Monday, May 27, 2013

flashback to February.

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Random Snow T-Rex that a couple of guys decided to build outside my window.
I just found this in my journal and it made me laugh, so I decided to share it:

Snow. Lots of it. Arguably, the most snow you have ever seen at once. They say ten inches, but after having to dig out your friends' cars along with your own (twice), it feels more like ten feet. You only brought one pair of boots to college with you and they reside inside Dylan's car, across campus, which is too far to walk in this weather without boots on. It was fine because classes were canceled Thursday and Friday and you spent the bulk of your weekend alone in your room reading Jack London stories about people freezing to death and being eaten by wolves up in the Yukon, but now they are calling for another ten inches by Wednesday and you wonder, should they be able to pry the doors open under the weight of all that icy fluff, how on earth you will be able to go anywhere without any boots.
          You also didn't realize that bringing a sled was a rite-of-passage for dorm life and have to be content with merely watching from your dorm window.

--Monday, February 25, 2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Disney Princes / Princesses Awards


The above photo features all the princesses of the Disney franchise, with the exception of Princess Anna from the movie Frozen, which is in post-production.

From left to right, they are Mulan, Snow White, Tiana, Cinderella, Belle, Merida, Rapunzel, Ariel, Aurora, Jasmine, and Pocahontas.

Some few honorable mentions that are not a part of the official line-up:
Alice, Esmeralda, Megara, Jane, Kida.

The official Disney Prince line-up: (from left to right) Shang, Flynn, Adam, Eric, Prince, Charming, Phillip, Naveen, Aladdin, & John Smith
And these, of course, are the official Disney princes.

Left to right: Shang, Flynn, Adam, Eric, The Prince, Charming, Phillip, Naveen, Aladdin and John Smith.

Some honorable mentions/Disney heroes:
Peter Pan, Hercules, Quasimodo, Tarzan, Emperor Kuzco, Milo Thatch

For the following lists, I will be using the official line-ups, minus characters from The Princess and the Frog and Brave, because I have not seen the first and I don't remember the second very well. I might come back and update later on, though.


Best-Looking Princes
5. Prince Charming

4. Aladdin



3. Flynn / Eugene



2. Prince Eric


1. Prince Phillip


Best Personalities
This list is a little bit harder, because it seems like every prince does at least something that I don't care for, though many of them change into more gentle, caring men by the end of their movies. 

5. Prince Phillip
Okay, so you don't get a whole lot of personality from him in this movie, but enough for me to like him. He wants to marry Aurora even when he thinks she is just a peasant girl. He's best friends with his horse, Samson. And he fights a dragon for her. The only drawback here is that he doesn't say a whole lot and is pretty much silent for the last half of the movie. With a little more development, he could have been on top of this list.

4. Li Shang

So, Shang likes to get down to business and defeat the Huns. He plays by the rules...almost a little too closely. But cut him some slack--he's trying to train a bunch a random men to be disciplined warriors. It's a tough gig. And most notably, he doesn't kill Mulan even when the law requires him to. Which doesn't sound like such a big deal until you remember that he is the guy that plays by the rules. However, due to him leaving her out in the snow and not listening to her when she returns to warn him about the Huns, he gets booted down to fourth on the list.

3. Prince Adam/The Beast
I originally  had him a little lower on this list due to his severe temper problem, but then I began to remember all the good things he does for Belle. He rescues her from wolves. He gives her a library. And the mirror. And he lets her go back home to her father even though it means he'll be a beast forever. His temperament changes completely by the end of the movie, so I shouldn't judge him so harshly.

2. Prince Eric
Okay, the truth is that I'm a huge fan of Prince Eric. The guy loves his dog and even jumps onto a burning ship to save him. And then he takes in a mute peasant girl and gives her a place to stay, not knowing that she's the girl he's been looking for all along. That's just it though--he obviously felt an attraction to Ariel, but he was so blinded by his quest to find the girl with the voice that he pushed her aside. He gets brownie points for going back and saving her even after he finds out she's a mermaid, though.

1. Flynn/Eugene

I'll admit, I've been on a bit of a Tangled frenzy lately. I didn't see it when it first came out and then saw it a few months ago, but I watched it again and fell in love. I love Eugene's development throughout the movie. I love how sweet he is in this moment and I love how funny/witty he is throughout most of the movie. He sacrifices a lot for Rapunzel, including the crown that has been his drive from the beginning. And he does it not because he sees the value in her hair, but because he loves her, which is proven when he himself cuts her hair in order to save her, even though it meant sacrificing his life. He pretty much takes the gold.

Honorable Mention: Tarzan
Though technically he's not a Disney prince, I still feel he should be mentioned in this category. Tarzan is torn between two worlds: his ape family and his love for Jane. He does his best to do right by both of them, which proves to be a struggle. He's sweet, brave, innocent, and I have a hard time finding any kind of flaw in him.


Princesses--Best Personality
 5. Princess Jasmine
Jasmine is a strong female character. She is being forced into marriage but insists that it be for love. I love her line, "I am not a prize to be won!" And when she gets fed up, she dresses like a peasant and runs away. And meets Aladdin, whom she loves even though he's not a prince and is distraught when she thinks he has been executed. And she has a pet tiger, which is awesome. Not that I support having tigers for pets in real life, but in Disney it's okay.

4. Rapunzel
She's almost tied with Jasmine, but I love how girly, funny, and real she is. She's a bit naive and dependent from living such a sheltered life, but she makes me laugh and is a strong character. And she's an artist, which is different for a princess.

3. Belle
Belle likes books. I like books. Therefore, I like Belle.
I really wish I could fit her higher on the list, because I admire her a lot. She takes her father's place in the dungeon. She's imaginative and intelligent and brave. She doesn't want to marry Gaston even though he's handsome. She does try to escape from the castle, though, and inadvertently sends a mob to the castle to kill the beast. Not to mention sneaking off to the West Wing after specifically being told not to, as well as out of her room in the middle of the night for food after refusing to have dinner with the Beast. So while I love her, she has a few curiosity issues.

2. MulanAm I the only one who wanted to get her hair cut with a sword (or at least a kitchen knife, or something) just like Mulan?
Oooh, it gives me chills every single time she decides to take her father's place in the war. She knows that her chance for death is extremely likely, but she also knows that her father is too old for battle. Not only that, but when she fails at first in becoming a fit warrior, she doesn't back down. She has the chance to go home, but she doesn't take it. She doesn't want to be seen as weak or bring dishonor on her family, so she works extra hard to become super awesome at everything. You go, Mulan.

1. Pocahontas
There's a lot of similarity between Mulan and Pocahontas. Both of them strive to honor their family and will do anything for them. In addition to this, Mulan is super tied to nature and appreciates all it has to offer. And unlike the rest of her tribe, she teaches this to John Smith and helps him see that her people are not savages. And when John Smith is wrongly accused for murder, she risks her life to save him. And decides to stay with her people in the end, even though she loves him, because she knows it is the right thing to do. She's just awesome.

Best Princess Voice: Ariel
I mean, the movie is pretty much centered around her voice from beginning to end, so it's no surprise that it's spectacular.

Best Prince Voice: Aladdin

His voice has been my favorite for as long as I can remember. There's just something about it.

Best Couple
3. Belle & Adam
Their love story starts out rocky and slow, but they gradually come to realize their feelings towards each other, and it's beautiful. And I enjoy how dainty she is compared to him. 

2. Pocahontas & John Smith
Just look at the chemistry between these two. And it's like this the whole movie. From the moment he sees her, he's stunned. And then she sings to him about the wind. They're from two different worlds, but somehow they've come to love each other. It's basically Romeo and Juliet in the Americas.

1.  Rapunzel & Eugene
I love these two separately, and really really love them together. They're both hilarious and quirky and just perfect. 

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So, those are my thoughts on the whole franchise. Would you agree with me, or do you have a different opinion? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

--Emily

Deacon // Senior 2013

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Have you felt like my recent posts have been more about Deacon's life than my own? Haha. Well honestly, our lives are pretty intertwined.

So Deacon graduated from high school and got his Associate's Degree. Which is pretty awesome, if you ask me. But I might be a little biased.

The day he graduated, he wanted to take some pictures, so we ran around for awhile. And though I love him, he is honestly the hardest person to photograph in the history of the world. Seriously. It's like pulling teeth. I probably took over 300 pictures and only kept a handful of them.

I like that he wore the school's color's, though. =)

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Other photos taken that day that don't apply to Deacon or graduation:
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--Emily

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Deacon & myself // Couple Portraits, Prom 2013

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I've actually been meaning to post these pictures for awhile. We went to Prom on April 27th.

It rained. a lot. We took a few of our photos on a fishing dock, but had to hurry through them because the water level was rising and we were afraid it was going to flood over. But we had a good time.

Also, big shout-out to my friend Amanda who was kind enough to do my makeup. She's the best. =)

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--Emily

P.S. I'm not a huge fan of the band Fun, but I really like Christina Grimmie. Her cover of "Some Nights" is spectacular.

Jenna is turning 20.

A poem of our friendship in 10 words:
If I don't remember,
then I know that you do.
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Things you may not have known about Jenna / our friendship:
  • I don't remember how we met, but we were around 9 or 10 and became friends because we sat next to each other on the bus.
  • When we were younger, we had a special tree in the woods behind her house that we named Payden.
  • At least, I think that was its name.
  • When I spend the night, we always bake brownies and play ping-pong.
  • One time, we wrote a fictional interview about how we became famous ping-pong players. It included a smallpox pandemic, Jenna losing a leg to a shark, Greenland, hungry elephants, and me losing an arm to a tiger. In the end we verse each other, Jenna wins, Jenna dies, and I have a heart attack while giving a speech at her funeral.
  • She is one of my favorite people to photograph.

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  • When we were younger, I wrote a three-part story (consisting of 95,704 words) called Almost Forever. The main character was based on her.
  • On more than one occasion, we have convinced someone that we were twins.
  • She taught me how to do this:
  • In middle school, we went as Ketchup and Mustard to a Halloween dance and won a prize.
  • We were on the newspaper/yearbook staff in middle school and co-editors of the yearbook for two years in high school.
  • We give weird nicknames to people.
  • In middle school, we tried to make up our own sort of language. All I remember is that our names were Yilme and Annej. 
  • We bought sunglasses in Paris.
  • She let me practice French-braiding on her for years.
  • One time we skipped school to go to a Paramore/Relient K concert in Illinois. And we met Ethan Luck.
  • We took American Sign Language classes together.
  • I'm 99% sure each of us have peed our pants while at the other's house.
  • We were obnoxious teenagers.
  • And did weird things...like sit in random bathtubs.
  • And we were so, so awkward.
  • Ten years of friendship has changed us a lot. But we're still Emily and Jenna, Jenna and Emily, and we have so many more years ahead of us.
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A short playlist of songs that remind me of Jenna:


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And this one:


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Happy birthday, lady.
--Emily