cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Default)
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 (Default)
(I just posted two Les Mis reviews, if you haven't seen them yet)

The last two weeks have been a horror, I've never in my life been this busy. We've had a test/presentation/assignment/something-to-prepare-for every single day! Luckily, it's over now, only my English presentation on Perth (Australia) left. I'm mostly finished with it, but I have not seen my partner's work yet, and I think we have to practice a lot. His oral English is pretty bad, I discovered a couple of days ago, while his written English appears to be decent enough. Some coaching may become necessary.

I've pretty much ensured top marks in three of my finishing subjects (English, Geography and Science), though I think I may have messed up in Social Science. I'm very uncertain about my last test, but on the other hand, Viola does not grade very strictly, so it's a possibility. Four 6's out of four finishing subjects would be amazing, but I can hardly complain about three either:)

Mum and dad visited France, so I was home alone last week. It was great, being left in peace with my work, but kind of boring as well. Also, this meant I did not get to see part 1 of the Che Guevara movie, since it only played five evenings at my local cinema. Mum would freak if I tried to ride my bike home, alone, at 23.30 in the evening, understandably enough, and my grandmother (our closest neighbour) would be bound to notice (and report it), so I refrained. I also didn't bother to celebrate our National Day (17th of May) much, I only barbecued at Camilla's house with some friends. I had to leave at 20.30 though, to finish up my preparations for a sort of mock oral exam I had the 18th. My parents arrived home the same day, mum red as a lobster:) They'd bought me the Faubourg 36 soundtrack (I still adore that movie. I saw it twice at the cinema in France last year, and I've watched my DVD with French subtitles four times. I even managed to convince my teacher to watch it in class;)), a French copy of Pride and Prejudice and, to my great surprise, a shirt which actually fits!


Quite a lot of Star Trek... )

Four of my friends and I are going to Göteborg/Gothenburg the 24/25th June! We'll take the train early Wednesday morning, spend the day at Liseberg (best amusement park there is reasonably close to home), stay the night at the Norwegian Church Abroad/Seamen's Church, shop and visit Universum before going home. We're hoping we'll be able to buy family tickets for Universum, since Nita will be 18, I'll be 17, and Thea (her birthday's the 28th), Tina and Natascha will be 16. Seems like those over 17 goes as adults there. It'll be great fun, I hope!
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (OTP)
Friday I saw Les Mis in Oslo! Some great singers, and all in all, I think this is the best Norwegian production since Trondheim, though Bergen had better barricade scenes and Lillestrøm seemed to work somewhat better as a production.

It opened in February, but this was my first trip. Due to being busy with school, I kind of forgot about it, and waited ridiculously long before ordering my tickets. The whole family have tickets for the performance on Wednesday, as that was the first date available that fit our schedules. Friday we were going to Oslo anyway, to look at a car (we did buy it, and my father has listed me as co-owner! Oh dear, I'm growing up too fast), and I decided to call the ticket office, even though the website claimed all tickets were sold. I got the last seat in the house, first row in the left section of the balcony. I had to lean forward to see what happened on the far left of the stage, but it was a quite good seat. I'll post my review sometime later this week, after seeing it again.

Les Mis fic related content )


I survived mock exam week, and I'm very pleased with myself. I spent all of last weekend reading my maths textbook (while sunbathing, I might add. We've had some lovely weather), and while I expect plenty of mistakes in part 1, my teacher said I had done very well in part 2. I won't get my grade until Friday, but since it will not matter (I'm taking an easier course next year, only 3 lessons a week) I'm not overly worried. I just got back my English, and all Irene had to say was "Stupendous!". I whooped when I got my grade, it was a 6! Anyone surprised when I say I thought it had gone rather badly?;) The theme was personal values, and the task I chose was to write about which personal values I thought was important within an occupation of my choice. I chose the occupation of a lawyer, which in hindsight I realize could have ended badly, due to the terminology. I spent a paragraph explaining words like lawyer, solicitor, barrister, attorney, notary, advocate and legal counsel and discussing the differences between them, plus dropping words like prosecution and verdict on numerous occasions.

I also know what electives I'll get next year; I wanted International English, German I, a subject where we learn about law which I can't translate the name of and History & Philosophy. I got into everything but German, there won't be enough students to have a proper class. I did not really expect them to start one, so I'm very pleased:) I think I'll borrow a "teach-yourself-German" book from the library if I ever get the time.

Musical DVDs watched lately... )
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Default)
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An old one, but I want to answer it:) When I'm working on math equations, I start murmuring things aloud to myself, to help me keep everything straight in my head. People have commented on it before, and I've tried to stop myself, but it's hard. Now, however, I actually share a table with Tina, and apparently I drive her crazy. So I've had to stop, while I'm at school at least:( But while I'm at home I can talk as much as I like!

Things which currently annoy me:
1. I'm suffering the most terrible cramps:(
2. The site I dearly want to access is blocked.
3. I messed up my English test badly.

My class starts soon, and all we have to do is write our assigment, which I'll enjoy. Light lesson FTW!
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Default)
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:)
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Default)
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.

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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 (One day more)


First of all, happy very belated birthday to[info]duva, and happy birthday a day early to[info]fancyspinner!

School
I've now been at my new school for six weeks, and I love it! It's so much more fun than my last one, which my sick-days can attest to: no one yet, even though I caught a bad cold with fever this week.

French has actually become my new favourite subject. The last three years or so I've thought "Oh no, I'll have French tomorrow" every time I've packed my bag, for even though I've enjoyed learning it, we haven't had the best teachers. This new teacher knows her stuff, and she can teach (I have yet to learn anything I didn't know already, but that's beside the point), and it's a lot of fun. I even enjoy the oral exercises, which I normally hate. And she has offered to bring me some extra reading material, since I've already started to read way ahead in our text-book:)

I've sadly lost my brilliant math teacher, and his replacement seems crappy (I've only had one lesson with him, but my, I was so bored). I like my English teacher a whole lot more than I expected, though there was an embarrassing incident where I managed to claim that salad is a vegetable. Lettuce, girl, never forget about lettuce. She has a bad side that seems to delight in saying "You are wrong". Another slightly bad thing with her is her love of American English. It's a bit painful to me, to see her write "o" instead of "ou" and things like that. She allows us to do it as well, which means fever spelling errors for my classmates, but I'm glad she doesn't force us to do it, since I can't shake off this feeling that it is wrong (not that there is anything wrong with American English, but we've always been taught British English, and it's too late to switch now)

There has been no nasty shocks related to grades yet: two 5's (math and English oral presentation), one 6 (French glossary test), plus our that haven't been corrected yet (one English I think I aced, one Norwegian writing exercise that was okay, two in Social Science and Science that could have gone better). We'll have a bigger French test directly after the holiday, and that one I know I could ace right here and now without even reading, so nothing to worry about.

My school has an English homepage, actually, and it has taught me the correct English terms for what I'm doing: The school is an upper secondary school, and my program is "Specialization in General Studies focusing on further academic education". As simple as that. I need to stop trying to find complicated answers to simple questions; the above is a direct translation of the Norwegian term.

"Romeo and Juliet" is coming along nicely. The two guys playing Tybalt and Capulet are brilliant, especially Tybalt, Mercutio is to my great surprise decent (he is our new close friend, but I didn't have a lot of fait in him), I love our Benvolio, and Romeo and Juliet are adorable together. And to everyone's great amusement, Romeo and Paris are played by two identical twin brothers:) Due to a lack of male actors, we've ended up with a Queen of Verona (another new friend of mine), and females playing males in the case of Montague and Father Lawrence, but that was to be expected. People were toying with the idea of "the nun Lawrentina" (well, I came up with that name, but it was close), but to my great relief they won't go through with it.
We watched the 1968 movie-adaption in class, and I mostly loved it. I almost choked to death with laughter; Mercutio with a handkerchief over his head really was unreasonably hilarious:)

Les Mis in Bergen
The first reviews and mentions of Les Mis is Bergen have appeared, seems like this is a very big production. The reviewer liked it very much, but he also said something with the gist of "the performance of Valjean and Javert improved after intermission". That doesn't sound too good.
There was a pretty nice picture from "In My Life" included, with Valjean and Cosette. Sigurd Sele looked decent, Cosette seemed to be way too old, as usual in Norwegian productions. But she was wearing a rather nice, purple dress, so I have hopes for the costume-department. Homepage.

There's also a behind the scenes thingy, here. Extremely uninteresting, the one exception being whenever there's singing. This mostly consists of pictures of a half-naked Sigurd Sele. You understand why I can't stand his Enjolras? Speaking of Enjolras... open this page, and look at the picture that replaces the Cosette logo. On one hand, shiny picture, but please don't tell me that's the Bergen Enjolras.

Other
We're leaving for France tonight, at 4 am. After this, I won't go back. My mother has promised to never force me to go again, and I'm going to hold her to it. Knowing me, I'll probably end up going next year too, but at the moment I'm very pleased.

EDIT: Oh, and my bedroom has been renovated! It is now pretty and white, with new furniture, and I've finally gotten rid of that horrible Disney wallpaper.

cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (One day more)
EDIT: Sorry about the formating, IE decided to eat my lj-cut, and I have to use Opera and HTML-mode to post. So far, I think I hate Opera. Need firefox if IE doesn't decide to work.

Oh my God. I just read what I had to say about the first time I saw Les Mis
in London, in February 2007. I refuse to believe I wrote that...my Lillestrøm
reviews, written a few weeks previously, are decent enough, but I'm
thoroughly horrified by the one from London. I wanted to sink through the
floor in embarrassment. If you happened to read that, I apologise for
sounding like a ten year old:( I would really like to delete and remove all
tracks of everything I wrote before turning 15, but that's rather hard to
actually do...I will try hard to forget, so please don't remind me of it.


Les Misérables 16 August 2008 Matinee and Evening performances review:



Finally )




I think I might hate my English-teacher a little bit. She seems to delight in
jumping down upon people who make mistakes, though luckily I've not been
included so far. I "pleased her heart" when I answered a question in the
right tone to make me sound English, and she said "This is very good" when
reading what I wrote over my shoulder this Thursday. Laughing at students
doesn't seem very proper to me. Her roll-calls are shiny though; instead of
saying "yes"or "present", we have to give her the name of a fruit, a number,
an animal or the like, and she compliments those she thinks are clever. My
crush keeps saying these really obscure things, like "ash fruit", and she loves
him:) For some reason, she liked my "mango", but not my "meat pie".

We have a big drama-project in Norwegian this year: We are going to set up
Romeo and Juliet! Modernised version, of course, which is annoying, but still
shiny:) Everyone have to do something, so I've volunteered as a prompter. I
sort of want to audition for a part, since while I detest taking part in those
small, silly "sketches", I love real theatre, and have some experience from
school plays and "Annie" when I was little. But I've decided not to, since I
think my nerves will be a problem. Lately, I've started shaking when I'm
about to read something for the class, even though I'm perfectly aware of how safe it is to make mistakes.
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (depressed Grantaire)
I just got back from London! If anyone is thinking about going there in any near future to see Les Mis, and are having doubts about it, let me reassure you: It's  worth it:) Have you heard about how brilliant David Thaxton is, but doubted the credibility of the statement? Fear not, he is that brilliant! I love most of the cast, really.  I had an understudies as Éponine and Thénardier though, so I can't say anything about those principals. I'll write a real review later this week, of both Les Mis and Blood Brothers, but I fear it would make me too depressed at the moment to describe the performances in detail, as school starts tomorrow, and I'm falling to pieces with worry, and Les Mis will remind me of good times lost:( 

I also intended to post my tale of France now, which I wrote while I was in London, but my mum keeps talking about tomorrow, and I'm close to tears, so I think I'll go to bed early today. 
And I'm not really that depressed, since the worst thing that can possibly happen tomorrow is one of those "I'm Anette, what's your name?" introductions in front of the class, and I can live that down. I'm already pretty sure I won't be in the same class as my best friend, so I've gotten used to that thought already, and there will be no nasty shocks tomorrow.

The worst few months in my life were the time I changed school for the first time, three years ago, and I'm really worried this will be the same way. Still, school will finally be more serious business, my school is supposedly one of the best in the district, and that might mean I'll actually learn something I couldn't have done better on my own. (Private lessons = one of my suppressed dreams, Norwegian schools = really bad, if you didn't already know)

I've rediscovered (for real) an old celebrity crush, Paul McGann, and gotten a new obsession: Hornblower! lovelovelove:)
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (producer partners)

Lets start with the bad things:

And now the positive things!

1. I've cut my hair, and I'm very pleased with it! I have a fringe! I haven't had that in five years or so, and it's a very refreshing change. The result is far better than last time I decided to do something drastic with my hair, then it turned out to be too short, and it took me two weeks to be able to walk past a mirror without flinching.

2. I'm very pleased with my grades! Only second best in my class, but I really admire Alex for managing to get 8 6's (!!!). I beat him in English and French, but he's very much better than me in P.E. and Arts & Crafts. I'm slightly bitter about losing my 6 in written Norwegian, but I knew that was going to happen anyway. All in all, I was very positively surprised; two 4's, five 5's and six 6's:)


3. Natascha and I have started to watch movie-musicals together, and we're having a wonderful time. After seeing Rent she started shipping Roger/Mark, and we have a few ongoing jokes about Gringoire after Notre Dame de Paris. We most recently saw The Producers, and I've managed to develop a small obsession with it. It's exactly the kind of musical I try to avoid (frivolous. I want to see litanies of woe), but I've lost count of how many times I've watched it, I'm addicted, I've even watched two dubs. Hard to pick out any favourite scenes, but if I had to, I'd say King of Broadway, Betrayed, and the scene they have in the movie to replace the song Where did we go right. Nathan Lane is truly brilliant, and I love both Matthew Broderick and Will Ferrell. Natascha detested Ulla, but while I didn't like the character I though Uma Thurman was rather sweet. Her voice was a bit weak at some points. Seeing John Barrowman with blond hair is a slightly traumatic experience, but he still somehow manages to be hot. The fact that Roger is played by Gary Beach amuse me:)


I've also watched Chicago and Moulin Rouge, and I like them both rather well. Moulin Rouge took me two tries, though. I had no idea Ewan could sing so well:) And I find David Wenham playing Audrey hilarious:)

I have read/watched tons of books and movies that I want to review, but I don't know where to start *sigh*. Perhaps I'll drop it.
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Luna)
 Happy belated birthday to [profile] brittlesmile. Hope you had a wonderful day:)

I had my mock oral yesterday, it went okay, I got a 5.  It was rather strange actually, I went around with my heart in my throat for two days (...I confess, I had a little crying-fit on wednesday, as I was plagued by a headache and had only managed to write three pages of complete shit) but then I spent the last half hour before I went to school playing piano, and I suddenly felt...calm. My hands didn't even start to shake during the exam. I think I've finally found a cure to my problem!:)

I've bought myself the extended version of the Fellowship of the Ring, and it is extremely shiny! I've have the extended versions of The Two Towers and Return of the King since they were released, but this is my third version of FotR. Dad bought me the VHS the summer it was released (I was never permitted to see it in cinema), and then I later bought the "normal" DVD. This has 30 more minutes of footage than the cinema edition, including Gimli falling for Galadriel:) (That is relevant. I asked dad if he had any idea of why Legolas and Gimli suddenly became best friends, and he didn't). I also loved the part with the Sackville-Bagginses and the Gaffer. As I said, extremely shiny. I spent all of today watching the movie and the appendices, so I've had a great time:)

Does anyone of you know any good friendship poems or similar in English or French (Norwegian would also be okay)? One of my new friends have given me a book to write in, and I can't even remember any of the old verses we used to write.
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!
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Luna)
 I don't have to have my oral presentation until friday! Yay! Instead I have a French test tomorrow, and religion on wednesday, but that's okay, since we, for some reason, barely have any homework this week. 

It's really easy to fall for Doctor Who, isn't it?;) I've just finished watching the last christmas special, after season 3. I've decided Ten is rather brilliant, but I still prefer Nine. I also prefer Rose over Martha, but Martha's not bad either. Now I'll watch Torchwood;) And four episodes with Three, and that movie (since Paul McGann is in it. I adore him in Hornblower). And, I have to say this: So that's the Master! I've wondered. He's awesome;) John Barrowman looks good when he's dirty...not that he doesn't always do.

My fever didn't break until late Wednesday evening, and then, on Thursday I hurt my knee. I was bending down, and twisted around to pet my cat, and then I was lying on the floor. I tried to get up, and I could hear my knee clicking back into place. This, naturally, hurt. Now, finally I'm able to walk down the stairs without pain, but I still have to keep my leg stiff when I bend down. This isn't easy, as I have cats to care for. But i've made good progress today, so I hope PE will go okay at school tomorrow.

This week, Mum started talking about my dear cat Casper dying. I do know he nearly died of sickness when he was a year old, I know we never manage to get our cats to live past their 14th year (he's 9 and a half now), and it was my most common nightmare for years, but I don't need to talk about it! 
Luna's little friend has disappeared. Every night the past year or so, the neighborhood cat has come to our celler window, and met up with our youngest (who doesn't go outside). They meow to each other, and sometimes Luna attack the window. She misses him, keeps staring out:( His owners called around the area a few days ago, but he hasn't showed up. Mum reckons it's that gigantic fox she claims to have seen last year who has taken him. RIP, Milkshake (...must be the kid who named him) (also, there's a running joke in the house that it was Casper who did the evil deed...they didn't like each other much, though they sometimes managed to keep themselves civil)

I spent 29-31 December visiting Trondheim again. That girl  (soon 7, but less mature than the norm) can be really annoying, but she does know how to make us adore her. Our families are close, we see a lot of each other (more than I see my real family), and we live in their house each time we visit. So one day, when we came in the door, she said something like "What  if we were all a big family? Then you'd be my big sister!" and she went on about how nice that'll be. She hugged me a lot, and in the mornings she crawled into my bed (we shared her room). She even stayed there 40 minutes one morning, falling asleep on me. Who can resist that? <font face="Symbol">&#169;</font>
Also, later, we heard by telephone that she'd been asked about what she remembered clearest from her holiday. it was me, mum and her playing with those magnet-building things I can't remember the name of. Geomags? <font face="Symbol">&#169;</font>

PS- Theatretrades (or was it theatrefoorwear?) has temporarily disabled accounts with 0 posts. I only registered this week! And I'm in the middle of an awesome trade! I've sent most of my end, and now I can't check if I've gotten my wonderful links, as I can't access my damn account!
PS.2- I wish I didn't feel bouncy at 23.30 nine out of ten nights
PS.3- I've started playing Prince of Persia on my computer. It's cool, and I feel rather good at it. I have technique;) 
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (claude)

Happy  (belated for me) birthday to

[profile] 10littlebullets! Hope you had/have a great day:)

I have a great post to post, but I've managed to get ill again, so I won't spend much time on the computer today. So here's only a few basics.

I have a cold. Again. With fever. Again. This is the third time in four months:(

Forget what I said about Doctor Who. Season 1 was brilliant. I've seen most of season 2 too, and while Tennant is nowhere near as good as Eccleston, he's okay. Rose is actually rather likable, Mickey was cute, and Jack grew on me after the first couple of episodes. But watching season 2 without subtitles is actually rather hard at times, for while I love any kind of british accent, it isn't the easiest to understand.

My school project is going pretty well (India under the British Empire, in English), and it's great to feel I'm ahead of schedule for once. I have another week left before it has to be finished.
And here you have my newest grades! One word: Awesome! Same average as last year (5.15), but this one feels better, for some reason. 
And now I'm going to bed again.
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Lost)
First: Happy belated birthday to [profile] lionhill! Also Merry Christmas, and a happy new year to her, and everyone else!
Second: My last post is now updated, and has been for a while, with Act 2 of Scarlet Pimpernel Lillestrøm.

Apparently I haven't updated for five weeks. Which means I've tons of things to write about now. This has for me been the big TV/Movie/Book month, which has been a very refreshing change. I had another dry period on the internet, nothing much interesting to find. Seems to be remedied now though.



TV
The TV-Month started with me catching episodes of Stargate SG-1 (season 4) and Seinfeld. These shows air nearly everyday on Viasat 4, a wonderful channel I've recently discovered (This channel has also convinced me I'll never again try to watch any other form of Star Trek than Voyager, though Data was kinda cute at times).
I've also caugth 5 episodes of Supernatural (mostly on Swedish TV), and decided I liked  it. Erh...the father is the same actor who played Denny on Grey's Anaomy! I was surprised when I discovered this. But I can't say I like his character so much.

Heroes
Heroes gets its own header:) I did see parts of or whole episodes on TV before Christmas, and I liked it, but I wasn't addicted until I got season 1 episode 1-11 as a gift. And not even until the end. After each episode, I though to myself: "It's a good show, but I'm not addicted." Then came ep 11, and suddely I was. I found the later episodes on the net, and I have now watched the entire season 1. The episodes keeps getting better, but my favourite is 1.17 (Company Man), which was the last one which aired here. I love Claude:) And his accent:) Incidentally, I also got the first season of Doctor Who, which I'm checking out because everyone talks about it. I'm not overly enthustiatic about the premise of the show (Torchwood sounds a lot better), but now at least I'm motivated because of Christopher Eccleston:) I will begin to watch soon. I have decided I won't not go ahead and watch Heroes season 2 yet, and instead just wait for it, but I'm not quite sure I'll be able to keep that vow. I'm probably going to crack within a week or two:(



And this was all I had time to write today. I will update with my grades (described in one word? YAY!) and New Year school ball (which is tomorrow) later. Will include talk about books and holidays:)
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (agog)
Mock exams this week. English had difficult tasks (I got 5 on the last one, btw), but I'm happy with it, and both Norwegian ones too. Math went strait to hell. And this time, I'm sure. I think I aced Part 1, but I used too much time. I only started part three with 40 minutes to spare, and I couldn't think, so I ended up choosing 1 3-point, 1 2-point, and 3 1-point tasks, and I won't get full pott on either of the two first. (I could have done 2 3-points, and 3 2-points. Which I normally always do). Made many mistakes in part 2 too. This actually was last year's exam, which worries me to no end.

I might be out of touch until Friday next week, as I will be going to Trondheim, as a part of my work-week at school. I'll observe the court, as I'm thinking of educating myself as a jurist (not in the US meaning though). I think it will be cool:) I'm going to live with our friends there, and while they've gotten internet now, I can't spend much time on. I will air-travel by myself for the first time, which is kinda exciting. It's only 50 minutes though.

I leave you with my SP review, part 1 (yes, I'm a pathetic typer)


review... )
 
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Sawyer)
OMG! I found it!!!!
When I was about eight, I really wanted to see some kind of movie, I don’t remember which one, and I asked my dad to rent it for me. He rented the wrong movie, and I was very disappointed, especially since the one he rented was in English. Animated movies in English just sounded wrong to me (I still think they do. Norwegian casting is better, except in very few cases, and most English voice-actors can't even sing their own songs). But I watched the movie, and didn't like it very much. For some reason, I rented it another time, and this time I l adored it. Then, three years ago, I desperately wanted to see it again, but of course, it was impossible to find. I think it is a bit obscure. I was desperate enough to actually write this note, and show it to people in stores:


I feel this day has been my first relaxed moment since I got home. The new school-system is awesome, but really tiring. Monday we had four lectures and French, tuesday three lectures, thursday two lectures. Each lecture consisted of twenty minutes, and the rest of the day we worked with a list of things we had to do. Wednesday we went ice-skating, and played golf (not not my thing, at all), Friday we finished our work, had a test about what we should have learned this week, and then two hours of French. This form of work suits me much better, as we could choose what to work with when, and do it in our own pace, as long as it was finished friday. No more useless lessons, aimed at those...who find learning difficult. But we had quite a lot to do, hence the exhaustion. I'm very pleased with it though.

Tales of France forthcoming. With pictures. And this time I actually wrote proper notes *be shocked everyone*.  There, I saw an Enjolras. Or an angel, depending on how you want to look at it. Beautiful...this it what I should have taken pictures of. This entry will also have my thoughts on a few musicals (I have a new favourite to add to my list). 

I'm still abusing (), but I haven't written "definitely" one single time! Improvement!

EDITED TO REMOVE MENTION OF SPECIFIC COMMUNITY
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Default)
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*
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: http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r61/lovemoonyforever/scratintheguiliotine.jpg. 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:(

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