Christmas+me=a little...um...different

Dec 31, 2012
Did you hunt for hours searching for the best tree? 
Did you have to dust off the artificial tree?
Did you know there was another option?  The box tree!!  Or what I like to call the "I just moved and have all these boxes" tree. 

It's pretty awesome.
Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

This is the 2012 model. Notice, if you will, the beautiful ornaments, the alternating box colors, the green plaid tape and the amazing star topper. 

It is a one-of-a-kind tree. 

But wiat, there's more.  It can also serve as a Christmas card display.  The box ledges serve as little shelves for the cards you get in the mail.

This is just one fine example of the creativity that is going to happen with me and my roommate. 

Don't be jealous.

You think that is the only thing about my Christmas that was different?  Think again. 

I also took part in the annual Christmas Horror Movie Night, hosted by some friends of mine that have been doing this for 5 years. {got to love Christmas traditions}

Christmas Slay, the 2005 horror movie starring the WWE wrestler Bill Goldberg and Lost's Emilie de Ravin, was the movie this year.   Santa isn't the jolly soul you thought him to be. Oh no.  He is acutally a spawn of Satan who lost a bet with an angel and had to be good for a 1000 years.  And guess what, the thousand years is up and Santa is on a rampage....of killing.  It's pretty horrible.  The crazy thing is there seems to be a whole mini genre of horror movies dedicated to Christmas. 

Who knew.

I guess now you do.


I just wanted to share some of the awesomeness.

Total awesomeness.

And that my friends is why when you add a me to a perfectly normal thing, you end up with something a lot more. 

A new Christmas traditon in the making...

Dec 28, 2012
Every family has tradtions for major holidays, even if you think you don't...you do.  Trust me.

We have many tradtions for Christmas that I didn't even realize until my new roommate (more on that later) asked me one evening while we were eating dinner at IKEA.  {Have you had their meatballs!!!}

Here are a few things that came to mind:
  • Spending the night at Grandma's house
  • The yearly debate between my aunt and dad about when is the right time to open presents: Christmas Eve or Christmas?
  • Still getting a stocking from "Santa" on Christmas morning
  • Having waffles for breakfast
  • Having a wrapping paper fight (think snowball fight with wrapping paper)
  • Playing games and laughing until Icry
  • Watching White Christmas
But as the title suggests, there is a new tradtion that I would love to install commission incorporate into the yearly festivities....taking my niece {and anyone else I can talk into going} to Disney On Ice.  This year's show was Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. 

And it was, dare I say, magical.

Even though she is only 1, she very much enjoyed it this year.  She was laughing and clapping and doing her little dance during the whole show.  Being the huge Disney fan that I am, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. 

My only complaint is that somehow Princess Aurora didn't make it into the princess bit.  We had Snow White, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine and Mulan but no Aurora??? 

And she's my favorite!

Don't they know who I am?!  Oh, they don't?  Hm.  Still, she should have been there.

Other than that, Disney really delivered.

The costumes were amazing!

 photo 0a7d4007-db90-4a07-b1ce-ba76285027fd_zpsf5f3ea4c.jpg
 photo 03c31020-d37d-401d-90f4-6eaec5537f69_zpsd4ccf5c5.jpg

They had newer Disney and classic Disney.

 photo 5294e0c0-a4f8-4856-b43e-180744495a08_zpsc41badd9.jpg

 photo 2895b2f4-5a96-4f11-b4ea-e170a32b93e3_zps3e5768a4.jpg
It was super cute.

 photo fb58d971-655c-4787-a6f1-d5f556058dda_zps8215c044.jpg

 photo 447f8264-d353-4886-9431-6d35d6326bf2_zps9165ca47.jpg

 When Christmas rolls around again, I'm going to make sure Disney On Ice is part of the celebrations.


*Feld Family Entertainment provided tickets for me and 3 guests to see the show and give my honest and eloquent opinion.  It is definitely honest, maybe not so elequent. *Uhem* Sorry the pictures are a little jank. Phone Camera, enough said. 

I love Christmas except for...

Dec 5, 2012
I like Christmas.  I really do.  I have been listening to Christmas music since before Thanksgiving, I've started the yearly movie list, but there are some things about the Christmas season that drive me a little crazy.

Like Home Alone

Sure it was cute when it first came out, when I was 5!!  That cleaver Kevin, who plays it cool when his parents leave without him and ends up having to defend his house against the burglars, using some very creative means. 

The first one isn't too bad.  I will forever associate "Rocking around the Christmas tree" with the "party" scene from that movie.

But how are there 4 of them?!  Really?  How many times can we see a kid get left alone and have to get rid of the very unintelligent bad people. 

I just don't get it.

I think I would be fine with Home Alone if there were just one or two.  In fact, I know I would.  Not 4.  And rumors of a 5th being shown during the 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family. 

I can't handle it.

I most definitely have certain songs that I can only handle about once or twice mainly 12 days of Christmas and Feliz Navidad.  

Anyone else?  Hmmm, ok just me.  That's fine, I'll deal with it.

Ok, that's out of my system.  Now a new love.

This is a newer movie, it was released last year and I saw it for the first time a couple days ago.  Arthur Christmas.



Oh goodness.  I laughed so hard! 

It is about the Claus family. Grandsanta, Santa, Mrs. Santa, Steve and Arthur.  Not everything is jolly with the Clause family, in fact they are quite dysfunctional.  Hilariously so.  Steve wants to be Santa, Santa doesn't want to retire, Grandsanta doesn't want his glory days to be over, and to top it off...a present is left in the North Pole!!!!  Gasp!

The cast of voices include top notch actors like Hugh Laurie, James McAvoy, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Joan Cusack, and many more!  A very cute story, with some fantastic one liners.  

This will be added to the yearly list for sure!!!

You need to go rent it...and then buy it.  Because it's that awesome.

A early Christmas present~ Disney On Ice!

Nov 25, 2012
Guess what!  It's after Thanksgiving! 

That means its time to win some tickets to see Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!!!

Who's excited? 
 
Disney characters and artwork ©Disney, Disney/Pixar characters ©Disney/Pixar

Me! Me! Me!

Why am I excited?  

Well besides being in love with Disney in general, there is going to be quite the ensamble coming to The Huntington Center in December.

The list of characters include: the one and only Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio and many Disney Princesses and more!  There will be more than 60 characters in all!!  You can also expect to be thrilled by exciting moments from The Lion King; Mulan; and Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Toy Story films; in a skating spectacular filled with magical Disney moments!

Disney characters and artwork ©Disney, Disney/Pixar characters ©Disney/Pixar


 If you want to go, you have 2 options.

1) Buy your tickets through TicketMaster and save $4 on the $15 or $19 tickets for any show except opening night with the promo code BLOG4.  Show runs December 20-24 {Thurs and Fri: 7pm, Sat and Sun: 1&5 pm, Mon: 1pm} at The Huntington Center in downtown Toledo, where my beloved Walleye play.
No double discounts. Additional fees may apply. Offer does not apply to Front Row, Rinkside or VIP seating. Offer subject to ticket availability.

2) Enter below to win 4 FREE tickets to see the show opening night!  Must be 18 to enter. Contest ends 12/3, enter now!!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disney and Feld Entertainment are not the sponsors, endorsers or administrators of this promotion.

*Hint Hint* Use this as a family Christmas present!  Make it the beginning of a Magical Christmas family tradition! You won't be sorry!

The cons of online dating...

Nov 23, 2012
Going through my many magazines, I stumbled upon an article in the October 2012 edition of Glamour by Liz Brody that sheds some light on the cons of online dating.

Thankfully, I haven't had any of these issues, but I wanted to spread the word so you don't fall into one of the traps. 

1) Giant red flag if he/she asks for money...even if it sounds like a legit reason.  There is no reason a person you have been talking to should ask for money.  You aren't married, your money is not their money.  An even bigger red flag is if they try to lay on the guilt.  "Don't you love me?" or "I would loan the money to you." babble is just that...babble.

2) Be cautious if "I love you" is said early on in the relationship.  In some cases it was said within a few weeks!  Hmmm.

3) If you are having a live chat (IM or Skype) with the person, be aware if they are "getting interrupted a lot" or "sidetracked" when you ask easy questions...that they need to look up some answers to.

4) Pet names are cute, but if he/she constantly uses them instead of your name, it could be because they are chatting it up with more than one person and hey, it's hard to keep them all straight.

The article described many more scenarios, and I would recommend reading it if you get the chance.  (I tried to find it on Glamour's website, but no luck.)  

So what can you do to protect yourself?

Thankfully they gave several suggestions:

  • Do a Google Image search of the pictures they have posted. Click on the little camera icon next to the search bar and you can upload a picture.  The search will show you were it appears online.  So nifty!
  • There are sites that help with this sort of thing: romancescams.org, romancescam.com, scamsurvivors.com or militarygear.com/asp.  Please report a con if you are unfortunate to find one.  Save someone else from being conned.  Romancescams.org has some quizzes you can take to see if you are being conned, twists on the scams, and a photo album of pictures men and women have used.  Makes me sick.
  • You can check for a foreign IP address.  Got to love technology!  The romancescams.org can help you find that information.

Now don't get the impression that I'm telling you they are all bad people out there or that I'm against online dating.  Most online dating companies have people on the lookout for these con artists and are pretty good about fielding applicants.  There are a lot of legit people out there looking to meet people and have a relationship, but it doesn't pay to be naive or uninformed.

Don't be too ashamed to tell others or to report the incident.  The article says that "women are being scammed out of million of dollars a year!"  So you aren't the only one!  You can report these con artists to ic3.gov

Who knows, your help and evidence could help bring justice to these criminals!

What a wild week!

Nov 21, 2012
My goodness!  This past week has been one grand adventure!  
One that I wasn't expecting. at. all.

Last Tuesday as I was coming home from hanging with some of the girls my car started acting really weird.

Sputtering, not speeding up very fast, and being very very loud (and it was already loud).

Not good.

"I think it's time to get a new car", says my dad.  "I've driven some pretty bad cars in my time, and I don't even want it.  That's saying something."

So car shopping I went.  And boy was I blessed with an awesome find!




A 2004 Chrysler Crossfire! I always thought these cars were super slick, never thought I would have one.
 
I feel like I need to be in a James Bond movie. 



I might have downloaded the Skyfall theme for my entrance music.



I've always wanted entrance music.

Anyway so that was one big thing this week.

Number 2 was signing on an apartment!  Ahhhhhh!!!!!

I'm moving in with Hannah {you know the NYC and DC adventure accomplice} possibly by next month.

So I'm looking through all my random stuff and thinking... hmmm... I need some things, I guess I have to go to IKEA.  

Man, that is tough. 

*Grin*

I guess, I also know what I want for Christmas this year. 

The apartment is a cute little duplex near uptown Maumee, a few blocks from that cute "little theater".  There are also some cute shops within walking distance.  

This could be trouble.

And fun.


One Magical word...Disney

Nov 19, 2012
Friends, let me share a little secret with you.

I LOVE Disney. 


Like a lot.

Like working there sounds like the perfect job.
{Of course I would have to be Aurora Belle Rapunzel a princess.}

Evidence #1

Totally enjoyed dressing up as a princess, and being in full character for my friend's daughters' birthday party.

One of the moms may have told me I should work at Disney.

And I might have asked her to be a reference.


Evidence #2

Favorite cartoon movie: Disney's Robin Hood.


Evidence #3

I may have jumped up and down and squealed a little when I saw this was coming to town....




Total awesomeness right!!!

Coming to the Huntington Center in Toledo December 20-24 is Disney On Ice celebrates100 Years of Magic, tickets range between $15-$50 (including fees).  Now, there is a rumor there will be a code you can enter to get a discount for the tickets, but I have yet to confirm that rumor....Rumor Confirmed!

Go to the Ticketmaster website and enter the code BLOG4 and you will get $4 off the $15 Club or $19 Arena seats!* Valid on all performances except opening night.

*No double discounts. Additional fees may apply. Offer does not apply to Front Row, Rinkside or VIP seating. Offer subject to ticket availability*


But wait there's more!

After Thanksgiving I will be holding a giveaway so you can win your tickets instead of having to purchase them!  Merry Christmas! {The giveaway will be for Thursday night's performance}

That's right enjoy this holiday tradition for free!!! 
Use it as an early Christmas present, and cross some presents off your list now!

{Instead of being a total procrastinator like some people *cough*}


Check out Disney On Ice on Facebook and Twitter or for more details go to their website.

Love lessons from Meet Me in St. Louis...

Nov 9, 2012
Ahhhh....Meet Me in St. Louis. A fantastic musical about a family living in St. Louis in the early 1900's.

One word.

Classic.

What love lessons can we learn from this movie?

Boys don't want to kiss girls before they are engaged because they are afraid they'll rub the rouge off.
Who knew?

To get a boy's attention, you invite him to a party at your house and after everyone has left you ask him to help you turn off the lights. Oh don't forget to break into song.
That is a must.

It's perfectly normal to be grumpy because you think the boy isn't coming, and then when he comes... ignore him.

All men need to own a tux, and not forget it at the tailor's the night of the big Christmas dance.
Christmas can be magical.
And world fairs.

Act normal when a guy bursts into your house on Christmas Eve and tells you that things can't go on this way and you are going to be married. No arguments!...and then storms out.
Ok.
Who wants to open presents?

There you have it. If you haven't seen this classic movie it really is a must see.

There's an App for that! 10 Apps I love!

Nov 5, 2012
I made the switch to a smart phone because I figured it would be good to have before I headed off to the semi-distant lands of Washington D.C and New York this summer. 

{totally practical reasons}

I'm officially spoiled and even thinking of going back to a "dumb" phone has me cringing.

Now, I am slowly *cough* catching the app fever.  

Must haves:

{Besides the obvious Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, and Pinterest.}

IMDB- I am now able to answer the age-old question, "Where have I seen that actor before?" Oh and let's not forget being able to watch the latest Hobbit or Iron Man 3 preview at a moment's notice. Free.

Netflix-No more pretending you are doing something fun on your phone while waiting for pizza.  No!  Now you can re-watch Glee or Doctor Who! Free app with subscription to Netflix.

Soundboards- This probably should be in the "Extra Lovin'" section below, but what is a phone without a fun ringtone?  Yep, definitely a must have I have soundboards for Star Wars, Hunger Games, and the 9th, 10th and 11th Doctors from Doctor Who.  Yes, I'm a nerd.  My current notification ringtone is a R2D2 whistle and my incoming call ringtone is the 10th Doctor's theme music.  Free.

Smarty Pig- I can look up and manage my saving goals. I can see that this last quarter I got $.89 on my "Cruise" goal and $1.74 on my "Rainy Day" goal.  I don't get that kind of interest from the bank!  It is completely secure and safe.  I love Smarty Pig! Free.

Swagbucks- Earn Swagbucks when you need to do an Online search.  You then cash in your Swagbucks for gift cards or prizes.  Free.

Coupons- This app shows you the cheapest gas, and the area stores and restaurants that are offering coupons. Free.

Extra lovin':

Geocaching-  Geocaching is a fun outdoor activity alone or with a small group.  I seem to have some troubles getting accurate reads on cloudy days, but all in all a great app. $9.99, but worth every penny. 


Babbel- Learn or brush up on a foreign language.  There are lessons they offer for free, if you want more challenging lessons you have to pay for them.  They have this cool feature that helps you learn the correct  pronunciation, too!  You speak and it rates how well you say the word.

Bon'App- Allows you to quickly look up how many calories you are about to scarf down.  I say "McDonald's Chicken Sandwich" and it lists all 13 different chicken sandwiches they offer.  Super easy to use.  Free.

Knitting Row Counter- My latest app-dition...it is a simple counter to help keep track of your rows. (No I'm not 80! It's on my bucket list!) You can have multiple counters at one time.  Free.


What apps are you in love with? 

Costume ideas: 6 Tips and Tricks

Oct 23, 2012
Halloween is coming.
And whether you celebrate or not, dressing up in a costume always equals a good time.

Over the years there have been some costumes that I have been especially proud of and some that were borderline disastrous.

Feeling the pressure of getting a stellar costume together?  Worry no more!

1) Look for inspiration in pop culture

Flo: White apron, jeans, white shirt, headband.  Name tag, logo and I <3 Progressive button printed on copy paper and taped on.  Tease hair and add red lipstick and a big personality.  Done!  

Where's Waldo and Mrs Waldo?: White shirt and red duct tape.  Mrs. needs some sweet striped socks and some glasses.  Mr Waldo needs a hat and the essential cane and glasses.

2) Be inspired by a theme

I believe this was 70s/80s day at work.  The crazy part was I already owned most o these items.  I just needed to put them together and add a LOT of makeup.

70s girl: Belted mini dress and scarf as a headband.
80s girl: Layers!  Leg warmers, leggings, mini skirt, oversized bright shirt, bangels lage earrings, big hair and a lot of bright eye shadow.

3) Be classic
Being a princess also requires the attitude.  I was a guest princess for the girls' birthday party.  So fun.  
Fake Cinderella: "Cinderella" type dress from a costume shop, choker (ribbon from Hobby Lobby), matching blue headband (headband "frame" and ribbon from Hobby Lobby), ballet flats or glass slippers if you haven't lost them recently.

4) Look in your closet
Like the 80s costume, you never know what you can find in your closet (leg warmers were compliments of my mother's closet)!  A simple cowgirl outfit would require a plaid shirt and some low pigtails.  If you have boots and a hat even better.  Go for the innocent cowgirl and add some freckles using an eyeliner pencil.

5) Buy pieces carefully
Part of the problem might have been that I waited until the last minute to pull this costume together.  The other part of the problem is that pictures on packages lie.  In the picture the dress went past her knees.

Fail picture. Fail

Sibylline Sisterhood from Doctor Who's the Fires of Pompeii: Red cape, red dress, bangles, eyes on hands with eyeliner pencil.

6) Not feeling creative? Check out some online markets.
You never know what someone else has already created that you can just buy and look amazing without all the hard work.
Check out the Etsy store of Passage to the North for some vintage costumes and some recent beauties like the Mirror Mirror inspired dress pictured above.

And there you have it!  
Dare to be creative when pulling together a costume. 


Book Review time!!

Oct 18, 2012
Its that time!!  The part of the show where I share my thoughts about my recent readings.

You've missed this haven't you?
Of course you have!

A review of the three books I received for my unbirthday.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall

An adorable story that is geared toward 8-12 year olds, but I found it charming and funny.  
"Meet the Penderwicks, four different sisters with one special bond. There’s responsible, practical Rosalind; stubborn, feisty Skye; dreamy, artistic Jane; and shy little sister Batty, who won't go anywhere without her butterfly wings." ~ About the Penderwicks 
The family is vacationing for the summer at a little cottage called Arundal.  Of course Arundal is on a much larger estate owned by the uptight and cranky Mrs. Tifton, who does not enjoy loud and exuberant children playing in her precious gardens.  The four sisters are full of adventure and there might be a little mischief in their path.  They quickly befriend the mysterious boy they saw in the window of the grand mansion upon their arrival and proceed to have a summer they will never forget.  

The Penderwicks is the first of  five book series (three are currently written and published). The other books in the series so far are The Penderwicks on Gardam Street and The Penderwicks at Point Mouette.


Full Speed by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes 

  This is the third book in what I refer to as the "Full series".  Jamie Swift is on the hunt. For the biggest story of her career that is.  And who should be in the middle of this story but the sexy annoying millionaire Max Holt.  She convinces *uhem* him to have her as partner in exposing the crooked (with possible mob ties) minister.  Much like Stephanie Plum, Jamie finds herself in bizarre situations and trouble...a lot of trouble.  But what else is new.
I love Jamie's spunky personality and determination to make sure she's in on the action. 

 

The Cat Who Smelled a Rat by Lilian Jackson Braun
This series has been on my maybe list for a while and now I can officially cross it off.  EVERYONE owned a cat.  I get that some people like cats and sure it says cat in the title, so I expected a few of the furry creatures to be in the book.  But why did everyone need to own one.  I had my cousin read it too, because she is a cat person.  She owns two, so maybe she would appreciate the book more.  Not so much.  Then the main two Koko and Yum Yum help solve the mystery by giving their owner little cryptic messages through their behavior? Sorry Ms. Braun, it's just not doing it for me.

So about the book... The next exciting event for the little town of Moose County is "The Big One", that would be the big first snow for the Alaskan town.  So when fires start breaking out at some of the historical mines and someone is murdered the townspeople are all abuzz with the latest gossip.  Is it Arson?  An accident?  Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum are leaning towards arson.  How are the two related and how could something like this happen in the perfect small town?

Maybe you will have a different point of view than me.  Let me know if you have read any of the other "The Cat Who..." series and if they are in the Amazing, It was ok, or Blah category.


Random Saturday thoughts

Oct 13, 2012
I've been rather random of late and it is time you were forced joined the fun.


When I least expect it.....

This is what happens when a first grader challenges you....and someone is there with a camera...and puts it on Facebook.

Don't be jealous.  {Is it healthy to laugh that hard?}

If you can't do this, you can blame your mom.  No really, it's a heredity thing.  For the record my mom can still do this.  She showed me yesterday.  :)  Maybe not the cross-eyed part, but the tongue on nose thing yes. 


This game has recently made a reappearance in my life.  I played this in middle school all.the.time.


It's not a super popular game, and is hard to find in game stores.  It is really fun and worth hunting down to the ends of the earth! 
{Dramatic much} 
 Or you can buy it on Amazon.

You have a pile that you need to get rid of faster than anyone else.  And you do so building piles in the middle going 1 to 10.  But everyone is adding to those piles so it gets crazy. :)
 Someone compared it to Nertz? I've never played Nertz so I have no idea.  I do know that I'm kinda awesome. 


Last week I went to a preseason hockey game with my dad.  You know, the guy that told me lies as a child.
We could sit anywhere in the arena.  Guess where I picked. 


Right behind the bench.  *sigh*  Tonight is the opening game.  Yeah!  Let's get a win Walleye!!!



Last random thought for the day....

I'm trying to brush up on some Spanish.  I bought this fun book to help me out...
They break Spanish words into English words so you know how to pronounce it correctly.  
So con gusto becomes Cone Goose Toe. 
Lol.  Hey, it works!


Oh wait I forgot one! 

Have you heard Adele's new song for the James Bond movie Skyfall?  In typical Adele fashion...it's awesome!



Very important question....Can you touch your nose with your tongue?  

Be cool *uhem* like me and post it on Facebook.  Tag Men, Money and Me 
Even if you can't quite reach I want to see you try.  

You know you are trying anyway.

More from the Tube of You...

Oct 9, 2012
People showed me I found some more videos on YouTube that you NEED to see. 

I don't just pass on any video that crosses my path.  I only send the really good ones your way.

First up.....


I'm not an Ohio State fan, but this. is. amazing!  You need to be at least a little bit of a video game person to fully appreciate this, but if you know anything about Mario Bros., Tetris, PacMan, or Halo you'll enjoy it.  

Ok, I take that back....

Even if you don't know much about those video games you'll enjoy the choreography.  

Seriously. Amazing.

Next on the docket...


The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.  You've read Pride and Prejudice.  You've seen the A&E version with the amazing Colin Firth.  You've seen the newest rendition with Kiera Knightly.  You may have even gone as far as watched the Bollywood version called Bride and Prejudice.

**Bride and Prejudice tangent**  If you haven't, you need to put that on your need to watch list.  Hilarious.I might have convinced my sister I was going to do the "Cobra Dance" at her wedding.
 
Now there is the story in vlog format.
I'm kinda in love. 


I apologize now for getting this song stuck in your head....


He's sooooo cute!  Waddle Waddle.  Got any grapes.  I love how angry the Lemonade Stand guy got.  

Was it at least a little funny.  You laughed, right?


It gets a win because it is Doctor Who.  It is also a win because there is more fake David Tennants than fake Matt Smiths.  (Sorry, Matt, I just love David Tennant.)
It's cute, but I'm pretty sure the Ohio grrls could make a better one. 

There you have it, for your Tuesday viewing pleasure, some slightly funny and very cool videos.

Sherlock vs. Sherlock vs. Sherlock

Sep 29, 2012
I love Sherlock Holmes.  I think I first fell in love with him when I saw the Wishbone episode: Slobbery Hound (Hounds of Baskervilles).  You remember that cute little dog don't you?  

*Blast from the past alert!*
 

Lately there has been an out break of Sherlock Holmes.  And I'm not the least bit upset by it.  

But, dear Watson, which Sherlock is the best?! 

In this corner we have the dashing team of Cumberbatch and Freeman in BBC's Sherlock set in modern day London.
Things I love: The use of modern technology.  Sherlock prefers to text over talking on the phone and Dr. Watson's journal is a blog. Having read the incredible stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I appreciate how they modernize the classic stories.  Second seson they did their rendition of the Hounds of Baskervilles.  Happy. We also come across familiar characters like Moriarty (played by the brilliant Andrew Scott), Irene Adler, Mycroft Holmes, and the loveable Mrs. Hudson who insists she's not a house keeper. The characters are splendidly written and cast, and you quickly fall in love with their quirks.

There have been two seasons, but with only 3 episodes at an hour and a half long, I can't seem to get enough.  Thankfully they are on Netflix instant watch so I can get my fix anytime I need it. 


In this corner we have the equally dashing Robert Downing Jr. and Jude Law combination in Warner Brother's Sherlock Holmes movies, set in...um not so modern day London.
Things I love: They also do a marvelous job pulling from the book.  Here they highlight Sherlock's ability to be the master of disguise and being brilliant in almost everything, except being nice to people.  He doesn't get along very well with Watson's wife, but I love the interaction of those two.  So funny.  Again we do see familiar characters from the book, but they have focused so far on Moriarty and Irene Adler.  I'm ok with that.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the battle of wits among the three of them.  Can't wait to see what they do in the next one (which according to IMDB comes out in 2014).

And the newest contender is Miller and Liu in CBS's Elementary set in modern day New York.
Things I love: Maybe love is too strong of a word for this section....

Things I am intrigued by:  (That's better) Watson is a girl?! Hmm....I'm sensing a possible romantic story line in the future.  Let's see where this goes. Another interesting twist....we're in NEW YORK!  Apparently there was some epic and dramatic reason Sherlock is no longer in London (this was brought up by Watson, but brushed over by Sherlock).   Sherlock was just released from rehab.  He will no longer do drugs and Watson was hired by Sherlock's dad to be his sobriety coach-keeper-person.  Interesting.  
He is still his eccentric and horrible-people-person self, but somehow not as charming as the other Sherlock greats. 

Having only seen the first episode (Thursday night at 10) it is too early to give my complete assessment, but I will say this....I'm not in love. 

I was in love after I watched the first BBC Sherlock. Just Sayin'

Not so much here.

To Elementary's defense it's not completely fair comparing it to the other Sherlock Holmes preceding it.  They are obviously trying to take it in a new direction and I'm willing to watch a few more episodes before I decide to not like it.  I'm trying VERY hard to be objective.

Very very hard.

So we'll see.  I am curious to hear your thoughts.  Especially if you haven't seen one or both of the other Holmes.

:)

Best lines ever!!!! Oh and someone won a movie.

Sep 27, 2012
The results are in!

Ding, ding, ding, ding.....

I just went through all the lovely comments you left me and the people have spoken!

First, I want to give a shout out to the 20 peeps, that recognized excellence even though....(this pains me to say)...you haven't seen the movie yet.  

How have you lived?

Since all 20 of you can't win, you need to find a friend and make them give you an intervention (just make sure it is the opposite kind of intervention I 'm lined up for). 
You need to see this movie.  So awesome.

Next, the top ten lines that you all chose to share:  

10. We remember Budapest very differently. ~Hawkeye/Clint Barton
9. Let me know if real power wants a magazine or something. ~Nick Fury
8. Dost mother know you are wearing her drapes? ~ Iron Man/ Tony Stark
7. We have a Hulk. ~Iron Man/ Tony Stark
6. I don't play well with others. ~Iron Man/ Tony Stark 
(I'm seeing a trend here)
5. I'm always angry.  ~Hulk/ Dr. Banner
4. Hulk....Smash. ~Captain America/Steve Rogers
3. He's adopted. ~Thor
2. People are so petty and tiny. ~Thor

And the number one line is....

1. Puny god. ~Hulk/ Dr. Banner

And the crowd goes wild!!!! 

I must say I was surprised that the Hulk pulled out the win.  I was betting it would be an Iron Man/ Tony Stark line. 

That was a good line though. I approve.

Some great runners up...
So....this is horrible. ~Dr. Banner/Hulk
I'm listening. ~Loki
I thought we were having a moment?  12% of a moment. ~Tony Stark/ Pepper Potts
Capsickle. ~Iron Man/Tony Stark


OK, I'll stop stalling you want to know if you won the prize....

Well if your name is Sue H. E. 
You won!!!!!  Yeah!!! 
I already sent you an email.  You have until Saturday to claim your prize.  :)  Congrats!


That was fun.  Now what?

I might need an intervention....later...ish

Sep 26, 2012
My name is Jenny.

Hi, Jenny.

It has been one week since I've seen the Avengers.

*Gasp* 

I know, RIGHT?!  A whole week.  

I am lucky enough to live in a city where there are little theaters that show movies once they are out of (what I lovingly refer to as) "the big theater".  

I know so original.

There is a beautiful theater in the neighboring city of Maumee, called the Maumee Indoor Theater.


It's kind of adorable.  Originally built in 1946, it closed down some time in the 90's.  I remember going to the theater as a kid.  I think that is where I first saw the Three Musketeers.


Classic.

So they closed the cute little theater, and I was sad.  For many a year, I thought "They should re-open it!  If they don't, I'll buy it when I am older and turn it into a theater and a retro 50's diner."  I was such the little entrepreneur when I was 11ish.

But then one day a miracle happened.  We drove by and I was in instantly filled with joy.  Plastic tarps were up, and construction had begun.  

Yeah!!!  

They reopened in 2004, and all was well in the world. 

Wait...Why am I telling you this story?  Oh, yeah.  They show not-quite new releases for only $4 a ticket.  Score!!!!  I love them. *sigh* But that is not why I need an intervention. That is just how I saw the Avengers last week. 

But I don't need to fit their showings into my schedule anymore. Nooooo sir.

Why you ask?  

Because I bought The Avengers last night.

Yeah!!!  Happy Dance!

Wanna see?

But why are there two????

Because one is yours!  

Well, yours if you entered the contest, and if the magical Rafflecopter picks you.  Yes, then it is yours.

Woot woot!!!

So as much as I would love to stay and chat, I'm going to go watch a couple of my favorite scenes....
and maybe the extra features...
and maybe just have it on pause when there is a nice close up of Captain America beating the snot out of those punching bags.  

And then after I have watched it most likely 5 out of 7 days this week, you can hold my intervention and not let me watch it for awhile.  

Or at least until you can watch it with me.  

Because I know you want to.


P.S. Today is the LAST day you can enter!!!  What are you waiting for?!  Free Blu-Ray/DVD combo of The Avengers!  Winner to be announced tomorrow!

P.P.S or P.S.S(?)  Anyway, I LOVE all your favorite lines.  I'm pretty sure I laughed at each one as I fondly remembered the scene from whence they came. 
I don't know if I could pick just one, there are soooo many.  
Yeah, I just tried, and I can't do it. Kudos to all of you that could complete that difficult task.

Why my future husband should be like the Avengers: Iron Man

Sep 25, 2012
*IMDB

Big man in a suit of Armor. 

 Take that off, what are you?


Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.  


Oh Tony. Tony. Tony.  
As much as I love Captain America for being a gentleman; I love Tony Stark for his wit and sarcasm.

I consider myself to be on the witty side and therefore, my future husband needs to be able to keep up.  Like Mr. Stark.

Exhibit A:

Steve Rogers: We have orders, we should follow them.
Tony Stark: Following's not really my style.
Steve Rogers: And you're all about style, aren't you?
Tony Stark: Of the people in this room, which one is A - wearing a spangly outfit and B - not of use?


Chuckle. Chuckle.  Spangly!  Hilarius.

Exhibit B:

 Tony Stark: Better clench up, Legolas.

And one more for good measure:

Tony Stark: [to Bruce Banner] You really have got a lid on it, haven't you? What's your secret? Mellow jazz? Bongo drums? Huge bag of weed?

I laugh throughout the whole movie with all those great one-liners. 
{Brilliant writers}


So besides being incredibly witty, he's also incredibly handsome.

 *IMDB

Cleans up nicely, huh?

Oh yeah, don't forget also fantastically brilliant.
 
 
*IMDB
 
 
So after looking at Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Captain America and Iron Man I think it really comes down to the Captain and Iron Man.  No matter how I look at they are the top two in my book.  

What about in your book?


Avengers comes out today!!!!   

Who's excited?   

Anyone, anyone?
 
I guess it's just me.  ;)

You have just over a day to enter to win your free copy!  What are you waiting for?