Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Top 10 Movie Theatre Experiences

Definition: These are not my top 10 favorite movies. These are the top 10 movies that left me FEELING something…I sat in my seat speechless or left the theatre euphoric over the film I had just experienced.

1. Remember the Titans – Saw it with my Pennsylvania family (Mark, Jamie, Gretchen, Woody, Cliff, Ang). We all walked out of the theatre and immediately began freaking out. Left on a big high.

2. Slumdog Millionaire – Saw it with Faith. Getting through the grittiness of the Mumbai slums was so worth it as we sat speechless at the end with soaring hearts.

3. Fever Pitch – Saw it with Mark. Best date movie ever because Mark, who doesn’t like going to movies much, loved it as much as I did. Sports, romance, Jimmy Fallon humor, Red Sox winning…perfection!

4. Dan in Real Life – Saw it with Lydie. Laughed and hurt through the whole thing. Total resolution at the end…left feeling happy about life.

5. August Rush – Saw it with Lydie and Sam. Was hyperventilating and gripping the armrests during the last minutes as they came together.

6. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Saw it alone. Very needed as an escape that day. It fit my mood perfectly…wanted to be carried away by something not real and something that would make me feel.

7. The Other Sister – Saw it with Gretchen. Thought it looked silly, but after weeks and weeks of Gretchen begging me to go see it, I finally gave in and it was SO WORTH IT. Left theatre feeling euphoric about life.

8. Reign Over Me – Saw it with Kristen. Basically having convulsions trying not to sob out loud. Will probably never see it again because it was so hard to get through, but glad I saw it once.

9. Never Been Kissed – Saw it with Gretchen. I really don’t love this movie at all anymore, but seeing it when I was younger was awesome. Gretchen and I literally floated out of the theatre and still talk about how it made us feel. =)

10. Stepmom and Patch Adams – Saw them with Gretchen. Tied because we cried so hard at the end of both.

I saw lots of teeny bopper movies with Tishka, lots of chick flicks with Gretchen, and lots of anything and everything now. Indies have become my recent favorite…plan on seeing Sunshine Cleaning soon. Movies make me happy. =) I’d love to hear about anyone else’s experiences…

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Top 40

Okay, another blog tag. I was told to list my personal Top 40. There's no rhyme or reason to the order because with so many different genres, I couldn't possibly figure that out. All I know is these are the songs I've been coming back to again and again for most of my adult life.

1. Sweet Baby James - James Taylor

2. Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland

3. Daydream Believer - The Monkees

4. Feels Like Tonight - Daughtry

5. Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight & the Pips

6. Penny Lane - The Beatles

7. Angel - Aerosmith

8. If I Had a Million Dollars - Bare Naked Ladies

9. Born To Fly - Sara Evans

10. Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond

11. New York New York - Frank Sinatra

12. Dancing Queen - ABBA

13. Boulevard of Broken Dreams - GreenDay

14. Wide Open Spaces - Dixie Chicks

15. Ain't Too Proud to Beg - The Temptations

16. Defying Gravity - Wicked soundtrack

17. Real Fine Place - Sara Evans

18. 59'th St. Bridge Song (feeling groovy) - Simon & Garfunkel

19. A Wink and a Smile - Harry Connick Jr.

20. Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy - Big & Rich

21. Tiny Dancer - Elton John

22. September Grass - James Taylor

23. Ain't No Mountain - Marvin Gaye & Tammy Terrell

24. Baba O'Riley - The Who

25. Cowboy Take Me Away - Dixie Chicks

27. Come Fly With Me - Michael Buble

28. More Than a Feeling - Boston

29. Seasons of Love - Rent soundtrack

30. Caledonia - Celtic Woman

31. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel

32. Wholly Yours - David Crowder Band

33. Mighty to Save - Hillsong

34. Blessed Be the Name - Matt Redman

35. No One Like You - David Crowder Band

36. God of This City - Chris Tomlin

37. From the Inside Out - Hillsong

38. Knees to the Earth - Christy Nockels

39. O For a Thousand Tongues - David Crowder Band

40. Hosanna - Christy Nockels

Friday, March 06, 2009

A Quandry

Okay. I don't know why I haven't been writing lately. Ideas pop into my head, but I just don't take the time to write them out. Sure, I'm busier than I used to be, but I still have plenty of time at home in front of the laptop and tv. Then I started wondering, am I getting more private as I get older? My life has always been for the most part, an open book, but maybe I don't want people knowing the details on everything... But I don't think that's it either. I just looked back to the beginning of this blog and realized it's been exactly 3 years since I started. It was March of 2006--that's a long time! The past couple of months that I haven't been blogging, I've really missed my blog world. I miss posting on friends blogs...I miss checking to see comments on my own page. It's just another way to be connected to the people I love who aren't near me anymore. So I was thinking after 3 years of writing about the simple things in life (which I still love) and throwing stories about my kids in here and there, maybe I need to move on to something else. I mean, there's only so many times I can rhapsodize over how much I love fall and all that comes with it, right? So what are my other passions in life? That's the easiest question in the world...movies, cooking, and books! Hmmm....stay tuned friends. =)