Carrie Lira stands in Movie Gallery in the Centennial Mall. She has worked for the company for 10 months and has been a Craig resident since 1988.

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Carrie Lira stands in Movie Gallery in the Centennial Mall. She has worked for the company for 10 months and has been a Craig resident since 1988.

My life, my words: Carrie Lira: Life captured on film

“I’m a mom. I’ve got two kids, a boy and a girl. I’m a wife, and then I work here. I don’t really do anything else.

Everybody really needs to have a job right now, of course, with the economy, and I like the perks of working here. Just getting to watch movies all the time. I could probably live off watching movies if I got paid for it.

For my favorite new movies, we have ‘Gamer’ with Gerard Butler, which was really good. It’s kind of a reminder of ‘Death Race’ with Jason Statham. Except it’s got a little bit different of a plot, but the same thing about getting in trouble and having to be in a game situation. For an action movie, ‘Gamer’ was really good. Love stories would have to be ‘The Proposal’ and ‘All About Steve,’ my favorites. And I could probably watch those every day. And ‘The Hangover’ for a good comedy. That was probably the best comedy I’ve seen in a while.

I’ve been married for almost three years. The 29th will be three years in March. I’ve got a 4 1/2-year-old daughter who is in preschool. I’ve got a 15-month-old son who acts just like his father.

It kind of goes to figure the boy will get more of dad’s traits, I guess.

For a hobby, I do a little bit of scrapbooking when I have time. And Facebook.

Kids consume a lot of a day’s life. I love just being with them. Playing with them, watching TV with them. Even though I can’t stand the same cartoons over and over again, I still watch TV with them because it’s just part of spending time with them.

I’m watching my daughter get pretty smart, watching her go through preschool and seeing everything that she comes home with every day. It’s kind of a highlight every four days a week, I get to look forward to something when 3:30 (p.m.) rolls around.

Whatever pictures I end up getting hold of, I try to put them in a scrapbook when I have time. Otherwise, I just put them in a photo album.

Scrapbooking, you put together someone’s whole life with pictures, and it’s kind of the same thing with movies. It’s a bunch of pictures strung together into a reel is all it is. So in a way, they have to organize the pictures so that the movie comes out right. It’s the same thing with scrapbooking. I’d rather have it organized by dates, like Christmas every year and then Easter and Valentine’s in between.

I’ll probably end up giving them the scrapbooks when they get old enough. My mom did. My mom and dad pretty much kept all my report cards. Preschool and kindergarten, my mom kept almost all my projects, and then she just turned around and gave them all to me a couple months ago. So it was kind of weird going, ‘Yeah, I do kind of remember that project’ even though it was from kindergarten.

— Interview by Andy Bockelman

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