23 November 2008

Family Advocates Fundraiser

23 November 2008
Jason and Sheri and I got to go to a big fundraising event for one of our clients on Friday. During the event they introduced the new FA logo that Jason and I created, as well as a recent graphic that I designed for their 30th anniversary.

Twilight @ Midnight

Did anyone else think Twilight was like an extended SNL skit? I'll admit, I was one of the crazies who went to the first available showing of the movie, but I'll be the last to recommend it (unlike the book).

Kristen Stewart (as an actress...I've never loved Bella)
James (& Laurent & Victoria)
Jasper (despite his goofy resemblance to Edward Scissor Hands)
Jacob (& Sam & Embry)
When Bella meets the Cullens
The baseball game
The fight scene

Edward (not attractive...and not smooth. What was with that first biology lab scene??)
The special effects (ie. Edward sparkling in the sun)
Edward in sunglasses
The story development
The fact that it felt like a made-for-TV movie
A majority of the acting (we were laughing at parts that were never intended to be funny)
They tried to pack too much in, and yet they left out a lot of good stuff.

That's probably more than you cared to hear, but those are my thoughts. Any directors out there who want to do a re-do?

My niece Cami and I being Twilight nerds

7 screens sold-out

Trying to fit in with the rest of the giddy girls there

PF Changs lettuce wraps before the movie. Highlight of the night. :)

11 November 2008

Oceans Apart...day after day...

11 November 2008
Being over 7000 miles away from Eric sends my mind in a constant rotation of sappy love songs (yes, even Richard Marx has crept in).

I miss my little Franky so I thought maybe you might too. The last few posts have been all about me so I think we're due for an Eric update.

As most of you know, Eric is the Saipan Branch President, and he's been working endlessly to help the branch. He's been especially busy lately trying to arrange a temple trip to TOKYO for next spring. So far, we're planning on 52 branch members attending. Of those 52 members, 21 will be attending the temple for the first time. Eric has devoted many hours to making this trip a reality. He's helping the members budget, he's figuring out tourist visas & legal papers, and he's searching for group discounts for airfare and lodging. It's a lot of work, but it will be an amazing experience. I've already seen several branch members moved to tears in anticipation for this trip and the sacred work that's going to be done.

This Sunday, Eric's speaking at the general session of district conference where he'll be speaking in front of about 700 people (most via satellite), including a general authority. I wish I could be there for that.

05 November 2008

Jason Mraz

05 November 2008
I liked this kid before his first album even came out, and tonight I finally got to see him in concert, and it was a blast. He's so talented. Great voice, great dancer, great performer. All around, a very entertaining show he put on.

01 November 2008

Cute, eh?

01 November 2008
I got to go trick-or-treating with some of my cutie patootie nieces and nephews. Some of them are starting to grow out of the trick-or-treating stage...It's a little sad. Why do we have to grow up?


Nothin' scary about it...

Halloween was yesterday, and it was a perfect day for being outdoors. My niece Cami and I decided to take advantage of the weather and autumn colors by taking a stroll along the river...

Human Rubberband

So it didn't take long after I got home for my 3 older brothers to beat me up just like old times. Except this time, instead of using their hands, they used a massive rubberband. I wish we caught it on video, but you can watch the YouTube video below to see how the game works. My first mistake was agreeing to play this game with 3 adult males. I'm not exactly sure what happened, but somehow I ended up with my face caught in the tightest part of the rubberband while the rest of my body slammed hard into my mom's house. I walked away with a sore neck, bruised back, and swollen bloody lip, but it was fun!

My nieces & nephews loved it!

Braden looking big and buff

Jason & Sheri (bro & sis-in-law)

Cortland (bro), Cami (niece) & Ty (bro)

Beautiful fall colors outside my bedroom window