Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Christmas Side of Things

I do realize Christmas was a few days ago but I'm still enjoying the lovely season. This year Christmas was wonderful! I love being able to celebrate with my family and to spend time with them. We all have fun playing with our new toys we got for christmas together afterwards too which is nice... now the word toy can mean more than what it did as a child (ie: xbox, ukulele, games, dvds, etc). One thing I really love about this time of year is all the movies I watch with my mom. Our favorite Christmas movies include:
  • Christmas in Connecticut
  • White Christmas
  • Miracle on 34th Street (the Maureen O'Hara one)
  • Santa Clause is Coming to Town
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the animated one)
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • Holiday Inn
  • The Holiday
  • The Lifetime Christmas Movies
  • I own an cleaned up version of Love Actually
and so on.... I'm sure many of you enjoy these same movies and more. I also really love the music this time of year. Our family has these three christmas cds we've been listening to my entire life which I adore, Nat King Cole The Christmas Song, Amy Grant Home For Christmas, and Johnny Mathis Merry Christmas. There are of course many other wonderful Christmas cds out there but these three are my favorites.
--- Gabrielle Jean Murphy

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Team Affiliations

So I just got back from seeing the movie "Invictus" and it was wonderful! I LOVE sports movies (ie: "Glory Road", "Remember the Titans", "The Rookie", "Angels in the Outfield", "Field of Dreams", "Blind Side", "Invincible", "The Express", and so on) so very much. The movie gets it's title from a short poem written by William Ernest Henley:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

The words to this poem can be heard throughout the film and they're very moving. Happy holidays one and all!!

--- Gabrielle Jean

Friday, December 4, 2009

Oh The Shoes You'll See

So pretty much, like most girls, I ADORE shoes... They're one of my weaknesses in life! These are a collection of shoes that I've fallen in love with and would kill to own.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

1 December 2009

Here's a my life update for you. I'm applying to do a study abroad in Dublin, Ireland where I'll spend the first half of fall touring the beautiful country and the second half studying in Dublin! We'll see if I get in because it'd be a dream come true. One day I hope to actually live in Ireland for a year or two and just enjoy the culture and the true irish spirit.
I've been watching a love of Fraisier reruns on tv with my mom late at night and we LOVE it. Martin, Daphne and Niles truly keep the show entertaining and worth watching. While the title character is funny and a well developed character already famed from the tv show Cheers I must say he's not my favorite character in the show.
I've also been on a major Grace Kelly thing... which I know shouldn't be a big shocker since i ADORE Princess Grace. I recently watch "Dial M for Murder", "The Swan", "Rear Window", "To Catch a Thief" and the wedding ceremony of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier of Monaco. The wedding was truly magical... if people thought Princess Di's wedding was spectacular and a dream they are sorely missing out because Princess Grace's wedding is remarkable and enchanting! Her dress is very modest and stunning and all the celebrations that go on before and after are well organized and performed. Rainier and Grace are darling together too... they were truly in love... they are a true fairy-tale dream come true.

I guess you could say I've been doing an Alfred Hitchcock movie thing too with some of those movies and having just watched "The Man Who Knew Too Much" , the first one he filmed not the Doris Day/Jimmy Stewart one, too.

I've also watched a whole bunch of movies at the theater too. "Blind Side" is a very touching movie and I enjoyed it thoroughly. "The Box" I thought was pretty good but it's kinda out there, "2010" was ok but very intense all the time with it's own John Cusack cheesiness added in there. Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head... Oh wait I saw "New Moon" and loved it. Personally that's the one book I can't enjoy at all until the very end with the Vulturi and that part in the movie was impressive. I LOVE everyone that they cast for this new movie.

Our family picked out a Christmas tree yesterday too... So excited that Christmas time is here.

--Gabrielle Jean Murphy