Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Song Thunks

I've been wanting to blog lately but haven't found a movie that I could blog about.  So instead here are my thoughts about some songs.

Don't you love it when you find a song that you completely adore and can't stop listening to?  I've actually fallen in love with two different songs.  "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles and "Marry Me" by Train.  I can't stop listening to these two songs!  Those of you who know me really well are probably laughing right now, but I don't care.  These songs (and conversations with my parents about who I should marry) have caused me to think.  So I'm going to share my list (in no particular order) of what I want my husband to be like.  (Feel free to find the songs on YouTube and listen as you read. That's what I'm doing as I type.)

My husband must be a nerd. This is an odd requirement to have but let me clarify. I am not a cool person.  And 'cool' people are often so boring.  All my friends are nerds and we have so much fun discussing all the random things that we're passionate about.  I want to have these discussions with my husband.  I'd like him to have an opinion on who exactly would win a fight if it was between Gandalf and Dumbledore.  Or if Capt. Kirk or Capt. Picard is the better Enterprise captain.  I want him not to mind when I rant about how 2001: Space Odyssey is the stupidest movie ever.  I want him to have rants of his own; it can truly about anything, I won't mind.

Mr. Right will be comfortable.  This sort of breaks down into two different categories.  I must be comfortable around him.  I'm going to be spending the rest of my life with this man and I don't want to have to forever walking on pins and needles.  I also want him to be comfortable around me.  I want him to know that he can do or tell me anything and I'll still love him.  The other half of this is that he must be comfortable with himself.  If he isn't comfortable with himself, or confident in himself, I'm not sure he could be confident in anyone else.

My husband is going to be organized.  I am not an organized person.  My room doesn't look like a tornado hit it.  If a tornado hit it, it would be cleaner.  I can't marry someone who isn't organized or our home will be buried under mountains of useless stuff.  I, being the free-spirited person that I am, won't be bothered by the mess.  At least till my mother comes over for a visit, then the house might be cleaned.

The love of my life will be strong, yet sweet-hearted.  I'm a very sunny person but I can be horribly sarcastic at times.  It's a strange mixture, I know.  I need someone who won't shrink under the occasional sarcastic comment.  But instead make me never want to say anything like it again by being sweet and kind and gentle.  This also applies to that I will expect my husband to lead me, so he needs to be strong to carry the front.  But he needs to lead with compassion and with love.

My husband must love music.  I adore music, in almost all forms.  I am constantly surrounded by it.  So the man I spend my life must enjoy it as much as I do.  It'd be wonderful if he also had an eclectic taste, he wouldn't mind if I listened to the Beatles, Sixpence None the Richer, and TobyMac in the same sitting.  I'd love for my husband to be able to sing.  I don't care if he's a tenor or a bass, I just want him to sing.  If he could also play an instrument of some sort that would be amazing.  He could play and I would sing...

I'm done now.  I have many more thoughts on this subject but I don't want to bore you.  Will I ever meet this man that I have described?  I don't know...perhaps.  I suppose it would just be a question of whether or not I'd get the nerve to say hello. :)


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The King's Speech Thunks

Movie: The King's Speech
Release Date: 2010
Favorite Line: (Talking about Bertie's physicians) "Well, they're all idiots." "They've been knighted." "...Makes it official, then."

The King's Speech is still playing at your local movie house and if you have not seen it yet, GO SEE IT! TONIGHT! Clear your schedule and GO!  This is one movie that you will not want to miss.  It is one of those rare films that is funny, dramatic, touching, inspiring, and just all around amazing!  I don't want to tell you too much more about it because I don't want to give anything away.  But you will not regret going and seeing this movie.

(Oh, and don't let the R rating scare you away. It's R for language; which was limited to one scene, served a purpose, and was rather comical in nature.  The movie could have done without it but still, the rest of the movie is so amazing that I barely remember it.)

So, unlike other movies, there isn't too much in this movie that corresponds to my life right now.  I am not a British ruler destined to inspire and lead my people through one of the most trying times in history. (Especially not now that Prince Will has chosen another... *sigh* ;) ) But I suppose I could focus in on the speech aspect.

As I'm sure you already know (either because you actually know me or you read my sub-title) I compete in speech and debate.  Basically, I wear black suits and heels, get up way too early on weekends, memorize multiple ten-minute written works to perform them for a panel of people whose only purpose of being there is to pick apart and criticize everything I say. (Obviously, impeccable grammar is not a needed skill for S&D.)  But I love it.

I'll never forget how I was introduced to even the concept of competitive speaking.  I was in a show at the local theatre in my eighth grade year.  I knew a couple high schoolers and they said that, "I HAD to join Speech team." I had never heard of it before but I felt like they knew me well enough that they knew what they were talking about (plus all the counselors were practically shoving us into all the extra-curriculars we could fit into our schedules).  So I went to the team orientation beginning of my freshman year.  Four years later, I'm still competing.

Speech has always been there for me (that sounds rather strange but it's true).  Even when I wasn't able to do other activities I enjoy (choir, theatre, etc.) I still maintained my speech.  Speech has given me my best friends, there is no denying it.  In fact, some of the people that I miss most from my old town I only knew for a few months on my Speech team.  Here in Little Rock, I definitely consider my Speech friends to be my best friends.  We always have such a good time together.

I've definitely come a long way since that first team orientation.  I'm competing in debate now (something I tried to fight off as long as I could. ;) ) and I'm even doing Extemp.  Though the majority of my speeches this year are Interps (a herald back to my theatre days), I can't believe that I actually enjoy doing platforms.  Speech has caused me to grow and change in ways I never expected to.

Also, through Speech I know I have met several of the future leaders of the world.  There is no way that these young people, who were already talented but now know how to speak with great conviction, won't make a HUGE impact on the world.  I'm excited to see what's going to happen in the next 10 years as we are released into the world.

So that's my (not-so) little plug for Speech and Debate.  I hope to be able to continue it in college...and afterwards, there's always Toastmasters. :P  Go see The King's Speech and, if you ever get the chance, compete in Speech and Debate. You will not regret it either way.

Until tomorrow, stay awesome!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Take the Lead Thunks

Movie: Take the Lead
Release Date: 2006
Favorite Line: Do you love to dance? [Yeah.] Then you were meant to dance.

Take the Lead falls into the inspirational category movies, along side Freedom Writers and Pay It Forward (at least until the end, I mean what's up with that???).  Basically the teacher inspires his inner city students to think more of themselves and together they achieve new heights and everyone is happy in the end. Ya ya ya!  But this movie stands out from the other because it includes *snaps fingers* ballroom dancing!

Yes, I have watched this movie where I skipped every scene that didn't include dancing of some sort and I was still perfectly happy with it.  Antonio Banderas is wonderful, of course (the dude was Zorro, it's hard to get more awesome than that).  It was due to this movie that I (sorta) know how to waltz.  I have yet to be able to try out my skills with someone who is not my mother, but I'm hoping. :P

So anyway, I picked this movie for today's post because of the dancing element.  (Surprisingly enough, I am not an inner city teacher who is bound and determined to inspire them to new heights.)  Dancing has recently become pretty much a part of my daily routine.  There is one main reason for this new development: Prom.

Ah, yes.  Senior prom.  The night to end all nights...or so they say.  How can one night cost so much money?  I've already got my dress (thanks Grandma!).  It's so cute! (link: the black version.)  But anyway, back to what I was saying.  I'm dancing everyday because of prom.  I have two sub-points under this:
a. I am (one of the) dj(s) for our prom.  How did I get such an honor?  Homeschooling has it's perks. ^.^  But basically, one of my best friends and I decided that we are going to ditch the actual senior prom for homeschoolers in our area and call a dance party (that's happening the same weekend) at one of our tournaments our prom.  Shocking, I know.  But prom is when you get dressed up and celebrate with your friends your success in high school and this party will be more prom-like than Prom.  So I'm dancing every day so that I make sure our playlist will work well (and so I have awesome moves. :P)
b. I am dancing everyday because I don't want to look like an overstuffed sofa in my dress.  While I am planning to have my dress tailored, I still want to look good in it.  So it has become my solemn goal to lose about 25 pounds before Prom.  I am making progress.  The other day I got on the Wii Fit and it has a chart that shows your weight over a year's time.  Since August, I have lost about 20 pounds so I'm getting there...but there's still a long way to go.

So I dance all the time now.  It's one of the few things that I really like to do that is also healthy! :D I'll talk to you later, reader.  I'm going to put in my headphones and rock out for a while.

Stay awesome!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Tangled Thunks

Hello All!  I'm back...for now anyway.  But since people actually voted in my most recent poll, I shall appease them.  So here are my thunks about Tangled!

Movie: Tangled
Release Date: 2010
Favorite Line: "And at last I see the light and it's like the fog has lifted.  And at last I see the light and it's like the sky is new.  And it's warm and real and bright and the world has somehow shifted.  All at once, everything looks different, now that I see you."

So I actually haven't seen Tangled since Christmas time (can you believe that it was over a month ago? Ah! Where does the time go?) but it's a fairly straight forward Disney princess movie.

Reasons Why I Liked Tangled
1.  I'm a silly romantic teenage girl
2.  Rapunzel has blonde hair and green ME! :)
3.  I have a soft spot for Disney movies...of any kind, really. (Yes, the filmmaker inside me cringes's Disney!)
4.  John Lasseter produced it (the man is the new Walt Disney, I swear)
5.  It was actually a good movie.
6.  Flynn Rider is kinda awesome...along with Pascal...and the horse.
7.  I'm a silly romantic teenage girl

For you obsessive compulsive readers out there, yes, I listed the same reason twice.  Why, you ask?  Well, because it's the main reason why I liked the movie.  And honestly, this should not be news to you, if you have read any of my other posts.  All you have to do is look at the title of my blog and know that what you're going to find here will not be deep thoughts.  :)

But anyway, back to Tangled.  So if I'm to follow the procedure I set up in an earlier post, I introduce the movie to you and then tell you how it relates to what's happening in my life at the moment. all Disney Princess movies, Tangled is obviously a romance.  And I hate to burst your bubble, my lovely reader, but there isn't a romance happening in my life right now.

Let me re-phrase that.  There have been some...interesting developments in the romantic pool of my life.  BUT they have all been on my side of the shore, so calm down everyone (all...two of you.)  And no, I will not be divulging any details here.

But I will say this.  I almost find it...bittersweet to watch movies like Tangled, or any romantic story really.  Because I've never experienced that before and I want to.  You know, I've never dated anyone or even been kissed (and at my age, that makes me feel like some sort of extinct species).  While I'm waiting for God to bring the right man into my life, it's hard waiting.  But I know that the man I wait for will be well worth the wait.  He'll be much better than any Prince Charming.  He'll be mine. :)

Until later, stay awesome!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Novel Thunks

Sorry, everyone.  No movie today.  I don't have the time.  Blame the college application process if you want to blame someone.  But cheer up!  I'm going to post the first section from that story that I talked about yesterday.  Yes, it's science fiction.  Yes, I know I'm ultra nerdy.  Enjoy!

Untitled Project
By Kaitlyn Thompson
Part 1
“Oh, Zeg.  What have we done?” She asked mournfully looking out at the once vibrant, blossoming landscape that was now a barren wasteland.  The towering buildings were toppled.  The people of the planet stared at the explorers with a mix of hatred and fear on their faces.  Every one of them had the question of ‘why?’ in their minds. 
             Zeg looked at the same scene and shook his head.  “Don’t let it get to you.” He said, turning away from the guilt.  He started walking for the spaceship behind them that was readying for take-off.  Readying to leave the problems they had caused behind them.
            She looked down at her hand and noticed the jar that seemed full of golden light.  Her grip on it tightened and she spun around to face the retreating Zeg.
            “Was it worth it?” she demanded.  Zeg stopped and turned part way to look at her.  “Was this,” she thrust the jar out, “worth destroying this?” she swept her other arm out at the desolate place.  Her face was contorted trying to hold back tears.  Zeg’s face hardened.
            “Get on the ship, Paic.” As if to echo his order, the whine of the engines kicked up an octave.  The wind of an approaching dust storm blew Paic’s hair around her face as she turned back to look at the scene once more.  The people had run for cover and she couldn’t control the tears anymore.  One ran down her cheek.  Briefly, the thought of staying crossed her mind but the roar of the engines and Zeg’s cry quickly squelched it. 
            She turned and ran for the blue lights of the gang plank.  The dust and her tears had erased any other sights except those lights.  Paic had to jump to get on the rising plank but she made it in time.  The roar of the storm faded in the calm of the ship as the hum of machinery took over.  She thrust the wretched jar at Scrogg, the ship’s engineer, who juggled to keep it from breaking and spilling its precious contents.  Scrogg cast Paic a dirty look but she had already moved to her seat.
            She sat down in the seat and the straps quickly snapped into place around her.  Paic rested her chin on her hand as she strained to forget the looks on the people’s faces, on Nyholm’s face.  Every time she closed her eyes she saw his iridescent, glowing green eyes looking quizzically at her.  They looked puzzled for a minute, then understood and finally looked betrayed.  Paic opened her eyes again, unable to picture his anymore.
            Zeg, who was in the seat next to Paic, reached out and took her hand.  Though she couldn’t really feel his hand through the body armor they both were wearing, she felt the pressure.  She turned to look at him, her earlier question still on her mind.  Zeg tried to smile and nod encouragingly and squeezed her hand.  Paic shook her head and withdrew her hand; she turned as far away from him as she could in the restraints.  She looked out the window and watched as the land slowly disappeared beneath them in a cloud of dust.

            “When did it happen?” Paic asked after some time had passed.  Zeg started to hear her speak, he had thought she was going to remain quiet their entire trip back to Earth.
            “When did what happen?” he asked, looking at her.  She turned to look at him, tear trails stained on her cheeks.
            “When did we go from explorers to destroyers?” she asked in a harsh voice.  Zeg looked furtively around to see if anyone else had heard her question.  But the rest of the crew was busy not listening.
            “We’re not destroyers-” he insisted in a whisper.
            “What do you call what we just did?” she demanded.  Several of the crew looked up and over at them.  Zeg waved them back to their work and gave Paic a look to remain quiet.  He sat back in his seat and adjusted the straps that suddenly felt very constricting.
            “We’re not destroyers.” He repeated. “We saved our entire planet from being plunged back into the Dark Ages.”
            “And where did we send those people?”
            “The Tuoma didn’t utilize the resources they were sitting right on top of.  Such precious commodities shouldn’t go to waste.” Zeg pulled again at his straps. “We’ll use it much better than they ever will.”
            “That’s your excuse?” she asked, disgust apparent in her voice.  Paic pressed a button to release the straps and stood up.  Zeg searched for an answer that didn’t make him sound like a chauvinist but he couldn’t find one.
            “Why do you suddenly care?” he said, his chocolate eyes glaring at her.  He stood up so he wouldn’t have to look up at her. “You were with us the whole time.  You begged me to go on this mission.” His voice rose with anger.
            “I didn’t know the mission was going to condemn an entire planet to death!” she shouted back.  The silence on the ship was louder than anything as everyone watched Zeg.  He was looking directly at Paic, a million emotions crossed his face but they all disappeared before he spoke.
            “You are confined to your quarters, Lt. Paic.”
            Paic’s face changed from one of anger to disbelief.  “You’re pulling rank on me?”
            “That’s an order.” He stared at her, waiting for her to follow it.  But she didn’t move. “Do you dare defy me?” For a moment, it appeared she was going to.  But Paic pulled herself up taller and saluted him.
            “No. Captain.” She said, somehow making it sound like a mockery.  Paic turned on her heel and left the main deck.  Zeg never thought that it was possible for air-lock doors to slam shut until that moment.

The End...for now. :) Until tomorrow, stay awesome!


Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Carol Thunks

Movie: A Muppet Christmas Carol
Release Date:  1992
Favorite Line:  Scrooge: "Maybe the accountants should celebrate Christmas on the UNEMPLOYMENT LINE!" Accountants: "HEAT WAVE! Ay! Ay! This is my island in de sun!"

Of all the thousands of versions of Dickens' classic story, this has to be my favorite.  Yes, I know it is almost sacrilege to say this but it's true.  It is certainly not very true to the book but who can resist Micheal Cane as Scrooge and Kermit the Frog as Bob Crachit?  Not me, in the very least.

We've had this video (yes, it's still on tape) as long as I can remember.  It says Christmas to me like few things can.  I think I should make a list of all the things that say Christmas to me.

Things that say Christmas to Kate
1. The smell of our boxes of Christmas decorations
2. The first few notes of O Tanenbaum from A Charlie Brown Christmas
3. A Muppet Christmas Carol
4. Cold weather
5. Cookies...everywhere you go.

Yup, that's the list.  It's very Christmasy where I'm sitting right now.  I can see our tree with twinkle color lights and Hallmark ornaments all over it.  Our tree is beautiful even with an Esmerelda and Stormtrooper ornaments.  Perhaps that's what makes it so pretty.  I have yet to see another tree like ours.  I hope that when I have my own place, my tree looks as pretty.

I guess this is it for today.  I'm feeling kind of blogged out.  I'll post tomorrow so you can "Come in and know me better, man". ;)  Until then, stay awesome!


P.S. "It's in the singing corner choir that's going home and getting warmed by the fire.  It's true wherever you find love, it feels like Christmas."

Returning Thunks

I find it highly ironic that my last post was celebrating the fact that I had successfully blogged for five days.  And then I don't post for five months.  I'm not sure if that's truly's funny anyway.  Anyway, I'm back because a rash of my friends got blogs and I missed mine.

A whooooole lot has changed since I last posted.  I am now gainfully employed at a movie theatre!  It.  Is.  Awesome! :D The people are super fun to work with and I just like being around movies all the time.  Though I do wish I didn't smell like popcorn every time I come back from a shift.  I still live in the same place but my room is now semi-decorated.  Curtains make all the difference.  And I have a fish.  He was my eighteenth birthday present to me.  His name is Psi, like the Greek letter, because he's a 'beta' fish.  Get it?  Ha!  (Yes, I know I'm a nerd, all right?)

The story that I said would probably never make it past the first scene, remember that story?  Well, it's now 30+ pages long.  I'm so proud.  But I've hit a it's not moving further at the moment.  I have some decisions to make first.  I might post the first scene here in a couple days.  Haven't decided yet.

So I have figured something out about myself since last posting, I watch one movie a day.  Some days I watch two and some I don't watch any (or I watch the equivalent in YouTube videos).  This has given me an idea!  I will base my blog post on the movie that I watch, talk about the movie and then about what's happening with me.  I think it will work well, structure is a good thing. :)

Don't worry, this won't be the last free form post I ever write.  If I don't watch a movie, then I might just write to you lovely folks.  So this post is done.  I'll see you in the next!  Until then, stay awesome!