Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I'm really bummed that she got rid of Chris from Dallas and kept Twilley. Twilley is weird. He talks too much, and he seems incredibly insecure. And, Chris is way cuter than Twilley.
I'm not really sure how I feel about Graham anymore, either. The beach date looked like fun, and he seemed nice enough. But, he doesn't seem very interesting. We'll just have to see. I'm loving Jeremy--gotta love a guy who can hit 6 home runs when everyone else hits one or two. He is also hot! We'll have to see how he plays out. If he really lost the push up competition on purpose in order to keep some of the animosity at bay, I think that was a smart move. I'm also liking the snowboarder a lot more. I liked it when he sat down with DeAnna after winning the push up contest (with 98 push-ups!) and talked about wanting to be home with his kids making them peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
I'm interested in seeing how DeAnna reacts when Jason tells her about Ty, his 3-year-old son. I'm also kind of liking Ron, the divorced guy.
Monday, May 26, 2008
2 egg whites
1/4 c. canned black beans, rinsed and drained
2 T. salsa
2 T. shredded low-fat cheese (I used a 4-cheese Mexican blend)
1 small whole-wheat tortilla
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Well, this morning, despite the rainy weather we have been having for the past week, I decided to take Cash on a walk down to the river. So, I did, and he was pretty good--he didn't bark at any people. We walked along the river walk, and he didn't like the river at first--it kind of freaked him out for some reason. But, then he got used to it and we had a lot of fun. When we got home, he was exhausted and we laid down and took a nap (I'm exhausted because he operates on about 5 hours of sleep per night).
As much fun as we were having, I decided to pack Cash up and take him home. So, I went down to Carson and I'm going to spend the rest of the weekend down here where he's more comfortable (and hopefully, less annoying). It is fun to have a little living creature to pet and hug or walk when you need some sort of contact or exercise, but I am not ready to have a dog yet. I like being responsible only to myself. I treasure my independence a little more after this little adventure. I'll take a picture of the cute little puppy later and post it up here for you guys.
Friday, May 23, 2008
This movie is set during the Cold War. Indy is kidnapped by some Commies and taken out to a warehouse in the middle of Nevada where crates and boxes and stacked up to the ceiling. The Commies (the leader is played by Cate Blanchett) want Indy to find a certain crate containing a highly magnetized corpse that he dug up in Roswell, New Mexico. The ingenious Indiana Jones finds the crate by throwing gun powder up into the air. After this ordeal, Indy escapes and gets back to the University where he finds out that he must take a "leave of absence."
While getting on a train, Indy is chased down by motorcycle-riding Mutt Williams, played by Shia LaBeouf. Mutt has a letter from a colleague of Indy's, the "Ox", and he tells Indy that his mother has been kidnapped. During their meeting, Mutt and Indy have to run from some agents. "Ox" has been imprisoned and his letters are almost nonsensical. He claims to have been to El Dorado. The pair head down to South America (I believe) with Mutt's beloved motorcycle. They go to rescue Mutt's mother as well as Professor Oxley, and Indy discovers that the mother is Marian Ravenwood, his former love from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystall Skull is not as cool as the original movies, but it's definitely a good movie to check out on the big screen this summer. It's an exciting adventure movie with a kind of far out plot. It's a fun movie, and if you enjoyed the previous Indiana Jones movies, you'll enjoy this one. I gave it three stars for "liked it."
Thursday, May 22, 2008
"The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it." ~ Elizabeth Drew
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Unfortunately, this game was not as cool as I remember it being. I completed all 13 levels in about half an hour, and now I think that I'm going to delete it from my computer. It was a fun little trip down memory lane, and I'm only sharing my super-nerdiness with you in case you have a favorite DOS game from your past. Check out that web site--they have a bunch of games and the downloads are free and clean. You don't even have to set up an account or anything. Have fun!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
After we cleaned up, Mom and I headed "downtown" to The Firkin & Fox directly across from the Legislature building and the Capitol. It has a great atmosphere. We sat out on the patio where they have put up some absolutely beautiful flower boxes. The chairs are great and very comfortable. There is a big fire pit in the middle of the patio for the cool High Desert evenings. The food was great, too. Mom said that her quiche wasn't amazing, but I ordered the C.O.B. grilled sandwich with the Bourbon chipotle chicken, and the flavor was amazing! I would definitely go back and order that again. Overall, I give this restaurant a 4-star rating for Carson City. It's in a cute part of town, and they're teaming up with some other businesses on the street to do barbecue nights on 3rd Street every Friday during the Summer. It sounds like fun!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
In secret kept, in silence sealed;
The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures,
Whose charms were broken if revealed.
And days may pass in gay confusion,
And nights in rosy riot fly,
While, lost in Fame's or Wealth's illusion,
The memory of the Past may die.
But, there are hours of lonely musing,
Such as in evening silence come,
When, soft as birds their pinions closing,
The heart's best feelings gather home.
Then in our souls there seems to languish
A tender grief that is not woe;
And thoughts that once wrung groans of anguish,
Now cause but some mild tears to flow.
And feelings, once as strong as passions,
Float softly back a faded dream;
Our own sharp griefs and wild sensations,
The tale of others' sufferings seem.
Oh ! when the heart is freshly bleeding,
How longs it for that time to be,
When, through the mist of years receding,
Its woes but live in reverie !
And it can dwell on moonlight glimmer,
On evening shade and loneliness;
And, while the sky grows dim and dimmer,
Feel no untold and strange distress
Only a deeper impulse given
By lonely hour and darkened room,
To solemn thoughts that soar to heaven,
Seeking a life and world to come.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
When I got home from the Pub, I was too tired to tackle any of the cleaning that I need to do. I was also too tired to go out again with anyone else. So, I decided to check to see if the season finale to The Bachelor had been posted on abc.com. I got all ready for bed, and it was posted! Yay! The Bachelor is my total guilty pleasure television. For some reason, I love this show. It's so ridiculous, and yet, I do believe that people can fall in love like that. It's just a bizarre situation for women to be competing for one man. That's why I think that The Bachelorette is more successful. It is more natural for men to compete and put their hunter instincts to use. At the end of this finale, they said that The Bachelorette is starting next week featuring DeAnna Pappas who got rejected by the Texan last season. I'm excited to watch that--I really liked her! Maybe I'll discuss that on here (you guys should all watch it with me!)...
Anyways, Matt (this season's British bachelor) chose Shayne. I'm still not sure how I feel about that. She was the youngest of the girls, and seemed incredibly immature at the beginning of the season. She kind of grew on me by the end so that I almost like her. She's just a little much in my opinion. I'm not at all sure why he kept Chelsea around as long as he did. There was absolutely no chemistry there. I feel like he chose her as one of the final two just to make the decision easier for himself. Anyway...we'll see if Matt and Shayne are still together a year from now. It actually wouldn't surprise me if they were...
P.S. - I'll post a video of the proposal later tonight. : )
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I walked down to Starbucks to "visit" Jackie at work today. The weather is so sunny and perfect, I couldn't stop thinking about all of the things that I could do this summer. It would be fun to ride my bike downtown every Saturday morning to read and have coffee at Java Jungle down on the river. I think that I'll do that--even if my reading is for class. : (
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Boy did we luck out! This movie was somewhere between Waking Ned Divine and Hot Fuzz. It's a typical black comedy in line with the dry humor which I always prefer. Our entire party was laughing non-stop throughout this movie, mostly when it felt quite wrong to be laughing.
Death at a Funeral begins classically, with the wrong body (of course) being delivered to an at-home wake. The dead man's two sons are as different as night and day. Daniel is dutiful, married to Jane, and planning to start a new life away from his parents post-funeral. Robert is a successful writer who has just flown in from Manhattan after being away from home for years. There is (again, of course) a typical dispute about money brought up by the irresponsible brother. The wrong body was just the beginning of the absurdities that make this a funeral not soon to be forgotten. There is a drug element that ties the entire movie together brilliantly (NOTE: I do not condone drug use, but...this was funny), which begins with the uptight fiancee of a cousin accidentally taking a hallucinogenic drug leading to a series of hilarious interactions (did I mention that her father already hated the fiancee a great deal?). Another fantastic surprise at the funeral is a mysterious 4-foot-tall guest who tries to blackmail the brothers.
I gave this movie 5 stars on my Netflix account, which means that it's a movie I would like to buy in the near future. This is quite a clever comedy. If you enjoy dry humor, you will love this!
P.S. - Today is Jen's Birthday! Happy Birthday!!!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
It doesn't make you sound really deep when you preface your response to a question with "I'm the sort of person who doesn't believe in absolutes." Yes, you are--everyone believes in absolutes. Is it wrong to kill someone? Yes. There, you go, that's an absolute. People who claim that there is no right and wrong claim to be wronged a great deal in their lives. There is right and wrong, and that is nothing to fear. The absence of absolutes is far more terrifying a concept than is the existence of them.
Back to my original thought...I've been really craving C.S. Lewis lately. I started re-reading the Chronicles of Narnia, but I really want to read something else right now, perhaps Mere Christianity. I thought that I had a copy of it down in my old room at my parents' house, but I can't seem to find it anywhere. My recent Lewis craving was only compounded this morning when I was listening to a radio show about the new Prince Caspian movie coming out this month. C.S. Lewis's stepson is one of the producers of the movie, and he was the featured guest on the show. For some reason, listening to this show this morning stirred something in me. I realized that more than anything, I want to be a woman of honor. I want to always do the right thing no matter what the cost. I need to give everything 100% of my effort, which I definitely have not been doing lately.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
1. What is Dr. King’s distinction between “just” and “unjust” laws?
In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, Dr. King stated that the difference between “just” and “unjust” laws was morality (Casper 350). “A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law” (Casper 350). King had been criticized the contradiction of urging men to obey the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, while also urging them to disobey segregation laws (Casper 351). King explained that he was not contradicting himself because the 1954 decision was a “just” law that needed to be obeyed, while segregation laws were “unjust” laws that were morally wrong for any to obey. All men were created equally, but not all laws were. King made the point that segregation laws were “unjust” because they “degrade[d] human personality” and did not “[uplift] human personality” (Casper 350-1). Segregation laws were “morally wrong and sinful” because they made one party feel superior and made the other party feel inferior with no true foundation for either feeling (Casper 351). Segregation laws destroyed the American Dream by creating a false sense of inequality among citizens of this nation. In America, people were supposed to be equal. Nothing was supposed to stop a man who was willing to work hard to achieve his goals and make his dreams a reality—not who his parents were or were not, not whether he was educated, and certainly not the color of his skin. King’s final test regarding “just” and “unjust” laws was this: the majority was willing to enforce, but unwilling to obey the “unjust” laws. “Just” laws were those which the majority was “willing to follow itself” (Casper 351).