Friday, October 31, 2008

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!


Hope everyone has a SPOOKY day!


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Just a little VOTING love

5 More Friends

Thanks Jeanne Moos

This is awesome. Its the most random things about the political scene.
My favorite: Joe Biden vs. the chocolate chip ice cream cone!!!!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Big Surprise...


Phillies win the World Series!


Wait, who did they play? JK JK. But really, where do the Rays come from?


Is it just me or is the World Series getting more and more disappointing each year (and I'm saying that as a resident of Colorado and therefore a 'fan' of the Rockies. Remember how they made it last year?).



Or maybe its because I find baseball painfully boring.



Anyways, congrats Phillies. And thanks again for letting BSB sing the National Anthem.

Meet Rene Charles

I was watching Oprah yesterday and Celine Dion was on. First off, I love Celine. Not as much as a girl named Suz in Holland who has spent more than 20,000 Euro on Celine stuff, but I still love her. Anyways, Celine talked about her son Rene Charles for awhile (he now 7 years old!) and while I love how much Celine adores her son, there is one problem.
His hair.
Oprah asked about cutting it and Celine said it is a decision Rene Charles will make.
No, Celine. You decide. Cut it. He looks like a girl. I'm sure he'll be made fun of enough for other reasons, don't give the bullies more to work with.
Or maybe not. He is the son of Celine Dion.

Funny.

Thanks to Deanna for sharing this funny ol' video with me. My favorite is the graffiti.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

DARE BEAR STARE

To Darren,

It is your birthday. I am there with you in spirit. Just image someone touching you all night (that sounds bad but its not what you think) and you liking it (you always do).

We make a really cute couple. Seriously.
In closing, I'd like to express how I feel about you through a song featured last night on The Hills


ONE WEEK


November 4, 2008


One week from today.


Election Day.


I seriously can't wait!


Vote early, vote mail-in, just vote.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ten Reasons

This is my public apology to Blake.
(I might have overreacted to his insult of BYU football. No, wait. Not possible. There is no such thing as overreacting to Cougar insults. But I forgive and forget.)
10 Reasons Why Blake is Awesome.
10. He is an excellent writer and even though I never see the movies he loves, I feel inspired just reading his reviews.
9. He teaches me how to say inappropriate things in Russian. (He loves Russia and Russians)
8. He finally added me to his blogroll.
7. His typing skills are impressive (he even types when he's not at a keyboard-like at the movies he'll type out the credits with his fingers on whatever surface his hand is resting on)
6. He is awkward around lots of people.
5. Two words: Guitar Hero
4. When he finds something awesome, he gets really excited about it and shares it with everyone-like the band Godspeed You! Black Emperor and random Radiohead stuff.
3. One time he lived in Tajikistan.
2. He always wins arguments.
1. Him and Rihanna (you can stand under my umbrella, ella, ella, eh eh eh...) are pen pals.
(*Note to Blake. If you remove me from your blogroll I will post 20 reasons why you suck*)

To the Mountain Gorillas

Who knew Mountain Gorillas were so inspiring?


For its fifth year, Denver was the host city for the annual Gorilla Run (I think around a 5K) on Saturday. Yes, you heard me: Gorilla Run.


Over 700 people registered this year to raise money for the Gorillas; about the same number of people ran on Saturday as there are real Mountain Gorillas surviving in the world. There was a costume contest as well-as if wearing a Gorilla suit wasn't enough. There were Prom Gorillas, Teenage Mutant Ninja Gorillas, playboy Gorillas, and countless other costumes. It was sweet. And at times a little scary to be surrounded by so many Gorillas.

My friend Jordan mentioned going to this event, and how could I possibly say no? He was supposed to go support some of his co-workers, but mostly we just walked around taking pictures of the crazies here in Denver. There was quite a turnout; to my surprise, there were people from a total of 25 states represented in the race! Even our Mayor Hickenlooper showed up (It might be because he owns the Wynkoop Brewery where the event took place. Which made it even funnier because everyone who registered got free beer. Drunk Gorillas=hilarious). It was the biggest turnout ever (there are also Gorilla Runs held in London each year) so I felt even more special being part of such a monumental day.



In conclusion, it was spectacular.

I take it all back.

I retract any previous positive statements about Blake.
He deserves none of them.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

HSM3

Yo

I saw High School Musical 3 on opening day.

LOVED IT.

Read my review here, at the greatest movie review site ever to be created.

Yeah. pretty awesome.
(And thanks to Blake for actually posting it-you've always been so helpful. Like when my hair caught on fire.)

****UPDATE I don't like Blake. So I'm posting my review below******

Not knowing what would happen in the third installment of Disney’s highly acclaimed (by me) High School Musical series, HSM3: Senior Year proved to be exciting, tender, and just plain awesome. Seriously. Director Kenny Ortega (HSM, HSM2, Hocus Pocus, Newsies) forces every moviegoer to relive some of their high school memories (good and bad) throughout this musical roller coaster. And he does it well. It makes you laugh, it makes you smile, and dare I say it might even make you shed a tear. It made people at the theatre I was in to clap, hoot, holler, and dance.

The story continues with the same main cast as the previous two, with only a few new faces. Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) finally realize that life after high school might get a little more complicated as Troy is supposed to go to his fathers alma mater for basketball and Gabriella is committed to Stanford. That means more than 1,000 miles between them. Quite a dilemma. Of course we can’t forget about Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale), who continues on as the antagonist trying to destroy everything between Troy and Gabriella; her role as the villain was noticeably downplayed in this movie because the real trouble is in what the future holds.

I really just want to talk this movie up because I loved it so much. It is fairly predictable, which I was expecting, but there were some cute little surprises that made me giggle like a school girl. The cast performs magically, responding so naturally to their scripted romances and friendships (because they’re real! They are Disney stars. They get along with everyone). Zac Efron seems to throw out more one-liners this time around, making you laugh more than you might like to admit. I also enjoyed the fact that every cast member, during at least one of their solos, throws out their arms in dramatic movements. It really adds something. The dancing is enthralling (choreographed by Ortega as well) and the songs evoke emotions you thought you had lost since high school.

And Zac Efron is in it. Need I say more?

Friday, October 24, 2008

Why it's awesome

The video below should be viewed for several reasons.
1. The kids are rapping about the election.
a. They rap to a song by T.I.
b. T.I. is not exactly the best example for the children.
2. There is only like one white kid in the whole class. He has less rhythm.
3. Even these kids, who can't vote, want YOU to vote.
4. I want to make up a rap about voting now.

Obama on the left, McCain on the right. We can talk politics...

Awesome

Thursday, October 23, 2008

What I learned today

-The Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears (Womanizer) make waking up early and driving in the freezing cold wayyyy mo' better.
INSERT PS: Props to the BSB for singing the National Anthem last night at game 1 of the World Series!!! Click here to watch their lovely performance (We still miss you Kevin).


-In South Africa they give old woman the title Kookoo. CNN reports that the oldest Kookoo in the world is 134. That is old...really old. Her name is Kookoo Molooko. They give old men the title Maverick.


-Law and Order will always be on three different channels at any given time...making it very easy to watch it for three hours and not even blink.


-A new study reports that the temperature of an environment really does have an impact on personality. If you're warm, or even touching something warm (like a cup of coffee), it can make you feel more warmly towards others. AKA nicer. From this point on I am going to carry potatoes around in my pockets to warm my hands (just like they did in Little Women). That way I'll be nicer and if I get hungry, I'll also have a snack.


-I shouldn't fall asleep with wet hair. It does not look pretty when I wake up. And nothing ever fixes the problem.


(I still hate cats and I know that this is disgusting, but it gets my point across)
That pretty much sums it up.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Prop 8, Meet Prop K

I don't live in California (although I do claim to be Californian) and so I guess it doesn't really matter what I think about any of the propositions.
BUT...
There has been a recent influx of attention given to Prop 8, which: controversy. Everyone has an opinion. Go vote and make your voice heard. We'll see what happens.
What is crazy is how last night was the first time I had heard of Proposition K (hmm...makes me think of Special K, and then I get hungry). It gives me yet another reason to want to move to San Francisco...?
Prop K, if passed, would prevent local authorities (aka the po-po) "from investigating, arresting or prosecuting anyone for selling sex...The ballot question technically would not legalize prostitution, since state law still prohibits it, but the measure would eliminate the power of local law enforcement officials to go after prostitutes" (AP, CNN.com).
WHOA WHOA WHOA. What?
Let's be honest. If this is passed, it equals a ton of prosti's in San Fran. More than they already have. Only they wouldn't be forced to run into alleys when the cops drive by...they could flaunt it whenever they wanted. San Fran would join the two states where some kind of legalized sex-selling is acceptable (which are yes, Nevada, and...Rhode Island?).
Now, I don't think it really has any chance of passing. But should we still worry about it? Yes.
Maybe we could reopen Alcatraz and put all the hookers there? Oh Oh and then make the only way to the island into an obstacles course and turn all of it into a reality tv show. And whoever wins will be Paris Hiltons new BFF. Such a good idea.
Anyways, click on this to read the full article on CNN.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Why I want a mullet. Part 1.


Because they are awesome.

Don't you hate it...

When you realize you put your underwear on inside out?


And then you're too lazy to switch it when you find out?

I do. Well, I don't. But I still feel like a little bit of an idiot.

(The concept of too much information does not apply on my blog)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Lady Soul - If My Sister's In Trouble

OK OK Here's the deal people. I've graduated from college, but I've realized my real dream is being part of a singing group. Noelle doesn't know about it yet, but Meg and I decided we're going to make a group like unto Lady Soul and sing songs dedicated to friendships and female empowerment. And maybe nuns. If you know anyone with recording capabilities let me know, because I'm serious.

Rock on ladies.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Road

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, is what I would consider a quick but lingering read. The story was engaging and at some points I felt like I couldn't turn the pages quick enough. While I seemed to fly through the story, when the last page was turned, it was still with me.




The story depicts the travels of a young boy and his father, making their way through the ash-stricken land they used to call home. The man is able to recall the past-the days when the sun would shine and when the ocean was blue-but the only life the boy knows is trying to survive on the road. The relationship between the man and the boy, who remain nameless the entire story, fluctuates as tensions between them rise and fall. The boy has an inherit goodness about him, trying his best to encourage his father to see the best in people, but their situation almost forces the man to question everything and everyone. However, there is a bond shared between them that is strong and fierce; they depend on each other at every moment. It is touching to see how the two of them respond to the events that transpire, and how they are able to grow and learn from each other.


Throughout the story, both characters pose unanswerable questions that force the reader to almost reevaluate their own life. The story leaps off the pages, and while it is a dark and dreary tale, it conjures up some feelings of hope. During a time when humanity has reached its bottom, the boy and the man are able to demonstrate love and charity. They are determined to 'carry the fire' no matter what they encounter.


The writing is lovely, and McCarthy uses his writing style to ensure the reader understands the bleak life of his characters. It is one continuous story, with no chapter breaks, just like the road the boy and the man are traveling. There is no way out; the only way to get through it is to keep going. And it's worth it.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Reasons to LOVE this time of year


Halloween!!!


Thanksgiving

Pretty Colors

Independence Day in Turkmenistan on October 27
Even more pretty colors

The Office

My birthday.




Friday, October 17, 2008

Come What May, and Love It

"If we approach adversities wisely, our hardest times can be times of greatest growth, which in turn can lead toward times of greatest happiness.
.....
"The next time you’re tempted to groan, you might try to laugh instead. It will extend your life and make the lives of all those around you more enjoyable.
.....
"I know why there must be opposition in all things. Adversity, if handled correctly, can be a blessing in our lives. We can learn to love it."
-Wise words from an Apostle of the Lord, Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

Zac Attack.

We don't mind sharing.



As long as it's not with her...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

My Thoughts on Toleration

(D-this might be boring. Just a warning.)
Tonight I was inspired and I figured why not post my feelings. I don't do it enough (unless you count lovin' football and hot boys as feelings).
Here I go.
I don't like any form of the word tolerate. I might even hate the word.

It brings me much sadness that this word is so widely spread in today's society. Everywhere we turn there is encouragement to be tolerant of people who are different. To me, this word points out the differences rather than the similarities we have with each other as a world. I realize that at first glance toleration could be inspiring, and promote acceptance, but it seems to be only applied to those people you don't really approve of, but will put up with.
It is not a good word.
Dictionary.com lists the following definitions:
1. to allow the existence, presence, practice, or act of without prohibition or hindrance; permit.
2. to endure without repugnance; put up with: I can tolerate laziness, but not incompetence.
4. to experience, undergo, or sustain, as pain or hardship
Each one of these definitions have positive attributes, but are only a result of initial negative feelings.

Just imagine what you feel like when you are constantly reminded that you are being tolerated. There is no love in the word. Those who are tolerated are the ones who already feel like outcasts and unaccepted by the world. They deserve to be loved, respected, admired-not tolerated.
My thought is that no human being should have to feel tolerated. It is not a good feeling. It does not promote togetherness; it only sustains the differences between people.
I hope there is a time when the word tolerate is replaced with the word love.
That is what I think.

Who Gets Married?

Apparently everyone I know.

That's who.

It's a good thing I LOVE WEDDINGS!!! I am so happy for my dear friends who are soon to partake in wedded bliss.

Does anyone have any good ideas for awesome/unique wedding gifts that the bride and groom will remember forever? I want to start giving something that, twenty years from now, the couple can look at and remember me.
I know, selfish, right? But really, its necessary.
PS Guess who got a job?
At Target?
Me.
It's a step.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Go Vote Now; It'll Make You Feel Big and Strong

Great advice, Bob.
Tonight was historic, to say the least.
I'm just glad that there is finally a clear winner.

Leanne won Project Runway!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But really...

As for the debate, it was exciting. I loved loved the split screens. Best debate so far. I feel like it really showed the true colors (insert the song True Colors by Phil Collins) of the two candidates. McCain finally showed up for a debate, and despite his recent influx of degrading Obama, I was impressed with his performance. And Obama worked it. You still done good, Barack and Roll.

I'm glad I'm an independent. I am.

But lets be honest here. Both candidates are full of promises and claim potential for a stronger future. I don't know who to trust. I don't know what to think of anything they say. I wish that I could believe they will give us what they promise, but I am hesistant to anything they ensure will happen. I know that whoever is elected is going to be criticized and mocked like nobody's business, and that as a nation we will never all be happy. I feel for both Obama and McCain, as the future is in one of their hands and the substantial pressure they are experiencing would make most average men crumble. So I'll give props to both of you crazy guys.

Now do what Bob says. Vote.

PS: Joe the Plumber...if you're reading this, I expect a shout out. And my toilet is running.

That's What She Said

I want to thank The Office for celebrating the eternally funny phrase "Thats what she said".

It never gets old with me. Even when it doesn't make sense. I embrace it.

However, we can't forget that Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys sang a song with the same message way back in the day. It is beautiful and inspiring.

BSB for life. Brian, if you're reading this, thank you for everything.

PS This video is set to a variety of BSB images. I'm pretty sure I had 90% of them on my wall at some point in my youth.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I might be 13


Here's the deal.

I rarely get excited about movies before they are released.

But I can't wait for HSM 3.

I'm seriously giddy.
I even requested a HSM cake for my birthday next month. I'm turning 13.



Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A Dream Realized


Today at the store I found another dream. Another addition to my list of things to do in life. Another aspiration.


I want to be a model.


But not just any model.


A Halloween Costume model.


Because I'm pretty sure I can make a face just as good as this guy...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I'm Cindy, and I approve this message:

One of my favorite readers told me he thought my blog was becoming too political.

Too bad to that reader. I have to blog about the debate!

(ALSO: I received my mail-in ballot yesterday and I am so excited! And not only do I live in a swing state, but I live in a swing county. Seems to be that my county will probably determine the outcome of the state. It's a lot of pressure..)
Now for the debate...
I enjoyed it. I love these debates in the town hall format. They are so much more interactive and I feel like they allow me to better judge the candidate as a person. At times I did feel for these people in the audience, as the candidates seemed to get thisclose to them (connecting to the American people one at a time?) but overall it was an interesting and informative night. Not the most exciting, or the most invigorating, but sufficient.

There were some stark differences that arose between the McCain and Obama, and I am so glad they did. I love live debates because I almost feel like I'm there (if only I were...). I only wish that the two of them would have interacted a little more. Maybe an arm wrestling competition, or a dance contest?

I did enjoy their petty fights (when Obama asked for a follow up and McCain interrupted by stating he wanted one too...) and their unnecessary statements (including Obama's "Many of you remember 9/11"...uh, I think we all remember that, Senator).
Overall, it was worth watching. For their final debate I think the two of them should be thrown into a room with a table and two chairs, with a camera simply recording the conversation that ensues. It would be fascinating.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Happy 103rd Post!

I totally neglected my 100th post, so here I am celebrating my 103rd. BAM! And while this isn't that exciting, it leads me to things I am excited about.
They go as follows:
-The Hills is on tonight. As much as its kinda lame, I am still kinda addicted to it.
-I have a good feeling about this week. I hope it means I'll find employment. But who knows. At least its a good feeling.
-The first part of the Project Runway Finale is on Wednesday. Again, simple things in life make me happy.
-My dad bought a case of Coke Zero without even knowing its my most favorite drink in the world. Thanks dad.
-Presidential Debate time!
-I'm seeing Jim Gaffigan on Friday!!! It will be hilarious, I'm sure.
-Provo this weekend. Plans include: the BYU football game (I'm looking forward to a pretty impressive win after last weeks stint..it'll feel good being back at LES), party at Janna's (I heart October), a dance party (including tunes from the Hip Hop style), Beto's, seeing the friends I love most, and just having a good time. Because it will be good.
-Its October. I love October. The chill in the air is beautiful.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008

King Arthur

When I was visiting Kensington Palace in London, I had the chance to meet a very special man. His name was Arthur (we could call him King Arthur) and he was 83 years old. He was very kind and fed the birds in the park by the palace every week.
His wife had died 13 years earlier. He said he was looking for a new one. He invited me to be that new one. I declined.

Sometimes I think back to that life-changing decision. Why do we do the things that we do?
I could be living in England, caring for an aged man, moments away from the Globe theatre, changing his Depends, a chunnel ride away from Paris.

Who ever knows what will happen next...

Biden v. Palin

Tonights debate was good. Not bad, not excellent.

It wasn't as action packed as I would've liked (when did politicians stop insulting each other directly?) but it was informative enough and I enjoyed viewing the stark differences between Biden and Palin. Granted, I was sad The Office wasn't on tonight, but I will admit I was glad I didn't have to choose one over the other. Because, honest to goodness, I would've still watched the debate. I'm weird and I have a random old man crush on Joe. I admit it.


Also, I'm pretty sure they had to refer to McCain as "Maverick" a certain number of times (a million) to win a special prize. Luckily, Palin was up to the challenge and surpassed all expectations. She wins! (Only not)


While she seems like a lovely lady, Palin is just not my cup of tea. I find her annoying and every time I see her I wish it was really Tina Fey dressed up as Sarah Palin. And then I get disappointed when I realize it's the real Palin.


I just love Joe. I loved the way the camera focused in on him laughing at certain things Palin said tonight and I love the way his eyes glisten in the light.

(Photo)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Enrique Love


Lately I haven't been able to get enough of Mr. Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler.

(Which, fyi, when you google him, the only other related search is "Enrique Iglesias mole"...)


While I'm not necessarily attracted to him (because of the mole?), I have realized I am in love with him.


It all started with his more recent hit, Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song), which inspired me to pull out my old Escape album, and it's just spiraled out of control from that. I don't even skip his Spanish version of Hero anymore.


I don't understand it, but I feel it.

Moving on up


The BYU Cougars are going above and beyond this season.



It makes me giddy.

WHY?!

Dear McDo,

I've enjoyed seeing you more these past few weeks. I feel like we've become closer and I was hoping that maybe something more could develop. I thought the feeling was mutual.
Until now.

Why did you have to go and stop your 42 oz. drink (It's Wasatch big!) for only 89 cents?! I realize that it's not the best foundation for a relationship, but it was working for us. It made me want to visit you at work on an almost daily basis. It was special.

I think I need some space to reevaluate our situation.


See you soon?

-Cindy