Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday!

Mark and I had a pretty long day. We started out the festivities with my side of the family, my dad's side to be particular. We hadn't spent Thanksgiving with my dad's side in about 5 years so that was nice to be there with everyone. The event was held in a church room that my dad's cousin and his wife had rented out, and there was a TON of food. I'm actually a little disappointed that I got full so fast. I wanted to eat more!

After that we headed over to Mark's mom and dad's house for dessert and relaxing. It was about an hour drive from our first stop, so that was a little rough, but of course worth it to be able to spend time with both of our families. We spent a few hours there as well before heading home for the night.

Mark wasn't sure what to do about his Black Friday work schedule. He needed to be at work by 4 AM (he has the past few years) and this year he attempted to stay up all night instead of sleeping for 4 or 5 hours. Needless to say, he's already fallen asleep on the couch next to me. Poor guy :(

I am not a Black Friday shopper. I won't rule it out completely in the future when I actually HAVE some money, but I have a feeling that I'd rather finish my shopping in early November or the week before Christmas than get up super early and try to beat the crowds. Christmas shopping this year is going to be a bit difficult for us, and we're going to have to be extra creative to make up for the lack of funds.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Pt.1 Review

I want to read over some other reactions to the movie before I said my piece, and as always, it is difficult to hear reviews from non-readers vs. readers, critics vs. fans, and so on.

And yes, there will be spoilers. Be warned.

Overall, I felt like the movie was okay. It did a much better job than I anticipated and didn't stray from the text too much. The changes that they made were pretty well necessary from a movie standpoint (ie - not using the polyjuice potion when they were in Godric's Hollow was totally understandable for the movie, but obviously impossible from the book's standpoint).

The trouble is that the first half of the book is SO VERY complex. There is so much going on, not just action and danger, but a lot that needs to be discussed and explained and pondered - the first half is not so much of Harry, Ron, and Hermione DOING anything but talking about and trying to figure things out. And while that makes for a great and interesting book, watching some people sitting in the woods and talking about what to do next just gets kind of boring at a certain point. And they didn't explain nearly half of what they needed to. They didn't even tell us what Snatchers are, and they are the ones that capture and take them to Malfoy Manor!

I'm not trying to say that they should have taken out a lot of the dialoge and explanations - they are absolutely essential and in fact there was even more that the audience wasn't getting. The anger and resentment that Harry feels towards Dumbledore for example, was hardly noticeable in this film. The pure anguish that Hermione feels when Ron leaves was truly lessened (in my opinion) by the scene where Harry tries to cheer her up by dancing with her.

Things I loved about the movie:
-The opening scene of Hermione erasing her parent's memories of her. LOVED. She only spoke about it in the book, so seeing it really happen was really fabulously done.
-The acting. Always really good. The portrayal of Bellatrix is always particularly good, but of course I think that woman is a well experience actress. The portrayals of Harry, Ron, and Hermione were good too.
-Introduction of Bill. I'm glad they didn't try to breeze over this like we've always known he's been around (even though readers have obviously known). I actually giggled that they really introduced him. I half expected them to have it be someone else's wedding that they were attending.
-Bathilda Bagshot. She definitely creeped me out. That was really good. I do wish that we would have seen the snake actually coming out of her instead of a quick shot, then back to Harry, and then when we got back to her the snake was already out.

Things I wish would have been different:
-Harry should have taken back Mad Eye's eye and buried it.
-They shouldn't have been RUNNING from the Snatchers. They are wizards for crying out loud! In the book they are simply cornered in their tent with no where to go, so they have to come out...but I guess the movie preferred to incorporate more action. If they wanted to do that, I would have added some dueling and guerrilla warfare type - hiding behind trees and whatnot.
-Hermione's torture. She was supposed to be a lot worse off than she ended up. She seemed to come out of there practically unscathed, just shooken up. I was expecting bruise and blood and nearly passing out from pain.

All in all, it was a decent movie with what they had to work with. But like I said - the first half of this book is not terribly exciting except for a few sequences of action here and there. The rest of it really came down to thoughts, emotions, and dialog between the characters. And a lot of very complex horcrux and other wizard-like themes.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Procrastinator

I convinced Mark that we should eat McDonalds for lunch today, even though we just recently watched Super Size Me again and I am in the process of writing a paper on it that's due tomorrow. I don't know why I insisted on it either, because now my stomach just feels sickly and is making creepy gurgling noises.

I am very slow to jump on my own healthy eating bandwagon. I have goals for myself in place, that need to be accomplished before the wedding, which is coming up SOONER than anticipated. Who would have thought once I backed away from staring at my countdown ticker all the time that things would actually start moving?

Mark should be home soon and then we're going to the grocery store. I've mapped out three different sections into our grocery list, so if we have the money, I plan on making some good choices.

I was just trying to enter my ultimate-hopeful-eating for the next few days in My Plate, based off of a diet I found on SELF (again), but it's telling me I am getting WAY too much protein. Like 70-90 grams when they are recommending I get only 38. So I'm a little confused about that. 38 seems a little low to me anyway. One 4 oz chicken breast is like 24 grams of protein on it's own.

I hope I really just suck it up and change my habits soon. I don't know what my deal is.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

More House

While I am procrastinating writing a paper (2 pages down!) I figured I can post some more pictures of our cute little house that I have been neglecting.






It's so teeny tiny in here! But I am loving it anyways. If only I could rake in some more cash so that we could decorate and maybe actually have a REAL table instead of just two chairs (our normal table is too big for that teeny kitchen!)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Whoa!

I am one of those people that gets totally and completely UNNECESSARILY stressed when given a certain situation.

Today I had that interview that I was debating even going to, for another waitressing job at a pizza place. And yet again I was miraculously hired on the spot. I was incredibly confused. How can I possibly go from four months of nothingness to one week and getting two jobs. And I don't think I have time for both, come to think of it. But I accepted. What should I have done? Go to an interview, get accepted, and then turn it down on the spot? That would have been a complete waste of time.

I guess I don't know for sure if it will be a total loss. The owner/manager claims that he would like me to work 30 hours, but I doubt that will happen. I don't know how many hours I'll be scheduled at the other restaurant though. SO - I could maybe be okay with both. I don't like thinking about making the awkward conversation of changing availability and possibly quitting one and so on. It stresses me out. And I don't even know these people well yet! I'm barely trained/hired. It is very unnecessary for me to be worried about these things. I need to do what's right for me. But alas, I am stressed.

I guess I will have to try and relax and see how things unfold...