Monday, December 27, 2010

Some Favorite Movies of 2010

These are my favorite movies that I saw in the theater in 2010... I don't go to the movies too often, usually only when I know for certain that I want to see a movie so most of the ones I saw were my favorites.  I only had a couple WTF am I doing here moments this year thankfully!

The Runaways

Iron Man 2

Get Him to the Greek


The Social Network

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 1


True Grit

Some movies that I enjoyed but didn't make it to the favs list:
Alice In Wonderland
Easy A
Toy Story 3
How to Train Your Dragon
Date Night

Some movies that had me wondering why I spent the money to go to them:
Dear John
Remember Me

Movies of 2010 that I waited for DVD for:
Shutter Island (rented and a fav)
The Other guys (rented and liked)
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World (rented and a fav)

Movies of 2010 I still want to see:
Black Swan
Love and Other Drugs
127 Hours
Legend of the Guardians

Looking forward to what movies 2011 has in store.  What were some of your favorite movies 2010?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

learning patience

I think I have spent the majority of 2010 learning, above all else, the maddening lesson of the virtue and importance of patience.

I am a person who oftentimes wants answers, reasons, moments, closure or resolutions NOW. And in looking back, my urgency in some final answer oftentimes has led to pain and hurt and unease in my life. I think this emerges out of the control freak in me. While I dont have to be the one in control necessarily, I do, to a compulsive point, need to know that at least someone or something *does* have control. Otherwise its disordered, stressful and chaotic for me.

This last year, control was lost. There is no way to control some of the things that happened, death in the family and the reaction and fallout of that, people changing and relearning how to know eachother, changing yourself and in many ways finding yourself, health scares in family and friends, homelessness and recovery from substance abuse in the family and so many other smaller, uncontrollable things that I cannot even begin to list...

For the longest time it made me feel small, powerless, often times irritated and angry and defiant and at the darkest times, gutted, defeated and sad.

All I could do was wait. Hope. Believe. Accept.

Wait for answers. Wait for resolution and for peace and knowledge. Hope that it would all be okay, and if it wasn't, hope that I would be okay with that somehow. Believe in the answers I got and believe that answers were still to come. And ultimately, to accept it all, good and bad, either way.

This year has been good throughout the hard times. Ive become more fully myself. Im learning patience and grace in the waiting. I am starting to relinquish control and find magic in some of that chaos. Im more open, more honest, less critical and closed off.

Im more patient with my life... and I think that that has been one my biggest gifts and lessons of 2010.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Wishing you and yours the very merriest of a Christmas... I'm looking forward to the gift of a new year to live to the fullest and time with my little family.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Some highlights of 2010

It snowed just about as crazy as I could ever have remembered it... and Roslyn was a fierce snowball fighter.

We were obsessed with all things Princess and the Frog.

We enjoyed a lovely rooftop Easter morning at the Raven.

We lounged about in the grass at the square, playing with ladybugs, cloud watching and making up games and stories.

I discovered that maybe I am not so alone in my distaste for how this town can be... backwards and appalling at times.  I was happy to take part in a protest for the first time.

We celebrated the 4th of July with family and friends, water slides and more.

I marveled in the absolute beauty of Roslyn and couldn't believe what a little lady she has become as I did our yearly Sharlot Hall rose garden shoot.

Roslyn started Kindergarten at Lincoln School

I finally got to see the dinosaurs!

We put our toes in the ocean and the sand at Newport Beach.

We got to spend an unexpected day in Disneyland right after school started!

I spent a ton of awesome time with one of my favorite girls who has been here while her hubby has been deployed.

Saw the Jimmy Eat World twice, and will be seeing them again on the 31st!

Finally got to have the day away down to Tucson with Drew to stay at the Hotel Congress.  Woot!

We played in the beautiful fall leaves at the Square.

We had a amazing family vacation in Disneyland for Halloweentime... and it started what will surely be a yearly tradition.

Roslyn had her acting debut... playing the role of cheese in 'No Turkey for Perky'.

We met Kat Von D at her book signing down in the valley.

Roslyn and I met Craig from American Electric Tattoo at the Fairy Festival

We went to a Fairy Festival and had a simply magical time.

We finally experienced the moment we had all been waiting for.... TANGLED!  Roslyns newest favorite thing ever.

I got to spend some time with one of my very best friends and sister, Crystal.  She came up to celebrate Roslyns birthday with us and we couldn't have been happier!

Roslyn celebrated her 6th birthday with us at the Olive Garden on December 9th!

My baby is SIX YEARS OLD!?!

We went to Acker Night and had a blast

Drew sat in at Acker night and generally kept busy with music all season long.

Acker Night 2010

I had far too much fun with this guy.

and this guy and I have been an 'us' for 12 years as of December 1st.  We're celebrating our 12 year anniversary NEXT MONTH!