December 21, 2008
Are you a snow lover?
Do you smile when you look outside and see the floating flakes fall under the glowing streetlights? Do you sigh with contentment as you venture outside into the cold, white world all bundled up tight with boots and mitts and scarf?
Do you cringe at that squeaking crunch the packed snow makes under your boot, but joyfully kick up balls of snow as you trudge down a covered snowy sidewalk?
Do you love how the blanket of snow brightens up the dark winter, almost causing daylight at night as the white is reflected all around?
Are you, like me, in love with snow?
True, there are, many annoyances and drawbacks from s big or small snowfall.
There is the problem of driving, getting from A to B to C and back again, travelling somewhere for the holidays or even just to the mall to pick up those last-minute Christmas gifts. There is all the shovelling and clearing of walkways and sidewalks and driveways and windshields.
And yet some of the best experiences are snow days off from school or work, the crisp air on your face and the warmth of your home when you dis-bundle yourself and dry off and my favourite thing of all...how Christmas lights look under or covered by or surrounded by white snow. They seem to glow brighter, reflecting the reds and blues and greens on the clumps of white that coxy in next to the bulbs. Every light display seems to be enhanced or revved up because of the snow that adds that extra Christmasy touch to their show.
As you can tell, I love snow. I love it when I'm inside, and I love it when I'm outside. I may not like it all year around, but for what we get here in Victoria, I love every moment!
Thanks, snow, for falling this year!
December 18, 2008
In typical Austin way, this film touches on the subjects of love, money, parental rule vs child desires and much more.
December 16, 2008
I rented two movies this weekend and both were worth a quick mention.
The first was a UK film based on and starring the cast from a play called "History Boys".
A witty, intelligent and fast-banter movie, with a great cast and emotional twists. We follow a handful of senior-level boys from non-privileged backgrounds who are bright enough to study hard and possibly get in to some of the top universities in the UK - notably Oxford and Cambridge. Their public school has devised a schedule with special classes totally geared towards helping them ace their entrance exams and interviews. However, the headmaster is bent on the simple task of getting them in, mostly to improve his school's reputation, while some of the teachers argue that their learning should be more than a fixation on an exam, but more life learning, and lessons they will draw from throughout their lives instead of for one test.
(Although a great film, there is a teensy bit of slightly shocking content...ask me about it if you are concerned.)
The second movie I just fell in love with and I can bravely call it the "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" of 2008 - a movie called, "Charlie Bartlett".
Charlie is a teen from a wealthy family who has been kicked out from dozens of private schools and finally has to try public school. His drugged up, ditsy mother stays home playing tennis with their chauffeur, while Charlie tries to fit in to this new group of drama nuts, drug dealers, and popular jocks. He uses his ingenuity and quickly finds a way to give the students what they need - a listening ear...and a few prescriptions along the way.
I won't ruin the movie for you, because I think you should all give "Charlie Bartlett" a try!!
I will say that the character of Charlie is played brilliantly with the perfect drop of naivety and humbleness that makes us just want to be his friend, too!
Find it. Rent it. And someone, please, find me a copy?
November 27, 2008
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The Twilight series of four books was the best week and a half of reading I've had in a long time!!! They are an easy read and centre around a high school girl and her romantic interest who just happens to be an odd type of vampire... Yes, I know, vampires = bad....whatever. It's just a story; good verses evil, love for family and friends and finding someone who loves you for you.
And besides, Edward is an excellent character! I'm not sold on Bella, she always seems so pathetic and uninteresting and totally BAD at communicating...ironic, since I am the same way when it comes to communication.
If you need a good, easy read that has action, adventure, love, passion, difficult choices, and a bit of the supernatural...read Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.
AND go see the movie adaptation of Twilight coming out next week!! I'll be there!
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