Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Remedy

When you're having an I-feel-fat-and-not-cute-at-all-and-on-top-of-everything-else-it's-raining-and-I-have-a-stupid-night-class kinda day...you know what hits the spot?

A tall iced non-fat white mocha from dear 'ole Starbucks.


Monday, March 26, 2007

Best friend Megan

This is my best friend Megan and I at her wedding shower. (Well, one of them anyway).
Megan has been my best friend for as long as I can remember. This is not normal in today's mobile society to have a friend that you've been friends with since childhood. I am so thankful for her for so many reasons.
She is more than a friend, she is truly like a sister.
We share one brain. Seriously. It's scary sometimes.
We finish eachother's sentences.
She's almost more high-maintenance than me, so I don't feel so bad. :-)
She is beautiful, inside and out.
Whatever she says she's going to do, she does it. Sounds simple, but it's actually a very rare quality.
She's determined. The exact opposite of a slacker.
She's sincere...she always means what she says.
She's honest, even if you don't want to hear it.
We can be 20 years old, and still make a fort in her living room to watch Legally Blonde under. :-)
Sleepovers. Enough said.
She keeps a bag of chocolate chips in the freezer like me...yum.
I never feel discouraged about myself in her presence...she makes me feel happy and confident.
She's one of the few people I know who will spend a day shopping with me.
She can go to school in Fresno for 3.5 years, and when she comes back, it was like she never left.
She loves God and genuinely lives her life to bring glory to Him.

Although I have to relinguish her to her fiance, Byron, in about a month, I know we will stay just as close of friends as we always have been. I love you Meg...thanks for everything!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Holiday

I just watched the movie, The Holiday, for the 3rd time in the past 3 days. I do believe it's my new favorite movie.

It's a beautiful tale of love, in two very different cases. The music is lovely, the timing is classic, and of course, it doesn't hurt to look at Jude Law for over two hours either.

But it's really the story of Iris (played by Kate Winslet) that gets to me. I love who she starts the movie as, and who she has become at the end. She goes from a brokenhearted woman who cannot get over her old flame after three horrible long years, to a woman finally liberated, with "gumption" who is able to love again.

The movie begins with a monologue by Iris...and it's my favorite part of the movie, perhaps because I, and probably most of you, can relate to exactley what she's saying. Because I love it so much...here it is, for you to enjoy, and also to entice you to see it, if you still have yet to do so:

"I suppose I think about love more than anyone really should. I am constantly amazed by its sheer power to alter and define our lives. It was Shakespeare who also said "love is blind". Now that is something I know to be true.
For some quite inexplicably, love fades; for others love is simply lost. But then of course love can also be found, even if just for the night.
And then, there's another kind of love: the cruelest kind. The one that almost kills its victims. Its called unrequited love. Of that I am an expert. Most love stories are about people who fall in love with each other. But what about the rest of us? What about our stories, those of us who fall in love alone? We are the victims of the one sided affair. We are the cursed of the loved ones. We are the unloved ones, the walking wounded. The handicapped without the advantage of a great parking space! Yes, you are looking at one such individual. And I have willingly loved that man for over three miserable years! The absolute worst years of my life! The worst Christmas', the worst Birthday's, New Years Eve's brought in by tears and valium. These years that I have been in love have been the darkest days of my life. All because I've been cursed by being in love with a man who does not and will not love me back."