July 1, 2010


I can't wait for the weekend! Our weekend starts tomorrow (thank you, Army!) so we are heading up to Atlanta for 1 or 2 nights (still haven't decided). We've got a lot of activities planned, which I'll run down when we get back next week. Since this is the only "vacation" we're planning on taking this year, we're making the most of it. Hopefully, I'll finally have some pictures of the two of us in Georgia :)

So, last night, I went out with some women on post to see Eclipse. I thought it was going to be an FRG thing, but there were more cadre spouses than student spouses (of which I am one). It was fun, we sat around and ate for an hour and a half and then went the short distance to the theater on post. I had never been, but we got there so late that I missed the whole "national anthem experience" I always hear about. I'll just have to go again. I was actually looking forward to that.

The movie was...fine. I think I was just in a bad mood, because the whole time I was watching it I just wanted to be with SoldierMan. He had gotten back from the field that night, but insisted I go out and "do something fun." Which I appreciate. And it turned out he only got home an hour or so before I did, so it's not like I missed out on a whole evening together, which was my worry. What can I say? I'm still homesick for him. After 6+ months of living apart, we move here only to really see each other on the weekends. Maybe that's just what I should expect from now on, but I'm having trouble adjusting.

Anyway, yeah, the movie was fine. Actually, there were some parts that were really good. But I've come to really dislike Kristin Stewart. The girl has two expressions - horny and vacant - and only one note to her voice. She just doesn't handle intensity well. Which was fine for the first movie, but these subsequent ones seem to be beyond her. Which is probably why no other actress in the movies (e.g. Dakota Fanning, Bryce Dallas Howard) get any real screen time...they'd act circles around her, and we can't have that. Bella can't be shown up.

And Esme was brunette. FAIL. Although I give them kudos for finally making Jasper look good. Took long enough.

So, that's really all I've got to say about that. :) I think, if I go see it with SoldierMan, I'll be in better spirits and probably come away with a better opinion.

Today's freedom quote:

America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact - the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality. ~Adlai Stevenson

And today's freedom chapter:

Galatians 4 - Now I say that as long as the heir is a child, he differs in no way from a slave, though he is the owner of everything. Instead, he is under guardians and stewards until the time set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were in slavery under the elemental forces of the world. But when the completion of the time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba, Father!" So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

But in the past, when you didn't know God, you were enslaved to things that by nature are not gods. But now, since you know God, or rather have become known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and bankrupt elemental forces? Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again? You observe [special] days, months, seasons, and years. I am fearful for you, that perhaps my labor for you has been wasted. I beg you, brothers: become like me, for I also became like you. You have not wronged me; you know that previously I preached the gospel to you in physical weakness, and though my physical condition was a trial for you, you did not despise or reject me. On the contrary, you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus [Himself]. What happened to this blessedness of yours? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? They are enthusiastic about you, but not for any good. Instead, they want to isolate you so you will be enthusiastic about them. Now it is always good to be enthusiastic about good-and not just when I am with you. My children, again I am in the pains of childbirth for you until Christ is formed in you. I'd like to be with you right now and change my tone of voice, because I don't know what to do about you.

Tell me, you who want to be under the law, don't you hear the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and the other by a free woman. But the one by the slave was born according to the flesh, while the one by the free woman was born as the result of a promise. These things are illustrations, for the women represent the two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai and bears children into slavery - this is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written: Rejoice, O barren woman who does not give birth. Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor, for the children of the desolate are many, more numerous than those of the woman who has a husband. Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. But just as then the child born according to the flesh persecuted the one born according to the Spirit, so also now. But what does the Scripture say? Throw out the slave and her son, for the son of the slave will never inherit with the son of the free woman. Therefore, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.


  1. I can not stand Kristen Stewart. She has no emotion at all. Even in interviews, she's just...blah. I heard the movie was good, but I don't want to be disappointed, the books were so good...and I didn't like the first 2 movies. eek!

  2. I hope you have an awesome time in Atlanta. That is where we went on vacation for my husband's block leave before this current deployment. I felt like there was a lot to do/see. I really enjoyed it and hope you do too!

  3. The whole national anthem thing is so weird at a movie. We went to the post theater for the first time this past weekend. We're sitting there watching previews and the "turn of cellphones" thing and all of a sudden the anthem comes on. I was like, "WHAT?". It would have been nice if the good old husband had mentioned it. Thankfully my kids know what to do during the anthem so I didn't have to drag them to standing while they whined.

  4. I can't stand Kristen Stewart either. She was NOT the best choice for Bella. I don't like Robert Pattinson either. The only reason I lean toward Jacob in the movies, is because he's a better actor!!! He and Dakota Fanning and the guy who plays Carlisle...they act circles around the main characters and I think that's ridiculous. I still love the movies, but I just wish the director(s) had done a better casting job.*sigh*

  5. The national anthem is one of my favorite parts of going to the theater on base. That and paying .98 cents :)

    My husband has been home for 6 months and I still miss him whenever we are apart. I hope I always will.


  6. When we were in Atlanta back in 2007 the Coca Cola factory let active duty military in free! Spouses have to pay though. Keep your eyes open because sometimes Six Flags has some really good promotions for military too. I think we may have even got in free there too but I can't remember.

  7. I still miss Georgia a lot. Atlanta is one of my favorite cities to visit now purely for midtown's restaurants. Not like we're that far anyways...

    I'll still go see the movie but I think KS is a pretty terrible actress. She's better than the character Bella in the book though, in my opinion. I heard the first book as an audiobook and it ruined the character for me permanently. I read the rest of the books for the story and ignored her.

  8. Have a great time! I saw the movie and I agree with her acting! It's NOT good!

  9. I have learned to not expect much from any of the Twilight movies because, quite honestly, the acting is not the greatest but I adore the story and that's what matters to me.

    Plus, I love me some Edward! :)


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