Grandpaland & Movie Credits

Saturday I went to my first private movie premiere for the very first viewing of an original family movie… that I just so happened to be a part of making.

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My good friend from school was a part of the web-series produced prior to this film, and asked me if I’d be interested in being a Production Assistant for this film this summer.  Of course I said yes!  Come on, working on an actual film… who would pass that up?

So production began May 23rd and lasted for four weekends.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to be there for all the production, only the scenes we filmed at the theme park and bus station.  Still, being there for a majority of the filming process was good enough for me.  I was very grateful to be a part of a fun project with both a great cast and crew.

The cool thing about going to the premiere to see the finished product was not only seeing how it all came together, but knowing what antics went on behind-the-scenes as we filmed each scene.  There was also points where I noticed something was cut out, but some took me a while to realize that a particular scene had been cut.  As I watched it a second time, I noticed more than I did at the premiere screening.

Being a production assistant might not be the most fun job to someone who knows what the job entails, which is doing all the odds and ends jobs to keep the production going.  I, however, enjoyed every single moment of it, even during the times we had to just stand around as our director made adjustments to scenes and gave the actors direction.  There was a lot of standing around and waiting time as a production assistant, but this was by far the best volunteer experience I’ve ever gone through… and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

I think I’ve done enough rambling on my movie experience, so now I am going to shamelessly promote the movie since we are trying to get it some recognition online.  You can check out the movie below, or on the Welcome to Grandpaville website.  The movie runs 45 minutes and is great to watch with your kids, nieces, nephews, etc.

Again, I am grateful to have worked with a talented cast and crew and hope that this movie gets the recognition we’re looking for!  And I can’t forget to mention how amazing it was to see my name in the credits of a movie on a giant theater screen!  (Right in the top-middle too!)

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My only regret during the premiere was that I didn’t take out my cell phone to actually get a picture of it, but YouTube will work… for now.

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Why Puckleberry?

I am one of the Gleeks who falls into the category of Puckleberry shipper.  I was originally going to say that Puckleberry shippers are a minority, but based on the amount of fanfiction shipping those two on fanfiction.net, I can’t really say that’s the case.  However, due to the show’s outcome and the former relationship Rachel had with Finn, shipping Rachel and Puck together is not the canon option.

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However, I believe Puckleberry is the ultimate couple, and not for reasons that people would think, being that Rachel and Puck are two of my top three favorite characters in the show.

No, that is not the case at all.

Puckleberry is the ultimate couple for this simple reason – it’s a double cliché pairing.

If you know me at all, you know that I hate clichés.  I know I can’t avoid them – heck, I’m even guilty of writing them – but I can still hate them.  So why is a double cliché pairing better, you ask?  Think of it like math, two negative numbers multiplied together will cancel out to make a positive number.  Just the same, in my head anyway, two clichés in a pairing will cancel out.

Now let’s take a look at Finchel vs. Puckleberry:

Finchel – Finn is the cool guy.  He’s captain and quarterback of the football team, as well as dating the head cheerleader when we meet him.  When he gets roped into Glee club he meets Rachel and falls for her.  Rachel is one of the ‘losers’ of the school; the star of the glee club and constantly picked on by the jocks and cheerleaders.  The cliché here: the jock and the geek.

Puckleberry – We already know Rachel is one of the school’s least popular people, but add onto that identity that she’s also the ‘good girl’ type – always following the rules and does very well in school.  Puck on the other hand, is on the football team alongside Finn and is the notorious ‘bad boy’ type who breaks the rules, skips class, hooks up with the cheerleaders and has an overall tough image.  The clichés here: the jock and the geek as well as the good girl and the bad boy.

With Puckleberry’s added cliché of the good girl/bad boy pairing on top of the jock/geek, these two to be the perfect couple.  Especially taking into consideration that jocks tend to normally be ones who make good grades (or at least decent grades) and tend to be good guys who don’t cause too much trouble (there are usually minor exceptions).  Puck breaks that image of the normal jock who dates the least popular girl in school.

Sadly, Puckleberry only lasted for one episode in season one, but their short time together will never be forgotten by those of us who immediately fell in love with this pairing and continues to ship them in our hearts as the true Glee power couple.  We’ll also never forget the only duet they ever had together – Need You Now.

Now for the question, has there ever been a couple you rooted for, but were not the canon pairing?  

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**Note: image above is an edit I made four years ago as a signature for a forum I was a part of.

Friday Five: Blogger Love v.30

Friday again!  It’s been a while since I’ve done one of my Friday Five posts, seeing as my computer was down for a bit there and you know… the whole moving thing.  My weeks have been tiring, even though I’m not doing any actual moving anymore.  I think just the emotions that come with going through change, and the fact that for the first time in years I’m not going back to school for the fall… it’s just weird man.

Anyway, I found some good reads from over the past few weeks and I’d like to share them with y’all!  So let’s get to it!

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  1. Why books should be one of the seven deadly sins by See You In A Porridge.  Otherwise known as “Symptoms of Being a Book Lover” we are listed the constant feelings bookworms go through regularly, as it pertains to books.  I can’t help but express how much I agree with the fist one, since it has happened to me multiple times.
  2. 4 No-Stress Ways to Improve Your Writing by Tipsy Writer.  Because as bloggers, we’re always looking for ways to improve our writing… am I right?
  3. On being alone… by The Fairy Princess Diaries.  Alone time is something that people need, in my opinion.  It’s a time to reflect on your day/week and just get in touch with yourself and your emotions.  I know I personally enjoy and cherish my alone time… which I get a lot of right now!  Maybe a little too much…
  4. How to Keep Your College and Blog Life Organized by The Blogging Brew.  It’s that time of year for many a blogger to hit the books again for another school year… sadly, I’m not part of that group anymore.  Here are some tips for those of you who are going back to school and might need some tips on staying organized!
  5. Ultimate Guide to Freelancing in College by College Info Geek.  Again this deals with the upcoming school year.  Since making money is a huge thing for college students, so they can pay their cell phone bills and eat real food, freelancing is a good way to have a part-time job where you can make your own schedule and work on (mostly) your own time.  I occasionally freelance and it’s definitely something that college students should look into!

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So there’s my five favorite posts of the week and I think y’all should go and give them a look.

As always,  don’t forget to check out the host of Blogger Love, Meagan on All The Joys and give her some blogger love as well!

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Confession Session {3rd edition}

Guess what…?

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Yes, I’m officially back to the blogosphere everyone!  I’m still doing a little catching up with reading posts by the bloggers I follow, but I’m getting there.

Since I am a little off-track because of the move and being away from the blog for two weeks, I thought it would be fitting to do another confession session since this is a relatively short and easy post to do.  Plus, there are some things that I just need to confess to my blogging friends here… or real life friends and family if they happen to read my blog.

I have no idea if they do.

Anyway… onto the confessions!

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One // I have never seen The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast or Sleeping Beauty.  No lie… and my best friend always manages to shame me for not having seen them yet.

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Two // I’ve lived in the same town my entire life, but not the same house.  As of this current move I am now in my eighth residence in my town within the past 24 years.

Three // Disney Descendants is an adorable movie.  This isn’t much of a confession, seeing as I just reviewed the movie a few weeks ago, but I literally cannot get enough of it.  I don’t care what anyone says, it’s adorable and I love it!  The songs are catchy too.

Four // I despise the live-action version of 101 Dalmatians.  Since I’m on a Disney movie kick right now, I feel the urge to express my disdain for the live-action version of the classic cartoon movie.  I remember sitting in the movie theater hating everything about the movie like it was yesterday.  You just don’t mess with a classic cartoon (other examples include the live-action Scooby Doo and Last Airbender movies).

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Five // I love breakfast food.  I really do.  I’d say that at least four days out of the week I’ll eat some kind of breakfast food for at least two of my meals (if not all three).

Six // I have a tendency to hate songs when they first come out, then love them later.  I can’t even keep track of how many times I’ll hear a new song from an artist, hate the song, then anytime within 6 months to 2 years later be playing the song constantly on repeat.  It’s recently happened with a few Selena Gomez songs, and more recently Katy Perry’s song Roar.

Seven // I’m very indecisive.  Okay, so anyone who knows me in person knows this already, but yes… I am the most indecisive person I know.  Seriously, it’s a struggle for me to even decide what I want for dinner nearly every day.  I’m that bad at making decisions.
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And… that’s all folks!

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Life Lately (I’m Still Alive!)

It’s come to my attention that it has been nearly two weeks since my last post where I reviewed the new Disney movie Disney Descendants.

Well, it didn’t just come to my attention… I’ve actually been thinking about it all week.  I hate that I just went off the map for the past two weeks, I honestly had no intention of doing so, but life just happens when you least expect it.  One of those things being that the top case (keyboard) of my MacBook Pro was malfunctioning, so it is currently out to get that fixed and I’m writing this post on an old Toshiba laptop running on Windows 7 (and for those of you who do not know, I despise using any Windows operating system that came after Windows XP).

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So I believe I mentioned at least once or twice (maybe three times…) that I was going to be moving fairly soon.  I’m happy to finally announce that as of last night my mom and I are officially moved into our new place, and my friend will be following us in shortly.  It’s been quite the long week moving things and living between two houses… that’s the beauty of moving to a new place in the same town I suppose.

Speaking of living in the same town, this is now my 8th home in this town in my 24 years of life.  I’ve never moved out of town… just all around it (though my mom and I did manage to live in one neighborhood for 11 years straight, just in 3 different homes).  I’m hoping that my 9th home will at least be out of town, if not out of state.  Of course, this won’t be for at least another year or two.

Out of the three bedrooms in our new home, mine is the only one entirely set up.  My mom’s set has yet to come in, and like I mentioned, my friend hasn’t moved in yet.  I have to say, I am literally in love with my room.  The only thing I really need to do to finish off my room is build my new bookcase, which will happen later today, and hang up some wall art as well as my shiny new Bachelor’s degree.

So, I apologize for just disappearing for nearly two weeks – again, I had no intention of doing so.  It just happened.  Hopefully once my MacBook is back and functioning properly I’ll be back on a regular posting schedule.  Also, for the record, I do intend on doing a house tour post so y’all can see the new place, I’m just waiting for us to be completely settled in and finish getting some furniture for the dining room and bedrooms.

Have an awesome Sunday!

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Disney Descendants [movie review]

I’m sure by now you have all heard of the hype over Disney Channel’s newest original movie, Disney Descendants.  If you haven’t… get out from under that rock!

Disney Descendants follows the tale of the next generation of villains, as well as princes and princesses – but the focus in on the villains.  Born and raised on the Isle of the Lost after their parents had been banished there, four teens – Mal the daughter of Maleficent, Jay the son of Jafar, Evie the daughter of Evil Queen, and Carlos the son of Cruella De Vil – are chosen by Prince Benjamin to be taken from the island and live as normal teens in the land of Auradon, under the rule of King Beast and Queen Belle.

The reluctant teens are pushed to go by their parents, so they can steal the Fairy Godmother’s wand to break the magical barrier over the Isle of the Lost, which would allow all the villains to escape and finally get their revenge on their enemies.  Along the way, the teens inadvertently make friends with most of their fellow students at Auradon Prep and learn what true friendship and love is, which leads them to question if being evil is really the right thing for them just because they were born into it.

When I first saw the teaser for this movie, I have to admit, I was intrigued right away.  I mean, villains having kids?  That’s not something most of us would think about.  Then again, most villains die in the end…

If I’m correct, the only two villains of the four – Jafar and Cruella – did not die at the end of their original movies (though Jafar was trapped in a lamp as a genie for eternity).  So somehow Maleficent and Evil Queen were brought back to life just to be banished to the Isle of the Lost, or this Disney movie just decided not to acknowledge their deaths.  So, from the logical standpoint I can see where people will criticize the movie for this aspect of the movie, but let’s not let this petty issue ruin it.

We’re all adults here.  Ones that watch Disney movies, but still… adults.

To be entirely honest, I loved nearly everything in this movie!  When I got around to watching it on my DVR, I figured I would probably turn it off after 10 minutes, but I was hooked the entire time.  I’ve seen it a few more times since then and made sure to watch it with my grandma (because I knew she’d like it) and I’m still not sick of it.  I might be a little sick of the songs, but that’s because there’s no way for me to get them out of my head… they’re stuck in there!

Since it’s Disney Channel, they put a comical spin on the villains, making them seem not as evil as they could be, especially when it comes to Maleficent.  Kristen Chenoweth absolutely rocked that Maleficent outfit and cracks me up just about every time she’s on screen.  Evil Queen and Jafar seemed to have more level heads, but Cruella… I think being trapped on the island for 20 years made her lose her mind even more.

Let’s not forget the most important part, which is that Disney Descendants was directed by the infamous Kenny Ortega!  (You know, the amazing man who directed the High School Musical movies?  Yeah, now you remember him)  Even though musical numbers are not always my favorite parts, I have to admire the work these actors and dancers put into making those scenes happen, because Kenny Ortega comes up with some pretty hardcore dance numbers!

Overall, I give the movie 4.5 out of 5 stars, only because there are things I’d like to see done differently.  I mean, I admire the musical numbers and all, but if they weren’t in there I think we could’ve gotten a longer battle at the coronation and it wouldn’t have seemed like a rushed ending.  Other than that, and wondering where the other parent to each villain child is, the movie was excellent and I definitely recommend it to Disney movie fans and parents who want a new movie to see with their children!

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Friday Five: Blogger Love v.29

Happy Friday everyone!  It took me a while to catch up on the posts I missed on Bloglovin’ the days I was away camping, and boy, there were a lot of them!  I also took some time to catch up on the recordings on my DVR (which was only one, for once) and it was Disney Descendants.  I mentioned in my last post that I might like it a little too much, as I have now seen it three times in three days and already bought the DVD.

Hey, I just want to make sure I write a decent review on it…
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  1. 3 Ways to Make Your Day Much More Productive by Tipsy Writer.  I think we could all use these tips, especially leaving room for the unexpected.  There are plenty of times in my own life that something I wasn’t planning on happened and messed up my schedule for the day.
  2. 12 College Dorm Room Must Haves by The Blogging Brew.  It might only be the beginning of August, but before we know it school will be back in session for students.  So any college students looking for some accessories for their dorm room should take a look at this post!
  3. The Daily Benefits of Gratitude Journaling by Seaweed Kisses.  After reading this post a gratitude journal seems like a really great thing to keep – and I might just start one… well, once I get into a regular habit of journaling.
  4. 21 Things I Learned at 21 by Words Left Unspoken.  I really enjoyed this post because it’s interesting to see what we all have learned when we look back on the past year (or more).
  5. Concentration Playlist: Music to Help Keep You Focused by Kaleidoscope.  It’s not unusual to be listening to music while doing things throughout the day – blogging, other writings, doing the dishes, work, homework, etc.  However, most music can be distracting, so I know I’ll be trying out this playlist the next time I listen to music while doing something productive.

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So there’s my five favorite posts of the week and I think y’all should go and give them a look.

As always,  don’t forget to check out the host of Blogger Love, Meagan on All The Joys and give her some blogger love as well!

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currently // august

Now that I’m back from camping… there’s much to do.  It’s less than two weeks until we get the keys to our new place!  I’m both excited and overwhelmed.  I don’t really have that much to pack, it’s just getting started that’s hard.  On another note, camping was fun as usual – I took a few neat pictures (one is included in this post), plus it was nice to be away for a few days.

I also have a request of my blogging friends, if y’all can send some prayers to my grandma as she’s in the hospital right now with an infection caused by the chemo pills she’s been taking the past month or so.

But now, onto my link-up with Jenna and Anne with what’s going on with me currently!

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Creating // lists of things I have to get done – both for moving and my blog.

Wishlisting // a couple wall decor items on Etsy and can’t wait to buy them for my new room!

Hoping // that God will bring an amazing job opportunity my way real soon… I keep looking and interviewing, but I obviously haven’t come across the one He has planned for me yet.

Eating // well, I just had cinnamon swirl oatmeal.

Watching // Disney’s Descendants.  I saw it for the first time yesterday, but I always like to watch movies a second time to pick up things I missed the first time (expect a review real soon!).  Other than that, I’ve been watching Reba and MasterChef with my mom on a regular basis.

 

 

What are you up to currently?

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An Inspirational Blog to Check Out

I’m one who loves finding new blogs to follow.  Often times I’ll find them through other bloggers or on bloglovin’.  However, sometimes I’ll find them from a personal recommendation.

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A few days ago my mom shared a link with me on Facebook titled 5 Ways to Get Closer to God, which is on Jarrid Wilson’s blog.  I had never heard of him before, but I read this article and thought it was a great read!  I then checked out a few more of his posts and well, now I can say that I’ve currently got him on my reading list for blogs.

So who is Jarrid Wilson?  In short, he is a pastor in Tennessee as well as an author and inspirational blogger.  In just the few articles I’ve read of his I enjoy his writing style and the topics he covers.

Here are a few of the articles of his that I found to be good reads:

So if you’re looking for a Christian, inspirational blogger to follow, I suggest checking out Jarrid’s blog!

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Entertainment Essentials for Camping

This week I will be away camping for a few nights with my dad and step-mom.  They usually go for the entire week, however I’m not that much of a fan of sleeping in tents so I only stay a few days.  What I do enjoy about our camping experience is that it’s at a state park where there are camp bathrooms and showers… and there’s a beach nearby.  So it’s camping, but it’s not real camping.  I would never survive camping out in the woods with no stores nearby or bathrooms.

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Since going to beach and playing some outdoor games won’t keep me entertained all day, I usually bring other forms of entertainment for the few days I’m away.  Yes, technology is included.  I might be able to unplug from the Internet for a few days, but at the moment I cannot unplug from technology altogether… or, at least I don’t want to.

So here are a few of my essentials to bring along camping to keep myself entertained:

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  • Books/Nook eReader – I have a tradition of reading about 3-4 books when I go camping.  There’s perfect lighting outside and being away from all the distractions at home makes it much easier to really get into the story the book holds.
    • Book light – Also, for the physical books I bring, it’s good to have a book light so I can do some reading when the sun goes down and right before I go to sleep.
  • iPod Nano – Why bring this when I have an iPhone?  Well, using my iPod will keep me from using my phone battery up too much.  This is good because when at the campsite I like to go for walks and listen to either music or podcasts while I walk.
  • Journal – I’m starting to get into the habit of journaling, so this is a new essential for me to bring along in my duffel bag.  Besides, you never know when something interesting might happen and you want to write that memory down.

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  • Notebook – Since I won’t have my laptop, I need a way to write my ideas down or an entire blog post or story when the inspiration hits hard.
  • Gameboy Color – I’ve brought a portable game system every year, but I don’t always use it.  It’s usually for backup purposes when I get really bored… and I mean really bored!
  • Cameras – When you’re camping near a beach why wouldn’t you bring a camera, or three?
    • Canon Rebel T3i 
    • Canon Powershot
    • Fujifilm instax mini 8

I know it seems like a lot for only going camping for a few days, but I can usually find a way to use each item every day.  Especially when it comes to reading, because I will literally sit in the sun and read the book start to finish (I got a bad sunburn on my legs doing this in 2009).

What are some items you like to bring camping (or just going away)?

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