September 29, 2010

ah annoyance


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There are some people that you just want to punch in the face. Really, really hard. Have you ever had this feeling? I'm quite positive you had. It's when that one particular person gets on your nerves - and boy does it hit it hard. Half the time they don't even know they're doing it! Annoying people are actually quite gifted. You see, they have the amazing ability in which they can do the exact wrong thing at the exact wrong time.  I don't believe that these people are always annoying, but I'm sure there must be some exceptions. There are many different types of the annoyance people offer with very fine lines in between.

I like to call this one the "I know this will annoy you so I'm going to do it". Often it comes from close friends who know exactly how to rub you up the wrong way. One of my friends knows I dislike it when people sing ALL THE TIME so she often does this. But she is a very good singer so she gets away with it (just). This is the annoyance that I find easiest to deal with. Because, basically we can tell them to shut up. Then, in alternative there are the people you don't like who just get great enjoyment of annoying people just because they can. They know they are being difficult and annoying and don't care one single bit - teachers can often fall in this category.

Then we come to those who are so annoying and have no clue that they are. There's two sections: the needy and the obnoxious. To be honest, I feel kind of sorry for the needy ones. They are often just desperate for attention and know no other way - and they don't realise how frustrating they can be. But the obnoxious ones? Oh boy. They drive me up the wall. These are the people who are the most annoying of all. They are more interested in the lives of others than their own. They brag and crazily compare test results, make all conversation about them, act like they know everyone's business, are the first to judge people AND get this: they don't even know they are!

People will always annoy us, and sometimes we just have to deal with it. Which really, really sucks. What's your worst story of annoyance?

September 27, 2010

she's the man!


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If you have not watched She's The Man, you should. I remember first hiring it out from the video store one holiday in grade seven, and I watched it four times in one day. It is definitely one of those movies that you can watch again and again and again and not get sick of it. Even now, three years later, I still can. Viola Hastings is a teenage girl who lives for soccer, but when the girls’ team at her school gets cut and the boys won't let her join, she comes up with a plan. Her brother, Sebastian, is due to start at a new school but skips to go to London, so Viola pretends to be Sebastian so she can join their soccer team. Along with the soccer, she falls for her roommate Duke who is in love with Olivia, who likes Sebastian (who is actually Viola).

Twisted love triangles aside, She's The Man is a movie that can connect the most different of teenage girls. Not like Twilight, where fan girls collaborate next to Edward Cullen shrines, but as soon as one quote is exchanged many more will follow with great enthusiasm. She’s The Man is officially the most quotable movie ever. My friends and I have had huge comment conversations on Facebook, plainly just listing all the quotes. Sound stupid? Well yes, we should have outgrown it - but who cares! We love it. These are my favourites:

Do you like cheese? More than any animal by-product!
What does your heart tell you? I mean, which one would you rather see NAKED!
I'm here for you bro. I got a lifetime of knowledge.
...and when I close my eyes, I see you for who you truly are, which is UUUG-LAY.

She's The Man is just too entertaining. Amanda Bynes can regularly drive me up the wall but in this she is fan-bloody-tastic. I will always laugh the whole through. It’s not a particularly intelligent movie, but it does teach us to fight for what we want and to never let anyone say no to our dreams. Which I think is pretty ace. To be honest, words do not even comprehend how much I love this movie! Just watch it, then you'll understand. I rate a good movie as one that gives you a decent moral, entertains you and makes you want to watch it again and again. She’s The Man is all three.

September 1, 2010

who wants presents?


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I like presents. But I also like giving them. The idea of thinking up the perfect gift for someone gets me a tad excited. An excuse to go shopping is rather nice too. I'm all for individualism so when I find something that I know someone will love its GREAT. Sometimes when the person's birthday is months away I start thinking up gift ideas to store in the back of my brain cells. I may even glance at the calendar or the birthday invitation with glee, and do a little, "Yay! Present time!" victory dance. Well I don't actually, but you know, it's a nice idea.

But buying presents costs money! Obviously. I'm happy to spend money on others - as long as I have enough left for me. Yes, I'm selfish, sorry for being a teenager. Easy were the times before a part time job when my mum's wallet was my best friend. Now that luxury is no more. You know that saying that goes, "high school is the best years of your life"? Well it's not about life being awesome - it's more about that when you're young all you have to worry about is you. This includes money. No mortgage, rent, bills, school fees or any other boring adult stuff to pay for. It's just all for me. And my friend's birthday presents.

Despite my complaining, I don't actually mind. There's always the thing I like to call The Present Orbit. You buy one friend a $20 present; they'll buy you one for your birthday. So basically, what you spend in presents a year will be returned to you in presents! But this won't work if you are more generous than your friends, as some people seemed to never get the memo on this.

The thing I love about presents is that it shows you how well your friends know you. Also it makes it very easy to tell who actually buys a present they know you'll love - as opposed to buying something that they really just want for themself. Presents can be an expression of your love to someone, I suppose. I’m not stingy; I still end up buying people presents. And I still love seeing their faces as they open it. I just wish I didn’t have to pay for it.