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02 January 2012 @ 10:43 am
Resolutions:

1. Travel somewhere international. I would like to have at least booked a flight by June 2012.
2. Read 10 or more books - I would like to read a book a month, but due to my on and off schedule, I am realistically saying that I should be able to read 10 books. Plus, I need to work out my new public library card!
3. Weed out my closet by turning all of my hangars backwards. I found this on Pinterest and it is the neatest thing. Check it out here.


Easy enough, right? I should be able to complete all of these tasks - no excuses!
 
 
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02 December 2011 @ 06:03 pm
I just finished reading The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. In my opinion, she is one of the best writers I have read. Not necessarily because her stories, but because of the way that she writes - structure, logic. It's as if you really are that character and are thinking those thoughts. Not because they are vivid, but because it makes sense.





The first book I had ever read by Alice Sebold was The Lovely Bones. I read it when I was in ninth grade - nearly a year after it had been published. I enjoyed every second of it. The topic was so controversial and the problems involved in Susie's family were so real. The care for which the book was written in was so true.





Of course, Peter Jackson then went on to make a film out of it. I was thrilled to hear that they were making a film out of it (by then, I had also read Lucky). What I had imagined the book to be was so extremely vivid in my head. I wanted the movie to be the same way, though I knew it wouldn't be.

Sure enough, it was nowhere near it. Mostly the only thing that seemed accurate was the depiction of the Pennsylvania suburbs. That was definitely spot on. And though that film is visually beautiful, it is also a visual effects experiment that felt far too unreal to me. When the film finished, my first words were "the book was much better..." to the person I went to see the movie with.





My second Alice Sebold experience was the book Lucky, which I read my freshman year of college. It is her memoir of being raped while in college. The book is riveting. I often had to remind myself that it was actually a memoir and not fiction. She had turned her life into such a story that it was difficult to separate reality and fiction (though there was none).





And so this brings me to The Almost Moon - Alice Sebold's most recent novel that hit the shelves in 2007. It seems as though every four years I find myself engulfed in a novel by her. The Almost Moon, however, was the first of the three that was not about rape. This one was about murder and mental illness.

Normally, this would have been the type of book that I wouldn't have thought twice about reading. As someone who is normally into romantic novels, The Almost Moon would hardly interest me. But I knew I wanted to read it simply because I love Alice Sebold novels. I find myself fulfilled after reading her books.

When I first started reading The Almost Moon, I was diligent in chugging along. I don't think my full interest was captured until nearly halfway when I forgot that I was reading just because it was an Alice Sebold novel. Sure enough, through the end, I enjoyed it. I have to say, though, that by the final page, I felt as though I had a mental illness.

So now it is off to the public library tomorrow to pick out a new book from my list of to-read. :)
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28 November 2011 @ 06:05 pm
How is everyone doing?

I posted a new entry on my work blog today. There are some nice images there :) I thought I would post some pictures here, too. I haven't posted pictures in a while!

Does anyone have Instagram on their iPhone? I am totally addicted to that program and I am looking for friends to follow :) Add me if you want! My username is marlenasteiner.

I made pumpkin scones with spiced cinnamon sugar glaze the other day. They are fabulous! Take a look at the picture:





It was my first time making scones, but they were nowhere near as difficult as I thought they would be. This gives me hope for the future! I will have to make scones again - maybe chocolate chip or blueberry ones.

I found the original recipe on Pinterest, which lead me to here.

I also made pumpkin gingersnap parfaits. I made the gingersnaps from scratch as well. I didn't want to have to buy molasses, even though it was a key ingredient, so I decided to make a substitute made with maple syrup and sugars. The substitute wasn't very strong, especially since the recipe called for dark molasses, so the cookies ended up tasting more like snickerdoodles and less like gingersnaps - but they were still delicious! Especially when they were hot out of the oven.





The parfaits were very pumpkiny! I made homemade whipped cream and crumbled up some of the gingersnap snickerdoodle cookies between the layers of pumpkin and whipped cream.

Again, I found the original recipe on Pinterest, which lead me to here. But I made the gingersnaps from this recipe.

A few weeks ago, I made pumpkin whoopie pies. I had never made whoopie pies and it was a total experiment, but the girl who wrote the recipe explained every step so carefully - she couldn't have made it easier! They were delicious and I made them in all different sizes!





I found the recipe originally on Pinterest, which led me here.

My next project is to finish the rest of the can of pumpkin that I have! It's one of those giant double-cans - cheaper than the 15oz cans! I think I am going to make some sort of cookie. Perhaps pumpkin chocolate chip cookies? That way I can have a scone in the morning and much on cookies in the afternoon :)

I watched the film "Slumdog Millionaire" last night. I finally watched it. When it first came out in theatres, everyone was telling me to go see it, but I just never got around to it. There was a screening at my university where they interviewed Anthony Dod Mantle (the cinematographer), but I was unable to go. And then I bought it just so I could see it. I bought it maybe two an a half years ago. Still never watched it. I finally broke the seal on the DVD last night and watched it.

There were definitely some story flaws - I don't think Jamal and Latika's relationship was really built up much. Sure I knew they were in love and all this, but we never really felt that love building. We just saw them as kids - as friends. Then as adults, Jamal was telling Latika that he loved her. I still bought the concept and played along with it and enjoyed the film tremendously. But that was definitely a flaw that bothered me.





I really enjoyed the cinematography, though. It was great to see something so different from everything else that is in theatres today. Go Anthony Dod Mantle! :)

Also, I am pleased to say that Roger Federer won the season ending event in London this past weekend. Go Roger, go! He must have played terrific because the scores were incredible. I am looking forward to the Aussie Open!





Isn't it crazy how much confetti they pour around him?! It must be so thrilling to be in the middle of that.
 
 
 
 
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11 September 2011 @ 07:34 pm
Where were you?


I was in 7th grade Language Arts class. We were studying the Odyssey. I remember someone came in and whispered into my teacher's ear, but the school didn't tell us what happened. I only found out when I came home and saw the entire NYC skyline covered in black smoke.
 
 
 
 
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09 August 2011 @ 11:32 pm
Work has been hitting me like crazy. I just got off 6 days of a short film. Tomorrow I start working on an independent feature film that ends part one of principle photography on August 30th.

So I have to say... I am really sorry guys, but this may be my last post until after this feature finishes shooting at the end of August. The schedule for this feature is pretty rigorous and I have about 3 days off sporadically for the rest of the month.

I'm sure I will have lots of updates when I come back in September :)

Until then - happiness and good health to everyone.
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20 July 2011 @ 09:40 am
Thank you to chantastique for posting this - it's quite beautiful.

Let Go

of:

people who don’t call you, the t-shirt from the ex, the insecurities about the way you dance, or sing, the shoes you’ve had in your closet for 6 years and are so raggedy but they still fit, that nagging feeling you’ll die alone.

that one time somebody called you ugly, that one time you got dumped, that 10th time you got dumped, feeling bad in a bathing suit, the takeout still in your fridge.

your fear of flying, your fear of never traveling, your fear of being the one who makes the first move, your fear of failure, your fear of monsters under the bed, having to wear makeup every time you leave the house, feeling bad about not shaving your legs even though it’s summer.

being so negative, feeling like you shouldn’t feel optimistic about things, the odd way you think your thighs and nose look, and being worried about how your hair frames your face, 86% of your doubt.

the bad friend, having to go to the movies with somebody and not alone, staying home on a Friday, going out and feeling like you’d rather be home, feeling alone, pretending like you always WANT to be alone, getting caught in the rain without an umbrella, saying cheesy things about the rain.

being worried you’re being too honest, being worried about being rejected, being worried about ordering dessert, being sad that your love life is kind of boring, constantly putting yourself down before somebody else does, being afraid of being disappointed, holding yourself back.

feeling bad about being clumsy, feeling bad your nails are always chipped, bad habits you cling onto, feeling guilty about thinking too much about the past, getting nervous about how you can’t quite grow up just yet, most of your guilt, feeling terrible about the things you haven’t done yet, comparing yourself to people you aren’t, comparing others to the people they are not, that one or two or thirty people you know you should.

Balloons.

C’mon, do it.

Courtesy of the Frenemy
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19 July 2011 @ 04:42 pm
do you know that every time you're near
everybody else seems far away

so can you come and make them disappear
make them disappear and we can stay


[hoobastank - disappear]
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Current Music: Hoobastank - Disappear
 
 
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09 April 2011 @ 05:39 pm
I've been worrying so much lately about graduating. I want to try and spend time to think about the things that I am going to look forward to after graduating. I can't keep dwelling on all of the things I am afraid of!

1. I want to start a blog. Not this kind of blog. I want to start a Wordpress blog on my soon-to-be-domain where I can write about photography, baking, fashion, cooking, interior design, do it yourself stuff, movies, funny things, etc. I want it to be more sophisticated than this journal - something that I will post in everyday that I want people to read. Something that will not be so much about my personal troubles and thoughts, but more about the things I love or the things I think are funny. Hopefully it will also include a lot of my own photos. Of course I will still keep this journal open for the sake of posting my thoughts and getting my emotions out, but this new journal, which I am dubbing Pelo es Rojo, is going to be more of a journal focusing on my hobbies. Hopefully, it will also get me back into the internet community and back in touch with my hobby of being an internet addict and web designer.

2. I want to start exercising more! I need to get on a routine of at least walking or running once a day. Preferably in the morning.

3. I want to drink a cup of green tea every day after dinner.

4. I want to do more crafts! Be more crafty! Do it yourself!

5. I want to cook and bake more. Be more experimental.

6. I want to travel somewhere. Maybe Switzerland!

7. I want to finish writing this feature that I am working on. And possibly actually make the feature.

This list to continue later...
 
 
 
 
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07 February 2011 @ 02:04 pm
love  
"If you really care about something, you will take care of it."

"If I have a single bowl of rice, half of it is yours."
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06 February 2011 @ 04:37 pm
I've come to this conclusion that no matter what I do to try and get away from camera assisting, I can't. It is something that I am good at and I should just embrace it. I am not made for G&E. I don't enjoy it as much. I get lazy and don't want to lift things. I would rather be taping mags and tracking footage.

At least I am sort of finding my calling.
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