Blood of Olympus: A brief, non-revealing, review

BLOOD OF OLYMPUS

a.k.a The Story of Leo Valdez’s Sassiness

Or How Nico Broke all of Us

Or How Jason Became Distinguished

I think you get the picture.

First off, I would like to say that I am heartbroken.The series is done. I grew up with that series. It has brought me immense happiness. Now it is finished.

Sigh.

On a happier note, it went out with a boom.

Literally.

It’s a fantastic book. As always, cleverly written with heart-wrenching detail and fulfilling witty banter betwixt characters. The plot was genius, naturally and the last chapter made my soul smile.

But did anyone else feel it was a little easy? I mean, someone DIED but still….

Oh oh oh!!!!! PEOPLE!!!

He finally said it. Percy finally said it.

*Fangirls with no shame*

Anyways the ending was spectacular, but I honestly expected a little more. It’s like it wasn’t big enough or something. Maybe it’s just me. I don’t know.

To wrap things up, I loved the book and recommend it and the entire series to anyone looking for something fun to read.

And by fun I mean emotion-shredding, soul-lifting, tear-inducing, laughter-producing fun.

Enjoy your heartache.

Confessions of a Ninja Ballerina: Teaching

I adore teaching. It’s fun, it’s rewarding, it makes me happy.

It’s also hard, frustrating and, at times, depressing.

Oh, but how can it be both?! ***Confusion***

Here’s how; children.

Okay, so I teach both taekwan-do and ballet. At TKD I help with an after-school program as well as teach evening classes.

The after-school program consists of around 40 public schooled children. A handful of them are really wonderful kids. A different handful are really difficult.

At ballet I teach intermediate class, and an after-school 8-12 class. Same deal there.

So how do you teach a diverse group of people?

1: Find out how different people learn. With some kids, you talk to them and they get it. Others, you have to physically position and they remember what it feels like. Sometimes you have to yell, other times it’s the worst possible thing you can do. You have to memorize which way the kids learn best.

2: Patience, grasshopper. Kids don’t like to listen. This is a law of nature. They will blatantly disregard everything you say if they feel like it that day. It’s beyond frustrating at times. But if you blow up, kids cry, kids complain to parents, parents blow up. So careful there.

3: Set a good example. The kids that actually like you, will look up to you. Watch what you say, watch how you act. It will have an impact on their lives.

4: Choose to see the progress. You can’t be negative as a teacher. Your students will be miserable, you’ll be miserable, the parents will be unhappy, and that’s no way to live.

Teaching is hard guys. But it’s so awesome. It’s definitely not for everyone, however.

Any teachers out there want to add onto this? Any parents with questions or comments? I’m desperate for conversation. Comment below!

Ballet Boys and How You’re Wrong About Them

Boys who do ballet are all gay.

Wrong.

They’re wimpy.

Wrong.

They wear tutus. They dance on their toes. They’re all snobby, vain, frail, perverts.

Wrong wrong wrong.

strength

1: My boyfriend is a ballet boy. And he is most definitely not gay. I have guys in my studio. None of them are gay. Sure, there are quite a few male dancer who are actually homosexual, but it’s not an all inclusive fact of the dance world.

2: They’re wimpy? Really, people/ Have you not seen these men lift a ballerina above their heads and hold her there as if she weighs nothing? Yeah, they lift!

Women!

partner

Yes, a lot of ballerinas are pretty thin, but there’s the heavier ones out there too, one’s with partners who are able to let them experience flying. Golden Boy partners with me sometimes, and he can get me over his head and hold me up. I’m not one of the anorexic ballerinas that you’re probably familiar with, either. I shall not divulge my weight, but I’m over 115.

3: They do not wear tutus. The only instance I have heard of this happening was about a guy spoofing Swan Lake.

4: They do not usually dance en pointe, though some teachers have guys learn to so that they can fully understand what their partner has to go through. It’s not a matter of feminizing the men.

5.Ok, there are snobby, vain, (not frail) perverts in the dance world, I’m sure. But definitely not all of them. Golden Boy in no way relates to any of those accusations thrust upon the male dancers of this world. I know ballet boys who are just all around awesome people.

The stereotypes are true in some instances, but don’t you dare accuse a man of being gay just because he does ballet.

Truthfully, I think you guys are just jealous of them. They have the good sense to surround themselves with beautiful women in skin-tight, often revealing, leotards and tights. It’s a pretty sweet deal they’ve got going.

So stop dissing on ballet boys. You try lifting a girl in a tutu above your head and holding her there while making her look elegant and beautiful. These men are amazing. It’s time to open your eyes and see that.

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Fred Astaire vs. Edward Cullen: Cinema is Dead

Why is Twilight more popular than Shall We Dance?

Why is Iron Man so well known while Paris When it Sizzles has been buried in the archives?

I am disappointed in today’s cinematic productions.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some great movies being made still. But the Golden Age of cinema is well behind us.

Today we have couples like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith that dominate the big screen. That’s cool, right?

But guys… Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Audrey Hepburn. Carey Grant. Lucille Ball. Humphrey Bogart. Those were the stars.

Audrey

The movies of that era were pure genius. And they weren’t bad. The majority of the movies released today are rated R or PG-13 because today’s culture thrives on strong language and sexual sin. Not all the movies of the 40’s and 50’s were completely innocent, but they weren’t dropping F bombs left and right and they didn’t have explicit sex scenes.

They were clever and beautiful and anyone could watch them. Parents didn’t have to worry abouwhat their kids saw if they took them to the theater.

We need to bring that back. We need My Fair Lady again. We need Carefree and Casablanca and Arsenic and Old Lace.

Cary Grant

They taught something  besides that it’s ok to sin, that it’s acceptable to sin. They taught us to seek the good and make it work out.

What do movies like Pineapple Express, Black Swan, and Fifty Shades of Grey teach us? To sin and sin abundantly.

What does To Kill a Mockingbird, The Long, Long Trailer, and The Father of the Bride teach us? To love and forgive and do what’s right.

That’s why I think cinema is dead. There are still good movies around. But not in the same way. Not with the innocent agenda that the oldies possessed.

shall we dance

What are your guys’ opinions on the evolution of movies? What about today versus the 50’s? What are your favorite old movies? I would love to converse with you!

The Hoopla-Chiatto

I recently got a job in a hotel here in Alaska. I work in the gift shop/espresso bar. I now have an understanding of the frustrations of baristas.

Among other things is dealing with people ordering “regular coffee” without telling us what size or if you want room for cream.

I don’t understand what you want.

Need more info.

Anyways, I posted about it on Facebook. One of my friends said something along the lines of “just convince them that the triple shot espresso hoopla-chiatto that you’re handing them is the norm.”

And I loved the name Hoopla-chiatto so much that I invented it today.

It’s basically a latte, except with a little bit of vanilla, caramel, hazelnut, Irish Cream, and almonds syrups, adding up to about two shots of flavor.

So, go to your favorite local coffee shop and order and a Hoopla-chiatto. Tell me what you think.