Eleven Questions

Thanks to Peaches for tagging me!!

Let’s get started:

1.You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
3. Create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
4. Tag (eleven) people with a link to
your post.
5. Let them know they’ve been tagged.


Least favorite quality in some people?  Dishonesty and Backstabbers

Favorite smell?  The smell of Christmas Dinner cooking, and Balsam

Favorite song that is at least 10 years old?   D’yer Mak’er  Led Zeppelin

What is your biggest niggling anxiety at the moment? (Not fear, just..anxiety)  Finances

Best health tip? Drink lots of Water

Favorite type of book? I have to have a favorite type????   Hmm, mysteries, thrillers, spy novels, sci-fi, high fantasy, romance, supernatural romance, supernatural, biographies, historical fiction, historical non- fiction (particularly the Tudor era) and so on, and so forth, etc etc.  I even like graphic novels and comic books.  Bibliophile Extraordinaire – thats me!

What injustice do you find most infuriating?  That people are still judged based on their appearance and not what’s it their hearts.

What is your favorite environment to be in?  Vacation mode, anywhere. Or home – snuggled up on the couch on a snowy evening with a warm blankie, hot cocoa and the husband.

What makes you feel safe?  See above, Actually, I feel most safe on Saturday afternoons, after chores are done, dinners in the oven, on the grill, or in the slow cooker, the fridge is full of good food, I’m sipping a glass of good white wine, and listening to the neighborhood kids (including mine) laugh and play.

What do you love most about yourself or your life? I’m fortunate to have family and friends that provide unconditional love and support.

What moment in history do you think most affects the present?  Hands down, has to be 9/11 – unfortunately.  

My 11 Questions:

Channelling James Lipton (“Inside the Actors Studio”)  here for the first two questions:

1.  What is your favorite Sound?

2.  When you get to heaven, What’s the first thing God will say to you?

3. Favorite  @%&*U*$%&   word?

4.  Personal Accomplishment that makes you feel the best?

5.  Biggest Regret? (I’ve had a few, but then again – too few to mention)

6.  Favorite Drink?  (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)

7. What’s the best vacation you ever took? And why?

8. Whats the best movie adaptation of a book you’ve ever seen, and why?

9.  Describe the person you are closest to in one word.

10.  Do you have a hobby, if so – what is it? (Blogging doesn’t count for these purposes, lol)

11.  What grinds your gears about people?

And as a big bonus:  Name 5 things that make you happy!
















Because I Can


Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter vs Edward Cullen

Twilight’s Alternative Ending: For The Win!  ( and this just became a favorite picture )

Photo Credit: iwastesomuchtime.com


Name this Movie!

Agus Aoirí beidh muid. Dhuit, mo Thiarna, dhuit.

Cumhacht lér shliocht amach ó Thy láimh.

Is féidir ár cosa a dhéanamh go tapa amach Thy orduithe.

Mar sin, beidh muid ag sreabhadh abhann amach chun.

Thee Agus beidh cur thar maoil le anamacha sé riamh.

In Nomeni Patri, Et Fili, Spiritus Sancti.

Celtic Cross Rosary

One of my all time favorites!

Movie Thoughts : Drive

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

My husband and I sat down with the popcorn for date/movie night On Demand yesterday evening.  I’d heard about Drive (mixed reviews) and thought it might be interesting.  I wasn’t wrong – but it wasn’t what I was expecting it to be, either.  I’ve become conditioned to action movies  -drive being an action verb I figure it would fit in this category- that move fast.  This one didn’t.  It was kind of like Taxi Driver meets Blade Runner not so much in terms of content (although Travis and the Driver could be related) but in terms of style, characterization, cinemetography,  and pacing.  Its a beautifully shot film.  The movie has a dreamy quality to it -slow moving and fluid, that lulled me- until it got punctuated by moments of wickedly extreme violence and gore that startled me straight up from my blanket cocoon on the couch. And as a horror/action/thriller aficionado, thats sayin something.

The movie’s about a stunt driver who has a career on the dl as a getaway driver.  And one of the getaways goes really really wrong….The Driver was a hard character to feel anything about – very reserved, quiet and stoic.  Gosling’s performance seemed a little wooden.  He basically only had one expression throughout the movie.  I will say I haven’t seen Ryan Gosling use much more than one expression in any of his films. (Keanu!) )Its hard for me to tell if he brought his A game to this one, but he is awfully nice to look at – even when curb stomping a bad guy.  Here’s where I feel badly because I can’t help comparing his performance to Robert DeNiro’s scene chewer as Travis Bickle and OF COURSE Gosling’s gonna suffer….

Loved seeing Albert Brooks step out of his acting box.  He was a big part of the reason the film was not what I’d expected.  Ron Perlman, ALWAYS a treat to see him.  Big Fan, HUGE even – since I first saw “Beauty and the Beast” ( the grown up one not the Disney Film). He’s so menacing (Sons of Anarchy Season 5 – can’t wait!) – and yet I just wanna hug him.  Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad plays Goslings boss/garage owner.  I almost didn’t recognize him with a full head of hair.  The other actors I’m not familiar with, but they were engaging. Particularly the little boy who played Benicio. Adorable. The soundtrack I found to be absolutely stellar.  Retro 80’s electronic.   I’ve got Johnny Jewel’s “A Real Hero” stuck in my head today. Check it out on iTunes or go get the CD.

Drive won’t be on my list of all time favorite movies – but its definitely worth a look-see.  I also recommend date nights with your significant other. Thank you, that is all….

The Name is Bond . . .

I’m a Bond Girl.  No, Really!  I have all 22 movies on either DVD or Blue-ray.  And, most of Ian Fleming’s novels along with some of the newer ones.  Just like Lord Byron, Bond is “mad, bad and dangerous to know”.   Me like.  Me like much.  James Bond appeals to the romantic in me. That girl who wants to be swept off her feet and carried away into a great adventure.  Sean Connery was the first and best.  Nobody else even comes close.  That dreamy Scots accent. Tall, dark, ruggedly handsome. Serious, but with that glint of mischievous charm.  I swoon and my heart flutters – to this day. If I ever met the man I probably really would faint.  I have to admit my favorite movies with him are From Russia with Love and Dr No.

Sean Connery, Dr. No 1962

Mostly plausible story lines, lots of action, (lots of Sean), beautiful women and exotic locales.  The later movies in his era got kind of campy and I like my Bond served on the serious side.  I know, I know – most people say Goldfinger was the best of the series  but I  just can’t take a movie seriously with a character named Pussy Galore in it.  However, that movie gets major props in my book for having the best Bond lines EVER:  “Bond: Who are you?  PG:  My name’s Pussy Galore.  Bond: (looks down,away, and smiles) I must be dreaming”.   Pretty daring for the mid 60’s.  Only James Bond could’ve gotten away with it (and did).

Roger Moore, Live and Let Die

Roger Moore really hammed it up in the 70’s with the double entendres and silly plot lines, but I loved these movies anyway.  The only problem was that to me he’ll always be Simon Templar.  I never really moved past that. Best work for Roger:  Live and Let Die.  L&LD also happens to be the best of the Ian Fleming novels. The plot of the movie diverges from the book in several ways, and has a very  hardboiled “noir” feeling to it that the movie does not capture.   Roger brought elegance to the role, despite the ridiculous innuendoes and far fetched stories.  He’s my 4th favorite Bond on my list.

George Lazenby, On Her Majesty's Secret Service

George Lazenby only had one outing as my hero.  Bond managed to briefly get married in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.  The only non-Brit to play the role thus far, George never quite seemed comfortable in James’ skin.  My least favorite of the flicks, and my least favorite Bond. Sorry George.

Timothy Dalton, The Living Daylights

The Timothy Dalton movies came, and I was happily reunited with my serious James.  Timothy even looked like Ian Fleming’s description of Bond. Dark hair, blue eyes.  Big 80’s movie budgets and good special effects.  Much more believable villains.  Dalton’s performance as Bond was a bit wooden though.  My second to last favorite performances – coming in at number 5.

Pierce Brosnan, The World is Not Enough

And now for Mr Brosnan.  He combined  the elegance of Roger Moore with the impish charm of Sean Connery. Tall, handsome Black Irish. My kinda guy. In the novels Bond’s family motto is  The World is Not Enough, and this is my third favorite movie – and Bond – in the series.  Lots of action and special effects.   The new M  finally found her niche in this film.  A female M was initially a little hard to get used to.

Daniel Craig.  Oh. My. Gawd.  Who’d’ve thought that a rugged blond would be able to reboot the series so effectively?  And what that man did for those La Perla bathing trunks!  I darn near had a seizure.  (And so did the ladies sitting next to me in the theatre).  Those free running sequences in the opening scenes of Casino Royale were heart stopping and amazing.  21st

Daniel Craig, Casino Royale

Century Bond.  Best line:  Bond to Le Chiffre –  “Now the whole world’s gonna know you died scratching my balls.” Love it.  Love him.  He’s my second favorite – just sayin.  All these movies  remind me that my inner romantic is still alive and well. James can come in guns blazing,  rescue me from the bad guys, and whisk me away to Venice, or Paris, or the Carribbean.  Its a nice change from my usual average existence – even if its only in my imagination.   The name’s Bond,  James Bond.  I won’t forget it; will you?

Photo Credits:  http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0000007/mediaindex

15 Recommendations

Must Reads:
Earth’s Children Series – Jean M Auel
Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling
The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
The Dragonriders of Pern – Anne McCaffery
The Sword of Shannara – Terry Brooks
Anne of Green Gables -L M Montgomery
Twelve Days of Terror – Richard Fernicola
Acheron – Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Merlin Trilogy (The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, & The Last Enchantment) – Mary Stewart
The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Perfect Storm – Sebastian Junger
The Hungry Ocean – Linda Greenlaw
The Other Boleyn Girl – Phillipa Gregory

Must Sees:
1) Lord of the Rings (all of them)
2) The Boondock Saints
3) American History X
4) The Shawshank Redemption
5) Dances with Wolves
6) Rebecca
7) To Kill a Mockingbird
8) The Rocky Horror Picture Show
9) Saving Private Ryan
10) Flags of our Fathers
11) Casino Royale
12) South Pacific
13) The Green Mile
14) Highlander
15) The Godfather