Category Archives: Things the movies teach us

Families that Play, Together Stay Together!

#gbnf Families that Play, Together Stay Together!

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Mrs. Clauses and Her Elves

Here is a little video clip from the holidays in my home town. Neighbor gifts are important and Mrs. Clauses and her elves worked hard this year.

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Wishing lanterns…

Just like in Tangled.

After 4 attempts…FINALLY! We got one of these wishing lanterns to fly. Attempt #1 – Lantern tumbled in the wind (must be calm night). Attempt #2. Flew 50 feet dropped and got stuck in the sagebrush (be patient). Attempt #3 – Lantern tore as LaRea was trying to open it while it was on fire (again patience). Attempt #4 and many lessons learned – see video –

My family seriously is too much fun and I love them.

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72 Hour Dream

So this is my first video blog. I am not sure how I like it. We’ll see. I am not going to tell you all about it. I’d rather you just watch. I might have miss lead you because I didn’t have a dream for 72 hours. It just felt like it.

So that’s that. Make your own.

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Ryan Goslings Abs by New Years

It is the time for resolutions and goal making. So…

During the holiday season I spent time with my family which helped me in remembering the importance of family and the lack of importance of all the other stuff. You know the stuff you waste your time worrying about. (Maybe y’all don’t worry about useless stuff but I sure do.)

Anyways, I would like to paint a picture of words,  you can glimpse into my family room for a brief Christmas moment. (I’ll imagine you outside the window like Scrooge and the ghost of Christmas present.)

We were gathered around the Christmas Tree. My sister-in-law is sitting on the couch, with her adorable two year old son in his Santa feety-pajamas to the right of her. My thirty-something single brother is just walking past the tree and headed out of the room, when he is caught by the conversation and pulled back in by my other brother the one who is happy little family is settled on the couch. He comments on the fact my single brother isn’t the same skinny punk he use to be. My two sisters and I encircle  the couch and join the conversation just as it turns in to a fitness chat.

Ryan Gosling’s abs are, of course are brought up. We all said how we needed a six pack.  Almost instantly, I have my hand in the center of the group and I once again. “Ryan Gosling’s abs on three,” I say.  I never know when people will join in my silly pacts or not. I thought this one would be a go though because my family is a fitness originated family. (….at least we have been at different stages in our life.) But this time I was not disappointed as five hands entered in with out hesitation.  I was then surprised by the tiny little hand that joined in. It made me smile. We shouted, “1, 2, 3, Ryan Gosling’s abs”, and some of us giggle.

Ryan Goslings Abs

Ryan Gosling's Abs, all I can say is "Hey Boy."

The thing about goals is that,  “A goal with out a plan is just a wish.” Larry Elder said that. It is true. So I have been trying to figure out a way to put this goal into action.

Goals need to be:

  • Specific (Ryan-like, a.k.a. F-bomb worthy)
  • Measurable (Next New Years I compare my six pack Ryan’s)
  • Attainable ( Sure is, it isn’t like I said I’ll be dating Ryan. I can totally do some crunches.)
  • Time Bound (Once again, Next New Years.)

I think it is a good thing that we decided to do this as a family because then I have an awesome support group all set up already.  “Amazing Abs,” they all will say when they get our family next years Christmas photo from the beach.

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Just Friends?

Recently, I saw an YouTube video on men and women being just friends. It was made my a local university. I wonder if there was a selection process on who they picked to interview, I think there had to be. I wonder if  there was editing?  Either way, I think it is really cleaver and important for us to go over today.

Can men and women be just friends? Ask yourself this. Media has been using this theme to create humorous films with similar plot lines.

With films like:

  • Just Friends
  •   Friends with Benefits
  •  No Strings Attached

friendship/relationship line is questioned.

Friendship with the opposite sex is portrayed to be impossible, especially with an ounce of attraction.

Personal experience tells me differently yet, I once had a guy friend, that told me that it was impossible for guys to be friends with a girl that he was not interested in. I questioned the validity of this to be 100% accurate and he stated that if he is not interested in her, he is interested in one of her friends.

If life were a movie this would have been when he would have confessed his love for me, I would have told him that it was too late and he was already in the friend zone.  Yet, somehow he’d prove his love and just when it was almost too late,  I would realize that I loved him all along.

Life is not a movie.

In real life, I was shocked.  This seems to be a concept that is harder for the female mind to wrap their mind around.

To this day I believe that it is possible for females and males to be friend with out anything more.

Just watch this clip though and tell me what you think because it seems to prove me wrong.

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A single’s guide to happiness

Here is some good ideas for the single folks out there, like me. This weekend I could have used this when everyone was asking me about my lack of love life. A nice blog for all my single peps…

The Roadside Diary

Movies, TV shows, songs, plays, even commercials are all selling love. Actually, “selling” is kind of a soft word, it’s more like they’re pushing it on us. They’re like drug pushers – they’re love pushers! And while I’m more the cheesy action fan myself, I’ve seen enough romantic comedies to understand why so many people believe that romantic love makes the world go ’round.

From Jerry Maguire’s “you had me at hello”, to Johnny’s “nobody puts Baby in the corner”, and Mr. Darcy’s “you’ve bewitched me body and soul” (yes, I’m aware this line would be really creepy if said in this century)… you get the point. We’ve been conditioned to believe that life and true happiness starts when your prince charming walks (or gallops) into your life. According to Hollywood, love equals happiness. And I’m not here to refute that logic, but after many a long conversation with single…

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There is this TV show called Community.  It is about a community college and the people that go there. It is a fictional college in the fictional locale of Greendale, Colorado.  I enjoy the  pop culture references,  my favorite episodes are the often parodying film and television clichés. It cracks me up.

It was on sale at last years black Friday event, I had caught a few episodes and thought that $11 was a pretty good deal. I got it. I watched it. I giggled.  I fell in love with each of the characters, specifically a cocky Jeff Winger and  a young Troy Barnes.

Bad news is that Community got benched for next spring.  There is not a for sure timeline when it will come back.  Now what?  Well #SaveGreendale. #SaveCommunity.

I love community! #troy-and-abed-in-the-morning


Mustaches are cool.

I am throwing a crazy Mustache-Zucchini-Party and I have great ideas now.   Thanks to Pinterest.

I know random combo but hey I love me some random. My parent’s garden grew plenty of zucchinis this year.  They sent a bunch with me along with an awesome recipe for chocolate zucchini cake.

I know you might be thinking no way gross. But it is AWESOME! I tried it and it is really good.  There are other recipes out there for zucchini dishes so it would be a great way to use up some of these zuks. As for the ‘staches?  I am not sure where they fit in  other than every party is more  fun when you are wearing a fake mustache.