Our Movie

Mackenzie and I have been filming a documentary about the process behind the book we are writing. We film interviews, idea sessions, etc. We like to let family read little pieces of it and then we film their reactions.

Filming this is pretty fun. We get to show others how we act and think. It is also annoying having a camera shoved in your face when it’s 2 in the morning and you have been writing for 3 straight hours.

I hope this movie goes well and that our book gets published. I guess we will have to wait and see.

Strawberry Fields Across the Universe

Mackenzie introduced me to this movie about a year ago, and since then I have watched it close to 50 times. It is absolutely incredible. (SPOILER ALERT)

So, the music in this movie is A+. They sing famous Beatles songs and put their own Across the Universe spin on them. Their version of “Hey Jude” is by far my favorite. The acting is great and the way they filmed it is fun and enjoyable to watch.

The characters are relatable and the plot is not too complex to follow. The movie has a lighthearted feel and shows a love that could reach across the universe.

I do, however, have one thing I don’t like. The character, Lucy, is actually the worst. I always want to skip past her parts.

This movie is music, sex, drugs, travel, fun, dancing, and so much more wrapped up in over an hour of excitement.

I highly recommend this movie to people who enjoy musicals that are actually fun to sing along to and like a good love story.

Image Source: Jenn Salvatore

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

My favorite book is The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I first read this book my senior year of high school. It was an assignment given to my class by my English teacher. We had to read the book and write a paper on it. When I was first given the assignment I dreaded it, but as soon as I stared reading it, my heart opened. (SPOLIER ALERTS TO COME)

I read day and night. The love between the man and the boy was just so pure and real to me. It showed me that there are ways to let someone know that you love them without actually saying it. It taught me to see love in people’s actions and not just their words.

The book, to me, is a love story between a parent and child and a story of survival. It spoke to me on so many levels. It is the perfect book, in my opinion. I has love, hardships, cannibals, bad men, adventure, etc. I was never bored when reading it. It can be a little hard to follow due to the way it was written, but if you pay attention it shouldn’t be a problem.

When it came time to write the paper, I had it written in about an hour. I poured my heart and soul into the paper. I made an A, but the grade didn’t matter to me because I took something else away from the assignment.

I loved the book so much that I got a quote from it tattooed on my body. “Each the other’s world entire” is written across my right shoulder. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about adventure and a love stories that are anything but typical.

Halee

Halee is my younger sister. She will be turning 16 in May. We are pretty close now, but growing up we hated each other. We would fight all of the time and we couldn’t even be around each other.

Halee is pretty, determined, and hard working.

As we have gotten older and matured some, we have become a lot closer. Now we try to help each other out, tell secrets, and actually enjoy each other’s company. She likes to help me with my photography. She models for my pictures and videos and in turn I drive her around places since she can’t drive (no license yet).

Halee is funny, smart, and independent.

We occasionally fight, but it is never over anything serous. We fight over things like who has to make the sweet tea and who gets to ride up front in the car.

Halee is happy, friendly, and understanding.

I can’t wait to see what life holds for her. I hope she gets where she wants to be in life and enjoys the ride there.

Web Design Training

This week in class we continued to code. We have been working on the same code for a few weeks now and just have been adding on to it. It is pretty cool watching things change and improve just by typing out a code. Our professor wasn’t here this week because he had just gotten married (congrats btw Willis). Our sub professor was super cool. She was funny and thought coding in a new way. I like her way better (sorry Willis).

So this week I had to read http://www.creativebloq.com/web-design/training-online-resources-812225 and decide which ones would be most useful to me.

One of the most helpful tools I found was the W3Schools. I have actually used this site before when learning how to code. It was super easy to understand and it helped me out tremendously.

I also like the Google Code University. Coding it taught by the actual developers of Google! I think that is so cool because they do a great job. It offers tutorials that walk people through the coding process.

There are a lot of other sites that help with coding and web design on this link. There are 22 sites to be exact. You should go check them out if you are interested in web design.

If CA 260 was taught completely online, it would be a completely different class. I would enjoy it a lot less. I would get a lot less out of it as a student as well. I have a hard time learning from strictly online courses. I need to see things done, be able to ask questions, and see if I’m correct and that’s hard to do when your professor is miles away. I like CA 260 just the way it is.

Spring

I figured since it is the first day of Spring I should write a post about what I hope to accomplish this spring. The weather is nice and I am feeling motivated.

This Spring I hope to:

  • Make the Dean’s List again
  • Have deeper relationships with my friends
  • Get a job
  • Have my photography business take off
  • Save money
  • Plan a trip
  • Write my book
  • Work on my documentary
  • Edit videos
  • Finish my website

CMS

This week in class we are writing a proposal for our websites. It should be pretty easy and it is a good way to really look at what you want for your site.

The module assignment this week is to recommend a CMS to a local business who is looking to build a website. We were required to read “3 open source content management systems compared” by Nitish Tiwari (https://opensource.com/business/14/6/open-source-cms-joomla-wordpress-drupal). It is a pretty interesting and helpful article. It lists three widely used CMS platforms and compares them. He compares Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress. His comparisons are “based on this criteria: installation complexity, available plugin/themes, ease of use, and more.”

If I had to recommend a CMS to a local business then I would recommend WordPress. I have experience with WordPress and know how to operate it. I know that it is a good site because I use it for myself. It is extremely easy to use and figure out. I think it would be perfect for a small business. Especially since it is also cheap. My WordPress is FREE and it is not that much more expensive to add on other features. Tiwari says, “WordPress is the winner for customization and upgrades. That means it will be easy if you alone or a small team of people are planning to set up the website.”

It has many helpful features that a business can use. You can add videos, text, and pictures. You can also add code to it. There are ecommerce options.

I would highly recommend WordPress to anyone or business who wanted to start a website. It is awesome.

Dauphin Island

Today, I took Halee and Mackenzie to the beach with me. We shot some video and took some pictures. It was really fun. We lied out under the sun for hours and enjoyed the water.

This is one of my favorite places. There is never a lot of people there so when I go, I feel like I have the entire beach to myself. I can sit and read and get the best pictures.

WTF (but in a good way)

Okay so last night I couldn’t sleep. I tossed and turned for hours before giving up and turning on my t.v. and watching a couple of movies. This post is about the two movies that I watched so SPOILER ALERT.

The first movie that I watched was 10 Cloverfield Lane. I give it 5/5 stars. It started out kind of slow,  but a lot of good movies do so I stuck through it. Then it turned into your typical suspense movie. Then it got really good. I was jumping and hiding my eyes because I was so nervous watching it. Then when she finally escapes just to realize that the guy wasn’t actually lying I lost it. I was actually screaming “WTF” at my t.v. I was in panic mode as I watched her run around and try to escape from the aliens. I thought they did a really good job with this movie and I wouldn’t be mad if there was a part 2.

The second movie I watched was Swiss Army Man. I didn’t think that I would like this movie. It looked so stupid in the commercials. There were a few times that I was saying “WTF” in a weirded out way (like the parts about the boner compass), but overall I liked it. I thought it had a good story and that it was executed very well. The movie left me laughing out loud and saying “WTF” while smiling.

I recommend these movies to anyone who wants to say “WTF”, but in a good way.

Skydiving

I haven’t posted in a few days because I have been super busy. I am trying to get my photography business up and running, finish up midterms, enjoy spring break, job hunt, and pack up my stuff so I can move into our new house. Life has been moving at what seems like 100 mph.

That’s why I decided to post about the time I went skydiving. I decided that because I was falling at 120 mph that day. My cousin, Reece, was about to join the military and so he would be gone for a year. He decided that the last thing that he wanted to do before he left was go skydiving.

I agreed and we were soon on our way to Skydive Georgia (I wasn’t old enough to skydive in Alabama). We walked into the small building, signed up, paid, and then waited. We had our instructors strap us into our harnesses and give us the quick 10 second tutorial for jumping. Not even thirty minutes later they were calling our names to jump.

I paid to have a guy jump with me to take pictures and a video (I’ll add the link later). We boarded the plane (it was my first time on a plane so I was nervous) and our instructors strapped us to them.

I watched people jump and was so excited. Reece and his instructor jumped before I did. Then it was my turn. We slid to the back of the plane and then that was it. We did a backflip in the air and I could see the plane getting further away. I put out my arms and let the wind blow against my face. I felt like I was flying. We jumped from 14,500 ft and I loved every second of it.