Monday, February 29, 2016
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Friday, February 26, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
The bears are coming! The bears are coming!
There's an infomercial on TV, I think it's one of those pajama commercials, showing a women hugging a giant bear. That might be fun for a short period of time, but where are you going to keep the big thing!
I've also seen the bears at Costco in a giant crate holding only three. No more than that can fit.
Amusing, not practical.
It reminds me of carnivals when I was a kid, traveling fairs and Circus Circus in Las Vegas. Wondering how cool it would be to win the giant stuffed animal. Looking on with envy if anyone walked by carrying one.
Now that I'm older it's just silly, though winning the giant bear would be a thrill.
Now you can buy one, bigger than any found at a prize booth. No need to waste quarters throwing balls at tin cans, or shooting water into a hole to make the race horse move.
But still, where would you keep the darn thing? Bigger question still, how are you going to get it home!!??
Heh, well, that last question was answered today when I was driving around town with me Mum. Stick it out the back of the car!!
I think the cute bear was having fun. :P
Monday, February 22, 2016
When I was thinking about New Years resolutions last month all the obvious options came up: lose weight, eat healthy, be more organized, etc. But then I realized what I really needed to conquer this year: Fear. There are so many stupid self limiting beliefs I've filled myself with, so many things that are holding me back, and it's been eye opening and humbling thinking over these different fears.
It's February and my "Year of Fear" has gotten off to a rough start. But fear does that; it holds us back.
Some of these fears I'll talk about on this blog, some I will not, but this last week I decided to face a self-limiting belief that has plagued me for years. That I can't learn French.
Somewhere in my brain this belief sprung, and it's crept into my attempts at learning Japanese. If I can't learn French, how can I learn any language? Learning languages is not one of my talents.
But I struggled with reading growing up, feeling stupid all the way through my very last semester in college (it took me 12 semesters to graduate with a 4 year degree). It wasn't until I was in music literature 304 that I realized I wasn't stupid in English. That's when I finally realized I could write. So many signs leading up to that very last class proved I was good at writing, but my early struggles created a handicap in my mind. Being pulled out of class in the 3rd grade with a couple other kids to get special learning haunted me.
It's amazing how we can let stupid, silly, little meaningless life events dictate who we think we are.
And somewhere I've come to believe I can't learn French. I can't speak it.
And somewhere I know this isn't true, but this self-limiting belief keeps holding me back.
What am I afraid of? Not being perfect.
I'm a visual thinking person. Auditory skills are my weakness, which is ironic because I have a music degree. (I failed second semester music dictation at BYU, retook it that first Summer getting a C, and if I had failed the second time I would have been kicked out of the school of music. I cried so many times those few years.)
But I want to be a linguist! I love listening to different languages being spoken, even though I understand nothing. The idea of it thrills me. And I love listening to music in different languages.
And just yesterday I was really struggling with my depression and didn't go to the LDS mid-singles ward/congregation I attend. It was a few minutes before 1:00 pm, and if I wanted to partake of the sacrament I only had one option, and that was to attend the Spanish ward. I snuck in the back, feeling ashamed, really, but even though I couldn't understand anything, catching a gist here and there, I still felt the Spirit. And it was fun listening to the hymns I know so well sung in this different tongue.
I want to learn Spanish, too, but only after French. First French, then Japanese, then Spanish. And after I'm confortable with those three I'm going to learn Italian, German, Irish, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, and Hebrew. Maybe I'll throw Armenian in there at some point, as well.
But it must start with French. It's my childhood dream. I took two years in High School, and another two years in college.
And now I have so many tools I didn't have back then. The four main resources I'm working through are Frenchpod101.com, FluentU, Duolingo phone app, and the Michel Thomas method.
Those are good places to start.
And as a note: Studying the Michel Thomas method is like standing under a waterfall with your mouth open, wondering if you'll ever breath again. But it sure works.
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
For all of Po's life he believed he was the very last Panda alive, being raised by his goose father Mr. Ping, master of noodles and dumplings. The end credit tease at the end of Kung Fu Panda 2 showed a panda village, dun dun duuuun!, and in Kung Fu Panda 3 Po finally meets his father. Enter a supernatural villain and the movie plays out to the lyrics of Kung Fu Fighting: "Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting; Those kicks were fast as lightning . .. " etc, etc, etc.
Any more info and I spoil the plot! What fun would that be?
Without giving too much away, this movie is my favorite of the bunch, with the first movie being a super close second. I loved the first movie. Didn't care so much for the second film. (And if you haven't seen any of the episodes from the Kung Fu Panda television series, you are truly missing out. They're really fun.)
Of all the villains this Panda series has introduced us to, Kai is my favorite, who is an old pal of Oogway, the Kung Fu master who passed away in the first movie. (As a note, an animated series based on Kai and Oogway's past would be fantastic.)
This movie is presented in both 2D and 3D. I've gotten to the point where I avoid 3D movies, because I'm completely over them. I'm growing annoyed by the trend. But I went with my brother Robbie and sister-in-law Lindsay, and they picked the time, which happened to be the 3D showing. I moaned at the realization, but the opening scene in 3D was so beautiful I let out an audible "ohhh." It was gorgeous, and I really enjoyed the 3D through the whole movie.
As a final thought, my Dad took the nieces to the movie and I asked him what he thought of the movie. He gave it 3.5 stars, because he didn't feel the movie wasn't really for kids. Here I disagreed with him, because I didn't get that feeling. There's fighting, but that's expected, and much talk about Kung Fu.
I liked the message of the movie. I liked the theme about family. There was some backstory I wish wasn't brushed over, but that's okay. Overall I had fun, and that's one of the main reasons why I like going to the movies.
MPAA: Rated PG for martial arts action and some mild rude humor.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
(I just posted this blog post 30 minutes ago, and then I found this quote!)
"If you are on the right path, it will always be uphill. The Lord is anxious to lead us to the safety of higher ground."
~ Henry B. Eyring