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Have you seen trailers for Becoming Jane yet?  I just saw one this morning and… I can’t wait!  Of course, it comes on the heels of watching The Devil Wears Prada last weekend where Anne Hathaway was really good.  Or maybe just the movie was good and she was in it.  Whatever.

So, girls, we’re going, right?

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I almost forgot to mention… I have a new favorite story. I have to say “story” because I haven’t actually read the book, but I finally finished the PBS Masterpiece Theatre version and it is an amazing story. Perhaps better than “Mansfield Park,” though it’s hard to judge because on that one I’ve only read the book and haven’t seen a movie adaptation, so it’s almost like comparing apples and oranges. Anyways, I can’t wait to read the book, you know, when I have time to read books again.

Oh, and I’m more than likely staying home from work tomorrow. Boss told me to stay home and get better and not worry about them. Will do, chief. Of course, I still have to get up and go to class, which kinda sucks, but I’ll get to go home after that and take a nap. And wear jeans to class. If we didn’t have a quiz tonight, I’d consider being absent from class, but I’ll just have to suffer through. It seems as though the Alka-Seltzer Cold that I took is doing a better job than the Mucinex, so that’s good.

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Rhyme :: Nation (Rhythm Nation, really)
  2. Substantial :: Changes
  3. Instant :: Oatmeal
  4. Greed :: Pride
  5. Brad :: Pitt
  6. Season :: to remember
  7. Accomplished :: Woman (think Pride and Prejudice)
  8. Invite :: Only
  9. Sparkle :: -y
  10. Rainbow :: Brite

Wednesday Mind Hump

(a day late, because Blogger was down for maintenance yesterday)

  1. What are some of your favorite books, and why? Jane Austen books, because the world is so different from today’s society, and yet so many things still apply. It takes a while to get into the language, but her characters are interesting and creative. The books are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes happy… and usually you know how they’re supposed to end, but it’s still cry-worthy when it happens that way. The Chronicles of Narnia were really good, both times I’ve read them – you really should read all seven if you haven’t (feel free to borrow them from me next time you’re at my house, unless I don’t know you and you’re breaking in, which would be mean). I loved “Good In Bed” and “In Her Shoes” by Jennifer Weiner, and the Kristen Billerbeck books. If you’re looking for nonfiction, “When I Relax I Feel Guilty” changed my life, “There Are No Children Here” is a great telling of life in inner-city Chicago, and … The Bible. Really, there are so many good (especially fiction) books that I could reread again and again. For more recommendations, see #4, or check out my All Consuming list (see left sidebar for link).
  2. How many books do you read during a typical month? Not many these days – it takes me a month or two to finish a book, unless it’s really short or really good, or for some strange reason I have a lot of free time. But about the only time I read (other than for school) is on the bus to Prince Charming’s, so that’s about an hour a week. Sad, I know.
  3. Where do you buy most of your books? I’ve been “forbidden” by myself to not purchase any new books until I read the bookshelf full that I already have. But, I occasionally make exceptions to this rule (which is probably why that stack of unread books isn’t getting much shorter). I like the larger bookstores, like Barnes & Noble or Borders (they’re my preferred), and occasionally, especially if I’m researching a particular subject, I use Amazon. I try not to, though, because I can spend a ton of money there before I even realize it.
  4. Recommend a good book to me (and your readers). There have been several books that have totally changed my life, or part of my life, or the way I think about something. Obviously, The Bible is a good place to start – if you haven’t read the whole thing through, I recommend you do so, as a storybook if nothing else. It took me over a year to do that, and you can find one-year plans or 3-year plans or make your own – just prepare yourself to work at it for a long time. Otherwise, I’ve really liked… Hinds Feet on High Places, Passion & Purity, anything Jane Austen comes highly recommended. I’m sure I could think of more if I were at home with my books in front of me.

Your turn! Answer #4 in the Comments!

Tuesday Twosome

List two…

  1. Items in your purse/wallet: ticket stub from the last movie I went to see with Prince Charming, and a wide variety of lipstick options.
  2. Food items you crave the most: Starbucks and popcorn
  3. Books you could read over and over again: Anything Jane Austen, and any children’s book
  4. Events in the past 14 days that have made you laugh and/or cry: I’m feeling particularly sappy/sad at the moment (I think it’s the weather outside – grey and cold and rainy), and I think if I watched the right movie or TV show or someone said just the right thing, I’d cry. Trying to explain the dream I was having that caused me to talk in my sleep to Prince Charming was pretty funny (it involved defining the word “infuriate” in a way that meant it was only used during the winter months).
  5. People you are missing a lot at this very moment: Prince Charming, and Betsy, who’s been silent over email for the last week.

Five On Friday – Bookworm

(I’m feeling meme-y today.)

  1. What was the last book you read? Must be Pride and Prejudice (again). I’ve read bits and pieces of other stuff, but haven’t done a lot of reading lately. It’s not easy to read and knit at the same time….
  2. What book(s) are you reading now? I’m currently reading Finding Our Way Home. I’m on the last section, so hopefully I’ll be done soon.
  3. Do you have a library card? Do you use it? I don’t have a library card, because I managed to forget to return some books and now the library has a price on my head. Sad.
  4. How do you choose a new book to read? Fiction books are easy – I usually just have a stack of ones that I’ve wanted to read, and pick the one that feels right at the time. Non-fiction is harder, but I try to pick the ones off my shelf that I’m motivated enough to finish.
  5. We all had to read books in school. Which was your favorite? Your least favorite? Do you think you would feel differently about them if you read them now? I hated every book I ever had to read for a book report. Honestly. Some of them were probably good books, but it didn’t matter. I have a really hard time with literary analysis, and would much rather just read a book for enjoyment than try to get something out of the symbolism in the story, unless it’s really obvious (like 1984).

Late Night Thoughts

I just started reading Finding Our Way Home by Mark McMinn. I bought it the last time I was browsing for cheap books on Amazon and set it aside so I’d start it next (after finishing Pride and Prejudice, or which I still have about seven pages that I can’t seem to make it through). It seemed like the kind of book that would… meet me where I’m at, and journey with me, and lead me… on. And I was right. The bus ride over to SNB tonight gave me the chance to read the first chapter. McMinn used an illustration from his own life that I could have written myself, and it resonated deeply with me.

The book is about home. There are many different types of homes, and many different ways we experience it. Sometimes you arrive somewhere and just know you’re home. I felt that way the first time I walked onto Judson’s campus. Sometimes it takes longer – a place grows on you, you have experiences, and it becomes home. Living in Minnesota was that way for me. And sometimes home isn’t a place at all. I came up with a lot of different personal “homes” as I was reading.

Homes Past – places, experiences, memories that were home and will always be remembered that way, but are gone forever. Playing the piano in my childhood home. Running the outdoor track at Judson with Sarah at 11pm. Dinner at 5:30 every weekday as a whole family, and homemade pizza on Saturdays. The piano in the empty sanctuary at my church in Michigan. Chapel at Judson. Laying on my back staring at a sky full of stars in the middle of the field outside our dormitory in Arizona. These are the homes that we long for, choose to remember the good and forget the bad.

Homes Nearby – experiences and places that aren’t everyday, but can be recreated. Starbucks with Betsy. Lying in a hammock with Amanda and Liz (like the summer of 2003). The first smell of hyacinth in the spring. The first sip of White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks in the fall after summer’s deviation to frappuccinos. During stressful times or a particularly hard day at work, these are the type of experiences I seek out to comfort and calm me.

Homes Present – places, experiences, things that mean home for me right now. Hearing Etta James sing “At Last.” Romeo galloping down the hallway when I first get home from work. Being in Prince Charming’s arms. Nothing in the world could make me give those up.

Homes Future – that which causes my heart and soul to cry out for more, something beyond the now. “Ocean” by Ten Shekel Shirt. Certain books. Worship experiences that are extraordinary. Special conversations that catch me by surprise, often with a stranger or distant acquaintance.

and some other people know that if I get injured and have to be on life support in such a way that there’s really nothing of “me” left, I’m DNR – Do Not Resuscitate. Why? Let me go. I want to go home. Heaven, where I can be with Jesus, and everything is made right. The pull of that home hasn’t been as strong in the past few years; I’ve been much more disengaged from my own spiritual life. But it’s still there, that pull of home, always, and it’s what will eventually motivate me to… re-engage. It’s happening already. The book is helping too. Despite my recent revelations of my disillusionment with the church, I am starting to feel ready to again be active in my own spirituality.

I may not necessarily have figured everything out or be able to put what I have into clear statements, but my original desire to figure out who I am outside of the church, I feel I’ve accomplished that (as much as anyone can define themselves). There’s a separation now – I am my own person and exist independently of any church. (Before it was much closer to a co-dependent relationship, which we all know are unhealthy but hard to get out of.) I feel… healthier, more defined as a person, well-rounded, balanced, and as though I experience a broader part of the world than I did before.

Well, if anyone actually read all the way to the end of this, here’s a question for the comments: what is home to you?

The Many Things About Me Meme

Stolen from KathyHowe

Ten Favorite:

  1. Color: green makes me happy. So does brown.
  2. Food: Chocolate, hands-down. Preferably in ice cream form.
  3. Band: Eh, I don’t listen to a lot of music these days.
  4. Movie: Price & Prejudice – can’t wait for my copy to show up!
  5. Sport: Wacky Ball. Yeah, I know it’s made-up, but it’s so cool.
  6. Season: Fall – its the colors and the changing and the season of college brochures and the overall romance in the air. (Yeah, dead leaves do it for me.)
  7. Day of the week: Saturday.
  8. Ice Cream Flavor and why? Chocolate. I just discovered Ben & Jerry’s Brownie Batter, and that’s fantastic.
  9. Time of the Day: From about 7-10 at night. I’m awake, there’s often nothing of importance to do so I can relax, and I’ve usually eaten by then so I’m full and content. And I’m never at work [anymore].
  10. This one is missing so I guess I’ll add my own– Sandalwood.

Nine Current:

  1. Current Mood: Sleepy (my eyes are really dry, too, so it kinda looks like I’ve been crying.
  2. Taste: Good & Plenty (black licorice)
  3. Clothes: Cream cords, brown turtleneck sweater, brown shoes, brown & orange striped socks.
  4. Mousepad: work-related old retro one, found while we were moving offices
  5. Finger/Toenail Color: Fingers are naked, toes are taupe-ish.
  6. Time: 10:29 am.
  7. Crush: Water – I’ve been so dehydrated lately, it’s been absolutely divine to imbibe.
  8. Thought: I wish I’d stayed home from work today.
  9. Love: Prince Charming

Eight Firsts:

  1. First Best Friend: Mary
  2. Love: Mike, just not in that way.
  3. Screen Name: Redcleo.
  4. Pet: Alexander, a gorgeous short-hair tabby cat.
  5. Crush: That lasted more than a day or two? Brian W in 7th grade.
  6. Piercing: Ears. It was DadAlison’s idea that I could get them pierced for my 10th birthday.
  7. Word: I have no idea. I haven’t heard that story. All I know is that I didn’t really talk much until I talked in complete sentences, at the age of 3
  8. Car: Skippy, the Dodge Colt 2-door hatchback. He was a sexy beast.

Seven Last:

  1. Last Cigarette: A few weeks ago on a Tuesday on my back porch with
  2. Drink: Tall glass of water.
  3. Car Ride: Home from Amanda’s house on Sunday night.
  4. Text Message: Sometime around Christmas from the airline with updated flight information.
  5. Movie Seen: Can’t remember. Obviously nothing special. I’m sure there were at least parts of movies seen this weekend, but I’m spacing out here.
  6. Phone Call: To Alison last night, to catch up and find out if she’s pregnant (she’s not) and generally bond.
  7. Song Listened to: “Baby I Love Your Way” by Big Mountain on the Reality Bites Soundtrack – hey, it’s what popped up on shuffle.

Six Have You Ever:

  1. Dated one of your best friends: No, though it almost happened once.
  2. Broken the Law: The state trooper in Wisconsin seemed to think so, and evidenced it by giving me a $180 ticket for speeding.
  3. Been arrested: No, though I was threatened with it in the afore-mentioned.
  4. Skinny dipped: Absolutely not.
  5. Been on TV: No, though I have had an article written up about me in a newspaper, complete with picture.
  6. Kissed someone you didn’t know: No, though I have been kissed by a stranger, most notably at the Halloween charity event for ‘s employer.

Five Things:

  1. What you’re wearing: Same as earlier (it’s only been 10 minutes and I’m at work – not much of a chance for a wardrobe change).
  2. What you did last night: Went for coffee with Amanda and Liz and knit, talked to Alison on the phone, watched CSI reruns, read, and fell asleep.
  3. You can hear right now: Nothing, it’s blissfully quiet in the office today.
  4. You can’t live without: Target.
  5. You do when you’re bored: Eat, watch TV, sleep. I’m a pretty boring person.

Four States You Have Been To:

  1. California – visited San Jose, San Diego, lived in San Francisco the summer of 1999.
  2. Massachusetts – May 2004 for Sarah’s wedding.
  3. Tennessee – several times for mission trips, once for a conference
  4. I’m just going to throw all the other ones here, since I’d rather not leave them out (the joy of family vacations as a kid) – Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota (duh), Iowa, South Dakota, Washington, Arizona, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Florida, Georgia… maybe another one or two.

Three People You Can Tell Anything To:

  1. Alison
  2. Betsy
  3. Prince Charming

Two Choices:

  1. Black or White: White
  2. Winter or Summer: Summer – I want sun and warmth and lazy vacations.

One Person You would Do Anything For:

  1. Anything? Yeah, no. There are a few people I’d do almost anything for though.

Play along if you’d like…

Borrowed Meme

  1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought? Ugh. Ugggggghhhhhhhh.
  2. How much cash do you have on you? $36.00 (pre-Starbucks run).
  3. What’s a word that rhymes with “TEST” (not last person’s answer!): Best.
  4. Planet? Uranus, because it makes me giggle a little bit (I know, it’s so junior high boy of me).
  5. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list: Unknown Number. I hate them. They never leave messages.
  6. What is your favorite ring on your phone? Save A Horse by Big & Rich. It’s actually the only one that wasn’t pre-loaded, and I haven’t been able to get onto Cingular’s media network in such a long time that changing it has been impossible.
  7. What shirt are you wearing? Pink sweater. (And yes, I’ve got the pink shoes on too. And my socks that say “Kiss Me Stupid” on them.)
  8. What do you label yourself? Anything but cool.
  9. Name the brand of your shoes you’re recently wearing? Sketchers. I know, they’re not exactly the current trend, but I love that I don’t have to break them in.
  10. Bright or Dark Room? I like mellow lighting. Bright makes my eyes hurt (fluorescent is the worst, especially in places like malls where the air is really dry – then I just look like I’ve been getting high).
  11. What were you doing at midnight last night? Reading Pride & Prejudice.
  12. What did your last text message you received on your cell say? Doh. Courtesy of Prince Charming. It’s actually the only text message I’ve ever gotten that wasn’t from NorthWest Airlines or Cingular.
  13. Where is your nearest 7-11? I have no idea. I don’t think we have those here. I miss the Slushie machine.
  14. What’s a saying that you say a lot? Fabulous.
  15. Who told you they loved you last? I have no idea. Is that sad? I don’t think so. I feel loved. I’ve been using that word a lot lately (at least in my head).
  16. Last furry thing you touched? Romeo
  17. How Many Drugs Have You Done In The Past three Days? Just the usual 2. No headaches this weekend.
  18. How many rolls of film do you need to get developed? I’m surprised this question even got asked. Do people buy regular film anymore?
  19. Favorite age you have been so far? Anything past 24 was good.
  20. Your worst enemy? My high school reunion (the 10-year one is just around the corner and keeps harassing me via email. I’m not going and you can’t make me!).
  21. What is your current desktop picture? Snowy hills.
  22. What was the last thing you said to someone? Wow.
  23. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to fly, which would you choose? Clearly, a million bucks. I’m not all about the money, but I think it would be a lot more useful and practical at this point in my life than the ability to fly.
  24. Do you like someone? Am I in junior high? Do I “like” someone? Yes, and why don’t I have my friend tell his friend to tell her brother and he can tell….. I don’t really want to dignify this question with an answer, but I will say that “like” is a pretty lame word to describe how I feel about my boyfriend Prince Charming. I think even Jane Austen would agree (watch Sense & Sensibility and you’ll know what I’m talking about – that scene with Elinor & Marianne when the latter asks the former to describe how she feels about a certain man.)
  25. The last song you listened to? Sister Christian by Night Ranger.

Four For Friday

  1. Saturday Night Live: Last Saturday, Alec Baldwin guest hosted Saturday Night Live for the 12th time. Who, out of anyone either dead or alive, would you like to see host an upcoming episode of SNL? I’d like to see Sean Connery, because they make fun of him all the time, and I like it when celebrities can laugh at themselves (like when Janet Reno showed up on Will Farrell’s last episode).
  2. Air Travel: Do you keep track of your frequent-flier miles? If so, approximately how many do you have, and, have you ever used frequent-flier miles to obtain a ticket? If so, where did you fly? Since I fly once a year or less, no, I don’t keep track of frequent flier miles. I think they expire before I acquire new ones generally. I’ve never used frequent flier miles either.
  3. Perception: Generally speaking, how do you think others perceive you? That all depends on where they know me from. If it’s a party or social gathering where I don’t know anyone, they usually think I’m shy or a b*tch or just generally no fun. If it’s work, they think I’m young and “perky” (because all old people think younger people are perky) and opinionated and brilliant. If it’s church, they perceive me as someone who has all the answers (which so isn’t true, but whatever). I’m sure there’s a lot of other ways people perceive me, but whatever. I don’t think I make a very good first impression, but once people get to know me they figure out that their first instinct was completely wrong (I’ve had several people tell me that they were sure they weren’t going to like me, and then they got to know me…).
  4. Reading: What’s the last book you read, and, what book are you planning on reading next? The last book I finished was In Her Shoes, and I’m trying to read Pride and Prejudice right now so I can go see Kiera Knightley on the big screen.

Five on Friday

  1. How many books do you read per month? How many are for work/school? One or two, depending on the nature of the books (Jane Austen takes longer to read than average fluff). I don’t read books for work unless I’m at work, and that’s rare (though I talk about it here when I do – the last one was my 1200 page Access 2002 book that I “read” in a week, but that was back in September-ish).
  2. What is your favorite genre of book (fiction, self-help, etc…)? Fiction all the way. It’s why my bookshelves are filled with books I haven’t read – all the non-fiction ones (that I really want to read) get put aside for fiction ones that I can get into much easier. Plus, I like reading as entertainment and a way to relax, and most of my non-fiction books are definitely thinking books, about theology and psychology and homelessness, etc. Not so much a “free time” activity, or something to read before going to bed.
  3. Do you subscribe to any magazines? Which? Are there any you’d like to subscribe to but haven’t? Mom got me a subscription one year to Real Simple but I let it expire, so I purchase it when I think about it and I’m at Target. Other than that, I haven’t had a magazine subscription since high school, when Teen and YM and other silly magazines were the source of divine wisdom about boys and how to be pretty.
  4. Where do you get your reading materials? Online? Bookstore? Library? I buy most of my books at the Borders across the street from Target, because it’s easy for me to get there. Amazon is another favorite, but I haven’t used it much lately. I’m technically not allowed to buy any more books until I read the ones I’ve got, but that hasn’t stopped me (just slowed me down).
  5. List 5 books you recommend people read:
    1. Anything Jane Austen
    2. The Red Tent by Anita Diamante
    3. Anything by Jennifer Weiner (if you like good chick lit) or Kristen Billerbeck (if you like good Christian chick lit)
    4. The Bible (you know it was going to show up here, didn’t you?)
    5. Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard

Where Does The Time Go?

So I looked at my clock last night and it was 12:15, and I thought, where did the night go? After eating dinner at the kitchen table (yay!), Melissa taught me how to knit (and purl, too, if you must know, and how to switch colors). Then I called Mom. Two hours later… (Yeah, there was a great deal of conversation about knitting, cats, Alison’s impression of the boy, parties, neighbors, and updates on kids I was in youth group with. No obituary news, though. Wow, just reporting that we talked about knitting and cats makes me feel like an 80 year-old woman. I’ve got to call the home and check in now… they worry if I’m gone for too long.)

(If you look really closely, you can see where I messed up. So don’t look closely.)

Then I practiced more knitting (don’t want to forget, which is entirely possible), attempted several Sudoku puzzles (ten pages into the book, four have completely stumped me, to the point of having to erase completely and start over, and sometimes two or three times – at least I completed one last night, or I would have had nightmares). And then it was 12:15 somehow, and I hadn’t even picked up Pride and Prejudice. So I only got into the first two chapters (I’d forgotten how… annoying Mr. Bennet is in the beginning of the book – I’m hoping that the second time around I’ll understand his character a bit more) before needing to be asleep.

Snow on the ground this morning. I would have taken a picture, but I didn’t think of it until I was already at the bus stop and there were other people there, and I thought they might find it odd if I pulled out my camera and took a picture of the sidewalk.

All Things Wintery

Let’s try this again. Firefox has been crashing today, but I think it’s all Yahoo!’s fault. Even IM wouldn’t work today (loaded a runtime error all by itself).

Well, it’s not cold and snowy like they said it would be (37* is not cold, for all you non-Minnesotans), but I’m wearing my one-and-only wool skirt anyways (yes, the landlords still haven’t fixed the washing machine). Thanks to Liz for giving it the A-OK, because it is a fun skirt and I think I’ll enjoy it at Christmas, and throughout the winter in general. The only problem is that the ruffles (that’s right, I said ruffles) keep getting stuck on my right knee (not the left, though), so the hem is lop-sided. Don’t know what the problem there is. (Oh, in case you were worried, the ruffles themselves aren’t wool – that’d be odd for sure.)

The place in the Skyway had potato cream cheese soup today, which I adore, so that’s what’s for lunch today, so early in the day. I’ve got a meeting from 1:00-2:00, which is my usual lunch time, and that just messes up my whole day. Oh well. What can you do?

I finished In Her Shoes last night, and I’ve got to say that while I didn’t enjoy it as much as Good In Bed, I still enjoyed it immensely. You should read it. Especially if you have a sister. I think that’s what got me in the end, because the book is all about the relationship between two sisters and it just got a little emotional at the end, but in a really good way. There was more of a connection at the end, I was less detached from it but felt more like I was inside the story. The best surprise was somewhere in the middle where the main character from Good In Bed shows up briefly, a few years after that story takes place, and so there’s this continuity that’s sublime. I’m torn about Little Earthquakes – since I loved the author’s other two books, I’d like to read it, but it’s really about new motherhood, and that just doesn’t resonate with me.

Now I can immerse myself in Pride and Prejudice and the world of Jane Austen. So, if I start talking funny, you know why. Big words and odd syntax, here I come!

Top 10 Movies of All Time

Do you know how hard it is to come up with a Top 10 List? Here is my list, and I reserve the right to change my mind at any time, since it’s entirely possible I have forgotten some of the best ones. I tried to be diverse in my selections, honestly (which is how #10 made it on the list), but I really ended up with a list full of chick flicks. Oh well. (I own the starred ones.)

  1. An Affair To Remember* – A movie that, while the beginning and middle are good, I wait anxiously for the last 5 minutes. Every time, I’m quite sure that it might turn out differently, but hoping that it turns out the way it does. (1957)
  2. Sense and Sensibility* – I identify so closely with Emma Thompson’s character (both in the book and movie, surprisingly) that I feel more like I’m in the movie or watching parts of my life rather than just being entertained. Not that my life in any way resembles any Jane Austen character, but the person who Elinor Dashwood is I completely understand. (1995)
  3. You’ve Got Mail* – Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, with an on-screen romance that actually has them on screen together (unlike Sleepless in Seattle, where they don’t meet until the very end). While Tom Hanks’ character doesn’t necessarily act with the most honor, he is charming nonetheless. At the end, when he says, “Oh, how I wish you would,” and she’s all fidgety, that’s the best. Plus, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” is the song that plays at the very end. (1998)
  4. Sabrina* –Audrey Hepburn, always a favorite, as the daughter of a chauffeur who falls in love with the wealthy son on the estate. What’s great is that you can totally watch her character go through this metamorphosis, and Humphrey Bogart’s character as well. (1952)
  5. While You Were Sleeping* – One of those movies I’ll pop in if nothing else is on, simply because it makes me feel good. I love that it takes place around Christmas in Chicago, but really the chemistry between Bill Pullman and Sandra Bullock is what makes this movie great. (1995)
  6. Charade – Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant are fantastic in this thriller of sorts where you’re not quite sure who’s telling the truth. The first time I saw it, the end was a complete surprise, and I like that in a movie. (1963)
  7. Sixteen Candles* – Great opening scene that characterizes high school in the early 80s perfectly. The moment where she sees Jake at his car is… a dream come true (another movie where the last 5 minutes make up for any shortcomings). (1984)
  8. Desk Set* – Katharine Hepburn (not my favorite Hepburn) as a reference librarian (sort of) fearing for her job in light of a computer of sorts being brought in to the office. Her character’s vast knowledge, added to the hilarity of how computers were imagined in 1957, bring this story to life. (1957)
  9. White Christmas* – Bing Crosby singing and dancing (with Rosemary Clooney and Danny Kaye) in Vermont (plus a fabulous dance number dressed as a woman) at Christmastime. All-around best Christmas movie in my opinion. (1954)
  10. House of Sand and Fog* – It took me… days to watch this. There’s a scene towards the end that is so tense I could only watch a minute or two at a time before I had to turn it off and do something else. It’s horrible and wonderful all at the same time. (2003)

Proud of Me

This weekend, I threw away all of my Dawson’s Creek videos. You know, when all through college I recorded it off of TV. I had 13 videos. I also threw away several tapes of movies recorded off of television. I plan on only keeping a few Primetime specials and the actual movies (you know, the kind you buy in the store), and even some of those I should really get rid of, but can’t bring myself to yet. Maybe I can get rid of those on Amazon for a few pennies. Hmm. Anyone want to buy videotapes? You know, in this age of DVD, VHS just seems to take up so much space.

Also, I bought some spray paint and started refinishing some of my furniture. All I really got done was some handles for my desk drawers, and it started raining last night so they need a few more coats now (they were outside). I only managed to get away from WalMart with one small can of spray paint – did you know you need an ID to purchase spray paint? I had no idea, and had left my wallet in the car (it had no money in it). I have to go back tonight to get some rugs for the youth room – half the price of those at Home Depot – so I’ll try again. Really, I’m not getting high off the stuff.

I picked up a car on Sunday – one of the youth group moms is letting me borrow her oldest son’s car – it’s fully insured, they have AAA, and according to her, I’m doing them a favor. Amazing. It’s not a great car by any means, but it’s free, and it’s a way of getting around until I buy one mid-October. Such a relief to not have to worry about that and stress about finding a place to live (update: there is no update. no place to live yet) at the same time. She will get some extra jewels in her crown as far as I’m concerned. Of course, I don’t think I’ll be put in charge of handing out jewels for crowns in heaven. It’d be a fun job, though.

Rockin’ out to: U2, The Best Of 1980-1990
Wisdom Source: just finished Emma, by Jane Austen. Definitely up there on my favorite books list.
Today’s Wisdom: Psalm 149:4, “For the LORD delights in his people; He crowns the humble with salvation.”

Bonus Wisdom:
Proverbs 14:24, “Wealth is a crown for the wise; the effort of fools yields only folly.”
2 Timothy 4:8, “And now the prize awaits me–the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his glorious return.”
James 1:12, “God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”