Friday Fill-Ins

1. My stomach is all jacked up because of my jacked-up gall bladder.
2. My aunt's fabulous home made stuffing is what I ate the most of on Thursday.
3. The yard is covered in soggy leaves blown from our neighbors' yards.
4. At home with my boys is where I'd rather be at any given time.
5. The smell of Acqua Di Gio reminds me of falling in love. This is the cologne that Cole wears, and it always makes me remember the first time we dated and the excitement I felt all the time.
6. A long winter's nap is what I need right now!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to cleaning the house before my parents get home, hanging out with Kyle, and working off my Thanksgiving gluttony; tomorrow my plans include finding out I lost at least 1.4 pounds this week (hopefully!) and going to the Fernelius Family Birthdays (version November); and Sunday, I want to hang out with my family and listen to Christmas music--it's finally ok now that Thanksgiving is over!


Twilight Review

Cole and I saw Twilight at 2:40 AM on Friday morning (I know, insane much?). I was pretty excited to see it, since the Twilight series is currently my guilty reading pleasure. However, since I'm fairly critical of movies adapted from my favorite books, I was expecting to be a little bit disappointed (I'd rather sit through a 4-hour movie than have parts of the book cut for time purposes). Unfortunately, I was more than a little disappointed with the movie. I felt completely let down. Here is my list of grievances. *spoilers ahead!*

First, the casting. I think the supporting cast was overall excellently chosen. Bella's friends are ridiculously amusing, especially Jessica, and I loved the competition between Eric and Mike for Bella's attention. The Cullens were fabulous, and I think they should have gotten more screen time. My only beef with them is that Alice didn't quite have enough spunk for my taste, but that could have been just because she wasn't in many scenes. James, Laurent, and Victoria were amazingly creepy. For once in my life, I absolutely loved Jacob Black. It's a good thing the back-up characters were so good, because the main characters were absolutely dreadful. From her very first line, Kristen Stewart dulls down Bella Swan to an almost catatonic state. Even her most passionate, emotional lines are delivered with a monotone drawl. Sure, Bella is quiet and semi-reclusive, but she has spunky, vivacious, emotional moments. Stewart portrayed Bella as a jaded, depressed, colorless teen the entire time. I almost rooted for James to kill her at the end of the movie! As for Robert Pattinson? Well, he wasn't much better. He played the tortured vampire role very well...but I was more convinced his torment resulted not from an uncontrollable thirst for Bella's blood but from an unpredictable GI tract. He appeared nauseated, constipated, and in intense physical pain in many different parts of the movie. It was almost comical to watch. Stewart and Pattinson did have good chemistry, though, in the ONE scene where they got to kiss.

Second, the SFX. I know the budget for the movie wasn't huge, but seriously? The scenes where Edward has Bella on his back and is running are just horrible. There's got to be a better way, because he looked so obviously fake.

Third, the dialogue. My favorite lines were "Your scent is like a drug to me...like my own personal brand of heroin"; and "I dream about being with you forever." Seriously? I'm pretty sure these gems were not actually said by characters in the book. I know the first, in some shape, is part of the text, but I'm fairly sure it's more like commentary by Bella describing her understanding of Edward's thirst for her. Commentary? Ok. Dialogue? RIDICULOUS! Of course, a lot of the dialogue problems stem from bad delivery (and the fact that Twilight isn't exactly high-quality literature to begin with), so I'll give the script writers the benefit of the doubt.

Fourth: ANGST! The movie was practically dripping with it. I felt like I needed a shower after all of the ANGST. First, it's Bella: "Boo hoo, my life is so hard because my mom wants to move to Florida, and I'm being a big person by moving to a podunk town with my father that I'm not even close to so she can follow her dreams and her trophy husband." Then some more Bella: "Why does that really, really ridiculously good-looking boy Edward hate me? And if he hates me, then why did he save my life?" Then throw in some Edward: "I want to suck your blood so badly it hurts, but I don't want to be a bad person! Oh yeah, and I want you for more than just eating, too." And, of course, more Bella: "All the vampires want to kill me. Why can't I just become a vampire so I can hang out with them instead?" Yes, there's angst in the book, too, but it's ANGST in the movie. Kinda like it's hopped up on Red Bull and caffeine pills. It's so bad I couldn't stop my eyes from rolling around in their sockets uncontrollably. The ANGST downplayed the gravity of the situation (because face it, being desired by a vampire for more than just lovin', then being hunted by another "non-vegetarian" vampire is pretty serious business) and placed it firmly on the level of any other high school "I want this boy but he doesn't know I'm alive and wastes all his time with what's-her-face" drama...which does not a good movie make.

Fifth: The script writers changing/leaving out minute (and sometimes important) details. For example: Rosalie drives a red BMW M3 convertible. In the movie, her car is very much a red Mercedes convertible. Edward's car is a HATCHBACK (not sexy) Volvo, rather than the S60R he drives in the book. Come on! Stephenie Meyer made it so easy for you by posting pictures of the cars on her website! Next example: Bella's prom ensemble (actually, the entire prom scene). Alice is not a participant in Bella's beautifying process. In fact, Bella appears to be going willingly, which is contrary to Bella's very nature! Plus, Bella wears a Converse sneaker (*shudder*) on her un-broken foot. Ew. It would have been a thousand times more comical if Bella had been tricked into going to the prom, and it would have given the audience a chance to see Alice's moxie and quirks.

Don't get me wrong; the movie did have some good parts (Stephenie Meyer's cameo being one). It wasn't a total waste of money. It definitely was not worth losing sleep to see (plus, I had to listen to the screaming of all of the violent fangirls--ugh.). Overall, I'd give the movie a C+.

Maybe I'll go see it again when I'm well-rested and headache-free, just to see how much those things clouded my opinion. After all, I'm a glutton for all things Twilight at the moment. Plus, most people seem to have an extremely positive opinion of the movie, and I'd like to believe humanity isn't lost yet, so I may be in the wrong here. Unlikely, though. :)


Friday Fill-Ins

1. The last band I saw live was Faith Hill and Tim McGraw in June 2007.
2. What I look forward to most on Thanksgiving is stuffing! It always tastes better on Thanksgiving than it does any other day of the year.
3. My Christmas/holiday shopping is minimal, thank goodness.
4. Thoughts of a long winter's nap fill my head.
5. I wish I could wear a size six again. I've got about 15-20 pairs of nice jeans in that size (from my single, clothes horse days) that I REALLY don't want to give away.
6. Bagpipes do not make music--they make noise.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sleeping off my Twilight hangover, tomorrow my plans include trying to avoid watching the BYU-Utah game and doing weekly chores, and Sunday, I want to sing as loudly as possible at church!


Friday Fill-Ins

I have several friends who do this every week, and I think it's a good idea...plus it'll keep me from neglecting my blog for too long.

1. Please feel free to spend as much time with your family as possible.
2. When I use a dryer sheet with my laundry I can't help sniffing it occasionally.
3. My favorite thing to cook is cake of any kind...then my trouble is not eating it all.
4. Time with my little family is something I can't get enough of.
5. That's the thing I love most about fall--overcast days, sweater weather, colorful foliage, and the upcoming holidays.
6. Getting cut off in traffic always makes me think to myself, what the heck?
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to vegging in front of the TV watching the first season of Bones, tomorrow my plans include seeing my amazing brother in Seussical, and Sunday, I want to sing Christmas music in ward choir!


Review Time!

So last night Jessica and I went to Hillcrest High School's Production of Seussical the Musical. Now keep in mind that I was in two plays at Hillcrest: Oklahoma and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Jessica was in Joseph and Footloose. so, we are well versed in the ways of plays in high school. Furthermore, both of our moms have been involved with the choral department at Hillcrest and the plays. My mom was involved for over ten years covering every play possible. Jessica's mom has been doing it for almost as long, and has been even more involved with the productions of the plays. This year she handled all of the costumes, and sewed half of them for almost a month straight. Anyway, so we know that usually there are some screw ups with these plays including missed lines, mics cutting out, leads singing off key, and horrible lighting. Most of all, you usually get half of the cast that doesn't care too much about the play, so they kind of only go at half. Anyway, on to my review and thoughts of..........

So, the play started right on time, and started with this little boy who is the one imagining everything in the play. Now that person was played by none other than my very talented and amazing brother-in-law Daniel. Now, I will leave him out of this for now and come back to him in his own little paragraph. The show was amazing from beginning to end. It is the first play that I have ever watched where I have been so enthralled from start to finish. There was so much detail put into everything in the play. Every single costume was different, the set was so amazing, and every single cast member was so talented. There was only one time where there was a noticeable problem with the mics, and one time where a cast member tripped when dancing. I was very impressed with all of the leads especially the Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, Jojo (Daniel), and Horton. Every single member of the cast was going 100%! That doesn't happen very often, especially in large casts like Hillcrest always has.

I will honestly say that Seussical was the best play that I have ever watched, and that includes the two that I was in. I am very proud of my brother-in-law Daniel, and now I will say something about him. I have been in the Kenner family for almost three years and known them for more than 15 years. Daniel has always been the comic relief for the family, and the performer. Daniel was the boy/Jojo in the play, and he was amazing. He starts off the play on stage, and is probably in 80% of the show. He is always running around, singing or dancing, he never broke character, and was always fun to watch. He has the most amazing voice that I have ever heard, and he can hit notes that I can only dream of. There are a lot of women that would be jealous of some of the notes he hits. He was never off key, and was always singing his little heart out. He had great chemistry with every character he was involved with. Daniel is amazing, have I said that yet? Ok, that is enough of that, and if Daniel reads this, I love you to death! I seriously look "up" to you for all of your goodness and kindness, and all of your hilariousness. You did amazing! See you on closing night.
I will wrap this up, it was an amazing play for adults, children and families. It runs through Saturday if anyone wants to see it. Have a great day!

Isn't he a stud?


Twilight: The Lost Script

I find this ridiculously comical, and fairly spot-on.


WARNING: Do not read if you take yourself, or your obsession with Twilight, too seriously.


Happy "Howl"oween!

Kyle was a puppy (more specifically, a pug) for Halloween. We actually took him trick-or-treating for about an hour, but he didn't really understand what it was all about. He was more interested in the real dogs we saw along the way. Plus, he kept trying to get inside every house that we visited. He actually was really good about the costume. I thought he'd try to pull the hood off every chance he got, but he must have been aware that everyone thought he looked cute...he likes to be the center of attention.

We also carved Kyle's first pumpkin! My mom picked a perfect little pumpkin for Kyle from my grandma's patch, and I thought out the pattern for the face (yeah, I know it's not super fancy, but it's a pumpkin for a one-year-old!) Cole, of course, did the actual carving, but we did let Kyle try to pull the guts out...he seemed fairly disgusted by the texture of pumpkin innards (he is his mommy's boy in that respect). Kyle was pretty fascinated with the whole process, though.
I had to include a picture of Kyle's trick-or-treating buddy. This is Chris' and Brittany's miniature Doberman Pinscher, Maddie. She weighs about 2 pounds after a big meal...seriously, she's that small. They dressed her up as a hot dog, and she was just as big of a hit as Kyle! (By the way, I'm pretty sure that costume weighed twice as much as she does.) Don't worry, though, Maddie's Halloween was completely chocolate-free.
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