Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - December 25, 2013

Currently feeling: warmest wishes of the season!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013

Things are still a bit crazy here, but perhaps we (I) can get a handle on things in the new year and get my blog caught up. I did, however, want to take the time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas (to those who celebrate it) and Happy Holidays (if you celebrate something else at this time of year). I can honestly say that I will not be sorry to see 2013 go. May we all have an excellent 2014!

And now for the annual posting of my favorite holiday poem.

Believe in Christmas Magic
Believe in Ancient Lore
Believe in a hundred impossible things
The New Year may hold in store

Believe in Heavenly Angels
In Santas and Elves by the score
Believe in a hundred impossible things
In Flying Reindeer and more

Believe in a Babe in a manger
In Wise Men and gifts galore
Believe in a million impossible things
You've never believed before

-Author Unknown

Currently feeling: in the spirit

Friday, December 20, 2013

Paper: A Conversation With Luke

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Yes, we did explain that we were kidding.

L: Daddy, when you and Mommy were kids in school, did you have paper?
DH: No, we used papyrus.
Me: We carved things into stone tablets.

(Later, MIL mentioned that they just scratched on cave walls.)

Currently feeling: um, what?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - December 18, 2013

Currently feeling: loving my totally trashy bling-tastic nails

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - December 11, 2013

Currently feeling: I'm not even going to ask

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Movie Muse Shorts - Thor: The Dark World, Frozen, Ender's Game

She lives! Amazing, I know. Ridiculous amounts of stuff happening right now, some good, some less so. Such is life. But we have somehow managed to squeeze in three movies so far this season.

Thor: The Dark World - Hmm, this is a difficult film to review. I thought that of the first film, too, though we did re-watch it prior to seeing the sequel, and it wasn't quite as bad as we remembered. If you've heard everyone raving about Tom Hiddleston and his portrayal of Loki in this film, they are absolutely correct, almost to the point that the only parts of the film worth watching are those with him in the scene. Some parts were just as bad as the original, some parts were better. It was just sort of all over the place. Pretty to watch, and again, Hiddleston is amazing, but the rest is very uneven. I am curious about where they are going with the third film, though. There is a small bit both a short way into the credits and at the very end, so do stay!

Frozen - The latest offering from Disney (not Pixar!), loosely based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson. It's really more Broadway than classic Disney film, not that that's a bad thing in and of itself. Each song is wonderful, though I don't feel the music was very cohesive across the film. Regardless, hearing Idina Menzel sing is worth the price of admission. Everyone seems to be raving about this film, and while it was good and I enjoyed it, I feel like I'm missing something that everyone else is getting out of it. Even my husband seemed to enjoy it more than I did. I do appreciate the efforts to be a bit more modern, and they do turn a few formulaic things on their heads, but overall, it's what you would expect (and that's not a bad thing!). We'll see if it grows on me. I think I had similar "good but not amazing" feelings about Tangled, and it has turned into one of my most favorite movies, so we'll see how this one stands up to repeat viewings.

Ender's Game - I really thought we were going to miss this one in the theater, which would have been a shame. It is a very well made movie that I both immensely enjoyed and have continued to ponder several days after seeing it. It's rare that a movie keeps me thinking and wondering and replaying for that long. Part of it is trying to make sense of a couple of gaping plot holes. I can't help but wonder if they are more a result of trimming content from the book than a real flaw in the overall story. (No, I haven't read the book. Yet. Should be starting it in a few days.) And, part of it is grappling with the tough questions regarding the themes of the film/book, as it should be. Asa Butterfield is simply amazing, and at a mere 15 years old (at the time of filming; IMDb trivia reports he grew 2 inches during shooting, and it does occasionally show from scene to scene), he is definitely one to watch.

Currently feeling: ready to go again!

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Waiting: A Conversation With Luke

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Kids really think their parents are this boring, don't they?

Me: Did you have fun at C's house this afternoon?
L: Yes, we played and watched football.
Me: Do you know what Daddy and I did while you were there?
L: Sat in the car and played on your phones.

(for the record, we went to the movies and finally saw Ender's Game)

Currently feeling: really?

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - December 4, 2013

Currently feeling: someone has been playing with our bath grips

Monday, December 02, 2013

A Cat's Guide To Taking Care Of Your Human

My husband showed us this over the Thanksgiving holiday. I literally laughed until I cried! I even had to stop it at one point because I was laughing so hard that I no longer had any idea what they were saying. Too funny! Hope you enjoy.

Currently feeling: I resemble that remark