Tuesday, September 8, 2009

put your reading glasses on...this is gonna be a long one.

Hidey Ho readers! Long time, no blog. I promise I'm back now though! Think of it this way...now I have so much more to write! So be prepared for a month's worth of blogging in this one (not so)little post! So lets get started! I don't want to waste anymore of your precious time!
Last time I blogged I told you all about my "Fall Five". Now about half of them have come and gone and I would like to follow up on how they were. First off, I watched the Private Webseries at www.teen.com/private and I was a bit disappointed. Each episode only lasts about 5-8 minutes tops. The series barely follows the books and looks NOTHING like the Billings in my head. Reed, however (played by Kelsey Rein) looks exactly how I pictured her...but no one else does. Thomas, as we all know, is my favorite character and no matter how much I like Brant Daugherty, he does not make a believable Thomas. Everything from his stiff leather jacket (which he looks completely uncomfortable in) to his attitude seems fake. With him, and the entire rest of the cast, it feels like an actor or actress playing a part instead of actually becoming the character. I am one of the biggest Private fans out there and it kills me to write a terrible review for something I hold so close to my heart, but I am NOT a fan of the webisodes. Too much is too different and I don't adapt well to change. Next, Suspicion, the latest of the Private books came out TODAY so I haven't had a chance to read it yet...it still hasn't even come in the mail. But you can officially buy it at bookstores today...anywho, I read the teaser chapter online (Chapter 1) and I CAN'T WAIT to get my hands on the rest of the book. I am soOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoO excited and I hope everyone else is too! Lastly, OSU started their season off with a bang last Saturday (Sept 4) beating Georgia 24-10 on their home field at Boone Pickens Stadium. I am so excited to see my Cowboys ranked #5 (up from their #9 position) in the AP Polls while OU, after a devastating 14-13 loss against BYU falls from their #3 position out of the top 10 to #13. Bummer Sooner. :)
Twilight is coming upon us fast and furious (only 73 days left) so just a reminder, if you are planning on going with me to Harkins for opening night I need your name (and $10) ASAP so I can order the tickets!
A few other things have happened since August that I would like to fill you in on...2 big things that didn't quite make my "Fall Five" but deserved an honorable mention: School starting and My cousin Mallory's wedding.
As I said, school started for me a couple of weeks ago and with that comes mixed emotions. I love having structure and buying school supplies but there is a price for everything. Literally...so much money goes into buying school supplies, books, and tuition...and those are just the literal costs. But money isn't necessarily the only thing that i'm paying with...my time is as well...now I get to spend hours studying and reading and writing assignments (woohoo.) I get to worry about homework, tests, quizzes and crazy teachers. I am fortunate to only have come across one crazy teacher this semester (physics). I started out the semester enrolled in 14 hours of classes. Biology LEC, Biology LAB, Physics, American Literature, and College Algebra. Unfortunately, however, after about 5 minutes in my physics class I realized I was in over my head and dropped it. Now I only have 3 classes on campus (my lit class is online) I have Bio Lec, and Algebra on MW mornings and Bio Lab tuesday afternoons so I am completely done with school for the week by Thursday. Also, with school starting, that means AWANA is starting at church and I volunteered my Wednesday nights to helping little kiddies learn Bible verses so wish me luck with them!
The other event, the wedding is very fun to tell people about. Firstly, it was held at Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs. I was surprised how many people actually made the journey! One of my cousins Asher (AJ) was supposed to be in the wedding but then he got swine flu. He went to the doctor and got medicine and now he is all better so he ended up making the journey. He and my cousin Tyler (Bride's brother) walked down the aisle holding hands (AJ is 13 and Tyler is 27 and they are 1st cousins). That was so funny. I thought that would have been the funniest part of the wedding...but no. After the ceremony, we all left the chapel and were in the parking lot when it was revealed that someone brought their potbellied pig to the wedding in the back of their truck...Did you know pigs don't like having their feet off the ground....because that is one thing they told us when the pig was squeeling like crazy! Some other highlights of the weekend were: my mom asking the groom who he was, my aunt Dorothy telling us "the purple haired girl is a slut", being one of five sober people at the reception, my cousins trying to convince me to do shots with them, and them trying to get me to go do Karaoke with them, my mom "not knowing how to work a matchbook", and finding out one of my cousins, Evan, is on a website for a gym where he demonstrates how to use fitness equipment....
Now....things that are coming up in my life: Twilight, Lost Symbol, Perfect Mistake, The Van Alen Legacy, Lake trip, my birthday, fall break, thanksgiving break, christmas break, all the other breaks I might get (I like breaks), Rich and Becky's Baby Senn making her appearance sometime in January, baby shower sometime in the near(ish) future, etc... And I am sure EVERYONE is dying to know what I want for my birthday.... so Iwill post my wishlist HERE!

Airhead-Meg Cabot
Being Nikki- Meg Cabot
Paper Towns- John Green
Fragile Eternity- Melissa Marr
Ink Exchange- Melissa Marr
Geek Magnet- Kieran Scott
Harry Potter Should Have Died-(unknown)
Plum Spooky-Janet Evanovich
Twelve Sharp-Janet Evanovich
Lean Mean Thirteen-Janet Evanovich
Fearless Fourteen-Janet Evanovich
Finger Lickin' Fifteen-Janet Evanovich
Battle of the Labyrinth- Rick Riordan
The Last Olympian- Rick Riordan
Take A Chance On Me: Gossip Girl: The Carlyles- Cecily VonZeigesar
Killer-Sarah Shepard
Specials- Scott Westerfeld
Extras- Scott Westerfeld
Pretties-Scott Westerfeld
Off The Beaten Path Oklahoma-(unknown)
Lost Symbol-Dan Brown
Martha Stewart Cupcakes-Martha Stewart
Mermaid Cookbook- (unknown)
Autumn With Family and Friends (cookbook)-(unknown)-Gooseberry Patch Publishing
Farmhouse Kitchen (cookbook)-(unknown)-Gooseberrry Patch Publishing
Christmas With Family and Friends(cookbook)-(unknown)-Gooseberry Patch Publishing
Red Carpet Suicide: A Guide to Keeping Up With the Hiltons-Perez Hilton
The Perks of Being A Wallflower-(unknown)
ANY Travel "FOR DUMMIES" books--see me if you are confused by what this means.
101 Best Scenes Ever Written

Best Buy
Hobby Lobby
Old Navy
Jamba Juice
Barnes & Noble

Princess-Vera Wang
Rock Princess-Vera Wang
Nina-Nina Ricci
L-Gwen Stefani

and as always, cash is accepted as well.

There you have it! Now GO BUY...after you finish reading my post and comment!!!! (and if you comment without an account please leave your name [first and last] so I'll know who I'm talking to! If you are one of my people who have accounts I can find you from there!
I'm almost done if you can bear with me for just a little while longer I'm going to tell you something. I always go on and on and on about Private but what I usually don't tell people is that when I first read the books, I went through a BIG list of real life private boarding schools convinced that it was the way to go. I narrowed my list down to 7 schools. Deerfield Academy (Deerfield Massachusetts), Berkshire School (Sheffield, Massachusetts), Wilbraham and Monson Academy (Wilbraham, Massachusetts), Tabor Academy (Marion, Massachusetts), Phillips Academy (Andover, Massachusetts), Northfield Mount Hermon School (Mount Hermon, Massachusetts), and Cushing Academy (Ashbyrnham, Massachusetts). Can you tell I liked Massachusetts. Well, lately I've been on a secret society kick. The whole idea of a secret society is exciting and I wish I was in one. So I found a list of prep school tht have secret societies and guess what was on the list? Deerfield Academy, my #1 choice! So...I've pretty much decided if/when I have kids I'm gonna try to get them in there. I am BIG on tradition and I would have loved to go to an old school that has a lot of history and traditions that have to be observed and from what I can tell, Deerfield has everything I am looking for. Sure it cost TONS of money but that is what savings accounts and scholarships are for right? They have to use that endowment money somewhere don't they!

Okay well...thats all for now. I'm getting a bit tired. I'm going to go find my dad and pitch him the idea of painting the room i will be moving into orange.

Go Pokes. God Bless.


  1. I can't wait to read your first book Mattie - you really are good with words.

    I, like you, always thought it would be so cool to have gone to a prep school, just wasn't in the cards.

    I/we are anxiously awaiting Twilight, also. Wish we were closer so we could go with ya AND help celebrate your birthday. Jessie has started reading Harry Potter (I may have already told you that). She convinced me to watch some of the movies and I've really liked them, so am thinking I may have to read the series too.

    I really enjoy reading your post Mattie - is your room orange???

    Go Pokes!!! love ya!

  2. "Bummer Sooner"...I love that.

    Secret societies? That seems too close to discrimination. There must be a better way to embrace tradition.

    You have such a way with words. I wish you would post some of your poetry on your blog!

  3. Getting excited about your birthday celebration - oh goodie - another tablescape in the works!

    Besides, it's for my favorite girl in the whole world.

    I Love you,