Archive for March, 2012

March 12, 2012

Kindred Spirits (When It Comes to Love)

About a few months after I got back from Russia, I saw the trailer for Like Crazy (see end of entry).  The movie is about a girl from the U.K. who falls in love with an American guy in college, and after violating the terms of her visa to stay in the US for a summer with him, she is deported.  The rest of the movie follows the pair as they struggle and find happiness through their journey to reunite with each other.  Sometimes they are together, but a lot of times they are apart or with other people.  Obviously, this plot tugged a bit at my heartstrings, and after nearly a year of waiting, I was able to watch it on DVD this past weekend.

I figured it would just be a relatable movie, but oh no.  It let me find the one movie character that is almost an exact copy of how I am in relationships.  My dear Anna, you are my kindred spirit when it comes to romance.  Here’s just a few reasons why:

1.  I would (and have) written a guy a letter as a way to get his attention.  I absolutely love writing and usually tow a fine line between quirky and truly caring when I write letters.  I should totally steal the idea of leaving one on someone’s car someday.  That took guts, but I admired it just the same.

2. Anna makes Jacob a beautiful scrapbook of their love story when she is about to leave.  I have done this TWICE.  Once for Ben, post-break up, when he was leaving.  This was in mid-high school, so I don’t remember it perfectly, but I know it opened with a goodbye letter that was very difficult to write.  The second scrapbook was for Nikita, which you can see in my old entry here.  I get very inspired to write and create such books when I feel really emotional about something- as does Anna.

3. I’m not super affectionate when in public places, but I love to be a little daring occasionally if the mood strikes and will kiss someone like in the picture below.  I found this especially cute in the movie because it was right after her parents drove away, which made it more amusing.

4. Even if it will make me look pathetic, I will reach out to someone if I miss them.  I will send that “I miss you” text just as she did in the movie, and then regret it when I wait for the same response that will never come.  I’ll never be like the guy who starts to type “I miss you” and then change his mind halfway through.  If you feel it, you say it.

5. In relation to number four, I suck at playing it cool.  When Jacob calls Anna she pretends she’s fine and then calls him back a minute later to admit she’s not and misses him A LOT- that’s so me.  I can’t make myself pretend like I don’t have feelings.  Even if I could make the words come out like that, it would be all over my face.  You may like it or hate it, but you will always know what I am feeling.

6. No matter how comfortable I am, I would never stay with someone I couldn’t completely love.  It may be the safe choice and guarantee you won’t die alone, but there is a reason I am nearing 24 and am still single.  I can’t settle for safe.  And neither could Anna.

7. I truly believe it is always better to lay your feelings on the line.  I admire Anna’s character so much for the phone call she made where she said she would never find what she had with Jacob with anyone else.  That even though she knew he was with someone else and moving on, she made that one last grand gesture.  I have done that before, too.  Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t, but I’d rather know I did everything I could than sit alone with my pride wondering what could have been.

So here’s to you, Anna, and the actress and writers that brought you into existence.  You reminded me to be true to myself, and that in doing so, both happiness and suffering will be sure to follow.  I can only hope that happiness wins out in the end and tips the scale.

P.S.- Do yourself a favor and download Ingrid Michaelson’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “Dead Hearts” by Stars.  They are both in the trailer embedded below, and are quite beautiful.

Advertisements
March 10, 2012

Hunger Games Gift-Giving

This past Christmas we did Secret Santa at school.  I got our librarian, who just happened to be reading and getting really into The Hunger Games series.  Well, if you are privileged enough to know a Schrumpf, you should know we do take gift giving to a whole new level.  I think every family member of mine has been through some type of scavenger hunt for a gift- a tradition started by my dad, but continued on by others (like me, when I made an extensive hunt for my brother-in-law to find the new flat screen I didn’t even buy for him, haha).

Anyways, I had about 2 weeks to give Secret Santa gifts, so I decided to make each day’s gift relate to each district’s specialty.  Maggie asked me to post the notes I gave Tina as I went along so she could read them again, so here are the original notes and gift ideas.  Keep in mind the gifts were targeted towards my person’s favorite things which influenced some choices.

*Note* I wrote District 13’s on a post-it and said all that was left of this demolished district was this piece of paper, and it was coupon sheet for Sonic.

District 12: Coffee and a Muffin

Tina,

We at District 12 are very poor, so we could not even spare some coal (our district’s main product).  However, Peeta Mellark took pity on you and tossed you this from his bakery.

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor,

Your Secret Santa

District 11: Christmas Hand Towels

Tina,

District 11 is known for agriculture.  We actually have quite a lot of cotton fields.  Your tribute gift today is 100% cotton as you see.  Maybe you can use it to keep injured areas clean and free from infection in the arena.  Or you can use it as a nice decoration.  Your choice : )

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor,

Your Secret Santa

District 10: Arby’s Giftcard

Tina,

District 10 raises quite a bit of livestock.  Maybe you can visit one of our many distributors and try some?  We only raise the best cattle, you know.

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor,

Your Secret Santa

District 9: Popcorn

Tina,

Amongst all the grain we in District 9 produce, we were able to come up with some corn as well.  You might not want to pop this in the arena, though.  The sound will likely reach unfriendly ears.

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor,

Your Secret Santa

District 8: Cloth ornaments in the shape of birds

Tina,

Panem is not all evil.  We occasionally produce cute things, too.  See what our textile rich District 8 put together?

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor,

Your Secret Santa

District 7: Colorful Post-Its

Tina,

Here’s some note paper from our lumber rich District 7.  We figured you could use it to take notes on your opponents during Caesar Flickerman’s interviews.

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor,

Your Secret Santa

District 6: Gas Gift Card

Tina,

District 6 strictly works in transportation.  You should come visit us sometime.  We’ll even pay for the first two gallons of fuel ; )

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor,

Your Secret Santa

District 5: Batteries

Tina,

POWER.  That’s all District 5 is about.  And not like “take over the world” power.  We’ll leave that to the Capitol.  Here are some batteries for you.  Hey, you might get a parachute with a flashlight and no way to turn it on.  Best be prepared for any situation.

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor,

Your Secret Santa

District 4: Goldfish Crackers

Tina,

Guess what District 4 does?  Look at your gift.  Think about it….Nope, not cracker manufacturing.  We specialize in fishing!  And apparently we have a sense of humor, too.

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor,

Your Secret Santa

 District 3: Love Actually Soundtrack Sampling

Tina,

Citizens of District 3 love their electronics.  We figured we’d share our specialty with you in the form of a CD.  Some tracks may be missing.  iPanem is still building up a music database around all the censorship from the Capitol.

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor,

Your Secret Santa

District 2: Christmas Mug

Tina,

District 2 is famous for masonry.  Yeah we know.  Not the coolest of specialties unless you are from the middle ages.  We fashioned up this mug for you, though.  And even more important, we will give you a hint about tomorrow’s final and most special of gifts: District 1 specializes in luxury.  Let your mind run wild, and tomorrow your final tribute gift will arrive.

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor,

Your Secret Santa

District 1: Mockingjay Pin

Tina,

“Save the best for last” seems to apply quite nicely here.  District 1 only made a certain number of these *limited edition* Mockingjay pins, so protect it with your life in the games.  Let it serve as a reminder that you should always be the kind of person who would stuff their face with poisonous berries rather than kill the possible love of your life.

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor,

Your Secret Santa

Kelly Schrumpf

Hunger Games Mockingjay Pin

Mockingjay Pin for District 1 Gift

 

 

March 4, 2012

The 10 Step Plan

This week I found myself in one of those “What just happened here?” situations.  I had been dating a guy regularly for about a month when all of the sudden contact virtually stopped.  I asked what was up and got a text message crammed with token lines of we should just be friends, I need to get things lined up on my end, I wouldn’t ask you to wait for me, and you deserve better.  Yes ladies.  All of this in a text message.  Oh, and it was sent to me in the middle of my work day instead of the night before when I had inquired about said situation.

The following is a guide in case this bizarre situation comes up in your life where even when you aren’t in a relationship, you still face the dreaded break up text.

1. After reading the text, close your eyes, put your head down, and accept that there are no guys left in the world worth dating- no matter how awesome you are.

2. Follow the first rule of Fight Club in relation to your text message- DON’T TALK ABOUT THE TEXT MESSAGE.  You know you will only cry over your disappointment, be upset that you are crying, and cry more.  I described my mood and actions the rest of that day as “emotional lockdown.”  No talking meant no crying, and I managed to hold off long enough that I didn’t need to cry at all.

3. Solicit and accept all hugs.  These will remind you that while one guy doesn’t know how to treat you like a human being, most of the world does.  I told my class that I was sorry for being irritable or quiet and explained that I was hurting because I had a bad fight with my friend.  They suggested I write an apology letter, but after explaining it was the other person’s fault, they were immediately ready to hug the crap out of me.

4. Notify the grapevine.  You know all those people who you just told you were excited about this new guy you were dating?  Well now you have to make sure they all know you are not dating anymore so they do not ask you about it later and break Step 2’s emotional lockdown you have going.  Just focus on the people you see regularly.  If any 2nd circle people know, you can just tell them later if it comes up when you are already over it.

5. Craft the absolutely *perfect* reply.  You have ONE chance to text back.  After that, communication has to cease or else you will look crazy, desperate, lame, etc. (Note: I did break this rule once, but then decided it was time to make a clean break and went with delete contact instead). I never go the explicative route or the carefree route.  I do care, but I’m not going to throw a fit about it either.  My advice is to always be genuine, nice, and as understanding as possible.  You want to leave the guy with “Damn.  I just let this gem of a person go for no reason.  I’m an idiot.” : D

6. Sleep.  You can deal with the rest of your feelings in the morning.

7. Create a post-break up playlist- complete with even amounts of sad and angry music.  You can add to it as you get more and more towards a Kelly Clarkson-bad ass-single lady outlook on life.  Here are some recommendations:

a) Rock Bottom by Pablo

b) Echo by Jason Walker

c) Kill by Jimmy Eat World (personal favorite)

d) If I Were a Boy by Beyonce

e) What Doesn’t Kill You by Kelly Clarkson

8. Go out with friends.  You do not want to sit alone anywhere for too long and replay the past two weeks to try and pinpoint SOMETHING that would have indicated you would be in this situation now.  You won’t find it, and you’ll just end up cursing inanimate objects in your apartment.

*Bonus* If you are as lucky as I was to have gone shopping the weekend before in anticipation of future dates, feel free to bust out those cute clothes with your friends.  You might look a little out of place with your friend in sneakers and jeans and you in high-heeled boots, dangly earrings, and a sparkly top, but hey.  You are NOT going to let your careful expenditures go to waste in your closet.

9. Turn into Jim Carrey from Yes Man.  Agree to try everything and anything.  Colleague asks you to judge a school competition you haven’t heard about before?  YES.  Boot camp class your friend has been begging you to tag along to while you laugh at the idea of even considering based on your athletic ability?  SURE!  Applying for a bunch of part time jobs in the area even though summer isn’t for another 2 months? DONE.  Sign up for a CPR/First Aid class required of said jobs you are applying for?  GO FOR IT.  The world is your oyster, lady!

10. Channel your inner Emily Thorne and find some way to get your final aggression out to move on.  Instead of an intricate plot to take down most of the Hamptons, I went with writing this post.  It’s not meant to be harsh or cruel, but more to just laugh off the ridiculousness that was this past week.

And with that, I will leave you with this quote from the ending monologue of He’s Just Not That Into You:

“And maybe a happy ending doesn’t include a guy, maybe… it’s you, on your own, picking up the pieces and starting over, freeing yourself up for something better in the future. Maybe the happy ending is… just… moving on. “