Wednesday, October 31, 2012

50 Shades of Interested!

So I'm sure you're fully aware of the controversial response to the series 50 Shades of Grey.  I've only read the first book but I'll tell you what: I couldn't put it down.  And my husband reaped the benefits when I finally did put it down.

I LOVE reading books first and then see the characters come to life on screen.  Most of the time my imagination is a thousand times better whilst reading than during the 2 hour movie rendition of the written word.  Even though it's rare the movie is better than the book, I still make a promise to watch the movie after I've finished a book.

It all started with Harry Potter in the 6th grade.  I still haven't seen any movie past the 3rd because I refuse to watch before reading, and I haven't had the time to read, or have chosen to read other material.  My favorite books are Nicholas Sparks.  Yes, I'm a hopeless romantic that gets a huge kick out of reading and watching the first kiss unfold and live vicariously as the love blossoms over an over again with each new novel he spits out. 

The only MOVIE that was BETTER than the BOOK was Nicholas Spark's: The Notebook.  This is my all time favorite movie.  I could watch it again and again and spout at least 80% of the conversations word for word. 

The only other Nicholas Sparks Movie that came close to being as good as the book was his most recently released: The Lucky One.   Watch it!  It's so great and the chemistry between the actors is intoxicating.

I love snuggling up by myself and paying attention to every word and action as it's being experienced.  I HATE it when someone interrupts my TV show or movie or book and I always have to rewind or re-read.  My husband can attest to this annoyance I've created.  If I miss any of the words or non-verbals I instantly feel like I'm not part of the story.  WOW.  I admitted it!

Anyway, back to the prompting for this post: 50 Shades of Grey adaptation to movie.
Remember Twilight and how upset everyone got when they announced the characters for Edward and Bella?  Well, I'm anxiously awaiting the release of who they've chosen to play Christian and Anastasia! 

The top guesses are Mat Bomer and Alexis Bledel


Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev (Hello Vampire Diaries!) And, they're dating in real life.  Like for realsies!

Speaking of VD...who LOVES watching Vampire Diaries on the CW?!?!!  I'm totally addicted and get super excited every time I get to watch another episode!

Which character cast do you prefer, Mat & Alexis or Ian and Nina?
Or, what other actors do you think would suit the roles more effectively?

I love romance!

And now it's time for

If you're interested in reading 50 Shades: here's an excerpt from E L Jame's website:

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

October | 2012 in the Rearview Mirror

It's the day before the end of October.  I feel overwhelmed and as if this month AND YEAR have flown by faster than imaginable. I've been to countless places and had some of the greatest memories added to my  memory palace.  There have been ups and downs, happy's and sad's (Shout out to the nieces/nephews dinner talk) and there have been times I've felt I haven't been doing enough.  I've missed my husband and on multiple occasions have only seen him right before bed for a quick hello and goodnight.  I've visited family and grown as a person.  I've also started to really pump out my rainboots which has been exhausting and exciting all balled into one!

With two more months to explore life, the times aren't even close to slowing down. . .

As I reflect on the first 10 months of 2012 I feel rather accomplished. Busy and sometimes exhausted, but accomplished nonetheless. 

2012 Accomplishments and Activities:
-I've been on only 5 Round Trip flights (much better than the 21 RT flights from 2011!)
-8 weddings
-Sun River Ski trip
-Epic St. Patrick's day celebration!
-Razor Clam digging (1st time ever!)
-I got crabs!  (96 of them!)
-Puerto Vallarta Mexico Trip
-Got a Puppy!  Love you Luxey Loo!
-Portland Brewers Festival (Trevor and I's first kiss years and years ago!)
-Seafair 2012!
-Red Rubber Show down!
-Juan visited from Texas + Lianne and we all attended Kyle's wedding!
-Taught myself to sew a blanket!
-Visited Phoenix and the nieces/nephews 3 times!
-New Orleans to watch the Huskies become Tiger Bait to LSU
-Chelsey LaRowe moved back from Alaska and moved in with Bre next door! YAY!
-Ran the Portland Color run with Chelsea Stover (Funnest 5K EVER!)
-Boots, boots, and more boots:  I'm drowning in Boots!
-Oktoberfest 2012.  WOW: memories made!
-Football season!  Co-Ed Flag football is my favorite Underdog sport of the year!
-Go Huskies!

Shannon & DJ's wedding. Beautiful bride!
Lindsay & Brandon's wedding


Photo: SAEs and their ladies!  ...I got to be in a wedding photo!
Wedding Season

Sun River: Best powder day EVER!  March 2012

St. Paddy's day!  Boom!
Razor Clam Digging on the Coast!

Puerto Vallarta

The girlies in PV Downtown.  We made a new friend in Shelly and her hubby Matt from Boise

Luxe the Vizsla loves beer!  Shame on Trevor!

Portland Brewer's Festival 2012!

Seafair 2012! Shotgun!
Seafair Day 3, 2012

Red Rubber Show Down 2012!
Yay!  Thumbs up for Juan!

Lianne and I fighting over Juan!
Lianne and I at Kyle and Jaymee's wedding.  I heart Lianne!

New nephew Hayden's baby blanket!
Seth, Brooklynn, Talmage, Emmalyn (Hayden was in the stroller)
Baby Hayden, Seth, Brooklyn, Emmalyn, Talmage

New Orleans Swamp Tour!

Purple & Gold EVERYWHERE!

Sister in Law in the middle: Chelsey
Random Feather hat dude!

Boots Boots, and more boots!

Flag Football 2012: Detox!
Huskies beat the Beavers!

Before I started this post I was feeling like there wasn't enough time.  Now I'm seeing why, but I know it's all been worth it!  I'm blessed with the most amazing Husband, wonderful family and extended family, perfect friends, and blessed with a life I couldn't have dreamed of as a little girl.

The next few months are not going to be any easier or less exciting which is daunting and exciting at the same time. We started CrossFit three weeks ago and waking up at 5:30 AM 6 days a week has been SO MUCH EASIER than I thought!  I love the feeling knowing I'm doing something good for my life and my overall health.  I also enjoy seeing and feeling how much stronger I'm getting week after week and the community that Burien Cross fit and super hot trainer Joe have created!

Before the end of the year: Trevor and I are headed to Europe for a 12 day exploration extravaganza!  We have 6 days to explore Italy and a cruise to Spain, France, and the Balearic Islands.  This is something I've only ever dreamed about and I can't believe it's only 8 working days away! Any advice about where to explore in Italy would be greatly appreciated! I'm so excited because this will legitimately be the FIRST vacation Trevor and I are truly on our own. I'm looking forward to some 1x1 time with my hubby!

Once we come back, who might be time to start a family that doesn't consist of grand kids only of the four legged-furry kind! ;)

Then by first quarter 2012 we will have been to Chelan for a wine weekend, and Cabo for some sun!  Love travel!

And now it's time for:
GO HUSKIES!!! Put your dubs up!

Thank you to everyone that has been a part of my life this year, in the past, and in the years to come!