You, Again

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Georgia | Posted on 15-11-2010

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One word: hilarious. While in Georgia, one of my girl’s day outs consisted of Carrabba’s Italian Grill and the film, You, Again. I am a fan of almost everyone in the movie: Betty White, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Kristin Chenoweth, but mostly Kristen Bell. She won me over through the character Veronica Mars: a high school drama following Mars on her espionage escapades. For this girl’s day out there were four women ages spanning forty years yet all of us were erupting in laughter throughout most of the film. Several scenes even caused us to double over in our seats. I cannot wait for this to come out on DVD so I can see it again. Hooray for outrageous chick-flicks to escape reality for a bit.

Jillian Michaels

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Georgia | Posted on 11-11-2010

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I think the woman might be out to kill me. Perhaps I have my goals set too high? Goal: complete the whole exercise DVD with a smile on my face just like her two models. I can’t even get through the warm-up portion without sweat dripping down my face. As I drop to the floor for a verpi, I ponder how I did so many physical activities in high school. If I had to go to a 4 hour track practice followed by a 4 hour volleyball practice, I think I might intentionally injure myself. Nowadays getting out of bed when the alarm clock goes off is enough effort on my part to deserve a pop tart and a pat on the back.

It’s funny though how the vicious cycle works. When you aren’t exercising you eat the pop tart almost without thought. You may think this probably isn’t the healthiest choice for breakfast but beyond that, there’s not much mental activity on the subject. But, when you’ve got Jillian Michaels lurking in your DVD player, everything you put into your mouth now has an evil power: to give you more to work off later. That beautiful pack of S’mores pop tarts in the pantry still calls out my name, but I now look at them with disgust. Because it wasn’t me that got me out of shape, it was them.

Now, don’t tell Jillian, but I’m taking today off. I can’t even sit down without wincing in pain. To say she is a pain in my rear couldn’t be any more factual. For the most part, she does inspire me, but when she laughs as I’m about to pass out on the mat and says “Ha! We aren’t even close to halfway done yet.” she makes me want to turn the TV off and write a blog complaining about how much pain I’m in…

Skydive the Farm

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Georgia | Posted on 10-11-2010

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My sister has wanted to go skydiving since her last birthday. Because Andrew was interested in going, she sweetly waited until we came for a visit in May. Because I knew I’d regret not going along, I went as well…regrettably. The reason why I disliked my skydiving experience so wasn’t solely from my instructor meeting me lacking appropriate nipple ring coverage, nor was it that he called me baby repeatedly; it wasn’t that when the parachute was pulled I felt as though my legs were going to be lacerated by the harness, nor was it that I strained for  oxygen after we jumped from the plane; it wasn’t the freezing weather at the time of our jump, nor was it the suffocating heat that increased as we plummeted; it wasn’t the 2 hour drive, nor the complaints that I didn’t enjoy the dive; but, just as I was sucked out of the smallest plane I’d ever ridden in, these things compiled together sucked the enjoyment right out of me. I don’t think I will ever skydive again, however, the other five people I dove with will.

To have a skydiving experience go here: Skydive the Farm.

Day 356 – Double Feature

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Georgia | Posted on 21-06-2010

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Monday June 21st, 2010

My dad used to treat me to a double feature every once in a while – usually followed by a giant chocolate milkshake from Dairy Queen. Therefore, double features will always hold a special place in my heart. It was something that was rare enough to get me into an all consuming excitement, but often enough to be something I knew could happen when I was with my dad. So it’s not surprising that Andrew and I found ourselves prepping for a double feature last Saturday night. On the agenda: Karate Kid and Toy Story 3 in 3-D.

I have been and always will be a Jackie Chan fan. He has what I call the huggable attribute. Not only do I want to jump through the screen and hug on that sweet Chinese man, he can crack me up with nothing more than a glance – Shanghai Noon anyone? Chan was absolutely fabulous in Karate Kid, bringing me to tears at one point. The best part of the film, however, had nothing to do with the film…exactly…but with the audience watching it. By the time the previews were rolling, the only seats left were in the front row. No, not the front of the main section, literally the first row in the theater, and that is where Andrew and I were forced to sit. Since the theater was filled to capacity the giggles were louder, the gasps were longer, and the experience was one of a kind.

Jaden Smith’s character, Dre, caused our fellow watchers to erupt in a chant cheering him on. I have witnessed the occasional contagious laugh (my dad’s in Hairspray when he realized halfway through the film that Edna Turnblad was John Travolta) or the applause as the final credits roll by, but this was like being at an actual Kung Fu tournament. It completely changed my expectations for theater audiences and I doubt I’ll be satisfied to just silently sit through another film. What, you don’t think I have ever sat through a film silently? Touché, touché, but now I will expect others to join in with me!

Toy Story 3 was everything I’d expected it to be: entertaining, emotional, and absolutely amazing. Yes, just like most Pixar films make me do, I cried, but I also laughed, groaned, and got that warm fuzzy bunny feeling inside. The ending caught me by surprise leaving me with a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. Overall, both films were wonderful making my and Andrew’s double feature a huge success.

Day 355 – The Curse of the Open Container

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Georgia | Posted on 20-06-2010

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Sunday June 20th, 2010

It was like any Saturday night at the movies: theater packed, a large popcorn bucket in my lap, and Andrew at my side. But, it was unlike many Saturday nights at the movies: we were in for a double feature, the large popcorn had unlimited free refills, and Andrew and I were going to eat our monies worth of it.

It wasn’t a bad plan. We hadn’t eaten dinner. But as I lay in my bed after eating two full buckets of popcorn, I felt that at any moment it was going to pop right out of my mouth. That night when I moaned with every movement, when I cursed Andrew for touching me, when tears fell from my eyes for the pain in my stomach was too great, I vowed never to be cursed with an open container at the movies again!

Delicious, buttery popcorn, the curse for all mankind!

Day 352 – High School Graduations

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Georgia | Posted on 17-06-2010

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Thursday June 17th, 2010

The main reason for my and Andrew’s trip to the States was to be there for his sister’s high school graduation. She graduated from the same home school program that Andrew and I graduated from in 2004, although now they are considered a private school/home school program and have changed their name from New Creation Center (NCC) to New Creation Christian Academy (still NCC). NCC offers sports and classes in a Christian environment to homeschooled kids. I think I took two classes from there in high school, but participated in almost every sport available at the time: cheerleading, basketball, volleyball, and field and track. The school has grown and now even has a football team as well as a more permanent location.

I do not have many fond memories of life at NCC, but I’m still glad I had an opportunity to participate in sports through high school and have a graduation ceremony. Both of which wouldn’t have been possible without the program. Unbeknownst to us, Andrew and I graduated alongside our future spouse – awe. Each person was allowed a slideshow, a speech from their parents, and/or a pastoral blessing. With roughly 30 graduates, one would think the ceremony would’ve been relatively quick. Several hours later, when equipment wasn’t working properly and the guests and graduates were falling asleep – one of which was my beloved husband – we were all ready to be out of there. My sweet friend, Jenn, who had driven an hour to watch me graduate, was wishing my last name began closer to the beginning of the alphabet rather than near the end. Then, to top it all off, each graduate also had a table set up however they liked at the entrance of the church for the guests to visit after graduation. The idea was great and unique and personal, but the implementation didn’t go so well.

Luckily, by the 2010 graduation ceremony things went off without a problem. Liana, Andrew’s sister, walked across stage as her parent’s prerecorded blessing played along with her slideshow. There was only one technical difficulty and it wasn’t that big a deal. Overall the ceremony was beautiful. Congratulations Liana!

Day 351 – China House

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Georgia | Posted on 16-06-2010

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Wednesday June 16th, 2010

When Andrew and I were dating and he lived in Stockbridge, we ate at a hole in the wall Chinese restaurant regularly: China House. It was in a Publix shopping center and was nothing spectacular to look at, but they had the best honey chicken we’d ever eaten. On our recent trip to the States, we made the trek to our old stomping grounds to have some fabulous memories in a carton. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! It was just as good as we’d remembered and we have yet to find a Chinese restaurant to beat it.

Day 350 – Emma the BBC Version

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Georgia | Posted on 15-06-2010

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June 15th, 2010

Remember when I said that Emma was my favorite movie growing up? Remember, it was when I told you about reading Jane Austin’s Emma for the first time: Day 85 – Emma. Well what do you know, BBC has a new adaptation out and it is four hours of fabulousness! Seeing as how I missed its airing, I bought it off Amazon for $25.00 and I’ve already watched it twice…and I’m ready for the third go around!

Here’s a link to BBC’s official page for it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00n8s6x.

Day 349 – Huddleston Pond

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Georgia | Posted on 14-06-2010

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Monday June 14th, 2010

During my stay in Georgia, I attempted to maintain my exercise routine. After the first week, it was mostly to no avail, but I did manage to go on a jog occasionally throughout my entire vacation. Stating that I tried to maintain my routine is a bit misleading for I had only had a routine for just over a month when I went out of town.

In Peachtree City, I used the bike trails for my run. There is a pond a few minutes from my house that I had run to several times before and was running to on this specific trip. I feel that I should also state that I was not garbed in a fancy running outfit but rather red volleyball shorts and a purple t-shirt; I in no way looked like a professional – more like a little kid that’s parents let dress herself.

So, off I ran towards  Huddleston Pond in hopes of lasting the twenty minute goal I’d set for myself. However as I approached, unlike any other morning, the parking lot surrounding the pond was full and there were cars parked along the street. Whatever, I’m not ashamed. I’m trying to get in shape. So what if there are people around while I’m running. I’m not going to run somewhere else just because some preschool or something decided to meet for breakfast at the pond. I can just run around them.

As I continued to get closer to the pond, I began seeing people and then what they were doing. What are they doing?…Wait, why are they all grouped together?…Wait, why are they all stretching? You have GOT to be kidding me?! It’s a running club! I’m ashamed, I’m ashamed! Abort mission! Abort mission! At the moment I realized little amateur me was about to run right into a team of runners, I started looking for an alternative route to get me the heck out of sight. Luckily there was a subdivision to my left and that is where I ran before heading back the same way I had come.

I am tempted to end this post here, but I’ll continue on a little farther. After jogging around said neighborhood, I retraced my steps towards my parent’s home. Partway there three elderly men turned from a side street and were walking the direction I was going. When I had been following them for several minutes without gaining any ground, I stopped “running” and walked the rest of the way home. I have participated in several triathlons, tournaments, meets, all kinds of sporting events, but never had I felt so defeated. What a great way to start my day.

Day 343- J. Christopher’s

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Georgia | Posted on 08-06-2010

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Tuesday June 8th, 2010

After my mom picked me up from the airport we met my sister, Jessica, at J. Christopher’s for breakfast. As usual, it was delicious! I tried the Huevos Avocados for the first time and I gobbled them all up. Jessica ordered her usual biscuits and sausage gravy, which were also delicious. We had a marvelous reunion with laughter and giggles as we ate.