Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Note to myself

As I travel to the ends of the internet and beyond, I often come across random things that I would like to own one day. I usually will find something, admire it and promise myself that I won't forget where I found it, and then forget where I had found it.

Alas, this blog will be my new storage place.
Check out the most recent finds:



-This is a little weird, but I think that's why I like it. It is a ceramic hand. It can hold jewelry and/or is a vase. Sweet.
-A hat that says "Half-Centaur". Just because I think it's wicked funny.

Songs to Remember

You know how there are some songs that will forever be associated with a certain person or event from life? And no matter how long it's been since you've heard the song you remember every word?

The other day I was listening to the radio and a song came on that I hadn't heard for awhile and I was brought back to a specific moment in my past. I loved it. I feel like my life does have a soundtrack.

Here are some songs that would make it on my 2-disk set (and why!):


Delta Dawn by Tanya Tucker
-This song was a childhood favorite. My bro's and I would listen to our parents oldies CD's nonstop and this was my #1 choice.

Over and Over Again by Nelly featuring Tim McGraw
-Two of my favorite genres in one. I went on a roadtrip my sophomore year of college with some friends and the main driver guy had a mix CD with this song on it. And we literally listened to it over and over and over and over again. (PS in the music video both Nelly and Tim sport the doo rag)

Home by Michael Buble
-When I was in Paris (and Rome!) I would listen to this song and know exactly what it was all about. I must admit I wasn't as eager to come home as Michael, though.

With or Without You by U2
-Did somebody say youth dance? I remember dancing to this song with the boy I was in love with at my monthly church dances. And when I say 'in love with' I really mean "We danced together twice...maybe three times"

Incomplete by the Backstreet Boys
-One night all my roommates and I decided we would bust this song out in our hallway. And we did. And it is all on film.

I Wanna Dance with Somebody and How Will I Know by Whitney Houston
-Road trips with the BFF's. Jammin' it loud and proud the whole drive long.

The Final Countdown by Europe
-Arrested Development, Magic Man, Dare bear, and Mark. Some of my most favorite boys ever.

Get Ur Freak On and Work it by Missy Elliot
-Oh those drives back from good times in SLC with Blake and Ben...

If I Could Turn Back Time by Cher
-This is probably the most prominent song featured in my life. I'm sorry for those of you who have heard my rendition too many times to count. It's what I do.

Question by Old 97's
-Long drives in the Audi with Todd and the Scrubs soundtrack playing in the background. And this song is just too cute. Too. Cute.

Umbrella by Rihanna, Better by Regina Specktor, and All I Need by Radiohead
-Ohhh Blake. There are so many.

Mountain Music by Alabama
-This is what I choose to represent my show choir days. There were so many good (and not good) songs we sang to all the old people, but the country songs were my favorite.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Which fight was better?

USC vs. Oregon St....

(MVP: how can anyone not love Jacquizz after that performance?)
OR
Obama vs. McCain?


(MVP: Jim Lehrer for trying to get them both to actually answer the questions)

((PS I was just reading about Lehrer on our friend Mr. Wiki Pedia and did you know he is a bus enthusiast? Buses of all things!))

Goodbye


Paul Newman

Friday, September 26, 2008

Just Because...


...I love him
(Romain Duris)

Birthday Celebrations

My GMA turns the big 8-3 today. She doesn't know how to use a computer, so I guess I'm not obligated to say happy birthday on here. But I will anyways: Happy Birthday GMA!
To celebrate, the mom and I are going to stay with her for the day/night. Activities include going to Wal-mart to get a portrait of the three of us and probably a buffet. She also liked my idea of finding matching muumuu's.
This will be an adventure.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ode to L('s)OML: Haiku Style

Means 'love of my life'
Taught to me by a roommate,
Too bad it wasn't.


Mariah Carey
I Still Believe, Shake it Off;
Dolphins can hear her.


Qdoba heaven.
Chicken queso feeds my soul;
Yes, my one true love.

Cougs can take it home,
Undefeated to the end;
I miss trash-talking.


7-11
A double gulp or slurpee?
Raj helped me decide.


French films, reading books,
Arrested Development,
Knitting, dreaming dreams.

Traveling Pants


I have two BFF's from college.



They live in a different state far away from me. Sad.



However, being inspired by the fantastic film Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, we are together in spirit.



Yes, that's right, we're sending a pair of pants around the country. I really think everyone should do this. It's like we're experiencing things together. Because we're wearing the same pants.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

80's Day

My little brother did it again.
For some reason his elementary school decided today was "80's Day" and so he asked me to help him come up with something to wear. I love dress-up days no matter what the occasion is, and so of course I began my research and going through the house to find something for him. Unfortunately he approached me around 8:30 pm, and had to be in bed shortly thereafter.
As I was talking to him about different clothing options, I mentioned he could do a Michael Jackson in Thriller-esque outfit.
He looked at me, with those blank eyes, and said:
"Who is Michael Jackson?"
I guess he can at least name all 584783 Pokemon.

"Clay Aiken to reveal he is gay"


Is this really news to anyone?
Just look at that hair.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

#1

Meet Fui Vakapuna

Fui is one of those guys you just can't seem to get out of your head. At least I can't.


On the field for the Cougs, Fui has become a powerhouse (ok maybe last season had its problems, but we're past that now) and I am always impressed with how quick he seems to move for a bigger guy. His blocks make me want to weep with joy. I love watching him play.


I also just love him. At school I would often see him, and so I made it a point to be his friend. I use the word "friend" loosely. Him and I began with 'hello's' and quickly moved to 'how are you's'. It was a magical friendship (on its way to being true love) that was abruptly and sadly cut short by my unfortunate graduation.


I'll never forget you, Fui. True and Blue forever.

Theodore

The car I drive here at home is a classic. It's a '92 Ford Escort Pony. Although my brother purchased it for only $700 about 8 years ago, I suppose I've been the one who has driven it the most. I named him Theodore, Teddy (after our friend Roosevelt) for short, back in high school and while it has had its share of injuries, I am still in love with this piece o' junk vehicle.

Teddy is a solid car. The entire family is constantly impressed with its ability to stay running despite some setbacks.
One of the latest additions to Teddy's issues has been the speedometer.
It doesn't work.
Not at all.
As I drive Teddy, the speedometer flies from 10 mph to 80 mph to 10 mph in a matter of seconds (actually 80 mph is the highest it goes...) and so I never really know how fast I am going.
In order for me to gauge the speed, I have come up with a system. Once the car starts shaking, I figure I'm going about 40 mph. The more intense the shaking, the faster I'm going.
You can imagine how it feels going 70 mph down the freeway.
AMAZING.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Interview Blues

As the search continues for a job in my life, I am experiencing what I like to call the "Interview-blues".
Don't get me wrong-I love getting interviews. It makes me feel like my resume was somewhat impressive (it's not) and gives me a false impression that I'm having some success in my goal to be employed. These are the times when I have to remind myself that an interview is only one step; the hard part is what follows.
Interviews are all about first impressions. Gah. Who likes those? I always seem to be awkward or scary to people. Oh, and lots of people seem to think I'm not too smart. I remember in high school one of my friends asked me what my GPA was; I asked him what he thought it was and sadly he thought it was much lower than the real thing. I don't know what that means.
Anyways.

Interviews are also about a lot of exaggerated truths. There are those standard questions that you know will come during each interview, like "What would you say are your top three strengths/weaknesses?" and "What makes you a good team-player?"
I hate those questions.
Then sometimes you'll get a question you could never predict. Last week I seriously had a woman ask me "If you were part of a car, what would you be and why?"
Excuse me, but that question is ridiculous. It's not real and it doesn't demonstrate why I would be a good candidate for the position I'm applying for. Unless the position is working at a car dealership (and just an fyi-I've worked at a dealership and they did not ask that question).
In the end, all these interview woes are worth it. I love getting the call saying that I've beat out the competition and am "The Chosen One".

Lets hope I get one of those calls soon.

One With Nature

Meet "Earth Friend Gen"

(aka Gennifer Moss)

She rides her bicycle around Portland, OR naked.

She rides around with what looks to be a paper mache globe in a red wagon behind her bike.

I thought everyone in Portland did that?

Thank you, CNN, for bringing this into the spotlight.

But props, Earth Friend. Do what you do, as long as you do it in Portland.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Have You Seen Me?

Missing: Freddie Prince, Jr.

Last seen: The last time I remember seeing him was in She's All That...Oh! I can't forget about Scooby Doo. Classics.

Successes: Marrying Sarah Michelle Gellar (who finally changed her name to Sarah Michelle Prince last year-I guess she wanted to make sure their love could last at least 5 years); People magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People in the World' in the year 2000.
Dear Freddie,

Where have you gone?

It seems that you've been the voice for quite a few cartoon movies in recent years. Which is cool because now you can put that you were the announcers voice in the hit "Robot Chicken" TV show on your resume. But Freddie-I don't even know what that show is.

I always thought you were better than that, Freddie. I'm hoping that you'll make a bright return to mediocre and predictable romantic comedies or teen horror films in the near future. It's what you do best.

Also, is your last name Prince or Prinze? I've read conflicting responses.

Love,
Cindy

PS: Were you really in an episode of Family Matters?! And do you foreal participate in Wrestlemania? As a creative contributer. Really, Jr?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

Awkward?

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Anti-Cat

I have a strict "no-animal assistance" policy at my home. Meaning while we have all these pets, I refuse to support them in anyway. I will not feed them, I will not take them on walks, and I will hopefully never touch them. Don't worry-somebody else does, but I do not.
We have had a couple dogs for a few years and these dogs seem to understand. They have learned to not get in my way and I have learned not to mind them (as much).
The newest two kittens to the house, however, have not figured this out. They are obnoxious and seem to like annoying me. They will crawl all over me and try to get down into my room at every possible moment. Gah.
So the other day as I was switching clothes from the washer to the dryer, one of the cats jumped into the dryer. Bad idea, cat.
I yelled out to my three brothers "Ok guys, the cat jumped in the dryer. If you want it come and get it".
They didn't come (at least they didn't come quick enough).
That's right. I turned the dryer on.
Only for a few seconds, then I opened the door and the cat raced out.
I hope it learned its lesson.
Don't worry it didn't die or anything.

(ps don't tell peta. or do.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

TRL fo' Life.

I don't know about all of you, but I used to love MTV's TRL. When I was younger (and maybe even last week) I would watch the show religiously and cross my fingers that The Backstreet Boys beat N*SYNC in the countdown. Sometimes it happened, sometimes it didn't. These were the days of TRL when Carson Daly was the handsome host (I may or may not have had a crush on him despite his affiliation with Tara Reid) and required my utmost dedication. I would reserve the TV if one of my favorite pop stars was performing and I remember how much I wanted to be a member of the TRL audience.


Last week when I watched it I still saw fragments of the old TRL, but it wasn't the same. I had no idea who the hosts were (I think one chick was one of the model contendors on a past season of ANTM) and I think they only played a max 30 seconds of each music video. The lucky number 1 spot music video was even played during the show's credits. Not cool, MTV.

Which is why I am not surprised that TRL has been cancelled. It will end in November. Despite the lack of zest in the show these days, I still feel a touch of sadness in this decision by MTV. I feel as though TRL had a significant part in my youth and it's sad to say goodbye.

I'll never forget you TRL.

To my dedicated readers

I apologize for the recent lack of blogging. I am happy to report that I am home from my vacation and will continue onward in my pursuit of cleverness. Since we last spoke:
NYC baby!! I thought I found love with a stranger on the subway, but it wasn't meant to be.
I cut my hair.
My first real life job interview. It went well. I think.
BYU kicked UCLA's trash like none other. 59-0. Thank you Cougs!
I saw The Women. It was not good.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Livin' the New York Way

Being here for only a few days, I feel as though I have experienced some truly NY things:


Seeing a rat in the subway


Being followed half a block by a strange man holding a flower box


Making friends with little children on the bus/subway


Going to Legally Blonde on Broadway


Eating take-out


Running into celebrities (Christopher McDonald in Times Square-he was sporting a fabulous 'stache)


That's what I'm talking about.


I'm still waiting to see Whitney from The Hills and Stephen Colbert. I'll let you know when that happens.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

While I'm Waiting...

I'm sitting here in the airport and I figured since I had the time, and the witty ideas building up in my head, that I would blog. It is an efficient way to spend my moments.
I love traveling and flying. It doesn't really matter where I'm going (I do usually end up going to cool places like NYC, though) as long I get to see something I've never seen before and see people I've never seen before. I feel as though the more people we meet, the more we can appreciate them. All of them.
Flying also brings about a few things that I just have to write down somewhere.
1. I love DIA as an airport. It gives me free WiFi! Salt Lake does not. Lame.
2. Usually when the plane begins to board, they give old people, disabled people, and people with little children the chance to get on first. I'm totally cool with this. But I have decided when I start looking old enough to be decrepit (even though I might not actually be decrepit) I am going to pretend like I can barely walk so I can board first. It's easier to do that than pretend I have a child.
3. Despite the hugely inflamed price of airport restaurant food, I still eat it. And I'd like to think the more money I spend the better it tastes. The orange juice from McDo this morning was exquisite.
4. I went shopping for a few travel necessities yesterday and found something interesting: travel chapstick. It's so small it can fit in your pocket! (Because normal size chapstick is just to bulky?)
5. Sometimes I am attracted to the boys outside (usually loading/unloading baggage or directing planes with flashlights). If only there were a way for me to talk to them...

Monday, September 8, 2008

Say what?

The following is a true story.
Yesterday at church, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a boy wearing a tie not to my liking. This tie was a proclamation of love for his college football team-yes, dare I say it was for the Utes (BYU's rival).
Not ever having seen this boy before (this did not deter me)I simply went up to him and said:

“Your tie makes me want to vomit all over you”
Granted, this was probably not the most appropriate thing to say to a stranger, but I did not take it back. He responded with "Oh, um..ok. I'm not the kind of Ute fan who hates BYU" to which I could only reply "I'm the kind of BYU fan who hates the Utes."
oops.
The end.
PS: Check out Adam's Sports Blog to see how I'm stacking up in the game predictions!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

VMA Wrap Up

Confession: I didn't watch the VMA's...yet. I will do it soon enough; until then, I've done my research and am giving my blog the beauty of MTV on its finest night.

I used to love watching the VMA's every year. That was back when I knew every song and artist nominated and thought it was a serious injustice if the Backstreet Boys ever lost.

Tonight did reintroduced our beloved Britney Spears to the world. She was a class act (albeit still not a very good actress) and actually won-WON-three Moon Men. Really?! I don't know if you all have seen the video for which she won, but you can look up "Piece of Me" on Youtube if you feel so inclined. Anyways, one of the awards she won was the highly sought after Video of the Year; the only reason I feel ok about her winning is that her video was directed by Wayne Isham...who also is known for his innovative video BYE BYE BYE by *NSYNC!

Anyways, props off to Britney. I've been cheering for you the whole time.


Thats basically what I wanted to report on here from the VMA's. Although look who else was invited-our favorite reality TV stars!


*the word favorite does not include these two

Saturday, September 6, 2008

No Joke.

Tonight my little brother (he’s 11) and I decided to watch a movie together. After some debating and trying to find a movie to both of our liking (passing on favorite’s like Pokemon, Napoleon Dynamite, and Ghostbusters) we finally settled on The Wizard of Oz. First off, I find it pretty impressive that he still claims to loving it being an 11 year-old boy (he did play the Tin Man in his recent school production) and secondly, the following scenario really did happen:

I hand my brother the movie (our copy is the old school version on VHS) to put in the VCR.

He looks at it, then looks at me, and seriously asks what direction to put it in the VCR.

I look at him, believing he’s joking, but soon find out he’s not and is legitimately asking how to insert the VHS into the VCR.

Really?

Friday, September 5, 2008

I'm Telling Everyone

It all started when a friend-I'll call him Chuck-saw the movie Ne le dis a personne and couldn't help but state that he wanted to 'rub it all over him'.

I decided to give it a shot-it's not everyday Chuck says he wants to rub a movie all over him. (Which is probably a good thing).

The movie theatre here that shows independent films is wicked awesome, and the perfect location for a stellar film like Ne le dis a personne. It was built in 1930 and is fashioned in old Mayan Revival style. Super cool (see pic below). Anyways, moving on to the film at hand...

I walked up to the box office guy (who was in the middle of eating a delicious looking sandwich) and started asking for the movie Ne le dis a personne...until he looked confused and I realized I could say it in English and would be better understood. One ticket for Tell No One. Done and done.

From the moment the film started, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. It was amazing. It tells the story of Alex (François Cluzet) who's wife Margot (Marie-Josée Croze) was brutally murdered eight years ago. The only problem is that she just emailed him...

oh snap.

It follows Alex as he tries to figure out what the deuce is going on in his life. His wife's case has recently been reopened and naturally, he is again a prime suspect in her death. There are good guys and bad guys (and some are a little both) but it creates a mind blowing result of cinema joy. My emotions followed Alex's journey up and down as he tried to solve the mystery of his beloved wife. I only wanted him to be happy...

The film is captivating and intense. The acting was real, the shots were beautiful, and the story kept me guessing the entire time. It was like a really, really, really good French episode of Law and Order. Only better.

Chalk up another win for the French.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Quote it.

Everyday I get a selection of quotes on my iGoogle. This was my favorite today.

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.

- Bertrand Russell

Just some food for thought.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Baby's Daddy

Meet Levi Johnston

(Meet Bristol's baby's daddy)


His name is as familiar as Sarah Palin's name was about two weeks ago. But I'm sure we'll all recognize him soon enough.

Bristol is a lucky girl, I'm sure. Not a ton has been said about Levi, but what the media has found out is spectacular. As leaked by his Myspace page (has he not heard about Facebook? Well, I guess he is from Alaska), it has been noted that he is a self-proclaimed redneck and that if you mess with him he'll kick your a*$. Wow. Just wow.

OH MY I'M SO EXCITED!! ....

For the LIT FLICKS CHALLENGE
See here (Blake's Movie Reviews) or here (Jessica's Book Reviews) for the challenge rules/regulations. Join in on the party! It's not only going to invigorate your mind and soul, but there will be prizes...which, let's be honest, is my main reason for doing this. Ok JK. I love reading. And movies. So the combination is mind-blowing.
Moving on...
I think I've finally decided on my five books/movies of choice. It was tough to pick only five (but again, there is no limit!) but after much prayer and contemplation, here are my choices:
1. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson/Directed by Bharat Nalluri
2. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby/Directed by Julian Schnabel
3. Atonement by Ian McEwan/Directed by Joe Wright
4. Blindness by Jose Saramago/Directed by Fernando Meirelles
5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker/Directed by Steven Spielberg
(I'm also probably going to read a few more books/see a few more movies including Ne le dis à personne and Black Like Me...)

Phew, the pressure is off. And you know you want to play. Sign up on the websites listed above!
Here is the correlating meme for this challenge. I suck at meme's, but I'm going to do it anyways.
1. Are you more likely to see a movie if it’s based on a book?
This depends for me. Sometimes when I love a book I will refuse to see the movie version because I know it will taint the beauty of the book. But there are some movie adaptations I can't wait to see. I guess it all depends on if the movie looks like it will suck.

2. Do you prefer to read the book first or see the movie first?
I most def prefer to read the book first.

3. List one movie that was better than the book it’s based on, and one book that is better than the movie.
Ok, so I know you'll all love this. My favorite film, The Stupids, is based on a series of childrens books, and while the books are entertaining, they do not compete with the movie. I love that movie.
I thought the book The Kiterunner way mo' betta than the movie. I mean, the movie was good, but not as good as the book.

4. In your opinion, what film is the most accurate representation of the book?
I thought Of Mice and Men was pretty accurate. I love that book/movie.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Suspenders

I've recently stumbled upon a pair of old suspenders I bought for a Halloween costume (I was a mime) when I was in 7th grade. These suspenders aren't necessarily the most bomb.com accessory I've ever owned, but they are quite fabulous. They have been reborn in my wardrobe and I love them. The only other people I've known to wear suspenders in public are my grandpa (you better believe I'll be wearing mine when I go visit him) and my friends dad-he was a larger man and enjoyed the comfort and practicality of these pant-aids.
I mostly like them because I think I look cool, which is what I'm all about.

Oh Bristol...

Meet Bristol Palin.


You know, when Governor Palin spoke about her children in her speech, I found it a little odd that the only two children she highlighted were her oldest and youngeset (her two boys). But now that Bristol's issue has come to press (you should all know by now that she's 17 and preggo), it makes a little more sense. I only wonder what kind of shenanigans Willow and Piper have gotten into...(and yes those are all their real names)

Rest in Peace

Don LaFontaine
1940-2008

I love movies. Maybe my choice of favorite movies can be disputed, but it is what it is. I have only my thanks to give to LaFontaine for giving a voice to so many movies.