I have finally seen the Nutcracker with my dear mother who made it possible for me to go! I can't believe that it's taken me this long to see such a classic Christmas tale, but I haven't really been the kind of person to enjoy the ballet. I'm still not that kind, but it was definitely worth seeing. We saw it at the Capitol Theater in downtown Salt Lake.
I'll have to admit the Plum Fairy put me to sleep with all her dancing. It is beautiful but really lengthily. I tend to like the guy dancers the most, the one in groups, they seem to have a bit more spunk into their dancing. I was a little disappointed with the land of sweets and not seeing any sweets. For some reason I imagined a candy land with soldiers drumming. I did not see any soldiers drumming. It could be different versions or something just made up in my head every time I thought of the "Nutcracker."
However, seeing all the foreign celebration dances were entertaining, especially the Chinese with their umbrellas and the Russians with that famous dancing in a squat position (no idea what it was called). And of course I can't help but thinking the winter land of snow was exquisite. Most of the costumes and props were amazing as well. Like I said, you have to see it at least once.
Has anyone else seen it, am I the last one to see it? What do you think of it?
As I wake up I walk down the heart filled stairs to the table with a quick breakfast of hot cocoa and a pop-tart and a clue card that reads.
Clue 1: Happy 26th Birthday! My love for you is 26 times greater than it was when I first met you.
Expect nature's beloved creations to give you a head start today. -the clue above prepared me for a surprise-pink and yellow flowers with a Happy Birthday balloon attached with another clue card was brought by my husband to my work with a Wendy's meal for lunch.
Clue 2:I will love you until the last flower fades. (Look closely at all the flower to find one that's different.) - the different flower was a fake flower hidden among the others, meaning that he will love me always.
Before you can treat yourself my love, click your heels together three times and say "There's no place like home." Now obey yourself and go home. - I go home and we then drive up to Salt Lake to dine while in the car I pull the visor down and out falls rose petals and a clue card.
Clue 3: Your fragrance is always so divine, so you have no need for a shower, but as long as I live I will shower you with love...and ocassionally with rose petals,
All you asked for was a new adventure and a change of scenery in our dining experience, so prepare to eat at the Fratelli Ristorante. -The waiter collects our plates another clue is placed under the plate and I notice it right off for he wasn't very sly with this one. It reads:
Clue 4: For all the times I didn't listen to you, I apologize, but may I redeem myself with one instance where I do listen. -he shows he is listening to me by asking how my day went and the fact that he took me to an Italian place showed he was also listening.
Now that our hunger is satisfied and our thirst quenched, let the after dinner entertainment begin at the Movies. - We then watch "This is It" because he knows I'm a fan and always wanted to see a concert of M.J.
Clue 5: Let your birthday blues disappear and let the festivities begin, because I love you too much to let you down.
Your birthday is not complete with one traditional surprise ready and waiting at home. - I was so glad it wasn't a surprise party waiting for me at home, I was telling him my fear of people throwing me one and either no one showing up or only a few to make it uncomfortable. But instead it was a yummy chocolate cake he bought with candles that he privately sang to me himself. He knew how much I was dreading my B-day this year!
Clue 6: Of course I couldn't let your birthday pass without giving you a gift to open. It's a small way to show you I care - We already bought my gift two weeks ago on a shopping spree. It was a dress with jewelry so criminy, he always goes all out. I got stress relief arhoma therapy lotion and body wash.
Is there more in store form Brittnee on her birthday? Go upstairs when I call for you and see if there is. - Awh what a great way to end the evening in a nice and stress-free bath
OF course that isn't all, he manages to get ahold of my girlfriends and sets up a surprise dinner after work the following day. He told me to meet him at Chili's but low and behold he wasn't there it was a few of my good friends. I could have killed him!
I'm am feeling very needy lately and need some attention. I think my new job might have something to do with it. Basically my job is to help those in need (fifty families, can you not tell me that's a lot!) who struggle financially with the lack of resources and to connect them to what they may need. I listen to them and care about them and get pulled in many directions for what is demanded of me.
I need to hear your love and concern, can you either leave comments or write me a letter please. I value friendships I hold, it keeps me sane :) Feel free to leave a comment, joke, or do whatever friends do best.
Our "Killer" Halloween Party was themed around the game "Clue" and death. We did our own live version of "Clue" where people had to go look around our house for the clues-and yes some of them were hidden quite well. No this is not similar to the "Murder Mystery" game. Matt and I put our two heads together for the introduction story, each character, and their plot of how they could have killed the victim. Each character's name and story was inspired by our guests costumes and the "Clue" game board was still used but with real weapons.
PLEASE TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK
A Death Decree at 43
Hamilton Alexander, the 43-year-old millionaire and owner of the Willow Creek Resort is found dead on Hollow’s Eve before giving his special announcement at a banquet in the dining room.
Prior to building the rustic Willow Creek Resort, Mr. Alexander made his first fortune as a New York stock broker. Years later, for a change of pace, Alexander traded the New York skyscrapers for the Rocky Mountains of Utah. He spent his days exploring the mountains and the great outdoors and his nights socializing in the most exclusive night clubs and ritzy hotels. In no time, Alexander became one of the most well-connected and influential men in all of Utah.
It was during this time Hamilton Alexander formed a planning committee of prestigious men and women to build the Willow Creek Resort. The Willow Creek Resort was an instant success and praised by the press, critics, and travelers alike. Most of the original members of the committee also stayed on as the acting board of directors. Mr. Alexander practically became a millionaire overnight and was the majority shareholder of a Fortune 500 company.
By the time Alexander celebrated his 40th birthday he was financially cushioned for life. In fact, on the night of his extravagant birthday party, rumors were spread that he might be soon retiring to commence an around the world trip in his hot air balloon. These rumors surfaced from the party and were discussed by the board of directors in the penthouse suite. There was only one problem - Alexander was not present for these discussions. So the topic soon changed from harmless plans for the future to dangerous schemes and plotting.
Nothing came of the penthouse discussions and they were eventually forgotten . . . or so it seems. Three years later, Alexander invited everyone to a grand banquet for a special announcement regarding the future of the Willow Creek Resort. The entire board of directors was in attendance as were close relatives, friends, associates, exclusive guests, and the press.
The announcement was scheduled for 6pm sharp, but the ever-punctual Alexander didn’t show. When his personal assistant went to investigate, Alexander’s dead body was discovered. He had been brutally murdered.
Kong, the misunderstood and beastly man, is a former friend and stock broker colleague to Mr. Alexander. On days Kong and Alexander teamed up on the floors of NYSE, they were generally victorious and remained the closest of friends. Otherwise they were vicious rivals with Kong often the bitter loser. These early loses formed a cycle of jealousy that burrowed up inside Kong. Still they remained friends until Alexander made his first million on the Willow Creek Resort. Rather than congratulate Alexander, Kong pounded his chest in fury and never spoke with him again. On the night of the murder, he was last seen watching TV in the Living Room.
Ann Darrow, niece to the late Hamilton Alexander and daughter to his sister, Margaret, is the only one out of Margaret’s seven children who stays in contact with their uncle. After Margaret was diagnosed with breast cancer and couldn’t afford treatment, Darrow pleaded with her Uncle Alexander to contribute, but he coldly refused. So, Darrow quit college and worked full time to care for her mother. From that point on, Darrow vowed that she would find a way to pay for her mother’s expensive treatment even if it required drastic measures. On the night of the murder, she was last seen closing the door of the Bathroom.
Chuck Lee is tough as nails, a health nut, patriotic, is always in control, and has lightning fast reflexes. Lee excelled at everything he did and was thus honored with countless accolades and awards. His first public recognition was in the Air Force, then in Martial Arts, which he later went on to master and start his own training camp. Lee was also influential in politics and the media. Alexander recognized Lee’s power and influence, so he hired him as an advisor and spokesperson and put him on the board of directors. Lee fulfilled his duties faithfully until suddenly he was fired without warning. Lee went on to have a successful career as an actor and karate trainer, but his friendship with Alexander was scarred for life. Lee was last seen at the computer in the Study.
Dottie Cheshire is a mischievous woman who used her trickery and slight of hand to get the dirty facts and hard news. Unbeknownst to her interviewees, Cheshire conned her way to the top as a reporter and news writer. Her career flourished and soon all the top news agencies were battling over who would have Cheshire as their ace reporter. The New York Times won the bidding duel and Dottie’s first assignment was an expose of Mr. Hamilton Alexander. Naturally, Alexander accepted the interview since it would only bring him more into the limelight. To everyone’s surprise, Cheshire’s article was a scathing review of the ugly side of Alexander. But Alexander would not be undone – he used his affluence and tarnished Cheshire’s name by saying she was a pathological liar and con artist. Promptly, Cheshire was fired and had trouble finding gameful employment ever since. Cheshire was last seen arranging something in the closet of the Guest Quarters.
Mr. Butterfly Catcher
Butterfly Catcher, with his obsessive mentality and sarcastic wit is a disgruntled guest of the Willow Creek Resort. During his time of good standing with the resort, Catcher was a frequent guest and one time VIP member. Catcher even met Alexander in person at a private party held at one of the penthouse suites. They both swapped adventure stories from their travels and shared their collections with each other. Alexander had rare collections of insects while butterflies were Catcher’s specialty. During this “Show and Tell” Catcher noticed Alexander had a Palos Verdes Blue butterfly, the rarest known to man. When mysteriously that rare butterfly disappeared from Alexander’s collection, Catcher was accused of stealing and escorted off the premise. Some say Catcher did steal it, some say he didn’t. The actual truth is yet to be revealed. Catcher was last seen reading in the Study.
Mariposa is considered by most a woman of great fortune and luck, although slightly erratic in nature. Born in Spain, raised in France, and an immigrant into North America, Mariposa didn’t completely evolve into the refined lady she is today until she landed in North America. Mariposa’s true claim to fame came from her premonitions of future disasters or triumphs. She gained the attention of TV networks, the press, political leaders, and even Hamilton Alexander. They teamed up on the stock market to make a fortune and again on the Willow Creek Resort. Sadly, Mariposa was never recognized as the reason behind all of Alexander’s success. Instead Alexander claimed it was of his own doing. Mariposa was last seen in the Kitchen cooking something.
Lady Killigrew was born into royalty in London, England and was next in line to be Queen. The life of royalty never interested in Killigrew though. One day she tied up her household staff and stole a docked ship. Killigrew later attacked a British government ship which housed many members of parliament. Killigrew only injured the passengers, but also managed to sneak away with their riches. Because she was disowned from the royal family, Killgrewemigrated to the US, where she changed her name to Mary Mixtow. It was then she became a big-time gambler at the local casinos and clubs, but soon she was buried in debt, including the largest debt of 500,000 owed to Mr. Alexander. Alexander’s patience eventually ran out, so he assigned his personal collection agency to collect from Killigrew. She was last seen in pajamas in the Master Bedroom.
Captain Blaine Sparrow
Captain Sparrow used his wit and negotiation skills to not only survive, but to prosper in society as well. Sparrow like many people, has one vice though it’s no the common one of treasure. Sparrow’s vice maintaining his reputation and power, for he desires to have leverage over all others so he can get what he wants when he wants. As Sparrow grew his reputation, he heard of Alexander and his resort. Soon Sparrow was a regular guest and later a VIP member of the Willow Creek Resort. On the surface, Sparrow’s encounters with the resort seemed innocent and ethical, but he tricked Alexander and his staff into thinking that, so he could smuggle riches from the resort and sell them on the open market. Sparrow continued to do so until Alexander started to catch on. Sparrow was last seen rummaging through the Storage.
The “No-Nonsense” Lieutenant Finch first met Alexander at Army Boot Camp and later they served together as Marines in the same battalion during Desert Storm. Finch was an excellent marksman but a rather obstinate soldier with no respect for authority. Alexander on the other hand dutifully obeyed and became Finch’s Sergeant. During a heavy firefight, Finch and Alexander fought along side each other and overtook an enemy base. One wounded man was taken hostage, but instead of treating him as a prisoner of war, Sergeant Alexander killed him without discussion. Ever since that incident, Finch wanted justice served for Lieutenant Alexander. On the night of the murder he was last seen smoking a cigar out on the Patio.
The seductive temptress, Ms. Crimson, effortlessly lured many impressionable men away from their girlfriends or wives. When Crimson and Alexander first crossed paths at a nightclub in Park City, the sparks ignited between them. Crimson had not intended on falling in love, but Alexander’s alpha male status and flirtatiousness was too much to resist. Their relationship started in a flurry of passion and lust, but ended just as quickly at it began. Alexander broke Ms. Crimson’s heart, fleeing without a word for the next pretty thing. Later he finally confessed in a formal letter he never loved her and maybe would never love anyone. Alexander’s callous confession drove Crimson mad with rage. She now wanted to settle the score. Crimson was last seen in the Laundry Room.
Roscoe the Trickster
Roscoe “The Trickster” is a professional entertainer, clown, and comedian or sorts. He always has a trick up his sleeve and man of many colors, for his multiple talents and abilities. Roscoe started out in the circus as a clown, then moved to the stage, then eventually had his own comedy show on Comedy Central. Later he became a distinguished guest of the White House where he entertained the President and his wife. Despite his ever-growing fame and following, Roscoe had yet to receive the praise of Mr. Alexander, whose resort Roscoe frequented with entertaining acts. In fact, one night after Roscoe’s performance, Alexander watched attentively, but did not compliment Roscoe, nor even applaud his performance. Roscoe’s heart and ego were crushed and he never forgot that rejection. Roscoe was last seen in the Laundry Room.
So Matt and I love the month of Halloween. Not because we are childish and want the candy but because it has so much history behind it, it's intriguing, and exciting. Seriously how cool is it that once a year a mature adult can dress up in any crazy, sexy, silly, or scary costume they want. We really need more adults dressing up and celebrating this fun holiday.
Two years ago Matt and I threw an old fashioned party that included Karaoke, Halloween Movie Trivia game, Halloween Charades, eating apples on a line contest, pumpkin painting, cookie decorating, dancing with a full-on DJ, Name That Tune, and to top it off a fashion show with a cat walk. Honestly it was one of the best parties I have ever been to and sadly it was my own. We also went to a Murder Mystery dinner and I played the depressed and jealous witch, Matt was a broadway version of Frankenstein, it was fun but quite confusing at times. Last Halloween we hosted a couples party where each couple brought a short scary story in hopes to win the contest for the most interesting story voted by the others. We also watched one of my favorite horror movies "The Orphanage."
This year well I'm not exactly sure what we are doing. Some of the things that we have planned for this month are: reading Alfred Hitchcock's Best Mysteries - one a night, attending a professional murder mystery dinner, going to see the "Little Shop of Horrors" play, and making sure all our movie watching this month is in the horror/thriller genre. We wanted to throw a Halloween party but we just don't feel like there is enough people to enjoy Halloween in the same way that we do.
Anybody want to pick up the torch of planning the next Halloween party? What Halloween ideas do you have??
Here are the long waited answers of what movies were filmed in Astoria, Oregon. The pictures are down below and thus match up to the following numbers:
1. Flavel House, a Victorian home built in 1885, was filmed in Goonies
2. The Astoria Column, the only one of its kind in the world was included in many movies; Kindergarten Cop, Free Willey, Goonies, Short Circuit, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
3. Old County Jail Building, This jail, used from 1914 to 1976, was included in Goonies, Come See The Paradise, and Short Circuit.
4. The Goonies House, used for one of the main characters house.
5. This building was used as the Astorian Times newspaper, where the main character in Ring II worked (this happens to be one of my favorite genres-and well liked movie). It's not really a newspaper place at all. It's a place where the elderly get their hearing aides and such. But it deffinately was filmed in the inside and outside as well.
6. John Jacob Astor Elementary School, served as Kindergarten Cop's school setting. The filming was done during summer vacation, and local students were used as extras in the shooting. Many local people were used as extras as well. Much of the art work used in the film was done by Astor School students.
Having a husband as a filmmaker sparks my fascination for movies. All six of these pictures are filmed in Astoria, Oregon. So of course being in a beautiful place like Astoria, that has so many movies filmed there, we couldn't help but stop and see a few.
So with that being said; Can you guess what movies these places were in??
I'll give you some hints; One of these was filmed in a popular movie made in 2005 (my favorite genre too).
Another hint...some of them were made in the eighties and nineties and were also a big hit. Some still continue to be a favorite and well-known among us eighties folks.
A few of them were filmed in multiple movies so better chances for you there.
Also a few of the pictures are in the same movie.
There is a possiblity that six different movies were used in this quiz.
So there you have it, just six places! Give me your answers and I'll let you know if your right in a later post.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth of height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of everyday's Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love the freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love thee with the passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints, ---I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life! ---and , if God choose, I shall but love the better after death. -Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day?
Thou are more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And Summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometimes declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd:
But thy eternal Summer shall not fade
Nor loose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
To Be One With Each Other
What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen each other in all labor, to minister each other in all sorrow, to share with each other in all gladness, to be one with each other in the silent unspoken memories?
HAPPY ANNIVERSARYMY "LITTLE MAN" August 22, 2008
I will be posting more about it and our celebrating it by going to Washington later.
For the 24th of July (Utah celebration of the Pioneers) Matt and I went to the Days of 47 parade in Salt Lake. It was my first big parade that I can remember, I went to some when I was little but don't remember much. I would have to say it was definitely hot, long, and a lot neater to see on T.V. It could have been that there just weren't as many cool floats this time around. Mostly marching bands and people on horses are what this parade consisted of . But here are some photos I took....
We also went to another Powwow since the last one we went to in Roosevelt we didn't get to see a whole lot. However once again we didn't get to see a whole lot of dancing because we were too worried about saving a spot for the fireworks and waiting for our food. Oh well, I did get a few good photos but will spare you another post about it, unless you want to see some, let me know.
We then ended the night at Liberty Park watching the fireworks by the pond, which by the way was my first time taking photos of fireworks ( I did them manually without a tri-pod...big oops) I think I did fairly okay.
Pow-wow Originally uploaded by brittneeann
This is how some of the people from Roosevelt celebrate their 4th of July. This Native American Pow-Wow is a three day event. I was only able to attend the first day, Thursday evening. Basically it was where the royalties and war veterans did a dance around the circle. Their type of dance is alot in the feet and the steps they do. They gave thanks for the freedom and for their/our ancestors before us who did so much for us today.
This particular Ute reservation is located in a small town just outside Roosevelt. The natives come from all around the U.S. and camp in grass huts and tents. The evening is open to the public to come watch their Pow-Wow. Friday and Saturday is where competitors from all around the states come to dance with their costumes in hopes to earn scholarships. It is a really neat and cultured event, I was bumbed I missed that part...but I least I got a few photos of the before ceremony and had some amazing fry bread!
If you would like to see more of the Pow-wow photos and/or our fishing trip over the weekend go here.
I am not one to publicly announce my personal feelings let alone the love I have for my beau. But since his birthday was this last week, and I saw the cute post my cousin did about her hubby, I thought of the appreciation I have for my own.
And thought I would blog about it.
If I were to mention all the things I love about him it would take to long and I'm sure it would bore some of you. Therefore I will only stick to the ones that stand out to me the most.
He treats me right, meaning he puts me first and is almost always the one to give in. If it means my happiness, he is willing to do it. If it means him apologizing even if he wasn't in the wrong and it was just my stubbornness, he is willing. He has always opened my door now and when we were dating (two years in all). While I was working he made lunches and breakfast for me before I went to work. Even dinners sometimes, which by the way he is a good cook. Most of all, he makes sure I know he loves me through his actions as well as his words.
His creative, kid-like, crazy mind! I was lucky to have such dates that took such creativity and planning. Or at least someone who was willing to win me over pretending to be creative...ha ha. Nonetheless, they were always fun.
Even now he is willing to prove to me life can still be fun even if you are married, and so far he has made married life fun. He isn't afraid to be himself around anyone! Sometimes I tell him how childish it is, but that's who he is and darn-it- baby I'll take it, don't stop. That just means you'll be fun with our future kids.
Most importantly, he is a good man. He believes in me. He shares and values the same beliefs I have. He gave me my dream of living worthy to take me to the temple. He accepts me and loves me regardless of my faults and past mistakes. He is a non judgmental individual, and was willing to hear the worse of the worsts without a blink. He is charismatic, friendly, loyal, dependable, trustworthy, and a faithful priesthood holder. I am grateful that he gets along with all my friends and family.