Thursday, July 21, 2016

Night Blogging

Some people are morning people.

I am not one of those people.

My Mother in Law, for example, can get up, cook and eat breakfast, wash dishes, do a load of laundry, swiffer her whole house and water her garden in the same amount of time it takes me to find my pants and remember how to put them on in the mornings.

If I remember to take the trash down to the curb BEFORE the garbage truck pulls up I consider myself to have had a productive morning.

"Get more sleep" people tell me.

Most everyone I know says if I got more sleep that I'd like mornings better.

Except when most peoples brains are gearing down, mine is revving up.

That is why I do most of my blogging at night.

That wouldn't be so bad except for the fact that I can't get any freaking READERS when I post and share at midnight.

Anybody know a good "Night Bloggers" group I can share to where people are still awake to see my shares?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Lovely, Lethal Lionfish - Wordless Wednesday


The Lion-fish

Lion-fish are an invasive species.  They can kill off entire fish populations in an area.

Most likely introduced to the Atlantic ocean by fish keeping hobbyist who got tired of the their "pet," the Lion-fish are eating native fish to the point that the fish are  OBESE.  That's right.  They are overeating and getting FAT.

The waters are so full of this invasive fish that scientists are urging us to eat more lion-fish.  The only way to beat them is to beat them at their own game and eat the heck out of them.

Available on Amazon!


These particular lion-fish are at a small local aquarium.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Ghostbusters (2016) Review

There has been a lot of talk about the newest incarnation of Ghostbusters (2016) since it was first announced.

People were horrified at the idea of a remake/reboot instead of another sequel (despite the fact that fanboys wet themselves with joy every time Batman or Superman is rebooted).  People were even more horrified at the idea of an all female cast.  (BC OMG! WYMENZ! WE CAN'T NOT LET THE WYMENS HAZ THE MOVYZ!!)

It has also not been very well reviewed.  That last review I read said good thing about the actresses, but bad things about the plot, saying it drug on and the only good parts were rehashes of the first two movies.

Despite the bad reviews I was EXCITED to go see this movie.  Maybe its because the threat of our next president bringing misogyny to a whole new level, but I was waving my "Girl Power" flag going into this one.

(no, I don't really have a girl power flag.)

Coming out I have to say I LOVED this movie.  The whole thing, from beginning to end.  What's not to love about a movie that makes both brainy and blue collar seem equally awesome!  (Too bad it was missing out on a little rich and powerful ya know what I mean?)

Maybe its because I've not seen the original Ghostbusters or Ghostbusters II since the early 90s and I don't really remember anything about them.  Maybe its because MY Ghostbusters was The Real Ghostbusters animated series and I'm not a movie purist.

Or maybe it was because this was just a good fun movie and the fans and anti-fans are trying too hard to find something wrong with it.

(I'm going with that last one.)

Synopsis 


This movie is about Erin (Kristen Wiig) who is up for tenure at the college she works for.  Only her serious scientific job in is danger because a book on the paranormal she co-wrote has come back to light.

Afraid for her job she goes to see the books co-author Abby (Melissa McCarthy) to try to get the book removed from the shelves again.  Instead she finds herself following Abby and her new partner Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) as the come face to face with a real life ghost!

Suddenly Erin finds herself turning into a ghost hunter, and along the way Patty (Leslie Jones) and Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) are added to the team.  Together they find out that the sudden appearance of high level apparitions is no accident, and the whole wold (starting with New York, of course) are in grave danger (pun intended.)

While critics have torn into Kevin (too stupid) and Patty (stereotypical urban and therefore racist) and just accused the rest of them of being bad actors, I loved every second of it.

And despite Kevin being there for eye-candy my favorite character, by far, was Holtzmann.  I'm pretty sure I have a girl-crush on her now.






I mean seriously, how can you not just love her! 


 (Holtzman gush-fest over now, thank you.)

And for those of you who just don't think its Ghostbusters if the original 4 are not in it...you do get to see several of the old cast members appear in cameos throughout the whole movie.

Bill Murry, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver all pop up for your viewing pleasure even if they didn't reprise their original roles.

Plus, if you stick it out thorough the end credits (which isn't hard to do as you watch Chris Hemsworth shake what his mama gave him) then you'll get a nifty after-credit as well.  And who doesn't love a good after-credit?

So, Noner Says go see this movie!

And Holtzmann says "Just try saying no to these salty parabolas!"


Friday, July 15, 2016

Dani Mathers and Body Shaming


PEEPING TOM SHARES NUDE PHOTOS OF VICTIM ON INTERNET


This week, there was an incident in which an innocent woman was photographed nude in a gym shower, and that photo was posted on the internet for the whole world to see, without that woman's consent. 

Not only was her nude body posted without her consent, but she was also body shamed, this picture being captioned, "If I can't unsee this then you can't either."

Surely this was done by one of those skeezy trans-sexuals who just want to sneak into ladies room to do filty things to the women inside, right?

WRONG.

This horrific act was done by a Playboy Playmate, Dani Mathers.  And you don't get any more heterosexual all American than a Playboy Bunny, right?

(via Dani Matthews via Snapchat  Victim removed to protect her
from further shame)

MEA CULPA


Meanwhile, once Dani Mathers realized that her twitter followers at large were pretty much epically pissed off by her body shaming this woman, she issued a public "apology."

Here is the apology.  I'll bold my favorite parts.

'I just want to acknowledge a photo that I accidentally posted.
'It was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do.
'I chose to do what I do for a living because I love the female body and I know body shaming is wrong, that's not what I'm about and this is not the type of person I am.
'The photo was taken as part of a personal conversation with a girlfriend and because I am new to Snapchat I didn't realise I had posted it, and that was a huge mistake.
'I know I have upset a lot of people out there but please believe me this is not the type of person that I am. I have never done this before and I will never do this again, you have my word.'
So, she loves the female body and would NEVER body shame someone.  Except for the fact that she TOTALLY meant to body shame this person, and trash talk her to a friend but she ACCIDENTALLY posted it to the internet.  We have her word that she'll never publicly shame a woman again, she'll try really hard to keep her deviant photography just between herself and her friends.

She's not sorry she took an un-consensual nude picture of a woman.  She's not sorry she was sharing this woman's naked body against her will.  She's just sorry she got caught.

She's not without backlash though.  Having show her true face, many people on the internet turned against her.  She has closed her twitter account.

She has also been banned from LA Fitness.  All locations.  Forever.

AND...

She lost her job as a radio host.

Want to know the best part?  It has been reported that the fitness center has reported her to the police.

What I personally would like to see is that she have to be added to the sex offenders list.


BODY SHAMING


It is more than bad enough that she violated her gym-mate in such a way, but it serves as a good reminder.

Its bad enough you have to worry about shopping without ending up on People Of Wal-Mart, but THIS is why I will NEVER join a gym.  As an overweight person I get laughed at enough with jeans and baggy shirts on.  I will NEVER work out in front of people who find themselves so above you that they lessen you to a point as to be fodder for the amusement of themselves and their friends.

So, you go to a gym to get healthy, and to create a better body, right?  Then one of the "perfect" people there make a mockery of you.

Meanwhile, I would really, really, REALLY like to hear from the woman whose shower has been broadcast all over the internet.  I want to know how she feels about this Playboy Playmate trying to make a mockery of her, and how the same people who lust over Dani's "perfect" body came to her rescue.

I would also like to hear that she's pressing charges.....

Thursday, July 7, 2016

UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium

I was off today and my husband (who only had to work 2 days this week) woke me up bright and early this morning and asked, "Do you wanna go see some fish?"

Last night he couldn't decide if he wanted to take the boys to the small local aquarium, or if he wanted to take the oldest to see The BFG while I stayed home with the baby.

Seems like fish won.

The "aquarium" is actually The University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium
and whatever you have pictured in your mind right now, get rid of that image.

There are no huge floor to ceiling tanks with exotic bright colored creatures.  There is certainly not a glass tunnel with a moving floor and whale sharks over year head.

There is one room with a few tanks displaying the local inhabitants of our Ocean. 

They do have a shark though.  A bonnet head.  They also have a magnificent pair of lion-fish, some seahorses, and a tank of moon jellyfish.

Oh, and a pair of baby alligators!

Maybe underwhelming if you've been to a "big" aquarium, but decent entertainment for a 2 year old and a six year old. (and me)

We were a little disappointed that the octopus was gone.  There had been a octopus last time we went, and after seeing Finding Dory Parker was excited to meet one.

Who wouldn't want to meet an otopus after seeing Hank on film.
Am I right?


There is a second room upstairs with a touch tank, some fossils and artifacts, and the jawbone of a whale.

They loved the touch tank where they got to touch some crabs.  Parker wouldn't touch the ghost crab but the did touch the Horseshoe crabs.

This is a horseshoe crap shell from a recent trip we made to the beach.
Nobody was home. (he was deceased)
A gentleman who works there heard Parker ask where its eyes were (Parker is very into things eyes for some reason) and came over.  He pointed out where all the crabs sensors were and flipped it over and told us about it.

He let us know the tail was not dangerous at all.  He said they really only used it to flip themselves over if they ended up on their backs.  He lay his hand on its underside and said they don't hurt, they just try to push you away.

He also said they have blue blood that is often used for scientific study.

I never knew they had blue blood!

Out back there is a pic-nic area and a nature trail.

We walked out on the boardwalk, looking out the river, and took the short trail.  We didn't think the 2 year old would want to walk the long one, plus the second half is woodsy and overgrown and we were slightly worried that one (or both) of the kids might get eaten by an alligator.

As it is we did see a pair of deer as we neared the end of the trail.

It was a great day which I would love to share pictures of but my memory card reader decided to stop working randomly and suddenly without warning after 4 years of service.  Go figure.

So, how was your day?  Did anyone else have a mid-week adventure.

PS. Parker got to go see the BFG too, so his day was even better!


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Migraines and Bullies

Last night I came home with an incapacitating headache. 

Have you ever suffered from a Migraine?  It can really knock you down because it doesn't just make your head hurt.

When I'm suffering from a migraine my head does hurt, of course, but I also go "blind" because of the halos in my vision.  I get sick to my stomach.  I can't stand bright lights.  All sounds, no matter how soft, are TOO LOUD.  And I can't stand anything to touch me.  Not even something as lightweight as a bed sheet.

When they get really bad the only thing that will help them go away is sleep.  But I can't sleep because of the pain, and not wanting anything to touch me.

I don't know what time my tossing and turning turned into sleep last night, but I woke up feeling fuzzy in the head.

I posted on facebook that I think I lost some brain cells last night, and a fellow sufferer said she calls it a "Migraine Hangover"  and that is a perfectly fitting title.

I spent the morning moaning around the house before going to work.

Meanwhile many hours later...

I got home from work and was doing to download some pictures off of my camera, and I can't get my USB card reader to work.  I also can't find the cord I would use to connect it to my laptop directly.  So I can't get any of the images off of my PowerShot onto my laptop.

Frustration.

I wanted to post pictures of my son playing at Monkey Joes.  That is what they did today while I moaned about the house.

He had fun BUT...a couple of busloads from the local YMCA showed up and the kids were apparently very uncontrolled and rowdy.  One boy shoved Parker off the top of one of the slides, making him go down on his stomach and crash face first into the girl still sitting at the bottom of the slide.

It hurt his face...poor baby. 

My mother in law (who went with them) said he asked her, "Nanna, is that bullying?"

Again, poor baby!

So, I didn't get a post up for last night because of the headache, and I almost didn't write one tonight because I already "failed" just 5 days in.  But I didn't really want to be a quitter.  Just a little setback, right?
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