Monday, November 18, 2013

Christmas Movie Marathon

As I sit here "taking a break" from working on my research project that's due in 2 days, I am thinking about Christmas movies that I want to watch. Here's on my watch list for the coming month/month & a half:

1st, probably  my favorite Christmas movie (or at least one of my top picks...can't let Christmas go by without watching it):

Home Alone

Dad's favorite that always gets us laughing:

Christmas Vacation

What would Christmas (post 2003) be like without Buddy???!!?!

I've been thinking about this one lately. Funny stuff:
Christmas With the Kranks

This one keeps me dreaming (even though White Christmases have never been a part of my life):
White Christmas

Oh, George Bailey! A must-see every year:
It's a Wonderful Life

A classic I've loved my whole life:
How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Maybe even this version too:
The Grinch

Another childhood favorite:
A Charlie Brown Christmas

Lesser-known family classic:
Trapped in Paradise

I just watched this one a couple weeks ago, but I think I'll probably need to rewatch it soon:
While You Were Sleeping

This one per my roommates suggestion (I don't think I've seen it all):
Jingle All The Way

And there's a good chance I'll throw in a few others along the way as the mood strikes (or the TV brings to my living room). Also, I may likely watch some cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies (the best!)

What would you add?

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Life Goals

When I was in my early 20's (maybe late teens), my dad had us all write up 50 things we wanted to do in our lives. I was thinking about those things lately. I thought it would be fun to see where I am now and how many I've accomplished...and what I have left.

AND, I thought I'd share them all with you. :)

(Please ignore any weird ones that may appear...I was young, and these were private. :))

50 Things I Want To Do

  1. Finish School - Graduate from BYU
  2. Go on a mission
  3. Get married in the temple
  4. Start an eternal family
  5. Learn to play the guitar
  6. Become fluent in Spanish
  7. Learn a 3rd Language
  8. Buy a house
  9. Get a car (any)
  10. Get a credit card
  11. Get a NICE car
  12. Attend the temple often
  13. Go on a cruise
  14. Go to Hawaii
  15. Visit historic Church sites
  16. Improve on the piano
  17. Exercise @ least 3 times/week
  18. Learn how to cook a roast
  19. Learn to make candy...yummm
  20. Get a laptop
  21. Memorize favorite scriptures/quotes
  22. Go to Disneyworld
  23. Live in Cali (@ some point) 
  24. Become a better friend
  25. Become a better sister
  26. Become a better daughter
  27. Become a better disciple of Christ
  28. Read good books
  29. Study God's words
  30. See General Conference in the Conference Center
  31. Go on Ward Temple Trips
  32. Learn to clog
  33. Learn to Ballroom Dance
  34. Get (fun) books from BYU Library & read them
  35. Take floral arranging
  36. Learn Calligraphy
  37. Learn to cut hair
  38. Get a stereo w/ Karaoke function
  39. Go out of the country
  40. Speak Spanish on vacation
  41. Give away a Book of Mormon
  42. Go Scuba Diving
  43. Meet a General Authority
  44. Go to as many temples as possible
  45. Swim in the Atlantic ocean
  46. Ride lots of roller coasters
  47. Become a neater person
  48. Go to @ least 3 of the places from "Kokomo" by the Beach Boys
  49. Go to Europe
  50. See the Statue of LIBERTY
And, at some point, I added one more:
   51.  Go to the circus

From my calculations, I've accomplished about 50% of these goals in the last decade. Not too bad. Some of these are ongoing too, so maybe I could count more, but I left them for now...I can always improve on becoming a better Disciple of Christ and becoming a neater person, for example, but I feel like I have gotten better than when I wrote this list.

I am going to ponder on what I want to accomplish now. Obviously, I still want to keep most of what is on this list that has yet to be accomplished, but I want to add to it now. Fun to look back though!

Thanks for the idea, Dad!