Today, I did a guest post about Sundance Film Festival for Hilarye's (aka TravelGirl) Dotting the Map blog. Come on over and check it out. Also, be sure to read about TravelGirl's adventures on her lively travel blog. Her focus for 2009 will be budget honeymoons, bed & breakfasts, cruises, and if everything goes as planned, some international travel!
The New York Times magazine published an interesting article yesterday on women and sexual desire. The in-depth article offers several theories put forth by prominent researchers in the field including Lisa Diamond from the University of Utah. Researchers have long been interested in what turns men and women on and some of the findings in the article might surprise you. Emotional intimacy may not be the key to understanding women's desire as has long been believed.
Wasn't Inauguration Day amazing?
In addition to all the presidential activities, some friends of mine decided to get married on Inauguration Day. They were high school sweethearts whose paths went different ways and now twenty years later they rekindled their relationship and yesterday made it official. Here is a photo of them at a high school dance. The 'new beginnings' theme that the entire country is embracing works for a romantic wedding day too, right?
Finally, I also stopped by the special SLC/Sundance 'tweetup' at the Beehive Tea House where director, Ondi Timoner, spoke about her documentary 'We Live in Public'. I enjoyed hearing Ondi and Josh Harris, the subject of the film, speak about the role that technology plays in shaping our lives. Also, it was great to meet some of the people I follow on twitter face to face!
Anyhow, B and I loaded our wallets with gift cards and headed down to TJ Maxx. I managed to gather a cart load of items and ended up leaving with a new pair of jeans, a cashmere sweater, a fleece hoodie, a set of steak knives, and an iPod charger. Score!
Next, we headed to Nordstrom Rack. I looked at some beautiful handbags but they were way too expensive and really, do I need another handbag? I have been looking for a black pencil skirt but got blanked on that hunt.
I'd had my fill of shopping by this time and aborted the plan before we hit Target so I'm hopeful that Target will remain flush until I can get out there to use my gift card.
Have any of you used holiday gift cards to buy yourself something awesome? I'd love to hear about it....
Each year, one or two Sundance movies really stand out in my mind as exceptional and Afghan Star may just be one of those films. Film-maker Havana Marking traveled to
The film maker and host of Afghan Star were both on hand in the theater for a question and answer session after the film. We learned that the second season of Afghan Star is now airing and that this season 15 women made the cut (a five fold increase). The most poignant moment came when an Afghan woman in the audience spoke to the film maker and show host to say that this movie has given her a glimmer of hope. The media portrayals of a war torn country have given way to a country full of young people whose hope and dreams for the future are so much more than what we as Americans tend to see in our news coverage.
The movie is narrated by Strel's son who also serves as his manager, PR person, and caretaker. The beginning of the story is told with levity ("Slovenia is shaped like a chicken") as we follow Strel in his attempt to swim the Amazon but the tone grows more serious as each passing day finds Strel losing his grip on reality and ultimately risking his physical and mental health to accomplish his goal.
In a society which forbids alcohol I was surprised to see the role that illicit drugs played in the lives of some of the girls. Below is the 2 minute trailer for The Glass House. There are four more screening at Sundance so try to check this movie out. It's part of the World Documentary competition.
Here is a list of the movies that I've selected this year. I rarely go for movies in the previews category because most of those films will eventually come out in theaters so I select movies that I wouldn't normally have the opportunity to see otherwise. Also, I love documentaries so you'll notice that my movies are skewed that direction.
The Glass House
Big River Man
The Queen and I
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
I'll post updates throughout the festival so be sure to check back often!
I have to admit that I fell in love with the sexy exterior as soon as it arrived. I downloaded iTunes and started adding music from my library. I also loved the podcast feature and enjoyed several episodes of This American Life while on a recent road trip. My little love affair was going along swimmingly until 3 weeks ago when my laptop was infected with a virus.
I finally have my laptop back and have reinstalled iTunes. I plugged the iPod in and figured that I could transfer the files on the iPod back into iTunes. I was able to do this with my Creative players. But, apparently that is not the case with iTunes.
I'm already kicking myself for not backing up the iTunes library so don't bother with that suggestion. I've added more regular back ups to my list of new year's resolutions. I can't believe that some smarty pants hasn't already figured out a way to do this. I'm about to start researching. If you know how to do this with some 3rd party software let me know!
Lauren is keeping a travel journal which you can find here. She's posted some photos of Grenoble already.
We miss her already but are so excited that she's taken advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Below is a photo with her brother Ryan as she was heading to the airport on Thursday.
I'm planning to visit her in the spring so I need to start boning up on my French!