"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be."

-Shel Silverstein

5.31.2010

MEMORIAL DAY + SOME

First off, HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! A HUGE thanks goes out to all the former and current military men and women.

Now, on to what I promised yesterday before I passed out!

Day 56-57

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I'll just use one picture to sum up this weekend. Saturday was a very relaxing day spent hanging out at the pool and cooking out. I loved every second of it! (no, this is not the real pool, oh how i wish it was though!)

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I finished Princess in Love! I honestly have already forgotten what goes with what book, but it was the same as the other ones, excellent. Normally, I don't like reading diary entries, but for some reason it doesn't bother me in this book. Now I need to go to the library to see if they have these so I can finish them!

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I started Little Women Saturday at the pool and I don't know if I'm going to be able to finish it. I haven't read a book like it since high school so dealing with the structuring of the sentences and how the author writes is going to be a challenge. I'll try my hardest to make it through so hopefully I'll finish it eventually...

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Happy Anniversary to Mom and Weyman! Their 6 year anniversary was this past Saturday and I'm very sad that I wasn't able to go home :( I'm going home this Saturday though so I'll be able to give them their presents then!


MILEY CYRUS. UGH


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Miley Cyrus is one of the few celebrities that I just really dislike. She acts as if she is better than everyone else, she goes around making rude comments about things that most of her fans are probably huge fans of, and she's hypocritical. One things she's mentioned about not being interested in was Twilight, now she's talked about Glee and not getting musicals. I honestly don't care about what she likes and doesn't like, but don't come out and put down a show. Basically, it sounded like she was saying musicals are ridiculous, but hello, you're a singer. I just don't understand it. Sometimes, I think you should keep your mouth shut on certain issues and if you don't like it, then simply say so, don't poke fun at it, don't put it down; it just makes you look bad.


5.30.2010

POSTPONED

I was planning on doing a post tonight full of interesting information:

365 Picture thing (not information about it, but picture from the past few days)
Princess in Love
Little Women
Kiss the Girls
Anniversary
Retirement Party
Kayaking
Pool Party

But I am too tired to even attempt it. Although it is only 9:20, I think I'm about to go to bed. I didn't go to sleep until 4:30 this morning, then had to work 12 - 7. Working 7 hours after 6 hours of sleep = no fun. So I plan on catching up tonight, going to the gym in the morning, then creating a wonderful post for all of my fabulous followers! :)

GOOD NIGHT EVERYONE!

5.28.2010

DAY 55

Day 55:


I got these at Target today since they were both on sale! I know that I'm going to keep The Shawshank Redemption (only $4.75) because I've heard it's an awesome movie, but I'm debating about I Love Lucy. I've looked for it on Amazon.com and it was cheaper at Target, so I decided to go ahead and buy it. It was really cheap, but I don't know if it will be worth it. I'll try to decide within the next few days!


5.27.2010

DEFYING GRAVITY

I saw Idina Menzel was on Glee earlier today and since then I've had this song stuck in my head.



Every time I hear her name or see her picture, I hear this song! There's something about it that's so catchy; I'll probably wake up tomorrow with it still on repeat...in my head.

MOONSET 2010

Okay, so the name of this post comes from one very exciting night that occurred during my trip to Florida. We were all just hanging out on the porch when i realized that the moon was sinking into the water. It kept getting darker and more orange as it was getting lower and Kayla then enlightened me with the information that the moon sinks into the water every night. I'm not too bright sometimes. I guess I never really thought of it like that, although it now makes all the sense in the world. Anyways...I decided to stay outside and watch it sink and when it hit the water, I called everyone out and we watched the orange moon slowly fade away. It was really cool to see; you always think of the sun setting, but never the moon. This was about the point where I got really excited and started saying (over and over and over) moonset 20-10!!

What a wonderful story :)

Now (as i mentioned a few posts ago), I'll show some pictures from this amazing trip. It was so much fun and very relaxing!

a lot of time was spent out on the sandbar throwing either the football or the frisbee

for part of kayla's b-day we went on the ferris wheel...this is the view of pier park

we also found a cool shop that had a ton of masks in it

kayla's b-day present: a mask and an awesome whistle :)

THE MOONSET!!!!!!

we got burned one day so we went to get hats...only my head is extremely large so i had to settle for a baseball hat

one of the best pictures from the bro photo-shoot

yay for roomies and friends :)

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I was just stumbled across this new trailer for a movie with Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, and Patrick Wilson. I love all of them, but the movie doesn't look that GREAT. I still might have to go see it :)



Now off to go shopping. Sometimes, it's best to shop by yourself...there's no one with you to make you feel rushed and you can take your sweet time browsing!

5.25.2010

TYPICAL

I feel like I'm getting so behind on blogging these days! Which is really weird since I don't have school to deal with...so anyways, here's to catching up on reviews and 365 Picture thing!

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Day 53:

After a trip to the grocery store and starting some laundry, I decided to watch Grey's Anatomy. I thought that this season was just okay, but after watching some episodes to catch up, I think this season is awesome (it will never beat season 2 though). Before rushing to work, I ate a very delicious pizza...I don't remember who makes it, what kind it was, or anything about it, all I know is that it was delicious!

Day 54:

I updated my "Books to Read" list! I was very happy to be able to mark off some books, but as you can see, I still have many to read!

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Date Night
This movie was really funny! I feel like it was kind of geared toward the older adult audience, but I still found it to be very amusing. It's about a couple (Steve Carell and Tina Fey) who are mistaken for another couple at a restaurant in the city. They then have to go through all of these obstacles to try and get away from the men that are trying to find what the real couple was using as blackmail. I'm not a very good explainer, but you kind of get the idea. If you go to see this movie, definitely stay until the credits are done though, they show outtakes from the improv parts and it was seriously the best part of the movie, aside from the stripper pole scene.

Remember Me
This was the second time I've seen this movie, and although it didn't move me as much as it did the first time, I would still recommend this to just about everyone. It's about a family living in NYC and all of the things they go through. There's problems from the past, with the father, and with the girlfriend's father. All of the problems fall on Rob Pattinson's character and he has to deal with basically everyone in the family. I really thought he did a good job, and as always, Pierce Brosnan was excellent!

It's Complicated
Again, this was a movie that was kind of geared toward older people. It was kind of slow in the beginning, but then it picked up and was really funny. The best part was the scene where Meryl Streep and Steve Martin "poked smot." HILARIOUS! Plus, John Krasinski was in it; he was seriously one of the best characters.

The Last Song
I've heard so many good things about this book that when I first picked it up, I thought it would be amazing from the beginning to the end. To be honest, it was pretty boring at the beginning, but toward the middle, it picked up and by the end, I was crying. All in all, I actually liked it a lot! Nicholas Sparks wrote in an immature way at the beginning (which is why i dont think i liked it), but then as Ronnie matured, so did the writing. Of course, the ending was not unexpected (something like this always happens), but it was one of the most emotional endings of any Nicholas Sparks book. Although I'm not a fan of Miley Cyrus, I want to go see this movie!

The Princess Diaries and Princess in the Spotlight
It took me 3 days to read both of these books. They are so short, but very funny and easy reads (perfect for the beach!). I absolutely LOVE the movie and Kayla had these books so she let me borrow them. The books are very different from the movie, same story very different delivery, but they were still very good. I'm working on the third one now, so I'm sure I'll finish it soon!!

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I was given an award recently!! :) It was the Beautiful Blogger award and I received it from Christy over at 25 Before 25. I can't tell you how much I love her blog! It is awesome! She writes about all kinds of things that are always interesting: movies, food, and even her workout.
I wish I felt like passing this on to other bloggers, but I'm just ready to put on my pajamas and watch Grey's! But thanks Christy! :)

5.24.2010

BACK TO REALITY

Since Wednesday, I've been at the beach! It was awesome. I've decided that instead of posting a picture for every day that I was down there, I'm just going to post one picture for Wednesday through today.

Days 47 - 52:

This picture is from the first night we were down there. The sunset (and moon-set) was so pretty every night!

I plan on making a longer post about the beach and all that jazz later on or some time tomorrow so be prepared! (plus ill be doing a few book reviews!)

And as for the obnoxious number of comments I'm going to be leaving today...I decided to just go back and look at all of the blog posts since Wednesday so that will be taking up the majority of my time tonight. I apologize in advance for commenting on posts from last week :)

5.18.2010

TRIPLE MOVIE FEATURE...WHAT?!?!

Day 45:


Catie came over yesterday and we had a triple movie marathon for her birthday! For her presents, Sara, Kayla, and I got her TOMS and the third season of Will&Grace (she can expect that i will steal that from her very soon). We also went to see Date Night, Remember Me, and we rented It's Complicated.



Date Night
: very funny, i would definitely see it again! steve carell and tina fey are great together
Remember Me: this is my second time seeing it and it was still awesome, very good movie
It's Complicated: geared more toward the older audience, but still very funny. by the way, john krasinski, i love you

Day 46:

After work tonight, I'm heading to Kayla's house and we're leaving for the beach tomorrow morning! I can't wait! In order to prepare for tomorrow's journey and the following week, I have to pack. For some reason, I always seem to pack too much, but oh well! At least I'm going to Florida!!

5.16.2010

THRILLING INFORMATION

Time to catch up :)
(im sure yall are thrilled!)

Days 41 and 42:
(im going to use the same picture for these days because i was at the same place both days)

My grandmother had a procedure done on an artery in her leg early Thursday morning. The doctors wanted to keep her over night to make sure everything was going to be okay, so Mom and I spent the night. We were able to leave early on Friday morning though!

Day 43:


I worked all day and had a nice Macy's Orientation to attend (almost 3 hours long!). Yes, I have used this picture before, but let me tell you, this whole 365 deal is a lot harder than it seems! I always forget to take a picture so I end up finding one on the computer. I need something to remind me every day...

Day 44:

I went home today! We went to church and then shopping and I also got a pedicure (love those!). I've decided that this summer is the summer of new color. For the past few pedicures, I've gotten colors that I normally don't get: purple, orange, gray. Hmmm...what color to get next time? Time to get back to the picture...this is the pond that we have in the front yard. I tried to take a picture of the frog that just sat on one of the pots in the pond, but you can't really see him that well.

AND...
Possibly my favorite picture of me and Mom:



5.15.2010

GREY'S ANATOMY

I promise I will catch up one the 365 Pictures thing, but did anyone see the preview for Grey's Anatomy season finale?! Holy moly! It looks awesome. Grey's always has the best finales which is why it is in my top 2 favorite shows :) So, before I catch up on everything else, my #1 priority is to catch up on Grey's! Only 8 episodes to go!!



THIS LOOKS SO AWESOME! I CAN'T WAIT!

5.13.2010

SUPERCALIFRAGLISTICEXPLIALIDOCIOUS

{the ceiling was made to look like the sky and the colors were amazing}

First order of business...MARY POPPINS! (Day 39)

Well, last night was simply awesome. The roommates and I took our mothers out for Mother’s Day. As I’ve been mentioned for quite awhile, we went to see Mary Poppins at The Fox.


{Sara, her mother, and her sister}


It was amazing! Some of the scenes were right out of the movie and in my opinion, some of the songs were done better in the play than the movie! My personal favorite was “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” To be honest, that part in the movie is my least favorite, but it was done so well in the play. The choreography of the songs was really good and the actors did a wonderful job. They made up a little dance to spell the word and it was so cool to see that many people on stage, all in sync, doing their moves for each letter.


{the cast at the end...they sang "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" again}


The second best scene was “A Step in Time.” I LOVE that part in the movie and it was definitely done justice in the play! They had some awesome tap-dancing moments and Bert even walked on the frame of the stage (i was extremely nervous for him when he was walking upside down on the top part). The only thing that I can pick out that I would change was the volume of their voices. Some of them were speaking so loud that I couldn’t understand what they were saying! Now, there were also some creepy parts in the play; in a couple of scenes, the statues and toys came to life. The statues jumped off their bases and were dancing around, which was a nice touch because they incorporated some ballet, but their costumes were what I think was creepy. They were in silver body suits…weird. Overall, it was the best play I’ve seen and I really wish we could go back and see it again before it ends on Sunday!



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Before going to the play (we had at least 2 hours to kill), Mom and I went to Mary Mac’s Tea Room. It was delicious! Mary Mac’s is a little southern restaurant that really had a homey feel. Since it was the first time either of us had been there, they gave us complimentary Pot-Likkers. You’re supposed to take the broth they cook the turnip greens in and break up cornbread in it. Although I’m not a big fan of cornbread, this was really good. Before they bring the main dish, you get a basket of yeast rolls, cornbread muffins, and cinnamon rolls. The cinnamon rolls were awesome, they weren’t the glazed kind so they weren’t too sweet, but they were really good. For the entrĂ©e, Mom had country fried steak, tomato pie, and squash soufflĂ©. I picked meatloaf, okra and tomatoes, and potato cakes. It was all so tasty. For desert (of course we couldn’t say no to some pie!), we split (I ate) peanut butter pie. It was so rich and full of flavor! I wish I knew their recipe…


{all of the rooms had special names...this is ours!}



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Day 40:

For today, I decided to post a collage of the things that I like about going home:


{Levi, my comfy bed, new projects/additions, one thing i don't like: waking up to be ready to leave by 5:30}




5.11.2010

CATCHING UP

I haven't really been on top of blogging lately (hopefully that will change in the weeks to come) so I've been creating these semi-long posts that include things that I want to speak about. Here's what I'm asking you: are these long posts annoying? I don't want to be writing a post that someone opens up and then sees that is super long and just decides not to read it...so if you'll let me know what you think about them, I would appreciate it!! :)

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First off, I'm so excited for tomorrow!! I can't believe that we're finally going to see Mary Poppins at the Fox. I think we might watch MP tonight when I get home from work, just to be prepared for tomorrow. AHHHHH I'M SO EXCITED!!


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Last night, I decided to finally watch The Bridges of Madison County. This movie is critically acclaimed, and to be honest, I don't see why. In my opinion, the story line was ok, but it was a little too corny for my taste. I'm not saying it was a bad movie, because it wasn't by an means, I just went in expected an awesome movie. To be honest, the first 5 to 10 minutes are what made the movie to me; they were very slow and I had no idea what was going on. I think from now on, I'll read a book and watch a movie with no expectations. It seems that I go in with certain ones and then they end up completely wrong (The Lovely Bones). One thing I'll give the movie is at the end, I found myself tearing up for Meryl Streep's character. The end scene in the rain...oh man, that kind of redeemed the movie from the beginning. All in all, the story was ok, the characters were what I liked most, and I think I would watch this movie again!


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Earlier on in the year, I made a list of books that I'm going to read. Right now, I'm working on The Last Song, next I'm going to read The Princess Diaries (they seem like the perfect summer books). I think from then on, I'm going to try and read a book that might be a harder read alternated with a funny, quick read. Here is my list that I'll hopefully get through:

The Last Song
The Princess Diaries (1-3)
Little Women
The Devil Wears Prada
Emma
Little Altars Everywhere
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Son of a Witch
The Condition
The Nanny Diaries
AND I would really like to re-read the Twilight series...I honestly don't know why

When I'm done reading a book, I'll make a post about it, so be prepared for the many to come!

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Now onto A Picture a Day:

Day 35:

{insert graduation picture}

My brother graduated on Saturday!! Congratulations to Cade! I'm hoping that when I go home tomorrow, I'll be able to get the pictures off my mom's camera and upload some.

Day 36:

{pictures}

Instead of uploading more pictures of my mother (since this day was Mother's Day), I'll just post a link to my last post (although you could just scroll down :) )

Day 37:


I met Sara after work at Ramsey and we did a little workin' out. No, we didn't swim, but I thought the picture of the pool was nice!

Day 38:

I finished the fifth season of The Office this morning! I flew through the last couple of seasons, and I think I might go through them one more time before I go back to Friends. Oh how I love my morning marathons!

5.10.2010

SORRY I'M LATE!







Me and my beautiful, kind, caring, wonderful, loving mother :) I LOVE YOU!

Grammy (dad's mom)

Tammy (step-mom)

i dont have any pictures of my other two grandmothers on my computer :(

Happy Mother's Day to Mom, Nanny, Grammy, Nona, and Tammy! I hope you all had a wonderful day!

And a Happy Mother's Day to all of the other Mommy's out there!

SPOTTED SPARROW NECKLACE


I am determined to win this giveaway! :) It's such an awesome one! You should all go check it out and enter to win!

5.07.2010

THE LOVELY BONES

So, when I mentioned The Lovely Bones on a post a few weeks ago, some of you wanted to know how I felt about it. I decided to wait until I finished it to give a review about it, and let me tell you, if you were a fan of this book stop reading now.

"Sebold's first novel after her memoir, Lucky is a small but far from minor miracle. Sebold has taken a grim, media-exploited subject and fashioned from it a story that is both tragic and full of light and grace. The novel begins swiftly. In the second sentence, Sebold's narrator, Susie Salmon, announces, "I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973." Susie is taking a shortcut through a cornfield when a neighbor lures her to his hideaway. The description of the crime is chilling, but never vulgar, and Sebold maintains this delicate balance between homely and horrid as she depicts the progress of grief for Susie's family and friends. She captures the odd alliances forged and the relationships ruined: the shattered father who buries his sadness trying to gather evidence, the mother who escapes "her ruined heart, in merciful adultery." At the same time, Sebold brings to life an entire suburban community, from the mortician's son to the handsome biker dropout who quietly helps investigate Susie's murder. Much as this novel is about "the lovely bones" growing around Susie's absence, it is also full of suspense and written in lithe, resilient prose that by itself delights. Sebold's most dazzling stroke, among many bold ones, is to narrate the story from Susie's heaven (a place where wishing is having), providing the warmth of a first-person narration and the freedom of an omniscient one. It might be this that gives Sebold's novel its special flavor, for in Susie's every observation and memory of the smell of skunk or the touch of spider webs is the reminder that life is sweet and funny and surprising."
-Review from Amazon.com

I couldn't wait to finish this book! I was out at the pool yesterday and I finally completed it! It took me quite a while to read it and it wasn't really worth it to me. I didn't like the way it was written, I didn't like certain parts, and overall I didn't like the characters. After watching the movie trailer (extremely misleading), I thought the book was going to be about Susie's murder and her family trying to catch the murderer. That part takes up a total of 2 pages in the book. I don't really feel that there was a main point or plot to the story which was a big disappointment. Another thing that turned me off from the book was the author's style. She was descriptive (something that I normally enjoy), but her descriptions were all over the place. One moment she would be describing something from the past, then she would move to Susie's thoughts, then back to the family...it was very hard to keep up with it all. I think this book had potential to be a very quick and interesting read, but I must not have been in the right mind set. Maybe I'll try and read it again (since I now know what to expect) and see if I like it better...

Next book on the list to read: The Last Song. I'm not going to lie, I'm looking forward to this book!

DAY 33 AND 34

Day 33:

Last night for dinner, we had tilapia, corn on the cob, and broccoli. DELICIOUS!

Day 34:

Also, last night and into the wee hours of this morning, I had an awesome allergy attack. I don't know if it was from the smoke from the fire or from being outside and not taking my allergy medication, but all I know is that I felt horrible (and I'm still recovering today). We got back from my brother's house just after 11 last night and as soon as we walked in, I felt like there was something under my eyelid. So I asked Kayla to look to see if she could see anything (I couldn't) and the only thing weird with my eye was that it was red in one area. Instead of awkwardly trying to place eye drops on that one area myself, I asked Kayla (what a wonderful roommate) to put them on there. It took forever! For some reason, I could keep my eye open for her to do that. Eventually the drops were in and my eye was feeling better; this was when the sneezing started. I couldn't stop sneezing and my nose was running...boo. So from 12 to 2, I sat in bed with tissues surrounding me and watched The Real Housewives of New York City. I was so itchy that I couldn't go to sleep, but eventually I was able to semi-breath through my nose and doze off. All in all, I was not a fan of the events that occurred last night. (the picture is of what i found on my night stand this morning. i dont know how i went through that many tissues...and sorry the picture is kind of gross...i dont think anyone really wants to look at used tissues :) )