Twilight Premier Photos

I finally figured out how to retrieve the photos my husband took at the premier with his iphone. They aren’t the best quality. However, I am glad to have them! My best friend (you look good girl!), her husband, my oldest daughter, my husband and I went to see the movie together. The theater we were in held 400 people! It was a sold out showing.

This night was much anticipated for many months. Twilight, the book series, has strengthened relationships and created stronger bonds for me & the people in my life. I enjoyed talking about it with my best friend and then sharing it with many other friends. My personal copy has been read by two other friends besides my daughter and I. It is worn out. If I lived closer to my mom and sister, they would
have been able to borrow it also. Instead, they listened to my rantings and
decided to buy a copy themselves. In return, we have enjoyed many conversations texting and talking on the phone about Bella & Edward.

The one aspect I have cherished the most is the chance for my daughter and I to share our thoughts and feelings about the book. It has given us a chance to discuss topics that we may not have otherwise. It was fun to sit beside her and hear her comments. Honestly, I probably talked more than she did! We went again to see the movie Thursday (her second time, my third 🙂 ). This time I took her and my son. I think my son was feeling a little left out and wanted to see what his mom has been obsessing about so much. After the movie I said to him, “So, what did you think?” “It was pretty good!” he exclaimed.

twilight mom,
Shan

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Half Marathon Time

So I have been officially training to run another half marathon. The last one I ran was with hubby at Disney World in January 2006. Ever since my major mountain biking accident the summer of 2007…well, let’s just say, my body will never be the same. It has been a huge uphill battle to run since my accident. It is almost like starting all over again, but with a “crutch,” meaning that I am “broken” compared to when I began training to run my first half marathon back in the fall of 2003. I finally am running 3 miles at least 3 times a week – the past 3 weeks. Saturday was the first time I ran over 3… 5 miles. So now I will be upping my mileage every Saturday by one mile until I get to 10. It has been a slow process and humbling. I usually hurt, believe it or not, in my shoulders and arms after I run. This is where I took the brunt of the fall in my accident.

I have just told myself that if I have to walk some during my 13.1 miles, it is okay. This is difficult for me to think about considering I have run 26.2 miles in 2005. I will finish, that is a given, just maybe not as fast as I would like or have done before.

Toodles,
Shan

1998 – Picture

Okay, so I spent way too much time looking for the pictures of my 10 year High School Reunion; only to realize that my Mom has them. Well, I found this picture of my Mom & I at my step-brother’s wedding which was very close to the time the reunion was held. So this is what I looked like in September of 1998. My next post will show you pictures of what I looked like my Senior year of high school…1988. There is a huge difference! That doesn’t surprise me, though. I love to have different hair styles, if you know me, you KNOW that to be true! By the way, I was 8 and a half months pregnant with my second child at the time. Now, ten years later since this picture was taken, about the only difference besides the hair would be the dreaded wrinkles! Ugh!!!! I guess we have to age sometime!
Later,

20 Year High School Reunion

This weekend I will be traveling back to my “home town” to celebrate 20 years since High School graduation…Class of ’88. WOW! Doesn’t that make me feel old! I have been out of school now longer than I was in school!

I enjoyed going to my 10 year high school reunion; even though I was 8 months pregnant with my son. I was huge! I will have to search for the pictures and post them here. That will be a good laugh!

I am excited to see everyone again.
Go Colts!
Shan

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Where do I start…hmmmm. This book is brilliant. Stephenie Meyer is brilliant. If you love science fiction, you will adore this book. I have to admit, I was hoping for a little bit more romance. I am learning that I enjoy the “ooey gooey” love stuff in books. Once I got past that, I was hooked and loved the suspense. I don’t know how she or anyone who writes science fiction comes up with… with this whole new world!?

The beginning had my mind reeling with curiosity. It was not as slow a start as I thought it might be. I finished the book last night. The end of the book has so many great quotes in it and I can see so much of her faith revealed. Maybe not everyone reading would see this. As usual it all depends on who you are, what you think about and your perspective.

There are many parallels to what our current world is like right now.

“From human times…”Man Burns Three-Year-Old Daughter to Death,” the headline screamed at me, accompanied by a picture of an angelic blond child. This wasn’t the front page. The horror detailed here was not so hideous as to rate priority coverage. Beneath this was the face of a man wanted for the murders of his wife and two children two years before the print date; the story was about a possible sighting of the man in Mexico.
Two people killed and three injured in a drunk-driving accident. A fraud and murder investigation in to the alleged suicide of a prominent local banker. A suppressed confession setting an admitted child molester free. House pets found slaughtered in a trash bin.”


For this reason, I could see why the thought of GOOD aliens coming here to make our world a better place could be a remedy.

My favorite quote is this one:

“Perhaps there could be no joy on this planet without an equal weight of pain to balance it out on some unknown scale.”

It reminds me of a these scripture verses:

“For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things.” 2 Nephi 2:11

“…it must needs be that there was an opposition; even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter.” 2 Nephi 2:15

Hope this day brings you great happiness, even in troubled times.

Shan

Twilight Moms

I have got to go to bed! I stayed up too late reading and posting on my new favorite website twilightmoms.com. It is so hilarious reading some of the posts. One thing I know for sure, the Twilight series has brought a lot of joy to people. That is a great thing! Isn’t it!? I think so. The biggest “buzz” is about the movie coming up. I am worried about getting a ticket to opening night. I hope they will allow us to buy them ahead of time. Needless to say, the suspense is killing me. I can not wait to see the book on the big screen. I know they won’t be able to put everything in just an hour & half movie, but I know I will love what they do have. I already told my family I plan on buying the movie when it comes out on DVD. They were all surprised as I do not like to watch movies more than once!

I did begin to read The Host this week and it is very interesting. It is very different from Twilight, but I think I will like it…maybe not quite as much as Twilight, but I am still at the beginning of the book…we shall see. One of my friends said she liked it better than Twilight, so I knew it had to be good and worth reading.

Off to bed…bills to pay tomorrow.

Happy Weekend! Shan