Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Just a brief update...

Bad Attitude's Book Review
The Girl Next Door
by Jack Ketchum



I read this book over a period of two days, and I can say, without a doubt, that the subject matter of this book is beyond disturbing.  The story is about a girl named Meg and her sister Susan who go to live with their Aunt Ruth and three male cousins after their parents are killed in a car accident in 1958.  Susan is temporarily crippled from injuries sustained in the accident, and Meg comes out with one big scar on her arm.  The story is told in first person from the perspective of a twelve-year-old boy named David, who lives next door to the characters in the book.  Meg is a fourteen-year-old girl who is suddenly forced to endure punishments that gradually become more heinous as time goes on at the hands of her aunt.  She also lets her three sons, and eventually other children in the neighborhood punish her however they like.  She is locked in a basement where she is often tied, gagged, and blindfolded while being beaten, tortured, and ultimately raped.  The narrator, who meets Meg and befriends her at the beginning of the story, goes from being a spectator (never a participant) to trying to help Meg and her sister escape from their prison.  While completely disgusted by the abuse this girl suffers, I found myself unable to put the book down, simply searching for the light at the end of the tunnel.  The book itself is amazing although difficult to stomach at times.  I have not seen the movie, and I am not sure if I would be able to handle it, truth be told.

I was quickly brought back to the real world while reading this book.  If only we really had heroic vampires and adventurous wizards to save us.

End Review

Now that I've thoroughly depressed/distrubed everyone with my less than humorous opening for my blog, I will now turn to things of a lighter note.

Potter Puppet Pals: Snape's Diary



Since I'm so insanely obsessed with Harry Potter (moreso than Twilight), I'm going to talk about it.

Sooooooo...

I would like to discuss my favorite character.



From the moment I first began reading Harry Potter, Professor Snape was my favorite character despite being sallow and mean to his students.
I always knew there was more to him than we knew.
When he killed Dumbledore (for the love of God, if you did not know this bit of information by this point, then you need to catch up like right now), I refused to believe that he was a bad guy.
And when I learned the whole truth about Snape in the Deathly Hallows, I loved him even more.
I was a Snape supporter from beginning to end!!
There is so much more I'd love to say about this character, but I do have friends who have not made it to the final book, and since there is not yet a movie, I do not want to ruin anything more than I have.
So, who else out there is a big Snape fan?

I'm feeling especially introspective today.
I'm not sure why.
I always have more to write about, but usually forget about it by the time I start a'writin'.
Such is life.




Perhaps this will be your moment of zen.

I need sleep.
Tomorrow is Wednesday.
And then I get a
FOUR DAY WEEKEND!

Keep your fingers crossed that my sense of humor comes back in full swing soon!

Kellebelle1981 :)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

New Moon Mania!!!

Kellebelle's New Moon Review
brought to you by
My Bad Attitude

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM ALL BOOKS AND BOTH MOVIES!!!
DO NOT READ IF YOU DON'T WANT ANY SURPRISES RUINED FOR YOU!!!


I feel the need to discuss aspects of the movie I particularly enjoyed or those that simply stuck out in my mind.
So here goes.

1) Edward Cullen
(wow, like we didn't see that one coming)



Why, hello tall, pale, and handsome!
We've waited many many (and believe me when I say many) days for you!
Of course, I also expected to sit through the movie saying
"Where's Edward?  OMG!"
Then there were shirtless werewolves and I got distracted....
Anyhoo...
the subject of Edward Cullen leads me to this.

2) The Break-Up Scene
(if I've spoiled anything for anyone, deal with it)





Luckily, I got my "boo-hoo's" out of the way the first time I saw this movie.
It was heartbreaking.
I felt Bella's pain because breaking up sucks for everyone.
Basically the whole movie is all about Bella being extremely depressed and becoming an adrenaline junkie just so she can hear Edward's voice, but not receiving any form of psychiatric help for her odd behavior.
However, I'm lead to believe that Edward was even more down in the dumps after leaving Bella for this particular reason.





Aside from the fact that Edward is trying to kill himself so he doesn't have to live in a world without Bella (because he believes her to be dead), Edward wears the same outfit for the entire movie.
That boy was gone for six months and did not change his clothes once!
Talk about lacking motivation!
Hello, Edward, just because you don't have to shower doesn't mean your clothes aren't going to get a bit ripe after awhile!  I mean, you were in the jungle at one point!!

3) The Volturi





I attempted to find the Solimena painting of the Volturi shown in the movie, but there were no images of it on google.  So I'm using this image to discuss the painting.
I thought this scene was quite comical...I can't really figure out why.
It just made me laugh.
However, as Edward went on to describe the Volturi, and the camera panned in on the painting, the characters started to...move!
I thought this only happened in Harry Potter!!
So I might have geeked out for a second because I thought of Harry Potter, and I may have lost focus for a few seconds.  No big deal really.
It was a nice way of explaining the Volturi, and showing a bit of Carlisle's past since that was blatantly left out of the first movie!

4) Charlie Swan



I love Bella's dad!!!
 I wish Billy Burke had not been so deadset on having the ugly pornostache for the movie, but he's still hot, and this is probably because he is totally hilarious.
Charlie referring to himself as a "terminal bachelor" and being "a real ladies man" had me rolling through all three viewings (yes three, shut up) of the movie.
That guy has also come close to death by crazy vampires more than once and has no clue.
He doesn't even know this his own daughter's boyfriend is a vampire and that her best friend is a werewolf.
He's a good dad though, and does everything he can to protect Bella.

5) Harry Clearwater





What a great character.
"Don't worry, Bella.  Those bears won't get the drop on me."
So I was discussing what happened to Harry with a friend of mine because what happens to him in the book isn't exactly what happens to him in the movie.
His heart attack is a result of his son and daughter turning into werewolves in the book, but in the movie his heart attack is a result of Victoria basically scaring him to death.
She's a scary bitch.
That's a true story.
I do think that what happened in the movie made things more personal when the Cullens and the Quileutes have to go up against Victoria and her army of newborn vampires in Eclipse.
Graham Greene did a great job with the character, and I wish he was going to be in the final two movies.

6) Victoria





What a badass!!!
Geez!
I am so glad the movie added action sequences that were not in the book!
And can we say creepy?
While Bella was busy drowning in the ocean because apparently cliffdiving is the most wonderful idea to see Edward and hear his voice, Victoria is swimming towards her, and she kind of reminded me of a shark.
The red eyes probably had a lot to do with it too.
Hmmm...I don't know.
Anyway, after seeing Rachelle Lefevre's (I don't know how to spell her freakin' last name) performance in the movie, I'm almost sad that she is being replaced.
Almost.





Bryce Dallas Howard will be playing Victoria in Eclipse.  She's a whopping one day older than me and a thousand times more successful.
Oh well.
I haven't seen her play a bad guy yet, so this should be fun to watch.

7) Jacob Black
(holy hell, son!)





Hot damn!
I mean...*thud*...
Just...damn!
I can't decide if I'm Team Jacob or Team Edward now!
Please don't put a shirt on.
And please hurry up and turn 18!!
And after you turn 18, please don't put a shirt on!
The same goes for the rest of your wolf pack!





How many well-toned abs can you fit into one movie?!?!
How much drool can one little keyboard take?!?!

8) Hearing Damage

And no, I'm not talking about the result of way too many teeny boppers screaming during the movie the first time Jacob removed his shirt or when Edward slow-walked from his Volvo at the beginning of the movie.

I'm actually referring to the song Hearing Damage by Thom Yorke played during a very pivotal moment during the movie.

It sort of brought everything together nicely before the big climax of the movie.

I don't have a picture to share with you.
Deal with it.

9) Alice's Vision





Good God.
Really?
This was the most lamespice moment of the movie, as depicted in this lamespice picture of Edward and Bella running through the woods together after she becomes a vampire in the future (aka Breaking Dawn).

10) Jane




Dakota Fanning.
Yikes.
I hope I never make you mad!
I'm not particularly fond of your brand of pain!

11) Aro





Delightfully creepy, yet bizarrely charming.

12) Felix





You are huge!
O_o
Daniel Cudmore makes 6'1" Robert Pattinson look like a hobbit!
And Felix kicks Edward's ass!

13) Carlisle





I heart Peter Facinelli!
Carlisle, there is no way you are going to hell!

Okay, I'm gonna wrap this up.
Me and the Julieperk enjoyed watching the movie together twice and laughing at highly inappropriate times (i.e. while Bella was drowning, when Laurent was getting ready to kill Bella, when Jacob jumps through Bella's window) all thanks to Peter Coffin and his fake New Moon trailers/parodies.
New Moon was way better than Twilight.
Eclipse will be here on June 30th!

And I'm still trying not to get too impatient over Harry Potter coming out either.
My friend Tricia posted this video on Facebook, and I stole it (well, not technically since it wasn't hers).

FYI: This might contain spoilers for those of you miscreants who haven't read the books yet!



I'm going to cry like a crazy person when Harry Potter is finished for good.

Well, that's all I have to say for now!
Over and out!

Kellebelle1981 :)


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

When life gets crazy, just blog...

Well, my friends, it is official.
I am moving to a new apartment.
This will, in fact, be my fifth (yes, fifth) time to move this year.
Moving has lost all its excitement, and now I'm just bored, stressed, and aggravated.
I don't know how I manage all three of those emotions at once, but I do it.

My brother-in-law, who has helped me move each and every time, jokes that I should not get comfortable since I will just be moving again in six months.
I hope to all that is sacred this is not the case this time.
This apartment comes with a fourteen month lease.
I might have a nervous breakdown of monstrous proportions if I'm told I will be moving again so soon.

Remember, Kelley, just breathe.
Don't forget to breathe!!!
At this time of the preaching, I am now asking everyone to drop some money into the 
"Kelley is Broke as Shit and Needs Help"
donation box.

Anyhoo, I'm moving to this fabulous little apartment complex called
The Preserve at Brentwood.
The only thing that would make it nicer would be if it was actually located in Brentwood.
But, seeing that I'm a girl of extremely limited funds and trying to figure out if I will learn to grow money trees in time for my first rent payment so I can still afford to eat, I'm going to squash that desire by saying
"beggars can't be choosers."
Dammit.

However, this apartment that my brother and I are sharing has one very awesome perk.



This baby is mounted to the wall of our living room.
Sweeeeeeeeeeeet!!
Now we just need furniture and shit to go around it.
Ain't life grand?

In other news...
I did get my hair cut, colored, and styled by a super cool gal named Rachel.
I met her through Julieperk, and she totally rocks my socks off! :)



Check it out!
I'm a little glam!
Now the question remains...
will I be able to make it look like that once I've taken control of my hair?
I'd like to think yes because it'll be totally cute if I can.
I love my new hair, and I have gotten several compliments on it! :)
The only thing I don't really get at the moment?
Why people suddenly tell me I look like Kristen Stewart.
All I know is we both have oval-shaped heads.
And dark hair.
And pale skin.



Is anyone seeing some resemblance that I'm totally blind to?
I mean, I'm not complaining, but I just don't see it.
And I've been told by like five different people that I look  like her.
Someone help me understand!
I'm so confused!

Moving right along...

I have once again started reading Twilight since I finished all seven Harry Potter books.
I am quite alarmed to report that after getting into Harry Potter's wizarding world, that getting sucked into Bella's world is working quite as well for me anymore.
I think it goes without saying that Harry Potter is my first true love, and Twilight will have to settle for being my friend that I love, but can't give my complete heart to because Harry Potter already has it.




Yes, I am a Muggle through and through.
I have recently discovered an amazing website.


I am addicted to this cornucopia of wizarding information.
There are so many amazing facets of Harry Potter that I wish I could discuss with other people.
I'd love to take my time on sharing my thoughts about the books and how the series ended (but I'm waiting for some people to finish reading the series).
I'm sure that after I finish the Twilight series, I will have no problem reading the Harry Potter books again as this addiction is quite fierce.

If you have never read Harry Potter, I encourage you to do so!
J.K. Rowling is a superb writer, and while I might be smited to hell by frenzied Twilight lovers, she is without a doubt a much more talented author.
*runs and hides from immenint attack*
This is nothing against Stephenie Meyer as she has drawn me into her series several times, but I'm a girl who enjoys looking at themes and various points of foreshadowing (pardon the English Major here) that J.K. Rowling put into each and every one of her books.
I am a nerd, and I'm proud of it!

Let's get one thing straight though...
If New Moon does not hurry up and get here I am going to start throwing my increasingly vast collection of books at the heads of everyone who slows the coming of this event down for me in any way.



We, the Twilight people, have spoken and we are tired of waiting.
How many of us were there when the countdown showed more than 200 days?
How many of us frequented newmoonmovie.org and refreshed every five minutes for the latest updates?
How many of us discovered TwiCrackAddict and her OCD blogging and followed along?
How many of us watched the MTV Movie Awards just to see a New Moon trailer?
How many of us went to Twitter Jail to get Peter Facinelli (Dr. Cullen) 500,000 followers on Twitter?
How many of us crossed our fingers that this would become the official New Moon poster?




I rest my case.
Besides, the uncontrollable drooling is about to start, and I don't know if you guys can read much more.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner!
Keep your tummies empty so you can pig out and enjoy all the food you know you'll eat anyway!

Take care, my lovelies!
In the words of Arnold Schwarzennegar
"I'll be bach...er, back."

Kellebelle1981 :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

In the arms of the Angels...

Here we go again.
Seasonal Depression has reared its ugly head.
Thank you, multi-million dollar pill companies for producing caplets I must swallow on a daily basis in order to avoid a possible nervous breakdown.
***
So here's the deal.
Three hundred and sixty five days a year, I suffer from what is known as Major Depressive Disorder as well as a Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
I can keep these minor annoyances in my life fairly balanced when I am on a decent medication.
Unfortunately, there isn't much I can do when the Seasonal Depression hits.
***
It gets dark earlier.
The holidays are coming.
And I am experiencing an overwhelming sense of apathy and lethargy.
I find myself zoning out more frequently and having more difficulty controlling my temper.
All in all, this just plain sucks.

But not for me the furrow brow...
Instead, I've taken this opportunity to think about what I might be thankful for.
To say the least, 2009 has been quite an interesting year.

1) Friends
This has been a year for losing friends, but where I lost one or two, I gained many many more.
There will always be the friends in my life who have never let me down, never betrayed me, have watched me through my worst moments and still loved me despite my bad attitude (whether it be actual or something I'm accused of having because some people are just plain ignorant).
Without the love and support (and fair amount of verbal abuse aimed at anyone who has hurt me or pissed me off monumentally), I would probably be completely lost.
So thank you Julie, Andrea, Spiff, Emily, Shelley, and Allison for always being ones I can count on.
I'd also like to thank Brad (even though were rarely see each other anymore).  When he found out I lost my job, he not only said things to make me laugh and feel better, but also congratulated me on getting out of that hellhole once and for all.  I trust him more than anyone, I've told him more than I've told anyone, and even though we don't speak as much as we used to, I know that I will always be able to go to him if I ever really need to.

2) Family
This year has, indeed, been quite testing as far as family goes.
If anything, I know that my parents are amazing, and they did the very best job they could with the three of us fighting and making their lives hell for the first 18 years of our existence.
My mother and father are amazing, and each year I realize just a little more how important they really are to me.
On a side note: I'd like to thank my brother-in-law for helping me move several times this year.  Our running joke is that I will be moving again in six months, so why bother getting settled where I am?

3) My Job
I honestly had the hardest time coming into my current job.
It is the same line of work as before, but there is so much about it that is so different.
I believed that I would never get used to the place, and that everyone would continue to mistake my standoffish nature and quietness for bitchiness and snobbery.
I feel like I have really started to fit in, though, and that is saying a lot for someone who does not like change one tiny bit.
I love my bosses.
It makes my life easier having bosses that don't talk down to me.
It's nice having bosses that don't really play favorites.
It helps working with two other people who know where I am coming from.
I admit that I get a little nervous because my current place doesn't seem as organized, but I've discovered that things are handled with quite a bit more professionalism, and that puts my mind at ease.

Things I'm Looking Forward To:

New Moon
Okay!
The first time I saw the countdown we had over 200 days!
We are now down to less than two weeks!

Thanksgiving
Well, I think I am.
I'm looking forward to the food.

Upgrading My Cell Phone
Seriously.
My current one likes to turn itself off...a lot.

TwiCon
I've paid the money, now I'm ready for the fun!

New Years
I can't wait for Jo, Violet, or Brenda to get their butts to Nashville so we can party! :)

Joke of the Day:
A horse walks into a bar.
The bartender looks at the horse and says
"Why the long face?"
Hah...what a knee slapper.

Video of the Day:
(In Honor of the Release of New Moon)



Picture of the Day:








Okay, my nephew is too cute.
I adore that child!

Buffy Quote of the Day:

"We like to talk big... vampires do. I'm going to destroy the world. That's just tough-guy talk. Strutting around with your friends over a pint of blood. The truth is, I like this world. You've got...dog racing, Manchester united. And you've got people. Billions of people walking around like Happy Meals with legs. It's all right here. But then someone comes along with a vision. With a real... passion for destruction. Angel could pull it off. Good-bye, Picadilly. Farewell, Leicester-bloody-Square."

Spike always got the best ramblings. :)

Anyway,
I'm off to bed.

Kellebelle1981 :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

I travelled half the world to saaaay, you are my muse!

Holy Tax Accountant, Batman!
It's Friday!
Tomorrow 100 Monkeys is playing at the Wildhorse.
I might make an appearance and see if I can corner Jackson Rathbone before the night ends.
As long as I don't scare him away, I think it has the potential to be cool!

I experienced a major form of jealousy earlier this week...



When do I get to meet James Marsters?!?!?!
This is my friend Katie, who I met on my trip to England.
She got to get up close and personal with His Hotness Supreme!
My face is totally green!
I'm just sayin'!
FYI: JM is totally hot for a 47-year-old.
There's no denying it!

Okay, I've gotten that out of the way.
Now on to other things.

Last night while watching Vampire Diaries and continuously marveling over the difference between the books and the tv show, I had more thoughts.
Yeah, it happens a lot.
Hokey, so here goes.

1. Stefan Salvatore is completely lickable.



I wish he'd smile more often!

2. Damon continues to piss me off!
I liked Lexi!!!
And that butthole killed her!
I still prefer book Damon to tv show Damon.

3. How come these protectors of Mystic Falls didn't make the connection that they were talking to Damon Salvatore (the vampire) considering his name is on the list of attendees to the first party over 100 years ago?
I mean, c'mon!
They know Stefan and Damon are vampire brothers!
Don't they?
At this point I'm mostly just very confused anyway.

4. Bonnie is a witch.
Duh.

5. Vickie...
What a short-lived character.
She lasted way longer in the books and was a lot more messed up!

6. Why did they combine Bonnie and Meredith?
Both characters were equally important in the damn books.
Dammit!

I guess that more or less covers my thoughts on last night's episode.

Now on to Supernatural.




This is what we know...
The Trickster is actually Gabriel the Archangel.
I was hoping he'd be hot.
Like Castiel.



See?
All Angels should be this hot!

Anyhoo...
Castiel got the crap beat out of him.
He looked confused at the end.
Like always.
The Trickster stuck Sam and Dean in various tv shows.
Thank you, Eric Kripke, for poking fun at Grey's Anatomy (that show is the bane of my existence) and blatantly making fun of David Caruso and his sunglasses.
I haven't laughed that hard since I was a little boy!!!!

Well, my lovelies, I'm fairly exhausted and still not with the witty/funny.
Sorry!
Maybe I'm losing my touch!

Lego Twilight!



Lego Monty Python
LOL this makes me cackle like a crazy person!



"You should show me some respect.
I dragged you out of hell.
I can throw you back in."



This one is for Julie, who is having a rough day!
Love ya, Juls!



Okay, this endeth my pointless blog update for the night!
Later peeps!

Kellebelle1981 :)

PS-New Moon is almost here!!!



Who's ready for Edward Sparkles?
And hot werewolves? :)