Things I Love Thursday: At the Movies

I’ve been working on catching up on my shows on the DVR.  We’re in need of switching out our DVR that’s been acting up, and unfortunately, when we switch out all my recorded shows will be lost.  Sad Panda.  So, I’ve been in a manic show-watching marathon and have finished up Gossip Girl, Grimm, Vampire Diaries, about 80 million hours of Dual Survival and am currently in the process of watching Smash (which I’m loving although I’m only a couple of episodes in).  The problem here is that around about January, when life got complicated, there was very little show watching going on.  So, I had basically an entire season worth of shows plus the Oscars.  Yes, I know they happened in February.  I finally made it through the red carpet shows, but have yet to watch the actual awards (don’t tell me who wins).

So, a couple of nights ago, I started them.  My very very favorite night of the whole year.  And not only am I having to watch them months delayed, but I’m having to watch them in short bursts because I just don’t have three (or four) hours to watch uninterrupted.  But, within the first few moments of the show, I was reminded of why I love them.  Because I love the Movies, with a capital M.  From when I was very young, movies were one of my great loves.  And it’s not just that I love the movies themselves.  I love the movie experience.  I love the trailers, I love the darkened theater, I love the shared experience, I love watching the credits roll and letting it all sink in.  So, the other day when I responded that “I’m always up for seeing a movie”, I wasn’t kidding!

And one of my favorite parts about the award shows (especially the Oscars) is the montage.  Oh I love me a good montage.


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Maybe what I love about the montage is that it captures that magic of the movies, those moments that stay with you.

And in watching just the first half hour or so of the Oscars, I was reminded about two enchanting films that I’ve seen over the last several months. The first one, is Hugo (photo at the top of this post). What a fun fun film. And so different from the usual Scorsese fare. Loved this one.

The second film I was recently treated to was Midnight in Paris.

This is another one that is just a delightful film. The kind of movie that makes you smile. If you haven’t seen either of these, you really should!

And there’s a couple of movies I’m looking forward to as well…

The Great Gatsby is being redone. (look at that champagne glass!!!!!!! I’m totally obsessed)  And speaking of champagne, last night a good friend mentioned this new Marie Antoinette film that I simply have to see (since I am also obsessed with all things MA).

So there you have it…my love of the movies.  That I know will be revisited again and again.  And I’m sure I’ll have more to share as I watch the rest of the Oscars.  Maybe this weekend?

And a few things I’m grateful for this week:

  • Making it to book club regardless of a migraine
  • Rain storms on Friday night
  • A last minute invite from a friend and getting together Saturday afternoon
  • Great car insurance and them making it easy for me to file a claim after a car accident
  • Some fun polish showing up in the mail – for free!
  • Getting to see a good friend Tuesday night and giving him a big hug
  • Kitten snuggles
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Pooltime Lime

So, last week I decided I’d leave my toes in Fear or Desire orange.  But, I wanted a change of pace from the bright summer colors I’ve been drawn to lately.  I needed something darker…

So last week’s mani was Essie Sexy Divide.  And I’d forgotten how much I love this one.  It really is a stunner in the sunlight.  I got lots of compliments on it.  I seem to recall this being my NYE color a few years ago.  Still love it.

But, Sunday rolled around and it was time for a polish change.  So, I dug through my stash, which Eric recently helped me organize when we were going through our bathroom organization project.

I’ve got my polish mostly divided up into Summer and Winter colors.  And after dipping into the dark side, it was time for something bright.  And when I decided on a great summer color – I definitely went bright!

That is OPI Pooltime Lime.  And it now graces both my fingers and my toes.  I’m not entirely sure I’m sold on this one.  I don’t mind the brightness of it, since that’s what I was going for, but it’s rather sheer.  I still have VNL after three coats.  And the color tends more toward the yellow than what I would consider “lime”.  So I’ve redubbed this Pooltime Keylime.  It’s definitely a summery pop of color though!

But now I’m thinking I need a mojito to go with my manicure…

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Things I Love Thursday: Light-Filled Rooms

Recently, I’ve been feeling very frustrated about my home (see also number 3 on this list).  I feel so overwhelmed with the clutter and just sheer amount of “stuff” that it’s making me crazy.  We had a great team over to the house this week to check our house for energy efficiency and where we may need to replace weather stripping, etc.  I was so glad they were there, but my comment to Eric was “I hope they don’t call Hoarders on my ass”.  I know I’m painting a horrible picture here of my house, but it’s really only two rooms that are serious problem rooms.  The addition of two very curious kittens into the mix has left us just shutting the doors to both rooms.  I wouldn’t want 1) them to get hurt 2) lose them in there.  So, Eric and I are working on trying to deal with the issues in those rooms.  But, like I said, I’m frustrated with my home.  And I know that this is supposed to be my TILT post, and instead it’s become a what’s wrong with my house post.  But, stick with me…I’m getting to the point.

I think part of what’s bugging the hell out of me is the lack of light in my house.  It’s Texas.  It’s July.  We have not cracked open a drape or a blind in months.  Plus add to that my husband likes to exist in some sort of weird batcave-like existence.  The darker the better.  We once had a stand off that lasted three weeks over a burned out lightbulb because he simply “liked it better without that extra light”.  Seriously.

And I am all for batcave darkness when it comes to watching a movie, or trying to sleep.  But the rest of the time?  I want light-filled rooms!!!  My favorite places in the house are the ones that let in a lot of light (via skylight in one case so there’s nothing he can do about it bwahaha).

So, today for TILT, I thought I’d focus on something I love, something I’ve been missing, something I want to reintroduce to my home.  Light!

Bringing light into a room, just gives it so much more energy. And since I tend to decorate with dark colors and dark woods, you need that light to balance it out.

I think the clutter too adds to that sense of feeling closed in, and when you couple that with having all the blinds closed/drapes drawn, I feel like a shut in. Especially at this time of year when the days are longer, I want to soak up every bit of it.

And adding energy to a light-filled room by bringing in the colors of the sea or living green plants, even rocks and wood – it just brings me a happiness that I can’t begin to describe. I am a creature of light and color, and I need to be surrounded by it in my home.

So, I think I have some things to look at in the way of a compromise to see how I can let more light and energy in while still keeping the house cool and not forcing my husband to wear sunglasses in the living room.  Any suggestions?

And since I spent so much time whining on this post, I think it’s only fitting to balance it out with what I’m grateful for this week:

  • Eric’s been watching Grimm with me in an effort to help me get caught up
  • Getting together with friends over the weekend
  • Finally feeling like I’m getting caught up at work
  • Kitten-proofing the house
  • An unexpected gift of candy corn earrings – I kid you not, they are awesome!
  • Date night at the movies
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Double Date


Saturday, we got invited to catch a movie with Eric’s friend and the friend’s wife. When he called and asked if we’d be up for a movie, my response “I am ALWAYS up for a movie!”  This couple goes to see a lot of movies, so I was glad when they offered up Savages as a suggestion.  I’d been wanting to see it, but I haven’t made it out to the movies lately.  (There is a LIST of movies I really want to see right now!)  We met them over at the theatre for the 10pm showing.

Like I said, I absolutely love going to the movies, but it’s been a long while since I’ve been able to drag Eric out to one (National Treasure, anyone?)  I just love the whole movie experience ( minus people texting in the theatre – seriously?  what is that about?).  One of the things I love is seeing the trailers.  The two upcoming features that stood out to me were Looper and Tarantino’s The Man with the Iron Fists.

But, back to the movie at hand.  I really enjoyed Savages.  I may have had Tarantino on the brain after seeing that trailer, because after the movie we all agreed that Tarantino should have been the one to make this film.  It just needed a little more something.  But, I always enjoy Salma, and it was interesting to see Blake Lively outside of the Gossip Girl environment.  Although I can’t say that this character was remarkably different.


And it was an interesting little triangle between these three.


Plus I have to hand it to Aaron Johnson.  The image of that tattoo on his hip is forever emblazoned in my mind.  Yowza.

But the film was good and I’m glad we saw it.  It was colorful, it was pretty, I kept expecting to see someone from the cast of Laguna Beach pop up.  All in all a good summer movie.  Plus Eric got his blue raspberry slurpee that he’d been jonesing for, so it was a win win all around.

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Fifty Shades of the Fluffernutter Sandwich

 

Betwixt and between reading Game of Thrones, I read the Fifty Shades series.  Again.  It’s the first time I’ve read them in their published form, I previously read them in their original form as, you guessed it, Twilight Fan Fiction.  While the story is good, entertaining, and full of lemons (those steamy scenes), I was kind of surprised to see it published and getting so much attention.

So, let me back up and look at this from a couple different angles.  I don’t typically read Fan Fiction, but I got completely addicted to Twi fanfic a few years ago (don’t judge).  So, that’s where I originally read Fifty Shades (originally Master of the Universe).  And while it’s completely enjoyable, and one of the better fics I read, it wasn’t remarkable.  Now, I’m not bashing it, just saying that it wasn’t so far superior that I could have foretold it would be published and catch on like it has.  And one of the things that ended my illicit love affair with Twific was that so many authors were 1) using this as a way to “try out” their work before pulling their fic off the site with the intention of publishing it and 2) the drama-llama goings on with authors getting their panties in a twist and pulling their fics.  More than once I was left hanging when I was in the middle of reading something and it got pulled.  Fine.  I’m done.

But, now let’s look at this from another angle.  Why, once published, has it caught on the way it has?  Is it because there are hordes of Twific fans that are showing their support?  Is it because it falls in the romance/erotica category and therefore has a ready-made readership?  Is it because it allows so many women to read about something they feel is “naughty” and show how “edgy” they are by reading about some light BDSM?  Is it because everyone is reading it, so you have to too?  Or is it just because it’s a good story?

Couldn’t tell you what the answer is.  But, I can only say what I’ve observed.  At the beginning of this widespread read-along, there were a lot of facebook posts and blog posts and such where women were fanning themselves and winking conspiratorially at each other and hinting around at how glad their husbands were that they were reading Fifty.  And while I think it’s great that suddenly it became “mainstream” to be reading smut, I was a little surprised at the turn of events that occurred next.  Suddenly those same women that had been fanning themselves and congratulating their own inner goddesses were turning snarky and critical over the books.  Suddenly it’s all “no one has sex like that” or “no one has that many orgasms” or whatever other complaints.

But really, whatever happened to the term “suspension of disbelief” or have we forgotten that pretty much any romance book you pick up is not going to be a reflection of real life?  There’s not a lot of hot billionaires that look like Robert Pattinson running around wanting to get all alpha male on someone (which is a shame, really).  And do they have sex more than they talk through their issues – yes?  But who the fuck cares?  It’s a book.  It’s fun reading about their sexy times. But if you want a good laugh, check out this review (you have to click on the “read spoiler” link – because that’s really the best part).  I think it’s great we can laugh about how bad this is (Showgirls, anyone?) but there’s a difference between admitting that reading this is the equivalent of eating a fluffernutter sandwich and picking it apart because it’s not a reflection of your reality.  Neither is Lord of the Rings.

But, rumor has it that if you really want to read a good book along these same lines, this is the one to read…

I can’t comment on it, because I haven’t read it (yet).

But, here’s what I love about the Fifty Shades books: I love me some Edward and Bella (regardless of what we’re calling them), I love their email exchanges – they are, in my opinion, some of the best parts of the books, I love Elliot’s “laters, baby”, and I love the image of Fifty with his faded jeans on and the top button unbuttoned.

I’m glad I re-read them, and I’m glad that it also made me go back and read a couple other of my favorites in the fanfic world.  And it’s really good escape reading, which I appreciate.  Now back to my book about World War II.

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Things I Love Thursday: Living Colorfully

It’s been a heckuva week, starting with last Thursday.  Just lots of the crazy going on, lots of emotional upheaval and yes, even tears.  I had to have a little come to Jesus meeting with myself on Tuesday.  Today?  Things are much better.  And a lot of that is just because of refocusing my attitude.  Shit happens.  It’s what you do with that that matters.  So, on today’s TILT, I wanted to focus on something that brings me such joy.  Color!  With a degree in Art History and a love of art in general, there is nothing I love so much as color.  And when I’m feeling down in the dumps or stressed out, bringing a little happy color into my life is just the thing I need.  So, I thought I’d fill this post with some of the pretty.  Pretty fabric.  Pretty flowers.

And even my manicure this week is full of bright summer lovin’.  I’m wearing my new Essie Fear or Desire.  This is not a color I ever would have chosen for myself normally.  I am not an orange girl.  But something just drew me to this one, and I’m loving it on.  I’ve gotten compliments on it too!

I love Kate Spade’s campaign on Living Colorfully – it’s a great way to bring some brightness and happiness into your life in more than just one way.  It’s about being adventurous and stepping outside of the box.  Even Eric steps outside of the box…

Guess who picked out Thut’s purple collar?

So, I’m glad that I allowed myself to refocus and get back into the groove of things, without fighting against the flow.

And as for what I’m grateful for this week:

  • Watching Hatfields & McCoys – it’s a really good little mini-series
  • Starting my new book for book club, The Monuments Men
  • A fun fun day with my friend, going to quilt shops and having a fantastic lunch at Spoons
  • Finally watching the season finale of Vampire Diaries – gasp!
  • My boys getting a clean bill of health from the vet
  • Crossing things off my to do list
  • Dinner at Fuddruckers with the camera club – excellent cheeseburger and chocolate shake!
  • A friend sending me some skull beads – I can’t wait to do something with them!
  • Rain bringing some cooler temps

Hope you have a fantastic week and don’t forget to Live Colorfully!

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My Sun and Stars

I just recently finished reading Game of Thrones, the first book in the series.  I’ve been wanting to watch the HBO series and was told by a good friend of mine that I really should read the book first.  So, I picked up the book at the beginning of April, right after finishing the new J.R. Ward book.  I really enjoyed this book.  It did take me a long time to read it (3 months), but mostly that was because it was a pretty dense book.  Martin does some pretty extensive world-building, and as such there’s a lot of up front stage setting that has to occur before you really get into the meat of the story.  Plus there’s all those peripheral (sort of) characters that are difficult to keep straight.  But thank the Lord, there’s an Appendix at the back of this bitch!

Anywho, the book is great and even went with me on a business trip to Wichita, Kansas where I thought for sure I’d finish it.  But, alas, I didn’t.  I forgot the plane trip is only an hour each way…  I also took a couple of little breaks at the end of May/early June to read a couple of other books that really didn’t require nearly as much attention (post coming soon).

I sat down on Saturday and finished GoT.  And it was good.  It was so good.  I knew ahead of time that there were a couple of people who die (I won’t spoil it for you, and wished I hadn’t known who it was), but everything was still a surprise at how it came to be.  And I really love Daenerys and her relationship with Khal Drogo.  I love that she called him her sun and stars.  I loved the way they spoke and how their society functioned.  It was so different from the other storylines.

So, I’m very glad I read it and very much looking forward to reading the next book as well as seeing season 1 of the series.  Because Khal Drogo…

…Rawr!

Yep, cannot wait to see.  But, I love the characters in this book and you become quite invested in them due to all the details and intricacies of the storylines.  Excellent book – well worth reading!

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Things I Love Thursday: Holiday Memories

I’m really loving my TILT posts.  They are a fun way to focus on what I’m currently loving (to borrow the name of one of my Pinterest boards) and feeling grateful for.  So, today, since it’s the day after Independence Day I thought I’d focus on the holiday and some of what it brought up for me.

Eric and I did go to see the fireworks on Tuesday night, which was fun.  My photo above is actually from last year’s fireworks.  I decided not to bring my camera this year.  We actually just sat and enjoyed the show and enjoyed each others’ company, which was fun.  The weather was really nice, not too hot, with a breeze and we just enjoyed ourselves.  Going to see the fireworks is important to Eric and I’ve appreciated his desire to incorporate this tradition into our lives together. And this year’s outing is definitely one I’ll remember for awhile.

Yesterday, we had the day off work and it was a great break in the middle of the week.  I was glad to have a day to ourselves to rest and relax as well as have some typical summer fair (corn on the cob and hot dogs on the grill!).  Last night we stayed in, but we watched the Macy’s fireworks on tv as well as the Boston Pops fireworks show.  That was fun, but there’s nothing like seeing them in person.

And it’s always surprising to me the things that make me think of my dad…and how much I miss him.  Listening to The Stars and Stripes Forever, and all I can hear in my head is him singing “Be kind to your web-footed friends, for a duck may be somebody’s mother…”  I’m glad though, that I have that memory and that it was brought back to the surface yesterday.

Anyway, it was a great holiday and it got me to thinking about another thing that I’m loving with regard to memories – my One Line A Day book!

I started mine on my birthday last August, so I’ve almost gone through an entire year.  It will be fun once I loop back around and can then see what I wrote each day previously.  The way it works is that you have one page per day, with a space for five entries, so at the end of your five years you’ll have each of the five entries filled up for each date.  So mine will take me from my 40th birthday, right up to the day before my 45th.  But I just love putting my memories in here, and I’m sure looking back will be full of interesting remembrances.

And of course, I couldn’t miss out on photographing my One Line A Day book with my latest manicure, since they match!  This is Diamond Cosmetics Oh, Tiff! (which is a dupe for Chane’s Nouvelle Vague, which I sadly never got my hands on) and I layered China Glaze Luxe and Lush (from the Hunger Games collection) over it.  Love that flaky sparkle!  It’s been holding up well and I’m so glad I tried something totally different.  This is the second time I’ve worn the Oh, Tiff! but the first time to wear it on my fingernails.  And I’ve gotten lots of compliments on this look.

So, a few things I’m grateful for this week:

  • A friend’s successful surgery
  • Finishing a book
  • Starting and finishing another book (book reviews coming soon!)
  • Cleaning and organizing the bathroom cabinets
  • We’ve had Thutmose and Ramses a whole month – they bring such joy and they’re getting big!
  • Loving my new purse and the key fob Eric made for me
  • Talking with Eric and him sharing with me
  • Corn on the cob
  • A day off in the middle of the week
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A Little Shopping Excursion

Yesterday I went and got my hair cut and brows waxed.  While I was getting my hair done, she also did an extra botanical hair treatment to help protect my hair through the summer months.  I always feel so good when I get my hair done!  Afterwards, I decided to do a little shopping since I had some errands to run.  I only came home with a couple of fun things.

I picked up two of the new Resort Collection polishes from Essie.  I can’t fathom what drew me to the orange, but something did!  That one is Fear or Desire.  And the one on the right, the more conservative of the two?  That one is All Tied Up.  It is a great rosy color with lots of gold sparkle through it.  Can’t wait to try these!  And with names like Fear or Desire and All Tied Up, I had to wonder if they were from the Fifty Shades collection.  *snort*

Anyway, I also have been on the lookout for a new purse.  I’ve been trying to figure out a better way to organize my purse, and I’ve tried three different purses in my collection to try to come up with what works best.  I’ve decided that a purse that is essentially a big sack really doesn’t work well for me – everything falls to the bottom.  It never fails that when I’m looking for my keys or my phone, I end up having to basically dump out my purse to find them.  I had one purse that was divided with a zipper pocket in the middle dividing the two sides.  I really liked how that worked but my purse wasn’t quite deep enough and I always felt like stuff was sprouting out the top of it.

Enter…

the Dragon Ostrich.  They had this bag in three different colors, and I really liked this color called “mink”.  This is a much larger bag than I’m used to, but it’s got the center zipper pocket separating the two sides.  Plus, it’s deeper than my other bag.  The interior is navy by the way (which I love against the grey).  I’m hopeful that this bag will be a good fit based on my needs.  Plus, I love the shape of it.  So – win, win.

I’m currently painting my nails, since the Peridot did begin to show some wear.  I’m excited about trying my Luxe and Lush polish for the first time.  Photos soon!

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