Thursday, November 25, 2004

Looking for Something?

So guys, HOW WAS YOUR THANKSGIVING??? Mine I must say was quite wonderful. I spent the day at the house with the familia watching the parade, cooking lunch, and making Christmas lists... hehe. But ya, the turkey this year was wonderful and honestly made me quite sleepy.

The highlight of my day though (and also the inspiration for this entry's title) was me and the fam going to see Finding Neverland. Finding Neverland is about the writer and creator of Peter Pan (and don't worry, Michael Jackson does not make any appearances). It's a very, VERY good movie. I wasn't quite sure what to expect going into it but I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Anyway, I'm not gonna spoil anything for you (I HATE when people do that) BUT GO SEE IT.

Last night I saw Christmas With the Kranks which was a good holiday movie. Although it was my second choice to The Polar Express in IMAX 3D which was sold out EVEN THOUGH we arrived at the theater a whole freakin HOUR early... Ticked me off. So ya, since I refused to see National Treasure (because, let's be honest, no one can top The Da Vinci Code and this was an OBVIOUS Da Vinci wannabe or what I call, Dawannabe... OK maybe that wasn't so funny but at least I tried) we saw Christmas With the Kranks. Based on the best-selling novel, Skipping Christmas by John Grisham, (currently available where all books are sold and the coffee table in my living room) 'Kranks' deals with a family who chooses to, you guessed it, SKIP Christmas. Once again, I won't be spoiling anything for those of you avid movie goers out there, but I will say that by the end of the movie you'll wish Frosty the Snowman never existed. And notice how Enrique, the boyfriend, only has an accent when he says his name: Enrique de Santa Cruz KLJASKJDIOJAWD (the random letters represent the rest of his name that was spoken so quickly that I couldn't understand it).

WOW. I just remembered that awful movie, Jack Frost, about a boy whose dad dies and is reincarnated as a snowman. Now, I never did see this movie but REALLY how good could it possibly be??? Next thing you know people will be coming back as Giga Pets and Tamagotchis...

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and is ready for the countdown to Christmas! Exactly one month till the big DAY O' GIFTS!!! WOOHOO!!!


Last night on the way to see Polar Express, I was disappointed to hear all of my friends tell me that I would not be a good teacher. I respect their opinion, but must disagree. You see, they based their decision on an in-car reading of The Polar Express, which I KINDLY offered to do. So here I am, very low lighting, attempting to read a Christmas classic and give it all of it's wonder by adding special elf and conductor voices, while they're goofing off, asking questions, and asking me to show them the pictures... OF COURSE I'm gonna get upset! Why ask questions?! There's nothing confusing about a mysterious train popping out of no where to steal kids from their homes and take them to the North Pole! So automatically that means I'd be a bad teacher?! Apparently they didn't think me telling the kids to "zip it and hold all questions until the story is finished" would be proper... Whatever... I'll show you! I'm gonna be the best kindergarten teacher there every was! HA!

Friday, November 19, 2004

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like TUUUUURKEY

There's nothing like the aroma of fresh turkey and deviled eggs. And what else could add to all of that but the sight of cranberry sauce that's still in the shape of the can?! Now, granted I don't LIKE cranberry sauce, but I still think it's funny to see it. BTW if you get the chunky cranberry sauce you're a freak.

But seriously, I like Thanksgiving but I honestly don't like most of the food. I like the turkey, but I've heard FRIED turkey is AMAZING so I've always wanted to try that. But as far as the stuffing/dressing goes, I'll pass.

WHAT IS THANKSGIVING? You ask? Well I'll tell you. It's when the Native Americans met with the pilgrims and they all had a big "fiesta". Yes, I say fiesta because it makes me laugh if I visualize them hitting piƱatas and playing mariachi music all while giving thanks for the existance of corn. But yes. March 16, 1621 is the day when the Indian, Samoset, first introduced himself to the Pilgrim imigrants. Along with Squanto, Samoset taught the Pilgrims the basics of living; they taught them how to plant corn, get sap from maple trees, and pick plants for medicines. The Pilgrims responded by teaching the Indians well, nothing. The Pilgrims simply mooched off of their newly found friends and were ALMOST completely worthless (like the unwanted relative that comes and lives with you "just for a little while" but ends up staying forever and in the Indians case, taking over the ENTIRE country). It wasn't until mid-October that the Thanksgiving celebration or "fiesta" took place in which the Pilgrims invited the Native Americans to come and eat all of the food that they had planted. The Pilgrims were thankful for all that they had learned from their friends and that they just saved 15% on their car insurance by switching to Geico. This celebration lasted for THREE WHOLE DAYS! WHEW...

Anyway. What are YOU thankful for? This coming week is the time that you get to be thankful for all that you have! And now that I think about it. A Thanksgiving Fiesta sounds PRETTY DARN FUN to me! I think I'll start that up this year! FIESTA EVERYONE!

Friday, November 12, 2004

Out of the Woods

OK so last weekend was definetely an adventure for me. Let me tell you I haven't been so in touch with my "wild" side before (HAHA. Wild as in dangerous animals lurking and mysterious noises in the woods.)

A bunch of us went camping at Lake Texoma for a little retreat and got there on Friday night. When we pulled up I thought we were on the set of Survivor. It was like full of tiki torches and I was afraid I would be the first voted off (however because it was church-related there were no elimations) . The girls' tent was already set up. Lucky them. The guys had to set up our own tents. Which was fine, we really had an advantage over them because I was so experienced in camping... So like, I go over to where we're supposed to set up the tents and my friend and I find ourselves just staring at everyone else doing the work. So finally I say, "Just let us know what to do and we'll do it." I'm pretty sure we were THE worst tent-setter-uppers EVER. We tried to feed the poles through the loops and everything and it just didn't work so we went elsewhere. Then we came back later to make sure that the rest of them had finished what we had started. Sure enough, NO TENT. Apparently we had actually RIPPED the tent covering when we were putting the poles through causing them to have to get ANOTHER tent.

ANYWAY. Forget the whole tent issue. It's over; done. So we spend the night by the campfire singing Kumbyah and finally hit the tent around 12:30 for some good sleep. Except my tent stayed up until 2 in the morning telling horrible New York City stories. The one that sticks out most in my mind was someone who ended their trip by going to the Olive Garden and then throwing up in the elevator with people they didn't know because of the strong smell of "cleaning product."

Let me tell you how my sleep went. I THINK it was about 50 degrees BELOW zero. It might have been, no I take that back, it was THE coldest EVER. The only thing that saved me that night from LITERALLY freezing to death was my homemade Harry Potter scarf. Seriously. Saved my life. So like, half way through the night, I'm woken up by this HORRIBLE howling. Literally EVERY DOG IN THE WORLD was barking. There were coyotes, wolverines, rabid dingos, chihuahuas. EVERYTHING was barking and I almost screamed. Luckily I had some Excedrin on hand and that problem was saved.

The next morning I had some wonderful pancakes with about a pound of butter. Seriously I don't know what was in me; I think it was the dog thing. Then some of us went out for a little run. I was of course at the back of the pack THE whole time, heaving in loads of freezing cold air, causing my throat to hurt for the next 4 hours. Later we went on our HIKE!!! WOOHOO! It was awesome. Although I'm still not very sure WHERE we were going. I played tour guide the whole way with my walkie talkies. Everyone seemed to like it, they were laughing the whole time... Unless they were laughing because I drove them insane. Hmm... We went to the lake and skipped rocks for seriously, 3 hours. It was wonderful. Also, throwing boulders into the lake in order to splash and drench your friends is also very rewarding.

The next night was the same as the first. I got to bed a little earlier, only to be woken by the wild dingos earlier. That was fun. Then we woke up and had some goooooood breakfast burritos and then had to pack up camp. I'm pretty sure they told me just to stay away from the whole tent area so I didn't cause another "situation".

Over all I had a wonderful time on this trip. I must have said a THOUSAND times on this trip, "I wish this was a reality show." Because seriously, it would have been the funniest EVER.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Riff Raff

Don't tell me you've never thought about what Disney character you would be if you could. Well, let me tell you, I have. There are so many to choose from.

I mean, the most obvious one for me to be is Hercules, but that'd be a little egotistical of me. Another is Pinocchio but that kid was crazy, let's face it, he was a talking puppet and that is just disturbing. Gaston from Beauty and the Beast is just mean, and the Beast is well, gross. Simba from The Lion King has to much stuff to take care of with all the hyenas and other animals wreaking havoc and I just couldn't handle the stress. Plus my skin doesn't tan very well so you can imagine how burned I'd be in that hot African sun day in and day out. And I didn't even consider any of the characters from the Disney and Pixar movies because I really would like the challenge of living in a two dimensional world. So that leaves only one more person I could be. Aladdin.

Aladdin's just cool. After all, he has his own self-titled movie, along with like, 50 sequels and also has a special edition DVD available right now! But seriously, the kid has nothing at first right? Then all of a sudden he gets a genie, becomes a prince, and has a flying carpet. If anything, I'd be Aladdin just for the flying carpet. He also has a very special lady friend, Jasmine. But the coolest part EVER would be having his pet monkey, Abu. He's just the coolest ever. I've always wanted a pet monkey, although from what I can tell in the movie, Abu's pretty greedy, self-centered and is VERY irritable.

There are some drawbacks though to having all these things that Aladdin has. I'd like having the genie there with me to do stuff for me, but all the singing songs and changing bodies would really get to me and probably rack up my Excedrin bill. And I noticed that that rug has an ATTITUDE. It gets all upset when Aladdin doesn't take him with him and has this sad puppy face look as it walks off. Aladdin was dumb enough to take the carpet with him anyway. But I guess he had no choice, camels are slow and gas prices are outrageous now.

Geez. Maybe I DON'T want to be Aladdin... No, no I really think it would be fun. I just wouldn't want to have to face off against a giant Jeffar snake and I'd have to keep myself from burning the carpet, locking up the genie, and abandoning the monkey. Ehh... Maybe I'll just have to forget the whole two-dimension thing and just be Bullseye, the horse in Toy Story 2.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Do You Have a Grudge?

I know I do. You better hope it's not against you otherwise watch out for black cats and creepy Asian boys wanting to kill you. No, I didn't give away any of the movie, but let me just say, it's CREEPY CREEPY CREEPY. And PLEASE whatever you do, don't go up in your dark attic when you hear weird noises.

Thinking back on my life, I do have a few grudges and here's who they're against and why:

1) The cafeteria lady at Kimberlin Elementary who told me that the rolls there were "artificial" after I commented on how awkwardly shiny they were.

2) A girl in my pre-school class who bit my arm after I POLITELY asked her if I could get in front of her in line to talk to my friend.

3) Star Search who didn't think I was good enough to be on their show... Maybe it wouldn't have been CANCELLED if I was on it... Or maybe I should feel worse about NOT getting on a show that was so bad that it got cancelled...

4) The cast of FRIENDS because they all quit on me.

5) AOL for flooding my mail with an insane amount of CDs.

6) Wal-Mart because Super Target's better

7) Ken Jennings (the guy who NEVER loses on Jeopardy) for being so FREAKIN smart.

8) AMC Mesquite 30 Movie Theater for being the worst place on earth

9) The Cat in the Hat movie because it's honestly the WORST movie ever made.

And last but CERTAINLY not least:

10) Ashlee Simpson for existing.

These are just a FEW of my grudges. I bet if you sat down and thought about it, you'd realize that you probably have a lot of grudges too!