Frozen Fails With “Fixer Upper”

Fixer-Upper

In the last two weeks, I have watched Frozen three times.  Unfortunately, I never got around to seeing it on the big screen and my first viewing was on the plane home from Boston last week.  It was adorable and I—like so many who watched it before me—fell head over heels for Disney’s latest animated romp.  It was heartfelt, hilarious, and filled with great songs that have me tapping my feet and singing along when I simply think about the movie.

Everyone loves “Let It Go” and it really is a powerhouse song, but I can’t figure out why no one is talking about the poor message from one of the other songs: “Fixer Upper.”

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A Case Of Wanderlust

Wanderlust

As I’m sure most of you know by now, I love to travel.  It doesn’t matter where I go, I just want to see someplace new.  I get giddy packing my suitcase in anticipation of the unknown sights and adventures that await me.  Sometimes I feel that my suitcase spends more time out of the closet, waiting to be packed or unpacked, than it does nestled amongst my clothes and shoes.  Whether by car, by air, or by boat, I couldn’t imagine my life without a trip to a different location at least once a year.  There is a certain feeling you get when exploring an area you’ve never seen before.  Even if it’s an area in immediate vicinity.

A lot of times, I hop in my car and drive down an unknown road just to see what’s at the end of it.  I have uncovered full neighborhoods in hidden canyons, dined at hole-in-the-wall restaurants with the greatest food, and viewed formerly familiar territory with a new set of eyes.  There is much to be discovered and rediscovered in this world and I won’t stop until I explore every inch of it.

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Disney In Question

Every other Tuesday, I have the luxury of rolling out of bed and working from my “office” in the living room.  It’s a pretty sweet set-up that has me bare-faced and properly attired in lounge pants and a sweatshirt.  On these days, since I have no co-workers to chat with, I pop in movie after movie to add a little background noise to an otherwise quiet day.

For whatever reason, a lot of the time I resort to watching cartoons.  Being the Disney fanatic that I am, I have practically all of the “classic films” of my childhood.  And of course there are the Pixar tales as well.  It’s nice to have films that I have watched time and time again that I don’t have to pay attention to anymore.  I can work on spreadsheets and reports without being worried that I’m going to miss something.  There’s nothing to miss… I can recite almost all of these movies from start to finish without much effort.  And I still thoroughly enjoy each viewing.

After watching 101 Dalmatians and Lady and the Tramp today, I got to thinking about my favorite Disney animated films.  There are just so many things that I have wondered about since I was a little girl and even more that I’ve considered as an adult.

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Small World Of Serendipity

You’re singing the song, aren’t you?

Have any of you ever realized how freakin’ tiny this world is?  And no, not in the Disney ride kind of way where animatronic figures sing in several different languages and embrace their differing ethnicities.  I’m talking about meeting a random person who is somehow connected to your life or someone in it.

There have been so many instances in the last six months that have made me realize that the world is much smaller than I could have possibly realized.

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Expect Less, Enjoy More

I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who has had great expectations for something—be it a first date, a new movie, or a job interview—and has been let down when reality did not match up to our vision.  It can be hard to deal with and certainly disappointing when life just doesn’t go the way you expected it to.

So how can we deal with our own disenchantment and how can we prevent it from happening again?

We must expect less.

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