Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hair inspiration

My wedding is coming up in 2.5 weeks!!! I can hardly believe it!! So soon! Does this last stretch just fly by? Please tell me it does.

This evening I have been looking for hairstyles I like for the day. Now I just need to find some kind of hairpiece.






Saturday, May 28, 2011

I am still alive! However, I have only sat in front of a computer 3 times in the past two weeks. That's pretty good, eh? But that doesn't leave a lot of time for blogging. I just wanted to say that wedding plans are going great, work is great, and the house is coming along great :D Just a couple things to share:

I'm getting married in 3 weeks!!!!!

And...

Today is my birthday!!!!

Have a lovely weekend, friends ;)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Weighing in (ish)

So today my mother and I went to our local TOPS chapter and we joined together. It's not very big, only 7 other ladies were there besides me and my mom. I think all of them were French as well, which is humorous because obviously my mother and I are not. I was also the youngest lady there by about 30 years. They were all cooing over my name, how beautiful it was. That made me smile :D

My mom did TOPS years ago, and it helped her then, so we decided to give it a try together. The accountability is totally what I need right now. I'm very excited about this :D

Monday, May 9, 2011

Cast Away


Sorry I missed Monday, I was busy painting my soon-to-be house all day with my soon-to-be hubby and my currently awesome friends! Better late than never, I like to think.

This week's movie is Cast Away.

Once again, I had never seen this movie before, but I borrowed it from the same friend who lent me last week's movie. It sat in the bag with less interest on my part than other movies in there. One day Christopher was over and we wanted to watch a movie. I pulled it out among the many, and he said "oh, that's a good movie!" I said "I've never seen it." He said "We are watching that now."

So we did. But before I go further, a proper introduction to the movie is in order.

Chuck Nolan is an analyst working for Fed-Ex, who jets around the world preaching the gospel of time management to Fed-Ex depots. He comes home to celebrate Christmas with his family and his girlfriend Kelly. At the end of Christmas dinner, he gets a page from work summoning him on his next trip. Kelly drives him to the airport, where Chuck promises that he'll be back for New Year's Eve, and gives her something to hold onto until he gets back (something in very distinguishable box). The plane takes off... And as you can guess, this is when Chuck takes on the titular role.

 This was one of my favourite scenes.

At first Cast Away just really made me sad, because the title kind-of-totally gives away the plot, and there were just so many things happening in the first 15 minutes that I knew would come into play later when Chuck was stranded on the island. I especially did not appreciate the mention of a toothache and needing to go to the dentist (What Chris heard during this part: "OH NO HE'S GONNA HAVE TO SMASH HIS TOOTH OUT ON THE ISLAND!!!!! *whimpering fake-cry out of disgust* [I have dentist issues]) But once I got over that, I did get into the character of Chuck and how he was going to survive on this island. Tom Hanks did an absolutely brilliant job in this role. Just brilliant.

Another favourite scene.
I thought the direction and the soundtrack and production were all just wonderful together as well. Can I say brilliant? The feel of the movie was perfect. I think that they did an excellent job of making this movie as realistic as they could. I didn't find too many plot-holes in it, and that's what I do when I watch movies :P I would recommend this movie if you're in the mood to sit down for a few hours and be grateful for the life you have.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Thank God for Fridays. 2.6

1.   What I love most about my home is    that I will soon get to live there with my husband :)

2.  I'm excited because   I'm getting married in 6 weeks!

3.  My preferred method for blowing  off steam when I'm frustrated is     yelling at inanimate objects.

4.  Currently I am craving  12 hours spent on the couch watching movies.

5.  The thing I love most about my mom is     that she never gives up.

6.  If I was going to write a book about my life, the title would be      So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish.

7.  If I were to eat one thing for the rest of eternity it would be      bread. Seriously, I could live on bread alone.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Lars and the Real Girl

I am going to be starting a new feature here on Open Up The Sky called Movie Monday. I finally have time to watch movies, now that I've graduated, and so I'd like to just review them for you lovely readers.



First up: Lars and the Real Girl



I had been wanting to watch this movie since I first heard about it, but never got around to renting it. A while ago I borrowed it from a friend, and sat down to watch it one evening. I am glad to say that it did not disappoint me. Lars and the Real Girl is a very sweet story, one that feels very, well, real.

Lars Lindstrom, played by Ryan Gosling, is a shy, reserved man who lives in his brother Gus' modified garage. He goes to work and church, but spends most of his time alone, which suits him just fine. One day, Lars knocks on at Gus and Karin's door and announces that he has a female guest named Bianca. Elated, Gus and his wife Karen invite them over for dinner. However, Bianca is not quite what they expected. In fact, Bianca is a life-size, anatomically correct doll. But to Lars, she is a real girl. What ensues are events which challenge family relationships, dredge up past hurts and fears, and bring a socially-challenged man out of his shell.

I found the premise of the movie very unique - a man who is suffering from a delusion that makes a doll real to him. Gus and Karin bring Lars and Bianca to the local doctor seeking any sort of help for Lars' delusion. Dr Dagmar simply tells them "Go with it." She figures that Bianca is some sort of coping mechanism for Lars, and that when he doesn't need it anymore he will get over it. So Gus and Karin go to the rest of their small community and ask them to play along.

I think that was my favorite part about the movie. I expected some cruelty on the part of the community, making fun of Lars for believe Bianca was real. However, the way everything played out was beautiful. Everyone was so gentle and understanding of Lars. It restored my faith in people a little bit. Another high point was Karin's deep love and pursuit of Lars. Often Lars would push her away, yet Karin persisted and tried to break down the walls he had around him.



I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes movies that tug on your heartstrings. There was no explicit profanity that I caught. There were some jokes about Bianca being an anatomically correct doll, but nothing that was extremely offensive. Don't watch this movie is you're in the mood sit down and shut off your brain. But if you want a good-hearted and feel-good movie, Lars and the Real Girl might be what you're looking for.