Monday, April 26, 2010
This got me to thinking of other "bigger than"s......such as:
My butt is bigger than it was a few years ago
My dad is bigger than your dad (most likely this is true)
God is bigger than people and circumstances and feelings.....and this one is what I try to dwell on as I log my miles.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I love seeing movies, but it seems like I haven't been to a movie in a long time. I used to be better about going to movies with a friend from work, but I think I've just been a bit busy lately and it hasn't happened. So, needless to say, I was SUPER excited to have movies to watch on the way to Lithuania (yes, this is a very old and overdue post....) and back (of the 25 movies offered, I had only seen one, so there were plenty to choose from). We also watched a few movies at the Hanson's while we dealt with our jet lag. Here is a list of what we watched (in order of my favorite to least favorite - though I actually enjoyed them all): Marley and Me, Up, Time Traveler's Wife, Lars and the Real Girl, The Proposal, and Public Enemies.
We did watch one other movie, and it was my favorite, so I'm going to write a little more about it.......
Julie and Julia!
I was trying to think of the last time that I wanted to (and did) buy a movie after I saw it...I think it was Hitch....or whatever it was, it's been a long time since I've LOVED a movie and wanted to buy it. But I LOVED THIS MOVIE! I laughed so many times (I really wish that I hadn't been on a plane, because there were times I was really containing my laughter).
I really loved the characters and how cooking was such a way for them to escape, to express themselves, to bond, to be creative, to be focused, to energize them.....
Here were some of the lines from the movie that I related to or liked the most (if you haven't seen the movie, these might not make sense, but if you have, they will probably make you smile):
On the comforts of cooking:
"Do you know what I love about cooking? I love that after a day when nothing is sure, and when I say nothing I mean nothing, you can come home and absolutely know that if you add egg yolks to chocolate and sugar and milk it will get thick. It is such a comfort."
Maybe this is my issue.....:
Julie's Husband: "You have ADD?"
Julie: "Yes. That's why I'm so bad at housework."
Two sisters talking about getting married. And being tall...:
Sister 1: "You know Daddy would have liked nothing more than for us to stay in Pasadena and marry Republicans."
Sister 2: "Why didn't we?"
Sister 1: "Too tall. Let's face it, it's true. From the beginning you just don't fit in. Literally. And then you don't."
Sister 2 trying to set up Sister 1 with a man:
Sister 1: "What's he like?"
Sister 2: "Tall. Extremely tall."
Sister 1: "Well, I'm extremely tall."
Sister 2: "He's taller."
I love this over-the-top reaction, and the reaction to the over-the-top reaction:
Julie [on the effect cooking from Julia Child's cookbook had on her]: "I was drowning and she pulled me out of the ocean."
Julie's Husband: "Don't get carried away..."
If you know my history with butter, you'll understand why I love this quote:
[describing hollandaise sauce]: "...which is melted butter which has been whipped into a frenzy with egg yolks until it's died and gone to heaven. And let me say this: Is there anything better than butter? Think it over: Anytime you ever taste anything that's delicious beyond imagining and you say 'What is in this?' the answer is always going to be butter. The day there's a meteorite heading toward the earth and we have 30 days to live, I'm going to spend it eating butter. Here's my final word on the subject: you can never have too much butter."
"Most of us are not capable of being our own spiritual directors. We don't have the perspective needed to choose the things that will really change us. Deep down we may not even want change. I like to say everyone wants to be transformed but nobody really wants to change." Fredrica Mathews-Green
Friday, April 23, 2010
"I'll tell you what I want. I want someone who will be monogamous and nice to his mother. I want someone who likes musicals but knows to just shut his mouth when I'm watching Lost. I want someone who thinks being really into cars is lame and strip clubs are gross. I want someone who will actually empty the dishwasher instead of just taking out forks as needed, like I do. I want someone with clean hands and feet and beefy forearms like a Disney prince. And I want him to genuinely like me, even when I'm old. And that's what I want."
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
But today I’m still crying. I’m still laughing. I’m still thinking of more favorite memories. I’m still in search of comfort food. I want to lie in bed and watch TV with my sisters. I want to sit around the table and cry and laugh with my aunts. If you ask me how long I was home, I’ll probably say “Not long enough”.
My Grandparents were married for 67 years. They raised six children, had 13 foreign exchange students (some of whom for all intents and purposes became a part of the family), pastored churches, visited missionary friends around the world, and much more. Each new person who came to the house to pay their respects brought fresh tears for Grandpa. Each story, each song, each Bible verse….fresh tears. Watching a Twins game was a welcome distraction, I’m sure, but the matching recliner next to him was still empty. We left one by one, and Grandpa cried each time.
Clearly he loved his wife, but we’ve always known that. It’s how he lived. Clearly he misses his wife. She’s in a better place and she isn’t sick anymore, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t miss her. There was a birthday party planned for her birthday just a few weeks away, graduations to celebrate this spring, a wedding to attend this summer, more great-grandkids to be had somewhere in the future. You can tell by the tears that if you asked Grandpa how long they were married he just might say “Not long enough”.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010