Wednesday, October 29, 2008

West Wing Continued

I forgot to tell you the most amazing thing about this episode is, is that it is actually filmed LIVE! Yes, it was scripted and at some parts they have Teleprompers, but these two amazing actors actually do this in front of a live audience and so they actually could have really messed up couldn't they have? The writer actually wanted it to feel like a real debate and so actually made it that way- Sweet huh?

I will stop with the boring details now, but I thought it was kind of cool.


I was running on the Treadmill this morning and came across This episode of the West Wing. Yes, I loved the West Wing when it first ran on T.V. not only because Yummy Rob Lowe was on it but also because of how President Bartlett ran the presidency.

While watching this episode I had this nagging thought- why can't we as "real" American's expect a debate like this one?
The candidates discussed what they stood for, they stated their plans so much more clear than our presidential candidates we are voting for in the next week. If a t.v. show can dream it up why can't the real speech writers actually come up with this?

I love how the mediator, Forrest Sawyer (real newsman,) handles the candidates- they can argue but then he reigns them in to refocus them back onto the issues at hand. But, I also love how the candidates (especially Alan Alda,) reign themselves back in and then apologize for getting out of hand.

Episode 7 of Season 7 of "The West Wing," entitled The Debate was aired Nov. 6, 2005.

Why, oh, why, can't it work this way now??? Doesn't this actually make you feel secure on what the candidates can actually do in their presidency? not the guess work that we are doing now?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Guess, who's Coming to Dinner

Yesterday while i was on my treadmill, i watch a great movie on AMC. It stars, Spencer Tracey, Katheryn Hepburn, Katherine Houghton and Sydney Poitier. I've always loved movies with Tracy and Hepburn, but I absolutely think that Poitier does a phenomenal job in this movie also!
Two things I didn't know about this movie- which I found on Wikipedia was:
1.)Spencer Tracy was dying and insurance companies refused to cover him; Kramer and Hepburn put their salaries in escrow so that if he died, filming could be completed with another actor. The filming schedule was altered to accommodate Tracy's failing health.

The film was also memorable for being the last on-screen pairing of Tracy and Hepburn (Tracy died seventeen days after filming ended). In Tracy's final speech of the film, Hepburn's tears were real—they both knew that this would be the last line of his last film, that he had not much longer to live. Hepburn never saw the completed film; she said the memories of Tracy were too painful. The film was released in December 1967, six months after his death. [1] Seeing this movie- i would have had no idea that Spencer Tracy was dying, because he looks and sounds so healthy!

and 2.) The original version of this film that played in theaters in 1967 contained the sarcastic one-liner "The Reverend Martin Luther King!", issued by the sassy black maid Tillie in response to the question, "Guess who's coming to dinner?", which is the key line of dialogue from which the film got its title. However, after the assassination of Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968, this line was removed from the film, so by August 1968, almost all theater showings of this film had this line omitted. As early as 1969, the line was restored to many but not most prints, and the line was preserved in the VHS and DVD versions of the film as well. On AMC the line was restored.
This scene is my most favorite scene in the whole movie, but there are so many wonderful scenes! But this one really resonated with me. I love how Tracy and Hepburn look at each other when he is talking about how he feels about her- now knowing the background it means even more to me.
After you watch it- let me know what you first thought about while watching this clip.? Enjoy...

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Wonder of Facebook!

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FACEBOOK- what is it do you ask? Well, for me it is a connection to the past, the present and the future.

I joined FACEBOOK in hopes of keeping in touch with those of my friends who live in the immediate vacinity of my life in Santa Clara, and found that I could also have a blast from the past!

How do you say? Well, how many people do you know really ever talk to high school friends without going to a school reunion? Yes, there are those few who stay in touch with their best friends throughout their lives, but usually you move, you get married or you just have not enough time to stay in touch. Well, that is where FACEBOOK comes in handy!

I have "talked" with friends from our Sharpsburg ward in Georgia- mom's of darling little girls who went to preschool and kindergarten with Kyler. Friends from FSU that have moved all over the nation and then headed back to Tallahassee! And then Old friends from the Chevy Chase Hood that might not have ever reconnected since I never know when the reunions are since we have ended up moving so much!

But also, i have gotten to know a few of the "younger" friends who have done plays with Devin, danced with Mckenna or just hang out with Kyler. This is a great place to meet new and old friends and break away for a few minutes or hours- especially at night when you can't sleep because you are missing your best friend in the whole world- your darling Husband who has gone on to Florida ahead of you while you are trying to sell the house and straighten out the old life in Santa Clara. It's a great distraction!!

So, Thankyou to whom ever created FACEBOOK- oh that would be Mark Zuckerberg ! Thankyou to my near and dear and those who have entered back into my life and added another facet of joy.

To all of you I say "let the talk begin!"

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Grapes of Wrath and misc...

So, I am reading the Grapes of Wrath- I forgot how detailed this book is and I love it! I am only into the 3 chapter and I have forgotten so much of the story that it is like reading it for the first time. I've also forgotten how many swear words are in it too. I guess that is why it was put on the banned list of books for awhile huh?

Mckenna and I have been participating in our last SGMT event. She is dancing and I am acting in Ghost Tours. here is a pic of her (ofcourse i am taking pic and i don't have a costume perse so no shot of me....)
I haven't been able to sleep very well in the last few weeks and since finding a few friends on facebook yesterday i have been up way too late, so I am planning on finishing another chapter of the Grape of Wrath and heading off to bed. Night!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

October General Conference 2008

Yesterday, I watched all of both sessions of General Conference! Wow, aren't you proud of me?
I am really loving the talks, I always take a lot of notes when I am watching conference (or Sunday School for that matter,) I like to read the Ensign conference Issue and see if I actually feel the same way that I did when I was taking notes.
Seeing Elder Wirthlin was so hard for me- I think that out of all the General Authorities I love to listen to him the most! He is so personable. He reminds me of a little boy in a man's body and maybe that is why he is so endearing to me, but I love his stories of his childhood, but also the fact that those stories teach you Gospel principles. It was sad to see him so old and having to sit in a chair, but I mean after all he is the oldest living Apostle! The only reason I feel sad is for selfish reasons, it just means that we only have so many talks left from him and then there will be no more!

I really loved the talk by Elder Corbridge. It was so eye opening for me!
I think my favorite talk though Saturday was from President Monson. He talked about not just enduring by enjoying the journey. Interestingly enough President Hinkley gave a very similiar talk once to the Relief Society- i only know this because I have a tile sitting on my piano that andrea gave me for christmas one year.
I loved that he talked about how fast time goes and how change is the one constant in your life.
Kyler watched Saturday's afternoon session and so he was able to listen to this talk with me, we got into a conversation about how this move is our change and that he can grow with it and not be afraid. I know that he was really listening to the talk and even though he pretended I was torturing him.
Today's sessions were once again as good as yesterday's talks. We all watched today's session in our pajamas, I guess we were all really comfy because for part of the afternoon session the kids napped. i got sleepy but really wanted to hear the talks, which is probably why i had to rewind a thousand times cause I would miss stuff. We had cinnamon rolls and chocolate milk for breakfast and colored in coloring books during the time we watched. (well, I didn't I took notes, I think I started a color page and didn't finish!)
Later on the in the evening we chocolate chunk cookies, and then ate them while watching the Redsox/Angels game. I am exhausted, the game went into extra innings and the Angels won, but we wanted the Redsox to win, so I am saying goodbye!!!

Oh, How Lovely Was The Morning!

Yesterday, it rained and rained and rained! Homecoming for Snow Canyon High School was yesterday so of course it would rain. Last year it rained, last year Devin's group did a scavenger hunt in the rain! This year they did a scavenger hunt in the rain! Last year they had steak and baked potatoes- this year they have Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo, bread sticks and salad served at a most beautiful location, but not the one that was originally planned for at the Brower residence. Originally it was to be held on our deck with sparkly lights, tikki torches and a gorgeous view, instead because of the rain, they got this....

It's still beautiful though- no?

The last group of girls that the boys took to a dance were so quiet at the dinner table, but this group was fun, happy and very used to being with each other. I love those kind of groups, they make for a more fun event.

Here is the group eating dinner. I didn't get individual pictures or group pictures because I was the one hosting the dinner. I think that I like having it at our house, but having someone else in charge of being the hostess. Luckily, Jessie's mom Nola took tons of pictures and I will have her send copies to me so that I can give you a great shot of Devin and his date Aliza!

Okay, so on to the title of this entry.

I woke up this morning after only 6 hours of sleep which means that I am still very tired. This is because I can't sleep in my lonely room, I miss Matt. I miss knowing that at some part of the day he will drive into the drive way and walk through the door. I actually, saw a green Ford F-150 yesterday coming out of our friends neighborhood while I was driving Mckenna to Maddie's and thought it might be Matt! What an idiot! Last night when Devin came home from the Homecoming dance, the garage opened and the Honda pulled in and I secretly wanted it to be Matt having driven back to Utah- seriously, What an idiot!

I have not been away from Matt like Lisahas been from her husband-( a year or so, but that is her doing,) but it seems like forever even though it has only been 4 days! I don't want to miss out on the Devin's Senior Year, but emotionally, physically and spiritually, I am ready to move on. To cross over the threshold to our new life. Does that make sense?

Okay, so I kind of meandered off the path of the title.

Oh, how lovely was the morning,
radiant beamed the sun above,
Bees were humming, sweet birds singing,
Music ringing through the grove.

This is the view that I woke up to a beautiful Sunday Morning 90 minutes before General Conference morning session!

I was so in awe of the view that I tried to capture it on camera, but you can't capture the smell (something akin to what I imagine the Quakies in the Sacred Grove would have smelled like- fresh, clean, full of the smell of sunshine and warmth even though it was in the middle of the Grove.) You can't capture the feel of the fresh air on your skin or the brilliance of the sun, but I hope it captured a little of it! I also, saw that my candle, Florida sand centerpiece was soaking wet, which was really cool, because the sand looked just like what it does when it rains in North Redington Beach, which is where I got the sand. I can't wait to see first hand the greying look of wet sand on the shore, to feel it as a beautiful white dry powder! Okay, I am having beach cravings terribly.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Beehives Here We Come!

Well, as many of you know, Life is a changen at the Brower House! So why not add to my list of change the fact that Mckenna is 12, which means that she is now in Young Womens! Where in the world has the time gone?

Not only is Mckenna going to be a Beehive, but low and behold- she now will have me as her Beehive Counselor! Yes, that is right- I have just been put in as the 2nd counselor of our Young Women's program!

Is the Bishopric nuts- don't they know that we are moving? Yes, they know and so did the Young Women President to-be, but that didn't stop them from asking or me from accepting the calling. They each told me they would take me for as long as I was living here even if that is only for a few weeks. That was so touching to me!

I love Young Women's and this will be my second stint as a 2nd counselor(the first time was my first calling ever in Cape Coral!) now, don't be confused, I have been
1st counselor in Tallahassee and Sharpsburg- Mia Maid advisor and Beehive advisor in Tallahassee and Laurel advisor in Sharpsburg, so why not start over again and come full circle? I am very exciting for this calling, but will also miss teaching my Mia Maid girls- who are so awesome!

Before Mckenna turned twelve our ward had STANDARDS NIGHT. This is where you have a nice dinner (we had salad, bowtie pasta and blond brownies with Ice cream,) and then a program. We had a panel of laurels that answered questions that the girls had submitted. The older girls did awesome answering the questions, the other girls asked some really poignant questions that I thought were very relevant to today's dating scene. Mckenna was invited to go since it was 4 days before her birthday! I think that she enjoyed it.

I thought it was really neat that Mckenna has the YW theme almost memorized! During the opening part of the program and on Sunday the girls recite a theme of the overall church yw program. She only had a few words she couldn't say. I asked her when she had learned it and she said that she read it in the Personal Progress book that she received in her welcome packet. I thought that was crazy since she had looked at it at bedtime! What a quick learner she is!!

I am excited to have this calling, to bond even more with Mckenna and see where this calling takes me. I know that some challenging but fulfilling things are coming my way!