Thursday, September 9, 2010

Another Favorite

While I was writing about my favorite movies last week, I completely forgot about another favorite I had recently re-discovered:

Dennis the Menace!

I know, it's nothing like the other two movies I praised in my previous post, no refined culture or beauty, but I still love it! I watched it again for the first time in probably 10-12 years a few months ago, and I could not stop laughing throughout the entire film! It portrays so well the mind and activities of a mischievous 7-year-old boy. It's cute and hillarious, and it's so true! The tricycle trailing empty cans, the sling shot, the tree house, the denchers, the teenage baby-sitter, the bossy girlfriend, the grouchy old neighbor and his angel wife ... ahhh, I love it all! If it's been a while since you've seen it, I encourage you to watch it again, hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

While writing this post I looked up the trailor for the movie and watched it, remembering again how funny the movie is. Click to watch for yourself (but understand that the real thing is much better than it's preview).

Friday, September 3, 2010


Today's Rose:

After my 1:00 class I had an hour to kill (and no homework to do) until my 3:00 class so I went to the JFSB computer lab to check my email, and facebook, and blog, etc. etc. Basically just to kill an hour messing around. Well I sat down at my computer and started doing some of the above when I looked up to see a tall, handsome man wearing a blue button up shirt walking over to the printer. It was Max! He had been sitting right behind me the whole time and neither of us had noticed. While he was busy with the printer I snuck into his chair to trick him when he got back. What a surprise! It's always fun to accidentally/randomly see him on campus like that.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

My Roses

Since my blog is called

"Smell the Roses"

I've decided that I'm going to try and start posting what my rose for the day was every evening. Hopefully this will help me think more positively about my days, and help me truly take time to notice and enjoy the fragrance of the daily roses we all have in our lives. Maybe it will keep me from writing posts like "Student Snob" below. :)

So, the first official Rose of my blog is:

Today I got to come home after my Portuguese class at 4:00 and take a nice nap. It felt gooood.

Ok, Rose number two for the day (I'll try to keep it to one per day... most of the time):

I finished all my homework before I came home for my nap! So now any homework I do for the rest of the night will be putting me ahead, which I've Never been in all of my college career!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Student Snob?

I fear I may be becoming one.

Only in one of my classes though. I'm taking Portuguese 201 and 202 this semester and because they're accelerated classes, we have a lot of Spanish speakers (mainly RM's who served a Spanish speaking mission) in the class, hoping that with their strong Spanish background they can pick up Portuguese in a jiffy. They're right, they can. They understand much more and can formulate thoughts, sentences, and replies much better and faster than I can.

But their Spanish Accents are driving me crazy!!! It's true, the grammar and spelling of the two languages are very very similar. But the pronunciations are as different as English from Arabic (ok, that could be a teeny exaggeration, but not much). It makes it very difficult for me to understand what's going on in class because I've learned Portuguese with a... .. ...Portuguese accent. And unfortunately I'm just not good enough yet to understand this beautiful language from all sorts of different accents like I can with English, whether spoken with a British, Spanish, Australian, Arabic, German, etc. etc. accent.

But not only do I dislike it because it's hard to understand, it's also just annoying! And that's why I think I'm becoming a snob. Because I have no sympathy for these students trying to pick up another language and struggling with the new and different accent. I find it annoying, ugly, and offensive to us "true" speakers of the Portuguese tongue. Like they're violating the language somehow, by saying "brazilll" instead of "brasiw" or "binte" instead of "vinte" or "descoberrto" instead of "descobehto" (pronunciation-wise, not spelling-wise). It's "hapido", not "rrapido"

I could go on.

But I won't

As snobby as it may be, I just wish they would stop speaking Spaniguese and start speaking Portuguese. It would make the class much more understandable and enjoyable for me.


I have a hard time picking favorites of anything. Can't tell you my favorite food, or my favorite dessert, or my favorite ice cream or candy. I don't have a favorite band, or a favorite genre of music for that matter. Don't really have a favorite game, don't have a favorite color...

...get the picture? Now that's not to say that I don't have any preferences or opinions and just like everything the same. Nooooohohohohoh way. What a boring life that would be! Everything would be so blah. Bland, hazy, gray and dull. My life is definitely not like that. But there are so many things that I do like, that I can't pick just one favorite! For example, I often tell myself that my favorite color is "rainbow" because it's so hard for me to decide on only one, and also because I love the way all the colors look together in ROY G BIV order. If I had to pick one, I might say coral, I just love that orangy-pink. But I also love earthy shades of green, and deep reds, and gold, and magenta, and pansie-purpley-violet. Yep, there are just too many to pick a favorite.

But I think I have found a favorite of something, or at least two favorites of something. I've decided that I feel ok saying The Young Victoria has become one of my favorite movies. Since I saw it a couple weeks ago, I've been wanting to watch it again. **Thank you Liz for the suggestion, it definitely hit home.** First of all, it's a film about history... which I have always loved. Second of all, it's about a princess, who becomes a queen (probably like most girls, I've always loved princesses). Thirdly, there is a wonderful romance that ends in a loving marriage. Fourthly, the set, costumes, and tiny detials like jewelry are Amazing! It truly is a beautiful film. Take a look at some images from it:

Incredible costumes, right? And Beautiful beautiful beautiful settings. Oh how I love it.

It reminds me of my other favorite movie: Memoirs of a Geisha (note that these two are the only films I've seen that have reached "favorite" statues) . The first time I saw this phenomenal movie I instantly fell in love with it, much the same way I fell in love with The Young Victoria. Incredible costumes and sets, wonderful music, I loved the actors, and to me it was a captivating story. Japanese culture is so ornate and beautiful, this movie does a beautiful job depicting it.

I guess I just love beautiful things :) Scenery, clothing, music, rich culture, castles and palaces, parasols, crowns and earrings and pendants etc. etc. etc. The kinds of things that these two movies are full of.