I'm a copycat, amongst other things

Ibid took a personality quiz on her blog, so naturally I'm following suit. No real surprises here ... or are there? I'm not always accurate when it comes to self-evaluation.

Your Personality is Somewhat Rare (ESFP)

Your personality type is playful, charming, open minded, and energetic.

Only about 7% of all people have your personality, including 9% of all women and 5% of all men
You are Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Perceiving.

Teen vs. teen

If you're 15 years old or younger, are American and have blood pumping through your veins, there's a 99.9% chance you've seen "High School Musical" ... and you probably love it.

If you only fit the last two criteria, you might have heard of the Disney Channel's made-for-TV movie sensation. You should know that the soundtrack to the original production was the top-selling album in the United States last year. Period. And the premiere of it's second installment a couple weeks ago was the most-viewed basic cable program. Ever.

Another movie that premiered a couple weeks back is called "Super Bad." It opened in theaters and brought in an ultra-hefty $33 million. That's a lot of money for the opening weekend of any movie, let alone a non-action-blockbuster type.

But what makes me happy to no end is that if "High School Musical 2" played in theaters instead of on TV, the 17.2 million people who watched would have blown "Super Bad" out of the water at the box office. If you figure approximately $7 a ticket, that would come to $119 million. Wow.

Why does this make me so happy? Because both movies are about teenagers in high school -- that's where the similarities end. "High School Musical" is a squeaky clean production aimed primarily at "tweenagers," and "Super Bad" is an R-rated film with content more suitable for the college-aged. I have watched the Disney musicals; finding a sexual innuendo or anything that could be construed as a double-entendre is impossible. I have NOT watched "Super Bad," nor do I have to because I read a lengthy content analysis. That sealed it.

I am so sick and tired of the movies that highlight teenage boys who only care about one thing and teenage girls who hop in bed with them. Enough, already! We get it. The boys-stopping-at-nothing-to-lose-their-virginity-before-graduation movie ceased being funny the twelfth time it was made.

I must warn you, before you venture into the world of "High School Musical," it is cheesy to the Nth degree. At times, wince-inducingly cheesy. But it's wholesome and fun and makes you think there is hope for our youngsters yet if this is what they're fixated on. Even though the plots are predictable, the characters are endearing and there are moments of realism. And with any luck, you won't be able to get those songs out of your head.

I'll take that over a college comedy masquerading as a teen movie any day.

Don't drive disgruntled...

...you might run into a motorcyclist.

Yesterday was a tough one for me. I felt immensely discouraged, but instead of fending off the feeling with prayer, I marinated in it. I was a wreck, and only my husband (who works in the same building as I) could see it on my face. My current job, my career aspirations and some specific aspects of my personal life are at a standstill. I feel as if I have a brain cloud (any "Joe Vs. the Volcano" fans out there?), and I know I'm not breathing properly; I sigh a lot because I'll realize it's been five minutes since I took a decent deep breath. Yesterday I was in physical pain on top of it all, and cried twice during the course of the work day (a rarity). Blah.

No worries, though, it's not as if I had a friend's birthday party to rush to and help set up for -- except that I did. And in my haste to get out of the neighborhood, I pulled up too closely to a motorcyclist at the stop sign and bumped him. I never do anything like that, so it was clearly upsetting. Fortunately, the man I hit was a nice guy who, even though he took my information, reassured me there was likely nothing wrong. Now I REALLY didn't want to go to this party. But I did, and it was a good decision.

I could have stayed home and stewed on the couch, either thinking too much or letting the TV think for me. Instead I spent my evening in the company of eight wonderful ladies who are dear to my heart. A couple glasses of wine, sudden outbursts of laughter, hours of talking, munching on pizza roles -- it was cathartic. So I thank the Lord for a blessing that I was in too much of a hurry to get to, and would have had good reason to miss altogether.

Scrumptious music find

I found a gem of a singer. She has a beautiful voice and writes beautiful lyrics -- even her album art is evocative and lovely! You can listen to her here. Tell me what you think, and be sure to leave your favorite new music finds in the "comments."


I absolutely LOVE how many neat women are out there blogging! This week, I've had the pleasure cruising the blogosphere and discovering some positively delightful reads. Theses blogs are prolific and their authors dedicated. I aspire to blog like they do! Take a moment to check out me "People to See" and discover the goodness for yourself :)

Oh, Harry

Last night I finally finished "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" -- yes, I'm a wee bit behind. I thought it was a fantastic book. It really says something about a novel when you can be riveted even though someone spoiled the ending for you (jerk!) and not even half-way through, you guessed the identity of the Half-Blood Prince (I'm a genius).

And yet again I found myself feeling maternal, wanting to fling my arms around our hero, who's been orphaned on so many levels, to tell him everything's OK. Sigh. After 2,000 and some odd pages, you can feel pretty connected to a character.

I highly recommend this book, but not to children. There are some decidedly creepy and disturbing moments. Children should read the books at the rate in which the schools years progress for Harry -- in my opinion, anyway. The first installment, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," is suitable for any bright 10- or 11-year-old reader.

We can save the whole Christians-shouldn't-read-about-magic debate for another day. I'm tired of having it. I am an adult with a firm grasp on reality and no desire to become a witch. I just like good books. Magic is the vehicle that drives the story of Harry Potter, but not what it's about. It's about love and friendship and courage -- all good things.

And now I cannot get my hands on "The Deathly Hallows" fast enough!

Worth sharing

I've recently discovered that I love the music of Nichole Nordeman. It is lovely, and when I listen to her lyrics, I "get it." She writes the way I would aspire to write if I wrote songs. This one may not be my favorite, but it's captured me. Do yourself a favor and listen to it with the music sometime...

"Rolling river God
Little stones are smooth
Only once the water passes through
So I am a stone
rough and grainy still
Trying to reconcile this river's chill

But when I close my eyes
and feel you rushing by
I know that time brings change
and change takes time
And when the sunset comes
my prayer would be this one
that you might pick me up
and notice that I am
just a little smoother in your hand

Sometimes raging wild
sometimes swollen high
never have I known this river dry
The deepest part of you
is where I want to stay
and feel the sharpest edges wash away

And when I close my eyes
and feel you rushing by
I know that time brings change
and change takes time
And when the sunset comes
my prayer would be just this one
that you might pick me up
and notice that I am
just a little smoother in your hand"

("River God," Nichole Nordeman)

Negligent blogger

I know I'm a little absent lately. Shame on me. I'm short on time right now, but hope to be back to blogging soon. I'm still reading all of yours in the meantime, though! God bless...