Red carpets and parties oh my!

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At the end of the week, I’ll be headed to my first out of town film festival called Sidewalk in Birmingham, Al. Two of the shorts that I worked on last year will be showing there. Many a selfies will be taken. Since this festival is in my home state, I’ve always wanted to show and attend at this festival. I’ve heard good things about it, and I’m glad that I will get to share it with family and friends.

No Short Jokes Please!

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Often i get disappointed in people, events, life. I mean. I set a standard. If I’m kind to you, I expect the same in return. If I buy something new, I expect it to work. If someone builds up an event to be awesome. I expect awesomeness.

I’ve never met anyone that had every expectation in their life met with a great abundance of joy. That doesn’t keep me from hoping that things go amazing all the time. Just like a little kid, I expect good things. I honestly hope I never lose hope and the expectations that I have. That spark of a child that is still inside me.

The thing I need to learn the most is how to deal with things when they fall short of what I expect. It all about growing up I guess. No short jokes please.

I may need a food intervention.

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I love going to Golden Rule Barbecue in Madison for lunch. They have good hot food at a good price. Also, you get quick service and very tasty food. I always get the jumbo chicken sandwich with fries and a sweet tea. Today, I caught my self sighing when I got down to the last bite. Maybe I’m a foodie and need intervention, but my tummy is very happy at this moment.

This kid is a natural.

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Lot of Complaining.

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My family has been tent camping as far back as I can remember. Even after I was married, my hubby and I continued to tent camp.

Now that I work at an RV store, I am beginning to understand how the other half of the campground lived.

There are some nice RV’s out there. I mean seriously ridiculous RV’s. My favorite that I’ve seen has to be the Grand Design Solitude with the front living room that converts into two queen beds. It has a nice kitchen with serious appliances and a master bedroom.

When you walk in, you feel like you are in one of those cleaning commercials when everything sparkles (bing, bing). This fifth wheel screams comfort overhaul. Check it out for your self.

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It was probably good that I never knew how good the other side of the campground was living, It would just have led to a lot of complaining.

Smitten in Love.

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My hubby went away on business recently. It’s been awhile since we’ve been away from each other for 2 weeks in a row. The first four nights, I found it difficult to sleep without him being at home.

After over 20 years of marriage, I still like this guy. What can I say? I’m very fortunate to say that, and I’m very blessed to say that I love him more today than I did the first time I met him.

I met him at a church function. Our first date was around my birhtday. He came to one of my softball games, and afterwards we sat and talked for hours about real meaningful stuff. Not just about what was my favorite color, music, etc.., but about what we were going through in our lives.

After that night, I knew I was in trouble. I knew that I could spend the rest of my life with this man. I was smitten. I guess you could still say that I’m pretty smitten. Smitten in love.

I salute anyone who can plank for 2 minutes.

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The other night, while getting ice cream, we ran into a friend of ours, Matt. He has always been in shape.  I want to be as motivated as he is, and he did inspire me a lit bit the other night. He was talking about planking for 2 minutes. My competitive nature kicked in, and I decided to see how long I could plank. So, I laid down on the floor, and my hubby got his timer out. I planked for a whopping 27 seconds. I just couldn’t hold on. It was a failure in my mind. It just is another indicator of how bad of shape I’m in. Some people would tell me that it wasn’t a failure because I tried.

I wasn’t raised that way, and I didn’t raise my kids that way. If I lost, I lost. If they lost, they lost. I see kids all the time that never understand what it means to lose, or if they lose they are told it just a game. Maybe I’m unhealthy in my thinking, but kids need to learn to lose. They need to learn to win graciously, but lose graciously as well.  I played sports my whole life. My senior softball season was a rebuild year for the school, and we lost every game. The score for one of our games was 28-0 before they called it.  I was upset that day. I never wanted to feel what I felt there again, but I learned something that day. I’m going to share it with you here.

Here is why I believe it is important to lose.

1. It builds character.

2. It ignites a fire within you to never feel the way you feel at that moment again.  Develops passion.

3. It gives a chance for someone else to win. Teaches appreciation.

4. It gives an opportunity to learn how to lose graciously.  Teaches kindness.

5. it gives opportunity to learn that someone will always be better than you. Teaches humility.

 

I’m sure that if I thought about it, I could come up with a dozen more reasons why losing is good, but I’ll  stop at five now. The competitive spirit motivates me to be better. I’ll keep taking what I’m calling the planking challenge, and maybe just maybe I’ll get up to 2 minutes one day, but for now, I salute anyone who can plank for 2 min.

 

Learning the hard way.

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Working on a movie set may sound glamorous, but no matter what job you have, it’s really fun, but a lot of work. Last year (2013), I worked on 9 movie projects. I did everything from writing to script supervising to directing. My projects were small scale. Even though that was the case, it was a lot of work. Most of the films were 1-2 days worth of shooting.

The more I do film work, the more I realize there is so much I don’t know. There is so much that I don’t even think about yet. The more I read, study and engulf myself into the world of film, the more I realize why this is called art. I realize why this is called a craft.

Filmmaking is someone taking their thoughts or someone else’s thoughts, ideas, beliefs and trying to interpret them in the truest way possible.

I have followed a film all the way from conception to completion. It is a beautiful process, and I’ve learned so much by doing that.

The point of all that is to say that anyone can point a camera and push a button, but making art requires dedication and hard work. Just because you own a pole does not mean you are a good fisherman.

I have learned this the hard way.

Weird Al!!! Enjoy!!!

I grew up in the 80’s. Weird Al was a sensation back then, and he still is today. Here is his latest song. Enjoy.

Can I ever be that brilliant?

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I was reading the above article about the filming of When Harry Met Sally, and I was blown away by what the director did. It’s funny the small elements we miss in the making of a fim, but part of the job of the Director is to know every beat, every moment of the script and capture that vision in the storyboard so that they can share that vision with the DP and make the movie they want to make. They do this while adding strokes of genius to their story, with brilliant shot ideas and different underlying themes.

Whether or not these moments of genius are on purpose or accident, it doesn’t really matter. It leaves an amateur writer and director speechless and left wondering if I can ever be that brilliant.

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