26 June 2010

Wedding Song

After a lot of time, discussion, frustration, and laughter, Tyson and I successfully created a sample playlist for our DJ to play at our wedding reception. We really wanted to keep the songs in a similar style: casual swing. One day as we were driving to Provo from Ogden, a song from a movie we had recently watched started to play. I LOVED IT and voted for it as our "first dance" song. It took Tyson a few days to remember the song, re-listen to the words a bunch, and finally decide that he really liked it too. So, without further ado, here is a link to our "first dance" song: What If I Loved You by Joey Gian.
We also picked the "bride&father/groom&mother" song. That one was really tricky. We had to google ideas and most of them were country songs. Now, if you know me at all, you know that country is NOT going to work. NEVER. Some of the songs were really strange but finally we found a few good choices. I decided I should get my dad's input (since he is really good at having an opinion and sharing it) so I called him up, gave him two choices, and he gave the final word: James Taylor's How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You).
We really like these songs and I'm glad we picked a "bride&father/groom&mother" song that my dad can't dance like a fool to. Hopefully. He'll probably still find a way.

22 June 2010

First Book of Summer

Technically, I have already read many fiction books since Winter semester ended but, seeing as how I was reading them for a fiction editing CLASS, they don't count. The first book I will be reading this summer out of pure choice is The Greek Coffin Mystery by Ellery Queen. My friend Emily lent this book to me and stated that it is the best mystery novel she's ever read. Now, I love murder mysteries. My favorite authors are Agatha Christie, Mary Higgins Clark, and Janet Evanovich. I am by no means a mystery authority but I have read quite a few mystery novels. I look forward to reading this thriller and making my own opinions about it. Hopefully, I will agree with Emily. I love when my friends recommend books to me and I end up loving them. It's a happy moment, indeed.

Here is the first paragraph of this most promising mystery.

From the very beginning the Khalkis case struck a somber note. It began, as was peculiarly harmonious in the light of what was to come, with the death of an old man. The death of this old man wove its way, like a contrapuntal melody, through all the intricate measures of the death march that followed, in which the mournful strain of innocent mortality was conspicuously absent. In the end it swelled into a crescendo of orchestral guilt, a macabre dirge whose echoes rang in the ears of New York long after the last evil note had died away.

What fine, and beautiful usage of language! LOVE.

FHE/Date Night

Last night, Tyson asked me on a date for FHE and we had such a good time! We went to the Mayan for dinner because Tyson loves it there. Our little two-person table ended up being surrounded by other bigger tables that were empty so we had a section all to ourselves. We had a great time laughing, enjoying the setting of the Mayan, and eating delicious food. YUM!
After dinner, we saw Toy Story 3 in 3D at the Jordan Commons Megaplex. If you have never been to this movie theater, you are missing out on a movie-going extravaganza. Every time I walk in the doors I feel like I've stepped into the NYNY Hotel in Las Vegas. Never been there? It's fun. Anyway, Toy Story 3 was awesome. I loved it. Andy was super precious and the little girl, Bonnie, was freaking adorable. I enjoyed the whole Barbie and Ken drama because it was just silly. I'm glad that movie ended how it did. Please go see this movie. It's wonderful. If I were to rate movies on successfulness of sequels, Toy Story would be number one. Shrek, LOTR, and Harry Potter would be up toward the top of the list. However, I haven't seen the new Shrek and if it's bad, Shrek may go down in the lists. Land Before Time and Pirates would definitely be near the bottom. What do you think?

15 June 2010

Dr. Who=Awesome

So lately, I've been in to this British science fiction show called Dr. Who. Freaking awesome. I first heard about the show from some of my Study Abroad friends but I had never seen an episode. A few weeks ago, Tyson and I were flippling channels and came across an episode in the current season and we watched it. Instantly hooked! I borrowed seasons 2-4 from my friend Emily and now Tyson's brother, Aaron, is hooked too. If 21 and 14 year olds can watch it together, it must be good. I included in this post the Wikipedia page on Dr. Who but I cut out some of the boring stuff.

"Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious and eccentric humanoid alien known as the Doctor who travels through time and space in his spacecraft, the TARDIS (an acronym for Time And Relative Dimensions In Space), which normally appears from the exterior to be a blue 1950s British police box. With his companions, he explores time and space, faces a variety of foes and rights wrongs.

The programme is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world, and as the "most successful" science fiction series of all time, in terms of its overall broadcast ratings, DVD and book sales, iTunes traffic and "illegal downloads".... It has received recognition from critics and the public as one of the finest British television programmes, including the BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series in 2006, and five consecutive wins at the National Television Awards since 2005, in the Drama category.
The programme originally ran from 1963 to 1989. After an unsuccessful attempt to revive regular production with a backdoor pilot in the form of a 1996 television film, the programme was relaunched in 2005, produced in-house by BBC Cymru Wales in Cardiff....

The Doctor has been played by eleven actors. The transition from one actor to another is written into the plot of the show as regeneration, whereby the character of the Doctor takes on a new body and, to some extent, new personality. Although each portrayal is different, and on occasion the various incarnations have even encountered one another, they are all meant to be aspects of the same character."

There you have it. I love this show. I'm currently watching Season 2 with David Tennant as the Doctor. If you don't know who that is, he also played Barty Crouch, Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Remember? The crazy tongue guy. Anyways, this show is incredibly witty and I love that it includes a lot of world history in the science fiction stuff. Like last night I watched "The Girl in the Fireplace" from Season 2, in which a spaceship creates robots in order to steal Madame de Pompadour's brain. Know who that it? She was a member of the French court and official mistress of King Louis XV. She lived from 1721 to 1764. Awesome episode. Another one of my favorite episodes is from Season 4 where the Doctor and his travelling companion, Donna, go to the 1920's and meet Agatha Christie. No shock there why I loved it. If you have a spare moment, watch an episode. They are intriguing. I've heard that Netflix has all of the season available for streaming. Cheers!

30 Days!

We have thirty days until we get married. Yay! We have been waiting for so long for this day to come; I can't believe it's actually getting here. This is my life for the next thirty days:

This week
Finals, work, get temple recommend from Bishop
Next week
Starting working from 7:30am-2pm, get temple recommend from Stake President
Wednesday, June 30
Chantel and Josh's wedding
Wednesday, July 7
Last dress fitting, pick up dress, drive to California
Thursday, July 8
Bridal Shower in California
Saturday, July 10
Receive my endowment and party at our Open House
Sunday, July 11
Drive back to Utah
That Week
Work, do bridals at some point, hang with my siblings and mom, stuff bags of candy for the reception in Bountiful
Friday, July 16
Wedding Day!!

So really, if we can just get to Chantel and Josh's wedding, the time will fly by! The next two weeks will be interesting because I'll be working 7:30am-2pm and Tyson will be working 3pm-midnight which gives us one hour a day to talk. Awesome. Anyways, here's to the last thirty days. Masel Tov!