Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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
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.  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
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!
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!"
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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
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....
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
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!