Sunday, October 31, 2010

Heebie Jeebies

How fitting that my blog topic for today is on Halloween!  I'm not scared of a lot of things, but a few really strange things:

One of my previous posts was about creepy mascots, and I still think that Gorilla Grams are the creepiest.

I am terrified of thunderstorms.  My dad thinks it's because we were caught in a very severe storm while camping when I was about 2 years old.  I've been traumatized ever since.  The only other person in my family who is scared of storms is my parent's dog, Maia.  Everyone else seems to love them or not be phased by them.

Roller Coasters scare me.  I've been branching out and have gone on a few indoor roller coasters (Rockin' Roller Coaster at Disneyworld is the best!) and I went on Batman at Six Flags in IL.  But anything that is hundreds of feet high and goes loop-de-loop or has the power to fling me out at super speeds to my (very unlikely) death...yeah, I stay away from those.  

And then I'm pretty scared when it comes to horror movies.  I can tolerate blood and guts and violence.  But once a creepy plot is unraveled with a sketchy creepy character, I WILL have nightmares. (I can't even post a picture to go with this one...because all the google search images are too creepy!!)

So that's about it!  Don't send me a Gorilla Gram!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Favorite Movies

I am a movie junkie.  I just love being sucked into a captivating plot, viewing breathtaking cinemascapes, pondering over character developments, and listening to compelling musical scores.

Yep, I'm a huge nerd-o.

Here's some of my all-time favorites:

Star Wars is one of the BEST epic/saga franchises out there.  Even though I think George Lucas went a little overboard with the new trilogy, the original is just so iconic for movie making.  People were blown away by it's innovation in 1977, and despite Jar Jar Binks' annoying personality, the folks at Lucasfilm are still ahead of the game with CG and sound innovation in movies.

This leader in the epic/saga category is followed closely by The Lord of the Rings.  Any true fan will say that the books are better (which is ALWAYS the case), but this re-telling of Tolkien's world is just so beautiful and relatable.  When I first saw The Return of the King at the midnight showing at the theater...I have never cried so many times in one 5 different scenes.

My go-to "classic" movie is Singing in the Rain.  Gene Kelly's suave, athletic dancing paired with Donald O'Connor's lovable personality, along with Debbie Reynolds' sweet innocence PLUS fun song and dance numbers...what more could you ask for?!

I love Disney, and my favorite Disney film is Beauty and the Beast.  I had the soundtrack on tape before the movie came out and listened to it over and over.  Then when we finally went to see the movie in the theater, I started CRYING from excitement when the movie started.  In defense of my 7/8 year-old self, that opening is very enchanting and magical...

Some others that I love are:
-Monster's Inc.
-Batman Begins/The Dark Knight

What elements of a good movie are required to make it into your list of favorites?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

15 Facts

If you are reading my blog for the first time, WELCOME!  There is lots to know about me, but here is a brief introduction: I am a wife, daughter, sister, and dog mommy, who enjoys music, nerdy facts, crafting, and tasty treats.  I am extremely random. I hope to one day become a physician to help heal our ailing world.  I love Jesus and live for Him.  Blogging is a new venture for me.

15 Interesting Facts about Yours Truly
one. I really like languages and hope to become multi-lingual someday!  I know English (obviously) and am quite proficient in Spanish. (*see below to figure out which languages were for my list here)
dos. My favorite ice cream flavor is Mint Chocolate Chip.  Nothing can beat that minty freshness with the hints of bitter chocolate.
trois. I am a true Fangirl...I have watched the original Star Wars Trilogy hundreds of times and enjoy using quotes in everyday conversation.  As horrible as the prequel trilogy was, the whole SW saga is just a wonderfully entertaining epic adventure!
vier. I am allergic to eggplant and cantaloupe.  It makes my lips and tongue itch and my throat tingle. Apparently there is something called Oral Allergy Syndrome which is an allergic response to plant pollen on fresh fruits or veggies.  Matt thinks this is a "made-up" disease, but I think it's pretty cool.
cinque. I have a ridiculous fear of thunderstorms.  My dad thinks it's because I was traumatized as a 2-year old when there was a severe storm during a camping trip.
roku. My favorite color is red.  I just love the vibrant and bold statement it makes.   Yellow is a close second for the same reasons.
שבע. I have been playing the piano since I was 4 years old.  Music is my soul medicine.  I am classically trained, but really want to build up some jazz chops.
oito. I hope to travel to every continent at some point in my lifetime.  I've already been to Europe (Spain) and South America (Belize) in addition to home here in the good ol' US of North America.
siyam. My future dream careers since childhood have changed from a ballerina, marine biologist, egyptologist, broadway star, medical researcher, surgeon, to a pediatrician.
shi. The hubz and I first bonded over Jack Bauer's crazy antics on 24.  The first time we hung out together, we stayed up all night watching episodes of season 2.  Little did we know that would be the countdown to the beginning of our life together! (lol, sorry, couldn't resist the cheesy pun)
elva.  I love all things Mac.  I bought my Macbook Pro in 2006, got my iPhone 3G in 2008, and am saving up for an iPad hopefully by December or early January.  
kumi.  I graduated from Lawrence University as a dual-degree student, with a B.A. in Biology (Chemistry interdisciplinary), B.Mus. in Piano Performance, and a minor in Spanish.  I was pretty burnt out by the end of my 5-year stint.
δεκατρία. I fell in love with the Lindy Hop (a form of swing dancing) in college.  I haven't danced in a loooong time...something which needs to be remedied soon!
십사. I love shoes, and at one point had over 50 pairs...then we got naughty dogs who mistook them for chew toys and I had to send quite a few pairs to shoe-heaven.  This is probably my one extremely girly obsession.
kenz. I'm a night owl (can you tell by the timestamp of this post?!) and I hate mornings.  No matter how many hours of sleep I get the night before, I still dread waking up.

*Languages used above: 1-English, 2-Spanish, 3-French,  4-German,  5-Italian, 6-Japanese, 7-Hebrew, 8-Portuguese, 9-Tagalog, 10-Chinese, 11-Swedish, 12-Swahili, 13-Greek, 14-Korean, 15-Haitian Creole

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sometimes mascots scare me...

As I was leaving work today, there was a (not so) friendly face welcoming hungry people into the Culver's across the street.  Scoopie is a super cute cartoon character, but as a "real-life" mascot, he gives me the heebie-jeebies:

Maybe my fear has to do with the time I went to Disney World with our high school jazz band.  We got to play on a rising stage, so we got to tour "underground disney".  There were rows and rows of character costumes, and outside, a headless Goofy on his smoke break...that's Disney magic right there.

Or maybe it has to do with the time I worked at the Children's Museum here in town.  Usually, I just worked the front desk and welcomed happy families into the building.  But every now and then, I'd have to dress up as a character (i.e. Mr Toad, Miss Spider, Madeline, etc.) for storytime. 
How children can be so excited to see these characters is beyond me.  Those times were very unfortunate because:
  1. It gets HOT in those costumes
  2. It is very difficult to see out of those things
  3. It is hard to breathe through the thin mesh hole provided in the oversized head
  4. Sometimes they smelled
If this hasn't scared you yet, I have two last words...Gorilla Grams.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

It's a Trap!

The trap being...another Star Wars video.  Seriously, they are all just popping up for me today.  This is pretty epic:

Star Wars: The Paper Edition

This satisfies my craft-love for paper, my nerd-love for star wars, and my music-love for acoustic guitar.  Awesome!

Jeremy Messersmith - Tatooine from Eric Power on Vimeo.

Read more about the video's creators via

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I Heart Guts

I WILL have ALL of these adorable plush organs from I Heart Guts.  When I am a doctor and have a big fancy office (a la House), these will occupy the couch space:

I could squish all theses guts!!
If I end up as a researcher, these GIANTmicrobes will definitely crowd my lab.  Nothing says CUTE like a cuddly venereal disease:
Don't you want to give Herpes a HUG?!
I could stare at these cute/gross/educational friends all day long!