Thursday, October 30, 2008

New List be added on to the original list.

from here to eternity--montgomery clift, deborah kerr, donna reed, frank sinatra
midnight lace--doris day, rex harrison, myrna loy
raintree county--montgomery clift, elizabeth taylor
judgment at nuremburg--spencer tracy, montgomery clift, judy garland, marlene dietrich, william shatner (haha)
having wonderful time--lucille ball, ginger rogers, eve arden ziegfeld girl--eve arden, jimmy stewart, judy garland, lana turner
one touch of venus--ava gardner, eve arden
the gorgeous hussy--jimmy stewart, joan crawford, lionel barrymore (how could i NOT see this movie? look at the title!)
the shining hour--joan crawford, margaret sullavan
the women--rosalind russell, joan crawford, norma shearer, hedda hopper, joan fontaine
mame--lucille ball, robert preston
high society--bing crosby, grace kelly, frank sinatra, celeste holm

wife vs. secretary--clark gable
born to dance
after the thin man
navy blue and gold
vivacious lady--ginger rogers
made for each other--carole lombard
ice follies of 1939
the shop around the corner
the mortal storm
come live with me
on our merry way--henry fonda
call northside 777
the stratton story--june allyson
no highway
the glenn miller story--june allyson
rear window--grace kelly
strategic air command--june allyson
night passage
bell, book and candle--kim novak
anatomy of a murder
the FBI story
take her, she's mine
flight of the phoenix
the cheyenne social club--henry fonda
fool's parade

funny face
the nun's story
roman holiday--gregory peck
war and peace
love in the afternoon
the children's hour--james garner
two for the road
wait until dark
paris-when it sizzles
love among thieves
charade--cary grant
robin and marian--sean connery, richard harris

the americanization of emily--james garner
hawaii--gene hackman, richard harris
darling lili--rock hudson
the tamarind seed--omar sharif
little miss marker
victor victoria--james garner, robert preston, john rhys-davies
that's life!
duet for one--rupert everett, liam neeson
relative values--colin firth
on golden pond--christopher plummer

other people i'm interested in
jean arthur
ginger rogers
carole lombard
gloria swanson
doris day
greta garbo
george sanders
edward arnold
rosalind russell
the gabor sisters

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Word of Warning

Never take a job that pays monthly. Mike has been working for a month and a half, and he gets his first paycheck at the beginning of November. That isn't the worst of it. The worst of it is that after a month and a half, that paycheck will only be for the first two weeks he worked. Meaning that he won't get a real, full paycheck until he's worked there for two and a half months. This is a stupid, stupid system, and whoever thought of it should be kicked in the head. By me.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

I'm sleepy

We're at the library right now, and even sitting at a hard table in a fairly uncomfortable chair being cold, I'm sleepy. I haven't been sleeping well, so even though I slept until 9 this morning (after going to bed between 11:30 and 12) I feel very tired. I'm pretty sure I woke up two or three times every hour from about 3:00 on, and I was in pain the whole time, so that should tell you about how restful my sleep was. Not very awesome, and less so because this wasn't the first time and won't be the last.

On the bright side, Mike and I had a fun date night last night. We went out to eat and had an amazing giant cookie sundae for dessert, and we bought a few movies that were on sale at FYE. Then we went to Borders to wait for the movie we were going to go see (Eagle Eye). We decided we didn't feel like going to a movie, though (and that we'd already spent more money than we should've that evening) so we went home and watched The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which I'd never seen. Don't worry, it was fantastic, and I added it to my Christmas list today. :) I was disappointed to learn that Alan Rickman isn't actually present in the movie, but I loved this ridiculous robot so much that it was hard to be sad about it for too long.

On another bright side, tonight Mike and I are going over to Wymount to have a pot luck dinner with my cousin Karl, his wife Jessica, and my other cousin Jonathan. I haven't seen either of them in a while--except at my aunt's fireside last month, of course, which was where we set up tonight's funtivities--so I'm looking forward to it.

Have you ever seen Houseboat with Cary Grant and Sophia Loren? I started it yesterday and finished it this morning, and there's a song in it that is slightly ridiculous and also sticks in your head like nothing else. (If you've seen the movie, I guarantee you know what song I'm talking about. Megan sure does.) Anyway, it's stuck in my head and Mike hates it, so he's not terribly amused when I start humming it every few minutes. It's a little funny but it annoys me too because it's not a song I want in my head constantly.

I'm almost done with my giant journal! It's really weird, I feel like I just started this one (it's my second). But I have I think seven or eight pages left at the end, and two or three throughout the book that I planned but have to go back and finish. That sounds like a lot, and it probably will take me a while to finish them, but not because the pages themselves will take a long time. It'll take me a while to get around to them, but once I do it's very likely that I'll finish in a few days. I'll have to grab a new one from Lili before we leave for Christmas. :)

I think that's all I will write for now. I'm considering a nap on the table. Mike and I are sharing a power cord as it is, since we forgot mine at home, so I'm sure he'll appreciate being able to use it uninterrupted. So, until we meet again, I shall leave you with these immortal words.

Ford... I think I'm a sofa.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

k kids, what do you think? i had a very hard time deciding on a layout and i'm still not 100% satisfied. what color could go with the yellow here? the yellow looks perfect to me and i can't find anything else that looks quite right. your assistance would be appreciated.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

lovely to look at

first and foremost, i should tell you that i am typing with fuzzy gloves on and so i will not be attempting any capitalization in this post, as i will be typing names of movies and it is too difficult to reach for the shift key every few seconds.

now. here we go. this is something i've been meaning to do for a while. i'm in an old movies phase right now--i've always loved them, but there are tons that i haven't seen and very recently i've decided it's time to see some of them.

also someone i know is really interested in golden age hollywood biographies, so i'm doing some research on them to find out which ones are the good ones. so far i've read one on katharine hepburn and one on lucille ball, and i've got jimmy stewart, grace kelly, clark gable, another katharine hepburn, audrey hepburn, cary grant, and gregory peck sitting on my window sill waiting.

SO. the moral of the story is, here's a list of classic movies i want to see, and the people in them who are the reasons i want to see them. (for the record, i know i've already seen some of them, but they were a long time ago and i would like to see them again. i won't distinguish between
ones i've seen and ones i haven't in this list, because that's not really the point.)

stage door--lucille ball, ginger rogers
bringing up baby
sylvia scarlett--cary grant
alice adams
the little minister
the philadelphia story--jimmy stewart, cary grant
woman of the year
the millionairess
pat and mike
desk set
long day's journey into night
without love--lucille ball, spencer tracy
suddenly, last summer
the lion in winter
guess who's coming to dinner--spencer tracy, sidney poitier
on golden pond
adam's rib--spencer tracy
state of the union--spencer tracy

houseboat--sophia loren
arsenic and old lace
the bishop's wife
an affair to remember--deborah kerr

du barry was a lady--lucille ball, red skelton, gene kelly
lili--zsa zsa gabor
gigi--eva gabor
lovely to look at--ann miller, eva gabor, kathryn grayson
my man godfrey--june allyson, eva gabor
all about eve--bette davis, anne baxter
how to marry a millionaire--lauren bacall, betty grable, marilyn monroe
show boat--kathryn grayson, ava gardner, agnes moorehead
texas carnival--esther williams, ann miller

the caine mutiny--humphrey bogart
gentleman's agreement--gregory peck
12 angry men--henry fonda

funny face
love in the afternoon
war and peace--henry fonda
the children's hour--james garner
wait until dark

you can't take it with you--ann miller
made for each other--carole lombard
the man who knew too much--doris day

words and music--june allyson, gene kelly, judy garland, betty garrett, janet leigh, mickey rooney, cyd charisse
designing woman--gregory peck, lauren bacall
on the beach--gregory peck, ava gardner, fred astaire
homecoming--anne baxter, lana turner, clark gable
lone star--ava gardner, clark gable, lionel barrymore
dark passage--humphrey bogart, lauren bacall, agnes moorehead
the snows of kilimanjaro--ava gardner, gregory peck
the country girl--grace kelly, bing crosby, william holden

there are more, and i'm actually debating whether or not to wait until i read some more biographies before i post this... that's where i got such a long list for katharine hepburn, and i'm sure i'll have new additions for everyone else's lists once i get through a couple more of the biographies.

here are the ones i'm most interested in right now (in no particular order):

  • anne baxter
  • ann miller
  • lucille ball
  • katharine hepburn
  • ava gardner
  • sophia loren
  • lana turner
i guess i'm kind of into the divas right now. i've always loved jimmy stewart and henry fonda, and i think they're on top of my list of men i want to see more of. clark gable's kind of at the bottom... gregory peck and cary grant are toward the top of the middle. and of course there's always audrey hepburn, but i don't really group her with the other women.
i watched my fair lady and the katharine hepburn little women recently. both are movies i grew up on and loved even before i knew who the hepburns were, but i think seeing them now is what sparked this old movies kick. also discovering that there's a version of little women with elizabeth taylor, june allyson, and janet leigh, which i have checked out from the library and will be watching soon.
anyway. i've decided not to wait to post this, so i'll just be adding to it as i discover more. poor mike is not excited about my newest hobby, but i'm sure he'll enjoy the movies a lot more when he's actually watching them. ;)
OY. all the pictures are lined up beautifully on this page, but as soon as i push "publish post" they go all ridiculous and all over the place. sometimes blogger is just a big dummy. i suppose i'll see what i can do, but i've already spent long enough on this post and i'm pretty sure anna wants the computer, so i'm not gonna put a whole lot more into it. blame blogger if it looks stupid.

Monday, October 20, 2008

A New Post

Well, I suck at posting lately. That's all there is to it. Also I'm tired of my blog layout (there's too much black and not enough not orange) but it is such a pain to lose all my widgets and recreate them that I've been putting off changing it. Also I really like all the scrapbook blog layouts but I don't want my blog to look like a thousand other blogs, so I'm not sure where to go from here.

In other news, Greece is funny. Here's a little tidbit we received from Daniel today:

"There's a really good public transportation system, with buses and trains and the metro, it's new for me and I really like it. It's really reliable. Except for Fridays from 12:00 to 4:00. It's so ridiculous and funny. Every friday, from 12-4, they go on strike. They aren't striking FOR anything, they just strike. It's like scheduled. They announce it on the speakers in the metro station and everything- 'May I have your attention please? We would like to inform you that tomorrow, Friday the whatever, from 12:00 to 4:00, the metro will not be running due to a strike.'

I love it. Makes me want to go even more, too, I won't lie. Those crazy Greeks. Oh also, did I mention that on his first day out he and his companion got attacked by a priest? It wasn't a fist fight or anything , but the guy started shoving Daniel around until they decided it'd be better to go work in a different area. Sounds funny now, but it's also pretty scary if you're picturing this guy in your head. ---> Which I think we all were.

Anyway. So I'm finally on the eleventh book of the Wheel of Time series, which has been the most ridiculous undertaking of my life, but I've enjoyed it. The books are every bit as bad as you've heard, and Robert Jordan is probably one of the most ridiculous writers ever, but it's a really good story. (Also, if you've never seen this website, the time has come for that to be remedied. It's called Book-a-Minute and basically the writers of it take popular books and sum them up in a few sentences. It is hilarious and the Robert Jordan ones are really funny, so you should look them up.) Anyway. So I've been reading 600-900 page books for the past year and trying frantically to get through the series already so I can start reading other things again (I always have to have more than one book going at once, but when you have such a time-consuming one it kinda makes others hard to pursue). And it's finally almost here! And then I'll have all the way until next summer until the last one comes out, and boy will it be a doozy. (Has anyone ever tried to write that word? I sure haven't. How do you suppose it is spelled?

I just remembered that the entire reason I mentioned reading the Wheel of Time books was so that I could tell you that at 1:00 today I'm going to go up to UVU and listen to a lecture by Brandon Sanderson, the guy who's writing the twelfth book in the series since Robert Jordan managed to die before he finished it. So that'll be interesting... I hope.

Anyway! It looks like I have successfully turned a little bit of nothing into a for real post, so basically I'm awesome, and I think I shall leave it here. The end.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I Despise Windows Vista.

If anyone knows how to get my computer to stop telling me I don't have PERMISSION to do something as simple as renaming a folder I just barely created, please fill me in. I am the administrator and the only user of my computer, so if I don't have permission, I sure don't know who does.

Thank you very much. That is all.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I Wish I Could Say This Was Funny...

But mostly I just can't believe I listened to the entire video, and I won't blame you if you don't. It's ridiculous. If you get tired of it in the middle, though, skip to the last two minutes or so (I promise you won't miss anything, the first six minutes are basically the first two minutes looped three times, but the last couple minutes are even more ridiculous).

Yeah, good one, guy. That's definitely what I would call a "prayer." (Oh, did I not mention that? This video is called Manning's Fierce Prayer for Bristol Palin.) I bet that's what God likes to hear.

Also, please someone watch the video and keep track of how many times he uses the words "trash" and "alcoholic pathetic loser."

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tagged by Christine

Four things I love about my life:
1. my family
2. giant journaling
3. the fact that it's going to be Christmas soon and that means I can start shopping for Christmas presents!
4. I now get a 15% discount on giant journaling supplies :)

Four movies I would watch more than once:
1. Beauty and the Beast
2. Hairspray
3. The Sound of Music
4. Moulin Rouge
(and about a million others...)

Four TV shows I watch more than once:
1. What Not to Wear
2. Friends
3. the Office
4. Gilmore Girls

Four places I have been: *this list will NOT be impressive
1. Chicago
2. the Grassy Knoll (where JFK was shot)
3. Las Vegas
4. the Alamo

Four people who email me regularly:
1. Facebook
2. my blogs (when people comment)
3. my mom
4. (but I wish they wouldn't)

Four favorite foods:
1. potatoes
2. strawberries
3. tomatoes
4. avocado

Four places I would like to visit:
1. the UK, particularly England and Ireland
2. Europe, especially Italy, Austria, Germany, and Greece
3. Israel and Egypt
4. New York City and the East Coast

Four things I am looking forward to this coming year:
1. moving to Texas!!
2. getting new jobs that don't suck
3. Candice having another baby
4. having a new apartment I can finally decorate

Four people I would like to tag:
1. Talia
2. Dafni
3. Miki
4. Anna

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pictures of Daniel in Greece!

At the restaurant where they had their first Greek meal after they were picked up from the airport.

Daniel's off to the left side

Mission president
Daniel and his compy... haha
All the newbies--this whole group flew from Salt Lake together.
Daniel's group and their new companions!

Yay for his mission president for sending these pictures! Their P-day is on Monday, which is when they flew to Greece, so I guess he knew it'd be a long time before we get anything from Daniel. He looks so cute! And man alive, even from the little I can see in these pictures, I am already jealous. :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I Love This Guy.

Most of you won't like this video, so you don't have to watch it. I'm posting it only because I like it. It's Keith Olbermann (very liberal) and it's a direct attack on Sarah Palin. (I am not kidding when I say "attack.") You've been warned.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Pictures from Provo Canyon

Mike being attacked by ants after I had him sit on that bridge so I could take a picture.

One of my favorite pictures. I loved all the leaves on the ground.

My other favorite picture. The river looks amazing.

Almost immediately after I took this picture, Mike lost both flip flops in the water. He managed to get one back that hadn't gone far from his foot, and I had to perform a very heroic feat of leaning headfirst off the side of the riverbank, buried in tall grasses, to get the other one. Thank you, thank you. It was incredible, I know.

This water was realllllllly cold.

Me freaking out after barely touching my toes to the water. So. Cold.

This is the corner of University Avenue and the Riverwoods. Recognize it?

Monday, October 6, 2008

Saturday, October 4, 2008

People I Love to Watch Part 2

Aka... People I can't believe I didn't include the first time I did this.

Dustin Hoffman
Johnny Depp
Hugh Grant
Christian Bale
Julie Andrews
Jimmy Stewart
Michael Caine
Liam Neeson
Audrey Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
Jude Law

The original post included Alan Rickman, Nicole Kidman, and John Cusack--three of my very top favorites.

Friday, October 3, 2008


Ok, time for political things. First, as per Mark's request, I shall elaborate on what I liked/disliked about the Obama/McCain debate of last week. Then we can discuss the Biden/Palin debate of last night.

K, the presidential debate. Mike and I missed the first part of it, which was essentially all about the financial crisis, so I had to go look up the transcript and read it. Frankly I was a little bored with that part, because they didn't really seem to say much in the way of actual answers. They both talked about how they warned against it. They both talked about "fixing the system" and "fundamental problems with the economy." They both talked about helping Main Street vs. Wall Street. And Jim Lehrer made everything really awkward by trying to force the candidates to talk directly to each other (which they never did). Thankfully he gave this up by about the time I started watching.

K, like I said. I appreciate McCain's enthusiasm for limiting government spending. I think that in many ways, that is probably one of our country's biggest problems. However. McCain suggested a spending freeze on everything except veterans' affairs, the defense department, and entitlement programs. Um... no. I think Obama's response was pretty accurate: "You're using a hatchet where you need a scalpel." (While we're on the subject, I would like to point out one of my favorite quotes from the whole debate, which came from this section. John McCain: "And we fixed it and we killed it and people ended up in federal prison." Hahahahahaha.) I like where Obama wants to put money, and that he doesn't think we should just chop everything out until the economy's fixed. I think education should always be on the front burner, even more than defense. (McCain pointed out that we've spent $400 billion on a combat ship that hasn't even been built yet. This is ridiculous.)

Also, Obama mentioned something that he and Tom Coburn are working on, that he called "Google for government." From what Obama said about it--"we'll list every dollar of federal spending to make sure that the taxpayer can take a look and see who, in fact, is promoting some of these spending projects"--I think it's a good idea.

What McCain says about health care: "I want to make sure we're not handing the health care system over to the federal government which is basically what would ultimately happen with Senator Obama's health care plan. I want the families to make decisions between themselves and their doctors. Not the federal government." Well, if Obama's plan means handing it over to the federal government, McCain's plan means making it inaccessible for even more people (20 million more, according to Biden). If these are the options, I choose letting the feds have it. McCain wants to tax employers who give health care, and then give everyone $5000 to go out and find their own. Well, this would be lovely if $5000 went a little farther toward getting health care, but it doesn't. According to the debate last night, the average in the U.S. is $12,000 a year. (Mike's brother Dan says his, which he gets through his employer, is $10,000.) $5000 toward that is not very helpful. As Joe Biden so artfully said in the debate last night, "I call that the ultimate Bridge to Nowhere." Ouch.

The war in Iraq. I will say now that the very first issue that had me leaning toward Obama and Hillary over all the Republicans was Iraq. I think it is time we got out. I think they will never be able to fend for themselves if we don't leave, and I think that we need a timeline to do so. No, things aren't perfect over there, but they aren't getting fixed with what we're doing. You know, sometimes just setting a deadline can accomplish things that couldn't have happened otherwise. Obama has a plan to get out--McCain's plan is to have no plan. I do not support staying there with no end in sight.

So here's what McCain says about Iraq:
"And we will come home with victory and with honor."
"And we will come home as we have when we have won other wars and not in defeat."
And Palin: "Your plan is a white flag of surrender in Iraq and that is not what our troops need to hear today, that's for sure."
Is that what this is about? Victory, honor, and what our troops need to hear?

Obama sums up my thoughts perfectly:

They have done a brilliant job [with the surge], and General Petraeus has done a brilliant job. But understand, that was a tactic designed to contain the damage of the previous four years of mismanagement of this war.
And so John likes -- John, you like to pretend like the war started in 2007. You talk about the surge. The war started in 2003, and at the time when the war started, you said it was going to be quick and easy. You said we knew where the weapons of mass destruction were. You were wrong.
You said that we were going to be greeted as liberators. You were wrong. You said that there was no history of violence between Shia and Sunni. And you were wrong. And so my question is...if the question is who is best-equipped as the next president to make good decisions about how we use our military, how we make sure that we are prepared and ready for the next conflict, then I think we can take a look at our judgment.

And then McCain goes on about how Obama doesn't understand the difference between a tactic and a strategy. Avoiding the issue, anyone?

McCain and Palin both tried to make Obama sound like a horrible person by saying that he promised he wouldn't vote to cut off funding for the troops, and then did. Obama says that he voted against a piece of legislation that wanted to fund troops with no timeline. "We had a difference on the timetable. We didn't have a difference on whether or not we were going to be funding troops." That's pretty lame.

I basically agree with everything Obama says about Iraq and Afghanistan.

McCain spent a lot of time going on about how Obama shouldn't say out loud what he's planning on doing with Pakistan. I thought that was a pretty stupid area for him to be arguing. Then he starts going on about his record in a lot of other countries, and he ends with that sweet story about the woman who gave him a bracelet. Well, okay, um... that's very nice. Lovely story. Now what does it have to do with Pakistan?

I don't understand McCain's criticism toward Obama for saying he would be willing to sit down and talk with people. I listened to both sides very carefully, and I think what Obama says makes sense. We're not in junior high school, where we punish the girls we're mad at by refusing to speak to them. Give me a break. I think that the president should sit down with other world leaders and discuss things, and I do not that think that sitting down with them "legitimizes" them, as McCain and Palin are so fond of saying. I think it means that you're going to talk. Like Obama said, there is a difference between preconditions and preparations.

The conversation about Russia was a good example of one where Obama agreed with McCain, and McCain still tried to argue that he didn't.

Anyway--it wasn't my favorite debate, but Obama clearly won in my eyes.

Now on to the vice presidential debate, which I loved. I have to start off by saying that I LOVE Joe Biden. I think he's fantastic and it was his debate last night that decided me as to who I'm voting for.

Palin did a good job in the debate. One of the analysts said afterward that her job for this debate was basically to repair the damage that has been done to her image with the Katie Couric interview, etc., and I think he's right. I also think that she did a lot to accomplish that goal.

However, Joe Biden was the clear winner. Palin spent the first half of the debate not even answering the questions she was asked. She talked more about energy than she did about anything else, even when it wasn't the topic. She basically spouted what her party told her to say, and it was all the same stuff they've been saying. She brought up the same things that Obama had already refuted in the previous debate (notably the part about him voting to cut off funding for the troops. You tug those heartstrings, Sarah). She became more and more colloquial as the debate went on, and, true to SNL's analysis, "increasingly adorable."

She was shameless in her Jimmy-Stewart Mr.-Smith-Goes-to-Washington/"reality from Wasilla Main Street"/"I'm a Washington outsider"/"middle class like me" innocence. She used the word maverick five times, and I cannot tell you how grateful I was when Biden finally took that word and shut it down.

I couldn't believe her response to the Iran/Pakistan question. It seems pretty clear to me--both are unstable countries. One already has nuclear weapons. One doesn't. End of story.

Also--she says "nucular." I wanted to die. Not that this is or should be a defining point of their campaign, but people, really--I don't want another four (or maybe eight!) years of this. I literally physically cringed every time.

They asked about the plan for Iraq. She says they have a plan, but, like McCain and everyone else who's been asked about it, doesn't say anything about the plan, and Biden points it out. If they have a plan, then where is it? Obama has a plan, and we know what it is...

She talks about how Obama votes along his party lines and McCain doesn't. All I can say is, if he calls himself a Democrat, it's probably because he agrees with their beliefs. (Also, has everyone seen the SNL debate with McCain and Obama? I think I'll leave the rest to them.) :)

Anyway. I could probably find some more things to say, but I'm out of time--I have a job interview at 2:15 and I have to go. (I'll let you know how the interview went when I get back. :))

Love you all, and love the debates! Feel free to comment. I have strong opinions, but I won't bite your head off. Mark can attest to this. :)

And finally, in closing I would like to share...
Words/phrases this campagin has ruined for me:
1. maverick
2. Miss Congeniality
3. Main St/Wall St
4. fundamental/s/lly
5. job creation

The end.

Out of the Mouths of Babes...

Haha! I didn't even mean to be punny! Wow. I am just that good.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

It's time it's time it's time! I'm so excited! I've been looking forward to this debate so much! I have no doubt it will be fabulous. :)

2. I have to go now, we're leaving for Krissie's. I meant to write more, but it will have to wait.