Saturday, August 25, 2007

Fish and Chips

William and I are in Orlando, FL right now. We went to the temple last night and today we went to Epcot. A lot of people think Epcot is the lesser of the Disney parks, but I really love it for a lot of reasons. One of them is is the World Show Case. In case you're not familiar, Epcot features settings from several different countries (France, Italy, Mexico, Japan, etc.) complete with shops, food, and street entertainment unique to each country. We think the best food is in Morocco. Except for desserts. Those are in France.


Today we swung by the UK for some fish and chips. The funny thing was that we were sitting at a table eating our fish and chips next to a table filled with a family that, deduced from their accents, were clearly from the UK. And I heard one of the gentlemen grumbling beneath his breath, "We've travelled 5,000 miles to eat fish and chips..." Which is funny, because that's what I was thinking. To Disney's credit they were all commenting on how good it was--and they would know.


The other really funny thing was that, with the exception of the youngest girl at the table, they were all eating with forks. In case you don't catch the humor in that I'll remind you we were eating fish and chips. Chips. French fries. With a fork. I thought it was a humorous cultural difference. Maybe its just me.

Monday, August 20, 2007

The Twilight Bandwagon

So, I went out of town this week-end. I flew to Wyoming for some work and family related fun. Since I had two layovers (ugh) I knew I needed some new reading material. Since Stephenie Meyer has been the author of the hour lately (and she's a fellow BYU alumna), I decided to give it a shot. I went prepared with the first two books in the series, Twilight and New Moon. I read the first one on my flights there on Thursday. I was feeling ill on Friday and spent the afternoon reading the second book--finished it. My mom actually bought me the third book, Eclipse, and I read it on the way home on Sunday.



I have two regrets:



1. I did not read these books sooner.
2. The fourth book is not due out until next fall.



As irked as I might have been initially that Eclipse knocked out HP Deathly Hallows from the number one best sellers spot, I cannot begrudge Meyer that now. These books are SO good. Its not that the plot is so profound--it is Young Adult/Teen fiction after all--but she is an incredibly engaging author and the books are intensely romantic. Most of the books take place in Forks, WA, which I guess is notoriously overcast with very little sunshine. Her writing style is so engaging that when my plane landed in Casper, WY on Thursday and I stepped outside I was totally surprised to see sunlight. I was totally lost in that other world. In fact, I still am. I'm feeling forlorn about the fact that I have to wait another year for the next book. I'll probably have these first three read five times over before it gets that far.



Being who I am when I get excited about something, I did my research: I found Stephenie Meyer's official website, her myspace page, and the official fan website. There are lots of other fan websites out there too, even a wikipedia entry, but who's got the time to peruse all that.



Just what I need. Another obsession. *sigh*




Monday, August 13, 2007

This is good to know...

LEAH MARIE'S:

How long would you survive a zombie attack?
you lived till the end
you were the hero and killed thousonds of zombies well done
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WILLIAM'S:

How long would you survive a zombie attack?
you lived till the end
you were the hero and killed thousonds of zombies well done
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We got this from our friend Tyler's myspace page. I need to point out that Tyler will only last a year. Sorry, TyFighter. We'll do the best we can to save you.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Big Decisons, Canoes, and Famous Friends



BIG DECISIONS:


I, Leah Marie, have officially decided to be Dr. Leah Marie. If all goes well I'll start my PhD in Public Administration (with an emphasis in International Non-Governmental Organizations) Sept 4th. I found a really great accredited program at Walden University (http://www.waldenu.edu/). The specialization it offers is just right for me and having the degree online is perfect. This way I don't have to wait for William to finish his PhD at FSU.



Lately I feel like I've just been letting time roll by while I wish I was pregnant or had a baby. I still hope for this, but I think its much better for my sanity to set other goals that are worthwhile as well. I've always thought I'd got back for the PhD 'one day', but in reality there is no reason why that day can't be today. I'm super excited to move forward.




CANOES:


Yesterday we went canoeing with some friends at Econfina Creek. You know the place... it's right next to Redneckville, FL. We shared the space with some fascinating characters. Honestly we had so much fun. The best was playing at the mouth of a spring. You could swim into it, and the force of the water just pushes you back out. It rained on us, and that was still fun. I feel like there is actually something poetic about being outside in the rain and not running for cover. We could have stopped and ran for the trees, but instead we just kept paddling to the end.


William hadn't been canoeing before, which I actually didn't know until we got there. I knew he'd been rafting, but canoeing is a bit different. He did a great job picking it up, though. By the time we finished he was such a pro.




FAMOUS FRIENDS:

I just recently found out that one of my friends, who is a singer/songwriter person, had a song featured on a TV show I watch. Her name is Debra Stillman and her song, Middle of It All, was on an episode of the Dead Zone. If you watch the show, it was the episode when Sara has the baby. The song was actually playing when Sara had the baby. Look for it in the reruns. Or you can go to Debra's myspace page to listen to the song. Its really good and she's just a super person.

Friday, August 10, 2007

I got tagged...

which is good because I love this kind of thing.

Five things I was doing 10 years ago:

1. Starting my sophomore year at BYU.

2. Driving my first car that was just mine (not shared with siblings). It was a Pontiac Grand Am named Daisy.

3. Working a really lame call center job.

4. I lived with two sisters and they faught ALL the time... really loud... in the middle of the night...

5. Switching my major every five minutes.


Five songs I know the lyrics to:

1. A Jewel song (just about any one of them).

2. A Billy Joel song (just about any one of them)

3. A Hymn((just about any one of them)

4. Breathe, by Anna Nalick

5. Lots of Christmas Songs...


Five Things I Would Buy if I Were a Millionaire:

1. Hire a professional genealogical researcher to do the stuff across the ocean. I'll do the temple work no problem. (I stole this from Megan. Its a great idea)

2. There are all these really big colonial type houses in Tallahassee. I would get on of those.

3. A whole bunch of cruises all over the world. Lots of other vacations too.

4. Would pay off student loan debt. (Yipee!)

5. A hybrid car.


Five Things I Would Never Wear Again:

1. Jelly shoes

2. Second pair of earrings

3. I was going to say one of those slap braclet things... but on second thought I would totally wear one of those again if I found it...

4. Wonderbra (also stolen from Megan, I thought it was funny too)

5. I don't remember what these things are called, but the best I can think of is "shirt scrunchy". If you've ever worn one, you know what I mean.


Five Things I Would Like to Do:

1. Go on a cruise to the Western Carribbean.

2. Go on a really long European tour

3. Live in New York City

4. Learn to Paint

5. Have babies


Five Favorite Toys:

1. My laptop

2. My digital camera

3. My guitar

4. My TV (sad, I know)

5. Disney World (that counts as a toy, right?


Five people I tag to complete the blog game: I can really only think of five people who I know actually read my blog... Megan tagged me so she's out. So that only leaves me with four: Sara, Chelsea, Camille, and William.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Bourne Again

We just got back from seeing The Bourne Ultimatum, and I can say with confidence that it is easily the best in the trilogy. Paul Greengrass directed again, and though some other critics out there might think that he was more intent on showing action than telling a story, the movie is flat out awesome. There is a great story that is seemlessly integrated into a scene from The Bourne Supremacy, and Greengrass tells the story well despite the intense action which is never too heavy handed, though there is an intense rooftop chase sequence that rivals the epic car chase sequence at the end of The Bourne Supremacy. Matt Damon's third turn as Bourne rocks, and audiences know his character so well, that cheering for him feels as second nature as cheering for a beloved sports hero. I don't want to say any more and ruin it for those who haven't seen it yet, but if you're in the mood for some action and espionage, check it out.

Friday, August 3, 2007

The degrees have paid off for Leah Marie...




You Are a Smart American




You know a lot about US history, and you're opinions are probably well informed.

Congratulations on bucking stereotypes. Now go show some foreigners how smart Americans can be.

Another blog thing to spread around...


Only rule: you have to answer with one word.
1. Where is your mobile phone? Purse
2. Relationship? Sealed
3. Your hair? Red
4. Work? Frustrating
5. Your sister(s)? Wyoming
6. Your favorite thing? Fun
7. Your dream last night? Subconscious
8. Your favorite drink? Water
9. Your dream car? Hybrid
10. The room you're in? Livingroom
11. Your shoes? Unworn
12. Your fears? Infertility
13. What do you want to be in 10 years? Mother
14. Who did you hang out with this weekend? Newlyweds
15. What are you not good at? Drawing
16. Muffin? No
17. Wish list item? Couch
18. Where you grew up? States
19. The last thing you did? Bourne
20. What are you wearing? Pajamas
21. What are you not wearing? Contacts
22. Your pet? None
23. Your computer? Dell
24. Your life? Coaster
25. Your mood? Chipper
26. Missing? Friends
27. What are you thinking about? Chiropractor
28. Your car? Focus
29. Your kitchen? Dishes
30. Your summer? HUMID
31. Your favorite color? Orange
32. Last time you laughed? Dinner
33. Last time you cried? Wedding
34. School? PhD?
35. Love? Undoubtably

More wedding bells.


We had some friends (David and Sonya) get married last week-end. It was such a nice wedding. They didn't have a reception, so it was a very simple affair. We did a session in temple with them Saturday morning, went to lunch, then the sealing, and then we all went to dinner together at PF Chang's. It was such a simple pleasant affair. I'm pretty envious since I wish that mine had been more that way. Anyways, they're such good quality people; I'm really excited for them to be married.
Thats the Orlando temple in the back ground, BTW. So, you know that William and I spent some time at Disney World over the week-end as well...

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