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Famn Damily

Family

Well folks, this is my family.  They have been there all my life, the ones who are older, at least. This is going to be difficult to name all of them, since there isn’t any organization. Apparently I am the one all the way to the left, with my mom and dad. My dad, John, is the tallest man in the red polo. My mom, Deb, is in the black shirt, standing with me. The older lady in the pink sweater is my Aunt Denise, standing next to my little niece, Eyona. She’s a goof-ball, if you haven’t noticed… The man in the white t-shirt behind my Aunt, is my Uncle Mike. Standing next to Uncle Mike is my brother, Noah. The lady in the red t-shirt, standing in front of my brother, is my cousin Michelle. In front of her is her son, also my cousin, Michael. Now, last but not least, the two young women sitting at the bottom of the picture. The girl on the left is my cousin, another child of Michelle’s, Shana. Sitting next to her is my sister Alexis.
I really am thankful to have such a wonderful and loving family. Each year we try to get together for Christmas or Thanksgiving. No one is ever left out of anything, and is always welcome. My cousins are wonderful, they are so much fun and the closest family I have that are not in my immediate family. I have lived with my niece at times, and I have babysat her for most of her little life. She is like a little sister to me; annoying, bratty, and stubborn. Oh well, I love her to death, though. 😉 My Aunt and Uncle are also good people. I am not very close to them, however. We see each other on family gatherings, and that’s about it. They are generous and sweet people, when I do see them. As for my brother, a little of him goes a long way. He can be very sweet and kind but if you tell him that, he will deny every bit of it. I love him to death, but he can be a story-teller sometimes. Well… Most of the time. As for my sister, she has gone through rough times and I have seen her broken and hurt, and I feel for her. Getting knocked up at a young age is not easy. Especially when you are single and work at low-wage jobs. She has started to turn things around, and is starting to settle with someone. Another baby of hers is on the way, and I will help her take care of him whenever she needs me to. I lay at her command, until I am in college, anyway. She has always been there for me, and has taught me good lessons, so I will always be there to return the favor. Lastly; my parents. Since they are the only parents I have ever had, I cannot really say… But in my opinion, they are the greatest parents in the world. They have put up with my juvenile crap, my emotionally hard times, and my rebelliousness. I have received wise advice from both of them, and I am just now starting to think about it and use it. There have been no rough times (knock-on-wood), in a while, and I am proud of myself for that. I used to do rebellious things, and they will still love me for what I do. That doesn’t mean they won’t be disappointed. Anyway, I have been ‘growing up’ I guess you can say, and I am starting to appreciate their suggestions. If I seem short with them at times, it’s most-likely nothing personal, and I am probably just in a crabby mood.

That’s about it for my family. I hope you enjoyed this read, because I enjoyed writing it.

/Lindsey/

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Ratings

No Country for Old Men
5 stars
“McCarthy’s first novel in seven years, No Country for Old Men, concerns a man who finds himself in the middle of a drug war after he stumbles across (and pockets) $2 million in cash near the Texas-Mexico border.”
McCarthy made a masterpiece when he wrote this book. I haven’t read anything so riveting and suspenseful in a long time. With this novel, McCarthy definitely ended the dry spell of not reading a good book. It kept me on the edge of my seat, wanting to know more, and not being able to put it down. My eyes would burn from reading so long, but I still couldn’t bring myself to put it down. I only read it after my mom, who got it after the movie came out. I have not yet seen the movie, and I am glad… Because if I would have seen the movie, I would probably end up missing out on a good read. Although the switching of characters was confusing at first, I simply adjusted to the style and was able to read it fine. The only thing I can really say bad about the book, is that it could have had a better ending. I will not go into detail, and I will just leave it at that. If you have seen the movie/read the book, you know exactly what I am talking about. I give this book 5 stars.
Apocalypto
5 stars
“In the Maya civilization, a peaceful tribe is brutally attacked by warriors seeking slaves and human beings for sacrifice for their gods. Jaguar Paw hides his pregnant wife and his son in a deep hole nearby their tribe and is captured while fighting with his people. An eclipse spares his life from the sacrifice and later he has to fight to survive and save his beloved family.”
This movie was very intense. It was interesting to me from the beginning, and gave me a different perspective on cultural movies. Although Mel Gibson, in my opinion, is a lunatic, I cannot help but to give him credit for this movie. I have a couple of people, who also despise Mel Gibson, but also thought this movie was wonderful. At first, I did not think I would like it very much, but there is so much suspense and interesting things about the Mayans, that you cannot help but to like it. Others may disagree with my opinions of the film, but I think everyone should try and see it. Mel Gibson, you receive 5 stars from me, for this movie. Congratulations, insane Scientologist man.
Movie Poster
5 stars
“In rural Texas, welder and hunter Llewelyn Moss discovers the remains of several drug runners who have all killed each other in an exchange gone violently wrong. Rather than report the discovery to the police, Moss decides to simply take the two million dollars present for himself. This puts the psychopathic killer, Anton Chigurh, on his trail as he dispassionately murders nearly every rival, bystander and even employer in his pursuit of his quarry and the money. As Moss desperately attempts to keep one step ahead, the blood from this hunt begins to flow behind him with relentlessly growing intensity as Chigurh closes in. Meanwhile, the laconic Sherrif Ed Tom Bell blithely oversees the investigation even as he struggles to face the sheer enormity of the crimes he is attempting to thwart.”
The same, but more thorough summary for No Country for Old Men. The novel was wonderful, and the movie was even better. It was slow at times, and it would be a little confusing if you haven’t read the book. I strongly suggest you read the book and if possible, before seeing the movie. This movie was intriguing and surprising. It brought the book to life, and a lot of things were just like I imagined them. It won all four Oscars the movie was nominated for, including:
Won Oscar Best Achievement in Directing
Ethan Coen
Joel Coen
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Scott Rudin
Ethan Coen
Joel Coen
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Javier Bardem
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
I definitely give this movie 5 stars, for being the best movie in the world… EVER.
This concludes my ratings, and I hope you enjoy my opinions. Please comment if you have anything to add, contradict, or just want to say.
~Lindsey

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