Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Sweat drops... keep running down my forehead...

Okay, anyone else think we are going to have an earthquake? I am not superstitious like that.... well, yes I am, but this has got to give soon! I gotta call my friend, Michele. She's got a pool.

Bienvenidos a la...... LucHAAA LiiiiiiBRE!!!!

We just saw the movie "Nacho Libre" this weekend- for the second time already. I loved it. That movie is hilarious! I don't care how many bad reviews it has received, but that movie just cracks me up. I am not the type to watch movies more than once- really, I just don't do that (It blows my mind to hear that people watch movies more than one, two or three times). But I loved it enough to see it again. Heck, I will probably buy the dvd, when it comes out. ANd I definitely don't do that at all, but I will for this movie!

So, I had to get my mom to watch it too. We took her this weekend. (My mom does not go to the movies at all. She claims they bore her and she usually falls asleep in the movie theatre. So, she doesn't like to waste money that way.) Well, I liked the movie so much, I insisted she go see it. I really thought she'd enjoy it.... and she did!!! She said it was very "blanca".... (meaning, "white", it was enjoyable, like a PG, no violence, bad language, or nudity. In other words, it was innocent.) She had some laughs and that meant alot to me.

I think I appreciated the movie very much because it tapped into my childhood memories of going to the "Lucha Libre" with my dad and brothers. We used to have so much fun! It was exciting to be in the audience. We watched it live and participated in cheering and egging on the different wrestlers (luchadores) in ways to strengthen the good guys and to weaken the bad guys. (For example, one bad guy hated an expression from a water conservation commercial. It said, "Amanda, cierale! Cierale!" Meaning, "Amanda, turn it off. Turn it off." And the kids in the audience chanted that and raised their hands to sign the motion of turning off the faucet. If the wrestler was winning, the audience would chant that and it was like kryptonite.... he'd hold his ears and fall to his knees and then the good guy would have an advantage over him and win! It would be so exciting for us kids in the audience! We'd just cheer and go nuts!)

Another reason I liked the movie so much was the whole Mexico trip! It showed very familiar scenes of what Mexico is to me. The setting, the people, the expressions (both verbal and facial), the clothes/costumes, props (the "chariot"), and just everything about it was familiar! I just can't believe how much of the culture it captured in a humorous way. Many things really cracked me up because they were so true to the Mexico and the people I know and love. In a way it was affectionate. Kinda of like when you can laugh at yourself for being silly or for being so particular in your ways.... It is the sweet appreciation for the things that set people apart from the rest. I guess it was endearing to me. (I am not sure if I am articulating this appropriately... but I hope you understand.) What made it even funnier to me were the accents! They blew me away! I could not be offended! They were hilarious! I have heard people talk like that! I'm sure I have had my moments where I let my accent slip out- or I pick it up when I am talking to people that talk like that! It just happens.

So, that is my review of "Nacho Libre". For those that gave it bad reviews I guess I only have one thing to say... ITS NACHOS TO UNDERSTAND- cause this is for "la raza".....;P

Monday, June 12, 2006

Not Chispita

I got this joke from Kelli- I thought it was too funny not to post here!

A Baptist couple decide that they want to get a dog. As they are walking down the street in town, they notice that a sign in the pet shop is advertising "Christian Puppies." Their interest piqued, they go inside.

"How do you know they're Christian puppies?"

"Watch," says the owner, as he takes one of the dogs and says, "Fetch the Bible." The dog runs over to the desk, and grabs the Bible in its mouth and returns. Putting the Bible on the floor, the owner says, "Find Psalm 23." The dog flips pages with its paw until he reaches the right page, and then stops. Amazed and delighted, the couple purchase the dog and head home.

That evening, they invite some friends over and show them the dog, having him run through his Psalm 23 routine. Impressed, one of the visitors asks "Does he also know 'regular' commands?"

"Gee, we don't know. We didn't ask," replies the husband.

Turning to the dog, he says, "Sit." The dog sits. He says, "Lie down." The dog lies down. He says "Roll over." The dog rolls over.

He says "Heel." The dog runs over to him, jumps up on the sofa, puts both paws on the owner's forehead and bows his head.

"Oh Lord!" the wife exclaims. "He's PENTECOSTAL!"

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

What is a housewife to do?

Well, my last day of work was about 3 1/2 weeks ago. It took me a week and a half to figure out that since I don't intend to go back to work for a while... that makes me a housewife. For a while there, I felt like I was on an extended weekend. Just doing miscellaneous things, vegetating while watching tv, running errands, shopping, cooking, cleaning... just random stuff. When people asked what I've been up to, I'd give really lame answers. I don't have a solid answer because nothing is routine. Almost a month now, and I am just now getting better at completing the items on my to-do lists.

This is really kinda funny. It is as if I am just now learning how to be a wife. Even though we've been married a year and four months, this is awkward for me. Before I left my job, we both worked and tried keeping house, making food and all that... but now, I guess, all that is for me to do. Keep the house clean, make meals, run errands... and other misc.? Without a set routine or schedule, it is hard not to feel like I'm on an extended weekend/vacation.... It has helped that Shane has started asking, "What do you have planned for today?" Or, "what did you do today?" In a positive way, those questions motivate me to get stuff done.

All in all, even though it is an awkward stage, I am happy to be able to stay home and be a housewife. I am very blessed to have an awesome husband. I love you, Shane.