Thursday, November 18, 2010

"Harry Potter... The boy who lived... Come to die..."

The time has come that our dear friends over at Hogwarts will soon bid us adieu. Part 1 of the 2 part movie for the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, opens tonight at midnight! I, for one, am so excited to see the movie, but sad at the same time to see it come to an end. I can't even watch the trailer without getting chills!

Over the past few weeks I've spent some time remembering the last 6 movies, and how much the cast has grown over the decade since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone premiered.

Back in 2001, we were introduced to the magical world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And all the wonderful characters that come along with it. We also met teeny, tiny Harry, Ron and Hermione. Let's take a look at how much these three have grown up since then, shall we?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 2001

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 2002

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 2004

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2005

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2007

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 2009

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 2010

Seven movies later and Harry, Ron and Hermione (not to mention Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson) have become young adults before our eyes. I wish the three of them many more years of success post-Harry Potter. My tickets have already been purchased (WEEKS ago, of course) to see the first part of the final chapter brought to life. I'm very curious to see how they've split it up.

Happy Harry Potter Day everyone!

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Lord Voldemort, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"You're looking for trouble. I'm watching you make no mistake."

I pretty much always love the music that I learn about reading my lovely friend Melissa's blog, so it came as no surprise that I loved a song by a British singer/drummer named Florrie, remixed by the always impressive Fred Falke, she posted a couple of weeks ago.

We all know how much I love Euro-pop and every track I've listen to thus far I have been listening to on repeat excessively since I learned about her. Plus, you have to respect an artist who just wants to get their music heard! Head over to her website (click HERE) to download all her songs for free. All she asks is that you spread the word about her music.

Check out her just released debut EP, Introduction here (plus, my favorite track, "Panic Attack" remixed by Fred Falke)!

Please come to SF, Florrie! I will be there front row ready to dance my butt off!

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Florrie, "Panic Attack"

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"Now all I can see. It's just you and me, 'till, we somehow find relief."

Quick post to start the day!

We all know how big of a Robotanists fan I am. Not just because they're my brother's band, but because they are extremely talented and amazing musicians. This past Sunday we were treated to a brand new dream-like video for one of my favorite tracks, Wait A Minute Here. Check it out!

I love the artfulness of the Picasso's Blue Period-inspired video and the eerie qualities it possesses. Plus, I have to say, the styling is perfection! It's no wonder why the always lovely Sarah (the lead singer) was featured in Ragged magazine over the summer because of her great fashion sense.

Click HERE to "like" the Robotanists on Facebook!

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Robotanists, "Wait A Minute Here"

Monday, November 8, 2010

"Why do we blog? We blog to exist, therefore we are... idiots."

Today is kind of a big deal for me. This post marks the 100th blog post for Until Next Time!! Due to this, I decided it would be fun to go back and look at my first post. After re-reading those words I wrote on March 9 of this year, I am pretty proud of where I have taken this little blog of mine. I love that I am able to entertain my friends, and even people I've never met, for a few minutes as they read what I've written. I love the feedback that I've received from everyone and the fact that they refer my blog to their friends, too!

I figured that since TV is a big topic on Until Next Time, why not highlight some 100th episodes of my favorite TV shows. Making it that far is a big deal and they always seem to make them special.

Gilmore Girls - Season 5, "Wedding Bell Blues"
A grand affair is the center piece of this very special 100th episode. Emily and Richard are back together and renewing their vows in a huge ceremony with no lack of drama. Everything starts off all hunky dory but what would a Gilmore even be without it! Rory and Logan finally get together, only to be walked in on by Lorelai, which then in turn leads to a fight between Christopher and Luke, which then leads to a fight between Christopher and Lorelai, which then leads to a fight between Luke and Lorelai, which then leads to a fight between Lorelai and Emily. Ending with Lorelai and Luke broken up and Lorelai and her mother not on speaking terms. How cute does Rory look in her tux, though!

Friends - Season 5, "The One Hundredth"
The 100th episode of Friends revolves around Phoebe's giving birth to her brother's triplets. Not to be outdone, though, the rest of the gang has plenty going on around them while at the hospital. Ross and Joey sharing quality time while Joey passes a kidney stone. Rachel trying to get Monica to flirt with some hot male nurses, while Monica is hiding the fact that she's actually dating Chandler. While Chandler almost blows it with Monica by telling her they're just "messing around". Oops! Alls well that ends well, though and Phoebe successfully gives birth to the babies, Joey successfully passes his kidney stone and Monica and Chandler remain together. And lucky Chandler even gets a baby named after him!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 5, "The Gift"
The fifth season of Buffy was particularly heartbreaking, mainly with the illness and death of Buffy's mother, but the 100th episode was especially gut wrenching. Knowing that Dawn is the key to opening all the Hell dimensions on Earth, the evil god Glory catches up to the Scoobies and kidnaps her. In order to prevent apocalypse Buffy must make the ultimate sacrifice by ending her own life in order to save everyone else's. Even though Buffy's the world is saved in the end, you can't help but shed a tear when you see Buffy's dead body at the end of the episode.

Beverly Hills, 90210 - Season 4, "Scared Very Straight"
Valentine's Day is the backdrop for the 100th episode of 90210. David's drug use finally catches up to him, but luckily Dylan is there to save the day. Too bad he wasn't able to save his relationship with Donna. Andrea and Jesse finally get the approval of her family and get married, with a small reception at, where else, the Peach Pit. Brandon, tired of being the good guy, starts a scandalous affair with his professors wife. Plus, Brenda is reunited (albeit for a very short time) with her one-time fiance Stuart. What a great way to spend Hallmark's favorite holiday! Hey, maybe I'll talk about 90210 again when I hit my 200th post!

Angel - Season 5, "You're Welcome"
The 100th episode of Angel is the turning point for Angel which eventually leads to the dramatic conclusion of the series. Cordelia, who was GREATLY missed, awakens from her coma to help remind Angel what his purpose is: to protect the world from evil. Coincidentally, when she walks in to his office, she finds him watching a video she and Doyle had created when Angel Investigations was first created (right before Doyle's death) which makes helps her prove her point. She is also able to apologize to Wesley for killing Lyla while she was possessed by the demon Jasmine. Who knew you could be so productive after waking up from a coma! Plus, we finally get to see what we had been waiting for for 2 seasons. Angel and Cordelia finally share a kiss! Too bad seconds later we find out that Cordelia never actually woke up from her coma. At least her spirit was able to do good!

I want to finish this up by thanking all my loyal readers for encouraging me to keep going and making Until Next Time an important part of my life. Who knew back in March when I started this little blog that I'd actually make it to 100? Here's to hundreds more!!

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Dylan Krieger, "Quarterlife"

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"I'm a World Series MVP!"

It's been a crazy few weeks for those of us lucky enough to live in San Francisco! We've learned to Fear the Beard and that Torture does indeed pay off in the end. THE GIANTS ARE THE 2010 WORLD SERIES CHAMPS!!!!!!!

Unfortunately for me, my bank account did not allow me to make it to see any of the playoff or World Series games at the ballpark, but I did discover the fun of watching games at a sports bar full of hundreds of former strangers, now new best friends. I never in my life thought I would enjoy high fives as much as I have over the past few weeks!

I was, however, lucky enough to share in the celebrations down by the ballpark immediately after that final out Monday night AND the homecoming parade (even though I couldn't really see anything) this morning. I feel so lucky to have been able to participate in such an amazing, city wide love fest. And I don't even think I had my toes stepped on once!

I of course cannot fail to give my lovely, very lucky friend Shawna a shout-out for her fabulous performance at the ceremony this afternoon.

Let's not wait another 50 years, Giants! I can't wait for next year spending spring and summer afternoons and evenings out in the bleachers (since I'm sure that's all I'll be able to afford now) cheering you on beer in hand, surrounded by friends!

I'm pretty sure today will be a day that most of us will never forget.

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Jack Eliot, "Mr. Baseball"