Monday, September 28, 2009

Romantic Sunday Walks

Last night Rob and I went on a walk around our spiffy new apartment complex.

We found a bridge.

There was water running under the bridge.

Bridge and water inspired a spitting contest.

Gues who won....

I did. Hands down. Three to zilch. Rob didn't have a prayer... he wasn't even close enough to argue that it should have been a tie.

Were my best friends growing up guys? Oh yeah! You bet they were!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Steph's "The Host" to Become a Movie!

Sooooo excited!! Just read this article on the MTV website:

After the November release of "New Moon," there may be only three more movies (at most) to come from Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" vampire saga, but it looks like the author will continue to be present on the big screen for a long time to come. Meyer's first adult novel, "The Host," is being adapted for a feature film, according to Variety.

Published in May 2008, "The Host" tells the story of how a species of compassionate aliens called "souls" have invaded Earth and assumed control of the minds of almost every human on the planet. A soul named Wanderer invades the body of woman named Melanie Stryder, who manages to make Wanderer share her body instead of taking it over entirely. They set off on a journey to locate Stryder's lost love, Jared, who is one of the last unaffected humans and remains in hiding.

Andrew Niccol has been tapped to write the script and direct. Niccol's writer/director credits include the Ethan Hawke sci-fi flick "Gattaca" and the Nicolas Cage action movie "Lord of War." Niccol also wrote the Jim Carrey-starring "The Truman Show." According to the Variety report, producers first began to consider Niccol after Meyer said her favorite sci-fi films were "Gattaca" and "Truman."

Meyer had previously rejected bids to adapt "Host," but eventually gave the OK after producers made a substantial offer and a displayed a willingness to collaborate with her on the project.

"We wanted Stephenie to be involved in the adaptation and have her endorse and be part of the creative decisions," Nick Wechsler, one of the producers, said. "['Twilight'] has proven she knows more about what works than most."

Wechsler, along with Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz, used their own funds to acquire the rights to "The Host." All three receive producer credits on "The Road," the upcoming adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Back in April 2008, Meyer told MTV News what her dream cast for "The Host" would be. "With 'The Host,' I think the actors could be really big names," she said. "That would be cool. I'd love to see Robert Redford put on a beard and be Jeb; he would be amazing. ... Matt Damon has some very Jared-esque qualities, and then [I'd love to see] Casey Affleck as Ian and Ben Affleck as Kyle. Imagine the interplay."

Dude.... where's my band??

Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate scored the winning touchdown in Saturday's victory over Michigan State, but what has everyone talking about Tate three days later isn't the score itself, it's the way he celebrated afterward: Tate did a flying leap into the Michigan State band.

Tate explained that as he launched himself into mid-air, he was thinking it was the Notre Dame band he was going to celebrate with:

"I thought the people were going to catch me, but I forgot that was Michigan State's band," Tate said. "And, like, I jumped up and they scattered real quick and there was the ground hitting me hard."

Heehee...whoops! Blonde moment!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Miracle Crashes

In the 1980 Holiday Bowl, where BYU was matched up against SMU, BYU was spiralling down out of control. For all the effort they were putting into the game, it seemed as though BYU's defense just couldn't handle the strength of the SMU offense. Down by three touchdowns in the 4th quarter, with only 4 minutes left in the game, there were many a stalwart Cougar fans leaving the stadium, convinced that the game was about to end in another crushing bowl defeat.

But the game wasn't over, not for Jim McMahon, that is. Furious at the lack of support from the BYU crowd, McMahon screamed at the fans that the game was not over yet. It was when LaVell Edwards was about to kick the ball off at a 4th down that McMahon decided to take matters into his own hands. "How am I supposed to win the game, coach, if you kick off right here and don't allow us to convert to a first down?" (This was the story relayed to me by my dad... if there are any indescrepancies, take it up with Papa Bear). "Alright Jim," I can just hear coach LaVell Edwards saying, "go ahead and get us a first!"

And he did!

Again, and again and again. With the future NFL quarter back, Jim McMahon, leading the way, the Cougar offense scored two 2 more touchdowns, putting them at 45-39 with the SMU defense, less than a touchdown away from victory. With 13 seconds left in the game, the Cougar offense took over at the 41 yard line. After two incomplete passes, and as the clock expired, McMahon threw a Hail Mary into the end zone. Smothered by SMU defenders, BYU tight end Clay Brown somehow managed to leap up and haul in the football, scoring one of the most miraculous touch downs in college football history!! With the score tied, BYU's Kurt Gunther kicked for the extra point, giving BYU a 46-45 victory over the Mustangs.

This spectacular 4th quarter come-back game was appropriately labeled the "Miracle Bowl."

Wearing our Cougar Bule on Saturday, thoroughly defeated and depressed, and upon contemplating why BYU didn't have any more of those "Miracle Bowls" left in them, my sister Lisa pipped up from the back seat, "Well, at least they have Miracle Crashes!"

Truer words have never been spoken! Looking at BYU's past losses, its amazing--and, dare I say "Miraculous"?--that when they lose, they don't JUST "lose." They TANK! And I'm not just talking about their spectacular 28-54 loss against Florida State on Saturday. Take last season, for example. After passing most of the season with flying colors, winning finally got the best of our beloved Cougars, when they were slaughtered by TCU, 7-32. And then lets not forget that painful Utah game, in which we lost, 24-48. The bowl game, while slightly better for ware, was still lost by a good touch down and a half lead by Arizona, ending the game at 21-31.

So as I sit here looking for the bright side in this sad turn of events for the 2009 Cougar football season, I'm forced to admit that although my Cougars might lose a game or two, at least they lose spectacularly!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Rise and Shout!!!

BYU: 14.... Oklahoma: 13
Sorry, I couldn't resist a post.... it's a great day to be a Cougar fan!! Good job to the boys in blue!! They played great tonight!! RISE AND SHOUT COUGAR FANS!!! WHOOOOOO!!! Rob and I in Cougar Blue, out tailgating and watching the game!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Catching Fire

I hate to bother you all with yet again ANOTHER book reccomendation, but I have just finished the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Last year I read the Hunger Games (or maybe it was early this year?? I can't remember) and reccomended it on my blog. Seriously... this is not a reccommendation to ignore!! These books are fabulous! Absolutely, 100% fabulous! They will keep you up late at night mulling over every little plot line twist and turn and wondering if things could have turned out differently. You'll get lost in the characters and the complicated world of Panem. But most of all, they will leave you salivating, hanging on the edge of your seat for the thrid and final installment!! (That being said, if you don't like to be left waiting... maybe its best to wait til all three are out so you can just go through them all at once!) Take my advice, clear you weekend when you start them... The Hunger Games are every bit as addicting as Twilight and HP (for all you Twihards and HP fans!)

Happy reading!!