Friday Post!

First! Weekly Picture:

Second! Recipe:

Pictures and recipe from here.  I would love to try these!  French dip sandwiches when made correctly are awesome.

French Dip Sandwiches
1 2.5-3 lb. beef roast (you can use a frozen roast if you want)

2 Tbsp. olive oil

salt and pepper

2 1-ounce packages dry onion soup mix

2 c. water

2 cans beef broth

6-8 large buns (or more…6 would be VERY generous servings!)

Swiss, provolone, or mozzarella cheese, shredded or sliced.
Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and rub roast with salt and pepper.
When very hot, carefully place roast in pan and sear on all sides. You’re not cooking the meat, you’re just browning it quickly on all sides to add flavor and seal in the juices.
Place in crockpot and sprinkle with onion soup mixes. Pour water and beef broth over roast.
Cook 8-10 hours on low or cook 4-5 hours on high and another 3-4 hours on low. It’s hard to screw this part up; basically, the longer it cooks, the more tender it will be. But you know it’s done when you pop a fork in it and the meat just falls apart. When meat is ready, shred with a fork.
Place meat in crusty rolls. Top with cheese and broil open-faced in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes, until bread is golden and cheese is melty.
Ladle juices into small cups for dipping and enjoy!

Third! Personal Update:

This week was absolutely wonderful.  It feels good to have a life again.

Guitar and photography have been going the best.

In guitar, we’ve learned Am, Em, C and G7.  The chords for the song that goes “The ants go marching one by one, hoorah, hoorah…” Etc.  Haven’t actually learned the song yet, but we’ve learned the chords.  I’m pretty sure Em is my favorite sound ever.  It reminds me of a Mexican Fiesta guitar song.  It’s lovely!  I am able to now go from Am to Em without looking, but I still struggle with C to G7.  I can do both on their own (even though G7 kills me, it’s so difficult to stretch my hand that far!) but I’m not too good at going from one to the other yet.  It usually still takes me a few seconds with those two to transition.  Hey, I’m learning something, though!  I’m so in love with guitar right now, even though my hands are very un-coordinated, I’m doing pretty well so far. Also, I had to rent a guitar from class so that I can play it in class everyday and not have to haul my guitar from home back and forth from school.  That would be a pain.  The one I rented from class is a Spanish guitar, closer to a classic than a steel, but kind of in between I guess.  It’s really nice, it’s also pretty small which is good since I’m very petite.  The guitar I own at home is pretty big.

In photography we haven’t learned much yet, but my teacher talks forever.  Most students would look at this as a great way to get out of doing work, but I really enjoy his stories, not just the fact he forgets about giving us work.  We actually don’t have any work yet, technically and I think we’re going to start our first project next week.  I’m very excited for that.  Anyways, he’s a really cool person and every day at lunch I sit in his classroom and eat talking to him.  He’s becoming like my best friend!  Is that appropriate for students and teachers to be friends?  I hope so.  It’s awesome though because we always talk about photography and cameras of course, so it’s like I’m getting an extra photography class every day.

Well, that’s all for now.  I don’t really have much news for other classes, as they’ve been a bit slow starting on the work just as photography has.

Oh!  I do have a bit more to talk about.

Tomorrow I don’t have much to do… probably just jam to guitar with my baby sister.  On Sunday though, it’s my daddy’s birthday!!!  I’m making his cake this year (yay) and I’m going to try to make it fancy!  No fondant… but just nicely and neatly decorated.  I won’t tell you how old he’s turning because he’d probably personally kill me, but I’m very excited.  We’re going over to his friend Jimmy and Jenna’s house, (they’re like our family’s best friend besides Justin) and having a gaming party.  We’re going to eat pizza, eat cake and play Arkham Horror all night I think.  (I pray to God that I spelled the game right.)  It’s hopefully going to be a blast.

Other than that, nothing much is going on.  I’m quite sick with a rough cold at the moment, I have just a tiny bit of sniffles, burning eyes and a very sore throat.  I don’t have a cough, though… That’s weird.  Well, I kind of do… Anyways… Yeah, I’ll hopefully see you Sunday for a movie review on “Dandelion.” 🙂  Have a great day/night/morning, everyone.

New Year’s Day

Happy New Year’s!  I hope everybody had a safe night last night and your hangovers aren’t too bad.  I spent the night by first watching Star Wars (original episode 4) with my dad while eating lime & salt popcorn (yummy) and drinking a Strawberry Daquiri Sobe (if you’ve never heard of the drink, there is no alcohol in it.  Don’t worry.  It is my favorite store bought beverage ever).  It was a lot of fun!  Then, we played the game Elder Sign.  Kinda geeky, but I really like those kind of games and they’re my dad’s biggest hobby.  So it was fun!  That was my New Year’s night.

Just to let you know- I am adding in a blogging day for each week.  Sunday is going to be Movie Review day.  Each week this year (unless I am prevented during certain weeks for personal reasons) I will do one movie review.  At the beginning of each month, I will make a list of 4 movies for the month, and on each Sunday, I will review a movie!  Stay tuned until the end of this post for a few reviews I’ve already got done.

For New Year’s Day today, we had my baby sister, Momo’s first birthday party.  Her birthday is actually tomorrow, but it’s hard to have a party on a Monday.  A lot of family and family-friends came over, kids played, adults talked, and then we had cake.  She ripped into that cake so good!  She had it EVERYWHERE on her and on the walls in the dining room!  Everyone else had red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (so. good.) and Neapolitan ice cream.  Morgana got a picture with a poem from me, a rocking horse from Nan+Pops, a sippy cup from an aunt and clothes from another aunt and uncle.  It was a good party.  My mom did good cooking for that party so props to her!  I was the party photographer, of course.  I will probably have some pictures up tomorrow for my “Personal Post” (Check out my about page to see my weekly blogging schedule.)

Speaking of New Years, I have a few things to say about this year.  2011 was a horrible year for me.  It was wonderful in many ways, but I went through a very personal and difficult time and it denoted 2011 as awful.  2012 is a fresh start.  Each month I am going to make a goal for myself (personal goals- not anything I’ll be posting on here) and hopefully by 2013, I will have achieved a lot and brought myself back up to 100% as a person.  I am already a more positive person today and I’m doing my best to be extremely optimistic, kind and happy.  I also have a new mindset when it comes to relaxing.  My new thing is that I do not get to relax if I have things to do.  I can’t go to bed unless that laundry’s folded.  I can’t blog until I’ve gotten the sweeping done.  I can’t eat another cupcake until I’ve worked out.  You get the idea.  If I have a chore or obligation to be done, I can’t do anything fun or relaxing until it’s finished.  I’m hoping this will help me to get rid of any procrastinating gene left in my body.  Also, in my blog schedule, you might notice one thing on Friday’s post- it says “weekly picture.”  I’m pretty excited for this.  Unless for some reason I can’t blog on a certain Friday, I will post a picture of myself every Friday (taken that Friday) and by 2013, I’ll get to see how much I’ve changed over the year!  I think that’s a really fun idea.  So I’m happy to be getting that going this Friday.

Moving onto Movie Reviews!  I will do 3 reviews for you right now.  I watched 7 movies this weekend (I know!) but I’m only going to pick a few to review on here since this post is already a bit long.  Then, I will list my four movies to review this month! (There are 4 more Sundays this month!) BY THE WAY: My movie reviews NEVER contain spoilers.

Beauty and the Briefcase

Rated: TV-14

Time Run: 86 Minutes

Genre: Comedy/Romance

Director: Gil Junger

Writer(s): Michael Horowitz & Daniella Brodsky

Starring: Hilary Duff, Jaime Pressly and Jennifer Coolidge

Pros: Funny, sweet, romantic, silly

Cons: A bit confusing, dull, un=realistic scenes, too cliché, annoying credits at the beginning, predictable

My biggest problem: It felt like there really wasn’t a climax in this movie, the whole thing ran a little dull and predictable.

My favorite feature: It definitely was an enjoyable movie, it was pretty silly and girly.  I wouldn’t recommend this to many guys, because it’s a bit too girly.

IMDb’s stars (out of ten): 5.2/10

My stars (out of ten): 3/10

 

Waiting For Forever

Rated: PG-13

Time Run: 95 Minutes

Genre: Drama/Romance

Director: James Keach

writer(s): Steve Adams

Starring: Rachel Bilson, Tom Sturridge and Richard Jenkins

Pros: Beginning was intense and sad (amazing), main character boy is cute, touching, intense, heart breaking, spirit lifting, made me cry several times

Cons: None.

My biggest problem: The ending didn’t fall short, but I did feel like it needed a bit more to it still.

My favorite feature: It was just a very unique and touching movie, it moved me a lot and brought me to tears over five different times.  It is in fact my favorite movie now.

IMDb’s stars (out of ten): 6/10

My stars (out of ten): 10/10

 

The Others

Rated: PG-13

Time Run: 101 Minutes

Genre: Drama/Mystery/Thriller

Director: Alejandro Amenabar

Writer(s): Alejandro Amenabar

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston and Fionnula Flanagan

Pros: Unexpected ending, suspenseful

Cons: Lighting too dark, drawn out

My biggest problem: I really dislike movies with really dark settings because it makes me feel like I can’t see what’s going on- even though in “dark setting movies” you can see what’s happening.  It just gives me a headache and frustrates me.  Almost this entire movie was in a very dark setting.

My favorite feature: The ending was very unexpected and surprised me.

IMDb’s stars (out of ten): 7.7/10

My stars (out of ten): 6/10

 

Now, my list of four movies to watch and review this month!

  1. Mao’s Last Dancer
  2. Never Been Kissed
  3. Meet the Parents
  4. Dandelion

That’s all for today!  See you!