I saw Hairspray the other day.

I could go on for days about how much I adore this movie. Instead, I will do my best to summarize my feelings.

First, let me say that this movie makes me happy. As I sat in the theater, I was beaming the whole time. The music is amazing and the acting incredible. In fact, I never knew I liked musicals that much until I saw this movie.

And, yes, the soundtrack is incredible. You need to see the movie first or else the soundtrack has little significance or meaning. But, after seeing the movie, you will likely be traipsing around singing “Welcome to the 60s” under your breath. It’s true! Ask my roommates–they can attest to my almost annoying singing of the soundtrack literally all the time. I am borderline obsessed. I think my “You Can’t Stop the Beat” ring tone is another evidence of that. I was in the car the other day blasting “Without Love” on my stereo and grinning like an idiot. I am sure that anybody who looked over to me in my car thought I was crazy.

If you don’t like musicals that much, I suggest you see it for the mere fact that John Travolta is hilarious as Edna Turnblad.

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(Look at those manly Travolta hands!)

I am not sure if it is his “woman” accent or his so-called Baltimore accent, but the way he speaks is amazing and hilarious. As I watched the movie, I was secretly wishing that my sister was sitting next to me. Everything seems to be funnier when she is around.

This is a great movie. It’s like a modern-day “Grease”. I love “Grease” but I like Hairspray better. “Grease” is a bit crass with it’s many innuendos. But, “Hairspray” is innuendo-free. And, it has a great message about tolerance.

I think I am rambling. Just go see it! You will love it. It will change your life.

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girls gone mild

July 20, 2007

I was watching TV as I got ready for work this morning (usually E.R. and The Today Show on the commercials) and I came across something that was so pleasing to me. There was a segment called “Girls Gone Mild”on the Today show. It promoted modesty in fashion!! I can’t tell you how happy I was to see a topic I am so passionate about on a national show.

Don’t get me wrong…if tight skinny jeans and mini skirts are your thing, all the more power to you! But, let’s keep it age appropriate, mkay?! Those kind of clothes have there time and place, if any at all.

A tube top and a mini skirt are okay, if they are going over a swimsuit. but, if you want to be taken seriously, don’t wear those things outside the apartment, laundromat, or pool.

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Call me old fashioned, but I like the clothes that pay homage to people like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lucille Ball. I think these icons could really teach us a thing or two about real fashion. Their modesty shows that they are classy and serious about what they are doing.

I am just pleased that the media is catching on! 🙂 What is your take on fashion?

Help

July 18, 2007

I have no idea what to write about in my blog. Can you please help me get the creative juices flowing?

Writer’s block is the worst (thanks Kristen!)!

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A Must-Read

July 12, 2007

I rarely become giddy. Even if I do, it is never outwardly shown. But once a month, I get a little bit giddy and it is evident.

Sometimes, my days drag on. Scanning paperwork and looking at a computer screen for 8 hours a day can get a bit monotonous. So at the end of my work day, I look forward to anything that will change the daily pace. Whether it be a good workout or a long nap, I need to mix things up. I am always opened to new things to try to make my day exciting. Today, it was really exciting. I entered my apartment and was hoping something exciting awaited me. I set my purse down in the living room. And, finally, after a long day, a little piece of textual heaven was waiting for me on the kitchen table:

REAL SIMPLE Magazine

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I live to read that over-sized, plastic-wrapped magazine. I am basically obsessed with REAL SIMPLE magazine. It is so good. I got a subscription for Christmas. And, it makes my month a little bit brighter.

I love the new uses for old things, recipes, road-tests, how-to’s, readers’ stories, bookmark, thought, etc. I read it cover-to-cover.

I keep each issue. It’s like a reference guide for life…how to buy life insurance, beauty shortcuts, neighbor etiquette…I could go on for days.

REAL SIMPLE has even inspired me to start my own magazine one day (I will save that story for another b.log entry). It will happen. And, I also plan on making it into the magazine on the last page entitled “real life”.

One other feature of the magazine that I must mention really contributes to the awesome-factor of the magazine. In the beginning of each section, there is a paper sculpture that represents that section. I believe that a man named Matthew Sporzynski is the artist. It is 100% made out of paper. Read the magazine to see more detailed ones.

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Here is another:

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And yet another:

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That’s my schpeel. I am going to look into BLUEPRINT Magazine too. I hear it’s a Martha Stewartish magazine for twenty-somethings. That sounds like it’s right up my alley. It sounds a little more do-able than the real Martha Stewart magazine.

I suggest you read REAL SIMPLE and love it. It has changed my life.

oh positive.

July 4, 2007

I love donating blood. Is that morbid? I would like to say that I like it because I am doing good for my fellow man. However, my motives are far less noble. I like giving blood for the following reasons:

1. Free “treats”

2. Cool sticker that says “Be nice to me. I gave blood today.” or “Buy me lunch. I gave blood today.”

3. A good excuse to sleep a lot and drink/eat yummy stuff.

4. Cool colorful bandage.

5. No heavy lifting for 24 hours=I have an excuse to be lazy for a day.

I have been donating blood at the Orem center every eight weeks for the past 2 years, give or take a few times. I don’t want to brag but, a few months ago, I was given a pin from the donation center. It was for donating a total of a gallon of blood at that center alone. I have actually been donating since I was 16. I just love it. If there are any skeptics out there, don’t be! It does not hurt….ok maybe for a fraction of a second.

I gave blood when I was in high school. Now, every eight weeks, the ARC calls me and asks me to donate. And, I willingly oblige them.

I have given platelets too. That is a little bit more of a process. You get a needle in each arm and it takes about 90 minutes. But, there are perks that come with donating platelets. (You get the same things you get when you give blood, but there is more) Basically, they are twofold:

1. You get to watch a movie of your choice with your own headphones–the Orem center has an amazing selection

2. They give you a big warm blanket because the loss of blood makes you cold.

When you give platelets, they take the blood out from one arm, separate and keep the platelets, and then pump the remaining blood components back into the other arm. The platelets are used for cancer patients.

After writing this whole entry, I feel the need to change what I said earlier. I do like all of the perks of donating blood. But, I also do feel good for helping out. For every pint of blood you give (think the size of those little Ben & Jerry’s ice cream tubs), you are saving 3 lives. Each and every component of your blood is used.

I think that if you can give blood, you should. Your blood replenishes itself every 8 weeks. So, you will always have some to give.

I have nothing else to say on the subject. The end.

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