Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Living Dead *Update

So I realized that I missed a zombie movie that I enjoyed even though I didn't think I would. So folks an update for those insane movie brains:

Quarantine-I was afraid this movie would be too shaky because it is filmed by a hand-held camera. I almost get sea-sick when I watch movies like Cloverfield or anything that's sort of jumpy like that, but I am glad that I sucked it up and watched this movie. It was really scary! A zombie must see.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Bits of yellow, bits of green, and speckles of red showing inbetween-fall is in the air and it's perhaps the most beautiful sight I've ever seen!
Fall is a wonderful time of year, a lot of people claim it is their favorite season; I might agree although I've found something in each season that we experience. My favorite part of all of them is the change, you get the feeling of something new yet also something very familiar. I have grown up in Utah all my life so it's for me to notice fall creeping through as early as the end of August. Fall is the most noticable season change and definitely the most beautiful. I love the color, last night I was loading my groceries into the car and i just happened to look up at the mountains and they were burning red. I was taken back by the majesty and beauty of it all. Fall started a little early for us this year because we got our first snow on September 30th, i was a little disappointed to see it come so early but that soon went away and the weather the last few weeks has almost felt like an indian summer, it has just been so beautiful.
Logan Canyon is my favorite ride to take, we use it often going back and forth from the condo in bear lake, we went up there for a fall getaway on October 2nd through the 4th. The trees were so vibrant and beautiful in color, between the snow at the tops of the mountains and the leaves below it was quite a sight to see.

I am thankful for Utah, it's a beautiful place to live.

Monday, October 19, 2009

And that is dying...

Jon's grandfather has been struggling in the hospital for the past 6 weeks. It's unfortunate that the inevitable has sort of been riding on everyone's back. He has made it obvious that he's spoken to past relatives on the other side, and I fear his time is close. I have lost not many, but a few in my 23 years; I have tried my best to be a listener and a comforter throughout this experience for Jon and his family members, especially my mother-in-law and his youngest sister Sarah. My hopes are that they can be comforted during this time, and that whether grandpa Udie makes it out alive or not, death is not final. He has made it very clear that he will be going to a place where he will be extremely loved and greeted by family with open arms. I can only hope that one day when it is my time, that I will be shown the same affection from loved ones that I have lost. Throughout all of this I wanted to share a poem that reminds us that death can be beautiful and it's never goodbye.

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says: 'There, she is gone!''Gone where?' Gone from my sight. That is all.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: 'There, she is gone!' there are other eyes watching her coming, and the other voices ready to take up the glad shout 'Here she comes!' And that is dying.

*To those I have loved and lost, I miss you and I will be happy to be greeted by you again someday*

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Living Dead

So since October is finally here and I'm feeling uber festive I thought I'd talk a little bit about good ol' fashioned zombies. In my teen years I loved scary movies, now that I'm a little older they tend to scare me more. I still watch them, I'll always be a fan-but I'm just a little bit more careful as to which and when I watch. There is one particular scary film genre that I still love and am not afraid to watch, z.o.m.b.i.e. films! No, I'm not talking Rob Zombie, his movies are good-a little off the wall crazy...but no, I am talking about the flesh eating characters who walk around aimlessly looking for their next victim. Since I'm in such a great mood and feel like sharing I've compiled a list of my fav zombie films, and given the holiday we are about to celebrate it might be fun to participate in scary activities.

1. 28 Weeks Later

The first oh, maybe 15 minutes of this film will have you on the edge of your seat crazy. It's very intense.

2. Resident Evil

Not the greatest film ever, and in my opinion they've made way too many but I like Mila Jovovich so I'm gonna throw this on my fav. If you don't mind stepping out of order, Apocalypse is my favorite one.

3. Land of the Dead

Gruesome, typical zombie film.

4. Shaun of the Dead

If you love Simon Pegg like I do, you'll love this film. Nick Frost does a spectacular job, and this film is laugh out loud funny. (I sound like a movie critic don't I? That's because I am one.) It's the perfect comical twist to a world being taken over by zombies.

5. Zombieland

The latest and greatest. Woody Harrelson is hilarious and Jesse Eisenberg is becoming a favorite of mine. This show has a little bit of everything. I could have handled a little more action, but the action it had was incredible. It's really funny; a definite must.