Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Garden Visitor - Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Happy Birthday To Me - Wordless Wednesday

Monday was my birthday.  Hubby took me out for a child free meal at Golden Corral, and this was waiting when we went to pick the kids up from his moms.

 I had a cake and some wrapped gifts.

 This was my birthday cake.  They said the store didn't have any large birthday cakes, just an overabundance of Fathers Day cakes left over from Sunday.

 These were my gifts.  I got two more Janet Evonavich novels.  I got a Playstation 3 and two games.
The PS3 games were The Last Of Us, which I found too hard to play since I couldn't figure out how to make my character walk properly and spent have the time walking backwards.  I did spend a couple of hours playing the Tomb Raider game though.

 Then the boys made a HUGE mess ripping up the paper that my PS3 had been wrapped in.  And when I say huge, I mean I didn't think that paper could cover so much of the floor.

Of course, Spencer spent some time adoring his Nanna.  Because he adores his Nanna.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Little Red Wagon

I had a little red wagon growing up.

I don't remember if it was a radio flyer or not, and I don't remember what happened to it.  I remember it was metal, and sometimes I would sit in it in the summer and it would be hot enough to burn my bottom.  But I loved it.

Maybe that is why little red (metal) wagons are so hard to find these days.  Not because I loved mine, but because the metal can get to hot.

After all, its all about safety these days.

Why am I thinking about my little red wagon?  Because I think it would be nice to have one for the boys.

I can easily picture Parker pulling Spencer all over the place in their very own little red wagon.

Brian and his Red Wagon Poster by ArtbyAdrianaFox
Check out more Children Posters at Zazzle
Locally all we can seem to find are plastic wagons. To me they are not the same. The lack the charm.

You can buy a Radio Flyer red wagon on amazon, but my goodness is it pricy.

Have red wagons always been that expensive, or have they only gone over $100 recently?

I wonder how many children today even know what a wagon is?  In person I never see children playing with them.  Online I never see photos of other peoples children playing with them.

Well, I take that back, I have seen children playing in them, but only as they were being used as photo props for professional photographers, like this cute picture on pinterest.

As I started writing this I got the song "Bumping Up and Down in my Little Red Wagon" stuck in my head.  Do any of you know it?

If wagons are obsolete do they still teach that song to children?

Did you have a red wagon as a child?  Do any of your children (or grandchildren or nieces/nephews or neighbors kids or anyone you know) have a red wagon?
I would love it if you left me a comment sharing a "Little Red Wagon" story of your own with me!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Castles in the Sand - Wordless Wednesday

"Life is like the ocean.  Every time a wave knocks down your sand castle, you build it again."

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Fold By Peter Clines: A Review

The Fold is rated 4.3 out of 5
stars on Amazon!
 I received The Fold book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

I tentatively picked it out of a few choices, hoping it wouldn't be one of those sci-fi novels where the story is overwhelmed by the technical jargon.

A novel's first impression is the cover, and I loved the cover of this one, once I noticed the "fold" in the center of the page.  Oddly enough it must have been the 3rd or 4th time I picked up the book that I relized it wasn't just a line between the two sides.

The story behind the cover is about Mike Erickson.  He is a high school lit teacher who just happens to have a photographic memory, and a high IQ as well. 

The school season has just ended and Mike's best friend convinces him to skip his usual summer job and to instead tap into the potentional of his brain by working for him on a top secret project funded by DARPA.

Against his better judgement Mike agrees, and finds himself faced with the Albuquerque Door.  Over 100 times this doorway has been used as a form of instant travel with no adverse effects, but the team behind it still is not ready to go public.

Mike's job is to find out WHY the team ins't willing to share this perfect form of travel and to find out if it really is as safe as they claim it is.

The team is openly hostile to Mike, but as he begins to figure out the truth behind the Door they begin to warm up to him and work with him before the secret behind the door destroys....everything.

This novel was one that I hardly wanted to put down.  It was so good that I read around 270 pages of its 372 page length in one day.  All because I wanted the answer to the mystery....

What is the Albuquerque door?  Is it really as safe as they claim it is?  To find out you'll have to step into The Fold for yourself.

And, if you enjoy the novel its author Peter Clines calls "The Fold" a side-quel to his previous Novel "14" which takes place in the same universe as "The Fold."  So you'd have even more good reading to dive into.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

What Screws Us Up Most In Life

What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it's supposed to be.
Once upon a time I had a can cozie that said, "This is not the life I ordered."

That phrase pops into my head a lot.  Most often it happens at work, like today when I was in the stall in the act of urination and having a customer asking me a bunch of questions.  (Yes, WHILE I was peeing.)

Other times will be a night like tonight.  I've worked a long day, my body is sore, my mind is overwhelmed, my bank account is not as full as I would like it to be.

In my teens I had a daydream of what my life would be like.  It invovled a yellow convertible, a well trained German Shepherd dog, a house by a lake in the woods, and being married to my perceived soul-mate (the first man/boy I was ever REALLY in love with.)

That man is married to someone else, and that car, that dog, that home must belong to someone else because they sure don't belong to me.

In reality I live in the middle of the city, with a hard-headed labrador and neighbors who occasionally shoot each other.  (Not kidding.  I wish I was kidding but I'm really, really not.)

"This is NOT the life I ordered."

Sometimes, late late LATE at night when I can't sleep I compare every way that my life now is NOT like the life I wanted when I was younger.  Some people look back on their lives and think, "I woudln't change a thing."

I look back at mine and decide I would change everything.  Every.  Single.  Thing.

Except for my kids.  When I daydreamed my perfect life it was at a time that I never wanted children.  And I do love my boys very, very much.

But the rest of it...

"This is NOT the life I ordered."

In my daydream I was a writer.  In reality I don't have TIME to write.  I don't doubt that I have the talent for it, but I don't have the time, or energy at the end of my real life day.  No great best sellers will come through these fingers.  The best I can manage is a half-coherent blog post.

In real life I work retail.  I could rant elequent for the rest of this blog entry on what degree of heck that is, but nobody cares.  (You know, because its retail not a "real" job.  It doesn't count...despite the fact that its the only work I can find for my entire working life so far....)

Now I know this comparison of what I have to what never even existed isn't fair.  I know that I need to look at the good in my life, but in the small hours of the night when your body hurts and you feel like Sisyphus because no mater how hard you work you never seem to ACCOMPLISH anything that is very hard to hang on to.

There is a sane part of my brain, somewhere small and in the back, that tells me I'm never going to be satisfied with my life as it is until I can let got of the life I always dreamed for myself but...

"This is not the life I ordered."

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Seventh Son: A Movie Review

Seventh Son is available on Amazon in DVD
Blu-ray and Instant Video.

Tonight after supper my husband put in Seventh Son.  I, being someone who enjoys watching a fantasy movie, decided to give it a try despite having heard not so good reviews from a couple of my FB friends.

I thought it was funny that just a couple of nights ago my husband and I were talking about movies and I was saying how disappointed I had been in the Final Fantasy movie (being Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within made around 2001) and how it was lacking in fantasy and was actually a Sci-fi movie. So, while watching Seventh Son, I told my husband, "You know, THIS is more what I was hoping the Final Fantasy movie would have been like.  Random monsters just popping out of the ground at you!"

In Seventh Son, Jeff Bridges plays Gregory, a Spook (witch/monster hunter) who has recently lost his current apprentice and must find another.  Finding an apprentice is harder than you would think because he must be the seventh son of a seventh son (which could explain why Gregory is the last of what was once an order of thousands).

So, Gergory ends up with Tom Ward.  And Tom isn't too keen on the whole "killing witches" thing.  Even if the witch in question had just been a giant bear trying very hard to kill him.

Even worse for Tom, he becomes the Spooks Apprentice at the same time that Mother Malkin, the queen of all evil witches, manages to burst her way out of the pit Gregory had put her in a few years previously.  She want revenge and, of course, world domination.  (Well, probably world domination.  All bad guys want world domination.)

I really enjoyed the film.  It was full of not too shabby creature effects.  Giant man/bears, seamless WereJaguars, witches that turn into dragons.  Any movie with a mid-air dragon fight pretty much wins it for me.  The trailer (shared below) really should have shown more dragon goodness.

There is PLENTY of action, but there is even a little romance if you simply can't have a movie without romance.  There is also a plot twist.  American movie goes LOVE plot twists.

So I told my husband, "If this is based on a book, I think I want to read a book."  I was assuming it was based on a book because Hollywood lost the ability to make a movie not based on a book (or comic book, or older movie/tv series) quite along time ago.

It IS in fact based on a book.  A whole series of them in fact.

The Spook's Apprentice (called The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch here in 'Merica) is the first in a series called "The Wardstone Chronicles" written by British author Joseph Delaney.

If you are like me and want to read the book after seeing the movie (or before) the first book in the series is called The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch in the US.  

For what its worth, the book series is much higher rated on amazon than the movie.