Mr. Incredible and Mr. Fox

Since school is about to end I’ve been doing my fair share of bingeing on nostalgic old animated movies from childhood. Last week I saw The Incredibles (in anticipation for the second installment after 10 years, gonna be LIT), and this weekend I finished watching Fantastic Mr. Fox, which was a big favorite of mine in elementary school. Rewatching both of these made me re-appreciate their stories and animation styles. But while looking at them closer, I saw that these two movies have a lot more in common than I realized before, that are pretty unique.

Both Mr. Incredible and Mr. Fox gave up their dangerous past occupations for the wellbeing of their families. Mr. Incredible was more or less forced to do so because of the scandalous controversy on whether or not superheroes actually helped or harmed the public, but he still gave up being super. Same with Fox. When he and his wife were trapped in the cage, worried about death creeping up on them, she made him promise that if they ever got out of there alive, that he would find a new line of work, because she was pregnant and wanted to keep their cub safe. So I guess he was a little forced too. This made both of them turn to different vocational paths that they were unhappy in for long periods of time. Bob, an insurance agent, and Foxxy, a writer for the newspaper.

Eventually, Mr. Fox and Mr. Incredible are pulled back into their old jobs by mysterious opportunities. They keep their secret endeavors from their wives and children and get the rush and high they had from when they did it back in the day. They’re able to get away with it for a while and get a kick out of it before their wives find them out.

Mrs. Incredible AKA Helen finds out when she calls her husband's hotel when she found his superhero suit suspiciously patched up in his man cave. The hotel says that he never checked in, and she makes the conclusion that he is living a double life and lying to her. She feels betrayed. Mrs. Fox felt the same way when she confronted Mr. Fox about him breaking his promise from when they were in the cage years ago.

From these climax points in the movies, both protagonist’s families come together to save them. Mr. Incredible’s wife and family help save him from Syndrome and save the city. Mr. Fox’s wife and hot-headed son also play big parts in saving the community from Bogus, Bunce and Bean.

This was a bit of a random post, but it was really bothering me for a while, I couldn’t believe how similar these two movies are. I wonder if I can find another film like this… 🤔

May Word List 2017

This is really embarrassing. I've felt so busy and occupied with school that I didn't even keep track of words this month, only one:

bereavementthe action or condition of being bereaved; be deprived of a loved one through a profound absence, especially due to the loved one's death

I don't even remember writing this word down, I guess it was before I took my SAT, and now I just haven't been so keen on finding new words. I guess I'll have to pick it up in June...

I Think I'm Having a Mid-Teenage Crisis

Is this even a real thing? I guess it is now.

As of now, 6 months after I've turned 16, I, Rachel, am having a mid-teenage crisis. 

You may think this is some sort of trivial, teen meltdown, but I assure you I really am having a revelation of sorts. Google defines a midlife crisis as "an emotional crisis of identity and self-confidence that can occur in early middle age". And I'm totally resonating with this now, except in an 'I'm a little scared for my future' and 'how the hell do I deal with all these changes'. Let me walk you through this.

This all really came crashing down on me when one of my favorite cartoon show ended in January (Regular Show) and I obviously was pretty broken up about it. That show, as I said, has been a part of my childhood for seven years and when it ended I was devastated. And then after that, it got me thinking- my childhood and youth are escaping me day by day.

For instance, Adventure Time is on it's way to their last season, and I've been watching them just as long as I have been Regular Show! Cartoons aren't the only thing. Some of my favorite game franchises have ended as well, including the Walking Dead Game and Uncharted, which were the biggest titles released for 2016, at least for me. 

There is also all those online games I used to play as a kid. Both Pixie Hollow and Bearville from Build-A-Bear workshop closed down (so did Club Penguin but I didn't really play that much, now I'm grateful). And they did it without me knowing. One afternoon with a random stroke of curiosity and found that they had shut down months before I checked up on them, how is that fair? I felt dejected and depressed, I spent hours on those sites and they couldn't even give me a fair warning?

Not to mention all the reinstallations of all my childhood shows. The Fairly Odd Parents and Spongebob have been exploited for their old school popularity to cater to their networks money hungry ambitions. It's a shame since those were some of my favorite cartoons when I was younger. There was also the Zoey101 reunion episode where Chase learned what Zoey said from 10 years ago, that was a complete abomination. It wasn't funny and didn't even spark a feeling of nostalgia from the show. Disappointing.

The other half of my mid-teenage crisis that isn't the fear of all my beloved franchises ending surreptitiously, is planning for my future. Junior year is on the brink of ending and senior year is looming ahead. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to apply to college and ready for all the college ready antics, but I am afraid of not being the best I can be and becoming mediocre and complacent. I'm afraid of my essays sucking, my grades plummeting and not being unique or special in my applications.

I know this is an irrational fear since I already have looked and drafted ideas from the common app prompts, have a good overall average and can probably list a good amount of interests I have (regardless if they're lame, they still make me unique. I'm trying to remind myself I'll get through with it and what happens happens, but it still just gives me anxiety. I need to stop being afraid of confrontation and rejection because, in the wide words of BeyoncĂ©, "We all lose. We all lose at some point and we lose when we have to".

Well, I'm only 16. maybe by the time I turn 18 this will all turn over and I'll laugh at this irrational time in my life, who knows. For now, I'll try to cope and cling to whatever I can to get through this. To Netflix I go!

April Word List 2017

Making this list exactly 1 week before my SAT... Wish me luck!! One more home stretch before April is over.

apoplectic - overcome with anger
disseminating - spread or disperse (something, especially information) widely
ambivalence - the state of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone
corpulence - the state of being fat
redolent - strongly reminiscent or suggestive of
haranguing - lecture (someone) at length in an aggressive and critical manner
conciliatory - intended or likely to placate or pacify
arduous - difficult and tiring
robust - strong and healthy
solicitous - characterized by or showing interest or concern
cogent - clear, logical, and convincing
dogmatic - inclined to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true
imposition - the action or process of imposing something or of being imposed; forced
apprehensive - anxious or fearful that something bad or unpleasant will happen
unprecedented - never done or known before
substantiated - provide evidence to support or prove the truth of; validate
procession - a number of people or vehicles moving forward in an orderly fashion, especially as part of a ceremony or festival
candor - a large New World vulture with a bare head and mainly black plumage, living in mountainous country and spending much time soaring
inquiries - an act of asking for information
facilitate - make (an action or process) easy or easier
opine - hold and state as one's opinion; to declare
copious - abundant in supply or quantity
taciturn - reserved or uncommunicative in speech;
vexation - the state of being annoyed, frustrated, or worried
bolster - support or strengthen; prop up
babel - a confused noise, typically that made by a number of voices
receptive - willing to consider or accept new suggestions and ideas
vivacious - attractively lively and animated
acuteness - sharp or severe in effect; intense
inimical - tendencies to obstruct or harm
bilious - affected by or associated with nausea or vomiting
malobserved - incorrect observation or interpretation
scrupulously - diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to details
impartial - treating all rivals or disputants equally
verdict - a decision on a disputed issue in a civil or criminal case or an inquest.
plaited - form (hair or other material) into a plait or plaits
cordiality - sincere affection and kindness
elicit - evoke or draw out (a response, answer, or fact) from someone in reaction to one's own actions or questions.
liaison - communication or cooperation that facilitates a close working relationship between people or organizations
odious - extremely unpleasant
expostulate - express strong disapproval or disagreement
sordid - involving ignoble actions and motives; dirty
ingeniousness - obsolete : noble, honorable
languid - displaying or having a disinclination for physical exertion or effort; slow and relaxed.
collusion - secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy
entice - attract or tempt by offering pleasure or advantage
indignantly - in a manner indicating anger or annoyance at something perceived as unfair
contrition - the state of feeling remorseful and penitent.
wholly - entirely; fully
indignation - anger or annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment
devoid - entirely lacking or free from
malice - the intention or desire to do evil
cardinality - the number of elements in a set or other grouping, as a property of that grouping.
cordon - a line or circle of police, soldiers, or guards preventing access to or from an area or building
rite - a religious or other solemn ceremony or act
ordained - make (someone) a priest or minister; to order or decree something
apparatus - the technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose
consolation - comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment
galling - annoying; humiliating
surmised - suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm it
acclimatized - to accommodate or accustom
condemn - express complete disapproval of, typically in public; censure
absolved - set or declare (someone) free from blame, guilt, or responsibility.
rouse - bring out of sleep; awaken.
foist - impose an unwelcome or unnecessary person or thing on
benign - gentle; kindly
execration - an angry denouncement or curse
gumption - shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness
vindicate - show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified
insolent - showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect.
succinct - briefly and clearly expressed.
immutable - unchanging over time or unable to be changed.
postulate - suggest or assume the existence, fact, or truth of (something) as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or belief.
romantic - of, characterized by, or suggestive of an idealized view of reality.
dissertation - a long essay on a particular subject, especially one written as a requirement for the Doctor of Philosophy degree
provincial - of or concerning a province of a country or empire
credence - belief in or acceptance of something as true; trust
expound - present and explain (a theory or idea) systematically and in detail
domicile - the country that a person treats as their permanent home, or lives in and has a substantial connection with.
dialect - a variety of a language peculiar to a particular region or group
surly - bad-tempered and unfriendly.
abysmal - extremely bad; appalling.
inference - a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning
ambivalent - having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone
arbitrary - based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system
quantitative - relating to, measuring, or measured by the quantity of something rather than its quality.
syntax - the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language
apropos - with reference to; concerning

No second post this month, been swamped with hella test prep... will catch up in May! smell ya later.

March Word List 2017

I've been so busy this month... and I thought January was rough, just another word list, please forgive me for these being a bit thin on these lately.

anarchy - a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority
atonement - reparation for a wrong or injury.
conformity - compliance with standards, rules, or laws.
fidelity - faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support
gluttony - habitual greed or excess in eating
maturation - the action or process of maturing
mortality - the state of being subject to death
predestination - the divine foreordaining of all that will happen, especially with regard to the salvation of some and not others
sloth - reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness
hitherto - until now or until the point in time under discussion
unrequited - not returned or rewarded
fortitude - courage in pain or adversity
reticent - not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily; reserved.
tenuous - very weak or slight
galvanize - shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action
suppress - forcibly put an end to
prolific - producing much fruit or foliage or many offspring
imperial - relating to an empire
affluent - having a great deal of money; wealthy
contingent - subject to chance
belittle - make (someone or something) seem unimportant
fabricate - to invent or concoct (something), typically with deceitful intent

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