Writing from 2011 ….

*I recently remembered I had another blog I had started years and years ago.  This was the only post I had written, and part of me is really ashamed at my writing.  However, I have been blogging for a year now, and I thought this would be an interesting way of celebrating that.  (Plus, I’m using this as an intermediary while I try to find the flash drive that had some of the projects I’m working on ….) My writing is rough; you are warned. *

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Top Five Favorite Movies for Snow Days

Okay. So, with this snow normally comes snow days. And, lucky me, my brothers have already had four. Me, um, two. So, when that opportunity comes around, you will probably find me in our basement watching movies. By myself. Under our leopard blanket. With hot chocolate. So, “What movies,” you ask? Well, let me explain.

Jane Eyre   This movie is so long, four hours exactly, but it fills my romantic craving. Plus, I love the idea of a troubled romance, so, hey, perfect combo, right?  Troubled romances, long movies, and a hot lead? Get my hot cocoa started!  Also, that time in England, the mid 1800’s, completely captivates me. The dresses, the, ah, men, and the parties. So, like, honestly, what better way to spend a snow day? Eh?

Les Miserables   I got the full show on DVD for Christmas this past year. Yeah, it’s just singing, but, hey. It is actually at the London Hall, so it’s supposed to be good, right? I still need to finish it. I haven’t been able to watch it the whole way through, so I’m just waiting for that. Also, and you can ask my family this, but I go around the house singing Les Mis songs day in and day out. Mark finds it annoying, but once you get bit by the Les Mis bug, there ain’t no going back!

Alice in Wonderland   Okay, this movie is either love it or hate it, and I for one, love it! My top favorite actors are in it; Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman, and Johnny Depp. Plus, it was directed by Tim Burton. Sure, he’s crazy, but he does some good movies! I got it for Christmas, on Blu-ray, and wow, the colors are vibrant! I just think, even though his movies are out there and out of the ordinary, the music is amazing! I hear something weird and instantaneously, I think Tim Burton. So, yeah.

Anything Harry Potter   Yes, I know, I’m obsessing. But whatever! I have always loved the idea of magic, so this is perfect! Also, I think the main theme behind all of the books is a good way to say that good triumphs over evil, no matter how strong the evil may be. I think that Daniel Radcliff is a great actor, no matter what everyone else says. Plus, I want to be completely ready for a surprise trip down to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Hint, hint, Mom!

 Avatar   This movie is just plain good! Sigourney Weaver definitely knows how to kick some butt in the movie! Also, Pandora is amazing! The plants, the animals, and Eywa reminds me of how much God is around me and everywhere I look. Personally, I find the Na’ vi people intriguing.  Just the way they go about things, like killing animals, hunting, living, and the music. It makes me wish Pandora was real and that we could actually take on the form of an avatar. Hmm, that would be so cool. Hey, I will keep right on dreaming!

So, those are just a few of the movies I would watch (and have watched). My list could go on and on, including the like of Pirates of the Caribbean, Thumbelina, Anastasia, and many more, but I said my top five. Plus, the “Pirate” movies are another story in and of itself. Please let me know what your top movies for snow days are.

WRITTEN JANUARY 25, 2011**

Days of Cheer: The Muppet’s Christmas Carol

This is by far my family’s favorite movie to watch during Christmas time.  I’ve watched it for as long as I can remember.  And frankly, I think this version is better than any I’ve ever seen.  Michael Caine is an incredible Scrooge, I think.  But maybe I’m just biased.

I can’t accurately explain it, but this movie is Christmas to me.

 

 

And as it is “only one more sleep ’til Christmas”, Merry Christmas guys!!

Ciao for now,

Julia

(P.S. Starting tomorrow, I will be taking a technological detox until New Year’s Day.  However, I will not be posting blogs until at least January 6, as I leave New Year’s Day for a conference in Georgia.  Until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 🙂 )

Days of Cheer: Santa and Rudolph, The Grinch, and The Christmas Song

Well, hi.  Sorry I’m becoming less and less consistent.  The closer it gets to Christmas, the more and more I have to do, and the less of a priority blogging becomes.  But some of my most favorite things are coming up, so stay tuned!

Santa and Rudolph

Okay, let’s be real here: who doesn’t watch the old Claymation Christmas movies? These are such staples at my house before Christmas. I’ve grown up watching these, and my parents have too.  I think that’s so cool, that generationally, these movies mean Christmas.

 

The Grinch

I love Dr. Seuss. He’s whimsical and wonderful, and pretty insightful about the world.  How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of my favorite movies to watch during Christmas time, because it connects so much with my belief of Christmas.  And no, not the Jim Carrey version.  I love the cartoon version, with the beloved Christmas songs, and nostalgic feel.

 

The Christmas Song

This song is Christmas.  Plain and simple.  No matter how many times Andy Williams sings “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” will always be Christmas-er.  Seriously, there’s just something about “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” ……

 

Ciao for now,

Julia

Days of Cheer: Gingerbread Houses and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Making Gingerbread Houses

One of my most favorite things about the Christmas season, is decorating gingerbread houses.  I don’t have the time to make everything from scratch, so pre-made kits are absolutely wonderful.  Of course, I don’t quite have the patience for sticking the house together.  In fact, by the time it’s all assembled, I’ve probably tried to throw things across the room in frustration.  (Not literally, but you get the idea.). My favorite part is sticking the candies on the house.  I love how I can be as creative as I want, using as many of the included candies as I want.  (As a right-brained girl, I love that.). I think my favorite part about this year’s house, it the peppermint roof.  A pain to do, but I think it gives the house a really cool look.

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National Lampoon’s. Christmas Vacation

Probably my family’s favorite movie to watch together during the holidays is Christmas Vacation.  It’s simply hilarious, and no matter how many times we watch it, it’s just as funny as the first.  Throughout the year, my family uses phrases like “I don’t know, Margo!”, or “We’re at the threshold of Hell!” or many other glorious snippets.  And frankly, Aunt Bethany is probably my favorite character, because she’s nutty in the totally oblivious old-age way.  I’m just always so thankful that my family’s Christmas are always more sane than the Griswold’s.  I’d probably start hacking newel posts off too, if things got that crazy …..

 

Ciao for now,

Julia

Happy Holidays! Xx

Days of Cheer: Home Alone

One of my family’s favorite movies to watch during Christmas time is Home Alone.  We just love it.  During this time of year, we try to watch as many movies as a family as possible, and Home Alone is always one of them.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve begun to understand the clear messages and lessons in the movie, and I love it.  At times, I maybe even get a little teary eyed.

It certainly makes me wonder what I would have done in that situation …..5rxqn_f-thumbnail-100-0

Ciao for now,

Julia

Happy Holidays! Xx

 

Days of Cheer: “White Christmas”

One of my most favorite holiday movies of all time is White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.  First off, I just love classic movies like that.  Movies with big show-stopping dance numbers and music by Irving Berlin.  Second, what is Christmas time, if “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” isn’t looping through your head?

Here are some of my favorite songs from the movie:

The Best Things Happen While Your Dancing~

Minstrel Song (Mr. Bones and Mandy)~

 

of course, White Christmas~

 

I find myself singing these songs, and many others from the movie, year ’round.  There’s just something so timeless about this movie, I think.

Here’s to hoping for a glorious white Christmas, to you and yours!

Ciao for now,

Julia

Happy Holidays! Xx