Monday, December 21, 2009

Movie Quote Monday: Christmas Edition Part Four

For the final edition of the Christmas Edition of Movie Quote Monday, I am going to focus on my all time favorite Christmas movie: The Muppet Christmas Carol.  This is my favorite telling of the story.  The movie follows the story line well, but also makes it a little less scary for children.  I also think that Micheal Caine did a wonderful job as Scrooge.

Vegetables (singing about Scrooge): If he became a flavor you can bet he would be sour. Yuck!
Muppet Man: Even the vegetables don't like him!


 Fozziwig: Here is my Christmas speech. "Thank you all, and Merry Christmas."
Jacob Marley: That was the speech?
Robert Marley: It was dumb!
Jacob Marley: It was obvious!
Robert Marley: It was pointless!
Jacob Marley: It was...
[turns to Robert]
Jacob Marley: short!
Jacob Marley, Robert Marley: I loved it!
 Robert Marley: We were always heckling you.
Jacob Marley: It's good to be heckling again.
Robert Marley: It's good to be doing anything again.
 Kermit the Frog: If you please Mr. Scrooge, it's gotten colder and the bookkeeping staff would like an extra shovel full of coal for the fire.
Rat #1: All of your pens have turned to inkcicles.
Rat #2: Our assets are frozen.
Ebenezer Scrooge: How would the bookkeeping staff like to be suddenly... UNEMPLOYED?
Rats: [singing] HEAT WAVE. This is my island in the sun.
 Sam the Eagle: [talking to young Scrooge about business] You see, business, it is the AMERICAN WAY!
Gonzo: [whispers] Sam, Sam, come here
[whispers correctively]
Sam the Eagle: Oh... It is the BRITISH WAY
Young Scrooge: Yes, sir.
 Rizzo the Rat: This is scary stuff! Shouldn't we be worried about the kids in the audience?
Gonzo: Oh, no, this is culture!
  Ebenezer Scrooge: I'll see you tomorrow at 8.
Kermit the Frog: But sir, tomorrow's Christmas.
Ebenezer Scrooge: 8:30 then.
Kermit the Frog: Sir, half an hour off hardly seems customary on Christmas Day
Ebenezer Scrooge: How much is customary?
Kermit the Frog: The whole day.
Ebenezer Scrooge: The entire day?
Rats: No. that's the frog's idea

Can a person ever go wrong with the Muppets?  Usually not.  This was the first movie made without Jim Henson as the voice of Kermit.  Despite his absence, the creators did a good job with the production of the story.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Final List of Fifteen

I was going to post some pictures from our wedding, but I need Matt to help with the process and we just have not had the time to accomplish this task.  Hopefully someday soon I will get the pictures posted.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

15 Fifteens: Fifteen Activities We Enjoy

Almost done with my fifteen lists of fifteen.  Matt and I have been fortunate in that we enjoy doing many of the same activities.  There are some activities that we like to do that before we were married, I don't know if I would have even attempted.

Fifteen Activities We Enjoy
1. Watching movies
2. Reading books
3. Riding bikes
4. Taking pictures
5. Hiking
6. Spending time outdoors
7. Bowling
8. Tennis
9. Traveling
10. Spending time with our little brother and sister
11. Eating at On the Border
12. Playing games
13. Playing with our dogs
14. Going to college basketball games
15. Spending time with family and friends

Monday, December 14, 2009

Movie Quote Monday: Christmas Edition Part Three

Today's movie is a more recent Christmas movie, but one that is already a bit of a Christmas classic.  I would have to say that the movie Elf is probably one of Will Ferrell's best films.

Buddy: We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

Buddy: I just like to smile, smiling's my favorite

Santa: I've been to New York thousands of times.
Buddy: Really?
Santa: Mm-hmm.
Buddy: What's it like?
Santa: Well, there are some things you should know. First off, you see gum on the street, leave it there. It isn't free candy.
Buddy: Oh.
Santa: Second, there are, like, thirty Ray's Pizzas. They all claim to be the original. But the real one's on 11th. And if you see a sign that says "Peep Show", that doesn't mean that they're letting you look at the new toys before Christmas.


[reacting to sign saying "World's Best Cup of Coffee"]
Buddy: You did it! Congratulations! World's best cup of coffee! Great job, everybody! It's great to be here.


On of the reasons why I enjoy this movie is that it truly is family friendly.  I was not quite sure what to expect from Will Ferrell, so it was not until recently that I finally watched this movie.  It often seems like there is at least one scene in his movies that tend to ruin the movie (at least for me it does), but this movie avoided that fate.

15 Fifteens: Fifteen People Who Attended Our Wedding

Coming up with a list of 15 fifteens has been a little more difficult that I thought it might be.  Here is list of fifteen people who were at our wedding.  It has been surprising how many people who attend our wedding that have moved away or started attending another church

Fifteen People Who Attended Our Wedding

1. Chuck and Kelly Wilson
2. Jennifer Kruse (Lancaster)
3. Tracy Egdorf (Booker)
4. Richard and DaVonna Kraybill
5. Grady and Janet Landrum
6. Steve Smith
7. Lois Froese
8. Brad Anderson
9.  Kevin Taylor
10. Mark and Mandi Corliss
11. Nicole Callahan (Peterson)
12. David and Rena Hixon
13. Bill and De Paris
14. Lori Riter
15. Kent and Stephanie Thomas

I avoided adding family members to the list since we would obviously still have contact with them.  Only the first seven people on the list are people who attended our wedding who we still have regular face to face contact with.  The remaining people on the list are people who have moved away since our wedding.  I found it interesting to see how many of our co-workers attended our wedding and how many people I had completely forgotten about.  Of course, I do not remember much about the people at our wedding since I was a little preoccupied at the time.

15 Fifteens: Fifteen Wishes for the Future

We have had fifteen blessed years together, and hopefully we will have many more fifteens in our future.

Fifteen Wishes for the Future
1. For many more years together
2. For the safe delivery of our first child
3. For wisdom to know how best to raise our daughter
4. For opportunities to encourage other married couples
5. For continued growth in the Lord individually and together
6. For opportunities to serve the Lord together
7. For continued good health
8. For more opportunities to travel
9. For opportunities to encourage one another
10. For opportunities to build stronger relationships with our extended family
11. For continued employment for Matt
12. For the long life of our parents
13. For the same marital blessings for our sisters
14. For continued friendships with those we have known all these years
15. For the continued blessing of God's presence in our lives

15 Fifteens: Fifteen Ways We Have Been Blessed

God has always been a part of our relationship, and He has blessed us in many ways.  Here is a short list of 15 ways He has blessed our life together.

Fifteen Ways We Have Been Blessed
1. We have a loving, supportive family
2. Our parents have remained married to one another
3. Our families get along well with one another
4. We have not had any major illnesses
5. We have always had employment
6. We have always had a place to live
7. We still have some good friends we have known the entire time since we have been married
8. We belong to a supportive church family
9. We have not had any major injuries
10. We have had the opportunity to go on some trips together
11. We have many of the same interests
12. We have different strengths that complement one another
13. We have always had plenty of food to eat
14. We have had fifteen happy years together

While at times we might have our disagreements, for the most part we have gotten along very well and these fifteen years have gone by very quickly.

Friday, December 11, 2009

15 Fifteens: Fifteen Reasons Why I Love My Husband

The longer I am married to Matt, the more I love him.  It is difficult to imagine life with out him.

Fifteen Reasons Why I Love My Husband

1. He makes me laugh
2. He is very intelligent
3. He is patient
4. He is a hard worker
5. He loves the Lord
6. He is creative
7. He has a good sense of humor
8. He is faithful
9. He is considerate of my needs
10. He doesn't complain about my cooking
11. He knows his limits
12. He puts up with my hormonal mood swings
13. He does not have unrealistic expectations
14. He cares for his family
15. He's been very supportive of my schooling and work

Thursday, December 10, 2009

15 Fifteens: Fifteen Interesting Pieces of Information about our Wedding

Every wedding has its stories; fortunately we did not have any major dramatic events happen at our ceremony.

Fifteen Interesting Pieces of Information about our Wedding
1. My mom made my dress and the bridesmaids dresses
2. We used silk flowers and my maid of honor's mother put the bouquets together
3. Our cake came from Leekers
4. I was married the day before one of my coworkers and we shared the same photographer
5. My uncle, who was getting ready to retire from the Navy, surprised us by coming to town for the wedding
6. A friend from high school showed up during the rehearsal because she had the wrong day for the wedding.  She did not come back for the real deal.
7. I wanted to get married at Christmas time so my aunt and uncle could sing O Holy Night at our wedding
8. Matt wrote a song for me that he played at the wedding (one of his groomsmen did the singing)
9. I was the flower girl at the wedding of the mother of my flower girl
10. We had people throw wheat after the ceremony.  The wheat was part of the last crop harvested by my grandfather before he died.
11. We were engaged for 10 months (Matt proposed on Valentine's Day)
12. We had dated a little over a year before we got engaged
13. We went to New Orleans for our honeymoon
14. When I asked one of my cousins if she would like to be the guest book attendant, she thought I asked her to be the gas pump attendant
15. My mother-in-law almost went into shock when she found out that she would need to walk up the aisle and sit at the front of the auditorium. 

Like I said, we did  not have any major hiccups or problems with our wedding.  The biggest surprise was the arrival of my uncle, but that was a good surprise.  We kept our ceremony simple and I would not trade it for the world.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

15 Fifteens: Fifteen Gifts We Received

This was originally going to be fifteen gifts we received for our wedding that we still use, but I'm not sure if I can come up with a total of 15 items. 

15 Gifts We Received

1. Washer and Dryer (we were still using them until this summer)
2. Mattress and box springs
3. Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker (an item that we did not register for but has come in handy)
4. A crystal pitcher
5. A glass serving tray that Matt received from his boss at NuWay
6. Our china (even though right now it is sitting in a box in our attic)
7. A set of glasses that go with our china
8. Our flatware
9. Revere ware Knife set (which I used until just a year ago)
10. A crystal bowl from one of my co-workers at the pharmacy
11. A Pampered Chef bread knife (although at the time I did not know it was a PC knife)
12. Crystal salt and pepper shaker
13. Waffle Iron
14. Coleman Cooler
15. Bath towels (though they are now typically used as rags)

It is pretty amazing how many items we still use are actually items that we did not really think to ask for.  Many of the nice crystal serving pieces were items that we did not ask for, but I have appreciated having them over the years.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

15 Fifteens: Fifteen Changes

Okay, since I listed what circumstances had stayed the same, I thought I had better list some of the changes today.

Fifteen Changes

1. We have moved three times
2. Matt graduated with his Bachelor's in General Studies
3. I graduated with my Bachelor's and Master's in English
4. My middle sister moved to Dallas
5. My grandmother died
6. I have changed jobs four times
7. We found out that we are expecting a baby
8. We now watch our television programs through our computer
9. Digital television has become a standard
10. We own three dogs
11. We've both become more committed to working out and taking care of ourselves
12. Reality television has taken over the airways
13. There have just been three presidents
14. It's more difficult to travel by airplane
15. We now watch movies and purchase songs via the Internet

Some have said that the more things change, the more they stay the same.  I would say that this holds true for our marriage.  We have been fortunate in that we have not had to deal with many major changes.  In fact, our lives have been fairly mundane and that is okay with me.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Movie Quote Monday: Christmas Edition Part Two

Time for the second Christmas movie as we count down the weeks until Christmas.  It is hard to believe that Christmas is only 18 days away.  I'd better get busy shopping!

Enjoy this week's movie selection quotes:

This movie came out in 1990 and is a good film that both kids and adults can enjoy.

Kevin McCallister: This house is so full of people it makes me sick. When I grow up and get married, I'm living alone.

Kevin McCallister: So give it a shot, for your granddaughter anyway. I'm sure she misses you and the presents.
Marley: I send her a check.
Kevin McCallister: I wish my grandparents did that. They always send me clothes. Last year I got a sweater with a big bird knitted on it.
Marley: That's nice.
Kevin McCallister: Not for a guy in the second grade. You can get beat up for wearing something like that. Yeah, I had a friend who got nailed because there was a rumor he wore dinosaur pajamas.

Kevin McCallister: Is this toothbrush approved by the American Dental Association?
Clerk: Well, I don't know. It doesn't say, hon.
Kevin McCallister: Well, could you please find out?

Kevin McCallister: I took a shower washing every body part with actual soap; including all my major crevices; including in between my toes and in my belly button which I never did before but sort of enjoyed. I washed my hair with adult formula shampoo and used cream rinse for that just-washed shine. I can't seem to find my toothbrush, so I'll pick one up when I go out today. Other than that, I'm in good shape. __________________________________________________________________

Looking at the quotes for this movie, I realized that the reason we enjoy Home Alone so much is not so much for the memorable quotes but for the quality of the movie itself.  I usually do not enjoy movies with bumbling characters, but both Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern do an outstanding job of portraying a couple of unlikeable crooks that as the viewer I do not mind seeing them suffer for their actions.

15 Fifteens: Fifteen Things that Have Stayed the Same

Fortunately, our life together has not been filled with many changes. 

1. We've always lived in Wichita
2. We've attended the same church
3. Our church still has the same pastor
4. Matt has worked at the same job
5. We don't have any children (yet ;o)
6. We, of course, are still married
7. Our parents are still with us and still with each other
8. We still prefer Macs over PCs
9. Wichita State still does not have a football team
10. We still have a total of three sisters and no brother-in-laws
11. The Chiefs still have not made it to the Super Bowl
12. Matt still plays the guitar
13. We both still love and serve the Lord
14. The television series Law and Order is still on the air
15. We still live in a country with many more freedoms than most countries around the world.

Okay, so maybe some of the items on my list are a bit of a stretch.  Perhaps more has changed than I realize.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

15 Fifteens: Fifteen Television Series We Enjoy

Today's list is similar to yesterday's, but instead of movies, I thought that I would share a list of fifteen of our favorite television series.  We currently do not have cable primarily because of the outrageous cost.  With so many shows available on-line or via DVD, we really do not feel like we are missing much except the occasional football or basketball game that is on ESPN.

15 of Our Favorite Television Series

1. Monk (we actually own each season on DVD)
2. Psych (we appreciate how both Monk and Psych are more like the traditional detective shows of our youth)
3. Burn Notice
4. Fringe (this is a strange show that we began watching last season and now we are hooked)
6. The Mentalist (even if it is basically just Monk and Psych rolled into one series)
7. Frasier
8. The Pretender (we were very sadden when they canceled this series and then never really provide a good conclusion even with the two movies that they made)
10. The Amazing Race
11. Royal Pains (as you can see, we like the shows on the USA Network)
12. 24 (even though we have really only watched the first two seasons)
13. Keeping Up Appearances (a BBC program)
14. Are You Being Served (another BBC program)
15. Scrubs

We tend to enjoy detective shows the most.  Thankfully some of the new shows are moving away from all the blood and gore that shows like CSI seems to enjoy. 

Saturday, December 5, 2009

15 Fifteens: Fifteen of Our Favorite Movies

Watching movies is one of our favorite activities.  Any more, we typically rent movies and watch them at home instead of actually going to the movie theater to watch them.  Unfortunately, I usually have to watch the movies more than once because I tend to fall asleep.

1. Signs
2. The Philadelphia Story
3. To Catch a Thief
4. North by Northwest
5. The Man Who Knew Too Much
6. The Man Who Knew Too Little
7. Arsenic and Old Lace
8. The Ocean's Trilogy
9. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
10. The Chronicles of Narnia Movies
11. The Italian Job
12. The Matrix
13. The Harry Potter Series
14. The X-men Series
15. The Thin Man Series

This list could certainly go on and on.  We like to watch a variety of movies from a variety of genres.  I have Matt to thank for introducing me to the classic films which often prove to be far better than most of the movies made today.

Friday, December 4, 2009

15 Fifteens: Fifteen Places We Like to Eat

Now, we are not the most adventurous of eaters, but we do try to go out to eat once a week.  We typically tend to go to eat at the same three or four places, but occasionally we do branch out and try other restaurants.

Fifteen Places We Like to Eat

1. On the Border
2. Shorty Smalls
3. Avivo Pizza
4. Knolla's Pizza
5. Johnny Carrino's
6. Hog Wild
7. Panera
8. Macaroni Grill
9. Cinnamon's Deli
10. Cheddar's
11. Old Chicago
12. Applebee's
13. Freddy's Frozen Custard (although we rarely ever get any custard)
14. At home
15. At our parent's house :o)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

15 Fifteens: Fifteen Vehicles We Have Owned

Matt enjoys reading and learning about cars, and if we had the funds and space, we would likely own more cars than we currently do and we would change cars more frequently.

Fifteen Vehicles We Have Owned

1.  '82 Toyota Pick-up
2.  '91 Ford Escort Pony Hatchback
3.  '81 Toyota Corona (only owned for about one month)
4.  '90 Nissan Sentra  (bought for Matt to use on his rural mail route)
5.  '85 Chevy Suburban  (bought to replace the Sentra after the car was hit by a man who ran a stop sign)
6.  '92 Toronado Trofeo (purchased from Matt's boss.  Was a cool car with all the bells and whistles, but an
     expensive car to maintain)
7.  '90 Subaru Legacy (purchased from Matt's parents)
8.  '01 Nissan Sentra (the first and only brand new car we purchased - replaced the Legacy)
9.  '00 Mitsubishi Galant (replaces the Escort--which had not air-conditioning)
10.  '99 Toyota 4-Runner (replaced the Galant -- bought off of Ebay)
11. '04 Mini Cooper (didn't really replace any car)
12. '99 BMW 528 (replaced the Sentra)
13.  Giant Boulder SE - Men's Bicycle (Matt)
14.  Raleigh c40 - Women's Bicycle (Trish, we sold it this year to my sister)
15.  Giant Boulder SE - Women's Bicycle (Trish)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

15 Fifteens: Fifteen Places We Have Been

This year, Matt and I will be celebrating our fifteenth anniversary.  I thought that I would lead up to our anniversary by creating fifteen lists of fifteen items about our life together.  We'll see how successful I am ;o)

Fifteen Places We've Been Together (since our wedding)

1.  New Orleans, LA (our honeymoon)
2.  Gettysburg, PA (our first big vacation)
3.  Washington, DC
4.  Harper's Ferry, WV
5.  Albuquerque, NM
6.  Dallas, TX
7.  Durango, CO (Mesa Verde)
8.  Colorado Springs, CO
9.  London, England
10. San Antonio, TX
11.  Kansas City, MO
12.  Alamosa, CO (Sand Dunes)
13.  Oklahoma City, OK
14.  St. Louis, MO
15.  Estes Park, CO

As you can see, we tend to stay close to home and we especially like going to Colorado.  We have been to Las Vegas and Yellowstone, but those trips were with my family.  I just included trips that the two of us have taken together.  We were planning to travel to Ireland this spring in honor of our anniversary, but the news of our upcoming little one changed those plans.