Month: July 2014

Lucy…

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…you got some ‘splaining to do!

First and foremost, props to Scarlett Johansson for beating out Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock at the movies last weekend. Lucy‘s premiere scored a bigger box office take than Hercules. Impressive on many levels, the best of which is that a female action lead was a bigger draw. And I’ll admit that I saw Lucy and not Hercules (but I still love you, Dwayne!) because a friend in town chose between the two, but that’s okay because now I can enjoy The Rock in all his deliciousness all by myself.

But now for the actual review. I’m still not sure if I liked this movie (beware: spoilers ahead). What starts out in a seemingly random scene in an unidentified Asian city, quickly becomes a thriller and then an action movie, the slowly descends into sci-fi madness (in a good way). Overall, I think the plot was very intriguing and the concept even more so, the execution however, left something to be desired.

There was lots of head scratching at the end of the movie, pieces that didn’t quite line up. I had a lot of questions that could have been answered by simply taking the time to you know, explain what was happening. Johansson is supposedly a 25 year old student of some kind but it never specifies what she is studying or why she is in Taiwan, not to mention that (no offense) but she doesn’t look 25. She’s always played up as so mature in movies that to put her in a role below her actual age was a little disconcerting to me. Especially after seeing her badassery in The Avengers, I find it hard to picture any younger than that and she seems to be in her late-20s in that movie (like 27-28).

I felt like I was dropped into a world with very little explanation at the beginning of Lucy. There were little snippets of the guy she was with, Richard and how they met but nothing about how they ended up in front of a hotel…a flashback would have been nice, preferably in Richard’s head explaining his background/deal.

There were several scenes that made me go “what the actual eff just happened”. Like in the airplane bathroom. Was that all in her head? Did she actually explode and somehow get pieced back together with the drug? And what was the deal with the time travel at the end? Was that mentioned somewhere in Morgan Freeman’s speech and I just missed it?

And for once, this was an action movie without a serious love connection, which shocked me. Sure, there was that slight possibility with the French police officer, but nothing (not even a kiss!) happened. Which I honestly didn’t mind. I think that romance can often detract from action movies instead of add to the drama and intensity.

Not a bad movie, definitely different. I honestly love the concept behind it, expanding our mind and what we might be able to do with it if we could, but the movie didn’t thrill me. Kept me paying close attention but not sure I’d run out and buy it.

Song of Myself

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I too watched “The Breakfast Club” last night on ABCFamily and as always, some new thought strikes me while I view. I cringe and laugh in equal measure and even cry alongside the characters, re: Johnson asking about what happens on Monday.

This time, it made me reflect back on my own formative high school years and how often I judge the generation that is now in those shoes. What stories and secrets are hiding behind the smiles and the cell phones? How has the world changed in terms of how people relate since I was in high school less than a decade ago?

So when I saw this post by Slightly Chic, I thought it would be a good time to evaluate who I think I am and who I thought I would become back in high school.

If you had asked my high school freshman self where I thought I would be in 10 years (holy crap, has it really been that long?!), I probably would have said something about living in California, maybe in med school, maybe living in a house on the ocean.

If you had asked my high school senior self where I thought I would in 2014, I would probably have said that I would be married and working at a well-paying job and own a house probably on the east coast but not in my home state. I may or may not have mentioned kids but animals would definitely have been present.


So what’s the reality? Who am I today?

  • I have a Bachelor of Science in Management from a top business school
  • I am currently re-enrolled in school, after a 3 year break, to get my Master of Library Science
  • I do not have a high-paying job but am currently a GA which pays my tuition plus a stipend (perks!)
  • I am not married
  • Nor do I have any kids yet
  • My cat died this past December, a fact that I am still not over, so no pets at the moment
  • I am a blogger
  • I am striving to be a role model to young women
  • I have written (and edited at least 7 times) my first novel
  • I am seeking a literary agent to help me get published
  • I am an avid reader
  • I am addicted to CWTV, in particular Supernatural and The Originals (I miss Smallville!)
  • I seem to keep moving further from my home state
  • I have no idea where I want my first house to be
  • I am once again living with family (living with children gives you an interesting perspective on life)
  • I have an amazing support system of family and friends
  • According to Jung, I am now an introvert, although I used to be an extrovert
  • I know I want to teach college courses later in life
  • I might go on to get my PhD

So what does all of this actually add up to? Well I’m not sure. But I think it means that I’m simply human. And in fact, I’m very happy with my life. Being in school is a great opportunity for me and if I could get paid to go forever, then I would. I want to make a difference in the world. I want to leave a mark, I want to be heard. I’ve realized that there are plenty of types of love that can fulfill you, not just romantic love and that true friends are always there for you.

There is no right or wrong answer to who you are, because you are who you are. You can change that and become who you want to be if you work hard enough (but most people don’t put in the effort). Labels are only powerful if we let them be. Example: I was watching the Disney channel (hey, I live with a 10 yr old girl now) and a great Friends for Change commercial came on with Raini Rodriguez (from Austin & Ally, in case you are wondering) who talked about a leadership camp she attended and how their discussions on bullying and labeling really impacted her.

I love that so many young people are getting involved and trying to make a difference in the world. And I hope that it continues to be that way. And that I get a chance to do the same. This blog (and my twitter: kataweb416) are my start.

So who am I?

I’m Katherine (Kat) Webber, author, poet, dreamer, introvert, friend, caregiver, sister, daughter, granddaughter, cousin, student, woman, nerd, reader, blogger, writer, foodie, traveler, planner, and enjoyer of life.

Who are you? Who do you want to be?

(PS – I stole the title from one of my favorite Walt Whitman poems  of the same name.)

Liebster Award (is it German, I don’t know!)

Because I want to share her awesome answers to my questions. I especially loved her answer to being anyone for a day and well thought out answer to immortality.
PS – I have How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu on my TBR list also! Can’t wait.

My Journey to the Acknowledgements

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If you told me half a year ago that I would have a blog, with awesome followers, and an actual schedule, I would have laughed and reminded you that I was in school. If you had then added that I would receive an award from an amazing blogger like Kat Webber I would have just walked away with tears in my eyes. But, here I am, and there’s the award. 

If you are like me (it might just be because I’m new to this whole thing) and haven’t heard about the Liebster award, then let me explain. It is an award that bloggers give out to a certain number of blogs with less than 1,000 followers. You tag the person who thought you deserved the award and then answer questions, before tagging your top 5-11 new bloggers. 

The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the nominator and post a link to…

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Lawsuit/Impeachment/Government/Obama

Okay, what is happening in DC?

It seems like nothing gets done at the federal level of government anymore. First the debacle of the budgeting issues and now more problems with the Affordable Care Act.

How is suing the President going to solve anything? True, if the ACA stipulates that employers who don’t provide health benefits should be paying fines, then that should absolutely being enforced. And apparently the Obama administration is having issue enforcing the coverage so they have delayed mandating employers to pay fines.

Now, the House lead by Boehner, has voted to file a lawsuit against Obama for failing to live up to the oath of office. A suit which, based on historical premise, will most likely be thrown out before it can even reach a judge. What is this madness!?

Not to mention that Congress has an upcoming vacation on the horizon. And what exactly are they taking a vacation from? And why are they even being allowed to take a vacation?

This is the real problem with the feds these days. They seem to have forgotten who they are really supposed to be fighting for and what the American people actually want. We want to not be wasting our tax dollars, keep more of our money, and create new jobs in this country. We need to fix what’s broken before we worry about what’s not even being done.

Starships Were Meant to Fly

I am fascinated by the most recent “slut-shaming” incident involving Nicki Minaj. An album cover featuring a mostly nude Minaj has swept the internet and is now being slut shamed. For those of you who are unfamiliar, slut shaming is the act of making someone else, usually a woman, feel guilty or ashamed for certain sexual behaviors, tendencies, or desires.

Since when is everyone concerned with what the music industry is putting on album covers and in song lyrics? Oh wait, they’ve always been interested. (At least since when they thought that playing AC/DC backwards was Satan talking to you.) So why is this single song release such a big deal?

I can see where the concern for young, impressionable audiences might come in, but haven’t parents always been responsible for what their children watch or listen to? People, parents in particular, complaining about the music industry is nothing new so why is it such a big deal?

While I don’t necessarily think that posing half-naked is the way to sell music, let’s face it, in today’s world, sex sells. And Minaj is a beautiful, curvy woman who is showcasing her body and her music in her own way. Her firm stance on not backing down to haters makes me nod in approval, even if I am shaking my head at her methods of propaganda.

The Wrong Path

I know where this path leads

Though it never starts the same,

Cloaked in half-truth and shadows

The path plays a different game.

 

I know where this path leads

And it’s not a happy end,

Never the same path twice

But knives a heart on the mend.

 

I know where this path leads

And I’m sick of finding my footprints.

The beginning is misleading every time

So I ignore the signs, the hints.

 

I know where this path leads

And I will follow it no more;

Something inside me has broken,

Been torn apart in my core.

 

I know where this path leads

So now I will make an about-face,

Away from this horror, this torture,

My own pain in this hideous place.

 

I know where this path leads

And I won’t be misled again.

I will take another way,

Focus on the why, not the when.

 

I know where this path leads

I can no longer be deceived,

Instead of retracing the steps I made,

I will learn from the pain received.

 

I know where this path leads,

So here is where it ends.

Is it just me…

…or is there something sincerely broken in society today?

We have pictures in magazines and on billboards that don’t even represent real people. We have make-up to cover up any flaws and make us look like a completely different person. And if just that doesn’t work, we also have photoshop!

The people in all of these pictures don’t even look like that in real life and yet we idolize and try to become those images to fit in. And don’t even get me started on when guys see their girls without make-up for the first time. It’s a total shock to men that most women don’t look that perfect 24/7.

I will give props to Melissa Murphy, in that her work is flawlessly amazing. What she can do with a make-up brush and some bobby pins is fantastic. It really is an art form.

However, I don’t think that men or women coated in layers of synthetic products should be our standard of beauty. Some of those women in the above article are just as pretty without make-up as they are with. Perhaps not in a magazine way but in a more wholesome way.

Not that there is anything wrong with make-up but people who can’t leave the house without it or feel “ugly” constantly without it, yes, there is definitely something wrong with that. Make-up shouldn’t be used to feel beautiful, it should be used to enhance your natural beauty and boost your self-confidence, not create it.

Sometimes I wonder if the Puritans were right. Wearing make-up is a deliberate deception to distract others from seeing your true self.