The Lego Movie

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If The Lego Movie didn’t leave you with that catchy “Everything is Awesome” song dancing around in your head or give you the sudden desire to purchase and consequently (which was probably the movie’s overall intent) play legos immediately afterwards, then you cannot be human. Welllll, maybe you can be human, but a stuffy Lord Business has inhabited your body and made it impossible for you to have any fun. And that’s what the movie was: fun, fun, fun!

In celebration of my youngest’s birthday, he got to pick the movie and activities for the day. After hearing The Lego Movie was pretty good (and knowing there were going to be familiar characters from my childhood in it), I proceeded to be thoroughly entertained for an hour and a half while thinking that everyone who took part in making the film was BRILLIANT!

I won’t give away any spoilers but I will tell you how the human characters resonated with me. Hubby didn’t like that real people were in it, but it all made perfect sense to me. In fact, it got me to thinking about the Star Wars collection I keep away from the children regardless of how many times my youngest has lectured me on the fundamentals of sharing every 6 months or so when he remembers that I have it.

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Not that I haven’t lost an Obi Wan Kenobi (I think it’s supercool that spell check recognizes his name and makes no effort to mistake it for a misspelled word), one of my Luke Skywalkers (hmm, spellcheck didn’t recognize this one for some reason :( ) and my Darth Vader along the way, and the boxes are pretty banged up too. But I’ve always dreamed of setting up a curio somewhere with all of my novelty junk in it. Or maybe I’d envisioned sitting the kids down and making them suffer through the early stages of CGI in the first 3 movies — as a little history lesson — before letting them play with it, so they could have the same appreciation that I have. Who knows?

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Either way, I haven’t been willing to “share” my cherished collection until now. So the next time one of my little ones breaches the subject, I’m ready to consider it…I said consider ;)

Have you’ve FINALLY let one of your little ones have something from your past? Your 70s bell-bottomed trousers? Baseball cards? Or Star Wars collection, maybe?

How Crafty Are You?

Which one of these things don't belong?

Which one of these things don’t belong?


Oh yeah, one of the other reasons I’ve been away is because I was doing the “mommy” thing too. I love my youngest’s teacher this year because she’s so crafty, ergo, bringing the craftiness out of me with their projects. So we had to make Valentine’s Day mailboxes for the cards the kids’ll be exchanging back and forth and I wanted to help him make something that wasn’t girly.
So we took a balloon...

So we took a balloon…

...some paper Mache

…some paper Mache

And made it happen! Oh, wait. We're half way there.

And made it happen! Oh, wait. But we’re only half way there.

It took three days to complete. Some “don’ts” are: for speedy drying, use the lower level because the higher level will dry too quickly and split the newspaper…ugh.

Now, you're ready to paint! (right is orange & the left is a clear, glittery finish)

Now, you’re ready to paint! (right is orange & the left is a clear, glittery finish)

And voila! You have a cheez-er-ifics version of the sport your little one loves to play. Thank you, thank you. I’m here all day :P

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Just pop the balloon, cut out the bottom & create a latch to open & close after cutting a slot on the top for the mail to come pouring in ;)

Just pop the balloon, cut out the bottom & create a latch to open & close after cutting a slot on the top for the mail to come pouring in ;)

What’s the BEST craft you ever made?

Girls, Girls, Girls

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I promise this isn’t another post about how much we rock. I got it all out of my system a coupla posts ago. Promise. This is more about what I’ve been entertaining myself with of late as the third season of Girls is underway. And I’m loving it, of course. This is 40’s, director, Judd Apatow is involved. How could I not?! Besides, how else would I while away the day waiting on my laptop adapter replacement to arrive in the mail? By the way, that’s why I’ve been MIA this time.

Boy when your computer’s on the fritz, torturous doesn’t quite describe it.girls 2

Anyway, I chose to write about Girls because the eppy where the main character’s unpublished work gets held up in her dead editor’s publishing house for three years was a nice cautionary tale about reading the fine print when you get published and sign a contract. Try saying that in one breath. I can only imagine how devastating it would be to get shut down at the precipice of publication…and “arriving.” Ugh. Thanks goodness she’s a fictional character.

gone girlThe other girl I’ve been preoccupying myself with is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Talk about fish out of water. I NEVER read mystery/thrillers. Well…I have dabbled a little King and Koontz ions ago and they’re very good. It’s just not my usual haunt if I had to choose. Still, great plot, characters & excellent, excellent writing. I think I finally got what Donald Maass was saying at a luncheon I attended about changing genres up every once in a while. All I’ll say is, I can’t wait for the movie this fall!

Any books you read outside of your comfort zone lately?

True or False

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In honor of my buddy’s (Jamie Ayres) BOOK BIRTHDAY, I’m playing a game (albeit late) where you get to pick which one of these statements I tell you is true.:

1) Two of my kids were born in the same month, are the same gender, share the same zodiac sign whose birth weights are identical but they’re not twins.
2) In same place where my 1st car got stolen, my brother’s car was found sitting on cinder blocks in place of the tires on his car.
3) On my honeymoon in the Bahamas, my husband and I swam with the sharks. After breaking skin donning my wetsuit, I had to be rescued by the instructor after they took too much of an interest in the blood I leaked in the water.   

Hahaha, you’ll never guess. Good luck!

Below is the cover of the second book in her series, 18 Truths. And I must say, I’m so excited for her! The following is the synopsis to this compelling story:

“Lying is unbearable, betrayal is inevitable, and choosing which path to take is impossible.

Olga Gay Worontzoff ended her senior year as an eighteen-year-old girl totally in love with Nate, enjoying their new romance and about to attend the University of her Dreams. Now she’s spending her summer in the weird subculture of the Underworld, with charmingly witty and powerful angels, and problematic demons, trying to rescue Connor, the best friend and secret crush she was unable to save during a freak accident.

But Nate has other things on his mind, mainly Grace. She’s their first assignment as joint spirit guides, and Olga’s feeling hurt and jealous. His mysterious behavior has Olga questioning everything she believed about him and now she must decide whether to stick to their plan, or follow her heart. Unfortunately, a series of mistakes threatens everyone around her and plants Olga in the center of cosmic events much larger than she ever imagined.

Only one thing is certain: the chilling truths uncovered during her journey will leave no one untouched.”

Intriguing, right?! Be a part of her “book bomb” and order your copy today!

And after selecting a number above, leave your own statement below and I’ll guess if it’s true or false ;)

 

Early bird gets the dog food?

The best I could capture them was up in a tree...waiting...plotting...

The best I could capture them was up in a tree…waiting…plotting…


On warmer days, Ares eats outside and because he likes to pick at his food, this may take an hour or so in the morning. In the meantime, he’ll do other things like protect the home chasing off killer squirrels before he leaps at the trees and scares away assassin birds – not necessarily in that order. Like my other children, he’ll come back inside only to change his mind and want to go back out in another five minutes which makes me his official doorman who gets up each time to accommodate him. Not that he can’t open the sliding doors himself, he just won’t close them back…like one of the kids.

Which makes me wonder every once in a while: who’s trained who?

Anyway, after one of his trips back in, I saw a very peculiar thing. While Ares was inside, a flock of birds stole his food! In succession, as one flew up and away from his bowl, another fluttered back down like an assembly line to pick up another morsel. If only I had a better camera to show you. Well after unleashing my furry Titan to disperse the crowd, I kept thinking about that “Early Bird” saying in relation to my writing. My worm is getting published and the proverbial fire has been lit once again. So let’s get it and Happy Hump Daaaayyy!! ;)

What is the proverbial fire lighting for you lately?

Um…Brrrr!!!

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Okay, Old Man Winter’s clearly not messing around with this frigid weather outside! In the second year in a row that meteorologists decided to name blizzards, Hercules took us by storm (intended pun) with >12 inches in some places — which is a lot for the island. Don’t ask me why we had 53 degree weather all day today only to have the temperature drop by 2 degrees every hour. Word is a person can get frostbite if they’re outside for more than a few minutes. Geesh!

Hope you’re all staying warm somewhere and curling up with a good book ;)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I absolutely LOVED 2013: the holidays, fellowship with “genuine” friends and family, belonging to meaningful groups of people whether they be writing, critique or community groups. It was the year of organizations I actually enjoyed being a part of, chock full of learning to live life each day on my own terms. But there’s always room for improvement, a goal I’ve yet to reach and therein lays the fun!!

Topping my list of what I’m most looking forward to in 2014 is to set aside each day a period of time to write a set number of words, and that’s it. Sounds easy enough but trust me…it’s not.

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And lest we forget the usual rubberstamped stuff like doing a better job at watching what I eat, getting fit and sleeping more. In fact, after my last attempt, I’d discovered they’re all oddly connected — or maybe not so oddly. When I stick to a healthy nutrition plan, work out and sleep, my energy level’s through the roof and the words they are a flowing!

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This New Year’s Eve, I’m having fun participating in a Blog Hop hosted by “Smile Somebody Loves You,” so check out these other bloggers and show ‘em some love:

Smile Somebody Loves You!
Madison Sevier
Tricia Andersen
Cate Masters
Paula Millhouse
Hunter S Jones
Magella Troche
Tory Richards
Deena Remiel
Sexy For Reviews
Ashley Nemer
Roxy Wilson
Inner Goddess Forum
Literal Hotties
TC Williams
Jayn Wilde
Victoria Pinder
Eden Connor
Elise VanCise
Andrea R Cooper
Reading by the Book
Lisa Carlisle
Adriana Kraft
Leigh Ellwood
Sherry Gloag
Natasza Waters
Kathryn Beyerle Lively
Sugar and Spice Reviews
Jeanine McAdam
Morgan Wyatt
Naomi Bellina
AJ Williams
Lyncee Shillard
Beth Barany
Candy Caine’s Corner
Shauna Aura Knight
Kimmie Easley
Fiona McGeir
Donna Michaels
Tiffany Clark
Brenda’s Book Beat
Flossie Benton Rogers
Stephanie Kepke
Debora Dennis
Samantha Holt
Heidi Sieverding

What’s on the absolute TOP of your resolution list for 2014?