Wednesday, January 28, 2009

how I spent the last few days

Today is the first day of interim break, and it feels so nice to take some time off. I took a religion class for interim, and it was incredibly easy. We had no homework and our final was to write a paper. However, Kristen, Jill and I decided to make a board game instead of writing a paper. Kristen and I counted up today, and with all three of us, we spent 90+ hours making it since last Friday. It turned out so well, though. It's called "Into Israel: From Womb to Tomb", and it is a trivia game that follows the life cycle of an ancient Israelite. The game is only for mature audiences because the class was called, "Birth, Sex, and Death", and some of the questions (while taken straight from the Bible) are pretty graphic. Plus, no kid would enjoy playing this game--it is not for the faint at heart. Probably the funniest part of the game are the "Providence" cards (thanks, Mumsy) which say all manner of bizarre things to liven up the game. They are basically like chance cards in Monopoly and we had a little too much fun writing them. Everything from "You laid bare your source of blood--lose a turn" to "You reaped some 100 fold grain--switch places with the player of your choice" is in there, and I can't take them seriously. The board itself turned out well, too. We made it out of sandpaper, so that it would look like the wilderness and then taped the playing squares on top of it. I didn't think to take pictures of it before we turned it in today, but we'll get it back and then I'll put up pictures. Overall, though, I couldn't be happier with it and now I have something to show for my class--something much more fun than a 15 page paper.

Monday, January 19, 2009

oh danny boyle

I just finished watching Slumdog Millionaire, and I loved it. It's by Danny Boyle who made Millions. It was so good, though. And now I know what movie I'm rooting for at the Oscars. Beyond being a unique story told in a fresh, engaging way, A.R. Rahman composed the music for it. And the music is the finishing touch to the film. I don't have anything else to say, except that I loved it and highly recommend it.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

sore, sore, everywhere

This afternoon, I worked out for the first time in ages. The new Van Andel Fieldhouse is finally open, and it is amazing. It's worth the $125 million it cost. Unfortunately, because the old fieldhouse was so inadequate and had poor hours, I barely worked out at all last semester. So now I am incredibly sore. And it gets progressively worse every hour. I'm not sure if I can get down from the top bunk in the morning. But it felt so good to finally work out and know that I can from now on and it won't be closed for construction.