12 Days of Christmas (Four Years of Marriage)

the cake




the rings

Four years doesn’t sound like a long time, but when you think of all the obstacles and drama Hunny and I have overcome to get to this moment, it’s a triumph.  It is not a triumph we can claim as our own.  Before we met, Hunny and I knew God and started a relationship with Him through believing His Son.  When we got married, we built our marriage on Him.  The Bible says that a house that is built on the rock can handle the storms of life, but a house that is built on sand won’t be able to stand up to the storms (Matthew 7:24-26). It also says that rain falls on the just and the unjust alike (Matthew 5:45), so whether we like it or not, storms will come and go in our lives.  But the great part about that is we don’t have to worry about them.  We can withstand them and come out stronger for them through the strength given us by Jesus (Philippians 4:13).

Our love must be something special because of the four years we’ve been married, three couples have gotten married in December.  Of those couples, at least one person was invited or knew about our wedding.  Some of those people used ornaments for their wedding favors like we did.  Hunny and I started a trend.  A love trend.

30 Days, 30 Movies {Day 27} Bollywood or (Jab We Met)

Ok, guys, I will admit it.  I picked a dud.  It’s ok, though.  Trying to pick a movie from a genre you have never experienced is tricky, and now I know that picking a great movie blindly from a genre you know nothing about is nearly impossible (At least, it is for me!).

When I told one of my friends the genres I was doing for this 30 Days, 30 Movies series, he said, “Bollywood movies aren’t all that special.  It’s a bunch of pretty girls driving cars and singing.”  That kind of sounded like bad movie gold to me.  I was kind of looking forward to a campy musical filled with bright colors and even brighter characters bursting into song.

Jab We Met was not what I was looking for.  I was starting to think that this wasn’t a true Bollywood movie when there hadn’t been a song and almost 40 minutes had gone by.  The second song had the dancing and bright colors I had been wanting, but the third song was less dancing and almost no color. Despite it being over 2 hours, the songs were really short.

The most intriguing part of watching this movie was how the characters randomly spoke English in between speaking their languages (by inference in the dialogue, I learned that they spoke two dialects).  I tried to see if there was a pattern to the English interspersed with their own language, but there wasn’t.  They didn’t even say the same English words all the time.  For example, sometimes “thank you” would be in English and other times it was in Hindi.  Does anyone know how this came about or why?  I’d love to know.  People would look at me as if I were crazy if I threw in a French word or phrase when I spoke.

Have you ever blindly chosen a movie that was a huge failure in viewing?  This isn’t the first time for me.

Favorite Line: I am my favorite

Favorite Character: Geet’s Grandpa

Favorite Scene: When Aditya imagines Geet in his life

30 Days, 30 Movies {Day 19} Love Triangle or (500 Days of Summer)

Are you surprised?  Perplexed even?  But Tom loves Summer and there is no other guy until the end of the film, and we don’t even get to meet him.  That is true.  However, the love triangle is between Summer, Tom, and SUMMER.  Summer is so in love with herself that she cannot treat Tom like a decent human being.  Tom loves Summer so much that he can’t see that she is desperately, completely, and solely in love with herself.

What makes this movie great is also what makes it agonizing to watch.  Who hasn’t been in a relationship with someone like Summer?  Someone we thought was so great, so perfect, so amazing, and yet even our prepubescent sister can see that they are not that great and completely wrong for us.

My most disastrous relationship like this could not even really be called a relationship because we never actually “dated.”  He liked me, but denied it to everyone and talked smack about me so no one else would go out with me.  Everyone treated me like I was his girlfriend.  He treated me like dirt.  Then he attended my college during our sophomore year because his therapist said that he needed “closure” with me.  Seriously?  He treated me like trash and he is the one who needed closure?

Is there a crazy relationship that reminds you of (500) Days of Summer?  Does it make this movie more or less enjoyable?

Favorite Line: It just wasn’t me that you were right about.

Favorite Character: Rachel Hansen

Favorite Scene: I hate to be cliche, but I love the song and dance number with the animated bird

30 Days, 30 Movies {Day 7} Summer Blockbuster or (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Before I delve into the movie I chose for today’s genre, I’d like to share some history behind the term “Summer Blockbuster.”  How old do you think this term is?  Sixty years?  Fifty?  I’ll give you a hint: this movie paved the way for Shark Week.  Jaws, which was released in 1975, began the summer blockbuster craze.  Jaws was released during the summer, and even though it’s million dollar ticket sales had been surpassed in the past by Gone with the Wind and The Sound of Music, the film’s success created a modern movie tradition.

“Blockbuster” itself is a term that was originally associated with theatre.  Historians believe that this term meant that the play was so successful that it “busted” the other play houses on the block.  Now it is used to describe movies, books, video games, or anything that makes a ton of money.

The Pirates franchise is perfect for the Summer Blockbuster genre.  It’s high action, it has romance, and it is a period piece.  Did that last part throw you?  I think part of what makes Pirates so special is that it is a period piece.  It takes the genre of Summer Blockbuster and gives it an interesting spin.  Old world pirates are shrouded in mystery and fantasy.  There are so many legends and folk lore surrounding pirates that I think a well done movie about pirates was bound to happen.  It just so happened to be a Summer Blockbuster.

Everyone who has heard of this movie franchise knows that it was based on the popular Disney theme park ride.  What you may not know is that the screenwriters wrote the script in the early 90’s and Disney turned down the movie in the pitch meeting.  Steven Spielberg got the script and wanted to make the movie with Steve Martin or Robin Williams as Captain Jack.  Disney still did not want to make the movie.  This is so exciting!  Almost or possibly a full decade after the original pitch to Disney, Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio saw their script become a Summer Blockbuster.  Give your dreams a chance.  Sometimes they do not come to fruition immediately.  Keep working toward your goals.

Favorite Line: You like pain?  Try wearing a corset!

Favorite Character: Jack Sparrow, of course!

Favorite Scene: When Elizabeth passes out from wearing her too tight dress falling into the water.  It’s kind of symbolic.  Society is trying to confine her into a certain type of person that she can never be so fate intervenes and she is allowed to be one with her true self – a sea loving adventurer.