Quite Irksome

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Today’s word: Irksome [urk-suh m] (adj.)
Meaning: annoying; irritating; exasperating; tiresome; bothersome; tending to irk
According to Wiktionary it originates from the Old English word weorcsum(painful, hurtful).
Other forms: irk, irksomely (adv.), irksomeness (n)
Spanish translation: irritante, fastidioso
And now a list of things that I find quite irksome:

  1. When the lid of the toilet or the seat itself is left up.
  2. When people blatantly liter.
  3. Bills
  4. Hangnails
  5. Flyaway hairs
  6. Wet socks
  7. Canker sores
  8. Donald Trump
  9. When people overshare on social media
  10. Alarm clocks
  11. When people say “I seen it” instead of “I saw it”
  12. CONSTANT phone users
  13. People who cut you off while driving
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15 Movies

As a student in film watching movies is like homework but I hadn’t been doing a very good job at keeping up. I have access to movies on DVD, at the theater, on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and on Xfinity OnDemand…my watchlist goes on and on.
On September 7, 2015, I started keeping track of the movies I was watching. My goal was to watch at least 15 movies that I hadn’t seen before by November 7, 2015…here’s the list!

  1. A Serious Man (2009)
    • Directed by Ethan and Joel Coen
    • Starring Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard King, Sari Lennick
    • Trivia: The Coen Brothers stated that the opening scene was nothing more than a little short that they made up to get the audience in the proper mood, and that there is no meaning behind it.
    • Watched at home on DVD
    • Thoughts: Strange but it kept my interest
  2. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
    • Directed by Guy Ritchie
    • Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander
    • Trivia: The only principal cast members to use their natural accents in the film were ‘Sylvester Groth’ and ‘Hugh Grant’.
    • Watched in theater
    • Thoughts: Definitely entertaining and Armie Hammer is a beautiful man
  3. Behind the Candelabra (2013)
  4. L!fe Happens (2011)
  5. Vertigo (1958)
    • Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
    • Starring James Stewart, Kim Novak
    •  Trivia: There is a 25 year age difference between James Stewart and Kim Novak, who were 49 and 24 respectively when the film was shot in 1957.
    • Watched in my Scoring class at DePaul
    • Thoughts: Brilliant, I’ll always appreciate the work of Hitchcock and the score is simple but yet again, brilliant. But the ending makes me so angry.
  6. The Intern (2015)
  7. THX 1138 (1971)
    • Directed by George Lucas 
    • Starring Robert Duvall 
    • Trivia: The sounds of the police motorcycles are the sped-up sounds of women screaming together in a tiled bathroom.
    • Watched in my Sound Effects class at DePaul
    • Thoughts: Totally weird, and I still don’t quite get it but the sounds effects are awesome.
  8. Black Mass (2015)
  9. Chef (2014)
    • Directed by Jon Favreau
    • Starring Jon Favreau
    • Trivia: Jon Favreau did his own cooking by training with food truck chef Roy Choi.
    • Watched at home on Netflix
    • Thoughts: An endearing film that put a special light on a father-son relationship
  10. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
  11. Crimson Peak (2015)
    • Directed by Guillermo del Toro 
    • Starring  Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston 
    • Trivia: Everything in the house was made for the house. Nothing was reused from salvaged parts.
    • Watched in the theater for my Scoring class
    • Thoughts: Most certainly a Gothic Romance, not a Horror film. Beautifully dressed and shot. Jessica Chastain was amazing.
  12. Risky Business (1983)
    • Directed by Paul Brickman
    • Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay 
    • Trivia: The dance scene where Joel dances to “Old Time Rock N’ Roll” was completely improvised. In the script Tom Cruise was simply instructed to “dance to rock music”.
    • Watched at home on Netflix
    • Thoughts: A classic, glad I finally watched it!
  13. The Best of Me (2014)
  14. Boogie Nights (1997)
    • Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
    • Starring Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds
    • Watched at home on Netflix
    • Thoughts: That was an experience…but just another confirmation that I will watch any movie that stars Mark Wahlberg or Julianne Moore.
  15. The Room (2003)
    • Directed by Tommy Wiseau
    • Starring Tommy Wiseau
    • Trivia:
      • There are eight instances of the phrase “Don’t worry about it”, plus one “Don’t worry about that”, one “Don’t worry about me”, two “Don’t worry about Johnny”s, one “Don’t worry about those f*ckers”, and two plain old “Don’t worry”s.
      • There are thirty-four spoon shots.
      • A lot of the film’s dialogue was dubbed in, which is why there are many out-of-sync scenes, particularly those involving Johnny. Tommy Wiseau was said to be unable to memorize lines, necessitating the use of cue cards, and the sound crew was reportedly plagued with difficulties.
    • Watched at a friend’s house on DVD at about 12am
    • Thoughts: Terrible, seeing this once is more than enough. The dubbing makes me want to cry as a sound person.

So many movies, so little time.
Have you seen any good movies lately? I’m always taking recommendations!

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The Dreams, Wishes and Goals of a Thirteen Year Old

I started this list of life goals in 2005, when I was thirteen. I added to it a few times in middle and high school and I’ve checked a few things off that I have accomplished since. The way it’s written below is what it looks like on the first page of this journal, cross throughs, checkmarks, excessive exclamation points and all.

“DREAM — When we take time to dream, we discover the many windows to our soul.” – Isabella Burani

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The reasons I keep journals never diminish, I love seeing the growth in my ideas and thoughts.
Dreams/Wishes AND Goals 

  • Go to college (A university)/get a well paying job that I like ✓
  • Be in band through high school 
  • Become good awesome at the piano
  • Start a family (after I’m 20…maybe 25…at least)
  • Stay in touch with my family and friends even after I start my own family
  • Become Bilingual (English and Spanish)
  • Go to France ✓
  • Go to Ireland, go to Australia
  • Do whatever I can to stay healthy
  • Never drink any alcohol of any kind or smoke
  • Be in cheerleading through high school ✓
  • Become a really good singer
  • Be the person I want to be!!!!!!!!
  • Always be brave!!!!!
  • Let my voice be heard
  • Never stop taking photographs
  • Finish my scrapbooks
  • Keep writing poetry
  • Graduate high school with a 3.6 or higher ✓
  • Fill this book with my thoughts
  • Have no enemies
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Purdue Bucket List

    1. Attend Boiler Gold Rush – aka BGR aka Freshman Orientation.
      • Well of course!
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    2. Attend a basketball game
      • Absolutely
    3. Drink an entire Den Pop.
      • It was painful but yes.
    4. Eat at Triple X
      • Their breakfast is the best
    5. Get a milkshake at Pappy’s
      • Never got around to it.
    6. Pull an all-nighter
      • More than I’d like to admit, I miss Hicks library
    7. Fountain Run
      • OH YES!
    8. Attend a concert in Elliot Hall of Music
      • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Weird Al…not at the same show.
    9. Go to Harry’s Chocolate Shop
      • Just a couple of times 😉
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    10. Achieve a 4.0 for one semester
    11. Ride the Citibus
    12. Get a part-time job
      • Good ole ITaP
    13. Get a drink from the Lion Fountain
    14. Live with a random roommate
      • And I’ll never regret it Zucc!
    15. Skip a class on purpose and for no reason at all
    16. Visit a professor outside of class for office hours
    17. Become the president of something
      • WIT (Women in Technology!)
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    18. Shake hands with the university president
    19. Stay friends with someone all four years
      • Since STAR, Jess!
    20. Attend a football game
      • Particularly for “Shout” and the IU Sucks dance
    21. Join a random club
    22. Go for a ride on the Boilermaker Special
    23. Get a picture with Purdue Pete
    24. Get a picture with the World’s Largest Drum
    25. Take a nap somewhere on campus
    26. Go to a Fraternity party
    27. Go to a Baseball game (at the new field)
    28. Go to Trivia Night at Jake’s
      • Where I met a very special guy, Max, I wish I was a better girlfriend to you.
    29. Go to Famous Frank’s
    30. Go to the Cactus
      • Thursday, the best and the worst night.
    31. Attend Breakfast Club
      • There is something exhilarating about drinking at 5 A.M dressed in a goofy costume.pirate
    32. Go sledding on Slayter Hill
    33. Walk under the Bell Tower
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    34. GRADUATE.
      • Boom! Bachelor’s Degree.

Gosh, I miss life at Purdue sometimes. Great times with great people in a great place.

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17 Realizations of An Uptown Girl

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As of Sunday, May 24, 2015, I am an Uptown girl. It is one of Chicago’s many small neighborhoods north of the downtown area (where I used to live) and it is right next to Lake Michigan.
The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind, everything happened so quickly but it’s all very exciting because I, for the first time, live alone in my very own studio apartment. During my move and the past couple of days, here’s what I have learned and realized so far:

  1. I have way too much stuff…okay I already knew that…
  2. In a tiny studio apartment, organization is key
  3. I hate not having a dishwasher
  4. I should have asked if there was AC
  5. I don’t have a peephole in my front door
  6. It’s weird not having a TV/Cable/Internet (yet), but it’s kind of nice at the same time — CDs and DVDs are really making a come back at my place right meow
  7. I love saying “MY” apartment
  8. Sometimes kitchen cupboards/drawers are like flowers, they are just there to look pretty
  9. If I want a hot shower, it’s a quick shower
  10. I am so glad to have my full size, non-lofted bed back
  11. 300 square feet isn’t so bad
  12. I live wonderfully close to the lake and it makes for a great walking/running experience
  13. A shopping cart you can take home with you is an excellent purchase
  14. I get way more steps on my Fitbit now that I commute to work and school
  15. I am much more conscious of my electricity use
  16. It’s going to take a while before I get completely organized and decorated
  17. I feel like such an adult, I should blog about this.

And so I will!
Look out for small apartment tips, on the train stories, adulting adventures and more.
Have a lovely Wednesday!
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