Mid-Week Music: You’re Gonna Miss Me by Lulu and the Lampshades

I know you all have seen Pitch Perfect (remember my long, rambling post about it?!)…

Steven and I watched it last night and of course it was just as hilarious as the first time!

But I remember loving the song Becca sings for her audition. And I finally found it!

It’s quirky, it’s sassy, and it’s infectious, and it’s originally by small duo named Lulu and the Lampshades. I am in love. 

“When I’m gone, when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me by my hair
You’re gonna miss me everywhere
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone”


I (the girl who does not know comics) loved The Avengers!

courtesy of Gothamist

(mild spoiler alert!)

I loved it. Like full on have been impersonating the Hulk ever since last night. I don’t know the last time I had that much fun during a movie (and trust me, I am a whole lot of fun).

So in full disclosure, I went to see The Avengers last night with Steven and our friends Katie and Dylan. And the only reasons I went were because

a) Steven promised me candy and coke

b) I am trying to win best girlfriend/friend status for the second year in a row


c) The three of them would have killed me if I didn’t go

What I originally thought was just going to be your typical superhero action flick turned out to be the most epic movie ever! I was literally in suspense the entire movie. I laughed, I gasped, I hit Steven a bunch of times, and I stress ate my Raisinets.  

That being said, I don’t know anything about comic books, superheroes, or The Avengers. I leave that for Steven… so take my words with a grain of “she doesn’t know what she’s talking about” salt.

First off, the plotline for the movie is basically watching The Avengers try to stop Loki from waging an intergalactic war on Earth… yeah, don’t look to me if you want an accurate plot synopsis…

But I can tell you that it’s amazing how attached you can become to Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, the Black Widow and Hawkeye in a three hour movie span. I loved the dialogue between the characters and how you are able to tell their specific traits and abilities based on their personalities. The level of humor was also wonderful (and very surprising!) There are actually laugh out loud moments during this movie.

The special effects are also incredible! I watched Manhattan blow up from these creepy “Chitauri” alien creatures on cool air scotters (ok, that doesn’t sound cool, but you get what I mean.) We only saw it in 2D (we’re cheap), but I can only imagine what it would look like in 3D… have some extra bucks? Go see it and tell me how cool the battle scenes are!

courtesy of Turner

It is a little hard to follow if you don’t know the backstory and you haven’t seen all the new movies with the individual characters. I still don’t really get Captain America, but I do know he’s super cute, so I don’t really care.


All in all, go see this movie!! 

Dylan and Steven are huge Avengers fans… and they loved it.

Katie is an Avengers fan… and she loved it.

And I didn’t even know who they were… and now I can’t stop impersonating The Hulk.

Courtesy of JustFlick

PS: Hulk = Croya? You decide

Mid-Week Music: It Feels Like Christmas from Muppet Christmas Carol

Continuing with my Christmas-themed mid-week music, I just HAD to include this song from one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time.

If you haven’t seen Muppet Christmas Carol, then you are seriously missing out!

Steven just posted it on my Facebook wall, and I immediately started singing along! 

It’s been a G-E family tradition to watch this movie on Christmas Eve. We know the words to all the songs and I cry (Kara too!) at all the same scenes. (I’m sorry, but that scene with Tiny Tim/Little Kermit’s crutch against the chair at the end of the movie has been burned into my memory since I was 5.)

A movie which has Gonzo as Charles Dickens, Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge, and the entire Muppets cast just seriously rocks! (yes, I have drank the Muppets kool-aid since I was 3.)

I love this movie and I am so excited to watch it with my family this year!

My name is Roya and I am a Twilight fan…

I was debating if I should preface this post with a very serious “don’t judge me, remember my charming smile and sunny disposition…” remark.

I saw “Breaking Dawn: Part 1” last night with Bridgette (a fellow closeted Twilight fan).  I have read all of books seen, seen all of the movies.

And I love Twilight. 

I can never tell if I should be embarrassed about this or if I should just own up to it.

So I will publicly admit, I drank the Twilight Kool-Aid.

I should also admit that I have read many feminist articles blasting the messages in the Twilight series. And for the most part, the feminist in me agrees with many of the points presented. But damn it Stephanie Meyer, you got me…and you got me good.

I have had a lot of friends question my taste level. Yes, the books aren’t literary works of art. And the movies are really bad. So why do I love Twilight?

Twilight was the perfect thing at the perfect time. 

When the movie came out in November 2008, I was going through a painful break-up (hello college romance gone bad). My best friend Karen and I went to a showing one random night, mostly just to check what all this hype about vampires was about.

We were done for by the time the credits started rolling.

I came home, stole the books from my little sister (sorry Kara!), and read the four book series within a week. All I could talk about through winter break (and let’s be honest, my entire sophomore year) was Twilight.

It was the perfect storm. A 19 year old, facing adolescent heartbreak and confusion. I was basically the demographic that Stephanie Meyer was trying to hit. I lost myself in that series during that time. I was never one to get into fantasy/sci-fi story lines, but a love triangle a human, vampire, and werewolf totally captivated me.

For your sanity and my own, I won’t list the 526 reasons why I love the series. But knowing that I am a sucker for romance can answer a lot of your questions.

Looking back, Twilight in some ways reminds me of the 19-year-old version of myself. It’s a scrapbook of that time in my life. The characters, the setting, the music, the romance. I remember sitting with the Kenna Hall girls discussing the books and movies, decorating dorm rooms with posters, and attending midnight premieres. It all transports me back to four years ago.

And no matter how old I am or how much my life has changed, I will continue to love Twilight. It’s a small part of me that I don’t think will ever go away because it reminds me of how far I have come.

Some people have Harry Potter. Some have Star Wars.

I have Twilight. 

(Breaking Dawn: Part 1 confession – I cried about 3.2 times during the movie. The wedding scene totally got me…)