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Seriously Marvel??

Okay…so I write “Searching For Sarah” and leave it on a semi-cliff hanger and I get bombarded with poor reviews and mean mail for why I did this, and we have a multi-million dollar franchise out there doing what they just did and …what? What’s being done about this? I want to know. I sit in a theater for 2.5 hours watching this…this…movie (which is not my genre to watch) and I get this ending? Seriously?????

Let me back up a paragraph and just let you know why I found myself in the throws of such a movie as this. It was my daughter’s birthday. And she loves Marvel. Lord knows why. Oh yeah, it could be she has 4 brothers and there’s little hope for chick flicks ever getting in the way of her vision with them around. Anyway, so she asks me to attend the movie with her. Which by the way, she’s meeting her bestie there, so what am I serving for this? Oh well…anyway, I haven’t seen any of the other movies so I have no idea who does what or why. Then I get into it and find out this is a part one. Uh, what? Now I have to wait for the next one. Are you kidding me? Don’t they make one every two years or something? Oy.

Let’s see, other than the big birthday bash, I went with my college boy to Toys R Us. Another iconic store closing. Can you believe it? I took all my kids on their birthdays to this place. We’d stop by the front desk, pick up their crown and balloon, and get announced on the loud speaker that if anyone saw us to stop and say happy birthday. Whose taking up for this tradition now? Who? I’ll tell you…Amazon. And there is no birthday virtual balloon there…no crown or loud announcement to the universe. Let’s face it, you shop deals now. Whoever can give it to you cheapest and in 2 days, without leaving your little living room and having to drive across town, or in my case 45 minutes. Amazon is replacing everyone. I’m pretty sure they had something to do with the end of Borders, too. Another Oy.

We’re getting warmer weather here so it’s time for the pollen invasion. Each morning my car looks as though it’s cloaked in a green foamy cape. Not good. I think of my lungs when I’m out for an extended amount of time. Is everyone getting this? Is this a Virginia thing? 

Enough about that, I’ve got to get some sleep. I get so cranky when I’m sleepy. It’s like if I don’t eat for two days, no biggie. (well, sort of a biggie) But if I get cheated out of 2 hours of sleep, a mean dog stirs inside and I bite off everyone’s head. Not cool. Now if I could just shut off my mind long enough to catch some z’s. Till next time, my friendly followers! 🙂

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Pointless

Friday night movie night at the Dove house! Stovetop corn popped, peach gummies in check, and my tea waiting on the nightstand to be be sipped. Now all that was needed was a good romantic comedy. Uh…I’m still waiting. Yes, it’s Saturday morning, but I’m pondering what I watched last night. What I gave up precious hours of my life to never get back.

I wanted to like it. I begged to like it. Look at the star. I love her in other movies. Four Christmases, Walk the Line, Sweet Home Alabama…. So what went wrong?

First the acting was off, the camera shooting was amateur-like, and the characters were…a strange medley to say the least. I’d have to say, I didn’t really care or was invested in any of them. Not to mention the storyline. Who takes in 3 complete strangers, guys no doubt, to live with you and your 2 daughters? Who? And then to tell one of the strangers, of whom you’ve known a day, to take your child to guitar lessons? In your deceased father’s vintage Porsche? It just wasn’t believable. Nothing was. There was a scene in which one of the guys she moved into her sanctuary, for no reason, hit her husband in the face. Out of nowhere!!! For no reason. Sheesh!!

So what was good about it, you ask? The movie had that weird vibe of “It’s Complicated”. And I love that movie. Turns out this director was the daughter of the woman who directed that one. They even used similar scores in this one, and they shared food in the kitchen. (you know what I mean if you’ve watched “It’s Complicated” or “Something’s Gotta Give” even more than twice!)

Anyway, the ol’ hubster gave this one a two on the snore-o-meter. He was out cold before the last half hour. I was determined to see what happened, though. There were 3 men in chase of Reese. So with half-shut eyes and the clock about to strike 12:30 I hung on for the last scene…the one that would wrap it all…the one to tell me who it was that ended up with her. ……………..and nothing. Nope, nothing. Fade to black, nothing.

So to all the readers who threw raw eggs at me during the Sarah series when I didn’t bring closure for them after book one….I apologize. Completely.

Yep, truly I am. But understand this, my next book will have double closure. Zip locked, ironclad, double-laced closure. I know this to be true. Because who wants to spend the time being invested….for nothing.

You all have a great weekend…and stay away from those movies that don’t wrap it up for ya!!

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Friday Night Movie Night

  We, at the “Dove” house, love our Friday night movies. It’s a given. No matter what falls into our week and rocks the boat Monday thru Thursday, Friday is reserved for movie night. It’s not the easiest picking out movies now a days that you don’t shudder when a scene comes on and you want to cover your child’s eyes. Movies that used to be rated ‘G’ don’t exist. PG-13 used to be ‘R’ in my days. But Pure Flix is reliable when it comes to entertainment and non-skiddish parents. Every holiday, we watch ‘Christmas with a Capital C’. It’s easy going, funny, and festive. My kids look forward to it. And I love a movie that’s setting is the snowy Alaska. I’ve watched more than this one from Pure Flix. I’m sort of a Hallmark girl, and “Finding Normal” is right up that alley. It’s kind of a take on “Doc Hollywood”. I really like Candace Cameron Bure. She always gives an even performance. And if you’re lucky enough to have an awesome internet provider, you’re able to get Pure Flix for a month’s free trial. I don’t know about you, but I love Heartland. I watched some behind the scenes of this show, and it’s like I know these people now. Not to mention I love the whole horse theme. Not that I’ve ridden one, got closer than a fence length between one, but I enjoy watching other people do this! The scenery is amazing. Following the story of the younger couple reminds me of following Laura Wilder and Almanzo Wilder in ‘Little House on the Prairie’. This show has come such a long way. There’s so much history, character development, and sub-plots. And if you’re lucky enough to have an awesome internet provider, you’re able to get Pure Flix for a month’s free trial.

Kind of makes me wish it was Friday night, Christmas, or I had better internet to take advantage of it myself! Who knows, maybe the wind will blow just right and I’ll be able to catch one of those new movies I see advertised. Feel free to let me know what you think!

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I smell school in the air

Don’t get me wrong, I love summer. I love the warm weather, the fact I don’t have an alarm clock attached to a tardy bell, no packing lunches, and no homework. That’s right, just because you don’t have to turn it in, you have to make sure your child does it, does it right, and it’s in the backpack the night before. Shew, and I thought those days were behind me. Anyway, there are some things the summer brings that I could do without, though. The “I’m bored” every ten minutes, “what can I eat now?” (even though they ate fifteen minutes ago), “are we going anywhere today? maybe a movie, the mall, anywhere?” Ah yes, the idle hands of time. This I don’t like so much. I’ve been extremely fortunate in the past with a mother-in-law whom we fondly refer to as camp. She is awesome–orchestrates scavenger hunts, themed menus for the week, outdoor games, milkshake days, and trips to the stores. This year, however, she’s become the caregiver for her mother. My children are limited with their time at her house. Heck, she’s limited at the time at her house. She lives with her mom throughout the week and returns to her own on the weekends. So it’s been somewhat of a bummer summer. And I get it, kids don’t have the same things that need to be done as a parent. We’ve taught another one how to cut the grass (a five hour chore on a riding contraption), I’ve assigned another one dish duty every morning, and the two smaller ones hang out, making sure their dirty clothes get in the basket and out from under their beds. But how long can this entertain? Approximately eight minutes. Then there’s the rest of the day to consider. And flopping schedules with your husband so one of you can remain gainfully employed.

Alas, summer is coming to a screeching halt. I smell the paper and wooden pencils as I walk into Target, see the back-to-school advertisements when the television is switched on, and pass all the parked buses, begging for newbies to join the ranks in transporting the crazies to the school back and forth. It’s time to get hunkered down to waking up early, praying we have bread, and wondering what I can make for dinner. (for those weeks I don’t have it magically planned out ahead of time). It’s better this way. The kids are all in places that’s making them think, they’re finally out of the house, and I can get into a schedule. It’s both liberating and frightening to think about. I’m not fond of schedules, but it’s necessary.

I took my two littlest to see Despicable Me 3 yesterday. Yeah, it was as good as you can imagine a rental to be, sitting in a theater that just charged us over $20 for the tickets, $30 for snacks, and a kid kicking my chair and talking the entire show. But I do it out of love. Although I must say, my kiddos didn’t seem particularly thrilled with it. Kind of like they were thinking it was a DVD rental at the Redbox, too. Once you go into the second and third editions of movies, it’s a rental for sure.

But it was nice to get everyone to pitch in and clean the house with me in order to go to the movies! My daughter and husband got to see Spiderman. They raved over it. Ironically I’ll see that in the Redbox. Times are changing, as my second in birth order son skulked to the back of the theater with his girlfriend, and my oldest met up with someone and watched Dunkirk.

Well, that’s all for now. It’s Sunday and the weather is a perfect 70 degrees. I’m going to soak up the last day before Monday begins. We have a dentist appointment and our first home study scheduled for this week. And, I might be doing a little bit of school supply shopping. Open house for my smallest is in 10 days. I can only imagine the teacher is going to demand 20 sticks of glue, 10 notebooks, and 15 boxes of tissues!

Have a great one, everyone!

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Catching Up

It’s been forever since I’ve written. Let me see if I can remember everything…  My son has been here for the week. Mostly he’s been sick in bed. I suppose spring break was overrated, anyway. I mean, who doesn’t plan their sickness around being home to be doted and fed their meals in bed? He wouldn’t have had the treatment away at school, certainly. Alas, he’s on meds and the mend! Just in time to go back. 😦

We had a few hot days here. As in 73 degrees, hot days. That’s when I shed my sweater and found a few stray pounds hiding out. Yikes. I became proactive right away to extinguish the unwanted pounds, and purchased myself a weighted hula hoop. Exercising is boring, right? And I can’t do boring. So I thought…yeah, this looks fun. Umm….yeah…..not exactly. I’m sporting some soreness and bruising around the ol’ midriff. I’m hoping I can keep it up. Only 30 minutes a day they say. Then the pounds drip right off you. I hope they begin shifting downward soon. 🙂

My hair is finally growing. I get it cut Monday. Can you believe it? Cut? It’s a shaping trim, rather. I want nothing more than a split end to land on the floor. I can’t afford more than that. I’m pretty sure I’m going to go medium length this time. Fingers crossed I can be patient with the growing pains.

I finally got around to watching Bridget Jones and a Baby. Hmmm….how to say something nice…. I guess it was great to see the cast again. On second thought, they looked crazy ancient. Mark Darcy seemed skeletal, Patrick Dempsey looked…well, old….and Bridget? She looked just plain weird. She’s not supposed to be skinny. And face-altered. It distracted me so much I couldn’t focus on the horrible story line. Why couldn’t they just have left it where it was??? I can’t unsee what I saw.

I’m watching “Something’s Gotta Give” as I write this blog post. One of my go-to movies for “something to have on t.v.” The part where she cries forever cracks me up. I’ve been there, done that for sure. Now if I could just find that house and live in it. Will I ever live on the water? It brings such peace. Other people say that about the mountains, but give me the sound of water rushing up on shore any day.

Tomorrow is boyfriend’s birthday. He has requested homemade enchiladas and a red velvet cake. I make a triple layer, which makes me wish I was a bigger fan. But I’m not. It doesn’t help I can never find red food coloring, either. It comes out more pink.

Well I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! I’m in a creative mood, so I’ll either sticker-up something, sew a stitch, or write a few new chapters. 🙂

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Friday Night Movie

atonement_ver6I received this little baby in my Valentine stash, so we decided to give it a whirl this Friday night. Umm, let’s see…where to begin? Maybe at the snore-ometer. You know, that’s the point in the movie my boyfriend seems to begin snoring. It was about 40 minutes into it, to be perfectly accurate. Had he been awake, I’m sure he might not have given it high marks. You figure, 7 award nominations? Wow, it must be great. Not entirely true. However, maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for their shenanigans tonight.

Writing a book…(small tangent, I promise)…writing a book, you learn that there has to be a reason of “care” in the first couple of pages. I have to write a character that someone is going to give two hoots as to what happens to them. Therefore, carrying your reader through the chapter, thus moving forward to the problem, the climax, and the happily ever after. Not so much care found here. I looked over (before he fell asleep) and remarked, “I don’t really care”. I was very detached from all the characters from the onset. It wasn’t until the last quarter of the movie that I began to care. It sort of came at the point they played a piece of music by Debussy. Que the swoon. Clair de lune is my all-time favorite. And the scene the music came from made entirely no sense at all. None. Period. It was thrown in there just to muster up some care, I felt.

And then there was the war scenes. Are you kidding me? I hate war scenes. Double hate, in fact. It’s depressing, makes me feel bad, and I know someone is not going to make it out alive. Hate, hate, hate the war scenes. I get exhausted and worked up just lying in my bed watching them!

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Perhaps I should’ve began my post with quick synopsis: (which by the way, is like the movie–the scenes are done in reverse) A girl sees her sister in a precarious position with a fellow she likes, and does something to change the fate of all their lives. And to make up for it, she writes a book in which she alters the ending in a way to atone for her behavior. A auto-biography, to be exact.

Maybe I just wasn’t feelin’ it. Maybe I needed some skittles. Seems we’re all out, and popcorn just isn’t the same without those fruity pieces in the bowl to counteract the salt. Or perhaps I’m older, and I don’t see the fun and entertainment in putting forth effort to make a tragedy. Did I like Romeo and Juliet? I thought I did. I found the romanticism in it all. Of course that was many years ago, but I could empathize. This movie I watched, although it claimed wildly romantic on the cover, fell completely short of the advertisement. There was no point. No point at all. It, in my opinion, was a whole bunch of hoopla to try and evoke a feeling of passion and despair, and it could have done so much more, had it had a happy ending. We really didn’t have to go there with the tragedy, now did we? The real world is packed with tragedy as it is.

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I had high hopes for this one. I really like Keira Knightley. I liked her in Begin Again, and I certainly loved her in Pride and Prejudice. Now that was a tidy romance. It made you bleed a bit for the injustice of love in the dark, but in the end, there was light!!! Where was my light in Atonement? Huh? Where was the light?

Cheated on a Friday night. Either way, I own it. Maybe I’ll let the dust settle of my first impression, plop it in a year from now, make sure I have a bag of skittles, and try it again. I might’ve missed something. 🙂 Yeah, I doubt it.

 

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Oh Boy!

yikesA couple of things to report…So here in Virginia, well in my part of Virginia, we got about 5 inches of snow. Maybe more, I don’t exactly keep a gauge outside or check the weather, I’m only guessing based on how much is sitting on top of the bird feeders. Anyway, it was enough that kept me inside. I went to the grocery store last night after going to the movies. We saw ‘Sing’. You know, the one with the dancing pig? It was decent. I only wish the lady next to me hadn’t eaten onions and believed in freely belching in my direction. It was pretty disgusting. The movie made me laugh a few times. And who knew Scarlett Johansson could sing?

But that was the end of my evening. It began in the salon chair, 12 hours earlier than that. I got a haircut about 3 weeks ago and the style wasn’t exactly working for me. I cursed and cringed everyday, but avoided calling and expressing my heartburn over the hairdo. As if telling them might make a worse cut out of the situation. Like sending a burger back to the kitchen and having someone spit in it, or something. So…I wish I’d trusted my gut. I called, and they were too happy to “fix” it. Mind you, I love my stylist. She’s the best, but after I had heart palpitations seeing all my hair end up on the ground, I’m rethinking how much I love her. I. have. no. hair. No, really. None. Okay, so a little. Have you ever seen ‘Steel Magnolias’ when Julia Roberts gets all her hair cut off because she’s sick? Yeah, that about sums it up. I wanted to cry…pull my coat over my head…wear a disguise to work. My four boys are now sporting longer hair than me. Yikes. So I have a wig, hair growth vitamins, and a box or two of tissues to get me through the few weeks to grow an inch. 😦

Subject change…The snow has delayed my son returning to college. Not that I mind! 🙂 It’s been so nice having him home. So what if the laundry heap is higher, and the amount of food to make grows larger…I’ll take it!

Yet another subject…(it’s the short hair, I can’t even think long-term anymore!) Now I’ve got to get back to writing my next book! “Searching for Sarah” is coming along. My heroine is inspired by Jennifer Garner. What a sweet girl. She got the raw end of the deal with Ben, I feel. Really? You need a nanny when you have that sweet, pretty girl that’s your wife? I’ll make sure to give her a stand-up guy in my story! How does Kevin Costner sound?kevin_costner

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A Bit of Holly

christmas-blogI know what I said a few weeks ago to Hallmark, and I still mean it…a little bit. It was too early to start Christmas movies, but now…while I decorate…it’s just in the nick of time. I mean who can decorate without background sappy holiday movies playing? Of course my teenage daughter came downstairs for all of two minutes and ran off holding her ears and hiding her eyes, exclaiming, “No, not the Hallmark channel”. Such a funny girl. I’m going to make a point to go see her during Christmas  when she gets older, just to make sure she isn’t watching those lovey, dovey movies.

So yes, I decorated today. Not the tree, though. That waits for the weekend, and my son. He would freak out if I put the tree up without him. I pick him up Tuesday from college. Just a short break, but a break nonetheless. And I’m not cooking this year! Hallelujah!! Instead, I will attend two dinners. Yep, two. And all that’s requested is I make homemade bread. Not a problem.

It’s been crazy windy here today. Temperature dropped to the 30’s. I’m a bit jealous of some of my friends who are experiencing snow. But it rarely snows before Christmas. It waits until I’m not in the mood anymore and then we get pelted with flakes in February. Now if you’d told me this morning it was 30 degrees outside, I would’ve argued. Because my heat was broken, and it was 90 degrees in my bedroom. Crazy. You’d think broken heat equals no heat. But this stuff was pouring out the vents. I think I lost 3 pounds while I slept. And then of course the characters in my new book woke me up to go over some changes. I tried to quiet them, telling them I needed sleep, but still they persisted. And no, I didn’t grab my computer to write. And now the changes are forever gone. That’s how fast things fly out of my head.

Oh well, tomorrow starts a new week. A short week. In the blink of an eye it will be over and one for the scrapbook. I’m soaking up every second, and slowing it down by dragging my feet. Isn’t that what kids do to slow down parents? Have a good one! 🙂

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A Total Staple

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I got stuck staying awake last night watching “Dirty Dancing”. Yes I’ve seen it a million times before. Yes I own it myself. But there it was on television. With tons of commercials. And I couldn’t help myself. “Dirty Dancing” is like “Christmas Carol”, “Pretty Woman”, and “Titanic”. I don’t know of many people who haven’t seen “Dirty Dancing”.

What doesn’t work about this movie? There isn’t one thing I could say to criticize this classic. The cast, the music, the chemistry…it was all soooo good. It completely depresses me to think of the world without Patrick, but I’m so grateful we have a piece of him in this hit. I heard it through the grapevine they wanted to do a remake. What??!! It figures. No one can think of anything original anymore. It’s sad.

And so I’m tired today, but boy was it worth it! My favorite all-time line was when Baby is in his room, after the dance, and she says she would regret walking out and never feeling the way she does when she’s with him. I could rewind this moment and watch it a million times. Come to think of it, I might’ve blogged about this movie before. This seems very deja vu. But think about it…haven’t you felt that way before about someone? If you haven’t, I hope you do. It’s a wonderful thing. 🙂

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Tis the Season

scaryThere are only two months in which I pay special attention to watching special genre movies…October and December. I turned on the television yesterday and Poltergeist was going off. Oh, how that movie scared the bejeezies out of me when I was younger. Didn’t some of the people die in real life after it aired? I think the little woman did. And they reported the weird things that would happen on set. Hmm… (You’re talking to a person who has made contact, if you know what I mean!) So I believe it’s possible. And don’t think I tried to make the contact…that *whatever it was* contacted me. Long story…

Anyway, I mentioned to my family that we should go old school this month and bring out Michael Myers, Freddie Kruger, and Jason. At the time I watched them, they scared me. I would hide beneath a blanket, my breathing trapped, trying to suck in suffocating air as the ominous music ripped through my nervous system like blades, heightening my heartbeats. But now when I watch them, I’m more at ease. Not because I know what’ll happen (sometimes…I do have a horrible memory), but I see the antiquity of the movie. I appreciate the technology they had back then.

Now, crap gets real when you play some of the new stuff. That I’m not so eager to load onto the television screen. Paranormal Activity to name one. For.Get.It. No way, no how. I watched it one time. ONE TIME. And I was damaged for months. As in couldn’t sleep with the lights off, damaged. NO.Way. NEVER AGAIN. In fact, I warned my children never to watch it. It’s too real, too raw. That stuff could actually happen. Not that Jason can’t come to my family reunion at the lake, but please….the man would eventually drown after being beaten on the head and pushed under till no bubbles gurgled. This paranormal crap gets under the skin…in the folds of the brain…and works on your mind even in the daylight. NOTHANKYOU VERYMUCH!!!

So I began the season with watching The Others. Nicole Kidman did a super good job with this one. I loved it and I felt there wasn’t any long-lasting ill effects that could be cast upon my children with watching it. It was more psychological.  I don’t do horror. Anyway, they liked it and never figured it out till the end. It was like that movie, The Sixth Sense. I love movies that keep you in the dark. You don’t even realize you’re in the dark, and POW!

The Medea movie for Halloween looks like a scream. I’d have to be in the mood, though. As in grab a cocktail and head into the theater. I have to be kind of punchy to appreciate that humor. But it looks fun.

I’m going this weekend to see the play, Dracula. I’m excited. We have front row seats, and afterwards we get to bring my son back for fall break. Yay!! I’ll get him for a whole week. My nest will be full and things will be normal. Well not really. It will be the new normal. Which seems to update every day. 🙂