If this doesn't make you drool, I don't know what will.

If this doesn't make you drool, I don't know what will.

My boyfriend and I went to Chili’s tonight for dinner, and got the 3 course special (comes with an appetizer, two entrees, and dessert for $20). We got the Molten Chocolate Cake for dessert, and I had forgotten just how delicious it is. My favorite part is right under the ice cream where it’s just so gooey and chocolatey, it makes you wish it would never end. My boyfriend had never had it before, and I was just shocked. After eating it he said how it looked like it would be good judging by the picture, but he was amazed at how much better it tasted than he thought. I hope this inspires you to go out and get one.


Alias and Alias 2

July 23, 2009

Alias 2

Alias 2

My cousin got the Alias 2 a couple of weeks ago. I have the original Alias by Verizon Wireless, and really like it! I had the option to upgrade to any phone I wanted this past Christmas, but to my family’s (and my) surprise I declined because I like the phone I already have. However, after looking up the Alias 2 online I totally want to get that one! You can flip the Alias portrait and landscape, but with the Alias 2, when you flip it, the numbers digitally change into letters and vice versa. Though I’m already used to all the buttons on the original Alias, for those who aren’t would probably find the Alias 2 to be easy to use. It’s good for those who text a lot because when you flip it landscape, you have the full keyboard. I definitely would recommend either of the Alias phones.

I went to see the newest Harry Potter movie the other day, and really enjoyed it. After the midnight showing and the first full day the movie was out, I saw a lot of people on facebook say that the movie was disappointing. I think it was probably because they might have re-read the book before going to see it. I did that for the last Harry Potter movie and came out disappointed. It’s been a while since I read the 6th Harry Potter so I had forgotten all the details from the book, so it was like I was going into the movie with little knowledge of what was going to happen. I enjoyed the new characters they introduced in this movie, my favorite being Ron’s girlfriend (Lavender Brown). I knew that there was going to be romance in this movie, and was curious to see how it would play out. It came out well; the romantic scenes were very innocent and incorporated what I like to call “middle school awkwardness.” Watching Lavender Brown come up to Ron and try to make herself noticed just reminded me of how a middle school girl will go up to a guy she likes, just say one sentence, then walk off. It made me laugh and feel awkward for her. One of the things I would change about the movie is to make the character names be known better. In the beginning when Narcissa Malfoy visits Snape, I wouldn’t have easily picked up who she was. I feel like the movie-makers assume that everyone has read the book and knows all the characters, but that’s not the case for all movie-goers. Though some people were disappointed, I thought the movie was entertaining, gave light to some things from the previous movie, and left you wanting to know what happens next (even if you have read the books).

Movin’ On

July 17, 2009

This past week has been pretty calm, considering we’ve been moving my stuff from my apartment to my new temporary residence. I’ve moved all my own stuff to four different places in the past four years. Year 1: the dorm, year 2: the Reserve apartment complex, year 3: Hart’s Cove apartments, year 4: The Woodlands apartments. Now it’s time for move 5. I’ll only be here until December, then moving somewhere out of Clemson (possibly Asheville), but there’s no telling where we’ll end up. At least I’m not really going to be unpacking anything, which will make the next move a little easier. I’ll primarily just be using my dresser and I bought a portable hang-up bar for my hang-up clothes. It will be a bit of an adjustment probably, but then again all moves force you to adjust. I just really look forward to the next move where it will be a blank canvas. We can find new places for our things, and decorate it however we want! And hopefully we’ll be there for long enough that we can paint the walls. I want something bright for the kitchen to make it seem inviting, and something warm for the living room to make it feel super cozy. Every time I have moved, I have felt like I am stripped of past happenings and can start fresh (it kind of reminds me of cutting my hair short after having had it long for a long time…it’s like I’m cutting off my past and starting new).

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not jealous, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love doesn’t delight in evil but rejoices in truth. It always perseveres.”

I came across this quote today, and though I’d heard it before, the meaning never really hit me…until now. I think these are fabulous words to live by, whether it be in your relationship with a significant other, a sibling, a friend, etc. I know it’s hard sometimes to not get jealous or be rude or become angry in certain situations, but as long as you try your hardest to put everything you have into your relationships (within reason of course), you can make it through any hardship. I know I have a tendency to get jealous pretty easily, but I just try to step out of the situation and see the big picture, which usually makes me feel loads better.

michael-jackson-elvis-preslMichael Jackson’s Memorial Service was a couple of days ago. I watched most of it. I was never really a huge fan of his, but I will admit that his songs were classic. Memorial services always make me sad, and this one was no different. Singers like Mariah Carey, Lionel Ritchie, etc and famous actors/speakers like Queen Latifah and Martin Luther King III participated in the ceremony. It really showed just how special this one man was. A few days after the news of his death, I mentioned that it was like Elvis dying. Some say that it’s a much bigger event than Elvis’ passing, but I’m not really sure what I think about that. They were both “kings” in the music industry, and they’ll both go down in history. On the news yesterday they were discussing where to bury MJ, and I said they should bury him at Neverland Ranch, like Elvis was buried at Graceland (they had to move his body there after attempted grave robbing in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis). I feel like they should do as they did with Elvis and leave Neverland Ranch as it is and bury him there. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

Independence Day

July 6, 2009

ar118141943294144For this year’s 4th of July, my boyfriend (Landon) and I went to Fayetteville, TN to visit my cousin, her husband, and her 10 month old. We just relaxed and went out on the four-wheeler the first two days. For the 4th, we got up early and floated the Elk River in canoes. It was relaxing and peaceful. We went early, so we only saw one other canoe and a kayak. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend the 4th than with my sweetheart peacefully drifting down a calm river. What did you do for the 4th?

bowlingMy boyfriend and I like to bowl. Since we got the Wii, we’ve been bowling on that a lot, and haven’t gone real bowling in a few weeks. We decided to go real bowling last night. He said a few days ago that he though Wii bowling would help him improve at real bowling. I disagreed because I feel like on Wii bowling, you rely more on the lines that help you line up your shot. Also the Wii makes it really hard to miss a shot and get a gutter ball. You have to be pretty bad on the Wii to not make a decent shot. So we went out to test the theory…and I was right. Wii bowling did not improve our skills at the bowling alley. In the first game, I was winning up until the last two frames, when my boyfriend managed to get four strikes in a row. I said, “Don’t beat me! I’ve been winning the whole game!” to which he responded, “Don’t worry. I won’t beat you.” To both of our surprise, he beat me by 20 points (our scores were 120-140). In the next game though, it was a close race to the finish, but I prevailed in this game winning 140-110. Though our scores still broke 100 (which I believe to be a feat), the Wii makes it so much easier to get a higher score. Maybe for some people Wii bowling can bring improvement to real bowling, but for us, there was little improvement.

It’s easy to get hooked on something. I’ve been glued to facebook and twitter ever since I first started using them. I’ve never really been that big on video games because I usually can’t keep up with all the different buttons, and there is usually so much happening at once. It’s also hard to play with someone when they already know a lot about the game and can use the controller like it’s no big deal. However, my mother got a Wii and Wii Fit the other day. She is very technologically challenged and was able to figure it all out, so I figured I could work it too! I called and asked her if I could get one, and as soon as she gave me the “go,” I was next in line at Best Buy getting everything I needed to get started. We returned home, and my boyfriend set it up. At first I was apprehensive because I didn’t want it to turn out like the PlayStation 3 experience (I gave up shortly after starting a game because I couldn’t get the controls down), but once everything was set up and my Mii was created, I was excited to play games! The first game we played on Wii sports was Bowling. I thought “I love bowling! This should be fun!” instead of stressing myself out and judging myself. Once we made our way through three rounds, we moved on to other games, such as tennis, ping-pong, etc. One we were done with Wii sports, Landon set up my Wii fit for me. I didn’t really enjoy being told my weight and BMI, but that’s just because I know how bad it is. After getting over the initial hatred of wii fit, I started to play some games. I found out that my balance is not as good as I thought. I put most of my weight in my heels, which apparently makes you tire more easily when walking. I found that to be very interesting, and thinking back, very true. I went “skiing” for my first time ever. I’ve never been skiing in real life. It was fun! I got to experience things I have never done before in the comfort of my own home. My next Wii purchases will be Mario Kart and Wii Active. The thing I like the most about it though is that it’s fun, but you still get more exercise compared to just lazing around the house. (That last sentence was inspired by Landon). I highly recommend the Wii!

The Golden Girls

Bea Arthur (Dorothy), 86, died on April 25, 8 months and 3 days proceeding Estelle Getty (Sophia) I heard about it on the radio yesterday afternoon as I was heading to take the final final of my undergraduate career. I remember being shocked as I heard it, feeling like I had lost a relative. I grew up watching The Golden Girls and even saw a few reruns of Maude before it was taken off of TV Land. It’s always sad to hear of someone’s death, but we should celebrate her life. She lived a long, successful life and influenced more people than she could ever know.