Sunday, July 27, 2008

It's Finally Done!

So I've been working on a quilt for the past three years. I probably could have finished the whole thing in one summer but I was lazy and I have a talent for stretching things out as long as possible. But guess what! It's finally done! I finished the last square just the other day and Mom and I were finally able to piece the whole thing together. So with my mediocre painting skills and Mom's amazing sewing skills, the quilt has been completed. Not too shabby, eh?

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Summer of Good Movies

Has anyone else thought that this summer has been a great one for movies? Here are my reviews of the movies I've seen this summer:

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

While there were some parts in the movie that I think they tried a little too hard to be funny, the good things ended up outweighing the bad. Good movie and, of course, great music!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Cheesiness is to be expected in any movie that George Lucas has a hand in and this movie is no exception. However, the movie kept me entertained so I didn't go home disappointed. The story line is interesting and I thought it was just as good as the old ones. Dad, of course, disagrees.

Kung Fu Panda

I have to admit that I wasn't a huge fan of this movie. While the little kids surrounding us in the theater were laughing out loud, I found myself laughing maybe once or twice. It's a cute movie and worth seeing once though.

The Incredible Hulk

I wasn't as excited about this movie as I was about the other movies based on comic books that have come out this summer, but I did like the movie. And from the way the movie ended, it looks like we'll be seeing more of him in the future, perhaps with a few more superheroes at his side ; ) .

Iron Man

When this movie came out, I was really only familiar with Superman, Spiderman, and Batman. They're the ones that everyone knows about, so I didn't expect this movie to become one of my favorite movies. I liked this movie so much, I saw it twice! Great movie!


I like Pixar movies. They are pretty much the only animated Disney movies now days that aren't dripping with cheese. But I do have to say that this was probably my least favorite of all the Pixar movies. I like the song from Hello Dolly but I heard it way too many times throughout the movie. But it's cute and worth seeing.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

This movie is definitely not my favorite one of the summer. There was some cheesy acting (after all, it's Brendan Fraser) but it's entertaining, has some cool special effects, and presents some unbelievable but interesting views on what the center of the earth is like.

The Dark Knight

This movie is amazing! Heath Ledger did a fantastic job playing the Joker. Even though it's not a particularly happy movie, I really liked the storyline and the development of the characters. Hands down, this is the best movie of the summer.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Forefront of Weirdness

When I was in my Book of Mormon class at BYU, one of my seemingly ignorant classmates made a comment about California. He said, essentially, that Californians are all a bunch of quacks and that their strange ideas will be the downfall of this country. My professor said, "Isn't it interesting that California is always labeled as the forefront of weirdness?" Well, at the time I was a little offended. California is my home after all. But after my recent day trip to San Francisco, I can easily see why some people may come up with such a stereotype. Now, don't get me wrong. San Francisco is an amazing place.

There are amazing engineering feats!
Barrels full of salt-water taffy!
Cute marine wildlife!
But, I have to admit, that some weird stuff happens too. We ran into a man dressed up as Captain Jack Sparrow on the street who lit a basket on fire that contained his daughter, who he later removed from the basket unscathed. Another man was making up rhymes about all the people that walked by him. When I walked by, he said, "Hey you in the polka-dot! Go jump in a pot!" But that wasn't the worst part.

There was evil a-brewin'!
And Hannah found herself changing shape! She's not shaped like that in any other city!

Well, even if it is a little strange, I had a good time in good ol' San Fran! What's life without a few peculiarities?