Monday, June 30, 2008

Here is some more Shiny Toy Guns

for your information he was 12 back in 1991 when the first PC Quest Album was released. He just grew up. Here are some more scary pictures of him now ...

Chad Petree Now


By Request

Chad Petree - ala PC Quest

Chad Petree - ala Shiny Toy Guns

Lunch.

That's funny ...

Not that anyone other then me still remembers or cares but ...
 
The lead singer of PC Quest - Chad Petree (you know, the little blonde kid with the long hair) is the guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the electronica/indie/rock band Shiny Toy Guns.
 
That makes me smile as I sit here and listen to Le Disko.
 

Saturday, June 28, 2008

holy cow

Blaze at play offs & so am I !
i was so excited when i took this photo. you can't tell but Anon had actually rushed the field. that's Right, he lept from the upper deck. Then ran down the stairs on to the field. I am soory, eh(Canadian for sorry) the picture didn't turn out. We were there for the first ever call change in AFL history. (pause for dramatic silence.) The coach for Colorado didn't like a call, so he challenged it. That meet he got his touch down. The Blazed played like Jr pee wee players, and lost the game. It was still a good time.

Friday, June 27, 2008

I grew this

Book Review

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

by C.S. Lewis

 

This book was great. Again, I am pleased with C.S. Lewis' lack of description allowing the reader to imagine the world for themselves and not bogging down a wonderful story in a 400 page book.

The book isn't such a high adventure as the movie made it out to be. There was less battling and more hanging out with Aslan.

I was impressed by the fact that all the children were able to see Aslan in the beginning, but they had to learn to trust Lucy and follow him for a while before he showed himself to Edmond, Peter and finally Susan. Again teaching us the lesson that Christ is there, we just have to trust and Follow before He will reveal himself to us.

 

I think that C.S. Lewis was a genius in his time, and he continues to teach the world about Christ through his beautifully written books.

Movie Quote for the day:

As a special salute to the Special Edition release of So I Married An Axe Murderer -
 
 
Stuart: Well, it's a well known fact, Sonny Jim, that there's a secret society of the five wealthiest people in the world, known as The Pentavirate, who run everything in the world, including the newspapers, and meet tri-annually at a secret country mansion in Colorado, known as The Meadows.
Tony: So who's in this Pentavirate?
Stuart: The Queen, The Vatican, The Gettys, The Rothschilds, *and* Colonel Sanders before he went tits up. Oh, I hated the Colonel with is wee *beady* eyes, and that smug look on his face. "Oh, you're gonna buy my chicken! Ohhhhh!"
Charlie: Dad, how can you hate "The Colonel"?
Stuart: Because he puts an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes ya crave it fortnightly, smartass!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

What Have I Been Watching?

Yu Yu Hakusho - Anime Cartoon. Yuske the Spirit Detective has to battle the forces of evil to protect earth form the encroaching demon world. This was tough to get into for like the first 10 or so episodes, but as the show goes on it gets better. Who can pass up a "Knife Edge Death Match"?! My opinion of this show. Entertaining, but cheesy. it gets an Okay on my rating chart.
 
The Incredible Hulk - This movie was pretty good. John says it was much better then the last Hulk movie of this decade. I don't remember anything about the last movie so I'll just have to take his word for it. :) None-the-less, this movie was entertaining enough. Big green guy saves world from big yellow guy and girl gets left behind. I'd recommend this for Super Hero fans. Oh and in case you missed it, Tony Stark was in the end of the movie to help link all the current super hero movies together leading up to The Avenger's movie that will be coming out in 2011. That should be fun. My rating: Okay.
 
Get Smart - This movie was great. First of all, I LOVED the old TV show that I would stay up late and watch on the little B&W TV in my bedroom as a kid. I love Maxwell Smart and his silly catch phrase of "Would you believe..." I was excited to see this movie, but not so excited for Steve Corell not to sure I like him, but this movie did not let me down. It was laugh out loud funny in parts and who knew that 23 was going to be the bad guy!? I sure didn't until John pointed that out not even half way through the movie .. Thanks honey. Anyway, I really enjoyed it and was not disappointed. Don Adams couldn't have done a better job himself. My Rating: Great.
 
However... almost better then the movies were the previews that came with them:
 
Hellboy II: The Golden Army - This was defiantly mad by the same people that made Pan's Labyrinth. It looks like they even re-used some of the puppets from that other movie too, but all in all it looks Awesome. I am quite fond of Hellboy.
 
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor - After seeing a preview for this movie I'm a little more excited for this.... I do think that Brendan Fraser's jokes can be over done and raising a mummy from the dead is a little clichĂ©. But all in all the trailer looked good and I'll end up seeing the movie anyway.
 
The X-Files: I Want to Believe - This got me so excited! I was so happy to see Mulder and Skully together again I was literally bouncing in my seat. I can't wait for this movie to come out! Woo Hoo!
 
Star Wars: Clone Wars - This was also an awesome trailer. I'm excited for this movie, but I'm sad that there is no Ewan McGregor to voice Obi-Wan Kenobi. That will make it terribly dreadful to sit through... sigh.... but I'll watch it, and I'll like it, because after all it is Star Wars!
 
 
 

Monday, June 23, 2008

Rouoni Kenshin

The coolest amime cartoon ever


Today I will Offend some.


Here is the picture of a cat I promised. Thank you that is all.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

#3 grossest restroom of all time B&N Layton.

Wow - What a trial.

We bathed our kitties today... It was quite the fiasco. Noranti went into hiding when we were done and now Mahana is just all indignant. They needed to be cleaned though.


Meow...

Wow! I wrote something!

Well, I had a busy week. I had school. That didn't go over very well. I complained about a test a while back. well My flash drive deleted it some how. That means I had to start over again. Now smart people would say" you should back it up." Well, I did. I just can't find it. Anything about this test is gone. So, I started over from starch. I have to work on it today, but I am blogging instead. I took a lesson from Z. Anyway, then at work the sever went down. That meant no Work for me, so I had to clean. Well, I did, but I got to work with the HVACR guys. That was great! Until I had to go to the 30th floor (roof) of the Office building. The hottest day of the week, and guess where I was.I took some pictures while I was up there. None of them really turned out though. It does have a great view from the top. I did help repair a A/C unit up there. Then I had to spend a day in the Boiler room. Now that was HOT. I am more use to that; since I spend more of my time at the CSCP. We have some guys that are putting new controls on the boilers. That means I won't have to use a step ladder to use them. They have lowered the controls for me. Being short really does bite sometimes. I spent the time at home trimming trees. I am also cutting away at a fallen tree a little at a time. I don't own a chainsaw yet. I will soon though. I did get to help my grandmother too. I also got to go to dinner with her, Scarlet, and my mom. that was the High light of my weeks. She is the best!
Last of all I heard from a old friend again. I owe him a apology. I am sorry I got so upset with him. Our last meeting, not this last one, but a while ago up set me. Which was my problem. He has no idea how much he taught me, just by being him. He really is a great person, and I apologize again. Lots of other things happened, but I can't remember. That means I am going to stop. I know hold the applause. Here is a thought I am going to leave you with. "The noblest service comes from nameless hands, and the best servant does his work unseen." Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Friday, June 20, 2008

music mix ups

It has been so long since I actually heard "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen that when I heard it I immediately thought "those aren't the words" because the only version of this song I usually hear is "Another One Rides the Bus" by Weird Al.
 
ha ha. how funny is that!

My Top 5

This IS a lot harder then I thought....
 
Most Favorite Songs Ever
 
1.  Can't Take My Eyes off You - Frankie Valli
2.  Pictures of You - The Cure
3.  Bullet the Blue Sky - U2
4.  Something That You Said - The Beautiful South
5.  Chemical Bomb - The Aquabats
 
 
Runners Up -
 
Party Girl - U2
Blue - Eiffel 65
Princes of the Universe - Queen
Can I call You My Girl - PC Quest
Tootie - Hootie & the Blowfish
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

how sad ...

Songs I don't listen to anymore because they remind me of Susan:
 
All Together Now - The Beatles
I Knew I loved You (Before I Met You) - Savage Garden
Albuquerque - Weird Al
It's Laura's Fault - VeggieTales
Love Your Neighbor - VeggieTales
 

Music for the Masses

Today's blog requires reader participation. I'd like everyone who reads my blog to answer the following question:
 
What are your top 5 favorite songs ever?

I never really liked Ginger Ale growing up - this is probably why... If my parents bought any it was probably Shasta. Yuck!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Movies to see in the next few months:

Get Smart - Opens June 20
Wall-E - Opens June 27
Wanted - Opens June 27
 
Hellboy II - Opens July 11
Journey to the Center of the Earth - Opens July 11
Batman: The Dark Night - Opens July 18 (also in IMAX)
The X-Files - Opens July 25
 
The Mummy III - Opens August 1
Star Wars: Clone Wars - August 15
 

Monday, June 16, 2008

and people wonder why clowns are so frightening....

Clowns of Death - Oingo Boingo
 
I'm the one who preys upon the weakest
And the weakest always preys upon the one who's underneath
I'm the one who doesn't see the waves of human kindness
or the tides that turn the day
I'm the one who always turns and looks away
Turns and looks away

Because after all, we are only boys
Because after all, we are only boys
Will be boys will be boys will be boys
Will be boys will be boys will be boys will be boys
Will be boys will be boys will be boys
Will be boys will be boys will be boys
Will be boys will be boys will be boys

I'm the one treads upon the weaker ones
Those that I can find
And there'll always be some others who could march along in line, yeah
March along in line

And, we'll move upon the world in a massive tidal wave
And we'll shout and make some noise, yeah
Shout and make some noise

Because after all, we are only boys
Because after all, we are only boys
Will be boys will be boys will be boys
Will be boys will be boys will be boys will be boys
Will be boys will be boys will be boys
Will be boys will be boys will be boys
Will be boys will be boys will be boys

The clowns of death are marching on their hideous parade
Their glaring eyes are filled with hate, but I am not afraid
Their painted faces cracked with age, their makeup old and worn
With tattered wings and toothy grins to amplify their scorn
They're looking for the helpless ones
They're looking for the misbegotten
They prey upon the weak and fractured
The crippled and the freaks of nature

And when they come upon one who's lost or is alone
Their smiles get even bigger and their noses start to glow
Making snarling sounds to pantomime with furious abandon
And with a scream they pounce to kill and all the while they're laughing

I'm the one treads upon the weaker ones
Those that I can find
And there'll always be some others who will march along in line

And, we'll move upon the world in a massive tidal wave
And we'll shout and make some noise, yeah
Shout and make some noise

Because after all, we are only boys
Because after all, we are only boys
Will be boys will be boys will be boys
Will be boys will be boys will be boys will be boys
Will be boys will be boys will be boys
Will be boys will be boys will be boys
Will be boys will be boys will be boys

The clowns of death are marching on their hideous parade
Their glaring eyes are filled with hate, but I am not afraid
Their painted faces cracked with age, their makeup old and worn
With tattered wings and toothy grins to amplify their scorn
They're looking for the helpless ones
They're looking for the misbegotten
They prey upon the weak and fractured
The crippled and the freaks of nature

Your sons and daughters, innocent, lay sleeping in their beds
They'll catch them when you're not around and smash their little heads
If you think it just a dream, or that it isn't fair
Just look around outside your door, the clowns are everywhere

just four for today

Ella Enchanted – Another take on the Cinderella story with a twist. Ella was given a gift as a child to always do what she it told. Her evil step sisters take advantage of this and make her do horrible things and get in lots of trouble. When she sets out on a quest to find her fairy godmother she ends up falling in love with the prince and together they have mishaps and adventures and have a happy ending. This movie is cute. A little corny at times, but I love it none-the-less.

 

Meet Joe Black – Death Comes for Rich Guy. Death decides to stay and visit “Life” for a while. Death falls in love with Rich Guy’s Daughter. We are lectured about the true meaning of love and why we should appreciate life. I truly do love this movie. It’s quite long, but I absolutely think it’s worth the time.

 

The Secret of the Roan Inish – This is a fantastic tale of a little girl named Fiona who is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland. She soon learns the local/family legend that an ancestor of hers married a Selkie - a seal who can turn into a human. Years earlier, her baby brother washed out to sea in a cradle shaped like a boat; her grandfather believes the boy is being raised by the seals. Between her lost little brother and her grandparent’s losing their house Fiona must solve mysteries, help her grandfather and learn the truth about the Roan Inish. This is a cute movie that has me looking for “Selkie’s” every time I’m near the sea. It’s an older movie, 1994, but it’s a good one.

 

Braveheart – “Every man dies, not every man really lives.” This movie I love. William Wallace’s father and brother are killed by the English and he is taken away by Uncle Argyle. Years later he returns to Scotland and falls in love with Murron. Due to a new mandate by the English King, an English Lord gets the bride on her wedding night 'Prima Nocta' in order to breed the Scots out of Scotland. William doesn’t like this so he and Murron marry in secret.... Well the English don’t like that and kill her in the town square leading William into an all out war between Scotland and England entwining the Princess of England into a love story and tragedy of William Wallace.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

This is my dad. Isn't He cute?
This is my tribute to my dad on father's day.
My dad is wonderful. He is so kind and loving and he is always there when you need him. He is the one I have learned the most from in my life, I have his humour, his taste in music and TV shows. I learned my love of reading from him. He is an animal lover. He loves his "neighbor" even if they don't even live next door. My favorite memory of my dad is the time when the two of us rode the bus into SLC and went to the Geneology Library together. That was fun and he took me to Crown Burger for lunch.
I truely love my dad and hope that I can be like him when I grow up.

Thanks for everything Dad. I love you.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Test

What do YOU see in this picture of John?

Friday, June 13, 2008

for jessica

As requested my lunch. Soup & ice cream. Mmmmm...

HAPPY FRIDAY the 13TH

 

Who knew I had seem so many movies

Ladyhawke – Two star-crossed lovers are cursed by an evil bishop the man is a wolf by night whilst his lover, takes the form of a hawk by day. They enlist the help of a page named Mouse who has to get them to the Bishop to kill them and they have to meet in their human forms to break the spell. This is an old movie, but I have loved it so.

 

Bed of Roses – Romantic drama about a young career girl who is swept off her feet by a shy florist, who fell in love with her after one glimpse through a shadowy window. It has been a LONG time since I saw this movie. I believe the last time I saw it was in the movie theater back in 1996. I remember it was a cute movie and I was still in love with Christian Slater at that time.

 

Untamed Heart – Man saves woman from rapists in park. They fall in love have good times together he tells her he has baboon heart and she still loves him. He catches a hockey puck for her and then dies. It’s a better movie then what my description gives. I enjoyed it, but again I saw this back during my Christian Slater phase.

 

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves –Robin Hood and Moorish friend return from the crusades and have to save Maid Marian from the Sheriff of Nottingham and free the people from his tyrannical rule. Robin builds a secret village in the haunted woods, finds his illegitimate brother and makes Marian fall in love with him. Sheriff loses. All live happily ever after.

 

Down to You – The gist of the story... love sought, found, lost, and found again. She fears losing her youth, committing too soon. He's worried that this may be an illusion, not true love. She sleeps with someone else; he's hurt; the relationship ruptures. She leaves for San Francisco; he goes into an alcohol-assisted depression. He even drinks her shampoo, hoping to cure his obsession. I didn’t really like this movie. Lariann and I both walked out of the theater thinking that’s 2 hours of our lives we’ll never get back. But This list is for Chick Flicks I have seen whether I like it or not.

 

Just Like Heaven – This movie was totally cute. Two people are set up on a blind date but never meet because she is in a car accident and is in a coma. He unknowingly moves into her apartment and her “ghost” is haunting him. They fall in love and he learns that she is still alive and that the family is going to pull the plug so he has to stop them and save her. He knows that if they could only really touch that all would be well. It was a good movie. I had to add it to my collection.

 

Two Weeks Notice – Woman gets job. Falls for boss. Boss is unobservant jerk. She quits he realizes that he needs her. They get married. I love Sandra Bullock. This movie was cute.

 

Return to Me – This movie is tragic and sad within like the first 10 minutes.... but despite that it turns out good. Man has wife. Wife dies. Organs are donated. Girl gets heart. Man finds girl. She finds out it his wife’s heart. Sadness. Then a happy ending.

 

The Princess Diaries – Ugly Duckling ends up as a Princess. This movie is just cute. I saw this at the drive in the night John first kissed me. :) he he (girlish giggle) Aside from that. I just really liked it. The sequel is still cute, but not as good.

 

Mona Lisa Smile –This movie was pretty good. Here is what someone else says it’s about: “Set in 1953, Katherine Watson is a free-spirited graduate of UCLA who accepts a teaching post at Wellesley College, a women-only school where the students are torn between the repressive morals of the time and their longing for intellectual freedom.”

 

Steele Magnolias – "If you can't find anything good to say about anybody, come sit by me." This movie contains love, apathy, pain, loss, secrecy and a desperate attempts at living a lives of happiness. I love this movie it’s so tragic and sad, but a great one for girl time.

 

Step Mom – Mom & Step mom don’t get along until mom is dying. Kids mom & step mom all come together to make a cushy feel-good happy ending even though mom dyes. Tissues required.

 

Pretty Woman – Prostitute falls for rich business man. Business man falls for prostitute. Business man’s friend is evil. Prostitute goes home. Business man shows up in white limo with roses and climbs her balcony and they live happily ever after.

 

Clueless – John loves this movie. I personally hated this movie and I will quote Ewan McGregor here because he says just what I thought “I hated Clueless with a passion. I thought it would have been a really good film if someone had blown her head off at the end with a really huge gun. I mean, this rich bitch suddenly becomes charitable and then she's okay? And then there's the token black friend. It was so corrupt, so L.A., I hated it.”

 

Ever After – The classic Cinderella story but with a twist. This is the story of Danielle De Barbarac the “real” Cinderella. In defiance to her evil step mother and step sisters she pretends to be someone else and falls in love with the handsome prince but in the end she has to tell him the truth. There is heartbreak and then all is forgiven and they live happily ever after in the end.  Evil is punished and good is rewarded and everyone goes home happy

Today's Quote

"Love is passion, obsession, someone you can't live without. If you don't start with that, what are you going to end up with? Fall head over heels. I say find someone you can love like crazy and who'll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart. I'm not hearing any heart. Run the risk, if you get hurt, you'll come back. Because, the truth is, there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love - well, you haven't lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven't tried, you haven't lived."  - William Parrish "Meet Joe Black

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Movies for Girls Everywhere

Chicago – This movie is questionable by a lot of standards, but I loved it. There are a lot of suggestive themes and it's a little racy (or so I've heard said) but I really enjoyed it. The music is great, the story is entertaining and the Lawyers tap-dance at near the end is fantastic. I'd love to own this one, but  it's not one I'd want my kids to watch until they're much much older.

 

Beauty Shop – Another Queen Latifa movie about accomplishing your dreams.

 

Blast from the Past – "Poison gas!" This movie is just too funny. I loved it. A family is trapped in a bomb shelter for 30 years and when they finally send their now adult son out to see what happened to the world hilarity ensues and Brendan Fraser isn't bad to look at either.

 

Bedazzled – This movie is a classic in it's own right. I love it. Brendan Fraser is a loser who just wants to get the girl so he makes a deal with the Devil. Nothing works out right and he has to learn that he's okay and he needs his soul back. Love is resolved in the end and he lives happily ever after.

 

Mrs. Winterbourne - A woman gets pregnant, boyfriend leaves her. She boards a train, which crashes and she ends up in a hospital, mistakenly identified as Patricia Winterbourne, a who died with her husband when the train crashed. She comes to live with the rich family of her deceased "husband." She falls in love with dead husband's brother and her new life is ruined when the real father of her baby comes back It's okay it does have a happy ending. I really liked it.

 

While You Were Sleeping – "These mashed potatoes are so creamy" This is a must see for any movie list. Girl falls in love with man she's never met. Saves his life then is mistaken for his fiancĂ©e and get taken in by his family only to fall in love with first guys brother.  

 

A Walk in the Clouds – I'm not a fan of Keanu Reeves but this movie was pretty good. Man meets pregnant woman on bus on her way home to help with the grape harvest and face her Old World domineering dad. The woman is not married and she thinks her father is going to kill her. Man poses as her husband to help her face her father. They fall in love trouble comes and then they must overcome all odds to be together.

 

Under the Tuscan Sun – While on vacation, a just-divorced writer buys a villa in Tuscany on a whim, hoping it will be the start of a change for the better in her life.

 

School Ties – A Jewish boy goes to an elite prep school in the 1950's and hides his religion until a jealousy forces it out in the open. This movie was pretty good. I'd recommend tissues.

 

The Prince and Me –American college student falls in love with one of her classmates, but what she doesn't know is that he's actually a Danish prince going incognito at an American college. He goes home to be king and she follows him. Family doesn't like her but in they end they are all happy and the should live happily ever after. The end of the movie was disappointing as she chooses college over the man but thanks to sequels they get back together in The Prince and Me II.

 

Dead Poets Society – "Oh, Captain, My Captain"  This movie is a tear jerker. It's about a group of young men who decide to be their own people and not follow the dictates of others. The main message of this movie is that "when faced with conformity that does not distinguish between man and society, it is mans responsibility to himself to stand up for what he believes is right, and not what others tell him is just."

 

Swing Kids – "Swing Heil!" This is the story of a group of Swing Kids and how Nazi rule and persuasion tore them apart and set them against each other. I had liked Big Band music before seeing this movie, and after seeing this movie I loved Big Band music. Doesn't hurt that Christian Bale is in this one. :)

 

Dreamer – Little girl falls in love with injured horse. Father spends his time and money helping horse heal. Horse wins big race. This movie fits in to the "cute" group. I really liked the movie, my husband says it is 2 hours of his life he'll never get back.

 

Mr. Wrong – "Do you think I love you enough to break my finger?" Please watch While you Were Sleeping BEFORE watching this. Bill Pullman is crazy and you'll never look at him the same again. I loved this movie it was laugh out loud funny.

 

Only You – "Italy!? What's my wife doing in Italy?" As a young girl the main character is told she'll marry someone named Damon Bradley. She spends her life dreaming about meeting this soul mate and when a change comes to find Damon Bradley she skips out on her wedding and flies to Italy. She falls in love with Robert Downey Jr. who says he is Damon Bradley but he isn't really she's hurt that he lied but in the end they are together. This movie was cute and funny and I really liked it.

I can do it too!

My employer is sending me to Florida for 3 weeks! That's something that never would have happened at the last place I worked. I'll be gone 7/7 - 7/11 then again 7/28 - 8/1 and then another week during August if my services are still required. I'm excited! But scared at the same time. I've never really had to go somewhere ALONE before. I always had a companion, a family member, or John. This will be different.
They decided that they needed someone to go teach people how to use the computer system who isn't a manager or a trainer so I can do hands on individual training. I'm a little surprised that they decided that I should go. Apparently they think I'm more competent then I do.
I bought a new set of luggage last night. Now I feel so grown up. :)

I want to do this.

http://www.ghostour.com/

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

And the list goes on --

Miss Potter – This is another Ewan McGregor/Renee Zellweger movie. Ewan dies halfway through the movie so that’s too bad but the rest of the movie is pretty good if you can get past the horrible acting of Renee Zellweger. Its a good story of Beatrix Potter and how she fell in love and also the story of how Peter Rabbit came to be.

 

Catch and Release – Jennifer Garner is a very good actress. Cute too. This is the story of a girl who was going to marry a boy but boy dies. She moves in with his room-mates and discovers secrets about him that she never knew. I enjoyed this movie. It’s not really on my top 25 chick flicks, but it was okay.

 

13 Going on 30 – Again a Jennifer Garner movie. All those Generation X-ers will appreciate the music in this movie. The story is fun and cute where a 13 year-old wants to be 30 Flirty and Successful instead of a awkward 13 year-old and her wish comes true only to find out the path that she wishes for her life is not what she really wants and in the end. When all is bleak she is able to wish herself back to the 80’s and do it all again but correctly this time. This movie made me laugh out loud and cry a little.

 

Titanic (1997) – I know that a lot of people hate this movie. I don’t. I love this movie. Not for the love story between Jack and what’s-her-name, but because of the history. I have always had a fascination with the Titanic and the stories behind the people that were on it and the ship itself.

 

Titanic (1953) – This movie I originally watched under my mother’s recommendation. Staring a rather young good looking Robert Wagner (he didn’t age well) Mom said she thought he was so good looking. Well, he was a cute teenage boy and he did survive the sinking of the Titanic.

 

Romeo & Juliet (1996) – I love this version. This is another movie where people either loved or hated it. I was impressed by the Shakespeare to modern. I love Shakespeare and I love Clare Danes so put them together and wha-la a pretty good movie.

 

Little Women (1994) – I love the story of Little Women. The 1994 version was my favorite featuring people like Clare Danes, Christian Bale, Susan Sarandon and Wynona Ryder. I have related to Beth March in my life many times and she is played so well by Clare Danes in this adaptation. I also like to relate to the sisters and that even though life has it’s ups and downs and sisters will always be sisters no matter what.

 

To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday – Poor sad husband talks to dead wife but ignores the real world and his daughter. This is a story of accepting death, still loving but moving on. I really enjoyed this movie. It's been a long time since I watched it last.

 

Stardust – This movie ranks up there with the Princess Bride. It will become a timeless, good, cute, romantic adventure movie. Boy loves girl, girl uses boy, boy promises to bring back falling star, finds star, star is girl boy falls in love with star. They live happily ever after ... well except for the parts with evil witches who want to kill star and the funny air pirates. I love this movie.

 

Love Actually – Several different love stories entwine and create a very cute movie. There is some nudity and foul language. Frankly we’re a little embarrassed that we love this movie so much, but it’s really good.

 

The Family Stone – Marriage. All romantic comedies somehow end up here. This is the story of people falling in and out of love and switching partners with family members. I thought it was funny and sad and funny again and worth watching.

 

The Holiday – Two people switch places for the Christmas holiday and they each fall in love with someone while they’re away. It’s cute.

 

Last Holiday – This movie was funny. I love Queen Latifa she is awesome. She is told that she is going to die so she takes all her money and takes a “last holiday” and finds out about herself and her dreams and in the end she doesn’t die and her life dreams come true.

 

Somewhere in Time – this movie is very dated and rather depressing but it should be watched at least once in persons life for that whole romantic tragedy bit.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

For Scrat

I was asked to review more "ChickFlix" so her is a review of some that I can pull off the top of my head at the moment:
 
Tristen & Isolde - This is one of my favorite movies of the moment. Okay really it's been my favorite chick flick for the past 2 years. John took me to see it on my birthday back in 2006 and hasn't heard the end of it since. I love the whole tragic overtone of the whole thing. What with perfect love being found and lost and then found again but having it be forbidden. sigh. I must admit that I do enjoy the fact that James Franco is in it. I think he is very soft on the eyes (if you know what I mean), but the movie itself is just good.
 
Flyboys - Another James Franco movie. This too is about love found and lost, but it also includes awesome airplanes and dog fights and lots of "fandsom hellos" (it's a jessica thing). I really enjoyed this movie as a whole and not just because it had some eye candy.
 
Dear Frankie - This is just the first of a string of Gerard Butler movies that will come up on the chick flick list. This movie was so cute. it's the story of a little boy who mother is constantly moving from town to town with her nine year old son Frankie. Frankie is deaf, and his protective mom has been writing him letters from his "father" the sailor telling Frankie about his adventures. Frankie tracks the route of the vessel in a map, and when the vessel is scheduled to arrive in their coastal town, his mom hires a stranger to be Frankie's dad for a little while. So cute. John needed subtitles it's all in Scottish and a little hard to follow if you don't understand what their saying. But I loved it.
 
The Phantom of the Opera (2004) - If I hadn't already loved the musical I would have fallen in love with it just by watching this movie. This again was another movie John took me to for a birthday. The way this was filmed is spectacular! I loved the vastness of the Opera House and the costumes and how it was put together. I was slightly disappointed that a few of my favorite songs from the musical were changed and/or omitted from the theatrical production. However I recommend this movie to anyone who loves the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. (And yes, Gerard Butler is the Phantom)
 
300 - Why on earth is this in a list of chick flicks? It's terrible violent, bloody and full of war ... but it is also full of well chiseled men in loin cloths. :) I know I'm terrible. Another Gerard Butler film to add to the list. There is a love story behind all the violence and a story about how you should always do your best no matter what the odds are. There are also the themes of faith, courage, loyalty, family and truth. The cinematic in this film are awe-inspiring and it is very well done. This movie is a part of MY movie collection.
 
P.S., I Love You - Honestly, I haven't seen this movie all the way through yet so I don't know how terribly tragic or sad it is yet. I watched the last hour of it at a friends house the other night and let me tell you, that last hour was a tear jerker. This poor woman's husband dies of a tumor but before he goes he writes her letters leaving them with different people in different places to try to help her heal after he is gone. It was so good. I'll be renting it for myself soon.
 
The Notebook - Don't forget the tissues. This is the story about a love that is unbreakable no matter what happens. Allie and Noah are in love and even though time and trials come between them they end up together in the end... and I'll just say that the end of this movie made me sob.
 
The Princess Bride - No list of girl movies is complete without this one. It is a classic. Even though it came out in 1987 it is so not a dated movie. It's so quotable and the love story between Buttercup and Wesley is a fairytale we'd all like to be a part of. Who hasn't seen this movie and then said to the one we love "as you wish" with that extra special meaning behind it. Who hasn't wanted to sail with the Dread Pirate Roberts or answered the statement of "I mean it" with "anybody want a peanut?" this is a movie to have in a home collection and to let your kids watch often and know that it is a good movie that will be around forever.
 
Moulin Rouge - The tragic love story of Satine and Christian. This was the first movie I saw when I came home from my mission. I love it. The music is great as Baz Luhrmann meshes modern music with the 1899 setting of the story and mashes it all together to tell a story. it's great.
 
Big Fish - The story of Edward Bloom who tells tall tales to his son that somehow in the end turn out to be mostly true. The son is tired of his dads stories and now that Edward Bloom is dying his son has to come to terms with who his father really is. This is a love story between a husband and wife and a father and son and all the adventures a person can have in their lives and the perspective that you put on it. I love this movie.
 
Down With Love - To start with - I hate Renee Zellweger - but Ewan McGregor made this movie worth watching. Catcher Block is every girls dream....  sigh... to bad this movie was severely lacking. It's another musical for Ewan McGregor and he does have a beautiful voice but the whole story is about love and sex and knocking people off their high horse. Not really a worth while venture in romantic comedies. I'd skip this one.
 
Pride & Prejudice (2005) - The story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy and the mixed up world of love that they live in. I enjoyed the 2005 version more then any others that I have seen. It's worth watching at least once.
 
Bride & Prejudice - This is the pride and prejudice story just set in modern India. I really enjoyed this move and the world of Bollywood - "A Bollywood update of Jane Austen's classic tale, in which Mrs. Bakshi is eager to find suitable husbands for her four unmarried daughters. When the rich single gentlemen Balraj and Darcy come to visit, the Bakshis have high hopes, though circumstance and boorish opinions threaten to get in the way of romance." I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a little bit of foreign in their films.
 
The Nanny Diaries - Girl needs job, rich people need nanny and the handsome boy lives upstairs. This movie was really cute, I enjoyed watching it. It wasn't a blow you a way with romance girl movie, but it was cute none-the-less.
 
Enchanted - Not just a children's movie. This is an all out love story and though the leading man could have been much better looking I always find myself sucked into the story and rooting for cute little Giselle to find true love in this world of no happy endings.
 
That is all for now. This segment shall continue at a later date.
Toodles!
 
 

Grrr

So I had one of those dreams last night where someone pissed me off beyond belief and I ended up beating the tar out of them and then woke up angry. I hate those dreams.
 
 It makes me wonder if maybe the hard feelings I harbor for someone in the waking world are being realized in my dreams and I really should just move on and realize that it's not my problem and they can do whatever they want with THEIR life because it's not mine to fix.
 
Hmmm... easier said then done.
 
So needless to say I'm in a rotten mood and I feel like hitting something.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Look It's FUN!

This is a very fun game called Zombies. We were playing it at a friends house. (yes I have Friends.) He posted it on this web page. http://boardgamegeek.com/image/321069?size=large I always have fun with all my friends. I lost the Game. I think Scarlet Won. I really don't remember. There I blogged not that any cares.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Oh The Movies I have seen –

So it’s time for another installment of what have we been watching now? This week is sure to be so thrilling you’ll want to hang on to your socks. Is everyone ready? Here we go.

I Am Legend – This movie wasn’t so bad, but it wasn’t so good either. I liked the premise of it but as a whole it just kind of left me wanting something more. But at the same time it also gave me another reason to avoid the dark. It also brought up the question of why is every horrible disaster always on the island of Manhattan. Every movie that has a disaster is always set on that island. Good thing it’s so easy to cut the island off from the rest of the world so horrible things don’t spread…. Even though they do anyway.

Cloverfield – This movie was recommended to me by my older brother, he said it was good and a little scary … well I didn’t so much. It’s about a couple of friends who get stuck in the middle of a monster or alien attack in none other than Manhattan. It just never really cleared that up. And the one guy loves a girl that he let go and instead of evacuating the city like he should have he went back for her. Now it’s nice that he went back for her, but I think I’m selfish in that I would leave and preserve my own life. I informed John that if this is ever a situation that we are in he has permission to evacuate the city and then die of despair later. I’d be happier knowing he was out to safety before I died then to have him killed trying to save me.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – This movie was awesome. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I have come to love the stories of Narnia and the adventures of the Pevinsie children. This installment of the Chronicles of Narnia was so sad and yet helped to lift ones spirits in knowing that good can overcome evil and we are never really alone. John mocked me at the end of the movie because it made me cry, but when you take into account that in the world of Narnia Aslan is the Christ figure it reminded me that the Savior is there, we just have to look for Him and ask Him for help. Had the children been willing to seek Aslan’s help then they would have been able to do so much. Thus in our own lives, if we seek the guidance of the Savior we too shall not go astray. It is also rather sad knowing that at the end of the book/movie that Susan and Peter shall never return to Narnia since it is time for them to grow up. (another reason why I also find Peter Pan to be depressing)

Indiana Jones: Legend of the Chrystal Skull – or whatever the movie was called. This movie I liked, but not a whole lot. It wasn’t really as good as I expected it to be, and honestly who ever thought that Indiana Jones would be dealing with Aliens. Ugh! I had wanted it to be so good but it fell short of expectations. This was not an Indiana Jones movie… it was a movie that just happened to have Indiana Jones in it.

StarGate SG-1: Season 4 – We have enjoyed watching StarGate so much, who knew. It was cool to see how story lines were being set up for future seasons and where some of the characters came from that we didn’t know the origins of before.

StarGate SG-1: Season 5 – Can we say disjoined and depressing? Again, another awesome season of StarGate. However there are several episodes in season 5 that have no resolution. That was a little disappointing. Also, at the end of this season Daniel Jackson dies… well he doesn’t really die, he is assended and will be gone for a season. He was saving the life of Jonas Quin who if you’ll remember is played by Corin Nemic of Parker Lewis Can’t Lose. Daniel exposed himself to high levels of radiation and died a slow horrible death only to be saved by Oma in the end.

StarGate: The Movie – This was amusing to watch. We hadn’t seen it in a long time so after watching so many seasons of the TV show it was nostalgic to see it again. Funny thing was that the whole time we were watching the movie each of us were thinking where is this character. Why don’t they use this. Who’s that guy … blah blah blah. The TV show is so much better then the movie, but when the movie first came out it was awesome.

Samurai X: Betrayal – This was a love story involving Kenshin and Tomo. He the assassin and she the depressed betrothed of a man Kenshin had killed. They are forced into hiding and in doing so they pose as husband and wife and live happily together until there is betrayal and Kenshin is forced to take up his sword and go kill someone. Tomo throws herself in the middle of the battle and is killed by Kenshin’s own hands and he vows that once the war is over he shall never kill another. This was sad, but a good back story for Kenshin.

Samurai X: Reflections – So sad. This is the story of Karu and Kenshin’s life together after they are married. Kenshin is in China and Karu is waiting for him. They are both dying from something that was never made quite clear and between Yahiko, Sanoske and Kenji(their son,) Kenshin and Karu are brought back together and Kenshin dies in her arms beneath the cherry blossoms. I had fallen so in love with this silly fictional character that I cried when he died. It was SO depressing. “Reflections” basicly goes over their entire life together and touches on many of the episodes that are in the Rurouni Kenshin series.

Samurai X: The Motion Picture – This is a continuation of the Rurouni Kenshin Series. Kenshin, Karu, Yahiko and Sanoske again have to save Japan for evil. This really threw me off though because the voices changed from the TV series to the movie so it was a little disappointing. Oh well, we did enjoy it anyway.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Today is ...

Happy National Doughnut Day!

Make sure you eat a really good one today. It's only fair. :)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

To John:

Continuing Adventures in Music ...

 
I DO like the Beastie Boys
 
I DO NOT like Black Sabbath
 

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

New Discoveries

Musical Taste:
 
I really enjoy Beck
 
I really do not like The Police

Smut ... isn't it about time?

I started writing my new book last night.
 
I decided that it was going to be a Fantasy/Fiction Romance (smut) Novel and so far I have torture, death, magical seer stones, symbiotic healing, mental bonding, love and loss, and it's leading up to another great murder scene... and I'm only 1K into the story.
 
I do need a name for the Romanic interest that will be coming up soon. So far I just have Anna who is the protagonist and Diggery her poor husband who will die shortly. and the bad guys... so far all I call them is "They" I haven't really decided who or what they are yet. They do have some really cool weapons though. :)
 
I'm not sure how much of a smut novel it will turn out to be though, it really depends on who is going to get to read it and whether or not I want to be totally embarrassed by people reading it. But then again, stories often take on lives of their own and I don't know what will happen between the pages.
 
And that brings up the interesting question of: are people who write romance novels ever embarrassed by their work thinking that their parents may pick up their book one day? I have wondered that off and on through my existence. I have read my fair share of Harlequin Romance novels and once in a while I'm embarrassed to admit that I read it, let alone admitting that I wrote one.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Ha ha - i got this in the mail yesterday.

News and Observations

News:
 
NKOTB + SLC = November 12, 2008   Tickets go on sale 6/9 @ 10:00am
 
 
Observations:
 
# 1
The Special Edition of "Eclipse" came out on Saturday with the sneak peek first chapter of "Breaking Dawn". I pre-ordered the special edition book because I only owned Twilight and so I got mine in the mail yesterday and of course read the chapter and put the book on the shelf with the rest of my collection of books I have bought but haven't read yet. Then yesterday afternoon we went to Barnes and Noble to find my dad a birthday present and .... as I walked through the store there were teenage girls everywhere with a copy of Eclipse in their hands reading the first chapter of Breaking Dawn. And where there wasn't a teenage girl there were copies of Eclipse sporadically placed throughout the store where some other girl had set it down after she'd (or he just to be fair) read the preview chapter. I laughed.
 
Over the weekend the silly teenage girl we were taking care of checked stepheniemeyer.com and squealed that high pitched teenage squeal at the news of a preview of chapter one that was on the internet. Oh! My poor ears! and I had to wonder ...  was I ever that obsessed with something other then Star Wars? and I don't think a girly squeal ever passed my lips about anything. I don't recall ever being THAT kind of a teenage girl.
 
#2
It's time to retire my Red Doc Martin shoes ... I think they have come to the end of the line
 

Monday, June 2, 2008

A Weekend with Kids



John and I just spent the last 3 days with a 6 year-old, an 8 year-old and a 16 year-old .... It was ... Fun.
Really, it wasn't so bad, our good friends went to Disneyland for their 18th anniversary and so we got to hang out with the children. We had a blast (minus the annoying parts).
We took the kids out to the Dinosaur park in Ogden on Saturday. It was awesome. I had never been there before, and personally, I think Dinosaurs are awesome! I'll have to go back one day without them and spend some extra time in the museum.
And we introduced them to the joy of the Wii ... :)
So we're back in our own home now, and our own bed (thank goodness) but the weekend was really fun.

Lunch.