Sunday, August 30, 2009
Haley guessed first! Way to go Haley! I guess we are all in for some Josh Goblin for the next week. Jeanine got it next, she wasn't sure she was Wright, because Grease doesn't seem like a movie I would pick. But, yes Jeanine, even though I love zombie movies and Quentin Tarantino movies, there is a place in my heart for Grease. Em was next, then Cat. Didn't hear from any of the guys! I guess that isn't a big surprise.
Here is this week's quote:
There are more things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Monday, August 24, 2009
She likes Josh Groban, I am sure there is a better picture of him, but, this one made me giggle too much, especally the fact that he resembles Matt a tiny bit here.
It is a Wright classic my mom started making a long time ago and is a well requested meal for birthdays.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Here is this week's movie quote:
Person #1- He was a real gentleman.
Person #2- There's no such thing.
Friday, August 21, 2009
For my first book recommendation on this blog, I’ve chosen to encourage anyone who hasn’t read it yet to check out The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The book group Lorri and I belong to read this a few months ago, and it has stayed with me and inspired me in certain areas ever since. It’s marketed as young adult fiction and I can see it being enjoyed by that age group, but it’s even more powerful, I think, for adults. It is also quite long for YA fiction, but I promise it reads pretty darn fast. (Very short chapters and lots of interrupters that make for quite a bit of white space—not dense text at all.)
The Book Thief is set in Nazi Germany during WWII and follows the life of a young girl, Liesel Meminger, who as he goes about doing his grisly duties catches the attention of Death, the Grim Reaper, who narrates the book and is one of its most intriguing characters. At first, Death’s voice as narrator is a bit disconcerting but you get used to it and end up really liking it—I did anyway. And the book has a very unusual style in that Death is constantly interrupting the story to offer quick facts that frame something coming up or foreshadowing things to come. As a result, in many ways you know a lot about what’s coming up in the story, but when you actually get to those points that he has foreshadowed you’re usually glad you have been prepared somewhat for them (at least for the sad parts he lets you know will eventually come up). But then when you’re there at those places, the scenes are so rich and moving and terrible and triumphant that you really didn’t know what was coming. And in all of it the characters are completely fascinating and wonderful—constantly unfolding before your eyes in ways that are very satisfying.
I won’t say much more, but when/if any of you read this book, I want to discuss it with you big time! I’m blown away for my own life and goals by the idea Zusak unfolds of “the word shaker” and the love conveyed in the story of the "stand-over man" (both the story itself and all that goes into creating it). Also by the complete and utter love for books and music and simple pleasures that this novel and these characters exude.
I really think whoever tries this book will really, really like it. I'd give it 5 stars wright now but I think a designation of "a Wright classic!" has to come from acclamation from a group of Wrights not just something I can declare.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sorry, I fell asleep last night before I could do the post. Guess I was pretty tired after the weekend in St. George. Anyway, Austin Powers International Man of Mystery! I love the Austin Powers movies, Mike Myers cracks me up. I love this first movie, but sometimes find it unwatchable because of Elizabeth Hurley. Her acting is so bad I can hardly stand it. She makes the kids in Gran Torino look like Oscar winners.
I didn't have too many guesses on this one! I thought I would get more than I did. Jeanine got it first! Sorry, Matt, I know you were pretty sure you got it first, but Jeanine beat you by a couple of days. She sent me the answer the very night I posted it. Matt, you got it second, then Em. Em thought it was Dr. Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs at first, then got Austin Powers after the second quote. I thought it was so funny she guessed Dr. Lecter when it was Dr. Evil. I can see either one of them saying that first line. Congrats on the win Jeanine!
Here is this week's movie quiz:
Person #1- You married?
Person #2- Occasionally
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Hi everybody! I thought I would put up my first post. I'm also trying to figure out how all of this works. I'm planning on doing an update/response to the Happy Birthday post. I have been having a lot of fun reading the blog and laughing at all the funny stuff! Tomorrow I'm going to be singing the National anthem with my group at the Minnesota Twins baseball game. It should be a lot of fun, we did this last year too. I'm going to see if I can add a video.
Remember all of Dave's mosquito bites?
Friday, August 14, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
This book sucks, then is wonderful, then sucks again. It also has some descriptive throw up and other bodily function scenes, so it is not recommended for Cath, and I had to skim quite a few pages. The killer in it is a "delusional psychopath", and was probably the most fascinating part of the book. He made me SO MAD!!! Especially his first act, and his motives behind it, aaaaagggghhhhhh!!!!!! It switches from who you are following, and it spends quite a bit of time in his head, and you just want to reach through the book and strangle him, and you don't feel so bad about anything mean you've ever done. On the other hand, the good people in this story are amazing, kind of unrealistic, but I just loved them. The story is a lot about good and evil and how it influences peoples lives, and what you can do when life sucks, so it's really good in that way. The main character's mom has two brothers who I thought were hilarious. One is obsessed with telling dates of when natural disasters occured and how many died in each, and the other is obsessed with serial killers and human inflicted suffering, and between the two of them, you cannot have a normal conversation. It's not too explicit, even in the worst parts, but what ruined it for me is the ending. There is a little bit of supernaturalness hinted at throughout the book, but I was hoping it wouldn't ruin the book. I didn't get my wish. The ending was so out of place. It was like he wrote to a preschool class and had them come up with the ending of his book. It was awful. So if you ever read this, just keep going after the beginning, which upset me terribly, and then lose it about a chapter and a half before the end. I give it 3 stars, but also @#$%.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Ace Ventura Pet Detective! Very funny movie, and one of our first introductions to Jim Carrey. I prefer the sequel, the rhinoceros scene is one of the best scenes ever! But this first one is pretty good too. I seem to remember that Matt, Em and Cat seem to especially like this movie.
Speaking of those three, it shouldn't surprise you that Em got it first! Way to go Em! You haven't been first in a while, let alone even been a runner up, haha. I would predict we are all in for some Radiohead! Cat got it right next, then Matt. And that was it! I didn't even get any wrong answers from anyone! Matt, you were pretty sure that you were the only one that could possibly get it right with just the first quote. But, sorry little bro, Em and Cat got it with the first one too! And they got it before you!
Here is this week's movie quote:
The details of my life are quite inconsequential.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Here's some stuff about Ben:
Ben loves singing in barbershop choruses! After stints with groups in Chicago and Salt Lake City, Ben is now with the Great Northern Union Chorus, the group that placed third at the recent nationals in Anaheim, which Ben performed at. Ben's previous groups? They used to be good but now suck. A coincidence? We think not! Congrats, Ben!
Ben is a chef! Really! A Cordon Bleu Cooking School graduate! Move back out west soon! We want dinner ala Ben!
Ben's tastes used to be a bit less high-brow. (I did post a fancied up plate of Ramen here, though.)
Cheese Nips! Further evidence of Ben's humble food beginnings....
SoBe or not SoBe, that is the question....
Ben's a Pepper!
I know Ben has been reading Mary Roach lately! Check out the first of these titles. Is there any doubt he'd love that book?
Younger Ben used to love strange and not-normally-lovable creatures. Who can forget Martin Luther King Snake and Monte Python. Rumor has it, Ben had a tarantula, too.
In Salt Lake, one of Ben's favorite shows was RadioWest with Doug Fabrizio. Ain't Doug handsome?
Another favorite was the Radio From Hell gang at X96. NOT quite so handsome...
Ben was a dungeon master!
Ben is a linguist--he has always been fascinated by languages. You'll have to give us a rundown Ben on how many you know a decent amount of....
Ben loves all things foreign. Cat fondly recalls his foreign money collection!
World citizen Ben loved his English comedies. Monte Python was a favorite...
As was Faulty Towers
Ben is a true Wright with his love of all things Beatles....
Matt recalls his liking another English band: Electric Light Orchestra. Love that Strange Magic, baby...
Night Court. A classic!
Submitted for your approval: Ben loved Twilight Zone
Any doubt he'd be a Trekkie?
How'd we do, Ben? Any of these only things of the past? Please update us! Visit the blog more often!
Love You!!! Kisses!!!!