Friday, October 29, 2010
I hosted a Halloween party at work today. I decided that a prize would be given to the person with the best costume. I bought the prize--a "really cool prize". The soap bottle glows in the dark. Guess who won? Me!!! Funny, I bought the prize and I won! I have to admit that I really wanted to win it. Thanks all those co-workers who voted for me. Well, the costume that won it for me is a bat--quite possible the coolest bat ever! I don't have a complete pic of me as "bat girl" yet, but that will be on a future post. A guy I work with thought I was a dark angel. I gave him a hard time for that, but now I sort of like it. Maybe I can be "dark angel bat girl". Does anyone remember the show "Dark Angel". I loved that show. Well, the second season was sort of weird. Really can't believe that the guy in NCIS was in that show. Anyway, I posted a face shot of my dark angel bat girl costume with this post. That's not my real hair, its a wig! Enjoy!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Right now, ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to take the first step to stop this insanity before it drives me crazy. And just in case you don’t know the answer, I will supply the answer for you. I really hope that I’m not the only person in this world who doesn’t know when we change our clocks? That will really make me crazy and feel a little sheepish too.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
You may ask, “How would you know who to invite without knowing their identity?”
“Oh, technicalities, technicalities,” I shrug.
“Well, aren’t such groups supposed to help someone quit doing a bad habit?”
“Oh, technicalities, technicalities,” I repeat and move on with my train of thought.
Anyway, here my favorite chocolate treats that I would bring to C.A.:
1. Chocolate Chip Ice Cream with Cheerios. Yes, you read correctly. When I was a little girl, my sweet tooth was biting, so I plopped a few scoops of chocolate chip ice cream into a bowl. A strange thought popped into my mind to put Cheerios in the ice cream. “It just might taste nummy,” I thought. I took notice that the ice cream was too solid to mix the Cheerios in, so I started to stir, stir, and stir it some more until it was smooth. This was before my family got a microwave. Yep, I’m that old. JK I poured some of the cereal into the chocolate chip ice cream and stirred some more. With anticipation of its taste, I spooned some of the ice cream cheerio concoction into my mouth. The moment I tasted it, I was in love.
3. Pretzels dipped in Nutella. If you've ever tried Nutella, you'll know this is to die for.
My Pretzel M&M’s are gone now, but the sweet tooth has been appeased. I don’t feel like eating chocolate anymore—at least for today!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Last night I saw Thriller performed by Odyssey Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah. For those who do not know what this is, I will tell you. Basically, the dance group performs multiple dance routines based around different scary Halloween themes. Of course, Michael Jackson's Thriller is the opening and closing dance of the production. Yep, they do the whole Thriller dance and that's exciting in it’s self, but the other dances are just as great. I was impressed.
Before and after the performance, Zombies and other demonic and scary creatures crept through the auditorium terrifying the guests. My friend and I had a system to watch out for the zombified women who did all they could to scare the guests. While we chatted, I watched one side of the auditorium and she watched the other. We were never approached. Phew! The zombies crawled on seats and sneaked up on people to get their desired reaction, screams. One girl was so scared of them that the zombies kept on taunting her to get her to scream some more.
As for the dances, my favorite had to be Frankenstein and his Bride. Frankenstein’s bride flawlessly played the part of a limp, dead person after Frankenstein inadvertently broke her neck. She is dragged around the stage and flung around like a rag doll due to Frankenstein’s failed efforts to bring her back to life. My second favorite dance was Dem Bones. The dancers wore glow-in-the-dark bone costumes. All you could see were the glowing bones while they tapped away a scary, yet comical dance.
For many years I have wanted to see this dance production, and now that I finally have, I think that it is going to become an annual event. You should go see it sometime if you are in SLC during Halloween! BTW, my camera wasn't cooperating, so the pictures didn't turn out too great.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is scheduled for release on November 19, 2010; however, many of us “witches” and “wizards” will stay up late to enjoy it at a midnight showing. I, for one, have watched three of the HP movies for the first time at a midnight showing, as well as multiple other movies. This time around, I will be seeing it at a pre-showing on the 18th at 5 p.m. Don’t be mad! I got lucky this time around and won’t be staying up late to see it.
But, there is something to seeing a midnight movie before it’s released. I feel more excitement for the movie then I would have otherwise because of the anticipation that builds up inside of me throughout the day of the showing. Plus, there is a social aspect to midnight movies—friends gathering together way early to wait in line is all part of the fun. The midnight movie is a great way to hype up the diehard fans, even to the point that they dress up! Way fun to see! And, I would think, there is a method to midnight movie madness—making more money on opening weekend.
So, I’ve had my ticket for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 for a little over a month now, crazy, huh? What is even crazier is that I had a ticket to see The Twilight Saga: Eclipse for about 3 months before the movie was released.
Do you have your ticket for HP yet? Why do you like midnight movies? What makes you stay up late to see a midnight movie when you otherwise could be warm in your bed asleep?
BTW, enjoy the trailer! It has made me all the more excited for the movie to come out!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I constitute the holiday season as four holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. There really isn’t another time of the year that grants us so many entertaining holidays within a three-month period of time. I adore these holidays because they get people together for fun parties and gatherings. Friends join together to watch scary movies and trek through haunted corn mazes. Families gather together to eat delicious meals and enjoy each other’s company. Tricks are treated. Blessings are realized. Songs are sung. Trees are decorated. Service is offered. Gifts are given. A new year offers a regeneration of spirit. And love is shared.
With that said, what are your favorite parts of the holidays? Do you have a favorite holiday during this time of the year? You may even share a story that you can remember about a previous holiday season memory.
The holiday season is the best time of the year! I hope that you all enjoy 2010’s holiday season. With love, Julia!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sometime during my high school years, a couple of friends started to call me Jules. I really liked the sound of it. It was delicious to my ears. Coworkers started to call me Jules. In college, roommates and friends automatically referred to me as Jules without me even telling them it’s my nickname. People still call me Jules – not as many though. Sad, huh?
In my senior year of high school, I had a little crush on one of my teachers. One day during role call, he called me Jules. Out came, “He called me Jules!” followed by a squeal. That was supposed to be one of those inside comments but on accident was vocalized. I was quite mortified because I was a little shy back then.
Oddly enough, my family members have never once called me Jules.
So, when I had the idea to start a blog for my book and other tidbits, the first idea that popped into my head was “Writing Jules” but I didn’t like the look of it. Jewels looked much better. The blog became “Writing Jewels”. It turned out to be a play on words too. Julia (Jules) writes and Julia (Jules) is writing jewels through her novel and posts.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I got to thinking today about my favorite So You Think You Can Dance routines. The next three posts are my top 3 favorites. Enjoy!
Ramalama (Bang Bang) choreographed by Wade Robson (Season 2)
Why do I like this twisted dance routine? Well, it dips into my darker side. Yes, I have a dark side despite anyone who would dare to beg to differ. I put up this angelic facade but you should know better. (Hehe - devious smile on my face.)
For the 100th episode of SYTYCD, Wade Robson choreographed himself into the routine that took place many seasons previous. I love this routine because of it's edginess, border lining creepy. And, of course, makes me think of Johnny Depp in all his sinister glory! The music drives the depths of death and despair that is portrayed in the dance. It's positively, in the most horrifying ways, delicious!
#2 Chelsea and Mark - Bleeding Love choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon (Season 4)
First of all, this song is simply irresistible. Secondly, Nap and Tabs (choreographers) have never done something that I didn't like. Thirdly, the choreography and the dancers pulled off the pain and struggle of the depicted couple with intense and perfect passion. Even the facial expressions believable. My heart skips a beat for this routine.
Jamie and Hok - Hummingbird + Flower choreographed by Wade Robson (Season 3)
This routine took my breath away. Why? Because Jamie and Hok became the hummingbird and the flower. They weren't humans anymore on any level. The chemistry between couple was phenomenal. The music beautiful.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Last week I posted that I had prepared something cool for a post this week. Well, this is it! I spent all of an hour arranging this photo so that it looked like a quilt, but as I said before, it’s not. You probably want to know what it is, right? Ok, I will tell you. The photo is my entire pajama bottom collection laid out neatly on the carpet. Can you tell that I am a perfectionist? Well, I am. That’s all of my PJ bottoms and I want more. I collect them; have been for some time now. I salivate when I see a cute pair of PJ bottoms. Not only are they comfy but they are super cute. I even wear them to the store. Yes, I am one of those people, not that it's bad. I especially love PJ bottoms that have dog or monkey prints. When I was younger I collected pennies, but not anymore. You could say that I collect passport stamps because I travel a lot. But when it comes down to it, I collect PJ bottoms.
I had a friend who collected pencils of all varieties. They were cool.
Now, I want to hear about your collecting obsessions. What is it and why do you collect it? You may even post a photo of your collection. Share the collection with the world!
Monday, October 4, 2010
How does someone even get to the point that they can do this??? Is it even humanly possible? Wow! Thought this was amazing enough that I would share it with the blogger world. Enjoy!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
For some reason, whenever I think of Twitter, Tweety Bird pops into my head. Does that happen to you, or am I just weird?
Friday, October 1, 2010
While at the conference, I found my critique group. Yah!!! A few of us decided that getting published was important enough to follow through with the advice. This excites me and should excite all aspiring writers to take this important step to making the dream of being published a reality.