Saturday, November 16, 2013

Getting to Know Each Other "Tag"

So I was hunting through some old files on my computer and found this ancient Facebook tag--you know, those things when people still used the Notes function? (Do people still do that?) Anyways, I enjoy filling these things out, especially when I've done them before, so I can see how I've changed over the years.

So we're gonna do this little puppy, simply named "Getting to know each other." And a ton of GIFs for your viewing pleasure. :)

1. What time did you get up this morning? 9:30, my usual wake-up time on weekends.

2. How do you like your steak? Rare--the redder, the better!

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Grown Ups 2, I believe

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Welcome to the Airport!

Howdy folks! My so-called "good blogging" has been failing lately. What can I say? My interests are ever fleeting. However, I feel the need to finish this travel series, and hey, people travel year-round right?

So, back on track, this post will be all about the outs and ins of the airport: baggage check, security, customs, baggage claim, etc. Here we go!

Let's Get Jet-Set: Electronics

Now that you have your tickets and all of your documents in order, it's time to start thinking about what to pack. This post will be centered on packing electronics and what you'll need to actually use them abroad. I'll do another post on clothing/shoes/etc and another on carry-on's in the next few days (hopefully, and hopefully with pictures!)

So let's get excited and do this thing!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Traveling/Studying Abroad: Passports, Visas, and Tickets, oh my!

Bonjour!! Or bonsoir in my case since it's actually 10:30 at night. So you're going abroad? Have no fear, Shelby the ultra paranoid guru is here!

In this post, we'll be talking about...yup you guessed it! Passports, and visas, and tickets!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Paris is in Seine! (See What I Did There?)

Haha I'm so punny. I make other punny people laugh. Or cry with dismay.

SOoo, here's the sitch: I'm studying abroad in Paris. No joke. At this moment I am in Paris. I'm laying in my bed with a glass of wine and the Eiffel Tower is right outside my window. Ok, so I'm not actually drinking wine right now (though I have a bottle in the fridge) nor can you see the Eiffel Tower from my window. But I am really in Paris.

See? That's me in front of the Musée d'Orsay. Google it.
I've been thinking about this for a while. Thinking about what, you ask? Writing. Writing a helpful guide for people like me who are inexperienced travelers. Travelers who ask a million questions and obsessively worry about everything that can go wrong instead of getting excited for their first ever trip to freaking Europe. Those absolutely convinced that their luggage will be lost in transit so much so that they squeeze anything with a smidgen of sentimental value into their carry on. Those who are paranoid that foreign outlets are going to fry their life's blood computer but have no qualms plugging in their smartphone. Those who get lost in a town they've lived in for the past ten years on their way to retake the ACT. Those people. My kind of people.

So here I will be presenting a short, sort of ongoing series about how to prepare for and survive a trip to Paris. Hopefully this helps someone, because otherwise, I'm just talking to myself. Again.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Les Misérables (2012)

Directed by: Tom Hooper
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, & Amanda Seyfried
Rated PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence, and thematic elements

If you haven't heard of Les Mis, you must live under a rock. This movie has been preached by fans ever since they announced they were making another film (there's another Les Mis movie from 1998 starring Liam Neeson). The fact that it earned Golden Globe nominations BEFORE it even hit theaters tells you it must be amazing, and indeed friends, it is.

The basic plot line: "Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, 'Les Miserables' travels with prisoner-on-parole, 24601, Jean Valjean [pronounced John Val-john], as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert [Jah-ver] on a journey beyond the barricades, at the center of the June Rebellion. Meanwhile, the life of a working class girl [Fantine] with a child is at turning point as she turns to prostitution to pay money to the evil innkeeper and his wife [the Thernandiers] who look after her child, Cosette. Valjean promises to take care of the child, eventually leads to a love triangle between Cosette, Marius, who is a student of the rebellion, and Eponine, a girl of the streets. The people sing of their anger and Enjolras leads the students to fight upon the barricades." (from Internet Movie Database)

This movie was downright amazing. Visually, it was beautiful and unbelievable. But let's focus on the acting. Hugh Jackman completely earned his Oscar nomination. I need to see Lincoln before I can say whether he deserved the statue more than Daniel Day Lewis, but I have a hunch that he did. He was flawless as Valjean and his singing was superb. Russell Crowe was probably my favorite character throughout the entire movie. Although he is often considered the villain, he's a loyal man of the law who is only fulfilling his duties. And Crowe can effing sing!! I've heard his performances with his band, but hearing him do full blown Broadway was wonderful.

 Anne Hathaway earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Fantine, the tortured single mother. While she did amazingly well, I can't help but think that she didn't have enough screen time nor character development to truly deserve it. However, I can't say for sure until I watch the other nominated ladies' films. Eddie Redmayne (Marius), Samantha Barks (Eponine), and Amanda Seyfried (Cosette) were perfect in their roles. Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter are reunited as the Thernandiers, the conning innkeepers that are the film's much needed comic relief.

 Now, if you are an adamant hater of musicals, you'll probably want to skip Les Mis: it's about 90 percent singing. But if you love musicals, have at it. All the singing was done LIVE--as in, sung while they were shooting, in frame, as opposed to mouthing along to a recording--AMAZING.

 I loved this film. Will I buy it? Probably not. Why? I can't imagine myself saying, "Hmm, I really really want to watch Les Mis right now." However, it's a great film that everyone should see at least once. I only had one beef with it, and it was the fact that if a Hollywood flick is set in France, everyone (and I mean everyone) has a British accent. Ugh.

 Overall, 4.5 out of 5 stars! Now, go rent it!!