Sunday, October 08, 2017

Oooo A Questionnaire

I found this one on Facebook. It used to be I cribbed from other blogs. Now, it's from FB.

1. Italian or Chinese? Both
2. Camping or Hotel? Hotel
3. Favorite Pizza? Just plain old cheese, though bacon pizza is amazing. So is meatball pizza done right. And I used to go to a place that made ziti pizza, which was fantastic.
4. Beach or swimming pool? Beach. I can't swim, so beaches offer more options for fun.
5. Favorite Flower? Tulips
6. Do you still have your tonsils? No
7. Would you bungee jump? Absolutely not
8. Did you go to college? Yes
9. Untie your shoes when taking them off? Yes, the ones that have laces. ;)
10. Roller coaster? No
11. Favorite ice cream? Chocolate, duh
12. Favorite drink? Chocolate malteds, though I don't know they're really beverages. More like meals unto themselves
13. Shorts or jeans? Jeans
14. What are you listening to right now? Classic rock radio station
15. Favorite color? Blue, black
16. Tattoos? No
17. Color of hair? Dark brown with silvery white
18. Color of eyes? Dark brown
19. Favorite thing to eat? Chocolate. Really, does anyone reading this blog need to ask? ;)
20. Scary or happy endings? I'm not sure what a scary ending is. Usually, the option is happy or SAD. Or open-ended. I prefer endings that suit the story being told.
21. Android or iPhone? Android
22. Car or truck? Don't drive, don't care.
24. Beer? I don't drink, but when I did, I liked ale or beer
25. Night owl or morning person? I'm a sun-loving night person
26. Favorite day of the week? None
27. Do you have a nickname? Yes. Over the years, I've had a few. I use my main nickname here.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Because I Needed Something to Post

A questionnaire. Found it on Facebook.

1. Where is your mobile phone? On a table.
2. Your hair? On my head. ;) It's really dark brown, with silvery white.
3. Your dad? In his house. This is an odd question. Just asking about my father? Not my mother? I wonder if it's supposed to be something else, if it's a typo or something.
4. Your favorite food? Chocolate, duh.
5. Favorite color? Blue, black
6. Favorite drink? Chocolate malted
7. Fears? Creepy crawlies, being incapacitated
8. Favorite shoes? None at the moment. I used to love my Havana Joes, but they got too tight. I'm really excited about the pair of Panama Jack shoes I got from a store in the UK that sells online. Panama Jack is the name of the shoe company, based in Spain. I don't know why the shoes were called Panama Joe when they were sold in the US.
9. Favorite way to relax? Reading, watching TV, playing online
10. Your mood? End of summer blahs as the days grow shorter
11. Favorite Place? I just love walking around NYC
12.Where were you last night? Home, watching the Mets lose to the Cubs
13. Something that you aren't? Wealthy
14. Muffins? Chocolate, thanks
15. Vacation spot? San Francisco, Hawaii
16. Where you grew up? NYC
17. Last thing you did? Ate breakfast, found this meme, then pasted the questions into this post.
18. What are you wearing now? Clothes. Specifically, a tee-shirt and sweatpants
19. Your TV? Uh, the brand is Samsung, if that's what's being asked.
20. Life? Yes, thanks. I like being alive. (Some of the questions here are really weird.)
21. Your pets? None
22. Regrets? I've had a few, too few to mention. Well, more than a few, but life's like that. Still not worth mentioning. They're personal.
23. Missing someone? My mother, always
24. Occupation? Librarian, retired
25. Dreams for the future? Staying alive.

And, as a reward for reading this, or for skipping down to the end, here's a link to an article about Ruby Chocolate.


Monday, August 21, 2017

No H8 Here

The Strand, NYC
In Window of The Strand Bookstore, NYC
I don't usually get political on this blog, but this caught my eye and I want to share it. I wish it didn't need to be said, but these days, it does.


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Things that Entertained Me

Feeling overwhelmed by the horrible political climate in the US, I have found some fun things to share.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Chocolate Mousse
Double Chocolate Mousse

I had this amazing dessert at a Chinese restaurant. The main courses were good, too. There were four of us and we shared.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Wonder Woman

This is a bit late as I saw the movie last week. I don't normally post full reviews here, but this movie is so important and so wonderful, I have to share my thoughts as widely as possible.

My non-spoilery review of "Wonder Woman." First, just to get it out there, while I started reading Wonder Woman comics in my teens, she wasn't the female character I idolized or identified with. That was Supergirl. The original Supergirl and I were of an age. We overlapped in life experiences at various times, or at least shared them at different times: high school, college, first jobs, back to college/grad school, trying to figure out what we wanted as a career. When DC killed her off in Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1985, I was devastated and pretty much stopped reading nearly all comics for a decade. I never had that kind of relationship with Wonder Woman. I cared more for Donna Troy/Wonder Girl, actually, because she was in the Teen Titans, which I loved. So I was completely unprepared for how deeply and emotionally the Wonder Woman movie hit me. It got me in the feels, to use current vernacular. I started tearing up fairly early on with Diana's training scenes and pretty much had to force myself to not cry so I wouldn't miss seeing anything due to too much moisture in my eyes. More on this at the end of this review.
Second, this was the most fun DC movie since the first Christopher Reeve Superman movie and the best DC movie since the Nolan Batman trilogy. Disclaimer: I passed on Man of Steel, Batman vs Superman, and Suicide Squad.
Third, the inevitable comparison with Marvel movies, mainly those from Marvel Studios. I love the Marvel movies. My favorites are Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and both Guardians of the Galaxy, with Ant-Man and Captain America: First Avenger, The Avengers, and the first Iron Man as runners-up. Deadpool was awesome, too. But even at their very best, they felt like comic book movies. Wonder Woman felt real, just an ordinary adventure movie set in WWI that just happened to focus on a mythical woman with superpowers. And that's due to the tight, focused script and the brilliant direction of Patty Jenkins. The story felt intimate in the middle of a war. It was a coming-of-age tale, a good vs evil story that wasn't quite about good or evil but more about love and human nature and how those two are often in conflict but not always. At its hard, it was about real people. Very believable people, and for all my love for Bucky Barnes, Scott Lang, Steve Rogers, and every member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, I don't believe I could meet them in real life the way I felt I could meet Diana and Steve Trevor and Etta Candy and all the rest. The humor in the film doesn't come from intentional quipping but from normal human interactions, including Diana's encounters with things in man's world she'd never encountered while growing up. The human interactions didn't feel added on or like interludes they way they do in some superhero movies. Every moment felt earned and justified.
This was a perfect origin story for Wonder Woman, a good reworking of the various versions in the comics that felt right. The casting was amazing, and the two young actresses playing younger versions of Diana were great.
The movie not only met but exceeded my high expectations. When I got teary-eyed, it wasn't just because of the emotion on screen, but more due to the iconic comic book shots Jenkins gave us. Just seeing Wonder Woman leap, shield in hand, sword held high put a lump in my throat and moisture in my eyes. The DC TV-verse has become the epitome of a filmed DCU, something the movie-'verse couldn't compete with. That will change if DC keeps giving us movies like this one.