#alwayskeepfighting 

Working on a tattoo design and playing with charcoal.

One day I’ll have words for what it means to me.

For now I’m just incredibly grateful.

#alwayskeepfighting

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So little time…..

I’m quite proud of all I’ve accomplished in the last several weeks.

I’ve applied and been accepted to ASU Online! One step closer to finishing a degree, still no clue what I’m going to do with it but it’s a start.

I watched the 1966 Academy Award winner A Man for All Seasons. Adapted from the Tony award winning play, it tells the story of Thomas More, whose silence over Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn cost him his life.

It was an excellent film that was rather modern in it’s storytelling. It was a piece that reminded me more of The King’s Speech or The Imitation Game which both have far different tones than the previous winners ( i.e. The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Ben Hur). 

I both read and watched The Outsiders for the first time.

I adore the book. It’s dark and gritty and very real. It’s been very hard for me to finish books as of late, probably due to technology ADD, amongst other things; this book I finished in practically two days, I couldn’t put it down.

The movie wasn’t as satisfying as I had wished it to be, despite the amazing cast. Often the acting was a wee bit stiff and the directing a little over dramatic. The beauty of the story is its simplicity, and the drama hurt the film a bit. That being said, it was still fun to watch, especially since alllllll the greats are in it (Tom Cruise, the Karate Kid, Patrick Swayze….).

Speaking of Patrick Swayze – I also watched Ghost and Too Wong Fu Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. (me? On a Swayze kick?? Nooooo….)

Ghost is now on my list of favorite films ever.

I went into it thinking it was a lame-o chick flick – but alas! No! There’s more to it than just a beautiful relationship, there’s Whoopi Goldberg and scandal and theft! I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Allllsooo, the music was pretty bomb.

Too Wong Fu  is where I really learned that Patrick Swayze was more than just a pretty boy in tight pants. My roommate and I would watch scenes when it came on TV and I was amazed by his performance as Vida (I had no idea it was him till Jess pointed it out). SO of course I had to watch the whole thing and it’s a fun movie.

I’ve also managed to begin reading Slaughterhouse Five which I suspect is the beginning of a long love affair with Vonnegut. I think much like what I enjoyed with S.E. Hinton, he’s very honest and not as stiff as other writers (particularly the classical ones…..).

OH OHHHHH.

I also went on my first date this past Friday.

I suppose this officially puts me in the game…???

If I keep this up it will be a very productive year!

The Olden Days

I have a love of many of the arts.

Apparently I have a problem with picking one and sticking to it.

I like to think it makes me well rounded (whether it actually does or not remains to be seen).

Tonight in particular I found myself watching a video, here, of Vanessa Hudgens performing a song from her show Gigi for Kelly and Michael.

Yes my friends, Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical is taking the place of Leslie Caron for the new stage version of Gigi.

I cried a little when I first heard the news. Not only do I sincerely love musical theatre (having grown up with the classics and performed for a wee bit) but it’s also a classic film with a wonderful wonderful actress (I adore Leslie Caron – watch Lili or The Glass Slipper – that is providing you have already seen An American in Paris and Daddy Long Legs). 

It is so very hard for me to watch classic roles taken over by modern artists – there’s a timelessness to these works that can rarely be achieved again.

Now all of that being said – I wasn’t as automatically horrified by her performance as I had expected to be. Her voice is quite devoid of the pop tones that kill the atmosphere for me.

I might actually want to see more…….**rubs chin**

Thoughts??