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Happy New Year, everyone! I intended to post this entry last night, but that obviously never happened... I'll probably backdate this entry in a couple of days.

There are a couple of things I'd like to talk about, so expect another entry in a while, but for now, in keeping with the tradition: Books and Movies of 2011!

Books of 2011 )

Top ten movies watched for the first time in 2011, in no particular order:

- Elle s'appelait Sarah/Sarah’s Key
- X-Men; First Class
- District 9
- True Grit (2010)
- The Sting
- The Bridge on the River Kwai
- A Night to Remember (1958, Titanic film)
- Les Misérables (1972)
- Phantom of the Opera; Live at the Royal Albert Hall (more on this below. Not without its problems, but somehow I've managed to rewatch it three times within the last week. I've never been more than a casual fan at most, but I'm apparently in the mood for this show right now)

Movies of 2011 (LONG list)... )
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (A-Team;Murdock)
Happy New Year everybody! Less than three hours left of 2010 for me now. I've had both good and bad times a-plenty this year, but overall I'd say it has been a good one. Moving to Trondheim really is one of the best decisions I've ever made! Travelled back last night, since I have homework (?!?) due right after the vacation, which means I'm celebrating New Years eve without my parents for the first time ever:(

In keeping with the tradition, as established as recently last year, here's a list of the books I've read and the films I've watched this year. I'm embarrassed and slightly horrified I only managed to read 27 books in a whole year...

Books of 2010 )

Films of 2010 )

I just finished season 2 of "The A-Team". The second half in particular (last 12 episodes or so) is awesome.
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Dad and I spent last weekend in London, and had a great time! The trip and all the theatre tickets I wanted was one of my presents for my 18th birthday - among the best I've ever received:) I have a rather large theatre review backlog at the moment(Les Mis O2 concert, The Mousetrap, Romeo and Juliet in Norway, Iphigeneia in Norway, live transmission of Das Rheingold from the Met), but I'm starting out with the Les Mis tour!

Performance: 2nd of October 2010 matinee, second-to-last performance.
Seat: Row A, slightly to the right of the centre. Dad had what was probably the cheapest ticket in the house, rather high up as far I know.
Venue: Barbican Theatre

It was okay, but I have some issues with what they've done )
All in all, a good afternoon spent! As usual, after seeing Les Mis, I'm back in that particular fandom mood, which is nice:) Been a while since last time. Very good timing too, as I'm reading the book for my thesis-thingy in Norwegian class. Soon finished with book two now (...only four to go, less than two weeks to get there...I've already skimmed quite a few pages I know won't be useful).
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Holmes&Watson reading)
I'm annoyed by LJ's new welcoming page/"home". They've removed the only textbox I found useful, and added new ones I know I'll never use! As far as I know that page can't be customised either:(

I'm clearing up my backlog containing things I intended to post, so here are my books and movies of January 2010 and a Les Mis meme. Sherlock Holmes really needs its own post as well...

Books of 2010: January )

Films of 2010: January ) Les Mis Meme )

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Happy New Year everyone! Hope you've had a lovely Christmas. Once again I've let it go a long time between updates, but here I am again. I'll do another post soonish, as Les Mis in Copenhagen was one of the greatest productions I've ever seen (I had a significantly different cast than [ profile] 10littlebullets) and I have to rant a bit about some personal issues. For now though, I'll just post two lists; one with the books I've read this year, and another one for the movies I've watched for the first time.

I had some vague ambitions of managing to read at least 50 books in 2009, but the days when I could sit down and read all day long are gone. Seems strange that my attention span should deteriorate instead of improving with age, but that seems to be the case. If anyone wants me to say something about a particular book, just ask.


Books read in 2009.... )

And here are the movies I've watched for the first time this year:



Movies of 2009... )


cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (bookstore)
[Error: unknown template qotd]In no particular order:

Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Les Misérables - Victor Hugo
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
The Deed of Paksenarrion - Elizabeth Moon
...Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban? No, I know that one by heart, I don't need it.
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel, perhaps.

I won't be bored for a while:) Or, perhaps I will, as all these can be incredibly dry at times.
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (bookstore)
I'm awake, and it's 4.55 am. Yesterday, I didn't go to bed until 6 am. This is not good, especially since I know I'll have to work a lot tomorrow, as Tina and I have a science project (Magnetars. Of course, the one thing not even mentioned in our textbook). I've really let her down this week, I stayed home from school the last three days, and haven't really done anything yet. It's funny, in my first term I was home from school 1 day and 4 hours, now, a few days into the second term, 3 days already. I've tried to file it as 2 days and 5 hours though, as I think it looks a little bit better. No more sickness until after Easter, please!

Dad and I have bought our tickets for London musicals during the winter holiday: Billy Elliot, Sunset Boulevard, Chicago and two Les Mis' just for me. I want to try something new:)

I did a friending meme a few minutes ago, I've made two friends (welcome!) and will hopefully make more soon:) It's multi-fandom, so go fill it out, here.

I bought Breaking Dawn, and finished it in less than 24 hours. Not as bad as I feared, I actually liked it. Garrett was awesome:) And lovely with a break from Bella's POV. I think it would have made a much better book if SPOILER: 7 words that'll spoil the end of Breaking Dawn. )I've read quite a few fics in the fandom- Jasper/Alice, mainly. Some are horrifically bad, while others are pretty good. Seems like All-Human AU's are extremely popular, which is not my cup of tea, but some are actually decent. I've made I list of my top three fics:

I Like Bears, by Alice laughed - Emmett, on his favourite prey. Very short, and very adorable:) 
Family Therapy- Cullen Style, by vjgm - Carlisle decides his family is in dire need of some therapy. This cracks me up, especially the therapist's reaction to Jasper- the attempted murderer of his brother's girlfriend:) Long. (the first two chapters aren't very good, and the author seems to have a grudge against commas)
Cowboys and Indians, by Minisinoo - Jasper and Leah centric, friendship/philosophy. I think it is lovely, and it is written in the traditional non-linear story telling style of Native Americans, which is interesting.

I've started making a list of all the books I've read so far in 2009. I'm already at 9,5. I've really been in the mood lately. If only I'll finish "Twelve who Ruled" now...

I just discovered, and I made one. I looked through all my old Hits for Kids CDs (I have far to many. 1-15, I believe) and added all my old favourites, plus some new. You may see it here:

...I'll definitely go get some sleep now. Immediately.
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Turns out I haven't updated this journal the last thirteen weeks 0_O! I've thought about it now and then, but it has never come to anything, and time seems to pass faster when I watch the "number of weeks since last update" counter grow:)

A quick recap of the last couple of months:

Here )

...Twilight...yes )

School-related stuff:

We won't receive our grades until 20. January, strangely enough. I think I will be reasonably pleased, but I'll have to improve a bit. Four of my grades will be final this summer; English, Science, Geography and Social Studies. My English teacher told me she would give me a 6 (!!!), and there's a small chance I will get one in Science (which is very strange, since it used to be my most hated theoretical subject, until this year), and the others are both pretty strong 5's. My Norwegian grades are really bad, but I might manage to scrape a 5 in Bokmål at least.

This term, I've had some experience with bad grades for the first time, which is probably healthy. First, there was a test I got 4- on, in Math, (but just about the whole class failed, so it will be disregarded. Lucky me;)), and then my Norwegian teacher gave me a 3, when I wrote a fairy-tale in nynorsk. That is the singularly worst grade I have ever received, not counting my first term grade in P.E, three years ago (another 3). But, I take my reaction to these grades as a sign of having matured a bit more; last year, I would without a doubt started crying the moment I got home, now I don't care as much. I have until 2011, if not even later (see below) to fix my Norwegian grade, so it doesn't matter.

I'm thinking of taking a break between my second and third year of schooling, and instead taking a year abroad, through EF. I'm thinking of taking what's called EF Multi-Language year; nine months spent on two or three different locations, learning two or three different languages. It sounds very fun, but I haven't quite decided yet. My original plan was taking an EF High School Year instead of my second year, but I gave up on that, and now it's too late anyway (My reason for giving up was simply the fact that I want to take the available electives here next year;)). It'll will cost me quite a bit of money, and I just can't stand the thought of wasting it, so I have to weigh the pros and cons carefully, but come on, how amazing wouldn't it be to spend nine months in London, Paris and München (Munich) (my top three wishes), studying just English, French and German? Living arrangements will be a problem, as I want to avoid having to live with a family at all costs, and it seems like that's the only option in München. London is one thing, I wouldn't have a problem with communication, and in Paris I would at least have some experience with the language, enough to make my wishes known, but I don't speak German at all (I can sing songs from Rebecca, and it's close enough to Norwegian for me to understand quite a bit, but that's it. If I'm lucky I'll get it as an elective next year). In Germany, I would expect most people to speak English, but still... 

I'll probably update again sometime this week, as it is time to chose electives for next year. I have a lot to say on that subject:)
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France Autumn 2008. Most of this was actually written while being in France, and I didn't have much to do, so I'm rambling quite a lot at times.

Read more )

School began 16 hours after I got home, so I feel I haven’t gotten much out of my vacation, but it wasn’t so bad. I’ve two grades I’m very pleased with (Science, 6/5, and Social Science, 5+), and one I’m very disappointed with: Norwegian (bokmål) writing, only 4/5. Something including a “4” in any way I would expect in a subject like P.E. or Arts/Crafts (I’m finally rid of the latter, by the way!), it just doesn’t happen in any subject involving writing. But at least it sounds like my teacher would have liked to give me a higher grade; mine and one other student’s piece was handed to another teacher, to make sure the grading was consistent what other teacher’s would have given. My other grades are okay, still no nasty shocks. Could have been better though.

I watched “Les Choristes” today. It was directed by the same director who did Faubourg 36, and included two of the actors as well. Another lovely movie, but not quite as good as Faubourg in my opinion. Wish the kids involved in musical theatre were as good as the boy playing Morhange.

Les Mis in Bergen this weekend! Am excited, but slightly apprehensive. Just realised I have a test in geography on Monday, so I’ll have to bring my text-book. Well, I know most of it already, I just have to learn the difference between rock-types. For some reason, I’m completely unable to remember that part of the chapter.

I’m going to the dentist tomorrow, directly after school, few hours before we’re leaving. Hope I’ll manage to keep from choking on the thing they’ll stuff into my mouth when they take pictures.
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (bookstore)
Once again, I managed to get sick. A bit more serious now, throat-infection with a tiny ear-infection on the side (I didn't even think that was possible. Apparently it is). So, I've been having fever for two weeks, my throat hurt terribly, and I cough until I start dry heaving on a regular basis. Fun. I got sick in the weekend and mum spent all of sunday telling me I had to go to school. The on monday I felt well enough, but it turned out I had a temperature of 39,5 celsius (103 fahrenheit). Then mum actually refused to let me go to school for two days, which is truly astonishing:)

I'm leaving for Sandefjord sunday, and our flight to London is sometime Monday morning. Monday night we'll see Les Mis, LotR on wednesday, and then Les Mis again on thursday (I just know the whole theatre are going to hate me, after I''ve finished coughing). I'm seriously tempted to go to see Phantom again (Ramin! And it's dad's favourite musical), but I think we'll drop Fiddler. The only tickets I can find goes for 95 pounds, and it isn't worth that much. Apparently, Assassins just closed at the Landor Theatre, and it had Jeff Nicholson playing Guiteau. That would have been brilliant:( I've decided Wicked definitely isn't worth seeing, I read the book (Fiyero is love) and enjoyed parts of it, but most of it annoyed me. And there's only one song I can stand in the score, No Good Deed (I love that one though). The Wizard and I is standable when John Barrowman sings it:)


cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (bookstore)
A boy from my school ran away from his home sunday evening eight o'clock, possibly just clad in his night-clothes. He still hasn't been found, but people have now started to search in the lake:( He might have been observed by the train station monday morning though, so there's still hope:) I don't know him, but we had confirmation lessons together, and he was my dancing-partner at the prom. He's nice, and doesn't seem to be the type to run away. I really hope he's alright:(

Torchwood is made of win, though the plots are rather silly:) Jack is great (for the record, I like his voice too, but occasionally there are notes I wish he hadn't tried), Ianto is adorable, and I like Tosh. Owen, and to some extent Gwen, are annoying.

Here's my current favourite song: Bring It, by Cobra Starship, from the movie Snakes on a Plane (...) I haven't seen that movie, and I have no wish of doing so, but I can't get it out of my head. This happened the last time I heard it too, from this video on youtube.

My last French test was a 6, as my grammar were as good as perfect, and my teacher must have liked my improvised translations:) Those sentences we were supposed to translate  (from Norwegian to French) were the kind we would have had to known about beforehand to have any chance of getting it correct. Of course we didn't get to know about them, so most of the class panicked slightly:) Have a mentioned I occasionally dream I speak French? It's very nice, I speak correctly, without any hesitation, the way I wish I could to when I'm awake. I always forget some simple word we should have learned ages go:(

Dad bought me the entire Hornblower box-set when he visited England, and I adore it:) I've looked for ages here in Norway, to no avail. Sold-out everywhere in Trondheim and my hometown. He also bought me some Vampire Chronicle books, The Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned and Pandora/Vittorio (last one was a two-in-one volume, half-price. 5 dollars). I've read them all but Vittorio. Lestat is much better than Interview, but rather longwinded at times, Queen of the Damned is brilliant, and Pandora was 400 pages where nothing happened at all, except me getting spoiled of Armand's sad demise (silly boy. Why did you have to be so Christian?!). Armand is love, so that's just sad:(

I just came back from the doctor. I almost faint/throw up after P.E. sometimes, and my teacher wanted me to go. It' happening more and more often lately, three/four times this school year already, and though I've learned to live with it, she insisted. But as I already knew, there's nothing wrong with me, I'm just unfit with unhealthy habits, so my blood pressure falls or something (bread is one of the most disgusting things in the world, in my opinion, so I refuse to eat it. I don't even enjoy white bread). The doctor has sent blood tests to the hospital too, but I doubt there will be anything wrong with it, except perhaps too little iron.

I'm sure there was something else I wanted to say too, but I can't seem to remember it just now. 

EDIT: Good news! He walked home by himself!
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Happy belated birthday to [profile] fancyspinner. Hope you had a great day! My best friend had her birthday-party yesterday, we went bowling. It was great fun:) I was the best at bowling, but I'm truly horrible at dancing platform games. And me who loves to dance:(

I love my new desktop:) 

I'm listening to the English audiobook "The Vampire Lestat", and I like it very much. I've never really liked vampires, but I seem to be developing a thing for them. The book is much better than "Interview with the Vampire", at least at the moment. I'll never get used to hear Nicolas pronounced without a "s". The reader and I have different opinions regarding English pronunciation too (especially three words), but I'm not arrogant enough to assume I have the correct one:)

Had my math and norwegian mock exams this week. Not my best, but passable. I'm very pleased with my nynorsk  (I listened to my ipod that day, and Hayden Tee's "Roundabout in Paris" came on. I nearly laughed of loud. I had heard it once before, but now I actually paid attention to the lyrics. Who came up with that?;))
I thought for certain part 1 (of 3) of the math went horrible, but we got to look at it yesterday, and I got 20/22. I'm relieved. I probably won't get another 6, but I'll survive. But friday we had a test in politics, and for the first time in my life, I had to turn in an un-finished test. Am positively horrified. We have a new teacher in that class (who ought to rant about, as I really dislike her as a teacher), and my christmas grades depends on my ability to impress her. Must start studying harder for that class.

In a few hours (5 o'clock in the morning...I'm not going to bed tonight) we leave for a holiday in France. We've rented the same flat as last year, in Sainte Maxime. We were supposed to go with our friends from Trondheim, but something came up:( This year I think we're going to travel more in the direction of Marseilles, instead of Cannes, Nice and Monaco, which is great. They are very nice, but it gets boring to visit the same cities over and over again. I'll be back next sunday, hopefully with a tan, and hopefully after having spoken a tiny bit french:) 

*must finish packing*
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Notre Dame de Paris has been my favourite musical the last two weeks. I listen to it constantly. Three days ago, I randomly decided to listen to the English recording, and now I can't get "Cast away " out of my head. I also played it for my best friend, and she  immediately wanted me to send it to her:) I was a bit confused about the recordings, though. I figured out that the recording advertised in trading comms lately as the French Highlights is actually the french concept, as the French highlights doesn't exist, the english recording is sometimes referred to as the OLC, sometimes not...but I ended up buying the ridiculously costly complete french recording off I'll get it around 10h October. I feel like I'm wasting money, but I love owning musical CD's so... It's hard to chose any favourite songs, as I like most of them, but special favourites is Belle, Les Cloches, Cast Away, I'm a Priest, Your Love Will Kill Me. The only female-sung song I can stand is La Monture, which I like very much. I love Daniel Lavoie. I pity everyone English who plays Gringoire, having to sing "moooooon". "Luuuuune" is at least pretty.

Also finished the book! Amazing how listening to the musical can make me finish a book in only a few hours:) The problem is that I picked up my copy in the children part of the library, and therefore it's abridged. I only made it to page 50 or so in the un-abridged edition, and of course they had to cut the only part I found really interesting; the backstory of Frollo and his brother. And Jehan isn't even called Jehan, only "Mill-Jean". Now I'll have to read the un-abridged version, of course. I quite liked the book, but it isn't a favourite of mine.  I liked Gringoire, though I got some heavy Aberforth-vibes of him. "Shall I save the beautiful girl I'm kinda-married to, or the lovely goat?";)

Yesterday I went to the cinema by myself, seeing Stardust. It looked horribly silly in the trailer, but I had to follow my principle of seeing every single fantasy movie I come over, even if i haven't read the book. I needn't worried, as I thought it was a wonderful movie! And beautiful, just look at this. Slightly strange that I mentioned Nathaniel Parker in my last post, and he turns up playing the father. And the guy playing King Caspian as his young self. I'm looking forward to those two movies, as they are my favourite Narnia-books. Septimus is all kinds of awesome! I also loved all the princes:) I'm definitely going to buy this one.

Also, here's [personal profile] duva 's meme. Everyone's welcome to try:)

Meme )
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (One day more)
Happy Birthday [personal profile] duva! Hope you have a great day:)

We had our pictures taken at school today. And since we'll graduate this year, we had to take portrait-pictures too. I think it was a good picture, but since I dressed up nicely in very thin clothes, I'm freezing. I'll have to change in a few minutes.

I'm speed-reading the His Dark Materials trilogy. When I first saw the movie-trailer, I though, this story does not seem familiar. A polar bear?  But at the same time, I felt sure I had read something called His Dark Materials too. Turns out I've already read the two first, but not the third. So far I prefer the third one, 'cause Baltamos is dear:) Lyra scares me, and there's no way I can believe Matt is 12. I understand he had to grow up fast, but it's still impossible. It's a quite good story, but very childishly written. My biggest problem with it is the translation. The translator is Torstein Bugge Høverstad, same man who translated LotR and Harry Potter. He did a great job with LotR, but I would have preferred to keep the English names in HP. Here....It's a children book, I get it. Doesn't mean he has to break basic norwegian grammar rules. A ten year old might get away with writing...oh, I don't remember what it was. It was bad, and it wasn't even something one of the kids said:(

This thursday I'll start playing piano again! I learned a bit when I was 8, but I quit after half a year. Ever since I bought the Les Mis Piano selections in february, I've played every day.) I'm looking forward to it, it has been ages since I took part in any kind of organized activity. And I'd really like being able to play with my left hand too.
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (bookstore)
I just came back from seeing Shrek 3. I disliked the first one, loved the second one, and this one is something in between.  All the references to different fairytales and legends (Lancelot picking on Arthur:)) were amusing, though the story was way to moral for me. Like Artie's little speech onstage. What came before that was kinda awesome though. Everyone were fighting, and then Artie yelled stop. I seriously expected him to stand there with a torch and a barrel filled with gunpowder, á la Marius;) And of course the musical/play was hilarious:) Puss is still the most adorable thing ever (like when he came up from the water! Someone in the theatre exclaimed "Poor thing!") but not nearly as funny as before.

I also saw Fracture last week. Anthony Hopkins was brilliant as always, and Ryan Gosling hilarious. The movie should seriously have been called a comedy:) Rosamund Pike's eyes drove me mad. Loved Cliff Curtis, who played in Runaway Jury. For some reason, Billy Burke reminded me of a much more attractive version of Inspector Lynley. Had he been playing the title role, I assure you I would have watched it more often. Not that Nathaniel Parker half-bad either, he's just a little...old. Four (I believe) whole years older than Billy Burke:)

School... )
EDIT: Look at this: It's from a short animation with Scrat from Ice Age, called No Time For Nuts. It's not very funny, but this, along with the David statue,  is my favourite moment. You can see it here, but this is not the entire thing. You have to buy it from itunes:(
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (agog)
I'm just finished with chapter 6 in A Tale of Two Cities. When I saw it in Oslo, prized at only 10 dollars, I had to buy it:) So far, I'm loving to book! Slightly weird first chapter, but I got into the style pretty fast. Loved the trial. I'm tempted to type up some of the more amusing passages sometime, just for fun. 

I just bought Angels and Demons (by Dan Brown). I've read it before, and I think I'll re-read it before I finish any of my new books:) Still waiting for A Song of Ice and Fire 3. I was supposed to get it after only four days, but I've waited three weeks:( I also bought a CD called Movie Masterpieces by John Williams. I wouldn't call the two Harry Potter songs masterpieces, but I love Raiders of the Lost Ark (Indiana Jones) and the three Star Wars ones.

Cast changes both in London and on Broadway depress me:( But that I've typed Broadway as Breadway twice the last couple of days, is to me a sign that Jean Valjean will be released from prison (for stealing a mouthful of bread) in many years to come! Hopefully in London, at least. I'm still shocked about the Drew Sarich news, but I've gotten used to the thought. I mean, he can't be terrible!

This was a very un-necessary post, but I felt like posting something;)
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (agog)

Eh...summer has NOT arrived. It just started snowing:( Still better than last year though-The Winter With Much Snow That Refused To Disappear. I have three days left of the holiday, one more than the rest of the city:) Our class gets an extra day, as we went to see "The Last King of Scotland" in our spare time:)

I just finished reading "A Game of Thrones" by George R.R. Martin. Thank you,

[profile] lupinslittlesis, for talking about it! I liked it very much, I will have to track down the other books:) I'm seriously thinking of writing a Jory fic, but I hesitate. They never come out the way I want them. I think his last scene was one of my favs in the whole book. I got really sad, as at the same time I read it, another scene played in my head; Jory sounds a lot like Joly. Sad Enjolras/Joly:( Depressing.
One thing I didn't like, was Shaggydog. I'm already scared of big, angry dogs, and then a wolf! I'm really scared:(.
My favourite characters are Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow:) And that knight who follows Daenerys, but I can't even remember his name.





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