Thursday, November 5, 2009

5th of November!

So we're all familiar with the movie, "V for Vendetta," but what many don't know is that the story behind the story, Guy Fawkes, is true. Here is where the history major comes out of hiding...she's done a pretty good job at avoiding the blogger screen, but an appearance HAD to be made today! I mean, the history behind today is fascinating! ...okay, maybe just to me...but anyway...

In 1605, 13 conspirators plotted to blow up the British Parliament by lighting 36 barrels of gunpowder they were able to smuggle underneath the building. However, Guy Fawkes, along with the 36 barrels, was caught underneath the House of Lords. Soon after, many of the conspirators were caught or surrendered, then executed by the British government. But how did this incident become a national holiday? When the conspiracy was foiled, the British people were so thankful that they lit bonfires in celebration, thus, the beginning of Guy Fawkes Day/Bonfire Night.

The popular rhyme, which was featured in the Hollywood movie V for Vendetta, talks about burning Guy:

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!

Guy Fawkes, guy, t'was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England's overthrow.

By god's mercy he was catch'd
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.

And what shall we do with him?
Burn him! 

However, he wasn't burned like the rhyme says (ouch). Instead, he and the other conspirators were hanged...ouch ouch!! 

So this year's Guy Fawkes day was gorgeous! Brisk fall weather, sunny, the campus was beautiful :)

So celebrate Guy Fawkes day with V for Vendetta (amazing movie, btw)


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Remember, remember...It's now NOVEMBER!!

Yeah! It's NOVEMBER!!! The semester's over half way over, winter, snow, and Christmas are almost here, but closer in time...THANKSGIVING BREAK!! w00t!!

So Halloween was two days ago...a-MAZ-ing. I LOVE Halloween! Probably the theater geek in me, but I LOVE costumes...and candy :D haha
So this year, I ended up with three Halloween costumes. Yes, THREE. No, I didn't go through too many wardrobe changes, I just had a LOT going on this week. First, I was Jackie O., for the History Club's Annual Masquerade Dance.

Heidi and Me
20's Flapper & Jackie O

Meg and Me
Meg was a Librarian

I was the DJ...yay!

Amber, Brianna, Megan, Heidi, & Rachel
Kitty, Ballerina, Schoolgirl, 20s flapper, & Gypsy

They wanted to learn the Thriller dance...

My second costume,  the Grudge girl, was for the Annual Voorhees Hall Haunted Hallways Contest. You know, the girl that pulls herself across the floor by her arms, has bad hair, and makes a sound like a bunch of marbles in a blender.
Haunted Hallways was a whole lot of fun. We were able to decorate in less than 2 hours this year! Last year, my hall spent about 4 hours getting ready for the competition. We didn't have a noticeable theme, just a lot of creepy zombies and ghouls running around screaming, and a whole lot of fake blood. It was scary nonetheless!
The next morning, my throat was sore, and my entire upper body was sore too. It's what I get for screaming and dragging myself along the bathroom floor for two hours straight...ouch. On the bright side, the hall had a whole lot of fun!

Jolly, haunting the bathroom


Aly zombified

me, zombified

Grudge! haha

The girls "decorated" the bathroom mirror with
"Beware" and "Don't let me catch you!"

The haunters!
Michala, Aly, Jolly, Joan, me, & Daniell

The Friday before Halloween, I went to a friend's aunt & uncle's Halloween party. Oh it made me miss little kids! (Remember, when you're at school, it's very rare that you can interact with kids, so the few times you do, it's so much fun!!!)

Isaiah in his costume...Carmen with Caroline

Lydia and Tori

After the Halloween party, it was...

I found a Batman!! haha. Yay Justin!! ...Shayla, Kathrine, & Debra at the concert


Yay Converse :) Everytime I see someone wearing Converse, I have to take a picture. :)

Halloween was actually pretty quiet, and I didn't want to risk loosing my camera (the horror!!!) so here is a pic of all of us!

The Girls:
Molly (SIMS character), Debra (schoolgirl), Carmen (Supergirl), Kathrine (schoolgirl), Susan (bumblebee), Shayla (schoolgirl), & me (Batgirl)


Monday, November 2, 2009

What IS this?

I have come to the realization that Iowa needs therapy, serious, anti-bipolar (is that a word?) therapy...well, at least as far as the weather is concerned. Coming from Kansas City, I thought that the "toilet bowl of the weather system" was there, but it's NOTHING compared to this!!
FIRST it was beautiful, crisp fall weather. There were firey leaves on the trees,
squirrels racing around the campus as if they were on crack, it was lovely.
THEN winter hit. Howling wind, biting cold, even threats of snow!! So this lasted for about
two-ish weeks.
NEXT fall was back, followed by winter, followed by fall, followed by...well you get the point.
AND the floodgates of Heaven were opened multiple times over these periodic moodswings, you had to either swim or float to class these past few days.

However, it has dried up (oh so slightly) and fall has returned once again. Whether it's for good, I cannot say, but hopefully, fall will still be here tomorrow.