Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Recital

I just had my very first Vocal Recital and it was great!

In October I started taking singing lessons. See blog post here.

When I started I made a goal to perform in the Christmas Recital and invite my family.

I sang two songs - God Help the Outcasts and a medley of Away in a Manger and Still, Still, Still.

I did so well! Granted, I'm no professional - but considering where I was 3 months ago, I am so proud of myself. It was only my 3rd time ever singing in front of people (the other 2 were practice runs - once for my family and once for my dad.) I was really nervous and very excited about performing. I was worried I would loose my breath or forget my words - but none of that happened. I did better than I even expected! Yippee!

It felt awesome to sing and be heard! And now I want to sing for you...

God Help the Outcasts
from Hunchback of Notre Dame

Christmas Medley


Monday, December 20, 2010

Thank you.

This post is way over due, but I wanted to make sure to thank everyone who helped me list 1,000 thankfuls before Thanksgiving. It was a lot of fun and helped to ring in the Thanksgiving spirit!

Thank you to all who listed a thankful or even to those who read them and felt more thankful.

The winner with the most thankfuls is Michelle McKinley with 205! She will be receiving a Thank You Angel Ornament from Willow Tree.

And as promised, here is my Thankful Dance. It is actually quite embarrassing! And you will have to tilt your head to get a good view - my pro photographer husband was really showing his skills with his retro angles...


Monday, December 6, 2010

What Type is Harry Potter?

If you are a Harry Potter fan or an Energy Profiling fan, you should find this post very interesting!

I am a Harry Potter fan! I love Harry Potter! I feel bad for those that don't - they are seriously missing out. But then again, I don't expect nor do I want everyone to share my same passion.  But many, many, many people do.

I'm not a member of the National Harry Potter Fan Club, I don't spend time on, and I don't know all the rules to Quidditch, but I love Harry Potter!  I find it fascinating and simply amazing what one woman's imagination has done to the world. Harry Potter and his life are like real to me. His adventures are a part of my childhood (and let's be honest, adulthood). I got so excited at the last movie - I felt like I was seeing old friends again!

I remember way back when there was a big dispute over whether school children in Georgia or somewhere should be allowed to read these wizarding tales. Then it eventually reached Utah and my brothers and I got hooked. My littlest brother, Mark, and I have been the most devout in our family. We have read all the books, seen all the movies, and always enjoyed talking about them together. Mark even bares a scar on his back because of Harry Potter...let me explain, it's actually quite

It was Mark's night to do the dishes, he wanted help, but I refused. He said if I didn't help he would tell me who died in Harry Potter #5 which I hadn't finished reading yet. Well, I said I wouldn't help and he better not dare say anything. But he did!! Can you believe it?! He told me who died and ruined it for me!!! Well, I had a fork in hand and chucked it at his back (would have been his face, had he been looking at me). That's how devout I am. Now he has a scar from the fork prongs! We laugh now - didn't then. But what better way to remember Harry Potter than with a scar?!

Since I am an Energy Profile fan as well, I thought it would be fun to Type the characters as well as the actors. I thought they did an excellent job casting the characters! Most were the same Type as the character; and if not it was their secondary.

Look closely...

Harry Potter - Type 4 - loyal, devote, the best at everything, unique
Daniel Radcliffe - Type 4/3

Hermoine Granger - Type 4/2 - studious, structured, smart, plays by the rules
Emma Watson - Type 4/1 (dressed her in Type 2)

Ron Weasley - Type 1 - funny, random, great best friend
Rupert Grint - Type 4/1 (this was surprising to me, because he plays a T1 so well, but looking at his pics he is a T4) (dressed him in Type 3)

**The 3 main characters are all Type 4's, no wonder they were able to stay so committed to filming for 7 years!**

Dumbledore - Type 2/3 - consistent, methodical, good-hearted, determined
1st Dumbledore (Richard Harris) - Type 2/3
2nd Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) - Type 3

Voldemort/Tom Riddle - Type 4 - wants to be the best, cynical (this can happen when T4's don't manage their critical eye), thinks there should only be one kind of wizard - black and white
Ralph Fiennes - Type 4

Hagrid - Type 1/2 - loves animals, loves kids, gentle and caring
Robbie Coltrane - Type 1

Snape - Type 4 - loner, keeps promises
Alan Rickman - Type 4

Draco Malfoy - Type 4 - thinks he's better than everyone
Tom Felton - Type 4

Neville Longbottom - Type 2 - timid, trusting
Matthew Lewis - Type 2/4 or 4/2

Ginnie Weasley - not sure - Type 2 or 4
Bonnie Wright - Type 4

Professor Umbridge - Type 1 - a depressed Type 1 that wants control and power - ooh, I don't like her!
Imelda Stauton - Type 1

Sirius Black - Type 3 or Type 4
Gary Oldman - Type 4/1

Bellatrix Lestrange - Type 4 - just plain evil
Helena Bonham Carter - Type 4

And there are way too many to go on. But I covered the most important. I hope you enjoyed that list!

Most were exactly how I imagined, except for Voldermort. I wanted his cheeks to be sunken deep, and his look to be more life-like and dangerous. I think he looks like a wanna-be snake, not as scary as I was hoping. This is closer to how I imagined him:

This is a picture of the actor who plays Mr. Filch.
Kind of ironic - they should have casted him as Voldemort, very scary.

Oh and of course, I must type the creator of all this magic - JK Rowling. She has been a little tricky for me, I thought she was a Type 3 for a long time, but looking closer I think she is a Type 2 with a secondary 3. Let's here it for 2/3's! Woohoo.

This was said of her success: "According to Forbes, Jo is the first person to become a billionaire by writing books and is the second richest female entertainer (behind Oprah) in the world." Read the entire article here.

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Do you agree with what my Typing? If you aren't a Harry Potter fan, what is your favorite book series?

If you don't know your Type go here or here.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Caribbean Cruise!

Tanner and I just recently returned from a cruise in the Eastern Caribbean. It was a lot of fun and very relaxing. Before I was married I went on 2 cruises, they were fun, but I think going on a cruise as a married person is much more fun! 

Last year we cruised the Mexican Riviera on Royal Caribbean. That cruise was a blast!! We loved every port and the boat had a lot of fun on-board activities as well.

This time we went on Holland America. Tanner had been on Holland America before and thought the food was the best, so we chose Holland America.

We enjoyed Holland America, but next time we will choose Royal Caribbean again. Holland America doesn't offer as many on-board activities. Holland America Line attracts - how do I say it--- well, old people.

In fact, there were so many old people (65 +) I came up with a clever list of how you know you are on the Holland America cruise line:

1. There are more scooters and walkers than children.
2. There are more children taking care of their parents than parents taking care of their children.
3. The comedians best jokes are about broken hips, empty nesters, and funerals.
4. There is no wedding chapel, but rather a 50-year anniversary room.
5. Tums and Alca seltzer are offered at the end of every buffet line.
6. Instead of a Midnight Snack at 12AM it's at 5:30PM (and breakfast is at 4AM).
7. Bingo is packed every night - Wii adventure rooms is - well, me and Tanner.
8. Instead of a vacation cruise it is a service opportunity for all the younger travelers. (I don't know how many times I helped a little old lady cross the gangway.)
9. The salon offers weekly perms.
10. The pools are empty - because the old ladies don't want to ruin the above mentioned perm. (Major plus!)

Haha, well not all those are exactly true, but I had fun making them up. I'm not ragging on Holland America - the service was wonderful, staff was friendly, and the ship was very nice, and actually I prefer a quieter boat. We just had a little too much time on it. .

For example, because of the Carnival cruise ship that lost power recently, regulations require that all ships have all generators in working condition. Well, our 3rd generator was broken - which I guess was no big deal, but better safe than sorry. So we sat in port until they fixed it. It was supposed to be ready 12 hours after we boarded, but ended up taking 36 hours! So we were in port for 2 days! They compensated us with 10% of what we paid in on board credit, but we missed our first port in the Grand Turks. :(

So, needless to say the first few days, were well - relaxing. I had a head cold and was grateful for all the rest I could get and a spa service!

Our first port then was Puerto Rico. We did a carriage ride around the city and toured a giant old fort. It was pretty cool. But nothing too special there.

It was funny, because the sides of the top of the carriage came down
so far it was hard to see anything!
At the fort.

Our next port was in the Caribbean at St. Martin, which is half French and half Dutch. I was able to speak a little French and get a crepe! That was a lot of fun. We went on a catamaran out to a natural reserve island which was apparently, also a nude beach - thanks French ladies for the cultural experience! We snorkeled and enjoyed the amazingly warm water! The catamaran ride was so much fun. I love love love the water and sailing on catamarans!

On the can tell it's winter at home! Whities!

I thought the front would be a good spot! I was right!
After. So glad the water was warm,
we were dunked about 12 more times!
Raising the mast

The final port was Holland America's private island in the Bahamas. It was a beautiful island where we enjoyed time with Stingrays, beach time, and beach volleyball with some other couples. I love volleyball and am actually quite good at it. I am now looking into joining a city league!

It was a great trip. Low-key, relaxing and a small dose of adventure. The food was fantastic - Tanner was right! If you haven't been on a cruise, the eating alone is worth it. You can order anything you want, as many times as you want! I thought more people would take advantage of that, but surprisingly they didn't. Tanner and I ordered multiple entrees every night, as well as all the desserts and appetizers!

People would laugh at us, but really I was was laughing at them. They were missing out! I didn't eat them all, but I wanted to sample everything. (I wish I had a picture of Lobster night! Tanner had 4 plates!) True, I did feel a little wasteful and glutenous, but hey, that's what cruises are made for, right?! ;)

Have you been on a cruise? What is your favorite cruise line and destination?