May the Fourth 2017

Boy, has life been busy. School, school, school; it’s getting old.

Anyway, Star Wars! 40th anniversary year! Last week my mom and I were in Disney, where I ran my first half marathon. But not just any marathon- not even just a Disney marathon…It was the Star Wars Dark Side half!

It actually was very fun. The running part is relatively easy when you stop for pictures with Stormtroopers, and I was motivated knowing that Darth Vader was at the finish line. We got pictures with Kylo Ren (who is actually very intimidating, even when it’s just a photo-opt), Captain Phasma, both classic Stormtroopers and First Order ones, Chewbacca, and even some Jawas and Tuskin Raiders. It was very cool. I felt a galaxy far, far away. 

And yes, that Stormtrooper totally photobombed our picture!

Unfortunately, today May 4th falls on a Thursday, which means no party 😔 And I don’t have enough time this weekend to make the Star Wars desserts I’ve been wanting dying to make, so double bummer.

But there’s no reason why I can’t make the desserts next week…

If I have time, I will. For now, I’ll just settle for watching the movies to celebrate.

That’s what my sisters and I have been doing. We are in the middle of a Star Wars marathon. Technically, marathons are watching the movies in one shot, but life gets in the way and it’s apparently not a good idea to watch 16 hours of TV straight. So over the course of a week, my sisters and I have polished off Episodes I – VI. This weekend will see the last two movies of the Saga, The Force Awakens and Rogue One. And we’ll do it again this December, before Episode VIII The Last Jedi comes out.

I love rewatching the movies, even the prequels. There were so many things that I missed, scenes that I laugh way too hard at now. Like the scene in RotS, where Yoda goes to confront Sidious, and the Red Guards are prepared to take care of Yoda, but the little  Jedi Master just waves his hand a bit nonchalantly and Force-flings the guards into the wall. I probably re-winded that scene at least five times.

Watching the movies again made it even harder to choose a favorite. I can’t! I have a favorite character (Darth Vader, hands down; it’s not even fair to the other characters how much I love Vader), but I can’t choose a favorite movie. What’s your favorite? Or do you have a difficult time choosing too?

Have a happy May the Fourth!

PS: does anyone else celebrate Revenge of the Fifth too?

Right Now – February 2017

*Warning: this post may contain SPOILERS for the Sherlockians who have not yet seen season 4*

Hey guys!

It’s Feburary…can you believe it? No, it’s not just February. It’s half way through February. We’re half way through the second month.

And that means it’s time for an update. It’s funny how so much can happen in just a few short weeks. That’s all a month is, really. Short weeks.

So, what’s happening? Well, like I mentioned in the January post, I have four Regents exams to take to graduate high school. I was swamped with studying for the first two exams, History and English. I am a firm believer that the word “studying” is a contraction of “students dying”.

It did pay off though. I passed and that’s all I wanted. But now I have two left, Biology and Algebra. Fun, right?

But let’s not talk about school. How does that sound? Lovely? I thought so too.

Let’s see.

In the Star Wars universe, we learned the title for the next movie: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. I personally think that is a great title. It’s interesting, makes you wonder if there truly is a last Jedi. Maybe Rey will start the Training Academy again. I just can’t wait until December to finally find out the answers to all the questions the Force Awakens left us with. 

In the Doctor Who fandom, I heard that Peter Capaldi is leaving Doctor Who next season. Which means that the Doctor is regenerating soon. That makes me really upset because I love Twelve. I really, really love him. Eleven is my Doctor, but Twelve is amazing. But this is life a Whovian leads. 

We signed up for this. 
I just hope he doesn’t regenerate alone like Ten did. And I’m curious to see what they do with the next regeneration – the Thirteenth Doctor. I wonder what his iconic items will be. Nine has the leather jacket and bananas; Ten has the Converse, 3D glasses and catchphrase ‘Allons-y!’; Eleven, of course, is known for bow ties, fish fingers & custard, fezzes and ‘Geronimo!’. Twelve has his sonic sunglasses. What will Thirteen have??

While we’re on the subject of TV, I also started watching another BBC favorite, Sherlock. I was hooked by the first case, and I knew I was going to love Sherlock and John’s friendship. I noticed that I am typically most attracted to INTJ character – hence, my love for the Twelfth Doctor, and now Sherlock. They both have the best non-chalant, blunt and hysterical one-liners. 

There’s something about the INTJ that intrigues me. Maybe it’s because I share the same dominate cognitive function (Ni) and the same inferior function (Se), and reversed middle funtions with the INTJ (Te, Fi for INTJ; Fe, Ti for INFJ). 

Or maybe it’s because I live with an INTJ (my mother) and I get to see the way they work in real life. Either way, if there’s an INTJ character in any book, show or movie, that character will most likely be one of my favorite characters. Strangely however, I don’t have my own INTJ character.

But back to Sherlock. I started watching it about a little over three weeks ago and I’m already finished with it. The cases and solutions are so mind-blowing. I love/hate Moriarty with a burning passion. I hate him like I hate the Daleks, but I love him (almost) like I love the Weeping Angels. Is he coming back, or is he really gone? Despite what’s alluded to, I have a difficult time believing that Moriarty is dead. If Sherlock faked his death, who says Moriarty couldn’t have?

And although I don’t like S4 as much as the rest, I will admit that it had the most awesome plot twist and a somewhat happy ending. It seems that the Baker Street duo is back to normal, and everyone is safe for the time being. I’m about to start fangirling about it, so for the sake of the length of this post, I will restrain myself.

Now onto books. I finished the Book Thief last week, and I’m preparing a book review post about it. So stay tuned for that. It was amazing. Really, really well-written. But I’ll tell you all about it later. Now that I finished it, I don’t really know what to read next. I have an ever-growing list of books to read, but I can never decided which one to read next.

Suggestions? What do you think I should read next?

Well, that’s about it.

Warning: this post may contain spoilers!!


Well, I finally saw it. Rogue One, the latest Star Wars movie everyone’s been excited about. The trailers peaked curiosity in every Star Wars fan. Most of the thoughts that ran through my head upon watching the trailer for the first time were along these lines: 

“Is that the ‘Imperial March’????” *Internal squealing*

“Who are these people?” 

“Where’s Darth Vader???”  

“I don’t know who she is yet, but she’s awesome.”

“Whoa…”

“I need to see this.”

“OMG THERE’S VADER!!!” *External squealing* 

*hyperventilating because of the awesome epic-ness of this movie*

Last night, my dad, sister and I went to see it. The movie was just as awesome as I thought. I was not disappointed.

Now for the spoilers I warned about. Don’t tell River. 

So basically, they all die. I knew that going into the movie because it’s so obvious from the trailer. And the fact that none of these new characters are in the rest of the movies. But lots of people suspected that too. 

I’ve heard theories that Jyn Erso is Rey’s mother. Well, hate to break it to you, but Rey’s story and ancestry remains a mystery. Jyn is not her mother.

I have a new ship. Though according to some articles I read, Jyn and Cassian’s relationship is not technically canon, and 

with them dead by the end of the movie, there really is no relationship. But whatever. I ship who I want to ship. And I want to ship Jyn and Cassian. End of story.

Another thing I loved immensely was the strong female lead. Star Wars has always had strong women with prominet roles, starting with Leia Organa. There’s also Padmè Amidala, Mara Jade (in the books; she’s my favorite SW book character), and Rey Last-Name-Uknown. There are even more Star Wars women that deserve honorable mentions, such as Queen Amidala’s handmaidens, Shmi Skywalker, Mon Mothma, Ahsoka Tano, and Maz Kanata.

If I missed any, please comment and tell me! And share your personal favorites too!

Rogue One give us yet another inspiring female lead, Jyn Erso, and proves that us girls are capable of saving the world just like the guys. Outside of the Star Wars universe too, there are amazing women who carry out leadership roles (just a few that come to mind are River Song, Katniss Everdeen {thought I haven’t seen/read The Hunger Games}, Maximum Ride, and my very own Avalon Harlow). This makes me happy. Very happy.

Look at all the stormtroopers this girl took out!

I was also pleased with the comic relief of this movie. I thought it was so funny. K-2SO is such a funny droid, joining R2, Threepio and BB-8 on my favorite characters list. Of course, there are very dark aspects to this movie. After all, what is Star Wars without the Dark Side? But the comic relief ties the Darkness together nicely. The one-liners are just epic.

And lastly, Darth Vader. When I saw him at the end of the trailer, I knew that even if the rest of the movie didn’t meet my expectations, just the fact that my favorite villain would be in it again excited me. I honestly love Darth Vader so.dang.much. He had a one-liner that made me laugh louder than I want to admit.

“Be careful not to choke on your aspirations.”

As he starts to Force-choke someone. I think we can all agree on Darth Vader’s level of boss.

So all in all, Rogue One did not disappoint me and I was very happy with it. I would see it in theaters again (though, maybe not as many times as I saw The Force Awakens…or maybe I will) and I will buy it as soon as I see it on DVD in stores.