April Movies!

The Spectacular Now (2013) Directed by James Ponsoldt:
I remember I wanted to watch this after seeing the preview in theatres and then... nothing. I never got around to it. Life happened. Until last Saturday, when I finally had nothing to do and decided to rent it. I haven't read the book as of yet, but I think I would enjoy it. The ending was perfection. I was worried that I wasn't going to like it because it deals with kind of unlikeable main character (at least via the movie). Sutter is the main character and fully believes in living just in the now, and not worrying about anything else. This sounds like an all well and good idea, except that all he does is drink and obsess over his ex-girlfriend. Coincidentally, he starts interacting with a girl named Aimee Finecky (the great Shailene Woodley) who starts to fall into his 'living in the now' trap. Throughout the movie I kept wanting Aimee to stand up to Sutter and tell him off for how he acted, cause he was kind of a jerk. I did like his character development- it felt almost too realistic (in the good, painful way life can be) and I was happy with the little outro monologue that he did. Overall I did enjoy it, but I probably won't be watching it again.

Noah (2014) Directed by Darren Aronofsky:
The boyfriend and I spontaneously went to see Noah a couple of Sunday nights ago, and man were we in for a treat. Noah was a cinematic experience if there ever was one. It was like crazy shot after crazy shot. I loved the time-lapses, and beautiful sunrise/sunset silhouettes. It was a really intense movie, and I think followed pretty close to the real story of Noah. Most of the things that weren't in the real story, I felt only added to the morale of the story instead of taking away from it which I think is rare in Hollywood. Emma Watson and Jennifer Connelly just nailed the acting (as well as everyone else, but i love them so) to the point where you felt like you were watching real life play out. It made me so happy to see E. Watson back on the big screen- I hadn't seen anything with her in it since HP in theatres. Anyway. I know a couple of people didn't like the movie, but I quite enjoyed it. Definitely a crazy story, and so so gripping.

Life Pre-New Zealand

Last week was kind of boring. Until Thursday. The boyfriend is in his last couple of weeks of undergraduate schoolwork, so he's piled high in projects & labs & the like. So, I joined some friends on thursday for some outdoor activity. My ex-roommate had a tennis lesson, so Alex and I threw around a football while we waited for it to end. I think I would've been quite successful as a football player if I had not been traumatically scarred from my tooth getting pushed in. ;) After the tennis lesson ended, my ex-roomie joined us and we tried to make up games that included football & tennis. We settled on baseball with tennis rackets. The rest of the night was a hoot & a half. We ended up at our local fav restaurant and drew all over the tables. Bets were won and lost, and there was ketchup on noses, and lots of planning for Easter weekend...

Easter weekend was crazy.

Alex, Andrew, and I had originally planned to do an acupuncture appointment on Saturday morning. But, we chickened out last minute and decided to get breakfast instead... this is where the day got interesting. The boys wanted to do batting cages, and I said sure I'd join. Then we all decided we had to do something we didn't want to do because there's always something someone doesn't want to do, isn't there?

I did not want to do bumper boats. Every time I get in one, it breaks. I don't know if there's a magnet in me somewhere that makes the machine dysfunction... but it always happens. Alex did not want to do DDR. Andrew did not want to jump on trampolines. But we did ALL OF THE THINGS! There will be a video in the future to commemorate this day. And I would like to point out- my bumper boat worked but the water gun did not. So I got soaked because I could not defend myself. I TOLD THEM ALL.

After all of the activites with my brothers from other mothers, I had a wedding to go to! The boyfriend picked me up and we went off to celebrate my friend Alejandro's wedding! It was really lovely, and I'm sad we didn't get a photo with the new groom and bride, but we had to leave a bit early for church! The food and the views, though, were amazing. Along with everything else!

The next morning was Easter! We had all of our family friends over and even my uncle! I love that last photo- they all look like little easter eggs sitting in a row! My mom even made a cake that looked like a peep! We were all very impressed!

Things here in Houston are coming to a close (at least for five months), but I have really been living it up! I love these people & will be happy to return to them when my chapter in NZ comes to a close!


Ranch via the big camera.

So, I already mentioned what we got up to at the ranch last weekend here. My friend, Cassie, mentioned to me a couple of weeks ago that it would be fun to do a paint photoshoot with all our friends. I told her that sounded fun, and then more recently she thought up the idea that colored powder (known most famously for being used for Holi) would be a better idea & way more exciting. So, we all wore white shirts and ventured into a field where Cassie had already set up cups full of powder. And then... we got up to no good.

I've said it before and I'll say it again- I love these people & I love that weekend. I think we've set the bar for a fun weekend, and it will be interesting to try and up ourselves next time!


Spring Haul!

So, two weeks ago I did a little shopping venture with two of my besties. I needed shoes. AND I GOT SOME. When does THAT happen? First place I walked into & first pair I tried on. #win.

I made a little video on that shopping day, if you'd like to see what else I picked up!