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Dwarf Parties, Sassy Gollum, and Hobbit Birthdays: Thoughts on the Latest Hobbit Trailer

In addition to being American Business Women’s Day, Dear Diary, and National Ice Cream Cone Day, yesterday (September 22nd) was also Hobbit Day. Unlike some other seemingly arbitrary holidays (I’m looking at you, National Ice Cream Cone Day), Hobbit Day specifically takes place on this date because it is the shared birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. I learned this after attending a hobbit party last night, which ended up being everything that a pop culture nerd could ask for. The party also served to remind me that there’s a new-ish trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: Part 1, Sonnet 138, Long Day’s Journey Into Night (I’m assuming the full title is something like that), and that I have yet to write a Hobbit post for my blog, so I’ve decided that to honor Bilbo and Frodo, I’m going to do some good old-fashioned trailer analysis.

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5 Great Motivational Songs from Children’s Movies

As I mentioned in my previous post, I recently moved all the way from Washington state (aka the frozen north) to Texas (aka that place where you have to say “Yeehaw” and fire two pistols into the air every time you mention the Lone Star state by name). For me, one of the scariest parts of the move was learning how to drive on 75 mph highways and crowded freeways over the course of my 4 day road trip. You see, I’d previously only lived in towns where we traversed our dirt roads by mule-drawn cart, so adjusting to modern transportation systems was quite daunting. Therefore, to keep myself from losing heart as I practiced merging and attempted to overtake lumber trucks, I shakily sang to myself. And the songs I sang were those of the most inspirational, most emotionally-charged, most climb-to-the-top-of-a-mountain-and-rocket-into-space variety—songs from feel-good children’s movies.

(Note that when I call the following films “children’s movies”, I really just mean movies that are fun for the whole family. Or fun for single twentysomethings. Perhaps primarily fun for single twentysomethings.)

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Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Greetings, imaginary legions of readers! I’m sure all 5 million of you have been wondering where I’ve been for the past month or so. Some of you may have thought I was dead, while others might have imagined that I was Taken, like Liam Neeson’s daughter in that movie my mom kept urging me to watch before I traveled alone in Europe. Well, I’m neither dead nor being held against my will somewhere in Europe. I actually moved to Austin for an Americorps position in August, and I’ve been taking a break from blogging to adjust to my new job and enjoy this awesome city. However, I’ve realized that I miss blogging about pop culture, and since you legions have been noisily demanding my return, I’m setting myself a goal to write one new post per week, which I’ll be publishing every Sunday. See, by setting myself a very specific goal and then telling you about it, I’ll force myself to actually do it so that I don’t lose face. Anyway, I’m currently working on a post about the best motivational songs from children’s movies, so you can look for that next Sunday!

-Madeline