Monday, December 22, 2008
Also, I think that Will Smith and Rosario Dawson (who I suddenly find very gorgeous and intriguing) could win an award for this movie! The writing, the story, the acting, the music, everything about this movie is perfect!
Go see this movie! Then post a comment and tell me what you thought!
Click HERE to listen to some of my favorite songs from the movie! I love Nick Drake's song (which is also in Garden State, another classic) and "It's a New Dawn, It's a New Day" by MUSE (this band was featured in Twilight too, and gave Stephenie Meyer her inspiration to write the Twilight series). The soundtrack on iTunes is just all the scores, so you have to go to the above site to see the "real" songs. :) Ch-ch-check 'em out! Or Else! haha
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I guess my favorite of the four parties I attended this week was the Freshmen Cheer party (my squad) which was last night. We had so much fun, and the girls and their moms were in such great moods. The girls got silly and sang Christmas Karaoke, which was a hoot. I love that they are old enough to be mature and have intelligent conversation, but still young enough to have fun without having to worry quite yet about "looking cool." We had lots of snacks (the orange chicken from Costco was my favorite! I want to buy some for myself sometime. I reccomend you try it if you get the chance. It comes frozen in a box and you cook the chicken in the oven and the glaze on the stove...very easy yet super tasty!) and we decorated ornaments. It was so neat. I guess I have been too busy to really catch the Christmas Spirit, UNTIL Friday night. It was such a fun time. Probably the best part of the whole night though, was when we delivered gifts to a family we adopted. The mom has a first grade daughter and fifth grade boy. Their circumstances are grim and unimaginable, but the girls did an amazing job interacting with both the kids and the mom. I was so so proud of them. They truly understand what it's all about...giving to those in need. It was an experience I will never forget! Truly touching! Both the cheerleaders, and the mom cried, and we were all pretty emotional. The amount of stuff the girls bought this family was astounding! I have never seen one family get so many toys, clothes, books, and the mom got dishes, pots and pans and clothes for herself! My cheerleaders went way above and beyond...it was remarkable!
Anyways, so now that my hectic week is over, it is time to relax and soak up the much needed family time. As of now we are in Austin, but we will also be going to Houston and Burnet. Mom is in Houston, but Papa took Zac and I out to eat to celebrate my good grades. It was fun. I love Austin. I miss it all the time, but when I am here, it's almost painful knowing that at some point I will have to leave again. I can not wait to move back here. The people are different, the attitude is different, and it's BIG! :)
Zac and I have set a goal to see the following movies over the break. We are going back and forth as to whether we should split them up, or just go one Saturday and see them back to back. Haha, I am voting to split them up! :) Here are the ones we are dying to see...
Gran Torino-This is the one I want to see the most. I think it looks amazing! I love Clint Eastwood's character.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons-Brad Pitt...need I say more? Sounds like a neat story.
Valkyrie-Tom Cruise kinda creeps me out, but I still want to see this, and Zac really wants to.
Seven Pounds-What is this movie about? I have to go just to find out (and it looks good!). I think they were super vague in the previews just to make us curious.
Frost/Nixon-Zac doesn't actuall want to see this one or Doubt, but I want to see both of them.
Doubt-This looks disturbing but I think it will be a good one.
(If you are unfamiliar with the title, you should click on it to watch the trailer. They all look so good to me! I'm excited just writing about them!)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I got an email from my advisor yesterday, with my assignment for my internship! I start in January. This entails me having class every Monday from 4:30-10 and then being in an elementary school every Tuesday and Wednesday from 7-3:30. I know which school it is, and even which teachers will be over me. I do not know either of them, but I have heard they are both phenomenal! :) I hope they like me! (Who couldn't? haha, just kidding!)
So, after internship is residency, which means in August 09 I start my student teaching, and then graduate in December 2009!!! The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer, and I am so happy and relieved. I am ready to be done with school! I wanna be a Mom, and our deal was that I only do one at a time. So, as soon as school is out of the way...motherhood, here I come! hehe.
I had a great weekend! Ramsi's mom invited Zac and I over for soup on Friday night. It was so SO delicious! I am going to try to get the recipe. She calls it tortilla soup, but I think it is more like chicken enchilada soup, because it's creamy and not brothy. (is that even a word? ha!) Anyways, we had so much fun. Ram's family was a delight. She has a brother that is a sophomore and a sister in eighth grade, so it was a blast to see the siblings interact. Sometimes I wish I came from a bigger family. I love my family and my childhood and all that, but when I see big families like Zac's and Ramsi's I think they have something pretty special too. :) I was on my best behavior, so I hope to get invited back. I love family, and even if it's not my own, there is something magical about being with a family sitting around the table and enjoying a home-cooked meal together!
Saturday my dad came in town to watch a playoff game that our town was hosting. Zac actually had to "work" the game, but that just meant he had to sit next to the scoreboard guy and announcer and be a spotter. I did not even know this job existed, but I got to watch him in action, and basically he would just tell the announcer what number had the ball and which number tackled him. An extra pair of eyes. My dad and I got to sit in the press box which was fun. It was so nice to be at a game and not have to be keeping up with cheerleaders. Not to mention, the press box at our stadium gives you the VIP treatment. They have food catered in and people are asking if you want a refill of your drinks and stuff. It's fun. The game was not great (one team won really bad, and it was NOT the team we were rooting for) but it was still fun to have some father/daughter time. :) After the game we came home and watched them announce who won the heisman, and that took my dad into a deep dark depression. haha, not really, but he was upset about it. So we had to get out of the house, so we went and got cookies and custard. It was kinda random, but fun.
Sunday morning I woke up early and went into Dallas to watch my cousin Robin run the White Rock Half marathon. I was so proud of her...she did amazing, AND she has a stress fracture in her right foot! She finished like a champ though! It is so neat to watch a marathon! If you never have, I highly recommend it! This was my second one to watch and it is so inspiring! I personally think the participants are crazy, but it is so cool to watch them pour their hearts into it, and it's also amazing to watch all the perfect strangers cheering on people they have never seen and will never see again. It is a nice moment for humanity...very cool! :)
Sunday night was the athletic department Christmas party. It was at a country club this year and was so fun! They had the Knights of Columbus there and had poker tables and craps and blackjack and stuff. It was so cool. They definitely thought "outside of the box" and I would say it was a huge success! :)
It was a low-key but wonderful weekend. I can not wait until next weekend, when I will be with all of my family! Now that I am finished with school (WOOHOO!!) I am enjoying just hanging around the house (it's been too cold to get out and about). My cousin Amy is coming tomorrow night to spend the day with me Thursday, and we are going to do some Christmas shopping. I usually get kinda blue in the winter, but luckily it has not been too bad this year. I think it is because I am so busy, and I have been surrounded by friends and family! I am a very blessed and happy little girl! :)
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Zac and I went out to eat tonight at a new restaurant in Cedar Hill. It is in this shopping center called Uptown Village that we love to go to. (For all my Austin readers, its alot like The Domain, and even has a Matt's El Rancho!) The new restaurant is called Patrizio's and it has some scrumptious Italian food!! It has a great ambiance (we sat right next to a big fireplace) and is very beauutifully decorated. I want the dramatic black and white chairs they have for my house! :) After dinner we walked over to Barnes and Noble. Zac and I LOVE going to bookstores. (Well mostly we just go to this particular B&N, but I am sure if there were other bookstores around, we would visit them too!) We usually just walk around or pick up a book and read and meet back up later. Today though, I found something I HAD to buy. It is a book by the author of The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini!! We all know (from THIS post) that I loved The Kite Runner, so I can not wait to start this book! It is about two women from Afghanistan who are from very different backgrounds but are going through the same things. Doesn't it sound good?! I will let y'all know what I think! :) Now that I am finished with school for a month and we are about to have alot of leisure time with Christmas break, I am pleased to have a good book to curl up to!
Oh, and the new song I am obsessed with (besides the entire Circus album, of course!) is by The Ting Tings, and it's called "That's Not My Name!" I like the clip from the Victoria's Secret runway show better than the actual music video, so that is what I have provided for your viewing and listening pleasure. Enjoy! :)
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I'll bet you $100 that you can't watch this video without crying...
Last night at the Varsity basketball game, a group of kids from an elementary school did a halftime performance. They did sign language and sang "God Bless The USA." It was so moving...I had a painful lump in my throat for five minutes straight! It was so special that the kids know the song (and the sign laguage), and even better to stop and actually listen to the words and think about their meaning...
If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I’d worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.
I’d thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can’t take that away.
And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Okay, in case you have not figured it out, that was Keven Federline (yeah, Britney's ex). I usually think he is grody, but I think he actually looks good in this video. AND, to top it off, I love the song! Like, I was just jamming out to it. JAMMING! It is really old and I hadn't heard it in a long time, but I found it on YouTube tonight. I watched it like three times. Isn't it fun and catchy? (You are probably rolling your eyes and questioning why you are friends with me, or related to me, or whatever, haha.) It's okay, no one is watching...hit replay. Watch it one more time! You know you want to! ;)
*for my audience over 40: Whip-slang for an expensive vehicle, car, automobile. Typically used in the Hiphop culture.
PS-Three finals down today...two to go tomorrow! Woohoo!!!! I will NOT miss taking finals when I am done with school. Sheesh!
Thanks Tara for this refreshing perspective! It is so true.
PS-Yesterday Zac and I went to see a movie and a commercial for St. Jude's children's hospital came on before the movie and made me cry. I looked at Zac and I think he had some little tears in his eyes too. When he saw me looking at him he just said "sheesh." Here is the commercial.
This is another commercial that has made both Zac and I tear up before.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
To visit his website or hear all the songs on the CD, click HERE.
He writes his own songs, and also reinterprets old classics. I love his version of Carol of the Bells, and his interpretation of Pachelbel's Canon in C is amazing!!
Friday, December 5, 2008
We got to Granny's and had dinner then went over to the Chuck and Sarah's to see all their remodels and visit with the cousins. The house looks great! Here is Gian and David goofing around.
Brad and Heather looking picture-perfect! :) We had SO much fun staying at their house. I hope Megan looks up to me as much as I look up to Heather! :)
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Well baby, I'm a put-on-a-show kind of girl.
Don't like the backseat, gotta be first.
I'm a like the ringleader, I call the shots.
I'm like a firecracker, I make it hot.
When I put on a show...
I feel the adrenaline moving through my veins.
Spotlight on me and I'm ready to break.
I'm like a performer, the dancefloor is my stage.
Better be ready, I bet you feel the same.
All eyes on me, in the center of the ring.
When I crack that whip, everybody gonna trip.
Don't stand there watching me,follow me, show me what u can do.
Everybody let go, we can make a dancefloor. Just like a Circus!
1.Robert Pattinson (aka Edward Cullen) is in it! Hello, reason enough!
3. Love story
4. It just looks really good...see for yourself:
AND...later in the same day, I find out our own little Bella has a movie coming up too! It is called Adventureland, and is from the same guy who directed Superbad. It looks pretty good, and it's set in 1987, so that's fun, right? Check out the trailer...
Okay, so I looked on IMDB and it does not have Rainn Wilson listed in the cast, but I could have sworn that was him in the trailer. Doesn't it look like him? Dwight, was that you buddy?
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Eliza and her padres. She is getting to be so fun and entertaining! Zac and I gave her a doll for her birthday, and Tatem told me that she feeds it with a bottle and even says "Mmmm!" Sounds like she is ready to be a big sister (Tatem) or maybe she needs a baby cousin (ahem, Zac!), haha! Here is a cute video of her being a ham.
I insisted on a group shot. We had a fun night!
When we got back to my parent's house, Elizabeth and Madeline had arrived from Houston. We were planning on leaving for Midland early the next morning, so Zac went to bed kind of early. Madeline decided she wanted to wake him up, so well, we let her! Here is what he was awoken by (an energetic two year old, two wrestling dog and a wife with a country accent...y'all, do I really talk like that?) click below to watch the video...
|From November 2008|
All the pics from Midland will be on the next post. Sorry...gotta take it one city at a time, haha!
Zac picked me up and we headed straight to Oklahoma. We arrived at the ranch about midnight. I woke up early on Saturday morning, but I was so excited and of course could not fall back asleep. I think Molly was pumped too. We bundled up and went outside to do ranch stuff...
I decided to learn how to work the cattle (give the sick ones shots, tag their ears, move them around to different pins and pastures, etc.) It was quite a learning experience for me, and Uncle Ken was kind enough to answer all 5 jillion questions I asked. :) He is a real, honest, cowboy! It was cool to get to tag along with him, and even help a little when I could.
When we were on top of the ridge, I climbed on Zac's back and he said my favorite line from the movie Twilight... "YOU BETTER HOLD ON TIGHT SPIDER MONKEY!!!!!!" Ha ha ha!
To see all of the Oklahoma pictures (and a few videos) go to my Picasa page! I took tons of fun pics...this is just a preview.
So you know that music is a HUGE part of my life. I love it. People can argue that I do not have good taste in music because I like pop, but I'm the one listening to it, and I like it, so that's all that matters, right?
Although I am pretty much constantly listening to the new Britney cd these days, there are two other songs I discovered recently while watching Ellen. Both artists performed the songs on her show and I fell in love with them! The first one is Funhouse by Pink. The second is Flaws and All by Beyonce, which is a beautiful and amazing song. I can really relate to it (might sound bad, but hey, at least I'm honest). Beyonce actually teared up while she was singing it on Ellen's show!
Interesting sidenote...I saw Pink in concert for my 16th birthday. She opened for *NSYNC. I have not seen Beyonce in concert as a solo artist, but my cousin Robin and I did see Destiny's Child in concert at the Austin Rodeo our senior year, over spring break. I will never forget that night...I backed into my Uncle Mel's car. Oops!
I'm also planning on getting the Twilight Soundtrack and Taylor Swift's new cd Fearless. What are y'all listening to right now?
PS-Have you seen Amy tonight? Tell me if you see her. ha ha ha...