Saturday, October 24, 2009

Barbie Isn't the Only One...

...turning 50 this year!

I have half of my Birthday Season left to go! The first part was spent on our trip. The actual day (October 3rd) was spent in Seattle.
I usually get myself something special for my birthday. It is usually something indulgent. This year is no exception, and it's a biggie. It may appear to be quite practical to some, and it is I suppose, but since 1. it is clutter-free and 2. it will free up lots of my time to do things that are way more fun, it is quite indulgent to me.

Stay tuned for the big reveal...

MK out.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It's Movie Season

It's that time of year again...I am a little behind since I was on a long trip, but I hope to catch up in the coming weeks.

I have seen a few flicks, though:

In The Life Before Her Eyes, Evan Rachel Wood and Eva Amurri play two best friends who are involved in a school shooting. Uma Thurman plays the grown guilt-ridden survivor. The movie is very good, and well done. At a certain point, things seem to go a little awry, but there's a major twist at the end that puts it all in place. I really liked it.

The Counterfeiters is another WWII/Nazi movie...I seem to gravitate towards WWII/Nazi movies, don't I? In this one, Jewish prisoners are recruited to produce counterfeit money to fund the war effort and to destabilize the economies of the allied powers. It was good.

Darfur Now is a documentary about the genocide that the Sudanese government refuses to acknowledge. It is sad but relevant subject matter.

Nia Vardalos and Richard Dreyfuss star in My Life in Ruins. It is a total fluff piece about a woman who follows a man to Greece. He dumps her, and she is stuck in a foreign country trying to make her way. She ends up working as a tour guide, while applying for university teaching jobs. She's lost her passion, until she meets an unlikely match. It was okay.

Remember how warm and nurturing Hogwarts was in the first Harry Potter movie? In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Hogwarts is darker and more mysterious. The Dark Lord is a looming threat and even Hogwarts cannot protect Harry. The book was quite more involved, but I think it was adapted well to the big screen. I loved it.

I better get busy now...

MK out.

Whip It Good!

I am highly recommending that you see Whip It with Ellen Page, Juliette Lewis and Drew Barrymore - who also directed the movie. Page plays Bliss Cavendar. Marcia Gay Harden plays her mother, a former beauty queen, who wants her daughter to succeed in that arena. Bliss finds that her heart belongs to a different arena. She lies about her age and tries out for a roller-derby team and makes it. know momma won't like that! Shauna Cross, who wrote the script, used to be a roller-derby star. It was a really good movie. See it...See it now!

MK out...but will return with more.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Yarn Saves the Day!

Been gone awhile, People. We went on a trip. As we were driving from Washington to Colorado, a trucker stopped us to let us know that the trim over the front left tire was flapping in the wind.

The Husby was panicked. Of course, it could have been that way the whole trip, and we were two weeks in at that point. He needed some nylon string to tie it up and try to keep it together until we got home. We weren't exactly in a shopping mecca at that point.

I continued working on a tank top that I am making myself out of Berroco Suede, and it hit me....The yarn is 100% nylon! I offered it up to The Husby. At first, he thought I was crazy - Yarn? Seriously? I reminded him we didn't know where the nearest establishment that might have nylon string was, and that the yarn could possibly hold it until we found such place...

So, he used it. Later that day, we found an Ace Hardware store and he bought some nylon string and tied up his RV, but he left the yarn on too.

This picture was taken a week later, after many hundreds of miles more, and besides being dirty, the nylon yarn is still holding strong.

MK out.