Sunday, December 6, 2015

Review of Netflix's Jessica Jones

 I love Marvel. I am so in love with all the new comic book hero movies and series out these days.   Netflix has developed lots of original shows and one of them was Daredevil. Season 1 was amazing and can be watched anytime on Netflix. Season 2 is still several months away but I am already anticipating how awesome it will be. Rumor has it that the Punisher will make an appearance on the new season.  Netflix didn't stop there...... they introduced another original Marvel series in Jessica Jones.
Jessica Jones ( played by Krysten Ritter) is  a private investigator with supernatural strength and abilities.  She lives in Hell's Kitchen just like Daredevil. She is not our typical superhero by any means. She swears and drinks excessively. She is a very good sleuth and so the opening season finds her helping a couple whose daughter has gone missing. Enter Jessica's archenemy Kilgrave.  Kilgrave (played by David Tennant) has the power to control minds and no issue using this for his every whim.  The series revolves around her proving that he exists so she can exonerate an innocent young girl accused of murder.  We meet Jessica's bff Trish Walker, a former child star ( played by Rachael Taylor), her neighbor Malcolm (Eka Darville), her sometimes boss Jeri Hogarth ( Carrie-Anne Moss), and her love interest Luke Cage (Mike Colter). Luke also has special abilities.  This series was AMAZING!  There were references all through the season to other characters in the Marvel universe. The overall feel to the series is kind of dark and gritty.  One word of warning ......there are some very adult scenes that may not be appropriate to younger viewers.  I highly recommend this series.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

'Tis the Season!!



It is December and therefore.....Christmas time! I love holidays but this one is my favorite. I just love the way people go crazy decorating.  I love the food, celebrations, and just spending time with loved ones. You know what I love the most? The holiday movies! I just thought I would take a moment to share my favorite Xmas movies. I will admit that I am very excited for all the many specials that will be on TV. Actually on Dec. 4th Netflix is airing a new special called "A Very Murray Christmas" featuring none other than Bill Murray. I can't wait for this.  Also, tomorrow night is The Wiz Live! on NBC. This will be awesome. I also have to mention that ABC Family does amazing Christmas movies and specials.

Here are my Xmas faves:

A Christmas Story
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Eight Crazy Nights
Elf
It's a Wonderful Life
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


If you like my Christmas photo on this post you should check out Free Stock Photos.biz  (http://www.freestockphotos.biz/).  This site has some really great photos for just about any subject.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015




I don't know about other readers but I am constantly going through phases in my reading choices. I am currently in the middle of a pretty serious Dean Koontz love affair.  I will admit that it is a bit of a love/strongly dislike type of relationship. I just finished The Husband and so I thought I would share my thoughts.
I really liked the plot to this book.  It is about a young landscaper whose wife is kidnapped and being held for ransom. Nothing is quite what it seems in this story. The husband ( as the title suggests) is the main character. He discovers via phone call that his wife has been taken and he has no idea why. This is actually a major point in the story. He can't afford the ransom and has no idea why the professionals keeping his wife know so much about him.  He has to turn to an unexpected cohort to help him meet the demands all the while trying to figure out what is really going on.  This book has it all. It has murder, crazy people, revenge, and a twist you will never see coming. The only reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars is the excessive internal dialogue of the main character in certain parts and the ending.
You know what I am reading now.....Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series!  The series is not a new one but there are 5 books in it and that should keep me entertained for a while lol.
FYI: The photo up above is from Amazon where you can also buy The Husband for the Kindle, in paperback/hardcover, or on Audible.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Happy Birthday Lucy Maud Montgomery



You may have noticed that the Google Doodle for today was a cute cartoon featuring a red-haired little girl. This is meant to represent one of the most iconic characters in literary history. She is known as Anne of Green Gables and her creator was Lucy Maud Montgomery.  I was like a lot of little girls growing up and this series was the first one I read from beginning to end. I also remember watching the TV series based on it that aired on PBS.
L.M. Montgomery grew up in Canada raised by her maternal grandparents after her mother's death.  She was full of imagination and creativity and as you imagine....living with the elderly couple did not provide much of an outlet.  She soon began channeling that energy into writing. I don't want to go into too much detail on her life history but you should give her a search on the net. She was a pretty fascinating woman.
The book image above is from Amazon and this particular edition features side notes on the author's bio. This particular edition is available for  $.99 as a Kindle edition today. It is also available in paperback and hardcover. Amazon is also running a 30% of any print book special right now using promo code: HOLIDAY30.  I am totally taking advantage of that!
The quote below is one of my favorites. The image came from the L.M. Montgomery Institute's website. This is a great place to read all about her life and literary contributions. ( http://www.lmmontgomery.ca/)
I am glad that Google took the time today to celebrate Montgomery on what would have been her 141st birthday. Happy Birthday Ms. Montgomery and thanks for all the great stories.




Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Samaritan by Stephen Besecker Review


My latest read is  The Samaritan from local author Stephen Besecker. My neighborhood library has the book slated as their December choice for the Brown Bag Book Club.To say that I enjoyed this book is somehow an understatement....I loved it so much! The main character, Kevin  "Hatch" Easter grew up on the Seneca Indian Reservation in Cattaraugus which is less than a 20 minute drive from my home.  This just added so much more to the depth of the story for me. The characters are easy to connect to. Awesome scenery aside the story itself is very fast paced and exciting. Hatch is a tracker for the CIA who loses his wife and sister-in-law during a Mob shakedown gone wrong.  The rest of the book unfolds as he tries to figure out who was responsible for their deaths and why. It is full of revenge, humor, mafia, drug dealers, and of course good vs evil. The book itself is 307 pages and comes with some very impressive reviews from  a few bestselling thriller writers. I am very excited for the next installment of this series.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Bring on November!





The last week in October brings around Spirit Week at my day job. Each year we do this to help boost morale and also to give us agents a little bit of fun.  I didn't participate each day ( bad hair day for example lol). Up above are pics from the two that I did though.  I dressed up for 80's day in my best Flashdance inspired outfit. I will admit, it did nothing to flatter me but it was pretty fun. The other was of course Halloween. I totally made my own Mad Hatter costume inspired by Tim Burton's version.  I even won a contest at work for it. Now, I am just happy to have October over. I need a one week break before I start with the Thanksgiving/Christmas  rush. Welcome to the beginning of the Christmas rush to start shopping.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Crimson Peak Review

So to continue with my attempt to add a little scary into my month I forced the boyfriend to take me on a date night to watch Crimson Peak in exchange I agreed to go watch Krampus ( I am already terrified thinking about it). The trailers for the movie had me super excited to watch and I love the cast that was chosen.The trailer up above that comes from Universal was the one that had me hooked.

Guillermo Del Toro is the director and I have loved most of his stuff including Pacific Rim. Both movies have starred the amazing Charlie Hunnam ( Jax from SOA if you don't recognize the name). The film also stars Tom Hiddleston (Loki from Avengers), Jessica Chastain(The Help and Interstellar), and Mia Wasikowska (Alice from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland). The costumes and settings for the movie were perfect. However, that is about the most positive thing I can say. The plot itself was not bad it just didn't live up to all the hype and scariness promised by the trailers.

Here's the breakdown with some major Spoilers: Edith Cushing (Wasikowska) is an aspiring writer having trouble getting published in her hometown of Buffalo, NY. She appears first as a little girl in the movie attending the funeral of her mother. Later the ghost of the mother appears to her with a warning..."Beware of Crimson Peak". Is this what inspires young Edith to grow up and write ghost stories? Obviously.  Her father has lots of money and is visited by Sir Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston), a young man from England looking for some investors in his clay mining endeavor. Mr. Cushing promptly turns him down but not before the chance encounter between his daughter and Sharpe. Love is in the air between these two right away. Edith's childhood friend, Dr. Alan McMichael (Hunnam) also throws his hat in the ring for young Edith's heart even as his own sister is hoping to land Sir Thomas. Sir Thomas did not come to visit alone. He brought his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe (Chastain), with him and the two seem to have a difference of opinion on whether Edith is right for their family.

Mr. Cushing has a private investigator look for dirt on the Sharpe pair before Sir Thomas has a chance to ask Edith to be his wife. This results in a private meeting, a bribe, a broken heart, and the death of Mr. Cushing. Edith turns to Sir Thomas for support during this time and the are married. The story then shifts to the very Gothic mansion owned by the Sharpe family.  While Edith is swept away in learning about her new husband and sister-in- law. Alan is back home trying to piece together what really happened to Edith's father.
 
It becomes clear as soon as Edith arrives at her new home that Lady Lucille is anything but welcoming and that the house is filled with dark secrets and ghosts. Edith begins communicating with the spirits in the house who are all trying to warn her and then her own mother's message suddenly makes sense. Edith realizes that there is a very unnatural relationship between her husband and his sister at the same time Alan is on his way to rescue her after having discovered the truth on his own.
The ending to the movie was a classic good vs. evil with Edith being the survivor.

I did enjoy the movie but like I said earlier, I thought it was going to be more horror and less fantasy.  However, if you watch this looking for a Gothic romance it delivers big time! I thought the acting was amazing and the presentation was done extremely well.  The company that handled the PR for this film was dynamic because that was what made us all want to rush to see it. I would give this movie a 3 out of 5 stars. I have recommended the film to my friends because it has a very Edgar Allan Poe quality to it and I love Poe.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Latest book obsessions

The month of October brings 2 themes out in full force. The first is that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I fully support this cause all year long not just in October. This year I have seen pink everywhere including a local grocer who only uses pink plastic bags with the ribbon on it.  I love that so many people are supportive of this.  The second theme in full force is of course Halloween.  Anyone who knows me will tell you that I do not watch or do anything truly scary. I am a punk and have no shame in admitting this fact.  However, I do like a little darkness and thriller from time to time. I chose to read a few authors who are known for thrillers and some slight gore. This is how I am celebrating the month.

The picture up top is one I took of the first book on my thriller list for the month.  The President's Shadow by Brad Meltzer.  If you are not familiar with the author, you should be. He is amazing and he even has his own shows on TV. He is a huge historian /government buff and I love a good conspiracy theory.  This book is all about 2 secret rings/organizations that are based in the US governement and have been for years. One group is to protect the president and US secrets the other is basically to take the president out but as with anything it is not this black and white.  The President is being targeted by a mysterious person or group and have left an arm buried on the White House grounds.  A well known archivist gets called in to help solve the crime as he may have a personal connection to the individuals responsible.  I don't want to give too much of the book away but this book has it all. There are hidden government meeting places, safe houses, secret rooms, secret and mysterious groups, and even military mysteries.  I loved this book and could not put it down. There were a few borderline gory moments but nothing too bad. I would absolutely give this book 5 out of  5 stars.

The next author I chose was Dean Koontz. I have a love-hate relationship with his books. I don't read his stuff very often because I am not usually interested in the topics. A friend of mine at work was reading 2 of Koontz's books and was so engrossed in them that I thought I would give them a try.  The first is Watchers.  All I can say is WOW!!! I finished this one about 3 days ago and I am still buggin' out a bit.  The story involves a dog named Einstein who was a test tub puppy genetically bred to be just as smart as a human. He can communicate very effectively by using scrabble pieces or picture messages. Th government was looking to create a golden retriever with the ability to appear like a normal canine but could be given away to our enemies and debriefed every so often to provide the US with intel.  The other genetically engineered creation, known as The Outsider, was to be used as a silent and deadly killing machine during war.  Both are altered and both want to be free from the laboratory that they lived in. One is benevolent and the other is extremely violent. They also have some sort of telekinetic bond. Einstein is trying to find a good home to lay low in while he hides from the government that will try to keep him in captivity and The Outsider wants to kill everyone especially the dog.The story is all about the way these animals think and affect the lives of those around them and the search to find and contain the threat that they pose should society find out about their existence. This book was so amazing. There were some very gory scenes but they were neccesary to the story line. This gave me the chills and I loved every minute of it.

The second Dean Koontz book is one I just started reading called Winter Moon. I can't really say much about it at this point other than it is about a mysterious "watcher in the woods" and it's full of death and violence. This is bound to be just as suspenseful as the book jacket promises. This one has some supernatural elements to it. I will post an update on it once I have finished reading it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New Fall TV Favorites

So here we are on the 1st day of Fall. It's time for football, hay rides, haunted houses, and hot cider. You know what one of my favorite things about this season is....the Fall TV lineup! I know it seems ridiculous but I can't help myself. Here is what I have watched so far this week and a quick overview:

Monday 9/21

The Voice returned to NBC @ 8:00 pm for pt 1 of the blind auditions. The hosts this time around are Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Gwen Steffani, and Pharrell Williams.  I am so a junkie that I even follow the show on twitter.

Blindspot is a new series to NBC @10:00 pm. This is about "Jane Doe" who wakes up from a drug induced slumber in a duffle bag that has been dropped off in the middle of time square.  She is naked and covered from head to toe in tattoos. She has no memory of who she  is or why an FBI agent's name is tattooed in the center of her back.  I was not sure how I would feel about this show but I am hooked. It was so good that I was legit mad when it ended for the night. It has action and mystery and a really good plot. I think the storyline is so original that the viewer can't help but be drawn in.

Tuesday 9/22

The Muppets are back in a new prime time spot @8:00 pm on ABC. This was so unexpectedly hilarious. I laughed out loud more than once during this half hour sitcom.  The basis is that this is ho the Muppets are in real life not like when they were doing a "kids show". Kermit and Piggy have been broken up for a while and Kermit has moved on with his new girlfriend Denise ( yes, she is also a pig). Piggy is the host of her own late night talk show. Fozzie is in a newer but serious relationship that has him meeting his gf's parents ( she is human). The fact that Kermit said the word sexy during the first 10 mins had my attention.

The Bastard Executioner is the newest Kurt Sutter series (creator of Sons of Anarchy) on FX @ 10:00. This is set in Medieval times during the 14th century. It is very bloody, gory, and violent.  I like it so far. Last night was the second episode and I would like to tell you more of what it is about but to be honest it is a little confusing to me. It is kind of like putting together a puzzle with some of the pieces missing. The main character, Wilkin Brattle, is trying to infiltrate a corrupt political system that has caused the death of his family and people by pretending to be a traveling Executioner. The original one was killed in a surprise attack leaving behind a wife and 2 small children. The old executioner was a brutal man who mistreated his own family and they are ecstatic to pretend that Wilkin is there family.

Wednesday 9/23

Rosewood is a new series debuting tonight on Fox @8:00 pm. I know that Morris Chestnut is the main star but not much else. I plan to give a chance tonight so I will keep you posted.

Empire returns for season 2 to Fox @10:00 pm. I am so stoked to watch this. It was my very favorite thing to watch last season. I love the music, the drama, the talent. It is better than chocolate!!! I am so addicted and yep I follow this show on Facebook and Twitter. Bring on the Lyons.....

........to be continued

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Happy Football Season!!!!

Here it is folks....opening night of the 2015-2016 NFL season.  I used to be a huge football fan back before I went to college but then life happened and it got further and further from my list of things to obsess over. My boyfriend has declared we are going to actively try watching as much football as possible this year starting tonight.  Neither one of us have a die hard favorite team right now.  The Buffalo Bills,  Pittsburgh Steelers, NY Giants, NY Jets, and the Philadelphia Eagles could all be options for us if we are going for the hometown/home state teams. I do have lots of love for the Steelers though and that is who we are rooting for right now.  Season opener is Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots. The game is a home game for the Patriots. Beware the Terrible Towel!!!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review of Fear the Walking Dead








So, I have spent months now telling my friends all about how I had zero interest in watching the new AMC show Fear the Walking Dead. I had read reviews and articles on the premise for the show and was less than impressed. I had also stopped watching The Walking Dead after episode one of this past season so I really was just done with the whole concept. Origin stories are great in some cases (ie: X-Men) but it seems like everywhere you turn these days zombie-themed shows/movies have taken over.

This is why I didn't see the need to watch the new show. However, I woke insanely early this past Sunday with a migraine and sleep was no longer an option. I was channel surfing and stopped on AMC. It turns out for five Sundays  in a row they had aired a different season of "The Dead". This Sunday happened to be season five leading up to a Talking Dead special with host Chris Hardwick and then the series premiere of Fear the Walking Dead. I watched the whole season. Spoiler alert: I cried a little when Beth died and stage whispered obscenities when Noah died!  Just like that I was hooked. All day they showed adds for Fear the Walking Dead and honestly they made me feel like it would be a waste of time to tune in I was wrong.

The show ran 1 hr and 30 minutes and I was still not sure how I felt about it at the 25 minute mark. It started a little more gruesome than I thought it would which was good. The main characters so far consist of a19 year old male drug addict, his high school senior sister, their mom who is a principle at the high school, and mom's boyfriend a teacher at the school. Mom's boyfriend just moved in and it seems to be causing some tension. The teacher also has an ex -wife and a 16 year old son but you don't learn much about them. The opening scene shows the nineteen year old waking up from a pretty serious high and going downstairs at the crack house he's in to find his friends. When he finds his friends he realizes something is seriously wrong and he runs out into the street only to get hit by a car.

This results in him being taken to the hospital and being restrained because he was talking about his friend eating another person. From then on the story really picked up. The rest of the show was about this kid wandering around thinking he's losing his mind because of laced drugs. The rest of the world is trying to come terms with what appears to be unrelated attacks with no known cause. I found myself really enjoying the show. The zombies look very different at this stage than in The Walking Dead. It's very unsettling. I'm pretty excited to watch episode two. My only issues are I'm not sure I like the mother and they used the phrase 'something very bad happened here' too much.

This show runs for six weeks on Sunday's at 9:00 pm on AMC. Last episode airs on August 4th. Season six of The Walking Dead airs on October 11th at 9:00 pm.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mai Tai'd Up by Alice Clayton

18775664This is book 4 in the Cocktail series by Alice Clayton. This one is all about Chloe and Lucas. Chloe is introduced in book 3 as Clark's cousin and Lucas is the local town vet that has his eyes and some other body parts all over Chloe. Both of them have just recently left long term relationships (each ending at the alter on the wedding day). Chloe has spent all her life being a beauty queen and living by the rules and wishes of others and just wants a chance to be independent. She opens up a pit bull rescue and enlists the help of the good Doc along the way. She also gets to meet Lucas' cousin who just happens to be Caroline Reynolds(book 1 and 2 of the series)best friend so it brings the series almost full circle. Especially with a visit from Viv and Clark from the previous book.

Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton










This is my favorite book in the "Cocktail" series by Alice Clayton. This story is all about Viv Franklin who is one of Simon Parker's (from Book 1 and 2)childhood friends. She is briefly introduced in book 2 of the series but this one is all about her and her quest to find "the one". By day she is a badass, tattooed, software designer and by night she is a closet romance novel addict ( but who isn't ? ). She dreams of a tall, dark , and handsome "knight in shining armor" type. What she gets is a gorgeous cowboy, an awesome home on the beach, and an uptight ( very attractive) librarian. She enlists a little help from Simon, Caroline, Ryan, and Mimi to help restore her new home so Clark the Librarian will get off her back and in the process discovers that maybe what you really want is right in front of you the whole time. I love Viv. She is sassy and fun.

Chris Tucker Live

 So I love Netflix and I look forward to any new shows that they add especially Netflix Originals.  Chris Tucker recently filmed a standup show and I couldn't wait to watch it.  I love Chris Tucker from his many movies especially the Friday and the Rush Hour series. He is so animated that he makes me laugh just with his facial expressions. I watched this special a few days ago and ......ehhh.
It wasn't bad by any means but I may have hyped it up too much in my own head. Don't get me wrong there were some seriously funny parts. He talked about everything from his sex/dating life, growing up, becoming famous, and his friendship with Michael Jackson.  The sex bit I could have done without.  It just wasn't all that funny to me. The stuff about Michael Jackson had me laughing pretty hard and I have found myself repeating some of the lines.  Overall I would give this show a 3.5 out of 5. I would still recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Chris Tucker.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Rust Nailed by Alice Clayton Review

This book 2 in the "Cocktail " series and it did not disappoint me at all. This is the continuation of the story between Caroline Reynolds and Simon Parker.  The couple have been spending as much time together as possible and enjoying their new status as an "us". Their friends Mimi and Ryan are now engaged and their friends Sophie and Neil are on the outs which causes some interesting dinner parties and game nights.  They have agreed to house sit for Caroline's boss/friend as her and her new husband go away on a European honeymoon. Caroline has also taken on the responsibility of running the design company while the newlyweds are away.  Simon and Caroline find themselves getting very comfortable playing house and realize the next step to their relationship may be a little more permanent. Caroline begins to get very stressed by all her new found projects and tasks at work and Simon decides to take some downtime for himself which all leads to the inevitable question of whether or not these two have what it takes to live happily ever after. Also Clive is back bringing his own little furry twist to things. This is still not the end of Simon and Caroline's story but it dies introduce Vivian a badass software developer who is a childhood friend of Simon's. She is the main character in the next book Screwdrivered. I am so ready for book 3.

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton Review

I laughed lot reading this book! I don't want to give away too many details but the main characters are Caroline Reynolds  ( an interior designer) and Simon Parker ( a world traveling photographer).  They are next door neighbors which leads to a very interesting meeting in the middle of the night. The chemistry between these two is evident from the very beginning but it is fun reading about them trying to stay in the friend zone even while their best friends all begin dating each other.  Caroline also has a furry sidekick named Clive who adds some extra amusement to this love story.  The story is set in San Francisco. There are some pretty steamy scenes involving a lot of flour and raisins. There are also some funny text messages sent between all the friends as each couples relationship starts developing. The end of the book is not the end of the story for Simon and Caroline it s actually just the beginning. I can't wait to read the next book as this is book 1 in the "Cocktail" series by Alice Clayton. You can read more about the author or the other books in this series by visiting http://www.aliceclayton.com or on the Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes and Nobles sites.

FYI: I fully recommend checking out the author's site since she also included a pretty sweet soundtrack to listen to while reading the book if you are so inclined!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Magic Mike XXL review

I saw the original in the theater and liked it so much I bought it.  It was a good movie but if I am being honest I mostly bought it just to watch Channing Tatum dance whenever I wanted.  My boyfriend watched it and said, " It was pretty good minus the dance scenes but why didn't Mike tell his girlfriend about his plans to start his own furniture business?"  I , of course, never even gave  it a thought.  I mention this all as a comparison to just how much more I enjoyed the second movie that much more.  It's not often that I have seen a sequel that is just as good or better than. I just can't wait for the DVD release of Magic Mike XXL.
 
This movie takes place 3 years after Mike has quit the industry to pursue his own business.  During the first 20 minutes that all may not be all " Sunshine and Roses" for Mike in his new life. Then we get to see him cut loose in his workshop during a welding session to Ginuwine's Pony and the happiness of this one small moment shows on his face.  Then he gets a call regarding his old boss Dallas and sets off the meet up with the rest of the guys.  I don't want to give up too much but the guys decide to take a road trip to the National Stripper convention in South Carolina and Mike puts his life on pause to go along for the ride. This movie has some seriously sweet dance routines and quite a few surprises.  Jada Pinkett Smith, Andie MacDowell, and Amber Heard add additional sexiness to an already hot movie.  Gabriel Iglesias, Donald Glover, and Stephen "Twitch" Boss compliment and round out the guys very nicely.  Matt Bomer offers a surprising performance of his own in the movie as well as the soundtrack. 
I would give this a 5/5 rating. It is so going into the home library!
 
Cast:
Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Gabriel Iglesias, Amber Heard, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donald Glover, Michael Strahan, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks
 
 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Review of The Redhead Plays Her Hand by Alice Clayton

Grace and Jack are back in the final book of The Redhead Series by Alice Clayton.  Grace has returned home to LA and the house she shares with Jack.  She is so happy to be with her friends and her "George".  The musical she was starring in has been adapted into a TV show with her in the title role.  She is instantly thrust into grueling hours, harsh criticism, and insane exercise schedules.  She is asked to lose 15 lbs. for the show which brings up all the body image issues she's had in the past.  She begins struggling with what is good for the show vs. what is good for her health.  This is all going on while the tabloids are still speculating about the actual status of her relationship with Hollywood's hottest leading man.
 Jack is super excited to have his girl back home where she belongs.  Their mutual agent, Holly, is still making Grace and him keep their relationship private.  He has signed on to film a new movie that keeps him in the desert of Las Vegas for weeks at a time.  He is frustrated with his new found fame and the lack of privacy and demands that come with it.  He makes friends with another cast member who was the previous " Hollywood Golden Boy".  The closer their friendship gets the more it becomes obvious that Grace and Holly do not approve.  Jack begins going out on a regular basis.  He starts partying out of control and before long the press is having a field day.
Grace is forced to watch Jack spiral out of control and clueless on how to help.  It seems as though the better her career seems to be going the worse Jack's is.
This last book made me feel a wide range of emotions. ( I was mad when Grace was mad.) I felt it was so refreshing to see the author tackle the weight/body image issue that women face everyday, celebrity or not.  Grace is a strong character that resonates well with women in their 30's who still feel like a work in progress.  The best thing about this besides the obvious ( humor, sexiness, drama) is that it gives the reader a better appreciation of what life is actually like for celebrities and reminds us that  they are people too.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

DVD/Blu-ray releases for July 7








So I know I have been bad and not posted in a while so I am making up for it. I even made an editorial calendar to keep my self on track!
Absolution is an action flick starring Vinnie Jones and Steven Seagal. All the sources I have checked have rated it 4 out of 5 stars so it may be worth the watch. It is basically about a government hitman trying to break up a human trafficking ring, take out a mob boss, and protect one of the girls involved in the ring. Not sure I will see this but feel free to leave a comment if you do so I can know if it is worth the watch.
Maggie is a zombie film starring Arnold Swarzenegger and Abigail Breslin. This is only rated PG-13. I am looking forward to watching this. I enjoy most (used cautiously)Arnold movies and zombies are a bonus. Maggie is a 16 year who gets the virus changing people to zombies but it will take around six months to turn fully. The film follows her character and how her family deals with all the changes that will come.
The Woman in Gold is a drama. It stars Helen Mirren as a Jewish refugee who had to leave her home and possessions during WWII to flee from the Nazis. She wants to reclaim some of her families pride and heritage  by getting back a famous painting of her aunt that was stolen during the war. The painting has become treasured and known as The Woman in Gold. Ryan Reynolds stars as her lawyer determined to help her get the family heirloom back. This is going to be a very good movie I think.
As always, I will follow with a review once I have watched any of these and of course these were not the only ones that dropped today. You can always check out www.dvdsreleasedates.com or www.ondvdreleases.com for more info.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Review of book 2 in the Redhead series by Alice Clayton







Book 2 in the "Redhead" series is The Redhead Revealed .   I just finished reading it a few days ago and had to share.
The new book opens with our love struck duo on 2 different coasts pursuing their acting dreams. Grace has been given the lead roll in an off Broadway musical with the hopes that it gets picked up for several runs. The director just happens to be an old college flame. Grace begins to realize that Jack is a rising star on the verge of being the next "it" boy at the ripe old age of 24. Not to mention he may soon be wearing the title of "sexiest man alive" and dodging the groupies that come with it. Long distance relationships are hard enough as it is but add to that 2 busy rising stars, a bossy manager/bff, and a couple of old loves looking to rekindle and you have a recipe for disaster. Grace is still having issues with the 9 year age difference and horrible tabloid comments when she lets her "crazy" get the best of her on the night of Jack's big movie premier.
Jack is on the west coast seriously missing his Gracie and the newly formed relationship they've built.  He is getting more frustrated by the day the closer he gets to opening night. He hates their relationship consists of lots and lots of sexting and late night phone calls. He hates the paparazzi
and his new sex symbol status that has women hanging around his apartment. He even hires a bodyguard and uses aliases when traveling. The thing he hates the most is keeping his relationship with Grace secret to protect his image and their privacy.
As the story unfolds you learn more about Grace's past with her director Michael. You also get to see how important this break is for her career and how very stressful being in the public eye can be.  I was rooting for this couple from page 1 and can't wait to get started on book 3, The Redhead Plays Her Hand.  Did I mention the nonstop humor and sexual chemistry that oozes from this couple? So worth the read. Feel free to read up on it at any of these sites: http://aliceclayton.com/  , www.goodreads.com, or www.amazon.com

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Cucumber Salad for July 4th

Happy July 4th everyone!  We have decided to stick around home today and just enjoy the weather. Later on we are expecting my brother and his family to come over so we are going to use our new smoker and make some smoked mac and cheese, smoked BBQ chicken, and cucumber salad.  Yesterday we did a trial run with the smoker and I made my first ever batch of  smoked mac and cheese. It was delicious ( I used mozzarella, Colby/jack, sharp cheddar, pepper jack, and parmesan cheeses) however I just eyeballed the stuff I used to make my rue so I won't be including the exact recipe just yet. But it will be in a future post rest assured. The chicken I will post later if it goes according to plan LoL.  I make cucumber salad very rarely and have no idea why because it is so simple. I made some the other day for a potluck at work and thought it would compliment today's meal pretty well.

Ingredients:
2 large Vidalia /red onions ( which ever you prefer) diced
1 bottle of your favorite Italian dressing
6 med/lg tomatoes diced
2 English cucumbers diced
2Tbs of salt
2Tbs of black pepper
2Tbs of parsley
1Tbs red pepper flakes

                                                                   Ingredients





See what I mean....Such a simple, easy, side dish to make.  Oh and here are the only 2 pics I took of the smoked mac and cheese.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My newest book obsession

 I love reading even more than I love movies. Today I finished reading a historical romance and was looking for something new and slightly more modern.  A friend introduced me to Alice Clayton and her Redhead series.  I work in a call center where some days we could take upwards of 80 calls a piece and other days we are lucky if we get 12 and on the slow days we read a lot. My co-workers have been reading Ms. Clayton for a while and enjoying her style immensely. I am usually the one who laughs out loud or even cries depending on what I am reading but this time it was everyone else laughing. I thought why not give it a try? The Unidentified Redhead had me hooked from about halfway down page 1.  The author describes her own writing style as comedic erotica aka funny smut and I am inclined to agree. I laughed so hard reading this book that I actually snorted like Miss Piggy. The book trailer up above does not give a very good example of how funny this book is but it does give a brief over view of the storyline. The main characters are Grace Sheridan, 33 year old working actress trying to rediscover her love of performing and hoping to make it big in the process and Jack Hamilton, 24 year old sexy, British actor on the verge of being the next "big thing".  Grace's bff/agent/roomie has an industry party and needless to say when Jack and Grace meet ....the sparks fly. The interactions between these two and between Grace and bff Holly are so refreshing and snarky that you will not be able to keep from laughing. This is book 1 in the series and you can learn more about the other and her other books ( I am told Wallbanger , pat of The Cocktail Series is equally delicious) by visiting her website: http://aliceclayton.com/ and you can also find her books on sale at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ibooks, iTunes, Booksamillion.com, and audible.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June Movies to Rent part 2

Okay so here are the movies released to Blu-Ray/DVD for last week and today.

June 16th :Chappie starring Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, and Sigourney Weaver. This movie takes place in a future where the police are androids and one in particular, Chappie,  is reprogrammed to be able to think and feel for himself like a human. This very programming is what makes him a danger in the eyes of the government. I plan to watch this but I have issues knowingly watching a film that will make me cry (aka any film from a Nicholas Sparks novel). Also released is the action film Run All Night starring Liam Neeson as a hit man for the mob who has a very strained relationship with his son. His boss/best friend played by Ed Harris is demanding retribution from Neeson's son for the death of his own. It also stars musician (one of my favs) Common. This is a must watch for me but I really like action/thriller types of movies. Unfinished Business is the newest comedy featuring Vince Vaughn. It also stars Dave Franco. This is your standard "guys go on a trip and everything goes comically wrong" type of movie. I feel like this could either be real funny or it could be disappointing like when the trailers show all the good parts and the rest of the movie is just sort of blah. For those of you who like a little scary/creepy type of movie The Lazarus Effect should be right up your alley. It stars Olivia Wilde and Evan Peters. Olivia Wilde plays the main character who dies and then ends up being brought back to life by her medical student friends with some very unexpected results.

June 23: Today's releases leave me uninspired to write. There are really only 3 for me to mention. Survivor starring Mila Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Dylan McDermott, Angela Bassett, and Emma Thompson. This one involves the prevention of a terrorist attack on NY and a wrongly accused/framed Foreign Service Agent. The Forger stars John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, and Tye Sheridan as Grandfather-Father-Son art thieves planning the biggest heist of their careers. Last but not least, American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success starring Virginia Madsen.  If you have any younger ones running around they may want to watch this family friendly film, especially if they are a fan of The American Girl doll/book series. Grace plans to start a business over the summer with her friends until her Mother plans an unexpected trip to Paris that changes everything.

Monday, June 22, 2015

June Movies to Rent

The DVD/ Blu-Ray releases for June haven't really given me much to cheer about but there are a few that I am looking forward to watching. The June 2nd release date brought Focus. This stars Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Smith is a con man who ends up with his ex (played by Robbie) showing up to complicate things. Random fact: Smith and Robbie co-star with each other in the DC Comic movie Suicide Squad which is currently filming and also stars. These two play Harley Quinn and Deadshot respectively. The cast also features Jared Leto (the Joker) and Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang). I can't wait to see this one in the theaters which right now looks like late summer next year possibly. Another one released on June 2nd was Jupiter Ascending starring Mila Kunis and the ever popular Channing Tatum. This one is based on a book about a woman discovering that she is  intergalactic nobility who must fight to protect the people of Earth from doom and destruction. Also worth mentioning is The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Disney's Kevin Costner flick McFarland.

June 9th brought Kingsman: The Secret Service. This is about a spy organization bringing in a very new, very young recruit at the same time all Hell essentially breaks loose. I have not watched this one yet but I have it an pretty good authority that it is a MUST see. I rented it during vacation and got so caught up watching season 3 of OITNB that I ended up having to return it unwatched. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Firth, and Michael Caine. Project Almanac features a lot of young talented actors. The story involves a group of high school students who uncover blueprints for a mystery device that could put their lives in danger. My favorite release for the day and the newest addition to the home library is The Duff. My daughter and I saw this in the theater as soon as it came out and we loved it. I am not ashamed to admit that I even cried a bit at one part. Duff stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend. This movie almost feel like a throw back to an 80's John Hughes film. It stars Mae Whitman as "the Duff" and Bella Thorne as "the Hot Chick". Trust me this is not only hilarious but it sends a good message to teens about being proud of who they are.
That is all I have time to cover at the moment but check back tomorrow and I will be covering releases from the 16th and the new ones out tomorrow.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Review of Jurassic World

Today is the last day of our Stay-cation and I promised myself that I would not be in front of the computer until it was officially over but.......I can't help myself.  We just got back from watching Jurassic World in 3D. It...was...amazing!!! I wasn't sure what to expect from it and I purposely avoided reading any reviews on it so that I wasn't jaded prior to viewing.  It exceeded all my expectations. The dinosaurs were bigger and badder. The storyline was predictable (crazy big dino escapes and terrorizes the innocent park goers ) and yet it was still so satisfying. The best part is that it was left wide open for the possibility of another film. It featured a throwback character from the previous movies which was unexpected and welcomed. Spoiler alert:  The park has been reopened under new management and new advances in genetics have repopulated the park with all our old favorite dinosaurs and some very newly created ones.  Bryce Dallas Howard plays the main female lead who is running the park and Chris Pratt plays a retired military man responsible for training the Velociaptors. Vincent D' Onofrio plays the baddie with an ulterior motive.  I don't want to give too much away but Indominus Rex is the biggest, baddest, dinosaur you can imagine and she has all kinds of traits that make her unstoppable. If you have not made plans to see this movie then you absolutely need to. It was fantastic.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Review of San Andreas and Spy


This weekend the family and I did indeed go to the drive-in and see two new movies. We saw San Andreas featuring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Spy featuring Melissa McCarthy. San Andreas is about what happens when the entire San Andreas fault line gets activated. The fact that this could actually happen is so scary when you really stop to think about it.  I was hooked into this movie right from the very opening scene.  The acting was very fantastic. I loved that the story not only focuses on the destruction that was caused by this natural disaster but also how 1 family in particular deal with it and manage to heal all at the same time. The Rock is a fire and rescue captain from LA who is in the process of  coping with a divorce he clearly doesn't want and dealing with issues from the past. All Hell breaks loose and instead of dropping his daughter off at college he is sent to help with the earthquakes that have started popping up from the Hoover Dam on up to San Francisco. The daughter is just as strong willed as her father. After she gets some help getting out of the place she was trapped when the fault line went completely active begins finding her way to a spot (accompanied by a potential love interest and his little brother) where her Dad  and Mom can rescue her. We all loved this movie. It has action galore and heartfelt moments too. If I had to pick a flaw it would be that I didn't get to see The Rock or his wife (Carla Gugino) punch a certain building architect in the face. You will understand once you have watched it.

Spy was hilarious! I am such a fan of the actors and actresses in this movie anyways that going into I was pretty sure I would enjoy it. Melissa McCarthy plays a CIA agent who is basically the "eyes" behind the scene for the field agents. Her particular spy is played by Jude Law who she of course is in love with. When she witnesses something terrible happen to him she suddenly wants to go active in the field so she can close the case he was working on and earn some justice in the process. Jason Statham plays a rogue CIA agent with a foul mouth who also happens to not be the most intelligent.  Allison Janney plays her no nonsense director ( she also played Melissa's mother in Tammy). Rose Byrne ( from Get Him to the Greek and The Neighbors)plays the villain. The one liners and commentary between Melissa's character and Rose's are the funniest in the whole movie. The plot is somewhat predictable but it is still worth funny enough the you don't even care. Interestingly enough, the director, Paul Feig, is also the writer/director of Bridesmaids and The Heat both of which included Melissa McCarthy as a main character. Also lookout for 50 cent starring as himself and William Yun Lee who stars in both of these movies.
Conclusion: I will be adding this to my home comedy collection.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer Travel with Our Furbaby

We have been very fortunate the past 2 years with vacation planning. Our first vacation was to a cabin in the Adirondacks right outside of Lake Placid. It was so relaxing but we made the decision that any vacation would be based on the ability to take our beloved "Mrs. Pies" aka Sweets the Dog. We went at the wrong time because it turns out everything is shut down during Spring break time to allow the change over from Winter activities to Spring/Summer. We hung out at the cabin, cooked great food, explored the woods outside, and went for scenic drives but it was April and still cold here in NYS.  The only incident we ran into was that Sweets thinks she needs to be up front on someone's lap and at 70 lbs that is no easy task. Oh and the chicken nuggets that she was feed by the teenager that resulted in puking all over the inside of the car.
Last year we booked a cottage near Eastport, Maine.  We went in June so it was much warmer with no snow. We even rented a car. I decided we would go off grid so there was no cell service, internet, or TV. The cottage was on a bay and the view was breathtaking. We had our own private black sand beach. We collected fresh mussels every time tide went out, listened to the seals on their own little island, and watched early morning(like 4am early) fishing vessels head off to work.  The downside..... our dog thought she was a mountain goat and kept scaling the really high banks and rocks, insisted she steal my spot on the bed each night, and we ran out of things to talk about or do after about day 3. It was the longest car ride in the world it seemed. We also lost an iPhone and an and iPod Touch to the Atlantic ocean while kayaking towards "Seal Island" and enjoying the beach. Sweets went on every outing we made and oddly enough was treated like some sort of royalty which she enjoyed immensely. The rental car deposit was a bust though. We covered the entire backseat with a sheet and she would wait until we were driving and then attack it so she could lay on the actual seat. We tried to vacuum ourselves but it looked like we had a polar bear in the car with all the white fur.
This year we have opted for a "stay-cation". My daughter goes to NYC to visit her Dad and his family every summer for a month or so and I usually make the trip solo. It takes about 6 hrs each way if there is very minimal stopping. My boyfriend enjoys fly fishing a lot and we drive straight through the Catskills so we planned to stop at a campground for a few days before heading back home to begin the many projects we have lined up. Problem #1: All the campgrounds require a deposit for the dog and some charge per night in addition. I don't mind the deposit but when it starts averaging $70/night to sleep on an air mattress in a tent it seems less appealing. Problem #2: We had no idea what else to do except take turns driving and make the trip up and back with no sightseeing or fishing.
You are probably wondering why we don't just kennel the dog right? We adopted her from the local SPCA and she has extreme separation anxiety. The vet even recommended we get her on a medication to help. Plus, she came from a pretty rough home and she is part of the family so why not let her go too? Then it hit me. I went to this great site I had read about www.bringfido.com. It shows you all the pet friendly places you can stay and just like that we found a very nice hotel that allows pets up to 75 lbs. to book. Prices started as low as $78/per night with a $20 pet fee. The hotel has all  the amenities you could want. I would rather pay this price to sleep in a nice King size bed then on the ground. I recommend this site to anyone who loves their furbaby as much as we love ours. Also check out the great site we used to book our previous and hopefully future vacations. It is www.vrbo.com. It stands for vacation rentals by owners. It covers all states and a lot of countries as well. I have had amazing experiences with the people on this site. Check them out and happy vacationing.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Jurassic Park World

This Friday is opening night for Jurassic World.  I watched the other films and so will be seeing this one. I am actually going on a date night with the boyfriend and watching it in 3D because....well I am just that excited to see this newest addition featuring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.  I will blog my review of said movie as soon as I get to see it which will probably be sometime next week. This weekend the fam and I are going to the local drive-in and catching an awesome double feature of San Andreas featuring Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson and Carla Cugino and Spy starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham.  These movies are getting great reviews so I can't wait to add mine to the growing list. 

OITNB

This past weekend, along with catching up on some much needed sleep, I also caught up on the second season of Orange is the New Black.  We binged watched the whole season to prepare for the debut of season 3 on Friday the 12th on Netflix. A quick recap of season 2: Piper (played by Taylor Schilling) has found herself being transferred to a new prison in a different state to have her day in court testifying with her ex-girlfriend Alex( Laura Prepon) against the drug kingpin they used to associate with. She meets a few unfriendly characters and kills the "errand running cockroach". Then she gets double crossed while Alex gets set free. She ends up getting transferred back to her home prison where we learn what really happened at the end of Season 1 with her fight with Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning).  As the season progresses all our favorite characters show up and we learn what has been going on while Tucky  and Piper were away. We also learn the backstories on Miss Rosa (Barbara Rosenblat), Lorna (Yael Stone), Poussey (Samira Wiley), Sister Jane (Beth Fowler) and a few other characters.  There is also a new arrival in the form of Vee Parker played by Lorraine Toussaint. She is Tastee's adoptive mother and she upsets the very delicate balance the girls had maintained with each other. 
There are so many surprises in this season that I can't even remember them all but it was so worth the watch. The new season promises to be even better and I can't wait.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

My new favorite Salmon dish

We like to try and eat well balanced meals at out house and salmon is always a favorite.  I am always looking to try new recipes and find a lot of good ones online ( especially on Pinterest).  I happen to love the author Susan Mallery, She has a website that lets you know all about her upcoming books and her series she has already published. The best part is that if you sign up on her site you can even see the recipes that references in some of her stories or just ones she loves herself. She had a recipe for Honey-Wasabi Glazed Salmon. It looked delicious in her photo so I thought why not?  Well, as you see the results were pretty amazing. The original recipe doesn't call for sesame seeds but I had some on hand and thought it would be perfect.  We had ours with a side of steamed spinach and garlic buttered ciabatta rolls. I can not tell you how tasty this meal was! You should check out the recipe at the link as well as all the other goodies www.susanmallery.com

Ingredients:                                                                                 My tweaks:
 1/2 c honey                                                                                  2 Tbs sesame seeds 
2Tbs of wasabi sauce, and 2 Tbs of soy sauce                             1 Tbs Chinese 5 spice
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 grated ginger
4 -6 salmon fillets

Glaze:
Mix all the ingredients into warmed honey (placed in microwave for about 15 seconds to make it slightly runny for easier blending) and use this to coat the fish every 4-5 minutes.

We grilled ours on low for about 20 mins and we basted them with the sauce every 5 minutes.







Thursday, June 4, 2015

Rant of the week

I just want to take a moment and vent about one of my biggest pet peeves. I work Mon-Fri right now, which of course has not always been the case, and there is nothing more annoying then the radio playing a song about the weekend on a Tuesday. A freakin' Tuesday for the love that is all that is holy.  I like a good weekend themed song to get my mood right but not at 7 am in the middle of a week.  I literally yelled at the radio in my car on the way to work this week because it played "Weekend" by Priory. I can not here this song with it's annoyingly catchy lyrics and weird melody anymore this entire summer. End rant!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

upcoming June movie releases












This month brings a lot of new movie releases. The first one is Entourage starring Mark Wahlberg, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Dillon. This of course is based off of the television series by the same name and the release date is on Wednesday, June 3rd. Early reviews say that even if you haven't watched the show you will still find the movie highly entertaining. Spy featuring Jason Statham, Melissa McCarthy, and Jude Law comes out on June 5. This is predicted to be the funniest movie of the summer. Personally, I can't wait to see this movie, it stars two of my favorite actors. Also out on the 5th is Insidious: Chapter 3, starring Dermot Mulroney, and Stephanie Scott. For all of you horror movie fanatics this is the movie for you. Jurassic World premiers on June 12th, starring Chris Pratt,and Bryce Dallas Howard. This is for the fans of the Jurassic park series, you might enjoy this. At first, I wasn't sure I was going to be interested but the more reviews I saw I became more willing to see it. Now for the family movie Inside Out featuring the voices of Amy Poheler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader. This is a new release from the Disney-Pixar studios. This is being released on 6/19. Last but not least is everybody's favorite furry friend Ted. Ted 2 comes out on the 26th and of course Seth MacFarlene, Mark Wahlberg, and a cast full of great talent. This chapter has Ted taking on the government for the right to be married just like anyone else. I will keep you posted on my thoughts of these as I get a chance to watch.


Time Lapse




So it feels weird to be posting again but in a good way. It seems that last week almost every electronic device in my home turned against me. My laptop refused to connect to the internet and my Kindle Fire started typing "poo" whenever I typed the letter o. There were a lot of things happening so I feel like I have a lot to catch up on. Last weekend we saw Tomorrowland at the drive-in. It stars George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Britt Robertson. It was showing with Pitch Perfect 2.  I was really surprised how many people told me that they were not planning to stay to watch the Disney film.  It was their loss. I enjoyed it so much. Now if you are not familiar with the plot of the movie I will give you a quick overview. The movie opens with George Clooney's character, Frank Walker, talking about how he was a child genius who invented a jet pack and took it to the World's Fair in NYC in 1964 and that is where he meets a young girl that changes his world forever.  The girl named Athena helps Clooney's young self be transported to a different dimension full of hope, wonder, and magnificent inventions called Tomorrowland. Their inventions and actions over there very quickly have a detrimental impact and Frank and Athena get banished for it. Frank grows up to become a recluse and Athena spends decades trying to find someone with the drive, intelligence, and hope to help set things right. She finds Casey Newton ( Britt Robertson) and realizes that she is exactly the key they need to repair the damage done and save Tomorrowland.  It was funny and touching and when I left .....I wanted a pin with a T on it. This definitely worth a watch.

I mentioned it in previous posts but I love Pitch Perfect and now I can say that I love the 2nd one just as much. It was fantastic.  The Barden Bellas return after 3 years of being national champions only to have an unforgettable performance for President Obama's birthday.  They are told that they are not allowed to continue on their tour and can only be reinstated by performing and winning the World's Championship. They are replaced on tour by Germany's champions , Das Sound Machine. I can not begin to tell you how funny the movie is. Please go out and watch it. On a random side note: both of these movies feature Keegan-Michael Key.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Lip Sync Battle rewind

There are no words to describe how much I am truly enjoying Spike's LSB. I have watched every episode. I have included the most memorable clip that I have seen so far. Mike Tyson vs Terry Crews. Last week was pretty good too. It was Salt vs Peppa. They both did so well I couldn't pick a favorite. This week is going to be Queen Latifah vs Marlon Wayans. I am a huge Latifah fan so you already know I will be right in front of my Tv at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday. You can catch up on the battles you may have missed by going to youtube or Spike's website.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Weekend Reading

I often read multiple books at a time just because there are so many good ones out there.  This weekend I am reading just one At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen. The story is about a married couple, Ellis and Maddie, and their friend Hank. The trio decide after a long and embarrassing night of drinking to leave America and head to Scotland in the middle of  WWII to hunt for the Loch Ness monster. I am only up to chapter 5 but I am definitely having trouble putting it down. Here is the link to buy it from Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/At-Waters-Edge-A-Novel/dp/0385523238


6/24/15-Update
 I was just going over some of my previous posts and realized that I never mentioned anything about finishing the book. I can sum it up in one word for you... Wonderful!  I loved the way I got so wrapped up in the story and how emotionally invested I became. I was angry and hurt when Maddie was angry and hurt. When she found happiness I was grinning from ear to ear. Please do yourself a favor and grab this to read. It would be a great way to spend a weekend.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

New to Netflix

I love to watch movies and TV shows. This is exactly what drove us to setup a Netflix account. We each have our own icon that we can each sign in and customize the types of things we like to watch. Mine is very eclectic. I am currently head over heels for the Netflix originals. I have watched Hemlock Grove, Orange is the New Black, and Daredevil. The newest two series to catch my eye are. Grace and Frankie and Between.

Grace and Frankie stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as two woman who end up bonding over their mutual law partner husbands who have been having an affair for over 20 years with each other. It seems like it will be funny and heartfelt. It aired on May 8 and I plan to binge watch this weekend.
Between is set in Pretty Lake. It stars Jennette McCurdy as a pregnant teen in a town  where everyone over 21 comes down with an unknown disease and begins dying. The big difference with this new show is that it will be a weekly show airing on Netflix. The season is 6 episodes and will air tonight at 9 p.m. ET.


Now tonight I am going to miss this first episode of  Between because I will be watching  episode 2 of Fox's Wayward Pines. If u did not get a chance to watch this yet I highly recommend it.  The first episode can be found online at http://www.fox.com/wayward-pines/full-episodes.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New DVD releases for May 19

This week is kind of a slow one for new DVD releases. First up is American Sniper. This is based on the life and death of US Navy Seal Chris Kyle.  It has gotten amazing reviews and the book is definitely worth the read as well.  Bradley Cooper gives an amazing performance as Chris Kyle.


Next up is Cymbeline. It stars Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, and Ethan Hawke. This is based on Shakespeare's play by the same name. It involves dirty cops, bike gangs, and drugs so it is a pretty good pick for action/drama.


Last but not least is Strange Magic. This is based on a Midsummer Night's Dream as envisioned by George Lucas. It is an animated film for the kiddies and grown ups alike. It features the voices of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, and Kristin Chenoweth. This one has very catchy music, elves, fairies, goblins, and all kinds of mystical creatures doing battle over a very important potion.


Happy Viewing!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monster Week

Last night marked the beginning of Animal Planets "Monster Week". We watch River Monsters faithfully every week . Jeremy Wade is the host and he is amazing. Each night he is going to be answering viewer questions and showing behind the scene footage. Tonight I have already watched Man-eating Zombie Cats. I can't wait for the season finale 2 hour special and the special premier of The Cannibal of the Jungle. 
Fish On!!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mad Max Fury Road/ Hot Pursuit

Last night our local drive-in played these two movies together and my boyfriend and I went to watch them. I thought Hot Pursuit was really funny. I just love both of the actresses and the plot was pretty good. Spoiler alert:   Agent Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) is sent on a mission to redeem her joke of a career on the police force. She is to retrieve a couple that are going to be informants on a major drug dealer.  Her partner gets shot along with the husband and Cooper is left to try to get Mrs. Riva (Sofia Vergara) to headquarters to testify. Cooper is a very "by the book" and Mrs. Riva is the epitome of the fiery Latina woman.  There are gun fights, car chases, and cat fights.  It was so entertaining to watch the bond form between the two women.

The second movie played was the reboot movie Mad Max Fury Road. I was very excited to see this film ......and then I did. Spoiler alert: Max ( played by Tom Hardy) opens up the movie with a brief monologue about all the people in his life he hasn't been able to save. He then eats a two-headed lizard, gets in his car, speeds across the desert while being chased and inevitably captured. Then I was confused for like a good 20 mins as to what the Hell was going on. It turns out the whole world has become a dried up sandbox and the group that captured Max has been working on trying to repopulate their society with healthy babies from the "official wives/breeders". The Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) has betrayed her boss by stealing the wives to take them somewhere safe and thus the car chase that lasts the entire movie with various clans in pursuit.  My boyfriend thought this was a pretty good movie. I have no clue how I feel. I won't say I hated it but I will probably never watch it again.  One good thing I will say is that this film does carry on with the same "end of days" vibe the previous Mad Max movies had. FYI: One of the cars chasing the escapees has a band on it. I am not even kidding there is a guitar player and drummers on a rig providing the bad guys with their own theme music during the entire chase scene. It is freaking absurd.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Jem movie? hmmmmmm

I was a little girl when this amazing little doll debuted called Jem. She was a rock star with a band called The Holograms. She even had a rival band called The Misfits. My girlfriends and I had all these dolls and played for hours with them not to mention watching the cartoons. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that Jon M. Chu is directing a live version of it. It has been updated from the 80's version to make it have more appeal to today's audience but I am undecided on how I feel about this whole thing. I will let you watch this little "Jem" of a trailer and make your own decision (pun totally and idiotically intended).

Do you choose recipes to make based on a photo?

This was the prompt for yesterday's blog challenge and the answer is absolutely YES. An amazing pic of a recipe will not only make me want to try it but I may even possibly end up drooling. My daughter and I have been practicing the art of food photography. Trying to stage food to look appealing is much harder than I thought it would be but it is a challenge I am enjoying. Photos of recipes are the reason I have most of the pins I do on my "recipes to try " board on Pinterest.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wayward Pines


Fox is debuting a new 10 episode tomorrow night at 9 p.m. ET. Wayward Pines is based on a book trilogy by Blake Crouch. The general storyline involves a goverment agent going to the town to search for missing his missing partner who was believed to have stopped in the town. There is a horrible car accident just after Agent Ethan Burke (played by Matt Dillon) arrives and when he wakes up he has severe gaps in his memory and that is where the creepy fun begins. The cast is rounded out by Juliette Lewis, Carla Gugina, and Terrence Howard. The show is produced and directed by M.Night Shyalaman. I am super excited to watch this. For more info a sneak peek click on the link below from USA Today.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2015/05/12/wayward-pines-fox-m-night-shyamalan/27103241/Q





Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Movie May-hem 2.0

Today is new release Tuesday so without further ado I give you today's Dvd releases to check out. The Cobbler ft Adam Sandler,Steve Buscemi, Dustin Hoffman, and Method Man. Tracers ft Taylor Lautner, Blackhat ft Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis, Still Alice ft Julianne Moore and Kristin Stewart. This one was adapted from a very touching book (I am looking forward to this one). Last but not least is Mortdecai ft Johnny Depp, Gwynth Paltro and a whole slew of great actors. I saw the preview for this and couldn't stop shaking my head. I love Johnny Depp and am planning to watch this on Blueray this weekend.

Day 11 and 12 Post for May NaBloPoMo

I combined two of the topics in just one picture for this post. Day 11 asks if I secretly take photos of others and Day 12 asks to share a hard subject to photograph. My subject is the same for both. My boyfriend always refuses to take pictures. He will literally turn his face or put his hands over the camera to avoid being photographed. So over the last 7 years I have gotten pretty sneaky,  I give you the illusive bf pic......