Other than that, I really don’t have a lot to say. I enjoy Lauren Graham’s acting more in Gilmore Girls then I did in this movie, and Mandy Moore has gone a long way from her innocent girlish roles. Piper just played another part similar to her role in Coyote Ugly. Diane Keaton stole the show in parts of the movie, but normally in these sort of chic flicks I don’t want them to end, and this one I was shifting around waiting for the end to come.
Archive for February, 2007
I’m finally well enough off financially to swing the initial fees, finally fed up with my lack of physical fitness to push myself into this, and finally excited enough about being able to get out of my home and find a new place to settle in where I can meet people, swim (even in the winter, thanks be for 84 degree pools!), relax in a sauna and walk without having to brave the cold weather for it.
I’ve always been such a homebody that I never could pull myself away from my books and computer to get out and do things. Now with my Inspire meetings, my Pearce membership and personal piano lessons I’m finally breaking away from a hermit-like existence for the last 10 years and living again.
The cruise didn’t hurt either. =)
I did not expect this movie to hit me like it did. At first I was mildly interested because I’m an American Idol fan, and I knew Jennifer Hudson because of her performances on the show (although she was far from my favorite – she had an attitude that rubbed me the wrong way but played well for her in her part in Dreamgirls). She gave an incredibly emotional performance in the movie through her singing though and they did do a great job of showing the difference between a soulful voice and Beyonce’s “pop” voice.
It was worth the $4.00 for me to see the movie, for sure. I was even moved to tears quite a few times over the injustice shown to Jennifer’s character repeatedly – and the music really was quite good – worth the price of a ticket in itself.
The information from Netflix was that it was a story about a boy who lived in a house where Beethoven was the tenant upstairs. The opening credits of the movie indicated it was a kid’s movie. Great.
The movie turned out to be pretty acceptable. It kept my interest and portrayed Beethoven near the end of his lifetime. He was working on the 9th Symphony at the time and had lost his hearing – the actor did a wonderful job of pulling off a cranky, but still touching man. Sometimes I just get so involved in playing the music the great composers wrote and I don’t sit down to think about the people behind them. There was a moment in the movie when the boy’s uncle is talking to him about the musical genius that is Beethoven and remarked something along the lines of, the music that we hear from Mr. Beethoven is just a fragment of the wonderful music that he hears inside of his head all the time.
How beautiful and frustrating that must have been. To be so full inside of music and unable to get it out fast enough – I can’t even imagine. I go nuts if I go for a few days without being able to express my emotions through the classics.
Hats off to Beethoven and the other great composers is all I could think about after watching that movie – check it out if you would like to see a different perspective on how Beethoven lived.
But hey, this is a vacation, right? Bring on the vacation movies.
We laughed … so hard. The portrayal of a 15 year old girl – spot on. The issues the family dealt with throughout the vacation and the stages of resentment to acceptance to returning to that warm fuzzy family feeling reminded me of so many of our own family vacations, well the ones that involved serious amounts of traveling in a van!
The movie had some major laughter points (and one particular part reminded me so much of how my father would react in the same situation) and some major feel good points. Overall, A+ for keeping us entertained and willing to sit in a tiny cabin room instead of out on the deck for a few hours.
And the roomservice cheeseburgers weren’t bad either.
So many things happened on my vacation that there is simply no way to put down in words the sheer amount of things that happened. So I’ve decided to do a listing of new things I experienced, ate, and places I visited in the days that they occured. In addition, I’m posting some pictures of the day we set sail and the view of Miami. My parents are holding the actual cruise pictures hostage until my mother gets back from Atlanta.
- Waving goodbye to the cars honking and people sitting out on the beach as we left port.
- Doing the emergency life jacket drill (not fun)
- Attending my first “grown-up” social event gathering with the Colwell Banker Devonshire realtor group
- Stepping foot into my first ships cabin.
- Walking out onto the deck at 10pm that first night and seeing nothing but blackness and sea surrounding me. ( THAT was incredible)
- Creme Brulee
Day 2. At Sea
- Reading on deck with a spectacular view of the ocean
- Napping while on deck
- Watching my first cruise ship show (And boy was it cheesy)
- Smoked Salmon (with Salmon cream cheese something filling .. oh yum)
- Cherries Jubilee
Day 3. Ocho Rios, Jamaica
- Sweating from heat in January!
- Dodging Jamaican taxi drivers and beggers (these guys do NOT take no for an answer)
- Buying rum in Jamaica (did you know that $1.00 American = $66.70 Jamaican? wow)
- Receiving a proposal from a Jamaican man who was smoking some of the local “oregano” in a teeny, tiny little joint.
- Receiving an offer to buy the “best stuff in Jamaica, mon”
- Realizing that they really do say things like “No problem, mon” in Jamaica.
- Viewing very large, very loudly dressed Jamaican women molest American tourist men while their wives took pictures.
- Watching Matilda, the Jamaican comedian
- Jamaican “Jerk” Chicken
- Rum Punch (yum!)
- Rack of Lamb
- Baked Alaska
Day 4. George Town, Grand Cayman Island
- Boarding a tender for the first time.
- Visiting “Margaritaville”
- Visiting a British post office and buying postage there. (their money looks sooo funny)
- Going to see Louis Johnson, Comedian, that evening on the ship
- Stuffed Lobster tail
Day 5. At Sea
- Played bingo
- Attended a “laugh” seminar (and passed the humor test!)
- Cried because I knew I was going to miss the sea
- A HUGE variety of Sushi.
Day 6. Port and travel to Orlando
- Viewing the stadium for the Superbowl
- Viewing the stadium again for the Superbowl because we got lost in the rental car.
- Going to bed at 9pm because we’re all fuddy-duddy’s.
Day 7. Epcot
- Watching a man do a handstand on 7 stacked chairs
- Watching my father get picked to play the role of “Romeo” in a skit.
- Being totally embarrassed watching my father disco dance as said Romeo
- Laughing at my father because he inserted “What ho!” into his dialogue and then it had to be explained that he was not insulting his “Edna”
- Trying Japanese “Flowers Kiss” candy. No, it doesn’t taste like roses but more like a plum peach!
- Going on Soarin’, a new Epcot ride that makes it feel as if you are hanggliding over various National Parks and wonders.
Day 8. Magic Kingdom and Home
The Magic Kingdom had only a few new experiences for me, as I spent several months working here.
In conclusion to this post – I just want to say that this was one of the most amazing, memorable vacations I’ve ever had. It was thrilling and heartwarming to spend time with my folks when they were really allowed to “relax”. It’s a side of them I don’t see very often at all. Mom said I took to cruising like a duck takes to water, so I’m sure I’ll thoroughly enjoy the family Disney cruise this fall, but in the meantime – it felt good to break out of the shell I’d placed myself into for the last few years and breathe and live again.
And now – pictures of the Miami coast line as we left port, along with a picture of the ship.