July 12, 2012

Good Night Kathy

If we bring a little joy into your humdrum lives, it makes us feel like all our hard work ain't been in vain for nothin' ...

As July continues on (and refuses to slow down no matter how much I beg) I find myself rapidly approaching the two month mark of my summer holiday. In just a month and a few days I will be back in my village, setting up my classroom, and settling back into my routine of teaching. Quite a bit of my summer has been spent catching up with close friends and family, and traveling the west coast.

The other big part of my summer has been catching up on my pop culture. I've been to a few great concerts this summer, re-familiarized myself with the local radio stations, and spent almost every Friday at the movies catching the latest flicks (The Hunger Games, What to Expect When You're Expecting, The Avengers, Snow White and the Huntsman, Brave, Magic Mike...)

I deviated a little from my summer Friday movie tradition and adventured into a packed movie theater on a Thursday with three of my closest girlfriends. Eagerly clutching our drinks from the most high tech pop machine I've ever seen, we sat amidst a sea of people who had been part of our age demographic in the 1950s. The uniting thread that could actually force me to deviate from my summer tradition and surrender my normal seat for one of the up close, break-your-neck rows?

Singin' in the Rain is, without even a tiny bit of doubt, my favorite movie-musical of all time. And sitting in the theatre for the 60th Anniversary screening with all of those people proved to me that I am not even a tiny bit alone in my obsession.

Words can't even come close to describing the giddiness I felt when the opening credits rolled on that big screen. To see Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Conner march out in their yellow rain slickers with the iconic black umbrellas brought cheers from the entire crowd, young and old. And the excitement never stopped! Each appearance of a new favorite supporting actor (Cyd Charise, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell...) and the end of each number received roaring applause from the entire crowd.

Talk about a summer experience to never forget!

Seeing something on the big screen always somehow makes it better, and this was no exception. Favorite movie seen on the big screen? Cross one thing off my bucket list and call me a happy girl!! I don't think I'll get over this light, happy feeling for a while. Instead I'm just going to pop in my ear buds, open up my iTunes, and let the soundtrack help me relive the amazingness that is Singin' in the Rain.

July 06, 2012

Hufflepuff Pride!

Hey guys! So, I know I said I wouldn't be back until August but I've never been very good at keeping to a schedule here so why start now?

Everyone should head on over to youtube and check out the not-literally video parody all about Hufflepuff Pride. I've known these talented ladies for a while and each of their videos continues to get better and better (they started with a Slythering video- also quality- and Ginny started way back with a Ravenclaw parody).

And if that wasn't enough, you should check out some of their other comedy sketches, including the ever popular "Ask Hogwarts" series.

All right, C. out! Enjoy your summer and stay cool =)

July 02, 2012


Well everyone, I'm happily settling into summer (which is sadly now half way over.) I'll be blogging in August to let everyone know what I did, where I did it, and who I did it with ;) Until then, this Northern Teacher is flying south for the summer and will tune back in August.

Happy Summer!!