Sunday, August 23, 2009

Take my picture!!!

I've always wanted to photograph Kansas sunflowers, but my timing for visiting Kansas never seemed right. It's hard to find them in the winter (as if I was ever looking for them during sub-zero weather), and oftentimes during my summer visits I always seemed to have other things to do. This visit I had some free time on my hands so I grabbed my camera and walked down to a patch of them just a few hundred yards from my mom's house. There was this cute little grouping of flowers which seemed to keep jumping towards the camera as if to say, "Take my picture, take my picture!" The wind was blowing them and they really looked like a group of teenagers jostling for the best spot in front of me. I could almost see them smiling!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Mamma Mia!

Okay, so I'm behind the times. I know the movie came out last year, but I just had the chance to watch it for the first time last night. What a delightfully fun movie!! I never knew Meryl Streep could sing. (And Pierce Brosnan can't, but who cares?)

It's a good movie on so many levels:

- It's lighthearted. No heavy drama to weigh you down.
- No deep mystery and not too many twists and turns to try keep up with. Sometimes my head hurts after watching mystery-thrillers because I've had to work so hard to keep up with the plot.
- No blood and gore. No foul language.
- The scenery is spectacular! Makes me want to just go jump in the ocean.
- It's refreshing. My favorite scene is where the mother and daughter are curled up together in a big chair and mom is painting her daughter's toenails just before the wedding.
- And the song, "Slipping Through My Fingers" is so touching! As my own daughter heads out to college in just a few weeks, I find myself relating so much to this song.
- The MUSIC! How can you not get on your feet when listening to anything from ABBA?

I love the fact that there's a song for every situation. Hmm, gotta go see what my song is for today. Since I'm getting ready to send my daughter off to college, I think it's going to be "Money, Money, Money."