The Joy Luck Club: Many Weeks Later

Captain Spazzmataz Thoughts:

  • P. 87 – TeeHee. She deserved it.
  • P. 91 – Well that is kind of terrifying. I am glad that we aren’t known for performing the best torture.
  • P. 94 – I feel like it would be extremely frustrating to explain chess to a seven year old.
  • P. 95 – Man, there are a lot of gruesome names for chess tactics.
  • P. 100 – I like the image of the apartment having tiger eyes.

I liked this section. It was more interesting for some reason. I guess because the past few chapters were told from the old ladies’ points of view and this one was from one of the daughters.

Sickly Super Koala Thoughts:

  • p. 87 – These malignant gates sound very intense.  Malignant is just such a great descriptor.
  • p. 89 – Waverly’s mom is obviously a boss.  Also, I kind of love the name Waverly.
  • p. 90 – “Golden teeth” is a sneaky description.  It sounds fancy, but you know its got to be super gross.
  • p. 94 – I can’t even imagine the difficulty of learning chess from an instruction book.  Go those kids.
  • p. 95 – This adorably reminds me of the Pixar chess short.
  • p. 97 – Momma Jong just roasted the brothers! Also, Bobby needs to calm it down.
  • p. 100 – Man, Momma Jong is rough.  I don’t know how I would feel if my parents called me “this girl.”

So far, I really like Waverly’s portion of the story.  The intense place of pressure and pride that she comes from is so different from my own childhood experiences, as I am obviously not a child chess champion.  I’m definitely interested in the progression of this story arc, especially as it continues into their adult lives.

The Joy Luck Club: Labor Day Reading

Captain Spazzmataz Thoughts:

  • P. 67 – Man, these mothers are so depressing. It is horrible that she doesn’t think she is noticed by anyone. It’s so sad that they have gone though such troubles in their life and now they are so far removed from modern life that they can’t connect with anyone.
  • P. 70 – Wow. Really? “A girl can never ask, only listen.” That is just horrible. How could anyone live like that!?
  • P. 71 – Do her sisters really not have names, or does she just not care to say them?
  • P. 72 – How do they expect a four year old to stand perfectly still and not play?
  • P. 73 – What! They get to take afternoon naps! So jealous.
  • P. 75 – I think that is kind of cruel making a bird get your fish for you.
  • P. 78 – Has nobody on her boat noticed that she is missing!?
  • P. 83 – I don’t really understand what happened in these last few pages. It was really strange, but I am glad that her family did care that she was missing and that they found her again.

Super Koala Thoughts:

  • p. 67 – It’s such a sad beginning, the obvious disconnect between the mothers and daughters.
  • p. 71 – Her sisters don’t get real names?  They’re like the things from the Dr. Seuss book.
  • p. 72 – I’m so curious as to what a mooncake tastes like.  The combination of bean paste and egg yolk doesn’t strike me as something sweet, but they’re always used as a treat in this book.
  • p. 74 – The old ladies hitting each other with fans is a hilarious image.
  • p. 75 – The shrimpies!
  • p. 76 – Using the bird is such a sad yet ingenious way of fishing.
  • p. 78 – What a horrifying event for a little girl! Or anyone.
  • p. 81 – And to think, I thought the yin and yang concept was cool when I was younger.
  • p. 82 – Say whaaaat.

I feel like my comments on this book are fairly boring because I like it so much.  I don’t have any complaints, I just want to keep reading it.

The Joy Luck Club: New Book!

Dearest Readers,

We are terribly sorry for not posting regularly in quite some time, but we will get back on that shortly. In the meantime, we have decided to start another book for our sister book club.

Captain Spazzmataz Thoughts:

  • P. 26 – That is probably one of the saddest things I have ever read!
  • P. 34 – This would be so uncomfortable. Replacing not only a legend, but your mother must be so difficult.

So, I didn’t have much to say about this chapter whilst reading. But I think it is a really interesting premise for a book, and I can easily see it as being a true story.

Super Koala Thoughts:

  • p. 17 – and the novel begins with some deep, metaphorical implications.
  • p. 23 – I love her mother’s descriptions.
  • p. 26 – So much incredible sadness.
  • p. 29 – So many dollars!  Quite the impressive club.
  • p. 33 – I want to learn to play mah jong.
  • p. 36 – What terrible family members!
  • p. 40 – What an adorably nice surprise!

I really liked this first chapter.  I’ve read this book before, but I was a sophomore in high school at the time, and I don’t really remember much besides doing well on the quizzes for it.  It’s just written in such a skilled yet simple way, and I’m instantly interested in the lives of the characters.  Excellent beginning and set up for the rest of the story.

Captain Spazzmataz: Final Day of Summer

Soooooo saaaaaaad!

I am terribly upset that today is my last day of summer. I know that Super Koala got three less days than I did, but I still think it was too short. However, today I was rather productive, and I finished up the last few things I had to do for my End of Summer List! I. DID. IT!!! I really am very proud of myself for finishing everything that I set out to do.

1. Finally take the Jazz Band field trip to the City Museum – I put this one together. A few weeks ago, I asked everyone if they still wanted to do it, and everyone agreed that it needed to happen. So, on August 7th, at 7 PM, five of the eight members of last year’s jazz band made it to the City Museum. It was probably one of the most fun nights ever.

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2. Read five books to catch up on my reading challenge – I completed this one, and a few days early too, but somehow I am still behind. I don’t really understand how because I read five books when it said I was five books behind, but I am still two books short. Oh well, I guess I will have to catch up somewhere.

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3. Memorize the marching show – I knew this one would be pretty easy because band camp ends before school starts, and we always get the entire how on the field (no matter how pretty it looks) before camp is over. That being said, this years music is the hardest ever, and for everyone else, it is the hardest drill ever. I didn’t really have to worry about my drill spots so much because I march less than half the show, but I still memorized them all and all of the music!

4. & 5. Complete 1000 Squats and Sit-ups – I can’t really provide much proof that I actually completed this task, but I promise that I did. I planned it out that I would need to do 40 of each every day, and I did for the most part. On the days that I forgot or was feeling too lazy, I just did the extra reps the next day.

6. Finish my LEGO airplane – This was probably the most satisfying task to complete. When I was finally done, it felt like a huge accomplishment, and it does so many tricks! The propellers spin, the fins move, even the wheels fold in! My next LEGO adventure is going to have to be pretty great to top this one.

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7. Do all of my summer math packet – This wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it was going to be. When I broke it down by only doing five problems a day, it really didn’t seem like it took me that long. I could have probably done it all in one day and not even have been that stressed out. Thank you new math teacher for not making me cry over the summer.

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8. Complete four Postcards and Wreckings – I almost didn’t do this one. I had forgotten about it until today, and I was just going to let it slide. However, when I realized it was the only task I wouldn’t have completed on the list, I knew I had to do it. And, it only took me about two hours to do it all, and it was pretty fun.

Postcards:

These are the postcards I did for the summer.

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The sculpture one was pretty tricky. I looked online for some index card origami to make a sculpture with, and I did, but it didn’t turn out so great.

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I mean, this is what it is supposed to look like, however, it was supposed to be a hopping bunny, but the material of the postcard was just to heavy for my bunny to get off the ground.

I finally did the hide this postcard in your neighbor’s yard card. I was pretty nervous, because I didn’t want anyone to see me doing it. However, if they do ever find it, I made it look very nice.

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Hopefully it will be enjoyed. You can’t tell from this picture, but I wedged it in between the two corner bushes. It went in pretty far, but who knows, maybe they will find remnants of it some day.

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The dice postcard probably would have worked better if I would have done it outside, but instead I decided to see where it would take me inside the house. For the first trial I started at my bedroom door, but only got through about four rolls before I got stuck in the bathroom.

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For the second trial, I started in the sunroom, figuring that it was a more open space so I should get farther, however, I was quickly caught in another corner.

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For my last postcard, It isn’t quite complete yet. I did the treasure map one, but no one has followed the map yet. But I will let you know how it turns out. I am going to hide it in the band room, and tell the saxophone section that the first person to find it gets a prize.

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Journal Pages:

Three of my four journal pages had to be done using the wilderness, and I think you should be very proud of me. The only one that didn’t was this one, and I kind of stole your idea.

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Mine didn’t turn out nearly as well as yours, but it still smells nice. I went for the pouring method, but when I poured the wax, it all kind of ran to the seam.

Two of my out doors pages relate to each other.

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For both of these I went outside and collected some supplies and then the tracing of the first page was a copy of what actually went on the second. I think it turned out pretty cool.

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My final page was very scary. I had to lay in the grass! Dun, dun, duuuuuun!

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When ever I flipped passed this page, I could never figure out what to do with it. However, today I realized what it could be used for.

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A pillow! If I am going to be dreaming outside, I must have a pillow to rest my head.

Well, I guess that is all I have. Nooo! I want there to be more summer!

Super Koala: Summer Countdown Final Update 2

Hello Cap’t Spazzmataz, who is sitting two feet away from me.  Maybe three.  I’m terrible at distance.

Even though we are in each others presence, I am still going to do my weekly summer update.  As of today’s end, there are only seven days left!

1. Catch Up on My 2015 Reading Challenge – Sadly, I only read three books this week.  That means I am still seven books behind for my challenge.  Strength.

2. Do 1,000 squats and 1,000 sit ups – I have a remaining 670 squats and 630 sit ups.  Crunch time.  Bazinga.

3. Run 50 miles and do 50 total minutes of planks – 28.9 miles left.  I really don’t want to talk about the planks…

5. Cook three new meals – I cooked something!  I successfully cooked this Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta, the recipe for which can be found here.

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As can be viewed by the picture, my finished product was not nearly as beautiful as seen on its blog of origin.  Also, it easily took me double the times provided to make the sauce.  But I got so many compliments on the finished product.  Sparhawk took it to work, and everyone wanted the recipe.  Two meals left.

8. Watch five things off my Netflix “List” – Thus far, I have finished Orange is the New Black.  I also watched Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (adorable) and Repo! The Genetic Opera (dark).  That means I have two left.

12. Finish Kingdom Hearts I – So. Much. To. Play.  I’m only at Wonderland.  Shame.

13. See four movies – This past week I finally took the time to see Spy.  It was so, so, so good.  I loved it, which is something I never thought I’d say about a Jason Statham movie.  Also, Jude Law looks like he’s had horrible plastic surgery on his mouth.  Sadness.  Two movies left!

14. Write 25 pages – Six pages down, nineteen to go.  Whaddup.

Super Koala: Summer Final Countdown Update 1

Hello Sisterly!

As my list is large and lengthy, I decided I would write weekly updated to inform you of my progress toward said goals.  I must admit, I have forgotten about some of them.  Obviously, I need to double my efforts!

Anyhow.  Thus far I have tackled the following goals:

1. Catch Up on My Summer Reading Goals – I read five books this week!  Lamentably, I’m still eight books behind.  I shall get there.

2. Squats/Sit Ups – I sort of forgot about this one.  That being, I have 870 and 830 left of each.

7. Reorganize my closet – I am so proud of myself!  I spent so much time yesterday completely reconstructing my closet and it. looks. beautiful.  I have pictures for evidence.

Before:

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After:

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It’s gorgeous!  And, it was super fun cleaning as the kittens used my closet as a fantastic jungle gym the entire time.  Best cleaning company ever.

11. Go to Silver Dollar City – this one is fully completed.  Sparhawk and I went on Tuesday and encountered the smallest lines we ever have during the summer time.  It was quite pleasant.  We did all of the roller coasters, stopped in at the glass shop, and then Sparhawk surprised me by buying us a cinnamon roll to split.  A very lovely Silver Dollar City day indeed.

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13. See four movies – BBKF and I saw Train Wreck this week.  It was way better than I was expecting and gave me a soft spot for LeBron James, which I didn’t think was possible.  Obviously, I need to rewatch Space Jam to reaffirm my forever love of the greatest basketball player: Michael Jordan.

That’s all I got so far!  I’ll keep at it!

AMLP: Super Post Part 3

Dearest Readers,

We will finally be finished with this book after this post! It only took four months, but we stuck to it and only read it together.

Captain’s Thoughts:

  • P. 361 – I see thorough your lies James Frey! I shall no longer fall for the dream sequences at the beginning of your chapters.
  • P. 364 – I knew I liked Lincoln
  • P. 366 – Haha! This is great! It’s probably the first time I have actually laughed while reading this book.
  • P. 370 – Seriously though, James couldn’t have chosen hang out with a better group of people.
  • P. 372 – No no no! Miles cannot be sad!
  • P. 374 – How do they not know what is going on? I know what is going on, and they haven’t even told me yet!
  • P. 375 – Well isn’t this just the gosh darn most precious moment ever.
  • P. 381 – Oh. It was so nice to have a whole chapter without Lilly, and then he has to go and ruin it and talk about her again. James, this is not healthy.
  • P. 384 – Well this whole laughing party is just sad.
  • P. 387 – What is this Inventory and what does it entail?
  • P. 389 – No. This is the cutest moment ever. Leonard is literally the best ever.
  • P. 394 – James was honestly a genuinely horrible kid.
  • P. 397 – Wait what!? He can’t just leave it like that. Is he going to say what happened with that man?
  • P. 400 – Why is Matty’s wife an idiot?
  • P. 406 – So that’s what he did. Okay.
  • P. 412 – Who sent those and why? What was the point?
  • P. 414 – It has bothered me this entire book that James doesn’t read the Tao in order. He skips all over the place, and it bothers me.
  • P. 419 – Why would James care if Lilly’s supervisor is telling him to leave? He is leaving the complex, so they can’t really kick him out.
  • P. 422 – Yay Hank! I love Hank!
  • P. 424 – Okay. This is tied for the cutest moment. So many cute moments in this final stretch.
  • P. 424 – Why doesn’t James get a fancy ceremony when he leaves? Everyone else seemed to get a sort of going away party.
  • P. 429 – Of course. He can finally look into his eyes when he is testing his limits. How could anybody ever have guessed that?
  • Last Page – It doesn’t have an official page number, so yeah. I really liked that he finished with the ‘Where is everyone now’ bit. It is kind of cheesy, but I appreciate it. Mot of it is really sad, but there are a couple of people whose lives turned out okay, and that makes me feel good.

It is over. I have read A Million Little Pieces. I don’t know exactly how I feel about it, but I am happy to be done with it. I am not upset that I read it, just happy to be done. As a whole, the book was really good. It had some obvious fabrication to it, and some part did get repetitive and tedious, but overall, I enjoyed myself while reading it.

Super Koala Thoughts:

  • p. 361 – No, James Frey, you don’t.
  • p. 362 – I just get really unjustifiably annoyed with James’s treatment of the 12 Steps.  Not because I believe there is only one path to sobriety, but because I’m tired of him humble-bragging about his immense personal strength of will.
  • p. 363 – Lincoln is so cute!
  • p. 368 – Lower eyelid tattoos are no joke.
  • p. 370 – Miles and Leonard are so cute!  Though we already knew that.  I so passionately hope that they are real, adorable people.
  • p. 372 – Oh my goodness, this is about to be so cute.  I just know it.  Also, sad times for Miles’s sad times.
  • p. 375 – THIS IS SO WONDERFUL.  LEONARD FOREVER.
  • p. 377 – Poor, poor lobster.
  • p. 381 – I’m interested by the emphasis on the fight in the story.  I feel like there’s supposed to be some sort of metaphor that I’m not quite grasping.  Maybe because it’s not solidified enough.
  • p. 383 – Who possibly thought it would be good to have James be the greeter?  Have we learned nothing?
  • p. 384 – Ted and his Momma though.  So creepy.
  • p. 390 – All the end of the book cuteness!
  • p. 392 – Yay, Miles’s wife!
  • p. 394 – Man, James was the worst.  It’s a miracle his parents still like him at all.
  • p. 397 – I didn’t know it was possible to break this many things.
  • p. 400 – Well this is a terribly sad turn of events.
  • p. 405 – Before he even says what he did to this priest, I don’t believe him.  It’s just too perfect and full circle that the darkest thing he did would be to a priest and that he would also be revealing that secret to a priest.  Skepticism.
  • p. 407 – Skepticism is still strong.
  • p. 411 – I really like how the relationship between James and his counselors has progressed.  It speaks a lot to the growth he has gone through.
  • p. 418 – So much niceness.  Miles is fantastic.  Though, I’m still iffy about this Lilly thing.
  • p. 422 – Hank is back!
  • p. 425 – Time for a test?
  • p. 430 – What a wonderful brother.
  • I also liked the ending section, as I had been very curious about these things whilst reading the book.  Though it was a most depressing section.

I am finished!  For the most part, I think I liked this book.  The writing style, while unique and worth experiencing, was certainly not my favorite.  But, he did an excellent job of communicating his thoughts and emotions through said style.  I guess the biggest problem is reading it after the scandal.  I hate not knowing what to interpret as factual and what to interpret as fiction.  Overall, an interesting read.