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A New Year, A New Chapter

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Well, 2013 is officially here! It’s shaping up to be quite the year for us – we have so many dreams for the year and know that it’s going to be one for the record books.

Ringing in the New Year TEXAS STYLE!

Ringing in the New Year TEXAS STYLE!

Of course, moving back to Houston on December 29, 2012, is the biggest change for 2012. Chad is changing careers and we’re saving up for our dream home in the Woodlands (God willing). And if a change of careers and locations isn’t enough, we hope to add one more to our family this year – a puppy! :)

We rang in the New Year with delicious Tex-Mex, Mexican beer (for Chad) and a margarita (for me), a movie (This is 40) and watching the ball drop from the comfort of the couch (I’m not feeling well, so we didn’t go out). It was so great to have just the two of us, spending time together and celebrating where life has brought us in the past year – and dreaming about where it will take us in 2013!

We hope everyone had a great time ringing in the New Year, and that 2013 brings you all the joy and prosperity you deserve!

Hostages, Presidents and Vampires – OH MY!

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To say I have eclectic taste is to put it lightly. If you look at my iPod, I have everything from Elvis Presley to every 80’s hair band you could think of, from Nirvana to Britney/N*Sync/BSB/Christina/Jessica/Mandy (all that “great” late 90’s bubble gum pop), from Rihanna’s S&M to the soundtrack of The Notebook, from Michael Buble to Ke$ha, and from all the major Christian artists of the day to 50 Cent and back again. It doesn’t take much to entertain me – I don’t have high standards, and I generally like whatever you put on the radio (sans The Beibs). I don’t judge you, so you don’t judge me.

So it should really come as no surprise to you that in the past few weeks, I’ve seen movies that center around foreign hostage crises, presidential quests to change the world and some horribly acted sparkly vampires. Two of these movies were great, and one was just fine, given the nature of the movie and the fact that I knew to come in with very low expectations :)

First, Argo. Argo is based on the true story of the American hostages held in Tehran, Iran, from 1979-1981 (I believe. I didn’t go and re-look it up.). I love me a good “based on a true story” movie. The truth of how these people escaped from Iran (through a CIA-devised story about filming a sci-fi movie in Tehran) was classified until the mid 90’s, when President Clinton declassified them. The film was packed with action and suspense, and I LOVED IT. Even though I knew the ending (hello, based on a true story!) I still found my heart racing and my hands gripping the chair arms, hoping they’d escape Iran safely. Two thumbs up!

Second, Lincoln. It’s the story of how little-known president of the US Abraham Lincoln fought to pass the 13th Amendment, which would abolish slavery. Chad was PUMPED to see this movie, as he, too, loves a good historical film. Plus, Daniel Day Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones are awesome. And I”ll never turn down an opportunity to see JGL :) There was so much wit in this film – I’m willing to bed that DDL and TLJ get best actor and best supporting actor Oscar nominations, come February – it’s definitely worth seeing. And, like in Argo, when they’re counting the votes for whether or not the abolition of slavery will be passed in the Senate, you find yourself anxiously anticipating the final count…even though I think we all know how that one turns out :)

Finally, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2. I love a chance to hang out with friends, and when my friend Samantha asked me to go with her, I happily obliged – so long as there was a giant tub of popcorn. I’ve seen all of the other Twilight films (they’re no HP or Hunger Games, let me be clear!), so I felt I should finish out the series…even though none of the films have been all that great. But at least each one was better than the first, which was laughably terrible! The film was what it was – it stayed true to the book – and there you go. I will say that one character – Garrett, who I didn’t even remember from the books, but it’s been a LONG time since I read them – totally stole the show. He was sarcastic and snarky and hilarious – so thank you for that, Lee Pace!

Have you seen any good movies lately? Any you WANT to see? I know I want to see Les Miserables and Anna Karenina over the Christmas holiday. You KNOW I love musicals and you KNOW I love period pieces (HELLO – I watched Pride & Prejudice for the 12 billionth time on the way home from Peru!)

Mommy Weekend!

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Mom came to visit this weekend and we filled every minute with fun. Since she and I are so close (in both age and relationship), we like to do a lot of the same things and are generally full of mischief when we get together. Particularly when it comes to shopping :)

We started the weekend with a little pampering – mani/pedis :) I got my first ever shellac manicure, and I must say – it’s pretty awesome! Mom got a regular manicure and managed to mess it up within moments of leaving the salon. She’s learned her lesson. We met Chad for dinner and then headed home for some football and relaxation.

View from the top of Hot Springs Mountain!

Saturday was a day of shopping and hiking. We spent all morning at Hobby Lobby, Kirkland’s and Old Navy, looking for some home decor stuff  (she’s going to start building a new house in February) and a few comfy t-shirts for mom. I mana

ged to sneak an iron pumpkin with gold glitter on it for our house, as well as some vintage/sepia signs that say Paris, Rome, London and New York City with their famous landmarks into her basket :) I also attempted to come home with the sweetest Australian shepherd/cattle dog mix in the whole world, but Chad wouldn’t let me since we don’t have a yard :( :( :( After a change of clothes, mom and I headed to Hot Springs to hike Hot Springs Mountain (I use that term loosely – it was about 2,300 feet) for some hiking. After inadvertently taking the most difficult and steep trail up the mountain, we headed back down and home to cook a delish dinner and watch the Texans. Football runs in our blood!

 

 

Sunday was for church and more outdoor adventures – this time, we stayed in Little Rock and went along the Arkansas River Trail. It was crazy humid and hot, so after trekking to the middle of the Big Dam Bridge, we turned back home. We went out for dinner (Mexican, naturally) and then headed to see The Campaign (Will Farrell and Zach Galifinakis), which is quite possibly the most inappropriate movie I’ve ever seen. Funny, but seriously inappropriate (we had no idea going in).

Then we woke up before dawn this morning to head to the airport. Sad face! But Chad and I are making the trip to Houston in October, so it’s all good :) It was a fun time with mom this weekend – too bad it’s already over!!

Hunger Games – AKA The Best Thing That Happened to Me All Weekend

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I, like millions of other people, saw The Hunger Games movie over the weekend, and all I can say is HOLY COW. I thought the movie was extremely well done and stuck pretty

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closely to the book, as far as movie adaptations go.

**SPOILER ALERT** If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, and you don’t want spoilers, STOP READING NOW.

A few things that stuck out to me:

1. They totally cut out Madge, the mayor’s daughter who gave Katniss the Mockingjay pin. She’s important later – I wonder how they’ll change those parts too, or if she’ll be introduced in a different way?

2. No scenes of Katniss and Peeta snarfing down food on the train or in the Capital? They were STARVING and the book remarks about Katniss putting on a few pounds in preparation for the Games. A tiny detail, but I’m just saying.

3. Her pre-Games interview dress was very different than I imagined. In the book, it was made of red, yellow, orange and blue jewels, to look like flames. In the movie, it was red fabric and when she twirled it made flames like in the chariot parade. I was looking forward to the jeweled dress.

4. No bread from District 11 after Rue died? That made me sad. It showed solidarity between districts, and is important later in the story. I know Katniss did the three-fingered kiss/salute to District 11 in honor of Rue (thus inciting the revolution in that district), but it wasn’t quite the same.

5. I really like the cave scenes in the movie better than the book. In the book, it was like Peeta was playing a game with Katniss – teasing her for kisses all the time. In the movie, it felt way more real – like they were really falling for each other.

6. The cornucopia in the book was gold and had grooves that would help them climb up – the movie’s was super modern, silver and slick. Again, no big deal.

7. There was no “fix up/hospital” session after the hovercraft picked up Katniss and Peeta from the arena. I thought scenes of Katniss screaming for Peeta and the revelation of Peeta’s artificial leg (which did not happen in the movie) would have been great. But I understand editing for time purposes. But again – the leg thing is important later in the series.

And no, I didn’t remember all of these details/discrepancies from reading the book last July on our honeymoon. I read it again on Friday/Saturday before I saw the movie. Yes, I am that nerdy. And yes, I did say I didn’t enjoy the book that much the first time around – I couldn’t get over the kids killing kids part – but after stepping back (and after reading it NOT on my honeymoon, where violence, death and sadness were total buzz killers), I realized the genius that was this story. It’s sad to say that something like this is technically possible – especially with the stupidity of some people on this earth.

So – what did you think of the movie? Best parts? Parts you didn’t like? All in all, I loved it and would definitely see it again.

Awesome Movies I’ve Never Seen – Until Now

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Over the past two weeks, The Hubs and I have watched two movies together that he’s seen several times, yet I’ve never seen. You see, I’m not really a movie person, so those films that everyone and their dog has seen – Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Godfather, etc. – I’ve never seen, and I really have no interest in. Judge me all you want.

Chad, having worked in a video store in high school, has seen every movie under the sun. Twice. He’s made it his personal mission in life to educate me on various movies that he deems important to pop culture (though I still refuse to see Star Wars and Lord of the Rings). Recently, we watched Interview with the Vampire and Basic Instinct – my first time seeing both. And they were AWESOME.

The Hubs knows me style when it comes to books, movies and TV shows, so he was sure that these two films would be a slam dunk – and he was right (as usual). LOVED both films, and if you haven’t seen either, I would definitely recommend them.

Basic Instinct is not for the faint of heart. There are some graphic sex scenes and an infamous shot of Sharon Stone’s vagina – but all that aside, the story is great. Interview with the Vampire has Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise (in his heyday, pre-couch jumping). You had me at hello. Don’t think I didn’t catch the similarities between IWTV and Twilight – because I did. And I made sure The Hubs was aware of them – to which he responded “Yes, but this was the original – this proves that Twilight was a ripoff.” Well played, Weatherman. Well played. The plot was really great and Kirsten Dunst was PHENOMENAL. I mean really – she was what, 8? KILLED IT. And of course Brad and Tom are great too. Go see it!

I realize that you’ve all probably seen both of these movies, and you probably saw them 20 years ago when they first came out – like everyone else on the planet. I’m okay with being behind the times – it makes me “special.”

On Etiquette

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As you know, I’m a fan of manners/etiquette/common sense/basic human decency. Call it what you want, but there is a standard set of behaviors that is appropriate for any time and place, and it is our job not only to adhere to those standards, but also to teach them to the future generations.

I’ve touched ont he subject of chivalry, and how I do believe that it is still alive today but that the women’s lib movement is doing its very best to kill it. (Seriously, ladies – a man opening a door for you, pulling out your chair and ordering for you in a restaurant [after you’ve made your own choice, he’s just telling the waiter] is NOT setting us back 100 years – IT’S FREAKING NICE.)

Today, I would like to discuss movie theatre etiquette. I’m a fan of Harry Potter and Twilight, and I understand that with this kind of taste interaction with tweens is inevitable. HOWEVER, those tweens need to be taught Movie Theatre Etiquette 101:

1. You do not have to squeal/shriek/scream every time your favorite character walks on screen/takes off his shirt/kisses a girl. THEY CANNOT HEAR YOU. I promise.

2. TURN OFF YOUR FREAKING CELL PHONE. AND STOP THAT TEXTING. STOP IT RIGHT NOW.

3. Each scene does NOT require a discussion with your next-seat-neighbor. (Or for that matter, the person 5 people down from you.)

4. The movie theatre is not your bedroom, and you’re too young to even know what that is – much less be doing it. I’m going to leave it at that.

And that is my rant for this morning. (If you couldn’t tell, I did not have my coffee today and am taking it out on the youth of America. They deserve it any way.)

Scary Movie Month

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It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, and that October is my favorite month. Fall brings awesome weather, pumpkin flavored everything and burnt orange everything, straight from God. October means the heart of college football, NFL football and baseball playoffs – I mean really, this is my time to thrive!

In honor of fall/October/Halloween, Chad and I decided to watch a bunch of scary movies throughout the month. So far we’ve seen Psycho, The Crazies and The Hitcher. Psycho was dumb, The Crazies was good and The Hitcher is also recommended. To pick our movies, we’ve been going through the list of top horror movies of all time.

On the list, The Shining made a consistent appearance at the top. Chad was not interested in seeing The Shining because he said it was dumb, but I’ve always been interested in it. So, when AMC had a Steven King marathon this weekend, I signed myself up for it. As I settled in to watch the movie alone, I thought nothing of it.

SCARIEST. MOVIE. EVER.

Okay, maybe not EVER, but seriously – it was freaky. I’m a HUGE fan of psychological thriller books and movies, and this was no exception. The music made it EXPONENTIALLY scarier – well done, Stanley Kubrick. So, while I was totally freaked out and scared out of my mind, I loved the movie. (Apologies to my friends on Twitter/Facebook who were subject to my live updates while watching the movie – it made me feel like I wasn’t alone.) However, I won’t be watching super scary movies alone any more – clearly this was a mistake.

Bottom line – scary movies are fun, especially during October. However, they’re definitely date night events – not to be viewed alone – so that you can snuggle with your sweetheart when you feel scared :)