Monday, July 15, 2013

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air...

One of my best most favorite things in life is when everyone is leaving the beach on Sunday and my ass is still planted in my chair because I'm not leaving until Monday.

I hope you all had a great weekend. I'll be heading home from a four day-er spent with the girls at the beach today and will share the weekend that was tomorrow.

Monday. Get down on it.

**Title quote is Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

If you don't cry at these movies, you have no soul

I know, I know, some of you are not criers. Amanda suggested a blog about having your girl card revoked if you don't cry at certain movies, an idea which I loved. I didn't want to limit it to the ladies, so there are some male friendly movies below. Marley and Me is not on this list, because the mere thought of my dogs dying brings me to tears, so I don't need to watch a movie about it.

These are in no particular order, but number one on my list has to be

My Girl - We saw this on vacation in Ocean City, NJ, on a rainy day. Laura was at one end of the row and I was at the other. In the death scene, someone in the theater was sobbing so loudly, Laura was looking around to see who it was. She looked to the end of the row, and it was me. Loud sobbing in public. Damn you bees.

Terms of Endearment - We were in MFD's parents' basement and it came on. I had never seen it. MFD was like oh, you should watch, it's good. He promptly fell asleep, only to be woken up later by my loud wracking sobs shaking the futon. 

Stepmom - I can't even. I don't even know what to say.

Beaches - A movie about losing your best friend, your female soulmate. Pass the tissues, all of them.

Out of Africa - Just so much loss, of friends, of the farm, of love, of Africa itself. Disregard the colonialism.

Steel Magnolias - Ugly crying at the cemetery scene. Ugly ugly ugly.

Heartburn - This is a punch to the stomach for me, tears of anguish and anger.

The Notebook - I shed tears in multiple places, for multiple reasons. Some may have been because my eyes were burning over Ryan Gosling's hotness, but most were over the story itself.

Dead Poet's Society - O Captain My Captain. Just as they jumped up spontaneously, my tears burst forth spontaneously.

Amageddon - Why can't they all live? Sacrificial death = fat tears.

Rudy - Tell me you did not shed tears when the entire Notre Dame football stadium was on its feet chanting Rudy. I am tearing up just thinking about it. Perseverance and hard work paying off in triumph triggers tears.

What movies turn on your waterworks?

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

I am a Patriot.

As Americans, we can argue until we're blue in the face over political hot button issues that divide us socially and economically. On the eve of the Fourth, let's step away from the lines that partition us and move towards the middle. Let's agree to stop letting the government define what America is for the weekend.What makes you an American has nothing to do with who's calling the shots on Capital Hill. What makes you an American comes from inside of you. It's a way of being, an outlook on life.

Whatever echoes in the beat of your heart, the thing that makes it hard to swallow and runs through your blood when you hear the national anthem makes you an American. The drive to work hard and be the best makes you an American. The willingness to help someone in need regardless of who they are makes you an American. The desire to DO instead of watch makes you an American.

When unthinkable catastrophes happen, Americans come together regardless of tremendous individual differences to stand united against whatever it is, be it people who fly planes into buildings, super storms that wipe out towns along the northeast coast, people who place bombs at finish lines, tornadoes that level towns in Oklahoma, or a man who shoots up a school in Connecticut in a fit of madness. The American people will not be defeated regardless of what other nations, mother nature, religious extremists, or even individual citizens do on our soil.

You can't break us, we murmur. We are Americans, we declare. We will get through this together, we say. What can we do to help, we ask.

That is America. Don't let elected officials, your beef with them, their actions or inaction turn you against your own country, because they are not what this country is about.

This song is one of my favorites, and it always makes the hair on my arms stand up a little. It does a good job of saying even if you aren't always happy with who's running your country, some of the things happening here, or some of the people living in it; you can still really love the shit out of it and think it's the greatest country in the world.

And I ain't no communist 
And I ain't no socialist 

And I ain't no capitalist 

And I ain't no imperialist 

And I ain't no democrat 

Sure as fuck ain't no republican either 

I only know one party 

And that is freedom 

I love my country. I'm thankful to live here in the birthplace of the nation every day, but especially during this most patriotic week of the summer.

Enjoy celebrating our independence this weekend. Say thank you to those on our borders and on the ground in foreign lands protecting our way of life. Don't blow anything up with fireworks and don't drive drunk.

I'll see you back here on Monday. Four day weekend, holler at me.

Happy Fourth, 'Merica. From sea to shining sea.

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