Monday, January 02, 2017

Questions Questions Questions


New year, new questionnaire. I used to find these on other blogs. Now I find them on Facebook.

Tattoos.................................. No
Piercings............................... No
Marriages.............................. Yes, one.
Divorces................................. No
Children................................. None
Surgeries............................... Yes
Shot a gun.............................. No
Quit a job............................... Yes, for other, better jobs.
Been on the radio.................. No, but I did get to sit in a radio booth during a broadcast once, which was pretty cool. It was here in NYC and I got the invite from one of my favorite DJs.
Been on TV.......................... Yes, oddly enough. I didn't know it, but one of my mother's friends saw me and called my mother. It was on a news show during a train delay. A camera caught me squeezing into a train and looking back at the reporters as the door closed. :)
Flown in a plane...................Yes
100+miles in a car............... I don't drive, but I've been on long car rides. Have no idea, though, how far we went without stopping, though.
100+ on a bicycle................ I assume this is 100+ miles, so, no.
Gone zip lining..................... No
Fell in love........................... Yes
Skipped school..................... No
Watched someone give birth?... No
Watched someone die.......... No
Ridden in an ambulance...... Yes
Sang karaoke....................... No
Had a pet(s).......................... Yes, a bird when I was a kid.
Been sledding on a big hill.... No. Just on a little hill when I was a kid, so it looked big and felt big to me.
Been downhill skiing............. No
Rode a motorbike................. No
Rode a horse........................ Yes
Stayed in a hospital.............. Yes
Donated blood....................... No
Rode in the back of a police car..... No
Been arrested....................... No

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Year in Movies


Since I feel confident I won't see another movie this year, here is my end-of-year movies post.

I'm splitting the list between In-Theater and On-Demand-on-TV.

Seen in the theater:

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens...An excellent return to the Star Wars universe, washing away the horrible taste of the "Clone Wars" trilogy. Rey is a wonderful character. A bittersweet ending, made more bittersweet in light of Carrie Fisher's recent death.
  2. Hail Caesar... Not much story here, but a fun rolic, with excellent musical numbers and a wonderful cast, about a studio fixer in old Hollywood.
  3. Room... I loved the book and the movie did justice to this story about a kidnapped young woman who gives birth to a child while in captivity and plots her escape with her son. Jacob Tremblay is amazing as the young boy, and Brie Larson is excellent as his mother.
  4. Spotlight... Based on the true story about the reporters who doggedly pursued the story of child abuse in the Catholic Church in Boston. Understated and moving, an all-around excellent job.
  5. Deadpool.... Marvel's "Merc with a Mouth" come to life. Ryan Reynolds was born to play the foul-mouthed superhero. Not for everyone, but I loved it.
  6. Captain America: Civil War... Marvel's Captain America movies are among their best. This one pits Iron Man against Captain America, with the Winter Soldier caught in the middle. I loved it.
  7. Star Trek Beyond.... Once again, the Enterprise is destroyed, but they get that out of the way early so they can focus on the story, and it was thrilling and fun and ties into the past. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  8. Doctor Strange... A movie that's best seen on the big screen due to the amazing effects. Not my favorite Marvel movie, but an enjoyable one.
  9. Arrival... Science fiction at its most thoughtful, as a team of researchers attempts to communicate with aliens who have shown up on Earth in the not-too-distant future. Excellent.
  10. Rogue One... A standalone Star Wars story that tells how the Alliance got the plans for the Death Star just prior to Star Wars: A New Hope. I started the year with Star Wars and ended it with Star Wars. Most fitting.


Seen at Home, On TV, On Demand:

  1. Carol... A moving story about a young woman mid-20th century coming to terms with her gayness.
  2. Ricki and the Flash... Not as good as I'd hoped, but a watchable movie about an aging rock singer and the family from which she's estranged.
  3. Big Eyes... An entertaining look at the woman behind the paintings of the big-eyed people that were once enormously popular.
  4. Anomalisa... An unusual animated film.
  5. Concussion... Will Smith gives a fine, understated performance as the medical practitioner who uncovers the dangers of concussions in football players.
  6. Suffragette... The fight for women's rights in England makes for a good and timely historical movie.
  7. Brooklyn... I'm not a big romance fan, but this story about an immigrant in the previous century who has to choose between her new life in Brooklyn and her old one in Ireland is a good one.
  8. The Danish Girl... Eddie Redmayne is amazing as probably the first transgender man to undergo surgery to become a woman. A lovely movie.
  9. Captain Fantastic... A moving story well performed about an unorthodox family living outside civilization and forced back to it after the mother dies.
  10. The Big Short... Any movie that can make questionable financial practices so entertaining is a good movie.
  11. Paddington... Utterly charming. I'm happy there will be a sequel.



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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Rogue One


Saw "Rogue One" today and really enjoyed it, though it was bittersweet given Carrie Fisher's death. The movie was definitely darker than the rest of the Star Wars movies, which gave it more gravitas than them.

I loved the original trilogy, especially the first one, now known as "A New Hope." It was fun, it was different, and it was good enough to earn the sequels that made Star Wars a franchise. But it wasn't as good as "The Empire Strikes Back." Despite the cliffhanger ending, ESB was a better, deeper, richer movie, darker in many ways. The third movie we got to see, "Return of the Jedi" restored the lighter feel to the franchise, too light, even silly in parts. But the trilogy is solid entertainment, something "The Clone Wars" never managed to be. Having recently seen parts of the first and third of those -- and I never did ever see the second -- on cable, I was reminded that they're unwatchable, worse than I'd remembered. Nostalgia had elevated them in my mind; rewatching lowered them again.

"The Force Awakens" was wonderful, if not all that fresh and unpredictable. But it gave us some amazing new characters, and that made me happy. The franchise is alive and well.

And now we have "Rogue One," a standalone that fills in the details of how the rebels got the plans to the Death Star prior to "A New Hope." We know, going in, that the rebels succeed in getting those plans to the Rebel Alliance. Telling a story when the ultimate outcome is known and maintaining suspense is a hard job, and I realized early on how things would end. And it didn't matter. The story had real suspense, real things at stake, and a very appealing cast.

Star Wars will never be to me what Star Trek has been -- Star Trek being part of my formative years and Star Wars coming into my life when I was already an adult, not to mention being more space opera than the more complex science fiction of the Trek TV series and many of its movies -- but it remains an entertaining franchise having shaken off the doldrums of the 3-part "Clone Wars." How I wish those movies could be redone so they could be raised to this level. "Rogue One might not be the best Star Wars movie, but I'm really glad to have seen it.


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Monday, December 12, 2016

Long Time No Links


 Yeah, it's been a while since I posted fun links. I've been in a post-election funk. But amid all the political articles I've read, there were some fun things, so here are some of them.


And that's it. There were some Halloween links that were fun, but they feel too out-of-date to post now.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Life is Sweet


A few weeks ago, a friend and I went for a photowalk on the Lower East Side and came upon a delightful little shop on Hester Street called The Sweet Life. I bought a chocolate dipped pretzel for a quick snack and this bar of chocolate covered Oreos for later.

Dark Chocolate Covered Oreos Chunks
The dark chocolate was smooth and rich and worked well with the Oreos, which are my favorite brand-name cookie. Chocolate chip cookies tend to be my all-time favorite but not all chocolate chip cookies qualify. But I digress. This concoction from The Sweet Life was worth buying and a return visit to the shop is in order.

Walking on Hester Street
The Sweet Life Shop


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Oooo A Questionnaire


Saw this on Facebook, so figured, what the heck. These are always good for a blog post.

Can you fill this out without lying? Yes. Oh, wait, the questions haven't actually started yet, have they? ;)
1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth? Cherry Luden's cough drop. Or maybe water.
2. Where was your profile picture taken? This is for Facebook. I took the photo, of a doll, in my apartment
3. Name someone who made you laugh today. My hubby. And the cast of "Mom," which I watched tonight on TV.
4. How late did you stay up last night? Too late. 2 am-ish
5. If you could move somewhere else, where would it be? Probably Hawaii.
6. Ever been kissed under fireworks? No. Is that a thing?
7. Which of your friends lives closest? She knows who she is.
8. Do you believe ex's can be friends? Uh, that should be "exes" and it depends on the exes.
9. How do you feel about Dr. Pepper? Like it, but I prefer Dr. Brown's Black Cherry soda.
10. When was the last time you cried? Don't remember
11. Who took your profile picture? Uh, see Question 2.
12. Who was the last person you took a picture of? Do dolls count? I rarely take pics of people.
13. Was yesterday better than today? They were pretty much the same.
14. Can you live a day without TV? I've done it when there's been nothing on. But I need something. Radio will suffice.
15. Are you upset about anything? The election results (US president)
16. Do you think relationships are ever really worth it? Well, I've been married a long time, so yeah.
17. Are you a bad influence? On whom? And what would someone consider "bad"?

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Kisses


Hubby brought back from a weekend trip to Las Vegas a variety bag of Hershey's Kisses: Cherry (with milk chocolate), Pumpkin Spice, Chocolate Truffle, and Dark Chocolate. All are nice and smooth and creamy. I haven't had Hershey Kisses in a few years, preferring M&Ms and designer chocolate, but these were a pleasant surprise. And no boring, plain milk chocolate ones in the batch!

Bag of Hershey's Kisses

Pretty Foil-Wrapped Hershey's Kisses

Hershey's Kisses Unwrapped


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