Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Then I sadly remembered that my dear husband took the camera with him to scout camp. So still no photo of The Diva (who is surprisingly living up to her name).
Even without the sneaky picture it was still great to go out with these two. Sometimes it is so nice to get away with friends and do something totally entertaining. Not mentally stimulating, not challenging, nothing that will make me grow as a person, but something that was enjoyable. And is there anything wrong with enjoying yourself?
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Since Linda and I keep getting mistaken for each other, this will count as my picture too.
Sir Kirk-a-lot has all the best toys.
Arlene is more interested in the writing than the iPad, right?
DJ was trying to get through her 5 pages, but Debbie's removable sleeves were a bit distracting.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I must say I was appalled at some of the casting choices in the couple of videos I watched. Goes to show, even with the descriptions detailed by the author, everyone sees things their own way when reading a novel.
Here is a link to one of them: http://tinyurl.com/y9xd4cq
Then, I read an article from the LA Times (http://tinyurl.com/yk6x8au) which proposed actresses who should be considered to play Katniss, and about gagged when the writer suggested Kristen Stewart. I know she's all hot because of Twilight but she is one of the most annoying actresses I have ever seen. Her emotional range goes from sullen to really sullen, and her off-screen personality is no better.
I would like to see unknown actors cast for most of the roles (as long as they could really act and not just look the part - ahem Twilight), with some famous names in supporting parts such as Haymitch, Katniss's Mom, Cinna, and maybe President Snow. The idea of Johnny Depp playing Haymitch is interesting, and I bet he could pull it off, but physically he's not a great match. I would suggest Russell Crowe, although he's not usually a supporting player. For Cinna I could agree with James McAvoy. For Katniss's Mom I'd love Sally Field, but she's too old, so I'll say Marion Cotillard. President Snow could be done well by Liam Neeson, just off the top of my head.
Anyway, there are a lot of strong opinions out there, so it should be interesting when the cast is announced. However, although I am loving the series, I am not so obsessive as to create a video about it. Although, I guess I have now blogged about it twice. Hmmm.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Now a few reminders about us: We consist of 1 man and 5 women and we all reside in Utah with the exception of Arlene, who lives in Reno.
The last time we went to All-You-Can-Eat Sushi, it was Valentines weekend. In walks tall, innocent-looking Kirk with 4 women (Linda missed it that time) and NO other men. I swear we got looks and assumptions were made. We became somewhat loud (Debbie!) and we got even more looks.
I will report later on how it goes. Tonight should be even more interesting because we are each sharing 5 pages of writing. So, not only will it be a man out with 5 women, but we will be reading fiction out loud, in a sushi house. I wonder how many looks we'll get! It is all worth it though for SUSHI!!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I woke up this morning gearing myself up to watch the World Cup game between the U.S. and Algeria set to start at 10 a.m. In order to do this, I have to go down to my sister's house because I'm staying at my friend's house for a couple of weeks and she doesn't have ESPN. Now, I don't know how the signals got crossed, but my sister gave me the wrong time, so at 8:27 a.m. I got a text from her saying, "The game is already on!"
So, I set a record getting my kids ready and in the car and I arrive at my sister's in the 67th minute to a 0-0 score board. Now, I'm sure that many of you read Deb's post on Monday about how we got robbed in our previous game against Slovenia and my fear was that we wouldn't be able to recover, but HALLELUJAH! we scored in stoppage time and the U.S. has survived to play another day!
Everybody do a happy dance!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
--the famous scene from the movie Marathon Man where Laurence Olivier, playing a former Nazi dentist, tortures Dustin Hoffman by pulling his teeth without anesthesia and repeatedly asks "Is it safe?" Poor Dustin doesn't have a clue what the correct answer is.
--the 1986 movie version of Little Shop of Horrors where Steve Martin plays Orin Scrivello D.D.S., a sadistic and abusive dentist who accidentally asphyxiates himself when his gas mask spewing nitrous oxide malfunctions
--a very bad Daniel Day Lewis film I caught on late night cable years ago where all I can remember is him traveling around South America on a motorcycle shouting "I'm a dentist!" (with a quick Google search, I've discovered that little gem is called Eversmile, New Jersey)
So it appears that writers have easily made a connection with sadism, over-the-topness and dentistry. After my experience this week, I would propose an even more chilling characterization using an average, all-American looking dentist who is quick with a joke and a smile, and puts you immediately at ease.
He proceeds to drill into your teeth without giving you enough novacaine, then gives you so much novacaine you're numb into your forehead and your eyes resemble The Hunchback of Notre Dame, prescribes you antibiotics too late so you are in major pain from infection for several days waiting for them to kick in, followed by an overdose of nitrous oxide that sends you into shock, all of this resulting in a week of overall discomfort and some of the worst pain you've felt in your life.
And the worst part? You have to pay him $1,000 of your hard earned, don't-have-it-to-spare money for his "expertise".
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Before I delve into how this is good for writing, allow me a personal moment. When we showed our kids the baby pictures of their grandpa, my son says, "He looks like me". I saw a young photo of my husband's grandfather and I saw the family resemblance. I had only seen pictures of him as an old man and therefore I had never seen the family resemblance. My husband is a trim, younger version of my Father-in-Law and my son follows suit. Now the chain has been lengthened--they all look like the earlier generations. In fact the resemblance is so pronounced that a woman in our congregation has a half brother who's last name is Conger and he has the same eyes as my husband.
Boys brains amaze me. Someday that story may be in one of my stories. I love hearing "true" stories that are so better than fiction.
So, its time to spill it. What are some of the crazy hair-brained things that you've done in your pre-teen years?
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Our first interaction is encouraging. You make me care about you immediately, draw me in. I want to hear more about you. Your world intrigues me. I empathize with your struggles. Although I barely know you, I'm rooting for you to be everything I hope you will be.
It's getting late. I really should go. It's so hard to part from you. You already have a place in my heart. Tomorrow night? Yes, I'm available. I'll look forward to getting to know you better.
Now that we're apart, I find myself thinking of you often, wondering where we'll go from here. Please don't disappoint me. We're off to such a good start. I think I may even be in love with...
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
As I watched it I was amazed at the story. Yes, it has lots of schmultz and saccharine. Kids, music, and nuns add up to some very sweet goodness, and having the Nazi's be the evil is almost a stereotype. But it really happened.
I was amazed at the sub-arcs. Having the teenagers start in love and end with him turning her family over to the enemy. And the try-fail cycles--wow! It was a great reminder to me to strengthen my plot.
Plus it is just a feel good movie. I actually cried at parts. Go watch it!