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High 5 For Friday

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It’s SO hard to narrow down my top 5 favorites from this week! Looking back through the pictures* I’ve taken on my cell phone, I’m reminded of how blessed I am. May I never forget that.

1. Family. Spending time with my little cousins is priceless and even if they’re sometimes annoying, I love them to pieces! Autumn is such a sweetheart and is always so loving towards me. Every time I say bye to her, she squeezes me, kisses my cheek, and says, “you’re in my heart, Mere Mere.”

2. Spending time in the Word. Early mornings with coffee and my Bible are my favorites!

3. Exploring The Golden Belt area downtown and taking lots of pictures with Britt! (More to come on that later!)

4. Pad Thai and lunch with fun coworkers. We definitely had a case of the giggles yesterday and laughed throughout lunch.

5. My Valentine’s Day was truly great. My student cancelled class (I think he had a date!) so I went home to workout, eat leftovers, take a hot bath, and then watch Casablanca while chowing down on chocolates. Who needs flowers and a significant other? 😉 (although I do love flowers)

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*as I was editing this post earlier and trying to upload pictures, I found out that I have exceeded the 3GB of space that WordPress allows for free blogs. Now I’m torn between buying more space on here, or buying a domain. My biggest problem is that I have NO idea what I would (re)name my blog/domain! HELP!

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Month of Thanks

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All month I’ve been keeping a running list of things I’m thankful for… however small, silly, random they may be. It’s been a good exercise and I think I’m going to keep it up throughout the coming months. That way, whenever I feel I have something to complain about I can just look at all the little things I’m thankful for.

1- For a new picture for the monthly calendar in the office! And the ability/opportunity to participate in webinars and learn all sorts of things as an AmeriCorps member.

2- Thankful for running water, even if it is super cold at work when I wash my hands.

3- Thankful for dogs whom I love dearly,  and the fact that dogs know how to get back home! [they ran away. Post on it’s way 😉 ] Also thankful for my married friends whom I love and have so much fun with although I don’t get to see them often!

4- Time change and an “extra” hour of sleep. And caramel macchiatos. Read the rest of this entry

Friday Favorites

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It’s FRIDAY! Which means it’s time for another round of my Friday Favorites! Enjoy 🙂

Kevin Love shaved his head for Breast Cancer Awareness month (October) and for every like, watch & share of the video, Love and Fitzgerald would donate 25 cents! Click below and watch!

Spread the Love

A delicious tortilla soup recipe that I plan on trying ASAP!

Cool personalized games & gifts for the holidays from Pinhole Press!

I just discovered Lonely Dinosaur this week and this shirt made me laugh:

If you’re feeling adventurous this weekend, here are 5 ways to make a fort! Great way to entertain kids on days when it’s too cold to play outside! Read the rest of this entry

Friday Favorites

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Another busy week is (almost) in the books for me! Because it’s been so stinkin’ busy, I haven’t had much time for online article scouting, but thanks to twitter yet again, I am somewhat up-to-date with recent happenings and cool news stories. Here are some of my favorites from the week:

A piece of the moon goes up for auction. The auction ends October 13th, so you still have time to snag this chunk of the moon.

Turner Classic Movies & Fathom Events are teaming up and bringing E.T. back to the big screen for the 30th Anniversary Event on October 3rd! I haven’t watched the movie in years because it always creeps me out, but I might be willing to give it another shot!

Speaking of older classic movies, Sarah P. Duke Gardens will be showing Back to the Future next Wednesday night around sundown! Picnic and movie in the park, anyone? 😉

Did you know that some famous authors had a little backyard shed or writing hut where they wrote some of their works? How cool would it be to have a cute little escape from the world like that?! Read the rest of this entry

The Big Screen

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What’s one of your top ten favorite movies of all time? You got one? Ok, so now think back to the first time you saw that movie… was it in theaters? At a friend’s house? At home?  How did you feel as you watched the story unfold, unknowing at the time that it would become one of your favorite movies?

One of my top ten is Singin’ in the Rain. I had seen bits and pieces of it on tv (Turner Classic Movies) but never the whole thing until my 15th birthday. My brother and I popped popcorn, opened a jar of sliced dill pickles (popcorn and pickles are a perfect combo!) and watched, for the first time, Singin’ in the Rain. After watching the 103 minute musical in its entirety, I knew it would become one of my favorites.

I bought songs from the film on itunes, I memorized lines, I shared it with friends. I even wrote a huge paper comparing a classic musical (Singin’ in the Rain, 1952) to a more modern one (Hairspray, 2007) in a film class senior year of high school. Analyzing the two films in such a way gave me a new appreciation for musicals, and made me love them even more.

Never in all my writings or watchings of Singin’ in the Rain did I imagine I would ever see the beloved musical on the big screen.

Thursday July 12, 2012 was the night that actually happened. Select theaters all over the country opened their doors and offered up a big screen for a special showing of Singin’ in the Rain. If you didn’t already guess, I’m a huge old movie nerd. Whenever I get a spare two hours or want to be a couch potato, I watch one on TCM, or I watch one of the many in my collection. Old movies trump modern movies any day in my book.

As the lights in the theater went out and people pushed their way down aisles to find decent seats, I sat there filled with excitement, anticipating one of my favorite movies on the big screen. I tried to stay silent as songs and lines I had memorized filled the speakers and laughs emitted from the audience. I laughed, I “aww-ed,” and I smiled as familiar scenes played in front of my eyes. And at the end, as Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds embraced, I couldn’t help but beam. What a perfect ending to a great story.

I don’t go to the movie theater very often, but in the past three months, I’ve seen two of my favorite old films on the big screen. (Casablanca & Singin’ in the Rain) And what a difference it makes. Nothing can compare to watching the story unfold on the big screen… it’s simply magical. Gene Kelly’s voice was more melodic, his dance moves more hypnotic in the theater. Debbie Reynolds’ smile lit up the screen. And Donald O’Connor’s hilarious sense of humor had everyone laughing.

Seeing Singin’ in the Rain on the big screen was a wonderful treat!

(Now, if TCM and Fathom Events want to release The Wizard of Oz on the big screen, that would be even more wonderful! 🙂

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Q & A with Kara :: Movie/TV Extra

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Today I have a fun Q & A with a friend of a friend, Kara, who is now my friend! Back in March we met for the first time during a fun weekend trip to Wilmington, NC to be extras in a film! It was my first time in Wilmington for something other than a beach trip, and my first time as an extra. Sure I was on the drama team at church, took drama in high school and a theater class in college, but it was nothing like being an extra! Since Kara has some experience extraing in tv shows and movies, I thought it would be neat to ask her some questions and learn from the seasoned extra.

 

1. When did you first start extraing? How was it…were you nervous, excited? Did you go with friends or solo? And how did you first hear about doing it?

When I first started going down to Wilmington to watch filming of One Tree Hill, I met a lot of people that had been extras on the show and they told me if I wanted to be an extra on any production in the area, then I should go sign up with Fincannon, the extras casting company, so that is exactly what I did. My first extra-ing experience was about 2 years ago on the TV show “Playing With Guns.” I was really excited because I not only got to work on a set with the cast and crew, but I also got to work on it with my friend, Kara and her sister Keisha.

 

2. How many times have you been an extra?

I have extraed 6 different times. Once on Playing With Guns, once on the movie Arthur Newman: Golf Pro, once on The Conjuring aka The Warren Files, and three times on One Tree Hill.

 

3. What do you love most about it?

What I love about extra-ing is you get to see what goes on behind the scenes and all the work that goes into making a film production. It is also interesting to watch the actors during the scene and see the different ways that they act when the cameras are on and when they are off. For example, when Patrick Wilson started singing “Red Solo Cup” on the set of The Conjuring, it was so funny!

 

4. What’s been your favorite experience so far? Least favorite experience?

It is so hard to choose a favorite experience, but if I had to choose I would say my experience on Arthur Newman: Golf Pro only because the day I was an extra there were only five of us, so the crew let us watch Emily Blunt and Colin Firth do their scene when the extras weren’t needed, we were also allowed to eat at the cast and crew’s “snack table.” All in all, I didn’t feel like an extra, I felt like part of the crew! My least favorite extraing experience was during filming on Playing With Guns, because it was SO cold! The day we filmed was in February and we were filming a summer scene, so all the extras when in summer clothes, some were even in bikinis. We filmed from 9:00 AM until around 2:30 AM… you can just imagine how cold it is during a February night in a tank top and a skirt on. It was not fun, but it was still an awesome experience.

 

5. For the day we extraed together on The Conjuring, what was your favorite part? Did you like the whole 70s apparel/set? And do you plan on seeing the movie in theaters? (haha I’m probably going to wait until it comes out on dvd…I don’t do well with scary movies in theaters!)

 Extra-ing on The Conjuring was SO much fun. Since the other extra-ing experiences that I’ve had were set in present day, it was fun to dress up as college students in the 1970s. I loved seeing everyone dressed up, it really looked like we went back in time! Since I love scary movies, especially in theaters, I will probably go see it!

 

6. Do you plan on doing it more in the future, if your school/job allows it? Would you ever consider an internship/job in the casting/producing/acting world?

If any opportunity comes my way to be an extra in another production I would be the first one to volunteer! I would also love to get a internship/job in the media production business in the future. I’ve always been interested in film making and extra-ing is just a great start and one of the many ways to get my foot in the door!

Thanks so much Kara for taking time to answer some questions about your experiences! Seriously y’all, she’s had so many opportunities to work alongside of some great actors, and I think it’s so cool that extra-ing is something ANYONE can do. As long as they give you the okay 😉 I’ll admit, I was a little nervous and hesitant about being an extra, but all in all it was a great experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Plus, we had it good that day because our outfits were chosen for us, and we had hair & makeup done! Of course, I was a plain-Jane 70’s girl, so I wasn’t super special, but it was fun sitting in that canvas chair pretending I was more important than simply an extra.

me, Ash, Kara in our hot 70’s clothing
-in the holding room (cafeteria) where we spent hours waiting for the next scene to start filming. And where we finally ate lunch/dinner at 8:00pm after arriving on set around 11:00am!

Seriously… my outfit??? So hot, right?! The jeans were Hillbilly brand and were so uncomfortable! Plus, they were super short and the shoes I had to wear were huge, so basically I felt and looked like a major dork. And if that wasn’t bad enough they gave me a prop to wear…

 

Ash was stuck wearing heels all day and ended up with blisters, I was stuck wearing some hideous glasses that made me look like an even bigger nerd than I already am, and Kara had a cute outfit that they had picked out for her at a pre-fitting!

Can you tell that we were tired & bored after hours of sitting, standing, waiting???

Have you ever worked on a movie set before??? Tell me your experience!

The Lucky One

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There’s just something about a good love story that gets me. Yes, I am a hopeless romantic.

I’ve always loved love stories… from classics like Gone with the Wind & Casablanca, to more modern ones like A Walk to Remember & You’ve Got Mail. Simply put, I love love. And the idea of being in love. My hopelessness is becoming more obvious isn’t it? Oops…

Anyways, tonight I joined the crowds of women (and men with their women) and went to an evening showing of Nicholas Sparks’ latest book-turned-movie: The Lucky One.

This was one of his books I actually read before seeing the movie, so I already knew what was going to happen. And although the experience was somewhat spoiled in that sense, I loved every second of the movie. I was so nervous during the war scenes. I laughed. I smiled when Logan (played by Zac Efron) kissed Beth (Taylor Schilling). I was on the edge of my seat at the end (if you’ve read the book or seen the movie, you know why!) And I was in love with their love.

Mr. Sparks knows something about love stories. He knows how to draw you in and keep you there, and despite what tragedies take place in his stories, at the end you always put the book down, or shut off the DVD player feeling satisfied. And in love. I guess you could say it’s a type of cloud nine feeling. And he has perfected it.

I am an unashamed hopeless romantic, and sometimes watching a good love story unfold on the pages of a book or on a movie screen is just what I need. So thank you, Mr. Sparks & Mr. Efron for The Lucky One and its love story.

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Love; it will not betray you dismay or enslave you, it will set you free.” -Mumford & Sons

“One half of me is yours, the other half yours, mine own, I would say; but if mine, then yours, And so all yours.” -The Merchant of Venice; Shakespeare

“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” – Thomas Carlyle

“At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.” -Plato

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

“Come live in my heart, and pay no rent.” -Samuel Lover