Saturday, October 14, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
I have a (secret) pinterest board, where I keep track of movies I'd enjoy owning. I can find something to enjoy in most films I watch, but some I wish I'd never seen, some I feel content with and don't want to see again, and others I'd love to see a second time. I claim no aficionado status whatsoever; I often don't know why critics love some movies and hate others. We're keeping it real, people. So! Here are types of movies I (apparently, based on an analysis of my board) seem to enjoy most, in no particular order:
- Intrigues/Thrillers. How can you not enjoy a good intrigue or thriller?! The trick is finding ones without tons of gory, senseless violence. Also no trauma involving children, for me. And take it easy on the jump scenes! I love/hate it! Maybe some examples of ones I do like in this category are The Interpreter, Argo, Inception, Conspiracy Theory and Bridge of Spies. Oooohhhh man. Gotta know gotta know, how will they resolve it?! Super fun. Further themes in this grouping seem to be:
- When someone gets framed for something and is on the run/has to prove their innocence, like Enemy of the State, the Fugitive, and the Negotiator (all edited, let's be clear).
- Courtroom drama, like the Runaway Jury and Rainmaker.
- Ones where people stand up for something that is right, often facing serious opposition. (Some courtroom ones do this, too.) So in this category I'd say Invictus, Amazing Grace, The Blind Side, Concussion, The Help, To Kill a Mockingbird and 12 Angry Men are some examples.
- Almost the same but slightly different, I'll say movies where they value (or come to value) spouses and families, bettering oneself and being kind to others. But it's not a Christian low-budget film...so that's challenging! I'll say the movies the Family Man, Cinderella Man, the Bucket List, Amelie (reminder: all rated R edited), Shawshank Redemption, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, About Time, the Painted Veil and It's a Wonderful Life might group here. Maybe it seems weird to group all these together? Not sure how else to say it. 'Feel good,' maybe? I've meant to see Life is Beautiful for a while now, seems like it would fit here; I also just saw a trailer for a movie called You're Not You which, if I could find it edited, seems like it'd fit here and be right up my alley.
- Comedies...I mean everyone loves laughing, right? We just think different things are funny. I generally don't like poop, pee or vomit humor....ew. (Maybe Three Men and a Baby as an exception to that general rule...dealing with baby waste is just so relatable! How can I not laugh?) I do enjoy dry humor (when I can keep up😉), like The Importance of Being Earnest and Stranger Than Fiction. And besides that...I guess some goofy comedy? Nacho Libre, Austenland, Get Smart and the Man Who Knew Too Little. I saw the movie Spy edited and boy did I giggle! I really liked Guardians of the Galaxy, but the sequel I really didn't.
Chick flicks in general. This can often be my guilty pleasure category, because I'll watch nearly any. But I really don't like ones where the idea is basically 'the heart wants what it wants, regardless of who you're married to.' Boo. And I may enjoy seeing once, but don't repeat as much, ones where you know in real life the couple would break up after like two days. I'm a fan of when it seems like they'd really stay together, in real life. If that makes sense. Some favorites here are Man Up, Romantics Anonymous and the Decoy Bride. Dear Frankie, actually, has maybe my favorite kiss scene in a movie. Yowza! A further theme in this general group I like is:
- Finally...I'm gonna just say independent? Hopefully I'm not misrepresenting. I often really like independent movies. They're usually not as high stakes story lines, which can be nice when the intensity of the thrillers is more than I want at that moment. These are tricky though because sometimes they don't even get a rating, so it's hard to know what you're in store for. But they often are awesome about multiple storylines weaving together (which I love), and not necessarily having everything work out perfectly for everyone but a general sense of 'everything is going to be okay, regardless of what has happened.' I recently really enjoyed Table 19 for this, Colossal and the Hollars. So many different people working out so many different issues. Must be the Psychology major in me: awesome. Love it.
Besides these most frequent groups you could squish my favorites into, I do enjoy seeing mega-blockbuster action flicks at least once, like Mission Impossible, LOTR, Star Wars and the Marvel ones; I have a special place in my heart for musicals and like to indulge in them from time to time; and I like Alfred Hitchcock movies...generally. I used to really like a lot of older movies but it's weird. I notice the 'women are supposed to be pretty, but are kind of ridiculous, emotional creatures, and if they're out of line can be punished like a child' vibe in a lot of older movies that I used to not notice. Not all are this way but...it's kind of a bummer. Spoiling them for me lately.
With the exception of the Village and every once in a while The Others, I really don't like scary/ANY gory horror movies. I went through a scary movie loving kick for a summer in college and that was CRAZY! So not me.
I also almost never like...basically Adam Sandler type movies, movies where gore is supposed to be funny, or most any Scarlett Johannson or Angelina Jolie movies. (They play seductresses or violence-without-thought-while-looking-sexy ladies, usually...blegh.) And any movie that leaves you with the impression 'Well, I feel terrible now.' The Good Shepherd and The Talented Mr. Ripley had this effect; also ones that might have been interesting but involved child trauma, like A Time to Kill and Lion. Ugh.
Honorable mentions! The movie Hours is super good, but so intense I can't see it again; same with the Pursuit of Happyness. They are totally worth seeing, but give me anxiety. Too much.
So If I had to choose...13 movies (edited to my liking) to watch for the rest of my life, as of right now I'd probably choose: Inception, Colossal, Amelie, Man Up, Runaway Jury, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Sherlock Holmes, About Time, the Man From Uncle, Spy, the Man Who Knew Too Little, Lady in the Water, and the long version of Pride and Prejudice. Whew!
What about you?
Saturday, September 30, 2017
After the cabin, my brother Dan, his (pregnant!) wife, Britany, and their two kids Evelyn and Emmett came out for a Utah visit for about a week. It was so nice to see them! I love love love when ALL of my family gets to be together. Sam's too, seriously. The kids have so much fun with cousins and I love getting so much chatting time with adults that I like. Haha.
I also had to laugh: we made these one waffles that were AMAZING, tasted like crepes, with whipped cream and strawberries. I promise I served the kids first, and myself last...but when I finally got around to taking a pic, they'd all eaten all of theirs and mine was sitting there all beautiful. So it totally looks like the opposite. Make the children wait, MAMA IS HUNGRY!!! lol
I tried to have some fun things going on when everybody else was starting up school again. Making the most of the pool was one of those things. :)
Atticus turned 4 on August 30th!!! WhaaaaaaTTt! He did. We partially celebrated early with a trip to Jungle Jim's, which was a blast. On the day of, we (again), went to the pool, and were going to do a movie but there wasn't anything at the dollar theater and I'm a cheap-o these days in that regard so just made the most of a movie at home we'd never seen before, with treats and stuff. Then we had his choice for dinner, which was super nachos. Mmmmm
I had wanted to do something buddy-related though, and it didn't end up happening right then...so when Sam and I went down to Provo for the BYU-Utah game a week or two later, I snagged my sister-in-law Jandel and three of her kids for a trip to the Bean Museum and then a movie at the Wilkinson Center theater and called that his birthday party. Atto loved it. :)
We also celebrated a lot the next day, with even more family down in Provo and presents from the grandparents. These kids get so spoiled.
Jori did start school that we're doing through this charter school, which she attends all day Mondays and half of the day on Tuesdays. The program is designed for homeschoolers, so everybody in her class attends the same amount, too. She didn't love it at first but is enjoying it a lot more as it goes on. On Tuesdays she has four elective classes: cooking & etiquette, wilderness survival skills, arts & crafts and a tumbling class. When she gets home on Tuesdays she always wants to help with dinner. She's the best.
Money is tight and Atticus has struggled a bit with really mastering toilet training, (not to mention emotion control), so I didn't think a normal preschool was really in the agenda for this year for him. But I did want to do something, so me and two other moms in our ward are doing this homeschool preschool thing for our three boys once a week. We've only done it a couple times so far, but it's been great. :) We have some really low level academic stuff (introducing numbers and letters, basically), and then a character lesson each time.
We ran into some homeschool friends after the kids had a 'back to school' photo shoot for home school kids that this lady in one of my facebook homeschool groups does, and had an impromptu playdate in a stream at this gorgeous church house. Atticus slipped in the mud and got his shorts all dirty, so we just yanked them off. So her boys ended up ditching their pants, too. I love that they were be-boppin' around in their undies/diaper. Cute kids!
I already mentioned, but both Jori and Atticus participated in soccer this fall, with me as Jori's coach. It was an adventure! I'm a little ridiculous, you guys. I got so stressed out about coaching these 1st and 2nd grade girls. Silly business. Oh! But fun fact! Two of Jori's teammates are also homeschooled! I found that out on the last day and was delighted. Have you ever seen the DaVinci Code? You know how there's all this secret society business going on? Sometimes it feels like that's me, with homeschooling. Can't tell, can't tell! Cause I'm new and fear other people's judgment. So finding others who do it too is such a breath of fresh air.
Sam's been in overdrive with furniture projects lately it seems like, finishing painting two bookcases and totally re-doing a buffet we already had. I'm so happy with all his hard work! Bless that man. Heaven knows I'm terrible at finishing what I start, in regards to home furnishing and decor.
We took another family trip to Wheeler Farm, which we always enjoy. We actually brought along some tortillas, but I'd snagged them to feed to ducks on a different day and it hadn't ended up happening, so they'd just been sitting in the van for a few days. So by the time we offered them to the ducks at Wheeler Farm, they were all hard and the ducks had no interest! It made us laugh quite a bit.
Finally, homeschooling...we've slowly been adjusting. I'm loving the pros, and not the cons. Surprise! :)
I have been LOVING the way my kids have been interacting though, honestly. It's weird. We had all summer, and I swear they didn't interact this way. But they just seem...closer. Jori's been playing a lot more with Willow, as has Atticus. And with each other, they seem so much more like partners in crime these days. Not sure how to explain it exactly...but it's like in the summer, Jori played with Atticus because he was there so he was better than nothing; but often lately she's played with him because she wants him as a playmate. ? Hopefully that doesn't sound totally nonsensical.
It's not the only pro that appealed to me about homeschooling, but it was one of them. Potential for stronger family relationships. A friend in our last ward once said that she had told her teenage girls, "Friends come and go, but family is forever. So you'd better find a way to like each other!"
I really liked that.
I'm sure it'll fluctuate and seriously, there's still plenty of mischief and teasing and naughtiness that happens...but there's a lot of love there, too. Fills me up with butterflies and sunshine.
<3 p=""> That's about it. Peace out home slice. 3>