A New Perspective

Call me way behind in the times, but I JUST watched the movie Soul Surfer about Bethany Hamilton on Saturday night. It’s one of those movies I always wanted to see, but wasn’t going to go out of my way to rent, etc. My mom happened to DVR it the other day, so we all watched it together. Yes there were a few cheesy parts, and parts of Carrie Underwood’s performance reminded me of the Sound of Music live TV special, but I really, really loved the message.

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Bobby and I are currently going through some unpleasant things in life, and we have said things that, just like the actress who played Bethany said….”I just don’t understand why this is happening to me.” In the movie, Carrie Underwood’s character challenges the kids to see things from a new perspective, that sometimes we are too close in on a situation, and need to back up a bit to try to see more of the big picture.

While I think this is a great thing to do, it is definitely easier said than done. For a control freak like me who likes to know everything NOW, waiting around to see the big picture, or waiting around to see that eventually something good will come of a situation, is not ideal in my mind….especially when I feel like I have already been waiting a long time.

It is my hope that maybe someone else can one day benefit by what we have been through/are going through and hearing our story (which is still in the making), so I do try really hard to set a good example and have a good attitude about it all, even when things don’t turn out as planned.

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So, while I know this is a big week for us and could end very happily or with us being very discouraged, I pray that no matter what we will be able to keep it all in perspective and see the bigger picture. I hope you are encouraged today to not get frustrated by things in life, but instead to step back and think.

QOTD: Have you ever wanted answers to come right away, and to be able to see why certain things were happening to you? Did you end up seeing the bigger picture eventually?

Entertainment Updates

1.) Ok guys, I need some new books to read. I am looking for a couple of different things:

-A mindless beach read, the cheesier the better, but still has to be good. Smile

– Mamas, what are some good baby books I should be reading about life with a newborn? It will be here before I know it!

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Who doesn’t love reading at the beach?

2.) Also, who else is super sad about the loss of Cristina on Grey’s Anatomy? She is my favorite character, and I am so beyond sad to watch her go. The show just won’t be as awesomely sarcastic without her.

3.) Who is excited for the next Hunger Games movie coming out in November? Have you seen this? Julianne Moore is going to make a great President Coin in my opinion. I cannot wait!

4.) Any other good movies out or coming out I don’t know about? I feel SO behind in this sort of thing. I think I am getting old.

5.) Bachelor starts up on Monday! Who will be sucked into the drama with me? (I seriously can’t help it. I know it’s awful).

QOTD: Pick a question (or more) and answer. Let’s chat!

New Favorites

I may be a little behind with my love for a few things but still wanted to talk about the “new to me” things I have been enjoying lately!

The Walking Dead

I have heard a lot of people profess their love for this show, and honestly, I was a bit scared to watch it. I am not a horror movie kind of girl. The thought of flesh eating zombies jumping out from behind buildings really freaks me out. However, I gave it a shot and I am happy to report in my opinion, the “walkers” are not even that scary. It’s mainly about surviving in a post apocalyptic world, with a lot more plot than just zombies chasing characters around. The zombies are actually quite dumb which is more funny to me than scary. Bobby and I are midway through season two and are really enjoying it. Can’t wait for season 4 to start in the fall!

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The Kill Order

I have said before how I really loved the Maze Runner book series. I was at Target browsing the book section a couple weeks ago and stumbled about a prequel that I didn’t know existed called the Kill Order. I hurried home and downloaded into onto my tablet, then finished the book in three days. I loved it! Great way to round out the series and explain some of the things that happened in the 3 books that come after it.

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The Elite

Another book I talked about last year was The Selection. I read it super fast and hated I had to wait a whole year for the next book to come out. Well, it finally came out and now I am awaiting the third! This is a good beach read type of a book, very easy and fun. It’s technically a young adult book, but I love it. (Hey, I’m young right?)

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QOTD: Read any of these books? Love the Walking Dead?

Fashion Friday and the Hunger Games

 

Happy Friday! Who is off work today? Unfortunately, I am working, as is my husband. But, her is off on Monday, so I am going to try to get a lot done today so I can take part of Monday off. Today is an important day for me though, as a Christian, so I will be taking some time out today to reflect on the importance of Good Friday to me.

I will admit, I do not consider myself a fashionable person. Working from home, I wear mainly sweats and running skirts, so being fashionable is a bit more tricky. When I do go to dinner or out somewhere, I do take a bit more careful consideration since I don’t get to wear “real” clothes as often! I will not be doing fashion Friday every Friday, but plan to implement it sometimes, when the mood (or an outfit) strikes me.

Today, I am a walking Banana Republic outlet ad. We went to dinner with a friend last night, so I wore some new clothes I picked up at the outlet (40% off plus I had a 15% off coupon, score!)

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-shirt: Banana outlet

-shorts: Banana outlet

-necklace and earrings: Banana outlet.

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-shoes from nine west and WOW I need to clean my mirror! Sorry guys!

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I also wanted to discuss the Hunger Games. I know a lot of people have been talking about it, but as an avid fan of the books, I wanted to share my thoughts on the movie as well.

I did think it was a good adaptation from book to movie (pretty close as you can get). But, I did feel some key parts were left out.

1.) I feel like the “showmance” between Katniss and Peeta was not played up. I don’t think people who didn’t read the books would understand she was really not in love with him and was thinking about Gale.I think it was kind of confusing.

2.) In the book, a big deal was made out of the capitol food and how much Katniss loved it and overindulged. I feel like a lot more emphasis could have been made on the food, and the fact that she was starving and the people in 12 were always hungry.

3.) I wish they would have put in the part where Katniss received bread from Rue’s district.

4.) When Katniss first got into the arena, she searched and searched for water and it was a big deal. In the movie, she went right to it, no big deal.

5.) The part where Peeta “disguised” himself by the river. OMG. I die. I almost busted out laughing in the middle of the theater because it was so ridiculous.

6.) The avox girl was totally taken out.

There are a few other minor things here and there, but those were the main things I saw. I know it was hard to take the book to movie since Katniss is narrating the book, and I know my expectations were REALLY high. Don’t get me wrong, overall I was pleased, I loved seeing the Capitol outfits etc. and hope to see more in the next movie! (Which by the way I am so bummed doesn’t come out until November 2013!)

QOTD: –Do you consider yourself fashionable?

-Did you see the Hunger Games? thoughts? anything else they left out?