was to be the lead role in a super hero movie I though "I'll pass." But then hearing from several female sources that he did a great job and the movie was good I thought I would give it a try and I would agree with these women he did do a great job and the movie was rather nice. (Okay so by nice I mean that he was actually pretty sexy in it--and funny too.) Now the role of Pepper Potts I could have strangled--I mean it was a bit annoying to watch a woman billed as the most capable of women turn into a blubbering fool channeling her inner Hugh Grant whenever emotions and danger come into the picture. But all in all I enjoyed it and would recommend it for a bit of weekend fun.
First: My pretty, pretty new camera which oddly I can't find a picture of to post here but you can go to the link to see how pretty it is. You'll just have to trust me though when I tell you it is a really fun and good camera. I love the features I learned about so far and can't wait to learn more about how to use my fun new gadget. I got it just in time too as I am leaving for my vacation in Boston in just 2 weeks!
Second: My subscription to The New Yorker has arrived! I've just started reading it (after browsing through to check out the cartoons) and the articles all look really good this month.
Add these two things to my list of projects and you can see that I am a very busy girl right now (I am hoping to be able to show of my completed baby afghan very soon--I am totally addicted to crocheting right now suddenly it all makes sense!)
A little while ago MBC was commenting on the use of the word "random" by Utahns. Well, her post got me reminiscing about Northern Ireland and their use of the word "situation." It is used a lot in Northern Ireland and it doesn't even necessarily need to make any sense. Here is a little clip that talks about this strange phenomenon.
If you don't understand what the trolls are saying you will understand how I felt my first 2 weeks living in Belfast--early in my studies there I decided to stop in and get a bite to eat in town but knowing that I was having a difficult time with the language I thought I would go somewhere relatively safe: McDonalds. I figured I could walk up to the counter and say Big Mac Meal with a Coke and hand over some colorful money and all would be good. Well, the girl assisting me apparently didn't hear me say "with a Coke" and asked me at least 4 times what I wanted to drink but I couldn't understand a single word. It got better though and now I can understand really thick and horrible accents (I attempted to find an example on the Internet but I couldn't find one that didn't have rampant swear--a problem in Belfast--so you will just have to pretend to be impressed with my interpretation of tongues skills.)
Over the weekend I saw P.S. I Love You which I quite enjoyed. I read the book about 1 1/2 years ago which is the perfect amount of distance between a book and a movie. While my sisters and mother hated it for straying from the book I thought it was very good and stayed with the overall feel of the book--and really what more can you ask from a movie that is based on a 300 page book? If you feel the need for a good cry let me recommend this one to you. I cried through the entire thing--I lost count after I broke down for the 5th time--one of the deleted scenes even made me cry.
Anyway, on to the man candy. I am thinking about adding someone to my five (which currently stands at just 4) and here are a couple of contenders from the movie:
And Jeffrey Dean Morgan:
Gerard is of course rather nice to look at but I'm not completely sold because he seems a bit swarmy (what's the spelling I'm looking for her) and his character from the movie kept calling his wife "baby" and I just can't tolerate that. Jeffery is also nice to look at and his character from the movie was rather charming, but I don't know much else about him.
--did you notice they actually look a bit alike. I guess I have a type and it is clear now that James McAvoy never really had a chance at making the cut: he is all yours Nemesis.
1. This Salmon dish via Martha Stewart but found over at Stephmodo. I tend to shy away from cooking fish--its so scary, with meat you can simply follow the pink=done rule, but with fish they tell you to cook it until it is flaky but how flaky is done and how long does that take?--but this one was so easy and cooked up so nice. Plus the mustard and panko acted as a sort of shield so that when I did over cook it just a bit it didn't dry out. Also, I am now a huge fan on panko.
I love finding so many great recipes on these blogs. It is great because you know if someone is taking the time to blog about them they are going to be good and because these women who are writing about them are busy women you know they aren't going to be too complicated. Sometimes when I watch the Food Channel or say Martha Stewart I feel like they should be scrolling "Do Not Try This at Home" across the bottom of the screen. Not here, though. This is good food that you can make up quickly and then get back to the business of living.
- One of the questions asked/debated in the article is "Do we invent this authentic self or do we discover it?" As an LDS person I found this to be a rather interesting question on the one hand I think that we discover it--in short, we existed as intelligent beings before we came here where our minds were wiped clean of the knowledge that we had. Therefore, we are (or should be) daily trying to rediscover who we really are: our authentic self. But then on the other hand, our knowledge and memory of ourselves were wiped clean so that we could come down to Earth to learn and grow. So we are daily inventing ourselves into a new authentic self as we learn, discover, and experience new things. In the end it really has to be both (not that that was an option given by the psychologists). We are both discovering and inventing who we truly are.
- Here are 8 Acts of Authenticity given by the article (8 ways in which a person who is authentic lives their life): 1. Read novels (this lets us get inside the head of another which helps us to distinguish our own identity) 2. Meditate (this helps us to create moments of happiness not contingent on outcomes or external factors--from here we can learn how to create real fulfillment) 3. Be Deliberate (be aware that you have choices and consciously choose what you do--this so reminds me of Elder Bednar's conference address that states other's can't offend us we choose for ourselves whether to be offended or not) 4. But not too deliberate (People often make better decisions when they don't think about it--go with your gut) 5. Cultivate solitude (quiet time for self) 6. But stay connected (Community is an outlook toward life in which you define yourself in relation to the world around you) 7. Play Hard (doing something you really enjoy expresses who you really are) 8) Be willing to lose (if you are willing to lead a full life you are going to fail some every day (besides we tend to flourish under the most challenging circumstances anyway so it is time to be okay with failing--maybe even grateful for it)
- A great quote on being the true eudaimonic you: "Eudaimonia refers to a state of well-being and full functioning that derives from a sense of living in accordance with one's deeply held values--in other words, from a sense of authenticity."
- Okay, one last quote: "Authenticity is not for the faint of heart--It can feel better to be embraced as an impostor than dumped for the person you really are." (I'm so bad at this--I can't tell you how often I just smile and nod rather than say what I really think)
- I wish you were all right here in the room with me so that we could really have a proper discussion--I just can't seem to find the words for all the thoughts flowing through my head right now. Also, I'm thinking this falls into the category of inner poise that I am trying to work on as a New Year's resolution so I'll be thinking about this some more this month.
After finishing up this article I browsed Architectural Digest for their pretty, pretty pictures. It was such an inspiring time. Yay, for libraries!
- Will not be lazy: Ok, so if you measure it by the amount of tv watched (one of the ways I would measure it) I am doing really well. But now that I am not wasting so much time watching tv I think I need to start examining whether or not what I am doing now still falls into the "lazy" category. I read a lot more now than I did a couple months ago which is not a bad thing, but I do think I need to be DOING a bit more.
- Will stay in control of mail in-box: Still going well
- Will not get annoyed with family: Did pretty good on this front last month
- Will not get upset over men: Excellent
- Will be positive about everyone: Still a problem, but doing better. Reading The Peacegiver has been a huge help.
- Will develop inner poise: I worked on becoming a better conversationalist (which I think is key to feeling your inner poise--I think being able to talk about what you think without throwing your drink on someone fits into inner poise. Also, I think being able to talk with conficence that you have something interesting to say rather than with fear that you have nothing to say is another good part of feeling your inner poise.)
- Will lose 10 pounds: Lost 2 more pounds bringing my total to 8 pounds this year!
- Will purge flat of extraneous matter: I'm still feeling very organized.
- Will give away horrible clothes: Purged again!
- Will improve career: Finished my courses and got an A in both. Now I need to start applying for some jobs while I look to see what courses I will be taking in the Fall.
- Will read books: Love, Love, Love this goal.
- Will listen to classical music: I increased my time listening to classical music last month. Yay!
- Will go to the gym: This was a bit hit and miss. Need to do better.
- Will make music mood mixes: Probably time to do some new mixes.
- Will read Book of Mormon: Finished.
Will read Joseph Smith lessons: Caught up!!!
- Will read from Preach My Gospel: This one is a bit hit and miss--which is bad since that talk I gave last month encouraged everyone to be studying this study guide. Must do better.
- Will write in journal: This one has been hit and miss as well.
- Will do Family History work: Worked on this a couple of times this month and am learing Danish to help with my Danish line.
Compliments are some of the nicest things to get and they can really stick with you. For example, back in December someone complimented my boots as I was walking into a building and that compliment still makes me happy several months later. So this week is going to be a week of handing out compliments to others and to ourselves.
Spread the Love
- Notice one thing a day about someone you don't know and compliment her (or possibly him) on it. Be sincere. If you like her bag, her hair, the book she's reading, tell her!
- We can be our own worst critics, so start looking for positive things in the mirror! Find something awesome, something you like, and compliment yourself every day.
- Write down your experience - the compliments you give others and yourself. Did anyone's face light up? What did they say? How do you feel about yourself?
- At the end of the week, grab some quiet time and read through your journal. Look back at what you've done, and the changes you've made.
- Plant sunflowers
- Buy some local honey
- Buy some Häagen-Dazs icecream because they are funding some research to help save the honey bees--plus icecream is good.