Friday, June 13, 2014

Five Things for Friday

1. My Facebook status yesterday:   
My claim to fame for today: When I called to set up trash service for the Cape house this summer, the lady said that I was their first-ever client who lived in Iowa. No big surprise there, I guess!

2. I saw the movie Maleficent last weekend. I wanted to see it because I've always loved Sleeping Beauty. The movie was good and Angelina Jolie was perfect in the role. As a Sleeping Beauty purist, I didn't like some of the changes that were made to the story--they made some significant ones, and the ending is completely different. But it was very creative and I appreciate re-tellings, especially when told from a different perspective. Not to over-analyze or give too much of the storyline away, but I think I see an interesting trend in recent Disney movies (well, just Frozen and this one so far), where they seem to be moving away from the whole "true love at first sight" thing. Given our social culture these days, it's hardly surprising. I'm going to keep my eye out for this in future movies from Disney and other movie studios.

I found her super-angular cheekbones fascinating (and a little distracting--how'd they do that?!).

The classic villain of my childhood.

This book is on my summer reading list:

3. Last weekend I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. For some reason I usually read popular books a lot later than everyone else, or just before the movie comes out. The book was really good and I can see why it's as popular as it is. I've heard that the movie is also very good (one of my friends said she liked it even better than the book), so I'm looking forward to seeing it. I'm not looking forward to crying alone in the theater (because I will almost surely see it by myself); walking out of a movie theater alone with puffy eyes and damp cheeks is a little embarrassing. But it sounds like the movie will be worth it, so I'll do it. 

4. I'm so impressed by this teenage girl. She painted her own prom dress, and it's beautiful!

This might be my favorite version of Van Gogh's "Starry Night" ever! My instincts tell me that she's Mormon too. The dress is modest, she's from Arizona, and she's planning on going to college in Utah. You can read the article about this talented young lady and her very unique and popular work of art here.

5. Yesterday former President George Bush turned 90, and in celebration of that he made a tandem parachute jump over the coast of Maine. I had the news on when it happened so I watched it live. I'm so impressed that a 90-year-old could and would do that. A 90-year-old who is in a wheelchair and can no longer use his legs, I might add. I hope I have that much gumption when I'm hopefully that old one day. Thanks for the inspiration, President Bush!

Speaking of age, sometimes it feels really weird to get older. Our 12th anniversary is on Sunday, and I feel too young to have been married for 12 years. We're not really that old, are we? We are. But it really isn't that old. I just need to get over the fact that we're not in our 20s anymore, even though I feel like we are. 
We're going to celebrate with dinner and (what else?) a movie, probably the new X-Men movie. I could take Peter to see The Fault in Our Stars (then I'd have a shoulder to cry on), but we both want to see X-Men so we'll probably just do that. I'm happy to be living life with my best friend at my side. He also happens to be a great father to our beloved kids. Don't forget to wish your father/husband a Happy Father's Day this weekend!