Monday, August 31, 2009

Favorite Movie Monday

Requiem for a Dream - starring Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Ellen Burstyn



This movie is truly remarkable. Its such a powerful story about drugs and what they can do to you. Great acting! Jared Leto is amazing - I love this movie with him and I love his band. For those of you that don't know them, its 30 seconds to mars. They are coming out with a new album this year, I am excited! Give this movie a chance, its rated R for good reason - but what drug story isn't? Ellen Burstyn is fabulous in this!

#19 "I want to love you and treat you right. Every day and every night. We'll be together with a roof right over our heads. We'll share the shelter of my single bed. We'll share the same room, Jah provide the bread." - Bob Marley

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ken Salazar and wolves

I just learned about our Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar. I have to scream - "You disgust me, Ken Salazar!" He is such a hypocrite and flip-flopper. Yes, Pres. Obama appointed him, how I approve of Obama is in no question. BUT, this guy? Seriously? What he does -- He is in charge of the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the United States Geological Survey, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other federal agencies overseen by the Interior Department.

7 things I like about him:
  • Democrat
  • he authored the Great Outdoors Colorado Amendment- this created a massive land conservation program
  • Created the Youth in Natural Resources program to provide for environmental education in public schools
  • Established reforms that forced mining and petroleum operations to better protect the surrounding environment.
  • He created new branches of law enforcement in Colorado - the Gang Prosecution Unit, the Environmental Crimes Unit, and the General Fugitive Prosecutive Unit
  • He worked to strengthen consumer protection and anti-fraud laws
  • Worked to protect children through new policy designed to crack down on sex offenders.
7 things I really don't like about him:
  • He considers himself moderate - he's more to the right - conservative
  • In 2005, he voted against increasing fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks
  • In the same year (2005), he voted against an amendment to repeal tax breaks for ExxonMobil and other major petroleum companies.
  • In 2007, he was one of only a handful of Democrats to vote against a bill that would require the United States Army Corps of Engineers to consider global warming when planning water projects.
  • He favors industry and big agriculture in battles over global warming, fuel efficiency, and endangered species
  • On March 6, 2009 Salazar agreed to move forward with the Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to remove the Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf from the Endangered Species List in Montana and Idaho, but not Wyoming. (There are only approximately 1,000 wolves alive and roaming -- this is the BIGGEST problem I have with him!!!)
  • He says, "The single greatest threat to the polar bear is the melting of Arctic Sea ice due to climate change." Yes, it has a lot to do with climate change, but does he do anything about that? NO!
I know I've blogged about wolves before. Well, you get to keep hearing about it because nothing has really changed. This year, Idaho officials have already sold more than 4,000 permits of an estimated 70,000 permits for a DEADLY wolf hunt that could kill at least 25% of the state's wolves this year ALONE. Just imagine, if all of those permits actually killed at least one wolf per permit. The wolves would be extinct. Tell me again, why aren't they put back on the Endangered Species List? Why is Idaho ALLOWED to do this? The hunt is scheduled to begin on next Tuesday. Read more about the Wolves' fight here in a previous post. TAKE ACTION - Click here, here, and here, please! Here are two videos:



And here's Ashley Judd with Defenders of Wildlife:


SAVE THE WOLVES! :)





#29 "In the beginning, Jah created everything. He gave man dominion over all things. But now its too late, you see, men have lost their faith eating up all the flesh from off the earth." - Bob Marley

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Things always change

A few things have changed.

My work - more crazy. One of my favorite coworkers quit, another coworker quit, and another is giving her two weeks. That leaves only four of us including myself in the department. And one of them is on very thin ice, for very good reason. Its back to school time so its been hectic, insane, purely a madhouse. I hope we hire some new people soon! So if you want to work at Macy's with me, apply! haha.

My school schedule - I'm still taking Math, Physics, and Communications. But I've added Medical Terminology. I'm excited for that class. I think it just might be the most interesting of them all. I'm excited.

I worked for Nordstrom Rack Monday night doing inventory with my sister. LOVE extra money. But it was a pain. I have to say the people there are weird.

I bought some more shirts. I really have a spending habit now.

I babysat for those new kids two Sundays ago. It wasn't fun. I won't be babysitting them again, for my sake. The one boy sounded like a broken record tv show and his sister would copy everything he did. And they were just really annoying and I couldn't stand them. I did babysit for my regular lady Monday. Her kids are younger, but oh so much better. They are the best.

#45 "Why do you look so sad and forsaken? When one door is closed don't you know another is open?" - Bob Marley

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

J-O-R-D-A-N!

My brother has played football for Jordan for years now. I've always loved watching him play. I love going to the games even when its snowing! He wasn't going to play this year because he wasn't sure that he wanted to and he had a hernia. Well he is healing from his surgery for the hernia and now he wants to play football. Well it was after the deadline so my mom had to pull some strings. Last night, we heard the good news! Timmy is going to play football this year! And he'll be on a great team - the coaches are awesome. I'm excited! I just hope I get to go to a lot of them since I have a job that pretty much requires me to work Saturdays.



Timmy #6 in the middle running - awesome yardage in this game against Alta!



Timmy #42



Me and Nic freezing at Halftime



GO JORDAN!!!

#21 "All you got to do is give a little, take a little." - Bob Marley

Monday, August 24, 2009

Favorite Movie Monday

Batman. The Dark Knight starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.



I love all the Batman movies. I own them all. I loved watching the Batman movies while growing up. They were so awesome! But now my all-time favorite Batman movie is, The Dark Knight, of course. Its just an amazing movie and Heath Ledger really got into his character. I can't wait to see more of the Batman movies.

I am also excited to see Heath's other movie coming soon, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Out December 25, 2009.

#36 "Check out the real situation, nation war against nation. Where did it all begin? Where will it end? Well, it seems like total destruction is the only solution." - Bob Marley

Monday, August 17, 2009

Favorite Movie Monday

10 things I hate about you starring Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Larisa Oleynik



"There's a difference between like and love. Because, I like my skechers, but I love my Prada backpack." Bianca Stratford

This is such a great movie! I love it! I think its probably one of my favorite movies that Heath Ledger is in. (Besides The Dark Knight of course) Its such a funny movie. I have to say that I tried to watch the first episode of the new TV series, I did not like it.


#20 "One love, one heart. Let's get together and feel all right. As it was in the beginning, so it shall be in the end." - Bob Marley

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Updates

I usually blog Monday, Wednesday, Friday lately. I missed Wednesday. :( My apologies.

My department at work just got a new manager. I finally met her and spoke my mind. Rachael and I told her a lot of what is going on in our department with certain associates. She seems like a really nice lady and knows what should happen. I hope it works out. Because it is NOT okay for an associate to take their two 20-minute breaks, an hour unpaid lunch break. and a 45-minutes to an hour breast pumping break every single day you work and get paid for it. It is NOT okay for you to leave whenever you want or not show up whenever you want. We do need coverage. Its so rude and disrespectful of fellow coworkers. Oh! And the Juniors department can now wear denim Friday, Saturday, Sunday until Labor Day! Not very long, but yay!


I got another babysitting job! Its 2 kids. One 5 year old boy and a 3 year old girl. They are cute. I met them today. I start on Sunday. It'll be every other Saturday. So I'm excited for the extra money! I still have my other babysitting job that I absolutely love!

I'm going back to school this Fall semester. I'm actually excited. Because this means I'm getting on track again to graduate. I'm going to take all my prerequisite courses so I can get into this Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at SLCC. Also known as, Ultrasound Technician. I'm excited!!! I'll also be taking other classes at UVU still so I can get my Bachelor's at the same time. Great news! I see that my school loan got approved for this semester! Its awesome because I do NOT have the money this semester for it.

I'm going to be taking Math - yuck!, Physics, and Communications. They don't sound so interesting but Communications is pretty easy.

I went shopping and bought some new shoes and some new shirts for work. I found some bargains! Yes! I went out to eat at Sizzler tonight with my family and it was delicious. I love love love their salad bar. I also got the Lily Allen CD, Its not me, its you. I love it! I especially enjoy the "F*** You" song! Its so awesome! Definitely give her a listen.

Have an amazing weekend! Things are looking up!

#15 "Children is wonderful, a part of my richness." - Bob Marley

Monday, August 10, 2009

Favorite Movie Monday

American Outlaws starring Colin Farrell, Scott Caan, Ali Larter, Gregory Smith, and Kathy Bates. Tagline: Bad is Good again.



Oh, how I love the Jesse James story. This is my favorite movie version, yet! Even if its not historically correct, I love this movie. Its the first movie I saw starring Colin Farrell, and I've liked him ever since. I love all the comedy in it. My favorite scene is probable when Bob Younger gets frustrated with his WANTED poster sketch. Its not a very good sketch, so he gets angry. Its funny.

#12 "And whosoever diggeth a pit shall fall in it. Whosoever diggeth a pit shall bury in it." - Bob Marley

Friday, August 7, 2009

CRUNCH!

I think my backyard is infested with horned beetles. They are weird looking and actually fly. My kittens have figured out they want to eat them for some reason. Not sure why. I wonder if they taste good? Timon and Pumbaa like bugs... haha. They keep finding these beetles, attacking them, swatting them, even carrying them in their mouths to another destination, and finally; CRUNCH! They eat them. Its sort of funny to watch because the beetles fly out of their paws sometimes and they go crazy. They are so cute.

My Gigi yawning

#37 "Take Jah sun and Jah moon and Jah rain and Jah stars and forever erase your fantasy." - Bob Marley

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Some books I left off the list

So I forgot some important books that could potentially be good reads. I knew I had a list somewhere, well I found it! So here are a few more:
  • Utopia
  • All the King's Men
  • Finding Noel
  • Children of the Promise Series (reread and finish)
  • Hearts of the Children Series
  • Don Quixote
  • The Heartless Stone
  • Wuthering Heights
  • The Great Gatsby
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • 1984
My brother has his hernia surgery today. :/ Its supposed to be outpatient. Wish him luck!

#28 "The most intelligent people is the poorest people. Yes, the thief them rich, pure robbers and thieves, rich! The intelligent and innocent are poor, are crumbled and get brutalized. Daily." - Bob Marley

Monday, August 3, 2009

Favorite Movie Monday

The Recruit - its a bit confusing throughout the whole movie. You're not sure what is what or who is who which makes sense because of the Tagline: Trust. Betrayal. Deception. In the C.I.A. nothing is what it seems. Colin Farrell and Al Pacino are amazing in it.



#35 "Would you let the system kill your brother man? Would you make the system get on top of your head again?" - Bob Marley

Sunday, August 2, 2009

100th Post

Wow! I made it! ONE HUNDRED posts! It took me a long time to get to this point, but I did it. I thought maybe I should do something special for my 100th post. I've already done a post with 100 things about myself that you can read here. I kept thinking what should I blog about? Bucket List of 100? 100 things I like? 100 things I dislike? 100 things I'm grateful for? They all sounded so boring.

Most commented blog: Ashley got a job!

Most controversial blog: Black-whites or Wildlife & Politics

Still boring. But I made it. Yay! One thing I've accomplished in the last 2 months is posting more than 3 blogs in a week. Maybe that means I don't have a life? haha.

#18 "Woman is to be loved and appreciated. Woman is an earth, the mother of creation. Must love woman, but don't fall in love. Me stand in love. Love so much me look hungry." - Bob Marley
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