Wednesday, December 26, 2012

My thoughts on...

Les Mis.

The movie.

I love the stage version of it.  I love the music.  There are some songs that will always give me those chills. The ones you can't help to feel every time you hear the opening chords.

The movie?  Here are my thoughts (also if you loved the movie you might not like this.  not because i hated it-i enjoyed it-but i don't think its as amazing as everyone is saying it is...)

First off: Eponine.  I really liked her; I thought they done good putting her in the film version (and way mo' betta than the rumored Taylor Swift.  i mean, i love t-swift, but i don't know if she could've pulled this off) but can we talk about her waist?  

It is the size of my wrist.  I mean, I know I have big wrists.  But still. 

Secondovely, Russell Crowe.  I keep hearing he did such an amazing job.  But Javert?  I've always felt so much hatred for this character.  I loathed him.  But Crowe made me kind of like him.  The entire time you feel like he is justified because he's doing his job.  Which is true. But I didn't think he had the passion for the role-the passion for finding Jean Valjean-that he is meant to possess.  

Thirdly.  This takes a lot to admit.  I haven't really loved Anne Hathaway since The Princess Diaries, so I was nervous about how I would react to her as Fantine.  I don't know if I just had created lowered expectations or what, but I actually thought she did impressively well.  

Lastly, Marius.  I didn't like his voice.  I said it.  I loved Enjolras and wish he had been Marius, but that's just me.  The rest of the cast was fine.  The story is so beautiful that the film was good, but people who are saying its the best thing ever are weird to me.  I mean, I think its worth a viewing, but I didn't cry in it.  Nor did I walk away thinking it was life-changing.  But that could also be because I am heartless.  Debatable.

And those are my thoughts on the movie version of Les Mis.  


Monday, December 17, 2012

One Week

I'm trying to become a little mo' betta and a little mo' grateful this next week; to be aware of the things I am blessed with and to bless others.  This is my goal.

PS: I love Christmas.

(i'm a tomato)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

12-12-12 and Middle School

Last night I went out with some friends for some dinner to celebrate 12-12-12.  Because why wouldn't we do that?  

In honor of the holiday that was 12-12-12, I tried getting everyone to only talk in 12 word sentences.  It was much more difficult (and time consuming) then we were all willing to dedicate ourselves to, so our holiday celebrations has to be amended.  The natural suggestion was to then get up and dance/walk around our chair every time someone said 12-12-12.  It was fun until people started abusing this and we made multiple rotations around our chairs in the middle of our dinner.  Even the waitresses were getting in on the action and stopping by our table just to say the date.

And then I wondered how I had friends.

Also today at the school I work at we had a our Christmas social for the students.  And if there's something everyone needs to go to, it's a middle school dance years and years after you yourself went through middle school.  Awkwardness seeps through your veins the moment you step into the gym where the dance is held.  There are boys vs. girls groups, perfectly coordinated outfits, no one actually dancing, and a general sense of unhappiness and self-doubt throughout the room.  Actually, if you've ever been to a Mormon dance, it could be described in the same way.

But middle school also incorporates puberty.  What a bonus.

Upon seeing me at the social, some of my students approached me to say hello, while others averted their eyes every time I walked in their general direction.  And that, my friends, is when I knew I had finally come full circle in my life.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

One of the best.

My brother Aaron is kind of a king of internet videos.  He will go through phases of sending me them, and sometimes I watch them and sometimes I don't.  Usually I don't.  (sorry Aaron!)

But this time, I did.

I knew it was going to be good when he told me, "I thought you could love this in so many ways"

It combines so many things that I love: A Korean man, karaoke, and Mariah Carey.

If that doesn't scream perfection, nothing does.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Circle of Life

Last night I went to my little brothers choir concert.  It's kind of fun being in the audience of something I was so obsessed with when I was in high school.  Those show choirs...they are full of little gems.  Like the most unenthusiastic dancers and singers I have ever witnessed.  And boys without rhythm doing horrible choreography.  I like to think it wasn't so bad when I was singing in it, but it probably was.

Also, there was a girl wearing a scrunchie and a boy with bleached tips.  What year is it?

On a related note, my family put down one of the dogs last week.  I didn't even notice.  My brother mentioned it to me last night when we were talking about Christmas lists (don't judge me: i always write down 'get rid of the dogs' on my lists) and he was like "we did that last week!" and I had no idea.  It was mostly dead, anyways, so don't think I'm being too insensitive here.

Or maybe I am.

All I know is that the Christmas season started early for me.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Yesterday was Jay-Z's birthday.  He is 43.  Also, he is kind of precious, as proven in this video:

That's all.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas cheer!

There was one time I was attracted to this guy because he had a really sweet mustache. But then I saw him get into his car and it was covered in bumper stickers and I was automatically not attracted to him anymore. I mean, it kind of made sense but it was also alarming. I guess I'm just not committed enough to ruin my car like that. Especially with his kinds of bumper stickers. Coexist? That one drives me crazy.

Moving on, so far I've helped put up two Christmas trees but not my own. But it's really getting me into the spirit of the season. I love all the lights on people's houses, even the people across the street who won yard of the month in our neighborhood. There is no way we can compete with that. We could probably win 'dirt pile of the month', though. (#winning).

Anyways, work is easy peasy today so this blog was a priority. Naturally. If you have anything you want addressed on this old blog, let me know. Or a video. I just want you to be happy.

Saturday, December 1, 2012


This is how the Ford's do Thanksgiving.

(kind of)

(fyi: this is documentation of only a short amount of preparation time.  Brian didn't actually cook that much; his face just loves the camera.  on the other hand, some of it is accurate: that's exactly what Kris did.  And Erik is actually that aggressive when he sets the table)

If you can believe it, Brian made the song at the end up right then and there.  Musical genius.  And Thanksgiving stuffing genius (even though i hate stuffing).

The beginning of this video also included a recorded conversation about how we used expired cans of green beans for our green bean casserole.  Fun fact: you won't die if you do this!  You're welcome.

Who wants to come over for Christmas?