Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Odds Are In Their Favor (A “Hunger Games” Movie Review)


This is the shirt that my sister and I wore to the movie! We made them ourselves!

It goes without saying that any book turned movie is better as a book. I don’t know anyone who would disagree with this statement. Even as pumped up as I was to see The Hunger Games, I found that once again the book proved to be the more worthy contender.

Don’t get me wrong…there are so many positives to this movie that if you haven’t read the books you could overlook. One of the main differences between the book and the movie was the supporting characters had less of a supporting role. Effie Trinket, Haymitch, Cinna, and the design team all have several dialogues with Katniss and Peeta throughout the book. I really thought Haymitch could have been more loud and boisterous.

Jennifer Lawrence was spot on as Katniss, my favorite character. Her raw emotion was believable both when she left for the Games and when a fellow tribute dies in her arms. I can’t criticize a single thing about the way she chose to portray Katniss. Job well done Ms. Lawrence!

I felt the filmmakers focused just a shade more on Peeta and Katniss than the original story line in the book, but I can live with that. The movie was well done in the realm of casting, scenery, and costume design.

Overall Grade: A-

What was your favorite part about the movie?


Raining Cats and Dogs, Hunger Games, and Happy Friday!


Happy Friday to ya! Today is the beginning of a great stretch of days for me. The Hunger Games released at midnight, so my sister and I are heading out immediately after school to see it. I can’t hardly stand the wait…so much anticipation to see the on-screen adaptation of my favorite series of books. We’re making a girls’ night of it, too; so, I’m super excited about that.

I had planned to run this morning. Until I saw the skies. And the rain. I mean it was pouring. I hate it when my plans get messed up by something I can’t control like the weather. Luckily, we are headed to a place where we can walk around for a bit after the movie. I guess that’ll have to count as exercise!

I had started a new series a couple of Fridays ago called “Fiction Fridays.” I will continue that next week.

What are you excited about this weekend?

Encouragement Wednesday


You know that incredible singer Adele? You know that awesome song “Rolling in the Deep?” You know how I tried to play it on my guitar and sing it yesterday? Well, it turns out…

I sound nothing like that.

It’s true. I know it’s shocking for those of you that know my skillz when it comes to singing, but I tried it yesterday…when I was home alone mind you…and something incredibly funny happened.

I was in the middle of one of those notes in the chorus where it’s like, “we could have it allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll”…seriously, it’s that many “l’s”. Right in the middle of that, my voice broke. It just flat out stopped. Nothing came out when I opened my mouth. Then, I launched into this enormous coughing fit…which was probably from the laughter that was trying to escapes from my insides. When I went to bed last night, my throat was sore. I’m sure this is unrelated.

 Anyways, so here’s the encouragement part of this Wednesday post:

“You probably won’t do something this silly today.”

I guess you still could, but that would make my point invalid…so don’t.

Communication Breakdown


Here’s a funny story for your Tuesday: last night, I was yelling at my husband. Not because I was angry, but because we have this crazy loud AC unit. I was at one end of the room, and he was at the other. I was trying to tell him something, and he couldn’t hear me. So, I said the same thing a little louder. Then, he asked me a question, but I thought he still couldn’t hear me. So, I yelled the same thing even louder. He yelled back that he had heard me the first time and he was really wanting to know something else.


It’s really quite humorous now that I think about it…wasn’t so much last night. It really made me think about how I communicate. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no eloquent speaker. Now, if you need me to write a note, I’m all over that. I just can’t communicate very well verbally.

One way I try to overcome this fault is by writing things down that I want to say. I do this even if I have an important phone call to make. I don’t want to be caught off guard and fumble through my words.

When thinking about communication, it’s also important to realize that it’s not a one-way street. There are at least two people, maybe more, that are involved. And if one person hears something different (case in point illustrated above), then it throws the whole process off. It’s important to be clear with our words when communicating.

What’s your favorite way to communicate: with written words or with spoken words?


One Thing I’ve Learned From Reading Good to Great


Welcome to Monday peeps…don’t worry it’s a beautiful, warm, sunny one. That minimizes the Mondayness, right? As I’m writing this, I just learned that my beloved Peyton Manning is all set to sign with the Broncos, instead of my Tennessee Titans. This makes me very angry and could easily spill over into the content of this post…I will try hard not to let it.

I’m currently reading this really great book called Good to Great by Jim Collins. It’s ridiculously good, just hard to get through because it’s content-rich. I wanted to share one of the things that jumped out at me the other night. Collins was discussing how different companies approach difficult situations, either choosing to accept and work with it or ignoring the situation. He tells the story of a man named James Stockdale. He was in the military during Vietnam, only he got captured and was taken prisoner. Naturally, being a prisoner of war is a rough situation. It’s perfectly understandable to shut down and not want to do anything. Stockdale, however, did not choose this route.

He tells Collins that “not only did he know he was going to get out alive, but that he would prevail in the end.”

This is so inspiring. It is hard for me to believe that I would think this way in the same situation. He mentions how it wasn’t enough to just have faith but to take the necessary steps to making it come true. (For his situation, he joined with various POWs and formed a sort of “gang” in the camp.)

Today, live in the knowledge that you can choose to prevail in a dark situation.

How do you stay positive in difficult circumstances?


Forgetting Your Excuses


Sometimes when I start to write these posts, I have no idea what I am going to write. Today is one of those times. I worked this afternoon and am teaching guitar tonight. So, unlike most days, I am busy today. On days when I do have stuff to accomplish, I find myself wanting to skimp on my writing because I have this guilty feeling that I should be doing something else.

This morning when I got up I found a note that I had written myself. It said, “don’t even think about hitting snooze…you have to work out and write.” Notice the word that I used: have. I didn’t give myself an option. So, guess what I did this morning? You betcha…I worked out and wrote. All because I made sure that I had no excuse.

I planned ahead because I know the first thing that goes through my head when I wake up is going back to sleep! Sometimes you just have to do it and forget those excuses!