Thursday, April 28, 2011

Summer 2011 Movies

I can count on three fingers the movies I liked in the theater last year and that were worth my money.

But this year is making up for next year.

And without further ado, some of the movies I am looking forward to.

May 6- I read the book and it was a good, short, fun read. I hope the movie is just as good. 

June 10. I love Kyle Chandler. Remember Early Edition?

June 17. Green Lantern.

 July 1. Transformers. I have blocked the second one from my mind. 
July 15. This one really deserves a post on its own. Also, I have you seen all the cool posters for it? It is so hard to choose just one. And, I am totally seeing this one at midnight. Nothing will stop me, not even work. (Because I won't have to work the next day!)

July 29. I love Daniel Craig. 

And these are the only ones that I am looking forward to. There are so many more that I can discover.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Book Reviews

Birthmarked is a dystopian novel. (Which is my favorite type. The Hunger Games, The Giver, Brave New World are all examples of dystopian.) This is a book that had a lot of potential but didn't give me exactly like I wanted. My favorite part of these books is where the author explains why our current society fell and how the new society is different. Well, she alone spends about one page on it. So I am not completely convinced the new government is completely bad. I don't hate it and can totally see where they are coming from. They were only trying to save everyone's life.

I would recommened it to people who like this category of book. 

Relief Society Book Club Approved

Insatiable This is a vampire book that makes fun of all the vampire books/movies out there. But basically has the same plot line. Girl doesn't believe vampire exists, she meets one, they are irresistible to each other, then something big happens and they have to decide if they continue together. But I have read all of Meg Cabot's adult fiction books except one, so I wasn't not going to read it. It was actually one of her better books. Her writing brings you into the story and I didn't count any of those weird things she does. In her writing I mean. (Get it Sammie!) I would recommend it but it is not RS book club approved. ( I am very strict about these ratings. Only G & PG books get through.)

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan The sequel to Confessions of a Shopaholic. I like the story, but it really makes me anxious. I don't know if I can read the other 3 books in the series. Basically the whole book is Becky Bloomwood's thoughts about all the shopping she does. (Because guess what, just because she paid off all her debts in the first one doesn't mean that she is cured of shopping.) So I am sitting here reading how she is spending hundreds of dollars at a time and I just want to slap her! Who is that bad with their shopping?  And the next one she gets married, so there is so much money to spend there. And then she has a baby, more money to spend. Ugh, so much anxiety. So if you aren't an anxious person like I am, it is a quick, light read.

Not recommended for RS Book Club. But only because it has some language. The author is British.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Terrific Tuesday

1. There are 26 days left of school. I can hardly believe that I have made it this far! Not that I didn't think I would, but it kind of went by really fast. I am so looking forward to summer.

2. Speaking of summer, There are about 44 days until I leave for my history trip. At the beginning of the school year I got involved in a grant where I get to read good history books and go to lectures on the Civil War. And during our trip, we get to visit history sties on the east coast. I am super duper excited for that.

3. And... then there is my goal of the summer. I want to lose 8 pounds by June 7. Charleah says it is possible, and she is basically a doctor. It is possible it I make some changes. Do you want to here about the changes? Maybe not, but I am going to post a weekly status update of my exercise and some eating habits. I have decided that I can give 15 minutes 5 days a week to running. And then do some strength training stuff.

4. Chris thinks I could be blogging about him, so here is is 15 seconds of fame. I think Chris is absolutely fantastic and I love him. And soon we will be celebrating 4 years of blissful marriage!

5. I am really going to miss my students at the end of the year. They have made me laugh and cry and pull my hair out. But they are my first year and I'll compare every class to them.

Until next time... then we'll be closer to summer!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Books Books and Books

What did I do on my three day weekend?

I read. I finished 3 books. And I started 3 more. (I never read one book at a time. Sometimes I need a break from one and move on.)

(Exceptions: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games... books I can't stop reading.)

On Wednesday and Thursday we went to the library, paid my fines and checked out all these books.

I know that I won't be able to read them all the due date, but I have made a significant dent.

Also, I check out lots of books in case I don't like one I have a back-up to read.

Also, I am now way behind in my grading because I shirked it and read instead.

Sunday, April 24, 2011


In our hour of deepest sorrow, we can receive profound peace from the words of the angel that first Easter morning: ‘He is not here: for he is risen.' Thomas S Monson

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. …He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5
In the words of the hymn, “Let me not forget, O Savior, / Thou didst bleed and die for me." I wonder how many drops were shed for me. James E Faust
We know that in some way, incomprehensible to us, his suffering satisfied the demands of justice, ransomed penitent souls from the pains and penalties of sin, and made mercy available to those who believe in his holy name. Bruce R McConkie
I am one of his witnesses, and in a coming day I shall feel the nail marks in his hands and in his feet and shall wet his feet with my tears. But I shall not know any better then than I know now that he is God’s Almighty Son, that he is our Savior and Redeemer, and that salvation comes in and through his atoning blood and in no other way. Bruce R McConkie
He shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. Alma 7:11-12