It’s been twenty-two days since I last played. Clearly, I’ve suffered some atrophy. Bad kitty! Lol
It’s been about three months since my last Challenge entry. I haven’t been feeling that well physically, but I couldn’t resist last night’s display.
I love psychology, and I love movies. Every couple of years, I teach a class called “Psychology in Film.” When I tell people about it, they often ask, “Are there enough movies about psychology for an entire class?” My response is first shock, then slight annoyance, then my vocal response of, “Every movie is about psychology.”
An abusive future?
As my initial posting for this new blog, I’d like to focus on the “Twilight” movies (based on the books by Stephenie Meyer). In the past decade, the rise in popularity of vampire-themed books, TV shows, and movies has risen dramatically. While some vampire stories are rich with sexual and cultural lessons, the “Twilight” series, in my opinion, can be used as a display of behaviors that put people at risk for abuse in dating relationships. The popularity of the Twilight series shows just how much attention girls are giving to the examples of lovers displayed in Edward and Bella‘s world. To them, Edward represents the troubled soul who is waiting to be tamed by just the right woman; it’s the modern “Beauty and the Beast.” Unfortunately, the course and characteristics of Bella’s relationship with Edward are actually templates for violence and abuse, and Twilight fans may unwittingly model a relationship that is far from healthy. While relationship violence is extremely complicated and every case is different, some warning signs have been identified by researchers.
Flying over the half-mile course in our giant manta ray-shape ride car, we felt the exhilaration of pulling 3 to 4 G’s through more than a dozen twists and high-bank turns, and a thrilling 54-foot drop.
Whoo hoo! I do love a good roller coaster! ^_^
They come from the cities
And they come from the smaller towns
Beat up cars with guitars and drummers
Goin crack boom bam
Voices from nowhere
And voices from the larger towns
Filled our head full of dreams
Turned the world upside down
The last time I was at the ocean, it was a little bittersweet because I knew it would most likely be a long time before I’d again walk on a true beach. It was also a very beautiful day, and windy too; the sun shone on the water spectacularly, making the waves sparkle and dazzling my eyes.
D, Z, and I walked along the water’s edge, scattering a multitude of seagulls as we tried to stay on the grassy patches. We soon came upon a stony obstacle, a natural pile of big rocks, small boulders really, and we had to climb over them to continue on our way. It was a little hair-raising, and yet exhilarating. Once we were safely over them, we resumed our stroll, following more grassy patches that became larger and divided by tide pool entrances. We finally came to a body of water too wide for us to cross and so we turned back along the path to home.
All in all, it was a pleasant excursion, despite the cranky five-year-old doing his best to drive his parents batty. I must say, he very nearly succeeded.
Tennis usually works to distract and relax me, to work away the aches and sore muscles, but not today. I tried yoga (mixed with assorted strength exercises) in Wii Fit, to no avail. Still tense and cranky. On to boxing! Turns out I just needed to punch air, and I knocked that computer character on his virtual ass!
Exhilaration, and exhaustion. At least now I’m sore for a reason.