Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Are there scenes in the movie that aren't in the book? Yes. Are there parts of the book that were omitted from the movie? Yes. Are there parts that I wish had been included? Or that I would have done differently? Certainly. Overall, I think that both the writer (Melissa Rosenberg) and director (Catherine Hardwicke) did a very good job of adapting the book for the big screen. The scenes in the movie that weren't in the book helped to quickly add background to the storyline, within the movie's time constraints. Because the story had to be condensed, some of the dialogue in the movie did not match the scene it appears in in the book. But, honestly, if I hadn't recently started rereading the book, I doubt that I would have even noticed. There were some awkward moments in the movie - points where Rob's facial expressions seemed a little over-the-top. But, there were also times where those same facial expressions absolutely made the scene - especially Edward and Bella's first biology class together. The scene could have been incredibly dark. I'm actually glad that the writer chose to approach it a bit differently. And, there were times where Kristen's approach to the dialogue wasn't exactly how I had "heard" it when I read the text. There were scenes from the book that were omitted completely from the movie - but are integral to the storyline in New Moon. One example is the scene where Edward takes Bella on a tour of his house. In the book, Edward takes Bella to Carlisle's study where they look at all of the paintings, and Edward shares his families' history with Bella. That was completely omitted from the movie (at least in the final cut). The Volturi weren't mentioned at all. If you've read New Moon, you know what an integral part they play in the second book. Also, I wish there would have been more of a focus on Bella and Alice's relationship. And, except for Edward, the Cullen family only plays a small, supportive roll in the movie. I wish they had been included more in the screenplay.
In a perfect world where there are no time constraints and unlimited budgets, I'm sure that both the writer and the director would have chosen to stay completely true to the text. However, that's just not reality. Overall, I think the movie was done very well and recommend going to see it. I'll even confess that I've already seen it twice. (And I know I'm not alone. ;) You might call me a fanatic. I'm okay with that.
Another thing that I'd like to mention is the soundtrack. It is incredible! It's all I've been listening to at work/in the car for the last 2 weeks. If you get a chance, click here to listen to samples of the songs. As most of you know, I usually listen primarily to country music. But I absolutely love the edgy, alternative feel of this soundtrack - especially the songs by Perry Ferral and Muse.
I think that about sums it up. I give Twilight the movie two thumbs up! Just keep an open mind, and I think you will, too. =)
Well, I think I'd better start thinking about getting some sleep now...see you later!
Friday, November 21, 2008
I'm finally starting to wind down - hoping to be able to fall asleep soon...
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Well, Tobi's opening of MidnightRooster has convinced me to seriously consider opening a store of my own. Now, this is where you, my friends, come in. I would like some honest feedback. What do you think? Is it something that would be worth pursuing?
Hope to hear from you soon! =)
Saturday, November 8, 2008
But enough about the yucky weather. I have some exciting news! Now, if you follow my friend Tobi's blog, you've probably already heard. But, just in case you haven't, I'd like to take this opportunity to announce a new addition to Etsy - MidnightRooster! You just have to check out her flowers! I've seen them in person, and they are so cute! Definitely worth the moolah. Best of luck, Tob! (Not that you'll need it! ;)
Oh, and before I sign-off for today, I just have to add: ONLY 12 MORE DAYS UNTIL THE TWILIGHT PREMIER!!! hehehe
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
For those of you who have not seen or spoken to me in the last couple of weeks, let me take this moment to share my latest obsession with you. Obsession. There really isn't any other way to put it. My friend, Tobi, told me about this book by Stephenie Meyer called Twilight. She said that the series has been referred to as "the new Harry Potter." So, I borrowed her copy and read it. In less than 48 hours. Now, that may not sound like a big deal. I guess I should mention that the book is 496 pages long. (And, no, there aren't any pictures... ;) Twilight is the first book in the Twilight Saga. Each of the books (including New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn) gets progressively longer, with Breaking Dawn being a little over 700 pages long. I read the entire series in 9 days. It's just that good. If you haven't already read the books, I highly recommend them. Even if you're not an avid reader, I can guarantee that you'll get hooked.
The first novel, Twilight, has been made into a movie and is set to open in theatres on 11-21-08. A lot of my girlfriends and I are planning on being there for the openning. Waiting the next 8 weeks is going to be torture! There's a link to the movie's site at the top of this post. Enjoy! =)
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Last week, I went back to work at the office. My body insisted on staying on westcoast time, but I was finally able to adjust my sleep pattern back to normal, or at least what is normal for me, by the end of the week. Last week was also the monthly deadline for my card class - had to turn everything in to our coordinator by the 15th. Yesterday, I went to Pages In Time to work on my design team projects for the month. I got one done but am waiting on pics to finish the other two. Today, I worked at PIT. I usually work on Saturdays, not Sundays, so that was a little strange. I'm hopeful that things will finally be back to "normal" this week. Hallelujah!
More about the conference in San Francisco...It was held at the San Francisco Marriott Downtown. That is one of the nicest hotels I've ever stayed in. And, it has its own Starbucks - another plus! It was also just a few blocks from Chinatown. But, back to the conference. The conference was held by NCSEA (National Child Support Enforcement Association), and I had the opportunity to attend several sessions on interstate/international child support enforcement. (These are the areas that I am currently focused on in our office.) I am so glad that I had the opportunity to attend this conference. The training was priceless - much more indepth than any training that the State currently offers. We were in sessions until 5 everyday, so there wasn't a lot of time to explore the city at night. However, I was able to do a little sightseeing on Sunday. See some of my pics of Alcatraz, Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, and Chinatown here: http://www.new.facebook.com/album.php?aid=31145&l=efe7d&id=682969821. I had a wonderful time but was a little surprised at how cool and breezy it is there. Luckily I had taken my hoodie to wear in the conference rooms. (Conferences are infamous for being rather frigid.) I just never imagined that I would need to wear it out-and-about! =)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
The lack of sleep started to take its toll on the drive back. It took every last ounce of energy to stay awake. On my way to pick up Heather for our weekend crop, I had to make a detour through Meijer to get a venti at Starbucks. That really hit the spot! We loaded up my car and headed off to Nappanee.
We got to the b&b, The Olde Buffalo Inn, and were greeted by Freida, Brenda, and Janelle. Tobi and Heidi got there a few hours later, and Jeri and Fran arrived Friday afternoon. We had a blast! Janelle is absolutely incredible! She made toosh cooshes for our chairs, and there were 13x13 storage bins on each of our beds. They were tied with a bunch of ribbons - and full of goodies! She also planned two classes for us. One was an altered recipe box, and the other was a summer-themed acrylic book. They were amazing! At every meal, she had a "little" giveaway session. Everyone won a prize. She also gave away little goodies at several meals - an altered clipboard, a little water bottle with embellishments in it, and an altered placemat that she made into a purse. I feel like I'm forgetting something. It was all a little overwhelming. Unfortunately, I was battling migraines all weekend, so some of the details are a bit of a blur. Sunday afternoon came, and we had to pack and leave. The weekend didn't seem nearly long enough.
I dropped Heather off, and then it was on to Paige's birthday party. I can't believe that she's already three. I know that I've said it before, but where has the time gone? She has gotten so incredibly independent. She wants to do everything for herself. Right before dinner, the girls went outside to play. The next thing we knew, Paige was making mudpies in the backyard! hehehe! Of course, I had to take pictures. (Perfect excuse to play with the settings on my new camera, right?) She was having a grand ole time - much to her mother's chagrin. (Lisa doesn't particularly care for dirt.) So little Paigie had to jump in the tub before dinner, which she didn't mind in the least. Tony made ribs and bbq chicken on the grill. With that, we had Lisa's homemade potato salad (mmm!), corn on the cob, and baked beans. Yummo!!
All-in-all, it was an absolutely superb weekend. I got to spend time with most of my favorite people in the world. What could be better than that? =)
Friday, April 25, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
When I woke up, I remembered that I still needed to make prints for my photography class tomorrow night. Downloaded to SAM's - check. Below are a couple of pictures that I took Sunday evening (around 7:30). This tree is near the entrance of my apartment complex. Isn't it gorgeous? I'm still learning to play with the settings on my camera. This first picture was taken in AV with a 5.6 f-stop. Not bad, but...The one below was taken in the same setting, only I adusted the white balance for sunlight. What a difference!
It's getting late, so I'm going to try to go "back" to sleep. Later, gators!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Let's see...What's new? Not much, really. Still working a lot. Still scrapping and crafting whenever possible. I recently bought the A&E/BBC production of Pride & Prejudice. It's 5 hours long, but worth every minute. One of my favorite actors, Colin Firth, stars as Mr. Darcy. I've watched it 3 times already! My other favorite purchase is my new digital Rebel. Yep, that's right. Until a couple of weeks ago, I was still shooting with a 35mm. Everyone, welcome me to the 21st century! I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful it is to not have to shoot an entire roll of film to get a few pictures for a project! And, I really love being able to see if my pictures have "turned out" when I take them rather than when I pick them up at SAM's photo lab. Below are some pictures I took of Ian with my new digi. I'm still playing with it and learning how to set all of the bells & whistles, but I'm loving every minute of it! =)
Have a super weekend!