January 31, 2009

I have a friend who has a similar favourite romantic company as me.  We both love “You’ve Got Mail”.  Actually, we’re both Norah Ephron fans in general.  But we love “You’ve Got Mail”.  A while back, we’d gotten together to watch the movie and ended up just quoting the entire thing the whole way through and giggling and sighing like school girls!  It was awesome.

While I was in Tulsa last year, in the Fall (update coming soon), she’d tried to send me a little gift!  It somehow never came through.  Last night I had a lovely time with some friends here in Los Angeles.  We ate yummy food and watched a movie.  Our hostess had rented two movies, “Get Smart” and “Kung Fu Panda” and we were trying to decide which one to watch when my friend showed up…

She showed up with that little gift for me.  They were little “happy birthday” pencils, all sharpened, and wrapped in tissue paper.  I looked at them and thought, “How cute!”  And she waited…  And then it hit me!  A bouquet of newly sharpened pencils!

Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address..”

…says Joe Fox to Kathleen Kelly in an email when they first start emailing at the beginning of the film.

So that got us girls talking about romantic comedies for a long time, listing our favourites, and laughing and giggling about screen kisses, comparing versions (“Pride & Prejudice”)…  And in that conversation, “The Wedding Singer” came up.  So our hostess said, “I’ve actually got ‘The Wedding Singer’!”  And that is what we watched.  She’d rented an action and an animation, and we ended up watching “The Wedding Singer”.

…all because of a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils.

Stay tuned for more Team Fritch update:

  • Duncan Christopher
  • Christmas in Hawaii
  • Our Visit to Virginia
  • Settling Back Into California Life



January 30, 2009

Here’s a little taste of Los Angeles weather…


Poor me, right?

Actually it’s freezing in our apartment right now.  We’ve got the benefit of being nestled in a corner inbetween other apartments so it shouldn’t be so bad.  Warmer in the “winter” and cooler in the summer, right?  But right now, even with the sun streaming in our windows, our apartment is cold.  Later on today, we’ll turn off the heat when it finally hits 83’F.  But for now, we shiver.

That’s what we get for living in a desert.


January 29, 2009

I am at the theatre. Ryan is sitting beside me reading the program. This is my birthday present! Ryan has just commented on the prolific nature of the man who is about to entertain us. I just witnessed a staff member flaunt her status by bringing her coffee into the theatre. The usher followed her and said that she wasn’t supposed to and she flashed her staff laniard saying, “I won’t spill it or leave it behind!”

I’m excited. I love the theatre. And this is an exceptional little space filled with about 300 seats. Procenium. It is filling slowly. The anticipation mounting.



January 27, 2009

Here’s a video of a high speed police car chase that I got from Richie Book!

High Speed Police Car Chase


January 26, 2009

Just in case you were wondering, this blog should help!


January 25, 2009

Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.

From CrossFit.  Thanks to Emma.


January 24, 2009

My friend Amy was right.  It’s STEE-via.  Not STAY-via.  This will be a hard transition for me since I’ve been calling it STAY-via since 2004. 😉

A while back, the FDA was just about to make a final judgment on whether it’s a supplement or an additive.  Or both!  According to US News & World Report.  And they finally did!  According to MSNBC.  Stevia is now safe to consume!

I’ve been using this herb a lot recently because I’m zeroing in on my weight goal and I’m getting pretty serious about it.  Also, even though I’ve never liked licorice, I’m one of the lucky few who doesn’t mind the aftertaste.  I use it in yogurt, coffee, cappuccinos, and a few months ago I made a zero point hot chocolate with it!  I’ve also made cookies, cakes, and other lovely contraptions; but that was a few years ago. Read the rest of this entry »


January 22, 2009

A film that Ryan worked on a while back has been nominated for an Oscar!

It’s called “The Garden”. Here’s a few links:

The Garden Website
The Garden IMDb

Ryan worked as an online editor on this film. Also, a friend of ours, Jack Maatman, worked as an assistant editor. The director, Scott Hamilton Kennedy, is someone that Ryan’s worked with on several projects.

We are very excited for him!!


January 19, 2009

Yesterday, my momma sent me this article from Fox23 which explains that the ORU presidential “search committee is recommending Southeastern University President Mark Rutland for the job.”  Of course the Tulsa World has the story as well.

Here’s some Mark Rutland info:

  • Southeastern University bio.
  • Global Servants profile.
  • Books by Mark Rutland.

My momma, who remembers Dr. Rutland from our days in Texas at Aldersgate UMC where he was a friend of then pastor, Terry Teykl, describes him as a warm, intelligent, engaging person and she’s very excited about him potentially becoming ORU’s new president.

Channel 8, and Channel 7 confirm the Mark Rutland story while Channel 2 announces layoffs at ORU.  While Ryan and I were in Tulsa, we spoke with several faculty members.  There seemed to be a real sorrow at the impending layoffs, but a sense of understanding that it was necessary to continue to make improvements. We trust that current leadership are doing their best with the resources they’ve been given.

In other news, ORU has made a motion to dismiss Huddleston’s lawsuit according to Christian Web News.

Cities… Not so good…

January 5, 2009

Fascinating article. Interesting juxtaposition about how cities are the birth of so much intellectual development alongside so much that’s bad for the mind.