The Tuna Rhapsody

Ever since Bohemian Rhapsody came out almost all of my English classes have been singing Queen. But it’s not too bad. Queen is classic.

But one class decided to try and turn Bobemian Rhapsody into a song about tuna. Funny at first, but this went on for hours.

Karmic justice has been served for my childhood habit of singing annoying songs. I can only hope that when they are adults they are stuck in a room with children singing songs from Frozen 6: Olaf’s Trip to Hawaii.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Review

SPOILERS

Watching How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was the emotional roller coaster that I expected it to be. I laughed. I cried. I want to see it again.

The Good:

  • Hiccup’s flashbacks of him and his father were super cute. It was nice to delve more into their relationship, and see how Stoic (and Hiccup) grieved over the loss of Valka.
  • Hiccup and Toothless’ relationship will always be the best part of this series. “Lol, sorry I have to save my human”.
  • The setting/art design of this movie was beautiful, though I still think the 2nd movie was the most visually stunning in the series.
  • The tone of the movie was more consistent than the 2nd one. The serious moments blended well into the lighthearted ones, and there weren’t as many forced jokes.
  • The villain, Grimmel, was a good foil to Hiccup. Other people have pointed out that Grimmel was similar to Hiccup, in that his village celebrated him only after he killed a nightfury. Just like Hiccup planned to do. If Hiccup had killed Toothless, he would’ve become Grimmel.
  • Toothless looking back at Hiccup when he got his tail fixed, waiting for Hiccup’s approval.
  • Hiccup acting like an overprotective father, worrying whether or not the lightfury is right for Toothless.
  • Hiccup is THE CHIEF “You come into my house. You threaten my dragon.”
  • Astrid still kicks ass.
  • Ruffnut annoying Grimmel until he ‘let’s’ her leave.
  • “Save him.”
My soul hurts.
  • Hiccstrid got married, and have super cute kids!
  • The ending of the movie showing how Hiccup and Toothless’ relationship continued. And that credit montage with clips from all 3 movies. I think they put it in to make me cry in case I hadn’t already.
  • Hiccup with a beard.
Just yes.

The Not-So-Good:

  • One of the major reasons that the first movie was so good because the plot was so tight. If you cut a single scene it would’ve thrown off the whole plot. Not so with HTTYD3. Some things that could have easily been cut were: 1) The council of Baddies. Grimmel was the only one who actually did anything. 2) Tuffnut giving so much relationship advice. 3) Snotlout’s crush on Valka. 4) Snotlout’s rivalry with Erit.
I really shouldn’t complain about more Eret.
  • It felt like there were too many locations. The story kept bouncing from one place to the next and it made the setting feel less cohesive.
  • The pacing felt rushed near the end. I would have appreciated a longer goodbye, even though I would have made me bawl more.

I know that people have mixed feeling about the ending. Did the dragon’s really have to leave? I have my theories and I’ll post them up soon.

Overall, I think that this movie did a good job wrapping up the series. I’m looking forward to buying the movie so I can marathon the series until my heart gives out.

Gif credits to: avataviking, dragonsofarcadia, graphrofberk, odair-hofferson.

11 Books I Need to Finish in 2019

It’s normal to take a break from a book, knowing you’ll pick it up again soon. But sometimes years pass. This list is me trying to acknowledge all the books and series I’ve loved, yet neglected.

1. Fitz and the Fool Trilogy by Robin Hobb

Reading the first two trilogies in this series was a rollercoaster of emotions, and I loved it. I may have recovered enough emotionally to read the next trilogy.

2. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann

I’m always be down for learning more about pre-Columbian history of the Americas. Only stopped reading because I was in my last year of university. That shit’s tough.

3. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

Economics + history + anthropology = more please. Was reading it at the same time as 1491 (a perfect pairing), and stopped for the same reason.

4. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

Picked this up on vacation, reading it on my aunt’s Kindle. Unfortunately she left (with the Kindle) before I could finish.

5. Getting Things Done by David Allen

I know, I know. Ironic.

6. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

I read the first book in this series as a teenager, and enjoyed every second of classic sci-fi goodness. And now that I’m an adult, I can finally buy the next books with my big girl money.

7. Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy by Kevin Kwan

No book has never made me feel poorer than Crazy Rich Asians. Just need to remind myself it’s normal to not own a private jet.

8. The Tea Cyclopedia: A Celebration of the World’s Favorite Drink by Keith Souter

Love tea. Love history. Love books. I just struggle to finish non-fiction books, which should be pretty obvious.

9. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Also picked this up on vacation, but then got distracted by Crazy Rich Asians.

10. Iron Gold (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown

The first trilogy was a great mic of sci-fi and Greco-Roman mythology. The only thing stopping me from reading the next book is I’ve forgotten all the character names.

11. Anne of Green Gables Series by L.M. Montgomery

This book series is just sunshine, rainbows, and butterflies. I was just so sad when I learned what happened to the author that I stopped reading. But I could use Anne’s optimism in 2019.

Honorable Mention: The Book I am Never Going to Finish

The Bride by Julie Garwood

100 pages into this book and it was still a dumpster fire. I mean, it’s the #1 romance novel on Goodreads. #2 is Outlander, and that shit was hot. But no, The Bride somehow climbed its way to the top with two-dimensional characters, and a one-dimensional plot.

Volcano

Disclaimer: All the names in this story have been changed because the internet is a scary place. Also this story is gross.

Today was one of my more memorable days as an English teacher in Korea. Despite feeling a bit under the weather, my morning started off pretty normal. Story time with the pre-schoolers, lots of stickers and ABCs. The usual.

I was on my way to the bathroom right before my lunch break when I picked up the putrid smell of puke. Children are stinky in many ways, but puke is (thankfully) not something I often run into. But between the smell, and the yellow sludge in the bathroom entrance, I knew something was up.

Delish.

7 year olds are some of the most gossipy people on the planet. I grabbed the nearest kid in the hallway.

“Who puked?”

“Someone from Sprout class.”

Shit. That’s the class I teach after lunch. They are a pain in my ass, but I still like a few of them. I figured I better check to see what was going on.

I barged in to Sprout classroom to find Lilly teacher, the regular Korean teacher, missing. She had the unfortunate duty of cleaning up the trails of vomit in the hallways.

Instead one of the school administrators, Grace teacher, was doling out lunch to a large group of 7 year olds. I was quickly informed that it was Chris who was not feeling well.

I got him some water and let him know he didn’t need to eat lunch. This boy usually couldn’t sit still to save his life. But when I told him he could just put his head down and rest he didn’t move a muscle. Poor thing.

I helped Grace teacher finish serving lunch and let my coworker go back to her regular work. I brought out my home packed lunch, which of course set off a round of questions and comments from the kids.

“What are you eating?”

“Thai curry.”

“Is it from Canada?”

“No. It’s from Thailand. That’s why it’s called Thai curry.”

“I want some of your bread.”

“Too bad.”

They were almost all done eating their lunch. Chris scrunched up his face and held his belly. I took him out to hallway to walk him to the bathroom. His face told me he wasn’t going to make it. I told him to run. He didn’t make it.

Lilly teacher had just finished cleaning up the puke in the bathroom when I told her about the mess in the hallway.

Luckily, after that second round of projectile vomiting Chris seemed to feel better. He even asked to play. Kids will be kids I guess.

Teaching Sprout class after lunch seemed to go well. I knew Chris’s mom was coming to pick him up soon, so I just let him sleep while the rest of the class did their work.

Ten minutes before class ended Lilly teacher came in and woke up Chris. His mom was here and he could get ready to go. But then he made that face. He put his hand on his belly. I grabbed the trash can as fast as I could but I was too late.

Puke sprayed all over the middle of the classroom. I have to give him credit though. Despite being in the middle of a crowded classroom and projectile vomiting, not a single dropped touched a student or teacher. Good aim Chris. You get a sticker.

Later in a day I gave Lilly teacher a card with a puppy on it, and a cookie. Poor consolation for mopping up puke all day.

“I’m so sorry you had to clean up so much puke.”

“It’s okay.”

Lilly teacher is known for being a woman of few words.

“Are you sure you’re okay?”

Lilly teacher laughed. Then a hollow look crept into her eyes.

“He was a volcano.”