Friday, November 30, 2007

Alec Baldwin


This is for Jenny.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Transformers


Hey! This wasn't so bad! I guess I had such low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn't even going to deign to watch; I was merely grading papers in the vicinity. But it caught my attention and it was cute to watch Dan and Ray laugh at different parts. Totally a guys movie-- but done so that I was interested, too. Lots of body shots on the women, but at least they were partially clothed! Shia LaBeouf did a good job. Cute enough and nerdy enough. :)

Shrek the Third



Can't remember when this break we watched this movie, but the movie itself is just as memorable. Fun for a few chuckles; otherwise, kinda boring. Liked the line at the end where Shrek says in a come hither voice, "What should we do now?" And... then you see them sleeping. So true...
Justin Timberlake has gone through puberty, right?

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Ratatouille


This Thanksgiving, we had dinner at my house and were joined by my dad, Jamie, Chris, her boyfriend, Priscilla, Austin, and Dan. I made ratatouille, dilled carrots, creamed corn, and garlic green beans. Everything was quite tasty! Dan helped a lot with the ratatouille, so that is most likely why it turned out so successfully. (plus, I added some Tony Chechere's (sp?)) We also had turkey, of course, and stuffing, rolls, and Jamie made a great sweet potato dish--loved the chunks of sweet potato!! Ah, beta carotene.
After dinner, we watched Ratatouille, the movie, as I love Pixar films and it has become a tradition to watch one as a [larger] family, (last year was Cars.) And I enjoyed the movie-- my favorite part was having Dan or Ray laughing on either side of me. The movie was cute with great voices and talented writing, like all of their work. I didn't connect with it as much as Finding Nemo or The Incredibles, (but I think the familial content in those films is what gets me and this didn't have as much of that...) But it was fun to view a movie that appealed to all ages groups.
For dessert, we had vanilla ice cream, chocolate raspberry cake, and strawberry shortcake. I had too much of that!
Billy came over and the men and Priscilla played poker while I chased children around. I got to talk to my mom, Ray's parents, and Chricchi. And, the children finally went to bed!
Dan, Ray, Billy, and I played Cranium. And guess who won; that's right! The unbeatable combo of Billy & Erika! Of course, later we realized that we weren't exactly playing the game right-- but we, as a team, are unstoppable! That also happened with Jenny and I-- we can read each other very well. So, boom! Eat that Ray-winner-of-every-freakin'-board-game-we-play-Lindholm!
It's late; I should end now before I get into trouble!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Reign Over Me


This was the weekend for emotion-ridden movies! Jenny, Ray, and I rented this one and it was worth it-- the 2 hours and the $4.99.
Adam Sandler does a great job. I prefer him in serious roles. Don Cheadle is awesome as always. Again, another movie set in NYC.
Sandler is believable, but sometimes verged on the schizophrenic-- if I'm using that label correctly-- which is supposed to not happen in times of stress and grief; I thought it was something one has had their whole life, but I don't really know...
I appreciate how the writers/director didn't try to capitalize on September 11th; they indirectly hinted at it which I think was more powerful than relying on the images of that day and just engaging the imagination.
I also appreciated the depiction of friendship being a mutual exchange of support and encouragement for change and progress.

Bella


I finally got to see this movie on our anniversary. It was, well, "Bella." I loved it and felt swirled up in the story-telling, though a couple of times, I got confused and I think that may be because the directing and editing wasn't as seamless as it could have been. Or it could be because when I get emotionally involved in a movie, I end up missing details or cues...
The main characters were very convincing, even with some lines of the dialogue feeling a bit stilted.
Overall, it was very moving and refreshing to have a movie that portrays children as channels for hope and goodness and innocence.
(fyi- have Kleenex on hand.)
For those of you who love NYC, this is a pic for you, too.
Way to go, Metanoia Films!
Check out the website www.bellathemovie.com

Anis


I first ate at this restaurant with the kindergarten teachers at Christ the King and I had some yummy spinach salad. Ray and I ate there on Friday night for our anniversary and he loved it. It has a very casual atmosphere, (watch out--there's smoking in the bar,) lots of fun with live jazz bands, (and we knew the drummer in this ensemble--and they played bassa nova! I was very happy about that.) The staff is very helpful and friendly.
I had grilled salmon and smashed potatoes with broccolini and Ray had lamb chops with grilled eggplant. We both recommend this place. It's on the expensive side, (it is French cuisine after all,) but it is laid back and exudes the personality of the owners. It's in an old house on Grandview, tucked away from all the hub-bub of Buckhead.

18 December 1998


photo: California, 1999

(In honor of my and Ray's fifth wedding anniversary, I thought I would leave an old journal entry I came across; please forgive errors!)

18 December 1998
This might seem odd. But I guess today I have great gratitude for innovation--for the curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving skills God gives us. Specifically for those who this gift was granted--for those who invented the telephone. If it weren't for the telephone--I'd have 1/2 of my life...Luckily, I am not too far from those I love--but for those who are separated from loved ones by thousands of miles--the phone must bring some consolation. I've been speaking with a brilliant man named Raymond via Internet and telephone. He's wonderful-- and if it weren't for the telephone--I'd never be able to experience God's gifts that are so prevalent in him. Through these wires I have become closer to him and I feel there is a possibility that this closeness might change my life...electricity and sound > the sound of voices...through this life is inspired, shared, enjoyed. My spirit is touched by love and comfort.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

What Dreams May Come


So there is a cute story behind this movie. Back in October of 1998, October 11th to be exact-- there was a cute, young man seeing this movie on his birthday in Kansas City and was left reflecting on the existence of "soul mates." Meanwhile, one time zone away, a young woman, who vehemently protested the idea of soul mates, (as it seemingly denied the reality of love being a decision,) was viewing the same movie in a dark Athens theater with a Brazilian guy who pretended he couldn't speak English (when it was convenient for him.)
Later that evening, inspired in KC, Ray decided to venture out and see who he could meet via cyberspace. (He might tell this story differently...) And I was online... and I'll leave it at that. So, I am now comfortable with the idea of soul mates, seeing now that real love and this idea are not mutually exclusive. You still have to make that decision, that commitment, every day, to love your soul mate; perhaps that special connection just makes it a little easier.
As for the movie itself, anyone who knows me and has seen the movie would know what I think about it... (funny that almost 10 years ago, I got something completely different from the movie-- so much for studying philosophy and religion!)
I appreciated the movie's artful literary aspirations and that it acknowledged that souls, heaven, and hell actually exist. On the other hand, our physical body has immense value. The physical world is inherently good. Our soul is unique and valuable. We would lose that if we reincarnated and lost awareness and connection to our self (then who actually is the "self"?) Oh, heretical Hollywood, what a tangled web you weave...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Delish!


Delish!
Originally uploaded by meropa

Thanks to Auntie Melissa for being sweet and taking Miss Sophie out to get some yummy chocolate ice cream!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Saturday, November 3, 2007

St John Chrysostom


"A young husband should say to his bride, 'I have taken you in my arms, and I love you, and I prefer you to my life itself. For the present life is nothing, and my most ardent dream is to spend it with you in such a way that we may be assured of not being separated in the life reserved for us.'"

World Youth Day, Rome 2000


"It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal."

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Archbishop Gregory


Please pray for our dear Archbishop Wilton Gregory. He is having surgery on Monday to remove a cancerous tumor. May the Lord guide the hands of the surgeon and restore Archbishop to full health.
This is a picture of him before he became Atlanta's bishop. I wanted to go with one that showcased his brilliant smile, (he is such a warm and loving guy, for those of you who have never had the pleasure of meeting him,) but I liked that this photo caught him in thought.
There's a picture of him and I in the CTK yearbook; though, I wish it wasn't. It's a horrible picture of me really pregnant and sporting my thick, nerdy glasses with a big, excited, goofy grin. (He came to my classroom and introduced himself very kindly when he first came to ATL.) Ah, pride and vanity.
Sophia and Oliver love him. It's pretty cute.