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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Turkey Coma

The Best Part of THANKSGIVING....
a turkey induced coma.

Hold On Tight Spider Monkey

When life offers you a dream so far beyond any of your expectations, it's not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end.

After months of waiting and anticipating the day was finally here....TWILIGHT on the big screen. Over the past 9 month, a dose of Twilight has become part of my daily routine. As each character was cast, I grew to love them and see them in the role. I watched every preview, read every interview....all in anticipation for the big screen debut of the world I get lost in and the story of a love women long for. Now, after all is said and done, the question remains: What did I think?

Casting: Overall, I loved the entire cast of Twilight. There were, however, a few standouts... those who were the embodiment of my imagination brought to life. Rob Pattinson as Edward was AMAZING! The cautiousness with which he moves, the cadence of his speech, his facial expression speaks novels to the inner struggle of love vs blood lust. Bluntly, and childishly, put... he can bite me any time! Billy Burke as Charlie was genius! He captured the uneasy and awkward emotion and excitement of Charlie at Bella's return seamlessly. The stunned, broken hearted look on his face when Bella tells him she doesn't want to get stuck in Forks brought tears to my eyes. The scene of Charlie cleaning his gun before meeting Edward is one of my favorites! I totally love Mike Newton and could see him in the characters I call friends.

Storyline: Two thumbs up! I really got caught up in the world of emotions created by the screen writer, director, and actors. While it hit every key point from the novel, it seemed at times to jump the plot forward too quickly. It was like, "I know who you are. You're a vampire." "Yes I am...and here's how I run, what I look like in the light, how I was changed...." But, at the same time, how do you convey all of those things without dragging the movie on and on? There were also some elements from the storyline of the novel that I missed. I wish the fact that Bella's heart beat played such a big role in both she and Edwards actions was added to the movie. I also wish the blood typing scene was left in as well. After all, it is quite ironic that Bella hates not only the sight, but also the smell of blood...and yet fall head over feet for a blood sucker. More ironic still is the fact that in Breaking Dawn she comes to love the smell and the taste. While I understand that the movie was released with an uncertainty of the reality of sequels, it's the little things that are built upon throughout the Twilight Saga that endear me to the characters.

Overall: While I've only seen it twice, so far, but would be happy to watch it over and over. I loved the movie in itself, as it's own entity in the Twilight world.

So the waiting is over, and I'm kind of sad. But, Stephenie Meyer said it best: When life offers you a dream so far beyond any of your expectations, it's not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Hangin' Tough

Remember when they said, "Girl please don't go" and that they would be loving you Forever? They taught us 'bout hangin' tough as long as we had the right stuff....and then they were gone. But then...TONIGHT! TONIGHT!
There they were....THE NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK!
All of them!





And Danny!

Be still my 11-year-old heart beating within my 29-year-old body! To think it began so long ago...Then, in April it began again! Middle aged women all over the world scream in unison, picked up the phone and squealed to their girlfriends...."OMG! New Kids are getting back together!" You can imagine the shrieking reply that followed, "Ahhh! We so totally have to go to the concert!" Packs were made, tickets were purchased, and the countdown began.

I literally squealed and giggled like a school girl! I couldn't help it! When they showed vintage footage, I jumped up and down screaming, "I have that! I have that!" I knew all the words to every song, and I sang them at the top of my lungs! Donnie came to the edge of the stage and pointed right at me! Unfortunately, I was too busy freakin' out to get a picture of the actual moment. Jordan came up from the stage in a fanfare of smoke....then the fan turned on and his shirt blew open...and I laughed hysterically like the 11-year-old I had turned into because...you could see his chest! All the childhood day dreams came flooding back... much more detailed and dirty. Oh how the mind has evolved!
They rocked us with the right stuff for almost two hours straight! We couldn't help but to get out on the floor and do the New Kids Dance! I would have stayed until 2 in the morning with childish daydreams of being their Valentine girl. It was a full service concert!
It's been years since we've dreamed of being their Cover Girl and I'm still Single. But I'm a Big Girl Now and they can give me some Grown Man any time!

Love At Home

There is Beauty all around....When there's love at home!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween Spooktacular

I love Halloween! In a family full of traditions, some of my favorite are found at Halloween. Running to beat the sunset, we strike a pose for pictures...I think it's the closest thing we have to an annual family portrait. I think my favoritest thing is our family Halloween parade! Since Kierstan lives just down the street from Harts, we walk dressed in costume to get Big Chills. As we walk, people honk and wave...watching Kaicee is the cutest. She thinks it's all for her. Game time always includes BINGO, and this year we added pictionary, and a game kinda like Big Budda. Hocus Pocus is a staple in the tradition...we've seen it so many times I think we all know the lines by heart! Alas, it's all over until next year. However, it's never too soon to start thinking about a costume!