Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Goal: Accomplished

Today I started filling out my my planner for 2013. My friend Nina makes planners and I buy one from her every year. Above is a picture from one of the pages, as you can see, there is tons of room to write and I love it!

There is room in the back for notes and I filled one page with a list entitled "Things I Have Done". The next page is a list entitled "Bucket List". As I copied my bucket list into my new planner, I was amused by the things that were left off or added to my new list. For example, left off the list was "get lost in a city where I don't know the language." I added this one earlier this year, when I went out with a cute guy who had that goal on his list. I'm pretty sure he was the only motivation for adding this to my list. Now, I look at that goal and think, "Um, no. I'm much too much of a planner to really want to do something like that."

I'm excited for the goals on my list. I'm currently working on "read all the Newberry award winners" and "learn to play the guitar." I'll need more planning for "attend an Olympic event" and "work in a field that is white and ready to harvest." I'm always on the hunt for new and exciting goals!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Games I Play

I love Srabbble. I really do. I love all word games because they are such an intellectual challenge. But I'm horrifically bad at them, which is surprising, considering how much I read and how much I love the English language. Take a recent Words with Friends game I started:

I'm playing against myself. And I'm cheating. Yet notice the low point totals. Take note of the high number of three letter words. I also have three other games currently going where I'm losing by a minimum of 100 points. Will I give up? No! Not only am I really bad at these games, I'm persistently bad. That should count for something.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Movie love

Ever since I was a little kid, I loved watching movies. I have such strong memories and emotions mixed with movies. When I was six, I can remember running out of the room during Dumbo to hide and cry because Dumbo and his mom were separated. My mom found me and comforted me. I remember watching The Lion King in the theater and having to sit on the steps in the auditorium because the only seat left was in the very back against the wall and my little nine year old self couldn't see the screen. I remember watching Catch Me If You Can and days later still getting excited over the feats Frank Abagnale pulled off. Or even watching Remember the Titans in the movie theater three times (my first time going to a movie in the theaters repeatedly) because it was fantastic and because Ryan Gosling was super cute. (The second reason may or may not have held more weight!)

When I was a teenager, I told my dad I wanted to be a movie critic someday. He laughed at the idea, and told me everybody is a critic. As the years went by, I ultimately lost sight of that goal, but I never stopped loving movies and I never stopped analyzing them. When I was in college, I took a class called American Film in History. It met once a week, for four hours each time. We began class by talking about a specific decade, starting with the 1910s and ending with the 1960s and the events that shaped that decade. Then we would watch a top box office earner for the decade. Then we talked about what that movie said about that decade, why moviegoers chose to pay for that movie time and time again. My professor for that class was James D'Arc, a man who knows everything about movies. I mostly admired him, but partially just wanted his job.

One thing I took away from that class, what I still look for in the movies I watch today, is the ability of movies to hold up a mirror to the viewer and then invite them to be a better person. Really, isn't that the point of all art? I'm delighted to start this blog because it will be my little way of fulfilling a childhood dream. What a way to make 2013 a little bit better than last year!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Welcome New Year

When the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2012, I was thrilled. The year had been bitter and challenging. I cried a lot. At some points during the year, I felt like Bella Swan in "New Moon" when she sat huddled in a chair, staring out a window for months on end because she was so broken and defeated.

As the balloons came down and Martinelli's cider sprayed through the air (after all, I was at an LDS stake party, where Martinelli's is the drink of choice), I knew that this fresh new year would be better. It HAD to be better. I resolved right there to make 2013 the best year yet.

This blog is a result of that resolution. Goal number three on my list is to start a new movie review blog. Goal setting and why movie reviews are topics for another post. Suffice it to say, I won't stick solely with movie reviews, because I also have a fascination with reading, fashion, eating and myself. Original, no? I'm just excited to get this project started!