Monday, July 21, 2008

Reviews of recent viewings.

Thought I would say a word or two about recent movies:

1st- Mama Mia.
I loved it. I was debating through out the whole movie if I was really loving it or not, then finally decided that I was. I accepted the fact that the movie makers were purposefully making it as cheesy as possible (every time the chorus of the song came up, any local greek citizen broke into song, which I was skeptical at first, but laughed my head off every time there after) and after that I was at ease. I think Meryll (SP?) Streep did a fabulous job, and made the perfect Donna. She is just so fabulous, even at her age. She certainly is the dancing queen. A few things bugged me plot wise, particularlly the ending, thought I won't spoil it for those who have yet to see it. Sometimes it bugs me when movies add a twist just to have a twist, when in reality, everyone would have been fine if they kept the predictable ending.
So, I loved the songs, and the acting. I was singing along and laughing my head off the whole time. Of course it isn't my favorite movie of all time, but I enjoyed it.

2nd- Batman.
I still have mixed feelings about this one. I can't quite decide exactly how I feel about it. I was entertained by it, I thought it was a very well made movie, the hours just flew by, but also I was very disturbed. It was like they did TOO good of a job making the movie. Especially after all the Heath Ledger stuff, it just was a little too creepy for me. Usually I am a sucker for Super Hero movies, and I absolutely love them, but I think this one was a little too over the top for me. I am not saying it was bad, or that I hated it, I am just saying it is not for me. It was a little too graphic and dark. I thought there were cool parts, like his gadgets and his transformable car. I also think that the whole "2 face" plot seemed rushed and misplaced, and if they wanted to include that, it should have been in a 3rd movie, not in the last 1/2 hour of the show. But the good thing is, I am not as desensitized as I thought I was, and graphic things are still indeed, graphic. Especially for the girl sitting next to us, who genuinely screamed every time it showed the other half of that guy's face.

So there you have it. I am sure Jeff would have something quite different to say, perhaps I will make him do a movie review of his own. Happy movie goings!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Past due.

I wanted to post this a while ago, but I wanted to just say congrats and hooray to my beloved Jeffrey, as he has just landed a really, really good job at Logoworks by HP. It was a grueling process, lots of interviews and such, but just as I predicted, Jeffrey was more than qualified with his winning personality and great people skills. Plus, he will get to work with Jonny and Matt! Three brothers at one company! A big, special thanks to Jonny for all of his help with aquiring the job as well! We will babysit for free any time you want. And you can ride the scooter any time you want!
My sister Emily just posted this on her blog about looking for a baby to adopt. Go read it, and please contact her (or me) if you have any leads on a baby that needs a home. They say that word of mouth is the best way to find a baby, and my amazing sister and her wonderful husband deserve a baby more than anyone in this world, and would be the best parents in the world.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Mama Mia! Here I go again!

As most of you know, I like to have an audience. Wether it be my family sitting in my living room, listening to me belt I Know the Truth, or singing I Dreamed a Dream for a high school play, or just a silly ward talent show, I love to perform. I seem to lose all my nerves the moment I get in front of an audience.

So Jeff and his sisters and friend and I walk into Ikea the other day, and what should we be greeted by, but a man standing behind a table just full of Mama Mia! stuff, and what else, but a karaoke set up. To seal the deal, the man says, "sing Mama Mia! songs" and "free tickets" in the same sentence... Who could ever pass this up!?

So I walked straight up to him, grabbed the mic and picked Mama Mia! as my song, and sang away! Of course it was nothing special, but the guy seemed pretty impressed that I had the song memorized and actually could carry a tune (because usually the definition of karaoke means tone deaf people mumbling along trying to keep up with the words).

So he handed me 6 free tickets to see the pre-screening of Mama Mia! Which is awesome, because I have been bugging Jeff about seeing it ever since I heard it was coming out.
What is the catch, you may ask? Well... it is in Layton. Which IS pretty far away, so I guess what we save in tickets is spent in gas, but whatever. It is more about the experience than saving the money, right?

So the moral is: Sing to the world, or at least the food court of Ikea, and you will get free movie tickets.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

A new artwork.

Jeff was doing some cool photoshop projects, and said he wished he had an illustrated version of us he could put into his project. So, a short 3 hours later on Illustrator, I had created this:

Edit: Here is Jeff's project. Do you love it?

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Because everyone else did it...

Here goes. Maybe I can get Jeff to do it as well. But this one is for me.

Three things I'm looking forward to this year:
  1. Keeping my job
  2. Settling into a more long term apartment.
  3. My first Christmas with Jeff.
Three joys in my life:
  1. Jeffrey
  2. My family
  3. Drawings and art
Three movies I've watched multiple times:
  1. Cats Don't Dance
  2. Mystery Men
  3. Waiting for Guffman
Three fears:
  1. Stalkers in my closet
  2. Witnessing a death
  3. Blood
Three favorite foods:
  1. Anything breakfast
  2. Avacados in any form.
  3. Monte Cristo Sandwiches from the Blue Bayou.
Three goals I've set for myself:
  1. Keep my apartment clean
  2. Get through school as fast as possible.
  3. Illustrate a children's book.
Three TV shows I watch:
  1. Lost
  2. Flight of the Conchords
  3. Futurama
Three current obsessions:
  1. Making the internet work for more than 2 hours out of the day.
  2. My marriage
  3. My job
Three places I've visited:
  1. Platform 9 and 3/4
  2. Carmel
  3. Disneyland like a billion times.
Three places I'd like to visit:
  1. Italy
  2. Italy
  3. Italy
Three random facts about me:
  1. I pluck my hairs out of my legs with tweezers.
  2. From ninth grade to my Freshman year of college, I wore spandex under my pants every day. I will probably suffer from some disease later in life because of this.
  3. I enjoy having an audience. The bigger the better.
Three embarrassing facts about me:
  1. I know every word to every Veggietales song.
  2. I still watch spongebob. I own the first season and the movie.
  3. I snore so loudly, that my roommate my freshman year bought a fan to turn on just to drown me out. Yet, she was a very, ver light sleeper. Jeff hasn't yet once complained or mentioned anything.

NEXT!

20 years ago I:
  1. I was born.
  2. Was getting a lot of attention for being a baby, and the youngest.
  3. Wore diapers.
  4. Probably slobbered a lot.
  5. I also probably cried on occasion.

10 years ago I:
  1. Was going into 5th grade.
  2. Went to Disneyworld for the first time.
  3. Was a peer tutor at my elementary school for the special ed class.
  4. Lost my first student council election.
  5. was developing my artistic abilities, and already making a name for myself in my classes.
5 years ago I:
  1. Was student Body artist of Mountain Ridge Junior High.
  2. Made a life changing decision, and stopped hanging out with certain people who were a bad influence.
  3. Was crochetting Harry Potter scarves, and was awarded "biggest Harry Potter fanatic" in my yearbook.
  4. Directed my first music video with Matt Heiner for the end of the year assembly.
  5. Started high school.
3 years ago I:
  1. I starred as Fantine in Les Miserables.
  2. Made one of the stupidest mistakes of my life.
  3. Gained some of my best friends, and made some of my worst enemies.
  4. had serious self worth issues.
  5. Crashed Amber's family van.

    So far this year I:
  1. Got married to Jeffrey.
  2. Have been to Disneyland
  3. Took two classes with Mom at UVU.
  4. Went boating for probably the first time in my life.
  5. Have purchased a scooter.
Yesterday I:
  1. Made some awesome designs at work.
  2. Watched many episodes of Lost.
  3. Played Kings Quest III
  4. Watched Photoshop tutorials with Jeff.
  5. Ate a banana.
Today I will:
  1. Go camping with the fam.
  2. Get rid of the millions of bananas left in the fridge.
  3. Show off my awesome photoshop gloriousness.
  4. Make some more awesome photoshop gloriousness
  5. Sing songs round the camp fire.
Tomorrow I will:
  1. Attend the pie bake-off bonanza.
  2. Finding some place to enjoy fireworks festivities.
  3. Do some more photoshopping.
  4. Enjoy not working.
  5. ...maybe sing a song?
In the next year I will:
  1. Be close to finishing school.
  2. Still be working my same job.
  3. Be a better cook.
  4. Have a better portfolio of my artwork.
  5. Be so much better at drawing things.

My new favorite medium.

So, I have been familiarizing myself with Adobe Illustrator after Mattie helped us aquire it, and I also use it at work quite often. I have seen the joys that Illustrator can do (in any modern magazine, any illustration you see was probably done on illustrator) and thought I should be in the know. If I ever were to be an illustrator for a magazine, this program would definitely be my first choice of medium. Anyway, I thought I would share what I was working on yesterday. This probably took me about an hour and a half to do. She look pretty darn hard core.and a few other things I have done for work:


And I thought this one looked like Emily.