Monthly Archives: July 2011

Freaking Cowboys and Aliens!!!!


Dear Reader,

I’ve seen several eye-candy, special effect laden and plot light movies this summer so far.  I think I’ve touched on most of them here.  Some of them have been so bad they haven’t rated a rant or even a mention.

Cowboys and Aliens blows them all out of the water based on the level of awesome.  I went to go see this with Suzan tonight in celebration of the Seekrit Stuff that’s going on which is still seekrit enough to not be mentioned.  The plan was to go eat, drink and then attend the movie tipsy enough that everything was funny.  We hit up BJ’s, a microbrewery and restaurant that’s a favorite of ours.  I had two berry ciders – which I highly recommend.  By the time we sat down at the movies everything was awesome or funny, which was nice because all the movie had to do was make a decent showing and we would be entertained.

In case you’re wondering, alcohol is not required to make this movie awesome.  It just is on its own.

This movie is based on a line of successful comics by the same name.  I’ve never heard of or read them, so I have no basis of reference, just the movie.

The special effects were pretty good.  The aliens weren’t amazing.  I think we’ve had enough slimy, insect referencing extraterrestrials.  Can’t we have a pretty alien?

I loved the cast.  Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig were fan-frikken-tastic.  Olivia Wilde’s character grew on me as the movie progressed, but I didn’t actually like her until the very end.  I will say that the end will make some people upset, but I liked it, and I cheer for the female role in this movie and how she finishes it off.

Ladies, there wasn’t as much eye-candy in this movie.  You only get one good shot of Daniel Craig’s abs, and that’s early on in the movie.  You do get a lot of nice ass views, and the chaps some of the guys wear accentuate the package.

There’s a lot of adventure, a lot of great fighting sequences.  You don’t lack for action!  What I really appreciate about this movie was that they didn’t even attempt to do much of a romance arc.  There’s one there, but it’s low key and appropriate for what else is going on.  Finally a movie that focuses on the plot and make everything else scale to fit!  All in all, a great movie I want to see again.  I hope you go see it too!

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Preping for Paris

Dear Reader,

Have I mentioned that I’m going to Paris in two weeks?

The trip has been eclipsed by the family health drama and my grandmother’s condition.  My mother and I realized Thursday that, holy cow, we were leaving in two weeks – and had nothing ready!

I’ve been looking forward to this trip since my mother bought the plane tickets.  I hadn’t allowed myself to get too excited because honestly, the whole trip could fall through at any time.  It’s a trip so that my mother can participate in Paris-Brest-Paris, the longest running organized cycling ride in the world. Something like 6,000 people participate in it ever four years.  It’s a big deal in the cycling community.  Everyone’s seen how the people turn out for the Tour de France, the same crowd – if not bigger – lines the roads for PBP.  And we’re going!

This trip will be unlike any other foreign trip I’ve taken.  I’ve always been responsible for others, going to do humanitarian things with the church or a non-profit but never.  Not this time!  I’m only responsible for my mother – and she’s not the type to throw a temper tantrum in the middle of a crowded airport.  Yes, it’s happened before to me.  I also will be alone for four or five days – meaning – I can do whatever I want to do.  If I want to go sight seeing, I can go!  If I want to hang out at a cafe and write, I can!  I get to be a real tourist for two weeks.

So in preparation I’m looking at places to see, things I want to do and starting to worry about luggage.  My mother is taking her bicycle case and a back pack *eye roll*.  She thinks she’s going to get all of her clothes and stuff into a back pack.  I have no illusion of packing light.  I’m taking a body bag and I’m fine with it!

One of the things we plan on doing that I’m super jazzed about is taking the bullet across to London and strolling around over there for a day, catching a show at the Globe Theater, over-nighting it there and going back to Paris the next day.

The one thing my mom wants to do is go walk Normandy Beach.  We’ve been warned that there isn’t anything to see except – a beach – but we’re going anyways.  I think a nice picnik by the ocean with freshly baked French bread would be very cool.

So are you envious yet?  I’m jealous of myself!

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds!  The idea is to share the books you’ve discovered over the last week.

              

  • Dead Alert by Bianca D’Arc (Military Zombie Hunter Romance)
  • Pay Up by Kaily Hart (Contemp Erotic Romance)
  • Picture This by Kaily Hart (Contemp Erotic Romance)
  • Play Me by Kaily Hart (Contemp Erotic Romance)

Well, that’s my Friday Find.  What are you reading?

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Thursday Thirteen: Goodbye Mamaw

Chances are if you’ve glanced at my blog or twitter over the last few weeks you’re aware that my Mamaw (Dad’s Mom) had a stroke and was Care Flighted to the hospital where she’s been in a mostly catatonic state for over two weeks.  I’m writing this post in anticipation of the end.

Through this experience my Dad has had to make some very tough decisions, he’s been through a lot of circumstances I would never wish on a child taking care of their parent.  I’m proud that he’s my dad.

Monday he was agonizing over a decision that had to be made.  Alone with her in the hospital room he took her hand knowing that she probably wasn’t conscious enough to know what he was saying or why she squeezed his hand.  The decision has been that squeezing our hands is a reflex.  She knows we’re there even if she doesn’t know what we’re saying.  The decision was a tough one and he knew it needed to be made but man should never have to play God, and he would have to do that with his mother’s life.

Unexpectedly she opened her eyes, appearing more aware of her surroundings than she has been.  Dad, after the initial shock wore off, began telling her of her condition.  That she’d had a stroke, she’d been in the hospital for two weeks and she wouldn’t be getting better.  He told her he had to make a tough choice and he wanted to know if it was okay.

“Momma, if you can understand what I’m saying, blink once.”

She blinked.

“Momma, do you want us to keep you on life support?  If yes, blink twice.”

She didn’t blink.

“Momma, do you want us to take the other option?  Blink three times.”

She blinked three, slow times.

“Momma, if we do this you’re going to die.  They’re giving you forty-eight hours.”

She squeezed his hand and closed her eyes.

To some extent this is a dramatization.  I’m not sharing the intimate details or the tough questions he had to ask, but in a lot of ways my dad is the strongest man I know.

So today here are thirteen things I’m grateful my Mamaw taught me, things she gave me and why I’m going to miss her.

  1. She taught me how to embroider.  I suck at it, but she showed me not to be afraid of a needle and thread.  Today I can sew just about anything.
  2. I’ll never again eat an over salted piece of burned meat and have to smile and say it’s good while ignoring the New Year’s hangover.
  3. When her husband died and she set up house at the back of our property, she became my chauffer.  There are countless things I would never have been able to do if she hadn’t been able to take me.
  4. Of my family members she was the one who understood why I wanted to go to Bible College.
  5. She always had faith in me.
  6. Some days my Mamaw really surprised me, like the day she flipped off a guy cutting her off and told him to shove it.  I snorted laughing so hard.
  7. My Christmas presents will be a lot more straightforward.  I won’t be getting recycled items from her closet any more.
  8. Mamaw was never too busy to take a moment and include me.
  9. Pecan bars.  She made them every Thanksgiving.  We’ll never have them again.  It was the one thing she made that she never burned and always tasted fantastic.
  10. I’ve been a kid with two grandmothers for most of my life.  Now I only have one.
  11. She alwasy gave my dad something to worry about or annoy him with something.
  12. There isn’t anyone else in my family to ask me hard, religious and spiritual questions.
  13. She gave me my daddy.

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Teaser Tuesday: Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley

Teaser Tuesdays are a book meme hosted by Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This Tuesday I’m finally reading Sweet as Sin, by Inez Kelley.  This is one of those deals when I pre-ordered a book, it got automatically downloaded and I never read it.  I’m sooooo kicking myself for waiting this long.  Here’s my teaser:

Ashley’s eyes grew damp and her lip quivered. She looked up at him, hero worship in her eyes. John had worked a bit of magic with that pen, some charm that touched the sad little girl.

Also, here’s the full blurb:

She was made for sin. Sin was something he knew intimately.

Bestselling YA author John Murphy is the acclaimed Master of Monsters. But when the door creaks shut, the monsters master him. His haunted past has destined him to hell, but he won’t let that get in the way of enjoying his present or his delicious new neighbor. Enthralled by her, his secrets begin to unravel and the pages of his latest manuscript are written by his deepest fears…and in blood.

Pastry chef owner of The Sugar Shack, Livvy Andrews is as sinfully sweet as the confections she makes and just as irresistible. Her hidden passions erupt when a spicy new neighbor moves in next door and she is powerless against the lure of a man familiar with the erotic delicacies of life. She realizes there are more layers to him than she imagined, each one a delicious or frightening discovery. As lust turns to love, Livvy will master the monsters John keeps in the dark— but at what price?

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At least we got to see Captain America’s abs.

Dear Reader,

I’m afraid the current run of Marvel movies are determined to underwhelm me.  I’ve already touched on how the romance plots are like a forgotten accessory tossed on at the last moment.  I know that my opinion of Iron Man isn’t popular, but coming from a person who had limited exposure to comics as a child, I can only judge the movies on what I see.

Unlike some viewers, I didn’t have a problem with Captain America being a golden boy with few flaws.  Not everyone has a dark, injured past and skeletons in the closet that amount to more than a forgotten dust bunny.  I didn’t care that through the entire movie I was getting major Matrix vibes.  The death of a particular character while sad, didn’t make me write the movie off as only okay – you saw that death coming, he might as well have been wearing a red shirt.

For me the failure of the movie was the scope of the stakes.  Sure, you knew that if the bad guy won Really Bad Things would happen, but you didn’t care much about that.  I went into the movie knowing that the romance arc was going to be suspect.  It’s Captain America in WWII and he’s supposed to be in The Avengers, whoever he falls in love with isn’t going to have waited around 70 years looking fresh and young and ready to kick ass.  The romance arc was more of a line.  Or a dot.  I didn’t believe that it was all that important because honestly they never did more than trade banter, a few steamy looks and one kiss.  That’s not a romance plot, sub-plot or anything else.

What I can say the movie was good for?  Abs.  Big, hunky abs.  And Captain America’s breasts were nicer than mine.  I’m wondering if I should even bother to go see another comic movie.  I remember loving Daredevil and the Hellboy movies, but I can’t think of many others that have been interesting beyond the shock and awe trailers.

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds!  The idea is to share the books you’ve discovered over the last week.

              

  • Natural Law by Joey W. Hill (BDSM & thriller)
  • Two Days, Three Nights by Dominique Adair (BDSM)
  • Veterans: Risen from Ash by Rachel Bo (BDSM)
  • Seven Minutes of Seduction by Afton Locke (erotic romance)

Well, that’s my Friday Find.  What are you reading?

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