Day 761: Out + About

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February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 12

Day 761: Out + About

The theater!!

Today’s photo involved being out and about. As you can guess, I went to the movie theater tonight! I’ve always loved this theater since it’s in my hometown. And I love the fact that they kept this marquee with the awesome lights all these years. I like it when theaters look somewhat old-fashioned. It makes me want to dress up and go to the theater!

Alright folks, it’s time for reviews of books and a movie. You might judge me extremely after this post, but I’m willing to risk it. Tonight at the movie theater, I saw Fifty Shades of Grey. First, I’ll give you my review of the books.

Fifty Shades Books Synopsis (DEFINITE SPOILERS): The first book is about a girl in her young 20s named Anastasia Steele; she steps in for her roommate, Kate, to interview a wealthy business man for the school newspaper… Christian Grey. He is powerful, rich, and dominant while Anastasia is young, naïve, and innocent. They realize they can’t resist each other, so they begin a relationship of sorts, sexually and emotionally, while he wants to be her dominant and she his submissive. Their relationship grows into something more, which is new for both of them. They find themselves having fun together while learning about each other. At the end, his controlling tendencies become too much for her, so she leaves.

I’ll make the synopsis for the next two books a lot shorter. For the second book, Fifty Shades Darker, Christian and Anastasia get back together and try having a regular relationship, while doing a lot of… adult things. Issues come up with an ex-sub and Ana’s boss; they both try to hurt them. Christian’s friend, Mrs. Robinson, causes trouble for them, too. In the end, they realize they love each other and get engaged. In Fifty Shades Freed, Ana and Christian go on a long honeymoon in Europe. They seem happy for the most part, and Ana ends up pregnant later. Christian gets angry and gets drunk with Mrs. Robinson, which causes issues. Ana’s former boss kidnaps Christian’s sister and tries to basically kidnap and kill Ana. Crazy stuff happens, but in the end, Ana and Christian are happily married with a child and another on the way.

My Review on the Books: So, ready for my opinion? I overall like the books. Christian is a lost, tortured, dreamy, caring, crazy guy and I was mesmerized by him. Sometimes I liked how he acted manly while other times I wanted to punch him. There’s definitely a lot of detail in the more adult scenes, but being an adult myself, I could handle them. I mainly liked seeing how both Christian and Ana change throughout the books and grow to love each other. I liked seeing their chemistry and how it evolved. He wanted to fully control her at the beginning, but that’s impossible to do if the relationship evolves. I think you have to be open-minded on sex and relationships while reading these books (or seeing the movie). I learned more about the… more adult parts… which I guess is OK. The third book annoyed me a bit, mainly because Ana was whiny and Christian’s personality changed A LOT, but I like how the story wrapped up. Overall, I think the books are a curiously, fantasy-driven, fun read.

Fifty Shades Movie (POSSIBLE TINY SPOILERS):  I thought the movie went along with the book really well. If you haven’t read the books, I’m not sure if you’ll really like the movie, especially the ending. Jamie Dornan did an amazing job playing Christian Grey. I pictured him being like that! There were some little funny parts and Dakota Johnson did a great job, too. If you liked the books, I recommend seeing the movie!

Well, it’s late. Time for me to sleep. And I hope you aren’t judging me after this post. Goodnight!



Day 333: Altgeld Hall

Rachel, Day by Day

Hello! Here is a photo of Altgeld Hall on campus for you. I do like this building since it’s older than most of the buildings around, so it has more character. The architecture is fascinating and unique, too. Look at those bricks! You don’t see those around much anymore. I like the arches above the windows, too. The bell tower is in this photo, too; the bells chime every 15 minutes. I’ve never been up there, but I heard you can go up there and actually ring the bells. That would be fun! I’ll have to do that someday.

It’s warmer outside today! Scott and I went on a walk around campus and it was a lot of fun. It’s still a bit cold outside, but it’s walkable weather! I do miss campus and seeing the buildings every day, so it was fun seeing all of them again. We walked down Green Street, on the quad, and around the other streets in town. It was glorious.

We also went to the public library and looked at the many books and DVDs. I’m already behind on my reading, so I didn’t check out any more books. I still want to finish Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; then I want to read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I’ve heard good things about it. The public library is awesome, though. I could walk around in there every day!

Well, happy Sunday! Who’s ready for the Oscars? I am! I will say that I don’t want The Social Network to win anything. And I’d be happy if The King’s Speech won and Natalie Portman for Best Actress. Those are a few of my thoughts on that. More to come after the Oscars!

Day 223: Library

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I love this public library. It is the most modern-looking library I’ve ever seen! I like all of the windows so when you drive by at night, it looks really cool all lit up. I really like that it doesn’t have a normal shape to it; it’s very unique. Can you even tell where the entrance is? I bet not! The inside is really cool, too. There’s a really long staircase to get to the second floor. I always take that instead of the elevator because it’s so cool. I feel awesome walking up the staircase! There’s a giant DVD section, too, which is always awesome. There’s even a coffee shop inside. Anyway, I really like this library and should go more often!

Sometimes I feel old-fashioned for these reasons:
1) I still buy CDs instead of purchasing the music online.
2) I don’t have internet or cool applications on my phone.
3) I don’t like buying clothes online and most of the time I’d rather buy things in stores.
4) I still buy DVDs and go to Blockbuster to rent movies. And I don’t have Netflicks.
5) There’s still a lot about cable and internet I don’t understand.

Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m with the times with technology; I’m always a step behind. But, guess what? I’m ok with that! I think it took me longer than normal to figure out what text messaging was. I remember asking a random girl about it in high school. Anyway, that was a random thought. Hope you enjoyed it!

Glee is on tonight! And did you know Glee Karaoke Revolution came out today?? How exciting!

Day 62: Gross Birds

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What a lovely start to the day! I walk to my car and see a ton of bird poop on the driver’s side door. Of course, that’s the one door I have to use. Couldn’t the bird have gone on one of the back doors? It even got on the handle! It’s on the door, the handle, and the window. I’ve never seen so much on one door in my entire life. This was not a great start to this Tuesday morning. I’m hoping rain will wash this away tonight, but if not, I’m definitely getting a car wash tomorrow. Gross!!! I think this deserves three exclamation points.

Who’s exhausted right now? I am! I’m not even sure why. I had enough sleep last night, so that’s not an issue. Maybe it’s because I walked/ran after work. Oh well.

I’m reading Eclipse from the Twilight series again. Don’t make fun of me. I’m mainly reading it because I’m meshing the third and fourth books together, and I’d like to read it before seeing the movie. Yes, I’ll probably see the movie. I will say that I like the books a lot better than the movies. The characters and detail is so much better. I am not a fanatic like all those tweens, though. And I really don’t want to marry Rob Pattinson. Personally, I’m not attracted to him. I like my imagination of the book Edward. And, I don’t think Kristen Stewart is a good actress. I feel like I could act as well as her. She seems to be the same character in every movie, like Matthew McConaughey and Katherine Heigl. I respect actors and actresses more when they can play a lot of different characters. So, those are my thoughts on that.

Have a good Tuesday night! Don’t forget about The Office marathon and Glee!