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Movie Review: Brave

I love me a good Girl Power Flick. Seriously. If a girl is kicking ass and taking names, I'm all over it. One of my favorite movies of all time is about women in a "Man's" world (A League of Their Own, 1992). When Pixar began advertising this movie, and how it's their first film about a girl, I knew I wanted to see it (Although, seriously Pixar. HOW many movies did it take? Sheesh!).



Based off the trailers I saw, I figured she'd ask for a spell to change her fate (which, I have to say. HOW many times can you say "Fate" in a movie? You could turn it into a Scotch-drinking game!), and end up in some alternate reality, a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episode 3.09 "The Wish." Not entirely the case, and I'm not really sure how I feel about it.

I can't really say too much without giving away the plot of the movie, but I do have to say this. No one ever really goes to great lengths to discuss the mother-daughter dynamic unless you're Su…

Movie Review: "Double Indemnity"

I'm a complete and total movie buff. It's a big surprise to me that I hadn't seen Double Indemnity before tonight. I've seen the beginning when I was studying Film Noir in college (Minor in Film Studies), but I'd never sat down to watch it.

Now, I'm normally a Fred MacMurray fan. He's happy and kind and has a face you can trust. Why do you think he did so many Disney movies?
But in one of only two films that MacMurray said he actually had to act, I did not like him at all.  MacMurray's Walter Neff might have started off a mild-mannered insurance salesman, but did he do a 180 when Barbara Stanwyck batted her heavy eyelashes and said his name in her husky voice.

The plotline from IMDB for those who aren't familiar: "An insurance rep lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions." [source]

And the Trailer:


Now, this isn't to say I have to like him in absolutely ever…

God's Timing vs. My Timing

Anyone keeping track of the Colorado Fires this week? My Aunt, Uncle, Grandpa and Cousins all live out there in the Colorado Springs area and my aunt has been posting pictures pretty regularly. It's pretty scary.

Since last November (probably longer), I've been planning my move to Colorado. I wanted to be there at the beginning of this month. I think about stuff like this and it makes me wonder if God is actually protecting me from something. Specifically fires right now.

A couple years ago, when I was living in a bad situation, my dog had just died, and I was really upset with no support system anywhere near me. I'm convinced that God orchestrated my plans to be able to move back to Iowa the very next day. Otherwise, I probably would have killed someone.

We can't see the big picture. It's really hard to know what the Plan is for our lives, but I believe that we'll get there eventually. I'm following the fires on the news and through facebook, and it's …

Work Hard. Play Hard.

I owe you guys a humongous apology. I've been Sally Whiney-Pants lately. No excuses. I was in a negative place, but I'm hoping I'm through it. It could be because I had a good day today, or it could just be because I've been hearing a quote several times lately. At least once a week since May, but it really hit me today at my company's Annual Summit Meeting (Off the headset, FTW!).

While listening to her speak about, the CEO of my company was talking about how hard we have to work to become the best in the business, and she went on to talk about how only select people can do hard things, and that's what makes it worth it. She then, inadvertently, quoted Tom Hanks in the fantastic, legendary sports chick flick, A League of Their Own. Watch the clip below.


I adore this movie. And I always thought Jimmy had a bit of a crush on Dottie, but being the loutish, drunken gentleman he was, he'd disguise it as wanting his best player to stay and win the World Series …

♪I saw the sign. When I opened up my eyes, I saw the sign♪

Anyone remember Ace of Base? They had one song, and it's still played on the muzak at grocery stores and malls? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Well, I'm proud of myself. I finished week one of C25K. It was only three days, but I'm proud that I finished it. Today was such a crappy day for me, emotionally. I don't even know why. I got up, made coffee, got dressed, went to work, and that's where things started to go down hill for me. I'm on a team working on this project, and the three of us are ready to rip our hair out. It took up half my day, and I'm so so SOOOOOO ready to be done with it.

On my way home, I was practically crying. I was just upset, and wanted to be anywhere but where I was (am). I'd been reading about racing and running pretty much all day on down time, researching shoes, races, local races, etc. I'd planned to pick up my mom after work so we could go to the gym, but we decided to take a dip in the pool instead. It was nice, but I had a …

Go for the (Metaphorical) Gold!

I mentioned the other day that I want to start training for the RunDisney Princess and Tinkerbell Half Marathons by 2014. Well, since I joined a gym last week, I started running this week. I started the C25K (Couch to 5K) training yesterday, using a free app on my phone. It's kind of a pain, but I did notice a difference between how I was running yesterday and today. I also felt really tight calf muscles, so I think a good stretching regime is in order.

I have a hard time attaining goals. I don't know why, but aside from getting to my dream college, and actually graduating, I can't really think of specific goals I've accomplished. I finished my first novel, but I'm still in the process of editing it, so it doesn't count. The end result of a finished book means that I'm one step closer to being a professional writer and can take that step to have it be my whole income.


 First, we have the Tinkerbell Half Marathon which takes your through Disneyland, Anaheim …

Cock-eyed Optimist

I've always been a firm believer that things would work out for me. I just think that if you have goals, and something you're working toward, rather than just going about your life without plans, things will happen for you instead of to you, if that makes any sense at all.

Lately, I've been feeling like I'm in some funk. Loyal readers probably get it from my last couple entries. I promise, this one will be a bit more chipper!

That said, last night at BBW, we prepared for our big Semi-Annual Sale (Go in now! Walk, don't run (during store hours, of course) to get the goods before they're gone!), and I got to see some people I haven't seen in forever. Like, since the LAST semi-annual sale. Craziness. One such person was a girl I actually graduated high school with. We didn't care for each other as kids, but we're friendly now. She's in school working toward a degree in skin care (an anestetician? Okay, misspelled, but she told me it was about skin …

God is amazing.

So, I'm gonna start this blog off by clearing something up (though, it's not a huge secret, if you've been keeping up). I am a Christian. I'm not ashamed, and I love the little surprises that God throws my way. Even the little things.

This past week, my grandfather came to visit us. He lives out in Colorado near my aunt Julie (his daughter, my dad's baby sis), uncle Jim, and their kids and families. After my grandmother passed away before Christmas 2004, he decided to go to Florida to spend time with my other aunt, Nancy, and her husband and daughter, who is married with two adorable little boys now. After a few years (maybe it was just one? Can't remember), he decided to move to Colorado and he's been there ever since.




Grandpa and I at the top of Pike's Peak, August 2010
He brought his dog, a sixteen year old West Highland Terrier named Bobby. Poor thing is deaf and blind with Cataracts. :'-( I'm glad he brought Bobby with him. I think this is t…

Reasons

I hate having "The Talk." Seriously. It annoys me to the point of being a teenager again. Sadly, meeting up with old (albeit, older) friends, people you haven't seen in awhile who are of a certain age, etc, usually involves having "The Talk."

I should probably explain myself. Which "Talk" I'm referring to. This kind of stems back to my previous post about what I wanted to be as a grown up. When I tell people that I am a writer and completing my first novel, the first question is always, "How are you going to live off that?" Followed shortly thereafter by "How are you handling your student loans?"

Talking about this, honestly, makes me anxious. My professional life choices and my finances are deeply personal (money! Hello!). I don't like talking about it. Especially to people who don't understand. When I tell them that I'm working hard to get through it, but writing is my passion, I usually get "The Look" t…

"Bad" Habit

I have this bad habit. Everyone has them. Nothing really to be ashamed of. I'm actually a little proud of my bad habit. If someone tells me I won't do something, I have a strong desire to actually do it.

Strangely, I get some kind of weird rush by proving people wrong. It's never a stupid, lame dare. It's something I intended to do before someone told me no. I have a strong urge to prove to them that I CAN do it. 

It all started around my senior year of high school. My sis had recently gotten a tattoo, and I'd been considering getting one, myself. I went, picked out what I wanted, and then I just had to wait until my eighteenth birthday. My best friend, Sam, God love her, kept telling me I'd never go through with it. My tattoo was actually my sister's birthday present to me that year, and she'd already paid the deposit. You don't get that back! I went through with it, proved my best friend wrong, and have never regretted it.

Last night, I had a …