I kind of had a realisation. This past semester at Uni has really shown me that I'm sick of Uni. And so often I wonder why I even started this. When was it ever my dream to go to University? It wasn't. I've only ever had one dream since I was barely 2 ft high. I want to be a writer.

Over the years, this dream has become much more streamlined (probably due to what I've read). I have three stories always in my head. I want to write YA fiction. I want to get a job that will challenge me and inspire me so that my writing might improve.

Its always been the same dream.

But no one has ever told me that I'm a good writer.

The only thing anyone has ever told me I'm good at is History. And somehow now that's basically what I'm doing. And I love History, but its not what I want to do forever.
So yeah. I've been struggling over this. So please, forgive my lackadaisical manner of late.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Mmm Squee

So, my own personal Twilight excitement has suddenly hit fever pitch. I'm preaching it to everyone (my poster group, my colleagues, my Zelda buddies, Kirsty) and receiving muchos love in return. The soundtrack is on constant play in my bedroom. Bella's Lullaby has knocked the Shins off the top of my Top 100 Played list.

I booked tickets for the first showing at Bolton cinema a week on Friday. Yep, me and Kirsty will definitely be Twilighting it up on the 19th.

BUT I am sad to read that Catherine Hardwicke won't be directing 'New Moon'. Personally, I already loved Catherine Hardwicke. I love both 'Thirteen' and 'Lords of Dogtown', they're both in my DVD collection. Even though I haven't seen the film yet, I just trust that it will live up to my expectations, Hardwicke is that good.

So its getting to that time of year when everyone starts stocking up on the Crimbo essentials (mince pies, chocolate, advocat etc.) and my family are no exception to this...

Um yeah, we kinda like Crisps.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Level Up

My cold is going. And the poster is finished. Its nearly Crimbo. I'm lucky to be alive.

Lately, when I'm on my way home from Uni and I'm a tad sleepy, I stare at my reflection in the window. And you know whats weird? I don't recognise myself. Its like I'm staring at an acquiantance, someone I've met but I just can't remember when. We stare at each other, both perplexed. The girl in the reflection really does have green eyes and her smile comes as a surprise.

Its in those moments, that I feel very insignificant. Its a weird, out of body experience and it lasts for a tiny, fleeting moment. It's comforting to feel so small.

In less philosophical news, Diana left X Factor last night. Though I'm sad for her, I'm hopeful that this means she can have a career unhindered. I'd like to see her singing good tunes with an accoustic band. She'd be totally awesome.

I thought it was so sweet how the other contestants ran on to hug her. It makes me think she must really be a nice person for them all to care so much about her. She's had a lot of really cruel press which is just pathetic, targeting a seventeen year old girl like that. People should be ashamed of themselves.

She looked really, really pretty last night too!

Friday, December 05, 2008

All I Want For Christmas

Karen's Christmas List 2008:

- Wii Fit*
- Jamie Oliver's new book*
- The Twilight Movie Score
- Gossip Girl Season 1*
- A new fountain pen*
- 'Ink Exchange' by Melissa Marr*
- A new dress*
- My friends coming home
- Emmett Cullen/Lucas Leiva/Blaine Harrison
- New gloves!!!
- iTunes love
- 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist' by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
- ANY Shins album

*gift options already spoken for

You may think this list is hinting. I consider it a public service. If you want to send me love in material form this Crimbo, I've provided you with fail-proof options (as I wish many of my friends would do for me, alas).

Plus I'm a tad ill, so that might just be the best post you're gonna get outta me.

But in more amazing news: WE FINISHED THE POSTER! Yes, I AM FREE OF ASSIGNMENTS UNTIL 2009!!!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire

Tonight we decorated Toni and Kyle's Christmas tree. Markie brought the tree, Toni bought a shedload of baubles and I contributed a string of lights and the greatest star ever! Personally, I'm a star person, not a fairy person.

Mark said something cool about how even though the tree wasn't perfect, one day when Toni and Kyle have their beautiful ginger family and they're decorating a big, beautiful tree, maybe they'll tell their brood about their first Chrismas tree and how their friends helped decorate it.

The best thing was, I finally got my first Christmas pang! You know, those little sparks of excitement that you get about Christmas? I used to get them all the time when I was little, but they've waned with age which makes me a little bit sad.

I've got a horrific day tomorrow. I'll talk to you again on Friday when the storm has passed :)

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Why won't it snow? Like they said it would.

If you know me, you know that I hate snow. So when I woke up this morning to a shedload of it and a text from Toni saying the trains weren't running... I was a bit miffed.

Its not even proper snow.

All those people that bleet on about a white christmas and all that shite... yeah, they obviously never catch trains or have to drive to work at 5am before the gritters have been out. They obviously don't have rabbits that are mystified at how the world has suddenly turned white and wet.

And yet again my lovely posts are delayed!!! Argh. I'm off to play some sims. However, in better news ITS LESS THAN THREE WEEKS TILL I FINISH THIS SEMESTER! WOOT WOOT!

Monday, December 01, 2008

The Day in which I Say



Fuck anyone who calls Lucas Leiva.

You know, I had this totally lovely post ready for you. It had a cute photo and nice, fuzzy sentiments and everything. But you know what? I've had a really shitty time lately and the fact that I'm not even allowed to rant about it? Yeah, that really pisses me off.
And I like swearing when I'm angry. Even if I'm only typing them, in my mind I'm screaming each and every one. They feel good, like acid bullets fired from my pistola.
So call back tomorrow. I'll be nice and sweet again then. For now, keep your distance.