Thursday, July 29, 2010

"I was hoping for a proper kiss"

When I was out tonight at my favorite bar, I ran into a guy I had known in high school. We talked for awhile, he bought me a drink, promised me a dance, and then disappeared.

An older man took his place, and I talked briefly with him until he turned creepy. A guy my age who works at a local childrens shelter came up to my other side and rescued me. We talked for a bit, and then he too disappeared.

I sat by myself for a bit, when a cute guy came and sat next to me. He ordered a beer, and then asked me if I liked beach volleyball. It was on EPSN at 12:30 at night. We talked for a bit, and I found out that the cute 24 year-old's name was Richard. And he was from Limerick, Ireland.

(The last was the absurdly handsome and charming English solider, also named Richard. Who was also 24. Who I also met at my favorite bar. So weird.)

We kept talking, and I learned he was in town to coach soccer for kids. He told me a little about it, and we were talking about my job at the ice cream store, when some shouted "Rich!"

He turned to me and said "Guess I have to go. It was lovely meeting you, Anna."
"You as well, Richard. Have a good night."
He leaned forward and kissed me on the cheek.
He then said "I was hoping for a proper kiss."
I leaned forward and kissed him, short and sweet.
He looks at me and says, all charmingly befuddled "That was a proper kiss?"
I put my hand on his face and we kissed one more time.
We broke apart, and he smiled at me and said "Now that was a proper kiss. Thanks love."
Richard smiled at me, turned and left.
Just then, one of the bartenders walked up and said "What is it with you and foreign men?"
"Good question. But I'm happy!"
"I'm glad."

I walked home with a smile on my face.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Harry Potter Post 17

Examples of why I adore Professor McGonagall:
 Professor McGonagall to Umbridge: "I wonder how you expect to gain an idea of my usual teaching methods if you continue to interrupt me? You see, I do not generally permit people to talk when I am talking."

Harry witnessed Professor McGonagall walking right past Peeves, who was determinedly loosening a crystal chandelier, and could have sworn he heard her tell the poltergeist out of the corner of her mouth, "It unscrews the other way."
Professor Trelawney: "My dears! Which of you left his seat first? Which?"
Professor McGonagall: "I doubt it will make much difference, unless a mad axe-man is waiting outside the doors to slaughter the first into the entrance hall."
 Professor McGonagall to Neville: "It's high time your grandmother learned to be proud of the grandson she's got, rather than the one she thinks she ought to have - particularly after what happened at the Ministry."

"It’s not a case of what you’ll permit, Minerva McGonagall. Your time’s over. It’s us what’s in charge here now, and you’ll back me up or you’ll pay the price."
And he spat in her face.
Harry pulled the Cloak off himself, raised his wand, and said, "You shouldn’t have done that."
As Amycus spun around, Harry shouted, "Crucio!"
The Death Eater was lifted off his feet. He writhed through the air like a drowning man, thrashing and howling in pain, and then, with a crunch and a shattering of glass, he smashed into the front of a bookcase and crumpled, insensible, to the floor.
"I see what Bellatrix meant," said Harry, the blood thundering through his brain, "you need to really mean it."
"Potter!" whispered Professor McGonagall, clutching her heart. "Potter — you’re here! What—? How?" She struggled to pull herself together. "Potter, that was foolish!"
"He spat at you," said Harry.
 "Well, usually when a person shakes their head," said McGonagall coldly, "they mean 'no'. So unless Miss Edgecombe is using a form of sign-language as yet unknown to humans..."

Lee Jordan was finding it difficult not to take sides.
"So-after that obvious and disgusting bit of cheating-"
"Jordan!" growled Professor McGonagall.
"I mean, after that open and revolting foul-"
"Jordan, I’m warning you-"
"All right, all right. Flint nearly kills the Gryffindor Seeker, which could happen to anyone, I’m sure…"
"You look in excellent health to me, Potter, so you will excuse me if I don’t let you off homework today. I assure you that if you die, you need not hand it in."

Two Weeks!

I leave in two weeks. Only 14 days! I've started a pile of stuff to bring in my brother's room, since he's living in another town with his girlfriend. I have all my professional clothes, and new shoes.

My last day of work is August 8, and I fly out at 1:23pm from Helena on August 10. I have an absurdly large pretty suitcase, a backpack, and a new purse. I also made a photo album to take with me, because I have a feeling Disney would frown on a huge photo collage. Also, it might be kind of creepy.

I have renter's insurance! I'm covered under my parents. Now the thing to deal with is getting out of the $935 just in fees from UM. Even though I'm not taking any classes, I didn't sign up for housing, and I'm not even going to be in the state.  


However, I'm getting really, really excited!

I can't wait to meet Belle and the Beast.

(Below: One of my professional dresses. Feel free to ignore the weird open mouth smile.)

My mom's traveling for work right now, so it's me and my dad. He's been making really delicious food, like potato salad with snap peas and feta, tomato and fresh basil gazpacho, really good pasta salad....he's such a good cook.

I went to a concert with him at a local brewery on Sunday. My favorite handsome bartender was playing, and he invited me when I was at the bar on Saturday night. He played acoustic, mostly melancholy songs he had written himself. On a couple songs, his girlfriend joined in, and they sounded really good. He played guitar, and had an old man friend playing a huge upright bass.

I'm re-reading the whole Harry Potter series before I leave, because I don't really have much else to do. I forgot how much I adore Peeves.

“So sorry, your bloodiness, Mr. Baron, sir,” he said greasily. “My mistake, my mistake — I didn’t see you — of course I didn’t, you’re invisible — forgive old Peevsie his little joke, sir.”

14 more days! 5 more days of work! I'm seeing Guys & Dolls at my local theatre on Friday, it's one of my favorites. I love 'Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat'.

I'm almost there!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Daniel Radcliffe Post 2


Daniel Radcliffe to Comic-Con fans: 'I apologize for my disappointing non-presence'

Daniel Radcliffe says he's sorry he missed out on Comic-Con International, where hundreds of Harry Potter fans camped out overnight and harbored hopes that the British star would be a magical surprise guest.

"I apologize to all the wishful thinkers for my disappointing non-presence," Radcliffe said Monday by phone from London.


The actor, who has finished some post-production voice work on the last Potter film, says he is still grappling a bit with the concept that he will never wear the robes of Hogwarts on screen again. He still cares deeply about Potter fans, though -- he sounded genuinely distressed to hear for the first time about the wildfire rumors that led fans to believe he would be at the San Diego pop-culture expo that wrapped up on Sunday.

"Really? Oh, God, I had no idea. I suppose it's like when I'm at Reading Festival and I hear that suddenly some amazing band is going to play a surprise gig and then it turns out to be total fiction."

Warner Bros. had clearly stated that no cast members would be present for the Saturday panel promoting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which will hit theaters in a two-film tale, with part one arriving Nov. 19 and part two on July 15. The tandem films will bring to a close a franchise that has collected $5.3 billion in worldwide box office since 2001.

Fans, though, assumed it was all a smoke screen -- they know that this is the last Comic-Con before the final Potter theatrical release and there was intense speculation that Radcliffe and costars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint would attend the convention for the first time. Radcliffe, though, was in Russia celebrating his 21st birthday, which was Friday.

"It was fantastic. I was in St. Petersburg for my birthday, which is probably the most beautiful, the most incredible, wonderful place I've ever been in my life. It really is absolutely amazing. I went with two friends and it was brilliant."

(On his 21st birthday)

There was one Deathly Hallows cast member at Comic-Con; Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy, appeared and I interviewed him on stage in front of an audience of 6,500, which cheered the actor as well as the footage from Deathly Hallows that was shown for the first time anywhere. I mentioned to Radcliffe that his on-screen rival told the crowd that the film's title star cried like a little girl on the final day of shooting.

"You know what, I'd love to libel him and call it a lie, but, darn, he's absolutely right. We all three of us -- me, Rupert and Emma -- we just wept. And I've never seen Rupert Grint cry. That was really weird."

Radcliffe has just been announced as the star of The Woman in Black, the 2011 Hammer Films adaptation of the Susan Hill novel. He is also attached to a new version of "All Quiet on the Western Front" due in 2012. Radcliffe also said something in passing that, for the Muggle nation, will stir hopes that just maybe Radcliffe will make it to next year's San Diego convention. "I've never done the Comic-Con thing," Radcliffe said, "and I really, really want to experience that."

Where I read this

Harry Potter Post 16

"But will it cover all three of us?" said Ron
"All - all three of us?"
"Oh, come off it, you don't think we'd let you go alone?"

"SO WHAT?" Harry shouted. "Don't you understand? If Snape gets hold of the Stone, Voldemort's coming back! Haven't you heard what it was like when he was trying to take over? There won't be any Hogwarts to get expelled from! He'll flatten it, or turn it into a school for the Dark Arts! Losing points doesn't matter on more, can't you see? D'you think he'll leave you and your families alone if Gryffindor win the House Cup? If I get caught before I can get to the Stone, well, I'll have to go back to the Dursleys and wait for Voldemort to find me there. It's only dying a bit later than I would have done, because I'm never going over to the Dark Side! I'm going through that trapdoor tonight and nothing you two say is going to stop me! Voldemort killed my parents, remember?"


Taken in Downtown Helena after the summer chalk art competition.

Carl Fredricksen: Now, we're gonna walk to the falls quickly and quietly with no rap music or flash dancing.
Russell: Uh-huh.
Carl Fredricksen: We have three days, at best, before the helium leaks out of those balloons. And if we're not at the falls when that happens, we're not getting to the falls.
Russell: I found sand!
Carl Fredricksen: Don't you worry, Ellie. We'll get our house over there.

Pretty pictures I've taken

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Harry Potter Post 15

I love Lupin.

 The very first time I saw you Harry, I recognized you immediately. Not by your scar, by your eyes. They’re your mother; Lily’s. Yes, I knew her. You mother was there for me at a time when no one else was. Not only was she a singularly gifted witch, she was also an uncommonly kind woman. She had a way of seeing the beauty in others, even, and perhaps most especially, when that person couldn’t see it in themselves. Your father, James, however, had a certain, shall we say, talent for trouble. A talent, rumor has it, he passed onto you. You’re more like them than you know, Harry. In time you’ll come to see just how much.

"Possibly no one's warned you, Lupin, but this class contains Neville Longbottom. I would advise you not to entrust him with anything difficult. Not unless Miss Granger is hissing instructions in his ear."
Neville went scarlet. Harry glared at Snape; it was bad enough that he bullied Neville in his own classes, let alone doing it in front of other teachers.
Professor Lupin had raised his eyebrows.
"I was hoping that Neville would assist me with the first stage of the operation," he said, "and I am sure he will perform it admirably."

"Sometimes you remind me a lot of James. He called it my 'furry little problem' in company. Many people were under the impression that I owned a badly behaved rabbit."

Saturday, July 24, 2010

More things I like

Side note: Last semester, I met J.K. Simmons' dad at the box office where I worked. He was very pleasant, and assured me that he would tell his son "that Anna really liked Juno."

Harry Potter Post 14

"But why would he want to kill me in the first place?"
Dumbledore sighed very deeply this time.
 "Alas, the first thing you ask me, I cannot tell you. Not today. Not now.
You will know, one day... put it from your mind for now, Harry.
When you are older... I know you hate to hear this... when you are ready, you will know."

Slightly Scared

I leave for Disney World in 17 days. That's 2 weeks and 3 days.

I went to the eye doctor yesterday. He asked me about life, as usual. I told him that I was moving to Florida to work at the Happiest Place on Earth.

He asked me who I knew down there.


Have you ever been to Disney World?


Have you ever been to Florida?

He asked me if I had a place to live.

He asked me what my job was.
Working on the rides.

Which ride?
I don't know.

How do you not know?
It's very secretive.

Are your parents going to visit?
In November.

So, you're going to be alone till then?
Well, I hope I'll make friends.


Now, I'm slightly scared. I don't know anyone there. My parents and friends and family will all be thousands of miles away. What if no one likes me? What if I get really hurt? What if...

It's Disney World. I've wanted to do this for years. I'm 21. It's time for an adventure.
Adventure is out there.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Daniel Radcliffe Post!

Happy 21st Birthday, Daniel Radcliffe!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Harry Potter Post 13

"You'd think people had better things to gossip about," said Ginny as she sat on the common room floor, leaning against Harry’s legs and reading the Daily Prophet. "Three Dementor attacks in a week, and all Romilda Vane does is ask me if it’s true you’ve got a Hippogriff tattooed across your chest."

Ron and Hermione both roared with laughter. Harry ignored them.
"What did you tell her?"
"I told her it's a Hungarian Horntail," said Ginny, turning a page of the newspaper idly. "Much more macho.
"Thanks," said Harry, grinning. "And what did you tell her Ron’s got?"
"A Pygmy Puff, but I didn’t say where."