Friday, February 15

Blogging Once Again

Hey Friends!  I know I have been saying this for a while now but I am officially going to be blogging once again!  KoD I really really do miss it a lot and there is so much I have to fill you in on and to share where I have been all that I have done, learned and all the ways I have grown since I last joined you.  So thank you to all of you that still check this and for those that may not, please stop back.  And keep me accountable as I really want to get back into the blogging scene and if I know there are actually people reading this I will be more inspired to keep with it.  One of my resolutions for this year is to get back on here, as well as my lent goal.  May sound odd as it is typically a season of giving things up, but I want to share all that is going on through this and give up the things that have been preventing me from doing so.  So I am coming back :) If there are any specifics you would like me to blog on let me know and I will certainly try.  KoD

Sunday, July 29

A Bucket List Update

Hello All,

          I would like to give you all my apologies as I have been rather absent lately, hopefully I can start to remedy that a bit. I told you all that I would keep you all up to date as I make progress on my Bucket List so I thought I would pass the updated list and include a few highlights of my accomplishments in the last 18 months or so since I made the list. 


Learn to let myself make mistakes and try new things even if I will fail/ Learn to live day by day, not letting the past drag me down nor the future pull me ahead too fast

So to be perfectly honest I totally forgot I had even thought of this/ put such a crazy thing on my list. Yet oddly enough if I had to sum up the last 18 months or so that would be exactly what my model has been. In all seriousness I could go on and on about everything or most everything and everyday since I made this list has in many ways reflected this life model. Have I master this by no means, but I can certainly claim I have made substantial progress in doing so, truly stepping out of my comfort zones and had the time of my life as a result. Certainly understanding what it means to live life to the fullest, which is awesome as this was my whole intent of the bucket list in the first place. Don't get me wrong, I make a lot of mistakes and look like a fool pretty much every second of every day, but I rarely regret trying, and I have grown, loved, laughed, smiled, and been blessed so much as a result. I would like to challenge you get off your computer go out there do something you have never done before, forget about yesterday's burdens and the troubles of tomorrow and have the time of your life, if only for today. Life is way to short to allow our fears to control our lives and prevent us from stepping out and living freely as God intends us too. God can and will work through us in our chains but we can accomplish so much more when we break free and learn to let go and no longer allow fear to drive us. I have learned to stop saying I can't and never say never ( and no I didn't get that from Justin Bieber). The fact is we all can do just about anything and if there are not things being scarified other than our pride and our fears then we ought to step out and try, and finally experience the abundant life God has for us. " The thief comes not but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I am come that they might have life, and might have it abundantly." ~John 10:10 

Learn to say “no” without feeling guilty/ Learn to act within my sphere of influence and stop worrying about things which are not within my control

 These go right along with the first one and certainly ones I am far from and will likely never fully master. Never say never though, after all, "all things are possible with God". This was a particularly hard lesson for me to learn and still haven't mastered, there is something deep within me that just wants to do it all, and desperately seeks acceptance, never wanting to disappoint anyone and wants to be needed. I think as humans we all have some degree of this. What I finally realized is that you end up not only killing yourself by committing to way more that you can feasibly do you also end up no longer being needed cause you aren't able to do what is done when you are so run down and you do dissapoint by not being able to do all you committed too. I don't care how good you are, eventually all the yeses will eventually turn into a large mess of half done tasks and a burned out, overwhelmed you. Learn to hear God's voice put your all into what you are deeply passionate about and say no when you can't help. Know your limitations and give up your pride. Be yourself be humble and things turn out a million times better in the end. Also focus on what you can do start small you will not change the world and solve all its problems overnight. Do what you can reach who you know. Start there focus there poor out there not trying to do everything. I say all of this from years of never saying no and always trying to fix things I had no control over. I have finally learned to surrened control and to learn that saying no can actually be the best thing you can do sometimes, and certainly nothing to feel guilty about.
    Master DDR, get a C or higher on Expert in all the songs
So DDR may seem silly but I was rather hardcore into it for a few months got pretty good too I might add could play most songs on difficult, a few in Expert. I certainly haven't crossed this off the list. I set my goals high may never reach it that well but I just wanted to say I did go rather far and cetainly had a crazy awesome work out, all the while greatly entertaining Mimi and Freado I might add (the older couple I used to take care off)

White Water Rafting

My family and I all went White Water Rafting in July at Jim Thorp in the Poconos. I would recommend going, especially if you haven't gone before, just take a different family. My mom just laughed and tried to give us directions falling every time and ended up throwing here paddle off the raft near the begging of the trip. My dad randomly jumped off to cool off nearly cracking his head open, my sister paddled backwards the entire time and my brother kept trying to flip the raft. So needless to say it was an adventure for sure

Lazor Tag
In July my Grandma took my twin cousins, Nick and Zack, George, Alyssa and I out to Skate Estate. Where we go to play some Mini golf, roller skate, I actually only feel once! Thank you very much. And finially got to knock yet another thing off my list playing some laser tag. Was a lot of fun, although I admit I stink miserably, lost by a long shot too kids well over half my age but now I can at least say I did it. Next time I will have my payback though, don't you worry.

To pray all day everyday/ To know what it means to follow ever Christ fully /To live each day in search of bringing God glory


Once Again I sure know how to set the bar high don't I?   I am certain I am far from fully accomplishing all of that and will never be able to fully master this at least that is what my spiritual journey has taught me so far.  It's a never ending process and there is always growth to be made.  The way I see it if I stop growing I am in trouble, so I hope to always be growing and never stop striving for this.  May everything I do bring honor to God.  I have grown tremendously since I began this quest of fulfilling my crazy long bucket list.   I can't say I pray all day everyday but I certainly pray a whole lot more.  God is my best friend and my greatest hope.  He is all knowing and I can no longer imagine not consulting and talking with him on a daily if not minute bases.  I have learned what it means to fully follow after Christ.  Unfortunately actually doing so is even harder than my goals.  I am working on it, and praying for the strength to continually surrender to my flesh, fears and worldly desires so that I may fully live as God intends and fully glorify him in all I do and am. 

Pets :)

Well I still have a ways to go at accomplishing all the pets I hope to get but I was about to get a turtle on one of my hikes in September. Found the smallest turtle yet so tiny and decided to keep him. I named him Felix, turns out he is a snapping turtle so not all that sure how it will last but he is nearly a year old and I love him and no snapping has been done as of yet. I also have two African Dwarf Frogs that are super cutie ans so fun to watch. The list is not what I wish but its working on it and some progress is being made. Given that I still don't have a place to call home I can't complain.


Go to Africa/ Go on a Safari


So the single and greatest moment of my life to date apart from declaring myself God's was having the incredible opportunity to go to Senegal, Africa this past March/ April  

~Go to A Broadway Play
 
Fire a Pistol
 

Kick negative habits (caffeine addiction, overeating, watching too much television, spending too much wasted time online


Glimpse to what's coming...






Some time this summer or early fall I am going skydiving with a few of my friends, not too late to join the adventure.
I will at least be attempting to walk across the country starting on April 22nd 2013. Check out my blog Krista walks the country for updated information on my planning, prep process, fundraising and trip information. I will certainly be keeping you posted as the date approaches. I also plan to write a book when I return discussing all my adventures. In the process of walking across or on the way back I hope to also go to Vegas and see the grand canyon, and I plan to shave my head just before I go for Saint Baldricks to support cancer, kill a couple things off my list all in one giant adventure.
*To pay off all my school debt

And Here is the Official Updated List 

feel free to add suggestions/ keep me accountable or comment if you like 

Travel  
*To set foot on each of the seven continents. Antarctica will be the last, but I want to see them all once.  (Well I can now check Africa off the list making 3 of the seven xD just Australia, Europe, Asia, and Antarctica left)

*To go to all 50 states. I have been to 18 so far...32 more to go


*Going along with the 50 states, I am also going to take a picture in front of each state sign with my friend Bryan we have NY and PA, but soon to be more as we are venturing out on a road trip to NC soon. 
 *To go abroad and live like a local for at least 6 months.

*Climb one of the world’s Seven Summits. 


*Scuba dive ideally in the Great Barrier Reef, but at least somewhere.

*Spend 24 hours alone in the jungle, well with the animals of course


*Stand at the North and/or South Pole.

 *Walk across the United States

*Go to the Grand Canyon

*Go to Vegas

 *See the Northern Lights

*Go to the Amazon Rainforest

*See the Acropolis in Greece

 *Go to Hagia Sophia, Turkey
 

*See Italy all of it

*See the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt up close

*Go to the Great Wall of China

*See the Taj Mahal, India

 *Ride a camel in the Sahara desert

*Go Backpacking through Europe

*See the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

 *See Mount Rushmore

*Climb up the Statue of Liberty

*Visit Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

*Go to Israel

*Go Island Hopping in the Caribbean


Things I want to learn and do
 

~Fire a Pistol
 

~Swim with dolphins

~Meet the love of my life

~Build an aquarium in my floor, ceiling or wall

~Get a pet snake, lizard, puppy and calf

~Join a bowling league
 

~Learn to ski/ water ski

 ~Climb an active volcano
 

~Go skydiving
 

~Surf

~Go sailing

~Hike the Appalachian Trail

~Ride a unicycle

~Learn to skateboard on ramps

~Go windsurfing

~Go deep sea fishing

~Go ice fishing

~Go alligator hunting and catch one 

~Go snowboarding

~Learn to play an obscure musical instrument, such as The Hang

 ~Dive with a whale shark
 

~Fencing

~Learn to say “hello” in 50 languages---- up to 15 languages making some progress at least

~Learn to play the guitar

~Compose a song
 

~Sing Karaoke in public

~Learn these dances; Salsa, Rhumba, the Cha-cha-cha, Tango, Waltz, the Foxtrot, Samba, Ballroom dancing, the Flamenco, the Jitterbug, and Hula.

~Ride in a hot air balloon
 

~Go paragliding

~Go snorkeling in a shipwreck

~Ride a mechanical bull and a real one

~Attend a Rodeo
 

~Go rock climbing

~Race a sports car

~Go paint balling

~Take a canopy tour (traversing between trees on a zip line)

~Ride the 10 largest roller coasters in the world

~Go on a cruise

~Experience weightlessness

~Learn how to use a pogo stick effectively

 ~Mush a Dog Sled

~See a platypus
 

~Spend a week at a Silent Retreat

~Learn to forgive fully

~Explore the depths of the ocean and sea in submersible or submarine

~Do 25 pull ups all in one set

~Milk a poisonous snake

~ Go spelunking

 ~Go a year never using Facebook

 ~Go to the Kentucky Derby

~Go to a St. Patrick’s Day Parade

~Go to Times Square on New Year’s Eve


~ Shave my head

~ Start a Fire without matches or a lighter

 ~ Drink 100+ shamrock shakes in one season



Things to Accomplish
 

*Make stained glass windows, or blow glass

* To find a job/ career I love 

*Let go of all of my negative emotions and limiting beliefs

*Discover my life’s purpose

*To live each day in search of bringing God glory

*To pay off all my school debt
 

*To pray all day everyday

*To know what it means to follow ever Christ fully

*Get married
 

*Save someone's life

*Have children

*Buy or build a house

*Get a PhD

*Cut the ribbon at a major opening

*Make the front page of the newspaper

*Make a difference in at least one person’s life

*Build a Habitat for Humanity Home

*Donate blood- if they ever let me

*Write a children’s book

*Write a travel book

*Go on at least 2 game shows

*Leave a valuable contribution in my area of expertise what ever that ends up being
 

*Invent something amazing and patent it

*Create my own board game

*Make a documentary film of my life

*Have my blog get to the Technorati top 1000/ also to get over a billion views

*Create a home with an inviting, joyous, comfortable, loving atmosphere.

*Master DDR, get a C or higher on Expert in all the songs

*Shake hands with someone who has truly changed a country.

*Break a Guinness World Record

*Leave a Mark in this world

Tuesday, June 12

Walking Across the Country


Hey Friends!

           I realize it has been far too long since I have blogged which makes me terribly sad.  I am very sorry to all my committed followers, I hope that you were some how able to survive without my posts for so long and that you can find it in your hearts to first off, forgive me then to start reading once more.  Although I can not make up for all the lost time I am going to start blogging again on a weekly basis if not more.  In addition I have decided to come back into the blogging world with an announcement of epic proportions.   Drum roll please....

        I will be walking across the entire United States of America next spring!!



Yes, yes I have thought about this and yes I am crazy and will certain face many difficulties in making this goal a reality not the least of which committing 7-9 months of my life, thousands in experiences, lots of muscle pains, giving up all the common day givens we all take for granted like running water, food, nice bed, clean clouting,  and a whole lot more.  I certainly have my worries and concerns as can be expected but short of God revealing a different plan for me between now and then I will be setting out on April 22nd 2013  (Earth Day)  to walk across the country.  All the details are still in the works but I will likely be basing much of my route after the American Discovery Trail, since there is a trail that goes all the way across why not?

I am starting a separate blog all about my pre trip, during the trip and post trip experiences and information.  Please check it out and spread the word.  Krista Walks the Country.


Also if you are interested in helping me out check out some of the ways you can help!

Give Financially
So clearly a 7 month journey across the trip can't just happen with out some financial help.  I mean we all have to work to put food on our plates not to mention all the bills that come up right?  Well just because I have decided to walk across the country my bills and need for food, supplies, lodging, etc will not go away in fact much of that will go up!  I plan on being as frugal as I can, camping out most of the time, stocking up and carrying what I can etc, but I still have to pay all my bills and I won't exactly be able to work while I am walking across the country, that's where you come in.  Even if it is as small as a dollar it all adds up and every little bit will help me make this a possibility.  For some additional intensive other then the satisfaction of being able to say you were apart of me walking across the country and all the inside stories, knowledge, adventures and pictures I will share with you I am offering so additional benefits.  Anyone that can donate $60 or more (roughly a penny for every mile I will be walking) will get there name or a name of there choosing on one of the shirts I will be wearing across the country.  Also anyone that gives $100 or more will get honorable mention by name in my book when I write about all my adventures, and a free copy!  No promises on the timeline for the book though.  Giving is quite simple and you don't have to give that much, remember every bit helps, you can give the money directly to me or simplyclick the donate picture on http://kristawalksthecountry.blogspot.com/.  If I miraculous raise more than I need to make it across the country (Funds are going to only be covering the cost of food, lodging, supplies needed for the trip, not for my bills, entertainment etc.) all addition funds will be going to support missions in Africa.  An additional perk is every month I will randomly draw one donor that will win a prize or have the option of making me doing there choice of humiliating activities, to an audience of there choosing.

Pray
One thing God continually reminds me of is to never underestimate the POWER of prayer.  I am going to be depending on prayer support throughout this journey, majorly. This is certainly not an easy task and I will not be taking this lightly.  Yes, I am ecstatic about all I will see and experience along the way, but like life it is not all wonderful.  I will be full of many ups and downs and many challenges I haven't had the foresight to see.  Not to mention being away from friends and family for so long having rather limited human contact many times and only with strangers when I do.  I would love prayer for the safety of the journey, financial support, for strength and determination to finish it, for God to use it as I know he will to teach and mold me further into the women he designed me to be, for loneliness, etc.  But most importantly, I am seeking prayer for the spiritual impact and influence of my trip that God would use me and this trip in a whole different level among my friends and family as they here of my trip and experience the impact it makes in me and all those that I am able to meet on the trip.  I know this trip is drawing a lot of attention and I have been getting all kinds of questions and interest and know the impact possibilities are limitless.   I know God is calling to go on this trip, and it is very little to do with my own ambition.  I think its cool and I am excited but it is far from something I would come up on my own as random and adventurous as I am, its still a little too risky and too much of a commitment for me to be totally comfortable with.  But God wants me, so I am going, but please consider praying for me and for all those this trip will impact.

Host
Second to Food the biggest need I anticipate is lodging, I have mapped it out and have many camping sites throughout nearly all the trip, but I would love an occasional break if you happen to live or know someone that lives somewhere near my route.  I can get you estimate dates and keep you updated as best I can when I am getting closer.  But if you are interested in, and able to host me for a night or know someone that might I would absolutely love that possibility.  In addition I am looking for churches to attend along the trip, I am working on mapping them out, but if by chance you know of one I would greatly appreciate it.

Join me
Clearly leaving home, loved ones, jobs, responsibilities, etc, behind and hiking across the country rain, shine, sleet snow, mountain, dessert,  sleeping on the ground, carrying all your possessions on your back for 8 months is not something most people can even consider. Nonetheless if you can, consider coming!  I would love the company, and you don't have to do all 6,000 miles maybe just for a day or two or a few miles if you are able to make it to where I am.  I am working on a tracking app so you can tell where I am most of the time, so you can come join me any time for as much as you would like.

Inform Me
I am new at this hiking more than ten mile thing and haven't had all that much experience camping before either, nor have I been in the vast majority of states I will be living in for the upcoming 8or so months!  I defiantly am eager to hear anything you know or any tips, tricks, pointers, suggestions you have.  Also if you have any hiking supplies you aren't going to be using and think would be beneficial, I would love to be able to use them.

Spread the Word
There is no telling what the impact it might have on people, so tell your friends and family if you can't help directly maybe they can or maybe it will open the doors to some amazing conversation, share my website, my story I will love you for it.  The more people know the more determination I will have and the more impact I can have.  I also have business cards made up for anyone interested.

Participate
Between now and when I start walking, I will be having a number of fundraisers that you can participate in.  Also if you have other ideas I would love to hear them.  Including but not limited too...

Bottle Drive
Avid Soda drinker like my formal self, or just have lots of cans/ bottles that have collected up sitting in your garage?  Well why not put them to use?  Starting now leading up to the day I head out, you can either drop off you cans and bottles at my house or call me and I will come pick them up.

Bonfire
I will be having a Bonfire $5 admission full of games, fireworks, smores and more at my house latter in the summer, date TBA for anyone that wants to come or support my efforts you can always donate more.

Coin Drive
Have lots of coins lying around your house, car or wherever?  Why not put them to use, donate them to me walking across the country.  No need to worry about rolling or counting them just get them to me or let me know and I will get them from you.  Even better, Win by doing it.  Whoever "walks" the furthers in this drive, will be honored and win a special prize.  Pennies are equivalent to one mile, nickels five and so on.

Yard Sale
I am in the process of collecting years and years of "STUFF"  much of it never used that has been sitting around in my room attic, basement, garages etc.  I literally have everything from baby toys to dryers, televisions, game systems, electronics, clouting, furniture, organ, movies, books, you name it and prices will be unbeatable.  So come out date is not set in stone yet but likely August 11th

Thursday, July 21

More Funny Pick-Ups Chem Geek Style....hehe enjoy

You are an acid and i am like litmus, everytime i meet you i turn bright red.

You’re so attractive, i cannot help but form hydrogen bonds with you.

My love for you is as strong as a covalent lattice .

Let’s get married and live a life like monosaccharides-sweet and simple.

If only you and i could form a redox cell, the potential between us would be mighty high .

You make me hotter than sulfur hydroxide mixed with ethyl acetate.

Why the electronegativity?

You must be a good benzene ring, because you are pleasantly aromatic.

I have mass. You have mass. We’re naturally attracted!

Our chemical reactions give way to interesting products.

Could you tell me the oxidation state of this atom and your phone number?

If I could make any compound, I would make uranium iodide, so I could put U and I together!

My favorite element is uranium, because I love U!

My name? Bond. Covalent Bond!

I’m a conjugate acid, you’re a conjugate base .Let’s hook up and create conjugate pairs.

Hey there girl, it appears to me that you are one of the major sources that increases the entropy .

of the universe. You see, you are hot and the heat you are releasing is making our universe more disordered.

Do you wanna join functional groups with me, and let me release a water molecule?

Is that a open valency or are you just happy to see me?

Are you uranium? cos you’re the bomb.

Hey, are you an alpha carbon, because you look susceptible to backside attack!

My favorite mechanism is backside attack. And you?

Let me show you my schlenk line

Your lab or mine?

What does it take to get over YOUR activation barrier?

I feel a bond between us!

Do you want to extract some protein from my column?

Baby are you an electron because you charge me up!

Honey, were like a galvanic cell, theres obviously electricty flowing between us.

You know, I’ve got one hell of a mass-charge ratio.

I have recently discovered a very rare element called Beautium. I looks like you are made of it.

Mind helping me with my experiment?

My favourite attractive force is van del Waals’ force. Can you feel it? I’ll sit closer if you can’t.

I’d really like to titrate with you.

Sunday, June 19

Happy Father's Day!!!!!!

Happy Father's Day to all the awesome Daddy's out there! And an extra special Happy one to my Daddy! He has taught me all I ever needed to know and loved me all the while. He is by far my greatest role model and I love him so so much. He has always been there to pick me up when I was done to help me up and make me laugh. I always know I am safe in his arms and I will always be his little girl. My dad and I are two peas in a pod and I look up to him so much and greatly admire just about everything about him. Thank you Daddy!!!!

He never looks for praises
He's never one to boast
He just goes on quietly working
For those he loves the most
His dreams are seldom spoken
His wants are very few
And most of the time his worries
Will go unspoken too
He's there.... A firm foundation
Through all our storms of life
A sturdy hand to hold to
In times of stress and strife
A true friend we can turn to
When times are good or bad
One of our greatest blessings,
The man that we call Dad.

Thursday, June 9

Notting Hill

Notting Hill (1999) --- 7 /10 Stars PG-13

So I was randomly searching Netflix for something good to watch to pass the time at work and I came across this one with Hugh Grant, and Julia Roberts, and I am generally a fan of both of them so I figured it was worth a shot, and for the most part it was. It was not really your typical romantic comedy plot was nothing deep but was pretty funny and I felt it was pretty engaging. The whole concept of the life of an actress was pretty interesting to think about as well. I was also definitely a big fan of the ending. I would say it is worth a view on Netflix if you don’t have much else to do and need something to watch for sure. Here are some of my favorite quotes…



Anna Scott: I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.

William: Oh, sod a dog. I've made the wrong decision, haven't I?

P.R. Chief: Dominic... if you'd like to ask your question again?
Journalist: Yes. Anna, how long are you intending to stay here in Britain?
Anna Scott: [pause] Indefinitely.

William: I enjoyed the movie very much. I was just wondering, did you ever consider having more horses in it?
Anna Scott: Well, we would have liked to. But it was difficult, obviously, being set in space.

Keziah: No thanks, I'm a fruitarian.
Max: I didn't realize that.
William: And, ahm: what exactly is a fruitarian?
Keziah: We believe that fruits and vegetables have feeling so we think cooking is cruel. We only eat things that have actually fallen off a tree or bush - that are, in fact, dead already.
William: Right. Right. Interesting stuff. So, these carrots...
Keziah: Have been murdered, yes.
William: Murdered? Poor carrots. How beastly!

William: It's as if I've taken love heroin, and now I can't ever have it again.

Anna Scott: Can I stay for a while?
William: You can stay forever.

William: I live in Notting Hill. You live in Beverly Hills. Everyone in the world knows who you are, my mother has trouble remembering my name.

Spike: There's something wrong with this yogurt.
William: Ah, that's not yogurt, that's mayonnaise...
Spike: Ah, right-o then.
[continues to eat it]

Anna Scott: "For June who loved this garden from Joseph who always sat beside her." Some people do spend their whole lives together.

Anna Scott: No, leave it. I'm sure you didn't mean any harm, I'm sure it was just friendly banter, I'm sure you guys have dicks the size of peanuts. Enjoy your dinner, the tuna's really good.

William: So how is he?
Anna Scott: I don't know. It just got to the point where I couldn't remember any of the reasons why we were together.

William: Would you like a cup of tea before you go?
Anna Scott: No.
William: Orange juice? No, probably not... something else cold? Coke? Water? Some disgusting sugary drink pretending to have something to do with fruits of the forest?
Anna Scott: No.
William: Do you... always say no to everything?
Anna Scott: [thinks] No.

Spike: Bugger this for a bunch of bananas.

Anna Scott: What's so annoying is now I'm so totally fierce when it comes to nudity clauses.
William: You have clauses in your contract?
Anna Scott: Yeah. "you may show the dent at the top of the artist's buttocks, but neither cheek or if a stunt bottom is being used, artists must have full consultation".
William: You have a stunt bottom?
Anna Scott: I *could* have a stunt bottom, yes.
William: Are people tempted to go for better bottoms than their own?
Anna Scott: Well yeah, I would. This is important stuff.
William: Hell of a thing to put on your passport, Occupation "Mel Gibson's bottom"
Anna Scott: Actually Mel does his own ass work. Well why wouldn't he.

Anna Scott: Busy tomorrow?
William: I thought you were leaving tomorrow?
Anna Scott: I was.
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Spike: [comes in after being photographed by the press] How did I look?
[looking in a mirror]
Spike: Not bad, not bad at all. Well chosen briefs I must say. Chicks dig grey.
[clenching his butt]
Spike: Nice. Firm. Buttocks.

P.R. Chief: Next question? Yes. You in the pink shirt.
William: Uh, right. Miss Scott, are there any circumstances that you and he might be more than just friends.
Anna Scott: I hoped that there would be but I've been assured that there's not.
William: Yes, but what if...
P.R. Chief: I'm sorry. Just the one question.
Anna Scott: No. It's alright. You were saying?
William: I was just wondering what if this person...
Journalist: Thacker. His name is Thacker.
William: Right. Thanks. What if, uh, Mr. Thacker realized that he had been a daft prick and got down on his knees and begged you to reconsider if you would... indeed... reconsider.
Anna Scott: [pause] Yes. I believe I would.
William: That's wonderful news. The readers of Horse and Hound will be relieved
.

Wednesday, June 8

Water For Elephants

Water for Elephants (2011) --- 5.5 /10 Stars PG-13

So I basically saw this movie only because I wanted to spend some time with some awesome people that happened to be going to see it, so I bit my tongue and went even the whole idea of seeing a movie with vampire dude, aka Rober Pattinson seemed like a bad idea. I may have been better off listening to my instincts, but if I had I would not have had all the fun with my friends and I would have missed out on the awesome Elephant, Rosie. She was by far the highlight to the film and perhaps made it worth it, I just wished they would have given her more of the film then they did. Vampire dude was not as horrible as I thought he would be and I was slightly able to get over thinking of him vampire guy but not enough lol. The chemistry was kinda off throughout the film and I wouldn’t call in a love story or romantic, which was rather disappointing. With that said I would not say this film is so bad that it is not worth a view, just not a favorite that is all. There are definitely some good things about the film as well, so if you are board pop it in, just don’t expect too much. Now for some quotes…

And then I laugh, because it's so ridiculous and so gorgeous and it's all I an do to not melt into a fit of giggles. So what if I'm ninety-three? So what if I'm ancient and cranky and my body's a wreck? If they're willing to accept me and my guilty conscience, why the hell shouldn't I run away with the circus? It's like Charlie told the cop. For this old man, this IS home.
I look after those who look after me. He smacks his lips, stares at me, and adds, "I also look after those who don't.
When two people are meant to be together, they will be together. It's fate.
The whole thing's illusion, Jacob, and there's nothing wrong with that. It's what people want from us. It's what they expect.
i meant what i said, and i said what i meant.
Age is terrible thief. Just when you're getting the hang of life, it knocks your legs out from under you and stoops your back"
All right. Let's give you something to tell your grandkids about. Or great-grandkids. Or great-great-grandkids.
August: As long as we can walk, we play
Jacob: I don't know if I picked that circus. But something told me that circus picked me.

Sunday, June 5

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Trailer

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) PG-13 6/ 10 Stars



Okay so I had heard a lot of mixed reviews prior to attending this movie myself some rather negative ones some more positives and a lot in-between. I don’t think this was anyone’s favorite movie for the year or anything, but I also would not consider this to be in anyway the worst. Personally I didn’t think it was all that bad, and most certainly a whole lot better then its predecessor, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, a scrappy, endless film that gave the global audience a global headache four years ago. Yet at some point while watching it I simply rebelled. It made me angry that something so timid, by-the-numbers and fundamentally tedious was being positioned as the new big thing, lavished with oceans of hype and sailing to a probable $1 billion on board the good ship Brand Recognition. Yes, it’s ‘not bad’, but it leaves much to be desired at the same time. It seemed like every other scene was more fighting and not all that exciting of actions scenes either. I felt like I could have completely distracted myself elsewhere for several minutes and not have missed a single thing for much of the movie. On the flip side, On Stranger Tides does have some pros as well, the production values are impeccable, the cinematography is skillful, the costumes, sets and period recreation is authentic and the effects are superb. The opening twenty minutes is an example of the writing being at its funniest and wittiest, and the scenes with the mermaids are beautifully shot and intriguing. So I have to give the movie some credit. I wouldn’t say it is a must see by any means and certainly worth waiting for till it’s in Red Box, and at the same time it is worth a shot if you are running out of movies to see throw it on just don’t expect what you got in the first one and you might not be terribly disappointed. And now for my favorite quotes….
Angelica:How is it we can never meet without you pointing something at me?
Barbossa: You can sleep when you're dead!
Gibbs: All part of the plan, yes?
Jack Sparrow: No.
Angelica: Maybe you don't believe the supernatural.
Jack Sparrow: Oh no, I've seen a thing or two.
Jack Sparrow: You lied to me by telling me the truth?
Angelica: Yes.
Jack Sparrow: Thats good! May I use that?
Angelica: You walk like a girl.
Jack Sparrow: You would know.
Jack Sparrow: There is a girl. Female. Of opposite sex.
Gibbs: When is there not?
Jack Sparrow: You are guilty of being innocent of being Jack Sparrow.
Captain Teague: I heard where you're headed. The Fountain.
Jack Sparrow: Have you been there?
Captain Teague: Does this face looks like it's been to the Fountain of Youth?
Jack Sparrow: ...Depends on the light.
Angelica: What were you doing in a Spanish convent, anyway?
Jack Sparrow: Mistook it for a brothel. Honest mistake.
Jack Sparrow: I may have had... briefly, mind you... stirrings.
Gibbs: Stirrings?
Jack Sparrow: Stirrings.
Gibbs: What, like feelings, you mean?
Jack Sparrow: No, no, no, no, no, not quite all the way to feelings. More like... stirrings.
Jack Sparrow: Damn you. Alright, feelings.
Jack Sparrow: Clergyman, on the off chance that this does not go well for me, I would like you to note it-hearing now-that I am fully prepared to believe in whatever I must, and be welcomed into that place where all the "goody-goodies" want to go once they pop their clogs. Savvy?
Angelica: [Jack turns to leave] Wait! I'm with child... it's yours.
Jack Sparrow: I don't remember...
Angelica: You were drunk.
Jack Sparrow: I don't think I've ever been that drunk.
Angelica: I love you, Jack.
Jack Sparrow: As do I. Always have, always will.
Jack Sparrow: You demonstrated a lot of technique for someone I apparently corrupted.
Salaman: You are either for us of against us!
Philip: I am neither with you, nor am I against you!
Salaman: [to Jack] Can he do that?
Jack Sparrow: He's religious, I believe it's required.
Jack Sparrow: You know the feeling you get when standing in a high place, the sudden urge to jump...
[looks over the cliff, as if considering jumping, then comes back to reality]
Jack Sparrow: I don't have it.
Jack Sparrow: If you have a Sister and a dog... I choose the Dog...
Gibbs: So the Pearl. Any idea on how to get her out?
Jack Sparrow: We shall need a crossbow, an hourglass, three goats, one of us must learn to play the trumpet, whilst the other one goes like this.
Gibbs: I know a man with a goat.
Jack Sparrow: Good, then I can go like this.
Syrena: Don't waste my tears.
Jack Sparrow: I support the Missionary's position.
Jack Sparrow: The Black Pearl in a bottle. Why is the Black Pearl in a bottle?
Jack Sparrow: [to king George II] You seem somewhat familiar. Have I threatened you before?
Jack Sparrow: Captain, I wish to report a mutiny. I can name fingers and point names.
Jack Sparrow: I understand everything... except that wig.
Syrena: You're dying. I can save you, if you ask.
Philip: All I want is forgiveness for what I've done to you.

Saturday, June 4

Fear Factor Returns

So, does anyone else remember that epic American classic stunt/dare reality game show, Fear Factor? My brother and I used to absolutely love the show I remember watching all the time and then playing it out in the backyard with my brother and sister coming up with all kinds of crazy concoctions to eat and stunts to do. Funniest part was how my sister would always eat what ever we gave her despite my brother and I throwing it off the porch or finding some what to hide it lol. And yet she could never get past the stunt stage as a simple task of jumping of the back pouch no more than 4 feet of the jump might as well been jumping out of a helicopter with no parachute for her. I guess having 8 years on here might have helped our victories but we had so much fun anyways. It was definitely our dream to make it on the show and we made sure to train regularly, so it was a very sad day when they stopped the show. But now to here that it is coming back is very exciting hopefully I now have the chance to make my premiere and 50,000 dollars I might add xD. Now to figure out how to apply....Anyone know??

Oh and just for fun here is some neat info on the show in case your not a fanatic and would like to become one. Fear Factor was based on a Dutch show called Now or Never-land (I am not gonna lie I love that name even better). When NBC imported the format to the States in 2001, it enlisted comedian Joe Rogan as the host. Each Fear Factor episode was split up into three parts: a physical challenge, a gross-out challenge and an action stunt. My siblings and I follow this format in our mini versions as well, although we all were aloud to advance. Some of the many things that were done in the show included laying in vats of snakes, rats and roaches, eat live insects or raw buffalo testicles, or find a hidden object in a vat of blood.



Telegdy notes that the series may be toned down somewhat upon its return – not a bad idea, considering it earned the ire of animal rights activists for many episodes. While the format may fit well in today’s talent (or lack there of) and personality-driven reality scene (see American Idol and Jersey Shore), fans of the original show will likely have one question: will Joe Rogan return to his hosting duties? The verdict is still out on that one my friends time shall tell. They are casting for the show right now (looking for pairs of twos- anyone wanna go with me????) and plan on making it bigger. That gets me thinking to what kind of stunts they would have then. And still trying to figure out how to get in on the action, but I am excited for the possibility of doing it and deff for watching it take off again.

Thursday, June 2

Rio

Rio (2011) 8.5/10 Stars G

This movie reminded me of South America, which I love and miss so therefore I may have been slightly bias just so you are forewarned, I am also very much a kid at heart. Nevertheless I really enjoyed this movie, I only saw the 2D version so I can’t attest to how it was in 3D. But it was pretty vibrant in 2D that’s for sure, the colors were fantastic so lively and not too far from reality as tropical birds are so beautiful.



It's the characters and the fish-out-of-water story that make the film so golden. Having both a wild and a domesticated parrot chained together makes for many funny moments, including a hand-gliding lesson that doesn't go so well, despite the coaching of Rafael the toucan. The added layer of a gender-reversed Romancing the Stone love story between Blu and Jewel provides further comedy. And to see the pair slowly fall in love is actually endearing to watch.
The sound track in this movie was also very good and it is very much a family friendly movie which is a refreshing change to see a good quality movie without all the garbage put into movies these days. Now for quotes of course...

Blu: Throw all the snow balls you want. I'm protected by this magical forcefield, called glass! It that keeps us so toasty and warm in here. While you guys out there are freezing your...
Blu: Linda! Little help here! Linda?
Linda: Wow! You're actually communicating!
Tulio: Yes! Yes! I introduced myself and shook my tail feathers counter clockwise, thus referring to his dominance.
Blu: I did not get that at all.
Linda: It was very nice of you to stop in and squawk around and throw my bird. But now it's time for you to go.
Jewel: Aw, this is great. I’m chained to the only bird in the world who can’t fly! Is there anything else I need to know?
Blu: Yes. I can’t fly, I pick my beak, and once in a while I pee in the birdbath!
Raphael: Blu down here. Just tell her you have beautiful eyes.
Blu: That's a great idea! [he turns to Jewel] I have beautiful eyes.
Pedro: You've got some pigeon doo-doo on your nose...
Raphael: I like you! Nothing you say makes any sense!
Cheese and Sprinkles!
Blu: Oh! Hi! Hi! My name is Blu. You know, like the cheese with the mold on it, that smells really bad.
Blu: Okay. Okay. There's not place like home! There's no place like home! Oh, how I wish I was back in my own cage, with my mirror and my swing and my little bell! Oh! How I miss my bell.
Nigel: I was striking, suave, ambitious. Feet to beak. So bodylicious. Now I am wild. I am villainous and vicious. Oh! And malicious. I had it all. A TV show. Women too! I was tall, over one foot two! And then they got a pretty parakeet to fill my shoes. That's why I'm so evil. Why I do what I do!
Nigel: I'll have you rotisseried! I'm a feathery freak, with a beak. A bird murder! You think you're badder than me. I never head of ya. I'm evil. I'll fill your cheese with evils!
Nigel: I'm unmincable. I'm unwashable. Unrinsable. Like an abandoned school, I have no principle. Full of Brazilian birds. All eighty million birds. I tell you what I'm going to do. I'm going to bake you.

Monday, May 30

The Story

The Story published by Zondervan (2007) ISBN-13: 978-0310936985 8.5/ 10 Stars =)

My church, Union Center Christian Church recently worked through this book as a congregation, and it had a tremendous impact on a number of people’s lives, and defiantly caused everything to see something in a new light or learn something they did not know before about the word of God. I would highly recommend everyone reading it at some point, makes for a really easy read and can have a profound impact on the rest of your life. If and hopefully when you do read it check out some of the resources available from our church at http://www.unioncenter.net they really help you take what is in each chapter to a whole new level and help make real world applications to your life where you are at now. You can also find all the sermons from each chapter on there, which will also enhance your experience.

In Summary this book is a summed up version of the Bible written in the form of one seemless story, rather than the traditional book and verse method. In doing so this book presents scripture in a very unique but complete way that brings pattern and structure to all the disconnected stories we tend to learn in church. Personally I found this books approach to scripture very helpful and very easy to get, it was innovative as it got you to think of scriptures in a much more holistic way that is typically left out of the pulpit. I found it very insightful and really helped spark a deeper love and appreciation for God and for the scriptures. Passages that I used to think were a real bore and had a hard time getting through I now actually enjoy as I see their deeper purpose. I used to not be so much of a fan of the whole Old Testament for example, certain parts more than others but the majority of it, but after reading the Story I began to relate to Israel in a whole new way. Yeah they were really stupid and continued to sin in the eyes of the Lord, but I finally got that I was no better than them. How many times have I witness the goodness of God and chosen my own gods ahead of him despite knowing what has happened in the past and despite knowing that God is a great and mighty king? So many, time after time I have repeatedly done exactly what they did. With different idols perhaps or having witnessed different miracles and graces but nevertheless I have known better and chosen to rebel.


The only really criticism I can make for this book is that it is not the Bible, and in some ways seems to over edit, but there isn’t too much you can do about that as it is trying to get the basics and allow the reader to grasp the bigger upper story of scripture and therefore some of the exact details are left out even some important events, so if you do read it please do so as a supplement to scripture rather than a replacement as it is not meant to be one.

Memorial Day

First off I want to wish everyone a blessed Memorial Day particularly to all the loved ones of those who have perished protecting our freedoms. They have sacrificed so much for us and let us never forget how blessed we are today because of the men and women who have sacrificed to fight for the sake of our country and the freedoms presented to us. Secondly to all of those who have served or are currently served, Thank You!!! I am so blessed in what you are doing, and just want to honor you and offer my gratitude for all you have and continue to do for our country.
Now I wonder who really knows any of the history of Memorial Day, when and where it originated or why? Sadly not too much is known by the vast majority of people and it has become little more than a day off to picnic and enjoy the begging of summer. So let me reveal some facts for you.

So Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day originates back May 30th 1868, and was established in response to the loss of American lives in the Civil war. Although many places celebrated in a similar way 1868 was the first year that it was officially recognized as a holiday (was first declared a holiday May 5th 1868). The designated purpose of this holiday was to decorate graves of those that had died in defense of their country with flowers. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays).
Waterloo, NY, oddly enough has been declared as the “birthplace” of Memorial Day in 1966 by Congress and then by President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Although a number of cities, argue Memorial Day/ Decoration Day and it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead.


Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country. To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps." The Moment of Remembrance is a step in the right direction to returning the meaning back to the day. What is needed is a full return to the original day of observance. Set aside one day out of the year for the nation to get together to remember, reflect and honor those who have given their all in service to their country.

So in honor of our beloved soldiers, Thank you and thank you to all the friends and family for making our country so great. God Bless, and let us not forget those that gave there lives for our freedom nor the real reason for this Holiday.

Sunday, May 29

Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed (2011) --- 5/10 Stars PG-13

So all in all I would say this movie was very much a take it or leave it kinda of deal, it wasn’t to the point I would recommend it nor would I warn anyone of watching it. I would recommend waiting to it is released on DVD first if you are going to watch it as I don’t think it is at all worth seeing in theaters.

The film deals with a lot of interesting and relatable relationship issues (at least for me) but doesn't come to a satisfying conclusion on any of them. To add it it the whole storyline was very redundant and expected. And seriously, considering Darcy and Rachel are longtime best friends, we know Rachel and Dex have seen one another many times in the ensuing years, and yet it isn't until Rachel's birthday that they suddenly realize they really love each other? Come on! Ridiculous. The rest of the movie is tennis game of rationalization and guilt with a few smatterings of clever witty one liners.. And Dex is a genuine jerk I hated him and think Rachel should have gone with Ethan instead. I do have to admit that up until the ending, I actually enjoyed the movie pretty well, because I kept hoping for Rachel to learn and grow. Instead, she took a huge leap backwards. Any sympathy I had garnered for her during her dilemma dissipated faster than mist in the desert.

As for the acting, John Kraszinski (Ethan) stole the movie. Charming and charismatic, his was the only character at the end I still liked. Ginnifer Goodwin was also fantastic in the role (not her fault the storyline is idiotic). Kate Hudson is annoying and almost unwatchable, nothing much there to relate to, until her last two scenes (discovering Dex's jacket, and seeing Rachel on the street). Colin Egglesfield is beautiful, though a bit stiff, and perfect to play the part of the swine Dex. As for some quotes there were some good ones so here ya go…
Darcy: You’re 30, you can’t afford to be picky
Rachel: I first met Dex 6 years ago, at NYU. He was handsome… and charming… He was just…perfect… Then he met my best friend, Darcy.
Dex: Have you ever gone down a road, far down and wondered, maybe it wasn’t what you want?
Dex: You wouldn’t happen to have, like, 4 extra pens, do you?
Rachel: Oh, I do actually…
Rachel: See what happens when you sleep with people you don't love?
Darcy: You are my bestfriend is the understatement of the century.
You're the sister I never had.
You're sometimes the mother I often need.
The reason why I can't stumble so furiously into adventures,
because she's always there.
She is always, always there.
Rachel: Ah, there's an oldmaid in the window let's get her a cab.
Rachel: He makes you the person you want to be,
instead of the person you are, and that,
the idea of life without him is,
not only unbearable, it's unimaginable.

Saturday, May 28

New Pages

Hey guys, So I am working on setting up some new pages for your enjoyment, one full of all of my favorite quotes from Bible verses, Nerd Quotes, Words of Wisdom, Pick Up Lines and everything in between. Then another page for all the movies I have seen- just starting on that one so bare with me as I have seen a least 10 ever week since I graduated college. And then another one for book reviews. I would love comments on things you like don't like as well as suggestions on if you want me to do a certain book or movie, and I will get one that, the pages should soon have pics as well. Just wanted to give you all a heads up on what I am up to. Also if you have further suggestions for possible pages or post in general I am open to suggestions as always and might just do it. Thanks again for reading. Oh in case you don't know, you can get to these pages simply by clicking on them (Quotes, Movie Reviews etc.) at the top left, and you can always go back to Home to see my most recent posts. Enjoy. Oh and P.S. For the movies and books I am also gonna be posting on each of them so you can read them all that way too at least the new ones as I read/ watch them, but also have them up on the page for easy reference.

Thursday, May 26

2 Years of The Life of Krista Marie

Hey guys, so it has no officially been 2 years since I starting this blog! In that time I have had over 16,000 hits and that doesn't count my own, that is admits my 138 random posts. I just wanted to say a big Thank you to all my followers. I very much appreciate it. Also please feel free to leave me any suggestions or suggestions for what you would like me to write about more or less. I am open to all of them so let me know and I look forward to many more exciting years to come.

From Bible Belt to Stroke Belt

For anyone that hasn't heard of it, the Bible Belt is an informal term for a region consisting primary of the southern, and some southwestern states of the U.S., where socially conservative evangelical Protestantism dominates the culture of these areas. For your reference, to your left is a map of what is typically deemed the "Bible Belt" determined based on Baptist population.

Now compare that with the map on the right based on the highest percentage of strokes. Crazy right? It seems eating all that "good American food" very common in this southern portion of the country might just send us all to heaven sooner than we might think. New York Times reports that the Bible Belt, with its deep fat frying and bad eating habits could be renamed: Stroke Belt.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) age-adjusted annual rates of stroke mortality among adults 35 and older in the eight Stroke Belt states (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) were on average, 125 per 100,000 individuals, compared to 96 per 100,000 Americans in the remaining 40 contiguous states and the District of Columbia (2000-2006).

Preachers name all kinds of sins and their congregations know they should repent. Lying, stealing, drunkenness, cheating, disorderly conduct... Seems like they might have been leaving out one BIG one, Gluttony. We pig out as though this privilege of eating and drinking is ours to abuse any way we want. Big greasy breakfasts,large and hearty lunches,huge buffets of appetizers, followed by a main course, and then how could we leave out dessert! And don't forget calorie-rich drinks to get it all down. Yup it is all delicious, don't get me wrong, but it is killing you. Also, we can't compare ourselves to others and say, "Better than they are!" I'm not looking at anyone's sins because I know how broken my own heart is in this and other areas. I too love to eat unhealthy foods, drink soda, and sit around in front of the boob tube. But there comes a time when we have to step away and not overly indulge in such pleasures. Just because the bible belt is against other such sins gives them no right to jump to gluttony instead. It too needs to come to a halt.



On another, yet similar news a recent study has shown that this same Bible/ Stroke Belt has also been linked to Cognitive decline. Researchers believe shared risk factors among members of this population are to blame. The Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study, led by Principal Investigator George Howard, DrPH, recruited over 30,000 U.S. adults aged 45 or older from 2003 through 2007 and is following them for stroke and cognitive decline. REGARDS participants included 56% from the Stroke Belt states and 44% from the remaining states in the continental U.S. including D.C. which researchers collectively termed "non-Belt" states.

Researchers assessed brain function using the Six-item Screener (SIS)—a test of global cognitive function that includes item recall and temporal orientation. SIS scores range from 0 to 6 with a score of 4 or less representing cognitive impairment. Results indicate that 8.1% of participants showed cognitive impairment at their most recent assessment, over a mean of 4.1 years following the initial assessment. Stroke Belt residents had a greater likelihood of cognitive impairment than non-Belt residents (odds ratio=1.18); all demographic factors and time independently predicted impairment. Risk of cognitive impairment was 18% higher in residents of the Stroke Belt than in those living in non-Belt states after adjusting for the influences of age, sex, race, and education level.


I think this goes to show that the Bible Belt has much to fear, Damnation, Stroke, and Now Retardation. Yikes. Maybe I won't use my deep fryer tonight after all.

Wednesday, May 25

If I were

If I were a month, I'd be March (In like a lion out like a lamb), because I can’t quite make up my mind, and something awesome is just around the corner, the darkness of winter is nearly over.
If I were a day of the week, I’d be a Tuesday- I love Tuesdays, they are still productive days but not Mondays and not super awesome like a weekend but still cool
If I were a time of day, 10:10pm- cause its pretty sweet
If I were a planet, ---Mars, I feel like I would fit in there
If I were a sea animal, Dolphin- would be super fun
If I were a direction, East---towards the Ocean
If I were a piece of furniture, Crotch Hair Couch ……HAHAHAHAHA
If I were a liquid,---Diet Dew DUH!
If I were a gemstone, ---- Emerald, I love green….life, happiness, spring and money xD
If I were a tree----prolly a Banyan Tree just cause they are super awesome
If I were a flower, I’d be a Snapdragon, I am a prankster that loves to make ppl laugh
If I were a kind of weather, I’d be sunny and 75 =) with a giant thunderstorm for a few hours of the day
If I were a musical instrument, I’d me a banjo xD
If I were a color, I’d be green xD
If I were an emotion, I would be Joy
If I were a fruit, ---Banana
If I were a sound, I would be Thunder
If I were an element, Technically I am mostly Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen, but if I could pick I would be Plutonium caz it is rare, radioactive, and super cool. If you mean the whole spiritual element thing I would prolly be Earth- tend to be pretty calm cool and collected…kinda goes against the whole Plutonium idea but oh well
If I were a food, ----PIZZA!!!! DUH
If I were a place, ----That’s a hard one Africa, am I allowed to be a whole Continent?
If I were a material---- Flannel :P
If I were a taste---- Mint =)
If I were a scent----Freshly Baked Bread
If I were an object---- and iPod touch
If I were a body part------hmmm not sure gonna go with an eye
If I were a facial expression, :-P most deff
If I were a song, oh man only one ….drats…gonna go with what faith can do by Kutless
If I were a pair of shoes, slippers !

Tuesday, May 24

Thor

Thor (2011) --- 7/10 Stars PG-13

So Action isn’t typically my go to movie, but this was way better than anticipated for me. They surprisingly were able to effectively pull of a great balance between the real world Marvel Universe and the Norse mythology. Hatts off to Marvel once again for a job well done. It’s bewildering at times, condensing nearly 50 years of comic history with a speed that can mean characters are paid scant lip service. You suspect there’s a lot of material on the cutting-room floor. Hats off to Chris Hemsworth as well staring as the Norse god Thor who although New to acting, pulled it off terrifically, plus he is super cut, so if anything I guess you could go see if for that. But I can almost guarantee he will be starring in a lot more in the future. Intelligent comic-book popcorn epics are rare and I gotta say this one set a new bar for the rest to attempt to meet.

In quick summary the plot is a good one and I am not gonna spoil it but Thor is a god, the Son of Odin who is about to inherit the throne when due to his raging temper he attacks Asgard and sparks on a war, in direct rebellion of his father’s orders. Odin then sentences him to Earth to learn a lesson, meanwhile his “brother,” Atum is taking over and Odin falls ill. You can watch to see the rest for yourself and I would recommend it. Regardless of if Action Adventure is your thing it has a great story line and I found it very intriguing not merely fighting scenes as many of them are now a days. So I would say go or at least get it on Netflix when it is out. Here are some of my favorite lines of the movie…



Darcy: You know, for a crazy homeless person... he's pretty cut.
Thor: For the first time in my life, I have no idea what I'm supposed to do...
Agent Phil Coulson: It's not easy to do what you did. You made my men - some of the most highly trained professionals in the world - look like a bunch of minimum-wage mall cops. In my experience, it takes someone who's received similar training to do what you did to them. Why don't you tell me where you received that training? Afghanistan, Chechnya? No, you strike me more as the soldier of fortune type. Who are you?
Odin: You are a vain, greedy, cruel boy.
Thor: And you are an old man, and a fool!
Odin:Yes... I was a fool to think you were ready.
Thor: This mortal form grows weak. I require sustenance!
Thor: [taking coffee for the first time] This drink... I like it! More! [smashes the cup]
Darcy: This is going on Facebook!
Thor: I have no plans to die today

100 Ways To Improve Your Happiness

Do you want to be happy? Of course you do, who doesn’t?! Here are 101 easy ways to achieve a better, happier life! Keep in mind of course that it is not not things that make us happy but our experiences.

1)First off Travel more, I am an avid traveler and love love love it, but travel really can have a profound effect on us by taking us out of our comfort zones and opening our eyes to some of the different places and lives that were unknown to us. It’s also just fun!

2) Take a weekend trip. It doesn't have to be anything costly or extravagant, even a weekend or day long break from home can make you happier.

3) Spend time by the ocean. There’s nothing like sand between your toes and fresh sea air. I make it a point to get there at least twice a year....already gone 3 times this year....maybe a good reason why I have had such a great year thus far

4) Go camping. Commune with nature closer to home—the food will taste better and you’ll sleep deeper in the great outdoors, plus it is just a lot of fun.

5) Go skydiving. Face your fears and reap the benefits of this exhilarating extreme sport—you’ll be euphoric for weeks. I can't wait to go!

6) Go stargazing. Find a spot relatively free of unnatural light and marvel at the beauty of the night sky. Love stargazing make it a point to pretty much ever clear night. xD

7) Sit in front of a beautiful view. Find a spot close by with a nice view that you can visit when you need a break. I highly recommended a nice spot on a hill to watch the sunset/sunrise.

WORK---We all gotta do it but make it fun!
8 ) Make enough money to meet your basic needs. Studies have shown that anything beyond that amount will not necessarily make you happier, plus you will not get to do everything else on this list if you work too much.

9) Avoid financial hierarchies. For a new job, choose a place where everyone makes a similar amount. People feel better when they feel equal to their co-workers.

10) Find satisfaction in the job you have. Don’t expect to find one job that will make you happy—instead focus on the positive aspects of your work instead of blaming a job for your unhappiness.

11) Take initiative at work. You’ll gain professional respect, self-fulfillment and feel more in control in the workplace.

12) Keep plants in your workspace. The LA Times found that employees who decorate their office space are more satisfied with their jobs.

13) Bake cookies and bring them to work. You’ll enjoy the baking and making your co-workers happy.

HEALTH
14) Get enough sleep. Sleeping for 8 hours per night can elevate your mood and better prepare you to greet the day. As much as I don't sleep I have to admit that it can make a world of a difference when I get some sleep.

15) Take vitamin C. Keeping your immune system happy will keep you happy. But not too much as it is fat soluble and may come out in the form of ulcers if you have too much of it.

16) Laugh out loud. Laughing releases endorphins and lowers levels of stress hormones.

17) Cook with more garlic. Garlic not only adds delicious flavor to meals, it also keeps blood pressure down to keep you relaxed and healthy.

18) Get more fresh air. Fresh air is invigorating and alters the levels of serotonin in your brain—the stuff that makes you happy! And especially when there is sunshine... I know it is rare around here but it makes a world of a difference in my mood.

19) Eat more foods with tryptophan. It has an amino acid needed to make serotonin, the chemicals that make you happy. Try more bananas, dairy products and poultry.

20) Work out. Exercising can not only make you feel better about yourself, it also releases endorphins in your body to give you a natural high. If you are like me and not a huge fan of working out try DDR, lots of fun and you still get that exercise in.

21) Eat chocolate. Besides releasing endorphins and stimulating serotonin production in your brain, chocolate releases phenylethylamine, the chemical that causes feelings of love. I am not a huge fan of chocolate but that doesn't mean you can enjoy it and tell everyone I told you it was good for ya.

22) Meditate. According to the Dalai Lama as well as several medical studies, meditation not only decreases stress, but also triggers a neurological response that makes you happy. Practice being still and knowing God is God and you are not....it is a tough one but so peaceful once you finally come to except it.

23) Do yoga. Learning to control your breathing through yoga practice helps you control your responses to stress and fear.

24) Get a massage. Besides its relaxing properties, the touch involved in massage creates warmth in your body and releases the chemical oxytocin—also known as the cuddle hormone.

25) Eat chickpeas (or other beans). Chickpeas have an amino acid that makes you happy, and beans keep your sugar levels steady throughout the day.

26) Have sex. Numerous studies show that a healthy sexual intimacy with a caring partner can have tremendous physical and emotional benefits. Please save this one for marriage, it will be worth it.

27) Install more windows in your house. Getting enough exposure to the sun has been proven to be crucial to happiness and well-being.

28) Put full-spectrum lights in your home or office. If you live in a wintry climate that doesn’t get much sun, you can replicate the effect with light bulbs that mimic the sun’s rays.

29) Drink coffee. Studies in Brazil showed that people who drink coffee every day are less likely to suffer from depression. Coffee is the world’s most popular mood-enhancing drug, but remember to drink in moderation, or if coffee isn't your thing you can try Tea or Dew like me...the dew might end up killing you but it sure lightens my mood xD

30) Eat more spinach. Popeye’s favorite green is packed with folic acid, an important vitamin that boosts serotonin production.

31) Eat foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Certain kinds of fish like salmon or sardines have Omega-3, which is known to elevate mood levels—high doses are even used to treat depression.

32) Eat more colorful fruits and vegetables. They contain antioxidants which help remove toxins
from our bodies that cause stress and aging.

33) Put some strawberries in your breakfast. The smell of strawberries is known to invigorate and energize. Yummmy!!

34) Drink hot mint tea. The scent of fresh mint is energizing and the steam will perk you up.

ATTITUDE
35) Smile. It takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown. Plus it is proven that people that smile more are happier xD and Smiles are contagious....if you don't believe me just go a head and try it, I guarantee it will spread...

36) Make a grateful list. Focus on all the great things in your life to enhance feelings of joy and attract more good things. With this forget the icky things....focus on the positive there are a lot more of them then you may think.

37) Break outside your comfort zone. Being comfortable doesn’t make you happy—challenging yourself does.

38) Follow your gut. Most of the time your first instinct is not only correct, but the best choice.

39) Don’t regret your decisions. If it turns out you were wrong, don’t waste time worrying about it, instead make the next best decision and move forward. What is done is done, and can worry add anything to your life? Nothing good that's for sure.

40) Accept that you can’t be happy all the time. Focus on being content and the truly happiness will be all that much sweeter.

41) Try to see from others’ perspectives. Much of our unhappiness comes from our frustration with other people not understanding us. Try to imagine how they see the world and the frustration will ease.

42) Let the little things go. There’s no sense in wasting your energy and inhibiting your happiness by worrying about things you can’t change.

43) Make the decision to be happy. Happiness is an attitude, not a physical state.

44) Don’t take things personally. So often, anger and frustration directed at us is a result of someone else’s misplaced stress. Recognize that it’s not necessarily about you and you’ll remain calmer and happier.

45) Savor the small moments. People who take longer to enjoy small moments and then reflect on them later in the day show significant increases in happiness.

46) Avoid comparing yourself to others. It’s damaging to self-esteem—focus on your own achievements. There is always going to be someone better out there stop trying to beat them out...instead compare yourself to yourself a year ago.

47) Make meaningful goals. Harvard scientists say humans need a sense of purpose to thrive and that people with dreams and aspirations are happier than those without.

48) Embrace spirituality. Research suggests that people who participate in a religious community or explore alternate sets of beliefs are happier and better adjusted in life.

49) Have a good cry when you need it. Allowing yourself to break down completely is cathartic and you’ll feel better after you let it all out.

50) Learn to forgive yourself. Focusing on your past mistakes serves no purpose besides keeping you from moving on.

51) Maintain perspective. When life starts to feel out of control, remind yourself of the positive things in your life and how lucky you are.

52) Define what happiness means for you. Don’t worry about what other people define as happy, find what makes you happy and go for it.

RELATIONSHIPS
53) Stay close to friends and family. Moving far away from networks of support can take a toll on your level of happiness—even if you have moved in order to make more money.

54) Get a dog, preferably a puppy or two so you can give one to me... The studies showing the positive effects man’s best friend can have on your psyche are numerous: better emotional and physical health and a wagging tail.

55) Give more hugs. Hugging releases the same chemical as massage and is always free! And after all everyone loves a hug ...even if it is only secretly.

56) Make time for your friends. Personal connections are so important and making even a little time to be with people who make you smile can keep you happy.

57) Make new friends. Meeting other people is exciting and finding a new person with whom to connect can only enhance your fulfillment.

58) Write thank-you notes. Expressing gratitude makes you and the recipient happy.

59) Call your mom. Or your dad, or your grandma or anyone you haven’t talked to in a while and surprise them with a chat. If it doesn't make you happy I am sure it will make there day.

60) Get a cat. If you’re not a dog person, cats make wonderful, loving, stress-reducing housemates and bed-warmers. And if you are not a cat person you can always take out your anger on the cat...that ought to cheer ya up.

61) Cuddle up with someone you love. Enjoy time with your kids or your partner for instant happiness.

62) Babysit for a friend. Being around children’s infectious optimism is sure to boost your mood.

63) Hold a baby. They’re cute and cuddly and without a care in the world—you’ll feel instantly uplifted.

ACTIVITIES
64) De-clutter. A clean home is a clean mind, and you’ll feel better in an orderly environment.

65) Donate to charity. Giving to those less fortunate than you will make you appreciate what you have.

66) Rent a comedy. Take an hour and a half out of your day for pure laughing entertainment and you’ll feel instantly boosted.

67) Watch kittehroulette.com. If watching nonstop videos of playful kittens doesn’t lift your spirits, nothing will.

68) Take a nap. A quick power nap, especially on a sunny afternoon, is luxurious and will help you make it through the day.

69) Change one thing in your daily routine. You’ll stave off boredom and might discover something new that delights you.

70) Take a walk. Taking a quick walk, even just around the block can clear your mind and raise your mood.

71) Surround yourself with smells that make you happy. Smell is a much overlooked sense that greatly affects our mood—try a coconut shampoo that reminds you of a vacation or bake cookies that remind you of childhood.

72) Listen to upbeat music. Even just a few minutes of a hip-shaking tune gets your blood flowing and makes you feel more positive.

73) Set your alarm early on a day you know you get to sleep in. When you wake up you’ll get the pleasure of realizing that you don’t have to get out of bed—then rolling over for some more satisfying zzz’s.

74) Paint a room in your house yellow. Looking at the color yellow has been proven to improve moods.

75) Make a home cooked-meal. You’ll get not only tasty food, but the pride of having made it yourself.

76) Dress up for no reason. Putting on clothes that make you feel good increases your self-esteem and your mood.

77) Add some soft blue to your bedroom. Light blue has been shown to be the most calming color and can set the mood for a restful night’s sleep—essential to a positive attitude.

78) Do something you loved as a kid. Riding a roller-coaster or going sledding can help you connect to your inner child and remember simple thrills.

79) Wear red. Red can make us feel confident, powerful and strong.

80) Splash on some perfume/aftershave. Studies show that floral scents can make you happier.

81) Volunteer your time. Selfless acts and helping others is a fast route to genuine contentment.

82) Decorate your home for the holidays. Preparing for holiday celebrations is always fun and a great excuse to invite friends and family over.

83) Take time for yourself. Go to a movie, or a museum or a walk around town by yourself to re-connect.

84) Perform random acts of kindness. Hold open a door for a stranger or leave some money in the vending machine, for no other reason than doing something nice for your fellow man.

85) Send snail-mail. Rediscover the pleasure of old-fashioned communication.

86) Make time to curl up with a good book. It can be either a thought-provoking tome or a guilty pleasure.

87) Invest in fancy bedding. Be cozy and happy drifting to sleep and wake up to a happy morning.

88) Go bowling or mini golfing with friends.

89) Dance. Alone or at a club, dancing is fun and stress-releasing.

90) Pay off your credit card debt. Debt can be a major source of stress and you’ll feel great when you eliminate it from your life.

91) Clean the house. Even if you don’t like cleaning, a clean home can drastically improve your attitude.

92) Volunteer at a local animal shelter. You’ll get the pleasure of knowing you’re lending your time and brightening the day of some furry friends.

93) Find a hobby. Painting, singing, tai chi—it doesn’t matter as long as you have an outlet to express yourself.

94) Turn off your phone for a day. Let people know in advance that you are taking a personal day and can only be reached in case of emergency. Savor the silence.

95) Sing in the shower. It doesn’t matter what you sing, just make sure you belt it as loud as possible.

96) Stash some money in a secret place so you can discover it later. Pick a spot you’re likely to forget so you get a thrill weeks or months later when you stumble on it.

97) Enjoy a guilty pleasure TV show. Make some popcorn and banish the guilt—we all need a cheesy escape sometimes.

98) Go for a walk or jog in the rain. The high produced by exercise will be heightened by the cool rain on your face.

99) Enjoy a cold beer or chilled wine on a hot day. Need I say more?

100) Go to hear live music. Hearing music live puts you in the moment in a way an iPod can’t.