BEGIN October 2012 | Corina's Corner

Redbox Review

Here are my thoughts about the last 10 Redbox movies we've seen:

10. A Thousand Words
I didn't like this movie. There isn't very much to say about it other than that. It was one of those movies where I just kept waiting for it to end. I would not recommend. Unless perhaps you only have a limited number of hours to live and you want the time to seem longer than it really is...

9. The Vow
I had high hopes for this movie, but I was unfortunately let down. It was a very average movie, almost frustrating, if I remember correctly.

8. One for the Money
This one was much more entertaining that the last two, but still not one of the really great movies on this list.

7. The Muppets
It was cute, no complaints, it just happened to sit at #7 on this list. Plus, I'm a fan of Amy Adams, we went to the same High School.

6. The Decoy Bride
I thought this was a fun cute little story. A bit cheesy, but still very enjoyable. It was one of those gems that is only rated PG and still actually has substance and isn't a kid movie.

5. The Avengers
This movie was pretty exciting, and action packed. I was sewing during this movie so that could have contributed to the likability factor, but I am a Robert Downey Jr. fan, so that also could have been why I liked it.

4. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Great movie. Jordan thought it was just average, but I enjoyed it. It was one of those movies that reminds you that you can't have it all in life. There was also a good pick-me-up message: It will all work out in the end, if it hasn't worked out, it isn't the end.

3. Man on a Ledge
Again, another great movie. I really liked this one. It was fun to watch and try to figure out what was going on as the plot unfolded.

2. The Artist
I liked this one. It was cute and playful and an overall enjoyable film with a great story.




And the number one movie, this time around, is....

1. Hugo
I loved this one. I was really wrapped up in the story. It was clean, with a fun plot. Jordan would also probably remind me that it took place in Paris, and I love Paris. I love the idea of living somewhere very public, privately, and to explore and know all of the secrets of a big train station. And clocks! I love clocks.

Have you seen any of these movies? Did you agree with my review? Did you like or dislike the same movies as me?



1. This picture is from Chalk the Walk a few weeks ago at school. I sort of wish we had rainbow sidewalks everywhere.

2. I'm ready for a haircut. Should I keep it long or cut it short? I honestly can't decide. Everyday I change my mind. I know I need a haircut  either way though.

3. How many emails are typically in your inbox? If mine gets above 50 I get frazzled. (Currently 78...)

4. Everyday at about 9:30 in the morning, I'm ready for a nap, that can't be a good sign.

5. Is October seriously almost over? Didn't it just start?

6. We caught two mice in our classroom this week. TWO. MICE. Yuck.

7. I have a fun Halloween costume idea in the works for Jordan and I, I hope it works out.

That's all for today. Happy Wednesday.



This Summer, a local camera store went out of business. Before this happened, they had a going-out-of-business sale. I had been wanting some Lomography cameras for a while, so we decided why not get them while they are on sale? Jordan talked me into getting a Fisheye Camera and a Diana. We took the fisheye on a few of our adventures this Summer and I'm so happy with how the pictures turned out. Most of these are from Jordan's trip to Seattle, but the last two are from our little stay at the Lighthouse. I can't wait to take some more with this fun little camera.

Student Teaching Reflections


After two months at the High School level, I have now moved to Middle School. High School was great. I was at Bingham and I loved it. I loved my mentor teachers and I loved the kids there. I didn't think I would be as attached to the students as I was, I was sad to leave them. It was one of those situations where just when I got the hang of things I was finished. Isn't that how life always seems to be?

So far Middle School has been an adventure. For example, yesterday the above computer fell off the desk and the screen cracked. $1500 computer. Middle School students are for sure more rambunctious, than high school students. Some of my classes are just off the wall, but I do have to give them some credit, they don't play on their cell phones nearly as much as high schoolers.

So far I'm still just getting used to things. I definitely don't love it yet, but hopefully I will soon. I think the best part so far, is that I get to sleep an extra 30-45 minutes every morning. My school is closer and it starts later. And I can't forget to mention that I don't have school tomorrow or Friday. It's only 2 days off, but any days off school, I will be grateful for.

Any advice for this Middle School novice? Please send good vibes my way! Only 33 school days left of student teaching until I will have my degree. I CAN DO THIS!  

Good Weekend


We had a great weekend. On Friday night, we had a fun little date. We went to Olive Garden and then watched The Avengers. Saturday morning we woke up and headed down to Provo to have some blue pancakes, to watch the Homecoming Parade, and have J Dawgs for lunch with our good friends, Devin and Claire. After that we did a few other things, including, watching the game, take some senior pictures (in the beautiful fall colors), play with my cute friend Gabriel and watch my most favorite movie of all time, The Help. Oh and we bought plane tickets to HAWAII!

Overall, I'm not sure this weekend could have been any better. One of the best in a while. How was your weekend?

Enjoy life


That one time we almost moved to Seattle...


A few days before we went to Alturas, Jordan was offered two jobs; one in Salt Lake and one in Seattle. He ended up accepting the job in Salt Lake, as you know, but here are a few parts of that story that I don't want to forget.

This story started on Pioneer Day, when Jordan went to Seattle to interview for a job. It was a really quick trip and once he got home we started waiting patiently, keeping our fingers crossed that we would be able to move to Seattle and start a new adventure there. Meanwhile, Jordan had also interviewed for a company in Salt Lake, where  he was extended an offer. When this happened, he called the Seattle company and told them that he had received an offer from another company, and that he had to let them know very soon. Seattle told him that they were also going to give him an offer, and that he should watch for it in his email. We were so excited!

Once we had both offers in hand, we started thinking and praying about what we thought would be the best choice for our family. I really wanted to go to Seattle, but I hated the idea of spending 4 months apart (since I would have to stay in Utah until December to finish my student teaching, and his job would start in September), and on top of that, there were a lot of details that would be pretty difficult to work out. That didn't matter though, because I loved the idea of a new adventure and a totally new place. Jordan didn't mind either way, both jobs would have been good for him, and he is very much a go with the flow kind of a guy.

We had to decide the day we were going to Alturas, so we decided that we wanted to make the call right before we left.

The night before, we decided Seattle. We were moving to Seattle! We had talked it through and were excited about the job. We were nervous, but we knew that sometimes life isn't easy and this seemed like the fun choice. We kept saying things like, "We should be able to make the fun choice every once in a while. We always make the safe choice, but this time we want the fun one." We woke up the next morning, and made sure that we were all ready to go camping, and then called the Salt Lake company to tell them that we were declining the offer. However, there was no answer.

We hopped in the car and started driving up to Idaho. On the drive, our thought process completely changed. We decided that Utah would definitely be the easier (and better) choice. We wouldn't have to figure out housing somewhere we weren't familiar with, we wouldn't have to figure out how to move all our stuff, we wouldn't have to figure out our one car situation, and although the offer was slightly higher in Seattle, we technically wouldn't be making as much money because the cost of living is so much higher in Seattle. And on top of that, it is a 20 hour drive to Colorado and I wouldn't be able to see my family very often.

At one of our stops along the way to Alturas, we called the Salt Lake company again, this time to tell them we were accepting the offer. It felt so much better. We instantly knew it was the better decision. I wasn't so nervous or worried about all of the details we would have to work out and we wouldn't have to be apart for 4 months.

Have you ever made a decision like that? Where you instantly knew it was the right or wrong choice?

I'm so glad Jordan's company didn't answer the phone that morning, when we called to decline the offer. It was definitely a tender mercy, and a slight reminder that we might want to reconsider our decision.

I've never been to Seattle, I know it's probably a great place, but I'm glad we didn't make that choice. Maybe, someday I'll go visit our almost home.



Icons from here, colorized by me.

I took pictures of all of the kids in our church last Sunday. I had to share some of their cute faces with you. They are learning about temples in primary so they each got their picture taken with one. So loving and innocent.

P.S. Don't forget about General Conference...See previous post...

This weekend...

This is one of my favorite times of the year! I get to watch General Conference, where I listen to the leaders of my church, and hear them give us guidance for our lives. I would seriously recommend tuning in, especially  if you are looking for answers in your life. Click here!

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Tips

This morning I was reminiscing about the spur of the moment trip Jordan and I took to New Mexico last October. I had always wanted to go to the hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque, and we finally decided to go. We managed to find a hotel room last minute, for pretty cheap, so we hopped in the car, and drove all day down to New Mexico partially in the pouring rain. The next morning we work up bright and early and headed out to see the beautiful balloons. It was even better than I could have imagined. There were SO many beautiful balloons. Everywhere I turned, thousands of hot air balloons. I loved every minute of it.

The Balloon Fiesta starts on Saturday, and a little part of me wishes we could sneak down there again this year. Maybe we will be able to go again someday, perhaps in a few years.

If any of you are wanting to experience the balloons this year, let me tell you a few Balloon Fiesta tips:

1. I was freezing most of the morning, because my feet were soaked from walking around in the grass. My poor Sperry's didn't work so well at keeping the water out. Next time, I will bring thicker socks and better shoes, ones that will keep out wetness.

2. I brought my tripod because I wanted to take pictures during the early morning hours of the balloon glow. Totally not worth it. Next time, I will not bring my tripod. After about 30 minutes of using it, we had to lug it around for hours afterward. And it was metal and freezing to carry. But I was really glad that I brought my nice camera. For sure, bring a camera.

3. We were pretty cold while we were there. We brought good jackets and layers but I wish I would have had gloves. Next time, I will bring gloves.

4. Last time we had to do a morning (I'm talking 4AM) run to Walmart to get some cash-back for parking, souvenirs, and treats. Next time, I will come prepared with cash. And let's see...the more cash you have, the more funnel cake you can buy!

If seeing thousands of hot air balloons, beautiful colors, and shapes sounds even remotely interesting to you, GO TO NEW MEXICO. You will not regret it. In fact you will love it. Make it a goal in life to make it down to the Balloon Fiesta someday.

Have any of you been to the Fiesta? Do any of you [now] want to go?



Recent photos [from my phone]

Here is an assorted collection of photos, taken on my phone, from the month of September. It was a good month.

1. Jordan and I went to an end of Summer party at Jordan's work early in September. There were the cutest lemonade, shave ice, and popcorn booths, but the highlight was definitely the inflatable sumo-wrestling (even though Jordan beat me every time).

2. Peaches. Jordan bought a box of peaches from a man at work, and then without knowing, Martha bought a box from her friend. We had peaches up the wazoo. But they were SO delicious. I would eat one everyday for lunch, and sometimes another one when I got home from school. We also made peach pie, and peach ice cream. I wish we still had some.

3. This is the last picture Jordan had taken while he was 25, the night before his birthday.

4. When the Sophomores at my school had to take the PLAN test, I didn't have to be at school until 11:30. So I decided to take full advantage of this and slept in. And it was AH-MAZ-ing.

5. I thought these vines were pretty, so I snapped a picture of them while we were in Salt Lake for Jordan's birthday. Do you like vines? Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. Jordan hates them.

6. I mowed the lawn for the very first time in my whole life, so I snapped a picture to document it. I even tried to be fancy and tried a diagonal line instead of straight up and down. It wasn't a perfect mowing job but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Also, we washed the car right before we mowed, so this picture was really of our Saturday morning jobs.

7. To say that Jordan and I love Red Robin would be an understatement. We go there as often as we can. We recently went because we ordered a gift card with points from our credit card. FREE Red Robin.The. Best.

8. Jordan and I got to go to the BYU football game on Friday and we had a great time. We went to L&L before hand (we just had to, the Cougars were playing Hawaii), and Sub Zero after (we had a Citydeal that was about to expire). It was a wonderful date night.

9. I snapped this picture while we were on Jordan's birthday camping trip. I like the silhouettes of the trees. And I might add that I now know how to spell "silhouettes" because it was one of the assignments I gave out in my Photo class.
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