So I’ve been really busy getting married to my fiance… Excuse me, WIFE, Laura, this past month. (The ceremony was short and simple at a court house and the “reception” was at Long Horn Steakhouse.) Likewise, I’ve also been busy with my job and preparing to take on a new class at the end of October. My busy-ness isn’t going to slow down any time soon, BUT, since October is here, I feel the need. The need for HALLOWEEN!
I’ve been in one of my creative slumps again. Haven’t written any scripts, blogs, or anything in a long while. It’s partially due to a little bit of laziness on my part. I have a job now and I would rather relax than do “work” when I’m not actually working. I’ll try to get better with that soon.
However, I did want to make a blog about a really important next step in my life. If you don’t know, a few years ago I got engaged to a woman named Laura. We have a great relationship together but there has been one major factor that has been really difficult to deal with. We live in different countries. I’m in the USA and she’s in Canada (and, yes, I’ve heard every “My girlfriend who lives in Canada” joke there is). Well, after a long process of talking to lawyers and visiting political consulates, we are finally taking the next step. Today, September 2, 2017, Laura’s coming down to live with me permanently. In a few weeks, we are getting married! I’m extremely excited to be taking this big step with Laura. We even have our honeymoon all planned. (DISNEYLAND, BABY! WOOO!) And I couldn’t be happier.
Now, that’s not to say I’m not nervous. I’m nervous about what we need to do to get her an official residency here, mostly because I don’t want to screw it up and have her get deported. I’m nervous about setting up the wedding and making it nice for her and her family. But, mostly, I’m nervous about being a good husband.
I don’t doubt the strength of our relationship. The good thing about distance is that Laura and I are able to communicate really well thanks to necessity. If we’re upset, we talk about it. If we’re having a bad day, we know how to cheer each other up. I just want to make sure we’re happy together. I want to be able to give her the things she wants. I want to be able to give her new experiences. I want us both to be happy.
My mother has a good piece of advice for marriage. “You only have to worry about her happiness. Likewise, she only has to worry about yours. If you’re both working to make each other happy, the rest will fall into place.”
I’m not saying everything will always be sunshine and rainbows. We’ll have struggles to overcome. Times won’t always be happy. But we will work at it together. And that’s what’s important.
As is evidenced by quite a few blogs here, I’m a huge Disney dork. I love the movies, the parks, and even the hotels. A big part of my personality stems from my exposure to Disney and its products. I think part of that is that I grew up around the time of the Disney Renaissance, so the movies really hit home with me. When I heard they were remaking one of their biggest hits into a live-action movie, I was skeptical but excited. As the previews kept coming, my hype kept building. I was able to see it today. So, was this movie a beauty or a beast? Let’s find out. This is Beauty and the Beast.
I’m going to do two blogs today mostly because I missed last week’s deadline. Here’s the first one.
A few weeks ago, I decided to take another look at a Disney movie that doesn’t have the best reputation. I ended up liking the movie a lot more than I remembered liking it before. As such, I decided to do the same thing this week. Pocahontas is infamous as being one of the worst movies of the Disney Renaissance. People call it boring and extremely inaccurate to history. Still, it’s Disney. Would they really shill out a product that wasn’t at the very least entertaining to watch? I decided to find out if this movie was worth its weight in gold or if it deserves a savage beating. Let’s look at Pocahontas.
I first started reading the Maximum Ride books as a teenager. Being that they are supposed to be teen adventures, I thought I’d give them a shot. And I loved them… For the first three books. Then the Final Warning happened. It sucked so hard that I made a video about it (that no longer exists online). Then James Patterson, the writer, decided to keep going with the franchise after he’d already buried it in shit. It got better… ish. Still, I DID like the first three books. So when I heard that they were making a movie adaptation of the first book, I was thrilled. When I heard it was in development hell for a while, I was less thrilled. When I heard it was going direct to TV, I got a terrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. So, was this movie worth the wait or is this flick for the birds? This is Maximum Ride.
Apparently I like political dramas. This is particularly strange given the fact that I hate actual politics. But I do love shows like House of Cards and Designated Survivor, where I find the politics fascinating despite my distaste for the subject in the real world. Still, good characters go a long way into making me interested in a story. This, along with a very strong recommendation from my mother, made me check out The West Wing, a popular political show from the early 2000s. I went into it a little wary, especially given the current state of the world. But I did want to give it a shot. However, not having seen the complete first season yet, I do want to just give my first impressions. So, these are my initial thoughts on The West Wing.