Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The movie stars Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand and Randall "Tex" Cobb. Although Raising Arizona was not a blockbuster at the time of its release, it has gone on to a cult following. The movie is ranked number 31 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years... 100 Laughs.
Cage plays criminal Herbert I. "Hi" McDunnough who meets a policewoman Edwina "Ed" (Hunter) - the eventually get married, making a hilarious "odd couple." They soon learn Ed is infertile and find they are unable to adopt because of Hi's criminal record.
While watching the news one night, they learn about the "Arizona Quints," sons of locally famous furniture tycoon, Nathan Arizona (Trey Wilson). Between Hi's criminal techniques and Ed's knowledge of the law, they kidnap one of the five babies - Nathan Junior.
From here on, the story is one funny ride. When ex-convict friends of Hi's decide to steal the baby from Hi and Ed and hold him for ransom from Arizona, the couple decides to return the baby to his family, where they hope he will be safe.
[During Hi's mug shot]
Hi: What kind of name is Ed for a pretty thing like you?
Ed: Short for Edwina. Turn to the right.
Hi: You're a flower, you are. Just a little desert flower.
Hi: Biology and the prejudices of others conspired to keep us childless.
Hi: Need a beer, Glen?
Glen: Does the Pope wear a funny hat?
[Evelle is buying diapers]
Evelle: You know how to put these things on?
Grocer: Well, around the butt and up over the groin area.
Evelle: I know WHERE they go, old timer. I just want to know if I need pins or fasteners.
Grocer: Well, no, they got them tape-ettes already on there. It's self-contained and fairly explanatory.
Reporter: Mr. Arizona, do you have any messages for the kidnappers?
Nathan Arizona Sr.: Yeah: Watch your butts.
Ed: We finally go out with decent people and you break his nose. That ain't too funny, Hi.
Hi: His kids seemed to think it was funny.
Ed: Well they're just kids.
Monday, December 28, 2009
I don't typically do New Year's Resolutions because I can never seem to keep them, but I do have several things I'm looking forward to in the coming year.
- First and foremost, I'll be a first-time Grandparent and I am so excited. I've been dreaming about grandchildren for several years now and that dream is finally coming true. Currently, we don't know the sex of the Tadpole, and I really don't care as long as he/she is healthy.
- My youngest daughter will graduate from high school in May, and although I'm not looking forward to this, I am so excited for her. Christine's life is wide open and the possibilities are endless. I just know she will be a success no matter what she does with her life.
- My writing group, The Community of Mercer County Writers - or Nomadic Ink - has several great events planned for this coming year. We hope to grow our group and add more talented writers and we want to make our presence known in the community. One event I'm really excited about will be in June - Prose for Pets. We will be partnering with the Mercer County Humane Society to promote and sponsor pet adoptions. It should be a great event. We are planning to publish and sell a chapbook of pet related stories and poems - all proceeds will go to the Humane Society.
- I will be having several things published in upcoming books. In "The Women of Mercer County" - to be published in January - I will have 3 personal essays in memorial of Granny Devine, Granny Sallee and my baby sister, Amy Carter Sallee. In "Speaking Out II" I will have a personal essay about my grandmothers and their gardens, as well as several poems. In "New Southerner" magazine, I will have a personal essay about my grandparents farm - this was a finalist in their non-fiction contest.
- I am going to knuckle down and finish the editing process for my collection of essays, tentatively entitled, "I Dream of My Past." This will be a collection of my Mercer's Magazine essays. I have had many people asking for a book, so I want to make this a reality for the upcoming year. I would love to be featured at the Kentucky Book Fair in November.
- I am also finishing up my first full-length collection of poetry. This book will contain the poems previously published in my chapbook, "Out of My Comfort Zone," plus many new ones. Some of my poems are a tad bit on the dark side, and I have contemplated organizing them into a book of their own, but I haven't decided.
- I will also be working on a book for Arcadia Publishing about my historic hometown of Harrodsburg. This one is going to be lots of work and I hope to have help from others in the community.
- I also have an idea for a play I would like to write for the Ragged Edge Community Theatre. Since becoming the Theatre Administrator, I have become excited about new projects for the theatre.
There are many more things I'm looking forward to, but these are the highlights. I know it looks like I have a full plate, but I plan to stay busy to help minimize the empty nest syndrome I know I'll be suffering from.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
I loved how the actors worked together to change the scenes and move props around - the scene changes were almost flawless. I also loved the snow falling during several of the scenes. If you ever get a chance to see this theatre group, it is well worth it.
I didn't have time to upload our photos last night, but I'll post a few of them over the weekend.
(All photos copyright Nebraska Theatre Caravan)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Although this version of the film has been converted into color, I still prefer the original black and white production the best. Although not as faithful to Dickens' original novella of the same name, in my opinion, this version captures the era of the mid 1800s in which the story takes place.
My next favorite verison of A Christmas Carol is Scrooge (1951), one of the best-known film adaptations. This one stars Alastair Sim as Ebenezer and he was an evilly, crabby Scrooge.
The one thing that bothers me about this adaptation is The Ghost of Christmas Past sequence shows that Ebenezer's mother died while giving birth to him which meant that, unlike the book, Ebenezer is younger than his sister Fran. The death of his mother caused his father to resent Ebenezer which he is reminded of by The Ghost of Christmas Past when Scrooge bitterly mentions that Fran died from complications after delivering his nephew, Fred.
This film has also been re-released in color, but I have no preference between the color or black and white.
Last, but not least, I also love Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol - a musical adaptation. This is also my hubby's favorite.
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol was the first animated holiday special ever produced specifically for television (1962), and the only one until Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was first shown in December 1964.
Mr. Magoo was cast as Scrooge and he was voiced by Jim Backus. This version varies significantly from the novella because it was filmed to fit a one-hour time slot. The Ghost of Christmas Present appears before The Ghost of Christmas Past, and no reference is made to Scrooge's nephew Fred or his sister Fan.
I enjoy the theme song, "Ringle, Ringle", about "coins when they mingle", sung by Backus. I also like when Joan Gardner as Tiny Tim sings about "razzleberry dressing" and "woofle jelly cake."
Monday, December 14, 2009
***NO SPOILERS HERE***
I am so pumped now for next season because I don't know which direction the show will be taking. For those of you who have read the books, I wonder if the TV character of Harrison - Dexter's son - will take the place of Cody - Dexter's step-son?? Makes me curious to find out.
I was a little bummed that the last scenes with Trinity were so tame, almost anti-climatic, but the show made up for it in the last minute of the show.
I also enjoyed watching the after interview with Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow - wonderful insight these great actors had on their characters.
This is a picture of Marie, The Tadpole's mommy. Soon I'll have pix of mommy and daddy both up for you to see.
Friday, December 11, 2009
1.) I'm on cloud nine today - my first article and my first book review are in Kentucky Monthly magazine for this month!! Just a little bummed because they misspelled my name in the byline for the book review - added that pesky "e" to the end of "Bobbi." If you subscribe to Kentucky Monthly, check me out - if you don't, then head out and buy a copy. There is a Holiday Survival Guide and I did the article on "Last Minute Gift Ideas" - my book review is Silas House's "Eli the Good."
2.) I got an official email from "New Southerner" magazine about being a finalist in "The New Southerner 2009 Literary Prize Contest." I can't remember if I've mentioned it on this blog or not, but my non-fiction piece "I Dream of My Past" was the 1st finalist in the non-fiction category and will appear in a future issue of the magazine, as well as the 209-2101 anthology. I'm so excited! I'll keep you updated when the piece gets closer to publication.
3.) I'm just finishing up my first month with the new job. The Ragged Edge Community Theatre is a great place to work - very challenging, but fun. This is the last weekend for "It's A Wonderful Life," so if you haven't seen the show, call us today for tickets. Starting in January, the children's theatre will be present "The Wizard of Oz" - based on the book, not the movie. It's going to be great!
4.) When did Christmas sneak up so fast?!! Seems like just yesterday I was carving pumpkins, now today I'm scrambling to finish up gift projects and there is only 2 weeks left until the big day. I think I'm getting too old for this!!
5.) On a funny note, my oldest daughter, Amber, got sucked into the TWILIGHT Universe this week - and it has been hilarious to watch. Amber has never been much of a reader and she never got into my vampire obsession. She has been making fun of family, friends and co-workers for months because of the TWILIGHT addiction - she thought it was too silly. Finally, last weekend, her step-mother begged Amber to go see "New Moon" with her - and that's all it took. Since last weekend, Amber has seen both movies 2 times, read the first 3 books, and cracked the spine on book #4 last night. She's got TWILIGHT fever bad!!!
6.) I can't believe the season finale of DEXTER is this weekend - it has been an awesome season. John Lithgrow as the Trinity Killer has been downright scary! Here I go again, rooting for a serial killer, but I hope everything works out okay for Dexter. This show is so addicting - I'm already anxious for season 5 when season 4 isn't even finished yet!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I'm not going into the plot of this animated special because I'm sure everyone has seen it at least once, but I thought I've give you some interesting facts about the show.
Kathy Steinberg, who voiced Sally, was too young to read and needed to be cued line by line during the soundtrack recording.
The executives did not want to have Linus reciting the story of the birth of Christ from the Gospel of Luke, but Charles Schulz was adamant about keeping this scene in, remarking that "If we don't tell the true meaning of Christmas, who will?"
In the "fence" scene, where several of the Peanuts gang are attempting to knock cans off a fence with snowballs and Linus is seen knocking down a can with his blanket. In the original airing, this was a Coke can, but it was later replaced with a nondescript can. (The special was originally sponsored by Coke). Although I may be old, I'm not old enough to remember this - I was only 3 in 1965.
The final end credit originally had a voice-over saying, "Brought to you from the people in your town who bottle Coca-Cola." This is why the "Hark!" chorus sung at the end trails off oddly before the song would normally end.
A Charlie Brown Christmas has been accused of spearheading the popular stigmatization of artificial Christmas trees.
My Favorite Quotes:
Lucy: You're the innkeeper's wife.
Frieda: Do innkeeper's wives have naturally curly hair?
Lucy: [Snoopy licks her face] Ugh! I've been kissed by a dog! I have dog germs! Get hot water! Get some disinfectant! Get some Iodine!
Snoopy: [Snoopy sticks out his tongue] Bleah!
Charlie Brown: Pig-Pen, you're the only person I know who can raise a cloud of dust in a snowstorm.
Lucy: You think you're so smart with that blanket. What are you going to do with it when you grow up?
Linus: Maybe I'll make it into a sport coat.
Lucy: Here he comes! Attention, everyone, here's our director.
[Charlie Brown enters, while everyone applauds]
Charlie Brown: [sarcastically] Man's best friend.
Of course, my favorite quotes from this special are Linus' recitation of the Christmas story from the Bible.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Because I will be working with a local Girl Scout troop on making Sugar Scrub for family members, I thought it would be nice to share my recipe here. This scrub is perfect to make in bulk and it only takes a few minutes to assemble dozens of gifts.
Sugar Body Scrub
- 2 cups sugar – I like a basic white sugar, but you can also use a coarse natural brown sugar, just make sure it is not the soft brown baking sugar you find in the baking aisles. You can also do a mixture of white and brown sugars.
- Oil: I like canola or a light olive best. Any natural oil from a nut or fruit will work. Baby oil is also an option, as long as it is non-scented. Do not use cooking oils like corn or vegetable because this will make the scrub smell funny and give it a slick feel.
- Organic lavender essential oil or your favorite essential oil. I like lavender because it is relaxing
- Any old container with a lid.
- Cover sugar until saturated (but not over saturated) with oil.
- Add a few drops of lavender oil.
Use this scrub on your body either before you start the shower or during. Rinse well. Do not use on face or hair. This last a long time and it will not mold or go bad before you use it up. You can keep it in your bathroom. This scrub will make your body feel smooth and smell delicious.
When giving this scrub as a gift, I like to use squat, wide glass containers (i.e., salsa jars are great), or, if you are worried about breakage in the shower, resealable plastic containers will work just as well.
Other essential oil fragrances I enjoy:
- Grapefruit and peppermint
- Orange, clove, and lemon
- Basil and lemon
- Almond and orange
Friday, December 4, 2009
2.) Tonight is our community Christmas Parade - Christine will be marching with the Mercer County Public Library again. At least the weather feels like Christmas - I don't think the temp is supposed to get out of the 30's today.
3.) Tonight is also opening night for "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Ragged Edge Community Theatre. Show opens at 8pm and tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, and $8 for children. If you happen to be in or around Harrodsburg, stop in and see the wonderful production - the cast, crew and director have really worked hard. The show is December 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12th at 8pm with 2 Sunday matinees at 3pm on December 6 and 13th.
4.) The Harrodsburg Holiday Home Tours is tomorrow from 1-8pm. Tickets are available at the Historical Society - they are $15 and there are 8 homes on the tour this year. I will be selling Box Office tickets and Home Tour tickets tomorrow at the Ragged Edge from 1-4pm. This is always a huge event for the Historical Society every year.
5.) Due to my laptop being in the shop last week, I didn't post a FFF, so I haven't told you about my great news. I was contacted by Arcadia Publishing out of South Carolina about doing a book about Harrodsburg. They have a successful series of books called Images of America and they have wanted a book on Harrodsburg for years. I'm in the process of talking with the Historical Society and several citizens in Harrodsburg about getting old photos for the book. I'm so excited!!
6.) My article about last minute, easy to make Christmas gifts is in the new addition of Kentucky Monthly magazine. The magazine is on newsstands now!
7.) Christine has been rethinking her college decisions. Since going to GSA this past summer, she has been interested in Arts Administration, but after researching employment opportunities, she realizes she may not be able to find a job. Her 2nd interest is Culinary Arts, so she is now researching opportunities and schools. She is really liking the program at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State. Her daddy and I are both supporting this decision because she will be able to find a job almost anywhere - people do have to eat!!
8.) On an uneasy note, my middle daughter, Marie - the one who is pregnant - was in a car wreck on Thanksgiving night. They were T-boned coming home from a Thanksgiving meal in Somerset, on Marie's side of the car. Thankfully, Marie and the baby are both okay - just scared, scraped and bruised. Mike also had some cuts and bruises. God was definitely watching over all 3 of them that night!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Rudolph is based on the song by Johnny Marks - and his song was based on the 1939 poem of the same title written by his brother-in-law, Robert L. May. It has been telecast every year since 1964, making it the longest running Christmas TV special.
I'm not going into the plot because I'm sure everyone has seen and loved this special. So, I thought I would list my favorite songs from the special:
- Jingle Jingle Jingle
- The Most Wonderful Day Of The Year
- A Holly Jolly Christmas
- There's Always Tomorrow
- and of course, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose. And if you
ever saw him, you would even say it glows. All of the other
reindeer used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor
Rudolph join in any reindeer games. Then one foggy Christmas
Eve Santa came to say: "Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't
you guide my sleigh tonight?" Then all the reindeer loved him as they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, you'll go down in history!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Huckabee released a statement on his website - read the entire statement at Mike Huckabee
Should he be found to be responsible for this horrible tragedy, it will be the result of a series of failures in the criminal justice system in both Arkansas and Washington State.And yes, I realize I only posted one sentence of the 2 paragraph statement, but I think this one sentence sums of Huckabee to a T - he blames the criminal justice system, not himself. Wonder if his decision would have been different if his family had to live near this convicted felon or any of the other violent felons he released from prison?
And this is not the only time Huckabee has released a violent convicted felon. In 1999 he granted clemency to a convicted rapist - Wayne Dumond. This man when on to rape again.
According to a study by the Arkansas Leader:
between 1996 and 2004, Huckabee helped to free more Arkansas prisoners than were freed from all of Arkansas' six neighboring states--combined.
In 2004, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette concluded that:
"9 percent of the prisoners who benefited from Huckabee's clemencies ended up in prison again."
Maurice Clemmons was killed this morning, and I hope he rots in Hell. As for Huckabee, I hope he can live with the consequences of his actions and bad decisions.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Under the Dome by Stephen King
Hardcover: 1088 pages
From Publisher's Weekly: King's return to supernatural horror is uncomfortably bulky, formidably complex and irresistibly compelling. When the small town of Chester's Mill, Maine, is surrounded by an invisible force field, the people inside must exert themselves to survive. The situation deteriorates rapidly due to the dome's ecological effects and the machinations of Big Jim Rennie, an obscenely sanctimonious local politician and drug lord who likes the idea of having an isolated populace to dominate. Opposing him are footloose Iraq veteran Dale “Barbie” Barbara, newspaper editor Julia Shumway, a gaggle of teen skateboarders and others who want to solve the riddle of the dome. King handles the huge cast of characters masterfully but ruthlessly, forcing them to live (or not) with the consequences of hasty decisions. Readers will recognize themes and images from King's earlier fiction, and while this novel doesn't have the moral weight of, say, The Stand, nevertheless, it's a nonstop thrill ride as well as a disturbing, moving meditation on our capacity for good and evil.
Famous for writing horror books that contain vampires, ghosts, space aliens, the devil or demonic clowns, King has now given us something that is even more scarier - the human mind. What could be more scary than to have a large group of people confined to one area and shut off from the rest of the world?
The town of Chester's Mill gave me visions of the supermarket from THE MIST, only on a larger scale. Corrupt minds, religious fanatics and a thirst for power are capable of pushing certain people beyond the grip of what is normal. For those of you who thought there could be no one as evil as Randall Flagg (THE STAND), you haven't seen anything until you see 2nd Selectman Jim Rennie. Wrapped up in a religious package with a two-sided agenda, Rennie welcomes the mysterious dome that has enslaved his town. Now he has the opportunity to do the one thing he wants most in the world - control an entire town and have the people worship him as their savior.
Full of political maneuvers and corrupt law enforcement, with a little science fiction thrown in, UNDER THE DOME is a testament to the power of story telling that only King is capable of. Although 'SALEM'S LOT, THE STAND and THE DARK TOWER series will always be my favorite books by the master of horror, this new tome will have a place of honor with my King collection. Worthy of reading more than once, although you may have to fight carpal tunnel syndrome just to hold this book up while reading.
I am, and will always remain, a Constant Reader; and I thank you Mr. King for another great read!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This special opens with the iconic scene of Lucy enticing Charlie Brown to kick the football she is holding. We all know where this leads ...
Charlie Brown and Sally are preparing to go to their grandmother's place for Thanksgiving dinner when, in classic Charlie Brown fashion, things go terribly wrong. Peppermint Patty manages to invite herself - and several of her friends - to Charlie's house for Thanksgiving. Leave it to good old Linus to come up with a sensible solution - 2 Thanksgiving meals.
This Charlie Brown special has been a traditional viewing in our home since my children were little. I don't remember watching this one regularly as a child, but since 1984, we've watched it at least once a year. Of course, since VCR and DVD technology, now anyone can watch this classic whenever they want.
Here's to Charlie Brown and the whole Peanuts gang - Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Monday, November 23, 2009
This is another useful gift that can incorporate all that left over turkey people have after the holidays: Turkey Noodle Soup Mix.
Turkey Noodle Soup Mix
In a quart jar, layer the following:
- 1/4 cup powdered chicken broth (or 4 boullion cubes)
- 2 envelopes onion soup mix
- 1/3 c. split peas
- 3 cups old-fashioned egg noodles
Place lid on jar. Add the following recipe card:
“Turkey Noodle Soup - Add 8-10 cups water, 1/4 cup butter, 2 stalks chopped celery, 1 chopped carrot, 1 chopped onion, and 4 cups cooked leftover turkey. In a large soup pot, sauté veggies in butter until tender. Add water, turkey and Turkey Noodle Soup Mix. Simmer over medium heat until the peas are tender, about 45 minutes and enjoy.”
This recipe can be adapted for any kind of soup you may enjoy:
- Chicken noodle soup
- Lentil soup
- Onion soup
Friday, November 20, 2009
1.) Every morning on my way in to work, I listen to Mix 94.5 on the radio - but what's up with starting Merry Mixmas so early this year? All week long, I've listened to Christmas music - and I've been singing along! As much as I had to see the holidays rushed, I can't seem to make myself turn the channel when "Holly Jolly Christmas" starts to play or when "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" comes to save the day. But there is one song I do have to change the channel for because it makes me cry, and it's the one where the little boy is buying the shoes for his Momma because "Momma Might See Jesus Tonight" - talk about a tear jerker!
2.) Finishing up my 2nd full week at the Ragged Edge and I'm loving it. The work is rewarding, even though I've had a few choice words at the horrible condition of the filing system. The only real problem with an afternoon job is it has cut into my writing time. I try to get up an hour early to write, then I write through lunch, but by the time I get home in the afternoon, I wiped out. I try to write a little before bedtime, but many times I end up nodding off before I get anything usable down on paper. Maybe once I get more in the swing of thing, I'll have a little more time - and I guess there is always the weekend.
3.) I was contacted by Arcadia Publishing this week about the possibility of doing a book about Harrodsburg - exciting! A friend of mine knows the acquisition editor and she gave her my name as a possible contact person. We've been exchanging emails and there is currently a package of information in the mail to me. I'm so excited!!! I have lived in Harrodsburg all my life and writing a book about my historic hometown would be awesome. I'll keep you informed.
4.) My friend Liz sent me a message this morning and I was the winner of an electric fryer she was giving away on her Easy Meals Examiner page! Whoopie!! Thanks so much, Liz - this is definitely something my family can use. You need to go check out Liz's recipes - she has some great one!
5.) I'm still working my way through Stephen King's UNDER THE DOME - I can't believe it is taking me this long to read a book. Granted it is a 1,100+ page book, but still - it shouldn't be taking me a week. So far, I'm loving it - I have always enjoyed his larger books with a huge cast of characters. This one is right up there with THE STAND, but in a way, this story is scarier because the setting is a much smaller place - instead of having the entire USA as a setting, this story takes place in one small town. It's almost like a daily soap opera addiction - I get to read about a few characters every day.
6.) Last night was my big TV night of the week - why do so many of my favorite shows come on the same night? I kept the DVR hot! First up is BONES, followed by FRINGE, then I have to wait until hubby goes to bed so I can watch VAMPIRE DIARIES and GREY'S ANATOMY - he's not watching either of these. So, yes, Friday mornings I'm usually dragging because I stayed awake too late watching TV - but it was so much fun!
7.) Yesterday was a kind of rough day for me because it was my sister's birthday - she would have been 44 years old. I still miss her so much, and I am so sad she will never get to know her beautiful granddaughter, Desiree. I know Amy is keeping an eye on all of us, and I can't wait until the day we are reunited again.
8.) My Mom had some bad news from her tests this week. I'm not ready to talk about it, but if you would all keep her in your prayers, I would appreciate it. Thank you.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, released in 2002, is the second film in the popular Harry Potter series, based on the novel by J. K. Rowling. The collaborative team of director Chris Columbus, screenwriter Steven Kloves, and producer David Heyman, all came together to make this 2nd film.
Because most people have either seen the movie or read the book, I'm not going into a lot of detail about the plot. I will say this was a close adaptation of the book and I enjoyed the movie very much. I was surprised at how closely this film followed the book. The only deviation I noticed - and I've watched the film and read the book numerous times - is in the effects of the Polyjuice Potion. In the book, the Potion causes the drinker to assume the exact appearance of the target, including their voice and any disabilities. In the film, while the potion alters Harry and Ron's appearance, their voices are left unchanged to reduce confusion. This alteration is not present in subsequent Harry Potter films, i.e., Harry's eyesight remains unaltered.
The following actors reprised their roles for this film:
- Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter. Now entering his second year at Hogwarts, Harry faces the accusation that he is the Heir of Slytherin, and responsible for the attacks on fellow students.
- Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, one of Harry's best friends. He takes his father's flying car to Hogwarts after he and Harry miss the Hogwarts Express.
- Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, one of Harry's best friends. She investigates the cause of the attacks on students, only to be petrified herself.
- Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore, the Hogwarts headmaster and one of the greatest wizards of the age. He is removed from his position as the attacks increase. Harris died shortly before the movie was released.
- Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy, Draco's father, and a former Death Eater.
- Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid, the Hogwarts groundskeeper, who is initially blamed for the attacks and sent to Azkaban. Martin Bayfield plays him in the flashback scene.
- Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall, the Hogwarts deputy headmistress.
- Alan Rickman as Severus Snape, the Hogwarts potions master.
Newcomer, Kenneth Branagh, played Gilderoy Lockhart, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts; he was found to have lied about his accomplishments in the wizarding world.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
One of my new favorite TV shows is the ABC comedy-drama series, CASTLE. It airs on Monday nights at 10pm and it really helps me get over the Monday blues of having to go back to work.
Nathan Fillion stars as Richard Castle, a famous mystery novelist who is initially called in to help the NYPD solve a copy-cat murder based on his novels. Stana Katic stars opposite him as the young attractive detective Kate Beckett. Following his encounter with Beckett, Castle decides to use her as the model for his next book series. He uses his contacts and receives permission to accompany Beckett while investigating cases. While technically a drama series, CASTLE also features comedy and romantic tension.
For me, the sweetheart of the show is Molly Quinn, who plays Alexis Castle, Castle's fifteen-year-old daughter. She is notably more mature and responsible than her father and is a very bright student who enjoys school. Her social and interpersonal issues often parallel some aspect of the case Castle and Beckett are investigating.
Another scene stealer of the show is Susan Sullivan, who plays Martha Rodgers, a former Broadway actress and Castle's mother. She lives with Castle and Alexis, but also enjoys an active social life.
And because I am a sucker for campy entertainment, I am anxious to read HEAT WAVE, the novel the fictional Richard Castle wrote in the series. This book has actually been published by Hyperion. Written by an anonymous author under the name "Richard Castle", it is entirely in character from the dedication to the acknowledgments. The first half of the novel was released on the ABC website in weekly increments, but the book must be purchased to be read in its entirety. HEAT WAVE was released on September 29, 2009, and debuted at #26 on the New York Times Best Seller list. In its 4th week on the list, it broke into the top 10 at #6.
Monday, November 16, 2009
I thought with the holiday's fast approaching, I might offer my readers some simple homemade crafts / gifts to surprise your family and friends with this Christmas. With the economy trying to climb out of a recession and limited time due to family obligations, these ideas are fast, easy and fairy inexpensive.
This week I'm introducing you to Fireside Coffee - this one is always a hit and I even have people asking for it throughout the year.
--Pint mason jar, or any recycled glass jar
--Instant coffee mix
--Hot chocolate mix
In a large bowl, mix one cup each of the dry ingredients. Spoon into glass jars and replace lids. Apply a label to each jar with the following instructions:
Add 2 to 3 heaping teaspoons to one mug boiling water. Stir and enjoy!
You can also attach candy canes or chocolate covered spoons to each jar as "stirring" sticks for added flavor.
Friday, November 13, 2009
2.) My youngest daughter, Christine, has strep throat - she missed school yesterday and today. Keeping my fingers crossed hubby and I don't get it, too - I can't afford to be sick right now!
3.) My new great niece, Desiree, is growing like a weed! It's hard to believe she is 2 weeks old already. So far, she's been a pretty good baby, but I think she has her days and nights mixed up.
4.) I got my hands on Stephen King's hefty new book this week - UNDER THE DOME - and it's a whopping 1,100+ pages! Not as large as THE STAND, but close to it. I must admit, I'm not even half-way through it yet, but my new job has interfered with my reading time. I hope to get caught up this weekend.
5.) If you're going to be in Harrodsburg tonight, come down town at 6pm and watch an encore presentation of "THRILLER" by the Studio G dancers. They will be performing in the Olde Town Park (the fountain park) on Main Street. This dance has been very popular with the citizens of Harrodsburg, hence the encore presentation.
6.) I have a meeting of The Community of Mercer County Writers - Nomadic Ink - tonight at 7p at the KY Ag Center. Anyone interested in writing is welcome to join us - we are always looking to add members to our group.
7.) It's Persimmon weather, er season - Persimmons are now available at the Farmer's Market and in grocery stores. If you've never tried one of these little fruits, you are missing a treat, especially when sweetened and made into pies and tarts. My Granny Sallee had a Persimmon tree on the family farm and she always told me Persimmons weren't good until after the first frost - something about the frost helps to sweeten them. I never appreciated these fruits when I was younger, but I my tastes have adapted as I've gotten older and now I enjoy these little fruits of autumn.
... and last but not least
8.) ... I'd like to ask for prayers for my mother, Brenda - she has been very sick and we aren't sure what the problem is. She is supposed to have a CAT scan as soon as possible. She has been living with Chron's Disease for over 30 years now, but this new problem doesn't seem to be related. Mom is the rock of our family and we're all praying for a speedy recovery.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The story follows Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), a boy who discovers on his eleventh birthday that he is a wizard, and is sent to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to begin his magical education. He meets his two best friends, Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), and the trio works together to solve the mystery of the Sorcerer's Stone. I'm not going into much detail on this movie because most people have either seen it, or read the book. To date, the Harry Potter 7 book series is the largest selling book series in history.
The film also stars Richard Harris (Albus Dumbledore), Maggie Smith (Prof. McGonagall,), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Alan Rickman (Prof. Snape), Richard Bremmer (Lord Voldemort), and Ian Hart (Prof. Quirrell).
I love this book series, and although I think this movie was a good first installment for the movie series, I still think the book is better. Things I didn't like about the movie:
- Peeves the poltergist was left out entirely.
- The Sorting Hat song! I was so looking forward to this, but it was left out.
- Mrs. Figg was also left out and she ends up playing a large role in The Order of the Phoenix
- The detention scene was changed from the book, but it worked out okay for the movie.
- And, the fate of Norbert the dragon was changed.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I realize I am usually the first person to begin chiming out the number of days until Christmas each year right after my birthday in August - for those keeping count we are T-minus 45 days - but even I think it is too early to start decorating for the season.
I know stores and malls begin decorating very early in order to attract the most customers, but why do individual home owners feel the need to begin the festivities before Thanksgiving has rolled around? Just today on my way into work, I counted no less than 8 homes already decorated for Christmas. I just wish we could slow the seasons down!
This Thanksgiving, I have a lot to be thankful for and I intend thank God for all my blessings. This year has brought us three and a half new members to our family and an expanding family is one to be grateful for. First is our new son-in-law, Jason Wilham, and although he an Amber have only been married a few months, he is the perfect fit for our family. Our second addition is Mike Huntsberger, boyfriend of my middle daughter, Marie - their impending marriage is another joy to look forward to. The third addition is a brand-new great niece, Desiree Carter Semones, precious daughter of my niece, Ashley. Desiree is the first new baby in our family in over 16 years and we are thankful to be celebrating her first Thanksgiving. And you may be wondering about the half person - Marie and Mike are expecting my first grandchild next June and I couldn't be more excited! A new son, an upcoming son, a new baby and an impending grandchild – my family is truly blessed!
Friday, November 6, 2009
1.) My thoughts and prayers go out the the soldiers and families living at Fort Hood. It is inconceivable that an army psychologist could protest going to Iraq by killing so many people and injuring so many more. I'll continue to watch this story with a heavy heart.
2.) Two pieces of great news this week - first, I got the call from the Ragged Edge Community Theatre I've been waiting for - they offered me the job of Office Administrator! I was starting to get anxious that I'd blown the last interview, so my patience (and lots of prayers) paid off. I start my newest job on Monday.
3.) Second piece of great news - a story I submitted to NEW SOUTHERNER magazine for their latest contest was selected as a winner! It will be published later this spring. I am excited, overwhelmed and oh, so happy!
4.) Baby Desiree Carter is growing by leaps and bounds - heard to believe she will be 10 days old tomorrow. Of course, I haven't gotten to see her or hold her for 2 days because I'm afraid I'll make her sick. Hopefully this weekend I can see her again.
5.) Please keep my Uncle Curtis in your thoughts and prayers. He went in for a routine colonoscopy this week and they found cancer - taking him immediately into surgery. So far, so good, but it will be several days before we learn the biopsy results.
6.) I've been reading the House of Night young adult series this week by P.C. Cast and her daughter Kristin Cast. I have finished MARKED and will be finished with BETRAYED today. This is an interesting series about fledgling vampires and the school they go to. Call it TWILIGHT meets HARRY POTTER - very good fantasy fun.
7.) The Kentucky Book Fair is tomorrow in Frankfort and I was so looking forward to going. I think I'm going to end up having to stay home - I still don't feel 100% and I sure don't want to make anyone else sick.
8.) Last, but not least, Happy Birthday to my Mom - Brenda Carolyn Sallee. Happy Birthday, Mom - I love you bunches!!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Along with information on how to be entered for this great give away - Liz is also offering her recipe for Herb Roasted Turkey - she even has a slideshow to show you how.
So, go on over, check her out - tell her Bobbi sent ya!
Because it has been so long since we've had a new baby in our family - 16+ years - we were overjoyed last week to welcome Desiree Carter Semones into our family. Desiree is the daughter of my youngest niece, Ashley - Ashley is the only child of my late sister, Amy.
So, if you'll allow me one proud moment, I'd like to share a poem I work this weekend for my precious new great niece.
She spoke to me like a flicker of air swept by in a dream
Gentle kisses in the ear making me feel wanted and loved;
She’s been gone so long it’s been almost five years
And yet I can still feel her in my heart.
She caresses the inner sanctity opens my wounds with a flick of her wings,
Then she smiles and says, “thank you for being there today.”
Her first grandchild she will never know,
but will watch from her chair high above.
Every kiss, every prayer, every loving moment in time
Captured internally and filed away, ready to recapture the joy.
We will give her earthly love and vigor,
You will give her angel kisses;
She will grow and thrive and capture the light
Fulfilling her destiny unwritten.
She’ll have much hugged awards, atta girls, aren’t you sweet
But she’ll also have memories and history and cherishments.
Yes, we will raise her and see she does right
And she will know the grandmotherly love,
though the package may seem strange
She will know the love you are giving
You don’t have to worry we will make sure she knows,
That granny’s my sis and we all miss her so,
But she’ll live in your heart and your soul.